On the House

Key Spring Maintenance for your Concrete Driveway Spring is here, and you’ve got gardening and long walks with the dog to look forward to. But chances are that your concrete driveway took some abuse from winter’s temperature swings, and what is a small issue now can turn into a big, expensive problem if you let it go for too long. Now is the perfect time to nip any damage in the bud and help your driveway look beautiful for years. Read on to find out how! Step 1: Clean. The first step for finding out your driveway’s condition is to get it good and clean. Sweep away any leftover winter detritus such as leaves and branches, so you can get a good look at your driveway’s surface. Now check your driveway’s surface for any growths. Green … [Read more...]

Pick of the Vine

Keep It New Auto Service After working in independent shops then moving into dealerships and spending over 10 years there, Linn Small, owner of Keep It New Auto Service noted one consistent thing, people pay way too much and get way too little. He argued, fussed and complained, but the bottom line for some of these places was just simply that, the bottom line. After taking a long look at himself, he realized that he had 28 years in the automotive industry, had worked on all kinds of things from aircraft, hovercraft and motorcycles to boats, RV’s and the occasional clogged toilet at home, and he asked himself, “Why do I need to follow in the footsteps of others when I could make my own?” He decided that he could do it differently and Keep … [Read more...]

For Your Dental Health

Diabetes And Oral Health Diabetes is increasing in epidemic proportions in the US and throughout the world and it is one of the most burdensome chronic diseases of our time. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic limb amputations and also new cases of blindness. It is also a major cause of heart disease and stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 25 million people have diabetes and of these 7 million have not been diagnosed but have the disease. People at high risk of developing diabetes are also called pre diabetic and about 79 million U.S adults older than 20 years are in this lengthy stage which has no symptoms. Identification of pre diabetes can help target with early … [Read more...]

Law Office of Michael Primus

1099’s This time of year I routinely get inquiries about forgiven debts and the dreaded form 1099.  As a general proposition, the tax laws create an obligation to pay tax whenever the taxpayer’s finances improve.  For example, a paycheck improves my financial position and creates an obligation to pay tax on that income.  With a paycheck, the taxes are taken out directly and remitted by my employer.  With that in mind, if I owed $30,000 but was able to resolve the debt by paying $5,000 I would have improved my financial position and might assume I would owe tax on the $25,000.  Whether I owe the tax depends on my circumstances.  A couple examples of forgiven debt provide context before I delve into the rule and its exceptions.  Debts can … [Read more...]

Amy’s Bright Advice

Branding And Marketing – Why Are They So Important To You And Your Company? Branding is so much more than just a great logo and slogan, it is the perception that a customer has when they hear or think of your company and its product or services. Branding is not only about getting your target market to select you over the competition, but about getting them to see you and your company as the only option and decision they should choose to solve their problems and/or needs. Your brand is the promise you make to your customers and the reputation that your company forms by fulfilling those promises. Your brand will create loyal customers who believe in you and your business! Your brand must always stay consistent when it comes to your … [Read more...]

Who’s Been Snooped?

Hot Stones to the Rescue! Here it is the end of March and the forecast for the week is sunshine and warm. Halleluiah! After the long winter of rain, rain and more rain, it seems as though everyone is heading outside to get a dose of warm sunshine. The wonderful reward from Mother Nature is those beautiful green hills. If you look closely toward the southeast corner of Contra Costa, you can even see the first sign of this year’s crop of sweet corn. The bummer is, the weeds seems to be happier than those brand new lawns, so it will be time to put on those garden gloves soon. What a great time to take some time out for yourself before Spring arrives. I am truly a big fan of massage and believe it is an absolute necessity to good health. How … [Read more...]

Travel Time

The time has come for one and all to visit the Emerald Isle and also to experience a bit of Scandinavia. And you ask how can you do that? You can join us on the biggest and longest escorted tour we have ever done. Beginning May 23, 2018, we will tour Ireland for 5 wonderful and glorious and full of green days. We spend 2 night in Dublin once you arrive there on May 23rd meaning you actually leave America on May 22nd. When you get there, you spend two days in Dublin. You will have a 2-day double-decker bus tour ticket so you can see any of the city’s sites, such as Guinness Factory, Kilmahoan Gael (Jail), The Book of Kells, or shop on the famous streets of Dublin. There’s a welcome dinner on the 23rd and we attend a dinner banquet show … [Read more...]

Who’s Who In East County

OrthoWorks If you are in need of orthodontic care, put your smile in the good hands of the Ortho Works professionals. OrthoWorks is a team of nine orthodontic specialists in the Bay Area, with a combined experience of over 70 years treating both children and adults. With 12 locations (including Dr. David Shen in Antioch), you’re sure to find an OrthoWorks that is conveniently located to you. OrthoWorks has thousands of satisfied patients who have had orthodontic treatment with them. As a team, they are committed to providing beautiful, healthy smiles for children and adults through the best orthodontic care. They are dedicated to providing extraordinary personal service with compassion and consideration for each individual’s needs, while … [Read more...]

From the Desk of the CEO

Realistic Tips for Busy Moms Time is perhaps the most coveted thing moms have and it’s crucial to manage it effectively for you and your family. To help moms everywhere make the most of their precious minutes, actress, director, producer, entrepreneur, mother of three and Nutrisystem ambassador, Melissa Joan Hart reveals her secrets that she has crafted from years of juggling different time consuming tasks. • Just say “no”: Sometimes you just have to decline requests or pick and choose which ones are doable. And remember, it’s okay to ask for a rain check. • Limit screen time: It’s easy to fall into the screen time black hole. Instead, be present -- put your phone down and limit your children’s time in front of their screens. Even … [Read more...]

Law Offices of Joan Grimes

Non Probate Transfers Considerations for Estate Planning It is estimated that more than 50% of all adults in the United States do not have a Will. At first glance that statistic can be very disturbing especially when you understand that most of those people have children. So how is it possible that so many people pass away without a Will yet everything seems to be distributed without the need of a Will or Probate? First, they have designated beneficiaries on their accounts. The distribution of assets such as life insurance, annuities, retirement accounts and bank accounts are governed by contract law. Therefore, the accounts can have one or more designated beneficiaries to whom the asset will be paid upon the death of the owner. In … [Read more...]