Looking Ahead

Tufts' Medicare Preferred to speak at Milano

... Weight management, Banking, Grandparenting ...

from Jack Beckley, director, Melrose Council on Aging

Looking Ahead
Melrose Council on Aging      January 2006
Happy and Healthy New Year!
from the Council on Aging and its staff.


Tufts Medicare Preferred Presentation
(formerly Tufts Secure Horizons)

On Mon., Jan. 9 at 9:30 a.m., Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred representative Christine Cherry will be at the Milano Senior Center to describe Tufts HMO and explain how the new Medicare Part D - Prescription Drug Coverage Program will affect its members. Following a brief presentation, there will be question and answer period. This presentation is open to members and non-members.

Start the New Year Right with
Chair Exercise with Debbie

This upbeat class starting Thurs., Jan 5th at 1:15 p.m. is ideally suited to people wanting to protect and strengthen joints, stretch, tone, and improve balance. First class is free! Thereafter it’s $3. Call 781-662-6886 to register or just come in comfortable clothing.
Grandparent and Grandchild Support Group

North Suburban Family Network in collaboration with the Melrose and Stoneham Councils on Aging, received a MVES Grant for monthly educational support group for grandparents. Grandparents caring for their grandchild are encouraged to participate in this group.
A sampling of the topics offered include legal and financial considerations, community resources, and the emotional rewards and challenges of raising grandchildren. The group will meet on the last Friday of the month, from 10 a.m. – Noon, from January - June 2006 at the Stoneham Senior Center, 136 Elm St., Stoneham. Limited childcare is available. Please call 781-662- 2722 to register.

Introduction to East Boston Savings Bank

East Boston Savings Bank is pleased to invite Milano Senior Center visitors to enjoy an afternoon snack and refreshments with Bank employees Elaine Foley, John Parillo, and Jodi Panzica on Tues., Jan. 24 at 1:30 PM (snow date Jan. 31 at 1:30 P.M.).

Elaine, John and Jodi will introduce themselves, talk a bit about the Bank’s 158 year history and recent move to Melrose, and describe services of interest such as free checking, free savings and online banking, the new  Together” account, IRAs and reverse mortgages.

One lucky person will win a $25 gift certificate to Stearns and Hill Bistro. RSVP to Elaine Foley at (1-617-568-4294).

Weight Management

If weight loss is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, we can help! Starting this month, Hallmark Health Homecare community nurse Mary Joyce will lead a Weight Control support group on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 10:00 AM. at the Milano Center. Following the weigh-in, the group will offer education and support. First meeting is on Jan. 10th.

Don’t procrastinate. Come on Jan. 12!

The Postman Arrives

For your convenience, representatives of the U.S. Postal Service will be at the Milano Center on Tues, Jan. 17 from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Come to buy stamps, ask questions, and mail letters and packages up to 6 lbs.  

Storm Cancellation Policy

When storms force the cancellation of Melrose Public Schools:
  • The Milano Senior Center will be closed.

  • No congregate meals will be served at the Milano Senior Center. To find out if Home Delivered Meals will be delivered, call MVES at 781-324-7705 after 7:30 a.m. Cancellations are also listed on Channels 5 & 7 and on WRKO 680 AM radio.

  • The Minibus will not run the entire day.

  • The COA office will be open unless City Hall closes.

Senior Dining Program

Delicious noon-time meals are served each week day at 12 noon in the Milano Center. The lunch program is run in cooperation with Mystic Valley Elder Services. 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).

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 suggested donation.

Free AARP Tax Assistance

Tax-Aide counselors, trained by the IRS, assist disabled persons and those over age 60 with low to moderate incomes in filing their taxes again this year at the Milano Senior Center. Tax-Aides will be available on Mondays, from 9:00 – 12:00 Noon, during the months of February (except Feb. 20), March and for the first two weeks of April.

Please bring this year's tax package, your current tax information, and last year's return. It is recommended that you call 781-665-4304 for an appointment in the latter part of January. Time permitting, walk-ins are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis - after the appointments. Occasionally, time may not permit accommodating all walk-ins.

This year tax assistance will be held in the Milano Center’s Carriage House Lounge.

Answers to December’s Trivia

  • The name of Tiny Tim’s father in Dickens’  A Christmas Carol” was Bob Crachett.

  • The stars of the film  Miracle on 34th Street” were John Payne, Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gynne.

  • "Silent Night” was first performed at the Silent Night Chapel in Oberndor, Austria on Christmas Eve in 1818.

  • In the English Holiday Mincemeat Pie, there is no meat. Until the late nineteenth century, the ingredient was minced meat. Now it is made of dried apples, currants, sultanas, spices, cider and nuts.

  • In the 12 Days of Christmas” the 4th gift is four calling birds.

Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Recent winners were: Arthur Hughes 1st, Lou Froio 2nd, Jean Pulsifer 3rd, Mary Makalian 1st, Rose Leone 2nd, & Bob Morrison 3rd; Alica Roman 1st, Alan Faller 2nd, & Lou Froio 3rd; Bill Haley 1st, Betty Whalen, 2nd, & Esther Parsons, 3rd.

Duplicate Bridge – Meets the first Wednesday of the month. December winners were Ruth Tracey & Nancy Moradian N & S, and Shirley Neumyer & Claire Crotty E & W.

Silver Singles: Correction: The telephone number for Anna Estle, the new president of the Silver Singles, was incorrectly listed in last month’s Looking Ahead. The correct number is 781-662-6856. Please feel free to call her for information about the group or come to its next meeting on Tuesday, January 10, at 2:00 PM.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

"Hitch" -- A laugh out loud comedy. A man who teaches dateless wonders how to become irresistible to women learns just how hard it can be to do it yourself in this romantic comedy. When a guy in New York City wants to make the right impression with a certain lady, Alex "Hitch" Hitchens (Will Smith) is the man he calls. Hitch has made a career out of coordinating a man's first three dates so that they'll show him to his best advantage (for a price, of course), and more than a few have taken women to the altar with Hitch's help. But Hitch discovers his own romantic limitations when he falls for Sara (Eva Mendes), a journalist who has her own ideas about romance, and might just expose Hitch's underground business to the world. In the midst of all this, Hitch has his hands full with Albert, a sweet but socially inept man who has enlisted Hitch's services. Shown at the Milano Senior Center on Wed., Jan. 18, at 1:30 PM.  


AARP Chapter 1124 Jan. 13 –– 1:30 PM at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church.

Ham & Bean Supper January 21, 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 Jan. 23. 9:30 AM. First Baptist Church. Craft classes and Program, Annual Auction .

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

Womans’ Club of Melrose Jan. 18, 12:00, Most Blessed Sacrament Church. Program: Janice Newell-Bissex, M.S. R.N., Nutrition Consultant.  


Minibus to Meadow Glen 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.

Jan. 9  - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
Jan. 23 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
Jan. 30 - 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.

Jan 18: Mohegan Sun Casino, CT.  Casino Time: 10 AM - 4 PM. Package includes: $10 Food and $ 10 Free Bet – deluxe motor coach Transportation. Pick up Cochrane 7:15 AM/ Levi Gould 7:30 AM. $21.00.

Feb. 8 Lincoln Greyhound Park, RI. Trip includes: $5 cash voucher; $5 food coupon; race program; race dedication, video slot machines, deluxe motor coach transportation. Pick up: Cochrane House 9:15 AM/Levi Gould 9:30 AM. $12.00.

March 8-16 Greece 3-Night Greek Island Cruise aboard Louis Cruises’ Perla, 9-days/7 nights. Package includes sightseeing to some of the most beautiful and famous attractions in Greece; most meals, staying at first-class Divani Palace in Athens including a visit to Ephesus in Turkey! $1,599 (outside cabin) $1,529 inside cabin).


The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledges generous contributions from Bread’N Bits of Ireland, Betty Crane, Grace Ham, Donald & Lea Shea, and Marguerite Small. A donation was also received from Jack Beckley in memory of Charlie Eggleston.

Ten Tips of Older Job Seekers

Finding a job can be a daunting task, particularly if you have limited or very rusty job skills. However, Operation ABLE may be able to help income eligible people age 55 and over. It offers paid training, job search assistance and more. Join us at the Milano Senior Center on Wed., Jan. 18 at 9:30 AM (snow date Jan. 25) for a presentation offering Ten Tips for Older Job Seekers and information on Operation Able by Susan Jebson. It could be your first step in finding a rewarding new job.


For your convenience, an application for a 20% water discount is available at the Milano Center office. To be eligible for a discount on next year’s bill, you should apply now. Simply fill out the form below and send it to the Public Works Dept., 562 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176.

In order to receive a discount, you must apply each and every year. Please do not deduct 20% from your water bill because you anticipate using less that 6,000 cubic feet for the entire year. At the end of the annual billing cycle, this will be done automatically by computer (after July 1st).

Applications will be taken from Jan. 1st to May 31st only.

To qualify:

  • Applicant or spouse must have passed the age of 65 in the calendar year prior to that in which he/she is making application for the discount.

  • Applicant must be the owner of record and his/her name must appear on the water bill for that property.

  • Yearly consumption of water by the applicant shall not exceed 6,000 cubic feet for the entire year.

  • Discount applies only to owners of one and two family homes.

Spotlight on Our Council
The last COA member to be featured, George Nelson Torrey, is also the newest COA member, having joined in October 2004. Since being appointed to the Council, George has thrown himself into serving as an active participant at COA meetings and a ready volunteer at COA functions. He organized and led last year’s Classic Film Series and is now the editor of the COA’s monthly newsletter Looking Ahead.

George received both his B.A. and M.A. from Suffolk University and both his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study and his Doctorate in Education from Boston University. He has also attended the Universidad de Valencia in Spain and the University of London (where he also taught Media courses).

Born in Rockland, Maine, he became an official Melrose resident in 1956. Prior to retirement Dr. Torrey was a Professor of English at Salem State College. As one of the first professionals to recognize the potential of Instructional Media in higher education, he championed the cause of Instructional Media throughout the state and nation.

The author of numerous books and articles on Behavioral Communications, Dr.Torrey's efforts have been singled out for recognition by many professional organizations devoted to the improvement of public education.

New Computer Lessons on
Microsoft Word and Intermedicate Computer

A Microsoft Word class will be given by Paula Emlock starting on Mon., Jan 9 at 1:30 PM. Word is a word processing program used for typing and email. An Intermediate Computer Class will be given by Philip Fortunato starting on Mon., Jan. 9 at 10:00 AM. In this class students will learn, among other things, about using the Control Panel, copying files to CDs, sending a fax, inserting pictures and managing Windows. The cost for the 3-session classes is $25. Seating is limited. Call 781-662-6886 to register and for additional information  

If the Internet has been connected by January, we will offer an Interent class as well. Call for information.

The Tuesday morning craft class welcomes new members for crafts and friendly conversation. Pictured here with the afghan they are donating to the Center for a raffle are (standing L-R) Phyllis Gorman, Ann Stevens, Elena Sullivan, Marie Salamanca and Persis Chisholm and seated (L-R) Marjorie Enos and Angie Leavy. The group has also been busy knitting items for our men and women in the armed forces.

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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