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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 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 | 17 17 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 | 65 65 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 | 85 85 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 | 109 109 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 | 96 96 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 | 103 103 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 | 147 147 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 | 223 223 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 | 236 236 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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TransitChek Yourself
Dear Editor: What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Why not amend Councilman Dan Garodnick's bill requiring employers with 20 or more workers to sign up for TransitChek to also include a...
Oct 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bumbling Bill
Dear Editor: If the Olympics had an event for stupidity, our mayor would win a gold medal. Bill de Blasio topped off a string of dumb decisions by hiring and defending a key staffer who's lived wit...
Oct 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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We need a hero
Dear Editor: I am a 73-year-old veteran of the Vietnam War, and except for my time in the military I have lived in New York. I was born in the Bronx, lived in Brooklyn for six months, and in Flushi...
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Amused to death
Dear Editor: Civil libertarians who are on the alert to oppose tyranny fail to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions. The importance of an educated citizenry, as envisio...
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Fund mass transit
Dear Editor: It is no surprise to transportation historians that the proposed new Metropolitan Transportation Authority 2015-2019 Five Year $32 billion Capital Plan is short $15.2 billion. The prob...
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Obligatory "that Jeter was a real class act" letter
Dear Editor: Derek Jeter has just said his final farewell and has gone out a winner. He leaves with five World Series rings, sixth on the all-time hits list, and a player true to the game of baseba...
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Good old days
Dear Editor: The recent New York City Transit Museum's antique bus display as part of the annual Atlantic Antic festival this past Sunday was a great trip down memory lane. It was a time when bus d...
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's working
Dear Editor: Where are all the GOP bobbleheads who said Obamacare would destroy our country, ruin our economy, actually kill you and, according to GOP activist Dr. Ben Carson, was "the worst thing ...
Oct 01, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Need real strategy
Dear Editor: Bravo to President Barack Obama for finally enumerating a strategy and taking decisive action against ISIS, the radical Islamic terrorists who have been reaping carnage in wide swaths ...
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Punish students
Dear Editor: With so many students in high school who are constantly misbehaving, which severely disrupts the learning process and causes many teachers to leave the profession, perhaps it is time o...
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Unique Opportunity
Dear Editor: Flushing Town Hall has been presented with a significant challenge this season, one that I hope your readers will help us meet. It’s not every day that an institutional supporter prese...
Sep 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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We'll miss the captain
Dear Editor: As we say goodbye to Yankee captain Derek Jeter, we are going to really miss him. He always was a true professional, always respectful to the media, and did a lot of volunteer work wit...
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For millionaires
Dear Editor: Senator Mitch McConnell was recently heard thanking the Koch's "for the important work you're doing" and for "rallying to the cause." What cause? Putting Americans to work? Rebuilding ...
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Hand gesture
Dear Editor: I have just seen a picture of dignitaries at the 9/11 ceremony. They were Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Ther...
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Get out & vote
Dear Editor: Vote! It's not only a privilege, it's a duty. It's also a shame on those too lazy to avail themselves of it; the very ones so eager to complain about our president's inability to move ...
Sep 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Gulf War compensation fund agreed on Thursday to defer Iraq's requirement to deposit five percent of its oil revenues for a year due to its budgetary difficulties, a senior U.N. official said. Major powers on the fund's ruling body took the decision by consensus as Iraq's economy is being battered by both low oil prices and war with Islamic State militants. ...
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This June 17, 2013 photo, made available courtesy Sean Waugh, NOAA, shows graduate research assistant Kevin Rauhauser, with the University of Colorado's Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles, (RECUV), launching the Tempest unmanned aerial vehicle for a test flight on Table Mountain, near Boulder, Colo. Researchers say they’ve collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big storms, and now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning how tornados form.(AP Photo/Sean Waugh, NOAA)DENVER (AP) — Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornados form.


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FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2009 file photo the headquarters of the Swiss central bank is pictured in Bern, Switzerland. The bank has imposed negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits, with the aim of preventing the Swiss franc from gaining more strength against other currencies. In a statement Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, the central bank said it was introducing a rate of minus 0.25 percent on sight deposit account balances of more than 10 million Swiss francs ($12.5 million). (AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Klaunzer, File)BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Following the fallout of the slide in the Russian ruble, Switzerland sought Thursday to prevent the Swiss franc from breaching upper limits imposed on the currency by introducing negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits.


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