It does seem like Wantagh has been in the news a lot lately. It is also possible that I am just more tuned in to news about Wantagh...sort of like how you hear your own name in a conversation that you weren't really paying much attention to until you heard your name mentioned.
This past weekend I picked up the January 12th - Jan 18th issue of the Long Island Press to read the "Best of LI" awards", which I always enjoy reading. As a marketing professional, I love how these awards work -- people nominate their local favorites in many categories by going on the Long Island Press website, business owners seek nominations from their customers and others,people read the newspaper when the winners are announced and the local businesses that win are able to announce in many advertising vehicles (including supplied banners) that they are the Long Island Press "Best of LI" winner for the entire year.
Whoever thought these awards up at the Long Island Press should be promoted. Then as I switch gears back to being a Wantagh resident, I am always proud to see a Wantagh organization or person win in this contest. This year the (JTFC) is the winner as the Best Local Charity and it is well deserved.
Earlier this year, I ran into Rosemarie DeMaio (volunteer coordinator at the JTCF) in King Kullen (where else?) right after the organization a Suffolk County in a Habitat for Humanity house had their Christmas presents stolen. I was happy to hear that this story that was all over the news at that point would have a happy ending thanks to the foundation.
I know the Foundation gives toys and games to children in hospitals. which is wonderful enough but that day I learned that they do even more. I am glad they won because now with even more awareness of what they do, they will be able to help even more children and more families that need the help the most.