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What to Know: Changes occuring at the Penn Hills Senior Service Center

| Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn Hills Progress
Lisa Manno dresses a 'good witch' with in a purple hat and bright scarf at the Penn Hills Senior Center's Oct. 25 Harvest Festival. The center is looking to host more events like the festival.

The Penn Hills Senior Service Center is in a bit of a transition period.

Center staff members are looking to hold more events at the center itself, such as the annual Harvest Celebration, which traditionally has taken place at St. Gerard Majella but was held for the first time at the center in 2013.

Other things new to the center include:

Zarotney retires

After 33 years as director for the center, Ron Zarotney retired this past summer.

Phyllis Paciulli is serving as acting director and said Zarotney will be greatly missed.

“He did so much for this center and the seniors who come here,” she said.

I&R hours

The center's information and referral hours for special or face-to-face assistance will now be Wednesday or Thursday afternoons by appointment only, Paciulli said.

Appointments will be scheduled between 10:30 a.m. and noon.

Residents can, however, call Paciulli at 412-244-3407 on weekdays for assistance or a referral.

Property rent rebates

Appointments to discuss senior property rent rebates will now be scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointments can be made by calling 412-244-3400.

Support groups

The center is home to a variety of support groups, and a Coping with Loss support group will begin meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m.

Brendan Kelly of Bridges Hospice will present the basics of the program on Nov. 20 at 10:15 a.m. at the center, located at 147 Jefferson Road.

For more information, call 412-400-0132.

‘Listen and Learn'

The center is hosting a lunchtime speaker series.

Upcoming guest speakers include a Nov. 18 presentation by Penn Hills emergency responders, and a Nov. 20 presentation by Kelly.

The series will take place at 10:15 a.m.

Paciulli said she hopes Penn Hills residents will take advantage of the center's programs.

“We're a department of the municipality, so by using the senior center, you're really getting some of your tax dollars back,” she said.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or

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