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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 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 | 20 20 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 | 69 69 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 | 94 94 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 | 118 118 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 | 105 105 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 | 113 113 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 | 157 157 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 | 233 233 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 | 245 245 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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104th Precinct Police Blotter (6/9/14-6/15/14)
Monday, June 9 Andres Escobar was arrested at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and Linden Street for driving while intoxicated by Officer Jonas. Danielle Aquaviva was arrested at the intersection...
Jun 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Knockdown Center hosts benefit for Ohio festival
Although the local community board has been thwarting the Knockdown Center’s efforts to push through assembly and alcohol permits, inside the old factory, the show goes on. On Friday night, several...
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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4,500 letters of pre-K acceptance sent to families
Rejects encouraged to apply for community options
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104th Precinct Police Blotter (6/2/14-6/8/14)
Monday, June 2 Edward Luna was arrested at 1820 Flushing Avenue for aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle by Officer Frevola. Peter Tufano was arrested at 75-13 67 Road for stalking by Offic...
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Our Lady of Hope awarded for Project Eliminate fundraising
Top honor goes to mother-daughter team for raising thousands
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PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Annual Grand Avenue Festival comes to Maspeth
Hundreds flocked to the annual Grand Avenue Festival on Sunday afternoon. Under clear skies, festival-goers sampled food from the street vendors, played games, and shopped at the numerous booths ho...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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104th Precinct Police Blotter (5/26/14-6/1/14)
Monday, May 26 Stephanie Vasquez was arrested at the intersection of Stanhope Street and Fairview Avenue for driving while intoxicated by Officer Hili. Maricela Pavon-Valle was arrested at 1816 Gro...
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Community Board 5 to Meet June 11
The next meeting of Community Board 5 will be Wednesday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m., at Christ the King High School, 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village. The agenda includes a visit by Queens Bo...
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Indicted Ruben Wills denies accusations of wearing a wire
Claims posters from events proves he wasn't stealing money from nonprofit
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Veterans groups hold town hall on Agent Orange exposure
Believe exposure linked to ongoing health issues in both vets and their kids
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104th Precinct Police Blotter (5/19/14-5/25/14)
Monday, May 19 Regina Harrison was arrested at 1693 Putnam Avenue for third-degree assault by Office McDonald. Joseph Small was arrested at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and Madison Street for...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
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Maspeth honors veterans, highlights military women at parade
Continuing its tradition of robust Memorial Day celebrations, the Maspeth community gathered to observe and participate in the neighborhood’s annual Memorial Day Parade. “The actions taken by the w...
May 28, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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Liu announces bid for State Senate
Will challenge fellow Democrat Tony Avella
May 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Meet the 2014 Memorial Day Parade grand marshals
The organizers of this Sunday's Maspeth Memorial Day Parade have announced that Karen Burke and Leonard Masone will be this year's grand marshals. Burke was born and raised in Maspeth. she attended...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Crossing guards honored for stalwart service
In recognition of their dedication to the safety of local school children, Assemblyman Mike Miller hosted an awards ceremony at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council last week for the crossing guards...
May 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
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By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - About five years ago, General Electric Co, the largest Western player in Russia's market for medical equipment, uncovered pervasive corruption in its Russian business. Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco, then chief executive of GE Germany and Developed Markets, told an investor conference in 2012 that senior management became aware of the problems around 2009. "We had to eliminate more than half of our healthcare organization because we discovered that they were happily scamming our customers, scamming against us and scamming against the government," Beccalli-Falco told the conference. A GE spokesman said Beccalli-Falco did not wish to comment, and the company declined to comment on its Russian business.
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Exterior view of the Endocrinology Research Centre in MoscowBy Tom Bergin and Stephen Grey MOSCOW/LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Russia pays hugely inflated prices for vital medical equipment made by Western companies, in part because some manufacturers channel sales through obscure intermediary companies, a Reuters examination has found. These middlemen firms, which have no easily traceable owners or offices, add mark-ups that mean Russian state hospitals frequently pay two or three times more than hospitals in the West for the same equipment. A Reuters examination of Russian customs data and state procurement records shows the price differences can be hundreds of thousands of dollars on a single item. An analysis of 20,000 transactions dated between January 2006 and July 2013 found that international companies sold Russia medical devices worth more than $2.8 billion through more than 150 obscure companies and partnerships.


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MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — China's ambassador to Mozambique says trade between the two countries increased to nearly $3 billion this year.
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