SHIRLEY -- The Council on Aging after reviewing applications with Town Administrator Patrice Garvin over the last few weeks has chosen COA Outreach Coordinator Kathryn Becker as the new COA director.

Approving the new hire Monday night, selectmen said Becker was a perfect fit.

Becker succeeds John Oelfke, who stepped down earlier this year.

Working out of the Senior Center on Parker Road, Becker will continue in both part-time positions, one of which is grant-funded. The director's position is on the town payroll but at 19 hours a week is not eligible for town insurance benefits.

-- M.E. Jones, Correspondent