Protect Yourself Against
A monthly newsletter from the Island Councils on Aging, Inc.
Your Councils on Aging — Dedicated to promoting
health, independence, and life-long learning.
February 2006 • Vol. 10 Issue 2
Edited by Leslie Clapp, Coordinator • 508-939-9440
AARP Tax Assistance
Prescriptions for Vets
Fraud and Scams
The year 2006 has ushered in more changes for a record The Golden Rule of Fraud Prevention is:
Calendar of Events
Local Agency Grants
Travel News Page 6
number of Massachusetts citizens who will be entering their Never give out personal information such as your credit
“Golden Years,” bringing new information and options for card or bank account number or Social Security number Tisbury Preservation Act
senior citizens. Being informed is the best defense and an unless you initiated the contact and are familiar with the Income Limits Page 7
important safeguard against deception, high-pressure sales company or business. If you suspect a scam, call Attorney
tactics, and scams. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or walk General Tom Reilly’s Elder Hotline at 1-888-243-5337 and C.O.A. Directory
away from a suspicious situation. By taking care of yourself your local police.
and others, you can avoid the pain and cost of becoming Be a good citizen and a good friend. If you suspect that Island Councils on Aging
Leslie Clapp, Director
victim to a scam. Remember to be a good neighbor – if you someone you know is a victim of physical, emotional, or 508-939-9440
know someone who is a victim of a scam or fraud, reach sexual abuse, neglect or self-neglect, or financial exploita-
Page Edgartown Council
out to the local police or your Council on Aging for assis- tion, report it to Elder Services at 1-800-244-4630, or the
tance. Don’t be afraid to “look, ask, and report.” Department of Elder Affairs statewide 24-hour Elder Abuse
2 Laurie Schreiber, Director
508-627-4368 · Hours: 9 am–4 pm
Hotline at 1-800-922-2275. Page Oak Bluffs Council
Medicare Prescription Drug Plans: 3 Roger Wey, Director
Protect yourself from scams! 508-693-4509 · Hours: 8:30 am–4 pm
Island Councils on Aging Don’t give out financial or health information over the Page Tisbury Council
phone. Medicare prescription drug plans are not permitted 6 Joyce Stiles-Tucker, Director
is relocating! to ask you for confidential information over the phone. 508-696-4205
Hours: 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Don’t talk to salespeople who come to your door unless you
The office of Island Councils on Aging, and Leslie Up-Island Council
have made an appointment in advance. Medicare prescrip- Page
Clapp, Director, has been located in the old wing of 7 Joyce Bowker, Director
tion drug plans are not permitted to market door-to-door. 508-693-2896 · Fax: 508-693-1447
Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for the past 20+ years.
Don’t respond to e-mails from people or institutions you Hours: 8:30 am–4 pm
We have moved. As of January 27 our new location
don’t know. Don’t give out financial or health information Elder Services of Cape Cod
will be in the Anchors Senior Center, 10 Daggett
by e-mail. And if you suspect a scam, call the Elder Hotline & The Islands, Inc.
St., Edgartown. Our mailing address will remain the
at 1-888-243-5337. Jacque Cage, Martha’s Vineyard
same. Our new phone number is
Another Golden Rule: If it seems too good to be true, it 508-693-4393 · Hours: 9 am–4 pm
probably is. Elder Abuse Hotline
continued on page 7 1-800-244-4630
Service Programs & Support Groups
Health Screenings & Health Insurance Counseling Road to Recovery Arthritis Support Group
Blood Pressure Clinics For an appointment with a local coun- 508-563-5351.Transportation for 2/10, 2:30 pm. Tisbury Senior Center.
Aquinnah Town Hall 2/3, 12-1 selor call your Council on Aging, cancer patients. Prostate Cancer Support Group
Chilmark Town Hall 2/3, 1:30-2:30 or the Tribal Council at Medivan for 60+ and/or disabled 2/15, 10:30 am. M.V. Community
Edg. Town Hall 2/8, 9-11 508-645-9265. Tuesdays to Boston area Services administration building.
Edg. Stop & Shop 2/3, 12-2 Social Security Mon. 2/27 Oak medical services. For information call Emily Wetherall,
Oak Bluffs COA 2/23, 12:30-2:30 Bluffs Senior Center, 9:15-12:45. Call 508-693-9440 RN at 508-693-7900, x236.
Tisbury COA 2/28, 1-3 Medicaid/MassHealth Taxi to Medical Appointments Share the Caring
Cronig’s 2/9, 1-3 For information and to apply for For 60+ and/or disabled to 2/27, 4 pm.
Medicine Shop Thursdays 1-3 Medicaid and MassHealth, Falmouth/Mashpee/Sandwich. Call Susan at 508-627-4368 x16.
Hillside Village 2/1, 10:30-11:30 call Vineyard Health Care Access Call 508-939-9440. $15 suggested Diabetes Support Group
Woodside Village 2/27, 12-2 Program, 508-696-0020, 9-12, M-F. donation.
Funeral Consumers Alliance of 2/27, 1 pm
Up-Island COA 2/14, 11:30-1:30 Medical Equipment Loans Note date change due to holiday.
Conroy Apothecary 2/17, 9-10 Cape Cod & the Islands Call Senior Centers for availability.
Information on alternatives concern- Tisbury Senior Center
Hearing Services Senior Housing
ing end of life issues. General discussion. All welcome
Call in advance for an appoint- Windemere Nursing &
Hotline: 1-800-976-9552 Vineyard Isle Parkinsonians (VIP)
ment. Rehabilitation Center. Long-term
Emergency Food Pantries 2/13, 10:00am. Up-Island Senior
Oak Bluffs COA – 2/8, care nursing home and rest home
All Senior Centers Center, for Parkinsonians and
508-693-4509. facility. Medicaid accepted.
Call for date & time of distribution. Caregivers. Call Gary Zwicky at 508-
Up-Island COA – 2/16 508-696-6465.
Vineyard Committee on Hunger 645-2767 or email
Lesley Segal-Pallas, Audiologist. Island Elderly Housing Subsidized
First Baptist Church Parish House email@example.com for info.
Call 508-693-2896 low income housing for seniors &
Williams St.,V.H. A New Chapter
Tisbury COA – 2/22, 1:30 Call disabled. 508-693-5880.
Monthly food distribution Adjustments to Change
508-696-4205 for an appointment. Havenside Apts. 508-693-2280
Second Friday of the month Tisbury Senior Center
Podiatry Clinic 2/3, 2/10 & 2/24 Info at 508-693-5339 Henrietta Brewer House
Up-Island Senior Center with Dr. 508-693-4500. Assisted Living. Private consultations, Judy Olson,
Island Food Pantry LICSW Call 508-696-4205 for an
Bialow, Call 1-888-289-8595 for an Christ United Methodist Church Private pay.
appointment. Longhill, 508-627-7791. Assisted appointment.
Church St., V.H. M,W,F, 2-4 pm
Elder Law Project Living. Private pay. Long-term care Widows/Widowers Support Group
Info at 508-693-4764
First Monday every month: insurance accepted. West Tisbury Congregational Church,
M. V. Community Services, 1-4, Unitarian Society, Vineyard Haven: Support Groups Mondays, 10:30 am.
1-800-742-4107. 2/5-sign up, 12:15-1:00 Martha’s Vineyard M S Self Help Call Hospice at 508-693-0189 for
2/6 Oak Bluffs Senior Center, 2/18-pick up, 12-1:30 Group more information.
9:30-12:30, 508-693-4509 Transportation 1st Sunday (except holidays) M. V. Cancer Support Group
3/6 Tisbury Senior Center, Vineyard Transit Authority- 2/5, 1-3 pm Tisbury Senior Center, 34 Wednesdays, 12 noon,
9:30-12:30, 508-696-4205 M-F, from 8:30-4. For information Pine Tree Rd. Call Connie Teixeira Hebrew Center, Vineyard Haven
S.H.I.N.E. 1-800-334-9999 and reservations call 508-693-9440. for information, 508-693-3193.
2 February 2006
AARP Tax Assistance Island Councils
Trained volunteers are certified to offer free tax assistance for seniors. on Aging
To accommodate more volunteers and seniors, appointments in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown are being offered at their
Public Libraries. However, all appointments must be made through the Senior Centers. Call a Senior Center phone number
listed below to make your appointment: Program
2/6 Tisbury Senior Center 508-696-4205
2/9 Oak Bluffs Public Library 508-693-4509 (Oak Bluffs Senior Center)
2/14 Edgartown Public Library 508-627-4368 (Edgartown Senior Center)
Laurie Schreiber, Director
3/2 Oak Bluffs Public Library 508-693-4509 (Oak Bluffs Senior Center) Terrie MacLaren, Supervisor
3/6 Tisbury Senior Center 508-696-4205
Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 10 am–3 pm
3/9 Up-Island Senior Center 508-693-2896
3/14 Edgartown Public Library 508-627-4368 (Edgartown Senior Center)
Seniors are requested to bring all tax forms (W2, SSA 1099, and other 1099 forms) as well as last year’s tax return.
Massachusetts now offers a deduction for heating oil and fuel payments made in the months of November and December. The Senior Day Program
If applicable, please bring your November and December fuel bills.
is a professionally run
supportive program for
New at the Anchors! physically challenged
The Secrets of Watercolor, a six-week workshop with island artist George Thibault (You may and/or socially isolated
have seen him on cable television). Discover the magic of creating your very own master-
pieces Fridays, 9:30-11 beginning on 2/24. $15 per class with materials provided, if needed.
individuals in our
Pre-registration and pre-payment is required by 2/13 to reserve your space. Call community. The SDP
508-627-4368. has provided support to
Foot Massage Offering, Fridays beginning 2/17, 9:30. Start your day with a relaxing foot massage from Kerry Saunier
(LMT). Feel the benefits of this rejuvenating health therapy! Call in advance to sign up, 508-627-4368!
over 200 Island families
(A $5-10 donation is recommended for this service.) since 1985.
Who’s Cooking at the Anchors?
We will miss Chef Carrie Welch, having enjoyed her friendship as well as her delicious meals and we wish her much hap-
piness and success in her new endeavors. Published by:
Join us in welcoming Christine Houston! Christine is originally from Boston and has experience cooking in the North Martha's Vineyard Times
End and has returned to this area after working with gifted chefs in the Southwest. She says her cooking has always been PO Box 518
Vineyard Haven MA 02568
strongly influenced by Julia Child. She looks forward to meeting new faces in the Edgartown community and looks for- To Advertise Call:
ward to passing on the love and good will she has always received through her cooking! This month’s nutrition happenings 508-693-6100 · 508-693-6000 FAX
are listed below. Sign up for breakfast, homemade lunches, or a special cooking class on Feb. 16, making eclairs! www.mvtimes.com
Edgartown Highlights - 508-627-4368 See Service Programs, pg. 1 and Calendar
of Activities, pg. 4 for more listings.
Women’s Breakfast, all ages! éclairs! Call to make a reservation. Volunteer Help One on One
2/10, 8 am Florentine Eggs, Virginia Homemade Soup! We need a computer savvy individual For Edgartown residents and/or their
Ham, Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits Frozen soup for purchase, $3/con- to post information on our web-site, families. Outreach worker Susan
Men’s Breakfast, all ages! tainer or 2/$5. Many varieties (New! a group who could help us put labels Desmarais is available by appoint-
2/14, 8 am Poached Eggs and Hash Chipotle Lime and Chicken and on our postcard mailings, a volunteer ment.
Birthday Lunch Rice) receptionist at our information center Mindful Knitting
2/24, 12:30 Celebrate our winter Fill out our “Tell us What You and serving and clearing help for our Monday evenings at 7, except 2/20.
babies! Christine Houston will pre- Want” Program Survey located at special lunches. Call Cathryn x12 if Create something for someone in
pare a favorite dish from the North the info center. We need your input! interested. need or for yourself.
End (carmelized onions, chicken & Emergency Food Pantry 2/10 Book Discussion 2/13 at 4 pm Thursday Morning Coffee
broccoli casserole) & strawberry Variety of food available once a This month, “Without Reservations” 9:30. Come with a friend or meet
almond birthday cake! Let us if you month for income-eligible families. by Alice Steinbach. people here. Please note: in case of
would like to celebrate your Day Old Breads Monday mornings Veteran Services 2/3 at 10:30 am inclement weather call us for cancel-
birthday! Fuel Assistance Extended until April. Meet with Joanne Murphy by lation or postponement information
All meals, $5 donation unless other- Call for information. appointment. regarding group meetings.
wise noted. Transportation Share the Caring 2/27 at 4 pm
Anchors Café, Feb. 3, 10 &17 Taxi to medical appointments on- Providing care can be challenging as More programs and services:
Drop in for a self serve lunch, soup island, reduced rate, or to a special well as rewarding. This group offers File of Life
or a hot dish, 11:30-1:00! event or meal at The Anchors, free, a confidential setting for people to SHINE - Outreach
$3, all ages welcome! call 508-627-4368. Also, The Friends share the joys and sorrows while get- Public Notary Services
Cooking Class 2/16, 10 am of the Council on Aging provide a ting help with the challenges. Blood Pressure Clinics
Christine Houston will demonstrate subsidy for other transportation ECOA Board Meetings
how to make delicate & delicious needs, call for more information.
MENEMSHA FISH MARKET
Interested in Bowling?
No experience needed
Check us out at menemshafishmarket.com
The M.V. Prevention committee is bringing back
GREAT PRICES ON Don’t Get Bit BOWLING
LOBSTERS & FISH! Young adult highschoolers and adults
interested in getting to know each other
Come and see our * Once a week
Regular Lobster Specials * Off Island
* Afternoon Excursions
Think of Menemsha Fish Market To Falmouth
on your Sunday drive! * For 8 Weeks from 1/31 to 4/4
Great Senior Discounts! * FREE!
Only requirement: enthusiasm. Limited space.
Hoping to stay open year-round For info. call Leslie Look 508-693-3703
Call for hours, 508-645-2282
February 2006 3
JoAnn Murphy, Dukes County Director of Veterans Services,
Veterans Services County Administration Building, 9 Airport Rd. · 508-693-6887
VA’s Online RX Refill Service:
The Right Prescription for Vets Day
Tens of thousands of veterans are now receiving their MyHealtheVet system. When a veteran orders a prescrip-
prescription drug refills from the Department of tion refill, the request is routed to VA’s computer system Program is
Veterans Affairs (VA) with greater convenience, speed to be filled by one of the department’s outpatient mail
and security, thanks to a new service available to veterans
over the Internet.
pharmacies. The refill is then sent directly to the veteran,
eliminating the need for a trip to the pharmacy and a
More than 70,000 prescriptions have
been refilled using the latest service added
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2005,
to VA’s “MyHealtheVet,” the personal MyHealtheVet marked its second Please consider whether
online health record system designed for anniversary by adding three new health you can share your special
veterans in the VA health-care system. records that veterans can keep in a secure talents with the folks in this
The prescription refill service began on electronic environment and make avail- wonderful program.
Aug. 31. able to VA health professionals nation- Volunteers are needed to
“VA’s MyHealtheVet prescription refill wide- blood oxygen levels taken from a
teach crafts, show slides,
service is proving to be extremely success- pulse oximeter, daily food intake in the
give manicures (you must
ful in providing America’s veterans with food journal, and physical activity and
fast, easy and secure access to their important medica- exercise in the Activity Journal. be licensed) or share a spe-
tions,” said the Honorable R. James Nicholson, By last month, more than 100,000 veterans had cial collection. You will
Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “Given the overwhelmingly signed up to use MyHealtheVet, which is located on VA’s find it fun and fulfilling!
positive response VA has received to this initiative from Web site at www.myhealth.va.gov. Future expansion of Call Eileen Murphy at 508-
our veterans, we anticipate that thousands more veterans MyHealtheVet will allow VA patients to view appoint- 627-4368 for information.
will choose to take advantage of this convenient service.” ments and co-payment balances, access portions of their
The secure online prescription refill service has quick- medical records, and give access to their records to doc-
ly emerged as one of the more popular features in the tors, family members and others.
Roger Wey – Director, Rose Cogliano – Assistant Director
Oak Bluffs Highlights - 508-693-4509 Susan vonSteiger – Outreach Coordinator
Regular Programs Thursdays, 12 noon Financial questions? the 2:00 matinee. Leave on the 9:30
Breakfast! every Tuesday at 8:30 am Please call to reserve 48 hours in Bill’s Basic Finances: Individual boat, return on the 7:30. $98 covers
for a delicious home made breakfast. advance. Economics the cost of your ticket and bus trans-
S.H.I.N.E. Counselor Bingo! Bingo! 2/15, 1-3 pm Meet with Bill Christian for help portation. You buy your SSA ticket
2/7 & 2/21, 2-4 pm, Assistance with Men’s Cards Wed., 9:00 with balancing your checkbook, and bring money for lunch and shop-
health insurance questions. Ladies Cards Tues., 1:00 Estate Planning, etc. Call 508-693- ping. Don’t miss this fabulous out-
Social Security 2/27, 9:45-12:45 Conversations Fri., 10-11:30 4509 for an appointment. ing! Call Rose to reserve your ticket.
Hearing Clinic 2/8, 10:00 am. Call With Bob Iadicicco Bridge Lessons with Anita Persson New England Flower Show – some
Rose for an appointment Crafts with Barbara Whitmore Due to the tremendous response to folks had been interested in going to
Blood Pressure Clinic Wednesdays, 1 pm this class, it has been moved back to the Flower Show. Note that the
Monday, 2/23, 12:30-2:30. Quilting & Arts & Crafts Tuesday afternoons. If interested, call Tisbury Travel Club is offering that
OBCOA Board of Directors with Glenna Barkan, Fridays, 1 pm Rose to sign up. trip on March 16. See Travel News
Meeting 2/16, 3:30 Quilting for Needy Kids Outreach and Fuel Assistance p.6 for details.
Friends of OBCOA Meeting With Glenna Barkan, Mondays, 1 pm During the month of February, con-
2/9, 1:00 Knitting with Rose tact Roger Wey regarding Fuel Call Jim, Roger or Susan to add your
Morning Coffee Conversations Wednesdays, 9 am Assistance questions or to schedule name and address to our Emergency
Every morning at 8:30 Bridge Lessons With Anita Persson an appointment, 508-693-4509 and Hurricane contact list.
Wood Carving Mon. & Thurs. at Tuesdays, 1 pm Les Miserables! Call Rose to make your reservations
9-11with Dick Brown Exercise Class with Bill White February 19 for Nutritional Lunch or Men’s and
Water Color Classes Thurs., 9-10.
Join us at the magnificent Opera Ladies Luncheon.
Tues., 9-11 with Doug Peckham Exercise with Sue Collinson
House Theater in Boston for this fab-
Ladies & Men’s Luncheon Mon. at 8:45
ulous performance. Enjoy lunch and Happy Valentine’s Day!
2/22, 12:00, Call for a reservation. Cribbage Fri., 9-11
shopping at Quincy Market prior to
Martha’s Vineyard Live-In
Also Serving Nantucket & Cape Cod
Private Rooms • 24 Hour Care 508-696-9244
PO Box 1909, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
Call for information MA Licensed & Bonded
June Eid, Nurse/Manager
508-693-4500 • Cell: 508-627-2131 Please call for brochure.
P.O. Box 2460, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
4 February 2006
Island-Wide Calendar of Activities
AT THE MOVIES MARTHA’S
Chi Gung – T’ai Chi
Mon. 3:30-4:30 pm,
Tisbury Senior Center VINEYARD
Every Tuesday at 1 pm
Edgartown Senior Center. $5
Led by Eileen Murphy.
2/7 Coney Island Baby
Please call to sign up.
Thurs, Feb. 2, 1:30 pm
T’ai Chi Chih 2/14 Must Love Dogs Tisbury Senior Center
Up-Island Senior Center.
Kanta Lipsky, Instructor. 2/21 In Her Shoes 34 Pine Tree Rd.,
Wed., 9:15-10:15, $8 2/28 Cheaper by the Dozen Vineyard Haven
Yoga for Seniors Movies free of charge and subject to change depending on availability. Thanks to a grant from the
Up-Island Senior Center. Dukes County Sheriff’s
Mon., 12:00 Assoc., MV TRIAD is
Wed. & Fri., 10:30
pleased to proceed with
Kanta Lipsky, Instructor. $8 Call 508-696-4205. Water Color Classes Ladies Cards the initiative to provide
Call 508-696-1917 for info. MV TRIAD Up-Island Senior Center Oak Bluffs Senior Center
house numbers for all sen-
Gentle Yoga for Tisbury Senior Center. Fridays at 1 Tues., 1
ior residences. Do you
Osteoporosis Thurs., 2/2, 1:30 Chair Caning Cribbage
have a number on
Carol Vega, Instructor Senior activist group Oak Bluffs Senior Center Oak Bluffs Senior Center
Santosha Yoga Studio See details at right. Tues., 9 am Fri., 9 am
(formerly Wellness Center) Tisbury Playreaders With Rich Greene Bridge
Thurs., 4:00 Tisbury Senior Center. Woodcarving Edgartown Senior Center.
$14/class, $120/10 classes Wed., 9-12 Mon. & Thurs., 9 am. Thurs., 7 pm.
508-693-6147 A tribute to August Wilson’s Oak Bluffs Senior Center. Up-Island Senior Center
Walking Groups emergency
plays on the Afro-American Primitive Rug Hooking Thurs., 10 am
and/or rescue personnel on
Up-Island and Edgartown experience in the 20th C Edgartown Senior Center Bridge Lessons
sponsor groups. 2/1 “Joe Turner’s Come and Thurs., 1pm Oak Bluffs Senior Center a 911 call, when every
Call for information. Gone” Island Rug Hookers Wed., 1 pm minute counts, or by
Exercise with Lisa Amols 2/8 “The Piano Lesson” Up-Island Senior Center With Anita Persson someone not familiar with
Fall/Winter schedule at 2/15 “Jitney” Tues., 11:30 Party Bridge your area? Come to learn
Howes House 2/22 “Gem of the Ocean” Knit Wits Tisbury Senior Center more. Join MV TRIAD,
Wed. & Fri., 9-10:15 See Tisbury Highlights p6 for Edgartown Senior Center Fri. at 1 pm the local chapter of the
Call Lisa, 508-693-1009 for more about August Wilson Fri., 12 noon Bingo national organization
info. Poetry Reading Circle Mindful Knitting Oak Bluffs Senior Center bringing seniors, service
Sit & Get Fit Tisbury Senior Center Edgartown Senior Center providers and law enforce-
Tisbury Senior Center 2/6, 10am Monday evenings at 7, except CLASSES & ment together for the bet-
Mon., 1;Thurs., 10 Call for poet selection of the 2/20 Create something for INSTRUCTION terment of the community.
Use chair for support month. someone in need or for
Aerobic and strengthening Music Appreciation yourself. Wed. 2/15, 1-3 pm
Video. Free Tisbury Senior Center Tisbury Knitting Group Knitting-Continental
with Sue Fairbanks
Tisbury Senior Center.
Charles Blank, musicologist
Tisbury Senior Center
Fridays, 10 am, Learn to knit.
Tisbury Senior Center Mass
Tues., 10 am
A look at Berlioz’s
Style Tisbury Senior
Friday, 10 am
Anna Marie D’Addaire,
Strengthen, tone, balance, Book Discussion Center Friday, 10 am, instructor The Roman Catholic Parish
Exercise Classes Up-Island Senior Center. Anna Marie D’Addaire, Computer Instruction of the Good Shepherd
Oak Bluffs Senior Center 2/22, 10:30 instructor Up-Island Senior Center would like to hear from
Mon., at 9 w/Sue Collinson “My Name is Red” Sewing, Arts & Crafts 508-693-2896 anyone who would like
Thurs., at 9 w/Bill White By Orhan Pamuk Knitting & Crocheting Ralph Jones, Instructor transportation to Mass,
Fri., 8:45 w/Floyd Book Discussion Group Oak Bluffs Senior Center. 4/1hour classes, $10. receive Holy Communion at
Aquatic Exercise Class Edgartown Senior Center See p.3 Oak Bluffs Highlights Surf the Web with Internet home or would simply like
Mansion House Pool 2/13, 4pm for details instructor Shelton Bank. $5. a visit. Call the Parish
Call Mansion House for “Without Reservations” Beehive! Sign Language Office at 508-693-0420 and
information. by Alice Steinbach Every Wed., 1:30 Wednesdays, 11 am. leave your name and phone
508-693-7400 Tisbury Book Club Tisbury Senior Center Tisbury Senior Center. number with either Beth or
VH Public Library. Bring your handcraft project, Learn sign language with Cay Bernice.
Discussion, 2/16, 1:30 share ideas Munro.
Conversation, “Wickett’s Remedy” All signers welcome.
Books, By Myla Goldberg CARDS & GAMES
Playreading, Writing Group FUEL
Writing & more… Up-Island Senior Center
ASSISTANCE FILE OF
With Cynthia Riggs Scrabble
Tues., 9:30 am
Tues., 10 am
Up-Island Senior Center.
Thurs. at 1.
Contact your local Council
on Aging and make an LIFE
Up-Island Senior Center Tisbury Senior Center Tisbury Scrabble appointment to fill out a
Great Courses Mon., at 2 Tisbury Senior Center Fuel Assistance application. A medical information
Thurs., 9:30-11 No meetings until April. Wed. at 1 Eligibility is based on total card with vital personal
Edgartown Senior Center Pocket Billiards gross annual income for all medical information such
Discuss an NPR Philosophy ARTS & CRAFTS Up-Island Senior Center. household members: as existing medical condi-
series Call for schedule, 508-693- 1 person household with a tions, medications and
Conversations Drawing & Painting 2896 maximum income of emergency medical con-
Fri., 10-11:30, Thurs., 9-11am. Upwords – Scrabble in $19,140 tacts. The card is kept on
Oak Bluffs Senior Center. Tisbury Senior Center. 3D! 2 person household with a your refrigerator, readily
A New Chapter Water Color Class Tisbury Senior Center. maximum income of available if 911 emergency
Adjustments to Change Tues., 9-11, Tues., 9-11 $25,660 personnel are called. File of
Life packets and informa-
Tisbury Senior Center Oak Bluffs Senior Center. Men’s Cards 3 person household with a
tion are available at your
Private consultations With Doug Peckham Oak Bluffs Senior Center. maximum income of
Judy Olsen, LICSW Wed., 9-12. $32,180
February 2006 5
Elder Services of Cape Cod
& The Islands, Inc. 1-800-244-4630
Jacque Cage, Martha’s Vineyard Director · 508-693-4393
Providing Home Care, Respite Care, Family Support, Protective Services, Meals on
Wheels, Senior Dining, Long-Term Care, Ombudsman, RSVP, Senior
Environmental Corps, and Senior Employment Training Thursday, February 9
Music begins at 11:30, lunch served promptly at 12:00
Note slightly later time
Older Americans Act Grant Funds Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Culinary Cafe
Awarded to Local Agencies Jack O’Malley, Chef/Instructor
Each year Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc. awards Older Featuring the High School String Quartet, Michael Tinus, Director
Americans’ Act grant funds to community agencies. Services provided through Call Leslie at 508-939-9440 by February 6
this federal funding have as their primary goal the removal of social, economic to make your reservation.
and/or physical barriers which impede the independence of older persons. Menu
Following is a list of the services funded for 2006: Caesar Salad, Roast Beef au Jus
Dukes County Sheriff ’s Office Vegetables and Popover, Chocolate Lava Cake
Lt. Donald Rose, 508-627-5173 $10 per person
To implement “Project Lifesaver,” a search and rescue program designed to
locate individuals with Alzheimer’s and related disorders who have wandered
from their home. Individuals with wandering behavior are fitted with bracelets
that transmit a signal every second, 24 hours a day, allowing searchers to quickly
locate a lost victim.
Island Councils on Aging Dining
Leslie Clapp, 508-939-9440
To provide transportation to medical appointments in Falmouth, Mashpee, and
Sandwich for Martha’s Vineyard elders.
SENIOR DINING CENTERS
Call at least 48 hours in advance for a reservation.
Legal Services for Cape, Plymouth and the Islands, Inc.
Tom Kosman, 508-775-7020 TISBURY 508-693-8337 M–F UP-ISLAND 508-693-2896
To provide free civil legal services to seniors on Cape Cod, Nantucket and Thursdays
Martha’s Vineyard through direct services and community outreach and legal EDGARTOWN 508-627-4368 OAK BLUFFS 508-693-4509
education. M,T,W, F Thursdays
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services MEALS ON WHEELS
Tom Bennett, 508-693-7900 For information on how to receive
To provide in-home mental health services to Island seniors. Services include Meals on Wheels or to volunteer, call 508-693-4393.
mental health evaluation and assessment, individual and family counseling, advo-
cacy, and consultation/education.
Vineyard Health Care Access Program
Mary Leddy, 508-696-0020
To implement the “Senior Assistance Plan” which will improve health access to MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
seniors by expanding enrollment in existing public programs and by reducing
medical expenses through free care, waiver of doctor’s Medicare co-pay and pre- 1 2 3
scription assistance. Lemon Crab Cakes Baked
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) Ginger Oven Fries Codfish
Bonnie Chalifoux 508-645-9265 Chicken
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Falmouth Shopping Trip Broadway in Boston
February 15 Spamalot, March 12, Colonial Theater
Leave on the 8:15 boat, return on the 5:00. The Tony Award winning Best Musical of 2005. $140/orchestra
Call Ellen at Up-Island Senior Center 508-693- seating, round-trip coach and luncheon at Maggiano’s. Make your
2896 by 2/10 to sign up. reservations now! Call 508-693-2896.
BSO Matinee Performances, February 10 Wicked, May 13
Last trip this season to Boston’s Symphony Hall. Winner of 15 major awards including the Grammy and 3 Tony
James Levine conducts this all Beethoven con- awards. $140/orchestra seating, round-trip coach and lunch at
cert. Maggiano’s. Call Up-Island Senior Center to reserve your space. 508-
Call for ticket availability. Tisbury Travel Club, 693-2896.
508-696-4205. New England Spring Flower Show
Bus to Boston Boston's Bayside Expo
Travel with the Tisbury Travel Club, February 10. $18 round-trip charter bus March 16. Reserve by Feb. 9!
to and from Huntington & Mass. Ave. Call 508-696-4205 for information. “Welcome Home! Celebrating Our Great New England Landscape”. This
Les Miserables!, Sunday, February 19 year’s show will feature a palette of new plant introductions and plant species
Opera House in Boston. Leave on the 9:30 boat, return on the 7:30. Enjoy especially suited to the New England landscape, celebrating elaborate and beau-
lunch and shopping at Quincy Marketplace before the 2:00 matinee. $98 tiful gardens that reflect New England’s diversity and traditions. It promises to
includes cost of the bus and theater ticket. Boat ticket and lunch are your be a big hit and a welcome breath of spring! We must purchase tickets by
responsibility. Call Rose Cogliano at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center, 508-693- February 9 with payment made by February 28. Call Tisbury Travel Club now,
4509 for details and to sign up. 508-696-4205, for your reservation. $35 / bus and show.
From Washington DC
The United States Navy Band Chorus
Tea & Talk
The Tisbury Senior Center has a support group for caregivers, a confiden-
Sea Canters tial group setting where caregivers can discuss their concerns and the chal-
lenges of taking care of a loved one. Talking with others in similar circum-
Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School stances can help minimize the stress of the caregiver role. The best thing a
Performing Arts Center caregiver can do is take care of him or herself. If interested, call Joyce at
Sunday, March 5, 2006, 3 pm
Tisbury Highlights - 508-696-4205
Music Appreciation “My Fair Lady’ Playreaders feature each decade of the twentieth centu-
Charles Blank, musicologist, Tribute to Valentine’s Day August Wilson, Weds., 9-12 ry. The consistent, and key, theme
speaker A Fashion Show & Afternoon Tea August Wilson (April 27, 1945- in Wilson's dramas is the sense of
Featuring : Beethoven’s 7th Monday, 2/13 at 2 October 2, 2005) was a Pulitzer disconnection suffered by blacks
Monday, 2/6 at 1 The Golden Goldies, our superbly Prize-winning American play- uprooted from their original home-
Beethoven’s 7th senior marvelous models, will wright. His singular land. Wilson has felt that black
Symphony will be bring you the latest “finds” achievement and liter- people must know their roots to
the subject of a from our town’s very popular ary legacy is a cycle of understand themselves, and his
presentation by gathering spot commonly ten plays, each set in a plays demonstrate the black
musicologist known as The Thrift Shop as different decade, depict- struggle to gain this under-
Charles Blank at you sip fine coffee and tea and ing the comedy and standing—or escape from it.
the Tisbury Senior savor tea sandwiches and cook- tragedy of the African Playreaders meet on Wednes-
Center on Monday, ies. Theme music from the orig- American experience in days 9am-12 noon during
February 6 at 1 inal score will be played on our the 20th century. He February to pay tribute to Mr.
pm. By the time sound system. After the show, a was called "one of the Wilson. All are welcome to join
Beethoven wrote the 7th, he was Trunk Show will commence, with most important voices in the for reading and listening pleasure.
almost totally deaf. Yet, it turned pieces offered for show and sale. American theater today" by Tax Assistance
out to be one of the most popular Sale proceeds all go to the Martha’s Mervyn Rothstein in the New York Mon., 2/6 from 9-12
of his 9 symphonies. It was called Vineyard Community Services, an Times. His authentic sounding char- Free. Call 508-696-4205 for appt.
the “Dance Symphony.” Come and umbrella service agency supporting acters have brought a new under- Boston Flower Show, See
hear why. All welcome. Free. the whole Island. The show is free; standing of the black experience to Travel News above for deadline.
Please call 508-696-4205 for seat- please call for seating at audiences in a series of plays, each We will be closed on Monday,
ing. 508-696-4205. one addressing people of color in February 20.
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Frauds and Scams Town of Tisbury Community Preservation Act
continued from page 1
Lottery scams – Tickets to Disaster Income Limit for Exemptions
It may be tempting to respond to an offer to collect a large amount of money Tax exemptions are available for taxpayers who live in Tisbury. All owner
through a sweepstakes, lottery, or settlement that is assured to be already “yours.” incomes are used in the calculations. To determine qualifying income, take the
All you need to do is send money in advance in order to collect. Whether you gross income of all owners and subtract allowable medical expenses and
receive this offer by telephone call, e-mail, fax, or letter, be on guard! These scams dependent allowances. This net income must fall below the annual income
come in many sometimes very clever varieties and may originate from the U.S. or limits listed below. Please be sure to use the chart that applies to your house-
abroad. The scam artist will try to convince you that you are a legitimate winner hold. For additional information, please contact the Assessors office at 508-
and tell you that you would be a fool to pass up the opportunity. Don’t do it! 696-4206.
Free Credit Reports: It’s smart to check your credit report.
Property owned by Senior (60 or older)
Free means free, but watch out for the hidden extras.
Household size AWMI Annual Income Limit
Each year you are entitled to a free copy of your credit report from each of the
three major credit reporting agencies. However, your “credit score” – a number 1 $67,100 $47,000
that banks and others use to analyze whether to grant you credit is not included 2 $67,000 $53,700
in the free information. If you want your “credit score,” it will cost extra. As for 3 $67,000 $60,400
the free report, beware of companies asking for your credit card information in 4 $67,000 $67,100
order to give you your free report. Don’t give it out. Free means free. Be sure to 5 $67,000 $72,500
deal only with the three major credit reporting agencies: 6 $67,000 $77,800
Experian, PO Box 9530, Allen, TX, 75013-0949, 1-888-397-3742 7 $67,000 $83,200
TransUnion, PO Box 1000, Chester, PA, 19022, 1-800-888-4213 8 $67,000 $88,600
Equifax, PO Box 740241, Atlanta, GA, 30374, 1-800-685-1111
Hiring a home improvement contractor: Property owned by Non-Seniors (under 60)
Don’t let a bad contractor turn your dream home into a house of horrors! Household size AWMI Annual Income Limit
Check references, completed projects, the contractor’s complaint history and 1 $53,700 $37,600
then call the Board of Building Regulations and Standards to verify that the con- 2 $53,700 $43,000
tractor is registered and in good standing. Get a detailed, written contract. By 3 $53,700 $48,300
law, every contract over $1,000 must be in writing and signed by the contractor. 4 $53,700 $53,700
The contract must include the total price, a detailed description of the work to be 5 $53,700 $58,000
done and the start and end dates. Always have the contractor take out the neces- 6 $53,700 $62,300
sary permits. Do not apply for them yourself. Never pay too much in advance. A 7 $53,700 $66,600
contractor may not demand more than 1/3 down unless custom materials need to 8 $53,700 $70,900
be ordered. All contracts must include a payment schedule and don’t get ahead of
that payment schedule.
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MONTHLY ACTIVITIES Call 508-693-2896 for an appoint- Health Insurance Counseling Special Events
CALENDAR ment. Joyce Bowker, S.H.I.N.E. Counselor Howes House Breakfast
Available in large print. Falmouth Shopping Trip can answer your insurance questions. 2/20, 9:30 am ($3.50)
See Calendar p.4 & Service & January 18, leave on 8:15 boat, return Call for an appointment Good food and conversation
Support p.1 for more program on 5:00 boat S.H.I.N.E. Information Broadway in Boston
information. Call Ellen to reserve your space. Joyce Bowker is a certified coun- Spamalot
Please call ahead for all programs. Surplus Food Distribution selor. Call for assistance with your Boston’s Colonial Theater
Yoga Call for distribution schedule. medical insurance questions. March 12
T’ai Chi Chih Income guidelines apply. Outreach Services The Tony Award winning Best
Exercise/Winter schedule Tax Relief Work Program Ellen Reynolds will meet with you Musical of 2005! Lovingly “ripped
Computer Instruction For year round West Tisbury resident confidentially to explore resources to off” from the internationally famous
Bridge & Scrabble property owners 60+ help meet your needs. comedy team’s most popular motion
Rug Hookers Eligible participants receive abate- Mon.-Thurs., 9:30-3:30 picture, Monty Python and the Holy
See Calendar p.4 ment on property taxes. File of Life Grail
Exercise Class with Lisa Amols Call for information. A medical information card kept on $140 includes r/t coach, orchestra
Howes House. Book Discussion Group your refrigerator in a red magnetic seating and lunch at Maggiano’s.
Wed. & Fri., 9:00-10:15 2/22, 10:30 pocket, readily available to EMTs Call 508-693-2896 now for reserva-
Call 508-693-1009 for information. “My Name is Red” when they arrive on an emergency tions. See Travel News p.6 for further
Podiatry Clinic By Orhan Pamuk call (wallet size also available) details.
2/3, 2/10 & 2/24 Discussion Group Pick up your packet at Howes House. Wicked, May 13.
Call Dr. Bialow Tuesdays, 9:30-11 Senior Dining Winner of 15 major awards, includ-
1-888-289-8595 for an appointment. Writing Group Thursdays, 12:30. See menu p5. ing the Grammy and 3 Tony Awards
Hearing Services Tues., 10 am Reservations 48 hr. in advance. $140 includes round-trip coach,
2/16 Watercolor with Nancy Cabot Notary Services orchestra seating and lunch at
Lesley Segal-Pallas, Audiologist Fridays at 1:30 Free. Please call ahead. Maggiano’s
Screenings & repairs All levels welcome Call if interested, 508-693-2896.
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