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Hello readers! Welcome to another edition of Around Town.

Happy 104th!

Loretta Gross celebrated her 104th birthday at Providence Rest on Monday, April 25. Her son-in-law Tommy Messina reports that she celebrated with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including Dina, Bernie, Evan, Gianna, Victoria, Danna, Tommy Messina Jr., Desiree and Xavier Messina.

Gross reads the Bronx Times Reporter every week, and the Daily News every day, he reports. She had four children, and now counts seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren as part of her family.

Our condolences

The Bronx Times Reporter family sends our deepest sympathy to Assemblyman Mark Gjnoaj and his family after learning of the passing of his grandmother Gjyste Zagreda.

Gjyste is survived by her husband of 73 years, Eljo Zagreda, her five children, 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Health Fair in Morris Park

Community Board 11 Health and Social Service Committee is hosting its first health fair at Loreto Park on Saturday, May 14 from noon to 4 p.m. Committee chairman Joseph Bacote and health committee member Sandi Unger report that they hope it is the first of many, and that so far 21 vendors have signed up for the event.

The event will feature health screenings, tests, and giveaways.

The event should feature health care providers, insurers, a gym, an optical provider, AARP, as well as the FDNY and the NYPD, according to event coordinators.

Honors for local man

The University of Scranton in Scranton, PA announced that a local borough resident, John Gownley, who graduated in 2006, is their Frank J. O’Hara Recent Graduate Award Honoree.

The award bestows honors on select alumni who embody Scranton’s Catholic and Jesuit experience and have achieved distinction in their professional or personal endeavours.

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260-4597. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.

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