Getting her due Leahy named county's senior of the year
by Al Sullivan Reporter senior staff writer
Jun 21, 2002 | 423 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For those who know Evelyn Leahy best, she seems to be involved in everything. Although shy about public acclaim, she is not shy in presenting programs that help make the daily lives of her fellow senior citizens better.

"She does just about everything," one senior citizen said just before Memorial Day ceremonies in late May.

For this reason, the town of Secaucus nominated Leahy for Hudson County's prestigious "Senior Citizen of the Year" award. Although she did not win for the county, she was honored by Secaucus as the town's Senior Citizen of the Year.

Mayor Dennis Elwell said Leahy seemed to fit nearly perfectly the criteria for the award.

"We try to look around at our senior citizens every year to see who seems to have an impact on the community," he said. "We don't just look at our three senior citizen buildings, but we like to look to a different building or part of the community every year."

Seniors are chosen from each town by their mayor, based on the amount of service they provide to both their fellow seniors and residents.

Last year Dorothy Fowlkes, a member of Church of the Saviour, Secaucus, received the award, which is issued by the Hudson County Commission on Aging.

Leahy has been described as energetic, caring and dedicated, and indeed, has brought to seniors of variety of programs aimed at enhancing the quality of life for the senior citizen community.

In a resolution from Mayor Elwell, he said Leahy helps to "improve the lives of senior citizens in Secaucus everyday."

She serves as treasurer of the Rocco Impreveduto Towers Association, representing the interests of residents in one of the town's three senior citizens buildings. In that building, she also runs the gardening club. In one of her more energetic efforts, Leahy also brought to the senior community Jazzercise, an exercise program done to music.

"I like helping people get exercise," she said during a brief interview outside Town Hall on May 24.

Leahy is also extensively involved in activities through the Secaucus Housing Authority such as the bowling league and helping blind and visually impaired residents through the Senior Community Independent Living Services - a program that provides special needs to adults 55 and older who are experiencing vision problems.

She is known to help her neighbors in Impreveduto Towers.

Leahy is also very involved in the summer senior Olympics, including participation in bocce, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and mini golf. In fact, she is a past Olympic winner of games held in Secaucus.

"Evelyn Leahy has distinguished herself as an unstoppable senior," the mayor's resolution said.

Leahy, whose husband is deceased, was married for more than 25 years and has a surviving sister, Maria Corso, of North Bergen.
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