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Barbara Robinson Wins Senior Citizens Council Raffle for Free Parking for One Year in Village PDF Print Email

Jun. 11, 2014: This year, the lucky winner of the annual Senior Citizens Council parking raffle happens to be a member of one of the organizations the parking raffle proceeds support!

Barbara Robinson is thrilled to be the winner. She is a member of the Bronxville Senior Citizens (BSC) and figured she would do her part to support the organization that provides so much socialization and so many healthy additions to her lifestyle.

Barbara also was one of the seventeen BSC members who volunteered to sell raffle tickets during May.

The raffle is possible because of the generosity of the Village of Bronxville in allowing the winner to park for free at any meter in town for a full year.

Also to be thanked are Citibank, Houlihan Lawrence, Studio One, and Topps Wine & Liquor for providing covered space for our volunteers to sell the tickets and also store the tables and chairs.

Pictured here:  Parking raffle winner Barbara Robinson.

Photo by Karla Diserens

Senior Citizens Council's Free Parking Raffle Is On: One Year of Free Parking in Village PDF Print Email

May 7, 2014:  Don’t miss out on a chance to win free parking in Bronxville for a year! 

The Senior Citizens Council is now selling tickets for its long-standing annual raffle.

The coveted prize is access to free parking at any metered space in the village (except handicapped-parking spaces). Starting July 1, if you are the lucky winner, you can park in a different space every time you are in the village--including the train station. The Village of Bronxville has once again generously donated the space.

The drawing will take place over the Memorial Day Weekend festivities. You need not be present to win. Tickets are $3.00 each, $5.00 for two, and $15.00 per book of six.

Raffle proceeds support the Senior Citizens Council, the parent organization that oversees the Bronxville and Tuckahoe senior centers. The programs offered to over 500 members at the centers are essential in maintaining and enriching the members' quality of life.

You can purchase your tickets at the raffle tables on Pondfield Road outside Citibank and Studio One on Fridays and Saturdays through May 23 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (weather permitting).

Tickets will also be sold at the Bronxville Farmers' Market at Stone Place off Paxton Avenue from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Saturdays, May 10, 17, and 24.

You can also contact Lorraine Mohan, raffle chairwoman, at CLOAKING for raffle books.

Pictured here (L to R): Marjorie MacAllister and Cathy Hurley, members of the Senior Citizens Council, selling raffles in front of the Wine & Spirits Emporium.

Photo by J. Murrer

Gramatan Village Visits Chagall Exhibit at The Jewish Museum in NYC PDF Print Email

Jan. 22, 2014:  On Tuesday, January 14, Gramatan Village members visited The Jewish Museum in New York City to see the exhibit Chagall: Love, War, and Exile, on display until February 2, 2014. 

The Gramatan Village members were joined by members of two other aging-in-place organizations, At Home on The Sound of Larchmont/Mamaroneck and Staying Put in Rye of Rye/ Harrison and surrounding areas.

The Jewish Museum's website states: "For the first time in the United States, artwork by Chagall from the 1930s and 1940s is gathered to reveal a lesser-known side of the artist. Beginning with the richly evocative paintings of his years in France, the exhibition illuminates an artist deeply responsive to the suffering inflicted by war and to his own exile and personal losses. By the late 1940s, Chagall returns to colorful, joy-filled work celebrating love." 

Gramatan Village, a nonprofit organization formed by a group of local residents, provides individuals and their families in the greater Bronxville area with information and access to services so that they may continue to live safely and confidently in the community they love. Additionally, social events and educational community presentations are planned to keep our members engaged and active. For more information, please call 914-337-1338.

Pictured here: Gramatan Village member Mary Jane Vanderburg viewing a book about Chagall.

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

Getting the Best Health Care As You Age, Topic at Gramatan Village Seminar November 3 PDF Print Email


Nov. 13, 2013:  On Sunday afternoon, November 3, Gramatan Village hosted a talk by Dr. Mark Lachs, director of geriatrics for the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, which attracted a large, attentive crowd to the Bronxville Public Library's Yeager Room.

With the aid of cartoons, graphs, and a lot of humorous patient-related anecdotes, Dr. Lachs spoke about the challenges and opportunities of aging, information that is summarized in his book, What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Getting Older: An Insider's Survival Manual for Outsmarting the Health-Care System.

Dr. Lachs urged everyone to "take responsibility for your own care". You should be especially alert during "care transitions" when moving from one health care place or provider to another, such as going from the hospital to your home or from a specialist to your primary doctor. This is a dangerous time when information can be lost. How not to be a victim of care transition? Assume your medical records will be lost, do not rely on electronic records, and carry a "greatest hits" list with you, including all your vital information, such as a photocopy of your most recent EKG.

Dr. Lachs also warned family members to look out for delirium--a sudden disturbance in a patient's thinking ability, involving confusion and disorientation--which is epidemic among hospitalized older adults, and he outlined proven interventions that can prevent or reduce the condition.

Not only hospitals can make you sick. According to Dr. Lachs, your home can make you seem sick. One patient who kept falling went through batteries of expensive tests, but when Dr. Lachs visited her home he noticed that her armchair and her carpet were the same color. Adding a different color cushion helped her sit without falling. He went over numerous other simple, inexpensive fixes that can keep older people safely at home.

Perceptions about aging also contribute to a person's well-being. Concepts such as "as you become older you become less useful," "it's normal to become disabled as you age," and "things keep getting worse as you age," can shorten a life by as much as seven years. The aim of Dr. Lachs and other geriatricians is "not to add years to your life but to add life to your years."

Dr. Lachs's final admonition was: "The meek do not inherit the earth. You need to be proactive and take responsibility for your own care. If you want to find your best primary care provider, simply look in the mirror!"

Dr. Lachs's talk will be broadcast on the Bronxville cable channel; to request a copy of the presentation, send an email to CLOAKING .

Pictured here:  Dr. Mark Lachs.

Photo courtesy Julie Dalton, Executive Director, Gramatan Village 

'Salute to Seniors' a Smashing Success on Saturday, September 28 PDF Print Email


Oct. 2, 2013:  If you ever organize an event on a Saturday morning starting at 9:00 am, you may also want to order a sunny, crisp, picture-perfect fall morning and have Mayor Mary Marvin as the master of ceremonies.

There were over 100 attendees at village hall. Some arrived in style via the Tuckahoe Trolley, thanks to the generosity of the Village of Tuckahoe.

The mayor set the tone by saluting our community's senior citizens for not only the important role they play, but also the significant contributions they make to Bronxville. 

Each of the speakers who followed also paid tribute to our seniors. Remarks were shared by Irma Damhuis, co-chair of the Senior Citizens Council; Nancy Hand, co-chair of Gramatan Village; Jeff Rohr, president of The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe; Tracy Conte, vice president of marketing and development at Lawrence Hospital Center; and Bronxville Police Chief Christopher Satriale

NYS Assemblywoman Amy Paulin presented a proclamation. Other VIPs in attendance were Rev. Dr. John Hartwell of Village Lutheran Church, Gabriella Radujko, director of the Bronxville Public Library, and New York State Senator George Latimer.

Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond, Eastchester councilmen Glenn Bellitto, Joe Dooley, Luigi Marcoccia, and Fred Salanitro, and Gilda Press, director of senior programs and services for Eastchester, also attended.

The village provided cider and doughnuts from the Bronxville Farmers’ Market immediately following the opening ceremony.

Evey Riccobono, the energizer bunny and also the exercise instructor for the Bronxville Senior Citizens, then led the group to Bronxville High School’s front lawn, where there was a tai chi demo. From there, the crowd meandered into the business district, where there were several information tables with senior-related information and chair massages. 

Throughout the village, businesses made the day all about seniors by offering "silver specials." 

By 1:30 pm, after enjoying a leisurely lunch (some having power-shopped in town and now ready to get off their feet), the crowd headed to the Bronxville Public Library, which hosted the movie Quartet, a free raffle, and yet another light refreshments break. 

Immediately following, the crowd of 75 enjoyed a Frank Sinatra impersonator. Some brave souls headed back to town to take advantage of the early bird specials.  

Sponsorship by Lawrence Hospital Center and the Rotary Club Foundation made the entire day a reality. We are grateful to our local businesses and organizations for embracing Salute to Seniors day.

The Salute to Seniors committee was a joint effort of members of the Senior Citizens Council, Bronxville Senior Citizens, and Gramatan Village.

Pictured here: Senior citizens gather in front of Bronxville Village Hall while listening to Chief of Police Christopher Satriale speak.

Photo by Mary Liz Mulligan, Member, Board of Directors of Senior Citizens Council and Gramatan Village

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