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COA responds to pandemic demands

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

The Westwood Senior Center closed its doors in March as the pandemic was sweeping the nation. Since then, staff members have been trying to provide seniors with entertainment and assistance as they safely remain in their homes. The Westwood Council on Aging (COA) team has...

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Senior Center Closed through June

The Westwood Council on Aging has announced that the Patricia Carty-Larkin Senior Center will continue to be closed through June. Additionally, all special programs, trips, and events have been cancelled during the summer months.

While it is disappointing that the senior center will remain closed for the time being, seniors...

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Westwood COA celebrates Valentine’s Day

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Every year, it’s the same: Valentine's Day comes around and couples wrangle with the best way to celebrate. For visitors at the Westwood Council on Aging, though, there was an easy option: the annual Valentine’s Day party. The Patricia Carty-Larkin Senior Center has become famous for its festive holiday...
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Spotlight learns fire safety

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff On Thursday October 3, the Westwood Council on Aging received a visit from some very special guests. The guests had been invited by Community Spotlight, a new group in Westwood formed to help understand the community and what it has to offer residents. Attendees at this Spotlight session -...
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COA cooks at Powisset Farm

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Visitors from the Westwood Council on Aging visited Powisset Farm on Thursday, September 26, to learn all about cooking with herbs during a class taught by Didi Emmons. Emmons is a professional chef who has founded four successful restaurants. She is also the author of several books, including...
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Seligman shoots down myths about Hickok

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Monday afternoon, April 29, Dan Seligman gave a presentation to the Westwood Council on Aging that tried to find the truth among the myths and legends of the legendary American gunslinger Wild Bill Hickok. Seligman explained that far before Hollywood, dime store novels that were “written by...
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WHS Sophomores pitch in for seniors

A number of Westwood High students, teachers, and staff took part in a project last month to clean up the yards of some local senior citizens. The effort, spearheaded by the sophomore class, is part of a multi-year effort to help the community. The class of ’21 first conceived of the project as freshmen and...
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COA hosts holiday luncheon

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By Alex Oliveira Hometown Weekly Reporter The Westwood Council on Aging hosted their annual Holiday Luncheon this past Wednesday at the NorFolk Golf Club. With light streaming in off the fairways and across the packed dining room, 135 senior members of the Westwood community, town representatives, the police department and the North Pole enjoyed a...
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Council on Aging hosts Halloween party

By Robby McKittrick Hometown Weekly Reporter On Tuesday, October 30, the Westwood Council on Aging hosted its annual Halloween party for the seniors in the community. Around 80 residents, many of whom were dressed up in the holiday spirit, visited the community center to enjoy live music, great food, and socializing with friends for the holiday. The room was...
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Women’s choir harmonizes the Center

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Wednesday mornings at the Westwood Council on Aging are relatively quiet. Usually, an exercise class will meet and SHINE counselors make themselves available to those with appointments. But there’s one group that truly animates the Center through the power of music. Though they don’t yet have a name, the...
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COA celebrates Valentine’s Day

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Tucked between Thurston Middle School and Westwood High School is the Westwood Council on Aging. Though it may be small in comparison to the two buildings that sandwich it, the senior center puts on some huge events, like the annual Valentine’s Day party last Wednesday. In the center’s multi-purpose room,...
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Community spreads ‘Messages of Hope’

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter The World Health Organization estimates more than 300 million people suffer from depression. Depression doesn’t target any particular group; any person of any age of any race can be affected, but still, there is a social stigma surrounding mental illnesses. To help eradicate the stigma and support those – particularly...
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The art of appreciation

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter A group of seniors sat around the conference table at the Westwood Council on Aging, each studying a handout with three different photographs printed on it. On the left side of the page was a photo of Donatello’s bronze sculpture of David, who stood with a feminine build, a...
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COA aims to be brain fit

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter From childhood, we’re taught to be kind to our bodies. Eat all your vegetables to nourish your body. Get enough sleep at night for your body to grow. Spend time exercising every day to stay fit and strong. But as we age, we must also continue these practices to...
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WWC hosting ‘Carpe Diem’ presentation

On Thursday, January 18, at 1:30 p.m. at the COA, teacher Dr. Ted Zarrow will present an afternoon of classroom innovation on the ancient Latin language. Dr. Zarrow teachers at Westwood High School. Guests are welcome....
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Westwood Woman’s Club celebrating Christmas early

The Westwood Woman's Club (WWC) will meet on Thursday, December 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the at the Westwood Council on Aging. The COA choir will perform, led by Director Carol Abel. Peg Looughnane at the piano will accompany a group sing-along. Members and their guests are asked to join in the toy drive for...
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Bridges by EPOCH sponsors Thanksgiving lunch for seniors

On November 16, the Westwood Council on Aging hosted their annual Thanksgiving luncheon, complete with a full turkey dinner sponsored by Bridges by EPOCH. “We care for people with memory impairment, but really we’re all about family,” said Paul Jones, of Bridges by EPOCH, a senior care provider with a facility in Westwood. “We want to...
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A luncheon to be thankful for

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter The Westwood Council on Aging does quite a bit for their members. From exercise classes to knitting groups to lifestyle discussions, the COA provides seniors with countless opportunities to stimulate the mind, body, and spirit. There’s one program, though, that the seniors enjoy most, and that’s the monthly party....
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Seniors enjoy a COA Halloween treat

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Halloween costumes are certainly not only for trick-or-treating children. The wise seniors of Westwood’s Council on Aging know that, and proved that people of any age can join in on the celebration of costumes and candy at their annual Halloween party. [caption id="attachment_22694" align="alignright" width="400"]Enjoying drinks and... 			
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Seniors collaboratively cook at Powisset Farm

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Sweet and savory aromas filled the Powisset Farm test kitchen on Thursday, October 26, as members of both the Westwood and Dover Council on Aging joined Chef Didi Emmons in making a three-course meal with delicious fruits and vegetables. Didi, who has published several vegetarian cookbooks, prepared an afternoon with...
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