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What Employers Should Know about Paternity Leaves
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
Queens NY Employment Defense Attorney The Family Medical Leaves Act (FMLA) grants the right to mothers and fathers to take up to 12 weeks off for maternity or paternity leaves so they can spend tim...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: AUG 2014
Aug 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
  August 2014 Queens NY Market Update  In July, home sales dropped slightly from June when we saw a slight jump in sales. The increase in sales pace in June & July led to another substantial increa...
If you’re loyal to your insurance carrier it will cost you
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 165 165 recommendations | email to a friend
by Steven Palermo | Aug 1, 2014 | insurance company rates , PTB Blog Most successful businesses know how to treat their faithful customers.  A good restaurant owner will treat regulars with a compl...
U.S. Supreme Court Rules Inherited IRAs are Not Protected from Creditors
Jul 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 209 209 recommendations | email to a friend
On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court—in a unanimous decision—ruled that Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) inherited by anyone other than a spouse are not retirement funds and therefore are ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JULY 2014
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June 2014 Queens NY Market Update    The pace of home sales rose sharply in June but was still below the pace of sales in June 2013. Prices posted moderate gains in June as well, remaining on pace ...
Estate Planning Basics for Newlyweds – How to Get Prepared for the Unexpected
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It’s that time of year – the time for beautiful weddings, fun receptions, delicious cakes, special gifts, and romantic honeymoons. While this is a joyous time for everyone, it’s also time for you a...
The Annual Pay Notice Requirement of the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act Could Be Close to Ending
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 271 271 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans After the Wage Theft Prevention Act went into effect, restaurant owners and other types of business owners became burdened with paperwork as they complied with annual requir...
$$ OPPORTUNITY HAS KNOCKED ! $$ Networking For Prosperity & Adventure $$
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 526 526 recommendations | email to a friend
Bring Pen & Paper for this great opportunity to learn about:  * Job search, Employment Training, Networking Skills & How Every Dollar Counts . **Snacks & Beverages provided.** WHEN : Wednesday June...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JUNE 2014
Jun 19, 2014 | 3 3 comments | 559 559 recommendations | email to a friend
June 2014 Queens NY Market Update The pace of home sales rose in May after a slow start in the beginning of 2014. Inventory increased slightly again in May, meaning buyers should have a bit more ch...
Book Expo America 2014 Part 1: The Italian presence…
Jun 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 582 582 recommendations | email to a friend
  Originally Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena for L'Idea Magazine   Book Expo America 2014 has brought a wave of foreign authors, either in the original language or in translation, and among the...

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Memories of the Leader/Observer
Dear Editor: I purchased a Leader/Observer route from a classmate at St. Thomas for 15 cents in 1945 at the age of 8. I had 35 customers from 85th Street and Jamaica Avenue to about 98th Street at ...
Oct 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Need more time to study 'fracking'
Dear Editor: Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is a process used to extract natural gas from underground shale deposits. The problem with the process is that it uses toxic carcinogenic chemicals...
Oct 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don't raise taxes, just tax more
Dear Editor: President Barack Obama's proposed tax increases gives a free pass to the 46 percent of Americans who pay no Federal income tax. Increasing taxes on earners is just more redistribution ...
Oct 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kudos to NYC emergency crews
Dear Editor: The helicopter crash in the East River, in which unfortunately one person died, was indeed a tragedy. Our police officers and firefighters and the Coast Guard responded immediately, go...
Oct 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Support your local pharmacy
Dear Editor: The recent closing of the Borders bookstore has me wondering what people would think if they lost the services of their local pharmacists. The possibility is real. The similarities to ...
Oct 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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GOP treatment of soldier a disgrace
Dear Editor: The GOP is rabidly rearing it's ugly head again, all under the guise of preserving the past. Well, at least the past as they see it. The audience at the Republican presidential debate ...
Oct 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Government should not create jobs
Dear Editor: Well, here we go again - promises, promises. Citizens should know that it is not the function of the president to create jobs. That is the job of the free market and it has been that w...
Oct 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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LIRR not to blame for noise
Dear Editor: Editor's note: This letter is in response to a letter published last week about noise in Forest Hills caused by the LIRR. I don't know what federal rule the LIRR is misinterpreting on ...
Sep 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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GOP a bunch of 'no' men (and women)
Dear Editor: Taxing the rich will bring in additional revenue, but then there is the problem of the 50 percent who don't pay taxes at all: corporations and wealthy individuals. Most Republicans sta...
Sep 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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NYPD deserves praise
Dear Editor: I would like to praise the NYPD for doing what was necessary in putting down the unruly demonstrators who were marching near Wall Street without a permit. In my view, they could have e...
Sep 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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A different kind of Republican?
Dear Editor: What the heck is going on within that throng of potential Republican presidential candidates? Here now is this guy Jon Huntsman. He is indeed a Republican candidate, but as such he sou...
Sep 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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We need one representative
Dear Editor: I was shocked today to find out that Grover Cleveland Park in Ridgewood is represented by State Senator Mike Gianaris from Astoria. How did this happen? Most of the people who use this...
Sep 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Schools need to offer breakfast
Dear Editor: We appreciate your recent article "New York a Hungry City" about a recent national report that found nearly one in four households with children experience hunger. One problem your art...
Sep 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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New York deserves independent redistricting
Dear Editor: Across the state this summer, a little-known entity, the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, or LATFOR, has been conducting public hearings on redistric...
Aug 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Plenty of Oz analogies to go around
Dear Editor: A letter in the August 25th issue compared Michele Bachmann with the character of the scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz. Alas, she is not the only politician who can be equated to charac...
Aug 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, right, smiles as Denmark's Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard, left, and Croatia's Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic watch, during an informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. European Union foreign ministers on Friday were set to weigh adopting a tougher stance on the Ukraine crisis amid increasing calls to beef up economic sanctions against Russia. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are set to decide who will get the prestigious job as the 28-nation bloc's foreign policy chief for the next five years.


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U.N. peacekeepers from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, also known as UNDOF, observe Syria's Quneitra province at an observation point on Mount Bental in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, overlooking the border with Syria, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. An armed group detained more than 40 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and over 80 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said. ( AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine defense chief says Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights have been attacked by Syrian rebels who are holding dozens of Fijian troops hostage.


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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The military in Lesotho has occupied police stations and surrounded some government buildings in the capital of the mountainous country and are moving to other districts, a security guard at the U.S. Embassy said Saturday.
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