Board of Selectmen Approve 7th Running with Friends 5K Race for September 11th, 2016.

 A Cheerful Annual Update!

The Arlington Board of Selectmen approved the 7th Annual Running with Friends 5K charity race which is sponsored by the  Friends of the Arlington Council on Aging.  The race has been approved for Sunday, September 11th, with a start time at 10 am at Arlington Town hall.  Registration and race details will be available shortly on this website.  Click Here for Prior Race Photos.

Each year the Friends group goes before the Board of Selectmen to obtain approval for their 5K charity race and to update the Arlington community about the nature of the work they do in support of the Council on Aging and our Senior Citizens. 

President Ken Greenly  announced that the group was able to sustain $14,000 in contributions in support of the programs of the Council on Aging.  Mr. Ken Greenly discussed the September 5K race answering questions of the Board of Selectmen and soliciting ever- needed volunteers.  There was good-humored interaction between the Board of Selectmen and the presenting Friends Board members about the fun-filled annual race.  At one point, Friends President Ken Greenly tried to playfully coax the Selectmen Chair, Kevin Greeley, with an extra winner medallion to entice him to walk or run the 2016 race.  Selectmen Steve Byrne is a regular runner of the 5K; and Joe Curro has both helped as a volunteer and has also run in the past.

Vice Chair of the COA, Jim Munsey, spoke about the importance of the programs the Friends support in aid of our senior citizens and complimented the Board of Selectmen by adding"I know you get it". 

The senior population of Arlington is growing and the group HELPS!

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Pictured above from right: Karen Nichols COA Associate Member,  Friends Board Members: Joanne Morel, Ken Greenly, Lois Shannon, Robert McInnes and Jim Munsey: COA Vice-Chair

Want to do something exciting?  Have a skill that you want to use?  Then join us and become part of the Friends of the Arlington Council on Aging! 

We are looking for both volunteers and potential board members.  We need folks in public relations, social media like Facebook and all that fun stuff, as well as those who like organizing events.  

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2015 Holiday Gift Program helped 75 Senior Citizens in need!

Ms. Greenlands Art Class, at the Dallin School, designed and made 25 holiday stockings to be filled with gifts for Senior Citizens.  The Friends of the COA will make sure a supermarket gift card along with other holiday items will fill the sparkly and impressive stockings.

On December 18, 2015, the Friends of the Arlington Council on Aging conducted a raffle to benefit programs for our senior citizens.  Along with a Holiday Party, the raffle drawings were held at BrightView Assisted Living (1 Symmes Road in Arlington) on  December 18, 2015.  Numbers were drawn for 10 winners.  Winning numbers were withdrawn from raffle.  All were welcomed at the festivities. 

Above left: Judging the Stockings,   Direct right: A proud Santa Style Stocking Designer!   Far right: The judges hard at work.

Arlington’s Council on Aging (COA) selected local seniors in need of a holiday pick-me-up.  The Friends supplied undecorated stockings…and you, community volunteers, decorated and filled stockings with non-edible fun items, local gift cards and practical household items, which were then delivered during the holiday season by COA volunteers.  For the 2015 holiday season, we delivered about 75 stockings.  We review and vet all stockings; and include supermarket gift cards in each stocking, as well as other gifts, as needed.

6th Running with Friends 5k Race!  A Beautiful Day for a Wonderful Race and a Great Cause .       

318 runners cross the finish line!

First place male: PATRICK DWYER of Arlington with a  winning time of 17:27!

First place female is TRACY KOCH of Arlington with a winning time of 20:31!

Our 2015 5K WINNERS!

 Click on above photo for Cool Running race results.

N.E. Patriots Silent Auction tickets winner is:  Pat Hargreaves! 

He will be going to the Pats vs Washington  game on 11/8/15 with a winning bid of $550.  Seating in section 201 Family Circle section overlooking the Pats entry tunnel.

Pat Hargreaves receiving Patriots tickets from Friends President Ken Greenly.

 If you have 5K  photos you like please email them 

Our support organizations for the 2015 5K race!  These are businesses in our community which care about our elders!  Click on a company logo and visit their website  Please shop and keep them strong and going.

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Selectmen approve 5K race.  

More than $14K donated by Friends! 

The Board of Selectmen approved the 6th annual Running with Friends 5K charity race which is held by the  Friends of the Arlington Council on Aging.  The race has been approved for Sunday September 27th with a start at 10 am at Town Hall.  Registration and details will be available shortly on this website.  Click Here for Prior Race Photos.

The group goes before the Selectmen to get approval and update Arlington about the nature of the work they do to support  the Council on Aging and Senior Citizens.

Founding member Art Budnik announced his retirement and passed the presidency torch over to prior treasurer Ken Greenly.  President Ken Greenly discussed the September 5K race answering questions of the Board of Selectmen. 

The Friends group announced their donation of more than $14,000 in support of Arlington’s seniors.

Over $11,000 was donated by the Friends to help support programs for the Arlington Council on Aging for its upcoming 2015 program calendar.  Executive Director of the COA Susan Carp noted the importance of funding projects outreaching to our elders.  This year’s donations includes funds for:

The Tai Chi and LGBT exercise programs, as well as general wellness programs.  This year the Friends have fully funded the popular "Walk the Rink" exercise program.

Popular socialization and information programs, such as the Chinese New Year event luncheon. 

The Friends’ Emergency Assistance Fund has been replenished; and a small fund for after-hours medical trips is provided to help keep our senior citizens living well and at home. 

What's more, the Friends group coordinated and donated an additional $3,000 and more for the benefit of Arlington seniors during last year’s Holiday Stocking Stuffer program. The Friends’ Holiday program received donations directly from Arlington residents, as well as a generous in-kind celebration which was hosted by Arlington's BrightView Assisted Living.  These donations helped to provide about 70 Santa-style stockings which were delivered to Arlington senior citizens in need.

A Full House for the        Ice Cream Social!

The ice cream scoops were flying fast at the  Main Hall of the Senior Center for the Ice Cream Social.  Fifty people  filled their sweet tooth by ice cream from Chilly Cow and listened to the  Comedy of David Shikes  showing again that laughter is the best medicine.

David, comedian and storyteller gained full audience attention hanging and waiting for a punch line  and then David had them break into laughter.  After the laughter based on our life and the world we live in, the audience filled their insides with a delicious ice cream sundae scooped by Chirs Morello, manager of Chilly Cow and COA Director Susan Carp.    This fun summertime event was generously sponsored by the Friends of the Arlington Council on Aging.