View Newsletter Archive

McPeak's Assisted Living Newsletter

August 2016 Newsletter

By Liz Turner, Recreation Director


We decorated the mantel with buckets of red, white and blue pails with flowers in red, white and blue. Recalling 4th of July's past, Charlotte Hoffman likes the fireworks. Marge Taylor said she would have a large party with family and friends over and eat lots of food. Maureen McCarthy said her dog Sugar was so scared of the loud booms he would wet all over the house.

For arts and crafts in the recreation room we made silly, funny faces with eyes that had three shades of green. We then pasted on a goofy grin with yellow or white teeth on them. Harriet Kulbokas gave hers white teeth. She said the yellow ones looked like they needed to be brushed.

For our arts and crafts to hang in the sitting area we made butterflies out of coffee filters. We drew on them with magic markers then dabbed water on them so the colors bled and they looked like water color paintings. Phil Matasa enjoyed making the craft using red, gray and orange markers. Antonia Levato said she was glad it wasn't messy.

"McPeak's Gallery" had us making art with circles of scrapbook paper we pasted on a grey background. All of us had fun, interesting to see all the same concept displayed in different ways. Tonnie Area used only one circle wherein Maureen McCarthy filled up her whole page.

We were talking about work and different occupations. Most of us were homemakers like Maureen McCarthy and Evelyn Castrataro. Ellen Anders had a job in bakery sales. Anne Argento was an insurance broker. Helen Kalinowski and Catherine Budd both were secretaries.

We read some poetry before Pastor Bonfiglio came by. We learned something new when we read the poem "The Rainy Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and found out the song by the Ink Spots "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" was a quotation from the Longfellow poem. We all agreed that to appreciate the good in life some not so good things happen.

We had a new volunteer to play the piano for us. Mike he's only 14 but he played so good we invited him back. He played a lot of early Elton John and Billy Joel. Helen Kalinowski recalls that Billy Joel is from here on Long Island.

Bob played his piano favorites for us on the second Friday. We enjoy the old standards. Evelyn Castrataro sang along with "I like coffee, I like tea, I like the boys and they like me." Peggy Tone sang "I got you under my skin." Tom Bauer and Ed Weinmann enjoyed the music and had some toe tapping fun.

We watched Sea Hunt with Lloyd Bridges on DVD. Maureen McCarthy said she used to watch that show. Anne Argento and the other ladies agreed Lloyd Bridges was a very handsome man. We were all happy to learn he was married to his wife for 62 years, "a rarity in Hollywood" said Marge Taylor.

We also watched The Dick Van Dyke Show on DVD. Tonnie Arena said she liked it. Evelyn Castrataro said she likes to watch the TV shows from the past. Lois Martucci too enjoys the TV shows we watch on DVD. We all think Dick Van Dyke is a good comedy actor. Of course we also liked Mary Tyler Moore.

At the sing along we sang a lot of different songs like "King of the Road" by Roger Miller. Charlotte Hoffman liked that song. Thomasine Mangano remembered most of the words to "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin. Ed Weinmann was surprised to learn that "Zip-A-Dee-Do" sung by Jonny Mercer was from 1947. All of us enjoyed "The Candy Man" by Sammy Davis Jr.

We enjoy our Friday entertainment guests. A good time was had by all when Nina and Tim from Nina et cetera came by. Tim plays the bass guitar and Nina sings and plays the harmonica. Cookies and soda were served. Joe Gold had his friend Vivian join him for the fun. Shiela Pomann said they were very good and liked Nina's voice. Bruce Schneider and his band with Charlie, and Ronni rocked the house on Friday. Irwin (Smithy) Smith did a little dancing to the music. Mary and Pete Icolari had a good time, singing along and enjoying cheese and crackers. Rosemarie DeSiena was clapping along having a good time.

Every Wednesday we get a visit from the Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Therapy. Renee came by with Hans, we also had Carol and Newman come by. Everyone looks forward to petting the dogs. Santine Sanacore said Hans was a nice dog. Our top scorer on Monday bowling was Anne McTierman with Mike Morgese in second place, and Mary Marko in third place. This month's big bingo winner was Marge Taylor.

Birthdays Celebrated in August

  • Margie Tsoukais on the 7th
  • Helen Link on the 10th
  • Ellen Anders on the 12th
  • Lucy Palazzo on the 16th
  • Mary Morris on the 31st

June Entertainment

  • Bob's Piano Favorites
  • Mike the Music Man
  • Tony Grant
  • Rob Von Bernewitz

July's BINGO Winner
With the most games won

  • Marge Taylor

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

For your convenience, our newsletter and recreation calendar can be found on our website;
or our face book page,