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    President’s Day Closure

    The senior center will be closed on Monday, February 20th for President’s Day

    Disposal of Sharps by Uncas Health District

    Sharps used at home are not regulated as Biomedical Waste. However,
    throwing them in the household trash or flushing them down the toilet presents
    serious risks for both you and others who may come in contact with such items.
    Improper disposal of sharps can lead to:

    • Needle-stick injuries that cause infection and spread disease;
    • Injuries to curious children, waste haulers, recycling workers, and animals;
    • or Needles washing up on our beaches and riverbanks.

    The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recommends checking with your supplier (i.e., your physician, local hospital, or pharmacy) to see if they are willing to accept properly packaged used sharps. Some companies even offer mail-back disposal services to their customers.

    To properly dispose of sharps:

    • Seal them in rigid, puncture-resistant containers that you can’t see through (i.e., bleach or detergent bottles, coffee cans, etc.);
    • Label the containers “Do Not Recycle,” and,
    • Reinforce containers with heavy-duty tape before throwing them in your
      household trash.

    DO NOT:

    • Throw loose needles in the trash;
    • Flush needles down the toilet:
    • Place needles in soda bottles, cans, or glass containers’ or,
    • Put sharps containers in the recycling bin.

    ** Scam Alert **

    Staff and clients have begun reporting messages appearing to be from DSS
    regarding their EBT card and Renewal. These messages are scams, individuals
    should not call back the number listed on the text message. DSS has not yet
    started texting clients regarding renewals.

    It asks for the caller to enter their card number and PIN in an attempt to
    steal their benefits.

    Messages from DSS will only be sent from the BC (Benefits Center) Number,
    which is 1-855-626-6632 and will only direct individuals to www.mydss.ct.gov, and will contain the first name and the last 4 digits of the client id.

    If the individual called the telephone number back and/or provided someone with their card number/PIN via telephone, they should immediately call and change their EBT PIN by calling the EBT phone line: 1-888-328-2666.

    In addition, the individual should check their EBT balance either through that
    number or online at www.mydss.ct.gov. If it appears that they have stolen your
    benefits, you should contact your local police department.

    ** Scam Alert **

    FROM THE PRESTON RESIDENT TROOPER’S OFFICE

     

    There has been a scam that has targeted the population which claims to be a representative of law enforcement or the States Attorney’s office. These scammers are stating they have a member of your family (son/daughter/grandchildren) in custody (under arrest) for some sort of serious car crash. They will try and convince you to pay them some sort of “bond” to release your family member. They do this either over the phone (using gift cards) or to a courier. These fees are somewhere between $10,000.00-$20,000.00. These scammers will try to convince you to not to bother calling your family member as they have “seized” their cell phone. The couriers that are being sent to pick up the money are from ride sharing/taxicab service applications (such as Uber) and aren’t necessarily part of the scam.

    POLICE DEPARTMENTS, STATE POLICE BARRACKS, OR ANY COURTS WILL NEVER TAKE BOND PAYMENTS OVER THE PHONE OR THROUGH A COURIER. THIS SCAM HAS TARGETED PRESTON RESIDENTS!!!!!!!!!!

    If you receive this scam call please hang up and if you are worried the call might be real call the CT State Police Troop E Barracks at 860-848-6500. If you call us the desk Trooper or Dispatcher will tell you over the phone if you are being scammed or not.

    If you feel you may have fallen victim to this scam call the Troop E Barracks as soon as you realize it. The sooner we know the better.

    Elderly and Totally Disabled Tax Relief Program

    The qualifying income guidelines for the Elderly and Totally Disabled Tax Relief Program application to be filed for the 2022 Benefit year are $40,300.00 for unmarried individuals and $49,100.00 for married persons. The Application filing period is February 1, 2023 through May 15, 2023.

    You will need to provide proof of all sources of income including but not limited to Social Security, pensions, interest statements, employment etc. If you filed Income Tax, a copy of the signed and dated document, including supporting documentation is necessary to provide. It is extremely important that you bring all necessary documentation regarding proof of your income when you arrive for your appointment. Items to be included as part of qualifying income are as
    follows:

    *Wages, bonuses, commissions, gratuities and fees, self-employment net income
    (do not include depreciation expenses).
    *Net Social Security (Box 5 from SSA-1099), Federal Supplemental Security
    Income, payment for jury duty (excluding travel allowance).
    *Dividends and Interest
    *IRA-include only “taxable amount” NOT “total distribution”
    *Black Lung payments
    *Green Thumb payments
    *Interest or proceeds resulting from gifts received
    *Lottery winnings
    *Net income from sale or rental of real or personal property (do not include
    depreciation, receipts for expenses required when no tax return has been filed)
    *Pensions and annuities-include only “Taxable “amount
    *Veteran’s pension and veteran’s disability payment
    *Railroad retirement
    *Severance pay; UNEMPLOYMENT compensation
    *Worker’s compensation
    *Alimony
    *DSS cash assistance (SAGAP)
    *Legal Settlements-Net Proceeds
    *Dependency and Indemnity Compensation from Dept. of Veterans Affairs
    *Cancellation of Dept
    *If property is owned in trust any distributions received from the trust (Verified
    with a copy of the trust federal tax return)
    *Capital gains total from previous year only (a capital loss carryover from a
    previous year should be excluded from qualifying income calculations)

     

    Persons already receiving the Elderly and Totally Disabled Tax Relief Program benefits will receive correspondence from the Preston Assessor’s Office indicating that this is the year in which you need to reapply for your benefits. Please contact the Senior Affairs Office at 860-887-5581 extension 6 to schedule an appointment.