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Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Noteworthy: Montenaro led efforts to gather and ship a pallet of supplies to storm-stricken neighborhoods in New York City suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Through her efforts, those in need received winter clothes, batteries, flashlights, baby formula, contractor bags and other items. Her boss at Clarke Health Care Products in Oakdale, Jerry Clarke, paid for the goods to be shipped to a Queens church for distribution.

Residence: Dormont

Age: 34

Family: Husband, Joe; son, Anthony.

Occupation: Customer service representative for Clarke Health Care Products, a distributor of durable medical equipment.

Background: Montenaro's father was born in Brooklyn, and she still has family in Breezy Point and Rockaway. Floodwaters badly damaged her relatives' homes and many neighbors' homes.

Quote: “I wanted to help my family, but not just them — everyone in their community. It's very close-knit and everybody helps out. We wanted to do our part.”

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