Tomatoes Italian Grille and Bar received the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year award, and Sandwich Department of Natural Resources Director David DeConto was named Public Servant of the year during the chamber’s annual meeting and awards ceremony. The event was held on Thursday of last week, October 15, under a tent at the Sagamore Inn & Restaurant. The restaurant’s owner, Marc Petralia, was on hand to accept the business award.

Chamber Director Denise Dever said that while many area restaurants helped the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Petralia came up with the idea providing food to the overnight shifts at Cape hospitals. He, his family and staff members prepared and packed up meals for both Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital. Tomatoes have been open in Sandwich since 2004.

In presenting the public servant award, chamber board chairwoman Heidi Trottier said Mr. DeConto “takes the time to work with the residents and listens to the professionals to preserve and enhance the beauty of our town. Dave’s attitude is he is going to leave Sandwich in a better place for the next generation.”

The Merrell Award for volunteerism was presented to Kathy Aubin for her work with the Sandwich Food Pantry as well as the chamber board and other nonprofit groups in town.

Ms. Dever said these nonprofit organizations where Ms. Aubin volunteers her time are doing great work in the community and play an important role in what Sandwich represents as a community.

The Leo Manning Award – Town Ambassador was awarded to Dorothy Hogan-Schofield for “creating a welcoming environment for tourists and promoting Sandwich as a cultural and historical destination.”

“Dorothy is a Sandwich treasure,” Ms. Trottier said. “Her knowledge of Sandwich’s history is deep and vast. She is the creator and curator for the special exhibits at the Sandwich Glass Museum.”

During the meeting, Ms. Trottier announced she will be stepping down as chairwoman of the chamber board, and Brandon Babiarz, owner of Marshland Restaurants, has been appointed by the board of directors as the new chairman.

Also named to the chamber’s executive board were Theresa Martens, Hammer & Stain, vice chairwoman; Mark Snyder, PMP Network/Sandwich News, secretary; Heidi Luciani, Eastern Bank, treasurer; and Ms. Trottier, Mr. T’s Auto Repair, immediate past chair.

The remaining board of directors are as follows: James Andreotti, Rockland Trust; Bill Bessette, Bessette Financial; April Cabral, Sundance Clothing; Doug Cabral, Collins & Cabral PC; Katie Campbell, Sandwich Glass Museum; Steven Cayer, Canterbury Market; Judith Goetz, Heritage Museums & Gardens; Lauren Grainger, Grainger Pottery; Paula Johnson, Sandwich Community TV; Donna Kutil, Scenic Roots; Lauren Neidigh, Cape Camo; Kenneth Smith, Dan’l Webster & Spa; and Ralph Vitacco, Sandwich Town Planner.

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