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Blue Goo

I love our local newspaper, The Grafton News, it’s so much fun to read. Here is a typical letter to the Editor:

Blue Goo

‘Swirls & Scoops’ is a popular ice cream place in town that closes down for the winters and re-opens April 1st. The opening is a big event and a sure sign of spring in our small New England town. I’ll let you all know if Blue Goo makes a comeback. I know you all *need* to know!

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Insane Asylum

This was the view from Anthony’s hospital room. Check out the building in the center. Very interesting architecture, so I looked into it further to see what it was. Here’s what I found out:

On January 12, 1833, the old Worcester Insane Asylum opened, and was the first of it’s kind built in the state of Massachusetts. When overcrowding became a problem, a new hospital was to be built – a massive structure laid out in the Kirkbride plan.

Construction began in 1870 and the newly built Worcester State Hospital opened seven years later. Designed by architect Ward P. Delano of the firm Fuller & Delano of Worcester, the flagstone and brick building stood four stories tall, and between the 500 foot wings stood a beautiful clock tower, looming above the administration building. The building seems to reflect more of a prison complex in the styles, layout, and sheer size of the institution. On an interesting note, Sigmund Freud visited the hospital in 1909 during his only trip to America.

A massive fire engulfed the Kirkbride building on July 22, 1991, destroying almost all of the roof and floors, save for the right most wing and the administration building. The burned out shells of the other areas were bulldozed and the extra stone was used to seal up the gaping holes left by the connections to the remaining sections.

The hospital still functions as a psychiatric facility in a large, newer building near the Kirkbride (brick building to the right in the photo above).

Here’s a closer look at the old clock tower building.

Anthony is doing well at home. A visiting nurse will be coming to check on him sometime today.

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Bissell’s Receive MR/DD Award At Statehouse

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BOSTON: Richard and Cindy Bissell of Grafton received recognition at the 2001 Department of Mental Retardation Statehouse Recognition Ceremony on March 30. The ceremony, entitled “In Partnership with Communities” and hosted by WBZ-TV’s Bob Lobel, honored fifteen individuals and/or groups throughout the state for their progress and accomplish-merits that have been achieved through inter-personal, interagency and collaborative efforts.

The Bissell’s are parents of twin boys with disabilities who determined a need in the Central Region of Massachusetts for information about disability-related resources. Working in partnership with the Central Region of the Department of Mental Retardation and central region resources, they created and maintain the www.communitygateway.org website. Families, provider agencies, staff, individuals with disabilities and community members are now able to access disability information for local, state, and national resources. The Bissell’s work with large and small groups to provide links to their website and keep online resource information current and accurate.

The Mental Retardation community held numerous events throughout the state in March to commemorate the month as Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities month. Regional, facilities and area offices working in concert with families and boards hosted a series of local events conferences, legislative receptions and recognition ceremonies to honor the accomplishments of people with developmental disabilities.

Cindy and Rich with Bob Lobel, WBZ TV
Cindy and Rich with Bob Lobel, WBZ TV
Department of Mental Retardation Executive Office of Health & Human Services Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Mental Retardation Executive Office of Health & Human Services Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor Cellucci - Richard and Cindy Bissell In recognition of your diligent efforts and support of people with disabilities in establishing and fostering community partnerships that brought new opportunities, acceptance and self-esteem to Massachusetts citizens with mental retardation.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor Cellucci – Richard and Cindy Bissell In recognition of your diligent efforts and support of people with disabilities in establishing and fostering community partnerships that brought new opportunities, acceptance and self-esteem to Massachusetts citizens with mental retardation.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives - Richard & Cindy Bissell in Recognition of your extraordinary and exemplary efforts on behalf of people with mental retardation.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives – Richard & Cindy Bissell in Recognition of your extraordinary and exemplary efforts on behalf of people with mental retardation.
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