September Calendar
A quick reminder of what we are about:


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A reservation is needed until the “regular” list is established.  Call the Council on Aging at 781-982-2146 to reserve. $2.50 per person.  Meet at 11:15ish in the hall of the First Baptist Church on Adams St. (route 139).  See you on Thursdays starting Sept. 14th    


BIG NEWS  PRESCRIPTION ADVANTAGE  the State of MA prescription drug plan, is unexpectedly holding open enrollment  between September 15 - November 15, 2006.

MEDICARE D PRESCRIPTION PLAN is holding a planned open enrollment between November 15 – December 30, 2006.  Both are for coverage start date of Jan. 2007.

THE COUNCIL ON AGING WILL SPONSOR A FORUM TO HELP SORT ALL THIS OUT.  MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2006.                                       See page 6 inside


LINE DANCING:       Get happy feet as well as exercise!

New 12 wk. Class starting Thurs. Sept. 14th “Basic Steps for Line Dancers” 10-11:30am.  

Regular Line Dancing class resumes Friday, Sept. 15th at St. Bridget’s Hall, 1-2:30pm.  Call Leader Barbara Reeves, 781-878-7320 for more details on either/both classes.


SPAGHETTI SUPPER (A Senior Center Fundraiser) Saturday, September 16TH


Food served 5-6pm only, at the K of C Hall, Hancock Street, Abington.   

Menu: Spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert.  Tickets $7 at              

the Council on Aging and Bemis Drug. (limit 100)  We could use              

volunteers to help out.  Call the COA 781-982-2146 to offer your assistance.  



What is the value of COA volunteers’ service from 7/05-6/06 ?    PRICELESS!     ($69,593)   


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SENIOR    CENTER     NEWS               



Spaghetti Supper  Sat. Sept. 16TH  Tickets  $7

(see front page for more information)



Are you a Loser? When we turn in scads of  losing scratch tickets to the lottery, we will get packs of new tickets. There will be a scratching party, and we may get lucky.  Donate your loser-tickets at the COA..


$250 Gift Certificate – Seoanes Garden Center  $10 per ticket.  Drawing when 100 have been sold.  Available at the COA or at Bemis Drug.


Ale House Gift Certificates are nearly sold-out!   Available at the Council on Aging and at Bemis. 




Christmas House Tour - Sunday, Dec. the 10th.

This is a Huge Fundraiser for the Senior Center Fund!  We are so grateful to have been selected this year by the House Tour Committee. Chairs: Amy Barrett, Christie Coombs, Ann Reilly  

Seniors are helping by numbering 1,500 ticket booklets and providing finger goodies for Sun. December 10th. Will you donate a couple of dozen goodies? About 800 people will warm up and enjoy refreshments during tour hours. Call the COA to volunteer 781-982-2146.  Tour tickets go on sale 9/17 at the High School Craft Fair, will be available at the COA, Library and other locales in Town. ($25 in advance, $30 day of) 



“A Little Taste of Abington” Senior Center Fundraiser on an October afternoon.  Delicious samples from local eateries. A  great tasting party.   $10 per ticket, limited to 100 people.

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

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




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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 strictly for development of Senior Center)


Membership $5 per year   or   $100 Lifetime Membership

Special donations to the Senior Center Fund   (includes membership)   

In memory of son SSG Michael J. Colantoni (1956-1976 US Army),by Joseph Colantoni Veterans Agent  

In memory of Frank Crowe, by Margaret Crowe

In memory of Christine Deveney,by Thomas Deveney, John & Cathy Dempsey, John & Helen Pace 

In memory of Ronald A. Fulton, by Marjorie Edson and George Snow

In memory of Ronald A. Fulton, by Abington Senior Citizens Association

In memory of Alice Jordan, by Mr. & Mrs. William P. Murphy (NY)       

In memory of Edward J. Kiernan, by Muriel Kiernan

In memory of Jean LaCamera, by the Council on Aging Staff and Board

In memory of Mary McNulty Levesque, by Edward J. Levesque

In memory of June McGowan (2nd yr), by Kevin McGowan

In memory of Dorothy L. Murphy, by Abington Senior Citizens Association

In memory of Eileen O’Driscoll, by Abington Senior Citizens Association

In memory of Dora Shimkus, by Abington Senior Citizens Association

In memory of Harry W. Wells, by Abington Senior Citizens Association


In honor of Father Allan Butler, by William Perry

In honor of Father Allan Butler and Father Jim Clark, by Gerald & Anne Fitzgerald Walters                         

(monthly pledge)  Wanda Farrar  

(monthly pledge)  Connie Rhodes


$1,000 donation in memory of son Sandy Campbell, by Colin Campbell


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


There will be a chance to VOTE to make the SENIOR CENTER a reality.  At the Special Town Meeting coming up in November, the Senior Center will be on the Capital Plan; the vote is to fund the Abington Senior Center by a debt exclusion.  Plan to attend!  (Every single vote will count.)


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OUTREACH and S.H.I.N.E. Norma Clark, RN Retired - Outreach Worker & S.H.I.N.E.          

It may seem like Sept. 15th is far away, but it’s not. Don’t procrastinate on this.  Get your PRESCRIPTION ADVANTAGE application ready!  Enrollment is Sept. 15 – Nov. 15 with an effective date of January, 2007.  (see insert page for more information on this)


Keep in mind you will be able to 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 for Part D.  Most of our Seniors have been happy with their Part D choice, especially if they also have Prescription Advantage.  A reminder – Blue Cross/Blue Shield has open enrollment only in February and March each year.  Bankers and AARP Medigap plans have continuous open enrollment, effective the following month. 


I know you’ve heard all this before, and I sound like “a broken record”, but I do so want everyone to be aware that we can help Seniors will all kinds of things (Food Stamps, Fuel Assistance (starts Nov.), Medicare reimbursement, Mass Health, Long Term Care, tax relief, etc. etc.  I would be glad to screen you for eligibility for any of the benefits available. I will respect your confidentiality.  Most (but not all) benefits offered are income/assets-dependent Give me a call, 9:30-2:00, any day but Wednesday.  781-982-2146                             Norma




Are you on Mass Health?  Dental and vision coverage has been restored for a number of services that had been eliminated.  Seniors on the program may be covered as long as considered “medically necessary”.  For questions on specific services, call Mass Health Customer Service directly at 1-800-841-2900.   




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

Sept. 15  Lincoln Park casino trip with over 2400 slot machines plus greyhound racing.  You

         receive $10 cash bonus       $17 per person

Sept. 22  Bourne Scallop Festival – fresh fried cape cod scallops or BBQ chicken,  90 min. canal

         boat cruise, crafts, entertainment     $44 

Oct. 12   Winnipesaukee Turkey Train – 2 hour scenic train ride, Hart’s Turkey Farm dinner

         served on board, farm stand visit      $56


Connie’s Trips “ABINGTON FELLOW TRAVELERS” Contact CONNIE RHODES   781-878-4941

Sept. 13 Boston Movie Tour - visit locations made famous via TV shows/ movies & lunch.  $65


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 person


Nov. 6-8  Bally’s, Atlantic City NJ – You’re treated to the best at this world-class resort that

       towers over Atlantic City’s boardwalk. $20 casino bonus & $10 food coupon. $175  person/dbl

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Are you spending a lot for your prescription drugs…even with Medicare Part D?


Open Enrollment SEPT. 15 – NOV. 15, 2006

Don’t miss this opportunity to reduce prescription drug costs.  Prescription Advantage, the State pharmacy assistance program is a secondary payer to Medicare Part D and can help to reduce your out-of-pocket costs by:

·        providing benefits during coverage gaps (such as deductibles or “donut hole”)

·        lowering your co-payment amounts and

·        providing you with an annual out-of-pocket spending limit.


If you already have a Medicare Part D plan, or you plan to join one this fall during the

MEDICARE PART D open enrollment (Nov. 15 – Dec. 30, 2006)

look at how Prescription Advantage can lower drug costs.  There is no monthly premium for Prescription Advantage.  (Remember, those with limited income may also receive help paying for Medicare Part D plan premiums!) 


For Seniors who do not have Medicare Part D, but have prescription drug coverage through an employer or union, Prescription Advantage also provides secondary benefits. 


Prescription Advantage open enrollment is September 15 – November 15.  Coverage begins January, 2007.  Enrollment forms can be obtained by Calling Prescription Advantage directly, toll free at 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636) or TTY for the deaf and hard of hearing at 1-877-610-0241.  If you need assistance completing the application,  Norma Clark, Volunteer S.H.I.N.E. Counselor for both Abington and Hanover, will help you, by appointment only.  Call the Council on Aging 781-982-2146 to make an appointment.



ABINGTON COUNCIL ON AGING has scheduled a forum  



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

Norma Clark, Abington’s Outreach Worker & S.H.I.N.E.Counselor will also be present.


WHEN:  Monday, October 16th, 2006  at   10am  

WHERE:  Abington Town Hall  - Cotter Room

Coffee and light refreshments will be served

Call the COA 781-982-2145 or 2146 to sign up.


Remember!    S.H.I.N.E. =  Serving Health Information Needs of Elders


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Ultrasound Screening Sept. 15, K of C Hall  - Private company performs testing for stroke &

                                                                                 osteoporosis, for fee. Call 800-324-1851 for appt.  


 “HOW TO BUY A DIGITAL CAMERA” Wed. Sept. 6th , 10:30-11:30am by Senior Net at

                                                                    Massasoit College in Brockton).  Free Admission, no                                                                                            registration needed.                                                                                                 

SERVE: a smart way to get healthy food!  Volunteer  2 hrs/month in the community, then order a                                         giant package of food for just $20. Contact Phil V. at 781-878-4921, Rockland                                Chapter, for more info.


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


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

                                                                        Meetings 2nd Mondays,12noon, VFW Hall. Join $7.           


Happy Birthday-Council on Aging Volunteers                                                           

Sept.  4  George Whiting  (Elder Law Clinic,  Senior Center Committee, COA Board Chairman)

Sept. 30  Lou Camorali  (Meals on Wheels driver)


SENIOR MOVIES – shown at Abington Library, 10:15 am on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays monthly.

Tu. Sept. 5th  Firewall”– suspense, Harrison Ford

Tu. Sept. 19th    to be announced

No signup needed  just show up when you’re able. 


Public Meetings always open to the public:

Senior Center Committee Sept. 13, 9am, Town Hall

SC Building Committee   Sept. 18, 7pm,Town Hall

Council on Aging Board  Sept. 20,  9am, Town Hall


ATTENTION VETERANS!  Abington Veteran’s Agent Joe Colantoni is hosting a new Cable TV                                                             Show, Channel 13 on Tues. & Wed. nights. Tune in……



Thanks Joyce Joseph, volunteer Donation Secretary.


Transportation                                                                                                               Page 8


God Rest Jean LaCamera, a great lady, COA van driver. Jean passed away in August. 



COA Van - the COA van has experienced a number of difficulties with the cooling system over the summer.  We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused, and thank you in advance for your patience while a solution is being ironed out.      


The Family Caregiver Support Program offers FREE support relating to elder care: in person, by phone, or e-mail. Contact Old Colony 508-584-1561 or


W.O.W.” (“Walking on Wednesday” Club) every Wednesday at 9am. Walk the Reilly Track, next to the Library.  Very informal –just show up when you can.


UMASS BOSTON - OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) for Fall term.  Call OLLI at 617-287-7322.   “Exercise your brain and have a good time doing it!” 


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 particular services are FOR a FEE (not free).  The COA informs Seniors of these providers, but cannot endorse any one. 


Senior Cookout – Thursday, August 31st in the grove of the VFW Hall.  Rain or shine.   


e-mail the Council on Aging and/or The Senior Informer at:

Abington website w/ Council on Aging information! (thanks Paul Cahill)






Abington Ale House
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available at COA
Offices at Town Hall.

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