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Gramatan Village Executive Director To Lead Free Online Class on Aging and the Power of Connection PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

May 20, 2020: On Friday, June 5th, Sherry Saturno, Executive Director of Gramatan Village, will lead a free online class on “Aging-in-Place and the Power of Connection” for Covia’s Well Connected program.

Well-Connected is a phone and online program offering activities, education, and friendly conversation to older adults accessible from the comfort of their own homes. 

Well-Connected serves 2,000 elders across 46 states, and the program is free and open to all adults over the age of 60.

Saturno’s course will explore how older adults can continue to age vibrantly in the homes and neighborhoods that they love and how a sense of purpose is vital in countering social isolation. 

To register for the class, visit covia.org. To join Gramatan Village, click here or call (914) 337-1338.

Pictured: Sherry Saturno

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 

 
Gramatan Village Is Offering Free Programs For Limited Time PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

May 13, 2020: Gramatan Village is honored to be part of Bronxville and the surrounding communities. We understand that it is easy to feel socially isolated in a time of social distancing, and invite you to engage in our virtual programming. Gramatan Village is a membership organization but, for a limited time, is offering the following free programming to the public, ages 55 and up. 

-Breakfast Club: Get your daily dose of upbeat conversation and positive news via our group discussion.

-Guided Tours: Explore great museums, historical sites, and cultural events with a knowledgeable facilitator. 

-Men's Group: Lively, interactive discussion with a different topic and leader every month.

-Daughterhood Circle: Support for women with loved ones going through the transitions of aging.

-Tech Support: Want to participate online, but you're not Zoom savvy? Don't worry, we've got all your tech and iPhone questions covered.

-Mystery Club: Exploration of fascinating films, novels, historical, and real life events for true mystery lovers.

-Netflix Parties: Join in the fun and chat with friends as we watch favorite shows and films together.

-Staying Connected Newsletter: Full of helpful local resources and positive tips, delivered to your inbox three times a week.

To learn more, please visit our website at www.gramatanvillage.org; call us at (914) 337-1338, or email us at CLOAKING . We are busier than ever on behalf of our senior citizens and are available for support, guidance, and to help make social connections. Together, we will navigate these turbulent times.

About Gramatan Village: Vibrant Aging. At Home. Your Own Way. Gramatan Village is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that supports adults ages 55 and up who want to age in the home and neighborhood that they love. We support empowered aging-in-community with a network of volunteers, experts, professional referrals, and peer connections that enable members to stay independent, vital, and engaged as they grow older. 

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 

 
Dee Sorensen's 95th Birthday Was An Outdoor Surprise! PDF Print Email

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By Staff

May 6, 2020: One of the many experiences we are missing in this season of coronavirus is gathering for celebrations such as weddings, showers, christenings, graduations, and birthdays. We can’t line up for receiving lines or pack ourselves into living rooms, country clubs, sanctuaries, or stadiums to cheer, applaud, and hug as a group.

But what we can do is get in our cars for a drive-by cavalcade. That is what happened on Thursday, April 30, for the 95th birthday of Dee Sorensen, a longtime village resident.

Leading the way were two police cars, balloons attached, carrying Bronxville’s finest, lights flashing and horns honking. They led 40 plus cars loaded with Dee fans aged 10 to 85, including Mayor Mary Marvin. 

These fans were shaking pompoms and waving homemade signs. One Bronxville middle schooler was standing through the car sunroof, holding a birthday banner.

Dee was stationed at the end of her driveway, donning a pink fur accented crown. A bunch of balloons were tied to her wheelchair.

In the center of the spectacle was an Eastchester fire struck sounding its horn.

To say Dee was surprised would be an understatement.

This was Bronxville at its best - - members of the community coming out of their homes in rainy weather to honor and celebrate a grateful, smiling, waving birthday Queen for a day.

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Happy 95th Birthday Edna Thornton! PDF Print Email

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By The Thornton Children

May 6, 2020: The children, their spouses, and the grandchildren of Edna Lawson Thornton ("Gigi") would like to wish her a very happy birthday on the occasion of her 95th Birthday today, May 6, 2020.

Edna now lives in John's Island, Florida in the winter and in Wainscott, Long Island in the summer, but she lived in Bronxville for over 50 years.

She and her husband, John V. Thornton, loved the Bronxville community and were very involved in it.

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John served on the Boards of Lawrence Hospital and the Bronxville School. Edna was involved in many local organizations, including the Junior League, Sarah Lawrence College and the Bronxville Field Club and did volunteer legal work in Yonkers. Edna also worked for the Corporation Counsel’s office in New York.

Edna and John had seven children - - John, Nancy, Sarah, Matthew, Mark, Amy, and Laura. Two of these children live in Bronxville today.

Edna and John lived in Bronxville until 2005 when John passed away, and Edna moved full-time to their home in Florida.

Edna and her five sisters were champion swimmers. Edna was also a good student, and in 1952, she decided to go to law school. She was one of only two women in her class at St John's Law School.


Edna graduated in 1955 but didn't start practicing law at that time. Instead, she raised her family. Twenty years later, she started a real estate law practice in Bronxville, which she loved!

She continued to practice until recently when she decided that maybe it was time to relax!

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Normally, on the occasion of Gigi's Birthday, we would be having a big celebration! But, as we know, this year is anything but normal!

So, this year, since only some of us will be together, we would like to wish Gigi a Very Happy Birthday virtually through MyhometownBronxville.com!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIGI!

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Gramatan Village Seniors & Bronxville Middle Schoolers Corresponding PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village

Apr. 29, 2020:  Gramatan Village has launched a new Pen Pal program between its members and students at Bronxville Middle School.

"Support and connection during these turbulent times is so vital," said Gramatan Village Executive Director Sherry Saturno, LCSW, LNHA, DCSW. "Thanks to the generosity and kindness of the Bronxville Middle School students, our members now have the opportunity to make an intergenerational new friend and share what's happening in their lives."

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The students are mailing handwritten notes, cards, and artwork to Gramatan Village members, who reciprocate by sending letters of their own.

The students are also part of Gramatan Village's Techy Teen Club, working with older adults to help them with their iPhones, answer technology questions, and even organize Netflix Parties.

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"This volunteerism makes a significant difference in our members' lives, and the students bring a great deal of sunshine to every activity," states Saturno.

Photos courtesy Gramatan Village


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


 

 

 

 
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