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November 2015 Newsletter

By Liz Turner, Recreation Director


We started October by filling Halloween themed cups with fall foliage and whimsical straws. We arranged them on the mantel in the recreation room on a bed of spooky colored easter grass. We all agree that they came out really nice. Marge Taylor likes to come by just to look at them.

We also made a skull mandala coloring to hang on the wall in the recreation room. Celia Wysocki made hers in all shades of red because red is her favorite color. Annette O'Halloran has a real artistic talent Mary Icolari was very happy how hers turned out. Maureen McCarthy said they look more lovely than scary.

We reminisced about Halloweens past. Millie Verderosa recalled that when she lived in Florida they had no trick or treaters come to the house. Catherine Budd told us her husband would dress up to scare the kids at the door. Marge Taylor would go treat or treating with her brothers, but only to the neighbors houses. Tonnie Arena said she got married on Halloween. Asked why she replied "It was a Sunday."

Another arts and crafts we made was a paper plate we painted halloween colors yellow and orange or green and purple. We then glued bats on them to look as if bats were flying across the moon. Frances Skotko joked this was "The bats in the belfry" craft.

We enjoy listening to music, some of us recalled who we saw perform live. Mike Morgese remembered Jimmy Roselli from Brooklyn. Harriet Kulbokas would go see her daughter in college play mozart on the piano. Maureen McCarthy said she has met Frank Sinatra and would watch him perform when he was in Pennsylvania. Celia Wysocki told us she liked to watch Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire even though she never saw them in person.

Bob Shade came by to play the piano for us, tickling the ivorys. Peggy Tone and Mike Morgese could name just about every song Bob played. Ed Weinmann enjoys the music tapping his toes. Unfortunately Bob is going to be a snowbird and will stop by once more until he returns in May. Bobby Smith and all of us will miss him.

For "McPeak's Gallery" we made Jack O'Lanterns with toothy grins. We got to talking about pumpkins, Charlotte Hoffman said she would put a candle in hers. Annette O'Halloran's mother would make a pumpkin relish that would be served on the side like applesauce. Catherine Budd's grandfather grew pumpkins in his garden. And Tomasine did the best a reciting "Peter pumpkin packed a pint of pickled pumpkins".

We enjoy our Friday entertainment guests.When Tony Grant stopped by it was raining. So he played a lot of weather related songs, one was "Raindrops keep falling on my head". The upbeat music helped brighten the day. Tina Schilling sang along with the music as did Frances Skotko. When Julie Franco sang for us she took the microphone around so Tonnie Area and Mike Morgese got a turn singing into the microphone.

Last month we watched the Dean Martin variety show on DVD it was such a big hit we brought it back this month. We laughed and said it was so good to see the old programs again. For next month we have the "I love Lucy" episodes to watch Frances Skotko said she is looking forward to laughing with Lucy.

Pastor Bonfiglio stops by every other Thursday visit. We sing songs Gloria Kormylo enjoyed singing "Amazing Grace" as did Phil Cantone. As always he told a joke. The sermon has us uplifted and in good spirits. We had some extra prayers said for some of us. Marge Taylor told us she used to teach Sunday school.

Every Wednesday we get a doggie visit from the Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Therapy. We had a new puppy only eight weeks old join us. Mr. McGregor Mac for short. He was the cutest thing. Lois Martucci told us she thinks the dog should stay here with us. By the time he got to Larry Judson's room he curled up with Larry ready for a nap.

We enjoy bowling on Mondays Anne McTierman was our top scorer, close behind we had Marge Taylor, Catherine Budd, and Harriet Kulbokas. The bean bag toss had Maureen McCarty winning a prize with the highest score. followed by Joe Gold, Tomasine Mango, and Celia Wysocki . This month's Bingo winner was Harriet Kulbokas with the most wins.

Birthdays Celebrated in October

  • Marie Wieden on the 3rd
  • Bob Baumann on the 8th
  • Antonia Levato on the 8th
  • Tonnie Gaetana on the 18th
  • Larry Judson on the 18th
  • Phil Cantone on the 26th

October's BINGO winner with the most games won is
Harriet Kulbokas

October Entertainment

  • Tony Grant
  • Bob's Piano Favorites
  • Julie Franco
  • Ronjo Magic Show

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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