If you are interested in saving for retirement, here’s some good news: For 2015, the IRS has raised the maximum contribution limits for 401(k) plans from $17,500 to $18,000. And if you’re 50 or older, you can put in an extra $6,000, up from $5,500 in 2014.
Ahwatukee Republican Women (ARW) announced that a donation in the amount of $1,500 was presented to Operation Enduring Gratitude Foundation Director Charlie Ellis at the group’s Christmas party in December.
Skipper, a 1-year-old Australian Shepherd/Mastiff mix, is ready to play, play, play. Fetch is his favorite game. Skipper wants to find his forever family soon and can’t wait to learn the house rules. He’s still working on his manners, but knows his new family will help him be the best Skipper he can be.
Learning a new skill and meeting new friends doesn’t have to be a challenge this year with My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee Foothills and MWC Bistro in Gilbert offering a full array of events to do just that.
Since all the top offices in Arizona turned over this year and we have a whole new cast of elected officials, I’ve been very interested in what they are bringing to the table. After listening to and reading their pronouncements, I can’t say that I heard anything really new.
We have a fantastic city, and it is the place my family calls home. As a city, we are facing big challenges in 2015. However, they are challenges we can easily handle if we complete the task of protecting the public first — you and your family. To be effective, I have always believed you should put your goals in writing. You were made many promises by the politicians and city leaders. This year we need to fulfill those promises to make 2015 the year of “Promises Made… Promises Kept.”
T.W. Lewis Foundation announced a partnership with Teach For America-Phoenix. The non-profit organization has been actively involved in education in the Valley for more than 20 years, working alongside veteran teachers, school and community leaders, and parents to help ensure an excellent education for all children across the metro area. In support of their mission, T.W. Lewis Foundation is sponsoring a challenge grant, which will gift $150,000 over a three-year period to Teach For America. When the challenge is met, the total amount garnered for Teach For America in 2016 will be $300,000.
‘Medical tourism” often carries international connotations — Americans seeking treatment abroad, for instance, where the cost of procedures for joint implants and pacemakers overseas may be a fraction of what it is in the U.S. But the economics of domestic medical tourism are catching up.
By now, most Ahwatukee homeowners have submitted their payment to the Ahwatukee Board of Management (ABM) homeowners association and may wonder what, exactly, it is used for. I, to, used to wonder about that but never took the time to contact the office to ask. In fact, I pay two assessments; Ahwatukee Recreation Center (ARC) and ABM, and I have friends in our community that pay three different assessments. Having served on the board for the past several years, this year as president, I hope I can take the guess work out of it for you.
The Arizona Youth Soccer Association (AYSA), in collaboration with MaxInMotion, presented 581 youth soccer players with scholarships for the 2014-2015 season. This year marks the third year of this unique partnership, in which MaxInMotion has cumulatively awarded $410,000 in funding to AYSA for deserving players. Applications increase every year with about 799 applications being submitted this season from 33 AYSA clubs across the state.
Two Maricopa Community Colleges have been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Chandler-Gilbert (CGCC) and Mesa Community College (MCC) were selected among only 766 higher education institutions nationwide, and among only four in the state of Arizona. The recognition highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community challenges, and helps students pursue a lifelong path of civic engagement.
Now that 2015 is here, you may be thinking about making some New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you’ll decide to take up a musical instrument, or hit the gym more often, or even learn a new language. All these are worthy goals, of course — but you could also gain some key benefits by working to achieve some financial resolutions.
As you begin planning for the expenses of your child’s college education, it’s easy to overlook some of the extras that add up quickly. Trips home, activities, and sports can be a surprise if you haven’t planned for them.
In December, Congress approved and the president signed into law legislation that paves the way for the expansion of the Resolution Copper Mine in Superior, Ariz. I’m extremely proud to have worked as a team with my Arizona colleagues in the Senate and House, most notably Sen. Jeff Flake, Congressman Paul Gosar, and Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, to advance this legislation.
Warren Buffet, the “Oracle from Omaha,” is considered one of the most successful investors in history. Yet while the investment world may seem complex, Buffet’s advice is actually pretty simple. Here are a few Buffet quotes, along with some suggestions on putting them to use: