| Feb 26, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Carol Robinson had just put the necklaces on display when two customers walked in.
Their friend — the mother of a bride-to-be who'd been jilted a day before she was to walk down the altar — needed a pick-me-up.
Drawn to the words...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 6:14 AM
In a Peanuts comic, Snoopy wrote to the Internal Revenue Service requesting his subscription be canceled and his name be removed from the mailing list.
Since that's not an option, let's look at ways to get your federal income taxes done for free ahead...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Recently a friend of mine posted to Facebook that she is desperately seeking affordable help with her taxes, which are due in just a couple weeks. She is a freelancer with income from many different sources and also has some back taxes to file. If you'...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 7:31 PM
OSO, Washington - Recovery teams struggling through thick mud up to their armpits and heavy downpours at the site of a devastating landslide in Washington state are also facing an unseen and potentially dangerous stew of toxic contaminants.
| Apr 7, 2014
What the homeless need most is permanent supportive housing. Not shelter beds, not handouts or the occasional hot meal. They need housing in a building or complex that offers the services they require — substance-abuse treatment, mental health...
| Apr 7, 2014
Overnight camp, park and recreation, sports programs. None of these summertime activities come cheap. "I'm a single parent with two kids," says Erin Sheak of Waterbury, who wanted to send her children, ages 4 and 7, to camp but didn't know how she could...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 10:47 AM
Jay Z’s Made in America is officially coming to Los Angeles.
The rap mogul, along with Mayor Eric Garcetti, Budweiser and United Way, announced that the festival will take over downtown’s Grand Park and surrounding areas in front of and...
| Apr 16, 2014
Editor's note: This is part of a daily series exploring specific line items in state and local budgets.
The Newport News current budget includes $75,000 to support a winter-months emergency shelter run by LINK of Hampton Roads.
| Apr 25, 2014
| 9:39 PM
A recent report on the state of Orange County's communities paints a picture of a growing economy powered by job increases in major industries, but with the region's families struggling to keep up.
The county's annual Community Indicators Report —...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 2:59 AM
In corporate America, sacred cows don't come much more sacred than the United Way.
Morning Call employees sell pizza, ice cream, pretzels, pierogies, salsa, toys, books and all kinds of other stuff throughout the year to raise money for the...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 10:26 AM
I wrote last time about the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and its decision to change — or at least more sharply target — its mission for the next four-year funding cycle.
I spoke to people who support this new approach and the...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 4:43 PM
HMK Insurance in Bethlehem — the region's largest locally owned and independent agency — has striven to maintain a familial corporate culture even as it has gotten bigger.
Founded in 1914, HMK (Hampson, Mowrer, Kreitz) offers business and...