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Libraries of Union County Honor TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro as 'Business Owner of the Year'

Susan Permahos, director of the Summit Library, with LUCC "Business Owner of the Year" Michael Shapiro, TAPinto CEO and publisher. Credits: TAPinto
Jean Marie Ryan of the Roselle Library presents Advocate of the Year to Roselle Lieutenant Joanne Scaturo. Credits: TAPinto
Board of Trustees of the Year from the Roselle Public Library. Credits: TAPinto
Best-sellling author Eva Lesko Natiello of Westfield was the featured speaker at the LUCC awards dinner. Credits: TAPinto
Michelle Mitchell, "Staff Member of the Year" from the Hillside Public Library, with Cassandra Miller. Credits: TAPinto
David Machlowitz and Phil Israel of the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library receive the "Friends Group of the Year" award from the Libraries of Union County. Credits: TAPinto
Maryanne Duffy with "Volunteer of the Year" recipient Karla Quinonez-Ruggiero of the Garwood Library. Credits: TAPinto
Cassandra Miller holding the LUCCy Award that went to the Hillside Public Library. Credits: TAPinto
Pat Tumulty, executive director of the NJ Library Association, with Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski. Credits: TAPinto
Summit Council member Mary Ogden and Summit Mayor Nora Radest. Credits: TAPinto

SUMMIT, NJ - As the director of the Summit Library, Susan Permahos had a problem keeping track of all the events community organizations were holding. Then along came TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro.

TAPinto offered to develop a community calendar, free of charge for the City of Summit, called Summit Today. Those efforts were recognized on Tuesday night when the Libraries of Union County Consortium honored Shapiro with its "Business Owner of the Year" award at a reception and ceremony held in the Summit Library.

"He has been selected as the business leader of the year because of the good work he's done for Summit," Permahos said. "Summit Today is getting more and more popular with community organizations."

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Susan Permahos, director of the Summit Library, introduces the LUCC "Business Owner of the Year" on Tuesday night at the awards ceremony held at the Summit Library;Shapiro accepts the Award.













Also honored at the dinner ws Roselle Police Lieutenant Joanne Scaturo as "Advocate of the Year; Roselle Board of Trustees as the "Board of Trustees of the Year; Assembywoman Annette Quijano of the Kenilworth Library as the "Elected Official of the Year"; Friends of the Westfield Library as the "Friends Group of the Year"; Karla Quinone-Ruggiero of the Garwood Public Library as the "Volunteer of the Year"; Michelle Mitchell of the Hillside Library as the "Staff Member of the Year," and the Hillside Library Staff as the "LUCCy" winner."

Eva Lesko Natiello, author of The Memory Box, was the featured speaker at the event. She is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author.

The Summit Library also used the occasion to show off its renovated children's room.

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