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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 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 | 46 46 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 | 90 90 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 | 112 112 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 | 147 147 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 | 180 180 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 | 214 214 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 | 275 275 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 | 283 283 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 ...
A Different Slant on Class-Based Hiring Discrimination
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 262 262 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Most employers are familiar with the pitfalls of discriminating against applicants in protected classes under Civil Rights laws. For the most part, African Americans, Hispan...

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Translating the OWS doublespeak
Dear Editor: News reports about Occupy Wall Street and interviews with occupiers are reminiscent of the doublespeak of the Mad Hatter, March Hare, and Dormouse in Alice in Wonderland. “Greed” means...
Nov 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kudos on Fall Festival
Dear Editor: I would like to thank the staff and students of Grover Cleveland High School for hosting the Fall Festival on Friday, October 28, for the students and parents of P.S. 153. Everyone who...
Nov 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reform the BSA!
Dear Editor: The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) is a city agency that hears and rules on land use requests. Many of the cases involve variance requests that allow an applicant to develop a si...
Oct 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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How many more lives will be lost?
Dear Editor: Another week and another child gone. When will it stop? When will we as a society strive to prevent children from taking their own lives? For every child that takes his or her life, th...
Oct 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dispatcher wrong on who to tax
Dear Editor: In the October 13th edition, you printed a letter decrying the fact that 46 percent of Americans do not pay federal income tax. A glance at the tax rates shows that no federal income t...
Oct 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bad news for newsstands
Dear Editor: How disappointing to learn that so-called liberal and progressive Councilman Daniel Dromm is leading the fight to stop a newsstand from opening up in Jackson Heights at the corner of 7...
Oct 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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On #OccupyWallStreet
Dear Editor: What better place to demand the redistribution of wealth than on Wall Street? When the occupiers were asked, most could not explain their grievances, why they were there, who will dete...
Oct 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Memories of the Leader/Observer
Dear Editor: I purchased a Leader/Observer route from a classmate at St. Thomas for 15 cents in 1945 at the age of 8. I had 35 customers from 85th Street and Jamaica Avenue to about 98th Street at ...
Oct 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Need more time to study 'fracking'
Dear Editor: Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is a process used to extract natural gas from underground shale deposits. The problem with the process is that it uses toxic carcinogenic chemicals...
Oct 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don't raise taxes, just tax more
Dear Editor: President Barack Obama's proposed tax increases gives a free pass to the 46 percent of Americans who pay no Federal income tax. Increasing taxes on earners is just more redistribution ...
Oct 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kudos to NYC emergency crews
Dear Editor: The helicopter crash in the East River, in which unfortunately one person died, was indeed a tragedy. Our police officers and firefighters and the Coast Guard responded immediately, go...
Oct 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Support your local pharmacy
Dear Editor: The recent closing of the Borders bookstore has me wondering what people would think if they lost the services of their local pharmacists. The possibility is real. The similarities to ...
Oct 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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GOP treatment of soldier a disgrace
Dear Editor: The GOP is rabidly rearing it's ugly head again, all under the guise of preserving the past. Well, at least the past as they see it. The audience at the Republican presidential debate ...
Oct 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Government should not create jobs
Dear Editor: Well, here we go again - promises, promises. Citizens should know that it is not the function of the president to create jobs. That is the job of the free market and it has been that w...
Oct 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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LIRR not to blame for noise
Dear Editor: Editor's note: This letter is in response to a letter published last week about noise in Forest Hills caused by the LIRR. I don't know what federal rule the LIRR is misinterpreting on ...
Sep 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jimmie Johnson pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Hampton, Ga. Johnson won the race. (AP Photo/Joe Sebo)HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — The season just started. The calendar hasn't even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title.


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A little girl looks out of a voting booth at a polling station in Tallinn, Estonia, on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Estonians are voting for a new Parliament in an election dominated by economic issues and security concerns due to tension in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Liis Treimann)TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's ruling Reform Party has emerged as the overall winner in the Baltic country's general election dominated by economic issues and security concerns over Russia's actions in Ukraine.


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Ian Poulter looks at his line on the second green during the third round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ian Poulter didn't realize he had a three-shot lead in the Honda Classic, only that he was playing well enough to feel like he was in control of his game and the tournament.


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