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Professional Directory
A.M. Costa Rica's professional directory is where business people who wish to reach the English-speaking community may invite responses. If you are interested in being represented here, please contact the editor.


Dentistry

Marco Cavallini & Associates
Dental Implants and Crowns

Dr. Marco A. Muñoz Cavallini has placed and
DR. Cavallini
Dr. Marco A. MuÏoz Cavallini
restored over 17,000 dental implants since 1980. The Dr. Marco Muñoz Cavallini Dental Clinic, is recognized as one of the best practices in Dental Reconstruction, Dental Implant placement and Cosmetic Dentistry in Costa Rica and the World. For more information, visit us today at: marcomunozcavallini.com
8365-5/12/15

Psychotherapy

Dr. Gray
Dr. Lucinda Gray
California Licensed
Psychologist
International Practice

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
 
CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
www.LucindaGray.com
New World Meditation
8952-8/24/16

Insurance professionals

The Garrett Insurance Group
Garrett
-Brokerage fully licensed by the
      government.
-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
       America.
-Superb communications.
-Prize-winning Web site.
-English policy extracts.
-Helps you settle your claims.
Centro Comercial El Pueblo, Local #125, San José, Costa Rica.    Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
More information HERE!
8845-2/18/16

Residency experts

Residency in Costa Rica
A full service immigration agency
U.S. and San José offices
Getting and authenticating documents can be a chore. —

We know how to do it. Experienced with many nationalities. Up-to-date on
Costa Rica's evolving immigration law.

Pensionado and rentista. Your first stop for smooth, professional service and a positive experience. Javier Zavaleta javier@residencyincostarica.com
www.residencyincostarica.com
Tel: (323) 255-6116
8964-9/17/16

 Accountants

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. 

File current or past due FBARs with no penalties to meet IRS requirements.
File your current or amended returns.

Over 10 years in Costa Rica    
 
Competitive rates

Phone (506) 2289-6590 or (506) 8750-2316
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com
9026-9/27/16

U.S. Tax International
Plus Costa Rican taxes, accounting, and legal
 services. Over 15 years in Costa Rica

U.S. Tax
                                                  rollover
(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
8973-9/15/16

James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting
S
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:
individual, business, estate and trust.
eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.

Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620
E-mail jrtb_1999@yahoo.com
8984-4/6/17

Fine art restoration and conservation

Gilbert Carmichael
Master Art Restorer
European and U.S. standards. USPAP.
Carmichael
  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 Weronika Nossowicz at 8388-5328  or email HERE!
9013-6/13/16

Real estate agents and services

Luis Diego
                                                    Caastro

Luis Diego Castro, Real Estate Agent, offers great quality service and a personalized way to do business with those who may have a Real Estate need, through the best prices possible in the market and a very professional, reliable and transparent intermediation.

Phone (506) 8305-0000 / (506) 2261-0608
Email gerenciadeventas@viquez.cr
Web site http://www.ldcrealestate.com/
9029-7/20/16

CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH REALTY
Century
                                                          21

A Name You Trust, Professionalism You Deserve
Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
Owner/Broker
in CR since 1979

Residential sales
Commercial sales
Property management
Vacation rentals and long-term rentals
Tour desk

 Century 21 Jacó Beach Realty
Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
U. S. A. phone numbers:  (213) 283-5168 
or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com
8918-1/15/17

Costa Rica's first Realtor specialized
in eco properties, eco consulting and green living.

Eco
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   • Specialized in the Central and South Pacific.
   • Great network of Realtors, to find your dream
          property
   • Homes, condominium & luxury homes
   • Eco lodges and hotels
   • Green properties and waterfalls
   • Farms and developments
   • Sustainable and green living communities.
   • Property management in the Jacó area
www.ecorealtorscr.com    info@ecorealtorscr.com
Telephone: +506 2637-6285
cell: +506 8825-6556  
Skype: ecorealtorscr
Facebook: ecorealtorscr
In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó
Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
8991-4/17/17

Jim Day, representing Colinas del Sol
del Pacifico, S.A.

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* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit tree orchards.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $40,000 USD , and many can be combined for those wanting a larger area for their chosen passion, be it a hobby horse farm or retirement haven.
* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, Northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club
Contact Jim Day
Email:  JimDay50@aol.com 
or Phone:  001 517 484-3675.
Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
8951-8/29/16
Readers get chance to have their say

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Few readers have expressed their presidential preference this year, and one theory is that expat voters are disgusted with all of the candidates.

One reader said privately that he was just going to hold his nose and vote for his candidate.

Still A.M. Costa Rica will be happy to publish letters about political choices, even though the statements might come back to haunt an expat in three years.

This political season there seems to be little chance of persuasion. Minds seem to be made up. But there is something to be said for standing up and making political views known in a democracy. Plus some readers might like to hear about the candidates from parties other than Republican and Democrat.

The U.S. general election is Nov. 8. As A.M. Costa Rica said in March, editors will publish preference letters through Friday, Oct. 14.  Then the newspaper will publish its opinion as the last word.

Readers can find plenty of information on how to vote absentee online. Ballots from individual counties also contains names for many more offices, and information about the candidates sometimes is mailed to registered voters here. Otherwise, an Internet search is required to make reasoned decision.



Our reader’s opinion
After conventions, writer gives views

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Americans are fed up with Washington.  We are tired of a gridlocked government where insults and ideological posturing substitute for civil debates and careful compromises.  We long for an occupant of the Oval Office who sympathizes with all sides of the issues and maneuvers to find the moderate common ground.

Such a chief executive might, for example, be a gun owner who nonetheless understands the need for universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons.  He or she might personally oppose abortion, but understand why women alone must remain empowered to make this agonizing choice, albeit with sufficient state restrictions to ensure that the decisions aren't made frivolously and adequate state support for adoption services as well as the mothers in difficult circumstances who choose to raise an unplanned child themselves.  Indeed, he or she might personally oppose the death penalty, but begrudgingly enforce it for heinous crimes in which the culprits have been  fairly tried and duly convicted.

And the chief executive we want might favor strict regulation of the big banks, while also support relaxed regulations for the community banks that have never been part of the problem and would be unreasonably burdened by excessive regulations.  He or she should be a strong advocate of environmental protections, but simultaneously a proven manager of a vibrant free market economy.  He or she should support a strong military defense, even perhaps have a son or a daughter in uniform, but oppose a military that overreaches by blundering into foreign wars that achieve nobody's objectives and only leave carnage and terrorists in their wake.

Ideally, the desired chief executive will have been raised in the heartland — somewhere say like Missouri — by parents of middling means.  We'd like him or her to have a visceral understanding of the middle and working classes, not to have merely read about us in the newspapers.  It's okay, even admirable, if our preferred chief executive followed a state university education with a Harvard law degree, but let that have been earned by merit, not a birthright bestowed by privileged parents.

Similarly, we'd like it if our chief executive's political career began with election to a local office, say a city council, rather than the top.  Good chief executives understand how federal policies affect local communities — and it doesn't hurt for them to have experience managing local garbage collection (and recycling) too.  Sure, we want a chief executive who has risen beyond the local city council — say to governor and U.S. senator — but experience in local government provides a grounding that most national politicians sorely lack.

In multi-ethnic America, it would be impossible to have a chief executive who is a member of all the ethnic groups.  But suppose our ideal occupant of the Oval Office is a white male.  Wouldn't it be great if he were also a longterm member of a church with a congregation comprised of both blacks and whites, and wonderful if he had enough firsthand experience with both Latinos and in Latin America to speak Spanish?

We have just this candidate this year.  He is Tim Kaine, senator from Virginia — a  super guy, and exactly the kind of chief executive the country needs.

Yeah, I realize that the woman he's running with leaves a lot to be desired.  Then again, in her first executive decision, Hillary Clinton made a good one:  She chose Tim Kaine as her running mate.

America's voters are faced with an awful choice this year.  Three of the four candidates in the two main parties are sorry specimens of our national politics.  These include a billionaire bully whose only political experience has been bribing public officials, his opportunistic milquetoast running mate who learned everything he knows about politics from watching Ronald Reagan's campaign commercials, and a stuck-in-the-1970s' feminist who imagines that the country's only challenge is to foist her through a nebulous glass ceiling.  Voters will have to hold their noses no matter which ticket they choose — either that or throw away their votes in protest support for a third party also-ran.

Fortunately, one of the four candidates — Tim Kaine — is actually a good choice.  Although voting for Tim will only get us half of what we want, half is better than nothing.

Half is also a reasonable compromise — and at the end of the day, politics is about compromising.
Ken Morris
San Pedro


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