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April 2011 Newsletter

By Linda Ohlsen, Recreation Director

Our two volunteer performers, Frank and Bob, helped get us in an Irish mood at the beginning of March. Treating us to a variety of Irish songs, played on piano and accordian. They offererd a morning that both Rachel Nason and Noreen Doohan found to be most enjoyable. Gilda Messina and Ruth Faustich sang many of the songs played and if we didn't know better, we'd have sworn they were Irish.

We all worked together to get our recreration room looking like an Irish pub in time for St. Patrick's Day. Our clever "beer filled" glasses were made by Chris Orth and Julette Gerlach. They looked great on our mantel along with along with the pitcher of frosty brew created by Nick Mazzillo. We hung up green and white signs announcing ownership of our pubs and those bearing the names of kitty Keegan and Robert Hall were among the best. To celebrate our fine work we had a photo taken with our glasses raised high and then enjoyed some beer (root, that is) and pretzels, while we payed our remininscing game. There were lots of interesting memories shared at the game and a wee bit of blarney too, I'm sure.

Josephine D'Elia had the luck of the Irish when she won our March raffle. Josephie won a cute green Teddy Bear which she quickly put aside for her great granddaughter, Emma.

Our Irish wreathes featuring four leaf clovers and lots of gold coins were fun to make and looked gorgeous when done. We were fortunate to have Muriel Lizak and Madeline Pedota helping us with these lovely decorations. These ladies, along with Carmela Delisi and Joe D'Angelo also made the Celtic crosses which looked so beautiful dispalyed in our hallway. Irish trivia was fun to play and Fran Schadock had the answers to all the questions asked. Jo Caputo was a winner at the games and selected a nice bottle of perfume for her prize as did Ruth Beal. We all won at our Irish scavenger hunt and enjoyed the tiny tubs of "Irish Potato" chips that serve as prizes. Fun too was our Irish bingo, at which we each received a small green derby which we used to collec gold foil wrapped kisses. The kisses were found in a special black pot left behind by a tiny leprechan and were given to those having the lucky number for each round. Kitty Keegan and Lee Kulakowski both had their hats filled to the brim by the game's end. St. Patrick's Day morning found us baking an Irish apple cake. Julia Manganiello was a great help measuring and mixing our ingredient and Tess Brana and Juliette Gerlach peeled and chopped our apples to perfection/ The finished product was simply delicious and certainly helped to get our Irish eyes smiling.

Pastor Bonfiglio visited on St. Patrick's day morning, blessing the house and all within. It was nice to see Pauline Bovino and Therese Trembly at the service as well as regulars, bobbie Smith and Hazel Nargi. Lunch was the traditional corned beef, cabbage and potatoes and the best Irish soda bread that Juliette Gerlach had ever tasted. Everyone loved the meal and the fine Irish music that played as they dined.Green carnations were worn by all at our afternoon St. Pat's party. Tony Grant gave a fine performance singing, playing the keyboards and engaging us in a great Irish sing along. Stories of Irish history were interjected between the music and there was no absence of Irish humor during Ton's program. We sang, laughed and had a totally wonderful March 17th. Entertaining also this past month was Everett Green. Everett's fantastic singing voice was definately appreciated by all. Songs of the 50"s and 60's were lively and fun to recall and his Italian numbers were well received too. Hazel Siegel did her share of dancing during the afternoon as did Pauline Bovino and Terry Iacontino.

Our special bingo drew a larg crowd as always. Everyone was nxious to try their luck at the rounds and win one of our terrific prizes. Naturally, all our prizes followed a holiday theme with pots of shamrocks to win, Irish Sprin gsoap, green scarves, flowers ans plush. Adelaide McKasty was a winner at the games as were Robert Hall, Madeline Pedota and Josephone D'Elia.

At the end of March, we were pleased to welcome back guitarist George Missali. George has an extensive repetoire which would seem to include each and every one of our favrite songs. From the 40's to rock and roll, ethnic to patriotic, George was right on target. Judging from the smiles on the faces of Paula Shore ans Artie Johnson, another engagement by Mr. Missali is a must. We would like to thank Muriel Lizak for the fine job she has done as our Resident Council CHairperson for the past 2 years. As Muriel's term ends, we would like to welcome new chairperson, Nick Mazzillo. We are sure tat Nick will do very well in this position and will bring the same caring and concern to the job as did Muriel.

Congratulations to Bob Hall who was our monthly bingo winner for March. Bob is a relatively new palyer, but certainly a lucky one. HIs score for the month was a fantastic 56 wins which out beat the totals of of Gilda Messina and Lee Kulakowski who are close competitors. Congratulations, Bob and keep playin and winning. We love the fun and friendly competition.

We look forward now, not to April showers, but sunny skies as we get ready for Easter in the weeks ahead. There will be bunnies to craft, eggs to color and a visit from the Patchogue/Medford Youth Group. Also fun will be our annual Easter Egg roll and our staff/resident bowling tournament.