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January 2018

January 1st Monday, New Year’s Day

January 1st represents the fresh start of a New Year after a period of remembrance of the passing year. New Year’s Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar also used in Rome. From the World Book Encyclopedia of 1984 volume 14: “The Roman ruler Julius Caesar established January 1 as New Year’s Day in 46 BC. The Romans dedicated this day to Janus, the god of gates, doors, and beginnings. The month of January was named after Janus, who had two faces – one looking forward and other looking backward.”
In cultures which traditionally or currently use calendars other than the Gregorian, New Year’s Day is an important celebration.
Israel uses the Gregorian calendar but does not formally celebrate the New Year’s holiday as the date of the Jewish New Year is celebrated on Rosh Hashanah.
The date of the Islamic New Year moves from year to year, because the calendar is lunar.
Hindu New Year falls at the time and date the sun enters Mesha on the Hindu calendar.
New Year’s in Japan is celebrated on January 1, because the Gregorian calendar is used instead of the Chinese.
Korean New Year, called Seollal, is the first day of the lunar calendar. The Koreans also celebrate solar New Year’s Day on January 1 following the Gregorian calendar.
In France, at midnight, people give kisses on both cheeks. Traditionally, a big celebration with fireworks is held at the Eiffel Tower. Instead of sending Christmas cards, many people send New Year’s cards.
In Ireland, single ladies who hope to get married in the coming year place mistletoe under their pillow for good luck.
In Greece, people hang onions on their doors as a symbol of rebirth.
In Austria, an Imperial Ball is held in Austria, a grand affair that dates back to the Hapsburg Dynasty. The Blue Danube Waltz is played at midnight.
Around the world, the moment the New Year begins is celebrated the night of December 31st called New Year’s Eve.
The one we are most familiar with takes place in New York City with the 11,875 pound 12 foot Times Square Ball. It is located high above Times Square and is lowered starting at 11:59 p.m. with a countdown from 10 to 1 seconds when it reaches the bottom of its tower. The New Year is announced with fireworks, music and live entertainment that is broadcast nationwide.
The New Year has begun!
The celebrations which are held worldwide include parades, football, hockey, concerts, family time, traditional meals and church services.

January 15 – Monday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a U.S. federal holiday marking the birthday
of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January, which is the time of King’s birthday, January 15th. King was the chief spokesman for non-violent activism in the Civil Rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He was assassinated by a prison escapee in 1968 on the balcony of a hotel as he went to get fresh air before making a speech.
After King’s death, U.S. Rep. John Conyers (a democrat from Michigan) introduced a bill to congress hoping to make King’s birthday a national holiday. However, it fell short of the number needed for passage. Two of the main arguments mentioned by opponents were that a paid holiday for federal employees would be too expensive and that a holiday to honor a private citizen would be contrary to long standing tradition (King had never held public office). There was a great deal of reluctance to observe it both nationally and by some states. A King Center was created and received support from the corporate community and the general public. Stevie Wonder released “Happy Birthday” to popularize the campaign in 1980 and hosted the rally for the Peace Press Conference in 1981. Six million signatures were collected for a petition to congress to pass the law (a 2006 article in “Nation” magazine termed it the largest petition in favor of an issue in U.S. history). At the White House, Rose Garden on November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law creating a federal holiday to honor King. It was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
The National Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service challenges Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action and volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. This federal legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 23, 1994 and has been promoted in many states, universities and organizations around the U.S. as a time to make a difference.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial is the only memorial on the Mall that does not honor a president. The 30-foot statue was carved by Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin. The memorial’s design invites the viewer in. Passing through the Mountain of Despair, two large 30-foot tall boulders of granite, visitors feel like they are going through the struggle of the civil rights movement. Next, a crescent-shaped wall with 14 quotations from Dr. King appears. Then, when walking out towards the Tidal Basin, a third stone called the Stone of Hope, which looks like it was carved out of the Mountain of Despair, is a likeness of Dr. King. The monument’s goal is for visitors to come, see and feel what Dr. King meant to this country and the world!!

Calendar of Activities – Elyse Feltman

January 1, Monday -New Year’s Day
Office Closed/No CRT

Full Moon – The Colonial American full moon names are winter moon and yule moon. The Algonquin Indian names are wolf moon and old moon, and the Dakota Sioux name is moon of the terrible.

National Bloody Mary Day

January 3, Wednesday – National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
If there was a treat, this is one!

January 8, Monday – 83rd Birth Anniversary of Elvis (1935-1977)

January 10, Wednesday – New Entertainment
2:00 Music & Refreshments w/Val Rogers

January 14, Sunday – National Dress Up Your Pet Day

January 15, Monday–Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1929-1968) King’s birthday is a legal U.S. public holiday on the third Monday of January (January15, 2018)
Office Closed/No CRT

January 17, Wednesday – Popeye’s Birthday

January 18, Thursday- 60th Annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Car Race, Daytona Beach, Florida

January 21, Sunday-National Hugging Day
“A hug is as important as a smile”.
We all need a HUG a day!!

January 21-27 – National Book Week

January 21-27 – National Book Week


It’s that time again. You should have received your new 2018 Social Security letter. This letter shows your MONTHLY Social Security amount beginning January 2018. This is an important document that is used for participating in many entitlement programs. Please stop by the office and have us make a copy for the RSC/Office file.

*If your Medicare Drug Plan was changed for 2018, please contact your pharmacy with your new drug coverage information. Sometime in the middle/end of January 2018, you will receive another social security document. This form, called the 1099, is verification of your 2017 YEARLY Social Security income. This is another important document for your file. (Renter’s Rebate especially!) Please stop by the office to have a copy made.


The State of CT Department of Social Services has hired a new contractor for NON-EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION for Medicaid recipients. No more LOGISTICARE as of January 1, 2018. The new company is called VEYO and the number to call to reserve A RIDE is:
1-855-478-7350. See Ellen if you have any questions.


Although the initial thought was that the politicians would gather just after the Christmas holiday to discuss (and hopefully restore funds) to the Medicare Savings Program, there has been a brief delay. They are expecting to reconvene on January 4th or 5th. You will be kept posted about any updates and/or changes!


Our annual EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Program will take place on Monday, January 22nd, 2018 at 2PM in the Dining Room. Representatives from Police, Fire and Ambulance will be here to provide important emergency tips. Everyone should plan to attend.

Federation Homes has a food pantry available for resident use. If you are in the need or something and would like to access the pantry, please stop by the office!


On a very important note, I would like to thank Home Instead Senior Care and Care Centrix for spreading holiday cheer again this season to all the residents at Federation Homes. Home Instead Senior Care hosted a trivia party for all and handed out 105 gifts to every resident in the building. How lucky are we!!! Thank you for all your hard work, love and caring and making it another very special holiday for everyone. A heartfelt thank you to Mazola, Jane, Tim and Ruthan for putting this party together and especially to Jane Urban for suggesting Federation Homes as a recipient of gifts and holiday cheer for the second year in a row.