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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 | 209 209 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 | 236 236 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 | 224 224 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 | 228 228 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 | 277 277 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 | 350 350 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 | 343 343 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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It's still dope
Dear Editor: I am just wondering if the edible pot to be marketed in 18 months in New York State under Governor Andrew Cuomo's medical marijuana law shall hit the streets of the Briarwood bodega be...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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No respect
Dear Editor, What do Tammy Duckworth and Max Cleland have in common? They are two war veterans, amputees, and elected officials whose patriotism has been questioned and attacked by the GOP. So much...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Legalize it
Dear Editor: The always insightful Anthony Stasi ("High Time for State Senate to Okay Medical Marijuana" - June 11) makes sense, but should go further. Consumption of marijuana for both medical and...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Good riddance!
Dear Editor: I think Congressman Cantor's rejection by the hyper, Anti-Anything-Obama faction is good. The guy was an opportunistic representative of today's backward leaning version of the GOP. Th...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Traffic safety measures needed at APEC
Dear Editor: The Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Douglaston is a great place to learn about ecology and the need to protect and preserve our planet. The cente...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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City can't afford minimum wage of $15
Dear Editor: Regarding the proposed $15/hour municipal minimum wage, neither Mayor Bill de Blasio nor the City Council have the constitutional authority to mandate changes in the minimum wage. Seco...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keep parade route
Dear Editor: Apparently whoever made suggestions to change the [Forest Hills] parade route (Kiwanis already planning for 2015 Memorial Day Parade – Forest Hills Times, 6/12) does not have knowledge...
Jun 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fight guns with votes
Dear Editor: America can eventually destroy itself with the growing gun problem. The country has become numbed toward senseless shootings that occur so frequently. The need for powerful lobbyists a...
Jun 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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No 'Silver' lining
Dear Editor: I applaud Assemblyman David Weprin for proposing legislation that would protect the rights of both owners and drivers of horse-drawn carriages operating in Manhattan adjacent to Centra...
Jun 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reform the library
Dear Editor: We have been reading and hearing about various reports and allegations concerning the Queens Library leadership over the past several months. Some of these assertions are quite serious...
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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A liberal's viewpoint
Dear Editor: One frequent letter writer and rabid liberal hater, always blasts “liberals” as being Socialists and takers and those who want the government to take care of everything for everyone. T...
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fair game
Dear Editor: In response to Ed Konecnik's letter and concerns about "redistributionists" (What is fair? - 5/29); redistribution is when capital gains are taxed at a lower level than labor-generated...
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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An 'F' in compensation

Dear Editor: 
As a Queens College graduate (1962), I was furious to learn that CUNY president James Milliken gets an annual salary of $670,000, an $18,000 monthly housing allowance, plus a car and...
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Plenty of blame
Dear Editor: Before dumping the blame for the VA mess solely on Obama, here are just a few programs for vets that the GOP have held back: Veterans Health Bill, Wounded Veterans Job Security Act, Ve...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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VA disgrace
Dear Editor: The resignation of Eric Shinseki in the growing VA hospital scandal is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. While the situation under his watch worsened, it started way before he wa...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian prosecutor referred 15 alleged members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood to a military court on Sunday on violence-related charges, the state news agency reported. Egypt expanded the jurisdiction of military courts in October to permit them to try civilians accused of acts ranging from attacking state facilities to blocking roads. The change followed some of the worst assaults on security forces since last year's overthrow of President Mohammed Mursi of the Brotherhood. ...
2014-12-29 01:41:55 -0500

File-This Jan. 27, 2014, file photo shows New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio testifying before a joint legislative budget hearing in Albany, N.Y. Mayor de Blasio is winding down his first year in office, which saw success at fulfilling many of his liberal campaign promises. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Bill de Blasio, New York City's first Democratic mayor in a generation, is winding down his first year in office, which saw success at fulfilling many of his liberal campaign promises but has at times been overshadowed by events beyond his control, most notably the recent killings of two police officers amid a wave of protests against police conduct.


2014-12-29 01:37:17 -0500

Handout video grab showing a person being lifted on an Italian Navy helicopter as the car ferry Norman Atlantic burns in waters off GreeceROME (Reuters) - Rescue teams working through the night have pulled 265 people off a stricken car ferry which caught fire off the coast of Greece but more than 200 are stranded on board, the Italian navy said on Monday. Helicopter crews have been slowly airlifting passengers from the upper deck of the Norman Atlantic, which caught fire in the early hours of Sunday and began drifting in rough seas between Greece and Italy. A medical team and a flight operator are on the vessel to assist the 213 passengers and crew who remain aboard as the rescue continues, the navy said. ...


2014-12-29 01:26:25 -0500