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Easton's New Monitors Are Easy on the Eyes

The Easton Senior Center and the Town Clerk's Office purchased four 24-inch high-definition monitors with $5,000 awarded by the Peoples United Community Foundation of People's United Bank.

The monitors will be used in the Low-Vision Center to allow seniors a more comfortable and less eye-straining experience with computers.

"We've had a lot of good feedback from seniors who are using the large print books and magazines from the low vision center," said Val Buckley, Senior Center director.

The monitors will also be used at the town clerk's office to look at maps and documents.

Derek Buckley, Easton's town clerk, hopes that eventually people will view documents only on the computer and not require hard copies. The 24-inch monitor allows people to view an entire document without scrolling down, said Buckley. One high-definition monitor is already in place at the town clerk's office. The monitors will be delivered within 10 days and can be used as soon as they're installed.

Buckley said she hopes to establish a relationship with a local hospital within the next six to nine months so a qualified technician can advise residents as to what equipment they might need for their vision. "This is to help people who fall between the cracks – those with no medical insurance that covers equipment and those people who don't have the funds to purchase equipment," said Buckley.

The Low Vision Center also received its first donated monitor from the National Charity League. Those who donate $400 or more will have their name placed on a monitor in the Low Vision Center or the Town Clerk's Office.

United Illuminating also awarded $3,000 for the program, after the town committed to purchasing energy saving equipment. The town clerk completed an analysis of energy saving devices with United Illuminating to qualify for this grant.

Have you used the Low Vision Center? What do you think about it?

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