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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 59 59 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 | 53 53 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 | 104 104 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 | 170 170 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 | 193 193 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 | 182 182 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 | 188 188 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 | 237 237 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 | 313 313 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 | 314 314 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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Brooklyn Queens Day
Dear Editor: Thank you Madelyn Roesch! Wow, what memories. As a child in the early 50’s we marched in those parades. We all went to the church on Elder's lane and 88th Avenue North, but have lived ...
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A grim reality
Dear Editor: The question this election series is not “Where is the beef?” rather is there reality left in American politics? Regardless of the winner Congress will remain split, denying the White ...
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Op-ed right on
Dear Editor: Wiser words could not have been written in your Guest Op-Ed by several Council members (June 15) brave enough to oppose Mayor Bloomberg’s support of the Department of Health’s proposal...
Jun 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Speeding cameras a license for abuse
Dear Editor: Here's my story about police cameras. I rented a car from Alamo once and was driving in the L.A. area of California. Six months after I'd rented the car, I got a bill in the mail from ...
Jun 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Enjoy the carousel
Dear Editor: On Memorial Day weekend, the historic Forest Park Carousel spun for the first time since 2009, a great day for Queens – and especially for its children. Much of this was thanks to the ...
Jun 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stop destroying the rain forest KFC!
Dear Editor: Please urge KFC to stop destroying life by using throw-away paper packaging made from rain forest trees. KFC and Yum! have no sustainability policies to exclude products connected to r...
Jun 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rockaway rail line good for all of Queens
Dear Editor: The emotional statement by Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz opposing the reopening of the Rockaway Beach Line recalls a meeting we had with the councilwoman and Assemblyman Michael Cohen, ...
Jun 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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World No Tobacco Day
Dear Editor: The American Lung Association joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in celebrating World No Tobacco Day on Thursday, May 31. This year’s theme was Tobacco Industry Interference an...
Jun 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Carousel off to a bad start
Dear Editor: What a farce. My wife and I went up to Forest Park on Sunday, May 27, to see the newly opened carousel, only to find a few problems with it. First, there are no signs on any of the roa...
Jun 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hooters just part of a larger issue
Dear Editor: I am writing in response to Larry Penner's dispatch “Why Oppose a Hooters?” in the Brooklyn Downtown Star on May 31. Until the citizens, residents and commercial interests of the Town ...
Jun 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who gives a 'Hooters' about one restaurant?
Dear Editor How disappointing that there are narrow-minded people who are opposing Hooters opening a branch in the Barclays Arena neighborhood in Downtown Brooklyn. After a long grueling day at wor...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ode to Rickles
Dear Editor: I recently discovered that comedian Donald Jay Rickles turned 86 on May 8. He is a real funny comic and a child lived in Jackson Heights. This news brought back memories of my one expe...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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The one who really keeps HOPE alive
Dear Editor: I read Deacon Art Griffin's letter (“To all those that keep HOPE alive”) in last week's issue. To me, all of the credit goes out to this wonderful man who started Project HOPE. How man...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Change won't come this election year
Dear Editor: The appearance of ads imploring us to “vote for change” and “make a difference” means election time is here. However, most elections do not effectuate change, but rather legitimize and...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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A Street Wake
Dear Editor: When Helen Genna died, her body remained unclaimed. A widow for several years, she lived alone in the Wilshire at 34-15 74th Street in Jackson Heights. It had been her home for over fo...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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A picture taken on Dec. 7, 2014 shows a porcelain piggybank representing communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, next to legendary ancient and medieval kings representations on sale in the duty free shop of the Henri Coanda international airport in Otopeni, Romania. Romanians, especially those of a more senior age, have mixed feelings about the former dictator and his rule, 25 years after his execution, with many remembering predominantly the positive aspects, like the social security, of the communist times and not focusing on the extreme economic hardships and lack of basic human rights of that period, like freedom of movement or speech.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians nostalgic for the communist era gathered Thursday at the grave of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, who were tried and executed on Christmas Day twenty-five years ago.


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By Emma Farge FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leoneans observed a sombre Christmas in their homes on Thursday, after the government banned traditionally boisterous holiday celebrations to prevent the spread of deadly Ebola in the worst-hit country. Small groups of Christians in formal attire were permitted to attend church services, but the family gatherings, beach parties, concerts and dancing that usually accompany the holiday were banned to help slow the deadly virus. ...
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Pope Francis, center, delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and to the world) blessing from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. Tens of thousands of Romans and tourists in St. Peter's Square listened as the pontiff delivered the Catholic church's traditional "Urbi et Orbi" (Latin for "to the city and to the world) Christmas message from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. Francis said: "truly there are so many tears this Christmas." (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is focusing his attention on all those weeping in the world this Christmas, singling out the refugees, hostages and all those suffering in conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine.


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