Category Archives: Families in the News

Charleston Resident Turns Home into Winter Wonderland to Help Children Fight Cancer

Children admire DiMartino's display. Photo NY1

By Aaron Dickens NY1 Staten Island resident Joe DiMartino has turned his house into a winter wonderland to help children fight cancer.Every year he puts up dozens of Christmas displays at this home during the holiday season. DiMartino started the project 11 years ago after his wife [Debra Ann DiMartino, 36, who worked at Keefe, […]

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Families of fallen police officers and firefighters get a special Thanksgiving treat at annual breakfast in Bryant Park  

By Lisa L. Colangelo New York Daily News  The Bryant Park Grill will be transformed into a holiday wonderland on Thanksgiving morning for the children of fallen and disabled firefighters and law enforcement officers. Family members will get a front row seat to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while munching on goodies at the 14th […]

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Melissa Pettignano wins Person of Distinction Award

Melissa Pettignano

By Art Schwartz Hudson Reporter Melissa Pettignano of Secaucus wears a lot of hats, describing herself as an “author, entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and professional music artist.” Now she can add another feather to her cap: the recipient of the “Unsung Hero” Young Person of Distinction Award for 2014. The award was for her various community […]

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