Many Americans will be dreading their first look at credit card statements after this year’s holiday season, but credit counselors are offering advice to make the recovery effort less painful. Here’s the list of the steps they suggest consumers should follow:
The American Society for Bariatric Surgery has recognized the Penrose-St. Francis Center for Bariatric Surgery as a surgery center of excellence. The ASBS designation is awarded to surgical programs that have demonstrated favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgical procedures are gastrointestinal operations that reduce the size of a person’s stomach to minimize food consumption. The surgery, mainly used for weight-loss purposes, also rearranges the small intestines to reduce the amount of calories the body absorbs.
Last minute shoppers do not have to despair. Several Internet sites are still offering shipping – sometimes at no additional charge – for gifts purchased as late as 4 p.m. Dec. 23. Luxury stores, such as Brookstone, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, diamond.com and RedEnvelope.com, all offer shipping as late as Dec. 23, said Brad Wilson, a professional shopper and founder of bradsdeals.com.
With business loans of about $200 million and a single downtown location, First Community Bank is poised to extend its lending reach with a second location in 2006. The bank received approval this month to open a branch near the intersection of Union and Academy boulevards, said First Community Bank Regional Vice President Doug Woods.
The National Research Corp., which measures health care performances, has named Memorial Hospital a Consumer Choice Award winner for the second consecutive year. The NRC selects hospitals that have high consumer ratings in quality and image. The findings are based on the NCR Healthcare Market Guide Study, which involved more than 200,000 households, representing about 400,000 consumers. Memorial Hospital was one of 206 health care facilities recognized nationwide. There were 3,000 hospitals included in the study.
Accountants at Biggs Kofford did a double take last week when they saw that tax planning information on the Colorado Department of Revenue Web site had changed. Relying on information they had initially received from the DOR, accountants from the firm released information notifying taxpayers that excess revenue collected under the state’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights would not only mean they were entitled a refund from the state but also an opportunity for tax breaks in the form of the expanded Colorado source capital gain subtraction, charitable contributions subtraction, interest and dividend subtraction and the child care or child tax credit.
Rock Bottom Restaurants Inc., the company that owns Old Chicago, opened its first Rock Bottom restaurant and brewery in Colorado Springs this week. Located at Powers and South Carefree in the Main Street shopping plaza, the restaurant joins three Old Chicago restaurants in Colorado Springs, but is the first of the company’s brewery concepts to enter the market.
Dr. James Simerville is a board certified occupational medicine physician and pediatrician who retired in 2000 as the southern Colorado medical director for PacifiCare/Secure Horizons. Practice Net Solutions has appointed Simerville as the medical director of a collaborative program among the El Paso County Medical Society, the Dallas County Medical Society and the Travis County (Austin, Texas) Medical Society.
Jean-Marie Designs now has three times more space – the floral company moved to a new location at 25 E. Cheyenne Road. “We were downtown for 18 years,” owner Jean-Marie Handal said. “We were in a small space, an opportunity came open to buy the new building. It was a great real estate investment.”
Retirement planning information just established a new address on the information superhighway. As an alternative to the typical wealth building or retirement planning seminar during a dinner hosted at a local hotel, Legacy Advisors of Colorado Springs is offering another route to become educated about retirement planning options.
The Colorado Department of Health and Environment has appointed Rosemary Bakes-Martin, the director of the El Paso County Health Department, to a statewide, 16-member chronic disease committee. According to the state health department, the purpose of the committee is “to set standards for and to review applications for $24 million in grants to be awarded for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease and chronic pulmonary disease in the state.”
Tejon Street stores are getting credit for being on the cutting edge of a new wave of retailing – small shops with easy parking near restaurants and entertainment venues, according to a new book on shopping in Colorado. “They really have come full circle,” said Judie Schwartz, author of “A Fashion Lover’s Guide to the Best Shopping in Denver and Beyond.”