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Clark Senior Citizens Enjoy Annual Mayor's Picnic

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Longtime township residents Dolores Herman, Margaret Rand and Shirley Fox enjoyedaClark senior citizens' tradition - the mayor's annual picnic -on Wednesday. Credits: M. J. Bergh
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These longstanding mah jongg partners lunch at the picnic at the Deutscher Club. Credits: M. J. Bergh
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Neighbors Ben and Lil Scerbo and Camille and Doug Termott enjoy socializing and listening to the oldies music. Credits: M. J. Bergh
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The picnic drew more than 300 Clark seniors. Credits: M. J. Bergh
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Paul and Anna Loong attend the seniors' picnic for the second consecutive year. Credits: M. J. Bergh
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Smiles all around while enjoying a picnic lunch at the Deutscher Club. Credits: M. J. Bergh
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Folks line up to fill their plates at the picnic sponsored by the mayor's office. Credits: M. J. Bergh
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Councilman Frank Mazzarella, Public Safety Director John Desimone and Clark Police Captain Vinnie Cocina mingle with the guests at the picnic. Credits: M. J. Bergh
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Sergeant Brian Renda, Mayor Sal Bonaccorso, Capt.Vinnie Cocina and Police Chief Pedro Matos Credits: M. J. Bergh
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Sunny skies, temperature near 90 degrees, and a lunch on the house attracted more than 300 Clark seniors to the picnic. Credits: M. J. Bergh
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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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