Town of North Salem announces Recreation Department staffing changes
After 41 years working for the North Salem recreation department, superintendent Beverly Golisano is retiring. The Town Board will officially acknowledge Golisano’s letter of resignation at Tuesday evening’s board meeting. Golisano has worked for the department since 1980. Most recently she served as the department’s superintendent, overseeing programming for children and seniors.
“My favorite part of working for the Recreation Department was working with the children,” Golisano said. “Day camp was always a challenge but it was a great experience and the kids have been great.”
North Salem Town Supervisor Warren Lucas said of Golisano, “Beverly has run our recreation department and summer camp to great success. I would like to express my deepest gratitude for Beverly’s years of service and dedication to this community. She has done a tremendous job for the Town.”
Golisano said she’s looking forward to spending time doing a lot of things she’s been waiting to do. She first retired from the department in 2019, but then stayed on to assist recreation leader Lauren Rosasco. This time, Golisano again plans to help out in a part-time capacity, although she said she will limit her time to just eight hours per week.
“I will be running the North Salem senior citizen club for one more year,” Golisano explained. “The seniors are a favorite group of mine and I’ve known a lot of them for many, many years.”
By the end of 2022, the recreation department hopes to move its senior programming into the building at 3 Owen Road, the site of the former Schoolhouse Theater. The town purchased the property in 2021. Golisano also hopes to see through the purchase of a new van to transport seniors, which she said is expected to happen by May 2022.
“If we get the van, we can resume our monthly trips,” Golisano said. Pre-pandemic, a full slate of day trips was planned for the seniors, all of which were canceled when lockdowns took hold. Golisano hopes to be able to restore favorites such as the visit to the Hudson River Museum and John Vassak’s tour of historical North Salem homes.
Also in 2022, the North Salem senior citizen club will mark its 50th anniversary.“We’re going to have to have a party to celebrate,” Golisano said of the milestone. The club, which was first formed in 1972, today has a membership of around 100 residents, of which 25-30 regularly get together for monthly meetings.