He leaves behind his loving children, Richard Powell Jr. and his wife Nancy, Sarah Shields and husband William, Timothy Powell and Gabrielle Gebo, and Greg Powell and Caitlin Rothenberger; siblings, Judy Brink and her husband James, Benjamin (Buddy) Powell and Judy Willis, Stephen Powell and his wife Ellen, David Powell, Joanne Espino and her husband Ernesto; along with his late brother, Kenny Powell. Also survived by his grandchildren Ryan, Drew and Trevor Powell, William and Matthew Shields, along with several nieces and nephews.
Born and raised in Brighton, he was the son of Benjamin and Grace (Milligan) Powell and resided there for 34 years before moving to Northborough. Richard raised his family in Northborough where he then resided for 31 wonderful years. He respectfully served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
He was employed by Atlantic Blasting Company in Milford for several years.
Rick enjoyed fishing, camping and, most of all, spending time with friends and family. He was happiest when surrounded by his five grandchildren.
His funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 18 in St. Rose of Lima Parish of Northborough, followed by burial with military honors in Howard Street Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., floor 1, Framingham, MA 01701 or www.heart.org.]]>
He leaves behind his wife of 10 years, Lisa Arcieri; his daughter, Elisabeth Brandt of Worcester; his son, Kristopher Brandt of Shrewsbury; his step-children, Kelly Flanagan, Kim Oliveira, and Megan and Katelyn Flanagan; and his siblings, Jeffrey Brandt and his wife Maria of Plano, Texas, Susan Plotts and her husband Jeffrey of Ashland, Robin Henderson of Ashland, and Michael Brandt of Shrewsbury. He is also survived by his grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog, Bruno. He was predeceased by his sister, Kristina Rogers.
Born in Tampa, Fla., he was the son of the late Karl M. and Phyllis A. (Cross) Brandt. Scott was raised in Northborough and lived the last several years in Shrewsbury.
He was a self-employed carpenter of Worcester County. He was an avid Patriots fan and also enjoyed repairing old model trucks.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, Feb. 26, from 1-5 p.m., at American Legion Post #77, 40 Summer St., Ashland.
Donations in Scott’s name can be made to the MSPCA.
Hays Funeral Home of Northborough is assisting the Brandt family with private funeral arrangements.]]>
Born in Westborough, he was the son of the late John and Laura (Tomlin) Anderson. He was educated in Westborough schools and was a 1946 graduate of Westborough High School, where he enjoyed playing sports including the shot put and football.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and had been a resident of Westborough for most of his life. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who was dedicated to his family. He enjoyed traveling to Europe with his wife during his retirement.
During the late 1940s, he proudly served with the U.S. Army.
John was employed as a grader for Bay State Abrasives prior to his retirement after 46 years of service.
John is survived by two daughters, Valerie L. Anderson and her husband Owen Weagle of Spencer and Karen A. Shaffert and her husband Rod of Westborough; one son, John D. Anderson of Marlborough; one brother, Edward Anderson of Shirley; his friend and brother-in-law, Richard Enman of Westborough; and one granddaughter, Kathryn Hope Shaffert. He was the brother of the late Nellie Anderson.
A private funeral service will be held at the family’s convenience at the First United Methodist Church and Pine Grove Cemetery, Westborough. There are no calling hours.
One of John’s greatest joys was sharing the history of Westborough, including on walking tours around town with his beloved granddaughter, Katie. In lieu of flowers, a donation in John’s memory can be made to the Town of Westborough 300th Anniversary Committee, c/o Board of Selectmen, 34 West Main St., Westborough, MA 01581.]]>
I’ve been writing these articles for as long as I can remember, but in all these years, I’ve NEVER seen a response like the one we had to my last column. I mean I knew people read my things, because they tell me all the time, but this response blew me away.
As you may remember, I was talking about the fact that even though the market was healing quite a bit in 2016, we still had over 10,000 homes in Worcester and Middlesex County that had been on the market, but didn’t sell. That represented a huge percentage of the entire listings taken by agents during 2016.
After seeing just how serious the issue was, and knowing that it wasn’t happening to me, I explained in my column that I’d sat down for an entire day and put together a five-page report that details the “Top 10 Reasons A Home Doesn’t Sell.” This isn’t some “canned report” purchased online, but really represents the core experience of having done this over 2,000 times, and all that I learned through trial and error along the way.
Anyway, I offered a copy of that to people who might want to read it, and just asked them to email firstname.lastname@example.org. I figured I’d hear from one or two folks, but my email box nearly imploded from all the folks that reached out! I was just stunned by the response, as well as from the feedback I received from them after they’d read it. It was actually quite flattering. I suppose when something is working, you might as well do it again, so if anyone else wants a copy of it, send an email to that address, and just note which town you live in, and my system will email it over to you.
Since people seem to like getting things for free, and I know for sure everyone likes more money. I decided to put together another report last week. This one is called “Top Ways to Increase the Net Sales Price of Your Home.” Again, that is not a canned, stock or purchased report, but rather a detailed summary of some of the best things I’ve learned over my 30 years in the real estate business. Hopefully you’ll enjoy that one just as much.
Of course, both reports won’t be of use only to those who had listings previously on the market – although they will no doubt have some eye-opening moments reading it. Rather it applies to anything thinking of moving at all. After all, what better way to ensure that you don’t make the same mistakes, than to read both the pros and cons of what happened to others?
Let’s see…what else in new this week? Inventory is still really low in many towns and in many subsets of price ranges. That’s why I kept my Homeowners Blend program open for February and March, and I still have four or five slots left for anyone who wants to see if they can save half of their Realtor fees. That’s always a huge plus, especially in times like this. Email me directly if you want one of those slots and I’ll set it aside for you.
Look forward to hearing from you. Who knows, maybe we’ll set a new record with this week’s column, too!!
Steve Levine is president of Steve Levine Inc., and an agent at REMAX Professional Associates in Shrewsbury. He has over 30 years of experience in the local marketplace, and can be reached at email@example.com or 508-735-4663.
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Shrewsbury – Central One Federal Credit Union of Central Massachusetts recently added two new members to its management team.
Scott McCarthy has been named branch manager at Central One’s Northborough branch located at 148 Main St. He joins Central One with more than 12 years of banking experience. He spent eight years at Citizens Bank and another four years at Digital Federal Credit Union, most recently managing its Worcester Crossing branch.
Mandy Corfey comes to Central One from BNY Mellon, where she worked for more than 17 years, managing different aspects of the mutual fund industry. She is the data operations manager and will be based in Central One’s Shrewsbury office.
In addition to growing the management team, Central One recently launched a new website to improve member experience www.centralfcu.com and is in the process of expanding its Auburn branch.]]>
On Feb. 4, the Westborough Public Library held its first-ever Scanning Day, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Friends of the Westborough Public Library. About 40 residents brought in their historic photos, documents, and objects so we could scan or photograph them for the library’s online Local History collections. We would like to thank the town manager and Board of Selectmen for allowing us to use Memorial Hall for the event, since we didn’t have a large enough open space at the library. Westborough’s history came alive in a beautiful, historic place.
We would also like to thank Westborough TV for providing expertise in graphic design for promotional materials, staff for scanning stations, and for coordinating a small army of volunteers who helped out at the event. They also recorded the stories behind some of the items residents brought in, and a show will be available soon on the WTV website. The Westborough Historical Society, Art & Frame Emporium, and Northeast Document Conservation Center were instrumental in providing historical context and preservation suggestions to everyone who attended. And Mugford’s Flower Shoppe made the day beautiful by providing floral arrangements for each of the stations at the event.
We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Humanities as well, for offering “Common Heritage” grants to libraries and other organizations around the country. These grants allow organizations to explore history and create a sense of community. We plan to offer additional scanning days in the future to continue uncovering treasures of the past and preserving them for generations in the future.
Born June 4, 1929 in Ft. Worth, Texas, she was predeceased by her parents, Stefan and Lillie Matusevich of Ft. Worth, and her late husband of 43 years, Benjamin W. Cooper Jr. of Raleigh, N.C. She was educated in Ft. Worth schools and graduated from Texas Women’s University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting.
The majority of her career was spent at IBM, starting as a systems engineer in the 1950s and retiring in 1993.
While raising her family in Wilton, Lillian was an active volunteer both in the schools and on the Boards of Education and Tax Review. After 25 years in Wilton, she and Ben moved to Raleigh, N.C.
Throughout her life, and especially in retirement, she was an avid traveler, eventually visiting all of the continents except Australia. She loved spending time with her daughters and grandchildren, taking walks with the dog, and engaging in continuing education opportunities. After Ben’s death, she relocated to Westborough to be closer to family.
She is survived by her four daughters, Stefany A. Eck of Westford, Lisa S. Shumway and her husband Scott, of Westborough, Andrea C. Goldstein and her husband Arnold of Seattle, Wash., and Courtney B. Cooper and her husband Neal Camens of Nottingham, Pa.; four grandchildren, Emily Eck of Plainfield, Vt., Michael Eck of Somerville, Max Goldstein of Seattle, and Cooper Shumway of Westborough; a sister-in-law, Neldene Matusevich of Inez, Texas; and three nephews and a niece. She was the sister of the late Stephen Matusevich and Helen Oujesky and aunt of the late Christopher Oujesky.
Calling hours at the David A. Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough, are Friday, Feb. 24, from 6-8 p.m. Calling hours will also be held Sunday, Feb. 26, from 3-5 p.m., at Mt. Olivet Funeral Home, 2301 N. Sylvania Ave., Ft. Worth, Texas. Her funeral service will be held Monday, Feb. 27, at 9:30 a.m.,. in the Mount Olivet Chapel. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
The family is extremely grateful to the staff at Beaumont and Salmon VNA and Hospice for their loving care of Lillian.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 (www.alz.org).]]>
She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Patrick, who was the love of her life. Edward passed away in 2001 while they were vacationing together in the British Virgin Islands. She was also predeceased by her parents, Armand and Gertrude (Delorme) Dauphinais.
Bev and Ed had four children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. Their children are Brian (Linda) Miner of North Chatham, Susan (Neil) LeBlanc of Washington, Ill., Denise (Brian) Jacobson of Milford, and Dennis (Bernadette) Miner of Chapel Hill, N.C. Beverly loved her grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew (Rebecca), Emily, Stephanie, Sarah, Samuel and Emma, and was thrilled to be “GG” to Sean, Riley and baby boy LeBlanc due in April. She is survived by her siblings, Sue (Aime) Boucher, Diane (Steve) Roney and Roger (Cynthia) Dauphinais; her sister-in-law, Dorothy (Miner) Beaudry; and several nieces, nephews and godchildren.
Over the years, Bev and Eddie shared their love for the beach and spent as much time as possible visiting southern Maine. In 2001, she bravely and independently relocated to the Ogunquit area. Her gift of being able to talk easily with neighbors and vacationers enabled her to quickly transition into new activities. The owners of Pine Tree Gift Shop first knew Bev as an enthusiastic customer and later as one of their best employees.
In a unique coincidence, her ability to speak French fluently helped her to connect socially with significant numbers of French Canadian tourists and also endeared her to local merchants who could use her language skills to help close a sale. The owners of Fisherman’s Catch also knew Bev as a regular customer and later supplied her with a box of “Bev sent me” business cards used to promote and guide vacationers to a classic seaside dinner destination. Bev treasured visits by family and friends and enjoyed taking them to all her favorite places.
She was welcomed back to the Worcester area in 2014 by lifelong friends and new acquaintances at The Highlands in Westborough and Cornerstone Assisted Living of Milford.
She will be remembered as a reliable friend, an ultimate Red Sox fan and someone who used greeting cards to share important moments with people she cared about. With a phone in hand (corded or cordless), she was social media before social media was invented. Her most endearing and enduring friendships come from a Grafton Hill neighborhood in Worcester as well as St Joseph’s and Holy Name Catholic schools.
Many people assume that Hallmark invented new cards and themes to serve her overwhelming desire to deliver personalized, on-time greeting cards for all occasions. In another example of a hobby opening new doors, she started a card-making business with fellow residents at The Highlands where 100% of sales were donated to the Community’s activity fund. Bev religiously watched 162 Red Sox games every year and was known to make in-game calls to her brother to celebrate or commiserate. In 2003, she became the Director of Public Relations and Vice-President of Everything Else for the Edward P. Miner Little League baseball summer camp program.
Always at the intersection of news and activity, she was a medical receptionist for Dr. Frederick McCready in the Park Building in Worcester following graduation from Salter Secretarial School. Her future husband was a newly graduated pharmacist on the ground floor of the same building at a time when prescriptions were called into the pharmacy. It’s been said that Eddie used every opportunity to phone Beverly upstairs for help in deciphering the doctor’s handwriting. Later, she had a similar role with Dr. Dalip Jain and others at Westboro Primary Care.
In 1965, following the birth of her twins, she was the founder of the Worcester Mother of Twins Club and more than 50 years later the organization continues its support of parents and families of multiple birth children; Denise’s son Christopher also has twin boys.
Through the journey of life, Beverly was grateful to travel with special friends Dolores (Doodie) Dumas and other Sisters of Saint Anne, Theresa Dauphinais, Lorraine Vayo, Claudette Alfego, Eleanor Dinneen, Carol Leavens, Pat Faucher, Laurie Ersing, Joan LeBeaux, MaryEllen Cebelli and many others who she cherished.
Calling hours will be Friday, Feb. 24, from 4-8 p.m., at Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St., North Grafton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church, 17 Waterville St., North Grafton, followed by burial at Notre Dame Cemetery in Worcester.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in her name to Rose Monahan Hospice, c/o VNA Network and Hospice, 120 Thomas St., Worcester, MA 01608.
Please visit a Book of Memories to share a story, memory or message of sympathy with Beverly’s family online at www.RoneyFuneralHome.com.]]>
A former high school guidance counselor and teacher in the Wayland Public Schools for nearly 30 years, Paul would continue to receive letters of thanks from his students long after his retirement in 1989.
Born in Brighton, he was the son of the late John J. and Mary (Stanton) Heffernan. Paul was the youngest son of Irish immigrants. A football, hockey, and track star at Brighton High, he placed third all-city in the 40-yard dash in 1948.
Following graduation, Paul worked for Boston College, meeting his future wife while attending night classes at Bentley. Shortly after their marriage in 1952, he enlisted and rose rapidly through the ranks of the Army Security Agency while stationed in Germany.
Foregoing an appointment to Officer Candidate School, Paul applied and was accepted to both Boston College and Northeastern. He would return to BC not as a student, but as a night security guard as Northeastern’s rolling admissions allowed Paul the earliest reunion with his wife. Heeding a call to teaching, he would eventually earn both an undergraduate and master’s degrees in education at NU.
In 1959, Paul and Muriel settled in Southborough where they would raise their four children. Always involved in the community, Paul was an active member of St. Matthew Church, coached town hockey & baseball, and was a summer counselor at the Fessenden School.
He is survived by his children, Lee P. Heffernan and his wife Ruth of Norcross, Ga., Michael J. Heffernan and his wife Peggy of Wellesley, Paula Heffernan Paquette of Monroe, N.J., and Karen M. Roy and her husband Michael of Grafton; 10 grandchildren, Patrick and his wife Kerry, Casey and David Heffernan, Tyler and Bailey Paquette, Kendal and Kyle Roy, Caroline, Elizabeth and Jack Heffernan; and two great-grandchildren, Kellen and Maeve. He was predeceased by his siblings, Mary G. “May” Heffernan, John J. “Bud” and David S. Heffernan.
Visiting hours will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9-11:30 a.m., at Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Southborough, followed by a 12 p.m. funeral Mass at St. Matthew Church, 26 Highland St., Southborough. Burial will be in the Southborough Rural Cemetery. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.
Memorial contributions may be made in Paul’s memory to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).
To leave words of condolence to the family, please visit www.morrisfuneralparlor.com.]]>
Shrewsbury/Westborough – It has been nine years since inception and the almost incomparable success of the Shrewsbury High School (SHS) girls’ varsity ice hockey team has remained consistent throughout.
In that time, there have been seven central/west titles, 100 team wins realized capped by an earlier season victory over Algonquin Regional High School and a staggering 100 points and 100 goals for sophomore Delaney Couture who continues to amaze with her almost unparalleled offensive proficiency.
And SHS can boast another unique attribute as well – one head coach through throughout the program’s existence.
Head coach Frank Panarelli has guided the program to post-season competition in each of his years behind the bench, with a number of his former players going on to compete at higher levels, a further tribute to the program’s success. There have been ups and downs, but very few of the latter except for a first-round playoff knockout a season ago despite an 11-6 record that had them positioned as front runners. With playoffs looming in a very short time, this 2016-2017 squad has vowed that history will not repeat itself.
At 14-2, these Colonial skaters have largely had their way with oncoming competition. Their only losses came at the hands of two of the state’s finest. Holy Name High School (Hingham) is ranked top in Division 2 across the state and the same for Needham High School in Division 1. Despite the standings, Shrewsbury more than held their own in a Feb. 13 matchup with Needham at Westborough’s NorthStar Ice, albeit losing 6-3 with one goal being an empty-netter.
“We had a bit of a lapse in the second period but overall I was pretty happy,” said Panarelli, who is assisted by former St John’s High School goaltender Ray Monroe who won a state championship in 2005. “We got back in the game in the third period and had a chance to tie it up. I was happy with that but I told the girls you can’t play 30 minutes of a game; you have to play all 45 minutes. We didn’t do all that and a good team’s going to take advantage but overall it was a good night for us.”
This year’s team is led by captain Megan Moran and assistant captains Kylian Kelly and Karli Desouza. All are experienced and team-oriented players who Panarelli looks to night after night to provide leadership on and off the ice. Each player recognizes and embraces their roles and their ability to provide unity across the roster shows through.
“We want to make sure that we’re not just a team that can start on top and stay on top but one that can come back from a loss,” said Moran, following the Needham contest. “That’s what makes a team a team. We don’t get mad at each other. We just try to work harder.
“We all work together and just look at each other’s playing time. We’re all friends. There are no cliques on the team. We just hang out together and have a good time.”
“If one person doesn’t do well, we have someone else that can step up and it’s no big deal,” echoed Kelly. “All of our lines work really well together but if somebody’s missing we just keep going. The chemistry on this team is really good. We really work well together.”
Panarelli can justifiably point to his offense as being one of the most prolific throughout the region with six players in the top 10 in central/west scoring. Couture leads all with an astonishing 41 points, nearly double her closest competitor, while Moran, Grace Felicio and Jenna Krikorian have all contributed 19 points each. Lauren Moran has chipped in with 16 points while Kelly has added 15.
“Delaney is a special player for us,” said Panarelli. “She brings so much to the table. Her size, speed and strength can have her dominate the game at times. Sometimes we lean on her kind of heavily but overall she’s a good leader for an underclassman. She gets the team motivated. It’s an overall joy to coach her.”
The team’s first line duties are handled by Couture, Felicio and Lauren Moran with Olivia Cwalinski, Megan Moran and Krikorian anchored as a solid second. Third line duties are handled by Dolly Herlihy, Peyton Brown and Campbell Brown adding ample scoring punch. Sam Ljunggren, Ella Peris, Josie Fitzgerald and Georgia Wildung all chip in nicely for the Colonials.
Blue line responsibilities fall upon Abby Cossette, Lily McManus, Nora Louder, Grace Coughlin, Kelly and Desouza who anchor a sturdy and redoubtable defense night in and night out. Goaltenders Riley MacCausland and Nora Frederick are solid in net as evidenced by their nearly microscopic goals-against-average of 1.55 and 1.00, respectively.
The Shrewsbury program consists of players coming from four different schools (Shrewsbury, Westborough, Wachusett Regional and St. Peter-Marian) as a co-op program. Blending from other schools can sometimes be problematic, but not so this group, said Megan Moran. The cohesiveness has been there from day one.
“We don’t see each other a lot but when we do we have so much to catch up on. We want to be with each other,” she said. “I love this team. I love having kids from different schools. We go and play different sports besides hockey and it can be a really fun time.”]]>