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Neptune Township Department of Senior Services and Senior Center

1607 Corlies Avenue, Neptune NJ 07753


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The “LATE EDITION” Book Club

On Wednesday, July 13, the newest club in town the “Late Edition” Book Club, had their first meeting and discussed the book of the month. The club will meet on the second Wednesday of each month and will be conducted by Kathy Nicholas, Book Club Moderator from Neptune Library.

A different topic will be discussed each month based on the members suggestions. This month’s book was “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese.

For club information, please contact Gigi Johnson.




Beverly Yackel, from the Monmouth County Geneology Society presented a Geneology workshop on Tuesday, July 12. During the two hour workshop, participants learned how to begin family research, collect vital records, how to use an online database to trace a family tree and how to record findings.

The workshop was very informative and extremely helpful for everyone who attended.

“School Days”



Senior Center participants enjoyed a special summer recital entitled, “School Days” here at the Center on Friday, July 8.

The dance recital was presented by the Robin McGill’s School of Dance. Fifty of Robin’s dance students from all ages performed a fabulous show.

Defensive Driving

Art Bloom, Driver Safety Instructor with AARP, conducted a driver’s safety course titled “Defensive Driving”.  The course is designed to help drivers over the age of 50 to maintain their mobility and safe driving skills.

Participants who attended both courses received a 5% reduction in their insurance and had 2 points removed from their license.


Some of the participants listen intently to the guest speaker.






















Women’s Brunch: “American Presidents and First Ladies-The Women Behind the Men”

Rave reviews continue to pour in for our first “Women’s Brunch” at the Senior Center.

In honor of Mother’s Day, over 60 women gathered at the Center on May 19th, to enjoy a delicious brunch prepared by Kitchen Manager, Teresa Richard and her staff. 
After brunch, Speaker Paul White presented a fabulous and informative program about our American Presidents and our First Ladies. 

The Women enjoyed many photographs and learning about the history of these famous women and what took place behind the scenes during their terms as First Lady of the United States.


Distracted Driving

On Thursday May 12, Sheriff’s Officer Iliana Santos, with the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, presented a very informative video-based program entitled “Distracted Driving”.  Attendees were very receptive to this vital program explaining what distracted driving is and graphically illustrating how it could change or even end your life.  

Pictured are Sheriff’s Officer Iliana Santos, Gigi Johnson, Programs Coordinator and some of the attendees IIliana Santos shows the video and answers questions



Neptune Senior Center would like to congratulate Sandra Fornino, Senior Center participant, for winning the District Gold Award from the New Jersey State Federation Women’s Club for her acrylic painting  “The Window”. 

Sandra’s piece then proceeded on to the Atlantic City State competition where she won the Blue Ribbon for “The Window”.

Congratulations Sandra!  We are so proud of you.








On Wednesday April 27, Ron Artz, Physical Therapist with Kessler Rehab, came to the Center to discuss the signs and symptoms of Osteoarthritis.

Ron also explained all of the risk factors of Osteoarthritis, ways to reduce the affects and how Osteoarthritis can be prevented.  


“PYSANKY” an Ukrainian Easter Egg Tradition

Participants enjoyed a beautiful demonstration presented by Dan Pienciak on April 25.  Dan spoke and demonstrated the delicate and stunning art of making Ukrainian Easter Eggs.  He also discussed the ethnic history of the Ukrainian Eggs, their origin and the symbolism of these exquisite eggs.

Dan also had a table displayed of all different eggs.





On Tuesday April 19, Carrie Shapiro-Basen, Audiologist from Meridian Health Audiology Department presented a very informative lecture and power point presentation about the causes of hearing loss, signs and symptoms and the importance of yearly hearing screenings.

Carrie Shapiro-Basen, Audiologist.



This month’s Men’s Breakfast meeting speaker was Paul White, who presented a program on ”A Salute to Baseball’s Armed Forces Veterans”.

Men gathered for a delicious breakfast as Mr. White spoke and enlightened them about baseball players who gave up their passion for playing “America’s favorite pastime” to fight for our Country and serve in the military during WWII.  Some pictures were also displayed.

If you are interested in attending any future breakfast meetings, please register with Gigi Johnson by calling 732-988-8855.




On Tuesday March 22, Diane West, Registered Dietician, came to the Center and presented a very informative Lecture on Probiotics.

Diane focused on the importance of taking Probiotics, how they are crucial to your health as you age and also how it can affect your daily living. 
Seniors were very receptive and a question and answer period followed.



On Thursday March 17, everyone was Irish for the day.  Participants enjoyed a delicious corned beef lunch and homemade cabbage soup prepared by our Kitchen Manager, Teresa Richard and staff.  A beautiful Irish blessing was delivered by Township Committeeman and Senior Center Liason, Randy Bishop.

Participants enjoyed Irish Folktales, Celtic music on a Harp and traditional Irish sing alongs which were performed by Rosemary Wright and Friends from Story Tellers Mosaic.  Everyone had a great time.

Enjoy some pictures from a fun filled afternoon




Breast Health Awareness

Mary Bergen,RN with Meridian Health Outreach Education, presented  an educational seminar titled, “Women’s Breast Health Awareness” on March 9th.  The seminar included brochures, a video, door prizes and a question and answer period.  This vital program taught everyone the importance of early detection and how critical it is in order to manage our health.

For info on programs offered at the Senior Center call 732-988-8855.

The workshop in session:




Center Celebrates Black History Month

On Thursday February 25, the Senior Center continued its Black History celebration with a performance by RosaLee McNair and friends.

“RosaLee and friends” entertained the crowd with African drumming and dancing.   Everyone came together “as one”, sang and danced harmoniously, and enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon.

Senior Center members are pictured enjoying the entertainment







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.


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, Arlene Broza, is pictured assisting a senior with health insurance questions.

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.




Pump It Up with Maria

Fitness Instructor, Maria McKeon is pictured demonstrating exercise and tone thru dance movements that are easy and repetitive.

Yoga Stretch with Lisa

Fitness Instructor, Lisa Hall demonstrates how yoga exercises can be done in a chair to help detox and relax your body and mind.

Total Body Solution - “Exercise through Arthritis” with Suzanne

Certified Trainer and Fitness Instructor, Suzanne Parchment teaches class participants how to “exercise through arthritis” by using an educational and active approach to living with arthritis.

Zumba Gold with Patty

Zumba Instructor, Patty Roslonski is shown exercising in a dance party atmosphere with music from around the world.

T’Ai Chi Chih with Dan

T’Ai Chi Chih Instructor, Dan Pienciak is pictured teaching one of the many beneficial body movements that can be done while sitting or standing to help improve your overall health.

For more information regarding these essential programs, 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, good will donation. 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 nutrition programs, Flu and Pneumonia vaccines and more.

Physical Fitness Programs – Exercise classes, Tai Chi classes, yoga classes, total body solutions, zumba gold, 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
  • Kristina Torres, Acting Director
  • Michelle Bivens, Adminstrative Assistant
  • Gigi Johnson, Recreation Coordinator
  • Ryan Ugrovics, Outreach Coordinator
  • John Lalanas, Transportation Coordinator
  • Carina Santos, Departmental Secretary
  • Teresa Richard, Kitchen Manager
  • Jennifer Nurse, Kitchen Aide
  • Deborah Carbone, Kitchen Aide
  • Ralph Parkman, Maintenance
  • Robert White, Bus Driver
  • Linda Dietz, Bus Driver
  • Constant Saraison, Kitchen Aide/Custodian