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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 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 | 10 10 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 | 58 58 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 | 78 78 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 | 102 102 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 | 89 89 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 | 96 96 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 | 140 140 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 | 216 216 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 | 234 234 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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Thanks for library funding
Dear Editor: On behalf of all the Friends of Queens Library, we would like to thank Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Council for adopting a budget this year that saves our library and ...
Aug 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stop the NRA to court
Dear Editor: The Colorado gun nut that killed at least 12 people and wounded 60 others did not act alone. He had an enabler: the National Rifle Association. James Holmes was able to purchase four a...
Jul 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Make us proud in 2012
Dear Editor: As the Summer Olympic Games begin later this week in London, we should wish our young Olympians from America the very best, and hope that they will bring home some medals, whether they...
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Gun control isn’t the answer
Dear Editor: Piers Morgan and Michael Moore and Mayor Bloomberg all misrepresent the purpose of the Second Amendment. The mayor tells us it is for target practice, hunting and sportsmanship. Moore ...
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Free publicity for public advocate
Dear Editor: Does the New York City Charter assign any responsibilities to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio to generate petitions calling for Macy's restoration of future July 4th fireworks back to t...
Jul 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cuomo needs to veto new ed bill
Dear Editor: New York State's legislature recently passed a bill requiring public school systems to pay the tuition of special needs students in private schools, if public school conditions don't m...
Jul 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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We need to leave United Nations
Dear Editor: What would be wrong if the U.S. government simply minded its own business instead of involving us in every quarrel around the world? Since our involvement in the United Nations in 1945...
Jul 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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On a positive note
Dear Editor: I just wanted to compliment Father Paul Wood of Transfiguration and St. Stan's Kosta in Maspeth. He is very, very hard working and very caring and understanding, too. It is a pleasure ...
Jul 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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This isn't true health care reform
Dear Editor: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – Obamacare - signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, is minimal health care reform in the interests of HMO ...
Jul 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Those raises will come post-election
Dear Editor: Here we go again. It's Albany nonsense time. Stories are circulating that at a special session of the legislature, the salons will raise their salary and that Governor Cuomo has alread...
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Kudos to Justice Roberts
Dear Editor: Republicans are crying foul because Supreme Court Justice John Roberts remained true to his pledge of being apolitical by voting to uphold the Affordable Care Act. I think the legitima...
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A sincere thanks
Dear Editor: I would like your readers to know how great Dorie at Assemblyman Michael Miller's office has been, and to publicly thank her for all she did for me over the past week in my struggle wi...
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Con Ed should cut managers, CEO pay
Dear Editor: It's been more than a week since Con Edison locked out its 8,000 union workers and replaced them with 5,000 managers. Since then, we've had frequent power outages and reductions during...
Jul 11, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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The real problem with Obamacare
Dear Editor: We are getting no help from the television newscasters in understanding what the Obamacare issue is really all about. First, it is not the president's job to create laws. Second, the "...
Jul 11, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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U.N. treaty a hypocrisy
Dear Editor: I write to protest the UN-proposed "Small Arms Treaty," which would violate U.S. sovereignty, infringe upon our sacred Second Amendment rights, and also severely penalize our job creat...
Jul 11, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House National Security Council said on Wednesday the FBI was leading the investigation on a cyber attack on Sony Pictures and that the U.S. government had offered the company support and assistance. "The United States is investigating attribution and will provide an update at the appropriate time," the NSC said in a statement. A source said earlier that the United States may officially announce in the near future that the North Korean government was behind the attack. (Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Eric Walsh)
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In this Nov. 27, 2012 file photo provided by James L. Berenthal, jailed American Alan Gross poses for a photo during a visit by Rabbi Elie Abadie and U.S. lawyer James L. Berenthal at Finlay military hospital as he serves a prison sentence in Havana, Cuba. AP sources: American Alan Gross released from Cuba after 5 years in prison. (AP Photo/James L. Berenthal, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Obama administration official says Cuba has released American Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned for five years.


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Heavy security surrounding the entrance of United Artists theater during premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers.


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