The Gothamist reports:
“NY is building membership for a city-wide skills share program to encourage service and volunteerism. Participants will ante up their own talents, bike repair, say, and then get a credit to take the lesson of their choosing. The Time Bank, as it’s called, will cover a great range of talents and activities, which, in commune or co-op fashion, will be purchased with its own currency, “time dollars.” What’s next, name tags?
Bloomberg first introduced the Time Bank plan in April 2009, and since then has enrolled over 80 skilled New Yorkers. Actual exchanges won’t begin until the spring, says the …continue reading
Yesterday, New Jersey became the 14th state to approve the usage of medicinal marijuana to help patients with chronic illnesses.
This new measure allows patients who are suffering from cancer, AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis to have access to marijuana grown and distributed through state-monitored dispensaries. Patients who have prescriptions for medicinal marijuana should be able to receive it within the next 9 months from one of six locations.
Governor Jon S. Corzine is going to sign it into law as the last thing he does before he leaves office next Tuesday.
The New York Times reports:
“The bill’s approval, …continue reading
After making a lot of hay about a possible Senate run while Governor David Paterson attempted to pick Hillary Clinton’s replacement a year ago, Long Island Congressman Peter King has decided not to run for the Senate seat. The move is more good news for rookie Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, after former Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced that he wouldn’t run for her seat either a while ago.
Still, while potential Republican challengers continued to drop off, some of her fellow Democrats have been considering seizing the opportunity and challenging that largely unknown Senator in the primaries.
Jumping into …continue reading
A 15-year-old child was charged with stabbing his 12-year-old friend last night, after the two had gotten into an argument in the park they were in, while smoking marijuana.
The older boy was identified as Wayne Henderson, and his victim was 12-year-old Luis Martinez. Both kids are from Brooklyn.
On Saturday night, the two boys were in a Queens portion of Highland park, and had gotten into an argument about an earlier occasion on which Henderson had gotten in trouble with his family for smoking marijuana in the past.
Martinez had suffered several stab wounds and injuries, and is currently resting in NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell …continue reading
First, smoking was banned all throughout New York City in public places, then, trans fat was taken off the menu, and now the city has a new target: salt.
The city is planning to unveil their new plan for salt reduction today, which in the end is supposed to work with health agencies and food companies to reduce the amount of packaged salt in products and restaurant food by 25 percent in the next five years.
Why is salt such a big deal? It has a huge part in causing hypertension – high blood pressure. Reducing the amount of salt we all eat …continue reading