Connie Isaac of Canarsie, Brooklyn still meets up with her girlfriends at a senior center in Brooklyn to play cards and they all turned out to celebrate her 100th birthday. Cheryl Wills filed the following report.
Connie Isaac is the first member of the Abe Stark Senior Center in Canarsie to reach her 100th birthday and officials pulled out all of the stops to celebrate the milestone.
"It's really nice to celebrate these special moments, these milestones that they achieve and they've seen so much and given so much to the community,” said John Minners of the Department for the Aging.
Connie Isaac is beloved and respected by members of this busy senior center. And she was overwhelmed by the enormous turnout from her friends and even youngsters who serenaded her and did a little salsa dancing in her honor.
When asked how she made it to the century mark, she was pretty blunt.
"Just relax, sit back. Relax,” she said.
But her pals say Connie Isaac stays sharp because she plays bridge every week.
"We play with Connie and Connie plays a terrific game of duplicate bridge which is not an easy game, it's a very difficult game and she's still excellent at it,” said a friend.
"You never forget bridge, that's one thing , bridge is very difficult, but you have to keep on with it,” said another friend.
With a hot pink cake to mark the occasion, friends say her late husband also lived to be 100. Although she was devastated by the loss, she still spreads joy wherever she goes.
"Her personality is just one that you like to be around, she's calm, she's quiet and she’s just a great spirit to be around,” said Nathan Williams of the Abe Stark Senior Center.
"Thank you so much,” she said to the crowd at her party.