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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 44 44 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 | 40 40 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 | 91 91 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 | 131 131 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 | 153 153 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 | 142 142 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 | 149 149 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 | 198 198 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 | 273 273 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 | 279 279 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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Despite PBA reaction, de Blasio was fair
This week, we saw a protest on the Brooklyn Bridge turn violent when six protesters allegedly assaulted two NYPD lieutenants who were trying to apprehend a man who was attempting to throw a garbage...
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There aren't many like Herman Badillo
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I Love Loosies and the People Who Sell Them
The cops who ganged up on Eric Garner, got him into a chokehold, and mashed his face into the sidewalk didn’t intend to kill him. They intended only to show him who’s boss on the streets of Staten ...
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Body cameras a good start
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A Good Vote for New York
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LinkNYC: A Catalyst for New Opportunity
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Ray Rice and America’s Commitment to Non-Commitment
Hosni Mubarak and former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice both had good weeks. Charges were dropped on Egypt’s ousted president Mubarak, which means that despite the uprising in this usually ...
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No reason for people to go hungry in NYC
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HIV is a Virus, Not a Crime
The first national “HIV is Not a Crime” conference was held this summer in Iowa. Writer and HIV/AIDS advocate Mark S. King wrote in his blog about his experience. Most notably he speaks about an ex...
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Where Would We Be Without Our Local Small Businesses ?
It has been said the small businesses are the backbone of our communities here in Queens, and I am certainly one to reiterate that sentiment. The small businesses, many of which I frequent myself –...
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City needs to enforce its truck routes
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Green Buildings & More
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Outpatient Surgery Needs Immediate Reform
A dangerous new healthcare trend was recently exposed with the passing of Joan Rivers: doctors performing procedures in a private facility that have traditionally been done in a hospital. Many of t...
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Sorry mayor, Noerdlinger was news
In light of the recent developments surrounding New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray’s chief of staff Rachel Noerdlinger, Mayor Bill de Blasio scolded the press on Monday, saying, “If you want ...
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With UPK off the ground, time to revisit vouchers
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2009 photo, a bottle of Havana Club rum, center, sits on a shelf for sale at Pantry II Liquors in Miami. U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the potential for making Cuba Libres with Cuban rum, now that Americans visiting the Caribbean island will be allowed to bring home rum distilled there for the first time since the embargo took effect 55 years ago. Meanwhile, industry titan Bacardi, which was driven from the island by the 1959 Castro revolution, says it’s waiting to see what the impacts of thawing U.S.-Cuba relations will be. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)MIAMI (AP) — U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the possibility of mixing a Cuba Libre with authentic Cuban rum, now that they will be able to bring home liquor distilled in the communist nation.


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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm of New York City plans to plead guilty to a federal tax evasion charge rather than go to trial next month, people familiar with plea negotiations said Monday.
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British singer Joe Cocker performs on stage during the "Fire it up tour" concert, on April 6, 2013 in Nice, southeastern FranceLegendary singer Joe Cocker, whose intense, gritty voice won him wide acclaim that spanned both rock and blues, has died at age 70, his agent said. Cocker, who started off playing to small audiences in pubs in his native England, gained fame when he jolted the 1969 Woodstock festival with his high-powered version of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" -- one of rock's most successful covers. Cocker -- who on stage would flail his arms so wildly that uninitiated crowds wondered if he had neurological problems -- said in a 1971 movie about him, "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," that music served as his release and mused that he could have been a murderer if he had not been a singer. "He was without doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain," his agent, Barrie Marshall, said in a statement announcing his death on Sunday evening.


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