ADULT AWARDS will be judged on the basis of a person’s contribution and involvement in youth programs in Newton.
YOUTH AWARDS will be judged on the basis of demonstrated good citizenship and service to their fellow youth or community.
To nominate a candidate please click on the award title to submit your input. If you have questions please contact Nancy Scammon of the Newton Parks & Recreation Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations MUST be received by May 20, 2016
Awards Ceremony: June 20, 2016
JUDGE FRANKLIN N. FLASCHNER ADULT AWARD
Presented to an individual over twenty-five years of age that has exhibited the highest standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishment to benefit the young people of Newton.
Judge Flaschner enjoyed a long and distinguished career in public service. While serving as a Newton Alderman and later as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts District Court System, he worked diligently for the reform of the Juvenile Justice System. He was a strong supporter of youth service programs and a leading advocate in the development of alternative programs.
JUDGE JULIAN YESLEY YOUNG ADULT AWARD
Recognizes a young adult between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five who has made a significant contribution through service to or involvement with the young people of Newton.
While serving as Chief Justice of Newton District Court, Judge Julian Yesley Young founded what is now the Newton Youth Center. He was a strong proponent of programs that benefited young people and worked tirelessly to obtain funding for programs aimed at preventing juvenile delinquency.
POLICE OFFICER ROBERT BRACELAND SENIOR YOUTH AWARD
Presented to a student in grade 9 to 12 whose commitment, character and accomplishments exemplify the high ideals fostered by Officer Braceland.
Officer Braceland served the citizens of Newton and the Newton Police Department for twenty-two years. As the city’s Youth Officer, he gave generously of his time, energy and compassion to help young people. He was the epitome of fairness in the performance of his duties and honored the worth and dignity of each individual with whom he came in contact. Officer Braceland received many awards throughout his distinguished career, including the Newton Youth Commission Award.
IRENE BICKELMAN JUNIOR YOUTH AWARD
Presented to an individual in elementary school through eighth grade who has earned the respect of his peers by demonstrating qualities such as leadership, citizenship and good human values.
Irene Bickelman was an active, dedicated and beloved member of the Newton community. She was a teacher, counselor and consultant at Weeks Junior High School, Newton North High School and Newton South High School. She was especially adept at involving youth in important work and activities in their schools and community. She thoroughly enjoyed young people and committed herself to their well being.
RUSSELL J. HALLORAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Honors an adult Newton resident for a lifetime of outstanding contributions toward enhancing the quality of life in Newton.
Russell J. Halloran enjoyed a long and distinguished career as Newton’s Commissioner of Parks and Recreation. His concern for others and his loyalty to the finest ideals of public service are reflected in his lifetime contributions to enhancing the quality of life in the City of Newton.