In the warmth of the Rye Brook Anthony J. Posillipo Community Center, Marie Cacace, 72, got some exercise in today, a good way to warm up after being stuck in the cold at home, she said.
Cacace was one of a couple dozen seniors enjoying the heat, free lunch and activities at the center. The Gladhaven Club where she lives lost power and staff there has been making do by using outside grills to cook, but Cacace welcomed the Rye Brook Village senior bus when it came to pick her up Thursday.
“We made spaghetti and people brought in stuff from their freezers,” said Liz Rotfield, Director of Deputy Village Clerk/Senior Coordinator at AJP.
“We made meatballs and sausage and they loved it,” Rotfeld said.
Rotfeld noted that the EMS has been very helpful to residents, delivering food and responding to calls.
A few Rye Brook residents stopped at AJP to charge their electronics and get some work done in the heated building.
A few miles away at the residents from the area did the same. Many young parents with children were glad the Y set up activities for children to “get their wiggles out,” said Ann DeRosa, a grandmother from Mamaroneck.
While kids played, adults worked and charged their electronics.
Rye Brook resident Fatima Slavin used her computer and the Y’s internet to Skype with her mother in Brazil for the first time all week.
“She was worrying. She has been trying to call but there are no phones, but we are good,” Slavin said.
“Hopefully the power will come back soon.”
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