August COA Calendar
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COA staff member Jean LaCamera has resigned due to health challenges.  Jean has been a valued COA Van
Driver for 7 years. Jean, thank you for all you have done to help our Seniors “get around”.  You will be missed.    

The Charles (Pappy) Whitman, Sr.  Senior Cookout - August the 31ST

Now in its 27th year.  Join the party! 11:30ish
Behind the Abington VFW Hall,  outside in the grove- Rain/shine
Sponsored by North Abington Cooperative Bank & the Abington Park and Recreation Dept. (Supv. Mark

Happy (little known) August Holidays:
Aug.  3    Sister’s Day
Aug. 13   Left Hander’s Day
Aug. 14   Senior Citizen Day

Senior WALKING CLUB WOW (“Walking on Wednesday”) EVERY WEDNESDAY at 9am. Walk the Reilly Track
with nice  people. (The track is of a spongy material, easy on the feet). This is an informal group - just show up!

HOW TO BUY A DIGITAL CAMERA”  Wednesday, Sept. 6th  from 10:30-11:30am
SENIOR NET (at Massasoit College in Brockton).
Free Admission, no registration. While there, find out more about Fall Senior classes.
Senior Net is a non-profit organization that provides adult education (age 50+) and access to computers and the

Marshfield Fair SENIOR DAY - August 23

Meals on Wheels is a year-round program.  The Council on Aging purchases nutritious meals for delivery to
home-bound Seniors during the summer.  You must call the COA in advance to cancel a day’s meal, and/or
leave out a chilled cooler – or we will have to charge for the meal.  For food safety reasons, no meals can be left
out in the heat.  

Abington Veteran’s Agent Joe Colantoni is hosting a new Cable TV Show, Channel 13 on Tues. & Wed. nights
called  “What Every Veteran Should Know”.  Tune in…………..


SENIOR CENTER NEWS                  pg. 2
The Senior Center will be a Capital Plan item for the Fall Special Town Meeting in November.  
This will be an opportunity for the Townspeople to vote on the Senior Center.  
Watch for Information on the Police Dept. cable show in late Summer and
        in a pamphlet  which will come out in the Fall.                                                                                


The Senior Center Fund Committee made your donations work harder – $5,000 was earned on a maturing CD!  

Donation via
Day Lily Sale (Jack Bailey’s) We are so thrilled that Mary Ann Leminen directed her share of
proceeds ($525!) to the Senior Center Fund! WOW!     

Garden Stone Raffle:  The winner? Dori Jamieson.  Proceeds $340 - thank you Arlene Moore!  

Uncle Sam Afghan Raffle: The winner?  Linda Elliott
Proceeds $145 – thank you Marion Tisdale!

The following STILL AVAILABLE:
$250 Gift Certificate - SEOANEs Garden Center  $10 per raffle ticket - only 100 tickets will be sold, so the
odds of winning are pretty good.  (this was donated by both Seoanes and Bemis Drug)

Abington Ale House $10 Gift Certificates - Senior Center makes $10 for each sold!   (About 80 left)

Raffle Tickets available at the Council on Aging
at Abington Town Hall, or at Bemis Drug.

Christmas House Tour, Sunday, December 10th   
Proceeds to benefit the Abington Senior Center Fund!  The Tour features five lavishly decorated Abington
homes of different styles, each managed by its own committee.  Ticket sales begin Sept. ($25 in advance, $30
day of Tour) Thanks to Abington Businesses Sovereign Bank (ticket printing cost) and Seoanes Garden Center
(greenery for each homeowner) for helping the cause.  Committee Co-Chairs:  Amy Barrett, Christie Coombs,
Ann Reilly.

Spaghetti Supper – September
“A Little Taste of Abington” – October


Abington Senior Center Fund   (private fund strictly for development of Senior Center                  Pg. 4     
Membership $5 per year   or   $100 Lifetime Membership

Special donations to the Senior Center Fund   (** includes membership)
In memory of Charles and Florence Casey, by Gerald F. Casey
In memory of Ann Ceurvels, by Richard and Florence Ceurvels
In memory of Gene Corrigan, by Eleanor Corrigan
In memory of Edward J. Kiernan, by Muriel Kiernan
In memory of her daughter Carole Marsh, by Rita Webster  
In memory of friend Ann Mirra, by Gertrude Sexen
In memory of Catherine Nisby, by Theresa Johnston
In memory of sister Margaret S. Ordway, by Gertrude Sexen
Joanne M. Campbell                  Wanda Farrar                         Robert R. Jacobucci
                        Louis Rumpf                                Beverly Tubbs
In memory of Alice Adams by:         Warren & Edith Bridges                  Rita Estey                               M/M John
Fish, Jr.                                 Carole & Douglas Gregor                      Jean & Kenneth Lothrop                    Raj &
Judy Saraf        Senior Citizen Association             Florence Severin                                    Barbara Whitman
In memory of Alice Jordan by:        Carole DesLauriers                 Dick & Janet Fruzzetti                         Fred
Hatch                                      Barbara & Paul Januszewski               Lorraine Leventuk                    Stella
Long                                        Veronica Pastuszak                       Janet M. Rushwick                             Senior
Citizen Association        Diane Veitch                                                                

In memory of Margaret  Dole, by Hinton & Ella Smith
In memory of Charles Marble, by George Snow
In memory of Mario A. Pasquale, by Kathy & Jim Lavin and family
(monthly)  In memory of her mother Emily Jule, by Connie Rhodes

$525 In memory of Elinor & Harold Vroom, by Mary Ann Leminen (via Bailey’s daylily sale)   
$1,000  In memory of his son Sandy Campbell, by Mr. Colin Campbell .                               

Abington   Senior   Center   Fund

Make Check payable to “SENIOR CENTER FUND”.  Bring or mail to:
Senior Center Fund, c/o COA, 500 Gliniewicz Way, Abington MA   02351

Your name     __________________________________________________________________  

Address          __________________________________________________________________
Special Donation  In memory of   __________________________________________________
          In honor of        _________________________________________________

Send acknowledgment to    _______________________________________________________

(Your) Council on Aging (COA) continuing SERVICES/PROGRAMS           pg. 5

SENIOR TRANSPORTATION - Call 781-982-2145 or 2146
Council on Aging Van travels to neighboring Towns between 9am – 2pm.  Door to door rides to medical appts.,
bank, hairdresser, pharmacy, etc.  $3 round–trip, pay the driver.  Also grocery shopping (you must be able to
handle your own bundles). (Free rides to COA sponsored events.) Call the COA to book rides.   781-982-2145
or 2146  (no rides the 1st Wed. morning of each month)

Dial-a-BAT Bus (BAT stands for Brockton Area Transit) travels a bit further out, throughout Brockton, the
Bridgewaters, between 9:30 - 4:30. To Boston to Mon-Wed-Fri.  BAT rides must be booked through the Council
on Aging.  Fees vary by Town and distance.  Door to door – pay the driver.   

Friday Morning Shopping Bus has plenty of room for your bundles–Jack McGrath will help carry those
bundles. Each Friday the bus travels either to a mall (Hanover, Westgate or Kingston) or to WalMart and Stop &
Shop, Abington. Call Coordinator, Natalie Walker, 781-878-4543 for more info.  

SENIOR  NUTRITION  -  Call 781-982-2145 or 2146
MEALS ON WHEELS delivered to homebound Seniors, lunchtime MONDAY - FRIDAY
Just $2.50 per day.  Wonderful volunteers deliver wonderful nutritious meals right to your door.  (Referral
needed - can be made by your doctor, a visiting nurse or a social worker/case worker.)    
SENIOR LUNCHEON served on Thursdays - $2.50 (NO Senior luncheon in summer.)     

VOLUNTEER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES - FREE  Appointment - call COA 781-982-2146

Elder Law Clinic Attorney George Whiting at the COA on the 3rd Monday morning of each month.  Meet
confidentially - Attorney Whiting will answer basic questions & offer general guidance.  No obligation.   

Elder Hearing Screening - “Listen to Life Again”  Specialist John Klefeker visits the COA on the 1st Tuesday
afternoon each month for hearing screenings & hearing aid checks.  

Elder Real Estate Specialist Sue Johnson can be contacted anytime.  Call COA 781-982-2146 to connect.

Reverse Mortgage  Specialist John Fournier at the COA on the 3rd Wednesday afternoon of each month.
Must be 62 years old to participate.  Cash for any purpose, using equity in your house.  Don’t pay back until you
move, the home is sold, or death.  No credit or income requirements. Call COA 781-982-2146.

Auto Repair Intermediary Mark Jamieson will talk to your mechanic, “second opinion”, so to speak.  

Banking Intermediary  Hal Norton will answer your questions concerning all aspects of banking.

WALKING CLUB - “The WOW Group” (Walking on Wednesday) now meets every Wednesday at  9:00 am at the
track at Reilly Field, next to the Library.  Join us when you can.  No charge.
Line Dancing Fridays (school year) 1–2:30pm in Abington at the big hall of St. Bridget’s (Plymouth Street). Get
happy feet!  $2.  For Beginners: Basic Steps for Line Dancers-12 weeks starting 9/14/06, 10-11:30am in
Whitman; all Towns invited.  $2.  Call Barbara Reeves - 781-878-7320
FREE MOVIES newly released movies shown on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Tuesday monthly, at 10:15am, at
Abington Public Library.  No signup needed.  No charge.              
TRIPS COA informs Seniors of exciting daytrips & long trips from Senior Assoc, Connie and  Rita.   

LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS -  Open to the public – no charge    (alphabetical)                Pg. 6
Alzheimers Support  - Colony House, 277 Washington, Abington– monthly, 4th Monday, 5-6pm      
Bereavement Support  meets once per month at Abington Library on the 1st Thursday, 6:30pm             
Better Breathers Support - Brockton Hospital assembly room - last Tues,  2pm - 3:15pm
Caregivers Support Group at the Rockland Council on Aging, 394 Union St., Rockland – monthly
on the 4th Monday from 1pm - 2:30pm     (call 781-871-1266 for more information)   
Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren      First Friday of the month, 10am-2pm,        Call 508-586-1667

OUTREACH and S.H.I.N.E.  Norma Clark, RN Retired  781-982-2146  (not Wednesdays)
OCES = Old Colony Elderly Services: Providing Care for our Elders…OCES’ sole purpose is to provide services
to elders and/or caretakers, to enable seniors to continue to live independently in their homes as long as it is
safe for them to do so. Contact me at the Council on Aging 781-982-2146 to activate a case management
referral, or you can call yourself  508-584-1561.

We have all sorts of applications – for Medicare BuyIn, Medicaid (MassHealth), etc.. Medicare BuyIn will pay the
$88 monthly premium for Medicare if your income is less than $1103 per month for an individual or $1485 for a
couple, with less than $4,000 or $6,000 in assets.  “Assets” does not count your house or one car.  Who can’t
use an extra $88 per month?  

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), Umass Boston – Course listings have been announced for Fall 2006
term in Boston and Plymouth.  Catalog at the COA or call OLLI at 617-287-7322.  “Exercise your brain and have
a good time doing it!”  

Council on Aging does not run, endorse, nor insure trips.  We simply inform.

Senior ASSOC. TRIP (for age 50+ - bring family)  Contact Joanne MacNeill 781-871-1815
Mon. Sept 18    “American as Apple Pie”   (leaves from WalMart Abington, where you may park
free) Smiths Country Cheese – see the cheese making process and sample some.  Hearty lunch
(all you can eat!) @ the Inn, East Hill Farm.  Visit High Hopes Orchards & tour pie kitchen. Wagon    
ride through the orchards, take home free 4” apple pie.   $56  - includes driver tip.

“Carefree Capers” Trips  –   Contact RITA WEBSTER  at  781-982-9102:
Aug. 15   HuKeLau/South Pacific – 2 great shows with musical scores.  Also HuKeLau’s authentic
Polynesian show w/performers directly from the Islands.  Choose prime rib or scrod.  $65.
9/30-10/6   Myrtle Beach – 60 miles of beautiful beach, 3 fabulous shows, breakfast and dinner
daily, visit to Charleston and more.   $649 per person/dbl occupancy

Connie’s Trips “ABINGTON FELLOW TRAVELERS”  Connie Rhodes 781-878-4941
Sept. 13 Boston Movie Tour - visit Boston locations made famous via popular TV shows/ movies.  
Behind the scenes tidbits and complete luncheon at Cheers, Beacon Hill Boston  $65
October 24 Wrights Mill Farm – bountiful day at beautiful NE Farm.  Open bar 12-12:30, extensive
German feast, desserts.  Decorate a pumpkin, listen & dance to the polka.  $64 person

Social Club for Seniors  (not part of, nor to be                                                                         pg. 7
confused with the Council on Aging) Abington
Senior Citizens Association, a social club for
Abington residents past their 59th birthdays. Club
meets 2nd Monday monthly, 12noon, at the VFW
Hall. Join at any meeting $7, $5/year thereafter.         

Do Not Call!  Cell phone numbers are soon to
be released; telemarketers will surely be calling.
To remove your number from the calling list, call
888-382-1222 or go to    

August Birthdays - Council on Aging Volunteers                                                            
8/1    Paul Hackett       (meals on wheels)
8/9    Barbara Reeves (senior center committee)
8/21  Dot Damon         (general help)
8/30  Marion Cushing (newsletter team)

MOVIES – shown at Abington Library, 10:15 am
On the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays monthly
Tues. Aug. 1st  “Eight Below”  - precious story                                         
dogs stranded in storm & their human friends
Tues. Aug. 15th “Failure to Launch” – a comedy
parents try to get their 35 yr-old son to move out!
Tu. Sept. 5th  “Firewall”– suspense - Harrison Ford
No signup needed – just show up.  The room in the
Library is air-conditioned, bring light jacket, in case.
Public Meetings always open to those interested:
Council on Aging Board  Aug. 16    9am, Town Hall
Senior Center Committee Aug. 16  10am, Town Hall
SC Building Committee  Aug. 21  7pm,Town Hall
*Bldg Comm. may call an earlier, special mtg.  
Programs this Fall:  
“How to Get the Most Out of Medicare” program
“Are You OK?”– a Senior check-in program                          
Senior Photo ID’s – Plymouth County Sheriff’s Dept.
“Mom, Dad Can We Talk?: Conversations between
Generations” – Family Caregiver Support/OCES
Tune-up/Upgrade Your Glucose Meter – free

A Brand New Free Service for Seniors: Hal Norton, retired from 38 years in the               
 pg. 8
Banking industry, has kindly volunteered to help Seniors by being that valuable “second opinion” regarding
general banking questions.  Issues you may wish to address include: loans, concerns about accounts, identity
theft, fees, etc.  No charge for this expert advice.  Call the COA 781-982-2146 to be connected confidentially,
with our latest professional volunteer.

Do You Know About 18/65?   Folks under 18 and over 65 yrs. of age are entitled to free checking in the State of
MA.  Make certain that you are receiving this benefit!  

SERVE: a smart way for getting food!  If you volunteer 2 hours/month in your community you are eligible to order
a giant package of food for just $20. Contact Phil Vargus of the Rockland Chapter of SERVE, 781-878-4921, for
more information.

NEW POLICY for those who ride on Dial-A-Bat Transportation:  There will be a charge for riders who cancel dial-
a-bat rides within 1 hour of appointment, also for “no shows”.  Many rides are wasted, costing the taxpayers $15
each. (Note: this is not a Council on Aging policy, but a Brockton Area Transit directive.

Resources – the COA keeps list of people in the community who perform a variety of services Seniors often
inquire about.  These may include handyworkers, homemaking, lawncare, shopping services, hair-care, etc.
These Services are FOR a FEE (not free).  The COA informs, but cannot endorse any one in particular.      

e-mail the Council on Aging or The Senior Informer at:
Abington website w/ Council on Aging information! (thanks Paul Cahill)

Abington Ale House
$10 Gift Certificates
available at COA
Offices at Town Hall.

Also Abington Ale
House raised $3,640 on
Raffle for 42" Plasma
Thank You
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