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Under a new state law, every worker in Vermont will be able to earn sick leave. About 60,000 Vermonters will no longer face the difficult choice of having to go to work sick or lose a day’s pay—or worse, lose their job. Workers will be able to use their sick leave to care for themselves or for a family member. “With passage of this bill, many workers caring for children or elderly parents can now take their loved ones to …

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The CommYOUnity Tech Talk is a free event co-hosted by AARP Vermont, Small Dog Electronics, and Technology for Tomorrow that will provide community members with free tech training. Local businesses are partnering to bring technology education to those who need it.  AARP Vermont, Small Dog Electronics, and Technology for Tomorrow are co-hosting the CommYOUnity Tech Talk on Saturday, May 7th from 9am-12pm.  The Tech Talk will be hosted at F.H.T. Middle School 500 Dorset Street, South Burlington.  The Tech Talk …

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Do you want inspiration for how Burlington could make its streets safe for walking and biking — for everyone, all year round?  Join us for an evening with Betsy Hodges, the mayor of Minneapolis, who will share her city’s work to bring walking and biking within reach for all her city’s residents. Come to Contois Auditorium at  Burlington City Hall — Tues. April 26 at 5 PM. Minneapolis is the first and only US city to be honored as one …

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As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Vermont is holding “Shred Fest 2016” – an event to provide free shredding of personal financial documents and other sensitive records. The Shred Fest will be held on Saturday, April 30th at the former Kmart parking lot on Shelburne Rd. in South Burlington. It is open to everyone…AARP member or not. Shredding services begins at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until noon, or until …

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Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen!  Sadly, older Vermonters are being targeted in great numbers. AARP Vermont and the Fraud Watch Network are working across Vermont to give you information and tools to protect yourself and your family from these cons.  Free informational forums are being offered to community groups, senior centers, libraries, residential facilities and other organizations upon request.  If you are interested, contact Elliott Greenblott at 802-254-4489 or egreenblott@aarp.org. Here’s a look at the latest scams: 1. …

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Nearly 22,000 Vermonters 50 and older did not have balanced meals or enough to eat at some point in 2014 because they could not afford it. That’s why AARP is spreading the word about 3SquaresVT, an underutilized program that aims to keep Vermonters from going hungry. Only a third of residents eligible for the program have signed up. “Vermonters should not have to choose between paying their utility bills or buying prescription drugs and putting enough food on the table,” …

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AARP Vermont is collaborating with Team Better Block to implement a Community Demonstration Project in one Vermont community in 2016. The $15,000 initiative is an approach to revitalization that begins with temporarily transforming a single block into a vibrant destination that illustrates the potential for new business, safer streets and improved livability. Typically, cities have used their Better Blocks to set up farmers’ markets, beer gardens, bookstores and fruit stands. They’ve built swings and climbing areas, set up trampolines and …

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“Everything is OK.” That seems to be the conclusion of the recent report and testimony by the Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) in responding to a legislative order to study whether its advocacy unit is best representing ratepayers. Unfortunately, everything is not OK, and both their report and public comments, while defending the status quo, actually prove how they are failing at that mission. It shows that the DPS does not serve, in any fashion, as a ratepayer advocate. …

Fight Fraud Shred Instead

Using small bits of information found in your car, or your mailbox, con artists can steal your identity and your life.   They troll parking lots and neighborhoods waiting for any opportunity to take your personal information and ruin your financial life.  On the next AARP Live, convicted cons share their secrets for stealing your identity and our experts tell you how to protect your good name and your pocket book.   Join AARP Vermont state director, Greg Marchildon, AARP Regional Vice …

protect yourself from fraud!

Don’t be a target… or a victim!           Join us in Brattleboro Every day another older Vermonter is ripped off by a telephone, Internet or mail scam. Aggressive scam artists are targeting seniors across the country to the tune of billions! Find out how you can recognize a con, protect yourself and avoid becoming the next victim.   You’re invited to a free, informational presentation about the latest scams and how to prevent a loss.   …