This award honors kindergarten to 12 school library professionals for outstanding achievement and the exemplary use of 21st-century tools to engage students toward fostering multiple literacies.
Cellucci was selected for her efforts to support students’ social-emotional learning through leadership opportunities and a focus on mental health.
She is currently president of the Massachusetts School Library Association and has presented before state legislators about the importance of using libraries for mental health outreach.
Deborah was born in Marlborough, daughter of the late Walter J. Curley and is survived by her mother, Ruth A. (Gill) Warner of Hopkinton. She was raised in Hudson where she attended local schools and was employed by the Comark Corp. of Milford for 20-plus years as a supervisor. She was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hudson.
Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by her daughter, Rebecca L. George of Sutton; her son, Nicholas D. George and his wife Meaghan of Petersham; her two sisters, Lisa M. Piper and her husband Eric of Tennessee and Elizabeth A. Cronin and her husband Terry of Sutton; her twin grandsons, Kenneth and Nathan George, along with her many nieces, nephews, cousins, and loyal friends.
Deborah was a dedicated and hard worker for most of her life. Her passion was her family, enjoying all the special gatherings they shared and the recent birth of her two grandsons brought so much joy and love to her heart. She especially looked forward to those frequent shopping trips with her mother and purchasing many gifts for the family and her two darlings. Her life was cut short, but the joy and love she shared will always be cherished by those who loved and knew her.
A funeral service will be held Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., in the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson (www.tighehamilton.com). Family and friends may attend calling hours prior to the service from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial services will be held at the convenience of the family in Forestvale Cemetery, Hudson, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Deborah to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.]]>
Born in Grafton, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Sarah (Wilson) Davenport. She was raised and educated in Grafton and was a graduate of Grafton High School.
For many years, she worked as a dental assistant for the dental practices of Dr. Fox and Dr. Bellerose. In later years, she worked as a clerk at Stop & Shop.
Edna was a member of the Congregational Church of Westborough for over 66 years and a member of the Rachel Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara J. Nickerson and her husband Clark of Seaford, Va. and Susan Lightbody and her husband Jon of Westborough; one step-daughter, Eleanor Carlson of North Carolina; three grandchildren, Julie Squires, Ryan Lightbody, and Amy Lightbody; three step-grandchildren, David Benton, Paul Schnare, and Donna O’Kane; and three great-grandchildren, Jack Squires, Luke Squires, and Maxx Squires. She was the step-mother of the late Carol Benton and sister of the late Albert Davenport, Althea Mead, and Mildred Salo.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours Sunday, Sept. 25, from 4-7 p.m., at the David A. Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough. A graveside funeral service will be held Monday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m., in the Pine Grove Cemetery, South Street, Westborough.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Westborough Fire/Ambulance Gift Fund, 42 Milk St., Westborough, MA 01581.]]>
Westborough –The Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough, 64 W. Main St., Westborough, welcomed Jenna Kyes as its new director of Religious Education. Kyes is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and an experienced religious education teacher. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education from Leslie University in Cambridge, and she has taught and volunteered in schools, enrichment programs and summer camps.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support the children and youth at the Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough as they wonder, grow and explore their faith in the religious education program,” Kyes said.
Added Rev. Bev Waring, minister: “Jenna Kyes is a wonderful addition to our staff team, and the congregation is so excited to have her leadership in this journey of faith that we take together.”
Kyes and the Religious Education Committee will host an open house to introduce people to the religious education program Sunday, Sept. 18, at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome.
For more information, visit www.uucsw.org, on Facebook (Unitarian Universalist Westborough),or call 508-366-2635.]]>
The Cub Scouts will be selling prepackaged popcorn door-to-door and in front of Hudson businesses until the end of October. The proceeds from the sale help fund Boy Scouts events throughout the year.
Shrewsbury – At the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen’s meeting Sept. 13 Town Manager Daniel Morgado presented figures used in planning the Fiscal Year 2017 town budget. The tax rate is estimated to be $12.82 as compared to the 2016 rate of $13 per $1,000 of property value. This is pending state Department of Revenue certification assuming the Monday, Sept. 26, Town Meeting authorizes proposed spending. Free cash is estimated to be $6.1 million. If adjusted by Special Town Meeting, the effective amount would be $5.6 million, a slight increase over 2016. The reserve percentage will be 7 percent, going into 2018. Adjusted free cash will be $5,596,000, larger than previous years and about equal to the 2012 amount.
Regarding 2017 revenue, 56 percent will come from town taxation; 21 percent from state aid; 11 percent from local receipts; and 12 percent from other funds. State aid, which has dropped since the financial problems of 2009, has climbed back to almost that year’s level. Local receipts include 38 percent from vehicle excise and $438,000 from local meals tax. However, local income lags previous years.
The biggest single town uncontrolled expense continues to be paying for town employee medical insurance and Medicare contributions. Existing and protected collective bargaining costs will need to be funded. Morgado mentioned that the board expects to see no reduction in capital improvement spending. In addition, Morgado noted there will be additional requests for school staffing and no decrease in school student population. A “real challenge,” he said, will be keeping a lid on school spending unless state aid is noticeably increased.
In other business, selectmen approved unanimously a petition from Broken Creek Vineyard, 614 South St., for an increase in hours at the Farmer Winery. They also approved a petition from Mirch Group, doing business as Chinese Mirch, 88-120 Boston Turnpike, for a Common Victualler License at their location. The company has operated a restaurant in White City for the past seven years. Billy’s Pub, 81 Clinton St., was not granted an entertainment license after the issue of construction problems and an occupancy permit hold-up was discussed by the board.
The hearing was instead unanimously continued to the Tuesday, Sept. 27 Board of Selectmen’s meeting.]]>
By Jeff Slovin, Contributing Writer
Grafton – The Grafton High School Indians girls soccer team remains undefeated after topping the Bartlett High School Indians by a score of 9-0 in a game played Sept. 21.
Junior Erin Tyldesley scored three goals in the victory. Serena Trinh, Olivia Coveney, Liliana Silva, Alexandra Avery, Erica St. Jean and Sophia Bodor each added a goal.
Goalie Madison Murphy earned the shutout for Grafton.
Grafton is now 4-0 on the season and will face Millbury in their next match on Saturday, September 24. Bartlett falls to 0-4 on the season.
By Liz Nolan, Contributing Writer
Northborough – Local residents may remember Mary Beth Benison as the original owner of CocoBeni Confections, but many may not know how courageous, caring, and inspiring she was as well. After 15 years of health challenges and being diagnosed in 2014 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and mesothelioma, two terminal illnesses, she passed away on May 3, 2015. Earlier this year, her youngest sister Katie Benison-Camell helped to establish The Mary Beth Benison Foundation, a nonprofit organization to continue Benison’s legacy of kindness, love and compassion.
The mission of the foundation is based on how Mary Beth, the oldest of seven siblings, lived her life.
“She was courageous, positive and inspiring through all of her challenges,” said Benison-Camell. “She had a loving spirit and we miss her every day and want to honor her memory.”
Benison had a supportive group of family and friends for whom she was very grateful, but knew that not everyone has that when they need it the most.
Still in its infancy stages, the foundation’s goal is to be able to help people with ALS and other serious illnesses, as well as to partner with and support charities that were close to Mary Beth’s heart.
The foundation’s kickoff event is a 5K run/walk to be held Sunday, Oct. 16, at Quinsigamond State Park Lake Park, 284 Lake Ave., in Worcester. The 5K race is dedicated to the memory of Nancy Finkle who passed away from ALS.
A 1K kids’ fun run will start at 9:30 a.m. with a registration fee of $10. The 5K will begin at 10 a.m. with a registration fee of $25 ($20 for 18 years old and under). Online registration is available at https://racewire.com/register.php?id=6787. Fees will increase after Monday, Sept. 26.
All participants are invited to a post-race party starting at noon at Pepe’s Trattoria located at 274 Franklin St., Worcester, where they will receive a free slice of pizza. Participants over age 21 will also receive a free beer ticket.
Non-race participants are invited to join the post party event with a $15 donation at the door. There will be a cash bar, raffles and silent auction, which includes sports tickets, a two-night getaway, and tickets to Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens in NYC” show.
“I am excited and looking forward to seeing the community come together for a great cause,” Benison-Camell said.
The event fundraising goal is $10,000 and Benison-Camell is hopeful that the goal will be met. She noted that she is grateful to all the generous event sponsors which are listed on the foundation’s website, www.mbbloves.org.
The foundation is also partnering with Binkeez for Comfort, an organization that provides blankets to children in hospital care for a life-threatening illness or hospice care. Blankets will be delivered to the Cardiac Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital in honor of Benison’s 13-year-old nephew, Matthew, who became very sick a day after she passed away and spent a month in the Cardiac ICU/Recovery at Children’s Hospital.
“Mary Beth was a wonderful aunt and would have done anything for her nieces and nephews,” Benison-Camell said. “I feel like this partnership with Binkeez is one way we are continuing her legacy of love, especially for Matthew.”
She said the foundation plans to provide help in the form of contributing toward medical or other bills, or to send someone diagnosed with a terminal illness on a dream vacation.
“I am hopeful the foundation will continue to grow and we can continue to help others,” Benison-Camell said.
Updated information on all the foundation’s events are on the website and Facebook page. Any questions can be emailed to email@example.com.
By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Marlborough – In the two years that the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce women’s networking group, Business Females Forward (BFF), has been in existence, the group has had many inspiring guest speakers addressing the 100-plus attendees on a variety of subjects. But it’s pretty safe to say that there had never one quite like Digit Murphy, who was the guest speaker at the group’s Sept. 10 meeting held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough. Over the course of her 40-minute talk, Murphy, an athlete, legendary coach and passionate advocate for gender equality in sports, humored, charmed and inspired the audience with her energetic and no-holds-barred style.
During her presentation, Murphy described her past as a young girl growing up in Rhode Island in the 1960s, longing to put aside the trappings of what girls were expected to do and not do, and instead “play with anything with a ball.” Eventually her athleticism garnered her admittance to Cornell University where she played ice hockey and was named to its Athletic Hall of Fame after a four-year All Ivy Honors career.
After a short stint in the corporate world after graduation, she was hired as head coach of the women’s ice hockey team at Brown University. During her 22 years there, she made the top five all-time career wins. Under her guidance she led teams to five Ivy League titles, six conference titles and four National Championship appearances.
While at Brown, Murphy was also an integral part of a historic lawsuit, testifying against the university when it was charged with failing to comply with the provisions of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.
She currently is the coach of the Boston Blades, the first professional women’s ice hockey team in the U.S. She led the team to a Canadian Women’s Hockey League regular season title and Clarkson Cup trophy. She also was named as a Coach of the Year.
Now, as the head of her own company, Digit Murphy Athletics, she offers hockey camps as well as college consulting and mentoring services. She also co-founded the Play It Forward Sports Foundation which promotes the advancement of gender equity in sports at all levels and to create a model that empowers female athletes to play forward their talents and sport experiences by educating, training and nurturing other athletes and the community.
During Murphy’s Sept. 10 presentation she relayed how, now that she is age 50, she has changed her coaching style from that of a self-described former “yeller and teller,” to one that fosters empowerment and advocacy for women.
“I am also less money-focused and more people- and relationship-centric now,” she added.
She offered practical advice that women, whether they are athletes or not, could use to have the best and healthiest possible lives.
“Make sure you put your oxygen mask on first,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and to take the first step forward into the unknown.
“Start your day an hour early and practice meditation for at least 10 minutes,” she said. “Walk at least 10,000 steps a day.”
She also advises making at least two meals a day vegan, reducing the consumption of sugar and eliminating alcohol.
“You will be surprised at how much energy you will have,” she added.
For more information on Murphy, visit digitmurphyathletics.com, www.playitforwardsport.org and on Facebook, where she shares videos of her presentations.
For more information on BFF, visit www.corridornine.org.]]>
Westborough – Police Chief Alan Gordon released this statement this morning:
On 9/22/15, at approximately 12:37 AM, the Westborough Police Department received a call reporting a three vehicle accident on Rte. 9 W near Speedway Plaza. The accident involved a collision with a moose which was crossing Rte. 9.
A 2008 Subaru being operated by Kevin B. Williams age 35 of 222 Oak St. Shrewsbury was operating west on Rte. 9 when he collided with the moose which had jumped the jersey barrier from the east bound lane. Williams was injured and treated by Paramedics from the Westborough Fire Dept. and transported to U. Mass Medical for non life threatening injuries.
A 2013 Mack truck being operated by Gerald L. Pierdolla age 48 of 555 Summer Pl. Blackstone then struck the moose which was still standing in the roadway. A 2001 Mazda being operated by Laura Bermeo-Ortega age 40 of 12 Overlook Ave. Shrewsbury was behind the truck and also struck the moose.
All three vehicles received substantial damage and had to be towed from the scene. Mass DOT removed the dead moose from the roadway. The accident was investigated by Off. Kevin O’Loughlin.]]>