Women of distinction honored at library


Seven women were honored at Freeport Memorial Library for being “women of distinction” at an event attended by State Senator Kevin Thomas, who represents parts of Freeport, on March 7.

These women included Dr.Jacqueline Harris, the board chair of the Cedarmore Corporation, a Freeport based non-for-profit whose mission is to provide high-quality youth services in the vein of nutrition, literacy employment, and more.

Other honorees were Kathleen Baxley, deputy mayor of Rockville Centre, Lisa Ortiz of the Lakeview Civic Association, community leader and volunteer Deborah Pasternak, Juanita Hargwood of the village of Hempstead, Roosevelt’s Belinda Hill, an entrepreneur, and Dr. Deborah Wortham of the Roosevelt USFD.

“I was thrilled and grateful to be recognized for the work that I do on behalf of the Cedarmore Cooperation in our community,” said Harris about the event.

“Senator Thomas is a great partner and a strong advocate for kids and our community, and to have him publicly acknowledge the efforts of myself and other phenomenal women was truly a memorable evening for me.”

Senator Thomas said about the event “Senate District 6 is home to fearless women, visionary leaders, and public servants who embody the spirit of resilience and determination that drive us forward.

“It was my honor to take the opportunity to celebrate these women during our Women of Distinction Ceremony, whose contributions have shaped our past, present, and future.”