Thursday, 28 May 2009 08:23
On Saturday, May 9, Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and the City of Glen Cove hosted a wonderful Senior Day Celebration in Downtown Village Square. Seniors and their families were treated to an afternoon of friends, food and music, which featured a concert by the Senior Center Golden Voices Choral Group and the Senior Pops of Long Island. Senior Day included educational opportunities for seniors, health screenings, shopping, with over 20 vendors and special refreshments. Over 200 people from Glen Cove and our surrounding communities participated in the festivities of the day.
Senior Day was sponsored by The Atria of Glen Cove, the Glen Cove Senior Center, Glengariff Health Care Center, The Regency at Glen Cove and Sunrise Assisted Living. These care centers have worked closely with Mayor Suozzi for the past three years to plan an annual event that gives our community the opportunity to celebrate our seniors and thank them for all that they have done throughout their lives to make Glen Cove a better place.
This year, Glen Cove was proud to pay tribute to 17 centenarians, several of whom were treated to a morning of pampering, hairdos and makeup courtesy of Blonde on Blonde Salon. Each of these 100+ year-olds received citations from Mayor Suozzi, Senator Carl Marcellino, Assemblyman Lavine, County Executive Tom Suozzi and Presiding Officer Diane Yatauro.
This year, the community was proud to recognize Joan Meehan as the 2009 Senior Day Honoree. Mayor Suozzi, Assemblyman Lavine, Councilwoman Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and Carol Waldman (executive director of the Glen Cove Senior Center) spoke highly of this former Glen Cove City Councilwoman and advocate for the senior community. All echoed the same sentiments, that this community is blessed to have Joan Meehan. Truly community minded, Ms. Meehan has served on the Glen Cove City Council, the Business Improvement District, Industrial Development Agency, Community Development Agency and Youth Board. Throughout the years she has collaborated with many organizations throughout Glen Cove to enhance the services offered to seniors.
Carol Waldman said, “Joan Meehan has given a life of service to her community. She has been an advocate on all levels, never tiring of her work. She truly is at home with the family of seniors that she continues to serve.”
Mayor Suozzi said, “I would like to thank our Senior Day Committee for organizing this special opportunity for us to share an afternoon with some of our city’s most valuable members. Senior Day gives us a chance to give back to those who have given so much of themselves throughout the years. I congratulate our honoree, Joan Meehan, and thank her for her many years of service to our community, especially our seniors. I extend my gratitude especially to Carol Waldman, executive director of the Glen Cove Senior Center, who gives of herself everyday to bring joy to our seniors. Carol is a passionate, generous and kind-hearted person and I could not think of anyone better suited to work with our seniors.”
All proceeds from this event will benefit the Glen Cove SAGE Foundation. The Senior Day Committee extended thanks to the following organizations for donating their services: Blonde on Blonde Salon, Amalfi Restaurant & Pizzeria, Deutsch Photographics, Elite Rental, Marquis Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Capobianco’s Glen Street Florist, Glen Cove Public Works, Stevenson Printing and the Downtown Ambassadors. Thanks also to raffle prize donors: Henry’s Confectionery, Frank Abate Massage Therapist, Worth Repeating II, GLYHop Pancake House and Dr. Maxine Cappel.