NEWTON, NJ—Senior residents from all around the town of Newton gathered in Newton High School’s cafeteria for the Town of Newton’s recreation commission’s bi-annual senior luncheon.

Every year in the spring and fall, the town recreation commission holds a luncheon on the last day of Newton high school’s play/musical for the senior residents of the town.

While the fall luncheon usually brings a larger crowd, this year’s spring luncheon brought out around 80 seniors, according to Debbie Danielson, the recreation supervisor.

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The event was held on Sunday, March 26, from noon until around 1:30, when seniors either went or took the senior shuttle home.  Some went to see the high school’s spring musical “Pippin,” compliments of Thor Labs who purchased tickets for them.

Students of the National Honor Society were volunteers handing out food to the seniors, while councilwoman Helen LeFois and Mayor Sandra Diglio and other volunteers from the recreation commission, including the president Jennifer Dodd, were serving the food.

This year, the menu included ham, raisin gravy, stuffing, hot cross buns and lightly buttered green beans. Each senior was given a to-go box to take home before or after the show.

The stuffing was such a hit, that a number seniors asked Danielson to get them the recipe for it. She said she would get it from the cook and hand it out at their next senior meeting.  

The cake, which read “Spring is Blooming”, was created, baked, and donated by the culinary department at the Sussex County Vo-technical School.

“This is absolutely wonderful,” said Anne Savacool, who attended the event with one of her friends. “The food is great.”

Other members of the community in attendance were Deputy Mayor Wayne Levante, Planning Board Chairman Greg LeFois, board of education president Stella Dunn, board of education member John Jackson and Ed Caffrey, Newton High School Principal Jeff Waldron and Little Miss Newton Liliana Flynn, among others.

The board of education members talked a bit in the beginning of the luncheon about the proposed Merriam Avenue School expansion project.  They also took questions from the seniors.

Danielson discussed the Neighbors Helping Neighbors event scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at 8 a.m.  She explained the registration process, should any of the seniors need something cleaned up at their home. 

A number of seniors said they looked forward to attending “Pippin” after the luncheon.

“I am excited to see the show,” said one senior. “Newton always does such great musicals and the students are always so talented.”