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Saturday, May 28, 2016
Valley Stream church honors local do-gooders
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The Rev. Kymberley Clemons Jones, left, with honoree Elder Delorese Gordon.

Sabatino found out in September that he and Envision Valley Stream were being honored and said he was completely shocked and flattered. “I don’t look for these things or expect these things,” he said, “but when people out of the goodness of their heart do something like this, it’s very flattering.”

In the future, Sabatino said, he would like to partner with the church to provide volunteer opportunities in the community. He added that a relationship between church and community group is not conventional, but it’s important to build a community feeling.

“You can’t go anywhere in Valley Stream without hearing the good things that Envision Valley Stream is doing in the community,” Jones said. “I just felt that they’re a group that is up and coming and is still fairly young in the community, that is doing such great work in the community and we should encourage them to keep going.”

Sabatino, who was accompanied by his wife, Sarah, and other members of Envision at the ceremony, said they’re still working hard to see their goals come to fruition. Jones is excited to see what Envision accomplishes next and added that all of the recipients make the community a better place to live.

“We’re just excited about what and who Valley Stream is,” Jones said on behalf of the church. “It’s an awesome community.”


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