The Milford Senior Center is open to Milford residents 55 and over, regardless of color, creed, national origin, sex or sexual orientation.
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The Milford Senior Center is a United Way Agency
The Mission of the Milford Senior Center is to serve the specialized needs of Milford’s Senior population.
Benjamin G. Blake
Lillian A. Holmes
Janice M. Jackson
Eleanore Myers Turkington
STATE OF CONNECTICUT – HOMEOWNERS TAX CREDIT PROGRAM
and the CITY OF MILFORD – LOCAL TAX CREDIT BENEFIT
Applications for the State of Connecticut Homeowners Tax Credit Program and the City of Milford Local Tax Credit Benefit are being taken in the Assessors office located at the Parson’s Government Complex, 70 West River St.
Eligibility for benefits shall be based upon applicant’s proof of ownership as of October 1, 2017, resident status and financial eligibility. A qualified applicant must be 65 years of age by December 31, 2017, also those persons under age 65 who are considered 100% Social Security Disabled may apply. If you are qualifying as 100% disabled, please bring a current printout from Social Security which must include a statement of your disability and when it began. Please ask for a BPQY. To receive a printout, please call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213.
THE APPLICATION FILING PERIOD IS:
FEBRUARY 1, 2018 THROUGH MAY 15, 2018
9:00a.m. To 12:00p.m 2:00p.m. To 4:00p.m.
APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE TAKEN DURING THE ABOVE TIME PERIODS
MAXIMUM INCOME GUIDELINES FOR THIS YEAR ARE:
State of Connecticut – Homeowners Tax Credit Program
$35,300 – Single Person $43,000 – Married Couple
City of Milford – Local Tax Credit Benefit
$50,300 – Single Person $58,000 – Married Couple
Qualifying income is defined as all taxable and nontaxable income. This definition includes taxable income as may be reported for Federal Income Tax purposes, as well as nontaxable income. All monies received are to be considered of qualifying income, unless specifically exempted.
PLEASE BRING WITH YOU THE FOLLOWING:
1.If a Federal Income Tax Return is filed for 2017, it is a statutory requirement that a copy must be presented to our office.Please bring the entire Federal Income Tax Return.In addition to the Federal Income Tax Return for 2017, if you are receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement earnings, please bring the 2017 SSA-1099 (for both spouses). If you are receiving Veteran pensions and Veteran Disability Pensions please provide a letter from the VA (1-800-827-1000) stating total earnings for 2017.
2.If you do not file a Federal Income Tax Return for 2017, please bring all proofs of income for 2017. For example, bring in statements of wages, bonuses, commissions, fees, gratuities, payment for Jury Duty, lottery winnings, annuities and pensions, IRA distributions, interest, dividends, net rent or proceeds from sales of property, Veteran Pensions and Veteran Disability Pensions, and any other proofs of income (taxable and non-taxable). If you are receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement earnings, please bring the 2017 SSA-1099 (for both spouses).
If you have any questions, please contact the Assessors office at (203) 701-4419.
IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY ON THE PROGRAM AND FAIL TO RENEW BY THE DEADLINE ON YOUR YEAR TO REPORT, YOUR BENEFIT WILL BE REMOVED.
FROM THE DESK OF EDITOR ELEANORE TURKINGTON
March is 31 days long and just crammed full of holidays! March 8th is International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. American Red Cross and Fire Prevention are celebrated as well. The birth flower this month is the daffodil. We have celebrated a number of March birthdays in our family. Hurray for March!. Just a reminder, there are two FREE tax programs available at our Center currently, which will be running until mid- April. You might want to check out the details on page 5 of this month’s Bulletin. Periodically, we provide a full page of programs and activities for day and evening classes in our Bulletin. Literally, the categories run from A to Z beginning with Art class to Zumba Gold. Activities abound here at the Center. Page 6 of every Bulletin offers a thumb size list of classes and special programs. I wrote a new column beginning this month called, “Remember When”. If you would like to share a few memories, let me know. There is a new face in our Insurance Office, John Cornelius, an employee who will be introduced to you in an interesting interview in this month’s issue. Hello John, welcome aboard!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Our new members begin today with David Donlan, Pauline Davey, Shay Cwikla, and Talina Damskiy Kathi Cavaliere, Eleana Carozza, Donald Burns, Daniel Salas Brown, Andrew Adam and Diane Kero. Also, Janet Kasuba, Dee Jordan, Pamela Helwig, Cathie Gunther, Charlene Garrison, Rosemarie Forte, Shirley Flesher and Linda Filanowski. Also, Mary Lou Evans, Linda Evangelisti, David Ellis, Patricia Marazita, Murielle Madore,Maria Mackin and Jack Levine. Also, Freddye Lanzot, Francisco Lanzot, Flor Maria Penrosa, Mary Jane Paris, Lucia Pannella, Ellenor Olson, Walter Musfeldt, Kevin McFarland,Ronald Mastroni and Joan Mastroni. Also, Joanne Swann, Lisa Spiegel, Carl Shallis, Dawn Sena, Lynn Pimenta, William Swann, Janice Young, Anne Theodore-Howard and Jane Werthmann. If you have been considering becoming a member at the Milford Senior Center, please stop in and join the many happy folks who enjoy the programs and services we offer to Milford residents over the age of 55 for an annual fee of $15.00 a year. Our office is open Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please call us at 203 877-5131.
Long time Milford resident John Cornelius is the new part time Insurance Specialist at the Milford Senior Center. Assisting with Medicare Part A, B, D, Title 19, and other insurance support. John is prepared to provide up-to-date assistance to those in need of such help. The position of part time Insurance Specialist requires patience, compassion, and a genuine desire to help individuals with their questions and concerns. Prior to becoming an Insurance Specialist, John volunteered in various capacities at the Center. “In this new position, I enjoy the challenge of interacting with the various government agencies and members of the public.”
John is a retired Deputy Chief of Police for the Greenwich Police Department. In addition to extensive police experience, he has an exceptional background associated with interacting as a facilitator and moderator in various abuse, counseling and offender reconciliation programs.
John can be of assistance at the Center’s Insurance Office, Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Also, our Insurance Specialist, Laura Daneault, is available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Appointments are available by calling 203 877-5131.
Center Art Class Exhibits Paintings
Milford Senior Center Art students participating in the Milford Library Exhibit recently, are George Radwick, Linda Stiewing, Marie Dallas, Pat Russell Knapp, Leslie Kurt, Jammie Mandell, Rita Dering, Mary Tesla, Theresa Maceyunas, Elaine Van Wagner, Patricia Glica, Ginny Regan, Teddy Eisenberg and Alice Avery.
Milford Senior Center Art Class had their paintings displayed in an exhibit at the Milford Library recently. The Art Class under the tutelage of Teacher Gayle Caro, meet every Monday, 1:00 p.m. at the Center.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
MARCH BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRANTS!
How large is Milford?
Are there any museums in Milford?
How many floors are there in Foran High School?
Where can evidence be found of the Glacial Period in Milford?
Who does the “yellow” building on West River Street commemorate?
Trivia answers can be found on page of Healthy side
Do you remember music from the 1940’s? Big Bands were so popular those days. Couples danced closely with one another to the strains of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and so many more. A recent chat with one of our members who reminisced on ‘Those good old days.”
He began listening to those “sounds” at the age of 12 and by the time he turned 16, the local record shop became his second home. Along with a group of buddies, they entered the listening booths to hear the latest popular records.
“In those days, with several friends, we would board the bus to Hartford to catch the sounds of the big band orchestras at the State Theatre. As soon as the short films ended, musicians from a big band appeared on the stage in full force, prepared to entertain a crowded theater. By the way, the tickets were 50 cents. Sometimes, we sat through two performances and enjoyed every minute of it.”
Imagine, seeing the Glenn Miller Orchestra and listening to the strains of Moonlight Serenade, Pennsylvania 65000 and more?
I wonder how many of those music enthusiasts began studying various instruments due to exposure to sweet, mellow and cool jazz.
Several other big band lovers spoke of this music as morale boosters during World War II and how the smooth sounds welcomed them as they returned home on a short furlough. These 78 rpm records greeted everyone those days, reminding us of a happier time to come.
Do you have a memory you would like to share with our readers?
See me, Eleanore Turkington. We can sit down in a quiet, comfortable chair at our Center and talk about the good old days.
Until next month, hoping to hear from you.
TITLE VI COMPLIANCE
Do you know your rights under Title VI? Title VI ensures that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal funding. Milford Council on Aging supports Title VI. For more information visit our web site milfordctseniorcenter.com and go to the link Information and Referrals. You may also email email@example.com or call Liz Kassay, Human Resources Manager 203-877-5131.
Please notify us if you are aware of a member who is in a healthcare facility in Milford. Please call 203- 877-5131 to request a visit from our Friendly Visitor, Maryann Hayes.
Members: Please do not use the road between the Senior Center and the condominium complex as an exit. This road is only to be used to pick up or drop food off, deliveries and City vehicles.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING SITES: If you live at DeMaio Gardens, blood pressure screenings are available the first Tuesday of every month; Foran Towers, the second Tuesday of each month; Jagoe Commons, the third Tuesday of the month and Island View Park, the fourth Tuesday of the month. All blood pressure screenings take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. through the courtesy of Home Care Plus.
Bequest gifts to the MilfordSeniorCenter in memory of a family member or friend are always appreciated. Please mail your gift to Janice M. Jackson, Executive Director, MilfordSeniorCenter, 9 Jepson Drive, Milford, CT.06460
The Milford Senior Center is a partner agency of The United Way of Milford.