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VIDEO: Newton Restaurants, Retailers Honored with Business Excellence Awards

Awards were handed out to local businesses and citizens for their work in improving the vitality of Newton's villages and business community.

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
Panera Bread
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
National Development
Ted Tye, managing partner

Newton Upper Falls Village Business Award
Dunn-Gaherin's
Seana Gaherin and Robert Dunn, co-owners

Newtonville Village Business Award
Cabot's Ice Cream & Restaurant
Joe Prestejohn, owner

Nonantum Village Business Award
Stoddard's Cutlery
David Marks, owner

West Newton Village Business Award
Paddy's Pub
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
Joel Kadis 

Daphne Collins October 22, 2012 at 01:40 PM
This event highlighted the extraordinary buisness community we have in Newton. It was a great celebration! We look forward to this important City ongoing annual tradition.

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