97-Year-Old Climbs Rock Wall At Rec Center

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Rec aide Dana Giannone spots Sylvia Tankel as she makes her way up the rock wall.
Rec aide Dana Giannone spots Sylvia Tankel as she makes her way up the rock wall.

Sylvia Tankel, a 97-year-old Great Neck Park District resident, climbed the rock wall at the Rec Center on Monday, Aug. 1. Her daughter Debbie Kaufman and granddaughter Lauren Carahalios were there to cheer her on. Superintendent Jason Marra and rec aide Dana Gianonne were available to lend a hand, but Tankel was fine on her own.

Superintendent Jason Marra with three generations, from left: daughter Debbie Kaufman, rock-wall climber Sylvia Tankel, granddaughter Lauren Carahalios and rec aide Dana Giannone (Photos by Fernando Carranza)
Superintendent Jason Marra with three generations, from left: daughter Debbie Kaufman, rock-wall climber Sylvia Tankel, granddaughter Lauren Carahalios and rec aide Dana Giannone (Photos by Fernando Carranza)
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