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Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Most Units Sold in 2014!
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
The Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty, led by George & Abigail Herrera, were recently honored at the Keller Williams Realty Landmark II awards ceremony in Astoria, NY. Out of 160 Agents, Q...
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare)
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Author; Donna Stefans Re:Obamacare The Health insurance reporting requirements on the 2014 tax return are a bit complicated. If you and your family were covered by an employer health care plan for ...
A Different Slant on Class-Based Hiring Discrimination
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Most employers are familiar with the pitfalls of discriminating against applicants in protected classes under Civil Rights laws. For the most part, African Americans, Hispan...
← How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants? Are Employers Free from Liability When Using Staffing Agencies to Terminate Employees?
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Companies often find that staffing agencies are valuable resources for helping them fill temporary or permanent positions and for handling human resources issues. However, recently, an outside staf...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JANUARY 2015
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January 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of existing home sales increased in December, but remained below that in the same month of the previous year. Home prices declined as we moved in to t...
Negligence of Oregon Hospital Led to Wrongful Death of Patient
Jan 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
Author:  Mark H. Sackstein, Esq. All it takes is one small mistake for a disaster to occur. No matter how much research is done when choosing a hospital, it is impossible to predict a situation suc...
Matching Workouts With the Results You Want
Jan 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard friends complain about not getting the results they want, despite how much energy they’re putting into their workout.  People who want bigger muscles go t...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the way...
Immersed in ancient times; the performance of Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. A review.
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 136 136 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   Imagine being immersed in an ancient world, with colossal stone columns, palaces and images of deities, a marvelous music surrounding you and, thank God, no ce...

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Fund nonprofits with gambling taxes
Dear Editor: State money has dried up to support non-profits that educate and enlighten residents all over New York. This is the third year that state money, which is taxpayer money, has been unava...
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USA! USA! USA!
Dear Editor: Let me give the U.S. women’s gymnastic team kudos for a job well done! These women showed not only skill, but possess a tenacious spirit that was undaunted by the world's Olympic compe...
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Stand up and be counted
Dear Editor: If gays, lesbians and transgender people can come out of the closet and be accepted as part of mainstream America, so too can the 132,953 Queens and 123,213 Kings County registered Rep...
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Glad to see statue go
Dear Editor: I am pleased to know that there are efforts to remove the statue "Civic Virtue" from the prominent position it now holds at the corner of Union Turnpike and Queens Boulevard in Kew Gar...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Serena Williams celebrates victory against Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open finalMelbourne (AFP) - 11:32 GMT - AFP IS CLOSING THIS LIVE REPORT after Serena Williams produced one of the great performances of her career to beat fierce rival Maria Sharapova and win her sixth Australian Open final, sealing her 19th Grand Slam title.


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Members of a special unit of the Ukrainian armed forces line up before departing to take part in a military operation, during a farewell ceremony in KharkivFighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Saturday as pro-Russian separatists sought to tighten the circle around government forces clinging on to a rail center, with 15 Ukrainian soldiers killed in the past 24 hours. Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said separatists were keeping up intense pressure on Debaltseve, a major rail and road junction north-east of the big city of Donetsk, as well as on the neighboring town of Vuhlehirsk. "The toughest situation is in the Vuhlehirsk area where the terrorists are trying to seize the town and occupy positions to move forward and encircle Debaltseve," military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in a separate briefing. The renewed violence followed intense fighting on Friday in which more than 20 civilians were killed in separate shelling attacks in Donetsk, Debaltseve and other areas.


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Serena Williams of the US has beaten Russia's Maria Sharapova to win the Australian Open women's singles title, her 19th Grand Slam successAmerican top seed Serena Williams won her sixth Australian Open and 19th career Grand Slam title on Saturday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) victory over Russia's Maria Sharapova. The triumph means the world number one overtakes 18-time major champions Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert to go a clear second on the all-time Open-era winners' list, three behind Steffi Graf on 22. It also extends her staggering decade-long dominance of arch rival Sharapova, with the world number one posting her 16th straight victory over the Russian. The first Australian final in a decade to feature the tournament's top two seeds was a one-sided affair in the first set although Sharapova rallied to make a contest of it in the second.


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