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by Jessica Warzeniak
(l-r) Selectman William Brown, Town of Stonington, Robert Elmer III, Chairman, Stonington Commission on Aging, Bruce McDonald, President, Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Board of Directors, Carol Granato, wife of Robert Granato, Veronica Hunter, Community Development Specialist, State Dept. of Economic & Community Development, Representative Diana Urban, Senator Andrew Maynard, First Selectman Edward Haberek, Jr., Town of Stonington, and Virginia Turek dig the ceremonial first shovels at the groundbreaking of the new senior center to be built at the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center (PNC).
First Selectman Ed Haberek opened the ceremony by explaining that the senior center will “…encourage independence and productive aging, celebrate life’s experiences, and support intellectual and physical well-being.”
“The extension will be known as the Robert A. Granato Senior Annex,” announced Bruce on June 5. Bob served on the Board of the PNC for 15 years and could be found almost everyday at the center working on something. Unfortunately, he passed away before he could see this project completed. “Bob’s energy and dedication lives on,” said Bruce. “Bob jumped up and worked tirelessly to play a role, a part, to make this dream a reality.”