Cumberland residents 62 or older who qualify for the town's new tax relief program have until Aug. 1 to apply.

— Do you currently live in the town of Cumberland, and have you lived in Cumberland for at least 10 years? Are you 62 years or older? Is your household income $69,000 or less? If you answered yes, you may be able to receive up to $750 in property tax assistance. Applications are due August 1st, so don’t delay! Click here for an application. Applications can also be found in the Town Hall lobby at 290 Tuttle Road. Last year the town’s …

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—  July 20, 2016         Contacts: Lori Parham AARP Maine State Director 400-1026 or lparham@aarp.org   Amy Gallant AARP Maine Advocacy Director 318-0284 or agallant@aarp.org   AARP Maine Comments on Proposed Emera 8.3% Electricity Rate Increase Finds Proposal Would Be Burdensome for Many Older Residents Already Struggling to Make Ends Meet   PORTLAND: AARP Maine issued comments today regarding Emera’s proposed electricity rate increase which would affect tens of thousands of Mainers in the mid to northernmost counties …

Shredding

— Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families!  AARP Maine is collaborating with community partners, law enforcement, legislators and community leaders to host free shredding events and scam awareness workshops.  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Would you like to volunteer with us on one or both days?  Shredding events are fun, too!  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. Bring all sensitive paperwork …

Free NOT

— 7/20 SCAM ALERT We’ve all seen famous TV personalities touting products and offering free trials. You accept a free trial or subscription, only to find out that you have to cancel once you have received the free item. When you don’t cancel, you receive more product and you’re stuck with the bill. Always read the fine print before accepting a free trial, or simply decline the offer. Keep an eye out for unauthorized charges on your credit card statement. If …

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— Every year, we ask for feedback about the policies that drive AARP’s work. Now is your chance to have your voice heard. Please click on the link below to give us your feedback by July 31. Give Us Your Feedback The AARP National Policy Council will review your comments and consider your input as they develop recommendations to update existing policies. These recommendations will then be presented to the AARP Board of Directors, which will make the final decision about changes …

Home Repair

— The summer months are prime time for home repair scams. A common tactic is a “contractor” will come to your door and offer to do work on your home at a steep discount. He or she will likely demand payment upfront and then disappear. Or they will do the work but it will be shoddy, or they will demand more money to finish the job. To avoid home repair rip-offs, avoid working with contractors who contact you. Before you start …

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— Beginning in August, many FairPoint customers are going to see important changes in their landline telephone service as service is deregulated according to a new law passed in 2016.  If you are what is known as a POLR customer (Provider of Last Resort) it will be especially important for you to be aware of these changes. The changes can be confusing.  That is why AARP Maine worked to ensure that meetings would be held in each of the 22 communities …

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— Making Where We Live More Livable From futuristic driverless cars to the traditional filling of potholes are featured among 100 livable community best practices in a new AARP book. The new take on potholes is bikability:  “If you think driving over a pothole is bad, try hitting one on a bike,” says San Diego Mayor Kevin Faluconer. Where We Live: Communities for All Ages is a compilation, in book form, of more than 100 innovative and inspirational ideas launched by …

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— 7/6 SCAM ALERT Beware of rental rip-offs this summer. Fraudsters steal photos and descriptions of properties from real estate, hotel or vacation rental websites and then clone the ads, but with discounted prices. After making the deal, the scammer asks the renter for upfront payment. It’s only later that the renter finds the rental isn’t available and may not even exist. Some tips for avoiding this scam: Never pay by wire transfer or prepaid debit card. Don’t deal only by …

Fraud Watch Network

— How to Protect Yourself from Scams AARP Maine and Maine legislators are working to increase awareness of fraud and scams through in-district meetings.  Senator Cathy Breen is hosting a number of presentations in her district to make sure her constituents can recognize and prevent fraud and scams. Check below for specific dates and locations in your town. Falmouth, with Representative Teresa Pierce :  What: Fraud Fighter Workshop When: Wednesday, June 15th at 10:00am Where: Mason-motz community center         …