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A controversial housing project in St. Albans cleared a major hurdle this week, despite the misgivings of area residents.
Borough President Helen Marshall on Monday granted conditional approval to the residential and community services building being proposed by the Presbyterian Church of St. Albans.
Oratorio Society of Queens, Annual Holiday Concert, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside, Sunday, Dec. 22, 4 p.m. Traditional Christmas favorites and Chanukah songs. $30, $25 for seniors and students. Contact: (718) 279-3006 or queensoratorio.org.
One of the biggest issues that America faces is the growing poverty rate. The average minimum wage in the United States is $7.25 per hour, which implies that full-time minimum-wage workers make an annual salary of $15,000. This salary is considered to be less than the federal poverty line for a parent with one child. A full-time minimum-wage worker cannot cover the cost of basic necessities with his or her yearly income. The majority of minimum-wage workers are hardly getting by in America.
The minimum wage is far too low given that crucial expenses such as gas, housing and food have risen significantly since the minimum wage last rose in 2009. The law that created the minimum-wage was intended to improve the standard of living and decrease poverty. Raising the minimum wage gives every family the chance to survive and succeed in this country.
During periods of high unemployment, many workers are forced to take lower-paying jobs, such as those in fast food and retail, because there are no other options available to them. Employers do not pay more than minimum wage because they know that their employees do not have higher-wage job opportun
ities. The workers are stuck in jobs that pay nothing and continue to struggle to afford the basic necessities.
An increase in the minimum wage is long overdue. It would not only benefit workers but the country as well. Higher-income jobs would construct a stronger economy. The government would benefit, as with more people working, it would pay less for welfare programs.
An increase would improve the economy, lessen poverty and assist the working class in financially supporting their families. It would reduce the income gap between the rich and poor, increase the standard of living for low earners and maintain social stability. We need this raise so that workers in the lowest-paying jobs can afford what they need, and businesses have the customers they need.
The writer is a student at Baruch College and a part-time retail employee.
(BPT) - The close of every year seems to bring its own uncertainty from a tax-planning perspective. Last year featured the expiration of certain temporary tax provisions and the commencement of automatic federal government spending cuts. In October the President and Congress temporarily agreed on funding the government and increasing the national debt limit. But these issues may reappear in 2014 and could result in tax law changes that affect income-tax and financial planning.
(BPT) - Imagine having a common medical condition that requires you to plan around it and causes embarrassment and daily disruptions.
(StatePoint) Nearly 90 percent of people 50 years old and up want to remain at home as long as possible, according to a recent AARP study.
The holidays can bring more than cheer. They also can lead to sadness and even depression. One solution is a visit to the Queens College Psychological Center.
Located on the Flushing campus for the last three years, the center deals with community residents of all ages. College students are treated elsewhere.
“Mental health is not the sexiest topic.” So suggested Dennis Romero, speaking before a room filled with upwards of 100 senior citizens at Queens Borough Hall on Wednesday morning.
Romero, Region II administrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, was one of two speakers who addressed members of the Queens Interagency Council on Aging, which sponsored the event.
(BPT) - It’s no secret that technology has changed how we live. From tablets and streaming video, to big data analytics and network security, we live in a digital world that impacts us every minute of every day. However, technology not only improves the way we live and work in the present, but also offers great opportunity for the future.
(NewsUSA) - With the holiday season upon us, the latest cell phones and tablets are sure to be at the top of most kids' gift lists. Let's face it: they'll use these gifts to keep up and connect with their friends on sites like Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat.
Public hearings and community input are lacking in the rollout of the QueensWay project, a proposed public greenway that will transform the former railroad-consisting of the 3.5 miles from Rego Park and Forest Hills down to Ozone Park.
There are grave concerns advocates for and against this project must take into consideration before the final draft is put up for a vote before the City Council. Feasibility studies must address the social, economic and environmental impact this project will have on all surrounding communities.
Woodhaven residents, especially those who live in the area of the line that runs parallel to 98th street in Woodhaven, are expectedly concerned about their continued safety and quality of life. The crime issue in Woodhaven and Ozone Park will only be aggravated, even if proposals to build gates and closure of the entrances are implemented, further overwhelming our precincts. These communities do not have a Civilian Observation Patrol, like G-COP in Glendale. We should respect and address the concerns of the 120 households who signed the petition to stop the project, which constitutes an overwhelming majority of homeowners living there.
Decisions must take into consideration the impact the project will have on the livelihoods and families of small business owners that occupy space below and adjacent to the train tracks. Many have been here for decades.
We need to know the effect the plan will have on PS 65, the Raymond York Elementary School and MS 137, America’s School of Heroes, and other area schools.
Many small business owners in the Aqueduct Flea market were forced to close due to Resorts World’s expansion, and it would be harsh to uproot and destroy others in our area — again. Moreover, any proposal must guarantee jobs and contracts to residents in the impacted communities.
We should also consider whether the MTA got it right, when its 20-year plan recommended that the rail line from Atlantic Avenue to Rockaway Boulevard should be left as is and eventually be used as a connection for an express line into Manhattan.
Proponents of the QueensWay who compare it to Manhattan’s High Line must research whether continuous sponsorship and maintenance is a realistic expectation, given the economic constraints, and the comparative paucity of large corporations and tourism in this area to offset such costs. None of us want to be saddled with a proverbial “pie in the sky.”
The New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a nonprofit that advocates for low-income New Yorkers, honored Steven Choi, Long Island City resident and executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, at the 2013 Felix A. Fisherman Awards Luncheon on Nov. 21.
Choi and Jonathan Westin —the other recipient of the award — were recognized for “their progressive advocacy work and commitment to helping others in need at the House of the New York City Bar Association in Manhattan.
For one day, children from all over the city got to be little Picassos, Monets and Freida Kahlose as part of the Learning through an Expanded Arts Program’s 12th Annual Student Art Exhibition on Nov. 20.
Student artists from PS 307 and PS 19 in Corona and PS 21 in Flushing as well as five other schools from the other boroughs gathered in the Citigroup Building Atrium in Long Island City and were presented with an honorary certificate and a milk-and-cookies reception.
(NAPSI)—For over 200 years, the U.S. has experienced the benefits of decentralized government. Such an approach keeps control over many local matters in the hands of locally elected officials.
Forty-seven million Americans, including approximately one million in Queens, are now seeing a reduction in food stamp benefits, after a temporary boost implemented by the 2009 stimulus package expired.
Half of those in Queens who depend on the program are children, according to the social service organization The River Fund, which is based in Richmond Hill.
(BPT) - It’s a phone call that most parents can’t imagine receiving. Your school’s principal has requested a meeting because your child is being suspended or expelled ... for bullying.
(StatePoint) The holidays may be filled with joy, but for the ever-growing number of aging Americans and those who care for them this otherwise celebratory season can become mired in challenges.
Construction will be delayed until next summer on a Queens housing complex that will be dedicated to grandparents and their grandchildren.
Pastor Victor Hall of the Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica is affiliated with the project slated for Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and 112th Road.
(StatePoint) From TV to smart phones to social media, our lives are dominated by 24/7 media exposure. Despite this, many children and teens have few rules around their media use.
More than 4,000 Queens residents who have been denied Social Security disability benefits since 2008 will receive new hearings under a class-action settlement approved last week by a federal court.
The settlement is the result of a suit filed in 2011 U.S. District Court by the Urban Justice Center.
Tony Arcabascio just can’t stand it when someone runs for office unopposed. So when he saw that the Queens Republican Party didn’t seem to have anyone planning a race for borough president, he stepped in and launched his campaign.
It’s Arcabascio’s second run for office; last year he took on state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), losing by a 6-1 margin.
(BPT) - It’s no secret that Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement. Many people are coming up short when it comes to funding their nest egg. But why is the problem so wide-spread? Insight can be found in the human behaviors that tend to get in the way of saving adequately.
(BPT) - Finding the perfect gift for mom and dad or grandma and grandpa often seems impossible. If they’re like a lot of seniors, they’re fairly well settled and don’t have long wish lists. Plus, it seems that many of the hottest gift ideas are tech devices, certainly not something that would be of interest, right? Think again.
(BPT) - When it comes to caring for those who are aging, older Americans are not receiving the recommended standards of oral health care. This is a cause for concern, as maintaining a healthy mouth is essential for overall health and well-being at every age.
Re Anthony Pilla’s “Passing Medicare Part D,” Letters, Oct. 3:
Anthony Pilla took issue with me on my comment that Obama’s MO was to bypass Congress, bunch a lot of bills together and on Friday nights and holidays ram them through before anyone even reads them (Obamacare is now 2,800-plus pages long and nobody’s read it all, but who’s counting?). He was good enough to point out that Bush’s Medicare Part D prescription drug bill was passed the same way ... between 3 and 7 in the morning.
A modus operandi is the way a person operates, and for Bush it was unusual. For Obama, it’s been the way he operates since he became president. It’s his MO. Pushing laws through against the will of the people is tyranny, and because it is a policy somebody happens to believe in it doesn’t make it right. By the time Bush left office, he was despised by Democrats and conservatives alike. (Can Mr. Pilla and I be on the same side here?) Bush’s high-handedness was also unappreciated.
Obama became president running against Bush and things his supporters seem to have forgotten ... his promises of a transparent government and shovel-ready jobs. Both promises were repeated endlessly because he knew that was what the people wanted to hear. And every time he makes another promise, his supporters forget about the ones he made before.
The U.S. used to be a country governed by the rule of law. We’re destroying that. Many times Obama has overridden the law for what he thinks is right, but where you have no law, you have anarchy. Anarchy benefits no one. And there’s not one dictatorship that didn’t start out with a messiah promising hordes of people things they wouldn’t be able to get by their own efforts. Socialism doesn’t move money from the rich to the poor. Socialism moves money from all the people to those in power.
When you control a people’s health, you control their lives. There will be no benefits, Medicare or otherwise, for the people in Obamacare, and they will never be free again.
We are living in a country that was the greatest in the world. We still have freedoms other people only dream about, which once gone will never return. Nobody starves here; the problem here is obesity. The secret of happiness is to be satisfied with what you have and not to envy those who have what you can’t. I’d like to have Barbra Streisand’s voice, but I don’t. Why would I deprive her of it?