THE ROY WEINMAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Anne and Henry Stampfel: Bellmore Movies and Showplace
Anne and Henry Stampfel have been the owners of the Bellmore Theater and Showplace on Pettit Avenue for over 30 years. It is a landmark theater documented to have been built before 1912, and is thought to be the oldest operating theater on Long Island. They have renovated and maintained the single-screen theater by bringing back live entertainment, renting the facility for private events and fundraisers, and bringing in the finest in motion picture entertainment. The Bellmore Movies remains the last single-screen theater on Long Island, offering first-run mainstream films, independent films and live shows ranging from plays to comedy acts to recitals.
In addition to owning the Bellmore Theater and Showplace , Anne and Henry own the Malverne Cinema and the North Shore Towers Cinema in Floral Park. Henry is the chairman, president and treasurer of Long Island Film/TV Foundation, with Anne Stampfel immersed as its bookkeeper, honorary board member, and advisory board and Festival Committee member. For more than two decades Anne and Henry have been part of the Long Island Film and TV scene, with their involvement in both the Long Island Film/TV Foundation (LIFTF) and the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) as well as the various cinemas they operate throughout the year.
The Bellmore Theater and Showplace is home to the annual Long Island International Film Festival, which has been named “One of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine. LIIFE is one of Long Island’s most prestigious film festivals, and the premiere Long Island film festival focusing squarely on independent films and filmmaking. Bellmore businesses look forward to the additional revenue from the influx of thousands of people the event brings to the Bellmores to shop and dine. LIIFE and the historic Bellmore Theater and Showplace have clearly helped to put Bellmore on the map as a destination.
As expected, the Long Island Film/TV Foundation and the Nassau County Film Commission will present the 21st Annual LIIFE – Long Island International Film Expo, July 13-19 at the historic Bellmore Movies. This year’s festival will include over a hundred short and feature-length independent films from all over the world. www.longislandfilm.com
The Stampfels have also been very active in the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce. Henry has held several positions in the NCCC over the years, including Recording Secretary and Breakfast Chairman of the annual NCCC Breakfast, which honors chamber members around the county for their outstanding efforts. Both Stampfels have dedicated their time and energy to support the NCCC goals and events.
Serendiptously, Anne and Henry met one another at the movies, fell in love at the movies and will soon be married 38 years. They have two daughters, two wonderful son-in-laws and now a new grandson. All of the above is truly an achievement!!
THE LOUIS CAMILLERI CHAMBER MEMBER OF THE YEAR
Stop & Shop LLC
In 2001, Stop & Shop LLC took over the Grand Union supermarket location on Jerusalem Avenue in North Bellmore, and has been there since. The supermarket became a member of the Chamber of Commerce in 2011, and has participated in the Bellmore street fair every year since becoming a member. The store did a Chinese Auction style fundraiser at the fair, raising over $2000 for the American Cancer Society. In 2017, Stop & Shop has hosted American Red Cross blood drives, donated food to the Little League kick off ceremony, and in 2017 “adopted” the Bellmore-Merrick school district Community Pantry for Thanksgiving, raising over $1500. Bellmore Stop&Shop has raised funds for Making Strides against Breast Cancer, and walked at Jones beach to show support. The store also conducted an employee and customer event to collect toiletries for the pantry resulting in many boxes of goods to fill the shelves.
THE ZAGARINO OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY MEMBER OF THE YEAR
Sgt. Marcelo Kreisel: Nassau County Auxiliary Police
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marcelo Kreisel immigrated to the United States in 1964 with his parents and brothers. In 1982 Marcelo married Martha Moss Kreisel, a graduate of Mepham High School, and they moved to North Bellmore. Their daughter Sara, also a graduate of Mepham, is a wetland scientist who is working as an environmental consultant in Massachusetts. For over 35 years Marcelo worked as a cabinetmaker in Queens and the Bronx until his retirement in 2007. Upon retirement, he became a volunteer driver for Island Harvest, picking up rescued food and delivering it to shelters. For four years he also delivered food backpacks to local elementary schools so that children could have food over the weekends.
In 2008 Marcelo joined the Bellmore unit of the Nassau County Auxiliary Police and was promoted to Sergeant in 2016. He subsequently became the Commanding Officer of the Bellmore and North Bellmore units.
As an Auxiliary Police Officer he has been able to help the Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores with traffic at the weekly car shows, provide safe crossing passage for visitors at the annual Christmas tree and Menorah lighting, patrol the streets of the Bellmores and help provide traffic control at other events.
BOARD MEMBER OF THE YEAR
William Wilgus: W.A.W. Creative Construction
Bill Wilgus started WAW Creative Construction in 1984 and joined the Chamber of Commerce in 1989. He has served on the Board of Directors of the chamber since 1991, and was Vice-President for over 10 years. He has coordinated the craft fair at the Bellmore Family Street Festival for a number of years. Bill built and sets up the Menorah each year for the Annual Village Holiday display.
Bill is also the chairperson of the Easter and Halloween Parades and the Annual Santa Run, Holiday Extravaganza/Tree Lighting and the Menorah Lighting. He continues to actively participate in chamber activities, including ribbon cuttings, beautification and parades, and maintains the chamber sign and shadow boxes along Bedford Avenue. Bill was the recipient of the NCCC 2002 Small Business Person of the Year Award.
In 2015 Bill was awarded the Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award. After earning an Associate’s Degree in Construction Technology from SUNY Farmingdale, Bill served on is Alumni Board of Directors for eight years, and ran the annual Homecoming event. He has been a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers since 1972.