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Hempstead Town honors 11 women for community work

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino greets Pathfinder

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino greets Pathfinder honoree Marie Catanese, center, with town clerk Nasrin G. Ahmad, left of supervisor, Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby, center right, and Councilman Anthony P. D'Esposito on March 7, 2017. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Hempstead Town officials honored 11 women last week with its annual Pathfinder awards for outstanding achievements of women in the community.

Awards were given to notable residents in community affairs, education, business, arts and entertainment, health services, high school students, humanitarians and volunteers.

Marsha Cilento, of Oceanside, was recognized for serving as president of the Senior Pops Orchestra of Long Island and for a 2014 Wounded Warriors Project concert that raised $9,000 for veterans.

Marie Catanese was honored for serving with multiple organizations, including founding the Uniondale Neighbors in Total Effort.

Tonie McDonald was recognized for her work as superintendent of the Levittown school district and her volunteer work with Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity and for mentoring students.

Rockville Centre teacher Kathleen Baxley was recognized for organizing a Facebook moms page and working with the Rockville Centre Breast Cancer Coalition, the PTA, Rockville Centre Education Foundation and other organizations.

Kathleen Safrey, an Elmont teacher, was honored for serving as a trustee and president of the Island Trees Board of Education in Levittown and director of curriculum in Elmont.

Kerri Wagner was honored as family and child life specialist at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside and working with the SIBSPlace in Hewlett, which helps children with family members who are injured or hurt.

Two high school seniors were honored: Oceanside High School honor student Sarah Romanelli and Hempstead High senior Alejandra Llican.

Linda Baldacchino, of Malverne, was given a humanitarian award for her work at St. Francis Preparatory School and Our Lady of Lourdes Church and for her work helping disadvantaged families.

Marlene Soling, of Merrick, was given a volunteer award for her work at Birch Elementary School.

The town’s second annual Angie Cullin Town Employee award was given to Highway Department employee Sharon Sweeny, of Westbury, for her work with the March of Dimes, the American Heart Association, United Way and Salvation Army.

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