Corporal Calvin Parker nobly fought in the Vietnam War from 1966 until 1967, as a proud and brave member of the United States Marine Corps.
Corporal Parker completed his basic training at Parris Island and was a qualified sharpshooter. After nobly serving in Vietnam, Corporal Parker was employed at the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, where his responsibilities included supervising, inspecting and briefing guards pertaining to the day-to-day activities of the Armed Forces compound.
Shawyn Patterson Howard serves as the President and CEO of the YMCA of Yonkers. Often referred to as a trailblazer and game changer, Ms. Howard became the first woman and person of color to lead the association when appointed in November 2008.
Ms. Howard is a proud graduate of Mount Vernon High, Howard University School of Social Work, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she earned a Master’s in Public Administration and Urban Development. Her family, mentors and education birthed in her a spirit of community development and social activism which she maintains to this day.
Anthony L. Frusciante, Sr. of Mt. Vernon was born August 26, 1925, in Mount Vernon and died at 88 y ears of age on April 26, 2014
Corporal Anthony L. Frusciante spent over fourteen months in the Pacific during World War II and is a veteran of the Battle of Peleliu.
Corporal Frusciante enlisted into the Marine Corps on October 20, 1943 and completed his basic training at Paris Island, South Carolina. He went to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for further training and was deployed to Camp Linda Visa in San Diego, California. In April of 1944 he embarked to Noumea, New Caledonia where he was assigned to the First Marines.
Patricia Williams is a community activist and philanthropist who has dedicated her life to empowering the youth of her community through teaching the values of volunteerism and educational advocacy. She began her involvement with young adults in her native country of Trinidad and Tobago where, as the president of a community youth group, she worked tirelessly to encourage and assist students with their educational and professional goals.
William DuBose is the former Commissioner of the Veterans Service Agency and the Mount Vernon Auxiliary Police.Commissioner William DuBose was born on February 11, 1946 in Darlington, South Carolina. He earned an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Friendship Junior College and a Bachelors Degree from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina.Commissioner DuBose was a member of the Army and a Vietnam veteran. As a longtime resident of Mount Vernon, New York, Commissioner DuBose acted as the City’s liaison between veterans, their dependents and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Being a model citizen is nothing new for Josephine Collins. While growing up in the South, she carried one message from her mother that has defined her through the years. That message is to “always look after your elders, for they paved the way for you and the youth, for they are your future.” To this day, Ms. Collins’ efforts have not gone unnoticed. She has been the recipient of many certificates and awards for her work and shows no sign of slowing down.
An active member of Community Protestant Church, Ms. Collins has volunteered to serve on several organizations as president, usher, nurse, chaplain and treasurer.
Melvin Garrett was born in Newark, New Jersey and attended the Newark school systems and the Barringer Evening School for Business. He entered the military (Army) in July 1946 and served in the Far East with the 159th Field Artillery Battalion in Nara, Japan as a Radio Operator. He was honorably discharged in December 1947.
He joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1952 as a member of Accie Jeffress Post # 2768 VFW, Tuckahoe, New York.
Mel was elected a Post Commander in 1967-68, and 1991-92. Westchester County Council Commander 1961-62, District # 2 Commander 1971-72, served as Post Judge Advocate 25 years and as Quartermaster and House Chairman.
Throughout her career in public service, Ivine Galarza has demonstrated strong leadership abilities and a sincere interest in strengthening her community and improving the lives of others. Currently, Ms. Galarza is the District Manager for Bronx Community Board #6, a position she has held since 1995.
As District Manager, Ms. Galarza is responsible for monitoring and making recommendations to ensure the timely and satisfactory delivery of City services and programs to the community. Shealso serves as a liaison to New York City’s municipal agencies and elected officials and advises the community board on the City’s capital and expense budget.
Frances-Ann Lightsy, educator, leader and role model, began her journey as a student at The College of New Rochelle. From there, she received a Masters of Professional Studies Degree at Sarah Lawrence College as a Hearst Foundation Fellow, a Professional Diploma in School Administration and Supervision from the College of New Rochelle, and a certificate as a National Education Policy Fellow through Columbia University Teachers College.
I would like to thank PS #121 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!”