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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 | 36 36 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 | 125 125 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 | 146 146 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 | 134 134 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 | 141 141 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 | 190 190 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 | 266 266 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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COTA is saving lives
Dear Editor: The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) was founded in 1986 when residents of Bloomington, Indiana, rallied around a toddler who needed a life-saving liver transplant. In le...
Apr 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don’t waste rail line
Dear Editor: Whatever happened to doing fair studies of finding the best solution to a problem? It appears that the city has already made up its mind that we will have Select Bus Service (SBS) alon...
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Sigmund has his facts wrong
Dear Editor: When the Global Gateway Alliance formed, it enlisted the membership of the Regional Plan Association, New York University and other NYC institutions. With access to such a wellspring o...
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Kudos to QQS
Dear Editor: It is with great pleasure that I read of the accomplishments of Queens Quiet Skies and other entities in convincing Governor Andrew Cuomo to advocate for mitigation of the noise and po...
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Bad debt
Dear Editor: Concerning ongoing negotiations with various municipal unions, including the very powerful United Federation of Teachers (UFT), behind closed doors, Mayor Bill de Blasio reminds me of ...
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Bag the bag fee
Dear Editor: The City Council is ready to vote on a 10-cent fee for consumers who don't use their own bags at checkout. The ideal is to get the consumers to bring in their own reusable bags. Mayor ...
Apr 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
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Free for who?
Dear Editor: So now Public Advocate Letitia James is lobbying the myopic Carmen Farina of the Education Department for a policy of free lunch for all students without any financial considerations o...
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 110 110 recommendations | email to a friend
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Make a difference
Dear Editor: I think that most of us are aware of our elected officials and the job that they do on behalf of our communities, but we should also recognize the contribution that our community board...
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 112 112 recommendations | email to a friend
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Build the terminal
Dear Editor: Construction of a Flushing Intermodal Bus Terminal might be a better alternative to "New bus routes near church" (Shane Miller - March 13). In the early 1960's, Flushing Municipal Park...
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 114 114 recommendations | email to a friend
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What security?
Dear Editor: I found it quite disturbing to read that a 16-year-old youth climbed all the way to the top of the World Trade Center and was not stopped. Now my question was where was security, or la...
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No to ID cards
Dear Editor: Mayor Bill de Blasio in his State of the City Address offered a plan to the city’s almost half-million undocumented to issue municipal identification cards regardless of immigration st...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
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Competing quotes
Dear Editor: I had to chuckle recently upon reading a letter in which the writer cautions the self-congratulating Ed Konecnik to be careful not to dislocate his shoulder while constantly patting hi...
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A true patriot
Dear Editor: Edward Rieck’s response (2/27 issue) to Mirza Ghulam Haseeb’s letter was disheartening and downright offensive. The horror of September 11th and other terrorist attacks is in no way a ...
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Ayn’s intent
Dear Editor: In response to Dr. Joe Brooks’ misdiagnosis of Ayn Rand’s philosophy as sociopathic, it is obvious he has misinterpreted her theories or never read her novels or treatises. It is easy ...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dumber than phones
Dear Editor: Instead of demanding that smartphone makers put a kill switch on their devices, legislators and law enforcement officials should demand that smartphone users put a kill switch on their...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, file photo, Moroccan transvestite, actress and dancer Noor poses for photographers as she arrives at the Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech, Morocco. In this conservative Muslim country where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by up to three years in jail, a transgender woman like Noor is not only accepted but is a celebrity. Her ability to seemingly transcend the restrictions of her culture speaks both to her star power and to a certain kind of tolerance toward sexual minorities in this North African nation, and even in the wider Middle East. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — It was a slow night on the red carpet at the opening of the Marrakech film festival for the photographers and everyone was complaining over the lack of celebrities.


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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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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, welcomes Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Mykola Lazarenko, Pool)MINSK, Belarus (AP) — As relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated, there's one country that's reaping rewards — Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by the United States and the European Union.


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