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DeCorso Center Audio Visual Upgrade Project

In Honor of Jack Keyser

The lights went out at the DeCorso Community Center (New Providence Senior Center) last night as a crowd gathered to attend a special presentation in honor of the late Jack Keyser.

Although it turns out a breaker was thrown when the control tower for the center's new Jack Keyser Audio Visual Center was switched on, many attendees quipped that they now knew Keyser was on hand.

Keyser died not quite two years ago, but his memory lives on in tangible ways, as was obvious on Wednesday, Aug. 1, when friends and family gathered at the DeCorso Community Center to see a plaque presented in his honor.

His wife, Jeanette, daughters Leslie, Linda and Jackie, and son Roger were on hand for the presentation, as were their spouses and children.

Members of the New Providence Lions Club turned out in force, too. The club was the group presenting the plaque after refurbishing the audio/visual capabilities at the center in his honor.

Before his death, Keyser, in his role of treasurer of the New Providence Senior Center Club, was working on updating the center's audio/visual systems. After his death, his family suggested memorial donations in his name be given to the New Providence Senior Citizens Club.

Past President of the Lions Club Bob Campbell said it seemed appropriate to the club's members, several of whom are also members of the Senior Citizens Club, to finish his work. They added two big screen television sets to the center, internet access and cable TV, as well as upgraded the sound system for the entire center, Campbell said, adding that the entire building is now digitized.

More About the New Providence DeCorso Center

The New Providence DeCorso Center provides opportunities for senior residents to socialize and participate in programs and activities in an atmosphere that acknowledges and affirms the dignity and self-worth of the older adult.  Here, seniors can apply their wisdom, experience and insight and exercise their skills.  Respect, confidentiality, trust and support are paramount at the Center.

Donated to the Borough by the DeCorso family in 1959, the facility includes a library, solarium, kitchen and areas for presentations, performances, exhibits, games, exercise and parties.  The Senior Citizens bus can provide transportation to  many Senior Center activities and events.

By collaborating with other agencies and groups, the Center is a rich source for information on healthcare, assisted living options, and much more.  Residents age 55 and older are encouraged to take advantage of this special place!