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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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BEST PLACES TO CATCH A SUMMER FLICK
Most folks, when they think of summer movies, think of blockbuster action-flicks like “TRANSFORMERS” or sophomoric comedies like “BRUNO” or “THE HANGOVER.” Not us...
Aug 04, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 282 282 recommendations | email to a friend
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BEST PLACES TO FIND SOME GREAT ICE CREAM
“I scream, you scream, we ALL scream for ICE CREAM!”
Jul 16, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 125 125 recommendations | email to a friend
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BEST THINGS ABOUT THE FEAST OF MT. CARMEL
Far from just a Brooklyn event, folks flock to Williamsburg for the Feast of Mt. Carmel each July from as far away as Long Island, Florida, California, even Italy!
Jul 08, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 118 118 recommendations | email to a friend
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BEST PLACES FOR 4th of JULY SHOPPING
Yes, folks, it’s that time of year where we all get to be “Yankee Doodle Dandies” and celebrate yet another birthday of this great nation of ours (our 233rd for those keeping score at home).
Jul 01, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
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BEST FATHER’S DAY IDEAS TO KEEP IN MIND
Probably our favorite thing about Father’s Day is how it gets here just about the time summer does (in fact, this year Father’s Day, June 21st, is actually the very first day of summer!)
Jun 17, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 118 118 recommendations | email to a friend
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OUR ANNUAL KIDS' SUMMER FUN GUIDE!
Our top recommendations as to how your kids should be spending their summer.
Jun 09, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 113 113 recommendations | email to a friend
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BEST “BASEBALL PEOPLE” WE’VE COME TO ADMIRE
Well, as our pennant races start taking shape (or at least our All-Star balloting), we find ourselves getting drawn deeper and deeper into our national pastime...
Jun 05, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend
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BEST PLACES FOR “A DAY AT THE RACES”
Well, no Triple Crown candidate this year, but it has been kind of an exciting season, wouldn’t you say?
May 21, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend
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BEST PLACES TO DINE “AL FRESCO”
We figured this the perfect time to highlight a couple of places well-versed in the art of dining “al fresco,” probably the nicest words we’ve heard in a long, long while…
May 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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BEST WAYS TO WOW THE MOM IN YOUR LIFE
As Paul McCartney himself once put it, “What does she get for all the love she gave you?"
May 06, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend
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BEST PLACES TO HELP REMIND US OF BETTER DAYS
It’s always nice to know that there are a couple of places we can always count on, right? Or some places who see the significance in rekindling the values of a better time...
Apr 22, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 118 118 recommendations | email to a friend
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BEST THINGS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR EASTER CELEBRATION
It’s one of the most special times of the year – a time for putting the desolation of winter behind us, a time for embracing a new season, a time of renewed hope for the future.
Apr 09, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
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BEST PLACES TO CATCH A LITTLE OF THAT WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC “FLAVOR”
Here at “BEST OF THE BEST” it’s most definitely whetted our appetite for some of those oh-so-savory international flavors.
Mar 19, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
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BEST PLACES TO HEAD FOR ST. PADDY’S DAY
Yes, St. Patrick’s Day is just about here at this point, the one day a year where EVERY-one’s an honorary Irishman...
Mar 13, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 109 109 recommendations | email to a friend
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BEST PLACES TO FIND SOME GREAT BAGELS
We’re always going to love our bagels, wouldn’t you say?
Feb 25, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 115 115 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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