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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 39 39 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 | 36 36 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 | 86 86 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 | 125 125 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 | 146 146 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 | 134 134 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 | 141 141 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 | 190 190 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 | 266 266 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 | 270 270 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 destroying the rain forest KFC!
Dear Editor: Please urge KFC to stop destroying life by using throw-away paper packaging made from rain forest trees. KFC and Yum! have no sustainability policies to exclude products connected to r...
Jun 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rockaway rail line good for all of Queens
Dear Editor: The emotional statement by Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz opposing the reopening of the Rockaway Beach Line recalls a meeting we had with the councilwoman and Assemblyman Michael Cohen, ...
Jun 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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World No Tobacco Day
Dear Editor: The American Lung Association joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in celebrating World No Tobacco Day on Thursday, May 31. This year’s theme was Tobacco Industry Interference an...
Jun 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Carousel off to a bad start
Dear Editor: What a farce. My wife and I went up to Forest Park on Sunday, May 27, to see the newly opened carousel, only to find a few problems with it. First, there are no signs on any of the roa...
Jun 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hooters just part of a larger issue
Dear Editor: I am writing in response to Larry Penner's dispatch “Why Oppose a Hooters?” in the Brooklyn Downtown Star on May 31. Until the citizens, residents and commercial interests of the Town ...
Jun 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who gives a 'Hooters' about one restaurant?
Dear Editor How disappointing that there are narrow-minded people who are opposing Hooters opening a branch in the Barclays Arena neighborhood in Downtown Brooklyn. After a long grueling day at wor...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ode to Rickles
Dear Editor: I recently discovered that comedian Donald Jay Rickles turned 86 on May 8. He is a real funny comic and a child lived in Jackson Heights. This news brought back memories of my one expe...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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The one who really keeps HOPE alive
Dear Editor: I read Deacon Art Griffin's letter (“To all those that keep HOPE alive”) in last week's issue. To me, all of the credit goes out to this wonderful man who started Project HOPE. How man...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Change won't come this election year
Dear Editor: The appearance of ads imploring us to “vote for change” and “make a difference” means election time is here. However, most elections do not effectuate change, but rather legitimize and...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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A Street Wake
Dear Editor: When Helen Genna died, her body remained unclaimed. A widow for several years, she lived alone in the Wilshire at 34-15 74th Street in Jackson Heights. It had been her home for over fo...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Romney not the man for the job
Dear Editor Let's adopt the "common sense" ideas Mitt Romney used en masse to lead his state from 37th to 47th in job creation. He never talks about his term as governor of Massachusetts, where he ...
May 22, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thanks to all who help keep HOPE alive
Dear Editor: Project HOPE (Help Our People Eat) has now entered its fourth year feeding the hungry. This volunteer program is sponsored by Transfiguration and St. Stanislaus parishes in Maspeth, an...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Monserrate just a small fish in a big pond
Dear Editor: Hiram Monserrate and the other "caught Albany pols" are only the tip of the corrupt iceberg in our State Capitol. It has been going on for decades, and once in a while there has to be ...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garbage policy is pure trash
Dear Editor: I want to publicly thank State Senator Tony Avella for his concern and action on behalf of his constituents regarding the rules and regulations for placing refuse out for collection. C...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nursing Home Week
Dear Editor: National Nursing Home Week, which began on Mother’s Day and ends May 19, is a special week to “Celebrate the Journey” of residents and honor them with a shower of community support. Th...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, file photo, Moroccan transvestite, actress and dancer Noor poses for photographers as she arrives at the Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech, Morocco. In this conservative Muslim country where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by up to three years in jail, a transgender woman like Noor is not only accepted but is a celebrity. Her ability to seemingly transcend the restrictions of her culture speaks both to her star power and to a certain kind of tolerance toward sexual minorities in this North African nation, and even in the wider Middle East. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — It was a slow night on the red carpet at the opening of the Marrakech film festival for the photographers and everyone was complaining over the lack of celebrities.


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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014 file-pool photo, Secretary of State, John Kerry meets with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Villa Taverna in Rome. Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it: Frustrated in his efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace. Facing a diplomatic showdown over Arab plans to force Israel from occupied Palestinian lands within three years, Kerry readied himself this week for a 72-hour trip to Jordan to craft a less explosive alternative. By Thursday, the crisis appeared to have been averted: Palestinian and Jordanian officials said they would not force their resolution to an immediate vote in the United Nations Security Council _ in part because the U.S. threatened to veto it. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File-Pool)WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace.


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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, welcomes Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Mykola Lazarenko, Pool)MINSK, Belarus (AP) — As relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated, there's one country that's reaping rewards — Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by the United States and the European Union.


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