- Pay Stubs and Canceled Checks: 1 year, then shred those you will not need for tax, warranty or insurance purposes.
- Credit/Debit Card and ATM Receipts: after you have checked the transactions against your monthly statements, store if you are saving for tax purposes.
- Before discarding, shred all statements from your health plan, items with your signature, credit account number, phone or cell phone number, social security number or legal information.
- Keep store receipts until you are sure you won’t need to return or exchange the item. Any items that have warranties should be attached to the warranty information and saved in case you need proof of purchase.
- Supporting tax documentation, such as receipts, W-2s, 1099s, canceled checks and credit card statements for 3 years after the returns filing due date. Keep copies of your actual tax returns permanently.
- Keep warranty cards, instructions and receipts for high-ticket items for as long as you own the item.
- Keep canceled checks and invoices for permanent home improvements until you sell your house.
- Store car maintenance records until you sell the car. Give these documents to the new owner. Keep the title for as long as you own the vehicle but do NOT keep it in the car.
- Keep records of the purchase and sale of mutual funds and stocks until you’re reported the transactions to the IRS and keep the records with our other tax related documents.
Time: 1pm to 5pm
At the East Lyme Community Center Parking Lot
Pull up to the Senior Center entrance
No pre-registration required
Please stay in your car
Wear a mask
Wear short sleeves
Bring all insurance cards.
No cash can be accepted this year.
The following insurance will be accepted:
Medicare (must have Part B)
Blue Cross Managed Medicare
Aetna Managed Medicare
Time: 8:30am to 12pm
For East Lyme residents only. Please bring proof of residency to event. Limit of 2 banker boxes. No charge. Will accept donations of non-perishable food items for Care & Share. Please check expiration dates. If possible, remain in your car. Pack your items accordingly so we can easily take them out of your vehicle.
From the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection:
Guidelines for Shredding & Saving Personal Documents
Documents that should be kept permanently in a fireproof box or home safe
Birth & marriage certificates
Current/up to date passport
College transcripts, diplomas
Pension plan & retirement plans documents
Credit card & loan agreements
Social Security cards
Divorce decree and property agreements
Stock purchase agreements
Mortgage documents, home inventory, insurance policies
Will and living will
By the beginning of October, you should have received your application for an absentee ballot. If you have not yet received it, you can go online to download the application at:
As a reminder, if you choose to vote by absentee you can fill out the application and mail it to the East Lyme Town Clerk in the self-addressed stamped envelope that is provided with each application. You can also put the application in the drop box in front of the Town Hall (street side at the top of the stairs and the handicapped ramp) or you can bring it into the Town Clerk’s Office. If you have any questions when you receive the application please contact Karen Miller Galbo, East Lyme Town Clerk at 860-739-6931 ext. 1135.
Watch for details in the November newsletter about an upcoming Grab-n-Go dinner sponsored by the Niantic Lions and the Niantic Leos. To be held on November 19th.
The Open Enrollment Period (OEP) for Medicare Part D/Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans coverage is from November 1st to December 15th, 2020. Participants are encouraged to review their coverage to determine if any changes are needed. If a change is made, it goes into effect as of January 1, 2021.
During OEP, changes can be made to various aspects of your coverage. You can switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage or vice versa. You can switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another. You can switch from one Medicare Part D plan to another. And if you did not enroll in a Medicare Part D plan when first eligible, you can do so during the OEP although a late enrollment penalty may apply.
If you would like assistance to help you review your situation, the Senior Center will be available. Contact the Senior Center office during the month of October so we can get your specifics. We will then contact you with details about how we will be able to assist as we are still operating under COVIP-19 restrictions.