blog roll
our featured bloggers
Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Most Units Sold in 2014!
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty, led by George & Abigail Herrera, were recently honored at the Keller Williams Realty Landmark II awards ceremony in Astoria, NY. Out of 160 Agents, Q...
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare)
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Author; Donna Stefans Re:Obamacare The Health insurance reporting requirements on the 2014 tax return are a bit complicated. If you and your family were covered by an employer health care plan for ...
A Different Slant on Class-Based Hiring Discrimination
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Most employers are familiar with the pitfalls of discriminating against applicants in protected classes under Civil Rights laws. For the most part, African Americans, Hispan...
← How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants? Are Employers Free from Liability When Using Staffing Agencies to Terminate Employees?
Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Companies often find that staffing agencies are valuable resources for helping them fill temporary or permanent positions and for handling human resources issues. However, recently, an outside staf...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JANUARY 2015
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
January 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of existing home sales increased in December, but remained below that in the same month of the previous year. Home prices declined as we moved in to t...
Negligence of Oregon Hospital Led to Wrongful Death of Patient
Jan 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
Author:  Mark H. Sackstein, Esq. All it takes is one small mistake for a disaster to occur. No matter how much research is done when choosing a hospital, it is impossible to predict a situation suc...
Matching Workouts With the Results You Want
Jan 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard friends complain about not getting the results they want, despite how much energy they’re putting into their workout.  People who want bigger muscles go t...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the way...
Immersed in ancient times; the performance of Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. A review.
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 131 131 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   Imagine being immersed in an ancient world, with colossal stone columns, palaces and images of deities, a marvelous music surrounding you and, thank God, no ce...

more blogs

news
Expanding Kiwanis in Queens
Queens Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor Michael Terry has a plan to expand young people’s community service clubs beyond the borders of school walls. Founded in 1915, according to its Web site, Kiwanis ...
Nov 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Elmhurst Library closed for new building and expansions
The Elmhurst Library closed its doors on Monday, November 7, to make way for a new and expanded building set to open in 2013. “It has become a victim of its own success and needs to expand in a new...
Nov 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
104th Precinct Police Blotter (11/7/11-11/13/11)
Monday, Nov. 7 Joanna Oszczypaca was arrested at the intersection of 60th and Bleecker streets for theft of service by Officer Murtha. Ivan Baez was arrested at 67-29 Central Avenue for assault by ...
Nov 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Arrest made in hit & run that killed Maspeth man
Suspect Peter Rodriguez arrested in Connecticut
Nov 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Vets march in Middle Village parade
The 3rd Annual Queens Veterans Day Parade was held this past Sunday, November 6, in Middle Village. Veteran and community groups joined elected officials in a march from 80th Street and Metropolita...
Nov 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Middle Village railyards get two new hookups
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley announced on Tuesday, November 1, that local legislators successfully negotiated with CSX Freight Corporation to install two new hookup sites in an effort to reduce t...
Nov 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
A beautiful street
Maspeth Chamber of Commerce aims to turn Grand Avenue into a vibrant shopping strip
Nov 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
104th Precinct Police blotter (10/31/11-11/6/11
Monday, Oct. 31 Richard Depasquale was arrested at 68-78 76th Street for assault by Officer McElliogott. Edwin Casiano was arrested at 55-60 Myrtle Avenue for criminal possession of a weapon by Off...
Nov 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
104th Precinct Police Blotter (11/24/11-11/30/11)
Monday, Oct. 24 Gerald Gomez was arrested at 1728 Summerfield Street for assault by Officer Gomez. Tuesday, Oct. 25 Cesar Cosme was arrested at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 59th Street for ...
Nov 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
A roaring Halloween with the Maspeth Lions
The Maspeth Lions Club hosted its annual children's Halloween Ragamuffin Parade this past Monday. Children in costume marched down Grand Avenue to the Maspeth Federal Savings parking lot at 69th St...
Nov 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
$10K reward for hit-and-run driver
Maspeth to killer: “We will find you”
Nov 02, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
104th Precinct Police Blotter (10/17/11-10/23/11)
Monday, Oct. 17 Bryan Payero was arrested at the intersection of Stephen Street and Cypress Avenue for criminal possession of a weapon by Officer Rogers. Tuesday, Oct. 18 Gregory Highland was arres...
Oct 28, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Lew Picardi, local musician, passes away at 80
On Friday, October 21, Maspeth lost a veteran, father, and musician. Louis P. Picciano, who was better known by his stage name, Lew Picardi, started singing in grammar school and was an immediate “...
Oct 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Suspect in crash that killed Maspeth man
Police have identified a suspect who is believed to have been behind the wheel of a car that caused an early morning accident in Maspeth on October 15, killing a popular local bar owner. Geroge Gib...
Oct 25, 2011 | 5 5 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
104th Precinct Police Blotter (10/11/11-10/16/11)
Monday, Oct. 11 Justin Noboa was arrested at the intersection of Gates and Cypress avenues for aggravated unlicensed operator by Officer Lodato. Tuesday, Oct. 12 Anna Lopez was arrested at 61-26 76...
Oct 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
national news

An Indian rock python drinks water inside its enclosure in a zoo during a hot day in the northern ...JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean man has been jailed for nine years for eating python, a protected species, a Zimbabwean daily reported on Friday. Archwell Maramba said he had been eating the snakemeat for its medicinal value. "I wanted to eat the python to cure my spine and since I ate my first python I have seen remarkable improvement," NewsDay quoted Maramba as saying during his court case. Acting on a tipoff, police found the 58-year-old drying snakeskin and python meat stashed in his house.


2015-01-30 10:11:10 -0500

A woman pulls shopping carts through the aisle of a Target store on the shopping day dubbed "Black Friday" in TorringtonU.S. consumer sentiment rose in January to its highest level in 11 years on better job and wage prospects, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final January reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 98.1, its best showing on a final basis since January 2004 and the latest in a string of increases since August. "Consumers judged prospects for the national economy as the best in a decade, with half of all consumers expecting the economic expansion will continue for another five years," said Richard Curtin, the survey's director. "While renewed strength in consumer spending will boost the pace of economic growth in 2015, most consumers are counting only on modest income gains during the years ahead.


2015-01-30 10:10:28 -0500
By Maggie Fick and Yusri Mohamed CAIRO/ISMAILIA (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia for an African Union summit on Friday after Islamic State's Egyptian wing claimed the killing of at least 30 soldiers and police officers in the Sinai Peninsula. The four separate attacks on security forces in North Sinai on Thursday night were among the bloodiest in years and the first significant assault in the region since the most active Sinai militant group swore allegiance to IS in November. Militant attacks in Sinai, while far from Cairo and tourist attractions, has crimped government efforts to project an image of stability to woo back foreign investors and tourists driven away by frequent political violence since a popular uprising four years ago that overthrew veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Sisi left Addis Ababa after meeting with the Ethiopian premier following the AU summit's opening session, an Egyptian official there told Reuters.
2015-01-30 10:08:35 -0500