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Senior Citizens Council Hosts 45th Anniversary Brunch; Chief Judge Janet DiFiore Addresses Guests via Video PDF Print Email

By Mary Liz Mulligan, Administrator, Senior Citizens Council

Apr. 13, 2016:  On Sunday, April 3, the Senior Citizens Council hosted a celebration brunch at the Bronxville Field Club. 

After a rocky start due to gale winds and a fallen tree limb that completely cut off traffic to the club, the BFC staff hustled to cut up the limb and cart it away. Even the high winds didn't keep our guests away! 

A lovely afternoon was spent enjoying the club's excellent cuisine and listening to Chief Judge Janet DiFiore's remarks. Unfortunately, duty prevailed and the judge was unable to attend in person, which, after her nomination for her new position, we had been put on notice could be a reality.

In her usual thoughtful and professional style, the judge had recorded remarks onto a DVD that was played for the guests. We were able to enjoy her insightful and spot-on remarks about the Tuckahoe and Bronxville Senior Citizens plus some key and current statistics that were staggering. So we did have the judge with us, just not in person. Even her aunt, a member of the Tuckahoe Senior Citizens, who was in attendance, did not know she would not be able to join us! 

A special thank you to the Tuckahoe and Bronxville businesses that supported our journal as well as the seniors themselves and the many residents who attended or made a donation to support our organization. We are grateful to the Bronxville Field Club for its kindness and for being so helpful in so many ways. 

Also, a big thank you to our chairwomen, Joan Henle and Jean Yankus, and, of course, to Bronxville's own, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore! 

Pictured here:  Chief Judge Janet DiFiore. 

Photo provided by Judge DiFiore's office

Joan Toffolon Joins Gramatan Village Board PDF Print Email

By Liz Folberth, Member, Board of Directors, Gramatan Village

Dec. 23, 2015:  Joan C. Toffolon was elected to the board of directors of Gramatan Village at its November meeting. Gramatan Village is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide individuals in the greater Bronxville community with information and access to services so that they may remain in their homes safely and confidently as they grow older.

"Joan was curious about Gramatan Village and attended an open house," said Julie Dalton, executive director of Gramatan Village. "She was so impressed by the way we engage our members she decided she wanted to help us spread the word. Joan began writing articles about our cultural outings, always highlighting how much our members enjoyed getting together with friends. Her experience in marketing is a welcome asset to our board."

Joan Toffolon earned her undergraduate degree in economics from Boston College and received an MBA in finance from the Gabelli Graduate School of Business at Fordham University. Her work experience includes various positions in finance and marketing in the Consumer Products Division of Hanson Industries and SCM Corporation. Her most recent position was vice president of marketing at Smith Corona Corporation.

Joan and her husband, John, have lived in Bronxville since 1992 with their two children, Ashley (22) and Allison (19).

She has been involved in many civic and community activities. She has held board positions at Catholic Guardian Services in New York City, The Bronxville School Foundation (where she was vice president of public relations), The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe, and Heartsong, Inc.

She also volunteers with Destination College and currently serves on the parents committees at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

Pictured here:  New Gramatan Village board member Joan Toffolon.

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village

Thanksgiving Baskets Delivered by the Senior Citizens Council of Bronxville and Tuckahoe to Families in Need PDF Print Email

By Jeannie Murrer

Dec. 2, 2015:  The Senior Citizens Council (SCC), which overseas operations and activities in the senior centers of Bronxville and Tuckahoe, has been preparing Thanksgiving baskets for families in need in the Tuckahoe area for the past 13 years. This year was no different, and the council was able to prepare 20 baskets, which were delivered before the Thanksgiving holiday.

This wonderful tradition started when Audrey Sullivan, the SCC chairman at the time, suggested that the council give turkeys to the Tuckahoe CAP (Community Action Program) to distribute to families on Thanksgiving. At that time, the council was using a meeting room at the Tuckahoe location and thought it would be a nice gesture to help CAP's food distribution for low-income families.

After several years of donating turkeys, the council decided to add the rest of the Thanksgiving feast and started making up baskets with everything a family would need for the holiday meal. 

Each council member donates to the project, along with others who have heard about the project over the years. A group of about six council members meets at Costco on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, and within an hour they gather all the food and load it up to take to the CAP center.

An assembly line is started upstairs at the CAP center, and the baskets are finished and ready by noon. Every family gets a turkey, vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls, pie, and whipped cream, and the baskets are all packed with love.

Council member Veronica Darcy said, "It's one of our traditions on the council. There is a group of us that has been doing this for years, and we always look forward to the shopping and assembling the baskets."

Pictured here:  Members of the Senior Citizens Council shopping at Costco (top) and members with the head of CAP at the Tuckahoe center.

Photos by Kathleen Winters

Salute to Seniors Day to Be Held Saturday, September 26 PDF Print Email

By Julie Dalton, Executive Director, Gramatan Village 

Sep. 16, 2015:  Bronxville's third annual Salute to Seniors Day will be held on Saturday, September 26. 

This day-long celebration of our local seniors is co-sponsored by the Senior Citizens Council, Bronxville Senior Citizens, and Gramatan Village with support from the Village of Bronxville, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, The Community Fund, and the Bronxville Rotary. 

Festivities begin at 10:00 am on the lawn of the Bronxville High School (rain location: Bronxville Village Hall). Mayor Mary Marvin and sponsoring organizations will offer remarks followed by light refreshments. A number of community organizations will have informational tables on Pondfield Road, and many local businesses will offer "silver" discounts and specials for seniors. 

At 3:00 pm, the Bronxville Library will welcome the public to a "speeders" art show (featuring the work of artists 55 or older) and an opening reception with raffle. Admission is free and walk-ins are welcome. 

All are encouraged to join this special day for our older friends and relatives. It's a great way to learn about community resources and services that support older residents and is especially valuable for those who may be new to the area or concerned about an aging parent or friend. 

Salute to Seniors Day marks the beginning of Active Aging Week, a week-long celebration of aging and active living. Active Aging Week is sponsored by the International Council on Active Aging and takes place this year from September 27 through October 3. 

For more information, please email  CLOAKING .

Pictured here (L to R):  Bronxville seniors Mary Turino, Bill Turino, and Marion Moore.  

Photo courtesy Julie Dalton

Gramatan Village Members Enjoy Chef Nancy Contessa's Cooking Lecture and Tour Beautiful Wave Hill Gardens in the Bronx PDF Print Email

By Kathryn S. Urbina, Member Services/ Program & Volunteer Coordinator, Gramatan Village 

May 27, 2015:  Gramatan Village sponsored two enjoyable events in celebration of the arrival of spring.  

On Tuesday, May 12, members attended a delightful cooking demonstration and sampling at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, which was co-sponsored by the Bronxville Senior Citizens and generously funded by a grant from The Junior League of Bronxville.  

Acclaimed local chef Nancy Contessa highlighted and prepared her tried-and-true recipes for healthy summer salads. The tasty menu included a chicken BLT salad, orzo salad with grilled shrimp, and steakhouse salad. Participants enjoyed the delicious salads while Nancy shared tips such as her best pick of fresh local produce and interesting olive oil and dressing choices.  

The second event took place on Wednesday, May 13, when members enjoyed a picture-perfect sunny- afternoon tour of the gardens at Wave Hill. Often called "one of the greatest living works of art," Wave Hill is a spectacular 28-acre public garden and cultural center overlooking the majestic Hudson River and Palisades in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.  

The tour provided an overview of Wave Hill's carefully cultivated garden areas and extensive collection of rare and unusual shrubs, plants, and trees, along with a general history of the property.   

Following the tour, members dined on a scrumptious lunch with a wide selection of local and artisanal offerings at The Café in the historic Wave Hill House.  

Upcoming events sponsored by Gramatan Village include Sunday Afternoon at the Movies--The Third Man at the Bronxville Public Library (May 31), an open house at Gramatan Village to learn about the benefits of membership (June 3), shopping and lunch at Stew Leonard's (June 12), "Local Treasures" tour of the stained-glass windows of The Reformed Church (June 23), and the Frida Kahlo exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden (June 24).  

For more information, contact Gramatan Village at 914-337-1338 or  CLOAKING  or visit the website at 

Gramatan Village is an innovative membership organization that supports older adults who want to age in the home and neighborhood that they love. 

Pictured here:  Kathryn Urbina, Member Services/ Program & Volunteer Coordinator (L) and Mary Pat Kenlon, Gramatan Village member, at the gardens at Wave Hill.

Photo courtesy Kathryn S. Urbina, Member Services/ Program & Volunteer Coordinator, Gramatan Village

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