blog roll
our featured bloggers
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...

more blogs

letters
Time to end the fight between TWC & CBS
Dear Editor: Time Warner Cable and CBS act like two kids fighting in a playground, each yelling "he started it." Both are shooting themselves in the foot with subscribers, audiences and advertisers...
Aug 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
ACA indicative of larger societal struggle
Dear Editor: The Affordable Healthcare Act is less about health care and more about collecting fees, taxes, personal data and promoting a single-payer system. The schemes and machinations inflicted...
Aug 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Sinkhole causes accident
Dear Editor: Queens Boulevard and numerous roads in Forest Hills are unsafe without a doubt. On Sunday, August 4, I witnessed a 31-year-old woman fall into a section of a caved-in road at the corne...
Aug 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Take their phones!
Dear Editor: A New Jersey bus driver killed a baby while talking on a cell phone. That child is among 5,000 victims killed yearly by cell phone freaks who talk or text while driving. Hitting these ...
Aug 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Return PS 130 to District 26
Dear Editor: The School Construction Authority (SCA) says that if residents do not want a new elementary school on the Keil property in Bayside, an alternate site should be recommended. The SCA sho...
Aug 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Who's footing the bill?
Dear Editor: In ancient Rome, government attempted to curry favor with the masses by offering free bread and circuses. Today, we have Coiuncilman Mark Weprin presenting free movies in Cunningham Pa...
Aug 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Valve bill bad for homeowners
Dear Editor: Recently, legislation was introduced by Councilman Donovan Richards that would require a change in the building code to make it mandatory to install backwater valves/check valves in sp...
Aug 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Thanks from the Queens Library
Dear Editor:
 Strong libraries equal strong communities. Library lovers across Queens spoke up to support library funding and I am so pleased to announce that the proposed budget cut was restored. ...
Aug 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Snowden issue sure to chill foreign relations
Dear Editor: Now that Russia has granted political asylum to Edward Snowden, this is most certainly going to cause U.S.-Russian relations to become even frostier.With President Obama scheduled to a...
Aug 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Vote Jeter!
Dear Editor: Derek Jeter has proven he is a true leader and a role model for our youth. So I say, "Give me a Jeter rather than a Weiner!" Sincerely, Eva Bedell Glen Oaks Village
Aug 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Weiner must quit
Dear Editor: With the latest sex scandal revelations, along with the resignation of his campaign manager, it is time for Anthony Weiner to drop out of the mayoral race. With all of this negative pu...
Jul 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Thanks to AG Schneiderman
Dear Editor: The American Lung Association thanks Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for signing a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency in support of the proposed Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emis...
Jul 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Why borrow?
Dear Editor: I just heard the secretary of the Treasury complaining about the Republicans' warning that they will not increase the debt limit. He said that millions of Americans will not get paid i...
Jul 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Bengali on the ballot
Dear Editor: Assemblyman David Weprin and State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky celebrating that the Board of Elections put Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi on ballots and election material is disappointing. (...
Jul 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
No more free ride for Stringer
Dear Editor: Allow me to add to the always-insightful Strictly Stasi column ("Comptroller Race Just Got a Lot More Interesting") published on July 18. Give former attorney general and governor Elli...
Jul 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
national news

US supermaxi yacht Comanche leads the Sydney to Hobart race just after the start from Sydney harbour, on December 26, 2014Sydney (AFP) - Newcomer 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.


2014-12-26 04:57:58 -0500

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.


2014-12-26 04:50:46 -0500

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.


2014-12-26 04:42:51 -0500