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Elizabeth Snyder Photography Taking Part in Two Business-related Events

Elizabeth Snyder Photography Taking Part in Two Business-related Events

Elizabeth Snyder, owner of Elizabeth Snyder Photography LLC, will take part in a Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce event titled “Shine Bright For Business,” taking place at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at the Lewiston Stone House, 755 Center St., Lewiston.

During this informational session, Snyder and her assistant, Imani Burnett, will discuss the importance of professional headshots and portraits in today’s business world. “A professional headshot is key in connecting you with your clients,” said Snyder. “Please join us for a discussion on why your brand can't afford a ‘selfie.’ We’ll also share some fun stories from the portrait world!”

AAA WCNY, AT&T & NYS Police Team Up with WNY Officials to Host Distracted Driving Awareness Day

 AAA WCNY, AT&T & NYS Police Team Up with WNY Officials to Host Distracted Driving Awareness Day

York State Senators Chris Jacobs and Michael Ranzenhofer, AAA Western and Central New York, New York State Police and AT&T teamed up to raise awareness for AAA’s 100 Deadliest Days (the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teen crash fatalities historically climb 15 percent compared to the rest of the year), as well as AT&T’s “It Can Wait” public education campaign and NYS distracted driving laws.

Distracted Driving Awareness Day in Western New York was hosted June 1 at AAA WCNY headquarters, where young drivers, parents and all those who visited the Amherst AAA were educated about the dangers of distracted driving.

Carpet Cleaning Can Help Eliminate Allergy and Asthma Symptoms

Carpet Cleaning Can Help Eliminate Allergy and Asthma Symptoms

After a long winter, everyone enjoys the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures. But for those with seasonal allergies, spring can also mean the return of symptoms such as sneezing, sniffling, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing.

“While being around pollen is unavoidable, there are several ways to help reduce your exposure,” said Edmund Bedient, owner of Clear Choice Carpet Cleaning Services in West Seneca. If you suffer from allergies, consider the following:

What's the difference between a direct and indirect rollover?

If you're eligible to receive a taxable distribution from an employer-sponsored retirement plan [like a 401(k)], you can avoid current taxation by instructing your employer to roll the distribution directly over to another employer plan or IRA. With a direct rollover, you never actually receive the funds.

You can also avoid current taxation by actually receiving the distribution from the plan and then rolling it over to another employer plan or IRA within 60 days following receipt. This is called a "60-day" or "indirect" rollover.

But if you choose to receive the funds rather than making a direct rollover, your plan is required to withhold 20% of the taxable portion of your distribution (you'll get credit for the amount withheld when you file your federal tax return). This is true even if you intend to make a 60-day rollover. You can still roll over the entire amount of your distribution, but you'll need to make up the 20% that was withheld using other assets.

NFB Publishing Releases Patch of Sunlight by Kevin Richard White

NFB Publishing Releases Patch of Sunlight by Kevin Richard White

Patch of Sunlight by Pennsylvania author Kevin Richard White is the latest release from Buffalo-based NFB Publishing.

White is the author of the novels Steep Drop and The Face of a Monster, also released by NFB Publishing. His short fiction has been published by Akashic Books, Tahoe Writers Works, Crack The Spine, Lunch Ticket and Cactus Heart Press, among others. He is a contributor to the indie music magazine Manifesto of Sound and is the head editor of Viewfinder Literary Magazine.

Can the IRS waive the 60-day IRA rollover deadline?

If you take a distribution from your IRA intending to make a 60-day rollover, but for some reason the funds don't get to the new IRA trustee in time, the tax impact can be significant. In general, the rollover is invalid, the distribution becomes a taxable event, and you're treated as having made a regular, instead of a rollover, contribution to the new IRA. But all may not be lost. The 60-day requirement is automatically waived if all of the following apply:

·         A financial institution actually receives the funds within the 60-day rollover period.

·         You followed the financial institution's procedures for depositing funds into an IRA within the 60-day period.

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.