Looking Ahead

Thanksgiving dinner? -- take your choice

... Looking Ahead for November, 2006

by Executive Director Jack Beckley, Council on Aging

Looking Ahead -- November, 2006
Melrose Council on Aging
Eileen M. Olsen, Chairperson
Jim Driscoll, Vice-Chairperson
Kay McCarte, Secretary
Rosemary Behrle
George Nelson Torrey
Rick Mockler
Ted Bond

Friday afternoon Bingo is now being held at the Milano Senior Center. Pictured here (left to right) are Barbara McAveeney, Barbara Bernardi handing the first winning pot to Joanne Diana, Marie Ryan and Dot Chiappini. Join the fun at 1:30 p.m. except the 2nd Friday of the month when the AARP Chapter 1124 holds its monthly meeting. New members are always welcome at both bingo and the AARP.

Thanksgiving Luncheon

Please join us for our Thanksgiving Luncheon at the Milano Senior Center on Thurs., Nov. 16 at 12:00 noon. Because seating is limited, reservations must be made by noon on Nov. 13. Call 781-662-6886. A $1.50 donation is suggested for this holiday feast offered in cooperation with Mystic Valley Elder Services.

Thanksgiving Dinner

This year, Scott McCauley is hosting his 21st Thanksgiving Dinner in cooperation with the First Baptist Church. It will be held on Thanksgiving, November 23, at 1:00 p.m. It’s free and all are welcome, but reservations are necessary and must be made by Mon., Nov. 20. To reserve your meal, call 781- 662- 7235. Happy Thanksgiving!

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. 17. The drawing will take place at the Milano Center on Nov. 13, at 10:00 AM. You do not have to be present to win tickets.

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. 16. You do not have to be present to win.

Identity Theft – Avoid Being Victimized

Unfortunately, this presentation by Bank Security Officer at MassBank Richard Jordan, is relevant for just about everyone. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a computer and aren't connected to the internet. Anyone can be victimized.

Come and find out how to protect yourself on Tues. Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
Thanks for the Memories

Join us for a talk on Memory—Its importance and Safeguards to Its Retention—by Dr. Timothy Tierney from the Main Street Family Practice in Melrose. Dr. Tierney is a Family Practitioner and currently the Chairman of Melrose Board of Health.
Many seniors experience some difficulty in remembering, but this does not have to be a cause for alarm. Dr. Tierney will explain when memory loss is an actual problem and what medicine can do to help.

The presentation is open to the public and will be held on Mon., Nov. 13 at 10:00 a.m. at the Milano Center.  It is brought to you courtesy of Eisai, Inc., maker of Aricept.    

Computer Training

The Milano Center has computers with high-speed Internet access for your use without charge. Classes are offered at a nominal cost and Bob Nelson will be available mornings and Richard Legault afternoons for individualized instruction ($3 hr. suggested donation). To find out about current offerings or to suggest topics for future classes, please call us at 781-662-6886.


Mystic Valley Elder Services invites you to its semi-annual Holiday Sale where everything (greeting & holiday cards, wrapping paper, stationery, 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.

Don’t miss this sale as there are fewer donated items so it’s unlikely that they will be available at the senior center later as in past years. The sale date is Wed., Nov. 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 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.

Rides must be scheduled in the morning only by calling the COA office (781-665-4304). In the afternoon, you may call the Milano Center at 781-662- 6886 to check on a ride or make a last minute cancellation. $1.00 suggested donation.

SHINE Program

Get help filling out your Prescription Advantage application (deadline Nov. 15). SHINE counselor Lillian Martin is at the Milano Senior Center to help on Wednesdays from 11 AM – 2 PM. SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) is an Executive Office of Elder Affairs program. Call 781-662-6886 to schedule an appointment or just stop in.

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).

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.

Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Recent winners were: Fran Vennochi 1st, Rose Leone 2nd & Mary Hicks; Arthur Hughes 1st, Lou Froio 2nd, & Paul Frazier 3rd; Bill Ciampa 1st, Al Mandrachia 2nd & Alicia Roman 3rd.

Duplicate Bridge – Meets the first Wednesday of the month. October winners were Alicia Roman & Jeanne Lightbown N & S, Arthur Hughes & Nancy Mooradian E & W.

FISH Telephone Coordinators Needed

One of Melrose’s most dedicated volunteer groups needs one or two people to match callers with volunteer drivers. This service can be done from home with training provided and no driving required. If you can help even once a week, it will be much appreciated. Be a hero to someone in need. For further information, call Preston Johnson at 781-665-1776.


AARP Chapter 1124, November 10, 1:30 p.m. Milano Senior Center. Program: A Trip Down Memory Lane with Arnold Koch.
Ham & Bean Suppers Nov. 18, 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 Veterans’ Club Fridays, 9:00 a.m., GAR Room, Memorial Hall. All are welcome
Woman’s Club of Melrose Nov. 15, 12 noon, Hillview Country Club, North Reading. Program: Identity Theft by Martha Carriere.


Minibus to Meadow Glen Mall Call 781-665-4304 to reserve seats on the bus.  
Nov  6 - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
Nov. 13 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
Nov. 20 - 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.

Nov. 3  Mohegan Sun Casino & Wright’s Mill Farm, Ct. Casino Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm {Includes $30 Casino Package}Plus a short trip to Wright’s Mill Farm in Canterbury including coffee & pastry and the performance of "Out to Lunch” musical comedy. Pickup: Cochrane House 7:30 a.m./Levi Gould 7:45 a.m. $49

Dec. 4 Bright Nights at Forest Park, Holyoke, MA. This fun day includes complete lunch at the  Delaney House,” Choice of Yankee Pot Roast or Fillet of Sole Stuffed with Crabmeat. Afternoon show  Nightlife at Noon” music and comedy. Visit and drive thru Bright Nights in Springfield for a spectacular display. Pickup: Cochrane House 10:30 a.m./Levi Gould 10:45 a.m. $78    

Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve At Noon, Lake Pearl, Wrentham Choice of Yankee Pot Roast or Baked Boston Scrod for a complete Lunch and then Dancing, Fine Show, & a Happy New Year’s Count Down. Pickup: Cochrane House 10:00 a.m./Levi Gould 10:15 a.m. $68

JAN 17, 2007 FOXWOODS CASINO, CT    Casino Time: 10: am - 4:00 pm (Approx.) Return 6:30 – 7 pm. Includes $10:00 Food Coupons/$15 Keno. Pickup: Cochrane House 7:15 a.m./Levi Gould 7:30 a.m. $21

The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions from Doris DeAmicis, Grace Ham, and Mary McCutcheon. A generous donation was also made by Phyllis Newman in memory of Robert Newman.

Heart Healthy Eating

Learn how to protect your heart by eating in a healthy manner. Presenting will be Candace Quigley, Registered Dietician from Mystic Valley Elder Services. Come and learn about foods that benefit your heart and receive heart healthy recipes and handouts to take home. The presentation will take place at the Milano Senior Center on Friday Dec. 1, from 12:30-1:00 PM.



Please Wear Short sleeves!


Wednesday, November 8  1 – 2:30 pm Memorial Hall
65 + years old or with chronic medical conditions
Tuesday, Nov 14, 7-8 pm Knights of Columbus
Anyone 18 years old and older
Tuesday, Nov 28,  3-4 pm Milano Senior Center
Anyone 18 years old and older
Wednesday, Dec 6, 7-8 pm Knights of Columbus
Anyone 18 years old and older

FREE with Medicare PART B cards, Blue Care 65, MEDICARE PPO BLUE, Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred (formerly 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.

Volunteer Monthly Update Meetings

Monthly Volunteer Update Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. This month’s meeting will be on Tues., Nov 7. These meetings are not mandatory. They will be informative and current or prospective volunteers are welcome to attend to ask questions, express ideas, or to clarify procedures. For questions about volunteering, please call Coordinator of Volunteers, Mary Beth Calnan, at 781-665-4304.

Splendid Holidays Without Weight Gain

Join our on-going Weight Management Group for this special program, on tips for making it through the holidays without adding on pounds. Healthy recipes and easy ways to lighten up your favorite holiday appetizers will be provided.

The speaker is May Joyce, RN, MSM, Community Outreach Nurse at Hallmark Health VNA. Mark you calendars and plan to attend on Friday, November 17, at 10:00 a.m.

Fuel Assistance

Tri-City Community Action Program (TRI-CAP) can help pay 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

Prescription Advantage Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for Prescription Advantage, the state’s pharmacy assistance program, ends November 15, 2006. For more information, visit SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Counselor Lillian Martin at the Milano Senior Center on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or contact Mystic Valley Elder Services’ SHINE Program at 781-324-7705.

Citizens Drug Recognition Academy

The Melrose Health Dept., Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Melrose Police are sponsoring an informative and entertaining series of presentations on Wed. evenings Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 29, 2006, from 7—9 PM at the Milano Senior Center.

To Register send your name, address, phone number, and email address to: Kara Showers at kshowers@cityofmelrose.org or (781) 979-4128.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

Dreamer: Down-and-out horse trainer Ben Crane (Kurt Russell) is given an equally broken-down (but once great) racehorse, Sonya, as severance pay. It will take the unwavering faith and determination of Ben's daughter, Cale (Dakota Fanning), to bring these two damaged souls together in a quest to win the Breeders' Cup Classic. Elisabeth Shue, Oded Fehr and Kris Kristofferson co-star in this heartwarming tale directed by John Gatins. PG  Shown on Wed., Nov. 8, at 1:30 p.m.

Friday Afternoon Bingo

Friday afternoon Bingo is now being held at the Milano Senior Center. Pictured here (L-R) are Barbara McAveeney, Barbara Bernardi handing the first winning pot to Joanne Diana, Marie Ryan and Dot Chiappini. Join the fun at 1:30 p.m. except the 2nd Friday of the month when the AARP Chapter 1124 holds its monthly meeting. New members are always welcome at both bingo and the AARP.

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.

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