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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 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 | 17 17 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 | 66 66 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 | 86 86 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 | 110 110 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 | 97 97 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 | 104 104 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 | 148 148 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 | 224 224 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 | 236 236 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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Pudge Fernandez, Producer/Comedian
Pudge Fernandez, an Elmhurst born-and-bred comedian and one of three independent comedy producers in Queens, has been putting on shows for the last three years all across the borough. From Forest H...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anthony A. Manheim, Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council
Anthony A. Manheim calls himself a “Brooklynite by choice.” After growing up in the Gramercy Park area of Manhattan and attending Haverford College briefly before attending Northwestern University ...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anandi Premlall, Community activist
If anyone is paying attention to the news in South Queens, one hot button issue is the prospect of a Queens Greenway at the abandoned LIRR tracks running along Woodhaven Boulevard, much like Manhat...
Jan 27, 2012 | 4 4 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Michael Perlman Chair, Rego-Forest Preservation Council
Michael Perlman devotes his time to preserving relics in the Rego Park/Forest Hills area, hoping to keep its history alive. Perlman is chair of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council and vice preside...
Jan 17, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rebecca Parker and Elizabeth Bishop Business owners
In September of 2011, Rebecca Parker and Elizabeth Bishop opened Brooklyn Open Acupuncture with the goal to bring the alternative form of healing to many at an affordable price. And now, the owners...
Jan 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Andrea Slavin Up2Us Coach Across America
Queens College student Andrea Slavin has been named an Up2Us Coach Across America for summer 2012. And it is an opportunity that the sports lover is taking in with pride. Up2Us, a national nonprofi...
Jan 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alexandria Sica, Executive Director of DUMBO BID
As executive director of the DUMBO Business Improvement District (BID), Alexandria Sica devotes her time to developing the area's industry and appeal. After graduating from Brown University, Sica w...
Jan 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ed Wendell, President of the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society
Ed Wendell was asked to be the president of the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society roughly one year ago by its former president Leonora Lavan. But at the time, he turned it down. Now one yea...
Jan 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gabriel Taussig, Chief of the Law Department’s Administrative Law Division
On November 18, Gabriel Taussig, chief of the city Law Department’s Administrative Law Division, received the 2011 Mary C. Lawton Outstanding Government Service Award, which is given to only one at...
Dec 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Edie Stone, Director of Green Thumb
Red Hook resident Edie Stone calls it a “kind of a funny story” about how she rose through the ranks to become the director one of New York City's most known urban agriculture agencies, Green Thumb...
Dec 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kenny Dunn, Glendale Kiwanis President
Glendale Kiwanis President Kenny Dunn said he is committed to the club's pledge “to help make a difference in the community.” Dunn grew up in the Maspeth area and now lives in Glendale. He works fo...
Dec 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Luis Flores, Master Jeweler
Luis Flores moved to Queens from Peru 18 years ago. He moved to Maspeth from Corona and opened up Lafyes Jewelry Store at 65-43 Grand Avenue in 2005. “I always felt that I have the ability to creat...
Nov 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Emmanuel Thingue, senior designer at NYC Parks Department
Cadman Plaza Park and South Oxford Park in Brooklyn, Orchard Beach in the Bronx and Lefferts Playground in Queens – these are just a few examples of what Emmanuel Thingue has contributed to the New...
Nov 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ricardi Calixte, Neighborhood Economic Development Director
Ricardi Calixte spends his time helping small businesses around Queens get the resources they need to expand and thrive. Calixte was born in Haiti and came to the United States in 1989 when he was ...
Oct 20, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chistopher Olechowski, Brooklyn CB1 Chairman
You could say that Christopher Olechowski has always been community-oriented – and you'd be right. The current chairman of Community Board 1, which covers the Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborho...
Oct 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly "green lumber" certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation's biggest landowners and timber producers.
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U.S. MarinesWASHINGTON (AP) — Two senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces.


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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2006 file photo, Tom Rider, a former circus elephant trainer, shows a bullhook that is used by elephant trainers to members of Nebraska's Judiciary Committee in Loncoln, in support of a bill that would ban the use of the devices Nebraska. The Oakland, Calif., City Council earlier this week unanimously approved an ordinance outlawing bullhooks, an instrument resembling a fireplace poker with a sharp hook on one end that is used by trainers to control the animals. Oakland is now the second city in California, after Los Angeles, to ban the use of a bullhooks. Stephen Payne, a spokesman for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, says the ban takes effect in 2017. The Oakland Zoo and animal rights activists supported the ordinance. Payne says Ringling Bros. might work with the incoming City Council to reconsider the ban. The circus will stop performing in Los Angeles in the summer of 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The circus will stop coming to Oakland in a few years after a tool used by elephant handlers was banned in the city.


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