Sponsor spotlight: Using losers to make winners

With the uncertainty in the marketplace, now is a good time to review the rules surrounding investment losses. This knowledge can really help minimize your tax obligation next year. This is because investment gains and income can be subject to a variety of federal tax rates as high as 37%. This, plus the 3.8% net…

Sponsor spotlight: 7 steps to student engagement through youth leadership

Youth leadership is defined as opportunities for youth to lead themselves and others in positive and productive ways. Examples include taking responsibility of one’s academic and life goals by working toward college or career preparedness. Step 1:  Find your passion. Students should explore their interests and ways to apply those interests to short and long-term…

Sponsor spotlight: What are the benefits of a compounding pharmacy for pets?

Pet owners everywhere always want to provide the best care possible for their best friends. When it comes to pharmaceuticals, veterinarians are well aware that pet owners sometimes face unique challenges when it comes to medicating their companions. One such challenge is making sure that the treatments and medications they are giving their pets are…

Sponsor spotlight: Help for homeowners during pandemic recovery

With the outbreak of COVID-19 this spring, Washington was among several states across the country issued stay-at-home orders, forcing most Americans to spend much more time in their homes than ever before. As a result, homes have taken on a new meaning as they became our new offices, playgrounds, sporting fields, entertainment venues and a…

Sponsor spotlight: Review IRA beneficiaries now

Lost in the media storm during the coronavirus pandemic is a law change enacted in late 2019 that eliminates an IRA withdrawal technique known as the stretch IRA. Here is what you need to know. Time to review beneficiaries While the chances of you having a severe reaction to the coronavirus are low, it is…

Sponsor spotlight: What if a stimulus check is received by someone who has died?

Update: Yesterday, May 6, 2020, the Treasury Department officially announced that stimulus checks that had been made out to deceased taxpayers should be returned to the IRS. If the checks were sent by mail, they should be voided and sent back to the IRS.  If the payments were made via direct deposit, the taxpayer should…

Port of Edmonds hiring part-time Security Officer

The Port of Edmonds is currently recruiting for a Security Officer part time. Please visit our website www.portofedmonds.org/business/employment for a complete job description and details on how to apply. — Sponsored by the Port of Edmonds

Sponsor spotlight: Therapeutic Garden Kits  – Just in Time for Mother’s Day!

Eldergrow, a Seattle-based therapeutic gardening company, is now going where they have never gone before––your backyard! Launched in 2015, Eldergrow started with a focus on supporting elders in senior living. To celebrate their five-year anniversary, Eldergrow recently unveiled  their new Farm-to-Fork Herb Garden & Activity Kit, built to bring the restorative  benefits of gardening right…

Sponsor spotlight: Beware COVID-19 tax scams

The IRS is warning you to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and e-mail phishing attempts related to the coronavirus pandemic and the one-time economic impact payment. It can come in many forms The IRS says that scammers may do the following when trying to contact you: Emphasize the words stimulus check…

Sponsor spotlight: Ready to downsize and move? Consider hiring help

Getting ready to move? Many people are available to help, including professional organizers, movers and estate sale companies. But what can each of these options provide and how can they help you during a chaotic time? Professional Organizers Professional organizers work directly with clients to help them organize their living spaces. When you are looking…

Sponsor spotlight: Everything you want to know about Compounding Pharmacy, from A-Z

When it comes to prescriptions and medication, having options and choices for how you “take your medicine” can have a huge impact on the overall experience. While the ability of combining and adjusting medications has been around for a long time, the benefits and capabilities of compounding is unknown to many who are unfamiliar with…

Welcome to our new Health and Fitness sponsor Axis Pharmacy NW

A warm welcome to our new Health and Fitness page sponsor Axis Pharmacy Northwest, a family-owned Mountlake Terrace-based business focused on providing customized medicines that meet the unique needs of all patients. Its compounding pharmacy service provides patients with customized options that can help taking or using medications easier. Some people are allergic to the dyes or preservatives drug…

Sponsor spotlight: Tax strategies to consider during the coronavirus pandemic

Who would ever have foreseen a time when petroleum companies would pay you to take their oil? This phenomena underscores the concept that within every problem there is opportunity. Here are some tax strategies to think about during the coronavirus pandemic. Look into Roth rollovers If you have high balances in tax-deferred retirement accounts, consider…

Welcome to new advertiser Classroom Helper

Welcome to new advertiser Classroom Helper, which currently offers online tutoring for students enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Homeschooling is made easier with distance learning materials and professional tutorial videos. Their digital materials are aligned with Common Core standards. Join their STEM day camp waitlist and be the first to know about future STEM camp sessions…

Sponsor spotlight: There is a place for everyone — Take the first step

“People often thank me when I say I’m a climate activist. I think it’s because people have that nagging feeling that climate change is a looming catastrophe, but they haven’t been able to find a way to address it in their own busy lives,” said Nancy Johnson, Sno-Isle Sierra Club Co-Chair, “But in truth, there…

Sponsor spotlight: 7 reasons why young people should join Rotary

I have a message for all you young people out there who may never have heard about Rotary. Or if you have, it was from a parent or grandparent who spent more time talking about the lunch menu or how great the salad bar is. If that’s all you’ve heard about Rotary, then you’re missing a…

Sponsor spotlight: MLT Dance and Fitness at home!

Mountlake Terrace dance and fitness instructors are posting classes online. These classes are not only for their students, but are free to the public. Stay active with tap, ballet, yoga, pilates and more! City of Mountlake Terrace, Recreation and Parks 5303 228th St. S.W. Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 425-776-9173

Sponsor spotlight: Business Continuity Planning During a Pandemic

By Randy Fredlund, Peoples Bank As the spread of COVID-19 and measures to contain it bring drastic changes to workplaces across our area, businesses must find a way to continue delivering their services while ensuring the health and safety of employees and customers. Companies looking for guidance on Business Continuity Planning (BCP) may turn to…

Sponsor spotlight: Key coronavirus tax changes — what every taxpayer should know

In addition to filing delays and stimulus payments, the IRS is implementing many changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some of the major topics that could affect you and your family. Early distribution penalty waived The 10% early distribution penalty on up to $100,000 of retirement withdrawals for coronavirus-related reasons is waived…