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January 2018 Newsletter

By Maria Agrillo, Recreation Director


As we say good-bye to 2017, we reminisce about the passing year. All that we've done, the places we've seen, and the people we've met. We also make resolutions that will hopefully help guide us in the new year.

The New Year is welcomed with the classic ball drop in Times Square and a glass of Champagne or two perhaps. On New Year's Day, family and friends get together to enjoy one another's company and to look forward to a new year full of hope and promise.

Last month started with Diane from Creative Connections. She's a great teacher that helped us make our own holiday paintings of a very classic snowman. Believe it or not every snowman had its own personality which is apparent when they are seen on display in our gallery. Please feel free to come by and look. Denise Perrone learned that she has a hidden artist inside her. Adeline Jahelka enjoys painting with water colors. Helen Link is always amazed at what she paints, and really enjoys the process while Patrick Thomas enjoys the class and finds himself quite inspired. Our group loves Diane, because she brings out the creative side of our residents. Our art work is hung in rooms and all around McPeak's. So please come and view what our residents have accomplished.

Our first art project was the very fun crafting of mitten wreaths. We made our colorful mittens out of paper, decorated them, and then assembled them into a lovely wreath. Our next project was making snow globes with our own winter scenes inside them. This brought up great conversations about the many snow globes that people collect. Some have moving parts inside them. Our group said the ones from Europe are the most collectible.

This December we did a sing-a-long called Mitch Miller and Friends. They had lot of fun since they remembered when Mitch Miller was on TV. Of course, Helen Link was our singing leader, followed by Patrick Thomas. Everyone had a nice time singing to holiday music.

Ruth Vargas is our yoga instructor, who comes twice a month to lead us through our yoga lessons. We have lovely relaxing music followed by her wonderful instructions as we do seated movements. We are learning to lengthen our spines and to be more flexible in movements. Adeline Jahelka says at her age, this is the best exercise she can do. Patrick Thomas enjoys the group and keeping fit. Catherine Graffelner just enjoys it and feels better afterwards. Kay Chester loves it, and hasn't missed a class. Now if yoga is not your thing, we have sit & dance or music & exercise. Here you can sing plus exercise. This does get a bunch of takers because it covers a lot of ground and it's just fun.

We of course can't forget about our furry friends from P.R.A.A.T. We have weekly visits from some loving pups like Bailey, Corey, and Wolfy. They shower us with hugs and kisses each time they come. Everyone gets excited to see them. This happens every Wednesday and relatives and friends are welcome to share in the company of these pups with their loved ones.

The Salvation Army came to help us spread some holiday cheer. We sang carols, and talked about the meaning of Christmas. They read us some poems and gave us a blessing for the coming year. We had some cookies and they gave everyone a holiday basket filled with nice treats.

Our holiday word games were a whole lot of fun. Some of the words we used were: Kwanza, Hanukkah, Ebenezer Scrooge, Festival of Lights, Menorah, Poinsettia, Maccabee's, Reindeer, Frankincense. We then went on to talk about our Christmas lists to Santa. Yes, we had some great wishes that we hope get filled. Patrick Thomas would like a whoopie cushion, so he can make people laugh. Dolly would like to have a sled, so she can go sliding down a snowy hill! Adeline would like to have a shiny bicycle. We had so many great laughs and the most wonderful wish lists.

We hope you had a chance to see our decorated Christmas Tree by our main staircase. We had our residents decorate and supervise where the decorations were placed on the tree. We sang carols, shared eggnog and had our Christmas toast. Catherine Budd, Catherine Graffelner, and Emily Janelli were our designated decorators. Adeline Jahelka and Janet Marsala were excellent as assistants who took out the bows and fluffed them for us. Others told us where to place items on the tree. We topped it all of with an Angel at .

To kick off our holiday movie series, we watched the movie "Santa Claus" starring Dudley Moore and John Lithgow. We had a full viewing audience. Everyone enjoyed this true Christmas classic of the story. This was followed by movie "A Christmas Story" starring Melinda Dillion, Dean McGavin, and Peter Billingsley. This movie has the very famous line "You'll shoot your eye out kid!" Also, the little boy, Ralph wants a Red Ryder 200-shot carbine action air rifle. Everyone was glued to the movie and laughing at all the many follies acted out within.

Ted Ricci started off our holiday of entertainers. He played his electric key board and sang all the holiday songs. Helen Link, Patrick Thomas, Catherine Budd, Adeline Jahelka, and Frances Manning all lead the group sing-along. We had a full house for this one! Next, we had Roberta Fabiano for our holiday party. Residents sang along with her to Silent Night, Deck the Halls, Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer. Then she sang Elvis songs: Are You Lonesome Tonight, Teddy Bear, I'll Have a Blue Christmas. We enjoyed delicious holiday cookies and eggnog. Earlier in the day we had our holiday party and Santa Claus made a visit. He gave out gifts to all the residents and took pictures with anyone who wished to do so. It was a lovely day for all.

Girl Scout Troop 3701 came to visit us and sing carols as well. There were 10 middle school age girls with Santa caps. That got everyone ready for the holidays! They also made ornaments to put on our Christmas tree.

Anne Biernaki came to visit us with her wonderful animals! We had Eve, an eight week old Alpaca, and her companion Ruddy who is four weeks old. Both were so soft and sweet and just a joy to be around. Her dog Teddy Bear came to visit us as well who is three years old. We had a great time and once again the room was standing room only.

Birthdays Celebrated

  • Harriet Kulbokas 1/9
  • Margaret Tone 1/18
  • Helen Gallo 1/21
  • Cathryn Raka 1/22


  • George Maselli's Fabulous New Year Showcase
  • Don Anthony
  • Nina Et Cetra Performs
  • Salvation Army Visits
  • Creative Connection With Diane
  • Anne v. Biernacki's Animal Adventures
  • Ruth Vargas - Yoga

Ongoing Activities

  • K of C BINGO: Second Monday of Each Month
  • Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church: Every Sunday for Communion
  • Grace Gospel Church: Second Saturday of Each Month
  • P.R.A.T.T. - Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Assisted Therapy: Every Wednesday

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