City News Briefs: 'Lunch Bunch' Launches, TryCAN Celebrates Autism Awareness Month, Aquatic Center Welcomes Non-Residents

From left, Summit seniors Barbara Mancini and Malti Trivedi stand by the "Miles MacMahon Senior Van." Credits: City of Summit Photo Services
April is "Autism Awareness Month" worldwide and in Summit. Credits: City of Summit Photo Services
The Summit Family Aquatic Center is set to open May 27. Credits: City of Summit Photo Services

SUMMIT, NJ - A 'Lunch Bunch' program, part of the Summit Seniors Club's monthly activities, is set to debut wherein participants will travel to a nearby restaurant for an afternoon meal. 

Each member of the 'Lunch Bunch' is responsible for the cost of their own food and beverages, with gratis transportation provided by the "Miles MacMahon Senior Van," which was recently put into service.

The program is available for members of the Summit Seniors Club, which Summit residents -- ages 55 and older -- are eligible to register for at a cost of $10 per year. Non-residents -- also ages 55 and older -- can register for a fee of $50 per year. Registration is available via Community Pass.

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For more information, visit or contact Gretchen Masterfano at 908-277-2932.

Autism Awareness Month Celebrated

TryCAN, a provider of recreation programs and events for youth with unique needs, is joining the celebration of April's "Autism Awareness Month."

In New Jersey, where TryCAN is based, the autism rate is among the highest in the Nation with 1 in 41 children being diagnosed.  “We believe it is important to spread awareness wherever possible – in school and elsewhere in the community.  When we talk to the kids and their families at our events, we are keenly aware that autism impacts the entire family,” said Kevin Taylor, TryCAN Coordinator.

“However, we are also reminded that our kids have the same hopes and dreams as their peers but just need a little assistance achieving them – and that dispelling the myths and misperceptions through awareness about autism will help our kids move further towards realizing these hopes and dreams,” added Taylor.

TryCAN suggests just a few of the number of ways you can help celebrate Autism Awareness Month:

Aquatic Center Welcomes Non-Residents

For the second year, a limited number of non-resident Family, Individual, and Senior Memberships are now available for the Summit Family Aquatic Center (SFAC) 2017 season, which is set to begin May 27.

Aquatic Center amenities including an Olympic-sized main pool, two slides, and a zero-depth entrance leisure pool. Programs and special events are offered throughout the summer including Paddle Board Lessons, Kayaking, Yoga Under the Stars, Dive-In Movies, and Float Nights.

For more information, and membership rates, visit Registration for both Summit resident and non-resident SFAC Memberships is now available with Community Pass, in-person at the Community Center, located at 100 Morris Avenue, or by calling 908-277-2932.

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