Senior Center News: Dec. 31

New face at the senior center

Deborah Wolyniec began work last month as the new administrative assistant in the Social Services Department, replacing Sharon Powers who retired in June. Deborah (Debbie) earned an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor’s in business administration from Western Connecticut State University.

She has spent most of her professional career working as a registered respiratory therapist at Danbury Hospital where she treated pulmonary patients from newborn through adult. This position included rotations through the hospital’s intensive care units, neonatal unit, and all medical and surgical floors. Debbie also has experience in home care and in a skilled nursing facility.

In 2012, Debbie decided to move from the clinical setting to the offices of the American Cancer Society in Norwalk. As office event coordinator, she scheduled American Cancer Society programs, performed general administrative office work, and provided comprehensive administrative support for galas and other fund-raisers. After many years working with the public, Debbie is happy to be serving the Town of Wilton Social Services Department and the senior center.  She enjoys helping others and meeting new people.

Debbie’s new responsibilities include reception, clerical and administrative work for Social Services and the senior center, greeting visitors, providing information to walk-in clients, and assisting with access to the food pantry. She will also help with the Back to School programs, Thanksgiving baskets, and holiday gift giving; perform processing tasks associated with state- and community-based entitlement programs; and support senior center activities.

A resident of Ridgefield, Debbie is the mother of Corinne and Walter who are attending college. She enjoys reading, watching musicals and movies, taking walks, and traveling in New England and the Northeast. When asked about her initial impressions of her Wilton position, Debbie replied, “I am impressed by the extensive range of services available to qualifying Wilton residents provided by Social Services and the programs available through the senior center. I am also impressed by the support the department receives from town residents and local businesses for both the food pantry and the holiday programs.”

Debbie’s hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 to 4:30.

Play reading

Play reading takes place in the Senior Center Lounge Monday, Jan. 4, at 12:30. Andrea Ragusa will lead the group in a reading of All My Sons, by Arthur Miller. Based on a true story, it reveals how the Wright Corporation conspired with army inspectors to approve defective aircraft engines for military use. The play’s tragic hero is haunted by his actions as his lies and life unravel.

Copies of the play are available in the Senior Center Lounge. Call 203-834-6240 to register.

Introduction to bridge

This class is for the person who would like to learn how to play bridge, not someone brushing up! Dan DeVlieg will teach you this entertaining and mentally demanding game by having you actually play the game. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 12, 1 to 3, $95 for the 10-week series. Sign up at 203-834-6240. Class size is limited.

Begin the year stress free

Come to RVNA for a free Lunch n’ Learn on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at noon. Deanne Mincer, spiritual and yoga teacher, will share tools and techniques to reduce stress, including movement, self-massage, guided imagery, and positive affirmations.

Weather policy

When in doubt, call 203-834-6240 after 7 a.m. and listen to the recording for information regarding that day’s activities at the senior center.  We do not follow the public school closings.

Coming events

For the week of Jan. 1:

Friday, Jan. 1, New Year’s Day, Senior Center Closed.

Monday, Jan. 4, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Ajauro; 12:30, Play Reading with Andrea Ragusa; 1, Bridge.

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 9, PEO Meeting; 10, Acrylics and Oil with Althea Ericcson; 10, Choosing and Electric Supplier; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn;  12, Garden Club lunch and activity; 12:30, Five Crowns with Nerina Klobas.

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10, Comstock Writers with Magdalen Livesey; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 12, Beginning the Year Stress Free at the Ridgefield VNA; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Jan 7, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11-12, Blood Pressure Screening; 12, Bingo.

In the course of the renovation project, individual rooms in the senior center and social services wing of the building may, from time to time, become unavailable for public use.  All senior programs and the room assignments will be posted at or on the entrance doors. We appreciate your understanding and patience.