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Centenarian Celebrations

Milestone Birthdays at the
Arbors Assisted Living Community

Two very special Centenarians who are still young at heart, Gene Scala, 104, and Lucy Richter, 103, were honored Aug. 27 with a joint birthday party celebration at The Arbors Assisted Living Community at Westbury.

 Gene Scala was born in Naples, Italy, in 1905. When he was 14 years old, he came to America to work as a barber and a tailor in Brooklyn. A seasoned musician for 70 years, Scala played in several bands and performed in a symphony orchestra.  He still plays the saxophone and clarinet today, and every Wednesday you can find Scala showing off his bowling skills at the local bowling alley. He recently received the distinction of being the oldest active bowling member in the United States.

Lucy Richter was born in Germany in 1906. At age 17, she moved by herself to New York City where she became a bookkeeper for a textile company. In her spare time, Richter enjoys knitting and crocheting. She also loves cooking and eating food from her native Germany. Richter was married 65 years and has two sons, four grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

“Both Gene and Lucy have so much to be proud of throughout their 100 years of life,” said Christine Macchio, administrator at The Arbors at Westbury.  “We’re just happy that we can show our appreciation of them and look forward to their 104th and 105th birthdays next year.”