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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 60 60 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 | 54 54 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 | 105 105 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 | 171 171 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 | 194 194 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 | 183 183 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 | 189 189 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 | 238 238 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 | 314 314 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 | 316 316 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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Vote Turner, Vote Guns
Dear Editor: My name is Richard Reif, and I'm a former Air Force officer, retired McGraw-Hill staff writer who has lived in Queens for the past 67 years. I have never had a problem with any of my c...
Feb 21, 2012 | 4 4 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gerrymandering is unfair across the board
Dear Editor: One of the cover stories of the February 16th issue about redistricting certainly brought up some good points of contention, but like all arguments there are more sides to the story. T...
Feb 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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LATFOR failed at redistricting
Dear Editor: On February 7, the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) held a public hearing at Queens Borough Hall to gather comments from the p...
Feb 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Praise for Paul
Dear Editor: Texas Republican Congress member and presidential candidate Ron Paul is refreshingly candid. Too many candidates for public office base and/or change their views on issues of the day u...
Feb 14, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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The White Wing
Dear Editor: Just when you think you’ve seen them at their lowest, the “White” Wing Conservatives drop the bar even further. Yes, the White Wing is in fact a faction the Right Wing. As much as they...
Feb 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keep churches out of city schools
Dear Editor: The presence of religious services or religious activities of any kind in taxpayer-supported public schools violates the separation of church and state. I strongly disagree with the ef...
Feb 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Smoke & Mirrors
Dear Editor: With the new plan President Barack Obama has come up with, religious organizations, charities, and hospitals won't have to include contraceptive services as part of their health care p...
Feb 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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We, the people, reject redistricting
Dear Editor: Regarding the newly drawn district lines, these lines do not reflect fair and independent districts. The result of this plan will be matching excellent, current Queens State Senators a...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who's retiring well?
Dear Editor: A recent article about people not having enough money to retire raises an interesting question: whose responsibility is it to make sure you have enough money to retire? You or your emp...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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In a Michigan state of mind
Dear Editor: I've just returned from a visit with my sister in Michigan. I had been putting it off and making excuses for not going for some time. After all the depressing news about the dismal eco...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Same-sex marriage issue already decided
Dear Editor: In your Dispatch letter “Let the people decide” (1/26/12) concerning same-sex marriage, a writer suggests this “issue” should be “a referendum for the entire state of New Jersey to dec...
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Keep the pressure on Big Tobacco
Dear Editor: I would like to acknowledge the story printed on January 4, 2012, entitled “New Yorkers can expect to live even longer.” It was a positive article, and gave us New Yorkers many reasons...
Feb 01, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Same old fear-mongering
Dear Editor: On the subject of Mitch Daniels... More of the same old rhetoric from the same old rich Republicans protecting their financial interests with made-up lies, attempting to pander to vote...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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What about the other languages?
This following is a letter that was sent to Congressman Crowley: I resent that your latest newsletter mailed to me was printed half in Spanish. Queens prides itself in being the most ethnically div...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Catholic schools make a difference
Dear Editor: This year, Catholic School week is observed from January 29 to February 4, and it is a time to praise all these schools and what they do. We at St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Counci...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pope Francis gives his traditional Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2014 at the VaticanPope Francis on Thursday roundly condemned jihadist violence and the "brutal persecution" of religious minorities in a Christmas message to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and millions of others. His second traditional "urbi et orbi" message (to the city and to the world) comes at the close of a year plagued by war and violent religious fundamentalism, notably in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and most recently against schoolchildren in Pakistan. "Truly there are so many tears this Christmas," he said in the message broadcast across the world.


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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, cars wait to enter the United States from Tijuana, Mexico through the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego. San Diego police say a 40-year-old man died after a border inspector shot him with a stun gun at the nation's busiest crossing. Police said Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 that the man jumped over a counter and attacked an inspector after being escorted to a separate area for questioning at the San Ysidro port of entry between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico and a records check revealed he was wanted on a felony charge. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 40-year-old U.S. citizen died after a border inspector shot him with a stun gun at the nation's busiest crossing, authorities said Thursday.


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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, shoots over San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph during the first half an NBA basketball game, Dec. 25, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 34 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-106 on Thursday in a fiery rematch of last season's Western Conference Finals.


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