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Awards Presented at 2006 Annual Meeting

Environmentalists of the Year: Jon Regosin, Duane Hillis, and Eric Reenstierna

Charles Maynard Award: Frank Howard

Directors Award: Tony and Pam Awtrey

Directors Award: Jim Broderick

 

Environmentalists of the Year: Jon Regosin, Duane Hillis, and Eric Reenstierna

The Environmentalist of the Year Award this year goes to three individuals who played key roles in the acquisition of Angino Farm. Jon Regosin, Duane Hillis and Eric Reenstierna will share the award this year as each contributed in a particular way to this important milestone. Jon conceived and drove the community farm concept as the foundation for the use of the land and buildings. Duane negotiated the transaction with the broker and Angino family. And Eric handled the legal and other issues related to the acquisition. Of course, real life doesn’t break down quite this evenly and there was plenty of joint effort. Many others also played key roles, but without the hard work and experience that Eric, Duane and Jon brought to this project, it would not have come to a successful conclusion.

All three are members of the Conservators board of directors. Jon is a wildlife biologist working for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. He is president of the newly incorporated Newton Community Farm, the organization selected by the city to operate Angino Farm. Duane runs a commercial real estate business and is a past president of Friends of Nahanton Park. He sits on the board of NewTV and has served as videographer for the Environmental Show on this local cable television station. Eric operates a real estate appraisal and consulting firm. He is past president of the Newton Conservators and previously served on the city’s Conservation Commission.

This will be the 25 th Environmentalist of the Year Award presented by the Newton Conservators to an individual or group who has made a distinguished environmental contribution to our community.

 

Charles Maynard Award: Frank Howard

For the past five years, the Conservators have presented an award invoking the memory and contribution of Newton native Charles Johnson Maynard, a preeminent naturalist of the late 19 th century. The award recognizes efforts to improve biodiversity, habitat reclamation and natural resource protection. This year, the recipient will be Dr. Frank Howard, who has worked tirelessly to help develop a disease-resistant strain of the American Chestnut. He is an active member of the American Chestnut Foundation and has brought together specialists in an attempt to pollinate an old chestnut tree in Newton that has so far survived the blight that has killed so many of these stately and once plentiful trees.

Frank is a member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation. He is also on the board of the Newton Conservators and is actively involved in NewTV, where he was for many years the medical commentator for Newton News. He is a retired physician.

Directors Award: Tony and Pam Awtrey

The board of the Newton Conservators voted unanimously to recognize the generous gift of property in a dell through which Hyde Brook flows in Newton Corner. The owners of the property, Tony and Pam Awtrey, approached the Conservators about the gift two years ago and completed the transaction this past December. The gift of land came with a fund for maintenance of the property into the future. Their hope is that other neighbors will make similar donations, piecing back together the area along the brook for the enjoyment of the community. We congratulate the Awtreys for their leadership in making this gift and setting an important example for others to follow.

Directors Award: Jim Broderick

A Directors Award will also go this year to Jim Broderick, who was instrumental in the success of the Ordway Park Endowment Fund. Created with a generous contribution from the Rosenbergs, neighbors of Ordway Park, the Fund has grown from contributions across the city. Like the Eveready bunny, Jim has tirelessly guided this campaign to a successful conclusion. For many years, he has led the Ordway Park Committee for the Conservators, developing designs for the restoration of the property, overseeing annual maintenance and keeping the stewardship of this property front and center for the organization. Recent improvements at Ordway include the installation of granite curbs and planting of shrubs donated by the Newton Centre Garden Club. Jim is a retired English professor, a landscape designer and a member of the board of the Newton Conservators.

 

 

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