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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.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and it’s a good time for parents and children to renew a commitment to healthy dental habits. Fidelis Care offers the following tips to keep teeth healthy and strong as children grow:
After all of the consternation about the weather and the first Super Bowl ever held in the New York metropolitan area, it was a pretty decent day by early February standards for all except the Denver Broncos. During Super Bowl week, perceptive lead Fox Sports voice Joe Buck told me that the weather was far worse in Dallas last year. He also pointed out that even though New York had a cold week, the conditions were far better than those in Southern cities as Atlanta and New Orleans.
Giants co-owner John Mara is one of the most accessible and likable sports executives you will ever meet. I was surprised that he wandered through the Super Bowl media party without any aides. “Even if you are not a football fan the energy and excitement of the Super Bowl raises the spirits of everyone living in the metropolitan area,” Mara told me. He concurred with my analogy of how even diehard Democrats enjoyed having the Republican National Convention in New York in 2004.
(BPT) - When you hear the phrase “’tis the season” you might be thinking holidays. But it’s also the season of families and friends gathering together around the big-screen TV to cheer on their favorite college or pro sports teams.
(NAPSI)—If you find that the holidays can sometimes be too much of a good thing, there’s actually some good news. There are a number of simple steps you can take to stay in control of your social life. Here are some tips:
(Family Features) Want to give that special someone the trendiest gifts and gadgets of the season? Head over to the nearest kitchen store or gourmet grocer. The hottest gifts this year are for foodies. From the ultimate electric kettle to premium cookware to a delightful wine for any occasion, this gift guide has everything you need to make someone's holiday very merry.
(Family Features) Kick off your holiday parties in style with flavorful appetizers every guest will enjoy.
(Family Features) From non-friendly weather conditions to itch-inducing dyes found in everyday products, your skin can be exposed to a variety of unexpected irritants. But, protecting and maintaining healthy, comfortable skin can be easy with simple tips and products.
Dorsky Gallery, “Artists’ Walks: The Persistence of Peripateticism, 11-05 45 Ave., Long Island City, Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., thru Nov. 17. Contact: (718) 937-6317, dorsky.org.
A small bit of Forest Hills history is in the making as the neighborhood’s first gay bar in decades plans to open its doors next weekend.
Pride Restaurant Lounge and Bar, located at 70-15 Austin St. in Forest Hills, is primed to welcome patrons for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 26, thus making it Forest Hills’ first chic restaurant and nightspot geared toward the LGBT community.
In New York City many soft drinks have come and gone over the last 100 years, but one major player had been located right here in our Borough of Queens.
It wasn’t Coca-Cola, which until 1935 had dominated the market. In 1936, Pepsi, which was growing in popularity after introducing a 12-ounce bottle, built a plant at 47-51 33 St. in Long Island City. It was such a success and grew so quickly it was relocated to 46-00 5 St., overlooking the East River. Pepsi executives worked out of offices in upstate Purchase, but the production and bottling were here up until 1999.
Mayor Bloomberg’s heart was in the right place when he sought to ban oversized soft drinks loaded with sugar. They are incredibly unhealthy. But in this instance, he went about trying to promote good health the wrong way.
That point was reiterated this week when the state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division ruled that the lower court was correct to block implementation of the planned ban on unhealthy drinks over 16 ounces. A judge had earlier determined that the executive branch had no right to unilaterally prohibit such products, without action from the City Council. And, he said, the rule was arbitrary and capricious, because it would only apply to city-regulated stores, exempting state-regulated ones like 7-Eleven, with its iconic Big Gulps. That made it unfair to small businesses, and rather pointless.
(StatePoint) Between buying new school supplies and meeting your children’s teachers, back to school season is a busy time. But parents should not forget to prep for the school year by considering health and wellness.
The city's plan to ban the sale of soda and other sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces in certain establishments is indeed a case of executive branch overreach, the state Supreme Court Appellate Division ruled Tuesday.
The decision upholds the March findings of state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling, who ruled in a suit brought by business associations that the prohibition is arbitrary and capricious and that the city Board of Health has no authority to "limit or ban a legal item under the guise of 'controlling chronic disease,'" and only the City Council could do that.
(StatePoint) Trying to avoid the dreaded "Freshman 15" weight gain? While college is an adjustment, it doesn't have to mean an adjustment in your pants size.
Taciana Pierre of Springfield Gardens was thinking about her 12-year-old son last Saturday when she saw the verdict delivered in the case of the People of Florida v. George Zimmerman.
“I felt helpless,” she said Tuesday night at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jamaica. “I thought ‘I can’t protect my son once he leaves my home.’”
Mets flamethrowing pitcher Matt Harvey was the center of attention the week leading up to the All-Star Game.
Manager Terry Collins announced earlier in the week that Harvey would miss his scheduled Saturday start against the Pirates because he wanted to make sure that a nagging blister on his hand had time to heal.
Cicadas will be buzzing in full force over the next few weeks, as the now-mature 17-year-old Magicicada species are ready for some summer loving. From June to September, the males will be buzzing all night long to attract mates. There are three different species and each one makes a distinct sound, but the females know what frequency to listen for, according to Bonnie McGuire, the deputy director for the city’s Park Rangers.
Now, the immature nymphs are waiting 8 inches below the soil for the temperature to reach 64 degrees, according to Lou Sorkin, an entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History. Then they will crawl up out of the ground and undergo metamorphosis. The immature cicadas’ backs split open and the mature adults emerge, ready to mate.
It’s been 30 years since the New York Islanders won their last Stanley Cup, and frankly, they have been abysmal for most of the years between 1983 and now. During this labor-dispute-shortened National Hockey League season, the Islanders played respectably enough to earn their first playoff berth in seven years as they clinched the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Islanders drew the unenviable assignment of playing Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins, long an NHL powerhouse, in the first round. To their credit, the Isles showed that they weren’t merely happy to be there, as they battled hard to force the series to six games. Unfortunately for the Isles, they lost two overtime games at the Nassau Coliseum, including Saturday night’s finale.
There is little doubt that we are being bamboozled by our professional politicians. We continue to have faith in our rulers despite their betrayals, the squandering of the loot they steal, and the unsustainable debt they have created. After each crisis, whether it be a natural disaster, a mass shooter or a terrorist attack, we implore our politicians to increase their intrusions, their wealth confiscations and their police state, with the plea, “Anything to keep us safe.”
How much liberty do we have to sacrifice to facilitate the illusion of safety and prosperity? Everything we possess and do in our daily lives is already regulated, licensed, and taxed by the government because we have been conditioned to believe that the job of the government is to keep us safe. Onc
e the government decides that its role is to keep us safe, whether economically or physically, it can only do so by limiting or taking away our liberties. Everything from our consumption of soft drinks to our contributions to retirement accounts is monitored. President Obama’s 2014 budget would limit tax-preferred retirement savings because “some wealthy individuals are able to accumulate many millions of dollars in these accounts, substantially more than is needed to fund reasonable levels of retirement savings.” It seems unreasonably wealthy retirees are a menace to society.
In 2008 the people of Massachusetts voted 70 percent to 30 percent against repealing the state income tax. I can’t help wondering who would vote against being able to keep more of his own earnings. In an effort to further please their constituents, Gov. Deval Patrick and the Legislature now want to raise taxes even more. H.L. Mencken wrote, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
Granted, no one should have expected onetime Mets ace Johan Santana to be a difference-maker in 2013. The general consensus from baseball prognosticators is that the Mets would finish in fourth place in the National League East with or without him.
In most years, the Mets would be picked to finish in the cellar with the kind of team they have, but the Miami Marlins have earned that dubious distinction from most of the baseball media because their owner, Jeff Loria, decided to gut their roster in order to save a ton of payroll. It should be pointed out that Loria has done this kind of thing before and the Marlins always seem to surprise when they put on the field a lineup of unknowns, so Mets fans can’t rest that easy.
Over the past few weeks, the soda debate has been growing. Just a week after a judge blocked Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to ban soft drinks larger than 16 ounces was rejected, Harvard University released a study that connects sugary drinks to thousands of deaths a year.
With all of these statistics and studies, it can be difficult to determine if soda is the public hazard city officials have made it out to be or if there are other factors to consider.
On a late Monday morning, Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) stood in front of Cascarino’s Pizzeria decrying the looming ban on soda servings larger than 16 ounces at select merchants and restaurants around the city.
He called on the city’s Department of Health to educate small business owners on how to comply with the impending rules, instead of fining them. When asked about a lawsuit brought on by soft-drink companies to block the new rules, the lawmaker predicted the ban would be shot down for being “arbitrary and capricious.”
The city's planned prohibition on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in venues it regulates was blocked in court Monday — the day before it was to take effect.