|Ride For Cancer|
Thursday, August 21, 2003
He lives in Alpharetta, Ga., about 20 miles north of Atlanta, but Dudley native John Bartolomei was on home turf when he participated in the recent Pan Massachusetts Challenge bicycle race.
It was Mr. Bartolomei's second trip to the Sturbridge starting line. His wife, Debbie, their twin sons Andrew and Christopher, 8 years old, and his parents, Barbara and Charles J. Bartolomei of Dudley were on the sidelines when he peddled off towards Cape Cod.
Objective is to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. Cyclists get pledges of at least $1,500. Mr. Bartolomei ensured his entry with a $2,000 personal contribution and had more than $3,000 in pledges before the event started.
"It is the premier charity that I give money to," Mr. Bartolomei told Alpharetta Neighbor reporter Jennifer Sami. "The majority of money we raise actually goes to the Jimmy Fund and the Cancer Institute to find a cure for cancer, rather than going to administration and other stuff."
A 1981 graduate of Shepherd Hill High School in Dudley, Mr. Bartolomei earned his degree at Connecticut College in New London. He's associated with a Boston based financial services group, heading their southern division.
While a personal experience or exposure to a cancer victim, a loved one or a friend, motivates most of the cyclists in the Pam Mass Challenge, Mr. Bartolomei participates because he is grateful and aware. "I'm very fortunate in my life and nobody close to me has been affected by cancer, but it's a dreadful disease and it's a great cause to give to."
Mr. Bartolomei's double cousin, Joyce K. Johnson, broker/owner with Maher Real Estate in Auburn, forwarded the Alpharetta report to me. The twin cousin bit follows because Ms. Johnson is the daughter of Christopher J. "Kiki" and Bertha A. Bartolomie, and they're brother and sister to Mr. Bartolomei's parents.
Since Mr. Bartolomei plans to participate in future bike rides, and hopes to recruit wife Debbie, siblings Tom Bartolomei of Windsor, Conn., and Jane Bartolomei-Clark of Kittery, Maine, and others, we'll be looking to Ms. Johnson for follow up information.
Oh, yes, there's a codicil to her material. Contributions toward Mr. Bartolomei's fund raising can be made through September to the Pan Mass Challenge website, www.pmc/org. Click on eGifts and enter JB0228.
If I didn't know better, I'd believe Webster Library Trustees checked weather almanacs to be sure August 13 would be a hot day when they decided to welcome new Library Director Joseph J. Rodio.
While structural problems in the library, brought by storms, cellar flooding, and years of financial neglect were obvious on party day, given pause to the call for roof repairs, people attending the celebration had observations best summed up by former School Committee member Irene T. Kokocinski: "This young man is just what the library needs and, boy, could they use air conditioning in here."
If I might add a pitch, I hope the big sky-light over the main desk is restored when the roof is repaired. It was blocked when insulation was added over the ceilings some years ago, according to custodian James A. Chauvin.
This started as a segment about a local couple, carnival glass collectors, who helped organize the New England Carnival Glass Association 16 years ago during a Brimfield flea market.
I got into a discussion with the carnival glass experts recently and learned they're on the committee for the Carnival Glass Association's 2003 convention Sept. 4 through 6 at the Holiday Inn in Worcester.
They provided a great deal of insight, some nice quotes and, yes, they'd love a bit of pre-convention publicity. Only one thing: They've become publicity shy since crooks broke into their home some years ago, stealing their collection and breaking their hearts.
They've got a long ways to go before their collection is built back up but, still, they're not saying anything on the record because they live in a relatively remote are
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