CLARK, NJ - Under sunny September skies, more than 300 Clark seniors gathered at the Deutscher Club on Wednesday afternoon for the 16th annual senior citizens’ picnic sponsored by the mayor’s office. With a DJ providing music, the picnic was an opportunity for the town’s senior citizens to gather and enjoy food and fellowship with friends and neighbors.

Mayor Sal Bonaccorso mingled among the guests as he noted that the picnic was a way to express appreciation to Clark’s seniors, many of whom have called the township home for dozens of years.

“We spend money on the children, but we also want our seniors to feel a part of the town,” Bonaccorso said, recognizing that many of those in attendance have paid local taxes for decades.

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Calling it “one of the most popular events for our seniors,” Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo said the the township is happy to serve the senior community.

"We love them all and enjoy honoring them with this great lunch,” he said.

Temperatures hovered near 90 degrees, and although long-time resident Shirley Fox was concerned about the heat, she and her friends Dolores Herman and Margaret Rand stayed cool in the shade of the covered picnic area.

Paul Loong and his wife, Anna, came to the picnic for the second time since moving to Clark from the Bronx two years ago, while Camille and Doug Termott and their neighbors, Lil and Ben Scerbo, have been attending for several years.

Termott said his favorite part of the picnic was listening to the oldies music, while his wife said “just getting together and socializing” was the best part.

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