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.