When I think back to holidays with my family, I can’t help but smile and think of all our good times together. Mom in the kitchen days before Christmas getting everything organized and prepped. My father, having worked long hours at his workplace, looking forward to horsing around with my brothers outside in the snow, building snowmen. And I, playing with my stuffed toys and dolls with our family dog, Sugar. The holidays were great back then—simple. The Holidays are an opportunity to reflect on those good times in life. It’s for good friends and neighbors, too. It is also a time to think about others who may not currently have the means to celebrate for a variety of reasons. I ask you for this holiday season to think of those less fortunate and in need.
The Milford community has many caring organizations that help serve individuals in need. If you or someone you know is in need, or you would like to assist in making the holidays a bit brighter for someone else, contact us at the Center, so we may be able to connect you to those organizations.
I wish you and your family the very best this Holiday Season.
End of the Year Appeal
As year’s end approaches, we would like to thank all individuals and groups who have donated to our programs and services at the Milford Senior Center. It is through your kindness and generosity that the Center continues to meet its goal of serving the specialized needs of Milford seniors. If you wish to donate a tax-deductible contribution to the Center before year’s end, please reach out to Leonora C. Rodriguez, Executive Director or Amanda Berry, Program Director at (203) 877-5131
FROM THE DESK OF EDITOR, ELEANORE MYERS TURKINGTON
Last month, our Center hosted a tribute to all Milford Veterans. Included in the solemn tribute to the men and women of Milford who served our country was the playing of Taps at the base of our flag pole prior to the event indoors. I was out there taking a few photos and was so moved and impressed by the many visitors entering the parking lot to attend the occasion. As the resounding sounds of Taps visitors stopped, placed hands on their hearts and experienced the memories of so many veterans who fought and died for our freedom. We thank Gary Beloin, a member of the Connecticut Alumni Senior Drum and Bugle Corps for his performance that day. As the holidays arrive you may want to check page 4 for our December events. There will be four concerts at the beginning of this month and you won’t want to miss them! There are so many exciting events going on here at our Center. We’re also going to celebrate the New Year, Monday December 30th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.with entertainment by The Bernadettes! Tickets are just $10.00. You can purchase them here at our Center or online. Check out page 9 for complete details! 2020 is just around the corner and I would like to wish everyone a Healthy, Happy New Year!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Doreen Baker, Fran Baker, Sara Baluha, Joyce Beutel, Mark Biondi, Irene Buttendorf, Willo Colter, Peter Cushnie, Lori Dana, Beverly Dean, Linda Gilchrist Dohonos, Frank Earel, Nancy Earel, Janis Fusaris, Maryann Gentile-Iovine, Beverly Gerber and Stuart Gerber. Also, Daniel German, Martha Jean (Marty) Graham, Dolores Gilbert, Robin Gilmore, Schari Gilmore, Darlene Guidetti, Juan Guillen, Hyeyong Hendricks,, Van Hendrikson, Carlin Hill, Bonnie Kulenych, Evelyn Lasse and Mary Ellen Madoule. Also, Robert Madoule, Leo Mahoney, Linda Mahoney, Josephine Matera, Ruth Moss, Margaret Oakes, Susan Paglia, Susan Pastir, Kevin Rogers, Roger Reher, Judith Schubert, Victoria Secondi, Marilyn Snyder, Sue Stevens, John Stevens, Olga Termini, Gael Ulisse, Ruth Werth and Charlene Zikaras. Annual $15.00 membership is open to Milford residents 55 years of age and older. 203.877.5131
The Milford Senior Center paid tribute to Milford Veterans last month and for all attending, the event was a beautiful, lasting tribute to the men and women who fought to preserve our freedom
The Milford Senior Center Choral Group directed by Rosemary Boone.
The Missing Soldier table remembrance symbolizing veterans who did not return.
Linda Whittaker directing the Milford Senior Center Band, The Note Ables.
The American flag folding ceremony performed by Tom Jackson and Richard Daigle of Milford American Legion # 196
Holiday Craft Fair
Happy Holidays! We have a delightful Holiday Craft Fair, Thursday, December 5 , 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There are so many beautifully handcrafted items that are available to fill your Christmas Shopping List. The Milford Senior Center is located at 9 Jepson Drive. See you there!
The Ahrens Program provides respite time for caregivers. The program is designated for individuals with cognitive impairments who require a supervised environment. During their stay in the program, members are offered a light breakfast and enjoy various activities, which include; arts & crafts, tables games, cognitive fit games, music and entertainment, trips and other special events. To learn more about the Ahrens Program, please contact Rita Whiskeyman, Program Coordinator at (203) 877-5131.
WELCOME BRIDGE PLAYERS
Do you enjoy playing bridge? We play every Sunday, 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. in our Card Room. You can play as a substitute or a regular. You may contact either Carol Walker at 203 376-8183 or Barbara Bourdeau 203 874-0246.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
DECEMBER BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRANTS!
If you are not a member of the Milford Senior Center and you are a Milford resident 55 years of age or more, for just $15.00 a year, you are welcome to join us for all the fun, exercise, cultural, educational and social activities that the Milford Senior Center offers. Please call us with any questions at 203 877-5131.
TITLE VI COMPLIANCE
Do you know your rights under Title VI? Title VI ensures that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal funding. Milford Council on Aging supports Title VI. For more information visit our web site milfordctseniorcenter.com and go to the link Information and Referrals. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Liz Kassay, Human Resources Manager 203-877-5131.
Please notify us if you are aware of a member who is in a healthcare facility in Milford. Please call 203- 877-5131 to request a visit from our Friendly Visitor, Maryann Hayes.
Members: Please do not use the road between the Senior Center and the condominium complex as an exit. This road is only to be used to pick up or drop food off, deliveries and City vehicles.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING SITES: If you live at DeMaio Gardens, blood pressure screenings are available the first Tuesday of every month; Foran Towers, the second Tuesday of each month; Jagoe Commons, the third Tuesday of the month and Island View Park, the fourth Tuesday of the month. All blood pressure screenings take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. through the courtesy of Home Care Plus.
Bequest gifts to the MilfordSeniorCenter in memory of a family member or friend are always appreciated. Please mail your gift to Leonore C. Rodroguez, Executive Director, MilfordSeniorCenter, 9 Jepson Drive, Milford, CT.06460
The Milford Senior Center is a partner agency of The United Way of Milford.