PWC: Early in – Person Voting Begins April 23, 2021

-Prince William County, VA

May 2021 Virginia Republican Convention

On May 8, 2021, the Republican Party of Virginia will hold a disaggregated convention to nominate candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Prince William County will host one of the convention sites where Republican Party delegates may vote for their nominee from 9 am to 4 pm. Visit the Virginia GOP website for more information about the convention and the election process.

June 2021 Primary Elections

On June 8, 2021, the Commonwealth of Virginia will have a Democratic primary election for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, as well as several primaries for the House of Delegates representing Prince William County. Democrats in Districts 2, 31 and 50 and Republicans in District 51 will have primary elections.

Early In-Person Voting Begins This Friday

Early in-person voting for all these races begins Friday, April 23, and extends through Saturday, June 5, at three locations:

The days and times for early voting at these locations are as follows:

Days of the Week

Dates

Times

Friday

April 23

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday to Friday

April 26 – May 21

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday to Saturday

May 24 – May 29

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday

May 31

Closed for Memorial Day

Tuesday to Saturday

June 1 – June 5

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

No Voting at the Woodbridge DMV

In the past, the Prince William Office of Elections has used the Woodbridge DMV for early voting. However, because of the ongoing COVID pandemic and limited parking at the DMV, voting is moved to the Dr. A. J. Ferlazzo Building.

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved this change in polling location during their March 16 meeting. The Office of Elections will post signs at the DMV for anyone who may accidentally go there to vote, directing them to Ferlazzo.

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Derek Chauvin is GUILTY of All Charges in George Floyd Murder

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A historical moment has arrived at the Hennepin County, Minnesota District Court. Almost a month-long murder trial of Derek Chauvin’s case after the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, had brought tensions between protesters and law enforcement outside of the courthouse. However, the verdict was finally reached today.

The 12 jurors found him guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd’s death in May 2020.

The prosecution moved to have Derek Chauvin’s bail revoked. Judge Peter Cahill granted the motion. Chauvin was handcuffed in the courtroom and taken into custody by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office right after Judge finished the verdict. According to Washington Post live,

Judge Cahill said, “eight weeks from now we will have sentencing.”

The maximum sentence for second-degree unintentional murder is imprisonment of not more than 40 years. The maximum sentence for third-degree murder is imprisonment of not more than 25 years. The maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter is 10 years and/or $20,000.

Keith Ellison, Minnesota attorney general stated at the conference afterward, that he didn’t want to call this “Justice” as justice implies “true restoration.” Ellison stated we can end “racism” now.

George Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after Derek Chauvin, a White police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds during the arrest. Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street, while two other officers further restrained Floyd, and a fourth prevented onlookers from intervening. Floyd’s restraint and death were captured on a cellphone camera and sparked global protests Seventeen minutes into the arrest, Floyd was unconscious. Repeatedly while pinned under Chauvin’s knee, he stated that he couldn’t breathe. During the final two minutes, Floyd was motionless and had no pulse. Onlookers repeatedly called out for help upon realization of Floyd’s struggling. Though the officers called for medical assistance, they took no action to treat him. Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck and back until emergency medical technicians arrived. The incident was captured on video.

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An Active shooter shot at San Antonio International Airport 2 injured, and 1 killed

On Thursday afternoon, a shooting event occurred at the San Antonio International airport, TX. From this incident, 2 people were injured, and the suspect was killed by a park police officer, according to SAPD Chief McManus.

According to the San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, “the man drove into the airport terminal going the wrong way at about 2:30 p.m. A park police officer who was working overtime at the airport confronted the man who immediately got out of his car and opened fire at the officer and the building,” and ” the park police officer encountered the gunman, the officer shot him being incapacitated. The park police officer saved a lot of people at the airport terminal.”

Chief McManus said, “the shooter of earlier today opened fire from a flyover overpass at Highway 281, Loop 1604 and later caused the San Antonio airport incident.”

No one was injured in the earlier incident, but in the second incident at the airport, two persons were injured and transferred to the local hospital. According to Chief McManus, the suspect was shot by the park police officer and transferred to the hospital and pronounced dead at the hospital.

Chief McManus said “[he] had a lot of ammunition and was shooting indiscriminately. We are lucky today not to have a lot of people injured or killed during this event.”

The police were familiar with the man because of previous interactions and said the man had “mental issues.”

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25 Year Cold Case of Kristin Smart Finally Solved

In May of 1996, a college freshman year teen, Kristin Smart (19) disappeared after she attended her school party off-campus. The key suspect, Paul Flores was the last person who had seen Kristin alive. After Kristin went missing, her family filed a civil suit against Paul Flores. Flores has maintained his innocence in the involvement in Kristin’s disappearance, however. However, her family and the detective-in-charge never gave up on Kristin’s case.

The key suspect, Paul Flores (44) was taken into custody with a murder charge on Tuesday morning in San Pedro California, and his father Luben Flores (80) arrested on an accessory charge; San Luis Obispo County sheriff confirmed on Tuesday.

Paul Flores is being held without bail and his father, Luben Flores is being held on a bond of $250,000. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s officials served another search warrant at the Arroyo Grande property this morning. Ian Parkinson, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff held a conference at the California Polytechnic State University where Kristin went to college.

In February, authorities served search warrants on multiple members of the Flores family. Some of the “items” were discovered during searches, investigators said at the time.

In March, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office searched Ruben Flores’s home in Arroyo Grande.

A judge signed the two arrest warrants and two search warrants that were executed today. Parkinson said that the searches may continue into Wednesday, depending on what is found.

Parkinson explained that the cold cases podcast which is Lambert’s podcast, “Your Own Backyard,” brought renewed interest to the investigation. “He took a local story and expanded it into an international story,” Parkinson told reporters. “Once that message got out, we started getting more information… there are a lot of people that are students here that are not from San Luis Obispo. When they graduate, a lot of them will leave, and so they’re dispersed all over the country. That message gets out to the nation, and those people that used to live here at the time might remember something.”

The Smart family expressed how they felt when their fears of Kristin’s death became a reality, “The knowledge that a father and son, despite our desperate pleas for help, could have withheld this horrible secret for nearly 25 years, denying us the chance to lay our daughter to rest, is an unrelenting and unforgiving pain,” in a long heartbroken statement.

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Responses against Japan’s Fukushima’s Radioactive Water Release

Many neighboring countries are unhappy about the recent Japanese government’s announcement of deciding to release contaminated water from Fukushima plant.

In 2011, an M 9.0 earthquake hit Japan and the Fukushima Nuclear Plant was totally ruined. The region was severely hit by the earthquake and left at least 20,000 people missing. Since then, the leaking contaminated water had been kept at this location.

The fishing industry is strongly against Japan’s release of radioactive water, and subsidies will not be enough to quell their dissent. Many experts, countries, and people are wary of this plan.

Since the announcement, China and Korea have voiced their disagreement, as they are not happy about its decision. The Director-General of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) Rafael Mariano Grossi, however, welcomed Japan’s announcement. He stated that the IAEA stands ready to provide technical support in monitoring and reviewing the plan’s safe and transparent implementation.

Secretary Antony Blinken said in his Twitter account, “We thank Japan for its transparent efforts in its decision to dispose of the treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi site.”

After Secretary Blinken said on his Twitter, Many people have responded negatively against his statement, by replying: “Seriously?? You ‘thank’ them pouring nuclear wastewater into the open ocean-affecting people from both sides of the ocean???” “US State Department Blinken supported the Japanese government to discharge nuclear sewage from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea. This is a big mistake made by the American government and the biggest mistake in history. It’ll destroy marine ecology.”

Someone even quipped, “If you appreciate Japan this much, and I suggest you drink the treated water and pray that you and your future generations won’t walk on the street with three heads and also have weird kind of cancers. Mind the business that you are supposed to care.”

One person simply replied, “You dumb idiot.”

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미래학자 최윤식 박사 : Church and Faith in Post-Pandemic Future: Clinic Open to All

“미래학자, 최윤식 박사와 함께 미래 통찰력을 경험하라”

“교회 함께 가자”처치 클리닉(대표 손기성)에서는 4월 26일 (월) 오후 7:30 분 오픈 강좌를 진행한다. 4월 강좌의 강사는 미래학자로 널리 알려진 최윤식 박사가 진행한다.  최윤식 박사는 ‘2030 대담한 미래’ ‘앞으로 5년 한국의 미래 시나리오’ ‘제 4의 물결이 온다’ 등 미래에 나타날 다양한 현상들을 예견한 서적들을 출간하고 독자들에게 많은 통찰력을 가질 수 있는 기회를 제공해왔다. 최박사는 지난 2014년에도 처치클리닉을 통해 워싱턴 지역 사회와 소통을 하기도 했으며, 당시 세미나를 통해 많은 사람들에게 미래에 대한 사고를 넓히는 계기를 마련해 주기도 했다.

손기성 목사는 “현재 나타나는 펜데믹 시대의 현상을 학자로서 명확하게 분석하고, 교회가 나아가야 할 방향성과 신앙인으로 준비하며 살아야 할 삶의 태도 들을 또 한번 제시하는 시간이 될 것이다.” 그리고” 펜데믹으로 인해 변화될 미래에 대한 고민은 목회자 뿐 아니라 일반 성도들에게도 절실한 부분이다. 그러기에 더 없이 유익한 시간이 될 것이다.” 고 말했다.

참가비는 없으며, 줌을 통한 화상 강의로 진행되기 때문에 반드시 사전접수가 필요하다.

접수 및 문의는 (703) 334-7602 나 [email protected] 으로 하거나 카카오톡 아이디 churchclinic 을 통해 쉽게 할 수 있다.

The Church Clinic announced that it will invite futurist scholar Dr. Yoonsic Choi through an online zoom method to give a lecture on the future of church and faith after the pandemic. The open course will be held on the evening of the 26th at 7:30 (EST), and anyone who interested can participate after making a reservation in advance.

The event is free to all, although they do ask that you come with the love of faith.

Reservation: www.churchclinic.net or [email protected]

phone: (703) 334-7602

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AAPI look to firearms to defend themselves from Hate Crime

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Since AAPIs have immigrated to the U.S., many have met racism and threats in their living spaces. Some of the 1st generation of immigrants never have had chances to take their higher education because someone had to support the family. Most seek high academic achievements from their children due to prioritizing education, and some absolutely choose to educate themselves later on.

Yet, many first generation AAPI folks face discrimination due to their accents and some grammar errors which even the average American misses out on. Many immigrants have worked hard to build their businesses. Yet, some people have broken into these hard working people’s businesses with arms and killed them.

Recently, Many Asians have been coping with the rise of anti-Asian attacks in many cities in the U.S. Some Asians are fearing unwanted attacks and choosing to stay home, even with risk of losing out on Sun and exercise, but others are starting to learn how to use firearms to protect their lives.

According to NPR, “Last Saturday morning, about a dozen people gathered at the Marshall Security Training Academy & Range in Compton to learn how to handle and shoot handgun.” The organizer, Sunha Kim said to the NPR, “My hope is that those who are interested in protecting themselves by exercising their Second Amendment Rights learn a thing or two about how to properly and professionally handle a firearm.”

As these dastardly men attack unarmed old ladies who walk alone, AAPIs are standing up and seeking firearms for self defense purposes.

Some of Koreans are starting to learn how to defend from the unwanted attacks by learning self defense.

Asian-Americans are determined to stand up to the hatred, and sometimes, it might be with a gun, not because the folks wanted to, but because the situation is demanding them to.

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Vaccine hesitancy causes Another Rapid Coronavirus Surge in the U.S.

According to NPR, Many people who are in their politically affiliated with the Republican Party don’t want to take the Coronavirus Vaccine, although there are enough doses to cover the whole region to get vaccinated as most live in rural areas.

The people who don’t take vaccine have their own excuses:

Some are worried about the side effects of vaccination, and some are distrusting of mass media that it might hide some real facts that they don’t want to reveal.

However, They still want to see their relatives in person and engage in behavior detrimental to their health.

Currently, India and Brazil are seeing a rising death toll. It is uncountable in India, and 4,000 people died on a single day leaving no space to bury the dead in Brazil.

The Northeast coast states in the U.S., California, and Florida are not much help, as people leave their homes to spend vacations and spring breaks in these states.

The positive news is that at least 32% of the U.S. population have already taken the first dose of the Vaccines, but it is not nearly high enough for herd immunity.

The one cause of low numbers of Vaccination is that almost 20% of the population are children under the age of 16 that are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine. Also, these youngsters cannot engage in social distancing in school.

Vaccine hesitancy is very risky to many Americans in danger and the quarantines will not prove to be effective the longer the pandemic continues. Adults not taking vaccines risk putting their ineligible children at further risk of permanent damage or death.

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Enrolling in Mandatory Medicare Plans at 65 Years Old

Many baby boomers in the U.S. are struggling to live under the Coronavirus pandemic with their health issues. Low immunity and lack of exercise bring more attention to their twilight period, and we wonder about medical options available to us after retirement. It is mandatory that we must have Medicare from the age of 65, and thus we need to be aware of what medicare is really caring about and how to choose what we need.

As you know, Medicare A is for hospital insurance and B is for medical insurance offered by the federal government. C is a Medicare Advantage offered by the approved-private companies. Part D is for drug coverage.

Part A, if you worked over the 40 quarters (10 years of work) before you enroll in your Medicare, then you are free of charge of your premium otherwise you have to pay according to how many quarters you have worked before you enroll in your Medicare. According to Medicare.gov,

most people don’t pay a monthly premium for Part A (sometimes called “premium-free Part A“). If you buy Part A, you’ll pay up to $471 each month in 2021. If you paid Medicare taxes for less than 30 quarters, the standard Part A premium is $471. If you paid Medicare taxes for 30-39 quarters, the standard Part A premium is $259.

If you are hospitalized then, you have to pay the deductible

  • $1,484 deductible for each benefit period
  • Days 1-60: $0 coinsurance for each benefit period
  • Days 61-90: $371 coinsurance per day of each benefit period
  • Days 91 and beyond: $742 coinsurance per each “lifetime reserve day” after day 90 for each benefit period (up to 60 days over your lifetime)
  • Beyond lifetime reserve days: all costs

Part B, the premium amount is $148.50 (or higher depending on your income).

Of course, you have to pay deductible and coinsurance too. It is $203. After your deductible is met, you typically pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for most doctor services (including most doctor services while you’re a hospital inpatient), outpatient therapy, and durable medical equipment (dme)

Part C is a Medicare Advantage plan and the premium will depend on where you live.

Part C, Advantage Plan includes all your Part A and Part B benefits and it is provided by Medicare-approved private companies. Use doctors and hospitals in the plan’s network (for non-emergency or non-urgent care). Most plans include drug coverage. Many plans include extra benefits, like vision, hearing, dental, and more. The yearly limit on your out-of-pocket costs. You have to shop around between health insurances provide Medicare Advantage Plan.

Part D is your drug coverage and its premium varies depends on how much the income that you reported on your IRS tax return.

in 2021

If your filing status and yearly income in 2019 was
File individual tax return File joint tax return File married & separate tax return You pay each month (in 2021)
$88,000 or less $176,000 or less $88,000 or less your plan premium
above $88,000 up to $111,000 above $176,000 up to $222,000 not applicable $12.30 + your plan premium
above $111,000 up to $138,000 above $222,000 up to $276,000 not applicable $31.80 + your plan premium
above $138,000 up to $165,000 above $276,000 up to $330,000 not applicable $51.20 + your plan premium
above $165,000 and less than $500,000 above $330,000 and less than $750,000 above $88,000 and less than $412,000 $70.70 + your plan premium
$500,000 or above $750,000 and above $412,000 and above $77.10 + your plan premium
  • Late enrollment penalty: 

You may owe a late enrollment penalty if, for any continuous period of 63 days or more after your Initial Enrollment Period is over, you go without one of these:

  • A Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D)
  • A Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) (like an HMO or PPO) or another Medicare health plan that offers Medicare prescription drug coverage
  • Creditable prescription drug coverage

In general, you’ll have to pay this penalty for as long as you have a Medicare drug plan. The cost of the late enrollment penalty depends on how long you went without Part D or creditable prescription drug coverage. Learn more about the Part D late enrollment penalty.

  • Deductibles, copayments, & coinsurance: The amount you pay for Part D deductibles, copayments, and/or coinsurance varies by plan. Look for specific Medicare drug plan costs, and then call the plans you’re interested in to get more details.

3 months before your 65 birthday, after 3 months of your birthday, you must enroll in your Medicare to prevent penalty. Thus before your birthday, you have to enroll in Part A and Part B plus Part D or  Medicare Advantage Plan(C)with Part D. If you are more affordable to pay for your healthcare insurance, then you can add Part G for the coverage of your gap(out of pocket money) as well. 

In most cases, if you don’t sign up for Medicare Part B when you’re first eligible, you’ll have to pay a late enrollment penalty. You’ll have to pay this penalty until you have Part B and could have a gap in your health coverage.

In conclusion, If you choose the original Medicare Plan(Part A and Part B) and Part D, you still need your vision, hearing, and dental insurances. However, the total monthly premium of the Original Medicare Plan (Part A, Part B, Part D)will be around $155.80-$234.00.

If you choose the Medicare Advantage Plan, you will be covered as all in one : (Part A, Part B, Part D, Part G, Vision, Hearing, Dental) but you have to go to the hospital or your doctor offices that it is in the system across in the U.S. The monthly premium will be around $148-$297.50.

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Keep COVID Vaccine Card Safe from Social Networks

As more people get COVID-19 vaccines, we need to pay attention to how we keep our vaccination record cards from CDC after two doses of Pfizer, and Moderna or a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

This 3×4 inch card has your personal information and details of what vaccine you took and so on. You should keep the original copy in a safe location and take front and back photos on your phone just in case.

After the first dose, you may experience some mild symptoms. Most suffer stronger symptoms after the second dose, and some may have to take two or three days off of work. High fever and muscle pains are may come immediately after inoculation.

While office supplies are providing free lamination of Covid-19 CDC cards, medical professionals warn against laminating them in case you might need booster shots in the future.

Some believe that this card could be proof of safe entry during interstate and international travel, and are being advised to keep it with the passport to show proof of vaccination.

But most importantly, remember: DO NOT post your vaccine card photo on social media.

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