Pioneers of 3rd Avenue
'Green' Spa Hosts M.T.A. Meeting On Pioneers & Upcoming FestivalWhen the Merchants of Third Ave. got together for their recent meeting, they not only highlighted their Pioneers and Civic Award Honorees, they also recognized the "greening" of the popular Spa and Wellness Center operated by Sheila Brody, Marie Ingardia and Maureen Brody at 88th St. and Third Avenue. This enterprising trio recently went to substantial financial and imaginative lengths to 'green' their already popular facility with a number of energy efficient and "environmentally friendly" innovations. "So", said M.T.A. President Bob Howe " It's only appropriate that we met at the Spa to proudly present our Pioneers and Civic Honorees". These prominent figures will be singled out at the September Third Avenue Festival and hold the spotlight at the 15th Annual Pioneers Reception scheduled for October 27 at the Greenhouse Cafe, hosted by Bob Baquara and John Keegan. Shown below at recent M.T.A. meeting are:
Left to right, M.T.A. Treasurer Cathy Ditirro, President Bob Howe, First Vice Pres. Jay Sessa, 2008 Pioneer Sheila Brody, Robert Long, proprietor of Yellow Hook Restaurant standing in for his dad, Civic Award Winer Mike Long (in inset photo); Civic Awardee Jeff Samaha, founder of the Ridge Chorale, Pioneer Bill Eisenhardt, proprietor of former Griswold's Restaurant, Pioneer Chair Charles Otey and Corr. Secretary Rhea McCone.
Chip Cafiero, manager of the Third Avenue Festival makes a point about festival now in its 35th Year. At his left is Corr. Secy. McCone.
Harriet Rosenberg, a former M.T.A. Civic Awardee, and prominent Community Ten Board Leader, addresses members and guests about the importance of maintaining local supermarkets now threatened by influx of large pharmcay chains. Listening is Pioneer Chair Otey.
Pres. Howe with 'Green' Spa executives who hosted recent meeting, left to right, Sheila Brody, Maureen Brody and Marie Ingardia.