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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 35 35 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 | 31 31 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 | 80 80 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 | 113 113 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 | 135 135 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 | 123 123 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 | 131 131 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 | 177 177 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 | 251 251 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 | 262 262 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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Vallone sits in with the band
Apparently the oft-mocked post of borough president is now the job that all of the cool kids want, and if that is the only criteria for taking the job, we're not sure how much cooler it gets than h...
May 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
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Boobirds come out for Bloomberg
We guess Mayor Michael Bloomberg tired himself out marching in the Rockaways St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday. How else to explain why he didn't march in the St. Pat's for All Parade in Sunnysi...
Mar 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Political odds & ends from last week
• He's not even running for mayor, but that didn't stop New York State Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long from throwing a little praise Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr.'s way last week. Long met...
Feb 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mittman campaign not quite wrapped up
It was a Quixotic undertaking from the very beginning, but Robert Mittman probably never thought his bid for Congress last year would have lingering effects. Mittman surprised everyone when he came...
Feb 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens GOP rift could lead to BOE shake-up
It looks like the long-running rift in the Queens County Republican Party is starting to have implications citywide, most notably down at the Board of Elections. For those of you not familiar with ...
Feb 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vallone in unfamiliar territory
Talk about taking it straight to your opponent's backyard. Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. is on a quest to become the next borough president of Queens, and has been the hardest-working man (or woman...
Feb 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's all about the race at State of the Boro
We here at Pol Position know it would be downright rude for candidates to talk about their campaigns for Queens borough president just one week after Helen Marshall's final State of the Borough add...
Jan 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Divine Miss M(oney)
Now that the election season is in full swing, it's time for the candidates to open their hand and hope that you'll open your wallet and fork over some of your hard-earned cash to help fund their d...
Jan 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Holiday season bleeds into campaign season
With the holidays finally behind us – we know we can’t possibly stomach another one of our signature Night Train Express eggnog concoctions - the campaign season is officially underway. And a coupl...
Jan 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vallone announces bid for Queens borough president
Well, it’s official. At the annual holiday party hosted by Vallone & Vallone law firm, Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. announced that he would be running for Queens borough president, ending months o...
Dec 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Squadron considering public advocate run
With the presidential election and a few exciting local races behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to next year’s citywide races, which are sure to feature some big names in New York City pol...
Dec 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
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And then there were...well, there's a lot!
Queens beep race getting crowded
Nov 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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PR machine has a break down
Borough President Helen Marshall just can’t catch a break. Over the summer, there were a lot of news reports critical of Marshall’s presence in the borough and her overall job performance. One part...
Nov 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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A little self-congratulatory back patting
Okay The Parkside Group we get it, you win big! With another election in the books, we received a standard email from political consultants The Parkside Group touting their clients’ big victories o...
Nov 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nothing Personal
Hey, don’t take it personally, bro. After running a spirited campaign against State Senator Joseph Addabbo, in his concession speech Councilman Eric Ulrich said that it was nothing personal against...
Nov 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Members of "The Cuban Five," from left, Fernando Gonzalez, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero and Gerardo Hernandez wave to members of the National Assembly at the end of the twice-annual legislative session in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Guerrero, Labanino, and Hernandez flew back to their homeland on Wednesday in a quiet exchange of imprisoned spies, part of a historic agreement to restore relations between the two long-hostile countries. Fernando and Rene had been previously released by the U.S. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Three men who served long U.S. prison terms for spying received a standing ovation in Cuba's parliament Saturday, shaking their fists in victory as President Raul Castro declared that detente with Washington won't change the communist system he leads.


2014-12-20 13:46:10 -0500

Madonna she decided to put out her new songs immediately after in-studio versions of her tracks dripped onto the InternetThe six tracks show Madonna going further in a hip-hop direction and include a collaboration with leading female rapper Nicki Minaj. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift," Madonna said in a statement. Madonna earlier took a more livid tone on social media. Madonna deleted the message but in a series of further postings -- including one accompanied by a scantily clad photo of herself off the Internet that she said had not intended to release -- she asked for leads to figure out how her demos got out.


2014-12-20 13:44:06 -0500

This NASA photo obtained December 20, 2014, shows ISS Commander Butch Wilmore holding up a ratchet after removing it from a print trayThere may be no corner hardware store at the International Space Station, but that doesn't mean the astronauts can't get what they need. In a first, the space station crew was able to craft a new tool in space, using their specially designed Zero-G 3D printer and a design emailed from the ground. The tool, a ratchet, was designed by Made in Space, the California company that created the 3D printer on board the orbiting space lab. The 3D printer has been used on the space station before, but only for designs that were tested and loaded before it left Earth.


2014-12-20 13:41:54 -0500