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Thanks to Jordan’s Furniture CEO, New England still has the Enchanted Village Truck driver becomes Santa to bring joy to children New stamp to help raise funds for Alzheimer’s research Hudson runner turns fitness goal into near 10-year ‘run streak’ Directing over a decade of growth for Boston arts school Gloucester artist cherishes the light Local drummer recalls playing for popular R Arlington woman continues to relish life as artist, athlete and advocate
 

Thanks to Jordan’s Furniture CEO, New England still has the Enchanted Village

As a child, Eliot Tatelman remembers traveling from his home in Newton to visit the Enchanted Village at the department store Jordan Marsh’s Boston Downtown Crossing location. A quaint recreation of a Victorian-era village during the Christmas season, the exhibit was a favorite of generations for decades.

Truck driver becomes Santa to bring joy to children

Framingham - His name is Santa Claus, and he only comes once a year. But one Framingham Santa drove tractor trailers for 43 years before donning the persona of the most beloved icons in American culture.

New stamp to help raise funds for Alzheimer’s research

Region - The U.S. Postal Service recently previewed the image of the Alzheimer’s Semipostal fundraising stamp.

Hudson runner turns fitness goal into near 10-year ‘run streak’

Hudson - John Devereaux logs his daily runs in notebooks which he keeps in his Hudson home. Those notebooks, some almost a decade old, now form a large collection chronicling over 3,500 runs through Hudson.

Directing over a decade of growth for Boston arts school

Boston – Abigail Norman drew upon her lifetime of experience with community-based arts to boost growth for the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts in Boston’s Jamaica Plain (JP) neighborhood, where she has served as director since 2007. There, over 1,500 students of all ages currently study arts and crafts. Additionally, over 2,000 children attend its classes through partnerships with Boston public schools, libraries, housing developments and community centers.

Gloucester artist cherishes the light

Gloucester - Award-winning artist Melody Phaneuf, 63, seems to have found the perfect place to live. She came to Gloucester to paint during the summer of 1988, and ended up staying. She lives in a beautiful Queen Ann Victorian home near the outer harbor. Three years ago, she added a carriage house-like studio next door.

Local drummer recalls playing for popular R&B group Tavares

As a drummer, Natick resident Bert Syms has worked alongside Michael Jackson, Chaka Kahn, Smokey Robinson and other celebrity musicians and singers. He also played for many years in the band for the R&B group The Tavares Brothers, one of the most popular singing groups from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Arlington woman continues to relish life as artist, athlete and advocate

Arlington - At age 86, Lillian Christmas is, as she says, “an artist, athlete and advocate.” She has run in numerous road races, including marathons in Boston and Montreal, even though she did not start serious training until she was in her late 40s. She is also an artist who tries to work at her craft every day if possible. And it is through those two passions that she helps others.

My cloak of invisibility

02 December 2017

One chilly, blustery day, I was browsing in a bookshop when a willowy young woman breezed in. I immediately noticed that she wasn’t dressed appropriately for the weather. More than that, in my opinion, she wasn’t dressed appropriately for any public viewing: flimsy, slippery beige T-shirt clinging too revealingly to her torso, her tiny black skirt like two napkins stitched together, long bare legs, model-perfect make-up, every hair in her puffy dark bob in its assigned position.

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I am grief

02 December 2017

By Marianne Delorey I am grief. I am ugliness borne out of love and loss. I am powerful. I can bring the strongest among you to your knees. I am immune to your bargaining; I am merciless. I will take the babe in arms as quickly as I will take a lonely miser.  I will […]

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Workplace retirement savings program debuts in Massachusetts

02 December 2017

Today, a secure retirement may be out of reach for millions of Americans, especially those who work for small businesses. Fifty-seven million Americans have no access to a retirement savings plan through their employers - that’s over 50 percent of the 18- to 64-year-old population. When employers give workers the option of payroll deduction for retirement savings, AARP research indicates that their participation rate is a whopping 1,300 percent higher than that of those without the option.

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Music, marvelous meals – and museums

02 December 2017

Mardi Gras World By Victor Block Quick quiz: Think jazz and blues played in music clubs and by street musicians outside. If you guess that describes New Orleans, you’re right – but there’s more. See yourself visiting museums whose focus ranges from food and festivals to history and mystery. New Orleans again. Many visitors to […]

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Treating poor people as “passive” health care consumers

02 December 2017

By Al Norman In 2009, a state legislator who chaired the House Financial Services Committee on Beacon Hill introduced a bill that would “automatically enroll all eligible seniors” into a managed care program for seniors. The chair explained: “The biggest obstacle facing the [managed care] program is reaching the population, which has proven to be […]

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Helping people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in case of emergency

02 December 2017

People with dementia are especially vulnerable to chaos and emotional trauma. They have a limited ability to understand what is happening, and they may forget what they have been told about a particular disaster. First responders, neighbors and family members assisting with an evacuation should be alert to potential reactions of someone with dementia in disaster situations.

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