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Catholic Charities Children’s Services to Host Free Session on Foster Parent Process Nov. 18

Catholic Charities of Buffalo invites parents, families and individuals residing in Erie County who are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent to attend an introductory information session Nov. 18 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. at 525 Washington St., Buffalo.

Catholic Charities provides foster care services to children of all ages, racial and ethnic groups who cannot live safely in their own homes or need to be placed in the permanent care of a loving family. The children under foster care may have special physical, emotional or psychological needs, and may include siblings who should be placed together. There is currently a specific need for homes to foster adolescent children ages 12-18.

Financial support, a clothing allowance and medical coverage are provided to families.

The final information session for 2014 will take place on Dec. 9 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m.

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Do I have to pay an additional tax on investment income?

You might, depending on a few important factors.

A 3.8% net investment income tax is imposed on the unearned income of high-income individuals. The tax is applied to an amount equal to the lesser of:

  • Your net investment income
  • The amount of your modified adjusted gross income (basically, your adjusted gross income increased by an amount associated with any foreign earned income exclusion) that exceeds $200,000 ($250,000 if married filing a joint federal income tax return, and $125,000 if married filing a separate return)

So if you're single and have a MAGI of $250,000, consisting of $150,000 in earned income and $100,000 in net investment income, the 3.8% tax will only apply to $50,000 of your investment income.

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen College will begin offering courses next spring for a new master of social work (MSW) degree, which will include a concentration in the high-demand practice area of children and families, making it the first MSW program offered at a private college in Western New York.

The New York State Department of Education has granted approval for Daemen to offer the MSW degree that’s designed to provide advanced training for experienced professionals and students with a background in liberal arts who are looking to further or begin their education in the field.

New Winter Market on Hertel to Open on Nov. 22

New Winter Market on Hertel to Open on Nov. 22

 

 

A new indoor farmers’ and food producers’ market will open inside the new 3,000-square-foot home of The Pasta Peddler and Blackbird Sweets, located at 1547 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, on Saturday, Nov. 22. The 20-week market will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April 4.

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Open Enrollment Season Is Here: Give Your Benefits a Check Up

Open enrollment season is your annual opportunity to review your employer-provided benefit options and make elections for the upcoming plan year. To get the most out of what your employer has to offer and potentially save some money, take time to read through the enrollment packets or information you receive before making any benefit decisions.

Review your health plan options

 Even if you're satisfied with your current health plan, compare your existing coverage to other plans your employer is offering for next year. Premiums, out-of-pocket costs, and benefits offered often change from one year to the next and vary among plans. You may decide to keep the plan you already have, but it doesn't hurt to consider your options.

Some tips for reviewing your health coverage:

Pet Food Sales to Reach $33 Billion as Consumers Spend More on Premium and Healthy Products

Pet Food Sales to Reach $33 Billion as Consumers Spend More on Premium and Healthy Products

 

(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Driven by increased focus on pet health and the powerful role in pet owner lives of the human-animal bond, U.S. sales of pet food will rise 16 percent between 2015-2018 to reach $33 billion!

Make a Difference Day Sports Equipment Drive a big win for the kids


WILLIAMSVILLE, NY - Three moving trucks and a bus were loaded full of donated sports equipment at the Eastern Hills Mall as part of Saturday's "Make a Difference Day" sports equipment drive to benefit Willie Hutch Jones Educational and Sports Programs.

We actually received so many donations that Uncle Bob's Self Storage donated a storage unit to hold it until volunteers can sort and distribute all the donations.

Your contributions will help the Willie Hutch Jones program continue to expand its now 30-year effort to make sure young people in Buffalo take part in a wide variety of sports programs.