WOODLAND PARK, NJ - In honor of Women's History Month, Mayor Keith Kazmark and the Borough Council honored three women for their contributions to the community during a ceremony at the March 15 council meeting.
The borough acknowledges a number of local women annually in March for their service to the community. This year, Laura Spagnola-Vargas, Mary Ann Spinoso and Annette Pomante were presented with certificates and mayor's pins.
"Every year we get together in finding women in our community who have made outstanding contributions," Kazmark said. "The first person saw a need within our school district to have activities prepared. Anytime I've had a conversation with Laura, it's all about trying to get the right thing done for the children of this community and for the people of this community."
Kazmark added that Spagnola-Vargas helped facilitate and put together, with the help of Dr. Michelle Pillari, superintendent, the Special Needs Advisory Committee (SNAC) for the school district, which she chairs.
Spagnola-Vargas thanked everyone in attendance and spoke on behalf of special needs children in the borough.
"Special needs children deserve the best and that's exactly what we're going to make sure they get," she said.
Kazmark then saluted Mary Ann Vellone Spinoso, secretary of the Woodland Park Business Association, whose husband Pat serves as president.
"Mary Ann is no stranger to Woodland Park. Although she does not live here, she certainly represents the best interests of our business community," Kazmark explained. "On a daily basis, she goes out and communicates with new businesses that have moved into town, to get them to be part of this great association that is really the backbone of our business community here in Woodland Park. For any business owner who takes on the responsibility of spearheading the business association, you are splitting your time between livelihood and at the same time, trying to promote business as a whole in the community."
Kazmark also honored Annette Pomante, former municipal clerk/administrator, who retired in 2003. Pomante was out-of-state and unable to accept the certificate. Her son and daughter accepted on her behalf.
"Annette was the go-to person when Joe Spinelli, Rita Pascrell and I took council seats in 2002," Kazmark explained. "We were rookies and she was always professional and answered all of our questions, being that we were new to local government after we were elected."