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 Milfordís 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 Parsons Government Complex, 70 West River St.. MILFORD, CT
Eligibility for benefits shall be based upon applicant's proof of ownership as of October 1, 2016, resident status and financial eligibility. A qualified applicant must be 65 years of age by December 31, 2016, 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 , 2017 THROUGH MAY 15, 2017
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 $35,200 - Single Person $42,900 - Ma rried Couple
City of Milford - Local Tax Credit Benefit $50,200 - Single Person $57,900 - Married Couple
Qualifying income is defined as all taxa ble and nontaxable income. This definition includes taxable income as may be reported for Federal Income Tax pu rposes, as well as nontaxable income. All monies received are to be considered pa rt of qualifying income, unless specifically exempted.
PLEASE BRING WITH YOU THE FOLLOWING:
1. If a Federal IncomeTax Return is filed for 2016, 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 2016, if you are receiving social security or Railroad Retirement earnings, please bring the 2016 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 2016.
2. If you do not file a Federal Income Tax Return for 2016, please bring all proofs of income for 2016. 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 proof of income (taxable and non-taxable). If you are receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement earnings, please bring the 2016 SSA-1099 (for both spouses).
If you have any questions, please contact the Assessors office at (203) 701-4419.
IF YOUARE 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.
Now, this is going to be a month of celebrating! Among many of March Days to enjoy, we have St. Patrick’s Day, the first day of Spring, the Ides of March Day, National Quilting Day, International Earth Day and National Doctor’s Day. Of course, we also have Ash Wednesday, signifying the beginning of Lent. You may want to check out page 5 of this month’s Bulletin for the free tax preparation schedule held at our Center during March and April. The Amazing Life of St. Patrick will be highlighted at a program, Monday, March 13 at 1:00 p.m. You can celebrate St.Patrick’s Day at a dance at our Center, Friday, March 17 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A stuffed shells or corn beef dinner will be served. Music will be provided by Vinnie Carr. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased through Tuesday, March 14th. Ah, for we many a music lovers, the Milford Senior Center Choral Group and Band will offer us a program of Irving Berlin songs, March 24th and March 26th, Friday’s show at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday’s, at 2:00 p.m. What a great way to celebrate a spring weekend! Here’s another treat for you; our volunteer hairstylist, Maria Hamilton has many talents, among them, she paints unique and unusual landscapes, and the changing seasons and nature. Maria’s paintings will be on display at the Milford Public Library, the month of March.
The Milford Senior Center is hosting free tax preparations through April 17th. Information is available on page 5 of todayís Bulletin.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
The Milford Senior Center welcomes the following new members to our family, Candace Davies, Mark Ryba. Robert Del Favero, Agnes Del Favero, Shirley Insler, Karen May, Marilyn Boone, Alan Guilmette and Richard Satter. Also, Frank Gross, Margery Maass, Gretchen Rich, Jim Betiz, Andrea Betiz, Laura Zawislinski, Frank Scaglione, Phyllis Scaglione and Barbara Plavnicki. Also, Carol Pluchino, Gabriella Rovinelli, Denise Buffa, Bonnie Musicus, Thomas Vereruso, Dennis Demchek, Arlene Johnson and Joan Donahue. Also Barbara Romano, Philip Palumbo, Patricia Shanley, William Hine, Marcia DiCarlo, Marjorie Parks, Catherine Savoie, Andrew Hungaski and Gerry Tessitore.
We watched President Donald Trumpís Inaugural Ceremony at our Center.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Liz Kassay, Human Resources Manager 203-877-5131.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
MARCH BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRANTS!
A 100 DAY CELEBRATION!
The third grade classes at Pumpkin Delight School celebrated their 100th day of school with a 100th Day Food Drive. The students donated 122 pounds of food and 118 cans of groceries to the Milford Food Bank located at the Milford Senior Center. Congratulations and thank you!
MEMBERS OF OUR CENTER'S WRITER'S UNLIMITED CLASS WELCOME SPRING!
Springtime Rose Marie Donahue
When the hours, days and months seem so long That the night’s darkness seems endless, Sometimes allowing us to waken, feeling so forlorn. When days seem to cheat us of the sun’s gold touch So only vague memories of the last spring do we clutch, The barren earth, robbed of all the beautiful colors. Flowers, butterflies, birds and things that make spring For too long have been waiting in the wings.
The harsh winds of winter we have long endured. So shouldn’t now we be rewarded? Yes, rest assured That the long, dreary days once again Change into brilliant joyous ones. And the warmth of sun, mixed with the softness of rain, Once again beckon the season’s beauty to return. For just in the nick of time Old Mother Nature will ring her chime. Welcome early spring in all its prime.
Springtime Is Coming Rosemary Allsop
Don’t worry friend, it will arrive. You’ll know because you will feel so much more alive. Put away the car window scraper and broom. With the snow gone, there’s so much more room For walks on the beach with the sun warm on your face. And time to return to the good old human race.
Where’s The Easter Bunny Carol Ruggiero
A robin wearing earmuffs Leaves foot prints in the snow, Gives hope for spring - somehow. But where’s the Easter Bunny? Oh, he’s driving the snow plow.
Spring Shirley Sweet Bilski
Spring is in the warming air, I can see it everywhere. Buds poke through the barren ground, And I hear the joyous sound Of birds atwitter in the sky Singing to winter a sweet goodbye.
The earth awakes from its winter sleep, Its promise of springtime now to keep. Warm breezes beckon and birds on the wing Sing a song of glorious spring. From the earth the flowers arise, A lovely feast for my eyes.
Please be sure to see more original poetry by Writer”s Unlimited next month!
Police Tips for Social Networking Safety As the popularity of social sites grows, so do the risks of using them. Hackers, spammers, virus writers, identity thieves, and other criminals follow the traffic.
1.Use caution when you click links that you receive in messages from your friends on your social website. Treat links in messages on these sites as you would links in e-mail messages.
2. Know what you’ve posted about yourself. A common way that hackers break into financial or other accounts is by clicking the “Forgot your password?” link on the account login page. To break into your account, they search for the answers to your security questions, such as your birthday, hometown, high school class, father’s middle name, on your social networking site. If the site allows, make up your own password questions, and don’t draw them from material anyone could find with a quick search.
3. Don’t trust that a message really is fromwhom it says it’s from. Hackers can break into accounts and send messages that look like they’re from your friends, but aren’t. If you suspect that a message is fraudulent, use an alternate method to contact your friend to find out. This includes invitations to join new social networks.
To avoid giving away e-mail addresses of your friends, do not allow social networking services to scan your e-mail address book. When you join a new social network, you might receive an offer to enter your e-mail address and password to find out if your contacts are on the network. The site might use this information to send e-mail messages to everyone in your contact list or even everyone you’ve ever sent an e-mail message to with that e-mail address. Social networking sites should explain that they’re going to do this, but some do not. This information was provided by the Milford Police Department
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.