Councilwoman Filippone honored at council meeting

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Councilwoman Joanne Filippone was honored at the Dec. 20 Lavallette Council meeting for being named Woman of the Year by the Ocean County Federation of Republican Women. She was joined by Councilman Michael Stogdill [left], Councilman Robert Lamb, Mayor Walter LaCicero, Council President Anita Zalom and Councilman James Borowski. Missing from the photo is Councilman Dave Finter.

LAVALLETTE — Councilwoman Joanne Filippone has been named Woman of the Year by the Ocean County Federation of Republican Women, and was honored at the Dec. 20 borough council meeting.

Council President Anita Zalom said, “Every year, they [the federation] look around the whole county and look for a woman that is outstanding and a man that is outstanding and a young person that is outstanding and they honor them. They looked around and they looked around and they settled on one of ours. They settled on Councilwoman Joanne Filippone and I’m very proud to announce that to the town and mayor and council.”

Ms. Filippone said, “Thank you to the council for recognizing the honor that has been bestowed upon me and when I say I was shocked that’s honest and a fact.”

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“The person who called me to tell me the news, I couldn’t answer. For the first time in my life there were no words coming out of my mouth, I wrote it down so there was proof that was exactly my reaction. I really do appreciate it and I hope any of you who want to join in on the celebration, we will make a big party for Lavallette on May 12,” said Ms. Filippone.