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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 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 | 45 45 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 | 89 89 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 | 111 111 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 | 146 146 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 | 179 179 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 | 213 213 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 | 273 273 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 | 282 282 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 | 261 261 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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It's time to celebrate diversity
[Editor's note: this letter was sent to the principals of schools located inside of the 25th Council District] Dear Principal: As you may already have heard, Tyler Clementi, a first-year Rutgers Un...
Oct 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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I demand an apology
Dear Editor: As a candidate for the 38th Assembly District I demand an apology from Assemblyman Mike Miller after he stated that my recent endorsement from Citizens Union was hypocritical.  Assembl...
Oct 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 345 345 recommendations | email to a friend
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City right to nix paid Sick Leave bill
The Queens Chamber of Commerce fully supports New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s decision to oppose the Paid Sick Leave bill at this juncture. Her opposition to the bill is evidence th...
Oct 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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R.I.P. Borys Chikivchuk
Dear Editor: We are very sorry to learn about the passing of co-owner Borys Chikivchuk of Cafe 67 in Forest Hills and Cafe Bora Bora in Rego Park. Borys exemplified a dedicated individual, and a lo...
Oct 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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MTA still a bargain
Dear Editor: Future fare increases are inevitable due to inflation complimented by increasing costs of labor, power, fuel, other supplies and materials necessary to run any transit system. MTA serv...
Oct 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Paid Sick Leave bill a job killer
Dear Editor, As President of Allied Personnel Services Inc., a staffing firm, I strongly agree with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Mayor Michael Bloomberg's position against legislation r...
Oct 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Missing my candy store pals
Dear Editor: Back in the the 30's and '40's my brother Nat had the candy store (Lee's sweet shop) next door to the Maspeth Theatre, the only movie theater in Maspeth, on the corner of 69th Place an...
Oct 13, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cleanup crews delivered after 9/16 storm
Dear Editor: The Parks Department, private contractors and volunteers should be commended for the good job they did to restore Juniper Valley park and surrounding areas devastated by the storm that...
Oct 13, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens Farm has become a slaughterhouse
Dear Editor: I am 24 years old. Throughout my life I have visited the Queens County Farm. There are pictures of me in nursery school petting the pigs and turkeys. It was where I (and many other sch...
Oct 13, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cuomo vulnerable?
Dear Editor: Allow me to add to "This must be how they do things in Buffalo" (Pol Position- October 5).  Has Democrat State Attorney General and Governor wanna-be Andrew Cuomo morphed into Rick Laz...
Oct 13, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anti-gay attack deplorable
Dear Editor, Now more anti-gay attacks have occurred, and this time in the Bronx. I am appalled and outraged over this nefarious and egregious act by this gang of hate-mongers. There is far too muc...
Oct 13, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Old-time Maspeth on display
Dear readers, 1940s-era photos of Maspeth are currently on display inside of Maspeth Federal Savings Bank on 69th Street and Grand Avenue. The exhibit is called “Maspeth in the 1940's.” The exhibit...
Oct 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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'Sign' of bad times
Dear Editor: The $20 million Maurice Avenue reconstruction project that replaced water and sewer pipes was completed in June. I noticed when exiting eastbound off the Long Island Expressway that th...
Oct 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rigtht on, Carl!
Dear editor: I would like to applaud Carl Paladino for standing up for his young daughter. Carl Palindino was having a shouting match with a reporter for sending people over to his daughter's house...
Oct 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Checks and balances
Dear Editor: Republican/Conservative Party candidate Harry Wilson for State Comptroller makes sense.  State government has always had members of different political parties holding key statewide of...
Oct 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at his office, in central Athens, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Varoufakis said that Greece intends to start discussions with its European partners and creditors on debt rescheduling in order to make the country’s massive debt sustainable. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will prioritize debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund, some of which come due in March, but repayments to the European Central Bank are "in a different league" and will need discussion with Greece's creditors, the country's finance minister said.


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Sri Lanka's batsman Kumar Sangakkara (C) survives a run-out chance as England's Eoin Morgan (L) and James Anderson react, during their Cricket World Cup Pool A match in Wellington, on March 1, 2015Sri Lanka inflicted England's third crushing defeat by a Test nation at this World Cup with a nine-wicket win on Sunday that left their opponents' quarter-final hopes hanging by a thread as Pakistan looked to revive their bid for a place in the last eight. Chasing 310 for victory, Sri Lanka cruised to a seemingly stiff target with 16 balls to spare as Lahiru Thirimanne, who ended the match with a six off Chris Woakes to be 139 not out, and Kumar Sangakkara (117 not out) shared an unbroken partnership of 212 for the second wicket in Wellington. Yet Sangakkara insisted he still planned to retire from white-ball cricket after the World Cup as he was "getting old". England opened this World Cup with a 111-run loss to Australia before suffering an even more humiliating eight-wicket defeat by New Zealand, the other tournament co-hosts.


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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during a ceremony commemorating the 26th anniversary of El Caracazo, a deadly popular revolt, in Caracas on February 28, 2015President Nicolas Maduro plans to limit the US diplomatic presence in Venezuela and require American tourists to obtain visas, in a sign of growing tensions between the two countries. Maduro has intensified in recent months his allegations of coup and assassination plans -- often purportedly backed by the United States -- as he faces a deep economic crisis and a sharp drop in popularity. "In order to protect our country... I have decided to implement a system of compulsory visas for all Americans entering Venezuela," he told supporters. Under the new measures, Venezuela will start charging tourists the same visa fees the United States asks of Venezuelans, though it was unclear when the plan would be implemented.


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