Looking Ahead

Senior Chorus at Appreciation Program

... "Looking Ahead" for May, 2005

from Jack Beckley, executive director, Council on Aging

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

featuring the Melrose Senior Chorus

The Milano Senior Center and COA could not operate without our wonderful volunteers. Let us show our appreciation by coming to our Volunteer Appreciation Program on Tues., May 24, at 1:30 p.m. The program is open to the public so feel free to bring a friend.

We start with a performance by the Melrose Senior Chorus, directed by Starr Demitre. After its performance, delicious refreshments prepared by the students of the Northeast Reg. Voc. School will be served. At around 3:15 p.m., volunteers will assemble for a group picture to be hung is Tierney Hall.

Volunteers' names are listed on page 8. If we missed you, please call us at 781-665-4304 or, better yet, tell us when you come. For those who have not yet met Mary Beth Calnan, our Coordinator of Volunteers, this is the perfect occasion.
MBA Elder Law Program

The Massachusetts Bar Association and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys have arranged for Elder Law attorney, Mark Curley, to speak at the Milano Senior Center on Wed., May 11, at 1:30 PM.

This is a timely program given the heartbreaking experience of Terri Schiavo’s family. Attorney Curley's presentation will touch on ways to avoid a similar experience such as preparing a will, durable power of attorney, and health care proxy. He will also cover important topics to protect your home and  nest egg,” and discuss Medicaid and nursing home issues. The presentation will be brief to allow time for questions from the audience.

This program is open to the public and is offered without charge.

Osteoporosis Education and Screening

Cathy Wrotny, RN, Winchester Hospital Community Health Institute, has received a Title III Grant from MVES to educate and screen for osteoporosis in four communities, including the Milano Senior Center in Melrose.

The educational component takes place on Tues., May 17 at 1:00 PM. It will provide a general overview as well as the latest medications and treatment procedures.
The SCREENING is from 10:00 AM to 12 noon on Wed., May 25. It involves completing a form on risk factors, an ultrasound of the foot (so come prepared to remove your shoe and sock), and a counseling session on the findings.

Memorial Day Parade
Sunday, May 29, 2005 at 1:30 PM

It is important for us to come together as a community on Memorial Day Weekend to honor the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for the freedoms we enjoy.

You can get involved by having your organization march in the parade, enter a float, or make a donation to support the parade and activities.

For more information, contact Beth Lucien at 781-979- 4440.

Classic Film Series

This month at the Milano Center, the Council will initiate its Classic Film Series hosted by Dr. George Nelson Torrey. For those of us who bemoan the fact that "movies aren’t what they used to be," this is cause for celebration.

Films chosen for viewing include Academy Award features and those that won critical acclaim. Among them are  Sunset Boulevard,” the gothic masterpiece tracing star Gloria Swanson’s descent into madness;  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?” with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; and  ’Mildred Pierce’ with Joan Crawford as a mother who learns the hard way that every act of loving kindness may not be enough to win the love of an ungrateful daughter.

Each viewing will include a preview of what to look for in the film, a discussion of the total motion picture experience and a question and answer session based upon the audience reaction. The  Classic Film Series’ has something to delight and thrill everyone. Be there or be Square!

Classic Film Series at 1:30 PM on:
Fri., May 13  Sunset Boulevard
Fri., June 17 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?
Thurs., July 7 Mildred Pierce

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

The recent hit drama  Finding Neverland” will be shown on Fri., May 20, at 1:30 PM. It stars Johnny Depp, as turn-of-the-century playwright James Matthew Barrie who wrote the classic Peter Pan. This charming film follows Barrie as he struggles to write and have his play produced while he cares for his down-on-their-luck neighbors who inspired the story. PG

Friendly Visitor Program

The COA’s Friendly Visitor Program, coordinated by Tara Deeble, welcomes volunteers to visit others as well as for people who would like to be visited.
To volunteer or request a visitor, call Tara at 781- 665-4304. Many thanks to MVES for its support for this program.

Minibus Transportation

The Council offers residents, age 60 and over, transportation within Melrose. The van runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Medical appointments can be booked up to three months in advance. Non-medical related rides, such as for shopping (4 bag maximum), to visit a friend, bank, etc., can be booked one week in advance. To schedule a ride, call 781-665-4304 before 12 noon. A $1.00 donation is suggested.
Senior Dining Program

Why eat alone? Good food tastes even better when it is enjoyed with others. Tasty noontime meals are served each weekday at 12 noon at the Milano Center. The lunch program is run in cooperation with Mystic Valley Elder Services. Entrées are listed in the Calendar on pages 4 & 7. 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. Rides are available by calling 781-665-4304.


FREE WELLNESS CHECKS – Friday, May 13, 2005 at 11:15 a.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, May 20, 2005  Dr. Connolly provides foot care & consultations at moderate cost ($25). Please note an important change in procedure for booking foot care appointments. Contact Dr. Connolly at 781-438-2525 for an appointment to be seen at the Milano Senior Center. Be sure to indicate you wish to be seen at the Milano Senior Center because he travels to different centers.

Hallmark Heath VNA
Health Topic Presentations

"I’m Having Trouble Breathing" – Thurs., May 12, 12:30 p.m. Jim Peabody, respiratory therapist and director of Hallmark Health Durable Medical Equipment & Home Oxygen Company, will provide an overview of what causes breathing problems and demonstrate some of the latest equipment available for home use.   

Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Recent winners include:
Lorraine O’Neil 1st, Alicia Roman 2nd, Rose Leone 3rd; Bob Morrison 1st, Ruth Tracy 2nd, Nancy Mourabian 3rd; Joe Fallica 1st, Alan Faller 2nd, Henry Porter 3rd.

Duplicate Bridge – Recent winners include Mary Mihaljan & Norma Bellemare N & S; Neska Berthel & Jean Pulsifer, E & W.


By what nickname was Boston Red Sox hitter Ted WILLIAMS known?

What two Massachusetts towns both claim to be the birth place of the American Navy?

Who was Geraldine Farrar? Where was she born (Street & City)?

Answers will be in the June issue of Looking Ahead


May 6 - AARP Chapter 1124 – 1:30 p.m. meeting at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church.
Entertainment by the Melrose Senior Chorus, supported in part by a grant from the Melrose Arts Council. Also a collection of food for the American Red Cross.

Please note that the AARP Chapter 1124 Annual Luncheon will be held at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading at 12 noon on June 3, 2005. Call 781-245-7611 for reservations and details.

100 Years ARTS & CRAFTS On Friday, May 13 from 10:am to 3:pm, the Baptist Church on Main Street in Melrose will hold its annual Arts and Crafts Festival marking its  GOLDEN AGE OF ARTS & CRAFTS.” Beautiful handmade items will be available for sale, and viewing. Highlights of the day’s festivities include free tea, light refreshments and a raffle for a selected prize. Plan to attend and enjoy. Entrance by the Upham Street door.

May 21 - Ham & Bean Supper – 6:00 p.m. Green Street Baptist Church, 179 Green St., Melrose. Cost: $7 (children under 12 with parents, free). Public invited. No reservations needed! For more info call 781-665-7331.

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.
May  2  - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex to Square One Mall at 10 a.m.- returns at 1:15 p.m.
May  9  - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses to Square One Mall at 10 a.m.- returns at 1:15 p.m.
May  16 - Leaves City Hall to Square One Mall at 10 a.m. - returns at 1:15 p.m.

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

May 18 Boston Pops Spring Concert 8:00 p.m. Concert. Floor $58.00, 1st Balcony: $55.

May 25 The Berkshires, Stockbridge, MA Lunch at Cork & Hearth. Lunch choices: veal parmesan, grilled chicken breast, baked schrod. After lunch a tour guide will board the bus for a scenic Berkshires tour. $48.

June 9-10 2 Day Cape Cod/Nantucket, One night hotel in Yarmouth, 2 meals: Dinner (& Show), Breakfast, ferry to Nantucket, Shopping in Provincetown. $189 twin/$169 tripl/$209 single. $50 deposit payable to Scout Tours.

June 22 The Songo River Queen on Long Lake, Naples, Maine. Cruise on Long Lake, lunch choice of Yankee Pot Roast or Chicken Breast. $47.

July 12 Lake Winnipeasaukee, Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. 2½ hour cruise aboard the Ms. Mount Washington with buffet brunch on board. $52.

July 24-26 Boothbay Harbor, ME  Two night deluxe motel accommodations, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners (Grays Wharf clam bake), boat ride, Carousel Theater (with show and dinner), shopping in Freeport, ME. Deluxe motor coach. $299 twin/$269 triple/$389 single


The Melrose Friends of the Aging supports programs and services of the Council on Aging and activities at the Milano Senior Center. Recent donors include Bill & Virginia Ahern, Joseph Correia, John Johnson, Marylen Leving, Janet Metzler, Prime Time Fitness, Jeff Robinson, Rola Saverino and the Wednesday Bridge Club.

The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledges contributions made by Alice Dawson in memory of her brother George; Martha Cusolito in memory of Peter Puglisi; Marion Ford in memory of her son, Lt. Roger A Ford (retired) Mass. State Police; and Philip Tedesco in memory of Ellen Tedesco.
Thermometer Swap

Help get dangerous mercury out of the environment by swapping your old thermometers containing mercury for free, new digital ones. The swap takes place on Tuesday, May 17th from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Milano Senior Center. Limit; one digital thermometer per household.

Bill Ahern- COA Board
Roxanne Ananian-    Bridge Club
John Averell- Melrose Mirror Editor
Rose Ball- Newsletter
Gloria Barker- Newsletter
Jeanne Beck- Lunch Program
Rosemary Behrle- COA Board
Al Bertulli- Milano Center
Frances Bertulli- Milano Center
Ted Bond- Chair Caning
Andrea Bradford-    Friends of the Aging
Rene Brophy- Flu Shots
Evelyn Camarot- Flu Shots
Gloria Carroll- COA Office
Ruth Christensen- Flu Shots
Helen Conway- Newsletter Mailing
Irene Conway- Piano
Marie Covino- Milano Center
Ruth Covino- Milano Center
William Dawson- Tax Aide Program
Vincenzo DeFeo- Tax Aide Program
Rita Quinn Dietrich- Melrose Friends of the Aging
Claire DiMeo- Milano Volunteer
Mary W. Doyle- Milano Center
Jim Driscoll- COA Board
Ellen Durant- Bridge Instructor
Charles Eggleston- Escort
Marjorie Enos- Handcrafts
Marion Ewell- Flu Shots
Louise Fennell- Photography
Eleanor Forrest- COA Office
Wanda Forrest- Newsletter Mailing
Nora Gardner- Lunch Program
Carol Ferreira- Milano Center
Frances Gadsby- Milano Center
Olga Giannetti- Newsletter Mailing
Dee Gonzales- Flu Shots
Phylis Gorman- Movies
Priscilla Gray- Handcrafts
Roseanne Greene- Milano Center
Earl Hansen- Tax Aide Program
Lorraine Hanson- Flu Shots
Monique Hardy- Lunch Program
John Hodgson- Chair Caning
Eleanor Hooton- Milano Center
Preston Johnson- Lunch Program
Peggy Kenny- COA Board
Renee Lawless- Telephone Friends
Angie Leavy- Handcrafts
Ella Letterie- Melrose Mirror Editor
Dorothy Lucas- Flu Shots
Carol Mahoney- COA Office
Kay McCarte- COA Board
Margaret McCarte- Milano Center
Anne MacGillivray- Silver Haired Legislature
Helen McGee- Flu Shots
Bernard McGee- Flu Shots
Mae McGrath- Milano Center
Kathleen McGrath- Friends of the Aging
Carl Mockler- Tax Aide Program
Shirlely Neumyer- Bridge
Carolyn Norton- Friends of the Aging
Don Norris- Melrose Mirror Editor
Eileen Olsen- COA Board
Dorothy O’Toole- Milano Center
Esther Parsons- Bridge Club
Philip Pendleton- Pianist
Terri Perrela- COA Office
Marie Petricone- COA Office
Eleanor Pistorini- Milano Center
Russ Priestley- Melrose Mirror Editor
Helene Quinn- Milano Center
Bob Ross- Melrose Mirror
Marie Salamanca- Milano Center
Jeanne Shanklin- Lunch Program
Lea Shea- Newsletter Mailing
Joseph Sheehan- Tax Aide Program-
Nancy Smith- Milano Center
Barbara Sullivan- Telephone Friends
Catherine Sullivan- Flu Shots
Elena Sullivan- Milano Center
Mary Sullivan- Flu Shots
Nancy Sumares- Milano Center
Josephine Tomkins- Milano Center
George Nelson Torrey- COA Board
Natalie Thomson- Melrose Mirror
Natalie Urban- Milano Center
Antoinette Volpe- Milano Center
Carl Ward- Flu Shots
Helen Woods- Milano Volunteer
Ruth Worthylake- Flu Shots
Ed Wright- Friends of the Aging
Helen Wright- Newsletter Mailing
Helen Woods- Milano Center
Mary Young- Milano Center

{From the Editor}

In response to many suggestions and inquires, we have decided to spotlight the members of our Council on Aging. We are fortunate in having members who are dedicated, industrious and selfless in their efforts to improve the quality of life for all of us. In the months ahead we will introduce you to each member and strive to bring you insight into why we are so proud of their many accomplishments.

Jack Beckley Often referred to as the heart and mind of our Council, Jack Beckley first became our Executive Director in 1987. Born in Middletown, Connecticut, Jack moved to Cambridge after college to work in Social Services at the Massachusetts General Hospital. It was there that he developed his life-long interest in gerontology.

After receiving his Masters of Social Work Degree from Boston University, Jack worked for several years in the Family Service Association’s Services for Older People Unit on Beacon Hill. Jack lives in Melrose with his wife, a Special Education Teacher, and their four boys.

Newsletter Notices/Announcements

may be sent to George Nelson Torrey at geontorrey@ aol.com or the Council on Aging, 235 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176.

They must be received by the 5th day of the month before you want the notice to appear. Questions? Call us at 781-665-4304.

Many thanks to our AARP Chapter 1124 Volunteer Tax Aides who helped over 100 senior citizens prepare their taxes this season. Pictured left to right are Carl Mockler, Rosemary Behrle, Joseph Sheehan, Earl Hansen, Vinnie DeFao and Bill Dawson

Basement Renovation Update

During March, the basement floor was dug up for a water drainage system and pipes for the restroom and sinks in the beverage station and health office. The floor was then leveled to accommodate ceramic tile. This month studding for walls will be put up and, hopefully, some fixtures installed.

While this is going on, our design committee, consisting of Georgie Lewis, Rita Quinn Dietrich, and Ann Volpe, with input from numerous others, have been hard at work selecting paint colors, cabinets, countertops and furniture.

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