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Kip Kourrier Summer Edition

Dear Friends and Families, 

HAPPY SUMMER!  This is a very busy and fun time at 55 Kip Center!  We are combining July with August Kourriers this year and will return in September better than ever! It’s been a great summer at 55 Kip so far!  The monthly art shows are well received. Our updated computers are useful. Fitness classes are keeping our members active. Fitness Day was a great day!  Photos/videos can be seen on Facebook at “55 Kip Center”. Special thanks to Kearny Bank for sponsoring again this year! Unfortunately, we will be suspending our Wednesday lunch program until further notice.  More details will follow in Fall.  

55 Kip is a special place and we are very grateful to our Sponsors, Donors and Volunteers.  ​As a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, we must raise a substantial portion of our yearly operating budget through Foundation Grants, Corporate Giving, Fundraisers and Private Donations. No gift is too small.  We appreciate donations and sponsorships. Enjoy your summer! I’m looking forward to autumn at 55 Kip Center!

Best, Dana Monaghan


Whether you are coming in for classes, clubs, lunch or socializing. The Kip Center is the place to be to keep cool. Relax in the air conditioned building and enjoy hot coffee or cold lemonade. We will be open through August 17​th. During the weeks of August 19​th ​and 26​th  the Center will be closed for cleaning, maintenance and repairs. We will be ready to welcome you on Tuesday, September 3​rd. ​for the start of our 16 week Fall Session.

Our Annual​ ​Strawberry Tea, which has become an anticipated tradition to kick-off summer at Kip Center, was held on June 28​th​. There were over 125 beautiful baskets that were prepared for the raffle by our chairwomen Patty Hansen with assistance from a wonderful team of wrappers. Patty worked on this event for many months and we truly appreciate her dedication and hard work. The members, groups and classes sent in numerous beautiful and generous donations to fill the baskets, and the diligent volunteers cleared the rooms, set up tables, and assembled ticket packages. A special thank you to all participants. Thank you to John from Mill’s bakery for your ongoing support of 55 Kip Center. Your generous contribution helped make our Strawberry Tea a Sweet Success!

Save the Date! Our Fall Gala, Jukebox Memories, ​ will be held on Friday, October 4​th at the Fiesta in Wood-Ridge. Join us for an evening of music and dancing, featuring Joe Zisa & Friends. A four course Dinner and Open Bar is included in the price of $85.00 per person as a member and $100.00 per person as a non-member. Tickets for the 50/50 will be on sale starting mid-July and there will be fabulous raffle prizes to win during the event.

We look forward to seeing you there, tickets will sell out quickly.


Saturday, July 6 – Happy July 4​th​Celebration – 10:30 – Celebrate the USA by showing what you know in our Trivia Game followed by lunch at 12 noon. At 1:00 join us for ALL STAR BINGO. 

Tuesday, July 9​th​– 6 Week Summer session begins. Registration forms are available on the front table. 


Wednesday, July 10- 11:00-1:00pm –WISE (Wellness Initiative for Senior Education) Program – This (6) six week program is designed to help older adults celebrate healthy aging, make healthy lifestyle choices and avoid substance abuse.  Dates are 7/10. 7/17, 7/24, 8/7 8/9 and 8/14. Recommended that you attend all classes. Lunch will be provided. Pre-Registration is required and seats are limited. Presented by Shyra Aultmom, Prevention Specialist from The Center For Alcohol and Drug Resources 

Saturday, July 13​th​– 10:30 – Word Search 1:00 -   BINGO 

Tuesday, July 16 –10:00 - Postural Alignment​– Join staff from Restore to Wellness Physical Therapy for a demonstration of postural exercises to help with alignment. Issues you may be having.    Saturday, July 20​th​– 10:30  BINGO 1:00 – Entertainment by Mike Trombetti 

Tuesday, July 23​– 10:00 – Join Lorraine Spiotta, Community Liaison from Hospice of New Jersey for a morning of BINGO.  

Thursday, July 25​– 10:00- Mall Trip to Paramus Park Mall, Bus returns at 2:30. Cost is $3.00. Please sign up by Tuesday, July 23. 

Saturday, July 27​– 10:30 - “Game Day” – Join us and learn some new games. 1:00- BINGO 



Saturday, August 3​– 10:30 – “Left-Right-Center” Tournament. 1:00 – BINGO 


Saturday, August 10​– 10:30 – “Price is Right” with summer treats. 1:00- BINGO 

Tuesday, August 13 – Fall class registration forms will be available. The 16 week session will begin September 3​rd through December 20​th​.   Friday, 

August 16​th​ – 10:00 - FREE Vein Screening –Join Dr. Steven Kim from Core Medical & Wellness in Lyndhurst for a presentation followed by a complementary vein screening. Pre-Registration is required.  

Saturday, August 17​th​– We will celebrate our annual “End of the Summer Party” – Before the summer is over, join us for a fun filled day! Beach Ball Bingo kicks off the day at 10:30am followed by a traditional summer lunch of BBQ Chicken, baked beans, watermelon, broccoli salad and a special peach desert. Following lunch sing along to summer tunes.  


Our monthly Casino Trips will resume on Monday, September 9​th to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem PA. Bus leaves at 8:30am and returns by 6:00pm. Cost is $35.00 and you will receive a casino slot play bonus.  

Mark your calendar for our annual “Bring a Friend Day” on Saturday, September 14th.​ We have a full day planned so bring a friend who has not yet taken the step to join the Center and they will spend the day as our guest.  



Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Manny Duroy on the passing of her son in law.

We also send our sincere sympathy to the family of Marie Thomas. She was a very active member who always embraced everyone with a kind heart and was well known for her knitting and crocheting skills.  We are also saddened by the loss of Fred Gusciora. He was a very active member for many years. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Anthony De Nicola. 

Get Well

Sending our get well wishes to Evelyn Colatarci.


Thank you to The Junior Woman’s Club of Rutherford, Rutherford Golden Age Club and Lions Club of Rutherford for their generous donations. Thank you to Caroline Sundell and Cathy Scalese for their generous donations. Also we would like to Jennie Sonnessa and Karla Mazza for their thoughtful donations.