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March 2018 Newsletter

By Maria Agrillo, Recreation Director


March is so busy with the start of day light savings. Then its St Patrick’s Day celebrated with the big parade in New York City. Everyone wears green, drinks green beer, and indulges in some corned beef and cabbage. St. Patrick’s Day is followed by Palm Sunday, opening day of Major League Baseball (a holiday in its own right for some folks,) and of course Passover begins on March 30th. For many this is the start of spring.

To get March off to a good start, here is an Irish Blessing for all our readers:
An Irish Blessing
Always remember to forget the things that made you sad. But never forget to remember the things that made you glad.
Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue. But don’t forget to remember those that have stuck by you.

Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church helped us celebrate Ash Wednesday by coming by and offering ashes and a blessing to all those who wished to receive them. It was a lovely occasion.

This month our baking class made orange cranberry bread. We had fun putting all the ingredients together. We got to enjoy our cooking as a snack during bingo. Mary Meier, Maureen McCarthy, Anne Lotocke, Helen Link, Emily Janelli and Adeline Jahelka all remarked that it was easier now to bake as there’s no clean up! “We just get to eat it.”

March started off with a comedy movie called Ground Hog Day starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott. A true modern comedy. We had a full room with lots of residents laughing.

In keeping with the Winter Olympics, we watched the movie Miracle about the 1980 world USA hockey team that beat the Soviet Union. It was wonderful to be a part of that Olympic era but watching the movie brings back all the emotions. It’s a great movie for men and women. The residents enjoyed reliving the triumph of USA over the Russians.

To change things up for our movie series, we watched a John Denver concert, “Rocky Mountain High.” We had a full viewing audience. Lots of residents sang-a-long. Then we watched a Dean Martin comedy. Boy, did we have some good laughs watching the old shows. Every resident said they don’t make the new shows like they did anymore.

Our group sing-a-long was a huge hit with Georgina Rae and her country hits. This was followed by Lawrence Welk’s singers. Everyone had a lovely time singing along with all the old standards.

We had our friend Ted Haiman here to play piano and do a live sing-a-long. He played immigrant songs, Broadway show tunes and popular classics. Helen Link, Patrick Thomas, Dorothy Alloy, Frances Manning, all enjoyed him very much. Everyone enjoys the singing lively rousing renditions that Ted brings to us on the piano.

As our group exercise program moves along we started off with our yoga group lead by Ruth. We are working on seated poses and sitting up straight. Also, mindful breathing has been a revelation for some residents.

Then we have our sit & dance program, for all those who enjoy moving to music and stretching. We also have our sing and stretch group that combines movement with some nice music and singing.

This month we had a new visitor from P.R.A.A.T. for pet therapy. Her name is Penny. She’s a 6-month-old rescue from Puerto Rico because of the devastating hurricane. Once here safe and sound she was put up for adoption. Penny is a pet therapy dog in training. We wish her the best of luck.

Of course, Corey and Bailey also paid us visits to brighten up our day’s and make us smile.

Diane from Creative Connection was here with another fun project for us to paint. We painted the word Love in four boxes with different colors. Everyone was surprised how nice they looked when finished. Lorraine Doutney used to paint years ago. Now that she tried again, she was happy and relaxed. Marietta Arnott came to watch and listen to our classical music. She enjoyed the music and watching others create. Charlotte Hoffman and Janet Marsala were just glad to paint and enjoy the music. Our classes now have painters plus residents that just enjoy the music and like to observe. At the next class we painted a bird in a sunset, which had bright colors and a black bird. You could have the painting go in two directions which was nice for each person to chose which way it was going to go.

Roberta Fabiano was in to entertain us on Valentine’s day. We had another packed room with lots of sing and hand clapping. Songs from our era and pasts were played. Everyone enjoys her and the way she sings to us. We also had a table top bowling game with Carol from the Salvation Army. Patrick Thomas was our high scorer with 37 points. Dorothy Alloy had 21 points and Anne Lotocke had 18 points. We always have a good time with lots of laughs when bowling.

Anne V.Biernacki was here with Animal Adventures to end our month. On this visits she brought Bear a 4 year old dog that she resued. Everyone loves bear as he is just a big love. He gave kisses and can shake hands of course. We also had 6 small bunnies so there was plenty of holding and cuddling for everyone.

Birthdays Celebrated

  • Mary Icolari 3/5
  • Catherine Budd 3/6
  • Joan Rogers 3/20
  • Catherine Graffelner 3/21


  • Bob Rush - 3/2
  • Magic Dave - 3/6
  • Bruce Schneider - 3/16
  • Nina Et Cetera - 3/30


  • Salvation Army Visits
  • Creative Connection With Diane
  • Anne v. Biernacki
  • 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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