Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Pearson, who worked for the Town of Lexington’s Department of Public Facilities, died on Monday, Jan. 21, after a 15-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 49.
Less than three months ago, Judy Pearson, an Arlington resident and pancreatic cancer survivor, went before the Board of Selectmen to share her story and spread awareness about her disease. That night, Nov. 5, the board made a proclamation designating November as “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month” in Arlington. On Monday, the board took a moment of silence to remember Pearson, who died on Monday, Jan. 21, after 15-month battle with the disease. Pearson was 49. In her speech to the board, Pearson, who worked for Lexington’s Department of Public Facilities, highlighted a few key points about pancreatic cancer. In August, Pearson was on a team in the PurpleStride Boston 5K that raised over $15,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Boston TV icon hosted a children's show in the 1950s-1970s. Do you have any photos from back in the day?
Rex Trailer, a Boston TV icon who had been recovering from pneumonia recently, has died. Trailer hosted “Boomtown,” a children’s show with a Western theme on WBZ-TV from 1956-1974. How did a Western cowboy make his mark in Boston? According to Wikipedia, his corporate overlords gave him a choice of Cleveland or Boston. But he's remembered for more than his cowboy get-up. The Boston Globe wrote in an editorial last year: Kids adored Trailer’s rodeo tricks. But mostly they adored him for his consistent kindness and competence. Trailer was 84. A funeral is being planned, but no date has been set yet, according to his website. Meantime, what are your memories of Rex Trailer? Did you ever meet him or have your picture taken with him? If …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Pam Washek died Sunday, Dec. 2.
A wife and mother and volunteering icon has died after a 10-year battle with cancer. Pam Washek, the co-founder of the Wayland Angel Food Network (now the Neighbor Brigade), passed away Dec. 2, according to an obituary published on Boston.com. Today, Wayland's chapter of Neighbor Brigade is just one of more than 30 in the state of Massachusetts. There is also a chapter operating in Nashua, N.H., as the only non-Massachusetts chapter at this time. Lexington resident Stephanie Lawrence launched the town’s chapter of Neighbor Brigade in spring 2012. Washek and fellow Wayland resident Jean Seiden came together in the midst of their individual cancer treatments to found, in 2003, the Wayland Angel Food Network, a group dedicated to organizing …
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Vote in our Patch Poll on the legacy of Neil Armstrong's historic first steps on the moon.
His family called him "a reluctant American hero,' who was just doing his job. But Neil A. Armstrong, who died Saturday of complications from heart bypass surgery, certainly was a hero. He was just shy of his 39th birthday when he lumbered down the ladder from the Apollo 11 spacecraft and stepped onto the stark lunar landscape on July 20, 1969. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," he said, as Americans around the country watched in awe at the live footage from dark space, so far away. That step fulfilled a challenge President John F. Kennedy issued in the early 1960s —to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Armstrong began his career as a Navy fighter pilot and test pilot before being tapped for a highly …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
A pioneer in the study of workplace techniques, Zaleznik drew distinction between leaders and managers as he sought to understand internal forces driving motivating people in the workplace.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The following obituary was provided by the Harvard Business School. Harvard Business School Professor Emeritus Abraham Zaleznik, a renowned authority on leadership and social psychology, died in Boston on Monday, Nov. 28, at the age of 87. At the time of his death, he was the School's Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership. As a member of the Harvard Business School faculty for more than four decades, Zaleznik made important and lasting contributions as an innovative, prolific, and distinguished scholar, researcher, teacher, course developer, and author of 16 books and more than 40 articles. Eager to gain a deeper understanding of the internal forces motivating people in the workplace, during the 1960s, he combined has duties as an …
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Lemon-Lime poles and signs.
There are spiffy new glow-in-the-dark, lemon-lime-colored road signs on Worthen Road now. The signs and the poles are covered with brilliant reflective material. When automobile headlights approach, it hits the pole and sign, which seems to light up part of the street. “It’s a new color recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,” Police Capt. Joseph O’Leary said. “They’ve gotten away from orange and white cross straps.” They certainly are colorful -- and brilliant at 10 p.m. The ones that are already installed, presumably by the Department of Public Works and Town Engineering, are standing on the sidewalks near Grace Chapel and St. Brigid’s parking lot. There are a few sections in Lexington that are pretty dark…