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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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FBI raids offices of Queens assemblyman
Allege Scarborough abused travel voucher system
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fresh Pond Pet Shop cleared of all animals
As of Tuesday, March 11, an officer with the 104th Precinct confirmed that all animals had been removed from the Fresh Pond Pet Shop at 60-77 Fresh Pond Road in Maspeth. “I wanted to go there mysel...
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Maspeth space planning series of summer art events
CB5 responds to rumors of MIA concert, questions permits
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Sewer upgrades coming to Maspeth, MidVille
Neighborhoods in central Queens plagued by flooding could see some relief soon. The city announced that it is set to begin a $25 million infrastructure upgrade that will significantly increase sewe...
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104th Precinct Police blotter (3/17/14-3/23/14)
Monday, Mar. 17 Mohamed Tarmoul was arrested at 65-64 Myrtle Ave. for criminal contempt by Officer Pofanti. Maria Capella was arrested at Harmon St. and Seneca Ave. for driving while intoxicated by...
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Port Authority moves ahead with airport noise studies
In one year, noise complaints from LGA jumped tenfold
Mar 26, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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104th Precinct Police Blotter (3/10/14-3/16/14)
Monday, Mar. 10 James Podhajski was arrested at 59-72 60th Street for grand larceny by Detective Chichotky. Bryant Aguilar was arrested at 74-39 64th Place for robbery by Officer Friedrich. Thomas ...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Drawing contest winners awarded at Amalgamated Bank
Richard Ritchie, branch manager at Amalgamated Bank on Grand Ave. in Maspeth, awarded three children from the nearby A.C.E. Academy for Scholars P.S. 290 with checks and prizes in the bank’s holida...
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CB5 opposes Knockdown Center’s 5,000-person assembly permit
In response to a 5,000-person assembly permit application filed by the owners of Knockdown Center, Community Board 5 unanimously approved a letter in opposition at its board meeting held last week....
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Fresh Pond’s Little Pet Shop of Horrors
Maspeth residents are up in arms after finding out a pet shop in their neighborhood has been operating without permits to sell or board animals for several months. Located at 60-77 Fresh Pond Rd., ...
Mar 19, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Luxury apartments planned at former Abbraciamento site
After paperwork filed with the Department of Buildings (DOB) surfaced last week, developers Criterion Group confirmed their plans to build a seven-story, 120-unit luxury apartment building at the s...
Mar 12, 2014 | 2 2 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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104th Precinct arrests knifepoint robber
The 104th Precinct announced Monday that police have a suspect in custody for a recent slew of knifepoint robberies in Ridgewood. “Bryant Aguilar, 21, of Brooklyn, was arrested by the 104th Precinc...
Mar 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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104th Precinct Police Blotter (3/3/14-3/9/14)
Monday, Mar. 3 Nico Carabetta was arrested at 79-80 77th Road for grand larceny by Officer Demarco. Charles Bartone was arrested at the intersection of Wyckoff and Myrtle avenues for theft of servi...
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Vision Zero a new focus for 104th Precinct
Officers in the 104th Precinct are now implementing some of the initiatives in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero traffic plan. “There’s going to be a greater emphasis in this precinct, and all oth...
Mar 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Elected officials show resounding support for St. Pat’s for All
After Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he would not be participating in the 253rd New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade due to its continued choice not to allow gay banners, he joined several electe...
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In this July 31, 2004 file photo, Cuba's President Fidel Castro, left, and his brother, Minister of Defense Raul Castro, attend a Parliament session in Havana, Cuba. The 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union devastated the Cuban economy, but the country limped along, first under Fidel and then, after he fell ill in 2006, under his brother Raul, head of the Cuban military. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, the U.S. and Cuba agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War. (AP Photo/Cristobal Herrera, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations — leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross.


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Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The market is opening sharply higher, building on gains from the day before after the Federal Reserve indicated it was in no rush to raise interest rates. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest surge in three years Thursday, rising sharply for a second day. The Federal Reserve set off the rally a day earlier by indicating that it was in no hurry to raise interest rates.


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This photo provided by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Joe, Gary, Chris, Lisa and Sarah in a Scott Rudin/Matt Stone production of a Trey Parker film, "Team America: World Police," from Paramount Pictures. After Sony dropped its planned Dec. 25 release of “The Interview” on Wednesday, a handful of theaters plugged in 10-year anniversary screenings of “Team America,” the 2004 puppet film that parodies former North Korea leader Kim Jong Il. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Melinda Sue Gordon, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Programmed as a playful substitute to "The Interview," Trey Parker and Matt Stone's North Korea comedy "Team America: World Police" also has been pulled from theaters.


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