2006-11-03 / Community

Chamber of Commerce Honors Local Businesses,Activists

The Rockaway Chamber of Commerce held its annual Dinner Dance at Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach on Monday, October 23. The organization awarded seven local business people and organizations for their work on the peninsula. Pictured, all of the honorees gather for the camera.

Danielle McShane, the owner of Danielle's Rockaway Florist, won an award as one of the Merchant's Of The Year. With McShane are chamber Treasurer Noni Signoretti (left), McShane, member Susan Locke, Executive Director Joanie Omeste and President John Lepore. Danielle McShane, the owner of Danielle's Rockaway Florist, won an award as one of the Merchant's Of The Year. With McShane are chamber Treasurer Noni Signoretti (left), McShane, member Susan Locke, Executive Director Joanie Omeste and President John Lepore. Steven Krieger, second from left, an official with The Engel Burman Group and Cedar Summit Property, the developers of the Ocean Grande accept the "Community Development Award," from Chamber officers Linda Plummer, Lepore and Signoretti. Steven Krieger, second from left, an official with The Engel Burman Group and Cedar Summit Property, the developers of the Ocean Grande accept the "Community Development Award," from Chamber officers Linda Plummer, Lepore and Signoretti. Dr. Peter Nelson (second from left), accepts the "Outstanding Service to the Community" award on behalf of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center. With Nelson are Lepore, Keyspan Energy official Renee McClure, Cornell and Omeste. Dr. Peter Nelson (second from left), accepts the "Outstanding Service to the Community" award on behalf of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center. With Nelson are Lepore, Keyspan Energy official Renee McClure, Cornell and Omeste. The "Helping Hands Award" was presented to Valerie West (second from left), an Executive Vice President with the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation. With West are Presdient John Lepore, Renee McClure and Chamber Vice President Steven Greenberg. The "Helping Hands Award" was presented to Valerie West (second from left), an Executive Vice President with the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation. With West are Presdient John Lepore, Renee McClure and Chamber Vice President Steven Greenberg. Borough President Helen Marshall accepts the "Friend to the Chamber" award from Joanie Omeste (left) and John Lepore. Borough President Helen Marshall accepts the "Friend to the Chamber" award from Joanie Omeste (left) and John Lepore. The two Commanding Officers at the dinner. Captain Brian McMahon of the 101 Precinct (left) and Captain Charles (Butch) Neacy of the 100 Precinct. The two Commanding Officers at the dinner. Captain Brian McMahon of the 101 Precinct (left) and Captain Charles (Butch) Neacy of the 100 Precinct. Nancy Vardakis and Chamber Dreictor Harold Cornell enjoy the dinner. Nancy Vardakis and Chamber Dreictor Harold Cornell enjoy the dinner. Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer greets the guests. Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer greets the guests. Chamber president John Lepore welcomes those who attended. Chamber president John Lepore welcomes those who attended. "The Valentinos," an a capella group entertained the guests. "The Valentinos," an a capella group entertained the guests. The Wave contingent dances to the music. The Wave contingent dances to the music. Honorees and Chamber members enjoyed the evening. Honorees and Chamber members enjoyed the evening.

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