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Centenarians celebrate in Great Neck

The Atria held a birthday party for six

The Atria held a birthday party for six residents that are centenarians. The centenarians from left to right are Herman Solomon, Mary Cohen, Frieda Falk, Harry Schatz and Lillian Morrow. Not pictured is Bertie Solomon, Herman's wife. (Sept. 28, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan

Harry Schatz worked as a financial analyst for 35 years before he retired and then attended Bard College to study journalism.

Throughout his writing career, Schatz has published several opinion pieces, some of which have appeared in the New York Times.

Today, the 102-year-old continues to work as a freelance writer and is currently writing an article about anti-semitism.

“I had a basic interest in what was going on all over the world, and as a result of that I had the idea of becoming a writer,” he said.

On Wednesday, Schatz and five other residents of Atria Great Neck Senior Assisted Living in Great Neck celebrated being active centenarians. Marcy Klein, senior executive director of Atria Great Neck, said the centenarians’ activities are what keep them young, so the facility tries to celebrate their age to inspire other residents to be like them.

The six “100+ Club” members honored were Schatz; Herman Solomon, 101, and his wife, Bertha “Bertie” Solomon, 100; Mary Cohen, 101; Lillian Morrow, 100; and Frieda Falk, 100.

“There are studies that have shown people who remain more active live longer,” Klein said. “These are very active people in the community and they’ve been successful with their lives, with their health. They serve as role models for everyone.”

Herman and Bertie Solomon got the ultimate gift Wednesday. They were reunited. The couple has been apart for more than three months after Bertha Solomon fell and broke her knee. She returned home in time for the celebration.

“Today is monumental,” said the Solomons' daughter, Sharon Moskowitz, 70, of Glen Head. “They [the centenarians] really just enjoy life and I think they really show us what’s important in life.”

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