Witches of Collington

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

The weird and wonderful witches of Collington were out in force at the end of October to cast good spells for the many children of our staff members who came to play games, collect candies, parade their costumes and enchant our residents.   For privacy reasons we don’t post pictures of these children, but they were all as cute as can be.  And, thanks to those good witches, they didn’t find the two skeletons and other scary things behind the auditorium curtains too frightening.  

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.

A Few of the December Collington Events…

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

December is one of our community’s busiest months.  In the past handful of days, for instance, we’ve had the following three memorable events:

A Taste of the Holidays – a special event put on by Kim Rivers, our Vitalize 360 coach, the Culinary Services team and Corinne Pearce, our dietician.

The purpose was to present residents with healthy options for party food for the holidays.  In addition to a range of foods and a punch drink, there were talks and printed information and some useful recipes.  Some 60 – 70 residents attended.

Here are Kim, Corinne, and three of the ‘healthy nibbles’: endives with walnuts and blue cheese, crispy spiced chickpeas and a Margherita Flatbread from the Landing.

A Talk about a Lovely Boat Collection

 Sue Regen talked to a group of about 30 residents about the charming collection of boats from around the world that she and her husband Rich and their families had collected over the years.  This collection has been delighting viewers for many weeks now.

Here are Sue, Rich, and a tiny part of their collection.

 

 

 

MaCCRA Meeting with Collington’s Local Government Representatives

 Lorrie Rogers, Collington’s MCCRA leader, organized this meeting, introducing our four representatives.  They are State Senator Joann Benson, and State Representatives Erek Barron, Jazz Lewis and Andrea Harrison, shown below.

Each representative spoke about their priorities for the coming session, and answered audience questions.  The newest representative, Andrea Harrison said the least, stressing that she was on a learning curve and would have to read bills and talk to others before making pronouncements.  All the others shared progressive agendas, with plans to try to craft bills and win support for all of the following:

  • tackling the unreasonably steep rise in the cost of some prescription drugs
  • Education funding, especially for school construction and maintenance
  • Cutting health care costs, by e.g. cutting out middlemen, and advocating for a State-wide individual mandate for the Affordable Care Act.
  • Making a dent in opioid addiction, by e.g. strengthening the legal uses of the existing database on overdoses
  • Treating substance abuse in jail, seeking to build on a successful project underway in Rhode Island
  • Making major changes to the juvenile justice system in Maryland
  • Reducing the use of solitary confinement in prison in place of mental health treatment
  • Making efforts to reduce drunk driving in Maryland by strengthening the existing NOAH program
  • Providing tax incentives to lure one or more grocery stores to the ‘food desert’ in the part of the country inside the Beltway.
  • Capping the premiums on long term care insurance policies.

This was a lively and informative meeting, with much goodwill between audience and speakers.  Thanks to Lorrie Rogers, this was the third visit to Collington of this group, which augers well for future good relations with our representatives.