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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 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 | 10 10 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 | 58 58 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 | 78 78 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 | 102 102 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 | 89 89 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 | 96 96 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 | 140 140 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 | 216 216 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 | 234 234 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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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
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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...
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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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104th Precinct Police Blotter (2/24/14-3/2/14)
Monday, Feb. 24 Stephen Hartie was arrested at the intersection of Wyckoff and Myrtle avenues for a traffic offense by Officer Kaufman. Calvin Peebles was arrested at 66-26 Metropolitan Avenue for ...
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People walk past a billboard showing "The Cuban Five" that reads in Spanish "End the injustice. Freedom now." in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The men, who are hailed as heroes in Cuba, were convicted in 2001 in Miami on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as foreign agents in the U.S. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, three of the five Cubans were released by the U.S. in exchange for U.S. citizen Alan Gross and an unnamed Cuban man who was imprisoned for nearly 20 years for spying for the United States. Two of the Cuban Five had previously been released after finishing their sentences. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)HAVANA (AP) — The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents.


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Chattanooga Lady Mocs Moses Johnson (23) celebrates beating Stanford in an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Chattanooga won the game 54-46. (AP Photo/Billy Weeks)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The star power of the opponent doesn't concern Chattanooga. As long as the Mocs are playing at home, they believe they are going to win.


2014-12-17 21:17:56 -0500
HAVANA (Reuters) - Alan Gross, a 65-year-old U.S. foreign aid worker freed from a Cuban prison on Wednesday, was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years for importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine Internet service for Cuban Jews. Here are some facts about Gross: Gross was a longtime supporter of Jewish causes and a career development consultant who traveled the world on private contracts before taking his Cuba assignment. He had only once previously visited Cuba and spoke very limited Spanish. ...
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