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Natick’s Ostroff wins regional leadership award

Posted by John Swinconeck  June 12, 2013 04:05 PM

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Natick Selectman Joshua Ostroff this week received the Theodore Mann Regional Leadership Award at the Annual Meeting of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Quincy, MAPC announced in a press release.

The award is given annually in memory of Newton’s longest-serving mayor, Theodore “Teddy” Mann, and recognizes a municipal leader from Greater Boston whose commitment to regional collaboration best exemplifies Mann’s legacy.

“Josh is a true exemplar of municipal leadership in the tradition of Teddy Mann,” said Richard Mann, Theodore Mann’s son, who presented the award on May 29. “He’s a tireless community advocate and a thoughtful proponent of regionalism.”

MAPC President Michelle Ciccolo said Ostroff has contributed greatly to both MAPC and the region throughout his time in public service.

“His enthusiasm and vision and willingness to serve are really inspirational,” she said.

Ostroff is a member of the Natick Board of Selectmen and a past president of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, where he coordinated with MAPC on municipal health insurance policy and transportation advocacy. He has also served for three years as Chairman of the MetroWest Regional Collaborative, where he has advocated for a Route 9 “smart growth” plan to guide growth for the future.

“I dedicate this award to all who pursue public service in the spirit of regionalism and collaboration,” said Ostroff in accepting the honor Wednesday. “I’m thrilled to be a vehicle for carrying forward Teddy Mann’s legacy.”

MAPC is the regional planning agency serving 101 cities and towns in Greater Boston. For more information MAPC, visit www.mapc.org.

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