Charlie Hobbs posted a message on their Facebook page:
“I and several of my friends knew Billy Richard growing up in Salem and from many happy escapades in our youth. Even though I haven’t seen Bill in years, my heart goes out to him just the same as if I talked to him yesterday, and I know I can’t even comprehend or put into words his and his family’s loss, but I think we all have to try to go on and not let ... the despicable people who did this win.
“We all have to get through this the best way we know how: Be strong, and help any way we know how for our fellow man. For Boston, for Salem, for Bill and his family. From all your old friends back in the day, Billy, we are with you in spirit. God bless.”
About 20 parents graduated this month from Bentley Elementary School.
That may seem like an odd announcement, but the school is running citizenship classes and English as a Second Language classes for parents, many of whom are from the Dominican Republic.
It is all part of the school’s effort to boost involvement from parents and to improve connections with school families.
This is only the most recent of several parent graduation classes.
Good going, Bentley.
The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation gave out more than $1 million to a number of nonprofit organizations, including $10,000 each to The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association, Salem CyberSpace, and the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice Foundation.
Each recipient also got a football autographed by bank spokesman Doug Flutie, the former Boston College quarterback who threw the famous Hail Mary pass against the University of Miami almost 30 years ago.
At the presentation, Flutie tossed a football to Julie Rose of the Salem Award Foundation. She even caught it.