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The Sunflower Communicator

  April 16, 2020 Volume 10, Number 15 

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Staff Phone Numbers:
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Front Desk: ext. 10

Assistant Community
Manager: ext. 11

Community Manager:
ext. 18

 
Sunflower Village Center Hours of Operation:

Mon, & Wed:
7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat:
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sunday:
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.



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Daily 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.


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Keeping the Sunflower Community informed with the latest news and announcements.


Purpose

A new issue of the newsletter will be emailed to subscribers on a timely basis whenever the Association has information to be shared with the community. 


The Latest News


News

   Topics included in this issue:

  1. Assessments
  2. Car Registration/Emission
  3. Communicator & Email Blasts
  4. Community Yard Sale
  5. Do you need the internet?
  6. DYI Disinfectant
  7. Fitness Classes Canceled
  8. Marana Foodbank
  9. Music Under the Stars
  10. Phishing, Tax scams and Economic Impact Payments
  11. Primavera Foundation
  12. Scammers
  13. Village Center Notice
  14. Walkers & Bicyclists
  15. Wildlife Sightings

   Please see below...




1. ASSESSMENTS:
The deadline to make your HOA assessment payment is quickly approaching. All assessments must be received and processed by April 30th. Late fees will be applied May 1st. 

2. CAR REGISTRATION/EMISSION TEST:
If you are 65 or older and have a car registered in Arizona that needs to have an emissions test before being registered in Arizona in either April or May of 2020, this info about getting a one-time waiver for the emissions test may help you.
You can get the form to fill out for the waiver online at AZDEQ.GOV/65waiver. Complete the waiver application and either return it electronically or mail it to ADEQ using the address provided on the website. The cost is $9.50 and is in lieu of the fee for emissions testing. The fee can be paid online or by mail. (Note it has to arrive promptly so online is recommended.)
You will be notified by email (typically it ends up in your SPAM folder) within a couple of days. If you are approved, the email will direct you to submit the waiver fee and then complete your application for renewal – including paying that fee also. Your new registration sticker that expires in either April or May of 2021 will arrive in the mail in a couple of days.

3. 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.

4. COMMUNITY YARD SALE: The April 25th, Community Yard Sale has been canceled.

5. 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.

Low-Cost Computer

•    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.

6. DYI DISINFECTANT: Need a DIY disinfectant? Visit THIS website for more information.

7. FITNESS CLASSES CANCELED: Violet has canceled her Fitness classes for the remainder of the Spring. She looks forward to seeing everyone again in November.

8. 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
                OR
2. If paying on-line with a credit card: Go to: www.communtyfoodbank.org.
    From the Home Page select “LOCATIONS”
    Select “MARANA”
    Select “DONATE”
    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

9. MUSIC UNDER THE STARS: The April 25th, Music Under The Stars event has been canceled.

10. 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.

11. PRIMAVERA FOUNDATION: Is no longer taking donations of any kind at this time due to COVID-19. Please continue to save empty prescription bottles for future collections. Thank you.

12. SCAMMERS:
•    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. 

14. WALKERS AND BICYCLISTS: We are receiving complaints about walkers, walking in the bicycle lines. We ask that walkers please refrain from doing this and walk on the sidewalks.

15. WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS:
A Mountain Lion has been spotted in the neighborhood and wash. Please take extra caution while out on walks and don’t leave your pets unattended outside.



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