South Shore Elder Services Celebrates 30th Anniversary

South Shore Elder Services of Braintree commemorated 30 years of service to elders, caregivers and families during their Annual Meeting held at Lantana in Randolph earlier this month.

Braintree, MA, December 12, 2007 --( South Shore Elder Services’ president Jean York presided over their 30th anniversary luncheon, which featured keynote speaker Michael E. Festa, Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Anna Abbruzzese, 72, a Cohasset resident who has been volunteering for more than 23 years in various roles was presented with the prestigious Edythe B. Donkin Memorial Award by Edward J. Flynn, Executive Director of South Shore Elder Services.

John Nay of Buzzards Bay was honored with the 2007 Staff Person of the Year award.

Terrance Winter of Weymouth, who is Secretary of South Shore Elder Services’ Board of Directors received the 2007 Outstanding Board Member Award.

Staff, Board and Advisory Council members were also recognized during the annual meeting. Christine Cain, Nutrition Coordinator and a resident of Weymouth received a 15 year pin as did John Huxley, a retiring Board member and resident of Holbrook.

Mary Nugent, Nutrition Site Manager and resident of Hull and Cheryl Bryant, Office Manager and resident of Weymouth received 20 year pins.

The 2007-08 Board of Directors were announced and include: Jean York, president and Braintree resident; June Newman of Braintree; Edward Mulvey, Vice President and Cohasset resident; Francis Campbell, Treasurer and Weymouth resident; Terrance Winter, Secretary and Weymouth resident; Jack Betterman of Randolph; Joseph Boise of Randolph; Betsy Buchbinder of Milton; Brian Buckley of Quincy; John Fleming of Milton; Louis Gainor of Hull; Ruth Grillo of Norwell; John Lanata of Weymouth; Maura McMann of Scituate; John Molloy of Quincy; Robert Montgomery of Hingham and Jonathan Yip of Cambridge.

South Shore Elder Services’ new 2007-08 Advisory Council Officers were named and include: Mary Anne Merrigan of Milton as the Chairperson; Joyce Livramento-Young of Quincy Housing Authority as Vice-Chairperson and Laurie Zastrow of the Social Security Administration as Secretary.

“Essentially, we help elders remain independent. It’s truly a team effort. We have been able to grow and accomplish so much thanks to our tremendous staff; our Board Members and Advisory Council and plenty of support from sponsors, volunteers and the community,” noted Flynn.

He continued, “We’re very proud of our ability to meet this great challenge and look forward to continuing to do so for the next 30 years.”

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South Shore Elder Services is located at 159 Bay State Drive in Braintree, MA. The non-profit agency serves elders and families in the towns of Quincy, Braintree, Milton, Randolph, Holbrook, Weymouth, Hingham, Hull, Cohasset, Scituate and Holbrook.

For more information contact (781) 848-3910 or visit their website at

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Diane Sargent