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San José, Costa Rica, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 35
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Dental Services Costa Rica

Dr Oscar Vargas specialist in prosthodontics
Where Science and Art meet!

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Dr. Gray
Dr. Lucinda Gray
California Licensed
International Practice

• Anxiety
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CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
New World Meditation

Insurance professionals

The Garrett Insurance Group
-Brokerage fully licensed by the
-Experience since 1980.
-Bilingual English/Spanish.
-Represent all the best insurance
       companies in Costa Rica,
       BMI, Blue Cross, Blue
       Shield, ASSA, INS, etc.
-Correspondents of WILLIS.
-Connections in all of Central
-Superb communications.
-Prize-winning Web site.
-English policy extracts.
-Helps you settle your claims.
Centro Comercial El Pueblo, Local #125, San José. Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520  or ( 506) 2233-2455
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
More information HERE!

Residency experts


A full service immigration agency
U.S. and San José offices

There are four primary ways to apply for legal residency in Costa Rica:
    Retiree (Pensionado):  For those with a pension or other retirement income.
    Legal Resident (Rentista): For those with guaranteed non-salary income or savings.
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Residency in Costa Rica
P. O. Box 86352, Los Angeles, CA 90086
U.S. Phone: (323) 255-6116
U.S.  Fax (323) 344-1620
Phone in Costa Rica: ( 506 ) 2226=0755  (En español )

Email:  javier@residencyincostarica.com
Web: www.residencyincostarica.com


U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers, Tax Accountant
Licensed by the I.R.S.
Ms. Summers
Marlene B. Summers
U.S. citizens, plan now for your tax year. Let me help you pay only the tax  you must!
Take advantage of the foreign earned income exclusion.
If your filing is not up-to-date, the Streamlined Filing Procedure can be used to mitigate penalties.   Including  disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid future problems. 

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File your current or amended returns.

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Competitive rates

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Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com

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 services. Over 15 years in Costa Rica

U.S. Tax
(English spoken). Tamarindo office hours now available.  If you or anyone you know would like an appointment in Tamarindo, please call our San José office at 2288-2201 to make an appointment.
Contact Us:
 U.S 786-206-9473         CR 506-2288-2201
FAX: 506 2231-3300
E-mail: ustax@lawyer.com
Web page: www.ustaxinternational.com

James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting
pecializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad including:
Uncle Sam's
IRS filing requirements of foreign income tax exclusion (up to $101,300 for 2016).
Past-due tax returns: Taxpayers filing before an IRS notice do not face criminal sanctions.
Reporting foreign financial assets: FBAR and foreign corporations.
Up-to-date FACTA news.
All US Tax return preparation:
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Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.

Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620
E-mail jrtb_1999@yahoo.com

Fine art restoration and conservation

Gilbert Carmichael
Master Art Restorer
European and U.S. standards. USPAP.
Paintings    Sculptures    Murals 
Porcelain and ceramic restoration
  Works on paper restoration
  Conservation Curatorial  services
  Art expert services
  Other restoration services
  Condition evaluation
  Authenticity evaluation
  Art related insurance and 
       damage evaluations
  Art collection consultation
Experts in fine art restoration and conservation for the tropics. We clean mildew, mold, etc., repair, restore and offer art expert and curatorial services.

For more information please contact Jessica Steward at 8388-5328 or 8621 9287 email HERE!

Real estate agents and services

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   • Great network of Realtors, to find your dream
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In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó
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Weekend features orchestra and dancers

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Symphony orchestra performances and free movies are mixing with some dancing in the streets for this upcoming weekend.

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional will start its outdoor performances in Alajuela and Cartago. The program is expected to include Costa Rican music as well as rock n’roll and orchestral works of Johannes Brahms and Alexander Borodin, according to the Centro Nacional de la Música.

The Suite Doble duo is partnering with the orchestra for these performances along with musician Carlos Guzmán and singer Ivette Ortiz. The shows will begin tonight at 7 p.m. at the Polideportivo de Cartago and on Sunday at 5 p.m. in the City Mall of Alajuela. The concerts are free and open to the public.

“The aim is to unite the Costa Rican family by means of a musical show,” said Alejandro Gutiérrez, Guest Director, “They will offer the color of Spanish music, the virtuosity of Russian music, the passion of arias Operas, and of course the best of the big national groups Suite Doble, in addition to the traditional music in the style of Carlos Guzmán.”

Meanwhile, the Chepe Danza hits the streets of San José today with their own unique creation that may include participation from the audience.

The series of performances will be at eight locations such as Parque Central and the Paseo de los Estudiantes in Barrio Chino. The performers are members of the Compañía Nacional de Danza and have been preparing their performances at their home base in the Teatro de la Danza.

Each show will last around 45 minutes, organizers said. The dance styles will include interpretative dances in which the performers expect their audience to contemplate the story.

Some will be more abstract in character, but all will offer the opportunity for spectators to interact with the cast, organizers said.

The first performance titled “UNO” will start today at 5 p.m. on Avenida 4 on the south end of the Parque Central in San José. More performances will also be held at noon on Paseo Colón during the Domingos familiares sin humo, or the smoke-free Sundays hosted by the municipality.

That event will also continue this Sunday promoting smoke-free spaces in the capital with recreational and physical activities geared towards families to improve their health and encourage a tobacco-free lifestyle.

For those that prefer an indoor event, the Preámbulo is continuing its free showing of international films this weekend at the Centro Costarricense de Producción Cinematográfica in front of the north side of the Instituto Nacional de Seguros building in Barrio Amón.

Capacity is limited so organizers suggest arriving at least a half hour before the film starts. The first movie will be shown tonight at 7. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be shows at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Information on the film titles and country of origin can be found on the website of the Costa Rican film institute.

Lastly, the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo will be open on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with its exhibition of “El que no enseña no vende.” The exhibition is examining the design of storefronts in relation to the history of downtown San José, the museum said. 

Action expected to expedite taking land

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A bill to speed up the completion for public works was unanimously approved in committee and is ready to be voted on the floor of the Costa Rican legislature.

This particular piece of legislation seeks to reform some of the articles within the expropriation law to cut through bureaucratic red tape and avoid the interruption of progress on public work projects in the country. This bill will also modify the notification law so that persons can be notified directly and avoid the possible problems or delays associated with trying to locate the people. In short, it seeks to expedite the process by which public works are constructed in Costa Rica.

In this way, proponents of the legislation hope that the state would be able to more quickly obtain the land necessary for road infrastructure projects. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes readily voiced its support for the bill and the legal affairs committee that has been examining it since August 2016 unanimously passed it Wednesday. It will now go to the legislative assembly for vote.

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