Islip, NY – The Islip Town Board celebrated Black History by returning its popular in-person ceremonies honoring community members who have gone above and beyond to enhance, enrich, and improve residents’ quality of life. 

“February is National Black History Month… an opportunity for all of us to celebrate and acknowledge the many contributions of our diverse neighbors, volunteers, and professionals, who help to enrich our Town every day,” said IslipSupervisor Angie Carpenter. 

“To help us share in this celebration, I’d like to take a moment to highlight a few of the outstanding community members we have here in the audience today,” said Supervisor Carpenter. 

Amy Evans serves the Town of Islip as a Community Organizer for Youth Enrichment Services (YES). Since 2009, Amy has overseen the day-to-day operations of YES programming and continues to grow programming to fit the community’s needs. Passionate about bettering her community, she coordinates with outside resources and support systems to garner larger community engagement through education, volunteerism, and nutrition. 

NYPD Officer Christian Brown has been dedicated to protecting and serving the Town of Islip for over 10 years. He began his service in the emergency response field as a Youth Squad member of the Exchange Ambulance of the Islips in 2009. Upon joining the Senior Corp in 2014, Christian rapidly rose through the ranks of the Exchange Ambulance, serving as an EMT, captain, assistant chief, and in 2022, as Chief of the Department.

Retired NYPD Officer Jacqueline Merriweather has made it her mission to identify and implement positive change through community outreach. Since 2000, Jackie has been an avid member of the Brentwood Rotary Club, and currently serves as Rotary President and on the Executive Board for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award.