Somerville Council on Aging Updates


Taxi Rides
Do you need a ride?
The COA has a new program just for you.
Taxi Rides for Somerville Residents 60 and Over
Rides can be used for:
Grocery Shopping in Somerville
Pharmacy Prescription pick up in Somerville
Routine Medical Appointments in the follow areas:
Somerville, Cambridge, Medford, Boston or the V.A. in Jamaica Plain or West Roxbury
Two Days Advanced Notice Required
For more information please call Connie Lorenti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2319

Mask Pick Up

The COA has masks available for Somerville residents who are 60 and over.
If you are still in need of a mask or may know of a friend or neighbor who may still need a mask, you can pick it up at our Drive -Thru location
Holland Street Senior Center 167 Holland Street
Wednesday August 12th 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
If you have any questions, please call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300

“Music and Munch” Program

Why not pair your lunch with a celebration of music? This 45-minute session via Zoom will treat you to a playlist of diverse musical offerings: a little jazz, some “oldies but goodies,” a smidgen of classical, a dip into barbershop, a trip to Broadway. The music is taped but the experience is live. Your guide is Somerville Resident, Laura Zoll, trained as a medieval musicologist and with a life-long love of all things musical. Your preferences will help shape the session. Learn a little, sing-along, relax and enjoy some Music while you Munch.
Wednesday August 19th, 2020 at 12:00pm
Please RSVP by Monday August 17th at 4:30pm to Debby Higgins, Outreach Coordinator at or 617-625-6600 ext. 2300. You will then receive your email invitation to join the program via Zoom.

Join our Email Lists
If you would like to receive a virtual copy of our monthly newsletter and daily tips please contact Maureen Bastardi at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 or email Maureen at
If you would like to become part of our Google Group please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email Debby at

Social Services
Looking for a way to practice social distancing but still remain connected to other people? Look no further than the Somerville Council on Aging’s Friendly Phone Caller program. We have many wonderful volunteers who are waiting to give you a call. Whether you are looking to make a new friend or would just like a friendly chat to look forward to every week, this program has you covered. Call Natasha at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317 to learn more about the program and to sign up.

Stay connected via our Facebook page – often updated by Debby or Maureen. Informative, entertaining, lots of photos and updates. Visit our page at

Exercise Schedule
Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. = Fit-4-Life Zoom exercise
Thursdays 1:00 .p.m. = Fit-4-Life Zoom Exercise
Thursdays 6:30 p.m. = LBT Fit-4-Life Zoom Exercise

Somerville City Cable
RCN = 13/Comcast = 22
The Fit-4-Life Exercise Show = Daily at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Fit-4-Life YouTube
Fit-4-Life Exercise Video # 1:
Fit-4-Life Exercise Video #2:
Fit-4-Life Exercise Video #3:

Yoga YouTube
Yoga with Janine video #1 =

For questions or to register for a Fit-4-Life Zoom exercise class, please contact Chris at or call 617-625-6600, ext. ????

All employees can be reached by calling the city number at 617-625-6600 and ask for the extensions listed below.
Ashley E. Speliotis, LICSW, ME.d, CCM​​​​Ext. 2310​
Interim Director​​​​​​​

Connie Lorenti​​​​​​​Ext. 2319
Administrative Assistant​​​​​

Chris Kowaleski​​​​​​​Ext. 2315
Health & Wellness Coordinator​​​​​

Natasha Naim, ​LICSW ​​​​​​Ext. 2317
Social Worker​​​​​​​

Debby Higgins​​​​​​​Ext. 2321
Outreach Coordinator​​​​​​

Maureen Bastardi​​​​​​Ext. 2335
Program Coordinator​​​​​​

Josephine Raczkowski ​​​​​​Ext. 2300
Administrative Assistant​​​​​

Judy Calvey​​​​​​​Ext. 2325
Holland Street & Ralph & Jenny Director​​​​


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