Seattle is under siege. Over the past five years, the Emerald City has seen an explosion of homelessness, crime and addiction. In its 2017 point-in-time count of the homeless, Washington state’s King County social-services agency All Home found 11,643 people sleeping in tents, cars and emergency shelters. Property crime has risen to a rate 2¹/₂ times higher than Los Angeles’ and four times higher than New York City’s. Cleanup crews pick up tens of thousands of dirty needles from city streets and parks every year. At the same time, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Seattle metro area spends more than $1 billion fighting homelessness every year. That’s nearly $100,000 for every homeless man, woman and child in King County, yet the crisis seems only to have deepened, with more addiction, more crime, and more tent encampments in residential neighborhoods. By any measure, the city’s efforts are not working. Over the past year, … [Read more...] about What NYC must learn from Seattle’s homeless struggle
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- When taking on a home renovation, there is a lot of planning that needs to be considered before jumping into the project. Not only will you need to hire the right contractor, or determine if the project will need to be filed with the Department of Buildings by an architect, or select the right materials and the scope of work to fit your budget, you will also need to understand how you are going to live side by side with the project from start to finish.The more knowledgeable and prepared a homeowner is, the more successful they will be in having the project go as planned. A home improvement project is a huge investment of time and money, so making sure it is done right the first time is extremely important. The planning and research phases of a home improvement project are the most critical steps in the remodeling process, and should be guided with mindfulness, open communication with your contractor and an in-depth contract which describes and lists all the … [Read more...] about Ask the Expert: The best way to plan for your home remodeling project
When is it time to talk to my children about money? It is a good idea to start educating your children about money when they are young. If they are old enough to ask for a toy or a bicycle, they are old enough to start learning financial lessons that can last them a lifetime. Children need to learn the value of money. It's not to say we want them to work for everything we give them, but rewarding a child when they act responsibly provides parents the opportunity to teach an important lesson, while providing a better understanding of their responsibility to the household. When we shop, make on line purchases, or go to the market, our children think it's natural for their parents to reach into their pocket or purse, and make money appear. It doesn't even cross their minds as to what it took for that money to get there. Teaching your child the value of money from an early age will contribute to their success later in life. It is important that they learn how quickly money disappears when … [Read more...] about Ask the Expert: When is it time to talk to my children about money?
Fact: Mom deserves a nice meal. Also fact: Mom probably needs a drink more than she needs flowers. So where does a loving son or daughter take Mom to make her special day better than ever? One of the best Mother’s Day brunches that New York City has to offer. But where do you even start sifting through all the options? That’s where Yelp comes in. They combed through not only their review and rating data but also the average number of brunch parties seated to find you the best Mother’s Day brunches. That means the food is tested by eager brunchers just like you, and you have a pretty good chance of snagging a reservation. Plus, have you seen how brutal Yelp reviews get? If these spots for Mother's Day brunch in NYC earned high marks from those dagger-tongued diners, you can be confident they'll live up to Mom's high expectations. So what are you waiting for? Check out their menus and the dishes diners rave about below, then get going on booking that reservation. Meet … [Read more...] about Yelp dishes on the best Mother’s Day brunches in NYC approved by diners like you
See more Calendar listings at www.troyrecord.com/community. Submit items at least two weeks in advance to [email protected] Friday, April 13BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY: Rubber Ducky Club: Sensory Play, 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. for up to age 6 with caregiver. Coffee and Conversation: Voice of the Mountains, 1 p.m. Learn about Jeanne Robert Foster, a visionary of the Adirondacks, in a one-woman show by Eileen Egan Mack. Coffee hour 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar. BRUNSWICK COMMUNITY LIBRARY: A three week beginning Winey Knitters series continues at 6 p.m. 4118 State Highway 2, Troy. Call 518-279-4023 or visit www.brunswicklibrary.org for more information. CREATIVE ACTION PLAYBACK THEATER: Creative Action Playback Theater performs improvisational theater based on audience members’ personal stories. This month: Stories about Difference. Suggested donation $5 - $10. 7 p.m., Creative Action Unlimited studio, 6 Greenwood Drive, East Greenbush. Advertisement DRUM … [Read more...] about Community calendar for April 13, 2018