Congratulations to Bill Napolitano (on the left in photo), SRPEDD’s Rivers, Watersheds and Trails Coordinator, who was recently awarded Save The Bay’s 2021 Environmental Achievement Award. Save The Bay made this award on the basis of all that Bill has done for the Taunton River and the residents in our region who care deeply for the Taunton and its tributaries, also noting Bill’s ever-present, effervescent and contagious positive attitude and passion for his work in all spheres.

The Environmental Team and SRPEDD as a whole wish to extend a warm welcome to our newest team member, Danica Belknap (on the right in photo), who has recently come aboard as a Senior Environmental Planner. Danica comes to SRPEDD from Mass Audubon, where she was an integral part of their climate resilience and local community engagement work programs.

A hearty and enthusiastic welcome as well to the following new employees who have similarly joined since the last newsletter went out: Principal Comprehensive Planner and Project Manager Robert Cabral, Senior Transportation Planner Sean Hilton, Principal Comprehensive Planner Phillip Hu, and Comprehensive Planner Benjamin Myers; a number of whom you may have already had opportunity to meet, and each of whom we are very excited to have as a member of the expanding SRPEDD team. Welcome all!

Lastly, the other personnel update is that Helen Zincavage is now the Director of Environmental Programs at SRPEDD. Helen has brought a great deal of skill and resourcefulness, as well as tremendous initiative and team-building skills to every one of the projects in which she has been involved. During her time at SRPEDD, Helen has also taken advantage of opportunities to become a state certified culvert evaluator and a certified Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) facilitator, complementing her AICP and Certified Floodplain Manager credentials. Congratulations Helen!