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Anne Frost and Peter DiPaola have been selected as this year’s Pelham Civic Association’s 2019 Persons of the Year and will be honored at he Civics’ annual Dinner Dance Gala on November 8th at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. 

“We are profoundly proud to be honoring Anne and Peter as this year’s Persons of the Year," said Pelham Civics President Ken Shirreffs, "Their significant contributions continue to lead the way in developing and championing causes and initiatives that make Pelham so special, enhancing every facet of our community.”

For more information on the November 8th Gala, contact Pelham Civic Dinner Dance Chair Michael Recca at 914-403-6522 or email dinnerdance@pelhamcivics.org

Here are brief descriptions and accomplishments of this year’s honorees:

Anne Frost, MA, PhD, RN

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well if you ask Dr. Anne Frost, she’ll tell you that it takes a child in need to raise the consciousness of the village. For the past 34 years, Dr. Frost has been a visionary humanitarian, applying her expert talent and commitment to advancing innovative healthcare initiatives throughout the nursing community – locally and nationally. She has had a direct effect on the well-being of thousands of children, teenagers, and families for more than three decades… beginning with her leadership role in creating Nurses Network of Pelham, along with co-founders Marie Grosso, RN, Joanne Rooney, NP, and Lynne Catina, BS, MA,RN. This has evolved to the current successful organization - Project Community - that brings together an exemplary model of nurses working in conjunction with the talent of community leaders in healthcare, business, education, and volunteerism. Their goal is to continue to develop innovative programs that can effectively address national health needs by mobilizing community-based programs, including:

• Project C.H.I.L.D.D.  (Community Helping in Learning about Developmental Disabilities) which furnishes children with special needs (ages 3-18) a social network and creative expression through art; provides dedicated teen mentors who foster important social relationships; and allows parents and siblings respite time.

• The visionary Project Rewind I and Rewind II programs correct the myths of alcohol poisoning and sexual assault by providing teens in their schools strategies, including bystander intervention.

Dr. Frost’s additional achievements include:

• Has a private practice in child/adolescent and adult psychotherapy

• Founding Member of Health Futures Inc. to facilitate patients with AIDS

• Founding Member of School Nurse Institute to develop models for school nurses

• Has held nursing positions in acute care as well as nursing education

• Local, State & National Speaker on Nursing Image and Media Mnemonics

• Former Director of the Master’s Degree Program at the College of New Rochelle

• Three terms as “Distinguished Speaker” for Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society

• A published author of articles on political action, social marketing and community-based health promotion, and models of care

• Producer and moderator for Healthstyles for the NY State Nurses Association on WBAI-FM radio

• Recipient of awards from the Advocates for Child Psychiatric Nursing, the Journal for Holistic Nursing for the Outstanding Manuscript Award and American Journal for Nursing Media Festival for the New York State Nurses Association; Nursing Leadership Award from AANN

• Created programs on parenting strategies to help prevent eating disorders and childhood fears

• Recipient of the 2002 New York State Senate’s Women of Distinction Award and the 2016 Pelham’s Women of Distinction Award

• Recipient of Mt. Vernon’s Boys’ & Girls’ Club of Denzel Washington Award for Community Service

• Active in Pelham Civics Career Day, Special Olympics and Needy Cases Fundraising

• She has served as a Board of Director on:

• Pelham Children Center

• Pelham Counseling Service

• Pelham Art Center

• Bartow-Pell Conservancy & Museum

• Pelham Preservation & Garden Society

Anne has three children and six grandchildren:

Jennifer Frost & Will Garrow (Anne)

David & Carolyn Frost (Charlotte, Patrick, Connor and Katherine Mae)

Val & Lauren Frost (Ryan)

Dr. Frost received her Bachelor of Science (BSN) from the University of Virginia and her M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University

Peter DiPaola

For the past 40 years, Peter’s distinguished contributions have enhanced the quality of life of the individuals and families of Pelham and beyond. He is extremely proud to have been raised in Pelham, and then “paying it forward” to the community he loves so much. Through his tireless altruistic and selfless work - whether it is his years volunteering for various charitable organizations or serving in local government - Pete applied his virtues of fairness, compassion and commitment, with his intuitive business acumen to create programs and initiatives that have made significant differences in our entire Town. In doing so, he redefined the landscape of local politics, by virtually keeping “politics” out of the positions and offices he held. His strategic and creative programs - backed by an exemplary work ethic - have resulted in policies and principles that exist in our community and government today.

Peter’s exemplary accomplishments include:

• 2019 Grand Marshall of the Pelham Memorial Day Parade

• Active Member of the Pelham Civic Association

• Member of the Rotary Club of the Pelhams; recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award; and 2019 Honoree

• Member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church & Usher Society

• Volunteered on Pelham’s “Sod Squad” to refurbish and build new athletic fields

• Member of Pelham Chamber of Commerce (Vice President)

• Member of PACT

• Pelham Little League Coach

• Pelham Soccer Coach

• Pelham Town Supervisor (2011 to present) responsible for of the operations of the Town of Pelham, including Recreation Department, Town-wide ambulance, Town Court, tax collection for all Pelham taxing authorities, maintain emergency shelters, Pelham Public Library and animal control.

• Pelham Town Councilman (2004-2010) served as Library Liaison and oversaw the upgrade and renovation of Library, and directed all Town of Pelham facilities and had oversight of all major projects

• Mayor of the Village of Pelham Manor (2001-2003) In charge of the government operations in Pelham Manor and formulated projects such as the BJ's shopping Plaza mall, the revitalization of the multi acre "Shore Park" green space, playground and jogging path.

• Police Commissioner of the Village of Pelham Manor (1999 - 2001) Monitored the operations of the department on a weekly basis making sure the morale of the men was positive and the public treated courteously. The Commissioner needs to maintain the integrity of the department at all times

• Pelham Manor Fire Commissioner (1997- 1999) Made sure the men, both paid and volunteers had all required equipment to properly perform their duties and protect our residents, and dealt with the relations between both departments volunteer and paid.

• Pelham Manor Commissioner of Public Works (1995-1997) Dealt on a weekly basis with the Sanitation Department, Sewer Department and Parks Department, including overseeing all major street projects.

• Pelham Manor Trustee with oversight of Finance and Administration Planning (1993-1995) Reviewed the Village financial operations weekly, also would monitor work performance of administrative personnel, and reviewed State audits.

• Pelham Manor Planning Board (1991) Reviewed plans submitted for new construction especially in the commercial district, and recommend them to the zoning board for further review or to the Board of Trustees

Peter and his wife Julieta have three children and six grandchildren:

Julie Marie

Peter Jr. & Julianna (Lily, Jake & Matthew)

Billy & Anne (Billy, Michael & Fiona)

About the Pelham Civic Association

Founded in 1939, the Pelham Civic Association continues to be one of New York State’s most active volunteer, charitable organizations, dedicated to assisting the youth, the elderly, the financially needy and the mentally and physically challenged. Learn more about The Civics by visiting pelhamcivics.org.

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