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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 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 | 52 52 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 | 99 99 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 | 118 118 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 | 154 154 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 | 187 187 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 | 220 220 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 | 282 282 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 | 291 291 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 | 271 271 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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Speed kills
Dear Editor: I say kudos to the city for adding 120 more speed cameras and reducing the speed limit near schools to 25 mph. It was about two years ago that my neighbor Joe, who was 86 years old, an...
Jul 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cuomo failed kids
Dear Editor: Andrew Cuomo let down New York's school children by abandoning the education tax credit, even after he promised to pass it this session. The education tax credit provides an incentive ...
Jul 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Whose fault?
Dear Editor: Iraq has once again taken over the headlines and the armchair warriors are valiantly fighting President Obama for not fighting in Iraq and fighting the enemy (whomever they may be) who...
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Summer learning
Dear Editor: While school ends this week for New York City public school students, learning should never end. Students – and their parents – should step up and prevent learning loss this summer. Th...
Jul 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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RIP Phil Ragusa
Dear Editor: 
I am saddened by the passing of Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa. I met him on a number of political campaigns I was involved with. 
I found Phil Ragusa most personable, h...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Totally agree
Dear Editor: I had to write and applaud your In Our Opinion (“A pothole in the road to Vision Zero” - 6/26) column from last week’s newspaper. A couple of weeks ago I narrowly missed running over a...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Addressing campus safety
Dear Editor: Thank you Assemblyman Ed Braunstein. For some time, a dirty little secret not touted on the glossy college recruiting brochures is the danger and criminal acts of violence against our ...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's still dope
Dear Editor: I am just wondering if the edible pot to be marketed in 18 months in New York State under Governor Andrew Cuomo's medical marijuana law shall hit the streets of the Briarwood bodega be...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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No respect
Dear Editor, What do Tammy Duckworth and Max Cleland have in common? They are two war veterans, amputees, and elected officials whose patriotism has been questioned and attacked by the GOP. So much...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Good riddance!
Dear Editor: I think Congressman Cantor's rejection by the hyper, Anti-Anything-Obama faction is good. The guy was an opportunistic representative of today's backward leaning version of the GOP. Th...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Legalize it
Dear Editor: The always insightful Anthony Stasi ("High Time for State Senate to Okay Medical Marijuana" - June 11) makes sense, but should go further. Consumption of marijuana for both medical and...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Traffic safety measures needed at APEC
Dear Editor: The Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Douglaston is a great place to learn about ecology and the need to protect and preserve our planet. The cente...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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City can't afford minimum wage of $15
Dear Editor: Regarding the proposed $15/hour municipal minimum wage, neither Mayor Bill de Blasio nor the City Council have the constitutional authority to mandate changes in the minimum wage. Seco...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keep parade route
Dear Editor: Apparently whoever made suggestions to change the [Forest Hills] parade route (Kiwanis already planning for 2015 Memorial Day Parade – Forest Hills Times, 6/12) does not have knowledge...
Jun 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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No 'Silver' lining
Dear Editor: I applaud Assemblyman David Weprin for proposing legislation that would protect the rights of both owners and drivers of horse-drawn carriages operating in Manhattan adjacent to Centra...
Jun 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday, focusing on the issue of tax subsidies available through insurance exchanges set up under the statute. Here is a look at the exchanges and subsidies. HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES The Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, requires people who do not get health insurance through their employer, or the government programs Medicare and Medicaid to buy their own insurance. To make that easier, it created health insurance exchanges, which are centralized online marketplaces that allow consumers to shop among competing insurance plans.
2015-03-03 10:18:43 -0500

Five minutes into trade on March 3, 2015 the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 18,251.99, down 36.64 points (0.20 percent)New York (AFP) - Wall Street stocks Tuesday retreated a day after the Nasdaq topped 5,000 for the first time in 15 years, as electronics retailer Best Buy announced big shareholder payouts.


2015-03-03 10:15:49 -0500

People wait in line to buy electronic items at a Best Buy store in Westbury, New YorkBest Buy Co Inc , the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, on Tuesday reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on a strong holiday season and said it would buy back stock for the first time since 2012. Chief Executive Officer Hubert Joly said on a conference call that Best Buy planned this year to start a cost-cutting effort to save $400 million over the next three years. Best Buy authorized a $1 billion share buyback over three years and announced a special dividend of about $180 million, or 51 cents per share, from proceeds from settlements of a lawsuit on price-fixing of TFT-LCD panels. Best Buy's sales at stores open at least a year increased 2 percent during the fourth quarter ended on Jan. 31, slightly more than the 1.9 percent rise estimated by analysts polled by research firm Consensus Metrix.


2015-03-03 10:14:26 -0500