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What You Need to Know to Protect Your Passwords

It’s time to have a word about your password.

Many of us use the same sign-on and password over and over for our online accounts.

That’s why phishing scams, which often seek password information, are so successful. Once a criminal has your password for one account, it’s highly likely you’ve used the same sign-on information for other accounts.

The IRS, state revenue departments and the tax industry have teamed up to combat identity theft in the tax arena. Our theme: Taxes. Security. Together. Working in partnership with you, we can make a difference.

That’s why we have all agreed to new stronger standards that you will see when you access your tax software products for 2016 and file your taxes. These include:

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Tyrpak Accounting Services Offers Helpful Tips for Tax Season

Tyrpak Accounting Services Offers Helpful Tips for Tax Season

Another tax season is upon us, and as is customary, individuals and businesses will likely have plenty of questions while preparing their tax returns. With that in mind, Tyrpak Accounting Services of West Seneca offers several tips to help guide you through this often difficult and complicated annual process.

Talk to Your Family about Security Online and at Home

For families with children and aging parents, it’s important to make sure everyone guards their personal information online and at home.

It may be time for “the conversation.”

The IRS, state revenue departments and the tax industry have teamed up to combat identity theft in the tax arena. Our theme: Taxes. Security. Together. Working in partnership with you, we can make a difference.

Especially in families that use the same computer, students should be warned against turning off any security software in use or opening any suspicious emails. They should be instructed to never click on embedded links or download attachments of emails from unknown sources.

Identity thieves are just one of many predators plying the Internet. And, actions by one computer user could infect the machine for all users. That’s a concern when dealing with personal financial details or tax information.

Mary Queen of Angels to Hold Meat Raffle

Mary Queen of Angels to Hold Meat Raffle

A meat raffle to support the annual Mary Queen of Angels School eighth grade class trip to Cleveland will take place on Friday, Feb. 12, in the St. Andrew Parish Hall, 111 Crocker St., Sloan. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the raffle beginning at 7 p.m.

A donation of $5 includes two slices of pizza and pop, beer or wine. Tickets will also be available at the door for $8, and there will be a 50/50 split club and side raffles. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend. 

For tickets or information, please visit the MQA School office at 170 Rosewood Terrace in Cheektowaga, or call 895-6280. For more information on the school, please visit www.mqangels.com.

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Land Conservancy to Present Draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve

Land Conservancy to Present Draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host a presentation to unveil the draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve on Thursday, Jan. 21. The Concept Plan is a landscape design for the entire property. The keynote speaker is Darrel Morrison, the nationally-renowned landscape designer known for his ecological approach who is guiding the Land Conservancy’s restoration efforts at Stella. The public is welcome to attend and provide feedback. The presentation will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lewiston Senior Center at 4361 Lower River Road.

Grateful patient leaves $2.3 million to Kenmore Mercy Hospital

Grateful patient leaves $2.3 million to Kenmore Mercy Hospital

During the season of giving, it is often the gifts we least expect that can have the most meaning.

The Kenmore Mercy Foundation received a special gift this Christmas from a grateful patient who has left a lasting legacy to Kenmore Mercy Hospital for years to come. The local resident, John M. Repetski, left a $2.3 million bequest to benefit the hospital. It is the largest gift from an individual donor in the hospital’s 65-year history. 

While the significant size of the bequest astonished hospital officials, receiving a gift from this donor, who had contributed to Kenmore Mercy in the past, did not. The foundation staff knew Mr. Repetski for more than five years, and had forged a strong relationship built on his deep Catholic faith and ties to the local community. 

Catholic Charities Launches 2016 Appeal at New West Side Health Care Center; Sets $11 Million Goal

Catholic Charities Launches 2016 Appeal at New West Side Health Care Center; Sets $11 Million Goal

Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials and volunteer leaders announced an $11 million goal for the 2016 Appeal Jan. 6. Monsignor David S. Slubecky, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Buffalo, representing The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo who was unable to attend, made the announcement at a kick-off event held at the new Catholic Charities Health Care Center for refugee clients and the community, located in the former Nativity Roman Catholic Church on Buffalo’s West Side. The theme for the 2016 Appeal is “Find Good Within” and the patron saint of the 92nd annual Appeal is St. Nicholas.

The Appeal helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 programs across 61 sites in the eight counties of Western New York along with Bishop’s Fund for the Faith.