Page 22 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, JunE 7, 2024 City of Everett to Host Juneteenth Celebration Event All are welcome to unite in celebration of Juneteenth with music, food and activities for all ages E VERETT, MA – Mayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce the City of Everett, in collaboration with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), will host the Juneteenth Celebration event on Wednesday, June 19, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Glendale Park (50 Elm Street). All are welcome to unite in celebration of Juneteenth with music, food and activities to partake in. The event will feature live performances by Talib Kweli, Skyzoo, Landon Worsdwell, Rayell, and The Woo Factor to create an unforgettable day of music and unity. Juneteenth, which is a national holiday recognized on June 19 in the United States, celebrates when in 1865 Union Army General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to tell enslaved African Americans they are now free. This was one of the last places in the United States to free slaves after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. The City will be joining in celebrations across the country by hosting this free event for the community to come together and participate in. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, please visit cityofeverett.com/ events/juneteenth-2024. Say nr Sa a y Senior Seni by Jim Miller Long-Term Care Benefi ts for Veterans and Surviving Spouses Dear Savvy Senior, I understand that the Veterans Administration has a benefit that can help veterans and spouses with longterm care costs. We recently had to move my elderly father into an assisted living memory care facility, and my mother will probably need care too in the near future. What can you tell me? Searching for Aid Dear Searching, The Veterans Administration (VA) does indeed have an underutilized benefi t that can help wartime veterans and their surviving spouses pay for a variety of long-term care costs. This benefit, called “Aid CITY OF EVERETT and Attendance,” is a special pension that’s paid on top of existing VA pensions for eligible veterans and surviving spouses. In 2024, it pays a maximum of $2,727 a month to married veterans; $2,300 a month to single veterans; or $1,478 a month to a surviving spouse. The money is tax free, and can be used to pay for assisted living, memory care, nursing home or inhome care services. Currently, around 156,000 PUBLIC HEARING FOR PETITION FROM MASSACHUSETTS ELECTRIC COMPANY D/B/A NATIONAL GRID OF NORTH ANDOVER, MASSACHUSETTS & VERIZON, NEW ENGLAND To all parties interested in the public hearing. Be it hereby ordered: Massachusetts Electric Company d/b/a National Grid of North Andover, Massachusetts and Verizon New England requests permission to locate poles, wires, fixtures, including the necessary sustaining and protecting fixtures, along and across the following public way or ways hereinafter named. The following are the streets and highways referred to: No. # 30867733 - Beacham Street - National Grid to install 1 JO Pole on Beacham Street beginning at a point approximately 120 feet northeast of the centerline of the intersection of Beacham Street and Behen Street and continuing approximately 2 feet in a northernly direction. National Grid to install Pole #3021-50 to accommodate and provide the permanent underground service at 212 Beacham Street. Wherefore it prays that after due notice and hearing as provided by law, it be granted a location for and permission to erect and maintain poles and wires, together with such sustaining and protecting fixtures as it may find necessary, said poles to be erected substantially in accordance with the plan filed herewith marked: Beacham Street - Everett - Massachusetts Hearing to be held with the Everett City Council, held on Monday at 7:00PM, on the 24th of June, 2024 at the Everett City Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, Everett City Hall. June 07, 2024 For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 617-387-2200 or Info@advocatenews.net veterans and survivors are receiving the Aid and Attendance benefi t, but many thousands more are eligible who either don’t know about it or don’t think they qualify. Eligibility Requirements To qualify, your dad must have served at least 90 days of active military service with at least one day of service during a period of war, and not have been discharged dishonorably. Single surviving spouses of wartime vets are eligible if their marriage ended due to death. In addition, your dad will also have to meet certain thresholds for medical and fi nancial need to be eligible. To qualify medically he must be either disabled, or over the age of 65 and need help performing basic everyday living tasks such as eating, bathing, dressing or going to the bathroom. Being blind or in a nursing home due to disability or receiving Social Security Disability or SSI also qualifi es him. Single surviving spouses have no age restrictions, but they must require help with basic everyday living tasks to be eligible. To qualify fi nancially your parents “net worth,” which includes assets and annual income combined, must be below $155,356 in 2024. To calculate this, add up your parent’s assets, which includes their personal property (like investments, real estate, etc.) excluding their primary home and vehicles. And tally up their income over the past year (including Social Security, pensions, interest income from investments, annuities, etc.), minus any out-of-pocket medical expenses, prescription drugs, insurance premiums and long-term care costs over that same period of time. The VA also has a threeyear lookback to determine if your parents transferred any assets to ensure they would qualify for benefi ts. If so, they may be subject to a penalty period of up to 5 years. How to Apply To apply for Aid and Attendance, you’ll need to fi ll out VA Form 21-2680 and mail it to the Pension Management Center (PMC) for your dad’s state. You’ll need to have your dad’s doctor fi ll out the examination information section. Or you can also apply in person at a VA regional offi ce near your parents. For more information or to download application forms see VA.gov/pension/aid-attendance-housebound. You can also call the VA at 800– 827–1000 if you have questions. If you need some help, you can appoint a Veteran Service Offi cer (VSO), a VA-accredited attorney or claims agent to represent your dad. See VA.gov/ogc/apps/accreditation/index.asp to locate someone. If your dad is eligible, it can take months for his application to be processed, so be patient. You should also know that if your dad’s Aid and Attendance application is approved, the VA will send a lump sum retroactive payment covering the time from the day you fi led the application until the day it was approved. Then your dad receives monthly payments going forward. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book. nior ior

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