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October 24, 2013

You can avoid damage to your home during emergencies

Let’s say a smoke alarm goes off in your home and you’re not there.

Firefighters rush to the scene and have no choice but to force open the door or break a window.

But there is a way to allow emergency workers access to your home without them damaging the property.

You can make entry to your home convenient for fire and ambulance services by having a lock box attached to the outside of the house or apartment.

For additional information, contact Fire Department Deputy Chief William LaLiberty at 978-373-8460 or Joel Berg at 978-374-2390, ext. 38.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

What: Making entry to your home convenient for fire and ambulance services by having a lock box attached to the outside of the building.

Where: Homes in Haverhill.

How: Contact Fire Department Deputy Chief William LaLiberty at 978-373-8460 or Joel Berg at 978-374-2390, ext. 38.

Here are events and activities for Haverhill senior citizens:

Stop the bullying of senior citizens: Ten percent to 20 percent of senior citizens have experienced some kind of senior-to- senior aggression, experts say.

Asst. Deputy Jason Ebacher from Sherriff Frank Cousin’s office will be at the Citizens Center on Nov. 13 for a presentation on senior bullying.

This presentation is open to the public, and reservations can be made by calling the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390.

Property tax breaks discussed: You may be entitled to a property tax rebate.

On Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m., Brian Lynch from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue will be at the Citizens Center to discuss the Circuit Breaker Program. This program is a state income tax credit for eligible Massachusetts residents age 65 and older who paid rent or real estate taxes during the year.

Income restrictions are $53,000 for single and $80,000 for married taxpayers. Assets are not included in the calculation, however, a Massachusetts State Income Tax Form and a Circuit Breaker Schedule CB must be filed. To learn more about this program and to see if you qualify, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 at the Council on Aging.

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