MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Senior Citizens who live in Mountainside enjoyed their own prom on Saturday, June 17, at Deerfield School.

The prom, which was organized by a group of volunteers, used decorations and other items from the previous night’s Eighth Grade Dance, which was held in the same location. The theme of this year’s  Eighth Grade Dance was “By the Boardwalk,” and featured a specially made boardwalk leading to the school, stalls in the hallway designed to look like typical Boardwalk stores and games, and even a fortune teller. One of the parents said, “It was beautiful and really looked like you were really at the boardwalk.”

After the Eighth Grade Dance, volunteers, helped by Custodian Ed Aponte, transformed the area into a dance floor and dining room for the Seniors to use the next evening.

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The prom began at 5 and was over by 7. Volunteers served Hors d’oeuvres from Mazzella’s with the help from Alex Moriak and Luke and Cole Williams; desserts were made by Karen Bandics and Kiri Williams.  Other volunteers that evening included Karen Bandics, Sandy VanderMeer, Kathy McGlew, Karen Aryes, and Kiri Williams.  

Live music was provided by Bud Aryes on double bass, and Ryan Hernandez on guitar.  DJ Darien Gomez kept the seniors on their feet. 

Organizers thanked Aponte and Deerfield School, the administration and the Board of Education for providing the space, and all the parents who decorated.

With just shy of 40 people in attendance, the Senior Prom was a huge success.  The seniors started with Hors d’oeuvres and punch and ended with something sweet and coffee, all while they danced to some oldies, big band music and live Jazz.

Mayor Paul Mirabelli and Councilwoman Deanna Andre were acknowledged for helping to make the prom happen and for the work they are doing to create a senior lounge.