Plainville chamber pays tribute to Boukus at annual meeting

Published on Thursday, 20 April 2017 22:07


PLAINVILLE - The Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday honored its standouts at the 109th Annual Meeting. Chamber members and town leaders gathered to celebrate the honorees and share in a night of camaraderie over dinner.

Antonella Calabrese announced that the organization was presenting a $250 check to the Plainville Food Pantry in honor of the late state Rep. Betty Boukus.

“We are missing someone very dear to the chamber this year,” she said. “Every year she made a point to attend and present the awards to our deserving recipients. She always made jokes and commented on local businesses like saying that Gnazzo’s was the only place she got her Easter ham. Betty did it all; she was a loving family woman who loved the Plainville community.”

Stephanie Gibbons and Coral Garry-Lord were recipients of the Employee of the Year Award. Both are employees at Mastrianni & Segulic, Attorneys at Law.

Gibbons has worked as a paralegal for the firm since 2005. She assists the attorneys for all matters concerning the town of Plainville as well as will, probate, real estate, personal injury and collections.

Garry-Lord has been employed at the firm as a paralegal since 1999. She has worked on a variety of cases and has an extensive background in real estate and family law and manages the firm’s family cases and administrative duties.

Leona Bisson received the Distinguished Volunteer Award for her contributions to Our Lady of Mercy Parish.

“Leona is constantly on the go and every moment of the day is spent in service to others; some planned and some as the need is heard,” read the program. “She never hesitates to lend a hand, provide a ride, offer a prayer, cook a meal and more.”

The Business Recognition Award went to the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA.

The local Y’s origins date to 1912. The current building was constructed in 1964 and in 1977 it became the first branch to offer before- and after-school childcare programs. Today, the local Y serves Avon, Bristol, Burlington, Farmington, Plainville and Plymouth.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain, Plainville on Thursday, 20 April 2017 22:07. Updated: Thursday, 20 April 2017 22:09.