Nanuet has a new centenarian.
Jennie Cascone recently turned 100 and in recognition of the milestone she was presented a certificate honoring her birthday by Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack and Town Clerk Justin Sweet.
Jennie's daughter, Jean DePaola, 80, was also on hand as the birthday girl was honored at the Clarkstown/Pearl River Senior Center in Nanuet on Wednesday.
“She’s very active,” said Pat Osborne, coordinator of the senior center programs. “She comes and helps and will get up and dance too.”
Cascone also brings in her own cake sometimes.
“I feel fine (about turning 100),” said Cascone. “I like to do things and I cook once in a while. (For years now), I volunteer in the kitchen Monday, Wednesday and Friday.”
Cascone hails from Italy and came to the U.S. when she was nine years old. She speaks four languages: Italian, English, Polish and Yiddish. She picked up Yiddish from working in the garment district down in New York City in her early days. She now lives in Normandy Village with her daughter DePaola.
Cascone is also a proud great-grandmother.
The Clarktsown/Pearl River Senior Center provides programs and trips to seniors with a calendar of events. They have everything from dancing to Tai Chi and a 50/50 raffle sometimes. Marc Eisenberg, a retired physical education teacher, volunteers once a week to engage the group in exercises. They also provide door-to-door pick up service in Clarkstown and Pearl River.