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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Business Spotlight

Creative Cuisine Defines Black Tie Events

Growing up in Israel, Ilan Amoltov would stand in the family kitchen, watching his mother prepare classic Persian dishes, and fell in love with cooking. As the co-chef/owner of Black Tie Events, he improvised and combined the spices and flavors of his mother’s home cooking with the refined techniques he learned

O’Neill Contracting: Providing Free Energy Efficiency Audits to the Bergen County Community

Bergenfield—Is your house so drafty you could invite friends over for windsurfing? Did you ever think to yourself, especially during a cold winter like this one, that your heating system seems to be running all the time? Perhaps you’ve thought to yourself that it should be more efficient, or that your insulation should be keeping the

A Passion to Create Inspires Leah Chamish

At first glance, the connection between artist Leah Chamish’s two ventures, Murals by Leah and Touring Teddies, is not apparent. But there is common denominator that makes perfect sense. “My passion isn’t just for art, it’s for creating,” Chamish says. “Mostly, it’s to create for children, to make them

Social Security: Don’t Be in a Rush; Take Your Time

A popular expression goes “good things come to those who wait.” Undoubtedly, whoever coined that phrase did not have Social Security benefits in mind, but the saying certainly applies very well to them. As opined below, most people are better off deferring their Social Security retirement date until at least age 66, and probably to age

Ring In the New Year With a COLA

In 2015, nearly 64 million Americans who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase to their monthly benefit payments of 1.7%.

The average monthly Social Security benefit for a retired worker in 2015 is $1,328 (up from $1,306 in

Gotta Dance? Morah Rochelle’s Rikkud Dance Program Offers Classes, Camp for Girls

Teaneck—Rochelle Yaros has danced for as long as she can remember. Last year, she started Rikkud Dance, a private dance program in Teaneck, teaching dance to groups of little girls, aged three to nine, on Sunday mornings. She also runs a week-long Rikkud Dance Camp in the summertime, between camp and school, and offers

Mazel Tov, It’s a Tax Deduction!

Remember that joy when you saw your baby for the first time? What an amazing feeling knowing that you brought so much joy to the world. Now imagine your happiness when you realize that you didn’t just bring joy into the world, you also got tax breaks for you and your family. According to the Department of Agriculture, it costs on

Proportional Perspectives on Work and Retirement

For all the window dressing the financial-service industry can add to the process, it is possible to distill the essential issues in retirement planning to two, expressed as a ratio of working years to retirement years. This ratio does not produce an exact number for retirement, but it gives you a sense of the task at hand and how long you

COMMUNITY CALENDAR January March

Motzei Shabbat January 24th

Wine Making/ Grape Growing during Shmittah  Congregation Shomrei Emunah  89 Huguenot Avenue Englewood

Hillel Manne from the Beit El Winery will speak

Sunday, January 25th

Navigating Parenthood – The World’s Hardest Job   8:00PM  Series of six lectures given by

Zadies Bake Shop: A Bergen County Treat

Fair Lawn—It’s a family affair. “I grew up in bakeries. It’s what I know,” says Adam Steinberg. Adam is one of the four co-owners of Zadies Bake Shop along with his father Larry, brother Josh, and cousin Eric. The Zadie in the title, by the way, refers to Adam’s Zadie. So saying Zadies is a family

Three-Legged Retirement Stool Has One Missing, One Shaky Leg

A generation ago, a typical retirement discussion usually included a reference to, or illustration of, the “Three-Legged Stool.” This was an analogy to describe the three most common sources of retirement income: pensions, personal savings, and Social Security.

While many from the

Basics for Beneficiaries

One of the necessary tasks after the passing of a family member is settling the decedent’s financial affairs. Some of these tasks are mundane, such as closing accounts, or stopping cable service. Some are mandatory, like reporting the death to the Social Security administration or preparing a final tax return. And besides these clean-up