Assessor accepting applications for homeowner tax credits

BETHANY - Applications for tax credits for homeowners over 65 years of age and those totally disabled will be taken at the Assessor’s office between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 1 to May 15.

The Elderly Homeowners Program is a real estate tax credit program for homeowners who are at least 65 years of age as of Dec. 31 and meet certain income guidelines.Those guidelines require that annual income for single people, including Social Security benefits, should not exceed $32,300. Married couples can be eligible if their income, including Social Security benefits, does not exceed $ 39,500.

Applicants should bring all proof of their 2011 income including a copy of their 2011 Income tax return, if filing, and proof of Social Security income (Form 1099). Also, the applicant must own and reside at the property for which tax relief is sought, or must hold a tenancy for life use of the property and be liable for the tax bill. This must be the applicant’s principal or legal residence.

The Disability Program is for those homeowners who are disabled, and don’t qualify for the elderly homeowners program because they are under the age of 65 can apply. One must provide proof of their disability award letter from the Social Security Administration. Also, the same income guidelines established for the elderly homeowners program must be met.

Previous participants in either of these two programs will be required to refile their applications bi-annually and will be notified by mail of this refiling requirement. New applicants who think they qualify for this tax relief should inquire at the Assessor’s Office.

In addition to this State property tax relief program, the Town of Bethany has adopted a local option property tax relief program at the February 7, 2000 Special Town Meeting. Those applicants who qualify for the State of Connecticut property tax relief program can also apply for the Town program. Those taxpayers who are already on the program and are required to refile will be notified by mail.

Woodbridge Republican Town Committee seeks nominations

WOODBRIDGE — The Nominating Committee of the Woodbridge Republican Town Committee invites your application for consideration to join the WRTC.

The WRTC meets monthly to consider issues and solutions involving the Town of Woodbridge. It also consider appointments to various Woodbridge Boards and Commissions.

Volunteering is important to the smooth running of our Town. Giving of your time is rewarding, appreciated and you will make lasting friends. Please consider joining us.

Call or email Kathy Gartland at 203-387-8792 or gartlandkb@aol.com or Dorothy Martino at 203-397-154 or dorothyjmartino@yahoo.com.

Bethany property taxes due

BETHANY — The second installment of Bethany Real Estate and Personal Property taxes, and the full amount of Motor Vehicle Supplemental tax, become due and payable on Jan. 1. Wednesday, Feb. 1, is the last day to pay said taxes without interest. Interest will be calculated from the due date at the rate of 1.5 percent per month (18 percent per annum). Minimum interest charge is $2. In accordance with state statute Sec. 12-130, failure to receive a bill does not exempt you from payment of taxes, interest charges, or fees.

Mail tax payments to Bethany Tax Collector, 40 Peck Road, Bethany, CT 06524. Your cancelled check is your receipt — or enclose a postage-paid envelope. Payments may also be made in person at the Tax Collector’s office, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (open till 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays); or at Webster Bank’s Bethany branch during regular banking hours. To pay online by electronic funds transfer (no fee), go to www.bethany-ct.com. To pay by credit card (vendor fee) call 1-800-272-9829 or go to www.officialpayments.com (Jurisdiction Code 1706).

Back taxes on motor vehicles must be paid with cash, money order, or bank check per Town Ordinance 184-7. DMV clearance will be provided only after payment of all motor vehicle taxes assessed in the name of the registrant(s).

Woodbridge property taxes due

WOODBRIDGE — The second installment of the Woodbridge Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes and the full amount of the Supplemental Motor Vehicles Tax become due and payable on Sunday, Jan. 1. Wednesday, Feb. 1, is the last day to pay said taxes without interest. Interest will be calculated from the due date of Jan. 1, at the rate of 1.5 percent per month or 18 percent per annum. Minimum interest charge is $2 in accordance with State Statute Sec. 12-130, failure to receive a bill does not exempt you from payment of taxes, interest charges and fees.

The Office of the Tax Collector, located in the Town Hall, is open Monday thru Friday from 8:3 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will be closed Monday, Jan. 17.

For your convenience, we will be open the following additional hours: Saturday, Jan. 28, 9 a.m. to noon; Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Payments may be mailed to: Tax Collector, 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge, CT 06525.

If a receipt is desired, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Register for Winter Programs at Woodruff Family YMCA

MILFORD — Registration for the Winter Session programs at the Woodruff Family is currently on-going for Members and non-members. Classes for this session run 8 weeks from January 2nd through February 25th. Classes and programs are being offered for all age groups, from children age 6 months to programs for seniors.

New this January is health and wellness classes for youth. The Y will offer Zumbatomic fitness class for ages 4-12. This class features choreographed kid-friendly routines set to popular music. Youth Indoor cycling class features an instructor led classes on stationary bicycles set to music. Fit kids is offered for ages 5-8 and offers activities conducted in a playful manner and learning ways to be healthier every day. Yoga Kids is offered on Tuesdays from 5:00-5:45 for ages 6-13. This Yoga class will increase attention span for kids in addition to improving stamina, flexibility, strength all while having fun!

The YMCA offers 14 Water Fitness classes both morning, evening and weekends. These classes are designed to offer both cardiovascular and resistance training using the water as a non-impact environment. Group Exercise classes include Zumba, Indoor Cycling, Cardio Boxing, Pilates, Yoga, Step Aerobics, and Strength classes.

Swim lessons are being offered for all age groups and abilities, from children age 6 months to programs for seniors. Private or semi-private lessons are available and provide a one-on-one setting or a one-to-two instructor to student ratio. Additional swim programs include Adapted Aquatics for individuals with disabilities or special need.

The YMCA offers a variety of classes for youth. Tumble bugs if offered on Thursday from 10:30-11:30 am for ages 2-3 and 11:00-11:30 for age 3-4. This class offers fun fitness for preschoolers to encourage using their bodies to move correctly and develop self-confidence by physical activity. Story Bugs if offered on Tuesdays from 11:00-11:30 am for ages 2-5. Children bring a stuffed animal friend to enjoy a story with a story related activity.

INDOOR TENNIS- Youth will learn the basic skills related to learning the game of tennis. Pee Wees ages 4-5 will be offered on Thursdays from 3:30-4:00 and Juniors ages 6-8 will be offered on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00pm.

LIFEGUARD TRAINING COURSE- Train to be a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard. This course if offered for ages 15 and older and will take place Monday, December 26th through Friday December 31st. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive certification in Lifeguard training, First Aid, CPR and AED for the professional rescuer.

MASTER SWIM TEAM-Masters swimming are coached practices designed to enhance your swimming skills, make you more efficient in the water and increase your overall fitness level. The program also offers swimmers the opportunity to participate in local, regional and national meets. This program begins January 4th with practice times on Tuesday and Thursday 7:00-8:30pm, Friday 5:30-7:00am and Saturdays 10:00-11:30am.

For more information on these courses contact, Matt Laprino, Aquatic Director at 203-878-6501 or mlaprino@cccymca.org.

For more information about membership, programs and other YMCA activities please contact Karen Backus, Senior Program Director at 203-878-6501, ext 3111 or email at kbackus@cccymca.org. The Woodruff YMCA is a United Way organization.

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