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Adventure and love Party
deﬁned her century favors
Somers woman reconnected with high school Gilligan’s
boyfriend, a North Salem resident, at 78 100th
BY CAROL REIF when she happened upon the obituary of the
STAFF WRITER sister of a childhood friend…well, actually, her
At 100, Grace Gilligan doesn’t expect to be hitting the golf She and Frank Grimmer and been part of the
course anytime soon. teen crowd in New Rochelle. Everyone sort of
But she keeps a set of clubs in her garage–“just in case.” innocently paired o back in those days while
Hers is just the sort of sunny optimism that naive U.S. the whole gang went swimming or to the mov-
Navy nurse Nellie Forbush sang about in “South Paci c,” ies.
the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in 1949, the year the Gilligan remembers long walks holding hands
equally irrepressible Somers centenarian turned 29. with JR, his nickname.
Being upbeat and continually curious about life are traits Her high school sorority sisters had dubbed
that have served Gilligan well, especially after she lost her her “Terry” because, Gilligan recalled, “Grace
beloved life partner, traveling companion and father of her sounded too religious.”
four children, Bernard, in 1996, just a year after the former ings were rosy until Gilligan’s family moved
Pleasantville couple moved into Heritage Hills. to Mount Vernon and the two young love birds
ey had been married for 55 years. Gilligan was 76. eventually lost touch.
Instead of moping around the house, Gilligan threw her- Noticing that Frank, now a widower, was liv-
self into the retirement community’s social whirl, joining ing in North Salem just a few miles away, Gil-
the Women’s Club, where she was its treasurer; and Chat ligan sent him a sympathy card.
and Sew, a charitable organization that made, among other Before she knew it, he was sitting on her liv-
things, comfortable bed pads for terminally ill patients at ing room couch, reminiscing over photographs
Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne. of them strolling around the old neighborhood.
She even took a turn with the local bowling club where she e time that had passed no longer had any
was—proudly—named “most improved bowler.” relevance.
en at 78, an age at which no one would blame her for “To meet someone after all those years, it
resting on her laurels, Gilligan did something even more re- seemed like it was yesterday,” Gilligan said.
markable. Grimmer, it turned out, shared Gilligan’s
She fell in love again. SEE GILLIGAN PAGE 4
Gilligan was lea ng through the local newspaper one day
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The Staff OBITUARIES BALANCED ROCK
EDITORIAL TEAM Thomas vannah, omas, Victoria Chapel at Jane Smith in Somers at Smith-
JODI WEINBERGER Croton Falls [email protected] or Su-
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 Ambrosino and Rose. Also survived by san ompson in North Salem at
[email protected] his sisters Angela Adams, 609 Route 22, Croton Falls, NY S [email protected]
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 omas Ambrosino, for- Janet LaCamera, Irene Ger- Registration for
merly of Carmel, NY, died, berti, Mary Kempton, Susan Join us this Interfaith Sunday,
LISA KAIN peacefully at the Bailey Hos- Capul, Catherine Pernice, Feb. 16th at 10:30 am, with Rev. Baseball/Softball
Gary Deinstadt who will explore
914-351-2424 pice Center in St, Augustine, and brothers Joseph Ambro-
Florida on January 31, 2020 sino and James Ambrosino, with us the amazing gift of Divine Registration for the Spring 2020
914-202-2392 with his loving wife at his along with loving sister in- Love. Special guest, Dan Gallagher North Salem Youth Baseball and
CORINNE STANTON side. He was 67 years old. laws, brother-in-laws, many will also lead his group, Dances of Softball season is now open. is
[email protected] Born in Brooklyn, NY on nieces, nephews, cousins and Universal Peace, in circle dances us- year’s program (excluding T-ball)
917-446-7757 May 28, 1953, he was one of friends. ing sacred phrases from the world’s will be fully integrated with Brews-
BRUCE HELLER nine children born to the late Tom was a simple man faith traditions. ter Little League. We are con dent
[email protected] Joseph Ambrosino and late with lots of love to give. If Town Historians need that this merged program will of-
SHELLEY KILCOYNE fer a great opportunity for our kids,
Daphne (Freeman) Ambro- you were lucky, you even got
914-924-9122 sino of Jackson Height, NY. a nickname. His interests your help including more balanced & com-
[email protected] petitive teams as well as increased
Married for 36 years, he were nature, history and any-
TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL is survived by his wife, Mary thing mechanical. Mostly his e Town Historians need your player development. e integrated
PRODUCTION MANAGER Ann (Taggart) Ambrosino life was all about his family help for a joint Somers-North Sa- program will also o er new oppor-
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Girls and their special guests danced
the night away at the North Salem Golf
Club for the annual Snow ake Ball
hosted by Girl Scout Troop 02950. All
proceeds are shared by the Girl Scout
Troops in the community.
PHOTOS: HUDVALLEY PHOTO
SEE SNOWFLAKE BALL PAGE 10
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GILLIGAN the recent past. her 100th birthday with her sub- Somers Supervisor Rick Mor- deer and other woodland crea-
FROM PAGE 1 According to one of her three stantial tribe at Traditions, a cozy rissey was on hand to present tures frolic.
daughters, Maureen Desimone, restaurant in Granite Springs. Gilligan with a framed procla- When asked what it’s like to
lifelong wanderlust. Soon the she “never forgets anything” or e beaming matriarch was mation, which she now proudly turn 100, Gilligan said she feels
reunited pair were hitting the where she was when she rst photographed surrounded by displays next to a small statue of “just the same” as she ever did.
road, going to family gatherings, heard about it. grand- and great-grandchildren a zebra in her tidy living room. ere’s still plenty to look for-
exploring historical sites and “I was a home watching tele- and snuggling the youngest clan On a recent Friday afternoon, ward to, but, she admits, there are
visiting Pennsylvania’s so-called vision during 9/11 and I saw it member, adorable 6-month-old Gilligan rocked a pretty pink limitations.
Amish country. all go down,” or, “I was in France Demi Jean. out t complete with jaunty be- “My goal is 105. I can’t see go-
Not bad for two folks pushing when we landed on the moon,” According to Desimone, she ret as she sat next to the picture ing past that,” Gilligan said.
80. she might say. has 10 grandchildren, a dozen window from which she watches
Grimmer passed away in Feb- Gilligan even kept up with the great-grandchildren and one
ruary 2002 at age 83, and Gil- current presidential impeach- more on the way.
ligan has no regrets about their ment trial. Given away as party favors
nearly four years together, as they And she still goes for the oc- were jars of Smucker’s jam print-
created so many new memories casional paddle in the ocean, ed with Gilligan’s smiling face.
together. wading into waves people half (No one knows exactly how
When asked why they hadn’t her age are afraid to tackle, said it got started, but for years the
married, she responded with Desimone. “Today” show had given people
twinkling eyes: “It was too com- In response to the standard “se- marking the milestone birth-
plicated. Besides, it was just a cret of your longevity” question, day the chance to see their face
piece of paper.” Gilligan gleefully volunteered, printed on a jar of fruity good-
Once again Gilligan, who “You know how when you go to ness. Veteran weatherman Wil-
takes care of herself–a feat at 80, the doctor, and he sits there with lard Scott started the tradition
never mind 100–is staying busy, a somber face before telling you, with one of the show’s sponsors,
if not physically, at the very least ‘We can’t nd anything wrong’? Smucker’s. It was carried on by
mentally. Well, I just tell him that the se- Al Roker, television personality,
She avidly follows the news, cret’s a Manhattan (cocktail). Al- host of the Macy’s anksgiving
“Joe, thfaonrkyyoouurday’s major events with those in On Jan. 15, Gilligan marked town resident.)
comparing and contrasting to- cohol kills the germs.” Day parade and former York-
heart and PHOTOS COURTESY OF MAUREEN DESIMONE
Grace Gilligan holding her youngest great-grandchild.
fighting spirit. ROCK of opening bowling and a souve-
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Happily Ever After Getting there
Ilove to write, and MAN
the fact that I OVERBOARD
don’t often have
larly important to say RICK
should not deter you MELÉN
from loving to read.
But if I’m expecting
my writing to pay the
bills around here, I’m going to need some smaller bills.
For that I rely on my day job, working at the big televi-
sion network in the big city. I’ve been there for 40 years
now, and quite a bit has changed over the years in the
network, in the city and in myself. But one thing has re-
mained the same, and that is that the hardest part about
my job is getting there.
Armchair Travel A lot of people hate to commute into Manhattan, but
I’ve come to embrace the trip. I get some sleep and some
exercise, and I engage in one of my favorite activities,
Ilike to watch travel shows people-watching. By the time board the 8:04 at Goldens
on TV. Globe Trekker is a
favorite, especially with Ian were beautiful. Mickela sampled the Bridge and present my monthly pass, I’m already worn
national lamb and rice dish, plov, but
her main focus was on learning some out and ready for a nap. e sound of the conductor’s
READING, voice wakes me up at Grand Central Terminal: “Please
Wright or Zay Harding as the of the folk dances and wearing the exit the train as quickly and safely as possible!” I exit the
travel guides. ese congenial CHOCOLATE colorful regional costumes for a dance
train fairly slowly, but in an extremely safe manner. ere
hosts bring you along on their KIM performance. are more announcements at the station to be careful of
adventures to remote parts of the KOVACH Recently, my friend, Ellen, called to the gap in between the train and the platform. One time
world. You can imagine yourself tell me that she just returned from a a girl got drunk and fell into the gap, she may still be
hiking up a mountain in Swit- 27-day trip to South America. “South there for all I know, and now we all have to su er these
zerland or trekking in Patagonia. America!” I exclaimed in surprise. My insu erable announcements and disclaimers; it’s the
Useful facts and amusing side trips add to the view- momentary travel envy got the better of me and I American Way.
ing experience. snarkily asked, “But did you go to Easter Island?” It’s pouring outside so I decide not to ride my bike to
I also like cooking shows with travel included as “YES!” replied Ellen. “We stayed there for three my o ce and opt for Plan B, the subway. ere are only
part of the episode. When I watch Pati’s Mexican nights!” two out of three tracks in service at the Times Square
Table, I may not make the recipes that Pati Jinich is Easter Island is one of my favorite someday-I’d- Shuttle today, and and everyone is waiting at Track One.
demonstrating in her home kitchen, but I do enjoy like-to-go-to dream destinations. I have read exten- e computer generated announcement that clips the
watching her travel to small Mexican towns. We get sively about the Moai statues on Easter Island going rst letter o of each word says: “A rain is approaching
to see local chefs cooking in their rustic kitchens. I’ve all the way back to my days as a Creative Writing/ on rack oo!” So we all run over to Track Two. “Areful of
learned a lot about di erent varieties of chili peppers, Anthropology double major in college. the osing oors on rack un!” So we all run over to Track
as well as tiny beachfront towns that tourists have not Ellen explained that the three-day trip to Easter One, where the train has already come, opened its doors
yet discovered. Island was an add-on to her organized adventure and closed them. Meanwhile the train has arrived at
For a culinary travel experience of a completely vacation trip to Brazil, Argentina and Chile. She Track Two. “Areful the osing oors on rack oo!” I swear
di erent kind, I enjoy watching New Scandinavian told me in detail about her vacation itinerary. I could this really happened, and while everyone was scratch-
Cooking. A able host, Andreas Viestad, takes view- picture each stop from episodes of Globe Trekker. ing to get back to Track Two I put on my rain gear and
ers to locations in Norway to see where the ingre- “No one knows how the Moai got to their positions unlocked my bike.
dients are grown or caught. Breathtaking views of around Easter Island,” she said. I’m sopping wet by the time I reach the Broadcast
ords, lush green valleys and quaint villages are on “Yes, they do!” I answered. I had watched a PBS Center. My pants are tucked into my socks, my sneakers
display since Andreas always cooks outdoors. He may documentary where archeologists tried to gure out are soaked, I’m wearing a red poncho with the hood held
be cooking on a portable grill or stovetop set up on how those massive stone statues were moved from the in place by a pair of ski goggles and I’m dripping water
a windy dock by the sea or on a rocky outcrop. I am quarry sites where they were carved to various loca- from my nose, at least I hope it’s water. A sloshing sound
rarely tempted to try any of these recipes but I am tions around the island. Oral histories told of seeing is coming from my sneakers as I get in the elevator.
tempted to grab a sweater since many of these excur- the Moai “walking.” Archeologists nally succeeded in Inside the car of course is the gal from “Inside Edition,”
sions are in cold and windy locations. moving a large stone Moai by using three long ropes who works on my oor, blonde, about six foot-three in
Another travel-oriented show that I often watch tied around the stone head and shoulders. ree groups heels, two legs that are decorative as well as functional,
on PBS is called Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozi. of team members pulled and tugged on the ropes to perfectly dressed with not a hair out of place and kind
Mickela is an American dancer who likes to travel slowly move the tall statue across the ground. is of gorgeous. I look like a cross between Rocky the ying
to di erent locations across the U.S. and around the jerking forward motion actually made the giant Moai squirrel and the creature from the black lagoon. She
world to learn ethnic and popular dance styles. I statue look like it was “walking.” Ellen’s guide hadn’t beams a perfect smile at me with not a tooth out of place
particularly enjoyed the episode on Uzbekistan. e told her that! while we both try to pretend I’m not there. In my day-
sightseeing included gorgeous examples of 15th cen- dream we work on the 137th oor, enough time for me
tury Islamic architecture. e blue mosaic tiles and Kim Kovach appreciates the convenience of armchair SEE MELEN PAGE 8
vibrant colors of the ancient buildings and pottery travel. www.kimkovachwrites.com
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