Lucky Dog Launches a Food Drive for People and Pets

Lucky Dog Launches a Food Drive for People and Pets

Lucky Dog Luxury Daycare & Boarding is starting an annual holiday food drive for people and pets. It will run today through December 20th. People food will be donated to our local food banks at Garden City Maplewood Community Center & First United Methodist Church. Dog and cat food will be donated to Safari Rescue, Last Day Dog Rescue and Cats Cradle Rescue.

To donate, bring any non-perishable food items to Lucky Dog, 5921 Middlebelt Road in Garden City. People items best for donating are canned meals, meats, fruits and veggies, peanut butter & jelly, noodles & sauce, beans, baby food, snacks, crackers, cereal, tea, coffee, ketchup, mustard, mayo, soap and toothpaste & tooth brushes. Any pet food, dry or canned, plus treats are always acceptable.

Let’s all help stamp out hunger!

There’s Still Time to Act to Avoid Surprises at Tax-Time

There’s Still Time to Act to Avoid Surprises at Tax-Time

By Joe Bartley,
J&J Taxes and More

Even though only a few months remain in 2014, you still have time to act so you aren’t surprised at tax-time next year. You should take steps now to avoid owing more taxes or getting a larger refund than you expect. Here are some actions you can take to bring the taxes you pay in advance closer to what you’ll owe when you file your tax return:

Adjust your withholding
If you’re an employee and you think that your tax withholding will fall short of your total 2014 tax liability, you may be able to avoid an unexpected tax bill by increasing your withholding. If you are having too much tax withheld, you may get a larger refund than you expect.
In either case, you can complete a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate and give it to your employer. Enter the added amount you want withheld from each paycheck until the end of the year on Line 6 of the W-4 form. You usually can have less tax withheld by increasing your withholding allowances on line 5. Use the IRS Withholding Calculator tool on IRS.gov to help you fill out the form.

Report changes in circumstances
If you purchase health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you may receive advance payments of the premium tax credit in 2014. It is important that you report changes in circumstances to your Marketplace so you get the proper type and amount of premium assistance. Some of the changes that you should report include changes in your income, employment, or family size. Advance credit payments help you pay for the insurance you buy through the Marketplace. Reporting changes will help you avoid getting too much or too little premium assistance in advance.

Change taxes with life events
You may need to change the taxes you pay when certain life events take place. A change in your marital status or the birth of a child can change the amount of taxes you owe. When they happen you can submit a new Form W–4 at work or change your estimated tax payment.

Be accurate on your W-4
When you start a new job you fill out a Form W-4. It’s important for you to accurately complete the form. For example, special rules apply if you work two jobs or you claim tax credits on your tax return. Your employer will use the form to figure the amount of federal income tax to withhold from your pay.

Pay estimated tax if required
If you get income that’s not subject to withholding you may need to pay estimated tax. This may include income such as self-employment, interest, or rent. If you expect to owe a thousand dollars or more in tax, and meet other conditions, you may need to pay this tax. You normally pay the tax four times a year. Use Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals, to figure and pay the tax

Community Chat to Podcast From GC Fire Department Open House

Community Chat to Podcast From GC Fire Department Open House

Mark your calendars! Garden City Community Chat will be doing its next podcast #218 from the Garden City Fire Department’s Open House, Saturday Oct 11th, starting at 1:00 pm. Stop by and join Kerry, Richard, Tom & Derek for some Community Chat. We’d love to have you. The Open House runs from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm and our show once again starts at 1:00 pm. Bring your cameras and the kids. There’s a lot going on. This will be our third year at the Open House and we are looking forward to seeing you there!!

Support the Garden City Historical Museum With a Memorial Brick Paver

Support the Garden City Historical Museum With a Memorial Brick Paver

The Garden City Historical Museum is offering a unique opportunity to make your mark in your City’s history by purchasing a memorial brick paver in the just completed extensionn of the Memorial Walkway on the grounds of the Straight Farmhouse.  Your contribution of $50.00 for each 4” x 8” paver brick and/or $75.00 for each 8” x 8” paver brick will be used to fund the operation and maintenance of the Straight Farmhouse, and is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  

Your contribution will help the Friends of the Garden City Historical Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provide a public museum dedicated to preserving the history of Garden City and serve as an educational center for generations to come.

The GCBA Formally Endorses Their Mission Statement

The GCBA Formally Endorses Their Mission Statement

The GCBA unanimously endorsed their mission statement at the October 3, 2014 meeting of the group. The statement reads:

The Garden City Business Alliance is a resource for the citizens, business owners, and community of Garden City, Michigan.

Our objective is to create an extended support network for fellow business owners, offer an improved shopping experience for our customers, and work with the city to make our community a better place to live.

We will do this by employing the energy, expertise, and talent of the Garden City business community.

Villa Bakery Celebrates 50 Years on Saturday, October 4, 2014

Villa Bakery Celebrates 50 Years on Saturday, October 4, 2014

On Saturday, October 4th, Villa Bakery will be celebrating 50 years in business and they’re planning a big celebration for that day.

A huge turnout is expected, so they’re making 2,000 pizza breads and will have live music, prizes, free food and drinks for customers. The bakery will be decorated to celebrate. This is a chance for Villa Bakery to let customers know that it appreciates their business.

The bakery will be double-staffed and both registers will be open to avoid long lines. Every detail is being planned to make this a very special day at Villa.

People will be coming from all over, and it will be great fun to see old and new friends run into each other, share stories and memories of Garden City High School from the past five decades!

Add Your Business to the GCBA Website. It’s Quick & Easy

Add Your Business to the GCBA Website. It’s Quick & Easy

There’s nothing like bringing positive attention to your business. It’s even better yet when it’s free of charge. And to top it off, it’s easy to do. Just click here and fill out a brief form.

You’ll be asked for your company name, address, phone number, email address, and web address (or Facebook page), as well as a company contact and a list of services and/or products your company provides.

You’ll be given the opportunity to upload your logo or business card graphic. We’ll be glad to take a photo of your storefront once we have your permission.

Take a look at the early stages of the GCBA Member Directory to get an idea of how your listing might look like.

Check Out the New GCBA Website to Keep Up on Events

Check Out the New GCBA Website to Keep Up on Events

As Garden City business community members Kelly Perkins and Kerry Partin know, there are lots of items to check off when starting a new organization. Kelly and Kerry were instrumental in forming the new Garden City Business Alliance, and the GCBA is getting off to a fine start.

Step one was having the initial “business card swap” where Garden City business met and decided on a name for the group. Next, Kerry created a Facebook page where new members can share their business cards and get the buzz going about the GCBA using social media.

Step three – the new Garden City Business Alliance website, a place where members can keep up to date with GCBA progress and upcoming meetings. It’s also a great place for sharing upcoming events with members of the community, and keeping them involved.

Potential GCBA members can request a membership online. GCBA members can advertise their services and contact information in the online member directory – and, at some point, they’ll be able to offer discounts as well.

Kelly and Kerry met with Katherine and Rick of Palmerworks Design in Garden City who donated their services to the GCBA. The foursome worked out the details for the site, and decided on two perfect domain names: www.gardencitybusinessalliance.org and www.gcbiz48135.org – for a short and snappy name that’s easy to remember.

The site is mobile-friendly, so you can keep up on happenings using your smart phone or tablet.

Be sure to bookmark the site so you can keep up on local events and info about your community’s businesses.