Lions Club SightFirst Eye Glass Donations May Now Be Made at BPL

The Bristol Lions Club will be collecting used eye glasses for the Lions SightFirst program at Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street in Bristol.  There is a SightFirst drop box, where donated eye glasses may be left, on the Lower Level of the library at the foot of the main staircase.

SightFirst helps Lions and their partners address the world’s leading causes of preventable or reversible blindness, as well as provide services to persons who are blind or have low vision. The program focuses on large-scale projects that address cataract, trachoma, river blindness, diabetic retinopathy, and uncorrected refractive error. SightFirst also funds research projects that directly support SightFirst objectives, with an emphasis on projects that seek to better deliver cataract, trachoma and uncorrected refractive error services.

 

for  information contact the

Bristol Lions Club:

Address: PO Box 1421
Bristol, CT 06011-0462
Phone: 860-584-2560 Ev Lyons Membership Chair
Email: v.evertt.lyons@snet.net

 

The Friends of the Library 2016 Annual Book Sale Dates Announced

The Friends of the Bristol Public Library 2016 Annual Book Sale Schedule:

Wednesday, February 24  3:00 PM to 7:00 PM  ($5.00 Preview Night admission)

Thursday, February 25  9:00 AM to 7:00 PM  (No admission fee)

Friday, February 26  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM  (No admission fee)

Saturday, February 27  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM  (No admission Fee)

Sunday, February 28  1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ($5.00 Bag Sale)

The sale  includes thousands  of gently used hard & soft cover books, audio books, movies & CDs, fiction & non-fiction, vintage items & collectibles.

The book sale  is held in the lower level meeting rooms and Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street, Bristol, CT.  All proceeds  benefit the Friends of the Bristol Public Library.

2016 AARP Tax-Aide Appointment Sign-up Begins December, 28th.

Appointment sign-up for 2016 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide begins Monday, December 28, 2015. 

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide appointments are available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older, at Bristol Public Library, starting February 9th. Tax Aide appointments will be available Tuesdays, 9:00 AM–1:00 PM, February 9–April 12, 2016 by appointment only.  Appointments may be made by calling: (860) 584-7787 x 2000. Walk-ins will be directed to make an appointment.

Items you need to bring when you visit an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site for volunteers to help you prepare your tax return(s):

  • Last year’s tax return(s)
  • Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and all your dependents
  • Photo I.D. required for all taxpayers.
  • Checkbook if you want to direct deposit any refund(s).

Income

  • W-2 from each employer
  • Unemployment compensation statements
  • SSA-1099 form showing the total Social Security benefits paid to you for the year, or Form RRB-1099, Tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits
  • 1099 forms reporting interest (1099-INT), dividends (1099-DIV), proceeds from sales (1099-B), as well as documentation showing the original purchase price of your sold assets
  • 1099-R form if you received a pension, annuity, or IRA distribution
  • 1099-Misc forms
  • Information about other forms of Income
  • State or local income tax refund

Payments

All forms and canceled checks indicating federal and state income tax paid (including quarterly estimated tax payments)

Deductions

Most taxpayers have a choice of taking either a standard deduction or itemizing their deductions. If you have a substantial amount of deductions, you may want to itemize. You will need to bring the following information:

  • 1098 form showing any home mortgage interest
  • 1098-T and 1098-E forms (Tuition and Student Loan Interest payments)
  • A list of medical/dental expenses (including doctor and hospital bills and medical insurance premiums), prescription medicines, costs of assisted living services, and bills for home improvements such as ramps and railings for people with disabilities
  • Summary of contributions to charity
  • Receipts or canceled checks for all quarterly or other paid tax
  • Property Tax bills and proof of payment

Health Insurance

  • Form 1095A if you purchased through Marketplace (Exchange)
  • Any exemption correspondence from the Marketplace (if applicable)

Credits

  • Dependent care provider information (name, employer ID, or Social Security number)
  • 1099 forms related to continuing education and related receipts and cancelled checks