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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 78 78 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 | 72 72 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 | 122 122 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 | 198 198 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 | 222 222 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 | 211 211 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 | 216 216 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 | 31 31 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 | 263 263 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 | 339 339 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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With guns a-blazin'
This really doesn't have anything to do with New York politics, and we really mean absolutely nothing. But we found it amusing just the same, and that we would share with you a glimpse of how local...
Jun 01, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pol Poz ready to make a Love Connection
Hey ladies, are you feeling lonely tonight? Been looking for Mr. Right, but just keep ending up with unambitious losers who can't seem to hold down a job? Well, you're in luck! According to a New Y...
May 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens pol takes on MLB, Apple
She may only be a state lawmaker from Flushing, but that isn't stopping Assemblywoman Grace Meng of Flushing from taking on the big boys. In fact, just last week she called out Major League Basebal...
May 12, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Flushing is their 'hood
Speaking of all things Flushing, we know this doesn't really have anything to do with politics, but somebody alerted us to this Youtube video recently that officially gives the neighborhood its str...
May 12, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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The suspense is killing us
Oh Tony Avella, why do you twease us so?! We find out that you have a Twitter account and we're constantly checking back to find out what is on your mind at any given moment, and all you give us th...
May 06, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Straight Dope
We're not really sure how much of this billboard is actually true, but we tend to believe everything that we read on giant signs while sitting in our cars in bumper-to-bumper traffic, so we have no...
May 06, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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If you haven't heard of Anthony Weiner, you will
As any fervent - or even casual follower of New York politics can tell you - our elected officials have a propensity for lying. And we're not talking about the little white lies that they like to t...
Apr 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Google has gone too far this time
Apparently, people all over the country, and by people we mean primarily politicians, are falling all over themselves trying to devise and scheme up crazy stunts to lure the almighty and benevolent...
Apr 13, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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A federal grand jury? Here we go again
Anybody in Queens up for more special elections? Alright, special elections might be a little premature, but can any elected official in Queens stay out of hot water? While nobody has been charged ...
Apr 06, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn pol says "Stop the Sag"
The Belt Parkway doesn't actually run through State Senator Eric Adams' district, but he sure wishes it did, so to speak. Adams recently made a video urging young black youth in his district to “St...
Mar 30, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will Levin's colleagues fall like Domino?
Sure, when we first start a new job we all want to hit the ground running, but let's face it, there is also that first two weeks or so when you just want to ease into your new responsibilities and ...
Mar 23, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Just when we thought things couldn't get stranger
We thought last week would be our last update on the race between Assemblyman Jose Peralta, former State Senator Hiram Monserrate, and Republican Robert Beltrani, but so much has happened in the pa...
Mar 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Friedrich still really hates flyer
Speaking of contentious races, the way Bob Friedrich is making the rounds criticizing David Weprin and his former campaign manager, Corey Bearak, you might be surprised to hear that the election to...
Mar 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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The curious case of Monserrate's endorsements
If you can't get anybody to endorse you today, just use the kind words they said about you yesterday. That's what Hiram Monserrate is doing in his race for State Senate. On his website, he has mess...
Mar 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trying to clear his name
There is certainly something to be said for never giving up. Of course, there is also something to be said for knowing when to give up. Apparently Bob Friedrich is still smarting from his loss to D...
Mar 09, 2010 | 3 3 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama spent the eighth day of his family's holiday vacation in Hawaii on Friday:
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New York City police officers walk toward Christ Tabernacle Church before funeral services for officer Rafael Ramos at in the Glendale section of Queens, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, in New York. Ramos and his partner, officer Wenjian Liu, were killed Dec. 20 as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The killings of two unarmed blacks by white police officers in Missouri and New York this summer touched off protests and a national debate over police conduct that intensified after grand juries refused to indict the officers.


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FILE - In this Dec. 27, 1983 file photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope John Paul II, left, meets Mehmet Ali Agca, in Agca's prison cell in Rome. The Vatican says the Turk who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 has laid flowers on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica. A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said the surprise visit Saturday by Mehmet Ali Agca lasted a few minutes. As with other flowers left by visitors to the tomb, the white blossoms were later removed by basilica workers. John Paul visited the incarcerated Agca in 1983 and later intervened with Italian authorities to gain Agca's release in 2000 from the Italian prison where he was serving a life sentence for the assassination attempt in St. Peter's Square. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, File)VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Turkish gunman who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 laid white flowers Saturday on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican officials said.


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