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.
Our support organizations for the 2015 5K race! Add your company logo as a supporter! Click on a company logo and visit their website.
Its a Spring Fling!
Hosted for the Friends by Brightview Arlington.
A fun day with food, games and happiness. Donations and raffle proceeds were for the Friends of the ACOA!
Walk the Rink Has Begun! Thanks to the Friends of Arlington Council on Aging for providing full sponsorship to Walk the Rink. The program started May 5th and is FREE and will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 AM—11AM until June 11th! mark your calendars! Also, learn about healthy living thorough guest speakers at the walks. Stop by and join the group!
Above Senator Ken Donnelly welcomes walkers and kicks off the event along with Susan Carp Excutive Director of the COA and Art Budnik of the Friends of the Arlington COA.
Above, some opening day photos at Walk the Rink. Click photo to expand.
This years Holiday Gift Program Reaches 70 Elders.
The Holiday Gift Stocking Program has grown in 2013. This year’s Holiday Gift Stocking Program has edged up from 50 to 70 recipients. The program (which is sponsored by the Friends of the Arlington Council on Aging) fills and delivers Santa-style holiday gift stockings to Arlington elders who are in need around the holidays. Individual donors from the community buy items from a suggested list, and fill about 30 of the stockings. Gifts include mini-flashlights, gloves, magnifiers, easy grip items, first aid kits, food stuffers like oatmeal, and many fun items, as well.
This year, the Friends group—with generous donations from Whole Foods Arlington and BrightView Assisted Living—filled a total of 70 holiday gift stockings. These were delivered by volunteers over the holiday period to elders identified by the Arlington Council on Aging as those who would be alone or in need. Identifying these individuals has become an annual labor of love for COA Director Susan Carp, social services’ Lourie August and Marci Shapiro-Ide, and RN Mark Waksmonski. (Susan Carp graciously gives up every nook of free space in her office for a couple of weeks while the gifts and holiday stockings are prepared for delivery.)
Together with contributions by Whole Foods, BrightView, and those donors who filled stockings on their own, the Stocking Program significantly exceeded the Friends of the ACOA base donation of $2,000. The program—which includes gift cards to local stores—helps elders with food expenses, also. The program works by having volunteers of the Friends of the ACOA assemble and filter through the stockings, supplementing some where needed. When they are completed and overflowing, over a dozen volunteers—along with help from members of the Arlington Police Department—deliver the stockings. Rebecca Wolfe, employee of the APD, coordinates the delivery process, and has received plenty of help from inspectors and Officers Ned Walsh, Bryan Fennelly, and John Kelley. The efforts of the APD are well appreciated for helping in this jolly task. It is an enjoyable way for them to stay in touch with the frail within our community.
One of the best parts of the program are the holiday cards created by students from the Bishop and Brackett Schools. The cards are extremely endearing, and have brought joy and appreciation to these elders. The citizens of the Arlington who donate stockings that they fill and decorate is another great part of the program. Decorated stockings are awarded certificates for categories like Most Creative, Most Glitter, Happiest, and more.
The Arlington Road Runners group decorated and donated five Santa stockings overflowing with gifts. Among their decorative creations was the winner for Most Elegant stocking. A big shout-out to a group who not only supports our annual 5K fund raiser but has now extended an open heart to Arlington’s elders in need during the holiday season!