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(NAPSI)—Savvy drivers know it’s wise to winterize their car before the cold weather hits. That’s the word from experts who say investing an hour or two of your time to have your vehicle checked is all it takes to have peace of mind.
A full audience of Jackson Heights residents raised their hands Monday night when Janet McEneany, the president of Queens Quiet Skies, asked if they were tired of planes flying over their houses every minute, one after another, like a brigade of B52 bombers.
McEneany and Bob Whitehair, founders of Queens Quiet Skies, an advocacy organization that fights for noise regulations, gave their 26th community education presentation as part of a town hall meeting on the issue organized by Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). Representatives from the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration were also in attendance.
(NAPSI)—Ah, the holidays! They’re a time filled with family, friends, large parties and the inevitable holiday entertaining stress. While more guests and big holiday meals can put a serious strain on a home’s plumbing system, a plumbing emergency should be the last thing you need to worry about during a festive gathering. Did you know that the day after Thanksgiving is the single busiest day of the year for Roto-Rooter’s residential plumbers? North America’s No. 1 plumbing repair and drain service company sees, on average, a 47 percent increase in incoming calls on that day compared to an average Friday.
(Family Features) - Are you shivering and bundling up inside your house? If your thermostat is set at the desired temperature, your furnace runs continuously, your utility bills are ridiculously high, but you are still cold, it is probably because energy is escaping your house.
(NAPSI)—Colder weather does not have to cast a chill on your energy budget. By winterizing your home, you can enjoy increased warmth and comfort and lower your heating costs, which can significantly increase energy savings.
(Family Features) - With the summer solstice in our rear-view mirror, the temperatures are getting cooler and another harsh winter may soon be upon us.
Singer Kevin “K.J.” Leak
With artists like Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Cyndi Lauper and Tony Bennett all from here, it is no secret that Queens is a producer of talented artists. On Sunday at the Jamaica Performance Center on Jamaica Avenue, the youth at the Hip-Hop 4 Health fundraiser show proved no different.
“I cannot believe all of the talented young men and women that are here tonight,” Assemblywoman Nilly Rozic (D-Hillcrest) said to a booming crowd of a couple hundred. “I am so glad to see that the children of our borough and our city have already done so much with their art form and I hope they continue to do so as they get older. Can’t stop, won’t stop.”
Tommy Huang, the controversial developer from Flushing, has been in the news for more than three decades — known for building and damaging properties throughout Queens and probably more than anything, destroying the RKO Keith’s Theatre.
Although Huang made several attempts to ruin the Keith’s, it was a longstanding oil leak for which he was criminally charged in 1997.
(NAPSI)—When it comes to prepping outdoor equipment for winter storage, even an optimist knows that a gas tank that’s half full is bad news.
(BPT) - With the average American household spending more than $1,000 on heating and cooling expenses each year, more homeowners are seeking smarter, green options to reduce the strain on their wallets. Incentives through the U.S. government’s Energy Star program and other state and federal programs have made it easier for homeowners to create an energy efficient and greener home.
(BPT) - With the onset of cooler weather, now is the ideal time for homeowners to consider the efficiency of their heating systems. Drafts, gaps and poor insulation throughout the building envelope can significantly contribute to the efficiency of a home’s heating system, the comfort of occupants and the household budget.
(BPT) - Homeowners will pay 13 percent more this year to heat their homes with natural gas, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts. Prices for heating with propane, electricity and heating oil also will remain higher than five-year averages. With this in mind, it is especially important for homeowners to act now to ensure their homes are energy-efficient.
Re “How would bag fee law actually work?” and “Dime-a-bag bill doesn’t look promising,” Editorial, Oct. 10:
It distresses me to hear anyone (let alone politicians who are supposed to be more aware of “The Big Picture”) proclaiming that a fee on plastic shopping bags is a bad idea. It’s an initiative long overdue if we’re to get in step with the rest of the developed world.
When I was in Germany in 1983, no store provided bags. Everyone carried their own totes, as bags weren’t even available for a fee. In other parts of Europe, bans have been instituted. Even China, which produces the bags, has forbidden their sale or use in-country.
Having recycling bins in stores is only a feel-good measure and, the last I heard, plastic bags are not recyclable. As it is, maybe 1 percent of shoppers return them. Stand in any parking lot and you’ll see them a-flying out of the carts, due to over-bagging. Really, who needs double-bagging on a loaf of bread or roll of paper towels? Yet, double-bagging is the rule.
The cashiers are on auto-pilot and, look at you with a complete lack of comprehension when, having repeated “no plastic bags, please, I’ve brought my own totes” for the third time (and loud enough for the iPod to be superseded). They get very annoyed when you re-bag what they’ve done. I blame the store managers for being so ignorant.
I certainly wouldn’t mind paying for plastic for potentially leaking items. Big deal. Often, however, the store has a batch of bags with holes in the bottoms, which would defeat the purpose. Were bags banned at supermarkets, I’d simply make my own preparation and have a lined tote.
I can’t say there isn’t a valid reason for plastic bags at other types of stores, however, especially for clothes, books, etc., and particularly on a rainy day. But they needn’t be tissue-thin and fly-away. And again, there could be a fee.
For sharp items, such as from a hardware store (as cited in your editorial): If it’s sharp enough to pierce one bag, it’s surely sharp enough to pierce two or three or even four. A canvas tote is the more sensible solution.
As for self-checkout, bag dispensers could be installed, coin-operated (or by card). Personally, I never use self-checkout, as each one has cost people their jobs.
These bags are an unnecessary aesthetic blight and a disaster for the environment. They clog waterways and strangle wildlife. We all need to be more mindful of the results of our actions (and non-actions) and take responsibility on the individual level and for the greater good of all, now and for the future.
Black Friday shopping can seem overwhelming, especially shopping online where you must navigate a sea of advertisements, emails, dozens of specialized Black Friday discount websites and a massive selection of sale-priced items. It can be difficult to know you’re getting the best savings possible.
(Family Features) Everyone wants to save money these days, and homeowners are no exception. To reduce the cost of monthly energy bills, many are taking on small, budget friendly, do-it-yourself projects that provide big savings down the road.
(BPT) - From enjoying a nice cup of coffee in the morning to putting the final touches on a homemade pie, the kitchen is the center of the home any time of year, but especially during the busy holiday season. The kitchen will be put to the test, filled to the brim with friends and loved ones, whipping up the family’s secret recipes. In order to handle the holiday season with ease, your sink needs to be in tip-top shape. Is yours up for the challenge?