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Farmingdale Women Receive TOBAY Distinction

Rita Zirpolo Padden and Beatrice Ferrari are 2012 'Women of Distinction.'

The is honoring eight women, including two from Farmingdale, at the 14th annual Town of Oyster Bay “Women of Distinction” awards ceremony tonight at 7 p.m.

The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of women who either live or work in TOBAY.

“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," Supervisor John Venditto said.

Farmingdale teacher Rita Zirpolo Padden is being recognized as this year's "Distinguished Woman in the Arts." Padden is the Director of Fine Arts at Farmingdale Public Schools and has transformed the district's music and arts programs into strong, culturally rich programs, through events like the

According to the town, she was nominated because her students say it because of her they develop an appreciation for art and music that they carry with them throughout their lives. 

Farmingdale resident Beatrice Ferrari is being recognized as this year's "Distinguished Woman in Education." Ferrari was a social studies teacher most of her life, beginning her career in Brooklyn before moving to Farmingdale, where she taught at the high school for 26 years.

According to the town, she was nominated for touching the lives of thousands of young adults who went through Farmingdale High School, and for also mentoring teachers in the district. Many of her past students have gone on to become teachers and say they credit her for inspiring them.

Other honorees this year live or work communities such as Hicksville, Jericho, Massapequa, Oyster Bay and Syosset. Each recipient will be presented with a Town citation and a special pin designed to commemorate the honor at tonight's ceremony at Town Hall.

Dan Michaels March 27, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Congratulations to the fine women educators of Farmingdale.
Rosemarie Stauber March 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Congratulations, Mrs. Padden, on your well deserved award! The work that you and your team have done here have risen Fdale into the music and art powerhouse that it is. The fact that children as young as elementary school age win NYSMMA gold awards with distinction blows me away each and every year the NYSMMA awards for our district are announced. The study of music and art builds math and discipline skills in our children - necessary life skills that they use time and time again in their work as students, and for the rest of their lives - no matter which career path they choose. Thank you, Mrs. Padden, for all that you do for the children of Farmingdale.
taxpayer April 05, 2012 at 03:21 PM
rosemarie... do you need a napkin.... i think you have some dirt on your nose
Rosemarie Stauber April 05, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Excuse me, 'taxpayer' - why don't you stop wasting your time with these lame comments - and find something more productive to do with yourself. I was brought up with the phrase - if you can't say something nice, don't bother saying anything at all. You might want to give it a try....

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