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Third annual Foodstock invades Peoria Sports Complex on Saturday !

(Foodstock 2019 Facebook Photo)

PHOENIX, AZ  —Calling all food truck connoisseurs.

The third annual Foodstock is back at the Peoria Sports Complex on Saturday with more than 50 food truck vendors expected to attend.

From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., event-goers can try the wide range of food offered inside the ballpark’s walls.

Some of the food trucks expected to be at the event include The Maine Lobster Lady, Arizona Wings N’ More, Curbside Crepes, SodaRush and Dough Licious Desserts. The vendors will be selling $3 samples.

Those in attendance can also vote on their favorite food trucks.

Children 12 and under get in free, while adults can purchase tickets at the gate for $5. Parking for the event is free.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Peoria Diamond Club, which gives funds to local youth charities dedicated to educating and enriching lives, and local nonprofits working on feeding the hungry in the West Valley.

In addition to the food trucks, there will also be free activities such as bounce houses, a barrel train, face painting and a splash pad for the kids.

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The Case Against Cat Litter !

Field Maintenance Game & Practice Facilities

Sure it’s meant to soak up moisture, but here’s

The Case Against Cat Litter.

We’ve heard many stories over the years about people using cat litter on a wet field when they run out of calcined clay products like ProDry Calcined Clay Conditioner. Just because it looks like calcined clay and absorbs water, doesn’t mean that cat litter is also a calcined clay. The difference is in the heating of the clay Continue reading Paul Zwaska’s article to learn “Why Using Cat Litter as a Drying Agent is a Bad Idea”.
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Sports complex developer criticized over NY ballfields !

WINDSOR LOCKS — Andrew Borgia, the developer of the proposed All Sports Village complex at Route 20 and Interstate 91, built Little League fields in New York that have been unusable because of flooding, according to a local Little League president and local news reports.

Borgia, the principal of JABS Sports Management, constructed the ballfields in Islip, New York, in 2013 as part of an agreement to develop a sports complex in that town.

But according to a report from CBS New York, local Little League President Joseph Hennie estimated that the fields have been unusable since 2014 due to flooding.

Little League officials and parents have been urging local officials to fix the fields, according to several local reports.

Although the Islip town supervisor — a position similar to a first selectman in Connecticut — has blamed the issues on Borgia’s work, Borgia said the fields, like others he has developed over the past decade, were developed “with strict adherence to local permitting and with the highest of engineering standards.”

CBS New York reported in recent weeks that Little League officials “fear it’s too dangerous to play” on the fields because of their condition. The league vice president expressed concern over how much longer the fields would last, according to the report.

In a statement to New York media, Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter said her administration, which took over after the fields were constructed, inherited the problem from the developer.

In an interview with the Journal Inquirer, Hennie said some fields need to be dug up and redone because they lack proper drainage.

Hennie said the previous town administration “should’ve done better, basically, at watching (the developer) engineer the field.”

Unlike the town supervisor, he said he was unsure whether the blame lies with Borgia.

“It’s a horrible job,” he said of the fields’ engineering. But he added that, because of the lack of adequate supervision by the town, “I don’t know if that’s Andy Borgia’s fault.”

In a statement to the Journal Inquirer, Borgia said the fault lies entirely with the town.

“The Islip softball fields were properly constructed, received full town approval, and received a certificate of occupancy for use in 2013 — the fields functioned well for several years before flooding issues ensued due to lack of maintenance,” he said.

First announced in July, the All Sports Village complex still needs various town approvals before it can move ahead. According to development plans, the complex, which would primarily be used by traveling sports teams to play tournaments, is to include several indoor and outdoor sports fields and amenities such as dormitories for visiting teams, an entertainment center, dining areas, and shops.

An economic impact study commissioned by JABS Sports Management found that the sports complex would bring $15 million in local spending in its first year of operation, a number that the study projected would grow to $27 million in five years.

About a week after the development was announced, First Selectman Christopher Kervick said negotiations were suspended after he became aware of a lawsuit against Borgia by former investors accusing Borgia of defrauding them in a separate project.

The suspension was brief; two days later, Kervick announced that Borgia would have an opportunity to explain the circumstances of the lawsuit. From there, approvals regarding the development continued to move forward.

Borgia has made several guarantees to the town in the event that All Sports Village receives complete approval, including replacing the existing Windsor Locks High School track with one that is “state-of-the-art” and installing six LED-lit tennis courts to replace the school’s existing five courts.

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City of Sierra Vista Sports Complex grand opening !

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz — When the old Apache Middle School in Sierra Vista closed down in 2012, it was also the final out for the adjacent sports fields, which no longer received proper upkeep.

“Our teams traveled to other state tournaments across the state, saw the facilities that were out there, and when we came back to Sierra Vista, thought we could do a lot better,” said Ponytail Softball Director Charles Galarneau.

First came an intergovernmental agreement between the city of Sierra Vista and its school district. This past January, the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona awarded the city a $49,000 grant to improve the facilities.

“I was thrilled,” said Laura Wilson, the Leisure and Library Services Director. “Funding the resources in order to make improvements like this to sports and recreational facilities is very hard to come by.”

Thursday, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the CIty of Sierra Vista Sports Complex.

“Now, we’re going to have better facilities,” said Michael Russell, with the Sierra Vista Youth Football Association. “That will bring more people here which helps our growth, which helps our economy and the town for our kids to grow up in.”

“It’s going to be amazing,” added Galarneau. “A complete 180 degree turnaournd from what we have here.”

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Hidden Treasure: Sports Park to host city’s annual Easter egg hunt !

April 17, 2019 9:15 pm

Hidden Treasure: Sports Park to host city’s annual Easter egg hunt !

Brownsville, TX – Volunteers were busy as the Easter bunny on Wednesday, filling thousands of plastic eggs with Easter treats to be deployed at the Brownsville Sports Park for the city’s annual Easter egg hunt from 6-8 p.m. today.

In all, 33,000 eggs were being filled with candy, toys and tickets for a free child’s buffet at the Golden Corral. They are to be disbursed in and around five separate fields at the sports park, said Michelle Otero, special events coordinator for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

“ The goal is to get the public to come out and have a great time,” Otero said, correcting herself to say “egg-celent time.”

At Parks and Recreation headquarters, 1338 E. Eighth St., box after box of plastic eggs waited to be filled, and big recycling containers to hold them surrounded Otero. She said the task of filling all the eggs couldn’t be completed without the help of the many volunteers who help out at the former Boys & Girls Club.

The volunteers are mostly high school age students and come from the Brownsville Independent School District, IDEA Public Schools and the Keep Brownsville Beautiful organization, she said.

The eggs are being filled and sorted into 10 large recycling receptacles, two for each of five divisions: special needs, 1-3 years old, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. It calculates to 1,650 eggs per bin and two bins or 3,300 eggs per age group.

After the hunt, people will be encouraged to return the empty eggs to the recycling bins, which will be strategically situated around the park, Otero said.

“Our target is everybody,” she said of the hunt, as well as other upcoming Parks and Recreation Department events. These include Earth Fest on April 27 and the Star Wars-themed Rebel Fest on May 4.

Summer Parks and Recreation programs begin June 3 and continue through Aug. 9.

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The Groundskeeper’s Secret Weapon: Hitting Mats !

The Groundskeeper’s Secret Weapon:

Hitting Mats !

Beacon AthleticsHitting and pitching mats are another great tool in the groundskeeper’s tool box. You may not think of them as a “tool” but they are absolutely effective at helping you maintain the mound and home plate wear areas. They provide two major benefits to the playing surface. First, they eliminate the wear that would normally occur in the batters’ boxes or the front of the mound when any kind of practice is occurring. And secondly, the mat helps to manage moisture in the clay areas beneath the mat during practice since those two clay areas would normally have been exposed and susceptible to the evaporative forces of sun, wind and low humidities. These are the culprits that can rapidly steal valuable moisture from these high-wear areas.But wait!!! That’s not all, as they say… These mats are not only beneficial outdoors or on natural fields. Hitting mats also work great for protecting permanent artificial turf installations on fields, in batting cages, around soft-toss areas (hitting stations) or the floor of your indoor facility. When permanent artificial turf is installed, it is best to use a hitting mat to hit off whenever possible so that that routine concentrated foot traffic does not inflict excessive wear and damage on the permanent turf, which can result in costly repairs of your turf.

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Paul Zwaska

A former head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles, Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 with a Bachelor’s in Soil Science with a specialty in Turf & Grounds Management. Paul took over as head groundskeeper for the Orioles’ final season at old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and then was heavily involved throughout the design and construction phases of Oriole Park at Camden Yards which debuted on April 4, 1992. Paul has led Technical Sales Support at Beacon Athletics since the summer of 2000. In 2012, Paul authored and oversaw the launch of “Groundskeeper University”, the first online ballfield maintenance training venue. Over the years, Paul has donated thousands of hours working with West Madison Little League, which also plays a critical role in the research and development for many of Beacon’s innovative field maintenance tools.

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USA Softball launches new Amateur Resource Center in partnership with Major League Baseball !

USA Softball launches new Amateur Resource Center in

partnership with Major League Baseball !

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, in partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced the launch of its new Amateur Resource Center (ARC), a website designed to promote grassroots education for coaches, parents, umpires and youth athletes. Covering important topics that relate to youth softball, the website also features original content from members of the USA Softball National Team programs and instructional videos covering the basic fundamentals of softball.
 
“The Amateur Resource Center is another step in USA Softball’s commitment to the growth of grassroots softball,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Craig Cress. “As the National Governing Body, our commitment to providing the softball community with developmental tools and educational content is extremely important to our entire organization.”
 
Designed with the template followed by fellow National Governing Body (NGB) member USA Baseball, the ARC website is completely free of charge. Featuring resources that cover topics like health and safety and age-specific fundamental focuses, visitors can also access instructional videos featuring members of Team USA for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
 
“We are very excited to see USA Softball launch the new Amateur Resource Center,” said MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball and Softball Development, Tony Reagins. “We know this platform will serve as a valuable resource for young women seeking to improve their skills on the field and learn about additional opportunities off of it. We look forward to continuing our shared efforts with USA Softball to not only grow softball across the nation, but to also provide meaningful support for those looking to play and advance within the game.”
 
The ARC website is one of the many resources USA Softball provides to members across the United States. In addition to the ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Educate) Coach Education Program, USA Softball has strategically aligned with education partners like the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and TrueSport, a movement powered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), to aid in the development of the sport of softball at the grassroots level.
 
“We are grateful for the support of MLB who shares the same mission in growing the game at the grassroots level,” Cress continued. “We look forward to developing additional content for USA Softball members on the ARC platform and continuing our educational initiatives.”
 
For more information on the USA Softball Amateur Resource Center, please visit USASoftballEducation.com.
 
About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game. 
 
As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

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Don’t Forget These Small Business Tax Deductions !

Don’t Forget These Small Business Tax Deductions

If you haven’t filed your small business’s taxes, Eric Tyson, MBA, author of

the new book Small Business Taxes for Dummies®, Second Edition, shares

some great deductions to help you save more.

Hoboken, NJ (April 2019)—April 15th is just around the corner. If you haven’t already filed your taxes for 2018 (or will take an extension), it’s still not too late to get the maximum deduction amount for your business. 

“Small business owners sometimes overlook great tax reduction opportunities,” says Eric Tyson, author of Small Business Taxes For Dummies®, Second Edition (Wiley, March 2019, ISBN: 978-1-119-51784-9, $26.99). “Expenses are one area where you can find a surprising amount of tax write-offs for your small business. Don’t miss out on these important deductions when you’re tallying up your final numbers.”

Keep reading for the dos (and a couple of don’ts) of deducting your small business expenses.

Do deduct your advertising. Under this category, include the cost of any advertising that your business does to promote itself. This includes radio, newspaper, Internet, and print ads and promotional brochures and mailers.

Do deduct car and truck expenses. When you use your car for business, the expenses of operating your car are deductible. Compute this deduction by using a flat rate per business mile or by keeping track of actual expenses. Keep a log of the mileage and business purpose of your trips or keep track with one of the popular apps.

Don’t deduct commuting costs (except under certain circumstances). Commuting expenses between your home and office aren’t deductible. These expenses are considered personal commuting expenses, no matter how far your home is from your office or place of work. The cost of parking at your place of business isn’t deductible either.

·         If you don’t have a regular office to go to, and you use your car to call on clients, the mileage between your home and the first customer you call on, and the mileage between the location of the last customer you call on and your home, is considered commuting. If your office is in your home, you can deduct all your auto expenses for calling on customers.

·         You can deduct the cost of getting from one job to the other if you hold more than one job. But transportation expenses going from your home to a part-time job on a day off from your main job aren’t deductible.

·         If you have a regular place of business and commute to a temporary work location, you can deduct the cost of the daily round trip between your home and the temporary job site.

Do deduct commissions and fees. The fees that you paid to sell your merchandise or bring in new clients (as in referral fees) can be deducted. However, if you pay someone who isn’t your employee $600 or more in a year, you have to file Form 1099-MISC with the IRS and send the person you paid a copy of the form.

Do deduct contract labor—but make sure they really are contractors and not employees in disguise. The IRS zeroes in on businesses that pay workers as independent contractors instead of as employees. If someone works on your premises and under your control, she’s probably your employee, and the rules about withholding taxes and Social Security apply. If treating these types of workers as independent contractors is standard in your industry (that is, at least 25 percent of your industry treats them this way) and you issue these workers a Form 1099 at the end of the year, you may have an escape hatch. IRS Publication 1779 (“Independent Contractor or Employee Brochure”) and IRS Publication 15-A (“Employer’s Supplemental Tax Guide”) address the independent contractor issue in greater detail.

Do deduct depreciation. Depreciation is the annual deduction that enables you to recover the cost of an investment (that has a useful life of more than one year) in business equipment or in income-producing real estate. Unless you elect the special provision that allows you to deduct up to $1,000,000 of equipment or furniture used in your business, you have to write off your purchase of these assets over their respective useful lives as established by the IRS. You can’t depreciate land or works of art.

Do deduct employee benefit programs. You can deduct the premiums you paid for your employees’ accident, health, and group term life insurance coverage, but not those you paid for your own health insurance.

Do deduct insurance (other than health). Deduct premiums that you paid for business insurance, such as fire, theft, robbery, and general liability coverage on your business property.

Do deduct mortgage interest. If you own a building in which you operate your company, deduct any mortgage interest you paid (on line 16a). If you’re claiming a deduction for the portion of your home that’s for business, deduct the mortgage interest you paid on line 10 of Form 8829 (“Expenses for Business Use of Your Home”). The amount of the deduction is stated on Form 1098 (“Mortgage Interest Statement”), which you should receive in January from your bank.

Do deduct other interest as well. You can deduct interest on business loans on line 16b. If you took out a mortgage on your house and used the proceeds of the loan to finance your business, deduct the interest here (and not on Schedule A). If you borrowed money for your company from other sources, such as a bank or even your credit card, deduct the interest on those loans as well.

Don’t deduct the interest you paid on the taxes you owed on your personal tax returns. However, you can deduct late interest paid on employment taxes that you paid as an employer (Social Security, Medicare, and withholding taxes).

Do deduct legal and professional services fees. These include fees you paid for tax advice, for preparing tax forms related to your business, and for legal fees regarding business matters.

Do write off office expenses. Enter your costs for stationery, paper supplies, postage, printer toner, and other consumable items that you use in the operation of your office or business.

Do deduct pension and profit-sharing plans. Employers with fewer than 100 employees may establish what’s known as SIMPLE retirement plans. Deduct your contribution to your employees’ SIMPLE or SEP account(s).

Do deduct your rent or lease payments. If you rented or leased an automobile, machinery, or equipment, enter the business portion of the rental payments on line 20a. But if you leased a car for more than 30 days, you may have to reduce your deduction by an amount called the inclusion amount if your leased car’s value exceeded particular amounts when you started leasing it. You can find charts with the lease inclusion amounts for cars, SUVs, vans, light trucks, and electric cars in IRS Publication 463 (“Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses”). Enter rent or lease payments for other business property—your office rent, for example, on line 20b.

Do write off repairs and maintenance costs. A repair (as opposed to an improvement) keeps your equipment or property in good operating condition. Deduct repairs—such as fixing your computer—on line 21. You must depreciate a repair that also prolongs the life of your equipment, so make the most of the $1,000,000 deduction instead of depreciating the cost over its useful life. If you’re confused about what qualifies as a repair and what qualifies as an improvement, contact a tax advisor to evaluate your specific situation.

Do deduct supplies. If your company manufactures a product, you can deduct the cost of supplies that contribute to the operation of the equipment that you use in your office or business. For example, if you operate a retail store, you can write off the cost of mannequins, trim, packaging, and other items.

Do write off travel and meals. You can deduct 100 percent of the money you spent on airfare and hotels for business trips on line 24a. But money spent on room service is limited to 50 percent, unless you work in the transportation industry. Because you can deduct only 50 percent of your meal expense, enter only the 50 percent you’re allowed to deduct on line 24b.

Do write off utilities like electric and telephone bills. However, if you claim a home office deduction, your utility costs belong on Form 8829 (“Expenses for Business Use of Your Home”) instead of on line 25.

Do deduct wages. Wages you paid to your employees are a tax write-off. However, make sure you deduct payments to independent contractors on line 11.

Do deduct “other expenses.” Some expenses don’t fit into the neat categories of lines 8-26 on your tax return. Yet, you can still deduct things like dues, subscriptions to related business periodicals, messenger services, overnight express fees, and so on.

“The time and effort it takes to carefully compile all your deductions is well worth it in the end,” concludes Tyson. “Every tax write-off, no matter how small, will add up to greater savings for you and your business.”  

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About the Author:

Eric Tyson, MBA, is the author of Small Business Taxes For Dummies®, Second Edition(Wiley, March 2019, ISBN: 978-1-119-51784-9, $26.99). Eric is an internationally acclaimed and best-selling personal finance author, counselor, and writer. He is the author of five national best-selling financial books including Investing For Dummies, Personal Finance For Dummies, and Home Buying Kit For Dummies. He has appeared on NBC’s Today show, ABC, CNBC, FOX News, PBS, and CNN, and has been interviewed on hundreds of radio shows and print publications.

About the Book:

Small Business Taxes For Dummies®, Second Edition (Wiley, March 2019, ISBN: 978-1-119-51784-9, $26.99) is available at bookstores nationwide, from major online booksellers, and direct from the publisher by calling 800-225-5945. In Canada, call 800-567-4797. For more information, please visit the book’s page on www.wiley.com.

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