Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Chinese national was studying statistics at Boston University. She was killed in Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.
A Chinese newspaper has identified the third Boston Marathon bombing victim as Lu Lingzu, a Boston University graduate student, according to the Associated Press. Lu, from Shenyang, China, was studying statistics in Boston. A second Chinese national and BU student, Zhou Danling, was also injured in the blasts. She is listed in stable condition in a Boston hospital, according to Chinese officials. Lu's death has led to an outpouring from friends, family and concerned neighbors in China. Lu's Sina Weibo page already has 20,000 comments from shocked and upset friends (Sina Weibo is a Chinese social media service that combines Twitter- and Facebook-like features). A former neighbor in China was elegiac when talking about Lu on his Sina Weibo…
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 …
Friday, November 23, 2012
The Watertown native and mother of two passed away on Wednesday. Services will be held on Monday.
Friday, November 23, 2012
The following information was provided by MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home: Funeral services will be held on Monday Nov. 26, 2012 for Andrea Lynn Soloman. Ms. Soloman passed away on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 21, surrounded by her family after a brief illness. A daughter of the late Richard C. and Sylvia A. (McDonald) Faherty. Andrea grew up in Watertown, attended Watertown schools and graduated Watertown High School class of 1988. In 1992 she graduated from North Adams State College with a BA in psychology, received a Master’s in early intervention from Wheelock College in 1995 and was certified as an Early Intervention Specialist in August 2008. She is the loving mother of Cameron A. & Westin R. Soloman. Loving sister of…
Monday, November 19, 2012
Nicolena J. (Arnone) Paulino, of Watertown, passed away Monday, Nov. 19.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Beloved wife of the late Dominic J. Paulino. Loving mother of Joanne Katranis and husband James of Newton, Donna Aloisi and husband Robert of North Reading and Steve Paulino and wife Lorraine of Arlington. Dear grandmother of Christopher and Luke Paulino, Nicholas and Matthew Aloisi. Sister of the late Josephine Comperchio, Mary Gabrial, Diane Robenson, Betty Barber and James Arnone. Funeral from The DeVito Funeral Home, 761 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown, Wednesday morning at 9:30 followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 in Sacred Heart Church, Watertown. Interment to follow St. Patrick Cemetery. Visiting at the DeVito Funeral Home on Tuesday 3-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Nicolena's memory to: The Alzheimer's Association 480 Pleasant St…
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 …
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Michael McGovern, 60, died on July 16.
Former Waltham assistant principal and Watertown coach Michael F. McGovern died this week, according to his obituary posted on the Joyce Funeral Home website. McGovern died at his home in Manomet on July 16. He was 60. McGovern retired from the Waltham Public School system two years ago after a long career. He previously served as the assistant principal of the John W. McDevitt Middle School. He also taught at the McDevitt School, as well as the former South middle school and Henry J. Whittemore Elementary School. McGovern also coached several athletic teams including hockey and football at Waltham High School and Watertown High School, according to his obituary. He also served as the head hockey coach at Newton South High School. …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The 21-year-old West Newton resident and Boston College student tragically drowned in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. His funeral was held earlier today in Chestnut Hill.
"He was my teddy bear." As Boston College student Katherine Corteselli shared memories of her best friend Franco Garcia, young college students sat alongside professors, priests, police officers and family members, dabbing tear-filled eyes with each recollection. "He gave the absolute best hugs ... what I'm going to miss the most are those hugs," Corteselli said during today's funeral Mass for Garcia. Hundreds of people – whether they knew Garcia or not – flooded a St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill this morning to say one last goodbye to the Boston College student whose life was tragically cut short when he drowned in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Garcia, 21, was a West Newton resident, a chemistry major and member of the school's …
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Kelly joined the Watertown Police in 1960 and became chief in 1984. He had been living in East Falmouth.
Retired Watertown Police Chief Robert "Bob" Kelly, 76 passed away on April 5, 2012 after a brief illness. He lived with his wife, Carole (Patricelli) Kelly in East Falmouth. Kelly joined the Watertown Police Department in 1960 and became chief of police in 1984, according to an obituary on Boston.com. Kelly was born in Allston, and served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He attended Newman Prepatory in Boston, Northwestern Traffic Institute in Evanston, Ill., FBI National Academy, and Northeastern University, according to Boston.com. Kelly was an avid runner and skier, and the Falmouth Road Race for 35 years, according to Boston.com. He is survived by his wife Carole; his sister, Mary (Kelly) Aoki of Spanaway, Wash.; his children…
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Martha Fitzpatrick got to know many of the students and participated in many school events.
A long-time subsitute teacher who made an impact on students at Watertown High School passed away on Dec. 16. Martha Fitzpatrick, 73, could be seen around the high school in the classroom and at events, said Head Master Steven Watson. After retiring as a teacher in Watertown and then Waltham, she substituted for about a decade, and she made an impact on her students. "She was here on almost a daily for a while," Watson said. "She got to know the students and remembered their stories." Fitzpatrick could also be seen at events at the high school and chaperoned buses to games and other events, said Athletic Director Michael Lahiff. For those students who she got to know best Fitzpatrick would sometimes make afghan blankets when they got into …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Eleanor Bright tells the Boston Herald that with Muammar Gaddafi's death may go the possibility of ever knowing what really happened in the crash of Pan Am 103.
News that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi may have died today in Sirte has prompted response from around the world. Families of Pan Am Flight 103 passengers from around the Boston area responded in their own ways. Eleanor Bright is the widow of Nicholas Bright, who was one of 178 people from the U.S. who died that December day in 1988 when the Boeing 747 exploded over the small town of Lockerbie, Scotland. Ther Boston Herald reports that Bright believes Gaddafi being killed may mean she may never role what he may have played in the death of her husband and the other 258 passengers and crew that day, besides the 11 people killed on the ground when the plane crashed. Nicholas Bright, who was from Brookline, was 32 years old. A business …