Townie Tidbits

By Sal Giarratani



 Once again, it is almost time for the annual Special Townies Motown Fundraiser over at the Knights on April 29 starting at 700pm. Music will be by DJ Dennis Taylor. If you would love to be there but can’t, you can always send your donations to Special Townies, 336 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129.

For more information, call Debbie Hughes at 617.710.2385 or Karen Scales at 781.726. 0558.

   Who doesn’t love good soul music the best dancing music around the town? Get on down to the Knights and boogie the night away and take in that sweet soul music for a good cause.


   The Harvest on Vine fundraiser comes up soon too. April 28, 6:30pm also at the Knights. For more information, call Tom at 617.990.7314. Here’s another great community effort needing your continual support too.


   Father Jim Ronan recently had some spinal surgery so let’s keep him in our thoughts and prayers.


  Kevin Cain recently passed away at his home. He had a good life, did what he wanted to do. Took care of his family and when he passed after suffering so much, he had his extended family in his corner right up to the end.

   It is difficult watching someone having a tough end to life. It makes all of us think about how quickly life passes by. We have good times and bad. However, we always have each other’s back when needed.

   I recently told his brother Michael that the pain of losing a sibling is tough. I lost my only brother back in 2006 at age 56. He died suddenly in his sleep and I never had the time to say my final goodbye to him. He was gone in an instant. Smokey and the Cain family had time to say good bye and that is a blessing and comfort for them.

   The eulogy he gave mentioned all the recent deaths in the Cain family. Michael lost another brother about a year or so ago and his own son passed away not long ago. That is pain and the only way to understand it all is to remember that life is a gift of time from God and we all have our time.

   We should use the gift of time well.


    Bridget McGowan and Courtney Shanks will be running in this year’s Boston Marathon on April 18 in support of Massachusetts General Hospital’s pediatric cancer team, FIGHTING KIDS’ CANCER…ONE STEP AT A TIME. This year’s team is once again made up of former patients and supporters numbering 105 runners has a goal of raising $1 million to support ongoing research. Since 1998, this team has raised over $11 million at this marathon.

To support a runner visit

https: //massachusettsgeneralBoston2016.

Sal can be reached at [email protected]

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