SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

September 24, 2013

Letter: Danvers’ lost bridge club was Peabody center’s gain

To the editor: Several years ago, Dave Bean suggested that the Danvers Senior Center start a duplicate bridge game. The Friends of the Danvers COA very generously purchased the needed equipment, and the activity started with three or four tables. Over the years, the game has become very popular with Danvers residents, as well as out-of-town guests, and has expanded to as many as 10 tables. The game is conducted by the participants with no help or financial aid from the Council on Aging staff. Participants have chipped in to purchase supplies when needed. I deem this duplicate bridge game one of the more successful activities at the Senior Center. To the dismay of the participants, we read in the Danvers Council on Aging's August newsletter that starting in September, participants in the game would be charged $5 every week they play. This decision was made by the Council on Aging staff with no input from the participants. I asked the Council on Aging director both verbally and in writing why the duplicate bridge game was the only activity, operated at no cost to the Senior Center, being charged such a fee. To date, I have had no reply. The Peabody Council on Aging volunteered the use of their facility and was most welcoming on our first visit on Sept. 9. All of the 40 bridge players who participated were pleased with the arrangement, and most, if not all, expressed a desire to financially support the Peabody Council on Aging. It is a shame that Danvers residents must travel to Peabody for an economical game of duplicate bridge when their excellent facility is available. In addition, the Danvers COA will suffer the loss of financial and volunteer support of many of these bridge players. David Tapparo, Danvers
The Salem News

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