Volunteers lauded for Main Streets work

Reporter Staff
Jun. 26, 2013

Volunteer winners on stage at the Strand. Photo courtesy City of Boston

The city’s Main Streets Foundation heralded its top volunteers last week during an awards ceremony at the Strand Theatre— an event that raised $200,000 for the program aimed at boosting neighborhood business districts.

At the award ceremony, Department of Neighborhood Development Director Sheila Dillon and WPLM Easy 99.1’s “Strictly Sinatra” host Ron Della Chiesa presented awards to the Volunteers of the Year and Businesses of the Year. The program featured entertainment by the Boston Latin School Wolftones and Cornell Conley’s AfroLatin Jazz Band.

This year’s outstanding volunteers from Dorchester and Mattapan included: Claire Gooden and Yvonne Ruggles for Bowdoin-Geneva; Ed Geary, Jr. for Fields Corner; Sharhea Wade for Four Corners; Roberta Young for Greater Grove Hall; Michael Soucy for St. Mark’s Area; Nicole Echemendia for Mattapan Square and Nick Chernoff for Uphams Corner.

Those recognized as Outstanding Businesses were: Rodriguez Barbershop in Bowdoin-Geneva; A Swet Place in Fields Corner; Down Home Delivery & Catering in Four Corners; GotSole in Greater Grove Hall; Mattapan Community Health Center in Mattapan Square; Tavolo Ristorante in St. Mark’s Area and Paraiso Restaurant in Uphams Corner.