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US NATIONAL DEBT

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United States' national debt is the amount owed by the federal government of the United States. The measure of the public debt is the value of the outstanding federal securities at a point of time that have been issued by the Treasury and other federal government agencies.

Neither one of the politicians who have announced their candidacy for the nation's top position has been willing to say how they will solve the national debt.

According to Congressional Budget Office projections, a $534 billion deficit for 2016 is $100 billion more than in 2015.

Booze not necessary

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I personally know a few casual and other regular drinkers, where on any given 24 hour cycle they might have a few drinks. But after my divorce to a woman who drank, when it came to dating, I would eventually learn that I preferred gals who were teetotalers.

The Black Whale

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This is City Island's oldest restaurant. When they re-opened The Black Whale on City Island in 1998, the goal was to continue the tradition of the infamous Black Whale of the 60s and 70s while updating the restaurant to serve today's needs.

Giving Tuesday

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Hate giving? Seriously? Are you kidding? Giving is by far the best thing we humans do to perform wonders.
Love It Or Hate It, #GivingTuesday Has Become 'A Thing' http://n.pr/1LIUaHr

#GivingTuesday: When the shopping ends, the giving begins http://www.cbsnews.com/news/black-friday-cyber-monday-giving-tuesday

How holiday shopping mania led to Giving Tuesday http://reut.rs/1XrIvJ2

#GivingTuesday: Four ways to do a world of good (that won't cost you a cent) http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/11/30/givingtuesday-four-ways-to-do-...

TAVERN ON THE GREEN OPERATOR

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Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe today announced that the City is prepared to award a 20-year license term to the Emerald Green Group for the operation and maintenance of a high-quality casual restaurant and outdoor café at Tavern on the Green located in Central Park just west of the Sheep Meadow near 67th Street. The Emerald Green Group principals, Jim Caiola and David Salama, have operated Beau Monde and L'Etage in Philadelphia, a popular and well-reviewed restaurant & bar, for over a decade.

RIP: TV NEWS

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TV news is getting to be old hat and the newly accepted method to keep up with current affairs is online, according to recently released data. Of the 18-to-24-year-olds surveyed, 28% cited social media as their main news source, compared with 24% for TV.

Should tipping be necessary?

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Tipping may not be a good system, whether its done in America, Europe, or Asia. In fact, in many of these countries tipping is not a part of the national culture.

In countries where gratuities are the norm, some employers pay workers with the expectation that their wages will be supplemented by tips. Some folks criticize the inherent social awkwardness in transactions that involve tipping, the inconsistency of tipping for some services but not similar ones, and the irrationality of basing tips on price, rather than the amount and quality of service.

BISTRO SK

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City Island's French BISTRO SK is a welcome addition to the mix of eateries in this charming nautical community. Formerly doing business as Tree House, the restaurant's new owner Stephane Kane was drawn here by our diversity and truly enjoys this City Island avenue location.

Global Refugee Crisis

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Although refugees have long been a constant and for years accepted as part of human migration, the development of the nation-state and fixed borders in the 19th century has forced some countries to shun refugees and turn them into international pariahs.

Today, a global human tragedy of refugees now appears to be spreading everywhere. What in the world must we do to react? The plight of desperate people who are trying to flee their homes by land or sea is a humanitarian crisis that needs to be addressed.

SMART SNACKS TIPS

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When it comes to eating healthfully, fresh fruits and vegetables are pretty much a slam dunk. Including packaged foods in a healthful diet is trickier. But it isn’t impossible if you learn how to use the Nutrition Facts on the package to judge the quality of the food inside. The vitamin or mineral content is less important as a basis for buying a product unless everything else adds up to a healthy choice.