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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 | 18 18 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 | 19 19 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 | 19 19 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?
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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 | 56 56 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
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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 | 67 67 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 | 75 75 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 | 85 85 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 | 138 138 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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Edie Stone, Director of Green Thumb
Red Hook resident Edie Stone calls it a “kind of a funny story” about how she rose through the ranks to become the director one of New York City's most known urban agriculture agencies, Green Thumb...
Dec 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kenny Dunn, Glendale Kiwanis President
Glendale Kiwanis President Kenny Dunn said he is committed to the club's pledge “to help make a difference in the community.” Dunn grew up in the Maspeth area and now lives in Glendale. He works fo...
Dec 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Luis Flores, Master Jeweler
Luis Flores moved to Queens from Peru 18 years ago. He moved to Maspeth from Corona and opened up Lafyes Jewelry Store at 65-43 Grand Avenue in 2005. “I always felt that I have the ability to creat...
Nov 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Emmanuel Thingue, senior designer at NYC Parks Department
Cadman Plaza Park and South Oxford Park in Brooklyn, Orchard Beach in the Bronx and Lefferts Playground in Queens – these are just a few examples of what Emmanuel Thingue has contributed to the New...
Nov 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ricardi Calixte, Neighborhood Economic Development Director
Ricardi Calixte spends his time helping small businesses around Queens get the resources they need to expand and thrive. Calixte was born in Haiti and came to the United States in 1989 when he was ...
Oct 20, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chistopher Olechowski, Brooklyn CB1 Chairman
You could say that Christopher Olechowski has always been community-oriented – and you'd be right. The current chairman of Community Board 1, which covers the Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborho...
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Martha Zupanic, Domestic violence survivor
Seven years ago, Martha Zupanic didn't know that she would become the victim of domestic abuse at the hands of her husband. They were married and lived in a nice home in Whitestone. The agreement w...
Oct 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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James P. Carey, School Principal
James P. Carey has been principal of Monsignor McClancy High School in Elmhurst for the last 14 years. After growing up in Massapequa, Long Island, and getting a Bachelor's in Health Education and ...
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Darryl Alladice
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Chris Harrington
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Gary Giordano
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Chase Emmons, Beekeeper
Chase Emmons has been buzzing around the city spreading the word on an often-misjudged form of urban farming: beekeeping. Emmons is the chief beekeeper and director of business development for Broo...
Sep 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Erica Chow, Ecofest art winner
Erica Chow's pursuit of her passion for sustainability and eco-friendliness has landed her the top place at this year's Ecofest Environmental Art Competition. Chow, 13, entered the Ecofest Environm...
Aug 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ezra Goldstein, bookstore owner
The Community Bookstore & Café in Park slope opened 30 years ago, in 1971, and Ezra Goldstein and Stephanie Valdez are its third owners. “The woman who originally opened it now lives upstairs,” he ...
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Charley Ukwubiwe, Pageant Contestant
At only 17 years of age, Charley Ukwubiwe already has big plans. The Cambria Heights resident, who attends Benjamin Cardozo High School, is running for the Miss New York Teen USA title. And for her...
Aug 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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New Italian President Sergio Mattarella, left, poses for photographers with Lower Chamber president Laura Boldrini, right at the Constitutional court building near the Quirinal Palace, the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic, in Rome, Jan. 31, 2015. Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, as the nation's new president on the third day of voting Saturday. Mattarella's election as head of state was clinched when he amassed 505 votes — a simple majority. The 73-year-old former minister with center-left political roots went on to garner 665 votes from the 1,009 eligible electors. Known as a man of few words, Mattarella cemented that reputation with his first remarks to the nation. "My thoughts go, above all, to the difficulties and hopes of our fellow citizens. That's enough, he said, referring to the grim economic situation. Italy is mired in recession and unemployment has hovered about 13 percent nationally. Young Italians are increasingly seeking work abroad. (AP Photo/Ettore Ferrari, Ansa) ITALY OUTROME (AP) — Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, as the nation's new president on the third day of voting Saturday.


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By Kole Casule SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonia's chief opposition leader was charged by police on Saturday with conspiring with a foreign intelligence service to topple the government. Zoran Zaev, leader of the Social Democrats, denied the charges, saying authorities were trying in vain to prevent the publication of what he says is incendiary evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the conservative government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. Gruevski, in power since mid-2006, accused Zaev of trying to blackmail him to call a snap election during face-to-face talks in September and November, saying Zaev claimed he had gathered intelligence against the government with the help of a foreign spy service. "I watched and listened to the head of the opposition ... informing me that he is collaborating with a foreign intelligence service," Gruevski said.
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In this photo provided by NASA the mobile service tower is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Soil Moisture Active Passive observatory onboard, at the Space Launch Complex 2, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The rocket is scheduled to launch early Saturday morning. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which may help residents in low-lying regions brace for floods or farmers prepare for drought conditions.


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