blog roll
our featured bloggers
Do You Have to Pay On-Call Employees for Their Time On-Call?
Mar 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans When you hire certain employees for on-call services, questions often arise about wages and hours. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) addresses the issue of on-call employe...
Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 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 | 62 62 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 | 108 108 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 | 126 126 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 | 162 162 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 | 195 195 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 | 227 227 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 | 292 292 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 | 301 301 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 ...

more blogs

letters
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
full story
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
full story
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
full story
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
full story
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
full story
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
full story
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
full story
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
full story
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
full story
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
full story
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
full story
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
full story
'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
full story
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
full story
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
full story
national news

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert (C) he leaves the Sejong Cultural Institute in Seoul on March 5, 2015, after he was slashed on his face and arm by a blade-wielding assailant shouting anti-war slogansThe US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was recovering from surgery Thursday after having his face and arm slashed by a knife-wielding activist in an attack applauded by North Korean state media. The United States said it will never be deterred by "acts of violence" as the ambassador was rushed to hospital where his condition was described as stable after two-and-a-half hours of surgery that included 80 stitches to a deep gash on his right cheek. In a brief despatch, North Korea's official KCNA news agency called the attack "just punishment" and a valid "expression of resistance" that reflected South Korean public opposition to the joint drills which went ahead over Pyongyang's bitter protests.


2015-03-05 09:25:43 -0500

Crows sit on braches of a tree under snowfall on March 5, 2015 in Washington, DCA major winter storm slammed parts of the United States Thursday, as thousands of flights were canceled and government offices shut down in anticipation of more than half a foot of snow in the nation's capital. Snow started to fall in some parts of Washington DC Thursday, where the Office of Personnel Management ordered government employees to stay home. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cautioned.


2015-03-05 09:02:17 -0500

Henry Ford (L), Thomas Alva Edison (C) and Harvey Firestone, the "Big three" of US industry were also close friends and pictured here in 1930, on Edison's 83rd birthdayOne of Thomas Edison's little-known ambitions was to build a device to hear the voices of the dead, according to a nearly lost chapter of the inventor's memoirs which is being republished in France this week. Edison (1847-1931) detailed his efforts and they were published posthumously in 1948 as the final chapter of his "Diary and Sundry Observations".


2015-03-05 08:43:33 -0500