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Sen. Cindy Creem, Josephine McNeil, Rep. Ruth Balser

CAN-DO (Citizens for Affordable Housing in Newton Development) hosted its 14th annual “Yes! In My Backyard,” fundraiser last night. The event was a celebration of and tribute for Executive Director Josephine McNeil, who is retiring after 23 years. The evening was lovely and the love for and appreciation of Josephine dominated. Former Mayor David Cohen deserves accolades for delivering heartfelt comments that made palpable his admiration and respect for Josephine. 

I regret that I didn’t pay more attention to CAN-DO when I was editor of the Newton TAB. The units created by CAN-DO are invaluable, not just to the families living in them, but to the communities they abut and the city as a whole. Read about them here