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Appreciation dinner Saturday for director Don Reynolds


Don Reynolds, the Westerly Senior Center director, will be honored at a fundraising dinner Saturday at 6 p.m. at the senior center. A social hour with appetizers will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. A full turkey dinner with Italian wedding soup, turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and desserts will be prepared by George Routhier.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the center office. Tickets are advanced sale only.

Don has been with the center since 1983, when he served as an intern under the directorship of Jill Baker and served as administrative assistant, and then social worker. In 1988, when Jill left the center, Don became director, where he has remained.

The Board of Directors, staff, and membership of the center are very proud of Don because he has overseen the building of the present facility and its expansion. What started as a membership of approximately 300 members has grown to a high of 1,600 members with more than 4,000 individuals using the center for activities and programs, trips, social services, and special services.

Congratulations, Don, and let’s start the next 30 years!

For those who have been looking forward to The Westerly Hospital arthritis exercise classes restarting, the wait is over! Andrea Chesky, who usually teaches the six-week course, has set the start-up date as July 15 at 10:45 a.m. If you wish to join the class, call the physical therapy and rehabilitation department at the hospital. Andrea also will be offering an Arthritis Interest group for those who want to learn to deal with everyday arthritis.

For those who enjoy quilting, Ninigret Quilters now meet at the senior center the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the senior center. Stop by and see what great projects they are creating.

If you are just turning 65 and need to look for a Medicare supplement, Barbara Mulholland from United Health/AARP will be available Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. to explain products offered by the company. On Thursday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m., a representative from Blue Cross will be at the center to explain products offered by Blue Cross.

On Thursday, Joe Mazza from INAC will be at the center to offer social services to those whose primary language is Italian. He can assist with unemployment, pensions and other services. If you plan to take advantage of this service, please call Joe at 942-7770.

The center van will be traveling to Crystal Mall on Friday at 9 a.m. If you are a Westerly senior over the age of 60, you may take advantage of this service; call Edie Jacobson at 596-7216.

Edie Jacobson, the Mealsite manager has asked me to remind people who plan to take part in the Mealsite program to make reservations on Thursdays for the next week. Westbay Catering does send a few extra meals each day, but since the meals are transported from Warwick, Edie may not be able to accommodate last minutes diners.



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