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Sunnyside woman’s 106th birthday celebration draws big crowd


Nov. 25, 2016 By Christian Murray

The Sunnyside tradition of singing Happy Birthday for a local centenarian continued on Thursday with about 150 well-wishers showing up outside Ethel Plimack’s home to celebrate her 106th birthday.

The tradition, started by Patricia Dorfman, began in 2013 and takes place every Thanksgiving, which falls around the time of her birthday. Her birthday is on November 28.

Yesterday’s event began at noon with a neighborhood cheer, a toast, and the singing of Happy Birthday.

This year the FDNY showed up and parked one of its engines outside Plimack’s home. Firefighters took photos with her.

Plimack, who has lived at her Sunnyside Gardens house for more than 70 years, thanked residents for showing up. Plimack’s son said: “We will all be back here next year.”

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Steve Kessler

So wonderful to see this, Ethel!

Sending all the best to you, Henry, Janet & Sylvia!C

Steve (Stevie) Kessler

Patricia Gillespie Dunn

Happy Birthday! Many more to come. Good stock comes from Woodside N. Y. Friend of Mary Bishop of Woodside , and sister Janette. 1961 2016 Merry Christmas.

Sunnysider of many years

Long-time Sunnysider

God bless Ethel, 106th birthday. A good tradition started by Pat. At age 106, I hope people visit me.


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