FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Blanquita B. Valenti
Chair, Human Services and Aging Committee
EDITORS NOTE: Due to the popularity of these events, three parties will be held this year. The Old Bridge and Piscataway Senior Centers will again act as host sites. The South Brunswick Senior Center will be added. As a result, residents will be asked to attend one of the events based on their residency.
County Sponsors Birthday Parties
for Residents Over 90
APRIL 21, 2009 – The Middlesex County Department on Aging will once again hold Birthday Bashes for senior citizens over age 90 as part of its National Older Americans Month celebration.
Three lunchtime events have been scheduled this year: The first will be held April 29 at the Piscataway Senior Center. The second will be held May 6 at the Old Bridge Senior Center. For the first time, the South Brunswick Senior Center will be used as a site. A luncheon is scheduled for May 18 there. All events begin at 11 a.m.
“These birthday lunches have been extremely successful through the years and we expect this year’s events to be as well,” said Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti, chair of the County’s Human Services and Aging Committee. “All county residents who are over 90 are invited so we can celebrate their lives and accomplishments.”
“This is one way we can offer our best wishes to the most senior among us,” said Freeholder Director Stephen J. Dalina. “It’s also a chance for the invitees to enjoy a pleasant afternoon held in their honor.”
Traditionally, 130 to 160 seniors over age 90 attend each lunch. Each celebrant is invited with one guest. A few spots remain for this year.
“We are happy we can give these special seniors a chance to enjoy the “limelight” with the recognition luncheon and entertainment,” said Margaret Chester, Executive Director of the County’s Department on Aging.
The Piscataway Luncheon will serve residents of Carteret, Dunellen, Edison, Highland Park, Metuchen, Middlesex, New Brunswick, Piscataway, South Plainfield and Woodbridge.
The Old Bridge luncheon will serve residents from Helmetta, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy, South River and Spotswood.
The South Brunswick luncheon will serve residents of Cranbury, East Brunswick, Jamesburg, Milltown, Monroe, North Brunswick, South Brunswick and Plainsboro.
Seniors wishing to attend who need transportation to the event should check with their local senior centers or with the facility in which they reside. They also may call Middlesex County Area Transit 1-800-221-3520 to make a reservation.
For information or lunch reservations, call 732-745-3295.