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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 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 | 12 12 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 | 60 60 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 | 80 80 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 | 104 104 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 | 91 91 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 | 98 98 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 | 142 142 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 | 218 218 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 | 235 235 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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Nonstop giving
Dear Editor: Christmas is gone, but not the giving to the many still in need. Our food pantries are in need all year long. And let's not forget our blood banks, which are in desperate need of donat...
Dec 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 106 106 recommendations | email to a friend
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RIP Stan Brooks
Dear Editor: News of the death of 1010 WINS senior news correspondent Stan Brooks was very sad to hear. He was in the field of news reporting for nearly 60 years,and he was a true professional and ...
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No peace in 2014
Dear Editor: The end of 2013 does not promise national security for the U.S. or the world. China is flexing its growing economic and military prowess while continuing to poison the air its citizen’...
Dec 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
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In response
Dear Editor: My letters seem to have perturbed and provoked some readers into a mean spirited frenzy of ad hominum attacks. Some writers, in their effusive expressions of compassion for the poor an...
Dec 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wrong choice
Dear Editor: Expectedly (in view of his Marxist ideology), mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is lobbying the City Council to elect liberal East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito as council speaker...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wrong choice II
Dear Editor: As a Vietnam-era veteran who has been a resident of Queens for 36 years, and prior to that was born and raised in the Bronx, I can't believe the City Council would choose Melissa Mark-...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ban fraternities
Dear Editor: The hazing ordeal that killed a 19-year-old Baruch College freshman raises an alarm. A CUNY spokesman said "We have zero tolerance for hazing." Really? Than why does CUNY tolerate the ...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thanks for the 12 years
Dear Editor: Mayor Michael Bloomberg is coming to the end of his term in office. He has served 12 years and his administration has had many ups and downs. But one thing is certain, he truly loved t...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Support small biz
Dear Editor: "A bit of good news for small business" (In Our Opinion - December 12) should be continued the other 364 days a year beyond our Annual National Small Business Day held on the Saturday ...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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Freedom from choice
Dear Editor: Defending and debating the virtues of liberty and freedom in a world of entitlements, welfare and redistribution of wealth is an exercise in futility. Either knowingly or unwittingly, ...
Dec 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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History corrected
Dear Editor: I read in your This Day in History last week that "On this date the pope crowned Napoleon emperor.” Sorry folks, not true! That was supposed to happen, but the little man took the crow...
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Parents need access to child's social media
Dear Editor: Social media websites do not do enough to provide parents with the resources needed to monitor their child’s activities. Anything could happen to children on these sites, ranging from ...
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Give de Blasio a chance(llor)
Dear Editor: Bill de Blasio is being blasted for saying that his selection of schools chancellor will not be a "beauty contest.” What's the big deal? Why suspect the worst motives? By no means does...
Dec 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kudos for work on airplane noise
Dear Editor: As a Queens resident who has had to deal with increased airplane noise in our borough, I’m writing to commend our local elected officials, specifically Congress members Steve Israel an...
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School vote disappointing
Dear Editor: How disappointing to learn that the City Council recently passed legislation to purchase the Keil Brothers Garden Center Business in Bayside for construction of a new school. Establish...
Dec 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top government spokesman on Thursday said he does not think the cyber-attack against Sony Pictures will directly affect talks on the abduction issue between Japan and North Korea. U.S. investigators have determined North Korea was behind a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, a U.S. government source said, an unprecedented act that has forced the studio to cancel releasing a comedy about the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader. ...
2014-12-18 02:38:29 -0500

File photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey, Lisa Richwine and Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Pictures has canceled the release of a comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader, in what appears to be an unprecedented victory for Pyongyang and its abilities to wage cyber-warfare. Hackers who said they were incensed by the film attacked Sony Corp last month, leaking documents that drew global headlines and distributing unreleased films on the Internet. Washington may soon officially announce that the North Korean government was behind the attack, a U.S. government source said. ...


2014-12-18 02:37:08 -0500

Grave digger holds a sign with the name of an Ebola victim during funerals at a cemetery in FreetownGENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 6,915 out of 18,603 cases as of Dec. 14, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. There are signs that the increase in incidence in Sierra Leone has slowed, although 327 new cases were confirmed there in the past week, including 125 in the capital Freetown, the WHO said in its latest update. "A major operation has been implemented to curb the spread of disease in the west of the country," it said.


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