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I hope you are all doing well and enjoying this Monday!
To all our Sunday Supper Clubbers - last night was a funk and we are not sure why. I tried to go on and it wouldn't let me either. For example our friend, Barbara write to me, " I was given a meal on Friday for Sunday's dinner social...I therefore was ready to eat and socialize tonight at 5:30 PM; however, when I tried to zoom in, I got a message saying something like your sponsor is busy on another meeting. I waited for awhile and then tried 10 minutes later and still got the same message..." Thanks, Barbara! I hope it works out next week - I missed seeing the crew!
Our friend, Beverly wrote, "I just wanted you and Stephan to know what a great service the taxi ride is...the driver picked me up early and it was absolutely no hassle. The ride home was equally wonderful. It is always such a hassle going to that location and the parking is a nightmare. The ride saved me so much anguish. Thank you Thank you many times over." That's why we are here!!!
Our friend, Nancy also wrote, "Yes thank you so much for everything! I am fully vaccinated thanks to your transportation help! I really appreciate all that you do!"
Our team is always here to help!
Our friends, Mark and Gerry sent this great video along.
Huge Avalanche at Kapuche Lake ( Lowest Altitude Glacier Lake In Nepal) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm0TgTbHHII]
Huge Avalanche (??? ???) at Kapuche Lake Sikles. The Kapuche Glacier lake is located at an altitude of 2546 meters from sea level. It lies inside the small village Sikles of Kaski district in the Annapurna region. This lake has been declared as the lowest altitude glacier lake in the world. We had to spend overnight at lake in order ...
Now for Survey Central!!
We have 3 surveys that I would love if you could do.
Special Program Survey [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LSupVhC-_3QG8t2vyWxIL9qqxmjnEbbk8R9Cu0Htd9o/edit]
Fitness Program Survey [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeynz7ju-WV_VOhtsf0edI-uIfY2Dyzwmwfc8m1ofNFtihupQ/viewform]
Virtual versus In -Person Program Survey [https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=bn6Up_oIpkOgVp1kmIFD3M37p0p9bzJCiFbEQFo9BEhUNlNTSDQ0MFk4S1FaTlBPN1pVWjdUMFRPUy4u]
As always, the Center Staff is here for you! Please email me at email@example.com or call the Center @ 781-855-3629 for Katie or 339-201-1883 for me or Kippy and we will help you.
Now for some updates
Our friend and Public Information Officer sent this out:
Needham Animal Control Helps Return Dog 5 Years After He Went Missing
In the category of you couldn’t possibly make this up, Needham Animal Control Officer David Parsons helped return a dog to its owner nearly 40 miles away after the dog went missing five years ago! Officer Parsons trapped the stray dog with the assistance of Missing Dogs Massachusetts. They brought the Basenji to Highland Animal Hospital in Needham to be cleaned up and treated. Highland Animal Hospital found that it was microchipped. It turns out that “Bay” the Basenji was formerly an Arkansas street dog and had quite the knack for survival. She was taken in by a Millbury woman and was at a sitter’s house in Framingham when she went missing in June of 2016. This amazing dog survived five New England winters and was reunited with her owner a few days ago. Great work by ACO Parsons and Missing Dogs Massachusetts!
MassDOT Awards Needham Grant to Fund Dining Parklets
The Town of Needham has been awarded a $57,200 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that will allow the Town to continue its efforts to support local restaurants beyond the Covid-19 pandemic. The Town’s Department of Public Works applied for the grant, which will allow the department to purchase and install two modular parklets, one in the downtown area and one in the Heights. The parklets will allow for increased space for outdoor dining and will include tables and chairs as well as planters and a guard rail. The parklets are portable and can be redeployed in areas that may be underserved by other outdoor dining opportunities. The Department of Public Works is aiming to get the parklets installed early this summer.
Friends of Needham Library Book Sale
The Friends of the Needham Library will be hosting a "pop-up" book sale this Saturday April 10th from 10am - 2pm. The sale will be held in the back of the library between the Highland Ave and Rosemary St parking lots. Access to the sale will be allowed only from the Rosemary Street side. Fiction, nonfiction, youth and children’s books will be available. All books will sell for $3. Exact change is appreciated, checks will be accepted and contactless payment will be available. Attendance will be limited and patrons will be asked to maintain social distancing at all times. Masks are required and use of available hand sanitizer will be required before entering the sale area. Gloves will be available. No scanners permitted. No book donations will be accepted at the sale.
Drive-Through Drug Take Back Day – Saturday, April 24th
The Town is hosting a drive-through medication take back day on Saturday, April 24th. Unwanted and expired over the counter or prescription medications can be dropped off from 10 am to 2 pm on Garrity Way in front of Town Hall. Needles, thermometers, inhalers, medical waste, cannabis and illegal drugs cannot be accepted.
NUARI Hosts Public Feedback Session Monday
The Needham Unite Against Racism Working Group meets Monday to share its initial recommendations and solicit feedback on its draft report. The Group will submit an initial report to Town Meeting in May. The report includes recommendations for specific actions that will help Needham achieve its vision for racial equity. Recommendations are in the areas of housing, policing, schools, Town of Needham staff, Town Boards & Committees, and the broader Needham community. The report can be viewed here [https://www.needhamma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/23444/NUARI-Town-Meeting-Report-DRAFT-04062021-Clean-?bidId&fbclid=IwAR3G0ryAS1CQUeCyz09_9Bbmedr8pTCxhww4Py0kDDTeZqAFrNrtd0Nqw-8] . The meeting will be held via Zoom [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89833277286] at 6 pm.
TAXI SERVICE IS DISCONTINUED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
If you already have a scheduled ride - you are still good.
Topic: Daily Activity Study of Health (DASH) with Northeastern University*
To join the study email: DASHresearchstudy@gmail.com
*Think about joining this fascinating study! This study is funded by the National Institute on Aging and will examine changes in emotion, thinking, and daily activities in older adulthood. They are looking for adults 60-95 years old who can walk without assistance and who have access to a computer and internet at home. They are looking for people who spend a lot of time sitting and/or people who do not exercise especially regularly or vigorously. The hope is this study will help transform healthcare recommendations and the cognitive health of older adults in the future.
The majority of the study will be conducted remotely via virtual study sessions and there will also be an optional 2 in-person sessions at the Northeastern University campus in Boston. The study runs for a total of 3 months and participants will be compensated for the time spent on study activities (about 12-18 hours total).
Topic: One - on - One Sessions with a Personal Trainer*
Time: Monday - Friday 7AM - 7PM
To Schedule: Email me or call the Center Line at 781-855-3629
Cost: $50 per hour (Checks will be made out to “Town of Needham” and mailed to Center at the Heights, 300 Hillside Ave., Needham, MA 02494.”
* We are now offering Personal Training Sessions with Stephen and Lisa Cadigan - our trusted trainers! Stephen or Lisa will have an introductory session to work out what exercise program (work on back, core, strengthening, recovery of surgery or injury, over zoom, over phone, in - person while socially distancing) is best for your needs during COVID 19. This sort of one-on-one program typically costs hundreds of dollars. Signup now to get the best exercise plan for specifically you!
Topic: Hearing Loss One-on-One Clinics*
Time: Email Debbie at DmaiborsLp@gmail.com to schedule a Zoom Appointment.
*Debbie Maibor, Speech/ Language Pathologist, is offering the Informational Hearing Clinics to provide an overview of hearing, hearing problems, and the effects on communication, with time for questions and answers. Please email her to set up a time to connect on Zoom.
Topic: Financial Clinic with Galina*
Time: Email Aicha and she will coordinate a time
To Join Meeting : Email me and I will connect you with an appointment
*Some of you met with Galina during her Tuesday afternoon financial clinics last year where Galina answered your financial questions and gave you advice. A number of you also attended her financial presentations in the past.
Galina Pekurovskaya is a Financial Adviser with the Bulfinch Group in Needham.
Topic: Metrowest Legal Clinic*
Time: Tuesday, April 13 @ 10/10:30/11/11:30AM
To join Meeting: Email Aicha and she will schedule the appointment (First come, first served)
* We have two lawyers working with us from Metrowest Legal Services - Joseph Sherman and Stephanie Ozahowski! They will do their Legal Clinics over the phone or via zoom so register today. This is such a great resource!
Topic: Gentle Fitness
Time: Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10:30am
To Join Zoom Meeting: Click here [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85399286741?pwd=dUd1ZHJucDljQk80Q1pyZ2NvdmVVZz09]
Meeting ID: 853 9928 6741
*Lisa (our fabulous barre and pilates instructor) has now added Gentle Fitness! Gentle Fitness is a strength and conditioning class which focuses on moving safely from one exercise to the next. You will work on balance strengthening, stability and flexibility. You will need a mat and optional weights.
NEW DATE AND TIME!!
Topic: French Conversation Group*
Time: Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays from 10:30am - noon
To Join Zoom Meeting please email Nathalie deFontnouvelle Wellesley.Nathalie@gmail.com
To join Zoom Meeting: Click here
Meeting ID 769-2859-0292
*Are you conversational in French; intermediate or advanced? Come join Nathalie, a native speaker, to improve your conversational French. Prior to each session, participants will receive by email brief videos or documentaries in French to watch, or news articles or literature to read, to prepare for the group discussion. This is a fun way to improve your fluency in French, and make new Francophile friends. This is not a structured class, the goal is really to practice talking in a relaxed setting. Any questions, email to: Wellesley.Nathalie@gmail.com
Topic: Gentle Mat Yoga with Michelle*
Time: Tuesdays, 2020 @ 10:00 AM
To Join Zoom Meeting Click here [https://us05web.zoom.us/j/82400032271?pwd=OTBFVkdiaFNUekhjOGlHMVNoWXpSZz09]
*Everyone loves Michelle’s Gentle Seated Yoga so we thought we would add something special in the evening - Gentle Mat Yoga! As always, Michelle will make it as personal as possible so if you have a special area you want to work on - let her know.
Topic: Virtual Reiki with Valerie
Time: Tuesdays @ 10.30 /11/ 11.30 / 12 / 12.30
To join Zoom Meeting: email Aicha to book your 20-minute appointment and she will send you the Zoom link.
*Reiki is a Japanese relaxation technique that can also promote healing. It is the energy of the universe—around us and within us. Reiki also has an ancient tradition of being offered virtually, from a distance which is ideal for these Covid 19 times. Valerie Gaines, Reiki Master Teacher in the Usui Reiki system, will be offering Reiki sessions via Zoom for our own community. Valerie practices Reiki at Wellesley Women’s Wellness Center and has been a Certified Hospital Reiki Volunteer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for five years. First come - first served.
Topic: Current Events Discussion Group*
Time: Tuesdays, @ 10:30AM
To Join Zoom Meeting and Request the Invitation, Email Gerry Koss (host) @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Current Events meets every Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 on Zoom. A concise update of the past week’s news is followed by a discussion. All are encouraged to bring up additional topics and all have the option of speaking and/or listening.
To ensure our meetings are secure, participants must have an initial Zoom invitation, which is good for all recurring meetings. To request a Zoom invitation be sent to you, please contact Gerry Koss (Host) at email@example.com.
For this week’s discussion:
Topic: CATH Garden Project
Time: Tuesdays, April 13th @ 11:00 AM
To Join Zoom Meeting: Please contact Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org
The CATH Garden Project is back in action and will meet remotely starting in September! Join us for garden-related presentations and group projects. Let’s bring a little of the outdoors inside for the fall and winter months. Please contact Kristen at email@example.com to register for this course and receive zoom meeting information and supplies.
Topic: Train the Brain with Stephen*
Time: Tuesdays, 2020 11:30 AM
To Join Zoom Meeting Click here [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81691196399]
Meeting ID: 816 9119 6399
*This class will involve dynamic, bilateral movement and physical brain activities to improve stability, total body coordination, speed, spatial awareness,endurance and flexibility. Please have the following items ready and available to use during the
class (ALL ITEMS SHOULD BE NON-BREAKABLE AND UNABLE TO
HURT/INJURE/DAMAGE YOURSELF, YOUR PET OR THE FLOOR IF DROPPED):
1) 1 small Bean Bag, bag of frozen Peas or similar item.
2) 3 Paper Plates or Paper Bowls.
3) 1 Spoon (preferably a long one - maybe wooden) and (1) something
that is roundish, and will fit easily in the spoon’s scoop. EXAMPLES -
a plastic Egg, a Walnut, a small bottle of Whiteout, etc.
4) 1 small Ball. EXAMPLES - a Baseball, or a Tennis Ball.
5) 1 small Pad of Paper and 1 Pen/Pencil - preferably a Pad of
“Stickies” for the paper.
6) 1 small Personal Item. EXAMPLES - Old, empty Prescription Bottle,
Aspirin/Tylenol Bottle, pair of Glasses, or ANY item you choose that
is small and non-breakable.
Topic: Utilize Resistance Band Efficiency, and Maximize Your Efforts to Become Stronger”
Time: Tuesdays @ 1:00PM
To join Zoom Meeting: Click here [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84379557037]
Meeting ID: 843 7955 7037
*Resistance bands offer an alternative to exercise without using traditional weights. This 45 minute class uses bands which provide resistance during both the concentric and eccentric phase of movement. Therefore, this mode of training maximizes the benefits throughout the entire program. Bands are also forgiving on the joints of the Older Adult. This routine will increase strength addressing all muscles of the body. Bands are an enjoyable way to exercise, and can be obtained through the COA - Center at the Heights.
Topic: A Series on Mindfulness with Neil Motenko*
Time: Tuesday, April 13 @ 1:30 pm
Pre Register by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org [http://email@example.com/]
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
*Mindfulness practice can be very helpful as we navigate the challenges of aging and bring awareness to qualities of the mind and heart that we cultivate as we age. A Series on Mindfulness with Neil Motenko continues with a further exploration of mindfulness and aging. These sessions will cover basic principles and foundational attitudes we can bring to mindfulness practice, as well as specific science about the benefits of mindfulness for seniors. The sessions will be interactive, reference neuroscience, and include guided practices. Newcomers are always welcome. We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of Wingate Chestnut Hill.
Topic: Musical Baseball Show with Howie Newman*
Time: Tuesday, April 20 @ 2:30PM
To Preregister for Zoom www.needhamma.gov/library [http://www.needhamma.gov/library] or call 781-455-4559 x204.
*To help celebrate the beginning of the 2021 baseball season, Needham Public Library is hosting a virtual Musical Baseball Show on Zoom, featuring local singer-guitarist Howie Newman. Newman,a former sportswriter for the Lowell Sun, Patriot Ledger, Boston Globe, and other newspapers, was on the Red Sox beat for many years and covered the World Series in 1985 and ’86. He has also remained an avid fan, having visited 94 major and minor league ballparks.
“Baseball is the one sport that really lends itself to music,” said Newman, whose experience also includes three years of radio color commentary for the Lowell Spinners, a Red Sox farm team. “I’ll be playing my own baseball songs and a few other baseball standards that everyone knows.
“We’ll talk baseball, do some trivia and just have fun. If people have questions about the Red Sox and what it’s like to cover the team, I’ll be happy to answer them. It’s going to be a very unique type of show and I’m sure folks will enjoy it.”
Topic: Arthritis Class with Stephen*
Time: Tuesdays @ 3:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting Click here [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81687901740]
Meeting ID: 816 8790 1740
*This class is a mostly seated exercise class that does not encourage activities that might exacerbate arthritis symptoms and sore joints. It addresses range of motion, strength, flexibility, endurance balance and coordination.
Topic: Folk, Country and Rock Music Appreciation!*
Time: Tuesdays @ 4PM
To Join Zoom Meeting: Click here [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88032503991?pwd=OEEwTkwwWWRmbUtIejZvS1gxWVBKZz09]
Meeting ID: 880 3250 3991
*Join this weekly group to listen to old & new music. We will learn trivia, song meanings and interpretations, and more. Send Aicha any requests and she will research and play on the day of the class. Hopefully this will lead to reminiscing and discussion about the song or musicians.
Topic: Line Dancing with Showway!*
Time: Tuesday @ 4PM
To join Zoom Class Click here [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81554881275?pwd=V3BJY253L3Y3Y2VscGVxeTA3amU0QT09]
Meeting ID: 815 5488 1275
*Showway wants us to move! Let’s get up and moving! She will do a 10 minute warm-up + basic steps practice, then line dance instruction for 45 minutes and a 5 minute cool down. Then we chat and have some social time!
These programs are being covered to you in response to the Center being closed during the COVID-19 outbreak.
These instructors have worked hard to provide these opportunities to you, at your discretion, for your enjoyment.
As with all exercise programs, you need to use common sense.
To reduce and avoid injury, check with your doctor before
beginning any fitness program.
By performing any fitness exercises, you are performing them at your own risk.
The Town of Needham and the instructors themselves, will not be responsible or liable for any injury or harm you sustain as a result of these online fitness programs. Thank you for your understanding.
Thanks to our friend, Irene for reminding me of what a great woman Eleanor Roosevelt was.
Eleanor Roosevelt: Former First Lady with a Restless Spirit | Full Documentary | Biography [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Krqx9mh_Jug]
An intimate portrait of the beloved humanitarian and former First Lady who was reviled by political opponents during her lifetime, and whose husband's affair may have led to a secret one of her own. Find out more about his life in this full documentary! #Biography #EleanorRoosevelt Subscribe for more Biography: http://aetv.us/2AsWMPH Dive ...
Here is a vintage interview.
Eleanor Roosevelt interview (1957) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu3YbSoYbyw]
Eleanor Roosevelt discusses Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Republicans, Democrats, the Soviet Union, Westbrook Pegler, her son's relationship with Dominican leader Rafael Trujillo, race, and garlic pills. Check out our Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/ManufacturingIntellect Share this video!
Ever wonder where the Roosevelt money came from?
Roosevelt's Personal Finances | Museum of American Finance - Museum of American Finance | Museum of American Finance [https://www.moaf.org/exhibits/checks_balances/franklin-roosevelt/fdr-family]
Franklin D. Roosevelt was born in 1882 to parents who were members of New York’s oldest and wealthiest families. When his father, James, died in 1900, he left Roosevelt a small inheritance, but most of his estate (worth about $600,000) went to his wife, Sara Ann Delano, who also inherited about $1.3 million from her side of the family.
Here is a tour of the Roosevelt Home in Hyde Park, New - not too shabby!
Hyde Park, New York - Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site - Full Tour HD (2016) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdYvgZKQPQI]
The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site preserves the Springwood estate in Hyde Park, New York. Springwood was the birthplace, lifelong home, and burial place of the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The National Historic Site was established in 1945.
Here's the Sagamore Hills home.
Sagamore Hill NHS - Home of Theodore Roosevelt [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxJa4cco0p0]
This is a video of the grounds at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. It was the home of President Theodore Roosevelt. It's located on Long Island at Oyster Bay, NY. The NPS conducts tours of the house but no photography or video are allowed inside. I visited the home in May 2018. It is an impressive home to visit. See more of my journeys at ...
Here's a movie about Teddy.
Full Movie: Teddy Roosevelt A Cowboys Ride To The White House [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ikBE45W2w0]
Is the exciting story of a physically challenged young man from Harvard who came to the western frontier in 1883. It was in the Badlands of Dakota where young Roosevelt became a cowboy and learned about democracy and the American West.
You have to have strong legs to be a cowboy and hang on to those horses. Here are some leg exercises. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kKhE2sgCag] ?
3 BEST Beginner/Senior Leg Exercises Using A Kitchen Chair, Improve Balance & Walking [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kKhE2sgCag]
3 BEST Beginner/Senior Leg Exercises Using A Kitchen Chair, Improve Balance \u0026 Walking Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/physicaltherapyvideo Website: https://bobandbrad.com/ Bob and Brad demonstrate a beginner or senior leg exercise program that can improve your balance and walking. It is recommended that you use a stable chair ...
Our Comic Relief Clip of the Day is a from New York City where Eleanor Roosevelt was born and died. Here are many vintage clips from SNL in the 80's.
Derek Stevens Audition - SNL - YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUrbtUwsRXo&list=PLS_gQd8UB-hJjCX9xX3Prwp8Xv6Hd6VrY]
Derek Stevens (Dana Carvey) performs his incomplete demo, including songs like Choppin' Broccoli, for his audition at the A&R recording company. [Season 12, ...
Our MAFA (Music Appreciation from Afar) Song of the Day is from the Roosevelts.
The Roosevelts - "Everybody Knows" [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRDYlrlHyDM]
Our Center Quote of the Day is "A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt
Have a goodnight everyone and we will chat tomorrow!