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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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That 70's style is back in action
While the fashion cycle keeps repeating itself, the trends follow suit this spring with an honorable nod to the 1970s. If the thought of anything in your wardrobe remotely honoring the 70’s reminds...
Mar 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Paul: Like E.T., only more hip and cool
Nick Frost and Simon Pegg team up again in “Paul” the new Sci-fi movie that came out this past weekend. Like Frost and Pegg’s other film “Shawn of the Dead” the humor in “Paul” relies heavily on kn...
Mar 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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DJ Rekha takes her dance party to Queens
One artist in JCAL’s and WMI’s “The World in Queens” series
Mar 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Red Riding Hood is not so big and bad
This weekend I went and saw “Twilight.” No, sorry, that’s not right. This weekend I went and saw “Red Riding Hood.” Confusing the two movies is an understandable mistake considering that the same w...
Mar 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Store happenings in Park Slope
See what’s “in store” for you during end-of-season
Mar 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Your wardrobe: Your calling card
Take the chance and reinvent your wardrobe this spring
Mar 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rango lassoes in a mere two stars
The first thing that needs to be made clear about “Rango” is that it isn’t a children’s movie. It’s an animated film for adults and young adults. “Rango” received a PG rating but I think that the v...
Mar 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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War of the tablets: The iPad versus the Xoom
How do the two compare?
Mar 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn beauty guru shares her tips
With beauty trends walking hand in hand with fashion trends, we have found a ‘beauty babe’ to guide us through the ever growing haystack of product choices. It can be overwhelming choosing between ...
Mar 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Drive Angry revs up disappointment
This past weekend hosted the Oscars. The best of the best movies and actors, competed against each other for the little golden trophies. Is it a coincidence that on this Oscar weekend Nicolas Cage’...
Mar 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reeling in the world at the Queens World Film Festival
The Queens World Festival showcases a world of films
Mar 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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Take time off: Spice up your weekends
Day-to-day schedules can get tedious. Bouncing between work, home and family obligations, it’s often hard to muster the energy and enthusiasm for making time for yourself. But weekends are two-day ...
Feb 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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I am Number Four gets three stars
“I am number four” is exactly what its previews make it out to be. It isn’t ground breaking but there are some cool action scenes. The dialogue is stilted and drags at times but it doesn’t make you...
Feb 23, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens hosts its own Fashion Week
Local designers showcase their creations at York
Feb 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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What If? Play examines fictional King-X meeting
You don’t have to leave Queens for great theater. Shades of Truth Theater has been touring for eight years with Jeff Stetson’s play “The Meeting,” and will return to York College on February 19. Th...
Feb 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday despite arguing that a state "castle doctrine" law allowed him to use deadly force to protect his home and family.
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Students watch a live, nationally broadcast speech by Cuba's President Raul Castro about the country's restoration of relations with the United States, on a TV at school in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Castro said profound differences remain between Cuba and the U.S. in areas such as human rights, foreign policy and questions of sovereignty, but that the countries have to learn to live with their differences "in a civilized manner." (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility.


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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 1959 file photo, Cuba's Fidel Castro speaks to supporters at the Batista military base "Columbia," now known as Ciudad Libertad, in Cuba. The Cuban revolution triumphed on Jan. 1, 1959 after dictator Fulgencio Batista fled the country and Fidel Castro and his band of rebels descended from the island's eastern mountains, where they waged a guerrilla war against government troops. The United States soon recognized the new government, but two years later on Jan. 3, 1961 broke relations with Cuba and closed its embassy. 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, File)Key events in U.S.-Cuba relations:


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