Programs

    NASA Is Offering Free Virtual Tours of Space

    At some point or another you’ll find yourself desperate to escape the confines of your quarantine lifestyle. The good news? You can do so without risking your health or that of others. Virtually tour the world’s most iconic museums, historic landmarks, or somewhere that was off-limits before the
    stay-at-home orders were even instituted: outer space.

    https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/nasa-virtual-tours-of-space

    The 75 Best Virtual Museum Tours Around the World [Art, History, Science, and Technology]

    The spread of COVID-19 has placed a halt on so many things in our lives,
    especially our ability to travel, causing many to cancel the vacations they had planned. But while we may be stuck inside, that doesn’t mean we can’t have some new experiences in the meantime. So we’ve put together an ultimate list of 75 world-class museums that offer virtual tours that you can visit from the comfort of your couch!

    Many of the virtual tours include exhibit walk-throughs and the ability to examine some of the world’s best paintings, sculptures, and other pieces up close and personal. These virtual tours are jam-packed with enough details to make you
    feel like you’re really visiting the museum. The experiences are sure to entertain the whole family, an art or history buff, or even those of us who want to imagine the joys of travel again!

    We’ve broken our list down into 4 easy to review sections, including art, natural history, science and technology, and history museums. So whether you prefer to take in a painting at the Van Gogh museum, check out an SR-71 Blackbird at the
    Museum of Flight, or gaze upon the Rosetta Stone, this list has it all!

    https://upgradedpoints.com/best-virtual-museum-tours/

    The Preston Senior Affairs Office has taken on a slightly different way of conducting business.

    Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, face-to-face interaction is temporarily on hold until such time as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has been eliminated. I will continue to accept telephone messages and adjust regular support in completing re-determination forms, SNAP applications, etc. to requesting that you use the US Postal service or the Blue Drop Box located in the front of the Preston Town Hall to deliver your documents to me. Safety is a priority!

    The Blood Pressure Screening conducted monthly at Lincoln Park Housing has been cancelled until further notice.

    Seaside Sanatorium Historical Research Project

    Andrea Masisak, Resource Assistant, State Parks Division, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is compiling a history of the old Seaside Sanatorium in Waterford, Ct.. This location is currently a Connecticut State Park. Integral to the history are the experiences/memories of surviving former patients, staff, and anyone familiar with the daily life of Seaside from
    1934-1958 when it treated children from throughout Connecticut for tuberculosis. As these people are now up in age, Andrea is reaching out to senior centers across the state for assistance in reaching anyone who is familiar with Seaside Sanatorium during those years. If you are willing to assist Andrea, please contact her at 860-424-3413 or by email: Andrea.Masisak@ct.gov.

    Renters Rebate Program and Totally Disabled Program:

    The Renter’s Rebate Program includes the following requirement for Participation:
    1. The claimant must have resided in Connecticut for a one-year period of time prior to filing an application.
    2. Claimant, or spouse, if domiciled together, must have been 65 years of age by the end of the calendar year preceding the filing period; or be 50 years of age or older and the surviving spouse of a renter, who at the time of his/her death, had qualified and was entitled to tax relief. Persons under 65 years of age who are receiving Social Security or disability benefits deemed comparable by the Secretary of OPM are also eligible (applications filed under the disability provision must be accompanied by current proof of disability).
    3. Qualifying income is considered wages, bonuses, commissions, gratuities and fees; self-employment net income; gross Social Security benefits, Federal Supplemental Security income, dividends, interest, annuities; IRA distributions, Black Lung payments; Green Thumb payments; interest resulting from gifts received; Lottery winnings; net rental income, pensions, Railroad Retirement; severance pay, Unemployment Compensation, Workers Compensation, Alimony, etc.
    4. The qualifying income guidelines for the calendar year 2019 must not exceed $45,100.00 for a married couple and $37,000 for unmarried individuals.
    5. The applicant must provide proof of rent and utilities payments during the 2019 calendar year. Individuals interested in making application for the Renters Rebate of Elderly and Totally Disabled Program are requested to contact the Senior Affairs Office at 860-887-5581 ext. 6 for additional instructions. The application filing period is April 1st through October 1st.

    Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, there will be no face-to-face contact for the current application process. The Preston Town Hall has placed a large blue “drop-box” outside of its main entrance for your use. The structure is securely bolted to the concrete. Simply place your information in a sealed envelope and marked: Attention: Fran Minor. Please include your name and phone number with the documents. The Preston Town Hall is located at 389 Route 2, Preston.

    For those individuals living at Lincoln Park Housing, please drop-off your information in the office door mail slot. I will contact you by telephone if your paperwork is incomplete or if clarification is needed.

    As of this printing, there are no changes to the application filing period.