DCF Calls Out Fake Food Stamp Website

DCF Calls Out Fake Food Stamp Website

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Division of Children and Families is calling a website that purports to help people apply for food stamps online a scam.

According to spokesperson John Harrell, getfoodstampsnow.org is not a place for people to turn to online as a means to get food stamps.

In fact, Harrell said the DCF website, http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/, is the only legitimate way for those who need assistance to get it.

"The problem and the danger is that they could be giving their personal information to people who could be scamming them out of money. This is of great concern to us at DCF because there's a lot of people who are suffering at this time economically. And there are websites that are taking money from people who don't have much to begin with," Harrell said.

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What's Going on this Weekend?

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Yea! The weekend is here, let's give you a look at some of the events happening on the First Coast.

Tonight, there is another free movie at the the Treaty Oak in downtown Jacksonville. It's Neverending Story. The movie starts at 8 p.m. 

Tomorrow, the Bell River Community on the southside is hosting a garage sale from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Twenty families in the neighborhood are selling their things.

At the World Golf Hall of Fame there is an Easter Festival. It starts at 9 a.m.

Or how about some roller derby? The Jacksonville Rollergirls are taking on the Knoxville Hard Knox at 5:30 p.m. at the UNF Arena.

Are you Ready for Record Store Day?

Check out Lewis Turner's blog entry on Turner Loose: "Hey! What About Vinyl? Pants? Music?"

Tomorrow is Record Store Day, the annual celebration of the country's great record shops.

Head to one of them, and you'll likely find several exclusive releases, mainly 7-inches and special-edition vinyl albums. For a complete list of participating stores, head to the official site.

Jerry West runs DJ's Record Store on the Westside, at the corner of McDuff and Edison.

He's been open since 1968, and if you're looking for a nostalgic visit during you Record Store Day celebration, West's store is probably the place to be.

"There's not many more stores like this, not like it used to be," he said.

He's got a collection of nearly 9,000 vinyl records, he even sells 8-track tapes and old turntables.

13th Annual Guns N’ Hoses Set to Raise Money for Local Charities Tomorrow

The Fraternal Order of Police Foundation is pleased to announce the 13th Annual Guns N’ Hoses Fight Night event to raise funds for local charities.

The event will be held tomorrow, April 16, 2011, at The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.  Bell time is 6:30PM.

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WorkSource Offers Free Tax Prep Help

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The WorkSource Gateway office is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today with free tax help.

It's called Tax Blitz Day at the office at 5000-2 Norwood Avenue in Jacksonville. Dozens of volunteers will help prepare taxes for free.

Organizers ask that you bring Social Security Cards and tax documents for everyone on your return.   

Most everyone qualifies for this free service provided by IRS-trained volunteers. Gateway is hosting the last few days of tax preparation serving low- to moderate-income families (with total household of $49,000 or less).

How First Coast Lawmakers Voted on Budget

How First Coast Lawmakers Voted on Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It was a bipartisan vote, with dissent and support from both sides of the aisle, and First Coast lawmakers were also split on passage of the nation's budget.

The House of Representatives today voted 260-167, with six not voting, to pass the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, the same bill that was agreed upon only an hour before the government was set to partially shut down for lack of funding.

Republicans, who control the House, supported the bill 179-81, and Democrats opposed it 108-59.


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Mailing your taxes? Observe Posted Retail Service Hours and Collection Times

Mailing your taxes? Observe Posted Retail Service Hours and Collection Times

This year most taxpayers will file electronically. In years past the taxday crowds and traffic jams that formed around many Post Offices prompted the Postal Service to extend collection times to ensure all taxpayers could get the postmark needed to prove the returns were mailed before the deadline. However, the increasing popularity of the internet has largely replaced hardcopy returns with electronic alternatives, making these additional (and costly) extra services unnecessary.