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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 38 38 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 | 34 34 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 | 84 84 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 | 120 120 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 | 142 142 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 | 130 130 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 | 138 138 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 | 186 186 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 | 259 259 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 | 268 268 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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Don’t raise the age of retirement
Dear Editor: The retirement age in this country is already old enough, we need to lower the age to 62, not raise it to 67 and ask those politicians and ex-presidents who receive pensions - for many...
Jan 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Public advocate way off
Dear Editor: I am writing regarding the News Brief "De Blasio: get pension funds out of gun makers." Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has asked City Comptroller John Liu to take all pension plan mone...
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Ban assault rifles
Dear Editor: A devastating but all too familiar horror took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in an idyllic Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday, December 14. Twenty-six were killed: 20 young ch...
Dec 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nation needs to stop this debt madness
Dear Editor: Our national debt now exceeds $16.16 trillion. Our legal debt limit of $16.39 trillion will run out by the end of December based upon the current rate of spending. It is time for gover...
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CEO’s Want Entitlements Cuts
Dear Editor: A cadre of high-profile CEO’s came out to lobby Capitol Hill in an effort to get Social Security and Medicare on the table when the deficit reduction is negotiated. Most of the compani...
Dec 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sandy will soon become the norm
Dear Editor: Hurricane Sandy’s destruction lingers across New York, with downed trees, battered homes, and lost loved ones. One of my closest friends, who lives on the south shore of Long Island, h...
Dec 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gratitude from the ALA
Dear Editor: As holiday cards begin arriving, many Northeast residents will notice envelopes decorated with the American Lung Association’s Christmas Seals - a critical cornerstone in the fight for...
Dec 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unions don't just look out for themselves
Dear Editor: To all the people that think unions are only looking out for themselves: In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy many volunteer groups were sent to our area to help out with cleanup. Two i...
Dec 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Wright’ move
Dear Editor: The recent announcement that David Wright of the New York Mets has signed a contract for $140 million for another seven years is indeed great news. He exemplifies how every athlete sho...
Dec 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Plane’ Nonsense
Dear Editor: I have read that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will implement its controversial plan to change departure procedures from LaGuardia Airport. This means a constant stream of ...
Dec 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time for Boehner to compromise
Dear Editor: It is time for the House to work with the president. House Speaker John Boehner should understand that half of America does not belong to the wealthy and half of this great country doe...
Dec 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outrage over honor for Jill Kelley
Dear Editor: As a former Air Force officer (1964-68), I'm outraged that the Joint Chiefs of Staff presented the nation's second highest military honor for a civilian to Jill Kelley, the Tampa socia...
Dec 06, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Government out to punish the successful
Dear Editor: The fundamental transformation of America that President Barack Obama promised is in progress. Not so very long ago, we were nurtured to strive for excellence and success by examining ...
Dec 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fiscal cliff?
Dear Editor: The U.S. government is the biggest waster of money on earth. We do not need more tax money flowing into Washington. That's just another scam. The amount of money going to taxes is a sc...
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Sandy should be a wake-up call
Dear Editor: No one can deny the destruction from Hurricane Sandy has been widespread and devastating. Living in Manhattan, I saw the effects firsthand, as the Lower East Side and downtown areas we...
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Jewish children watch their father light candles during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. The Jewish festival of light is an eight-day commemoration of the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to put statues of Greek gods in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians hurling stones on Sunday at Jewish settlers' cars in the West Bank lightly injured a 4-year-old Israeli boy, the Israeli military said.


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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014 file-pool photo, Secretary of State, John Kerry meets with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Villa Taverna in Rome. Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it: Frustrated in his efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace. Facing a diplomatic showdown over Arab plans to force Israel from occupied Palestinian lands within three years, Kerry readied himself this week for a 72-hour trip to Jordan to craft a less explosive alternative. By Thursday, the crisis appeared to have been averted: Palestinian and Jordanian officials said they would not force their resolution to an immediate vote in the United Nations Security Council _ in part because the U.S. threatened to veto it. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File-Pool)WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace.


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FILE - A Wednesday Dec. 21, 2005 photo from files showing pop star Elton John, right, and his longtime partner David Furnish, after they had a civil ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor, England. Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to tie the knot for a second time this weekend, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain. The singer's spokesman, Gary Farrow, said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, that the ceremony will be private. Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Britain since March. Previously, gay couples could form civil partnerships, which carried the same legal status as marriage but without the title. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)LONDON (AP) — Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish have officially converted their civil partnership into a marriage.


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