Mary is the daughter of Alexander and Sophie LaManna (nee Korniewicz). Mary is a native of Staten Island along with her twin brother Joseph, and older brother Anthony where she attended St. Adalbert School.
Pat Singer has a long and storied history of activism in the Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, community. Most importantly, it is a history of action as well. Ms. Singer was born of immigrant parents, and has shown exceptional patience and sensitivity to the unique problems of the immigrant and ethnic population of Brighton Beach – that is where her activism started.
In 1966, Nicholas L. Mazzola valiantly enlisted in the Marines. After completing his training, he was deployed to Vietnam, where he was put into the 3rd battalion 7th Marines 1st Marine division. While protecting our nation in the face of great danger, he was struck with a mortar round and gave his leg for his country.
Among his awards and citations are the Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal and Combat Action.
After his injury in 1967, Nick began visiting hospitals and spending time with other amputees. His good humor and fun character always put a smile on their faces, and he continues to make monthly visits to this day, with other members of his Amvets post to Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland.
Karen Torrone, a native Staten Islander, was introduced to community service as an adult when she joined the local organization, World of Women, in 1999 and was elected vice president in 2000.
As the current director of 5 Boro Power Yoga and a Certified Yoga Life Coach, the seeds of community service were planted during her time with the World of Women. By the time she opened 5 Boro Power Yoga in May 2011, there was no question about giving back to the community. The very first class at the yoga center was donation-based, with the proceeds going to a local family who lost their home in a fire. From then on, donation-based yoga classes began, raising money for the World of Women Domestic Violence Program, local and worldwide organizations and people in need.
Serena Brothers-Mohamed is a dedicated public servant, community leader and activist. A resident of Staten Island since 1991, Ms. Brothers-Mohamed received a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from the College of Staten Island; from there she went on to earn her Master’s in education. After graduating, she began to serve the community as a case manager for a women’s homeless shelter and also for Seaman Society. She also became an American Sign Language teacher at the Edwin Markham Intermediate School on Staten Island.
Mathylde Frontus, with her civic mindedness and professionalism, is a diligent and steadfast woman who is known throughout her community for her spirit of unity and cooperation. Growing up in Coney Island, Ms. Frontus left where she called home to pursue her academic goals, only to proudly return to her community to open a neighborhood agency which would make a difference in people’s lives. Founded by Ms. Frontus in 2004, Urban Neighborhood Services (UNS) is a non-profit organization that o ers an array of programs and services which are utilized by residents throughout New York City, as well as empower the residents of Coney Island on a daily basis.
I would like to thank St. John Villa Academy and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”