Independent/Brittany InesonIt was an absolute pleasure sitting down to talk with Anthony Meras, owner and chef at Star Confectionery in Riverhead, affectionately called “Papa Nick’s” by the locals.Of course, only one of us was sitting; I perched on one of the old-fashioned stools at the counter with my father in tow, and Meras, as he’s known to do, made lunch.It seemed appropriate that I brought my father to Star Confectionery since the institution housed in a brick building on the corner of Riverhead’s Main Street and Roanoke Avenue is very much a family, and community, establishment. If “Cheers” were a luncheonette, it would be this place. But even “Cheers” has a backstory (the Bull & Finch Pub in Boston on which the show was based, but that’s for another day) and so does Papa Nick’s.“The story goes, the original owner was a gambler,” said Meras. “And he owed someone a debt. Word got to my grandfather — he had a little money, he paid off the debt, and asked if he could stay and work. And then about a year or so later, sometime in 1920, he bought it, and the rest is history.”Regulars popped in and said hello to Meras during the interview, thanking him for their meals that were cooked by him personally.The tin ceilings, the original marble floor, and the soda fountain all lend a comforting and familiar ambience, even for someone who has never been there before. It almost felt as if you were eating right at his kitchen table with his family.“I’m here every day,” said Meras. “I love the people. I get to see kids who came in here as babies and now they’re adults and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, what’s going on, I’m turning into my father!’”Independent/Brittany InesonNostalgia is everywhere: from the ceilings to the Tiffany glass windows that give the luncheonette an amber glow, to the interesting collection of ephemera in the storefront windows, including mixers from the 1950s. It takes you back to another time, a time when kids laughed over milkshakes and wore their letterman jackets on a date.“It’s been in my family, this year, for 100 years,” Meras said with pride. “Since 1920. We don’t have an exact date but sometime in the summer.”“My father came here and worked for his cousin,” he continued. “The building is from 1875. Its origination was a general store. In 1911 the owner turned the parlor into what it is today. The floor, the ceiling, the doors, the glass, are all original from 1911.”Meras showed menus from the 1920s, and not much on them has changed. My dad ordered a turkey plate and I had a roast beef sandwich, both simple meals but prepared with a homemade love that you wouldn’t get in a corporate diner. Meras cooked our meals with ease and comfort as he held a conversation, like a grandfather would make the same dish he had always made for the family. And it tasted like it. From omelets to burgers, the menu is filled with American fare.And there’s no shortage of homemade ice cream and milkshakes, something that has been a staple of the establishment since the very beginning.“I make the ice cream still,” said Meras. “During Easter we do the chocolates and the big chocolate eggs, but my father is 88 now and can’t get down there. I’m OK at it, I’m not as proficient yet even though I’ve been around it for 30 years.”If you’re in the neighborhood and looking for a quick bite, a great milkshake, and a friendly welcome, Star Confectionery is the place to be. Share
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Half a percent above base rate does not a substantial remedy make. The case of Yuanda vs WW Gear  EWHC 720 TCC is possibly the most important decision that has emerged from the Technology and Construction Court so far this year. The validity of “Tolent” clauses has been brought into question ahead of the implementation of the Construction Act 2009, and many column inches have been occupied by the impact the case will have on adjudication provisions.However, the case was also a landmark decision on what constitutes a “substantial remedy” in accordance with sections 8 and 9 of the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.Yuanda was one of more than 30 trade contractors engaged by Gear for the construction of a luxury hotel. The contract was based on the JCT Trade Contract standard form, which was amended to be heavily weighted in Gear’s favour. In particular, the contract had been amended so that the interest on late payment was a mere 0.5% over base rate as opposed to 5% over base rate. Yuanda disputed this provision, saying that it was not a “substantial remedy” within the meaning of the act.The judge’s reasoning was that the low rate of interest was effectively imposed on Yuanda, as it had failed to spot, and therefore negotiate, the relevant provisionThe court held that, taking into account all relevant circumstances, 0.5% over base rate was not a substantial remedy and should be replaced with the statutory rate of 8% over base rate.The judge’s reasoning was that the low rate of interest was effectively imposed on Yuanda, as it had failed to spot, and therefore negotiate, the relevant provision. It would not be fair or reasonable to allow Gear to take advantage of this fact.It appears that Gear shot itself in the foot by imposing such a low interest rate: the judge pointed out that the imposition of the high statutory interest rate on Gear acts as a penalty for failing to provide a fair remedy for late payment to suppliers. This implies that contractual rates lower than the statutory rate may still be considered a substantial remedy, particularly if the rate was negotiated between the parties.The judge also ruled that 5% over base rate, as stated in the JCT standard form, should be considered a substantial remedy because “this was thought by those responsible for drafting the contract to be a fair rate of interest for late payment in the context of the construction industry”.Impact of the judgment on the industrySo, what are the implications for the rest of the construction industry?Any contractual interest rates set at 0.5% above base rate will no longer be considered a substantial remedy.If the contractual interest rate is not considered a substantial remedy, the risk is that the courts will impose the statutory interest rate of 8% above base rather than the JCT standard form interest rate of 5% above baseWhen imposing an interest rate lower than the statutory rate or the JCT standard form rate, it is now crucial to ensure the supplier is aware of the interest rate, as this will mean that the courts will be more reluctant to intervene.In the current climate, some might say it is a harsh punishment to impose such high interest rates, but it is a good incentive for the parties to include a substantial remedy in the contract in the first place.
Simonss goods | Photo: NBA Ben Simons, the Philadelphia 76ers team leader of the National Basketball Association (NBA), is currently being played as a power striker in Orlando, according to ESPN media.The 23-year-old Simons has played his entire NBA career as a match manager, yet he is a tall player (208 centimeters) in terms of his position.It is also known that Simon and the other shine of the club, Joel Embeed, have not been able to establish a perfect collaboration so far, and playing Simon in the fourth position could possibly improve it.“He is a very dynamic player,” said Brett Brown, head coach of the 76ers. “There is no faster player in the NBA than Simon. In my opinion, having the ball in his hands all the time reduces Ben’s ability to use his other weapons. ”Brown discovered that Simons has been the leader of the match so far, because the team simply did not have a good enough player in this position, and Simons has been able to cope with these responsibilities the best.Philadelphia’s 23-year-old Sheikh Milton has shown a high performance this season, having been at regular time since the end of January and having played eight games of at least 12 points in the last nine fights since the break.On March 1, Milton was at a career record of 39 points against the Los Angeles Clippers. His performance has also been praised by Embyd, who called him a “great player” “head match manager”.“The collaboration between Simons and Embyd looks very good now,” Brown said. “I think they’re fantastic together.”Milton, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Simons and Embyd could be potential 76ers. In such a model, the experienced center Als Horfords would lose the place in the top five.Australian Simons has played 54 matches this season, scoring 16.7 points, winning 7.8 rebounds, and scoring 8.2 assists. In the 2016 draft, he was chosen by the “76ers” with the number 1 card.So far, Simon has not been successful in long shots in his three-season NBA career. He made 23 three-point shots during this time, throwing only two.