Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead: New discussion group

... Summer activities at the Milano Center

from Jack Beckley, director, Melrose Council on Aging

Melrose Council on Aging     July/August 2007

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



      
Today’s News” Discussion Group

Senior citizens are invited to the Milano Senior Center for a fun and informal weekly current events discussion group. The group will use an issue (s) from the morning’s Boston Globe for analysis, discussion and, most important, criticism. Please read the Globe and bring it with you to the meeting.

The first meeting will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thurs., July 12 in the Milano Senior Center. All are welcome.

Facilitating group discussion will be Ken Goldstein, a retired social studies teacher who also has a master’s degree in psychology and practiced law in New York.



Important Notice

The vinyl flooring in the Milano Senior Center’s kitchen and Tierney Hall will be replaced during the week of August 20-24, 2007. That week, all classes normally held in Tierney Hall will be cancelled. The remainder of the Center will be open as usual. Those wishing lunch may go to the Julian Steele House lunch program, at 1 Nason Drive. Transportation will be provided.

We apologize for any inconvenience this work may cause you.

The Melrose Friends of the Aging are paying for this much-needed new flooring thanks to your generous contributions. More donations are needed. If you can help, your contribution will be most appreciated.  Mail it to:

Melrose Friends of the Aging, Inc
c/o Milano Senior Center
201 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration

MASSBANK is hosting its 27th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. This year's concert is on Monday, July 2, 2007, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the courtyard of the MASSBANK Melrose office at 476 Main St. In case of rain, it will move to the knights of Columbus Hall across the street. There will be live music by the 929 Banjo Club, free gifts and refreshments!


A Writing Challenge

You are cordially invited to a writing course offered by Dr. Ed Boyd called "Writing Bits and Pieces: recollections.” This course is for people who have a glimmer of something they would like to write, if they dare. It could be a piece from a dream or a bit from a story that might be recounted. The job is to challenge a writer who has been reluctant to come forward until now.

The first meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 10:00 a.m. This gives you plenty of time to write something, between one and five pages, to bring with you to the first meeting. Writings will be shared with others in the group.

Dr. Boyd is a Counseling Psychologist and has studied writing at the Cambridge Adult Education Center. There will be a nominal $10.00 charge for an eight-session series which will be donated to the Milano Center.

Let Us Do the Cooking!

This summer, beat the heat by letting us do the cooking. Dine in the air conditioned comfort of the Milano Senior Center.

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 lunch donation is requested.  Rides are available by calling 781-665-4304 ($1 suggested donation). The lunch program is run in cooperation with Mystic Valley Elder Services.

Ride in COA Minibus­

The Council provides transportation within Melrose for residents age 60 plus. 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.

Buy Stamps/Send Packages

Remember to buy stamps and mail your small packages on Tues., July 17 and Aug. 21 at the Milano Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Looking Ahead

The COA monthly newsletter, Looking Ahead, is distributed in bulk around the City. If you prefer to receive it by mail, please send a $4 check payable to the Melrose COA, 235 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176. Those who are homebound and unable to afford the $4 can receive the newsletter without charge.
     
Celebrate Independence — America’s and Your Own!

On the Fourth of July, we celebrated our country’s independence with parades, fireworks, and barbeques. As you celebrate the country’s independence, you should think about your own independence. Are important activities like preparing meals, bathing, or walking becoming difficult? Mystic Valley Elder Services can often provide just enough help to make these activities easier. Keep your independence! Please call MVES at 781-324-7705 or visit www.mves.org for more information.

Bridge Happenings

Duplicate Bridge June winners were Mary Mihaljan & Ida McGirr N & S; Neska Berthel & Jean Pulsifer, E & W.

Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Recent winners were: Alan Faller 1st, John Long 2nd, & Joe Fallica 3rd, Joe Fallica 1st, Alan Faller 2nd, & Vinnie Markelionis 3rd; Arthur Hughes 1st, Vinnie Markelionis 2nd & Neska Berthel 3rd.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

Casino Royale Shown at the Milano Senior Center on Tues., August 14 at 1:30 PM. Martin Campbell (GoldenEye) directs this film adaptation (the 21st of the Bond franchise) of Ian Fleming's first novel. Daniel Craig debuts as the new Bond who takes on a corrupt financier (Mads Mikkelsen) in a showdown of Texas Hold 'Em. You'll learn Bond's back story as the action-packed film takes you to the Bahamas, Madagascar and other exotic locales.  PG-13

CLUB MEETINGS

The listing of Club Meetings and Events will resume in September.

TRIP INFORMATION

Minibus to Meadow Glen Mall in July and to the Square One Mall in August. Call 781-665-4304 mornings and 781-662-2030 afternoons to reserve your seat on the bus

July 2/Aug 6: Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
July 9/Aug 13: Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
July 16/Aug. 20: Leaves City Hall at 10:00 a.m. - returns at 1:00 p.m.

200 CLUB  – Register for trips with Rosemary Behrle (781-665-3258). Checks payable to: The 200 Club.

AUG 5-6, POPS BY THE SEA: See the "Boston Pops” On Cape Cod. One night at the Tidewater Motor Lodge, West Yarmouth. A full American Breakfast and One "Lobster Dinner” (Substitute for non-Lobster eaters). Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra Concert at Hyannis, Boat Cruise in Hyannis Harbor, plus The Cape Cod Scenic Train from Hyannis to Sandwich. $298 Twin, $285 Triple, $360 Single

SEPT 14, FOXWOODS CASINO, CT: Includes $10.00 Food/$15.00 Keno. Pick Up: Pleasant Street 7:15 a.m./Levi Gould 7:30 a.m./Cochrane 7:45 a.m. $23.00

OCT 5, WINNIPESAUKE TURKEY TRAIN, Meredith, NH: Tour includes stop at Christmas Tree Shop, Salem, two hour scenic train ride complete with full turkey diner from Hart’s Turkey Farm; and a stop at Apple Hill Farm. Pick Up: Pleasant Street 8:00 a.m./Levi Gould 8:15 a.m./Cochrane 8:30 a.m. $61.00

MELROSE FRIENDS OF THE AGING

The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledges generous contributions from Elaine Christensen, Ruth Christensen, Rose Johnson, and Knight-Harrison Fuel, Inc.  

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.

City of Melrose
PROPERTY TAX WORK-OFF PROGRAM

Fiscal Year 2008 (July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008)

The City of Melrose has a Property Tax Work-Off Program, managed by the Council on Aging, that is open to residents age 60 and over and disabled residents under age 60. The Property Tax Work-Off Program allows homeowners to provide services to the City in exchange for abatements of up to $500 on their property taxes.

How to Apply

Applications are available at the COA office, the Milano Senior Center and in City Hall. Complete the application and return it to the Council on Aging, 235 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176 by Sept. 14, 2007. If more applications are received than the 25 available slots, a drawing will be held on Sept. 17. Otherwise, applications will continue to be accepted until all 25 positions are filled.
  
Eligibility Requirements

Age 60 plus or disabled.
Homeowner or current spouse.
Own and occupy the property for which Melrose taxes are paid.

Income eligible.

Annual income no more than: $30,630 - one person household, or $34,225 - two or more person household

Selection Process

Eligible applicants are selected by lottery.
Applicant must have appropriate skills for one of the positions offered.
Applicant and department head must both agree that it is an appropriate match.
       
Benefit Limits

Senior citizens and disabled individuals may receive a $500 maximum property tax abatement based on $7.50 per hour of service. 25 program slots available. Participants in the program may not participate in two consecutive years.

Deadline for Drawing

Applications must be received at the Council on Aging, 235 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176 by September 14, 2007. On September 17, 2006 applicants’ names will be drawn at random and assigned numbers. Candidates with the lowest numbers will be contacted, interviewed and, if appropriate, offered positions until the jobs are filled.
    
Types of Jobs

Primarily clerical positions requiring some typing, filing, data entry and phone work or custodial. Positions will vary from year-to-year depending on departmental needs.
     
For additional information, call the Council on Aging office at 781-665-4304.

Loans to Make Homes Accessible

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s "Home Modification Loan Program” provides loans from $1,000 to $25,000 to make access modifications to homes. A single person earning under $58,900 or a couple earning under $67,300 would pay no interest and would not have to repay the loan until the property is sold or its title transferred. Families with higher incomes are eligible for 3% amortizing loans; still a great rate.
 
For additional information contact Jennifer Shaw at the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (617-425-6637) or visit the web site at www.mass.gov/mrc/hmlp. Mass relay available, Dial 711.

Volunteer Opportunity

The Council on Aging’s Friendly Visitor Program is looking for volunteers to visit homebound seniors in their homes. In just 1-2 hours a week you can bring happiness and comfort to someone by simply taking a walk, reading together, listening to their stories or helping with errands. As someone anonymously said, "To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

Please contact Doreen Lam at 781-665-4304 for more information  

Bingo

Mark your calendars! Bingo will be held on WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS at 1:30 p.m. during July and August (except Aug. 22 when Bingo will be cancelled to have new vinyl flooring installed in Tierney Hall).  

Scramble for Scrabble

Scrabble players are invited for a game in the Milano Center’s Carriage House Lounge on the first and third Mondays of the month at 1:00 p.m. Please come! It will be fun.

Rotary opens doors ...


The Melrose Rotary Club recently had two automatic door openers installed on the Milano Senior Center’s front entrance doors. The door openers were long on the Center’s wish list for easy access but, until now, their high cost prevented installation. Pictured (L-R) are: former Mayor Jim Milano, Mayor Rob Dolan, Rotary President Millie Rich, COA Executive Director Jack Beckley, Rotary past President Phil Ogren, Roger Rexrode of In & Out Doors, Inc., and Rotary Club members John McCarron, Steve Buker, Ron Seaboyer, and Neil Collins. Seated is Marjorie Enos, one of the many senior center regulars who will especially appreciate the door openers. For the complete story and additional photos, see the Melrose Mirror at http://melrosemirror.media.mit.edu.


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