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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 | 175 175 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 | 198 198 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 | 187 187 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 | 193 193 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 | 242 242 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 | 318 318 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 | 318 318 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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Dear Editor: Why not amend Councilman Daniel Garodnick's bill to compel businesses with 20 or more employees to offer Transit Check to include all 51 Council members along with several hundred City...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Give the school back
Dear Editor: On February 28, the Auburndale Improvement Association sent Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina a letter requesting to meet with her regarding PS 130 at 200-01 42nd Avenue in Bayside. To ...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sincere thanks
Dear Editor: As president of the Friends of the Lefrak City Library and a member of the community, I want to publicly thank State Senator Jose Peralta for resolving an important community concern b...
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Selective memory
Dear Editor: Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood should look in the mirror before complaining about the inaction of Congress in passing legislation to fund the national Highway Trust fund. T...
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Vote tells it all
Dear Editor:
 What is all this buzz about the Republican war on women? Is it just a political stunt to gain the female vote? Just recently there was the"Not My Boss' Business Act" put forth in the ...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Goodbye drivable Flushing
Dear Editor: There was a groundbreaking ceremony last week at the Flushing Commons site that is replacing Municipal Parking Lot Number 1. Many think this new behemoth project is good for Flushing, ...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nothing to be proud of
Dear Editor: Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito taking credit for the recent passage of a $75 billion municipal budget is nothing to be proud of. She presented the budget to her loyal flock of members j...
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Not Israel's fault
Dear Editor: Too many who find reason to oppose Israel in its occupation and seemingly hard-headed refusal to seek a negotiated peace with the Palestinians, this current conflict was not Israel’s f...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Speed kills
Dear Editor: I say kudos to the city for adding 120 more speed cameras and reducing the speed limit near schools to 25 mph. It was about two years ago that my neighbor Joe, who was 86 years old, an...
Jul 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cuomo failed kids
Dear Editor: Andrew Cuomo let down New York's school children by abandoning the education tax credit, even after he promised to pass it this session. The education tax credit provides an incentive ...
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Whose fault?
Dear Editor: Iraq has once again taken over the headlines and the armchair warriors are valiantly fighting President Obama for not fighting in Iraq and fighting the enemy (whomever they may be) who...
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Summer learning
Dear Editor: While school ends this week for New York City public school students, learning should never end. Students – and their parents – should step up and prevent learning loss this summer. Th...
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RIP Phil Ragusa
Dear Editor: 
I am saddened by the passing of Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa. I met him on a number of political campaigns I was involved with. 
I found Phil Ragusa most personable, h...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Totally agree
Dear Editor: I had to write and applaud your In Our Opinion (“A pothole in the road to Vision Zero” - 6/26) column from last week’s newspaper. A couple of weeks ago I narrowly missed running over a...
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Addressing campus safety
Dear Editor: Thank you Assemblyman Ed Braunstein. For some time, a dirty little secret not touted on the glossy college recruiting brochures is the danger and criminal acts of violence against our ...
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US supermaxi yacht Comanche leads the Sydney to Hobart race just after the start from Sydney harbour, on December 26, 2014Newcomer Comanche was off to a blinding start in Australia's 70th Sydney to Hobart yacht race Friday, blitzing all rivals including seven-times line honours winner Wild Oats XI in Sydney Harbour. The 100-foot Comanche was ahead of Wild Oats, also a supermaxi, to the first mark as 117 yachts set off on the 628 nautical mile endurance race down Australia's east coast in scorching summer conditions. With the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House as a backdrop and thousands of spectators on boats and harbourside vantage points, the yachts enjoyed a 15 to 18 knot southeasterly breeze which helped them off in what is thought to be a record start. They have now turned south towards Hobart into a stiff southerly which is testing boats and sailors with uncomfortable seas, with four yachts retiring so far -- including one with hull damage and another with a damaged rudder.


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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 file photo, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo after taking office for a third term as prime minister. Abe is planning about 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus, including subsidies and job-creating programs, to help pull the world's third-largest economy out of recession. Officials said Friday, Dec. 26 that details of the plan would be approved by the Cabinet on Saturday as it wraps wrap up work for 2014. The plan reportedly includes 420 billion yen ($3.5 billion) in help for stagnant regional economies. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning about 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus, including subsidies and job-creating programs, to help pull the world's third-largest economy out of recession.


2014-12-26 04:50:46 -0500

Acehnese women pray in an abandoned house damaged by the Indian Ocean tsunami and turned into a monument, during a prayer commemorating the 10th anniversary of the disaster in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. The devastating 2004 tsunami struck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim, killing 230,000 people, most of them in Aceh. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters.


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