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Silver Alert Canceled for Maryann Hookey

Silver Alert Canceled for Maryann Hookey

The New York State Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert on behalf of the Newburgh Town Police Department for MARYANN HOOKEY is now cancelled as of 09:57 pm on May 29, 2017.

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Fatal Accident: Town of Royalton

Fatal Accident: Town of Royalton

Royalton, NY - On Monday, May 29th, 2017 the Niagara County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting a motorcycle accident in front of 4955 Royalton Center Road in the Town of Royalton. Preliminary investigation shows the motorcycle was  traveling north bound and struck a vehicle traveling south bound turning into a driveway. The driver of the motorcycle died upon impact. The name of the driver of the motorcycle is being with held until family members are notified. The Investigation is continuing by the Niagara County Accident Investigation Unit.

With Significant Electrical Rate Increase on the Horizon, More Consumers are Switching to Solar

With Significant Electrical Rate Increase on the Horizon, More Consumers are Switching to Solar

It’s not a joke, and not at all funny. National Grid is asking the Public Service Commission to raise its residential electricity delivery prices beginning April 1, 2018.

If the rate hike is approved, the average National Grid customer would see their monthly bill increase by $11.23 a month! The company says it needs the money to make infrastructure investments.

National Grid is also proposing increases in monthly electricity bills for commercial customers — as high as $10.01 per month. 

Explore Buffalo Announces Extensive June Tour Schedule

Explore Buffalo Announces Extensive June Tour Schedule

Explore Buffalo, a nonprofit organization providing tours and other opportunities where guests can discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history and neighborhoods, has announced an extensive lineup of June events. The list includes all of your favorites, plus some new tours added this summer. 

MASTERS OF AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE
June 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30 • 10 a.m.
Meet: Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo, corner of Washington and Mohawk streets. Two-hour metered parking is available on surrounding streets, and the Mohawk Parking Ramp is on the opposite corner. The Lafayette Square Station of the Metro Rail is around the corner on Main Street.
Cost: General $15, Student $5, Explorer Pass Free 

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Grandparents Can Help Bridge the College Cost Gap

For many families, a college education is a significant financial burden that is increasingly hard to meet with savings, current income, and a manageable amount of loans. For some, the ace in the hole might be grandparents, whose added funds can help bridge the gap. If you're a grandparent who would like to help fund your grandchild's college education, here are some strategies.

529 college savings plan

A 529 college savings plan is one of the best vehicles for multigenerational college funding. 529 plans are offered by states and managed by financial institutions. Grandparents can open a 529 account on their own — either with their own state's plan or another state's plan — and name their grandchild as beneficiary (one grandchild per account), or they can contribute to an existing 529 account that has already been established for that grandchild (for example, by a parent).

Secure IT: Front Line Defenders in Cyber Crime are Small Businesses

Secure IT: Front Line Defenders in Cyber Crime are Small Businesses

NATIONAL: As we live in a society where ID theft, Credit Card scams and thievery occur on a daily basis, merchants are the first line of defense in securing a nation of consumers. Unfortunately some merchants take shortcuts and cheap fizes to save money. These shortcuts place consumers data at risk. Unfortunately the lax security of some allow criminals access. The employers are as guilty as the criminals in their complacently and professional indifference to security due to ignorance or greed. The hackers or criminals get the full brunet of blame, which is understandable, until the lax safeguards are exposed. Small businesses and family businesses  knowledgable abomay specialize in a certain product but not be able to analyse risk and understand risk.

Tax Tips for the Self-Employed

Being self-employed has many advantages — the opportunity to be your own boss and come and go as you please, for example. However, it also comes with unique challenges, especially when it comes to how to handle taxes. Whether you're running your own business or thinking about starting one, you'll want to be aware of the specific tax rules and opportunities that apply to you.

Understand the self-employment tax

When you worked for an employer, payroll taxes to fund Social Security and Medicare were split between you and your employer. Now you must pay a self-employment tax equal to the combined amount that an employee and employer would pay. You must pay this tax if you had net earnings of $400 or more from self-employment.