blog roll
our featured bloggers
This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
Dec 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of home sales continued to decrease in November and inventory continued to track below last year’s levels as well.  Sales are well below those seen in the...
NYC Employment Law — Pre-tax Transit Benefits
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
As employers, sometimes it is difficult to keep with the employment law changes, which is why you should consult periodically with an employment defense lawyer and stay apprised of new laws. At the...
Wage and Hour Regulation Pitfalls
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
Business owners can get themselves into trouble when not understanding wage and hours laws. What appears to be a bright idea that cuts corners and saves money is sometimes a violation that leads to...
In life, the glass is always half full! Exclusive interview with cartoonist Maria Scrivan
Dec 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 171 171 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   | 19 November 2014   Maria Scrivan’s cartoons are published in MAD Magazine, Parade Magazine, Prospect Magazine (UK), on Mashable.com, Salon.com. Funny Times a...
Zeffirelli's La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera: a review
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 194 194 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 3 December 2014 |     Zeffirelli’s production of La Boheme at the metropolitan Opera shines. A sample of the stage set up as performed in a preceding season. L...
Are You Staying on Top of Regulations that Affect Your Restaurant?
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 183 183 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent change in regulations predicted to arrive soon is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will release a national menu labeling standard for chain restaurants. The standard will addres...
The World Seen Through a Dog’s Point of View. An Exclusive Interview with Paul Gilligan, author of Pooch Café
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 189 189 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 10 October 2014 |   Paul Gilligan with Poncho, the main character of Pooch Cafe According to his website, www.poochcafe.com, Paul Gilligan’s affair with art be...
What about Wellness Programs as Part of Health Coverage?
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 238 238 recommendations | email to a friend
Today many companies offering health insurance also provide wellness programs, which are a preventative medicine approach to health. Today, 94 percent of employers with more than 400 employees and ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: NOV 2014 (Month's Supply: 6.3 Months)
Nov 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 314 314 recommendations | email to a friend
Oct 2014 Queens NY Market Update  Queens home sales are down for the third month in a row from August – October. Home sales are also remaining significantly below last year’s levels, according to t...
Forest Hills Food Crawl
Nov 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 315 315 recommendations | email to a friend
The Chamber and All The Tastes of New York would love to invite you to our first Forest Hills Food Crawl, a culinary journey through Forest Hills happening this Wednesday, November 12th ! A Food Cr...

more blogs

letters
Time to recycle our energy
Dear Editor: In Bayside I find the chore of separating garbage relatively pleasurable…relatively, compared to out east. Here in Amagansett, we pay $50 each year for the privilege of separating our ...
Sep 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Ryan the right man for the job
Dear Editor: Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will offer a clear and competing contrast of ideas to Vice President Joe Biden with his "Path to Prosperity" budget. Ryan reminds me of...
Sep 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Here’s to Hoffa
Dear Editor: In celebration of Labor Day 2012, I would like to honor James Riddle "Jimmy" Hoffa (1913-1982), the American labor union leader who, as general president of the International Brotherho...
Sep 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Your choice is the lesser of two evils
Dear Editor: We are all aware of the presidential election that is to be held in November. We should also be aware that there is very little difference on important issues between President Obama a...
Sep 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Schumer bottled water push is all wet
Dear Editor: If tap water is good enough for several hundred-thousand District of Columbia residents, along with millions of ordinary Americans on a daily basis, one wonders why Senator Charles Sch...
Sep 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Thanks to all who made BBQ so great
Dear Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all the people who made my 4th Annual Veterans Appreciation Bar-B-Que, held on August 25, such a success. I consider it...
Sep 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Ferreras wrong on Walmart
Dear Editor: Coucilwoman Julissa Ferreras' op-ed on Walmart displays a level of ignorance that only a New York City Council member can descend to. The councilwoman lists a string of accusations aga...
Sep 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
The Grand Ol’ Party’s war on women
Dear Editor: How can any self-respecting woman with a shred of pride allow themselves to vote for a Republican ticket? They should be enraged that the neo-Conservative Party, which has replaced the...
Sep 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
What we can teach the rest of the nation
Dear Editor: I was so proud to be a resident of Eastern Queens when I participated in a candlelight vigil, organized by local civic leaders, to honor the memory of the victims of the tragic shootin...
Aug 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Show your support for Newtown Plaza
Dear Editor: The triangular intersection of Newtown Avenue and 30th Avenue is one of the most dangerous for pedestrians in all of Queens. It's an expanse of asphalt that drivers speed through using...
Aug 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Where's the action on electric bikes?
Dear Editor: Must we wait until someone dies? I am an avid cyclist and am extremely angry that nothing is being done about electric bikes. I work and walk on Queens Blvd. and 67th Ave., and e-bikes...
Aug 22, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Neighborhood doesn’t need a Walgreens
Dear Editor: The attempt by Walgreens to impose its will on my community without caring what we residents need (“Brooklyn nabe protests opening of Walgreens” – Aug. 8) is disgraceful. I believe the...
Aug 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Get armed
Dear Editor: It's an all-too-familiar a story: the crime rate seems to be rising, and the stories target women as the victims. And next we see the politicians promoting safety by encouraging "self-...
Aug 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Audit the Fed!
Dear Editor, This week, the House of Representatives passed Ron Paul's Audit the Fed bill (HR 459). The Senate now needs to pass this bill to audit the Federal Reserve. A GAO report from July 2011 ...
Aug 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Renew ban on assault rifles
Dear Editor: Since I am not a gun enthusiast my opinions on the subject of guns are personal. Studies have shown that the number of homicides in a country is directly in proportion to the number of...
Aug 17, 2012 | 4 4 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
national news

FILE - In this June 12, 2104, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama stands with Sam Kass, White House Senior Policy Adviser for Nutrition Policy, before they make salads from vegetables harvested from the White House garden with area students in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama’s personal chef is leaving after nearly six years in which, unlike any assistant White House chef before him, he cooked up policy alongside his meals. Kass held the title of senior policy adviser for nutrition policy, which gave him a seat at the table to help administration officials hash out everything from an updated “Nutrition Facts” label for processed foods to new government standards to cut the amount of fat, calories and sodium in federally subsidized school meals. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Political advisers, chiefs of staff, press secretaries and national security advisers have come and gone in the nearly six years Barack Obama has been president. Now, the White House chef is also waving goodbye.


2014-12-25 11:19:14 -0500

This image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, which monitors events in territory controlled by Islamic State militants with the permission of the extremist group, shows militants with a captured pilot, center, wearing a white shirt in Raqqa, Syria, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Islamic State group militants captured a Jordanian pilot, Mu'ath Safi Yousef al-Kaseasbeh, after his warplane went down in Syria, Jordan said Wednesday, the first such capture since the international coalition's air campaign against the group began. The pilot's family confirmed that it is al-Kaseasbeh shown in the image. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center)MOSCOW (AP) — Peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition could be held in Moscow next month, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Thursday.


2014-12-25 11:17:50 -0500

A man walks by poster for film "The Interview" outside Alamo Drafthouse theater in LittletonBy Luc Cohen and Alicia Avila NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 cinemas across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing sell-out audiences in many theaters where outspoken patrons said they were championing freedom of expression. Seth Rogen, who co-stars in the low-budget comedy with James Franco, and co-director Evan Goldberg surprised moviegoers by appearing at the sold-out 12:30 a.m. ...


2014-12-25 11:04:00 -0500