Looking Ahead

Latest notes on COA activities: May 2007

... Jack's back, but on a short string

from Georgie Lewis and the SilverStringers

Melrose Council on Aging:     

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

Yeah, Volunteers!

The annual Volunteer Appreciation Day at the Milano Senior Center will be held on Wednesday, May 16, at the center, right after the noon luncheon. Honored will be the over one-hundred Melrosians who lend a helping hand to support the multitude of activities and programs for our seniors.

Hopefully the guest of honor will be Jack Beckley, COA executive director, who has been recuperating from heart surgery. All volunteers -- the young ones as well as the seniors -- are urged to attend, accept the applause and get in the team photo that the center renews every year.

If you plan to join us for the noon luncheon, please call the senior center at least one day before, to make a reservation. Volunteer or not, there is a small donation of $1.50 -- if you can spare the change.

Latest on Jack:

Jack is back! Director Jack Beckley returned to active duty in early May, at least on a part-time basis. The doctors set his schedule initially at an "easy level", but part-time or not, the volunteers who stepped up in his absence will surely appreciate his return. Directing Jack's path to recovery is wife Amy, who also teaches our children in the Melrose school system. Lots of people have been doing double-duty during his absence.

Weight management:

The weight management program at the center has been put on hold temporarily, according to Coordinator Georgie Lewis. Mary Joyce, from the Hallmark Health organization has been holding sessions on the first and third Fridays of every month; the latest word is that the hiatus will last through the summer, and resume in September.

Blood Pressure screening:

The Visiting Nurses Associaton will  have its next screening on Thursday, May 10, 11:15 to noon. This is an easy way to check on your health -- and it's free. The Adult Wellness program is offered by Nurse Cynthia Giansiracuso of VNA. Another health program, "Ask a Nurse" has been put on hold for the summer; watch for the announcement of this vital program's resumption.

Post Office at Milano:

Those good looking mail-ladies from the local Post Office will be on hand at the Milano Center on Tuesday, May 15 -- a new monthly service. They will set up in the lobby, take your packages and letters for mailing, and sell stamps. Time will be 11:00 a.m to 12:15. Service with a smile is guaranteed, and there's hardly ever a waiting line.

Movies --  Movies -- Movies

Reserve the afternoon of Wednesday, May 16th, at 1:30 for the showing of "The Illusionist" at the Milano Center. Best of all, it's free and there may be some snacks available. Usually 15 or 20 folks make up the audience, which is quite comfortable in Tierney Hall. The movie, starring Ed Norton and Jennifer Beale, dwells on a magician and his relationship with a member of the Royal Family -- in England, in the 1800's. It is a mystery with lots of suspence and a surprise ending. Again, it's free!

The foot guy:

Dr. Robert J. Connolly, podiatrist, will be at the center on Friday, May 18, beginning at 9-ish. You can book your appointment by calling the doctor's office directly at 781-438-2525. Be sure to mention that you want to be seen at the Milano Center. Dr. Connolly's service is one of the most popular service provided by the center. There is a fee.

AARP is here:

The local chapter of AARP will meet at the Milano Center on the second Friday, May 11th, at 1:30. President is Preston Johnson. All seniors are welcome.

Trips and travel:

Unfortunately "Looking Ahead" doesn't have the new travel schedule this month, but we can repeat the May trips posted in the April issue:

May 14, a Beantown Trolley ride and Union Oyster House: A two-hour bus tour followed by lunch at the famous Union Oyster House with choce of broiled scrod or broiled chicken. The trolley departs from the Cochrane House at 8:45 a.m. and from the Levi Gould House at 9:00. Cost is $49.

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

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

Call Rosemany Behrle of the 200 Club for registration for trips. Check should be made out to the 200 Club.

New Art Instructor:

Joanne Frey of Reading is the Milano Center's new art instructor. The group meets Tuesday mornings. Mrs. Frey takes over from Bill Kadlec, who retired recently. The group paints in oils, acrylics and watercolors, and there is special emphasis on form and design. All are welcome; there is a collection.

Art Card Competiton:

Authorization forms are available at the Milano Center for participating in the annual Senior State House Holiday Card Contest. Stop by or call for more information.

Computer open house:

There are eight computer stations waiting and available daily, at the Milano Computer Center. Walk in operation is free, and is available when classes are not in session. A new schedule of classes will be posted soon -- the organized program was disrupted by the passing of Instructor Richard Legault. Lessons will be provided at various levels as soon as the new staff recovers. Surfing the net is via high-speed connection. We ask a donation for copies.

Arthritis Foundation Series:

Next meeting of the Arthritis Foundation Series will be on June 8, 10:30-11:30. The series include lectures and discussions on pain control, fatigue management and energy conservation. The program is lead by Susan DeColaines.

Friendly Vistor Program:

Doreen Lam has taken over the COA Friendly Visitor Program in Melrose, and is looking for volunteers to spend time with the elderly. She plans to match-up visitors and house-bound elderly with common interests. For information call the COA office at 781-665-4304.

Coyotes in Melrose:

There is at least one family of coyotes that has taken up residence in Melrose, according to several reports (see Len Dalton's story in this issue of the Melrose Mirror). So far no alarm has been issued, but the animals have been seen moving through residential areas. Sightings should be reported -- probably to the police. They are dangerous, wild animals and should not be approached.

May 4, 2007

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