The Milford Senior Center is open to everyone 55 and over, regardless of color, creed, national origin, sex or sexual orientation.
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The Milford Senior Center is a United Way Agency
The Mission of the Milford Senior Center is to serve the specialized needs of Milford’s Senior population.
Benjamin G. Blake
Lillian A. Holmes
Janice M. Jackson
Eleanore Myers Turkington
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE!Mayor Benjamin G. Blake installed the MilfordSeniorCenter’s newly elected Club Officers at an invitation only Ceremony, Wednesday, April 17. The new officers were welcomed by Executive Director Janice M. Jackson who commended the outgoing officers for their loyalty and dedication to their posts. The new officers were congratulated and wished a healthy and successful new term. CLUB C DEMAIO CLUBPresident Raymond Ewell President Beverly HarriganVice President Michael Panda Vice President Marguerite DumontSecretary Josephine Myroniuk Secretary Kathy DonahueTreasurer Pamela Holden BILLIARDS CLUB President Marcianna Maukert MEN’S CLUBVice President Mary Ann Still President John Hill2nd Vice President Peter Reynolds Secretary Ralph BonczewskiSecretary Marcianna Maukert Treasurer Sebastian BoscarinoTreasurer Ellen BrodellWESTSHORE CLUB MCKEEN CLUBPresident June Pare’ President June Pare’Secretary Elizabeth Apuzzo Secretary Elizabeth ApuzzoTreasurer Stanley Mieczkowski Treasurer Mary Conklin RETIRED WOMEN’S CLUB President Marie Waller Vice President Rose Madelung Secretary Frances Apfel Treasurer Mary Mullins Bequest gifts to the MilfordSeniorCenter in memory of a family member or friend are always appreciated. Please mail your gift to Janice M. Jackson, Executive Director, MilfordSeniorCenter, 9 Jepson Drive, Milford, CT.06460.
Eleanore Myers Turkington, Editor
FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
Our Center hosted its second art exhibit recently and it was an astounding success! Mike Voytek, Art Instructor and his students provided many visitors an opportunity to view paintings by seniors who had never before painted. Stills, landscapes and life studies were admired. Hats off to these talented folks! Speaking of success, our annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser was enjoyed by so many folks. Kiwanis members prepared and served a complete breakfast to so many generous folks. We thank you all! Last month our Program Director Mary Steinmetz introduced a demonstration of Pickle Ball, a game played and enjoyed by thousands across the country. According to Mary, “We purchased the game and soon we’ll all become avid participants and observers.” One of our members, Bruce Long, an enthusiastic stamp collector can be contacted at 203 874-1480 if have a similar hobby.. By the way we’re looking for an organization that can use cancelled stamps, perhaps for a project. Please call me at 203 877-5131 if you know of a source. Our travel coordinator, Kathy Wachter recently received quite an accolade for a tour summation about to be placed on line on “Cruise Critic.” by tour operator, AMA Waterways. I have a copy in my office. You are welcome to stop in and read it. The article is very good! Kathy also received orchids from the AMA Waterway President! Wow! As many of you know the staff and volunteers at our Center is one big family and when there are illnesses, congratulatory messages or other wishes, we remember one another. A very special Get Well message from all of us to Barbara Carriero who is recuperating from recent surgery. Hurry back to us Barbara! Milford Living Magazine is holding its 6th annual Kite Fly at WalnutBeach, Saturday, May 4 from 12:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at WalnutBeach. Please remember May 12th, Mother’s Day. A happy day to all moms and grandmoms and aunts and friends who love our children! Congratulations to all the dedicated men and women at the MilfordSeniorCenter who will serve as new officers of our Clubs! Here’s a date to remember, Saturday, May 11; the United States Postal Workers Annual Food Drive. The letter carriers will be collecting food from residents and delivering them to the Milford Food Bank, located at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, from 12 p.m.to 6:00 p.m. I’ll see you there!
COME AND JOIN US AS A VOLUNTEER
You will find serving as a volunteer at the MilfordSeniorCenter, rewarding and an opportunity to meet interesting people. Please call Sharon Szturma at 203 877-5131 for additional information.
Memory gifts to the Milford Food Bank or in memory of a family member or friend are always appreciated. Please mail your gift to Janice M. Jackson, Executive Director, MilfordSeniorCenter, 9 Jepson Drive, Milford, CT.06460. The Milford Food Bank, located at the MilfordSeniorCenter, accepts donations and distributes food to people of all ages in Milford. You can call Al Salamanca, Food Bank Manager, 203 877-5131 for additional information.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Marilyn Burn, Nita Prior, Delores Mirondek, Susan Persett,Alice Auger, John Hughes, Jan Rhynart, Laurena Burdick, Steven Viera, Kimberly Gerlander, Jeffrey Blum, Theresa Swan, Doroethea Moore, Bonita Wagner, Barbara Summers, Judith Brown, Deitra Tutino, Raymond Tutino, John Jones, Deborah Jones, Tadeusz Bialoboz, Michelle Middlebrook, Joanna Hiotaris, Julia Arvan, Nancy Yapa, Joyce Collucci, Philip Soleck, Bill Castaldo, Susan Castaldo, Robert Dennis, Robert McCormick, Dorcelle Clark and Thomas Moore.We also welcome our renewal members!
Memorial Day is observed on the last day of May. It was formally known as Decoration Day and all men and women who have died in military service for the United States are remembered on this day. Many people visit memorials and cemeteries on Memorial Day
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER PROGRAM
Daniela Buri Kurtz, Family Support Coordinator at the KennedyCenter has indicated that there is a grant proposal for the support of the “Caring for the Caregiver Program.” This grant will allow staff to help train individuals with disabilities living with a family member age 60 and older adult within their home. This program has been successfully assisting families in the Milford community for the past two years. The Caregiver Program helps Milford seniors remain in their own home with their family member with a disability assisting them with the daily living tasks. This is another opportunity for helping the elderly to remain independent in their own home.” Daniela Buri Kurtz can be reached at 203 365-8522 ext. 233 or DKurtz@kennedyctr.org for additional information.
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 Sharon Szturma, Human Resources Manager 203-877-5131.
Happy Birthday and congratulations to our
May Birthday and Anniversary Celebrants!
ART EXIBIT SUCCESSFUL
Mayor Benjamin G. Blake, left, visited our Center’s art exhibit recently. Artist Jim Douglas, center and Art Instructor Mike Voytek pictured near Jim Douglas’ painting. Over 100 visitors attended the second annual art exhibit. Milford Senior Center members can take advantage of art lessons which take place every Friday at 1:00 p.m. Paint and brushes are free to use during class. Members may call Program Director Mary Steinmetz 203 877-5131 for further information.
GOSPEL CHOIR CELEBRATES
The Milford Senior Center Gospel Choir recently celebrated its 22nd birthday! In 1991, Kathy Bissell, a former director of our Senior Center, suggested to Jan Baldwin that a Gospel Choir would be a great asset to the center. Jan was the original director and was succeeded by the late Arlis Kramer. Debra Fellenbaum is the current director of the group.
This year at a luncheon celebration at Aldario’s Restaurant, membership pins were awarded to Pauline Brancato and Barbara Burrows for 10 years of participation; Paul Noble for 15 years and Don Porter and Helen Pasenelli for 20 years.
The Choir performs two concerts a year. They sing Gospel music, spirituals, hymns, classical music, A cappe’lla and anthems with special emphasis on harmony. All who love to sing God’s praises are welcome to join this happy group Tuesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.
MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC
Music is played, sung, danced, listened and exercised to at our Center. Corey Seligson appreciates music as well as contributing and entertaining all of us. You can find him providing music at the Center’s entrance prior to a special event, or substituting for the band leader or playing “Happy Birthday” in the Ahrens Room. Hats off to Corey! We love your dedication to music!
Milford Senior Center members enjoy attending the various language classes including Italian. Teacher Anna Sincavage, pictured left, standing at the head of the conference table, surrounds herself with enthusiastic students studying Italian. A call to Program Director Mary Steinmetz at 203 877-5131, will offer an opportunity to participate in the various language programs offered at the Center.
FOOD BANK DONATION
Devon Rotary President Scott Moulton presented a $2,500 check to Milford Food Bank manager, Al Salamanca. The Milford Food Bank is located at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive. Donations are welcomed. Al Salamanca can be reached at 203 877-5131.
Michael Albanese won a gold medal for skiing in the Special Olympics Competition
at Sugar Mountain recently.
Officer Jeffrey Nielsen of the Crime Prevention Office at the Milford Police Department provides the following information. You may reach Officer Nielsen at 203-874-2366 or email email@example.com
Pedestrian Safety - Tips for Pedestrians
Allow vehicles enough time to stop. Don’t assert the right of way with a fast moving vehicle, you could lose.
Make eye contact with drivers, but don’t assume they will yield.
Cross at intersections. Crossing mid-block is unsafe; never cross from between two parked cars…drivers can’t see you and aren’t expecting you. When crossing at a signal controlled intersection, cross only on a green light OR when the “walk” sign is activated; the walk sign may change but the light is timed to give you enough time to continue on safely before opposing traffic approaches.
Stop, look and listen before crossing. Just like when you were a kid, look right and left over your shoulder before crossing, look for cars and bicycles; bicycles are required to obey the rules just like the cars.
Always cross in a straight line… the shortest distance between two points. Use extra care when crossing with children. Remember drivers may not see a little one… hold their hand while crossing.
Use the same rules of caution in a parking lot. Parking lots can be just as dangerous as the street.
Be a defensive walker. Watch where you are going. Expect the unexpected. Don’t let cars surprise you… even if the motorist is wrong. You could be dead right.