Manton Seniors have spooktacular time


“That lady is one of the nicest witches I’ve ever seen,” said Vinny Lato, the talented saxophone player with the famed Calamari Brothers musical quartet. “She makes every one of her group’s parties special.”

Lato, who was joined by keyboard player and lead singer “Jerry Jack” Rubino, percussionist Tony DelSignore and singer “Spyder” Hagerty, was speaking about Lorie DeVito, veteran president of the Manton Seniors that Sunday again celebrated Halloween in style at famed Twelve Acres Restaurant in Smithfield.

Make that super special style, as she came dressed in a black outfit and hat in hopes that other members would follow her lead for the annual Halloween Dinner and Dance.

DeVito, who has developed the Manton Seniors into the top-rated independent senior citizens group in the state, was accompanied by her own Ghoulish Group, her family that also came dressed in colorful and classy Halloween garb.

Her daughter and Manton Seniors treasurer JoAnn Krzyzyk, for example, was a Pirate while her daughter Audra Pezzillo was Batman while her husband Anthony Pezzillo, who runs Mastery Martial Arts in Johnston, was Spiderman.

Even the Pezzillo’s two children, who are DeVito’s great grandchildren stole the show as far as costumes were concerned. Anthony Pezzillo was Spiderman and Ashlyn was the Great Queen of Hearts.

“There’s no written rule about who can dress up for Halloween,” DeVito said. “It’s fun to do this; the more costumes the merrier; it adds to the atmosphere of the event.”

Naomi Simmons came decked out in royalty and said “I’m Sachet, the Egyptian Goddess.”

Bob Tetreault Sr., a regular at all Manton Seniors themed parties, was actually recognized as a chef during Sunday’s party, as he stood dressed in a white chef’s hat and jacket and black pants, and was more than happy to fill the soup bowls at his table.

Meanwhile, Tetreault’s friend Rose Copppola, the Manton Seniors long-serving corresponding secretary, took a trip back to the roaring 20s and came dressed as a Flapper, replete with a long and full cigarette holder.

But it didn’t matter if you had a costume or not, Sunday’s Halloween Happening was again special and featured fun, fellowship, music, merriment and raffles that were bottles of wine topped with an orange plastic drinking cup in honor of the day’s haunted holiday.

In keeping with tradition, the dinner was also delicious and the Manton Seniors had a choice of stuffed chicken or scrod.

“I’m looking forward to our next party,” said Tom Bianco, former Manton Seniors treasurer who was accompanied by his wonderful wife Donna. “The Italian Gala is also lots and lots of fun.”

That event is set for Sunday, Nov. 19 also at Twelve Acres and the dinner choices are veal parmesan or scrod. DeVito said people should call Coppola at 943-9332 for tickets.



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