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South Orange Embraces Seniors With Forum, Discount Cards

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“Embracing South Orange” is the theme of the second annual South Orange Senior Forum, to be held Sunday, October 11 — and it’s a fitting theme since the township is working hard to embrace its senior population.

The free forum will take place at the South Orange Performing Arts Center from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and all South Orange senior citizens are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Read about the first South Orange Senior Forum here.

In addition, the South Orange Senior Citizen Advisory Committee is offering a new opportunity for local businesses — a Senior Citizens discount card, or “Classic Card,” that will be offered to residents of South Orange 65 years of age or over, beginning October 11. The card will be free to those who enroll and demonstrate proof of age and residency. Businesses interested in participating can contact Scott Egelberg at [email protected].

Egelberg, who is Chair of the South Orange Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, explained, “Our committee has been trying to come up with ways to help make life a bit easier for senior citizens who may be on a limited income.”

The committee felt a discount card would be an important first step.

“We developed a discount card called the South Orange Classic Card,” said Egelberg. “We have been working with the town and the South Orange Village Center Alliance to bring businesses into the fold. Our volunteers hit the street to ask businesses to participate. We have over 50 businesses signed up so far, all agreeing to offer senior citizens (age 65+) a discount ranging from 10% to 25%. All residents have to do is present the card at the time of purchase. Residents can start applying for the card at our forum on October 11. To apply, residents will need to show proof of age and residence.”

Egelberg notes that the “Classic Cards” will be free.

“It’s unbelievable how much time and effort has been put into this project by the amazing residents on our committee. The support from businesses to develop this card has been incredible and we hope we can help bring some financial relief to our senior residents,” said Egelberg.

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