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Chamber to Present "Shorten the Lifecycle of Crisis"

Chamber to Present "Shorten the Lifecycle of Crisis"

AMHERST, NY- The Amherst Chamber of Commerce and special guest Earl Wells of e3communications, will present the informative workshop “Shorten the Lifecycle of Crisis” on Friday, March 4, 2011 at Trocaire College’s Russell Salvatore School of Hospitality & Management, 14 Freeman Road, Lancaster.  Registration for the workshop will begin at 8:15 am and the workshop will begin promptly at 8:30 am.

NOCO Express Recognized by Convenience Store Industry

NOCO Express Recognized by Convenience Store Industry

TONAWANDA, N.Y. - NOCO Express was recognized by CSP Information Group for its efforts in utilizing consumer-friendly technologies.  Henry Bays, general manager, accepted the Customer Experience Award at CSP’s recent Convenience Retailing University conference in Arizona. CSP Information Group publishes Convenience Store Petroleum, the leading convenience store industry publication.

“Today’s consumers are more tech savvy than ever before and have come to expect the latest technology from retailers,” said Michael Newman, executive vice president. “Keeping the NOCO brand top of mind and in front of customers both at our Express stores and at home helps drive traffic into our stores.” 

Important Tax Law Changes for 2010

Important Tax Law Changes for 2010

Taxpayers should make sure they are aware of many important changes to the tax law before they complete their 2010 federal income tax return.

Here are several important changes that the IRS wants you to keep in mind when you file your 2010 federal income tax return in 2011.

Health Insurance Deduction Reduces Self Employment Tax  In 2010, eligible self-employed individuals can use the self-employed health insurance deduction to reduce their social security self-employment tax liability in addition to their income tax liability. As in the past, eligible taxpayers claim this deduction on Form 1040 Line 29. But in 2010, eligible taxpayers can also enter this amount on Schedule SE Line 3, thus reducing net earnings from self-employment subject to the 15.3 percent social security self-employment tax.

Erie 1 BOCES is Offering Policy Services to Keep Schools Current on State and Federal Regulations

Erie 1 BOCES is Offering Policy Services to Keep Schools Current on State and Federal Regulations

Each year State and Federal lawmakers change regulations affecting our local school districts.  Erie 1 BOCES estimates that changes happen so frequently in fact that every year approximately 25% of regulations are changed or become outdated.

To save schools the immense manpower it takes to track these changes, Erie 1 BOCES is now providing policy services for over 100 Western New York schools. An Erie 1 BOCES coordinator spends at least 16 hours each month researching policy changes and then applies this information to participating schools.

Are Your Social Security Benefits Taxable?

Are Your Social Security Benefits Taxable?

The Social Security benefits you received in 2010 may be taxable. You should receive a Form SSA1099 which will show the total amount of your benefits. The information provided on this statement along with the following seven facts from the IRS will help you determine whether or not your benefits are taxable. 

1.         How much – if any – of your Social Security benefits are taxable depends on your total income and marital status.

2.         Generally, if Social Security benefits were your only income for 2010, your benefits are not taxable and you probably do not need to file a federal income tax return.

 3.         If you received income from other sources, your benefits will not be taxed unless your modified adjusted gross income is more than the base amount for your filing status. 

Local Medical Professionals Comment on New First Aid Cap for Kids

Local Medical Professionals Comment on New First Aid Cap for Kids

What are local medical professionals saying about Cool Gel ’n Cap, the first aid cap brought to market by Western New Yorker Timothy Panicali, the company’s president and product co-inventor?

“Cool Gel ’n Cap is a practical, user and kid friendly device which can ease our little patients’ pain from head bumps, headaches or earaches,” said Dr. Robert Schulman, a pediatrician with Forestream Pediatrics in Depew. “The concept is genuinely well thought out and should be a value to parents.”

“The ‘Toby’ Cool Gel ’n Cap is a welcome addition to help our children get the appropriate local care for the lumps and bumps they get day to day,” said Dr. Shawn Cotton of East Aurora Family Practice.

NOCO Express Donates to Food Bank of WNY

NOCO Express Donates to Food Bank of WNY

To help fight hunger in Western New York, NOCO Express Stores recently donated $8,835 to the Food Bank of Western New York. NOCO donated ten cents from the sale of every cup of Nickel City Roast Coffee or 23.7 oz. bottle of Poland Spring water sold throughout November and December, in addition to collecting donations from customers.

“We are proud to support the Food Bank of Western New York in their hunger relief efforts,” said Terry Messmer, director of merchandising, NOCO Express. “For every dollar donated, the Food Bank is able to provide seven pounds of food to help those who are hungry in our community.”

The Food Bank of Western New York collects and distributes food to its 400 member agencies in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties, distributing one million pounds of food per month, assisting 100,000 people in need.