MERCER COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION FREE LEGAL CLINIC -- Thursday, Sept. 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m. This free 15-minute consultation with an attorney is sponsored by LAWYERS C.A.R.E.  Everyone is seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Attorneys will answer questions regarding Family Law, Real Estate Law, Landlord/Tenant Law, Personal Injury Law, Wills and Estates, Bankruptcy, Criminal Law and Municipal Court Law. Please call (609) 890-9800 to reserve your seat.


CONSUMER AFFAIRS -- Friday, Sept. 13, and Tuesday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Experiencing difficulty with a local business? Do you need information on how to avoid credit, home improvement, automotive, or Internet fraud?  Have you had problems with purchases or unreliable repairmen? The Chief of the Mercer County Consumer Affairs Commission will be at the County Connection to answer all of your questions. Please call (609) 890-9800 to reserve your seat.


Planting techniques for Trees and Shrubs -- Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Autumn is the perfect time to make structural changes to your garden by relocating or adding trees and shrubs. County Horticulturist Barbara Bromley will share tried and true planting methods and discuss how to care for your new plantings so they will provide you with beauty for years to come. Presented by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County. Please call (609) 890-9800 to reserve your seat.

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE SEMINAR -- Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease may present challenges. The ability to make sense of difficult behaviors can make your job as a caregiver easier and may improve the quality of life for everyone involved. Learn how to avoid unnecessary arguments and recognize the triggers that may result in risky or aggressive behaviors. In addition, learn communication techniques to effectively respond to repetitive actions, anxious or agitated feelings and recognition difficulties. Presenter will be Melissa Von Stein, MSW, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, Alzheimer’s Association Greater NJ Chapter. Please call (609) 890-9800 to reserve your seat.

WELCOME TO MEDICARE SEMINAR -- Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Everyone with Medicare has different needs. With all the options and choices you have today, it can be difficult to figure out what’s best for you and your family. Come to the County Connection and get clear, straightforward answers to your questions about Medicare, provided by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Aging and Community Services. Please call (609) 890-9800 to reserve your seat.


Recurring Events…


N.J. Notary Oath Filing -- First Thursday of Every Month, 3 to 7:30 p.m. The Mercer County Clerk sends staff here monthly to swear in new and renewing New Jersey notaries. The cost is $15 and payment can be made via check, money order, or credit card. No cash is accepted.


The State Health Insurance Assistance Program -- By appointment only. SHIP volunteer counselors provide free assistance to NJ Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about, their Medicare insurance. Call 609-890-9800 for an appointment.


NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING -- By appointment only. Many older adults struggle each day to stay afloat. They face rising housing and health care bills, diminished savings, and often job loss. Many people are not aware of all the programs available to help them achieve economic security. The NCOA offers a free confidential benefits check-up to those 55 or older to help them find the programs for which they may be eligible. Call 732-367-7111 for information.


Upcoming Events…


Foreclosure seminar -- Thursday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to noon.

Understanding social security -- Thursday, Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

SURROGATE SERVICES SEMINAR -- Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10 to 11 a.m.  

Mercer County Connection is located on Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, in the Acme Shopping Center, Hamilton. (609) 890-9800.

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