Looking Ahead

Expanded program list at Milano Center

... More activites listed in October 07 issue

by Jack Beckley, Council on Aging

Looking Ahead, October, 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

The MBTA is stepping up its attention to seniors by offering CharlieCards for subway travel -- at the Milano Senior Center. See the entire article below.

Wed., Oct, 17, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Milano Senior Center

Mark your calendars and plan to attend our Senior Health Fair sponsored in cooperation with Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice. There will be over 30 organizations participating with many health screenings including Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar, Hearing, Oxymeter (measures oxygen levels in lungs), and chair massage. More than 25 companies will be on hand providing information and free raffles.  


Afghan Raffle

Nina Gibelli has donated another beautiful, handmade afghan.  It will be raffled off at the Thanksgiving luncheon on November 15th.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  Proceeds go to support the Center.


Passports Made Easy

Last month, Janet Gould of the Malden Post Office gave a Passport presentation at the Milano Center. She will be back on Tues., Oct 16, at 11:00 a.m., to process paperwork and take pictures.  

If you need a passport and missed September’s presentation, come with a valid form of photo identification such as a driver’s license or military ID,and proper proof of American citizenship, which includes a previous U.S. passport, certified birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization certificate. Bring two checks for the application ($67) and execution ($30) fees.


Prescription Advantage
Top 10 Reasons to Join

10. There is no monthly premium!
9. Lower co-payments.
8  You may qualify to have Prescription Advantage help pay your Part D Premium.
7. Coverage available to individuals not eligible for Medicare.
6. Ability to change your Part D plan without waiting for Medicare’s open enrollment.
5. Live customer service.
4. Coverage for a 72-hour emergency supply of Medication if the pharmacy is unable to bill your Part D plan.
3. There’s a limit on what you will spend each year for your prescription drugs.
2. No need to worry about the “donut hole.”

And, the # 1 reason to join Prescription Advantage
1. There is no reason not to join!

Prescription Advantage has year-round open enrollment. You can reach Prescription Advantage Customer Service toll-free at 1-800- 243-4636 (voice) or 1-877-610-0241 (TTY). SHINE volunteer Lillian Martin can help you apply.

Many health insurance plans have their open enrollment periods in the fall. Prescription Advantage now has yearlong open enrollment. SHINE volunteer, Lillian Martin, can answer your health insurance related questions at the Milano Senior Center Wednesdays from 11 AM – 2 PM.  SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) is an Executive Office of Elder Affairs program providing support and ongoing trainings. No appointments necessary.  


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 schedule or check on rides, call the COA office (781-665-4304) mornings and 781-662-2030 afternoons until 3:30 p.m. There is a $1 per ride suggested donation.


Senior Dining Program

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 are 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).


Beautification Jar

Help us spruce up the Milano Center. We have placed a “Beautification Jar” in the lobby for donations. If you have a dollar or some change, please consider making a donation.


Become a Melrose School Volunteer

Melrose Public Schools have many volunteer jobs available, each requiring a different amount of time, from a half hour to as much as five days per week.
To learn more about becoming a volunteer, call Emily Rubenstein, Coordinator of Volunteers, at 781-979-2299 or visit the website at: www.melroseschools.com/bridge/


Lobby Gets a Facelift

The next time you are in the lobby of the Milano Senior Center, take a look at the beautiful new valances over the windows. Many thanks to Fran Cahill and her sister Clara Rowland for making them, to Larry Lewis for hanging them, and to Crast Interiors for donating the material.   


Property Tax Work-Off Program

Applications for the City’s Property Tax Work-Off Program are being accepted. Applications are at the Milano Center, COA office, and City Hall.

The program is open to income-eligible senior citizens (age 60 and over) and disabled individuals. Participants “volunteer” in city departments in exchange for a reduction in their property taxes of up to $500, at a rate of $7.50 per hour of service provided. The tax reduction is not considered income for purposes of taxation. Maximum income levels are $30,630 for an individual and $34,225 for a two-person household.



ADULT IMMUNIZATION CLINICS: Flu, Pneumonia & Tetanus immunizations. Wear short sleeves! Clinics will be held on:

Tuesday, Nov. 13 1-2:30 pm, Memorial Hall
Melrose residents 65 + years old or with chronic medical conditions

Tues., Nov. 20, 7- 8 pm, Memorial Hall
Melrose residents 18 years old and older

Wed., Nov. 28, 3-4 pm, Milano Senior Center
Melrose residents 18 years old and older

Wed., Dec. 12, 7-8 pm, Knights of Columbus Hall
Open also to adult residents of Wakefield, Malden, Stoneham & Medford

FREE with Medicare Part B cards, HMO Blue, PPO Blue, Tufts Medicare Preferred, and First Seniority. $10 per shot without one of the cards. For information about the immunizations, call the Health Dept. at 781-979-4130.


Please call Mary Beth Calnan at 781-665-4304.

HEART HEALTH PRESENTATION – Tues., Oct. 2, 1:00 PM  Speaker: Ginger Verge, RN, BSN, Hallmark Health Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Ginger is an excellent speaker and an expert on heart health and rehabilitation. Do not miss this presentation sponsored by Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice.   

FREE WELLNESS CHECKS – Thursday, Oct. 11, at 11:15 a.m. Melrose/Boston VNA Nurse Cynthia Giansiracuso provides free health checks including pressures, weights and more. Drop in; appointments are not necessary.

PODIATRY, Oct. 19, Dr. Robert J. Connolly, D.P.M. provides foot care & consultations ($30).  Contact Dr. Connolly at 781-438-2525 for appointments.  

EATING HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS, on Oct. 3, 10, 31, and Nov. 14 at 10:00 a.m. This  support and education group is led by community nurse Mary Joyce of Hallmark Health Homecare. The group is free and no registration is necessary.   

ASK A NURSE, Tues., Oct. 30, at 10:00 a.m. Joan Farren, R.N. provides individualized health care counseling courtesy of Hallmark Health Homecare. “Ask a Nurse” is free and no appointments are necessary. It’s held 10–11 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month.


Bridge Club – Meets Wednesday mornings.
No duplicate bridge was played last month. Recent winners were: Fran Vennochi 1st, Bill Ciampi 2nd; Nancy Mooradian 3rd; Rose Leone 1st, Alan Faller 2nd; Faith Jenkins 3rd; Mary Manning 1st, Bill Haley 2nd, Arthur Hughes 3rd. New members welcome.


AARP  Chapter 1124 Membership Meeting, Fri., Oct. 12, 1:30 p.m., Milano Senior Center.  Business meeting followed by “The Seafarer’s Friend” a presentation by Reverend Loring Carpenter.

Melrose Woman’s Club, Wed., Oct. 17, 12:00 p.m. 125th Anniversary! Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1110 Main St., Wakefield. Program: Song Stylings with Marcy Holbrook.

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


Minibus to Meadow Square One Mall  Call 781-665-4304 to reserve seats on the bus.  
Oct. 1   - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
Oct. 15 – Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10 a.m.- returns at 1 p.m.
Oct. 22 – 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.

Nov. 6 & 7  The Beacon Resort, Lincoln, NH. Everyone takes home a free Turkey!. First day includes Buffet Lunch and a gift from Santa. Also, horse racing with prizes. Cocktail party precedes Lazyman’s Lobster Dinner. Live entertainment following dinner. Day Two: Leisure breakfast, Morning Bingo with prizes. Delicious lunches before we head home.    $195.00 twin, $230.00 single

Nov. 14: Fabulous Fifties Show at Spinelli’s, Lynnfield, MA Complete lunch at noon (Yankee Pot Roast or Boston Baked Scrod). Showtime, Starring “Big John Hartman.” Live music-Line Dancing.   Pick-up: Pleasant Street 10:30 am, Levi Gould 10:45 am & Cochrane House 11:00 am. 200 Club Bus: $64.00 -- On your own: $44.00

Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Day Party, Lombardo’s, Randolph, MA  Starring : Jimmy Mazz.  Spectacular day of music & entertainment; luncheon featuring New England Roasted Turkey Dinner, fresh homemade Strawberry Shortcake.  Line Dances & Ballroom Waltzes and of course, The New Year’s Eve Countdown!  Pick-up: Pleasant Street 10:00 a., Cochrane House 10:15 am, Levi Gould 10:30 am. $59.00


Melrose Mirror Online

Read the Melrose Mirror online at http://melrosemirror.media.mit.edu. It is written and produced by Melrose residents -- the SilverStringers -- in cooperation with MIT.


Please support your senior center by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Melrose Friends of the Aging. Over the summer, the Friends of the Aging spent $7,500 to replace the peeling and unsafe vinyl floors in Tierney Hall and the kitchen of the Milano Center. The “Friends” met in September to prioritize future projects and to discuss fund raising strategies.


Movies  Movies  Movies

Restless and ready for adventure, four suburban bikers (Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and John Travolta) leave the safety of their subdivision and embark on the open road. But complications ensue when they cross paths with an intimidating band of New Mexico bikers known as the Del Fuegos. Jill Hennessy, Marisa Tomei and Ray Liotta also star in this leather-clad comedy from screenwriter Brad Copeland.

All are welcome to this free showing on Tuesday, October 9, at 1:30 p.m. Rated PG-13.


Sign up for your new Senior or T.A.P. Charlie Card

MBTA staff will be on hand at the Melrose Senior Center on the following date to issue the new Senior and Transportation Access Pass {T.A.P.} Charlie Card ID’s. The staff will also be available at this time to answer any questions regarding the MBTA’s new automated fare collection system.

Location: Milano Senior Center, 201 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176
Date:    Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Time:    1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

New Senior/Tap Charlie Card ID’s will be processed for customers exchanging their old Senior/T.A.P. ID’s {issued before May 2005} and to first-time Senior customers {65+ with proof of age}. The new Senior Photo ID will arrive by mail.

Applications for new T.A.P. CharlieCard ID’s will also be available. Upon approval first-time T.A.P. applicants may obtain the new ID at the MBTA’s Office for Transportation Access located at Back Bay Station.

New MBTA Reduced Fare ID cards may also be obtained at the following walk-in locations, Mon. – Fri., 8:30am – 5:00pm.

Office for Transportation Access: Senior/TAP ID office, Back Bay Station {Orange Line}; Downtown Crossing Station {Red/Orange Line}. 145 Dartmouth St., Boston. Chauncy St., Concourse, Boston

MBTA Office for Transportation Access
1-617-222-5438 (voice), 1-800-543-8287 (voice), 1-617-222-5854 (TTY)


Grandparent and Grandchildren Educational Support Group

Custodial grandparents are invited to join an ongoing educational support group at the Stoneham Senior Center on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. North Suburban Family Network in collaboration with the Melrose and Stoneham Councils on Aging, received a MVES Grant for monthly educational support group for grandparents. Please call 781-662-2722 for additional information and to register. Limited childcare is available. 


Art Demonstrations At The Milano Center

Starting this October, the Melrose Arts and Cultural Association (MACA) will sponsor live monthly artist demonstrations at the Milano Senior Center. This is a new way for MACA to reach into the community and expand its role beyond the annual Arts Festival held each spring.
The audience will watch, listen to, and ask a professional artist or artisan about their creation and learn about their methods and materials. This process of watching a live demonstration will be very entertaining as well as educational. There will be time for a question-and-answer period. All programs are free and open to the general public and will take place at 7pm on the following dates:

October 3rd- Tom Sutherland-watercolor.
November 7th- Christine Riccardi-monoprints and mixed media.
December 5th- Jeff Hayes-oil painting.

For additional information go to www.melrosearts.com or call Debby Corbett @ 781-665-5840.


Computer Instructors Needed

Volunteers are needed in the Milano Center’s computer room to help people take advantage of the computers and Internet. The volunteers should have basic computers skills such as knowing how to turn on the computer, print and save documents to a CD or floppie disk, and be familiar with word processing software. Recognizing that the process may be different depending on the software that you use, we would provide training.

If you are interested and have some time available, please call Jack Beckley at 781-665-4304.


Computer Help Available

Volunteer Liz Emerald is available by appointment to provide basic computer instruction including use of the Internet and word processing for writing a letter or other document. For an appointment, call the Milano Center at 781-662-6886 and they will set up an appointment.  There is a $3.00 per hour suggested donation to defray computer room expenses.


Hazardous Waste Recycling
Sat., Oct. 20.  9 AM – 12 Noon.

Melrose residents, mark your calendars. Hazardous waste recycling occurs only once a year!  Some of the materials accepted include paint, motor oil, gasoline, pesticides, mercury, car batteries, and other hazardous materials at the city yard on Tremont Street. There is a nominal charge. For additional information, call 781-979-4170 or visit the city’s website at www.cityofmelrose.org.


Quilting Class

There is something special about a handmade quilt whether enjoyed personally or given as a gift.  If  you want to make one, a quilting class is being offered by Marie Salamanca.  The cost is just $30 plus materials.  It will be held on Fridays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Oct. 5 through Nov. 9.  Class size is very limited.  Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling 781-662-6886.


So, What’s All This DNA Stuff Anyway?
So, What’s All This DNA Stuff Anyway?

The “cloning” of the title above was accomplished with a simple copy and paste function on a word processor. But did you ever wonder how “Dolly” the sheep was cloned, and why there is so much controversy about the cloning of humans? Do you know why you can’t have a pair of “blue genes” if you have brown eyes? Did you realize that the label “GM” on food no longer means made by General Mills? Regarding these “Genetically Modified” foods, are they safe to eat?  How is criminal “DNA profiling” done, and how does the resulting “genetic fingerprint” identify the guilty party and exonerate the innocent (NO way O.J.)?
Elizabeth Emerald is fascinated by genetics. Join her at the Milano Center on Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for “Beginning with the Basics” and/or 1-3 p.m. for “Cutting Edge Controversies.”

Please call 781-662-6886 by Oct. 10 to register for one or both sessions.


Help Protect Our Oceans

What: A showing of the Planet Earth Oceans video and discussion of ocean issues here in New England.
When: Wednesday, October 10, 1:30 pm
Where: Milano Senior Center
Who: Anyone who is interested in our oceans

Our campaign: Despite being vast, our oceans are in big trouble here in New England and around the world. The destructive fishing practices that are destroying our limited resources will be highlighted in this amazing video. It is estimated that if we don't change the way we do things, most fish stocks around the world will be commercially extinct in the next 40 years.  
The good news is the government is resetting the rules for fisheries here in New England.  Before they do, public hearings are being held. We have a tremendous opportunity for folks to make an impact on an issue of global importance by acting locally.


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