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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 64 64 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 | 58 58 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 | 109 109 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 | 182 182 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 | 207 207 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 | 195 195 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 | 199 199 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 | 249 249 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 | 325 325 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 | 326 326 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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Find role models
Dear Editor: We have another fallen role model in the person of Bill Cosby who has truly disappointed many of us with stories of his sexual exploits. Our youth are running out of role models with t...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not for this kind of freedom
Dear Editor: Men and women of all races and ethnic backgrounds are serving all over the world to insure our freedom. They are not fighting for looters and criminals to run free, burn police cars, r...
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The new normal?
Dear Editor: The monster snowstorm in Buffalo last week was downright scary. But storms like this are exactly the sort of extreme weather that climate scientists predict will become more frequent i...
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A helpful white lie
Dear Editor: While I agree that the American people should be angry for being lied to about Obamacare, the reason was a good one and the end result was a huge positive. Unlike when the Bush adminis...
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Who's safe?
Dear Editor: The recent tragic story about an innocent man being shoved in front of an approaching subway train and being killed again brings up the question, “where is it safe in this city?" Peopl...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Blame voters, not politics
Dear Editor: A midterm turnout is normally low, yet this year’s participation was last seen in 1942 during WW11. In a president’s second term a reversal to the president’s party is normal. Reagan, ...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bush to blame
Dear Editor: To those who are still wondering why people continue to blame Bush for everything, here's a question for you: If someone destroyed your job (record unemployment), burned down your hous...
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Day of giving
Dear Editor: The winter holiday season is fast-approaching. In the spirit of the season, New York Junior Tennis & Learning is taking part in the third annual day of giving, called #GivingTuesday, o...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wrong move
Dear Editor: President Barack Obama has carried through with his threat and issues an executive order that would shield 5 million undocumented immigrants. But this will create massive problems, inc...
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Goodwill for Astoria Cove
Dear Editor: Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey offers its support in favor of the Astoria Cove development project. Our headquarters is located adjacent to and south o...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tardy de Blasio
Dear Editor: Mayor Bill de Blasio gets out of bed late and arrives 20 minutes late for a memorial ceremony for those who died 13 years ago on November 12 aboard American Airlines flight 587. The fl...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Give me blunt
Dear Editor: In the November 6th issue, dispatcher Robert LaRosa alleges that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ruined his presidential hopes by telling a man attending one of his speeches to keep...
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Stringer duties
Dear Editor: Comptroller Scott Stringer is a spoiled child having a temper tantrum. Perhaps he needs a timeout? Who knew that taxpayers are paying for members of the Police Department Intelligence ...
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Now get to work
Dear Editor: With the midterm elections over and many new people elected to office, it is now high time that the president sit down and work with all of our elected officials, both Republican and D...
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Blow to Obama
Dear Editor: The Republican victories across the country proved that Americans are unhappy with current leadership under President Barack Obama. There have been many issues that have been troubling...
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Rescue workers and pedestrians clear debris after an alleged air strike by Syrian government forces on a district of Aleppo on November 12, 2014Syrian regime air strikes killed at least 52 civilians, including seven children, in strongholds of the Islamic State jihadist group, a monitoring group said Friday in a new toll. The raids struck Al-Bab and Qbasin Thursday in the northern province of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists on the ground. "At least 52 civilians, including seven children, three teenagers and two women, were killed in the Syrian army air raids," said the Observatory, adding that dozens were seriously wounded. Activists accuse the government of killing more civilians than jihadists in the raids.


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Pro-Russian separatists stand guard next to cars damaged during fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government forces near Donetsk Sergey Prokofiev International Airport, eastern UkraineBy Pavel Polityuk and Alessandra Prentice KIEV (Reuters) - Kiev and pro-Russian separatists began an exchange of hundreds of prisoners of war on Friday, a state security service source said, part of a 12-point peace plan. The agreement to swap 125 Ukrainian servicemen for 225 rebels followed peace talks between envoys of Ukraine, Russia, the separatists and European security watchdog Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Wednesday. "We've prepared 225 people, which we will hand over. ...


2014-12-26 12:20:28 -0500
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The world's two largest credit and debit card companies, Visa Inc and MasterCard Inc, said on Friday they could no longer support bank cards being used in Crimea, following U.S. sanctions imposed earlier this month. The United States last Friday prohibited U.S.-registered companies from investing in Crimea or providing services to firms operating there, among sanctions imposed over Russia's annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine. Visa said in a statement that the sanctions meant it could not offer Visa-branded products and services to Crimea. ...
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