Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead: Milano Center forges ahead ...

... meanwhile, Jack takes "a vacation"

by Jack Beckley, executive director, Melrose COA

Eileen M. Olsen, Chairperson
Jim Driscoll, Vice-Chairperson
Kay McCarte, Secretary
William Ahern
Gene Baldi
Peggy Kenny
Rosemary Behrle

Note from the Director

An old high school football injury has finally caught up with me.  As a result, I will be undergoing knee replacement surgery/rehabilitation and, hopefully, a little vacation tacked on at the end. Though I do this with trepidation, I expect to be back in February feeling refreshed and pain free.  

While I’m out, Chuck Person, Park and Recreation Coordinator, will fill in mornings. If you have problems or concerns, please talk to Chuck.  

Until then, I wish you all a joyous holiday season and a healthy and peace-filled New Year.

                                                                 Jack Beckley

High School Thanksgiving Luncheon

Students in Sharon McCauley’s Melrose High School cooking classes are preparing another Thanksgiving feast. Tickets, though limited, are free thanks to sponsorship by the Melrose High School Student Council.  

Melrose residents only, call 781-665-4304 to place your name in the drawing for tickets. Each of the 15 names drawn will receive two tickets. The meal will be
served at the Melrose High School at 11:30 a.m., Fri., Nov. 19. The drawing will take place at the Milano Center on Fri., Nov. 12, at 9:00 a.m. You do not have to be present to win tickets.  

Thanksgiving Luncheon

Come to the Senior Dining Program’s Thanksgiving Luncheon on Thurs., Nov. 18, 2004, at 12 noon.

Seating is limited and reservations must be made by Nov. 12 (781-662-6886).  Lunches are offered in cooperation with Mystic Valley Elder Services.  A $1.50
donation is suggested.  

Basement Renovation Update

The Design Committee and Melrose Friends of the Aging recently decided not to start construction on the basement renovation until the $175,000 fund raising
goal has been met. Their decision was based on expert advice that doing  the renovation in phases will be far more expensive in the long run. Therefore, the plan is to continue fund raising until the additional $30,000 needed is raised. If not accomplished by spring, the restroom, by far the most expensive room to build, may well have to be eliminated. Almost everyone involved with the project is loath to forego the restroom and some other niceties so we remain hopeful that the additional funding can be raised.  

Holiday Celebration
Dec. 16, 12:00 Noon

Celebrate the holidays at the Milano Senior Center. Enjoy a delicious holiday meal at 12 noon followed by a vaudeville show at 1:00 p.m.
Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call the Milano Center (781-662-6886) by 12 noon on Friday, Dec. 10. A $1.50 donation is suggested for
lunch. Entertainment is provided courtesy of the American  Guild of Variety Artists and Melrose Friends of the Aging.  

Affording Skyrocketing Drug Costs

If you are having difficulty affording your medications, come to this presentation by Dr. Goldman-Levine, Director of Diabetes Education at Malden Family Medical Center and Massachusets College of Pharmacy professor. She will answer questions and provide useful information on how to reduce costs for prescription medications. It will be held at the Milano Senior Center on Tuesday., Nov. 9, at 12:30 p.m.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

"About a Boy" – Comedy Drama:  London’s most frequently eligible bachelor gets some lessons in growing up from a maladroit 12-year-old boy. Stars Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult and Toni Collette. PG 13. Shown at the Milano Senior Center on Friday, Nov. 19, at 1:30 p.m.

"The Terminal" – Comedy Drama Romance. Tom Hanks stars as Victor Navorski, an Eastern European man who, due to a nasty technicality, finds
himself stranded at Kennedy Airport. PG 13. Shown at the Milano Center on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 1:30 p.m.

COA Minibus

Call us at 781-665-4304 for rides in Melrose. To offset minibus expenses, a $1.00 donation is requested.

Looking Ahead

Please note that this issue of Looking Ahead combines the months of November & December. Advertisers and subscribers will have their contracts and subscriptions extended by a month.

A Chance to Make a difference

Melrose's FISH organization is looking for a volunteer to arrange rides (can be done at home) and for volunteer drivers. FISH volunteers have been bringing
Melrose residents to medical appointments for many years. Now however, volunteers are needed more than ever before. Please consider volunteering for this important community service.

If you can help, even one day a month, please call Preston Johnson at 781-665-1796.

More on Looking Ahead

The COA monthly newsletter, Looking Ahead, is distributed in bulk to the elderly housing buildings. It is free and may also be picked up at the Milano Center, COA office, library, city hall, and Johnnie’s Foodmaster and Shaw’s supermarkets.

If you prefer to receive Looking Ahead by mail, please send a $4 check payable to the Melrose COA, 235 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176. Those who are homebound and unable to afford the $4 can receive the newsletter without charge.

Senior Dining Program

Tasty noontime meals are served each weekday, at 12 noon, at the Milano Senior Center. The lunch program is run in cooperation with Mystic Valley Elder Services.  

To reserve a meal call 781-662-6886 from 10-11:45 a.m. at least a day before you plan to attend. A $1.50 donation is requested for the meal. Rides are available
by calling 781-665-4304.  

Help Wanted: Minibus Driver

Want a rewarding community service experience while making a little pocket money? If you are physically fit and have a good driving record, the Council on Aging is looking for a minibus driver to work a morning or afternoon shift once or twice a week.

If interested, please call Chuck Person mornings at 781-665-4304.  


FREE WELLNESS CHECKS – Friday, Nov. 12 & Dec. 10, 2004 from 11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Melrose/Boston VNA Nurse Cynthia Giansiracuso provides free health checks including pressures, weights and more. Please drop in; appointments are not necessary.

PODIATRY - Friday, Nov. 19 & Dec. 17, 2004  Dr. Robert J. Connolly, D.P.M. provides foot care & consultations at moderate cost ($25). Appointments (781-662-6886) are required and can be made on or after the 1st of the month. Melrose residents receive preference.

Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings.  New members are always welcome. Recent winners include John Lawry 1st, Phil Tedesco 2nd, Millie Wadland 3rd: Bill Haley 1st, Paul Frazier 2nd, Alan Faller 3rd.

Duplicate Bridge – Meets the first Wednesday of the month. Recent winners include: William Ciampa – Lou Froio 1st, Arthur Hughes – George Hughes, Sr. 2nd , Alicia Roman – Jeanne Lightbown 3rd: Jean Pulsifer – Neska Berthel 1st, Betty Whelan – Helen Dealy 2nd, Gloria Frazier – Paul Frazier 3rd.

Melrose Senior Chorus: The Melrose Senior Chorus is composed of 40 senior citizens who sing and perform for diverse functions, occasions, and
special events throughout the community. Available for concerts and special entertainments, from October to June, the Chorus welcomes new members and all interested parties to attend free open rehearsals at the First Congregational Church on Mondays from 10:00-11:30 AM. For information or to schedule a performance for your group, call Starr Demitre, Chorus Director, at 781-321-2472.


Nov 5 - AARP Chapter 1124 – 1:30 p.m., Melrose Highlands Congregational Church. Program:  American Red Cross - Janice Wilson – North Area -  Collection of Food and Toys for the Red Cross.            

Nov. 17 – Woman's Club of Melrose – Nov.17th  Bellevue Country Club. The Dec.15th, Jan. 19th, Feb. 16th, & March 16th meetings will be held at the Most Blessed Sacrament Hall. The April 20th meeting is at the Continental Restaurant. Great speakers include Bill Patton, Jr. and Brian McClory and Carol Dushanel.

Guest entertainers include the Melrose Senior Chorus and the Singing Grandpops.

Nov. 20 -  Ham & Bean Supper - 6:00 p.m. Green Street Baptist Church. 179 Green Street. $7.00 (children 12 & under Free). Reservations MUST
BE MADE for this supper by calling 781-665-7331.

Following supper at 7:00 PM. is the Holiday Auction. No reservations needed

Nov. 22 - Melrose Arts and Crafts Society  Classes with instructors, 9:30 a.m. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Program: Janice Bissex with Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers 1:00 p.m.

Dec. 10 - AARP Chapter 1124  Christmas Luncheon, Continental Restaurant  $20. Contact: Mary Ellen Donahue at 781-245-7611.

Dec. 13 - Melrose Arts and Crafts Society: Classes with instructors 9:30 a.m. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Members Marion Ewell and Cynthia Watkins present program of Memory Tree.

Dec. 15 - Woman's Club of Melrose - Most Blessed Sacrament Hall.

Dec. 18 - Ham & Bean Supper - 6:00 p.m. Green Street Baptist Church. Public invited. 781-665-7331. $7.00.
Melrose Veterans' Club – Meets every Friday at 9:00 a.m., GAR Room, Memorial Hall. All are welcome!


Minibus to Square One Mall -- Call 781-665-4304 to reserve seats on the bus.
Nov. 1 - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m. - returns at 1:15 p.m.
Nov. 8  - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m.- returns at 1:15 p.m.      
Nov. 15 - Leaves City Hall at 10 a.m. - returns at 1:15 p.m.

200 CLUB -- Call Rosemary Behrle at 781-665-3258 to register for trips.

Nov. 19 -- Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT Pick Up: 7:00 AM  Cochrane, 7:15 AM Levi Gould $18.                          

Dec. 1-- A Hollywood Christmas plus Hartford's Light Fantasia, -- Lunch at LaRenaissance, Music & Comedy after show, board your coach for a 2
mile drive thru Goodwin Park for a magical wonderland of illuminated scenes with 1 million bulbs! Pick Up --10:00 AM, Cochrane House; 10:15 AM, Levi Gould. $62.

Dec. 17 -- Holiday Boston Pops Show at 4:00 PM. Pick Up: 2:30 PM Cochrane, 2:45 PM Levi Gould. $58.

Milano Senior Center Renovation Campaign

Thanks to our Milano Senior Center Renovation Fund contributors, the Melrose Friends of the Aging has raised $145,000 toward its $175,000 goal. See
renovation update (above). Donations are still welcome.

Some recent donors are Ellen Brown, Ruth Clark, Jean Corliss, Leone Fagan, Dana Jewell, Gertrude MacDonald, David Marshall, Jim Milano, Milano Center Handcrafts, Primetime Fitness Class & Wednesday Bridge Club.

The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledges contributions by Rosemarie Cincotta in memory of the Belmonte & Cincotta Families; Gertrude Edgeworth in memory of Dennis J. Markelionis; and A. Stedman & Elizabeth Murdy in memory of Carl Behrle.
Is Your Food Safe to Eat?

Seniors are at increased risk for foodborne illnesses. Are you sure you can tell when your food is safe to eat?

How long do your leftovers safely last? Come and learn about food safety with Candace Quigley, Registered Dietitian, from Mystic Valley Elder Services on
Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 11:30-12 noon. Plan to stay for lunch. Call 781-662-6886 mornings to reserve your meal (choice of baked stuffed salmon or a turkey sandwich).

Teen-Aging Program --The Teen Aging Program matches community teens with elders who need assistance with yard work, leaf raking, shopping, chores and snow shoveling. If you need a teen to assist with snow shoveling, please call prior to the storm season so a teen may be assigned to assist you. To learn more about the Teen-Aging Program, please contact Doreen Lam at the COA office at 781-665-4304.

Quilt Classes: Nothin’ says lovin' like a quilt made by you as a gift or for yourself. You can make a quilt by machine in 8 weeks of 2-hour lessons. Starting November 8, 12 noon to 2:00 p.m., Marie Salamanca will be teaching how to make these family heirlooms. The cost is $5.00 per class or $35 for 8 lessons. Class size is limited, so call the Center (781-662-6886) now to enroll. A list of fabric requirements and supplies will be sent to you when you enroll.  

Storm Cancellation Policy

When storms force the cancellation of Melrose Public Schools:

The Milano Senior Center closes for the day.
No congregate meals are served at the Milano Senior Center even though they may be served in other MVES communities. To find out about Meals on Wheels service, MVES broadcasts announcements on Channels 7 (WRKO) and 5 (WCVB), and on AM radio at 680 WRKO. You may also call MVES at 324-7442, ext. 300 after 7:00 a.m. for a recorded message.  

The Minibus does not run the entire day.

The CoA office is open unless City Hall closes.  

Alzheimer Awareness Month Presentation

Donna Silva of VNA of Middlesex East and Visiting Nurse Hospice will talk about Alzheimer Disease and describe their Alzheimer in-home assessment program. The in-home assessment is offered without charge through a Mystic Valley Elder Services Grant. It will be held at the Milano Senior Center on Wed., Nov. 10, at 1:00 p.m.
Secure Horizons Update

On Wednesday, December 8 at 12:30 p.m., Kathy Barniak from Secure Horizons will be at the Milano Senior Center to present the 2005 Secure Horizons information. Please feel free to attend if you are already a member or just looking for information about the plan.

You can reach Kathy at 1-888-880-8699, extension 1080 if you have any questions.  

Defibrillator Training --The Milano Center has a defibrillator by the first floor elevator. This is the wondrous device you have heard about that saves lives by shocking the heart back to normal rhythm. However, to work, people need to know how to use it. Training classes are being scheduled and we hope that one or two people from each of the Milano Senior Center classes will eventually come to one. Call or see Georgie Lewis mornings for information or to register for a class.     

Fuel Assistance

For help with fuel bills, call TRI-CAP at 781-322-6284.

Newsletter notices/announcements may be sent to the Council on Aging, 235 W. Foster St., Melrose, MA 02176. They must be received by the 5th day of the month proceeding the month in which your event will be held. Questions? Call us at 665-4304.

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