Woodland Park Council Recognizes Women's History Month honorees

Woodland Park Council Recognizes Women's History Month honorees

Three women and one teenager were honored last month as part of Women’s History Month by the Woodland Park Mayor and Council.
Educator and Library Board member Rosemary Ficarra, Library Board President Mary Holloway, Living Water Church Women’s Ministry Pastor Dinora LaTorre and 13-year-old Josephine Palman, a Memorial School student battling cancer, were honored for helping to help shape and inspire the community.
Rosemary Ficarra was honored as an indispensable liaison and educator. A Superintendent’s Delegate to the Alfred H. Baumann LIbrary Board since 2013, Ficarra has been an English teacher at Memorial School since 2004. She has been instrumental in building and maintaining the relationship between the Memorial School and the Library. She works to plan class trips, and promotes programs to the students and teachers, especially the annual Poetry Contest and Junior Ambassador and Teen Volunteer programs.
Mary Holloway was honored as a dedicated board member to the Alfred H. Baumann Library. Current president and former treasurer, she has been a board trustee since 2011. Holloway was instrumental in educating the community about the NJ Library Construction Bond Act, which resulted in a 67% positive outcome in the 2017 election in Woodland Park. She and her husband, Councilman Gary Holloway, have been residents of Woodland Park since 2000. For the past 31 years, Mary has been employed as a licensed funeral director with the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, Wyckoff.
Dinora LaTorre was honored for her commitment to supporting women struggling personally and spiritually. LaTorre serves as women’s and youth ministry pastor at Living Water Church. She regularly counsels women in every capacity within family crisis, counseling married couples, single women, and young ladies. Pastor Dinora in
1999 married Pastor Joel La Torre. Together, they founded Living Water Church. They moved to Woodland Park in 2000, and have three daughters – Alyssa, 16, Janessa, 12, and Emeli, 7. Pastor Dinora works for The Quest Diagnostics Corporation as a senior group lead, overseeing over 60 Quest Diagnostics sites. Josephine Palman was honored for her bravery in her battle against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare and lethal childhood brain cancer. The 13-year-old Memorial School student was diagnosed with DIPG 13 months ago and has been a
warrior against the disease. Palman loved to sketch, loved music, did gymnastics and loved everything to do with nature. Her illness has taken her abilities to do and enjoy the many things she loved. Before the brain tumor paralyzed her facial muscles, she was hardly ever without a smile that reflected her happy spirit. She has an immense love for life and for people and she is not giving up without a huge battle.

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