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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 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 | 17 17 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 | 66 66 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 | 86 86 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 | 110 110 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 | 97 97 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 | 104 104 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 | 148 148 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 | 224 224 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...
Newtown Creek Alliance Public Meeting
Nov 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Please join the Newtown Creek Alliance for a public meeting to hear the latest on a number of recent, on-going  and upcoming projects to restore habitat, improve water quality and increase awarenes...

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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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So long Shinseki
Dear Editor: I am writing to simply say good riddance to Eric Shinseki, the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, upon his resignation over substandard timely care and false records in a num...
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Mixed Martial Politics
Dear Editor: Recent passage in the State Senate of bill S6502 sponsored by upstate City of Rome Republican State Senator Joe Griffo to legalize mixed martial arts in the State Legislature moving fo...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Help the scouts
Dear Editor: I would like to praise Boy Scout Troop #153 at St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston for their ongoing contribution to the church and to the community. I have been a Cub Scout, Boy Scout ...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wrong approach
Dear Editor: Mayor Bill de Blasio plans on creating 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next ten years in the City of New York. We need more affordable housing in our city, however, some o...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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What is fair?
Dear Editor: Politically correct speech has corrupted our language to the point that sometimes we no longer know what we are talking about. Descriptive characterizations and appellations no longer ...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pope Francis salutes at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. But it was actually Francis' predecessor, Emeritus Benedict XVI, who made the first high-level Vatican manoeuver to release Gross, spurred in part by an unlikely group of papal lobbyists.


2014-12-18 14:41:23 -0500

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2014 file photo, Glenn Adam Chin, former supervisory pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center, departs federal court in Boston. Chin was among 14 people from the pharmaceutical company arrested at their homes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge is weighing whether two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people should be freed until their criminal trials.


2014-12-18 14:39:56 -0500

File - This Oct. 9, 2014 file photo, shows an arm restraint on the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. Attorneys for 21 death row inmates who will be in a federal court this week challenging Oklahoma's lethal injection procedure outlined their strategy in court documents that reveal grisly new details in the botched execution of an inmate in April, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A longtime lawyer for Oklahoma's prison system says he felt pressured by the governor's and attorney general's offices to make sure executions last spring happened on schedule, despite the lack of an execution method.


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