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Social Security Many people are wrongly rejected when they apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Money was taken out of their paychecks for Social Security taxes to ensure that they would receive disability benefits if they could no longer work full-time. Sadly, the government denies approximately 60% of those who apply for disability benefits. Attorneys J.B. Bieske and Jennifer Alfonsi have 42 years combined experience representing only Social Security disability clients. And they personally meet with all clients and appear themself at all court hearings. Many large firms assign inexperienced attorneys to your case. And some of these firms are located thousands of miles away and only fly the attorney in the day of the court hearing. Attorneys Bieske and Alfonsi have vast experience before local Michigan judges. Attorneys Bieske and Alfonsi can often make a winning difference at the application stage. And, if an appeal is necessary they have won several hundred cases before a court date is even set. Those denied can appeal on their own but statistics for many years reveal that those represented by attorneys win a much higher percentage of appeals. And attorneys who specialize in Social Security Disability cases win a much higher percentage yet. In addition to practicing only Social Security disability law attorney Bieske has written a book for attorneys about the subject and has been interviewed on various television programs. Both attorney Bieske and Alfonsi have also been interviewed on radio programs and have given speeches to many groups. Attorneys Bieske and Alfonsi offer free phone or office consultation. If they represent you, there will be no fee charged until after the case is won. The fee is a percentage of retroactive benefits. Bieske and Alfonsi represent clients from all over the state of Michigan. They have appeared numerous times before virtually all of the judges in the state. Call them at 1-800-331-3530 for a free consultation if you have been denied, or if you are thinking of possibly applying for Social Security benefits.

NEWS FUNDRAISER from page 3 “I thought (raising money) was very kind and I am happy we did it,” Pearson said. “I tried to spend my money on toys for little kids and I tried to think about what other kids would want and not think about myself.” While Mason used the month of December to fund raise, students at Woodland Park have been raising money all year long to put toward their holiday donation. Woodland Park teacher Allyson Konen said every month the school allows students to pay a dollar to wear jeans to school with the money going toward their holiday collection. This year, Konen said they raised enough money to purchase gifts for 96 children. In addition, Konen said the first grade class at Woodland Park spent the last few weeks collecting coats, hats, gloves and scarves to donate to Coats for a Cause.

LESLEY from page 1 on the finance, public works, personnel and legal and legislative committees. In November, she was appointed to chair the finance and legal and legislative committees. “I know whoever gets my place is going to do a great job,” Lesley said. Lesley’s resignation will be effective Jan. 25. Mayor Sue Soderstrom said she has appreciated Lesley’s help and guidance over the years stating her presence from the council will be one that is sorely missed. “Connie and I came onto the board at the same time,” Soderstrom said. “It was nice. It was the first time there were two women on the council and it has been an honor and a pleasure for me. I will miss (Lesley) being here.” According to the city’s charter, Soderstrom

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In total, the first-graders collected more than 50 coats to donate to families in need. With others directing their collections to Toys for Tots, Myers Elementary teacher Lisa Pyrett said her school has a tradition of teaming up FISH to help those in need during the holiday season. Myers as a whole adopts a family from FISH, but Pyrett said in addition the fourth grade classes have been adopting families of their own. For the past two years, Pyrett said she and James Bowering’s fourth-graders have been adopting families as part of its economics class. “The kids actually provide services for their parents at home to raise ‘income’ that will be divided out for the students to shop with,” Pyrett said. “We then encourage them to use their mental math skills we’ve learned about and to budget their money.” This year, Pyrett said was the first year that both Julie Avery and Paige Sieloff ’s fourth grade classes joined the cause as well.

said it is up to the council’s to fill the vacancy and urged that the process begin immediately. “I am recommending that applications are taken for the open council seat as soon as possible,” Soderstrom said. Council voted to place an advertisement in the newspaper and on its website for the open position. Those interested are asked to send a letter of intent, resume and completed application to Clerk Beth Smith at City Hall, located at 203 E. Grand Blanc Rd., no later than 4 p.m. Jan. 9. Once all applications have been received, council will review the list of candidates and set up interviews for its top candidates. The new council member is scheduled to be appointed at the council’s 7 p.m. meeting on Jan. 25. For more information or to download the application, visit

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