Senior Citizens Tax Assistance Program

The 2014 Neshaminy School District Property Tax Assistance Program will begin January 2015. The purpose of the program is to provide property tax relief to senior citizens. The program is available to homeowners who will reach the age of 65 by December 31st, 2014. The program will provide tax rebates of up to $650 for senior citizens whose household income is less than $20,000.

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AARP seeking volunteers

AARP, in conjunction with the IRS, has been providing free tax service for elderly and disabled for over 40 years. Computer literate volunteers are needed to provide this valuable service in the Lower Bucks area. Training will be conducted in January 2015. Volunteers are sought to complete income tax returns or to assist in administrative activities at our sites. A minimum commitment of four hours per week for 10 weeks, between February 1st and April 15th, 2015, is requested. For additional information, call 215-579-8191.

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Care Plus More now offering AlzBetter® program

Care Plus More, the premier non-medical senior care agency in Bucks County, has teamed up with AlzBetter®, The Dementia Care Experts, to enable the best care available to those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and memory loss. Care Plus More specializes in providing quality companion and personal care for clients living in the communities of Central and Lower Bucks County of Pennsylvania.

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2015 Middletown Seniors’ bus trip

The Middletown Senior Citizen’s Association offers a travel programfor all ages. Buses depart from Middletown Senior Citizen’s Association, 2142 Trenton Road, Levittown. Make checks payable to M.S.C.A. and mail to above address.

Include traveler’s name, phone number, address, and partners. Call for further details at 215-945-5345 or 215-945-2920.

Wednesday, April 29th:  On Broadway in NYC, Orchestra Seats & NYC Free time.“Wicked,” cost $139;  “Les Miserables,” cost $144. Leave 9:30am, return 7:30pm.

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Ginny Cooper named Honorary Chair of Soroptimist Dinner and Fashion Show

The members of Soroptimist International of Indian Rock, Inc., a local service club of business and professional women working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment, have announced the appointment of Ms. Ginny Cooper as the club’s first ever Honorary Chair for their 25th Annual Fall Dinner and Fashion Show.

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Scenes from the Lower Makefield Senior Health Expo

  1. Beverly Carter (left) hands check to Dan Hoffman, EMT from Yardley Makefield Emergency Unit, making a generous donation to this organization.
  2. Eric Blackshire (left), Executive Chef at McCaffrey’s, hands Mary Ann Wolf a free sample of a healthy food item.
  3. Suzanne R. Filippone (left), Eldercare Specialist, gives brochure to Ellie Hammill about LIFE St. Mary, a program helping people live safely at home with the assistance from a team of compassionate healthcare experts.
  4. Jim Feyka (left) receives a free flu shot from pharmacist David Sacavage.
  5. Corrine Cohen (left) receives free blood pressure screening administered by LPN Kate Pietrowski.
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Spring Village at Floral Vale offering free memory care support group

Spring Village at Floral Vale, specializing in memory care, has announced the formation of an Alzheimer’s Support Group. The first meeting will be held Tuesday, November 18th, from 7:00 to 8:00pm at 600 Township Line Road, Yardley. It will continue to meet once a month on the third Tuesday of every month.

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I think it’s time to start planning for retirement. Where do I begin?

submitted by Rosemary G. Caligiuri, CASL™, President, Harvest Group Financial Services

Although most of us recognize the importance of sound retirement planning, few of us embrace the nitty-gritty work involved. With thousands of investment possibilities, complex rules governing retirement plans, and so on, most people don’t even know where to begin. Here are some suggestions to help you get started.

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Annual gift tax exemption remains the same for 2015

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

The annual gift tax exemption will remain at $14,000 in 2015. According to the IRS, a gift is a voluntary transfer of property from a donor to a donee without full and adequate consideration. An individual may give gifts up to $14,000 each year to as many individuals as they wish without having to file a Federal gift tax return. A married couple can make joint gifts up to $28,000 each year.

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Richboro resident wins battle against ‘incurable’ cancer

by June Portnoy

When Richboro’s Harvey Goodman was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer and told his days were numbered, his initial feelings were hopelessness and despair that his life would soon be over. Today, six years later and cancer-free, Harvey reflects on how he fought his battle to survive.

At age 64, Harvey’s life was turned upside down, in October 2008, when his oncologist told him he had Stage 4 adenocarcinoma of the small intestine, with metastasis to the liver. His doctor explained to him that this was a rare, incurable form of cancer.

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