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NYC Bans Polystyrene Takeout Containers and Coffee Cups by cjleclaire
Feb 19, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
Judge Upholds the 2013 Law Banning Polystyrene for Takeout Containers and Coffee Cups In 2019 restaurants must begin phasing polystyrene cups and containers out of use. This change is a result of a ruling that came down from an appeal that had challenged the new law in 2013. The appeal had suspen...
Astoria Characters: The Special Teacher by Nruhling
Feb 19, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Nicholas’ last name used to be Alexander. Text and photos by Nancy A. Ruhling Growing up, Nicholas Alexandrakos was always interested in his family’s history. With grandparents from Greece and Italy who spoke their native languages at home, how could he not be? “So much ...
Has Your Loved One Been the Victim of Nursing Home Neglect? by cjleclaire
Feb 15, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 137 137 recommendations | email to a friend
How Does Neglect Differ from Abuse? Finding out whether your parent, relative or friend has been the victim of nursing home neglect is vital for their wellbeing. Sadly, many elderly people are in such a vulnerable state that they cannot attend to their own needs. Unfortunately, they are also in n...
Matter of Van Patten—Undue Influence by cjleclaire
Feb 15, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 131 131 recommendations | email to a friend
Probate Administration | Wrongful Actions There are certain basic legal requirements when a person transfers property, conveys a power of attorney or establishes a plan for the distribution of an estate. Among the most important are: The person must have appropriate legal capacity The person must...
Legal Concerns for New York Restaurant Owners by cjleclaire
Feb 14, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 145 145 recommendations | email to a friend
If you’re opening a new restaurant in New York City or the surrounding area, there are certain legal requirements you must put in place. You will need to choose a business entity and get your licenses and permits. You must address health and safety issues (ventilation, garbage removal, sanitation...
Certain questions are taboo for employers to ask in a job interview. The most obvious ones are questions that could be regarded as discrimination. If you ask these types of questions, you could be held liable if a discrimination lawsuit is brought against you. Do not ask questions that intimate at anything to do with age, race, color, national origin or birthplace, religion, disability, genetic information, gender/sex or marital/family status/pregnancy. (EEOC) by cjleclaire
Feb 14, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
2019 Is Here with New Salary Thresholds The New York State overtime salary threshold draws the line between exempt salaried workers, who must be paid for overtime, and those non-exempt workers, who do not have to be paid for overtime. For an employee to qualify for the Administrative employee exe...
Astoria Characters: The Artist in Training by Nruhling
Feb 12, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Jose is from the Dominican Republic. In the spare bedroom of his apartment, Jose Mota is standing at a monumental work table, using an oil-paint marker to create the black, undulating lines that define his latest work.   The mixed-media abstract painting, Related Formati...
BUYER BEWARE! MASPETH,NY-BUYING A BRICK 2F. VS A FRAME 2F. by godfather
Feb 05, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 336 336 recommendations | email to a friend
COLLECTION OF OPINIONS BY BROKERS IN THE AREA. BUYER BEWARE! BIG DIFFERENCE WHEN BUYING AN OLD FRAME 2F. HOME, MAYBE 100 YEARS OLD BY NOW, AND OR BUYING A YOUNG BRICK 2 FAMILY HOUSE, ESPECIALLY IF IN THE SAME PRICE RANGE! DO WE REALLY HAVE TO WRITE ABOUT THIS TO INFORM BUYERS?  YES WE DO. If you ...
Astoria Characters: The Guitar Guide Guru by Nruhling
Feb 05, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Meet Mike, aka the Guitar Guide Guru. Text and photos by Nancy A. Ruhling How hard – or easy – is it to play the guitar if you’ve never done it before? Instead of answering, Mike David Papapavlou , aka the Guitar Guide Guru , takes an acoustic off the rack and places it ...
Astoria Characters: The Comic With the Punch-Line Life by Nruhling
Jan 29, 2019 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Michelle shows off her mommy mug. Text and Photos by Nancy A. Ruhling If you didn’t know that Michelle Adrienne Slonim is a new mother, you need look no further than the room that used to be her living room. Instead of a rug, a child’s foam play mat covers the floor; its...