Looking Ahead

Summer activities abound in Melrose

... "Looking Ahead" asks, "Where's the beef?"

by Jack Beckley, executive director, Melrose COA

July & August, 2005

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

Pictured above at the May Volunteer Appreciation Program are some of this year’s Council on Aging Volunteers. They are the BEST!

Where’s The Beef?

The question used in our title to catch your attention is something you’ll never hear at our galas. You’re invited to our Annual Barbecue on Wed., Aug. 10 at 12, at the Milano Center. Starring on our menu will be two summertime favorites: hamburgers and hot dogs along with the traditional BBQ fixing. With food provided by the Mystic Valley Elder Services, there will be plenty of goodies for everyone — all of whom will know where the beef is –in their tummies.

The talented and funny Mel Simons will provide the entertainment. Mel appears regularly on The Steve LeVeille Broadcast with his Audio Clip Trivia Quiz. Mel calls it, "trivia without questions."
Ticket information: Tickets are $3.00 ($1.50 suggested lunch donation & $1.50 for entertainment). They go on sale Tues., July 5, at the Milano Center (limit 2 per person). Don’t delay in buying your ticket because seating is limited. No phone reservations. This program is supported, in part, by the Melrose Friends of the Aging.

Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration

MASSBANK is hosting its 25th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. This year's concert is on Friday, July 1, 2005, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the courtyard of the Melrose office at 476 Main St. In case of rain, it will move to the K of C Hall. Live music will be provided by the 929 Banjo Club. Free refreshments!

July 4th Concert at Mt. Hood

The Mt. Hood Park Association invites you to a Mon., July 4th, 7 p.m. concert by the Merrimac Concert Band at the Mount Hood Club House. The concert is dedicated to veterans and service men who served or are serving our great nation. They are invited to attend and be recognized.
The Mt. Hood Park Association will also describe plans to return First Pond to its original beauty and usefulness with the intent to have fishing and better ice skating in the winter.

Bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Everyone is welcome at this free concert. Children will be given flags to use in the "Parade of the Children” when the Band plays  "Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Basement Renovation

The basement renovation is largely completed. A Grand Opening is being planned for September. Hope to see you there!

Melrose Farmers’ Market

Purchase fresh produce grown by Massachusetts farmers. The Farmers’ Market will be held each Thursday through October in the municipal lot behind City Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Support local farmers by buying fresh produce each Thursday. For information about coupons for low-income seniors, call the Center at 781-662-6886.
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. The July entrées only are included in the calendar in this issue. The August menu is available at the Milano Center, on the MVES website at www.mves.org and weekly in the Melrose Free Press.

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.

Medicare is Changing

In 2006, Medicare adds an optional drug benefit to its covered services. Everyone on Medicare will eventually need to decide if this  Part D” coverage is appropriate for them. If you already have drug coverage, your insurer should be contacting you as early as this summer to let you know if your coverage will be affected. The good news is that you have plenty of time to make a decision. Applications for "Part D” will be accepted between Nov. 15, 2005 and May 15, 2006.

Look for more information in the September newsletter. Can’t wait? Call 1-800-MEDICARE, visit www.medicare.gov, or call the SHINE Program at 781-324-7705.

COA Minibus

The COA offers residents age 60 and over curb-to-curb transportation within Melrose. During July & August, due to staff cutbacks, the minibus will run Mon.-Fri. from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. September through June, the minibus will operate 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Mon. – Thurs. and 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Fridays. Medical appointments may be booked up to three months in advance. Non-medical related rides, such as for shopping, to visit a friend, bank, etc., may be booked on Thurs or Fri. for the following week. To schedule a ride, call us at 781-665-4304. $1.00 suggested donation.


FREE WELLNESS CHECKS – Fridays, July 15 & August 12, 2005 from 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. Please note that July’s Wellness Check will be on the 3rd rather than the usual 2nd Friday of the month.

PODIATRY Fridays, July 15 & August 19, 2005 Dr. Robert J. Connolly, D.P.M. provides foot care & consultations at moderate cost ($25). Contact Dr. Connolly at 781-438-2525 for appointments. 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 at 8:30 a.m. New members are always welcome. Recent winners include Bill Hadley 1st, Roxie Ananian 2nd, and Katie Broun 3rd; Vinnie Markeleonis 1st, Ruth Tracey 2nd, & Arthur Hughes 3rd; Mary Mahaljan 1st, Jean Pulsifer 2nd, & roxie ananian 3rd.

Duplicate Bridge Meets the first Wednesday of the month. June winners were Arthur Hughes & George Hughes, N & S; Henry Porter & Eamonn Stout, E & W.

CLUB MEETINGS Club meetings resume in the Fall.

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

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, 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.

Sep. 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.

Oct. 7 Lake Winnipeasaukee Turkey Train, NH. $50.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

The July movie, shown of Wed., July 13 at 1:30 PM, is "Shall We Dance". Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez step out in this delightfully sexy comedy. John Clark (Gere) is a meek workaholic who feels trapped in a dull mind numbing existence. But one night, his whole life changes when the sight of a beautiful dance instructor (Lopez) inspires him to break out of his mold and sign up for dance lessons. PG-13.

The August movie, shown on Wed., Aug 3, at 1:30 p.m., is "Ray". Jamie Foxx stars as one-of-a-kind innovator of soul who overcame impossible odds to become a music legend. Ray is the triumphant story of one of America’s true musical geniuses, Ray Charles.
Our Classic Film Series, hosted by Dr George Nelson Torrey, will conclude on Wed., July 6th at 1:30 p.m. with a showing of "MILDRED PIERCE". In it, Joan Crawford gives an unforgettable portrayal of a woman who, sacrificing and toiling selflessly, devoted her life to the indulgence of her daughter, Veda. Yet her obsessive dedication was to no avail, as Veda responded with the utmost ingratitudes and a determined quest to plot her mother’s downfall.

Thank you George for rekindling our interest in these wonderful classic films.


The Melrose Friends of the Aging supports programs and services of the Council on Aging and at the Milano Senior Center. Recent donors include Ruth Christensen, Anthony Koles of Montvale Tire, Kay & Larry Danieli.  

"We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our Children”

City of Melrose

The City of Melrose has a Property Tax Work-Off Program, managed by the Council on Aging, that is open to senior citizens, age 60 and over, and disabled residents under age 60. The Property Tax Work-Off Program allows homeowners to provide services to the City in exchange for abatements of up to $500 on their property taxes.

How to Apply:  Applications are available at the COA office, the Milano Senior Center and in City Hall. Complete the application and return it to the Council on Aging, 235 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176 by Sept. 16, 2005 to be eligible in the Sept. 20, 2005 drawing for positions. If the 25 available slots are not filled after the drawing, applications will continue to be accepted until all 25 positions are filled.

Eligibility Requirements: Age 60 plus or disabled.
Homeowner or current spouse. Own and occupy the property for which Melrose taxes are paid. Income eligible: For FY 2005 (July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006) annual income no more than $28,710 for a one-person household, or
$32,075 for two or more-person household.

Selection Process: Eligible applicants are selected by lottery. Applicant must have appropriate skills for one of the positions offered. Applicant and department head must both agree that it is an appropriate match.

Benefit Limits: Senior citizens and disabled individuals may receive a $500 maximum property tax abatement based on $6.75 per hour of service.

25 program slots available. Participants in the program may not participate in two consecutive years.

Application Deadline: Applications must be received at the Council on Aging, 235 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176 by September 17, 2005. On Monday, September 20, 2005 applicants’ names will be drawn at random and assigned numbers. Candidates with the lowest numbers will be contacted, interviewed and, if appropriate, offered positions until the jobs are filled.
Types of Jobs: Primarily clerical positions requiring some typing, filing, data entry and phone work. Positions will vary from year-to-year depending on departmental needs.
For additional information, call the Council on Aging office at 781-665-4304.

The Problem Solver

Jim Driscoll was born in Westfield, Massachusetts on November 20, 1924 and grew up in Melrose. He attended St. Mary’s Grammar School and in 1942 graduated from Melrose High School. He is one of a family of ten children, nine of whom graduated from Melrose High School.

Jim spent three years in the U.S. Navy Amphibious Corps during World War II, as pilot of a Landing Craft Tank {LCT}in the Italy-France areas, including Anzio Beach and participated in the invasions of the Island of Elba and Southern France. A graduate of Boston College in 1951, he was affiliated with the John Hancock Life Company for 33 years, primarily in the areas of market research and sales planning.

As a local volunteer, Jim taught Christian Doctrine classes for ten years at St. Mary’s and coached Pop Warner Football. Over the years he has served as principal fund raiser for the YMCA, Chamber of Commerce and Council on Aging. He oversaw the $350,000 capital campaign to help build the Milano Senior Center in 1994 and the successful $175,000 fund raising campaign to renovate the Center’s basement. Currently, he serves on the COA board and is a member of the "SilverStringers,” a group of seniors who produce and publish the "Melrose Mirror,” an on-line monthly publication http://melrose.media.mit.edu.

VOLUNTEERS Do you have a special talent or interest that you would like to share with others? We are always looking for new facilitators to start new groups or classes. Could you show someone how to use a computer? Do you have a knack for telling a story to a home bound senior? How about volunteering at the desk in the lobby or transporting folks to medical appointments?

If you are interested in volunteering, please give Mary Beth Calnan a call at 781-665-4304. Or, join us at a volunteer meeting at the Milano Center on Mon., August 29, at 10:00 a.m.

Part-time Custodian: Are you handy and have some spare time on your hands? If so, we are looking for someone to fill in when our custodian is out sick or on vacation. The work is not too strenuous but you must be able to put up and take down chairs and rolling tables. The ideal candidate will have some cleaning experience. Call Jack Beckley at 781-665-4304 to apply.  


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