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GAO Report Reveals Why People Claim Social Security Benefits Early

Why would people choose to claim Social Security retirement benefits at the earliest possible age of 62, rather than waiting until their full retirement age (66 to 67 for anyone born in 1943 or later), when doing so would reduce their monthly benefit by as much as 30%? There are many reasons, according to a recent General Accounting Office report titled, "Challenges for Those Claiming Social Security Benefits Early and New Health Coverage Options," including work-related and demographic factors.

The blue-collar blues

The study compared workers in a variety of positions and industries--farming, construction, sales, professional, and managerial, among others--and found that blue-collar workers were much more likely to claim early retirement benefits than others. This may be due to the fact that blue-collar work is typically more physically demanding, and therefore progressively harder as people age.

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Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop to Offer Discounted Drums Along the Waterfront Tickets

Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop to Offer Discounted Drums Along the Waterfront Tickets

 

Tim Hortons and Drums Along the Waterfront have once again partnered for an incredible offer: Visit one of the 150 participating Western New York Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shops to receive a Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champion coupon that can be redeemed online or by phone for a $5 discount per ticket. Certain restrictions apply.

NYC-BASED VENTURE CAPITALIST AND BLOGGER FRED WILSON TO SPEAK AT LARKIN SQUARE ON AUG. 5

NYC-BASED VENTURE CAPITALIST AND BLOGGER FRED WILSON  TO SPEAK AT LARKIN SQUARE ON AUG. 5

BUFFALO, NEW YORK — New York City-based venture capitalist and blogger Fred Wilson will be in Buffalo, New York on August 5, 2014, to participate in a “Z80 Labs Feeding Innovation Series” event at Larkin Square. Wilson will take part in a Q&A session led by Campus Labs Co-Founder Eric Reich. The event is presented by Buffalo-based technology incubator Z80 Labs, which is celebrating its second anniversary, and 43North— the world’s largest ($5M) business idea competition.

The session will be held outdoors from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EDT) in the covered boardwalk at Larkin Square, the venue sponsor. Parking and admission is free; however, attendees are asked to RSVP at http://z80-fred-wilson.eventbrite.com.

Chalk Art Street Festival to Decorate Nearby London

Chalk Art Street Festival to Decorate Nearby London

 

Street art and family fun all rolled into one! That’s what you can expect when the Expressions In Chalk Street Painting Performance rolls into nearby London, Ontario’s beautiful Victoria Park from Aug. 2-4.

Expressions In Chalk is dedicated to bringing the art of street painting to citizens and artists of London and beyond through public performances and special events. Utilizing local artists and art groups, the organization strives to promote the host city as a creative art destination. This free performance of Expressions In Chalk will take place on the ice pad in Victoria Park from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Pastels are the medium and works that are produced are only temporary. 

U.S.-India Ties, Country’s Global Growth Emphasized in Lecture

U.S.-India Ties, Country’s Global Growth Emphasized in Lecture

Ambassador Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, consul general of India in New York, presented valuable insight into the country’s impressive emergence as an independent nation and underscored the importance of strong U.S.-India relations in the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series event held on July 25.

As the first international speaker in the lecture series, Mulay discussed India’s rich ancient history to offer an intriguing perspective on its evolution to the country that exists today. India’s success, he explained, comes from a blend of history, cultural values and commitment to economic growth.

“India is a land of great aspirations and prosperity and is a country that strives to serve as an example of peace,” said Mulay. “Since its independence (from Great Britain) in 1947, India has embraced working as a unified nation and is focused on living by its affirmations as a democratic society.”

Why are you paying more at the pump?

Have you ever stood at the pump wondering why you're paying so much to fill up your vehicle? The answer is ... complicated. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), many factors contribute to the cost of a gallon of gasoline, including the price of crude oil (which accounts for the majority of the cost), refining costs and profits, taxes, and distribution and marketing expenses.

Land Conservancy to Host Volunteer Cleanup Day at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve

Land Conservancy to Host Volunteer Cleanup Day at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is looking for volunteers from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, to join them in a summer cleanup day at the beautiful Kenneglenn Nature Preserve near East Aurora. Andrea Locke, coordinator for the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (WNY PRISM), will help start the afternoon off with a talk about invasive species in our region and what you can do to help.