Three centenarians celebrate birthdays

WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (WTNH) — Three centenarians celebrated birthdays Thursday at an assisted living center in Woodbridge.

The eldest, Bernard Feldman, turned 106. Feldman credited family, friends and caregivers at Coachman Square for his incredible longevity.

“What can I say, I love them all,” he said.

James Graham hits the 101-year mark next month. Graham, a proud New York Yankees fan, said he still reads two papers front-to-back every day.

“It only cost a quarter to go to Yankee Stadium,” he said of games at the ballpark decades ago when legends like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig took the plate.

And the baby of the group, Bill Yohen, celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday. Yolen was joined by his wife, Rose. When asked how important it was to have his wife there with him, Yohen quipped: “Her gun is bigger than mine.”

All three men served in the military and were recognized with proclamations from the town’s first selectman.

“I think sometimes when people see older people they don’t realize what is going on in their minds, how much they have to offer us,” First Selectman Ellen Scalettear said. “This facility is wonderful and appreciating these people is really, really important.”

A lot has certainly changed since all of those distinguished gentlemen began their journeys. Check out our timeline of 8 Things That Happened Since 1908.

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