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Sweet Afternoon at COA Valentine’s Luncheon

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

At noon on Tuesday, Feburary 14th, seniors congregated at the Council on Aging in Westwood for a special Valentine’s Day luncheon. Acoustic music, delicious food, and a raffle made the afternoon sweet as seniors spent the holiday with loving company.

COA Director Lina Arena-DeRosa joined with various generous volunteers to serve a tasty lunch that consisted of pizza, salad, and meatballs. Select Board Member Michael Walsh, Town Admin Chris Coleman, and Fire Chief John Deckers all helped serve lunch to the seniors. They were happy to socialize with the community on such a lovely and joyous day. Decorations of floral arrangements and treat bags were crafted by volunteers. The Westwood Girl Scouts of Troop 66073 made sure each senior received a handwritten card.

Arena-DeRosa used this opportunity to update seniors on upcoming events. The Westwood Community Chest will return on March 21st. “They really help seniors out in the community,” she pointed out, mentioning that the WCC’s Gala of Giving fundraiser directly supports grants to Westwood’s residents in financial need. She also alerted that day trips are back and include a lighthouse cruise and a trip to a Plymouth cranberry bog.

Musician Chris Carter played lovely acoustic covers of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and seniors enjoyed a decadent chocolate ganache cake made by Powisset Farm’s Chef Thi. A raffle rounded off the afternoon, though the group was reluctant to part.

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