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Seniors at the ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) enjoyed a gorgeous, fun and sun-filled day out at Rockport on May 16th. Everyone commented that the group ordered perfect weather, as Mother’s Day was rainy and in the 40s and later in the week temperatures in the 90s are expected. Nearly four dozen seniors and students from their English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program participated, accompanied by NE/WE NSC staff and volunteers. The bus picked up attendees from the Prado on Hanover Street in the North End and the Amy Lowell Apartments in the West End so that folks from both neighborhoods could take advantage!

It was a scenic drive to the ocean and attendees enjoyed oldies, Italian, and Spanish music, along with water and snacks. Upon arrival, the group dispersed to explore shops and the streets. Everyone reconvened for lunch at the Blue Lobster Grill. The lunch choices were tasty and fresh, including a fish and chips plate, chicken parm, baked haddock, or fried scallops.

The day passed quickly and there was plenty of time to relax, shop, and enjoy one another’s company and conversation. Several seniors commented that after the seemingly never-ending winter, this was the first real outing they had had in months. Many of the ESOL students that joined the trip are newcomers to Boston and had not explored other parts of Massachusetts.  The NE/WE NSC is hard at work brainstorming future trips, which may include Cape Cod and farmers’ markets. Please give your suggestions to the friendly staff at ABCD NE/WE NSC!

Attendees enjoying lunch in Rockport

The trip would not have been possible without the generous support of Senator Joseph Boncore, Representative Aaron Michlewitz, and City Councilor Sal LaMattina, who sponsored the bus service provided by Crystal Transportation. The NE/WE NSC thanks you for caring so much about the constituents you serve and enabling them to have a rejuvenating, educational, and interesting day. They also gratefully acknowledge Robin Sidell of North Street Grille for contributing towards snacks and expenses for the trip.

Would you like to join the fun? Please call 617-523-8125 to find out about educational and recreational programming and human services that the center provides. New clients must sign up for free membership with ABCD.

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