Mayor Patricia Ann Norris-McDonald took time during the monthly Board of Trustee meeting to recognize individuals in the Village of Malverne for their service and achievement.
24 Years of Service
One of the individuals that received a citation was Joseph Maietta, who served first as the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works, then in the building department and recently worked with the Malverne Police Department. After years of service, Maietta has decided to retire.
“Joseph Maietta has displayed a high level of public service,” said Mayor McDonald as she thanked him for all his years of service.
Starting in 1984, Maietta has worked under five different administrations - three of which were in attendance and spoke about how dedicated Maietta is to the Village. They wished him a good retirement.
Eagle Scout & Gold Award
The newly awarded Eagle Scouts and Gold Award recipients also received citations for their distinct achievement.
Joe Cerulli and Evan Mladinov attained the highest honor a Boy Scout can get - becoming an Eagle Scout. To get this achievement, the scout needs to organize a project that would help the community.
Cerulli decided to improve the baseball field at James A. Dever Elementary School. His project and made it into a “field of dreams.” Mladinov wanted to improve the library at Our Lady of Lourdes School. Along with the help others, he built new tables for the library and improved quality of the facility.
The Gold Award recipients, which is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive, included Sarah St. John, Brieonna Ramsey and Samara Berry. Similarly to the Eagle Scout Award, the Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to perform a project that helps people in the community.
St. John wanted to increase awareness of Alzheimer, so she held a softball tournament, which the funds went to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Berry had a companionship and support program for elderly residents of the Meadowbrook Care Center. She used music programs to increase residents’ motor, thinking and speech skills.
Ramsey wanted to make people aware of the historical value of the One Room School House that was on the grounds of the Hempstead Public Schools. She had a traveling museum and taught students the importance of the history of education in America.
Mayor McDonald noted that the Village of Malverne has a high number of both Eagle Scouts and Gold Awards.
“I am very proud of all of them, having many Eagle Scouts and Gold Stars recipients shows how dedicated people to make the community a better place,” she added.
Mayor McDonald announced that the August Board of Trustees Meeting has been rescheduled for August 10 at 7:30 p.m.