Queens Election Day Preliminary Results

November 16, 2011
Plaza College
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The Queens Courier recently reported on the November 8th elections in Queens, New York.
With only three races on the ballot, two of which featured only a single candidate, Election Day 2011 was quiet in Queens. 
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown and Councilmember Ruben Wills ran unopposed in their respective elections. 
Richard A. Brown secured “his sixth consecutive term as county prosecutor. The D.A., who is in his 20th year on the job, ran with endorsements from his own Democratic Party, as well as the Republicans and Conservatives,” (QueensCourier).
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, seen voting, secured his record sixth consecutive term as county prosecutorRuben Wills defeated Allan Jennings in the District 28 September Democratic Primary with over 67% of the vote, securing his seat. “Wills was first elected to the council in a special election last November after Councilmember Thomas White passed away,” (Queens Courier). District 28 includes South Jamaica, South Ozone Park and Richmond Hill.
The third race for the six available Queens Supreme Court Justice seats had twelve candidates. The six Democrats who ran secured the votes. “Democrats Janice A. Taylor of Jamaica, Allan Weiss of Forest Hills, Rudolph E. Greco Jr. of Jackson Heights, Timothy J. Dufficy of Breezy Point, Pam B. Jackson-Brown of Jamaica and Ira H. Margulis of Oakland Gardens each received over 9% of the vote,” (Queens Courier). 
These are all preliminary results, as a complete re-canvass of all voting machines and the counting of all valid absentee, affidavit and military ballots need to be completed before the election results can be certified, reports the QueensCourier.

Tips to Shorten the Length of a Cold this Winter!

November 14, 2011
  Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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The winter is prime time for common colds and inconvenient viruses. Feeling under the weather during the winter can really put a damper on your plans. Here are a few suggestions that can help you shorten the length of a cold, avoid a repeat or avoid worsening symptoms, provided by MNN.com
Sleep: Dr. Diwakar Balachandran, director of the Sleep Center at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center told WebMD, “A lot of studies show our T-cells go down if we are sleep deprived, and inflammatory cytokines go up… This could potentially lead to the greater risk of developing a cold or flu.” If you can’t get all your sleep in at night, consider a midday nap. When you’re sick, your body needs rest, so give it rest!
Vitamin C: Regular doses of ascorbic or calcium ascorbate can affect a cold’s strength, and may even prevent them by supporting the body’s immune response. Vitamin C is inexpensive and chewable vitamins and drink mixes make it easy to incorporate into your meals or snacks. A dose of vitamin C a day, keeps the doctor away! 
Echinacea and Goldenseal: Taking these two immune-boosting herbs is most effective when used at the first signs of illness, not once you are already sick. Check with your doctor if you are taking any medications considering herbs can interact with some of them. As soon as you get that “uh-oh” feeling, reach for Echinacea or Goldenseal to help prevent any additional symptoms.
Relaxation and Stress Reduction: Stress is a known immune suppressant, so the more often you are stressed out, the less energy your body has to fight disease. Give your body a rest and allow it to take the energy it needs to fight off disease.
Exercise: There is a strong connection between a strong immune system and regular, heart-pumping exercise. Walking is great, but if you can, make part of your walk brisk. Get your heart pumping and feel your immune system strengthening!
So, stay warm, take care of yourself and study hard this winter!

Veterans Day 2011

November 10, 2011
  Plaza College
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Tomorrow, November 11, 2011 the United States of America will celebrate and honor all of those who have served, and are serving, the US Military Services in all wars.
Veterans Day annually falls on November 11th each year. It is typically celebrated with parades, church services and lectures. In many parts of the US, the American Flag is hung at half-mast. This day marks the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918.  
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. 
In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”. There were plans for parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business activities at 11am, (TimeandDate.com). 
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) was approved on May 13, 1938, which made November 11 in each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and the American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the Veteran’s Service Organizations urged Congress to change the word “Armistice” to “Veterans”. Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served (TimeandDate.com). 
Tomorrow, take a moment to remember and honor all those who have fought for your freedom in the US Military Services over the years on Veterans Day 2011.

Eating Habits of College Students: How to make some healthier choices…

November 8, 2011
 Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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College students and health are about as compatible as spicy chili and your digestive system, says Christopher Roddy in the article Healthy College Food. There is a common misconception that college students are too busy to eat healthy. While some may be too busy to cook a meal at home, they can choose healthier options when on-the-go, in the grocery store or at a restaurant.
If you’re on-the-go most days, try to stay away from the drive through’s at local fast food stops. Stopping at a good deli and ordering a sandwich on whole wheat or rye bread with your choice of meat, cheese, lettuce, onions and tomatoes offers a healthier and more pleasing alternative to greasy fried chicken and burgers.
If you happen to stop at a fast food place because it’s your absolute only option, try ordering something healthy (or healthier than the burger and fries, or chicken nuggets and dipping sauce). Most fast food restaurants are now offering salad and grilled chicken options. If you must stop, order this, not the fried, fatty choices.
If you’re the type to stop at a restaurant and skip the school cafeteria and fast food joints altogether, keep these few tips in mind. Eat red meats in moderation, and opt for chicken or fish that’s not deep-fried or smothered in sauce. A salad is always a great, healthy choice but avoid heavy dressings such as Cesar, cream and cheese based – that’s where the hidden calories and fat add up. Choose red vinaigrette instead to zest up your leafy greens.
Fat saturated foods like burgers, pizza and French fries should always be avoided! 
Preparing your meals at home will help ensure healthy choices. Put these food items on your shopping list in place of microwaveable dinners and instant mac and cheese: broccoli, corn, spinach, carrots, chicken, pasta, vegetable sauce, apples, oranges, fruit juice, 1% or skin milk, bottled water, oatmeal, yogurt, eggs, etc. Having these items in your fridge will help kick start your healthy eating habits and encourage you to prepare your own food. Eat balanced meals and try avoiding eating pasta and canned sauce every night of the week! 
Being healthy is not just about eating healthy. Getting the proper amount of exercise a week and drinking 8 glasses of water a day are part of total health. Watch what you eat, and when you eat them. Always make time for a healthy breakfast, as this sets your energy pace for the entire day. 
For more information on eating healthy in college, click HERE

November is American Diabetes Month: Every 17 Seconds, Someone is Diagnosed with Diabetes

November 4, 2011
 Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes.
November is American Diabetes Month. Most American’s don’t consider diabetes a serious matter, yet nearly 26 million children and adults in America are living with diabetes, and another 79 million are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes (Diabetes.org). 
 
Diabetes is a lifelong, chronic disease in which there are high levels of sugar in one’s blood (PubMedHealth). People with diabetes have high blood sugar because their body cannot move sugar into fat, liver and muscle cells to be stored for energy. This is because either their pancreas does not make enough insulin; their cells do not respond to insulin, or both (PubMedHealth). 
Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined and recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to stop diabetes (Diabetes.org). 
During Diabetes Month, millions will join to rally individuals and communities in the movement to Stop Diabetes (Diabetes.org). Visit StopDiabetes.com for more information on the movement, and take action by taking the American Diabetes Month pledge on Facebook linked HERE.

Don’t Let Anything Hold You Back! Just Do It!

November 2, 2011
Plaza College
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Is there something you’ve always wanted to do, but just haven’t got around to it? Maybe you’re afraid to dive into the unknown, or hesitant out of fear of failure. As Nike said, very simply in a recent slogan campaign, “Just Do It!” Don’t let anything hold you back! If there is something you want to do or accomplish, there is no greater time to “just do it” then right now.
“The key is not to allow any real or imagined limitations to hold you back from going after your dreams. Failure is not so much about whether you succeed. True failure is not trying with everything you have,” (GuruHabits.com). Don’t use excuses! If there is something you want to accomplish, do it. If you want to finish your degree, enroll in a school. If you want to learn how to paint, sign up for that painting class. Looking to lose weight? Get outdoors and start exercising. There is a path of success to each and every goal you’ve desired.
Abraham Lincoln failed in business, had a severe nervous breakdown, and lost numerous elections for state and federal positions, but he didn’t give up. He had a goal and wanted to accomplish it. He went on to become one of the greatest American presidents.
Babe Ruth, “The Great Bambino” held the record for the most homeruns in baseball for decades. He also still holds the record for the most strikeouts!
“The surest pathway to our dreams is in discovering our unique strengths, talents, and gifts. This is where our personal and financial wealth resides,” (GuruHabits.com). Dig down deeper into your inner-self and find the strength to take that next step towards accomplishing your goals.  
Michael Jordan did not make his high school basketball team, but he didn’t give up or let his failures stop him from achieving his goals. He went on to become the number 1 basketball player in the world.
“People who engage in a variety of experiences are more likely to retain positive emotions and minimize negative ones than people who have fewer experiences,” (Time). Limiting your experiences means limiting your chances at achieving greatness.
Are you looking to grow? Expand your education? Maybe you started a degree and never got to complete it. Plaza College has the opportunity for you to grow and change your life! Visit PlazaCollege.edu for more information.

Every Vote Counts! Let Your Voice Be Heard During the 2011 Elections!

October 31, 2011
Plaza College
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Every vote counts. The importance of voting in America, for any election, cannot be overstated. Our leaders, who are elected by the citizens, make, enforce and judge laws that impact our health, religion, money and freedoms. It is important you vote to have your say about what happens in your future.

Voting provides an important way for you to voice your opinion as a citizen of the United States of America, and helps you decide your own future by electing a person who might reflect your own views, beliefs and desires. The right to vote exists as one of the most cherished Constitutional Rights that many fought for, marched for, and died for over the centuries (The Importance of Voting Essay).

It is important to vote for America’s future potential. Ballots you cast today will impact your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and all the generations that follow. If the right to vote no longer existed, the United States would no longer survive as a democratic nation. By not voting, you give away your right to influence the government overall.

Take the initiative this election to vote for the candidate who reflects your overall views, thoughts and beliefs. Voter turnout has declined over the decades, and not all eligible voters are using the privilege defined in the 24th Amendment of the US Constitution. Approximately 12% of eligible young voters take the opportunity to vote (The Importance of Voting Essay). If you’re  part of the 88% who have not taken advantage of your right to vote, change that this election day.

Election Day is November 8th. Research your local candidates, political party and overall election. A good participatory citizen would know the details of the elections and have an understanding of the candidates’ campaigns. Let your voice be heard and vote in the 2011 elections!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Warning signs and what you can do to help..

October 28, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Most people recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What many don’t know is that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month– the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the US, more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined (clarkprosectuor.org). 
Domestic Violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors, including physical, sexual and psychological attacks used by one intimate partner against another to gain, maintain or regain power and control in the relationship (DVAM.Vawnet.Org). The attacker uses a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner. 
A family member, friend or coworker may be a victim of domestic violence. Some feel overwhelmed, frightened and embarrassed of the abuse; therefore they keep it to themselves without letting anyone know.  Usually, violence takes place when the couple is alone. You might not see dramatic warning signs like black eyes and broken bones, but you should listen to your instincts if you suspect something. Here are 10 warning signs someone you know may be in an abusive relationship:

  1. When your friend and her boyfriend/husband are together, he calls her names or puts her down in front of other people 
  2. He acts extremely jealous when she talks to other men, even when it’s completely innocent 
  3. She apologizes for his behavior and makes excuses for him 
  4. She frequently cancels plans at the last minute for reasons that sound untrue 
  5. He is always checking up on her at work, school, functions, dinners, etc. demanding to know where she has been and who she has been with
  6. You’ve seen him lose his temper, maybe even break or hit things when he’s mad 
  7. She seems worried about upsetting him or making him angry 
  8. She is giving up things that used to be important to her, such as spending time with friends or taking part in specific activities 
  9. Her weight, appearance, grades or work ethic have changed dramatically– signs of depression that could indicate abuse
  10. She has injuries she can’t explain or the explanations she gives do not make sense
Don’t ignore abuse that you see, hear about or suspect is happening. Your silence encourages the abusive person to deny that their behavior is wrong or that the abused deserves it. Remind your friend or family member that change will create a better, healthy relationship for both partners in the relationship. Offer healthy alternatives and sources of help. 
Linked HERE is a great, resourceful website to offer a loved one who is suffering is an abusive relationship
Join in on the efforts this month to stop domestic violence by educating those around you on the warning signs and the lasting effects of domestic violence.

Halloween Tricks & Treats to Avoid

October 27, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Halloween is less than a week away! The candy is out in stores, decorations are up and pumpkins have been carved. This festive holiday can be a lot of fun, and safe if you keep a few safety precautions in mind. 
To avoid any “tricks” in your “treats.” adults should always examine children’s candy prior to eating. Checking for candy that appears to have been tampered with is important to keep your kids safe. IF anything looks suspicious, even just a small tear, it is better to safe and throw it out then to be sorry. Avoid eating any homemade food items distributed like chocolates, cupcakes, cookies or lollipops.
Make sure your costumes are flame resistant. This will help protect you (or you children) as you hunt for candy or celebrate with friends. Avoid costumes with large, billowing materials which could come into contact more easily with candles, jack-o-lanterns and other sources or flames.  Apply reflective tape to dark costumes so you can find your children or friends more easily in the dark.
Are you looking for something other than Trick-Or-Treating to do on Halloween? Join New York’s Halloween Costume Parade on Monday, October 31, 2011 – the official day of Halloween. All those in costume are welcome to join hundreds or puppets, 53 bands of different types of music, dancers and artists, and thousands of other New Yorker’s in costumes of their own creation in the Nation’s most wildly creative public participatory event. 
If you’re interested in joining the parade, line-up in costume on 6th Avenue, south of Spring Street and North of Canal Street between 6:30 and 8:30pm. Won’t be able to march in the parade? Watch LIVE on WPIX Channel 11 beginning at 7:30 or on NY 1 at 8pm. 
Happy Halloween!

Make A Difference Day: What did you do?

October 24, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Make a Difference Day was this past Saturday, October 22nd. The official day started in 1990 by USA Weekend Magazine and is celebrated each year on the 4th Saturday in October. The goal has long been to bring people together to tackle small and large needs in their communities. 
Make a Difference Day is America’s largest day of doing good and volunteering, “thanks to the passion and commitment of millions of people willing to give of themselves and their time. These volunteers include students, families, clubs, church groups, neighbors, corporations, athletes and celebrities doing things such as feeding the hungry, teaching children, repairing homes, as well as thousands of other unique opportunities and ideas about how to volunteer,” (Huffington Post). 
Companies like Newman’s Own (Paul Newman), NBC News and The Motorola Mobility Foundation support Make a Difference Day through donations, inspirational messages, giveaways and applications. 
What can you do to make a difference in the world? Have you already done something? Share your stories on the Plaza College Facebook wall or send your story to PlazaCollegeBlog@gmail.com so we can feature it right here on the blog! 
If you want to make a difference in the world, here is a list of National Groups that are members of the Make a Difference Day Advisory Board whom you can join efforts with:
AARP, First Book, General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes Foundation, National 4-H Council, National Assembly, USA Harvest, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America and Volunteers of America.
Not looking to join a group? Start your own efforts right in your hometown. You could start a canned food drive (with the holidays right around the corner, this is a great way to give back to those who are in need!), volunteering at a nursing home or hospital or set up a trash clean-up day involving local students. The ideas are endless; it’s up to you to put them into action!

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