POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The borough’s new senior committee held its first meeting Jan. 21 with over 20 residents on the call to join the committee, share their ideas and plan for the future.
Committee co-chairs, Patti Ascolese and Theresa Dosch, said they are excited to bring a new outlet for involvement to the borough’s seniors.
“We’re really trying to make some fun things to do for the seniors in town because Point Pleasant Beach is made up of really one-third senior citizens,” said Ms. Ascolese.
She said the group will work hard to bring guest speakers, small activities and fun times for senior citizens in Point Pleasant Beach.
“As we get into it, we’re hoping to do little field trips to the Algonquin Theatre for a play and lunch or something, maybe an Atlantic City trip if we can get a bus, just to give them something to do to make them feel a big part of the community,” said Ms. Ascolese.
During the meeting, the committee certified its members and elected officers.
The current committee roster includes Ms. Ascolese and Ms. Dosch as well as Peter Calderone, Tracey Lipari, Barbara Roman Walsh, Christina Ranuro, Stephanie Brown, Lori Bonello, Georgia Cassidy, Gregory Gradel, Adriane McCullagh, Joanna Frank Ryan, Karen Testa, Stephanie Brown, Jo Ann Chiefa, Kristin Hennessy, Mary Savage, Maryann Adao, Cornelia Calderone, Laurie Desocio, Catherine H. Laplante, Mary Jane Reilly, Joseph Seickel, Jr., Beverly Zaccherio, Marion Dillane, Joan Clune, Loretta Shopene, Maureen DiJacimo, Patricia Camme and Council Liaison Caryn Byrnes.
Ms. Ascolese said she and her fellow chair, Ms. Dosch, will work hard for the committee.
“Between both of us, we’re going to try and get something up and going as quickly as we can,” said Ms. Ascolese. “It’s pretty hard with the pandemic … and especially with seniors being very nervous of it, of course.”
The committee will also serve as a place to help one another, Ms. Ascolese said.
“There’s some seniors that live in this town that have nobody to help them go to a doctor’s appointment … grocery shopping, taking them out to vote,” she said. “We’re going to try and get some volunteers to help do things like that as well.”
The committee will also give seniors a voice in local government and decisions as the town moves forward with projects like the downtown’s revitalization.
“They know some things that we’re not even familiar with,” said Ms. Ascolese. “They have advice that we may not even know.
“We’re excited about it. We just want to make them happy and enjoy being a part of the community,” said Ms. Ascolese.
She said it is important for seniors who have contributed to the borough for so long to still have a voice and be invested in their community.
The new senior committee meets once a month virtually for the time being.
If seniors are interested in learning more about the committee, contact Ms. Ascolese via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The committee is currently collecting names and phone numbers of those who may want to be involved with the committee to keep them informed.
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