BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - When you learn a Berkeley Heights resident is turning 100 years young, you have to make an all town effort to make this milestone birthday special! Betty Goveia celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.
Her day began at Dunkin' Donuts where she has frequented almost on a daily basis since arriving to Berkeley Heights from Buffalo, NY in the 1980s after her husband Manny passed away. She relocated to live near her son Gary (Goat) and his wife Sheila and their three boys.
She would walk to Dunkin' Donuts from her Lincoln Street address to get her beloved Boston Cream donut. She also enjoys a good slice of pizza from Luis at Marcellos.
Friends and family stopped by her table while she donned a sash and crown that proudly announced she was celebrating 100 years. She even received a serenade by a clergy member who asked if she could sing a hymn in honor of her birthday.
Her celebration continued with a luncheon at Chimney Rock, with her son Gary (Goat) and his wife Sheila, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and family friends.
She admits that she has good genes -- but she also told TAPinto that spending time with family, walking and keeping her mind active attributes to her longevity. She walks every day (when it's not raining), she continues to knit and crochet blankets, and she is a master at word search puzzles. The best piece of advice she gives people is to "let it go" and "go with the flow."
Going with the flow comes easily -- especially when keeping up with her great-grandchildren. You could see her enjoyment as she participated in the recording of a tik tok video. While technology can easily pass by the older generation -- thanks to children, Betty hammed it up while dancing and following the beat.
Mayor Angie Devanney made a special appearance and read a 100th Birthday proclamation in honor of Betty's birthday on this day, Tuesday, April 27. And later in the afternoon, the Township continued the celebration with a "honk parade" that included the fleet of fire trucks, police cars and a rescue squad ambulance.
Happy 100th Birthday to Betty!