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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 59 59 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 | 53 53 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 | 104 104 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 | 170 170 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 | 193 193 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 | 182 182 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 | 188 188 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 | 237 237 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 | 313 313 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 | 314 314 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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Ask Crowley if he supports the Fair Tax Act
Dear Editor: We are still in the worst economic recession since the great depression. It didn’t have to happen! In July 2011, Dr. David G. Tuerck, executive director of The Beacon Hill Institute in...
Feb 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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In tribute to Koch
Dear Editor: Former Mayor Ed Koch has left us at the age of 88 and has served our great city well. In fact, I think we are much better off today because we had Koch around when we most needed him. ...
Feb 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Women in combat?
Dear Editor: What's next, Obama Youth Brigades with 14-year-old kids sent to Syria, Iraq, or some other forsaken hellhole to die or be mutilated? Or a new “Volksturm” made up of 60-year-old soldier...
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No free path to citizenship
Dear Editor: When immigrants come into our country illegally, they are breaking our laws. They should not become citizens! Our tax dollars pay for their education, hospitalization, etc. This is ano...
Feb 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Taxpayers should not fund Viagra for vets

Dear Editor:
 Bloomberg Business Week reported that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spent nearly $72 million last year on erectile dysfunction drugs for military veterans. As an Air Force v...
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Keep LICH open
Dear Editor: I have been a caregiver at Long Island College Hospital for over 50 years, and I am urging the chancellor and Board of Trustees of the State University of New York to keep the doors of...
Feb 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lay off the Queen of Hearts
Dear Editor: After a long hard day at work, Al Bundy – like many hardworking New Yorkers - should be able to enjoy a brew along with an adult dancer. He would object to "Pol calls for more disclosu...
Jan 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lamenting Roe
Dear Editor: January 22 was the anniversary of of the Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal. Since 1973 there have been over 50 million abortions. It truly amazes me that such a decision wa...
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Sad Ending
Dear Editor: The story about the dolphin who swam into the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and eventually died is very sad. This poor creature somehow must have gotten separated from the rest of its pod ...
Jan 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gun ban won't solve society's ills
Dear Editor: Evil people have committed evil acts since Cain killed Abel, yet we persist in the delusion that we can legislate evil into extinction. Good people will abide by the law; criminals wil...
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“Chairman” drags King into gun control debate
Dear Editor: Just when you think you have heard the most outrageous utterances from our gun-aholics, they one-up themselves. Following is the twisted logic presented by Larry Ward, chairman of Gun ...
Jan 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Doe Fund boss gets too much dough
Dear Editor: George McDonald, founder and president of the Doe Fund, announced that he's running for mayor of New York. He said that creating jobs is his top priority. He's already done that at the...
Jan 23, 2013 | 2 2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time for meaningful gun control reforms
Dear Editor:
 President Obama and Vice President Biden deserve great credit for their efforts to curb gun violence in our country. So do Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg. It takes a lot of courag...
Jan 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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The “b” word
Dear Editor: Over the years, we have stopped using certain words to describe black, Jewish, homosexuals, and Latinos because we know that they are vile and degrade people. In the past these words j...
Jan 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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GOP needs to get into other races
Dear Editor: Allow me to add to the insightful "In Our Opinion…Joe plans to ride a whole "Lhota' love" from December 27.  How ironic that beleaguered New York City Republicans now have six potentia...
Jan 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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A picture taken on Dec. 7, 2014 shows a porcelain piggybank representing communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, next to legendary ancient and medieval kings representations on sale in the duty free shop of the Henri Coanda international airport in Otopeni, Romania. Romanians, especially those of a more senior age, have mixed feelings about the former dictator and his rule, 25 years after his execution, with many remembering predominantly the positive aspects, like the social security, of the communist times and not focusing on the extreme economic hardships and lack of basic human rights of that period, like freedom of movement or speech.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians nostalgic for the communist era gathered Thursday at the grave of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, who were tried and executed on Christmas Day twenty-five years ago.


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By Emma Farge FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leoneans observed a sombre Christmas in their homes on Thursday, after the government banned traditionally boisterous holiday celebrations to prevent the spread of deadly Ebola in the worst-hit country. Small groups of Christians in formal attire were permitted to attend church services, but the family gatherings, beach parties, concerts and dancing that usually accompany the holiday were banned to help slow the deadly virus. ...
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Pope Francis, center, delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and to the world) blessing from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. Tens of thousands of Romans and tourists in St. Peter's Square listened as the pontiff delivered the Catholic church's traditional "Urbi et Orbi" (Latin for "to the city and to the world) Christmas message from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. Francis said: "truly there are so many tears this Christmas." (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is focusing his attention on all those weeping in the world this Christmas, singling out the refugees, hostages and all those suffering in conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine.


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