The November edition of the Stoneham Sentinel as well as November's detailed lunch menu are now available for download. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to be able to open and view the the files on your computer. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
To see past Sentinels, visit Community Publications site here.
The Town of Stoneham is once again offering eligible senior citizens the opportunity to work for the Town in exchange for a property tax credit of up to $500. You must go to the Tax Assessor's office at town hall first to determine your eligibility. If the assessor's office finds that you are eligible, they will refer you to the Senior Center for the application. Eligible seniors will be matched with a town department and job duties based on their employment experiences and capabilities.
If you are participating in the Veterans Tax Work-Off Program, you are not eligible to participate in the Senior Tax Work-Off Program. Senior veterans may participate in the veterans' program or the seniors' program, but not both.
For more information call Maureen Canova at (781) 438-1157.
Thank you for visiting our web site! Here you will find information on the Senior Center services, programs, and activities, and a variety of resources available throughout our region that enable seniors to live vibrant, active and healthy lives. The Center is housed in a beautiful, historic building, but it is our community of people that make it a truly special place to be.
Join us for lunch, stop by for a game of cards, pool, Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue or Wii. Hone your dancing or singing talents. Meet new friends, and acquaintances. Learn new skills or hobbies. Go out to museums, performances, special events, and meals with friends. Seek assistance with filing taxes, choosing the right insurance, or managing medical issues. Be driven in comfort to the doctors or to the grocery store. And if we don't have what you want, speak up! My door is always open for suggestions, comments, and questions from our seniors, and our community. We are here to serve you, and your input is essential to insure that we are doing just that. Send me an email under the"Contact Us" link, call or stop by to let me know what you think.
I do ask one favor of you. After you have visited and experienced what the Senior Center has to offer, talk us up! Tell your friends and neighbors about our activities and programs. Invite a friend to join you the next time you come. You are our best ambassador, recruiter, and public relations specialist!
See you at the Center!
Message from the Director
As another year draws to a close, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for being part of our Center. 2015 has been a wonderful year at the Stoneham Senior Center, and 2016 promises to be even better.
I hope that you are able to join us for one of our holiday celebrations or activities as we celebrate the season.
Don't forget the Senior Center will close after lunch on Christmas Eve, and will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Have a wonderful holiday celebration with your friends and family!
Medicare Open Enrollment
It's that time of year again! If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HBO, PPO) you should receive information from your plan by the end of September. It is important to read and save this information because it explains the changes in your plan for 2016.
During Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment (October 15 - December 7), you will have a chance to change your plan for next year. If you never had a drug plan, this is your opportunity to join one. SHINE (Serving to Health Insurance Needs of Everyone ... on Medicare) Counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as explain other options you may have. Appointments are limited so make your appointment soon. Please bring your Medicare care and list of prescriptions with you to your appointment. You can make a SHINE appointment at the Senior Center by calling (781) 438-1157.
If you need help paying for heating fuel this winter, contact Bryna Davis of the Community Service Network at (781) 438-9254. Appointments with Bryna can be made Monday through Friday. Please pass this information along to any senior who may need assistance in paying for fuel this winter.
Donate Food and Socks for Needy Seniors this Holiday Season
During this season of peace and joy, let us not forget t hose who need a little "hand up." Many seniors are in need of warm socks this winter and find it difficult to afford them. You can help by donating pairs of new and un-used socks in their original packaging. There is a box in the lobby where you can drop them off.
Also, we are collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Stoneham Food Pantry. Drop you items in the food pantry box in the lobby.
The Council on Aging is partnering with Stoneham High School this winter to connect senior who need their driveways and walkways shoveled out after snow storms wit high school students who are offering their services. Call the Center, and you will be given a list of interested students. Compensation and other details will need to be worked out on an individual basis between you and the student you select.
Boy Scout Service Project
When the weather turns warmer and the flowers are in bloom this coming spring, you will be able to hang out on our deck behind the dining room thanks to cash donations from local residents, and the efforts of Dan O'Riordan, an Eagle Scout candidate who will be building us two new wooden tables along with flower boxes to make the deck area more attractive. For those days when the sun is a bit to much, we will also have an awning installed thanks to generous donations. Onward and upward!
Cathy Payne and her family and friends for donating items for our December raffles. Stop by the Lobby and take a chance!
Ann Eastman for donating magazines to the Center. Feel free to browse while you wait for your next activity or programs to begin!
Stoneham Board of Selectmen Annual Senior Citizens Holiday Party
You are cordially invited to the Stoneham Board of Selectmen's Annual Senior Citizens Holiday Party. This party is sponsored by Marty Murphy and Family of the Montvale Plaza. The party will be held on:
Tuesday, December 1, 2005
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
You can fill out a form to request a ticket at the Senior Center front desk. The tickets are given out on a first come, first served basis while they last! This party is for Stoneham Seniors only, aged 65 years and older!
On the font lines in the conflict between realism and abstraction was a woman, Georgia O'Keefe, who was able to influence even the male dominated Avant Garde culture of New York City in the beginnings of the"Modern Century." Join us for a look at her art, her own conflicts and solutions in a fertile era of great cultural change on Tuesday, December 1 at 1:00 PM. Many thanks to the MELD Foundation for their support.
Decorate a Christmas Tree to Help the Stoneham Boy's & Girls Club
The Center will donate a tree to the annual Boy's & Girl's Club of Stoneham "Festival of Trees" on Friday, December 4. The trees will be on display at the Boy's and Girl's Club (15 Dale Court - Stoneham, MA) from 2:00 to 8:00 PM. We are accepting knitted/crocheted items, jewelry, crafts, and other items that represent the Center, our programs and services. If you have something to include on the tree, drop it off at the front desk by 4:00 PM on December 2.
Breakfast with Santa
The Montvale Plaza, along with the Firefighters Association, invites you to "Breakfast with Santa" to benefit Toys for Local Children on Sunday, December 13 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Montvale Plaza. Breakfast will be provided for free to anyone donating a new, un-wrapped toy. Gift cards and cash donations will also be accepted. Santa will be available for pictures. Contact Firefighters Mike Labriola or Dan Kelleher at (781) 438-0127 if you have any questions.
Stoneham Chorale Concert
The day and evening members of our chorale groups will perform a holiday concert on Sunday, December 13 from 2:30 to 4:00 PM at the Senior Center. The concert is free and open to all!
Senior Center Christmas Party
Join us on Tuesday, December 15 for our annual Christmas celebration. The party starts with lunch and continues with dessert, holiday music with Gary Leanues, a visit from Santa, and holiday gifts for everyone!
Lunch will be served free thanks to the Senior Center Friends. The music and dessert are being sponsored by The Arbors of Stoneham.