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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 39 39 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 | 35 35 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 | 86 86 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 | 122 122 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 | 144 144 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 | 132 132 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 | 140 140 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 | 188 188 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 | 261 261 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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What about Pride?
Dear Editor: How can State Senator Tony Avella obtain $100,000 for a College Point senior center while ignoring the needs of Club Pride, a geriatric psycho-social center in Douglaston that is also ...
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Good work
Dear Editor: Thank you so much for the story on Fr. Joseph Palackal. I have the pleasure of knowing Fr. Joseph, and I think his project should definitely be supported. Sincerely, Janie Jurica Maspeth
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another anniversary
Dear Editor: The coverage of the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair in New York has been quite enjoyable. I have shared memories with family and friends, and I even dug out an old World's Fair bu...
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Keep it closed!
Dear Editor: The recent incident in which an elderly couple in Bayside were assaulted by two men posing as repairmen is again another reminder to all of us, whether we live in apartments or private...
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Time to act
Dear Editor: Putin is devious and duplicitous. He is defining reality to support his illegitimate claims and justify aggression. The Ukraine is an independent nation. It has been such since the bre...
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No to LNG fast-track
Dear Editor: On Wednesday, April 16, at 12 p.m., I joined a group of activists at a press conference outside the offices of senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer at 780 Third Avenue in Manh...
Apr 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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Adopt bag fee
Dear Editor: Every year, New York City throws away 5.2 billion plastic bags! On average, over 500,000,000 of those will find their way to the ocean, where their tiny scraps of chemical components w...
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Astorino could win
Dear Editor: Allow me to add to "Timing is a problem for Astorino" (April 17) by the always insightful Anthony Stasi. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, with Nassau County Executive Ed Mang...
Apr 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Defining America
Dear Editor: There is a movement gaining momentum because of frustration over an intrusive overbearing federal government and its obsession with multiculturalism. It is called secession, and there ...
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Tragic death
Dear Editor: The death of Officer Dennis Guerra is indeed a tragedy for his wife, four children and the NYPD. This never should have happened, but it did, all due to the arrogance and senseless act...
Apr 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend
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Save the park
Dear Editor: Three cheers for State Senator Tony Avella and the group Save Flushing Meadows Park for their efforts to stop the mega-mall in the Citi Field parking lot. They see it as it is: a sneak...
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Say no to ID
Dear Editor: With 90,700 apprehensions of illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas by U. S. Border Patrol over the last six months, Councilman Danny Dromm is drumming up support for his...
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Welcome Chick-fil-A
Dear Editor: How refreshing to hear that the owners of Chick-fil-A plan on opening up to 200 stores in New York City. Now watch how Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate...
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Making 'Dream' a reality
Dear Editor: Funding for the Dream Act, which would pay for the cost of college of children born in America to parents who are not legal citizens is simple: ask the Department of State to deduct th...
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Old Cold War is heating back up
Dear Editor: I bet most of you believe that The Cold War ended in Reagan’s administration. Surprise, surprise. The Russian Ministry is calling the Obama administration’s sanctions hasty and reckles...
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Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister al-Naimi talks to journalists before a meeting of OPEC oil ministers at OPEC's headquarters in ViennaBy Rania El Gamal and Maha El Dahan ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it would not cut output to prop up oil markets even if non-OPEC nations did so, in one of the toughest signals yet that the world's top petroleum exporter plans to ride out the market's biggest slump in years. Referring to countries outside of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi told reporters: "If they want to cut production they are welcome: We are not going to cut, certainly Saudi Arabia is not going to cut. ...


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A flame from a Saudi oil installion is seen in the desert near the oil-rich area of Khouris on June 23, 2008Oil-rich Arab Gulf countries on Sunday blamed "irresponsible" non-OPEC producers for a plunge in global crude prices, but voiced confidence that markets would rebound. World prices have fallen almost 50 percent since June, mainly due to a supply glut, the weak global economy and a strong US dollar. UAE energy minister Suhail al-Mazrouei, in a clear reference to shale and sand oil output from North America and other emerging energy markets, attributed the price dive to "newcomers". "One of the main causes is irresponsible production by some producers from outside the (OPEC) organisation," he told an energy forum in Abu Dhabi.


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Workers remove the poster for "The Interview" from a billboard in Hollywood, California, December 18, 2014The United States is mulling whether or not to place North Korea back onto its list of state sponsors of terrorism President Barack Obama said Sunday following the communist nation's alleged cyber attack on Sony Pictures.


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