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NYC Bans Polystyrene Takeout Containers and Coffee Cups
Feb 19, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
Judge Upholds the 2013 Law Banning Polystyrene for Takeout Containers and Coffee Cups In 2019 restaurants must begin phasing polystyrene cups and containers out of use. This change is a result of a...
Astoria Characters: The Special Teacher
Feb 19, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Nicholas’ last name used to be Alexander. Text and photos by Nancy A. Ruhling Growing up, Nicholas Alexandrakos was always interested in his family’s history. With grandpa...
Has Your Loved One Been the Victim of Nursing Home Neglect?
Feb 15, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
How Does Neglect Differ from Abuse? Finding out whether your parent, relative or friend has been the victim of nursing home neglect is vital for their wellbeing. Sadly, many elderly people are in s...
Matter of Van Patten—Undue Influence
Feb 15, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 160 160 recommendations | email to a friend
Probate Administration | Wrongful Actions There are certain basic legal requirements when a person transfers property, conveys a power of attorney or establishes a plan for the distribution of an e...
Legal Concerns for New York Restaurant Owners
Feb 14, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 168 168 recommendations | email to a friend
If you’re opening a new restaurant in New York City or the surrounding area, there are certain legal requirements you must put in place. You will need to choose a business entity and get your licen...
Certain questions are taboo for employers to ask in a job interview. The most obvious ones are questions that could be regarded as discrimination. If you ask these types of questions, you could be held liable if a discrimination lawsuit is brought against you. Do not ask questions that intimate at anything to do with age, race, color, national origin or birthplace, religion, disability, genetic information, gender/sex or marital/family status/pregnancy. (EEOC)
Feb 14, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
2019 Is Here with New Salary Thresholds The New York State overtime salary threshold draws the line between exempt salaried workers, who must be paid for overtime, and those non-exempt workers, who...
Astoria Characters: The Artist in Training
Feb 12, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Jose is from the Dominican Republic. In the spare bedroom of his apartment, Jose Mota is standing at a monumental work table, using an oil-paint marker to create the black...
MASPETH,NY-BUYING A BRICK 2F. VS A FRAME 2F.
Feb 05, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 354 354 recommendations | email to a friend
COLLECTION OF OPINIONS BY BROKERS IN THE AREA. BUYER BEWARE! BIG DIFFERENCE WHEN BUYING AN OLD FRAME 2F. HOME, MAYBE 100 YEARS OLD BY NOW, AND OR BUYING A YOUNG BRICK 2 FAMILY HOUSE, ESPECIALLY IF ...
Astoria Characters: The Guitar Guide Guru
Feb 05, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Meet Mike, aka the Guitar Guide Guru. Text and photos by Nancy A. Ruhling How hard – or easy – is it to play the guitar if you’ve never done it before? Instead of answerin...
Astoria Characters: The Comic With the Punch-Line Life
Jan 29, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Michelle shows off her mommy mug. Text and Photos by Nancy A. Ruhling If you didn’t know that Michelle Adrienne Slonim is a new mother, you need look no further than the r...

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Manny Castro, Executive Director of NICE
Even in a diverse and welcoming place like Queens, immigrants are still often the targets of unwarranted attacks and hostility. For Manny Castro, executive director of the local organization New Im...
Jul 24, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 369 369 recommendations | email to a friend
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Raul Ampuero, Families for Safe Streets
Earlier this year, Jackson Heights father Raul Ampuero joined a group that no one wants to join, but is necessary for the sake of a safer New York City. He became a member of Families for Safe Stre...
Jul 18, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 387 387 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tania Mattos, Queens Neighborhoods United
A crucial battle over the proposed rezoning of the former Jackson Heights Cinema on 82nd Street has put community group Queens Neighborhoods United in the spotlight. QNU is organizing local opposit...
Jul 11, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 355 355 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rob Basch, Hunters Point Parks Conservancy
When Rob Basch looks around at the newly-opened second phase of the Hunters Point South Park, he sees a beautiful green space, but also potential areas where weeds and invasive species can grow. Ba...
Jul 01, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 342 342 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nick Falcone Centenarian
Life is a beach for Nick Falcone, a Maspeth resident who celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday. “I feel pretty good,” he said. “I really have no complaints.” A native of Pennsylvania, Falcone g...
Jun 26, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 332 332 recommendations | email to a friend
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Doug Steiner, Steiner NYC
Development has played a large role in Brooklyn’s renaissance, and Doug Steiner is a key player in that landscape. As chairman of Steiner NYC, Steiner’s television and film production studios at th...
Jun 19, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 354 354 recommendations | email to a friend
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John Park, MinKwon Center
It’s been a tough year for John Park and the entire MinKwon Center for Community Action. Park is the executive director of the Flushing-based service and advocacy organization. Since Trump became p...
Jun 13, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 401 401 recommendations | email to a friend
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Peter Ciaccia, TCS NYC Marathon
Peter Ciaccia has been running marathons, in one form or another, for decades. The race director of the TCS New York City Marathon will retire after spearheading the annual event for 15 years. Thou...
Jun 06, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 364 364 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kathleen Nealon, Grand Marshal
Maspeth native Kathleen Nealon is often recognized for her voice, but this Memorial Day, she was a visible presence at the annual parade down Grand Avenue. Wearing a blue dress with a red sash, Nea...
May 30, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 384 384 recommendations | email to a friend
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Leonardo Labriola, Bushwick Resident
Law student Leonardo Labriola moved to Bushwick five years ago from Colorado with a duffle bag and a backpack. “I slept on the floor in my loft building because the rent was cheap and it was what I...
May 22, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 399 399 recommendations | email to a friend
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Father Edward Mason, Brooklyn Pastor
Over the past four decades, Father Edward Mason has seen Brooklyn change considerably. Mason is the pastor at Our Lady of Presentation and Our Lady of Loreto parishes in Ocean Hill and Brownsville....
May 15, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 405 405 recommendations | email to a friend
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Eric Van Hook, Turner Construction Company
For one week in early May each year, employees at Turner Construction Company volunteer their time and expertise on various community projects throughout the city. Eric Van Hook, project executive ...
May 09, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 401 401 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dudley Stewart, Jackson Heights Green Alliance
Jackson Heights resident Dudley Stewart had only lived in the neighborhood for two years before helping form a new community-based organization. In 2007, Stewart, along with other local parents, st...
Apr 24, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 513 513 recommendations | email to a friend
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Richard Mazur, North Brooklyn Development Corporation
Richard Mazur has seen all of the changes to Greenpoint since 1950. He is the executive director of the North Brooklyn Development Corporation, a neighborhood preservation group that seeks to impro...
Apr 18, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 501 501 recommendations | email to a friend
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Maurice Clayton, Visual/Vocal Artist
Jackson Heights resident Maurice Clayton has only lived in Jackson Heights for six years, but he’s already embedded in its civic life. Last week, Clayton helped honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther ...
Apr 11, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 521 521 recommendations | email to a friend
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