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— Connecticut’s manufacturing industry will need an estimated 25,000 to 35,000 new skilled workers for the state’s 4,100 manufacturing companies in the next two decades. Connecticut state colleges and universities, private colleges, and the state’s comprehensive and technical high schools have done a great job of introducing the varied and high-tech career opportunities available to students in the manufacturing industry. However, the growing demand for qualified workers to meet the resurgent manufacturing industry is outpacing the supply, which has created an …

— AARP is now accepting applications for the 2019 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program, which is now in its third year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Grants can range from …

— AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan provided the following statement in regards to Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal: Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont presented an early commitment to home and community-based services, ensuring older residents and people with disabilities can live and age in the most appropriate and least restrictive setting possible, in his budget proposal today. The cost savings we already see from moving people into community settings and out of institutions are even more effectively achieved when we also …

— By Natalie Missakian When David Henderson began volunteering for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide in the 1990s, he filled out returns by hand and relied on carbon paper for duplicate copies. Now, software and electronic filing have replaced paper returns, but Henderson, 86, of Windsor, is still preparing taxes, and he doesn’t plan to give up this activity anytime soon. “I keep coming back because I really enjoy it,” said Henderson, one of 600 Tax-Aide volunteers in Connecticut—and 35,000 across the United …

— AARP Connecticut has selected four awardees for its inaugural “Livable Communities Grant Program” dedicated to fund quick-action projects in Connecticut communities that will help make immediate improvements or jumpstart long-term progress that will support residents. The AARP Connecticut Livable Communities Grant Program, a local expansion of the AARP Community Challenge initiative, was launched in August to provide nonprofit organizations and municipalities in Connecticut with up to $2,500 for projects that aim to help neighborhoods, towns and cities become more livable …

— AARP Connecticut offers members terrific opportunities to save money on enrollment at several schools of higher education. Goodwin College, 1 Riverside Drive, East Hartford. AARP members are eligible to receive a 25 percent tuition scholarship toward nonselective academic degree programs. Albertus Magnus College, 700 Prospect St., New Haven. AARP members who enroll in an associate’s, bachelor’s or eligible master’s degree program offered through the division of professional and graduate studies will receive 15 percent off their tuition. Central Connecticut State …

— Voting in the mid-term elections is easy for some people – just a quick walk around the corner or a short drive to the polling station. But for others, it may seem impossible. Taking time off from work or overcoming physical disabilities can prevent many people from exercising their right to vote. And living in remote or rural communities can make getting to the polls particularly difficult. But with a little advance planning, you can make sure your vote is …

— Submitted by Zachary Vickers It’s a conversation many of us will be confronted with at some point, even though it’s an uncomfortable topic of discussion. How do we want to be cared for at the end of our lives? Last July, Governor Malloy signed into law the adoption of a new program known as the Medical Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST). MOLST is a medical order form designed to provide patients, with terminal or other life-threatening conditions, greater control over …

— Races for Connecticut’s Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer and Comptroller Tight According to a wide-ranging survey by AARP Research, a large majority of Connecticut voters 50 and older indicated the candidates’ positions on implementing the Connecticut Retirement Security Program, supporting paid leave for family caregivers and strengthening funding for long-term care so people can age at home are among the issues that will be important as they cast their votes in the 2018 election. The survey is part of AARP’s “Be …