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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 60 60 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 | 54 54 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 | 105 105 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 | 171 171 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 | 194 194 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 | 183 183 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 | 189 189 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 | 238 238 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 | 314 314 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 | 316 316 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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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...
Aug 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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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,...
Jul 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Jun 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Jun 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amit Kumar
Bitponics
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
May 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
May 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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John Dereszewski
Activist/Historian
May 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chris Hudson Camp Highlight
Chris Hudson started Camp Highlight in 2010 to give kids from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) families a place to meet others like them in a safe, tolerant space. Hudson, who lives in...
May 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Richard Fisher City Tech 2012 Valedictorian
One might think that Richard Fisher chose a circuitous path to a college degree and academic achievement. But it ended up working out just fine that way for him, as he has been named New York City ...
May 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Eleonora Lupyan, Journey Dance instructor
If you haven't heard of Journey Dance, one instructor in Forest Hills can introduce you to the relatively new form of exercise and meditation. Eleonora Lupyan, a former professional ballroom dancer...
Apr 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Caroline Hellman City Tech professor
Through the Literary Arts Festival at the City College of Technology, Caroline Hellman has found a way to connect the Downtown Brooklyn community with the rest of the borough, and even with the lar...
Apr 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunmen attacked the African Union's main base in the capital, Mogadishu, on Thursday leading to an exchange of gunfire between militants and soldiers that left at least five militants dead, an official with the mission in Somalia said.
2014-12-25 11:41:06 -0500

In this December 24, 2014 photo illustration a woman looks at the Google Play purchase page for the Sony film "The Interview," in Washington, DCRaunchy comedy "The Interview" -- a movie about a fictional plot to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un which has enraged Pyongyang -- opened in US theaters Thursday, a move its star attributed to public pressure. Its future had been in doubt after entertainment giant Sony said it was canceling the release following an embarrassing cyber attack on its corporate network and threats against moviegoers. Star Seth Rogen and co-director Evan Goldberg made a surprise appearance at one of the first showings in Los Angeles just after midnight, when they thanked moviegoers and theaters for pushing to get the film out. "We thought this might not happen at all," Rogen told a cheering crowd, according to a video posted on YouTube.


2014-12-25 11:40:06 -0500

A protester holds an American flag and a Cuban one as she joins with others opposed to U.S. President Barack Obama's announcement earlier in the week of a change to the US Cuba policy at Jose Marti park on December 20, 2014 in Miami, FloridaCuban expatriates in America, including many who risked their lives to escape the communist island, are torn about whether to return after Havana and Washington formally reestablish ties next year. US President Barack Obama last week announced the normalization of relations with Cuba, which were severed in 1961. Marisol Camarota said she wouldn't think twice about returning to live in her homeland -- provided she can make a living comparable to what she earns in the United States. By contrast, Hector Martinez -- who fled Cuba years ago on a rickety raft -- wouldn't dream of ever setting foot in Cuba again.


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