Written by Jill Nossa Wednesday, 08 May 2013 09:29
This weekend marks the 7th Annual Senior Recognition Day in Glen Cove, a tradition that began with an ideas to honor a part of the community that often gets overlooked. Held the day before Mother’s Day, the day is designed to recognize the seniors in our lives and all of the accomplishments they have had, and sacrifices they have made.
“This is the group of people that helped build this community,” says Carol Waldman, executive director of the Glen Cove Senior Center. “This is a chance to tell them, we will never forget what you created.”
Waldman says that in 2006, Bob Howard, Fran Ferrante and herself brought the idea to Mayor Ralph Suozzi. While other societies revere their elders, Waldman notes, ours tends to focus more on youth, and Glen Cove is one of the few communities that celebrates senior citizens on this level.
“We are very grateful to have the support of the mayor and city council members,” says Waldman. “It’s really a big deal to have the city offer their services for the day.”
Every year, the city takes the opportunity to recognize centenarians in town, and two seniors are honored for their outstanding achievements. This year, Judy Imerti will receive the “Lifetime Service Award” for her contributions over the years. In addition, the 2013 Honoree of the Award for Service and Dedication to the Senior Community is Jean Quartarolo. Waldman says these two individuals are “invaluable” to the support of the senior center.
Jean Quartarolo was born and raised in the Bronx, and lived there until 2007 when her husband passed away. She then moved to Glen Cove to live with her daughter and her family. She taught in an elementary school for 10 years and then became a travel agent when her children began school. When she moved to Glen Cove, she decided she needed to do something productive with her time and became a volunteer at the Glen Cove Senior Center.
“It was the best decision I have ever made,” Quartarolo says. “The center has since become a second home to me.”
Judy Imerti came to New York in 1956 from Minnesota where she grew up and received her musical training. “The work I’ve done in several area churches include musical director, organist, prayer group leader and lector. Also, I lead prayer service at local nursing homes,” says Imerti. “The Senior Center is a place I love. I help there whenever I can. This would include talent shows, writing songs for special occasions and for individuals, accompanying “The Golden
Voices”, playing for soloists, for fundraisers, etc. The work is rewarding to be sure. I hope I can do it for many more years.”
Senior Recognition Day is sponsored by the City of Glen Cove, the Glen Cove Senior Center, the Downtown BID and the city’s assisted living and nursing care facilities. The event will be held in Village Square from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and will include music from the Les Stanco Band, free food from local vendors and other vendors offering services such as free health screenings. In case of rain, the festivities will be moved indoors to the Senior Center.