Have needles, will knit

Members of the ChitChat Knitters at Linden Ponds in Hingham (from left) Phyllis Perry, Judith Shorr, Mitzi Anastopoulos, Deb Graham and Frankie Darrow. The group knits warm wear for various causes.
Members of the ChitChat Knitters at Linden Ponds in Hingham (from left) Phyllis Perry, Judith Shorr, Mitzi Anastopoulos, Deb Graham and Frankie Darrow. The group knits warm wear for various causes.

Have needles, will knit: They sit, they knit, and they chat, about family, politics, and the woes of the world, solving all the world’s problems. “If the world would only listen,” Deb Graham said with a laugh.

They are the ChitChat Knitters, a group of about 30 women who gather to knit and gab at Linden Ponds, the Hingham retirement community where they live. And they do it to help others, creating warm wear for a variety of causes.

One of their current projects is Caps for Kids, which distributes hats and mittens to homeless shelters, schools, community health centers, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


“It’s very rewarding doing this,” said Graham, who at 62 is the youngest of the ChitChat Knitters, the oldest being 92. “We have such a good time talking and socializing, but we’re also doing something productive and worthwhile.”

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They’ve recently agreed to knit for another group, Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore, because “we wanted to make a difference closer to home,” Graham said.

The group has also knitted helmet liners for the military and comfort shawls for the Continuing Care Program at Linden Ponds.

There have been various knitting groups at Linden Ponds over the years, with three of them, the Comfort Shawl Knitters, the Caps for Kids Knitters, and the Plastic Bag Crocheters, joining ranks to form ChitChat Knitters last October. The group gathers Monday mornings for two-hour sessions.

“People were going to other groups and also coming together to our one group,” Graham said. “Everyone seemed to like getting together as a larger group, so we decided to make the change.”


The group consists only of women, she said, adding, “not that we want it that way, but we’ve yet to find a gentleman who wants to join our group.”

More women, and men, are welcome to join, she said, beginners or experts.

“We have people who’ve never picked up needles and those who are very good knitters,” Graham said. “It’s a really good mix.”

Locals LACE up gloves: Five contestants from the South Shore are lacing up the boxing gloves Thursday for the third annual “Haymakers for Hope Rock ‘n’ Rumble,” at the House of Blues in Boston, starting at 7 p.m. Brian Driscoll and Judd Smith, of Milton; Raf Montes, of Kingston; Ned Hare, of Hingham; and Maria Tedeschi, of Norwell, are taking part in the fund-raiser that features first-time boxers hitting the ring, and probably getting hit, to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Jimmy Fund, and the Whitehead Institute. General admission is $75 (standing room only), with VIP packages going for $150. For information and tickets, visit

Brockton man wins award: David Gorman of Brockton was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award by the Brockton High School Alumni Association, presented annually to a graduate who has given back to the community. Gorman has organized the Kids’ Road Races at D.W. Field Park for more than 30 years, directing more than 580 races, with more than 200 children participating each season.


For more than 10 years, he has also been director of the Enterprise Helping Hands Fund, which raises money through the annual Jingle Bell Run to help needy families over the holidays. Gorman graduated from Brockton High in 1965 and was captain of the cross-country team.

Business Briefs: Hingham residents Thomas Carey, Jennifer Merrigan-Fay, and Walter Osterman were named to the board of trustees at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston. Carey is a consultant with Spencer Stuart; Merrigan-Fay is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s litigation department; and Osterman is founder and CEO of the social media-marketing agency Social Mavens.

Marshfield residents Len and Leslie Marma were named top sales agents in the Marshfield office of Braintree-based Success Real Estate. Len Marma is former owner of the Fairview Inn, and Leslie Marma came to real estate after a career with John Hancock Life Insurance as a systems analyst.

Amy Geogan of Norwell has joined South Shore Bank as senior vice president and senior credit officer at the bank’s Weymouth headquarters. She has more than 30 years experience in financial services, working most recently as a national consultant for KPMG of Boston, and before that as chief credit officer at the Bank of Canton.

Anne Comber of Milton was named the new associate director of Friends of the Blue Hills, a nonprofit that works to protect the Blue Hills Reservation. She works on member recruitment, community partnerships and outreach and special events for the group. She has more than 20 years experience in fund-raising, marketing, and public relations, and has worked for Fontbonne Academy and Project Bread — The Walk for Hunger.

Rebecca Starr of Sharon was honored by the Sisterhood Temple Israel in Sharon recently, earning the Light of Torah award recognizing her commitment to the Jewish community. Proceeds from the brunch event benefit the Jewish Theological Women’s League Seminary Campaign.

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