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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 44 44 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 | 40 40 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 | 91 91 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 | 131 131 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 | 153 153 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 | 142 142 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 | 149 149 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 | 198 198 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 | 273 273 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 | 279 279 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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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...
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Apr 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Apr 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 ...
Apr 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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Save the park
Dear Editor: Three cheers for State Senator Tony Avella and the group Save Flushing Meadows Park for their efforts to stop the mega-mall in the Citi Field parking lot. They see it as it is: a sneak...
Apr 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
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Say no to ID
Dear Editor: With 90,700 apprehensions of illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas by U. S. Border Patrol over the last six months, Councilman Danny Dromm is drumming up support for his...
Apr 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
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Welcome Chick-fil-A
Dear Editor: How refreshing to hear that the owners of Chick-fil-A plan on opening up to 200 stores in New York City. Now watch how Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate...
Apr 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
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Making 'Dream' a reality
Dear Editor: Funding for the Dream Act, which would pay for the cost of college of children born in America to parents who are not legal citizens is simple: ask the Department of State to deduct th...
Apr 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend
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Old Cold War is heating back up
Dear Editor: I bet most of you believe that The Cold War ended in Reagan’s administration. Surprise, surprise. The Russian Ministry is calling the Obama administration’s sanctions hasty and reckles...
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People walk past a TV screen showing a poster of Sony Picture's "The Interview" in a news report, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. North Korea hates the Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema - of its own particular styling. The Korean letters on the screen read " Hollywood". (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:


2014-12-22 21:13:44 -0500

This file photo provided by the Milwaukee Police Department shows Christopher Manney who was fired from the Milwaukee Police Department in connection with the shooting and killing of Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill man in a downtown park in April. Milwaukee city officials said they plan to speed up training so that all Milwaukee police officers will get training to deal with mentally ill people. Mayor Tom Barrett said about 400 officers and dispatchers have received the 40 hours of training to be certified under the Crisis Intervention Team program since 2006. But now they plan to get the 1,400 or so others trained by 2018. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Police Department, File)MILWAUKEE (AP) — A white Milwaukee police officer fired after killing a mentally ill black man in April won't face criminal charges, the top county prosecutor said Monday, a decision that prompted the U.S. attorney to later announce a federal investigation of the incident.


2014-12-22 21:06:35 -0500

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at news conference at Woodhull Hospital about the two New York Police officers that were shot dead in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy Jonathan Allen and Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio implored protesters on Monday to wait until after the funerals of two policemen shot dead in an ambush before resuming rallies that have roiled the city and beyond over the deaths of black men at the hands of police. But de Blasio's plea was quickly dismissed by several activist groups that vowed to continue protests that have stirred the city daily after grand juries chose not to indict police officers who killed Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. ...


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