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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 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 | 17 17 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 | 65 65 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 | 85 85 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 | 109 109 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 | 96 96 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 | 103 103 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 | 147 147 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 | 223 223 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 | 236 236 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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BOE needs new leaders
Dear Editor: Despite your endorsements for city and state office seekers, many readers couldn't vote for anyone on November 4 because they have no accessible polling place. This is painfully true i...
Nov 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Give thanks, not overtime
Dear Editor: Thanksgiving is supposed to be a holiday when families and friends gather to give thanks for the many blessings. There is absolutely no reason for any retailer or wholesaler to be open...
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Honor our veterans
Dear Editor: November 11 is the day to think about our honored veterans. For 238 years they have fought to defend those freedoms we hold most dear. I myself served in the United States Navy during ...
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Vote them out
Dear Editor: For over a half-century, Democrats and Republicans have taken turns at presiding over the economy, guiding and managing our national debt, deficit and social programs to the brink of b...
Oct 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not so grand
Dear Editor: There is more to the passing of Edward Regan. The last Republican state comptroller, Regan won his final term in 1990. The last Republican attorney general, Dennis Vacco, served only o...
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No strategy but one
Dear Editor: Speaker John Boehner disagrees with President Barack Obama's strategy on ISIL. He recently said we have to act immediately and have "no choice but to put boots on the ground and destro...
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End it now!
Dear Editor: Geno Smith and Michael Vick and the Jets failed again to get the job done. Another humiliating defeat that leave us fans feeling let down again. They're now 1-7 and the playoff are jus...
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Not a game
Dear Editor: The recent problems with the Sayreville football team hazing incident should make it very plain that there needs to be better supervision of players by their coaches in the locker room...
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Stop the plane noise
Dear Editor: I am retired, 80 years old and trying to recover from multiple mini-strokes, two major strokes, and bleeding on the brain. The doctor told my wife that I was going to die, but here I a...
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Save the trees
Dear Editor: Once again, tree cutters have been in the Bayside area mangling trees on behalf of the utility company, apparently in this case Con Edison. They supposedly are clearing around the over...
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stop spread of Ebola, Mr. President
Dear Editor: CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden assured Americans last week that “we know how to stop Ebola in its tracks.” Yet this week we learn of two new cases of Ebola, contracted by nurses who care...
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Protect, don't kill
Dear Editor: It seems there has been an increasingly growing push to start killing wildlife that live in our region for various reasons. While there are large populations of swans, geese and deer, ...
Oct 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reverse inversions
Dear Editor: What's new in today's world? Corporate inversions. A company buys a foreign subsidiary and then through the magic of paperwork proclaims itself a foreign company owned by the subsidiar...
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Get out and vote
Dear Editor: Election Day is fast approaching and is a day all registered American voters should step up to the plate and vote for the candidate of their choice. But there are many who believe thei...
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Take us New York!
Dear Editor: New Jersey has high taxes and a culture of political corruption. Our state lacks both a unified statewide identity and a large anchor city. Instead, the northern part of the state look...
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Markus Kaarma during an afternoon break in Missoula County Court in Missoula MontanaMISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — In a story Dec. 18 about a Montana man convicted in the shooting death of a German teenager, The Associated Press reported erroneously the position of George Zimmerman, acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer, not a security guard.


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FIFA president Sepp Blatter is seen during the semi final soccer match between Auckland City FC and San Lorenzo at the Club World Cup soccer tournament in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings.Michael Garcia cited a "lack of leadership" at the top of FIFA in a resignation statement. He also said he has lost confidence in the independence of his ethics committee colleague, German judge Joachim Eckert. Though Garcia did not identify Sepp Blatter by name, he also revealed that the FIFA executive committee — led by the longtime president — made a failed complaint of unethical conduct against the former U.S. Attorney in September.Speaking at the Club World Cup in Marrakech, Morocco, Blatter told The Associated Press he was stunned by Garcia's decision to resign."I'm just surprised," Blatter said. "It's all what I can say. Just that."(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and his executive committee opened a two-day meeting Thursday to discuss the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia and whether to publish his confidential World Cup report.


2014-12-18 12:24:02 -0500
By Alastair Macdonald and Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's foreign policy chief urged President Vladimir Putin to adopt a "radical change in attitude" and begin cooperating as EU leaders gathered to map out a long-term strategy for dealing with an economically wounded Russia. Federica Mogherini said the financial crisis hitting Moscow as a result of falling oil prices and Western sanctions was "not good news" and was adding to dangerous global instability. She spoke as she arrived on Thursday at an EU summit in Brussels. ...
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