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New Year’s Eve Open Houses with John Jr. & Jane

Posted on December 31, 2014

  By: Jacqueline Bennett   For many years, my brother John Jr. and sister-in-law Jane hosted an open house on New Year’s Eve. It started around 8 p.m. and people could stop in at whatever time they pleased, mingle for awhile and leave, or stay for the countdown to midnight.   In that it was New England and winter, it was not unusual for snow to be on the ground with temperatures of 32 degrees or below. Guests would scurry from their cars to the side door of the house where stood either my brother or sister-in-law to greet each arrival into the warmth of their home.   By 10:00 p.m., the driveway was filled with parked vehicles. On those snowy nights, occasionally John or one of…

A Life Well-Lived – Happy Birthday Mom!

Posted on January 12, 2014

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Happy Birthday Mom! Some of us were reminiscing yesterday about the big birthday celebration we had for my mother at Shea’s American in January 2010. Just months later in December of that year she passed away. The party turned out to be not only a source of tremendous joy for her but also a lasting gift for the family – a treasured memory to keep – the final time we all gathered together with her the way we had so often over the years.   Wearing a yellow rose corsage, her favorite flower, adorned with seven yellow roses representing her seven children, she was on top of the world that day. There was a large turnout and the buffet was…