Community Service Awards

At its 2001 Annual Meeting, NABB established two awards  to recognize individuals, groups, and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Back Bay residential community.  These awards are named after two of NABB’s legendary leaders: Paul Prindle and Mary Natale.

  • The Paul Prindle Community Leadership Award is given based upon important and sustained leadership in promoting residential interests in the Back Bay.
  • The Mary Natale Citizenship Award is given based upon signficant and sustained dedication and service to the residential interests of the Back Bay and, in particular, unselfish and unheralded commitment to the community.

Both of these awards remind us that committed and visionary individuals make a difference, and that our neighborhood, as we know and love it, has been and continues to be the beneficiary of  committed neighbors working together on behalf of the common good.

Paul Prindle, who died in 2000, was a legendary neighborhood activist, working on the zoning regulations of the Back Bay and serving on various CACs, starting with the Park Plaza and including Boylston Street and the Prudential Center.  He is remembered for organizing the first Alley Rally, helping to establish the Clarendon Street Playground, and supporting The Learning Project Elementary School from its beginning in the early 1970s.  If Paul were here today, he would give us four pieces of advice:  “(1) we must be organized at the grass roots; (2) we must remain a unified organization and neighborhood; (3) we must understand the importance of the political process and we must vote on election day to ensure our voice is heard; and (4) most importantly, while doing all of this – we must have fun.”  Read NABB’s tribute to Paul, entitled “Paul Prindle is Remembered as a Legendary Back Bay Activist.”

Before Mary Natale died in 2001, she had been active in the neighborhood for many years in many different capacities:  as a long-serving member of NABB’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee; as Secretary of NABB; as Chair of the Crime Committee; as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee; as Chair of the Traffic and Transportation Committee; and long-time member of the Licensing and Buiding Use Committee.  Mary was an unselfish and tireless community activist who often worked behind the scenes, and was willing to do more than her share for the benefit of her neighbors.  Read NABB’s tribute to Mary, entitled “NABB Cherishes the Memory of Mary Natale.”

Their work goes on and everyone is invited to participate.

Year Recipient of the
Paul Prindle Community Leadership Award
Recipient of the
Mary Natale Citizenship Award
2020 Vicki Smith Susan Juretschke
2019 Graffiti NABBers Gail Laffer
2018 Don Carlson Fritz Casselman
2017 Howard Kassler Ellen Rooney
2016 Tony Casendino Faith Perkins
2015 John Christiansen Clarendon Street Playground Committee
2014 Jacquelin Yessian Susan Baker
2013 Marty Walz Gordon Richardson
2012 Steve Sayers Lois Harvey
2011 Tom High Chris Mitchell
2010 Garden Club of the Back Bay Kathleen Kolar
2009 Peter Sherin William Young
2008 Shirley Kressel Brenda Adams
2007 Richard Nemrow Richard Brayley
2006 Patti Quinn Janet Hurwitz
2005 Fred Mauet Vic and Marianne Castellani
2004 Elliott Laffer Tim Mitchell
2003 Paul Demakis Margaret Pokorny
2002 Sue Prindle Anne Swanson

In 2005, NABB also awarded a Special Citation for Extraordinary Service to John Devereaux in recognition of his outstanding contribution to NABB and to the neighborhood, reflecting his pivotal role as legal advisor and attorney of record on a series of critical neighborhood issues.