SHIRLEY -- The Senior Center on Parker Road will stay open with no reduction in hours, Selectmen Chairwoman Kendra Dumont said Monday night. Although there's no Council on Aging director in charge of the building, one of the COA board members, Ann Towne, has volunteered to take over those operations for now, she said.
Dumont said some have expressed concerns the senior center might be shut down or not be open as often now that former Director John Oelfke has retired with no new hire to take his place, but selectmen have no plans to close the center or reduce its hours.
Towne will work closely with Town Administrator Patrice Garvin to ensure the Senior Center operates smoothly, she said.
Oelfke, who has held the post since it was created about five years ago, stepped down Feb. 1; several weeks after he submitted his resignation to selectmen.
Selectmen have advertised for the part-time director's position and have received "a couple" of applications so far, Garvin said, adding she planned to meet with the COA on Tuesday to talk about the job description.
In other business, selectmen granted a one-day liquor license for the Valentine Family Dance, to be held at the Center Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 6-9 p.m.
This year, the event will be a special fundraiser to benefit "Helping Hand for Heather Morris," Selectman David Swain said. Heather Morris, of Shirley, is battling stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to her liver, he said.
In previous years, proceeds from the annual fundraiser were split between the Center Town Hall and Historic Meetinghouse committees that maintain the two historic buildings, but Swain said the two groups agreed this year to use the proceeds to help the Morris family instead, "to assist with medical bills."
It promises to be a good time, he said, with DJ Bob Wright of Groton and refreshments served by the Bull Run Restaurant. It's a family affair, with all ages welcome. Although beer and wine will be available, there will be soft drinks for kids, Swain said.