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Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Most Units Sold in 2014!
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
The Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty, led by George & Abigail Herrera, were recently honored at the Keller Williams Realty Landmark II awards ceremony in Astoria, NY. Out of 160 Agents, Q...
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare)
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Author; Donna Stefans Re:Obamacare The Health insurance reporting requirements on the 2014 tax return are a bit complicated. If you and your family were covered by an employer health care plan for ...
A Different Slant on Class-Based Hiring Discrimination
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Most employers are familiar with the pitfalls of discriminating against applicants in protected classes under Civil Rights laws. For the most part, African Americans, Hispan...
← How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants? Are Employers Free from Liability When Using Staffing Agencies to Terminate Employees?
Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
Companies often find that staffing agencies are valuable resources for helping them fill temporary or permanent positions and for handling human resources issues. However, recently, an outside staf...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JANUARY 2015
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
January 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of existing home sales increased in December, but remained below that in the same month of the previous year. Home prices declined as we moved in to t...
Negligence of Oregon Hospital Led to Wrongful Death of Patient
Jan 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
Author:  Mark H. Sackstein, Esq. All it takes is one small mistake for a disaster to occur. No matter how much research is done when choosing a hospital, it is impossible to predict a situation suc...
Matching Workouts With the Results You Want
Jan 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard friends complain about not getting the results they want, despite how much energy they’re putting into their workout.  People who want bigger muscles go t...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the way...
Immersed in ancient times; the performance of Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. A review.
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 143 143 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   Imagine being immersed in an ancient world, with colossal stone columns, palaces and images of deities, a marvelous music surrounding you and, thank God, no ce...

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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 | 1 1 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 | 1 1 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 | 1 1 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 | 4 4 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 | 11 11 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 | 4 4 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 | 8 8 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 | 6 6 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 | 9 9 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 | 3 3 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 | 4 4 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 | 7 7 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 | 5 5 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 | 13 13 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 | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Obama makes remarks highlighting investments to improve health and treat disease through precision medicine while in the East Room of the White House in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama's budget proposals will include a minimum tax of 19 percent on U.S.-based companies' future foreign earnings and a 14 percent tax on their stockpiled offshore profits, Bloomberg news said on Saturday, citing two people familiar with the budget. The planned taxes are part of a $3.99 trillion budget plan that will be rolled out on Monday and is designed to help middle class and poorer Americans by increasing taxes on the wealthiest, Bloomberg reported. Obama wants to use new revenue to pay for infrastructure projects and these two provisions, along with the extension of certain laws that are set to expire, would yield $565 billion over 10 years, according to one of the people cited by Bloomberg in the report (http://bloom.bg/1zJb5Kw).


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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Sundance breakout "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," about a pair of high school filmmakers who befriend a girl with cancer, won both the U.S. dramatic audience award and the grand jury prize at the 31st Sundance Film Festival awards, announced Saturday.
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Two women read an extra edition newspaper reporting the killing of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto in Tokyo on February 1, 2015The Islamic State group claimed in a video that it has beheaded a second Japanese hostage, drawing international condemnation and outrage from a visibly upset Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who denounced it as a "heinous and despicable" act. The apparent killing of 47-year-old Kenji Goto -- the second beheading of a Japanese hostage in a week -- was announced in a video released online that included no mention of a Jordanian pilot also being held by IS, whom the jihadist group has threatened to kill. Goto, a respected freelance journalist, is seen in an orange outfit -- similar to those worn by Guantanamo Bay inmates -- kneeling next to a standing masked man who speaks with a British accent and blames the Japanese government for his "slaughter". The executioner addresses Abe, saying the murder was the result of "reckless" decisions by the Japanese government and would mark the beginning of "the nightmare for Japan".


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