Get ready for the ‘Ivory Show’

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By June Roberta

Identity theft has become more prevalent since the economic recession that began in 2007. Lost or stolen wallets, checkbooks, and debit and credit cards are the most common means of fraud. It’s easy to lose or have them stolen if we don’t keep aware at all times when using them.


Women are more likely to be fraud victims than men. The focus on theft is mainly in stores and restaurants. Women regularly frequent those places.

There are several ways the risk can be reduced. Those using computers should not share personal data with unknown e-mailers and callers, or on social networking sites and chat rooms. Keep sensitive documents secure.

Take care when throwing away anything with your name or other personal information. Make sure to use a shredder for those items.

At the newest OTOW club, a member gave a good suggestion. Everyone who has a GPS has their home address listed in it. If it is stolen, the thief will know your home address. Instead, use a place near your home as the address. Here in OTOW Winn Dixie’s address could be used.

Notify financial services providers and credit bureaus if fraud is suspected.

Theater Group

The Theater Group proudly announces that its upcoming production, The Ivory Show (99 and 44/100s percent pure comedy), will be presented as a goodwill offering to the audience to thank you for your support in the past, the present, and the future. Show dates are April 3 and 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the H & R ballroom. Donations will be accepted.

New England Club

The New England Club will meet March 13 at the Arbor Club Conference Center at 2 p.m. We will feature a popular columnist from the Star Banner.

Strawberries for Your Sweetheart is the theme, so wear red or pink. We will serve trifles and cookies. Bring your own drinks but we provide the coffee.

Featured this month are Al and Helen Deluca who have lived at OTOW for 11 years. They came from Stamford, Conn. and grew up as neighbors. One family had six boys and the other had six girls.

The parents prayed one would marry another and Helen and Al fulfilled that order and have three children and six grandchildren. They have been married 58 years.

Al worked for Yale Locks and the Post Office, and Helen was a secretary for Olin Chemical Corp. Would you believe she swims every morning at 6? She enjoys cards and often goes to Hard Rock Casino in Tampa – does she win? Al played golf every day until this last year.

Morning Aerobics

A recent Thursday class was taught by Cammi and Larry. Cammi had half the class workout with drum sticks and a stability ball. The exercises consisted of hitting the ball with the sticks while moving the feet. She kept the class going at a fast pace.

The other half of the class worked out with gym sticks. Larry kept his group constantly working. His class was fun of a different sort.

After about 20 minutes instructors switched classes. In both cases, the instructors gave a good workout that was fun, different, and had everyone’s blood pumping and their bodies in a sweat.

Memory Lane

The New Pretenders presented Memory Lane on Feb. 6 and 7 in the H & R ballroom. The show began and you’d swear they were really playing, especially the woman on the piano. It started off with a bang as they played Bill Bailey for the first number.

During Part 1, Ken Colen entertained with Give Me the Simple Life. In Part 2, his number was On the Sunny Side of the Street.

The highlight of the show was Ed Morgan with Oldest Swinger in Town. His act was pure comedy including his outfit with wigs of curly grey chest and head hair. His outfit had to be seen to be believed.

There were many costume changes. One song had Edie Dieckman, Carol Shisler, and Diana Morgan in wedding gowns and veils singing Chapel of Love.

The evening was filled with easy to listen to music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. There were some comedy routines as Tennessee Waltz and a few other songs were sung. It was a good evening with a full house in spite of the cold evening.

The New Pretenders wish to express their appreciation for the tremendous support they received for the show. Both nights were sellouts.

They will be performing a charity benefit March 25 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church and at Trinity Catholic Church April 25.

Master the Possibilities

Next week. Master the Possibilities begins 14 new classes. While five are filled, you can register for classes/presentations on computers, hands on art, birding, genealogy and a film series.

For information go to masterthepossibilities.com or stop by the center at 8415 S.W. 80th St. Remember, these classes are open to all communities.

Master the Possibilities and Becky’s Travel are sponsoring a trip to Savannah, Jekyll Island and Beauford from May 18 to 22. The “guide” is Bob Woods and he can be reached at 854-0702 for details … or stop by the MTP office for the flyer.

More Balance Classes

Starting in March two new balance classes will be added to the three we already have. Cammi will instruct on Tuesdays and Susan on Thursdays, both from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Movie Club

The February movie was Fireproof with Kirk Cameron and Erin Bethea. It was about a fireman locked in a failing marriage who takes part in a 40-day experiment.

I highly recommend this movie for Christian believers. His marriage starts to mend as he slowly brings Jesus into his life. It’s a romantic film with a sit on the edge of your seat fire rescue scene.

Brooklyn Queens

Long Island Club

This club met for the first time on Feb. 11. Each person picked a number out of an envelope. At the end of the meeting, numbers were called until the gifts were gone.

Each member took a turn giving their name, where they lived before moving to OTOW, and something about themselves. Most mentioned Brooklyn as their hometown. There were a few from the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan. Many either were born or moved to Long Island before moving here.

The group leader, Gayle, moved the meeting along nicely. It was decided to make this a social club. Dues of $2 will be collected at each meeting.

Thirty-five people showed up but more are expected at the next meeting. The meetings will be at 6:30 every second Wednesday of the month at the ACC, suite G.

Hospice Drawing

The cruise drawing to benefit Hospice of Marion County was a tremendous success and raised $2,361 for that worthy organization. On Feb. 14, at the evening show in the OTOW ballroom, Susanne Reynolds, director of development at Hospice, drew the winning ticket. With her on the stage was Margaret Orlando, the originator of the drawing idea.

The cruise winner was J. Wroblewsky, who will contact Affordable Travel to schedule a 5-day cruise for two on Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas. Thanks to every one who participated.

“And this too shall pass.”

June Roberta is retired and lives in OTOW. She enjoyed a diverse career, including being a legal secretary to a theatrical attorney on Madison Avenue. Call her at 237-9208, or e-mail OTOW news to her at jroberta@cfl.rr.com. Deadline is a week prior to Friday’s publication.