NUTLEY, NJ - Over 180 Nutley senior citizens were treated to an all you can eat buffet catered by Ralph’s Pizzeria recently to celebrate Older Americans Month. The annual May Day Luncheon was organized by the Parks and Recreation Department under the direction of Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci.

The event had a DJ playing tunes from the 50s to today. Many patrons enjoyed the afternoon dancing to a variety of party songs including line dances such as the “Macarena” and the “Electric Slide.”

The buffet which was only $5 for residents and $10 for non-residents included sausage and peppers, baked ziti with artichokes, eggplant rollatini, chicken francaise, roasted potatoes and string beans as well as strawberry banana cake. Attendees were not only able to go back for seconds or thirds, but were supplied containers to take some food home with them. Also each table had an impatiens plant which some people were able to take home by playing a game.

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According to Linda Hamilton this is one of Tucci’s favorite events. The Commissioner was under the weather and unable to attend. The event was run by eight parks and recreation department employees and four volunteers, including senior citizen Connie Fredericks who greeted everyone at the door collecting the entry tickets then enjoyed the afternoon with her friends.

Public Affairs Commissioner Steven Rogers along with his wife Natasha also paid a visit and the entry fee. “This is what Nutley is all about; tradition, the core of our community, this is something to bring seniors together and let them socialize,” he said.

The entertainment was wonderful and Ralph’s always does a good job. I had a very nice time, said resident Josephine Stefanelli. “I think it was wonderful. Nutley and the Commissioner do a great job for the seniors,” added resident Dolores Rosa.

Older Americans Month was first recognized in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy and was originally called Senior Citizens Month. In 1980 President Jimmy Carter renamed it.

The next senior event scheduled with the department is a bus trip to Point Pleasant on Thursday, June 8.  Some of the clubs include Tuesday Club, Old Guard and the Senior Service Club, as well as a Senior Nutrition Program. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 973-284-4966.