Burlington County Office on Aging
Senior News Notes
BEWARE OF PRECIOUS
Renee L. Borstad,
Director of Burlington County
Mary Ann O’Brien
Freeholder Liaison In the early 1980s, New Jersey
To Office on Aging passed a law to protect people who
wanted to sell their precious metals,
including gold, silver, platinum and any other form of jewelry.
February 2011 Enforcement of the law became the responsibility of every Weights
& Measures Department in the state, county or municipality.
Volume 6 Issue 2
Office on Aging Today there is a high demand for your precious metals, especially
gold. The price of gold has been increasing almost on a daily basis.
Whatever the cash price to be paid for any precious metal, New
If there is a concern Jersey law must be obeyed.
for individuals over
the age of 60, it
If you are planning to sell your gold, silver or any other precious
metals, then make sure to shop around. Check out at least three gold
buyers, preferably local jewelry stores. Bring all the items you want to
sell to each the location. Before you show your precious metals, check
each store for a clear and prominent posting of the following
Office on Aging information at point of purchase, stating:
Meals on Wheels The precious metal buyer’s name and address
The price being offered or paid by the buyer for your precious
Lawyer Referral metals per standard measure of weight and fineness
609-261-2220 Weights & Measures current Certificate of Inspection.
Seller beware! The buyer must weigh each item separately and in front of you on a Weights & Measures certified
digital scale. The scale must have a round blue and white Weights & Measures paper seal plus a metal wire seal. If
there is no round blue seal or you see a red seal the scale is condemned.
Take your gold, leave the store and report the incident to Burlington County Weights & Measures at (609)265-
5098, or (609)265-5054.
Find the jeweler and the cash price you want, and make sure you get a serialized receipt for each item. The
serialized receipt must state:
The name and address of the BUYER
The date of the transaction
The names of each precious metal purchased
The fineness of each precious metal purchased
The weight of each precious metal purchased
The price paid for each precious metal at the standard measures of weight and fineness
The name, address and signature of the SELLER of the precious metals
Proof of identity of the seller
If the buyer refuses or fails to provide the seller with a serialized receipt stating each of the above, the buyer is in
violation of New Jersey’s Weights & Measures Precious Metals law and will be cited by a Burlington County
Weights & Measures Inspector. Once cited, the buyer will be required to appear in the municipal court where the
transaction took place.
If the buyer pleads guilty, the Judge will order payment of not less than $100 nor more than $500 for each count
stated in the Inspector’s complaint.
In addition, the buyer must retain any precious metals in the form purchased for not less than 2 business days,
minimum 48 hours.
The buyer must also allow the inspection all serialized receipts or precious metals upon request by a Weights &
Measures Inspector. In addition to our local jewelry stores, we also have travelling gold buyers who are coming
into Burlington County. These buyers are known to set-up temporary locations in hotels, flea
markets, libraries, beauty shops and even at precious metals parties in consumer homes. New Jersey law describes
the temporary gold buyer as a TRANSIENT buyer.
Be aware, transient buyers must also follow New Jersey’s Precious Metals law. The transient buyer must register
with New Jersey Weights & Measures and provide a minimum $5,000 Surety Bond with the State Superinten-
dent. A transient buyer must also file with the Police Department of the municipality in which he intends to
conduct business. The transient buyer must provide the police with his name and address including the address at
which he intends to do business.
The transient buyer must also have a certified scale with the State’s blue and white seal and the wire metal seal also
affixed to the scale.
To receive a pocket-sized copy of the New Jersey Precious Metals law, call Burlington County Weights &
Measures at (609)265-5098, or (609)265-5054 and provide your name and address.
If you have any questions, or want to discuss the law, use the same phone numbers providing your name and
telephone number. An Inspector will return your call.
The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquar-
tered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for older Americans—especially those
who are vulnerable and disadvantaged—and the community organizations that serve them. It
brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solu-
tions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations
across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independ-
ently, and remain active in their communities.
For more information, visit www.NCOA.org.
New Year, New Benefits
January 2, 2011
Jan. 1 ushered in several new Medicare benefits for older adults thanks to last year’s health reform law.
A 50% discount on the price of brand-name prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries who enter the
Part D donut hole, or coverage gap.
Free preventive screenings, including mammograms, colorectal cancer screenings, bone mass measure-
ment, and nutritional counseling.
One free wellness visit each year for Medicare beneficiaries who request it.
This year will also see the creation of the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. The center’s
mission is to help slow the rapid rise of health care costs and foster innovation in both caring for patients
and processing payments and claims.
Learn more about health reform:
Explore our fact sheets offering Straight Talk for Seniors on Health Reform.
See a timeline from the Kaiser Family Foundation on when health reform provisions take effect.
CURBSIDE PAPER CARTON
RECYCLING GOES COUNTYWIDE
After a four-month successful pilot in Florence Township, all County residents now are
being encouraged to add paper cartons to the mix of bottles and cans they put in their
The County anticipates recycling two million pounds of cartons over the course of a
“At the end of the day expanding our recycling program saves taxpayers’
dollars,” O’Brien said. “Every recycled item that is kept out of the landfill
reduces tipping fees for the towns.”
Workers at the County’s recycling center in Westampton, operated by the Occupational
Training Center (OTC), found that sorting the cartons was no problem. The increased
flow of recyclables is expected to be easily handled.
For information on carton recycling, visit the County’s website at
www.co.burlington.nj.us or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Freeholder Mary Ann O’Brien & OTC Recycling Plant Manager John Brosky
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workshop series called Take Control of Your Health, now available in sites throughout New Jersey,
can help. To find out about Take Control workshops near you, visit http://nj.gov/health/senior/
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If you prefer an on-line version, Better Choices, Better Health is available for a limited time. As a
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Burlington County Virtua Spring 2011 Programs
Personal Safety Awareness: Be Prepared Not Scared
Participate in this interactive program and learn self defense techniques and tips to decrease the
risk of assault and help you stay safe. Refreshments will be served.
Date: March 24, 2011 Place: Virtua Memorial Time: 7 p.m.
Speaker: Paul Sarnese, Virtua. Safety Director
Fit for Life
Learn how to improve your posture and balance; maintain strength, improve endurance and stay
fit physically and mentally. Stretching and light exercise demonstration will get you up and
moving. Refreshments will be served. Date: Thursday, April 28 Time: 7 pm
Place: Virtua Memorial Speaker: Heather Weiler
Rohrer Center for Health Fitness Group Exercise Instructor
Herbal supplements: overrated or over-the-counter miracles?
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and your prescription medicines? Learn the health benefits and side effects of the latest buzz..
Refreshments will be served
Date: Thursday, May 26
Time: 7 pm
Place Virtua Memorial Hospital
Speaker: Jennifer Naticchia, MD Virtua physician
Instructor Navigating the Medical Maze
A personal health navigator will take the confusion and work out of managing doctor’s appoint-
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Refreshments will be served. Date: Thursday, June 23 Time: 7 pm
Place:Virtua Memorial Hospital
Speaker: Michael Capriotti, Executive Director, Virtua Access Center
Call 1-888-Virtua-3 (1-888-847-8823) or visit Virtua’s web site at www.virtua.org.