One Month Associate Membership Free for Everyone in November
(September 17, 2019) To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, At Home on the Sound is offering a free trial Associate level Membership to everyone over the age of 60, living in 10543 and 10538 zip codes. Enjoy all of social programs in November including:
- Weekly Gentle Chair Yoga Class*
- Current Events Discussion Over Breakfast*
- French Conversation Group
- Men’s Discussion Group
- German Conversation Group
- Groups for Knitting, Mahjong, and Canasta
- “On Being 80 (and over)” Discussion Group
- Happy Hour Get-Together
- Dine-About Lunch at a local restaurant*
- Medicare Workshop
Learn what we offer and get to know who we are. Simply call our office and we will activate an Associate level membership for you for November: 914-899-3150. We look forward to welcoming you!
Free Gentle Yoga Classes for the Community in September
(September 1, 2019) To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of At Home on the Sound and thank the community for its support, we are offering three Gentle Chair Yoga class free for the entire Larchmont-Mamaroneck community on: Thursday, September 12, 10:00am; Wednesday, September 18, 10:00am; and Thursday, September 26, 10:00am The classes will be held at the Mamaroneck United Methodist Church and are appropriate for men and women at all fitness levels. No prior yoga experience is needed. Easy to follow movements are performed while seated or using the chair for support. The exercises can be modified if you prefer less or more of a challenge. Arlene Towers is the instructor. You will leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. At Home on the Sound promotes safe and healthy aging. Gentle Yoga is a wonderful way to strengthen your body, improve your balance, and calm your mind. Just call At Home on the Sound if you plan to attend as space is limited: 914-899-3150
At Home on the Sound 10th Anniversary
(July 31, 2019) We are gearing up for a year-long celebration of our 10th Anniversary. In the coming months, we will be announcing
several programs and events to celebrate and mark the occasion. In September we will have a series
of free Gentle Chair Yoga Classes. In October, we are hosting a Beer Tasting at Half Time. Stay tuned!
New members named to At Home Board
(July 1, 2019) New officers and directors have been named to the At Home on the Sound Board. Effective July 1, Teddi Becker has assumed the role of President. Michael Plansky is the new Treasurer; Simon Marlow is the Board Secretary and Paul Connolly is a new Board director.
Board member directs new documentary
(June 4, 2019) At Home on the Sound Board Member, Jackie Paré, is the director and co-producer of a documentary about the game of bridge, Aces and Knaves. The movie is making the circuit of film festivals around the country and had its New York premier at the Emelin Theatre on June 2. Click here to see the trailer.
At Home on the Sound Spellers win again!
(April 10, 2019), At Home on the Sound’s spelling team, “The Spellbinders,” won the 7th Annual Friends of the Larchmont Library Spelling Bee on April 7. This was the second win for the At Home team, who was also victorious in 2014. Our team members this year were Benedicta Schwager, Barbara Grae, and Dorothy Greene (pictured here, l-r, with newsman Lou Young, who served as emcee for the event).
At Home member Dorothy Greene has competed in all seven of the Bees as a Spellbinder. “It is so morale-boosting at my age, 88, to know that at least one faculty is still intact: the ability to spell!” she told us. “Our team members work well together. We keep cool under pressure.” She added, “Older people do better than younger ones because spelling was more thoroughly taught in the past.” Dorothy said, “I thoroughly enjoy representing At Home on the Sound at this event. It is a great pleasure and privilege.” Congratulations to Dorothy, Barbara and Benedicta! We are so proud.
Hidden Masters: Celebrating the Art of the Ageless
(April 1, 2019) The “Hidden Masters” exhibitions opened at the Mamaroneck Artists Guild gallery on March 30, 2019. The reception was packed with well-wishers and art lovers. The show featured works in all media by artists over the age of 70, the majority of whom are At Home on the Sound members. Friedhilde Milburn, one of the exhibition organizers said, “Many older people feel invisible. This exhibit is to celebrate what they have accomplished."
Jack Coughlin to be honored at 2019 Gala
(December 28, 2018) Plans are underway for the 2019 At Home on the Sound Annual Spring Gala. The date is Thursday, May 2; the place, Hampshire Country Club; and the honoree is Mamaroneck’s own Jack Coughlin (pictured).
A life-long Town of Mamaroneck resident, Coughlin is being honored for his decades of civic involvement, deep love of community, and significant impact in Larchmont-Mamaroneck. As business owner, donor, and volunteer, Coughlin has dedicated himself to numerous local organizations including the Boy Scouts, the American Legion, Saints John & Paul Church, the Lions Club, and At Home on the Sound.
“To me, Jack absolutely exemplifies the notion ‘pillar of the community',” said At Home on the Sound Board President Janet O’Connell. “He has owned and operated Coughlin Insurance since the 1940s and has participated in so many ways to improve the lives of residents here. We are very excited to have this opportunity to recognize him.”
The Gala evening will include a special tribute to Friedhilde Milburn. At Home on the Sound member, volunteer, and former Vice President of Development, Friedhilde’s ideas and diligence over the last eight years helped to establish a solid framework which has allowed our organization to make significant strides and enjoy steady growth.
Art Show to Feature At Home on the Sound Members
(February 1, 2019) More than a dozen At Home on the Sound members will be participating in an upcoming art exhibition entitled "Hidden Masters." The show, which will open at the Mamaroneck Artists Guild on March 27, gathers the works of area artists ages 70 through 99. Click here to meet the At Home member artists in the show.
"Our membership harbors much artistic talent, often hidden from public view," said Friedhilde Milburn, one of the show's organizers. "We wanted to highlight the importance art plays throughout one's life and recognize the hidden talent in our community."
In conjunction with the show, At Home on the Sound is planning several special programs, including an artists' panel discussion.
The opening reception for "Hidden Masters" will take place on Saturday, March 30, from 2:00 - 5:00pm. The public is warmly invited to attend. The Mamaroneck Artists Guild is located at 126 Larchmont Avenue in Larchmont, New York.
Additions to our Board of Directors
(July 11, 2018) Four new members have been added to the At Home on the Sound Board of Directors: Susan Keating, John Kippax, Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman, and Marion Gindes.
Susan Keating is a geriatric care manager who has worked in aging services since 2001. She is a founder and president of Honora Care Management & Consulting, based in Mamaroneck. The company is dedicated to helping older adults navigate decisions related to aging.John Kippax has recently retired from a 42-year career in banking at ING where he was a Managing Director of four industry sectors. John is an Elder of the Larchmont Avenue Church, a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, and a newly-appointed board member of Preserve Larchmont. He has been involved in New York City public school tutoring programs, as well as managing Idaho land development interests. Currently, he is engaged as trustee in several private investment trusts.
Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman is the Senior Rabbi of Larchmont Temple, serving the congregation for more than 30 years.
Marion Gindes studied Clinical Psychology and received her PhD from Columbia University. She served on the faculties of Brooklyn College, the Einstein College of Medicine, Penn State University and the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. She was the Director of Psychological Services for a mental health center in New York City and a co-founder of a psychiatric hospital in Pennsylvania.
New Program: Member Peer support to help with bereavement
(October 25, 2018) Many of us have certain dates on the calendar that are laden with memories. Namely, the anniversary of the death or the birthday of a departed loved one can be emotionally challenging. Often, just having some company and an activity can help you cope and lighten your spirits. When you have a day like that coming up on the calendar and would prefer not to spend it alone, please call the office at 899-3150. We will connect you with another member (who may be going though something similar) so that you can plan to get together for a lunch, a walk, or just a cup of coffee. We are piloting this new initiative at the suggestion of a member.
Board Member Nedra Gillette Honored by AOTA
New Program: Memoir Writing Workshop coming in 2018
(October 10, 2018) Beginning in January 2018, we will offer a Memoir Writing Workshop for our members and volunteers. The six-session program will be led by Carolyn Chubet. The workshop will not only help you get started in the writing process, but also explore various format ideas, and guide you to organize your work as you move toward a finished product. Registration will open in December. Carolyn Chubet was an editor of how-to books for Reader’s Digest. She wrote The No-Nonsense Guide to Parenting, an eight-book series for Waldenbooks, and has just retired after twelve years of tutoring for the verbal SAT and ACT.
Spring Gala: Thursday, May 3, 2018We are pleased to announce that our 7th Annual Spring Gala is set for Thursday, May 3, 2018. The 2018 honoree is Cindy Goldstein (pictured). A tax attorney and CPA, Cindy has been an active and enthusiastic community volunteer for more than 25 years. Currently, she generously donates her time and skills to At Home on the Sound, as well as other local organizations including the Mamaroneck Senior Center, Fields for Kids, Mamaroneck EMS, and the Local Summit.
A Mamaroneck resident since 1986, Cindy has served on multiple area nonprofit boards such as the Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund; the Washingtonville Housing Alliance; and the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force, which she helped to found in 1992.
The evening will also include a tribute to At Home on the Sound Founding Board Member, Teddi Becker.
The Gala will be held at the Hampshire Country Club on the Sound shore in Mamaroneck. At Home on the Sound board member Leslie Molinoff is the 2018 Gala Chair.
Save the date for this lovely evening of cocktails, dinner, socializing, a wonderful Chance Raffle - and so much community spirit. More details will be announced in the coming months. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
We're in THE WAG!
Read about At Home on the Sound in Westchester WAG Magazine. We are featured in the February 2018 issue. (For the record, our yoga instructor is not 91; but we have had a lecture by Tao Porchon-Lynch, a yoga master who is 97!) CLICK THROUGH TO ARTICLE HERE.
"Steak Out for Charity" at Sedona Taphouse
(September 29, 2017) At Home on the Sound was the designated charity chosen by Sedona Taphouse in Mamaroneck to receive proceeds from their "Steak Out for Charity" program in September. We are very excited to report that this event has resulted in a donation from Sedona Taphouse of more than $900 to At Home on the Sound. We are most grateful for this generous contribution and we thank everyone who came out to enjoy the delicious food and drink at Sedona in support of our organization. Sedona Taphouse is located at 640 East Boston Post on the corner of North Barry Avenue.
At Home on the Sound to Honor Eugene and Emily Grant of Mamaroneck
(December 12, 2016) Planning is currently underway for the Sixth Annual At Home on the Sound Spring Gala. This special evening has become a much-loved tradition in the community. The party is set for Tuesday, May 2nd at the Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck. Our 2017 honorees are Eugene and Emily Grant.
“Since our inception in 2010, Eugene and Emily have been enthusiastic, supportive, and so very generous to our organization,” said Leslie Molinoff, At Home on the Sound Vice President at Large. “They are exemplary citizens of Mamaroneck whose philanthropic impact is deeply felt right here in our own community, in Westchester County, and far, far beyond as well.”
“Eugene and Emily inspire all of us,” added Board Member Barbara Werber. “Their passion and enjoyment of life is absolutely infectious. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to honor them.”
Free Guide: Planning Your Health Care in Advance
The Office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has produced a free useful guideon end of life care and Advance Directive. It can be accessed and printed from this link: "Planning Your Health Care in Advance: How to Make your Wishes Known and Honored".
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended our 2016 Gala! Community support keeps us going strong.
Kudos and gratitude to our many volunteers whose efforts made the evening such a success!
More Foreign Language Conversation Groups Forming
(July 28, 2016) Our German Conversation Group and recently formed French Conversation Group are very popular with our members and volunteers. These groups meet monthly and the participants rotate hosting duties. We are excited that we have recently had requests for a Yiddish Group. If you speak some Yiddish, or want to brush up on what you knew, call the office. We will contact you when a mutually convenient date is determined in September.
Our 2017 Gala SponsorsHeartfelt thanks to our 2017 Gala Sponsors. The generosity of the following neighbors and local businesses indicates the fantastic level of support At Home on the Sound enjoys in our community. We are grateful that so many partner with us to further our impact in Larchmont and Mamaroneck:
Ambassador of Scarsdale Catherine & Joseph Aresty John & Mary Lee Bradley Jacqueline Cicale, Senior Vice President, The Werbitt Cicale Group William & Sandy Feldman Ellen & David Freeman David & Patricia Hachey Ellen & Joseph Kaidanow Stephen Lieber Merrill Lynch - White Plains Greenwich Complex Eileen Marx Hon. Sandra Miller Nautilus Diner The New Jewish Home, Sarah Neuman Janet & Ryan O'Connell Orange Bank & Trust Lynn & Mike Reichgott STEPS Home Care Weichert Realtors Westchester Family Care
Acura of Westchester Teddi & Arnold Becker Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Cecil LLC Barbara & Bertram Cohn Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Miriam & Tom Curnin Janet & Rudy Demasi Bill & Celia Dentzer Karen & Jerry Dorfman General Wholesale Electrical Co., Inc. Laurie & Stephen Girsky Brad & Sunny Goldberg Ina & Arthur Gordon Ann & Bob Hiden Houlihan Lawrence Larchmont Brokerage Interstate & Lakeland Lumber Corporation Eileen Kelly - Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty Dr. Frederick & Mrs. Phyllis Kaskel KIDZ LLC - Alan Zaretsy Kommer, Bave & Ollman LLP Amy & David Levere Simon & Rita Marlow Robert & Friedhilde Milburn Leslie & Dan Molinoff Penny & Tim Oberg Osborn Home Care and The Osborn June & Richard Ottinger Robert & Paula Peck Andy & Andrea Potash Recovery Physical Therapy Randi Robinowitz, Realtor Julie & Nick Sakellariadis Sal's Pizzeria SilverBills LLC Angus Theriault & Sons The Toy Box Barbara Werber The Westchester Bank White Plains Hospital Lisa & Richard Witten
Cecelia T. Absher & David A. Katz J & F Chatsworth Auto Body, Ltd Maura Concannon Diane & Russell Hall Ruth & Norman Hinerfeld Emily & John Irving Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Kaplan The Kensington Assisted Living Residence King Street Rehab Dr. Paula Scharf Kohn Jeanette & Lloyd Landa Leapin' Lizards, Sylvia Rogers, Owner Myra Levine-Harris Ruth Obernbreit & Bob Glass Betty & Al Osman Porsche of Larchmont Prosthodontic & Implant Associates Rosenfeld Foundation Scarsdale Medical Group Rose Silvestro Dee Shapiro Jane & Richard Shapiro Jan K. & Anne Mieke Smeets Stillman Management, Inc. The Wartburg Renate Wilms-Rovin
Assistance for those with visual impairment
Good information from the Larchmont Library
Do you know someone who has a vision impairment or another physical disability that prevents them from reading printed material? The NYS Talking Book & Braille Library offers over 25,000 downloadable talking books and a wide range of mainstream magazines for its patrons. The Larchmont Public Library can help you get started and, more importantly for the technically challenged, help you keep going. Contact Librarian Liam Hegarty email@example.com, or 834-2281 x209.
Note: Access to the downloadable books from the Talking Books & Braille Library is limited to those who meet its eligibility requirements and should not be confused with the Larchmont Library's downloadable audiobooks and eBooks.
Community Togetherness at our Bocce Tournament(September 28, 2015) What a marvelous time we had at our Second Annual Bocce Tournament on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the Valerie O'Keeffe Bocce Court. We had food, golden oldies playing on the sound system, and absolutely perfect weather. Some of our enthusiastic team members who were playing bocce for the very first time arrived early for a few practice rolls and tips from At Home on the Sound board member Rudy Demasi. Teams represented: Woman's Club of Larchmont, The Romeos, The Old Guard, Larchmont Temple, P.E.O. Sisterhood, Larchmont Avenue Church, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Mamaroneck High School, Garden Club of Larchmont, and At Home on the Sound volunteers. Our winners this year: the Larchmont Temple. The Mamaroneck High School team, defending champions, came in second place. View a photo album of the event here. UPDATE: LMC-TV will broadcast the Bocce Tournament November 13, 14, 15 and 16 starting at 6 p.m. and repeating every six hours until noon on Monday. Cablevision Channel 75 or Verizon Channel 36. We are grateful to Community Producer Eileen Mason for ensuring that our programs and lectures are on the air!
Fifth Annual At Home on the Sound Gala
We are pleased to announce the date for our 5th Annual Spring Gala. Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 12, 2016 when we will celebrate at the Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck. Frank Soriano, owner of House of Flowers in Mamaroneck, is our 2016 honoree.
Frank’s generosity and philanthropic spirit impacts many community organizations and local causes. We are proud that he has been a dedicated and encouraging supporter of At Home on the Sound since our inception.
Once again, Cookie Rosenblum will serve as Gala Chair. Save the date for this wonderful evening of cocktails, a fun chance raffle, dinner, and community spirit. We look forward to seeing you in May.
New Group: At Home on the Sound Single Ladies
(September 17, 2015) Several At Home on the Sound single women (widowed, never-married, or divorced) want to meet once per month in the early evening for wine and good conversation. Participants will rotate hosting duties. Let the office know if you would like to take part and which evenings you're available. We will then contact you with the October date. The first meeting will be in a private apartment in Larchmont. Due to the hour the group will meet, volunteer-provided transportation will not be available for this program.
Our 2016 Video:
Our video was produced by Larchmont resident, Brad Garfield. He can be reached at: North Ridge Productions, Nrproductions@aol.com
A message from Penny Oberg:
(June 26, 2015) “It has been my pleasure to serve as the President of the Board of At Home on the Sound for two years. We are indeed a dynamic organization that continues to grow and develop new programs. Our members strike me as perfect role models for the over 60 group – eager to learn, to be out and about, to listen to new friends, and indeed to attend to a host of nagging medical problems. Our volunteers continue to amaze me – with their commitment, their joy, and their willingness to respond to our large variety of requests. My thanks to our two staff members – Elaine Weingarten and Jilana Van Meter. On a personal level, I learned once again that volunteers get as much from the activity if not more than the agency they serve. Bruce Schearer will be the new Board President – I leave the leadership in his capable hands.”
Exciting News: New option for Membership(June 30, 2015) We are excited to announce a new Associate option for At Home on the Sound Membership, effective July 1, 2015. At Home on the Sound Associate Members will be entitled to participate in the cultural and educational activities offered each month, including Dine-Abouts; discussion groups (Current Events, a men’s group, Being Eighty); interest groups (mahjong, foreign language, book group); organized trips to Broadway shows, concerts, exhibitions, and other cultural destinations; a weekly gentle yoga class, and more. Associate members will also be eligible for discounts at more than 80 local restaurants and businesses. Annual dues for an Associate Membership are: $190 for an individual or $250 for a household. Vice President for Membership Friedhilde Milburn explains: “We are very pleased to offer an even more affordable alternative for membership. It will be another marvelous way to enjoy some of our programs, become part of a growing, vibrant organization, and help shape its future.”
In Neighboring Rye
Free Dance Classes for those with Parkinson’s Disease
The nearby Rye Arts Center offers specialized classes, taught by professionally trained dance instructors, for men and women with Parkinson’s Disease. These classes stimulate mind, body and emotion in an enjoyable and safe environment. The classes offer participants the opportunity to learn about stretching and strengthening muscles with an emphasis on enhancing physical awareness and grace through modern, ballet and folk dance forms. The classes are free and are held on Wednesdays 1:30 – 2:45pm: September 9, 16, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 18, 25; December 2, 9, 16; and on these Fridays, 1:30 – 2:45pm: September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18. For more information contact The Rye Art Center at 914/967-0700. Where: The Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road, Rye
New Series: Conversations About Your Health Advocacy Skills
(July 20, 2015) On September 8, At Home on the Sound begins the first in a 3-part series to advance your health advocacy skills. These skills are more important than ever because of all the changes going on in our health care environment. Three topics will be discussed in these interactive, conversational workshops:
- How to speak to your doctor: Tuesday, September 8
- How to stay safely in your own home even when you are sick: Tuesday, October 13
- Advance directives – Health Care Proxy and end of life choices: Monday, November 16
These presentations address the concerns of seniors dealing with difficult issues that inevitably come up in later years. The goal is to engage participants to discuss and think about preparing for various possible and probable situations ahead of time instead of having to come up with instant solutions in the emotional turmoil of a sudden crisis. The programs are based on research conducted by the Center for Aging in Place, the Medicare Rights Center and the End of Life Coalition. Presenters represent these three groups.
The workshops will take place at the Larchmont Avenue Church with refreshments at 3:30 and the conversations from 4:00-5:00 PM.
Another Marvelous Spring Gala
(May 4, 2015) We are so pleased and grateful for the wonderful show of support and enthusiasm at our 2015 Spring Gala at the Hampshire Country Club on April 30. A grand time was had by all! The generosity of our attendees, donors, and local business sponsors enables us to fulfill our mission serving older adults in Larchmont and Mamaroneck. Our work enables long-time residents to remain here, in the community they love.
Bob Hiden (pictured at left with Rev. Bill Crawford) was honored for his decades of sustained dedication to improving the Sound Shore community for people of all ages. Lois Steinberg received a tribute for her work with the Center for Aging in Place, the Seniors Out Speaking on Medicare program, and At Home on the Sound.
Our Chance Raffle winners received terrific prizes, from a kayaking outing on the Sound, to Daily Show tickets. Many local vendors and restaurants contributed gifts that surprised one lucky guest at each table and added to the festive atmosphere. Browse through a photo album of the evening here.
Our impact in the community - by the numbers(June 2, 2015) To give a small sense of one important aspect of our work: From July 1, 2014 through to June 1, 2015, our volunteer drivers provided a total of 2,279 rides covering 14,948 miles. Just this May alone our volunteer drivers gave 239 rides. Imagine that - so many At Home on the Sound members who are unable to drive themselves are still able to get to their medical appointments, to food shopping, to the bank and library, even out to social activities - all thanks to the generosity of our amazing volunteers. Our drivers and other volunteers enable our older neighbors to remain in the comfort of their own homes and community. That's how we fulfill our mission.
Volunteer needed in our office on Fridays
(May 18, 2015)
Are you free on Fridays? Great on the phone? Comfortable on the computer? Super patient? We need you!
At Home on the Sound needs a volunteer on Fridays, from 10am to 2pm, to cover the phones and contact our drivers to schedule rides. We will train you on our computer system. You need to be a detail person and comfortable working independently. Lots of phone contact. Larchmont/Mamaroneck resident preferred. Call Pat Hachey in our office for more information: 914/899-3150
Another Great Technology Workshop
(January 28, 2015) At Home on the Sound members enjoyed a marvelous and informative Technology Workshop with students from Mamaroneck High School on the Martin Luther King Day of Service. The students volunteer with us several times per year to share their expertise and keep our members up-to-date with Kindles, iPads and cellphones.
"Kai was a great help in introducing me to my new iPad. I'm basically a PC person," one member reported. "While it's great to take a class, sometimes you just need a quick tutorial on how to fix a small but frustrating problem."
Another member shared: "Matt was our mentor that morning. He was a great teacher- patient and willing to go over things more than once. He made us very comfortable asking questions. A thoroughly worthwhile session!"
And more praise for Matt: "Matt made a great effort -and was very patient - to teach me the elements of what my hand-me-down IPhone 4 can do for me. He also wrote down some notes I can refer to which was very helpful. Thank you Matt!"
Many thanks to these generous students who are happy to share their skills with their older neighbors.
Book Discussion Group Formed(February 9, 2015) Get reading! We are excited to announce the formation of a new book discussion group which will begin later this spring. We have scheduled this series in collaboration with the Mamaroneck Public Library, where our group will meet. Mamaroneck Librarian Lori Friedli will lead our discussions. All discussions are scheduled from 2:00 - 4:00pm. Wednesday, June 17: Easter Island by Jennifer VanderbesSeptember 30: The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro November 18: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman(Illustration at right: detail from The Bookworm, by Carl Spitzweg,1850)
Is stamp collecting a lost art?
(January 13, 2015) Members - would you like to meet up with other philatelists in our group to share and compare collections? Call Elaine in the office. She would like to connect you to plan a get-together. 914-899-3150
June Out and About announced: "An American in Paris" on Broadway
(April 21, 2015) Board members Teddi Becker and Ellen Freeman continue to plan marvelous cultural excursions for our Out and About series. In recent months we've been to concerts, blockbuster exhibitions, and Broadway shows. We are happy to announce our June event: a matinee performance of An American in Paris on Wednesday, June 24.
This new musical is packed with classic Gershwin songs including “I Got Rhythm,” "S’Wonderful,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” The production has been called "glorious” and "just plain gorgeous" by critics. Cost per person is $150 for the show ticket and round-trip bus transportation from the At Home office. Bring a brown bag snack or lunch for the bus ride. At Home on the Sound will provide beverages. Financial assistance is available to members who qualify. Speak with Elaine in confidence. We have a very limited number of seats available. If you would like to attend, please respond as quickly as possible.
New group in formation: "On Being 80"
(March 23, 2015) At the request of a member, we are putting together a new monthly discussion group for the octogenarians of At Home on the Sound. What challenges are you facing now; what triumphs? How is your outlook and attitude changing? Are you like a good wine, getting better with age? What surprises you the most about your eighth decade? Let's get together to compare notes. Our first meeting will be in May. If you would like to participate, please contact Elaine at 899-3150 and indicate your availability.
Saluting our 2015 Business Gala Sponsors
We are so very grateful to the following generous area businesses who are sponsoring our 2015 Spring Gala. Local support is crucial to our organization. Many thanks!
House of Flowers Ray Catena Lexus United Hebrew of New Rochelle/Willow Towers Assisted Living Coughlin Insurance Services Jewish Home Lifecare - Sarah Neuman Center Lyon Family Fund Nautilus Diner Ramapo College of New Jersey
Acura of Westchester Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Mamaroneck Outpatient Clinic Coxe & Graziano General Wholesale Electrical Houlihan Lawrence - Larchmont Brokerage Interstate & Lakeland Lumber Corporation Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty Leapin'Lizards Littman Krooks LLP Merrill Lynch - White Plains Greenwich Complex McMichael Yacht Brokers, Ltd. Osborn Home Care and The Osborn Randi Robinowitz, Realtor Weichert Realtors
Cecil Inc. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Comprehensive Dental Group Hudson Valley Bank J&F Chatsworth Auto Body Ltd. Porsche of Larchmont Prosthodontic and Implant Associates, P.C. Robert's Department Stores Stillman Property Management West-Med Medical Group
Saul Cohen lecture on LMC-TV
(March 31, 2015) On March 24th, At Home on the Sound member Saul Cohen gave a fascinating lecture, "Update on Geopolitical World Situation", to our group. If you were unable to attend, or would like to hear the presentation again, the program will be broadcast on LMC-TV: Cablevision Channel 75, and Verizon Channel 36 on April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 6:00pm.
Mr. Cohen is one of our most popular presenters. He is a geographer whose specialties are geopolitical theory and political geography. He is University Professor Emeritus at Hunter College, past president of the Association of American Geographers, President Emeritus of Queens College of the City University of New York, former director of the Graduate School of geography of Clark University, and former Dean of the Clark University Graduate School. He was a member of the New York Board of Regents from 1993 to 2011.
The program also viewable online, courtesy of LMC-TV. Click this link to view the program.
Annual Spring Gala Set
(September 19, 2014) The 4th Annual At Home on the Sound Spring Gala will be held in Mamaroneck on Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:00 pm. The evening will include cocktails, dinner and a chance raffle. Our 2015 Gala Chair is Cookie Rosenblum. More details coming soon. Our galas sell out every year -- save the date!
At Home on the Sound Men's Group Forming
(November 29, 2014) At Home on the Sound is excited to announce the formation of a Men’s Discussion Group. This is an opportunity for the men of At Home on the Sound to come together to share their experiences and talk about issues of mutual interest. Some possible topics include sports, finance, aging with ease, medical issues, parenting and grandparenting, dealing with insurance, and risk taking as we age. The group will meet once a month, beginning in January. We are looking for a few good men to get this group going. If you are interested, please contact Elaine Weingarten at 914-899-3150 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Do let Elaine know your preferred times, some topics that interest you and if you have a topic you would like to facilitate.
More "Out and About" programs announced!
(September 23, 2104) Board members Teddi Becker and Ellen Freeman have announced upcoming trips in the At Home on the Sound Out and About program. Out and About is a series of bus excursions for At Home on the Sound members to cultural destinations in the tri-State area. The first program took our members to the Brooklyn Museum in August for a tour of the exhibit Ai Weiwei: According to What? In October members will be heading to Broadway to see the musical-comedy A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. The next trips in the series will be:
- Wednesday, November 19: Henri Matisse:The Cut-Outs exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, plus lunch at MoMA
- Wednesday, January 7, 2015: This Leads to Fire exhibit at the Neuberger Museum of Art and lunch at a Trattoria 632
- Wednesday February 18, 2015: Northern Baroque Splendor exhibit at The Bruce Museum, then lunch at L'Escale in Greenwich
- Sunday, March 22, 2015, The Klezmatics in Concert at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College then dinner at a Larchmont restaurant
"We decided to focus on destinations slightly closer to home for the colder months," said Teddi Becker one of the organizers of the series. Teddi also notes that she and Ellen welcome suggestions for future outings.
Some of the expense of the Out and About series is offset by a generous contribution from Morris and Florence Bender Foundation, Inc. Additional financial assistance with the cost of tickets is available to members who qualify. Discuss eligibility in confidence with Elaine Weingarten.
Renowned Author Visits our German Conversation Group
(November 5, 2014) The members of our German conversation group were treated to a visit by acclaimed German author Andrea Maria Schenkel at their November get-together. The group, comprised of both members and volunteers of At Home on the Sound, meets monthly in a private home to converse and socialize in German.
Mrs. Schenkel’s award-winning crime novels have been translated into twenty languages with her chilling work, The Murder Farm, now available in English. The Murder Farm was inspired by the brutal 1922 murder of a German family in their home in rural Bavaria. The crime remains unsolved.
In Spring 2015, we will host a public reading by Mrs. Schenkel, who has been called “a writer to watch” by The Globe and Mail. Check back for exact date.
Save the date for our 2015 Gala
(December 1, 2014) Plans are already underway for our Annual Spring Gala which is set for Thursday, April 30, 2015. Board Chair Penny Oberg has announced that our 2015 honoree is Bob Hiden.
Bob has been actively involved with At Home on the Sound since we opened our doors in 2010. Bob serves on the At Home on the Sound Future Directions Committee and has moderated our very popular Current Events Breakfast Discussion Group since the program began. Bob is a Larchmont/Mamaroneck Local Summit board member. He has volunteered for decades in various capacities at St. John's Church in Larchmont, and was an officer and trustee at the Larchmont Yacht Club where was active for many years in the Junior Sailing Program and Junior Race Week.
"Bob is truly emblematic of At Home on the Sound members," Oberg said. "He and his wife Ann have lived in our community for over 50 years, and Bob has always been willing to lend his time and expertise to a long list of local organizations - from Little League to At Home on the Sound."
The Gala will also include a tribute to Lois Steinberg, a founding member of At Home on the Sound and co-founder of the Center for Aging in Place.
Professional party planner Cookie Rosenblum has volunteered to chair the event which will once again be held at the Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck.
The "Village Movement" covered in The New York Times
The aging-in-place movement was featured on November 28, 2014 in the article: Retirees Turn to Virtual Villages for Mutual Support.Read the complete New York Times article here
“As people get older, they face the major dilemma of isolation,” Dr. Agronin said. “Having a local network of people to engage with opens up whole new worlds. It’s about discovering your strengths and the joy of living.”
Community Comes out for Bocce
The Sound Shore community turned out for our Bocce Tournament at the VFW Post on Saturday, June 14.
Eight teams competed: clergy, politicians, firemen, policemen, EMS, Mamaroneck High School students, At Home on the Sound members and the media. The MHS students were the winners, besting At Home on the Sound members, the Larchmont Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and the clergy team. One spectator was overheard saying, "I never dreamed this would be so much fun!"
Take a look at our photo album here. Thanks to our judge and sound man, Peter “Bubba” Fanelli, our color commentator, Vinny Graziano, and all our players for games well played. We look forward to seeing you next year!
Our Players: Norman Rosenblum, Mayor, Village of Mamaroneck; Louis Santoro, Deputy Mayor, Village of Mamaroneck; Augie Fusco, Clerk-Treasure, Village of Mamaroneck; Lisa LaRocca, News12 Westchester; Lou Young, CBS 2 News; Phil Reisman, The Journal News; Msgr. Thomas Kelly, Church of St. Augustine; Rev. Bill Crawford, Larchmont Avenue Church; Rev. Julie Emery, Larchmont Avenue Church; Chief Christopher Leahy, Village of Mamaroneck Police Department; James Staudt, Attorney for the Village of Larchmont; Lt. Dominick Falcone, Village of Mamaroneck Police Department; Susan Matelich, Larchmont Volunteer Ambulance Corps; Giovanni Formaro, Larchmont Volunteer Ambulance Corps; Carly Casterella, Larchmont Volunteer Ambulance Corps; John Caparelli, Larchmont Fire Department; John Pomponio, Larchmont Volunteer Ambulance Corps; Joe Russo, Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department; Simon Marlow, At Home on the Sound Board; Ellie Fredston, At Home on the Sound Board; Rudy Demasi, At Home on the Sound Board; and our winners: Kai Kinsman, Joyce Xu and Max Rothman, from Mamaroneck High School.
And, to the victors goes the pizza. Our winning team received a certificate for a free pizza, donated by Emilio's Pizzeria on Mamaroneck Avenue.
Community Service Award
On Wednesday, June 11, we were honored to receive a Community Service Award from United Hebrew of New Rochelle for our "outstanding commitment and devotion to the community." Director Elaine Weingarten accepted the award.
In recognition, the Westchester County Board of Legislators declared June 11 2014, "At Home on the Sound Day" in Westchester County.
Ellie Fredston and Pat Hachey on The Tom Murphy Show(May 21,2014) Ellie Fredston and Pat Hachey were invited to The Tom Murphy Show on LMC-TV to discuss At Home on the Sound programs, membership benefits and volunteer opportunities: Part I: Part II:
First Annual At Home on the Sound Bocce Tournament
(June 9, 2014). Our first ever Bocce Tournament is going to be a blast! We have eight co-ed teams lined up to play on Saturday, June 14 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the VFW Post/Senior Center on the Post Road in Larchmont.
Larchmont and Mamaroneck's Fire, Police and EMS departments will be sending players to compete along with local clergy including Rev Bill Crawford from Larchmont Avenue Church and Msgr. Thomas Kelly from the Church of St. Augustine. Student athletes will face At Home on the Sound members.
Our elected officials, including Larchmont Mayor Anne McAndrews and Mamaroneck Village Mayor Norm Rosenblum, will be challenging a fierce media team: Lou Young of CBS 2 News, Phil Reisman of The Journal News, and Lisa LaRocca from News12 Westchester.
Former Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Valerie O'Keeffe will roll out the honorary first ball. Vinny Graziano will provide play-by-play commentary. Peter “Bubba” Fanelli will be our judge. NYS Senator George Latimer will preside at the winners' ceremony at 4:00pm.This event is free and open to the public. It's sure to be a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon.
New location needed for our free lectures
(July 15 2014) After many years of hospitality from Saints John and Paul Church in Larchmont, we need to find a new location for our free Wednesday lectures beginning in September. We are looking for a space in Larchmont or Mamaroneck that will accommodate up to ~ 60 people. We need good parking, a small kitchenette, and air conditioning. Our programs are held on the first and third Wednesday of every month - from 3:30 to 5:00pm - but we can be flexible on the day of the week if necessary. If you know of any space that might work for us please call our office with contact information: 914/899-3150. Thank you very much!
Out and About: Broadway in October!
(August 14, 2014) We are so very excited to announce the next destination in our "Out and About" program: a trip to see A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Wednesday, October 29th at 2pm. $125 per person covers a ticket and round trip bus transportation from the At Home on the Sound parking lot. Our bus will leave Mamaroneck at 12:00 noon. Bring a light lunch for the bus.
(Update: September 8, 2014) This trip is now filled to capacity. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please call the office: 914/899-3150.
Three Mamaroneck residents named to At Home on the Sound Board
(July 2, 2014) Lois Carnochan, John Verni, and Barbara Werber, all Mamaroneck residents, have been named to the Board of Directors of At Home on the Sound.
Lois Carnochan is a semi-retired educator and research nurse who has worked in geriatrics and women's health since 1984. She continues to teach nursing part-time in both theory and clinical courses. Lois has served on the Boards of Global Action on Aging at the United Nations and the Larchmont Avenue Church.
John Verni is a partner at the law firm Kent, Hazzard, Wilson, Conroy, Verni & Freeman. He is also a partner in Verco Properties LLC. The firm recently renovated the Mamaroneck Train Station into a restaurant and professional offices. He has done extensive pro bono work on behalf of many not-for-profit groups.
Barbara Traub Werber has lived in Mamaroneck since 1959. She worked as a speech pathologist and then as Director of Placement at the Katharine Gibbs School before becoming an executive recruiter. Barbara has served on many committees for Mamaroneck schools, the Harbor Island Conservancy, the funding committee of Friends of the Emelin Theatre, and the fundraising board for the Mamaroneck Library addition.
“We are excited about our new board members,” said Board President Penny Oberg. “These three individuals are clearly committed to our community and we are grateful they are willing to take on this new responsibility. We look forward to working with them to promote our mission.”
2014 Gala: Wonderful weather! Wonderful friends! Wonderful event!
(May 9, 2014) For the third straight year, our Spring Gala was a sell-out. More than 300 guests attended on Thursday, May 1 and the positive energy and enthusiasm was palpable at The Hampshire Country Club. Our members, board, volunteers, friends and supporters mingled with elected officials and local clergy who were also on hand to celebrate our work and our honoree, founding board member Ellie Fredston. Even our requests for blue skies, picture perfect weather and comfortable spring temperatures were fulfilled! The entire evening was made possible thanks to the generosity of many local business sponsors, and a long list of hard-working volunteer planners and doers.
Ellie Fredston (pictured L) was honored for her decades of service to the Larchmont/Mamaroneck community and her efforts to establish At Home on the Sound in 2010. At Home on the Sound Volunteer Coordinator Pat Hachey (pictured R) of Mamaroneck received a tribute for her exceptional work since we first began operations. Hachey was also lauded for 18 years of volunteer service in the Mamaroneck School District and her dedication to the Church of St. Vito in Mamaroneck.
Board member Teddi Becker announced at dinner that to honor Ellie, a site along the trail connecting Flint Park Nature Trail to the Hommocks Conservation Area will be planted with a cinnamon bark maple tree and a stand of azaleas that will "flourish and enhance this path for all who walk it for years to come".
In honor of Pat Hachey, a donation of books was made to the Mamaroneck Avenue School library which will be labelled with a specially designed bookplate.
Our cocktail hour was serenaded with music performed by the Mamaroneck High School String Ensemble. The gala also included an exciting chance raffle with a great array of items - from NFL tickets to designer handbags.
We are able to keep our membership fees as low as we do thanks to proceeds raised at our galas every year. We are so very grateful for the support and goodwill of the entire Larchmont-Mamaroneck community. Plans are already underway for Gala 2015!
Gala Sponsor: United Hebrew of New Rochelle and Willow Towers Assisted Living
United Hebrew provides: Nursing Home, Rehabilitation Center, Senior Apartments, Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care. 391 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY 914/632-2804
Littman Krooks LLP signs on as Gala SponsorWe are pleased to announce that Littman Krooks LLP is our newest Gala sponsor! With offices in New York, White Plains and Fishkill, NY, Littman Krooks offers legal services in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Veterans' Benefits, Guardianship, Special Needs Planning and Special Education Advocacy, Corporate and SEC.
New Gala Sponsor: Wells Fargo
We are excited to announce our newest Gala 2014 Sponsor: Wells Fargo Bank at 375 White Plains Road, in Eastchester, New York.
We are grateful for the support from this newest Wells Fargo location.
Thank you to Acura of Westchester!
Acura of Westchester is our newest Gala 2014 Sponsor!
See them at 2155 Palmer Avenue in Larchmont for an excellent selection of new and pre-owned vehicles and wonderful service. For new car information: 888.545.9287 For service: 888-370-9308
The At Home on the Sound "Spellbinders" reign!
(April 7, 2014)
The At Home on the Sound team, "The Spellbinders" beat 19 other teams to win the 2014 Friends of the Larchmont Library Spelling Bee on Sunday, April 6th. The winning word was susurrus (a whispering or rustling sound). This is the second appearance for our team: Margaret Weinstock, Reverend Dorothy Greene, and Barbara Grae, who competed last year as well. Congratulations to our spellers (pictured here with CBS 2's Lou Young, the bee emcee) - and to the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library for the success of this wonderful community event.
More support for our 2014 Gala
(March 11, 2014)
We are excited about two more generous Gala sponsors: Northwestern Mutual and West-Med Medical Group!
Tickets are now on sale for our 2014 Spring Gala set for May 1st, 6pm at the Hampshire Country Club! We hope you will join us.
Our theme this year, "Strong Roots...Flourishing Community," wonderfully reflects the spirit of our members who have lived here for many decades and contribute in so many ways to the vibrancy of area.
Our first two galas were sell-outs and seating is limited, so place your ticket order soon. Follow this link to purchase tickets.
Our "Spellbinders" are back!
The Second Annual Friends of the Larchmont Library Spelling Bee is set for Sunday, April 6, 4pm, at Larchmont Temple Social Hall. We are excited to announce that our 2013 team will be back to represent us. The At Home on the Sound "Spellbinders" are: Reverend Dorothy Green, Margaret Weinstock and Barbara Grae. Come out to this great family event to cheer on our ace spellers.
We love House of Flowers
For the third year in a row, the incredible Frank Soriano of House of Flowers in Mamaroneck will be donating all of the floral arrangements for our gala. Each year Frank creates breathtakingly beautiful centerpieces for our event. We are overwhelmed by Frank's generous spirit and support of our organization.
The award-winning House of Flowers is located at 231 Mamaroneck Avenue in Mamaroneck. 914/698-2522.
"Paying it forward, seniors help older seniors"
(March 1, 2014)
Monadnock at Home in New Hampshire, was recently the subject of an extraordinary two-part television profile. These inspirational reports really get to the heart of the aging-in-place concept. Please take a moment to read the report and better understand what the "Village Movement" is all about. The complete report can be accessed at this link.
Don Epstein: "Celebrities Who Have Known Me"
(February 26, 2014)
Twice each month At Home on the Sound presents a free public lecture on a vast array of topics. Our programs are held in the Saints John and Paul Church rectory meeting room in Larchmont. A few months ago, retired television writer/producer Don Epstein, treated our group to his personal reminiscences of more than 40 years in the entertainment industry. If you missed his presentation, you can view it here. His humorous behind-the-scenes accounts of game shows, parades, beauty pageants and more were a treat to listen to. Epstein has worked with many celebrities including Marlon Brando, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Dr. Joyce Brothers. You'll hear a bit about each of them in this marvelous video - which will also give you a taste of what a terrific time we all have at these Wednesday lectures:
Thanks to LMC-TV and our volunteer videographer Eileen Mason for capturing our programs.
Scroll through our calendar of events to see when our next lectures will be - and join us!
Special offers from The Center for Continuing Education(March 3, 2014) Thanks to a new collaboration, The Center for Continuing Education is giving At Home on the Sound volunteers and members the opportunity to try out two fascinating new classes before registering for the entire session. In addition, we are being offered a discount for a new class on transferring photos to your computer. Read the descriptions and registration details at this link. These classes are coming up quickly, so register soon.
More Gala Sponsors(February 10, 2014) We are feeling the love!
Our terrific volunteers are currently hard at work preparing for our biggest night of the year. This will be our Third Annual Spring Gala. Show your support of At Home on the Sound -- come out on Thursday, May 1st for a fun evening when we will celebrate our flourishing community. Founding board member Ellie Fredston is our 2014 honoree. We will also be acknowledging our Volunteer Coordinator Pat Hachey. Look for your invitation in the coming weeks.
Aging-in-Place on NBC Nightly News
Thank you to ALEXANDER ARCHITECTURE PLLC
Many thanks to ALEXANDER ARCHITECTURE PLLC of Larchmont for, once again, signing on as a Spring Gala Sponsor.
Alexander Architecture services include site planning, design of new buildings and additions, renovations and interior design:
ALEXANDER ARCHITECTURE PLLC 132 Larchmont Avenue, Suite 9
Larchmont, NY 10538 914-698-0000
We salute Houlihan Lawrence - Larchmont Brokerage
Our friends at Houlihan Lawrence in Larchmont are sponsoring our Spring Gala. We are so grateful for their ongoing support of work!
The Larchmont office serves Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Pelham, Rye and Rye Brook.
Houlihan Lawrence - Larchmont Brokerage 2070 Boston Post Road
Larchmont, NY 10538 Phone: 914.833.0420
Many thanks to Ray Catena Lexus of Larchmont, 2014 Gala Sponsor
(January 2, 2014) We are very excited to report that Ray Catena Lexus of Larchmont, 1435 Boston Post Road, has signed on as our first 2014 Gala Corporate Sponsor. We are so grateful for their generous support of our programs and the Larchmont-Mamaroneck community!
More Gala support!
With gratitude we announce another 2014 Gala Sponsor: Karina and John Verni of Mamaroneck. Thank you thank you thank you!
Nautilus Diner - 2014 Gala Sponsor
Many thanks to the Nautilus Diner and owners Steve and Teddy Efstathiou for signing on to sponsor our 2014 Gala.
The Nautilus, at 1240 W Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck, is open 24/7. It's one of our favorite neighborhood eateries. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack anytime. Delicious baked goods and cocktails too.
Our Spring Gala: May 1, 2014
(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.”
Tech Workshop with Mamaroneck High Students
On January 20, 2014, in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, students from Mamaroneck High School came to our office to answer our members' questions about their cell phones, Kindles, iPads, laptops and more. We hold these fun and informative workshops for our members throughout the year. Many thanks to the super tech-savvy MHS students who volunteered to help our members get wired.
The Cooking Channel is looking for grandparents who cookThe Cooking Channel is looking for Grandparents who cook for their hit series My Grandmother's Ravioli with Mo Rocca.Follow this link to find the online application: http://www.grandparentswhocook.com/ You can complete the form for yourself or someone you know. Good luck!You could be on TV!
They are looking for:
Grandmothers and Grandfathers
All ethnicities anywhere in America
50 to 100 years old
Big personalities who can cook delicious dishes
Real characters: warm, fun, outgoing, eccentric, lovable, sweet, fiery, or even curmudgeonly
Accents and English as a second language not a problem
Turkish Meze and Legume Gourmet Market - 2014 Sponsors
The local business community continues to demonstrate their support of our mission through Gala Sponsorships.
Turkish Meze offers wonderful Mediterranean cuisine in a charming location at 409 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Mamaroneck. Enjoy their warm, friendly service for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Their brand new sister store right across the street, Legume Gourmet Market, offers spices, olives, cheeses, coffees, baked goods and so much more! Stop in at One Depot Plaza and see everything they have to offer.
"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:
Congratulations to Board Member Teddi Becker
(November 26, 2013) At Home on the Sound board member Teddi Becker will be inducted into Westchester County Senior Citizen Hall of Fame, Class of 2013, on Friday, December 6th, at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown. Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services Commissioner Mae Carpenter said that this year's honorees are role models for their peers and neighbors. "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.
December 2013 Newsletter
Follow this link to read the entire issue online.
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.
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.
Read the complete article by Lisa Jardine here: Forging a new social movement by staying put.
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).
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.
If you would like information on how to get involved with Mamaroneck Shares, reach them via email: email@example.com
New Video: Solutions for Aging with Dignity, Independence and Choice
(November 14, 2013) PBS NewsHour and the Scan Foundation just recently produced this important and informative conversation about long term care options and aging with dignity:
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."
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.
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.
Emelin Theatre now a Community Associate!
(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.
Foreign Language Groups Forming
(September 1, 2013) Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Выговорите на русском языке? Parlez-vous français? Heb jenederlands spreekt? Parli italiano?
We 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 meet: 899-3150.
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.
We are collecting food for Larchmont-Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force
(October 28, 2013) During the months of November and December, At Home on the Sound will be collecting canned and boxed food for the Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force.
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."
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. Watch the segment here: Also included in the broadcast was this segment: "Seven Life Hacks to Keep You Out of the Nursing Home" which describes some simple but very effective tips on making your home more functional and safer as you get older. And here is an extended interview with one of the founders of Beacon Hill Village: "How One Group of Seniors Bucked Convention and Avoided the Retirement Home."
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.
"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 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.
Free Senior Benefits Information Center at the New Rochelle Public LibraryThe 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.
Special Services for Older Adults from ConEd
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.
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 PresidentAt 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."