Photo courtesy of Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato


A collective of small businesses in Howard Beach were honored for their years of contributions to the American Softball League, an organization that assists developmentally challenged adults through sports.

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato honored Romanelli-Stephen Funeral Home, Matteo’s of Howard Beach, Cross Bay Diner, Wines & Spirits of Howard Beach and Almonte’s Key Food Supermarket of Howard Beach with individual awards for Small Business of the Month.

Each business received a separate award but were recognized collectively for their work with the American Softball League, which meets weekly through the summer. All of the businesses recognized provided free water, food and equipment.

“These businesses I selected as September ‘Small Business of the Month’ went above and beyond not only in the quality of service they provide for our communities but in donating to the folks that need it most,” Amato said during the presentation. “All of these businesses demonstrate how small businesses help to improve communities. Small businesses are the backbone of our community and deserve all the support we can provide- thanks for all you do!”

Randy Novick, founder and CEO of American Softball League, attended the ceremony and thanked the businesses for their long-time contributions.

“[Pheffer Amato] expressed and made them realize in your own words, just how important their support is and I truly believe they will have a better understanding how important they are to American Softball,” Novick said as he thanked the Assemblywoman.

Several of the small business owners expressed their gratitude for the awards and their pride for their sponsorship of the American Softball League. Photo courtesy of Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato


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