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'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

 
Julie Dalton, Executive Director of Gramatan Village, Helps People to 'Age in Place' in Bronxville PDF Print Email

 

Sep. 25, 2013:  A little more than five years ago, Gramatan Village, an organization designed to keep Bronxville-area people "aging in place," was begun.  At its helm since year two has been its executive director, Julie Dalton, developing its programs and procedures and carrying out its mission to enable people in the greater Bronxville area to remain in this community in their older years.

Recently, MyhometownBronxville sat down with Julie in the Gramatan Village office on Pondfield Road to ask her questions about the organization and to ask where she sees it going. Following are the answers she provided.

How did you come to focus on senior citizens' care?

I’ve always been interested in helping older people have a better life. I first earned a certification from the University of North Texas as a certified aging service specialist, a certification which must be updated every two years by showing you are current in the latest developments in aging services, presenting at conferences, and publishing.

Then around 20 years ago I met a mentor in New York City who introduced me to a whole gamut of home- and community-based services for older citizens. After a number of years managing programs, I became the COO for Aging in America Community Services, an organization which serves over 5,000 people.  The services provided included: case management, elder abuse counseling, meals on wheels, intergenerational programs, social adult day care programs, senior centers, and a variety of health and wellness programs. 

Why did you choose to come to Bronxville?

Gramatan Village was just beginning at the time I interviewed. It offered an incredible opportunity to create something from the ground up. I knew that this village and Gramatan Village were on the cutting edge of providing services for older Americans. I was also acquainted with the services in Southern Westchester. It was the perfect place for me. I take great pride in the fact that we were the first "aging in place" organization in Westchester. Now there are 10 in Westchester.

What was the biggest challenge getting started? 

Our founders knew they were committed to making this organization a reality but weren’t sure how to begin. There was no service delivery model and no overall plan of action.  So I began by writing the initial plan for how we would get started. I also needed to learn the players in the community. We are here to coordinate and connect, so that was very important to do early on. One of our best resources is that we know who the good providers are in the community. That took time to learn. 

Gradually, we added the programs we have today: care coordination where we assess the needs of an individual, referrals to reliable pre-screened service provides, links to government services, and referrals for housekeeping services, financial services, attorneys, nutrition services, and other senior centers. We also provide referrals to individual counseling for Medicare and Medicaid and recommend home maintenance workers such as plumbers, electricians, and computer technicians. Gramatan Village members also receive discounts from local merchants and some service providers.

Most important, we work one on one with our members. We do the leg work either to find a service provider that can meet their needs or in some cases do it ourselves. Some of the services are income based. Others are available to anyone.

What are you most proud of accomplishing?

One of the best things we’ve done is to provide nutrition education seminars. We noted that among our socially isolated members, there is a lack of good eating habits. We also instituted yoga classes to improve their mobility. We work hard to assist members behind the scenes to stay and live in their homes. At the same time, members need to get out of the house and socialize with others. To this end, we are providing some wonderful social and cultural programs. Earlier this year we went to the American Museum of the Moving Image. Members could go into a sound box and voice over scenes from a movie. One of our members voiced over Marilyn Monroe in Some Like is Hot. She did a great job. Socialization is very important for older people.

How is Gramatan Village unique?

Gramatan Village is part of a national movement of communities across the country that has chosen to establish grassroots membership organizations to enable seniors to stay in their homes safely and confidently as they grow older. They are formed by local people, are self-governing and self-supporting, and seek to consolidate and coordinate services for their members. They look for opportunities to collaborate with existing resources in the community and work one on one with their members. It is a holistic approach.

Today there are about 100 villages across the country in this movement. We share best practices and use the peer network to assist one another. Last fall I presented at a national conference. While there I learned a lot from other presentations.

Whom does Gramatan Village serve?

Gramatan Village serves residents of the greater Bronxville community, including the zip codes of 10708 (Bronxville), 10707 (Tuckahoe), 10552 (adjacent Mount Vernon), and the 10708 PO in Yonkers. We serve people 60 years and above plus their families, with a greater focus on those 85 years and older, who often need more care.

How does Gramatan Village coordinate with other community organizations and services?

We collaborate on special outings, work with the Bronxville and Tuckahoe senior citizens organizations, make referrals and receive referrals from other senior providers, and work with the Eastchester Department of Senior Programs and the Offices of the Aging in Yonkers and Mount Vernon. We also work with The Wartburg in Mount Vernon for short-term rehab referrals and recommend skilled nursing assistance, independent housing, assisted living, low-income housing, home care, and adult day health care.

What do Gramatan Village volunteers do?

We have a good number of volunteers who assist with non-skilled services. For example, they provide rides to appointments, run to the drug store to get a prescription filled, make phone calls to shut-ins, or take people for a walk. Volunteers have removed air conditioners and given advice on using a computer, an iPad, or an iPhone. They also help in the office and are very important in fundraising. And our volunteers are of all ages. This summer, Kylie Regan, a junior at Bronxville High School, helped us organize outings. 

How can volunteers get involved?

People can stop by the office on the second floor at 85 Pondfield or call the office at 914-337-1338. You can also go online to our website at www.gramatanvillage.org.  

How can someone join?    

The best thing to do is call the office (914-337-1338), where someone is available to describe the services and give you the options for membership. Or go online to learn about Gramatan Village at www.gramatanvilage.org. In addition, every third Thursday of the month, there is a session at the Bronxville Library where members are present to describe the services offered by Gramatan Village and answer any questions.

Gramatan Village serves members who pay dues and are eligible for a full range of services or "special members" who receive a full range of services and are also eligible for reduced membership dues which are subsidized by community support, including a grant from The Community Fund. Membership fees are partially tax deductible. In addition, Gramatan Village serves all residents, free of charge, who wish to attend our informational programs. 

Gramatan Village is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Individuals who wish to contribute to the organization to help support our older adults, in particular, our "special members" whose membership is dependent on donations from the community, will find their donations tax deductible. 

Pictured here:  Julie Dalton, executive director of Gramatan Village.

Photo by N. Bower  

 
Join 'Salute to Seniors' this Saturday, September 28, Starting at Village Hall PDF Print Email

 

Sep. 25, 2013:  This Saturday, September 28, there will be a village-wide celebration of our senior citizens. Two local not-for-profit organizations that work with seniors, Gramatan Village and the Bronxville Senior Citizens, have joined forces with the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Bronxville to make Salute to Seniors a memorable day for all.

The day kicks off on the village hall front lawn with remarks by Mayor Mary Marvin and some local organization representatives; light refreshments follow the opening ceremony. We hope you will all join us.

Next, follow the crowd to the Bronxville High School lawn and join in a tai chi class. The energizer bunny Evey Riccobono will be our pied piper and lead a spirited walk into the village business district, where most businesses are graciously offering specials throughout the entire day for all seniors. Our businesses have always been the community’s best supporters. We now hope you will support them and also take advantage of their many generous offerings. 

There will be informational tables from 10:30 am to noon in front of 81 Pondfield Road with representatives from Lawrence Hospital Center and local organizations with helpful senior-related information. 

After you have enjoyed a nice lunch in town, head to the Bronxville Public Library, where the film Quartet starring Maggie Smith will be shown at 1:30 pm in the Yeager Community Room. There will be a free raffle after the movie, followed by a Frank Sinatra impersonator. 

In case you still aren't done in, head back to the village for early bird specials at one of our many restaurants.

Pictured here:  Mayor Mary Marvin, who will be making opening remarks for Salute to Seniors day.

Photo by N. Bower 


 
Chamber Chatter for August 24: Flowers Blooming Everywhere PDF Print Email

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August 24, 2011:  While walking in town last week with our wonderful Mayor Mary Marvin, a business owner stopped her--people always stop Mayor Marvin!--to tell her how wonderful the Village looks these days.  He is right!  The recent road resurfacing of Kraft Avenue and its new sidewalks look beautiful.  There are flowers blooming everywhere you look.  Bronxville is a sight to behold!  Many thanks to our hardworking Department of Public Works and to our store owners for maintaining the town so well!

Speaking of our mayor, she will be my guest this Wednesday on the Chamber of Commerce's radio show.  Tune your radios to WVOX 1460 AM on Wednesday at 11:30 am.  Of course, our conversation will be about Bronxville business!

Our third and final summer concert takes place this Thursday, August 25, on the southbound side of the train station.  Come join us as we rock the town one last time this year!  Entertainment for the evening is provided by Third Stone, a local band renowned for its great mix of classic rock and rhythm and blues.  Scarborough Fair and Chantilly Patisserie will offer food and beverages for your dining pleasure, and, as always, you may bring a picnic.  The fun begins at 6:30 pm and continues until 8:30 pm.  What a way to end the summer!

The Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that we have two new members:

Breezeway (80 Kraft Avenue, 914-337-7333) is an accessories shop that was opened this spring by Bronxville native Susan Altieri.

Pepe Cadillac (1245 Central Park Avenue, 914-378-3444) is an auto dealership that sells and services new and used Cadillacs.

We welcome them to our membership and wish them much success in our community!

No Stone Unturned, the place to make your own jewelry or buy some beautiful and unique pieces, is now online!  Please visit their new online shop, www.no-stone-unturned.com.  Now you can shop from the comfort of your own home and at your leisure!

Arista Camera and Imaging is hosting a reception for the intriguing Rafael Rodriguez on Wednesday, August 24, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  Mr. Rodriguez is a photographer, singer/actor/songwriter, gourmet chef, and massage therapist who has travelled extensively in Mexico, Peru, Greece, and Egypt.  His photographs represent his travels and his unique eye in capturing the things he has witnessed.  Originally from Rockland County, where he graduated from Ramapo HS in 2003, Mr. Rodriguez now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Take advantage of all of the summer sales around the Village.  They are soon to be replaced with back-to-school signs, sad to say, which always signals the end of summer.

The other signal is fall sports preseason practice!  Bronxville will soon be buzzing again!

Hope to see you all on Thursday evening!

Peggy

 
Chamber Chatter: Many Merchants to Teach Courses at Bronxville Adult School PDF Print Email

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August 17, 2011:  I was out of town at the beach last week and came back to a flurry of emails about wonderful end-of-summer--sad, but true!--sales in and around town.  Some of our stores were closed for part of the summer, but all will be open come September, and they anticipate assisting all of us with our fall shopping needs!

At Weezie D, all summer clothing is on sale.  You will save 50% off all swimsuits, all cover-ups, and all summer bags!

J.McLaughlin is hosting its summer sale, and it will have you running to the store! Many of its gorgeous fashions are available for one-third of the regular price!

Toney Toni and the Gang is running a summer sale on many of its beautiful warm weather styles.

The Silk Road's end-of-summer sale begins August 18.  Take advantage of 20 to 70% off summer tops and jackets, assorted rings and necklaces, select floral arrangements, floor sample rugs, tablecloths and napkins, and furniture.

The Bronxville Adult School has announced its fall schedule of classes, many of which are being taught by our Chamber members!  Look for the fall course catalog in the next week or two.  Here is a preview of some of the good things to come:

September

1. Two photography classes on the basics with Arista Camera
2. Preparing Your Garden for Winter with Leonard Pouder of Lieb's Nursery and Garden Center
3. Holiday Flower Arranging with Mary Tryforos of Tryforos & Pernice
4. Friday yoga classes with Mary Beltran start at The Bronxville Women's Club
5. Bridge classes with Sylwia McNamara and David Yates start at The Reformed Church and The Bronxville School
6. Cooking classes start (using fresh, local ingredients from the Farmers' Market)

October

1. Maximize the Investment You Live In - Priscilla Toomey of Bronxville-Ley Real Estate
2. Get the Most Out of Your DSLR Camera: Advanced - Arista Camera
3. Internet Marketing Basics for Small Businesses - Bridget Gibbons of Gibbons Digital and Eben Thurston of Spring Marketing Strategies
4. Festive Fondue and Wine Tasting - Wine and Spirits Emporium and Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese
5. How to Be an Executor - David Otis Fuller, Jr., of Bosworth, Gray & Fuller
6. Savvy Social Security for Boomers - Jim Van Metter of James Van Metter Wealth Management
7. Cupcake Chic - Maria and Mariana Delgado of Chantilly Patisserie
8. Van Gogh and Gauguin in Arles - Jerrilynn Dodds, dean of Sarah Lawrence College, at the Bronxville Public Library

November

1. The Four Basic Photography Secrets Revealed - Richard A. Restiano, Sr., of Arista Camera
2. Be a Gift-Wrapping Goddess - Barbara Amar of SilverSpoon

Please join us for our final concert of the summer:  mark your calendars for Thursday, August 25.  The Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with sponsors Underhills Crossing and Dr. Joseph F. Manzi, DDS, invite you to mosey over to the west side to Leonard Morange Square on Thursday, August 25, to mingle and enjoy the music of Third Stone, a local favorite!  Feel free to bring a picnic or sample some treats from Scarborough Fair.  We promise you a wonderful night!

I hope to see you in the Village!

Peggy Conway

 

 

 
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