I never thought much about senior centers (actually, not at all) until I graduated into that age category and became a member of that rare breed.
When I saw the Samuel DeVico Senior Center being built at 23 Romney Place in Middle Township I was intrigued. When I inquired, I was told that the new facility would have a pool table and offer such card games as bridge and pinochle and a variety of other activities to be announced later.
I noted that I had not played pinochle for 30 years (a statement I was to hear repeated many times by other members over the years), but that I would be interested in joining and seeing how it would work out. To say the least, it has been a great experience.
The center, ably directed by Mariyln L. Miller, is a friendly modern facility that now offers computer instruction, zumba, tai chi, knitting, a weekly movie-and-lunch “package,” and a number of other programs and events sponsored by the center for its members and/or the community. Not bad for a yearly membership fee of $6.
The problem is we are running out of pinochle players. Some regulars have moved on and we have found it difficult to replace them. It would be wonderful if some experienced players would stop by and check out the center – and novice players would be welcome if they have the patience to stay with it and learn the game. As any pinochle player will tell you, it’s a great game. And the more you learn, the more you will appreciate this game that requires strategy as well as memory – two great traits to have as you age gracefully.
Pinochle is played Tuesdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 3:30 pm at the Samuel DeVico Senior Center. If you have any questions, please call Marilyn Miller at 609-465-8865. Or just stop in and say "Hello." You can be sure you will receive a warm welcome.
Beau Weisman, Editor