Patrick Vecchio is a lifelong public servant who has dedicated himself to the betterment of his community and his nation for over a half a century. Mr. Vecchio’s efforts on behalf of his nation began when he served as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge in 1954, Mr. Vecchio continued his service by taking the oath to join the New York Police Department.
Lee Anne Xippolitos, Ph.D. is the Dean of the School of Nursing at Stony Brook University (SBU). A graduate of the program, Dr. Xippolitos completed her Ph.D. at Adelphi University and is certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner in psychiatric-mental health nursing and Nurse Administrator.
Robert “Bob” Mandel enlisted in the United States Navy in 1951, during the Korean War, and was assigned to Transport Squadron VR24 and then to Flight Crew status as Radio Operator. Mr. Mandel then joined Fighter Squadron VF44, and was sent to Cuba to support their mission aboard the USS Intrepid.
Mr. Mandel was honorably discharged in 1955 with the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class. He is the recipient of the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the Navy Occupation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
Filomena Piscitelli is a great example of the impact one woman can have on her community, while inspiring all New York residents.
Mrs. Piscitelli was born in Italy. The oldest of fi ve children, she assumed the role of caretaker of her family at a young age. She married the late Mario Piscitelli in June of 1963, and in August of that year, they traveled to America to start a new life. By 1967, their family had grown, with the addition of son Alexander and daughter Maria Rina. As a young mother, Mrs. Piscitelli balanced her family obligations and her work as she helped her husband open Mario’s Shoe Repair in Greenlawn. She proudly recognized her dream of becoming a citizen of the United States in 1966.
Dennis Michael Sullivan served as an alcohol and drug counselor with the United States Army HHC Company Division Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War. His rank was E-4 and he is the recipient of the Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.Mr. Sullivan is a Life Member and Past Post Commander of VFW Post 4927 in Centereach and also served as the Suffolk County Council Commander.
As the publisher of the Times Beacon Record Newspapers, Ms. Dunaief has played an essential role in Suffolk County and been instrumental in expanding the dialogue in the local community. Having founded her first paper four decades ago, she has been a trailblazer and a role model for countless young female journalists.
Under her leadership, the Times Beacon Record has flourished and now delivers local news to area residents through seven weekly newspapers. The company also publishes numerous annual special editions that focus on the community.
Ms. Duniaef is also a writer, and her column, “Between You And Me,” has won numerous state and county awards over the years.
Harry Janson, Sr., of Setauket, served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and is the honoree of Senator John Flanagan. He was nominated by the administration of the Long Island State Veteran’s Home (LISVH) in Stony Brook.
Harry served as a member of the Army from 1967 to 1970 including one year of combat in Vietnam. He is a recipient of the Purple Heart and a member of the Military Order of Purple Hearts.
Since his honorable discharge as a Sergeant E-5, Harry has built a successful career in the supermarket industry and is now president of Janson Supermarkets LLC and the owner of ShopRite stores in Hauppauge and Patchogue.
Marie Goldstein, a resident of Kings Park for over 36 years, has been an active leader in the Kings Park School District, a committed member of the local business community and a dedicated wife and mother.
A realtor for over two decades, Ms. Goldstein is the owner and the president of Vested Business Brokers, which was established in 2001 and is currently operating out of 26 states from Maine to New Mexico. The company is the largest privately held company specializing in the sale of privately held businesses, with over 3,500 listings. She is also the owner and broker of Vested Realty Group.
Mr. William Beatty of Centereach served in the United States Army during the Korean War and is the honoree of Senator John J. Flanagan. His selection is based on the nomination from the administration of the Long Island State Veteran’s Home (LISVH) in Stony Brook.
Mr. Beatty served as a Corporal in the 40th Infantry Division, 160th Infantry Regiment as part of the Regimental Combat Team and saw action in the Iron Triangle – the area in Korea bounded by Ch'orwon, Kumhwa, and Pyonggang.
JoAnn Pushkin is a breast cancer survivor who has made the decision to use her personal situation to help others fight back against this deadly disease. After her diagnosis in 2005, which was originally missed because she is one of millions of women with dense breast tissue, Ms. Pushkin dedicated herself to advocating for advanced screening coverage and the disclosure of enhanced information to all women.
Ms. Pushkin is a cofounder of D.E.N.S.E. (Density Education National Survivors’ Effort), a national grassroots effort to raise awareness about breast density, and its inherent cancer risk, and is also founder of the New York chapter D.E.N.S.E. NY.
I would like to thank Signal Hill Half Hollow SDl 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!”
I would like to thank Signal Hill Elementary School 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!”
I would like to thank Upper Room Christian School 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!”
Mr. Edward J. Borowski served in the United States Navy during World War II and is the honoree of Senator John J. Flanagan based on the nomination of his son Paul E. Borowski. Mr. Borowski joined the United States Navy in 1942 following his service in the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.s) during his teenage years in Idaho. During his service in World War II, Mr. Borowski served aboard the U.S.S. Battleship Texas as a Storekeeper 2nd Class ("SK2") from November 27, 1942 to October 4, 1945. It was during his time of honorable service that Mr.
Jim Mahoney is a household name in the Northport community where he has distinguished himself as an outstanding veterans advocate, community leader and family man. Drafted in the 1950s into the U.S. Army, Mr. Mahoney served our country for two years while stationed in various cities throughout the U.S. and in Frankfurt, Germany.He then returned to Northport where for nearly four decades he has immersed himself in community outreach efforts designed to raise funds for veterans and educate children.