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February 2017 Newsletter

By Liz Turner, Recreation Director


We decorated the mantel in January of flowers like a winters florist shop. We used red and white poinsettias with silver and gold accents. Anne Argento told us on New Year's Eve they would bang pots and pans to scare away evil spirts. Kay Chesters family would eat pigs feet to bring in the new year, but Kay said she didn't eat them.

For arts and crafts we made construction paper hats with a fuzzy pom pom top. Tina Schillings said it reminded her of "the cat in the hat." We all remembered the days when you would not leave the house without a hat. Anne Argento said at catholic school they wouldn't let you in class without a hat. Marge Taylor said she wore a kerchief and Maureen McCarty wore a babushka.

For the sitting area arts and crafts project, we made eskimos with coffee filters and cotton balls. Everyone said that it is too cold in the north pole and they would not want to live there. Hans Schroder made his with a frown on his face because he said he was cold.

For "McPeak's Gallery" we made art by taking a balloon and dipping it in many paint colors and rolled or dapped the balloon on the canvas. Most of us have been to the museum of modern art. Hans Schroder told us he likes sculptors. Harriet Kulbokas used to take modern art classes in NYC. Dorthey V said she likes the art of dancing.

Reminiscing about this and that had us talking about pies we made and events in the 1960's. We also recalled special treats we used to eat. Kay Chester told us she would have Chinese food at the restaurant. Anne McTierman would have a vanilla ice cream cone from Carvel; Maureen McCarthy recalled taking a long drive to get White Castle hamburgers, but not very often.

We saw Pastor Bonfiglio from the Church of the Nazarene. He's here twice a month and always has a message of hope. Helen Link and Irwin Smith enjoy the singing we do. Peggy Tone appreciates the jokes he tells. Harriet Kulbokas and Evelyn Castrataro look forward to praying all together.

Brain Games had us wearing our thinking caps. Both Anne Lotocke and Tina Schillings were quick with answers to mathematical problems. Kay Chester was good at any musical questions being her father was a record producer. Anne Argento said the true or false questions you had a fifty percent chance of getting it right if you just guessed.

On DVD, we watched the BBC's "Planet Earth." We saw from north pole to south pole and the mountains Mary Marko liked it so much she said "I hope you have more of these." Maureen McCarthy said it "was very good," Catherine Budd said "she wanted to tell her kids about this, it was so good."

"Dean Martin Variety show" from the 1960's was another DVD we saw. Peggy Tone had lots of laughs and said "it was very funny." Peggy Lee was a guest star and sang a couple of songs. Catherine Budd commented that her sister in law looked just like her. Anne Argento said she used to watch the show and the Dean Martin Roasts.

Nina Et cetra stopped by with Tim to entertain us. They did a lot of standards that we sang along with. Tonnie Arena said they were very good. Peter and Mary Icolari had a good time singing along with the music. Larry Judson said they are his favorite entertainer's.

Hank Porter was here on a Friday to play the guitar and sing. Mary Morris was clapping along as was Antonia Levato. Hank sang an Elvis Presley song that Anne McTiernan really enjoyed, being Elvis is her favorite singer. Soda and Oreo cookies were served as snacks Millie Verderosa said we should do this every day.

Every Wednesday we get a visit from the Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Therapy. We love these visits from the doggies. Helen Link told me the dog can come here anytime and take a nap with her. Dorothy Varapeili gave Baily a white standard poodle a snack.

Skylar Boucher and Genesis Carrasquillo are here on the weekends to keep everyone having fun. A beanbag toss and trivia bingo were some of the act ivies. Crafts and word games kept us entertained.

Our top scorer on Monday bowling was Marge Taylor, in second place, was Mike Morgese, and Evelyn Castrataro was in third place. This month's big bingo winner was Millie Verderosa, wining the most games.

February Birthdays

Denise Perrone on the 16th


  • Nina Et cetera
  • Hank Porter

February's Winners!!!!

BINGO Winner
  • Millie Verderosa
  • Marge Taylor
  • Evelyn Castrataro
  • Anne McTiernan

Ongoing Activities

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

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