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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 ...

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Charley Ukwubiwe, Pageant Contestant
At only 17 years of age, Charley Ukwubiwe already has big plans. The Cambria Heights resident, who attends Benjamin Cardozo High School, is running for the Miss New York Teen USA title. And for her...
Aug 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oraia Reid, RightRides Founder
Oraia Reid is doing her best to protect women and members of the LGBTQ community through her organization RightRides. Upon becoming aware of the increasing late night assaults on women in her neigh...
Aug 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will Le Vasseur, Actor
It's a well-known fact that up-and-coming actors usually have more than one job. So it's no surprise that Will Le Vasseur, the artistic director of the Astoria-based Redd Tale Theatre Company, is a...
Aug 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nicholas Weissman, Visual Journalist
A great storyteller needs to not only be extremely observant, but also must have the talent to unite the person recording a moment to the film’s viewers to draw emotion out of them. To tell that st...
Aug 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Adam Suerte, Tattoo artist
Tattoo and fine artist Adam Suerte gets his inspiration from the ever-changing landscape in his hometown of Carroll Gardens. A true urbanite, Suerte is known for his talent in cityscape tattoos, de...
Aug 03, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Susan Springer Anderson, Artist
Queens On the Record
Aug 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jen Waller, Brooklyn activist
For Jen Waller, social change comes from the citizens of a nation, not its government or non-profits who are beholden to their stakeholders. Waller, 24, is a native of Oakland, California, and now ...
Jul 27, 2011 | 4 4 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gia Forakis, Theater Artist
For Gia Forakis, art has always been her true calling. Heavily influenced by her parents, both of whom were artists, Forakis entered the theater world as a fledgling actress, performing in the Mere...
Jul 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Scott Sternbach, Photographer
Professor Scott Sternbach, who teaches at LaGuardia Community College, is finally seeing his lifelong dream come true. Thanks to a grant he received through the City University of New York, he will...
Jul 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jenny Topolski, Jewelry Maker
Dead bugs. Dead bees. Bones. These are the kinds of things many people would not want to wear around their necks or wrists. But Jenny Topolski finds beauty in them, enough to craft exquisite pieces...
Jul 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anton Dietrich, Longtime CB9 Member
Where Anton Dietrich grew up, the Van Wyck Expressway was a dirt road. Later on it became a two-lane highway and he, along with a group of others joined the nearby civic association – the Van Wyck ...
Jul 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tony Niro, Hairdresser/Family Man
A hairdresser since the age of 11, 72-year-old Tony Niro still manages to surprise and impress both customers and family members with the stories of his life. Born in Cervenera, Naples, in 1937, Ni...
Jun 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sebastian Agredo
Fulbright Scholarship winner
Jun 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jeremy & Bianca LeRoux
Owners of Brooklyn Mac, CUP
Jun 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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L.B. Brown, Gallery Owner
The custom picture framing business has long been a male-dominated industry. But L.B. Brown, once an Ebony Magazine Advertising executive, was never one to let anything hold her back. Using her kee...
Jun 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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national news

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces the death penalty if convicted of killing three people and wounding 264 in April 2013Survivors of the Boston marathon bombings choked back tears Wednesday as they told how a day of celebration turned into a horrific urban war zone of torn limbs and burnt flesh. Victims recalled smoke, chaos and terrified screams as they lay in excruciating pain fearing death from the deadly blasts near the finish line at the 2013 race. Karen McWatters, a mother of two who lost a leg, told how she held hands with Krystle Campbell, one of the three people who were killed, and how she felt life ebbing from her close friend. Despite agonizing injuries, McWatters said she pulled herself over burning pieces of shrapnel to get close to her friend.


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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. US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington 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.


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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.


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