Around Town: News from your neighbors

Justin Michael Pereira

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Hello readers and welcome to another edition of Around Town.


Congratulations to our grandson, Justin Michael Pereira, our buddy, and our inspiration on your graduation on Friday, June 23. You will begin a new and exciting journey. We wish you all the happiness and success in the world.

We are extremely proud of you and so pleased that you have filled the past six years at P.S. 14 with cherished memories. Always remember this: never run away from fear. Fear sharpens you. It challenges you and it makes you stronger. If you run away from fear, you also run away from the opportunity to be your best possible self! Enjoy life! Love, Nana, Papa, Titi Bree & Grandma Merc.


Happy sixth birthday and kindergarten graduation to James Dean Hondros, the son of Liza Campoamor-Hondros and Deno Hondros of North Carolina. He is grandson of Lydia Campoamor of the borough.

Airman First Class Christopher Kocovic graduates

We can’t wait to see what your future holds.

Airman Graduates

Airman First Class Christopher Kocovic received an Associate’s Degree from The Community College of the Air Force on Monday, May 22.

Airman Kocovic, 22, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Llubo Kocovic, of Library Avenue in Country Club.

He turns 23-years-old on Tuesday, July 18.

His is a 2013 graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School, where he played lacrosse and football.

Airman Kocovic joined the U.S. Air Force in summer 2014.

Darwin Contreras

He is an aerospace ground technician at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

He visited the borough in late April when he was a sponsor at his sister Sarah’s confirmation at Our Lady of the Assumption.

Congratulations to Inner-City Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Melvin Ortega and Darwin Contreras, both from the borough, on being named Inner-City Scholarship Fund award winners.

Melvin graduated from St. Margaret Mary Grammar School in Mount Hope in 2013.

He is salutatorian at All Hallows High School this year.

He was accepted to Hunter College, Fordham University and Manhattan College.

Melvin Ortega

He plans on being a History major in college.

Melvin is a member of the National Honor Society, and has participated in conferences, including the Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life Conference in Ireland.

Darwin graduated from Christ the King Grammar School in Mount Eden in 2013.

He graduated from All Hallows High School this year and ranked eighth out of 129 graduating seniors with a GPA of 92.58.

He was accepted George Washington University, SUNY New Paltz and Holy Cross College.

He plans on seeking a college degree in International Relations.

Darwin was one of three young men who gave student keynote addresses at the Inner-City Scholarship Fund gala in December 2015.

James Dean Hondros

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