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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 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 | 21 21 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 | 62 62 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 | 82 82 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 | 119 119 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 | 150 150 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 | 185 185 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 | 247 247 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 | 255 255 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 | 239 239 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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Carousel off to a bad start
Dear Editor: What a farce. My wife and I went up to Forest Park on Sunday, May 27, to see the newly opened carousel, only to find a few problems with it. First, there are no signs on any of the roa...
Jun 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hooters just part of a larger issue
Dear Editor: I am writing in response to Larry Penner's dispatch “Why Oppose a Hooters?” in the Brooklyn Downtown Star on May 31. Until the citizens, residents and commercial interests of the Town ...
Jun 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who gives a 'Hooters' about one restaurant?
Dear Editor How disappointing that there are narrow-minded people who are opposing Hooters opening a branch in the Barclays Arena neighborhood in Downtown Brooklyn. After a long grueling day at wor...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ode to Rickles
Dear Editor: I recently discovered that comedian Donald Jay Rickles turned 86 on May 8. He is a real funny comic and a child lived in Jackson Heights. This news brought back memories of my one expe...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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The one who really keeps HOPE alive
Dear Editor: I read Deacon Art Griffin's letter (“To all those that keep HOPE alive”) in last week's issue. To me, all of the credit goes out to this wonderful man who started Project HOPE. How man...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Change won't come this election year
Dear Editor: The appearance of ads imploring us to “vote for change” and “make a difference” means election time is here. However, most elections do not effectuate change, but rather legitimize and...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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A Street Wake
Dear Editor: When Helen Genna died, her body remained unclaimed. A widow for several years, she lived alone in the Wilshire at 34-15 74th Street in Jackson Heights. It had been her home for over fo...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Romney not the man for the job
Dear Editor Let's adopt the "common sense" ideas Mitt Romney used en masse to lead his state from 37th to 47th in job creation. He never talks about his term as governor of Massachusetts, where he ...
May 22, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thanks to all who help keep HOPE alive
Dear Editor: Project HOPE (Help Our People Eat) has now entered its fourth year feeding the hungry. This volunteer program is sponsored by Transfiguration and St. Stanislaus parishes in Maspeth, an...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Monserrate just a small fish in a big pond
Dear Editor: Hiram Monserrate and the other "caught Albany pols" are only the tip of the corrupt iceberg in our State Capitol. It has been going on for decades, and once in a while there has to be ...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garbage policy is pure trash
Dear Editor: I want to publicly thank State Senator Tony Avella for his concern and action on behalf of his constituents regarding the rules and regulations for placing refuse out for collection. C...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nursing Home Week
Dear Editor: National Nursing Home Week, which began on Mother’s Day and ends May 19, is a special week to “Celebrate the Journey” of residents and honor them with a shower of community support. Th...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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What's the president thinking on same-sex marriage?
Dear Editor: President Barack Obama is the first president to come out in support of same-sex marriage. Now I am a Catholic and a grand knight in the Knights of Columbus and firmly believe that mar...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Agree with dispatcher on oil breaks
Dear Editor: In the April 19th edition, there was a letter from Joanna Livingstone regarding the March 29th vote to block legislation that would strip billions of dollars in tax breaks for the bigg...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Help save ALA asthma program
Dear Editor: Spring is in the air—and so are asthma triggers. Did you know that asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under 15; or that it is a leading cause of school...
May 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Monica Kelsey, firefighter and medic who is president of Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc., poses with a prototype of a baby box, where parents could surrender their newborns anonymously, outside her fire station in Woodburn, Ind., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and other selected sites under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what's inside could save an abandoned newborn's life.


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A French Navy Hawkeye reconnaissance plane prepares to take off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Gulf on February 24, 2015 as part of a campaign against the Islamic State groupThe US-led coalition has carried out air strikes against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, where the jihadists have launched a new offensive and kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians. The raids on Thursday struck areas around the town of Tal Tamr in Hasakeh province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, without giving information on possible casualties. The town remains under the control of Kurdish forces, but at least 10 surrounding villages have been seized by IS, along with the captives. The IS offensive has killed at least 35 jihadists and 25 members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and of an Assyrian defence force, according to the Observatory.


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Police forensics investigate the scene where US blogger of Bangladeshi origin was hacked to death by unidentified assailants in Dhaka on February 27, 2015Hundreds of protesters gathered in Dhaka on Friday to denounce the murder of a prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin hacked to death with machetes after he allegedly received threats from Islamists. The demonstrators -- including teachers, publishers and fellow writers -- met near the spot where Avijit Roy, founder of Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog, was attacked by unknown assailants as he returned home from a book fair with his wife on Thursday evening.


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