Seniors skate to the songs of their youth

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SOUTH AMBOY -

Senior citizens in New Jersey have found a way to feel young again.

Every Monday and Wednesday, the South Amboy Arena Roller Rink plays old-time music for those who have been roller skating for decades.

"I've been roller skating since I was 3," said Bettie Sammarco. "I've been roller skating all my life. I love it and I am so happy I found this rink."

Others picked it up as a hobby later in life to get a little exercise.

Sammarco says rollers rinks are disappearing nationwide and that senior sessions are even harder to find. That's why some people like 76-year-old Ellen Cheeseman got up and drove all the way from Long Island to skate.

"You come here and well, this is home," Cheeseman says. "This is home."

The skate session is open to anyone who enjoys old music. It's held twice a week but after next week will be breaking for the summer before resuming again in the fall.

 

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