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REMEMBERING SHARON SANATORIUM: James Lawless of Norwood contacted The Trustees of Reservations in September, asking if he and his sister, 81-year-old Ann Lawless of Newton, could visit the former Sharon Sanatorium on Everett Street.

The sanitorium was founded in 1891 for treating respiratory diseases, and in 1941, then 10-year-old Ann Lawless, suffering from rheumatic fever, spent months at the sanitorium’s children’s pavilion, where patients slept on open-air porches.

Ann Lawless, on Sept. 2013, at the former Sharon Sanatorium, now part of The Trustees of Reservations, which is seeking oral memories and mementos of former patients of the facility.
Ann Lawless, on Sept. 2013, at the former Sharon Sanatorium, now part of The Trustees of Reservations, which is seeking oral memories and mementos of former patients of the facility. Handout/Handout

The Trustees of Reservations, which has owned the property since 2008, was eager to have the Lawlesses visit, said Alison Bassett, manager of group’s archives and research center in Sharon. It fit in nicely with the nonprofit organization’s mission of documenting the lives of people who are connected to its properties.

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“Our hope is that these memories and mementos will help bring the history of the children’s pavilion at the Sharon Sanatorium to life through the people who once convalesced within its walls,” Bassett said.

Ann Lawless recalled sleeping in footie pajamas and cap, and the red-and-white blankets she used during her eight-month stay, Bassett said. James Lawless recalled his parents riding a train called “The Comet” to visit every Sunday from their home in Roxbury.

“Part of what we’re here to do is to make sure people know the history of the places they visit,” Bassett said of the Trustees’ 100-plus properties around the state, including many south of Boston. “It creates a bond stronger than just the land. We want to tell the human history of people who’ve lived on the land.”

The Lawlesses have a unique double connection to the old sanatorium and the trustees: Ann Lawless’s stay was paid for by Ellen Paine, daughter of trustees’ founder Charles Eliot. The Lawlesses’ mother, Julia Gavin Lawless, was a nursemaid for Paine.

“When Ann visited us, more and more came back to her,” Bassett said. “The building has changed a lot, but it stirred up some of those memories. And that speaks to the importance of bringing people to a place and connecting to them, connecting people to stories.”

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Former patients or anyone connected with the sanatorium are encouraged to contact Bassett at 781-784-8200, or by e-mailing her at abassett@ttor.org.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: The Marketing Unzipped marketing collaborative recently finished its “Flaunt It For a Cause” campaign, photographing more than 90 business people wearing a pink feather boa in tribute to The Joe Andruzzi Foundation of Foxborough. The campaign raised more than $400 as part of a plan to increase public awareness of the foundation’s mission of providing patient grants and funding for pediatric brain-cancer research.

Marketing Unzipped was founded last year by Monica Bentley of Bridgewater, Jen Vondenbrink of Foxborough, and Cathy Copeland and Melody Howard Ritt, both of Sharon.

Blake Lukis, director of operations at Aquarion Water Co.’s Massachusetts systems, was named president of the Massachusetts Water Works Association. He oversees the operation, maintenance, and engineering for the water systems in the state, which includes the towns of Hingham, Hull, and portions of Cohasset. Formerly, Lukis was an engineer and assistant superintendent of the water and sewer department in Wellesley.

David Cerruti of Scituate has started Dave’s Happy Tails Animal Care and Dog Walking. Since moving to town 15 years ago with his wife, Kathy, Cerruti has been involved with the town’s animal shelter, and served on its board of directors for 12 years, and also served in other capacities, including walking dogs and organizing fund-raising events. Cerruti is also a member of the national Humane Society’s Disaster Area Response Team, and was deployed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to Hattiesburg, Miss., where 2,600 pets were rescued. He was assigned to 50 dogs to care for during his two weeks there, and earned a commendation from the Humane Society.

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Cardinal Cushing Centers in Hanover has a pop-up shop again this year at Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham, selling gifts handmade by students and adults at the nonprofit, which helps people with intellectual disabilities. The shop is near the Kohl’s and REI stores and sells products such as jewelry, pottery, cards, specialty holiday items and cookies, said Cushing’s president and CEO, Jo Ann Simons. The store is open Thursdays to Sundays through Dec. 21. During the rest of the year, the nonprofit group runs an on-campus retail site at 405 Washington St., Hanover.

JD Communications, a marketing and public-relations consulting firm in Canton, racked up two Gold Prestigious Results in Sales and Marketing Awards from the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston. The awards were in the categories of Best Website Design and Best Marketing Event of the Year. The former was for the total redesign of the website for S+H Construction Inc., and the latter for the grand opening of Eastman St. Woodworks in Easton.


Paul E. Kandarian can be reached at pkandarian@aol.com