St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Carle Place Honors John Heslin with its first “Parish/Wasiewski Good Citizenship Award”
Carle Place has long been regarded as one of Long Island’s most exceptional communities. So when Mary’s Episcopal Church’s vestry met to find a way to help to sustain this image they had to first decide what factors made this little pearl such a gem. Their quick conclusion determined it is the character and community spirit posessed by so many of its residents that has made Carle Place what it is. When looking for examples two names kept coming to the fore as prototypical of the generous though modest spirit so comon here,.and that is why the vestry unanimously determined it could best fulfill its mission by naming an award after them and shining a light on someone who was keeping Carle Place’s image lusterous.
To recognize their many years of devotion to their Church and their community, and typify the spirit of the Carle Place community, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Carle Place has named a plaque to honor two of its most respected and prominent parishioners, Raymond Parish and John Wasiewski.
Each year a citizen who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to serve their community and improve the human condition will be given a plaque to hang on a wall of their home. Another plaque with their name on it, will be placed in the church.
Carle Place’s John C. Heslin will be the plaque’s first recipient, and it will be presented on May 13 at the church’s regular 10 AM service and following reception. All whose lives have been touched by the honoree’s many acts of kindness are invited to attend to show their gratitude for his contributions to the Carle Place community. It is hoped that by giving the plaque others will be motivated to follow his good example.
No stranger to recognition for his remarkable participation in the community’s many affairs, honoree Heslin has been referred to as the hamlet’s “unofficial mayor.” His enthusiasm and gregarious spirit make his presence at any event a contributing factor to its success. John is president of The Carle Place Seniors, an active member of The Carle Place Civic Association and many other local organizations. His life of devotion to his fellow citizens is a splendid example of the spirit of service and good will the “Raymond Parish / John Wasiewski Award” is intended to inspire. The Reverend Gerardo Ramirez, Saint Mary’s Priest in Charge said, “John Heslin has given his all for this community and we are delighted to have this opportunity to applaud his efforts. We hope everyone who knows John will attend the service and reception at St. Mary’s to show their appreciation for his good stewardship.”
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, often called “the little church with the big heart,” is a Carle Place “landmark” where, since 1926 Christians of all denominations have come to worship. It is located at the corners of Rushmore and Glen Cove Avenues.