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Awards Presented at 2010 Annual Meeting

Environmentalists of the Year: Newton Conservators Almanac Committee

Charles Johnson Maynard Award: Elaine Gentile

Directors' Awards: Pat Rand and Penny Caponigro


Environmentalists of the Year:
Newton Conservators Almanac Committee

Cover of Newton Conservators AlmanacThe Environmentalist of the Year Award was given to the Newton Conservators Almanac Committee--Sue J. Avery, Dr. Modestino “Cris” Criscitiello, Laura Eisener, Don Lubin, Patricia Robinson, and Beth E. Schroeder-- for their hard work creating and publishing the beautiful Newton Conservators’ Almanac .

This was the 29th 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.

Newton Conservators President Jane Sender made these comments in presenting the award:

"What is wonderful about the almanac is that it is a serious but user friendly and beautiful guide to the awesome natural world right out our front doors here in Newton.

"For example, June is next week, and all you have to do is open the almanac to June to see what will be blooming (like Pink Lady Slipper) or flying around (like Eastern Comma Butterflies, Red Bellied Woodpeckers and Warbling Vireos).

"We are nearly sold out of our first printing but will reprint - they make great holiday gifts!

"Thank you so much for this heroic effort which we are all very proud of!"

Award winners Patricia Robinson, Laura Eisener, Don Lubin, Sue J. Avery, and Beth E. Schroeder. (Committee member Dr. Modestino “Cris” Criscitiello was unable to attend the dinner.)

photos by Henry Finch


Charles Johnson Maynard Award: Elaine Gentile

The Charles Johnson Maynard Award is given each year to recognize efforts to improve biodiversity, habitat reclamation, and natural resource protection.

The Charles Maynard Award went to Newton's Director of Environmental Affairs, Elaine Gentile, for her successful implementation of single stream recycling.

From President Jane Sender:

"The award was given to Elaine in recognition of the hard work it took to change Newton over to single stream recycling. Early figures showed that as a result of the change our trash tonnage is down 25% and our recycling has increased by 7%. Less trash saves the City money and saves the environment. Simply having those big green containers on the street I think makes people think more about recycling."


Directors' Awards: Patricia Rand and Penelope Caponigro

Directors’ Awards were made to Patricia Rand and Penelope Caponigro for their care of Newton's public spaces.

From President Jane Sender:

"When you walk or drive through Newton – and you glance at the Newton Center Garden, the traffic island on Lake Avenue, the Arthur English garden in Newton Highlands, the planters along Lincoln Street in Newton Highlands, the gardens in front of City Hall and the Newton Library, the young trees along Webster and Cherry streets in West Newton – just to name a new- you see the work of Pat Rand and Penny Caponigro.

"It is a wonderful, special thing when people care enough about public spaces – not just their own yards-to keep them flowering.

"This takes work – weeding, planting watering –and commitment.

"We thank you both very much for your significant contributions to our City."

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