Town of Mansfield, MA, Council On Aging, 255 Hope Street, Mansfield 02048 Phone: (508) 261-7368 Fax: (508) 339-4886

News for November 2017

VETERANS' DAY HOLIDAY CLOSING

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY CLOSING

ELECTION DAY

OH SNAP!

FUEL ASSISTANCE

TURKEY DAY FUN FACTS!

OPEN ENROLLMENT

WORLD SCIENCE DAY


VETERANS' DAY HOLIDAY CLOSING
The Mansfield Council on Aging will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 10th. There will be no programs, transportation, or meals. Please plan accordingly. return to menu

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY CLOSING
The Mansfield Council on Aging will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday & Friday, November 23rd & 24th. There will be no programs, transportation, or meals. Please plan accordingly. return to menu

ELECTION DAY
The election for the vacant Selectmen’s seat will be on November 14th. Polls will be open at Mansfield High School from 7 am - 8 pm. Transportation is available by GATRA and may be scheduled by calling Kim at Bill’s taxi at 1-800-529-8294. return to menu

OH SNAP!
Mansfield Council On Aging and Social Services, in partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, is offering Mansfield residents of all ages an easier way to apply for SNAP (food stamp) benefits. Staff at the COA and Social Services office at Town Hall are able to directly submit electronic applications and renewals for benefits to DTA for a quicker and easier process. Did you know that being SNAP eligible also gives you access to other low cost benefits? For additional information, or to apply or recertify for SNAP benefits, please call Lynette or Rose at the COA at 508-261-7368 for those who are age 60 or older. Residents under age 60 should contact Pam West, town Social Worker, at 508-851-6410.

What is Supplemental Nutritional Assistants Program (SNAP)?
It is better known as Food Stamps and is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance.

Who Qualifies for SNAP?
Low-income household including: families with children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities, unemployed, and low-wage individuals. return to menu

FUEL ASSISTANCE
The Mansfield Council on Aging Outreach Team works with Residents 60 and older to resolve a variety of issues. During the cold weather months, the Outreach Team is able to assist residents with applications for heating assistance programs. These programs are available to households that meet state low to moderate income guidelines. For information regarding fuel assistance programs contact Rose or Lynette at 508-261-7368.

Attention Mansfield Electric customers who are 65 years of age and older! Did you know that you are eligible for a discount on your electric bill? You might qualify for a $4.00 monthly exemption and/or be eligible for the 20% discount on the Distribution Charge portion of your monthly bill even if the bill is paid later than15 days from the billing date. Make sure to visit http://www.mansfieldelectric.com/ or call 508-261-7361 for more information. return to menu

TURKEY DAY FUN FACTS!
Did you know…..?
• Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who actually wrote the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, after writing letters for 17 years campaigning for this to happen.

• In 1953, Swanson created the first TV dinner. They had so much extra turkey approximately 260 tons. The salesman suggested they should package it onto aluminum trays with other sides like sweet potatoes.

• Early settlers gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food, which is what they planned on doing to celebrate their first harvest, that is, until the Wampanoag Indians joined them and turned their fast into a three-day feast. Phew!

• President Abe Lincoln said Thanksgiving would be the fourth Thursday in November, but in 1939 President Roosevelt moved it up a week hoping it would help the shopping season during the Depression era. It never caught on and it was changed back two years later.

• A myth is broken! It is not the turkey that causes for drowsiness or a "food coma”. Scientists say it’s the extra glass of wine, and the high-calorie meal makes you drowsy!

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OPEN ENROLLMENT
Open enrollment for Medicare beneficiaries has begun and runs through to December 7. SHINE counselors are available at the COA to assist residents with enrolling or making changes to Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare and Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO). Additionally, the counselors will be able to help residents understand plan changes and available options. During open enrollment SHINE counselors are available by appointment only contact SHINE counselors Lynette or Rose at 508-261-7368. https://www.medicare.gov/ return to menu

WORLD SCIENCE DAY
November 10th is World Science Day for Peace and Development. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization work with people, government agencies and organizations to annually to promote the benefits of science worldwide. The mission of World Science Day is the following:
• Strengthen public awareness on the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies
• Promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries;
• Renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies;
• Draw attention to the challenges faced by science and raising support for the scientific endeavor.

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