blog roll
our featured bloggers
What Employers Should Know about Paternity Leaves
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
Queens NY Employment Defense Attorney The Family Medical Leaves Act (FMLA) grants the right to mothers and fathers to take up to 12 weeks off for maternity or paternity leaves so they can spend tim...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: AUG 2014
Aug 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
  August 2014 Queens NY Market Update  In July, home sales dropped slightly from June when we saw a slight jump in sales. The increase in sales pace in June & July led to another substantial increa...
If you’re loyal to your insurance carrier it will cost you
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 178 178 recommendations | email to a friend
by Steven Palermo | Aug 1, 2014 | insurance company rates , PTB Blog Most successful businesses know how to treat their faithful customers.  A good restaurant owner will treat regulars with a compl...
U.S. Supreme Court Rules Inherited IRAs are Not Protected from Creditors
Jul 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 224 224 recommendations | email to a friend
On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court—in a unanimous decision—ruled that Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) inherited by anyone other than a spouse are not retirement funds and therefore are ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JULY 2014
Jul 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 266 266 recommendations | email to a friend
June 2014 Queens NY Market Update    The pace of home sales rose sharply in June but was still below the pace of sales in June 2013. Prices posted moderate gains in June as well, remaining on pace ...
Estate Planning Basics for Newlyweds – How to Get Prepared for the Unexpected
Jul 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 284 284 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s that time of year – the time for beautiful weddings, fun receptions, delicious cakes, special gifts, and romantic honeymoons. While this is a joyous time for everyone, it’s also time for you a...
The Annual Pay Notice Requirement of the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act Could Be Close to Ending
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 289 289 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans After the Wage Theft Prevention Act went into effect, restaurant owners and other types of business owners became burdened with paperwork as they complied with annual requir...
$$ OPPORTUNITY HAS KNOCKED ! $$ Networking For Prosperity & Adventure $$
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 540 540 recommendations | email to a friend
Bring Pen & Paper for this great opportunity to learn about:  * Job search, Employment Training, Networking Skills & How Every Dollar Counts . **Snacks & Beverages provided.** WHEN : Wednesday June...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JUNE 2014
Jun 19, 2014 | 3 3 comments | 573 573 recommendations | email to a friend
June 2014 Queens NY Market Update The pace of home sales rose in May after a slow start in the beginning of 2014. Inventory increased slightly again in May, meaning buyers should have a bit more ch...
Book Expo America 2014 Part 1: The Italian presence…
Jun 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 593 593 recommendations | email to a friend
  Originally Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena for L'Idea Magazine   Book Expo America 2014 has brought a wave of foreign authors, either in the original language or in translation, and among the...

more blogs

on the record
Pudge Fernandez, Producer/Comedian
Pudge Fernandez, an Elmhurst born-and-bred comedian and one of three independent comedy producers in Queens, has been putting on shows for the last three years all across the borough. From Forest H...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Anthony A. Manheim, Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council
Anthony A. Manheim calls himself a “Brooklynite by choice.” After growing up in the Gramercy Park area of Manhattan and attending Haverford College briefly before attending Northwestern University ...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Anandi Premlall, Community activist
If anyone is paying attention to the news in South Queens, one hot button issue is the prospect of a Queens Greenway at the abandoned LIRR tracks running along Woodhaven Boulevard, much like Manhat...
Jan 27, 2012 | 4 4 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Michael Perlman Chair, Rego-Forest Preservation Council
Michael Perlman devotes his time to preserving relics in the Rego Park/Forest Hills area, hoping to keep its history alive. Perlman is chair of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council and vice preside...
Jan 17, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Rebecca Parker and Elizabeth Bishop Business owners
In September of 2011, Rebecca Parker and Elizabeth Bishop opened Brooklyn Open Acupuncture with the goal to bring the alternative form of healing to many at an affordable price. And now, the owners...
Jan 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Andrea Slavin Up2Us Coach Across America
Queens College student Andrea Slavin has been named an Up2Us Coach Across America for summer 2012. And it is an opportunity that the sports lover is taking in with pride. Up2Us, a national nonprofi...
Jan 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Alexandria Sica, Executive Director of DUMBO BID
As executive director of the DUMBO Business Improvement District (BID), Alexandria Sica devotes her time to developing the area's industry and appeal. After graduating from Brown University, Sica w...
Jan 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Ed Wendell, President of the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society
Ed Wendell was asked to be the president of the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society roughly one year ago by its former president Leonora Lavan. But at the time, he turned it down. Now one yea...
Jan 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Gabriel Taussig, Chief of the Law Department’s Administrative Law Division
On November 18, Gabriel Taussig, chief of the city Law Department’s Administrative Law Division, received the 2011 Mary C. Lawton Outstanding Government Service Award, which is given to only one at...
Dec 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Edie Stone, Director of Green Thumb
Red Hook resident Edie Stone calls it a “kind of a funny story” about how she rose through the ranks to become the director one of New York City's most known urban agriculture agencies, Green Thumb...
Dec 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Kenny Dunn, Glendale Kiwanis President
Glendale Kiwanis President Kenny Dunn said he is committed to the club's pledge “to help make a difference in the community.” Dunn grew up in the Maspeth area and now lives in Glendale. He works fo...
Dec 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Luis Flores, Master Jeweler
Luis Flores moved to Queens from Peru 18 years ago. He moved to Maspeth from Corona and opened up Lafyes Jewelry Store at 65-43 Grand Avenue in 2005. “I always felt that I have the ability to creat...
Nov 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Emmanuel Thingue, senior designer at NYC Parks Department
Cadman Plaza Park and South Oxford Park in Brooklyn, Orchard Beach in the Bronx and Lefferts Playground in Queens – these are just a few examples of what Emmanuel Thingue has contributed to the New...
Nov 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Ricardi Calixte, Neighborhood Economic Development Director
Ricardi Calixte spends his time helping small businesses around Queens get the resources they need to expand and thrive. Calixte was born in Haiti and came to the United States in 1989 when he was ...
Oct 20, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Chistopher Olechowski, Brooklyn CB1 Chairman
You could say that Christopher Olechowski has always been community-oriented – and you'd be right. The current chairman of Community Board 1, which covers the Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborho...
Oct 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
national news

Galleon hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam departs Manhattan Federal Court after his sentencing in New YorkThe rise is at least partly driven by the bigger profits being earned through the illegal schemes, defense lawyers said. The trend is likely to continue on Monday when former SAC Capital Advisors manager Mathew Martoma is sentenced for what prosecutors have called the most lucrative insider trading case ever brought. In the five-year period ending December 2013, insider trading defendants received an average sentence of 17.3 months, up from 13.1 months during the previous five years, or a 31.8 percent increase, the analysis of 207 insider trading sentences shows. Cases that were reversed on appeal were excluded from the study.  The number of cases has increased, with 57 percent of the sentences imposed in the past five years.


2014-09-02 01:06:34 -0400

A vacant and blighted home, covered with red spray paint, sits alone in an east side neighborhood once full of homes in DetroitBy David Greising, Karen Pierog and Tim Reid DETROIT Reuters) - Detroit’s plan to recover from bankruptcy includes several blueprints for a new future. Detroit is far short of the $1.7 billion it needs over the next 10 years to remove abandoned buildings, replace outdated technology and increase public safety to stem the exodus from the city. “What Detroit needed to start with was a reinvestment program,” said James Spiotto, managing director of Chapman Strategic Advisors, a municipal finance consultancy. “If you don’t solve the systemic problem and fix it for real, all you’re going to do is repeat it going forward.” Detroit’s 1,034-page plan for fixing the city’s finances will be the subject of a weeks-long bankruptcy court proceeding, beginning on Tuesday.


2014-09-02 01:02:35 -0400
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian man has been charged with sexually abusing twin girls he fathered several years ago to a Thai surrogate mother.
2014-09-02 00:37:45 -0400