BERLIN - Wednesday evening was highlighted by the celebration of achievements across the business and economic development community in Berlin as the 18th annual Berlin Economic Development Awards were handed out at the Shuttle Meadow Country Club.
Presented for the first time were the Milestone Awards, recognizing companies that have been around for decades.
Fletcher Business Group, Parker Hannifin Fluid Control, Alden Tool, Cambridge Specialty, Amity Printing and Central Pizza were the businesses recognized. Each has been in business for more than 50 years.
Keep Me Home was recognized as the Business of the Year, Forrest Machine was Project of the Year, the Family Business Award was given to AMCO Precision, the Innovation Award went to Steelwrist, Ramen Ya was selected as Small Business of the Year and the Kensington Congregational Church received the Beautification Award.
An Entrepreneur Award was given to Dragonfly Home Design and Gift, a Regional Economic Assistance Award was given to the Department of Economic and Community Development, a Community Support Award was given to the Italian Political Independent Club and No Boundaries Youth Theater was selected as the Nonprofit of the Year.
The Volunteer of the Year Award brought a bit of emotion to the crowd as Kevin Murphy, who received the award, proudly dedicated it to his wife.
“They asked me to volunteer and I couldn’t refuse,” Murphy said. “Forty years later, amazing, but I want to say one thing. This doesn’t go to me; this goes to my wife. She’s the foundation of our family. She’s the pillar of my heart. I love her very dearly. She just keeps trucking along.”
Economic Development Director Chris Edge said Murphy has dedicated his time and energy to help others.
“He began his volunteerism in the 1980s as a chaperone at Kensington Grammar School with his wife,” Edge said. “Most recently, he finished his 15th year on the Planning and Zoning Commission. He has served so selflessly for many years. He’s deserving of our Volunteer of the Year Award.
Mayor Mark Kaczynski spoke about Berlin’s achievements in the past year. He recognized the town’s new town planner, who is also the interim town manager, Marek Kozikowski.
“He’s wearing two hats and we appreciate all that he’s been doing for this town,” Kaczynski said.
Kaczynski also recognized Kathy’s Urgent Care as it is the first urgent care clinic in Berlin. He acknowledged new Berlin businesses as well.
The mayor also spoke of the new developments across the town, including the newly approved Berlin Turnpike development zone, “which is going to allow mixed used development on parcels that are larger than 10 acres,” Kaczynski said.
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