Seniors Gather for Warm Christmas Celebrations at Community, Senior Centers

Cicero’s senior community made sure to celebrate Christmas early and often this year. First, they gathered at the Community Center on Wednesday, Dec. 12, for the annual Senior Christmas Dinner/Dance.

Residents were decked out in their holly jolly outfits as they chatted over a hot lunch and live music, danced with friends and partners, and enjoyed a raffle at the end of the day.

“It just isn’t Christmas without the chance to spend some time with folks at these events,” said Town President Larry Dominick. “I think there is something to be said of how many residents come out for this party, as well as the ones we hold for Valentine’s Day and in October.”

The second celebration was at the Senior Center, where residents had a more intimate setting to wish each other a happy holiday. The less formal event featured laughter, entertainment, and a chance to spend time with the Senior Center staff who has spent countless hours planning and providing a wide range of activities for the town’s senior residents.

“We talk about the holidays as a time to be with family, but many of our residents show us it’s also a time to spend with close friends, especially when the weather makes it easier to stay at home,” said Town Assessor Emilio “Emo” Cundari.

Dominick and Cundari were joined by Town Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias, Supervisor Joe Virruso, Collector Fran Reitz, and trustees John Cava, Victor Garcia, Larry Banks and Bob Porod at both events, which were put together by Sue Banks, Ryan Chlada and Diana Dominick.