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Cocalis up for BOH re-election

Efficiency, reducing costs among goals

Linda Cocalis has accomplished many things in her three-year Board of Health term, and she is hoping to be re-elected to a second term at the April 11 town elections. (click for larger version)
March 27, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Board of Health Chairman Linda Cocalis is proud of the accomplishments she made in her first three years on the board, and if re-elected, she said she would strive to achieve additional success.

Cocalis, who moved to Sturbridge in 2004 and began serving on the Board of Health in 2008, previously led various sales teams responsible for securing contracts for large and small businesses specializing in information technology. During her time leading these teams she worked with such governmental agencies as the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense, which provided her with valuable experience in problem-solving and teamwork.

"These past three years have provided me an opportunity to learn a great deal about the many challenges and solutions available so that we can ensure our community remains a safe and desirable location to reside in and visit," said Cocalis. "If I am privileged to receive your support, I will continue my efforts to increase the Health Department's efficiency, reduce our costs to the community, improve the many services we provide, while continuing to work with residents, businesses, and neighboring communities."

One of the major accomplishments the Board of Health achieved under Cocalis' direction has been the establishment of the Green Team. This program recognizes restaurants and hotels that voluntarily meet certain environmental initiatives, and the idea came from discussions Cocalis had with Brian Treitman, the owner of BT's Smoke House.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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