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(BPT) - As temperatures warm and flowers blossom, Mother Nature’s renewal often inspires us to refresh our own surroundings. It’s officially time for spring cleaning, but as you focus on scrubbing floors, refreshing draperies and dusting every surface in sight, don’t forget about one area critical to your health and happiness: your medicine cabinet.
(Family Features) You head to the doctor for a fever or a physical and to the dentist for a sore tooth or a cleaning, but what about your eye health? If words on the page seem a bit out of focus, or your night vision isn’t as sharp as it used to be, do you head to the eye doctor? You may not, but you should.
(Family Features) Whether looking to advance their career, financial situation or personal life, taking the steps towards self-improvement is top of mind to many people.
(Family Features) Due to their small size and heavy usage, bathrooms can become a messy, cluttered area for many families.
(Family Features) Boasting a wealth of nutritional benefits and a sweet, delectable taste, blueberries are a top choice among fruit eaters. Whether eaten raw or added to batters, smoothies and milkshakes, these tasty little berries add a burst of color and flavor to many dishes or snacks.
(BPT) - When spring finally arrives, we gladly shed heavy coats and snow boots. Meals, too, lighten up with warmer weather, as we leave behind hearty soups and heavier meals in favor of more sprightly and seasonal fare. Spring celebrations – from Easter brunches to graduation dinners – are great opportunities to revisit old favorites and try something new.
(BPT) - Baby boomers often think of 50 as the new 40. This is especially true in 2014 as the last members of the think-young generation reach the half-century mark. Yet with an unprecedented life expectancy – 78.7 years – for the youngest of the boomers, it is more important than ever to incorporate healthy habits to keep your mind beautiful during the second half of life.
Boomers who take action now may enjoy better brain health, research shows
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson generated headlines when he told fellow team executives that he expects the Mets to win 90 games in 2014. Alderson’s remark generated understandable guffaws from even optimistic types because the Mets have come closer to losing 90 games in a season the last five years than they have to winning that many.
Even if Sandy knows he’s just blowing the kind of smoke now legal in Colorado, I can’t really fault him. Frankly, I’m surprised he didn’t guarantee a parade down the Canyon of Heroes in late October or early November. The name of the game this time of year is to energize the Mets fan base, which has been understandably lethargic. Having five straight losing seasons, and going into this one with what Metsblog.com is reporting as the seventh-lowest payroll in the majors, will tend to depress ticket sales even among the diehards.
“Loves,” a Participatory GumHearts Installation, by NY-based artist Niizeki Hiromi, the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, now thru Saturday, March 29, 2-5 p.m. RSVP to Bonnie Thompson Dixon: (718) 709-0390, email@example.com.
A screenshot from the film “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors”
A still from the film “Life with Asperger’s.”
The 6th Annual NY ReelAbilities Film Festival, depicting the lives of people with disabilities, will be held at the Central Queens Y, 67-09 108 St., on March 9-10.
The festival is designed “to bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience,” said Peggy Kurtz, coordinator of the film festival for the Central Queens Y, adding that it is the largest festival of its kind in the country. Three films will be shown as part of the festival.
Democratic reaction to state Sen. Tony Avella’s decision to jump ship and join the Independent Democratic Conference in Albany is officially “disappointment,” but beneath the surface there appears to be anger and a desire for retribution.
Avella, of Bayside, last week joined the now-five-person IDC, which was organized in 2011 and runs the Senate with the Republicans in an unlikely coalition. He indicated he joined in an attempt to pass more legislation and that “at the end of the day, it will be helpful to my district and the Borough of Queens.”
PS 154 in Flushing has received the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Green Flag award for improving its efforts to conserve natural resources and integrate environmental education into the curriculum.
It’s the second of only two New York City’s schools to receive the honor.
Two-month old Aleeah Quezada
Two-month old Aleeah Quezada, held by her parents Carolina Osorio and Carlos Quezada during a press conference, and the leaders of the team that saved her life, Drs. Vince Parnell and Preeta Dhanantwari.
If little Aleeah Quezada’s condition hadn’t been diagnosed properly, or if Dr. Vince Parnell’s hands weren’t so skilled, or if an entire team at Cohen Children’s Medical Center wasn’t there doing its job, the Flushing infant wouldn’t live out the year.
But Aleeah’s heart defect was diagnosed correctly, halfway through her mother’s pregnancy, by Dr. Preeta Dhanantwari, Parnell and his team peformed a successful surgery, and now the two-month old should live out a normal life.
Roslin Spigner, center, helped kick off an NAACP initiative to sign up residents of Southeast Queens for New York State of Health, the state clearinghouse for insurance coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act. Also on hand were state Sen. Malcolm Smith, second from left, Congressman Gregory Meeks, NAACP Jamaica Branch President Leroy Gadsden, behind Spigner, Assemblyman Bill Scarborough and Carolyn Phillips of the NAACP.
Obamacare is the term used by both the president’s supporters and critics when discussing his signature legislative initiative, the federal Affordable Care Act.
And with the March 31 deadline for those without health insurance to apply without paying a penalty, the Jamaica Branch of the NAACP is pulling out all stops in its effort to get residents of Southeast Queens to sign up.
A new bill introduced by Congressman Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens) on March 4 would allow those caring for elderly relatives who do not live with them to receive a tax credit of up to $1,200 for qualified elder-care expenses.
Many of those caregivers — who, according to Israel, spend on average $5,530 out-of-pocket each year on expenses for their aging relatives — cannot claim their parents as dependents because they live elsewhere.
The NYPD is seeking the public’s help in locating a Little Neck man who was reported missing on March 4.
Andre Bishay, 35, was last seen at noon on or near the grounds of the state’s Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, though police and other sources say he may have been a patient of the North Shore-LIJ Healthcare System being transferred to a nonstate care facility. Neither North Shore-LIJ nor the state Department of Mental Health could comment, citing confidentiality laws.
CFE-style lawsuit launched to raise school spending
TA coalition of advocates and individuals, including Community Education Council 28 in Central and Southeast Queens, and a parent from Far Rockaway, are suing the state to increase its funding for education.
(NewsUSA) - The commitment to get to the gym on a regular basis may have come and gone for many by now -- and understandably so.