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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Neighbors
TD Bank, PCC honored by Chamber
Business groups installs officers for next two years
Andrew Hackmack/Herald
Peninsula Counseling Center Executive Director Lois Goldsmith, center, and Board of Directors President Steve Bernstein accepted the Special Recognition Award from Gyulay.

Neither TD Bank nor the Peninsula Counseling Center have been in Valley Stream for a particularly long time. But in a short time, those institutions have made significant contributions to the community, and specifically to the Valley Stream Chamber of Commerce.

The two businesses were recognized by the Chamber at the annual gala dinner on Sept. 26 at the Pompei restaurant in West Hempstead. TD Bank received the Business Achievement Award with Peninsula Counseling Center chosen for the Special Recognition Award.

TD Bank arrived in Valley Stream in late 2008, but its roots go back to when Commerce Bank first opened up on Merrick Road and Central Avenue several years earlier. The bank has hosted a pair of holiday parties for the Chamber of Commerce, as well as other networking events. “TD Bank has went above and beyond to support the Valley Stream Chamber of Commerce,” said Dominick Minerva Jr., a Chamber board member and the gala chairman.

Accepting the award on behalf of the bank was Glenore Anderson, the Valley Stream store manager since February 2012. She was joined by Assistant Manager Aldo Novo, and Hempstead store Manager Sharon Hamlin. Frank Ryan, the prior store manager, had previously served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Minerva noted that TD Bank maintains a beautiful property at one of the village’s busiest intersections. He said having the business in town is an asset. “They’re a great part of the Valley Stream business community and a great neighbor,” he said. “Glenore and TD Bank are quick to help local small businesses with their needs.”

Anderson, who said she was grateful for the recognition, wants to continue the strong relationship between the bank and the Chamber. “We look forward to getting involved and just doing as much as we can,” she said.

Peninsula Counseling Center might be fairly new to Valley Stream, but it is not new to Nassau County. The mental health agency is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It was based in the Five Towns for its first 95 years before opening up its new headquarters on Hawthorne Avenue in 2008.

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