Roundup of residents in the news: Award winning nurse, aid to the homeless, fiddling with a band, and a business that’s cleaning up

Above: Resident fiddler Ben Stiva (left) plays in the band Brother’s Rye
(photo by Daniel Cojanu posted to band’s website)

I can’t cover everything Southborough residents do. But when the local media writes about our hometown heroes, I try to round up the stories.

Here’s the latest batch. . .

Southborough nurse’s devotion pays off with national award – from The Community Advocate:
When Southborough resident Jane Maxim embarked on her career as a nephrology nurse in 1974, she worked at a center in Boston where people with kidney failure had to travel from all over New England three times a week to receive dialysis treatment. She was pleased when medical advancements made it possible for some patients to receive in-home treatment via peritoneal dialysis. She knew the option would ease many of the hardships such travel can cause. . .

In October, the [home dialysis] unit Maxim manages won a national award, DCI’s 2013 Darwin Peterson Award for its home dialysis program. The annual award is bestowed upon the home dialysis program with “the highest overall quality throughout the DCI network of dialysis facilities.”(read more)

Southborough woman aids homeless families in transition – from The Community Advocate:
Volunteering really does make a difference. For Dru Lindgren, her involvement with Friends of Families in Transition has not only helped homeless families who are temporarily housed in hotels, but has helped to enrich her life and that of her family. She has recently become the Marlborough coordinator for the organization. (read more)

Fiddling tunes from Western North Carolina to Southborough from The Community Advocate:
Ben Riva of Southborough is a musician who has covered a lot of ground, both in musical styles and geographical regions. He started playing the violin at age 3 when his family lived in Philadelphia. Now he’s performing fiddle and vocals with Brother’s Rye, a country and bluegrass band who play nearly weekly at venues in the greater Boston area and on Cape Cod. (read more)

For maintenance firm, bigger is better – from
[Karen] Sommers and her husband, Bob, own City Wide Maintenance of Boston, which sends cleaning people, handymen and window washers to more than 200 buildings a week across a swath of Eastern Massachusetts, from Worcester to Plymouth to the New Hampshire border.

On any given night, crews dispatched by the Southboro-based maintenance management firm clean more than a million square feet of commercial floor space, Mrs. Sommers estimated. (read more)

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