Looking Ahead

Registry film scheduled on senior driving habits

... Looking Ahead for January, 2007 -- first issue of New Year

by Jack Beckley, director, Melrose Council on Aging

Melrose Council on Aging
January 2007

Eileen M. Olsen, Chairperson
Jim Driscoll, Vice-Chairperson
Kay McCarte, Secretary
Rosemary Behrle
George Nelson Torrey
Rick Mockler
Ted Bond

Happy and Healthy New Year!
from the Council on Aging and its staff.

Registry of Motor Vehicles
to present safe driving program

The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is committed to keeping drivers safe. In an effort to make our roads safer, the RMV presents "Shifting Gears," a free, hour-long program designed to educate and encourage elder drivers to be the best drivers possible.

The workshop will be presented at the Milano Senior Center on Tuesday, Jan 23 at 1:00 P.M. by Michele Ellicks, community outreach coordinator for the RMV.

The program includes tips on how to be a safer driver, information on how age affects one’s driving, and reasons for the most frequent collisions. A list of warning signs of unsafe driving is provided to help drivers minimize their driving risk.

The workshop includes winter driving tips and information about obtaining disability placards.

Participate in Living History Day

Melrose High School is recruiting senior citizens to share some of their life experiences with students. They will meet once for an hour or so during the week of January 22nd.

Do you have an unusual life or work experiences by today’s standards? Would you be willing to talk about your work, war or depression era experiences, informally, to a small group of high school students? If so, please consider participating in this "Living History" experience. You don’t have to be an eloquent speaker. Students will ask you questions about your experiences.

To participate, or for additional details, please call Jack Beckley at 781-665-4304.

Bills, bills and more bills

Indebtedness is a problem for many people. The high cost of living and easy access to credit cards combined with the relatively fixed incomes of retirees are a bad combination.

If you or someone you know are in over your head financially or are bothered by harassing calls from creditors, come to a free seminar offered by Attorney Daniel Bartley of Great Boston Legal Services. It will be held at the Milano Senior Center on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 12:30 p.m.

Arthritis Foundation series

The Arthritis Foundation is offering a free four-session series about living better with arthritis. An Arthritis Foundation certified instructor, Susan DeColaines, will serve as speaker & facilitator. Susan also leads the popular Thursday afternoon  Strong Bones” class at the Center.
Sessions will be held at the Milano Senior Center from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. on:

January 12: More Pep - Less Pain: Breaking the Chronic Pain Cycle of Arthritis.
April 13: Speaking of Pain - How to Talk to Your Doctor about Pain
June 8: Fatigue Management/Energy Conservation
Sept.7: Effects of Arthritis on Safety: Physical, Cognitive and Emotional Consequences

This series is supported, in part, by a grant from MVES. All are welcome to attend.

Free AARP Tax Assistance

IRS trained Tax-Aide counselors assist disabled persons and those age 60 and over with low to moderate incomes in filing their taxes again this year at the Milano Senior Center (no Schedule C, complicated D, or E forms will be prepared).  Appointments with Tax-Aides will be available on Mondays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, starting February 12 (except Feb. 19), and continuing until April 9, 2007.

Please bring: 1. A copy of your 2005 return; 2. All taxes paid for 2006 (withholding and estimated); 3. All 2006 income report forms 1099s, W-2, etc. If interested in the annual state income tax credit ("Circuit Breaker”) of up to $870, bring your property tax valuation, annual income, property taxes paid and paid water and sewer services. You do not have to pay state taxes to qualify for the tax credit.

Call 781-665-4304 mornings for an appointment. Time permitting, walk-ins are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis -- after the appointments.

Ride in COA Van

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

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.

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).

Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Recent winners were: Lou Froio 1st, Rose Leone 2nd, Ruth Tracey 3rd; Lou Froio 1st, Fran Vennochi 3rd; Gloria Frazier 1st, Alan Faller 2nd, & Lou Froio 3rd; Bill Haley 1st, Betty Whalen, 2nd, & Esther Parsons, 3rd; Lou Froio 1st, Bill Ciampa 2nd, & Nancy Mooradian 3rd.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

"Little Miss Sunshine": Convinced their little Olive (Abigail Breslin) is beauty queen material, parents Richard (Greg Kinnear) and Sheryl (Toni Collette) and the rest of the family embark on a life-altering road trip to a pageant in this madcap Independent Spirit Award-nominated comedy. Struggling motivational speaker Richard pushes Olive to win, while her silent brother (Paul Dano), depressed uncle (Steve Carell) and nursing-home reject grandpa (Alan Arkin) add their own quirks to the mix. All are welcome to this free showing on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 1:30 p.m. Rated R.


AARP Chapter 1124 Jan. 12 –– 1:30 PM at the Milano Senior Center. Business meeting followed by a slide show by Chapter President Preston Johnson.
Melrose Veterans’ Club  Meets Fridays at 9:00 a.m., GAR Room, Memorial Hall. All are welcome!

Womans’ Club of Melrose  Jan. 17, 12:00, Most Blessed Sacrament Church. Program: Melrose High School Principal Dr. Daniel Burke on "The China-Melrose Connection.”  


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. 8  - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
Jan. 22 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
Jan. 29 - 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. 17 Foxwoods Casino, CT Casino time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Approx. return 6:30 – 7 p.m. Includes $10:00 Food Coupons/$15 Keno. Pickup: Cochrane House 7:15 a.m./Levi Gould 7:30 a.m. $21

Feb. 13 Chez Josef, Agawam, MA. Patsy Cline’s Valentine Show Love songs as performed by internationally acclaimed female vocalist, Donna Lee. Lunch Buffet includes appetizers, soup, roast pork and filet of sole, vegetables, and strawberry parfait dessert. Pickup: Cochrane House 7:15 a.m./Levi Gould 7:30 a.m. $74

March 14 Mohegan Sun casino, CT Casino time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Includes $10 Food Coupon & $5 Free Bets. Pickup: Cochrane House 7:15 a.m./Levi Gould 7:30 a.m. $21


The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledges generous contributions from Elinor Cronin, Bill Johnson and Anita Simpson. A donation was also received from Gene and Margaret Prior in loving memory of Gene Marchand.

Adult Day Health Presentation

Wakefield’s Deerfield Senior Day Center recently changed its name to Active Day. Medical adult day care centers, such as Active Day, can be just the ticket for people who wish to remain independent in their homes but can't do so safely without additional medical, social or psychological support. All too often, people overlook the option of attending day programs and end up moving from their homes prematurely.

If you or one of your friends or relatives may benefit from attendance at a day program or you just want to find out more about them, please join us on Wed., Jan. 10 at 1:00 p.m. at the Milano Center. Mellissa Howard, the center's director, will give an overview of her program and medical adult day health programs in general and will answer questions from the audience.


For your convenience, an application for a 20% water discount is included below. 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.

Donate Food

Sadly, hunger is a reality for many in our community. Our local food pantries always need donations. Toward that end, you may have noticed a bucket in the lobby of the Milano Center. Jessie Freda, a volunteer at the Center and the Pantry of Hope, placed it there in hope of donations of non-perishable foods. The next time you come to the center, plan to bring a fruit juice or non- perishable item to drop into the basket. Thank you!

The Pantry of Hope is located in the First Baptist Church, 561 Main St. Melrose. They accept donations of food Mon.-Fri. from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The food pantry gives out food to about 80 families on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Melrose Mirror Online

The Melrose Mirror is an ever changing online publication with lots of pictures and interesting stories. It is written and produced by Melrose residents, SilverStringers, at the Milano Center. Take a look at it at http://melrosemirror.media.mit.edu. The SilverStringers welcome new members to their Wednesday afternoon meetings at 1:30 PM. During meetings members receive training and discuss story ideas.

Weight Management

If weight loss or weight control is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, Hallmark Health Homecare community nurse Mary Joyce can help! This free on- going group meets on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month at 10:00 AM. at the Milano Center. Following the weigh-in, the group will offer education and support.

Don’t procrastinate. Come on Jan. 5 and make 2007 the year that you take control!

Book Club Forming

A new book club will be starting next month at the Milano Senior Center. Members will discuss books over lunch (bring your own) on the first Tuesday of the month starting February 6 at 12 noon. The reading selection will likely consist of popular and contemporary books (light reading).

If you are interested in the book club, please call the Center (781-662-6886) and leave your name and telephone number. Pat Boyer, the group’s facilitator, will call you with details about the group.

Retirement Seminar

The Milano Senior Center is pleased to host an informative financial seminar on Tues., Jan. 30, at 1:30 p.m. Edward Jones Investment Representative. Craig Strauss will discuss  Managing Your Retirement Income.” An outline of the presentation is available at the Milano Senior Center lobby.
Please register by calling 781-662-6886 if you plan to attend.

Educational Support Group

The Grandparents & Grandchildren Growing Together educational support group now meets on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at the Stoneham Senior Center. Custodial, guardian and caregiver grandparents are welcome to attend this free support group that also provides free childcare while attending the group.

Registration is required and may be made by calling 781-662-2722.

Computer Room is Open for Training or for Surfing the Web. Senior citizens are invited to drop-in whenever classes are not in session to use the computers for personnel projects or to surf the web. Richard Legault and Bob Nelson also offer one-to-one assistance and classes. Another popular Intro to Computers class will be held starting January 8th.

For further details and registration information, call the Milano Center at 781-662-6886.

Volunteer Update Meeting

This month’s Volunteer Update meeting, chaired by coordinator of Volunteers, Mary Beth Calnan, will be held on Jan. 2 at 11:00 a.m. New or current volunteers are invited to attend. For additional information, call Mary Beth at 781-665-4304.

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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