||She's been good this year: Jen from the mayor's office has her photo taken with Santa. She was on hand to assist the mayor and the welfare director in passing out holiday gift cards to needy families.
Walk with St. Nick
December 21, 2011
On Thursday, Dec. 15, participants of the Walk with COPS program, who meet at Memorial Park each Thursday morning during warmer months, held their annual Christmas party at the Johnston Senior Center, and were visited by a two very special guests – Santa and "Elfie" – who arrived in a white limousine. After posing for photos, Santa had gifts for everyone, and refreshments, including cherry cheesecake, were served.
In its 16th year, the Walk with COPS program, started by JPD Chief Richard Tamburini, allows the senior citizens and elderly of the town (some of whom receive transportation from Johnston Housing Authority and local housing for the elderly facilities) to familiarize themselves with the command staff of the Johnston Police Department. Insider photos by Beth Hurd
Left, Chief Richard Tamburini welcomes the participants of the Walk with COPS program to the annual Christmas party, joined by a visitor who needs no introduction. Right, cool Santas wear shades: senior center volunteer Marie D'Elena, first in line, has her photo taken on Santa's lap and receives a present.
Left, a gift fit for a king: known for his crazy outfits, long-time Walk with COPS participant Richard Kornacki receives a gift from Santa and has his photo taken with Elfie. Richard's mother was also a Walk with COPS participant, until her death at age 100 two years ago. Right, Santa has a hug for "The Sarge," Angie Sawyer, a long-time member of the Johnston Community Policing Association, who also has an office at the Johnston Senior Center.
Left, she's been good this year: Jen from the mayor's office has her photo taken with Santa. She was on hand to assist the mayor and the welfare director in passing out holiday gift cards to needy families. Right, Paul and Ann Celi pose for a photo with Santa and Elfie.
Left, Walk with COPS volunteer Tibby Micheli takes a turn on Santa's lap. Right, Walk with COPS participant Madeline Witt, a resident at Briarcliffe Manor, receives a gift from Santa and Elfie.
Left, he's been good, Sgt. Joe Razza poses with Santa and Elfie. Right, she's in the Christmas spirit: Senior Center member and Walk with COPS participant Emily Lepore wore a holiday hat to the party.