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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 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 | 10 10 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 | 58 58 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 | 78 78 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 | 102 102 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 | 89 89 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 | 96 96 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 | 140 140 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 | 216 216 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 | 234 234 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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Don’t raise the age of retirement
Dear Editor: The retirement age in this country is already old enough, we need to lower the age to 62, not raise it to 67 and ask those politicians and ex-presidents who receive pensions - for many...
Jan 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Public advocate way off
Dear Editor: I am writing regarding the News Brief "De Blasio: get pension funds out of gun makers." Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has asked City Comptroller John Liu to take all pension plan mone...
Jan 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ban assault rifles
Dear Editor: A devastating but all too familiar horror took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in an idyllic Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday, December 14. Twenty-six were killed: 20 young ch...
Dec 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nation needs to stop this debt madness
Dear Editor: Our national debt now exceeds $16.16 trillion. Our legal debt limit of $16.39 trillion will run out by the end of December based upon the current rate of spending. It is time for gover...
Dec 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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CEO’s Want Entitlements Cuts
Dear Editor: A cadre of high-profile CEO’s came out to lobby Capitol Hill in an effort to get Social Security and Medicare on the table when the deficit reduction is negotiated. Most of the compani...
Dec 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sandy will soon become the norm
Dear Editor: Hurricane Sandy’s destruction lingers across New York, with downed trees, battered homes, and lost loved ones. One of my closest friends, who lives on the south shore of Long Island, h...
Dec 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gratitude from the ALA
Dear Editor: As holiday cards begin arriving, many Northeast residents will notice envelopes decorated with the American Lung Association’s Christmas Seals - a critical cornerstone in the fight for...
Dec 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unions don't just look out for themselves
Dear Editor: To all the people that think unions are only looking out for themselves: In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy many volunteer groups were sent to our area to help out with cleanup. Two i...
Dec 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Wright’ move
Dear Editor: The recent announcement that David Wright of the New York Mets has signed a contract for $140 million for another seven years is indeed great news. He exemplifies how every athlete sho...
Dec 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Plane’ Nonsense
Dear Editor: I have read that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will implement its controversial plan to change departure procedures from LaGuardia Airport. This means a constant stream of ...
Dec 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time for Boehner to compromise
Dear Editor: It is time for the House to work with the president. House Speaker John Boehner should understand that half of America does not belong to the wealthy and half of this great country doe...
Dec 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outrage over honor for Jill Kelley
Dear Editor: As a former Air Force officer (1964-68), I'm outraged that the Joint Chiefs of Staff presented the nation's second highest military honor for a civilian to Jill Kelley, the Tampa socia...
Dec 06, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Government out to punish the successful
Dear Editor: The fundamental transformation of America that President Barack Obama promised is in progress. Not so very long ago, we were nurtured to strive for excellence and success by examining ...
Dec 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fiscal cliff?
Dear Editor: The U.S. government is the biggest waster of money on earth. We do not need more tax money flowing into Washington. That's just another scam. The amount of money going to taxes is a sc...
Dec 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sandy should be a wake-up call
Dear Editor: No one can deny the destruction from Hurricane Sandy has been widespread and devastating. Living in Manhattan, I saw the effects firsthand, as the Lower East Side and downtown areas we...
Dec 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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HAVANA (Reuters) - Alan Gross, a 65-year-old U.S. foreign aid worker freed from a Cuban prison on Wednesday, was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years for importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine Internet service for Cuban Jews. Here are some facts about Gross: Gross was a longtime supporter of Jewish causes and a career development consultant who traveled the world on private contracts before taking his Cuba assignment. He had only once previously visited Cuba and spoke very limited Spanish. ...
2014-12-17 21:07:49 -0500

A poster for the movie "The Interview" is taken down by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)NEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."


2014-12-17 21:03:32 -0500

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, from left, 1st AD Jonathan Watson, DP Brandon Trost, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen on the set of Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


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