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Tracey Lewis Joins Gramatan Village Board of Directors PDF Print Email

By Joan C. Toffolon, Member, Board of Directors, Gramatan Village

Sep. 14, 2016:  Tracey Lewis, vice president of operations at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, was elected to the board of directors of Gramatan Village at its June meeting. 

"We are very pleased to welcome Tracey to our board," said Kerry Walsh, president of the board. "She brings extensive experience in health care services to our organization and is committed to our mission of providing programs and services for adults 60+ so they can lead active, independent, and vibrant lives in the community they love."

In her current role as vice president of operations at NYP/Lawrence Hospital, Tracey provides strategic leadership, direction, and oversight to key clinical services across the hospital, including medical imaging, laboratory, rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, cancer center operations, sleep center, and the bloodless medicine program.

Prior to holding this leadership role, she held various positions at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and, while there, she served as director of clinical services, administrator on duty at Columbia University Medical Center, director of finance & compliance, ambulatory care & support services, and black belt in the department of performance excellence.

Before joining NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2006, Tracey served as director, productivity and quality, patient financial services at Tenet HealthSystem and held consulting positions in health and life sciences at Capgemini Ernst & Young and in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, and healthcare practice at Arthur Andersen, LLP.

Tracey earned a master's degree in public health/health policy and management at Emory University School of Public Health and a BA in sociology and psychology at Emory University.

Retiring board members include Suzanne BloomerDavid Fuller, and Ruth Shearer. "We acknowledge and thank these talented individuals for their dedicated years of service and their significant contributions to Gramatan Village," said Kerry Walsh.

Gramatan Village is a membership organization that engages community residents who want to remain in the home and neighborhood they love. We support aging-in-community with a network of volunteers, community partnerships, and peer connections that enable members to stay independent and fully engaged in the community. Gramatan Village is recognized as a leader in the National Village Movement.

Pictured here: Tracey Lewis.

Photo courtesy Gramatan Village

Tickets Now on Sale for Senior Citizens Parking Raffle; Free Parking for a Year PDF Print Email

By Kathleen Winter, Senior Citizens Council

May 11, 2016:  The Senior Citizens Council is now selling tickets for its long-standing annual parking raffle.

The prize is a highly sought-after free parking space at any metered space in the Village of Bronxville for one full year.

Raffle tickets will be sold by volunteers from the Senior Citizen Council and senior centers in front of Citibank and the Bronxville Wines & Spirits Store on Fridays and Saturdays, May 13-14 and 20-21.

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

Proceeds from the raffle 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.

Please support the Senior Citizens Council by buying a raffle chance for yourself or as a gift.

Pictured here:  Volunteers for the Senior Citizens Council free parking place raffle. 

Photo by J. Murrer

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

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