A little more about the honorees:
• Janice Melnick is the new Flushing Meadows Corona Park Administrator. Melnick comes to this position after a long career with the Parks Department. As Northeast Queens Park Administrator, Melnick was responsible for almost 900 acres of parkland. She also spearheaded the development of Fort Totten from a military base to a public park.
• Paul Graziano is a lifelong resident of North Flushing and the founder and principal of Associated Cultural Resource Consultants. Graziano is an expert in the fields of land use, zoning and planning, and historic preservation. While Graziano has consulted regularly in four states, he has concentrated much of his efforts towards advocating the protection and preservation of neighborhoods in Queens. He also created or helped to create a number of civic associations, including the North Flushing Civic Association, the North East Flushing Civic Association, and the Waldheim Neighborhood Association, among others.
• Michael Genovese began teaching at Holy Cross High School on Francis Lewis Boulevard in 1969, and for the past 43 years has been a dedicated educator committed to both his students and school. He is the director of Service Learning, a program which he founded almost 40 years ago. In that capacity, Genovese has served on the Mayor's Task Force for Student Volunteers through the Mayor's Voluntary Action Center (MVAC) during the Koch, Dinkins, and Giuliani administrations, and was on the Governor's Task Force under Mario Cuomo's administration. The Bayside Historical Society has benefited from his commitment to instilling the merits of volunteerism into the students at Holy Cross High School, and have been supplied with a steady stream of willing, dedicated, and enthusiastic young men who have assisted them with a multitude of tasks and assignments.