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‘The men’s table’

These neighbors wouldn’t miss their morning get-togethers

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January 4th, 2018
The neighbors and good friends who have breakfast together each morning in Devonshire’s Verandah restaurant include (from left) Joe Paparelli, Arky Mullens, Irwin Isert, Marvin Meyers, Morris Glazer, and Marvin Spielman.

The neighbors and good friends who have breakfast together each morning in Devonshire’s Verandah restaurant include (from left) Joe Paparelli, Arky Mullens, Irwin Isert, Marvin Meyers, Morris Glazer, and Marvin Spielman.

 

For all of its luxurious resort-style living, community members at Devonshire, Erickson Living’s senior living community in Palm Beach Gardens, most value the friendships they’ve made there.

One example of those friendship bonds is on display every Monday through Saturday morning at the complimentary breakfast buffet in The Verandah, one of Devonshire’s five distinctive clubhouse restaurants.

Community members migrate to their usual tables throughout the breakfast hours, but the large circular table in the center of the room fills early. It was started 12 years ago by Morris Glazer and his wife and Arnold “Arky” Mullens and his wife.

The group expanded through the years to its current seven or eight diners. Through happenstance, it also became “the men’s table,” although women are welcome, Morris says. In fact, when women join the table, they’re catered to.

Arky, Morris, and Joe Paparelli comprise the core group. They rarely miss the morning get-together. Other members include Marvin Meyers, Marvin Spielman, Manny Brandow, and the newest member, Irwin Isert.

Arky is Irwin’s wife’s uncle. So when Irwin started accompanying Arky to breakfast, the group invited him to join them. “They said they’d temporarily vote me in,” he jokes. Now he’s official.

Plenty of teasing

Conversation alternates between serious topics and plenty of teasing. “We really like one another,” says Marvin Meyers. 

Marvin knew no one when he moved to Devonshire from the Eastpointe Golf Course in Palm Beach Gardens. 

“When I asked to join the group, they welcomed me,” he says. “Now you couldn’t remove me with dynamite.”

“It’s a wonderful way to start the day,” Morris adds. “We’re not an organized group. We just eat, have conversation, and do it every day with great enjoyment.”

Should Joe miss a morning, he feels disappointed. “I love the camaraderie,” he says. “And we help each other.” 

Actually, they act like personal wait staff: Marvin Meyers sets the table, and Joe gets Arky’s coffee because Arky, who moved from Delray, is the group’s designated patriarch. 

The breakfast offerings range from bagels, toast, and fresh-baked muffins to fruit, cereals, and yogurt. But the baked-from-scratch muffins, blueberry in particular, have become the table’s favorite fare. 

Certainly they’re Marvin Spielman’s favorite. He moved from Clearwater and knew no one, but was immediately welcomed in. “Someone tapped me on the shoulder and invited me to the table,” he says, “and I’ve never had a bad moment since.”

The group exchanges banter for 30 minutes, then disperses to their individual day’s activities.

Arky and the two Marvins head to the clubhouse fitness center. An athlete and exercise buff throughout his life, Arky’s athletic training kicks in each morning, and he does 40 minutes on the NuStep.

The following morning they’ll be back in The Verandah. “And we always have room for one more,” says Joe.

 

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