Member Stories

Articles about Member Stories that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees.

Mass. Department Of Correction Pt II

SEPTEMBER 2005
- "The Summer of '55" - Fifty years ago this summer, Department of Correction (DOC) officials
decided that correction officers at the 150-year-old Charlestown State
Prison needed "extra training" before the new "escape proof" Walpole
State Prison could open.

Member Profile: Elizabeth Beverage, "If Only Someone Would Listen..."

JULY 2005
- Association member Elizabeth Beverage, who retired from the
Department of Mental Health at Danvers State Hospital, is one of many
individuals who have been negatively impacted by the GIC's "Generics
Preferred" program. As a chronic arthritis sufferer, Beverage has been
prescribed the drug Naprosyn, which is not "fully" covered by the GIC.

Mass. Department Of Correction Pt I

JULY 2005 - "The Summer Of '55" - It was 50 years ago, July 1955, and the new "escape-proof" maximum security Walpole State Prison was ready to open.

Joe Devlin Receives Boxers Award

MAY 2005
- Honored For Numerous Sponsorships - Members of our Association have diverse and at times intriguing
backgrounds. Member Joe Devlin falls into both of these categories.

Wellesley Loses Wakelin

JANUARY 2005
- Pioneered Pension Reserve Fund - R. Arnold Wakelin, Jr., the ex officio member of the Wellesley
Retirement Board, died suddenly of a heart attack on November 8 at age
74.

Floridians Continue To Struggle

JANUARY 2005
- Hurricane Damage Widespread - Large numbers of our members in Florida continue to struggle with the
ravages of four hurricanes - Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne - which
devastated widespread areas of that state this past August and
September.

It's Hurricane Season!

NOVEMBER 2004
- Members Tell Their Stories Of Being Caught In The Eye Of Charley - Florida has ceased being Paradise for thousands of our members who
have chosen to live their retirement years in the warmth and
tranquility of the Sunshine State.

State Retiree Wins Mega Millions

SEPTEMBER 2004
- Biggest Jackpot In State History - Association member, Geraldine Williams will never again have to worry
about pension COLAs, group health insurance co-payments or saving
enough money to replace her well-used car. She also won't have to clean
homes again to supplement her $1,200 monthly pension check.

State Board Member Dies

JULY 2004
- Bob Cawley Held Elected Seat - Bob Cawley, an elected member of the State Retirement Board, died on
April 30 at Brigham and Women's Hospital after a battle with cancer. He
was 69.

Henry Mikols: Holocaust Survivor

MAY 2004
- Was Scheduled For Cremation - When City of Lawrence retiree Henry Mikols was a teenager, he wasn't
playing sports or studying in school - he was fighting to stay alive in
Nazi concentration camps.