Living History: Fairfield celebrates centenarians

At a celebratory event filled with “living history,” State Senator Tony Hwang and State Rep. Brenda Kupchick engaged with 21 area residents who were at least 100 years young.

The lawmakers attended the annual Centenarian Luncheon Mar. 20 on the campus of Jewish Senior Services in Fairfield, making new friends, hearing their personal stories, and addressing topics ranging from family to government to history.

“The lives of each of the centenarians offer remarkable tales of resilience and history, and give perspective to today’s world,” Sen. Hwang said. “This event and the lives of the people we are here to celebrate remind us of priorities and perspective. Amidst all of the frenzy and chaos in today’s world, it is important to remember the lasting foundational values of family and caring for others.”

“I look forward to celebrating centenarians at the Jewish Home annual luncheon every year,” Rep. Kupchick said.  “I’m always amazed and humbled by the history and love gathered in one room. We all can learn so much listening to these wise and wonderful women and men. They’re truly a treasure.”

In addition to the recognized guests, attendees included friends and family. Each centenarian was presented with a certificate recognizing this milestone along with a framed photo of the recipient and their guests and a presentation of their background and American Dream story.

One recognized Centenarian, Laura Burdo, grew up on a farm in Bridgeport. “I never ate eggs more than one day old,” she said.

Other honorees offered words of wisdom.

Ann Hornstein said “I believe a very simple and sensible life is the key to longevity.” Gertrude Kantrowitz added, “My key to longevity is not to take life too seriously.” Henry Kirschblum’s secret is “keeping my mind active by reading the newspaper and watching UConn women and men’s basketball.”

The event was chaired by Jeffrey Radler, chairman of the Jewish Senior Services Executive Board, who told the crowd “This is one of those events where you really do get more out of it than you put in.” This event, he said, “represents everything we love.”

Katie Owens is a junior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School and Assistant Editor of the school newspaper, Prospect.

Sen. Tony Hwang, Rep. Brenda Kupchick, Centenarian Bertha Chayes, and President & CEO of Jewish Senior Services Andrew Banoff at the annual Centenarian Luncheon Mar. 20 at Jewish Senior Services in Fairfield.

Sen. Tony Hwang, Rep. Brenda Kupchick, Centenarian Bertha Chayes, and President & CEO of Jewish Senior Services Andrew Banoff at the annual Centenarian Luncheon Mar. 20 at Jewish Senior Services in Fairfield.

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