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Maine (Acadia National Park #3) Im not that good at writing, so Ill keep it to bulleted points with ratings and short notes where applicable.

Background: Im trying to visit every National Park in the USA. This was a short trip in October 2018 to see Acadia National Park.

Lodging:
   HomeAway Property- 3/5
  • This was a weekend trip with a few family members. We started our drive Thursday night in Brooklyn and arrived Friday AM. The property was clean and had everything we expected. It was just across the bay from Acadia National Park (which means it was far since we had to circle the bay to get there)

Food:
   Brought our own

Activities:
   Acadia National Park- 5/5
  • Entry was free here with our America the Beautiful Park Pass. This was in October, when fall foliage is at its peak. Words cant describe the beauty. Unbelievable. We first visited the park on Motzei Shabbos to see the stars. Being from Brooklyn, Id never seen the Milky Way before. It was beautiful. We headed to Sand Beach so we could get the best unobstructed views. The next morning, we headed back to the park and started with a drive up Cadillac Mountain. The park was rather full that day, being a Sunday in what is probably their busiest season. We kept on stopping along the way to take in the views and it only got more breathtaking the higher we went. Next, we headed to Precipice Trail. This is the most fun Ive ever had hiking. Its a rock scramble so youre never on even ground- think of rock climbing but with thousand-foot drops at your side and very little to hold onto. Bring along gloves- otherwise your hands will be raw by the time you get to the top. We also forgot to bring along water which had us drinking from streams along the way- not safe at all We then headed back to Sand Beach to see it in its daytime glory, and then started the all night drive back to NY.

September 10, 2019, 05:52:29 PM
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Nashville, Tennessee Im not that good at writing, so Ill keep it to bulleted points with ratings and short notes where applicable.

Background: This trip in September 2018 was during Chol Hamoed Sukkos. We spent one day in Nashville and one day at Mammoth Cave National Park

Flights:
   PHL to BNA on American Airlines
  • This was an award ticket. 7.5k Amex MR points transferred to BA.
  • We live in Brooklyn but the only available flights were from PHL, so we rented a car in Brooklyn that we could drop-off at PHL (and thereby fly back to NYC)
   BNA to LGA on American Airlines
  • This was an award ticket. 7.5k Amex MR points transferred to BA.

Hotel:
   Hyatt Place Nashville/Brentwood- 3/5

Method of Transport:
   Car Rental- National

Food:
   Grins Vegetarian Caf- 3/5
   Aryeh's Kitchen- 4/5
  • Food was absolutely delicious!
   We schlepped along our tiny pop-up Sukkah (which we used all of one time because of the constant rain). American managed to rip the handle off the carrying case, so I filed a report and got reimbursed for the full value of the sukkah

Activities:
   Ryman Auditorium- 3/5
   Belle Meade Plantation- 3/5
   Lower Broadway
   Parthenon- 1/5
  • Theres nothing to see here
   Hop on Hop Off- 2/5

September 10, 2019, 05:55:52 PM
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Kentucky (Mammoth Cave National Park #2) Im not that good at writing, so Ill keep it to bulleted points with ratings and short notes where applicable.

Background: Im trying to visit every National Park in the USA. This was a short trip in September 2018 to see Mammoth Cave National Park.

Flights and Hotels:
   We drove from Nashville. See my Nashville, Tennessee trip report.

Method of Transport:
   Car Rental- National

Hotel:
   Hyatt Place Bowling Green- 3/5

Food:
   Brought our own- along with a tiny pop-up Sukkah

Activities:
   Mammoth Cave National Park- 3/5
  • Entry to the park grounds are free but all the ranger guided tours (which is pretty much the only thing to do here) require reservations and have a fee. We took three tours in total (the most we could fit into one day). The tours range from one to three hours. Some are fascinating, especially where you have to squeeze through formations to get around.

September 10, 2019, 05:57:07 PM
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Prague, Czech Republic Im not that good at writing, so Ill keep it to bulleted points with ratings and short notes where applicable.

Background: Dan posted cheap flights to Paris in February 2018, so we grabbed some, even though the flights we booked were over 6 months in the future. I believe this is the only time I had flights booked more than a month in advance. We travelled in late August, and spent 4 days in Prague, 2 days in Nice and Monaco, and 4 days in Paris.

Flights:
   EWR to ORY on British Airways
  • This was a paid ticket- $410.76 per ticket (Thank you Dan!)
  • They moved the timing around on our flights a few times. We tried getting some sort of upgrade/refund for the time changes, especially since we were set to land on a Friday and still wanted to make it to Prague before Shabbos, but unfortunately, we were unsuccessful.
   CDG to PRG on CSA
  • This was a paid ticket
  • We were nervous as it was Friday. At check-in they told us that only one of us had been ticketed, and I would have to go on stand-by. We immediately asked to speak to a supervisor who was able to get me a ticket. She also checked all our bags without weight restrictions for our troubles.
  • CDG was a mess. At the gate there was standing room only, with multiple flights departing from the same gate and frequent delays. Bh we made it onto our flight with enough time to spare before Shabbos.
   PRG to NCE on CSA
  • This was a paid ticket
  • We continued our trip and headed to Nice.

Hotel:
   Hotel King David Prague- 3/5
  • The hotel is outdated and not overly comfortable. Given the choice though, I would probably still choose this over any other hotel in the area, because of the food. They offer a nice spread every morning for breakfast. We also ate the Friday night meal here and it was wonderful.

Method of Transport:
   Walking
   Uber

Food:
   Friday Night- King David Hotel- 4/5 (for the food)
   Shabbos Lunch- Chabad- 3/5
  • We slept in on Shabbos morning and by the time we made it to Chabad, the meal was over. They were gracious enough to offer us some food. It was standard fair and not very good although Im sure we would have had a nicer experience had we made it there in time.
   U Milo Kosher Italian Dairy- 3/5
  • The restaurant was new at the time, so the service was lacking. The food was ok.
   Chabad Kosher Grill- 3/5
   Chabad's Shelanu Kosher Restaurant- 3/5
  • The food was ok, but the service was SLOW. We wanted to catch the last bus to Terezin to tour the camp, but it took them so long to get our food ready that when we arrived to the bus stop one minute early, we had already missed the bus

Activities:
   Old Town Square- 5/5
  • This is the first time I truly felt the medieval era. There was something about standing near these foreboding Churches and black Towers that lets you be transported back in time.
   Wittmann Tours- 3/5
  • This was a walking tour of the city that included the Jewish Cemetery (4/5), the Jewish Shuls (4/5), and the Jewish Museum in Prague (4/5). Our tour guide wasnt Jewish, so his stories didnt have much taam although he was in his 90s and had memories from before the war which was both fascinating and sad at the same time (my grandfather lived in Prague before the war and was forced to flee)
   Charles Bridge- 5/5
  • Absolutely beautiful. A lot of history connected to the place, especially to the sculpture of Jesus with a pasuk written around it. Lots of street vendors as well as beggars with their face down supposedly due to the shame at their situation.
   Prague Castle- 3/5
  • We didnt spend enough time here, and the tour was rather dry. I have a feeling that a good tour guide could up that rating to a 5/5
   Hop on hop off tour- 2/5

September 11, 2019, 04:34:49 PM
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Panama Im not that good at writing, so Ill keep it to bulleted points with ratings and short notes where applicable.

Background: We decided on a Tuesday afternoon in July that wed like to get a way for July 4, which was the next day. We definitely overpaid for most things here, but it was an awesome trip.

Flights:
   JFK to CUN on Interjet
  • This was a paid ticket
   CUN to PTY on Copa Air
  • Award Booking: 17.5k KrisFlyer Miles +42.60 SGD per ticket (These KrisFlyer miles were left over from my trip to Singapore, and were just sitting there waiting to expire)
   PTY to MIA to JFK on AA
  • This was a paid ticket
  • This was actually a Skiplagged ticket, which then continued onto Montreal.

Hotel:
   Le Mridien Panama
  • This hotel was not too close to the Jewish Community, but Ubers were cheap. The traffic is crazy, so I recommend staying close to the Jewish Community so that food is readily accessible.

Method of Transport:
   Uber
  • These were ridiculously cheap ($2-$3 for a 15-minute trip)

Food:
   Panama has a large Jewish community, with a ton of kosher food. We found https://kosher.com.pa/ to be particularly useful.
   Most dairy establishments use Cholov Yisroel for everything except one or two items, so if you are makpid, just ask which dishes are/arent CY.
   Shabbos Meals- Chabad- 4/5
  • The food and company were great, but after reserving our meal here we found out that the local Jewish community offers meals as well (one shul hosts Friday night, and another Shabbos Lunch). It would probably have been more of an experience to mingle with the locals.
   La Spezia- 4/5
  • Delicious Pizza!
   Jeffreys Bakery- 4/5
  • Good breakfast place
   Pita Pan- 3/5
   Restaurant KO- 3/5
   Aroma Restaurant- 4/5
   Aria Restaurant- 3/5
  • Their main dishes were horrid, but the sides and soups were all delicious!
   Most of the Coffee Bean and Tea Leafs are kosher which makes things very convenient, especially in the airport.

Activities:
   Casco Viejo- 4/5
  • Loved the restorative Spanish charm!
   Museo Del Canal in Casco Viejo- 3/5
  • A somewhat boring museum of the Panama Canal
   Embara Indigenous Tribe- 4/5
  • This tour was arranged by our hotel. While the tribes were fascinating, our tour guide was less so. He was more of a driver than anything else and was unable to answer our numerous questions. Note that this drive is not for anyone who gets carsick. To get to the Embara you need to pass through an unpaved forest and a landfill. I believe this was $280 per group.
   Jewish Tour- 4/5
  • This was an amazing tour of all the shuls and history of the community given by a local community member
   Panama Canal- 3/5
  • We first headed to the canal late one day, and got stuck in horrible traffic, unlike anything Ive seen before. We arrived about two minutes after the ticket booths had closed and were denied entry. We returned again on Friday, and while it was rainy, it was cool to see the ships passing through the locks. On the way back we hit another traffic jam (what were we thinking??), realizing that it was fifteen minutes to the zman, traffic wasnt moving, and we still had a ton of things to get ready, we jumped out of the taxi on the causeway, jumped over the divider onto some grass, and ran the ten minutes to our hotel. That mustve been a site
   San Blas- 5/5
  • This tour was arranged by our hotel. I would dub San Blas the Maldives of the West. The waters here are just wow. The territory falls under the Guna Yala tribe and so its not under the jurisdiction of the Panamanian government. To get here we passed through a mountain region with unpaved roads (my bottom was sore for days after). We then crossed a makeshift border where we presented our passports and an entry fee. The standard tour takes you to some beautiful uninhabited islands to spend a few hours relaxing. We asked our driver to change things up a bit, so he took us to his familys island. It was incredible. They live in extreme poverty, and the entire island is full of houses built out of containers. It was really an eye-opening experience. Also, dont forget to lather in sunscreen. The day started out cloudy, so we didnt think much of it. By the time we got to the city, we were roasted. I believe we paid $165/per person.
   Market- 3/5
  • Dont ask me where this is a random cab driver dropped us off here.

September 11, 2019, 05:05:27 PM
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Re: United Arab Emirates
Wow! that is one of the wildest things I've heard in a very long time. Not in any way bad just fascinating and not the p'sak either I'm just astounding that you wanted to and you pulled it off. (pics please) What were you wearing? Everyone knows you can spot a jew from miles away especially the ones that wear a baseball cap with their peyos bulging out, I get you weren't that obvious but still that is...wild!

Well, for the wanting part, it's one of the most beautiful modern buildings in the world, so that's that.
As for the looking Jewish part, we definitely got that part down pat :). They have no issue with Jews, and couldn't care less what we looked like. At the entrance to the mosque they have dressing rooms and since our ankles weren't covered, they kindly requested us to change into Muslim garb (they provide). It was one of the highlights for sure :)

September 17, 2019, 04:38:46 PM
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Re: Important: Check your no rush credits, many are expiring on Friday 11/2 Just got $34 in no-rush shipping credits expiring on 11/9 converted to promotional credit. At first the agent said that these can't be converted (I specifically asked), when I asked if there's absolutely nothing he can do to help me, he agreed to convert them.
November 06, 2019, 04:02:23 PM
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January 21, 2020, 05:58:45 PM
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Re: BORO PARK CORONA UPDATES
The Chillul Hashem here is heartbreaking to me

March 17, 2020, 05:42:30 PM
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Re: Financial Assistance I created a site for all financial assistance available during this difficult time. This is for both individuals and businesses (geared primarily to NYC/NYS, but has other stuff as well)

Please share with as many people as possible, so we can help each other out during this crisis!

http://chaiplus1.com/

March 22, 2020, 01:38:48 PM
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Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread I created a site for all financial assistance available during this difficult time. This is for both individuals and businesses (geared primarily to NYC/NYS, but has other stuff as well)

Please share with as many people as possible, so we can help each other out during this crisis!

http://chaiplus1.com/

March 22, 2020, 01:39:20 PM
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Re: Do you have Coronavirus? Were you tested?
Reached out to one of the local Covid Chessed popups. They're working on getting me an oximeter so I can stop stressing.
DDF is the best! Received an oximeter from a member in minutes!
Thankfully readings are over 95%. Was told by Doc not to worry unless they drop below that.

March 23, 2020, 10:28:11 PM
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Coronavirus Stimulus Aid Package Are details of the (currently) proposed bill available publicly? Or do we need to wait for the vote to pass to get a better understanding?
March 24, 2020, 09:12:52 PM
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Re: Coronavirus Stimulus Aid Package
Misinformation being spread here. It's a refundable credit, not taxable, not subject to repayment. It your tax bill was less than the stimulus amount you will still get the stimulus amount. The connection to your taxes is to determine eligibility (by AGI) and destination of the payment (direct deposit/mailing address)

Sources:
From the horse's mouth: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CREC-2020-03-25/pdf/CREC-2020-03-25.pdf
Summary (which you should fact check against the bill itself): https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2020/03/25/all-you-wanted-to-know-about-those-tax-stimulus-checks-but-were-afraid-to-ask/#3411bf561f9c
He writes "I don't expect you'll have to pay it back"- in other words, he doesn't know.
Check out this one: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/business/coronavirus-stimulus-check-calculator/?itid=lk_interstitial_manual_8

March 26, 2020, 12:44:22 PM
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Re: Financial Assistance
I created a site for all financial assistance available during this difficult time. This is for both individuals and businesses (geared primarily to NYC/NYS, but has other stuff as well)

Please share with as many people as possible, so we can help each other out during this crisis!

http://chaiplus1.com/
FL now live. NJ coming up next.

March 26, 2020, 10:14:57 PM
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Re: מי כעמך ישראל - Post your stories here
DDF is the best! Received an oximeter from a member in minutes!

March 31, 2020, 12:57:50 PM
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Re: Coronavirus Stimulus Aid Package
Anyway to e-file a return with 0.00 income?

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know

I am not typically required to file a tax return. Can I still receive my payment?
Yes. People who typically do not file a tax return will need to file a simple tax return to receive an economic impact payment. Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and individuals with disabilities who are otherwise not required to file a tax return will not owe tax.

How can I file the tax return needed to receive my economic impact payment?
IRS.gov/coronavirus will soon provide information instructing people in these groups on how to file a 2019 tax return with simple, but necessary, information including their filing status, number of dependents and direct deposit bank account information.

March 31, 2020, 04:53:47 PM
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Re: Coronavirus Stimulus Aid Package
Do you need to apply for the PPP loan in order to get the $10k or is this application enough?
https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
This application, EIDL, is for the 10k grant.
The PPP is a different program with different rules and no grant (does have a forgiveness option but with stricter rules on how/when to use)

April 02, 2020, 07:24:44 PM
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Re: Coronavirus Stimulus Aid Package
Included AFAIK
Correct. Additional benefits will be administered by the State and they will in turn be reimbursed by the Fed.
They did make it very clear though that it might not come in as one payment, but both payments (State and Supplemental Fed) will come in weekly.

April 06, 2020, 05:58:48 PM
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KrisFlyer Miles Extended KrisFlyer extended my miles expiring in Aug 2020 to Feb 2021.

https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/ppsclub-krisflyer/latestnews/2020renewal-kf/

April 11, 2020, 11:14:20 PM
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Residential Mortgages Hoping you guys can help me out here.

The Federal Gov announced forbearances on Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae mortgages in the Cares Act and before that. 180 days to start plus 180 day extension (total of one year).

I just had someone with multiple residential properties check his mortgages on https://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/get-answers/Pages/get-answers-find-out-mortgage.aspx, and all came back as owned by either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Are all residential mortgages owned (backed?) by them?

If so, why hasn't this been billed as One Year National Mortgage Relief for All Homeowners? What am I missing?🤔
I've only seen this mentioned as a by the way kind of thing with many complaining about lack of mortgage relief (I understand this doesn't extend to commercial but still)

April 13, 2020, 11:55:44 PM
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Re: Coronavirus Stimulus Aid Package
When I get the activation link it tells me that the link has expired and i need to re-register, though i registered two minutes earlier.Upon reregistering i had a repeat. Has anybody had the same issue?

Not sure if this pertains here, but I did notice that if you try to access certain areas of the website after-hours, it times out. The full website is only available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 7:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 am to 8:00 pm.

April 19, 2020, 11:58:49 AM
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Re: Coronavirus Stimulus Aid Package
Workers will want to become unemployed.
I agree with this sentiment that there are some who would gladly be laid off from now til July to receive unemployment + $600.
I think the gov made a big mistake by adding a flat rate (especially such a large one) to the base rate. They should've either added a % (maybe even 100%) to the base rate, or $100/$200 flat. $600 is overdoing it for a large part of the country (excluding NY), and for many median and below employees.

April 19, 2020, 02:44:50 PM
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Re: Coronavirus Stimulus Aid Package
volunteer
I'd suggest volunteer til 7/31, and request a 'bonus' of deferred wages payable 8/1.

April 19, 2020, 06:07:36 PM
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Re: SBA PPP and EIDL Small Business Loans (some money is forgivable)
I work for my own company, S Corp, but I'm not taking out any payroll, any way to apply and get anything out of ppp? Besides doing retro payroll
Not sure what your accountant told you, but one of the strict laws of S Corp is that you must take a reasonable wage compared to others in your field.

April 19, 2020, 06:10:41 PM
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Re: SBA PPP and EIDL Small Business Loans (some money is forgivable)
So technically many schools can have pretty much zero expenses over the next few months. Payroll for the teachers paid by the PPP and other expenses paid by this grant (if it's a post high school institution). The argument for stopping Tuition payments just got stronger...
Remember PPP is only for 2 months of payroll (forgiveness can only be used over an 8 week period)

April 20, 2020, 09:50:49 PM
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Re: Unemployment Help
Is it confirmed that the supplemental $600 is not prorated? Any unemployment money from the state is accompanied by an automatic $600?
Yes, confirmed.
$600 is a flat rate regardless.

April 20, 2020, 09:54:45 PM
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Re: Unemployment Help
NY was discussed. I am in NJ.
The $600 is being funded federally and the laws of eligibility are the same across all states.

April 20, 2020, 10:18:23 PM
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Re: Unemployment Help
Use the secure message center instead. One of the preset requests is to backdate claims
I've been getting this question a lot. Here are basic instructions for NY:

1) Log into your UI account
2) Go to your messaging inbox
3) Click "Compose New" from the dropdown menu in the lefthand upper corner
4) Select "Certifications and Payments" as subject
5) Select "How do I claim benefits for a prior week" as secondary subject
6) In the body of your message explain that your last date of employment was X (should match that of your application), and that you haven't certified claims from that date til your first claim date, and are requesting back pay for those weeks

Note: The DOL is overwhelmed, so don't be surprised if it takes them 2-3 weeks to process. You might get a response, or you might just see the extra payments in your Payment History Schedule (Unemployment Services> View Payment History)

April 21, 2020, 01:45:39 PM
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Re: Unemployment Help
Does NY/NJ issue a debit card?
NY does. That or DD

April 21, 2020, 03:16:30 PM
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Re: SBA PPP and EIDL Small Business Loans (some money is forgivable)
Excluded from the forgiveness, not the loan calculation

https://www.sba.com/funding-a-business/government-small-business-loans/ppp/loan-calculator/

What qualifies as payroll costs?

Payroll costs consist of compensation to employees (whose principal place of residence is the United States) in the form of salary, wages, commissions, or similar compensation; cash tips or the equivalent (based on employer records of past tips or, in the absence of such records, a reasonable, good-faith employer estimate of such tips); payment for vacation, parental, family, medical, or sick leave; allowance for separation or dismissal; payment for the provision of employee benefits consisting of group health care coverage, including insurance premiums, and retirement; payment of state and local taxes assessed on compensation of employees; and for an independent contractor or sole proprietor, wage, commissions, income, or net earnings from self-employment or similar compensation.

April 21, 2020, 11:48:50 PM
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Re: Unemployment Help

1) How does this work? Can I still file for unemployment on the weeks I received a severance payment into my bank account (5/31, 6/15, 6/30). It asks about gross pay over $504 but this isn't from working, and I'm unclear about how I should be going about this. My first filing was today, and I want to make sure I continue to file correctly. Anything else I should know, or does anyone else have any guidance that I can message privately?

https://labor.ny.gov/ui/claimantinfo/dismissal-severance-pensions-faq.shtm#3
I'm trying to help individuals. Email is chaiplus1@gmail.com



2) Has there been any discussion of extending the extra $600 passed 7/31? Someone told me 12/31, but I think 12/31 is just the date for the extra 13 weeks of unemployment.
Has not yet been extended. If they have any seichel they won't, unless they can get a lot stricter with the work requirements.

April 22, 2020, 11:15:01 AM
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Re: Unemployment Help
What's the earliest day ui can be filed for? The current online form seems to point at 04/20/20. Can an earlier date be filed for/collected? Was just furloughed starting 04/01
Make sure when you file your initial application do indicate last day worked as 4/1 so that you don't run into troubles when seeking backpay.

April 22, 2020, 12:44:25 PM
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Re: Unemployment Help
If someone applies for unemployment due to reduced hours, are they eligible for the $600? (in NJ.)
Yes, anyone one any sort of unemployment is receiving the $600.

April 23, 2020, 04:57:21 PM
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Re: Unemployment Help
If they qualify for partial unemployment, they qualify.
I think we can use a Wiki. I must have said that any unemployment qualifies for the $600 at least 15 times by now...

April 23, 2020, 10:05:09 PM
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Re: Unemployment Help
Can someone wikify the process for NY/NJ? Having a difficult time understanding it.
Took a stab at it. Need someone with more info on NJ process to update.

April 24, 2020, 11:23:45 AM
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Re: Unemployment Help
Said "To complete your claim, a Department of Labor call center agent will call you within 72 hours." Has this been happening, meaning have people been getting calls, or do I actually have to call up to complete something before they would start paying?

They haven't been calling many, but some are getting approvals even if they got that message, so just log into your account to see if you're able to certify. If you are, you're approved (assuming you didn't get a $0 benefit determination).

Also, is all I have to do is login for 2 minutes every Wednesday and confirm that I am looking for work and have not been paid anything that week, or is there something more to it?

Just that. Shouldn't take more than a min each week.

April 24, 2020, 12:59:04 PM
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Re: SBA PPP and EIDL Small Business Loans (some money is forgivable)
If someone didn't file 2019 yet, can they provide any other documents?
I remember reading that a draft return could do the job

April 26, 2020, 12:30:11 AM
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Re: Unemployment Help
Are people who have lost their job applying for SNAP benefits? If so, how would it work if you qualify for SNAP due to current (lack of) income but in a month, unemployment may kick in and will also be backdated...?
Wondering it the UI counts as income for programs as these. CARES Act clearly states that the additional $600 won't count as income towards Medicaid and CHIP eligibility, but haven't seen anything about other programs. Safe to assume it does count? Regarding Medicaid is it possible to be on for a month or two (assuming you can start a new plan after being kicked off)? Do they look at monthly income or annual?

April 26, 2020, 11:57:18 AM
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Re: Unemployment Help
600$ is not retroactive?
It is. You might need to request if they don't do automatically. It's for all claims between 3/28 and 7/31, regardless if you certified those claims on time, or put in a request to certify after the fact.

April 27, 2020, 11:25:12 AM
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Re: Residential Mortgages
I tried this link once and it didnt lead to a list or search option per bank
https://ww3.freddiemac.com/loanlookup/
https://www.knowyouroptions.com/loanlookup

April 28, 2020, 04:39:35 PM
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Re: SBA PPP and EIDL Small Business Loans (some money is forgivable)
Seems you can only get PPP or unemployment for self employed. Anyone know how much one will get on either one based in NJ on a 1065 (K-1)?
Why not go for unemployment for the weeks before and after PPP? PPP is only for 8 weeks.

April 28, 2020, 08:58:37 PM
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Re: Unemployment Help
You can message them in NJ?

See this link https://myunemployment.nj.gov/help/contact-us/
Click on To send us an email


April 28, 2020, 09:38:19 PM
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Re: Stimulus Checks For all those receiving IRS errors when trying to locate your stimulus payment- try entering your info in CAPS. Seems to do the trick for some.
April 28, 2020, 11:09:48 PM
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Re: Donating blood/plasmas
Detailed results or just if you are eligible to donate plasma?
Just eligibility.

April 28, 2020, 11:26:28 PM
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Re: Donating blood/plasmas
They just emailed me the results, anyone know how high index of 1.48 is?
According to Mayo Clinic, Index of > or =1.01 to <1.21 is intermediate, so you're above that line by a decent margin.
https://www.mayocliniclabs.com/test-catalog/Clinical+and+Interpretive/609035

April 29, 2020, 03:04:45 PM
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Re: Unemployment Help
How far back can I retroactively apply for PUI benefits? NY.
PUA benefits can be paid retroactively for periods of unemployment, beginning on or after January 27, 2020.
https://labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/ui-covid-faq.pdf

April 29, 2020, 04:01:24 PM
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Re: Unemployment Help
Do you have a source for that? Couldn't find it online...
The exact dates vary by state, but per the CARES Act it's available for the dates mentioned.
In NY, the exact dates are 4/5/20 thru 7/31/20 (claims for week ending in 4/5 are for week starting on 3/30).
https://dol.ny.gov/coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-cares-act

April 29, 2020, 05:01:26 PM
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Re: Unemployment Help
@cgr should be praised and applauded for all the questions answered here.
Thank you. Glad to be of help when so many are struggling.

April 29, 2020, 05:13:04 PM
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