2016 recipients of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award

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For release March 21, 2016
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Timothy McGourthy

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau today announced the 2016 recipients of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award:

  • James Beauregard, Auburn Department of Public Works
  • Cathy Flink-Harrison, Worcester Public Schools
  • Patricia Hainsworth, Worcester Senior Center
  • Brian Hickey, Holden Municipal Light Department
  • Sgt. Miguel Lopez, Worcester Police Department

The Research Bureau’s 12-member Award Committee, chaired by Attorney Todd Rodman from Seder & Chandler, selected the recipients from nominees submitted by the public.

The Awards are named in memory of Thomas S. Green, a founder of The Research Bureau, and one of its original Directors. Mr. Green was a civic leader for many decades and a Vice President of Norton Company (now Saint-Gobain). This is the twenty-fifth annual Green Awards presentation, which has honored 110 public servants since its founding.

This year, The Research Bureau honors five employees who have made outstanding contributions to public service. The Awards publicly recognize the efforts of individuals exhibiting the following characteristics:

  • Exceptional competence and efficient handling of all assigned responsibilities
  • Enthusiastic performance of tasks above and beyond the call of duty
  • Cooperative, helpful, and friendly attitude toward the public and fellow employees
  • Community involvement outside the scope of job-related responsibilities

The awards ceremony will take place at Assumption College in Worcester on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public. A reception in honor of the recipients will follow. RSVP to 508-799-7169 or via email to .

Timothy J. McGourthy, The Research Bureau’s Executive Director, said, “The Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards are a highlight of The Research Bureau’s year. It is an opportunity for business and civic leaders from Greater Worcester to salute the service of dedicated public employees. The Green Awards highlight the unsung heroes and let public servants know that exceptional efforts are recognized and appreciated.”

The Research Bureau, founded in 1985, serves the public interest of Greater Worcester by conducting independent, non-partisan research and analysis of public policy issues to promote informed public debate and decision-making. For more information see www.wrrb.org, Facebook (The Research Bureau), and Twitter (@WRRBureau).