August 2018 Newsletter

By Maria Agrillo, Recreation Director

August is a very busy month across the country. There is that special back to school feeling in the air as kids and parents alike get ready to for their first days back. It is also a very busy month for weddings, vacations, and family trips.

This month’s birthstones are Sardonyx and Peridot. The flower is Gladiolus. Its colors are Orange and Red. We also know August is home to the “dog days of summer,” which historically charts the rising of the dog star, Sirius.

We kicked off our July by inviting Terry Uss to be here on July 4th to entertain us with patriotic songs. Everyone had a ball and even some of the residents got to sing into the microphone. Edith Sabella sang, Frances Manning, Dorothy Alloy, and Joan Golden also did a great job. Everyone was wearing their finest Red-White-Blue.

Next on the calendar was Ted Haiman who played patriotic songs on piano. Ted always packs the room and does a great job getting everyone to sing along. Frances Manning is 1st to take a front row seat. Caroline Mott loves to attend as well so she can learn the history of where the songs came from.

Nina Et Cetera was here on Friday to take us down memory lane with some classic country music tunes. We had fresh fruit salad with whipped cream for our refreshments. Mario Escalera really enjoys the Patsy Cline songs while Helen Link enjoys Roy Oribson songs. Everyone just has a good time.

Bob Shade comes to play the piano for us as a volunteer.

Bruce Schneider and his buddies were here to entertain everyone. They sang songs from the 50’s and 60’s. Our snack was strawberry short cake that our handyman Martin made for us. Not a bad way to spend a hot summer afternoon.

We have started doing more active games in the common area from 2 to 2:45. Some of these games include frisbee toss, bean bag toss, mini golf, birdie toss, basketball roll, and a ball toss to music. We encourage family members to join, so if you want to try some of our games, please come and find us in the common area. Dorothy Alloy likes all the different games. Joan Golden enjoys the laughs with others. Frances Manning enjoys watching as she finds it exciting.

Yoga with Ruth Vargas is twice a month from 3 to 3:30 on Monday’s. We do stretching, seated poses, and breathing exercises. We have a nice group that enjoys keeping in shape. During the week, in afternoons, we still have sit and dance/ sing-stretch/ music-motion, all done to music sitting in chairs.

Diane from Creative Connection comes twice a month with different ideas for us to paint. Our residents love to participate in her classes. Look for their art work in residents’ rooms or hanging around our home. For our July project we painted sailboats and lighthouses with a sunset back ground. Caroline Mott can’t believe what she paints. Dorothy Alloy and Joan Golden just enjoy the class and the company of others. Edith Sabella and Anne Lotocke enjoy the colors and love listening to music.

Our second painting session with Diane was the ocean with a beach and palm trees and some pink flamingos. They look amazing because everyone’s skies are all so different.

McPeak’s Gallery of art has our popcorn statue of liberty with fireworks.

Of course, we would like to thank our friends at Patchogue Rotary Animal Club for coming to visit us. Corey, who’s owner is Mary Kissinger, brings him on Wednesday to see us. Also, Bailey, who’s owner is Edith, brings him to see us as well. Both dogs make everyone smile and make our day special.

Anne, with Animal Adventures, is a huge highlight for us. She comes once a month. We never know what she’s going to bring us. On this sunny day we were so surprised to see a baby pig! His name is Conan and he is only four weeks old. He has a job attending birthday parties. We also had three bunny rabbits and their mother. Another surprise for us was two little ducks, which our residents named M & M. It was a wonderful morning.

We started off our concert series with; “To America” by Lawrence Welk. We had a full room as everyone loves Lawrence Welk. Residents were singing, clapping hands and enjoyed the costumes. Catherine Budd, Catherine Graffelner, Emily Janelli and Anne Lotocke all had a good time.

For our movie goers that enjoy laughing we watched, Dean Martin’s Variety Show staring Florence Henderson, Jonathan Winters, and Phyllis Diller. Caroline Mott said, she enjoys watching this show and laughing. Joan Golden was laughing so hard she was crying. We had tons of laughs and some singing as well.

We have been doing some armchair traveling lately. First stop was Switzerland; a lovely place to visit. Next was Germany with our tour guide Joseph Rosendos. First stop Wittenberg’s Castle Church and we learned about Martin Luther. After this we went to Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania by riverboat cruise.

One of the games we do is crossword puzzle. It has us working together and using our minds. Helen Link, Patrick Thomas, Anne Lotocke, Emily Janelli, Catherine Graffelner, Priscillia Cohen. Everyone did well with the clues and guessing the correct letters. We had our last movie for the month which was a mystery. Annabelle Hooper and the Ghost of Nantucket. Everyone loved it and even stayed till the end!

Please Join us August 28th, weather permitting, for an outdoor barbecue and a visit from our resident Favorite Anne’s Animal Adventures. Please inquire for details.

 

Entertainment

  • Jerry Cardone 8/3
  • Bob Shade 8/6
  • Ray Lani 8/7
  • Ted Haiman 8/9
  • Lendra-Belly Dancers 8/17
  • Bob Shade 8/20
  • Ted Haiman 8/23
  • George Maselli 8/24

Salvation Army Friendly Visits Creative Connection With Diane:
Anne v. Biernacki
Animal Adventures
Ruth Vargas / Yoga

Ongoing Activities

  • K of C BINGO: Second Monday of Each Month
  • Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church: Every Sunday for Communion
  • Grace Gospel Church: Second Saturday of Each Month
  • P.R.A.T.T. – Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Assisted Therapy: Every Wednesday

June Bingo Winners

  • Charlotte Hoffman
  • Joan Golden
  • Dorothy Alloy
  • Caroline Mott

For your convenience, our newsletter and recreation calendar can be found on our website, www.mcpeaks.com, or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/McPeaksAssistedLiving.

June 2018 Newsletter

By Maria Agrillo, Recreation Director

Wow, June is here! The month for backyard BBQ’S, weddings, pool parties, and long days spent at the beach. The time for wearing sunscreen, sandy toes, and nights spent with friends around a bonfire.

Did you know that June’s birthstone is the Pearl and that it stands for longevity and good health? We think that is wonderful. The flower is the Rose, which conveys the message of love, gratitude, and appreciation.

On a side note, each color of a rose has a unique meaning. If you’ve ever wondered what color rose to give someone, here’s a list to go by:
Orange- Fascination
Red- Love, Respect, Courage
Pale Pink– Grace, Joy, Happiness
Deep Red– Beauty, Passion
Yellow– Joy, Friendship, Jealousy, Hope, Freedom
Black– Farewell
White Rose Bud– Girlhood
Tea Rose– I’ll Remember Always
One Dozen Red Roses– I Love You
Lavender– Enchantment Uniqueness
Dark Pink– Thankfulness, Friendship
Peach– Modesty, Gratitude, Sympathy
White– Purity, Secrecy, Humility

We started off May with our Sing-a-Long series. As always, we had a large crowd with plenty of good singers. We also used YouTube to help us find some popular songs and singers. This is lots of fun as it brings back many good times memories.

Our friend Ted Haiman came to play the piano for us on two occasions. He plays sing-a-longs for all of us to sing with. Then he leads us, with music, through the historical period of mass immigration to America, followed by classical pieces of music with a touch of history that he explains. Frances Manning enjoys the piano music so much, she wouldn’t miss it for anything. Edith Sabella loves to just and sing with the music. Caroline Mott finds it most enjoyable and relaxing as it’s one of her favorite activities to attend.

For Mother’s Day we had Ted Ricci here who plays the electric piano.
Everyone enjoyed his playing and special songs for this day. I was told everyone had a lovely time with him.

This month we had a full calendar of entertainment, starting off with Nina Et Cetera, she plays country music and has a voice like Patsy Cline. Everyone just loves when she comes. We had soda & ambrosia fruit salad. This was a popular treat! We would like to thank Martin for making it for us. Our next performers were Bruce Schneider and his buddies. They take us down memory lane with songs from the 40’s & 50’s. Everyone loves to relive their youth with all the fun songs they remember. Helen Link, Patrick Thomas, Edith Sabella, Emily Janelli, all sway and clap to the music.

Carol from the Salvation Army was here to do a paper flower project with us. We also shared poems of Mother’s Day. Carol brought cupcakes for everyone to enjoy at bingo in the afternoon. Our paper flowers came out very nice, and a few of the ladies put them on their walkers to decorate them. We also listened to the song Paper Roses by Marie Osmond.

Diane from Creative Connection came, and we explored different forms of painting. Some of our residents were given a white background with instructions on what to paint on the canvas. Others were given a blacked-out canvas board and step by step instructions. Diane is always pushing them to do more with their creativity and not to be afraid. The project we worked on this week was Humming Birds with a spring background with butterflies in tall grass. After we finished we were given bird houses to paint in whatever color they most enjoyed. We all had a great time.

Something new we are doing is Arm Chair Travel. Our first destination was Greece! We toured Crete, Meteora, Mikonos, P’eloponnese, Rhodes, Santorini, and Thessaloni. They were all so very colorful and beautiful. Caroline Mott enjoyed the travelogue as she had visited Greece in the past. Emily Janelli, Catherine Graffelner loved the blue waters and white buildings. Patrick Thomas and Helen Link said, “The music was wonderful”.

They all agreed this type of traveling was stress free and they appreciated there being no lines or crowds.

Our baking group made Angel food cake with pineapple inside, which we enjoyed during bingo for our snack.

McPeak’s gallery has our tropical birds that we created hanging up on the wall. Tropical birds are bright in color so they all stand out so well. Patrick Thomas, Joan Golden, Dorothy Alloy, Edith Sabella, Mildred Verderosa, all had a nice time with this project.

Our group Crossword Puzzle had us really thinking this time. Our first puzzle was all about Famous Inventors & Inventions. It really had us thinking about important historical people and events. Next it was to solve Turtle Trivia, which took us to a conversation about the tropics. We also discussed how the sea turtle is an endangered species and how we may be able to help save them. After that we were off to learn about colors and how it affects us when we paint a room. We had a very interesting morning.

Hangman had us really working on our word play. It was a challenging game for everyone. Some of the words were: Kazoo, Kangaroo, flautist, burrito, pew, magnolia. Dorothy Alloy enjoys this game as she likes to learn new words and meanings. Patrick Thomas enjoyed this game as it keeps his mind fresh.

P.R.A.T.T was here to visit us with our furry friends. Mary came with Corey who just makes everyone feel so happy to see him. Loves to sit with us and give us plenty of hugs & kisses.

Next, we have Cindy who brings her pal Bell. She’s a 12 ½ year old lab who was a seeing eye dog, she’s now retired so she visits us in her spare time. Bell is very quiet and just loves to be patted and loves having her belly rubbed as well. Cindy also came on a gloomy Wednesday with Hanz, a 7-year-old standard poodle who is black in color. Hanz is very calm and loves to lean his head on your lap and give some kisses.

Exercise is a very important thing for seniors to do so, of course, we have plenty of that, starting off with sit & dance as well as Music in Motion, Sing & Stretch, which are all done to music following a DVD. Resident participate as much or as little as they comfortable with when it comes to excercising.

Ruth Vargas, our resident yogi, is here two Mondays a month, to help keep us fit and moving. Ruth teaches us safe yoga movements while sitting in a chair. Our residents have learned to breath better and stretch their limbs so we remain flexible. We have full groups for all classes.

Anne Biernacki comes at the end of every month with all kinds of different animals for us to touch & learn about. It’s the highlight of our resident’s month. We always have a packed house as everyone can’t wait to see what she’s brought for us. So, on this sunny day we had two dwarf white bunnies, a four-month-old baby lamb that we were able to bottle fee. To our surprise JoJo the blue macaw came to visit us. JoJo said, Hello, Goodbye, and even mentioned bubble gum! We all had a great time with JoJo.

If any family members are interested in participating or observing recreation activities, please contact us or see our website, www.mcpeaks.com, for a calendar of events.

 

Entertainment

  • Bob Shade 6/4
  • Roberta Fabiano 6/8
  • Ted Haiman 6/14
  • Bob Shade 6/18
  • Ray Lani 6/22
  • Ted Haiman 6/28

Salvation Army Friendly Visits Creative Connection With Diane
Anne v. Biernacki
Animal Adventures
Ruth Vargas / Yoga

Ongoing Activities

  • K of C BINGO: Second Monday of Each Month
  • Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church: Every Sunday for Communion
  • Grace Gospel Church: Second Saturday of Each Month
  • P.R.A.T.T. – Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Assisted Therapy: Every Wednesday

May Bingo Winners

  • Anne Lotocke
  • Maureen McCarthy
  • Dorothy Alloy

For your convenience, our newsletter and recreation calendar can be found on our website, www.mcpeaks.com, or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/McPeaksAssistedLiving.

May 2018 Newsletter

By Maria Agrillo, Recreation Director

May is a busy time for most of us. We have our gardens to plant, lawns to aerate and of course, our homes that we need to clean. We also can’t forget to dust off the patio furniture, open our pools, and make reservations for Mother’s Day!

The flower for the month of May is the Lilly of the Valley. This symbolizes happiness, humility, and sweetness. In the Victorian era, it was given as a romantic gift to say: “You have made my life complete.” April was started off with was a visit from the Salvation Army with Carol. We enjoyed some readings from the Bible regarding the story of Easter. They also shared some poems about Spring and Easter. Everyone got to enjoy a Hummel Crumb cake, which was wonderful.

Our baking class in April was carrot cake. Dorothy Alloy had fond memories of making carrot cake. Most were not too sure it would turn out to be edible! We checked on it during the cooking stage, it looked very good and smelled great. Luckily it came out great and we got have it during bingo that afternoon. Everyone enjoyed the cake! It was so yummy! Patrick Thomas said he never doubted it wouldn’t be good. Catherine Budd, Charlotte Hoffman, Emily Janelli, Anne Lotocke, and Mary Meier all agreed.

Every Wednesday we have visits from our furry four-legged friends from P.R.A.A.T. The first visit was Hanz, he is a 6-year-old standard poodle. His color is black. We learned that Bailey who visits us is Hanz’ father. Corey, a Dachsund, was our next visitor who came with his owner Mary. He was in such a happy mood. He spent the afternoon with the residents, loving them up and making everyone smile. Bailey came next and boy was everyone so excited to see him. He just gave everyone tons of kisses and hugs. They just love to see him showing off his tricks to them.

Our piano player, Ted Haiman, was here to start the month off. We had a full room for him and everyone was ready to sing and clap along as well. Helen Link of course sang along with Patrick Thomas, Edith Sabella, and Frances Manning all joining in. Others enjoyed clapping and tapping their feet. We had show tunes, songs from Porgy and Bess, Show Boat, and the Entertainer. Ted returned to play for us on another day with different pieces of music. Some of the pieces were about immigrants coming to America. Margaret Walsh, Joan Golden, Frances Manning, Edith Sabella, and Milly Verderosa helped to keep everyone singing.

Our “Remember When” session took us back to our youth or young adulthood. We talked about the zoos we had been to. Of course, many had visited the Bronx Zoo and Central Park Zoo. Then we had two people who had been to the Bush Gardens Zoo, and the Safari. Also, there was a person who had been to the San Diego Zoo, and one to the Washington D.C. Zoo. After our discussion, we created some animal art. We had Giraffes, Frogs, Birds, and Butterflies. All finished pieces can be seen hanging up in our resident’s rooms.

We kicked off our first Friday concert with Elvis Presley. This was a concert plus it told us about his life. The ladies packed our viewing room first. Joan Golden, Emily Janelli, and Edith Sabella, stated they enjoyed his music and were large fans. Patrick Thomas said, he enjoyed his music. All who came to view the concert seemed to enjoy themselves.

Matilda was our first movie showing, starring Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman. Based on a novel by Roald Dahl, it is the story of a young lady with a gift for magic who uses her powers to help others. There were lots of laugh’s and the story made everyone feel good in the end.

For our Friday movie viewing we showed Night at the Museum starring Ben Stiller and Robin Williams. The New York City Museum comes alive at night time and so does a very interesting mystery. Everyone was glued to the screen, enjoying watching the tale unfold.

In the spirit of keeping our bodies in good shape, we stay fit with our movement programs. Sit & Dance, Sing & Stretch, and Music & Motion. These all combine music, singing, and exercise while seated in a chair. Then we also enjoy Yoga with Ruth, which is also done while seated, in a quiet place with lights out and very soft music in background. Then for fun, we sometimes have ball toss to music. This gets everyone moving and laughing. We use our grippy-ball, so it makes it easy for people to catch.

To keep our creative juices flowing, everyone participated in writing an Acrostic Poem. An Acrostic Poem is a composition in verse, in which the initial or final letters of the lines taken in order, form a word or phrase. Below is our poem:

Spring
Sweet smell of spring
Picture, perfect, pansies
Rising sunshine fills the sky
Indulge in your senses
Nature has its own beauty
Grasshoppers appear in high, tall grass
Written By: Catherine Budd, Catherine Grafffelner, Charlotte Hoffman, Emily Janelli, Harriet Kulbokas, Anne Lotocke, Janet Marsala, Maureen McCarty, Patrick Thomas, Mildred Verderosa, Dorothy Alloy, Joan Golden

Diane from Creative Connection came by in April. We finally finished our Red Cardinals. Our residents were so excited to be back painting. They enjoyed the music and small talk. After they had finished the Red Cardinals it was on to Cherry Blossom Trees. Caroline Mott and Margret Walsh attended our group this morning. They talked about the Cherry Blossom Trees in Washington D.C., which led into a discussion on who had seen the lovely trees. Our lovely paintings are displayed over the fireplace mantle for all to see. She came back on the 26th and guided us in painting Spring Tulips. They all come out wonderfully and each residents Tulip has a character all its own.

Our live entertainment started off with Roberta Fabiano who everyone just loves. She takes us back to an earlier era through song. Everyone had an enjoyable afternoon. For our snack we had cheese ≈ crackers with soda pop.

Ray Lani was here to sing and play his guitar for us. He played sing -a-long music like the Beatles, some country music and sang happy birthday to Janet Marsala. It was a very pleasant afternoon.

To exercise our minds, we had our group game of Taboo. Folks really enjoy the wordplay aspect of this classic game. We play hang-man which gets competitive with words to guess. I must say Patrick Thomas, Helen Link, Emily Janelli, Margret Walsh, and Dorothy Alloy, are all very good with clue games. “50 Questions” is a game that was played on TV many years ago. We gave it a try, and all seemed to enjoy it. There’s a topic given, and the group must come up with the correct answer by asking a series of questions. We had lots of laughs.

Once again, we had a packed room for our Animal Adventures Program with Anne Biernacki. On this adventure she brought with her a four-month-old baby parrot named Boo-Boo. This parrot is being hand raised by an 81-year-old man who feeds Boo-Boo every four hours by an eye dropper. We learned it gets fed baby parrot formula. It makes soft cooing sounds and is learning to perch.

Our residents were so taken with little bird. Patrick was in charge of the parrot once everyone had seen or held Boo-Boo. Our next little friend to visit was Clementine a three-week-old baby goat. Once she entered the room every resident heard her calling out for her momma. So, more residents came to see who was visiting us. Clementine has a light white and brown coat. She is very soft and so friendly. We all had such a good time visiting with our little friends.

Birthdays Celebrated

  • Edwin Weinman 5/14
  • Thomasine Mangano 5/21
  • Robert Palmer 5/22
  • Mildred Verderosa 5/25

 

Entertainment

  • Ted Haiman – 5/3
  • Nina ET Cetera – 5/11
  • Ted Ricci – 5/13
  • Bruce Schneider – 5/25

Activities

  • Salvation Army Visits
  • Creative Connection With Diane
  • Anne v. Biernacki
  • Animal Adventures
  • Ruth Vargas / Yoga

Ongoing Activities

  • K of C BINGO: Second Monday of Each Month
  • Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church: Every Sunday for Communion
  • Grace Gospel Church: Second Saturday of Each Month
  • P.R.A.T.T. – Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Assisted Therapy: Every Wednesday

For your convenience, our newsletter and recreation calendar can be found on our website, www.mcpeaks.com, or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/McPeaksAssistedLiving.

April 2018 Newsletter

By Maria Agrillo, Recreation Director

The first day of spring was March 20th, and with it we celebrate the start of flowers blooming, the births of new life on the farm and the turning of the winter weather to warmer days. April’s birthstone is the diamond, which represents innocence. The flower is the Sweet Pea, which symbolizes pleasure or good-bye. And the traditional colors for April are yellow and red.

In April we celebrate Easter with family and friends and reflect on its religious meaning. We have April Fool’s Day, a day for jokes and kind-hearted pranks. We also have Tax Day which is certainly not something we look forward to, but something we all should do.

Diane from Creative Connection was here to finish our Red Cardinals painting project. The residents were happy to see the completion of their work. Our residents love this class and do look forward to it. I see them smile when a painting is completed, and the pride they have from working on their canvases is evident. It makes me happy to see them enjoy what they are working on.

As always, we like stay fit with our sit and dance class, as well with music-motion and sing-stretch. While we do have fun with music and singing, it is keeping us physically fit.

Our resident yogi, Ruth, strives to keep our residents fit with chair yoga. We focus on our breathing and reaching to the sky. Our yoga classes are always full.

Singing is a lovely way to make us feel good and be happy. We had our group sing-a-long for St. Patrick’s Day. We sang “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” and “I’m Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover.” Helen Link and Patrick Thomas led us in song, while others followed and happily enjoyed themselves.

Horse shoes is one of our games that we play in doors. We had a very large group of residents who were ready to compete. Joan Golden started us off with the first ringer of the morning. She led the group every turn she took. Joan took first place with a high score of 115 points. Second place went to Harriet Kulbokas, who scored 105 points. Third place was taken by Catherine Graffelner with 95 points.

We all have read poems, but how many have written or created one. So, in our Poem group, our residents got to create one of our own. Here it is:

Green Gets You Growing
The Ides of March winds are slowing.
But soon will be blowing.
While snow is piling.
The sun is brightly smiling.
The Green, Green, Grass of Home.
The Birds are singing-The violets and
Tulips are blooming.
Spring has sprung…
Written By: Catherine Budd- Catherine Graffelner- Charlotte Hoffman-Anne Lotocke- Janet Marsala- Maureen McCarthy- Mary Meier- Patrick Thomas-, Edith Sabella-, Dorothy Alloy
For our first movie showing, we had “Joshua.” It’s about a drifter that changes one small town and brings people together. If you have the time you just might take a chance and read the novel. Our residents truly enjoyed this movie. Everyone said,” It made us feel good.”

For St. Patrick’s Day we have The Irish Tenors, Live from Ellis Island. This is a live concert hosted by Martin Sheen. They sang: My Wild Irish Rose, Danny Boy, The Irish Medley. Our residents sang along with the dvd. We had a full room with lots of smiling faces. Patrick Thomas enjoyed the concert. Adeline Jahelka loved the songs picked to sing and enjoyed seeing the tenors. Margaret Tsoukias said, it took her back to Ireland.

On Friday morning after one of our recent snowstorms, we took a trip down memory lane with “Broadway’s Lost Treasures.” Carol Channing, Robert Goulet, and Harvey Fierstein were our hosts. We had clips from 42nd Street- Damn Yankees, Into the Woods, and West Side Story. We had a full Room. The residents wanted to see a movie with James Dean, so we watched “East of Eden”. We had a full room but did find the movie a little slow in its moving but in true James Dean fashion, he was a rebel and fighting with his own brother about a girl. Joan Golden just loves James Dean as does Emily Janelli. Some of the other ladies have stated he was just easy on the eyes! Bob Rush started us off for this month’s entertainment. He plays the keyboard and harmonica. He played songs from 40’s and 50’s and takes requests! Everyone enjoyed the shared donuts and soda pop.

We had Magic Dave come one afternoon and perform magic tricks for us. They were very good and certainly had us wondering “How did he do that?” Dave also played some songs on his guitar for us: Fly Me to The Moon- New York, New York- Summer Winds. All in all, very entertaining.

Bruce Schneider came to entertain us for our St. Patrick’s Day social. We had a lovely afternoon singing together and talking about the holiday. We all had a good time remembering old songs from our youth. Nina Et Cetera was here for a fun filled afternoon. We sang country songs with her and clapped our hands to the beat. Helen Link and Edith Sabella sang along. We enjoyed ice cream sundaes with whipped cream and some jelly beans on top. Everyone loved the dessert.

Corey the Dachshund came to visit as part of our pet therapy. He was sharing hugs and kisses with everyone and brightening up the day. The following week we had a visit from Bailey the poodle who was bowing and doing right paw / left paw tricks for us all.

Our baking class was a lot fun. We made old fashioned crumb cake. Everyone took turns mixing and we had designated egg cracker’s. Most remember relaxing and having crumb cake with coffee served to friends, or a leisurely Sunday looking over the newspaper. Catherine Graffelner recalled making a cake from scratch. Catherine Budd said she remembers the large tasty crumbs on top. We served our crumb cake as a snack during Bingo.

McPeak’s Gallery started off with the Art of Tattoo’s. Everyone picked their own “tattoo” and then got a chance to color it as they liked. Of course, we had a lovely rose with candle, next a large owl, a native cactus plant with mosaic titles and a salamander. Our pictures came out so bright with many colors. Another weekend, Skylar made colored eggs with everyone. Residents all had a different design and bright colors. Some people made very abstract looking designs We talked about making fancy Easter baskets and hiding eggs. We also celebrated with family and friends. For good luck we made a pot of gold with a rainbow.

Our “Remember When” activity took us back to New York City and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We have a few residents that have gone to the parade or marched in one. Dorothy Alloy has been to view them and enjoyed the excitement of the crowd. Of course, many of our ladies have made corn beef and cabbage and potatoes for dinner. But Catherine Budd, Maureen McCarthy said, they just enjoyed the day with their family. Everyone said they wore some green on that day. I asked if anyone had ever found a four-leaf clover? To my surprise many had found one and saved it in a book. Catherine Graffelner said, she had lots of them growing in her back yard.

For a change of pace. We watched a travel log of Alaska. These showed places as Ketchikan, Skagway, Juno, British Columbia , Vancouver. They saw glaciers and Black Bears. The residents were excited as these were places I had visited this past August. They couldn’t believe I was in a boat, so close to the large whales.

Anne was here for our Animal Adventures program with Pinocchio the ornery duck. Patrick Thomas tamed the duck who became very quiet sitting in his lap. There were two chicks that sat with Mary Meier and Dorothy Alloy. Then there was the soft black and white rabbit who just loved visiting and sitting on resident’s laps. Of course, Eve the alpaca was here just making everyone happy. We took pictures with all our friends who spent the day making all of us smile.

Birthdays Celebrated

  • Margaret Walsh 4/5
  • Mario Escarlera 4/18
  • Marietta Arnott 4/25
  • Thomas Bauer 4/26
  • Janet Marsala 4/27

 

Entertainment

  • Ted Haiman – 4/5 & 4/17
  • Roberta Fabiano – 4/13
  • Ray Lani – 4/27

Activities

  • Salvation Army Visits
  • Creative Connection With Diane
  • Anne v. Biernacki
  • Animal Adventures
  • Ruth Vargas / Yoga

Ongoing Activities

  • K of C BINGO: Second Monday of Each Month
  • Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church: Every Sunday for Communion
  • Grace Gospel Church: Second Saturday of Each Month
  • P.R.A.T.T. – Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Assisted Therapy: Every Wednesday

For your convenience, our newsletter and recreation calendar can be found on our website, www.mcpeaks.com, or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/McPeaksAssistedLiving.

March 2018 Newsletter

By Maria Agrillo, Recreation Director

March is so busy with the start of day light savings. Then its St Patrick’s Day celebrated with the big parade in New York City. Everyone wears green, drinks green beer, and indulges in some corned beef and cabbage. St. Patrick’s Day is followed by Palm Sunday, opening day of Major League Baseball (a holiday in its own right for some folks,) and of course Passover begins on March 30th. For many this is the start of spring.

To get March off to a good start, here is an Irish Blessing for all our readers:

“Remember”
An Irish Blessing
Always remember to forget the things that made you sad. But never forget to remember the things that made you glad.
Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue. But don’t forget to remember those that have stuck by you.
Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church helped us celebrate Ash Wednesday by coming by and offering ashes and a blessing to all those who wished to receive them. It was a lovely occasion.

This month our baking class made orange cranberry bread. We had fun putting all the ingredients together. We got to enjoy our cooking as a snack during bingo. Mary Meier, Maureen McCarthy, Anne Lotocke, Helen Link, Emily Janelli and Adeline Jahelka all remarked that it was easier now to bake as there’s no clean up! “We just get to eat it.”

March started off with a comedy movie called Ground Hog Day starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott. A true modern comedy. We had a full room with lots of residents laughing.

In keeping with the Winter Olympics, we watched the movie Miracle about the 1980 world USA hockey team that beat the Soviet Union. It was wonderful to be a part of that Olympic era but watching the movie brings back all the emotions. It’s a great movie for men and women. The residents enjoyed reliving the triumph of USA over the Russians.

To change things up for our movie series, we watched a John Denver concert, “Rocky Mountain High.” We had a full viewing audience. Lots of residents sang-a-long. Then we watched a Dean Martin comedy. Boy, did we have some good laughs watching the old shows. Every resident said they don’t make the new shows like they did anymore.

Our group sing-a-long was a huge hit with Georgina Rae and her country hits. This was followed by Lawrence Welk’s singers. Everyone had a lovely time singing along with all the old standards.

We had our friend Ted Haiman here to play piano and do a live sing-a-long. He played immigrant songs, Broadway show tunes and popular classics. Helen Link, Patrick Thomas, Dorothy Alloy, Frances Manning, all enjoyed him very much. Everyone enjoys the singing lively rousing renditions that Ted brings to us on the piano.

As our group exercise program moves along we started off with our yoga group lead by Ruth. We are working on seated poses and sitting up straight. Also, mindful breathing has been a revelation for some residents.

Then we have our sit & dance program, for all those who enjoy moving to music and stretching. We also have our sing and stretch group that combines movement with some nice music and singing.

This month we had a new visitor from P.R.A.A.T. for pet therapy. Her name is Penny. She’s a 6-month-old rescue from Puerto Rico because of the devastating hurricane. Once here safe and sound she was put up for adoption. Penny is a pet therapy dog in training. We wish her the best of luck.

Of course, Corey and Bailey also paid us visits to brighten up our day’s and make us smile.

Diane from Creative Connection was here with another fun project for us to paint. We painted the word Love in four boxes with different colors. Everyone was surprised how nice they looked when finished. Lorraine Doutney used to paint years ago. Now that she tried again, she was happy and relaxed. Marietta Arnott came to watch and listen to our classical music. She enjoyed the music and watching others create. Charlotte Hoffman and Janet Marsala were just glad to paint and enjoy the music. Our classes now have painters plus residents that just enjoy the music and like to observe. At the next class we painted a bird in a sunset, which had bright colors and a black bird. You could have the painting go in two directions which was nice for each person to chose which way it was going to go.

Roberta Fabiano was in to entertain us on Valentine’s day. We had another packed room with lots of sing and hand clapping. Songs from our era and pasts were played. Everyone enjoys her and the way she sings to us. We also had a table top bowling game with Carol from the Salvation Army. Patrick Thomas was our high scorer with 37 points. Dorothy Alloy had 21 points and Anne Lotocke had 18 points. We always have a good time with lots of laughs when bowling.

Anne V.Biernacki was here with Animal Adventures to end our month. On this visits she brought Bear a 4 year old dog that she resued. Everyone loves bear as he is just a big love. He gave kisses and can shake hands of course. We also had 6 small bunnies so there was plenty of holding and cuddling for everyone.

Birthdays Celebrated

  • Mary Icolari 3/5
  • Catherine Budd 3/6
  • Joan Rogers 3/20
  • Catherine Graffelner 3/21

 

Entertainment

  • Bob Rush – 3/2
  • Magic Dave – 3/6
  • Bruce Schneider – 3/16
  • Nina Et Cetera – 3/30

Activities

  • Salvation Army Visits
  • Creative Connection With Diane
  • Anne v. Biernacki
  • Animal Adventures
  • Ruth Vargas / Yoga

Ongoing Activities

  • K of C BINGO: Second Monday of Each Month
  • Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church: Every Sunday for Communion
  • Grace Gospel Church: Second Saturday of Each Month
  • P.R.A.T.T. – Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Assisted Therapy: Every Wednesday

For your convenience, our newsletter and recreation calendar can be found on our website, www.mcpeaks.com, or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/McPeaksAssistedLiving.

February 2018 Newsletter

By Maria Agrillo, Recreation Director

When we think of February we have thoughts of Valentine’s Day. We write cards, get chocolates for that special someone, send roses and above all show our appreciation for the person we love. Of course, there’s also the Super Bowl for our football fans. Who can’t resist parties with friends and lots of good food?!

Mardi Gras takes place down in New Orleans this month as well. The event is marked by great music, delicious Creole food, and plenty of celebrating. As if that weren’t enough to keep someone busy, this year we have the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They start on Feb. 9, 2018 and go through Feb. 25, 2018. What’s your favorite event? And since there is no rest for the weary February is also the home of; Black History Month, Lent, President’s Day, and then Purim. Thats a whole lot for just 28 days.

Our New Year started off with George Maselli entertaining us on New Year’s Day. We had holiday cookies and soda and enjoyed a truly lovely afternoon.

Don Anthony was next to visit us. He had everyone singing and moving in our chairs. The room was full. Helen Link sang along and danced in her chair. Patrick Thomas sang with Don Anthony. Catherine Budd was tapping her feet and moving her hands to the music. I’d say we all had a good afternoon.

We had a wonderful afternoon with Nina Et Cetera. She played all kinds of country songs and some love songs as well. Helen Link and Adeline Jahelka sang with her. Edith & Reggie Sabella were holding hands and having a great time to the music. Peter Icolari was singing to the music as well. We also got to enjoy some cheese & crackers and soda pop.

For our movies this month we started off with “Where There’s a Will.” The movie takes place in a small town in Texas. It’s about a grandson and grandmother. We had a full house for it and everyone enjoyed watching; the ending touched everyone’s.

Next, we watched, “Out of The Woods”, Starring Edward Asner, Jason London, Mel Harris. It’s about a family and the spirit of the Indians. Teaching all about keeping life in balance. The movie took place in the mountains of California and was beautiful to watch.

Our residents voted to watch a concert this time. Their choice was, “The Tenors live from Las Vegas”. It was a very moving concert. Helen Link said it was very good. Emily Janelli enjoyed how they looked and their amazing voices. Patrick Thomas said, it was nice to see young people perform and dress well. He also, enjoyed the songs.

For McPeak’s Art Gallery we started off with our Water Colors project. These were Snow Globe Scenes. Residents had the choice of a lovely church scene or Reindeer scene for their globes. Patrick Thomas made an art-deco reindeer. Adeline Jahelka made a very lovely pastelwater-color globe. Catherine Budd made a church scene look like a Norman Rockwell.

We also made Winter Tree Scenes that turned out amazing. Each one looks so different and original. Helen Link was surprised how good it turned out. Patrick Thomas made a palm tree in winter. Millie Verderosa looks as if it’s in a blizzard. Mary Meier made one as if it’s in a clearing. Our group has so much hidden talent.

Diane from Creative Connection was here with another amazing project to make. We made winter penguins on the ice. Some have scarves and others are looking up into the sky. Adeline Jahelka is working on a water color print. Dorothy Alloy finished her project and was so pleased and surprised with herself. Millie Verderosa, Joan Rogers, Mary Meier and Maureen McCarthy were all just so happy with their painting skills. We will continue to work on these projects in the next class as well. For our second painting project Diane brought Red Cardinals sitting in a tree. They also came out great. Dorothy Alloy was so happy with her painting. Diane thinks she is a hidden artist. Maureen McCarthy loved her red cardinal and enjoyed painting. All of our paintings are displayed around the building, so please come and see them.

Trivia had us laughing. We have a very knowledgeable group. They all love to learn new facts. We started off with Trivial Pursuit for seniors. We had science facts, entertainment and sports with literature as well.

Our reminiscing activity took us back to our resident’s youth. We talked about House Calls in the days when a doctor really came to your home. Ladies and young girl’s wearing a girdle. We had some good laughs on this topic. Dorothy Alloy and Catherine Budd said, “We hated those things, so uncomfortable”. Catherine Graffelner said, “We all looked alike in them”. We also discussed gas station attendants which have mostly gone by the wayside, and the best extra room in your apartment “fire escapes”. Boy did I learn a lot on this one. It was dad’s grilling spot, a space for kids to hang out with friend, a hideaway for the ladies to gossip, and these were just a few among so many uses.

We had our first baking class. In this class we each had a group make honey cornbread. One group made a loaf, the other group made a squared design. Residents enjoyed putting the ingredients together and mixing. We ate our cornbread during bingo for our snack. It turned out very good.

The Salvation Army paid us a visit this month. They brought us a treat and played a game with us. They also shared a simple sermon with us, making everyone feel special and loved.

The yoga instructor was here twice this month with Ruth leading us in new chair moves plus helping breath better. Adeline Jahelka enjoys yoga, she told us that this was something she did when she was younger, so she enjoys it now as well. Kay Chester, Mary Meier, Anne Lotocke, all enjoy the class, they say it’s relaxing.

Our physical games this month were horseshoes and ring toss. Our high scores in horse shoes were Catherine Graffelner with 75 points! Than we had Patrick Thomas in second place with 70 points. Third place was Mary Meier. Ring toss had Dorothy Alloy with a score of 80 points. Second place Patrick Thomas with 35 points. Third place was Janet Marsala and Anne Lotocke both scored 25 points.

Our friends from P.R.A.A.T came to visit us on Wednesday were Baily, a Poodle, who makes everyone smile and laugh. He learned right paw and left paw. Also, he has been bowing. Next was Corey the wired hair Dachshund who gives everyone kisses.

Anne was here from Animal Adventures. On this visit she came with two alpacas Eve & Ruddy, who have grown since we last had seen them. They now love to eat treats. Edith Sabella loved how soft they were and Reggie Sabella at first thought they were large dogs. We had one small quail that was a bit wild in nature but once Mary Meier held it, boy did it calm down. Next, we had two large brown show pigeons. They were making noises at each other, a gentle soft sound. Anne Lotocke enjoyed them, and said they were very soft. Dorothy Alloy loved how soft and quiet they were. Catherine Graffelner held a dwarf rabbit, that was all shades of brown. Kay Chester held a very large rabbit which fell asleep in her arms and lap. We took lots of pictures, and everyone really had a great time.

Birthdays Celebrated

  • Denise Perrone 2/16

 

Entertainment

  • Rishard – 2/9
  • Terry Uss – Valentine’s Day 2/14
  • Roberta Fabiano – 2/23

January Bingo Winners

  • Catherine Graffelner
  • Emily Janelli
  • Helen Link
  • Anne Lotocke
  • Maureen McCarthy

Activities

  • Salvation Army Visits
  • Creative Connection With Diane
  • Anne v. Biernacki
  • Animal Adventures
  • Ruth Vargas / Yoga

Ongoing Activities

  • K of C BINGO: Second Monday of Each Month
  • Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church: Every Sunday for Communion
  • Grace Gospel Church: Second Saturday of Each Month
  • P.R.A.T.T. – Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Assisted Therapy: Every Wednesday

For your convenience, our newsletter and recreation calendar can be found on our website, www.mcpeaks.com, or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/McPeaksAssistedLiving.

January 2018 Newsletter

By Maria Agrillo, Recreation Director

As we say good-bye to 2017, we reminisce about the passing year. All that we’ve done, the places we’ve seen, and the people we’ve met. We also make resolutions that will hopefully help guide us in the new year.

The New Year is welcomed with the classic ball drop in Times Square and a glass of Champagne or two perhaps. On New Year’s Day, family and friends get together to enjoy one another’s company and to look forward to a new year full of hope and promise.

Last month started with Diane from Creative Connections. She’s a great teacher that helped us make our own holiday paintings of a very classic snowman. Believe it or not every snowman had its own personality which is apparent when they are seen on display in our gallery. Please feel free to come by and look. Denise Perrone learned that she has a hidden artist inside her. Adeline Jahelka enjoys painting with water colors. Helen Link is always amazed at what she paints, and really enjoys the process while Patrick Thomas enjoys the class and finds himself quite inspired. Our group loves Diane, because she brings out the creative side of our residents. Our art work is hung in rooms and all around McPeak’s. So please come and view what our residents have accomplished.

Our first art project was the very fun crafting of mitten wreaths. We made our colorful mittens out of paper, decorated them, and then assembled them into a lovely wreath. Our next project was making snow globes with our own winter scenes inside them. This brought up great conversations about the many snow globes that people collect. Some have moving parts inside them. Our group said the ones from Europe are the most collectible.

This December we did a sing-a-long called Mitch Miller and Friends. They had lot of fun since they remembered when Mitch Miller was on TV. Of course, Helen Link was our singing leader, followed by Patrick Thomas. Everyone had a nice time singing to holiday music.

Ruth Vargas is our yoga instructor, who comes twice a month to lead us through our yoga lessons. We have lovely relaxing music followed by her wonderful instructions as we do seated movements. We are learning to lengthen our spines and to be more flexible in movements. Adeline Jahelka says at her age, this is the best exercise she can do. Patrick Thomas enjoys the group and keeping fit. Catherine Graffelner just enjoys it and feels better afterwards. Kay Chester loves it, and hasn’t missed a class. Now if yoga is not your thing, we have sit & dance or music & exercise. Here you can sing plus exercise. This does get a bunch of takers because it covers a lot of ground and it’s just fun.

We of course can’t forget about our furry friends from P.R.A.A.T. We have weekly visits from some loving pups like Bailey, Corey, and Wolfy. They shower us with hugs and kisses each time they come. Everyone gets excited to see them. This happens every Wednesday and relatives and friends are welcome to share in the company of these pups with their loved ones.

The Salvation Army came to help us spread some holiday cheer. We sang carols, and talked about the meaning of Christmas. They read us some poems and gave us a blessing for the coming year. We had some cookies and they gave everyone a holiday basket filled with nice treats.

Our holiday word games were a whole lot of fun. Some of the words we used were: Kwanza, Hanukkah, Ebenezer Scrooge, Festival of Lights, Menorah, Poinsettia, Maccabee’s, Reindeer, Frankincense. We then went on to talk about our Christmas lists to Santa. Yes, we had some great wishes that we hope get filled. Patrick Thomas would like a whoopie cushion, so he can make people laugh. Dolly would like to have a sled, so she can go sliding down a snowy hill! Adeline would like to have a shiny bicycle. We had so many great laughs and the most wonderful wish lists.

We hope you had a chance to see our decorated Christmas Tree by our main staircase. We had our residents decorate and supervise where the decorations were placed on the tree. We sang carols, shared eggnog and had our Christmas toast. Catherine Budd, Catherine Graffelner, and Emily Janelli were our designated decorators. Adeline Jahelka and Janet Marsala were excellent as assistants who took out the bows and fluffed them for us. Others told us where to place items on the tree. We topped it all of with an Angel at .

To kick off our holiday movie series, we watched the movie “Santa Claus” starring Dudley Moore and John Lithgow. We had a full viewing audience. Everyone enjoyed this true Christmas classic of the story. This was followed by movie “A Christmas Story” starring Melinda Dillion, Dean McGavin, and Peter Billingsley. This movie has the very famous line “You’ll shoot your eye out kid!” Also, the little boy, Ralph wants a Red Ryder 200-shot carbine action air rifle. Everyone was glued to the movie and laughing at all the many follies acted out within.

Ted Ricci started off our holiday of entertainers. He played his electric key board and sang all the holiday songs. Helen Link, Patrick Thomas, Catherine Budd, Adeline Jahelka, and Frances Manning all lead the group sing-along. We had a full house for this one! Next, we had Roberta Fabiano for our holiday party. Residents sang along with her to Silent Night, Deck the Halls, Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer. Then she sang Elvis songs: Are You Lonesome Tonight, Teddy Bear, I’ll Have a Blue Christmas. We enjoyed delicious holiday cookies and eggnog. Earlier in the day we had our holiday party and Santa Claus made a visit. He gave out gifts to all the residents and took pictures with anyone who wished to do so. It was a lovely day for all.

Girl Scout Troop 3701 came to visit us and sing carols as well. There were 10 middle school age girls with Santa caps. That got everyone ready for the holidays! They also made ornaments to put on our Christmas tree.

Anne Biernaki came to visit us with her wonderful animals! We had Eve, an eight week old Alpaca, and her companion Ruddy who is four weeks old. Both were so soft and sweet and just a joy to be around. Her dog Teddy Bear came to visit us as well who is three years old. We had a great time and once again the room was standing room only.

Birthdays Celebrated

  • Harriet Kulbokas 1/9
  • Margaret Tone 1/18
  • Helen Gallo 1/21
  • Cathryn Raka 1/22

Entertainment

  • George Maselli’s Fabulous New Year Showcase
  • Don Anthony
  • Nina Et Cetra Performs
  • Salvation Army Visits
  • Creative Connection With Diane
  • Anne v. Biernacki’s Animal Adventures
  • Ruth Vargas – Yoga

Ongoing Activities

  • K of C BINGO: Second Monday of Each Month
  • Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church: Every Sunday for Communion
  • Grace Gospel Church: Second Saturday of Each Month
  • P.R.A.T.T. – Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Assisted Therapy: Every Wednesday

For your convenience, our newsletter and recreation calendar can be found on our website, www.mcpeaks.com, or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/McPeaksAssistedLiving.

March 2017 Newsletter

By Liz Turner, Recreation Director

We decorated the mantel for February with cups of red, white and Pink for valentine’s day. We added flowers and hearts and lace dollies to make them look pretty. Anne Lotocke said her husband would give her a heart shaped box of chocolates for Valentine’s, Eugene Raka would give his wife red roses. Maureen McCarty said she would like to get jewelry and Charlotte Hoffman loved to receive flowers.

For arts and crafts in the recreation room we made a bouget of hearts with glitter. Anne Lotocke said she liked to get a heart shaped box of chocolates for valentine’s day. Ellen Anders said she likes to have chocolate on any holiday. Reggie Sobella would give his wife flowers, red roses.

For the sitting area arts and crafts project, we took Styrofoam monkeys, loins, and elephants and glued them on pink paper plates. Then took felt heart stickers and made them look like funny valentines. Anne Lotocke said her monkey valentine was “bananas”, which gave us all a good laugh.

For McPeak’s Gallery we made cat silhouettes we colored to look like stained glass. Tonnie Arena said “Meow”, Hans Schroder made his cat with a nose like a pig. But we all agree that’s the beauty of art there is no right or wrong.

Reminiscing had us looking back on our family’s, husbands, wife’s, and kids. Remembering what the jobs our parents had Harriet Kulbokas father was a milkman and she met her husband Pete at the dairy. Millie Verderosa father was a dentist and her mother was a millinery (hat maker). Both of Eugene Raka parents worked at Western Union, in fact that’s where they met. Evelyn Castrataro told us her father was a single parent and he was a barber.

Word games had us thinking of books and magazines we have read. Marge Taylor read “The good book” the bible. Harriet Kulbokas told us her favorite book is “The good earth” by Peal S. Buck. Tina Schillings likes” Readers Digest” because of the diversity of the articles. Maureen McCarthy likes to read the Magazine McCall, in fact she had a subscription deliver to her house.

Brain Games had us put our thinking caps on. We had questions on geography, Anne Lotocke was very good in this category. The science questions were hard and Catherine Budd said she thought we should have paid more attention in school.Tina Schillings did very well on all catorges.

On DVD, we watched Red Skelton’s bloopers, blunders, & ad-libs. Ruth Levy said it was hilarious. Millie Verderosa favorite character was “Deadeye “who was an inept sheriff in the Old West. Peggy Tone got a big kick seeing Harpo Marx as a guest star. Charlotte Hoffman remembered Audrey Meadows as “Alice” on the honeymooners.

Another DVD we saw was the “Planet Earth” by the BBC, we saw “seasonal forests” and “ocean deep”. Harriet Kulbokas said it was very interesting to see how life on earth is allways changing.

Ray Lani brought his guitar and sang songs for us. Pete and Mary Icolai We enjoyed a glass of soda and some chocolate and vanillia sandwich cookies.

Every Wednesday we get a visit from the Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Therapy. Edith was here with Bailey who is a standard white poodle. He has learned to give his paw when receiving treats from us. Tomasine Mangano even like to pet him because he is so friendly.

Skylar Boucher and Genesis Carrasquillo are here on the weekends.

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.

At the end of March, the Recreation Director, Liz Turner will be leaving, as much as she loves all of us at McPeak’s. She is going to pursue other opportunities. We said we will miss her, but she has assured us that will be having as much fun and activities with the new Recreation Director.

Birthdays Celebrated

Mary Icolari on the 5th
Catherine Budd on the 6th

Entertainment

  • Ray Lani

February’s Winners!!!!

BINGO Winner

  • Millie Verderosa

BOWLING Winners

  • 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

For your convenience, our newsletter and recreation calendar can be found on our website, www.mcpeaks.com, or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/McPeaksAssistedLiving.

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

Entertainment

  • Nina Et cetera
  • Hank Porter
  • February’s Winners!!!!

    BINGO Winner

    • Millie Verderosa

    BOWLING Winners

    • 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

    For your convenience, our newsletter and recreation calendar can be found on our website, www.mcpeaks.com, or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/McPeaksAssistedLiving.

    January 2017 Newsletter

    By Liz Turner, Recreation Director

    For December, we decorated the mantel with flowers in shiny decorative boxes. We used red and white poinsettias, with silver and gold accents. Tina Schillings said they look wonderful. Charlette Hoffman was impressed with how the crafts made the room look like a winter wonderland.

    For arts and crafts in the recreation room we made construction paper snowmen. We used white chalk on them to make it look like it was snowing. Anne Lotocke told us her snowman’s name was Adam. Ellen Anders wanted her craft to be anonymous so she signs it with the initials B.C. We had Genesis a new employee help us with our crafts.

    For the sitting area arts and crafts, we made angels from paper plates with glittery wings. Anne McTiernan said her dog Daisy is an angel. Erwin Smith told us his wife is a real angel. Kay Chester told us here four children were angels when they were born.

    For “McPeak’s Gallery” we used our artistic talents to color a mandala of the sun and moon. Dorothy Varapeili told us she used to be a commercial artist. Evelyn Castrataro is also very talented. We all enjoy the coloring saying it is very relaxing.

    For the tree trimming crafts we made foam gingerbread men and ornaments that we designed with magic markers. We also filled glass balls with glitter and jingle bells. Denise Perrone recalled that all her ornaments had a memory of Christmas past. Anne McTierman told us Daisy, her dog had her own ornament. Kay Chester said she had Herbie the cartoon character for an ornament.

    At the tree trimming we all had a turn at hanging our ornament on the tree. We enjoyed some eggnog and cookies as we listened to Christmas songs. Bobby Palmer had his sister join us. Dorothy Varapeili said eggnog is her favorite. The tree looked so beautiful Anthony Karabaich described it as “Fantastic,” Antonia Levato said the tree was “bellissimo.”

    The students from Briarcliff Dental Clinic came here to talk about oral hygiene. Maureen McCarthy said it was very informative. We were excited to get samples of toothpaste and dental floss. Anne Argento said she could use the gifts to stuff stockings for Christmas.

    For Word Games, we recalled the song “Twelve days of Christmas” but it wasn’t so easy to remember all the different presents, without singing it. We enjoyed the “what’s in the bag?” game. We guessed all the items, only one item stumped us. Hans Schroeder said it was an interesting game.

    For Reminiscing we talked about Christmas. We listed some of our favorite songs Tina Schillings like sleigh Bells,” which she sang for us, Eugene Raka “God rest the merry gentlemen,” Both Marge Taylor and Helen Kalinowski “Silent Night.” Antonia Levato sang to us a Christmas song in Italian and received a round of applause.

    Kimisha and Carole from the Salvation Army came by. They shared the history and told us that it is a church and international charitable organization, founded by William and his wife Catherine Booth. They gave us some nice Christmas gifts for all of us. We were all very appreciative.

    On DVD, we watched some “Holiday Favorites” TV shows. The Beverly Hillbillies and The Bob Cummings Show (Love That Bob). We also saw a Documentary abbot Elvis Presley. Of course, for Christmas we watched “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer” and “Frosty the snowman.”

    Bruce Schneider who sings vocals, came with Charlie on guitar, and Ronnie on keyboard, to help us ring in the New Year. They played happy and seasonal songs. We all wore beaded necklaces for the party. Catherine Budd was toe taping and smiling. Anne Lotocke wishes we had a party all the time.

    Every Wednesday we get a visit from the Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Therapy. Rene came in with Hans in his new blue coat and a matching collar. Mary Icolari told her husband Pete Icolari she had a “new man.” Mac was here too. We all love him, as Helen Kailinowski says “He is so cute and tiny.” Rich and his golden retriever Sofie brought smiles to our faces.

    Our top scorer on Monday bowling was Mike Morgese, in second place, was Helen Kalinowski, and Kay Chester was in third place. This month’s big bingo winner was Tina Schillings, wining the most games.

    January Birthdays

    Harriet Kulbokas on the 9th
    Peggy Tone on the 18th

    Poetry Corner

    By the residents

    When Christmas is over
    What fun we’ve had getting old
    All the good memories, moments of gold
    Family, friends, kids and pets
    Good times till there’s no money left
    We’ll always remember the moments we had
    Guess this Christmas thing isn’t so bad

    Entertainment

    • Nina Et cetera
    • Hank Porter

    January’s Winners!!!!

    BINGO Winner

    • Tina Schillings

    BOWLING Winners

    • Mike Morgese
    • Helen Kalinowski
    • Kay Chester

    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

    For your convenience, our newsletter and recreation calendar can be found on our website, www.mcpeaks.com, or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/McPeaksAssistedLiving.