Medfield COA

The Center at Medfield

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FOSI Yard Sale 

So many events have been cancelled over the past 10 months, including the annual FOSI Yard Sale. The April 2021 sale is uncertain at this time. However, FOSI has been holding a “Virtual” Yard Sale and items have been flying out the door. Donations of items that can be easily be carried in and out are being accepted to support this on-line event. Simply call the Center and schedule a time to drop off your tax-deductible donation. The next few months may be a great time to do early spring-cleaning. Support FOSI by donating those gently used, unwanted items. FOSI supports the Center and the programs. Check out our page https://www.facebook.com/fosi.medfield. 

Winter Weather Reminder 

With winter upon us, it is important to remind you that when Medfield schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Center is closed. However, this year when we are closed, all our Call-In and Zoom programs will run as scheduled. If the Center is closed on a regular shopping day due to snow, if possible we will run that trip the next available day. If we determine that it is unsafe for trips and or transportation provided by volunteers, the COA has the option to suspend services at any time.

JOINING A ZOOM CALL

Heard of Zoom but not sure how to participate in a Zoom call?  Here is a short video to get you started.

https://youtu.be/9isp3qPeQ0E

ZOOM: One-on-One Instruction

Calling All Seniors Who Want to Learn How to Zoom! We want to know if you have a computer, I pad, I phone or laptop. Please call the Center and provide your email and device information. The Center will be holding one-on-one instruction on How to Zoom. If you have one of these, we can help you to Zoom so that you can participate in more programming at home. If you have a desk-top computer with a camera, we can help over the phone to get you on the Zoom platform. Simply call the Center at 508-359-3665 to schedule a convenient time. It is easier than you think!

VIRTUAL LEARNING THROUGH BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY'S SENIOR COLLEGE

The start of the new year brings exciting and engaging learning opportunities from Bridgewater State University.  This winter/spring, their growing Senior College Program will offer 33 affordable, convenient, and stimulating non-credit courses to mature learners (50+), all from the comfort of your own home (via Zoom). Registration is currently open!  

For their upcoming semesters, they have something to offer for every interest, including courses about birdwatching, American Sign Language, America in 2021, anxiety and anxiety disorders, memoir writing, even a course on the history of the modern dog and MUCH MORE!  

Senior College courses meet weekly via Zoom for 4 to 8 weeks starting on January 25th and run until the end of May. 

For the low registration fee of $65 per person, learners can enroll in as many courses as they like! There is no course limit and no other expenses; but there will be plenty of conversation, fun, and community shared in these courses. 

For more information, visit one of the links below or call 508.531.2570.

https://www.bridgew.edu/ccs/seniorcollege

https://www.facebook.com/BSUSeniorCollege

Also, there will be a virtual Information Session on Tuesday, January 19th at 1pm. Participants can sign up for the session using the link below. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSefeaN-gLmErDk7qKQeN27rgKjh3l8h0cnp6C061hPNa_FL_g/viewform?gxids=7628

Weekly Zoom With the COA Staff 

ON THE 1ST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH AT 2PM. CALL TO SIGN UP WITH YOUR EMAIL FOR THIS REVIEW OF WHAT’S TO COME AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS !

Scheduled Zoom Activities 

MONDAY AT 1:30 PM - CROSSWORD PUZZLE MANIA Sign up to receive the puzzle each week by mail or email and together each Monday on Conference Call we will we will work to complete the puzzle. 

FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH - Zoom With the COA Staff

ON THE 1ST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH AT 2PM. CALL TO SIGN UP WITH YOUR EMAIL FOR THIS REVIEW OF WHAT’S TO COME AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS !

TUESDAY AND FRIDAY AT 11:30 AM – CONFERENCE CALL BINGO - 2 cards are provided to all players and end of month winners 1st and 2nd place receive FOSI jackpot prizes! 

WEDNESDAY AT 2:00 PM- SPORTS TALK AND TRIVIA by Conference Call with Peter. 

WEDNESDAY AT 3:30 PM- BRAIN TEASERS Enjoy a half hour of phrases, questions and thoughts that will stump your brain. 

THURSDAY AT 10:30 AM- HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE IT? Join Lisa on Zoom and discuss different situations and how YOU would handle it. No answer is wrong! 

THURSDAY AT 2:00 PM– Join our AUDIO BOOK CLUB with host, Susan Bernstein. Enjoy a half hour read followed by a group discussion. 

FRIDAY AT 10:00 AM- CURRENT EVENTS AND MORE on Conference Call. Enjoy your morning coffee with COA staff member Trish Pembroke on a variety of topics. Join any and all of these programs with ZOOM video or phone by registering with your email and phone number. Call the Center for more information. Zoom links along with the phone in option will be provided.

FUEL ASSISTANCE: Fall is here and winter is coming 

Need help paying for fuel this winter? You are not alone. Fuel assistance helps thousands of local families with home heating bills each year. Fuel assistance is not just for oil, gas, or electricity; if you heat your home with a pellet or wood stove you can qualify to receive fuel assistance. The application process may seem daunting and I am happy to assist you in this task. If you previously received fuel assistance, you should have received a renewal application in the mail. If you have not received your renewal application, you may call SMOC at 508-620-2342 and they will re-issue another one for you. New to fuel assistance? No problem - I have applications available for new applicants. Please contact the Center at 508-359-3665 and ask for Lisa Marie Donovan Outreach Coordinator for a confidential appointment. 

MA Circuit Breaker Tax Credit

The Massachusetts Circuit Breaker tax credit is a refundable credit for senior citizens based on the real estate taxes paid on Massachusetts property owned/rented and used as the primary residence. Maximum credit allowed for the tax year is $1,130. The following are eligible for the tax credit:  

  • MA residents age 65 or older by December 31 of the taxable year  
  • MA return must be filed with the Senior Circuit Breaker Credit attached  
  • MA property must be owned/rented and occupied as primary home                           Massachusetts income not more than:  
  • $60,000 for Single  
  • $75,000 for Head of Household  
  • $90,000 for Married filing Joint (married filing separate does not qualify for the credit)                                          

SHINE Counseling

The SHINE counselor is available this month for phone appointments on Thursday, Jan. 7 in the morning and Thursday, Jan 21 in the afternoon. Call the Center to book your phone appointment 

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