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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 82 82 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 | 76 76 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 | 126 126 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 | 205 205 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 | 229 229 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 | 217 217 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 | 221 221 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 | 270 270 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 | 345 345 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 | 339 339 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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Stop spread of Ebola, Mr. President
Dear Editor: CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden assured Americans last week that “we know how to stop Ebola in its tracks.” Yet this week we learn of two new cases of Ebola, contracted by nurses who care...
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Protect, don't kill
Dear Editor: It seems there has been an increasingly growing push to start killing wildlife that live in our region for various reasons. While there are large populations of swans, geese and deer, ...
Oct 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reverse inversions
Dear Editor: What's new in today's world? Corporate inversions. A company buys a foreign subsidiary and then through the magic of paperwork proclaims itself a foreign company owned by the subsidiar...
Oct 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Get out and vote
Dear Editor: Election Day is fast approaching and is a day all registered American voters should step up to the plate and vote for the candidate of their choice. But there are many who believe thei...
Oct 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Take us New York!
Dear Editor: New Jersey has high taxes and a culture of political corruption. Our state lacks both a unified statewide identity and a large anchor city. Instead, the northern part of the state look...
Oct 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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TransitChek Yourself
Dear Editor: What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Why not amend Councilman Dan Garodnick's bill requiring employers with 20 or more workers to sign up for TransitChek to also include a...
Oct 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bumbling Bill
Dear Editor: If the Olympics had an event for stupidity, our mayor would win a gold medal. Bill de Blasio topped off a string of dumb decisions by hiring and defending a key staffer who's lived wit...
Oct 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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We need a hero
Dear Editor: I am a 73-year-old veteran of the Vietnam War, and except for my time in the military I have lived in New York. I was born in the Bronx, lived in Brooklyn for six months, and in Flushi...
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Amused to death
Dear Editor: Civil libertarians who are on the alert to oppose tyranny fail to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions. The importance of an educated citizenry, as envisio...
Oct 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fund mass transit
Dear Editor: It is no surprise to transportation historians that the proposed new Metropolitan Transportation Authority 2015-2019 Five Year $32 billion Capital Plan is short $15.2 billion. The prob...
Oct 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Obligatory "that Jeter was a real class act" letter
Dear Editor: Derek Jeter has just said his final farewell and has gone out a winner. He leaves with five World Series rings, sixth on the all-time hits list, and a player true to the game of baseba...
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Good old days
Dear Editor: The recent New York City Transit Museum's antique bus display as part of the annual Atlantic Antic festival this past Sunday was a great trip down memory lane. It was a time when bus d...
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's working
Dear Editor: Where are all the GOP bobbleheads who said Obamacare would destroy our country, ruin our economy, actually kill you and, according to GOP activist Dr. Ben Carson, was "the worst thing ...
Oct 01, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Need real strategy
Dear Editor: Bravo to President Barack Obama for finally enumerating a strategy and taking decisive action against ISIS, the radical Islamic terrorists who have been reaping carnage in wide swaths ...
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Punish students
Dear Editor: With so many students in high school who are constantly misbehaving, which severely disrupts the learning process and causes many teachers to leave the profession, perhaps it is time o...
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa provinceBEIRUT (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group has killed 1,878 people in Syria during the past six months, the majority of them civilians, a British-based Syrian monitoring organization said on Sunday. Islamic State also killed 120 of its own members, most of them foreign fighters trying to return home, in the last two months, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The militant group has taken vast parts of Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate in territory under its control in June. ...


2014-12-28 10:31:57 -0500
PARIS (Reuters) - The AirAsia aircraft that went missing on Sunday on its way to Singapore from Surabaya in Indonesia was delivered to its operator in 2008 and had recorded 23,000 flight hours on 13,600 flights, manufacturer Airbus said in a statement. AirAsia said the aircraft had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on Nov. 16. Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501, an Airbus 320-200 with 162 people aboard, lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control at 6:17 a.m. (6.17 p.m. ET), officials said. The pilots had asked to change course to avoid bad weather. ...
2014-12-28 10:26:46 -0500
(Reuters) - The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is monitoring the situation with missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 and is prepared to assist Indonesian authorities if needed, a spokesman for the agency, which investigates major transportation accidents, said on Sunday. The Indonesia AirAsia plane, an Airbus 320-200 carrying 155 passengers and seven crew, lost contact with air traffic control in Jakarta at 6:17 a.m. on Sunday (6.17 p.m. ET on Saturday) after pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from Indonesia's Surabaya city to Singapore. ...
2014-12-28 10:21:47 -0500