MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was an official ribbon cutting on Saturday, November 18, to celebrate the completion of renovations to the DeHart Community Center at 120 Burnett Avenue.

Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, Deputy Mayor Nancy Adams, and Melissa Mancuso, Director of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, all were in attendance along with the developers and members of the community for the ribbon cutting and for a tour of the newly refurbished space.

The renovations of the DeHart Community Center, located at 120 Burnett Ave., were funded by and completed by Elite Properties, the developer of Maplewood Crossing at 92 Burnett Ave., which is next door to the community center, as part of the development agreement with the township. Bonita Gilliard, a Maplewood resident and realtor for Maplewood Crossing, oversaw the completion of the work.

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Renovations included installing a push button on the center's front door to make it more accessible, painting multiple rooms, and adding new carpeting. In one of the main community rooms, the skylight now has a remote-controlled cover, making it possible to close the skylight during movie viewings. In the kitchen, new cabinets were added as well as an oven.

Both the indoor and outdoor bathrooms at the community center received makeovers, with the outdoor bathrooms now featuring brightly colored walls.

The DeHart Community Center, which is also available for rental, provides senior citizen programs, exercise programs, and is used by a variety of community groups for a wide range of activities from chess to cooking classes.

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