Sponsor spotlight: Pride and Reflections

Respect, rights and repression. These are three things I never have had to worry about growing up as a white male in the USA. Even though I grew up in the Bay Area and learned early about gay rights and the challenges and problems the LGBTQ community faced – I never really completely processed the…

Sponsor spotlight: Six ways COVID-19 has affected home lending

The coronavirus has impacted nearly every sector of our economy, including the real estate market. While much of the home-buying process is already online, like finding and touring homes, the pandemic has also brought about some changes to the loan approval process. If you’re wondering if now is the “right time” to buy or refinance…

Sponsor spotlight: Chef Dane Catering menu week of Aug. 10-15

August 10-15 Take ‘N Bake Meals & To Go Options ** Lamb Meatballs – roasted tomatoes and eggplant, sautéed spinach, feta sauce…$12 ** Pineapple Chicken Thighs – coconut rice, grilled zucchini, pineapple relish … $12 ** Beef Stroganoff – top sirloin, mushrooms, egg noodles, rosemary cream sauce … $12 ** Halibut Cake – wasabi mashed potatoes, edamame and red pepper salad, pickled ginger aioli… $18 ** Vegetarian Lasagna – zucchini, yellow squash, fire roasted tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, sundried tomato…

Sponsor spotlight: New tax rules for 2020

Here are several new tax laws passed this year to consider as you start planning your 2020 tax obligation. – Make up to $300 of charitable contributions. For the 2020 tax year only, an above-the-line deduction of $300 is available to all Americans who want to make a charitable contribution. You can donate to more…

Sponsor spotlight: Get rid of your kids’ summertime blues

Let’s be honest. This is a strange summer. With many recreation activities canceled or significantly altered because of this year’s pandemic and social distancing guidelines, families need to be creative to keep their kids energized and engaged. Never fear! Here’s a list of activities to create a memorable summer for your kids: Organize a family…

Sponsor spotlight: Chef Dane Catering menu week of Aug. 3-8

Aug. 3 – 8 Food Truck Locations ** Monday dinner – Seaview neighborhood, Edmonds ** Monday dinner – Faith Hill Community Church by Hickman Park, Edmonds ** Tuesday lunch – Alderwood Business Center, Lynnwood ** Tuesday dinner – Point Edwards, Edmonds ** Wednesday lunch – 4th & Dayton, Edmonds ** Thursday lunch – private company…

Sponsor spotlight: Next free legal clinic for seniors Aug. 5

The Edmonds Waterfront (Senior) Center and Sanders Law Group offer a free legal clinic for seniors every month, and the next one is Wednesday, Aug. 5. This popular monthly clinic offers 15-minute individual appointments with an Elder Law Attorney. It runs from 1-3 p.m. and space is limited. Please call ahead to the Edmonds Waterfront (Senior)…

Sponsor spotlight: 5 criteria for choosing an estate sale company

There are a few reasons you may find yourself looking for an estate sale company to handle a loved one’s estate or to downsize your own belonging. During these life transitions, finding a trustworthy team can ease your stress while hiring a company who mishandles the job can add more to your plate. How do…

Sponsor spotlight: Need a garden refresh? Be water wise with the PUD

Pacific Northwest summers are renowned for plentiful sunshine, warm temperatures, and outdoor activities like gardening. But summer is also peak drought and wildfire season, when rainfall is sparse and water conservation is critical. As a national leader in carbon-free energy, Snohomish County PUD is one of the most environmentally conscious utilities in the nation. That…

Sponsor Spotlight: Chef Dane Catering and Food Truck menu, week of July 27-31

July 27-31 Fundraiser for Boys and Girls Clubs Snohomish County Dinner available Monday-Friday for drive-through pick-up at varying club locations, with a portion of each purchase going to BGCSC. Must preorder. Details can be found online. Please help support this amazing organization. ~~~~~~~ Food Truck Locations ** Monday dinner – Seaview neighborhood, Edmonds ** Monday…

Sponsor spotlight: Estate taxes — what everyone should know

Most taxpayers ignore the federal estate tax, thinking they will never be touched by it. Unfortunately, you do this at your own peril. Why? Because states often have this tax AND politicians have a habit of frequently changing the rules. The best approach for all taxpayers is to understand the basics of the estate tax….

Sponsor spotlight: Classroom Helper teaches academic and life skills

Due to COVID-19 and school closures, families and school communities are working diligently to support students with academic and life skills.  As we adjust our program with online tutoring, we focus on foundational academic skills and life skills. Common Core standards are academic standards for college and career preparedness for students enrolled in Kindergarten through…

Sponsor spotlight: Don’t let these five big tax mistakes happen to you

Every year taxpayers are hit with tax surprises that could be avoided if they just knew the rules. Here are five big ones that are easy to avoid with some simple planning. Mistake #1. Withholding too little. This results in a tax surprise when filing your income tax return. Don’t be too hard on yourself…

Sponsor spotlight: Chef Dane Catering menu for week of July 20-24

July 20-24 Take ‘N Bake Meals & To Go Options ** Thai Chicken Noodles – chicken, stir fry vegetables, rice noodles, thai coconut sauce…..$10 ** Pulled Pork Stuffed Potato – baked potato stuffed with slow roasted pork shoulder, cheddar, green onions, roasted broccoli, sautéed mushrooms, bbq sauce, sour cream… $10 ** Braised Short Rib –…

Sponsor spotlight: Chef Dane menu for week of July 13-17

July 13 – 17 Take ‘N Bake Meals & To Go Options ** Pulled Pork Tamale – corn husk wrapped masa crusted pork served with roasted corn and spanish rice …..$12 ** Tuscan Chicken – white beans, tomatoes, kale, carrots …. $12 ** Creamy Seafood Pasta – dungeness crab, lobster, red peppers, artichoke hearts, asparagus…

Sponsor spotlight: Tax tips for retiring early

Wouldn’t it be nice to check out of the workforce early and not have to worry about having enough money for retirement? While good financial planning can help you get there, leveraging the tax code as part of your retirement plan is also a good idea. Here are some tax tips that could help you…

Sponsor spotlight: Chef Dane Catering menu week of July 6-10

July 6 – July 10 Take ‘N Bake Meals & To Go Options ** BBQ Smoked Brisket – bourbon bbq sauce, brown sugar baked beans, chili lime corn… $15 ** Jerk Chicken – caribbean brown rice, tropical fruit relish, roasted okra & carrots…. $12 **Teriyaki Salmon – wasabi sticky rice cake, sautéed bok choy &…