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Bay State humanitarian empowers disadvantaged girls through sports Still singing, strumming, songwriting after all these years Father uses advocacy skills to help children with special needs Broadcasting for sight impaired in central Mass. Grafton native pursues new musical and personal chapters Ice sculptor shares experience and talent as part of Boston’s holiday tradition Thanks to Jordan’s Furniture CEO, New England still has the Enchanted Village Truck driver becomes Santa to bring joy to children
 

Bay State humanitarian empowers disadvantaged girls through sports

Newton – Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t change careers paths midlife and achieve your dreams. Linda Driscoll of Newton took a chance, shifted course and exceeded her expectations.

Still singing, strumming, songwriting after all these years

Cohasset/Westborough – Luanne Crosby, a Cohasset native now of Westborough, has performed various musical styles at countless venues as a singer, musician and songwriter throughout several decades. Her interest in performing began with a childhood dream of getting discovered.

Father uses advocacy skills to help children with special needs

Medfield - Michael Weiner of Medfield was just 28 years of age when he owned a textile company in Norwood. Twenty-five years later, he closed his business and the buildings he owned became income property. Weiner, who is married, and is the father of two sons, Ben and Zachary, was in a good place financially.

Broadcasting for sight impaired in central Mass.

Vince Lombardi (Photos/submitted) By Ed Karvoski Jr., Culture Editor Worcester – After a career working in printing and publishing, Vince Lombardi of Worcester pursued his interest in the arts with a focus on voice work. Now, he’s director of the Worcester-based Audio Journal, a nonprofit radio reading service for blind, visually impaired and print disabled […]

Grafton native pursues new musical and personal chapters

Grafton – Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bob Jordan developed a lifetime of musical expertise performing in the Grafton and Worcester areas. His accomplishments are acknowledged in “A Grafton Chronicle” co-authored by Jayne Carroll Wilson and Joe Kuras, and “The Jazz Worcester Real Book” by Chet Williamson.

Ice sculptor shares experience and talent as part of Boston’s holiday tradition

Looking at a perfectly clear, pristine block of ice, sculptor Don Chapelle, 59, can envision a 3D shape inside. He uses an assortment of tools—sometimes a chainsaw but more often a chisel—to create a figure, a colorized corporate logo, or almost anything else that he can imagine.

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.

St. Kitts offers Caribbean flair and historical attractions

30 December 2017

A view of one of St. Kitts’ inviting beaches. By Victor Block The islands are about two miles and a 45-minute ferry boat ride apart. They share much of their history and a common government. For vacationers, both offer the attractions that lure people seeking sun, sand and relaxation on a Caribbean island. At the […]

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Sometimes you get sunflowers

30 December 2017

One raw, late-winter day many years ago, arborists took down a grand, ancient pine in our yard. I don’t remember all of our reasons for this but, once it was cut, signs of internal rot made it clear that the tree would have come down anyway, probably tumbling huge limbs onto somebody’s house. The decision to cut it down had been a good one.

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Congressional two-step: Cut taxes, then entitlements

30 December 2017

Elder rights groups are warning that the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR 1) will be financed by gutting entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare.

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Reverse Mortgage Attributes

30 December 2017

The Oxford Dictionary defines “attribute” as a “quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something.” Attributes are rarely all good or all bad but depend on how the attribute is used. This specifically applies to reverse mortgages.

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Things that go bump in the night

30 December 2017

Audry was from the old country. As a kid, whenever she was stressed, she would visit her mother in the kitchen. Her mother would set her up with some spices and with a mortar and pestle, she would bang and grind the spices until she felt better. Now, even in her later years when her anxiety spikes again, she still gets great comfort from the bang and scrape but also from the smells of the spices.

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AARP Supports the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act

30 December 2017

Across America, family caregivers help parents, spouses, children and adults with disabilities and other loved ones to live independently. They prepare meals, handle finances, manage medications, drive to doctors’ appointments, help with bathing and dressing, and perform complex medical tasks and more — all so loved ones can live at home.

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