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Bocce Court At Mamaroneck Senior Center Dedicated To Valerie O'Keefe

Mamaroneck seniors throw the first balls on the new bocce court.
Mamaroneck seniors throw the first balls on the new bocce court. Photo Credit: Chaya Babu

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- At Home on the Sound honored former Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Valerie O'Keefe by dedicating a new bocce court to her at a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

At Home on the Sound is a local nonprofit that provides programs and services to older residents in Mamaroneck and Larchmont.

The gift of the bocce court, which was built on the grounds of the Town of Mamaroneck Senior Center, was announced at the At Home on the Sound 2012 Spring Gala, where O'Keefe was presented with her own personal bocce ball.

"Traditionally you present a tangible token to the honoree," said Teddi Becker, secretary of the board of At Home on the Sound. "We wanted to do something with a sense of fun, something permanent."

Attending the ceremony were New York State Assemblyman Steven Otis, of District 91, as well as local elected officials, including Town of Mamaroneck Supervisor Nancy Seligson.

"This is a real thrill because it's an interactive thing," O'Keefe said. "It's got a lot of value because senior citizens can move around - they'll be outside, getting air, moving their muscles and socializing with each other. I've always been interested in enhancing the experience of the seniors in this town."

It took 10 days to build the court, according to workers from the Town of Mamaroneck Highway Department. "Most importantly, we made sure to keep nature intact," Chris Gonsh said. "We didn't cut any roots or trees or shrubbery."

The Town of Mamaroneck Senior Center is located at 1288 Boston Post Road in Larchmont and is used by Mamaroneck seniors, ages 60 and up.

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