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Socializing at the center's springtime event. (l-r, Joel Ziev, Jean-Marie Posner, Senator Michael Balboni, Councilman Fred Pollack, Police Commissioner Sal Zimbardi, Board President Marianne Principe O'Neil and Barbara Faticone)

Spring was in the air on Sunday, April 2 when the Port Washington Senior Citizens Center (PWSCC) hosted a fabulous event to welcome and thank donors and other supporters. Residents, businesses and representatives from various local organizations and government joined the center's board of directors in a festive reception. Guests enjoyed classical music, gourmet cheese, tropical fruit, and specialty wines, and instructors were on hand to explain classes taught to the seniors. The seniors' beautiful artwork and handmade crafts such as quilts and knit items made a wonderful display that everyone present admired.

Overwhelming support was shown by local politicians, including Police Commissioners Maureen O'Rourke and Sal Zimbardi, as well as Town Councilman Fred Pollack. Members of the board were especially pleased to see the support and genuine interest shown by Senator Michael Balboni who took the time to come and learn about the PWSCC.

"Our senior center provides many life-enriching programs for the senior citizens of our community. Our board members are so proud to be helping such an important and worthwhile organization," said Marianne Principe O'Neil, president of the board of directors. The board members are all volunteers and include Marianne Principe O'Neil, Shirley and Morrey Barsky, Barbara and Tom Faticone, Debbie Greco, Jean-Marie Posner, Rob Seiden and Sal Zimbardi, as well as advisory board members Councilman Fred Pollack and Dr. Joel Ziev.

Many residents are unaware of the myriad services the PWSCC offers seniors in Port and surrounding communities. Contrary to what many people think, the majority of our 400 members lead active, healthy lives and the PWSCC offers them the activities and social interaction they need.

Seniors are often overlooked by many in the community and the Port Washington Senior Citizens Center provides many benefits critical to their overall health and well being. The PWSCC currently receives some funding from local government and the Community Chest, but it is barely enough to sustain their basic operating needs. Additional funding would enhance the level of programs and services being offered and make needed repairs and building improvements.

Donations to assist the PWSCC would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution, please send your check to: Port Washington Senior Citizens Center, 80 Manorhaven Boulevard. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and residents are always welcome. If you, or a senior you know, might be interested in learning more about the center, participating in some of the activities, or would like to become a member, call 883-6656 to schedule a tour.


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