Resolution J709-2013

Congratulating Catherine Allocca on her 104th Birthday

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  • Mar 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 7, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 4, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  congratulating Catherine Allocca upon the occa-
sion of her 104th Birthday

WHEREAS, Catherine Allocca was born on March 17, 1909  in  Italy,  while
her  parents  were  visiting family and came to America when her parents
returned to the United States when she was four weeks old; and
  WHEREAS, She lived most of her young life in Long Island City  and  on
Staten Island; at the age of 22 she married Frank Allocca and they moved
to  Brooklyn,  New  York,  where  they  raised  three children, Vincent,
Collette, and Alberta; and
  WHEREAS, Catherine Allocca is now the proud and loving grandmother  of
seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and
  WHEREAS,  Catherine  Allocca spent her life caring for her family; she
had extraordinary skills in the kitchen; people often enjoyed  going  to
her home because she was such an amazing cook and baker; and
  WHEREAS,  The  delicious smell of homemade sauces and pastas permeated
her home; those who were lucky enough to be invited to visit were  guar-
anteed  a  great  meal and a fantastic dessert; to this day, people talk
about her peach and blueberry pies, cheesecake,  chocolate  cake,  crumb
cake, and muffins; and
  WHEREAS,  Catherine  Allocca led an active life; she was always on the
move, from creating things in the kitchen to walking all over the neigh-
borhood; she still loves all types of dancing, from the  Charleston  and
Peabody, to the Macarena; and
  WHEREAS,  At  104 Catherine Allocca still dances and is always looking
forward to the next party or family celebration; and
  WHEREAS, Catherine Allocca is currently a resident of the St. Nicholas
Home in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where she is loved by all the residents and
staff; and
  WHEREAS, Catherine Allocca considers the secret to her long life to be
her daily diet of farina, her sharp memory, her sense of direction,  and
most  importantly  her  calm  temperament  and believes that her road to
longevity has been paved with the enjoyment  of  the  simple  things  in
life,  including  cake,  jelly  donuts  and coffee with lots of milk and
sugar; and
  WHEREAS, This exceptional centenarian, with her  zest  for  life,  has
inspired and enhanced the lives of her family and friends; and
  WHEREAS,  This distinguished woman, who has experienced the incredible
joys and sorrows characteristic of  and  reserved  for  those  with  the
stamina  and courage to savor a full life, has inspired the lives of her
many friends and family; and
  WHEREAS, This beloved lady has enriched the lives of those around  her
through her joyous and sincere love for others and through the quiescent
charm and wisdom which comes only from a fullness of years; and
  WHEREAS,  It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly recog-
nize those who have reached such a remarkable age and who have witnessed
and  celebrated  the  innovations,  cultural  developments  and  awesome
achievements  of  this country during the last century, while themselves
contributing to the growth and excellence of this  great  Empire  State;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate Catherine Allocca upon the occasion of her  104th  Birthday
to  be celebrated with a party at the St. Nicholas Home on Friday, March
15, 2013; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Catherine Allocca.

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