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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 76 76 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 | 70 70 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 | 121 121 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 | 194 194 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 | 219 219 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 | 207 207 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 | 212 212 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 | 260 260 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 | 336 336 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 | 331 331 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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Jen Waller, Brooklyn activist
For Jen Waller, social change comes from the citizens of a nation, not its government or non-profits who are beholden to their stakeholders. Waller, 24, is a native of Oakland, California, and now ...
Jul 27, 2011 | 4 4 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gia Forakis, Theater Artist
For Gia Forakis, art has always been her true calling. Heavily influenced by her parents, both of whom were artists, Forakis entered the theater world as a fledgling actress, performing in the Mere...
Jul 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Scott Sternbach, Photographer
Professor Scott Sternbach, who teaches at LaGuardia Community College, is finally seeing his lifelong dream come true. Thanks to a grant he received through the City University of New York, he will...
Jul 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jenny Topolski, Jewelry Maker
Dead bugs. Dead bees. Bones. These are the kinds of things many people would not want to wear around their necks or wrists. But Jenny Topolski finds beauty in them, enough to craft exquisite pieces...
Jul 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anton Dietrich, Longtime CB9 Member
Where Anton Dietrich grew up, the Van Wyck Expressway was a dirt road. Later on it became a two-lane highway and he, along with a group of others joined the nearby civic association – the Van Wyck ...
Jul 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tony Niro, Hairdresser/Family Man
A hairdresser since the age of 11, 72-year-old Tony Niro still manages to surprise and impress both customers and family members with the stories of his life. Born in Cervenera, Naples, in 1937, Ni...
Jun 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sebastian Agredo
Fulbright Scholarship winner
Jun 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jeremy & Bianca LeRoux
Owners of Brooklyn Mac, CUP
Jun 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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L.B. Brown, Gallery Owner
The custom picture framing business has long been a male-dominated industry. But L.B. Brown, once an Ebony Magazine Advertising executive, was never one to let anything hold her back. Using her kee...
Jun 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ralph Perez - Founder, Xmental Inc.
You might not know Ralph Perez, but he is famous. To many, he’s notorious. But to the 60 kids he has helped so far in the Paint Straight program as part of Xmental Inc., Ralph “Tatu-Xmen” Perez is ...
Jun 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dheeraj Gayaram, Dancer
It is safe to say that Dheeraj Gayaram is a living, breathing example of his work. The best part: his work is his passion. A dancer of various Indian styles, Gayaram has danced for the Queen of Eng...
Jun 09, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chris Distefano, Comedian
Chris Distefano might have a doctorate in Physical Therapy, but he's a master at comedy. The 26-year-old comedian has quickly climbed up the ladder in the comedy business since his official start f...
May 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Aaron Barlow, Professor & Author
City Tech professor Aaron Barlow has his own take on volunteering for Peace Corps in Africa. To mark the organization's 50th anniversary this year, Barlow edited “One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo:...
May 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sade Aguilla, Student Chef
Sade Aguilla has literally cooked her way to the top. The 17-year-old high school senior recently landed a full scholarship to Monroe College to study in the Hospitality Management and Culinary Art...
May 24, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lakey Evans-Pena, Williamsburg Music And Arts Center
For Lakey Evans-Pena, it's not about the competition or about being the best, it's about enjoying the experience. That's her mission at the Williamsburg Music and Arts Center, where children and ad...
May 24, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five people were stabbed early on Saturday in a restaurant in Washington, D.C., police said. The incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. at McFadden's, a popular restaurant and nightclub on Pennsylvania Avenue, eight blocks from the White House in the nation's capital. All five victims were taken to hospital with knife wounds, a police spokesman said Saturday. Their identities have not been released. Police said the stabbing happened inside the bar. Photos posted on Twitter Saturday show a blood-splattered sidewalk. Calls to McFadden's requesting comment were not returned. ...
2014-12-27 11:25:23 -0500

Police salute during the playing of the U.S. National Anthem outside the Christ Tabernacle Church at the start of the funeral service for slain NYPD officer Ramos in the Queens borough of New YorkBy Jonathan Allen and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of police and other mourners filled a New York City church and surrounding streets for the funeral on Saturday of one of two police officers ambushed by a gunman who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police. Singled out for their uniforms, the deaths of Rafael Ramos and his partner Wenjian Liu have become a rallying point for police and their supporters around the country, beleaguered by months of street rallies by protesters who say police practices are marked by racism. ...


2014-12-27 11:15:50 -0500

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 1983 file photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope John Paul II, left, meets Mehmet Ali Agca, in Agca's prison cell in Rome. The Vatican says the Turk who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 has laid flowers on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica. A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said the surprise visit Saturday by Mehmet Ali Agca lasted a few minutes. As with other flowers left by visitors to the tomb, the white blossoms were later removed by basilica workers. John Paul visited the incarcerated Agca in 1983 and later intervened with Italian authorities to gain Agca's release in 2000 from the Italian prison where he was serving a life sentence for the assassination attempt in St. Peter's Square. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, File)VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Turkish gunman who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 laid white flowers Saturday on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican officials said.


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