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Virtual coffee house, and celebrating a 100-year-old soldier

Corporal Arthur Butler Jr. posing with his medals.
Corporal Arthur Butler Jr. posing with his medals.Cummings Properties


The town of Marlborough celebrated Corporal Arthur Butler Jr.’s 100th birthday on Jan. 8. Butler is a World War II veteran who served in the Battle of Okinawa and received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. Marlborough residents celebrated the event with a car parade at the New Horizons assisted living facility where Butler lives. There, Mayor Arthur Vigeant issued a proclamation in Butler’s honor. Earlier in the day, the Marlborough Fire Department presented Butler with a customized helmet to mark the event.

Four Medway High School students received a Design Thinking Award from the Mass STEM Hub Online Industry Challenge. Ian Khoo, Pedro Andre Tose, Mark Murphy, and Nora Sullivan won the award for their presentation about how they would repurpose a fictional 18th-century farmhouse. The students completed the project as part of their Civil Engineering and Architecture class. Khoo, Tose, Murphy, and Sullivan each will receive a three-dimensional printing pen as a prize for their project.



Me & Thee coffeehouse at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Marblehead plans to host the latest installment of its virtual concert series with a performance by the Oshima Brothers, a sibling group that sings contemporary folk and acoustic pop songs. The Oshima Brothers were the last performers to play live at the concert series. Links to the Facebook and Youtube livestream will be available at meandthee.org and on the Me & Thee Youtube and Facebook pages. The online event on Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. is free, but the coffeehouse suggests a $20 donation.

The Patton Homestead in Hamilton is collaborating with several local nonprofits to host a series of interactive online events in 2021. The first of the webinar series, titled “Patton Homestead Community Conversations,” takes place Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. The inaugural session will discuss arts and culture with panelists Oliver Barker from the Cape Ann Museum, Derek O’Brien from the Peabody Essex Museum, and Kristin Noon from the Wenham Museum. Those interested can participate for free, but must register in advance. For more information, visit pattonhomestead.org/communityconversations.



South Shore Conservatory, a community music and arts school with campuses in Duxbury and Hingham, has chosen Robert Cinnante to become its new president. Cinnante is currently executive director of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut, where he has focused on increasing educational programming. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and served as general manager for Music for Food, a Boston-based nonprofit concert series. “I am thrilled to be joining SSC as its next president, and am excited to hit the ground running,” Cinnante said. “This organization has stood at the forefront of arts education on the South Shore for more than 50 years, and I am honored to help continue that legacy.”

The Thayer Public Library in Braintree will host a virtual “WWII Facts & Fiction” evening on Jan. 26 from 7 to 8 p.m via Zoom. The event will include trivia, reading recommendations, and a discussion with Joe Pereira on the research behind the book he coauthored, “All Souls Day: the World War II Battle and the Search for a Lost U.S. Battalion.” Those interested can register for the free event online with the library’s event calendar or by calling 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Diana Bravo can be reached at diana.bravo@globe.com.