City Island Issues

Category

CHAOS IN KIEV

News

Ukraine was the center of the first eastern Slavic state, Kyivan Rus, which during the 10th and 11th centuries was the largest and most powerful state. It borders the Russian Federation, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.

The city of Kiev or Kyiv is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine, with a huge population making it at least 8th largest city in Europe.

Violent, Deadly New York City

News

It is New York City mayhem as Gotham has seen a bloody weekend and out of control violence that does not discriminate and sweeps across all five boroughs. Furthermore, these last couple of weekends have left dozens shot, stabbed or, beaten by attackers throughout NYC.

NEWS QUICKIE

Other

RUSSIA SENDS MISSILES TO IRAN
Putin claims that progress in nuclear talks have allowed for the delivery of missiles to Iran.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT
Why did almonds become the scapegoat, while Golf courses continue to stay green?

THE BIBLE IN TENNESSEE
The Tennessee House of Representatives voted 55-38 to make The Bible the official state book.

WACKY TAX VOTE
Its a tax that few people actually pay, but US House will vote today on a bill to repeal the 1916 estate tax.

INFLUENTIAL TO THE MAX

Come Anger and Chafe?

Idea

They are officially calling it Commander-in-Chief, but it's beginning to feel and look more like come anger and chafe, as American voters appear to be in an advanced a state of annoyance with the tone of a camp pain full of lies, attacks and denials.

Clinton and Trump have attacked each other at events and on the media, but tonight Hillary and The Donald will finally take each other on from the same stage, but they should be taking the time to outline their platforms and stop the negative attacks and political mudslinging.

UNFORGETTABLE

Issue

Do you recall ever watching TV's UNFORGETTABLE on Channel 2?
Unforgettable was prviously titled The Rememberer. It is an American crime mystery television series, which premiered on CBS on September 20, 2011.

Tomorrow is the last day their production crews will be shooting in and around City Island. They have used Burck's Marine Supplies, as well as the marina directly across the street on City Island.

Below is a video link from another episode.

http://www.cbs.com/shows/unforgettable/video/

This Week in Her and History

News

This Week in History, Dec 22 - Dec 28

Dec 22, 1956
First gorilla born in captivity. On this day in 1956, a baby gorilla named Colo enters the world at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, becoming the first-ever gorilla born in captivity. Weighing in at approximately 4 pounds, Colo, a western lowland gorilla whose name was a combination of Columbus and Ohio, was the daughter of Millie and Mac, two gorillas captured in French Cameroon, Africa, who were brought to the Columbus Zoo in 1951. Before Colo's birth, gorillas found at zoos were caught in the wild, often by brutal means. In order to capture a gorilla when it was young and therefore still small enough to handle, hunters frequently had to kill the gorilla's parents and other family members.

Dec 23, 1888
Van Gogh chops off ear. On this day in 1888, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, suffering from severe depression, cuts off the lower part of his left ear with a razor while staying in Arles, France. He later documented the event in a painting titled Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear. Today, Van Gogh is regarded as an artistic genius and his masterpieces sell for record-breaking prices; however, during his lifetime, he was a poster boy for tortured starving artists and sold only one painting.

Dec 24, 1979
Soviet tanks roll into Afghanistan. On December 24, 1979, the Soviet Union invades Afghanistan, under the pretext of upholding the Soviet-Afghan Friendship Treaty of 1978. As midnight approached, the Soviets organized a massive military airlift into Kabul, involving an estimated 280 transport aircraft and three divisions of almost 8,500 men each. Within a few days, the Soviets had secured Kabul, deploying a special assault unit against Tajberg Palace. Elements of the Afghan army loyal to Hafizullah Amin put up a fierce, but brief resistance.

Dec 25, 1914
The Christmas Truce. Just after midnight on Christmas morning, the majority of German troops engaged in World War I cease firing their guns and artillery and commence to sing Christmas carols. At certain points along the eastern and western fronts, the soldiers of Russia, France, and Britain even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing. At the first light of dawn, many of the German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man's-land, calling out "Merry Christmas" in their enemies' native tongues. At first, the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the Germans unarmed they climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the enemy soldiers. The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and sang carols and songs. There was even a documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer.

Dec 26, 1946
Bugsy Siegel opens Flamingo Hotel. On December 26, 1946, in Las Vegas, Nevada, mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel opens The Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino at a total cost of $6 million. The 40-acre facility wasn't complete and Siegel was hoping to raise some revenue with the grand opening. Well-known singer and comedian Jimmy Durante headlined the entertainment, with music by Cuban band leader Xavier Cugat. Some of Siegel's Hollywood friends, including actors George Raft, George Sanders, Sonny Tufts and George Jessel were in attendance. The grand opening, however, was a flop. Bad weather kept many other Hollywood guests from arriving. And because gamblers had no rooms at the hotel, they took their winnings and gambled elsewhere. The casino lost $300,000 in the first week of operation.

Dec 27, 1932
Radio City Music Hall opens. At the height of the Great Depression, thousands turn out for the opening of Radio City Music Hall, a magnificent Art Deco theater in New York City. Radio City Music Hall was designed as a palace for the people, a place of beauty where ordinary people could see high-quality entertainment. Since its 1932 opening, more than 300 million people have gone to Radio City to enjoy movies, stage shows, concerts, and special events. Radio City Music Hall was the brainchild of the billionaire John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who decided to make the theater the cornerstone of the Rockefeller Complex he was building in a formerly derelict neighborhood in midtown Manhattan. The theater was built in partnership with the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and designed by Donald Deskey. The result was an Art Deco masterpiece of elegance and grace constructed out of a diverse variety of materials, including aluminum, gold foil, marble, permatex, glass, and cork. Geometric ornamentation is found throughout the theater, as is Deskey's central theme of the "Progress of Man." The famous Great Stage, measuring 60 feet wide and 100 feet long, resembles a setting sun. Its sophisticated system of hydraulic-powered elevators allowed spectacular effects in staging, and many of its original mechanisms are still in use today.

CITY ISLAND BOAT FIRE

News

Although NYC Department of Environmental Protection claims our air is the cleanest it's been in 50 years, many City Island residents smelled the smoke filled air as a result of a Yacht fire near pilot street.

FDNY units and firefighters were in abundance and the fire in the boatyard was quickly placed under control. Even after the fire was extinguished, fire trucks continued responding. Luckily there were no reported injuries.

City Islander Raymond Reyes Jr was kind enough to share after he took this video:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=710325312357130

Beheader Identified

News

British intelligence officials have reportedly identified the British Jihadi fighter who is suspected of murdering American journalist James Foley, according to The Sunday Times.

The masked man with a London accent is known to fellow fighters as “Jihadi John”, was seen in the shocking video of Foley’s death released by the Isis extremist army last week.

COM-MUTE

Issue

Although many opt to stay quiet, not complain, or talk about it, commuting to and from the job is very important for most working people. Researchers have explored the effects of commuting time on the psychological health of men and women.

They have used data that includes variables known to determine psychological health, as well as factors which may provide compensation for commuting such as income, job satisfaction and housing quality.

Price Was Wrong

Other

Tom Price, Trump's US Secretary of Health had one priority, to Repeal and Replace #Obamacare, which is what the president promised to replace it with #Trumpcare. The Secretary vowed to dismantle the health reform law that his predecessors spent years implementing.

He is an orthopedic surgeon who may have put his foot in his mouth while he decried ACA aka Obamacare was a threat to the quality and the affordability of American health care.