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Five More People Who Make a Difference in Somerville

We asked readers to name people doing good things in the Somerville community, and here are some more responses.

Five More People Who Make a Difference in Somerville

At the end of September we asked Somerville Patch readers to name people in Somerville who make a difference.

It's part of an initiative, called Count Us In, that Patch is running in partnership with  Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

As of Oct. 11, Patch readers named nine people who make a difference in Somerville, and by now there may be even more.

Here, we name five of those people. (Learn about the other four here.)

If you want to call out, congratulate, thank or name someone in Somerville who does good work in the community, you can do so here.

Here are five people named by Somerville Patch readers, plus what people had to say about them:

Rob Gregory

Susann Wilkinson wrote: All of Somerville is better off because of Rob Gregory, Redbones' inspired owner. He could just have a restaurant that serves good food, and that is one of the original Somerville destinations. But he does much more and the way he runs the restaurant makes the community a better place, socially, environmentally and economically. Just think about the innovative bike valet service; generous financial support of local causes; food for non-profit fundraisers; feeding the HONK bands every year; excellent employment practices, and that's just the start. Thank you, Rob.

Evelyn Battinelli, Tom Battinelli, and Tom Lane

Barbara Mangum commented: Evelyn Battinelli, her husband Tom, and Tom Lane have kept the Somerville Museum open and vibrant for the last 30 years! They tirelessly volunteer their time and resources to see that the Museum (and its building) keep their mission to the people of Somerville: preservation of Somerville's history, culture and arts through education and creative outreach. Viva the Battinellis and Tom Lane!

Mary Cassesso

Andrea wrote: Mary Cassesso, a lifelong Somerville resident, has done so much to make and keep our community a great place to live and work. From her work as Past President of the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge Health Alliance during a recent managerial transition, to her longstanding volunteer service as Managing Trustee of the Somerville Affordable Housing Trust Fund, to her active work to elect progressive candidates and pass important legislation in local, state and federal elections, to the pride she takes in her family, her historic home, and her career of public service, Mary demonstrates the determination, strength, creativity, and compassion that are some of the most endearing traits of our community.

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