Summer’s a picnic for Morristown seniors

GOING STRONG: From left, sisters Nancy Landi and Vita Racamatto, ages 91 and 92, respectively, with Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty at annual seniors picnic. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

GOING STRONG: From left, sisters Nancy Landi and Vita Racamatto, ages 91 and 92, respectively, with Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty at annual seniors picnic. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 

The Mayor’s Summer Shindig, a tradition that stretches back to when many of the participants were young whippersnappers, welcomed more than 150 seniors to town hall in Morristown on Wednesday.

Singer Pete Limone Jr. strikes up the band at the Mayor's Summer Shindig in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Singer Pete Limone Jr. strikes up the band at the Mayor’s Summer Shindig in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Catered by Longfellow’s Sandwich Deli and featuring music by Pete Limone Jr., the annual luncheon was organized by Wayne Cresta of the town seniors department.

“This goes back decades,” said Wayne.  Attendance has more than doubled during the present administration, he said.

Mayor Tim Dougherty and First Lady Mary Dougherty greeted all the guests, and everyone, it seemed, wanted a picture with the Mayor.

“They’re a big part of our population. Even if I wasn’t Mayor, it’s important that we take care of seniors the best we can,” the Mayor said.  It’s also a reality check for him, he said.

“They give it to you straight. If a light’s out by the seniors’ building, they tell you.”

Virginia Shea, retired clerk for the Morris County freeholders, and her son Vince are greeted by Morristown First Lady Mary Dougherty and Mayor Tim Dougherty at seniors picnic. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Virginia Shea, retired clerk for the Morris County freeholders, and her son Vince are greeted by Morristown First Lady Mary Dougherty and Mayor Tim Dougherty at seniors picnic. Photo by Kevin Coughlin



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