Before getting into the juicy stuff, like the budget and using ARPA funds, Natick Fall Annual Town Meeting saluted two Natick High School graduates who have contributed much during long careers with the town.
Both the Department of Public Works’ Tom Hladick and Community Service Department’s Dan Keefe earned standing ovations at opening night for Town Meeting on Oct. 18 following the reading of their resolutions (see Natick Pegasus recording starting at about the 39-minute mark).
Hladick started with the town as a custodian in 1982 and most recently was deputy director of Public Works. During his career, Hladick earned state and national recognition for his work, which included constructing the Recycling Center. He retired this year.
Dan Keefe started his career in town as a lifeguard at Dug Pond in 1976, and joined the town full-time in 1989 as a laborer. He served 30 years as the assistant recreation director, and recently stepped in as acting director before a director was named. His contributions to the town have been many, including on the youth sports front.