Four Staten Island women to be honored at annual Women in History celebration

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – To reflect on the contributions of women throughout history and honor several women who enrich the lives of Staten Islanders today, Councilwoman Debi Rose will host her tenth annual Women in History Month event on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at Christ Church New Brighton, 76 Franklin Ave.

For their outstanding contributions to their communities, Councilwoman Rose will honor community and political activist Rosemarie Mangano Cavanagh of Teamsters Locals 832 and 237; family and food advocate Zulma Cruz of Project Hospitality; and education and community advocate Nicole Meyers of Mothers Against Senseless Killings. In addition, Councilwoman Rose will award and youth and education advocate Helen Settles the 2018 Marjorie Garvin Community Service Award.

“There's no question that the last year has seen a tremendous rise in the number of women running for office and getting involved in their communities,” said Councilwoman Debi Rose. “From Women who March to #MeToo, we continue to take important steps forward, and I look forward to celebrating these steps with my fellow North Shore residents. As we celebrate with music and spoken word, I will also call attention to four incredible women who strengthen our communities today. I hope men and women from across the island join me Thursday night to reflect on our history and honor these special women. I hope to see you there!”

Performances will include the Brighton Heights Reformed Church Youth Orchestra and Mrs. Rosemary’s Dancers — as well as spoken word from local students led by Jeannine Otis, Arts-in-Education Specialist at Sundog Theatre and Director of Music at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, and music from vocalist Paula Hugee.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.



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