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 CITYOF 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 Assessor’s office located at the Parson’s Government Complex, 70 West River Street.
Eligibility for benefits shall be based upon applicant’s proof of ownership as of October 1, 2014, resident status and financial eligibility. A qualified applicant must be 65 years of age by December 31, 2014, 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. To receive a printout, please call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213.
THE APPLICATION FILING PERIOD IS :
FEBRUARY 2, 2015, THROUGH MAY 15, 2015.
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.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
$34,600- Single Person $42,200- Married Couple
City of Milford- Local Tax Credit Benefit
$49,600- Single Person $57,200 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 part of qualifying income, unless specifically exempted.
PLEASE BRING WITH YOU THE FOLLOWING:
1. If a Federal Income Tax Return is filed for 2014, 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 2014 if you are receiving Social security or Railroad Retirement earnings, please bring the 2014 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 2014.
If you do not file a Federal Income Tax Return for 2014, please bring all proofs of income for 2014. 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 2014 SSA-1099 (for both spouses).
If you have any questions, please contact the Assessor’s office at (203) 783-3229.
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
Well, I don’t know about you, but I have about had it with this snow and frigid weather! I’m looking forward to spring and its promise of hope and anticipation, green grass, home plate and cheering baseball fans! Speaking of sports, look for a new and interesting column in our next Bulletin, by Michael Osacky, an avid sports enthusiast, who will be sharing his experiences and knowledge of the sports world with us. The spring season will also bring income tax deadlines. Our Center will be hosting two free tax preparation programs, the AARP Income Tax Assistance and the VITA Programs, both designed to provide free tax assistance to income taxpayers of all ages. The AARP Income Tax Assistance Program runs each Tuesday and Thursday until April 14th. Call Nancy at 203 877-5131 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for an appointment. The VITA Program runs, Sundays, from noon to 4:00 p.m. and Mondays 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. through April 13, 2015 for all ages and low income families with earnings of $53,000.00. Call 203 736-5420 to register. There was an interesting array of donated items on our Free Table, recently, contributed by Bill Jacowleff, owner of Pruven Towing and grandson of member Terry Manno. Thank you Bill! Joyce Lindsay, Administrator of Home Care Plus has retired. We will miss her warm, interesting comments in our Bulletin’s “On The Healthy Side” column. Welcome to Joyce’s replacement, Marie Pescatore! We will look forward to reading your input on this popular page! Did you happen to see our Center’s member, Roy Green mentioned in Michael Daly’s Connecticut Post Column recently? Roy was one of a huge group of men who volunteered to join the service after learning of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Roy boasts 92 years of age and is a regular visitor to our Center. If you are a resident 55 years of age and older, come on down and sign up to become a member for just $15.00 a year and enjoy the myriad of programs and services available here. Questions, call 203 877-5131.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
Frank LaSella,Monica Menendez, Donna Hyatt, Stanley Solomon, John Keramis, Joan Keramis, Dorothy Marino, Marybeth Chugg and Harry Byrne, Kenneth Petrushonis, Alan Sansone, Arthur Filosi, Irene Norkin, Geraldine McNamara, Ildiko Barabas, Joseph Barabas, Deborah Ryba ,Susan Belligole and Judith Delaney. Also, John Delaney, Sandra Jaynes,Juel Calnen, Erika Skinner, Martha Breen, Christine Ryles, Marie Lawless, John Lawless and Beverly Spiller. We are so happy to have you join our Center and a sincere welcome to our renewal members.
Fireside chairs donated to the Ahrens Program
The Ahrens Program received two fireside chairs in memory of Michael Mercaldo. Pictured following the dedication is l-r, Maryann Hiza, Ahrens Program Assistant, Tom Mercaldo, Renee Allen, Karen Mercaldo, Sally Reed, Rita Whiskeyman, Ahrens Program Coordinator and Janice Jackson, Executive Director of the Milford Senior 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 email@example.com or call Sharon Szturma, Human Resources Manager 203-877-5131.
Members and guests “shook off the winter blues” at a recent Valentine’s Day party at the Milford Senior Center. Music was provided by D.J. “Chuck” Czajkowski who gave the party goers the opportunity to dance and celebrate the holiday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
MARCH BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRANTS!
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.
Sergeant Jeffrey Nielsen of the Crime Prevention Office at the Milford Police Department Provides the folloeing information. You may reach Sergeant Nielsen at 203-874-2366 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
In the case of someone claiming to be on official business, it's a good idea to ask for identification, but that can be faked. It's a better idea to call the agency and confirm that there are legitimate workers in the area. Be especially suspicious of anyone who wants access to your home. In addition, follow these other practices:
Do not leave your purse or wallet out in the open.
Keep jewelry and small valuables in a safe. Use jewelry boxes only for costume jewelry.
Keep all doors locked. If you believe a caller has a legitimate reason to get you out of the house, pick up your key and lock the house behind you.
Elderly individuals may be targeted for the following reasons:
They are more likely to live alone.
They may need help in maintaining their property and may thus be especially vulnerable to those wanting to do yard work, trim trees, maintain fencing and do similar tasks.
They may suffer from impaired cognition or judgment.
They are often conscientious individuals who want to be cooperative.
Do your part to foil distraction burglars by passing on this information to individuals who may be targeted. If a suspicious incident occurs, report it immediately to prevent others in your area from being victimized. It is especially important that victims do not let their embarrassment about falling for a ruse keep them from reporting the crimes. Do not let down your guard even if the person knocking on your door is female or has children in tow. This is another strategy for getting residents to relax their guard.
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.