Home Times Monthly A newsletter for Pond Home residents with all the news that’s fit to print August 2015 volume 100 To My Dear Residents; Last month many of you got into the fun and dramatic activity of being part of Pond Home’s Lip Dub. We will be having the first public viewing of our collective effort on Wednesday, August 5th at 4:00pm in the living room. Hope you can join us for the fun. I think you will find the production to be entertaining and laughable, as you see residents, employees, volunteers, and family members playing it up for the camera. Our videographer, Brian Kibbee will be joining us. Brian is pictured to the right with Activity Director Fran Gonclaves (in one of her costumes for the lip dup). He is a 2015 Milford High School graduate who will be heading off to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona in late August. He plans to study Business and minor in Videography. Those of you who got to know him during our days of filming know he is a nice respectful young man. In addition to his skills behind the camera he also broke the school’s record for high jump this year! It was a new experience working with our population, as his last production was with high school students and staff, but he really enjoyed it. Hope you will come enjoy the show! Thanks for reading, Becky Annis, Administrator Resident Spotlight This month’s spotlighted resident is James Meranda, better known as Jim or Jimmy. He has lived 69 of his 74 years in Norwood where he was born. His mom and dad lived in South Boston, but his mother was from Norwood and wanted “the old time doctor” to deliver her baby when the time came, so he was born in Norwood, but lived in South Boston. When he was five they moved to Norwood in his mother’s parents’ home. He was their only child and this is the home he remained in until moving to Pond Home in May of this year. He attended Norwood public schools and graduated from Norfolk County Agricultural High School where he studied horticulture in 1962. He did postgraduate work to learn greenhouse management. He worked at Wayside Flower Shop in Walpole on the greenhouse side, until it closed in 1989. He then went to work for Shaw’s in Norwood, which was later Victory. He retired in 2003. His father passed away in 1989 and his mother in 1997. He managed all of the maintenance of the home inside and out until last winter, when he found it to be too much. Jimmy has been a long time parishioner of St. Catherine of Sienna church in Norwood, and a dedicated member of Norwood’s Knights of Columbus. For many years he was the Inside Guard for his K of C chapter. He enjoyed bowling with the Knights’ team. He also enjoyed participating in all of their events, which included fund raisers and community events. He has always enjoyed gardening and has great plans to help us with our standing gardens next year. He used to have a large vegetable garden. He keeps up on local news using his computer. He has three first cousins who live in Delaware, Sheila, Maureen, and Kathy. They all keep in touch with him and visit annually. He makes annual trips to Delaware as well. His second cousin Ann lives in Norwood, in the house next to the one he just sold. He enjoys participating in the activities at Pond Home and always having ready company. We are happy to have his positive and friendly presence here at Pond Home and look forward to tapping his gardening skills. Employee Spotlight This month’s highlighted employee is Maria Kelly Perez. She has worked at Pond Home as a Certified Nursing Assistant since September 2011. This is her second time at Pond Home as she had worked here in 2009-2010. She was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She is one of nine children, having four brothers and four sisters. Two brothers still live in the Dominican Republic, one brother lives in New York, one sister lives in Florida, two sisters and a brother live in Puerto Rico, and finally her twin sister Martha lives close by in Massachusetts, and works at Pond Home as a per diem CNA. She first came to the United States in 1996 to help and visit Martha when she had her first baby, Maria’s niece. She stayed for three months on that visit then returned to the Dominican Republic. In 1998 she made a second visit to help Martha with her second child, this time a boy. While visiting in Massachusetts she and Martha went to church. On that visit she met Hector Perez, who would later become her husband. They dated long distance for two years, getting engaged on the day of her nephew’s christening. Two years later they married and remain happily so! They live in Taunton along with their two cats. The female cat is named Sacha and the male named Chicharito. Chicharito got his name because once when Maria and Hector were watching soccer on television the cat got in front of the TV while the Mexican National Team player Javier Hernandez, who is nicknamed Chicharito was playing. In Mexican Spanish Chicharito means Little Pea! Maria likes to take a walk each morning and go to church. She loves to sing for the Lord. She also likes Pond Home. She says it is the best place she has ever worked. The staff and residents are all nice and the home has a good work environment. She enjoys everyday here and is glad to be part of the Pond Home family. We are glad to have her with us as well. August Birthday Be sure to wish these residents a happy birthday: 7th ~ Shirley Valukis 10th ~ Donald Brennan 14th ~ Carolyn Huyett 22nd ~ Jane Connelly 30th ~ Lucia Santini Activity Highlights for August On the 4th the ice cream truck will be making another visit to Blooming Corner at 3:00pm As previously promoted, on the 5th at 4pm our first public viewing of the Pond Home Lip Dub On the 6th Protestant Church Services will be held at 10:00am Also on the 6th at 11:00am we will head to Sweat Beach for the Senior Center picnic, always a popular event On the 11th at 2:00pm Jessica, our intern will be doing Creative Workshop in the Craft Room Come experience Healing Horses at 11:00am in the front yard (under a shady tree on the 12th On the 13th Poetry with Fran Witham at 11am Catholic Mass will take place at 10:30 in the living room on the 17th On the 18th Arm chair travel will head to Italy with intern from Italy at 2:00 in the living room On the 20th we will have a Resident Art exhibit displaying art that was made by the residents with the intern Jessica Resident Council will take place on the 20th. Please join the meeting and share what you love about Pond Home as well as what we can do to make things even better. On the 21st join us in saying farewell to intern Jessica who has been with us all summer On the 25th Doug Robinson entertains at 2:00 in the living room We will be celebrating Maine on the 28th of the month – think lobsters and blueberries! On the 29th Flower arranging will take place at 3:00pm Sunflowers & Pumpkins Maintenance staff person Charlie Whitmarsh told me to remind everyone to keep an eye out in the back of the building near the garage. He planted a small crop of sunflowers that are doing well. They are a pretty sight to see. The pumpkins he planted, which other years have produced pretty pumpkins for our front porch are, unfortunately, not fairing as well. You are cordially invited to the first public viewing of Pond Home’s Lip Dub Wednesday, August 5, 2015 4:00pm In the living room Please come prepared to giggle!