Elderly and disabled homeowners have until May 15 to file an application for tax relief, according to Assessor Shelby P. Jackson. New applicants or their spouses must have been 65 or older by Dec. 31, 2017, or be totally disabled; own the dwelling for which the tax credit is claimed; be a permanent resident of that home; and have income of $43,000 or less for a married couple and $35,300 or less for a single person. Income is based upon the 2017 calendar year. Proof of all income in 2016 must be presented to the assessor's office. For information, call the office at 203-294-2001. Also, a tax deferral program will be offered to those who qualify; applicants must be on the elderly homeowners program.
Applications are also available for veterans who qualify for additional exemptions. To apply, the veteran must be older than 65 or totally disabled and must meet income guidelines. Proof of income is required. If an applicant has received a 100 percent disability rating from the Veterans Administration, the income limits are $21,000 for a married couple and $18,000 for a single person.
The Cheshire Wallingford League of Women Voters will choose three women applicants for scholarships that are designed to assist them to go back to an educational program they may have started years ago or to train for a new career. Each scholarship was established in memory of a League member who had returned to the working world after some kind of retraining. The scholarships are specifically for residents of Cheshire, Wallingford and Prospect and named for Elizabeth Giardino, of Cheshire, Madeline Erskine, of Wallingford and Joyce Kathan, of Prospect.
Applications will be available in each of the town’s public libraries or may be requested on line at ScholarLWV@yahoo.com. Completed applications, which will require a letter of recommendation and evidence of enrollment in a program of study, will need to be submitted by May 15.
Spring Rummage Sale
The First Congregational Church, corner of Center and South Main St., in Wallingford, will host its Spring Rummage Sale on Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to Noon. Donations of clothing, shoes, accessories, and small household items, such as linens, yard goods, draperies, bric-a-brac, toys, and puzzles are urgently needed. These donations enable others to purchase, among other things, clothing items for their families. Items can be brought to the church from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays up until Tuesday, May 1. If you have questions, please call the church office at 203-265-1691.
Bingo is back
Holy Trinity every Friday night Bingo is back, sponsored by the Home School Association. Bingo will take place in the basement of Holy Trinity Church, 84 N. Colony St. Doors open at 5 p.m., and games begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be sold and progressive games played. For more information, call Pat at 203-915-5434.
The Wallingford Camera Club invites photographers of all skill levels to its monthly meetings the second Wednesday of each month. Beginners are especially welcome. Come to just observe one of our meetings. Competitions, lectures, and workshops are offered throughout the year. Visit www.wallingfordcameraclub.com for details and directions or call Ray at 203-288-1048 or Joe at 203-640-2706 with questions. Meetings take place at the Chauncey Conference Center behind the Gaylord Hospital campus in Wallingford.
Masonicare Health Center is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference. We have several openings. Jitney drivers to bring residents to appointments, using a golf cart strictly indoors; nursing community assistants to run errands, to visit residents, to take them outdoors to the courtyard, or to straighten out their drawers or closets; wheelchair transporters to bring residents to and from appointments in house; an office assistant; and cafeteria assistants to help serve customers on the food line. For more information, contact Maria at 203-679-6253 or Carla at 203-679-5980 for more information.
Community Stroke Support Group
Gaylord Hospital will host a Community stroke support group from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in the Jackson Ground Floor Atrium. Patients, families, peers. All welcome. For more information contact (203) 284-2875.
Gaylord Hospital will host a Luscomb Gym support group at 5 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. For more information contact (203) 284-2875.
The Quinnipiac River Linear Trail Advisory Committee of Wallingford Corp., has an ongoing engraved brick campaign. These bricks can be used as a remembrance for a special life event or a holiday gift. Those interested in the “Own a Piece of the Trail” campaign and supporting the Trail efforts can purchase bricks by contacting Cathy Granucci at 203-314-5665.
Al-non Family support group
Alateen, part of Al-Anon Family Groups, is an anonymous fellowship of teenagers, age 13 to 19, along with adult Al-Anon group sponsors, who help one another to recover from the effects of another person’s drinking. In Wallingford, Alateen meets on Mondays 7:30 p.m. at Gaylord in the Chauncey building on Gaylord Farms Road. Al-Anon and AA also meet nearby. For more information, visit www.ctalanon.org or call 1-888-425-2666.
Chorus seeking new members
Wallingford Chorus, a modern, contemporary chorus, invites members of all voice types to sing their spring concert on Saturday, May 19. Seeking tenors and basses. Group singing experience and some ability to read music are helpful, but not required. Members must be willing to learn the music, commit to weekly rehearsals, and attend a mandatory dress rehearsal. With a repertoire that ranges from Mozart to show tunes, the chorus presents two concerts a year, one in December and one in May.