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The Top Eight Mistakes People Make With Medicaid

Medicaid planning can be a difficult and confusing process. The following are some common mistakes people make when considering qualifying for Medicaid benefits. Thinking it’s too late to plan. It’s almost never too late to take planning steps, even after a senior has moved to a nursing home. Giving away assets too early. First, it’s

The case for sewers in Tiverton

By Leroy E. Kendricks Board chairman, Tiverton Wastewater Management Commission Wastewater management is one of the most critical regional concerns affecting Tiverton. Groundwater from non-compliant and failing septic systems and cesspools carries bacteria and excessive amounts of phosphorous and nitrogen into our coastal waters, ruining the ecology of our bay, and threatening the beauty, health

Mixing marriage and money

Marriage changes things. There are decisions to make, compromises to reach, and families to bring together. With all the excitement and joy of an upcoming wedding, it can be easy to overlook the many financial responsibilities that you and your spouse will confront. Taking care of certain financial matters early can help you start your

Smart money: Getting back to basics

With tax day in the rearview mirror, here’s why a financial game plan is so important. Many of us are familiar with the expression, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” As an insurance agent, I can assure you that—when it comes to financial goals and objectives—this old adage still rings true. In fact, it

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Happy Birthday, Bard!

William Shakespeare, considered the greatest playwright in the English language, was born in Stratford-upon-Avon on this day in 1564. There is no record of his birth, but there is one for his Baptism on April 26 at the local parish church. Since in those days, babies were Christened three days after birth, it is assumed

Missing those wicked good clams at Flo’s

Editor’s note: Abigail Bailey grew up in Portsmouth and graduated from Aquidneck Island Christian Academy in 2011. She is now a senior communications, public relations major at Geneva College in Western Pennsylvania and will graduate in May. For her editing class, she was recently assigned to write an opinion piece on the topic of her

School volunteer coordinator Tracey Orchard (left) congratulates Anne Gasbarro for her years of service.

Barrington school district thanks its volunteers

The annual appreciation luncheon for Barrington Public School volunteers was held on Thursday, April 16 in the public library. More than 100 volunteers dined on salad, sandwiches and decadent desserts while being entertained by some of the districts most talented high school students and staff members. More than 25 brightly colored posters created by students

Plan now for state estate taxes

Most people’s estates aren’t large enough to be affected by the federal estate tax, which in 2015 exempts $5.43 million from the tax. However, residents of Rhode Island need to consider how state estate taxes may reduce their estates. Rhode Island has its own estate tax, which imposes a tax on transfers/gifts of property at

Tech tips for your spring bike rides

Did the recent warm weather and sunshine inspire you to dust off your bike and pump up the tires? Here are some smartphone technologies and accessories to help enjoy the ride even more. There are so many beautiful sights to be seen on the road. Now you can share your travels with family and friends.

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