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The Sunflower Communicator
|April 7, 2020||Volume 10, Number 14|
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The Latest News
1. COMMUNICATOR & EMAIL BLASTS: Please do not reply to the Communicator or Email blasts. The webteam is made up of volunteers from the Sunflower Community and will not be able to reply. If you have any questions or comments please contact the Village Center at 520.572.9780. Thank you.
2. COMMUNITY YARD SALE: The April 25st, Community Yard Sale has been canceled.
3. DO YOU NEED THE INTERNET?
1. Senior’s on Social Security, Medicaid or other programs will qualify for the Internet Essentials program.
2. The cost is $9.95 / month with the first 2 months free for a 1 GB connection.
3. After qualifying a wireless modem is shipped to the user’s address. The user is guided on how to install the modem. (This assumes that the location has cable TV currently).
4.They also have a program to sell refurbished Chromebook or Windows laptops (not sure if both have video capabilities) for around $150.00 plus taxes and shipping.
Have a friend with a computer help you sign up for the program (over the phone of course) by logging on to the https://internetessentials.com web site or calling the 855-846-8378 number to apply. Once the application is approved and an ID# is provided it will take about a week to ship the products and get started.
Here is some info from their website:
Staying Connected During Coronavirus
As our country continues to manage the COVID-19 emergency, Comcast is taking immediate steps to make it easier to connect low-income families to home Internet.
• New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service if they apply by April 30, 2020. After promotion, regular rates apply.
• For all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service has increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream.
• Households with outstanding debt owed to Comcast may be eligible for Internet Essentials. We are waiving this qualification if you apply and are approved by 5/13/20. After 5/13/20, standard eligibility rules apply.
• Once you are an Internet Essentials customer, you have the option to purchase a laptop or desktop computer at a discounted price. If you are interested, follow the easy steps below.
How do I get the promotion for two free months as a new customer?
• If you are eligible for Internet Essentials, apply by April 30, 2020, and are approved, you will automatically receive the two-month free promotion. After the promotion, regular rates apply. Internet Essentials current rate is $9.95 per month plus tax unless you disconnect your service.
• Actual computers are refurbished and manufacturers will vary but will meet the minimum specifications noted above. All computers come with the hardware needed to use right out of the box so that you can enjoy the benefits of having the Internet at home.
4. DRIVEWAY PARKING: We are receiving complaints in regards to vehicles parked in driveways. Please make sure when parking in your driveway you are pulling all the way up and your vehicle is not encroaching onto the sidewalks. Sidewalk obstructions are making it difficult for walkers in the neighborhood in particular those who use motorized wheelchairs, canes and walkers. Thank you.
5. FITNESS CLASSES CANCELED: Violet has canceled her Fitness classes for the remainder of the spring. She looks forward to seeing everyone again in November.
6. MARANA FOOD BANK: Owing to the presence of contamination from the coronavirus, The Marana Community Food Bank can no longer take donations of dry goods (bottles, cans or boxed products) or picked fruit until further notice. They are no longer sending trucks out to the major grocery stores to pick up produce. The number of people needing assistance has increased substantially.
The Food bank is taking financial donations, and now, the need is greater than ever. Financial contributions can be made in two ways:
1. If you are donating by check, kindly make it out to the Marana Community Food Bank and Resource Center and mail it to:
THE MARANA COMMUNITY FOOD AND RESOURCE CENTER
11734 West Grier RD.
Marana, AZ. 85653
2. Paying on-line with a credit card: Go to: www.communtyfoodbank.org.
From the Home Page select “LOCATIONS”
Follow the prompt and enter your information.
For an extra layer of confidence that your donation will be used to support the Marana location, write “FOR MARANA RESOURCE CENTER” IN THE” IN THE “NOTES” block.
QUESTIONS? Contact Armand LaPotin-780-4547
7. MUSIC UNDER THE STARS: The April 25th, Music Under The Stars event has been canceled.
8. NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS: Recent events have resulted in some of our Sunflower residents being unable to grocery shop, etc. Luckily. a few individuals have volunteered to help others in the community. Call the Village Center at 520.572.9780 for more information or if you’d like to volunteer to help others during this time.
9. PHISHING ,TAX SCAMS, AND ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS: In most cases, the IRS will deposit economic impact payments into the direct deposit account taxpayers provided on tax returns. Taxpayers without direct deposit information will be able to provide their banking information online to a newly designed secure portal on IRS.gov in mid-April. If the IRS does not have a taxpayer’s direct deposit information, a check will be mailed to the address on file. Taxpayers should not provide their direct deposit or other banking information for others to input on their behalf into the secure portal.
The IRS also reminds retirees who don’t normally have a requirement to file a tax return that no action on their part is needed to receive their $1,200 economic impact payment. Seniors should be especially careful during this period. The IRS reminds retirees – including recipients of Forms SSA-1099 and RRB-1099 − that no one from the agency will be reaching out to them by phone, email, mail, or in person asking for any kind of information to complete their economic impact payment, also sometimes referred to as rebates or stimulus payments. The IRS is sending these $1,200 payments automatically to retirees – no additional action or information is needed on their part to receive this.
10. PHOTO CLUB: Meeting for Monday, April 13th has been canceled.
11. PRIMAVERA FOUNDATION: Is no longer taking donations of any kind at this time due to COVID19. Please continue to save empty prescription bottles for future collections. Thank you.
• Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from fake coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes.
• Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. At this time, there is no cure or vaccination for COVID-19, and there are no FDA-authorized home test kits. Visit the FDA’s website to learn more.
• Do not respond to texts or emails about checks from the government from contacts you do not know. If someone tells you they can get you money immediately, it is a scam.
• Do not click on web links from unfamiliar sources. These links could download viruses onto your computer or device.
• Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For reliable and up-to-date information and updates, it is always best to visit the CDC’s website or the World Health Organization’s website.
• Do your research before donating to charities claiming to help with COVID-19 efforts. Be wary of donations that require payment in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.
13. VILLAGE CENTER NOTICE : The Village Center is closed. If there is an emergency after 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday or on a Saturday or Sunday
please call 520.219.4520 and press “1” to be connected to the care center.
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