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Social Security Q&A: Children Could Be Eligible for Survivors Benefits

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Question: My neighbor said my kids, 8 and 15, might be eligible for survivors’ benefits since their mother died. Are they? Answer: Maybe. Their mother must have worked and earned the required number of Social Security credits. If she did, both you and your children may be eligible for benefits. Apply promptly because survivors benefits are generally retroactive only up to six months. You can apply by calling Social Security’s …

Milwaukee Group Wants to Buy Pabst

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Milwaukee — Long before it was known for fine cheddar cheese or the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin was famous for beer, especially the national brands brewed in Milwaukee: Schlitz, Blatz and Pabst Blue Ribbon. The brewing tradition started by Milwaukee’s German immigrants in the 1800s endured for more than a century, until industry …

Pricey Wagyu Steaks Are Abe’s Answer to Imports

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tokyo — Hirotaka Sekiguchi dresses his Wagyu calves in T-shirts and jackets to protect them against Japan’s spring chill and an expected avalanche of cheap foreign beef. Sekiguchi, 59, pampers the 320 cattle on his feedlot in Kamisato township north of Tokyo with customized meals and private stalls to ensure they develop the kind of marbled, melt-in-your-mouth meat that fetches almost twice the …

Money Talk: Bills in Collection Linger on Credit Reports

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dear Liz: I went with my brother to his credit union to refinance his house and found out his wife has about eight medical bills that went to collections, and he owes a phone company more than $2,000. Their debt totals about $6,300. I could lend them the …

More Heat, Then Light: Randolph Firm Charged Up About Woodstove Lamp

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Randolph — A cadre of engineers has come up with a way to recycle heat from woodstoves and bring light to dark winter nights. The engineers at TEGpro, a new division of Randolph-based LED Dynamics, have developed technology …

Business Notes: April 20, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Woodstock — The not-for-profit Vermont/New Hampshire Marketing Group will host its 26th annual Marketing Marathon conference May 21 to 23 at the Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock. The conference is one of New England’s premier educational events dedicated to marketing strategies that help grow and support small, …

Businesses Race In Bid to Prevent More Data Theft

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Washington — Recent high-profile data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus have accelerated plans by banks and retailers to implement technologies they say will prevent hackers from stealing consumers’ account information. Malware installed in Neiman Marcus payment terminals exposed 1.1 million debit and credit cards from July to …

Bethel Drive-In Launches Projector Campaign

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bethel — For more than a decade, Regina Franz and Adam Gerhard held onto the dream of owning a drive-in theater. Last year, it came true when they took over the operation of the Randall Drive-in Theatre in Bethel. To make it happen, they poured money into the …

Wheels: Up to Date, But Not Quite Up to Speed

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Jeep Cherokee, absent from the U.S. auto market since 2001, is back. But it is a more luxurious, fuel-efficient version of its former self. You can boo, or celebrate the changes. If you are a devotee of …

Nuts & Bolts: 2014 Jeep Cherokee

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bottom line: The new Jeep Cherokee is well worth the look, but only with the optional V-6 engine and, if you really intend to use it off-road, with the Trail Rated four-wheel-drive system. Ride, acceleration, handling: The ride is comfortable. Acceleration is miserable with the four-cylinder engine but …

Salmonella Appears on Decline, Food Poisoning Report Says

Sunday, April 20, 2014

New York — The government’s latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed …

At the Hospitals: April 20, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Gifford Mammography, Nuclear Medicine Earn National Accreditation Randolph — Gifford Medical Center’s mammography and nuclear medicine departments have both been awarded three-year reaccreditations by the American College of Radiology. The accreditation is awarded only to facilities meeting American …

Consumer Confidential: When Insurers Play Games, Patients Lose

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dr. Theodore Corwin, a plastic surgeon in Thousand Oaks, Calif., for the past 30 years, has had run-ins with insurers before, but never one so aggravating — and pointless — as this. A 26-year-old woman recently came to his office complaining of back, neck and shoulder pain, as …