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Council on Aging Daily Update

Updates, Friday October 2nd, 2020

Here’s our current Harper activities schedule with some crib notes as well.These classes are currently held outside, either in the green space behind Harper for Yoga and Tai Chi, or on the rear patio in the case of the Balance Class.

Yoga meets outside at 10:00 on Friday morning. Mary hosts a “live” zoom class on Monday and Wednesday 930, you can contact her directly and she’ll send you an invite, maryedgerton1@gmail.com

The Tai Chi Class meets Monday and Thursday at 10:00 on the green.

The Balance Class is Monday and Wednesday at 11:00, the Thursday class meets at 11:30, all of these are on the patio.

There are no limits to outside participation, well, except perhaps for spacing and masking, for Yoga and Tai Chi. The Balance Class has an upper limit of 15, they’re on the concrete patio slab, firm footing you know?

As the days pass into later Fall, outside classes will become more problematic. We’re prepared to bring Balance and Tai Chi inside in smaller groups, we’ve marked the floor for appropriate spacing. More to follow.

So, yes this means that we will be hosting more inside events.For starters,  Anne Jones and Carmel will be doing a coffee and cookies event in a couple weeks, more details to follow next week. As they say somewhere, or maybe it’s just me, stay tuned!

Our Tax Aide Coordinator Geoff has passed along a bit of information around real estate tax credits for elders. There’s a  new credit and threshold amounts for the 2020 tax year. The credit has increased by $20.00 to $1,150.00; the total income threshold for a single person has increased by $1,000 to $61,000.00; the head of household income threshold has increased by $1000.00 to $76,000.00 and the income threshold for married couples filing a joint return has increased by $2,000 to $92,000.00. 

The maximum assessed value of the homeowner’s principal residence increased by $40,000.00 to $848,000.00. So apparently you can own a home almost worth a million bucks and get a tax credit….

Moving on, the Williams College 62 Center has some on line options for attending plays and events this year.As you know, we’ve been covidized for awhile and the College has been proactive in managing large groups of people  coming in from all over. It’s obvious that there won’t be any in person performances for the rest of 2020 and The box office will be closed or the fall semester. However…you can still attend virtually, and actually it looks like there’s a play starting tonight. Here’s a link;  62center.williams.edu for specific reservation information for each virtual event. There’s a calendar for upcoming events too.

 Tickets are free of charge and can easily be reserved online by following a ticket link located on each event page.

Here are some healthy voting tips or this year…

In order to vote in the BIG election this coming November, actually next month, who’da thunk that eh?…First off, you must be registered to vote and you have to actually be registered by October 24th to do so.

You can vote by mail.Secure ballot drop off locations are available.There will be early voting opportunities before election day. We’ll post them

Voting by mail is a healthy option because you maintain distance between yourself and others. If you do go out to vote, wear your mask. If you don’t have one, we’ll get you one. Maintain 6 feet between yourself and others and wash your hands!

Contact Town Clerk Nicole Pedercini with questions about this strange voting year! 413.458.3500, extension 101.

BRTA has launched a new video on safe riding on their busses. They asked us to share it with folks out there so here it is;

 BRTA Video  

One of the by-products of the pandemic is that organizations are learning the art of communicating virtually. Not really a bad thing right? 

Have a great weekend!

Brian