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Northborough military mom honored for volunteer efforts Local drummer recalls playing for popular R Arlington woman continues to relish life as artist, athlete and advocate Club brings together Mustang enthusiasts Club’s diverse membership focuses on photography Daydreamers, Inc. Worcester retiree nears $1 million mark in donations for MS Society Female barber loves her craft

Northborough military mom honored for volunteer efforts

Northborough – Karen Brewster of Northborough got quite a surprise on her birthday Aug. 5. She was presented the Presidential Volunteer Service Award by the Family Readiness Group (FRG) at the Massachusetts National Guard unit where her daughter, Spc. Alysia Brewster, is stationed. Also, her son, Spc. Nicholas Brewster, is serving in the Army and currently deployed in the Middle East. Brewster volunteers as the unit’s FRG chair.

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.

Club brings together Mustang enthusiasts

In April of 2013, a small group of like-minded folks started a Facebook page for people who love Ford Mustangs and want to hang out, go to car shows, or talk cars. From that page sprang the Mustangs of Massachusetts Car Club, boasting about 270 members throughout the state.

Club’s diverse membership focuses on photography

Region – As photography has evolved, so has the Assabet Valley Camera Club (AVCC), now in its 32nd year. Meetings take place the first and third Wednesdays of the month from September through June at the Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church St. AVCC currently has about 50 members of varied ages from 15 communities throughout the Metrowest area. Their photography experience ranges from beginners to professional.

Daydreamers, Inc.

One day, as I sat at a window, gazing toward the back yard – in other words, daydreaming – I suddenly saw: A great business opportunity! We often hear that “thoughts have energy.” We know about the power of positive thinking. We send happy thoughts to friends and family far away. Whenever we have a thought, it’s released into the atmosphere and goes about its work, we don’t understand exactly how.

Worcester retiree nears $1 million mark in donations for MS Society

Region - Most people have a cause that they are passionate about. Many participate in fundraising events to support that cause. Doug McAllister, 72, of Worcester has taken that passion to a whole new level. He is on the brink of reaching $1 million raised for the Greater New England Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Female barber loves her craft

Standing in between two men with sports paraphernalia on the walls, a wide variety of men’s magazines, and mostly male customers, Annette Hynes has no problem entering into the men’s grooming world of barbering.

Massachusetts Care Act takes effect this month

26 October 2017

If you are not a caregiver, chances are you will be one in the future, or maybe you know someone who is currently caring for their loved one. In 2015 in Massachusetts, family caregivers provided 786 million hours of unpaid care valued at approximately $11.6 billion annually. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility and, fortunately, there is a new state law to help them. AARP Massachusetts is thrilled to announce that the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act is now law. The CARE Act recognizes the critical role family caregivers play in keeping their loved ones at home, and out of costly institutions. Currently, Massachusetts is the 38th state to enact the CARE Act.

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Caribbean island Nevis: Birthplace of Alexander Hamilton

26 October 2017

The islands are two miles and a 45-minute ferry boat ride apart. From the air, one resembles a ball and the other a chubby baseball bat. They share their history and a common government.  Yet Nevis (pronounced Nee-vis) and St. Kitts each has its own distinct personality.  

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Good fences make good neighbors

26 October 2017

Robert Frost once wrote a poem called “Mending Wall” in which the property line between neighbors brings them together and yet keeps them apart. This seeming contradiction is seen every day in elder housing. The best neighbors come together in times of need, but are aware of their own limits, or boundaries, in the relationship.

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Pushing health care to the states is no solution

26 October 2017

The U.S. Senate recently found itself in a mad rush to beat the clock and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before Sept. 30. It was an act of desperation to support a bill that simply kicked the problem down to the states. Here is the background:

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Alcohol consumption and the risk of developing dementia

26 October 2017

Some of the detrimental effects of heavy alcohol use on brain function are similar to those observed with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Although alcohol use may be a risk factor for AD, it is difficult to study this relationship because of similarities between alcoholic dementia and AD and because standard diagnostic criteria for alcoholic dementia have not yet been developed.

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Reverse mortgages and retirement risks

26 October 2017

If you’re approaching retirement or hopefully enjoying retirement, there may be a nagging concern of have you done everything possible to minimize your financial risks?  Whether you have professional advisors, do your own planning - or perhaps worse, ignore the entire topic - below are economic areas that can affect your quality of life once you stop working:

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