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Manton Seniors have a Merry Christmas
Tom “Santa” Bianco (left), who is the Manton Seniors long-time treasurer, welcomes Denise King and her friend Velma Grella.

When is a senior citizens organization more than just a group of people ages 55 and up? Locally, it’s when it’s the Manton Seniors, an independent non-profit organization that has grown into a two-generation club.

The proof came Sunday afternoon when the Manton Seniors held their annual Christmas Party Dinner Dance at Twelve Acres in Smithfield.

Manton Seniors parties are usually held in Twelve Acres’ Willow Room, but because the club is growing, Sunday’s gala sold out the main ballroom.

“Today we have 85 people. Our club is growing like the old days and that’s because we are now getting new members from two generations,” said Lori DeVito, the Manton Seniors’ longtime president.

New members were formally introduced Sunday, and DeVito encouraged them to spread the word about Manton Seniors to friends and family.

“We are beginning to accept more new members for 2013,” DeVito said.

For a $10 membership fee, participants have a year-round program that provides dinner dances like the one held Sunday, a memorial communion breakfast, a summer outing, day trips and two duckpin bowling leagues. Both Manton Seniors Duckpin Bowling Leagues are held at Town Hall Lanes at 1453 Atwood Avenue in Johnston. The leagues bowl Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Each bowler is responsible for his or her lane fees.

DeVito also encouraged Manton Seniors to attend the monthly meetings that are held the first Tuesday of each month in the Our Lady of Grace Church parish hall that’s located off George Waterman Road in Johnston. The next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

The Manton Seniors, who recently held their annual election of officers for 2013, will have their annual Inaugural Dinner Dance on Sunday, Jan. 20, at Twelve Acres. Reservations are necessary and people who like to purchase tickets should call Rose Coppola at 943-9332.

DeVito said the menu for the Inaugural Dinner Dance is a choice of boneless stuffed chicken or fish. Tickets are $25 per person.

“The food is always great here,” she said. “The people here treat us very, very well.”

Before dinner and dancing, however, the Manton Seniors began their day with a moment of silence and prayer dedicated to the adults and children who were killed in the Connecticut school tragedy last Friday.

For more information about the Manton Seniors, call DeVito at 232-9332. Dues should also be sent to DeVito at 3 Tall Oak Court, Johnston, RI 02919.


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