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Senior Advisory Committee pausing some programs

The Senior Advisory Committee is pausing some programs due to concerns about the rise in Covid cases. The seated chair strengthening exercise program at the community center will not meet for the rest of the month. Co-chair Sandra Kelly told the group there was concern about the recent spike in cases, especially regarding cases among those who are vaccinated.“We’re going to reassess in September,” Kelly said, noting that a return to Zoom might be on the horizon.The SAC has not started the Mexican Train dominoes group this summer, also due to Covid concerns, and Kelly said the group would not start up until at least the fall.The fall will also bring back the Senior Rideshare program, once the taxis’ tourist season is over. The program provides taxi rides for seniors, paid for by the SAC. During the summer it is too hectic for the taxis to accommodate the seniors in addition to the regular fares. This makes it difficult for seniors who do not want to drive into town in the summer.The Town of New Shoreham owns a van, donated to be used by the SAC and the Early Learning Center, but it is currently out of commission.

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