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Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Most Units Sold in 2014!
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
The Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty, led by George & Abigail Herrera, were recently honored at the Keller Williams Realty Landmark II awards ceremony in Astoria, NY. Out of 160 Agents, Q...
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare)
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Author; Donna Stefans Re:Obamacare The Health insurance reporting requirements on the 2014 tax return are a bit complicated. If you and your family were covered by an employer health care plan for ...
A Different Slant on Class-Based Hiring Discrimination
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Most employers are familiar with the pitfalls of discriminating against applicants in protected classes under Civil Rights laws. For the most part, African Americans, Hispan...
← How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants? Are Employers Free from Liability When Using Staffing Agencies to Terminate Employees?
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Companies often find that staffing agencies are valuable resources for helping them fill temporary or permanent positions and for handling human resources issues. However, recently, an outside staf...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JANUARY 2015
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January 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of existing home sales increased in December, but remained below that in the same month of the previous year. Home prices declined as we moved in to t...
Negligence of Oregon Hospital Led to Wrongful Death of Patient
Jan 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
Author:  Mark H. Sackstein, Esq. All it takes is one small mistake for a disaster to occur. No matter how much research is done when choosing a hospital, it is impossible to predict a situation suc...
Matching Workouts With the Results You Want
Jan 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard friends complain about not getting the results they want, despite how much energy they’re putting into their workout.  People who want bigger muscles go t...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the way...
Immersed in ancient times; the performance of Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. A review.
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 138 138 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   Imagine being immersed in an ancient world, with colossal stone columns, palaces and images of deities, a marvelous music surrounding you and, thank God, no ce...

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Hanna Mandelbaum, Evermore Pet Food
New York native and dog lover Hanna Mandelbaum knows the importance of making sure every canine gets the right nutrition. “You shouldn’t let a dog eat anything you wouldn’t eat yourself,” Mandelbau...
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Dishan Elise, Founder of Human@ease
Dishan Elise, the founder of the fitness group Human@ease (pronounced “humanities”), had a vision. “I didn't want people to feel intimidated by fitness,” she said, speaking of commercial gyms. “I w...
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Oliver Sohngen
Director, LIC Academy of Music
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Sean Casey, Animal Rescuer
Some people know their niche early in life. That was especially true for Sean Casey, the founder of the Sean Casey Animal Rescue Center, located at 153 East 3rd Street in Brooklyn. “I've done it my...
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Susan Lindell, Bike Mechanic
(Photo: JJ Sullin) The motto may be “out with the old and in with the new,” but Susan Lindell sees things a little differently when it comes to aging equipment—particularly bicycles. “Most used bik...
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Sonia Mylonas, Cat's Eye Imaging
Sonia Mylonas is always looking for ways to improve the future, especially if it involves technology. “That's where it's at,” said Mylonas, a leader of Cats Eyes Imaging, a printing and embroidery ...
Aug 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jill Parshley, Actress
Among friends, Jill Parshley admits she's referred to as the “Jill of all trades.” “I've just kind of lived a life doing a mosaic of trades involving service and creativity” said Parshley. With the...
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Jay Ruiz, Brooklyn BIKE Patrol
Jay Ruiz isn't your typical neighborhood watchman. A dispatcher at a career services center by day, he volunteers to walk women home at night. The president and founder of the Brooklyn BIKE Patrol,...
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Kate Zidar, Newtown Creek Alliance
Kate Zidar connects with an eclectic mix of peers in Greenpoint and parts of Western Queens through a shared passion for Newtown Creek. Zidar moved to Greenpoint 12 years ago to attend Pratt Instit...
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Cheryl Bogdan, Student of the Year
Ridgewood resident Cheryl Bogdan was recently honored by the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work, which she graduated from on June 4 with a 4.0 grade point average and “Student of the Year...
Jun 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mitchell Grubler, 4BNA
Mitchell Grubler works with advocates and civic groups to preserve historic sites in the four boroughs outside of Manhattan. Grubler was born in Flushing Hospital in Queens and grew up in Mill Basi...
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Amit Kumar
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Bonita Kline, Sunnyside Artworks
To satisfy her love for design and the garment industry, Bonita Kline began giving sewing lessons to kids in her Sunnyside community two years ago. After growing up near Cleveland, Ohio, Kline move...
May 22, 2012 | 3 3 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dianne Berkun, Director of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy
Dianne Berkun commands the space around her with a soft-spoken demeanor and a tone of confidence that can only come from being the founder and director of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy. The Aca...
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Letizia Barbetta, Children's Book Author
When Letizia Barbetta's daughter asked her if there was ever a princess who suffers from food allergies, an idea for a children's book sparked in her head. Barbetta was born in Milan but grew up be...
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Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker has died aged 94Richard von Weizsaecker, who died Saturday aged 94, was the first president of a reunited Germany and played a major role in helping the country face up to its Nazi past. Just several months before the Berlin Wall fell, he won a second mandate as president in May 1989, this time with even greater support than in 1984, and oversaw German reunification and the end of the Cold War.


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Palestinian youths hold weapons during a military-style graduation ceremony after being trained at one of the Hamas-run Liberation Camps, in Gaza CityBy Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of the Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organization. The ruling came days after the country faced some of the bloodiest attacks on security forces in years. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013. "The court ruled to ban the Qassam Brigades and to list it as a terrorist group," said judge Mohamed al-Sayid of the special Cairo court which deals with urgent cases.


2015-01-31 08:16:50 -0500

People smoke cigars at the Havana Cigar FestivalCall it rum and cigar diplomacy: The few Americans allowed to visit Cuba are eager to finally legally bring home the communist island's once forbidden fruits. While Washington and Havana seek to normalize ties, US President Barack Obama added rum and cigars to the diplomatic mix in January by allowing Americans to fly back with $100 worth of Cuban tobacco and alcohol. The rum company Havana Club -- co-owned by the Cuban government and French spirits giant Pernod Ricard -- says it it is ready to sell to American visitors but also has a strategy to enter the US market -- if the decades-old embargo is lifted one day. Cuban cigar sellers also want to see Americans put Cohibas and Montecristos in their suitcases.


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