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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 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 | 17 17 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 | 65 65 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 | 85 85 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 | 109 109 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 | 96 96 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 | 103 103 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 | 147 147 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 | 223 223 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 | 236 236 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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Our hearts go out to Norway
Dear Editor: The recent bombing and teen summer camp massacre in the peaceful nation of Norway certainly has jolted the world once again. This maniac who perpetrated these dastardly acts of terror ...
Aug 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Schools failing our kids
Dear Editor: As a substitute teacher for the Department of Education, I am in full agreement with Mr. Chin's recent letter (May 12, 2011) about "fuzzy" Chicago math and the "whole language" disaste...
Aug 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Koch endorse of Turner right on
Dear Editor: Reference is made in the Pol Position column "In some ways, we are just like Ed Koch" (7/21/11) to Mr. Koch's statements that voters in the 9th Congressional District, formerly represe...
Aug 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don't balance budget on backs of seniors
Dear Editor: As members of Congress and President Obama seek a resolution to the nation’s fiscal woes, seniors in New York and around the country must not be sacrificed for the sake of a stronger b...
Aug 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Commuter tax bad for entire region
Dear Editor: Queens Democratic assembly member David Weprin's proposal to introduce a bill in Albany that would implement a 1 percent nonresident commuter tax is disappointing. His proposal sounds ...
Jul 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Weiner is a disgrace
Dear Editor: First his account was hacked, then it was a prank that he didn't want to make a federal case of. He was going to hire a firm to investigate, just like O.J. Simpson was going to find ou...
Jun 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fighting cancer, and high costs
Dear Editor: Partisan fighting over skyrocketing Medicare costs has dominated the nation's healthcare discussion, overshadowing critical issues that must be addressed immediately. We need a health ...
Jun 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unfit for office
Dear Editor: One of the most stunning aspects of the Weiner affair is the arrogance of power that we saw on display and have come to expect with many of our elected officials. Weinergate is merely ...
Jun 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sad day for NYPD
Dear Editor: NYPD officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata- who were found innocent of rape charges but guilty of official misconduct- have disgraced the image of what a police officer is expected...
Jun 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens Center Mall should pay living wage
Dear Editor: On Saturday May 21st, I attended a Town Hall meeting at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Corona with hundreds of others to demand that the owner of the highly profitable Queens Center Ma...
May 24, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fire company closings would be dangerous
Dear Editor: In an effort to close its current budget gap, last week the Bloomberg Administration announced that it was planning to close the Fire Department's Engine 306 in Bayside. This firehouse...
May 24, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Box office nightmare
Dear Editor: It might be simpler to find out the identities of the specific Navy SEALS who participated in the Bin Laden mission that it would be to figure out when the Queens College Kupferberg Ce...
May 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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An adoption story
Dear Editor: New York State has the most antiquated laws concerning adoption and they need to be changed. When a child becomes of legal age they ought to have the right to these records. I have rea...
May 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Revel the fire company closings list!
Dear Editor: What kind of political grandstanding is Mayor Bloomberg pulling now? He is stating that he will not reveal which firehouses will be closed due to the city's budget crisis. Certainly, t...
May 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Inspired by your paper
Dear Editor: I first learned about QR codes from your newspaper. Inspired by it, I made one and started using it when I play in the subway. I am the very first busker (subway musician) to use the Q...
May 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2009 file photo the headquarters of the Swiss central bank is pictured in Bern, Switzerland. The bank has imposed negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits, with the aim of preventing the Swiss franc from gaining more strength against other currencies. In a statement Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, the central bank said it was introducing a rate of minus 0.25 percent on sight deposit account balances of more than 10 million Swiss francs ($12.5 million). (AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Klaunzer, File)BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Following the fallout of the slide in the Russian ruble, Switzerland sought Thursday to prevent the Swiss franc from breaching upper limits imposed on the currency by introducing negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits.


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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual end-of-year news conference on Thursday. Below are some of his comments. UKRAINE "We think the crisis should be solved, the sooner the better." "It should be solved through political measures, not with the pressure ... of an economic blockade or the use of armed forces." "We assume a general political space will be re-established. It's hard to say now what it would be. But it seems this is what we should aim at. Both sides (of the conflict) should aim at that - both." "People living in southeast Ukraine should be respected. ...
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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government is rebuffing a unilateral truce declared by the country's largest rebel group as unacceptable.
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