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ACS, Chronicle pay tribute to the survivors

On Oct. 10 the Queens Chronicle marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month, sponsoring a ceremony at which the American Cancer Society honored Queens women who have survived the disease.The ceremony was hosted by the Jamaica site of Raymour & Flanigan, the furniture chain with a location at 168-23 Jamaica Ave.

Thursday 10/17/2019
Beating breast cancer: courageous tales of survival
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:29 pm

“It was the word ‘cancer.’ I just could not comprehend that word,” said Arlene Fiorella of Woodside when she heard her diagnosis.

“I stopped thinking. My memory of that day is not clear.

“I was lucky I have my husband. He was my support.”

Fighting back was a natural response.

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Breast cancer walk highlights ACS’s work
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:32 pm

With 15,000 participants, the Making Strides Against Breast Center walk at Flushing Meadows Corona Park raised over $655,00 last year. And this year, organizers are hoping to surpass that number.

Scheduled for the morning of Sunday, Oct. 20, the annual event raises funds for both breast cancer research and services provided by the American Cancer Society. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Register online at makingstrideswalk.org/queens.

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Partners’ support is invaluable after diagnosis
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:31 pm

When the diagnosis is breast cancer, a woman’s husband or intimate partner is directly affected, and can be crucial during times of treatment and recovery.

“It’s an ultimate ‘in sickness and in health’ situation,” said Dr. Jane Carleton, associate chief of Clinical Affairs at Northwell Health’s Monter Cancer Center.

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Eight tips to help prevent back pain
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:46 pm

Can’t bend over to tie your shoes? Icing your back so you can sit at your desk? If you suffer from back pain, you’re not alone — in fact, four out of five people experience back pain at some point in their lives, and it’s the second-most common reason for visiting the doctor.

Surprisingly, back pain isn’t always caused by trauma, such as a fall or car accident. The simple acts of twisting to reach for an object, sitting at a computer or bending over can send you into a painful spasm.

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Friday 10/11/2019
Mary Louis Junior Helps Close tech Gender Gap
Posted: October 11, 2019

Junior Myah Mitchell from The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica Estates, center, found that NYU Tandon School of Engineering offered a unique opportunity for young women to help close the gender gap in tech with the program Girls Who Code.

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Friday 10/04/2019
MS 202 Honors Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Posted: October 04, 2019

On Sept. 25, the staff and students of MS 202, The Robert H. Goddard School in Ozone Park, wore yellow and gold in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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Thursday 10/03/2019
Nursing homes: making informed decisions
Updated: October 03, 2019 - 1:25 pm

Senior citizen advocates and government agencies at the city, state and federal levels all seem to encourage nursing homes as a last resort when considering long-term care for one’s self or an elderly parent or relative.

But all also agree that when deciding on nursing homes or at least weighing them as an option, people should have all possible information at their fingertips in order to make an informed choice.

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No need to be lonely in a crowd of your peers
Updated: October 03, 2019 - 1:01 pm

It was about a year and a half ago when Debbie Brumer was hit by the feeling of loneliness that all too often overcomes people as they get older — and it hit her hard.

A divorcee who had been living in Manhattan for some 35 years, Brumer, now 62, suddenly found herself uprooted by circumstances beyond her control and transplanted to Forest Hills, where she felt totally out of her element.

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Learning about healthcare costs and options
Updated: October 03, 2019 - 12:58 pm

Healthcare seems to get more expensive every year. And if you’re a senior citizen living on a fixed income, keeping up with the costs and understanding changes in your plan can be challenging.

But steps can be taken to make it easier.

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Expect only a 1.6% hike in Social Security
Updated: October 03, 2019 - 1:06 pm

The Social Security cost-of-living adjustment for 2020 will be considerably lower than the 2.8 percent COLA received this year, according to a new estimate from The Senior Citizens League.

“The government’s consumer price index data for August indicates that COLA recipients can expect to get a benefit boost of about 1.6 percent in 2020,” says TSCL’s Social Security policy analyst, Mary Johnson. “That would raise an average retiree benefit of $1,460 by about $23.40 per month, a big drop from the $40.90 that people with that level of benefits received this year,” Johnson says.

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Queens Senior Centers
Updated: October 03, 2019 - 1:24 pm

Senior centers are places where older adults gather for services and activities that reflect their experience and skills, respond to their diverse needs and interests, enhance their dignity, support their independence, and encourage their involvement in and with the center and the community. Many centers offer fitness and internet programs and activities, among others, to meet the needs and interests of today’s older individuals. Some centers also offer care management programs, long-term care ombudsmen and adult day services.

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Friday 09/27/2019
Mathematics, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School Happenings
Posted: September 27, 2019

Here are the the first highlights of the new school year at Mathematics, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School at the Campus Magnet Complex in Cambria Heights.

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Friday 09/20/2019
Our Lady of Grace Celebrates "First Responder Friday"
Posted: September 20, 2019

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in Howard Beach celebrated “First Responder Friday” last week in honor of the everyday heroes who put their lives on the line.  Members of the NYPD, FDNY, Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Control, Emergency Service Unit, the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department and the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps., were on hand to meet with the students and faculty to explain their jobs and answer questions about what they do.

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St. Helen Catholic Academy's September 11 Memorial Rock Garden
Posted: September 20, 2019

Last week, St. Helen Catholic Academy in Howard Beach continued a recent tradition to commemorate September 11, 2001. After a special Mass attended by the student body, parents and community members, each student placed a hand-decorated rock in the September 11th Memorial Garden.

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Thursday 09/19/2019
Number of students vaping on the rise
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 1:28 pm

The news of a sixth vaping-related death nationwide coincided with a Sept. 10 report that thousands of city middle school students are using electronic cigarettes.

“It’s alarming,” city Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot told NY1. “The fact that high school students are now three times as likely to smoke e-cigarettes than they are tobacco cigarettes is indication that we’re on the verge of losing the gains that we’ve made over the last 10 years in terms of freeing people from a lifetime of addiction.”

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Thursday 09/05/2019
Number of homeless seniors on the rise
Updated: September 05, 2019 - 1:09 pm

Longtime Long Island City resident Melanie Lee has been through the homeless system and back and knows all too well what so many of her fellow senior citizens face on a daily basis.

“I had difficulty keeping up with the expenses of the house,” she explained of a family residence in Corona, where she had lived on and off with her mother since 1984. “My family decided it was too much to maintain and sold it.”

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Beware of false advertisements
Updated: September 05, 2019 - 1:08 pm

Scammers have become more aggressive and sophisticated in the digital age. With millions of people relying on Social Security and Medicare, scammers target audiences who are looking for legitimate program and benefit information. Scammers sometimes try to scare people into giving out their personal information. Never give someone who called you any personal information unless you absolutely know who they are.

The law that addresses misleading Social Security and Medicare advertising prohibits people or nongovernment businesses from using words or emblems that mislead others. Their advertising can’t claim that they represent, are somehow affiliated with or are endorsed or approved by Social Security or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Medicare).

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The truth about osteoporosis
Updated: September 05, 2019 - 12:57 pm

Commonly known as the “silent disease,” osteoporosis is a condition where your bones lose density and become more fragile. It’s described as silent because it typically progresses with no obvious symptoms until a fall or misstep leads to a fracture. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to build bone strength, prevent osteoporosis and reduce fracture risk.

True or false: Osteoporosis is an inevitable part of aging.

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Thursday 08/29/2019
Back To School & Fall Guide 2019
Posted: August 29, 2019

Contents of the Queens Chronicle's 2019 Back To School & Fall Guide.

BACK TO SCHOOL

• City simplifies HS application process

• Eva Moskowitz on Success Academy

• Getting more school seats in Queens

• The ongoing debate over the SHSAT

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Getting into a good high school
Posted: August 29, 2019

That rite-of-passage for New York City teenagers — the nerve-racking experience of applying to high schools — has been unchanged for years.

The kids starting eighth grade next month weren’t even born when today’s knotty system of algorithms, ranked choice and travel hardship was introduced.

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Success Academy CEO talks shop
Posted: August 29, 2019

The political winds are not exactly at Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz’s back.

Her charter school network took a huge political loss when Republicans lost control of the state Senate last year, with Democrats achieving complete control of Albany. In March, the city reached 235 charters, the maximum allowed under state law. Then, despite calls to do so by a longtime charter ally, Gov. Cuomo, the Legislature this year did not raise that cap.

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Addition, no subtraction, of seats
Posted: August 29, 2019

Queens school districts are wagon-full of new school seats for the 2019-20 school year, though, even more than in the other boroughs, they could probably use a complete truckload.

“Since 2014, we’ve created more than 17,700 seats (including pre-K) in Queens.For the start of the 2019-2020 school year, we’ll be adding more than 1,600 additional seats in Queens,” said Kevin Ortiz, manager of communications and external affairs for the city’s School Construction Authority.

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SHSAT: Who has the answers?
Posted: August 29, 2019

A year ago, Mayor de Blasio published an op ed piece on Chalkbeat.com, the website which covers the city school system, and the debris is still raining down from the explosion it set off.

“The Specialized High School Admissions Test isn’t just flawed — it’s a roadblock to justice, progress and academic excellence,” the mayor wrote.

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Not enough fun and games in gym
Posted: August 29, 2019

Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) is not only on the Council’s Education Committee, for which he served as chairman from 2014 to 2017, but was a fourth-grade teacher at PS 199 in Sunnyside for 25 years.

He remembers how there was one gym teacher who taught 25 periods of physical education but there were 44 classes in the school. So the remaining 19 didn’t get gym classes with a gym teacher but instead had phys ed in a regular classroom.

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