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February 1, 2018 | Daryl Schultz

Northwest Defeats Rival Quince Orchard 61-53 Jan. 29

Monday night saw a clash between rivals Quince Orchard and Northwest High Schools.  The contest can be best described as closely contested but low scoring for the first three quarters of the game.  Each team seemed as though they faced an invisible barrier on the basket which led to missed shots that normally fall.  The […]

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February 1, 2018 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

7 Reasons Why You Haven’t Hired a Financial Planner – And Why They’re All Wrong

Many Americans choose to go it alone with their finances instead of hiring a certified expert. Hiring a financial planner is not yet part of our mainstream culture. Yet, if we are willing to pay a mechanic to change our car’s oil or a plumber to fix a leaky sink – even though we could […]

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January 30, 2018 | Adina Crawford

Here is Juanita Farmer’s Running Journey

Montgomery County Maryland has a population of 1.04 million residents. Within that population there is a small segment of the county where a group of ladies gather to hit the pavement to combat the health disparities i.e. diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and several others associated with our race.  I am here to share with you […]

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January 29, 2018 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

The Basics of Starting a Home-Based Business

More than half of all businesses today are home-based. Every day, people are striking out and achieving economic and creative independence by turning their skills into dollars. Garages, basements, and attics are being transformed into the corporate headquarters of the newest entrepreneurs–home-based business people. And, with technological advances in smartphones, tablets, and iPads as well […]

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January 29, 2018 | Suzanne Tobin

The ABCs for Brain Injury Survivors: A is for Attitude

Last week I introduced myself to you in my debut post about my brain injury.  I told you about how “Living in Montgomery County Saved My Life.” OK, so I survived. Now what? If you are familiar with the five stages of grief as defined by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in “On Death and Dying” (1969), I […]

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January 28, 2018 | Phil Fabrizio

BIG Tri-meet at the Dawg Pound

Churchill High School’s gymnasium known as the DAWG POUND on Saturday hosted a wrestling tri-meet between top ranked Damascus, Quince Orchard and the Bulldogs from Churchill.  It was great opportunity to watch three of the best wrestling teams in MoCo go at it on the mats.  Quince Orchard is experiencing a challenging year while Damascus […]

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January 24, 2018 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

How Tax Reform May Impact Near-Retirees And Retirees

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 lowers income-tax rates for all tax brackets, especially for high earners, and raises the estate-tax exemption—both of these changes benefit the wealthiest Americans. While the wealthy are clear winners, the vast majority of Americans will pay the same or less in taxes for more than one reason. […]

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January 24, 2018 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Let’s March to Close the Women’s Wealth Gap

I grew up with five older sisters. I learned many things from them: creative summer games, empathy, math tricks, and how to be economical. I have high regard for all of them, and I am convinced that they can do what any other man or woman can do. So it stings to know that my […]

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January 23, 2018 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Choosing a Business Entity

When you decide to start a business, one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make is choosing a business entity. It’s a decision that impacts many things–from the amount of taxes you pay to how much paperwork you have to deal with and what type of personal liability you face, and with the […]

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January 23, 2018 | Phil Fabrizio

Maryland Women Defeat #8 Ohio State

The #14 ranked University of Maryland (UMD) Women basketball team defeated #8 Ohio State University (OSU) 99-69 in Big Ten play in College Park, Monday, January 22.  The Lady Terps took control early in the first quarter led by the hot shooting hand of their Junior forward, Eleanna Christinaki.  OSU took contended shots from outside […]

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