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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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So long Shinseki
Dear Editor: I am writing to simply say good riddance to Eric Shinseki, the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, upon his resignation over substandard timely care and false records in a num...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mixed Martial Politics
Dear Editor: Recent passage in the State Senate of bill S6502 sponsored by upstate City of Rome Republican State Senator Joe Griffo to legalize mixed martial arts in the State Legislature moving fo...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Help the scouts
Dear Editor: I would like to praise Boy Scout Troop #153 at St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston for their ongoing contribution to the church and to the community. I have been a Cub Scout, Boy Scout ...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wrong approach
Dear Editor: Mayor Bill de Blasio plans on creating 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next ten years in the City of New York. We need more affordable housing in our city, however, some o...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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What is fair?
Dear Editor: Politically correct speech has corrupted our language to the point that sometimes we no longer know what we are talking about. Descriptive characterizations and appellations no longer ...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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For the birds
Dear Editor: The recent near-collisions between jets on the runway and in the air are once again showing that human error, and not birds, is the problem. Yet, calls for the killing of birds near ai...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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Najmi the real deal
Dear Editor: Allow me to add to "S. Asian leaders call for new leadership"(Andrew Shilling - May 15). Glens Oaks lawyer Ali Najmi is contemplating running against Assemblyman David Weprin in the 24...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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'Wrong sizing'
Dear Editor: Your article about the sad situation at Pomonok (“90-year-old war vet fights NYCHA downsizing” - 05/08/14) spotlights how the NYCHA is targeting seniors. A World War II veteran who ser...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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Statue vandalized again
Dear Editor: 
The statue of the Virgin Mary was decapitated at the Bellmore Knights of Columbus Council last week. According to members of the council this is the fifth time the statue has been van...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Editorial right on
Dear Editor "Ferry service critical to mass transit" (In Our Opinion - May 8) is the wave of the future. Our waterways are an underutilized natural asset which can offer significant transportation ...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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Library censorship
Dear Editor: Despite my requests to the Queens Public Library (starting in November of last year) and the Queens borough president’s inquiry into the matter, the podcasts from radio station WBAI an...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Honoring our vets
Dear Editor: As the nation approaches Memorial Day, we must remember all of the men and women, past and present, who have sacrificed their lives so that we here at home could be able to live in fre...
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Property owners besieged by plane noise deserve tax break
Dear Editor: I am writing to urge residents affected by jet noise from new flight patterns at LaGuardia and JFK airports to seek property-tax exemptions from New York City to compensate for reduced...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unfortunate Circumstances of State Funding
Dear Editor: It was disheartening to read the recent letter to the editor (“What About Pride” by Richard Reif – 5/1/14) , written by a member of Club Pride, regarding my office being unable to comp...
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'Stepping' off point
I was stopped by the Eyesore of the Week photos in your May 1 issue (“Step Street” between 65th and 64th streets). Love the stone stairway, so old and, well...charming! But, look at the opportunity...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 file photo, Saudi Arabia's Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Ibrahim Naimi attends the opening day of 10th Arab energy Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet has endorsed a budget for 2015 that projects a slight increase in spending and a significant drop in revenues due to sliding oil prices, resulting in a $39 billion deficit. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Cabinet on Thursday endorsed a 2015 budget that projects a slight increase in spending and a significant drop in revenues due to sliding oil prices, resulting in a nearly $39 billion deficit.


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Workers decorate a Christmas tree at the main square in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on December 15, 2014The big tree with the glimmering holiday lights is up but the festive spirit is missing on Lenin Square in the heart of east Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk. Children recited poems on the stage and Russian pop music blared from loudspeakers as an inflatable snowman bobbed in the cold wind. "If I have any sense of a holiday mood then it is buried very deep down," said Svetlana Mashilina, standing next to her husband Vladimir.


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A woman looks at the Google Play purchase page for the Sony film "The Interview," in Washington, DC on December 24, 2014Raunchy comedy "The Interview" -- a movie about a fictional plot to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un which has enraged Pyongyang -- opened in US theaters Thursday, a move its star attributed to public pressure. Its future had been in doubt after entertainment giant Sony said it was canceling the release following an embarrassing cyber attack on its corporate network and threats against moviegoers. Star Seth Rogen and co-director Evan Goldberg made a surprise appearance at one of the first showings in Los Angeles just after midnight, when they thanked moviegoers and theaters for pushing to get the film out. "We thought this might not happen at all," Rogen told a cheering crowd, according to a video posted on YouTube.


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