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


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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


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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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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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Visiting day memories


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I felt déjà vu on the visit to the day camp my grandchildren are going to, because it’s the same one my daughter attended. Then, a few days later, I visited my grandson at sleepaway camp which totally reminded me of the sleepaway camps I had gone to ‘til I got married! The sun was […]

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Op-ed: Why a Business Improvement District will help our business


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As a small business owner on Roosevelt Avenue, I understand what it is to a run mom-and-pop shop in this neighborhood. My parents immigrated to Queens and set up the business I currently run. For over a decade, our business has served as our family pride and our lifeline, and we have called Roosevelt Avenue our home.

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Op-ed: Straight-up talk about testosterone


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It’s almost impossible to turn on the TV or open a newspaper (or website) without hearing about testosterone deficiency in men. We’re barraged with information that ranges from scientifically correct concerns about a very real medical condition, to completely unsubstantiated claims about “miracle” supplements that promise to do everything from improving a man’s mood and sex drive to giving him a body that would rival that of his favorite action hero.

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Having fun but still learning in Mexico


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PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO – While I am on vacation in Mexico for July, I am noticing a lot of things. Mexico has lots of big iguanas and lizards running around. The first place I stayed here was a fancy, big hotel. I got swimming lessons and snorkeled with really old turtles. On another day, […]

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