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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 | 316 316 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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Cars and parts of buildings churn in the surf on Marina beach in Madras, India, on December 26, 2004, as tidal waves hit the coast05:46 GMT - Identification Cards - AFP’s Gianrigo Marletta in Aceh says inside the grounds of the park where the memorial is being held, the Red Cross has put up a glass wall displaying hundreds of ID cards, from bank ATM cards to identification cards of dead victims. 05:31 GMT - Peace from Disaster - The disaster helped end a three-decade-long separatist conflict that had killed 15,000 people in Aceh, Indonesia. 05:24 GMT - Still Missing - Sri Lanka's Ocean Queen Express train stopped for a remembrance ceremony at the same spot it was hit by the Asian tsunami 10 years ago, killing about 1,000 passengers, AFP correspondent Claire Cozens reports.


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Children throw roses into the sea near the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial park as the 10th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami is remembered in Phang-nga province in Thailand, on December 26, 2014Prayers, tears and solemn visits to mass graves marked the start of commemorations Friday across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. On December 26, 2004 a 9.3-magnitude earthquake off Indonesia's western tip generated a series of massive waves that pummelled the coastline of 14 countries as far apart as Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Somalia. Among the victims were thousands of foreign tourists enjoying Christmas in the region, carrying the tragedy of an unprecedented natural disaster into homes around the world. A chorus of voices singing the Indonesian national anthem opened the official memorial at a 20-acre park in Indonesia's Banda Aceh -- the main city of the province closest to the epicentre of the massive quake and which bore the brunt of waves towering up to 35-metres (115 feet) high.


2014-12-26 00:42:44 -0500
TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in quiet trading Friday in Asia, as most markets in the region and across the globe were closed for Christmas holidays. China's Shanghai Composite Index extended gains in the second day of a rebound from this week's earlier sell-off.
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