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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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Raul Flores, Los Sures Organizer
If a tree grows in Brooklyn, Williamsburg’s Raul Flores wonders why his neighborhood still suffers from high asthma and respiratory illness rates. Flores, a community organizer for Southside United...
Aug 01, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 345 345 recommendations | email to a friend
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On the Record with Gretha Suarez, Partnerships for Parks
Park lovers looking for opportunities to help clean up their local green spaces should meet Gretha Suarez. Suarez, an outreach coordinator in western Queens for Partnerships for Parks, helps connec...
Jul 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 343 343 recommendations | email to a friend
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Deborah Kass, Brooklyn Artist
Deborah Kass’s work is seen in museums around the country, from Boston and Washington, D.C. to New Orleans and right here in New York City. A member of the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Hall of...
Jul 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 361 361 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jazha Thompson, Catholic Charities SYEP Assistant
At age 16, Jazha Thompson already knows she wants to be a professional basketball player when she grows up. The downtown Brooklyn native has been playing since she was a child. Growing up, she was ...
Jul 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 365 365 recommendations | email to a friend
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Paul DiBenedetto, President of the Bayside Historical Society
Wearing a Captain America shirt and jeans with his hair neatly tied back, Paul DiBenedetto took the stage at the annual Independence Day fireworks celebration at Fort Totten. He plays guitar and si...
Jun 29, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 344 344 recommendations | email to a friend
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William Spisak, Chhaya CDC
For the South Asian community in Queens, a Jackson Heights organization called Chhaya CDC has provided steady services on important issues. William Spisak, director of programs at Chhaya, said the ...
Jun 26, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 399 399 recommendations | email to a friend
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Maria Vielma, CB2 Member
Former president John F. Kennedy, who would’ve turned 100 this year, famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Those words inspired a generati...
Jun 20, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 338 338 recommendations | email to a friend
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John Rowan, VVA President
A memorial for Vietnam veterans is coming to Elmhurst Park in 2019. For John Rowan, there’s no better spot to honor those who gave their life in service to the country. Rowan, an Elmhurst native, s...
Jun 13, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 308 308 recommendations | email to a friend
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Glendaliz Castro, Program Director/PS 71
Ridgewood resident Glendaliz Castro helped start an after-school program at PS 71, where her kids went to elementary school two years ago. Castro was the president of the parents' association, and ...
Jun 06, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 370 370 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bomsinae Kim, Executive Director of KAFSC
Bomsinae Kim began her involvement with the Korean American Family Service Center as a 24-hour hotline volunteer, a funder and later a board member. Now, she leads the community nonprofit that supp...
May 30, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 329 329 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anthony Haynes, Assistant Superintendent Ravenswood Houses
Anthony Haynes considers himself a product of public housing. Although he was born in Downtown Brooklyn, Haynes moved to Astoria Houses when he was 14 years old. “I thought we were rich when I saw ...
May 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 382 382 recommendations | email to a friend
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Maureen Fonseca, SASF CEO
Dr. Maureen Fonseca has always been passionate about education, especially providing opportunities for children with few advantages or resources. She went to a good school in her native Guyana, but...
May 16, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 344 344 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rattanpreet Singh Kohli, CIANA civics teacher
Rattanpreet Singh Kohli has found his true calling. By day, he’s a volunteer civics teacher at CIANA, a nonprofit organization that offers programs to help newly-arrived immigrants. At night, he wo...
May 10, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 314 314 recommendations | email to a friend
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Veronica Franklin, Friends of Queensbridge Park
Veronica Franklin joined the Friends of Queensbridge Park group seven years ago. Under the stewardship of the late Elizabeth McQueen, the group advocated for more funding to improve the park’s seaw...
May 03, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 298 298 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sal Albanese, Mayoral Candidate
Sal Albanese is running for mayor for a fourth time. In his latest bid in 2013, Albanese placed far behind the eventual occupant of Gracie Mansion, Bill de Blasio. The former City Councilman from B...
Apr 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 354 354 recommendations | email to a friend
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