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McPeak's Assisted Living Newsletter

October 2016 Newsletter

By Liz Turner, Recreation Director


We started off the month decorating the mantel with pencil containers that we put flowers in, and different colored pencils. We got to talking about school days and Tonnie Arena recalls taking Spanish and asked "Cómo está usted?'" which translates to "How are you?". Anne McTierman said she liked it when she was done with school. Charlotte Hoffman said her favorite subject was English because she liked to write stories.

For arts and crafts in the recreation room we had blue elephants that had scrapbook paper "water" blowing from their trunks. Funny how a lot of us were calling the trunk a snout. Marge Taylor told us all the crafts came out wonderful. Catherine Budd recalls that you used to be able to ride an elephant at the Bronx zoo. Tina Schillings said 'Drunks' see pink elephants.

We took paper plates and pasted leaves and birds for the arts and crafts in the sitting area. We called it "Birds in the tree" Ruth Levy joked the bird was in the tree because the cat chased it there. Harriet Kulbokas told us her favorite bird is a cardinal because it used to talk to her. It didn't really talk but would sing to her.

For "McPeak's Gallery" we took magic markers and doodled art on a white canvas to hang in the hallway. Tonnie Arena made thick blocks of different colors. Anne Lotocke made abstract squiggles and Charlotte Hoffman made a nice drawing that looks kind of like a frog. We all like the art projects that let us be creative. We had Pastor Bonfiglio here. We sang songs and as always he tells a joke before his sermon. Antonia Levato thought his joke was very funny.

We also read some poetry. Tina Schillings recited a poem for us that she wrote herself. We all agreed she is very talented.

Bob Shade stopped by and played his piano favorites for us on the second Friday. Helen Kalinowski thought he was very enjoyable and knew the words to most songs. Peggy Tone also had a good time. He played songs from "South Pacific" and "The sound of music". A good time was had by all.

The Knights of Columbus comes once a month in the evening to play some games of prize BINGO. Anne McTierman is always very excited to show me the prize she has won.

We continued to watch the DVD of "Rin Tin Tin", The Adventures of Rex and Rinty classic movie serials from the 1930's, to find out what happened. Maureen McCarthy said it was really good. But we were a little disappointed to not have enough time to find out what happened this month. Helen Kalinowski said she will be here next time to see how it ends.

At the sing along Thomasine Mangano surprised us by singing with Dean Martin "Luna Mezza Mare". 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. Even if we don't know the song we all have a laugh or two singing la la la or making up words to the beat. Skylar came in for recreation while I was on Jury Duty. Evelyn Castrataro and Peggy Tone said they like to play the dartboard game. Of course everyone loved the candy lotto game that was played. Helen Kalinowski and Millie Verderosa said Bingo is their favorite activity. Bowling also is an activity we all enjoy.

We look forward to our Friday entertainment guests. Freddy Prinz was here with his electric keyboard. Mary Morris said he was so good he should be a professional. Mike Morgese and Helen Link knew just about every song he played. We served soda and Nilla Wafers' to snack on during the performance.

George Maselli came by with his guitar. He sang a lot of the songs we love. Irwin Smith said he can come by anytime to play for us. Mike Morgese as usual knew most of the words to the songs. Helen Link sang along with Thomasine Mangano to "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond.

Bruce Schneider came by with Charlie and Ronnie. They played a lot of movie music and Broadway show tunes, they even did some impersonations. Larry Judson says he "likes these guys". Pete Vander Drift was smiling and clapping along. We drank soda and had lady fingers for a snack.

Every Wednesday we get a visit from the Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Therapy. Mike was here with Mac; Mac has gotten so big he's a year old now. Pete and Mary Icolari said they remember when he was just an itsy bitsy thing. We also had Rich and Sophie come by. Sophie was a golden retriever and Lucy Palazzo gave her a doggie treat.

Our top scorer on Monday bowling was Anne McTiernan, Mike Morgese was in second place, and Tonnie Arena was in third place. This month's big bingo winner was Millie Verderosa!

OCTOBER Birthdays Celebrated

  • Antonia Levato on the 8th
  • Mike Morgese on the 15th
  • Tonnie Arena on the 18th

October Entertainment

  • Bob's Piano Favorites
  • Tony Grant
  • And a Surprise Guest

September's BINGO Winner

  • Millie Verderosa


  • Marge Taylor
  • Mike Morgese
  • Anne McTierman

  • 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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