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50 years ago this month, April edition

Dale Carnegie ad Burlington MA 1968

Dale Carnegie seminar — Before Tony Robbins, we had Dale Carnegie. This seminar was held at the brand new Howard Johnson Motor Lodge, presented by Earl Yawman of the Leadership Training Institute in Lawrence, MA. The seminar wasn’t until late April, but the ads appeared this week.

Shirley Capecci, Miss Burlington 1968
Shirley Capecci, Miss Burlington 1968

Miss Burlington — Shirley Capecci, 19, of East Boston, won the Miss Burlington pageant. She’s now a San Diego lawyer. The contest was open to anyone in the region. More details halfway down this other story.

Forbes Ave. crisis — A section of Forbes Ave. was eroding such that trucks periodically sank into it. This went on for months, due to leaky underground water pipes, while town department heads blamed each other instead of fixing the issue. Forbes Ave. residents had been without water for several days when this photo was taken.

Forbes Ave. eroding fast from faulty underground water pipes
Forbes Ave. eroding fast from faulty underground water pipes

YWCA kicks off — Burlington’s chapter of the YWCA had its first meeting, at the United Church of Christ on Lexington Street.

Upper Cambridge Street businesses in full swing:

Red Robin restaurant, where Town Grocery is now.


3A Service Station, where Lester's Roadside BBQ is now, Burlington MA
3A Service Station on Cambridge Street, adjacent to where Lester’s Roadside BBQ is now


Sarry's Fruitland, 390 Cambridge Street, Burlington MA
Sarry’s Fruitland, 390 Cambridge Street, in the strip directly across from Francis Wyman Road


Liquor Cabinet ad Burlington MALittle People meeting — Linda Pomeroy of Keene, NH announces a meeting of the Little People Of America at 4 Edgemont Ave., Burlington, the home of Morton and Norma Connors. Their son Gary, 18, is a member. The organization was founded in 1957 by actor Billy Barty.

Contract won — Microwave Associates on South Ave. wins an $89,927 government contract to build 880 electron tubes to military specifications.

Engagement announcement — Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hogan of Lexington Street announce the engagement of their daughter Charlene to Edward L. Lenzi of Cambridge Street. Miss Hogan is a student at Burlington High School and Mr. Lenzi is attending Northern Essex Community College, majoring in business administration.

School appointees — The School Committee appoints these department heads at Francis Wyman Junior High School: Leonard Connolly (math), Peter Mahoney (social studies), Patricia Hennessey (science), Edwina Addison (language) and Linda Rheingold (art). At the Senior High School, Constantine O’Doherty becomes administrative assistant and Frank Cagliuso becomes music director.

Talent show audition — WBZ’s Community Auditions show is pairing with St. Mark’s to conduct a local talent hunt. Auditions are Saturday, April 13 in the high school. First prize is an appearance on the TV show and a chance to share in the $2,500 bond prizes. Dave Maynard, the host of the 14-year-old show, will emcee the audition. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Proceeds benefit the St. Mark’s building fund.

Five firefighters appointed — They passed the written exam: Joseph Doran at 99 Mill Street, Doug Hyde at 145 Wilmington Road, Tom Murray at 5 Long Street, Donald Robinson at 5 James Street and William Bibbey at 39 Francis Wyman Road.

Howard Johnson Motor Lodge Burlington MA 5Howard Johnson Motor Lodge opens — Burlington’s first motel is located across from the new Burlington Mall on Middlesex Turnpike. The restaurant and cocktail lounge will open in about six weeks, says manager Ed Poor.

Teen center debated — A section of the Almy’s parking area looked like a good location for a Teen Clubs International facility. Never happened.

Three firefighter candidates pass the civil service exam — Joseph Doran of 99 Mill Street, Douglas Hyde of 145 Wilmington Road and Thomas E. Murray of 5 Long Street. Salary is $117/week.

Winnmere area might get sidewalks, curbs — Safety for schoolchildren is the primary cause for concern. Business owners said it would stymie parking without making any difference in pedestrian safety.

Winnmere area debates curbs, sidewalks
Winnmere area debates curbs, sidewalks

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