The Milford Senior Center is open to everyone 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
Season Greetings from our family to yours!
A very sincere thank you to Mayor Benjamin Blake, Milford Council on Aging Board of Directors, Board of Aldermen, City of Milford departments, non-profit agencies, clubs, organizations, businesses, schools, churches, families and individuals that have assisted us throughout the year in serving the older adults in the Milford Community.
From the desk of the Editor
Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa! There is a burst of activity at our Center these days! Boxes of holiday decorations are being opened, the Center’s Chorus and Band, The Note Ables, have been rehearsing music of the season while bursts of gusty winds and cold temperatures are reminding us that once again, it’s time to celebrate the holidays! Doesn’t it seem like we just celebrated Halloween and Thanksgiving? Speaking of celebration, I hope many of you were at the veteran’s luncheon tribute held in honor of all Milford servicemen and women at our Center during November. There were over 300 people at this event. It was so moving to see these men and women stand at attention when their branch of service was announced. Senator Gayle Slossberg visited the luncheon and led everyone in singing God Bless America! The Arts and Craft Class is holding a Craft Sale, Monday, December 2, 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. in Room 4 at our Center. This is a great opportunity to purchase a beautiful, handmade gift for that very special person in your life! Speaking of handmade items, Center member, Tillie Piompiano crochets two lap robes a week that are distributed to convalescent homes. Nice work, Tillie! If you are interested in obtaining a free emergency cell phone, call Rose Kristie, Administrative Assistant at 203 877-5131 for details. Please check out page 5, Special Events in this Bulletin and discover a fun filled month of activities! Happy holidays!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS !
Mary Maloney, Pat Hoppes, Thomas Fernino, Catherine Vinceleti, Blance Capozzi, Grethe Haaland, Carol Manos, Beatrice Martone, Maureen Brannelly and Robert Wolfe. Also, Charlene Pianello, John LaBanca, Maureen LaBanca, Betsy Ratner, Joseph Roberts, Paul Holmes and Jacqueline Holmes. Also, Mary Ellen Potter, Christian Romano, Rosario Diaz, Felix Melendez, Johnny McLaughlin, Christopher McLaughlin, Linda Boulton, Marilyn Condie, Linda Pinto, David Dayle, Ann Danenberg and Leigh Danenberg.
FRIENDS FOR EVER
Mark Grant and Terry Manno, Center members, became lasting friends with Pat Magut, left, who has retired as a volunteer at the Milford Senior Center. Pat is a writer and has written stories for our Bulletin. Janice Bonner, another friend of Pat’s, along with Terry and Mark, visit and keep in touch with their special friend regularly.
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 Sharon Szturma, Human Resources Manager 203-877-5131.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
DECEMBER BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRANTS!
Judy Goldwyn, personal historian, presented a grown up show and tell program at our Center recently.Members and visitors had the opportunity to display heirlooms along with their description and history.The Center offers many varied and interesting presentations, all of which are open to members and the public.
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.
Officer Jeffrey Nielsen of the Crime Prevention Office at the Milford Police Department provides the following information. You may reach Officer Nielsen at203-874-2366 or Emailcrime1@ci.milford.ct.us
TIGTA Warns of “Largest Ever” Phone Fraud Scam Targeting Taxpayers
The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA) issued a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in an effort to defraud them.
As of March 2014 TIGTA has received reports of over 20,000 contacts and has become aware of thousands of victims who have collectively paid over $1 million as a result of the scam, in which individuals make unsolicited calls to taxpayers fraudulently claiming to be IRS officials.
TIGTA urges taxpayers to heed warnings about the sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, noting that the scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every State in the country. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.
The truth is the IRS usually first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone.
If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and uses threatening language if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.
The callers who commit this fraud often:
Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security Number.
Make caller ID information appear as if the IRS is calling.
Send bogus IRS e-mails to support their scam.
Call a second time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, and the caller ID again supports their claim.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here’s what to do:
If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
WE SALUTE OUR VETERANS
MILFORD SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN WERE HONORED AT A LUNCHEON AT THE MILFORD SENIOR CENTER.
Robert Swirsky, Guest Speaker
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.