Boston Main Streets Holds Annual Awards
Boston Main Streets Foundation announces $200,000 total; Volunteers, businesses honored
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For Immediate Release
June 20, 2013
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Neighborhood Development
For More Information Contact:
Lisa Pollack
lpollack.dnd@cityofboston.gov

  The Boston Main Streets Foundation, the funding arm of Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Main Streets program, announced at the 17th annual Boston Main Streets award ceremony that it has raised $200,000 for the Main Streets Foundation.  The funds, announced Thursday, ensure the sustainability of the program, which has strengthened Boston’s neighborhood commercial districts for nearly two decades.

“Boston Main Streets has had tremendous success helping revitalize our neighborhood commercial districts, and there are many people here tonight to thank for all their hard work in and dedication to their neighborhood commercial districts,” said Mayor Menino. "This event is special because we get to honor the people in the neighborhoods who are making our local commercial districts vibrant and welcoming places to shop and do business. I’m proud to say that the funds raised by the Foundation will help us continue to support new businesses and create jobs in our Main Street Districts.”

In addition, the Foundation also announced the launch of its first “Innovation & Impact” grants.  These grants provide up to $5,000 for proposals that provide new or enhanced programming, services, or partnership opportunities that benefit of Main Streets commercial districts and small businesses.

Foundation president Joel Sklar said, “The Boston Main Streets Foundation is thrilled to award 10 ‘Innovation & Impact’ grants, totaling almost $50,000 in funding, to local Main Streets districts. The grant proposals have been as diverse as way-finding signage to ESL training for small businesses.  We are so excited to see how these funds will empower Main Streets organizations to produce exciting new outcomes in our neighborhoods.”

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 2012 Boston Main Streets Volunteers of the Year and Businesses of the Year.  The program, which took place at the historic Strand Theatre in Dorchester, featured entertainment by the Boston Latin School Wolftones and Cornell Conley’s AfroLatin Jazz Band. 

 Developed out of a partnership between the City of Boston and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Boston Main Streets initiative was created by Mayor Menino in 1995 as the first urban, multi-district Main Streets program in the nation, with the goal of establishing thriving commercial districts throughout the city.  Named by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change as one of 19 “Solutions for America,” Boston Main Streets continues to empower individuals in the small business sector to have a direct role in the economic health, physical appearance, and development of their own community.

Today, Boston Main Streets provides funding and technical assistance to 20 neighborhood-based Main Streets districts throughout the City of Boston, and has served as a national model for urban areas seeking to revitalize neighborhood commercial districts including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Milwaukee, Detroit, New Orleans, Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

  In 2005, Boston created the Boston Main Streets Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to produce significant advances in business development, jobs creation, storefront improvements, and overall quality of life in Boston’s neighborhood commercial districts.  To date, the Boston Main Streets Foundation has raised $2.5 million to sustain the program. 

From among the hundreds of Main Streets volunteers who gave more than 27,000 hours of time in 2012, each district has chosen one volunteer to honor as “Volunteer of the Year.”  Since the start of the program in 1995, more than 300,000 hours of volunteer time have been contributed to Main Street efforts. 

This year’s Outstanding Volunteers are:

Allston Village

Daniel Toffling

Bowdoin/Geneva

Claire Gooden and Yvonne Ruggles

Brighton

Sue Tufts

Chinatown

Jing Wu

Dudley Square

Renee Jolley

East Boston

Rosa Dominguez

Egleston Square

George Anastos

Fields Corner

Ed Geary, Jr.

Four Corners

Sharhea Wade

Greater Grove Hall

Roberta Young

Hyde/Jackson Square

Gretchen Van Ness

Hyde Park

Debbie Leuth

JP Centre/South

Brian Allieri

Mission Hill

Michael Soltani

Roslindale Village

Wayne Beitler

St. Mark’s Area

Michael Soucy

Mattapan Square

Nicole Echemendia

Upham’s Corner

Nick Chernoff

Washington Gateway

Michael Semizoglou

West Roxbury

Andrew Dean

 

            In addition, each Main Streets district has chosen one business to honor as Business of the Year.

The 2012 Outstanding Businesses are:

 

Allston Village

Refuge Cafe

Bowdoin/Geneva

Rodriguez Barbershop

Brighton

Treats on Washington

Chinatown

Burbor Cha Cha Restaurant

Dudley Square

Arthur J. Hurley Company

East Boston

Las Palmas

Egleston Square

Millennium Restaurant

Fields Corner

A Sweet Place

Four Corners

Down Home Delivery & Catering

Greater Grove Hall

GotSole

Hyde/Jackson

Tremendous Maid

Hyde Park

Zaz Restaurant & Catering

JP Centre/South

Salmagundi

Mattapan Square

Mattapan Community Health Center

Mission Hill

Green T Coffee Shop

Roslindale Village

Sophia’s Grotto

St. Mark’s Area

Tavolo Ristorante

Upham’s Corner

Paraiso Restaurant

Washington Gateway

M. Flynn

West Roxbury

Top it Off Accessories

 

The Boston Main Streets Foundation funders include:

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Boston Private Bank & Trust

Boston Realty Advisors

CB Richard Ellis

Citizens Bank Foundation

Elkus Manfredi Architects

Goulston & Storrs

HFF

Holiday, Fenoglio & Fowler

J. Derenzo Associates

John Hancock Financial Services

John Moriarty & Associates

Samuels & Associates

Suffolk Construction

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin

Walter & Shuffain

Weiner Ventures

 

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Volunteers of 2013 were honored. [Photo by Isabel Leon]

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