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Setting sail on a mid-life second act Brockton Fair has something for everyone Octogenarian earns college degree after 63 years It’s more convenient than ever to apply for social security benefits The Compassionate Friends of Metrowest: A place to go after losing a child Charlottesville brings America’s history to life Holocaust survivor speaks at Northborough middle school Volunteering in the community
 

Setting sail on a mid-life second act

By Melanie Petrucci, Contributing Writer Many may dream of a second act in life, such as pursuing a new job or hobby, but do not have the resources or commitment to really do so. Several years ago, John Gareri, an avid sailor, dreamed of sailing around the world on a tall ship. And then, with […]

Brockton Fair has something for everyone

Visitors enjoy the goats in the petting zoo. By Janice Elizabeth Berte, Contributing Writer Brockton – From June 29 – July 9, the 60-acre fairgrounds came alive as the 143rd Brockton Fair entertained families with exhilarating rides, games and music. But, the merrymaking didn’t stop there – this spectacular fair also featured demolition derbies, chainsaw […]

Octogenarian earns college degree after 63 years

Like many other students, Spencer graduated from Worcester State University with a degree in English this year. Although that is admirable there is another aspect that makes this a particularly notable story. This Shrewsbury resident (who prefers not to share his last name in this article) is 80 years old and he received his degree 63 years after he first attended college.

It’s more convenient than ever to apply for social security benefits

You’ve worked hard your whole life, and receiving your Social Security benefits should be the icing on the cake at your retirement party. We’re working hard to make it as quick and seamless as possible for you to apply for benefits from Social Security.

The Compassionate Friends of Metrowest: A place to go after losing a child

Region - On a beautiful Tuesday evening, Joan and Ed Motuzas are setting up one of the rooms at Saint Mary’s Church in Holliston. This special room is where one can go for grief counseling and compassion after losing a child.

Charlottesville brings America’s history to life

Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall By Victor Block The mansion in Virginia which Thomas Jefferson called Monticello is a perfect example of an 18th-century estate. Its 33 rooms are filled with elegant furniture and architectural touches imported from Europe. About 10 miles away stands Pine Knot, a simpler cottage that lacks a stove, well and bathroom facilities. Theodore Roosevelt […]

Holocaust survivor speaks at Northborough middle school

(l to r)  Sam Weinreb, Lainey Bechta (8th grade student), and Kay Senior (8th grade teacher) Photos/Jane Keller Gordon By Jane Keller Gordon, Contributing Writer Northborough – The entire 8th grade class at Robert E. Melican Middle School in Northborough sat hunched forward—almost breathless—during an assembly on May 17.  It was Holocaust survivor Sam Weinreb […]

Volunteering in the community – Scituate Animal Shelter

As a nonprofit no-kill animal shelter, the Scituate Animal Shelter helps over 500 dogs and cats find their new forever homes every year, according to Executive Director Maryann Regan. The organization is primarily volunteer-run and funded solely by private donations.

AARP’s 2017 budget priorities

29 June 2017

Massachusetts elected officials prepared the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) commonwealth budget proposal, a $40.5 billion spending plan which funds key priorities.

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‘FLIPPING’ the situation

29 June 2017

I hated fifth grade.  Almost 40 years later I can say without exaggeration it remains one of the worst years of my life. It was the first time that I truly had a hard time getting along with others, perhaps because we were all struggling with pre-adolescence in our own way.

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How to stop a loved one with dementia from driving

29 June 2017

When an individual is diagnosed with dementia, one of the first concerns that families and caregivers face is whether or not that person should continue driving.

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Reverse Mortgages: Time to trust?

29 June 2017

Reverse mortgages are government-insured loans also known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs).

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Miniature horse ‘Rosie’ brings joy to all ages

29 June 2017

When Barbara Shaer would go to visit her mother, Ida Baker, who was living in a nursing home, another regular visitor there was a therapy dog. Since Shaer had recently retired from a career in health care, her brother Stephen Shear suggested that she consider doing pet therapy as well – but with a twist.

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An exotic kind of love

29 June 2017

Belinda Rempelakis’s first foray into the world of animal rescue came, as it so often does, at the behest of her daughter. But although Rempelakis does have a much-loved rescue dog, 14-year-old Peanut, it is another group that she is most passionate about rescuing – so-called exotics - mice, rats and ferrets.

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