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Boston area octogenarian does his part for science Vocalist pays tribute to Sinatra his way Arlington musician shares her talents on the Scottish fiddle Bentley University president is stepping down, ‘stay tuned’ for plans Acclaimed stress expert/humorist advises ‘find the bless in the mess’ Achieving mission to merge music and visual art Creating whimsical paintings of people, places and pets A teapot grandmother
 

Boston area octogenarian does his part for science

Jamaica Plain – Back in 1996 - in this newspaper - Christopher Gussis, 89, first read that there were clinical trials in need of volunteers in the Boston area. He had retired and recently moved from New Jersey to Jamaica Plain with his wife Jane.

Vocalist pays tribute to Sinatra his way

Peabody – When singer George Lyons of Peabody began performing in the mid-1970s, his vocal style was frequently compared to the crooning of Frank Sinatra. Since the entertainment legend passed away in 1998, Lyons has kept Sinatra’s memories and music alive on New England stages.

Arlington musician shares her talents on the Scottish fiddle

How many people do you know that play the Scottish fiddle? Well, Arlington resident Barbara McOwen plays just that and lots more. With her husband Robert, McOwen moved from California to Massachusetts in 1979 with a B.A. in Music from the University of California, Berkeley.

Bentley University president is stepping down, ‘stay tuned’ for plans

Ten years after becoming Bentley University’s first female president, Gloria Cordes Larson, 67, is scheduled to step down at the end of this academic year. Her future is unclear, but no doubt it will be as rewarding as her past.

Acclaimed stress expert/humorist advises ‘find the bless in the mess’

For more than 30 years, Loretta LaRoche, 78, has been helping people see life’s difficulties from a different side — one that’s funnier and less stressful.

Achieving mission to merge music and visual art

Grafton/Scituate – Lennie Peterson began striving to blend his passions for music and visual art when he grew up in Grafton and has continued through his relocation to Scituate. He’s now sharing his experience of working multiple decades as a musician, visual artist and arts educator via public speaking engagements.

Creating whimsical paintings of people, places and pets

Paxton – Artists such as Jen Niles of Paxton are often inspired by a muse. The self-taught artist has been drawing all her life, and for many years concentrated on creating pen and ink illustrations including commissioned house portraits. Craving a change in 2001, she began experimenting with acrylics and found the muse to help develop what has become her signature art style.

A teapot grandmother

Two events occurred around the same time, one momentous to me and one apparently of no consequence to anybody. Were they connected? Who knows what forces operate beneath life’s surface?

A new local resource for senior homeowners

22 February 2018

By Alain Valles, CRMP, MBA, CSA, Managing Director, Helping Hands Community Partners, Inc. “If you give it out in slices it comes back in loaves.” As a for-profit owner of a mortgage company, I’ve had the good fortune of arranging thousands of home purchases, refinancings, and reverse mortgages over the past 30 years.  At all […]

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Family caregiving: Why respite?

22 February 2018

Being a family caregiver, while a fulfilling role, can consume a great deal of physical, mental and emotional energy. Consequently, respite care is very important because it gives family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementia disease an opportunity to create a plan of care for themselves; something a caregiver often overlooks.

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Productive aging

22 February 2018

Our staff likes to tease. The easiest group to pick on is the activities staff. We accuse them of having a cushy job, saying they get paid to play games all day, to listen to music, have snacks, knit, play puzzles on the computer, or go on trips. We roll our eyes when they complain about a hard day. But the truth is these jobs are hard. They are also important, undervalued, and have a real impact on our residents.

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is now an Age-Friendly State

22 February 2018

Governor Charlie Baker has announced that Massachusetts has joined the network of AARP Age-Friendly States and the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. We thank Governor Baker for his leadership on this issue of importance to Bay State residents of all ages.

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Sicily- a place of great beauty, history, food and wine

29 January 2018

“You can steal my money but not my food.”  “If you want things to go exactly as planned, don’t come here.” Those words spoken by my Overseas Adventure Travel tour guide in Sicily, who actually loves his homeland, tell a lot about it.

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Weigold honored with prestigious Collier award for outstanding campus police work

29 January 2018

Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury resident Kevin Weigold, a police officer with the Worcester State University Police Department (WSUPD), recently was awarded the Sean Collier Award for Innovations in Community Oriented Policing by the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (MACLEA). 

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