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Just like City Islander Susan Bellinson, many of you may have suffered through the growing pains of a business and a very many of you may have already supported her venture, by owning one of these.

We just thought we would share this article with you because it is well written and embraces the spirit of what Susan is trying to do. You may contact Susan at:



Is the soon to be NYC Mayor moving forward or backwards?

Bill DeBlasio has chosen Bill Bratton as the new NYPD commissioner. He was Rudy Giuliani's police commissioner and this 66-year-old is not a native New Yorker.

The mayor elect has also announced the appointment of Anthony Shorris as First Deputy Mayor. NYC's second highest-ranking City Hall official is a former executive director at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has also served as deputy education chancellor and former finance commissioner during the administration of former Mayor Ed Koch.

DeBlasio says "Bill Bratton is a proven and progressive crime-fighter, and my charge to him is clear:

Use the best technology and tactics to focus our law enforcement’s efforts on criminals to reduce crime even further, and make our streets and neighborhoods even safer.

Continue the NYPD’s success in keeping our city safe from terrorist threats.

Continue the groundbreaking work in progressive policing to keep the NYPD at the cutting edge of innovation and pioneering police strategies.

And repair relations between the police and the communities it protects by ending the overuse of stop-and-frisk, and ensuring police tactics are applied constitutionally, consistently, fairly and without bias."



As Spring draws closer, weather forecasters are preparing to say goodbye to one of the coldest winters in recent US history. However, political pundits are now warning that US is about to return to a more dangerous period know as The Cold War.

Russian tanks amass on the Ukrainian border, while US diplomats attempt a last-ditch meeting with Russian counterparts, but Moscow and Washington could be on the verge of a series of punitive and retaliatory measures following a planned referendum in Crimea on Sunday.



New lower speed limits are part of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” initiative, which is aimed at curbing pedestrian deaths. These are in effect on some major roadways today.



Almost half of the population of US, including our largest cities face serious floods caused by a “triple threat” of sea-level rise, storm surge and heavy rainfall, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

The combination of these phenomena can potentially result in “compound flooding” that can devastate several low-lying, densely populated coastal areas inside the country.

This is the first scientific study to explore the connection between the primary and secondary effects of climate change. This means that without a drastic rise in sea levels, frequent severe floods and storms will bring the effects of climate change right into coastal cities, where nearly 40 percent of the American population now lives.

Since 1880, global temperatures have risen by 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit. And, over the last 100 years, the global average sea level has risen by seven inches. This increase is likely to accelerate as Antarctica’s floating ice shelves continue to melt.

Listen and Learn


Everyone should work to master the art of listening. If you tend to zone out when someone else is speaking, or you notice that people don't often choose you as a confidant, it's time to start practicing the skill of listening.

Taking an active, engaged approach to listening improves your relationships and enrich your personal and professional experiences. Learn how to listen with undivided attention and respond in a way which indicates that you were actually listening. This will undoubtedly engage others.



Author: Capt. Chris (

We had two boats out on the porgy grounds. The 76` ISLAND CURRENT III, had a wonderful turn out of porgy fisherman. The bite was okay as the stern did better than the rest of the boat. The ISLAND CURRENT was chartered out and Capt. Dan reported a steady pick of jumbo porgies.

Capt. Brendan called in to report some nice night striped bass being caught aboard the ISLAND CURRENT II this evening.



If anyone calls on the telephone and says they're with the "Do Not Call Registry"

Scam artists are pretending to be from the registry. They are calling folks and asking to verify their personal information, or requesting if you want to sign up for the registry. No one from the registry will call you. You must call the registry. These are tricks “to confirm” names, addresses and even Social Security numbers. Trust me, no one should be calling you to ask for this information.



Health investigators and scientists are stepping up their investigation of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus after it spread from person to person in the U.S. The virus has spread from the middle east and can be transmitted through person to person contact.

Meanwhile, Transportation Security Administration officials, at the request of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are posting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome warning signs at 22 major U.S. airports, including O'Hare, after two cases of the virus have been reported in patients who traveled to Saudi Arabia.

RIP Ben Bradlee


93 year old Ben Bradlee is dead. He was the managing editor of The Washington Post and oversaw the newspaper's coverage of the Watergate scandal.

As a journalist during the 1950s, he became friends with future President John F. Kennedy when he moved into a house on the same block as Bradlee when he was first elected to Congress. Bradlee later wrote two books about JFK, his one-time neighbor.

For the past 23 years, Bradlee had been The Washington Post's vice president at-large.

Born: August 26, 1921, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: October 21, 2014, Washington, D.C., USA