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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 44 44 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 | 40 40 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 | 91 91 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 | 131 131 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 | 153 153 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 | 142 142 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 | 149 149 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 | 198 198 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 | 273 273 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 | 279 279 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...

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Bad decision
Dear Editor: The decision by the mayor and chancellor to open public schools after the heavy snowstorm was not a very smart move. Even though many streets had been plowed by the Department of Sanit...
Jan 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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New approach to world's oldest profession
Dear Editor: Hopefully, New York City will be seeing an end to the racist policy of stop and frisk. Maybe with new administration we will see a change in its sexist version. Prostitutes, who are of...
Jan 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
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Where is Mulgrew?
Dear Editor: The uproar at P.S. 106 is such a travesty. One question that those teachers at that chaotic school should be asking is "Where is the UFT?" Why hasn't Michael Mulgrew, president of the ...
Jan 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
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Yes to safer streets
Dear Editor: I would like to applaud Mayor Bill de Blasio for creating a task force in an attempt to make our streets safer. Last year, an 86-year-old neighbor of mine was killed with his dog by a ...
Jan 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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Impeach de Blasio
Dear Editor: A dangerous pattern of Communist Party "democratic centralism" is apparent in Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration, as evidenced by his back-room lobbying of Council members to unanim...
Jan 23, 2014 | 3 3 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not funny
I guess it’s still okay to bash Italian Americans. I strongly object to the discriminatory implication of Sheneman’scartoon (1/9/14) showing mob-type figures pressuring someone to endorse Governor ...
Jan 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dump the chaplain
Dear Editor: Sanitation Department chaplain Rev. Fred Lucas Jr. outraged New Yorkers by calling our city a "plantation." The media focused on his tasteless remark, but ignored a bigger outrage. Why...
Jan 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Use the money you have
Dear Editor: Mayor Bill de Blasio calling for a fair share of financial assistance from Washington is the same tired old rhetoric from decades ago that has grown stale over time. De Blasio's refere...
Jan 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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More options
Dear Editor: There are a lot of apartment dwellers in Queens and the other boroughs, all victims of the Time Warner Cable monopoly, while homeowners have options like Time Warner, Dish, Direct TV, ...
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Open letter to Albany
Dear Editor: In regard to Mayor Bill de Blasio's state-funded pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs, it should be pointed out that the existing research studies on the performance outcomes thereof are ...
Jan 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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We need to enforce deed restrictions
Dear Editor: State Senator Tony Avella will be introducing legislation that would allow neighborhood and other civic organizations, as well as individual homeowners, to register restrictive covenan...
Jan 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 109 109 recommendations | email to a friend
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Our bad (we think?)
Dear Editor: As a Christian, veteran, white male and NRA member, I object to you using racist and anti-Christian propaganda in your December 26th issues by portraying a “white Santa” and Fox News i...
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Protect the owls
Dear Editor: The latest story regarding adding the snowy owl to the list of birds to be killed around our airports is nothing short of barbaric. Yes, it is very important for passengers to be safe ...
Jan 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
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Farina a good hire
Dear Editor: Which is the greater number: the total count of stars in the solar system, the sum of grains of sand on all Atlantic beaches, the dollar deficit of the U.S. economy, or the tally of us...
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Comrie's reward
Dear Editor: Just as I predicted in a letter to the editor prior to the September Democratic Primary for Queens borough president: to the victor goes the spoils. I said "Don't be surprised when con...
Dec 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend
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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm of New York City plans to plead guilty to a federal tax evasion charge rather than go to trial next month, people familiar with plea negotiations said Monday.
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British singer Joe Cocker performs on stage during the "Fire it up tour" concert, on April 6, 2013 in Nice, southeastern FranceLegendary singer Joe Cocker, whose intense, gritty voice won him wide acclaim that spanned both rock and blues, has died at age 70, his agent said. Cocker, who started off playing to small audiences in pubs in his native England, gained fame when he jolted the 1969 Woodstock festival with his high-powered version of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" -- one of rock's most successful covers. Cocker -- who on stage would flail his arms so wildly that uninitiated crowds wondered if he had neurological problems -- said in a 1971 movie about him, "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," that music served as his release and mused that he could have been a murderer if he had not been a singer. "He was without doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain," his agent, Barrie Marshall, said in a statement announcing his death on Sunday evening.


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Incoming U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks on Capitol HillBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he opposed U.S. President Barack Obama's plans to normalize relations with Cuba, and spoke of steps lawmakers might take to rein in the new policy. Interviewed by Reuters, McConnell also said that he and the president, a Democrat, had discussed possible major tax reform legislation and that any effort should not focus on the country's biggest corporations alone, but also include help for small businesses. ...


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