It’s been a long time since I and many other St. John’s alumni around my age have said we’re proud of our basketball team, since our college squad has energized its fan base like this.
It’s been a few years since Red Storm players have been asked what it’s like to be the best hoops team in the city, if not the best ball club in the five boroughs in any sport.
(NAPSI)—It is not surprising that most New Year’s resolutions revolve around health and financial matters, two areas that emerged as key priorities for Americans in Northwestern Mutual’s 2014 Planning and Progress Study. The study underscored the need for better decision making, with 60 percent of Americans stating that their financial planning needs improvement and more than half admitting that they do not feel financially secure. Moreover, with longevity and costs increasing at a steady pace, there is also likely heightened pressure to prepare for the future, especially considering that, per Bankrate research, one-third of American workers have no retirement savings whatsoever.
(NAPSI)—By following a few simple tips, you can save time and money at holiday time and on other year-round gift-giving occasions when you buy things for yourself and your family:
(NAPSI)—If your kids are like most, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts they’ll get three or more colds this year. While there’s still no cure, there are steps that parents can take to ease the symptoms.
(BPT) - Money worries know no age limit, and financial health is important for everyone – which could explain why financial pledges are among the most common New Year’s resolutions. Still, Millennials are a bit more likely than any other age group to be tempted into spending too much, according to research by the Barna Group.
(NAPSI)—According to some career experts, the holiday season or any quiet time at work is a good time to plan, organize, reflect on where you are in your career and where you would like to go.
(BPT) - Although influenza or “the flu” is a highly-contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract (nose, lungs and throat), a recent survey by Families Fighting Flu found that U.S. adults have a significant gap in their understanding about the seriousness of this infectious disease. Flu season has already started in the U.S. and it may last as late as May. While nobody wants to get sick, many people do not take the simple step of getting an annual flu vaccination - the best preventative measure available to help protect against this potentially deadly disease.
The epic battle between animal rights groups and Central Park horse carriage drivers has come to a head as Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) announced a bill that would ban the centuries-old practice from the city’s most iconic park.
“The morality of a nation can be judged by the way society treats its animals,” Dromm said in a prepared statement. “Horses don’t belong on New York City’s congested streets amid cars and pollutions. There have been too many crashes and too many horse deaths and injuries to justify the continuation of this industry.”
(NAPSI)—Some 10 billion animals are raised on our nation’s farms and ranches, yet the vast majority—almost 90 percent—are not provided animal-centric welfare standards beyond the industry standards offered by trade association guidelines and retailer-imposed audits. And very few producers are audited by independent third-party certifying organizations to verify that humane standards are met.
On Monday West Maspeth civic leader Charlene Stubbs called to our attention some graffiti on a box containing the Q54 schedule at a bus stop on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village. Its simple, sickening message:
“N-----s go home.”
When asked in recent days if New York should legalize marijuana for recreational use, a move that is supported by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx), six of Queens’ 15 Council members gave varied responses.
All 15, including Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn), whose Brooklyn district also includes much of Ridgewood, were asked the same questions via email to their main spokespersons: Would you support the legalization of marijuana in New York? Why or why not? And how would how would it benefit or affect New York?
This year, although there was a good turnout of voters, our polling location ran smoothly as always because of our professional poll workers and translators. I just couldn’t help but think about how easy the “shower curtain” voting booth was. With no small print and the searching f
or the right offices and the right names. But we were all there voting the new way making sure that we voted for our candidates. The candidates that were re-elected to their positions were Rep. Nydia Velazquez, state Senator Joe Addabbo Jr. and Assemblyman Michael Miller; every one of these incumbents was re-elected. The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District congratulate all of our elected officials and look forward to working with them to keep our beloved Woodhaven community strong, prosperous and safe. Now we continue working with our elected officials on all of our local ongoing projects such as the Rockaway Beach Branch Line/Queensway Proposal (as I mentioned in my last column), which we do not want to affect the Woodhaven homeowners on 98th Street, and their quality of life. There are alternatives here, one to make the entire area parkland, go underground at the Atlantic Avenue entrance or leave it as is. Also to be noted: the GWDC and the WBID wish list project for last year was our request of LED street lights for our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. This wish fulfilled by our Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. The GWDC and the WBID thank Katz for this lighting.
Also, we got the enclosure of our now historically landmarked Forest Park Carousel for all year use. Hopefully the two remaining wish list projects will also be fulfilled.
(NAPSI)—According to a poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, 40 percent of Americans feel that they or their immediate family is at risk of getting Ebola. Yet with only a few confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, the actual risk of contracting the disease is extremely low. In fact, other infections that don’t hit the same emotional hot buttons as Ebola—such as MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection, and even the common flu—pose much more of a risk than Ebola to the average American. So what is a rational response to the Ebola virus?
(BPT) - Experts anticipate the number of cyber threats will increase this holiday season, especially during the popular Cyber Monday shopping holiday, as shoppers head online and in-store in record numbers to purchase gifts. Consumers should be on alert following this year’s high-profile cyber data breaches at national retailers, yet many are not taking sufficient precautions to protect their personal information.
(BPT) - Babies change everything. Their arrival means that new parents need to become educated - quickly - on cribs, strollers and most importantly, child-safety seats and all their rules. And as federal recommendations on car seats continue to evolve, parents have one more thing to stay on top of.
Many readers couldn’t vote for anyone on Nov. 4 because they had no accessible polling place.
This is painfully true in Kew Gardens Hills, where the Board of Elections closed PS 164, a polling site for nearly 60 years, and replaced it with an alternate site that most voters can only reach by car or two bus lines. The BOE deemed PS 164 and other polling sites inaccessible to disabled voters.
There’s a simple solution — provide absentee ballots to disabled voters who can cast their ballots at home. But the BOE’s brain-dead decision-makers don’t have enough sense to do that.
The BOE is a bottomless pit of political patronage. Fire the hacks and install competent leaders.
(NAPSI)—It started with working fewer hours, staying home more and avoiding favorite pastimes like gardening and spending time with her family, including her grandchildren—anything to reduce the pain in her knees.
(NAPSI)—Everyone from the baby boomer to the fresh-out-of-college millennial should think about retirement. More important, they should plan for retirement. Recent polls have shown that outliving retirement savings is one of the prime concerns for retirees.
(NAPSI)—Savvy shoppers know the holiday shopping season begins in earnest on the day after Thanksgiving. According to a recent consumer survey, more than 85 percent of shoppers typically plan to hit the stores on Black Friday.
(BPT) - When Schuyler Morris’ son, Bear, experienced his first life-threatening allergic reaction to dairy from a piece of buttered toast given to him by a well-meaning babysitter, Morris wasn’t initially sure the reaction warranted an epinephrine injection. Although Bear had previously been tested and diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy to dairy and peanuts by an allergist, in the moment, Morris questioned whether the signs and symptoms her son was experiencing were truly an emergency and didn’t want to overreact. Instead, she headed for her pediatrician’s office. Morris wasn’t even halfway there before she realized she needed to take action immediately.
The 4th of November is “Report Card” day for the 113th Congress. Your vote is critical as to which party gets the thumbs down. To help you decide, let me tell you “A Tale of Two Parties.”
When Obama took office in 2009, he was confronted with the Great Bush-43 Recession. What role did the GOP play in this economic crisis? GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) laid down two principles. 1. Our top priority is to defeat Obama. 2. We will just say no to his legislation. Congressional Republicans have closed ranks behind their leader ever since.
Here is my tale of Obama’s agenda: affordable healthcare; equal pay for equal work; raising minimum hourly wages; the American Jobs Act; repealing DOMA; marriage equality; gun safety; aid to the auto industry; repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell;” ending tax loopholes; and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Let’s examine the tale of the GOP agenda: 57 House votes to repeal Obamacare; opposing an hourly wage increase; voting to shut down the government for 18 days; holding numerous costly “bogus” House hearings on alleged scandals; calling climate change a hoax; supporting the NRA&rsqu
o;s gun rights; voting budget cuts to food stamps and Pell grants; opposing an unemployment benefits extension; supporting voter photo ID laws due to alleged voter fraud; opposing interest cuts to student loans; objecting to Senate filibuster reform and challenging Obama’s use of federal executive orders.
Folks, most public polls, except Fox News, have revealed only minority support for the GOP. Therefore, your task should be easy. Give the Republicans a thumbs down!
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor, has some advice for anyone looking at the polls showing him far behind incumbent Democratic Gov. Cuomo: Don’t believe them.
“This race is going to be a lot closer than people think,” Astorino said.
With Election Day around the corner, residents across Queens are firing up to cast their votes Tuesday.
In the race for governor, incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo is challenged by Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.
Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli faces Republican Robert Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller.
Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is up against John Cahill, former chief of staff to Governor George Pataki.
(BPT) - Cures for disease, increased food production and higher graduation rates are most likely not the first outcomes you associate with big data. Worrisome incidents of data being stolen from major retailers and other businesses that have recently made the news may be more familiar. Those stories bring an important point to light and it’s vital that consumers and companies take protecting private data very seriously. But that same personal data - whether it’s about your health, finances or shopping history - can help organizations create incredible innovations that have the ability to improve the lives of every person on the planet. So why does data collection seem so scary?
(NAPSI)—Many parents of school-age children are unhappy with the amount of time spent on standardized tests and have strong opinions on other controversial education policies, including Common Core and school vouchers.