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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 35 35 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 | 31 31 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 | 80 80 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 | 113 113 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 | 135 135 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 | 123 123 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 | 131 131 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 | 177 177 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 | 251 251 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 | 262 262 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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Tyronickah Buckmire, Junior/Brooklyn Theatre Arts H.S.
For one night, 17-year-old Tyronickah Buckmire had a Broadway stage all to herself. The aspiring actress and Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School junior hopes it won't be the last time. Buckmire appea...
May 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Joe Curcio President, Italian Board of Guardians
As the Italian Board of Guardians changes with the times, the little-known but beloved social service organization is mindful of its long and storied past. That is most true this month, as the nonp...
May 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wes Jackson, Brooklyn Bodega founder
A bodega in Brooklyn is not unheard of - selling everything from food and beer to calling cards and stockings. But what about a bodega that dishes out the latest in hip hop culture and brings consu...
May 03, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brian Ferreira, BCAP Director
For Brian Ferreira, the director of Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP), the most rewarding thing about teaching is helping children discover their own talents. When he first started teachi...
Apr 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lucy Palacios, Market Founder
Lucy Palacios did the corporate thing all of her life. But after being in that world for so long, she decided last year to explore her more creative side. She started a market in Jackson Heights th...
Apr 26, 2011 | 2 2 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dena Paige-Fischer, Dog Face Cakes Creator
Dena Paige-Fischer enjoys a span of creative endeavors to fill her days, but making cakes resembling canines effortlessly combines her artistic skills with her love for dogs. The tasty edible canva...
Apr 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Debbie Hoffer, Advocate for the Elderly
The Queensboro Council for Social Welfare recently honored Debbie Hoffer, the Director of Field Operations for Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens. She received the Evelyn Pliego Memorial Soc...
Apr 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nick Thomas, Flea Market Vendor
The recently opened Downtown Flea Market at 74 Hanson Place has several things going for it: the outdoor space is around the corner from the Atlantic Terminal Mall, a busy transit hub and the futur...
Apr 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shantrelle Lewis, Filmmaker & Writer
Shantrelle Lewis travels the world in search of what she calls the African aesthetic; and for the last year and a half she’s been broadcasting her findings from Bed-Stuy. “Aesthetics is an all-enco...
Apr 05, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Carol Rogers, Book Fair Organizer
Caroline Rogers has always been a lover of books. From the time she and a former partner decided to sell books at a nearby flea market in Queens, the Brooklyn-born, Queens-bred bookworm has started...
Apr 05, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ijana Nathaniel, Non-profit Founder
Brooklyn dared to dream. Will Queens and the rest of New York City be next? Ijana Nathaniel started her youth organization, Dare 2 Dream Leaders (D2D), in two East Flatbush schools last June. The n...
Mar 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Abby Dobson, Singer-Songwriter
Don’t sleep on Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter Abby Dobson. Her debut album, “Sleeping Beauty: You Are The One You Have Been Waiting For,” caused a stir when it was released last November, foreshad...
Mar 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Scott Decoursey - Musician/Author
Scott Decoursey is full of creativity. The 23-year-old lifelong Glendale resident is not just dabbling in different fields, he is a soon-to-be published author and already a musician that doesn't b...
Mar 22, 2011 | 3 3 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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James Gulliver Hancock, Illustrator
James Gulliver Hancock is crazy about buildings. He draws them all the time - in his spare time, for work, to just get his creativity flowing. Actually, James Gulliver Hancock cannot stop drawing. ...
Mar 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jamil "Jah Pierce" Dennis Musician/Minister
“I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder was the song that Jamil “Jah Pierce” Dennis sang over and over as a child. At that time he didn’t know it would bring him to where he is now. With...
Mar 15, 2011 | 3 3 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Studios building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.


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Palestinian protesters take cover from tear gas thrown by Israeli security forces during clashes following a demonstration against Israeli settlements in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, north of Ramallah on December 19, 2014Israeli aircraft hit Gaza on Saturday for the first time since an August truce ended a 50-day war after a rocket hit the Jewish state, witnesses and the army said. A Palestinian health ministry spokesman in the Gaza Strip said there were no casualties in the air strike, which came just hours after the rocket hit an open field in southern Israel on Friday without causing casualties or damage. It was the third time a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave struck within Israel since the August 26 truce between Israel and Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, the territory's de facto rulers. The Israeli army said the air strike in the southern Gaza Strip had "targeted a Hamas terror infrastructure site".


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Youths sing and play music as they hang out in a park in Havana, Cuba, late Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. For a generation that grew up believing the best way to pursue their dreams was to leave the island, the announcement this week that Cuba will open relations with the U.S. is prompting many to reevaluate their futures. Also, Cuban-Americans are considering what the changes will mean for their lives, whether they are significant enough to present a once far-fetched chance for them to return. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Daniela Martinez long figured that someday she would leave the struggles of daily life in Cuba and join her uncle in the United States, but after the events of the last few days, the 18-year-old medical student thinks exile may not be her only choice.


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