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National Association of Social Workers Names Sherry Saturno National Expert on Aging PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Gramatan Village


Dec. 12, 2018:  The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has named Gramatan Village’s executive director Sherry Saturno as one of its national experts in the fields of aging, caregiving, and mental health as part of its 1,000 Experts Initiative.

Sherry will assist the press, public, and policymakers who seek guidance on matters related to aging, caregiving, and mental health and will advise NASW on these topics. Sherry is a licensed clinical social worker and a diplomate in clinical social work. She and graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Founded in 1955, the NASW is the largest membership organization for social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. The NASW creates professional standards and advances sound social policies.

Pictured here: 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 therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. 





 
Gramatan Village Collaborates with Volunteer New York! on Giving Tuesday PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village


Dec. 5, 2018:  Gramatan Village, a nonprofit organization that supports vibrant and empowered aging, participated in Giving Tuesday on November 27, 2018, by collaborating with Volunteer New York!'s #Bridge2Give Giving Tuesday campaign.

On Giving Tuesday, people worldwide supported nonprofits by donating their time and resources. Gramatan Village recognizes and honors the critical work volunteers accomplish every day and operates with a team of caring volunteers who make our community brighter with their generosity and warmth.

Pictured here (L to R): Kathryn Urbina, Gramatan Village director of member services and programs; Sherry Saturno, Gramatan Village executive director; Patti Colombo, Volunteer New York! manager of RISE Program; and Wendy Armstrong, Volunteer New York!

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 therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Senior Citizens Council and ECAP Provide Over 225 Thanksgiving Day Food Baskets to Area Families PDF Print Email

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By J. Murrer


Nov. 28, 2018:  On the Friday before Thanksgiving, nine members of the Senior Citizens Council ("SCC") made their annual trip to Costco to shop for food to give 25 families a hearty Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. Each family received a turkey, potatoes, fruit, stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce, apple juice, pie, and whipped cream. The food is distributed through the Eastchester Community Action Program ("ECAP"), which is in Tuckahoe. 

The Thanksgiving tradition started almost 20 years ago when Audry Sullivan, the SCC chair, suggested that the council give turkeys to ECAP to distribute to families in need around the area. At that time, the council used a room for its monthly meetings at the Tuckahoe location and thought it would be a kind gesture to help out ECAP with its Thanksgiving program. After several years of buying only turkeys, it was decided that the SCC would buy everything for the families' Thanksgiving Day meal.

“I love organizing and providing the Thanksgiving baskets because in the true Thanksgiving spirit, we are helping less fortunate members of our community," said Loraine Mohan. "Bumpty McGrath and I have been chairing this for over ten years. Our team members have become experts at the process and it’s amazing how quickly we get in and out of Costco.”

SCC co-chairs Sheila Landsberg and Linda Nagle have also been part of this committee for many years. “This giving of Thanksgiving baskets right in the heart of my neighborhood feels the most rewarding," said Landberg. "I recognize some of my neighbors, who are truly grateful for what we do for them."

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Members of the SCC gather to assemble the Thanksgiving baskets at ECAP.

ECAP gave out more than 225 baskets of food this year to families in Eastchester, Tuckahoe, and Bronxville. There are many organizations that donate to the food pantry at ECAP, which enables them to help so many families. Both the Tuckahoe and Bronxville senior centers have food drives in November requesting Thanksgiving food donations to put in the holiday baskets as well as area churches and other community supporters.

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Lillian Veneruso (L) and Linda Nagle organize food for the Thanksgiving baskets at ECAP.

The Senior Citizens Council is made up of members from both Tuckahoe and Bronxville who oversee the community centers for older adults in both villages. The funds to pay for the 25 Thanksgiving baskets are from donations given by each council member and others in the community who have learned about the project over the years.

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Back (L-R): Bumpty McGrath, Gail McCarthy, Mary Liz Mulligan, Eleanor Gustafson, and Lillian Veneruso; front (L-R): Lorraine Mohan, Linda Nagle, and Sheila Landsberg.  

Pictured at top (L to R): Eleanor Gustafson, Lorraine Mohan, Linda Nagle, Sheila Landsberg, Don Brown, director of ECAP, Mary Liz Mulligan, Bunny Micolino Almy, and Bumpty McGrath.

Photo by J. Murrer

 
Gramatan Village Gratitude Challenge: Enter by November 12 PDF Print Email

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By Sherry Saturno, Executive Director, Gramatan Village


Oct. 31, 2018:  As we approach the holidays, Gramatan Village of Bronxville reflects on the entire community that we are so fortunate to be part of. We are deeply grateful for our members, volunteers, community partners, board, and friends.

We invite members of our community to share with us what you are most grateful for this holiday season by participating in our Gratitude Challenge. Please send us an email at  CLOAKING  or call us at 914-337-1338 to let us know what means most to you. Provide a few sentences or feel free to go into greater detail. The deadline for submission is November 12, 2018.

The winner of the Gratitude Challenge will be featured on the inaugural episode of our new podcast, Reimagine Aging with Gramatan Village. We will contact the winner to arrange a time to speak with you. We can’t wait to hear from you! 

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 therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff

 
Active Aging Week September 23 to 30; See Activities PDF Print Email

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By Juliet Zygmunt, Chair, Active Aging Week Committee


Sep. 19, 2018: The Senior Citizens Council, The Bronxville Senior Citizens, The Tuckahoe Senior Citizens, and Gramatan Village invite adults age 55+ to inspire wellness within their community as part of Active Aging Week 2018.

Active Aging Week will kick off on Sunday, September 23, at 2:00 pm in the Yeager Room at the Bronxville Public Library with the Speeder 55+ Art Show and the Mary B. Turino Art Lecture, which is made possible by a generous gift from her family foundation in her memory and in recognition of her love for art and for her dedication, support, and founding of the Senior Citizens Council and the Bronxville and Tuckahoe senior centers. The guest speaker will be Charles T. Little, curator emeritus of medieval art and the Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A reception immediately follows the lecture.

The Speeder 55+ Art Show showcases the work of local artists over the age of 55 and runs from September 23 through October 27. The show is sponsored by the Bronxville Adult School, the Bronxville Public Library, Bronxville Senior Citizens, and Gramatan Village.

The 16th Annual Active Aging Week is an event promoted by the International Council on Active Aging. The weeklong campaign calls attention to and wholeheartedly celebrates the positivity of aging today. It showcases the capabilities of older adults as fully participating members of society and spotlights the role models that lead the way.

This year's theme, inspiring wellness, emphasizes engaging as fully as possible in all areas of life, regardless of health.

Along with organizations worldwide, the Senior Citizens Council, the Bronxville Senior Citizens, the Tuckahoe Senior Citizens, and Gramatan Village are supporting the initiative as host organizations embracing the inspiring wellness theme by offering activities to the public that promote healthy lifestyles.

Active Aging Week Programs Open to All Seniors 

Tuesday, September 25

Bronxville 
9:30 am: Bridge 
11:45 am: Exercise 
1:00 pm: NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital's David Kovacevic, MD, presenting "Living with Shoulder Arthritis--Take Control of Your Pain" 
3:00 pm: Men's tai chi

Tuckahoe 
10:30 am: Exercise 
Noon: Yoga 
1:00 pm: Discussion of fall prevention with Angela Katz from the Westchester Medical Center

Wednesday, September 26

Gramatan Village 
10:00 am to noon and 1:00 to 3:00 pm: Financial empowerment workshops at Gramatan Village's offices. Lunch will be served at noon. Reservations are required.

Thursday, September 27

Bronxville 
9:15 am: Craft Class 
10:30 am: Tai chi 
11:45 am: Exercise 
12:30 pm: Mahjongg

Tuckahoe
10:30 am: Exercise 
Noon: Tai chi 
1:00 pm: Trivial Pursuit 1940s and 1950s Edition. Prizes awarded.

Bronxville Senior Citizens
Meet at The Reformed Church of Bronxville
180 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
914-793-2222

Tuckahoe Senior Citizens
Meet at Fr. Fata Hall
Assumption Church
125 Wallace Street
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
914-337-8487

Gramatan Village
85 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
914-337-1338

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 therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
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