Packed Room Fetes Town's Newest Centenarian
Theresa Esposito, who lives at the Aime J. Forand residence. celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 10.
In a room filled with neighbors, staff and administration of the Johnston Housing Authority (JHA), Johnston’s community leaders and friends, a smiling and quick-witted Theresa Esposito celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 10.
The birthday party, sponsored by the Johnston Housing Authority, provided a chance for many of Theresa’s fans and friends to wish her well.
Mayor Joseph Polisena and Rep. Deborah Fellela (D-Johnston) took time from their very busy schedules to share in the festivities, held at the Aime J. Forand Manor on Greenville Avenue.
The Mayor presented Theresa with a Town Citation and posed a question: “Any regrets — anything you wished you could have done, but did not, marry a rich guy, perhaps?” he asked with a twinkle in his eye.
Without missing a beat, Theresa’s retort was priceless: “Are you kidding? The richer they are, the more they want!” With that, she brought the house down.
Theresa also received a General Assembly Citation from Fellela, as well as special membership into the Johnston Senior Center's Centenarian Club delivered in person by Assistant Director Mille Santilli.
JHA Executive Director David M. aRusso said he was pleased with the turnout, and praised Esposito's longevity.
“Imagine, she has lived through 10 decades," aRusso said. "The JHA’s mission in large part is to provide safe, stable homes for its residents, in order that they can successfully age in place — Theresa is a shining example of how vital elderly housing is to people and families.”
The birthday party was capped with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday."
The article was submitted by Carol Costa, administrative assistant with the Johnston Housing Authority.