Member Stories

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Member Age 104 - Regular At Florida Meetings

MAY 2004
- Taught At Dedham's Ames School - She's 104 years old, regularly attends our Florida Gulf Coast meeting
each year in St. Petersburg, and up until five years ago she arrived
driving her own car.

Great Molasses Flood Remembered

JANUARY 2004
- Josephine Moschella Was There - January is the 84th anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood of 1919,
which claimed 21 lives and flattened several blocks in Boston's North
End.

California Wildfire Raises Havoc

JANUARY 2004
- Many Mass. Retirees In Area - More than 100,000 people across Southern California were evacuated
from their homes as wildfires surprised residents and ravaged suburban
neighborhoods the last week in October and early November. Over 2,800
homes were destroyed and more than 750,000 acres - an area equivalent
to over 500 square miles were turned to ashes in what was one of the
area's worst wildfires ever. Twenty-two people died and there was over
$10 billion dollars in property damage. The fire, driven by high winds,
and dry hot weather, traveled from Los Angeles south to the Mexican
border.

'Curse Of The Bambino' Haunts Red Sox Fans

JANUARY 2004
- But George Conway Has Seen Sox Win World Series - This was supposed to be the year. Most New Englanders, never having
seen their beloved Red Sox win a World Series, thought 2003 was their
year.

John Sears: A Man Of Honor

JANUARY 2004
- A recent article in the Boston Globe mentioned that a venerable
political figure in Boston was struck by a taxicab in front of St.
Paul's Church on Tremont St. It went on to say that because of it, he
had reinjured an old knee ailment that he incurred 25 years ago, while
coming to the aid of a young lady named Julia who was being mugged in
the Park Street Station.

Rhode Island Fire Disaster Recalls Memories Of Cocoanut Grove

MAY 2003
- The Parallels With Today’s Headlines Are Haunting - The February 20 fire at The Station, a West Warwick, Rhode Island
nightclub that claimed 99 lives, brought nationwide attention to the
danger of crowded nightspots, which lack proper fire protection.

Report From Members: Living In Sniper's "Killing Zone"

JANUARY 2003
- As fear enveloped the Washington, D.C. area this October, profilers
and pundits speculated about the serial sniper who claimed the lives of
10 people and seriously maimed 3 others.

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Claims Life

NOVEMBER 2002
- Wife Alerts Others - This past July 15, Association member Albert Holt of Marion went
fishing at nearby Sippican Harbor, a daily routine usually followed by
golf in the afternoon.Seventeen
days later, the 69-year-old former New Bedford teacher was dead, the
victim of a rare flesh-eating bacteria from a contaminated fish.

Shootout In Shirley

NOVEMBER 2002
- Police Buddies Shot 8 Years Apart - On the night of April 2, 1994, member Jim Mickel, then a Shirley
Police Sergeant, was gunned down by escaped murderer Robert Stewart
during a routine traffic stop.Lying
on the ground, a .357 magnum slug having ripped through his sternum and
punctured a lung, Mickel managed to call the station with his hand
radio giving a description of the vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, which
sped off.

Retired Police Officer Finally Honored

SEPTEMBER 2002
- Shot During 1957 Holdup - Retired Cambridge police Captain Alfred Lange received an unexpected
surprise this June, when he was honored in a surprise ceremony at
Cambridge City Hall.