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Astoria Characters: The Drummer Whose Heartbeat Is Science by Nruhling
May 29, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Greg is a pharmacist who plays the conga. Text and Photos by Nancy A. Ruhling For Greg Stein , everything started to come together about a decade ago. What happened was not so much extraordinary as unexpected. Instead of an epiphany, his transformation was an evolution. ...
Astoria Characters: Cadillac Man by Nruhling
May 22, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 117 117 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Cadillac Man wrote Land of the Lost Souls: My Life on the Streets . Text and Photos by Nancy A. Ruhling Tom Wagner , cap and coat in hand, is itching to get outside. He was homeless for two decades, and although he loves his apartment, anything with four walls feels conf...
Do Your Work Policies Discriminate Between Men and Women? by cjleclaire
May 16, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 736 736 recommendations | email to a friend
One Set of Rules for Men and a Different Set of Rules for Women Having company policies that discriminate between men and women can be lethal for an employer in today’s work environment. If you haven’t had an attorney review your employee handbook or policies in recent times, it would be wise to ...
Social Media: Should You Use Social Media in an Internal Investigation? by cjleclaire
May 16, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 805 805 recommendations | email to a friend
Investigating Employees Through Their Social Media Accounts Social media can provide a lot of information about people’s lives. Why would an employer want to know what an employee is doing through social media? An employer may suspect that an employee is doing other things during work that do not...
Astoria Characters: The ESL Schoolteacher by Nruhling
May 15, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Yamina teaches English as a second language to second graders at P.S. 70. Text and Photos by Nancy A. Ruhling When you have three children under the age of 4, it’s not always easy to get out the door on time. But Yamina Islam-Haque’ s got this. She’s an English as a seco...
Adolph Caso, a voice for Italian Americans, decries the attacks on Columbus by Milano52
May 14, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 780 780 recommendations | email to a friend
Interview by Tiziano Thomas Dossena I met Adolph Caso the first time at the International Book Show in New York City and he struck me as a person who loves books more than anything in the world. Only later on I discovered his interests were not only in publishing but also in writing, translating,...
Defensive Driving Can Prevent Accidents and Injuries and Also Save Lives by cjleclaire
May 09, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 743 743 recommendations | email to a friend
Do you know how to drive defensively? Everyone has heard about defensive driving, but what does it mean to drive defensively? It certainly behooves drivers to find out because knowing and following defensive driving guidelines can be a lifesaver when on the road. With warmer weather and summer ap...
Astoria Characters: The Ballet Teacher by Nruhling
May 08, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Eric is the founder of the Long Island City School of Ballet and the Long Island City Ballet. Text and photos by Nancy A. Ruhling There aren’t any ballet dancers in Kilgore, Texas. You should be aware of that before you hear the story of Eric Ragan . Eric, the founder an...
Astoria Characters: The Father and Son Florists by Nruhling
May 01, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling John’s the owner of Ditmars Flowers & Gifts. Text and Photos by Nancy A. Ruhling John Patrikis is standing in the back of Ditmars Flowers & Gifts putting the finishing touches on a towering arrangement. He adds a couple of roses in strategic spots and stands back to asse...
7IX8_LawyerPhoto.jpg Real Personal Injury Law Cases in NY: $73k Payout by queensledgerNYC
Apr 30, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 1137 1137 recommendations | email to a friend
A story told by car accident victim in the NY Area: When I was 11 years old, I was in a car with my father, having some bonding moments while driving to fill up gas in the New York area. We were having a great time, and my father turned the car right, to turn onto a street. Then I saw it. My surr...