Canton boy getting buzz cut for cause

Griffin Lincoln with Rob Gronkow-ski at last year’s Buzz-Off, pre-cuts.
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Griffin Lincoln with Rob Gronkow-ski at last year’s Buzz-Off, pre-cuts.

HEAD START ON HELPING: Griffin Lincoln of Canton loved it when his grandfather, Joseph Molinari, snagged free candy for him from the bowls at nursing stations at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where Molinari was being treated for lung cancer.

Molinari died in 2011 at the age of 68. Griffin, honoring his grandfather and the bond they shared, picked up the sweet-tooth mantle. He gathered up his leftover Halloween candy, and got his friends to add their stashes, for donation to Dana-Farber; their contribution hit 171 pounds.

He ramped it up last October, asking for donations from fellow students and the staff at John F. Kennedy Elementary School, and came up with more than 500 pounds of the sweet stuff.


The fifth-grader doesn’t confine his philanthropy to just candy. Last year he raised $5,400 through a One Mission project, the Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off, to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital. He’s aiming even higher for this year’s campaign, saying, “I’d really, really like to get $6,000.”

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The culminating event is June 9 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, where hundreds will gather to have some fun — and get their heads shaved. Griffin got a buzz-cut last year, when he was honored as one of the campaign’s top fund-raisers in the children’s category, and plans to do it again this year. The total collected at last year’s event was more than $550,000.

“When my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, and I later read about kids with cancer, I figured I might as well help,” he said.

That’s not surprising, said his mother, Susan Lincoln.

“He’s always had empathy for others, even at a very early age,” she said. “It’s not totally surprising he’s so involved now.”


When Griffin was 3 and had a birthday party, Lincoln said, she and his father told him that if he got a lot of gifts, it might be nice to donate some to kids who could use them. He agreed, and since then has donated extra presents to the Ronald McDonald House. In third grade, he read about a child with neuroblastoma, held a bake sale, and sent about $400 to a doctor in Vermont doing research on the disease, she said.

Part of the thrill at last year’s hair-cutting fund-raiser at Gillette was meeting New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who also got buzzed for the cause.

“He is very cool, and very nice,” said Griffin, who follows all sports.

Getting into the act locally, Canton Selectman Gerald Salvatori has told Griffin that if he raises at least $5,000, Salvatori will get his head shaved in front of the fifth-grade class at the Kennedy School.

Griffin said his hair last year was “wicked long, it would curl at the bottom,” but getting it cut was no big deal.


“It’s a great feeling the day you get your head buzzed,” he said.

A MOBSTER’S TALE: Marshfield author Casey Sherman has released “Animal: The Bloody Rise and Fall of the Mob’s Most Feared Assassin,” which he describes as a prequel to the Whitey Bulger case.

The book is about Joe “the Animal” Barboza and his part in a bloody mob war, his recruitment by the FBI, his false testimony in the Teddy Deegan murder case, his role as the first person placed in the federal witness protection program, and his murder by the Mafia.

Sherman said the book has been optioned for a movie by Rhode Island director Michael Corrente (“Outside Providence,” “American Buffalo”) and producer Dorothy Aufiero (“The Fighter”).

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Kenneth Kupferberg (inset) of Duxbury was named general manager and partner at Hoffman and Partners LLC, a new advertising agency based in Braintree. Kupferberg is former owner of Cellular

Kenneth Kupferberg

Connections, which operated 20 AT&T retail stores, and prior to that operated more than 100 cellular phone kiosks in BJ’s Wholesale Club stores on the East Coast.

Kelly MacLean was named chief development officer of the Sharon-based Trustees of Reservations. Most recently, she had senior fund-raising roles at Massachusetts General Hospital, helping a capital campaign exceed a goal of $1.5 billion. Since 2011, MacLean, a Boxford resident, oversaw fund-raising for the Boston hospital’s “Home Base” program, a partnership with the Red Sox Foundation that provides care for veterans.

Quincy-based Magellan Jets, a private aviation firm, has acquired SkyBridge Private Air in California. ­Joshua Hebert, Magellan’s CEO, noted that the new office in San Francisco is close to the high-tech companies of Silicon Valley. SkyBridge provides on-demand charters of private jets on a daily basis, with a fleet of more than 2,000 aircraft.

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