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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.
(Family Features) With frigid weather and gloomy days, adding some charm and pizazz to your front porch can seem like a lost cause in the winter. But there are a few ways to bring a fresh, chic feel to your porch that will last well past the holidays.
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.
Anthony Gurino knows what it’s like to not have his dad around.
The Howard Beach native’s father was not in his life for several key years as he was growing up. Now as an adult, he wants to make sure every child who doesn’t have a father present has a chance at a good life.
The end of the election season did not mean that Queens politicians would be sleeping on Saturday, when Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and former Congressman Anthony Weiner were in Richmond Hill handing out Thanksgiving groceries at the River Fund food pantry.
(NAPSI)—Ah, the holidays! They’re a time filled with family, friends, large parties and the inevitable holiday entertaining stress. While more guests and big holiday meals can put a serious strain on a home’s plumbing system, a plumbing emergency should be the last thing you need to worry about during a festive gathering. Did you know that the day after Thanksgiving is the single busiest day of the year for Roto-Rooter’s residential plumbers? North America’s No. 1 plumbing repair and drain service company sees, on average, a 47 percent increase in incoming calls on that day compared to an average Friday.
(BPT) - Engagement season is officially here, with couples around the country saying “yes” to proposals and starting to plan their weddings. In fact, 39 percent of marriage proposals happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, according to WeddingChannel.com. While immediate discussions with your partner might be focused on the ceremony venue or honeymoon location, there’s another important consideration before saying “I do:” having the “finance talk.”
(BPT) - It doesn't matter if it's the day after Thanksgiving or the night before Christmas, cybercriminals don't take a holiday.
(BPT) - You know the holidays have officially begun when the tinsel and colored lights go up in stores, streets and homes. Thanksgiving Day is now Black Thursday, when consumers – still hungry and primed for the best possible holiday deals – fight the famous tryptophan sluggishness and rush off to the mall not long after the turkey is carved and gobbled.
Congratulations on the anniversary coverage of last year’s superstorm. The lucky residents who were untouched by the flooding, weeks of power outages and loss of homes, cherished possessions and vital records need these reminders of the hardships others faced and surmounted.
Driving through Broad Channel last month, we were amazed at how normal it looked. So many homes were repaired. At the office in Arverne of “Build It Back,” we noticed that the new development there seemed unscathed. We learned that the homes were built to defy the forces of severe storms. Shouldn’t this be required in all low-lying areas?
It is shameful that insurance costs are prohibitive through FEMA increases. Our legislators must find a way to prevent another disaster without flood insurance bankrupting families and businesses. We applaud the efforts of our state assemblyman, Phil Goldfeder, and others who are pushing back against these costs which will doom whole neighborhoods.
For all of us who survived and are able to repair and restore our losses, we surely have reasons to celebrate this Thanksgiving. May all who need assistance get it swiftly.
Art of Ink in America, “Gesture and Beyond,” Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Nov. 21-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.
Nineteen years and counting. Yes, it’s that time of year again for the Queens Chronicle’s annual toy drive for displaced children in the borough.
So while you’re preparing for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season, don’t forget about these youngsters who might not get any presents if not for your generosity.
Cyber Monday has established itself as the biggest online shopping day of the year, partially because Black Friday is now so spread out (starting on Thanksgiving and lasting through the weekend). Because Cyber Monday has become so commonplace with holiday shoppers, and every retailer participates, it offers us an opportunity to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends and wait for more big savings online after the weekend. After all, there are plenty of holiday gift items on sale well into December.
(BPT) - During the holidays, more Americans spend time in the kitchen preparing meals for family and friends. That additional kitchen time also means added risk of home fires. In fact, according to claims data from Liberty Mutual Insurance, three times more fires occur on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day than on any other days of the year, yet many Americans aren’t practicing basic kitchen safety.