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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 39 39 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 | 35 35 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 | 86 86 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 | 122 122 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 | 144 144 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 | 132 132 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 | 140 140 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 | 188 188 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 | 262 262 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 | 270 270 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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Time to take snow cleanup into our own hands
Dear Editor: Like most of Queens, the residents of Woodhaven were strongly disappointed by the city's response to the snowstorm that struck just after Christmas. Many of our streets went unplowed t...
Jan 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Peruggia fire unfair
Dear Editor: It was not the fault of EMS Chief John Peruggia that EMS was unable to respond to so many emergency calls during the blizzard. How could EMS vehicles get through the streets that were ...
Jan 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tragedy in Arizona
Dear Editor: It is truly a sad day for Tucson, Arizona and for the country in general. Many lives were lost and many injured in the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The horrific carnage is sadly ...
Jan 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who's responsible for health care
Dear Editor: Health Care is important but what is health care? Health Care starts with good genes, good nutrition, proper exercise and the right amount of sleep. Then comes your environment, not sm...
Jan 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q Bistro closing
Dear Editor: After fifteen years and miles of drunken noodles, Q Bistro, the popular Thai restaurant on Ascan Avenue in Forest Hills, is closing. Owner Vesna Denic-Gmerek opened the innovative Thai...
Dec 28, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fare hikes acceptable
Dear Editor: "Fares go up 12/30" (News Briefs -- December 23) should not be a surprise to anyone. Fare increases are inevitable due to inflation complimented by increasing costs of labor, power, fu...
Dec 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Angry over immigration
Dear Editor: I am so upset over this government's failure to curb the influx of illegal immigrants to this country. I am in my 80's, and have never seen so many Spanish-speaking people on the check...
Dec 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Park dogs are out of control
Dear Editor: It is a wonder why people who have dogs just don't seem to care about them. People who let their dogs run free- up until 9:00 a.m. in their minds in parks- don't understand the consequ...
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Real Leadership
Dear Editor: Too many members of Congress including outgoing Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi, frequently fly first class or are transported by military charter around the nation and abroad for so-c...
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kudos Congress, Obama for repealing DADT
Dear Editor: I have just read  on the internet about a hero veteran retired lieutenant colonel, John O'Brien, who has served 28 years in the Army which included four tours of duty in Iraq and the P...
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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When will the greed stop?
Dear Editor: We keep hearing the same sing-song from the advocates of extending Bush’s 2001 tax cuts for the wealthy. They claim repealing it would not only hinder job growth but would lead to furt...
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's time to restore the Forest Park Carousel
Dear Editor: Recently in Woodhaven there was much activity with the filming of the comedy “The Sitter” at the Forest Park carousel. It was sad knowing that after seeing the carousel and its regal h...
Dec 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Non-citizens can vote!
Dear Editor: I am writing in response to Vincent Arcuri’s letter in the Dec. 7th issue. Vincent asked Council Member Dromm, “What country allows non-citizens to vote?” The answer is that in forty-f...
Dec 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Volunteers honored
Dear Editor: The Queens Preservation Council (QPC), founded in 2003, is a coalition of people from historical societies and neighborhood groups from throughout Queens County who work collectively t...
Dec 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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We're a nation of laws, Councilman Dromm
Dear Editor: Council member Daniel Dromm's Guest Op-Ed column in your 12/2/2010 issue has me wondering what country I live in and and how disingenuous an elected official can be. What did the Counc...
Dec 07, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cars drive by the Sony Pictures Plaza building in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.


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Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson celebreats his touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch had a 6-yard touchdown run after sitting out the first quarter and Seattle's defense dominated Arizona, helping the Seahawks build a 14-6 lead over the Cardinals after three quarter Sunday night.


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Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister al-Naimi talks to journalists before a meeting of OPEC oil ministers at OPEC's headquarters in ViennaABU DHABI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it would not cut output to prop up oil markets even if non-OPEC nations did so, in one of the toughest signals yet that the world's top petroleum exporter plans to ride out the market's biggest slump in years.


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