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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 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 | 39 39 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 | 84 84 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 | 104 104 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 | 141 141 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 | 173 173 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 | 208 208 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 | 268 268 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 | 276 276 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 | 258 258 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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Time for the speaker to pay up
To the victors go the spoils! That was never more true than last week in the City Council, when committee posts were announced. Chairing a powerful committee comes not only with influence, but a ni...
Jan 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ex-pol finds it hard to leave la vida ‘Liu’-ca
It appears John Liu is having a hard time giving up the busy public schedule he had while he was in public office. Liu was known for keeping up an insane schedule of public appearances, often begin...
Jan 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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So long, it’s been good to...know you?
Former chief of staff Alexandra Rosa was the only veteran of Queens Borough Hall to exit with the departure of Helen Marshall and the entrance of new borough president Melinda Katz. Dan Andrews, wh...
Jan 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Working hard or hardly working?
On Thursday afternoon, the new First Lady of NYC, Chirlane McCray, tweeted out a photo of a shovel and said she knew what son Dante was going to be doing if there was no school on Friday. But then ...
Jan 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Legislative Acts
Queens elected officials past and present took to the stage at Queens College this past Saturday night for the annual Legislative Acts, a variety show-style set of performances. It's quite possibly...
Nov 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens vs. Bronx in political pigskin
We love when our elected officials duke it out. We like it even better when they do it on the football field! Queens and Bronx elected officials took to the gridiron last weekend in the first ever ...
Oct 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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Graziano endorses Vallone opponent
Paul Vallone certainly didn't make many friends among his fellow candidates in the Democratic Primary for the 19th Council District in northeast Queens, but he was willing to try. “We look forward ...
Oct 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens deserves a beep with 100 percent focus
The candidates for Queens borough president are fighting over one percent. Not one percent of the vote, mind you, but the “one percent” that members of Occupy Wall Street were so concerned about. M...
Oct 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sandinistas, Goldwater...is this the 2013 race for mayor?
The race for New York City mayor is starting to take on some pretty lofty political agendas beyond whether so-and-so supported extending term limits or not. Republican candidate Joe Lhota has been ...
Oct 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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Support is better late than never
This had to be a tough decision for the Queens County Democratic Party! On the steps of Borough Hall Monday, party leaders announced that Queens Democrats would officially be supporting in the upco...
Sep 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thompson: the runoff is off
So the 2013 primaries came and went and the winners were...well, in some cases we still don't know yet a week later. In the end, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio will be the Democratic nominee for ma...
Sep 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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What Avella's departure means for the Queens BP race
Who would have thought when the campaign to replace Helen Marshall as Queens borough president initially got underway that we would be left with a head-to-head race between just two candidates? If ...
Aug 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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A new low in latest Siena college poll
Ladies and gentleman, we have a new record! And it is a dubious one at that. According to a new Siena College poll released last week, 80 percent of voters view Anthony Weiner in an unfavorable lig...
Aug 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Liu’s funds, Weiner’s run & Lopez’s pic
Man, what a week in politics! We don’t even know where to begin, so we’re just going to touch on some of the highlights. Probably the biggest news of the week, or at least the most recent, is that ...
Aug 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Convenient timing for Bloomberg?
There is an interesting fight shaping up in the City Council over Mayor Bloomberg’s recent veto of the Community Safety Act, a piece of legislation aimed at the Police Department’s controversial st...
Jul 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Maryland guard Melo Trimble, bottom, and Michigan guard/forward Zak Irvin chase after a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Melo Trimble scored 19 points, and No. 14 Maryland beat Michigan 66-56 Saturday to complete an undefeated season at home in the Big Ten.


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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 file photo, Turkish writer Yasar Kemal, 85, delivers a speech during a ceremony at the Cankaya palace after he received Turkish Repuclic's "Big Art and Culture Prize" in Ankara, Turkey. Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists with worldwide readership, has died, his doctor said on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. He was 91. Kemal died at Istanbul’s Capa Hospital where he was admitted on Jan. 14 and was being treated in its intensive care unit for multiple organ failure, Dr. Mehmet Akif Karan said. Kemal was the author of "Memed, My Hawk" a story about feudal relations in Turkey's traditional southern regions in 1955. Like most of the more than 35 other novels he has written, it was widely translated. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, file)ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists whose focus on social injustices brought him into conflict with authority, died in Istanbul on Saturday. He was 91.


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Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visits the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Al-Abadi vowed to track down and punish those who were behind the smashing of rare ancient artifacts in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. On Thursday, the Islamic State group released a video purportedly showing militants using sledgehammers to smash the statues, describing them as idols that must be removed. The act brought global condemnation. (AP Photo)BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of attacks targeting public places and Shiite militia checkpoints in and north of Iraq's capital killed 37 people Saturday, authorities said.


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