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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 | 176 176 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 | 198 198 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 | 187 187 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 | 194 194 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 | 243 243 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 | 319 319 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 | 318 318 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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Courage & dignity down with the ship
Dear Editor: Apparently, many of the crew aboard the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which grounded off the coast of Tuscany, attempted to save their own lives without trying to help others. That sort...
Jan 27, 2012 | 3 3 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Let the people decide
Dear Editor: Within the last few days, the television news media reported that the New Jersey legislature is considering the topic of gay marriage. The New Jersey legislature should be smarter and ...
Jan 27, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pay attention to elections in Congress
Dear Editor: The distraction of presidential elections has its consequences, namely the choosing of good representatives in the House and Senate. That is where all the action is because they spend ...
Jan 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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War with Iran must be avoided
Dear Editor: The situation with Iran continues to grow more tense and potentially confrontational with each passing day, and the international community, especially the United States and Israel, ne...
Jan 25, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hodges deserves to be in the Hall
Dear Editor: Joseph Margolin's tribute to Gil Hodges in the “Sports Opinion” column of your December 29th edition was the greatest personal testimonial to a ball player's character that I have ever...
Jan 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diners going way of dinosaurs
Dear Editor: It is a sad day for all Queens residents with the recent closing of both the Gold Star Diner in Bayside along with the Palace Diner in Flushing. Everyone has their favorite local diner...
Jan 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gov needs to step in on school reform
Dear Editor: Mayor Mike Bloomberg is like a knight in shining armor in his fight for teacher accountability. When a teacher fails, the students suffer greatly in the long run. I may be a layman in ...
Jan 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Recess? We're talking about recess?
Dear Editor: Senate Majority Leader Mitch “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one term president” McConnell is very upset with his targeted victim. Pr...
Jan 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Defining a "mandate"
Dear Editor: “Mandate” may be one of the most intentionally, or unconsciously, abused directives. There are mandates and then there are mandates. In the 2010 election, the House of Representatives ...
Jan 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Congrats to Dolan!
Dear Editor: It was very heartening to hear the news that Pope Benedict XVI has elevated New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan to the status of Cardinal. All New Yorkers should be very happy with this ...
Jan 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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City not in biz of helping small biz
Dear Editor: This mayor is supposed to be the "Businessman Mayor," Someone who is more attuned to the private sector and as such knows that small businesses are the greatest drivers of the economy....
Jan 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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GOP rhetoric wearing thin
Dear Editor: The elections are eleven months away, and the people I speak to are really getting tired of nothing coming from the Republican campaigners but negative remarks about President Obama. W...
Jan 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ferry service the future of mass transit
Dear Editor: The December 22nd article concerning the six-month anniversary of the East River Ferry confirms that our waterways are an underutilized natural asset. Most of our existing public trans...
Jan 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Republicans can't let go of the past
Dear Editor: The main problem with the Republicans is that they are focused on validating Bush's economic and foreign policies that just didn't go far enough. The Republican's singular electoral st...
Jan 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Welcome home troops
Dear Editor: As the holiday season continues, it is very gratifying to know that many of our brave men and women who have been fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home. Every single America...
Jan 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A high school student who was jailed for allegedly insulting Turkey's president was released from custody on Friday after his arrest caused uproar in the country.
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Acehnese women pray in an abandoned house damaged by the Indian Ocean tsunami and turned into a monument, during a prayer commemorating the 10th anniversary of the disaster in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. The devastating 2004 tsunami struck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim, killing 230,000 people, most of them in Aceh. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters.


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JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian man on Friday stabbed two Israeli paramilitary border policemen at the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, injuring them lightly, Israeli police said.
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