Stockbridge Senior Center reopens after more than two years closed
Clarence Fanto is reporting for The Berkshire Eagle that the reopening of the Stockbridge, Mass., Senior Center this week was a much anticipated community event. The center is run by the Council on Aging and is located on the lower level of the town office building. It was sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic for the past 30 months. Nearly half of Stockbridge's year-round residents are 60 or older. A lunchtime celebration on September 21 attracted nearly 100 seniors, said Chris McCarthy, council chairperson. “The goal is to get people socializing again, get them out of their homes, getting them back together to seeing their friends, acquaintances and other people,” Town Administrator Michael Canales said. “We know that during COVID, a lot of people shut themselves in.” Only limited programming had been provided during the pandemic with no social functions, he pointed out. Programs up and running again include yoga, classic bingo and a special luncheon on the third Wednesday of the month with guest speakers. A representative of the Stockbridge Police Department will speak about public safety issues at the October 19 luncheon. The Senior Center is open to all full-time and part-time residents 60 and older. Read the full story in The Berkshire Eagle.