Looking Ahead

New Lounge opens at Milano Center

... "Looking Ahead" lists new senior activities

by Jack Beckley, executive director, Council on Aging

Carriage House Lounge
in the Milano Senior Center

Editor's note: The announcement of the opening of the new Carriage House Lounge at the Milano Center was made this week in a joint statement between Mayor Rob Dolan and COA Executive Director Jack Beckley. While Mr. Beckley had scheduled that news release for this spot in the electronic version of "Looking Ahead", the editors of the Mirror chose to run the piece as the lead story, on Page One. You will find the mayor's comments there, plus an intriguing collection of before and after photos of this new, warm, inviting area at the Milano Center.  

Grandparents & Grandchildren Sing-Along

Grandparents, bring your 2 & 3-year old grandchildren to a fun and interactive sing-along with Denise Doucette at the Milano Senior Center on Mon., Sept. 26 at 1:00 p.m.

Registration is required by calling the North Suburban Family Network, on or after Sept. 7, at 781-662-2722.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Melrose Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Medex Open Enrollment

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is holding a Special Open Enrollment of Medex Plans: Core, Bronze and Gold.

The open enrollment period will be from September 15 through December 31, 2005. Eligible person who submit applications for Medex Core or Medex Bronze during this enrollment period will be enrolled with an effective date of January 1, 2006.  

Since federal law does not permit carriers to enroll members in Medicare Supplement plans with prescription drug coverage on or after January 1, 2006, applicants wishing to enroll in Medex Gold will be enrolled with an effective date of December 1, 2005.

For additional information, call Blue Cross Blue Shield at 617-246-3442.

Prostate Study

What’s the most effective thing you can do to prevent prostate cancer? Should all men get PSA tests for prostate cancer?

To learn the answers to these important questions, and others, come to an educational program about prostate cancer run by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

After the educational program, you will be invited to participate in an important new study that Dana-Farber is conducting. Participants will be paid up to $90 for their participation. The goal of the project is to better understand what men think about their risk of prostate cancer.

The educational program will be held on September 27th from 1.30 – 2.30 p.m. at the Milano Senior Center.

Nearly all of us can point to a family member or friend who has been affected by prostate cancer, since it is the most common cancer in men, other than skin cancer, in the U.S. This means that it is very important for all men to understand prostate cancer and how to best protect themselves against this disease. This is what we hope to teach men in the education program.

An additional hour will be used after the educational program for those who decide to participate in the study. Refreshments will be served and there will even be drawings for great gifts.

Please call 781-662-6886 to register for the session. Even if you aren’t sure you want to participate in the study, you will find the educational sessions very valuable. If you have additional questions about participating in the study, please call the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at 1-617-632-5690.

Medicare Part D Subsidy

Starting Jan.1, 2006, Medicare will offer prescription drug plans to help pay for prescriptions. Those with income of up to 150% of poverty (around $1,200 a month or less for an individual and $1,600 or less for a couple) may be eligible for help paying for their prescriptions. If you qualify, you will be helped to pay for the premiums, annual deductible, and co-payments related to the new Medicare Prescription Drug Program - an average of $2,100 in extra help.

On Tues., Sept. 20 at 1:00 p.m., a representative of the Malden Social Security office will be at the Milano Senior Center to explain the new Medicare Part D for low-income people. In October or November another presentation will be held for individuals not eligible for the subsidy.

To learn more call 1-800-633—4227 or visit www.medicare.gov.

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, 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.

Ride in COA Van­

The Council provides transportation within Melrose for residents age 60 plus. The van runs Mon.- Thurs. from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

To reserve a ride, call the COA office (781-665-4304) mornings. In the afternoon, you may check on a ride or make a last minute cancellation by calling the Milano Center at 781-662-6886. No rides can be scheduled in the afternoon.

There is a $1.00 suggested donation for rides.

Senior Dining Program

Tasty noontime meals are served each weekday, at 12 noon, at the Milano Senior Center. Daily entrees are listed in the Calendar. 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. There is a $1.00 suggested donation for rides.


Presidential Pets in the White House Trivia

Name the president who lived in the White House with these pets.
  • 1. Scottish Terrier  Falla

  • 2. Parrot  "Pall”

  • 3. Pony  "Macaroni”

  • 4. Golden Retriever  "Liberty”

  • 5. Two grizzly bear cubs

Answers to July/August Trivia
  • 1. Mary A. Livermore (1820-1905) was a pioneer in  Feminism. She settled in Melrose at 21 W. Emerson Street.

  • 2.The four U.S. Presidents who were born in Massachusetts are: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John F. Kennedy and George Bush (1st)

  • 3. Bette Davis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts

Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Winners over the summer were: Lou Froio 1st, Alan Faller2nd, & Joe Fallica 3rd; Alene Lightbown 1st, Jean Pulsifer 2nd, & Roxie Ananian 3rd; Paul Frazier 1st, Dot Lawry 2nd, & Alen Faller 3rd; Mary Mihaljan 1st, Jean Pulsifer 2nd, & Al Mandracchia 3rd; Lou Froio 1st, Paul Frazier 2nd, & Ralph Levy 3rd; Bill Champa 1st, Lou Froio 2nd, & Ethel Whitaker 3rd; Nancy Mouradian 1st, Ester Parsons 2nd, & Bill Champa 3rd.

Duplicate Bridge – Meets the first Wednesday of the month. Recent winners include Lou Froio and William Ciampa N & S; Gloria & Paul Frazier E & W.  


AARP Chapter 1124 Sept. 9 –– 1:30 p.m. Highlands Congregational Church, 355 Franklin St., Melrose. Program: Bob Caruso, Accordianist, & Dan Ventola, Vocalist. New members cordially invited.

Melrose Veterans’ Club resumes Sept. 9th at 9:00 a.m., GAR Room, Memorial Hall. All are welcome!

Ham & Bean Supper Sept. 17, 6:00 p.m., Green Street Baptist Church, 179 Green St. $7 Adults (children 12 & under FREE with parents). No reservations needed. For information, call 781-665-7331.


Minibus to Square One Mall – Call 781-665-4304 to reserve seats on the bus.
Sept. 12 - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
Sept. 19 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
Sept. 26 - Leaves City Hall at 10 a.m. - returns at 1 p.m.

200 Club – Call Rosemary Behrle at 781-665-3258 to register for trips. Checks payable to: The 200 Club.
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

Oct. 7 Lake Winnipesauke Turkey Train, NH. Winnipesauke Scenic railroad for a spectacular two-hour round trip train ride from Meredith to Weirs Beach along New Hampshire’s largest lake. A delicious turkey dinner from Hart’s Turkey Farm is served right on board, carved fresh at your table. A shopping stop on the way home. Pick up: Cochrane house 9:15 a.m.., Levi Gould 9:30 a.m.$50

Nov. 14 Foxwoods Casino, CT Outing includes $10.00 food/$15 Keno. Pick up: Cochrane House 7:15 a.m./Levi Gould 7:30 a.m. $20

Dec 31 New Year’s Eve at Noon, Lake Pearl, Wrentham, MA Live music, line and ballroom dancing, dynamite show – Singing State Trooper Dan Clark. Lunch choice of Baked Boston Schrod or Pot Roast. $61

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

"The Upside of Anger" This R-rated comedy drama will be shown on Wed., Sept. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the Milano Senior Center. Two friends wonder if there might be more between them when their lives both take a left turn in this romantic comedy. Terry (Joan Allen), a middle-aged housewife and mother of four teenaged daughters, gets the shock of her life when her husband suddenly leaves her. She finds herself commiserating with Denny (Kevin Costner) who was her husband’s best friend and a frequent presence in the house.


The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledges generous contributions from Rosina Cerullo and Shirley Graves. Donations were also received from Jack Beckley, Norma Cefalo, James Crowley, Edith Doucette, Charlene & Keith Hanson, Priscilla Light, Traci Light, Colette & George Maguire, John, Rhonda, Sean & Kelly Moulds, Mystic Valley Elder Services Board of Directors, Patricia & Frederic O’Brien, Lucie O’Connor, Cynthia & Gary Polignone, the Rainbo Club, The Timberland Company, Robert & Beatrice Wadland, and Richard & Carol Young in memory of Marion Young; Old Railroad Wheelers in memory of Bentley  Ben” Crouch; Josh & Alene Feinberg in memory of Noubar Meldonian; Luke & Antoinette Volpe in memory of Josephine & Sebastian Gianino .

Todo el rato que esta enojado, pierde de estar contento.”
All time spent angry is time lost being happy.” Mexican proverb.

Be a School Volunteer

Our schools welcome community members of all ages who are interested in helping the students and staff. Volunteers take on a variety of tasks. For example, they are adopted grandparents at the Early Childhood Center; tutors for students of all ages; classroom, office and library assistants. If you are reliable and friendly, if you have time to share, you can make a difference in a student’s education. Volunteers work during the school day for as little as a half hour and as much as 5 days per week. Call Emily Rubenstein, Coordinator of Volunteers, 781-979-2299, or go to The Bridge website at www.melroseschools.com/bridge/ to learn about the wide variety of opportunities available.

25th Annual Victorian Fair

This Street Fair is a joyous celebration of community pride. Main Street Melrose becomes a pedestrian mall on Sunday, September 18, from 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This one of a kind fair offers an array of displays by local craftspeople, businesses, and civic/service organizations.

Students from our Tai Chi class, taught by Rick Wong, will be performing at this year’s Fair.

The Communicator

Any organization would be proud to have Kay McCarte as its champion and so are we. Kay is one who understands an issue, is able to analyze it for possible solutions and then present her finding so that others are able to understand clearly the result of her studies. Such gifted individuals are important communicators and no one is more worthy of this title than our cherished friend and co-worker.

Kay was born in Medford, Massachusetts in September 1929. A short six months later, her family moved to Melrose where she has resided in the same house with her sisters Betty and Margie ever since. A third sibling, Sister Evelyn of the Daughters of Charity, lives in Messina, New York.

A graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Kay worked for E.R. Squibb and Sons and then for the Boston and Maine Railroad (Now Guilford Transportation Industries, Inc.) where she was a secretary in the Law Department, before her retirement. Additional law experiences were with McNaught & Moriarety in Melrose and Moriarty & Associates in Wakefield, where she continues to work part-time.

Her high energy and intelligence has made her an enthusiastic world traveler, sportswoman and writer. She currently serves as the secretary for the Council on Aging and the Silver Stringers, publishers of the Melrose Mirror, an Internet publication written at the Milano Senior Center in cooperation with MIT.

Commemorative Plate Raffle

The Melrose commemorative plate donated by Jon Scarborough will be raffled off during the Sept. 30th Grand Opening (see page 1). Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 at the Milano Center lobby. This will make a valuable collector’s item for some lucky person. Proceeds will offset program costs at the Milano Senior Center.

SHINE Consultation

SHINE volunteers are ready to help with health and prescription drug insurance related questions.

For SHINE help, call the MVES SHINE program at 781-324-7705, the M-W Hospital Medicare Help Desk at 781-979-3000 or 1-800-AGE-INFO.

SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) is a program of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Volunteers are trained to provide unbiased information about health and prescription medication insurance.

Property Tax Work-Off Program

The COA is accepting applications for the City’s Property Tax Work-Off Program. Applications received at the COA office by Sept. 16, 2005 will be drawn by lottery on Mon., Sept. 19, and numbers assigned for the 25 work-off slots available. Thereafter, if work-off slots remain, applications will continue to be accepted until all slots are filled. Applications, available at the Milano Center, COA office, and City Hall, should be returned to the COA Office, 235 W. Foster St., Melrose, MA 02176.

The program is open to income-eligible senior citizens (age 60 and over) and disabled individuals. Participants may  volunteer” in city departments in exchange for a reduction in their property taxes of up to $500, at a rate of $6.75 per hour of service provided. The tax reduction is not considered income for purposes of taxation. Maximum income levels are $28,710 for an individual and $32,075 for a two-person household.

Melrose Seeking SHINE Counselor

Volunteers are needed in Melrose to provide health insurance information to residents and local elders. Training and ongoing support is provided. The SHINE Program is administered by Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES)and provides an important information service. Trained SHINE volunteers learn to help elders with questions about Medicare, Mass Health, prescription medical programs, supplemental health insurance, and health maintenance organizations HMOs. For information about the fall training class and becoming a volunteer, contact the SHINE coordinator at MVES at 781-324-7705.

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.  

Newletter announcements may be sent to the Council on Aging, 235 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176. They must be received by the 5th day of the month preceeding the month in which your event will be held. Questions? Call us at 781-665-4304.

September 2, 2005

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