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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 21 21 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 | 18 18 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 | 67 67 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 | 92 92 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 | 116 116 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 | 103 103 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 | 111 111 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 | 22 22 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 | 155 155 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 | 231 231 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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Kodjo Hounnake, PickUpLater Founder
After many years of working in finance, Kodjo Hounnake is stepping out into the unknown to combine his love for smart investments with his lifelong passion of personal health. Hounnake, 34, grew up...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Liz Kenny, Celtic Gifts & Treasures
When longtime Maspeth resident Liz Kenny heard that Celtic Gifts & Treasures at 72-17 Grand Avenue was going to be closing its doors, she decided to step in and take ownership of the business. “I w...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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John Beltzer, Songs of Love
After many years of struggling to make it in the music industry, Forest Hills resident John Beltzer had taken his share of blows, from the tragic loss of his fraternal twin brother Julio in 1984 to...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ila Gross, LeAp Founder
After two years working as a special education teacher, Ila Gross didn’t think she was cut out to be an educator, so she left the teaching field and applied her skills as a fine artist. It wasn’t u...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sajjad Khalfan, Awards & Signs Express
When Sajjad Khalfan’s father was still living in Tanzania, he took up the trade of manufacturing awards and signs, and when he moved to the U.S. with his family in tow, he brought that trade with h...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chris Landano, TrakBelt 360 Inventor
After a bulky equipment belt led to a near-death experience while working as a photographer for the FDNY 10 years ago, Chris Landano realized he needed a more versatile system for carrying his gear...
Nov 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jin-Xiang Yu, Queens College Grad
Jin-Xiang Yu recently graduated from Queens College, however that is only the beginning of her educational career. After three years at the Aaron Copland School of music, the soprano became just on...
Nov 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Colvin Grannum, Bed-Stuy Restoration

When Colvin Grannum was a child, he and his brothers took weekly walks through the neighborhood with their parents, who would chat up the neighbors and shopkeepers, all of whom were on a first-name...
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Elvis Valdez, Master Gardener
For Elvis Valdez landscaping is a lifelong passion, and for the past 14 years he has worked with the Parks Department to beautify and maintain parks around the city. A 2006 graduate of the Master G...
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Roc Opera, Music Video Producer and Uncle to Avonte Oquendo
When Alonzo Conti, aka Roc Opera, first heard the news that his nephew was missing, he and his brother-in-law, Danny Oquendo sprung into action, forming search parties to find the young, autistic b...
Oct 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laura Ward, Choreographer
If you asked Laura Ward's friends about her, they might tell you she's a dancer or they might tell you she is a conceptual artist who uses dance as a tool. That's because while she has been a dance...
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kristen Titus, Tech Talent Pipeline
In an industry dominated by nerdy guys, Kristen Titus is turning the tide and leading the way in a city-wide effort to promote technology growth. The city's Department of Small Business Services an...
Sep 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pastor Phil Hardt, Glendale-Maspeth United Methodist Church
Phil Hardt was raised Methodist in Connecticut, but when he hit high school, the pressures of playing for the varsity hockey team in a hockey town got in the way of his faith for a while. He found ...
Sep 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brianna Rios, World Salsa Champion
Brianna Rios was first exposed to the world of salsa dancing at a young age, when after a vacation with her grandmother in Puerto Rico she came home to find her parents had started taking classes t...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ronnie Minor, Housing Advocate
Ronnie Minor has lived in Astoria since 1967. It's the neighborhood he belongs to, and the place he fights for as a community advocate. So when the city began dumping garbage bags in the middle of ...
Sep 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey instructs her team on offense in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Stephen F. Austin, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is sure of two things this season — there's more parity than ever at the top of women's basketball and her Gamecocks likely won't remain No. 1 for long.


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Alabama head coach Nick Saban watches drills during an Alabama NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)The College Football Playoff era is here and as the bowl season starts, it feels a bit like a New Year's three-for-one special: Three big games instead of one.


2014-12-19 02:51:57 -0500

A Pakistani army officer, stands by a wall riddled with bullet marks, inside the Army Public School attacked last Tuesday by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.


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