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New Wayland program aims to keep people secure

Firemen training with Safety Net Tracking system. Photo from Wayland Fire Dept Facebook Page

Wayland Town Crier 5/23/17: New Wayland program aims to keep people secure. Town officials are teaming up to promote an array of services to help keep seniors and others safe. The services, which include new and existing efforts, are being promoted under the WAY-SECURE program, Fire Chief David Houghton said. “It certainly is being proactive,” Council on Aging Director Julie Secord said of the program, which in part seeks to provide firefighters with valuable information before an emergency happens.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Impossible Dream 1967 Red Sox

CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM 1967 RED SOX
Wednesday, May 24, 1:30pm
with author- Red Sox historian HERB CREHAN
Wayland Town Building – COA

The 1967 Boston Red Sox were 100:1 underdogs to win the American League Pennant—and most experts even thought that was generous. And yet the Impossible Dream team defied all odds and clinched the AL Pennant on the last day of the 1967 season.

Herb Crehan has interviewed 21 members of this Impossible Dream team—also known as “The Cardiac Kids”—plus Manager Dick Williams and Coach Bobby Doer.

As a long-time feature writer for the Red Sox, Herb Crehan has had unprecedented access to these iconic players. He loves to tell the inside story of how the 1967 Red Sox built the foundation of Red Sox Nation.

Don’t miss this fascinating program. No charge but reservations appreciated.

Legal Check-Up Presentation, Wednesday, April 19

Legal Check-Up Presentation, Wednesday, April 19, 10:30am
Wayland COA at Town Building
Presenter: Elder Law Attorney, Denise Yurkofsky

What is an Estate Plan and why does everyone need one? It is not just for the elderly, the wealthy or those concerned about estate taxes. Come and understand the importance of each document in a simple estate plan—a will, durable power of attorney, healthcare proxy, living will, homestead declaration and a trust. Learn how they can be helpful to most people in the event of incapacity and at death. Understand the importance of making sure the titling on your assets and beneficiary designations are consistent with your plan. Presentation will also address the probate process, estate taxes, risks of joint ownership and basic long-term care planning. No charge, but reservations appreciated.

Wayland Council on Aging invites anyone 50 or older to: “Barnraising for SENIORS – A Retirement Planning Program” on Thurs, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. [No Cost to Participants]

Barnraising for SENIORS is a ‘People-Helping-People’ Program

The Wayland Council on Aging would like to enroll 24 pre-retirees for “Barnraising for SENIORS – A Retirement Planning Program”. The 4-hour program is free and the organization is a non-profit [501(c)3].

BarnRaising.org was started in Wayland more than ten years ago, and has been featured on the front page of 14 newspapers, NPRs ‘Marketplace’ and on TV.

The “Barnraising for SENIORS” retirement planning program is scheduled for Thursday, May 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. The program is open to anyone interested in getting help with their retirement planning – but, you must register by calling the Wayland COA at 508-358-2990.

Anyone 50 or older who can’t make the Wayland program is invited to attend the Waltham Senior Center program on Tuesday, April 25th, from 5:30 to 9:45 pm. Call 781-314-3498 to register.

“Barnraising for Seniors – A Retirement Planning Program”

Know anyone who needs help with retirement planning? This retirement planning program is designed to help individuals 50 years and older.  It is a free, highly interactive & unique, 4-hour program, designed to help you with your planning for retirement . . . but you must Register at the Waltham Council on Aging [781-314-3498].

Date: Tuesday, April 25
Time: 5:30 to 9:45pm
Location: Waltham Senior Center, 488 Main St, Waltham, MA.

BarnRaising.org was founded by Wayland’s Dana Aaron, Ph.D., and has been on the front page of 14 newspapers and featured on NPR’s ‘Market Place.’

Questions? Contact Dana Aaron at 508-358-2299 or at Dana.Aaron@BarnRaising.org.

Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit Seminar, March 6

The following was submitted by Senator Ross’ office:

Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) and Representative Carmine Gentile (D-Sudbury) are pleased to announce that they are hosting an informational seminar on the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit at the Wayland Senior Center (41 Cochituate Road) on Monday, March 6 th at 11:30am. They will be joined by Brian Lynch of the Massachusetts Department ofRevenue. This event is open to all.

“With tax season approaching, the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit can offer a substantial amount of relief and assistance to seniors in need,” said Senator Ross. “Every year we host  these seminars because many of our constituents are unaware of the potential savings available to them. I encourage all of my constituents who are eligible to attend this information session and learn how they can benefit from this essential program.”

“This tax credit brings relief to thousands of eligible seniors each year,” said Rep. Carmine Gentile. “I urge everyone to attend this event to learn how you, a neighbor, or relatives may benefit.”

The Senior Circuit Breaker is a tax credit for senior citizens whose property payments account for more than 10% of their annual income. Eligible seniors will receive a dollar credit on their Massachusetts tax return for every dollar that their total property tax, water, and sewer bills exceed 10% of their income. A maximum of $1070 credit is available. Additionally, if the taxpayer has not claimed the tax credit in the past, (s)he may claim it for the previous three  years.

To be eligible, taxpayers, aged 65 years or older, must own or rent their residence in Massachusetts, and have an annual income of: $57,000 or less for a single filer; $71,000 or less for a head of household; and $86,000 or less for joint filers. If a taxpayer’s property is assessed at $720,000, (s)he is not eligible for the tax credit.

Proposed 2017-18 School Budget: How does it affect older residents?

Coffee Hour and Discussion
Friday, January 6 at 10:30am, COA, Wayland Town Building

The Wayland School Committee invites senior residents to attend a special session on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 10:30 am in the Council On Aging. Dr. Paul Stein, Superintendent of Schools, and Barb Fletcher, a member of the School Committee, will present a summary of the Superintendent’s Recommended FY2018 Budget. Residents are then welcome to ask questions and share comments. The Committee will consider this information as it begins budget deliberations for the 2017-2018 school year. Reservations are not necessary but appreciated. 508 358 2990.