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BOSS’ Vinnie turns 102 years young

October 10, 2012
By BOB PETCHER, , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Bay Oaks Social Senior Vinnie Mulinaro celebrated his 102nd birthday with a smile, a song and a dance at BOSS' monthly potluck luncheon at Chapel by the Sea last week.

"God Bless everybody and may they live to be as old as me or older," he said right before blowing out the candles of his cake.

Mulinaro, wearing his vintage Fedora hat, is still fairly active with his Beach group, taking part in lunch trips, bocce, dances and other activities. He joined BOSS when he was 94 years old.

"He went out to the Lunch Box in Captiva with us last week," said BOSS coordinator Kevin McCarthy. "He's always is there for the activities day and playing dominoes and Mexican Train card game."

Mulinaro doesn't have any major health problems, except for his macular degeneration and poor hearing. Family friend Diane Bartell said those impediments do not keep him off the dance floor,

"He never misses a dance, especially at Bayside (Estates)," she said. "He loves to go to the Olive Garden and Red Lobster. He'll eat steak, pork chops or sausage."

Bartell has known Vinnie for many years. Her parents retired at the same time as he did and moved to the area about the same time as he did.

"My husband always called him The Godfather, because he was the Italian guy who used to ride his bike around and stop by to visit," she said.

Mulinaro, who hails from Carbondale, Penn., doesn't appear to be any older than he did at his 101st birthday party a year ago. Shake his hand, but do not expect a feeble grip in return.

"He eats like a horse," said another BOSS member. "I don't know how he can do it."



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