HILLSBOROUGH: Operation Shoebox NJ director to visit seniors

Senior Corner column for Nov. 7

   Today at our November meeting we’ll honor our veterans with a visit from Operation Shoebox NJ executive director Rod Hirsch. He will share photos and letters from those currently serving in Afghanistan and other locations around the world.
   Officer candidates for 2014 will make a brief resume presentation at today’s meeting. Voting will be at the December meeting. Induction of 2014 officers will be at the January meeting.
   If you’re wearing your nametag to meetings, you’re receiving two tickets for the raffle at the end of the meeting. Cash prizes are $25, $20, $15 and $10.
   Our meetings start at 12:30 p.m. and all Hillsborough seniors age 60 and older are invited. Dues are $5 a year and new members may join at any meeting. Our membership chairman is Loretta Tansey (908-359-1171).
   Doors open at 11:30 a.m., allowing time to review upcoming events and make reservations. Refreshments are served after the meeting.
   Members may at any time contribute kitchen supplies — coffee, decaf, napkins, plastic sandwich bags, etc.
   Our president is Lou Possemato, 908-369-4474. Executive Board meetings are the fourth Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted. Remember, the suggestion box is available to you.
   Please feel free to post any appropriate items on the Chapter A bulletin board — dinners, rummage sales, tricky trays, etc.
   Upcoming events:
   • Thurs., Dec. 12 — “Christmas in the Poconos” in Milford, Pa. Departs from Weis Markets parking lot. Cost is $78.
   • Sun., Dec. 15 — Holiday party at the Falcon Club from noon to 4 p.m. Good food, music and prizes. Members $25, refunded at event; guests $35, no refund.
   • Tues., Feb.18 — “Beer & Broken Hearts,” a Branson show at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, near Clinton. Departs from Weis parking lot at 10:15 a.m.. Cost is $52.
   • Tues., March 11 — “St. Patrick’s Day Celebration” at Hunts Landing, Pa. Departs from Weis parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $79.
   Our next trip to the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City is on Monday, Monday, Dec. 2. The Taj Mahal is next to Showboat and within walking distance of the Revel Casino. Open to members and non-members (over 21) for $30, with $25 returned. Departs at 9 a.m. from Kohl’s parking lot, and returns about 7:30 p.m. Call Jo at 908-359-6418 for reservations. Pay on bus.
   Senior room activities:
   Monday: Knitting from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
   Tuesday: Bridge from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Tripoli at 12:30.
   Wednesday: Mah jongg from noon-4 p.m.
   Thursday: Bridge from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
   Friday: Mah jongg from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
   — Dorrie Guarniero, Publicity Chairperson

   Our next meeting will be Nov. 14. Doors will open at 11 a.m., at which time you can sign up for trips listed below. The meeting starts at 12:30 p.m.
   Members wearing their name badges will be eligible for a drawing at the end of the meetings for a special gift. Be sure to wear your badge!
   If you have a new email address or want to be added to Club B’s email list, see Ralph Fariello at the next meeting.
   Bingo is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21. Doors open at 11:30. Good food, great prizes, fun and surprises.
   The holiday luncheon has been scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5, at Mary, Mother of God Church. Tickets may be purchased at the November meeting.
   Dues for 2014 will be $10 and will start to be collected at the November and December meetings. They must be paid by Dec. 31 or you will lose your membership.
   Don’t forget the Dec. 12 regular meeting date.
   Two trips have been sold out, but there is a waiting list, if you wish to sign up. They are:
   • Nov. 13, lunch and show at Mt Airy Lodge and Casino in Pennsylvania.
   • Dec. 3, Christmas show at Hunterdon Hills Playhouse.
   “”On Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Brownstone in northern New Jersey, the club will go to a pre-New Year’s Eve party. The cost of $72 includes transportation, lunch with wine, show and dancing.
   Special advance reservations are being taken for a trip to Martha’s Vineyard from May 19-22 at a price of $568.
   Tickets will be sold at the November and December meetings — two payments of $284 each. This includes transportation, three breakfasts and dinners, tour from Hyannis to Provincetown, guided escorts to Martha’s Vineyard via ferry and Newport, R.I.
   Free exercise programs are available for all Hillsborough seniors and are designed for all levels of fitness.
   In the municipal building’s all-purpose room (where clubs A and B meet), there are sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m., and 12:30 and 1:45 p.m. Stretching and low-impact dancing are included. Free transportation is available. Call 908-369-3880 for details.
   Another senior exercise program, “Flex, Stretch, and Tone with Rose,” is held at the Hillsborough Senior Wellness Center, 339 South Branch Road (near the YMCA) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Call 908-369-8700 for details.
   Stay active and have fun with old and new friends!
   — Chickie Haines


   The wellness center at 339 South Branch Road is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Its phone is 908-369-8700.
   Transportation is available.
   Enjoy lunch for a suggested donation of $1.50 or more. (Price for guests under 60: $5.35). Call 908-369-8700 before 10:30 a.m. the day before to make a lunch reservation.
   Center activities:
   Fri., Nov. 8 — Brain teasers.
   Mon., Nov. 11 — Center closed for holiday.
   Wed., Nov. 13 — Bingo.
   Thurs., Nov. 14 — Craft: Creating unusual hats for upcoming tea party.
   Mon., Nov. 18 — Discussion: Learn about the history of tea.
   Wed., Nov. 20 — Tea party with performance by violinist Thom Flakoll, 10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
   Fri., Nov. 22 — Wii bowling.
   Mon., Nov. 25 — Thanksgiving reading.
   Wed., Nov. 27 — Bingo.
   Nov. 28 and 29 — Center closed for holiday.