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Howard Beach seniors celebrate volunteers

Center holds annual party, and reflects on a tumultuous year

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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:42 am, Thu May 30, 2013.

For Catholic Charities’ Howard Beach Senior Center, the past year has been one of ups and downs, and the theme at last Thursday’s volunteer party seemed to be a simple one — survival.

More than 100 people turned out for the center’s annual party honoring the volunteers who help out. The party featured pizza donated by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach).

The senior center has been in its temporary location at St. Helen’s Father Dooley Hall since Hurricane Sandy forced the members from their home at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center. Catholic Charities later took over the senior center and will move it into a new facility in the former Bernard Fineson Developmental Center on Cross Bay Boulevard, which is being converted into senior housing.

The move is expected to happen in mid-summer.

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