Looking Ahead

MVES planning new 'Aging in place' program

... Looking Ahead for May, 2008

from Jack Beckley, director, Melrose Council on Aging

Looking Ahead
Melrose Council on Aging      May 2008

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

"Aging-in-Place” in Melrose

As an Area Agency on Aging, Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) is considering organizing a virtual retirement community similar to Boston’s Beacon Hill Village and Cambridge at Home. These communities, for an annual fee, help members remain in the homes they love by operating as a sort of concierge type service that would coordinate and provide no cost, reduced cost, and market rate services tailored to the specific needs of members. Examples of services include transportation, medical escorts, shopping, home making, minor home repairs and social activities.

MVES and the Melrose Council on Aging will host a focus group in Melrose to present an overview of Aging-in-Place communities, solicit ideas about tailoring a program to best meet needs in Melrose, and gather information about the types of services deemed most helpful or desirable.

If you or some one you know would like additional information or are interested in attending the forum, please contact Deborah Pelletier, MVES, at 781-324-7705 to reserve a seat or get more information about the project. You may also wish to visit the web sites www.cambridgeathome.org and www.beaconhillvillage.org.

This program is being piloted in Melrose with the expectation that, if successful, it could be expanded to other area communities in future years.  

This project will be entirely separate from and will in no way affect the current state home care program or services provided by MVES.

Volunteer Appreciation Program

Milano Center and COA volunteers and their guests are cordially invited to this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Program on Tuesday, May 13, at 2:00 p.m.

The program will feature comments by Mayor Robert Dolan followed by the presentation of certificates of appreciation.  Refreshments will be served, then volunteers will assemble for a group picture.
A listing of this year’s volunteers is included on page eight. Hopefully, we listed everyone but, if we missed you, please let Mary Beth Calnan know by calling 781-665-4304.

Open Invitation

The Silver Stringers, the Seniors who create and publish the on-line publication The Melrose Mirror, invite you to their Open House meeting at the Milano Center on Wed., May 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Seniors who enjoy dabbling in technology or writing or photography or just contributing ideas for a good story are encouraged to attend. You will meet with the Stingers and observe and possibly even contribute as they put together ideas for the upcoming edition of the Mirror.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet Jack Driscoll, former editor of the Boston Globe, and currently Editor in Residence at MIT's Media Lab who will be the featured guest.

The Open House will be in a casual, relaxed format and will give you the opportunity to have interesting fun and meet new friends. Call Jack Beckley if you have any questions.
Real Estate Options for Today's Seniors:
Should I Stay or Go”

Please join Kathy Richard and Pat Fitzgerald, Certified Senior Real Estate Specialists from Brad Hutchinson Real Estate on Tuesday, May 20, at 9:00 a.m. at the Milano Center as they present new options in senior living. Special guest speakers include Attorney Henry Keezer, Certified Mortgage Planner David Snover, and local builder Chip Emery, regarding home modification options.

In today's volatile real estate market, there is GOOD NEWS for seniors, whether you are considering a move or want to stay in your home. Come, ask questions and learn about new options you may not know you had.

Reservations required, so please call 781-665-2222 X 46 to make your reservation today.

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 and 781-662-2030 afternoons. $1 per ride suggested donation.

U.S. Post Office

For your convenience, representatives of the U.S. Postal Service are at the Milano Senior Center on Tues., May 20, from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. You can buy stamps, mail small packages and even apply for a passport.

SHINE Program

SHINE counselor Lillian Martin is at the Milano Senior Center every Wednesday from 11 AM – 2:00 p.m. to answer your health insurance-related questions. SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) is an Executive Office of Elder Affairs program providing support and on-going training. No appointments are necessary, just stop in.


A SHINE Training will be held this month at MVES. For information, call Bari Olevsky at 781-324-7705.

Computer Help

Friendly computer help is available at the Milano Center. Marion Ewell helps on Thursday mornings 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Maureen Cotter on Friday, May 9 & 23 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Learn to use email, send pictures, or use the internet to check on a low auto insurance rate, medical conditions, vacation spots, news, anything. There is no charge to use the computers, however a $3 suggested donation to the Senior Center is requested for one-to-one assistance. No appointment necessary, just drop in.

Senior Dining Program

Delicious noontime meals are served each weekday 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 a.m. at least a day before you plan to attend. A $1.50 meal donation is requested. Rides are available by calling 781-665-4304 ($1 suggested donation).

Bridge Club

Meets Wednesday mornings. New members are always welcome. Recent winners were: Neska Berthal 1st, Paul Frazier 2nd, Ann Donahue 3rd: Gloria Frazier 1st, Mary Hicks 2nd, Lou Froio 3rd. Lou Froio 1st, John Lawry 2nd, Ben Parish 3rd.

DUPLICATE BRIDGE: April winners were Lou Froio and William Ciampa N & S and Dick Dunn and Rachel Dunn E & W.

Movies -- Movies -- Movies

"27 Dresses": Tired of being a perpetual bridesmaid after helping 27 friends tie the knot, altruistic Jane (Katherine Heigl) finds herself facing her worst nightmare as her younger sister (Malin Akerman) announces her engagement to the man Jane secretly adores. But when Jane meets the charming Kevin (James Marsden), will she beat her sibling to the altar? Edward Burns and Judy Greer also star in this breezy romantic comedy from director Anne Fletcher.

See you at the movies on Tues., May 27 at 1:30 p.m.


AARP Chapter 1124 May 9 –– 1:30 p.m. at the Milano Senior Center. Business meeting followed by Wm. L. Patton presenting "Birds & the Songs They Sing.” Collection of food for Bread of Life.  

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

Melrose Arts and Crafts Society: Friday, May 9 – 103 Annual Exhibition First Baptist Church, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Crafts, demonstrations, raffles, sales and free refreshments.


Minibus to Meadow Glen Mall Call 781-665-4304 to reserve seats on the bus.
May 5 - Leaves Cefalo Memorial Complex at 10:00 a.m.- returns at 1:00 p.m.
May 12 - Leaves Julian Steele & McCarthy Houses at 10:00 a.m.- returns at 1:00 p.m.
May 19 - Leaves City Hall at 10:00 a.m. - returns at 1:00 p.m.

200 CLUB

May 7: Spring Fling, Prince Pizzeria, Saugus, MA Prince Pizzeria, Rte 1 Saugus from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Luncheon buffet and entertainment by the  Senior Tones.” Transportation on your own. $20

May 21: "Father's Misgivings” at Spinelli’s Restaurant, Lynnfield, MA Includes comedy show, live music for line and ballroom dancing, and a luncheon choice of Boston schrod or boneless chicken. $44 or, if you need a ride, $64 with bus transportation. Pick-up: Levi Gould 11:00 a.m.    

June 19: A Musical Salute to America, Wright’s Chicken Farm, RI Includes round trip motorcoach; Sit-down all you can eat chicken dinner (salad, fries, pasta, dessert, coffee); DeRossi Orchestra Band with floor show; American flags. Pick up times: 9:45 a.m. Pleasant Street parking lots; 10:00 a.m. Levi Gould; 10:15 a.m. Cochrane House. Return 4:00 p.m. $55

July 6-7: Tanglewood Overnight, Scenic Mohawk Trail Includes round trip motorcoach; one night at the Williams Inn, two complete meals at the Inn, reserved seat "Inside the Shed” for the Boston Symphony Orchestra afternoon concert, visit to Williams College Art Museum, extensive sightseeing throughout. $275 (twin), $265 (triple), $315 (single).

July 16-18: Rangeley, Maine’s Western Mountains and Lakes. Includes round trip motorcoach, two nights at the Rangeley Inn, five complete meals at the Inn, welcome reception (punch, hors d’oeuvres), sunrise canoe trip (optional), Coos Canyon "gold panning”, visit to mineral shop, moose watch, entertainment both evenings at the Inn! Lots of sightseeing. $460 (twin), $445 (triple), $495 (single).

July 21: Boston Duck Tour, Boston, MA. Includes lunch at Vinney T’s restaurant, family style (salad, bread, Penne San Sereno, chicken, Tiramisu, and beverage). Pick up times: 9:15 a.m. Pleasant Street parking lots; 9:30 a.m. Levi Gould; 9:45 a.m. Cochrane House. Return approximately 5:00 p.m.  $65

For information, contact Rosemary Behrle (781) 665-3258. Checks payable to: The 200 Club.

The Melrose Friends of the Aging gratefully acknowledge generous contributions from Richard Abbott Mary Bogan, Lee Conlon, Alice Consalvo, Bessie Dalelio, Helen DiLorenzo, Anna Estle, Lorraine Fitzgerald, Austin Fraser, Winifred Galenski, Claire Gillis, Jane Giordano, Helen Hanson, Ellen Holmes, Eleanor Hooton, Roberta Johnson, Wanda Johnson, Jeanne Maure, Ernestine Parro, Sarah Pollack, Florence Pretti, Mary McLean, Mary L. O’Brien, George Robbins, Patricia Russo, Dr. Joseph Solomon, Louise Tuma.

Donations were also received from Joe Graves in memory of his parents Elmer and June Graves and Millie Austin in memory of her husband Ralph.

Economic Stimulus Payments

Most taxpayers filed their tax returns as usual to receive economic stimulus payments of $300 to $600 for individuals and $600-$1200 for joint filers. However, some low–income workers and retirees who normally do not file returns must file a 1040A form by October 15, 2008 to receive stimulus payments. They must show qualifying income of at least $3,000. Qualifying income includes Social Security, and certain veterans’ and Railroad Retirement benefits.

Forms are at the Milano Senior Center. For more information, call the COA office at 781-665-4304.


Our heartfelt thanks go out to this year’s volunteers. Some of the functions preformed by these very special people listed below include class and computer instructors, lobby receptionists, tax aides, lunch program helpers, flu shot clinic volunteers, friendly visitors, COA and Melrose Friends of the Aging board members and COA office volunteers and newsletter.

Fred Alaros
John Averell
Rose Ball
Diane Barczykowski
Jeanne Beck
Rosemary Behrle
Barbara Bernardi
John Bernardi
Cynthia Blair
Jean Blake
Ted Bond
Ed Boyd
Patricia Boyer
Andrea Bradford
Helen Buckley
Rose Bursey
Pat Cafasso
Fran Cahill
Frank Callahan
Evelyn Camarot
Ross Capobianco
Gloria Carroll
Eleanor Carpenter
Te Chen
Dorothy Chiappini
Ruth Christensen
Maureen Cotter
Helen Conway
Gerald Cronin
John DeCecca
Anna Marie DeFilippo
Vincenza DeFeo
Rita Quinn Dietrich
Nina DiOrio
Jim Driscoll
Ellen Durant
Elizabeth Emerald
Marion Ewell
Louise Fennell
Carol Ferreira
Bernadette Ferreira
Phyllis Fewtrell
Wanda Forrest
Eleanor Forrest
Mary Fortucci
Jessie Freda
Olga Giannetti
Nina Gibelli
Kenneth Goldstein
Dee Gonzales
Maureen Grant
Lorraine Hanson
Monique Hardy
Eleanor Hooten
Laura Igo
Barbara Iovaine
Bertha Jackson
Donald Johnson
Preston Johnson
Penelope Jones
Marjorie Kelley
Eudaville Langille
Jennifer Laroe
Angie Leavy
Larry Lewis
Gail Lucien
Dorothy Lucas
Donna Macdonald
Anne MacGillivray
Dick Mallon
Lillian Martin
Peter Mason
Jo Matheson
Leona McCaffrey
Kay McCarte
Margie McCarte
Marilyn McCormack
Ginny McGuire
Rick Mockler
Virginia Mondi
Joan Motoylak
Bette Mulford
Kathleen Muzarol
Gail Norcross
Don Norris
Jack O’Connell
Eileen Olsen
Daniel Omogrosso
Dorothy O’Toole
Esther Parsons
Ann Pedi
Margie Piscitelli
Natalie Pogson
Florence Pretti
Russell Priestley
Helene Quinn
Shirley Rabb
Kathy Richard
Bob Ross
Edward Rosinski
Marie Ryan
Marie Salamanca
Shirley Samson
Anna Santille
Jean Savage
Janet Scott
Jeanne Shanklin
Nancy Smith
George Strudas
Elena Sullivan
Joe Sullivan
Nancy Sumares
Jessie Suozzo
Natalie Thomson
George Nelson Torrey
Patricia Umile
Antoinette Volpe
Terry Waugh
Faith Whittier
Helen Woods
Edward Wright
Mary Young
Sarah Zahar


In Search of 7 over 70 ...

Today’s senior population is living longer and doing some remarkable things with those extra years. The Melrose Free Press and Home Instead Senior Care are seeking nominations to recognize seven special people over the age of 70. Here is how the contest works:
In 400 words or less, tell us about a Melrose resident over 70 and why you think he or she is remarkable. (The nominee must be a Melrose resident.)
Honorees will be selected based on his or her accomplishments, current activity level and contributions to the community.

An awards presentation will be held at 1 p.m. on June 26 at the Milano Senior Center to recognize the winners.

Please include the name, address, and phone number for yourself and the nominee. Typed submissions of 400 words or less may be mailed, faxed or emailed to: Home Instead Senior Care, 6 Eastman Place Suite 207, Melrose, MA 02176, Attn: 7 over 70. Fax: 781-662-4821. Email: Melrose@homeinstead.com

Sponsored by the Law Offices of Spano & Dawicki, the Melrose Free Press & Home Instead Senior Care.

World War II Veterans
and World War II-Era Civilians Needed

Veterans and civilians from the World War II era 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. The project, slated to begin in mid to late May, will provide students with unique opportunities to learn about the war from folks who experienced it first-hand, as well as with invaluable experience in interviewing and oral history techniques. 
Veterans with photographs, medal and awards, uniform and equipment items, and other artifacts, are encouraged to bring them so that the students can get a truly multi-sensory experience. Information gathered during interviews will be used by students to complete writing assignments about World War II and its impact on the battlefield and the home front.
To participate or for additional information, please contact Jack Beckley at 781-665-4304.


Senior Chorus and  Goodie” Baking Contest
Tuesday, May 6, 1:30 p.m.

You are invited for Tea, light refreshments, and the final performance of the season by the Melrose Senior Chorus. After fourteen years, this will also be Starr Demitre’s last performance as director of the chorus. She has been a member of the chorus since 1992 and has served as its director since 1994.

For refreshments, there will be a best homemade cookies and brownies contest. Contestants should call the senior center to let us know what they will be baking. Attendees will get to try all the entries and get one vote each for the best cookies and brownies. Winners will be announced in the June issue of Looking Ahead. Please RSVP by calling 781-662-6886. A $1.00 suggested donation is requested.

Starr Demitre, Director of the Melrose Senior Chorus, is shown playing the piano during a past chorus performance.

Art Demonstrations

The Melrose Arts and Cultural Association presents Art Demonstrations at the Milano Senior Center. You are invited to come meet the artist and watch them work. Programs are free and are held at 7:00 p.m. Future demonstrations include Pastels by Teresa McCue on May 7 and Enamel by Nancy Roll on June 4. For information, go to www.melrosearts.com or call Deb Corbett at 781-665-5840.

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 preceding the month in which you wish your announcement to appear. Questions? Call us at 781-665-4304.

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