Looking Ahead

Mini-bus service expanded

... Looking Ahead for April, 2007

by Jack Beckley, executive director, Council on Aging

Looking Ahead, March 2007

Melrose Council on Aging     

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


Minibus bus riders will be pleased to learn that afternoon minibus dispatch services are now available. This means that riders can check on or schedule rides all day rather than just mornings as in the past.

The morning dispatcher, Gloria Carroll, will continue pro­viding dispatch services from the Council on Aging office from 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The afternoon dispatcher will be at the Milano Senior Center from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at a new telephone number (there was no way to have just one number at both locations). Therefore, morning calls should be made to 781-665-4304 as in the past. Afternoon calls should be made to the new number 781-662-2030, Providing afternoon dispatch Monday through Wednes­day will be Cindy Augusta-Lake. The dispatcher on Thursday and Friday afternoons will be Helen Buckley.


You are invited to an informative seminar by New York Life representative Michael Raczkowski entitled "Protecting Your Nest Egg." Topics to be covered include estate taxes, managing retirement income, gifting, trusts, uses for life insurance, long- term care insurance and uses for annuities.

The seminar will be held at the Milano Se­nior center on Tues., April 10, at 1 :30 p.m. To help us plan refreshments and handouts, please register by calling 781 ­662:6886.


Veterans are sought for an oral history project by Lisa Lord's World History class at Melrose High School. The hope is to have veterans share their World War II experi­ences with students in one-on-one or small group meetings.

Please call Jack Beckley at 781-665-4304 for additional information.


This fun program by Mary Swenson of Kindred Healthcare provides information about the potential health benefits, as well as some of the risks associated with the consumption of chocolate and coffee. The discussion is meant to be a fun and informative look at how and why consumption of chocolate and coffee (and specifics to look for when buying chocolate) might be considered as part of a healthy diet

Please join us Tues., April 24 at 1:30 p.m.


A new, hand-me-down computer with internet access was recently installed in Georgie Lewis' Milano Center office. This computer, with its up-to-date software, will make her job easier in a variety of ways.

One feature is a new database program of Center partici­pants. It will help track statistics (useful when applying for grants), create sign-in sheets, and easily find participants' names and telephone numbers in the event of program can­cellations. Many thanks to Georgie's husband, Larry, for designing this program for us.

If you haven't already done so, you can help us by com­pleting the Milano Senior Center Participant Registration Form -- the forms are available at the Senior Center or in the "hard copy" newsletter. When you do, please check off any and all activities in which you participate to ensure that you are included in the class lists for those activities.

Mail the form to Georgie Lewis at the Milano Center or simply bring it with you the next time you come to the Center.  


Delicious noontime 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).


Spring is here and with it come longer days and warmer temperatures. It's a time for us to emerge from the cold days of winter and embrace the new day. But, what if you simply don't have the "spring" in your step that you did last year? What if you're finding that living independently is becoming harder and harder? Mystic Valley Elder Ser­vices (MVES) may be able to offer you just enough help to make living in your home comfortable and safe. Enjoy the start of a new season and call us if we can help you this spring. MVES can be reached at 781-324-7705 or www.mves.org.


Save a trip to the post office by mailing your letter and small packages and buying your stamps at the Milano Senior Center. Representatives of the post office will next visit the Center on Tuesday, April 17, from 11 a.m, to 12:15 p.m,


The Telephone Excise Tax Refund is a one-time tax credit that you can claim on your 2006 tax return. If you paid long ­distance excise taxes for service between February 28, 2003, and August 1, 2006, you are eligible for the excise tax refund.

The refund, which varies from $30 to$60 depending on ex­emptions, can be claimed directly on your 2006 tax return. Even if you are not required to file a federal tax return, you can still get the refund by filing Form 1 040EZ-T. MRP Tax­Aide counselors will help you fill out this form during the free MRP Tax Assistance at the Milano Center on Monday morn­ings from 9:00 a.m. to 1 :00 p.rn. through April 9, 2007. If you want your refund direct deposited into your checking account, please bring a blank check.  


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 781-665-4304 (mornings) or 781-662 ­2030 (afternoons).


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 ongoing training. No appointments necessary. If you prefer, call Lillian at 781-662-6886 to schedule an ap­pointment, or just stop in.

FREE,WELLNESS CHECKS - Thurs., April 12, at 11:15 a.m. Melrose/Boston VNA Nurse Cynthia Giansiracuso provides free health checks including pressures, weights and more. Please drop in; appointments are not necessary.

PODIATRY Friday, April 20, Dr. Robert J. Connolly, D.P.M. provides foot care & consultations ($30). Contact Dr. Connolly directly at 781 ­438-2525 for appointments.

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT, Fri., April 6 & 20. New members are always welcome to participate in this ongoing support and education group led by community nurse Mary Joyce of Hallmark Health Homecare. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month at 10 a.m. The group is free and no registration is necessary.

ASK A NURSE, Tues., April 24, at 10:00 a.m, Joan Farren, R.N. provides individualized health care counseling courtesy of Hallmark Health Homecare. She'll check your blood pressure, listen to your lungs and answer you health-related questions. "Ask a Nurse" is free and no appointments are necessary. It's held 10-11 a.rn. on the last Tuesday of the month.

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION Exercise Class: The public is invited to a free ex­ercise class sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation with help from Mystic Valley Elder Services and Elder Affairs. Classes are held through May 25 on Friday mornings from 10:30 - 11 :30 a.m. at the Fuller House, 101 Cottage St. For additional information, contact the instructor, Susan DeColaines, at 781-665-2106 or email Couminole@aol.com.

BRIDGE CLUB - Meets Wednesday mornings. Recent winners were: Arthur Huqhs 1st - Lou Froio 2nd, John Lawry 3rd; Lou Froio 1st, Bill Ciampa 2nd, & Jean Pulsifer 3rd, New members are always welcome.

DUPLICATE BRIDGE - Played on the first Wednesday of the month. March winners were Arthur Hughes & George Hughes Jr. N & S, and Nancy Mooradian & Ruth Tracy E & W.

"A Good Year"

Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott directs this adaptation of Peter Mayle's best-selling novel, following the romantic misadventures of an Englishman in Provence, France. After inheriting a French vineyard from his uncle Henry (Albert Finney), failed banker Max Skinner (Russell Crowe) moves abroad, where he meets a beautiful American woman (Marion Cotillard) who claims to be his long-lost cousin - and his uncle's true heir.

All are weicome to this free showing on Wed., April 18, at 1:30 p.m. Rated PG-13.


AARP Chapter 1124 April 13 - 1 :30 PM at the Milano Senior Center. Spring Dessert Social with entertainment by volcalist Frank Smith. $4. Call Dottie Pearl at 781-665 ­7012 for reservations. The deadline is April 11.

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

Womans' Club of Melrose - April 18, 12 p.m. Danversport Yacht Club. Featured Speaker: Kara Clemete "Against Drugs."

Melrose Arts & Crafts Society - April 23, First Baptist. Church. Classes at 9:30 a.m. Introduction Needle Tatting. Annual meeting. Pot Luck Luncheon, Mark you calendars for the May 11 Annual Exhibition 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Minibus to Square One Mall

Call 781-665-4304 to reserve seats on the bus.

April 2 - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
April 9 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.rn- returns at 1 p.m.
April 23 - 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.

April 10-12 Mystery Inn-Trique 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.

May 14 Beantown Trolley & Union Oyster House. Two-hour City bus tour, then lunch at the famous Union Oyster House with choice of broiled scrod or broiled chicken. Your trolley will depart: Cochrane House 8:45 a.m. Levi Gould at 9:00 a.m. $49.

June 27 Cheesecake Factory Luncheon & Cruise. Starts with a memorable one-hour Charles River Cruise then lunch at the Cheesecake Factory offering over 70 items. Motorcoach departs: Cochrane House 8:45 a,m. Levi Gould 9:00 a.m; $68.

July 18-20 Rangeley, Maine, Western Mountains and Lakes Region. Two nights at the Rangeley Inn with five meals and a welcome reception included. Gold panning in Coos Canyon, late afternoon moose watch and entertainment both evenings. $440 twin, $425 triple, $485 single


The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledges generous contributions from Mary Bogan, the estate of Irene Conway, John D'Ambrosio, Edith Doane, Geraldine Marshall, Mary McLean, John & Elsa Moylan, Helen Mulhern, Florence Pretti,  Elizabeth Sheppard, & Laurice Zwicker. Numerous donations were received in memory of Richard Legault as well as from V. Edward Perkins in memory of Ruth Perkins.


You are invited to a performance by the New England Conservatory of Music at Memorial Hall on Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 2:00 p.m, Look for additional information about the performance in local papers or listen to Ron Della Cheisa, Easy 99.1 FM Music America and Strictly Sinatra -- for more details.


IRS-trained Tax-Aide counselors assist disabled persons and those age 60 and over with low to moderate incomes in filing their taxes 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, through 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.


The second installment in the Arthritis Foundation's free four-session series about living better with arthritis is entitled Speaking of Pain - How to Talk to Your Doctor about Pain. It will be held on Friday, April 13. 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 are held at the Milano Center from 10:30 - 11:30 a.rn. The remaining sessions are:

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.


The Grandparents & Grandchildren Growing Together educational sup­port group now meets on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month (April 6 & 20), 10:00 a.rn. - 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.


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. Bob Nelson also offers one-to-one assistance on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For further details and registration and information, leave a message for Bob at the Milano Center (781-662-6886).

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