(December 30, 2014) Plans are underway for our 2014
Spring Gala at the Hampshire Country Club. Our annual dinners are wonderful
occasions to come together to celebrate our accomplishments and socialize in a
beautiful setting on the Sound shore. We are very pleased to announce that our
2014 honoree is Ellie Fredston.
Ellie is a founding board member of
At Home on the Sound. A Larchmont resident for over 40 years, Ellie has been
instrumental in many important local organizations including The
Larchmont-Mamaroneck Center for Continuing Education, The Sheldrake
Conservation Area, The Larchmont-Mamaroneck Student Aid Fund, and Friends of
the Larchmont Library.
“Ellie has deep roots in our
community,” said Gala Chair Janet O’Connell. “She personifies the best of
Larchmont and Mamaroneck's residents and we are thrilled to be honoring her at
this year's gala. Her energy and community involvement are inspirational,
and demonstrate her heartfelt commitment to our area.”
Mamaroneck Shares donates to At Home on the Sound
(December 17, 2013) At Home on the Sound has received a donation of $8,500 from Mamaroneck Shares. The check was presented to board member Lynn Reichgott during a Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees meeting on Monday night, December 16th.
Mamaroneck Shares was founded in 2010 with the aim of raising money for local non-profit organizations while increasing traffic to Mamaroneck businesses. Four block parties are held each summer on Mamaroneck Avenue where donations are collected from the public. A long list of generous stores and restaurants also contribute.
We are grateful to Mamaroneck Shares founders Peggy Jackson and Ellen Hauptman; the many, many volunteers who make the fun block parties possible; and all the of the stores and restaurants who contributed to this fund.
Many thanks to volunteers Sheila Liebowitz and Carole Woods who contribute articles, and to graphic designer Marnie Foster-Marks who generously donates her talents and services to At Home on the Sound.
Hall of Famers
(December 9, 2013) On Friday, December 6, At Home on the Sound Board Member Teddi Becker was inducted into the Westchester County Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.
Our Board of Directors now boasts four Hall of Fame Inductees. They are all pictured at right with our New York State Assemblyman Steve Otis: (l-r) Friedhilde Milburn (inducted in 2011); Lois Steinberg (inducted in 2007); Teddi Becker; and Lynn Reichgott (inducted 2012).
"Magda's Daughter: A Hidden Child's Journey Home"
(December 3, 2013) Thanks to volunteer producer Eileen Mason and our friends at LMC-TV, we now have video of our November 6, 2013 Wednesday program featuring Evi Blaikie. Author of Magda's Daughter: A Hidden Child's Journey Home, Evi discussed her amazing and often harrowing life story as one of the hidden children of World War II. Watch her presentation here:
County Department of Senior Programs and Services Commissioner Mae
Carpenter said that this year's honorees are role models for their peers
"They show how important it is that we give back to each other and to
the community," she said. "It's their generosity of caring and giving
that has made Westchester County one of the most age-friendly
communities in the world."
Candidates are nominated to the Hall of Fame by members of the
community, and the winners are selected by a panel of judges. The names of honorees are engraved on plaques that
are permanently displayed at the DSPS office in Mount Vernon.
Extra! Extra! Read all about us!
(November 20, 2013) At Home on the Sound is feature in a full-page story in The Mamaroneck Review.
At Home on the Sound board president Penny Oberg said, "Despite our community's reputation as a wealthy suburb, hunger unfortunately is a problem for many of our citizens--
young and old. We will provide boxes for donations at
our sponsored events and in our office in November and December. If you will be attending Current Events, one of the
Wednesday programs at Saints John and Paul, or Scrabble in the office, please remember to bring canned or
boxed food. No fresh items please.
Suggestions from the Task Force include: cereal, Parmalat milk, canned tomatoes, tuna, peanut butter, canned
ravioli, canned soup, pasta or rice, canned or dry beans. Thank you."
At Home Volunteer Recognized
(October 22, 2013) Our volunteer Wendy Vega received a Certificate of Appreciation from The Volunteer Center recently "in recognition of her commitment and dedicated effort" to At Home on the Sound. Congratulations to Wendy and many thanks to all of our incredible volunteers who help every day in so many ways.
Thank you to Trustco Bank!
(October 8, 2013) We extend our gratitude to Trustco Bank for their generous donation to the At Home on the Sound Lynn Reichgott Membership Fund. The Membership Fund enables area senior citizens with limited resources to enjoy our services and programs.
10% off Continuing Education Fall Session Classes for At Home members
(September 25, 2013) More ways to save with your At Home on the Sound memberships card:
Our friends at The Center for Continuing Education are offering you a ten percent discount on all Fall 2013 classes. The Center offers a terrific variety of classes from foreign languages to crafts, cooking to technology, history, art, and more. There is also an array of wonderful fitness classes tailored specifically to older adults including "Sit and Be Fit" and "Zumba Gold."
(September 17, 2013) Great news for At Home on the Sound Members - the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck is now an At Home on the Sound Community Associate. Present your At
Home on the Sound membership card when you purchase tickets and receive 10% off the price of all
shows at the Emelin.
Enjoy top-notch music, comedy, dance, theater and films in this gem of a theater right in our backyard. Check out the Emelin's terrific lineup of performances here: Emelin Theatre Events. This offer does not apply to the Emelin's "Early Bird" rates.
Chess Group and Scrabble Group Forming Now
(September 4, 2013) In response to several requests, a Scrabble group and Chess group are
in the works for our members and volunteers. We want to pick meeting times that are convenient for the most people
possible, so if you want to participate in either group please call Elaine in
the office (914-899-3150) to express your interest and let her know your
general availability. We are also looking for leaders for both of these groups. Tell
Elaine if you’d like to be a group leader.
Contact Information for Weather Emergencies
(September 3, 2013) We are beginning to compile
information to enable us to more easily contact and assist our members in the event of a weather
emergency. Please expect a short phone
call from an At Home on the Sound
representative in the coming weeks about this effort.
Foreign Language Groups Forming
(September 1, 2013) Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Выговорите на русском языке? Parlez-vous
français? Heb jenederlands spreekt? Parli italiano?
have many bilingual At Home on the Sound
members and volunteers, so we are forming foreign language conversation groups so people can get
together to converse. We’ll arrange for groups to start meeting in October. If you’d like to participate, call Elaine at
the office to let her know the language(s) you speak and when you’d prefer to
Home Safety Assessments free for At Home Members
(August 20, 2013) One of the benefits you receive as a member of At Home on the Sound is a free Home Safety Assessment. Diane Fajen, a physical therapist with 30 years of home care experience, will evaluate your home for potential safety hazards and offer solutions. Diane will show you ways to reduce your risk of tripping and falling, and offer ideas to make your home more functional for you right now and in the future. Take advantage of this great opportunity to eliminate dangers and increase your peace of mind. Call Elaine at 914-899-3150 to schedule your appointment with Diane.
Aging-in-Place featured on PBS News Hour (August 9, 2013) Once again, the aging-in-place concept is making national news. PBS News Hour featured Beacon Hill Village on their program last night. Located in Boston, Beacon Hill Village was the first aging-in-place organization in the country and has served as the model and inspiration for many other groups, including At Home on the Sound.
ConEdison offers a variety services for people 62 and over including a priority phone number for service; large-print bills; quarterly billing options; extra time to pay your bill during an extended hospitalization and more. Click here to read their brochure Customers With Special Needs.
For a complete listing of all special services offered by ConEd, follow this link.
Free passes to Museums
Did you know you can use your
library card to obtain free passes to many area museums including The Bruce Museum, The Guggenheim, The Katonah Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, and more?
Both the Larchmont
Public Library and the Mamaroneck Public Library offer this terrific
program to library card holders.
For information on how to reserve the passes from the Larchmont Library follow this link: Museum Passes FAQ.
If your library card was issued by the Mamaroneck Public Library follow this link: Museum Pass Program.
"Why Join a Village if You Can Pay for Anything You Need?"
A "Village" is the name given by the aging-in-place movement to local organizations, such as At Home on the Sound, that support and assist those who want to remain in their own homes as they grow older. Villages NW, an aging-in-place organization in Portland, Oregon, recently published this interesting post on their blog enumerating the benefits of joining an aging-in-place group. Click here to read: Why Join a Village if You Can Pay for Anything You Need?
Free Senior Benefits Information Center at the New Rochelle Public Library The New Rochelle Public Library has a Senior Benefits Information Center. Free, confidential, one-on-one assistance is provided in identifying benefits such as Medicare health and prescription, food stamps, HEAP, EPIC, weatherization, minor home repair, tax relief programs and other programs. The Center is open every Friday from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm and is located on the second floor of the library. Just drop in - no appointment is necessary. The library is located at 794 North Avenue in New Rochelle. Metered parking is available. The parking meters take quarters only. For more information call 632-8954.
Penny Oberg named new Board President (July 1, 2013) We are pleased to welcome Penny Oberg as our new Board President. Penny takes over from Lynn Reichgott who has led our organization since its inception. Penny and her husband, Tim, have lived in the community since 1977. Both of their sons attended Mamaroneck schools. Penny is a retired guidance/college counselor. She worked in public schools in Hastings-on-Hudson and Chappaqua and later at Rye Country Day School. She served on the Mamaroneck School Board from 1990-96, the last two years as President. She has served on the board of the Larchmont Avenue Church, the Community Counseling Center, and the Summit, and was formerly a volunteer college counselor with the Hispanic Resource Center. She is a graduate of University of Michigan and Teachers College, Columbia University.
Membership Fund named for first board President At the June 13, 2013 Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors, a special, surprise presentation was made by Leslie Molinoff, on behalf of the board, to outgoing President Lynn Reichgott:
"Since we all know how committed you are to building At Home on the Sound's membership, and especially to making At Home accessible to residents who, but for the newly established Membership Fund, might not be able to afford our membership and program fees, in appreciation and gratitude, the Board has unanimously agreed that the Membership Fund should be renamed The Lynn Reichgott Membership Fund and we are happy to present you with this certificate to commemorate this naming... Additionally, the Board in its entirety has
contributed close to $2,500 to the fund in your honor, as our way of thanking
you for all you have done for At Home and by extension, for our
Larchmont/Mamaroneck community at large.
Combined with monies set aside in our budget and contributions we have received from the community,
including through the annual appeal, we now have close to $15,000 in the Fund."
Mamaroneck Shares and At Home on the Sound on LMC-TV
At Home on the Sound is very proud to have been chosen by Mamaroneck Shares as one of the local non-profit organizations that will benefit from monies raised at this years Block Parties. Recently, an episode of The Mayor's Report on LMC-TV was devoted to Mamaroneck Shares, and our own Lynn Reichgott appeared to discuss the work of At Home on the Sound. Watch here:
Mahjong, the game that was so popular in the early 60s, has made a big comeback in recent years and we have persuaded our own Elaine Weingarten to share her expertise about the game.
We are offering three fun, free Wednesday afternoon lessons to At Home on the Sound members and volunteers: July 3, July 17, and July 31, at 2:30pm in our air-conditioned Tompkins Avenue office. Come to one, two, or all three sessions to socialize, learn the game, or brush up if you haven't played for a while. Please call the office to let us know which sessions you'll attend: 899-3150.
Interview with Lynn Reichgott
Our Board president Lynn Reichgott is featured in the July issue of Harrison & Mamaroneck Life magazine.
Many thanks to graphic designer Marnie Foster-Marks and the At Home on the Sound members who volunteer to contribute articles: Phyllis Golding, Carole Woods and Sheila Liebowtiz.
At Home in the Kitchen is finally here! Board Member Teddi Becker, Graphic Designer Marnie Foster-Marks, and a bevy of devoted committee members worked lovingly for months to create this fabulous book, which is dedicated to our first Board President Lynn Reichgott.
From Blueberry Boy Bait to George Latimer's Red Flannel Hash, White Chocolate Pumpkins Dreams to Venezuelan Black Beans, the book has a recipe for every meal and every occasion and includes many vegetarian options. At Home in the Kitchen is now on sale for $20 at Anderson's Book Shop, 96 Chatsworth Avenue in Larchmont. Get one for yourself and one for a friend. All proceeds benefit At Home on the Sound.
Our Second Gala: Another Smashing Success
The Hampshire Country Club was the place to be on May 2nd where, for the second year, our Spring Gala was a sell-out event. We honored Mary Lee Berridge for her more than 40 years of community activism. Best-selling author and TV legal analyst Lis Wiehl was our master of ceremonies.
The bidding was fierce at our Silent Auction. Winners came away with private yoga lessons, Knicks tickets, original artwork, Donna Karen handbags, wine baskets, restaurant outings and more. Local businesses and individuals were incredibly generous with their support.
We are most grateful to Marilyn Monsanto and Barrie Bonacci who, for the second year, donated their services to photograph the evening. Our beautiful hydrangea center pieces were provided by Frank Soriano at House of Flowers. Stop in to his shop - 231 Mamaroneck Avenue - and tell him At Home on the Sound sent you.
Elected officials from the Villages, Town, County and State were in attendance, as well as representatives from the myriad organizations that Mary Lee Berridge has worked with over the years.
Gala Chair Janet O'Connell and countless volunteers worked for months to ensure the success of this event - which truly reflects our area's community spirit. View photos of the event here.
(April 7, 2013) Umami. That's the Japanese word for savory flavor -- and the word that, unfortunately, stumped our stellar At Home on the Sound spelling bee team, "The Spellbinders," today at the First Annual Friends of the Larchmont Public Library Spelling Bee.
Well over 100 people watched the twenty, three-person teams compete. Many local organizations and businesses participated as well as a team from Mamaroneck High and one from Hommocks Middle School. We are proud of and grateful to the three At Home on the Sound spellers -- Reverend Dorothy Green, Margaret Weinstock and Barbara Grae-- for representing us!
Congratulations to the Friend of the Larchmont Library Board (which includes At Home on the Sound Board members Teddi Becker and Elinor Fredston) for putting together a truly fun family event!
Valerie O'Keeffe Bocce Court Dedicated A large crowd braved chilly weather and gathered at the Town of Mamaroneck Senior Center on April 2 to celebrate the opening and dedication of the Valerie O'Keeffe Bocce Court. At Home on the Sound commissioned the court last year to honor Ms. O'Keeffe for her support and encouragement during the formation of At Home on the Sound, as well as her persistent commitment to enhance the lives of senior citizens in the town. The Town of Mamaroneck was instrumental in seeing the bocce court through to completion.
Congressman Eliot Engel; NYS Assemblyman Steve Otis; Rev. Dr. William Crawford of Larchmont Avenue Church; Nancy Seligson, Mamaroneck Town Supervisor; and Jaine Elkind Eney, Town Councilwoman were just some of the dignitaries and elected officials on hand for the event. At Home on the Sound board members, members, and volunteers were out in great numbers as well as members of the Town Senior Center. The Town of Mamaroneck crew responsible for building the beautiful court received a hearty ovation from the crowd. After a quick bocce lesson, Ms. O'Keeffe and Lynn Reichgott played one match, and then many on hand for the festivities wasted no time in playing as well. News12 Westchester covered the event and the attendees enjoyed refreshments in the Senior Center after the ceremony.See photos of the event here.
Now We're Cookin'! Thanks to board member Teddi Becker and her devoted committee members, the first ever At Home on the Sound Cookbook is at the printer! The cookbook contains over 360 recipes collected from members and friends of At Home on the Sound. The cookbook will make its debut at our May 2nd Spring Gala and be on sale for $20.
What we do... In addition to offering 2 - 3 programs each week, At Home on the Sound fulfilled over 950 requests for services from our members in 2012! Most of those were round-trip rides to appointments and errands provided by our incredible volunteer corps.
It can take just an hour or two a month to make a major and positive impact in our community by offering a ride to an older adult in your neighborhood. Call Pat Hachey, our Volunteer Coordinator, to learn more about driving or volunteering in other ways. 914-899-3150
I Put a Spell on You At Home on the Sound will be participating in the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library Spelling Bee!
Our team, "The At Home on the Sound Spellbinders" will compete against other groups on Sunday, April 7, 3:30 pm in the Social Hall of the Larchmont Temple, corner of Willow and Larchmont Avenues. Come out to cheer on our three spellers - Rev. Dorothy Greene, Barbara Grae, and Margaret Weinstock - at this fun free event. Michael Zuckert will be the Master of Ceremonies and the Judges are Larchmont Mayor Anne McAndrews; New York State Senator George Latimer; and Town of Mamaroneck Supervisor Nancy Seligson. Complimentary refreshments begin at 3.
Donate to Silent Auction 2013 Our Gala Committee is now gathering items for our May 2nd Silent Auction. Can you or your business contribute an item or service? Jewelry, artwork, a trip, a spa day, concert or show tickets, specialty foods, golf outings... Last year the generosity of our area businesses was overwhelming. We look forward to another fun and successful effort this year. Show your support of At Home on the Sound, and receive great recognition for your business. Contact our office for more information: 914-899-3150.
From The New York Times: Aging in place on the Upper West Side
From February 15, 2013:
"As the neighborhood's population has grayed, some apartment houses have morphed into what social scientists call NORCs - naturally occurring retirement communities. The most recent census estimates indicate that 22 percent of Upper West Siders, or 46,000 people, are 60 or older, compared with the citywide average of 17 percent. Attracted by convenient shopping, abundant mass transit and a wealth of cultural activities, many older residents hope to remain in their apartments the rest of their lives." Read complete article here.
Village to Village Network At Home on the Sound is now a member of the Village to Village Network, a national organization of aging-in-place groups.
If you have friends or relatives in another part of the country who wish they had the services provided by At Home on the Sound, search the map on the Village to Village website to find a similar organization in their area.
Valerie O'Keeffe Bocce Court to be Dedicated Last year, in appreciation of all that former Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Valerie O'Keeffe has done to serve the senior community of Larchmont and Mamaroneck, At Home on the Sound commissioned the construction of the Town of Mamaroneck Valerie O'Keeffe Bocce Court on the grounds of the VFW Post on Boston Post Road for use by the Senior Center.
At our 2012 Gala, Teddi Becker, secretary of the board of At Home on the Sound, presented Ms. O'Keeffe with her own personalized bocce ball. Ms. O'Keeffe will roll out that ball when the Bocce Court is officially dedicated on Tuesday, April 2nd at 1:00pm. Please join us for the festivities.
At Home on the Sound is most grateful to the Town of Mamaroneck for the help and support in creating the bocce court.
We are very proud to have been chosen as one of the 2013 recipient organizations by Mamaroneck Shares.
Mamaroneck Shares holds block parties throughout the summer to raise money for local charities while increasing traffic to and awareness of Mamaroneck businesses. This year's Mamaroneck Avenue Block Parties are scheduled for: Friday, June 14; Friday, July 19; Friday, August 16 and Friday, September 6.
All that fun, food, and entertainment takes planning. Do you want to get involved? Contact Mamaroneck Shares at: firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Technology Workshop At Home on the Sound members received great tech advice recently from Mamaroneck high school and middle school students on Martin Luther King Day of Service. The students volunteered to spend the morning in the At Home offices working one-on-one with our members to answer questions concerning cell phones, iPads, text messages, emailing, word processing - even eBay!
We are grateful to the phenomenal student volunteers for sharing their knowledge. Special thanks to Nancy Lucashu for coordinating the event, which was so popular we hope to repeat it later this year.
At Home on LMC-TV
At Home on the Sound was featured on an episode of the LMC-TV show "A Town and Village Two," hosted by Alice Bloom. Board members Lynn Reichgott and Teddi Becker and member/volunteer Sheila Liebowitz were the guests on the half hour show that focuses on issues and organizations in Mamaroneck and Larchmont. Click this link to view the episode.
Teddi, Sheila and Lynn at LMC
Date Set for 2013 Spring Gala
The second At Home on the Sound Spring Gala is scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the Hampshire Country Club. Plans are underway for another wonderful evening which will include a cocktail hour, silent auction, and dinner.
Our honoree is Mary Lee Berridge. Mary Lee is an At Home on the Sound member, supporter, and volunteer, and a tireless activist in our community. We will also pay tribute to Lynn Reichgott, our outgoing Board President. In addition, the first At Home on the Sound Cookbook will be available for purchase.
Mark your calendar and look for an invitation in the coming months. Our Gala Chair is Janet O'Connell. Contact Janet via the office number if you would like to volunteer to help with the Silent Auction or work on another planning committee.
On January 16, more than 40 of our volunteers gathered for a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast in our office...and that's only half of our total volunteer corps.
It was a wonderful and rare occasion for everyone to meet and exchange stories - some touching and some funny. You can see photos of the breakfast here, on our Facebook page.
Our volunteers ARE At Home on the Sound. They answer our phones, drive our members, plan our Galas, arrange for rides, host our events, stuff envelopes, videotape our programs - and they make our community a great place to live.
As the number of our members, happily, continues to grow, so does our need for volunteers. Call our office and speak to Pat, our Volunteer Coordinator - who is also a volunteer, to find out how you can lend us your time and your talents: 914-899-3150.
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
Lynn Reichgott featured on "Need to Know" on PBS
In December, our board president Lynn Reichgott was featured on an episode of Need to Know, the weekly news program on PBS. Lynn talked about how aging-in-place organizations can be an antidote to repeated and extended hospital stays for older Americans. Watch Lynn's segment here.
Lynn on the set of "Need to Know"
December 2012 Newsletter Published
Our December 2012 Newsletter, The Sound Report, has been published and distributed via email and US Postal Service. You can see the newsletter here. If you would like to be added to our email list, use the link at the top of this page.
Holiday Party Fun
Close to sixty At Home members came out for our annual Holiday Party on December 19, 2012. Everyone enjoyed a wide assortment of delicious hot appetizers, homemade cookies, and good cheer.
Entertainment was provided by The Soundettes, a local four-part women's a cappella group. They sang holiday classics and old-time favorites including "Java Jive", "Carolina in the Morning" and the McGuire Sisters' great tune "Sugartime." Many of the party-goers joined in the singing. And two At Home members received a special Happy Birthday serenade.
Many thanks to all the volunteers and members who provided rides and baked wonderful desserts for the event.
From The Wall Street Journal
"Moving to a smaller home is supposed to solve a lot of problems in retirement. But it doesn't always work out that way." - by Anne Tergesen, December 7, 2012
At Home on the Sound is starting a knitting group for our members. Call Elaine at the office if you are interested in joining (914) 899-3150 or email: email@example.com.
Board President Lynn Reichgott honored We are so proud of our Board President, Lynn Reichgott, who was inducted into the "Class of 2012" at Westchester County's 30th Annual Senior Citizen Hall of Fame on December 3, 2012.
The Senior Citizens Senior Hall of Fame was started by former Westchester County Executive Andrew O'Rourke. Its purpose is to honor those who have contributed their energies and talents as professionals and volunteers to make significant and enduring contributions to enhance the quality of life countywide or in their home communities.
Seniors are nominated to the Hall of Fame by members of the community and the winners are selected by a screening committee composed of past Hall of Fame honorees, members of the Senior and Older American Advisory Councils and the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services staff. The names of the honorees are engraved on plaques that are permanently displayed at the DSPS office in Mount Vernon.
At Home on the Sound Cookbook
We are creating a cookbook! Our board member Teddi Becker has organized a Cookbook Committee. Recipes are being collected and tested for inclusion in a book that we will sell as a fundraiser. The cookbook will makes its debut at our Spring Gala on May 2. If you want to contribute a recipe or get involved, email Teddi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Annual Gala On May 1, 2012, At Home on the Sound celebrated the first gala event at Hampshire Country Club by honoring Valerie O'Keeffe for her years of service to our community.
More than 300 people enjoyed this successful evening.
Gratitude goes to so many volunteers, members and the community for their work, effort and support.