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McPeak's Assisted Living Newsletter

January 2017 Newsletter

By Liz Turner, Recreation Director


For December, we decorated the mantel with flowers in shiny decorative boxes. We used red and white poinsettias, with silver and gold accents. Tina Schillings said they look wonderful. Charlette Hoffman was impressed with how the crafts made the room look like a winter wonderland.

For arts and crafts in the recreation room we made construction paper snowmen. We used white chalk on them to make it look like it was snowing. Anne Lotocke told us her snowman's name was Adam. Ellen Anders wanted her craft to be anonymous so she signs it with the initials B.C. We had Genesis a new employee help us with our crafts.

For the sitting area arts and crafts, we made angels from paper plates with glittery wings. Anne McTiernan said her dog Daisy is an angel. Erwin Smith told us his wife is a real angel. Kay Chester told us here four children were angels when they were born.

For "McPeak's Gallery" we used our artistic talents to color a mandala of the sun and moon. Dorothy Varapeili told us she used to be a commercial artist. Evelyn Castrataro is also very talented. We all enjoy the coloring saying it is very relaxing.

For the tree trimming crafts we made foam gingerbread men and ornaments that we designed with magic markers. We also filled glass balls with glitter and jingle bells. Denise Perrone recalled that all her ornaments had a memory of Christmas past. Anne McTierman told us Daisy, her dog had her own ornament. Kay Chester said she had Herbie the cartoon character for an ornament.

At the tree trimming we all had a turn at hanging our ornament on the tree. We enjoyed some eggnog and cookies as we listened to Christmas songs. Bobby Palmer had his sister join us. Dorothy Varapeili said eggnog is her favorite. The tree looked so beautiful Anthony Karabaich described it as "Fantastic," Antonia Levato said the tree was "bellissimo."

The students from Briarcliff Dental Clinic came here to talk about oral hygiene. Maureen McCarthy said it was very informative. We were excited to get samples of toothpaste and dental floss. Anne Argento said she could use the gifts to stuff stockings for Christmas.

For Word Games, we recalled the song "Twelve days of Christmas" but it wasn't so easy to remember all the different presents, without singing it. We enjoyed the "what's in the bag?" game. We guessed all the items, only one item stumped us. Hans Schroeder said it was an interesting game.

For Reminiscing we talked about Christmas. We listed some of our favorite songs Tina Schillings like sleigh Bells," which she sang for us, Eugene Raka "God rest the merry gentlemen," Both Marge Taylor and Helen Kalinowski "Silent Night." Antonia Levato sang to us a Christmas song in Italian and received a round of applause.

Kimisha and Carole from the Salvation Army came by. They shared the history and told us that it is a church and international charitable organization, founded by William and his wife Catherine Booth. They gave us some nice Christmas gifts for all of us. We were all very appreciative.

On DVD, we watched some "Holiday Favorites" TV shows. The Beverly Hillbillies and The Bob Cummings Show (Love That Bob). We also saw a Documentary abbot Elvis Presley. Of course, for Christmas we watched "Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer" and "Frosty the snowman."

Bruce Schneider who sings vocals, came with Charlie on guitar, and Ronnie on keyboard, to help us ring in the New Year. They played happy and seasonal songs. We all wore beaded necklaces for the party. Catherine Budd was toe taping and smiling. Anne Lotocke wishes we had a party all the time.

Every Wednesday we get a visit from the Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Therapy. Rene came in with Hans in his new blue coat and a matching collar. Mary Icolari told her husband Pete Icolari she had a "new man." Mac was here too. We all love him, as Helen Kailinowski says "He is so cute and tiny." Rich and his golden retriever Sofie brought smiles to our faces.

Our top scorer on Monday bowling was Mike Morgese, in second place, was Helen Kalinowski, and Kay Chester was in third place. This month's big bingo winner was Tina Schillings, wining the most games.

January Birthdays

Harriet Kulbokas on the 9th
Peggy Tone on the 18th

Poetry Corner

By the residents

When Christmas is over
What fun we've had getting old
All the good memories, moments of gold
Family, friends, kids and pets
Good times till there's no money left
We'll always remember the moments we had
Guess this Christmas thing isn't so bad


  • Nina Et cetera
  • Hank Porter

January's Winners!!!!

BINGO Winner
  • Tina Schillings
  • Mike Morgese
  • Helen Kalinowski
  • Kay Chester

Ongoing Activities

  • K of C BINGO: second Monday
  • Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church: every Sunday for Communion
  • Grace Gospel Church: second Saturday
  • Pastor Bonfiglio: first and third Thursday
  • P.R.A.T.T. - Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Assisted Therapy: every Wednesday

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