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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 81 81 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 | 75 75 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 | 125 125 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 | 204 204 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 | 228 228 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 | 216 216 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 | 220 220 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 | 269 269 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 | 344 344 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 | 338 338 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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Working Families or Hardly Working?
Backroom politics over at the Board of Elections...we don't believe it for one minute! But that's exactly what Anthony Como, who is challenging State Senator Joseph Addabbo this November for his se...
Aug 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pol & reporters do a little "Rangel"-ing
Could all of the stress of the ethics probe and pending charges against New York City Congressman Charlie Rangel finally be getting to him? Rangel has been scolding and snapping at reporters like a...
Jul 27, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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This won't be a negative-Frei race
Has civility finally returned to local politics? The race to fill the seat being vacated by Assemblyman Michael Gianaris in Astoria - who is in turn the clear frontrunner to replace the retiring Ge...
Jul 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who wants free papers?
You might recall that after taking a brief hiatus from the City Council, Karen Koslowitz was re-elected to represent the Forest Hills district she once repped before term limits forced her out in 2...
Jul 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Driscoll says 'so long' to Parkside
Bill Driscoll, the senior founding partner at The Parkside Group, has suddenly parted ways with Evan Stavisky and Harry Gianoulis. Driscoll was considered the most savvy at the political consulting...
Jul 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marty: see you in a few years LeBron!
There were a whole lot of people upset about LeBron James' decision to leave the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, none more so than the fine people of Cleveland, OH. But King James let down a whole lo...
Jul 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Weiner with catch up on ESPN
We gotten used to seeing Congressman Anthony Weiner all over our television sets as of late. The Brooklyn/Queens representative has become one of the most outspoken members of Congress, and has mos...
Jul 06, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bet you think this Pol Position is about you? It is!
So was it a fundraiser or wasn't it? Well, that depends on who you ask. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney was criticized recently for attending a Carole King and James Taylor "concert" in Washington, D...
Jun 30, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Talk is cheap
Look out naive and sloppy journos, Errol Louis is going to out you! Louis, a columnist with The Daily News, recently had Congressman Gregory Meeks as a guest on WWRL's Morning Show with Errol Louis...
Jun 30, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Aqueduct will become a big campaign chip
The news over the controversial pick of Aqueduct Entertainment Group (AEG) to run a future casino - or as it has been dubbed a “racino” - full of video lottery terminals just keeps getting worse. N...
Jun 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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What's in a kiss? A lot in Albany!
Anthony Como wasn't the only GOP candidate to pounce on an opportunity to discredit their challenger this past week. Rick Lazio, who is running for governor and will likely face current Attorney Ge...
Jun 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Come on, it's just a million bucks!
Really, what's $1 million or so if you're the richest man in the world? Well, $1 million might be a drop in the bucket to billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg, but the money apparently isn't an insi...
Jun 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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'Como' and get it, Addabbo!
Will he or won't he? Will he or won't he? He will! Anthony Como, who had a cup of coffee in the City Council after he won a special election to replace Dennis Gallagher only to be defeated five mon...
Jun 08, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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They're going hungry
What's all that grumbling in the City Council? It just might be Councilman Jumaane Williams' stomach! The Brooklyn pol recently went on a three-day fast for immigration reform. That's right, he did...
Jun 08, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Un-Commons dilemma for state senator?
Hey, has anybody noticed that State Senator Toby Stavisky has been eerily quiet on one of the – if not the – biggest development project in her district currently making its way through the city UL...
Jun 01, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Russian President Putin meets with German Chancellor Merkel in Rio de JaneiroBERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to the Russian government on Sunday to use its influence on separatists in eastern Ukraine to implement a ceasefire plan agreed in Minsk in September aimed at ending the conflict. Planned talks involving Russia, Ukraine and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe to further the ceasefire arrangements have not yet taken place. "(Merkel said) A stabilization of the situation can only come if the agreed contact lines are finally implemented," said a spokeswoman in a statement. ...


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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia halted the search for a missing AirAsia plane as darkness fell on Sunday and will resume the operation in the morning, the national search and rescue agency said. The plane carrying 162 people went missing after pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. Tatang Zaenuddin of the National Search and Rescue agency told Reuters the search operation would resume at 6 a.m. on Monday. (Reporting by Michael Taylor; Editing by Robert Birsel)
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Relatives of the passengers of AirAsia flight QZ8501 comfort each other at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The AirAsia plane with 161 people on board lost contact with ground control on Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from a provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore, and search and rescue operations were underway. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A massive sea search was underway for an AirAsia plane that disappeared Sunday while flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board through airspace possibly thick with dense storm clouds, strong winds and lightning, officials said.


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