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Gramatan Village Receives Award PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

Jul. 17, 2019:  Empowered aging-in-place community Gramatan Village has won the 2019 Agency of the Year Award for the State of New York from the National Association of Social Workers. The award is given annually to an organization that provides outstanding services and exemplary advocacy and demonstrates innovation in programming.

Gramatan Village’s executive director, Sherry Saturno, attended the National Association of Social Workers of New York State’s annual conference in Saratoga Springs this June, and accepted the award on behalf of Gramatan Village. Saturno stated, “Gramatan Village is deeply grateful to the National Association of Social Workers for this honor and to our amazing members, board, volunteers, and staff. As we grow older, we may become indoctrinated to believe we somehow become less as we age. Less visible, less relevant, less significant. Gramatan Village repudiates that concept every day. On behalf of the vibrant older adults that we represent, thank you to the NASW for seeing us and hearing us.”

Pictured here: Sherry Saturno with the 2019 Agency of the Year Award.

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village

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Bronxville Resident Appointed to Serve on Age-Friendly NYC Commission PDF Print Email

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By Kathryn S. Urbina, Director, Member Services and Programs, Gramatan Village

Jul. 10, 2019:  Dr. Julio Urbina of Bronxville has been appointed by the mayor of New York City and approved by the New York City Council to serve as a member of the Age-Friendly NYC Commission.

Jointly and individually, commission members are charged with exploring, creating, and leveraging new opportunities in the corporate, non-profit, cultural, health, and social care, labor, faith-based, service, and academic sectors to support a rapidly increasing population of older New Yorkers and make the city a world leader in aging and urbanization.

Deploying the wealth of experience, commitment, and energy each member brings, the commission will deliver sustained leadership toward achieving a bright vision of enhancing the health, well-being, and full participation of older New Yorkers and making the city an age-friendly place in which to live and thrive.

Dr. Urbina has a long history of serving the community, initially as a paramedic with EVAC. He served on the Tuckahoe Board of Education and has volunteered as an assistant Scoutmaster for local Boy Scout Troop 353 and is currently the advisor for Venture Crew 343.

Dr. Urbina is the vice president and director of the Healthy Aging program at The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation. He earned his master’s degree from the Yale School of Public Health and his PhD in Social Policy from the Heller School of Brandeis University.

Pictured: Julio Urbina.

Photo courtesy Kathryn S. Urbina, Director, Member Services and Programs, Gramatan Village

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Gramatan Village Members, Volunteers, and Community Members Participate in Two Programs in June PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

Jul. 3, 2019:  In June, Gramatan Village members, volunteers, and community friends had the opportunity to participate in two great programs.

The first program was an interactive workshop on compassionate listening with Gilda Press, former director of senior programs and services for the Town of Eastchester. This interactive workshop explored loss, loneliness, active listening, support, and encouragement. Gramatan Village's executive director, Sherry Saturno, stated, “At Gramatan Village, our volunteers are our heroes. We stress a personalized and meaningful role for each one of our volunteers that speak to the passions and causes that are important to them. Gilda led us in an engaging and insightful discussion about how we can make a difference in the lives of our members.”

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Photo taken at the compassionate listening event:  Standing:Tracy Lilly (L) and Becky Underhill; seated: Gloria Montenero (L) and Gilda Press.

Also in June, volunteers from the Junior League of Bronxville brightened the day for Gramatan Village members during a fun “crafternoon” activity. As part of a Done in a Day project, the League volunteers partnered with Gramatan Village members to create colorful picture frames, keepsake boxes, and decorated birdhouses.

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Photo taken at Junior League event (L to R): Gramatan Village member Rosalie Flynn and Junior League of Bronxville member Sessa von Richthofen.

Photos courtesy Gramatan Village

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Gramatan Village Certified as Next Stage Sponsor Site PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

Jun. 12, 2019:  Gramatan Village has been certified a Next Stage Network Stage Sponsor site by Mae Carpenter, Commissioner of the Westchester Department of Senior Programs and Services. The Next Stage Network is a new program of the Westchester County Livable Communities and functions as an educational program of the Department of Senior Programs and Westchester Public/Private Partnership. 

The Next Stage Network is the Livable Communities’ information and education hub that will connect people to dynamic experiences within all areas of life: economic, health, social, cultural, and vocational. The Network will offer workshops, seminars, and activities that will address the unique needs of older adults and inspire each participant to stay involved while preparing and enjoying the next stage of life. Gramatan Village will host Next Stage Network events for the community, open to the public.

Additionally, Gramatan Village’s executive director, Sherry Saturno, has just completed the certificate program as a Next Stage Scholar in Reflective Aging at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. As part of the program, Saturno attended a series of classes related to ageism, advocacy, health, and community engagement.

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village


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Winner of Free Parking Space in Bronxville Announced PDF Print Email

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By Kathleen Winter, Parking Raffle Chair, Senior Citizens Council

May 29, 2019:  Following the 99th annual Memorial Day parade, on a glorious day, Mayor Mary Marvin stood in front of Bronxville Village Hall and drew the winner of the annual free parking space raffle from an overflowing basket of ticket stubs. After reaching deep into the basket, she pulled a ticket and unfolded it. The ticket bore the name of Joe Houlihan, this year’s winner.

The Senior Citizens Council organizes the raffle each year to raise funds to support our senior citizens programs. The council is truly grateful to the Village of Bronxville for very generously contributing the incredible prize for the raffle. The council is also grateful to Citibank, OpaOpa Fresh Greek, and Studio One for their continued support. The council is very appreciative to everyone who bought raffle tickets and sent donations in support of this important fundraiser for our seniors.

Pictured here (L to R):  Kathleen Winter, Mayor Mary Marvin, and Sheila Landsberg.

Photo courtesy Senior Citizens Council


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