November 2016 Newsletter

By Liz Turner, Recreation Director

This month we decorated the mantel with trick or treat cups of black, orange, and purple which we filled with flowers. Anne McTierman said she liked to ride her motorcycle in the cool weather. Catherine Budd said she likes the leaves on the trees changing colors. Antonia Levato told us she likes to make tomato soup, not homemade, out of a can. Harriet Kulbokas likes to carve pumpkins in the fall.

For arts and crafts in the recreation room for the mouth of October we made witches with a green face and black hat. Some us had happy withes while others had sad or angry witches. Anne McTierman told us she visited Salem, Massachusetts where they had the Salem witch trials. Catherine Budd said on Halloween she would come to the door in a witch mask to scare the trick or treaters instead of their scaring her.

We took paper plates to make patchwork apples for our crafts to be hung in the sitting area. We used squares of red scrapbook paper we glued with a stem and leaf. Anne Argento said we “should have had a worm in it”.

For “McPeak’s Gallery” we made a forest of trees of construction paper in pastel colors on a turquoise background, then drew branches on them. Anne Lotocke said she had a small yard so she would take walks in the woods to see the fall colors.

On “Famous Fridays” I invited Owen Quin to speak with us. He was the first person to parachute off one of the towers of The World Trade Center (twin towers), on July 22, 1975. When he landed, he was arrested and charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and reckless endangerment. But within the course of a year the case was dropped. He reminded us he is a professional with more than a thousand jumps and has a jump-master license. He told us in 1978, he appeared on the game show To Tell The Truth, along with guest appearances on talk shows.

For Reminiscing we recalled laundry day. Kay Chester said she used “Rinso” to wash her clothes Evelyn Castrataro used “Lux” for her delicates. We recall hanging the sheets out on the line to dry. Some of us used “bluing” to keep our whites white. Anne Lotocke reminded us that after all the washing was done she would have to iron.

For “Brain Games” the question was asked “If you could do anything in the world what would you do? Tina Schilling said she would be a billionaire, Maureen McCarty said she would cure the sick, Tonnie Arena wanted a cup of coffee, Anne Lotocke wanted to go to the moon. And Harriet Kulbokas wants to travel the world.

Bob Shade played his piano favorites for us. He started off with “Over the Rainbow”, and continued with a lot of the songs we used to listen to. Mike Morgese sang along with “Taking a Chance on Love” and followed that with “I’m Though with Love”; Peggy Tone was tapping her feet to the music along with Ed Weinmann.

At the sing along Thomasine Mangano surprised us by singing with Dean Martin on “Luna Mezza Mare”. The lyrics were Italian but she sure sounded like she knew them. Evelyn Castrataro had a smile on her face singing “Show Me the Way to Go Home” by Ray Anthony. All of us chimed in to sing “High Hopes” from Frank Sinatra.

We look forward to our Friday entertainment guests. Tony Grant surprised us all when he showed up with an accordion. He played a variety of Octoberfest and Halloween music. Helen Kalinowski told us she also played the accordion. Ellen Andersen was happy to sing in German to some polka songs. A good time was had by all. Ruth Levy said she was glad for something different.

A surprise guest was here for Halloween, Magic Dave “The Great Santina”. He had us in awe with his magic tricks, pulling a chicken out of a hat and making a dollar bill magically appear across the room. Evelyn Castrataro helped him by waving a magic wand. Peter Icolari had him mind reading the 2 of hearts he picked from a deck of cards.

On DVD, we watched “The Carol Burnett Show”. Harriet Kulbokas said she used to watch that show. Anne Argento said the show was very funny. Mary Morris said she lived in Brooklyn and told us there used to be a film studio there. She used to watch the silent film stars coming on to work, and they don’t make movies like that anymore.

Every Wednesday we get a visit from the Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Therapy, and this last week Chip came to visit us. He is a “Chiwennie” which is a cross between a Chihuahua and dachshund. Lucy Palazzo was happy to see him. Thomasine Mangano gave a treat to Mac, who is a year old now and has been visiting here since he was a baby. We had Bella who is a big Labrador retriever and a retired Army dog who served in Afghanistan. Margie Tsoukais and Denise Perrone like the standard poodle Hans the best.

Our top scorer on Monday bowling was Mike Morgese, Helen Link was in second place, and Harriet Kulbokas was in third place. This month’s big bingo winner was Evelyn Castrataro! Of course, we all enjoy the prizes the K of C brings for their monthly bingo.

No residents have Birthdays to be celebrated in November.

Poetry Corner
By the residents

Pumpkin Picking
It’s such fun
When it is cold
I will love each one
Even if my nose does run


  • Bob’s Piano Favorites
  • Bruce Schneider
  • Nina – et – Cetera

October’s Winners!!!!

BINGO Winner

  • Evelyn Castrataro


  • Mike Morgese
  • Helen Link
  • Harriet Kulbokas

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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Tradition of Caregiving


Caregiving is a family tradition for the McPeaks. Sixty years ago, registered nurses James and Katherine McPeak founded McPeak’s Assisted Living in Patchogue. Today, their son James McPeak Jr. runs the 51-bed business, housed in a Victorian mansion built in 1924. With more than 75 assisted living facilities on Long Island, including many operated by big providers such as Atria, Sunrise and The Bristal, there’s a lot more competition than there was decades ago. There are a number of options for potential residents, and for prospective employees.

But McPeak, 60, says his facility’s small size can be an advantage. For example, “huge facilities may not be a good fit for someone with cognitive impairment,” he says; they may be better off at a smaller place.

While McPeak’s has a few openings right now, he said his business did not take a hit as big players have moved into the Long Island market. In fact, McPeak said, the big chains sometimes refer people to him.

Competitive pricing has helped McPeak’s thrive, he said. Basic monthly rent is $3,000 for a semiprivate room.

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February 2014 Newsletter

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By Linda Ohlsen, Recreation Director

The start of a new month and a new year found us eager for new beginnings. Elisabeth Sommers was most helpful in taking down the ornaments form our large Christmas tree and the two of us had the job done in no time. Our mini trees were a joint effort, with everyone carefully dismantling their own and helping to pack all away for another year. Once done, we were ready to focus on our January theme-snow.

Our mantel was filled with the blue and white tree silhouettes, made by, Alex Salmin and Tina Schillings, and, of course, piles of fluffy snow. Lovely too were individual snowflakes that were framed and hung in our recreation room. Evelyn Grasso and Bernadette Lawlor did a great job with this craft.

Our most ambitious project of the month was the three dimensional snowflakes we made for our hall. Paul Trouve, Larry Judson and Millie Verderosa were absolute pros at this and helped others to complete their work. Everyone was pleased with our finished project, which made a lovely display.

While crafting our indoor snow scenes, Mother Nature took care of those outdoors, sending us not one, but two major storms. Thus, it was with some trepidation that we tackled our last craft of the month -“We Love Snow” signs. Though perhaps a little insincere, our signs were nevertheless very pretty, especially those made by Ellen McCormack, Bill Jones and Robert Baumann.

Our winter trivia was fun and interesting. Phyllis Levy provided the answers for many of the questions, as did, Ruth Beal and Gilda Messina. Evelyn Grasso displayed her own area of expertise at our sing along with pianist Bob Shade. Evelyn knew the lyrics and sang along with almost every song Bob played, much to the delight of all. Bob’s selections this month included, “Button Up Your Overcoat” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, perfect for this time of year.

Our two pet therapy dogs came buttoned up in their overcoats when visiting this month. We warmed their paws while they warmed our hearts. Edwin Weinmann and Mary Ditta always look forward to the visits, as do Fran Zummo and Artie Johnson.

Warming our hearts too was Pastor Bonfiglio, who always has such wonderful words prepared for us. Angela Hampson and Bobbie Smith are very pleased when he comes.

Julie Franco helped us chase away some of the winter blahs with a delightful one hour program that had us singing and enjoying our time together. Joan Corbett shared the mic with Julie and we were all amazed by her beautiful singing voice. Antonia Levato also amazed as she sang along in Italian with Julie. Tony Webb and Charlotte Hoffman hit the dance floor together and received the applause of Adelaide McKasty and Lee Kulakowski.

Nina Et Cetera gave a terrific show as well, filled with country western tunes that were a hit with Fran Skotko and Josephine Gross. I had fun dancing with Joe Gold who was perfectly attired for the afternoon, sporting his favorite cowboy hat.

Our winter chills disappeared as we engaged in lots of active fun including our bowling and basketball competitions. Bowling scores keep going up for Celia Wysocki and Madeline Pedota and Elisabeth Sommers’ games have definitely improved. Among our top bowlers for the month were, Bobbie Smith, Larry Judson and Bob Baumann.

Continuing as our best basketball player is Bill Jones who can make some outrageous shots. Alex Salmin and Tony Webb are also amazing as are, Tina Schillings and Evelyn Grasso.

Larry Judson was our bingo winner for January. It is his first time as a monthly winner and he definitely was up against some stiff competition. Gilda Messina, with 50 games to her credit, was a close competitor as was; Phyllis Levy with 51, but Larry’s score of 54 took him to the top.

Ending our month was a great show with entertainers Bruce, Ron and Charlie. Their musical selections offered something for everyone, featuring songs from the late 30’s to the 80’s. Ron played guitar and gave us some lively tunes while Charlie’s keyboard offerings were more relaxed. Bruce out did himself with his vocal pieces which highlighted the music of the 40’s-50’s. Bruce is also a great impersonator and we had fun calling out the names of the famous celebrities he was imitating such as, Cary Grant, Jerry Lewis and W.C. Fields. Their show was certainly a nice way to end the month.

By Tina Schillings



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McPeak’s Provides Guidance for Recognizing Elderly’s Ability to Live Independently During Holiday Season

Assisted Living Facility Sees More Inquiries as Families Get Together

As seniors age, those who see them daily can often find it difficult to notice changes in their health and behavior. As families get together for the holidays, it may be a perfect time for family members to pay attention to elderly loved ones and discuss their health, well-being and options for assisted living.

“There’s a little surge in the number of inquiries we receive during the holidays because people are finally getting in touch with their parents and loved ones. Quite often, people reach out to family members they are usually not in contact with,” said James McPeak, Owner, McPeak’s Assisted Living. “Assisted living facilities provide quality care for the elderly who may no longer be able to take care of themselves and peace of mind for their family members.”

When visiting elderly parents or family members, people should watch for changes in their loved one’s mental condition, which may be a precursor to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 10 percent of people over 65 years of age and nearly 50 percent of those over 85 years have Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia. As the population ages, the number of people with Alzheimer’s is expected to increase from 4 million to 14 million by 2050.

Assisted living facilities are often seen as a viable option for elderly relatives who may be experiencing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia or even for those who need help with basic activities of daily living. According to the National Center for Assisted Living, more than 900,000 people nationwide live in assisted living facilities. Assisted living provides senior citizens with housing, personal care and healthcare services to help them with their daily activities while allowing them to be as independent as possible in a homelike setting.

“It can be a very disappointing time for responsible family members because, they see the physical or mental health of a loved one deteriorate and they need to make some decisions about care. An assisted living facility is the perfect option for that loved one. While they are being cared for by staff members, residents are able to live their lives independently. Choosing the right facility can really help improve an elderly person’s physical, mental and social well-being.” Mr. McPeak said.

McPeak’s Assisted Living gives residents the option of either having their own rooms or sharing a room with someone else. Trained, experienced staff members are on hand to provide medications for residents when needed. Meals are served daily, and staff can prepare meals for those who have certain dietary restrictions. In addition, McPeak’s offers recreational activities to give residents a chance to socialize and spend time with each other.

“At McPeak’s Assisted Living, we understand the needs of the elderly and offer a friendly, affordable alternative to living alone by providing a safe, warm and relaxing environment,” Mr. McPeak said.