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Do You Have to Pay On-Call Employees for Their Time On-Call?
Mar 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans When you hire certain employees for on-call services, questions often arise about wages and hours. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) addresses the issue of on-call employe...
Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
Authorl Stephen D. Hans For more than thirty years, a line was drawn that differentiated a franchiser and franchisee. The relationship between the two served each other well. Entrepreneurs looking ...
Septic Tank Pipe-Cover Crafts
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
Many yards have ugly septic tank pipes sticking up out of the ground, but not all yards have ones that stand out in the open. In some cases, the septic pipes are hidden amongst trees, bushes or oth...
Are Your Dress Code and Grooming Policies Violating Discrimination Laws?
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
      Author: Stephen Hans Companies have the right to expect employees to be neat in appearance and follow a company dress code. Some companies require short hair for men and no one gives it a sec...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: FEB 2015
Feb 16, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 124 124 recommendations | email to a friend
February 2015 Queens NY Market Update  Home sales continued to decrease in January, significantly below last year, however, inventory ticked up slightly. In response to the low inventory levels and...
Ruby Tuesday Is Accused of Gender Discrimination Involving Men
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 160 160 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans It is common for the media to report on cases of gender discrimination where females did not receive equal pay or the same promotional opportunities as men. In contrast to t...
Stronger Mind, Happier You
Feb 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 193 193 recommendations | email to a friend
by Mary Murphy A lot of emphasis is put on the body when talking about working out—those washboard abs, defined calves, slimmed thighs--but sometimes we forget that the mind is part of the body, to...
Know and Follow the Regulations for Tip Pools
Feb 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 225 225 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans In the restaurant business and hospitality industry in general, employees who provide services, such as servers, hosting staff, bartenders and bus persons typically receive ...
Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Most Units Sold in 2014!
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 290 290 recommendations | email to a friend
The Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty, led by George & Abigail Herrera, were recently honored at the Keller Williams Realty Landmark II awards ceremony in Astoria, NY. Out of 160 Agents, Q...
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare)
Jan 29, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 299 299 recommendations | email to a friend
Author; Donna Stefans Re:Obamacare The Health insurance reporting requirements on the 2014 tax return are a bit complicated. If you and your family were covered by an employer health care plan for ...

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Singer-songwriter Hillary Barleaux releases her first album
Hillary Barleaux grew up in the small town of Walton in Delaware County. Both of her parents were writers, her father at GQ Magazine and her mother a stay-at-home mom and freelancer for numerous ma...
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 227 227 recommendations | email to a friend
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Erin Barra and…
Brooklyn-based electronic artist reaches out to the youth
Dec 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 237 237 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Brooklyn-based Butcher Knives
The makings of an eclectic punk band
Dec 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 259 259 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with singer-songwriter Nina Yasmineh
Whether through coincidence or fate, Nina Yasmineh recently received the inspiration she needed to record her latest Seven Years EP in her Bushwick apartment. Her subtle and often authoritative voc...
Dec 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 264 264 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn’s Sharkmuffin releases a new Sandy-inspired EP
Q&A with lead singer Tarra Thiessen about the band
Dec 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 263 263 recommendations | email to a friend
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NYC songwriter builds a solo career
Q&A with Ryan Hobler about his first solo album
Nov 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 274 274 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bella Lena’s brings a taste of Italy to the heart of Ridgewood
Behind the doors of Bella Lena’s is a warmly lit, old world atmosphere that is often lost when it comes to family dining. For the last year, this neighborhood Italian restaurant, located at 64-02 F...
Nov 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 287 287 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn band brings back the grunge
Q&A with front man and guitarist Gavin Dunaway
Nov 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 283 283 recommendations | email to a friend
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New JFK Film Premiering in Forest Hills
Cinemart Cinemas and Theater Cafe, the homey movie theater at 106-03 Metropolitan Ave. in Forest Hills, will host the premiere screening of the new film “JFK: A President Betrayed” from Nov. 22 to ...
Nov 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 261 261 recommendations | email to a friend
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Carl Paolino takes his first stab at writing
Deathmatch puppeteer from Maspeth writes first graphic novel
Nov 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 251 251 recommendations | email to a friend
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Empty Chairs releases their debut album
Q&A with the band and a look into Caveat Emptor
Nov 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 247 247 recommendations | email to a friend
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Building Pictures: from Ireland to Brooklyn
Q&A with lead singer and band founder John Gribbin
Nov 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 256 256 recommendations | email to a friend
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Climbing the progressive ladder of jazz
A Q&A with Carl Bartlett, Jr. about the saxophone and his personal inspiration
Oct 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 265 265 recommendations | email to a friend
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New York Funk Exchange release a new album
Q&A with lead singer Serena Fortier about the nine-piece band
Oct 30, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 251 251 recommendations | email to a friend
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5 Napkin serves up a burger worthy of October
In the spirit of October, 5 Napkin Burger has unveiled their “Oktoberfest” burger featuring a beef knockwurst patty, muenster cheese, black label bacon and mustard onions on a pretzel roll. The pat...
Oct 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 252 252 recommendations | email to a friend
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US air accident investigators are reviewing a petition to reopen a probe into the February 1959 plane crash that killed rock 'n' roll pioneers Buddy Holly, Hollywood Walk of Fame star seen here, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "Big Bopper" RichardsonUS air accident investigators are reviewing a petition to reopen a probe into the February 1959 plane crash that killed rock 'n' roll pioneers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson. The iconic musicians and their 21-year-old pilot were killed when their chartered Beechcraft Bonanza crashed soon after takeoff at night from Mason City, Iowa amid gusty wintery weather. In a blog Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) acknowledged receiving a petition asking it to go back on the September 1959 findings of the US government's Civil Aeronautics Board. "If the NTSB determines that this petition meets the criteria, then we will examine any new evidence presented and determine its merit," it said.


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A large sign with the names of the Boston Marathon bombing victims and thanking law enforcement is placed at a makeshift memorial for victims near the site of the bombings on April 21, 2013, in Boston, MassachusettsSurvivors of the Boston Marathon bombings choked back tears Wednesday as they told how a day of celebration turned into a horrific urban war zone of torn limbs and burnt flesh. Victims recalled smoke, chaos and terrified screams as they lay in excruciating pain fearing death from the deadly blasts near the finish line at the 2013 race. Karen McWatters, a mother of two who lost a leg, told how she held hands with Krystle Campbell, one of the three people who were killed, and how she felt life ebbing from her close friend. Despite agonizing injuries, McWatters said she pulled herself over burning pieces of shrapnel to get close to her friend.


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Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces the death penalty if convicted of killing three people and wounding 264 in April 2013Lawyers for the student on trial for the Boston marathon bombings bluntly admitted Wednesday that he was responsible for the attacks, but insisted he had been led astray by his brother. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty and -- while survivors recounted the carnage in graphic detail -- the defense sought to put the bulk of the blame on his slain older sibling. Prosecutors said Tsarnaev carried out the attacks to avenge the deaths of fellow Muslims overseas after learning how to build pressure-cooker bombs through an Al-Qaeda publication. The Kyrgyzstan-born US citizen faces the death penalty if convicted of the bombings which killed three people and wounded 264, on April 15, 2013.


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