blog roll
our featured bloggers
This Month in Queens Real Estate: SEPT 2014
Sep 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
Sept 2014 Queens NY Market Update  In August, the pace of home sales continued to improve amid decreasing inventory levels and interest rates below last year’s. This summer’s housing market has pre...
How Can Employers Avoid Litigation with the EEOC?
Sep 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) can bring litigation against employers on behalf of workers who file discrimination or harassment claims with the EEOC. Because the EEOC is select...
Timing Is Everything
Sep 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 607 607 recommendations | email to a friend
     While I was living in Nashville, I was continually learning about different plants and flowers that were native to the region. As I walked through a field one day, I spotted a cluster of daint...
7 Common Real Estate Law Issues In NY
Sep 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
Real estate is plagued with all sorts of issues. This is a short list of 7 the most common problems plaguing real estate. In almost all instances, a lawyer will be necessary to find a solution for ...
Where You Can Watch The World's Biggest Clock
Sep 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
Did you know that the world’s largest clock is located in Saudi Arabia? More specifically, in Mecca? The Abraj Al-Bait Towers, also known as the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower, are a building of sup...
This article is intended to provide a brief overview and summary on the issue of custody of a child or children.
Sep 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 136 136 recommendations | email to a friend
New York State recognizes two forms of custody.  The first is Joint Custody where the child resides physically with one of the parents; the second being sole and legal custody of the child to one o...
An Intern's Right to Sue for Discrimination in New York
Sep 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 138 138 recommendations | email to a friend
Legal loopholes sometimes exist that preclude bringing a lawsuit because the letter of the law does not protect an individual's rights. In the past, this may have been the case with interns, who be...
What Employers Should Know about Paternity Leaves
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 202 202 recommendations | email to a friend
Queens NY Employment Defense Attorney The Family Medical Leaves Act (FMLA) grants the right to mothers and fathers to take up to 12 weeks off for maternity or paternity leaves so they can spend tim...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: AUG 2014
Aug 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 202 202 recommendations | email to a friend
  August 2014 Queens NY Market Update  In July, home sales dropped slightly from June when we saw a slight jump in sales. The increase in sales pace in June & July led to another substantial increa...
If you’re loyal to your insurance carrier it will cost you
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 291 291 recommendations | email to a friend
by Steven Palermo | Aug 1, 2014 | insurance company rates , PTB Blog Most successful businesses know how to treat their faithful customers.  A good restaurant owner will treat regulars with a compl...

more blogs

letters
The real insult
Dear Editor: I must reply to Alfred Waddell, whose letter about impeachment of President Obama appeared in this paper on August 21. Mr. Waddell claims taking such action would insult the intelligen...
Aug 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Tragedy all around
Dear Editor: The recent death of Eric Garner, which may have been related to a police chokehold, did not have to be. Blame the economy for forcing Eric Garner, like thousands of other out-of-work N...
Aug 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Just the facts
Dear Editor: I came across your newspaper recently and on page 7 found "Dispatch," a page dedicated to "letters, blog posts, comments and updates." Thankfully the word "facts" wasn't included. For ...
Aug 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
War on graffiti
Dear Editor: The scourge of Queens and New York City is graffiti. It makes you so angry and somewhat sad to see the senseless indiscriminate markings of these vandals throughout our communities. In...
Aug 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
I'm voting Avella
Dear Editor: On September 9, registered Democratic Party voters in the 11th Senatorial District will choose between incumbent Tony Avella and former comptroller John Liu as their candidate for Stat...
Aug 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Prudent pruning
Dear Editor: What is all of this ballyhoo about the Parks Department not pruning the correct trees in the boroughs?The department and the Comptroller's Office needs to better coordinate how and whe...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Liberal insanity
Dear Editor: There are many issues on which people can agreeably disagree, but I have concluded there can be no reasonable debate with persons who think that eliminating borders and permitting mill...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Vegan for good

Dear Editor: Recently, the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Extremists in GOP
Dear Editor: The demographics around the country have changed, and the extremists in the Republican Party see the presidency as out of reach. In my opinion, John Boehner, the speaker of the House, ...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Show me the money
Dear Editor: Rob Astorino has to first show me the money before "We've got a governor's race here!" (Pol Position - July 31). Governor Andrew Cuomo has been running $161 million in feel-good ads pr...
Aug 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Preventing the next Gaza-Israel War
Dear Editor: There have now been three wars between Gaza and Israel in the past six years. If nothing is done to stop the protagonist - the Islamic resistance army more commonly known as Hamas - th...
Aug 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
More security
Dear Editor: There is no question about it, better security is needed at the city's landmarks given the latest incident in which both American flags were removed from the towers of the Brooklyn bri...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
On immigrants
Dear Editor: If it weren't for humans seeking a better life and migrating to our land, the United States would not have evolved into the greatness it has, thus attracting yet others here today with...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Change practices
Dear Editor: Recently, there have been numerous articles about the people who are leaving religious offerings in Jamaica Bay. These offerings are meant to represent beauty, prosperity and renewal. ...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Lay off Briarwood
Dear Editor: Why do we negate the neighborhood we are living in? Sure, Briarwood has a lot of things that can create problems lately, but there are also great things. Hoover Park and Playground is ...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
national news

Kris Kobach, Chad Taylor, Pat Roberts and Greg OrmanTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will send voters living overseas a ballot for the November election with no Democratic candidate for a U.S. Senate race that has unexpectedly become one of the most hotly-contested in the nation.


2014-09-19 20:05:57 -0400

In this Sept. 15, 2014 photo, a woman who did not want to give her name for fear of reprisals, lays out the clothes of her late 15-year-old daughter Erika Gomez Gonzalez, on a bed at her home in Arcelia, Mexico. The woman says she witnessed her child's death when army soldiers fired first at an armed group at a grain warehouse on June 30 in the town of San Pedro Limon, Mexico. She said one man died in the initial shootout, when the rest of the gunmen surrendered on the promise they would not be hurt. She recalls that her daughter, who was face down in the ground with a bullet in her leg, was rolled over while she was still alive and shot more than half a dozen times in the chest. The mother said she arrived to the warehouse the day before the shooting, in an attempt to take her daughter home, but gang members wouldn't let her. (AP Photo/Eduardo Castillo)ARCELIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's Civil Rights Commission said Friday it has talked to a witness who claims soldiers killed 20 men and one woman after they surrendered following a June confrontation in rural southern town.


2014-09-19 20:04:43 -0400
One day after announcing that income inequality increased in Brazil last year, the Brazilian statistics institute IBGE said on Friday it had miscalculated and issued a new number reversing the trend. The correction is good news for President Dilma Rousseff, who is campaigning for re-election next month on her leftist government's record of improving social conditions in Brazil, but it left others wondering what was behind the revision. The IBGE's annual households study released on Thursday said the Gini coefficient, a measure of income inequality, rose from 0.496 in 2012 to 0.498 in 2013, where zero is maximum equality and 1 is total income concentration. The IBGE corrected the number to 0.495, saying it had made a methodological error.
2014-09-19 20:04:15 -0400