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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 35 35 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 | 31 31 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 | 80 80 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 | 113 113 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 | 135 135 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 | 123 123 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 | 131 131 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 | 177 177 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 | 251 251 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 | 262 262 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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Nonstop giving
Dear Editor: Christmas is gone, but not the giving to the many still in need. Our food pantries are in need all year long. And let's not forget our blood banks, which are in desperate need of donat...
Dec 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 106 106 recommendations | email to a friend
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RIP Stan Brooks
Dear Editor: News of the death of 1010 WINS senior news correspondent Stan Brooks was very sad to hear. He was in the field of news reporting for nearly 60 years,and he was a true professional and ...
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No peace in 2014
Dear Editor: The end of 2013 does not promise national security for the U.S. or the world. China is flexing its growing economic and military prowess while continuing to poison the air its citizen’...
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In response
Dear Editor: My letters seem to have perturbed and provoked some readers into a mean spirited frenzy of ad hominum attacks. Some writers, in their effusive expressions of compassion for the poor an...
Dec 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wrong choice
Dear Editor: Expectedly (in view of his Marxist ideology), mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is lobbying the City Council to elect liberal East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito as council speaker...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wrong choice II
Dear Editor: As a Vietnam-era veteran who has been a resident of Queens for 36 years, and prior to that was born and raised in the Bronx, I can't believe the City Council would choose Melissa Mark-...
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Ban fraternities
Dear Editor: The hazing ordeal that killed a 19-year-old Baruch College freshman raises an alarm. A CUNY spokesman said "We have zero tolerance for hazing." Really? Than why does CUNY tolerate the ...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thanks for the 12 years
Dear Editor: Mayor Michael Bloomberg is coming to the end of his term in office. He has served 12 years and his administration has had many ups and downs. But one thing is certain, he truly loved t...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Support small biz
Dear Editor: "A bit of good news for small business" (In Our Opinion - December 12) should be continued the other 364 days a year beyond our Annual National Small Business Day held on the Saturday ...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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Freedom from choice
Dear Editor: Defending and debating the virtues of liberty and freedom in a world of entitlements, welfare and redistribution of wealth is an exercise in futility. Either knowingly or unwittingly, ...
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History corrected
Dear Editor: I read in your This Day in History last week that "On this date the pope crowned Napoleon emperor.” Sorry folks, not true! That was supposed to happen, but the little man took the crow...
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Parents need access to child's social media
Dear Editor: Social media websites do not do enough to provide parents with the resources needed to monitor their child’s activities. Anything could happen to children on these sites, ranging from ...
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Give de Blasio a chance(llor)
Dear Editor: Bill de Blasio is being blasted for saying that his selection of schools chancellor will not be a "beauty contest.” What's the big deal? Why suspect the worst motives? By no means does...
Dec 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kudos for work on airplane noise
Dear Editor: As a Queens resident who has had to deal with increased airplane noise in our borough, I’m writing to commend our local elected officials, specifically Congress members Steve Israel an...
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School vote disappointing
Dear Editor: How disappointing to learn that the City Council recently passed legislation to purchase the Keil Brothers Garden Center Business in Bayside for construction of a new school. Establish...
Dec 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2010 file photo, Cuba's President Raul Castro attends the opening ceremony of the International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba. To many exiles and their allies, Castro is a dictator who locks up dissenters and snuffs out political discourse. Cuba’s supporters see the government as heroic, justified by the behavior of its giant enemy to the north and offset by the fact it provides health care and education that most developing countries could only dream of. As often is the case, the truth lies somewhere in between. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)HAVANA (AP) — To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.


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Health workers carry the body of an Ebola victim for burial at a cemetery in FreetownGENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. The latest data, posted overnight on the WHO website, reflected nearly 500 new deaths from the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since previous WHO figures were issued on Dec. 17.


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Ukrainian soldiers fire a missile with a man-portable air-defense system during exercices near the city of Shchastya, north of Lugansk, on December 1, 2014Russia accused the West on Saturday of fuelling unrest in Ukraine by adopting anti-Kremlin sanctions that further erode the prospects of peace talks to end the separatist war. A Ukranian conference mediated by European and Russian envoys in the Belarussian capital Minsk had initially been set for last week and meant to coincide with a new truce in the eight-month conflict. The sudden glimmer of hope that the end of Europe's worst violence since the 1990s Balkans conflicts was approaching has seen Western allies step up their pressure on Russia -- already reeling from its worst economic crisis of Vladimir Putin's 15-year rule. The United States matched a similar measure by the European Union by slapping a trade ban on Kremlin-controlled Crimea.


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