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McPeak's Assisted Living Newsletter

October 2015 Newsletter

By Liz Turner, Recreation Director


We started September by decorating the mantel in the recreation room with flowers we arranged in plastic flower pots. Celia Wysocki and Maureen McCarty were very happy with the results. Some of us used to do flower arranging at home. Catherine Budd would cut flowers from the garden, Marie Badamo used store bought flowers mixed in with flowers from her yard. Marge Taylor used to work at a greenhouse and made floral agreements. Evelyn Grasso liked the flowers so much she stuck one behind her ear.

For arts and crafts we display in the recreation room we made apples, red apples, green apples, and yellow apples. We glued googly eyes on them and personalised with a nose and smile.Maureen McCarthy and Rosemarie DeSiena gave theirs eyebrows and eyelashes. We had lots of fun making them Harriet Kolbus said they really brighten up the room.

Another arts and crafts we did was making dogs out of paper plates. Pat Lindauer wanted to name hers Rover. Catherine Budd gave her dog a toothy grin which Marge Taylor and Celia Wysocki liked so much they asked Catherine to draw that for them.

Our art project that we made for "McPeak's Gallery" we colored a piece of paper with a sky and sea and pasted a silhouette of a sailboat and drew in some birds to make to come to life. Catherine Budd drew some tents and an airplane on her's. Maureen McCarty had some seaweed in the ocean. Bobbie Smith's made her boat look like it was in the middle of a storm.

We reminisce that September is back to school. None of us took a bus to elementary school we all walked. Some of us even walked to high school. Peggy Tone would take the subway to high school. Marie Wieden used to walk home for lunch in elementary school but ate in the cafeteria in high school. Some of our favorite subjects: Catherine Budd Steno and English, Maureen McCarty religion, Anne Wanamaker spelling and Anne McTiernan joked her favorite subject was going home. Marge Taylor stated she liked reading, writing, and arithmetic.

We remember our home towns and we looked them up on Google maps on the computer. Marge Taylor grew up in Greenpoint with a large porch on the house that was still there.Celia Wysocki lived in Brooklyn with a two car garage. Harriet Kulbokas is from right here in Patchogue. Maureen Mccarthy is from Pennsylvania and so is Frances Skotko. Both Tonnie Arena and , Lois Martucci grew up in Brooklyn.

We enjoy our Friday entertainment guests. Tony Grant came by and played a lot of songs we all enjoyed. Lucy Palazzo and Rosemarie DeSiena could not stop dancing. Freddie Prinze played the electric piano with a medley of hit songs. Phil Cantone had so much fun he couldn't decided if he enjoyed the music or the ice cream we served better. Joe Dambruoso was keeping the beat by taping his feet.

The sing-alongs we have with music from the good old days to the present are always a big hit. Frances Skotko wanted to hear "Bye Bye Blackbird". Marge Taylor taught sunday school and wanted to listen to "Jesus loves me this I know". I played "Stairway to heaven" by Led Zeppelin which we all liked especially Evelyn Grasso.

We tried a new activity this month, we watched the Dean Martin variety show on DVD. Celia Wysocki said it was a special treat. We all enjoyed a good laugh and sung along with the musical guests. Annette O,Halloran said we should do this again, all agreed and we will be watching more episodes in the coming months.

Pastor Bonfiglio made his bi-­weekly visit to sing songs with us and tell a joke (he joked that the joke telling is in the contract.) His sermon has us all feeling good. We then prayed and thanked him for coming by.

Every Wednesday we get a visit from the Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Therapy. Marie Badamo would just love to have Jesse stay with her. Mary Iconari loves to scratch Sambuca on the belly. Gloria Kormylo and Mary Marko look forward to petting the dogs and maybe even getting a little kiss from them.Bob Baumann really enjoyed his visit with Jessie.

We enjoy bowling on Mondays with Joe Gold being the big winner, close behind with high scores are Charlotte Hoffman, MillieVenderosa, and Mike Morgese. The bean bag toss had Catherine Budd with the Highest score followed by Joe Gold, and Tonnie Arena. This month's Bingo winner was Marge Taylor with the most wins.

September Birthdays

  • Tina Schillings on the 23rd
  • Mary Marko on the 29th

September's BINGO winner with the most games won is
Marge Taylor

September Entertainment

  • Tony Grant
  • Bob's Piano Favorites
  • Freddie Prinze

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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