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NYC Employment Law — Pre-tax Transit Benefits
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 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 | 58 58 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 | 74 74 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 | 98 98 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 | 85 85 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 | 92 92 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...
What about Wellness Programs as Part of Health Coverage?
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 136 136 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 | 212 212 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...
Forest Hills Food Crawl
Nov 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 230 230 recommendations | email to a friend
The Chamber and All The Tastes of New York would love to invite you to our first Forest Hills Food Crawl, a culinary journey through Forest Hills happening this Wednesday, November 12th ! A Food Cr...
What Is the Professional Exception to Employment At-Will Termination?
Nov 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 276 276 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans As described in our earlier blog article, there are exceptions to at-will employment terminations, making them unlawful, and termination based on discrimination is one of th...

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The Sony Playstation and Android Smartphone: Is it worth getting?
Checking emails, making calls, surfing the web, and now even playing video games are all possible thanks to a new collaboration with Sony and Android to introduce the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. The...
Apr 27, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Where will the "Next Stop..." take you?
In-Sight Dance Studio’s new work aims to transport audiences
Apr 27, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Designer spotlight: Chelsea Kolakowski
The Astoria-based jewelry maker sparkles it up for all tastes
Apr 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ryan Sias: master illustrator and cartoonist
Meet Ryan Sias: Astoria’s number 1 fan, published children’s book author, illustrator and resident fun monster. We met Ryan at the MOCCA Festival held at Manhattan’s Museum Of Comic and Cartoon Art...
Apr 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don't bow down to Your Highness
Is it possible that Hollywood is playing a prank on us? Could producers out in LA be messing around and having a laugh at our expense? I am starting to think that it is well within the realm of pro...
Apr 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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A dance festival blooms in spring
The Green Space Blooms Dance Fest is one-of-a-kind
Apr 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Think Local: Spring Trunk Show & Spotlight
In the Local Designer spotlight this week we have three Brooklyn based designers: Helena Fredriksson, Study NY and DLC Brooklyn. These three creative ladies came together and showcased their design...
Apr 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Arthur not worthy of a whole two hours
Showing audiences the preview would have sufficed
Apr 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Season 9: Project Runway open casting call in NYC!
Calling all fabulous fashion designers! Season 9 of Project Runway is having an open casting call right here in NYC! Our favorite store in all of Brooklyn, Peachfrog, along with The Dress Recycler ...
Apr 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Four-legged fun in Queens
There’s no question that this past winter was one for the ages. But now that the snow is all gone and spring is slowly creeping in, it is due time to have some fun with your four legged friends at ...
Apr 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Peachfrog: Prices you can’t beat with a stick
Williamsburg – one of the most popular shopping destinations in all of New York City – has drawn customers in from all over the world with their unique stores and original selections of merchandise...
Apr 06, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nintendo 3DS, no glasses needed
See how the new Nintendo 3D game system stacks up
Apr 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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What's in the Trunk? The Made in NYC Trunk Show
The Made in NYC Local Trunk Show starring three prestigious designers from Brooklyn and Queens kicked off last Tuesday evening at Polar Lounge in the Marcel Hotel in Manhattan! The Dress Recycler a...
Mar 30, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sucker Punch weak, packs no power hits
What do you get when you mix attractive women, gunfights, and sexy schoolgirl outfits? The movie “Sucker Punch.” It’s a good formula, but it doesn’t make for an engaging movie this time around. In ...
Mar 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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The art of Flamenco in the heart of Astoria
Gabriela Granados’ Tablao Flamenco opens for another season
Mar 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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national news
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday despite arguing that a state "castle doctrine" law allowed him to use deadly force to protect his home and family.
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Students watch a live, nationally broadcast speech by Cuba's President Raul Castro about the country's restoration of relations with the United States, on a TV at school in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Castro said profound differences remain between Cuba and the U.S. in areas such as human rights, foreign policy and questions of sovereignty, but that the countries have to learn to live with their differences "in a civilized manner." (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility.


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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 1959 file photo, Cuba's Fidel Castro speaks to supporters at the Batista military base "Columbia," now known as Ciudad Libertad, in Cuba. The Cuban revolution triumphed on Jan. 1, 1959 after dictator Fulgencio Batista fled the country and Fidel Castro and his band of rebels descended from the island's eastern mountains, where they waged a guerrilla war against government troops. The United States soon recognized the new government, but two years later on Jan. 3, 1961 broke relations with Cuba and closed its embassy. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, the U.S. and Cuba agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War. (AP Photo, File)Key events in U.S.-Cuba relations:


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