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I grew up under the Broadway "El" in Brooklyn and the World was at my front door. Half a block away was a movie theater, the Loew's Gates and next door to that was a pizza parlor. Also on that block were a Chinese Restaurant, BBQ Grill, Fish Fry, Lingerie Store, Tailor, Jeweler and shoe store. And of course the Notorious "Dew-Drop-Inn." High School was a climb up the El stairs, a hop onto the BMT and in 40 minutes I was on 23rd St. and 7th Avenue in Manhattan, where my High School was. I went to College in Brooklyn, and my first job was at McGraw Hill in Times Square...

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Real property refers to land, not just the Earth, but also to those permanent structures which exist on it, the air that is above it and the soil and minerals in the Earth beneath it. More blood has been spilled over land ownership than any other commodity.

I have worked in a number of different careers in different industries, and was always fairly successful. What keeps me grounded today was my five years as a Realtor, three of them as a Commercial Agent. It was undoubtedly the most difficult work I’ve ever done...

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China is the great manufacturer for the planet, but pays dearly for the distinction. The Yangtze River is dead, and you cannot see the sky in Beijing or the outlying provinces until you reach Mongolia--presumably from the manufacture of plastic. China is not only the originator of plastics, but also the major market for our recycled plastics. Plastic waste has in essence become “capital” in China; previously manufactured merchandise or a non-financial asset used in the production of other, saleable merchandise that is eventually converted into cash--in this case, trash...

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Our inner beast is pleased with victory at any cost and trembles with fear at the thought of competition. Fortunately the “inner beast” in the very best cases has a “civilized intellect” over-lord, whose name is “Collaboration”. Great for business. LIFT’s federally funded Small Business Pilot Teaming project enables Long Island small businesses to broaden their talent base and their market through collaboration and diversification.

We were very fortunate to have a close exchange with Karin Caro, CEO of BluChip Marketing and owner or part-owner in eight other small businesses...

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Everybody watches the energy markets. We are beings of energy and consume it in great quantities and various forms to sustain ourselves and our sometimes lavish lifestyles. As luck would have it, we appear to be running out of it, and so must find alternative methods of producing energy so that we can continue to live.

Our cover story is about the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University, the people who work there and the marvelous things that come out of it...