Memorial teacher, student honored by Borough Council

Memorial School English teacher Rosemary Ficarra and 8th grader Josephine Palman, who is battling cancer, were among four honored by the Mayor and Council as part of Women’s History Month for helping to shape and inspire the community. Additional honorees included Library Board President Mary Holloway and Living Water Church Women's Ministry Pastor Dinora LaTorre. 

Mrs. Ficarra was honored as an indispensable liaison and educator. A Superintendent's Delegate to the Alfred H. Baumann Library Board since 2013, Ficarra has been an English teacher at Memorial since 2004. She has been instrumental in building and maintaining the relationship between the school and library. 

Josephine Palman was honored for her bravery in her battle against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a childhood brain cancer. The 13-year-old loved to sketch, loved music, did gymnastics and loved everything to do with nature. Her illness though has taken her abilities to do and enjoy many of these things. Before the brain tumor paralyzed her facial muscles, she was hardly ever without a smile that reflected her spirit.