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(BPT) - We sit on our smartphones, toss them into a purse and sometimes, quite accidentally, douse them in the toilet. And that doesn’t include what grimy-fingered kids do to smartphones as they play games. Generally, we are not very nice to the technology that has become central to our lifestyles.
(BPT) - Your backyard is a space where you enjoy quality time with your family – from running around with your kids in the fall leaves to playing catch with your furry friend in the snow. It’s a place to escape, but remember accidents can happen anywhere at any time, and just like you childproof your house, you need to ensure your backyard is safe as well.
Although she plays a sassy and brash inmate in the overnight Netflix hit “Orange is the New Black,” Vicky Jeudy, a lifelong Queens native and humanitarian, insists she’s nothing like her character.
“I’m the complete opposite of Janae Watson,” Jeudy said. “She’s dealing with anger because she was hurt but we both have a passion for justice and equal rights and are always looking for ways to make a difference.”
Smokers are calling it a victory, but last week’s state Supreme Court decision that overturned a ban on lighting up in state parks is expected to have little effect in Queens or the rest of the city.
State parks announced in April 2012 that it was instituting a new policy banning smoking within state parks as well as beaches, playgrounds and pools. The agency backtracked but reintroduced its plan last December.
A world-famous swimmer is putting her arms in action to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims this week.
Diana Nyad, who made news when she completed a roughly 100-mile swim from Cuba to Key West, Fla. on Aug. 31, jumped into a 40-yard pool Tuesday morning in Herald Square. She is expected to continue swimming laps until Thursday morning.
The government shutdown is having far-reaching consequences, but travelers are really feeling the pinch as their plans get ... well, shut down ... due to national park and monument closures.
The first phase of upgrades to Highland Park, which features restored pathways, new lighting, new fencing and wheelchair-accessible entry points are completed.
“The improvements are well done,” said Vince Arcuri, chairman of Community Board 5. “Very nicely done for a phase one project.”
(NewsUSA) - The most well-known accommodations in Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa., from the standpoint of history, are probably the tents and huts that housed the Continental Army in the winter of 1777-1778.
On Monday, construction workers were on the job at the site of the planned Little Bay Park comfort station and expanded parking lot off Cross Island Parkway, near the entrance to Fort Totten in Bayside, which should put somewhat to rest complaints from local residents that the project has been at a standstill for years.
While estimates of the project’s anticipated completion date vary, knowing that progress is being made came as good news to Warren Schreiber, president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, who had earlier expressed concern about the much-delayed undertaking.
Located on Lake George in the beautiful Adirondack mountains, only a four-hour drive from Queens, The Sagamore Resort is a year-round island resort offering something for everyone. Bought in 2008 by Ocean Properties, Ltd. the resort just completed a total renovation and now offers year-round relaxation.
With predictions that wet weather will increase the spread of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus this season, it should come as no surprise that the city has already detected infected insects in Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.
Spraying was set to begin this week at marsh areas in Alley Pond Park, the abandoned Flushing Airport and Edgemere Park. The city will apply larvicide helicopter in the nonresidential locations because they are common breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
On Monday, Patrick Pinchinat and his staff walked into the auditorium of Russell Sage JHS 190 to address scores of middle-school students. After months of rallying, the City Council and Mayor Bloomberg had finally decided on a budget last Sunday. The afterschool program at the school, along with dozens across the city, was on the chopping block. But Pichinat had good news.
The finalized budget for the 2014 fiscal year would not cut funding to after-school programs.
Nets General Manager Billy King admitted that his team is taking a risk by hiring recently retired NBA point guard, as well as certain Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Jason Kidd to be the team’s new head coach, in light of the fact that he has no coaching experience.
I applaud King for taking this gamble since he was not going to be able to get Phil Jackson or one of the Van Gundy brothers, Jeff and Stan, to be the Nets head coach. King could have gone the safe route by a hiring a retread from the coaching ranks such as Mike Dunleavy or Scott Skiles but he realized that:
Whether you have decided on working with one of the Big Box Retail giants, like Lowes or Home Depot, a local contractor, a close friend who is a jack of all trades or a construction company on your future home renovation project, the undertaking of the decision to move forward with a home renovation may be one half of the battle, but paying for it is another. Regardless of what the condition is of your current project, and the pictures of what it could be, the final cost will sway you into 2 categories of “need vs. want”. For the sake of keeping this post simple, you have chosen to move forward regardless. With that said, you have options when it comes to getting what you want, even if it is your dream kitchen, your fantasy master bathroom, etc.
(NAPSI)—To help you get in the swim for fitness exercise, renowned aquatics expert, U.S. Masters Swimming and Synchro Champion Dr. Jane Katz answers questions on water exercise:
by Lloyd Carroll
The Fort Totten Pool, the only free public pool in Northeast Queens, may not open this summer if the City Council does not restore funding before passing the final budget.
It is one of four pools that were not included in the mayor’s preliminary budget proposal, according to Parks Department spokesman Phil Abramson. The four pools together cost $1.5 million to operate for the season. The other three are: Wagner Pool in Manhattan, Faber Pool in Staten Island and Howard Pool in Brooklyn.
(StatePoint) It’s summer, and for kids that means it’s time for sports, swimming, biking and picnics. And while active outdoor time is healthy and fun, experts say it’s crucial for parents and kids to brush up on some seasonal safety tips.
It’s unlikely that the Mets will be playing meaningful games this coming September, but starting pitcher Matt Harvey has singlehandedly given the Flushing faithful a commodity they have lacked for a long time — hope.
Harvey was the Mets’ top pick (seventh overall) in the 2010 Major League baseball amateur draft. Of course, given the team’s checkered history with “can’t miss prospects,” it’s understandable to take a wait-and-see attitude. He came up for the proverbial cup of coffee with the Mets in August 2012 and was far more impressive than his three-win, five-loss record showed.
Little Neck Bay is the cleanest of all the bays in the city. It is the only bay where people can swim — but it still has a long way to go.
The Parks Department Natural Resources Group is working to identify and address major threats to the water quality and ecological habitat within Alley Pond Park and the surrounding watershed, according to Zachary Feder, a spokesman for the Parks Department. The two-year project is funded by a $350,000 grant from the NYS Department of State and matched funds by the Parks Department.
Community Board 8’s Zoning Committee navigated what has become a rote set of machinations during a hearing about the United States Tennis Association’s planned expansion.
It involved an extensive joint presentation by the USTA and city Parks Department; jawing over some of Flushing Meadows’ still-undefined benefits; speaking slots larded up by proponents and opponents of the project with accusations flying in all directions.
The most dangerous aspects of my recent trip to Cartagena were the uneven and broken sidewalks — aside from the aggressive drivers who think they’re competing in the Grand Prix.
Located on the northernmost part of South America, and virtually on the same longitude as New York City, Cartagena, Colombia’s fifth-largest city, is just over a four-hour flight on JetBlue from JFK, which means that it takes you two hours less to get there than to California. In addition you don’t have to worry about jet lag since Cartagena is also on Eastern Standard Time.
So many restaurants in Queens, where to start? If you’re a food lover and like to try new places but are overwhelmed by the large number of choices, get yourself a copy of “Food Lovers’ Guide to Queens,” a new book that takes the guesswork out of dining.
It is written by food maven Meg Cotner of Astoria, who has done the traveling and tasting so readers can find out where to go for Argentinian to West Indian cuisine — as well as American — and every nationality in between.
The Amish have become a part of reality television thanks to popular series such as “Breaking Amish” and “The Amish Mafia.” Before that, most Americans got their first glimpse into Amish culture by seeing the well-received 1985 Harrison Ford movie, “Witness.”
It is understandable why those of us who routinely use modern appliances and have come to rely on the latest technology for practically every aspect of our lives would be fascinated by a segment of society that has tried their best to keep their lives as unchanged as possible since the 18th century. Lancaster County, Pa., has the largest population of Amish and Mennonite families in North America.
If real estate is all about “location, location, location,” then Sara Barbera’s Howard Beach home would top most anyone’s list.
Located at the corner of 160th Avenue and 100th Street, the back of her home is situated at the northern end of Hawtree Basin and from her kitchen window, there is a clear view down the canal to the Hamilton Beach pedestrian bridge more than a quarter of a mile away. From her back porch, the panoramic view features coastal brush, Hamilton Beach homes across the canal and even hangars at nearby Kennedy Airport.