The Village of Cedarhurst senior center celebrated its 40th anniversary Monday. Woodmere resident Rosalie Benenati expressed her appreciation for the center’s programs.
What began when two couples met in Cedarhurst Park blossomed into a place where seniors from the Five Towns meet on a regular basis and take part in a variety of activities.
The Cedarhurst senior center celebrated its 40th anniversary with a party attended by about 30 seniors and local leaders in its space in Village Hall on Monday.
The program began when Murray Frommer, Herbert Steigler and their spouses used to meet in the park across the street, according to Irene Zullo, the program’s director. “When the weather started to get cold, it was the mayor at the time — Mayor Nicholas Farina — who brought the project indoors,” she recalled. “The deputy mayor at the time, Andrew Parise, got to oversee this project become a program.”
Zullo has been a part of the senior center program for 20 years and has seen many developments. “There was a proposal made to the village board to start the center, which was made official on May 4, 1974,” she said. “A room was added on a year after the program started. Since then we have refurbished the kitchen and have made the center entrances wheelchair-accessible. Anything to help make our center more comfortable for our seniors, we’ve done.”
The senior center, known officially as Cedarhurst Seniors in the Park, is one of 16 such centers funded by the Town of Hempstead, according to Susan Trenkle-Pokalsky, a town spokeswoman. “The building is provided by the village at no additional cost,” she explained. “Operating costs and funding are not exclusive to the Cedarhurst site. Our instructors, for example, are contracted through the Town of Hempstead. Our senior centers are fantastic. They offer so many programs for our older citizens.”