Vatican warns US bishops over get-tough Communion proposals

Vatican warns US bishops over get-tough Communion proposals
By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer
The head of the Vatican’s doctrine office is warning U.S. bishops to deliberate carefully and minimize divisions before proceeding with a possible plan to rebuke Roman Catholic politicians for receiving Communion even though they support abortion rights. The strong words of caution come in a letter from Cardinal Luis Ladaria addressed to the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In it he advises the bishops to seek unanimous support for any national policy to avoid a potential “source of discord rather than unity.” The USCCB convenes for a national meeting June 16, with plans to vote on drafting a document on the sensitive issue.

Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12

Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12
By LAURAN NEERGAARD and CANDICE CHOI Associated Press
The U.S. is expanding use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children as young as 12. The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that the shot is safe and offers strong protection for younger teens based on testing of more than 2,000 U.S. volunteers. Shots could begin soon once a federal vaccine panel issues recommendations for using the vaccine in 12- to 15-year-olds. Most vaccines rolling out worldwide have been authorized for adults. The latest news is welcome for U.S. families struggling to decide what activities are safe to resume when the youngest family members remain unvaccinated.

Teleforum Tuesday

On the Teleforum program on Tuesday host Eddy Crow will have the latest responses to the Feedback That Gets You Fed contest, as well as his ranting about the stories of the day. Remember when Eddy warned people about playing fast and loose with the PPP loan applications? Well, the chickens are coming home to roost and you’ll hear about it on Teleforum-every weekday on AM1230WBVP, AM1460WMBA, AND 99.3FM presented by St. Barnabas.

Last Friday’s Route 65 Accident in Baden Under Investigation

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(Baden, Pa.) Baden Police received a call at 1:35 a.m. Friday  for a 2 car accident on Route 65 southbound in front of Anderson’s Candies , one vehicle, travelling at a high rate of speed  rolled over , crashed into another car, and crossed into  the northbound lanes. All four lanes of Route 65 were closed for almost 6 hours police  reported.

The driver  of the car that caused  the accident was life flighted to a Pittsburgh Hospital with undisclosed injuries, the other driver was driven to a Pittsburgh hospital with 14 broken ribs and a broken back.
Baden Police were assisted by Conway, Economy, Harmony Township, PA State Police  , Baden and Economy Borough Fire Departments  assisted at the scene, also.

Pennsylvanians Have Free Online Filing Option for PA Income Tax Returns, Payments

Harrisburg, PA — With the deadline to file 2020 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns and make final 2020 income tax payments approaching on May 17, 2021, the Department of Revenue is reminding Pennsylvanians that there is a free online option available for filing state returns and making payments.

myPATH, available at mypath.pa.gov, is user friendly and allows most taxpayers to seamlessly file the Pennsylvania Income Tax Return (PA-40) and make income tax payments. myPATH also gives taxpayers access to error-reducing automatic calculators and provides instant confirmation that your return has been filed successfully.

“myPATH offers Pennsylvania taxpayers a free option to quickly file their returns and to ensure they receive their refunds as soon as possible if they are expecting one,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. “If you’re looking to save some money this tax season and avoid paying a fee for filing your Pennsylvania return, myPATH is a great option.”

As a reminder, the income tax filing deadline was extended to May 17, 2021 — about a month later than usual. Under Pennsylvania law, the filing deadline for state income tax returns is tied to the deadline set at the federal level. The IRS also extended the federal income tax filing deadline to May 17, 2021.

Important Features in myPATH

Taxpayers do not need to create a username or password to perform many functions in myPATH. That includes filing a PA-40 or making a payment, responding to department requests for information, and checking the status of a refund.

In order to file the PA-40, taxpayers will need to provide their Social Security number and either: (1) the tax liability for a previous tax year; or (2) their birth date, Pennsylvania driver’s license/photo ID number and the expiration date for the license/photo ID.

If you choose to create a username and password in myPATH, you’ll have the ability to update/view detailed account information and notices. You can also manage third-party access to your account, meaning you can give a tax professional or another person access to file your return and make payments on your behalf.

A detailed list of instructions is available in the myPATH User Guide. myPATH replaced the department’s previous personal income tax filing system, PA Direct File.

Electronic Filing for Free

Other free electronic filing options are available to file state and federal returns using software from a reputable vendor. More vendor information is available on the Department of Revenue’s website.

Electronic Filing for a Fee

Paid tax preparers and commercial tax preparation software providers offer electronic filing, or e-filing, for a fee. Check a list of vendors on the department’s website for further information.

Taxpayer Assistance and Checking the Status of Your Refund

Personal income tax assistance is available through the department’s Online Customer Service Center and by calling 717-787-8201 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Online Customer Service Center contains answers to hundreds of common income tax questions and allows taxpayers to securely submit a question to the department through a process that is similar to sending an email.

The Department of Revenue’s district offices are also open in a limited capacity with social distancing guidelines in place. Appointments are required to receive in-person assistance.

Taxpayers can check the status of their refunds online by selecting the Where’s My Income Tax Refund? link on the department’s homepage; or by calling 1-888-PATAXES. Taxpayers will be prompted to provide their Social Security number and requested refund amount to obtain the current status.

Free tax forms and instructions are available at www.revenue.pa.gov

VIDEO: Drive-Thru Senior Day At The Mall Will Be May 12

Come rain or come shine, just please stay inside…the Beaver County Office On Aging will be presenting another Senior Day At The Mall in a drive-thru setting on May 12 from 10 until noon at the Beaver Valley Mall, located in the lot between Boscov’s and Harbor Freight.

Angela Gentile of the BCOA joined Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County to discuss this spring’s event, which comes at a time in which many seniors might be confused and wondering what financial or beneficial situations are approaching deadlines and which situations continue to have flexibility due to the circumstances of the last 14+ months. Angela talked about how many vendors that would typically have their own booths at the Senior Day when it was located inside the mall are presenting that kind of information to seniors who attend this drive-thru event on Wednesday.

Of course, there’s not just information in the bags. Gentile also mentioned that each bag will contain a securely wrapped donut along with a boxed lunch, and that several members from the Office On Aging will be in attendance to assist in bringing the bags to your car. The BCOA is asking those who are coming to the drive-thru to wait until the event begins at 10:00 AM, and to be patient as traffic may build up during the morning in the mall parking lot.

Plus, Beaver County Radio will be at the Senior Day At The Mall on Wednesday, providing updates during Teleforum from 10 until Noon.

To watch the full interview with Matt & Angela, click on the Facebook feed below!

Starting Today: Additional Customer Service Improvements for Unemployment Compensation

Harrisburg, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier reminds claimants and employers that the next phase of the unemployment compensation customer service improvement initiative began today. Approximately 230 new customer service representatives began answering incoming calls to the Unemployment Compensation Service Center, while existing highly trained staff members have been shifted to exclusively work on resolving outstanding claim issues.

The additional staff will allow for individuals receiving unemployment benefits to more easily reach a customer service representative by phone, while also increasing the speed at which staff members can resolve claim issues. This is part of a larger effort to improve the customer experience and prepare people receiving unemployment payments for the transition from a 40-year-old mainframe system to an easier-to-use modern computer system in June.

“Starting today, we hope that individuals calling us see a difference in their hold time, with the time decreasing over the next few weeks as we ramp up staffing,” said Acting Secretary Berrier. “Behind the scenes, we’ll be seeing faster claims processing times as our highly trained claims specialists can now dedicate their full attention to resolving outstanding issues. This is all part of our efforts to serve individuals receiving unemployment benefits with the best possible customer service.””

The benefits of the improve customer service initiative include:

  • More customer service representatives will be answering calls and providing answers to basic questions.
  • If a caller has a more complex question or needs assistance with their specific claim, the customer service representative will create an “inquiry” that will be sent to the claims staff.
  • The claims staff will work on inquiries in the order they are received, and callers will be provided with a tracking number that can be used to see where their inquiry is in the queue.
  • Callers will choose to get a phone call or email from claims staff, or to simply have claims staff resolve an outstanding issue.
  • An additional 200 customer service representatives are completing onboarding and training and will begin answering calls on May 17.
  • L&I will continue adding customer service representatives until all calls to the Unemployment Compensation Service Center are answered or until 1,000 total customer service representatives are staffing the phones.

Hiring for the customer service improvement initiative is ongoing. Individuals interested in working for the Unemployment Compensation Service Center are encouraged to reach out to their local PA CareerLink location for more information.

In addition to calling, unemployment program enrollees can also reach the Unemployment Compensation Service Center by emailing uchelp@pa.gov or using the live chat service. L&I also offers a variety of self-assistance resources on its website, including FAQsvideosinfographics, and guides.

For the latest updates on unemployment programs, visit L&I website at www.dli.pa.gov or following L&I on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

High School Baseball & Softball Schedule: May 10, 2021

BASEBALL

Section 3 (5A)
7:00 pm Moon at West Allegheny
Section 2 (4A)
4:00 pm Central Valley at Beaver Area
4:00 pm New Castle at Blackhawk
4:00 pm Quaker Valley at Ambridge
Section 1 (3A)
4:00 pm Hopewell at Freedom
4:30 pm Mohawk at Ellwood City
7:00 pm New Brighton at Beaver Falls
Section 2 (2A)
4:00 pm Shenango at Riverside
Section 1 (1A)
5:00 pm Cornell at Our Lady of Sacred Heart
7:00 pm Cornell at Our Lady of Sacred Heart
4:00 pm Union at Western Beaver
Section 3 (1A)
4:45 pm Leechburg at Sewickley Academy

SOFTBALL

Section 4 (5A)
7:00 pm West Allegheny at Upper St. Clair
4:00 pm Western Beaver at Trinity
6:00 pm Western Beaver at Trinity
Section 3 (4A)
4:15 pm Hopewell at Blackhawk
Section 2 (3A)
3:30 pm Beaver Falls at Keystone Oaks
5:15 pm Beaver Falls at Keystone Oaks
4:15 pm South Park at Quaker Valley
Section 1 (2A)
5:15 pm Chartiers-Houston at Our Lady of Sacred Heart
Section 4 (2A)
4:00 pm Laurel at Riverside
3:45 pm Mohawk at New Brighton
Section 1 (1A)
4:00 pm Union at Rochester
Non-Conference
3:45 pm Central Valley at South Fayette

Flight 93 Families Hope Heroism Award Helps Keep Story Alive

Flight 93 families hope heroism award helps keep story alive
By MARC LEVY Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The memorial to the people who died on United Airlines Flight 93 is hard to find on a map as the Sept, 11, 2001, terrorist attack itself slips deeper into the nation’s memory. And even schools that do teach about the day may only bring it up only on the anniversary. Now, the families of Flight 93’s 40 passengers and crew members are starting an annual award to reward selfless acts of heroism and educate the public. By the time the 20th anniversary rolls around in four months, 75 million Americans will have been born in those two decades. Nominations open Monday.

Beaver Man Charged with DUI

(Beaver, Pa.) Pa State Police in Beaver are reporting that on May 8, 2021 around 1:20 AM a Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2004 Buick Le Sabre in the area of Sharon Road and Leopard Lane in Beaver.

Troopers report that during the stop for a traffic violation 45-year-old Shawn Meyer of Beaver admitted to drinking alcohol and was found to be Impaired. Meyer was arrested  for suspicion of DUI and charges are pending through Magistrate 36-2-02’s office.