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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 38 38 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 | 34 34 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 | 84 84 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 | 116 116 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 | 138 138 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 | 126 126 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 | 134 134 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...
Health Warning! Please Don't Blow!
Dec 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Before you blow your leaves, consider this:  Ø  Gas lawn blowers are linked to cancer and might eventually be outlawed. They operate at a speed that is similar to hurricane winds, and stir up pesti...
What about Wellness Programs as Part of Health Coverage?
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 181 181 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 | 255 255 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...

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Keep LICH open
Dear Editor: I have been a caregiver at Long Island College Hospital for over 50 years, and I am urging the chancellor and Board of Trustees of the State University of New York to keep the doors of...
Feb 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lay off the Queen of Hearts
Dear Editor: After a long hard day at work, Al Bundy – like many hardworking New Yorkers - should be able to enjoy a brew along with an adult dancer. He would object to "Pol calls for more disclosu...
Jan 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lamenting Roe
Dear Editor: January 22 was the anniversary of of the Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal. Since 1973 there have been over 50 million abortions. It truly amazes me that such a decision wa...
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Sad Ending
Dear Editor: The story about the dolphin who swam into the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and eventually died is very sad. This poor creature somehow must have gotten separated from the rest of its pod ...
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Gun ban won't solve society's ills
Dear Editor: Evil people have committed evil acts since Cain killed Abel, yet we persist in the delusion that we can legislate evil into extinction. Good people will abide by the law; criminals wil...
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“Chairman” drags King into gun control debate
Dear Editor: Just when you think you have heard the most outrageous utterances from our gun-aholics, they one-up themselves. Following is the twisted logic presented by Larry Ward, chairman of Gun ...
Jan 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Doe Fund boss gets too much dough
Dear Editor: George McDonald, founder and president of the Doe Fund, announced that he's running for mayor of New York. He said that creating jobs is his top priority. He's already done that at the...
Jan 23, 2013 | 2 2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time for meaningful gun control reforms
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 President Obama and Vice President Biden deserve great credit for their efforts to curb gun violence in our country. So do Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg. It takes a lot of courag...
Jan 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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The “b” word
Dear Editor: Over the years, we have stopped using certain words to describe black, Jewish, homosexuals, and Latinos because we know that they are vile and degrade people. In the past these words j...
Jan 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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GOP needs to get into other races
Dear Editor: Allow me to add to the insightful "In Our Opinion…Joe plans to ride a whole "Lhota' love" from December 27.  How ironic that beleaguered New York City Republicans now have six potentia...
Jan 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
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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...
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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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In this photo taken on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, engineers work in a control room in the Dozhd's studio-apartment in Moscow, Russia .Russia’s only independent TV channel, Dozhd, faced all sorts of pressure this year and while the government was careful not to shut it down, a Kremlin-instigated smear campaign is causing a slow demise of this rare independent broadcaster. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW (AP) — Among the five TV journalists interviewing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the odd one out was easy to spot. Mikhail Zygar's questions were sharper than those of the others, who headed back to spacious television studios while Zygar broadcast his piece from a Moscow living room.


2014-12-21 05:28:38 -0500

A worker leaves the factory for one of the final shifts at the Ford assembly plant in GenkBy Robin Emmott and Robert-Jan Bartunek GENK, Belgium (Reuters) - In the heart of western Europe, the Belgian-Dutch-German rust belt has been dealt another blow. Two car plants closed this month as companies sought cheaper labor elsewhere, the final chapter of a manufacturing boom that began when coal mines fuelling Europe's industrialization shut in the 1960s. Now the region straddling three borders is trying to reinvent itself. A 315 billion euro EU investment plan, announced on Thursday, is the latest potential help. ...


2014-12-21 05:20:42 -0500

Iraqi Kurdish forces gather on the roof of their makeshift base, as they look upon areas held by Islamic State militants outside of Mosul, less than 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the newly liberated village of Kasr Reej, Iraq, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Sinjar mountain, an Iraqi lawmaker said Friday. (AP Photo/Zana Ahmed)SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish fighters are pushing their way into the town of Sinjar, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against Islamic State militants who captured the town last summer.


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