Senior Center in Glendale is still one of the favorites for the 100 to 200
seniors that come through their doors, because of the intimacy level of
all those involved.
really looked for support when my husband passed away 20 years ago,”
said one senior who has been at Glenridge since the year after it opened.
“And I had so many friends here and I would tell anyone to go to
a senior center.”
the day trips to the New York Botanical Garden or Sunken Meadow Park,
highlights for Glenridge members are bingo and a plethora of activities
ranging from stress management, tai chi, and judo classes, to social
dancing and lectures from guest speakers who are medical and nutritional
the Glenridge facility is only getting only better, according to the
executive director Susan Simonetti.
In the coming months, an outdoor garden deck and a computer room
with 10 computers donated by Con Edison are in the works.
Down With The Rap Sessions
since 1974, the Allen Community Senior Center in Jamaica offers seniors a
warm ambiance, great food, and intriguing stories. From 8 to 10 in the
morning, the center holds daily “rap sessions,” or story-telling
discussions that seniors will sign up for in order to exchange real-life
stories ranging from events that occurred 50 years ago to those that
happened last week, according to Singleton-Belton.
Senior Center Director Matthew Ancond (l) and Assistant Director
Juan Maldonado (r) look forward to the center’s expansion
expected next year.
Director Margaret Singleton-Belton said, “When people come here, and you
could you get the feeling of warmth, and people are cheery polite and make
you feel welcome.”
if any marriages have been in store for seniors who met at the center,
Singleton-Belton said light-heartedly, “At most senior centers, men are
a rare commodity,” but at the moment, “we do call one particular
single member, the playboy of the center.”
activities available to members are the drama club, billiards, games,
union scrabble, aerobics, arts and design, nutrition, films, blood
pressure testing and games like beginner and advanced bridge.
what the best part of the Woodside Senior Center is in its 35th year
running, member Tilly Bianco said it’s “the way it is run. The
director is very good natured and he listens and helps whenever he can
with his personal problems.”
Glenridge Senior Center will turn
29 this year, with seniors battling
for bingo prizes.
Tribune Photos by Susan Lee
Matthew Ancona, who has been at the center for 13 years, has been looking
into plans to expand the center for the past four years—with a 1.5
million grant made possible with the help of the former Councilmember
McCaffrey—in which he has laid the groundwork for a site across the
street near the park that will allow for more space for activities.
Ancona said that he held his breath when Queens senior centers were
threatened by budget cuts this past year, he said that having a back-up
plan always helps.
creative ways to raise money – like selling ad space for the center’s
newsletter the “Woodside Times” to local businesses – has raised
over $20,000 and helped alleviate the cost of day trips and other events.
beautiful to socialize and come here and meet all these wonderful
people,” Bianco said.