Monday, March 24, 2008
File taxes to get stimulus rebate
CORNING – Wondering if you should file a tax return this year in order to receive one of the tax rebates the federal government is issuing to stimulate the economy?
People on fixed incomes, those with disabilities or low-income workers may want to file a tax return this year even if they aren’t normally required to do so.
That is because the U.S. Treasury will soon begin handing out $600 to individuals and $1,200 to married couples. Also, parents with kids under age 17 will get an extra $300.
However, to receive the rebates, taxpayers must have a valid Social Security number, $3,000 in income and file a 2007 federal tax return.
There are organizations locally that can help people file their returns for free. The United Way of the Southern Tier partners with area organizations to provide Creating Assets, Savings and Hope. The program organizes volunteer tax assistants who provide free counseling sessions. For more information about the service go to the United Way’s Web site at www.uwst.org.
Also available are services through AARP, an organization devoted to people 50 and older. A list of sites are available at www.aarp.org.
Canajoharie to be honored today
CANAJOHARIE – The Preservation League of New York State selected the Canajoharie Revitalization Program to win a 2008 league award for excellence in historic preservation.
League trustees and members of the award jury will be in the village from noon to 2 p.m. today to discuss the project with officials from the Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor Commission.
The award will be presented at the league’s annual meeting and awards ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.
Political shuffle deals up new town justice
BRIGHTON — The town has named John Falk as it newest justice. His appointment will run from April 7 to Dec. 31.
The Town Board selected him to replace Richard Dollinger, who resigned from his position in February to pursue the 56th District seat in the state Senate. Following Dollinger’s resignation, Penfield Justice Sidney Farber replaced him on an interim basis.
Falk, a partner at Rochester-based Faraci Lange LLP has a background in civil litigation in malpractice and negligence cases. Prior to his partnership at Faraci Lange, he served as an assistant district attorney for Monroe County.
Falk will serve alongside Justice Karen Morris, who has held her position since 1994.
Third toxic site found
BRIGHTON — A third toxic site in town has been found by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The DEC recently announced that 235 Metro Park — which is sandwiched between East and West Henrietta roads and Brighton-Henrietta Town Line Road to the south —tested positive for traces of tetrachloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE).
Over last summer, the state found PCE at the former Speedy’s Cleaners site at 2150 Monroe Ave., which is across the street from Carriage Cleaners. The state has also suspected Carriage Cleaners as a source of a PCE spill after discovering the substance in groundwater samples in 2003.
PCE, also known as perc, is a petroleum-based chemical mostly used in dry-cleaning fabrics and degreasing metals. TCE, commonly called triclene, is used for degreasing metals and can be found in household items like paint removers.
Both PCE and TCE were found in groundwater at the Metro Park site, although the DEC said the problem areas are contained.
Somalian refugee honored
PITTSFORD — It didn’t take long for Baraka Osman, a cook at Simply Crepes Cafe here, to warm up to his new country.
Less than four years after arriving in the U.S., Osman is being recognized by the restaurant industry. He was honored with the “Back of the House Employee of the Year” Award March 12 by the Rochester chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association.
“Back of the house” is a restaurant term for non-public areas such as the kitchen and storage.
“Baraka is a tremendous asset to our company,” said Pierre Heroux, president and CEO of Simply Crepes Cafe which also has restaurants in Rochester and Canandaigua. “He is eager to learn and teach others. He is always pleasant to work with, contributes ideas to improve our restaurant and is always eager to please our customers. We feel blessed to have him working for us and are very proud of him.”
Osman, a Somalian refugee living in Perinton, said the people at Simply Crepes are like family. He came to the U.S. in March 2004 because of fighting going on in his native country where he said there was no food, money or education for his children and he was afraid for his family’s safety.