Daily Archives: November 17, 2010

Cattle Call Parade

The 2010 Cattle Call Parade rolled down Main Street in Brawley Saturday and featured more than 100 entries including marching bands, classic cars, horse-mounted riding teams and elaborate floats.
Parade winners are as follows:

Sweepstakes – Brawley Christian Academy

Mayor’s Trophy – BJ Fencing

Queen’s Trophy – National Beef

Community Service Organization – Sonny Bono Wildlife Refuge

Commercial Organization – Law Enforcement Explorer Post 4108

Youth Organization – Imagine School

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IRS Seeks to Return $5.6 Million in Undeliverable Refunds to So. California Taxpayers

The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 4,596 Southern California taxpayers who are due to receive a combined $5.6 million in undeliverable tax refunds. These are refund checks that were returned to the IRS by the U.S. Postal Service due to mailing address errors.   Nationally, IRS is looking for 111,893 taxpayers who are owed a combined $164.6 million. In addition, more than 15,700 California taxpayers are owed $23.4 million, more than 14% of the total.   All a taxpayer has to do is update his or her address once. Some taxpayers are due more than one check.   “We want to make sure taxpayers get the money owed to them,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “If you think you are missing a refund, the sooner you update your address information, the quicker you can get your money.”   Average undeliverable refunds rose by 28 percent this year to $1,471 from $1,148 from last year. Several tax law changes likely played a role in boosting refunds, including the First-Time Homebuyer’s Credit and various other tax provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 such as the Residential Energy Property Credit.   The vast majority of checks mailed out by the IRS each year reach their rightful owner. Only a very small percentage (.32% this year) is returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable.   E-file and Direct Deposit Taxpayers can avoid being on this list by filing electronically and choosing direct deposit for their refunds. Choosing direct deposit puts an end to lost, stolen or undeliverable checks. As of November 5, 2010, some 70% of all individual returns were e-filed and more than two-thirds (68%) chose to receive their refunds directly into personal savings or checking accounts. Treasury has issued 111 million total refunds thus far in 2010 and the average tax refund is just a shade under $3,000.   Taxpayers can update their addresses and check the status of a refund using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on IRS.gov. One must submit his or her social security number, filing status and amount of refund shown on their 2009 return. “Where’s My Refund?” will provide the status of the refund and in some cases provide instructions on how to resolve delivery problems. Taxpayers can also access a telephone version of “Where’s My Refund?” by calling 1-800-829-1954.   E-file coupled with direct deposit is the best filing option; it’s easy, fast and secure. Visit http://www.irs.gov/ for complete details.

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Frying A Turkey?

Turkey fryer hazards

• Many units easily tip over, spilling the hot oil from the cooking pot.

• If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner or flames, causing a fire to engulf the entire unit.

• Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect. This too may result in an extensive fire.

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Veterans Wall Of Honor Dedicated In Brawley Ceremony

By Chris Furguson
On Veterans Day, more than a thousand veterans, residents and visitors alike gathered at the former “rose garden” area of Brawley’s North Plaza for the unveiling of a Wall of Honor for Brawley Vets.
The ceremony also included members of the Naval Air Facility-El Centro’s Color Guard, a ten-bell salute with a 21-gun salute and a fly-by featuring Royal Navy helicopters.
Brawley veterans from as far as South Carolina and beyond arrived in the north county city to take part in the festivities.
Alfred Campbell, a Pearl Harbor survivor currently living in Alpine and a Brawley graduate in 1938, said he was pleased to see the monument in the city.
“It’s wonderful to see the sacrifices of so many Brawley residents honored today,” said Campbell.
Other veterans from World War II included Donald A Woelke, an Army Air Corps member who graduated from BUHS in 1942 and traveled from South Carolina to be at the unveiling, and Orville Sullivan, another Air Corpsman.
Among those also in attendance included Mayor Ryan Kelley, who spoke to the assembled crowd, along with the rest of the Brawley City Council, and Assemblyman Manuel Perez, who is a member of the California Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs.
The ceremony began with a presentation by the NAF-El Centro’s color guard and the pledge of allegiance by Ray Downs singing of the national anthem by Sandra Taylor.
This was followed by an invocation by Efrain Bautista of St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Brawley.
Members of the Wall Committee were also given recognition.
Special flags were presented to local veterans as well, including one promised to be delivered once it had flown over the Capitol building in Washington D.C., courtesy of Congressman Bob Filner.
After a pair of songs by local singing group Noteworthy, a wreath was placed near the memorial.
At the eleventh hour, a ten bell salute was rung by Navy Chief Christopher Hisel and a twenty-one gun salute was fired by soldiers at the Naval Air Facility base in El Centro.
After the salutes, a pair of British Apache Helicopters flown by members of the Royal Navy stationed at NAF-El Centro soared overhead.
Appearances by the Brawley Cattle Call Queen’s Court along with a special performance by the BUHS Varsity Cheerleaders also added some local flair to the festivities.
Currently, there are 740 names registered for placement on the wall.  To qualify for placement on the wall, you must be a Brawley resident or have attended Brawley Union High School for at least one year.  There is a fee to have a name placed on the monument.
For more information about the Wall of Honor, including how to get a serviceman or woman’s name on the monument, contact Karin Morgan at the Brawley Parks and Recreation.  The number is (760) 344-5675.

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Parking Tickets Cost Goes Up in Calexico

By Mario Conde

Parking citations in the City of Calexico will increase in the month of December for those that violate the parking code.

In an effort to balance the general fund of the State of California, the Governor signed into law a new law that requires that an additional $3.00 be assessed to parking violations that are collected by public agencies. This new fees will begin on December 7, 2010.

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