(BPT) - Después de un invierno crudo y extenso, es hora de celebrar el comienzo del verano con días de campo , actividades al aire libre con amigos y familiares y de disfrutar los alimentos frescos de temporada. Es probable que al crear el menú para las próximas celebraciones veraniegas, no se haya dado cuenta de que los numerosos alimentos que componen algunas de sus recetas favoritas pueden contener ingredientes que benefician la salud y el bienestar de sus ojos. A propósito de ello, usted puede encontrar gran parte de esas frutas y verduras en su propio huerto.
(Family Feature) Do you need to tidy up your home for spring? This vibrant season lends natural inspiration to home cleanup projects in every room. Whether you need to provide some overdue TLC to the tub, want a solution to freshen up the floors or long for laundry care that is safe for your family, refer to this guide for tips that will make your home feel shiny and new again.
(BPT) - What’s it like being a woman in today’s Navy? Challenging. Exciting. Rewarding. But above all, it’s incredibly empowering. That’s because the responsibilities are significant. The respect is well-earned. The lifestyle is liberating. And the chance to push limits personally and professionally is an equal opportunity for women and men alike.
(BPT) - Every day, millions of Americans turn to the Internet for news and entertainment and to shop. Over the years, Americans have come to trust the Internet so much, that they regularly share information about their daily lives through social media sites and with online retailers.
(BPT) - Four hundred gallons – that’s how much water the average American home uses in a day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Is it any wonder? You turn on the tap to get a drink and run the water until it feels cool, or let the shower pour until the water is hot enough. The toilet or irrigation system runs a bit too long, and your dishwasher dates to the Clinton administration.
Woodhaven residents who have been demanding the city demolish a Jamaica Avenue building that partially collapsed a year ago may finally get their wish. The building could come down within a month.
The owner of the building failed to appear in court for a hearing on April 10 — almost a year to the day since the collapse — allowing the judge to give the city the authority to make the next move.
Jason Bohn, the 35-year-old law school graduate convicted of beating and strangling his girlfriend to death in their Astoria apartment, was sentenced to life without parole on Tuesday.
Bohn was found guilty in March of first-degree murder in the slaying of Danielle Thomas, a financial analyst for Weight Watchers, in June 2012.
Several items were on the agenda as Community Board 6 held its monthly meeting on April 9, but it was clear that the unusually large crowd of spectators was on hand out of concern for the high number of traffic accidents along Queens Boulevard.
Despite additional parking lanes, fences to discourage jaywalking and other changes made in an effort to cut down on fatalities along the so-called “Boulevard of Death,” the thoroughfare remains among the deadliest in the city.
New legislation proposing a 10-cent plastic bag tax would further suffocate middle-class New Yorkers already gasping for relief from the highest housing, transportation, food and education costs in the country.
Isn’t it expensive enough to live in the city already?
“Tie vote saves Galante from forced paid leave” in the April 10 issue is perplexing. I do not understand how nine people can keep this CEO in a job that he milks for an overpriced salary while collecting another six-figure fee as a consultant with the Elmont school district. He should be forced out without pay and lose any pension funds accrued.
And what about the smoking roof he had put in at the Central Library for his own use? The truncated hours and loss of Saturdays surely do cry out for serious investigation by our comptroller and Borough president. Galante is acting in the worst manner for our libraries. He must step down now!
The DOE is not responding to parent demands that it not further overcrowd Bayside High School, a school that already has 1,000 more students than it was built to house.
The DOE is planning to overcrowd the already packed popular Queens high school that services students from all parts of Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn to clear space for new schools co-locating at the downsizing Flushing and Martin Van Buren High Schools — schools that do accommodate far fewer students — according to Bayside PTA Co-president Edward Tang.
Bayside High School, rated “A” by the DOE for three years in a row, is bracing for over 1,000 new students this fall, expecting to bring its enrollment to over 3,600 — 170 percent of the building’s capacity.
“Bayside is a victim of its own success and of the DOE’s unresponsiveness to this community,” said Alex Lee, a Bayside parent and member of the Citywide Council on High Schools. “The school received 14,000 applications due to the great results it produces for families and now
the DOE wants to bury it to accommodate Bloomberg’s leftover plans to downsize Van Buren and Flushing. The school already has students from all parts of Queens as well as the Bronx and Brooklyn!”
“If this goes through, Bayside would be second only to Forest Hills High School in percent overcrowding while more than half of Queens’ high schools operate below 100 percent capacity,” echoed Bayside parent Judy Rossman.
“Here’s the thing, overcrowding is not good for students or administrators. It forces a school to reduce support services, increase class sizes, and reduce safety measures. We have reached out to the chancellor and our local elected officials demanding that no more than 750 new students be admitted. We will still be way overcrowded but not as bad as the DOE is planning.”
No response from the DOE to the parents has been forthcoming
Our position is logical. We will not stand idly by if the chancellor turns a blind eye to our situation and undermines the very success that we have worked so hard to achieve. Increasing Beside’s enrollment to over 170 percent capacity is not logical and would not be a good decision for quality education or for our children’s futures.
Republicans continue to deny that they’re waging a war against women. If so, how can they explain that Senate Republicans blocked a vote last Wednesday to open debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would hold employers more accountable for wage discrimination against women. The bill would prohibit companies from retaliating against employees who share their salary information with each other, eliminating the culture of silence that keeps women in the dark about pay discrimination. It would also force the Department of Labor to require employers to show that wage differentials between men and women in the same jobs are for a reason other than sex.
Every single Republican voted against it. Every single Democrat, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Independent from Vermont, voted for it. What a surprise! Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said before the vote, “In other words, it’s just another Democratic idea that threatens to hurt the very people that it claims to help.” What? Equal pay for women hurts women?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized McConnell. “Are they so repulsed by equal pay for hardworking women that they’ll obstruct equal pay for equal work?” he asked. “I’m at a loss as to why anyone would decline to debate this important issue.”
If you ask me, all President Obama has to do to have the Republicans support this legislation is to say that he is against it.
Heavily criticized NYPD antiterror unit is disbanded
In another break from the former administration’s approach to law and order and questions of constitutional rights, the NYPD has dissolved the police detachment that had been infiltrating the Muslim community in order to thwart any planned acts of terrorism.
Not to be outdone by other Queens elected officials, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced a bill Monday that would not only limit pay for the Queens Library president, but also call for an entire new board of directors by January.
“The other bill, initiated by Borough President Melinda Katz, doesn’t go far enough,” Avella said. “My bill limits outside employment [for the director] and reduces the number on the board.”
(StatePoint) Small changes to your surroundings can have a strong impact on mood and overall health, say experts. A relatively new movement in design and construction, called “designing for health,” aims to make homes and communities have positive impacts on the way people live, work and play.
(BPT) - There are plenty of reasons to be excited that winter is finally over. Among them: no more slick roads, heavy jackets, freezing temperatures or dry skin. Spring’s arrival also means an end to those expensive heating bills you paid all season. But just because warmer weather is here doesn’t mean your bills are gone. In fact, if your home isn’t as energy efficient as it could be, your summer cooling bills could be just as costly.
(BPT) - A routine doctor’s appointment often involves a health professional checking your blood pressure. The screening is not painful or stressful and typically takes less than a minute to measure. However, the results of this simple test may identify a condition that, when managed, could help reduce your chances for stroke or heart attack.
(BPT) - Homes are more technically advanced than ever before, providing homeowners with sophisticated sound systems, high-tech security capabilities and interactive entertainment systems. The good news is that you don’t have to be a techie to turn your home into a smart home.
(BPT) - If the thought of a scorching summer without adequate cooling sounds tough, think about the strain an overworked air conditioner unit places on both your household budget and the environment. Around two-thirds of all American homes have an air conditioner unit, amounting to a cost of more than $11 billion annually in usage alone, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Accounting for around 19 percent of all household electricity consumption, every home equipped with an air conditioning unit emits roughly two tons of carbon dioxide each year, significantly impacting the environment.
(BPT) - As the classic Gershwin song lyrics go, “summertime and the livin’ is easy” isn’t always the case if you’re a parent trying to determine what to do with your kids when the final school bell rings. More than 10 million kids from coast to coast attend some type of summer camp intended to occupy their days and provide memorable experiences full of fun, learning and development.
(Family Features) Whether you're inviting friends over for a dinner party or just want to make your abode a more comfortable environment for your family, battling tough odors can be quite a challenge. Avoid the short-lived results of covering up odors with fragrances, sprays and candles and spend your time and energy instead on getting to the root of the smelly problem.
(StatePoint) Regardless of whether you’re a dog, cat, bird or other pet lover, most people can agree that pets are part of the family. Caring for your pet doesn’t have to cost a fortune with a few helpful tips.
(StatePoint) Many people seek refuge indoors around this time of year, when outdoor air is full of pollen and other allergens. For allergy sufferers, however, the air indoors can prove to be just as problematic.
(BPT) - After the long and cold winter experienced across the United States, families will be tackling spring cleaning with a passion this year. But for more than 40 million Americans living with allergies and 25 million with asthma, housekeeping comes with extra concerns and responsibilities. More than half of all homes in the U.S. have at least one person dealing with allergies or asthma, so spring cleaning needs to focus on removing common household allergens and irritants, and avoiding problems that some cleaning supplies could actually create.