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Village Improvement Association holds May luncheon

Present Joan Caggiano with Citizen of the Year Award
By Steven Billiups | May 29, 2014
Photo by: Steven BIllups Shown (l-r) are VIA President Carolyn Billingsley, Joan Caggiano and VIA Citizen of the Year Award Chair Sandra Roberts.

The Village Improvement Association held its Annual May Luncheon and installation of officers May 14 at Kings Creek Country Club. They also presented Joan Caggiano with the Citizen of the Year Award. Through personal and business generosity, Caggiano has  made a lasting impact on the Rehoboth Beach area. She and her husband founded Nicola Pizza. In 43 years of operation, it has provided employment to thousands. Joan is the face, heart and soul of the business and has earned the endearing nickname of “Mama Nicola.”

She smiles and warmly greets every customer that she possibly can and is one of the most recognizable women in Rehoboth Beach. She is involved in St. Edmond Catholic Church, Rehoboth Art League, Red Hats, Run for the Roses Sorority and numerous other organizations. Her contributions are done quietly and without fanfare. She established the Rehoboth Cooperative Pre-school located on Sussex Street. She originated and was supporter of the Easter Promenade which was a wildly popular town event for 20 years.

Nicola still feeds the thousands of Special Olympic Polar Bear Plungers every winter for free. Caggiano has also supported the Epworth Church Food Drive and the shelter with food and coats for the homeless.

The VIA newly-elected officers are (l-r) Nancy McDonnell, corresponding secretary; Rose Marie Patin, first vice president; Theda Blackwelder, president; Carole Suchnek, second vice president; and Phyllis Stone, treasurer. Not shown are Kathy DeGrange, recording secretary; and Sherry Hall, assistant treasurer. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
The newly-elected officers are (l-r) Ellen Polini, Patt Madison-Gauger, Carol Hall, Ronnie Lutz, Gail Shaffer, Marge Cintavey, Jeanne Fox, Anne Jack and State Director Carolyn Billingsley. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
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