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White Silo Farm & Winery is hosting their 5th annual Ramp Festival April 20th.

<p><strong>The White Silo Farm &amp; Winery is hosting their 5</strong><sup><strong>th</strong></sup><strong>&nbsp;annual Ramp Festival April 20</strong><sup><strong>th</strong></sup><strong>.&nbsp;</strong><strong style="color: rgb(38, 44, 49);">The cost is $28 PP, 2 sessions (1:00-2:30 PM or 3:00-4:30 PM) and includes three items made with wild ramps and one dessert item.</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong style="color: rgb(38, 44, 49);">Menu - Spring micro salad with Sweet Ramp Dressing, Semolina Gnocchi with Ramp Butter and Fontina Cheese, Ramp and Roasted Cherry Tomato Focaccia and a Shortcake Biscuit with Strawberries and Whipped Cream</strong><strong style="color: rgb(64, 63, 66);">. Live music with Maximilian Patel from1 - 4:30 PM. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. This is a pet and child friendly event. Free tours of the winery and vineyard.</strong></p><p><strong>Reservations are limited and can be made on the&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://whitesilowinery.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>whitesilowinery.com</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;website.</strong></p><p class="ql-align-center"><em style="color: red;"><u>White Silo Farm &amp; Winery</u></em></p><p class="ql-align-center"><em>32 RT 37 East&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Sherman, CT 06784</em></p><p class="ql-align-center"><em>860 355 0271</em></p><p class="ql-align-center"><a href="http://www.whitesilowinery.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><em>www.whitesilowinery.com</em></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p>

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Matthew Viglucci Receives Susan Sutton Smith Award for Academic Excellence

<p><strong>Matthew Viglucci, New Fairfield, CT, </strong>was one of 206 SUNY Oneonta students recognized for academic excellence during the 2023-2024 Susan Sutton Smith event on Tuesday, April 9. The Susan Sutton Smith awards are given each spring to first-year students, sophomores and juniors who have earned a grade-point average of 3.9 or higher on a 4.0 scale.</p><p>Viglucci is majoring in Music Industry at SUNY Oneonta.</p><p>The on-campus event also featured the annual Susan Sutton Smith Lecture, delivered this year by Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Kiyoko Yokota. Dr. Yokota received the faculty Susan Sutton Smith Award, and her lecture was titled "Clean but Green - the Paradox of the Oligotrophic Cyanobacterial Blooms."</p><p>Two additional faculty members were recognized at the event. Adjunct Associate Professor of Theatre Carmela Marner received the university's annual Simphiwe Hilatshwayo Award for Outstanding Part-Time Instructor. Assistant Professor of Law Dr. Sean Shannon received the Innovative Pedagogy Award.</p><p>This lecture and the awards for academic excellence are made possible by the generous gifts of SUNY Oneonta alumni to the Fund for Oneonta. The Susan Sutton Smith Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is made possible by an endowment created through the generosity of Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Mary Smith in memory of their daughter, Susan, in honor of her commitment to academic excellence.</p><p>SUNY Oneonta is a public, four-year university in Central New York, enrolling about 5,500 students in a wide variety of bachelor's degree programs and more than a dozen graduate certificate and degree programs. The university is known as both an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, and a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully. Learn more at&nbsp;<a href="https://suny.oneonta.edu/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">https://suny.oneonta.edu/</a></p>

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Anne Koplik Designs Jewelry Showroom Sale

<p><strong>ANNE KOPLIK DESIGNS JEWELRY will be holding their Showroom Sale this weekend and next at their location in Brewster NY.</strong></p><p><strong>Many one of kind designs will be discounted and their will be showroom specials (in limited quantities&nbsp;along with a free raffle)&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Friday 4/12&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Saturday 4/13&nbsp;</strong></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Sunday 4/14Friday 5/3&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Saturday 5/4&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Sunday 5/5&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>10AM-4PM All Days</strong></p><p>Visit Anne Koplik Designs Jewelry on the web for more info @&nbsp;<a href="https://annekoplik.com/shop" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(2, 177, 151);">https://annekoplik.com/shop/</a></p>

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Fighting back against harmful voice cloning

<p>If a call sounds like your boss (asking for bank account numbers) or your family member (begging for help in an emergency), you’re more likely to act. That’s why scammers use voice cloning to make their requests for money or information more believable. And the FTC is fighting back.</p><p>When the FTC announced its Voice Cloning Challenge last year, the main goal was to encourage innovative ways to help protect people from AI-enabled voice cloning harms. Today, we’re pleased to announce that that the FTC awarded four top prizes to the winning submissions that take a wide range of approaches to doing just that:</p><ul><li>a solution that would use algorithms to detect whether voice patterns are human or synthetic</li><li>a technology that would detect in real time voice cloning and deep fakes in incoming phone calls or digital audio in two-second chunks, assigning a “liveness score”</li><li>a proposal that would watermark audio with distortions that people would not be able to hear, but that could throw off AI voice cloners so that the audio could not be accurately cloned</li><li>a technology that would authenticate that a voice is human and embed the authentication as a type of watermark</li></ul><p>Learn more about the winning proposals on the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/contests/ftc-voice-cloning-challenge" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 94, 162); background-color: transparent;">Voice Cloning Challenge page</a>.</p><p>The Voice Cloning Challenge is a part of the FTC’s ongoing work to ensure voice cloning technology isn’t used by scammers to cause harm. That work includes prevention of harms where possible, a proposed comprehensive ban on impersonation fraud, and applying the Telemarketing Sales Rule to AI-enabled scam calls. It also includes warning consumers about the use of AI in scams — like when a scammer&nbsp;<a href="https://consumer.ftc.gov/consumer-alerts/2023/03/scammers-use-ai-enhance-their-family-emergency-schemes" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 94, 162); background-color: transparent;">clones a family member’s voice</a>, calls pretending to be in trouble, and then asks you to send money right away.</p><p>If you get a call like this, call the person who supposedly contacted you using a phone number you know is theirs, and verify the story. If you can’t reach your loved one, try to get in touch with them through another family member or their friends.</p><p>If you spot a scam, report it to the FTC at&nbsp;<a href="https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 94, 162); background-color: transparent;">ReportFraud.ftc.gov</a>.</p><p><br></p>

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HAT TRICKS AND CLUB93 PARTNERING FOR THE PLAYOFFS

<p>Club93 is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with the Danbury Hat Tricks during the Hat Tricks’ 2024 playoff run by making a donation to Mary’s Place By The Sea (which is located in Avon, New Jersey) which will be based on the Hat Tricks’ playoff performance.&nbsp;</p><p>93 co-founder Jim Imbro explained that Club93 will be donating $1.00 for every save made by a Hat Tricks goalie, $10.00 for every goal scored by a Hat Tricks player, and $75.00 for every series won by the team. Said Imbro, “we sponsored the Moustache Classic last year and will do so again this year and that event supports men’s health, so we are pleased to do the same for women’s health too. We are certainly rooting for the Hat Tricks during their run, and we figured this would add a little bit of extra fun to the experience. So, let’s watch some great hockey and at the same time raise money for a good cause.”</p><p>Co-founder Will Bjornsund added, “Mary’s Place is a great facility, and they are completely supported by donations. They offer free services to women suffering from cancer and they take women from around the country. Their services complement the guest’s medical treatment and women staying at Mary’s Place receive oncology massage, nutritional education, counseling, and meditation services which are all designed to help them cope with the treatment process and their journey. They do a wonderful job, and we are pleased to jump in and help. And by the way……go Hat Tricks!”</p><p>For more information, please visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.club93hockey.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(252, 103, 26);"><strong>www.club93hockey.com</strong></a>.</p><p><br></p><p>The Hat Tricks are in the playoffs and fighting with Motor City for the two-seed in the standings and we want you to be a part of it! Playoff ticket packages are on sale now! Call Herm Sorcher at (973) 713-7547 to secure yours today or press&nbsp;<a href="https://www.danburyhattricks.com/news/2024-playoff-ticket-packages-available" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(252, 103, 26);"><strong>here</strong></a>&nbsp;to learn more. To buy single-game regular season tickets press&nbsp;<a href="https://www.tixr.com/groups/danburyarena/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(252, 103, 26);"><strong>here</strong></a>. Don't miss the excitement of the playoffs—secure your tickets today and join us in supporting the Danbury Hat Tricks!</p><p>To stay up to date on all things Danbury Hat Tricks hockey, go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.danburyhattricks.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(252, 103, 26);"><strong>www.danburyhattricks.com</strong></a>&nbsp;and follow the team on&nbsp;<a href="https://linktr.ee/danbury.hattricks" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(252, 103, 26);"><strong>social media</strong></a>.</p>

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IRS warns tax pros, businesses to be cautious of ongoing spearphishing attacks

<p>As part of the Dirty Dozen tax scams effort, the Internal Revenue Service today urged tax professionals and other businesses to remain vigilant and protect themselves against a continuing barrage of e-mail spearfishing attempts designed to steal valuable information.</p><p>Tax professionals and businesses present a tempting target for identity thieves given their extensive information, and scammers continue to look for creative ways to gain access into sensitive systems. In particular, the IRS and the&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMjYsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3Lmlycy5nb3YvbmV3c3Jvb20vc2VjdXJpdHktc3VtbWl0IiwiYnVsbGV0aW5faWQiOiIyMDI0MDQwOS45MzA5MDQxMSJ9.crG4o2l7ez1kGMdNNDu9wRuuhNASzXGRhe27FPLm-wo/s/997713443/br/240406656080-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Security Summit</a>&nbsp;partners urge tax pros and businesses to watch out for a surge in a particular type of spearfishing known as&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMjcsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3Lmlycy5nb3YvbmV3c3Jvb20vaXJzLXNlY3VyaXR5LXN1bW1pdC1wYXJ0bmVycy13YXJuLW9mLXN1cmdlLWluLW5ldy1jbGllbnQtc2NhbXMtYWltZWQtYXQtdGF4LXByb3MtYXMtMjAyNC1maWxpbmctc2Vhc29uLWFwcHJvYWNoZXMiLCJidWxsZXRpbl9pZCI6IjIwMjQwNDA5LjkzMDkwNDExIn0.n6s8IxOqbjvsRP7FISqpsmrnjAcEPtD8jX_5s-VTjW4/s/997713443/br/240406656080-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">“new client” scams</a><u>,</u>&nbsp;where identity thieves pose as potential clients using fake emails.</p><p>Through spearphishing emails, cybercriminals impersonate real taxpayers seeking help with their taxes, using fake emails to get sensitive data or gain access to a tax professional’s client information from their computer systems. While these can peak around tax season, they remain a year-round threat. Criminals accessing tax preparer credentials, or their client's tax-related information, can affect multiple victims.</p><p>“It’s crucial for tax professionals and businesses to be wary of creative and evolving cyberattacks designed to access sensitive systems,” said IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel. “Cyberattacks pose a threat to not just the livelihood of the businesses, but the sensitive tax and personnel information that identity thieves can use to try filing fake tax returns. The Security Summit partners continue to urge tax pros and businesses to be on guard and educate their employees. Taking simple steps by using extra caution when opening emails, clicking on links or sharing private client information can prevent tax professionals from being taken advantage of by cybercriminals.”</p><p>This marks the ninth day of special Dirty Dozen series. Started in 2002, the IRS' annual&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMjgsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3Lmlycy5nb3YvbmV3c3Jvb20vZGlydHktZG96ZW4iLCJidWxsZXRpbl9pZCI6IjIwMjQwNDA5LjkzMDkwNDExIn0.UpYO__33a-8X-zS7ZxUh9Q4NF3SHoJcoZTZaNN-wap4/s/997713443/br/240406656080-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Dirty Dozen campaign</a>&nbsp;lists 12 scams and schemes that put taxpayers and the tax professional community at risk of losing money, personal information, data and more. While the Dirty Dozen is not a legal document or a formal listing of agency enforcement priorities, the education effort is designed to raise awareness and protect taxpayers and tax pros from common tax scams and schemes, like spearphishing.</p><p>Raising awareness about common scams threatening taxpayers and tax pros has been an ongoing focus of the Security Summit, a coalition of the IRS, state tax agencies and the nation's tax industry. The groups have worked together since 2015 to strengthen internal systems and controls to protect against tax-related identity theft, and the Summit partners continue to warn people about common scams and schemes during tax season and beyond.</p><p>These scams can threaten a taxpayer's personal and financial information. The&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMjksInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3Lmlycy5nb3YvbmV3c3Jvb20vc2VjdXJpdHktc3VtbWl0IiwiYnVsbGV0aW5faWQiOiIyMDI0MDQwOS45MzA5MDQxMSJ9.Cu5iwWEMwpApmLfsypgXcVVLOAPeZQA0vobpjhoYiOQ/s/997713443/br/240406656080-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Security Summit initiative</a>&nbsp;is committed to protecting taxpayers, businesses and the tax system from scammers and identity thieves, and the annual IRS Dirty Dozen series is incorporated into this larger effort.</p><p><strong>What is spearphishing?</strong></p><p>While phishing refers to emails or text messages designed to steal personal information directly, or by clicking on an embedded link or attachment, spearfishing is more targeted. Spearphishing is a type of phishing that targets specific individuals, organizations or businesses, typically using malicious emails.</p><p>The IRS warns tax professionals about spearphishing because if a tax preparer falls victim to a data breach, the potential for harm is much greater. A successful spearphishing attack can lead to the theft of client data and the identity theft of the tax preparer. This could potentially enable the attacker to file fraudulent returns.</p><p>How to avoid being a victim of spearphishing:</p><ul><li>Never click suspicious links or download attachments from unknown senders, including potential clients.</li><li>Call the potential client to confirm the email is from them.</li><li>Send only password-protected and encrypted documents through email.</li><li>Protect email accounts with strong passwords and two-factor authentication.</li><li>Use security software products with anti-phishing tools.</li><li>Be vigilant year-round, not just during tax filing season.</li></ul><p><strong>New client scam</strong></p><p>The "new client" scam, which involves spearphishing attempts, continues to be a concern for the IRS and its Security Summit partners. Cybercriminals impersonate new, potential clients to trick tax preparers into responding to their emails. Once the preparer responds, the scammer sends a malicious attachment or URL that can compromise the preparer's computer systems and allow the attacker to access sensitive client information.</p><p>There are warning signs that should raise red flags and cause people to question an email's legitimacy. Individuals, including tax pros, should always be cautious and look out for any suspicious requests or unusual behavior before sharing any sensitive information or responding to an email. Warning signs include poorly constructed sentences and unusual word choices. Be aware that by gaining access to a hacked email account, scammers can locate a genuine email from a previous victim's email account sent to their tax professional. This email may contain no spelling or grammatical errors and may refer to genuine tax issues.</p><p><strong>Report spearphishing and other scams</strong></p><p>Individuals should report scams by sending the suspicious email or a copy of the text/SMS as an attachment to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:phishing@irs.gov" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">phishing@irs.gov</a>. The report should include the sender’s email address, caller’s phone number, date, time and the phone number or email address that received the message.</p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMzAsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3Lmlycy5nb3YvcHJpdmFjeS1kaXNjbG9zdXJlL3JlcG9ydC1waGlzaGluZyIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyNDA0MDkuOTMwOTA0MTEifQ.bqs7rOgab5T02lwEDke18n0XGSog57GO3JAexFnwvyc/s/997713443/br/240406656080-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Report Phishing and Online Scams&nbsp;page</a>&nbsp;at <a href="IRS.gov" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">IRS.gov</a> provides more information on what to look out for and how to report phishing and scams.</p><p>Taxpayers can also report scams to the&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMzEsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LnRpZ3RhLmdvdi9pcnMtc2NhbS1yZXNvdXJjZXMiLCJidWxsZXRpbl9pZCI6IjIwMjQwNDA5LjkzMDkwNDExIn0.uFeow8LWmSLIkdVVt_mufC9nBM5Cox3Cwv9QHXJlsak/s/997713443/br/240406656080-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration</a>&nbsp;or the&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMzIsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LmljMy5nb3YvIiwiYnVsbGV0aW5faWQiOiIyMDI0MDQwOS45MzA5MDQxMSJ9.GGL-vVPW4OlrOJ393i7YhccuFPbjkZxXzstttOlF968/s/997713443/br/240406656080-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Internet Crime Complaint Center</a>. Another useful tool is the Federal Communications Commission's&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMzMsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LmZjYy5nb3Yvc21hcnRwaG9uZS1zZWN1cml0eSIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyNDA0MDkuOTMwOTA0MTEifQ.7ha6INbOAJwrfQ-AsF7V2dL4HV4L-Ownox0IBbWN-sg/s/997713443/br/240406656080-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Smartphone Security Checker</a>.</p><p><strong>Report abusive tax schemes and tax return preparers</strong></p><p>In support of the Dirty Dozen awareness effort, the IRS encourages people also to report individuals who promote improper and&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMzQsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3Lmlycy5nb3YvYnVzaW5lc3Nlcy9zbWFsbC1idXNpbmVzc2VzLXNlbGYtZW1wbG95ZWQvYWJ1c2l2ZS10YXgtc2NoZW1lcy1hbmQtYWJ1c2l2ZS10YXgtcmV0dXJuLXByZXBhcmVycy1pcnMtbGVhZC1kZXZlbG9wbWVudC1jZW50ZXIiLCJidWxsZXRpbl9pZCI6IjIwMjQwNDA5LjkzMDkwNDExIn0.ulfPyQ9AxquFDGGo0mEtCdWJKGA3809olAa9b0JN7V4/s/997713443/br/240406656080-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">abusive tax schemes as well as tax return preparers</a>&nbsp;who deliberately prepare improper returns.</p><p>To report an abusive tax scheme or a tax return preparer, people should use the&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMzUsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXBwcy5pcnMuZ292L2FwcC9kaWdpdGFsLW1haWxyb29tL2RtYWYvZjE0MjQyLyIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyNDA0MDkuOTMwOTA0MTEifQ.wzSHS6Zrs1_1mKXI2M0czG3c5z5ha3UYrR9BcSxpyZk/s/997713443/br/240406656080-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">online Form 14242, Report Suspected Abusive Tax Promotions or Preparers</a>, or mail or fax a completed&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMzYsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vbG5rcy5nZC9sL2V5SmhiR2NpT2lKSVV6STFOaUo5LmV5SmlkV3hzWlhScGJsOXNhVzVyWDJsa0lqb3hNekVzSW5WeWFTSTZJbUp3TWpwamJHbGpheUlzSW5WeWJDSTZJbWgwZEhCek9pOHZkM2QzTG1seWN5NW5iM1l2Y0hWaUwybHljeTF3WkdZdlpqRTBNalF5TG5Ca1ppSXNJbUoxYkd4bGRHbHVYMmxrSWpvaU1qQXlOREEwTURFdU9USTJOemd3TURFaWZRLlBaWXJVVi0zM2pxTm04ZktZQ1pNSXJtS2dBSVN3YjVPdk9PYnVsTWJ1a00vcy83MDE0NDI0L2JyLzIzOTkxNTMyNTA1MC1sIiwiYnVsbGV0aW5faWQiOiIyMDI0MDQwOS45MzA5MDQxMSJ9.rw_MRfwVJA7R0HZvhwk4MfrJWuzCWYPbgVMVejUvi8c/s/997713443/br/240406656080-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">paper Form 14242, Report Suspected Abusive Tax Promotions or Preparers</a>,&nbsp;and any supporting material to the IRS Lead Development Center in the Office of Promoter Investigations.</p><p>Mail:&nbsp;&nbsp;Internal Revenue Service Lead Development Center</p><p>Stop MS5040</p><p>24000 Avila Road</p><p>Laguna Niguel, CA 92677-3405</p><p>Fax:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;877-477-9135</p><p>Taxpayers and tax practitioners may also send the information to the&nbsp;<a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMzcsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3Lmlycy5nb3YvY29tcGxpYW5jZS93aGlzdGxlYmxvd2VyLW9mZmljZSIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyNDA0MDkuOTMwOTA0MTEifQ.2tLHB4NhAbU_a1Sl0O890a0Lx8GEwkPKwT1o2tr6vxY/s/997713443/br/240406656080-l" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">IRS Whistleblower Office</a>&nbsp;for a possible monetary award.</p>

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UCONN Men's Basketball Championship Parade This Saturday

<p class="ql-align-justify">Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut, the City of Hartford, and the Hartford Business Improvement District will host a victory parade and rally in downtown Hartford on Saturday, April 13, 2024, to congratulate the UConn men’s basketball team for winning the 2024 NCAA National Championship.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">UConn won its sixth men’s basketball national title last night after a 75-60 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will step off at the State Capitol building at the intersection of Trinity Street and Elm Street. From there, it will proceed north on Trinity Street, go through the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, turn right (east) onto Jewell Street, turn left (north) onto Trumbull Street, and end at the intersection of Asylum Street and Trumbull Street.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">The rally will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m. and will be held outside of the main entrance of the XL Center on Trumbull Street, where the players, coaches, and other guests will be invited to give speeches.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">“For the second year in a row, the UConn men’s basketball team wowed the nation by dominating the NCAA tournament, and now it’s time for Connecticut to give them the victory celebration they deserve,”&nbsp;<strong>Governor Lamont said</strong>. “I urge basketball fans from all over Connecticut to come to Hartford on Saturday morning and show the Huskies how much this team means to our state and how proud we are of their accomplishments.”</p><p class="ql-align-justify"><strong>Sponsorship opportunities</strong></p><p class="ql-align-justify">Parade and rally organizers are relying on private donations and business sponsorships to finance the event. No state or city funding is used.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">As in previous years, this 2024 event is produced by the Hartford Business Improvement District in collaboration with the State of Connecticut and City of Hartford, as well as a number of civic and business organizations.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">To sponsor the event, businesses may choose from several sponsorship levels ranging from $10,000 to $2,500 or less. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Chip McCabe at the Hartford Business Improvement District as soon as possible at 860-770-0788 or&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmccabe@hartfordbid.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 113, 187);"><strong>cmccabe@hartfordbid.com</strong></a>.</p><p><br></p>

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