By Amelia Hahn
Finding yourself with too much free time and don’t know how to spend it? There are an endless number of things that you can do to keep yourself occupied during this pandemic!
Although it may not sound like much fun, why not get a head start on “spring cleaning”? Organizing your closet will not only make your parents happy, but you’ll feel productive too! If you find clothing that no longer fits you, load it into a box or storage bin, and the next time you see your friends, give them a chance to look through it. This will be sure to put a smile on your friends’ faces, as it gives them the opportunity to use clothes that you no longer need. If your friends have no need for the items, you can donate them to charity.
By Kevin Biggiani
Bambi? We would all love to see Bambi again…but not on our car windshield or caught in our fence. What has long been someone else’s problem has now become ours. These rather timid, cute, yet majestic animals, deer, are steadily migrating from Eastern Long Island to Nassau County.
First they were sighted in more wooded North Shore communities such as Oyster Bay Cove, Cold Spring Harbor, Laurel Hollow and Locust Valley, but now they are being spotted more western and southern inland in Nassau County towns such as Syosset, Muttontown, Westbury, Bethpage, Levittown and Massapequa.
By Beryl Rosenberg
1. Bryant Park Shops
Beginning around Halloween and lasting until March 7, 2021, the Bryant Park Holiday Shops are perfect for finding unique holiday gifts from NYC. From ornaments, to jewelry, to edible treats, it’s easy to spend the day exploring the shops (and food!) at Bryant Park. Visitors will be able to explore the shops safely, too, as COVID-19 safety precautions are in full effect. According to the park’s website, “The Holiday Shops have a reconfigured layout with fewer shops to allow for more spacious walkways.”
2. Winter Village
Also at Bryant Park, the Winter Village is home to different Winter activities for all ages. Ice skating is the most popular in Bryant Park, where New Yorkers and tourists alike can enjoy the 17,000 square foot rink in the center of the shops. This year, fewer people will be allowed to skate at once, and all visitors must wear a mask for the duration of their time on the rink.
By Shannon Walsh
While getting a dog can be an exciting process, it is important to know what you are getting yourself into. A dog’s habits, health issues, behaviors, and size are just a few traits that are important to consider when thinking of getting a dog. All dogs should be loved and brought into a safe home, which is why it is necessary to make sure your home is the right fit for the dog.
By Sammie Cohen
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a few months were spent in lockdown. A number of individuals could not travel or see friends or family, and the world was in a state of isolation. Everyone, bored inside their homes, wanted to visit their loved ones.
As cases are once again rising in the United States, there is a possibility of another lockdown occurring in certain states or counties. In the event that there is another lockdown, here are some ways to stay connected with those you love during this time.
By Kevin Biggiani
As you walk or drive through the Oyster Bay- East Norwich neighborhoods, readily visible are bright-orange pumpkins decorating home after home. You’re likely to see pumpkins in other ways, too. Pumpkin festivals, pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin-flavored coffee, pumpkin-flavored ice cream, and pumpkin soup to name a few pumpkin-themed activities and items. It’s clear that the pumpkin rules supreme in the United States during the fall season.
How did the pumpkin evolve to become such a popular symbol of the fall? The history of the pumpkin is an interesting one. According to The History Kitchen, the pumpkin is believed to have originated in Central America over 7,500 years ago. The original pumpkins were small and very hard with a bitter flavor. The hard shell of the pumpkin was used by the natives of Central America for storage during cold winters when food was scarce. Once the pumpkin migrated to North America, it was grown as food. The pumpkin and its seeds have tremendous nutritional value. Cooked pumpkin can be flavored with butter and spices.
By Matthew Wong
On October 13th, Apple hosted its annual event to announce the release of the new iPhones and additional accessories. The iPhone is Apple’s best selling item, and this year, the tech company released four new phones: the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Max. Numerous upgrades were made to the newest models, including improved cameras, a new angular design, and, most importantly, 5G connectivity. As a result of these upgrades, market analysts predict that the release of the new iPhone 12s will greatly boost Apple’s sales.
Each iPhone 12 has different capabilities and features; therefore, each one has a different price. The cheapest phone of the four, the iPhone 12 mini, starts at $699 and has a 5.4-inch display. The iPhone 12 is priced at $799 with a 6.1-inch display. These two phones come in white, black, green, red, and blue. The more expensive models, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Max, start at $999 and $1,099 and possess a 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch display, respectively. The color options for these two are silver, graphite, gold, and Pacific blue.
By Ava Aschettino
The virus that has stolen the lives of over 350,000 and counting has impacted the world in ways no one could have imagined just a few months ago. As countries around the world remain under lockdown and citizens are social distancing, restaurants, stores, and jobs across the globe have boarded up their windows. While this pandemic has plagued the likes of many, not all are suffering; in fact, many environmentalists are happy.
Currently, the atmosphere is experiencing carbon dioxide reductions six times greater than those recorded after the 2009 financial crisis, and according to the New York Times, “a far bigger drop than at any point during the Great Depression or at the end of World War II, when much of Europe lay in ruins.”
This unprecedented rate is due to the limitations put in place by governments across the map, advising or forcing more than 4 billion people to stay home. In contrast to 2019, there has been an 8 percent decrease in carbon dioxide emissions, with a predicted drop of 2.6 billion tons according to a report from the International Energy Agency. From that same report, by mid-April, energy use in many countries was 17 percent to 25 percent lower than the year prior.
By Parker Kang
At 2019’s E3, a business-oriented gaming expo, Microsoft announced the future release of its new flight simulator, MFS2020. This announcement came as a surprise to most, even those deeply involved in the niche flight simulation industry. Why? Their most recent flight simulator was released thirteen years ago. Since 2006, the company has had little involvement in the flight simulator market.
As Microsoft’s position as the leading flight simulation company gradually diminished, competitors quickly sprung up in its place. The most prominent of these became Laminar Research, known for its ‘X-Plane’ series. Their newest release, X-Plane 11, is the most advanced flight simulator currently available. Laminar’s monopolization of the industry seemed complete just a year ago. With the sudden announcement of Microsoft’s return, however, discussion quickly shifted to how Laminar was going to compete.
By Kevin Biggiani
The economic disruption caused by the coronavirus has caught everyone by surprise. Millions of Americans have been instructed to stay at home on mandatory lockdown. Businesses are also closed, as social distancing and reducing chances of exposure is the best way to fight the virus. Unfortunately, as businesses are closed, employees are not needed. Since March 2020, more than 36 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits. People on lockdown still shop online, but unemployed people have less money to spend. In April, the fall in consumer prices nationally was the steepest monthly fall since the 2008 financial crisis. This raises the possibility of deflation occurring here in the United States. So, what is deflation?
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