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Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto recently announced the winners of the seventh annual Town of Oyster Bay Women of Distinction Awards, recognizing the outstanding achievements of eight women who either live or work in the town. Diane Annette Mormino, alongtime Farmingdale resident, was recognized as a Woman of Distinction in Education.

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony Macagnone presented a citation and commemorative pin to Diane Annette Mormino, recipient of the Women of Distinction award for 2005 in the category of education.

"A distinguished awards committee, once again, had the difficult task of selecting one exceptional designee as the Woman of Distinction in each of eight categories," Venditto said at a March 22 meeting of the Oyster Bay Town Board during a special ceremony. "The Women of Distinction Program has certainly proven to be a memorable tradition, honoring women who stand as role models for the younger generation in the Town of Oyster Bay. These women are a shining example of the outstanding citizenship that has made the Town of Oyster Bay such a special place to live and raise a family. I, together with my town board colleagues, am honored to recognize them."

Mormino has worked as director of the Farmingdale United Methodist Nursery School for over five years. During this time, Mormino has helped increase the school's reputation so much that parents are now traveling from towns outside Farmingdale, looking to send their children to the school. It is under her leadership that the school is at maximum enrollment with waiting lists being written all the time. Mormino has developed a relationship with the director of the Farmingdale Adult Day Care Program at the church; providing interactions between the preschoolers and senior citizens for projects, presentations and holiday singing.

Mormino's career has long spanned the educational field. Prior to holding this position, she had been a teacher at the nursery school, taught in the Garden City School District and was an adjunct professor at Farmingdale State University of New York. She also has volunteered as lead Sunday School teacher for the past 12 years.

After teaching a few years in the public schools and at SUNY Farmingdale, she took time off to raise two children and support her husband, who was a detective with the New York City Police Department.

It was Diane's husband, Michael who nominated her. Michael describes his wife as a quiet person, never looking for acknowledgement; an outstanding mother, wife and educator who is happy and content with seeing a smile on a child's face.

"These fine honorees have dedicated themselves to service and achievement, and their remarkable accomplishments are an inspiration to us all. Young women throughout the town do not need to look to Hollywood actresses or pop stars for their role models, they can look right here in the Town of Oyster Bay," Venditto said.


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