TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County and members of the County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted a ceremony at the County Administration Building today in celebration of Older Americans Month.
Hughes and the Freeholders delivered remarks on the important contributions that senior citizens make to their professional and residential communities. Freeholder Anthony Carabelli and County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello then presented proclamations to individuals and organizations who make a lasting and positive impact on the lives of senior citizens in the County.
Honored were longtime senior citizen housing development manager and consultant Fred Vereen of Lawrence, and the Mercer County Council on Aging. Vereen is the manager of Eggerts Crossing Village, Architects Housing, and St. James Village.
The Mercer County Council on Aging is an advisory council of representatives from several townships in the county. It provides valuable insight regarding the needs of Mercer County older adults, and assists in the planning and development of senior programming. The council members also serve as advocates by participating in public hearings, providing legislative testimony, spearheading major initiatives, assisting in the monitoring of funded projects, and educating the public regarding the interests and needs of Mercer County's older adults.
The council serves as a resource for the County's Office on Aging, which directs numerous services for seniors such as transportation, nutrition, estate planning, mental health, and home health aid, among others.
Honored today from the Council on Aging were: Eileen E. Doremus, chairwoman; Jacques Lebel, vice chair; Margaret Hairston; Lula Holmes; Jerry H. Eure, Sr.; Doris E.P. Hodges; Lewis Koushel; Gloria Willich; and George Martch.