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December 10, 2006

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October - Senior Informer
A quick reminder of what we are about:

VOTE     VOTE     VOTE          SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2           VOTE    VOTE    VOTE  

VOTING Hours 8am–6pm   at Abington High School   December  2  (Saturday)

The Facts: on 11/13 Special Town Meeting, Townspeople chimed a resounding YES! - to place 2 questions on a ballot in a Special Election.  Said Election must be held within 45 days of the vote. (not  next Spring)  Abington Selectmen called a Special Election for Saturday, December 2, 2006  with voting hours 8am-6pm at Abington High School. 

Just two ballot questions are to be considered:

                                   Funding for a Senior Center building

       Funding for Windows at the Early Childhood Center

Passing either of these items results in debt exclusion 20 year, not permanent tax.        (more inside)




Holiday Shopping! The Friday Shopping Bus is FREE of CHARGE during the month of December – to help folks shop conveniently without having to park miles away from the stores.  For pickup sites and times on Fridays, call Coordinator Natalie Walker 781-878-4543.  The bus travels to different stores each Friday.  Abington’s brand new TARGET store scheduled for  Fri, December 15.      


FREE HOLIDAY BREAKFAST for Seniors!  Carmen and Janet DiGiusto invite Seniors to a great breakfast and a gift, at Carmen’s Café Nicole on Friday, December 8  from 9-11am.    Reservations required, no drop-ins.  Call the COA to sign up 781-982-2146  Limit 50 call now.  


Christmas HOUSE TOUR Sunday, December 10 - This year’s Tour benefits the Abington Senior Center Fund! And includes 5 lovely Abington homes, each lavishly decorated by its own committee. The Tour is on Sunday, December 10th from 12pm – 5pm.  Refreshments at the High School from 11:30-4:00.  Ticket book available at the Council on Aging $25 –includes photos of each home and directions. ($30 tour day). Seniors contributing goodies - deliver to Abington High cafeteria on Fri. afternoon, Dec. 8 or on the morning of the Tour  Sunday, Dec. 10.  Extreme raffles! (see inside) 


Senior Luncheon Festivities Thurs. December 21 at 11:15am.  Lunch is $2.50. (favors, door prizes, paper games, holiday cheer) Hugs? PRICELESS.  Must sign up  781-982-2146.  


Post-Holiday(s) COFFEE CLATCH - Tuesday, Dec. 26, 9-10am, at the Council on Aging. 

We’ll make warm beverages, you bring your leftover goodies.  Just one nice relaxing hour to chit-chat & share stories about the holiday weekend. No reservations needed – just show up.



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                                                         SENIOR CENTER NEWS                                             

            Contacts:  Joanne Curtis & Diane Keith – SC Committee                      

                                                         Lorraine Leventuk -   Building Committee Chairperson    


SOLD! 500 Ale House Certificates = a donation of $5,000 by the Barretts / Abington Ale House!  YEAH!


Seoanes raffle - The Winner:  Laura Rizvi (drawing 11/15)

Thanks to Bill Cox of Bemis Drug and to Seoanes who worked together to donate this $250 gift certificate. The Raffle raised $1,000 for the Senior Center!  


Christmas House Tour Sunday, Dec. 10th – a huge fundraiser for the Senior Center.  Tickets at the Council

for the first time ever!  $25 includes tour of 5 lavishly decorated Abington homes, plus refreshments at A.H.S


Note these valuable House Tour raffle prizes:drawn 12/10


5 table seats at Boston Pops plus CD signed by Keith Lockhart,

4 Patriots tickets for 12/17 on the 49 yard line,

$250 gift certificate Anderson Insulation (can be used towards gas fireplace, closet shelving, gutters etc),

Collector Chinese Doll plus $50 certificate to open account at North Abington Co-Op Bank,

Birthday party for 10 guests at Charley Horse, E. Bridgewater.  These are $5  each or  3 for $10


Many other lovely items raffling during Tour December 10th



SENIOR CENTER RAFFLES not to be missed!          

Handpainted-Scene Table painted by Barbara Reeves

             $7 per ticket  or 3 for $20             drawing Dec. 20

   Lighted Christmas Pine Basket created by Teri Mini

             $5 per ticket                   drawing Dec. 14th

        Christmas Drums Centerpiece donated by Diane Keith

              $3 per ticket                drawing Dec. 14th

           Sesame Street Afghan created by Marion Tisdale

              $5 per ticket                drawing Dec. 14th

                 (these tickets available @ the COA, Town Hall )


                Whatever your opinion is, be sure to express it!

                                                  Vote on Saturday, December 2   8am-6pm

          Refreshments - Community Room, 100 Lincoln Blvd.








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Abington Senior Center Fund  -  private funds to develop a Senior Center                    

Memberships and Donations – checks payable to “Senior Center Fund”

In memory of Barbara Fowler, by Senior Citizen Association

In memory of Mary Levesque, by Edward Levesque

In memory of Ted & Irene McLellan, by Leo Federici

In memory of Ernest Olson, by Gloria Olson

In memory of Ada Ruma, by Marguerite E. Frederick

Mary Reilly

Jon Virrill


$100 Club    

Lifetime Membership Anne Nelson, in memory of John, Paul and Sam Nelson

Lifetime Membership  Walter (Skip) Pulsifer, III,  in memory of Gertrude Pulsifer

In memory of Helen McGovern

by:  Doris Fay Boyce               Jeffrey & Linda Grossman                  Frank & Joyce Lemay

Mary T. MacDougall                Senior Citizen Association


$1,000 CLUB

In memory of Russell Snow by:  

Mrs. Ellen Badame                        sister Marge Edson                            Woody Hickey                                    Ruth M. Noble                                Claire O’Connor                         Cindy & George Savage            brother George Snow for “RUT”     wife Florence Snow             Beth Ann Strenge & Paul Yau                       

                                                                                                                Bronia Wielczki


Extreme $5,000 CLUB Senior Center Fund Donations     Yeah!         Wow!

A fourth gift of $5,000 has been received from a generous Abingtonian who wishes to remain

anonymous!  (This totals $20,000 from this one particular donor!) 

A donation of $5,000 has been received by Beverly Alexandre, Anderson Insulation


JUST THE FACTS:     Special Election on Saturday, December 2nd   8am-6pm

There will be 2 issues to vote upon at this Election:    voting at Abington High School 

Abington Senior Center                     total 1.8  million dollars

Year 1     $32.46 per year   or     $2.71 per month  or    9 cents/day          going down each year


Replacement Windows for ECC        total 1.19 million dollars           

Year 1     $21.62 per year    or    $1.80 per month   or   7 cents/day          going down each year                                        


Debt exclusion taxes go down each year – then after 20 years - done – gone - not permanent.

Whatever your opinion is, make it known.  Vote on December 2, 2006.    


September 30, 2006 marked the 68th anniversary of the graduation of the Abington High School Class of 1938.  At a reunion attended by 16 alumni of the class, it was voted to dispose of the balance in its treasury in the form of a donation to the Abington Council on Aging.   $219

Harry L. Gnong, Philip LaPointe                           Secretary and Treasurer A.H.S. Class of 1938                           



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Are you homebound?  Just getting home from the hospital or Rehabilitation?  Are you       

unable to prepare a nutritious lunch meal?  Monday – Friday, the Council on Aging offers “Meals on Wheels”, home-delivered lunches.  The Council on Aging can arrange for lunch to be delivered right to your door - the volunteer driver will check in with you.  The cost to a  Senior is just $2.50 per meal.  (A referral is required of course - from a doctor, visiting nurse, social worker, or case manager.)   Call 781-982-2146 between 9am-1pm to enroll.  


Transportation for SENIORS  Weather permitting, the Council on Aging Van is available for rides Monday  - Friday from 9am – 2pm, (Abington, Braintree, Brockton Hospital area, Holbrook, Rockland, South Shore Medical, Weymouth and Whitman).  Dial-A-Bat is available from 9:30am – 4:30pm and goes all over Brockton, the Bridgewaters, to Boston Hospitals.  Rides must be booked in advance.  Call 781-982-2146 to book rides for either vehicle.   

Winter Message about the Council on Aging Van

If schools are closed due to ice and snow, the Council on Aging van will not operate.  If snow and ice pile up during a given day, the Council on Aging reserves the right to suspend service at any time.  We care for our Seniors.   Safety must always come first!                      


OUTREACH  and  S.H.I.N.E.                        Norma Clark, 781-982-2146 (not  Wed.)

Have you received a birthday card from President and Laura Bush?  Norma Clark requests these greetings from the White House for Abington Seniors turning age 80 and above.  


MEDICARE PART D (Part D is the federal Prescription Plan) Open Enrollment going on right now, through Dec. 30, 2006.   (Those with limited income may even receive help paying for their Medicare Part D plan premiums!)  Call Norma to discuss enrollment.  Norma is the Volunteer S.H.I.N.E. Counselor for both Abington and Hanover.  She can help you complete and submit the paperwork, by appointment only.   Call the Council on Aging 781-982-2146


From the Executive Office of Elder Affairs – Medicare will now only send Medicare Summary notices on a quarterly basis, NOT immediately at the time of services, as done in the past. You may access your account on the internet anytime.


OCES = Old Colony Elderly Services: providing care for our Elders and/or their caretakers, to enable seniors to continue to live independently in their homes as long as it is safe for them to do so. Call Norma Clark, 781-982-2146 to activate a referral, or you may call OCES yourself, at 508-584-1561. OCES covers 23 Towns, including Abington.  


CONNIE’s Last Trip (before retiring)    -       Contact Connie Rhodes     781-878-4941

Dec. 13-15  The Beacon Resort, New Hampshire – “an old fashioned Christmas”      $249   


RITA’S Trips –    “Carefree Capers”        Contact Rita Webster    781-982-9102

Dec. 30-Jan. 1    New Year’s Celebration - includes 6 fabulous shows, 6 meals along with wonderful New Year’s Gala celebration.  Entertainment by Andy Cooney Show Band     $369

Jan. 10-12, 2007  Tropicana in Atlantic City  - package includes $20 cash bonus, two-$15.99

        brunches and “Best of Broadway Show”   $159 

Feb. 27, 2007   Incredible Acrobats of China – this is a show not to be missed. At  Mohegan Sun

       Arena.   Includes $15 food coupon and $20 in free bets.        $65


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Yes Virginia!   There is a Santa Claus

Dear Editor: 


I am 8 years old.  Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.  Papa says, “If you see it in the Sun it’s so.”  Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? 


Virginia O’Hanlon

115 West 95th Street


Virginia, your little friends are wrong.  They have been affected by skepticism of a skeptical age.  They do not believe except what they see.  They think nothing can be which is not comprehensible to their little minds.  All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little.  In this great universe of ours man is mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by intelligence capable of grasping the whole truth and knowledge.


Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.  He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.  Alas, how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus!  It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias.  There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.  We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight.  The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. 


Not believe in Santa Claus!  You might as well not believe in fairies!  You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus coming down, but what would that prove?  Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus.  The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.  Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn?  Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there.  Nobody can conceive or imagine all of the wonders there are unseen and useable in the world.


You tear apart a baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world, which not the strongest man, nor the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart.  Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond.  Is it all real?  Ah, Virginia, in this world there is nothing else real and abiding. 


No Santa Claus!  Thank God he lives, and lives forever.  A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. 


Text reprinted from the original September 21, 1897 edition of the New York Sun!


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December Birthdays-Council on Aging Volunteers                                                           

Dec. 5   Kathy Corcoran (Meals on wheels)

Dec. 8   Bill Kendall (COA Board Vice-Chair, Fuel

                  Assistance, Senior Center Committee)

Dec. 12 Jim Dorman (General help)

Dec. 13  Chuck Collins (Meals on wheels)

Dec. 22  Mary Cooke (Fuel Assistance, office help)

Dec. 23  Eleanor Howe (Meals on wheels)

Dec. 24  Gerald Casey  (Newsletter crew)

COA Staff Van Drivers Alice Dumas Dec. 30

        and “new guy”   David LaCouture 12/19


MOVIES 10:15am, Abington Library. No charge.

Tuesday, Dec. 5   “The Breakup  romantic comedy

Tuesday, Dec. 19 “March of the Penguins” adorable!


So. Shore Senior Chorus Family Holiday Concert on Sunday,

Dec. 17,  2pm, St. Joseph’s Chapel/ Holy Cross Center, Easton 

Free, no tickets.  Abington’s own Nancy Cavanagh, Director.


Holiday Concert – Massasoit Community College Brockton

on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 12:30pm Buckley Fine Arts Auditorium.

The COA will provide free rides to this event.  Limit 10 folks


Free Pancake Breakfast on Wednesday, January 10, 2007

at 9:30am at South Shore Rehab. on North Ave (route 139) just

over Town line, Rockland.  Call Julie Anderson 781-878-3308 to

register – free - limit 25 people.  Rides can be arranged.


Family Caregiver Support Program, provides free services

to those caring for loved ones 60 or older, including info on

community resources.  We urge anyone who is struggling

with caregiving to contact OCES (800)242-0246 ex. 245. 

Receive free “Health Guide for Seniors and Caregivers”.   


NE Pension Assistance Project Gerontology Institute

U. Mass Boston has assisted over 3,500 people recover

pension benefits valued at over $15 million!  Know your

rights, secure your future, understand your pension plan

& social security, other provisions.Toll free 888-425-6067 


Free Elder Services for Abington Seniors  (appt.)

Veteran’s Services, call Joe Colantoni, 781-982-0056

Elder Law – Atty. George Whiting, call 781-982-2146 

Reverse Mortgage Clinic – John Fournier, call 781-982-2146

Elder Hearing Screenings – John Klefeker, call 781-982-2146



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FLU SHOTS will be available on Monday, Dec. 4th, from 4-6:30pm, at the Abington Library for Abington residents age 50 and older.  


Reminders:  Abington Council on Aging Board will not meet in the month of December. 

Colony House reminder - no support group meeting on December 25th, Christmas Day.     


Eileen Maraget, Senior Aide in the Council on Aging office, is on the mend.  Eileen most sincerely thanks everyone for the outpouring of support, love and greeting cards. 


Council on Aging, M-F, 9-3 (coverage not guaranteed after 1pm– call first before coming to office)

Outreach Worker &  Volunteer S.H.I.N.E. Counselor - Norma Clark

Transportation, Nutrition - Rita Estey & Eileen Maraget 

Veterans’ Services agent Joe Colantoni, 781-982-0056  learn about Senior Veterans’ services! 

Council on Aging Board Chair & ViceChair – Attorney George Whiting, Bill Kendall

Senior Center Committee Co-Chairs - Joanne Curtis, Diane Keith

Senior Center Building Committee Chair – Lorraine Leventuk

Council on Aging Coordinator  -  Linda Elliot


The Council on Aging Staff  wishes a happy and healthy holiday season to Abington Seniors and all loved ones.  We hope there are wonderful memories being made.


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