AARP Helps Achieve $1.6 BILLION in savings for NJ’s PSE&G Customers

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

New Jersey ***Achieves 62% Reduction in Cost of Infrastructure Upgrades as part of Energy Strong Program***   Working as a strong intervener over the past many months in objecting to PSE&G’s $2.6 billion dollar “blank check” Energy Strong proposal before the Board of Public Utilities, AARP is pleased to be part of the agreement in principle reached today that will achieve a 62% reduction in the rate increase being sought by PSE&G for its Energy Strong program. AARP applauds the efforts of …

Cold Calls: Limits on New Energy Marketers

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | New Jersey By Christina Hernandez Sherwood At meetings last year of the AARP Greater Woods­town Chapter, John F. Hall kept fielding the same questions and hearing the same concerns: Members were annoyed by repeated phone calls from third-party energy suppliers​ encouraging them to switch providers to get lower rates on their electricity. “People were getting confused,” said Hall, the chapter president. “We don’t want people to live in fear of answering the phone.” State Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Hamilton) also got complaints: “We …

Pushing for Better Sick Leave Policies

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

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | New Jersey Jersey City and Newark are the first two cities in the state to pass laws requiring businesses with 10 or more employees to let workers earn up to five paid sick days a year to care for themselves or ailing family members. AARP New Jersey, which pushed for the municipal ordinances, hopes to take the policy statewide. “Sick leave is critical not only for working parents with young children, but for workers caring for grandchildren or aging parents,” said Marilyn …

Become a volunteer speaker today!

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

New Jersey | Volunteering Are you great at speaking in public? Help AARP by giving educational lectures throughout New Jersey to help empower the 50+ community. The Speaker’s Bureau is made up of AARP members who volunteer their time and skills to keep New Jersey’s 50+ informed about the issues that matter to them. Speakers present at local community organizations, private businesses, houses of worship, and AARP chapters. Current topics include: Today’s AARP, Health Care Reform and Medicare, Prescription Affordability, Social Security and Medicare, …

Need Help With Your 1040 Forms?

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work | New Jersey | Volunteering    By Christina Hernandez Sherwood Sixteen years ago, Carol Ober answered a newspaper advertisement seeking volunteers for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. A former middle school mathematics teacher, Ober felt confident she could help other New Jersey residents prepare their taxes. “I’ve always done my family’s taxes,” said Ober, 70, of Princeton. For about 10 weeks every winter since, Ober has helped dozens of New Jersey residents complete their tax returns. In Mercer County alone, Tax-Aide volunteers assisted more than 4,000 people …

514,000

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work | New Jersey That’s how many New Jersey residents were kept out of poverty by Social Security income each year, on average, from 2010 to 2012, according to an AARP Public Policy Institute report. Of those, 365,000 were 65 or older. Nationally, Social Security kept more than 22 million people out of poverty; over 15 million were 65-plus.