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Mayor Young to Host Senior Day at Petrillo Apartments

Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr.

Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr., the Mount Vernon Office for the Aging and the Department of Recreation announced today a Senior Day will be held at Petrillo Apartments on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 6 p.m. in the community room. This is one in a series of visits to Senior Housing in Mount Vernon.  The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

“As our senior population grows in Mount Vernon, my administration has been working diligently to develop and enhance services geared toward our seniors,” noted Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. “The City of Mount Vernon has offered more programs and trips for seniors than ever before. Three years ago, I established a Seniors Advisory Board in order to provide seniors with an open line to my office. I am visiting Petrillo Apartments to listen to the needs and concerns, as well as hear the suggestions for new and innovative programs for seniors.”

The City of Mount Vernon offers a full range of activities on a daily basis at the Armory, including a hot lunch, homebound meals for seniors, informational forums on topics of concern to Seniors, such as health and safety issues and legal matters, shopping trips, health screenings, grooming services, exciting trips to Wildwood, New Jersey, museums and other cultural outlets, and the Statue of Liberty. There are arts and crafts, quilting, ceramics classes, computer classes, exercise classes and by far the most popular activity – Bingo on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Edith W. Charles, coordinator of Senior Programs states, “A senior may ask or request any activity of interest, and we will do our best to accommodate them.”

Free transportation is provided to and from the Armory Monday through Friday. The city has partnered with the Mount Vernon Health Center and Mount Vernon Hospital to provide free health screenings for Mount Vernon senior citizens. The Armory is handicapped accessible.

Traci Proctor, Director for the Office for the Aging will also be on hand to answer any questions and address additional concerns in the senior community. Ms. Proctor’s office has resources to help resolve almost any problem and provide referral services senior citizens. Her office is also located in the Armory on the first floor. She can be reached Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at (914) 665-2315.

For more information on the Department of Recreation programs and events, call (914) 665-2420 or for Senior Programs call (914)665-2435 or log on to our website at www.cmvny.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @CMVNY.com

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