24 Jan

Update: Fitness Center Re-Opening 1/25/2022

The NSC Fitness Center will re-open on Tuesday, January 25th at 7:00am as usual. Memberships have been extended.

The Exercise Room is still closed, but Exercise classes have been moved to other rooms to accommodate those classes.

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19 Jan

Fitness Center and Exercise Room Currently Closed as of 1/19/22

Over the weekend a pipe in our sprinkler system burst and caused water damage to our Fitness Center and Exercise Room. These rooms will be closed until further notice. Please check back to our website for more information or if you are a Fitness Center member please make sure the staff have your cell phone or email on file.

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24 May

Happy 15th Anniversary to Carla!

Dear Friends of the Newark Senior Center,

On June 1, 2021, Carla Grygiel will celebrate her 15th year of serving as the Newark Senior Center’s Executive Director. After fearlessly leading the Center through the many challenges of this past year it is more important than ever that we recognize Carla for all the hard work, time and love she puts into being our Director.

Carla’s time at the Center has included overseeing several major capital projects including a major kitchen expansion, updating our adult day care space and transitioning it into our Meeting of Minds program, two pool renovations and most recently updating our main lobby, classrooms and Evergreen Room. When not managing one of these projects, she is supervising over 20 full and part time staff and handling a $2.8 million budget.

With all the administrative tasks Carla accomplishes on a daily basis she still makes our members her number one priority. Her door is always open whether its for a simple chat or to help someone find a ride to a doctors appointment. She takes the time to visit longtime members who are no longer able come to the Center or may be spending some time in the hospital. She calls to check on members who have recently lost a spouse. Carla is also a founding member of our Legacy Society and a monthly donor.

If you would like to show your appreciation to Carla there are a few ways you can help.

  • Join us on Friday, June 25th at 12pm for a picnic in our front parking lot. We will be serving Italian sausages with peppers and onions, pasta salad, ambrosia salad and dessert. There will be a DJ and an opportunity to say thank you to Carla for all of her hard work. Registration for the event is required. You can do so by calling (302) 737-2336 or emailing Registration deadline is June 18th. There is no cost to come to the event, but we hope you will make a suggested donation of $5 per meal.
  • Do you have a special memory of Carla? Want to tell her how much she means to you? Send her a note. Mail cards to Attn: Jessica Feinberg, Newark Senior Center, 200 White Chapel Dr. Newark, DE 19713. If you prefer, you can email Jessica at your message and she will transfer your note to a greeting card. We will collect the cards, share with Carla and display them in the lobby for the month of June.
  • Make a donation to the Center in Carla’s honor with your thank you card or at the link below.

Thank you in advance for your help and generosity. We know Carla will appreciate it. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at


Jessica Feinberg

Development Director

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11 Jan

NSC is Open Again!

We are planning to reopen on Monday, January 11th.  As usual if the Governor makes any new announcements, we will communicate that change as soon as we know.  

During the past month, new guidance has been issued for Group Exercise Classes.  As a result, we have had to put new capacity limits on our classes.  Effective immediately:

  • Group Exercise classes held in the Exercise Room will be limited to 6 people
  • Group Exercise classes held in the Evergreen Room will be limited to 10 people
  • Time slots & Exercise Classes in the Pool will be limited to 8 people
  • Time slots in the Fitness Center will be limited to 6 people

If you had a valid membership to the Fitness Center or Pool/Group Exercise Classes, we have extended your membership by 35 days from January 5th to cover the time of the closure and to give you a chance to start registering for classes.

NEW Center Hours beginning Monday, January 11th
Monday – Friday 7:30am to 3pm

PLEASE NOTE: All evening programming has been temporarily cancelled. This includes anything scheduled to begin after 2pm each day, such as Country Line Dancing, Let’s Dance and Loving Hearts Study Group. TOPS will take place on Zoom. 

Computer Center Open Session and Table Tennis hours have been reduced to reflect the 3pm closing time. 

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19 Aug

News from NSC – 8/19/2020

Week of August 17, 2020

A Few Notes for This Week

NEW Center Hours for August and September

Monday and Wednesday – 7:30am to 4:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 7:30am to 2:30pm

The Billiards Room and Computer Lab Open Sessions are now open. Please call (302) 737-2336 or visit to register for a time slot ahead of time. 

Drive thru flu shots will be available this Wednesday, August 19th from 10am to 12pm. Pull up in your car at the East Entrance.  Please bring ID and your insurance card. Flu shots will be provided by Rite Aid staff. 

September newsletters will be mailed next week. 

 Emails are going to start being sent bi-weekly. 

Grab & Go Lunches will continue in September on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Please order online at the link below or call the Center. 

Visit our Virtual NSC page for a full list of upcoming virtual activities.

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28 Jun

NSC Re-Opening on August 10th!

Take a few minutes to watch this video and learn what to expect when you return to the Center.

Center Hours for August

Monday – Friday

7:30am – 2:30pm or the end of the last scheduled program

What you need to know before visiting the Center

We will be requiring registration for all programs and activities.  You must have a current NSC Annual or Lifetime Membership to register for programs and activities.  Registration will open on Monday, August 3rd at 9am. You can register here or by calling the Center at 302-737-2336. 

NSC Staff will be available to take registrations over the phone at the following times:

August 3rd – 7th from 9am – 12noon

Starting the week of August 10th: 9am – 4pm

Unfortunately, registrations cannot be accepted via voicemail or email. 

The software we use to track memberships and registrations has been upgraded and will now allow you the option of safely storing your credit card information.  If you choose to store your information, this will allow for a more “touch free” experience to renew memberships and register for classes and will be especially useful when calling to register over the phone.

The Noontime meal will be available ONLY as a Grab & Go option on Wednesdays in August you can find more info about meal options here.

NSC’s Transportation Program will resume at a later date.

Card & Game groups, including Billiards, will not be allowed to meet at this time. 

What you need to know when you get to the Center

Please be advised that the East & West entrances will remain closed at this time.

When you enter the Center, greeters will be conducting temperature checks and asking you to review the following questionnaire:

• Do you have symptoms of a respiratory infection (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, severe sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or muscle aches?

  • Have you been in close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection?

If you answered YES to either of these questions, please DO NOT ENTER the Center. 

If you receive a COVID-19 Diagnosis within 2 weeks of visiting the Center, you must contact NSC Staff to let them know: 302-737-2336 ext 115 or

If you register over the phone, the greeter will ask you to review and agree to the following Covid-19 waiver.  If you register online you will agree to the waiver at that time.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Within the 21 days immediately preceding execution of this form, I HAVE NOT:

  • Tested positive or presumptively positive with COVID-19 or been identified as a potential carrier of COVID-19 or similar communicable illness
  • Experienced any symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19
  • Been in direct contact with or the immediate vicinity of any person I know and/or now know to be carrying COVID-19

By checking this waiver, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending the Newark Senior Center.  I voluntarily agree to assume all of the risks and accept sole responsibility for any illness to myself. 

What you need to know while you are at the Center

Masks are required throughout the Center unless a member is exercising or in the swimming pool.  Members are expected to bring their own masks.

Please respect social distancing while at the Center, keep 6ft apart as much as possible.

There will be no access to the administrative offices.  If you need to see a staff member, go to the Reception Desk and have them call the staff person for you.  Staff can meet with members in the lobby while practicing social distancing.

There will be disinfecting solution available in each room.  The first person to enter the room for any activity must start to sanitize table tops, chairs, light switches, door handles etc.  When possible, please leave the doors open to the rooms you are using, this will help with air flow.

There is a limit of 10 people per activity. Registration is required.

Staff is trying to streamline the room layouts, if your group needs equipment or layout, please ask the staff and do not move furniture or equipment between rooms.

For More Specific Details on our Exercise Options Click the Buttons Below

We look forward to seeing you all soon!!

Please email or call (302) 737-2336 with any questions.

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20 Apr

News from the Newark Senior Center

April 20, 2020

Dear Friends, 

We have passed the 1 month mark of self-isolation.  How are you all doing? Is there anything we can be doing for you? Please let us know. If you have suggestions of interesting links, videos or other activities that are worth sharing in future emails please email us at

If you are like us the days of the week and month are probably starting to blur together, but there is one thing that my staff and I cannot let pass by without recognizing. This week would normally be Spring Flea Market week for us. Today the book tent would be going up and the furniture would begin to be put away to make room for all the “stuff”. Although the staff might not miss the exhaustion of this week, we do miss the way the NSC community comes together to support our mission through this event. I hope you will take some time this week to check out our Facebook page, we have a series of posts related to the Flea Market through the years. 

 We host our flea market twice a year, every April and October. They are our biggest fundraisers, missing one means a loss of $25,000 to the Center. If you are a regular shopper at the flea market we hope you might consider how much you typically spend on your treasures (I know for me that is about $100, unless it’s a really good furniture year!) and make a contribution to the Center.  You can easily contribute by clicking here

We have another full week of exercise planned with Hunter, Bill and Julissa. The schedule and workout plan for Hunter’s workouts is listed below. 

We know a lot of you miss the games you play at the Center, pinochle, bridge, mah jongg, canasta, bingo, to name a few. Our Program Director, Katie, developed a bingo game you can play at home. You’ll find the game below. When you complete five squares in a row let us know by emailing or messaging us on Facebook and you will be entered into a drawing for a free annual membership.  The deadline for entries is May 15th and you can enter up to five times. Good luck! 

As always please let us know if there is anything you need. 

Sincerely, Carla 

P.S.  A very special thanks to those who have made a special donation to the Center as a result of the additional income of the stimulus checks.    

NSC FITNESS WEEKLY WORKOUT – Week 5Live Stream Walk Through Will Be Provided. Please check the NSC Facebook Page for more information! Hello all! We are eclipsing 1 whole month of virtual fitness! Give yourself a pat on the back, but prepare to keep trucking on! Some of the exercises this week are tougher! Give them a shot and please ask for alternatives if they are desired! Let’s crush Week 5 together! Hope to see you guys all soon! Stay well!Hunter R. Monday: 10 AM Facebook LiveItems Needed: NONE!

Bridges2 Sets of 15 Reps
Heel-to-Toe Stand2 Intervals of 30 Seconds
Standing Kicks2 Sets of 10 Reps
Planks2 Intervals of 30 Seconds
Bodyweight Squats2 Sets of 15 Reps

 Plank Alternative – 30 Second Wall SitWednesday: 10 AM Facebook LiveItems Needed: Standard Chair, Step, Beans (or 2 cans) 

Backwards Leg Kicks2 Sets of 15 Reps
Hip Dips2 sets of 10 Reps
Lunge Steps2 Sets of 10 Reps
Sit-To-Step-Up2 Sets of 10 Reps
Standing Goal Post Raise2 Sets of 10 Reps

Friday: 10 AM Facebook LiveItems Needed: Chair (Please make sure your chair has arms!), Beans (or 2 cans)

T-Stand2 Intervals at 30 Seconds
Chair Dips2 Sets of 10 Reps
Forward Arm Raises2 Sets of 15Reps
Interior Shoulder Rotations2 Sets of 10 Reps
Calf Dips2 Sets of 20 Reps

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31 Mar

News from the NSC – March 30, 2020

March 31, 2020 

Good Morning Friends,  

I only have a few updates this week.   

Our staff is continuing to add content to Facebook to keep you busy at home.  Hunter and Dr. Bill Shearer have hosted several wonderful live workouts.  If you have been having trouble accessing the workouts follow the link below for more specific instructions.  

 How to Access Facebook Live Workouts   

Hunter’s Workouts – Week 2  

With the new month starting tomorrow, you would usually be receiving the Newark Senior Center newsletter in the mail within the next few days.  I am sure you can imagine with the cancelation of so many activities the April newsletter would be quite slim.  In an effort to save money we decided not print the April newsletter. We will continue to keep you updated on when the Center will re-open and programming will resume through email, as well as on our website and Facebook page.   

If you are interested, we have put some puzzles on a table outside of the south entrance of the Center.  They are available on a first come, first serve basis and we suggest only stopping by if you are out already.  Please follow safe practices and wait in your car if there is someone else already at the table and be aware that we will not accept any returns of these puzzles, they are yours to keep.  Also, please only take one so that there are enough available for everyone who wants one.  

 Please let us know if there is anything you need.  I hope you and your families are doing well.  

 Best,  Carla 

 PS. For those of you who know her, here is a picture of Misty missing all of her NSC friends.  

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25 Mar

How to Find Our Exercise Videos on Facebook

First, you need to log into your Facebook account. You do need to have a Facebook account to see these videos.

Then, search for the Newark Senior Center in the Facebook search bar.

When you arrive at the NSC Facebook page, click on Videos on the left side of the screen.

On the video page, if there is a live video going on it should be the first video with a little red live box in the top right corner of the video. You can also find past live videos here to re-watch anytime you like.

Feel free to email us at if you need more assistance. We would be happy to help you.

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20 Mar

Update from the Director – 3/20/2020

Dear Friends,

It has been quite a week.  I know we are all cautiously concerned by the ever-changing landscape.  I wanted to provide a brief update and of course many thanks.

Thanks to our unbelievably dedicated Food Services Staff who have continued to prepare and administer our Meals on Wheels delivery.  We are so fortunate to have a very dedicated group of volunteers who are delivering meals each day.  We have made changes to the way we deliver meals, safeguarding our volunteers as well as our homebound seniors. 

Thanks to our new cleaning staff who have been doing an incredible job deep cleaning and sanitizing many areas of the building.  They even cleaned the billiard balls!

Our staff is working diligently to provide regular updates on facebook and our website.  In the coming weeks we will be adding content like exercise classes, fitness and potentially sanity tips. But, now that spring is upon us – it is also a great time to open the windows, bring in the fresh air and also go out and enjoy a walk or just a little time outside.  Breathe, enjoy the daffodils, hyacinth and crocus; maybe even do a little gardening. 

Thanks to those of you who have made a special donation to help us get through this.  Our expenses continue and I am committed to ensuring that our staff continues to get paid. 

As you know we have cancelled the April flea market, it will not be rescheduled as the logistics of doing it “when we can” are very challenging.  This is an automatic $25,000 loss to our budget.  So much planning and effort goes into that effort before the first donation is even taken.  There are many other worthwhile nonprofits that would be happy to put your household items to good use. 

I know many of you miss coming to the center.  Please know that we miss you as well.  It is a very quiet place without the buzz of members chatting, laughing and enjoying each other’s company.

If you have needs or concerns, please call 211 or you are welcome to call a staff member at the NSC and we will do what we can to help.  We are here checking voicemail and email.

Take care of yourself, your family and your neighbors.


P.S.  I know many of you are concerned about taxes.  The IRS has extended the tax filing deadline until July 15th.  We will keep you posted as to the efforts of our volunteer AARP tax preparers. 

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