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March 24, 2017 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

Not So Fast: The Risks Of Co-Signing A Credit Card

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend,” famously counsels Polonius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Today he might have said, “Neither a borrower nor co-signer be.” Co-signing on loans for friends or family members is entered into with good intentions, but many people are unaware of the risks associated […]

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March 23, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Young Harry’s Greenbelt Editorials

In this glimpse of Harry’s life, he was volunteer editor of his city newspaper, for 10-12 years in the 1950s and ’60s. Named the Cooperator in 1937, Greenbelt, MD, residents changed its name to the News Review in 1954. After reading several editions he had saved in old boxes, I skimmed the online archives and […]

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March 23, 2017 | Dan Amzallag

Message from the Universe: Love Will Always be Present, NO MATTER WHAT!

“Explaining puzzling or difficult things isn’t necessary in order to otherwise know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that love is always present, that life is eternal, and that I’m still hanging ten, whoooo-hoooo’ing, and conspiring on everyone’s behalf. Your gangsta of love,     The Universe”©Mike Dooley, http://tut.com Regardless of the amount of hate out there, […]

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March 22, 2017 | Laura Rowles

GGCC Hosts Big Data for Business Seminar on April 4

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) invites you to its Big Data for Business seminar on April 4.  The event is sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus and M & T Bank. Why should you attend? Why would you even care about data? Is this seminar even for me? It is. This seminar will help companies […]

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March 20, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

Sooner or Later

They say that opposites attract and I guess my marriage is living proof of that. While we share the same fundamental values, our approach to everyday life is a serious study in contrast.  My neat husband tolerates my love of piles and I overlook his need for an organized plan when flying by the seat […]

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March 17, 2017 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: Teen Dating Violence and Abuse (VIDEO)

On this episode of Connecting Our Community, host Pat Shoemaker discusses safe relationships and the Choose Respect Public Service Announcement contest with Debbie Feinstein, chief of the Special Victims Division at the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, and Rebecca Smondrowski, a Montgomery County board of education member. Previous winning PSA’s done by local students are […]

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March 17, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Harry’s Taste for Writing Mystery

After Harry died in 2014, I inherited the boxes he’d long-ago packed with bulky, brown accordion folders containing his typewritten novels – or parts of them. I remember reading only one manuscript he was trying to publish in the 1970s. You can read the synopsis to one I’d never seen, last week on this blog. […]

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March 17, 2017 | Sheila Ogilvie

Patuxent River Hosts Sold Out ‘Hidden Figures’ Screening

“Transforming Lives” Commends the Patuxent River (MD) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and The Girls Empowerment Tour for hosting a sold-out screening of the Oscar-nominated film ‘Hidden Figures’ to empower local girls. On February 18, the Patuxent River (MD) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated joined ‘Hidden Figures’ cast member Karan Kendrick and hosted a private […]

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March 16, 2017 | Dan Amzallag

Message From the Universe: Believing in Faith

“Always, that which you most need is already at hand. It’s just your present belief in its absence that keeps it from view. You knew that, The Universe”©Mike Dooley, http://tut.com Faith can be difficult, especially as it happens, or not, in most opportune times. We are experiencing hardship, challenges, illnesses and at the end, we […]

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March 14, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Are your Social Security Benefits Taxable?

Social security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits. If you received Social security benefits in 2016, you should receive a Form SSA-1099, Social Security Benefit Statement, showing the amount. Note: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments are not taxable. If Social Security was your only source of income in 2016 your benefits might not […]

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