|The Director's Chair|
I am delighted to introduce the inaugural issue of
The Sound Report, the quarterly newsletter of At Home on the Sound. In it we will highlight members, volunteers and local
community merchants. We have a vibrant community in Larchmont & Mamaroneck, filled with historians, artists, politicians and community-minded residents. No wonder no one wants to leave!
When we launched At Home on the Sound over two years ago, we hoped to make a qualitative difference in the lives of our members and their families. Now, serving over 100 members, we are in the forefront of the movement to develop innovative ways to support older individuals to "age in place."
In 2010-11 we fulfilled over 750 requests for service, and our dedicated volunteers donated over 1,000 hours of time to make life better for our members. Our volunteers report that this experience has made their own lives better, too. I continue to make home visits and always enjoy meeting new and prospective members. "Youth is a gift of nature...
Age is a work of art."
(Chinese proverb)Elaine Weingarten
We look forward to the future and appreciate the opportunity to serve you.
You Have a Voice
...and we're listening
At Home activities are driven by member participation and suggestions.
Weekly Gentle Yoga
Twice Monthly Workshop/Lectures
Senior Scenes: Theater/Improv
Monthly Current Events
Technology Workshops with Mamaroneck H.S. Students
TRIP - Thursday, May 24th
Gracie Mansion - includes Tour & Tea
Let us hear from you!
Send us your thoughts, comments, questions
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Teddi Becker, Secretary
William T. Dentzer, Jr.
Rev. Dr. Marvin Henk
Philip Horner, Treasurer
Leslie Molinoff, Vice President
Lynn Reichgott, President
Philip J. Trifiletti
H. David Willey
545 Tompkins Ave.
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
PO Box 1092
Larchmont, NY 10538
Our "First Gala" on the First of May
Honoring Valerie O'Keeffe
At Home on the Sound's First Annual Gala will take place Tuesday evening, May 1, 2012 at the Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck. The evening will begin with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and a concert of classical music performed by Larchmont resident and internationally-
known pianist, Maurice Reep. Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Fox News Channel anchor, Gregg Jarrett. Prior to joining Fox, Gregg was as an anchor and correspondent for MSNBC.
Valerie O'Keeffe, recently retired Mamaroneck Town Supervisor, will be honored for her many years of service to our community as well as for her ongoing support of At Home on the Sound.
Members of Mamaroneck High School's At Home on the Sound Club will help with greeting guests during cocktail time and assisting where needed.
Guests will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items which will soon be listed on the At Home website (www.athomeonthesound.org ). Tickets for the Gala are $125 per person and may purchased on the website or by calling the At Home office at (914) 899-3150.
Pat Hachey, Volunteer
Chances are, when you call "At Home," the very pleasant voice that answers will be Pat's. Pat Hachey, a volunteer,
not only arranges our members' transportation needs; she is the person who coordinates all the volunteers' activities. She assesses each person's interests and finds a volunteer niche for them among the many opportunities of "At Home." Her main focus, however, is to help Elaine Weingarten, the Executive Director, in any way she possibly can.
While she is also a former teacher of special education,
Pat's interest in volunteering goes way back to when her two daughters were in elementary school, and she was president of the Mamaroneck Avenue School PTA. When she has free time, Pat loves decorating, reading, socializing, and making everyone laugh. Although too young to be a member of "At Home" herself, Pat's mother is a member, and her husband is on the Board of Directors - her involvement is what Pat refers to as "a family affair."
| Ann Pucci, Member
Have you known a nonagenarian who goes camping? Well, meet Ann Pucci, a long-time resident of Mamaroneck. Last summer she took her family - children, grandchildren and her 7-year- old great-grandchild - camping in the Catskills, where they slept in tents; Ann had her own, but this time she also brought a chair along to ease getting up from the ground. Camping has been a tradition in her family; they started doing it when her children were little.
Ann also has done a lot of driving; she and her husband drove across the States many times and even down the West coast from Washington State to San Diego, stopping at points of interest. On one occasion, Ann recalls, they were stranded at the Grand Canyon because of flooding and impassable roads. They were hosted for a week by a local family until they could fly home; then they had to return to retrieve their car, which they drove all the way back to New York.
When Ann is not traveling, she enjoys reading and the activities she does as a member of At Home on the Sound, particularly the Wednesday events, the walking club and the acting class.
Chocolations, Community Associate If you happened to look in the window at 607 East Boston Post Road on February 24th, you would have seen several At Home members enjoying a tasting menu of assorted home- made chocolates, cakes and cookies while sipping hot chocolate, coffee or tea.
Maria Valente, the owner of Chocolations, describes her business as "a specialty chocolate factory, an open kitchen and culinary theater." After watching a demonstration on how her savory confections are made, we wandered around the store and used our discount to take home truffles, bonbons and other delectable treats to satisfy our sweet tooth.
"There is something for everyone," explained Maria, "from sugar-free chocolate to hand-dipped chocolate strawberries." Chocolations is open 6 days a week. In addition to retail, she also hosts a variety of events.
Thank you, Maria, for such a pleasant afternoon. And a thank you to all the local merchants for their support of At Home on the Sound. By offering discounts and special services, our seniors have enjoyed many fun, and delicious, outings.
Look for our community associate highlights in each of our issues and go to the Community Highlight link to find out more about the merchants who have participated.
Q: What should I SHRED?
A: Says AARP: SHRED everything with your signature, birth date, Social Security number, account numbers, passwords or pins.
- Shred credit card statements after 45 days unless you need them for proof of purchase or for tax purposes.
- Shred bank deposit slips and ATM and credit card receipts as soon as the transactions appear on statements.
- Shred bank statements and pay stubs after one year.
Q: What should I SAVE?
A: SAVE indefinitely any paperwork that is related to taxes, mortgage payments, improvements on your home and medical and prescription records.