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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

Long Island Democrat David Denenberg has dropped out of the race for state Senate, after recent accusations that the Nassau County Legislator fraudulently billed his own law firm—

Davidoff, Hutcher & Citron—over $2 million for non-existent case work. According to published reports, Denenberg stated, “My family, the electorate, the campaign and this position are way too important to subject myself to such outrageous allegations and negative attacks against me personally. Therefore I withdraw from the race.”

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Levittown.

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.


Sports

Saturday, Sept. 27

9 a.m. Boys Varsity Soccer Great Neck South at MacArthur

9:15 a.m. JV Football Lawrence at Division

10 a.m. Boys JV Soccer West Hemsptead at Division

10 a.m. Boys Varsity Soccer Division at West Hempstead

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 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.”


Calendar

Hispanic Heritage Month

Friday, September 26

Donations Needed

Saturday, September 27

Homecoming

Saturday, September 27



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