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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 | 74 74 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 | 98 98 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 | 85 85 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 | 92 92 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 | 136 136 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 | 212 212 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 | 230 230 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...
What Is the Professional Exception to Employment At-Will Termination?
Nov 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 276 276 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans As described in our earlier blog article, there are exceptions to at-will employment terminations, making them unlawful, and termination based on discrimination is one of th...

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Poetry and art converge at the Queens Museum of Art
What do you get when you mix art and poetry? An intriguing concoction that manifests itself in the form of the Poets in the Galleries Series at the Queens Museum of Art. In its third edition, the s...
Nov 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jimi Hendrix still steals show with new reissues on CD, DVD
Over 40 years since his passing, guitarist Jimi Hendrix still casts a long shadow, and this is an especially exciting year for his fans. Devotees of the “Master of the Stratocaster” will be treated...
Nov 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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“Cosmic Voodoo Circus” pitches its tent in Long Island City
A sound wave of traditional spiritual songs from Brazil’s Afro religion washes over you as you step into the transitional and transcendent experience of Sanford Biggers’ “Cosmic Voodoo Circus” exhi...
Nov 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Using scent, sight and sound to stimulate holiday spirits
(ARA Content) - From baking cookies with loved ones to caroling through the neighborhood or celebrating with family and friends, fond memories of holiday traditions abound. Each year, scents, sight...
Nov 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Celebrating “Brooklyn’s Next Great Park” - a documentary
What’s green, with a diverse tree palette? It’s a place where you can relax by the waterfront, watch boats go by, and get a million dollar view of the city’s skyline; go kayaking, bike riding and p...
Nov 16, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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A jam-packed season at Queens Theatre
If you thought Queens was off the map when it comes to entertainment, and if you never gave a second thought about Queens when it came to matters of theatre — then you’re mistaken because the Queen...
Nov 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Technology gifts for the whole family
(ARA Content) - Buying holiday gifts can be a fun and easy experience when you go to the right place, and there is a certain joy that you get when you see someone opening a gift they’ve been waitin...
Nov 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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ElectriCity: an exhibition for all to enjoy
Uses New York’s rails to explain transit science to visitors
Nov 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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“A Hard Wall at High Speed” hits home
As the world transformed after 9/11, so did many peoples’ lives. Many were of course, worried for their safety, many had to deal with losing a loved one, and others had to deal with the loss of the...
Nov 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Book Review: Words Hit Hard as a Fist
John Carmichael, 13, Texas. Tiffany Maxwell, 16, Pennsylvania. Lance Lundsten, 18, Minnesota. Seth Walsh, 13, California. These are just five of the 4,400 teenagers who have committed suicide in th...
Nov 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Winterize your wardrobe without the bulk
It’s getting cold out again. Time to store away your summer frocks and bring out your favorite scarves, boots and layers. Women want to stay fashionable in the cooler seasons but they don’t want to...
Nov 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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A royal kind of independent film
“To Be King” displays knock-out resilience & attitude
Nov 02, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Grave Halloween events in Queens and Brooklyn that might scare you but won’t scare your wallet
A list of events, parades & haunted happenings in Queens and Brooklyn on what is the most outrageous holiday
Oct 27, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Spooktacular Halloween on the cheap
(ARA) - Halloween decorations and costumes are meant to be frightfully fun, but the price tag for pulling together the big night doesn’t have to be scary. Here are three fun and unexpected ways to ...
Oct 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fall forward with these new season fashions
Add more style with polka dots, native-inspired pieces, the classic trench coat
Oct 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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In this Nov. 27, 2012 file photo provided by James L. Berenthal, jailed American Alan Gross poses for a photo during a visit by Rabbi Elie Abadie and U.S. lawyer James L. Berenthal at Finlay military hospital as he serves a prison sentence in Havana, Cuba. AP sources: American Alan Gross released from Cuba after 5 years in prison. (AP Photo/James L. Berenthal, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Obama administration official says Cuba has released American Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned for five years.


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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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WASHINGTON (AP) — Want to know how many calories are in that alcoholic drink you're about to order? You might be able to find out just by reading the menu.
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