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June 2, 2023

Notable Neighbors
She's In A League Of Her Own
You could call Susan Parsons Zipay a natural athlete. The second-youngest of seven children born to William and Doris Parsons during the Great Depression, she honed her skills against her older brothers and sisters, and she was readily accepted by the neighborhood kids – male or female – in Hingham, Massachusetts to play in their daily sandlot games...

Friday, June 2, 2023

Notable Neighbors
This Lady Truly Followed Her Dream
From her earliest years, Melissa Pell Loughlin wanted to be involved in the world of art, and it’s no wonder. Her father, Peter S. Pell, was a lover of art, and her mother Carolyn was co-chair of the Costume Institute of the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City...

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Notable Neighbors
He Went From Moppet To Mentor
The story of Englewood’s Paul Powers could have been written by Charles Dickens. He grew up in Milford, Massachusetts in a family of modest means, and his childhood was not what one would call ideal...

Friday, April 7, 2023

Notable Neighbors
She's Englewood's Very Own "Free Spirit"
According to Google, a free spirit is “someone who is uninhibited by traditional society structures. A free spirit might go with the flow, embrace spontaneity, reject conformity and live her life in an unconventional way.” If that’s the case, then say hello to free spirit Marie Laforge.

Friday, March 17, 2023

Notable Neighbors
This big city detective led an adventurous life
Question: What do Astronaut Neil Armstrong, Hippie protester Abby Hoffman and “Spiderman” have in common? Answer: They all came face-to-face with John Nalepa, with predictable results... 

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Notable Neighbors
Portrait Of An Artist As A Young Man
Bill Farnsworth has to be one of the most visibly notable persons in our neighborhood. Look no further than the Hughes Gallery in Boca Grande or the Dabbert Gallery in Sarasota–or in some of the finest art galleries in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Texas and Colorado–for evidence.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Notable Neighbors
He makes music in more ways than one
It’s a rare man who becomes a master in two fields as disparate as music and carpentry. Music is an art involving the rhythms of the soul, and carpentry is a craft that taxes the muscles and sinews of the body. But Englewood resident Gary Dilley has found a way to blend them in a lifelong career–or perhaps you could call it two or three careers...

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Notable Neighbors

The Lady Behind The Signs Of Our Times

If you were to stand at a busy intersection in Englewood, waving a large sign in your hands, you’d expect at least some people to notice you. And Jean Ranallo can tell you it works.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Notable Neighbors
The ‘King of Cans’
Juergen Kroos is already noticeable in his neighborhood. On his 140-ft. by 100-ft. residential lot in Englewood Isles, he grows over 40 different fruits and vegetables, and he gives many of them away to friends and neighbors. Want some oranges, passion fruit, papayas, lemons, limes, plums, strawberries, pineapple, persimmon or bananas? He’ll get you a few...

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Notable Neighbors
There's A Maven In Our Haven
Rich developed an early interest in going to West Point, and as you might suspect, he aced the mathematics part of his SATs as a senior at Linden (N.J.) High School. Unfortunately, he bombed the English section and ended up taking a year of college at nearby Rutgers University before reapplying...

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Notable Neighbors

She Sure Knows The Seashore
She may not sell seashells by the seashore, but Brenda Bossman is the one to see if you’re interested in Southwest Florida’s shore life. She’s an independent consultant who, for years now, has worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Charlotte County, Lee County and others to help save our Florida shorebirds and sea turtles. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Notable Neighbors

This Gal Has Had A Moving Career
Kristine Sedra was and is a travelin’ gal, to put it mildly. In her 24 years as a professional caregiver, she has, by her count, “worked in 37 emergency departments in 12 states.” 

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Notable Neighbors
Where ‘The Dogs Are In Charge’
If Allan and Pamela Schildknecht say something to you about dogs, you’d better listen, because they know from experience what they’re talking about. During the 40 years of their marriage they’ve shared their house with over 160 dogs–fortunately, not all at the same time...

Friday, November 22, 2019

Notable Neighbors
The Travel Guy
You could say that Dick Dunham has been a world traveler since the day he was born. His dad, Lt. Colonel Richard Weston Dunham Sr., was a 29-year career officer in the U.S. Air Force, and he moved around a lot, toting his family with him...

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Notable Neighbors
She’s ‘where the magic happens'
Jean O’Neil first came to Englewood during the summer after her graduation from Keene State College. Newly equipped with a degree in education and certified in art and English, she landed her first job … as a cocktail waitress...

Friday, September 13, 2019

Notable Neighbors
SEPTEMBER 11: A time to forget? 
Everybody remembers where they were on September 11, 2001...  Englewood’s JoAnn Siciliano certainly remembers, because she was there. And for her, it’s a merciful day even now when she can repress her memories of that fateful event...

Monday, September 2, 2019

Notable Neighbors
An angel on his shoulder
At age 96, Englewood’s Arthur Nicholas is one of a dwindling number of survivors of the “Greatest Generation” that endured the travails of the Great Depression and the even greater hardships of World War II...

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Notable Neighbors
She’s ‘hearing the call, Englewood’
Noel Crosby had more than her share of problems growing up: a parental divorce “at a time when no one got divorced,” as she puts it, problems with a speech defect, low self-esteem, difficulty in school and a wrenching relocation from her Manchester, N.H. home...

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Notable Neighbors
He went from wine to water
Englewood’s Kenn Visser pretty much by accident found himself in the businesses of growing fine wines and making pure water...

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Notable Neighbors
The man with the Midas touch
Although he’s now a wealthy man, Derek Pullen’s “West End” accent betrays his growing-up years in a tough urban neighborhood: Aldershot, England, a small city of about 35,000 people, 30 miles southwest of London, that is famed as “The Home of the British Army.”

Friday, June 21, 2019

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