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Harvard Sq. Enterprise Assoc. honors Cambridge metropolis supervisor


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The Harvard Sq. Enterprise Affiliation has awarded its highest accolade to Cambridge Metropolis Supervisor Louis DePasquale as he prepares to go away Metropolis Corridor’s nook workplace and enter retirement.

The particular honor was handed down through the HSBA’s 112th Annual Assembly and Breakfast within the former John Harvard’s Brew Home, recognizing his 45 years of public service to Cambridge.

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“Being the town supervisor has been one of many best and most rewarding experiences of my life,” DePasquale mentioned earlier than about 100 members of the HSBA. He mentioned a reward has been working alongside the town’s enterprise group.

“A key to the success of our group shifting ahead: Proceed collaboration and partnership between the town and our enterprise group,” mentioned DePasquale. “I’m a agency believer that we’re on this collectively.”

He added no different partnership highlighted his “partnership” level greater than when the town in March of 2020 contracted with native eating places to offer meals to the town’s homeless group.

Cambridge City Manager Louis DePasquale received the Harvard Square Business Association's Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, March 4, 2022.
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“Almost two years later, this program remains to be ongoing,” mentioned DePasquale. “Right now, over 300,000 meals have been served practically $2 million in meals bought, using solely Cambridge eating places.”

DePasquale pointed to indicators that Cambridge, a group of 125,000 individuals, is recovering from the pandemic: The town’s positivity charge stands at 1%; 76% are absolutely vaccinated and an indoor masks mandate ends in mid-March.

Different particular recognition:

  • Neighborhood Partnership Award: Janet Cahaly from Janet Cahaly, Inc. for her generosity and unwavering loyalty.
  • Cornerstone Award: John DiGiovanni, who stepped down after 20 years because the HSBA’s president,  for an exemplary chief, visionary, and steward
  • Management Award: Cambridge Police Commissioner Christine Elow for being an inspirational and devoted chief to the town
  • Neighborhood Spirit Award: Kari Kuelzer from Grendel’s Den Restaurant & Bar for her ingenuity and tireless dedication
  • Public Service Award: Kevin Tyler, Harvard Sq. good friend and group companion, for his service to the group

Recognition, reflection

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The annual assembly provides a reflective second to look again on the 12 months, set up a brand new board of administrators and acknowledge group members’ public service and achievements. Harvard Sq. is residence to 316 companies, and 198 of them declare membership to the HSBA.

Friday’s mid-morning occasion was the nonprofit’s largest gathering since COVID-19’s arrival.

“As a result of uncertainty of the virus, we needed to sadly forgo a lot of our large-scale exterior occasions and festivals,” mentioned the HSBA’s govt director, Denise Jillson, in her annual report. “Along with its major focus and the truth that COVID created a larger disaster and wish for probably the most susceptible in our group, the affiliation elevated its efforts to assist the individuals of Harvard Sq..”

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The HSBA’s focus pivoted, partly, to a COVID-19 response. Actions that Jillson detailed embrace:

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