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Legislator Kennedy Honors Laura Maier as ‘Woman Of Distinction’

Laura MaierIn celebration of Women’s History Month, the Nassau County Legislature held their 20th Annual “Women of Distinction” Ceremony.

 

Laura Maier was recognized as Legislator Kennedy’s honoree this year for her accomplishments and contributions to the community. As a successful entrepreneur with numerous franchises on Long Island, Laura has sponsored many fundraisers throughout the years for schools, sports teams and local charitable organizations. Each summer Laura partners with the Children’s Miracle Network Foundation to raise funds for the Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

 

“It was a pleasure to present this award to Laura for her achievements and for the positive impact she has had in Nassau County” stated Legislator Kennedy.

 

Pictured above are Legislator Kennedy and Honoree Laura Maier.

 

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McKevitt’s Annual Women of Distinction Event Honors 13 Outstanding Local Women

Women of DistinctionAssemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) honored 13 outstanding local women for their civic, professional and personal contributions to the community recently at his annual Women of Distinction event held at the Farmingdale Public Library. The honorees were all nominated by the community for this distinction.

 

McKevitt was joined by Assemblyman Mike Montesano as well as Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker and Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves at the ceremony. This year’s guest reader was 2008 Women of Distinction Honoree Betty Tucker and the ceremony included a performance by the Seaford Middle School Woodwind and String Ensemble and presentation of the colors by Massapequa American Legion Post 1066.

 

The 2017 Women of Distinction Honorees include: Dancer Sharon Dunphy Bartlett of Farmingdale; banker Antoinette Casiano of Hicksville; Christina D’Amico of North Massapequa, Director of Christian Education at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Farmingdale; Theresa Egan of East Meadow, Associate Director for an international real estate company and survivor of both 9/11 and cancer; public servant and community volunteer Elizabeth Fries of East Meadow; PTA leader Donna Goldstein of East Meadow; nurse and breast cancer advocate Diane Groth of East Meadow; Lorraine LaCalandra of Massapequa, a board member for United Cerebral Palsy for more than 40 years; Kathleen Lively of Farmingdale, an active community member with over 25 years of volunteer service to a number of local organizations; banker and domestic violence and child abuse prevention advocate Susan A. Ring of Massapequa; advocate for persons with developmental disabilities Sue Spielvogel Roessner of Massapequa; performing triple threat and former Miss Congeniality for New York Senior America Patricia Tropea of Levittown; and poet Judith (JR) Turek of East Meadow.

 

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Mangano Congratulates Honorees at Women of Distinction Celebration

Women Of Distinction CelebrationNassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored 6 ordinary women who perform extraordinary acts, at the County’s 5th Annual Just Desserts Celebration—a Mother’s Day celebration honoring Women of Distinction—on Thursday, May 18th at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. County Executive Mangano presented citations to all of the honorees, as well as plaques to Gary Rogers and Brian Wasserman who serve on the Board of the Nassau County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NCSPCA), which co-sponsored the event, for their unwavering dedication to the welfare of animals in Nassau County.

 

“The women of Nassau County being honored here tonight are nothing short of extraordinary,” said County Executive Mangano. “They have all made personal sacrifices and have shown selfless dedication when going above and beyond to help others. Congratulations to all of the honorees.”

 

This years’ honorees were: Laurie Cantileno-Lillis of Levittown, who supports educational and empowerment programs focused primarily on young women; Margo Cargill of Rockville Centre, credited with single-handedly restructuring, rebranding and relaunching the Uniondale Chamber of Commerce and recruiting an entire Board of Directors; Susan Sturgess of Floral Park, for her volunteer work with the Hospice Care Network; Meliawati Vodvarka of Seaford, a teacher’s aide for special needs children; Caterina Martino of Elmont, who donates backpacks and school supplies every year for less fortunate students; and Katie Grilli-Robles of North Bellmore, who volunteers at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, raising money to find homes for animals who have been abused and neglected.

 

Proceeds from the event benefitted the Nassau County SPCA. Guests were also treated to a Chinese Auction, and an array of desserts, donated by some of Nassau’s top bakers.

 

Pictured above (left to right) are Laurie Cantileno-Lillis of Levittown; Margo Cargill of Rockville Centre; Susan Sturgess of Floral Park; Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano; Gary Rogers, NCSPCA Board Member; Brian Wasserman, NCSPCA Board Member; Meliawati Vodvarka of Seaford; Caterina Martino of Elmont; and Katie Grilli-Robles of North Bellmore.

 

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Senator Marcellino Honors Glen Cove Resident as Woman of Distinction

Mary StancoMary Stanco is a lifelong Glen Cove resident and is the Sales Manager for Laffey Fine Homes Real Estate. An active member of the community, she has had the opportunity to work with civic officials and members of this multi-cultural business community. This has given Ms. Stanco valuable experience dealing with a complex international marketplace.

 

Outgoing and involved in local community efforts, Ms. Stanco has been an advocate on behalf of the homeless and those in need of personal items like food, clothing and household items.

 

Ms. Stanco’s reach in Glen Cove is widely known. She is a member of Glen Cove National Nite Out planning committee, the City of Glen Cove’s “Senior Day” at Village Square and the planning committee, and has served as President, 1st Vice President and Executive Board Member of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce.

 

Ms. Stanco’s commitment does not discriminate. She is active in all types of organizations, including AARP of Glen Cove, Glen Cove Deasy School, Habitat for Humanity, Children’s Miracle Network, the Glen Cove Senior Center, Youth Exchange Committee, St. Patrick’s Church, Glen Cove Cares, Ronald McDonald House, The Diabetes Foundation, Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation, Dress for Success, the Food Pantry Glen Cove and Rotary International. She was named the Police Benevolent Association Person of the Year 2015 and was the 2008 LIBOR Sprit Award Recipient.

 

Ms. Stanco is a graduate of Briarcliff College, where she earned a BA in Business Administration and Marketing.

 

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Senator Marcellino Invites Nominees For ‘Women of Distinction’

Annual Program Honors Women’s Contributions to Our Community

 

Senator Carl L. Marcellino invites local residents to nominate friends, coworkers and neighborhood leaders whose outstanding work on behalf of their communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the State Senate as a New York “Woman of Distinction.”

 

The Senate will honor a distinguished woman from our area and throughout the state at a May 9th Albany ceremony, where each honoree’s photograph and biography will become part of a special exhibit proclaiming the contributions of these exemplary New York women.

 

“There are remarkable women in our midst whose lives, work or special accomplishments contribute to making our communities better, making our families stronger and serve as special examples to others,” said Senator Marcellino. “The Senate’s ‘Women of Distinction’ program provides a special opportunity to honor these women for their achievements and to thank them for the pride they bring to our communities.”

 

Previous winners in the annual event have included leading women from the world of business, academics and civic life, as well as those who have performed heroic or selfless acts, made significant discoveries or provided examples of personal excellence against difficult odds.

 

Please Contact Senator Marcellino’s office at 516-922-1811 for an nomination form, or print the nomination form below and return to Senator Marcellino’s District Office: by March 17, 2017: 250 Townsend Square, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Nominees must reside in the 5th Senate District. Download a nomination form.

 

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Nomination Forms Available for Town’s Annual ‘Women of Distinction’ Awards Program

Oyster Bay Town Councilwomen Rebecca M. Alesia and Michele M. Johnson announced that the Town is accepting nomination forms for the annual “Women of Distinction” awards program.

 

“Each year, the Town recognizes exceptional recipients in each of eight categories,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “Since the program’s inception, the Town is privileged to have honored more than 140 designees.”

 

“The Town Board recognizes the winners at a special ceremony held in honor of women’s history month,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “Nominees can either live or work in the Town of Oyster Bay.”

 

The Councilwomen noted that nomination forms have been mailed to local community organizations, all local libraries, and are available on the Town’s website, by CLICKING HERE. Anybody is welcome to submit an application, including those who have done so in the past and whose candidates were not selected.

 

Women who either live or work in the Town of Oyster Bay may be nominated in the following categories:

 

  • Arts: Woman who has contributed to the cultural life of the community through theatre, dance, music, art or literature.
  • Business: Professional woman in a position as owner, CEO or high-level manager of a business or industry.
  • Community and Civic Affairs: A leader, supervisor, administrator, manager or member who has made a contribution to the community.
  • Education: A woman educator, administrator or director of a public or private institution of learning who has been outstanding in the field.
  • Government: Woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the community through her work in or with local government.
  • Health Services: Individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the health services field.
  • Humanitarian: An outstanding woman who has made a contribution to the community. This individual may or may not be affiliated with a commercial, professional or non-profit agency or group.
  • Volunteer: A woman who has made an outstanding contribution in serving the needs of others.

 

“As representatives on the Town Board, we are proud that the Women of Distinction program continues to be a strong tradition in our Town,” the Councilwomen said. “Each women honored stands as a role model for young women throughout the Town of Oyster Bay.”

 

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Senator Recognizes Woman of Distinction Mary Frances Jeffrey

Mary Frances JeffreyMary Frances Jeffrey is a true believer in Gandhi’s famous saying, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service to others.”

 

Ms. Jeffrey’s passion for helping others took root early in life. She earned a nursing degree from Adelphi University and spent nearly a decade working as a caregiver for others before leaving work to raise her family.

 

Since that time, Ms. Jeffrey has traveled across the United States and throughout the world to care for those in need. Most recently, she and her daughter, also a nurse, spent four weeks in Zambia providing medical services and literacy training. As a leader with her local church’s youth group, she has traveled with students to impoverished areas to help others in need by collecting and distributing supplies, providing educational opportunities and helping build up local infrastructure.

 

Ms. Jeffrey has also immersed herself in giving back to her home community of Manhasset. She was SCA President at Shelter Rock, board member and coach for Manhasset Softball, board member of Friends of the Manhasset Library, Adventures in Learning and St. Ignatius Retreat House. She is also deeply involved in her church, St. Mary’s, serving as a lector, eucharistic minister, Rosary Society President and consolation minister.

 

In recognition of her many philanthropic endeavors, Ms. Jeffrey was named to the Town of North Hempstead’s Women’s Roll of Honor and, together with her husband, John, was honored by St. Ignatius Retreat House and Adventures in Learning.

 

Ms. Jeffrey and her husband have lived in Manhasset for the last 25 years and are the proud parents of six children.

 

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Senate, Venditto Honor South Shore Resident Wendy Tepfer

Wendy TepferWendy Tepfer has been Executive Director of the Community Parent Center since 2002. During her tenure, she has developed educational programs for students, staff , parents and community members in the Bellmore-Merrick CHSD, the Bellmore and Merrick elementary districts, and other public and parochial schools in Nassau County.

 

Some of Ms. Tepfer’s programs have addressed teen driving, substance abuse, bullying/cyber-bullying, Internet safety, adolescent suicide awareness prevention, school violence prevention, youth health, nutrition and fi tness. Ms. Tepfer developed the Driving in the Safe Lane program, which was designed to help reduce teen crashes and save lives through parent/teen awareness and education. Her dedication to the youth of our community is unmatched and should be revered and honored in every way.

 

Ms. Tepfer has more than 28 years of experience, both working and volunteering as an executive member of various non-profit organizations, coalitions and community groups. She is a member of the Long Island Youth Safety Coalition, the Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force, the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board and the New York State Partnership for Teen Driver Safety.

 

Ms. Tepfer works with various partner groups, including the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, New York State legislators, Nassau County DA’s Office, police department and youth board, PTA and civic organizations. She travels to schools throughout the county, sharing her resources and knowledge to better assist the young minds of our country.

 

Recognized for her many years of community involvement, Ms. Tepfer has received BMUST’s “Friend of Education Award” and was honored with NYSUT’s “Special Friend of Education Award” in 2008. She received the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Chairman’s Award in 2011 and the Bellmore Herald’s Person of the Year Award in 2013.

 

Ms. Tepfer and her husband, Karl, moved to the Bellmore-Merrick community in 1979. When her sons, Brian and Scott, were old enough to attend school, she began volunteering, becoming an active PTA member. Ms. Tepfer’s devotion is a direct reflection of her dedication and commitment to children, family, friends, schools and communities throughout Nassau County.

 

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Senator Hannon Invites Nominees For 2016 ‘Women Of Distinction’

Annual Program Honors Women’s Contributions to Our Community

 

I’m inviting all Sixth Senatorial District residents to nominate a special lady whose outstanding work on behalf of her community makes her deserving of special recognition by the New York State Senate. The Senate’s “Women of Distinction” Program honors the remarkable efforts of local residents who contribute to making our communities better, our families stronger, and serve as examples to others.

 

The Senate will honor a distinguished woman from the Sixth Senatorial District and throughout the state at a May 10th ceremony in the State’s capital, where each honoree’s photograph and biography will become part of a special exhibit proclaiming the contributions of these exemplary New York women. Senator Hannon’s nominee will join other distinguished ladies from across New York State with a special reception and ceremony in the Legislative Office Building in Albany on that date.

 

This program provides a special opportunity to honor extraordinary ladies for their achievements, and to thank them for the pride they bring to our communities.

 

Previous winners in this annual event have included women from the world of business, academics and civic life, as well as those who have performed heroic or selfless acts, made significant discoveries, or provided examples of personal excellence against difficult odds.

 

I welcome your nominations for my 2016 ‘Woman of Distinction,’ and encourage you to nominate your friends, coworkers and neighborhood leaders. Please contact my Community Office at 516-739-1700.

 

Anyone wishing to nominate a Woman of Distinction should provide a short cover letter supporting their nomination, and a 250-word biography and high-resolution photograph. The deadline for submissions is March 18, 2016.

 

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Councilwoman Alesia Reminds Residents to Nominate ‘Women of Distinction’

Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia reminds residents that the Town is accepting nomination forms for the 18th annual “Women of Distinction” awards program.

 

“Each year, the Town has the privilege of honoring designated ‘Women of Distinction’ in each of eight categories,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “Winners are recognized at a special ceremony early next year.”

 

The Councilwoman noted that anybody who would like to submit a candidate for the “Women of Distinction” can fill out a nominating form, which can be found at local libraries or on the Town’s website, www.oysterbaytown.com. Applications must be received no later than Monday, January 4th.

 

“Anybody is welcome to submit an application, including those who have done so in the past and whose candidate was not selected,” Councilwoman Alesia said.

 

Women who either live or work in the Town of Oyster Bay may be nominated in the following categories:

 

  • Arts: Woman who has contributed to the cultural life of the community through theatre, dance, music, art or literature.
  • Business: Professional woman in a position as owner, CEO or high-level manager of a business or industry.
  • Community and Civic Affairs: A leader, supervisor, administrator, manager or member who has made a contribution to the community.
  • Education: A woman educator, administrator or director of a public or private institution of learning who has been outstanding in the field.
  • Government: Woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the community through her work in or with local government.
  • Health Services: Individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the health services field.
  • Humanitarian: An outstanding woman who has made a contribution to the community. This individual may or may not be affiliated with a commercial, professional or non-profit agency or group.
  • Volunteer: A woman who has made an outstanding contribution in serving the needs of others.

 

“Now, in its 18th year, Supervisor Venditto’s ‘Women of Distinction’ program continues to be a strong tradition and a successful tribute to the outstanding accomplishments of women throughout the Town of Oyster Bay,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “Pick up your nomination form today.”

 

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