Monday, February 4, 2013
"There will never be another Steve Orr," said Laurora. "I mourn the loss of the person who brought fun, curiosity and theatre not just to town politics but to everyday life."
Chow fans, gun enthusiasts, computer geeks, political insiders and Town Meeting members, along with family, friends and individuals, who never met him, crowded into Village Hall Saturday morning to pay tribute to the late Steve Orr. I am generalizing those in attendance, but only to show how many people Orr touched during his 58 years. He died Jan. 28, unexpectedly, from heart failure. His wife Krystine, wearing Orr's trademark cowboy hat, laughed and cried - and even added a few tales of her own - as speaker after speaker told their favorites memories of Orr, at a memorial service organized by State Rep. Chris Walsh. Orr's younger brother Ron started the event, with a comical tale of sibling love. Ron said his first memory of Steve was …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The public is invited to Village Hall Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. to pay tribute to Steve Orr, who died unexpectedly on Monday. Friends and residents are encouraged to write tributes to Orr below.
In today's techno-savvy modern world, where study after study suggests communicating via computers is deteriorating people's interpersonal skills, Steve Orr found a way to use technology to bring neighbors together. His creation helped residents find lost dogs, discuss their tax bills, debate issues and learn what is happening in their community. Orr who died, unexpectedly Monday from heart failure, was the creator of Frambors and Framcom, two computer list serves that allowed people to stay connected with their neighbors, their town and their community. The public is invited to Village Hall Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. to pay tribute to Orr. "I remember when Steve first started Frambors," said fellow Town Meeting member Audrey Hall. "He …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
State Rep. Chris Walsh said an event has been planned at Village Hall Saturday, Feb. 2 to honor the late Steve Orr, who died unexpectedly Monday.
State Rep. Chris Walsh said an event has been planned at Village Hall Saturday, Feb. 2 to honor the late Steve Orr, who died unexpectedly Monday. It starts at 10 a.m. Attendees will be asked to share stories of Orr, who created Frambors, an online site for residents and the community. Orr also was very active in Framingham Town Government. Walsh said he would have announced the event on Frambors, but the site Orr created has been down since yesterday. Work is being done to try to get it back up and running. Residents have been paying tribute to Orr, posting thoughts of him and his contributions to Framingham, at this link. Framingham Patch will have a tribute from more Framingham residents posted later.
Tonight: Framingham High graduate's documentary will be in 500 theaters, including AMC Framingham and Flyers hockey teams up with American Cancer Society for a benefit.
Our daily column, 5 Things You Need to Know Today, will help you to get your day started and offer you some fodder for water cooler conversation. 1. Tonight, in almost 500 AMC Cinemas across the country, including AMC Framingham 15, Fathom events will showcase a documentary highlighting a unique theatre company called Old Vick, New Voices formed by Framingham High graduate Carly Hugo and actor Kevin Spacey. One Night Stand, is a look behind the scenes of a unique New York City theatre company, featuring actors Cheyenne Jackson (Glee), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) and Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live). The 90-minute R-rated show "offers theatre lovers a candid look at what it takes to write, cast, rehearse and perform four short …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Orr, 58, died Monday unexpectedly from heart failure.
UPDATED: Town Meeting member and Frambors moderator Kathy Vassar said Frambors is down and not working as of 6 p.m. Moderators are working on a fix or alternatives. Framingham Patch will update. *** Editor's Note: We were saddened to hear of Steve's death Monday night. The following is a statement released by the moderators of Frambors: *** It is with heartfelt sadness and shock that we announce the death of Steve Orr, the owner and founder of the frambors email list. Steve died unexpectedly of heart failure yesterday evening at the age of 58. Right now the family would appreciate respect for their privacy as they deal with the shock of their loss. We will pass on information about funeral arrangements as the information becomes available…
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. He regularly made an appearance in the Natick 4th of July parade. Meantime, what are your memories of Rex Trailer? …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
In his youth, he was a catcher for the former Boston Braves baseball farm team.
Victor J. Golgata, 82, of Framingham, died, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at St. Patrick Manor in Framingham. Born in Southborough, he was the son of the late Venanzio and Marietta (Morazzini) Golgata. In his youth, he was a catcher for the former Boston Braves baseball farm team, according to his obituary from Norton Funeral Home. During the Korean War, he served in the US Air Force as a flights teward and was also an accordion player and band leader for the US Air Force Band stationed in Hawaii, stated his obituary. Golgata worked in the construction industry and formerly worked for Perini Construction Company, the former Builder’s Realty and later retired from the Town of Framingham. He was a lifetime member of the Framingham Lodge of Elks #…
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Calling hours are today, Dec. 27 from 3-7 p.m. at Matarese Funeral Home 325 Main St. in Ashland.
Robert N. Foley Sr., 85, passed away Saturday Dec. 22, 2012 at his home in Ashland, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Elizabeth (Ryan) Foley for 57 years. Born in Framingham, the son of Neil L. Foley and Marion V. (Mahoney) Foley, he attended Framingham schools, graduated from Framingham High School in 1944 and was a Framingham resident until a few years ago when he moved to Ashland to be closer to his children. Foley was a Framingham Police Officer for 38 years, retiring in 1992 as a Captain, traffic and safety officer. He is probably best remembered as "Sgt. Foley" by three generations of Framingham school children. He was a former member of the MA Safety Officers and a life member of Framingham Lodge of Elks #1264. He …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Relatives and friends are invited to pay respects at Boyle Brothers Funeral Home today, Dec. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Thomas J. Hamilton, 81, a Pittsfield native and Framingham resident for more than 50 years, died peacefully Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 at the MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham. He was the beloved husband of Ervina (Pajak) Hamilton, to whom he was married for 56 years. Born and raised in Pittsfield, he was the son of the late James B. and Helen (Walsh) Hamilton. A graduate of Pittsfield High School, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1953, and his MBA from Boston College. Mr. Hamilton served honorably in the US Army stateside during the Korean War. He was first employed by GE in Schenectady, NY, then for Raytheon Corp. For 28 years until his retirement he worked for Polaroid Corp., most recently as a …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Grafton's Elaine Barber, who has ties to Framingham, was on her way home Saturday from work when she was killed in a two-car crash on Route 20 in Shrewsbury.
The Grafton woman who lost her life in a two-car crash over the weekend in Shrewsbury is being remembered as a hard-working mother and wife who loved traveling, country music and celebrating the holidays with her family. Funeral services will be held Saturday for Elaine (Cormier) Barber, 60, who family members said was returning home from a shift at Wal-Mart when the crash occurred Saturday evening at the intersection of Route 20 and Grafton Street in Shrewsbury. Barber had worked at the store for several years and was also a hairdresser, working from her home in North Grafton and for a time a salon she owned in Worcester. Barber leaves her husband of 28 years, Charles Barber, as well as two children, Daniel Barber and Denise Barber. …