Shrewsbury – The Worcester County Clothesline Project came to the Shrewsbury Town Common Oct. 15.
The Clothesline Project was started in 1992 and since 2000 has been part of Pathways for Change. Its mission is to make the issues of sexual violence more widely known and to allow the victims of this violence to start the process of healing. The T-shirts are color coded to depict the nature of the violence be it battering, sexual violence, incest, sexual abuse of children and women who were attacked because of their sexual orientation. Sadly, white depicts women who have died because of this violence.
Pathways for Change has offices at 588 Main St, Worcester, MA and 275 Nichols Rd, Simmons Building, Fitchburg, Mass. Its phone number is 508- 852-7600. Office hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The crisis support number (800- 870-5905) is open 24 hours a day every day of the year.
She was a very strong woman who fought hard for a number of years without losing her good nature or sense of humor. She enjoyed tennis in her younger years, then sailing New England with her husband, the late Dick Durand, for many years after.
She was a lifelong resident of Hudson, born on Lake Street, and was a graduate of St. Michael Academy. As well as raising five children, she devoted much time to community work with St Michael’s Parish and Schools. She also worked at the Durand family car dealership in accounting.
She was an avid gardener for many years, and tended large flower beds throughout the growing season at her cherished house on Gospel Hill.
She was a devoted wife of 57 years and a much loved grandmother to her 12 grandchildren. Her family was the center of her life and she was most happy whenever she could spend time with them. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.
She is survived by her five children, Stephen J. Durand and his wife Doreen of Walpole, N.H., Susan Clancy and her husband David of Canton, Richard G. Durand Jr. and his wife Dianne of Holden, Anne Marie Heffernan and her husband Tom of Bedford, N.H., and Diane Lacerte and her husband Steven of Hudson. She is also survived by her sisters, Mrs. Rita Coyne of Woburn and Mrs. Kay Coleman of West Webster, N.Y.; her brother, Mr. James Kelleher of Cold Springs, Minn.; her 12 loving grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m., at Saint Michael’s Church, 21 Manning St., Hudson. There are no calling hours, and all are invited to honor her by attending the celebration of the Mass at Saint Michael’s Church. Burial will follow in Saint Michael’s Cemetery in Hudson.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc., located at 50 Central St., Hudson (www.tighehamilton.com).
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.]]>
He is survived by his wife, Angela Dutra-Cavanaugh; his daughter, Stephanie Russo of Framingham; his mother, Nelia Cavanaugh; his brother, Richard Cavanaugh; and nieces, Katherine and Lydia Cavanaugh, and nephews, Christopher and Joshua Cavanaugh, all of Shrewsbury.
Sean was born in Brighton, son of Nelia (Martocchia) Cavanaugh and the late Richard Cavanaugh. He was raised in Watertown and graduated from Watertown High School in 1985.
He was first employed as a shipper in the stockroom at ChipCom. With his friendly and outgoing personality, he made many friends at ChipCom who helped him advance to a job as a computer technician trainee, and he soon learned the intricacies of routers and computer software and the moved on to 3Com, continuing his job training.
Thirteen years ago, now a skilled and accomplished software engineer, he was hired by EMC where he provided service to EMC customers remotely assessing and solving their software problems almost anywhere in the world. Sean became highly knowledgeable engineer, especially with respect to VMware which became a very important and successful segment of the business.
Sean was very family oriented and enjoyed trips to Popoli in the Italian province of Abruzzi, visiting the home still owned by his family here in America. He spent time in Brazil with friends and family of his lovely wife, Angela, and was pretty good at speaking Portuguese. He loved boating and being on the water and on the beach.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Sean’s family Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 3-8 p.m., in the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury. His funeral will be held Thursday, Oct. 27 from the funeral home with a funeral Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. in the family lot at Mount Auburn Cemetery of Cambridge.]]>
Mr. Bouvier was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War, where he served as a medic. He then went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse working for the state of Massachusetts for many years.
He is survived by his longtime partner, Chester J. Myers of Marlborough, and many cousins.
His funeral will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m., in the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home (www.shortfuneral.com), 95 West Main St., Marlborough. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.]]>
Southborough – What’s more fun than a bunch of Corgis? That would be a bunch of Corgis dressed in Halloween costumes!
On a beautiful, crisp Oct. 23 afternoon, over 70 dogs and their family members, who are members of the Central Mass. Corgi Club, attended the second annual Corgi Spookfest held at the Southborough farm owned by Andy and Terry Holland. Guests came from as far away as western Mass. and Connecticut to attend the party.
Dogs (and a few of their owners) dressed in costumes and participated in a parade. Sea-Jay Photography was on hand to take photos of the dogs with Santa (aka the Hollands’ son, Jonathan). Vendors were also on site selling various dog-related items and guests could buy tickets for a raffle. Lunch was provided by Deanna Sullivan and Fox Run Farm.
Games were also set up for the pups to play, which combined with the fresh air and constant stimulation, ensured there were lots of tired Corgis sleeping on the way back to their homes.
A portion of the profits from the day’s events will be donated to the Mayflower Rescue Group (www.mayflowercorgiclub.org), which helps to place surrendered Corgis into new homes.
For more on the Central Mass. Corgi Club, contact officials through its Facebook page.
By Bonnie Adams, Contributing Writer
Shrewsbury/Westborough – Commuters west of Boston who wish to travel to the city will continue to pay tolls if they wish to use the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90). But a major project that will dismantle the toll plazas and instead collect tolls via All Electronic Tolling (AET) should eventually make the process less painful.
Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) hosted a public meeting Oct. 18 at the Westborough Town Hall to discuss the project. Representatives from the contractor for the project, SKANSKA/McCourt, and AECOM, the company responsible for the design, were also present.
Starting Friday, Oct. 28, gantries, which have already been placed over the road and equipped with sensors, will electronically register tolls from vehicles that pass under any gantry. If a vehicle has an E-ZPass transponder, the toll is automatically charged to the customer’s E-ZPass account. If a vehicle does not have an E-ZPass transponder, cameras mounted on the gantry will capture a photograph of the vehicle’s license plate and the registered owner of the vehicle will be sent an invoice. Pay-by-Plate users will pay a surcharge. E-ZPass users pay the normal toll.
Demolition of the plazas will start Sunday, Oct. 30. The process will include removing all accompanying structures, including the underground tunnels that held utilities and allowed toll collectors to get to their booths safely.
At the Oct. 18 meeting, John Gulliver, a District 3 MassDOT representative, said the project is being done to not only reduce traffic congestion and adverse impacts on the environment, but also to make the highway safer for commuters.
“According to the National Transportation Safety Bureau, toll authorities nationwide experience rear-end collision rates that exceed other types of collisions, in part because toll plazas interrupt the flow of high-speed traffic to intermittently collect tolls,” Gulliver said.
Gulliver said during the first stage, which is due to be completed by Tuesday, Nov. 22, traffic will be rerouted at each plaza to accommodate the demolition and still allow commuters to travel safely.
He cautioned that commuters will experience delays through the process, which would continue through the Thanksgiving weekend, a normally heavy traffic period.
The second stage of the project will have traffic redirected through the newly completed median sections, which should allow a more natural flow. That stage is due to be completed by late October 2017.
To view the complete presentation, visit www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/tollinformation/allelectronictolling.
Additionally, State Rep. Hannah E. Kane (R-Shrewsbury), in partnership with MassDOT, will bring the E-ZPass Van to both Shrewsbury and Westborough Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In Shrewsbury the E-ZPass Van will be located in the driveway in front of Town Hall, 100 Maple Ave. The E-ZPass Van in Westborough will be located in the parking lot of the Westborough Fire Station, 42 Milk St. Free E-ZPass transponders will be distributed for use on the Mass. Turnpike during the event.
Drivers who currently have no E-ZPass transponder are encouraged to obtain one. Applicants must bring vehicle registration, photo identification, and $20 to be paid by credit card or check only to open an E-ZPass account and obtain a transponder. The transponders are issued free and the $20 account will be used to pay charges for Massachusetts Turnpike.
By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Writer
Hudson – Eighteen days before the presidential election, dozens of local citizens from opposite ends of the political spectrum turned Hudson’s Main Street into the site of a tense political protest. For two hours on the morning of Oct. 22, groups of marchers supporting and opposing Republican candidate Donald Trump paced up and down the downtown sidewalks. They held signs and sometimes broke into chants.
Longtime Hudson resident Kathy Ekdahl began planning the event as a protest against the controversial comments made by Trump throughout his campaign. She set up a private Facebook group and invited over 200 local citizens to the event. Of those, just shy of 20 would participate.
However, Ekdahl’s plans were leaked to local Trump supporters midway through the week leading up to the event, giving them the chance to quickly mobilize and set up their own counter-protest.
The result was two hours of vocal demonstrations with the groups meeting on multiple occasions to the sound of chanting and sign-waving, something some anti-Trump protestors said showed division in Hudson.
“Mainly it’s to take back respect and kindness in Hudson in particular; Hudson is very divided right now,” Ekdahl said of her goals with the protest, adding, “We know we’re not changing anyone’s vote. I know that and that’s OK. This is about us having a voice.”
Ekdahl had reminded her fellow protestors throughout the week to avoid confrontations with Trump supporters, instead directing her group’s focus toward opposing the language and actions of Trump himself.
The Trump contingency also attempted to lead their counter-protests as peaceful demonstrations of their principles.
“[We want to] just get the word out,” said Ralf Belmore, one of the first Trump supporters to take to the streets. “I think more and more, as we get closer to the election, our goal is to let people know what’s going on.”
Sandra Damirjian, a Lincoln native and an alternate delegate to this summer’s Republican National Convention said that, in taking Trump’s message to the streets of Hudson, she and her fellow protestors were connecting with the core of his voting population.
“Small towns are what make Donald Trump. Small people, like I’m a small business owner, are what make Donald Trump,” she said, later adding, “Donald Trump is the fireman. We want to put out the fire. The country right now is in a heated fire. Without Donald Trump, this fire is never going to stop.”
Though both groups had vowed to keep the protest peaceful, there were moments throughout the morning when tensions rose.
A set of cars adorned with American flags, confederate flags, and at least one car with several Trump signs in its windows paraded down Main Street for much of the protest, with drivers honking and, at times, shouting insults at protesters as they passed.
In another meeting in which most of the protesters came together in front of Town Hall, anti-Trump protesters walked along the sidewalk while Trump supporters positioned themselves on the lawn of the Town Hall and chanted their candidate’s name.
Later, as the protests were winding down, an anti-Trump protester holding a sign was hit with an egg thrown from a car moving down Main Street. The protester, Jim Caron of Hudson, N.H., said he didn’t see the egg thrown at him, only feeling it when it hit him. At least two of his fellow protestors did see the egging unfold, however, and were able to notify police.
“Somebody saw the license plate and someone also saw the guy’s hand go back in so that’s why we had pretty good evidence against the guy,” Caron explained. “The cops were just 100 yards down the street.”
Minutes before Caron was hit with the egg, Harrison Anable, a Hudson native unaffiliated with the anti-Trump protesters, said he was verbally attacked by a man with a Trump sign on Main Street.
“A family was walking by and [they] said something to him about not wanting to support Trump so he started [verbally] attacking them,” Anable explained. “I walked by and shook my head and he turned to me and said ‘What’s your problem?’”
Anable, who does not support Trump, said he was frustrated by the aggression displayed throughout the protests.
“I just wish that they wouldn’t be so in your face today,” Anable said. “They need to be peaceful – because the Hillary people are just walking by with their signs. I’m not going to be one to protest, but I just wish they wouldn’t interrupt family’s activities on a Saturday.”
On both sides, organizers were asking for changes either on the campaign trail or in Washington. With Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump gaining 29 and 19 percent of primary votes cast in Hudson respectively this spring, organizers also agreed that the town, and the country is divided.
“What’s going on is so bad as far as the economy and ISIS and the problems in this country. They are not being solved,” said Damirjian. “The country is more divided than it’s ever been.”
As the countdown to Election Day continues, protestors are hoping their community will be able mend these divisions once the dust settles.
“We did have some people today that were pleasant,” said anti-Trump protestor Elizabeth Hallsworth. “That’s what we have to build on. One day, this will all be over and we will have to rebuild.”
Anita was born May 18, 1936 in Hudson to Lila Pierozzi and Mario D’amici. She went to Hudson High School where she was captain of the cheerleading squad and active with the drama team. She was chosen to represent Hudson High School in the prestigious Girl’s State Conference the summer between her junior and senior years. She was married to Robert Brunelle in 1959, and the couple resided with their three children in Marlborough.
Prior to marriage, she worked as a secretary at Raytheon where she supported senior leadership. She later went on to earn a degree in cosmetology and worked as a hairdresser at Perfecta Beauty in Marlborough for 10 years.
She was a talented cake decorator and her hobbies included crafted extravagant cakes for weddings and special occasions. She enjoyed going out to coffee with friends, water skiing, reading, listening to Elton John, and keeping up with her grandchildren and friends on Facebook.
She will be remembered for her integrity and her honesty, her energetic spark, and her empathy and consideration for others. She was always true to herself and encouraged others to do the same. Brave and persevering, she will be missed but never forgotten.
Anita was preceded in death by her parents, Lila and Mario, and brother, Mario (Butch) D’Amici.
Anita is survived by her longtime companion, Mike Shea; daughter, Dianne ( Brunelle) McKinnon; son, David Brunelle; and son, Stephen Brunelle. She is also survived by her grandson, Joseph McKinnon; grandson, Kevin McKinnon; and granddaughter, Nicole Brunelle.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m., at the Tighe Hamilton Funeral Home of Hudson. Burial will follow in Forestvale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, 3 Lyman St., Westborough, MA 01581.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Beaumont Nursing Center, where Anita happily resided since June 2015, for their care and support throughout her stay.]]>
She is survived by her four devoted daughters, Nancy Masciarelli and her husband Thomas of St Augustine, Fla., Susan Smyth and her husband Al of Uxbridge, Donna Scavone of Worcester, and Paula Castelli and her husband David, with whom she lived; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. A grandson, Timothy Scavon,e as well as two brothers, Joseph Najarian Sr. and Ara Najarian, predeceased her.
She was born in Worcester, the daughter of Garabed and Mary (Tarab) Najarian, and lived her life in Worcester until moving to Shrewsbury 25 years ago.
Pauline was a member of St Mary’s Church. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother who lived her entire life surrounded by family.
Pauline’s funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 12 p.m., in St Mary’s Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury. Burial next to husband and grandson will follow in Hope Cemetery. Calling hours are private.
The family request that flowers be omitted and memorial remembrances be made to the Worcester County Food Bank, 474 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, MA 01545.]]>
Robert was born July 26, 1952, the son of the late Arnold H. and J. Doris (Sanders) Derosier. He grew up in Northborough and attended Northborough public schools, graduating from Algonquin Regional High School in 1971.
Robert previously worked for DH Gas Survey Co. He most recently worked for the town of Holden’s Public Works Department as a water meter reader.
Robert enjoyed Aat, playing guitar, and caring for his labrador retrievers, Curly, Gracie and Gumby.
He leaves behind his brother, Paul A. Derosier and his wife Lynne of Northborough; two nieces, Amy Derosier of Lansing, Mich. and Amanda Millette of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and a nephew, Matt Derosier of Moodus, Conn.
Robert’s funeral will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m., from the Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St., Northborough. A calling hour from 9-10 a.m. will precede his funeral. He will then be laid to rest in Howard Street Cemetery of Northborough.
To view or leave condolences, visit Robert’s Book of Memories at www.HaysFuneralHome.com.]]>