Sunday, July 25, 2004

Edgewood seniors move meeting place

By Cindy Schroeder
Enquirer staff writer

Jeff Morris of Andy's Mirror and Glass fits a piece of aluminum trim above the entrance to the new Edgewood Senior Center. The 6,800-square-foot center is scheduled to open Aug. 1.
EDGEWOOD - During the past year, the Golden Age Senior Club lost members when the group had to meet in three cities.

That's expected to change next month, when Edgewood's oldest residents get a permanent meeting place.

They'll celebrate the opening of the one-story, 6,800-square-foot Edgewood Senior Center on Aug. 1.

A $500,000 federal Community Development Block grant covered most of the center's $770,000 cost.

The rest came from city reserves.

"It's nice to have our own place,'' said Betty Edington, president of the Golden Age Senior Club.

What: Dedication of Edgewood Senior Center
When: 2 p.m. Aug. 1
Where: 550 Freedom Park Dr. in Freedom Park off Thomas More Parkway
"Right now, we have a monthly meeting and get together to play cards. Because we haven't had a permanent home in over a year, it's been hard to plan much else."

The city will lease the building in Freedom Park to the Golden Age Senior Club for $1 a year.

When seniors aren't using the center, it'll be available for community use for a fee, Edgewood Administrator Roger Rolfes said.

City officials see the center, which has two warming kitchens for catering, being used for celebrations such as weddings, reunions and birthday parties.

The building holds up to 200 people, but its main room can be divided to seat two smaller groups.

"Now we'll have a secure place to hold our meetings,'' said Dorothy Kubala, outgoing president of the Golden Age Senior Club. "It'll also help the community. If one of my grandchildren graduate from high school, they could hold their party there.''

For years, Edgewood seniors met in the undercroft of St. Pius Church. That changed about a year ago when a major renovation of the adjoining school forced them to look elsewhere.

For a couple of meetings, they met at Atria retirement home in Crestview Hills.

While nice, the meeting area was small and some members complained about the acoustics, Kubala said. Club members also had to wait until Atria residents had finished lunch before they could gather.

During the past six months, the Golden Age Senior Club's 85 active members met at the Fort Wright Civic Club.

"That reduced our membership because some of our members didn't want to drive to Fort Wright,'' Kubala said. "The new place is easy to get to. We can't wait to start meeting there."


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