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Giving a Happy Holiday to the Youngest Victims

Posted on 10. Dec, 2009 by .

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The Masonic Toys For Tots program began in 1975 as a way for Masons to give young cancer patients a way to forget their sickness. Today, along with the Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation (CCBF), a world-renowned and privately funded Pediatric Hematology/Oncology medical research effort serving the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill-Cornell University Medical […]

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Creating a Happy Holiday Season without Breaking the Bank

Posted on 23. Nov, 2009 by .

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Thanksgiving is this week and with it comes the biggest shopping day of the year: Black Friday. Black Friday is traditionally the day when retailers break out their best deals in hopes of filling their registers with consumer cash. Consumers routinely line up at stores as early as 4 a.m. the morning after Thanksgiving to […]

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Wear a T-Shirt, Get a Job?

Posted on 09. Nov, 2009 by .

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A recent CNN article by Samuel Sherraden, an Economic Growth Program analyst at the New American Foundation compared the difficulty of finding a job in this economy to gaining admission to an Ivy League college. In the article, Sherraden said: Since the beginning of the recession in December 2007, job openings declined from 4.4 million […]

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(Almost) Recession-Proof Entertainment

Posted on 26. Oct, 2009 by .

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The rhythmic, constant strums of an acoustic guitar vibrated off the red walls adorned with artwork of all shapes and sizes. The front door continually opened and closed, exposing the inside to quick gusts of mid-October air. No one seemed to notice the chill. The room was packed: no chairs, just lines of men and […]

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Escape From Debtor's Prison

Posted on 19. Oct, 2009 by .

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A recent post in the New York Times City Room blog followed Ryan McLendon, a NYU journalism graduate student, as he applied for food stamps at a community center in Williamsburg. McLendon has a combined $95,000 in student loan debt from his undergraduate and graduate education, he says, because he doesn’t have help from his […]

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Diwali Festival – A Celebration of Prosperity

Posted on 13. Oct, 2009 by .

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On Sunday, October 11th, the Hindu Temple Society of North America celebrated the Diwali Festival in Flushing at the Queens Botanical Garden. The yearly celebrating of Diwali is held in honor of the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity and light and marks the beginning of the new fiscal year for businesses. The festival […]

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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate Against the Flu

Posted on 05. Oct, 2009 by .

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New York State Health Care Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., recently sent a letter to all health care workers outlining the state’s decision to require flu shots for anyone who comes in contact with patients. The new requirement, which includes both the vaccinations for seasonal and H1N1 flu, has caused an uproar among health care […]

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We Want You to Understand Us: Voices4Iran Rallies Against Ahmadinejad

Posted on 28. Sep, 2009 by .

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The urgent cries of hundreds of green-clad Iran supporters greeted me long before I arrived in front of the Iran Mission on east 40th street and 3rd avenue Wednesday morning. The Voices4Iran rally wasn’t schedule to begin for a couple of more hours, but protesters wanted to get an early start with their demands of […]

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City Island Business: Making It Work During Tough Economic Times

Posted on 21. Sep, 2009 by .

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As a brand-new New Yorker, I’m constantly fascinated by the cultures of different neighborhoods. Each area of the city I’ve visited so far in my time here (all five weeks of it) has taught me a little something and has pushed me to do more exploring. That said, I wasn’t prepared for the vast change […]

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