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It’s tax time again – which for many Americans means that a tax refund is on its way. If you’re going to get a refund this year, how can you use the money to your best advantage? Of course, it’s always tempting to spend the check from Uncle Sam on something fun. But a tax refund...

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Most of us need to do some type of estate planning, but it’s especially important if you are part of a “blended” family. And the best time to start is now – before these plans need to be implemented. Estate planning can be complex, so you will need help from a qualified legal...

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Next week, the 2016 Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro. One of the most compelling events is the marathon, a 26.2-mile endurance contest with roots dating back to ancient Greece. It may be that we’ve kept our interest in the marathon because it can teach us much about life – and...

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And like all holidays, this one has plenty of traditions, such as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (started in 1924) and football (the first broadcast Thanksgiving Day game was played between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears in 1934)....

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By Kena Blain & Michelle Feliciano   Coach Smart “Where are you from?”  I was born and raised in New Jersey, south Jersey to be exact.  It was a great place to grow up, and summertime in New Jersey is the absolute best.  “How long have you been teaching in...

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For the past few years, the stock market has moved up fairly steadily, with no major “corrections.” But thus far in 2015, we’ve already seen periods of volatility — enough, in fact, to make some investors jittery. Nervous investors may be more prone to make decisions based on...

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Article courtesy of Edward Jones November is Long-term Care Awareness Month. And when it comes to long-term care — such as a stay in a nursing home or the services provided by a home health aide — you’ll want to plan for the potential costs involved.   Of course, you...

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On Saturday, September 27, the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other local law enforcement agencies will participate in the 9th National Take Back Initiative at four locations. The locations are: Publix Center at St....

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Have you ever been out and about and come across a tempting item that seems to be calling your name? You stand there and think, “I really want this.” But then another thought counters, “But I really can’t afford it right now.” I know I personally have had this opportunity and...

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By Laura Royer, UF/IFAS Osceola County Extension Lately, it seems many people that I know are being victimized by identity theft. It’s not surprising as Florida does rank number one in both identity theft and other fraud, while the Orlando/Kissimmee area ranks 11th in identity theft...

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The local bank isn’t just a place of business, it is often a touch point for the community, a place to help customers reach their financial goals. This is very important to the manager of the Ashton branch of CenterState Bank, Karen Giel. Having lived in Florida since she was 13, Giel...

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By Carol K. Platt, CRB, e-Pro, Osceola County Association of Realtors, Inc. Value is both subjective and objective. Value is defined by appraisals based on sold data and by market analyses that reflect sold data, comparative data and projected market trends. Often value is referred to as...