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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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Local Queens band hits the stage at Irving Plaza
For local band, Bound by Substance, making it to the stage of Irving Plaza is a dream come true. The band will be playing at the venue as part of the Gotham Rocks three-year anniversary on Thursday...
Jul 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Summer’s Out, Fall’s In with these jean styles
In the fashion universe, the first day of fall is considered July 5th. What this means for you? End of summer sales and fall, fall fall! Since fall will be on the brain, what time better than the p...
Jul 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Astoria Saw Music Festival Has Real Teeth
One of the most unique events of the year is happening once more in Queens.
Jul 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival in full force
A guide to weeklong events that are all part of the festival
Jul 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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These Billyburg stores dish out serious style and more
With the constant changes and improvement of Brooklyn, shopping is at an all time peak with new stores and local designer talent. This week we hung out on Grand Street and Bedford Avenue in William...
Jun 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Crossing Art gallery explores motion and stillness
Joshua Spodek's linear zoetrope exhibition wows
Jun 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Color, color all through summer
As usual, bright vibrant hues are in for the warm months
Jun 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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BQ Events - 6/16 - 6/22
A roundup of things to do in Queens and Brooklyn each weekend
Jun 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not your grandmother's crochet
Look out for stylish crochet bathing suits, dresses this summer
Jun 15, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Booksmart Ballerina: Kew Gardens’ Jennifer Kronenberg pens book
The ballet dancer reflects on where she’s from & where she’s going
Jun 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Billyburg unites to help activist, Leonora Russo
By Holly Wilensky Are your neighbors lucky to live next door to you? Do you even know their names or anything about them? Whoever is lives next to Leonora Russo, or even in the same community, is c...
Jun 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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No writer's "Block" here: Author Lawrence Block returns with two new novels
Lawrence Block thought that he was done with writing. But for the author who has penned over 50 novels and over 100 short stories, it’s not a surprise to the crime writer’s fans that once again he ...
Jun 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Enormous taste at Thai Elephant in Astoria
So, you’re in Astoria and you’re looking for something spicy for lunch — where do you go? If you’re in the mood for Thai food head on over to the Thai Elephant, located at 21-09 31st street. Immedi...
Jun 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Beach essentials that won’t weigh you down
Mats, maps, books & all the in-between
Jun 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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“App”licable apps for anyone on the go
Let’s face it. If you have a problem or you’re bored, you can bet that there’s an app for that. We are living an app-saturated culture and if you don’t get with it, you could be missing out. Here, ...
Jun 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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national news
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba has released American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison, a U.S. official said on Wednesday amid reports of a prisoner exchange that heralds a major overhaul of U.S. policy toward Cuba. The U.S. official said Gross was released on humanitarian grounds. CNN reported a prisoner exchange that also included Cuba releasing a U.S. intelligence source and the United States releasing three Cuban intelligence agents. U.S. President Barack Obama was to make a statement at noon on Cuba, the White House said. ...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History shows George Stinney Jr., the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina, in 1944. A South Carolina state judge, in a Dec. 7, 2014 ruling, vacated Stinney's conviction in the deaths of two young girls, clearing his name. (AP Photo/South Carolina Department of Archives and History, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.


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Anti-Castro activists Osvaldo Hernandez, right, and Miguel Saavedra, second from right, chant anti-Obama slogans in the Little Havana area of Miami, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Hernandez and Saavedra express their disagreement with a surprise move announced by senior Obama administration officials that could pave the way for a major shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island nation. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama surprise move to re-establish ties with Cuba was applauded by the men and women in a barber shop on Calle Ocho, the heart of Miami's Cuban exile community. Waitresses stopped serving coffee at the El Pub restaurant as Obama spoke on TV. One wiped a tear from her eye as she clasped her hands, overcome with emotion at changes no one believed would come.


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