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Volume XXVII, Number 5762
Thursday, Dec 20, 2012

Parkies Honored By Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association

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Jose Arboleda ("Panama") with his family; Syderia Chresfield, president of the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association; and State Senator Bill Perkins

Parks and our Manhattan Borough Office are proud to report that a current and a former Parkie were honored by the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association last Thursday, December 13.

Jose Arboleda, known by all as “Panama,” received the 2012 Catalyst Award for being “dedicated and hard-working, whether that means planting heritage roses in the rose garden or cutting up massive trees felled by an even more massive storm. His love for New York City’s parks – especially those in Harlem – is contagious, and his enthusiasm helps encourage community support and involvement.”

Jose has been a Parkie since 2006, when he started as a City Park Worker. He was joined at the ceremony by his wife, Jessica, and his children, Jose Isaac and Gabriella.

Also honored was Jeannette Boyd, who worked for Parks for 37 years and received the 2012 Unsung Hero Award for her work in the community, including as Vice President of the Friends of the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard Malls. “Whether the issue is traffic and safety or quality of life, this long-time resident of Harlem has played a vital role in helping make her community a better place,” the community group noted in its salute to her. “Jeannette is an activist and a civic leader with an abiding commitment to the success of young people, establishing an annual scholarship for high school graduates who want to pursue a college education.”

Congratulations to Jose and Jeannette!


On Thursday, October 18, Manhattan defeated Queens 9 to 2 to become the 2012 Parks Softball Champions.

Manhattan held a slim 2 to 0 lead into the 5th inning when left fielder Jeff Antoniewicz blasted a two-run homer to break open the game. Jeff also made several fine running catches in left field. Winning pitcher Tom Vinetti Jr. took a shutout until two outs in the last inning and only gave up two unearned runs.

Manhattan hammered out 18 hits en route to the win including three each by Scott McAuliffe, Frank “Cheech” Mazzuca, and Dennis Ayala.

Veteran Manhattan Manager Al Vinetti praised his team saying, “nicely done - the plaque is back in Manhattan.”

This year’s team included Tom Vinetti Jr., Matt Mullany, Scott McAuliffe, Lauren Primerano, Lou Vazquez, Frank Mazzuca, Chris Gremler, Jeff Antoniewicz, Chris Davis, Jamil Phillips, Dennis Ayala, Pat O’Keefe, Cory Shaw, Greg O’Hare, Al Vinetti, and Ralph Musolino. Special thanks to Debbie Shadwick & Robertina Steele for being loyal fans and for keeping the umpires honest.


“Winning may not be everything but losing has little to recommend it.”

Dianne Feinstein
(1933 - )
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