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COA tries to keep seniors engaged

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

There’s no question that, from a physical standpoint, COVID-19 hit the senior population the hardest. Unfortunately, with people being hesitant to visit their grandparents, seniors being hesitant to leave their homes knowing how hard it hits them, and the unfortunate reality of Massachusetts having lost...

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Westwood COA celebrates Thanksgiving

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff On Thursday, November 21st, guests arrived at Westwood’s Council on Aging to have their own Thanksgiving feast.  Guests were greeted by the sound of violins playing as they entered the room and picked their spots at tables. Friends, gathered together for the last time before the holiday, talked about their...
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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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COA hosts St. Patrick’s lunch

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff There were no leprechauns to be found during Westwood’s Council on Aging‘s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. However, there was plenty of green. A sea of shamrock green filled the room to the brim - green sweaters, t-shirts, scarves, hats, pants, and ties. Some had bouncy shamrocks that moved every...
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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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Westwood embraces renovated senior center

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By Maria Makredes Hometown Weekly Correspondent On the morning of August 24, Westwood residents gathered to celebrate recently completed renovations to the Patricia Carty-Larkin Senior Center, named for the predecessor to current Director of the Council on Aging, Lina Arena-DeRosa. Arena-DeRosa has held the post of director for five years, the length of time it...
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Seniors enjoy COA BBQ

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By Daniel Curtin Hometown Weekly Reporter The Council on Aging kicked off the summer with a barbecue last Wednesday at the Senior Center in Westwood. This is the fifth year in which the barbecue luncheon has taken place at the center. The food and entertainment were provided by the The Ellis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center,...
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COA members learn knife skills

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Have you ever watched chefs on Food Network chop a vegetable in the blink of an eye? It may seem like a job that only a professional chef could achieve, but Westwood and Dover’s Councils on Aging (COA) were determined to prove that anybody could possess the knife skills...
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Westwood’s Philbin is town’s energy man

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By Linda Thomas Hometown Weekly Correspondent There was a time not too long ago when there were lights at the library that didn’t work. Streets weren’t always as bright as they are now. The town was burning money on outdated technology and inefficient energy systems. Then, Tom Philbin came along. Philbin, a New York City native with...
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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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COA hosts a holly, jolly holiday party

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter We’re reminded, especially during the holiday season, that each day is a gift. It is true, though, that some days feel a little more special than others. For members of the Westwood community, the Westwood Council on Aging (COA) director, Lina Arena-DeRosa, ensures that these special days occur at least once...
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Local seniors go Italian at Powisset

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Making fresh pasta and pasta sauce may seem like a daunting task, but Meg Tallon at Powisset Farm worked alongside members of the Dover and Westwood Councils on Aging to prove that a homemade Italian meal is actually quite simple. With recipes for a garlicky kale salad, fresh pasta, a...
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Local seniors go Italian at Powisset

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Making fresh pasta and pasta sauce may seem like a daunting task, but Meg Tallon at Powisset Farm worked alongside members of the Dover and Westwood Councils on Aging to prove that a homemade Italian meal is actually quite simple. [caption id="attachment_23332" align="alignleft" width="400"]Meg Tallon... 			
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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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Westwood COA celebrates 50 years

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter Lina Arena-DeRosa, Director of the Westwood Council on Aging, never does anything small. When the Patriots won the Super Bowl, she put together an impromptu celebration party to watch the parade in Boston and sit with friends eating hamburgers and potato salad. Opening day for the Red Sox was...
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Westwood COA kicks off summer

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By Christina Perrone Hometown Weekly Intern “It’s so satisfying when I can make a difference in a senior’s life,” said Karen Segreve, the Outreach Counselor at the Westwood Council on Aging (COA). On Tuesday June 13, the Westwood COA had its fourth annual summer barbecue. Despite the 90-degree weather, many seniors turned out to attend...
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Farm hosts seniors for French cooking

By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter The Westwood Council on Aging (COA) provides more events for their members than many of them know what to do with. Not only do they offer exercise classes, painting courses, and weekend excursions, but they have recently begun to partner with Powisset Farm to offer cooking classes, as well. The first...
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