NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley senior citizens were line dancing all afternoon at 44 Park Ave on Sunday, May 5. The township’s Parks and Recreation Department held their annual May Day Celebration to honor the elderly.

Seniors enjoyed a buffet of food, raffle games and good music provided by DJ Michael Roselli. Roselli had the seniors dancing the whole afternoon to songs including “Sweet Caroline,” “YMCA,” and the “Twist.” Although line dance songs including “Electric Boogie,” “Cuban Shuffle” and “Cha Cha Slide” were played, the crowd managed to make songs like “Run Around Sue,” and “Sugar, Sugar” into a line dance, keeping the pace to each one.

Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci went table to table speaking to each of the over 150 seniors.  Recreation leader Linda Hamilton and a staff of volunteers from Nutley High School, plus Parks and Recreation employees took care of the needs of all the seniors. They carried dishes of food to the tables, brought them drinks and raffle prizes.

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Tucci said they plan to renovate the Parks and Recreation’s gym with a new floor and an air conditioning system. “We celebrate our seniors; all their contributions in the past, their history and knowledge. It’s a small way to say thank you,” Tucci said in an interview.

Businesses and organizations that donated food, beverages, and raffle items included Ralph’s Pizzeria, Zinnicola’s Bakery, Nutley Park ShopRite, Mamma Vittoria Catering, DJ Michael Roselli, Major League Auto Spa, Nutley Elks, Nutley Rotary and Dr. Louis J. Crupi.

Food included chef salad, Italian bread, chicken francaise, sausage and peppers, eggplant rolatini, penne vodka, string beans with garlic and roasted potatoes. A strawberry banana sheet cake was served for dessert.

Door prize raffles consisting of gift cards, items, and 50/50 drawings were held after the meal. All money collected from the 50/50 was not kept, but however was given back in the raffles. The resident at each table whose birthday was closest to May 5 won the center piece, an outdoor flowering plant.

May is recognized as Older Americans Month, which remembers the contributions of older adults across the nation. The Administration for Community Living leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. This year’s theme is “Connect, Create, Contribute.” The website describes the meaning of the theme - Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation; Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment; and Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.

The next senior trip scheduled by the Department of Parks and Recreation will be a day trip to Point Pleasant Boardwalk on Thursday, June 6 from 10 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. For more information, contact the department at 973-284-4966. The bus departs from the parking lot at the Parks and Recreation building, 44 Park Ave.

Nutley senior bingo is held every Wednesday from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in the senior building at 44 Park Ave.