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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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A plan for the Q53
Dear Editor: I am so glad that the Q53 bus now operates 24 hours a day. It helps commuters, workers, employers, businesses and all of Queens. This is a great bus that unites most of Queens from Woo...
Feb 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bad move Bill
Dear Editor: Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped the city's appeal in connection to the policy of stop and frisk. Now watch as more guns enter New York and the murder rate will and robberies go up. We wil...
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Blocked on Clearview
Dear Editor: Again it has happened. I come down the sidewalk along the Clearview Service Road on my motorized scooter and vehicles from Star Nissan block my way because they are parked on the sidew...
Jan 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dump the dispatcher!
Dear Editor: Regarding the letter “Dump the chaplain” (1/16 ), where the gentleman rambles how the Department of Sanitation doesn't need a chaplain and our job is just dealing with bad odors and we...
Jan 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
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Money talk
Dear editor: The rich get richer and the poor get poorer? Is that true? Mr. A is making $ 30,000 a year in New York. By American standards he is considered poor, although he probably has a televisi...
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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...
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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...
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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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Police guard the entrance to a gas station in front of a memorial to Antonio Martin on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, in Berkeley, Mo. The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed the black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators took to the streets for a second night after a white police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him.


2014-12-25 07:43:39 -0500

Friends and relatives of Mu'ath Safi al-Kaseasbeh, a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group, gather in the town of Aey near Al Karak in southern Jordan, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Islamic State militants captured the Jordanian pilot after his warplane crashed in Syria while conducting airstrikes Wednesday, the first foreign military member to fall into the extremists' hands since an international coalition launched its bombing campaign against the group months ago. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State militants in Syria has pleaded for his son's release.


2014-12-25 07:33:48 -0500
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has scrapped New Year's holidays for government ministers because of the unfolding economic crisis.
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