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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 76 76 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 | 70 70 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 | 121 121 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 | 194 194 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 | 219 219 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 | 207 207 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 | 212 212 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 | 260 260 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 | 336 336 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 | 331 331 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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It's still dope
Dear Editor: I am just wondering if the edible pot to be marketed in 18 months in New York State under Governor Andrew Cuomo's medical marijuana law shall hit the streets of the Briarwood bodega be...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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No respect
Dear Editor, What do Tammy Duckworth and Max Cleland have in common? They are two war veterans, amputees, and elected officials whose patriotism has been questioned and attacked by the GOP. So much...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Legalize it
Dear Editor: The always insightful Anthony Stasi ("High Time for State Senate to Okay Medical Marijuana" - June 11) makes sense, but should go further. Consumption of marijuana for both medical and...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Good riddance!
Dear Editor: I think Congressman Cantor's rejection by the hyper, Anti-Anything-Obama faction is good. The guy was an opportunistic representative of today's backward leaning version of the GOP. Th...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Traffic safety measures needed at APEC
Dear Editor: The Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Douglaston is a great place to learn about ecology and the need to protect and preserve our planet. The cente...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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City can't afford minimum wage of $15
Dear Editor: Regarding the proposed $15/hour municipal minimum wage, neither Mayor Bill de Blasio nor the City Council have the constitutional authority to mandate changes in the minimum wage. Seco...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keep parade route
Dear Editor: Apparently whoever made suggestions to change the [Forest Hills] parade route (Kiwanis already planning for 2015 Memorial Day Parade – Forest Hills Times, 6/12) does not have knowledge...
Jun 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fight guns with votes
Dear Editor: America can eventually destroy itself with the growing gun problem. The country has become numbed toward senseless shootings that occur so frequently. The need for powerful lobbyists a...
Jun 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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No 'Silver' lining
Dear Editor: I applaud Assemblyman David Weprin for proposing legislation that would protect the rights of both owners and drivers of horse-drawn carriages operating in Manhattan adjacent to Centra...
Jun 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reform the library
Dear Editor: We have been reading and hearing about various reports and allegations concerning the Queens Library leadership over the past several months. Some of these assertions are quite serious...
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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A liberal's viewpoint
Dear Editor: One frequent letter writer and rabid liberal hater, always blasts “liberals” as being Socialists and takers and those who want the government to take care of everything for everyone. T...
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fair game
Dear Editor: In response to Ed Konecnik's letter and concerns about "redistributionists" (What is fair? - 5/29); redistribution is when capital gains are taxed at a lower level than labor-generated...
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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An 'F' in compensation

Dear Editor: 
As a Queens College graduate (1962), I was furious to learn that CUNY president James Milliken gets an annual salary of $670,000, an $18,000 monthly housing allowance, plus a car and...
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Plenty of blame
Dear Editor: Before dumping the blame for the VA mess solely on Obama, here are just a few programs for vets that the GOP have held back: Veterans Health Bill, Wounded Veterans Job Security Act, Ve...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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VA disgrace
Dear Editor: The resignation of Eric Shinseki in the growing VA hospital scandal is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. While the situation under his watch worsened, it started way before he wa...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung speaks during the opening ceremony of the 5th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit at a hotel in BangkokSHANGHAI (Reuters) - Senior Chinese and Vietnamese officials have agreed to settle their maritime disputes without resorting to "megaphone diplomacy", the official Xinhua news service said on Saturday. The agency's report follows a meeting in Hanoi on Friday between Chinese political advisor Yu Zhengsheng and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and it comes as Beijing backs off from aggressive attempts to press its territorial claims in the South China Sea. ...


2014-12-27 09:53:31 -0500

FILE - This Nov. 14, 2014, file photo shows President Barack Obama boarding Air Force One at Yangon International Airport, in Yangon, Myanmar. It was supposed to be a joke. “Are you still president?” comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month. But the question seemed to speak to growing weariness with the president and skepticism that anything will change in Washington during his final two years in office. Democrats already are checking out Obama’s potential successors. Emboldened Republicans are trying to push aside his agenda in favor of their own.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — It was supposed to be a joke. "Are you still president?" comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month.


2014-12-27 09:48:04 -0500

Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad holds signs with images of al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin after Putin was sworn in as president on Monday, in DamascusBEIRUT/CAIRO (Reuters) - Syria said on Saturday it is willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting peace talks next year to end its civil war. But members of the Western-backed Syrian opposition dismissed the Russian plan on Saturday, saying there was "no initiative." Syrian state television quoted a source at the foreign ministry saying "Syria is ready to participate in preliminary consultations in Moscow in order to meet the aspirations of Syrians to find a way out of crisis. ...


2014-12-27 09:46:36 -0500