MEDICARE RECIPIENTS SHOULD CHECK PLANS

Since its rocky beginning in 1966, Medicare has become the main health insurance provider to more than 50 million Americans, most of them Seniors over age 65.  However, the program has become intensely complex, resulting in a maze of information, plans, and pitfalls that can often derail an individual’s healthcare.  Many individuals just give up trying to determine the best coverage and accept whatever is presented by just any insurance agent, regardless of whether the coverage is the “best fit” for the individual’s needs. While Medicare is intensely confusing at…

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The Heirloom Tomato Man

Follow the purple arrow. You’ll find a purple gate. Above the entrance, you will see, “The Oasis for Conscious Living.” “Five dollars! It’s a bad road.” When we decline the price, the taxi driver shakes his head and zooms off. Five dollars is quite the exorbitant taxi ride for Cuenca. Zach, my boyfriend and Spanish guru, insists we wait to find a better deal. However, when two more drivers tell us the same thing, we forfeit our money and begin the journey. Our driver zigzags through oncoming traffic, abandons the…

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Planning for Social Security Retirement

While Social Security Retirement benefits are the cornerstone for many individual retirement plans, it is important for individuals to understand the basics of the program and the importance of planning relative to the timing of the benefit payments.  Social Security benefits are payable as early as age 62 to individuals who have worked and paid in to the system for a minimum of 10 years.  The actual benefit payments are computed using 35 years of earnings.  If an individual does not have 35 years of work, zeroes are added in…

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“Snakes and the California Boy” by Nils Skudra

Before coming out to Greensboro for graduate school at UNCG, my Virginia-born god-mother sat me down and painted a vivid picture about what to expect in NC: different social traditions from those of the West Coast, a phenomenon famously known as “southern hospitality”, food the likes of which I’d never heard of: pulled pork, vinegar-based fried chicken, and  chocolate chess pie. I would be greeted by the slow drawl of speech mixed with expressions of gentility (‘bless your heart”) and life would be infinitely slower and simpler.  At every turn…

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Premiere Pediatrics – Celebrating 10 Years in 2017

Premiere Pediatrics Celebrating 10 Years in 2017 How do you celebrate your 10th anniversary in business if you are a busy pediatric office – you expand, of course! Premiere Pediatrics moved into their current space in April, 2014 right next door to Carolina Pharmacy, which offers their patients’ great convenience as the staff can call or fax over a prescription, and by the time mom walks in or puts the kids in the car and drives around the building to the drive-thru window, it’s ready. This month, Premiere Pediatrics began…

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June 15 Career Fair – 100s of jobs with 30+ employers

Seeking hundreds of candidates at Thursday’s Career Fair – Triad Goodwill forges new partnership with Mount Zion Baptist Church  Triad Goodwill, a 501(c)(3) non-profit leader in career development and job placement, presents a Career Fair this Thursday, June 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro, Inc. at 1301 Alamance Church Road, Greensboro, NC 27406. Job seekers can meet recruiters and managers seeking new staff to fill hundreds of fulltime, part-time and seasonal openings at more than 30 companies. “We are excited to launch our…

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Randolph Health and Cone Health Sign Non-Binding Letter of Intent

The chairs of the governing boards of Randolph Health and Cone Health have signed a non-binding letter of intent. The agreement does not commit either organization to a future affiliation. However, it is the next step in a due diligence process that began in January. The letter comes after extended discussions over the framework for a potential integration. The non-binding letter of intent spells out several initial points: Cone Health would commit to a more than $100 million investment, including upgrading facilities and technology at Randolph Health. The core health…

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Business Buzz – Turnleaf Designs

Suzanna Chriscoe has always been creative.  She grew up in a very business oriented family. Her grandfather owned coal mines as well as other collateral businesses and her dad and sister have created several successful small businesses throughout her life.  Though she inherited her business sense from her dad’s side of the family, her creative side certainly came down through her mom. When she graduated from high school she attended UNCG, working towards a Biology Degree.  During class, she would doodle on her margins of her papers to make classmates…

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Reverse Culture Shock

It is amazing how easily we, as human beings, adapt.  Most people, mental illnesses aside, can and do adjust to their surroundings very quickly.  After living in Ecuador for two years, I had all but forgotten about the conveniences in the United States that I missed when I first arrived.  Things like getting a hot cup of gourmet coffee just about anywhere, super stores that carry everything from artichokes to zinc, and fast food restaurants open until the wee hours of the morning were quickly forgotten as I adjusted to…

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Publisher’s Letter

Dave has been back in the States for over two weeks now and it’s been so much fun introducing him to the new businesses that have opened since he left for Ecuador, and revisiting many of the restaurants and businesses that he missed while he was away. It’s great to have him home! Check out his story on reverse culture shock this month. There are some memories that stay with us through the years more than others. No matter how old you get, that one moment in time is always…

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