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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 60 60 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 | 54 54 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 | 105 105 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 | 171 171 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 | 194 194 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 | 183 183 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 | 189 189 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 | 28 28 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 | 238 238 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 | 314 314 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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Dr. Thomas Onorato, LaGuardia Professor
Dr. Thomas Onorato, a biology professor at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, is teaming up with professors from Brown University, St. John’s, College of Mount Saint Vincent and CUNY ...
Sep 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Salvatore Lopizzo, Yana Services
Yana Services, which stands for “You Are Never Alone,” is a resource center located in Rockaway that has helped out community members for over a year now. The organization really grew, though, in t...
Sep 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rob Caldera, CYO Director
Rob Caldera has been part of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) since he was a 15-year-old shooting guard and second basemen for St. Joseph’s Parish in Astoria. Even then, Caldera was more inter...
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Orly Whaba, Life Vest Inside
Life Vest Inside, a program founded by Sheepshead Bay resident Orly Wahba to combat bullying and teen depression, is getting national attention. “As a child I had very, very low self-esteem,” Wahba...
Aug 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Andrea Ormeno, QEDC Director
At just 24-years old, Andrea Ormeno is the new director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Women’s Business Center. Ormeno joined QEDC in 2008 before becoming a full-time employee in ...
Jul 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fidel Tavarez, LGCC Graduate
Fidel Tavarez dropped out of his third four-year college before he realized it was time for a change. He needed a place where he could push himself while learning the basics, which was when he enro...
Jul 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tiana Meilinger, Vaya Bags
Tianna Meilinger started Vaya Bags in 2005 with a single messenger bag she made for herself. The bag was strong, sturdy and perfect for her commute. People loved the bag so much they started reques...
Jul 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marilyn Skony Stamm, Former LGCC Foundation Board Director
Marilyn Skony Stamm is the ultimate businesswoman. CEO of Stamm International Corp and former LaGuardia Community College Foundation board director, she knows how to get things done. Stamm was rece...
Jun 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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David Daraio, Maspeth Federal
As a high school graduate, David Daraio was looking for a part-time job to keep him busy during the summer of 1994, so he took a job at Maspeth Federal Bank not knowing what to expect. “I needed a ...
Jun 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Private Picassos
May 29, 2013 | 2 2 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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Willis Elkins
Newtown Creek Boat Club
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Mercedes Cano, Immigration Lawyer
Some 42 years ago, when Mercedes Cano first arrived in the United States as an undocumented and non-English speaker from Colombia, she could not imagine becoming a future immigration lawyer in Jack...
Mar 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 121 121 recommendations | email to a friend
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Basil Lloyd Anderson, Scholarship Winner
For the last nine years, New York Life has awarded African American undergraduate business students who play an active role in their community and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher the Rainbow Push S...
Mar 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jay Goodman, Baker’s Dozen Bagels
Bagels are one of New Yorkers' favorite breakfast companions, especially when they come straight out of the oven. The still warm dough smothered with a thick layer of cream cheese is enough to make...
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Barry Schwartz, Barry's Tempeh
New York City is a big lover of vegan products. And as the rate of obesity is increasing, what’s better than trying some wholesome food that is both good for the body and the soul? Tempeh, the famo...
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Patrons queue up to see "The Interview" at the the Cinefamily at Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. The film's Christmas Day release was canceled by Sony after threats of violence by hackers linked to North Korea, but the release was reinstated in some independent theaters and through a variety of digital platforms. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)NEW YORK (AP) — Critics and early viewers agree that "The Interview" is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event.


2014-12-25 15:24:32 -0500

Ornstein holds an American flag as fans line up at the Silent Movie Theatre for a midnight screening of "The Interview" in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Luc Cohen and Alicia Avila NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 movie theaters across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences and statements by patrons that they were championing freedom of expression. Co-directors Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who also co-stars in the low-brow comedy with James Franco, surprised moviegoers by appearing at the sold-out 12:30 a.m. ...


2014-12-25 15:13:25 -0500

A picture taken on December 24, 2014 reportedly shows an Islamic State group fighter collecting pieces from the remains of a Jordanian warplane in Syria's Raqa regionJordan vowed Thursday to make every effort to save a pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria as Washington denied claims the jihadists had shot down his warplane. Maaz al-Kassasbeh, a 26-year-old first lieutenant in the Jordanian air force, was captured by IS on Wednesday after his F-16 jet crashed while on a mission against the jihadists over northern Syria. It was the first warplane lost and the first capture of a serviceman since the coalition launched strikes against IS in Syria in September. The pilot's father, Safi al-Kassasbeh, urged IS to show "mercy" and treat his son a "guest".


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