Office for the aging:senior news and events:golden livings news for seniors 07/29/13 (.pdf)
IN THIS ISSUE:
• More Senior Scams
• Free Law Clinic (7/29)
• Senior Walk/Run (8/31)
• Volunteers Needed in Beacon
• County Clerk Warns of Homeowner Scam
• Rail Trail Bridge Being Installed – Road Closures
• Poetry Writing Workshop (8/1)
• Senior Prom Early Registration Going On Now
• More Senior News Online
Golden Living . . . News for Senior Citizens
Mary Kaye Dolan-Anderson, Director
Dutchess County Office for the Aging
MORE SENIOR SCAMS
Scams continue to plague the senior population right here in Dutchess County. One of the latest is an automated call offering seniors a free prepaid emergency alert system. Once you agree to the free system, they ask for your credit card or bank information and charge you a monthly fee for the monitoring service. Other versions of this scam include telling seniors they will “update” or replace their current equipment, but are actually switching their service to a new company and charging them additional fees. Another popular scam targeting seniors in our area has a utility worker (cable, phone, electric company, etc.) coming to the front door to distract the owner while their partner enters the house through the back door or window and steals whatever valuables they can find. Some of the scams going on right now include winning a lottery (where they need to pay the taxes up front), receiving a call from someone posing as a grandchild in dire financial need while visiting a foreign country (who begs them to wire them money and not tell mom & dad), or a caller from an alleged credit card company who wants to confirm a charge on your account and asks for information regarding the account that allows them access.
Seniors and their caregivers need to be wary of any offer that sounds too good to be true, is high pressure or confusing in any way. If you suspect you have been the victim of a scam, don’t be embarrassed. Contact your local police authority as soon as possible.
FREE LAW CLINIC
There will be a free law clinic covering the areas like Housing, Social Security, Education, Elder Law, Disability Rights, Veterans Issues, Foreclosure, Domestic Violence and others at the Italian Center, 227 Mill Street in Poughkeepsie tonight, Monday, July 29th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. This event is open to everyone and is presented by Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and Senator Terry Gipson. If you have an interest in Senior Law Issues, be sure mark your calendar for September 17, the date for the annual Senior Law Day which this year will focus on Elder Abuse issues. Complete details on the event will be announced shortly.
SENIORS STILL RUNNING
The 7th annual Mamas & Papas Run/Walk for seniors 60 years & older will be held on Saturday, August 31st in Mesier Park in the Village of Wappingers Falls. Registration begins at 7:15 AM and discounted $5 registration is available in . Call 297-7950 for more information.
Volunteer drivers are needed for the Home Delivered Meals program in Beacon.
Most drivers deliver one or two days a week in the late morning on a route that
takes one hour or less. Meals are delivered from the Beacon Senior Friendship
Center located at the Forrestal Heights apartment complex. If you think you may
be able to help, call the Retired Senior Volunteer program at 452-5104 x101
Dutchess County Clerk Kendall Again Urges County Residents to be Aware
of Letters Being Sent to Homeowners
Dutchess County Clerk Bradford Kendall is again urging Dutchess County
residents to be aware of private companies that are again mailing letters to
county residents informing them, that for fees ranging from $59.50 to $83, the
company can retrieve a certified copy of their deed and mail it back to them. On
these land record retrieval web pages, the companies state that they will obtain a
copy of the deed from the County Clerk’s office.
“This is nothing more than an opportunity and a quick way to make money off of
the hardworking residents of Dutchess County,” Clerk Kendall stated.
Certain land record retrieval companies claim that obtaining one's land record
can be a tedious process. "Not so", says Clerk Kendall. He stated, "Obtaining a
copy of one's land record is easy and fast. Either visit our office directly at 22
Market Street and a copy of your deed or any document that we house and is
available to the public , will be presented to you immediately upon order, or
order a copy on line us ."
Clerk Kendall continued, “There is no reason a Dutchess County resident would
need to reach out to a third party to obtain a certified copy of their deed or any
document from my office. We routinely provide a certified copy of a person’s
deed for a fee of $6.00. Anyone who receives this type of letter from any record
retrieval company, and has questions about their deed or any other legal
document may contact County Clerk Kendall at 845-486-2195. Massive Dutchess Rail Trail Bridge to be Installed Over Next Several Days
Lane and road closures to occur on Route 55 and Old Manchester Road
The Dutchess Rail Trail will get a big “lift” toward completion this weekend.
Dutchess County Department of Public Works Engineering Division, in
conjunction with the New York State Department of Transportation, has
announced the trusses and girders that will create the Dutchess Rail Trail bridge
over New York State Route 55, Wappinger Creek and Old Manchester Road are
being assembled and lifted into place over the next few days. The assembly
and lift schedule will cause lane and road closures at various times during that
time and motorists are asked to schedule their travel in this area accordingly to
avoid delays. The complete schedule is listed below.
“This is the moment so many people have been waiting for,” said Dutchess
County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro. “Getting these bridge components lifted
into place is a major milestone in this long journey. Thousands of people have
enjoyed the completed sections of the trail and we look forward to the full
Dutchess Rail Trail, including the connection to the Walkway Over the Hudson, to
be complete and open for use later this fall.”
The massive bridge will be 700 feet in length and will consist of weathered steel
trusses that will span over six lanes of traffic over Route 55 and over Old
Manchester Road, connected by steel plate girders over the Wappinger Creek.
The trusses are longer versions of the ones used for the Dutchess Rail Trail road
crossings at Titusville Road in LaGrange, Maloney Road in Wappinger and
Route 376 in East Fishkill.
Once the bridge is in place, crews will spend several weeks forming and pouring
concrete decking that will create the walking surface over the bridge.
Additionally, fencing and railing will need to be installed along the bridge.
The bridge is being funded by the NYS Department of Transportation. The
estimated cost to construct and install the bridge is approximately $3.1 million. Roadway/lane closure schedule:
Monday, July 29
- The right lane of Route 55 eastbound will be closed from 5am
to 6pm as steel plate girders are installed over the field. Tuesday, July 30
- CR 49 (Old Manchester Road) southbound lane will be
closed as needed from 5am to 6pm for installation of the girders over the
Wappinger Creek. Flaggers will be used as needed. There will be two full
closures of the road for approximately 30 minutes each while beams are lifted
into a place. Motorists will be redirected as necessary by flag crews. Wednesday, July 31
- CR 49 (Old Manchester) will be closed from 5am to 6pm
for installation of the truss over the roadway. A signed detour will be in place to
guide motorist around the closure. Motorists traveling between from CR 44 (Red
Oaks Mill Road) toward CR 49 should be aware that there will be no access to
Route 55. Only local traffic (those who live on the road) should be utilizing the
Dutchess Rail Trail users should be aware the trail parking lot at Old Manchester
Road is closed until Thursday, August 1 as it will be used as a staging area for
Poetry Writing Workshop—The Art of Ekphrasis
What is ‘ekphrasis’? Good question! While Merriam-Webster says it is a literary
description of, or commentary on, a visual work of art, the library says it is a great
reason to visit the art gallery! Join us on Thursday, August 1, 6-9 pm at Vassar
College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center for a Poetry Writing Workshop – The
Art of Ekphrasis.
Meet in the lobby of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at 6 pm and enjoy a
guided writing workshop focused on depicting a work of art in the Collection.
Examples of ekphrasis are: “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats and “Museum
Guard” by David Hernandez (2003). Participants will be invited to share their
writing with the group at the end of the evening.
The workshop will be held at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar
College, Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie. To register or for further
or call 845-485-3445 x 3702.
SENIOR PROM EARLY REGISTRATION
Mark your calendar for the annual 18th annual Dutchess County Senior Prom to
be held on Monday, October 7th from 12 noon – 4 PM at the Villa Borghese in
Wappinger. The Prom is once again co-hosted by the Pines at Poughkeepsie.
The theme this year is a “A Mardi Gras Party!” Attendees are encouraged to
dress in Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold & green and wear a mask. The full Bob
Martinson Band will provide the entertainment.
Sponsors for the Senior Prom include TEG Federal Credit Union, DRA Imaging,
Wingate Healthcare, CDPHP, Toll Brothers, Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC and the
Digestive Disease Center of the Hudson Valley.
Early-bird registration is available for $20 for those whose payment is received
before September 7th. After 9/7, the charge is $25. Those who wish to sit
together should send their payment in together. Please be sure to include the
names of everyone you are paying for and send your check to: Dutchess County
Office for the Aging, 27 High Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. The prom is a
sell-out every year, so you are encouraged to get your reservations in early. MORE SENIOR NEWS ONLINE:
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