Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

Please join us on Friday, November 21, 2014 to honor
Andrew J. Calev and Arnold T. Quaranta, Jr.
as recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Citizen Award.

The event will take place at the Watermill, 711 Smithtown Bypass (Route 347) Smithtown, NY.
Cocktails at 7:00 PM with dinner to follow.

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Andrew J. Calev

Andy was born in the Bronx and grew up in Little Neck, Queens and Glen Cove, Long Island. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1972. He went on to graduate school at Fairleigh Dickenson and planned to go into medicine, studying at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Instead Andy went into the family business, Calev Photolabs, started by his grandfather Simon in 1917 as Calev Photographers.

Andy Calev

In 1998, after several decades as a successful business always changing and adapting to the times and in response to the "digital age", Andy and his father sold the business to Konica Photo-Imaging. Andy found himself in the family real estate management company, Joben Corporation founded by his father and uncle.

Andy followed his wife Carol into the world of Scouting. Carol was their son's Den Mother and Andy soon found himself volunteering for camporees and Webelos Woods. Before he knew it he was an Assistant Scoutmaster and then Scoutmaster. Ben went on to become an Eagle Scout and Andy moved into other positions of leadership in the Matinecock District, including District Commissioner and Assistant Council Commissioner of training and awards. At the Council level, he has held numerous positions such as Vice-President of Membership, Vice President Operations, and Chairman of Friends of Scouting.

Andy is the recipient of the Dave Brady District Commissioner's Award, the District Award of Merit, and Silver Beaver Award. Andy is an active member of the Greenlawn Lions Club. He lives in Greenlawn with his wife Carol. They have two adult children, Ben and Rebecca.

Arnold T. Quaranta, Jr.

In 1986, Arnie and his wife Rose moved to Ronkonkoma and joined St. Joseph's Parish where he is still active today as a Eucharistic Minister. Arnold joined St. Regis Knights of Columbus that same year.

In 1993 Arnold founded Restoration Experts. He holds top restoration credentials and is considered to be a master restorer of fire, smoke, & water damage. The company employs more than 25 people and is recognized as one of the top restoration contractors in the North Eastern United States.

Arnie Quaranta

Arnold, a Life Scout, became a Den Leader for Pack 197 when his son joined Scouting in 1995. He followed his son to Boy Scouts in 1998 and became the Committee Chairman of the revitalized Troop 272 out of St. Joseph's Church. Of the Troops initial twenty boys, ten (including his son Justin), earned the rank of Eagle.

Arnie has been a member of The Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce for more than fifteen years and during his tenure as President he started the Ronkonkoma Street Fair.

In 2000, Arnie joined the Ronkonkoma Rotary Club and he served as Governor for District 7260 (Suffolk County) in 2010-2011. Arnie and his wife Rose have taken multiple trips to India to administer polio vaccinations and oversee a grant that equipped a medical clinic. Arnie has also gone on three missions to La Gonave, Haiti, to provide much needed medical equipment, satellite communications, and solar panels both for the clinic and the community at large.

After his son's girlfriend, Andrea Giattino, was killed by a drunk driver, his family started The Simple Hope Foundation to combat drunk driving and work to make our roads safer by creating awareness and helping to 'make drunk driving matter'.

Arnie and his wife Rose reside in Ronkonkoma. They have three children, Justin, Chelsea and Taylor.