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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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Will Governor Cuomo deliver?
Dear Editor: Will Governor Andrew Cuomo's first new budget be adopted on time by April 1, 2011?  Will it include specific cuts agency by agency and program by program to meet a $10 billion dollar- ...
Feb 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Volunteer for the right reason
Dear Editor: In 1996 I wrote an article titled “the value of volunteerism” it still holds true today. Sometime ago in a letter to the Editor, a truly eloquent testament was made to volunteerism by ...
Feb 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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We need a stop light!
Dear Editor: I have heard from all three of Maspeth's local elected officials and all three have had their request for a traffic light at 60th Road and 60th Street denied. Mike Armstrong from Assem...
Feb 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Education budget should be spared
Dear Editor: Withy the recent dire economic news from both the city and Albany, it appears again that education is one of the main areas that will take a fiscal hit. Laying off any teachers will pr...
Feb 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kudos, mayor, on the smoking ban
Dear Editor: I would like to applaud the City Council for passing a bill that will ban smoking in city parks, beaches, boardwalks, marinas, and pedestrian plazas. I firmly believe second hand smoke...
Feb 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Atlas Park was mismanaged, not too expensive
Dear Editor: I am encouraged by the statements of the new owners of Atlas Park that they will consult with the tenants and shoppers at the mall in order to determine its future course. Local reside...
Feb 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Good news for co-ops, condos
Dear Editor: I am writing with very good news for New York City’s co-ops and condos that have flip taxes to maintain their property.  I received notification from the Federal Housing Finance Agency...
Feb 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens Botanical Garden going after seniors
Dear Editor: I am writing to you to inform you of the death of the Senior Garden located in the Queens Botanical Garden (QBG). The Senior Garden has been in existence for 45 years and has 45 member...
Feb 01, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who let the dogs out?
Dear Editor: There is a man in Maspeth that walks his two big dogs off-leash. He'll go into stores and even have a meal at Fame Diner and leave the dogs outside to wander around on the sidewalk. Wh...
Feb 01, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's time to fight for Social Security
Dear Editor: America is a community. We look out for each other as a nation. We build schools for our children, fund police for our safety and provide a secure retirement for our seniors. We don't ...
Feb 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Save healthcare reform
Dear Editor: The GOP is gearing up for this week's House vote on repealing the health care bill- and the time for us to take a stand is right now. We need to be clear about what Republicans are try...
Jan 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Leadership Academy system is not working
Dear Editor: One of the most troubling aspects of former Schools Chancellor Joel Klein's tenure was the creation of the Leadership Academy. This academy was designed to take people with little or n...
Jan 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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More cutbacks to city services?
Dear Editor: Mayor Bloomberg will have to make budget cuts in order to keep city services up and running. The question is- how much? The people of this city are entitled to basic city services for ...
Jan 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Help Aidan Sullivan
Dear Editor: We write to ask that everyone save the date for a benefit that we are organizing to help 9-year-old Aidan Sullivan, the son of Tim and Colleen Sullivan.   Little Aidan was born with va...
Jan 18, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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How about semi-snow day?
To the Editor: When the city faced its second major snow storm in three weeks, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg had several decisions to make.  He declared a weather emergency, which was helpful in getti...
Jan 18, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House National Security Council said on Wednesday the FBI was leading the investigation on a cyber attack on Sony Pictures and that the U.S. government had offered the company support and assistance. "The United States is investigating attribution and will provide an update at the appropriate time," the NSC said in a statement. A source said earlier that the United States may officially announce in the near future that the North Korean government was behind the attack. ...
2014-12-17 21:48:43 -0500

Atlanta Hawks' Shelvin Mack (8) shoots a 3-point shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)CLEVELAND (AP) — Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-98 Wednesday night for their 11th victory in 12 games.


2014-12-17 21:41:48 -0500
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 21:39:44 -0500