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After sixty-five years of playing together and sixty-four years of marriage, Bob and Fran Tyler help keep jazz alive by sharing their combined talents and mutual love of music with local seniors. Along with seven other gifted musicians of the Insight Band, the couple entertained a group of more than seventy senior citizens earlier this Read More

Five generations gathered last month as Sylvia Helen (Berkovitz) Abrams celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at her residence, the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere. Sylvia was born in the West End on Dec. 19, 1916. She grew up there and in Roxbury before marrying Harry Abrams and moving to Chelsea. They Read More

Winnie Murphy was born in Bretton Woods, NH; she and her 10 siblings lived with their mom and dad in a Railroad house next to the Mount Washington Hotel. After spending her childhood in NH, Winnie and her family moved to Maine and then they finally settled in Saugus. Winnie, 107, now has three children and Read More

Joe Bach, a Holocaust survivor, has been married for 68 years to Irene, who is 92. They have never been apart until Joe, 108, moved into the LFCL last year. Irene visits every day. As a young man, Joe worked at MGM studios in Europe, then went to medical school to become a doctor and even attended Read More

Mary Markos Associate Editor Music is of vital importance to Saul Dreier and Reuwen (“Ruby”) Sosnowicz, otherwise known as The Holocaust Survivor Band. The pair spoke to over 1,000 students at Lynn English High School about their experience in the Holocaust on Friday, November 4. “Saul and Ruby actually met through music,” said Dulce Gonzalez Read More

Molly Hookness, a resident of Cohen Florence Levine Estates in Chelsea, turned 100 on November 9. Born in Beverly, Molly moved to Revere when she was 11 years old. She lived there her entire life until moving to the assisted living in 2015 at age 98. Remarkably, Molly worked at Graphic Art Finishers in Chelsea for Read More

MARY MARKOS Associate Editor   There’s a senior center where elderly residents aren’t just playing an occasional game of bingo and eating mediocre cafeteria food, but where they are checking dreams off their bucket lists and socializing. “When you are 85, 88, or 89 years old, that does not mean that you are done thinking Read More

SOL GITTLEMAN Special to the Journal In 1907, immigration was the hot-button election issue. For the past twenty years, the United States had witnessed a tsunami of impoverished people from Eastern and Southern Europe who filled the urban ghettoes of American big cities. These neighborhoods, described by The New York Times as “the filthiest places Read More