City Island Issues


Losing Weight???


According to The Marist Poll. health and employment are top of mind heading into 2016. Among Americans who plan to make a New Year’s resolution, weight loss, 12%, takes the top spot followed by getting a better job, 10%. Exercising more, 9%, quitting smoking, 9%, and improving one’s, overall, health, 9%, round out the top five New Year’s resolutions for 2016.

While weight loss, 13%, was the leading resolution for 2015, finding a better job was the goal of just 5%. But, this year, fueled by people under 45, among whom it’s number one, getting a better job also rivals the top spot for all Americans.

Do Americans plan to make a resolution for 2016? Less than four in ten Americans, 39%, say they are very likely or likely to do so. This is down from 44% last year. However, similar to last year, younger Americans are more likely to resolve to change than older Americans in the New Year.

Many Americans are also true to their word. Nearly two-thirds of those who made a resolution for 2015, 64%, report they kept their resolution, at least, in part. Similar proportions of men, 65%, and women, 63%, say they kept their promise. The proportion of women who kept their resolution increased from 55% last year.

Complete December 22, 2015 Marist Poll of the United States Poll points:

12% of Americans who are likely to make a New Year’s resolution vow to lose weight. 10% want to find a better job. Getting more exercise, 9%, ceasing smoking, 9%, and improving their health, 9%, follow. Eight percent want to be a better person, and another 8% say they will try to eat healthier in the New Year. Seven percent resolve to spend less and save more. Last year, 13% vowed to lose weight, 10% promised to exercise more, 9% resolved to be a better person, and 8% wanted to improve their health. Quitting smoking, 7%, spending less and saving more, 7%, and eating healthier, 7%, followed.

Regional differences exist. One in five Northeast residents who plan to make a resolution, 20%, resolve to find a better job. However, in the Midwest, quitting smoking, 12%, improving one’s health, 11%, and eating healthier, 10%, vie for the top spot. 13% of those in the South cite weight loss while 12% mention saving more and spending less. Among those in the West, 13% want to find a new job, 12% cite exercising more, and 11% mention weight loss.

Women, 16%, are more likely than men, 6%, to mention weight loss. Men, 13%, put finding a better job at the top of their list. Quitting smoking, 11%, and exercising more, 10%, follow.

39% of Americans are very likely or likely to make a resolution for 2016 while 61% are not likely at all to do so. The proportion of Americans making resolutions is down from 44% last year and at the lowest point since 2011 when 38% of residents vowed to do so.

Americans under 45, 47%, are more likely than older residents, 31%, to make a resolution. Still, the proportion of younger Americans making resolutions is down from 56%.

Among those who vowed to change something in their life last year, 64% kept that resolution, at least, in part.

Newark Burning


It was 50 years ago today that racial protests, which turned into riots began to break out in New Jersey’s largest city. It all started with fake news that a black cab driver had been killed by the police.

When it was over, dozens were dead, hundreds were injured, and city blocks were razed by fire.
50 years after Newark riots, city leaders chart path ahead



Our friend and press photographer Victor M. Ulloa shared this image when he was at the White House on Thursday.

That's because, for one evening, the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the president's official residence was lit up in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and that thousands will die from the disease.

The Obama administration is supporting breast cancer screenings and other free preventive services which are available under the new health care law.



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Voters head to the polls in several states on this Primary Day, as new conservatives are taking on incumbents who have consistently served their districts.

Among them are candidates in Colorado, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma and Utah. These include two of the longest-running members of Congress, US Sen. Thad Cochran, Mississippi and a member of the Republican Party and US Representative Charles Rangel, Democrat, NY.

These are two of the longest serving members in Congress who face challenges that could basically end their careers.



The ninth edition of Earth Hour rolled across this wonderful wide world tonight promptly at 8:30P

Saturday night, all people and public places across the globe were being asked to switch off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about the impact of energy use on climate change.

Families and organizations were encouraged to turn off the lights and other unnecessary electrical devices from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time in order to participate in the global Earth Hour campaign, organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).



President Obama is expanding a national monument off the coast of Hawaii in an effort to protect more than 7K species and improve the ecosystem's resiliency. The area off Hawaii will encompass 582,578 square miles of land and sea.

Obama expands protected waters off Hawaii, creating world's largest reserve via @usatoday

Obama creates the largest protected place on the planet, off Hawaii

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Seaport of The Bronx


City Island is a little piece of New England in the northeastern most point of New York City. It is located in The Bronx on the Long Island Sound and is connected to the mainland by a small bridge. The island has a seafaring tradition dating back to the 18th century, with many of its inhabitants tracing their heritage back to those early days.

City Island hosts some of the finest seafood restaurants in New York City. On national holidays, these eateries are usually full of visitors who come to celebrate with their friends and familees.



t’s beginning to look a lot like like Christmas at USPS. And it will really be the busiest week for the US Postal Service as it anticipates what should be the busiest mailing time of the year.

USPS takes a good licking with 600 million pieces of mail processed today. This is their busiest day of the year.

Postal Service officials predict more than 658 million cards, letters and packages will be mailed in one day, compared to 528 million pieces on an average day. The Postal Service expects to deliver 17.9 billion cards, letters and packages during the holidays from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.

The Postal Service also reminds customers that December 20th is the last recommended day to send First-Class Mail, in order to have it reach its destination by Christmas Eve. After December 20th, the Postal Service recommends using Priority Mail, a 2-day service to most of the country, and for the ultimate procrastinator, who has not mailed by December 22, the Postal Service recommends using Express Mail, a guaranteed overnight service.

Express Mail can be mailed as late as Christmas Eve at most Post Offices for guaranteed delivery on Christmas Day.

To ensure that your gifts and greetings arrive on time and intact, the Postal Service recommends the following:

Use complete addresses on your cards, letters and packages, including apartment numbers and suite numbers.
Use directionals, such as NE and NW and designations such as St., Ave., and Blvd – and always include the ZIP Code. If you’re unsure of the ZIP Code, go to

When sending packages, use a sturdy container that is designed for shipping, cushion the contents to prevent movement during transit, include a return address inside the package and seal it, using a tape designed for shipping.



After weeks of listening to the warning, the Russians are coming, it is now time to say the Russians are gone. The G8 has decided that kicking out Russia was the best response, which will now be The G7.

Furthermore, this year's G8 summit won't be held in Sochi, Russia as previously planned. And also it won't include Russia at all. The seven other world leaders in the group of industrialized nations have now agreed to give Russia a kick in the butt, or as they say in Russian, Как о вас поцеловать меня в задницу.