East Windsor Township will be holding a 10th Anniversary Celebration for the East Windsor Township Senior Center on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m.
The 10th Anniversary celebration will feature a formal program, including seniors, elected officials and senior organization representations. Also, a ceremonial tree planting commemorating the 10th year will take place. Food and entertainment will follow the scheduled program.
“We enthusiastically invite our senior citizens to join us for this special milestone celebration," East Windsor mayor Janice Mironov said. "Our modern center has enabled use for many diverse interests from computer and dance, to health programs and movies and just hanging out to socialize, read or watch TV. Our seniors and many others in the community refer to our center as ‘a blessing’ and ‘a second home’.”
The approximately 11,000 square feet Senior Center replaced the former one room center on Dutch Neck Road. The center, which was designed by Cody Eckert & Associates, is over four times the size of the old center; it was designed to accommodate a wide range of activities for seniors with separate rooms for games, arts and crafts, reading, and watching television. The Senior Center’s largest room is a multi-purpose room of almost 2,300 square feet that can be partitioned and will provide ample space of meals, exercise programs, and special events and activities.The approximately $2 million center, including furnishings, was funded entirely by governmental grants and private donations. No Township tax dollars were used for the project. Governmental grants for construction of the center included a $400,000 Small Cities CDBG grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, a $400,000 State legislative appropriation, a $500,000 grant from Mercer County, and a $145,000 federal legislative appropriation. Other funds for the center came from $280,000 in proceeds from a prior CDBG grant recaptured in the sale of the prior center and over $100,000 from private donations including “The Giving Tree”.