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McPeak's Assisted Living Newsletter

September 2015 Newsletter

By Liz Turner, Recreation Director


It was a bright and sunny day when we did our arts and crafts project to decorate the mantel in the recreation room. We took small craft bags which we personalized with magic markers then added tissue paper and different shades of pink flowers Then topped it off with straws in the bouquet. Gloria Kormylo was so proud of hers saying "I did that". Anne Wanamaker and Evelyn Grasso each wrote poems, as did Marie Badamo who wrote "Joy Forever". As always the crafts look spectacular.

Lots of fun with trivia as we talk about this and that. One topic was watermelons, we were surprised to know that the largest watermelon weighted 362.8 pounds. Phil Cantone used to grow watermelons in his garden, along with beans and squash. Millie Verderose's mother made picked watermelon rinds. Catherine Budd said she made toasted watermelon seeds by drying them then baking them in the oven with salt. Anne McTiernan said a watermelon spiked with vodka sounded good. Annette O'Halloran used to make watermelon seed necklaces.

We made teddy bears with scrapbook paper for our arts and crafts then displayed on the wall in the recreation room. Most of us had a teddy bear when we were little. Marge Taylor still has a stuffed dog her sister gave her, when asked for his name he said he has none. Anne McTiernan has a couple of stuffed animals she won as prizes they all have names Wendell, Lindenhurst, Moe, Newton, and Curly. Marie Badamo had a large teddy bear about three feet tall whose name was Bo Bo. Maureen McCarty didn't have a teddy bear but she had a doll she slept with named Goldie.

Arts and crafts is always fun. We made flowers out of paper plates with green pipe cleaner stems that we hung by the dining room. Everyone pretty much agreed that there favorite flower was a rose. Especially a red rose. But Anne Wanamaker said her favorite flower was a daisy. After they were displayed Charlotte Hoffman said they look like a flower garden.

It has been a hot and humid summer we recall that some of us had porch swings. Mary Icolari used to take a nap in hers. Charlotte Hoffman would read a book as did Pat Lindauer who said she started of reading then would be sleeping. Catherine Budd told us she remembers that she had a wooden two­seater like a teeter totter with a canopy on the top. Anne Wanamaker had a hammock with fringe on it. Maureen McCarty had both a porch swing and a hammock.

We enjoy our sing a longs we have with music from the 1920's to the 1970's. Celia Wysocki was surprised to know there was a song "Cecilia" by Simon & Garfunkel. Of course RoseMarie Desiona likes the song "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" by Edison Lighthouse. We all sang along to the American standards like "Home on the range" and "On A Bicycle Built For Two". Evelyn Grasso impressed us with her knowledge of the words of the songs.

Pastor Bonfiglio came by to sing songs with us and tell a joke or two before his sermon. We then prayed and thanked him for coming by. Lois Martucci asked for extra prayers for herself. .While he was on vacation he had his assistant pastor stop by who brought his guitar to play for us. Gene Barbour and Bill Jones especially like that.

We love our parties with ice cream and music. We had George Masselli come and sing for us. Bobbie Smith and Antonia Levato had a blast shaking their tail feathers. When Rob Von Bernewitz showed up he brought tambourines and maracas which we took turns with. Annette O'Halloran did a great job keeping the beat as did Bill Cole.

Another art project was made for "McPeak's Gallery" we used scrapbook paper and colored with crayons and magic marker on them. Then added stickers of butterflies to them. Harriet Kulbokas and Marge Taylor like them so much they want them back when we change the exhibit.

Every Wednesday we get a visit from the Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Therapy. Ellen Anders would just love to have Jesse stay with her. Marie Wieden loves to snuggle with Sambuca. Gloria Kormylo and Pat Lindauer look forward to petting the dogs and maybe even getting a little kiss from them.

We enjoy bowling on Mondays with Joe Gold and Bobbie Smith being the big winners, close behind with high scores are Gene Barbour, Tomasine Mango, and Evelyn Grasso. The bean bag toss had Catherine Budd with the Highest score followed by Charlotte Hoffman, and Millie Verderosa. This months Bingo winner was Gaetana Arena with the most wins.

August Birthdays

  • Ellen Anders on the 17th
  • Lucy Palazzo on the 16th
  • Mildred Hartman on the 18th
  • Frances Skotko on the 18th
  • Mary Morris on the 31st

August's BINGO winner with the most games won is
Gaetana Arena

August Entertainment

  • George Maselli Rob Von Bernewitz
  • Bob's Piano Favorites
  • Poetry Reading with Mark McCheever and friends

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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