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Mark Pollinator Week: One of every three bites of food you eat is made possible by pollinators

Honey bees are invaluable to the health of the U.S. agricultural economy as they enable the production of at least 90 commercially grown crops in the nation. In Virginia, honeybees are essential pollinators for about one-third of the state’s fruit and vegetable crops. That is why Governor Ralph S. Northam declared June 17-23 as Virginia Pollinator Week. Without adequate pollination, Virginia could experience a significant reduction in its harvest of apples, alfalfa, berries,cucumbers, melons, squash, peaches and pumpkins.”

Prince William County releases schedule of budget deliberations

On Feb. 17, Prince William County Executive Melissa Peacor will present the proposed FY2016 Budget during the 7:30 p.m. session of the Board of County Supervisors. Taxpayers then will have several opportunities to let the Prince William Board of County Supervisors know how they want their money to be spent.

Fake charities one of top 12 “Dirty Dozen” tax scams, IRS says

he Internal Revenue Service Feb. 10 warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as a charitable organization to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors, one of the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season.

Public meeting on School Board budget rescheduled; work sessions set

Prince William County Superintendent of Schools Steven L. Walts and school finance officials will give a presentation on the Proposed FY 2016 Budget and Capital Improvements Program to the public on Monday, February 23 beginning at 7 p.m. in Room 1101 of the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center.

Free local tax help for those earning less than $53,000

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) is a national program that offers people who earned less than $53,000 in 2014 a good way to get their tax returns done for free. Tax experts will be at the Dr. A J. Ferlazzo Building, at 15741 Donald Curtis Drive in Woodbridge, on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., from now until April 11, to help people with their taxes.

Prince William School Superintendent’s budget proposal rescheduled from Feb. 4 to Feb. 18

Prince William County School Board will hear the Superintendent’s proposed budget for 2015-16 on February 18 instead of two weeks earlier, as previously scheduled. Presentation of the proposed 2016-25 Capital Improvements Program will also be pushed back. The delays follow the cancellation of the January 21 School Board Meeting because of weather conditions.

Social Security to extend field office hours four days a week nationwide

Social Security announces as a result of Congress’ approval of the fiscal year 2015 budget, the agency will expand its hours nationwide and offices will be open to the public for an additional hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, beginning March 16.

Move falls flat to defund buried power lines on US 1 in Woodbridge

The effort to kill the $12.1-million appropriation needed to bury power lines along US 1 in Woodbridge came to a halt Jan. 13 when Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted it down at a public hearing in McCoart Government Center.

IRS says it is ready to begin receiving tax forms Jan. 20

The Internal Revenue Service announced the on-time opening of the nation’s 2015 filing season and highlighted an array of online services, including features that help taxpayers understand how the Affordable Care Act will affect them at tax time, and availability of the Free File program.

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