(BPT) - Recently, emboldened Russian hackers breached the systems of power plants across the United States and Western Europe. In June, Chinese hackers attempted to gain access to several U.S. power plant operation control systems. And in May, the Department of Homeland Security announced hackers had actually gained control of a mechanical device at an unnamed U.S. energy facility.
On Monday morning, Nancy Baer of Glendale’s Sacred Heart Church food pantry at 77-05 84 St. said just two boxes of pasta remained on the shelves.
Just a few hours later, there were enough boxes of pasta to feed a small Italian army.
(NewsUSA) - Can the man who invented an insulin pump, the iBOT wheelchair and the "Luke Arm" prosthesis help end all the handwringing about whether America has lost its competitive edge in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)?
(Family Features) This grilling season, choose lean, tender lamb as the centerpiece for your summer entertaining menu.
(NewsUSA) - If you're reading this story, you're probably one of the approximately 825,000 couples who've just gotten engaged since Thanksgiving and are now planning your wedding. So here's perhaps the single most important reminder -- and grooms do seem to need more reminding than brides -- anyone will offer: Tradition holds that you both exchange wedding presents.
Springtime and New Year’s — these are times when people often look to make changes in their lives by improving health and appearance. With spring around the corner, taking care of skin issues should not be put off any longer.
Longtime Queens birders and newcomers to the hobby will have a chance next week to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count.
The 17th annual four-day event will run Friday, Feb. 14 through Monday, Feb. 17 and is sponsored by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. No experience is required and participants can count for as little as 15 minutes on one or more days of the event and report the sightings at birdcount.org.
The 19th annual Queens Chronicle holiday toy drive was an overwhelming success thanks to our readers.
We received so many presents— more than 1,500 — for youngsters at the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, Kings Inn in East Elmhurst and for the domestic violence shelter Dove House in Eastern Queens that we were also able to send over gifts to the Saratoga Family Residence near JFK Airport, another city shelter.
(StatePoint) Traveling this season? You’ll be in good company. Of the 43.4 million estimated Thanksgiving travelers who journeyed 50 miles or more, 90 percent were expected to do so by automobile, according to 2013 AAA projections. But if your budget is tight, you’re probably looking for ways to cut back on travel expenses.
Kisook Ahn, the Woodside nurse who was killed in the Dec. 1 Metro North train derailment near the Spuyten Duyvil station, was remembered at a funeral Mass last Saturday as a kind and extremely bright nurse, outstanding student and devoted family member.
The service at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Woodside was attended by more than 150 family members, friends, colleagues and fellow parishioners.
Had enough of driving to the malls or searching the internet for the best gifts this holiday season? Then take a few minutes, maybe on your way home from work, to shop at your local commercial district this holiday season?
For over a century, Jamaica Avenue has attracted shoppers from Woodhaven and surrounding neighborhoods.
Hidden among the many fast-food restaurants, nail and hair salons and corner pharmacies that dot much of downtown Flushing, holiday shoppers can find a variety of gift ideas that come with wide-ranging price tags.
For seven years, New York Deluxe Fucha Jewelry, located at 135-33 Roosevelt Ave., has been selling rubies, diamonds, sapphires and other precious stones to customers with pockets of a certain depth. The store also carries items to fit every budget.
With Thanksgiving just over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, it’s time to take action for the Queens Chronicle’s annual holiday toy drive for homeless youngsters in Queens.
Our toy box is only half filled and there are more than 300 youngsters waiting for a present at the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst, the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, both city homeless shelters, and Dove House, an emergency shelter for battered men or women and their children in Eastern Queens.
Dorothy Falzetta began decorating her home at 133-32 122 St. in South Ozone Park the same day Bill de Blasio was elected mayor.
That’s how she’s done it for years and by Thanksgiving, the Falzettas’ house and yard are always illuminated with festive decorations.
Thursday is the new black.
Continuing a trend that developed in recent years, holiday shopping that used to kick off on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, began on the holiday itself in Queens and elsewhere, as many large retailers opened their doors Thursday evening.
Children and mothers enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner at Lenny’s Clam Bar hosted by Dad’s Away, an organization that aims to help children with no fathers at home, founded by Howard Beach native Anthony Gurino.
Art of Ink in America, “Gesture and Beyond,” Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Dec. 30, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; opening reception, Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m. An East/West exhibition of contemporary calligraphy.
You’ve prepared the meal, feasted with your family and made it through the inevitable turkey coma.
But the day after Thanksgiving your refrigerator is probably overflowing with leftover turkey, sweet potatoes and stuffing.
This Thanksgiving, New York’s wind energy has given us a lot to be grateful for.
A new report by Environment New York, “Wind Power for a Cleaner America,” shows that wind energy in New York is already avoiding carbon pollution equivalent to taking 382,203 cars off the road. In addition to reducing global warming pollution, wind energy in the state is also avoiding 1,724 tons of smog-causing nitrogen oxides which contribute to asthma, and 2,130 tons of sulfur dioxide which is a major component of acid rain. These benefits have made wind power a key component of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which seeks to reduce global warming pollution 17 percent by 2020.
Federal incentives for wind–the investment tax credit and the production tax credit–are largely responsible for wind’s success, but are set to expire at the end of 2013. To curb global warming pollution and prevent future extreme weather events like Sandy, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand should continue to be champions for clean energy, and I call on our House delegation to do everything within their power to extend these critical clean energy incentives before the end of the year.
Whether you get up from the table to shop on Thanksgiving or wait until the traditional Black Friday to hit the stores, we hope you’ll remember Small Business Saturday this weekend.
That’s the effort led by American Express to get people to patronize individual stores and small, locally owned chains, as opposed to the megaretailers and online outlets. AmEx holders can even save a few dollars by registering their cards at americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small ahead of time.
Please support small retailers by joining your neighbors on Third Annual National Small Business Saturday, on Nov. 30. Do the same as often as possible during the other 364 days a year.
Skip the national chain stores’ annual Black Friday madness, which now starts early Thursday at most large retail stores. Only PC Richards is closed. They allow their employees to stay home with family. Take a pass on Cyber Monday for those who want to shop on the Internet.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal. Get a good night’s sleep and come out and support small business by shopping local. In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your neighborhood businesses. There are so many great options. These people are our neighbors. They work long hours, pay taxes and provide local employment without the support of government subsidies at taxpayers expense. If we don’t patronize our local community stores and restaurants to shop and eat, they don’t eat either.
Please join me and your neighbors in continuing to support our Queens Chronicle. Patronize their advertisers; they provide the necessary revenues to help keep them in business. Let them know you saw their ad. This helps keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing.
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Americans everywhere are bracing for the opportunity to feast on their favorite holiday entrÈe: the turkey. Millions of turkeys will be purchased and eaten throughout the country without hesitation. But, before this festive bird is consumed at the Thanksgiving table, it was a living creature that had to be killed so that diners could enjoy its meat. And this is where all the trouble and abuse begins.
Contrary to popular belief, today’s turkeys are not raised on spacious farms with lush green grass, where they frolic merrily with other happy turkeys. Furthermore, many believe the turkeys are killed in a humane manner once their time comes to be served as dinner. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.
The overwhelming majority of turkeys produced in the United States are raised inside filthy, crowded factory farms in inhumane conditions. Turkeys in factory farms are housed indoors in dark rooms, crunched together with other turkeys. The animals have very little space and are given very little med
ical attention. Outrageously, the agricultural industry has gotten Congress to exempt them from the Animal Welfare Act. This exemption allows unspeakable abuses to occur, including painful death through horrible slaughter methods. Anyone that does not believe large scale animal abuse on this level can occur need only to Google factory farms online. If one chooses to do so, please be prepared to be outraged and saddened at what occurs to these historic animals, as well as other farm animals.
Thanksgiving is a time to be appreciative for the things you have. It is a kickoff to the holiday season when all are encouraged to think of their fellow man and give just a little bit more than they normally would.
In fact, many food banks and homeless shelters depend on the holiday season for supplies as people are more likely to donate food and funds now.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will operate on special schedules between today, Wednesday, and Sunday, Dec. 1, to accommodate travel for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
New York City subways and buses will operate on Sunday schedules on Thanksgiving Day.
The synagogue was devastated last year by Hurricane Sandy, causing an estimated $150,000 in damage, according to its executive director, Barry Rachnowitz.
But now things are looking up, and Rachnowitz spent much of this week helping prepare a Thanksgiving feast, which brought together the temple’s pre-school students and their families on Tuesday afternoon.