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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Dec 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of home sales continued to decrease in November and inventory continued to track below last year’s levels as well.  Sales are well below those seen in the...
NYC Employment Law — Pre-tax Transit Benefits
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 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 | 66 66 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 | 86 86 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 | 110 110 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 | 97 97 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 | 104 104 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 | 148 148 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 | 224 224 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 | 236 236 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...

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Howard Newman, Creator of Jokesercise
Is it possible to mix comedy with exercise? For Howard Newman it's a reality that he enjoys everyday. The stand-up comic and fitness instructor is the creator of Jokesercise, a comedy and exercise ...
Mar 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bill Schuck, Artist
Bill Schuck’s backyard sees a lot of traffic. Plastic bags and condoms pile up there, sewage floods in when it rains, and it was the site of an oil spill estimated at three times the size of the Ex...
Mar 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Johanna Fausto
There are many words that could best accurately describe Johanna Fausto. As it is written on her blog, she likes to be known as a cultural observer, adventurous traveler, food lover, Bikram Yoga pr...
Mar 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Husam Rimawi President, Islamic Society of Bay Ridge
When Borough Hall flew the Egyptian flag from its roof last week in a nod to the movement towards democracy in that country and elsewhere across the Arab world, it became the first U.S. government ...
Mar 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dr. Gregory L. Matloff
NASA researcher
Feb 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ryan Acuna, Chess Champion
At first, Ryan Acuna didn't like chess. Now, he holds the first place trophy from a Chess tournament played at I.S. 318 in Williamsburg. Acuna, who attends Robert F. Wagner Junior Secondary School ...
Feb 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pamela Green, Executive Director of the Weeksville Heritage Center
Banker, computer programmer, food bank director, city commissioner and Sesame Street executive — Pamela Green has worn many hats. And now as Executive Director of the Weeksville Heritage Center, sh...
Feb 15, 2011 | 4 4 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Andrew Appel, Model Student
What do you get when you blend a major in homeland and corporate security with a side gig modeling? You get Andrew Appel, a Breezy Point resident who is signed to Wilhelmina Models, while pursuing ...
Feb 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Christina Moore, Ms. Brooklyn
Five frenzied months into her reign as Miss Brooklyn, Christina Moore is showing no signs of slowing down- or scaling back her hometown pride. “I am a Brooklyn girl, born and raised in good old Ben...
Feb 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dina Rosenbloom, founder of Rattle & Mum
Imagine a progressive community-minded play space where children and their parents alike can bond over music, theater and other lives performance, in between classes and gym time. Dina Rosenbloom a...
Feb 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Camille Newman, Entrepreneur
For plus-sized women, the fashion options are few and far between. Many designer brands only sell their plus-sized merchandise online. One exclusive Manhattan department store even moved its plus-s...
Jan 25, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Andrew Jackson, Executive Director of Langston Hughes Library
Andrew Jackson is man who’s all about Queens. Raised in Queens, he resides in Queens, works at the Queens Library and he recently authored a book about – you guessed it – Queens. Jackson is the exe...
Jan 18, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Everett Hughes, Principal, J.H.S. 292
Everett Hughes has marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and gone out to dinner with Jackie Robinson. But if you ask Hughes to name his greatest accomplishment, he will surely say transforming J...
Jan 18, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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David Eng, Record Producer
David Eng could be in Manhattan but he prefers Queens, particularly Flushing and Woodhaven. The record producer has made hits for names like Snow, Salt-N-Pepa, New York Dolls, Marky Mark and KISS. ...
Jan 11, 2011 | 3 3 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Professor Matthew K. Gold
Students at the New York City College of Technology have a wealth of new technologies at their disposal and access to Brooklyn's historic waterfront. Now, for the first time, they can combine the t...
Jan 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2006 file photo, Tom Rider, a former circus elephant trainer, shows a bullhook that is used by elephant trainers to members of Nebraska's Judiciary Committee in Loncoln, in support of a bill that would ban the use of the devices Nebraska. The Oakland, Calif., City Council earlier this week unanimously approved an ordinance outlawing bullhooks, an instrument resembling a fireplace poker with a sharp hook on one end that is used by trainers to control the animals. Oakland is now the second city in California, after Los Angeles, to ban the use of a bullhooks. Stephen Payne, a spokesman for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, says the ban takes effect in 2017. The Oakland Zoo and animal rights activists supported the ordinance. Payne says Ringling Bros. might work with the incoming City Council to reconsider the ban. The circus will stop performing in Los Angeles in the summer of 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The circus will stop coming to Oakland in a few years after a tool used by elephant handlers was banned in the city.


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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2013 file photo, Dick Van Dyke arrives at the U.S. premiere of "Saving Mr. Banks" at Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif. Weinstein Books announced Thursday that Van Dyke is writing a book, "Keep Moving, and Other Tips and Truths About Old Age." Publication is planned for the fall of 2015, just in time for his 90th birthday next December. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Dick Van Dyke plans to put his upbeat approach to old age between covers in a new inspirational book.


2014-12-18 16:45:53 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday.
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