October Calendar

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
Abington Ale House
COA Services
COA Board
COA Senior Informer - October 2006
Veterans Memorial
Town Library
Our Town:
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A quick reminder of what we are about:

Abington Council on Aging is hosting a Health Coverage FORUM 

to help explain the changes and options


Andrea Priest, Regional *S.H.I.N.E. Director from Middleboro, will be the presenter. 

Norma Clark, *S.H.I.N.E. Counselor for both Abington and Hanover will also be on-hand. 

Monday morning, October 16th, 2006  at   10am  

Abington Town Hall  - Cotter Room 2nd floor - there is an elevator   call 781-982-2146 to sign up.    *  S.H.I.N.E. stands for “Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders”


“Little Taste of Abington” a tasty fundraiser for the Senior Center       food

Saturday afternoon, October 21st , 12noon-2pm                                      graphic

at the K of C Hall, Abington.  Sample the delicious specialties of many of Abington’s

favorite  eating establishments.  Raffles, a 50/50, cash bar.   Tickets: $10 (limit 100 sold) 




Glucose meter tune-up/ free meter upgrade   Monday, October 23, 2006  9:30-11:30am     at Abington COA/ Town Hall.   Drop-in for quality control & code check of your meter, time & date check, new meter demonstrations.  Bring your meter and testing supplies.         Refreshments


A program hosted by Abington Council on Aging

Presenter: Marilyn Lynt  Caregiver Specialist with Old Colony Elderly Services

“MOM, DAD CAN WE TALK?    Conversations between Generations”

Wednesday evening   October 25, 2006    7pm-8pm  

Council on Aging - Abington Town Hall, Cotter Room (2nd floor –there is an elevator)

*  Learn how to initiate conversations and ask questions about often difficult-to-discuss

          topics with your older relatives. 

*  Recognize how changes in later life affect both aging parents & adult children 

*  Focus on whole family needs, rather than aging as a “problem”

Coffee and Goodies will be served.   Call the Council on Aging to sign up 781-982-2146

Folks of all ages are invited to attend this wonderful program at no charge.





“Little Taste of Abington” Fundraiser Saturday, October 21, 12noon-2pm, K of C Hall, Hancock St., Abington.  Enjoy delicious  samples from many of Abington’s favorite eating establishments!   A “tasting–party”. David Klein, Coordinator.  Tickets $10 at COA or  Bemis Drug (limit 100).  Cash bar.  Raffles.  Yum!


Christmas House Tour - Sunday, Dec. 10th.


Co-chairs: Amy Barrett, Christie Coombs, Ann Reilly.  This year, proceeds are directed to the Senior Center Fund! Tour 5 beautiful Abington homes, each lavishly decorated by an entire committee! The homes and families: Hank Cahill, Christie Coombs, the Miller-Mann’s, Cecile Higginson Murphy and last but not least, Kathy & Shawn Reilly. 

Thank you to Seniors Joanne Curtis, Mary Donlan, Lorraine Leventuk & Ellie Peck for processing the 1,500 ticket booklets!

Others may now participate helping provide goodies to help feed the 800 revelers who will enjoy coffee & dessert at the high school during Tour hours Dec. 10th.  Call the COA to volunteer  781-982-2146 - please! (Bake now & freeze for Dec. is OK) Tour tickets on sale now at the Council on Aging Office at Town Hall ($25 in advance, $30 day of Tour.) A glorious event!  



$250 Gift Certificate Seoanes Garden Center  $10 per raffle ticket. Last call - drawing approaching soon. At the COA or at Bemis Drug.


Ale House Gift Certificates Nearly sold-out!   Certificates $10 - good for food/drink  (exp 12/31)     


Coin Drive, brainstorm of Norma Clark, brought in $656.18!  Thank you donors & volunteers Joyce Joseph and Robyn Nordeen w/Abbey & Thomas!            


Sesame Street Afghan at the COA Office.  Marion Tisdale is at it again!  $5 raffle


Gone with the Wind Character Dolls (Rhett & Scarlet) displayed at the COA Office.  Raffle $3 











Abington   Senior   Center   Fund    Make Check payable to “SENIOR CENTER FUND”. 

Bring or Mail to: Senior Center Fund,  500 Gliniewicz Way,  Abington MA   02351


Your name     __________________________________________________________________ 


Address          __________________________________________________________________

Special Donation In memory of   __________________________________________________                                                  

                               In honor of        _________________________________________________


Send acknowledgment to    _______________________________________________________



Abington Senior Center Fund   (private funds for development of Senior Center)         Membership $5 per year   or   $100 Lifetime Membership

In memory of Alice Adams, by Al & Diane Ricci, Kelly Snow and Kristin & Rob Young

In memory of Kenneth C. Belcher, by Senior Citizen Association

In memory of Arthur Belyea, by Elizabeth Belyea

In memory of wife Wilma and son David, by Joe Bentley

In memory of Danielle Cantelli, by Leo Federici

In memory of Margaret Federici, by Leo Federici

In memory of Cathryn “Kay” Griffin, by George Snow

In memory of Frank Jolly, by Barbara A. Jolly

In memory of Alice Jordan, Aunt, by Douglas & Donna Riter of NY

In memory of Jean LaCamera and George “Lefty” Roberts, by Marge Roberts

In memory of Russell Snow, by Marge Edson

In memory of Russell “RUT” Snow, by George Snow

In memory of Russell Snow, by Jeanne L. and David B. Snow 

In memory of Harry Wells, by Edith Doughty

In memory of Harry Wells, by the Wells Family

In memory of all the people who died in 9/11, by Patricia Peters

Gerald Casey (over $50 in pennies!)

Leo Federici (over $100 in pennies!)

Barbara & Raymond Johnson

Marion Stringer

William Ulwick


$2,000 donation in memory of Richard Severin, by Florence Severin


MAKE ABINGTON SENIOR CENTER A REALITY  Monday, November 13th, 2006 7pm, VOTE at Town Meeting. A vote will be taken to approve funding the Abington Senior Center by debt exclusion.  Plan to attend!  Seniors, you have a great reputation for faithful voting.  Urge your children and grandchildren to turn out with you to vote to fund this building that Abington’s “mature” citizens need. Get the Senior Center passed on Nov. 13! (A positive vote will then be followed-up by a Special Election.)




OUTREACH and S.H.I.N.E. Norma Clark, Outreach Worker & S.H.I.N.E. Counselor          



The Medicare Summary Notice you receive following each Medicare-covered service will now only be sent to you quarterly. 


Complete your PRESCRIPTION ADVANTAGE application!  No premiums for this State program.  Enrollment is going on until November 15th   Don’t procrastinate and miss out.  

Keep in mind you will be able to enroll or change your MEDICARE PART D plan in November if you have found a better deal or are unhappy with your present Part D plan.  Nov. 15 - Dec. 30  is open enrollment time again for Part D.  Most Seniors are happy with their Part D choice, especially if they also have Prescription Advantage. 




We knowing it’s confusing -  that’s why we are holding a FORUM to help you!

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about and/or ENROLL

Monday, October 16, 2006    10am   Abington Council on Aging at Town Hall

Refreshments                               Call the Abington COA to sign up 781-982-2146



Special Enrollment Announced - Blue Cross/Blue Shield open Oct. 1, ‘06 – Jan 31, ’07. 



Need help with anything? Call me, 9:30-2:00, 4 days, not Wed. 781-982-2146    -Norma




Fuel Assistance for new applicants begins November 1st.  Call the COA after 10/15 to make

          an appointment with our Fuel Assistance Volunteers Bill Kendall and Mary Cooke.


Senior Real Estate Specialists Sue Johnson, Roger Woods.  Call the COA to connect!



Reverse Mortgage Specialist John Fournier  3rd Wednesdays of each month. Call the COA




FREE LUNCH on Thursday, October 12, 2006.  Our friends at Colony House, Washington St., Abington, will be picking up the tab on October 12th to enable more Seniors to enjoy this delicious weekly luncheon.  Call 781-982-2146 by Oct. 6 to make your reservation for free lunch Oct. 12th.   


Every Thursday, Seniors meet at 11:15 in the hall of the First Baptist Church on Adams St.

         (route 139) for delicious lunch and good company – cheap - $2.50 per person.


“Basic Steps for Line Dancers” All Towns invited. 10-11:30am at the Library in Whitman. 

Regular Line Dancing class  Fridays at St. Bridget’s Hall, Abington, 1pm - 2:30pm. 

Contact Teacher Barbara Reeves, 781-878-7320 for details on either/both classes.



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



Rita’s Trips  CAREFREE CAPERS”      Contact RITA WEBSTER  at  781-982-9102

Oct. 27  Salem Cross Inn great luncheon of famous chicken pot pie or scrod, entertainment  and visit to the Bolton Orchards    $47

Oct 31-Nov 1 Beacon’s Halloween Party great entertainment, Halloween buffet    $114

Dec 30-Jan 1 New Year’s Celebration includes 6 fabulous shows, 6 meals and a wonderful New Years Gala Celebration.  Entertainment by Andy Cooney Show Band & more   $369




Oct.  24  Wrights Mill Farm – bountiful day @ beautiful NE Farm. Open bar 12-12:30, extensive German feast, desserts.  Decorate a pumpkin, listen & dance to the polka.    $64

Dec 13-15 The Beacon Resort, N.H. an old fashioned Christmas  6 meals (a champagne

breakfast),hotel horse racing, afternoon entertainment, New Year’s Eve party, side trip  $249


Connie Rhodes retiring at the end of the year: It’s hard to swallow, but it’s true.  Connie has decided to hang up her travel coordinator’s “hat” and become an average person (as if Connie could be considered “average”.) Connie’s last trip is in Dec. to The Beacon, listed above.  Thanks for the memories, Connie!


Senior Transportation - the COA van is running well after a number of difficulties.  (Safety has never been compromised.)  We thank the Highway Dept. and Town Garage for excellent care and repair of the vehicle!  However, since the van is now 8 years old, the Council on Aging Board feels that we must begin investigating getting a newer, more reliable vehicle.  There is no budget for this.  Help get the word out that we have this need.  Donations often come from unexpected places!


New van driver on the job!  Welcome to David LaCouture!  The Council on Aging Van is available Monday through Friday, for rides 9am-2pm.  Call 781-982-2146 by 1pm.


Friday Mornings   Take a trip to a mall on the School Bus shopping trip!  Call Natalie Walker, Coordinator 781-878-4543 to gather further information.  


Bereavement Group at Abington Library, First Thursday of each month 6:30pm.  We hear it is a wonderful and comfortable support group – call Amy Somers Quealy for more info.  




Betty Slinger has been appointed by the Select-

men to the Council on Aging Board of Directors. 

Welcome to our newest volunteer Senior advocate!     


The Sound of Music play -Hingham Oct. 20-29

(wheelchair accessible)Seniors $13 Call 781-837-1499



Social Club (don’t confuse with Council on Aging)

Abington Senior Citizens Association, a social  club for Abingtonians past their 59th birthdays.

                                                                        $7 to join, $5 annually.  Join at any meeting, the 2nd Monday of each month. 12noon, VFW Hall, Ab.           



Happy Birthday-Council on Aging Volunteers                                                           

                  Oct. 2 Donna Gorman (meals on wheels, retired)

                  Oct. 4  Eric Wilson      (meals on wheels)

                  Oct. 8  Paul McLeod   (newsletter team)

                  Oct 24 Marge Edson (meals on wheels, newsletter)



NEW MOVIES shown at the Abington Library, 10:15am  on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.                      

              Tues Oct. 3  The Lake House” Sandra Bullock

              Tues Oct. 17 “The Sentinel  Keifer Sutherland

                  Tues Nov. 7 (vote)Last Holiday       hilarious 



Hearing Screening with John Klefeker, on 1ST  Tuesday each month, 1pm, Council on Aging.  Free - appointment needed call 781-982-2146           



Learn about the proposed Abington Senior Center – watch the Police Dept. on cable TV. 



Elder Law Attorney George Whiting offers free Law Clinic, Council on Aging - 3rd Mondays.



Abington Veterans Agent Joe Colantoni hosts cable TV show, channel 13 Tu/Wed.  TRI-Town


Veteran’s Day Parade Sat. 11/11, in Abington.






SPECIAL TOWN MEETING  Monday evening NOVEMBER 13TH   7pm                        

High School.   Townspeople will have a chance to vote to fund the Abington Senior Center!  Rides available for Seniors who don’t drive/don’t drive at night.  Call the COA to make the arrangements in advance  781-982-2146


This website includes Council on Aging info (thanks to Paul Cahill)  www.ourabington.com


COA network:  Hanover Council on Aging invites Abington Seniors to activities!.

Call the Hanover COA directly 781-878-6361 for: Art Class palette knife painting – (3 Wed. in    Oct., $12 per class), Yoga (Wednesdays, 9:30), Exercise  (Thursdays, 10am)


Remember - change batteries in smoke detector(s) when clocks change, October 28/29. 


Clearly display number on your home for safety.  It helps emergency helpers locate you.    


“Little Taste of Abington” tasting-party fundraiser!  Saturday afternoon, October 21,

12noon-2pm at the K of C Hall, Hancock St., Abington.  Sample the delicious specialties of many Abington eating establishments!  Special raffles, a 50/50, cash bar.  Tickets: $10 (limit 100) 


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