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January 31, 2013

Bye-bye, bingo

After 20 years, Beverly Senior Center's weekly game ends


Plecingo said the three groups he’s involved in do continue to make money, with much of it going back to the organizations.

Despite declining numbers, bingo remains a popular activity at St. John’s, with people lining up at the door each week, church secretary Marilyn Costa said.

“There is a good crowd every week,” she said. “People look forward to coming.”

St. James Church on Federal Street in Salem also hosts weekly bingo games on Wednesday nights.

Holak said her biggest concern is loss of social activity for many seniors.

“My job is to encourage them to come out to some of our daytime activities,” she said.

Plecinoga said the increase of gambling in the state could lead to the demise of bingo all together.

“If slots come into the state, we’re dead,” he said.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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