Westborough – The Board of Selectmen and the Massachusetts House of Representatives presented proclamations and citations to retiring Finance Committee (FinCom) members Polly Howard and J.J. Malone June 12, to recognize their many years of service to the town.
Howard served on the FinCom for 29 years, and Malone served on the Fin- Com for 12 years, the School Committee for 12 years and the Board of Selectmen for three years.
Howard's proclamation from the Board of Selectmen recognized her ability to "ask a hard question and demand a straight answer" and her candor and practical reasoning.
"Polly Howard has become known as a true town matriarch, renowned for her youthful spirit, courage, dignity, and Maine common sense," the proclamation reads.
Howard told the selectmen that she "enjoyed every minute" of her service on the FinCom.
Malone's proclamation recognized his "energetic pursuit to discover and enact whatever is in the best interest of Westborough, from a balanced budget to improved education and enlightened policy."
Malone said it wasn't possible to do a good job without the help of many people, and thanked the town's department heads and employees for their help. He singled out Town Coordinator Henry Danis for facilitating the flow of information to the FinCom, and Town Accountant Leah Talbot, who was "always willing to go out of her way" to aid the FinCom.
Malone also noted that "as one door closes, another opens." He told the selectmen that he'd received a phone message from his son, who said he'd received an invitation to join his town's FinCom.
"He's strongly considering it and I'm delighted," Malone said.
State Rep. Karyn E. Polito, R-Shrewsbury, presented Howard and Malone with citations from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, praising the years each had given in service to the town and their service as role models.