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Neptune Township Department of Senior Services and Senior Center

1607 Corlies Avenue, Neptune NJ 07753

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Senior Center Celebrates Chinese New Year

On Wednesday, February 12, over 80 Township Seniors celebrated Chinese New Year, “the year of the horse”. Everyone enjoyed the Chinese food prepared and delivered to the Center by Asia Star Café. The delicious menu included favorites such as Won Tong Soup, Orange Beef, Chicken Chow Mein, Vegetable Lo Mein, Pork Fried Rice, Egg Rolls and dessert. Lunch was complete with chop sticks and Asian music.

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Source: Gigi Johnson


Senior Center Celebrates Black History

Senior Center participants were treated to some very special programs in celebration of Black History month.  On Tuesday, February 11, the Senior Center kicked off African American History month with African Dancing and Drumming performed by Sister Isis and “Friends”.   A wonderful atmosphere of celebration was felt throughout the entire Center.

Other Black History events included “Arm Chair Travel” to South Africa and the showing of the movie “The Butler”.

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Source: Gigi Johnson, Recreation Coordinator


Snowfest 2014 was a warm and happy celebration held at the Senior Center in honor of December and January birthdays. Held on January 16th, it included great entertainment provided by Larry Campanella.

A spectacular Snowfest menu with Glacier Punch, Winter Wonderland Pork Chops, Baked Yummy Yams and Snow-Capped Brownie Cake with "snowballs".

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Source: Gigi Johnson, Recreation Coordinator



In celebration of the holiday season, the Senior Center hosted a week long Open House and craft sale that included special guests, holiday lunches, entertainment, gifts, giveaways and plenty of egg nog to go around. 

The week started out with the Senior Center’s own Choral Group (under the direction of Dan Pienciak and accompanist David Shotwell) in an hour long choral recital.  The Choral Group sang traditional holiday songs with many multi-cultural songs of the season helping to get everyone into the holiday spirit.

Other entertainment during the Open House included local singer Wayne Hughley, area renowned singer Sandy Sasso, and pianist Gladstone Trott and stage performers Dennis and Marnee Carmella.

The week ended with a winter concert performed at the Center by the Neptune High School Band and Chorus.


Source: Michelle Bivens, Administrative Assistant



As part of a month long Holiday Celebration, the staff and participants at the Neptune Township Department of Senior Services and Senior Center hosted the Neptune High School Dance Team in their “Debut” Holiday performance.  Under the direction of Emily Caputo, the team performed Holiday pop, rock and jazz routines which were enjoyed by over 90 attendees at the Center.


NHS Dance Team with Director, Emily Caputo
Seniors enjoy watching NHS Dance Team's performance
Two members of the NHS Dance Team perform for the seniors.
Santa (Walter Drummond) drops by the Center to visit with the NHS Dance Team.

Source: Michelle Bivens, Administrative Assistant

Neptune Senior Center Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

It was a wonderful day…fun, fellowship and food filled everyone’s hearts (and stomachs) on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, over 175 seniors and volunteers attended the Thanksgiving feast complete with turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings.  Attendees enjoyed entertainment provided by Jim Donnelly. 

Neptune Township’s Deputy Police Chief James Hunt along with other members of the FOP Lodge #19, stopped by and presented a check to Rosemary Gray, Director, for the Senior Center. Accompanying the Deputy were Captain Michael Emmons, Lt Michael McGhee, Lt Eugene Stewart, and Lt Anthony Gualario.

Committeeman Randy Bishop as well as Committeeman Kevin McMillan also stopped by to wish the seniors a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

Pictured are seniors enjoying the Thanksgiving festivities
Committeeman Randy Bishop gives a Thanksgiving blessing

Source: Ellen Sanderson, Deputy Director




Great programs are offered every day. Join us now.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Center or any upcoming programs and events at the Center, Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 3:30pm for information call 732-988-8855.

Spanish instructor Anthony Frinzi (center) with Spanish class participants, enjoyed a "Fiesta" breakfast complete with fresh fruit, bagels/rolls, almond cookies cake and homemade (alcohol free) sangria.
Sign language instructor, Diana Meade, is pictured explaining the deaf culture and what 'American Sign Language' is. Class participants were taught the alphabet, colors, pronouns, family, food, weather and signs that are used daily. The sign show above is "I love you".
Diane West, registered dietician, is shown speaking at the lecture on artificial sweeteners.
Neptune Township Education Association Pride Committee members brought their version of "Name That Tune" to the Center and went back in time with musical favorites.There were lots of laughs and fun.


S.H.I.P. (Senior Health Insurance Program)


The "S.H.I.P." program offered at the Neptune Township Department of Senior Services, provides assistance with insurance forms and health coverage options for senior citizens. S.H.I.P counselors are available to assist with bills, claim forms or to simply answer any questions that seniors may have regarding health insurance. For more information or to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact Ellen or Kris at the Senior Center.


Barbara Neuman, Township Senior and S.H.I.P. Counselor is pictured assisting a senior with health insurance questions.


Legal Services

Attorneys from Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services provide legal counseling and assistance for eligible seniors 60 years of age or older. Eligibility for seniors is based on your household income and assets. However, any senior is entitled to advice from the attorney. If you need some assistance with family matters, consumer cases, etc., call Ellen or Kris for info or to schedule an appointment.


Attorneys with Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services, are shown assisting with a legal issue.

Source: Kristina Torres, Case Manager


Nutrition Counseling Available

Registered Dietician, Diane West, provides individual and/or group diet and nutrition sessions for Seniors. Diane holds educational forums on a variety of topics every other month at the Center to inform seniors of the importance of good nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She is also available to assist seniors on a one-on-one basis.

For more information regarding this essential program, or for an individual appointment, feel free to contact the Center at 732-988-8855.

Kristina Brown, Senior Center Case Manager


Neptune Township Department of Senior Services and Senior Center

1607Corlies Avenue
Neptune, New Jersey 07753

Executive Director, Rosemary Gray

Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Handicapped Accessible                            Funding Sources: Municipal and Federal Funds

Service Area: The Neptune Senior Citizens’ Center serves the residents of Neptune Township who are 60 years of age or older and their families. Limited services and many recreational and educational programs are also available to residents of surrounding towns. Information can be obtained from the Center regarding the availability of these services.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to maintain a premier facility, and resource center, for educational, recreational, wellness and nutritional programs as well as volunteer opportunities, transportation, reassuring telephone contacts, counseling, and support services, for seniors and their caregivers. Our goal is to meet the needs of all Seniors, homebound and independent, to ensure quality of life, to promote physical, emotional, and economic well-being and to encourage participation in all aspects of community life.

Information and Referral Services – The Center is a community focal point and resource center for seniors to receive information pertaining to senior related issues such as entitlement programs, home care assistance, family counseling, health insurance counseling, income tax, and legal assistance.

Recreational Programs – Activities such as arts and crafts, ceramics, parties, bingo, games, group meetings and monthly feature movies are available five days per week.

Educational Programs – Continuing education for seniors and their families is promoted through speakers, classes, and support groups.

Nutrition Programs – Continental breakfast is offered daily until 11:00am, free of charge. No reservation is required. Lunch is served daily at 12 noon. Donation of $2.50 requested. Reservations are required and requested by 11:30am the day before.

Outreach Services – Outreach services are designed to locate and service homebound seniors by providing home visits and information and referral services. Assistance is provided with entitlement programs, filing applications, etc. Caseworkers work in conjunction with families and other agencies to ensure safety, welfare and independence of the senior in the community.

Health and Wellness Clinics – Health clinics are provided monthly and include blood pressure screenings, nutrition programs, podiatry services, Flu and Pneumonia vaccines and more.

Physical Fitness Programs – Exercise classes, Tai Chi classes, yoga classes, tap dancing, zumba gold, line dancing and bowling are available.

Transportation – Transportation services to and from the Center as well as trips for medical appointments, food shopping and personal requests are also available. Reservations are required and are requested at least 24 hours in advance.


"Your Needs Are Our Concern"

 Our Mission:

It is the mission of Neptune Township's Department of Senior Services and Senior Center to provide quality, essential and responsive services to older adults, homebound and independent, and their families or caregivers. Our staff is dedicated to providing services with respect, compassion and accountability. Our Center works with all area agencies to guarantee maximum service connection.

Our Goal:

Given that the well-being of each resident impacts the entire community, it is the goal of this department to support independence, encourage life satisfaction and promote mental, physical and social well-being for older adults now and into the future.



Senior Center Staff

  • Rosemary Gray, Director
  • Ellen Sanderson, Deputy Director
  • Irene Paternostro, Secretary
  •  Michelle Bivens, Adm Asst to Secretary
  •  Ralph Parkman, Maintenance
  • Gigi Johnson, Recreation Coordinator
  • Kristina Brown Torres, Outreach Coordinator
  • Teresa Richard, Kitchen Manager
  • Jennifer Nurse, Kitchen Aide
  • Deborah Carbone, Kitchen Aide
  • John Lalanas, Bus Driver
  • Robert White, Bus Driver
  • Linda Dietz, Bus Driver
  • Franklin Carson, Kitchen Aide/Custodian