Monday, April 25, 2016
WestportNow editor-publisher and former First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Tony McDowell, executive director of Earthplace, will receive First Citizen Award honors at the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce’s (WWCC) June 14 gala, WWCC Executive Director Matthew Mandell announced today.
“These are two very deserving people of this award,” said Mandell. “Each year the board looks for one nonprofit and one traditional business, and these fine individuals stood out and represent what is best in our town for their work ethic, generosity and how they approach business.”
Joseloff, who served two terms as first selectman from 2005 through 2013, founded WestportNow in 2003. The online news site, which has since won dozens of excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut Chapter, remains the only locally owned and produced news source in town.
“I am deeply grateful to be honored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce this year,” said Joseloff, “I know well the importance of having a vibrant and successful commercial presence in our community. It is something I have strived to promote throughout my Westport career.“
McDowell has led the turn-a-round of Earthplace, which for years had struggled financially, calling its future into question. According to Mandell, it was through McDowell’s direct and hands-on leadership that Earthplace started new programs, focused on outreach, expanded the nursery school and attained financial stability.
“I am greatly honored by this award,” said McDowell, “For me it epitomizes the level of public support I have received since taking on this new role at Earthplace, and it makes me very appreciative of all the hard work from our staff and board as we look to restore the vitality and quality of nature programming in our community.”
Also receiving awards this year will be four young entrepreneurs from Staples High School and Weston High School: Haley Burns, Ben Goldstein, Mira Jeffrey-Craft and Lucas Lee-Tyson
“It is with great pleasure that we have the opportunity to recognize the next generation of our community’s entrepreneurs,” said Jonathan Baron, chairman of the WWCC board. “I am encouraged by the capital intellect, drive and passion that each of these young persons has demonstrated. I believe our future is very bright.”
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