As a follow-up to my previous post on enrolling online for health insurance, writer Mary Agnes Carey at Kaiser Health News lists five tips on what to look for when you enroll.   Whether you're signing up with HealthCare.gov or state exchanges like our own Access Health CT, you'll want to read Ms. Carey's article first.  The piece includes advice on changing current plans, billing, and finding out if you qualify for financial help.  Click here to read it.

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Open enrollment for 2015 health care insurance coverage began this weekend (November 15th, 2014) and continues until February 15, 2015.  Access Health CT notes that " you can also shop and compare costs, providers and health plan benefits, and select a different plan if that would better meet your needs."  Go to their website by clicking here for more info. 

For coverage to begin January 1, 2015, you must select your health plan by December 15th 2014, if you're new to the Marketplace, not eligible for auto-enrollment, or want to select a different plan than the one you had for 2014.  Access Health CT adds that if " you select a plan after December 15, 2014, your coverage for that plan will not start until a later month. Remember, you will not be able to enroll in the Marketplace after February 15, 2015, unless you qualify for Special Enrollment, for example, you lose your existing health coverage; you relocate to Connecticut; or you experience certain other qualifying life events".

If you need help creating an Access Health CT account or finding an In-Person Assister, Navigator, Certified Application Counselor or broker located near you or that speaks your language, contact the Call Center at 1-855-805-4325.  Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact the Call Center at the TTY line at 1-855-789-2428.

Even more information on picking the right insurance coverage that can meet your needs can be found at HealthCare.gov by clicking here.  Good luck!

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Greenwich Library Is Open Today, Sunday, November 16th

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We're open 1-5 today.  If any student needs help with a school assignment or anybody else with something they need, I'll be on the first floor reference desk during those hours. 

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The Paralyzed Veterans of America Website

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The stated mission of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVoA) website is "helping veterans and all people with spinal cord injury and disease... enjoy the high quality of life they deserve".  As Veterans Day is tomorrow, friends and families of vets might want to check out the site by clicking here.

PVoA offers paralyzed veterans and their families assistance with long term care and support, social security, legal services and employment, among other areas.  They even detail the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to persons with disabilities here.  So check out this amazing resource if you can!

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now has a website up for persons with disabilities who feel they may be being discriminated against when looking for housing.  Click here to pull it up.

The website offers info not only to persons with disabilities but also to housing providers and building design professionals as well. You can also find a link to the site on our ADA Page by clicking here, then scroll down to "HUD".  

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The latest installment in Greenwich Library's Cult Films series, Sergio Leone's A Fistful Of Dollars, starring Clint Eastwood, will be shown on Wednesday, November 5th, beginning at 6:30 pm.  More details here.  Below is the original trailer:

Dollars, made & released in 1964 in Europe (the US got to see it for the first time in January, 1967), was a thinly disguised remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1961 film Yojimbo, itself influenced by Dashiell Hammett's 1929 novel, Red Harvest. Directed by Sergio Leone, Dollars was an Italian/Spanish/German co-production, shot in Almeria, Spain (exteriors), with indoor sequences (interiors) shot in Italy.  The cast was made up of various Italian, German and Spanish actors, including Marianne Koch and Gian Maria Volante, and it's music was composed by then-unknown Ennio Morricone.

Leone, reportedly given a $200,000 budget, wanted to shake up the western genre, which he felt had gone stagnant. After being rejected by Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson, Leone hired the then popular star of TV's Rawhide, Clint Eastwood for $15,000 to portray the protagonist, a mysterious gunman who rides into a town controlled by two warring families, the Baxters and the Rojos, and seeing a possible monetary profit, decides to pit one faction against the other.

Eastwood's "Man With No Name" (actually he's called "Joe" in the film) is about as far apart as a traditional western hero as you can get. Add various violent gun fight sequences that are quickly and stylishly edited and some witty dialogue, and Dollars became  an international artistic and financial success.  Leone of course went on to do two sequels with Eastwood, eventually even working with both Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson in 1969's Once Upon A Time In The West, as well as other films, before his death in 1989.

(BTW Here's a really good article on Leone's influence.)

The program begins at 6:30 pm in the library's meeting room on the second floor.  The film, dubbed in English, runs about 100 minutes and is in color.  Rated R. 

I usually begin each screening with a brief discussion of the film's production and it's influence over the decades. Both film buffs and ingĂ©nues are welcome.  Hope you can join us.  And click here to see what we'll be showing next!

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We've just updated our ADA Page by adding some new links to websites that can assist persons with disabilities.  In the weeks to come, I'll be spotlighting some of those sites at this blog. 

First up is the law firm Swope, Rodante P.A.'s website posting on traumatic brain injury (TBI), which also shows  how brain injured persons can find "various training and employment opportunities"  This post goes into exactly what TBI is, what state and federal resources are available to assist brain injured persons find/keep jobs and/or receive social security and veterans' benefits.  It also lists (with links) where to find these agencies, as well as public and private foundations, charities, and government agencies.  For more information, click here.

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On November 5th, at 6:30  pm, Greenwich Library Cult Films presents the 1964 spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars, starring Clint Eastwood.  Directed by Sergio Leone, this terrific film made a big impact on the western genre (and films in general) when it first came out.  It was released in America in January, 1967.

Below is the trailer for the film:

For more info about the program, click here.

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The latest installment in our Cult Films program, 2013's You're Next, will be shown at Greenwich Library's second floor meeting room on Thursday, October 16th, beginning at 6:30 pm.  For more info about that evening's program, click here.

Completed in 2011 but not released in the US until two years later, You're Next is just the type of work that would qualify as a cult film.  Independently made, low budgeted (about $1 million), mostly unknown cast (though I do remember Barbara Crampton from the H.P. Lovecraft films she did for director Stuart Gordon back in the 80s), and not as well promoted as the latest Marvel superhero picture, You're Next is a clever, compelling, exciting and scary thriller that'll leave you shaking by the end.

Director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett set the story in an isolated vacation home during a family reunion.  Trouble starts early when neighbors living nearby are killed by an assailant wearing a lamb mask.  Soon the lamb masked killer is joined by other disguised partners as they carry out an intense home invasion against the family.  But why are they trying to kill the family?  And is somebody inside the house working with the killers...? 

Wingard and Barrett (who also did the recently released-in-theatres The Guest) were obviously influenced by directors like Mario Bava and Dario Argento, as well as the Friday the 13th slasher films.  But their film is classier and wittier.  They emphasize shock and intense violence, but balance everything out with humor and actual characterization.  Nobody in the film is only a walking target. 

You're Next is rated R due to violence.  Not recommended for kids under 17.  It's in color and runs 95 minutes.  If you're interested, stop by the meeting room this Thursday.  And check out our website here. for future programs.

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ANNILATION.pngThe first installment of Jeff VanderMeer's "Southern Reach Trilogy", Annihilation is a solid, riveting thriller that will leave you breathless by the last page.  (Click here to reserve our copy.)


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