NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano, Jr. hosted the borough’s Annual Senior Citizen Picnic on Oct. 3. The highly anticipated and well-attended event took place at the Vermeule Community Center on Clinton Avenue and featured food, entertainment and giveaways.
Established some 40 years ago by then Mayor Steve Novak, the annual senior picnic is something members of the community look forward to each year. “This event is great,” said Frank D'Amore, Sr. president of the North Plainfield Seniors Club. “It’s wonderful and something our group looks forward to each year.”
Close to 90 North Plainfield seniors attended this year’s picnic, which was organized by the Gail Cain, the mayor’s administrative assistant. Seniors enjoyed a buffet-style lunch with hot and cold selections donated by area businesses and eateries. North Plainfield Borough Council President Larry LaRonde and Tom Fagan Chairman of the borough’s Planning Board manned the barbecue, former Mayor Janice Allen assisted in the kitchen, and members and leaders from North Plainfield Girl Scout Troops #65937 and #65133 served up plates to attendees.
In addition to lunch, the event featured a music show about the life and music of Frank Sinatra. ‘A Touch of Sinatra,’ performed by Donnie Farraro and narrated by Joe Gilligan, included the story of Sinatra’s life and some of the legendary singer’s songs along with a few funny backstories. Additionally, all guests received a goodie bag from Global Auto Mall and door prizes –including mums donated by Somerset Farms, fall décor and gift baskets – were raffled off throughout the day.
“I want to thank everyone who came out today and all the volunteers who helped make this year’s Annual Senior Citizen Picnic a success,” said Mayor Giordano. “It’s a great event and something I know the senior community looks forward to each year. It’s a great way to spend the afternoon.”
The annual picnic, said Marge Kreckie, is something she looks forward to each year. “I love the entertainment and chance to see friends again. It’s great to get together and the picnic is the perfect opportunity,” Kreckie said.
Dora Vodney, a 35-year resident of North Plainfield and member of the community’s Lunch Bunch, added, “This is fantastic. It’s a great opportunity to come and catch up with some old friends you haven’t seen in a longtime.”
Special thanks to all who volunteered their time and/or donated items for this year’s Senior Citizen Picnic, including Somerset Farms, Orlando’s Chicken, Family BBQ, Eddy’s Kitchen, Global Auto Mall, North Plainfield Recreation, Somerset County Department of Health, Costco, New Sal’s Deli, Marlin Disposal, and Bold Electric, among others.
“Thank you to all who helped make this year’s picnic a success,” said Mayor Giordano. “I hope everyone had fun and enjoyed themselves.”