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NYC Bans Polystyrene Takeout Containers and Coffee Cups
Feb 19, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 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 | 8 8 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 | 176 176 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 | 172 172 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 | 177 177 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 | 65 65 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 | 22 22 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 | 353 353 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 | 60 60 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 | 88 88 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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Dr. Debbie Almontaser, Muslim Community Network
When Dr. Debbie Almontaser heard about President Donald Trump’s executive action to suspend travel for seven predominantly Muslim countries, her first thought was how it was going to affect the loc...
Feb 08, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 577 577 recommendations | email to a friend
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Richard Melnick, Greater Astoria Historical Society
On March 11, historian Richard Melnick plans to conduct a walking tour over the Triboro Bridge in celebration of the centennial of Hell Gate Bridge. The Amtrak-owned bridge first opened in 1917. Me...
Feb 01, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 592 592 recommendations | email to a friend
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Michael Reid, Astoria Ally Alliance
Since the election of President Donald Trump, many Americans have mobilized in an effort to resist his administration and its policies. Nationally, women and men from across the country gathered in...
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 585 585 recommendations | email to a friend
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Andre Stith, Organizing Director for Zone 126
Growing up in the Astoria Houses, Andre Stith knew everybody. He knew all of the kids who grew up in the public housing development, and even their parents. “If you live inside a NYCHA development ...
Jan 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 486 486 recommendations | email to a friend
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Peter Tu, Flushing Chinese Business Association
When Peter Tu began organizing the Flushing Lunar New Year Parade in 1996, only a mere 2,000 people stopped watched. This year, he expects more than 10,000 revelers to brave the cold for the annual...
Jan 03, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 679 679 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alex Chen, Student Union President
On a cold and blistery Thursday afternoon, Townsend Harris High School senior Alex Chen took the microphone to deliver a clear message: Rosemarie Jahoda isn’t fit to lead the school. The 17-year-ol...
Dec 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 660 660 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lester Lin, Founder/City Mission
When the news broke that the city converted the former Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst into a homeless shelter, enraged neighbors turned out to protest the decision. But one local instead preached c...
Dec 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 694 694 recommendations | email to a friend
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Claudia Guglielmo, Asthma Coalition of Queens
Claudia Guglielmo wants people to know that asthma is chronic and that there’s no cure for the respiratory illness. Guglielmo is the director of the Asthma Coalition of Queens, which was establishe...
Dec 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 722 722 recommendations | email to a friend
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Margaret Gibson, Library Assistant Manager
Monday was a good day for Margaret Gibson of East Elmhurst. Gibson, the assistant manager at the East Elmhurst public library, attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the library’s renovation and ...
Dec 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 657 657 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pilisam Balli, Food Action Board
Like many struggling New Yorkers, Pilisam Balli just needs someone to take a chance on him. The 30-year-old Bronx resident is a member of the Food Action Board, a program where food-insecure people...
Nov 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 639 639 recommendations | email to a friend
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Harpreet Singh Toor, Sikh Cultural Society
President-elect Donald Trump’s rise to political prominence has produced a shockwave throughout the country, including in his home borough of Queens. It has also inspired a wave of hate crimes and ...
Nov 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 660 660 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tenzin Tsering, Energy Tech High School
If all goes according to plan, Tenzin Tsering will be the first engineer in his family. The 18-year-old East Elmhurst resident has always been interested in working with electricity. The interest s...
Nov 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 601 601 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mohini Mishra, Selfhelp Managing Director
For the past dozen years, Mohini Mishra has been focused on helping seniors in Queens. Starting as a social worker and now as the managing director for housing and Naturally Occurring Retirement Co...
Nov 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 599 599 recommendations | email to a friend
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Curtis Small, Queens Veteran
With Veteran’s Day approaching, one Queens veteran is feeling grateful for the help he’s received to get back on his feet. Curtis Small, who now lives in Hollis, was born in Trinidad and came to th...
Nov 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 606 606 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jane Qiu, Selfhelp Program Director
The Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Prince Street Senior Center serves 3,472 seniors on any given day, serving lunch, engaging members in enriching programs and keeping them active. Behind the scenes, ...
Oct 25, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 665 665 recommendations | email to a friend
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