PASR’s Bucks Chapter named a One-Star Chapter

On November 6th, at the 2014 Ruth Abigail Boyer Leadership Conference, the Bucks Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees was recognized by the state association for expanding and improving the information that they regularly provide to both members and nonmembers.

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Herz exhibit at Chandler hall

Chandler Hall has announced the latest exhibit to be displayed in the Wright Meeting Gallery: a selection of works by fiber artist Andree Lisette Herz, who is noted for her innovative use of fabrics. Andree, a graduate of Cooper Union and juried member of the National Society of Mural Painters, has been exhibiting in the New Jersey-New York area for over 20 years. This is her first time being featured in Bucks County.

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2015 Middletown Seniors’ bus trip

The Middletown Senior Citizen’s Association offers a travel program for 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, “The Last Ship,” front mezzanine seats, and free time.Cost, $129. Leave 9:30am, return 7:30pm.

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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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The transition into retirement

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

The transition into retirement is when you are changing from your full-time working years to your retirement years. If retirement is approaching, you may have to make numerous decisions. Can you afford to retire? What about early retirement – is it a possibility? If you want to continue working, are there other considerations? Your first step is to review your sources of retirement income and estimate your retirement needs.

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Pennsylvania’s new power of attorney law

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

On July 2nd, 2014, Act 95 of 2014, which makes substantial changes to Pennsylvania’s power of attorney law, was signed into law. A power of attorney (POA) is a document that gives you the authority to appoint an agent to make both financial and health care decisions on your behalf if you become disabled or incapacitated.

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Friends Home and Village: A retirement village based on Quaker principles

by June Portnoy

Friends Home and Village (FHV), a retirement community providing independent living and personal care, has been a part of the Newtown community for almost 120 years. Since its inception in 1897, FHV has been based on Quaker principles.

“In fact, Quakers (also known as Friends) were the first to build retirement homes, based on their belief of respecting people of all ages,” explains Tyler Hoff, FHV’s new CEO and Executive Director.

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Morrisville Senior Servicenter receives grant from Department of Aging

Morrisville Senior Servicenter was recently awarded $33,054 as part of Pennsylvania’s Senior Community Center grant opportunity through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to launch a program that may have statewide appeal.

This grant will start an Intergenerational Activities Program in collaboration with the Lower Bucks Family YMCA. Daycare children from the YMCA’s Morrisville Daycare will visit the seniors twice a week for intergenerational activities that will include reading, arts and crafts, Wii fitness, and more.

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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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