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Honors, designations and recognitions


Arizona-based Real Estate Negotiation Institute named Sharlene Beckwith a certified negotiation expert. She is a sales associate with Manheim Township-based Coldwell Banker Select Professionals.



Maryland-based National Organization of Black Women in Law Enforcement gave Shirley Moore Smeal a Trailblazer Award. She is executive deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, where she supervises regional deputy secretaries and their facilities, as well as the Offices of County Inspections, Treatment Services, Population Management, Correction Education and Information Technology. She joined the department as clerk typist at the State Correctional Institution at Huntingdon in Huntingdon County in 1987, and she is the first woman to become executive deputy secretary.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health gave Excellence in Health Care Compliance awards to The Schuylkill Center in Pottsville, Schuylkill County; and Foulkeways at Gwynedd and The Meadows at Shannondell in Montgomery County; and the Pennsylvania Hospital Skilled Care Center in Philadelphia in recognition of not receiving state citations during their annual health survey inspections for the last three calendar years.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency named Officer Peter Montgomery of the York Area Regional Police Department Crime Prevention Officer of the Year. In addition, 11 Pennsylvanians received 2012 Governor’s Crime Prevention awards. Dennis Downey of Allegheny County was recognized for his long-term commitment to the Steel City Crime Watch Program and his leadership role in Zone 4’s public safety council. Marlene Emro of Allegheny County was recognized for her work in the Lincoln Place neighborhood in Pittsburgh. She has been involved with the Pittsburgh Crime Watch coalition for more than six years. Edwin Hamilton of Adams County has logged more than 3,500 hours of volunteer service with the Park Watch Patrol at Gettysburg National Military Park. He also cleans up litter in the park. Sue Hoffman of Montgomery County was recognized for her leadership role in the Town Watch program and for helping to establish the Block Watch program. She has been involved in a public service campaign on car theft and volunteered for the Police Athletic League. Mary Hupe of Allegheny County received the award for her longstanding involvement and dedication to Pittsburgh Crime Watch and her National Night Out initiatives. Jack Kifer of Dauphin County is a member of Volunteers in Police Services and assists the local police department with a variety of services, including patrolling township parks and participating in community events. Jet Lafean of Allegheny County was recognized for his work on numerous graffiti investigations and for his involvement with the Pittsburgh Crime Watch. Judith Lieberman of Lehigh County was recognized for her leadership in forming Lehigh Target Right Information, Agencies and Departments, which puts senior citizens in touch with community resources and provides free safety presentations; and for her work with Operation Lifesaver, which helps individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Mia Rigatti, an 11th-grade student from Allegheny County, has helped to raise almost $2,000 for the Bethel Park Police Pals Food Drive, as well as money for scholarships for future law enforcement professionals. She also educates senior citizens on crime prevention practices and works with children in the Child Identification Program. Winona Smith of York County has worked on crime prevention, as well as trash collection, vacant properties and preventing criminal activities, for 23 years. She is 90 years old.