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"Childfind Screening"1/24/2015

 

Brewster School District will hold its annual, free “Childfind” screening Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 from 3:15p.m to 6:00 p.m. Children who reside in the Brewster School District, age’s birth through 21 years are eligible for the screening.

It is important to note that though children ages 0-6 are the focus, a child of any age is eligible for a screening.

The purpose of the screening is to identify those children in our community who may need assistance to achieve developmental skills appropriate to his/her age. All children grow and develop at their own pace, but the screening will be used to show parents where their child is in comparison to other children the same age.

Young children will be screened in six areas. They include gross motor skills, such as balancing and walking; fine motor skills, such as fastening buttons and zippers or using scissors; adaptive skills, such as daily living activities; language and communication skills, such as recognizing and following directions or labeling objects; thinking and memory skills, such as recognizing different shapes, colors, letters and numbers; and social skills, such as getting along with other children and adults.

The screening takes approximately 30-45 minutes. Parents are asked to bring the child’s immunization records, birth certificate, and social security number when they come. Appointments are requested. To set up an appointment or for more information, please contact Estella Martinez at 689-2581, extension 613.



Phone Scams Continue To Be A Threat1/23/2015

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WASHINGTON — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.

"If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you don't pay immediately, it's a scam artist calling,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "The first IRS contact with taxpayers is usually through the mail. Taxpayers have rights, and this is not how we do business."

The Dirty Dozen is compiled annually by the IRS and lists a variety of common scams taxpayers may encounter any time during the year. Many of these con games peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns or hire someone to do so. This year for the first time, the IRS will issue the individual Dirty Dozen scams one at a time during the next 12 business days to raise consumer awareness.

Phone scams top the list this year because it has been a persistent and pervasive problem for many taxpayers for many months. Scammers are able to alter caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS badge numbers. They often leave "urgent" callback requests. They prey on the most vulnerable people, such as the elderly, newly arrived immigrants and those whose first language is not English. Scammers have been known to impersonate agents from IRS Criminal Investigation as well.

“These criminals try to scare and shock you into providing personal financial information on the spot while you are off guard,” Koskinen said. “Don’t be taken in and don’t engage these people over the phone.”

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has received reports of roughly 290,000 contacts since October 2013 and has become aware of nearly 3,000 victims who have collectively paid over $14 million as a result of the scam, in which individuals make unsolicited calls to taxpayers fraudulently claiming to be IRS officials and demanding that they send them cash via prepaid debit cards.

 

Protect Yourself

As telephone scams continue across the country, the IRS recently put out a new YouTube video with a renewed warning to taxpayers not to be fooled by imposters posing as tax agency representatives. The new Tax Scams video describes some basic tips to help protect taxpayers from tax scams.

These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you.

The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam.

 

The IRS will never:

 

  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

 

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

 

  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.

  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov.

  • If you’ve been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

 

Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue involving bills or refunds. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.

Additional information about tax scams is available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube http://www.youtube.com/irsvideos and Tumblr http://internalrevenueservice.tumblr.com, where people can search “scam” to find all the scam-related posts.



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Okanogan County Stage 1 Burn Ban1/13/2015

OKANOGAN – A Stage 1 burn ban in Okanogan County begins at 4 p.m. today (Jan. 12) and continues at least through 10 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 15).

The Washington Department of Ecology forecasts stagnant air conditions in the region, putting the county at risk for air pollution to reach unhealthy levels.

Under a Stage 1 ban, all outdoor burning is prohibited including residential, agricultural and forest burning. Use of uncertified wood stoves, fireplaces, inserts, and other uncertified wood-burning devices is prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Certified wood stoves, pellet stoves and other certified wood-burning devices are allowed.

Call 866-211-6284 if you think someone is illegally burning or you are impacted by smoke.

Up-to-date burn ban information is available at www.waburnbans.net.

Ecology’s burn bans do not apply on tribal reservations, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has jurisdiction. Call 800-424-4372 for tribal burn ban information or visit EPA’s Washington Burn Ban page on their website.



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Chocolates and Memories1/8/2015

You are invited to join in an afternoon of Chocolate and Memories as friends and family gather to remember the remarkable Mary Kay Addis on Saturday January 17th.

 

Beverages and the renowned Whaley Mansion chocolates will be served from 1-3 pm

 

Where: Historic Whaley Mansion in Chelan 415 S. Third Street

When: 1-3 PM Saturday January 17th

Why: So friends and family can share stories and memories

 

Hosted by Carol Addison No RSVP Necessary 



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