Capitola-Soquel Chamber names community award winners

By Jondi Gumz, Santa Cruz Sentinel

CAPITOLA >> The Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce will honor the 2015 community awards winners at a dinner 6-9 p.m. March 19 at the Seascape Golf Club in Aptos.

The cost to attend is $65 per person. RSVP by March 13. The honorees are:

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John Barisone

Man of the Year: John Barisone. The appointed Capitola city attorney since 2001 and Santa Cruz city attorney for 25 years, he will retire from both positions on March 31. A native of San Francisco, he moved to Santa Cruz County with his family in 1987 when he joined the Atchison law firm. He is now managing partner of Atchison, Barisone, Condotti & Kovacevich. He’s a member of the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club, serving as president in 1996-1997, and is an active member of the League of California Cities city attorneys department, as well as the International Municipal Lawyers Association. He has served on the boards for Goodwill Industries, Dominican Hospital Foundation and the Live Oak Senior Center.

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Elise Legare

Woman of the Year: Elise Legare. She began working for the Capitola/Soquel Community Activities, a union of the City of Capitola and Soquel Elementary School District, in 1987 and became recreation supervisor in 1992. She became a city employee when the operation became a city department in 1997. A graduate of Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in physical education and health, she has attended the National Recreation and Park Association Executive Development School.

Volunteers of the Year: Terry and Paul Gregory. Capitola residents since 2008, they serve on the board of the Capitola Public Safety Foundation. They assist with the foundation’s annual fundraisers, the Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show in Capitola Village in June, and a golf tournament at the Seascape in October. They also volunteer for events such as National Night Out and Wounded Warriors and enjoy taking photos of the Capitola Begonia Festival, Halloween Parade and Easter Egg Hunt.

Lifetime Achievement: Charlie Howard. In 1960, he opened an auto repair shop where Gayle’s Bakery now stands and volunteered as a firefighter. He became a paid firefighter in 1968, selling his auto repair business. In 1970, the City of Capitola asked him to move his equipment to the city yard and become the city auto mechanic. In the Central Fire District, he advanced to the rank of captain and after retiring was elected to the governing board, a position he still holds.

Business of the Year: Devcon Construction. The company supports many local organizations and events including the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce, Capitola Art & Wine Festival, Capitola Begonia Festival, Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show and Capitola Junior Lifeguard Program.


What: 74th Annual Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Celebration with buffet dinner, awards and raffle.

When: 6-9 p.m. March 19.

Where: Seascape Golf Club, 610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos.

Cost: $65 per person. RSVP by March 13 at

Details: 831-475-6522.

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