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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 35 35 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 | 31 31 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 | 81 81 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 | 113 113 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 | 135 135 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 | 123 123 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 | 131 131 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 | 179 179 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 | 252 252 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 | 262 262 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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Blame voters, not politics
Dear Editor: A midterm turnout is normally low, yet this year’s participation was last seen in 1942 during WW11. In a president’s second term a reversal to the president’s party is normal. Reagan, ...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bush to blame
Dear Editor: To those who are still wondering why people continue to blame Bush for everything, here's a question for you: If someone destroyed your job (record unemployment), burned down your hous...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Day of giving
Dear Editor: The winter holiday season is fast-approaching. In the spirit of the season, New York Junior Tennis & Learning is taking part in the third annual day of giving, called #GivingTuesday, o...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wrong move
Dear Editor: President Barack Obama has carried through with his threat and issues an executive order that would shield 5 million undocumented immigrants. But this will create massive problems, inc...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Goodwill for Astoria Cove
Dear Editor: Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey offers its support in favor of the Astoria Cove development project. Our headquarters is located adjacent to and south o...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tardy de Blasio
Dear Editor: Mayor Bill de Blasio gets out of bed late and arrives 20 minutes late for a memorial ceremony for those who died 13 years ago on November 12 aboard American Airlines flight 587. The fl...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Give me blunt
Dear Editor: In the November 6th issue, dispatcher Robert LaRosa alleges that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ruined his presidential hopes by telling a man attending one of his speeches to keep...
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Stringer duties
Dear Editor: Comptroller Scott Stringer is a spoiled child having a temper tantrum. Perhaps he needs a timeout? Who knew that taxpayers are paying for members of the Police Department Intelligence ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Now get to work
Dear Editor: With the midterm elections over and many new people elected to office, it is now high time that the president sit down and work with all of our elected officials, both Republican and D...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Blow to Obama
Dear Editor: The Republican victories across the country proved that Americans are unhappy with current leadership under President Barack Obama. There have been many issues that have been troubling...
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No unity among Dems
Dear Editor: Many registered Democratic Party voters could see through the hypocrisy of their candidates for governor, Senate and House. With one hand, they gladly accepted President Barack Obama's...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Balancing act
Dear Editor: Although the United States faces two years of divided government, having a Democratic president and Republican Congress need not bring total gridlock. This is an opportunity to pass re...
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Limited vs. local on the B41
Dear Editor: I've been writing about this situation for over three years, but I'm sure the problem has been going on for a lot longer. I've made complaints to the Community Assistance Desk at Borou...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who will really pay for airport upgrades?
Dear Editor: Governor Andrew Cuomo did a disservice to residents of Queens and nearby areas on Monday, October 20, when he called for plans to modernize LaGuardia and Kennedy airports without expla...
Nov 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sit down & shut up
Dear Editor: Congratulations to Chris Christie for finishing what he started. And by that I mean completely eliminating any last shred of dignity he had left and destroying any chance of ever becom...
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People look at items in a mall in central Moscow on December 15, 2014Deep recession, skyrocketing prices and a fragile banking system: although the ruble seems to have stabilised after its abysmal drop this past week, Russia still faces the heavy consequences of the turbulence. A double whammy of Western sanctions over Ukraine and plunging oil prices finally caught up with the country that depends on energy exports for half of government revenue, and the authorities came out of their apparent stupor only as the ruble's plunge in value had already gained momentum. After the ruble fell by nearly 10 percent on Monday, the central bank moved beyond its limited currency market interventions and in the middle of the night hiked the key interest rate by a tremendous 6.5 percentage points to 17 percent.


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Mourners visit a memorial near the house where eight children ranging from babies to teenagers were found dead in the northern Australian city of Cairns, December 20, 2014The mother of seven of eight children killed in Australia was charged with their murder Sunday, police said, describing it as the most tragic episode in their career as a makeshift memorial saw an outpouring of grief. The 37-year-old, named in local media as Mersane Warria, was charged with eight counts of murder after the bodies of the children -- four girls and four boys aged between two to 14 -- were found in the northern city of Cairns on Friday morning. The murders have stunned Australia, still reeling from a dramatic siege in a central Sydney cafe this week, which left two hostages and a gunman dead, and prompted widespread shock and anger. "I would suspect it might be the most tragic event we have had to deal with," Cairns detective inspector Bruno Asnicar told reporters.


2014-12-21 01:14:51 -0500

Police officers block off the scene of a a shooting incident where a gunman killed two New York police officers as they sat in their squad car before turning his weapon on himself in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo and Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man. If the killings do turn out to have been motivated by the death of Eric Garner, they could inflame tension over race and law enforcement that have dogged New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, sparked protests around the country and drawn in President Barack Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder. ...


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