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See The Standards Trio at Deer Head
A special evening of music with The Standards Trio: Marrianne Solivan, Josh Richman, and Matthew Parrish will be featured Valentine's Day at the Dee Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap. Whether you're having a special date night or going solo, come on out! It's going to be a great night of music and dining.
Women in Business Luncheon
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 12 Noon at Peppe's Bistro - East Stroudsburg, PA. Topic: "How to Talk to the Media" presented by George Roberts of George Roberts Production. SPONSOR: LEHIGH VALLEY HEALTH NETWORK-POCONO. Cost: $20 for Chamber members; $35 for non-members. NO WALK INS! NO RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED WITHOUT PRE-PAYMENT! For directions call 570.421.4460. For reservations, please contact the Chamber at 570.421.4433 or go to www.greaterpoconochamber.com to reserve and pay on line. Deadline to reserve is 12 Noon on Friday, February 10, 2017.
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Niagara Falls Resident Called Police to Stop the Wind From Blowing
NIAGARA FALLS , N.Y., (UPI) -- Loud noise caused by strong winds in Niagara Falls, N.Y., led one resident to seek help from local police in order to get to sleep.
A Niagara Falls police dispatcher informed officers that a resident had called to request police stop the wind from blowing, according to an audio recording obtained by The Action.
"All cars be advised, someone called to see if the police could stop the wind from blowing so they could sleep," the dispatcher said.
The dispatcher then requested any officers with command over the elements of nature contact dispatch to handle the situation.
"If any of you guys could do that, could you let me know?" she asked.
Americans Have Less Tolerance for Power Outages in a Digital World
(BPT) - A flash of lighting, a loud clap of thunder and BOOM! Suddenly everything goes dark and you know the power in your home is officially out.
Just about everyone has experienced a power outage due to a seasonal storm in their lifetime and it is a trend that continues to grow between super storms and ageing infrastructure. And with more and more homeowners relying on technology to run their homes -- from appliances to utilities to entertainment -- when the power goes out, consumers are more easily frustrated.
Cummins, a global leader in backup power solutions, conducted a Harris Poll survey to better understand Americans' intolerance of power outages in today's digital age. Has modern technology and digital homes made people more intolerant of losing their power?
The survey polled 2,000 adults and 61 percent reported they feel frustration when the power goes out. In addition, 22 percent said there was nothing fun about a power outage. Of those who reported they could be entertained for some time with no power, 32 percent said it stopped being fun after one to four hours. It's no surprise then that 29 percent of respondents would rather wait in line at the DMV than lose power.
The research also shows Americans' tolerance for a power outage is at its lowest during the busiest home periods of the day. Sixty-three percent of respondents said the worst time for a power outage was in the evening (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.). This was followed by the morning when people are getting up and trying to get ready to go to work.
When inconvenience turns dangerous
In some cases, a power outage is more than just an annoyance, it can also be dangerous and costly.
"Winter outages are especially dangerous because people take desperate actions to try and provide the heat they need and that can lead to further problems or injuries," says Natural Disaster Preparedness Expert and Meteorologist Cheryl Nelson.
For example, if your power should go out during the winter, you should never look to kerosene heaters, grills, or any other type of outdoor heater to fill the void. These heat sources can pose fire and carbon monoxide risks. In addition to the dangers of winter storm, losing power can mean losing dollars from spoiled food and costs to repair frozen pipes and water damage.
Nelson says a safer and reliable solution to avoid losing power all together is to invest in a standby generator. The Cummins QuietConnect line of generators present a dependable, energy-efficient solution that turns on automatically in the event of a power outage, allowing power to seamlessly continue running. You can learn more at powertohomes.com.
Power outages increasing
While power outages due to weather seem to be a situational event, research from CNN shows power outages across the world have increased 124 percent over the last 20 years.
In the United States, the worst winter storm in recent memory occurred in January 2009, when an ice storm spanning across Arkansas and Kentucky left 1.3 million people without power, many for as long as 10 days. Forty-two people died and debris from the storm lingered into the summer.
No one knows when another storm like that could appear again, so it's important to be prepared. Because when your world suddenly goes dark, it's good to know there's light at the end and throughout the storm.
Life Changes that Affect Your Taxes
(BPT) - Life changes often mean tax changes. Whether it's getting married, buying or selling a home, moving abroad or having a baby, misunderstanding the tax and financial implications of these life changes can lead to taxpayers making mistakes or leaving money on the table.
Depending on your situation, there are new tax implications that will impact your benefits, tax bill and how you file. If you experienced a life change in 2016, here is a list of tax implications and how they will affect you.
Many couples close the book on their "wedding to-dos" once the last thank you card has been sent, but looking at your new tax situation is an important first step in your married life. There are some instances when getting married can have negative implications for a couple's tax situation. Once you're married you must file either as married filing jointly or married filing separately. In some cases, a couple where one spouse earns most of the household income will benefit because their overall tax bracket may decrease. However, a couple with two high earners may find they face a higher tax rate than if each paid tax only on their own income and added the taxes paid.
However, there are some ways to protect against potential negative tax implications. After your marriage is official, update your W-4 with your employer to account for your new marital status. If you're self-employed or a small business owner, make sure to adjust your quarterly estimated tax payments.
Buying a house
Purchasing a home may open the door to more deductions through itemizing if you weren't already doing so. Once you become a homeowner, you can deduct many of your home-related costs, including your qualified home mortgage interest, points paid on a loan secured by your home, real estate taxes and private mortgage insurance premiums paid on or before Dec. 31, 2016. If you choose not to itemize, you may benefit from other tax advantages such as penalty-free IRA withdrawals if you are a first-time homebuyer under the age of 59 and a half, or residential energy credits for purchases of certain energy efficient property.
New homebuyers should be on the lookout for Form 1098 Mortgage Interest Statement, which is used to report mortgage interest. This form can help you identify these deductions when completing your Form 1040.
Are you excited to move abroad, but have no idea what will happen to your taxes and how to file? Many Americans living and working overseas will not owe tax to the IRS because of the foreign earned income exclusion and foreign tax credit. However, even if you qualify for those benefits, you have to file a U.S. tax return each year if you received income over the normal filing threshold.
It is also important to understand your Social Security coverage before moving abroad. Knowing whether your earnings overseas will be subjected to Social Security taxes in the U.S. or the country you are residing in will be an important factor when analyzing the economics of your move.
Having a baby
A new baby means you may be able to take advantage of tax breaks, including the Child Tax Credit (CTC). The CTC is worth up to $1,000 for each qualifying child younger than 17, a portion of which may be refundable as the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) depending on your income. A tax preparer can help you understand the qualifications to determine whether a child is considered qualified for purposes of the CTC. Some of those qualifications include but are not limited to their relationship and residency.
You may also qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) which is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income that reduces the amount of taxes you owe. However, it's important to note that due to the new "Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes ACT" or PATH Act, this year the IRS is required to hold any refund from those claiming the EITC and ACTC until at least Feb. 15. This delay will be widely felt by tax filers who typically file as soon as the IRS accepts e-filed returns and who normally expect to receive their refund by late January.
To learn more about this new tax law change, how it may delay tax refunds in January and February, and H&R Block's free solution to this delay, visit www.hrblock.com/refundadvance or make an appointment with a tax professional.
Eastburg Community Alliance Wants Performers
Eastburg Community Alliance is looking for entertainers to display their talents at the depot during the months of June, July, August and September. They specifically are looking for local artists to volunteer to perform during Music on Mondays at Dansbury Depot. If you or anyone you know, is interested, please email Sonya Cole at email@example.com. They do not pay their performers but do take a collection at each concert for the performer.
Kirkridge Retreat Center
What Matters: A Weekend on Disability, Community and Love: Fialka-Feldman Famil
April 21st - April 23rd
Together It's Possible (TIP) is proud to invite you to our annual retreat. This year we are thrilled to host the entire Fialka-Feldman family as we dream and work toward new possibilities for inclusion in our world. All family members, self-advocates, professionals and welcome to come -- because we all need to be included.
FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-588-1793. 2495. Located at Fox Gap Road, Bangor just minutes south of Stroudsburg on Route 191. Check out their website at http://www.kirkridge.org\
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Fraternal Order of Eagles - First Sunday of Every Month, Franternal Order of Eagles Aeries 1106. Doors: 5pm Kitchen: 6pm Games: 7pm
East Stroudsburg Elks - Every Wednesday. Doors:5pm Early Birds: 645pm. Bingo:7pm
Polk Township Fire Co. - Every Thursday. Doors: 5pm Games: 6:45pm
Power House of Prayer - East Stroudsburg Wednesday and Sunday. Doors: 5pm. Bingo:7pm
VFW Post 2540 East Stroudsburg - Friday Night. Doors, Kitchen: 5pm. Early Bird: 6:45pm
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