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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 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 | 50 50 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 | 97 97 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 | 116 116 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 | 152 152 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 | 185 185 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 | 218 218 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 | 281 281 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 | 289 289 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 | 269 269 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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Local band plays JOLLY good music
In an age when mainstream music takes few risks, JOLLY’s second studio album, The Audio Guide to Happiness (Part 1), has a refreshing and original sound that stimulates the mind and senses. Based o...
Jul 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local Queens band hits the stage at Irving Plaza
For local band, Bound by Substance, making it to the stage of Irving Plaza is a dream come true. The band will be playing at the venue as part of the Gotham Rocks three-year anniversary on Thursday...
Jul 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Summer’s Out, Fall’s In with these jean styles
In the fashion universe, the first day of fall is considered July 5th. What this means for you? End of summer sales and fall, fall fall! Since fall will be on the brain, what time better than the p...
Jul 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Astoria Saw Music Festival Has Real Teeth
One of the most unique events of the year is happening once more in Queens.
Jul 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival in full force
A guide to weeklong events that are all part of the festival
Jul 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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These Billyburg stores dish out serious style and more
With the constant changes and improvement of Brooklyn, shopping is at an all time peak with new stores and local designer talent. This week we hung out on Grand Street and Bedford Avenue in William...
Jun 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Crossing Art gallery explores motion and stillness
Joshua Spodek's linear zoetrope exhibition wows
Jun 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Color, color all through summer
As usual, bright vibrant hues are in for the warm months
Jun 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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BQ Events - 6/16 - 6/22
A roundup of things to do in Queens and Brooklyn each weekend
Jun 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not your grandmother's crochet
Look out for stylish crochet bathing suits, dresses this summer
Jun 15, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Booksmart Ballerina: Kew Gardens’ Jennifer Kronenberg pens book
The ballet dancer reflects on where she’s from & where she’s going
Jun 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Billyburg unites to help activist, Leonora Russo
By Holly Wilensky Are your neighbors lucky to live next door to you? Do you even know their names or anything about them? Whoever is lives next to Leonora Russo, or even in the same community, is c...
Jun 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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No writer's "Block" here: Author Lawrence Block returns with two new novels
Lawrence Block thought that he was done with writing. But for the author who has penned over 50 novels and over 100 short stories, it’s not a surprise to the crime writer’s fans that once again he ...
Jun 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Enormous taste at Thai Elephant in Astoria
So, you’re in Astoria and you’re looking for something spicy for lunch — where do you go? If you’re in the mood for Thai food head on over to the Thai Elephant, located at 21-09 31st street. Immedi...
Jun 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Beach essentials that won’t weigh you down
Mats, maps, books & all the in-between
Jun 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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national news

An oil well is seen near DenverBy Libby George LONDON (Reuters) - Oil rebounded by more than $2 toward $62 a barrel on Tuesday as fighting in Libya, stronger equity markets and firm demand helped Brent futures recover from their biggest one-day loss in a month. Brent crude fell more than $3 on Monday as traders refocused on rising global supplies, which have pushed oil prices down more than 60 percent between June and January. Oilfields and ports are increasingly a target in Libya's conflict, which pits two rival governments and their armed forces against each other, nearly four years after the uprising that ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi. U.S. crude futures , also known as West Texas Intermediate or WTI, were up $1 at $50.59 a barrel.


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Measles vaccine is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los AngelesBy Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chris Barr had no problem getting his eight children exempted from vaccinations when they went to school. First in California, and later when the family moved to Arkansas, the natural healing practitioner simply signed a piece of paper stating that his personal beliefs didn’t allow the immunizations. This year’s highly publicized measles outbreaks, which have infected more than 150 people in 17 states, are no longer front page news. The proposed laws have been introduced in statehouses by both Democrats and Republicans and include a range of approaches, from requiring schools to post immunization rates to entirely eliminating religious and philosophical exemptions.


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The Villarica volcano erupts near Pucon, Chile, early Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The Villarica volcano erupted Tuesday around 3 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), according to the National Emergency Office, which issued a red alert and ordered evacuations. (AP Photo/ Lautaro Salinas) CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN PUBLICACIONES O WEBSITES EN CHILESANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — One of South America's most active volcanos erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people.


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