Looking Ahead

Probate Court moves to Melrose -- briefly

... "Looking Ahead" -- a review of all things senior

from Jack Beckley, executive director, Council on Aging

June issue, 2005.

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

Register John Buonomo Presents
Middlesex Probate and Family Court

On Wednesday, June 15 at 1:00 P.M. Register John P. Buonomo will speak at the Milano Center. This is an event not to be missed. Register Buonomo will present an informative overview and update of the many recent changes at the Middlesex Probate and Family Court, all of which have an impact on our lives.

The Middlesex Probate and Family Court is the busiest Court in New England, handling a wide variety of matters important to all seniors. These include the probate of wills and trusts, the Administration of Estates, guardianships, and the issuance of abuse prevention orders.

There will be a question and answer period following the presentation.
Why Get Lifeline?

As seniors we know that none of us are exempt from medical emergencies. Though we can’t eliminate the possibility, we can protect ourselves with Lifeline, a personal response service.

On Wed., June 29, at 12:30 P.M. at the Milano Center, Georgina Rodrigues, Program Manager of Lifeline Program, Hallmark Health System will demonstrate the equipment and provide information about the Lifeline system.

The program is open to all.  

Renovation Update: If work goes according to schedule, the basement renovation should be largely completed in June. During June we expect to be painting the walls, getting the furniture and setting up the computer equipment. Hopefully, it will be open by July with a grand opening to follow in September.
Thanks for the Memory
Join us for a talk on Memory — Its importance and Safeguards to its retention — by Dr. Timothy Tierney from the Main Street Family Practice in Melrose. Dr. Tierney is a Family Practitioner and currently the Chairman of Melrose Board of Health.
Many seniors experience some difficulty in remembering, but this does not have to be a cause for alarm. Dr. Tierney will explain when memory loss is an actual problem and what medicine can do to help.

The presentation is open to the public and will be held on Wed., June 22 at 1:00 P.M. at the Milano Center. It is brought to you courtesy of Eisai, Inc., maker of Aricept.
Don’t forget the date—June 22, 2005

June Tea

You are cordially invited to Tea at the Milano Senior Center on Friday, June 10 at 1:30 P.M. We are planning a fun program for you. Please call 781-662-6886 if you plan to attend and, if you want to bake something, let us know what you will be bringing. $1.00 suggested donation.

Volunteers are welcome to attend. Immediately after the Tea, Mary Beth Calnan will hold an informal meeting.

Out & About --
A Message from our Editor

New England winters are notoriously harsh and this past one was no exception.  Cabin Fever” was rampant everywhere, and as we all know this can be a debilitating condition affecting both body and spirit. This Spring, we have been treated to some beautiful weather. Let’s enjoy it and the coming summer by getting  OUT & ABOUT.”

There are many excellent choices available to each of us. In addition to the 200 Club trip choices designed to appeal to a wide variety of tastes and interests, there are numerous possibilities for an afternoon’s outing that will please everyone.

Destination of the Month

Saugus Iron Works - A nearby Place of Interest for all Ages, The Saugus Iron Works began in 1646 with an English investment totaling more than $165,000 by today’s standards. Its success gave the New World its first production of cast and wrought iron and steel industry. The 244 Central Street site has a reconstructed blast furnace, working water wheels, and a rolling and slitting mill. This was America’s first successfully integrated ironworks.

The MUSEUM displays artifacts uncovered in excavation, including early ironwork products and a 500 pound hammer used in the original forge. A film is shown and blacksmith demonstrations are given. Ideal for a picnic (summer, of course) and it’s free.

Iron Work House is a 17th century house which contains early American furnishings and exhibits.

Tel: 781-233-0050. Tours: 9:45 am, 11:15 a.m., 2:15 p.m. & 3:45 p.m. Takes about 45 minutes to one hour.

Open April 1 through Oct.31.

Friendly Visitor Program

The Friendly Visitor Program, supported in part by a grant from MVES, matches volunteers with senior citizens who wish to be visited for companionship, walks, or sharing of mutual interests.

If you would like a friendly visitor to come to your home or you wish to volunteer, please call Tara Deeble at 781-665-4304.

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.

To reserve a meal call 781-662-6886 from 10-11:45 a.m. at least a day before you plan to attend. Entrées are listed in the calendar on pages 4 & 7. A $1.50 donation is requested. Rides are available by calling 781-665-4304.


FREE WELLNESS CHECKS – Friday, June 10, 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, June 17, 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 that you wish to be seen at the Milano Senior Center because he travels to different centers.

Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Recent winners include: Arlene Lightbown 1st Lou Froio 2nd & Alan Faller 3rd; Mancy Mouradian 1st, Dave Brissette 2nd & Mary Mihaljan 3rd; Bill Champa 1st, Paul Frazier 2nd & Al Mandracchia 3rd.  
Duplicate Bridge – May winners were: William Ciampa & Lou Froio, N & S; Arthur Hughes & Dagwood Bumstead, E & W.  


1. What was the first American city founded by a woman?
2. In what city was David Hackett Souter, the present Supreme Court Judge, born?
3. When and where was the first computer developed?

Answers will be in the July/August issue of Looking Ahead

Answers to May Trivia Questions

Ted Williams was known as The Splendid Splinter.
Birthplaces of the American Navy are Marblehead and Beverly.
Geraldine Farrar was an opera singer born at 71 Grove St, Melrose in 1882. She attended Grove Street School - later renamed the Horace Mann School -- and Melrose H.S.


June 3 - 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.

June 18 - 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 Meadow Glen Mall – Call 781-665-4304 to reserve seats on the bus.

June 6 - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex to Meadow Glen Mall at 10 a.m.- returns at 1:15 p.m.

June 13 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses to Meadow Glen Mall at 10 a.m.- returns at 1:15 p.m.

June 20 - Leaves City Hall to Meadow Glen Mall at 10 a.m. - returns at 1:15 p.m.

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

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

August 17, Newport Lunch & Tour Enjoy a Tour of Newport, R.I., rich in history. Deluxe motor coach. Guided mansion tour and shopping in Newport market place. Lunch of baked chicken or baked scrod. $47

Sept. 14-15, 2-Day Golden Eagle, Stowe, Vermont. One night at Golden Eagle Resort; dinner, breakfast, and lunch. Cruise on Lake Champlain, tour of Teddy Bear Company. Entertainment at resort. Deluxe motor coach. $199, triple; $209, twin; $249 single


The Melrose Friends of the Aging supports programs and services of the Council on Aging and at the Milano Senior Center. Recent donors include Dot & John Allen, Harry Coule, Jim Milano, and Peter Waystack.

The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Dorothy O’Toole in memory of her husband William (Bill).

Arthritis Self-Help Course

A free six-week course designed to give people with arthritis the skills needed to take an active part in managing the symptoms of arthritis. Participants will learn basic information about arthritis, strategies for decreasing pain, relaxation techniques, proper use of exercise, facts about arthritis medication, good nutritional habits and more.

When: May 23, June 2, 6, 13, 20, 27, 2005, time: Mondays 1:30 – 3:30, Thurs., June 2, 10:00 – 12:00

Cost: Free!
Site: Milano Senior Center
Facilitators: Susan DeColaines - Arthritis Foundation Certified PACE Instructor, Self-Help Course,
Support and Education Group Leader Joanne Rosen -  Arthritis Foundation Certified Self-Help Course Leader

To register, contact: Ann Smith, Arthritis Foundation,  617-219-8224 or 800-766-9449 Ext. 124

(Register even if you missed the May 23rd class)

Funding for this program is provided by Mystic Valley Elder Services and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs through the Federal Older Americans Act

Movies - Movies - Movies

This month’s movie is "The Notebook" a drama and romance. As a man (James Garner) reads from a faded notebook to the woman (Gena Rowlands) he regularly visits, his words bring to life the story of a couple (Gosling and McAdams) who are separated by World War II, then passionately reunited seven years later, after they have taken different paths. Though her memory has faded, his words give her the chance to relive her turbulent youth and the unforgettable love they shared.

The movie will be shown on Tuesday, June 7 at 1:30 P.M. at the Milano Center.

Elderly And Disabled Food Source Hotline

Elderly and disabled citizens are able to apply for food stamps by mail. Recent changes have increased the benefit level for many Social Security recipients. So learn if you eligible for help, call Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 1-800-645-8333, Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Food stamps and other food sources are available in your community. For information, visit web site: www.foodstamps.org.

Spotlight on Our Council

A Woman for All Seasons, Eileen Olsen is now serving her tenth year as a member of the Council on Aging and her sixth as its Chairperson. A true citizen of Melrose, she was born in our city and has spent most of her life here. With first-hand knowledge of the excellence of our school system, she proudly watched as her five children and three of her grandchildren graduated from her alma mater, Melrose High.

When Eileen Olsen retired from Bank of Boston in 1984, she became actively involved volunteering at the COA office in City Hall. Over the years, Eileen has been involved in many projects at the Center and as liaison to the Melrose Friends of the Aging Board. Eileen also helped establish and organize the Tax Work-Off Program, and served as Hostess of the Special Teas enjoyed by all who attend them. She was a force behind the current basement renovation working on Fund Raising and Design committees, and helping to furnish the Center when it was originally built. Eileen Olsen has proven herself a tireless and enthusiastic worker and leader-truly, A Woman for All Seasons.

Free copies of Looking Ahead may be picked up at a variety of locations around the city including the library, City Hall, supermarkets and the Milano Senior Center. It can also mail be mailed directly to your home for an annual charge of $4.00. And now, for those with a computer, the newsletter may also be read online in the Melrose Mirror (see address below) and at www.seniorpubs.com.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed at the Milano Center and COA office. Currently, our biggest need is for Milano Center front desk helpers on an call basis initially and, perhaps, to fill in on a regular basis in the future. We are also looking for someone familiar with the computers who could be taught to maintain the newsletter mailing list and print monthly labels, and for people to provide one-to-one computer instruction to others with no computer experience. To discuss volunteer opportunities, call Mary Beth Calnan at 781-665-4304.

Meeting for Volunteers

All Senior Center volunteers and would-be volunteers, please join us in this informal meeting on Tuesday, June 21 at 10:00 a.m. in the 2nd floor conference room. These meetings will offer opportunities for volunteers to get to know one another, to brainstorm about ways we can do things better, and for periodic trainings. Volunteer meetings will be held every third Tuesday of the month.
If you have any questions, please call Mary Beth Calnan at 781-665-4304.

Commemorative Plate Raffle

One of the surest ways of locking in memories of past events is by using visuals of what you wish to preserve. Thanks to the generosity of Jon Scarborough, one lucky winner will have the opportunity to own a beautiful and lasting memento of Melrose past.

Made in England and presented to John Larrabee (elected Mayor of Melrose in 1900), this 10 1/2 inch blue and white transfer print dated 1897 shows a picture of the original Melrose High School dedicated 1n 1898. To make this valuable treasure yours, purchase raffle tickets for the drawing to be held during the September Open House. Tickets are $1 or 6 for $5 at the Milano Center.

FISH Casting for Volunteers

The all-volunteer FISH organization needs volunteers to continue its mission of helping seniors citizens get to doctor appointments. People willing to drive as little as one morning or afternoon a month can make a significant contribution. If you don’t drive or are a homebody and never leave your house, you can help by making phones calls from home to arrange rides.

For more information about volunteering, contact Preston Johnson at 781-665-1796.

Newsletter notices/announcements may be sent to George Nelson Torrey at geontorrey@ aol.com or the Council on Aging, 235 W. Foster St., 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.

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