Grant funding to further services, programs for elderly

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Point Pleasant Borough Council has accepted a grant in the amount of $8,139 from the Ocean Area Plan Grant “for services provided to the elderly.” [FILE PHOTO/THE OCEAN STAR]

POINT PLEASANT — The Borough of Point Pleasant has secured grant monies to help provide additional services for the community’s senior population. 

At the Aug. 24 meeting of the borough council, the governing body accepted a grant in the amount of $8,139 from the Ocean Area Plan Grant “for services provided to the elderly.”

“Mayor [Robert] Sabosik and the borough council have once again secured additional grant monies to go towards recreation programs, specifically those programs geared towards our senior citizen community,” Borough Administrator Frank Pannucci Jr. told The Ocean Star.

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“The mayor and council have been working very hard securing grant money over the years ranging from road projects, sidewalks, clean communities and recreation programming.”

Last year the borough received an increase in grant funding from the Ocean County Office of Senior Services, allowing the borough to expand services and programs for the community’s senior population.

Previous grant funding from the Ocean County Office of Senior Services has allowed the municipality to fund additional days of services and programs for the Point Pleasant Senior Beehive, as well as staff for those days. 

Point Pleasant Senior Beehive programs, held at The Church of St. Martha on Herbertsville Road, include a host of activities including knitting and ceramics classes, games, card groups, Mahjong, art and other socialization programs. Prior to having been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, programs were held three days a week at the church.

“Our senior programs are run through our Senior Beehive. Even though we had to close our Senior Beehive down due to COVID-19 this year, we didn’t stop planning for the future and making sure we had programs for when it is safe to welcome our senior’s back,” Mayor Robert Sabosik said.

“Councilman [William] Borowsky, who chairs the [council’s] Recreation Committee, along with our Recreation Department, have done an outstanding job obtaining various grants throughout the year including this one and I thank them for their efforts. This money will allow us to increase programming and create new and innovative programs for our seniors to enjoy.”

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