The city of Newton and the Newton Economic Development Commission (EDC) honored several local restaurants, retailers and community members Thursday night for their involvement in the growth and vitality of Newton's business community.
"I want to…acknowledge how important your business is here in Newton,” said Mayor Setti Warren. “Commerce is so important to the long-term success of Newton.”
EDC Chair Christopher Steele handed out 11 awards recognizing nine local businesses, a local arts organization as well as a "citizen champion."
In addition to the awards, the EDC also honored former member F. Gerard Adams, who passed away last year, with an award established in Adams' name.
"In honor of this very special EDC friend and gentleman, the EDC is establishing the F. Gerard Adams Business Award, which will be given to a Newton employee whose outstanding service is instrumental to the advancement of Newton's business community or to an educational institution whose professional or academic efforts have improved or expanded the economic development and business opportunities in Newton," Steele said.
The Oct. 11 event also featured food from a number of local businesses, including Rosie's Bakery, BOKX 109, Jake's Falafel Corner, Blue Ribbon BBQ, Whole Foods, Bakers' Best and more.
The Newton Business Excellence Award recipients are as follows:
Auburndale Village Business Award
Bocca Bella Cafe & Bistro
Mario Boccabella and Anthony Vega, co-owners
Newton Centre Village Business Award
Gregg Godfrey and Scott Hauver, joint venture area director and district manager
Newton Highlands village Business Award
Green Planet Kids
Annabelle Ship, owner
Newton Lower Falls Village Business Award
Ted Tye, managing partner
Newton Upper Falls Village Business Award
Seana Gaherin and Robert Dunn, co-owners
Newtonville Village Business Award
Cabot's Ice Cream & Restaurant
Joe Prestejohn, owner
Nonantum Village Business Award
David Marks, owner
West Newton Village Business Award
John O'Hara and Karl O'Hara, co-owners
Community Business Award
Newton Cultural Alliance
Thomas Concannon, president
The Villages Business Award
The Village Bank
Kenneth Brennan, president & CEO
Citizen Championship Award