Sponsored: Civility Is Still Alive and Well In Our Courts

By the Committee to Retain Judge Okoloko   Perhaps no one would argue with the fact that our public discourse has become decidedly more “uncivil” in recent years. Disrespecting those we disagree with has become all too commonplace. So, in our courtrooms, where “disagreement” is most often the sole reason for being there, no one…

Sponsor spotlight: Municipal bonds — an investment with tax breaks

Everybody likes getting something for free, and taxes are no different. Investing in securities like municipal bonds (munis) or municipal bond funds generates tax-free interest income. Here is what you need to know. Advantages of municipal bonds You pay zero federal tax on municipal bond investment income. This makes municipal bonds more attractive than many…

Sponsor spotlight: Leveraging gift rules to your advantage

As you or family members approach retirement years, it is important to have a basic understanding of the IRS gift giving rules. With this understanding, there are opportunities to leverage this tax law without creating a tax problem. The rules You may give up to $15,000 to any individual (donee) in 2019 and avoid any…

Welcome to new advertiser Laura’s Alteration

Meet our new advertiser Laura Wang, the proud owner of Laura’s Alterations at Alderwood Mall. In 2008, she opened her first location in Bellingham and since she’s expanded to six locations across Western Washington. For more than a decade, she and her employees have proudly served tens of thousands of people from the communities of…

Sponsor spotlight: The latest fashion looks for fall

Fall is here! Not only does this signal cooler weather and pumpkin season, but it also means we need prepare for updating fall fashion trends. Every season during Fashion Week, new collections of fashion designers give us inspiration on what to wear in the following season. For fall/winter 2019, the runway shows present gorgeous new…

Sponsor Spotlight: How to Maintain Your Lifestyle in Retirement

You may have heard the rule of thumb that you need to replace about 80% of your preretirement income if you want to maintain your current lifestyle when you retire. But like many rules of thumb, that advice is much too general for most people, says Herbert Poole CFP® CRC®, Retirement Development Consultant for Wells…

Welcome to sponsor Northpoint Washington

Northpoint Washington 28-Day Drug & Alchohol Treatment Rehab We welcome our sponsored content partner Northpoint Washington, a 28-day drug and alcohol treatment center, located off 212th Street Southwest in Edmonds. Their new state-of-the-art facility recently hosted the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon cutting. Northpoint has an accredited inpatient program designed to achieve lasting…

Sponsor spotlight: Lice Spies earns Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace award

As part of National Breastfeeding Month, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Snohomish County recognized Lice Spies of Edmonds as a Breastfeeding Friendly Employer in Snohomish County. Last spring, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Snohomish County conducted a survey asking employees throughout Snohomish County how their employer supports continued breastfeeding.  Kristina Hawley, who works at Lice Spies as…

Sponsor spotlight: Ombu now offers Pintura highlights for curly hair

So you have curly hair and you want to change up your color. In the past you’ve tried box colors and foil highlights only to be disappointed. It’s time to introduce you to the Pintura highlight — quite possibly the best color technique for those with curly hair. What is Pintura Highlighting? This method of…

Sponsor Spotlight: 4 summertime tax saving tips

Summer is usually the time for relaxing, but it can also be a time for tax savings, especially if you’re still reeling from an unexpectedly large tax bill in April. Here are four timely tips: Rent your home. If you rent out your main home or a vacation home part of the time, you may…

Sponsor spotlight: Retirement basics — understanding tax efficiency

One of the basics in retirement is to be as tax efficient with your income as possible. In 2019, income tax rates range from 0 to 37 percent, plus a potential 3.8 percent net investment tax. Understanding how these progressive tax rates apply to ordinary income creates a tremendous retirement planning opportunity. The basic concept…

Welcome to new advertiser Maxim Health Services

We’re happy to announce our new advertiser, Maxim Health Services. Maxim Healthcare Services lead the nation in providing homecare, medical staffing, and wellness services. Their award-winning Seattle office is proud to be recognized as one of the largest and most reputable flu and wellness programs in Washington State. Last year their  team held more than 400 clinics, conducted over 20,000 wellness screenings…

Sponsor spotlight: Is now the time to sell your home?

Many sellers tried unsuccessfully at some point in the past three to five years to sell their home. And many of them were frustrated by that lack of success that the market at that time allowed. Whether you listed your home unsuccessfully in the past or you are beginning to think about selling, today’s market…

A fun Father’s Day for every dad at Gallaghers’

Gallaghers’ will be having a fun Father’s Day for every dad (any kind of dad!) that comes in to brew. Enjoy one pint on the house of our delicious, fresh beer to drink while brewing a batch of your favorite beer. Not only that, but if you order a pizza from Portofino Restaurant they’ll deliver it…

Sponsor spotlight: How platelet-rich plasma can improve sexual health

​Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections are a form of natural sexual health treatment that gathers platelets and growth factors from a sample of your own blood and re-injects it into your body. These injections are used to improve sexual function in both men and women and can serve as a very effective form of medical…

Real estate showcase: Camaloch Golf Course community on Camano Island

Home and Real Estate page sponsor Ann Hoppe has a fresh new listing she’s proud to show off. Look the listing over — it might have you at “unlimited golf.” Welcome to Camaloch Golf Course, a gated community on Camano Island. This custom construction home built by local builder Reliable Transformations Inc, was completed in 2019. The…

Sponsor spotlight: How to not miss critical health screenings

Preventive care is like tending a garden. As things grow and change, you need to step back, reassess and check in. Does a plant need thinning? Do others need more sunshine? Same thing with your health. It’s critical that you get the screenings and preventive care that’s right for your stage of life. A primary…

Sponsor spotlight: How to maximize your Social Security

You can begin receiving your Social Security retirement benefit as early as age 62. But by putting off your benefit start date you can receive a check that is 8% higher for each year you delay receiving your benefit. The basics Full retirement age. Those born between 1943 and 1954 reach their full Social Security…

Sponsor spotlight: Irons Brothers crew completes wheelchair ramp

Irons Brothers Construction employees and skilled volunteers completed work Saturday on a free wheelchair-access ramp, built in cooperation with the Master Builders Association’s 26th anniversary philanthropic project, Rampathon. The annual event benefits approximately 40 families throughout King and Snohomish Counties. Irons Brothers Construction has been involved in Rampathon for the past 13 years. (Read more…

Sponsor spotlight: 3 things to know about summer job taxes

Summer brings warm weather, fun outdoor activities and new opportunities to earn some additional income. However, taxes on seasonal income need to be handled with care, whether they’re related to your child’s first job or an extra income opportunity for you. Here are some tips to help you manage the taxes on your summer earnings:…

Sponsor spotlight: Irons Brothers wheelchair-access ramp during annual Rampathon

Led by “Ramp Captain” Joseph Irons, employees of Irons Brothers construction and skilled volunteers will be building a free wheelchair-access ramp Saturday, May 18 for a Shoreline resident who currently has trouble entering and leaving her home. Irons, the general manager of Irons Brothers Construction and past president of the Master Builders Association of King…

Sponsor spotlight: Affordable home financing solutions for our community heroes

We can’t thank you enough for your services…but we’ll try. Whether you are a teacher, police officer, firefighter, EMT, or health care professional, you play a vital role in our community’s safety and wellbeing. That’s why national lender Caliber Home Loans, Inc. is pleased to offer home financing products with non-traditional qualifying guidelines to our…