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Hunterdon County seniors public hearing reveals support for virtual programming

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – The Meals on Wheels program, support for the County’s Senior Center including the virtual programs, and transportation needs were key issues raised during the Hunterdon County Division of Senior, Disabilities and Veterans Services public hearing held virtually on June 10, County Board of Commissioners Director Susan J. Soloway reported at the recent board meeting.

The public hearing, which solicits input from seniors, agencies and others in the community, is a required component, along with a survey and a needs assessment, to support the Area Plan grant.

“This is my third year on the County Board and I have participated in this event each year because I believe the public hearing, along with the survey and needs assessment, are of great value to the county in making decisions regarding needed senior services,” Soloway said.

Soloway pointed out the Area Plan grant for 2020 was $845,000, “which allows the county to provide senior programs without overburdening property taxpayers.”

Soloway said, “It was interesting to learn that over 60% of respondents noted they have connected with friends and family through social media platforms during the pandemic. Our senior community is becoming more and more technology savvy. During the public comment Seniors offered a well-deserved thank you to the Division staff for doing such a great job with the virtual programming that kept Seniors in the community engaged throughout the pandemic. And I agree wholeheartedly.”

“It may be that virtual programming is here to stay, as some Seniors expressed that they prefer the virtual class options, reporting that it saves them time. Learning about changing attitudes and desired programming is why the hearing, survey, and assessment are conducted. It was a worthwhile event,” Soloway said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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