Archive for: December 19th, 2017

Legislative Update
Update: House Passes Historic Tax Reform
December 19, 2017
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Tax relief is one step closer for Virginia families. Earlier today, the House passed the bicameral conference report to H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. I supported this bill because at its very core the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is about creating greater opportunity for men and women across the United States. It means more jobs, lower and fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowers individual tax rates so families can keep more of their hard-earned money. Under this plan, a family of four earning an income of $73,000 will receive a tax cut of more than $2,000.

Here are just some of the ways this bill impacts you:
• Raises the standard deduction from $12,000 to $24,000 for married couples and from $6,500 to $13,000 for individuals. This means MORE money back in your pocket.
• Expands the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000 and retains the Adoption Tax Credit
• Preserves the mortgage interest deduction for current and future homeowners
• Expands the medical expense deduction
• Maintains popular options used to save for retirement, like 401ks and IRAs
• Provides families with the flexibility to purchase the health coverage they want and need by eliminating the tax penalty created by Obamacare’s individual mandate

By creating a simpler, fairer tax system, the reforms in this bill will help put more money in the pockets of families and encourage job creators of all sizes to invest in the United States.

Following expected action in the Senate later today, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will head to the President’s desk before Christmas. I look forward to seeing this historic tax reform cross the finish line and deliver much-needed tax relief to families across the country.

Learn more about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Visit fairandsimple.gop.

Mythbusting: No, tax reform doesn’t hurt people with disabilities

Quick Links

• Weekly Column: The Senate Has Another Chance to Act on CHIP

• Open Mic w/ AgriPulse: Goodlatte Talks Policy Impacting U.S. Agricultural Industry

• Update: Judiciary Committee Passes Bill to Fight Online Sex Trafficking

• Applications open for Summer 2018 White House Internship Program – click here for more information on how to apply

Goodlatte Praises FCC’s Vote on the Restoring Internet Freedom Order

In the Office this Week 

It was a great surprise to see Dot Richardson and her husband, Bob Pinto, in the office yesterday. Dot is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in softball and is currently the coach of the Liberty University softball team. For anyone who attended the Sixth District Women’s Conference in Lynchburg last year, you’ll recognize Dot as one of our excellent panelists.

 

Local News
Package thefts rampant leading up to Christmas holiday
December 19, 2017
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FRONT ROYAL – Over the last two weeks, the Front Royal Police Department has received numerous complaints of packages being  stolen off the porches of local homes.   Citizens are encouraged to call authorities to report a theft or any suspicious vehicle and/or person in their neighborhoods.

In a Tuesday afternoon media release, Front Royal Police Chief K.L.  Magalis said, “We are asking residents to be good neighbors and if they see something suspicious to call the police.  These are crimes of opportunity, with many package thefts occurring during daylight hours. Thieves are known to follow delivery trucks during this time of year and will take the package right off your front steps.”

To reduce the chances of being victimized by package delivery thieves, the Front Royal Police Department offers the following advice:

• Track your shipment: All the major delivery companies offer package tracking, some providing phone/text alerts of the shipping progress.
• Choose a shipping option that requires you to sign for delivery.
• Schedule your delivery for a specific date and time that you’re expected to be home.
• Arrange to have package shipped to another location where someone can receive it such as your workplace, a friend or relative’s home, or with a trusted neighbor.
• Have the delivery service hold the package for customer pick-up at their facility.
• Set up a Hold Mail Service with USPS if you plan on traveling during the holidays.
• If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, report the theft or loss to the original company, the shipping company, and the Front Royal Police Department’s non-emergency line at (540) 635-2111.

What Matters Warren
UPDATE: What Matters W2 in Africa
December 19, 2017
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On December 14th we headed to Africa to meet Herbie Kawuma, a Ugandan performing artist & CEO of Light Up Life Foundations (and recipient of Norway Youth Ambassador 2012).

Together with Herbie we are spreading awareness of and raising money for the children of the ghettos in Uganda. We are headed to the front lines to help them with food, clothes, shelter, school supplies, school fees and more. The children we help may be able to break the cycle of poverty and depression by giving them HOPE.

HOPE that tomorrow will be a better day, HOPE that someone out there really cares and hope for an education that may open doors to future opportunities they never knew were in their reach. TOGETHER WE CAN…just like Herbie’s song explains!

Your generous support is appreciated beyond words. THANK YOU!

Click here to help us reach the goal.

Local News
UPDATE: Samuels Public Library Adult Programming January 1-15, 2018
December 19, 2017
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At your Library next month:

Library closings
The library will be closed Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King Day. The library will resume regular hours Tuesday, January 16th.

General Education Development
Samuels Public Library invites you to register and attend the General Education Development course. This course will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 A.M-12:30 P.M (except on school holidays or closings). The GED course is completely free. Let this course be the stepping stone to your success.

English as a Second Language
Samuels Public Library invites you to register and attend the English as a Second Language course. This course will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. The ESL course is completely free. Learning English will not only enhance your quality of life but open many doors and present new opportunities

Hello Computer
Samuels Public Library invites you to attend our beginning computer class for total computer novices. It is a four week course that covers turning on a computer, using a mouse, setting up email and using the internet. Classes are held on Tuesdays from 1:00pm-2:00pm.

Exploring Computers
Samuel Public Library invites you to attend our intermediate computer class and improve your skills. Each month explore a new computer program or application in a safe, friendly environment with other intermediate users. Classes are held on Thursdays at 1:00pm.

Downloading Media
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and learn how to download books to your computer or handheld electronic devices in a small, supportive environment on Tuesday, January 16th at 6:00 P.M. Participants are encouraged to bring their personal laptop, smartphone or eReader. This session meets every third Tuesday of the month.

Genealogy Nuts: Shake Your Family Tree
Interested in learning about family history? Samuels Public Library invites you to a workshop for beginning to advanced genealogists. Discover your family roots with a team of genealogists who together have researched more than 50,000 names. This class meets every Wednesday night at 6:00 P.M

SPL-Books and Beyond
Samuels Public Library invites you to join us for the Books & Beyond Book Club on Wednesday, January, 17th at 10:00am, where A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles will be discussed.

Vibes in the Libes
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us on Saturday, January 19th at 12:30 pm for a free music performance by Kurt Schelsinger! Bring your lunch tell a friend and enjoy!

Crochet Group
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and learn how to crochet or share your talents. The group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 10:00 A.M (January 10th & 24th).  All ability levels welcome.

Advanced Excel
Samuels Public Library invites to come out and join us for our Advanced Excel class on Saturday, January 20th from 1:00 P.M – 3:00 P.M. This class is designed to introduce you to using common EXCEL built-in formulas in your spreadsheets and how to add graphs. Don’t miss out on this chance to have a better understanding on a widely used Microsoft application.

The Bridge Project
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join Artist and Performer Tammy Ruggiero and Writer Heather Davis for the Bridge Project Postcard Workshop on Saturday, January 20th at 10 A.M. Write, Paint, Draw, or collage on 5×7 Postcards to celebrate the connections we make (or would like to make) to people who seem different from us. Help us explore all the ways people in the Blue Ridge connect with others across time, place, race, gender, age, political orientation, sexual orientation, religion, culture, and ability. Post cards will be incorporated into a wooden slat bridge and displayed at a celebration event.

Writer’s Support Group
Samuels public Library invites you to come out and join the Warren Wordsmiths, an informal writer’s support group that meets every fourth Tuesday of the month. Have a writing project you’re working on? Need someone to bounce ideas or give constructive criticism? Than this is the group for you! This month’s meeting will be Tuesday, January, 23rd at 6:00 pm.

What the Tech!
Technology can be tricky! Samuels Public library invites you to come out and join us Thursday, January 25th at 4:00 P. M. so you can ask our teen volunteers for help with your personal devices. Bring phones, smart devices, tablets, laptops or e-Readers and plenty of questions. Let our teens update you on the latest tech tips and tricks! Be sure to register so we have enough teens to help!

Seasonal
New looks for Christmas trees
December 19, 2017
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The centerpiece of many homes in December, the Christmas tree is often decorated with sentimental ornaments and a style beloved by each family.

If you want to mix it up a bit this year, try these tips from countryliving.com.

New colors: Try black and white, especially with ribbons. Also: ice blue and silver, pink bows and gold ornaments, white bulbs with brown extras like pine cones, or bulbs that make a rainbow of color.

Ornaments: Among the possibilities are spray-painted birdhouses, toy soldiers or nutcrackers, large glittering letters, or small flag garlands.

Materials: How about burlap for garlands, scrapbook tags, triangular flags made of burlap, or feathers.

Tree stands: Why do you have to get a conventional stand with a skirt? Try colorful vintage buckets for smaller trees or re-purpose objects. Use baskets or tree pots.

New places: Have a kitchen tree? Want to make one? Try decorating with cooking items from cookie cutters to flatware.

See Country Living’s 67 tree suggestions at: countryliving.com/christmas-ideas.