Useful Internet Sites

Lifelong Learners at Bigelow (Fairfield Senior) Center

http://www.fairfieldct.org/content/10726/11018/14665/23004.aspx 

The BigelowCenter ( Fairfield Senior Center Address100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield, CT 06824 Phone(203) 256-3166), in cooperation with Sacred Heart University and in affiliation with the Road Scholar Network, is pleased to present Lifelong Learners. Lifelong Learners is a not-for-profit, community-based membership organization of those who share a love of learning. You do not have to be a resident of Fairfield to enjoy the many affordable and accessible learning opportunities.

Please click here to view their most recent catalog. For more information about Lifelong Learners, please call the senior center at (203)256-3166. This will give you an idea of what is offered.  Check back for upcoming catalogs.

Fairfield Senior Discount Brochure

A comprehensive list of senior discounts for the town of Fairfield is available at the following link:

http://www.fairfieldct.org/filestorage/10726/11018/14665/17954/28073/Senior_Discounts.pdf

Hard copies can be obtained at:

The Bigelow Center for Senior Activities—100 Mona Terrace

Old Town Hall-611 Old Post Road

Community and Economic Development Department-611 Old Post Road

Independence Hall-725 Old Post Road

Fairfield Chamber of Commerce-1597 Post Road

                

Member Benefits

Check out these benefits for members (and retired members) of NEA and CEA:

 

http://www.neamb.com/

CT TRB (Teachers Retirement Board)

Everything you want to know about what goes on affecting retired teachers :

 

Connecticut Teacher's Retirement Board

 

Retired Educators of Fairfield (REF)

REF is an organization which strives to build a community of retired Fairfield teachers through monthly breakfasts, sporting events, parties and regular communication through the REF blog and twice-yearly newsletters.  REF also alerts members to legislative and health care issues and volunteer opportunities, supports community events (like History Day Volunteerism) and gives support to the current active Fairfield Staff.  In addition REFpresents scholarships to two students in each graduating class who plan to enter the field of education. The dues are $30 for 3 years.  Members must be educators who have retired from Fairfield Schools. Membership application is found at:   REF Membership Form.

Useful Links for Information on Issues Affecting Retired Teachers

 

CEAR -Connecticut Education Association-Retired

WORKING TO IMPROVE RETIREMENT AND HEALTHCARE BENEFITS FOR RETIRED EDUCATORS Access to NEA Member Benefits programs that provide cost savings on insurance, travel, credit card, and discount purchase programs. If you have insurance through CEA or NEA, you must continue your membership. And much, much more.

http://www.cea.org/cear/ 

Join CEA-retired:

http://www.cea.org/assets/includes/shared/getFile.cfm?type=pdf&getFile=CEA-Retired-Enrollment-Form&loc=/cear/ 

($60 annual, $500 lifetime) 

CEA Blog

Blog CEA is the place for Connecticut Education Association members to find some of the latest news and information from CEA.  We update the blog on a regular basis and also cover state and national education stories.  You can view AND sign on to receive regular mailings if you choose at:

http://blogcea.org/

ARTC -Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut ($50/year)

Your Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut, ARTC is Connecticut's retired teachers' WATCHDOG on all issues that affect retired teachers. ARTC has continued to work for retired teachers since 1946 and its mission is to:

  • Provide concerted and cooperative means of promoting the economic, professional, and social well-being of the retired teachers of Connecticut;
  • Encourage the participation of retirees in service to their communities and their state;
  • Advocate the continuous improvement of education in the schools of Connecticut:

http://artct.org/

Join ARTC:

http://artct.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Revised-ARTC-Membership-2-2.pdf 

($50/year)

ARTC (Association of Retired Teachers of CT) Newsletters

http://artct.org/artc-events/

GBRTA (Greater Bridgeport Retired Teachers' Association)

 An association of retired educators from numerous area school systems.

http://www.gbrta.org/

Join GBRTA:  https://www.gbrta.org/attachments/applicationform.pdf  

($20/year)

Find State Legislators

Use the search features below to find information and resources for members of the Connecticut House and Senate. Search by town, name, ZIP + 4, or legislative committee. Send instant emails to individuals or groups:

www.cbia.com/ga/get_involved/contact_ct_legislators/

State of Connecticut Districts
Find Representative, Senator and Congressperson by typing in your address:

http://cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp

Non-Partisan Voter Information

At a unique research center located high in the Montana Rockies and far from the partisan influences of Washington, staff, interns, and volunteers are working hard to strengthen the most essential component of democracy – access to information. Project Vote Smart is a non-partisan, nonprofit educational organization funded exclusively through individual contributions and philanthropic foundations:

http://votesmart.org/

GPO and WEP

The Government Pension Offset (GPO) & the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) Explained :

http://www.ssfairness.com/

Verify Internet Information

To verify the authenticity of items found or received on the internet,  go to Snopes.  Check it out before passing it on:

http://snopes.com/

 

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