Volume 54 Contents
Blackouts/rationing WW2 John X. Murphy
Uncle Herman Lefevbre served in the OSI by Judy Lefevbre Smith
She didn’t deserve a snow ball from hell by John X. Murphy
A summer job & wearing knickers by John X. Murphy
Phyllis Boffitto joined the guys by Tom Tierney
Life on Mass. Ave. was abuzz by Leslie S. Oliver
Pennies, not millions-Two tales from my youth by Frank McCarthy
Our adult neighbors knew our parents and us by Stephen G. Surette
Concert on Common was more of a love-in by Mark Brine & Everett Dickey
Ulric Grigsby artwork-excelled at Rindge by Bruce Grigsby & Stephen G. Surette
Arnie Woo Woo” Ginsberg remembered by Paul Power
Rindge jottings of 1926-Patriotism described & an ode to Miss Ellis
School graduates photos-St. John’s School 1946 & Rindge Tech 1926
Boston Braves autographs for a Knot hole gang member by Neil J. Sulllivan
Hula hoop champion at the Rindge towers by Worthy Guan
Dates are important-Cambridge’s 390th year by Leslie S. Oliver
NEBCo Brickyards on Rindge Ave. courtesy of Charles Sullivan
— CONTENTS VOLUME 53 —
Billy O’Brien — He saved the day
by Stephen G. Surette
Mrs. Ebbs — She raised a large family
by Dick Lyons
Pat’s Variety — Pat Terlizzi remembered
by Lisa Saxman
Camp LaSallette — Summer camp was new
by John X. Murphy
Our Missy LeHand — Was FDR’s secretary
by Rick Mederos
John Caulfield — Was beloved at Harvard
Frank Canniff — My dad was my hero
by Elaine Coggins
Italian POWs hosted — by my parents in WW2
by Carl Panza
Cover Story — John Thomas honored by Rindge Alumni
as Man of the Year
Cover Story — In Scouts and in track John was a role model
—a giant of gentleness
Scouting friends — We shared the same tent
by Bruce Grigsby
Being an altar boy — had its responsibilities
by Kevin Upton
The Genoa Deli — A great place to work
by Peter Mili
Printing NCC stuff — Dance tickets were easy
by Peter Majeski
Fr. Thomas Williams — Saintly priest remembered
by Fr. John J. Horgan
Beat cop checked doors — My Dad’s stories
by Dan Cosgrove
My father was a beat cop — He knew everyone here
by Elaine Micelil
Facebook response — Marie’s Bakery photodrew attention on FB
Volume 52 Contents
Reflections—by Elaine Coggins and Nancy Fowler
Covid-19 has changed our lives by Pat Maloney
Porter Rd. neighborhood by Kathleen Murphy
Numerous virus stories by Brenda Cochran O’Connor
Flu Epidemic Stories by Judy Janelle Lefebvre Smith
Boston Bruin lived here by Frank Lange & Les Oliver
I contracted polio by Jack P. Murphy
Polio didn’ stop his music by Dom Dirienzo
First-grader concerns about polio by Peter Majeski
Salk vaccine saved me by Bob Costantino
Scarlet Fever didn’t stop our fun by Marie Surette, OP
Scarlet Fever put me in the hospital by Dom Direinzo
Recalling Scarlet Fever quarantine signs by Liz Bilafer
My bands played Rhythm & Blues by Alby Melanson
St. John’s High School & M.E. Fitzgerald class photos
Dad drove North Cambridge trolleys by Joe Blanchet
Alewife area series continues by Emily Heistand
Pandemic has changed us by Larry Prior & others
With time on our hands by Anne Trant Sirois
Easter Sunday in 2020 by Jack & Maureen Upton Kent
Alewife area series concludes by Emily Heistand
Great blue herons at Jerry’s Pit by Kathy Johnson
The 1964 National Scout Jamboree by Al Lefebvre
A Washington, D.C. adventure by John Condon
Diary of ’64 Scout Jamboree by James Gaudet
Visiting André in Quebec by Lorraine Pronvost Trant
A hospital caper by John X. Murphy
Three Girouard brothers elected Matignon captains
Waiting to swim after eating by Frank McCarthy
Memories from my youth by Chuck Igo
Keeping up with FB friends by Sandy Souza Dolan
John Caulfied, a sought-after emcee by SGS
Tom Hesse & I wrote/recorded music by Mark Brine
Volume 51 Contents
FEATURED STORY TELLERS AND CONTRIBUTORS IN THIS 51st ISSUE
Helen Casey’s brother, Alex MacGillivray, joined the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression.
Cambridge’s new mayor enjoyed growing up in the Rindge Towers and attending Cambridge schools.
Les Oliver reminisces while walking the familiar sidewalks of his North Cambridge.
Bob Kelly still feels the pride in his young Scouts in welcoming a special needs boy into their fold.
Singing around the campfire conjurs up the fun we had and the warm memories.
After all these years Al Lefebvre has saved many camp song lyrics in loose leaf folders.
Paul Power has enjoyed music forever and has compiled a record collection too big to count.
John Quinn was the first senior class president at North Cambridge Catholic. He and and Jack Kent, class president in 1966, reflect back on their elections.
Mary Woods Selz’s uncle, Mayor Mike Neville, attended her Ellis School graduation in 1950. An archival story by Bill Cronin shows gratitude to Mike Neville.
A. J. Oxton recalls camping out on church lawn along one winter in his “little village” of North Cambridge.
Emily Hiestand begins a wonderful memory of her old neighborhood and the wetland beneath us.
Frank McCarthy and friends missed the St. Patrick’s Day parade in NYC, but made it just in time to Southie.
John X. Murphy regales us with another of his tales and George L. Washington is a new-found Rindge Tech hero.
A.J. Oxton remembers the 1957 National Boy Scout Jamboree at Valley Forge.
Poor box attraction set off devasting fire at St. John’s Church in December 1956.
Three words still remembered by John X. Murphy.
“Rambling Reminiscences” by C. Burnside Seagrave found in old Cambridge Chronicle newspapers.
Mark Brine is set to publish his book of song lyrics with a CD of his enjoyable compositions.
Rick Mederos was in awe attending the 1969 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Idaho.
Joe Blanchett enjoyed going to the many movie houses in and around North Cambridge.