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November 27, 2016 | Sonya Burke

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Consumer Alert: Holiday Shopping Tips (VIDEO)

Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection has some important advice for holiday shoppers this season. Find out more in this Consumer Alert video, below:

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November 17, 2016 | Staff Writer

Nonprofit Village Hosts Duck Pond Program to Help Start Ups (VIDEO)

Ever thought of launching a nonprofit organization? The Nonprofit Village has launched a program called the Duck Pond to help potential start ups learn more about making that decision. The Duck Pond was inspired by the popular Shark Tank model. Find out more in this MyMCMedia Extra video, below:

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November 9, 2016 | Staff Writer

School Board Member Rebecca Smondrowski Looks Forward to Continuing Work (VIDEO)

Rebecca Smondrowski was reelected as the District 2 member of the Board of Education, defeating opponent Brandon Rippeon. In her first post-election interview, Smondrowski talks about the board’s future work, and she has some advice for the board’s newest members.

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August 29, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

Thoughts on bridging communication gaps

In emails my dad saved in his computer documents, he wrote about communication – or the lack of – between boys and girls, parents and children, generations, and cultures. Below you’ll see excerpts from several emails he sent between 2007 and 2012 to four different young women. I do believe he could have authored a […]

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July 7, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

Reflections on mortality, learning new things

Harry always had his camera close by. Snapping photos at special occasions and distributing prints to friends and family was one more activity that kept him busy and learning new things during his elderly years. Recently I found this photo of Harry in a file on his computer with a couple hundred others I’d never […]

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May 11, 2016 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

What to Do if You Haven’t Filed a Tax Return

Filing a past due return may not be as difficult as you think. Taxpayers should file all tax returns that are due, regardless of whether full payment can be made with the return. Depending on an individual’s circumstances, a taxpayer filing late may qualify for a payment plan. It is important, however, to know that […]

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May 5, 2016 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

What Income is Taxable?

Are you wondering if there’s a hard and fast rule about what income is taxable and what income is not taxable? The quick answer is that all income is taxable unless the law specifically excludes it. But as you might have guessed, there’s more to it than that. Taxable income includes any money you receive, […]

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February 23, 2016 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Three Most Common Budgeting Errors

When it comes to creating a budget, it’s essential to estimate your spending as realistically as possible. Here are three budget-related errors commonly made by small businesses and some tips for avoiding them. Not Setting Goals. It’s almost impossible to set spending priorities without clear goals for the coming year. It’s important to identify, in […]

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December 26, 2014 | Staff Writer

Fireplace Safety Reminders (VIDEO)

Montgomery County firefighters have responded to several reports of chimney fires in recent weeks. In this report, Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer provides some safety tips including how to dispose of your fireplace’s ashes. Visit our PEG partner County Cable Montgomery to view more of its local programming. Related:

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November 21, 2014 | Sonya Burke

Rash of Chimney Fires in Montgomery County (VIDEO)

Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer reports a rash of chimney fires this past weekend in Montgomery County. In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Piringer reminds residents to check and clean their fireplaces this fall and winter. Take a look: U/D Midsummer Dr, chimney fire w/ possible extension, fire under control — Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) November […]

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