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
Senior Center Committee and innumerable volunteers culminated in VICTORY!
Senior Center Chairperson – Mary Donlan (Mary has been at it all these
(COA Coordinators during the years Candace
Faraday, Judy Richardson, Linda Elliott)
Recent and Current
Chairpeople - Joanne Curtis, Diane Keith, Lorraine
Leventuk & Ellie Peck
will surely keep you posted about Senior
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.
Townspeople showed a true willingness to support the entire spectrum of Town
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!
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.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES INSIDE!
There is much rejoicing over the Yes vote!
Joanne Curtis, Diane Keith, Lorraine
committee Members & Associates to talk to:
we all love
to talk about the coming Senior
Paul Chase Norma Clark Bill Cox
Donlan Robert Donlan Rita Estey Joe
Bill Kendall Janice King David
Nancy Lehtonen Jack Libby Joanne MacNeill
Moore John Reeves Flo Severin Joe Shea
course Senior Center fundraising is continuous.
not get on the bandwagon and volunteer with this
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
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
Centerpiece - Florence
Thank you to the
donors/creators, for raffle prizes:
Diane Keith, Terri Mini,
Marion Tisdale, Barbara Reeves
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)
Abington Senior Center
William A Boudreau & Paul M.
Jeanne Kemp & Karl Kemp
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
& up Club
Lifetime Memberships: Anne
Nelson, in memory of John, Paul and Sam Nelson
(Skip) Pulsifer, III, in memory of Gertrude Pulsifer
In memory of Joe & Hazel
Whiteside (Carole’s parents) and Peg & Jim Gridley (Jim’s parents),
by Jim and
In memory of Dale F. Whittaker, by
David S. Whittaker
Clayton Stone/ Police Auxilary Group
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
Mildred Delafano Dever
School (Special Ed.
Richard Groezinger Elaine Mahoney Jack/ Deb
McDermott & boys
M/M Timothy O’Donovan Kim, Jim, Brian
& Kevin Partridge
Patricia Powers Nino Tramontozzi
SENIOR CENTER DONATIONS: MAKE PAYABLE
TO “SENIOR CENTER FUND”
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
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.
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.
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!
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. www.My.Medicare.gov
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
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.
= 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
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
Abington Rotary Club – special
attention to Seniors year-round
St. Vincent de Paul - special attention to Seniors
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!
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
Senior Social Club (don’t confuse with the Council on Aging)
Citizens Association, an active
social club for any
Abington resident after passing one’s 59th birthday. They
Monday,12noon, VFW Hall. Join $7, $5 annual.
Birthdays-Council on Aging Volunteers
Jan. 1 Nancy Lehtonen
Jan. 11 Joanne MacNeill
Jan. 26 Barbara Whitman
Jan. 27 Nancy Roberts
MOVIES 10:15am, Abington Library. Free.
different schedule due to holiday)
Tuesday, Jan. 9 “Devil Wears Prada” - COMEDY
Tuesday, Jan. 23
“Click” - COMEDY
Pension Assistance Project Gerontology Institute at
U. Mass Boston has assisted over
3,500 people recover
valued at over $15 million! Know your
rights, secure your
future, understand your pension plan,
security, other provisions. Toll free
Volunteer Professionals consult with Seniors at no charge
obligation: (listed alphabetically) Call
Veterans Agent Joe Colantoni –
John Fournier (Reverse Mortgage Specialist)
Mark Jamieson (Auto repair “intermediary”)
Sue Johnson & Roger Woods (Senior
John Klefeker (Hearing Specialist)
David Klein (Long Term Care, insurances)
Hal Norton (Banking issues)
George Weir (tips on moving)
Attorney George Whiting (Elder Law
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.
LOCAL monthly SUPPORT GROUPS Open to the public – no charge
Alzheimers - Colony House, 277 Washington,
Abington– monthly, 4th Monday, 5-6pm
Bereavement - meets once per month at Abington Library on the 1st Thursday, 6:30pm
Breathers - Brockton Hospital assembly room - last Tues, 2 - 3:15pm
Support - Rockland Council on Aging, 394 Union St., Rockland,
4th Monday 1pm
Caring for Grandchildren–Brockton, 1st Fri. 10- 2, Call
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.
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.
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
Senior Informer via e-mail Send your e-address to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abington website w/Council on Aging
information! (thanks Paul Cahill) www.ourabington.com