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THE CENTER WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, JANUARY 15TH IN OBSERVANCE OF PRESIDENTS DAY.


Love Letters Series 

Some of us may remember Pat Boone's 1950's rendering of Love Letters in the Sand; but many more of us will remember that time when people actually wrote love letters. That feels like a millennium before private telephones (not party lines), emails, texting and social media took the place of the REAL LOVE LETTER. Reading old love letters shows us what a great loss this is to those who admire emotional sentences filled with passion, admiration, reminiscence and sincerity. Dr Margaret Joseph will talk about samples of such letters that have been preserved over time: for example, the letter by the wife of a samurai warrior before he was beheaded (1615); a famous Civil War leader (1861); Steinbeck's letter to his second wife; Richard Burton's letter to Elizabeth Taylor, and many more. Discussions will be held over Zoom on Tuesdays, beginning February 2 at 2:00 p.m. To register for call the Center at 508-359-3665. Your name, phone and email are required.

The Super Bowl 

As we prepare for this year’s Super Bowl, plan on Joining the Center at Medfield on Wednesday, February 3 at 4:00 p.m. for a Super Bowl Zoom presentation by Evan Weiner. Call the Center at 508-359-3665 and register with your name and email.

His presentation on February 3 will demonstrate that the Super Bowl is much more than a football game. As you might know, it is the only sports event that impacts every community in the United States. But, did you know that the Super Bowl rose out of the civil rights movement, specifically the African American boycott of the AFL All Star Game in New Orleans? Evan Weiner, a veteran sports broadcaster will take us on a journey from the birth of the Super Bowl to talk about the halftime shows and everything in between, including how the famed football game got its name. If you love football or if you’re a diehard sports fan or need a little diversion, call the Center at 508-359-3665 to register with your name and email for this unique and interesting presentation.

About Evan Weiner

Evan is a speaker, author, with a radio and TV background. He has about 25 topics and has spoken globally. In 2007, the Department of State sent him to talk to foreign nationals at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas to speak about the politics of sports business in America. Evan Weiner started his journalism career at the age of 15 by hosting a Spring Valley High School talk show on WRKL Radio, Mount Ivy, N.Y. He was covering news for WGRC Radio and won two Associated Press Awards in 1978 and 1979. He has written nine books about the business and politics of sports and does a daily video podcast called “The Politics of Sports Business.”

Drafting of the United States Constitution-presented by Dr. Gary Hylander, Monday, February 8 at 2:30 P.M, via Zoom. 

Join historian, Dr. Gary Hylander, on Zoom as he presents a program about the Drafting of the United States Constitution. America’s Constitution is the oldest surviving written constitution in the world. We will explore the work of the delegates at the Constitutional Convention and the reasons why a document written over two centuries ago by representatives from thirteen struggling seaboard states continues to give strength and liberty to a vast continental nation of almost 330 million people. Call the Center to register your email for this presentation.

Kindness Club for Adults 

Join the Medfield Public Library’s Kindness Club for Adults. This is part discussion and part action group! On the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. we meet on Zoom to discuss a book or do an activity. We set specific kindness goals for ourselves to strive for during the coming month. This month, we are discussing The Art of Showing Up: How to Be There for Yourself and Your People by Rachel Wilkerson Miller. The book is available from the library and on HooplaDigital.Com. Do not worry if you haven't read it, you will still get a lot out of joining the discussion via Zoom on Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m. Email Bri at bozanne@minlib.net to register.

Happy Valentines Day 

What would the month of February be without our annual Chocolate Tasting? Although it may be different this year, we will be hosting our 5th annual event in a grab n go fashion on Friday, February 12 from 12 -12:30 p.m. During this time you can drive up, open your car window and we will provide you with a sampling of chocolate goodies that will make your Valentine’s Day complete. Be sure to call the Center and sign up for this event. Call the Center at 508-359-3665.

New England Coyote-Wolf Presentation 

Join local naturalist and photographer, Bob Michelson on Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom for an image-based presentation on the New England Coyote-Wolf hybrid animals. These animals are often seen roaming our neighborhoods and are of concern. Bob will show us his stunning photos and share his extensive knowledge of the historic migration and hybridization of the Coy wolfs. He will share safety tips in case we encounter one of these beautiful hunters while out and about! All ages welcome. Email Bri at bozanne@minlib.net to register.

Baseball in American Culture

In the past, baseball preseason conversations began in February. On Wednesday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom, Evan Weiner will present Baseball in America. Call the Center at 508-359-3665 and register with your name and email.

This year despite speculation that spring training 2021 and the regular season might be delayed because of COVID-19 concerns, MLB has instructed teams to begin preparing for the mid-February launch of spring training as planned. We will see the Red Sox truck leave for Fort Meyers to begin the 2021 spring season. Baseball has been embedded in the American culture since the end of the Civil War. There have been poems, songs, comedy routines, movies, TV shows, and books with baseball themes. Baseball cards have been and continue to be a big part of the culture. Casey At the Bat was required reading for elementary school students at one point. Abbott and Costello’s Who’s On First routine debuted on radio and led them to the Hall of Fame. The name Cooperstown means something special. And even Broadway got into the act with a play. Nobody ever wanted to be “Wally Pipped”. Even today business analytics may have evolved from the movie Money Ball. Baseball was once the king of American sports. That may have ended but baseball in the culture has never gone away.

About Evan Weiner

Evan is a speaker, author, with a radio and TV background. He has about 25 topics and has spoken globally. In 2007, the Department of State sent him to talk to foreign nationals at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas to speak about the politics of sports business in America. Evan Weiner started his journalism career at the age of 15 by hosting a Spring Valley High School talk show on WRKL Radio, Mount Ivy, N.Y. He was covering news for WGRC Radio and won two Associated Press Awards in 1978 and 1979. He has written nine books about the business and politics of sports and does a daily video podcast called “The Politics of Sports Business.”

Special Days in February-Call to sign up! 

Tues. Feb. 9– National Pizza Day! Stop by at 1pm for a Grab N Go slice! 

Fri. Feb .12– Chocolate Tasting Stop by at 12:30 pm for a Grab N Go sampling! Thurs. 

Feb. 18– Grab N Go dinner (chicken sausages, brown rice and veggie). Pick up at 4pm. 

Tues. Feb. 23– National Banana Bread Day! Enjoy Banana Bread with your drive-thru coffee (10-10:30 a.m.)

FOSI Yard Sale 

So many events have been cancelled over the past 10 months, including the annual FOSI Yard Sale. The April 2021 sale is uncertain at this time. However, FOSI has been holding a “Virtual” Yard Sale and items have been flying out the door. Donations of items that can be easily be carried in and out are being accepted to support this on-line event. Simply call the Center and schedule a time to drop off your tax-deductible donation. The next few months may be a great time to do early spring-cleaning. Support FOSI by donating those gently used, unwanted items. FOSI supports the Center and the programs. Check out our page https://www.facebook.com/fosi.medfield. 

Winter Weather Reminder 

With winter upon us, it is important to remind you that when Medfield schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Center is closed. However, this year when we are closed, all our Call-In and Zoom programs will run as scheduled. If the Center is closed on a regular shopping day due to snow, if possible we will run that trip the next available day. If we determine that it is unsafe for trips and or transportation provided by volunteers, the COA has the option to suspend services at any time.

JOINING A ZOOM CALL

Heard of Zoom but not sure how to participate in a Zoom call?  Here is a short video to get you started.

https://youtu.be/9isp3qPeQ0E

ZOOM: One-on-One Instruction

Calling All Seniors Who Want to Learn How to Zoom! We want to know if you have a computer, I pad, I phone or laptop. Please call the Center and provide your email and device information. The Center will be holding one-on-one instruction on How to Zoom. If you have one of these, we can help you to Zoom so that you can participate in more programming at home. If you have a desk-top computer with a camera, we can help over the phone to get you on the Zoom platform. Simply call the Center at 508-359-3665 to schedule a convenient time. It is easier than you think!

VIRTUAL LEARNING THROUGH BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY'S SENIOR COLLEGE

The start of the new year brings exciting and engaging learning opportunities from Bridgewater State University.  This winter/spring, their growing Senior College Program will offer 33 affordable, convenient, and stimulating non-credit courses to mature learners (50+), all from the comfort of your own home (via Zoom). Registration is currently open!  

For their upcoming semesters, they have something to offer for every interest, including courses about birdwatching, American Sign Language, America in 2021, anxiety and anxiety disorders, memoir writing, even a course on the history of the modern dog and MUCH MORE!  

Senior College courses meet weekly via Zoom for 4 to 8 weeks starting on January 25th and run until the end of May. 

For the low registration fee of $65 per person, learners can enroll in as many courses as they like! There is no course limit and no other expenses; but there will be plenty of conversation, fun, and community shared in these courses. 

For more information, visit one of the links below or call 508.531.2570.

https://www.bridgew.edu/ccs/seniorcollege

https://www.facebook.com/BSUSeniorCollege

Scheduled Zoom/Conference Call Activities 

(If joining by conference call, dial 1-978-990-5000 Access Code is 859729# )

MONDAY AT 12:30 PM (via Conference Call) - Join Peter Burke for a conference call discussion on the latest sports, news and local happenings. Grab a sandwich and enjoy lunch and conversation! 

MONDAY AT 1:30 PM (via Zoom & Conference Call) - CROSSWORD PUZZLE MANIA Sign up to receive the puzzle each week by mail or email and together each Monday we will we will work to complete the puzzle. 

TUESDAY AND FRIDAY AT 11:30 AM (via Conference Call) – CONFERENCE CALL BINGO - 2 cards are provided to all players and end of month winners 1st and 2nd place receive FOSI jackpot prizes! 

WEDNESDAY AT 1:00 PM (via Conference Call) - BRAIN TEASERS Enjoy a half hour of phrases, questions and thoughts that will stump your brain.

THURSDAY AT 10:30 AM (via Zoom) - HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE IT? Join Lisa on Zoom and discuss different situations and how YOU would handle it. No answer is wrong! 

THURSDAY AT 2:00 PM (via Conference Call) - Join our AUDIO BOOK CLUB with host, Susan Bernstein. Enjoy a half hour read followed by a group discussion. 

FUEL ASSISTANCE: Fall is here and winter is coming 

Need help paying for fuel this winter? You are not alone. Fuel assistance helps thousands of local families with home heating bills each year. Fuel assistance is not just for oil, gas, or electricity; if you heat your home with a pellet or wood stove you can qualify to receive fuel assistance. The application process may seem daunting and I am happy to assist you in this task. If you previously received fuel assistance, you should have received a renewal application in the mail. If you have not received your renewal application, you may call SMOC at 508-620-2342 and they will re-issue another one for you. New to fuel assistance? No problem - I have applications available for new applicants. Please contact the Center at 508-359-3665 and ask for Lisa Marie Donovan Outreach Coordinator for a confidential appointment. 

MA Circuit Breaker Tax Credit

The Massachusetts Circuit Breaker tax credit is a refundable credit for senior citizens based on the real estate taxes paid on Massachusetts property owned/rented and used as the primary residence. Maximum credit allowed for the tax year is $1,130. The following are eligible for the tax credit:  

  • MA residents age 65 or older by December 31 of the taxable year  
  • MA return must be filed with the Senior Circuit Breaker Credit attached  
  • MA property must be owned/rented and occupied as primary home                           Massachusetts income not more than:  
  • $60,000 for Single  
  • $75,000 for Head of Household  
  • $90,000 for Married filing Joint (married filing separate does not qualify for the credit)                                          

SHINE Counseling

The SHINE counselor is available this month for phone appointments on Thursday, Jan. 7 in the morning and Thursday, Jan 21 in the afternoon. Call the Center to book your phone appointment 1

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