blog roll
our featured bloggers
This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 38 38 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 | 34 34 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 | 84 84 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 | 120 120 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 | 142 142 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 | 130 130 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 | 138 138 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 | 186 186 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 | 259 259 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 | 268 268 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...

more blogs

letters
For the birds
Dear Editor: The recent near-collisions between jets on the runway and in the air are once again showing that human error, and not birds, is the problem. Yet, calls for the killing of birds near ai...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Najmi the real deal
Dear Editor: Allow me to add to "S. Asian leaders call for new leadership"(Andrew Shilling - May 15). Glens Oaks lawyer Ali Najmi is contemplating running against Assemblyman David Weprin in the 24...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
'Wrong sizing'
Dear Editor: Your article about the sad situation at Pomonok (“90-year-old war vet fights NYCHA downsizing” - 05/08/14) spotlights how the NYCHA is targeting seniors. A World War II veteran who ser...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Statue vandalized again
Dear Editor: 
The statue of the Virgin Mary was decapitated at the Bellmore Knights of Columbus Council last week. According to members of the council this is the fifth time the statue has been van...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Editorial right on
Dear Editor "Ferry service critical to mass transit" (In Our Opinion - May 8) is the wave of the future. Our waterways are an underutilized natural asset which can offer significant transportation ...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Library censorship
Dear Editor: Despite my requests to the Queens Public Library (starting in November of last year) and the Queens borough president’s inquiry into the matter, the podcasts from radio station WBAI an...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Honoring our vets
Dear Editor: As the nation approaches Memorial Day, we must remember all of the men and women, past and present, who have sacrificed their lives so that we here at home could be able to live in fre...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Property owners besieged by plane noise deserve tax break
Dear Editor: I am writing to urge residents affected by jet noise from new flight patterns at LaGuardia and JFK airports to seek property-tax exemptions from New York City to compensate for reduced...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Unfortunate Circumstances of State Funding
Dear Editor: It was disheartening to read the recent letter to the editor (“What About Pride” by Richard Reif – 5/1/14) , written by a member of Club Pride, regarding my office being unable to comp...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
'Stepping' off point
I was stopped by the Eyesore of the Week photos in your May 1 issue (“Step Street” between 65th and 64th streets). Love the stone stairway, so old and, well...charming! But, look at the opportunity...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Crazy train
Dear Editor: The recent subway derailment is a wake up call for the MTA to speed up track inspections so as to prevent another derailment from occurring. The track that was damaged had only been in...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
All aboard!
Dear Editor: Let's all get on board to May 11 for National Amtrak Day. Why not ask our elected officials to support a dedicated capital revenue stream that could include allocating a penny per gall...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Principal lacks principles
Dear Editor: A Bronx principal named Jennifer Joynt gave Iraq Marine veteran Christopher Moll, who is a special-education teacher at a Throggs Neck middle school, an unsatisfactory rating due to ab...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Fair contract
Dear Editor: Congratulations to UFT President Michael Mulgrew, Chancellor Carmen Farina,and Mayor Bill de Blasio, as well as their negotiating teams, for finally hammering out a fair, viable and eq...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
No middle room
Dear Editor: Congratulations to the uber-wealthy Kochs, Edelsons, et al, in managing to degrade our once wealthiest middle class to second place, conceding the title to Canada, that "Socialist" cou...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
national news

Jewish children watch their father light candles during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. The Jewish festival of light is an eight-day commemoration of the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to put statues of Greek gods in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians hurling stones on Sunday at Jewish settlers' cars in the West Bank lightly injured a 4-year-old Israeli boy, the Israeli military said.


2014-12-21 08:33:45 -0500

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014 file-pool photo, Secretary of State, John Kerry meets with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Villa Taverna in Rome. Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it: Frustrated in his efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace. Facing a diplomatic showdown over Arab plans to force Israel from occupied Palestinian lands within three years, Kerry readied himself this week for a 72-hour trip to Jordan to craft a less explosive alternative. By Thursday, the crisis appeared to have been averted: Palestinian and Jordanian officials said they would not force their resolution to an immediate vote in the United Nations Security Council _ in part because the U.S. threatened to veto it. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File-Pool)WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace.


2014-12-21 08:19:03 -0500

FILE - A Wednesday Dec. 21, 2005 photo from files showing pop star Elton John, right, and his longtime partner David Furnish, after they had a civil ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor, England. Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to tie the knot for a second time this weekend, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain. The singer's spokesman, Gary Farrow, said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, that the ceremony will be private. Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Britain since March. Previously, gay couples could form civil partnerships, which carried the same legal status as marriage but without the title. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)LONDON (AP) — Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish have officially converted their civil partnership into a marriage.


2014-12-21 08:13:27 -0500