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Queens Real Estate Market: 2015 Year in Review
Jan 31, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
   by George Herrera , Realtor & Co-Owner of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty   Queens Real Estate Market 2015 Year in Review Welcome to our first edition of the “Queens Real Estate M...
Can You Ask Employees to Undergo Medical Screening and Ask About Medical History?
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
New York Employment Defense Attorney talks about Non Discrimination Act Knowing what you can ask and must not ask employees or job applicants is vital for businesses. With all the information avail...
Should you Sell a Property with or without Tenants?
Jan 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend
   by George Herrera , Realtor & Co-Owner of the Queens Home team at Keller Williams Realty So you own a rental or investment property in Queens and you’ve determined that now is the right time to ...
What Does the 2016 Minimum Wage Hike Mean for You as an Employer?
Jan 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 158 158 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans A minimum wage increase of $8.75 to $9.00 went into effect in New York on December 31, 2015. For employers, it obviously means you must pay higher wages to all employees who...
Business Law: Corporations VS. Partnerships VS. Sole Proprietorship
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 209 209 recommendations | email to a friend
There are various types of business organizations: corporations, general partnerships and sole proprietorships. These business organizations have their own legal requirements so they can also be co...
Press Agents—Foot Soldiers in Celebrity Divorce Wars
Jan 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 227 227 recommendations | email to a friend
by Chris Palermo | Dec 31, 2015 | Chris Palermo Blog , divorce , PTB Blog How Celebrities Win and Lose at Divorce For regular folks, divorce is mostly won or lost in the courtroom, or in legal proc...
Long Island Man Driving Lamborghini Dies in Single Car Run-Off-Road Crash
Jan 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 231 231 recommendations | email to a friend
by Steven Palermo | Dec 29, 2015 | Car Accident Attorney's , PTB Blog Port Jefferson, Long Island Car Crash CBS New York reported that Glen Nelson, age 48, who lived in Belle Terre died in a crash ...
Marco Malvaldi’s “Game For Five”
Dec 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 342 342 recommendations | email to a friend
Review by Tiziano Thomas Dossena To read a book that was originally written in Italian and that uses idiomatic expressions with validity and proper impact in the English translation is a special tr...
Million Dollar Legal Mistakes by a Billion Dollar Company
Dec 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 362 362 recommendations | email to a friend
by Stephen D. Hans | Dec 8, 2015 | Employment Defense Attorney Even billion dollar companies can allow legal mistakes to occur and have it cost them millions of dollars. Such appears to be the case...
Celebrity Divorces: Angry Divorces to Avoid and Amicable Examples to Follow
Dec 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 318 318 recommendations | email to a friend
Dec 8, 2015 | Chris Palermo Blog , divorce | Suffolk County Divorce & Family Law Attorney:Celebrity Divorces It is no secret that celebrities are often put in the position of role models for the re...

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Stephen Sirgiovanni, Former Kiwanis Lt. Gov.
At a Kiwanis meeting earlier this month, the Howard Beach Club honored former Queens West Division Lieutenant Governor Stephen Sirgiovanni. But instead of accepting the night as a celebration of hi...
Jan 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bridget Livingston, FREE Jazz Ensemble Director
When Bridget Livingston retired from touring around the country and the world as a singer and performer and returned to her native home of Long Island, she knew she wanted to share her passion with...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Abdullah Zahid, Hollis Library Manager
Hollis is a neighborhood with a lot of pride in its library, and none could be better suited to manage a branch in such a community than Abdullah Zahid. Zahid learned the full value of a public lib...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marc Haken, Community Advocate
In a city full of civic-minded individuals, few are as involved as Marc Haken in their own local community. Haken serves as president of the Hilltop Village Co-op Number 4 board and Friends of Cunn...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Giovanni P. Silvagni, Partner/Silvagni & Como
Queens native Giovanni Silvagni has long focused his career on assisting the elderly – Italian immigrants in particular. “I grew up in Queens, went to school in Queens, and still have an office in ...
Dec 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Henry Cross, Assistant Executive Director/Hosh Yoga
Since joining the Hosh Yoga team, Henry Cross has made it his mission in life to bring cost-effective health and wellness programming to the masses. “Health and wellness doesn't have to be a burden...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodjo Hounnake, PickUpLater Founder
After many years of working in finance, Kodjo Hounnake is stepping out into the unknown to combine his love for smart investments with his lifelong passion of personal health. Hounnake, 34, grew up...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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Liz Kenny, Celtic Gifts & Treasures
When longtime Maspeth resident Liz Kenny heard that Celtic Gifts & Treasures at 72-17 Grand Avenue was going to be closing its doors, she decided to step in and take ownership of the business. “I w...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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John Beltzer, Songs of Love
After many years of struggling to make it in the music industry, Forest Hills resident John Beltzer had taken his share of blows, from the tragic loss of his fraternal twin brother Julio in 1984 to...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ila Gross, LeAp Founder
After two years working as a special education teacher, Ila Gross didn’t think she was cut out to be an educator, so she left the teaching field and applied her skills as a fine artist. It wasn’t u...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sajjad Khalfan, Awards & Signs Express
When Sajjad Khalfan’s father was still living in Tanzania, he took up the trade of manufacturing awards and signs, and when he moved to the U.S. with his family in tow, he brought that trade with h...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chris Landano, TrakBelt 360 Inventor
After a bulky equipment belt led to a near-death experience while working as a photographer for the FDNY 10 years ago, Chris Landano realized he needed a more versatile system for carrying his gear...
Nov 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jin-Xiang Yu, Queens College Grad
Jin-Xiang Yu recently graduated from Queens College, however that is only the beginning of her educational career. After three years at the Aaron Copland School of music, the soprano became just on...
Nov 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Colvin Grannum, Bed-Stuy Restoration

When Colvin Grannum was a child, he and his brothers took weekly walks through the neighborhood with their parents, who would chat up the neighbors and shopkeepers, all of whom were on a first-name...
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Elvis Valdez, Master Gardener
For Elvis Valdez landscaping is a lifelong passion, and for the past 14 years he has worked with the Parks Department to beautify and maintain parks around the city. A 2006 graduate of the Master G...
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alejandro G. Inarritu poses with his Feature Film award for "The Revenant" during the 68th annual DGA Awards in Los AngelesBy Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood’s directors named Alejandro Inarritu the best film director of 2015 for “The Revenant” at a gala ceremony on Saturday, helping focus the race for the Oscars. The Directors Guild of America (DGA), the leading industry group representing film and television directors, also chose Matthew Heineman as the best documentary maker for "Cartel Land." Past DGA feature film award winners have often gone on to claim the best director Oscar and see their films win best picture from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It was Inarritu's second consecutive DGA win after taking home the prize last year for "Birdman," for which he also won the best director Oscar.


2016-02-07 03:22:40 -0500

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., answers a question as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump listens during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News at the St. Anselm College Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Marco Rubio faced withering criticism of his readiness to be president and his policy depth in the last Republican debate before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and other candidates launched an aggressive campaign to slow the Florida senator's rise.


2016-02-07 03:12:00 -0500

Bette Zirkelbach holds a green sea turtle afflicted by a kind of herpes virus that causes fibropapillomatosis at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida in the Florida KeysA team of medical attendants turns it over, revealing an underbelly cluttered with tumors, some as big as golf balls. This endangered green sea turtle, about two years old and too young for the staff to know yet whether it is male or female, is infected with fibropapillomatosis, a potentially deadly disease caused by a type of herpes virus. As the population of green sea turtles rebounds in and around the Florida Keys, cases of fibropapillomatosis have exploded too, filling the corridors of the United States' oldest rescue and rehab facility, known simply as the Turtle Hospital.


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