Quarter Century Award

Background. The Historical Society’s award is presented each year to a person or couple who have made an outstanding contribution to the community for more than 25 years, making Westwood a better place to live. We encourage nominations in any field (e.g., education, religion, arts, civic, social service, religion).

2019 Award Recipient. We are delighted to present John (Jack) Wiggin with our Quarter Century Award this year. Jack was born and raised in Westwood and is the third generation of his family to be part of our community. He attended Westwood public schools through the 8th grade and then went to Xaverian Brothers High School. Jack has served a total of 14 years on the Planning Board and has been chair three times. He was also instrumental in providing direction for projects such as University Station, the Islington Fire Station and the new Police Station. Other Committees and Boards include: the Housing Partnership and Fair Housing Committee, Economic Development Advisory Board, Open Space and Recreation Task Force, and the Town Centers Planning Committee. Jack is currently serving on the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee and the Community Electricity Aggregation Working Group. He was the recipient of the John J. Cronin Public Service Award in 2009. Jack was also on the Hale Reservation Board of Directors from 2002 to 2012, serving as Vice President and then President. He currently serves on the Hale Corporate Board.

Jack and his wife, Jane, live in Westwood and have three children. He coached recreational youth basketball and soccer for all three of his children’s teams and served on the Board of Westwood Youth Soccer.

A huge thanks to the Westwood Public Library for allowing us to hold the ceremony outside on their property. And, another enormous thank you to the Westwood Media Center who filmed the presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGTpO2yd6-U

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Previous recipients of the honorary tribute are (chronologically beginning in 1990): Yetta and Alexander Fisher, Barbara and Allan Beale, Donald MacLellan, Allen Baker, Richard Youlden, Ellie and Roy London, Lillian Perkins, Robert Wood, Gordon Youlden, Tom Dunn, Joseph Weider, Emlen and Jim Wheeler, Duncan and Ellen McFarland, Shirley Howard, Joe and Joy Clancy, Irene and Ralph Buonopane, Barbara Friedman, Mike Beaumont, Joan Swann, Lura Provost, Russ and Marilyn Downs, Ann and Jerry Cronin, Joan Murphy, Sam and Barbara Hayes, Tony Antonellis, Charles and Nancy Donahue, and John Pritchard.

Nominations. Nominations are due each May 31st. If you would like to nominate someone or a couple, please write a brief letter outlining how the nominee has contributed to the Westwood community and mail it to the Westwood Historical Society,  830 High Street, P.O. Box 2575, Westwood MA 02090 — or send to our e-mail: westwoodhistorical@comcast.net. Please also include a phone number or e-mail for yourself or your nominee.