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
Greetings of the Season from our Family to Yours!
A very sincere thank you to Mayor Benjamin Blake, Milford Council on Aging Board of Directors, Board of Aldermen, City of Milford departments, non-profit agencies, clubs, organizations, businesses, schools, churches, families and individuals that have assisted us throughout the year in serving the older adults in the Milford Community.
From the desk of the Editor, Eleanore Turkington
Our Center paid a tribute to all Milford servicemen and women last month at a luncheon at our Center. Approximately 300 veterans participated in a program dedicated to those who have served and are serving our country. Well.. Here it is December! The month of snow, bitter cold and wind, however we can’t complain, can we, our weather hasn’t been all that bad! The little ones will be waiting for Santa Claus, snow shovels will be standing ready to perform their winter duties and here at the Center we will be offering respite from all the winter challenges. We have a new Pickle Ball Program, among other activities, fairly new here, but receiving great accolades from those participating. Please take a look at page 3 of today’s bulletin where you will find, among other photos, our annual Halloween photo! You wouldn’t believe the smiles on our member’s faces as staff, dressed for the holiday, paraded throughout the building. You may want to check out our Special Events page this month! Wow! Activities for everyone! We have Breakfast with Santa, a New Year’s Eve Party, our annual Trim a Tree party, Super Bingo, and the Center’s 23rd Annual Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 15th at 2:00 p.m. Mary Steinmetz, our former Program Director retired recently. We really celebrated her new adventure into retirement with two parties from members and staff. A note from Mary to everyone, “I would like to thank everyone for the kind words, cards, gifts and good wishes. I hope and wish the seniors the very best in the future.” Our new Program Director Amanda Berry, is getting acquainted with everyone. Welcome to our Center Amanda! A happy holiday to everyone!
MAYOR BLACK JOINED MARY STEINMETZ AT HER RETIREMENT PARTY.
Mayor Ben Blake was on hand to wish happy retirement to Mary Steinmetz during a good bye party at the Center, Approximately 300 guests joined Mayor Blake in extending happy tidings to the Center’s former Program Director.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
Walter Surski, Ursula Hayes, John Hayes, Colleen Davies, William Lynch, Shelley Bach, Charles Haynes, Maureen Bokowski and Joseph Giacomazzi. Also Patricia Wadeka, Sandra Keiser, Robert Keiser, Florence Robicheau, Eunice Goldfield and Arthur Crispo. Also, Mary McFadden, Raymond Malecki, Patricia Melnick, Karen Craig, Peter Craig, Christine Travis, Donald McGuinniss, Cathy Confrancesco, Jane Coutts, Gene Golossi and Carol Sheffler.
MILFORD LIBRARY HOSTS CENTER’S ART EXHIBIT
The Art Class at the Milford Senior Center, under Instructor Mike Voytek’s tutelage, has developed an avid interest in painting. Many of these students have never studied art before, however their talent is very evident in their finished paintings. There is an opportunity to view the art work of these very talented students at the Milford Library the month of November. Pictured left to right is Sandy Dadlani, Barbara Rylski, Mike Voytek and Sharon Austin. Back row, James Douglas, Charlotte Frey, Elaine Van Wagner and Maria Hamilton.
STAFF MEMBERS CELEBRATED HALLOWEEN!
Milford Senior Center Staff Members paraded throughout the building recently, celebrating Halloween. The costumes drew laughter and smiles from everyone. Pictured, front, Roseanne Campagna Wendy Ferraro, front row, Amanda Berry, Geri Dichkewich, Laura Daneault, Jo Jockel, Barbara Carierro, Eleanore Turkington, Kathy Wachter, Janice M. Jackson, rear row, Ellie Gilbertson and Mary Steinmetz.
GROCERY AND MONETARY DONATIONS ARE WELCOMED!
The Milford Food Bank is in need of groceries and monetary donations. We would like to see the food shelves full and ready to assist those who are in need. The Food Bank, located at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive is open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
NIMBLE FINGERS AND A BIG HEART
West River Health Care Center hosted a luncheon for a group of Milford Senior Center members who created homemade quilts for residents at the facility. Under the guidance of Maryann Hiza, Ahrens Activities Assistant at The Milford Senior Center, swiftly moving fingers crafted a number of beautiful coverings. The lap covers were accepted by Natalie Mihalchick, left, West River Director of Activities. Volunteers Pablina Bianco, center and Odelia Molina joined Sadie Walker, front row left and Tillie Piompino, lower right for the presentation.
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 email@example.com or call Sharon Szturma, Human Resources Manager 203-877-5131.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
DECEMBER BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRANTS!
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.
Officer Jeffrey Nielsen of the crime prevention office at the Milford Police Department provides the following informations. You may reach officer Nielsen at 203-874-2366 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Top Senior Scams
Telemarketing that includes internet, phones and mail.
Scammers might send out an email on bank letterhead and say there is a problem with the account and the senior needs to update information, password and account number.
There’s one where you get a call from a charity saying they are supporting a reputable organization and ask you to make a donation. What they don’t tell you is that they are not authorized to be fundraising for that organization. While as little as 3 percent will go to that organization, 97 percent may stay in the scammer’s pocket.
Many times people will get an official-looking check. The account number is fraudulent, but the routing number is correct. The bank reads it as a valid check. What the sweepstakes will tell a senior is, “Cash the check, you get the bulk of the money and send $5,000 to us for processing.” Fifteen days later, that check bounces and the senior is liable for that $5,000. Some even come looking like official IRS refunds with the message: “Here’s your check, but you need to pay the late fees.”
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
“The Milford Senior Center is a partner agency of The United Way of Milford.”