NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano, Jr. hosted the borough’s 40th Annual Senior Citizen Picnic. The event attracted over 100 senior citizens who enjoyed the buffet style lunch and music from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.
North Plainfield’s finest and youngest that were on hand to serve the North Plainfield seniors. North Plainfield Girl Scout Troops #65937, # 65516 and #65380 spent the day serving and helping the seniors. Members of Troop $65133 were unable to attend because they were taking the SAT exam and had sporting events. Kevin Forrester a North Plainfield High School student substituted for his sister Nikita Forrester who had a varsity game.
“I think this is just wonderful,” said Jana Lattimore who was one of the advisers for Girl Scout Troop #65937. “My troop consists of juniors and seniors who have been doing this for three or four years and who are now graduating so it’s nice to see these younger girls here moving up and taking the opportunity to help, this has been such a wonderful experience for us over the years.”
“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” said North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano. “The seniors have such a great time getting together, having a buffet, listening to Frank Sinatra, and our youth is on hand enjoying it just as much.”
The Mayor’s special events committee once again put on the day’s activities. North Plainfield Borough Council President Larry LaRonde, Tom Fagan Chairman of the borough’s Planning Board and others manned the barbecue, former Mayor Janice Allen assisted in the kitchen along with Borough Administrator Dave Hollod, and Gail Cain who organized the event.
“This is a great picnic,” said Sister Lorraine. “I was a North Plainfield resident for 23 years and taught first grade at Saint Josephs. I now live at Mount Saint Mary’s. “The food is good and I just love the fresh fruit.”
“This is my first year and I just love this event,” said first year attendee Lois. Lois’ friend Edie said “this is my fifth year, and I want to thank the Mayor for putting on such a great picnic.”
In addition to lunch, the event featured a music show from Ron Gartner who played favorites from years past. Additionally, all guests received a goodie bag from Global Auto Mall, Unity Bank and various event sponsors.