WEST ORANGE, NJ — Beulah Fluker, the newest resident of the Brookdale assisted living facility in West Orange, celebrated her 104th birthday in a special celebration at her new home last week.

West Orange Police Chief James Abbott kicked off the party with a confetti blaster, and Fluker was surrounded by family and friends as she blew out the candles on her birthday cake. Among her family members was her son, Sharpe James, a former mayor of Newark

“Mother has never worn glasses, worn hearing aids, and has never taken a pill in her 104 years with us,” he said as he thanked all for joining her on a very special day.

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A close friend described Fluker as being “very sharp, intelligent and opinionated,” and her son noted that she is “an orator who loves to talk.” Even at 104 years old, she uses a cell phone and still pays her bills.

Fluker was formerly a registered nurse at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark and loves Judge Brown, a popular television personality.

Residents gathered in the front lobby of Brookdale wearing party hats and eating popcorn as they sang “Happy Birthday” on Thursday.  

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