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NYC Employment Law — Pre-tax Transit Benefits
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 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 | 58 58 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 | 74 74 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 | 98 98 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 | 85 85 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 | 92 92 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 | 136 136 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 | 212 212 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 | 230 230 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...
What Is the Professional Exception to Employment At-Will Termination?
Nov 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 276 276 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans As described in our earlier blog article, there are exceptions to at-will employment terminations, making them unlawful, and termination based on discrimination is one of th...

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Susan Anderson, Town Square, Inc.
As she stood on the precipice of motherhood, Susan Anderson founded Town Square, Inc., an organization designed to bring together local parents and children for fun, healthy and educational activit...
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Richard Mazda, Secret Theatre/LIC Arts Open
When Richard Mazda emigrated from London leaving behind a successful acting career to become a full-time Queens resident in the early 2000s, it didn’t take him long to settle in and start tossing a...
Apr 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Howie Hawkins, Green Party Governor Candidate
For Howie Hawkins, the political awakening came early in life. In 1964, Hawkins recalls, “Reagan’s running against Fair Housing in California. We had a fair housing law, and it got repealed in a Re...
Apr 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Angela Mirabile, Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corp.
When a 24-year-old Angela Mirabile was called in to interview for a position with Community Board 5 in 1981, she knew that she wanted to become active in local politics and community service. What ...
Apr 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marek Sobolewski, Exit Realty All Seasons
When Marek Sobolewski entered law school in Warsaw, Poland, in the early 1990s, he saw little hope for finding gainful employment in his homeland, so he struck out for New York City with nothing bu...
Apr 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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John Choe, One Flushing
Amid a struggling economy and rising unemployment, lifelong Flushing resident John Choe felt things needed to change. So in 2011 he started the nonprofit One Flushing with a goal of bringing the Fl...
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jonathan Chung, Councilman Peter Koo's Chief of Staff
Jonathan Chung didn’t break into a life behind the scenes in city politics the way many in his field have done. In a world of who’s who, Chung pierced the scene through a Craigslist ad, and has sin...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Walker Blankenship, Kensington Stables
For 21 years, Walker Blankenship has watched the Brooklyn cityscape build up around Kensington Stables, the last remaining horse stable to serve Prospect Park. Blankenship realized he had the horse...
Mar 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Denny Meyer, AVER and TAVA spokesperson
Denny Meyer is no stranger to struggle. “I became an activist when I was born, because my parents were Holocaust refugees,” Meyer said. “When I was a toddler in the 1940s – when Truman was presiden...
Mar 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Daniel Olson, Musician/Financial Planner
Growing up in Wisconsin, there was nothing that Daniel Olson loved more than music. He began taking music lessons as a child, picked up the guitar and keyboard as he got older and played in bands i...
Feb 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Renee Manzolillo, Breakin Boundaries
For most people, a broken back would be enough to convince them it is time to hang up their dancing shoes and accept that things will never be the same. But for Renee Manzolillo, a former junior Ol...
Feb 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rosemary Lee, Tugboat
After 10 years working to promote therapies and treatment for the rare medical disorder neurofibromatosis – also known as NF1 – which causes nerve endings to develop tumors, Rosemary Lee has decide...
Feb 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Herb Chain, Queens Symphony Orchestra President
Forest Hills resident Herb Chain has been an accountant for almost 40 years at Deloitte. But he grew up in the 1960s, when music ran through his blood and he and his friends would often jam out on ...
Feb 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Annie Witter & Terri Sunkin, Bushwick Radio
Annie Witter has been working in the music business for a long time. She’s worked with several national music media production and promotion houses (including Sony), and now she is bringing her wor...
Jan 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dr. Preethi Radhakrishnan, LGCC Professor
While there is currently a significant gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers – the U.S. Department of Commerce showed that only 24 percent of STEM workers were fema...
Jan 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Caltrans crews work to clean up a torrent of mud and rocks covering part of State Route 91 in Orange County early Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Yorba Linda, Calif. Cars and trucks were stuck for several hours, but no injuries were reported. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest in a string of storms noisily marched across Southern California early Wednesday, hurling lightning bolts, coating mountains with snow and unleashing downpours that triggered a freeway-blocking mudslide but missed most vulnerable areas.


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By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Potential Republican 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Wednesday criticized the White House's move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba, calling the shift a "dramatic overreach" of President Barack Obama's executive authority. "Cuba is a dictatorship with a disastrous human rights record, and now President Obama has rewarded those dictators," Bush, the former governor of Florida, a key state with a large Cuban-American population, said in a statement. ...
2014-12-17 16:39:05 -0500

This undated photo provided by the Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney in Norristown, Pa., shows Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, Pa., a suspect in six shooting deaths in Montgomery County on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said all of the victims have a "familial relationship" to Stone. (AP Photo/Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A coroner says that a Pennsylvania man who killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives didn't stab himself, as was initially reported.


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