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By Cindy Cantrell
October 23, 2011

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A FRESH APPROACH: Chef, fitness trainer, author, and television and radio host Tony Polito believes that eating healthy doesn’t require a major commitment of time or money. The Waltham resident includes 76 examples in his first cookbook, “Fresh: Eating Healthy Never Tasted So Good.’’

Polito’s recipes use as few as 10 ingredients costing $10 or less, prepared in one pot, with a maximum of 10 minutes of preparation time. Sections are divided into breakfast items, shakes, soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, fish, meats, side dishes, and desserts, with several recipes suitable for vegetarians and gluten-free diners.

In addition to sharing his recipes, Polito describes which foods to heat or eat raw, and how to properly store them.

After beginning his career in food at a cousin’s Italian bakery in New York, Polito worked as a fitness trainer for more than a decade. Today, he continues to help others blend healthy cooking with exercise through customized in-home programs, phone consultations, grocery shopping field trips, cooking classes, and demonstrations with all-natural ingredients at Whole Foods markets in Newtonville and Bedford.

However, he said his proudest accomplishment has been assisting his mother in losing 152 pounds and subsequently no longer needing medications.

“I get excited about food and health,’’ Polito said. “So many times after my demonstrations, people say, ‘I can do that at home.’ You’re darn right you can. With just a little education, they’re flying.’’

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VIRTUAL REUNION: As a result of the efforts this summer of three Newton residents, social networking sites are in place so alumni of the city’s high schools can connect with one another and their alma maters.

Newton South High School graduate Greg Barrett, Newton North senior Jeff Weinfeld, and Newton South sophomore Astha Agarwal participated in the project as unpaid interns for the Newton Schools Foundation, which supports local educational programs. The nonprofit foundation will be seeking the support of alumni for its campaign to raise money this winter to install digital technology, such as interactive whiteboard equipment, in the district’s schools.

During their summer internship, the trio researched alumni classes from 1960 to the present to determine their presence on networking sites. Barrett, a senior at Amherst College, set up the Newton Schools Foundation Alumni Network on Facebook and the Newton Schools Alumni Network on LinkedIn.

Because not everyone uses social networking sites, Agarwal created a central depository for all the information gathered by the interns. Weinfeld, a football player, focused on contacting Newton North High School sports teams and alumni classes.

“This opportunity was a wonderful way of getting to connect with people all over the world while helping my school,’’ Agarwal said.

To connect with fellow alumni, click the “like’’ link for the Newton Schools Foundation Alumni Network on Facebook or join the Newton Schools Alumni Network on LinkedIn.

KUDOS FOR SCHUSTER: Sudbury resident Christine Schuster, president and chief executive officer of Emerson Hospital in Concord, will be honored Wednesday as the Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Business Person of the Year.

Schuster, who has been at Emerson for six years, has been actively involved with the Concord Business Partnership, Rotary Club of Concord, Nashawtuc Country Club, and Nashoba Brooks School.

A former board member of the Concord Chamber of Commerce, Schuster (inset above) served on the town’s Economic Development Council through an appointment by selectmen.

She will receive the award during the chamber’s annual dinner, taking place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Nashawtuc Country Club, 1861 Sudbury Road in Concord. Tickets may be purchased at the chamber’s headquarters, 15 Walden St., Suite 7, or online at

HISTORY AT BC: Newton resident Kathleen McGillycuddy (inset below) made history when she convened the first meeting of the academic year of Boston College’s board of trustees on Sept. 30, making her its first chairwoman. She became a trustee in 2002, and had served as vice chairwoman since 2008.

She is also cochairwoman of the Light the World capital campaign, and chairwoman of the Council for Women of Boston College. A longtime Boston College benefactor, McGillycuddy and her husband, Ron Logue, established the McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies in 2008 to promote innovative international learning for undergraduates.

A 1971 graduate of Newton College of the Sacred Heart, which merged with BC in 1975, McGillycuddy is retired from FleetBoston Financial, where she was an executive vice president and head of its private clients group.

Cindy Cantrell can be reached at