2006-08-17 / Top Stories

Sun Rises On Second Decade For Sunrise Center

Program Director Josephine Tramontana sits before (left to right) Alan Saperstein, Guardie Casseus, Michelle Alland and Irina Lobonova. The four ladies have been with Sunrise since its inception, 10 years ago this month. Saperstein has been at Sunrise for five years.Program Director Josephine Tramontana sits before (left to right) Alan Saperstein, Guardie Casseus, Michelle Alland and Irina Lobonova. The four ladies have been with Sunrise since its inception, 10 years ago this month. Saperstein has been at Sunrise for five years. When you think about it, 1996 was a pretty good year. Not only were the New York Yankees doing well, but Canarsie became the home of the Sunrise Adult Day Health Care Center at 9517 Avenue J.

It was that year that Program Director Josephine Tramontana, along with Guardie Casseus Irina Lobonova and Michelle Alland started the center.

"When we opened the doors to Sunrise ten years ago things were a little different," Tramontana said during anniversary festivities last week. "We only had 50 registrants and one shift. Now, ten years later, we have two shifts and 200 registrants each shift."

She said they were gratified to be able to continue the philosophy of maintaining the "highest standards," as they have in the past.

Adult Day Center attendees were happy to dress up and present a humorous costumed production for the special event. Photos & text by Charles RogersAdult Day Center attendees were happy to dress up and present a humorous costumed production for the special event. Photos & text by Charles Rogers She then thanked the attendees themselves for allowing Sunrise to become such an integral part of their lives and entrusting their health and well-being to the administrators and staff of Sunrise.

We at the Canarsie Courier also wish everyone connected with Sunrise a very happy anniversary!


Entrance to the facility is surrounded  with pictures of registrants.
Entrance to the facility is surrounded with pictures of registrants. Recreation Director Yelena Korzh and Operations Director Alan Saperstein greet the registrants.
Recreation Director Yelena Korzh and Operations Director Alan Saperstein greet the registrants. The anniversary even offered staffers plenty of delicious goodies at a backyard barbecue.The anniversary even offered staffers plenty of delicious goodies at a backyard barbecue.The afternoon attendees - numbering approximately 200 - do their required exercises among festive tables set for anniversary celebration.
This group of more than 200 registrants did their calisthenics in the morning. The exercising is an activity that all take very seriously.
The afternoon attendees - numbering approximately 200 - do their required exercises among festive tables set for anniversary celebration. This group of more than 200 registrants did their calisthenics in the morning. The exercising is an activity that all take very seriously. Tramontana addresses the huge turnout of well-wishers on the 10th anniversary. She also praised the three administrators (right) for their dedication, commitment and desire to make Sunrise what it is today.  Recreation Director Korzh (left) looks on.
Tramontana addresses the huge turnout of well-wishers on the 10th anniversary. She also praised the three administrators (right) for their dedication, commitment and desire to make Sunrise what it is today. Recreation Director Korzh (left) looks on.

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