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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 | 81 81 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...
What about Wellness Programs as Part of Health Coverage?
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 178 178 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 | 252 252 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 | 262 262 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...

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Devon O’Connor, Welcome to Whitestone
Devon O’Connor did not intend to start a civic group when he noticed that his neighborhood’s “Welcome to Whitestone” sign was deteriorating. He simply wanted to fix the sign, but as he talked with ...
Aug 27, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dr. Jose Rodriguez, Dean of Students at St. Francis College
St. Francis College has a new Dean of Students at the Brooklyn Heights school. Longtime educator and experienced administrator Dr. Jose Rodriguez said the new position was important to him because ...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Charles Barnett, Photographer
From the thousands of photos that 73-year-old Charles “Carl” Barnett has taken over the years, pictures from the 1964 World’s Fair shot with his uncle’s German Voigtlander camera are some of his fa...
Aug 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gina Argento, Co-Founder, Broadway Stages
Gina Argento is no stranger to being green. In addition to creating the world's first solar-powered sound stage in North Brooklyn, Argento along with her brother Tony five years ago founded Systems...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Philip McManus, Queens Public Transit Committee
The Rockaway community was nearly destroyed when Hurricane Sandy ripped through New York City back in 2012, but it did spark one resident to take action when it comes to public transportation on th...
Jul 23, 2014 | 2 2 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Josef Szende, Atlantic Avenue BID
Josef Szende took over as the inaugural director of Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District (AABID) back in April of 2012. Szende, currently a Brooklyn resident, studied at Columbia Universit...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rick Anthony, Atlantic Surfing Federation
Like many parents, Rick Anthony sat on the sidelines watching his son compete so often that eventually he stopped merely observing and took on an active supporting role. In Anthony’s case, the spor...
Jul 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tyler Myers, Knockdown Center
When Tyler Myers was first introduced to the Knockdown Center, he immediately saw the potential for the place to become a mecca for large-scale artwork. “I was working as a project manager for Frie...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Glen Lee, Wok Mon Inventor
When most people look at their gas stovetop, they see a place to cook their food, but Queens resident Glen Lee saw room for improvement. That is why he invented the Wok Mon. The Wok Mon captures ex...
Jun 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Patryk Perkowski, Queens College Valedictorian
In a graduating class of more than 2,500 students, being chosen as valedictorian is no small accomplishment. But in Patryk Perkowski, Queens College found itself a candidate. A Macaulay Honors Coll...
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shaun Leonardo, Socrates Sculpture Park
From the first time that Shaun Leonardo stepped foot in Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria to help a friend install a piece for exhibition nine years ago, he has been intrigued by the park’s histor...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Joe Murphy, AdvantageCare Physicians
While it can be hard to rebuild a tarnished reputation, Joe Murphy and his coworkers are hitting the streets in the local Forest Hills community toward that end at AdvantageCare Physicians. For yea...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tom Long, Queens Conservative Party Chairman
As the head of the Conservative Party in Queens, Tom Long is no stranger to the plight of the underdog. But, he says, as stories of political corruption continue to surface, his job gets easier eve...
May 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laura Silver, Author
When it comes to soul food, the knish might not make top three on Family Feud, but for Laura Silver, it’s number one. “I am Jewish, I’m a native of Flushing, Queens, and when I grew up there were a...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Payal Doctor, LGCC Professor
She might not be one to boast about her accomplishments, but LaGuardia Community College Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Payal Doctor, who serves as the faculty adviser of the Alpha Theta Phi...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Police officers block off the scene of a a shooting incident where a gunman killed two New York police officers as they sat in their squad car before turning his weapon on himself in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo and Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man. If the killings do turn out to have been motivated by the death of Eric Garner, they could inflame tension over race and law enforcement that have dogged New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, sparked protests around the country and drawn in President Barack Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder. ...


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By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Popular photo-sharing service Instagram on Saturday took down the account of the man said to be behind the "assassination" of two New York City police officers, after the 28-year-old gunman's veiled threats and provocative messages went viral in the wake of the execution-style shootings. Posted just hours before Ismaaiyl Brinsley allegedly walked up to two officers in a parked squad car in Brooklyn and shot them dead, the dark messages again cast a spotlight on the role of social media in spotting and revealing public threats of violence. ...
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick passes against the San Diego Chargers during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers prevailed through a balky back and a sore chest to keep San Diego's slim playoff chances alive.


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