Think Twice Before Tapping Retirement Plans

Before the housing crisis, it wasn’t uncommon for people to raid their home-equity piggybanks to pay off bills. Plummeting home values and tougher lending standards helped curb that practice, leading some people to engage in a far more disturbing habit: borrowing or withdrawing money from their retirement accounts to cope with financial hardship.

Fancy Footwork

EDISON — Briella Payami of Scotch Plains, a fourth-grader at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, performs a dance to Cotton Eye Joe during the Lower School Cabaret on Feb. 17.

First In Line

EDISON — Surrounded by his classmates, nurses and Director of Student Life Dawn Francavilla, junior Jimmy Nolan of Colonia participates for the third consecutive year in The Wardlaw-Hartridge School Blood Drive on Feb. 23.