Barton Senior Center recently honored the many volunteers who have assisted the organization during the past year. At a dinner show and reception held in April, 226 individuals were recognized for having volunteered a total of 22,960 hours at the Center during the previous 12 months. This astounding volunteer total is equivalent to more than 11 full-time employees. “Our volunteers are simply terrific” stated Center Director Tania Gheen. “Without the volunteers, our small staff would never be able to provide the many programs, activities and services offered at Barton Center. It is really a win-win, as our volunteers socialize, make friends and have fun, at the same time that they are helping others.”
On May 22, the Lakewood Senior Health Campus was transformed into a "Tropical Luau" as residents gathered for a Senior Citizen Prom. The event was organized by the CARE Youth Group at St. Joseph Academy, under the leadership of co-chairs Alison Roudebush and Jackie Bova. More than twenty students participated by providing decorations, music, food and fun. The residents and students enjoyed learning dance moves from each other and shared an evening of laughter.
The Barton Senior Center will hold its 4th Annual Wine and Cheese fundraiser on Thursday, May 27 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Over 100 attended last year’s event and this one promises to be even bigger and better. This indoor/outdoor event is entitled “In Bloom” and will be held in Barton Center’s beautifully landscaped outdoor Courtyard, and in the adjacent indoor Rotunda and Greenhouse. Festivities will include wine, hors d’oeuvres, top-hat raffle and silent auction gift baskets filled with terrific items.
Delores Berish was voted by Barton Center members as the 2010 Barton Center ‘Sweetheart,’ or Volunteer of the Year. She was honored at a dinner held recently to recognize her many years of volunteer service at Barton Community Center. This was the 36th annual ceremony held to recognize Barton Center volunteers and was attended by 100 members, including 12 previous award recipients.
The Lakewood Senior Center, 16024 Madison will replace the Lakewood Main Library as the AARP Tax-Aide Site. The Tax-Aide program is staffed by volunteers who assist taxpayers free of charge with low and moderate income with special attention to those age 60 and older. Last year these volunteers electronically filed over 500 tax returns.
Tax help is by appointment Monday and Tuesday afternoons from February 1 through April 15. To make an appointment please call 216-521-1515. The volunteers do taxes elsewhere in Lakewood at the library’s Madison Branch, phone 216-228-7428 and at Barton Center, phone 216-221-3400.
On Art Mones 105th birthday (Feb. 7, 2009) Crestmont North Nursing Facility declaired February 7th "Art Mone Day." Back then I tried to determine if Art is the oldest resident living in Lakewood. Now that he'll be 106 on February 7, 2010 I think it's a pretty safe bet, but, I want to be sure, so I am asking LO readers. If you know of anyone born before February 7, 1904 please contact Bonnie Greenberg at Ctrestmont North Nursing Facility at 216 228 9550. THANKS!
You might have read a recent article from the LO Nov. 4th issue titled, "5 Couples Celebrate 266 Years of Marriage". The second-longest married couple, Betty and Don Wilson, received two special gifts from their daughter, Mary, on their 64th wedding anniversary in September. One was a DVD with pictures of the highlights of the couples lives together (including them as teen-agers, wedding pictures and pictures of Don in his Air Force uniform) set to music from their era. The other anniversary gift was a beautiful, hard-cover, bound 8 X 10 inch book with more pictures of the couple and their family thru the years. Both precious gifts took on new meanings to Don and his children when Betty passed away last week. Now Don (who resides at Crestmont North Nursing Facility) is able to view the DVD of him and his beloved wife and children on a big screen TV, and he can look thru his hardcover "Love Story" and reminisce about the love of his life as he treasures the memories of their "Happily Ever After" at any hour of the day or night.
Lakewood Department of Human Services/Division of Aging Nutrition Programs Providing Nourishment to Senior Residents, Body and Soul
As I watched Lakewood residents stream into the senior center, there was an unmistakable sense of community not only among the residents but also the volunteers and staff. People were coming together over meals provided by the Division of Aging. While observing their interactions with one another, it is obvious that residents are not simply receiving a meal; they are building relationships and staying connected to their community. It’s hard to say whether it was the smiles on their faces or the strong sense of fraternity within the center, but one thing is certain about the meal program; it has a positive affect on everyone it touches.
The Barton Community Center will hold its Barter and Buy Bonanza on Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Over two dozen vendors will be selling new and used household items, including Tupperware and Mary Kay products. In addition, Barton Center’s craft and resale shops will be open. The Snack Bar will serve lunch (hot dogs, pizza, potato salad, and deserts) from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Barton Center is located on the ground floor of the Westerly Apartments at 14300 Detroit Ave.
The Barton Community Center will hold its 3rd Annual Wine and Cheese fundraiser on Thursday, May 21 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Over 100 attended last year’s event and this one promises to be even bigger and better. This indoor/outdoor event is entitled “In Bloom” and will be held in Barton Center’s beautifully landscaped outdoor Courtyard, and in the adjacent indoor Rotunda and Greenhouse. Festivities will include wine, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and a top-hat raffle for gift baskets filled with terrific items.
By Rachel Harwood
Volunteerism is alive and well in the city of Lakewood. Of the multitudes who serve this community, few are more appreciated than the Home-Delivered-Meals volunteers working with the Lakewood Department of Human Services, Division of Aging. Coming from all walks of life, they are united in their desire to provide a hot meal and a friendly smile to Lakewood's vulnerable elderly. From the retired who are wanting to make productive use of their time, to the young moms who are wanting to teach volunteerism to their children, to the business people who are willing to take time out during their day, they are all working together to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Anna Ford, nutrition Supervisor for the Division of Aging states that she is proud to work alongside a team of such committed people. "These volunteers exemplify the community's willingness to care for each other."
The Barton Community Center will hold its 2nd Annual Wine and Cheese fundraiser on Thursday, May 22 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Over 100 attended last year’s event and this one promises to be even bigger and better. This indoor/outdoor event is entitled “In Bloom” and will be held at Barton Center’s beautifully landscaped outdoor Courtyard and Flower Garden, and in the adjacent indoor Rotunda and Greenhouse. Entertainment will be provided by the Barton Center Jazz Trio. Festivities will include a top-hat raffle with gift baskets filled with terrific items...