(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.
“Homeland [In]security: Vanishing Dreams” by Margaret Matthews-Berenson, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, exhibition thru Nov. 16; Info: dorsky.org.
When word leaked out that the Mets had fired Leigh Castergine, their senior vice president in charge of ticket sales, the joke going around was that the team had finally pinpointed the cause of why they haven’t had a winning season since President Obama took office.
Any jokes about Castergine’s dismissal, which most assumed was a case of common corporate politics, quickly ended when she filed suit against the Mets in Brooklyn federal court charging that Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon had humiliated her at an executive meeting. According to Castergine, Wilpon had stated at a Mets executives meeting that he was as morally opposed to her having a baby out of wedlock as he would be accepting advertisements from electronic cigarette companies for Citi Field.
A picture of dignitaries at the 9/11 ceremony showed Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Gov. George Pataki, state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. All were placing their hands across their hearts for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” except Mark-Viverito, who had her hands locked together in front of her.
What was that all about? Did she not have respect for our country and all those who have died and gave their last measure of devotion to the nation? It was also reported that before she ran for speaker she would not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at ceremonies.
I’m really appalled that someone of Mark-Viverito’s status would show such disrespect and lack of patriotism at this most solemn and sacred anniversary memorial to those who died on 9/11. This act I find most sad. I myself served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era and was proud to do so. I hope all who read this letter will write to Mark-Viverito and tell her that her actions are just not acceptable and she needs to apologize to the city and to all who lost loved ones on that day of infamy.
It was a day the city will never forget, and in Woodside firefighters, elected officials, survivors and family and friends honored those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) recounted his memories of 9/11 and Irene Walsh, whose son Michael Brennan died on 9/11, was honored.
(BPT) - The air is crisp, kids are back in school and leaves are beginning to change color – fall has arrived! With it comes many possibilities for making amazing memories. From favorite fall flavors to awesome autumn activities, everyone has something to look forward to as the season changes. So what types of things are high on Americans’ to-do lists this year?
(BPT) - Long, leisurely showers are a distant memory, the days are a busy blur and you’re getting used to never wearing a clean shirt – as the saying goes, parenthood is not for sissies. Yet when your little one greets the day – and you – with a smile, stress seems to melt away.
“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Opening reception: Fri., Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: (718) 784-3680, resobox.com.
A friend and I were walking up the street in the Broadway theater district one day many years ago when who should happen to cross our path but Joan Rivers?
At the time, she was starring in Neil Simon's play "Broadway Bound," one of several appearances she made on Broadway during her career. It was mid-afternoon and she was out walking a small dog, possibly her beloved Spike, between matinee and evening performances.
“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Opening reception: Fri., Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: resobox.com.
Memories of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center 13 years ago still run deep in Queens. The borough lost an estimated 283 people and they will not be forgotten.
Events in Queens to commemorate the anniversary will begin on Sunday and run through Saturday, Sept. 13.
(BPT) - You’ve survived the back-to-school season, and transitioned from lazy summer days to the familiar routine of early rising and the roar of school buses in the neighborhood. But before you usher your children out the door tomorrow, you should know a few things about that lunch you may have packed bleary-eyed in the wee hours of the morning.
(BPT) - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for students embarking on a learning adventure. But all too often, kids head out the door with sugary pastries, cereals and bars – or worse yet, nothing in their stomachs at all. Children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills and eye-hand coordination, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
At times, it’s good to remember “what used to be”!
Many years ago, every Friday night, our family of four visited Grandma Rose and Grandpa Max in Williamsburg — before gentrification!
We always had delicious chicken soup, homemade of course, as well as an entree of roast chicken and potatoes, and than finally a dessert lovingly prepared by my “granny.”
I did not like to use their bathroom, because many times, there was a live fish swimming around in the tub!
Of course that poor fish was eventually going to become gefilte fish — grandma’s version was generally tastier than the brands we now purchase in the markets.
How I loved visiting grandma and grandpa in those years so long ago. They were always so warm and loving to us, my brother and me.
The wonderful memories linger on.
“Homeland [In]security: Vanishing Dreams” by Margaret Matthews-Berenson, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, runs thru Nov. 16; opening reception: Sun., Sept. 7, 2-5 p.m. Info: dorsky.org.
A record number of 140 children and their families turned out at the Bayside Marina last Saturday to see who could catch and release the most snappers in the 14th annual Jimmy Miranda Memorial Bayside Snapper Derby.
“I love to fish because I catch a lot of fish,” said Alexandra Peon, 7, of Bayside, who later won first place in the derby, having caught a total of 16 fish.
The debate over player safety and the impact of playing sports on an athlete’s body has raged on the professional level for years.
News of a major league pitcher needing elbow reconstruction surgery or an NFL star getting a concussion are often top stories on ESPN and professional sports leagues have made player safety one of, if not the, highest priorities.
Sept. 4, Thursday SCHOOL SESSIONS BEGIN FOR ALL STUDENTS. (Partial day for prekindergarten.)
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.
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.
(BPT) - You’re spending your nights standing on the sidelines, cheering your daughter as she dribbles a soccer ball across the field. Or maybe you’re cheering on your quarterback son as he yells “hut” at a football scrimmage. The school year - and its associated sports - is an exciting time. But with that excitement comes the risk of traumatic injuries - including concussions.
(Family Features) Dairy and breakfast go hand in hand. With so many types of milk, cheeses and yogurts available, it's easy to find breakfast combinations that set the curve for success as the kids head back to school this fall.
(BPT) - With Americans working longer hours than ever before, most homeowners yearn for a luxurious place to relax and unwind at the end of a hectic day. This is likely why the bathroom is the most requested home renovation project, according to the National Association of Homebuilders.
Last Thursday, more than 80 golfers came out to the Harbor Links Golf Course in Port Washington, LI, where they enjoyed a day on the links — and helped raise over $30,000 to help children with autism.
The New York Families for Autistic Children Foundation’s 4th annual Anthony J. Cirello Memorial Golf Outing for Autism drew 20 foursomes to play and scores of volunteers. Golfers enjoyed a day of fun and food, as well as a silent auction and tons of raffle prizes.
State Senate candidate John Liu announced his transportation plan in northeastern Queens last Friday.
Liu is running against incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the 11th Senate District, perhaps the most highly contested race in Queens this year. If elected, Liu said he would pursue a six-point transportation agenda.