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Archive for April, 2009

Marino on Money

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

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In this economy it’s important to make good financial decisions.

To help you stay informed, we’ll be hearing regularly from certified financial planner Ross Marino.

He is available to answer your questions about everything money.

If you have any financial questions for Ross Marino, click on Marino on Money, and send us your questions.

Hopefully, we can help you make well informed decisions about your money.

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videoIn this economy it’s important to make good financial decisions.

To help you stay informed, we’ll be hearing regularly from certified financial planner Ross Marino.

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UNCW helps seniors with a fair that helps them stay active

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

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Area seniors looking to stay active got some help from UNCW.

Graduate students studying the care of our elder population organized the event. While job opportunities were few at the fair, seniors had the chance to learn about ways to stay active. Attendees could participate in free aerobics and Nintendo Wii games.

Senior Fair organizer Lauren Segur said, “We have this baby boomer generation who’s reaching the adult age now – around 60, and we’re going to have the largest adult population that we’ve ever had. We need to accommodate them and show them what we have and learn ourselves what we need to do for them.”

According to the US Administration on Aging, in 2006 people ages 65 and older account for one out of every eight Americans; by 2030, that number is expected to double.

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Area seniors looking to stay active got some help from UNCW. While job opportunities were few at the fair, seniors had the chance to learn about ways to stay active.

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Hoggard’s Allen signs National Letter of Intent

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

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Congratulations to Hoggard High School senior Zack Allen.

Zack had a dream of playing college basketball one day; it turns out Zack’s dream will come true. Wednesday he signed a National Letter of Intent this to play for Lenior Rhyne University, a Division II school in Hickory.

Zack is the all-time assists leader and all-time steals leader for Hoggard High.

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Congratulations to Hoggard High School senior Zack Allen. Zack had a dream of playing college basketball one day; it turns out Zack’s dream will come true.

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Poor grades on infrastructure report card a cause for concern

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

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North Carolina certainly didn’t score high marks on this year’s infrastructure report card. The state is looking at a C- for the condition of area bridges, roads, and structures.

“In North Carolina, and around the US, there are certainly a backlog of infrastructure improvements,” said Matt Jordan of Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.

The American Society of Civil Engineers scored nine categories across the state.

Airports got a D+, with serious structural and pavement issues.

Bridges are considered structurally deficient and at risk of causing major traffic congestion. They got a C-.

Our roads aren’t doing well either, scoring a D- because engineers say poor road conditions contribute to billions of dollars in motorist repairs.

Our schools scored a C-. They are in need of drastic renovations.

Here’s some good news though, drinking water and wastewater systems both improved their grades from last year.

It may be time for North Carolina to raise their grades, but making infrastructure repairs cost money.

The Cape Fear Utility Authority said they’ll to their best to choose what projects are essential during these hard economic times.

For more information, you can visit the ASCE web site.

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North Carolina certainly didn’t score high marks on this year’s infrastructure report card. The state is looking at a C- for the condition of area bridges, roads, and structures.

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Today is the day that many dread most

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

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Tax day is here and for some it is a day that’s not welcomed. If you can’t pay what you owe, don’t panic, there are some solutions that can at least buy you some time.

“I think it’s something that people just don’t like to deal with. It’s not a fun, feel good thing to do. Your always worried that you are going to owe or get back and putting it off is so much easier,” said Peggy Stone who was filing taxes on Wednesday.

This year, the pain for many comes from having to find the cash to pay what they owe.

“We are seeing a lot of unemployed people, a lot of foreclosures…it’s been kind of a sad tax season,” said Joanne Karwacki, an H&R Block Tax Advisor.

You must file your taxes today or file for an extension to escape facing a penalty. Filing for an extension will buy you six-months, until October 15th, to get all your documents together.

But this doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay. It just helps buy you some time. If you still need help, you can apply for an extension and a four-month payment plan. This, however, will also come with an added fee and interest.

“You’ve got to file that’s the thing. You have to come in. If you don’t file today and you don’t file an extension, starting tomorrow it’s five percent failure to file on time and a one percent failure to pay on time,” explained Robert Quesada, manager at Liberty Tax.

The message is, file even if you can’t pay. The worst thing to do is ignore the IRS. Those who simply neglect to file a tax return could risk big penalties in the future.

The majority of the tax services out there, like H&R Block and Liberty Tax, are working on extended hours and most won’t close until midnight.

However, if you planned on dropping your taxes in the mail, you’re too late. Post offices all around our region closed at 5:00 pm, as usual. The USPS said so many people file online nowadays, the demand to stay open late just isn’t there.

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Tax day is here and for some it is a day that’s not welcomed. If you can’t pay what you owe, don’t panic, there are some solutions that can at least buy you some time.

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