The Disco Biscuits have announced their plans for the approaching New Year. On December 28th through 31st, the jamtronica pioneers will return “home” for a four-night run at the Fillmore Philadelphia.Last year, The Disco Biscuits celebrated New Year’s Eve at New York City’s PlayStation Theater following the previous year’s move to The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia. Having only opened in October of 2015, The Fillmore Philadelphia is quickly becoming a favorite of the 23-year-old band and is the home to some of their greatest jams. In April, the venue even honored the band with a banner at the end of a three-night 4/20 run, celebrating the fact that they’ve played the venue the most out of any other act, with nine plays under their belt.Four-day passes are available via the run’s pre-sale, which starts today, and will also be available during the general on sale, which starts this Friday. Single day tickets will also be available starting Friday. For more information, head to the band’s website.To celebrate their return, The Disco Biscuits put together a ridiculous “holiday gift box” for the most hardcore fans: the four-day pass holders!THE “BECAUSE YOU’RE HARDCORE” GIFT BOX INCLUDES:• Entry to a late afternoon, pre-doors set of pure, unadulterated, balls to the wall improv from The Disco Biscuits — exclusively for 4-day ticket holders on Saturday, December 29 (That’s right, an extra set of music, because you’re hardcore!)• A limited edition, Disco Biscuits New Year’s Run winter hat — 4 nights in Philly over New Year’s week? You’re gonna need a winter hat with this 4-day pass. It’s on us.• “Appy Hour” with the Biscuits: appetizers on us, and cash bar, during the exclusive improv set. That’s right, we are gonna feed your mind AND feed your belly! Perhaps the guys will feel like joining you for some delicious grub as well.• Free audio streams for each of the four shows on the Nugs.net app…all four nights at your fingertips!• Expedited entry through a separate dedicated lane, solely for 4-day pass holders!The BiscoTix request period is now open through Wednesday at 5 p.m. (ET) right here.
For more than a decade, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offered through the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics has offered free tax help to Georgians with low-to-moderate incomes, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited-English-speaking taxpayers.In 2017, with help from UGA Cooperative Extension, the program expanded to offer online services to reach eligible taxpayers in more rural areas of Georgia.Joan Koonce, UGA Extension financial planning specialist, is looking forward to watching the program grow again this year after watching the progress of the online program with UGA Extension. The program began in 2017 with agents from southwest Georgia and now includes agents from all four districts.“We only did it a few days each week for one month in the first year,” Koonce said. “We saw what worked well and what didn’t work well. Really, we had greater demand than we could actually keep up with.”To develop the online program, Koonce worked with Lance Palmer, financial planning professor and director of VITA for UGA, and Andrea Scarrow, director of UGA Extension’s Southwest District, who was the district’s FACS program development coordinator at that time.“I wanted to expand as much as we possibly could to serve as many people as possible,” said Koonce, adding that agents completed 115 tax returns in 2017. With the help of numerous county Extension agents, taxpayers from every district in Georgia received assistance in 2018 and the service more than doubled the number of tax returns completed to 387.Like last year, the service will be offered throughout the tax season, from Feb. 1 through April 12, when taxpayers from districts all over Georgia will be able to go to select county Extension offices to meet with county agents who conduct a brief interview and gather the required documents. Afterward, the county agents return the required documents to Koonce using an encrypted email service and an email set up specifically for the program.Students on UGA’s Athens campus prepare the tax returns early each week, then hold virtual meetings with individual taxpayers later in the week to discuss the returns.“The students are a big part of this,” Koonce said. “It’s a lot of work, but it is so rewarding.”The service benefits both Georgia taxpayers and UGA undergraduate and graduate students, who gain real-world training in addition to the course credit they earn for their participation.“We have a lot of elderly people who are in the southwest and southeast districts who have retirement income and all kinds of tax-related things going on,” Koonce said. “So the students get to really learn about a variety of tax situations.”She estimates VITA saves each taxpayer served an average of $300.But perhaps the greatest return is captured in what Koonce says motivates her, and many others, to contribute their time and their efforts to this program. “I enjoy helping people,” she said.The UGA Extension offices in the following counties participate in the Vita program: Appling County, Bibb County, Clayton County, Crisp County, Colquitt County, Dougherty County, Elbert County, Lincoln County, Morgan County, Oconee County, Quitman County, Richmond County, Spalding County, Sumter County, Tattnall County, Tift County, Washington County and Wilkes County. To find out whether the UGA Extension office nearest you participates, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police detectives are investigating a hit-and-run crash Monday that killed a medical patient who left an ambulance as it was moving, authorities said.The Monday evening crash in Holtsville occurred while a Hunter EMS ambulance was transporting the patient from Stony Brook University Hospital to Brunswick Hospital Center in Amityville, police said.Police said the patient, Frank Ligrnetta, “exited” the ambulance as it was traveling southbound on Nicolls road, and was struck by a dark-colored sedan that was heading in the same direction.The 51-year-old Bay Shore man was pronounced dead at the scene by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, police said.The ambulance was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing, according to police.A woman who answered the phone at Hunter EMS said: “We just can’t comment at this time.”Detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed the fatal crash to call the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.