Media & News


JULY, 2017


July 4, Tuesday- Independence Day
The fourth of July has been celebrated for 241 years, the day we declared our independence from the tyrannical reign of King George III. Since Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, it has been a symbol of freedom known worldwide. July 4th is a day to celebrate the freedom to govern ourselves. Even in the midst of sharp political divide, Americans have always known that July 4th unites us, linking the ideals of democracy and citizenship to the patriotic spirit of the day

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. On July 2, the members voted for independence passing a resolution that “these united colonies are, and of right to be free and independent states”. It took the delegates two days to agree on a formal document announcing their actions. Continental Congress President John Hancock and Secretary Charles Thompson signed the rough draft that day. The official signing of the Declaration of Independence took place on August 2, 1776 by the 55 other delegates. It is the greatest secular holiday in the country. Celebrating the day became common only after the War of 1812.
July 4 is the 185 day of the year (186 days in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 180 days remaining until the end of the year. The Aphelion, the point in the year when the Earth is farthest from the sun, occurs around this date.
On July 4, 2017, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia will be symbolically tapped 13 times at 2:00 p.m. This ceremony, honoring the signing of the Declaration of Independence, is a long-standing tradition in the city, but the “Let Freedom Ring” National Bell Ringing Ceremony is observed by people all over the U.S. wherever there are bells to ring.

Calendar of Events-Elyse Feltman

July 2, Sunday – Halfway Point of 2016
Where has the time gone?

July 4, Tuesday – Independence Day, Legal Holiday
Office Closed

U.S.: Let Freedom Ring: National Bell Ringing Ceremony
On July 4, 2017 The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia will be symbolically tapped 13 times at 2:00 p.m. EDST. This ceremony, honoring the signing of the Declaration of Independence, is a long-standing tradition in the city, but the let Freedom Ring-National Bell Ringing Ceremony is observed by people all over the U.S. wherever there are bells to ring and citizens to hear them ringing.

July 5, Wednesday – We’ve Got Rhythm
2:00 Entertainment and desserts

July 6, Thursday – Tenant Association Meeting
2:00 Dining Room

July 7, Friday – Father Daughter Take a Walk Together Day

July 9, Sunday – Full Moon

July 13, Thursday – Lemonade – Under the Trellis

July 20 – Moon Day – The Colonial American full moon names are summer, buck, thunder, hay, and mead moon. The Taos Indian name is sun house moon, and the Wishram Indian name is advance in a body moon.

July 21, Friday – National Junk Food Day
Junk Food once in a while is ok

July 26, Wednesday – Blood Pressure Clinic

July 27, Wednesday – Bugs Bunny’s Birthday, 1940
4:00 Ice Cream Under the Trellis

Updates from the RSC

Who remembers ERIC from the

We are fortunate to have just received a grant that will allow ERIC to come back for more horticulture therapy programs!!!!!
Who’s in???????????????????????
His first program will be held on Monday, July 10th at 1:30 pm. He will begin with an educational program on a plant and then conclude with everyone receiving/growing a plant of their own! There will be a
sign-up sheet on the cork board with space limited to the first
20-25 residents who sign up!


Our plants are growing beautifully so far! Some participants even have veggies that are starting to appear. Our Garden Club officially meets Monday mornings, though many residents spend additional time in the garden courtyard. We’ll be picking our veggies before we know it! Stay tuned.


We now have a MONTHLY Blood Pressure Clinic. Karen is a nurse from Global Horizons Home Care who comes to Federation Homes on the last Wednesday of the month. She will be here on July 26th from
1-2pm in the Meeting Room. PLEASE take care of yourself – stop by and see Karen for a blood pressure check!


Farmer’s Market Coupons will be distributed to all income eligible residents.
Income Guidelines: Single: $22,331
Couple: $30,044
I have everyone’s income information and can let you know if you are eligible. Farmer’s market coupons will be distributed in the Dining Room at 1:00 pm on Thursday, July 6th and Thursday, July 13th.


Just a reminder: Work orders are not scheduled appointments, especially if it’s an emergency. If you want to be home for a non-emergency issue, please be there or maintenance will take care of the issue at the discretion of the property manager! NO ACCEPTIONS.

Please do not stop workers inside or outside the building to ask questions. It interferes with getting the project done. Thank you!

Comments and additions from residents

Anonymous Resident

I am very happy to be here, living independently, and not feeling like a prisoner in my own home. I have a physical disability which makes things more difficult to accomplish; however, I don’t let that stop me. I am able to get out of my apartment with no trouble and take advantage of my safe and beautiful surroundings. My previous apartment had no amenities, and it was difficult for me and my friends to get together socially.
I participate in most activities such as pottery, exercise, stretching & weights, yoga, coloring, walking class, gardening and just enjoying my newfound freedom.
I love the monthly entertainments, especially the singing, while enjoying the ice cream socials and desserts outside in the summer time.
I feel safe, secure, and can count on staff for any needs that I may have. I’ve made a lot of new friends, and my old friends are able to visit me here without any difficulty.
I am enjoying the lunch program and am able to have my friends over for a dinner or two. I find the residents very willing to assist if I should need help; however, I am more than capable of doing for myself. I would like to see more people participate, because doing so has changed my life forever!
Please just give the programs a chance. You may find you like it.

With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
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