As one idea to cut costs in the borough, a suggestion was made to the Senior Citizens of River Edge (SCORE) to switch from meeting twice a week at and instead use the meeting room at the .
The borough currently rents space at the Temple for about $22,000 annually to run senior programs. But according to several members of SCORE, the library meeting room just isn't big enough for their group.
"On Mondays we have 10am exercise classes, 11am discussion groups, line dancing and then lunch," Sondra Berman said. "Tuesdays are ballroom dancing, 11am glee club practice, cards and table games throughout the day and lunch. There is something for everyone and we'd be willing to continue our programs at the library, however we're afraid we just won't fit."
According to Berman, the group has 30 or more members attending each day - but that number does not include their guests. And to fit all of the group into the room, the tables and chairs would need to be removed, leaving those with disabilities no place to sit and socialize while the others take part in dancing.
"The library is not equipped to handle a sit down lunch," Berman added. "We're doing well at the Temple. It has become a home away from home for over 35 years. We appreciate all you've done for us and SCORE is proposing to stay in the Temple but cut down to meeting one day a week."
Berman stated that SCORE could hold all of their activities on Mondays to cut back on the rental cost. While another SCORE member suggested utilizing the library on Tuesday's for those members that wished to do so.
Ben Weinstein, 93, is legally blind and considers SCORE to be an oasis.
"It's important and I find one thing missing at the library is a place for people who are not involved in physical activities to have a place to sit and talk," Weinstein said. "We can't talk in the reading room because someone will come over and ask us to lower our voices. Have you tried whispering for an hour? It's impossible. I think the suggestion of only meeting once a week would be well accepted by the members of the group."
Margi Kroakis, 80, has been a lifetime resident of River Edge attending each of the area schools beginning in kindergarten.
"When I joined SCORE, I figured I would know everybody but I didn't know a soul when I joined," Kroakis said. "It opened a whole new world for me. Not only did it open doors for the area but to all of the senior centers around here as well. And being in the Temple has brought us all closer together in religion."
Members of the River Edge Council agreed to consider SCORE's request and set up a meeting with Temple Avodat Shalom regarding the rental costs.