Pikesville Senior Center hosted a delightful Sunday afternoon with beautiful voiced Dr. Steve Glasser, singing many Gershwin favorites. Consequently, Dr. Glasser titled this afternoon, "Glasser does Gershwin!"
Interestingly, prior to his singing every melody, Dr. Glasser gave everyone a brief synopsis about the song. Many of the songs he beautifully sang, he encouraged audience participation that everyone immensely enjoyed.
Historically, Gershwin wrote many popular Broadway musicals in the 1920s and his brother, Ira wrote the lyrics that were so very popular for many, many years. Many Gershwin classic songs remain popular today!
Unfortunately George died at a very young age, in his late 30s. Ira lived until his late 80s.
Over 100 musically inclined men and women enjoyed Dr. Steve Glasser's beautiful renditions of Gershwin! Dr. Fred Minger was his very talented piano accompanist, assisted by helpful Hinda Caplan, pianist page turner for Glasser's former and current pianists. Hinda has been part of Glasser's musical trio for many years!
Blanche and Sid Katz were chair people for this very successful and delightful event.
At the time of this fab musical afternoon, officers of Pikesville Senior Center included Estelle Roll, president; Dorothy Allen, 1st vice president; Shirley Rhone, 2nd vice president; Vicki Becker, recording secretary; Fran Weinstein, corresponding secretary; Sandy Weinstein, treasurer; Jerry Fineblum, 1st assistant treasurer; Blanche Katz, sergeant at arms; Sam Rubin, advocate; Sid Katz, Linda Okimoto, Carolyn Noel, Leonard Weis, members at large.
Judy Finifter is director of the Pikesville Senior Center; Karen Bowling, assistant director; Amy Finglas, center connection; Wanda Fletcher, Betty McNeill, Rita Young, senior aides; Marilyn Axman, community outreach; Alice Golder, Home Team. Amy Fingler was event fotog.
Amongst the 100 delighted attendees in addition to above named leadership and staff, Myrna and Malcolm Sears, Joyce and George Goodman, Beverly Rifkin, Linda Zuskin, Deborah Blank, Michelle Tuerk, Lorraine Fisher, Elaine Polansky and many more guests too numerable to list. Everyone immensely enjoyed Dr. Glasser singing the many beautiful Gershwin songs.
Prior to the wonderful musical Gershwin entertainment by Dr. Steve Glasser, Congressman John Sarbanes updated and distributed literature to everyone regarding Medicare and Social Security.
Congressman Sarbanes commented the health insurance reform law is strengthening Medicare and benefiting our seniors in several critical ways:
Lowered Prescription Drug Costs
This year the dreaded "donut hole" in the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan began to close, saving seniors an average of $603, according to the Associated Press. In addition, seniors in the donut hole received a 50 percent discount on brand-name drugs and a 7 percent discount on generics.
Enhanced Preventive Care
Seniors no longer have to pay co-pays and deductibles for key aspects of preventive care, including annual wellness visits, mammogram screening, colonoscopy and glaucoma screening.
Improved Reimbursement for Primary Care
Physicians who provide primary and geriatric care got a 10 percent increase for these services that will lead to better care for patients.
There are also two very important updates to Social Security and Medicare:
Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
Beginning in 2012, seniors will get a 3.6 percent COLA. This is the first increase since 2009. Congressman Sarbanes has co-sponsored legislation that would restructure the COLA to better reflect seniors' costs.
Affordable Medicare Part B Premiums
Medicare Part B premiums for seniors will be limited to an increase of only $3.50 instead of the $10.20 that was original ly projected.
Also part of the information sheet Congressman Sarbanes distributed:
Rejected was the Ryan Budget: Democrats defeated the Ryan budget, that would have significantly increased out-of-packet expenses for seniors and dismantled Medicare for future generations.
Protected Retirement Benefits: Failure of the deficit reduction committee, known informally as the "Super Committee," resulted in automatic, across-the-board spending cuts beginning in January 2013. However, retirement benefits like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid (which covers the cost of nursing home care) were exempted from automatic cuts.
Physician Payments: One of the reasons Sarbanes voted against the Budget Control Act was because he was very concerned that it cuts payments to Medicare providers by 2 percent per year. The Medicare payment system is clearly broken and the cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act will make the problem worse. We should replace the current system with one that promotes efficiency, quality and value and ensures access to medical services for Medicare beneficiaries.
Very interesting! Thought my readership would like to read the above "Update on Medicare and Social Security" message from Congressman John Sarbanes.
Lifecycle simcha celebrations
A very happy and a few belated birthday greetings to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and community celebrating 30-something, more or less. Also a sprinkling of kids, tween/teens and seniors (recycled teenagers):
Howard Cardin, Sy Goldstein, Rabbi Bradd Boxman, Jeffrey Tapper, Barb Tapper, Faye Adler, Sally Rosenfeld, Robert Russel, Buddy Monfred, Joan Allen, Sandie Nagel, Fran Seltzer, Howard Heneson, Brian Jeffers, Sue Sirkis, Ilene Mackler, Dr. Jerry Steiner, Michael Cohen, June Berger, Marlene Pollack, Rachel Beser, Steve Reamer, Norman Miller, Pamala Ryan.
Also twins, Jerry and Mort Esterson. Plus Joe Cooper, Marvin Spector, Barry Narlines, Stuart Braunstein, Bev (Bubbles) Venick, Judy Sigman, Larry Kamenetz, Sue Green, Lauren Kurland, Mitch Cornblatt, Rob Rody, Eileen Miller, Pauline Chapin and Judy Chircus.
Happy kids birthdays to Abi Hawtof, Alyssa and Justin Alperstein, Jared Rosenberg.
Happy, happy birthday to each and every-one and those celebrating birthdays not listed!
Hope you all enjoyed oodles of ice cream, cake and goodies. Especially the goodies! Yes, the goodies!
Alanna Richmond to Phil Caplan
Rebekah Usatin to Jeffrey Marks
Welcome to an adorable, handsome, precious bundle of joy:
A son, Adam, to Rachael and Dave Barnett
Mazel Tov to the Barnett family! Enjoy with oodles of hugs and kisses!
A whopper (platinum) 71st anniversary to lovebirds Fran and Milt Gimbel. Also a whopper (platinum) 70th anniversary to another set of lovebirds Reba and Aaron (Whitey) Schwartz.
More lovebirds, celebrating a gorgeous (diamond plus, plus) 64th anniversary are Lorraine and Bernie Schlossberg. Sweethearts Judy and Mel Feldman are celebrating a gorgeous (diamond) 60th anniversary.
WOW! A 71st, a 70th a 64th and a 60th anniversary! Fantabulous!
We all wish Fran and Milt, Reba and Aaron, Lorraine and Bernie, Judy and Mel, many, many more wonderful anniversary celebrations with good health and happiness! Yes!
A fab 58th anniversary Cookie and Frank Billitz. A wonderful 56th anniversary Dr. and Mrs. Herb Kronthal, Shirley and Irv Simon. Celebrating a beautiful (emerald) 55th anniversary Irene and Rob Palter, Beverly and Sam Penn. A wonderful 53rd anniversary Janet and Dr. Gil Feinberg. An equally wonderful 52nd anniversary Phyllis and Bernie Isaacson. Celebrating their 51st anniversary are Zondra and Steve Quartner, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Golden. Ringing in their (golden) big 5-0 half century anniversary are Miriam and Stan Charlow, Roslyn and Henry Foxman.
An enjoyable 49th anniversary Dr. Carolyn and Steve Susel, Micki and Dr. Ed Sibel.
A lovely (sapphire) 45th anniversary Marsha and Barry Friedman. An enjoyable 43rd anniversary Alita and Ron Millen. A pretty (ruby) 40th anniversary Wendy and Steve Rosen, Estelle and Rob Harris.
A pretty (coral) 35th anniversary Gail and Dr. Stanley Friedler, Eleanor and Gary Sorock, Deb and Richard Edlow. A wonderful 34th anniversary Jean and Dr. Mark Brenner. Celebrating an attractive (pearl) 30th anniversary are Fran and Jeffrey Rosensweig.
A fab 28th anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Steinberg. An equally fab 27th anniversary Judy and Judge Michael Finifter. Celebrating their (silver) 25th quarter century anniversary are Joy and Brian Stein, Mr. and Mrs. Ron Soffer. An enjoyable 24th anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Allan Jablon. A great 23rd anniversary Bonnie and John DeSantis. A very happy 20th anniversary Stacey and Rob Mazer, Linda and Jim Lowitz.
A wonderful 19th anniversary Cantor Kimberly and Dr. Mark Komrad. A great 16th anniversary Brenda Mandel and Lou Frock, Michelle and Eric Yospe. A beautiful (crystal) 15th anniversary Jill and Jeffrey Silverman. A wonderful 14th anniversary Michelle and Dr. Ken Tepper. An enjoyable 11th anniversary Laura and Jimmy Rosenfield, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Samay.
Happy anniversary also Karen and Jim Bowling, Myra and Buzzy Hettleman.
Happy anniversary to all of the above and to those celebrating anniversaries not listed! May you all enjoy many, many more wonderful anniversary simchas! L'Chaim!
Shannon and Taylor Stern, tween/teen, young adult and under-30 social columnists
Mazel Tov Laura Denick.
Mazel Tov Matthew Rozga.
Happy young adult birthdays to Jenn Wienner, Jake Rosenbaum and Jeffrey Rosen.
Happy 20-something and under-30 birthday Marc Reamer.
Happy birthday to all the double-digit, Bat and Bar Mitzvah celebrants, young adult and 20-something and under-30 birthday celebrants not listed!
Happy milestone birthdays all!
Shabbat candle-lighting time, Friday evening, June 22, is 8:19 p.m.
Have and enjoy a terrific week everyone! Yes, everyone!