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Grant to Restock Trumbull Senior Center Snackbar

The service gives seniors a chance to socialize around a television and enjoy a snack.

Time for a snack at the snack bar.

The gathering place, beloved by many senior center users for providing low-price snacks and fellowship, will be coming back thanks to a $20,000 state grant to install -approved equipment. 

"When I heard the Trumbull Senior Center needed kitchen renovations, I asked what I could do to help our seniors improve their facility. The Center used to serve lunch, but the health department said the kitchen wasn't up to code. Obtaining these funds will bring the kitchen into compliance with health codes and allow the Center to buy new appliances. The updated kitchen will round out the many programs and services the Senior Center already provides, and give our seniors a place to enjoy a meal together again,” said State Sen. Anthony Musto, D-Trumbull.

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Gary Raytar, a member of the Senior Citizen Commission closely involved with the snackbar, said the new kitchen could be up and running in as early as a year if all goes smoothly.

The town is taking care of the work, Raytar said.

The renovation project will include installation of a new three base sink, a freezer/refrigerator, and a stove. All appliances will meet the same National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) standards required of restaurants. New shelving and flooring will also be installed, amongst other improvements, Musto said.

“Our existing snack bar is not equipped to serve hot lunches to seniors, but after this renovation it will be. The new and improved snack bar will be a great place to have a coffee and lunch, share ideas, and play cards. A few seniors have already heard about the project’s approval, and they are very excited. I extend my gratitude to Sen. Musto and thanks from our seniors,” said Jean Fereira, Director of the Trumbull Senior Center.

“This money is much-needed by our Senior Center, and will provide a direct benefit to our wonderful seniors who avail themselves of the Center,” said State Rep. T.R. Rowe (R-Trumbull).

Rep. Tony Hwang was enthusiastic about the funding. “As a frequent visitor to the Trumbull Senior Center, I can attest to the joyous camaraderie of its members and the positive contributions to physical and mental wellness of seniors that result from its many programs,” said Hwang.

TrumbullSr June 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Thank you Senator Musto.
KG June 11, 2012 at 11:39 AM
The grant is a nice gesture, but how many seniors will actually be going now that the town changed their bus policy. My mother in law has been going for 17 years and now she won't be able to any more. She is devastated she won't be seeing her friends and going shopping anymore. The town can't spend a little to ensure they get transported door to door??? Taxes go up and the seniors get less. What a joke.
Aaron Leo (Editor) June 11, 2012 at 11:45 AM
What's the new bus policy? Who is the bus provider?
KG June 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM
They are making them walk to the end of their driveways. Not sure who the bus company is, but it's run through the town. Some have steep driveways or very long ones.
Joan June 11, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Perhaps the tax revenue foregone by our town government in extending tax breaks to seniors earning up to $70K would have been better spent on retaining bus service for these seniors who truly need it.
fairfield newcomer June 11, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Has anyone looked into the amounts spent on kids, including the ed budget and what's spent on seniors? It is probably considerably less than 10%, and the kids in school and seniors is usually about the same in number, seniors get forced out of town by ever increasing property taxes to support ever increasing "wants" by the parents of the children in our schools. Your snarky comment is embarrassing when used in referencing the taxpayers who have been paying for decades and are now considered a burden except when it comes to helping to educate the town's young.
louis June 11, 2012 at 03:59 PM
have quality snacks, and its a winning ticket! Our seniors need not eat flavorless food.
Joan June 11, 2012 at 04:07 PM
How is it snarky, especially compared to your comment, "fairfield newcomer?" I think that giving up tax money to relatively wealthy seniors is not the right thing to do when there are needy seniors whose services are being cut. There are certain elements in town who like to keep setting this up as a "seniors" vs. "students" issue. Perhaps you need to learn a little more about the constraints in the education budget. There is very little (if any) "fat" in the budget for the "wants" you seem to resent so bitterly. The vast majority of the budget goes to cover mandates and fixed costs. In fact, many of our education programs have been cut over the past couple of years. My point is, let's give priority to those who really do need support, and that includes our needier senior citizens.
KG June 11, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I agree with Joan on giving support to those who need it. My mother in law is not wealthy. We moved in with her so that she could stay in her home. My husband and I both work and can not always be home to walk her down the driveway to meet the bus. Liability or not, the shorter distance to the bus is the safest. According to her, a good sized group will not be able to go now. This was her only way to stay active, take that away and then what?
Thomas Tesoro June 11, 2012 at 05:37 PM
There is a real penny wise and pond foolish mentality in current Town Government. As a member of the BOF, I was astonished to learn that the senior Commission was told by a senior member of the current administration (NOT MR. Herbst) that the seniors would have to commit to raising $9,000 dollars to offset athe paltry $9,000 budget for snacks and coffee!! Watch the BOF tapes, it was only when I made an issue of this that the majority Republicans backed off. Curiously, the BOF wanted to remove those "revenue" dollars but the Town Council kept it in. I made a point in setting the mil rate that while the TC kept the money in the Seniors were NOT expected to raise $9,000 in order to bring in snacks and coffee. Further, i motioned to add another $9,000 to the seniors program account so they could expand offerings to members of the Senior Center. The majority Republicans defeated this. So, the Republicans are all for tax breaks for wealthy seniors but not for a miiscule expansion of programs at our senior center. Anyone explain that logic? Tom Tesoro Member Board of Finance (D)
Thomas Tesoro June 11, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I meant "pound foolish"..sorry for the spelling mistakes. Thanks to Senator Musto and the other memebrs of our hartford delegation for their good work here.
JR June 11, 2012 at 05:50 PM
That's all you get for $20K?
mary isaac June 13, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Mr. Musto, first I would like to thank you for your assistance in getting this grant for the Trumbull Senior Center. I had asked in another Patch area why the Town, knowing the renovation was necessary, hadn't put this into their budget or bonded projects for the coming year. Thank you for ensuring that this will be done. Mr. Raytar is quoted in this article as saying that the work should be done within a year. Is there a time delay in the delivery of the grant money to the town? Mr. Musto, could you please let us know the specifics as to what is covered under the grant (i.e. appliances, flooring, mandatory pipe work, etc.) and if there is any possible way to expedite the process so that the work could be done in a timely manner allowing for our seniors to once again use the pantry area for more than the current pre-packaged snacks? If the delay is not due to the timeliness of the grant itself, I would hope that the town would work to push this project forward, quickly. On a separate, although related issue, a certified person would need to be responsible for the kitchen service. I am hopeful that the Senior Commission is looking at bids from various providers so that as soon as the kitchen is up and running, healthy meals at an affordable price will be available for the seniors. Again, thank you Mr. Musto!
Linda Ciocci February 03, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Anything more happening with the snack bar? June, 2012 is when I thought Senator Musto got us the grant for the snack bar. Where is the money? The general fund?
Aaron Leo (Editor) February 03, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Last I heard, the grant was complicated to administer and is still at the state level. I will ask this week.

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