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Syosset’s ‘Women Of Distinction’

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with members of the Town Board, recently honored two women with Syosset connections who were among eight recipients of the town’s 15th annual “Women of Distinction” awards. The ceremony, held at Town Hall, recognized the outstanding achievements of women who either live or work in the town.

“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,” Venditto said. “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.” 

This year’s local recipients are:


Distinguished Woman in Business: Danielle Delgrosso of Syosset


Working for Astoria Federal Savings Bank for more than 20 years, Delgrosso has held various positions including her current as branch manager. An active member of the Syosset Chamber of Commerce, she served most recently as the organization’s president. Her commitment to the Syosset business community and community as a whole has been recognized by a variety of organizations, including the Syosset Chamber and Rotary, as well as the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce.


Distinguished Woman in Education: Joan Weinstein (works in Syosset)


Weinstein has dedicated her life to serving the families of young children. Prior to her recent retirement, Weinstein spent more than 30 years as a clinical social worker and most recently as Director of Family Services for Variety Child Learning Center, a school for young children with disabilities. During her tenure, Weinstein played a major role in developing programs and services that help families cope with a child with a disability and the major impact this may have on the lives of the parents, child, siblings and extended families. Over the years, Weinstein collaborated with her colleagues to develop programs and support groups, as well as develop videos and articles. Through her work, she has touched the lives of thousands of children and families during her tenure.

The other awards were:


Distinguished Woman in Government: Rabbi Janise Poticha of Massapequa


Although she fits into a multitude of categories, Rabbi Janise Poticha was selected for the government category for her work with local government to help others. 


Distinguished Woman in Health Services: Amy Palmiero-Winters of Hicksville 


She is the founder of Amy’s One Step Ahead Foundation, an organization focused on helping children with physical disabilities build self-esteem and self-confidence through athletics.


Distinguished Woman in the Arts: Susie Gach Peelle of Locust Valley


She produces a vast scope of art that comes in the form of impressionistic-realistic, in paintings, on silk, ceramics, greeting cards and more. 


Distinguished Woman in Community & Civic Affairs: Massapequa Moms Group


Started as a Facebook page providing a forum for local moms (and dads) to share information with their neighbors, the group became a source of solace and help for many after Super Storm Sandy.


Distinguished Woman Humanitarian: Ellen Kamp of Sea Cliff 


She is the co-founder and president of W Connection: Widows Helping Widows Rebuild Their Lives, a group that assists grieving widows adjusting to a new and confusing life following the death of a spouse.


Distinguished Woman Volunteer: Melissa Snider of Massapequa


A dedicated wife and mother, she has volunteered for more than a decade in helping others. As a Parent Partner in the Massapequa School system, Snider has assisted the parents of children with special educational needs attain available services, by helping them find resources and information. 



Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


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