Council on Aging

We're open - and excited to welcome you back!

We have been on a journey though we must admit that we had time to reflect on what was working and what is needed to improve and expand our long-term goals.


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The COA routinely publishes and distributes newsletters for its community to help them stay informed of the happenings at the Popes Tavern Senior Center. If you'd like to receive the newsletter via postal mail, please call (781) 293-7313. To receive our newsletter electronically, you can subscribe by visiting,

Emergency Broadband Benefit

One of the COVID-related programs currently available is the Federal Communications Commission's Emergency Broadband Benefit program.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

More information including eligibility criteria is available at

Mission Statement

To identify the economic, health and cultural needs of our senior community and provide an environment of support, learning and socialization while striving to enrich lives by offering a wide array of programs, transportation and advocating on their behalf, when necessary, thereby promoting independence, wellness and dignity.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Council on Aging is an appointed (by the Board of Selectmen), five-person committee dedicated to providing services to the elderly of Halifax. These services include the Elderbus, Meals-on-Wheels, medical programs, lunch at Pope's Tavern, cultural and educational programs, and assistance in obtaining services from the State and Federal Governments.


Council on Aging Board

NameTitleTerm Expires
Jo Schofield



Judy Rakutis



Michael Rugnetta



Sarah Sloat





Staff Contacts

NameTitleE-Mail Address
Darlene Regan


Donna Porcello

Outreach Coordinator

Vacant Seat

Receptionist/Transportation Coordinator

Patricia Ross

Nurse/Asst. Outreach Coordinator