Roundup of resident celebrity news: A diva’s triumphant return, a centennial birthday, the Bird Man of Southborough, and a news legend

Above: Joe Black allowed young volunteers to release doves of peace in a tribute to troops serving overseas at last spring’s care package drive. (photo by Beth Melo)

Local media has profiled and/or photographed some of our town’s current and former residents. These include our own “Bird Man”, a successful musician, a 100-year resident, and the passing of a legend with Southborough ties.

‘Andy’ Baldelli turns 100 – Southborough Wicked Local

Recognition of a resident’s 100 years living in Southborough:

Southborough resident Henry “Andy” Baldelli of Cordaville Road turned 100 years old Monday, Oct 20. Baldelli, a lifelong Southborough resident, was born on Oct 20, 1914. (read more)

Meet Joe Black, the ‘Bird man’ of Southborough – Metrowest Daily News

MWDN’s photo journalist did a much better job than me capturing Black and his doves:

Dove and pigeon expert by day, rock and roller at night, Joe Black of Southborough keeps busy with his two passions. At his dove releases, Black chats with guests, talks about his beloved birds and sometimes describes himself as “the bird man”. (see story with photo gallery)

Southborough’s ‘Rock Star’ finalist Storm Large returns for Boston concert – Metrowest Daily News

A nice profile on the singer/performer/writer, born and raised in Southborough as Susan Storm Large: 

Arriving from the West Coast on a rainy morning, she drove to Southborough in a rented car for a homecoming with her “Pop,’’ Henry Large, the venerated football coach at St. Mark’s School, before setting off on a national tour for her new album she describes as an “impassioned exploration of love, desire and truth.’’

What else would anyone expect from the bodacious 6-foot-tall blonde chameleon who’s performed in rock and punk bands, released eight CDs, overcome drug addiction and an eating disorder, reached the finals on the CBS reality TV music competition series “Rock Star: Supernova,” and published a memoir titled “Crazy Enough.’’ . . .

Now 45, Storm has sung in her share of sleazy dive bars and last year made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Kurt Weill’s “Seven Deadly Sins’’ with the Detroit Symphony, leading the New York Times to call her “sensational.’’. . .

Storm will appear Sunday, Nov. 2, at Paramount Theatre Mainstage in Boston with her band, Le Bonheur, performing a mix of songs from her new CD and old favorites. . .

Storm said she’s “looking forward” to her coming show at Paramount Theatre so “all my old cronies can see how I’ve grown up.” (read more)

Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor, dies at 93 – The Washington Post

The venerable journalist who passed away earlier this month once resided at a boarding school in town:

“Benny,” as the family called him, was a 14-year-old ninth-grader at the venerable St. Mark’s School in Southboro, Mass., when polio broke out at the campus in the spring of 1936. He was stricken with the fearful disease on the same day as a close friend. An ambulance that carried both boys dropped Mr. Bradlee at his Beacon Street home, then took Fred Hubbell to Massachusetts General Hospital. Mr. Bradlee was paralyzed from the waist down; Hubbell died. . .

Within eight weeks, thanks to rigorous rehabilitation, Mr. Bradlee was playing a clumsy game of golf. Two years later, he was playing varsity baseball for St. Mark’s.  (read more)

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