blog roll
our featured bloggers
This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 78 78 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 | 72 72 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 | 122 122 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 | 202 202 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 | 225 225 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 | 214 214 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 | 217 217 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 | 267 267 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 | 341 341 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 | 337 337 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
We have to admit we have a problem
Dear Editor: I have reluctantly concluded that the economic, political, and cultural challenges we face may never be resolved. The truth about our country’s condition and prognosis is not reported ...
Apr 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Legalize it, don't criminalize it
Dear Editor: Recent news that Governor Andrew Cuomo will not support legislation to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in 2012 is disappointing. Despite the best efforts of both g...
Apr 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
The business of politics
Dear Editor: The local press is awash with statements that the upcoming Democratic Primary for the nomination in the newly created 6th Congressional District “...is a short time for the candidates ...
Apr 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Money flowing freely to Big Oil
Dear Editor: On March 29, Republicans in the Senate calling the bill a political stunt, blocked legislation to strip billions of dollars in tax breaks for the biggest U.S. oil companies. A last min...
Apr 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Thanks on behalf of the ALA
Dear Editor: As we approach National Volunteer Appreciation Week, the Lung Association wishes to call attention to the volunteers who give their time and talent to further our mission of saving liv...
Apr 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Gambling a bad bet
Dear Editor: Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder is happing that legalized gambling will be coming to New York. I wonder if the legislator realizes how many of his constituents will be throwing their mon...
Apr 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
GOP shows it true colors
Dear Editor: Finally, the Republicans are laying down their ground rules. First, they won't eliminate tax breaks for big oil, and now the party of small government wants to bring back earmarks. Wit...
Apr 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Allow priests to marry
Dear Editor: The recent criticism by Pope Benedict XVI that priests should not question celibacy is totally typical for an institution that refuses to accept change. The Catholic Church continues t...
Apr 09, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Racism can end
Dear Editor: As two persons - one black, one white - who have been friends for over 25 years, we like so many others are very angry at the killing of young Trayvon Martin. We feel it is a national ...
Apr 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Who's debt?
Dear Editor: Regarding a letter in the March 22nd edition decrying the additional national debt incurred during the Obama presidency, the writer makes the point that the devil is in the details. I ...
Apr 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Tale of two days
Dear Editor: Monday, March 26 Today the Supreme Court has started listening to arguments pro and con relative to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 pass...
Apr 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
The more things change...
Dear Editor: You can learn from history by reading "Legislature Speeds Dewey's Bills To Raise Realty Taxes and Fares" (Back In The Day Long Island Star Journal March 17, 1953), as the same issues f...
Mar 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
A 'thank you' to CB9
Dear Editor, Seven years ago after Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens were rezoned, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, began the quest for Woodhaven to be rezoned. We approached the Woodhave...
Mar 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Justice is served for Clementi
Dear Editor: Dharun Ravi was convicted of a hate crime by using a a web camera to spy on his roommate at Rutgers University in a romantic encounter with another man and broadcast it. Tyler Clementi...
Mar 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Gas documentary at real eye-opener
Dear Editor: In 1975, we had an Audi Fox, and for $5 I drove around the city for more than a week. Back then, I thought that at this point in time we would be getting something like 60 miles per ga...
Mar 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
national news

In this picture taken on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, Afghanistan's police officers stand guard near the French Cultural Center, which was targeted by a suicide attacker in Kabul, Afghanistan. As U.S. and international combat troops leave Afghanistan after more than 13 years fighting the Talban, Afghan policemen are dying in record numbers as they perform dangerous tasks usually reserved for the military, according to the head of the European-funded mission to train the police force. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — When brothers Amir and Mosha Jan joined Afghanistan's police two years ago they believed that their patriotic duty was more important than obeying their father, who did not want his only sons joining the ranks of a police force on the front lines of the war against the Taliban.


2014-12-28 01:35:11 -0500

Relatives of the passengers of AirAsia flight QZ8501 comfort each other at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The AirAsia plane with 161 people on board lost contact with ground control on Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from a provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore, and search and rescue operations were underway. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An AirAsia plane with 162 people on board lost contact with ground control on Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from a provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore. The two countries immediately launched a search and rescue operation but there was no word on the plane's whereabouts more than six hours after it went missing.


2014-12-28 01:23:10 -0500

Southern California wide receiver JuJu Smith lifts the Holiday Bowl trophy after Southern California's 45-42 victory over Nebraska in the NCAA football game Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)SAN DIEGO (AP) — It wasn't until Nelson Agholor knocked down a desperation pass by Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong Jr. inside the 10 that Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian could exhale and celebrate.


2014-12-28 01:23:09 -0500