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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 25 25 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 | 21 21 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 | 70 70 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 | 95 95 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 | 119 119 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 | 106 106 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 | 115 115 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 | 158 158 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 | 235 235 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 | 246 246 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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Rant some more, Halloran!
Dear Editor: Regarding Councilman Dan Halloran’s “rant” toward car dealership employees in the Station Road area of Flushing, I say well done councilman! These businesses have been bad neighbors fo...
Nov 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Praise for Dan Halloran
Dear Editor, I am a constituent of Councilman Dan Halloran and I am glad to have an elected official that I can count on taking action. Star Nissan/Toyota has, over the past 10 years, violated all ...
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We could take back the MTA
Dear Editor: Actually, eight million New Yorkers already "Own a piece of the MTA" (News Briefs - November 3). In 1953, the old New York City Board of Transportation passed on control of the municip...
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Translating the OWS doublespeak
Dear Editor: News reports about Occupy Wall Street and interviews with occupiers are reminiscent of the doublespeak of the Mad Hatter, March Hare, and Dormouse in Alice in Wonderland. “Greed” means...
Nov 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kudos on Fall Festival
Dear Editor: I would like to thank the staff and students of Grover Cleveland High School for hosting the Fall Festival on Friday, October 28, for the students and parents of P.S. 153. Everyone who...
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Reform the BSA!
Dear Editor: The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) is a city agency that hears and rules on land use requests. Many of the cases involve variance requests that allow an applicant to develop a si...
Oct 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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How many more lives will be lost?
Dear Editor: Another week and another child gone. When will it stop? When will we as a society strive to prevent children from taking their own lives? For every child that takes his or her life, th...
Oct 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dispatcher wrong on who to tax
Dear Editor: In the October 13th edition, you printed a letter decrying the fact that 46 percent of Americans do not pay federal income tax. A glance at the tax rates shows that no federal income t...
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Bad news for newsstands
Dear Editor: How disappointing to learn that so-called liberal and progressive Councilman Daniel Dromm is leading the fight to stop a newsstand from opening up in Jackson Heights at the corner of 7...
Oct 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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On #OccupyWallStreet
Dear Editor: What better place to demand the redistribution of wealth than on Wall Street? When the occupiers were asked, most could not explain their grievances, why they were there, who will dete...
Oct 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Memories of the Leader/Observer
Dear Editor: I purchased a Leader/Observer route from a classmate at St. Thomas for 15 cents in 1945 at the age of 8. I had 35 customers from 85th Street and Jamaica Avenue to about 98th Street at ...
Oct 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Need more time to study 'fracking'
Dear Editor: Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is a process used to extract natural gas from underground shale deposits. The problem with the process is that it uses toxic carcinogenic chemicals...
Oct 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don't raise taxes, just tax more
Dear Editor: President Barack Obama's proposed tax increases gives a free pass to the 46 percent of Americans who pay no Federal income tax. Increasing taxes on earners is just more redistribution ...
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Kudos to NYC emergency crews
Dear Editor: The helicopter crash in the East River, in which unfortunately one person died, was indeed a tragedy. Our police officers and firefighters and the Coast Guard responded immediately, go...
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Support your local pharmacy
Dear Editor: The recent closing of the Borders bookstore has me wondering what people would think if they lost the services of their local pharmacists. The possibility is real. The similarities to ...
Oct 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brazilian author Paulo Coelho gestures during an interview with The Associate Press, at his apartment, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values against anonymous terrorists. The best-selling author says he was prepared to make himself an example — even if it meant inviting criticism and threats — if Sony Pictures had taken him up on his $100,000 offer for the rights to its cancelled film. (AP Photo/Boris Heger)GENEVA (AP) — Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate with anonymous terrorists.


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In this Dec. 13, 2014 photo provided by Katie Sullivan and James Marquis, they pose with their newly-apopted dog Octavia, a 2-year-old German shepherd featured in a segment of "Telethon Dogs" presented by Queen Latifah over the two-hour Thanksgiving night telecast, at their home in Costa Mesa, Calif. Producers say more than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during what was billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon. Director Michael Levitt says it would be huge if only half of the applications result in adoptions. Levitt also says he thinks anyone who watched the show would strongly consider a rescue next time they get a dog. Seventy dogs from rescues across the country were featured on the two-hour Thanksgiving night telecast — a show the producer hopes becomes a fixture in the future. More than 4 million people tuned in to the show, which was co-hosted by actresses Hilary Swank and Jane Lynch, and aired on donated time from the Fox Network.(AP Photo/Katie Sullivan and James Marquis)LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during what was billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon, producers say.


2014-12-19 19:27:56 -0500

FILE - In this July 21, 2012 file photo, three helicopters make a flyover of the Century Theater in Aurora, Colo., a day after twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in the attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "Dark Knight Rises." When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing “The Interview” earlier this week, the fate of the movie was all but sealed. Even though law enforcement didn’t deem the threats of violence credible, theater owners and Sony undoubtedly considered the 2012 massacre of a dozen people in a Colorado movie theater. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but sealed.


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