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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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Save the park
Dear Editor: Three cheers for State Senator Tony Avella and the group Save Flushing Meadows Park for their efforts to stop the mega-mall in the Citi Field parking lot. They see it as it is: a sneak...
Apr 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
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Say no to ID
Dear Editor: With 90,700 apprehensions of illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas by U. S. Border Patrol over the last six months, Councilman Danny Dromm is drumming up support for his...
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Welcome Chick-fil-A
Dear Editor: How refreshing to hear that the owners of Chick-fil-A plan on opening up to 200 stores in New York City. Now watch how Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate...
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Making 'Dream' a reality
Dear Editor: Funding for the Dream Act, which would pay for the cost of college of children born in America to parents who are not legal citizens is simple: ask the Department of State to deduct th...
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Old Cold War is heating back up
Dear Editor: I bet most of you believe that The Cold War ended in Reagan’s administration. Surprise, surprise. The Russian Ministry is calling the Obama administration’s sanctions hasty and reckles...
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COTA is saving lives
Dear Editor: The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) was founded in 1986 when residents of Bloomington, Indiana, rallied around a toddler who needed a life-saving liver transplant. In le...
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Don’t waste rail line
Dear Editor: Whatever happened to doing fair studies of finding the best solution to a problem? It appears that the city has already made up its mind that we will have Select Bus Service (SBS) alon...
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Sigmund has his facts wrong
Dear Editor: When the Global Gateway Alliance formed, it enlisted the membership of the Regional Plan Association, New York University and other NYC institutions. With access to such a wellspring o...
Apr 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 111 111 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kudos to QQS
Dear Editor: It is with great pleasure that I read of the accomplishments of Queens Quiet Skies and other entities in convincing Governor Andrew Cuomo to advocate for mitigation of the noise and po...
Apr 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 116 116 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bad debt
Dear Editor: Concerning ongoing negotiations with various municipal unions, including the very powerful United Federation of Teachers (UFT), behind closed doors, Mayor Bill de Blasio reminds me of ...
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Bag the bag fee
Dear Editor: The City Council is ready to vote on a 10-cent fee for consumers who don't use their own bags at checkout. The ideal is to get the consumers to bring in their own reusable bags. Mayor ...
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Free for who?
Dear Editor: So now Public Advocate Letitia James is lobbying the myopic Carmen Farina of the Education Department for a policy of free lunch for all students without any financial considerations o...
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 110 110 recommendations | email to a friend
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Make a difference
Dear Editor: I think that most of us are aware of our elected officials and the job that they do on behalf of our communities, but we should also recognize the contribution that our community board...
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Build the terminal
Dear Editor: Construction of a Flushing Intermodal Bus Terminal might be a better alternative to "New bus routes near church" (Shane Miller - March 13). In the early 1960's, Flushing Municipal Park...
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 114 114 recommendations | email to a friend
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What security?
Dear Editor: I found it quite disturbing to read that a 16-year-old youth climbed all the way to the top of the World Trade Center and was not stopped. Now my question was where was security, or la...
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Tourists enjoy a quiet afternoon reading on the beach Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 in Khao Lak, Thailand, which was not spared from massive destruction from the Asian tsunami 10 years ago. Dec. 26 marks the 10th anniversary of one of the deadliest natural disasters in world history: a tsunami, triggered by a massive earthquake off the Indonesian coast, that left more than 230,000 people dead in 14 countries and caused about $10 billion in damage (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)KHAO LAK, Thailand (AP) — Beachside memorials and religious services were held 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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Today is Friday, Dec. 26, the 360th day of 2014. There are five days left in the year. The seven-day African-American holiday Kwanzaa begins today. This is Boxing Day.
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Survivors and family members of tsunami victims pray at a mass grave in Banda Aceh, northern SumatraBanda Aceh (Indonesia) (AFP) - 04:58 GMT - Warning System - To prevent avoidable losses again, the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System -- spanning the ocean and monitored by hubs in Indonesia, Australia and India -- began operations in 2011. Twenty-four countries around the Indian Ocean have also set up their own national warning centres. 04:36 GMT - Climate warning - US Secretary of State John Kerry says the tsunami sounded a warning on climate change. “I’ll never forget hearing the news of the tsunami that struck in the Indian Ocean 10 years ago.


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