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    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.

    Application Deadline is May 15th for the Elderly and Disabled Homeowner program.

    As a reminder, the application deadline for filing the Elderly and Disabled Homeowner application is May 15th. For individuals currently participating in this program, you would have previously been contacted by the Preston Assessor’s Office indicating a need to reapply for this important benefit. The Town of Preston has placed a “drop Box” outside of its main entrance to assist residents in supplying important information to individual departments. If using the drop-box, please include your name and telephone number in a sealed envelope containing your personal information. Please mark the envelope: Attention: Fran Minor. I will notify you that I am in receipt of your documents.

    New Information about ECTC Program:

    Good news for individuals who currently participate in the ECTC medical transportation grant. There will be an additional 6 round trips granted to this year’s program. So, if you have already maxed out your rides, you will receive the benefit of scheduling a few more trips. Contact ECTC as you normally would to schedule your medical transportation. Phone 860-848-5910.

    Challenge yourself – Content by Judy

    We are in a new decade in a new century in the midst of a huge political season.

    Take some time and reflect. Decide what you believe in today. Challenge yourself.

    Don’t settle for status quo.

    What we thought was most important in the past might have changed. We are not the person we were 20 years ago nor is the world the same.

    I recently was at a networking event and we were asked “What is important enough to you that you would protest for it?” That’s a pretty deep question to answer when you don’t know those around you. My answer was “our basic rights” The freedom of speech. The right to assemble. The right to bear arms and the right to vote.

    For others it was the ocean or the environment. We all know there are many important issues. Some have been around for a very long time and resurface. And this country was founded so we as individuals could not be suppressed. We have freedom of speech which enables us to voice our beliefs and we need to continue to exercise all these basic rights.

    We need to be a part of the process. We need to stand for what we believe in. We need to be different. Have different beliefs and wants.

    But we need to hear each other and be respectful.

    Look around at the candidates running for office. In your town, state and nationally.

    Who stands out? Who is expressing what you are thinking? Who do you think would do the best job?

    Pick a campaign or pick a cause. Get out there. Get involved. I don’t know of a group that isn’t welcoming others to join them. Campaign for what and who you believe in.

    Remember we don’t all need to agree. But we must respect our differences and listen to those other opinions.

    And as Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed’ it’s the only thing that ever has.”

    Now go out and be a part of that change!

    “ Real ID” Project releases information on identification need to fly on an airplane:

    *Starting October 1st, 2020 every adult boarding an aircraft in the United States including ALL DOMESTIC FLIGHTS will need a REAL-ID Compliant Driver’s License or a REAL-ID State Issued ID

    *Real-ID Compliant Driver’s Licenses are generally marked with a STAR located in the upper portion of the card/Enhanced driver’s licenses are generally marked with a flag

    *Passengers who do not provide a REAL-ID with a star (or another type of ID mentioned on the specific airline websites) will not be permitted through the security checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly

    *If you do not have a REAL-ID License you may use a different form of ID including passports-check specific airline websites for a complete list of acceptable forms of ID

    *Travelers who are not sure if their State-issued ID is compliant should check with their State Driver’s License agency

    *Michigan, Vermont, Minnesota and New York-Real ID and State issued enhanced Driver’s licenses

    *State-issued enhanced driver’s licenses are marked with a flag

    *Please check your local DMV for the documents needed to receive a REAL-ID

    For additional information go to: CT Department of Motor Vehicles: https://portal.ct.gov/DMV