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Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Most Units Sold in 2014!
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
The Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty, led by George & Abigail Herrera, were recently honored at the Keller Williams Realty Landmark II awards ceremony in Astoria, NY. Out of 160 Agents, Q...
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare)
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Author; Donna Stefans Re:Obamacare The Health insurance reporting requirements on the 2014 tax return are a bit complicated. If you and your family were covered by an employer health care plan for ...
A Different Slant on Class-Based Hiring Discrimination
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Most employers are familiar with the pitfalls of discriminating against applicants in protected classes under Civil Rights laws. For the most part, African Americans, Hispan...
← How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants? Are Employers Free from Liability When Using Staffing Agencies to Terminate Employees?
Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Companies often find that staffing agencies are valuable resources for helping them fill temporary or permanent positions and for handling human resources issues. However, recently, an outside staf...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JANUARY 2015
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
January 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of existing home sales increased in December, but remained below that in the same month of the previous year. Home prices declined as we moved in to t...
Negligence of Oregon Hospital Led to Wrongful Death of Patient
Jan 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
Author:  Mark H. Sackstein, Esq. All it takes is one small mistake for a disaster to occur. No matter how much research is done when choosing a hospital, it is impossible to predict a situation suc...
Matching Workouts With the Results You Want
Jan 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard friends complain about not getting the results they want, despite how much energy they’re putting into their workout.  People who want bigger muscles go t...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the way...
Immersed in ancient times; the performance of Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. A review.
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 130 130 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   Imagine being immersed in an ancient world, with colossal stone columns, palaces and images of deities, a marvelous music surrounding you and, thank God, no ce...

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What happened to free speech?
Dear editor: It was amazing how a right to life anti-abortion ad on a billboard in Manhattan went up and had to be taken down in less than one week.  New York City Public Advocate Bill De Blasio's ...
Mar 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Woodhaven, Jamaica Ave in need of a revamp
Dear Editor: With snowstorm after snowstorm blanketing Jamaica Avenue it was easy to forget what the street that we walk down almost every day looks like.  Sort of like walking around a familiar ho...
Mar 01, 2011 | 4 4 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hands off our Internet!
Dear Editor: Recently President Obama criticized the Egyptian government when they temporarily shut down the internet.  Yet the administration has been lobbying for a new internet control bill, inc...
Mar 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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City must avoid teacher layoffs
Dear Editor: Now that the mayor has unveiled his latest city budget for the upcoming fiscal year,the question of whether or not there will be teacher layoffs  again becomes a very critical issue. T...
Feb 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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By Yusri Mohamed, Ali Abdelaty and Mostafa Hashem ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Islamic State's Egypt wing claimed a series of attacks that killed at least 27 security personnel on Thursday in some of the worst anti-government violence in months, after commemorations around the anniversary of the 2011 uprising turned deadly in the past week. Egypt's government faces an Islamist insurgency based in Sinai and growing discontent with what critics perceive as heavy-handed security tactics. A series of tweets from the Sinai Province's Twitter account claimed responsibility for each of the four attacks that took place in North Sinai and Suez provinces within hours of one another on Thursday night. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Egypt's most active militant group, changed its name to Sinai Province last year after swearing allegiance to Islamic State, the hardline Sunni militant group that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria, drawing U.S.-led airstrikes.
2015-01-30 01:34:06 -0500

FILE - This May 28, 2012, file photo shows a newspaper with a photograph of Etan Patz at a makeshift memorial in the SoHo neighborhood of New York where Patz lived before his disappearance on May 25, 1979. The memorial was set up near a building that housed a convenience store where Pedro Hernandez, accused of killing Patz, told police 33 years after they boy's disappearance, that he choked the 6-year-old and put the still-living boy into a plastic bag, boxed up the bag and left it on a street. Opening statements in Hernandez's trial are set for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — As police searched for a missing 6-year-old boy named Etan Patz (AY'-tahn PAYTS'), they jotted down the name of a teenage shop worker they met. But they didn't expect the clerk would become their suspect more than three decades later.


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UCLA's Norman Powell celebrates his team's 69-59 victory over Utah in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)LOS ANGELES (AP) — In need of a signature win to bolster a sagging NCAA tournament resume, UCLA looked for leadership from its lone senior starter.


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