FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com MAY 26, 2016 • THE QUEENS COURIER 49 oped Thousands of Queens residents fought in World War II. While they served in combat and risked it all for the country they loved, many of them grew bonds that would last long after the war ended. This July 1945 photo from the Ridgewood Times archives shows pictures of soldiers from Ridgewood, having returned from the war, reuniting for a game of softball at the P.S. 81 playground on Menahan Street. Among those pictured is Nino LoBello, who would go on to be a writer and editor with the Ridgewood Times years later. Send us your historic pictures of Queens by sharing them on our Facebook and Twitter pages, emailing email@example.com, or by mail to The Queens Courier, 38-15 Bell Blvd., Bayside, NY 11361. All mailed pictures letters & comments CUFF THE PIMPS, NOT THE PEDDLERS Regarding prostitution busts in Ridgewood: Another waste of time and resources, and criminal records for people who aren’t a threat to anyone or anything. Arrest the pimps and regulate the prostitutes. QNS user Harvey Wachtel CONNECTOR SHOULD BE A BUS, NOT A TROLLEY Regarding the Brooklyn Queens Connector: Will this be better transportation or another make work, big spending project? Projected at $2.5 billion and with no timetable, how long and how much will it really cost? We do have buses that run everywhere. We could have a Brooklyn Queens Connector bus route set up in a few days to a few weeks, with the cost of a few buses. Once the rails are put in, these cars cannot be moved or rerouted in an emergency. It seems like an awful lot of taxpayer money for a project that could cost very little being a bus route. And we all know $2.5 billion is the beginning cost, not the fi nal price. Robert Hartling, Flushing GRAFFITI VANDALISM WAS CHILD’S PLAY On the Whitestone graffi ti vandal: This adult didn’t use enough crayons when he was little so now spraying graffi ti is a fun game for him. QNS user FlipoutNYC BE SURE TO TIP PROPERLY In these diffi cult economic times, it is especially A LOOK BACK important to patronize your favorite restaurants and honor the employees who make them a success. Why not join me in celebrating National Waiter and Waitress Day on May 21? As regular patrons of several restaurants including Aunt Bella’s, Joe’s Marthan Food Shop and King Wok in Little Neck along with Fontana Famous Gyro and Pizza in Bayside, there are several ways to say thank you. Let your server(s), cooks and owners know how much you appreciate the excellent food and service. On this day, don’t forget your cook and server. We try to tip 20 percent against the total bill including taxes. If it is an odd amount, round up to the next dollar. Why not leave a 25 percent tip on this day? If you can afford to eat out, you can afford an extra dollar tip. When ordering take out, don’t forget to leave a dollar or two for the waiter or cook. Trust us, it is appreciated. Remember the people who work at your favorite restaurant are our neighbors. They work long hours for little pay and count on tips, which make up a significant portion of their income. If we don’t patronize our local restaurants, they don’t eat either. Your purchases keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing. Why not drop off a box of candy, cookies or some other treat for your favorite waiter or restaurant staff on this day as well? Larry Penner, Great Neck ONE QUESTION ABOUT PROSTITUTION BUSTS How are they being charged with patronizing a prostitute when there were no prostitutes, only undercover cops? QNS user Michael G. Klein will be carefully returned to you upon request. Stroke awareness: know the facts BY ANDREW WEISSMAN, PA-C Each year, nearly 800,000 Americans experience a new or recurrent stroke, making stroke the nation’s third leading cause of death. Stroke is also the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, and about 6.5 million stroke survivors are alive today. What is a stroke? A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked or bursts. There are two types of stroke: hemorrhagic and ischemic. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when brain arteries rupture and an ischemic stroke occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Many factors increase the risk for a stroke. Some factors can be controlled, while others cannot. • A stroke is four to six times more likely to occur in people with high blood pressure. • People with high cholesterol have double the risk of having a stroke. • A stroke is six times more likely to occur in people with heart disease. • Excess weight can lead to heart disease, which can lead to a stroke. • Heavy consumption of alcohol increases the risk for a stroke. • People who smoke have twice the risk for a stroke than nonsmokers. If you experience any of the major stroke warning signs listed below, call 911. It is important to get to a hospital immediately. • Sudden loss of speech • Slurred speech • Blurry or double vision • Sudden paralysis • Sudden weakness • Sudden dizziness A healthy diet, exercise, controlling blood pressure and not smoking are the cornerstones of stroke prevention. • Visit a doctor to fi nd out if you have heart disease, a diseased carotid artery or an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fi brillation. • Don’t smoke • Lower your cholesterol • Limit your alcohol intake • Control your blood pressure • Control your weight • If you have diabetes, manage the disease with diet, exercise and medication (as prescribed by your doctor) • See your healthcare provider on a regular basis Caring for individuals recovering from a stroke requires special attention, a highly trained staff, compassion, and the latest equipment and advanced techniques. American Stroke Awareness Month in May heralded important news for those recovering from a stroke with the opening of The Walter Strauss Stroke Center at The Grand at Queens, 157-15 19th Ave., Whitestone — the only one of its kind in Queens. • Specialization, experience and individualized care plans improve outcomes for stroke patients. An individualized treatment plan created in collaboration with each patient’s physician, family members and treatment team helps speed recovery and return patients to home. The program is designed to optimize the patient’s return to independent living. It focuses on walking, eating, dressing and speaking, along with the daily activities of those returning to work and an active lifestyle. • Speech and communication rehabilitation is enhanced by the use of the renowned Iowa OraPerformance Instrument (IOPI®), and the most modern equipment is utilized to re-learn walking and other physical activities. • Individual and group counseling may help ease the great stress that burdens family members and those recovering from a stroke. Regular meetings with rehabilitating patients, their loved ones and physicians refl ect a steadfast commitment to monitoring progress, adjusting treatment as necessary while addressing concerns. Andrew Weissman is director of clinical initiatives at the Walter Strauss Stroke Center at The Grand at Queens in Whitestone.
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