Julie Lee

Drive Green Into Spring: 5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Driving

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Connecticut | Home & Family By Julie E. Lee From recycling, to sustainable grocery bags, to “Meatless Mondays,” Americans are finding many ways to “go green.” If you’re interested in reducing your carbon footprint, making environmentally conscious decisions doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, there is one simple way to curb your impact on a regular basis. It starts with your driving. Most Americans rely on their personal vehicle to get around on a daily basis. But unfortunately, our cars are a significant source …

It’s Not Too Late For a Tax Break

It’s Not Too Late For a Tax Break

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Connecticut | Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand Even though 2013 has come and gone, you can still get a tax break when you file your income tax return. How? By contributing to a Traditional IRA. If you’re self-employed, the same applies to your SEP-IRA or Keogh plan. If you need help filing your taxes, you may qualify for free assistance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program. Read on to learn how. Tax Breaks on IRA Contributions The …

Battling Misperceptions About Older Workers

Battling Misperceptions About Older Workers

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Connecticut | Money & Work By Beth Levine “I am a worker bee,” said Arlene Briere. “I like getting up in the morning, knowing I have a purpose. I enjoy helping people.” But since she was downsized from her job in the accounts receivables/payables department at a health facility in 2011, Briere, 54, of Bridgeport, hasn’t known that feeling. There have been a variety of temp jobs, but even they dried up last year. Despite sending in at least five applications a day, trying to …

AARP Survey Supports Stronger Protections for CT Electric Customers

AARP Survey Supports Stronger Protections for CT Electric Customers

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy | Connecticut | Home & Family | Money & Work | Press Thousands of Connecticut utility customers are being lured in by unscrupulous energy companies with the promise of saving money on their electric bills but they are paying more.  In fact, according to a study by Connecticut’s Office of Consumer Counsel, nine out of ten customers who switched to a third party supplier in CL&P’s territory and seven out of ten customers in UI’s territory were paying more than the Standard Offer during the study period.  The overpayments totalled about $13.7 million per month - money …

AARP Connecticut and 'Get Ready Capitol Region' Partner for Safer Communities

AARP Connecticut and ‘Get Ready Capitol Region’ Partner for Safer Communities

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Connecticut | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources Did you know that when a disaster strikes, it may take emergency services up to 72 hours to reach you and your family? That’s why it’s important for all of us to prepare before disaster strikes. AARP Connecticut has partnered with the Get Ready Capitol Region campaign to encourage and empower older residents in our communities to be aware, plan and prepare for the next disaster. In the past several years, Connecticut residents have been given plenty of reasons to be aware, plan …

AARP Member Discounts in Connecticut

AARP Member Discounts in Connecticut

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Connecticut | Events | Home & Family | Local Resources | Money & Work AARP Connecticut has negotiated great discounts on admission for area entertainment and attractions.  Be sure to bookmark this page and visit regularly to find out what current discounts are available.  New discounts will be added throughout the year.  Special restrictions apply, so please be sure to read all offer details before purchasing. JUST ADDED! The Bushnell 166 Capital Avenue Hartford, CT 15% Discount on select tickets to Beauty and The Beast  *** PURCHASE DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 4, 2014! *** AARP Members can purchase discounted tickets …