Yardley Business Association hosts holiday event

Ho! Ho! Ho! Here comes Santa and the Olde Fashion Christmas Parade.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Yardley! Santa Claus will arrive on Friday, November 28th at 6:15pm in downtown Yardley Borough to light the dazzling Christmas Tree near the Old Library by Lake Afton. Special guest, The Phillie Phanatic, will also be there.

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NBA’s November Member Breakfast is Nov. 25th

The Newtown Business Association will hold its November Member Breakfast meeting on Tuesday, November 25th, from 7:30 to 9:00am at Chandler Hall, 99 Barclay Street, Newtown. NBA members and guests will be presented with an Economic Forum consisting of a panel of four: Moderator Robert Wilgos (Summit Financial Advisors) and panel members Robert Costello, Jr. (Costello Asset Management), Patrick Clark (Attleboro Asset Management), and Steven Tolbert (Assistant Professor of Economics at Bucks County Community College). Topics discussed will include: direction of the overall economy, GNP forecast, interest rates, inflation, stock/bond markets, and unemployment. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer period.

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Consumer Troubleshooter

submitted by Bucks County Consumer Protection Agency

Q. I was selling some of my personal effects on Craig’s List. A man contacted me and we decided on a price. The amount totaled $600. He sent me a certified bank check for $2,000. He said that he made a mistake on the amount and asked me to send him the difference. Red flag, I know it’s a scam, but the check looks real. I assume it’s a scam and actually would like to know what to do with the check and who to report the incident to? S.P., Morrisville.

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For year-end tax planning, start now

submitted by Martin H. Abo, CPA/ABV/CVA/CFF, Abo and Company, LLC

Year-end planning will be more challenging than normal this year. Unless Congress acts, a number of popular deductions and credits expired at the end of 2013 and won’t be available for 2014.

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Bucks County real estate market update

submitted by Lynne Kelleher, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

Just like the weather, the real estate market is local, and national and regional statistics don’t always tell you the full story of what’s happening right here in Bucks County. Many factors influence how the market is trending, including consumer sentiment and confidence, jobs and the local economy. The statistics for year-to-date and year-over-year are very encouraging for Bucks County and it seems apparent that the positive trend will slowly continue.

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Consumer Troubleshooter

submitted by Bucks County Consumer Protection Agency

Q. This winter I plan on using my fireplace more to try to heat my home. What do I need to know about purchasing firewood? S.M., Levittown.

A. This is the time of year when lots of folks call The Bucks County Weights and Measures Office about firewood. If consumers intend to use the wood to burn this season, make sure the purchase is seasoned firewood. If you plan on using the wood for the following winter you can buy green wood and cut and split it and allow it dry out.

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Emotional ‘traps’ of selling a home

submitted by Lynne Kelleher, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

“Follow your focus, not your feelings” is a great mantra, both in life and when selling your home. If you avoid these common emotional “traps” and keep the big picture of why you’re selling in mind, you’ll have a much easier time of it.

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Structuring the deal

submitted by Martin H. Abo, CPA/ABV/CVA/CFF, Abo and Company, LLC

Frequently, the seller of a desirable business wants to be paid 75% or more of the sale price up front. A buyer with little cash is forced to borrow from a bank, friends, family or the seller personally, to consummate the transaction.

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Loretta Hutchinson is awarded Women’s Choice Award

Harvest Group Financial Services and Financial Divorce Plan, LLC is proud to announce that Loretta Hutchinson has been awarded the Women’s Choice Award for 2014. This is the second consecutive year that Loretta has won this award.

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David Crosson announces retirement

David H. Crosson, CEO of Indian Creek Foundation, has announced his retirement effective June 30th, 2015. David has been with the Foundation for 20 years and has served as the CEO of the Foundation since 2000.

The Board of Directors has appointed a search committee and the process of selecting the next CEO has already begun. David’s plans for retirement include travel with family and volunteer service, along with his wife Lorraine, to local non-profit organizations.

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