Born in Marlborough, the daughter of the late Lena (Taft) Brown, Mrs. Marinelli was the wife of the late James V. Marinelli, to whom she had been married for 69 years at the time his death in 2008.
A graduate of Marlborough High School, class of 1936, she had been employed as an administrative secretary in charge of contracts at the Raytheon Corporation in Wayland until her retirement in 1981.She had also been employed during wartime at the former Diamond Shoe, Marlborough, where she made shoes for the Army and Navy.
While residing in Sarasota, Fla., from 1989-2002, Mrs. Marinelli was a member of St. Michael’s Parish and Guild Association. She had been a longtime member of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Marlborough, St. Jude’s Guild, and the Ace of Clubs. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting, as well as the time spent with her large family.
She is survived by her children, Paul Marinelli and his wife Marilyn of Grantham, N.H., Peter Marinelli and his wife Diane of Ashland, Joseph Marinelli and his wife Laurinda of Hudson, and Jayne Rogers and her husband Harry of Satellite Beach, Fla.; her nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 4-7 p.m., at the Slattery Funeral Home, Inc., 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect St., Marlborough. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Wilson Street, Marlborough.
Donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.]]>
Born in Brockton, he was the son of the late Placide F. and Irene A. (Gilbert) Durand and the husband of the late Antoinette (Trotta) Durand.
Mr. Durand had been employed at the former General Motors Company, Framingham, in the parts distribution department. He retired in 1985 after 38 years with the company.
A veteran of WWII, he served with the US Army, Company D 331st Infantry Regiment. An accomplished athlete, he played softball and basketball for the former Curtis Shoe, was an avid bowler for the COF, St. Ann’s Parish and the Oxford Café bowling teams, and boxed professionally. He was a member of the former St. Ann’s Holy Name Association, a lifetime member of the Hudson AmVets and the ITAM Club. He also loved a good card game and was a faithful Red Sox supporter.
He is survived by his son, Michael Durand and his wife Cindy of Marlborough; his daughter, Dolores Ferrecchia and her husband Michael of Marlborough; his grandchildren, Nicole Taylor, Heather Durand, Vincent and Philip Ferrecchia; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Robert and Richard Durand, Jeannette Grenon, Edna De Ruvo, and Jean Waro.
Visiting hours will be held Monday, Dec. 5, from 4-7 p.m., at the Slattery Funeral Home, Inc., 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m., at St. Bernadette Church, 266 Main St., Northborough. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Wilson Street, Marlborough.
Donations may be made to St. Bernadette Parish, 266 Main St., Northborough, MA 01532.]]>
Born in Parkersburg, W.V., he was the son of the late Clifford William and Barbara (Craig) Miller. Todd spent the majority of his childhood in Tampa, Fla. He then relocated to Tallahassee, Fla., where he graduated from Florida State University and continued to reside and work.
Todd was a self-employed computer repair technician. He enjoyed music, following sports, and coaching his son’s baseball team. He lived in Fletcher, N.C., for the 10 years prior to becoming a resident of Westborough in April of this year. He was passionate about helping others, advocating for children’s welfare, and assisting less advantaged with their technology needs.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Nathan and James Miller, both of Westborough; brother Cole Miller and his wife Sharon of Tampa; nephews Brad and Craig Miller; and cousins, Brett Craig and his wife Cindy, Julie Webster and her husband Keith, and their children.
A Celebration of Life event will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m., at Arturo’s Ristorante, 54 East Main St., Westborough.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program, 13th Circuit, Hillsborough County.]]>
She leaves her husband, Alfred M. St. Onge; a daughter Cheryl A. St. Onge of Shrewsbury; a son, Barry St Onge of Shrewsbury; a brother, Leo Schiavone of Shrewsbury; a grandson, Barry J St Onge Jr. of Derry, N.H.; and several nieces and nephews.
Theresa was born in Shrewsbury, daughter of Leonard and Antoinette (Cima) Schiavone. She graduated from Shrewsbury High School.
She loved to sew and was an avid reader. She and her husband enjoyed traveling especially to Kennebunkport, Maine; Florida; and Aruba. For many years, she quilted infant blankets and donated them to the terminally ill children at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
The family would like to thank the staff at St. Francis Rehab & Nursing Center for their compassionate care.
Her funeral mass was held Dec. 3 in St. Anne’s Church of Shrewsbury, with burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery
Memorial donations may be made in Theresa’s memory to the Pediatric Child Life Fund, c/o UMass Memorial Medical Center, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01605.]]>
Hudson – Over 30 businesses and nonprofit organizations extended season’s greetings Dec. 3 at the 14th annual Hudson Downtown Holiday Stroll. Some new businesses joined established mainstays to geographically expand this year’s celebration.
Open houses were hosted by many stores including Hudson Art & Framing, located in the historic Odd Fellows Building. Others offered family-friendly activities such as cookie decorating at Wright Jewelry, a downtown business since 1928. This year, strollers visited several new event participants including I Sculpt U for hot chocolate and a raffle, Marlborough Savings Bank with a live petting zoo and pony rides, Paisley Boutique for holiday refreshments, and Rite Aid with candy and pastries.
Stroll guests travelled on South Street via horse-drawn hayrides departing from Robinsons Hardware, established in 1874 and at its current location since 1974. Before boarding the hayride, guests roasted marshmallows courtesy of the Hudson Rotary Club.
The Hudson Historical Society displayed mementos commemorating its 100th anniversary and the town’s sesquicentennial. A gratitude list was shared by the community organization Create Honesty.
Live entertainment at the Town Hall began with Camerata, an a cappella group of the Hudson High School Chamber Chorus. Also featured were the River’s Edge Chorale and the Carolers. Metrowest Ballet performed “A Nutcracker Tea.”
Families strolled to the Hudson Senior Center where children met Santa Claus by the fireplace. Santa also led a tree lighting ceremony in front of the Town Hall. The lighting was provided by Dave’s Landscape with the tree donated by Glenn Davis Architects.
Presented by the Hudson Business Association, this year’s major event sponsors were Hudson Appliance and TD Bank, with support from local businesses. Serendipity owner Lori Burton served as event chair.
Marlborough – Meeting Santa Claus can be an exciting but scary thing for a child. And for a child with special needs, that experience, combined with the noise and bustle of a busy mall, can be truly overwhelming.
But thanks to the “Caring Santa” program at Solomon Pond Mall, those children can experience the joy of meeting Santa, but in a low stimulus environment before the mall opens for the day. This year’s program, held Dec. 4, attracted 30 families. This was the seventh year that the mall has hosted the event.
Shrewsbury / Foxborough – They entered this year’s Division 2 Super Bowl billed as perhaps the most dominant team spread across all divisions; an offensive and defensive juggernaut seeking to leave their mark upon any opponent standing in their way. So to almost no one’s surprise, when the dust settled on their impressive 40-7 romp over Shrewsbury High, there would be few doubters remaining standing that would challenge those prognosticators point of view.
Duxbury High (12-1) gave the Colonials (9-4) all they could handle at Gillette Stadium Dec. 3 exploding for 20 unanswered second-half points to pull away from the matchup that was just a two-touchdown game at halftime.
Quarterback Bobby Maimaron and explosive Harvard University-bound receiver Ryan Reagan connected for 155 yards in the air and three touchdowns for the Green Dragons, but the big story was the South champions overwhelming pass rush that drove Shrewsbury quarterback Drew Campanale into fits at times with intense pressure nearly every time he dropped back to pass. The crippling attack resulted in the sophomore QB being held to just 122 passing yards on the day.
Duxbury got on the board first spoiling a productive early drive that saw Campanale march his team deep into Dragon territory before a 62-yard interception by cornerback Riley Bergstrom took the ball to the Shrewsbury three-yard line. Maimaron then lofted a fourth-and-goal floater that Reagan reeled in in the left side of the end zone for the game’s first score.
Shrewsbury’s only points of the day came late in the second quarter. Down 14-0, Campanale went to work finding receiver Chris Campbell open with a 46-yard connection that advanced the ball inside the Duxbury red zone. Five successive running plays from fifteen yards out yielded no results before Campanale rolled right and hooked up once more on a three-yard toss into the end zone to Campbell that closed the gap to 14-7.
Duxbury wasted little time answering back with Maimaron scrambling through would-be Shrewsbury tacklers for a 22-yard TD run along the left sideline that upped the score to 20-7 at the halftime break. The late tally and some costly Shrewsbury penalties hurt, but still the Colonials hopes were alive.
The remaining 20 minutes belonged to the Dragons with four-year starter Maimaron, the state record holder for TD completions (122 career, 41 on the season), capping his high school career on the highest of notes leading his team for three successive touchdowns to record the Super Bowl victory.
Player-of-the-Game awards went to Reagan for the Dragons and Campanale for the Colonials. As a sophomore, the young quarterback has a bright future ahead with a nucleus of this year’s team going forward, although some key losses to graduation will be difficult to absorb.
The Dragons piled up more than 40 points in each of their previous 11 wins with an offense featuring a number of college-bound seniors seeking to go out on the highest of notes before beginning a new chapter in their football careers starting in the fall.
Shrewsbury entered the Super Bowl with a huge dose of confidence having crushed Westfield High, 42-12, in state semifinal action. That victory followed convincing wins over St. John’s High, 34-28, and Algonquin Regional, 21-14, in the CMass championship. The Colonials also knocked off Thanksgiving Day rival Wachusett Regional, 14-7, in its holiday contest for their sixth-straight win, but the overwhelming Duxbury squad was a much different story.
Duxbury head coach Dave Maimaron chose to rest the majority of his starters on Thanksgiving Day so as to focus on the team’s bid for a state championship. The move to not suit up for the gridiron holiday tradition has been a controversial one for coaches throughout the state since the MIAA implemented a revised playoff format a few years ago. Duxbury fell to Marshfield 53-0 on Thanksgiving Day.]]>
Foxboro – The Grafton Indians earned their berth in the state Division 3 Super Bowl game at Gillette Stadium by virtue of their perfect 12-0 record through the regular season and playoff run.
However they finally met their match as they fell 21-0 to Hanover in the championship game.
After a scoreless first half, Hanover got on the board with a touchdown run by Brad Rogers in the third period. Rogers added two more touchdowns in the fourth period to put the game out of reach for Grafton.
Grafton senior Ifeatu Melifonwu, who has committed to play for Syracuse next year, rushed for 73 yards.
Despite the loss, Grafton put together an incredible season, ending with an experience the players and coaches will remember forever.
Shrewsbury – Reports of turkeys strutting near the intersection of Main Street and Route 140 in downtown Shrewsbury started in mid-summer. Four tom turkeys have decided that crossing Main Street is their prerogative. Honking horns don’t seem to bother the gobbling turkeys. Traffic crawls around the birds or comes to a standstill.
“They’re territorial,” explained Animal Control Officer Leona Pease. “A woman is feeding them. Besides halting traffic, they’re threatening postal workers. People shouldn’t be feeding wild animals of any kind because they get habituated and become a public nuisance or a danger to the public.”
When Pease gets a turkey call, she jumps into her van and heads for the tie up. She keeps a supply of turkey food to lure the birds to follow her. Turning the van on and off attracts them as well. She gets out and calls, “Here turkey turkey!” and gets them to follow her to the cemetery so that traffic can flow normally.
The environmental police have been contacted, but have been unable to capture the feathered street walkers. Pease is asking the public not to call 911 if they spot the turkeys.
“Do not tie up the 911 number. Call me at 508-841-8421 or the regular police number, 508-841-8577, if you spot the offending flock,” she urged.
Until they’re captured or decide to move on, drivers are urged to be cautious and aware of a growing suburban road hazard. These brazen gobblers have decided that if builders continue to develop their spaces, they will just take over ours!]]>
By Jane Keller Gordon, Contributing Writer
Westborough – Ten years ago, early in the morning, Jim Lyman Jr., now 50, needed help. He called his mother Janet, who heard his slurred speech, hung up and dialed 911. Lyman, in the meantime, made his way down a narrow staircase to the front door of his house in Marlborough. In the midst of a massive stroke, he had enough awareness to know that he did not want to be carried down. He weighed 350 pounds.
Lyman was taken to Marlborough Hospital, and then taken by MedFlight to UMass Memorial Medical Center, where he spent 19 days in Intensive Care Unit, much of it on a ventilator.
“Twice they wanted our permission to pull the plug,” Janet said.
Semi-comatose and down to 260 pounds, he was discharged to Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Westborough. According to Janet, “seven weeks later, he walked out of Whittier with a cane. A week later, he dropped the cane and said that he would never use it again.”
Lyman spent a year as an outpatient at Whittier, working hard to recover strength in his right side, and improve his diminished communication skills. He continues rehabilitation, and is now at a healthy weight.
Kristine, Lyman’s sister, owns house in Hudson where he and his mother live. They are fortunate to have the support of a huge extended family, but Janet said that hasn’t been enough for her son.
“Jim was heading to 50, and I could see some level of isolation and depression,” she said. “His counselor suggested that he connect with a craft group in Westborough for brain injury (BI) survivors.”
Scrunching his face, Lyman’s response was, “Crafts—no way.” Now a few months later, with a big smile on his face, turning red, he said, “It’s a family for me.”
Janet added, “It’s done a world of good for Jim. I see a big change in his attitude.”
The craft group takes place at the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA). Tress Ricker, BIA-MA central regional manager, said, “Jim comes to almost everything that we do. He’s very active, always in a good mood, and always a cheerleader for the other BI survivors. He’s a joy to be around.”
On the second Thursday of the month, Lyman gathers with six to 10 other BI survivors for the Creative Minds Craft Group, also known as “crafty critters.” Making Halloween masks, St. Patrick’s Day t-shirts, and other themed craft projects, they work on fine motor skills and they laugh.
Lyman attends “Brain Games” on the third Wednesday of the month, as well. The group plays cards and other games that improve cognition.
The first Friday of the month, Lyman is at the “Coffee Club,” where he and others chat and do journal writing. He also attends an arts group that meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month.
Lyman has taken a six-week long, once a week “Thrivers Workshop,” taught by BI survivor Barbara Webster, the BIA-MA survivor and family education coordinator at the Westborough location. Much of the class is based on a book she wrote, “Lost & Found: A Survivor’s Guide for Reconstructing Life after a Brain Injury.”
Lyman is very proud to have raised $850 for the BIA-MA’s annual Walk and Roll, which was held in Framingham Sept. 18.
He attended the BIA-MA annual Brain Injury Conference in March 2016. Along with 800 others, he was able to choose among 29 workshops and visit 50 exhibits.
Lyman has also gone on trips to art museums, made friends, and increased his level of comfort at the BIA-MA.
According to Ann Coney, BIA-MA marketing communications associate, “our overall mission is to provide a better future for those affected by brain injury. We have four pillars of action: education, support, prevention and advocacy.”
In addition to Westborough, BIA-MA has regional offices in East Wareham and Pittsfield. Each office offers programs, and coordinates a network of family, survivor and caregiver support groups. The Westborough location works with 23 groups.
For more information about the BIA-MA, visit www.biama.org or call 508-475-0032. The Westborough office is located at 30 Lyman St., Suite 10.