(BPT) - Americans rarely take the time to unplug during the work day. In fact, we spend just short of half the day in front of some type of screen, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Before a hushed audience, Greg Kennedy tossed a bean bag, a cast-iron hatchet and a 16-pound bowling ball into the air, launching the precarious items through his legs as if they were harmless pieces of tissue paper.
The act, which rendered an auditorium of parents and young children silent, was sandwiched between an opening display of traditional juggling acts — which used rings, juggling clubs, dumpling-like bean bags and 2,000-year-old Chinese yo-yos — and more futuristic, fantastical routines that employed trapeze artists, dancing and juggling unexpected items like wooden poles, glowing neon balls and long reeds.
(Family Features) Each year, more than four million women in America give birth and 2,600 infants are born with neural tube defects. While there are simple preventative steps women can take, Americans are generally unaware of the impact that diet, specifically enriched grains, has on pregnancy and infant health.
(Family Features) It's no secret that airing a commercial during the biggest football game of the year is a major undertaking. Brands compete in the ultimate commercial showdown, telling their best standout stories in a lineup of ads clamoring to be remembered.
On Jan. 1, 2014 the city’s Build it Back program had started zero renovations on Sandy-ravaged houses and sent out zero reimbursement checks.
More than a year later, construction has started on more than 331 homes across Queens, and finished 99, and borough residents have received more than $15.2 million in reimbursements for work they completed on their own house, according to Build it Back officials.
(NAPSI)—A company known for its award-winning digital multimedia solutions is making it easier to put a high-tech spin on keeping in touch with friends and family.
(Family Features) As a new parent, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed by conflicting information about the safest ways to care for the little one who completely relies on you. This is especially true when it comes to baby care products.
(BPT) - The holidays are almost here, and with them comes plenty of feasting and merriment. Enjoying the season is important, but if you have a family member with diabetes, it’s also very important to maintain a healthy routine for managing the condition.
(BPT) - Game day is just around the corner. You and your friends have been talking about the upcoming football game on Sunday afternoon for weeks. You’ve rescheduled everything to keep Tuesday night free for the basketball matchup between top rival teams. You could spend a lot of money and travel time to get tickets to the game, but you’d be stuck peering through binoculars to see the action or wrapped up in many layers of clothing to stay warm. Instead, you can catch every moment of the game comfortable and warm in front of a large-screen TV.
(NAPSI)—Sunlight streaming through the window and onto your skin may feel fine when the weather’s cold but it can damage your skin—unless you take certain steps.
Acting like a catalog of Bayside’s home movies, a revamped version of the website “Bayside Live TV” — an internet channel that creator Gregg Sullivan said is a “handshake between the community and the media” — will launch before the new year.
BaysideLiveTV.com has some short videos now and will be updated soon. The idea is to unite the community online, and show outsiders what the area has to offer in terms of businesses, schools, youth sports teams, bars, restaurants and real estate.
The many empty seats in the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College in Jamaica, where the Metropolitan Transportation Authority held a hearing Dec. 3 on proposed fare and toll hikes set to take effect in March, did little to deter those in attendance from expressing their views.
Most of the speakers who did show up shared common concerns: rising financial burdens from the rate increases and dissatisfaction with various aspects of the transit system.
(BPT) - The holidays are about the home and celebrating time with friends and family. It’s a time to cherish the warmth, comfort and company of being around those we love most. For some, however, work keeps them away from the ones they love.
(Family Features) For many adults, the holidays are transformed by the chance to experience the wonders of the season through the eyes of children. There's no better way to elicit a merry twinkle all around than by creating festive holiday treats together in the kitchen.
(NAPSI)—Life can be stressful. Whether it’s our jobs, family, relationships, holiday craziness, mishaps or finances—stress can be there. But we CAN manage it. Whether it’s simple measures you take daily to reduce your stress levels in a matter of minutes or voluntary insurance to help provide cash benefits when you experience an illness or injury, there are ways to keep calm and stress-free.
(NAPSI)—Each year, cold and flu season strikes just as families are preparing to get together and celebrate the holidays. During these joyous times, stuffy noses, body aches and headaches are the last thing any child wants to experience.
(NAPSI)—It started with the Boomers. A science experiment in schools to teach students responsibility, (or a simple scare tactic), known as The Pet Egg. Many actually enjoyed caring for their eggs, and the Pet Rock was also born. For thousands of years in fact, kids of all ages have loved to nurture and play parent with baby dolls and the like.
In the basement of The Creek and the Cave in Long Island City is a podcast that keeps it really real. “Legion of Skanks,” featuring stand-up comics Big Jay Oakerson, Dave Smith and Luis J. Gomez, is a weekly audio show recorded live in front of an audience at the comedy club.
“Legion of Skanks” is nominally a comedy podcast, and it can provoke convulsive, sobbing laughter. It also dabbles in social commentary, not always successfully.
Over the past decade or so, Queens has developed into a more established area for the arts. Music, visual art and theater venues have popped up all over the borough, especially in Long Island City.
But one of the more popular art mediums, dance, has had less of a presence in one of the most diverse places in the world.
(BPT) - If social media isn’t at the top of your list when starting your job-searching endeavors, you might find the process slow and tedious. That’s because social networks are the way nearly all U.S. companies are finding new employees, according to Jobvite.
(NAPSI)—Nearly 300,000 car crashes involving inexperienced drivers can be prevented each year with better driver’s education, recent research shows. Teenagers often lack the essential knowledge and skills that can help keep them safe on the roads.
When the World Trade Center collapsed, New York City and the rest of the nation were permanently shifted.
“Post 9/11, this world changed dramatically — [our world] didn’t feel as safe,“Dorsky Gallery curator, Marie Mathews-Berenson, said, “Artists all over the world, not just the United States, faced many more cataclysmic effects [after this].”
(Family Features) Americans love barbequing. There's something great about inviting friends and family over, firing up the grill, sitting back and eating a juicy burger with veggies in the backyard.
Living in a big city you are exposed to a melting pot of people from different cultures and ethnicities as well as a lot of different views and opinions. Within such a huge conglomerate of people you’ll often find biases plaguing the minds of some. Being or seeming different in the eyes of the society brings about questions that can be annoying and frustrating to hear time and time again.
That’s how it can be for Jon Novick, 22, a Sunnyside resident who recently made a documentary called “Don’t Look Down on Me,” which shows the type of stares and comments he receives as a little person in New York City. Novick has a condition known as achondroplasia, which is the most common form of dwarfism, and stands 4 feet tall.
(NAPSI)—Reality TV shows, online webcasts and YouTube videos have encouraged many people to try the do-it-yourself (DIY) route when it comes to tackling less-complicated home renovations or fixes. Often, there are advantages to DIY projects, such as financial savings, learning new skills, environmental benefits and more.