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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 60 60 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 | 54 54 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 | 105 105 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 | 171 171 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 | 194 194 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 | 183 183 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 | 189 189 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 | 238 238 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 | 314 314 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 | 45 45 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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Restore the Q74 by tolling bridges
Dear Editor: The MTA announced that it would restore 21 bus lines that were cut two years ago at a cost of $18 million. But the Q74 (also called the Vleigh Place Shuttle) won't be one of them. It s...
Jan 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Judge’s ruling on stop & frisk misguided
Dear Editor: I find it quite disturbing that federal Judge Shira Scheindlin has ordered a suspension of the use of stop-and frisk against suspected trespassers outside privately owed Bronx building...
Jan 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stop planting trees, start inspecting them
Dear Editor: One of the results of Hurricane Sandy was the enormous destruction of trees throughout the city. It was estimated that nearly 15,000 trees were uprooted or severely damaged by the stor...
Jan 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Electoral College has got to go
Dear Editor: Now that the presidential race has been decided, we should re-examine the way that this particular contest is conducted in our country. The Electoral College system that we use is clea...
Jan 10, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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GOP was wrong before, it’s wrong again
Dear Editor: Republicans are doing everything they can to protect the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. They claim that they are doing this because ending these tax cuts would harm the ec...
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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...
Jan 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Dec 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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Ornstein holds an American flag as fans line up at the Silent Movie Theatre for a midnight screening of "The Interview" in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Luc Cohen and Alicia Avila NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 movie theaters across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences and statements by patrons that they were championing freedom of expression. Co-directors Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who also co-stars in the low-brow comedy with James Franco, surprised moviegoers by appearing at the sold-out 12:30 a.m. ...


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NEW YORK (AP) — Critics and early viewers agree that "The Interview" is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event.
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A picture taken on December 24, 2014 reportedly shows an Islamic State group fighter collecting pieces from the remains of a Jordanian warplane in Syria's Raqa regionJordan vowed Thursday to make every effort to save a pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria as Washington denied claims the jihadists had shot down his warplane. Maaz al-Kassasbeh, a 26-year-old first lieutenant in the Jordanian air force, was captured by IS on Wednesday after his F-16 jet crashed while on a mission against the jihadists over northern Syria. It was the first warplane lost and the first capture of a serviceman since the coalition launched strikes against IS in Syria in September. The pilot's father, Safi al-Kassasbeh, urged IS to show "mercy" and treat his son a "guest".


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