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

The Abington Council on Aging wishes a happy and healthy New Year to every one of Abington’s finest – her Senior citizens.   Here’s hoping 2007 will be a sparkling and memorable year for you and your loved ones.   We love you!   



Review of Town Election  DEC. 2, 2006      

Question 1     Coming Soon:  Abington Seniors’ Center  

It was a 2-to-1 YES Vote to fund the Senior Center!  Eight (8) years & four (4) days of effort by

the Senior Center Committee and innumerable volunteers culminated in VICTORY!  

1998: 1st Senior Center Chairperson – Mary Donlan (Mary has been at it all these years!)

(COA Coordinators during the years Candace Faraday, Judy Richardson, Linda Elliott)

Recent and Current Chairpeople - Joanne Curtis, Diane Keith, Lorraine Leventuk & Ellie Peck    

We will surely keep you posted about Senior Center progress.


Question 2      Coming Soon:  Windows for the ECC School

Again, it was a Yes vote, by a wide margin.  Dr. Ahearn, Peter Schaffer and the School Dept. convey thanks, Seniors for voting yes on the school windows question.  


The Townspeople showed a true willingness to support the entire spectrum of Town needs.





With Gratitude for the Christmas HOUSE TOUR 2006

The return of the best, most festive event, and $31,000 donation to the Senior Center Fund!

Thank you to innumerable volunteers of all kinds which played a part in this year’s Tour.

Dedicated Leaders: Amy Barrett, Ann Reilly, Millie Alvarez (Treasurer), and others………..

Homeowners and their families – who opened their exquisite homes to “tourists”: Hank Cahill, Christie Coombs, the Miller-Mann’s, Cecile Higginson Murphy and Kathy & Shawn Reilly.  

Committee Members who helped each homeowner decorate their rooms and grounds

Raffle People,  Refreshment People and those who donated items and/or dessert delights.

Folks who toured-each of us experienced truly awesome old fashioned holiday spirit.






Page 2        SENIOR CENTER NEWS  


There is much rejoicing over the Yes vote!                                                     


Senior Center Designated Contacts:

      Joanne Curtis,   Diane Keith,   Lorraine Leventuk     

Other committee Members & Associates to talk to: 

 we all love to talk about the coming Senior Center!

  Betty Berry Paul Chase      Norma Clark       Bill Cox

Mary Donlan           Robert Donlan   Rita Estey   Joe Iacobucci

  Kate Kelley   Bill Kendall  Janice King      David Klein

  Nancy Lehtonen    Jack Libby      Joanne MacNeill

   Roger Moore   John Reeves    Flo Severin    Joe Shea

Of course Senior Center fundraising is continuous. 

Why not get on the bandwagon and volunteer with this

great team! 


SOLD!  500 Ale House Certificates = a donation of $5,000 by the Barretts / Abington Ale House!  Thank you, you’re good friends!


Thank you to donors for the extravagant raffle prizes which were donated for House Tour, and those of the Office, both of which raised so much $$$………..


Office Raffles: the Winners! 

(actually, we’re all winners due to your donations)

Lighted Christmas Basket -  Mary Graham

Sesame Street Afghan       -  Esther Paquette

Gone with the Wind Dolls  -  Janice King

Christmas Centerpiece       -  Florence Severin

Thank you to the donors/creators, for raffle prizes: 

Diane Keith, Terri Mini, Marion Tisdale, Barbara Reeves


VOLUNTEER TODAY – clip and return to the COA


I may be able to help with one or more fundraisers for our new Senior Center.  Call me to talk about opportunities -  (no obligation)


Name          ___________________________________


Telephone ____________________________________










Abington Senior Center Fund                                                                               

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


William A Boudreau & Paul M. Boudreau

Jeanne Kemp & Karl Kemp

Virginia Lacoss

William Morison

Victor Perella

Rose Thompson

In memory of Wilma Bentley, by Joe Bentley

In memory of John B. Mahoney, by Rose M. Mahoney

In memory of Clara McIlvain, by Franklin School Sunshine Fund (Denice Hatch, niece)  

In memory of Clara McIlvain, by David and Judith Stevens 

In memory of her mother Constance H. West, by Helene W. Meehl


$100 & up Club

Lifetime Memberships:  Anne Nelson, in memory of John, Paul and Sam Nelson

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

                                         Connie Rhodes


In memory of Pat Doherty, by Carol Doherty

In memory of Marguerite E. & Franklin E. McCorkle, by Carmen C. & Otis H. McCorkle

In memory of Joe & Hazel Whiteside (Carole’s parents) and Peg & Jim Gridley (Jim’s parents),

         by Jim and Carole Gridley

In memory of Dale F. Whittaker, by David S. Whittaker 

Clayton Stone/ Police Auxilary Group


In memory of Leo Natale:

thankyou to the family for selecting Senior Center Fund for memorial gifts

Carole & Donald Baltucci         Robert & Peggy Butman                 Boston Public Schools (Psy Serv)

Mildred Delafano                     Dever School (Special Ed. Dept.)        Barbara Gauthier

Richard Groezinger                 Elaine Mahoney                                 Jack/ Deb McDermott & boys                

 M/M Timothy O’Donovan                           Kim, Jim, Brian & Kevin Partridge

 Patricia Powers                                          Nino Tramontozzi









Time for New Year’s Coffee Clatch - Tuesday, January 2nd  year 2007 at the Council          

on Agingl.  9am - we’ll serve coffee and goodies.  Join us for an hour – we’ll toast to the New Year and summarize the year 2006.   No reservations needed – just come by.


Are you homebound?  Just getting home from the hospital or physical Rehabilitation?               Perhaps you are not able to prepare a nutritious lunch meal just at the moment?  Monday – Friday, the Council on Aging offers “Meals on Wheels”, home-delivered lunches.  The Council on Aging can arrange for a meal to be delivered right to your door and a volunteer will check in with you.  The cost to the 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-12:30pm for enrollment.    



Transportation for SENIORS  Weather permitting, the Council on Aging Van is available for rides Monday-Friday (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.  All rides must be booked in advance.  Call 781-982-2146 to book rides for either type of transportation.   


Fri. Shopping Bus – every Friday, year round.  Morning trip to a different shopping locale each Friday.  Call our Coordinator, Natalie Walker, or the COA, for more information.  



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!            



COA OUTREACH Worker  and  S.H.I.N.E. Counselor       Norma Clark, 781-982-2146


As you probably heard, the State is now offering an insurance plan, new for 2007, for anyone in Massachusetts that is “uninsured”.  It is called Commonwealth Care.  If you (or any of your adult children) are uninsured and NOT eligible for Medicaid, have income less than $29,412 yearly, you should get involved.  More information will be available “next year” (which is close!)


SAVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY LETTER STATING YOUR BENEFITS FOR 2007.  This letter is an important document – keep it in a safe place with other confidential papers. 


Need help completing health insurance paperwork? Call 781-982-2146 to make appointment with SHINE Counselor. No walk-ins, please. SHINE=Serving Health Information Needs of Elders.   


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.



Are you a Senior, still able to drive?  You’re quite fortunate.  So many have had to give up driving - it’s difficult.  Maybe you would consider becoming a Meals on Wheels driver for the Council on Aging?  It could be your way of giving back, since you’re blessed.  We have a dire need for drivers right now.  Just one hour a week is all it takes.  Not much time out of your busy life, and it means so much to the recipients.  Call us today – offer just one hour per week PLEASE.  (We reimburse mileage at 40 cents/mile) Call the COA 781-982-2146.   Thank you.


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.  


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 care-giving to contact Old Colony elderly Services (800)242-0246 ex. 245.  Receive free “Health Guide for Seniors and Caregivers”.   



Council on Aging expresses gratitude this month, to the following in our community:

Abington Police – Chief Majenski and Barry Gerraughty brought gifts to the Senior Luncheon

All the Christmas House Tour volunteers 

Boy Scouts, (leader Marc Wenners)–compiled & delivered complete meal baskets to Seniors

ECC students of Rebecca Pulkenen – placemats & napkin rings for Seniors on meals program

Home Instead Senior Care – Christmas gifts for Seniors, in conjunction with Duval’s Pharmacy

Abington Rotary Club – special attention to Seniors year-round

St. Vincent de Paul     -  special attention to Seniors year-round

Students of Abington High School: Interact Club, National Honor Society for help to our causes


There must be a few people out there who are not afraid to drive in Boston!  We need a Volunteer or two to drive a Senior to Boston for a medical appointment.  Your mileage is paid, (40cents/mile) also any parking fees. Imagine feeling lousy, maybe even facing surgery, then also having to cope with getting in & out of Boston for doctor appts.  Be a hero, call the Council on Aging today 781-982-2146 and volunteer!




SERVE: a smart way to get healthy food!  Volunteer just                                                 

2 hours per month in the community, then order a giant

package of healthy food for just $20. Contact Phil Vargus,

at  781-878-4921, Rockland Chapter, for more info.


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

Senior Citizens Association, an active social club for any

Abington resident after passing one’s  59th birthday. They

meet 2nd Monday,12noon, VFW Hall. Join $7, $5 annual.           


January Birthdays-Council on Aging Volunteers                                                            

Jan. 1     Nancy Lehtonen

Jan. 11   Joanne MacNeill

Jan. 11   Eileen Maraget        

Jan. 14   Betty Slinger

Jan. 16   Wanda Farrar  

Jan. 17   Fran Greenough

Jan. 17   Robyn Nordeen

Jan. 19   Joanne Curtis

Jan. 26   Barbara Whitman

Jan. 27   Nancy Roberts


NEW MOVIES 10:15am, Abington Library. Free.

(Note different schedule due to holiday)

Tuesday, Jan. 9   “Devil Wears Prada  - COMEDY

Tuesday, Jan. 23     “Click  - COMEDY


NE Pension Assistance Project Gerontology Institute at

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 


Volunteer Professionals consult with Seniors at no charge

or obligation:  (listed alphabetically) Call 781-982-2146

          Veterans Agent Joe Colantoni – 781-982-0056

John Fournier    (Reverse Mortgage Specialist)

Mark Jamieson  (Auto repair “intermediary”) 

Sue Johnson & Roger Woods (Senior Real Estate)

John Klefeker    (Hearing Specialist)

David Klein        (Long Term Care, insurances)

Hal Norton         (Banking issues) 

George Weir      (tips on moving)

Attorney George Whiting (Elder Law Specialist)   


Elder Law Clinic Monday, January 22, 2007.  (date change, due to Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  Attorney George Whiting visits the Council on Aging to field Seniors’ general law questions. Call 781-982-2145.  Free.  No obligation.



Fuel Assistance -We are thankful for our Volunteers Mary Cooke & Bill Kendall, who help folks complete the original application for fuel assistance.  You don’t need to see a volunteer if you are already in the fuel program.  Call 781-982-2146 for free appointment. 


Thank Goodness for the “M & M”s  The Council on Aging office would have sunk had it not been for the volunteer coverage of the M & M’s.  No, not the candy, rather Mary Cooke & Maureen Wall. Thank you ladies!  We hope Eileen Maraget will return to the office when able.


Free Pancake Breakfast   Wednesday, January 10  9:30am at So. Shore Rehab. Center,     North Ave, Rockland  (just over the Abington line on Route 139)    Call your reservation in directly to Julie Anderson 781-878-3308.  Need a ride?  Call the COA for that.  


Senior Informer via e-mail   Send your e-address to:

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

COA Calendar