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50 years ago this month, August edition

TEWKSBURY, AUG. 8, 1968 — A 37-year-old Burlington man was found shot dead in a driveway on Emily Road. The victim, identified as Charles McCarthy of 11 Woodhill Road, Burlington, was found by police officers Donald Rubino and James Jones lying beside a car in the driveway of a house owned by Melvin Mahoney, reported to be his brother-in-law. The officers thought Mahoney was still in the house, so they summoned help from surrounding towns. The police used tear gas and then stormed the house armed with shotguns, but found it empty. Mahoney had gone across the street to the home of Thomas Healey, 29, had taken him hostage and forced him into his car. The two drove off together, but Mahoney later turned himself into Tewksbury police.  — Shirley Yates and Mea Shaughnessy, Lowell Sun

18-year-old Linda Floyd of Woburn suffered a fractured skull when her car struck a truck head-on on Cambridge Street outside Burlington Medical Center at 11 p.m. She was transported to Choate Hospital, unconscious.

Linda Floyd accidentLinda Floyd accident scene



United Church of Christ, Congregational parsonage under construction by Ruping. Then and now:




Sarry's Fruitland
Sarry’s Fruitland, in the Cambridge Street plaza across from Francis Wyman Road
Control Data Institute computer room
Control Data Institute prepares to move into its 30,000 sq. ft. facility in Northwest Park, on Middlesex Turnpike.  It will be the largest and best-equipped facility of its kind in New England, sporting 12 air conditioned classrooms, two modern laboratories and a computer room with a 3000-series CDC computer. It has a tape and disc drive.


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  1. I remember the parsonage well. Next to the driveway we’re these tremendous Grapevines and there was almost a cave and we would hide in there and stuff ourselves on grapes (probably why I love and work with wine now). I was very friendly with the Reverend’s daughters, Beth & Beverly. I lost touch with them sadly.

  2. Quite a surprise to find Nancy Kennedy’s engagement announcement to me. Still married, great memory, great life.

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