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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
Dec 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of home sales continued to decrease in November and inventory continued to track below last year’s levels as well.  Sales are well below those seen in the...
NYC Employment Law — Pre-tax Transit Benefits
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
As employers, sometimes it is difficult to keep with the employment law changes, which is why you should consult periodically with an employment defense lawyer and stay apprised of new laws. At the...
Wage and Hour Regulation Pitfalls
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
Business owners can get themselves into trouble when not understanding wage and hours laws. What appears to be a bright idea that cuts corners and saves money is sometimes a violation that leads to...
In life, the glass is always half full! Exclusive interview with cartoonist Maria Scrivan
Dec 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 113 113 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   | 19 November 2014   Maria Scrivan’s cartoons are published in MAD Magazine, Parade Magazine, Prospect Magazine (UK), on Mashable.com, Salon.com. Funny Times a...
Zeffirelli's La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera: a review
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 135 135 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 3 December 2014 |     Zeffirelli’s production of La Boheme at the metropolitan Opera shines. A sample of the stage set up as performed in a preceding season. L...
Are You Staying on Top of Regulations that Affect Your Restaurant?
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 123 123 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent change in regulations predicted to arrive soon is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will release a national menu labeling standard for chain restaurants. The standard will addres...
The World Seen Through a Dog’s Point of View. An Exclusive Interview with Paul Gilligan, author of Pooch Café
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 131 131 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 10 October 2014 |   Paul Gilligan with Poncho, the main character of Pooch Cafe According to his website, www.poochcafe.com, Paul Gilligan’s affair with art be...
Health Warning! Please Don't Blow!
Dec 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Before you blow your leaves, consider this:  Ø  Gas lawn blowers are linked to cancer and might eventually be outlawed. They operate at a speed that is similar to hurricane winds, and stir up pesti...
What about Wellness Programs as Part of Health Coverage?
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 177 177 recommendations | email to a friend
Today many companies offering health insurance also provide wellness programs, which are a preventative medicine approach to health. Today, 94 percent of employers with more than 400 employees and ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: NOV 2014 (Month's Supply: 6.3 Months)
Nov 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 251 251 recommendations | email to a friend
Oct 2014 Queens NY Market Update  Queens home sales are down for the third month in a row from August – October. Home sales are also remaining significantly below last year’s levels, according to t...

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Jill Parshley, Actress
Among friends, Jill Parshley admits she's referred to as the “Jill of all trades.” “I've just kind of lived a life doing a mosaic of trades involving service and creativity” said Parshley. With the...
Aug 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jay Ruiz, Brooklyn BIKE Patrol
Jay Ruiz isn't your typical neighborhood watchman. A dispatcher at a career services center by day, he volunteers to walk women home at night. The president and founder of the Brooklyn BIKE Patrol,...
Jul 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kate Zidar, Newtown Creek Alliance
Kate Zidar connects with an eclectic mix of peers in Greenpoint and parts of Western Queens through a shared passion for Newtown Creek. Zidar moved to Greenpoint 12 years ago to attend Pratt Instit...
Jun 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cheryl Bogdan, Student of the Year
Ridgewood resident Cheryl Bogdan was recently honored by the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work, which she graduated from on June 4 with a 4.0 grade point average and “Student of the Year...
Jun 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amit Kumar
Bitponics
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bonita Kline, Sunnyside Artworks
To satisfy her love for design and the garment industry, Bonita Kline began giving sewing lessons to kids in her Sunnyside community two years ago. After growing up near Cleveland, Ohio, Kline move...
May 22, 2012 | 3 3 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dianne Berkun, Director of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy
Dianne Berkun commands the space around her with a soft-spoken demeanor and a tone of confidence that can only come from being the founder and director of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy. The Aca...
May 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Letizia Barbetta, Children's Book Author
When Letizia Barbetta's daughter asked her if there was ever a princess who suffers from food allergies, an idea for a children's book sparked in her head. Barbetta was born in Milan but grew up be...
May 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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John Dereszewski
Activist/Historian
May 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chris Hudson Camp Highlight
Chris Hudson started Camp Highlight in 2010 to give kids from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) families a place to meet others like them in a safe, tolerant space. Hudson, who lives in...
May 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Richard Fisher City Tech 2012 Valedictorian
One might think that Richard Fisher chose a circuitous path to a college degree and academic achievement. But it ended up working out just fine that way for him, as he has been named New York City ...
May 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Eleonora Lupyan, Journey Dance instructor
If you haven't heard of Journey Dance, one instructor in Forest Hills can introduce you to the relatively new form of exercise and meditation. Eleonora Lupyan, a former professional ballroom dancer...
Apr 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Caroline Hellman City Tech professor
Through the Literary Arts Festival at the City College of Technology, Caroline Hellman has found a way to connect the Downtown Brooklyn community with the rest of the borough, and even with the lar...
Apr 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dr. Melissa Lee Mount Sinai Hospital
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Apr 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Franklin Mora Queens Economic Development Corporation
As director of business services at the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC), Franklin Mora works to help small businesses across Queens acquire the skills and knowledge they need to thri...
Apr 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Members of "The Cuban Five," from left, Fernando Gonzalez, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero and Gerardo Hernandez wave to members of the National Assembly at the end of the twice-annual legislative session in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Guerrero, Labanino, and Hernandez flew back to their homeland on Wednesday in a quiet exchange of imprisoned spies, part of a historic agreement to restore relations between the two long-hostile countries. Fernando and Rene had been previously released by the U.S. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Three men who served long U.S. prison terms for spying received a standing ovation in Cuba's parliament Saturday, shaking their fists in victory as President Raul Castro declared that detente with Washington won't change the communist system he leads.


2014-12-20 14:13:13 -0500

In this image taken from video and provided by the Riverdale, N.J. Police Department, Brian Chellis, 23, of Cedar Grove, N.J. talks with a Riverdale police officer after being found passed out in a car early Dec. 20, 2014. Police say that they found the man, who dressed as an elf, asleep behind the wheel of a van with its engine running, lights on and music blaring. Chellis, who faces drunk driving charges, was issued a summons and released to a family member. (AP Photo/Riverdale Police Department)RIVERDALE, N.J. (AP) — Police say an elf on the sauce is facing drunk driving charges in New Jersey.


2014-12-20 14:05:16 -0500

An election workers takes the temperature of a voter in the West Point slum before she casts her vote, during the senate election in Monrovia, Liberia. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Health workers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate vote that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Health workers carrying thermometers and sanitizers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate election that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease.


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