(NewsUSA) - Over 200,000 tons of dried, farmed, tropical seaweed are produced every year. The majority of the world's red seaweed is farmed by nearly 60,000 family farmers in Africa, the Philippines and Indonesia. These families apply sustainable farming techniques that help to protect and preserve the habitats where they farm.
If it goes off without a hitch, it may be the shining moment of Mayor de Blasio’s term in office so far. If it doesn’t, it could be a black eye to any chances of a second.
As summer winds down, a new school year prepares to start up, and with it, 50,000 new prekindergarten students, the first class of the city’s universal pre-K program who will be entering the classroom for the first time on Sept. 8.
Fall isn’t always a season people look forward to. Kids go back to school and the days get cooler and shorter.
But if there is one thing to be excited over, it’s the delicious comfort food that comes along with the browning leaves and long sweaters.
Our family’s traditional August soaking detachment from all responsibilities was slothing happily along when, on Aug. 19, I received a Facebook message wishing me a Happy Hoo Hah Day. That’s how I knew it was time to start thinking about back-to-school.
When my siblings and I were teens, my brother invented Hoo Hah Day as a way to indulge while still sheltered by several weeks from summer’s last call on Labor Day. We observed by concocting a favorite beverage and running wild in the yard at night. Now as the mother of a 9-year-old, my first priority for back-to-school season is still to happily top off summer before we yield to practical preparations.
The ability to spend a few hours exploring culture from some of the country’s earliest history to some of its newest art is available to Queens residents without even crossing a river.
And with school starting, many of those listed here — which are not quite all Queens has to offer — have educational programs for those of all ages, and some discounted admission for students and school groups.
(StatePoint) There’s something great about inviting company over, firing up the grill, sitting back and eating a juicy burger. Celebrity chef Michael Symon from the Food Network and ABC’s “The Chew,” is partnering with Bank of America to share tips for stress-free barbequing.
(BPT) - Thanks to the increase in plastics recycling, more and more everyday products such as school supplies are being made with recycled plastics. So it’s now easier than ever to find the things kids need to succeed at school while also helping the environment. Here are some examples:
(Family Features) Thanks to a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, efforts are underway to streamline licensing for medications known as "biosimilars," which are similar - but not identical - to cutting-edge biologic medicines. However, the development has some concerned about patient safety, especially among older Americans who tend to suffer from more chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
(Family Features) There are various habits that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. But one healthy habit in particular, the routine of having a nutritious breakfast every morning, is one that can positively impact your family.
(Family Features) All pets bring us closer to the natural world, but specialty pets, such as fish, small pets and reptiles, provide a unique way to inspire kids to learn about the world around them. As teachers and families gear up for the start of a new school year, pets can help teach kids responsibility and how to keep a routine. They can sharpen kids' math and science skills through activities such as measuring food and water, keeping track of days of the week on a calendar and studying information about their care needs.
(Family Features) Americans thirsting for more energy can refresh their hydration habits by thinking outside the water glass. Some foods - including flavorful, water-rich produce like watermelon - can help hydrate the body as well.
(Family Features) It's not just a Spanish, tapas-style thing anymore. At all different types of bars and restaurants across the United States, you'll find menus that continue to explore ways to feature favorite foods - like pork - in more bite-sized, snack-able ways. Beyond the walls of those eateries, street vendors, food booths and food trucks also are featuring portable, easy-to-eat dishes like kabobs and sliders.
(Family Features) Eating well doesn't have to mean spending a lot. In fact, there are many ways to eat the foods that make you look and feel your best without hurting your pocketbook. For example, penny for penny, ounce for ounce, milk packs more nutritional value than just about any other beverage you can buy. Here are more reasons why milk is a great option for shoppers looking to squeeze the nutrition out of their food budgets:
(Family Features) Take advantage of the longer, warmer days before winter arrives by whipping up tasty grilled meals that are delicious and healthy for the whole family. Using lean cuts of beef is a great way to cut down calories and fat, but it doesn't have to reduce the grilled flavors you love.
(Family Features) Portable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed, but if used incorrectly, they can cause harm to you and your family.
(Family Features) Ever hear the saying “Kitchens sell a home?” Well it’s true; the kitchen is the most important room in the home. Whether you’re considering putting your house on the market or investing in your home for personal long-term enjoyment, an upgraded and attractive kitchen can make your home irresistible.
(Family Features) With apps that offer comfort, convenience and security, homeowners are getting more out of their smartphones to make their homes better, smarter places to live. Smart home apps such as those from Nest are expected to link various home devices together to bring peace of mind, control and even energy savings to our lives.
(Family Features) Now is the season for enjoying backyard BBQs and poolside parties with friends and family - not being trapped in the house for pre- and post-party cleaning. With a little planning, you can minimize time spent on daily chores and maximize time spent soaking up the sun and creating memories with guests.
(NewsUSA) - Many stinging insects become more aggressive in late summer and fall. Their hives are near maximum capacity, and they are scavenging for food to sustain the colony into the colder months. Being able to recognize different types of stinging pests can help determine whether there is an actual threat.
An often-forgotten park on the shores of Jamaica Bay that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy is getting a fix up, thanks in part to a big donation from Resorts World Casino New York City.
The gaming facility, located about a mile away from the park, announced it will donate $40,000 to reconstructing the Hamilton Beach Playground in Hamilton Park. The playground, located on federal land between the A train subway tracks and Hawtree Creek, across from Charles Park, was devastated in Sandy and has not been repaired since.
Terry Collins was known for being a fiery guy who alienated many players he managed during his stints with the Houston Astros and the Anaheim Angels, and many observers were surprised when the Mets hired him to be the team’s skipper four years ago. But Collins has surprised nearly everyone with his calm, almost avuncular demeanor as Mets manager.
Last Thursday, at his pregame press conference, Terry showed the short fuse that many thought that they would see far more frequently than they have. No, it wasn’t because of the Mets’ inability to get a run in from third base with less than two out, a troubling fact that he acknowledged as a leading reason why the Mets have had losing records during his tenure.
Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures by Bundith Phunsombatlert, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, located on the lawn between the Unisphere and Queens Museum, on view thru November.
Following three angry protests over the past two months against the conversion of the Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst into a homeless shelter, a rally was held Wednesday in front of the site to counter the earlier gatherings and to show support for the facility’s residents while calling for permanent housing.
Picture the Homeless, the group founded by two homeless men in 1999 that held the event, said the main goal was to “underscore the real problem ... the lack of housing affordable to working-class New Yorkers, and the city’s failure to do something about it.”
I have enjoyed many excellent meals for decades when frequenting any one of many local diners. Over the years, we have seen the demise of the Gold Star (Bayside), Seville (Douglaston), Sage (Elmhurst), Saravan (Flushing), Palace (Flushing), Future (Fresh Meadows), Fame (Jamaica), Scobee Grill (Little Neck) and other diners.
Diners have been part of my life from teenage years to today. Eating out is a periodic ritual with either friends or family. Portions are generous. Who never took a doggie bag home with leftovers to eat the next day? Between the customary soup, salad, rolls, coleslaw and pickles, along with the main course, dinner could satisfy the heartiest appetite. Many times we bagged our desserts to go.
Neighborhoods all over Queens have seen changes over time. New immigrant groups sometimes favor their own ethnic foods and restaurants. Diners have also lost customers over time to numerous fast-food restaurants. Many of their menus have expanded to also include breakfast items and a greater variety of items to select from for lunch or dinner.
Remember these people are our neighbors. Our local entrepreneurs who own and operate diners have continued to invest in our community, creating new employment opportunities without the assistance of federally funded taxpayers’ stimulus dollars. They work long hours, pay taxes and provide local employment. If we don’t patronize our local restaurants, they don’t eat either.
Why not honor the found memories we had at the diners that have come and gone by continuing to patronize the handful of remaining ones? Here’s hoping that the remaining diners don’t go the way of the dinosaurs into permanent extinction.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. helps serve food to veterans, their family and friends during Saturday’s barbecue.