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Public Bench Dedicated to Norwood Fixture

MARY VALLATI (RIGHT), shares a moment with former 52nd Precinct commanding officer, a guest at a bench dedication ceremony for Vallati on May 26. Photo by Daniela Beasley
MARY VALLATI (RIGHT), shares a moment with former 52nd Precinct commanding officer, Inspector Joseph Dowling,  a guest at a bench dedication ceremony for Vallati on May 26.
Photo by Daniela Beasley

Call it an early birthday present for a Norwood centenarian.

Longtime member of the 52nd Precinct’s Community Council, Mary Vallati, was recognized yesterday with the unveiling of a public bench right in front of the landmark precinct on Webster Avenue, engraved with her name.

Vallati will be turning 101 in July, and although she faced some health problems recently, she was all smiles yesterday as eponymous bench was revealed to the public. Accompanied by family and friends, Vallati was acknowledged for her involvement in the 52nd Precinct with a proclamation by outgoing state Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson.

“I still can’t believe that they did this for me,” said Vallati while sitting on the bench inscribed ‘Mary Mama Vallati, A Friend To All.’

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2 thoughts on “Public Bench Dedicated to Norwood Fixture

  1. HELEN MURPHY

    MAY SHE LIVE ON STRONG,SHE LOOKS SO ANGELIC, I TOO USED TO LIVE IN NORWOOD , I REMEMBER SEEING THE MEN PLAYING BOCCI BALL IN THE PARK. TO THE LIBRARY, GOING SHOPPING ON 204ST AND MOST OF ALL EATING AT THAT FAMOUS CHINESE RESTAURANT ON 204ST AND THE MINI POST OFFICE. ECT, ECT

  2. Connie Augusta & Stephanie Russo

    She is truly a great Lady? Always giving of herself. Concerned about others. She told me today she was sorry she couldn’t ride the NYC BUS to visit friend who were ill.
    God Bless you Mary. HAPPY 101st BIRTHDAY.
    Connie & Stephanie

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