2000-03-01 / Seniors

Senior

Spotlight

By John Toscano

MetroCard Bus To Visit All

Of Borough In March

METROCARD BUS MARCH SKED:

Seniors and persons with disabilities who may want to apply for the reduced fare MetroCard will have the opportunity throughout the month of March because the special New York City Transit Metro Card buses will be visiting all parts of the borough, making scheduled stops.

Seniors who want to file an application to get a card must bring photo identification proving they are at least 65 years old.

Persons with disabilities must show a valid United States Medicare card the one printed in red, white and blue) and also a valid federal-or state-issued photo ID card in order to be immediately processed. Disabled persons who do not have a Medicare card must ensure that their doctors complete the physician’s section on the application.

Anyone may add value to a card or purchase a new one to get daily, weekly or monthly unlimited ride passes.

Here’s the MetroCard bus schedule of stops:

*ASTORIA

—31st Street between Ditmars Boulevard and 23d Avenue, Mar. 3d and 27th, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

*BAYSIDE

—Bay Terrace Shopping Center, Bell Boulevard and 24th Avenue, Mar. 3d and 27th, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

*BAYSIDE

—73d Avenue and Bell Boulevard, Mar. 8th, 1 to 3 p.m.

*FLUSHING

—Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Mar. 3d and 17th, 8 to 10:30 a.m.

*FOREST HILLS:

71st (Continental) Avenue and Queens Boulevard, Mar. 7th and 21st, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

*REGO PARK:

Marshall’s/Sears Mall, Queens Boulevard and 63d Road, Mar. 7th and 21st, 2 to 3 p.m.

*GLEN OAKS:

Glen Oaks Shopping Center, Union Turnpike near 60th Street, Mar. 8th and 22d, 10 a.m. to noon.

*SUNNYSIDE:

45-25 47th St. between Greenpoint Avenue and 47th Avenue (Assemblymember Catherine Nolan’s district office), Mar. 9th, 10 a.m. to noon.

*MASPETH:

Grand Avenue and 69th Street, Mar. 9th, 1 to 3 p.m.

*FRESH MEADOWS:

Shopping Center, 188th Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Mar. 13th and 27th, 1 to 3 p.m.

*QUEENS VILLAGE:

Fran Hill Shopping Center, Hillside Avenue at Francis Lewis Boulevard, Mar. 24th, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

*KEW GARDENS:

Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Mar. 28th, 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call (212) METROCARD. We suggest you save this issue of the Gazette to remind you when the MetroCard bus will be in your area.

SEEKS FUNDING INCREASE:

There’s a little-known New York state program for seniors living on fixed incomes which provides them with a monthly benefit called a Personal Need Allowance (PNA). The present payment is $45 to $50, according to Assemblymember Ivan Lafayette. It was set about 20 years ago so it’s time for an increase.

Lafayette (D–Jackson Heights) has filed a bill to increase the monthly PNA to $100. "In this period of unprecedented prosperity," he believes, "we must be vigilant. We must ensure that nobody is left in the margins or forgotten about." The PNA is important because it is used for personal amenities like haircuts and toiletries.

Lafayette says most of the seniors who receive the PNA live in nursing homes or other facilities and, while the homes may have received increases in benefits from the state, those getting the PNA have been ignored since it was last increased in 1981.

GRANT FROM BELL ATLANTIC:

Commissioner Herbert Stupp, head of the city’s Department for the Aging, announced recently that Bell Atlantic had given the city a $20,000 grant to be used to produce and disseminate an intergenerational resources directory. Stupp said the publication, called The Annotated Directory of Intergenerational Resources, will include listings of approximately 1,000 intergenerational programs throughout the state, half of which are in New York City. The last time such a directory was published was in 1991, Stupp said, and at the time there were only 400 intergenerational programs.

Stupp stated: "The directory will be a valuable tool for any individual or organization involved with human services that serve young and older New Yorkers. It represents one piece in an ongoing effort to stimulate the growth of intergenerational programming and advocate public policies that recognize the benefits of working together across the generations."

As one example of a beneficial program, he cited the Work–Study Program which allows high school students who are at risk of dropping out to obtain school credit and work experience by volunteering at nursing homes and senior centers. To stay in the program they must maintain good class attendance, Stupp noted.

APPOINTMENT:

Gene Barrett of College Point has been appointed associate state coordinator for AARP/VOTE, the organization’s voter education program. In that role, Barrett will lead AARP’s community based efforts to educate senior voters statewide about health, economic and consumer issues important to older Americans and their families. Individuals interested in volunteering to work in AARP/VOTE should write to David McNally, One Commerce Plaza, Albany, New York 12260 or call (518) 434-4194.

MEETING:

Fred Gerber, education director at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing, is the scheduled speaker at the AARP Jackson Heights Chapter number 991 meeting on Wednesday, Mar. 15th, at 1 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church at 81-10 35th Ave., Jackson Heights.

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