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Complete the Fall Semester Successfully Without Distractions

December 5, 2011
Plaza College
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With the holiday season in full bloom, it’s easy to get distracted. Keep these three tips in the back of your head to complete your fall semester successfully, and enjoy the holiday season at the same time!
Concentrate on what’s important: it is very easy to get overwhelmed during the holiday season. Concentrate on what really has to get done, and prioritize accordingly. It would be great to go holiday shopping after class, especially with that friends and family sale going on- but with finals coming up it would be more productive to study and save the shopping for later! Complete what has to get done now, and then reward yourself with fun activities, like taking a trip to see the infamous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree! 
Reflect on the good things: Think back on all the good things you have accomplished this year. Take the time to congratulate yourself for these successes, whether they are financial, educational, personal, etc. Reward yourself for prioritizing successfully. 
Stay focused: classes are almost over! You didn’t work so hard all semester to get caught up in the holiday season and forget to complete assignments or study for the big exam. Finish out the semester strong, and then enjoy everything there is to enjoy about the holidays! Schedule a set time to study and stick to it! 
Happy Holidays!

History and Facts about the Holland Tunnel

December 2, 2011
Plaza College
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About 100 years ago in 1920, the New Jersey Interstate Bridge and Tunnel Commission and the New York State Bridge and Tunnel Commission adopted funds and began construction on what was then referred to as the Hudson River Vehicular Tunnel
Seven years later on November 13, 1927, what is today known as the Holland Tunnel (named as a tribute to its first Chief engineer, Clifford M. Holland) operated under the guise of the two state commissions until the Port Authority of NY & NJ took over operations in April of 1930. 
 
The first Hudson River vehicular crossing connects Canal Street in Manhattan with 12th and 14th Streets in Jersey City, NJ, and is considered “an outstanding engineering achievement,” (PANYNJ.gov). The tunnel runs 8,558 feet from portal to portal on the North tube, and 8,371 feet on the South tube at a height of 12 feet, 6 inches tall.
One of the most significant challenges all three chief engineers faced was how to ventilate the 1.6 mile long tunnel. “With the dawn of the automobile age, it was imperative to find a way to remove potentially dangerous automobile fumes,” (PANYNJ.gov). 
The third chief engineer, Ole Singstad, found a solution. His idea was to design a circular tunnel with an automatic ventilation system where four ventilation buildings, two on each side of the Hudson River would house 84 immense fans that would provide a change of air every 90 seconds, keeping air quality well within established safety limits. 
This innovation by Singstad made the Holland Tunnel the first mechanically ventilated underwater vehicular tunnel in the world. “The methods used to design and build it still form the basis for the construction of many underwater vehicular tunnels throughout the world,” (PANYNJ.gov). 
The Holland Tunnel was designated a National Historic Civil and Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil and Mechanical Engineers in 1984 because of its valuable contribution to tunnel design and construction. Furthermore, in 1993 it was designated a National Historic Landmark by the US Department of the Interior. 
The Holland Tunnel has 9 toll lanes and has 3.1 million ceiling tiles and 2.9 million wall tiles! The maximum depth from mean high water to roadway is 93 feet, 5 inches. For more information, fun facts and history of the Holland Tunnel, click HERE.

The Famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Tonight at 7pm!

November 30, 2011
Plaza College
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Tonight, Wednesday November 30, 2011, is the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting in New York City! 
Midtown Manhattan will be on lockdown as President Obama, Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Carole King and several other artists arrive in town for the famous tree lighting program. 
 
Hundreds of thousands of people attend the lighting ceremony of the famed Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center each year, and millions tune in to NBC to view the live broadcast of performances and lighting on TV. The programming begins at 7:00pm, with the actual lighting to take place around 9:00pm. 
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in NYC. The tree, traditionally a Norway Spruce, is illuminated by 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights on five miles of wire, and crowned by a Swarovski crystal star. The star is 9.5 feet in diameter and weighs 550 pounds. The Swarovski star has topped the famous Rockefeller Center tree since 2004. 
This year the Norway Spruce is 74-feet tall and comes to the big city from Miffinville, Pennsylvania. 
The tallest Christmas tree recorded at Rockefeller Center was a 100-foot Spruce in 1999. In 2006, A Norway Spruce from Ridgefield, Connecticut stood at 88-feet tall for the holiday season. Last season’s tree came from Mahopac, New York and reached 74-feet tall.

Wintering Flowers to Liven Up Your Gloomy Winter Garden

November 28, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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As the weather continues to get colder, your beautiful summery garden will continue to lose its colorful flowers, one by one. Instead of looking out your window at a dreary garden, plant some wintering flowering plants that blossom year round! 

Winter flowers are those that flower between mid-November and March. All winter flowers are a hardy group that can thrive and flower in frigid weather. In addition, they have good foliage, leaves and stems which maintain a good presence year round.

When planting wintering flowers, place them in a sheltered part of the garden, with partial sunlight. Flowers like the winter jasmine, witch hazels, hardy cyclamen and winter aconite are all great choices for your winter garden. 

The jasminum nudiflorum, known as the “winter jasmine” shines when other shiver, features yellow flowers that bloom all through-out winter. They can grow to be 9 feet tall and wide, sprawling throughout the garden and up walls. 

Hamamelis x intermedia cvs, known as “witch hazels” can also grow to be between 8 and 12 feet tall and wide, and are a year round, ornamental tree. The leaves color in the fall, then flower in the winter, giving your garden the structure and color needed throughout the long winters. 

Cyclamen coum and cvs, known as the “hardy cyclamen” push through snow and ice, showing off its beautiful and dainty white, pink and rose nods from short stems throughout the winter and early spring. Year round this evergreen perennial holds its own with heart-shaped, 2 inch wide leaves marbled in silver. Growing 2-4 inches high and 6-12 inches wide, the hardy cyclamen is a must for your winter garden.

In addition, algerian iris, winter heaths and grape hollies are vibrant options to bring your gloomy winter garden to life. For more information, visit your local florist or click HERE.

The Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden is Back!

November 23, 2011
Plaza College
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The Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden is back for its 20th annual presentation of one of New York City’s most beloved holiday traditions. Be a part of the celebration by visiting from now until January 16th!


Within the “enchanting setting” of the Enid. A Haupt Conservatory, model train zip over bridge and past replicas of New York landmark made of plant parts such as nuts, bark and leaves. Stroll through the spectacular gardens, decorate and eat gingersnaps, and get an insider’s look at how the replicas are constructed.
Holiday Train Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty and the famous Brooklyn Bridge. 

Holiday Train Show regular pricing is as follows: children under 2- free; children 2-12-  $10; students/seniors- $18; and adults- $20. Show hours run weekdays from Tuesday-Friday from 10am to 6pm; weekends from 10am-7pm including Friday, November 25th; and holiday weeks (Monday, December 19-Monday, January 2) from 10am-7pm. The show will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
TheNew York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard in Bronx, NY. 
For more information on this spectacular event, visit www.NYBG.org, or click HERE.

The 85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

November 21, 2011
Plaza College
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This year Macy’s will celebrate its 85th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade!
The famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will kick off at 9:00am on Thursday, November 24, 2011. The parade sets the tone for the holiday season for all of New York and the rest of the country on Thanksgiving morning each year, for the last 84 years. 
More than 3.5 million people view the entertainment live along the parade route, which starts at 77th Street and Central Park West and moves south to 59th Street. From 59th Street the parade turns south down 7th to 42nd Street. Then from 42nd Street, the performers will turn east onto 6th Avenue where the parade ends at Herald Square on 34th Street and 7th Avenue in New York City. 

More than 50 million viewers tune in to the live television broadcast while spectators watch in awe as 10,000 participants, including the nation’s best marching bands, performance groups, countless giant helium balloons, breathtaking floats with celebrity performances and Santa Claus, pass before their eyes. 
This year, 11 marching bands from around the country will perform in the 85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, including: Carmel High School Marching Band from Carmel, Indiana; Dobyns-Bennett Marching Indian Band from Kingsport, Tennessee; Hawaii All-State Marching Band from Kaneohe, Hawaii; Homestead High School Marching Band from Cupertino, California; Homewood Patriot Band from Homewood, Alabama; Legacy High School Lightning Marching Band from Broomfield, Colorado; Macy’s Great American Marching Band with musicians representing all 50 states; Miami University Marching Band from Oxford, Ohio; Nation Ford High School Marching Band from Fort Mill, South Carolina; the NYPD Marching Band from NY; and Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band from Canton, Michigan. 
If you are planning on attending the 85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, click HERE for detailed information, including where to view the parade, what time to arrive, etc.

Happy Thanksgiving! History & Traditions

November 18, 2011

Plaza College
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Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November.

The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition in the United States traces its origins to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth in Massachusetts, when the Plymouth colonists (Pilgrims) and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest. The first Plymouth feast is today acknowledged as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies (History.com).

Initially, the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 102 colonists that arrived on the Mayflower. Squanto and the Wampanoag Indian Tribe taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants (History.com).

Even though the first thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, it wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November (History.com).

Today, friends and family surrounding a table filled with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie mark Thanksgiving celebrations. Most of these specialties were not available to the Pilgrims and Indians, but the evident theme of “giving thanks” for what you have, including the people around you and the food on your table, are still prevalent.

Plaza College would like to wish everyone a Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving.


Queens Election Day Preliminary Results

November 16, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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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
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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.

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