Dozens of Rockaway beaches closed for swimming due to lack of lifeguards, Sandy damages


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Salvatore Licata

As of June 19, only 29 of the more than 100 beaches in the Rocakaways are open to swimming because of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy coupled with a dearth of lifeguards, the Parks Department said.

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Swimming injuries – how to avoid them


By Queens Courier Staff

Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise. It’s easy on the joints and provides a terrific workout in terms of aerobic exercise and improving muscle strength. With summer in full swing, many people are diving in. Competitive swimmers may be training for triathlons that often take place during warm weather months. At a […]

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Tips for summer swimming


By Queens Courier Staff

It’s pool season again – a time for pool parties and splashing with the kids. It’s also time to share tips on keeping swimming healthy and avoiding recreational water illnesses. New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on “swimmer’s ear” underscores the need for the public to play an active role […]

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‘Two’ much fun


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The view of Great Cruz Bay from the beach at the Westin Resort & Villas on St. John in the Virgin Islands

As the ferry made its way through gently cresting waters under a brilliant blue sky filled with puffy, cotton ball clouds, I saw a boat with the imprinted words “two much fun.” That’s how I felt about my week away on the secluded island of St. John in the Virgin Islands. Stu, my beloved husband […]

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AeroMexico’s hot new non-stop


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Photo by Sandy Nesoff

The United States is sandwiched between two amazing cultures…Canada to the north and Mexico to the south.  While many Mexicans have moved to the United States, we still know very little about their proud culture and heritage. Most North Americans know very little about Mexico, but the opportunity for change has arrived in time for […]

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A whirlwind week


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The “Wow” girls gathered for dinner at Giardino in Douglaston

With the loss of beloved friend Dolly DeThomas, my “Wow” friends had dinner together last week. We ate in a private room at Giardino, in Douglaston. The superb italian food and service is no surprise considering its owned by Frank Russo of Russo’s on the Bay. It was decided to support a scholarship at Vaughn […]

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Ready, set, cruise


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Photo by Bob Nesoff

Vacations can be fun, entertaining and relaxing. They can also be an awful hassle if you are going to be visiting more than one destination. Those opting for a one-stop trip more often than not end up in a resort that provides virtually all they need from meals to entertainment. If they are lucky enough […]

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Rego Park runner reverses diagnosis


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Luis Marcial

Rego Park resident Luis Marcial began running after he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2010, and the only time he stopped running was when he sustained a stress reaction to his femur seven weeks ago.

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Op-ed: Bowne Park: kiss your venerable trees goodbye


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The July 10 Courier reporting on the planned “facelift” and revitalized green space of Flushing’s Bowne Park comes with a cost far greater than the proposed $2.45M capital construction expense, if we consider the large long-lived trees that populate the park. In addition to aesthetics, we must be mindful of the high economic value and benefits and services that those trees provide.

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