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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 43 43 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 | 39 39 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 | 90 90 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 | 130 130 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 | 152 152 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 | 141 141 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 | 148 148 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 | 196 196 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 | 272 272 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...
VILLA ERASMO-NOW A 5 STAR RESTAURANT IN MIDDLE VILLAGE,NY
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Villa Erasmo- Italian 69-61 Juniper Blvd Middle Village, NY 11379 5 Star Review 11/13/2014 Nov.13,2014-Finally this restaurant has put it altogether. With a fantastic Chef, good courteous waiters a...

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A moderate's view
Dear Editor: As a registered Independent, I’ve regrettably grown accustomed to debating issues from the middle as extremists to the left and right shout hateful vitriol at one another at the tops o...
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Learn a simple oath
Dear Editor: Forget retraining police at a cost of $29 million. Instead, require every student, adult and elected representative of this great city and country to learn, understand and recite the f...
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Pick up electronics
Dear Editor: As of January 2015, the Department of Sanitation will no longer collect electronics such as televisions, computers and printers.People will have to lug their old items to a Best Buy or...
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Go to the tape!
Dear Editor: A grand jury decided not to indict the officer responsible for the chokehold, which is banned under NYPD policy, death of Eric Garner. Now the protests have begun. If only there had be...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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No anarchy in NYC
Dear Editor: The NYPD does it again by stopping anarchists who wanted to spoil the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and ruin it for many children. The message to protesters who tried to spoil the par...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not for this kind of freedom
Dear Editor: Men and women of all races and ethnic backgrounds are serving all over the world to insure our freedom. They are not fighting for looters and criminals to run free, burn police cars, r...
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For body cameras
Dear Editor: The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hands of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any...
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Thoughts on Badillo
Dear Editor: Herman Badillo worked tirelessly for the benefit of many during his long career as a congressman and a deputy mayor. He was a true professional,and a gentleman. He will be missed. He a...
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Strong secretary needed
Dear Editor: President Barack Obama has never enjoyed being commander-in-chief. He finds it difficult to even believe that the U.S. military can play a positive role in world affairs. Therefore, we...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Still a sinking ship
Dear Editor: On November 4, Americans rejected President Barack Obama and his progressive agenda and elected a majority of Republicans to Congress, as well as many state governments. The Democrats ...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Find role models
Dear Editor: We have another fallen role model in the person of Bill Cosby who has truly disappointed many of us with stories of his sexual exploits. Our youth are running out of role models with t...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not for this kind of freedom
Dear Editor: Men and women of all races and ethnic backgrounds are serving all over the world to insure our freedom. They are not fighting for looters and criminals to run free, burn police cars, r...
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The new normal?
Dear Editor: The monster snowstorm in Buffalo last week was downright scary. But storms like this are exactly the sort of extreme weather that climate scientists predict will become more frequent i...
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A helpful white lie
Dear Editor: While I agree that the American people should be angry for being lied to about Obamacare, the reason was a good one and the end result was a huge positive. Unlike when the Bush adminis...
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Who's safe?
Dear Editor: The recent tragic story about an innocent man being shoved in front of an approaching subway train and being killed again brings up the question, “where is it safe in this city?" Peopl...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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In this Dec. 19, 2014 photo, tourists sunbathe as a vendor sells kites decorated with Cuba's flag on a beach near Havana, Cuba. The easing of tourism regulations is a gamble for both the U.S. and Cuba. Obama said Wednesday that people-to-people travel was a way to “empower the Cuban people.” At the same time, a U.S. tourism surge could funnel sorely needed cash to a tourism industry run mostly by what Obama described Friday as “a regime that represses its people.” (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)HAVANA (AP) — U.S. tourists are roaming the streets of Old Havana, listening to lectures on Art Deco architecture and meeting with jazz musicians. What they aren't doing yet — at least most of the time — is lounging in the sun and sipping mojitos at white-sand-beach resorts.


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Dec. 28: Comic book creator Stan Lee ("Spider-Man," ''The Incredible Hulk") is 92. Actor Martin Milner ("Adam 12," ''Route 66") is 83. Actress Nichelle Nichols ("Star Trek") is 82. Actress Maggie Smith is 80. Saxophonist Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers is 76. Singer-keyboardist Edgar Winter is 68. Actor Denzel Washington is 60. Country singer Joe Diffie is 56. Drummer Mike McGuire of Shenandoah is 56. Country singer-guitarist Marty Roe of Diamond Rio is 54. Actor Malcolm Gets ("Caroline in the City") is 50. Comedian Seth Meyers ("Saturday Night Live") is 41. Actor Brendan Hines ("Lie to Me") is 38. Actor Joe Manganiello ("True Blood") is 38. Singer John Legend is 36. Actress Sienna Miller is 33. Actress Mackenzie Rosman ("7th Heaven") is 25. "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta is 24. Actor Miles Brown ("black-ish") is 10.
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KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — An intelligence service spokesman says the brother of a man who attacked police in France has been arrested in Burundi.
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