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Portuguese Heritage Society Honors Mineola Businessman

President Jose Morais given citation for over 20 years of service.

The Portuguese Heritage Society-Lusitano (“PHS”) welcomed over 300 people to their 36th Annual Members Dinner at the organization’s hall on Willis Avenue on Dec. 8, 2012.

During the ceremonies, member and former board member Gabriel Marques honored current president Jose Morais on behalf of Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos for over two decades of service to the club.

Morais is a resident and local businessman in Mineola, the owner of a landscaping company, who has held various positions on the board of the Portuguese Heritage Society.

“Comptroller Maragos wanted me to share his thanks and appreciation for all that you do,” Marques said. “We are thankful for President Morais’ participation in what was part of Nassau County’s historical first ever Portugal Day Celebration this past June and for his tireless commitment to his hometown and community.”

Founder and former President Tony Portela also thanked Morais for everything that he has done to further the history and involvement of the organization, joking that his term be extended through 2019 so he could continue the good job.

“I am truly honored,” Morais said modestly, “I just try to do the best I can each and every day.”

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