Looking Ahead

Don't let the flu bug bite ...

... Looking Ahead for November, clinics are planned

by Jack Beckley, director, Melrose Council on Aging

November, 2005

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

Immunization Clinics: Flu, Pneumonia & Tetanus

Wednesday, November 9  1 – 2:30 pm Memorial Hall
65 + years old or with chronic medical conditions

Tuesday, Nov 29  2-3:30 pm Milano Sr. Center
Anyone 18 years old and older

Wednesday, Nov 16  7-8 pm Knights of Columbus
Anyone 18 years old and older

Tuesday, Dec 6 7 -8 pm Knights of Columbus
Anyone 18 years old and older

FREE with Medicare PART B cards,
Blue Care 65
Secure Horizons, First Seniority
$10 per shot without one of those cards

Volunteers are still needed for some clinics. Please call Mary Beth Calnan to volunteer. For further info call the Melrose Health Dept at 781-979-4130.

Thanksgiving Luncheon

A very special Thanksgiving Luncheon at the Milano Senior Center is planned for Thurs., Nov. 17 at 12:00 noon. Because seating is limited, reservations must be made by Nov. 11. Call 781-662-6886. A $1.50 donation is suggested for this gala event offered in cooperation with Mystic Valley Elder Services.

Following lunch, Sgt. Neil Calnan of the Mass. State Police along with his canine partner, Utah, will give an explosive detection demonstration and answer questions. Please understand that, if Utah and Sgt. Calnan are needed elsewhere, the program will be rescheduled.

In addition, the beautiful afghan donated by Nina Gibelli will be raffled off after lunch. Buy your tickets now - $1 each or 6 for $5.  

High School Thanksgiving Luncheon

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

Melrose residents only, call 781-662-6886 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 Melrose High School at 11:45 AM, Friday, Nov. 18. The drawing will take place at the Milano Center on Nov. 10, at 10:00 AM. You do not have to be present to win tickets.

MBTA New Senior/T.A.P. ID

With the implementation of new fare collection equipment, the MBTA is currently replacing all valid existing MBTA Senior Citizen ID’s and Transportation Access Passes, (T.A.P.) for persons with disabilities.

MBTA STAFF will be on hand at the Milano Senior Center—Melrose on Fri., November 18 from 1:00 PM—4:00 PM. New photos will be taken and replaced with current Senior and T.A.P. ID’s at no charge.

MBTA Senior Passes

Temporary permits, used in place of your current ID, will be issued to customers exchanging their Senior/T.A.P. ID’s and to first-time Senior customers (65+ with proof of age). The new Senior Photo ID will arrive by mail.

Applications for new T.A.P. ID’s will also be available. Upon approval first time T.A.P. applicants may obtain the ID at the MBTA’s Office for Transportation Access, Back Bay Station.

Telephone numbers for the MBTA Office for Transportation Access are: (617) 222-5438 (voice), 1-800-543-8287 (voice) & 617-222-5854 (TTY).

Fit as a Fiddle After Sixty

Staying fit eases activities of daily living and improves mental health. To help us stay fit, Danile Jordan of Aegis Therapy and Nancy McDonald of the Dexter House will provide an educational program on strengthening and conditioning programs and fall prevention. This is the sixth and final session of a Pathways to Care” series sponsored in cooperation with COAs and Beverly Health Care. Join us at the Milano Center on Wed., Nov. 2 at 1 PM. Please register by calling 781-662-6886.

Medicare Prescription Drug Presentation
Nov. 15 ,2005 - 1:30 PM

This Milano Senior Center presentation is a timely one as those with Medicare Parts A & B can start joining Medicare prescription drug plans between Nov. 15, 2005 and May 15, 2006 for a monthly premium of about $37 in 2006.

Attorney Richard Vitali of Medicare Today, a non-profit educational organization, will provide an overview of Medicare Part D, including information about the various drug plans and their costs. Handouts will be distributed and light refreshments served.

Relaunching-A-Lunch Program

Everyone knows that delicious noon-time meals are served each week day at 12 noon in the Milano Center, but not everyone is aware of the many changes that have taken place to bring the service and convenience of this food to each of us. For example, the acquisition of new chairs for the dining room guarantees comfort delights and healthful benefits to each guest. Run in cooperation with the Mystic Valley Elder Service, entrees are listed in Looking Ahead’s calendar and the complete weekly menus in the Melrose Free Press.

To reserve a meal call 781-662-6886 from 10:00-11:45 AM at least a day before you plan to attend. A $1.50 donation is requested for each meal. Rides are available by calling 781-665-4304 ($1 suggested donation).
I guess it is true: everything old is new again.

Looking Ahead

The COA monthly newsletter, Looking Ahead, is distributed in bulk around the City. If you prefer to receive it 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.


Mystic Valley Elder Services invites you to its semi-annual Holiday Sale where everything (greeting & holiday cards, wrapping paper, stationary, gift items and much more) is bargain priced. Items are donated by Copley Flair of Boston and all proceeds benefit the MVES Elder-at-Risk Fund.

The sale date is Wed., Nov. 2, 11 AM – 2 PM, at MVES, 300 Commercial St. # 19, Malden. For information or directions, call 781-324-7705.

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. $1.00 suggested donation.

Shopper’s Bus to Johnnie’s Foodmaster

Every Thursday, Foodmaster offers senior customers in elderly housing who take the bus:

A 5% discount on their purchase.
A chance to win a $10.00 Foodmaster Gift Card.

Free transportation to and from their elderly housing residence.
Bus pick-up times and locations: Steel House 9:10 AM; Cefalo House 9:30 AM; Levi Gould & Fuller Houses 9:40 AM and Cochrane House 9:50 AM.


List the complete names of three sisters who were recording stars during WW II?

Who was the English songstress who recorded such hits as  White Cliffs of Dover” and  Now is the Hour”?

Name the woman who sang  God Bless America” at 12 noon, Monday through Friday on her radio program?

What famous band leader disappeared on a flight over the English Channel during WW II?

Who wrote and sang ”This is the Army, Mr. Jones”?


1. Names of Melrose:
1649—Malden North End
1638--Pond Fielde
1850—Town of Melrose
1900—Incorporated-City of Melrose

2. The Amphion Club was the Melrose Men’s Glee Club. It was the second oldest club in N.E. from Oct. 19, 1882-Nov. 9, 1957.

3: Clarence De Mar (1888-1958) Lived in Melrose and won the Boston Marathon a remarkable seven times.

Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Recent winners were: Neska Bental, Fran Vennochi & Jean Pulsifer.

Duplicate Bridge – Meets the first Wednesday of the month.

Volunteers needed for FISH

One of Melrose’s most dedicated and conscientious volunteer groups is in dire need of new members. FISH volunteers are needed to drive senior citizens to doctors’ appointments and, if you don’t drive, to help coordinate rides. Please volunteer. Be a hero to someone in need. For further information, call Preston Johnson at 781-665-1776.


AARP Chapter 1124 Nov. 11 –– 1:30 p.m. Highlands Congregational Church, 355 Franklin St., Melrose. Program:  Italian Holiday to Rome, Capri, Venice, Milan, Florence, Pisa, and the Lakes District.” Bill Patton, Guide & Director. New members cordially invited.

Ham & Bean Supper Nov 19, 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.

Melrose Arts and Crafts Society Nov. 28 – 9:30 AM. First Baptist Church. Craft classes and program on helpful hints.

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

Womans’ Club of Melrose Nov. 16, 12:00, Mt. Hood. Program: John Henning – Senior Advisor WBZ-TV.


Minibus to Square One Mall Call 781-665-4304 to reserve seats on the bus. There is now a two person minimum for the van to make the trip.
Nov. 7  - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
Nov. 14 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m. Nov. 21 - 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.

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. Pick up: Cochrane House 10:00 a.m., Levi Gould 10:15 a.m $61

Movies -- Movies.-- Movies

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: Laugh,. cry,. share the pants. Four best girlfriends hatch a plan to stay connected with one another as their lives start off in different directions: they pass around a pair of secondhand jeans that fits each of their bodies perfectly It will be shown at the Milano Senior Center on Wed., Nov. 16, at 1:30 PM.


The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions from Rita McCarthy in memory of her sister Gertrude Bousman and Carol and Kevin McKinley & Family in honor of Eileen Olsen.  

Let’s Talk About Sugar

Please join us at the Milano Senior Center on Tues., Nov. 22 from 12:30- 1:00 PM to talk about sugar and just how much of it there is in our food supply. Presenting will be Candice Quigley, Registered Dietician from Mystic Valley Elder Services. Low sugar and no sugar added food alternatives will be discussed.

Afghan Raffle Raffle tickets are now on sale for a beautiful handmade afghan generously donated by Nina Gibelli. Just think how nice it will feel on a cold winter night or how great it would be to give to a loved one as a special gift. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. It will be raffled off at our Thanksgiving luncheon on Nov. 17. You do not have to be present to win.


Few, if any people, are better examples of the willingness of some to share their knowledge, skill and expertise with those in need of help and understanding. Rosemary Behrle is such a resource.

Born in the Rangley Lake Region, Oguosoc, Maine, Rosemary was the daughter of a railroad man whose work caused the family to relocate every three years.

These experiences brought her into contact with a multitude of different people and formed her adaptability to create harmony among diverse opinions and outlooks. A happy circumstance finally brought Rosemary to Melrose where she graduated as High School Class Treasurer.

With a wide background in business Rosemary married the late Carl Behrle, Jr. Together they had four children: David , now living in Stoneham; Patricia Carrier of Wakefield; Donna of Melrose, and Linda now residing in Haverhill. Companies with whom she has been employed are State Street Trust, Melrose Trust and Melrose Savings Bank for sixteen years.

Included in her very busy schedule Rosemary is auditor for the AARP, Chapter #1124, Travel Director 200 Club, Flu Season volunteer, Melrose Health Department and tax time volunteer for AARP at the Milano Center.

Fuel Assistance

Tri-City Community Action Program (TRI-CAP) should be your first call for help paying for heating fuel or repairing your heating system. Income levels do apply but it would be a mistake to assume that you do not qualify for something.

Tri-Cap’s Fuel Assistance, Weatherization, and Heartwap Programs help homeowners and tenants pay their home heating costs, conserve energy, and, in emergencies, repair, retrofit, new burners, and even replace heating systems  

Eligible households also receive a 25-35% discount on their monthly utility bills and a discount on their phone bill.

For additional information, call Tri-Cap at 781-322-6284 for fuel assistance and 781-322-4190 for energy conservation. You can also visit the web site at www.tri-cap.org

The Carriage House Lounge is now open! Above is a picture taken at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sept. 30, 2005. In the center cutting the ribbon are Jim Driscoll, Principal Fund Raiser, and Carolyn Norton, who, after 16 years on the Melrose Friends of the Aging, is retiring. On the left is Rita Quinn Dietrich, Melrose Friends of the Aging President and on the right is Eileen Olsen, Chair of the Melrose Council on Aging.

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 781- 665-4304 - George Nelson Torrey, Editor.

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