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Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 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 | 51 51 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 | 52 52 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 | 62 62 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 | 69 69 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 | 80 80 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 | 130 130 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...
What to Eat Before Your Workout
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 110 110 recommendations | email to a friend
by Mary Murphy Fueling up before a workout is the best thing you can do for your body.  But it’s important to eat the  right  things at the  right  time.  Eating too far in advance of your workout ...
Static vs. Dynamic Stretching
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
by Mary Murphy  So you’ve already heard that you should stretch before you work out, but did you know that some types of stretching can be more harmful than helpful?  The American Council on Exerci...
From "Lost Side Of Suburbia" to "Poptropica," An Exclusive Interview with Artist Kory Merritt
Dec 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 137 137 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   Kory Merritt started cartooning and illustrating while attending SUNY Brockport. His weekly comic strip, Brockport Chronicled, won the John Locher Memorial Awa...

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Patryk Perkowski, Queens College Valedictorian
In a graduating class of more than 2,500 students, being chosen as valedictorian is no small accomplishment. But in Patryk Perkowski, Queens College found itself a candidate. A Macaulay Honors Coll...
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shaun Leonardo, Socrates Sculpture Park
From the first time that Shaun Leonardo stepped foot in Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria to help a friend install a piece for exhibition nine years ago, he has been intrigued by the park’s histor...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Joe Murphy, AdvantageCare Physicians
While it can be hard to rebuild a tarnished reputation, Joe Murphy and his coworkers are hitting the streets in the local Forest Hills community toward that end at AdvantageCare Physicians. For yea...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tom Long, Queens Conservative Party Chairman
As the head of the Conservative Party in Queens, Tom Long is no stranger to the plight of the underdog. But, he says, as stories of political corruption continue to surface, his job gets easier eve...
May 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laura Silver, Author
When it comes to soul food, the knish might not make top three on Family Feud, but for Laura Silver, it’s number one. “I am Jewish, I’m a native of Flushing, Queens, and when I grew up there were a...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Payal Doctor, LGCC Professor
She might not be one to boast about her accomplishments, but LaGuardia Community College Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Payal Doctor, who serves as the faculty adviser of the Alpha Theta Phi...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 46 46 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 | 57 57 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 | 58 58 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 | 53 53 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 | 51 51 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 | 48 48 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 | 49 49 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 | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Job seekers listen to a presentation at the Colorado Hospital Association health care career fair in DenverBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits tumbled last week to its lowest level in nearly 15 years, adding to bullish signals on the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000 for the week ended Jan. 24, the lowest since April 2000, the Labor Department said. The four-week moving average of claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends as it irons out week-to-week volatility, fell 8,250 last week to 298,500. The latest decline in applications for unemployment benefits bolsters views of tightening labor market conditions and comes a day after the Federal Reserve ramped up its assessment of the labor market and the overall economy.


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COMBO - This combination of two photographs shows the detail of a poster of an undated photograph of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, left, used during a demonstration calling for his release from the Islamic State group and a still image from video, right, of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan for her involvement in a 2005 terrorist attack on a hotel that killed 60 people. Jordan said Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 it is willing to swap the woman held on death row in Jordan for the Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group. (AP Photo)AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan on Thursday demanded proof from Islamic State militants that a Jordanian pilot they are holding is still alive, despite purported threats by the group to kill the airman at sunset unless an al-Qaida prisoner is freed from death row in Jordan.


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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful gas tank truck explosion shattered a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, killing at least three adults and one baby and injuring dozens.
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