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Best in town sought: Whom do you choose?

The Arlington Select Board is seeking nominations for the Town Honor Awards, to recognize citizens who have made outstanding contributions to the enrichment and advancement of the Town of Arlington. The deadline to submit a name is noon Friday, Oct. 26, extended from Sept. 28.

Here are the honors and why they are given:

-- The Robbins Award is bestowed from time-to-time on individuals who have made significant contributions in social, cultural, educational, political or philanthropic service;

-- The Cyrus Dallin Award is given for outstanding and meritorious service in the area of education, art, culture or philanthropy that meets human needs;

-- The Samuel Wilson Award is conferred for considerable and exceptional contributions in the area of patriotism, business or government; and

-- The Joseph P. Greeley Award is given to a town employee for outstanding public service above and beyond the call of duty.

The Awards Committee includes Jack Hurd, Kate Leary, Clarissa Rowe, Jeff Russell and Elaine Shea. The Select Board has appointed them to facilitate the nomination process.

The public is welcome to participate by submitting the nomination of individuals that meet the award criteria. Nomination criteria, procedures and forms can be obtained at the Select Board’s office, second floor at Town Hall, or from the town website >> 

The award presentations will be made Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robbins Memorial Auditorium.

For more information, contact Jack Hurd at jdhurd27[@] 


This award honors the members of the Robbins family, citizens and benefactors of the Town of Arlington from 1785 until 1949. The Robbins’ were progressive, far-seeing, enterprising, world traveler, patrons of the arts. Their interest and generosity to Arlington stands as an unparalleled example of unselfish service for the good of the public. This award honors the Robbins Family and those citizens who have given distinguished, unselfish service for the common good.

The Town Hall, the Robbins Library, the Robbins House and Town Gardens were gifts to the Town from the Robbins Family. In addition to service on various committees and boards, family members lift endowments to Arlington schools library, churches, and Symmes Hospital thus enriching this community beyond measure.

Eligibility criteria for the Robbins Award would include outstanding and significant contributions of service and leadership in the areas of social, cultural, educational, political or religious activities as well as benevolent and philanthropic actions for the common good.


This award honors Cyrus and Vittoria Dallin. As citizens of Arlington they made significant contributions to the civic and cultural life of the community.

Cyrus Dallin, an internationally recognized sculptor who immortalized the American Indian, designed the bronze statue of The Hunter, often called the Menotomy Indian, which stands in the Winfield Robbins Memorial Park. Among his other works are the “Appeal to the Great Spirit,” at the entrance of the Museum of Fine Arts: and Paul Revere on the mall in Boston’s North End.

Vittoria Dallin was a founding member of the Arlington Friend of the Drama. She let cause to have an Arlington Heights branch of the Library -- a 30-year effort that succeeded in the mid-1930s.

Cyrus and Vittoria Dallin both have generously of their time and talents to this community and this award is intended to honor them and the citizens who have made similar contributions in the same spirit.

Eligibility criteria for the Dallin Award would include any person or group who has given meritorious service to the community in areas of community beautification, education, artistic, cultural, humanistic or philanthropic contributions, meeting human needs particularly needs of youth.


This award honors Samuel A. Wilson, progenitor of Uncle Sam, who was born in Menotomy on Sept. 13, 1766. Until his 14th year, Sam Wilson lived in a house that stood in the area of the triangle at Mystic Street, Mass. Ave. and Russell Street.

The legend that made Samuel A. Wilson “Uncle Sam” began in Troy, N.Y., where his business was the shipping of provisions to the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. The legend spread rapidly and “Uncle Sam” was later adopted as a symbol by an act of Congress. The image of “Uncle Sam” denotes strength and determination of a Nation dedicated to freedom and equality for its citizens and it reminds those citizens of their responsibilities of living in a free society.

This award honors Samuel A. Wilson and those persons or group of persons who make a contribution to society in the areas of patriotism, business and government. It should be a valued award equal to the Dallin Award.

Eligibility criteria for the Wilson Award would include any person or group who has made an important and meaningful contribution to the community. Their effort should be considerable, exceptional and notable.


This award is named after Joseph P. Greeley who was raised and educated in Arlington, served in the Navy during World War II and served on the Board of Public Works for two years and then the Board of Selectmen for 19 years. Joe Greeley and his wife Betty raised 5 children in Arlington. At the time this award was recommended by Selectmen Frank Hurd, Joe Greeley had been the longest serving Selectman in the history of Arlington. Nominations for this award should reflect longtime, continuous and excellent service to the town. Any past or present Town employee or group is eligible to receive this award. 

(Revised 8/13/2018)

For which award are you nominating this person or organization? Please circle one.

Robbins Award

Cyrus E. Dallin Award 

Samuel A. Wilson Award

Joseph P. Greeley 

1. Name of person or organization nominated:_______________________________________ 

2. Address of person or organization nominated:_____________________________________

3. Service or contribution, which is the basis for the nomination. Be as specific as possible as to when and where and, if applicable, for how long. Note any relevant data about the award candidate, which supports the nomination. Attach an additional sheet to this paper if necessary. 

4. Biographical data, including occupation, length of residence in Arlington, to be used for publicity purpose when an award is announced.

5. Name, address, phone and email of person submitting nomination:

6. References: Name and addresses of three persons not directly associated with the person, group or organization submitting the nomination. 

 This news anouncement was published Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, and updated Oct. 15.

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