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Editor’s Note 6/22/2017

By at June 22, 2017 | 3:30 pm |

Editor’s Note 6/22/2017

The Rose Garden Festival was so much fun this year. I loved the food and the music. The singer from Avenue Groove had an amazing voice. I think she needs to go on The Voice. I tried to test a little bit of all the food. I split meals with friends so that I could get a taste of almost everything. It was definitely a great time. I wish more people showed up as the more...

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City Going Downhill? Not New Britain!!!

By at June 22, 2017 | 3:15 pm |

City Going Downhill? Not New Britain!!!

I was talking with someone from the eastern half of the state, and I told them that I lived in New Britain. They then said, “New Britain, that town is going downhill!” I politely said, not my town. I’m a history buff, and I’ve done a lot of research over the years about New Britain history. Yes, New Britain had a golden age where downtown was packed, our more...

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Watergate…New Britain Style

By at June 22, 2017 | 3:00 pm |

Watergate…New Britain Style

Last summer I was at a City Council meeting, packed with regular voters who were outraged at the idea of selling one of our wells. Early New Britain leaders bought watershed property all over the region, to make sure we never ran out of water. The City was proposing to sell a well, without even having it appraised. At that time we were in a severe drought, and people more...

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Editor’s Note 6/8/2017

By at June 8, 2017 | 3:30 pm |

Editor’s Note 6/8/2017

The budget for 2017-18 passed this week with no tax increase. It wasn’t much of a meeting as everything seemed to go along party lines. I have to say I was disappointed that Democratic Alderpersons Manny Sanchez and Shirley Black voted against it, yet didn’t speak during the meeting as to why. This is their opportunity. If you place a vote without explaining it, it more...

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The Use of Immediate Annuities in Medicaid Planning for Married Couples

By at June 8, 2017 | 3:15 pm |

The Use of Immediate Annuities in Medicaid Planning for Married Couples

Immediate annuities can be a useful tool to protect the spouse of a nursing home resident who applies for Medicaid. These types of annuities allow the nursing home resident to spend down assets and give the spouse a guaranteed income. Medicaid is the primary source of payment for long-term care services in the United States. To qualify for Medicaid, a nursing home more...

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Editor’s Note 6/1/2017

By at June 1, 2017 | 3:45 pm |

Editor’s Note 6/1/2017

Memorial Day is such a somber holiday as we honor those who have died fighting for this country. The Memorial Day Parade is a joyous way of honoring our veterans. The parade this year seemed longer than in recent years. I enjoyed the school bands as well as seeing all the veterans and civic organizations. I wish the crowd was bigger, but several people stated on more...

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A Summer Full of Action

By at June 1, 2017 | 3:30 pm |

A Summer Full of Action

We officially declare summertime at the library. On June 21, the first day of summer, it’s our 4th annual Summer Reading Bash on the lawn. It’s the official kickoff of all our summer reading clubs. This year’s theme is Build a Better World and throughout the summer there will be a variety of programs to help us all build a better world. At the Bash, sign up for a more...

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Editor’s Note 5/25/2017

By at May 25, 2017 | 4:30 pm |

Editor’s Note 5/25/2017

Are you excited for Memorial Day? For me it marks the unofficial beginning of the summer. Unfortunately, the weather has gone cold and rainy again. It will go from 60-70s to 90 degrees in a flash. It seems like we never get the 70-80s weather I adore. This weekend brings the Annual Greek Festival. I always eat souvlaki, but am thinking about buying a gyro this year. more...

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Understanding Tax Consequences of Inheriting a Roth IRA

By at May 25, 2017 | 4:15 pm |

Understanding Tax Consequences of Inheriting a Roth IRA

Passing down a Roth IRA can seem like a good idea, but it doesn’t always make the most sense. Before converting a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA to benefit your heirs, you should consider the tax consequences. Earnings in a traditional IRA generally are not taxed until they are distributed to you. At age 70 1/2 you have to start taking distributions from a more...

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Animal 411

By at May 25, 2017 | 4:00 pm |

Animal 411

When I was seven years old, a skunk wandered into our backyard one summer afternoon and began staggering around our willow tree. My mother watched in horror from the window as I walked towards the sick animal calling, “Here kitty kitty.” This was the same year I thought our canister vacuum cleaner was thirsty and I fed it three glasses of water. Luckily my mother is more...

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