MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Senior Center has been open on Burnett Avenue for several months and this past Saturday, Maplewood Township officials, many seniors and community members held a grand opening celebration with a ribbon cutting officially dedicating the center.

As Saturday was the St. Patrick's Day holiday, the Senior Center celebration included green bagels in the morning and corned beef and cabbage with all the trimmings and a green ice-cream dessert at lunchtime.. 

In attendance for the grand opening were Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, Deputy Mayor Frank McGehee, Melissa Mancuso, Director of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, other members of the recreation department, and Michelle Wesley, Senior Center Manager.  

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DeLuca welcomed everyone and shared how happy the Township is to have this wonderful facility for the seniors in the community. DeLuca also stated that there are plans to continue adding programs for the older population.

"It’s wonderful that here in Maplewood we have a facility like this where our seniors come and engage in a vibrant lifestyle and enjoy each other's company, stated McGehee. 

Mancuso commented that the center has been functioning for several months, and that the ribbon cutting was held now because the new kitchen has been finally finished. "The grand opening reflects the support of the Township and mayor and the seniors themselves," said Mancuso.

In addition to a wide variety of activities like educational talks, art, entertainment, and parties, the senior center offers the unlimited use of the open kitchen, which Mancuso called "a home away from home."

Mancuso also added that she hopes with the creation of the senior center that no one in the community is isolated.