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June 2016 Newsletter

By Liz Turner, Recreation Director


To decorate the mantel, we used paper bags with colorful tissue paper peeking out the top. Each bag had its own theme, that we colored and put stickers on. We topped them with pretty flowers and birds. We hung a plaque on the mantel wall that reads “eat dessert first, play like a kid, pick some daisies”.

For arts and crafts we took down the ducks and put birds on the billboard. Really we taped them to the wall in the recreation room but that didn’t rhyme. We made birds with scrapbook wings that we colored in a background. Kay Chester made a lovely flower on hers. Denise Perrone gave her bird eyelashes, and Shelia Pomann had swirls in the background.

We made sea turtles in the ocean from paper plates to hang in the sitting area. We took paint in shades of blue and green and mixed it on the plates and then added glitter and pasted a silhouette of a turtle on it. Maureen McCarthy said it makes here want to go swimming.

For the art in “McPeak’s Gallery” we made flowers from scrap book paper, and drew stems and put stickers of butterflies on them. Marge Taylor told us she used to work at florist in Greenport. Maureen McCarthy said she would rather receive a plant than a bouquet. Mary Buroran said she would rather have the flowers.

Trivia had us discussing wacky laws that are still on the books. Tonnie Arena and all of us laughed to hear that in Kansas “Pedestrians crossing the highways at night must wear taillights.” Tina Shillings thought you could use a flashlight on your tail end. Shelia Pomann and others thought that the law in Louisiana that states: “A person could land in jail for 20 years if caught urinating in the public water supply”. Wasn’t all that wacky.

Reminiscing we talked about motorcycles. Anne McTierman had her own Harley Davidson that she rode back in the 1970’s. Denise Perrone told us she had a moped she would ride around on and had a lot of fun on it. Catherine Budd recalled on a bet she got on the back of her sister’s son’s motorcycle for a ride, and said “once was enough.” Kay Chester took a ride with a neighbor’s husband and went over a bridge and was scared to death, and said never again.

Bob the volunteer came back from Florida to resume playing his piano favorites on the second Friday of the month. Kay Chester and Denise Perrone knew almost every song and sang along. Mary Morris of course enjoyed the song "Mary's A Grand Old Name”. We showed our appreciation by gifting him some song books, for playing the piano.

We had lots of thinking games with brain games, trivia, and word games. We had trivia about US president’s and Shiela Pomann impressed us with her knowledge of history. Denise Perrone says she likes to use her brain and enjoys these activities. Peggy Tone too likes these thinking activities.

We watched “The Best of Jack Benny Show” on DVD. Marilyn Monroe was a guest star; we didn’t know that was her fist television appearance. Humphrey Bogart was another guest star. Catherine Budd thought it was very funny. Mary Buroran said they don’t make shows like that anymore.

At the sing along Mary Icolari knew the words to "Daisy Bell” better known as (Bicycle Built for Two) sung by Nat King Cole. Tonnie Arena likes "Eh, Cumpari!" by Julius La Rosa. Maureen McCarthy recalls playing “Peg of my heart” on the piano. Helen Kalinowski enjoyed songs from The Ink Spots.

We enjoy our Friday entertainment guests. We had a new guest Hank Porter come by and play. He played guitar and sang songs from the 6o’s and 70’s. Lucy Palazzo did some dancing and Gloria Kormylo said he was very good. Freddy Prize too came by and played the electric piano. We all had some ice cream and sang along.

Every Wednesday we get a visit from the Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Therapy. Cindy came by with a black lab named Belle. She was so sweet Mary Icolari wished she could stay and nap with her. Renee came by with Mac. He is getting so big, not a little puppy now.

Our top scorer on Monday bowling was Mike Morgese, with Catherine Budd and Anne McTierman placing second and third. The bean bag toss had us cheering for high scores and this month Marge Taylor came in first place and Mike Morgese coming in second place, and Denise Perrone in third place. This month's big bingo winner was Tina Schillings winning a prize for the most wins.

Birthdays Celebrated in June

  • Pete Icolari on the 5th
  • Joe Gold on the 7th
  • Maureen McCarthy on the 14th
  • Rosemarie DeSiena on the 15th

June Entertainment

  • Bob’s Piano Favorites
  • George Maselli
  • Tony Grant

May’s BINGO Winner
With the most games won

  • Tina Schillings

Poetry Corner
“Smile & Laugh”
Happy Boy
I Smile
He’s so Cute
He’s my Pal
And I adore Him

By a group effort of the residents

Ongoing Activities

  • K of C BINGO: second Monday
  • Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church: every Sunday for Communion
  • Grace Gospel Church: second Saturday
  • Pastor Bonfiglio: second and fourth Thursday
  • P.R.A.T.T. - Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Assisted Therapy: every Wednesday

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