Looking Ahead

New computer lab open for business

... "Looking Ahead" for February '07

by Director Jack Beckley of the Council on Aging

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



Valentine’s Day Tea
February 14, 1:30 PM


Please come to our Valentine’s Day Tea. In addition to refreshments and interesting conversation, COA Chairperson, Eileen Olsen, has arranged a little contest involving past-Presidents and their First Ladies. Prizes will be given out!

Please call 781-662-6886 if you plan to attend. There is a $1.00 suggested donation.

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 and property taxes paid and paid water & 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. Occasionally, time may not permit accommodating all walk-ins.

Computer Survey

Take a look at the computer survey on page 8. It’s designed to gauge interest in possible computer classes. If you think that you would actually take one of the classes, please complete the survey and mail it back to the Milano Center.

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 Wed., Jan. 31, at 12:30 p.m.

Friendly Visitor Program Changes

After two years, the coordinator of our Friendly Visitor Program, Tara Deeble, will be moving on to spend more time with her new baby and two older children. She may be volunteering in other capacities as time permits. In the meantime, we thank her for reorganizing and energizing the Friendly Visitor Program.

We are pleased to announce that the new coordinator will be Doreen Lam. Please call Doreen (781-665-4304) if you are interested in being a friendly visitor or if you wish to be visited.

Affordable Housing Lottery

A lottery is being held for 14 affordable 1 and 2 bedroom apartments at Oak Grove Village (opposite Pine Banks Park). The lottery application deadline is postmarked by Sat., Feb. 10, 2007.

For eligibility information and a copy of the application, visit www.cityofmelrose.org or call Oak Grove Village at 781-662-3900.

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.


MVES … Straight from the Heart

February is the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day and Mystic Valley Elder Services wants you to know that we care about you! Contact us if you’re having trouble living independently. Often we can provide just enough help to make everyday tasks much easier. We’re asking straight from the heart … please call us for more information! A knowledgeable staff member is eager to talk with you. Call 781-324-7705 or visit www.mves.org. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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.

Legal Assistance

Greater Boston Legal Services provides free legal services to Melrose elders (60+) in matters including Social Security/SSI, MassHealth, Medicare, Food stamps, landlord/tenant, debtor/creditor issues. Home visits are available. Call Attorney Dan Bartley, (617) 603-1582 or 1-800-323-3205.

SHINE Program

Get help with your health insurance related questions. SHINE counselor Lillian Martin is at the Milano Senior Center every Wednesday from 11 AM – 2 PM. SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) is an Executive Office of Elder Affairs program providing support and on-going training. No appointments necessary. If you prefer, call Lillian at 781-662-6886 to schedule an appointment or just stop in.

Senior Dining Program

Delicious noontime 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).

Rides to Johnnie’s Foodmaster

Every Thursday, Foodmaster offers free transportation to its Melrose store AND riders receive a 5% discount on their total order and a chance to win a $10 Foodmaster Gift Card.

    Bus Pick-up Times and Locations:
  • Steele house, 9:10AM.

  • Cefalo Mem. Complex, 9:30 AM

  • Levi Gould & Fuller Houses, 9:40 AM

  • Cochrane House, 9:50 AM

  • All participants have between 1-1½ hours for shopping.


Interested in a game of cribbage?

Call the Center and leave you name & telephone number.

Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Recent winners were: Jeanne Lightbown1st, Lou Froio 2nd, Ann Burnside 3rd; Gloria Frazier 1st, Alan Faller 2nd, & Esther Snow 3rd; Paul Frazier 1st, Arthur Hughes, 2nd, & Neska Berthel, 3rd.

Duplicate Bridge George Hughes, Jr. & Arthur Hughes N & S, Dick Dunn & Rachel Dunn E & W.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

After taking a job in the Big Apple as assistant to powerful fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), small-town girl Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) is thrilled -- at first. But the magic soon wears off, leaving Andrea feeling battered and used -- and wondering whether working for the boss from hell will pay off. Helmed by David Frankel, this adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's best-seller also stars Stanley Tucci and Simon Baker.

All are welcome to this free showing on Tues., February. 13, at 1:30 p.m. Rated PG-13.

CLUB MEETINGS

AARP Chapter 1124 Feb. 9 –– 1:30 PM at the Milano Senior Center. Business meeting followed a presentation by Richard McCulley of Belltone entitled  New Developments in the Treatment of Hearing Loss.”

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

Womans’ Club of Melrose Feb. 21, 12:00, Most Blessed Sacrament Church. Program: Mary Stone,  Dahn Yoga & Healing.”

Melrose Arts & Crafts Society Feb. 26, First Baptist Church. Classes at 9:30 a.m. Victorian Goose Egg Hat, Button Bouquet & Introductory Embroidery. Program 1:00 p.m. Origami Towels.

TRIP INFORMATION

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.
Feb 5- Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 .m.- returns at 1 p.m.
Feb. 12 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
Feb. 26 - 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.

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

April 10-12 Mystery Inn-Trigue Trip, Middlebury Inn, VT Trip includes two nights at the Middlebury Inn; five complete meals, sightseeing with majestic scenery at every turn. And, we’re going to  solve a mystery and see some great sights!” $395 twin, $375 triple, and $495 single

MELROSE FRIENDS OF THE AGING

The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledges generous contributions from an anonymous donor, Shirley Benevento, Philip & Jean Pendleton, George Nelson Torrey, and the Wednesday Morning Bridge Club. Donations were also received from Joanne Diana in memory of Guy Diana, Elmer & Richard Graves in memory of Elmer and June Graves, Ann Birkner in memory of Mary Zaorski, and Alma Parkhurst in honor of Mary Cail.

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

You could also try Citizens Energy at 1-877-JOE 4 OIL (1877-563-4645).



Computer Survey

If you are likely to take a computer class at the Milano center, please help us plan by completing this survey.Please mark the  Definitely” selection only if you are fairly certain that you would attend such a class. We anticipate a charge of approximately $5 per one-hour class.

Please return surveys to the Milano Senior Center, 201 W. Foster St., Melrose, MA 02176.

Potential Computer Courses

    Please check the appropriate box indicating the likelihood of your attending such a classs.

  • Internet Use

  • Connecting to the internet

  • Setting up a home page

  • Searching & surfing the internet

  • Setting up internet favorite sites

  • Internet security including user ID and password management


___ Definitely___ Possibly___ Unlikely

  • Email

  • Setting up email

  • Email preferences

  • Email security

  • Using Outlook Express with your email


___ Definitely___ Possibly___ Unlikely

  • Online Banking

  • Setting up online banking

  • Accessing account information

  • Using the Bill Pay feature


___ Definitely___ Possibly___ Unlikely

  • Online Shopping

  • Searching for sites or shopping categories

  • Ordering from online shopping sites

  • How to use eBay


___ Definitely___ Possibly___ Unlikely

  • Online Photography

  • Available photography software

  • Setting up online photography software

  • Ordering online photos

  • Viewing/sharing online photos

  • Emailing online photos


___ Definitely___ Possibly___ Unlikely

  • Online Games

  • Where to find any type of online game

  • Setting up online game site use

  • Playing online games against the computer, or against other online players


___ Definitely___ Possibly___ Unlikely

  • Windows Explorer

  • Using Windows Explorer

  • Managing documents, files and folders


___ Definitely___ Possibly___ Unlikely

  • Microsoft Word

  • Document usage

  • Special features


___ Definitely___ Possibly___ Unlikely

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Spreadsheet usage

  • Special features


___ Definitely___ Possibly___ Unlikely

  • Streamlining Your PC Operation

  • Running cleanup software

  • Microsoft Tools

  • Defragging the hard drive(s)

  • Compressing files and folders

  • Backup of files and folders

  • Automatic scheduling of tools


___ Definitely___ Possibly___ Unlikely

  • Selecting a Medicare Part D Plan


  • Visit www.Medicare.gov

  • Input personal medications

  • View Part D plans


  • ___ Definitely___ Possibly___ Unlikely

    Suggestions: _________________________



    Volunteer Update Meeting

    This month’s Volunteer Update meeting, chaired by coordinator of Volunteers, Mary Beth Calnan, will be held on Feb. 6 at 11:00 a.m.

    The meetings are meant to be informative with current or prospective volunteers encouraged to attend to express ideas, clarify procedures and ask questions.

    For additional information, call Mary Beth at 781-665-4304.

    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.

    First Meeting of the Book Club

    For those of you who have registered, the first meeting of the Book Club is on Tues., Feb. 6 at 12:00 a.m. At this point, the club has as many members as the room can accommodate. If you are interested in joining the club, please call the group’s facilitator Pat Boyer (781-662-6886). She will talk with you about it and keep your name for when an opening occurs.

    Skiing Competition

    The MA Senior Games Skiing Competition will be held at Wachusett Mountain on Wednesday, February 14th, 2007. The competition will begin around 9:15a.m. Registration packets will automatically be sent to previous skiers. If you, or anyone you know, would like a form, please email Carl at: Carl_Fetteroll@SPFLDCOL.EDU and he will reply, or you may pick one up at the Milano Center.
     
    Educational Support Group

    The Grandparents & Grandchildren Growing Together educational support group now meets on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month (Feb. 2 & 16), 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.The group is sponsored by North Suburban Family Network and the Melrose and Stoneham Councils on Aging with support from Mystic Valley Elder Services.

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

    Computer Room is Open for General Use, Training, or for Surfing the Web

    Senior citizens are invited to drop in whenever classes are not in session to use the computers for personal projects or to surf the web. Richard Legault and Bob Nelson also offer one-to-one assistance and classes. The popular Intro to Computers class is tentatively scheduled to start on February 12.

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

    Have Material - Need Seamstress

    Crast Interiors of Malden generously donated some beautiful silk material for drapes in the second floor classroom windows at the Milano Center. Now, we are hoping that some talented individual or group will volunteer to make simple window treatments.

    If you have the skill, this is a chance to make a visible and long-lasting contribution to the senior center. If interested, please call Georgie Lewis at 781-662-6886 for details.

    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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