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Two new American flags fly in the wind above the Family Fruit Farm grocery store in Rego Park last Thursday.
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.
(BPT) - While vinyl siding has historically been the most-used siding material in the U.S., its continuing advancements are allowing even more choice when it comes to two critical qualities desired by homeowners: outstanding curb appeal and low maintenance.
(NAPSI)—When it comes to putting a sparkle in someone’s eye, few gifts can do the trick quicker than jewelry.
To David Rivkin, first please excuse my “vituperation” (“The ignorant Left,” Letters, Nov. 14). I will venture to circumscribe my subsequent opprobrious declamations and endeavor to exhibit a more altruistic causatum.
We obviously live in a republic (“and to the republic for which it stands”). It’s so sad that Republicans don’t understand sarcasm and instead pick and choose which facts to ignore (the rest of my letter).
You’re right to say we don’t live in a democracy. If we did, our country wouldn’t be held hostage by one-third of one-third of our government. Gun control legislation? It would’ve been passed since over 90 percent of Americans want it. Global warming? Still a hoax as Republicans say? Or fact, as more than 99 percent of scientists have proven? In just six months our planet experienced the largest tornado ever recorded (in Oklahoma) and the largest typhoon with the highest recorded wind speed on record (in the Philippines). An act of God? Spare me the fairy tales.
As for filibusters, what Sen. Ted Cruz did in his filibuster was an absolute disgrace. Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, on the other hand, was a true American during her filibuster. Making passioned and fact-filled point after point! Republicans used a “point of order” to cut off her filibuster, arguing that Davis had strayed off topic by mentioning ultrasounds. Amazing! Protesting an anti-abortion bill and mentioning ultrasounds is off topic? Yet protesting Obamacare and quoting “green eggs and ham” is on point?
Finally, the words “reasoned argument and republican” should never appear in the same sentence.
The stop and frisk debate continues and now a new study has been thrown into the mix.
The New York Attorney General’s Office released a report last week that supports the claim that the policy targets mostly young men of color and did not reduce crime.
Despite the rain and wind on Sunday morning, The East Coast Car Association held its 15th annual Toys for Tots Run to St. Mary’s Hospital in Bayside. With Santa Claus himself in attendance, the Forest Park Bandshell parking lot was certainly a place to find holiday cheer and the spirit of giving, as well as some incredible cars.
(BPT) - Traveling Europe may seem like a distant dream; tourists inundate cities during peak season, driving prices up. But your European dreams are attainable – if you travel during winter months. Europe can be much more affordable in winter and the quiet cities offer a more intimate and authentic experience.
Understanding the past can help us better appreciate the present and look toward the future. If you want a more meaningful vacation, an excursion to one of America’s most significant sites can be a step straight into history. Why not celebrate the Gettysburg Address’ and Yosemite National Park’s 150th anniversaries by delving into the rich landscape that hosted each monumental achievement?
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again, when the cold wind blows outdoors and your home works as hard as it can to keep you warm and comfortable indoors. Yet your home may be working harder than necessary, while inflating your energy bills in the process. By making a few home renovations this winter, you can boost energy efficiency, save money and add value to your home in the long run.
St. Sebastian’s Parish in Woodside has been preparing its Nov. 23 fundraiser for disaster relief in the Philippines for nearly a month.
“But we had been planning that in response to the earthquake [on Oct. 15],” the Rev. Msgr. Michael Hardiman said. “Now they’ve been hit with this typhoon. So we’ve just ratcheted up the response.”
(BPT) - Homeowners will pay 13 percent more this year to heat their homes with natural gas, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts. Prices for heating with propane, electricity and heating oil also will remain higher than five-year averages. With this in mind, it is especially important for homeowners to act now to ensure their homes are energy-efficient.
Community Board 13 Secretary Jerry Wind, left, and Chairman Bryan Block, right, flank the chair left vacant by First Vice Chairwoman Tanya Cruz on Monday night. Block and Cruz have had contentious exchanges at recent meetings.
The sky was clear, the winds were calm, the sounds of a regular evening in Howard Beach — airplane engines overhead and cars whizzing past on the Belt Parkway — were the norm for a typical October evening.
But one year ago, none of that was true. One year ago Tuesday night, Howard Beach was a very different place, literally struggling to stay above water as Hurricane Sandy’s full might took the neighborhood by complete surprise.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) isn’t satisfied with the success she’s enjoyed during her first term. She’s running for a second term because, quite simply, her heart is in her district.
“I look at my past five years since I was elected the first time and anytime I ran for office, I expressed a vision,” Crowley said. “My heart is here in Middle Village, Glendale and Maspeth. I want to stay here.”
(NAPSI)—One year ago, Superstorm Sandy made landfall on the densely populated Eastern seaboard. It brought with it a 13-foot storm surge and 115-mph sustained winds. Many residents were unprepared for a storm of this magnitude. But meteorologists warn that storms like Sandy may be the new normal, and we should prepare accordingly.
(BPT) - This season, Americans are embarking on all types of journeys, from romantic weekends to outdoor activity focused getaways. In fact, 28 percent of Americans will take a road trip for the Thanksgiving holiday driving an average of 1,117 miles, according to the Hankook Quarterly Gauge Index. But what defines the ultimate road trip? Hear what drivers have to say:
Aaaah, autumn! It's the perfect time to entertain outdoors -- most of the bugs are gone, the sun isn't scorching even though it's warm enough to enjoy an afternoon or evening al fresco, and there's a bounty of good things to serve for an outdoor meal.
(BPT) - There are seemingly endless options through which homeowners must navigate when buying a new garage door: the style, materials and accessories, just to name a few. But perhaps the most important feature that should top the garage door consumer’s list is energy efficiency.
(NAPSI)—Tax credits for geothermal heat pumps are a hot item. According to WaterFurnace, a leading manufacturer of geothermal systems, in many cases, homeowners qualify for a federal tax credit for installing their products. Some homeowners may also qualify for additional utility and state rebates, which can make installing such systems even more affordable.
(StatePoint) Your house serves as a safe haven from whipping winds during the long chill of winter. When the days are short and the nights are long, making your rooms warmer and more inviting can brighten the mood of the whole house.
(BPT) - If fire damages your house or the wind tears some shingles off the roof, your homeowner’s insurance will likely cover the cost of repairs. But what if your refrigerator’s ice-maker stops working or the door on your self-cleaning oven refuses to latch? Many homeowners turn to home warranty programs to help them protect the things insurance doesn’t, like mechanical and electrical appliances or systems within the home.
(Family Features) In the battle to get leaner and healthier, people have been targeting many different food groups over the years, from fats to carbohydrates. Now, experts are weighing in on whether or not grains might be a culprit in the growing prevalence of certain diseases, including obesity and dementia.
(BPT) - This year more than 5.4 million homes were sold by the end of August, according to the National Association of Realtors. Are you one of these millions of new homeowners? If so, you’ve most likely felt the urge to settle in immediately. However, before making any major renovations, it’s a good idea to live in a new home a while to see how the space is meeting your needs. Here are a few swift swaps that will have a big impact in making that new house feel like home sweet home.
Spring is a beautiful time to visit Europe and enjoy the greening of rolling hillsides, the blooming of colorful flowers and birds singing earlier each morning. Plus, you can tour the countryside free of crowds. As winter’s freeze ebbs away, European waterways make the perfect transportation method to tour cities from Amsterdam to Vienna. Spring European river cruises are packed with plenty of sights to see, foods to taste and cultures and arts to experience.