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The Cortlandt Manor Rotary Club recently presented awards to the top businesses and residents in town.
The Cortlandt Manor Rotary Club recently presented awards to the top businesses and residents in town. Photo Credit: Cortlandt Manor Rotary Club

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- The Cortlandt Manor Rotary Club took time to honor some of the top businesses in town at the organization's annual anniversary celebration.

Awards were given to Mahopac National Bank for the best corporation in the greater Cortlandt area for its support on literacy projects for rotary clubs for many years in addition to many other charitable endeavors.  Charles Hellmich accepted the award for Mahopac National Bank.

Evan Liaskos, from Cortlandt Colonial Restaurant, was recognized as the best restaurateur for "his constant good deeds for the citizens in need in our community," according to a release.

Liaskos's contributions include providing an Easter dinner for the fire victims of Hudson View Apartments, giving back 20 percent to area charities, hosting dining events at the restaurant and more.

Melissa Smith, of Walter Panas High School, was named Teacher of the Year.

"In addition to being a role model to students, she has started a number of clubs and organizations to do everything from deal with grief to contribute to their neighborhoods," the statement read.

Supervisor Linda Puglisi and Rotarian Victoria Winkelmann both received the highest honor in rotary as they became Paul Harris Fellows. They joined the ranks of Mother Theresa, Itzhak Perlman, Jane Goodall, Arnold Palmer, Queen Noor and many more distinguished citizens of the world.

The award for best business was presented to Domenic Volpe of Domenic's Cleaners and Tailors. Volpe helps veterans and many other charities in any number of ways from donating cleaning to supporting fundraisers for nonprofits. He volunteers his time, as well, being involved with many civic organizations and serving on boards in the community.

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