(BPT) - For many homeowners the biggest utility bill is electricity. Heating and cooling the home makes up nearly half of electricity costs, but the next biggest source is the water heater. Water heaters can account for up to 25 percent of total household energy use. Taking steps to improve the energy efficiency of a home with better insulation and more efficient furnaces and air conditioners can reduce energy costs significantly, as can making sure water heaters are operating properly.
On Dec. 21, 1962, Kodak Pavilion field engineer George Kojac scaled the company’s new structure, under construction for the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows, to plant a Christmas tree atop it.
Physical feats were nothing new to him.
I hope that you had a blessed, warm Thanksgiving with your loving family and welcomed guests. It was a cold day, but the air was filled with happiness when we gave thanks for all we have.
Now we enter the Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year time of the year and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District sponsored Woodhaven’s Holiday weekend.
(NAPSI)—Many Americans don’t realize it, but one out of every five new military recruits in the United States is a woman—and 2.5 million veterans are women.
(NAPSI)—Homeowners can prepare for cold weather by taking simple energy efficiency measures that will reduce energy consumption and heating bills.
Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) will hold her first “U.S. Service Academy Information Forum” for Queens high school students interested in attending the nation’s service academies on Oct. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Forest Hills High School, 67-01 110 St.
The United States Service Academies consist of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY; and U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Conn. Representatives from each of the institutions will be present to provide an overview of their facilities. They’ll also discuss the requirements for admission and procedures for applying, and answer questions from students and parents. Cadets and midshipmen will be in attendance.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell must feel like a quarterback who is about to be sacked ever since the 2014 season began. It seems as if everyone is calling on him to resign because of the unfortunate domestic violence incidents involving Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, C.J. Spillman, Greg Hardy and others.
ESPN talking head Bill Simmons went as far as labeling Goodell a liar and dared his bosses to suspend him. They complied by taking him off the air for three weeks.
A vacant plot of land in the Centreville section of Ozone Park will be home to a brand-new elementary school in three years, if the Department of Education’s plans, which were previewed at Community Board 10 last Thursday, come to fruition.
The site — a triangle shape bordered by Albert Road, Raleigh Street and North Conduit Avenue — has always been vacant, often overgrown with tall grass and weeds in one of the few neighborhoods in Queens with space to spare.
Queens Congressional representatives have joined with colleagues from Long Island and five other states to form a new Quiet Skies Caucus with the aim of combating aircraft noise in neighborhoods near major airports.
Formation of the group was announced locally in a joint statement issued on Oct. 1 by U.S. Reps. Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens), Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) and Grace Meng (D-Flushing), along with Carolyn McCarthy (D-Nassau).
Like Ike’s WWII crusade in Europe to eradicate the evil of Nazism, Obama told the world that there is a deadly cancer spreading in the Middle East called ISIS, and “we must destroy it.”
The president assured America that no combat troops would be involved. He added “a 40 nation coalition would provide the necessary troops to destroy” ISIS. As commander-in-chief, his strategy is for us to conduct daily air strikes and provide funds for training troops and military weapons.
My concern is which partners will send in troops? I bet only one in 20 Americans can name them. Why is this? For the past several months, our TV media has devoted air time showing over and over the proud ISIS forces parading around their troops on tanks, waving black flags, bragging that one will fly over the White House! They even show ISIS forces marching down streets of captured Iraqi towns, forcing people to hail them as heroes.
Why are our current ground troop partners not receiving the same TV coverage? Most Americans are not aware that the only partner that truly likes us, the Kurds, have called on us to send them heavy weapons to fight off ISIS forces. Obama has given them some light weapons. Americans have not seen any Kurdish troops engaged in combat.
Now that Congress closed ranks with our president, we are united Americans going to war to destroy this new evil! So, TV executives, start praising our friends, not our enemy.
Autumn is here and the chill can be felt in the air. The weather has been very sunny and bright, for many days now, but the chill is still there. I just hope that a certain day in October is a warm sunny day.
That day, the 19th, is important for it is the day of our Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2014. From 12 to 6 p.m., on Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard, we will have pony rides and games, antique cars and a variety of vendors with unique products and our great shops. The entertainment will be the great country western music of the Mary Lamont Band with line dancers and instruction and dancing in the streets, rock and mellow music by local bands Plastic Soul, the Solid State Band, Golden Echo, all from Queens. This year again our special feature will be “The Malaysian Lion Dancers.” Also appearing will be our veteran Shorinjiryu Kenryukan karate with instructor Myron Lubitsch, who have appeared in our street fairs for over 25 years and are located right on our Jamaica Avenue.
When discussing cities prone to natural disasters the most commonly named ones tended to be San Francisco or New Orleans, New York usually being far from the realm of thought. Of course that’s not to say New York didn’t have its problems; it just seemed that Mother Nature didn’t routinely knock on our door.
Sometimes showing up is all it takes to make a difference. When 310,000 people showed up for the People’s Climate March on Sunday in Manhattan, they showed that climate change matters to the masses.
Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, linked arms with marchers in solidarity, two days before the United Nations summit began on Tuesday. The summit’s goals are to mobilize global politicians to forge a universal climate agreement in Paris by December 2015.
(NAPSI)—For the fifth consecutive year, warrior-athletes from across the country compete in Paralympic-style competitions—demonstrating their resilience, camaraderie and courage.
(BPT) - The change of season creates a need for many adjustments around your home, from switching over wardrobes to warmer clothes, to completing necessary yard work and home repairs. You can also make adjustments to ensure you get the most out of your heating and cooling dollars as temperatures change.
(NewsUSA) - If you are a parent, you are probably well aware of how difficult it is to find quality family-friendly programming on TV. You know, shows that don't force you to keep your finger hovering over the remote "just in case."
Along with their canes, walkers and wheelchairs, and with members of their families on hand, the former servicemen arrived on Saturday with their pride and memories intact to attend the sixth annual veterans recognition barbecue hosted by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) around the corner from his office.
“I think it’s very important for these local war heroes to be recognized and appreciated for their service. I also find it beneficial to bring them together, for they can relate to one another the way nobody else can,” said Addabbo, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs.
(BPT) - Cooler weather is on the way. You might think the seasonal demise of pollen-spewing flora, coupled with more time spent indoors, means allergy and asthma sufferers – not to mention the rest of us – can expect to breathe easier. Not so – if the air inside your home or office is polluted.
Despite promises of reduced crime and a friendlier atmosphere, many Jackson Heights business owners and residents simply do not want the Jackson Heights-Corona Business Improvement District in their neighborhood.
In a town hall intended to create a line of communication between BID supporters and business owners, many people were not shy when it came to airing their issues last Thursday in Corona.
(BPT) - Whoever first said, “You can’t go home again,” probably wasn’t considering the 38 million home-based businesses in the United States, or the approximately 37 million households that have active home offices. More workers are plying their trade from home, as employers recognize the value of flexibility for their work force and more employees decide to enter the ranks of American entrepreneurship.
(Family Features) Making improvements around the house to curb your energy usage is not only good for the environment, it can make a big impact on your utility bills, too.
Did you enjoy your long holiday weekend,
I hope that you did.
(BPT) - As an active member in the U.S. Air Force, Diana Kramer has been deployed five times – twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, in the past year, she has traveled to Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Guam and Kuwait, just to name a few. And while she has been traveling the world, it doesn’t mean she can’t pursue a degree at the same time.
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced that seven area students from Queens have been accepted to the United States service academies after the Congresswoman nominated them to attend the prestigious institutions.
She recently greeted six of them. They are Kytoh Li , left, of Flushing (Naval Academy); Julia Hsu of Flushing (West Point Prep School); Daniel Roman of Maspeth (West Point); Meng; Jimmy Peraffan of Glendale (Naval Academy); Francesco Rojas of Glendale (Naval Academy); and Yennifer Posada of Flushing (Merchant Marine Prep School). Not present was Elizabeth Kim of Flushing (Naval Academy).
A little less than 20 months ago, Hurricane Sandy rendered some of the Beach Channel High School baseball players homeless.
Coach John Mangieri was even forced to stay with his in-laws for six weeks because his Howard Beach home was too badly damaged.