Friday, December 23, 2016

Holiday Fun Facts

Did you know that the U.S. Census Bureau ranks the states by number of major toy makers? Illinois and New York are tied at #3 (31 each), outranked only by Florida (32) and California (93).

Did you know that in 2015 the U.S. imported $392 million worth of  tapered candles? Many of these candles were lit during Diwali, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Click here for other fun facts for the holiday season from the U.S. Census bureau.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

IRS Face-To-Face Help Now By Appointment

As the tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that an appointment is required for in-person tax help at all IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TAC).

IRS TACs are a vital part of the service IRS provides when a tax issue cannot be resolved on-line or by phone. All IRS TACs now provide face-to-face service by-appointment. Instead of taxpayers going directly to their local TAC, they can call 844-545-5640 to reach an IRS representative, who is trained to either help them resolve their issue or schedule an appointment for them to get the help they need.

The Contact Your Local Office tool on helps taxpayers find the closest IRS TAC, the days and hours of operation, and a list of services provided.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Fake News Not a Problem for Library Users

Fake news is not a problem when you use the public library web site to access legitimate electronic news subscriptions; available for free with your Glenview Public Library card number.

The Glenview Public Library website has several newspaper and magazine links available both in the library and from home that are the real deal from real publishers.

Connect to the library's electronic subscriptions like Press Reader to access more than 3200 newspapers from around the world and more than 2900 magazines in full text. Scroll or swipe through the page view of each publication with pictures, illustrations and ads included. Download the Press Reader app, visit a library hot spot and walk away with the entire publication downloaded to your smart phone or internet device for reading at your leisure, all for free.

No time to visit the library, then visit our web pages for access to downloadable magazines (Zinio or Press Reader), eBooks (MyMediaMall), audio books (MyMediaMall or Hoopla); or movies and music (Hoopla).  These items automatically expire when due with no overdue fines.

Be a smart library user, avoid fake news, and download free content with your library card through the library's 24 Hour Library web site and library app.  Your library card  gives you access to free electronic content that is not fake and it's free to members.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Village Candidate Filing to Start

The filing period for candidates seeking election to the Glenview Village Board of Trustees in the Consolidated Election on April 4, 2017 starts next Monday.

Requirements for municipal candidates include: one-year residency in the municipality preceding the election; nomination petitions signed by at least 5 percent of people who voted in the last regular election; a statement of candidacy; and a statement of economic interest filed with the Cook County Clerk.

Paperwork can be filed in the Village Manager's Office, 2500 East Lake Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, December 12, through Monday, December 19. Four-year terms for three trustee positions and the Village President are up for election.  

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Income Tax Scams Update

The IRS warns taxpayers of numerous tax scams nationwide. Some of the most prevalent IRS impersonations are: 

Requesting fake tax payments 

Targeting students and parents and demanding payment for a fake "Federal Student Tax"  

Sending a fraudulent tax bill for tax year 2015 regarding the Affordable Care Act

Summaries of these and other recent schemes are available here, along with instructions of what to do if you receive a suspicious call.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review

A Backpack, a Bear and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev Golinkin

In a necessary reminder of how bad life was in the former Soviet Union, Lev Golinkin reveals his family's journey to the United States. His parents and sister must adjust to whatever is thrown at them as they escape and arrive in Vienna, Indiana and finally New Jersey. Golinkin was nine then, but as an adult felt compelled to retrace the steps that brought him to the U.S. His intent was to find the people who made his escape possible. And he was able to locate and interact with some of them. It is a well-written, revealing and compelling story told with compassion and honesty. - Iva Freeman