On National Senior Citizens Day, Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin celebrated with hundreds of Long Island’s most beloved golden-aged residents at Cafe Lido, a senior summer beach program by the Atlantic Ocean. Live music, dancing, mini-golf, a customized giant cake and a 5-foot-tall greeting card set a festive mood for throngs of “65 and better” residents who were ready to party on their special day.
“Today is a day to celebrate our golden-aged residents who are a vital part of Hempstead Town’s great big family,” announced Clavin. “Our township boasts a senior citizen population of over 190,000 people and they are part of what makes our town one of the greatest places in which to live.”
Celebrating with the seniors included live music by the Tommy Sullivan Band, dancing under Café Lido’s large seaside tent, as well as mini-golf and other activities. Clavin and guests unveiled a 5-foot-tall greeting card to mark the occasion in addition to a spectacular cake, which was inscribed for the special event.
“I think every day should be Senior Citizens Day,” stated the Receiver. “I am happy to make the day a little more memorable for Long Island’s mature residents.”
President Ronald Reagan declared August 21st National Senior Citizens Day in 1988. Prior to that, many recognized August 14th as a special day for seniors as the date coincided with the signing of the Social Security Act by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
“The number of senior citizens in our township outpaces the entire population of many towns and cities,” concluded Clavin. “Let’s celebrate this great generation today and every day throughout the year.”