Library Committee Shows Off New Bookcases

Contributed by Julia Freeman

Thanks to a grant from the Collington Foundation, the old Biography Room in the library has been transformed to the the Biography Room and More with the purchase of all new bookshelves for the room. The room will be one of the featured projects in the Celebration of Giving hosted by the Collington Foundation on Wednesday, October 16, from 2-4 PM.

The old bookshelves were largely in disrepair. With a team effort by library committee members, a grant application for new bookcases was written. After the grant was awarded, new bookcases were ordered, the books in the room were packed and stored, the room painted, and the carpet cleaned.  The new bookcases arrived on September 12 and were installed by the store, Room and Board. Barbara Fairchild, chair of the Library Committee, organized committee member volunteers to unpack the books and place them in the new bookshelves. The room was ready on September 26th.

The new bookcases have offered a big bonus. Because they are sturdy and actually accommodate the books, there is now much more space for books. Some of the small collections from the main library room have been added to the room, hence the new name Biography Room and More. The new bookcase project is now complete. However, the space made available in the main room is leading to changes in where various collections are housed – a work in progress.

Barbara Fairchild acknowledges the special help of many members: John and Helen Hindinger and Dorothy and John Barker for measuring the room initially, determining the optimal size and arrangement for new bookcases, and obtaining the cost quotation from Room and Board; Bill and Nancy Lively for packing the books for storage; Dick Garrison for adding all the shelves to the bookcases; Jessica Milstead for labels for the re-located collection; Pat Johns for the signage outside the room entrance; for all the many people who helped re-locate the small collections to the room and other areas of the Library and to Julia Freeman for writing the grant and report. Rob Reigle, Assistant Director of Facilities, arranged to have the boxes stored. He also had the old bookcases removed, the carpet cleaned, and the walls painted.

Sen. Van Hollen and AG Frosh on Consumer Protection at MaCCRA’s Annual Meeting

Submitted by Lorrie Rogers and Lois Brown

Don’t get hooked by scams was the message U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh brought to Collington on June 17, 2019.

After the short business meeting, the US Senator and Md Attorney General spoke to a packed auditorium about the wide variety of scams arriving daily on our phones and in our in-boxes.   Most importantly they discussed measures we can take to avoid being hooked by them.  We’ve all heard the advice of “Just hang up”, and “Don’t click on links,” but the one that took most people by surprise was that we should not only freeze our own credit, but advise our children to freeze theirs and that of our grandchildren.  Scammers are ruining the credit of minor children, which often is not discovered until they become adults.
Delegate Erek Barron was also in the audience and got a shout-out from the Senator and AG.

Following the Q&A period, the staff from the Maryland Consumer Protection Division, Federal Trade Commission, Prince George’s County Area Agency on Aging, and Maryland Relay had tables of brochures and other information and were available to answer questions.

You can view most of the discussion below.

Choir Party – A raffle with a twist!

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

After the success of the “Love and Passion:  Collington Singers Spring Concert”, there was a delightful post-performance party on May 6.

Choir-master Marilyn Haskel had devised a raffle with a twist.  Every attendee was given two raffle tickets.   Helen Lauck picked the lucky winners, but the prizes were funny and clever wordplay on a fancy certificate rather than tangible things to enjoy.  Here are some of what the winners won:

  • You have been selected to join a private cruise aboard the African Queen through the Florida Everglades! Complimentary leeches.  Remember to pack insect repellent.
  • The holder of this certificate may claim a magnum of Verve Cliquot Champagne at the Ivy Lounge (when Yolanda isn’t looking) next to Collington’s premiere dining venue.
  • ou have just won a Russian Sable Jacket worth $20,000! You may pick up your prize in the Collington first floor OO Shop.
  • An all-expenses-paid two-week trip to the fabulous WEGMAN’S RESORT in Maine anytime between May 15–June 15, 2019 during the classic black fly season. Enjoy!
  • Gift Certificate For the man with time on his hands a Rolex Men’s Diamond Watch. Redeemable from any portable street vendor in New York City.   Tell ‘em Vinnie sent you.
  • You have won matching his-and-hers tattoos. Once in a lifetime prize! You must supply your own ink.

And here are Marilyn, Helen and some of the surprised and delighted winners.

Collington Singers Spring 2019 Concert

Contributed by Julia Freeman

Love and Passion was the theme of the Collington Singers Spring Concert May 3, repeated May 4. The singers were ably led by the Music Director, Marily Haskel. Pat Howard as narrator introduced the songs and gave some background. Songs and lyrics were displayed on a screen in lieu of programs.

 

The program was varied as were the folks singing. One program segment was presented by the Small Group Singers.

Another segment by the Bowie Babes – a Barbershop group.

The program included Steve Woodbury on the violin and Ed Robbins on the guitar.

The final song of the evening had a refrain all related to!

“How do I know my youth is all spent! My get up and go has got up and went. But in spite of it all I’m able to grin, and think of the places my get up has been.”

Thanks to all our residents in the Collington Singers for another delightful program!  Well done.

Passover Seder at Collington

Contributed by Marian Fuchs and Joan Zorza

Fifty-four people attended this year’s Seder ceremony – on the same day as Good Friday.  As in previous years, there were more non-Jews than Jews who listened and spoke the words of the Haggadah, telling the story of the escape of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, across the desert to their homeland.  As in previous years, the story has been revised to make it relevant to life today, and to acknowledge its role as a spring festival, welcoming new life after winter.

The Seder was led by Mitchell Naimark, who is the husband of Barbara Naimark, who is in charge of medical records at Collington.   The first half of the occasion involved an explanation of the various symbolic foods in front of each diner – and to celebrating the ‘fruit of the vine’ with either red wine or grape juice.

The main meal was delicious:  matzo ball soup, followed by salmon or brisket served with potato pancakes and asparagus, and followed by generous scoops of raspberry sorbet.

Towards the end of the seder, there is a role for the youngest person present.   This turned out to be a well-dressed little boy who is the grandson of Evelyn Westebbe, a patient in the Creighton Center.  His job is to find some ‘hidden’ matzos, which he did, with the help of his mother.

Special thanks to Stephanie Tolson, Lydia, Taimi Ando, and Chris Ramsey who did a fabulous job cooking scrumptious food, serving it, and quietly cleaning up. Thanks also to Priscilla Lindenauer, Frances Nebesky, Donna Gould, Resa Jascourt and Joan Zorza for planning and organizing the event and putting together the new Haggadah, and to Ana Amaya for coordinating the meal and service with them.