Friday, January 8, 2010
MCC students are national champs in Federal Reserve Bank competition
Students in the Middlesex Community College (MCC) Business and Economics Club were named community college national champions in the Federal Reserve Bank’s annual College Fed Challenge Competition in December. This was the second year in a row the club has achieved this honor. Students competed against community colleges from throughout New England in the early rounds, and with colleges from New York and Baltimore in the final round.
Each team had 20 minutes to make oral presentations that analyzed current economic conditions, provided a short-term forecast, and explained time issues and risks that should get special attention in current monetary policy. The MCC team made several recommendations to the Fed throughout their presentation.
MCC student competitors were Robert Searle (Maynard), Aaron Naisbett (Carlisle), Justin Durson (Chelmsford), Venisha Powell (Billerica) and Ray Tannheimer (Lowell). (Searle was also a member of last year’s squad.)
MCC faculty members Rob Kaulfuss, Robert Awkward and John Femia coached the team to victory once again. ∆
• George Scarlett of Partridge Lane, Assistant Professor and Deputy Chair of Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University, has written a new book on coaching youth baseball titled The Baseball Starter – A Handbook for Coaching Children and Teens. He wrote the book with three members of the Tufts varsity baseball team to help Little League coaches become better teachers, and also to help them keep their eye on a main goal, namely, helping children develop a love for the game. Almost all of the pictures in the book are of Concord and Carlisle children and coaches.
• Junior Alexandra Schurr, of Swanson Lane, has achieved Academic Honors during the fall trimester at Kimball Union Academy, an independent boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and post-graduate in Meriden, New Hampshire.
Martin J. “Speedy” Lawson
A devoted father and grandfather
Martin James “Speedy” Lawson, 55, of Lowell, formerly of Lowell Street, passed away suddenly on December 31.
Born in Lowell on Febuary 7, 1954, he was the son of the late Virgil Lawson and Nora (Casey) Lawson of Killarney, Ireland. Marty graduated from Nashoba Technical High School in 1972 and attended Northeast Broadcasting School in Boston. He was an active volunteer with the Carlisle and Westford Fire Departments and enjoyed listening to his police radio. He was a devoted father and grandfather. He is survived by his three loving children, Eric Lawson, Ryan Lawson, Emily (Lawson) McAnulty and her husband Brian; his cherished grandchildren, Grace Michelle, Hannah Jane and Cameron James McAnulty; his former wife, Gail MacLeod, all of Carlisle; and several brothers and sisters.
A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, January 9, at 1 p.m. in the Concord Funeral Home, Belknap and Thoreau Streets, Concord. A public reception will follow at the Concord Elks, Baker Avenue, Concord.
Gifts in his name may be made to the Martin J. Lawson Memorial Fund, c/o Middlesex Bank, 64 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742.
For online guestbook and tribute visit: www.concordfuneral.com. ∆
A woman committed to family, community, and profession
Meredith Cameron, 67, of School Street, a resident of Carlisle since 1966, died suddenly on December 20, at her daughter’s home in Bethesda, Maryland. She was the wife of Alan Cameron, and mother of Heather Cameron of Bethesda and Beth Cameron of Concord. She is also survived by Heather’s husband, Michael Paranzino, and their three children, Cameron, Emily and Alec.
Meredith was born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1942 and grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. She came to Boston in 1960 to attend Simmons College and met Alan while a student there. She graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1964 and the two were married two weeks later in Silver Spring. Shortly afterward the couple moved to Portsmouth, Virginia, where Alan spent two years in the U.S. Navy. Upon his release from active duty in 1966 they moved back to New England and settled in Carlisle. She loved the town and was quite proud of the fact that she and Alan had lived here for so long that they were almost considered natives. Both of their daughters were born and raised here, went through the Carlisle Public School system, and graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School.
Meredith participated in many Carlisle activities. She was a member of the Carlisle Food Cooperative, the Carlisle Garden Club, and the newly formed Carlisle Medical Reserve Corps. A long-time member of the First Religious Society, she served on many FRS committees and participated in many events. She was a past chair of the FRS Finance Committee and a 15-year member of the church’s hand-bell choir.
She was the Director of Health Information at the New England Baptist Hospital, a post she had held for 23 years. Prior to that, she was an instructor and clinical coordinator in the Health Information Administration program at Northeastern University. She received the designation of Registered Medical Record Administrator in 1978, and later received a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Simmons. She was a long-time member and past president of the Massachusetts Health Information Management Association, which has established ten scholarships in her name.
In addition to the job she loved so much, Meredith enjoyed working in her garden, participating in town events, and traveling with Alan. They spent two weeks in the Scottish Highlands last summer, during which time she remained connected to New England Baptist Hospital through the wonders of Blackberry. They made frequent trips to the Washington area to see their three grandchildren.
One of her professional associates said of her, “She brought out the best in me. She was always so warm and classy and full of grace … She is a role model. How do I raise my kids so they will be like her?”
Burial services were held on December 30 at Green Cemetery. A Memorial Service for Meredith will take place at the First Religious Society on Saturday, January 9, at 11 a.m. ∆
Amelia F. W. Caruso
Nursing student and sports fan
Amelia Frances Weiksnar Caruso, 20, of Robbins Drive, a lifelong resident of Carlisle, died of an apparent heroin overdose at her treatment facility on December 26. Born on January 20, 1989, she was the beloved daughter of Jeffrey L. Caruso and Melissa M. Weiksnar, both of Robbins Drive.
She attended Nashoba Brooks School in Concord, Heatherton House School in England, Newton Country Day, Carlisle Public Schools and graduated from The Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro in 2007. She attended St. Louis University and most recently was a nursing student at Boston College. Amy was an enthusiastic runner and an avid Red Sox and Celtics fan.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brother, Philip J. W. Caruso of Cambridge and her sister, Evelyn M. W. Caruso of Chicago, Illinois; her grandparents, T. Paul and Helen J. Weiksnar of Williamsville, New York; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was also the granddaughter of the late Antonio and Pearl Caruso, formerly of Concord.
A Funeral Mass was held on December 31 at St. Irene Church. Burial followed in St. Bernard Cemetery, Concord. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to MSPCA – Angell Methuen, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130 or to GLRR Youth Development Fund, P. O. Box 1314, Lowell, MA 01852 (Greater Lowell Road Runners). Friends are invited to join the Facebook group: Amy Caruso….You Will Be Missed <3.
Amy’s family plans to share more information in an upcoming issue. ∆
Douglas C. Fuller
A WWII Navy veteran
Douglas C. Fuller, 97, of Falmouth, formerly of Acton Street and Springfield, died on December 27. He was the husband of the late Lillian H. (Jennings) Fuller.
Mr. Fuller was born and raised in Springfield, the youngest of five. He worked for Western Mass Electric Power Generating Station before joining the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1945 he was honorably discharged with the rank of Chief Motor Machinist Mate and was very proud to have received a letter from Admiral James Forrestal personally thanking him for his service to the United States. He returned to work at Western Mass Electric (now Northeast Utilities) and became a supervisor. In 1974 he retired and sailed his boat to Florida via the Intracoastal Waterway. He made this trip several times during retirement.
He will always be remembered for his dry sense of humor, funny one-liners, mechanical ability, the countless things he tooled with his lathe and especially his love for his boat and all things pertaining to the sea.
He is survived by his daughters, Beverly Guyer of Acton Street and Patricia Hayes of Cataumet, six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held on January 5 in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Falmouth. Burial was on January 6 at Hillcrest Park Cemetery in Springfield. For on-line guest book visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com. ∆
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