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Pushing for Pavement

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The paving of Bishop Avenue between Main Street and the railroad crossing is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, August 23rd. The City’s Contractor, Tschiggfrie Excavating from Dubuque, IA intends to place the center 26’ width of concrete pavement Tuesday, August 23rd and Wednesday, August 24th. This slab will require a minimum cure time of three to seven days, depending on weather conditions and the rate of maturity of the concrete, which will be tested regularly during the curing process.
Part of the paving process includes sawcutting of the 9.5 inch thick concrete slab at critical joint locations. This sawing must be completed within a very specific timeframe. Tschiggfrie’s crew must wait for the concrete surface to set up before sawing the joints however if they wait too long, it is likely to develop shrinkage cracking in random and unwanted locations that may be detrimental to the long-term lifespan of the roadway.
Due to the warm weather conditions and magnitude of the pours, the contractor is likely to be sawing the new concrete roadway into the late hours of the evening. Unfortunately, this process is unavoidable and necessary. Very little dust is expected from this early sawing effort. However, it is recommended residents adjacent to Bishop Avenue close windows to eliminate any dust intrusion and reduce the potential for disturbance from noise.
Thirty inch wide curb and gutter sections will be added to both sides of the new roadway on Monday, August 29th and Tuesday, August 30th, provided adequate strength has been reached in the mainline (center) slab.
At this time, Tschiggfrie Excavating expects Bishop Avenue to reopen to local traffic the week of September 5th. Exact dates do remain highly variable depending on weather and crew availability.
Due to potential for damage to the freshly placed pavement, the City’s garbage hauler will not have access to Bishop Avenue. The regularly scheduled garbage pick-ups will still occur as normal, as Tschiggfrie is responsible to coordinate shuttling of the receptacles from the normal pick-up location to the garbage hauler and back. Mail delivery may be delayed occasionally during paving activities, at the discretion of U.S. Postal Service delivery personnel.

Super Shifters to Appear at Cedar Falls Motorsports Park

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  Fans of classic muscle cars and motorbikes won’t want to miss Harleys -n- Hotrods Cruise for Kids 2016. The event begins Saturday, August 27 at the Silver Eagle Harley Davidson Shop, 4022 Sergeant Road, where drivers can register for the cruise beginning at 8 AM. At 10 AM, it’s kickstands up for a two hour cruise that concludes at Cedar Falls Motorsports Park, 7227 Waverly Road. The $10 fee for cruise participants includes admission into the track, where a Show and Shine Show features appearances by Ozark Mountain Super Shifters, Nitro Madness and North Central Super Street Association.
While at the park, enjoy music, a hog roast, live auction, 50/50 drawing and shop the merchandise offered by a variety of vendors.
Proceeds from the Cruise for Kids event will benefit Make a Wish Iowa, the not-for-profit organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
For more information about the Cruise for Kids, visit the Harleys -n- Hotrods or Cedar Falls Motorsports Park Facebook page.

Union Booster Club: Extra Help for Extracurricular Activities

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  The Union Community School District has an excellent reputation for its quality academic program and outstanding extracurricular activities. Union students consistently perform well on the athletic courts and fields upon which they compete and the district’s fine arts programs are among the best in the state. Success in these endeavors takes a combination of excellent coaching and a determined effort by students who want to perform at their very best. Sometimes, though, even the best effort of students and staff isn’t enough. That is why the Union Booster Club exists, always ready to work cooperatively with the district in support of middle and high school extracurricular activities.
Last year, the Union Booster Club provided nearly $21,000 of financial support for student activities. These donations are not limited to athletic programs, as a commitment of $8,000 has already been made in support of Union High School’s fundraising efforts for new marching band uniforms. The Booster Club funds these contributions through membership contributions, tailgating activities and the 50/50 raffles conducted at home football games. There are several membership levels available for individuals, families and businesses to choose their level of support: $20- Single; $30 Family; $50 Red; $100 Black; $250 Silver; $500+ Knight. Membership in the Union Booster Club is open to all parents, friends, family, community members and businesses.
Membership dollars and fundraising events are the only revenue that the Booster Club receives. Those who join the Union Booster Club by purchasing a membership by September 11th will be entered in a drawing at halftime of the September 16th football game for a free two-person season pass to attend Union High School home events (excluding State Association events).
Union Booster Club membership forms may be obtained from Union Community Schools or download the form by clicking on the pdf icon:
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2015-16 Booster Club Support
 The Union Booster Club’s decision to fund projects comes primarily from requests submitted by the coaches/sponsors of middle and high school extracurricular activities. Last year, the Club’s donations included the following:

Volleyball Uniforms – $972
After Prom Donation – $500
Boys Basketball Uniforms – $2,000
Wrestling Warm Ups- $1,455
Wrestling Mat – $8,000
Girls Track Shorts- $458
UCSD Trust Fund Scholarship -$500
Girls Track Tops – $683
Softball Uniforms- $1,700
Gymnasium Chairs for Home & Visiting Teams- $4,500

IRS Warns of Back-to-School Scams: Stay Alert

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  The Internal Revenue Service warns taxpayers against telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the back-to-school season and demanding payments for non-existent taxes, such as the “Federal Student Tax.”
People should be on the lookout for IRS impersonators calling students and demanding that they wire money immediately to pay a fake “federal student tax.” If the person does not comply, the scammer becomes aggressive and threatens to report the student to the police to be arrested. As schools around the nation prepare to re-open, it is important for taxpayers to be particularly aware of this scheme going after students and parents.
“Although variations of the IRS impersonation scam continue year-round, they tend to peak when scammers find prime opportunities to strike”, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “As students and parents enter the new school year, they should remain alert to bogus calls, including those demanding fake tax payments from students.”
The IRS encourages college and school communities to share this information so that students, parents and their families are aware of these scams.
Scammers are constantly identifying new tactics to carry out their crimes in new and unsuspecting ways. This year, the IRS has seen scammers use a variety of schemes to fool taxpayers into paying money or giving up personal information. Some of these include:

Altering the caller ID on incoming phone calls in a “spoofing” attempt to make it seem like the IRS, the local police or another agency is calling
Imitating software providers to trick tax professionals–IR-2016-103
Demanding fake tax payments using iTunes gift cards–IR-2016-99
Soliciting W-2 information from payroll and human resources professionals–IR-2016-34
“Verifying” tax return information over the phone–IR-2016-40
Pretending to be from the tax preparation industry–IR-2016-28

If you receive an unexpected call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here are some of the telltale signs to help protect yourself.

The IRS Will Never:

Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

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

Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
Search the web for telephone numbers scammers leave in your voicemail asking you to call back. Some of the phone numbers may be published online and linked to criminal activity.
Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page or call 800-366-4484.
Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.

Governor Branstad to Recognize Iowa Centenarians

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In an effort to recognize Iowans who are celebrating 100 years or more of life, Governor Terry Branstad and the Iowa Department on Aging are launching a call for centenarians and are planning a number of regional Centenarian Recognition events throughout the state.
For the purposes of this program, a centenarian is any older adult who will be 100 or older by Dec. 31, 2016, and whose primary residence is Iowa.
“We are so fortunate to have such a large number of centenarians in Iowa,” said Iowa Department on Aging Director Donna Harvey. “They have lived through things many of us have only read about in books or seen in movies; their collective wisdom and experience is an inspiration to us all. We can learn so much from these men and women who have helped make Iowa the great state that it is.”
To assist the State of Iowa in recognizing centenarians, the public is encouraged to inform a centenarian, or the person’s family or caregiver, about this call for centenarians and where to access and submit an application. The application is posted on the Iowa Department on Aging’s website at www.iowaaging.gov or may be requested by calling 800.532.3213 or emailing Danika.Welsch@iowa.gov.
Each centenarian will receive a signed certificate from Governor Branstad that is suitable for framing and will be invited to attend a Centenarian Recognition event on October 19 at the Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence. This event will be sponsored by the Iowa Department on Aging and Iowa’s Area Agencies on Aging.
The Iowa Department on Aging will accept forms for any centenarian on an ongoing basis to be included in the statewide Centenarian Registry, but to receive an invitation to one of this year’s Centenarian Recognition Events and a signed certificate from the Governor, applications must be received by August 31, 2016.

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