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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 | 74 74 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 | 98 98 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 | 85 85 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 | 92 92 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 | 136 136 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 | 212 212 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 | 230 230 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...
What Is the Professional Exception to Employment At-Will Termination?
Nov 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 276 276 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans As described in our earlier blog article, there are exceptions to at-will employment terminations, making them unlawful, and termination based on discrimination is one of th...

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Blame voters, not politics
Dear Editor: A midterm turnout is normally low, yet this year’s participation was last seen in 1942 during WW11. In a president’s second term a reversal to the president’s party is normal. Reagan, ...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bush to blame
Dear Editor: To those who are still wondering why people continue to blame Bush for everything, here's a question for you: If someone destroyed your job (record unemployment), burned down your hous...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Day of giving
Dear Editor: The winter holiday season is fast-approaching. In the spirit of the season, New York Junior Tennis & Learning is taking part in the third annual day of giving, called #GivingTuesday, o...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wrong move
Dear Editor: President Barack Obama has carried through with his threat and issues an executive order that would shield 5 million undocumented immigrants. But this will create massive problems, inc...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Goodwill for Astoria Cove
Dear Editor: Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey offers its support in favor of the Astoria Cove development project. Our headquarters is located adjacent to and south o...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tardy de Blasio
Dear Editor: Mayor Bill de Blasio gets out of bed late and arrives 20 minutes late for a memorial ceremony for those who died 13 years ago on November 12 aboard American Airlines flight 587. The fl...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Give me blunt
Dear Editor: In the November 6th issue, dispatcher Robert LaRosa alleges that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ruined his presidential hopes by telling a man attending one of his speeches to keep...
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Stringer duties
Dear Editor: Comptroller Scott Stringer is a spoiled child having a temper tantrum. Perhaps he needs a timeout? Who knew that taxpayers are paying for members of the Police Department Intelligence ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Now get to work
Dear Editor: With the midterm elections over and many new people elected to office, it is now high time that the president sit down and work with all of our elected officials, both Republican and D...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Blow to Obama
Dear Editor: The Republican victories across the country proved that Americans are unhappy with current leadership under President Barack Obama. There have been many issues that have been troubling...
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No unity among Dems
Dear Editor: Many registered Democratic Party voters could see through the hypocrisy of their candidates for governor, Senate and House. With one hand, they gladly accepted President Barack Obama's...
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Balancing act
Dear Editor: Although the United States faces two years of divided government, having a Democratic president and Republican Congress need not bring total gridlock. This is an opportunity to pass re...
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Limited vs. local on the B41
Dear Editor: I've been writing about this situation for over three years, but I'm sure the problem has been going on for a lot longer. I've made complaints to the Community Assistance Desk at Borou...
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Who will really pay for airport upgrades?
Dear Editor: Governor Andrew Cuomo did a disservice to residents of Queens and nearby areas on Monday, October 20, when he called for plans to modernize LaGuardia and Kennedy airports without expla...
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Sit down & shut up
Dear Editor: Congratulations to Chris Christie for finishing what he started. And by that I mean completely eliminating any last shred of dignity he had left and destroying any chance of ever becom...
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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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People walk past a billboard showing "The Cuban Five" that reads in Spanish "End the injustice. Freedom now." in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The men, who are hailed as heroes in Cuba, were convicted in 2001 in Miami on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as foreign agents in the U.S. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, three of the five Cubans were released by the U.S. in exchange for U.S. citizen Alan Gross and an unnamed Cuban man who was imprisoned for nearly 20 years for spying for the United States. Two of the Cuban Five had previously been released after finishing their sentences. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)HAVANA (AP) — The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents.


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WASHINGTON (AP) — Want to know how many calories are in that alcoholic drink you're about to order? You might be able to find out just by reading the menu.
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