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Searching For A Savvy Senior

Frank Zizzo, 83, of Levittown donned a golden crown and a red velvet robe as he was named the “Savvy Senior King” of 2013. Soon, he will make another senior citizen feel like royalty as he crowns this years’ winner at the Parker Jewish Institute on Sept. 7.

 

The Association of Generational Experts for Seniors (AGES) recognizes seniors who make a difference in their community. Among the twenty-six nominees, Zizzo was chosen as “Savvy Senior King” last Sept. at the Holiday Inn in Plainview. 

 

“I was very surprised and elated,” Zizzo said. “I never realized I did so much... it was a very emotional thing for me.”

 

Zizzo was recognized for his long-term commitment to charity work. He serves as the chairman of the board for the Long Island Society for Italian Americans, an organization that gives out 3 scholarships a year to students who display excellence in the Italian language. He also volunteers as an usher at St. Bernard’s Church and is a member of The Young Friends, an organization where he and other seniors take orphaned children out on daytrips. Zizzo has also helped out with Meals on Wheels through the Fulton Street Seniors Program in Brooklyn. 

 

In 1952, Zizzo was drafted in the Korean War and reached the rank of a sergeant. After his service, he joined the Knights of Columbus where he engaged in charity work for children with special needs.

During the holidays, Zizzo enjoys portraying Santa Claus for these children.

 

“It was wonderful to see them laugh and smile,” Zizzo said. “They were happy when they got the smallest present.”

 

Upon receiving his crown, Zizzo was awarded with a gift certificate towards professional studio portraits. 

 

“My wife and I went and we posed for the picture 3 or 4 months later,” he said. “It was a beautiful portrait.”

 

Zizzo looks forward to this year’s crowning ceremony. 

 

“There are a lot of worthy seniors that should be recognized,” he said.  “You’ve got the sitters and the doers and these people are the doers. They have compassion for fellow human beings that aren’t in good shape. “

 

AGES is accepting nominations for “Savvy Senior Citizens” through Sunday, August 31.

 

In 200 typed words or less, individuals can nominate a senior and send a photo of video to: AGES Savvy Senior Award, AGES P.O. Box 774, Melville, NY  11747. Nominations are also accepted via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or directly through AGES’ Website, www.agesresourcenetwork.com. 

News

Firehouse Subs announces the grand opening of its first Long Island location in Levittown on Oct. 17. The award-winning fast casual restaurant chain is famous for serving premium meats and cheeses steamed piping hot and piled high on a toasted sub roll, which is served “Fully Involved” with fresh produce and condiments. Founded by former firefighting brothers, the restaurant’s firehouse décor is based on the founding family’s decades of fire and police service, and the new location is decorated with firefighter memorabilia from the Levittown Fire Department.

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

The Levittown School District has been vigilant with the increase of cases in general. “We are continuing to implement the precautions provided by the health department and the CDC,” said Levittown School District Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel Darlene Rhatigan. “We are also reminding students and staff to be mindful of the importance of proper hygiene including frequent hand washing.”


Sports

 

Four Division Avenue High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to play baseball at local universities next fall. All four players were instrumental in winning the 2014 Nassau County Championship. 

The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.



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