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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

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


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