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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 76 76 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 | 70 70 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 | 121 121 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 | 194 194 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 | 219 219 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 | 207 207 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 | 212 212 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 | 260 260 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 | 336 336 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 | 331 331 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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Daniel Scarpati, Graduating Senior/Christ the King
Christ the King Regional High School senior Daniel Scarpati (pictured on the left) is an aspiring film director with an impressive list of credentials already under his belt. He’s been co-editor of...
May 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tyronickah Buckmire, Junior/Brooklyn Theatre Arts H.S.
For one night, 17-year-old Tyronickah Buckmire had a Broadway stage all to herself. The aspiring actress and Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School junior hopes it won't be the last time. Buckmire appea...
May 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Joe Curcio President, Italian Board of Guardians
As the Italian Board of Guardians changes with the times, the little-known but beloved social service organization is mindful of its long and storied past. That is most true this month, as the nonp...
May 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wes Jackson, Brooklyn Bodega founder
A bodega in Brooklyn is not unheard of - selling everything from food and beer to calling cards and stockings. But what about a bodega that dishes out the latest in hip hop culture and brings consu...
May 03, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brian Ferreira, BCAP Director
For Brian Ferreira, the director of Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP), the most rewarding thing about teaching is helping children discover their own talents. When he first started teachi...
Apr 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lucy Palacios, Market Founder
Lucy Palacios did the corporate thing all of her life. But after being in that world for so long, she decided last year to explore her more creative side. She started a market in Jackson Heights th...
Apr 26, 2011 | 2 2 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dena Paige-Fischer, Dog Face Cakes Creator
Dena Paige-Fischer enjoys a span of creative endeavors to fill her days, but making cakes resembling canines effortlessly combines her artistic skills with her love for dogs. The tasty edible canva...
Apr 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Debbie Hoffer, Advocate for the Elderly
The Queensboro Council for Social Welfare recently honored Debbie Hoffer, the Director of Field Operations for Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens. She received the Evelyn Pliego Memorial Soc...
Apr 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nick Thomas, Flea Market Vendor
The recently opened Downtown Flea Market at 74 Hanson Place has several things going for it: the outdoor space is around the corner from the Atlantic Terminal Mall, a busy transit hub and the futur...
Apr 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shantrelle Lewis, Filmmaker & Writer
Shantrelle Lewis travels the world in search of what she calls the African aesthetic; and for the last year and a half she’s been broadcasting her findings from Bed-Stuy. “Aesthetics is an all-enco...
Apr 05, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Carol Rogers, Book Fair Organizer
Caroline Rogers has always been a lover of books. From the time she and a former partner decided to sell books at a nearby flea market in Queens, the Brooklyn-born, Queens-bred bookworm has started...
Apr 05, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ijana Nathaniel, Non-profit Founder
Brooklyn dared to dream. Will Queens and the rest of New York City be next? Ijana Nathaniel started her youth organization, Dare 2 Dream Leaders (D2D), in two East Flatbush schools last June. The n...
Mar 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Abby Dobson, Singer-Songwriter
Don’t sleep on Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter Abby Dobson. Her debut album, “Sleeping Beauty: You Are The One You Have Been Waiting For,” caused a stir when it was released last November, foreshad...
Mar 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Scott Decoursey - Musician/Author
Scott Decoursey is full of creativity. The 23-year-old lifelong Glendale resident is not just dabbling in different fields, he is a soon-to-be published author and already a musician that doesn't b...
Mar 22, 2011 | 3 3 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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James Gulliver Hancock, Illustrator
James Gulliver Hancock is crazy about buildings. He draws them all the time - in his spare time, for work, to just get his creativity flowing. Actually, James Gulliver Hancock cannot stop drawing. ...
Mar 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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An NYPD logo is pictured on a wall above a makeshift memorial at the site where two police officers were shot in the head in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy Jonathan Allen and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of police and other mourners filled a New York City church and surrounding streets for the funeral on Saturday of one of two police officers ambushed by a gunman who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police. Singled out for their uniforms, the deaths of Rafael Ramos and his partner Wenjian Liu have become a rallying point for police and their supporters around the country, beleaguered by months of street rallies by protesters who say police practices are marked by racism. ...


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FILE - In this Dec. 27, 1983 file photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope John Paul II, left, meets Mehmet Ali Agca, in Agca's prison cell in Rome. The Vatican says the Turk who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 has laid flowers on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica. A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said the surprise visit Saturday by Mehmet Ali Agca lasted a few minutes. As with other flowers left by visitors to the tomb, the white blossoms were later removed by basilica workers. John Paul visited the incarcerated Agca in 1983 and later intervened with Italian authorities to gain Agca's release in 2000 from the Italian prison where he was serving a life sentence for the assassination attempt in St. Peter's Square. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, File)VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Turkish gunman who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 laid white flowers Saturday on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican officials said.


2014-12-27 11:10:28 -0500

FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 file photo shows the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. The botched April execution of an Oklahoma inmate and other troubling ones in Ohio and Arizona this year gave capital punishment opponents a flicker of hope that the most pro-death penalty parts of the country might have a change of heart. They didn’t. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners drew the viewing gallery curtains, concealing what the warden later described as "a bloody mess."


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