The , located on East Main Road in Middletown, recently announced the recipients of the annual "Community Citizens of the Year Awards" at a special ceremony held on the lawn in front of the hall with Town Council representatives.
Patch is spotlighting each recipent to get to know our outstanding citizens a little better.
Honor: 2011 Middletown Citizen of the Year.
Recipient: Forest Avenue School Principal and Harbor Master Stephen C. Ponte.
Middletown Resident: 40 years
Accomplishments: Creating the Learning Center for the children of the Forest Avenue School. The facility has since become a model for other elementary schools to follow throughout North America.
What people are saying: Mister Ponte is "a perfect match for Forest Avenue kids, parents and community," said colleague and fellow Citizens of the Year award recipient, retiring Gaudet Middle School Principal .
Where Mister Ponte sees himself in five years: Fishing in Florida.