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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 | 179 179 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 | 200 200 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 | 190 190 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 | 196 196 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 | 245 245 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 | 321 321 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 | 321 321 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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Romney not the man for the job
Dear Editor Let's adopt the "common sense" ideas Mitt Romney used en masse to lead his state from 37th to 47th in job creation. He never talks about his term as governor of Massachusetts, where he ...
May 22, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thanks to all who help keep HOPE alive
Dear Editor: Project HOPE (Help Our People Eat) has now entered its fourth year feeding the hungry. This volunteer program is sponsored by Transfiguration and St. Stanislaus parishes in Maspeth, an...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Monserrate just a small fish in a big pond
Dear Editor: Hiram Monserrate and the other "caught Albany pols" are only the tip of the corrupt iceberg in our State Capitol. It has been going on for decades, and once in a while there has to be ...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garbage policy is pure trash
Dear Editor: I want to publicly thank State Senator Tony Avella for his concern and action on behalf of his constituents regarding the rules and regulations for placing refuse out for collection. C...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nursing Home Week
Dear Editor: National Nursing Home Week, which began on Mother’s Day and ends May 19, is a special week to “Celebrate the Journey” of residents and honor them with a shower of community support. Th...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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What's the president thinking on same-sex marriage?
Dear Editor: President Barack Obama is the first president to come out in support of same-sex marriage. Now I am a Catholic and a grand knight in the Knights of Columbus and firmly believe that mar...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Agree with dispatcher on oil breaks
Dear Editor: In the April 19th edition, there was a letter from Joanna Livingstone regarding the March 29th vote to block legislation that would strip billions of dollars in tax breaks for the bigg...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Help save ALA asthma program
Dear Editor: Spring is in the air—and so are asthma triggers. Did you know that asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under 15; or that it is a leading cause of school...
May 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Votes aren't there for commuter tax
Dear Editor It will be interesting to see if 2103 mayoral candidate Scott Stinger can count on his Albany allies for implementation of the non-resident commuter tax. Democratic Assembly Speaker Sil...
May 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two tax lots means lots of problems
Dear Editor: According to New York State Law, property owners are required to pay property taxes whether or not they receive a bill. While I agree that it is a homeowner’s responsibility to ensure ...
May 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time to collect on old student loans
There is another solution to President Barack Obama and the Democrats call for finding $5.9 billion to prevent interest rates on Stafford student loans increasing from 3.4 to 6.8 percent in July. P...
Apr 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitalism alive and well, just not here
Dear Editor: In spite of the bongo-banging 99 percenters denouncing the evils of capitalism, something they have never actually seen in their lifetimes, billions are waking up to the empowerment of...
Apr 30, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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North Korea a ticking timebomb
Dear Editor: The situation with North Korea is, at best, very precarious. The country is saber rattling again, and the United States and the rest of the international community needs to be very war...
Apr 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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The other sinking ship
Dear Editor: We heard a lot about the Titanic last week. It was a tragic accident, to be sure, but the story of the Lusitania is much more interesting, tragic and sinister, to say the least. The si...
Apr 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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R.I.P. Dick Clark
Dear Editor; I am sadden as many are about the passing of Dick Clark, who was called America's oldest teenager. He was larger than life and brought rock and roll into our homes for many years. I re...
Apr 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. showing Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index that edged 9.93 points higher to 17,818.68 while the U.S. dollar is traded at 120.18-22 Japanese yen. 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. Nikkei rose 10.21 points or 0.06 percent and closed at 17,818.96 for the week. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)U.S. stocks edged higher early Friday as relatively quiet trading resumed a day after Christmas. The gains followed mixed action in Asian markets. Most European markets were closed.


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Russia's President Putin speaks during a meeting of the State Council and the Presidential Council for Culture and Art, at the Kremlin in MoscowMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, naming NATO expansion among key external risks, the Kremlin said on Friday, days after Ukraine made fresh steps to join the Atlantic military alliance. Moscow's previous military doctrine, signed by Putin in 2010, also identified NATO expansion as a top risk to Russia, but the stakes have risen sharply over the past year. Russia said this week NATO was turning Ukraine into a "frontline of confrontation" and threatened to sever remaining ties if Ukraine's hopes of joining NATO were realized. ...


2014-12-26 09:47:30 -0500

Attendees walk between signs for Sony PlayStation and Microsoft's XBox on the first day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, on June 11, 2013The online gaming networks for Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox consoles -- hot gifts this Christmas -- have gone dark in what hackers said was a coordinated attack. The outage started Christmas Day and went into Friday, PlayStation and Xbox said on their Twitter feeds, adding that they were working to restore service. The name is the same used by a group of hackers that has targeted Sony in the past, though it was not possible to verify the Twitter account's authenticity.


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