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Wellness Council of America Recognizes Lawley as a “Well Workplace”

Buffalo, N.Y. (April 14, 2016) – Lawley, a Top 100 independent insurance broker in the United States according to Business Insurance, was recently announced as a recipient of the Wellness Council of America’s (WELCOA) “Well Workplace” award. Lawley is one of nine companies in the U.S. to receive the award, which recognizes companies taking responsibility for maximizing the health and wellness of its employees.

 

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What You Should Know about Children with Investment Income

Special tax rules may apply to some children who receive investment income. The rules may affect the amount of tax and how to report the income. Here are five important points to keep in mind if your child has investment income:

1. Investment Income. Investment income generally includes interest, dividends and capital gains. It also includes other unearned income, such as from a trust.

2. Parent’s Tax Rate. If your child's total investment income is more than $2,100 then your tax rate may apply to part of that income instead of your child's tax rate. See the instructions for Form 8615, Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income.

Open House, Derby Luncheon and Dance Workshop Coming to Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Open House, Derby Luncheon and Dance Workshop Coming to Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

An Open House, Kentucky Derby Luncheon and Victorian Dance Workshop highlight a fun-filled May calendar at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst.

The annual Open House is a free event from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 5, featuring tables from all of the organization’s creative guilds and information on how you can become involved at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village. Guests will also find information on renting the museum, becoming a member or sponsor, getting involved as a volunteer, and all of Heritage Village’s upcoming events! Brief guided tours will be offered at 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. Guests will also have an opportunity to meet the staff, Board of Trustees, volunteers, and twin Jersey calves Jack and Flynn! There will be a report to the community presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. and a reception of coffee, tea, water and goodies.

Need More Time to File Your Taxes?

The April 18 tax deadline is coming up. If you need more time to file your taxes, you can get an automatic six-month extension from the IRS. Here are five things to know about filing an extension:

1. Use IRS Free File to file an extension. You can use IRS Free File to e-file your extension request for free. Free File is only available through IRS.gov. You must e-file the extension request by midnight April 18. If you do request an extension, come back to Free File to prepare and e-file your taxes for free. You can access the program at any time through Oct. 17.

2. Use Form 4868. You can also request an extension by filling out Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. You must mail this form to the IRS by April 18. Form 4868 is available on IRS.gov/forms.

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War Memorial Stadium, Remembering the Ol' Rockpile

War Memorial Stadium, Remembering the Ol' Rockpile

War Memorial Stadium, Remembering the Ol' Rockpile, 1937-1987 Jefferson, Best & Dodge Streets, Buffalo NY

With the Bisons 2016 home season opener this week at C.C. Field, it seems appropriate to bring back the memories of where we came from as local baseball fans.  

‘Nothing Here is Real’ is the Latest Release from Publisher No Frills Buffalo

‘Nothing Here is Real’ is the Latest Release from Publisher No Frills Buffalo

“Nothing Here is Real,” the first novel by local author Matt Bindig, is set for April release by No Frills Buffalo publishing company.

Bindig was raised outside of Buffalo and educated at Hobart College and Harvard University. He lives with his wife and children in the Buffalo area where he teaches high school English. 

Loss of a child to addiction disrupts natural order

When a couple make the decision to have a child, a natural plan begins to fall into place. With great anticipation they wait for that happy plan to become reality — birthdays, elementary school, high school, college, marriage and eventually grandchildren. Never does that plan include the devastating loss of a child due to addiction.

Day after day we hear about opiate-related deaths in our region and across the country.  Children are dying outside of the “natural order,” and when it occurs it sends people into a tailspin. We’re just not supposed to outlive our children. 

While there is really no “getting over” such a loss, you can begin to integrate it into your life. It’s important to understand that grief is a long journey and finding normalcy takes time. You don't wake up one day and everything's good again.