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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 64 64 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 | 58 58 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 | 109 109 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 | 175 175 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 | 198 198 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 | 187 187 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 | 193 193 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 | 242 242 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 | 318 318 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 | 318 318 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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Vote Turner, Vote Guns
Dear Editor: My name is Richard Reif, and I'm a former Air Force officer, retired McGraw-Hill staff writer who has lived in Queens for the past 67 years. I have never had a problem with any of my c...
Feb 21, 2012 | 4 4 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gerrymandering is unfair across the board
Dear Editor: One of the cover stories of the February 16th issue about redistricting certainly brought up some good points of contention, but like all arguments there are more sides to the story. T...
Feb 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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LATFOR failed at redistricting
Dear Editor: On February 7, the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) held a public hearing at Queens Borough Hall to gather comments from the p...
Feb 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Praise for Paul
Dear Editor: Texas Republican Congress member and presidential candidate Ron Paul is refreshingly candid. Too many candidates for public office base and/or change their views on issues of the day u...
Feb 14, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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The White Wing
Dear Editor: Just when you think you’ve seen them at their lowest, the “White” Wing Conservatives drop the bar even further. Yes, the White Wing is in fact a faction the Right Wing. As much as they...
Feb 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keep churches out of city schools
Dear Editor: The presence of religious services or religious activities of any kind in taxpayer-supported public schools violates the separation of church and state. I strongly disagree with the ef...
Feb 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Smoke & Mirrors
Dear Editor: With the new plan President Barack Obama has come up with, religious organizations, charities, and hospitals won't have to include contraceptive services as part of their health care p...
Feb 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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We, the people, reject redistricting
Dear Editor: Regarding the newly drawn district lines, these lines do not reflect fair and independent districts. The result of this plan will be matching excellent, current Queens State Senators a...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who's retiring well?
Dear Editor: A recent article about people not having enough money to retire raises an interesting question: whose responsibility is it to make sure you have enough money to retire? You or your emp...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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In a Michigan state of mind
Dear Editor: I've just returned from a visit with my sister in Michigan. I had been putting it off and making excuses for not going for some time. After all the depressing news about the dismal eco...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Same-sex marriage issue already decided
Dear Editor: In your Dispatch letter “Let the people decide” (1/26/12) concerning same-sex marriage, a writer suggests this “issue” should be “a referendum for the entire state of New Jersey to dec...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keep the pressure on Big Tobacco
Dear Editor: I would like to acknowledge the story printed on January 4, 2012, entitled “New Yorkers can expect to live even longer.” It was a positive article, and gave us New Yorkers many reasons...
Feb 01, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Same old fear-mongering
Dear Editor: On the subject of Mitch Daniels... More of the same old rhetoric from the same old rich Republicans protecting their financial interests with made-up lies, attempting to pander to vote...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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What about the other languages?
This following is a letter that was sent to Congressman Crowley: I resent that your latest newsletter mailed to me was printed half in Spanish. Queens prides itself in being the most ethnically div...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Catholic schools make a difference
Dear Editor: This year, Catholic School week is observed from January 29 to February 4, and it is a time to praise all these schools and what they do. We at St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Counci...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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US supermaxi yacht Comanche leads the Sydney to Hobart race just after the start from Sydney harbour, on December 26, 2014Newcomer Comanche was off to a blinding start in Australia's 70th Sydney to Hobart yacht race Friday, blitzing all rivals including seven-times line honours winner Wild Oats XI in Sydney Harbour. The 100-foot Comanche was ahead of Wild Oats, also a supermaxi, to the first mark as 117 yachts set off on the 628 nautical mile endurance race down Australia's east coast in scorching summer conditions. With the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House as a backdrop and thousands of spectators on boats and harbourside vantage points, the yachts enjoyed a 15 to 18 knot southeasterly breeze which helped them off in what is thought to be a record start. They have now turned south towards Hobart into a stiff southerly which is testing boats and sailors with uncomfortable seas, with four yachts retiring so far -- including one with hull damage and another with a damaged rudder.


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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 file photo, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo after taking office for a third term as prime minister. Abe is planning about 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus, including subsidies and job-creating programs, to help pull the world's third-largest economy out of recession. Officials said Friday, Dec. 26 that details of the plan would be approved by the Cabinet on Saturday as it wraps wrap up work for 2014. The plan reportedly includes 420 billion yen ($3.5 billion) in help for stagnant regional economies. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning about 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus, including subsidies and job-creating programs, to help pull the world's third-largest economy out of recession.


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Acehnese women pray in an abandoned house damaged by the Indian Ocean tsunami and turned into a monument, during a prayer commemorating the 10th anniversary of the disaster in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. The devastating 2004 tsunami struck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim, killing 230,000 people, most of them in Aceh. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters.


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