This year’s Maspeth Citizen Award, to be presented at Sunday’s Memorial Day Parade, will go to Mary Ann Todzia, center rear, in white, founder of Matthew’s Mission.
The charity group, above, “sets the standard for community outreach, as the parade organizers put it. Named in reference to the Christian Gospel of St. Matthew, which promotes a strong faith to accomplish great things, the group of Maspeth volunteers recently completed two projects to aid U.S. troops overseas: sending them more than 600 Christmas cards and, after that, more than 60 boxes of food and personal care items, the latter through the Marine Corps League. It’s now holding a drive called “Help for Heroes,” which focuses on supplying Navy and K-9 working dogs with the supplies they need to help keep the nation safe.
Also being honored Sunday are veterans and longtime Maspethites Joe Romano and Donald Steinmaker; while the grand marshals are MaryAnna Zero and Joseph B. Papavero.
The parade will kick off at 1 p.m. at Walter A. Garlinge Memorial Park, at the junction of Grand and 57th avenues, and wrap up with a ceremony at 2 p.m. in Veterans Square, at Grand Avenue and 69th Street.