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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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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
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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
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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
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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...
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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...
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What about Pride?
Dear Editor: How can State Senator Tony Avella obtain $100,000 for a College Point senior center while ignoring the needs of Club Pride, a geriatric psycho-social center in Douglaston that is also ...
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Good work
Dear Editor: Thank you so much for the story on Fr. Joseph Palackal. I have the pleasure of knowing Fr. Joseph, and I think his project should definitely be supported. Sincerely, Janie Jurica Maspeth
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another anniversary
Dear Editor: The coverage of the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair in New York has been quite enjoyable. I have shared memories with family and friends, and I even dug out an old World's Fair bu...
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keep it closed!
Dear Editor: The recent incident in which an elderly couple in Bayside were assaulted by two men posing as repairmen is again another reminder to all of us, whether we live in apartments or private...
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Time to act
Dear Editor: Putin is devious and duplicitous. He is defining reality to support his illegitimate claims and justify aggression. The Ukraine is an independent nation. It has been such since the bre...
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No to LNG fast-track
Dear Editor: On Wednesday, April 16, at 12 p.m., I joined a group of activists at a press conference outside the offices of senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer at 780 Third Avenue in Manh...
Apr 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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Adopt bag fee
Dear Editor: Every year, New York City throws away 5.2 billion plastic bags! On average, over 500,000,000 of those will find their way to the ocean, where their tiny scraps of chemical components w...
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Astorino could win
Dear Editor: Allow me to add to "Timing is a problem for Astorino" (April 17) by the always insightful Anthony Stasi. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, with Nassau County Executive Ed Mang...
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Defining America
Dear Editor: There is a movement gaining momentum because of frustration over an intrusive overbearing federal government and its obsession with multiculturalism. It is called secession, and there ...
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Tragic death
Dear Editor: The death of Officer Dennis Guerra is indeed a tragedy for his wife, four children and the NYPD. This never should have happened, but it did, all due to the arrogance and senseless act...
Apr 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 99 99 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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