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SSCAC's 23rd Annual Local Heroes Awards Night

PLYMOUTH – Last night, South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. (SSCAC) hosted its 23rd Annual Local Heroes Awards Night at the Hotel 1620, sponsored by NFP Thorbahn, Eastern Bank, Curtis Construction Co., Glynn Electric, Proven Behavior Solutions and Rockland Trust Co. Each year, SSCAC recognizes those individuals and organizations that demonstrate extraordinary commitment to fighting poverty and improving the lives of South Shore residents. Before an audience of over 250, Master of Ceremonies, Senator Vinny de Macedo, presented each Local Hero with a Congressional Certificate of Recognition and Official Citations. Joining Senator deMacedo in congratulating Local Heroes Award recipients were Michael Jackman of Congressman William Keating’s Office, Senate President Therese Murray, State Senators John Keenan, Patrick O’Connor and Louis Loura representing Sen. Marc Pacheco; State Representatives Tom Calter, Jim Cantwell, Josh Cutler, and Mathew Muratore; and representing Plymouth County, Treasurer Tom O’Brien, District Atty. Timothy Cruz, Sheriff Joe McDonald and Register of Probate Matt McDonough. This year’s Local Heroes are:

Frank Casey - Carver resident Frank Casey was presented wih a Local Heroes Award for his twelve years of service as a Carver Selectman (six as Chairman) and for his eleven years on SSCAC’s Board of Directors. Frank has assisted countless citizen in Carver, often without publicity or fanfare, simple because helping others was the right thing to do.

Conni DiLego – A Plymouth resident, Conni joined the Plymouth Center for Active Living in 2004 and expanded its many services to the Town’s seniors. Before her retirement this past December, she oversaw the construction of the Center’s new building on Nook Rd. Through Conni’s tireless efforts, Plymouth seniors are comfortable in bringing forward issues and concerns to her and her staff.

Christopher Hart - Christopher Hart of Plymouth was honored as a Local Hero not only for his ongoing efforts for veterans but also for the recent establishment of Three Harts Farm. Mr. Hart opened the Nathan Hale Veterans Outreach Center in 2006, using most of his personal savings to do so. Today the Center provides medical transportation combat/stress counseling, a food pantry and veterans’ appreciation events to name a few. A recent addition is Three Harts Farm at which disabled or struggling veterans find a haven while reintegrating into civilian life. Once it is at full production, it is hoped that the farm will provide local organic produce to area restaurants.

Eddie Page - Eddie Page owner of the Next Page Café in Weymouth received a Local Heroes award for “Musicians for Recovery” – an effort to address the opioid crisis through music. Eddie collaborated with John Hall of Marshfield this past Fall for a day-long event combining the power of music interspersed with speakers about the opioid crisis and options for help.

Jeanne Hunter-McCartin - Jeanne Hunter-McCartin of Plymouth was presented with a Local Hero award for her service to the homeless in the area. In 2016, Jeanne developed the “Hairs to You” program as an outreach project of the First Baptist Church in Plymouth. Put simply, the program matches homeless individuals with barber shops or salons, such as Pro Cuts willing to provide them with a free haircut. The boost to the self -esteem of the forty plus individuals who have been served is immeasurable. Jeanne was also recognized for more than thirty years of service in SSCAC’s Consumer Aid office.

Keith Bossung and Carlos Candelario, Kingston Propane - Keith Bossung and Carlos Candelario of Kingston Propane were honored for their efforts to address the addiction crisis. Moved by losses within their families, staff and clients due to addiction, Keith and Carlos arranged to make monthly donations to two area programs – Project Outreach and East Bridgewater HOPE. These agencies provide addicts with one-stop resources for treatment options and regional services.

Kristin Hughes-Craig – Ms. Hughes-Craig was honored for organizing a group of photographers to take family portraits for those who cannot afford them. Photos are commonplace in most families; however, for those with low incomes, family history documented in photographs simply does not exist. This past December, Kristin organized volunteer photographers, makeup artists, manicurists and child wranglers for a day of photography at Tree-House Studios in Plymouth. SSCAC identified 70 families made up of 160 individuals who attended the event and left with a finished portrait and a week’s worth of food.

Kathy LaNatra and Laurie Montuori - This past holiday season, Kathy and Laurie sought donations of scarves, mittens and hats and attached them to the fence at Plymouth’s Nelson Beach – free for the taking. The first day, more than 500 items were displayed and put into use. Donations kept on coming and Kathy and Laurie were able to display items for several more weeks. No money was spent or solicited – the simple generosity of neighbors in supplying the items coupled with Kathy and Laurie’s time in gathering and displaying them meant an additional measure of warmth for those facing harsh winter conditions.

Mark Olivieri - Mark Olivieri, Publisher of the Patriot Ledger, received the Lela Ray President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service for his continuing commitment to the Ledger’s Lend-a-Hand Program. Over the years, Lend-a-Hand has raised nearly $3 million from readers during the holiday season to help South Shore residents from all walks of life. Mr. Olivieri and his staff gather and publish information from several community agencies, including SSCAC, about clients who have a specific challenge. Often such people have lost their job or had a catastrophic illness and need help with rent, car repairs or another necessity. Readers’ donations are distributed to the agencies in early January and then funneled to clients who have applied.

Chief Michael Botieri – Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri received the Steven Braz President’s Award for Extraordinary Leadership. He was honored for his lifelong commitment to the greater Plymouth community and in particular for Project Outreach – a coalition of first responders, hospital and treatment staff who reach out to those who have suffered an overdose. Contact within the first twenty-four hours after an overdose is seen as crucial to getting individuals into treatment. Project Outreach also provides drop-in centers twice a month where addicts and their families can access treatment and recovery information in one place.


SSCAC'S 23rd Annual Local Heroes Awards Night

For the past 22 years, South Shore Community Action Council has recognized those individuals and organizations that demonstrate extraordinary commitment to fighting poverty and improving the lives of low-income residents on the South Shore.

SSCAC's Local Heroes 2017 Guest Speaker

Local Heroes Guest SpeakerIt takes a great amount of team work to keep the leading community action agency on the South Shore running at high level. And who better to speak about and inspire us to work better as a team than New England Patriots Hall of Fame Linebacker and South Shore resident, Steve Nelson.

Steve's career as a Patriot is legendary and earned him induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1993. He also had his No. 57 jersey retired, one of only seven Patriots to be given that honor. Steve has graciously offered an autographed jersey as a live auction item. You may never get another opportunity to secure autographed Patriots memorabilia like this ever again.

Do your job! Participate in SSCAC's Live Auction!

Don't sit on the sidelines, be a part of SSCAC's Live Auction. You may just win a
one-of-a-kind, Steve Nelson official jersey, some great seats to a sporting event,
a fantastic golf package or a relaxing evening away. All proceeds from SSCAC's 23rd Annual Local Heroes Live Auction will go directly towards programs and services to help our neighbors in need.

We hope to see your there!