Category: Model Citizens Magazine December 2021

Model Citizens Magazine Long Island December 2021 Annual Awards Issue.

It is with great pride and honor that I present to you the 2021 Model Citizens Magazine Awards issue. Every year our former model citizens, our board of advisors, and our readers provide feedback and vote on Model Citizens of the year. I am honored to announce that Christopher Cassar and Colleen Rey Cassar are this year’s Model Citizens Couple of the Year. ROSARIO S. CASSATA Is Model Citizens Magazine Man of the Year. Lidia Szczepanowski, Esq.Is model Citizens Women of the year. Each has served our community by paying it forward, providing unparalleled services, and with love. There are a few more awards within the issue, the top photographs of the year, my own thoughts on Hopes for 2022, and heartwarming stories about caring, giving, and making our world a better place. I also offer several of my NFT’s in this year’s Gift Guide. As always Live in Gratitude. Pay it Forward. And Cherish your Chapters of Love

Model Citizens Magazine Couple Of The Year Chris and Colleen Cassar

Colleen Cassar: We met in the summer of 1986. At that time, Chris was in between his 1st and 2nd year of law school. After a few months of dating, we fell in love and decided to take the necessary steps and sacrifices to eventually marry after his graduation. Chris studied every night and didn’t have time for gainful employment so I started working as much as I could to save money to marry. He graduated in 1988, passed the NY Bar 1989 and then we were married the summer on 1989.

For the first 2 years of our marriage and 1 1/2 years prior, Chris worked at the Brooklyn Legal Aid Society where he obtained courtroom experience and trial advocacy in the area of criminal law.  I was working in the accounting dept of a private corporation where I was trained by the CEO of the company. By 1991 our first child Christopher was a year and a half and the need for more income was evident. So, with the help of family, we signed an office lease and took a leap of faith and opened our law practice – just a lawyer and a secretary – Chris & Colleen.

Now, 30 years later, we have a small what we like to call boutique law firm with 4 lawyers, a law school graduate (our son Christopher) and a support staff of 6 people. Many of our staff have been with us over 20 years.