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Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Most Units Sold in 2014!
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
The Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty, led by George & Abigail Herrera, were recently honored at the Keller Williams Realty Landmark II awards ceremony in Astoria, NY. Out of 160 Agents, Q...
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare)
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Author; Donna Stefans Re:Obamacare The Health insurance reporting requirements on the 2014 tax return are a bit complicated. If you and your family were covered by an employer health care plan for ...
A Different Slant on Class-Based Hiring Discrimination
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Most employers are familiar with the pitfalls of discriminating against applicants in protected classes under Civil Rights laws. For the most part, African Americans, Hispan...
← How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants? Are Employers Free from Liability When Using Staffing Agencies to Terminate Employees?
Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
Companies often find that staffing agencies are valuable resources for helping them fill temporary or permanent positions and for handling human resources issues. However, recently, an outside staf...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JANUARY 2015
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
January 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of existing home sales increased in December, but remained below that in the same month of the previous year. Home prices declined as we moved in to t...
Negligence of Oregon Hospital Led to Wrongful Death of Patient
Jan 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
Author:  Mark H. Sackstein, Esq. All it takes is one small mistake for a disaster to occur. No matter how much research is done when choosing a hospital, it is impossible to predict a situation suc...
Matching Workouts With the Results You Want
Jan 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard friends complain about not getting the results they want, despite how much energy they’re putting into their workout.  People who want bigger muscles go t...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the way...
Immersed in ancient times; the performance of Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. A review.
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 139 139 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   Imagine being immersed in an ancient world, with colossal stone columns, palaces and images of deities, a marvelous music surrounding you and, thank God, no ce...

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Gerrymandering is unfair across the board
Dear Editor: One of the cover stories of the February 16th issue about redistricting certainly brought up some good points of contention, but like all arguments there are more sides to the story. T...
Feb 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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LATFOR failed at redistricting
Dear Editor: On February 7, the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) held a public hearing at Queens Borough Hall to gather comments from the p...
Feb 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Praise for Paul
Dear Editor: Texas Republican Congress member and presidential candidate Ron Paul is refreshingly candid. Too many candidates for public office base and/or change their views on issues of the day u...
Feb 14, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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The White Wing
Dear Editor: Just when you think you’ve seen them at their lowest, the “White” Wing Conservatives drop the bar even further. Yes, the White Wing is in fact a faction the Right Wing. As much as they...
Feb 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keep churches out of city schools
Dear Editor: The presence of religious services or religious activities of any kind in taxpayer-supported public schools violates the separation of church and state. I strongly disagree with the ef...
Feb 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Smoke & Mirrors
Dear Editor: With the new plan President Barack Obama has come up with, religious organizations, charities, and hospitals won't have to include contraceptive services as part of their health care p...
Feb 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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We, the people, reject redistricting
Dear Editor: Regarding the newly drawn district lines, these lines do not reflect fair and independent districts. The result of this plan will be matching excellent, current Queens State Senators a...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who's retiring well?
Dear Editor: A recent article about people not having enough money to retire raises an interesting question: whose responsibility is it to make sure you have enough money to retire? You or your emp...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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In a Michigan state of mind
Dear Editor: I've just returned from a visit with my sister in Michigan. I had been putting it off and making excuses for not going for some time. After all the depressing news about the dismal eco...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Same-sex marriage issue already decided
Dear Editor: In your Dispatch letter “Let the people decide” (1/26/12) concerning same-sex marriage, a writer suggests this “issue” should be “a referendum for the entire state of New Jersey to dec...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keep the pressure on Big Tobacco
Dear Editor: I would like to acknowledge the story printed on January 4, 2012, entitled “New Yorkers can expect to live even longer.” It was a positive article, and gave us New Yorkers many reasons...
Feb 01, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Same old fear-mongering
Dear Editor: On the subject of Mitch Daniels... More of the same old rhetoric from the same old rich Republicans protecting their financial interests with made-up lies, attempting to pander to vote...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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What about the other languages?
This following is a letter that was sent to Congressman Crowley: I resent that your latest newsletter mailed to me was printed half in Spanish. Queens prides itself in being the most ethnically div...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Catholic schools make a difference
Dear Editor: This year, Catholic School week is observed from January 29 to February 4, and it is a time to praise all these schools and what they do. We at St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Counci...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Courage & dignity down with the ship
Dear Editor: Apparently, many of the crew aboard the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which grounded off the coast of Tuscany, attempted to save their own lives without trying to help others. That sort...
Jan 27, 2012 | 3 3 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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A Toyota logo is seen on a car inside a showroom at a Toyota dealership in WarsawThe auto industry’s airbag troubles deepened on Saturday, as federal regulators said three big automakers will recall about 2.1 million older vehicles to fix defects that could cause airbags to deploy when they are not supposed to. Toyota Motor Corp , Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Honda Motor Co have issued three earlier recalls to fix problems with a defective chip in the affected airbag systems. The latest air bag recalls were not related to a wider issue involving millions of vehicles recalled over Takata Corp air bags. NHTSA blamed the problems it reported on Saturday on "electrical noise" in the air bag system.


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Palestinian youths hold weapons during a military-style graduation ceremony after being trained at one of the Hamas-run Liberation Camps, in Gaza CityBy Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organization, a ruling in keeping with a systematic crackdown on Islamists by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Sisi said on Saturday Egypt faces a tough, prolonged campaign against militancy. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group and repressed thoroughly since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013. "We reject the Egyptian court's decision against Qassam Brigades.


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Trudie Acheatel, wearing an Ernie Banks jersey, pays her respects during a public visitation held for the Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer who died after a heart attack last week Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Chicago. "Mr. Cub" is remembered as much for his boundless enthusiasm despite playing on mostly losing teams as his 512 home runs and two MVP awards. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday on what would have been his 84th birthday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — A memorial service is underway for legendary Chicago Cubs slugger Ernie Banks, with fans and friends paying tribute at a packed church.


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