Looking Ahead

Volunteers to be honored at Milano Center

... Looking Ahead, May 2006: Endless activities

by Jack Beckley, executive director, Melrose Council on Aging

Looking Ahead
Melrose Council on Aging, May 2006

Wed, May 17, 2:00 PM

The Council on Aging invites all volunteers and the public to its Volunteer Appreciation Tea. Please give us an opportunity to thank you personally by coming. Without your generous help, the Milano Center would not be open as much as it is and the Center would not have the warm, welcoming environment that we now enjoy.

The program will commence with a few words from Mayor Robert Dolan followed by a performance of the Melrose Senior Chorus under the direction of Starr Demitre.

Light refreshments, prepared by students of the Northeast Metropolitan Vocational School will be served, then volunteers will assemble for a group picture to by displayed in Tierney Hall.  

Equal Choice Bill Lobby Day
Thursday, May 11, 2:00 PM

On March 22nd, the state Senate took a major step towards advancing the civil rights of the elderly and disabled by passing the Equal Choice Bill, S 2273. The bill is now in the House.

Simply, the bill would give residents qualifying for nursing home care and eligible for MassHealth the option of receiving their care in a nursing home or in their homes! As written, it allows people to stay in their homes while being cost effective for taxpayers.
Even though Rep. Mike Festa is a lead sponsor and this is a priority bill for the Silver Legislature, Mass. Assn. of Older Americans, Mass. Assn. of COAs, and Mass. Home Care, we do not want to lose momentum. We hope to send a contingent of Melrose seniors to lobby at the state house on May 11th. How about making your voice heard by joining us? Call the COA office mornings (781-665-4304) for details.  

Medicare Prescription Drug Program
Online Help

The deadline to sign up for Medicare Part D without penalty is May 15. If you haven’t signed up yet, schedule an appointment on Wed., May 10, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. by calling 781-662-6886. Volunteers at the Milano Center will help you, via the Internet, find the drug plan that best meets your needs. Afterwards you’ll receive a printout of the three least costly plans meeting your specific needs.

Volunteer training and oversight of the online help sessions has been provided by Keely Benson, Regional SHINE Coordinator at MVES.

Pasta Sauté - Bon Appetite!

Mystic Valley Elder Services has arranged a special Italian meal personally prepared by a Lindley Caterers Chef at the Milano Center. The entrée will be a pasta sauté with meatballs.

Join us for lunch on Tuesday, May 23, at 12 noon. Meal reservations are required and may be made by calling 781-662-6886 at least a day in advance from 10-11:30 AM. A $1.50 suggested meal donation is requested.

Transportation available by calling 781-665-4304 mornings. $1 suggested per ride donation.

Buy Stamps

Remember to buy stamps and mail your small packages on Tuesday, May 9 at the Milano Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Senior Dining Program

Delicious noon-time meals are served each weekday 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.

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.

Recycling Now Easier Than Ever

Did you know that recycling is no longer as complicated as it used to be? Modern sorting and processing equipment removes many things once considered contaminants. You don’t have to remove staples, plastic windows, glossy or colored paper, labels, lids, and many other things. Simply read and follow the guidelines.

Melrose’s curbside recycling program accepts all clean paper, flattened cardboard boxes, glass bottles & jars, plastic bottles & jars, and steel/tin/aluminum cans. All bottles, cans, and jars should be rinsed clean and placed directly in the recycling bin. Paper should be placed in a paper bag and set next to or on top of the recycling bin.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Katrina Rideout, Melrose’s Recycling & Solid Waste Coordinator, at 781-979-4170.

Thank you AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers

The AARP Tax Assistance Program concluded another season on Aril 10th, this time filing most of the 96 returns electronically in the Carriage House Lounge.

We extend our thanks to Mary Martin, Regional Coordinator, Rosemary Behrle, Melrose Coordinator, Bill Dawson, Vinnie DeFeo, Earl Hanson, Rick Mockler, Nina DiOrio, and Dick Pitts.  

Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Recent winners were: Paul Frazier 1st, Gloria Frazier 2nd, and Martha Edgeworth 3rd; Joe Fallica 1st, Lorraine O’Neill 2nd, & Katie Brown 3rd; Lou Froio 1st, Nancy Mouradian 2nd, and Alan Faller 3rd; Gloria Frazier 1st, Joe Fallica 2nd, and Jean Pulsifer 3rd.


AARP Chapter 1124 May 12, 1:30 PM, Highlands Congregational Church. Fashion Show by Kappa Swap Shop. There will also be a food collection for the Am. Red Cross.

Ham & Bean Supper May 20, 6:00 p.m., Green Street Baptist Church, 179 Green St. $7 adults (children free with parents). No reservations needed. For information, call 781-665-7331.

Melrose Arts and Crafts Society May 12. 9:30 AM. First Baptist Church. 101 Years Celebration. Arts & Crafts made by members will be displayed at the Annual Exhibition. Free admission. Open to the public.

Melrose Veterans’ Club Fridays, 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.  
May 1 - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
May 8 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
May 15 - Leaves City Hall at 10 a.m. - returns at 1 p.m.

200 Club – Register for trips with Rosemary Behrle (781-665-3258). Checks payable to: The 200 Club.

May 19 Portland, Maine By train and bus. One way train from Woburn, Mass. to Portland, Maine on Amtrak’s Downeaster; lunch at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant (scrod or chicken); Shopping/browsing time at  Old Port. – Pick up: Cochrane House 8:15 a.m./Levi Gould 8:30 a.m. $79.00

June 7  Casino & Lobster Bake Foxwoods Casino. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Package &10.00 Food Coupon & $15 Keno. Lobsterbake at Capt’n Jack’s Restaurant – clam chowder, clamcakes, shrimp cocktail, 1 fresh lobster or prime rib, corn on the cob, apple crisp & ice cream. Pick-up: Cochrane House 7 a.m./Levi Gould 7:15 a.m.     $49.

June 22-29 8 Day Mackinac Island A unique island destination, between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, where you will experience the sites and sounds of a bygone era. Tour includes: 7 nights hotel; 13 meals; ferry ride; carriage tour Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum and all sightseeing; taxes; baggage; professional tour guide by deluxe motor coach. $1,049 twin, $1,029 triple, & $1,429 single

July 23-24 Tanglewood Overnight 8:00 a.m. departure to beautiful Berkshires. Lunch on your own in Lenox, then to Tanglewood’s grounds and reserved seats inside the Shed for an afternoon concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After the concert, enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the Williams Inn in Williamstown. After breakfast on day two, visit the Clark Museum, then onto the Mohawk Trail with stops at the Bridge of Flowers and the historic Potholes. A lunch stop and then homeward bound. $265 p.p. twin, $255 triple, $300 single

The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledges generous contributions from Jane Madden and the SilverStringers. Generous donations were also made by Ann Birkner in memory of her mom Mary Zaorski, and Dorothy O’Toole in memory of Bill O’Toole.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

"Elizabethtown" shown at the Milano Senior Center on Wed., May 24 at 1:30 PM. Drew (Orlando Bloom) has been fired from his job and dumped by his girlfriend. On the verge of suicide, he must go to his father’s small, Southern hometown to retrieve the old man’s remains. En route to Elizabethtown, Drew meets the unstoppable Claire (Kristen Dunst) on the plane. PG-13 123 min. All are welcome.


Bill Ahern - COA Board
Roxanne Ananian - Bridge Club
John Averell - Melrose Mirror
Rose Ball - Newsletter
Jeanne Beck - Lunch Program
Rosemary Behrle - COA Board
Barbara Bernardi, Milano Center
Ted Bond - Chair Caning
Andrea Bradford - Friends of the Aging
Helen Buckley, Milano Center
Donna Campbell, Newsletter
Evelyn Camarot - Flu Shots
Gloria Carroll – Flu Shots
Ruth Christensen - Milano Center
Jaclyn Ciulla - Milano Center
Helen Conway - Newsletter Mailing
Mary Cusack - Milano Center
William Dawson – AARP Tax Aide
John DeCecca, Lunch Program
Vincenzo DeFeo – AARP Tax Aide
Rita Quinn Dietrich - Friends of the Aging
Nina Diorio, AARP Tax-Aide
Jim Driscoll - COA Board
Ellen Durant - Bridge Instructor
Marjorie Enos - Handcrafts
Marion Ewell - Flu Shots
Louise Fennell - Melrose Mirror
Eleanor Forrest - COA Office
Wanda Forrest - Newsletter Mailing
Bernadette Ferreira - Milano Center
Carol Ferreira - Milano Center
Jessie Freeda - Milano Center
Frances Gadsby - Milano Center
Nora Gardner - Lunch Program
Nina Gibelli, Handcrafts
Olga Giannetti - Newsletter Mailing
Dee Gonzales - Flu Shots
Phyllis Gorman - Movies
Roseanne Greene - Computer Coordinator
Earl Hansen – AARP Tax-Aide
Lorraine Hanson - Flu Shots
Monique Hardy - Lunch Program
John Hodgson - Chair Caning
Eleanor Hooton - Milano Center
Laura Igo, Flu Shots
Bertha Jackson, Newsletter
Preston Johnson - Lunch Program
Don Johnson - Chair Caning
Margie Kelley - Newsletter
Laura Kelly - Milano Center
Peggy Kenny - COA Board
Arnold Koch, Milano Center
Angie Leavy - Handcrafts
Ella Letterie - Melrose Mirror
Dorothy Lucas - Flu Shots
Donna MacDonald - Flu Shots
Leona McCaffey - Hospitality
Kay McCarte - COA Board
Margaret McCarte - Milano Center
Marilyn McCormack - Milano Center
Anne MacGillivray - Silver Legislature
Helen McGee - Flu Shots
Bernard McGee - Flu Shots
Kathleen McGrath - Friends of the Aging
Mae McGrath - Milano Center
Ginny McGuire - Milano Center
Rick Mockler – AARP Tax-Aide
Carol Nelson - Melrose Mirror
Shirlely Neumyer - Bridge
Carolyn Norton - Friends of the Aging
Don Norris - Melrose Mirror
Eileen Olsen - COA Board
Dorothy O’Toole - Flu Shots
Esther Parsons - Bridge Club
Philip Pendleton - Pianist
Marie Petricone - Flu Shots
Eleanor Pistorino - Milano Center
Dick Pitts, AARP Tax-Aide
Natalie Pogson - Milano Center
Florence Pretti - Milano Center
Russ Priestley - Melrose Mirror
Helene Quinn - Milano Center
Shirley Rabb - Melrose Mirror
Kathy Richard, Flu Shots
Bob Ross - Melrose Mirror
Marie Ryan, Milano Center
Marie Salamanca - Milano Center
Shirley Sampson, Flu Shots
Jeanne Shanklin - Lunch Program
Lea Shea - Newsletter Mailing
Nancy Smith - Milano Center
Barbara Sullivan - Telephone Friends
Elena Sullivan - Milano Center
Nancy Sumares –Milano Center
Jessie Suozzo, Flu Shots
Josephine Tomkins - Milano Center
Natalie Thomson - Melrose Mirror
George Nelson Torrey - COA Board
Natalie Urban - Milano Center
Antoinette Volpe - Milano Center
Faith Whittier - Lunch Program
Ruth Worthylake - Flu Shots
Ed Wright - Friends of the Aging
Helen Wright - Newsletter Mailing
Helen Woods - Milano Center
Mary Young - Milano Center

Five Secrets to Feeling Younger

On Tuesday, May 9, at 1:30 PM, a free workshop entitled "Five Secrets to Looking and Feeling Younger" will be held at the Milano Senior Center.

Faithfully using the secrets will have you feeling younger with more energy and better self esteem. The presentation will be given by Mitchell Goldberg, D.C.

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 781-665-1796.

Computer Room Programming

Classes: Basic & Intermediate Computer, Exploring the Internet. Classes are $25 for three lessons.

Medicare Part D Help: - Find a prescription drug plan compatible with your pharmacy.

KeyBoarding Use: An instructional CD program to build your typing skill.

Practice Time: Use computers to accomplish desired tasks. Peer assistants are available to help new users. The fee is $3 per one hour one-on-one session.

Open Use: When no classes are in session, computers may be used without charge. The public is encouraged to take advantage of them.

Microsoft Word: – Russell Berg will be available on Wednesday mornings to guide users wanting to take better advantage of this word processing software. Come down if you want help writing a letter or organizing your recipes, or anything else that you might otherwise want typed. $3 per hour to support the computer room.

Internet Presentation: A presention on the wonders of the World Wide Web by Neil MacFeeley and Roseanne Greene. No charge. Call for the presentation date.

Call 781-662-6886 for information about computer room activites, when classes will be starting and to register.

Afternoon Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to cover the Milano Center Lobby some afternoons or on an on-call basis. Afternoons are quiet at the Center but staffing is essential. To find out more, please call Volunteer Coordinator, Mary Beth Calnan at 781-665-4304.

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.

Meetings are held on the last Friday of the month, 10 a.m.–Noon, through June 2006 at the Stoneham Senior Center, 136 Elm St., Stoneham. Limited childcare is available. Call 781-662-2722 to register for the May 26 meeting.

Be A Friendly Visitor

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.

Friendly visitors are needed now. If you are able to devote an hour or two a week, you could make a huge difference in someone’s life. For more information, call Tara Deeble at 781-665-4304.

Project Safe: The City of Melrose is working with Mystic Valley Elder Services, a nonprofit organizations providing information and referrals for elders, on an outreach project to residents age 80 and over. The project, known as Project Safe, is designed to promote safety and independence. Look for more information in the June issue. In the meantime, if you have questions, contact COA Director Jack Beckley

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