Friday, February 5, 2010
Town News and Events February 2010
To read The People’s Press, Meriden and Wallingford Ct’s Newspaper in image or pdf form go to www.peoplespressnews.com . We are your NewsMagazine! Mayor’s Corner Meriden We are in the dead of a New England winter and have already weathered several big snowstorms. During and after each storm, I receive numerous calls from angry and frustrated residents complaining of snowplows covering driveways and sidewalks with snow or not arriving at all for their street. I can appreciate these concerns and we do our best to remedy these situations if possible. However, I offer some points to consider. Meriden has 190 miles of roadways to plow with 22 trucks. The first priority is major arteries followed by secondary streets, followed by sub divisions, and then cul-de-sacs. Due to these priorities, some residents must wait longer than others to get plowed out. Additionally, the Meriden City Code stipulates that residents are responsible for clearing their walks after a snowstorm within 12 hours after sunrise unless it is a late storm and then the period carries over to the next day. Also, the code prohibits parking on public streets during a snow or ice storm from November 1 to March 15. And finally, the code prohibits pushing snow onto city streets. By following these regulations, residents can assist the city in the snow plowing efforts. For more detailed information and tips about dealing with winter storms, check the city website at www.cityofmeriden.org and click special announcements. Thank you for your assistance and patience during difficult storm related conditions. Mike Rohde Mayor MAX E. MURAVNICK MERIDEN SENIOR CITIZENS’ CENTER The Max E. Muravnick Meriden Senior Citizens’ Center is open to all Meriden residents age 55 and over. Membership is free of charge and new members may sign-up any weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by presenting a driver’s license or other proof of age. New members receive an information package about senior services and a coupon entitling them to one complimentary lunch in our Senior Community Café. Sign-up today and find out about all that is offered for Meriden seniors at the Max E. Muravnick Senior Center! AARP’s trained volunteer Tax-Aide counselors are once again ready to help local seniors with income tax advice and actual preparation of your 2009 Federal and State income tax returns. Meriden AARP volunteers will be at the Max Muravnick Senior Center each Wednesday, from Wednesday, February 3 until Wednesday, April 7. This free service is offered by appointment which may be made by calling the Senior Center at 203-237-0066. The Meriden Antique Veterans, World Post #1, completed another outstanding year of service to the community in 2009. The group officiated with honor guards at a record 121 funeral services during the calendar year, exceeding the previous high of 114 funerals several years ago. Since 9/11 the group has taken part in 835 funeral services! Their participation in uniform with a rifle squad, service flags, a bugler and the folding and presentation of the American flag to the family is a great tribute to the departed veteran and a source of comfort and support to those left behind. The Meriden Antique Veterans were formed in 1996 and meet weekly each Thursday morning at 9:30 AM in the mezzanine level of the Meriden Senior Center. New members are always welcome and the meetings are open to any honorably discharged veteran, male or female, of any branch of the United States Armed Forces. Congratulations and thank you to the Meriden Antique Veterans for all you accomplished in 2009! A Valentine Dinner Dance will be held at the Senior Center on Thursday, February 11 with music provided by Vinnie Carr. The dinner menu of roast beef, baked potato with chives and sour cream, peas with mushrooms, dessert and coffee will be served from 5:00 to 6:00 with dancing from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Tickets are available now for Meriden residents at a cost $6 per person and may be purchased at the Senior Center. The next session of the AARP Driver Safety Program at the Senior Center will be on Wednesday, April 21 and Friday, April 23 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Class participants will learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and much more in this 8-hour course. Successful completion of the classroom course also entitles you to a discount on your automobile insurance premiums. The course fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Reservations for the class are now being accepted by calling the Senior Center at 203-237-0066. Additional AARP Driver Safety Classes this year at the Senior Center will be held on July 21 & 23 and November 3 & 5, 2010. The Elderly and Disabled Homeowners’ Tax Relief Program sponsored by the State of Connecticut has now started. Any elderly or disabled Meriden homeowner can apply for a credit to their local property taxes at the Meriden Tax Assessor’s Office at City Hall between February 1 and May 17, 2010. To be eligible applicants or their spouse must have been 65 or older by December 31, 2009 or be on Social Security Disability. You must own and live in the house for which you claim a tax credit and the income limits are $32,300 for a single person and $39,500 for a married couple. Applications for tax relief are also available for qualified veterans. For more information contact the Tax Assessor’s Office at 630-4065. Save the date for a Reverse Mortgage Seminar on Wednesday, March 10 at 10:30 AM presented by Wells Fargo Home Mortagage. Learn how people aged 62 and over can convert some of their home’s equity into cash to help pay bills, cover healthcare costs, make home repairs, or address other financial needs. A free, no cost or obligation program in the first floor meeting room at the Senior Center. The 21st annual Walk for Warmth will be held on Saturday, March 6 at 10:00 AM in downtown Meriden to raise money for energy assistance for people in need in our community. Last year’s walk raised $20,000 and I raised $330 through your generous pledges. People willing to make a pledge again this year are asked to sign-up in the front office and I thank you for your support! Meriden AARP Chapter #2954 will meet on the lower level of the Senior Center on February 10, 2010 at 12:30, general meeting at 1:30, and entertainment at 2:00. The program at 2:00 will be a slide show by Peter Burch with many wonderful pictures of his trip to Egypt and Jordan. There will also be a raffle of three Valentine’s Day baskets and more! For a complete listing of all Senior Center classes, activities, trips and meal menus, pick-up a copy of our newsletter available on the first of each month at the reception desk in the front lobby. John F. Hogarth Senior Center Director January 29, 2010 Mayor’s Corner Wallingford Dear Friends: The Spring 2010 Wallingford Parks and Recreation Guide to Leisure and Fun has just arrived – a sure sign that warmer weather is on its way. There are numerous programs for every age group to enjoy. Early childhood programs for our preschool children include Language Lingo and Flights of Fancy for 2 year olds with a parent. Children 6-11 can enjoy the February 15 – 19th school break with Winter Warriors. Hop on a bus and head out on trips for lots of fun. Spring Stingers provides children 6-11 an opportunity to go on trips during the spring school break which is scheduled for April 19 – 23rd. Voyager Trips this summer include a Radio City Backstage Tour, a tour of Fenway Park and a tour of the new Yankee Stadium. New in Sports and Leagues for children ages 5-6 and 7-8 years old this year is Skyhawk Tennis an exciting new play format for learning tennis at an early age. There are also instructions for a variety of sports including volleyball, baseball, basketball, football, fencing and martial arts. There are many Health and Fitness classes to choose from tailored for most everyone’s needs. You can take ballroom dancing; learn swing, Latin, Country /Western and new this year the “Thrill of Dance” a tribute to the King of Pop Michael Jackson. The Guide for 2010 is indeed a wonderful opportunity for “Leisure and Fun”. Sign up now! Sincerely, William W. Dickinson, Jr. Mayor jms 1/29/10 WALLINGFORD SENIOR CENTER FEBRUARY 2010 EDITION WSC GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE Looking for a gift for your special senior? Consider purchasing a Wallingford Senior Center Gift Certificate for a family member or friend. Our gift certificates, which are available at the front desk, may be used toward senior center classes, trips, special events, and Lake View Café meals. VALENTINE’S CELEBRATION Thursday, February 11, 10:30 AM Don’t miss our annual salute to love at our Valentine’s Celebration on February 11. The festivities include fabulous musical entertainment provided by We Got Rhythm (back by popular demand), as well as Valentine’s Day treats and activities. Please sign up if you plan to attend. VALENTINE LUNCHEON Thursday, February 11, 12 Noon Following our Valentine’s Celebration, Lake View Café will serve a special luncheon. The menu includes: Tossed Garden Salad with Creamy Dressing, Three Cheese Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Lemon Meringue Pie, and Coffee. Tickets are $5.00 and are on sale through February 9. SOCIAL SINGLES VALENTINES PARTY Thursday, February 4, 6:00 – 9:00 PM Attention singles aged 55+! Join us for a Valentine’s Day Party with DJ Todd from Jock in the Box featuring music of the 50’s and 60’s. Refreshments will include hors d’oeuvres, punch and dessert. Advance tickets are $10.00 ($12.00 at the door). Invite your single friends! For more information call Ruth at 203-269-5492. Visit the Social Singles website at www.socialsingles.wlfdseniorctr.com. SOCIAL SINGLES VIRTUAL BOWLING February 10 & 24, 1:30 PM Social Singles now has its own Wii Bowling Team! We will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month in the Great Room from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. Please sign up if you plan to participate. If you are interested in more information about Social Singles, please visit our website at www.socialsingles.wlfdseniorctr.com. LIVING WITH CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE Wednesday, February 17, 10:30 AM Learn how Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is diagnosed and treated. This program, sponsored by MidState Medical Center, will be presented by Donna Jones, RN. Please sign up if you plan to attend. LOVE YOUR HEART! – WOMEN & HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE Monday, February 22, 10:30 AM This month’s edition of “To Your Health” will focus on women and high blood pressure. Please sign up to attend this important program which is presented by the Visiting Nurse Association of Wallingford. 2010 GOLF LEAGUE Our Coed Golf League, coordinated by Howard Griesing, and held at Miner Hills Golf Course, will begin its eleventh season in May. This year, instead of two ten-week sessions, there will be one sixteen-week session, running from May 18 through August 31. The cost for play and the final week cookout is $235.00 for members and $240.00 for non-members. Sign-up will begin in May. Additional details will follow. SENIOR STARS FINAL UPDATE The final Senior Stars Karaoke competition was held on YouTube in December, and our own John Ferreira, who sang “Barefootin’”, was the statewide third place winner! Congratulations, John! And, congratulations to Cheryl Mrazik, who was a finalist in the karaoke competition. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Just a reminder that your Senior Center has many different activities and interest groups to keep you occupied during the long, cold winter! For the creative folks we offer quilting, ceramics, clay sculpture, wood carving, knitting and crocheting. Like games? Come play Wii sports, bridge, pinochle, setback, mah jongg, bunco, bingo, or Scrabble. Need activity? Try ping pong, billiards, tap dancing, dancing with DJ Donald, or our many fitness classes. We also have two singing groups, a current events discussion group, computer classes and a Bible discussion group. You could hang out with friends, have breakfast or lunch, relax and watch TV or listen to live music. Or, find out ways to volunteer. Come meet new friends and have fun at the Wallingford Senior Center! SOCIAL SERVICES IN ORDER TO SERVE YOU BETTER, PLEASE CALL TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE SOCIAL WORKER, EILEEN FLYNN, AT 265 7753. THANK YOU. FOOD PANTRIES IN WALLINGFORD Need a little help with your food bill? Listed below are the names, addresses, and times you can visit. •Angel Food Ministries: Get $75.00 worth of food for $30.00. See member interest table at the center, or call 203-284-8975 for additional information. •Master’s Manna: 46 North Plains Road (in back). ID required (Photo ID, Birth Certificate or medical card). Distribution times: Tuesday & Thursday, 9-12; Fridays, 4-8 p.m. •Good News Food Pantry: 46 John Street (Good News Church). Distribution time: Wednesday, 11:00 a. m. – 2:00 p.m. •Elderly Nutrition Meals: The Town of Wallingford is able to provide meals to seniors who meet the criteria. Please call 203-294-2060 for additional information. •Local churches: Call your church to find out if there is a food pantry available. CONSUMER INFORMATION Banks and Credit Union Overdraft Practices Please be aware of banking practices such as: covering ATM withdrawals, debit card purchases and preauthorized electronic payment of bills. When there is not enough money in your account to cover your withdrawals, many banks will automatically cover your shortages BUT they will charge you exorbitant service charges, anywhere from $30.00 to $39.00 for each transaction. Be sure to check with your bank to see what your bank’s procedure is. ASK AN ATTORNEY Tuesday, February 11, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Attorney Daniel O. Tully of Kilbourne & Tully, PC will be available to give free legal advice to those who have questions or need some direction with legal issues. Please call (203) 265 7753 to schedule an appointment. LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP Friday, February 19, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Please join us at our monthly meeting. New members are welcome. Topics of interest are presented by professionals. This group also offers an opportunity to learn about the newest forms of technology as well as provides a chance to exchange ideas about how to manage this lifestyle challenge. Please call (203) 265 7753 to sign up. VETERANS SERVICES Tuesday, February 23, 1:00 – 3:00 pm George Messier, Veterans Services Officer for the Town of Wallingford, will be available to answer questions and assist with benefit information. An appointment is required. Please call 203-265-7753. MEDICARE SAVINGS PROGRAM The Medicare Savings Program assists individuals who meet the income guidelines to pay their Medicare Part B premium. Income limits for a single person range from $1778.91 to $2091.67. For a couple, the income limits range from $2393.55 to $2816.67. There is no asset limit. If you fall within these guidelines, the State may be able to pay your Medicare Part B premium. Income verification is all that is necessary. This includes gross Social Security benefit (gross is before the $96.50 is taken out of the check), pension, dividends, interest, rental income, gross wages, etc. To schedule an appointment for completing the application, please call (203) 265 7753. CT ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 2009-2010 HEATING SEASON Appointments for assistance with fuel continue to be scheduled at the Wallingford Senior Center. Anyone 60 years of age and over is encouraged to apply. Income limits are $30,485.00 for a single person and $39,865.00 for a couple. Asset limits also apply. Liquid asset limit for homeowners: $10,000; non-homeowners $7,000. Please call 203-265-7753 to schedule an important. BENEFITS SCREENING Tuesday, February 16, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Do you often wonder if you might be eligible for any State or Federal programs? Benefits QuickLINK is a free and confidential program which can quickly screen for eligibility. Supporting Documents are not required, but please bring the following information with you to your appointment: 1. Monthly income (social security, pension, dividends and interest). 2. Monthly expenses (heating, fuel, gas, electricity, water, telephone, rent or mortgage payments and medical expenses not covered by health insurance). 3. Asset information (savings, estimated value of home and car, life insurance benefits). 4. A list of all current prescriptions. Registration required. Call 265 7753 now to schedule an appointment. FOOD STAMP PROGRAM (SNAP) The State Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly the Food Stamp Program) has changed its eligibility criteria effective July 1, 2009. Income limits have been increased and there is no asset limit when applying for this program. •Single Income: $1,669.00 month •Couple Income: $2,246.00 month For more information or to schedule an appointment to apply for this program, please call Eileen Flynn, Social Worker at 265 7753. HELP WITH SNOW REMOVAL Need assistance with snow removal? The YOUTH JOB BANK of Wallingford’s Youth & Social Services Department can help. They will find a student from Wallingford to shovel snow for a fee you negotiate directly with the student. You can call the JOB BANK to request assistance before it snows, this way a student will be assigned to assist you prior to a snowfall. Please call 203-294-2175 to request a student or to get additional information. VISIT our website at www.wlfdseniorctr.com! To read The People’s Press, Meriden and Wallingford Ct’s Newspaper in image or pdf form go to www.peoplespressnews.com . We are your NewsMagazine!