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How to Clean a Diamond Ring the Right Way
Jun 19, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
If you have been struggling to sell diamonds for top price, the chances are that you’ve been cleaning your ring incorrectly. Remember nothing can sell diamonds quite like that shiny sparkle and lus...
Astoria Characters: The Honey Harvesters
Jun 19, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Ashley and Nick are the owners of Astor Apiaries. Text and photos by Nancy A. Ruhling Nick Hoefly isn’t wearing gloves. His wife, Ashley , points this out as she pulls on ...
Texting and Driving FAQs
Jun 14, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
Texting and Driving Is the Most Alarming Form of Distracted Driving Texting and driving includes reading text messages, emails or online material or writing or composing messages on a mobile device...
Misclassifying Workers as Independent Contractors
Jun 12, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 163 163 recommendations | email to a friend
How Would Your Small Business Fare with the IRS for Worker Status? Did you know that misclassifying workers is one of the top problems that small business owners face? Many small businesses hire in...
Astoria Characters: The Successful Actor You've Never Heard Of
Jun 12, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Neal is an actor and a lawyer. Text and Photos by Nancy A. Ruhling You’ve probably never heard of Neal Arluck . And it’s highly unlikely that you’d recognize his face. The...
Astoria Characters: The Illustrator
Jun 05, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Keiko is from Jakara, Indonesia. Text and photos by Nancy A. Ruhling “I like to collect things,” says Keiko Nabila . She mentions this as she walks past the floor-to-ceili...
Bringing Back the draft for young men 18 years of age
May 31, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
Why they should bring back the draft-specifically for men only at 18 years age. Too many young men still living at home with no job, no inspiration, no motivation, and just flat out existing. In my...
Astoria Characters: The Drummer Whose Heartbeat Is Science
May 29, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 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 no...
Astoria Characters: Cadillac Man
May 22, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 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 wa...
Do Your Work Policies Discriminate Between Men and Women?
May 16, 2018 | 0 0 comments | 607 607 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 hav...

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John Wallace, Former Knick
John Wallace just can’t help but smile. A former first-round draft pick with the New York Knicks, Wallace now works with the Knicks organization doing fan development. He loves working with kids an...
Nov 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jerry Eng, North Queens Homeowners Civic Association
The North Queens Homeowners Civic Association, established by ten families in 1941, has represented property owners in Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst for decades. In its heyday in the early 1960...
Nov 08, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 123 123 recommendations | email to a friend
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Madison Miller, Student Government President
Madison Miller is a bona fide scholar. The senior at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, a resident of Crown Heights, will graduate at the end of the school year having completed 11 Advanced P...
Oct 31, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
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Khalil Cumberbatch, The Fortune Society
After spending more than six years in the New York state prison system, Khalil Cumberbatch worked his way up to associate vice president of policy at The Fortune Society. The Long Island City-based...
Oct 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 111 111 recommendations | email to a friend
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Clara Oza, Parent Coordinator/PS 343
As the parent coordinator for PS 343 in Sunnyside, Clara Oza acts as a liaison between the school and parents. She runs workshops for parents and tries to involve them in school happenings. “We try...
Oct 17, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 121 121 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ryan Downey-Lugo, Troop 26 Eagle Scout
Greenpoint native Ryan Downey-Lugo celebrated a milestone achievement this week. Surrounded by friends and family, he officially became an Eagle Scout, a rank only 3 percent of Boy Scouts achieve. ...
Oct 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 122 122 recommendations | email to a friend
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Michael Capiraso, New York Road Runners
For Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of the New York Road Runners, inspiring people to run is an important mission. The organization hosts races throughout the five boroughs nearly every weekend...
Oct 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend
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Robert Blatt, BlattWorld
When a customer walks into BlattWorld, located at 60-18 Fresh Pond Road on the Maspeth / Ridgewood border, he or she is surrounded by a sea of cameras, equipment, cases and other technology.  Owner...
Sep 26, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 199 199 recommendations | email to a friend
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Luis Guerra, Program Coordinator/Playworks
For young students, recess should be a fun, playful time full of exercise and exploration. But that’s not always the case. For many, it has become a chaotic period where kids are getting hurt, left...
Sep 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 213 213 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jonnel Doris Director, Office of MWBE
Richmond Hill resident Jonnel Doris is passionate about creating opportunity and economic advancement for all New Yorkers. A Guyana native, Doris came to the country as an immigrant and opened his ...
Sep 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 255 255 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jen Chantrtanapichate, Cleanup North Brooklyn
Bushwick resident Jen Chantrtanapichate had enough of private waste transfer companies taking advantage of the community. In spring 2015, she teamed up with area residents to create the nonprofit o...
Sep 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 272 272 recommendations | email to a friend
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Carol Scarano, Democratic District Leader
District Leader Carol Scarano’s family has a long civic and political history serving the Astoria community. Her father, Ralph DeMarco, was also district leader from 1966 to 1977. He served as depu...
Aug 29, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 275 275 recommendations | email to a friend
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Carmen Velasquez, New York Supreme Court
Justice Carmen Velasquez of New York State Supreme Court made history when she became the first Ecuadorian to serve as judge for both Civil Court and Supreme Court. The Quito native, who moved to Q...
Aug 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 288 288 recommendations | email to a friend
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Seymour Schwartz, Briarwood Civic Leader
Briarwood’s Seymour Schwartz is so involved in civic life that it’s hard to keep track of everything he’s done. For more than two decades, Schwartz was the president of the Briarwood Community Asso...
Aug 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 325 325 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ann Bruno, 114th Precinct Community Council
Lifelong Astoria resident Ann Bruno was recently hailed as the “Mayor of Astoria.” The 89-year-old has served as president of the 114th Precinct Community Council for the last 27 years. She’s been ...
Aug 08, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 348 348 recommendations | email to a friend
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