Seniors help Red Sox play ball

The Westwood COA invited seniors to celebrate the beginning of baseball season with a festive lunch. Photos by Katrina Margolis

By Katrina Margolis
Hometown Weekly Reporter

When the Patriots won the Super Bowl, Lina Arena-DeRosa, Director of the Westwood Council on Aging, made an impromptu decision to throw a party, inviting all seniors in the area to watch the celebration parade. Of course, after the extravagant and joyous event took place, those who participated wanted more. This led to the first celebration of baseball season at the Westwood COA. The return of the Red Sox is not only a cause to celebrate for baseball fans, but is also a true sign of the beginning of spring – something that everyone can celebrate, Sox fan or not.

Lina Arena-DeRosa went all out with her Red Sox themed decorations and ballpark food

Lina Arena-DeRosa went all out with her Red Sox themed decorations and ballpark food

Arena-DeRosa went all out, creating a ballpark feel within the COA. Seniors were offered hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, and coleslaw, eaten with Red Sox napkins on hand. She even stocked up on popcorn, handing out miniature popcorn bags to everyone there.

“Many of these people would be watching the game alone, and so we wanted to offer them a space to be able to watch it with other people,” Arena-DeRosa said. Seniors were invited to eat at 1 p.m. before the Red Sox played the Detroit Tigers at 2 p.m. Everyone was decked out in their most festive Red Sox apparel, including hats, t-shirts, and jerseys.

Karen Segreve, Outreach Counselor, isn’t even a huge Sox fan. However, she still had on a jersey, and enjoyed a hot dog with the rest of them.

With the Bruins in the midst of the play-offs and the Celtics just beginning their hopefully long run, the Council of Aging could be seeing many more sports-themed days ahead.

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