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September 23, 2021 | Khadijah Ali-Coleman, Ed.D.

BLOG: MCM Partners with Takoma Park Middle School for Youth Media Academy

The MCM Youth Media Academy returns this fall as an after-school program at Takoma Park Middle School. In March 2020, Montgomery Community Media (MCM) studios were closed due to COVID-19 safety precautions and the MCM member community reconfigured out of necessity. Media training classes and programs became virtual and MCM volunteer content creators learned how […]

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September 20, 2021 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Blog: How Do Employee Stock Purchase Plans Work?

Do you want to fully understand and maximize your employee stock purchase plan at work? Here are twelve tips to help you get there! #1 What is an employee stock purchase plan? An employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) is a benefit offered by several large companies such as Hilton, Disney or Apple. It allows you, […]

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September 20, 2021 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: Adjusting New School Year Routines

With most kids at least a few weeks into the new school year, now is a good time to evaluate the morning, afterschool, homework, and evening routines. Perhaps you set up wonderful routines at the start of the school year, but you and/or your child or teen have had difficulty sustaining them. Alternatively, maybe you […]

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September 10, 2021 | Lew Toulmin, PhD, FRGS

Blog Amelia Earhart: Find Me the Lass That’s Gone, Part 4

This sweet, sad, serious song is adapted from the Skye Boat Song, about Bonnie Prince Charlie, written in 1884 by Sir Harold Boulton, and sung to the same tune.  My version below also draws on the beautiful version written by Bear McCreary and sung by Raya Yarbrough for the current TV series Outlander. I wrote […]

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September 7, 2021 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Blog: Tax Relief for Those Affected by Natural Disasters

Recovery efforts after natural disasters can be costly. With floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters affecting so many people throughout the U.S. this year, many have been left wondering how they’re going to pay for the cleanup or when their businesses will be able to reopen. The good news is that there is […]

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September 3, 2021 | Lew Toulmin, PhD, FRGS

Blog: A Sarky Song about Earhart Theories: Off We Go, Into the Wild Bird Guano!, Part 3

If you Google “Songs about Amelia Earhart,” you will find various songs about the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan, and their Lockheed Electra 10E.  Not to be outdone, I wrote a couple myself.  When I participated in a major Earhart expedition, I was told that my songs and singing in general helped to bring […]

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September 2, 2021 | Laura Rowles

Blog: Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Hires New Director of Membership

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) welcomes Stephen R. McDow II as their new Director of Membership. McDow brings more than 15 years’ experience providing marketing, outreach, partnership relations, and program development services and strategies to small businesses, startup businesses, non-profits, and trade associations. He believes that local and community-based businesses are key to building […]

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August 31, 2021 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Blog: How To Calculate ROI On Rental Property

Are you thinking of buying a rental property? In this video, I’m going to teach you how to compute the rate of return or ROI on your potential rental property. Sounds complicated, but it’s pretty straightforward. If you’re putting in tens of thousands of dollars towards your real estate investment, you might want to know […]

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August 30, 2021 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Blog: Start Planning Now for Next Year’s Tax Return

This year’s tax deadline may have come and gone, but it’s never too early to start planning for next year. With that in mind, here are five things you can do now to make next April 15 easier for everyone. 1. Review your paycheck. Make sure your employer is properly withholding and reporting retirement account contributions, […]

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August 27, 2021 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Blog: Should I Max Out My 401k?

Should I max out my 401(k)? This is a common question. After all, when it comes to retirement savings, isn’t more always better? In this blog, we will answer the common question about whether you should max out your 401(k), and things to consider before doing so. Before we answer the main question, let’s discuss […]

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