Restaurant owner Rick St. Pierre was named Somerville’s 2011 Citizen of the Year at Monday’s borough reorganization meeting by mayor Brian Gallagher.
St. Pierre is the owner of Verve Restaurant on Main St.
“Rick St. Pierre has donated his time and talents over the past decade to making Somerville a better place to live and to do business,” said mayor Brian Gallagher as he read a plaque presented to St. Pierre.
Gallagher noted St. Pierre is the chair of Downtown Somerville Alliance events committee, hosts a crab fest each August to benefit the Women’s Health and Counseling Center, developed the Meet the Chefs event to benefit the Somerset County Bar Foundation, is active the Taste of Somerville, the Tour of Somerville and a supporter of many of the 5K road races in the borough.
“I don’t like to be celebrated, I don’t like to be acknowledged,” said St. Pierre, “but this means I have a responsibility to keep doing what I’ve been doing.”
“More people need to put their money where their mouth is,” council member Dennis Sullivan told St. Pierre. “You’re an example for the rest of the merchants.”
St. Pierre said that in 2012 the Downtown Somerville Alliance will work on continued improvement of the borough, specifically Division St., more parking lot improvements and “We’re thinking about big projects, we’re thinking about master plans five or ten years down the road, not just today and tomorrow.”