Archive 2008 - 2019

Citizens of the Year Gather at Bertucci's

by Bobby Blair

Lina Arena-DeRosa and Jane Gilfoy got the festivities started.  (Photo by Yvette Cain)

Celebrate Holliston Co-chair Catie Ehret introduced Bea Hait and Co-chair Nicole Lessard introduced Ken Henderson (Photo by Yvette Cain)

(Photos by Yvette Cain)

Holliston's newest Citizen of the Year Bea Hait below (right) shares a moment below with Deb Mooore (2001) Thursday night at a reception at Bertucci's. The gathering, organized by Celebrate Holliston members Jane Gilfoy & Lina Arena DeRosa is an annual event to welcome the town's newest Citizens of the Year into the town's most exclusive club. Celebrate Holliston has selected 56 town residents to date since 1992 when Marilyn Salerno and Herb Brockert Sr. were selected.

2019 Citizen of the Year Ken Henderson below left, chats with John Paltrineri (2001).


2018 COTY Martha Ellis is seen here with Ken's wife, Carolynn. (Photo by Yvette Cain)

Several interesting side notes can be observed from the list of former Citizens of the Year. 7 Citizens have been former selectmen. 5 Citizens have passed away. 3 sets of Citizens include father & sons, they include: Herb Brockert Sr. & Herb Jr., Carl & Joseph Damigella, & Lou & John Paltrineri. The family connection doesn't stop with father & son, as it also includes husband & wife: Amy & Andy Porter, Henry & Jackie Dellicker, & Mark & Linda Ahronian.

Henry and Jackie are both past COTY and Henry notes that Jackie was first!  (Photo by Yvette Cain)

Past COTY Kathy Shore and Robert Weidknecht