Everything Old is New Again!

Source: Sacramento Capitolaires   |  2017-04-13

The Sacramento Capitolaires, the area’s premiere male a cappella singing group since 1946, will present “Everything Old is New Again!” on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Avenue, Carmichael. The performance will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Performing with the Capitolaires chorus and quartets will be Whatever 4 (Sweet Adeline quartet), HICKS (Barbershop comedy quartet), and TNT Jazz Band (Youth Honor Band). The Sacramento Capitolaires is a non-profit organization and members of the Barbershop Harmony Society and Sacramento Metro Chamber.

Tickets are $15.00. They can be purchased at the door, online at www.capitolaires.org  or by calling (888) 877-9806.

Membership in the chapter offers men an opportunity to improve their singing ability, participate in competition with other chapters, present public shows and concerts in the Sacramento metropolitan area, and nurture valuable friendships. For information about membership, please call (888) 877-9806.

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Easter Egg Hunts Galore!

From Supervisor Susan Peters  |  2017-04-12

Several community Egg Hunts for children will be held this Saturday, April 15, and each is open to the public. Below is a list to choose from:

Arden Manor Egg Hunt at Deterding Park, 1415 Rushen Drive. Free Egg Hunt at 9:30 am rain or shine. For more information, visit the Arden Manor Recreation and Park District website.

Arden Park Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Arden Park, 1000 La Sierra Drive. Carnival games 8:30-10 am, Pancake Breakfast 8:30-10 am ($5.00 per person) and Egg Hunt at 10:15 am ($3.00 per child). For more information, visit the Arden Park Recreation and Park District website.

Carmichael Egg Hunt at Carmichael Park, 5750 Grant Avenue. Pancake Breakfast by Kiwanis Club 7 to 11 am ($5 per adult/$3 children 12 and under). Free Egg Hunt at 10 am sharp rain or shine. For more information, visit the Carmichael Recreation and Park District website.

Fair Oaks Easter Eggstravaganza at Fair Oaks Park, 1549 Fair Oaks Boulevard. Activities 9am-1pm include Free Egg Hunt for children Ages 0-13 plus fee charges for carnival games, inflatables, choo-choo ride, and breakfast by Lions Club ($5 for adults/$3 for children) Note adult egg hunt, too ($3 to participate)! For more information, visit the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District website.

Fulton-El Camino Egg-O-Rama & Pancake Breakfast at Howe Park, 2201 Cottage Way. Pancake Breakfast 8-11 am ($3 per person) Carnival and Egg Hunt ($5 participation) Carnival 9:30 am-12 pm, Egg Hunt Ages 0-2 & 3-4 at10:15 am and Ages 5-7 & 8-12 at 11:15 am. For more information, visit the Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District website.

Mission Oaks Easter Blast at Swanston Community Center, 2350 Northrop Avenue. Egg Hunt, Games and Crafts will be held12-2 pm. For more information, visit the Mission Oaks Recreation and Park District website.

North Highlands Spring Fling Eggstra! Eggstra! at Freedom Park, corner of Freedom Park and Dudley Boulevard. Free Community Egg Hunt Ages 1-4 at 10:15 am, Ages 5-8 at 11 am, and Ages 9-12 at 11:10 am. For more information, visit the North Highlands Recreation and Park District website.

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Sports Media Club’s Spellacy Admitted to Stanford Summer Program

Story and photo submitted by Steven Shaff, Assistant AD, St. Francis High School  |  2017-04-12

Peyton Spellacy (center), who is from Carmichael, played on the St. Francis varsity tennis team last fall before joining the Sports Media club.

Freshman Peyton Spellacy has been admitted to the NewsRoom By The Bay, a summer digital journalism program for high school students, held every summer at Stanford University. The program will be held July 2-9, 2017.

“It is really special because it is a select group,’ said Spellacy. “A lot of them are seniors and juniors. I am excited to learn about their experiences and really use it as an opportunity to grow in my own broadcasting.”

Spellacy, who is from Carmichael, played on the St. Francis varsity tennis team last fall before joining the Sports Media club. She participated on numerous broadcasts during the basketball season, calling all three levels. She was part of the team that streamed and broadcast the CIF NorCal varsity playoff game including the first live pregame show in TroubieTV history.

“TroubieTV has given me the outlet to my passion,” said Spellacy. “It has taught me so much about being on camera. I love it.”

St. Francis Catholic High School has earned recognition as one of 88 schools of distinction from the NFHS Network for the efforts of the Sports Media Club in producing TroubieTV.

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DMV Accepts U.S. Passport Card for New Driver License

Source: California Department of Motor Vehicles Media  |  2017-04-12

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announces the acceptance of a valid U.S. passport card when applying for a first-time driver license (DL) or identification card (ID). The DMV included the U.S. passport card in the list of approved legal presence documents starting on April 3, 2017.

“We added the U.S. passport card to offer more options for our customers,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “The passport card is secure, more convenient, and less expensive than a passport book and it will help new driver license and ID card applicants establish their legal presence.”

Millions of people have applied for and received a U.S. passport card from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs since they became available in 2008. The verification process and security features in the card are similar to a passport book, which the DMV currently accepts. The DMV determined that the passport card is a readily available and secure document that will help in establishing the applicant’s legal presence.

First-time driver license applicants must make an appointment before visiting a DMV field office. Walk-ins are only accepted at Driver License Processing Centers.

The DMV has a helpful webpage that features the requirements for driver license and ID card applicants. To apply for an original driver license or ID card, customers must complete a Driver License or Identification Card Application form (DL 44), give a thumb print, have their picture taken, provide their social security number, and verify their birth date, legal presence, and California residency.

The DMV reminds all new DL and ID card applicants that they must provide proof of California residency. The residency requirement law went into effect July 1, 2016. For more information about the residency requirement visit the DMV website.

For more information about the U.S. passport card and how to apply, visit the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

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Fake Tax Payment Checks Lead to Conviction of Bogus Home Loan Business Operator

Source: California Board of Equalization  |  2017-04-12

A Tax Recovery and Criminal Enforcement (TRaCE) Task Force investigation led to the prosecution and conviction of Carlo Hamrahi, 44, of Santa Clarita. His issuance of fake checks led to the discovery of his fraudulent home loan modification scheme for which he was convicted of two felony counts of grand theft and a white-collar crime enhancement resulting in losses exceeding $100,000 on April 6, 2017, in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Norwalk. He was sentenced to three years in state prison and ordered to pay $140,000 in restitution to his victims.

The TRaCE investigation began after the Board of Equalization (BOE) received fraudulent checks totaling nearly $900,000 issued by Hamrahi. After BOE discovered the checks were bogus, the TRaCE Task Force executed a search warrant at Hamrahi’s home in March 2015. This turned up evidence that Hamrahi, using the alias Roberto Colleoni, was operating Colleoni Enterprises, a company offering home loan modifications.

TRaCE task force agents found that Hamrahi induced numerous unsuspecting homeowners to enter into home loan modifications, baiting them with promises of reducing their mortgage balances by fifty percent, lowering their interest rate by two percent, and extending payment terms to forty years in duration all while providing a money back guarantee.

Hamrahi collected fees and upfront money from the trusting homeowners, giving the appearance that the loan modifications had been executed to the extent of forging deeds and opening escrow accounts. Hamrahi even sent them fraudulent “payoff” checks containing stolen identities, which were eventually returned by banks as fraudulent. No homeowners received legitimate home loan modifications under Hamrahi’s scheme.

The TRaCE Task Force is made up of investigators and special agents from the California Department of Justice, Board of Equalization, California Attorney General’s Office, Franchise Tax Board, Employment Development Department, Department of Motor Vehicles, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The partnership was formed in 2014 to investigate criminal elements of the underground economy engaged in manufacturing, importation, distribution, and the sale of pirated intellectual property, as well as other crimes resulting from the evasion of business and income taxes.

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Best of Carmichael

By MPG Staff  |  2017-04-07

Vote Now for Local Business Favorites

The Carmichael Chamber of Commerce and the Carmichael Times are pleased to announce that voting is now open for the 2017 Best of Carmichael Awards. “This is a great way to recognize local businesses for their great service, great food, great care and what they provide the community of Carmichael,” according to the sponsors. Categories include the following:

Restaurant; Fast Food; Pizza; Pub/Bar; Coffee Shop; Yogurt Shop; Grocery Store/Market; Civic/Community Center; Service Club/Community Club; Recreation/Entertainment;

Photographer; Event of the Year; Bank/Credit Union; Real Estate Office/Realtor; Health/Fitness Spot;

Automotive Services; Salon/Beauty; Veterinarian; Senior Living; Pet Services/Store; Medical Practitioner;

Dental Office; Recreation/Entertainment; Bank/Credit Union; Accounting & Tax Service; Insurance Service; Church; Resident/Commercial Contractor; Photographer; Service Club/Community Club.

Votes can only be made by completing the online form at www.BestofCarmichael.com. One vote per category, per person. Voters may return to the web site to vote for different categories at a later time, but may not vote more than once for any one category. It is not necessary to vote for all categories for votes to count. Businesses must be located in Carmichael, Arden-Arcade or Sacramento zip code 95841. All votes must be received no later than June 1st at 5:00 pm. All voting entries must have voter’s completed information or the votes will not be counted.

This year’s event will be held at the Milagro Center on Fair Oaks Blvd in Carmichael on Friday, June 9 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm and includes a dessert auction and raffle. Business or cocktail attire is requested. For tickets or more information call 916-481-1002 or go to www.CarmichaelChamber.com.

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Celebrate the 27th Annual Creek Week 2017

Source: Creek Week Media  |  2017-04-07

Be part of an area-wide volunteer effort to improve and enhance our urban waterways. 
--Photo courtesy Creekweek.net

The Sacramento Area Creeks Council invites you to participate in cleaning area creeks in conjunction with Creek Week 2017. The fun begins April 21st when Creek Week “splashes off” for a week of county-wide educational activities, creek tours, nature walks, and more!

The “Big Day” is on April 29th when volunteers remove tons of trash and invasive plants, as well as conduct water monitoring along area creeks. Then they celebrate their accomplishments later that day at Carmichael Park.

It may seem like a small act of community service, but these local activities have large-scale environmental impacts. Habitat restoration and litter removal improves wildlife habitat and helps filter pollutants before they reach the river.

Also important to note, keeping trash out of streets and waterways helps prevent flooding during rain storms by allowing storm water to flow through unobstructed storm drains and creeks.

Be part of an area-wide volunteer effort to improve and enhance our urban waterways. Trash and invasive plant removal and water quality testing all help support a healthy creek system.

The annual Creek Week event, now in its 27th year, raises awareness about sources of water pollution, and gives participants of all ages and abilities an opportunity to have a great time and feel great about protecting our environment.

Visit www.creekweek.net to learn more about how to volunteer and for activity locations and times.

Volunteers must register by Friday, April 28th at www.creekweek.net or call one of the numbers indicated on the web site. All volunteers must complete and sign a waiver form.

The Sacramento Area Creeks Council preserves, protects, restores and maintains the natural streams in our urban communities through education, advocacy, financial support and technical expertise. Our goal is to educate the general public on the aesthetic, recreational, educational, and ecological value of our urban creeks.

Connect on Facebook at #creekweek.sac

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