At The Senior Nutrition Center

Halloween at the Senior Nutrition Center: Anne Shvedowsky, Aster Stein, Therese Jarmain, Patria Baradi Pacis, Frances Carroll, Jean Ruggles, JoAnn Valcich, Iris (Chicky) Aster. Seated: Edna Neuer and Judy Kuneth

by Patria Baradi Pacis

Halloween at the Senior Nutrition Center

Lunch at the Senior Center was fun on Halloween Day, October 31, especially for those who dressed up for the occasion. A group of Pre-K toddlers at the Montauk Playhouse Day Care Center came in their costumes before lunch to entertain the seniors. Halloween is one of this reporter’s favorite holidays because I can be anyone or anything I want to be. We all know that deep inside, the party poopers also want in on the fun but are too shy to be silly. I say, there is no age limit in bringing joy to others by being in a humorous costume.

Whenever the month of October comes I think of the late Executive Director Eileen Bock, whose vision of having a senior center that began in the1990’s in the basement of the Montauk Community Church, materialized. I remember it vividly because I used to bring my then 93 years old mom, Eden Baradi, who looked forward to having a well balanced meal with her friends. Since there were no birthday celebrants present this month, cake was not served. Instead we ate carrot cup cakes with vanilla icing on top.

November Birthdays at the Senior Nutrition Center

Jean Ruggles and Gladys Butler

Birthday babies for the month of November at the Senior Nutrition Center, were Jean Ruggles and Gladys Butler who posed in front of the Christmas tree that Executive Director Sharon Sennefelder and her helpers lovingly decorated on November 27. The seniors had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration at the center. Luke Pierre is the center’s new chef and everyone agreed that the Thanksgiving lunch that was served generously the day before consisting of mashed potatoes, green beans, sliced turkey with stuffing was delicious!

It’s been cold in Montauk with lots of rain that flooded many streets and homes but the seniors are grateful that they didn’t get any snow yet. The snowbirds have left for the winter to warmer climates and things have quiet down but those left behind don’t mind it at all. There’s still plenty to do such as Chair Yoga, Meditation, Acupressure, Tai-Chi besides Bingo, Dominoes and Cards to stay physically and mentally fit.

Happy Birthday Jean and Gladys! Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to all!
For more information about being part of the Senior Nutrition Program kindly contact Executive Director Sharon Sennefelder at 631-668-1023 or e mail her at