“We look forward to holding the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Worcester again this year,” said Jim Wessler, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter. “As the nation’s premier event to raise awareness and funds to invest in research and provide services to support families, the Walk moves us towards our vision of a World without Alzheimer’s.”
Registration for the Walk begins at 8:30 a.m., at Quinsigamond Community College, 670 West Boylston St. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with local service providers and learn more about the programs and services the Alzheimer’s Association provides. The Walk will include a 3-mile route. Online registration is open for the event.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. In 2015, the MA/NH Chapter raised over $3.7 million and welcomed over 22,000 participants in both states. To register or volunteer for the Walk call 800-272-3900 or visit www.alzwalkMANH.org.
About the Alzheimer’s Association:
The Alzheimer Association provides services and programs for those with Alzheimer’s, family and professional caregivers in the form of support groups, a 24/7 Helpline, care consultation, advocacy efforts, and education programs. The Alzheimer’s Association is also the world’s leading nonprofit funder of research into causes, treatments and, someday, a cure.]]>
Hudson – 2015 and 2016 have been the brightest of seasons for the Hudson Legion Post 100 baseball teams who have managed to accomplish what had not been achieved in 14 prior years.
This year’s squad is playoff-bound like its predecessor team of one year ago that broke a long drought of post-season competition eligibility, and while oncoming opponents will prove tough, there is much to like and be optimistic about this team that concluded its regular season with a record of 10-6 and is eager to move forward.
“This team is so strong I thought we’d be even better than 10-6 but we play a lot of tough teams and that has a lot to do with it,” said pitcher/outfielder Kyle Sullivan. “Even though we play for different high schools (eight), we’ve all come together and that’s been great.”
“We had high hopes coming into the season,” said 10-year team manager Blair Brissette who awaits word on the commencement of playoffs. “We were 22-4 last year and we had a lot of returning players. We’ve added in a lot of new players this year. Prior to last season we had never done it in the program’s history so now we’ve done it two years in a row and that’s an accomplishment. The program’s moving in the right direction for sure.
“We have a very mature group of guys this year. They’ve accepted their responsibilities and their roles but at the same time, they’re all kind of interchangeable and I like the fact that these guys are willing to play whatever position is needed. They have a great attitude and that makes it easier on the coaches to have guys who are willing to do whatever the team needs them to do.”
Hudson concluded its 2016 regular season with a 10-1 rout over visiting Woburn on July 13. In that one, wildness plagued Woburn who issued five consecutive bases-on-balls to open the matchup. Four runs would score which would be more than enough to secure the win. A two-RBI triple in the fifth by Jack Seeto would add insurance runs to put this one away for keeps.
The team is a member of Zone 5 which consists of teams from Ashland, Billerica, Lowell, North Chelmsford, Natick, Newton, Sudbury, Tyngsboro and Woburn so that travel is a must for Post 100. No one is complaining as the camaraderie and chemistry is strong on this 2016 squad despite players being opponents in high school one moment and Legion teammates the next.
“In our case, athletes respect and appreciate other athletes and good ballplayers,” Brissette explains. “They all know each other. Even teams that are rivals in high school, when they come here they respect each other. They enjoy the chance to play baseball with new kids.”
“This team has good camaraderie and a lot of talent,” added fifth-year player Ben Palatino. “I think we can go far in the playoffs if we can pitch the way we know we can and swing the bats.”
Pitching is a strong suit for Hudson with a number of quality arms ready to jump in when needed. Brissette’s core that has carried the team this season consists of Sullivan, Luke Chiasson, Leo Coehlo, Jim Henry, Kevin Falve and Tyler Hudson with Sullivan and Chiasson as the squad’s mainstays logging most of the team’s innings. Evan Schmidlein and Sam Rosenfield have shared time behind the plate.
Around the horn, it has been Frankie Matos and Chiasson at first base, Palatino, Alex Borsari and Corey Thompson sharing middle infield while third base is anchored by Brendon Keady and Matos. Falvey, Sullivan, Hudson, Jack Seeto, Ben Seeto, and Coehlo all roam the outfield for Brissette covering the expansive territory of their home and opponents’ fields.
“We’ve tried for many years to run a first-class program regardless of how we did on the field because there were many years that we had a lean program as to performance on the field,” said Brissette of the Hudson program. “But we always wanted to put our best foot forward and that’s what we insist on.”
Members of the 2016 Hudson Post 100 American Legion U19 baseball team are Johan Asencio (INF/ P), Alex Borsari (INF/P), Luke Chiasson (INF/ P), Leo Coehlo (OF/P), Kevin Falvey (OF/ P), Ryan Grady (OF/P), Jim Henry (P), Tyler Hudson (OF/P), Brendon Keady (INF), Frankie Matos (INF), Ben Palatino (INF), Sam Rosenfield (OF/C), Evan Schmidlein (INF/C), Ben Seeto (INF/OF), Jack Seeto (OF), Nick Simonenko (INF/C), Kyle Sullivan (OF/P) and Corey Thompson (INF/P). The team is managed by Blair Brissette and coached by Jeff Ahearn, Neil Ahearn and Ryan Bowen.
Equally successful has been Hudson’s U17 team that recorded a regular season record of 11-9.
Because of a lack of similar age Legion teams in the area, Hudson competes in the South Shore Division playing squads from Franklin, Norwood, Newton, Needham, Westwood, Quincy, Braintree, Canton, Cohasset, Dedham, and Holbrook. As a result, similar to its U19 brethren, travel becomes an inherent aspect of competition.
Members of the 2016 Hudson Post 100 American Legion U17 baseball team are Ryan Grady, Johan Ascencio, Matt Delgenio, Jayden Dummett, Carter Dummett, James Allen, Tim Person, Sam Stout, Spencer Cullen, Kenny Sullivan, Nick Simonenko, Mike Chaves, George Kehn, Ian Hanson, Jackson Harrigan, Lance Jarosz, and Sam Bolinsky. Grady, Ascensio and Simonenko are considered “swing players” and are only allowed to compete at the higher level when there are no U17 games scheduled.
The U17 team is coached by Jeff Collette, Ryan and Jake Wardwell, as well as general manager Mark Ahearn.]]>
Shrewsbury – After clocking several hours at day jobs, members of the Regatta Players are gladly working overtime. They’re rehearsing “9 to 5: the Musical” to be presented Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., from Aug. 5 to 14, at Southgate at Shrewsbury’s Flanagan Theater, located at 30 Julio Dr.
Set in 1979, the musical comedy tells the story of three unappreciated secretaries conspiring to take control of their company. Even in a male-dominated workplace, these strong-minded women discover there’s nothing they can’t accomplish.
Audiences might be surprised hearing the show’s rendition of the popular song “9 to 5” and others written by Dolly Parton, noted Bonnie L. Narcisi, music director.
“The music is a lot more intricate that you would have expected,” she said. “The ‘9 to 5’ song is well-developed for the show. It’s more than what you hear on the radio. The same as the show’s storyline being about women should get equal pay and could be a CEO, a woman like Dolly Parton is able to write all the show’s music and be really successful.”
Directing the musical is Kira Cowan Troilo. She appreciates working with a script that’s relatable to everyone involved.
“I love shows with a balance between fun and relevance,” she said. “Our cast knows what it’s like to work 9 to 5. That’s something the audience can relate to as well. It’s an extremely relatable show for everyone – men and women.”
Dan Monopoli is playing the office workers’ chauvinistic boss Franklin Hart, described in the script as “a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.” He was cast against type, according to the director.
“Dan is a sweetheart,” she proclaimed. “Sometimes the nice guys play the best villain. Hart is an important obstacle for these women and Dan does a really great job with it.”
Tessa Newell is portraying Hart’s personal secretary Doralee, a spirited country gal.
“Playing Doralee is a little bit out of Tessa’s comfort zone, so that’s a lot of fun,” Cowan Troilo said. “She really gets the Dolly Parton aspect of the role.”
New to the workforce is Judy, recently divorced after her husband cheated with his younger secretary. Portraying Judy, Bri Ryder sings “Get Out and Stay Out.”
“It’s the song every woman wants to sing to their ex,” Cowan Troilo explained. “Bri’s powerhouse vocals really shine.”
Meanwhile, senior office supervisor Violet gets overlooked for promotions. Playing Violet is Christina Pierro.
“Christina brings strength to this role with just the right amount of vulnerability,” Cowan Troilo said.
The only female character fond of Hart is the office busybody Roz, played by Libby Boland.
“Libby is hysterically funny,” Cowan Troilo raved. “She brings a great comedic quirkiness to the character.”
Andrew Morin is portraying Joe, a charming accountant who is interested in Violet. The director recognizes similar personality traits shared by the actor and character.
“Each is a very sweet, sincere guy,” she noted.
Redefining the theatrical term “triple threat,” actress-singer-dancer Katie Monopoli is playing the character Maria, as well as assistant directing and choreographing.
Rounding out the ensemble cast are Barbara Andreano, Frank Andreano, Sam Asuque, Kristl Courtemanche, Katie Doe, Zack Fink, Christine Guertin, Ed Lindem, Justin Smith, Robyn Spain and Beth Teague. The production team also includes Sandra Weed, producer; and Joanne Smith, production manager.
Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 students and seniors. Email email@example.com or call 508-925-0583 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket requests must include name, and the number of adult and/or student/senior tickets. Promotional material notes, “This show contains strong language and adult content.” For more information, visit regattaplayers.com.]]>
I awoke recently around midnight and, unable to sleep, I watched out the window as flickering lights floated above the grassy patch behind the house.
Fireflies seem magical in the silent dark. We were in that quiet season after the spring peepers finish their nighttime symphony, and before the start of what I call the “August buzz,” the cicadas, crickets and katydids who fill the late summer night – magically, it seems to me — with chirps and creaks.
Not all summer bugs are magical. In my opinion.
Japanese beetles. I first met beetles as a child living in our grandfather’s house. The beetles stubbornly nibbled Grandpa’s grapevines. Each evening, he poured a bit of kerosene into an old Maxwell House coffee can and, one by one, escorted the beetles into the can and thus to their final reward.
Once, he allowed my sister and me to help. Gruesome task! That night I had a nightmare that I was wearing a dark green sweater covered with revengeful beetles that would not come off. A couple of June bugs clung to the sweater, too. Horrors!
As an adult, I’ve almost recovered from the nightmare, and I’ve spent many evening hours flicking Japanese beetles off raspberry bushes into buckets of soapy water (kerosene being, I’m quite sure, environmentally incorrect).
And I remember the springtime mud wasp adventure. Dick and I had been married for almost a year. Our house had been built the summer before. One night, we noticed a small dark spot on the cream-colored wallpaper of the hall. The spot was rotating. A mud wasp was chewing its way out of the drywall. Chew, rotate, chew until its head popped out. Then out came its front legs. It pushed its legs against the wall, shaking with exertion, a black body grayed by drywall dust, as it slowly emerged from the wall and plopped into an empty peanut butter jar that we had so thoughtfully provided.
We went to bed, wondering if a wasp army was chewing its way into our hall. We closed our bedroom door just in case. Fortunately, this was the only one, apparently trapped on the drywall as a pupa in a cocoon when the house was being built, birthing itself in its timely fashion into an unseemly environment.
Okay, so maybe that mud wasp seemed a little bit magical, spending the winter quietly developing in the hall wall.
But I can’t find anything magical about ticks. I’m quite proud of my Dead Tick Collection.
I saved the deer tick that bit me, because I think you’re supposed to do that for future reference, though I took the double dose of antibiotics that allegedly prevents Lyme disease. I tucked the dead bug into a tiny plastic pill bag.
The six other ticks in the collection are wood ticks found, pre-bite, on our persons or in our house. Here’s how to capture a tick: pick it up with the sticky side of a piece of tape, fold another sticky side on top and – voila – a perfectly preserved specimen for the Dead Tick Collection.
The dead ticks remind me of Jack the Giant Killer. One day, Jack killed seven flies with one swat. He made himself a belt that said “Seven in One Blow.” Naturally, everybody assumed that the “seven” referred to giants, which is how he inadvertently got into the giant-killing business.]]>
Northborough – The Northborough Board of Selectmen (BOS) continued a discussion at its July 18 meeting regarding how the town’s police and fire departments report their day to day activities and performance.
“Back when the two chiefs of the police and fire departments reported to the selectmen, everyone knew each other and members of the BOS worked in town, people communicated regularly,” said William Pantazis, the board’s chair. “Now, Northborough is a $60 million corporation.”
Pantazis said he believed it was time to make a policy decision to turn over the reporting of day to day activities to Town Administrator John Coderre who would then also conduct evaluations.
“He would contact us when any issues come up and keep us in the loop,” Pantazis said. “Right now, we don’t really have contact on a daily or weekly basis with the chiefs.”
Selectman Jason Perreault said he was in agreement with this policy and said there was a time in the past that he felt he did not have enough information to make an informed review of a former police chief.
Selectman Leslie Rutan shared her concern as well, adding that she wants to know what is going on in their departments day to day, not just at evaluation time.
Selectman Jeff Amberson stated that the “town charter is clear, we are the reporting authority and that the fire and police departments work under the policy direction of the Board of Selectmen and the general administrative direction of the Town Administrator.”
Amberson added that he felt the issue should be discussed at Town Meeting since the charter was voted on by the town. Selectman Dawn Rand said she agreed with Perreault regarding the lack of information provided to the board, but disagreed with Amberson’s interpretation of the charter on whose role it is to do the reviews.
Coderre relayed that town legal counsel has approved the legality of the board to make the policy change without going before Town Meeting. He also agreed for the need for ongoing evaluations in an efficient manner. Rutan asked if this policy change was made could the board formally request a review in a year to see how it was working. Language to this effect was inserted into the policy. The motion was then passed, 4 to 1 with Amberson dissenting.
Westborough – Town Clerk Wendy Mickel, at the July 19 Board of Selectmen’s meeting, requested the board allow early voting at Town Hall and approve an early voting tabulation location. She also sought approval of the use of the DS200 voting scanner in the Town Hall as the central voting and tabulation facility for the Nov. 8 Presidential election and all future state and federal general elections. Mickel stated that “the secretary of state of the commonwealth has already determined that Town Hall as the most logical location.”
Early voting will begin Monday, Oct. 24. Voters must appear in person to vote. Last day for early voting will take place Friday, Nov. 4, at noon. An additional day of voting will be offered Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The requests were approved by the board.]]>
Westborough – At the July 19 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Jim Malloy requested the formation of a Diversity & Inclusion Administrative Committee. Department heads have had multiple discussions on changing demographics in the community and are seeking ways to better provide services and be more inclusive of all of its residents.
Malloy suggested an internal working group to “review current services and develop creative ways to reach out to members of the community that may not be served as well as we would prefer.”
Further, he said, “I am seeking to make this a more formal administrative committee under the Town Charter, which requires the board’s approval.”
The mission of this committee is “to review town services to ensure services are provided equally and are accessible to all residents and further to identify ways to promote increased diversity and inclusiveness in town services, employment and volunteer opportunities.”
Assistant Town Manager Kristi Williams will chair this committee consisting of 11 staff members.
Selectman Denny Drewry voiced concern if this committee would affect rules and regulations of town boards and Town Meeting to which Malloy reiterated that this was an internal group. The motion was made, seconded and approved with Selectman Drewry abstaining.]]>
Westborough – At the July 19 Board of Selectmen meeting, the Library Building Committee, along with Eric Moore, architect from Lamoureux and Pagano, and Peter Collins, the project OPM (Owner’s Project Manager), updated selectmen on the status of proposed expansion and renovation of the library. Library Building Committee members include Chair Ed Baldwin, Dorothy Mello, John T. Arnold, Dexter Blois, Leigh Emery and Library Director Maureen Ambrosino.
Ambrosino explained the need for the rebuild, citing the changing uses and expectations of today’s libraries, the need for more meeting space, a designated teen space separate from the designated children’s room, more restrooms, and updated technology and mechanical systems. She noted that the committee toured many libraries and based on those comparisons, as well as responses from a focus group and a community survey, the main priority was clear – the physical space needed to be updated and upgraded.
Working with the guidelines set forth by the grant program from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), the committee envisions a library in its current location. It is a highly visible focal point and sits on the edge of the West Main Street Historic District and is in close proximity to local schools. It should fit in architecturally and serve as a warm and welcoming hub of the community for residents and visitors utilizing its indoor, outdoor and virtual spaces.
Moore presented the scope and process of the project, the proposed expansion needs and a walk-through of the schematic options previously presented to the Building Committee and Library Board of Trustees. The plans presented included pros and cons with the primary objective of meeting the guidelines of the MBLC grant program. One schematic rose to the top and met all the criteria while adhering to the MBLC guidelines. The preliminary total budget is $18,730,212 which includes construction, associated costs and contingencies.
Collins further explained the budget and the timeline of the next steps. The project will go before other town boards and committees in the next couple of months prior to going before Town Meeting in October for grant application approval. The grant application is due to the MBLC in January followed by their awarding which will take place in July 2017. Once the grant is awarded, the project will go before Town Meeting again in October 2017 for funding approval.
Marie was predeceased by her only son, George J. DelFem of Shrewsbury, who died in April 2015, and by her great-grandson, Caleb Hasselstrom.
She is survived by her loving daughter-in-law, Debra R. DelFem, with whom she lived; three grandchildren, Lisa M. DelFem of Greentown, Pa., Tracy Kniskern and her fiancé Christopher Bird of Paxton, and Jennifer Hasselstrom and her husband Michael of Worcester; nine great-grandchildren, Thomas “TJ”, Heather, and Bridget Brunell, Symantha Surowaniec, Christopher and Vincent Bird, Brenden Mozer, and Conner and Kayleigh Rose Hasselstrom; a great-great grandson, Julian Beasley; a brother-in-law, Donald Lamontagne of Worcester; and her two cats, Blackie and Kitty.
Marie was born in Rome, Italy, and came to live in the United States in 1946, when her son was just 11 months old. They settled in Worcester, before moving to Shrewsbury in 1957.
Marie worked for many years as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the former Worcester City Hospital, then at the Belmont Home, before finally retiring from Shrewsbury Nursing Home. She had been a communicant at Saint Anne Church in Shrewsbury.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at Beaumont of Northborough, especially Karri Barnett, Brittney Hart, and Dr. Ernesto Jose, for their loving care of Marie. A special thanks also to neighbors Ralph, Julie, and Becca Cochran, who selflessly gave of their time and love to assist the DelFem family with Marie’s care.
Funeral services will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to the MSPCA at www.mspca.org/donate.]]>
Family and friends will honor and remember Phyllis’s life by gathering for calling hours Monday, July 25, from 5-8 p.m., at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury. Her funeral service will be celebrated Tuesday, July 26, at 10 a.m., in First Congregational Church of Boylston, 10 Church St., Boylston. The Reverend David P. Buchanan II will officiate. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery of Boylston.]]>