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Local communities offer textile recycling
But people should also consider recycling their textile materials, like old clothing and stuffed animals. As the textile recycling industry grows, more are encouraged to turn in their textiles to be repurposed.

Eramo feasts at the plate
Senior Vinny Eramo was a murder's row of one, belting a solo homer, a 2-run homer and an RBI-triple, while powering Nashoba Tech past Murdock, 11-4, in a high school baseball game. Riley Frost went 6 strong innings for Tewksbury to get the win, striking out 2 and allowing 2 earned runs on 6 hits and 1 walk.

In harmony for Habitat
Twelve melodic voices will come together this month for a benefit concert in town. The a cappella group Skylark will woo the audience at the All Saints' Episcopal Church with love songs of the 19th century.

Perseverance pushes Chelmsford math major to perfection at UML
Being born with spinal muscular atrophy, which has required him to use a wheelchair, presents its own limitations -- but nothing could stop Raymond from earning a 4.0 grade point average and being named the recipient of a Chancellor's Medal for Distinguished Academic Achievement. He received the top grade point average in UMass Lowell's Kennedy College of Sciences.

Battling lure of e-cigs
And into our language: The word vape, as a verb, has become so common that it was the Oxford Dictionary's word of the year in 2014. On Monday night, about 50 parents, a few teachers and industry insiders gathered at Tewksbury Congregational Church for a discussion about this growing public health matter.

Today

Emile Berliner (1851)
After apprenticing as a printer in Germany, Berliner immigrated to the US and became interested in the new audio technologies of his day. He patented a series of improvements to Alexander Graham Bell's recently invented telephone before turning his attention to the phonograph. In 1888, he introduced the first flat disc recording, a marked improvement over Thomas Edison's recording cylinders for the phonograph and a precursor of the modern record. What were some of Berliner's other inventions? Discuss

Lorraine Hansberry (1930)
At just 29 years of age, African-American playwright Lorraine Hansberry secured her place in theatrical history when she became the first black woman to have a play produced on Broadway. Her acclaimed A Raisin in the Sun, a penetrating psychological study of a working-class African-American family in Chicago, was inspired in part by the discrimination and legal battle Hansberry's own family faced upon buying a home in a white Chicago neighborhood. Why was her literary career cut short?

Frank Russell Capra (1897)
One of the preeminent Hollywood directors of the 1930s and 40s, Capra produced idealistic populist movies that celebrate the virtues of the common American. At age six, the Sicilian-born future director immigrated with his family to the US. After holding various jobs in the film industry, he emerged as a major director in 1928. Within years, he had won his first Oscar. Which of his films is now considered one of the best American films ever made—despite having initially been a box office flop?

Quote of the Day

Jerome K. Jerome
The truth is, we each of us have an inborn conviction that the whole world, with everybody and everything in it, was created as a sort of necessary appendage to ourselves. Our fellow men and women were made to admire us and to minister to our various requirements. Discuss

Rudyard Kipling
Now this is the Law of the Jungle—as old and as true as the sky;And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.

Oscar Wilde
Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do.

This Day in History

Levi Strauss Patents Iconic Metal Rivet for Reinforcing Pants Pockets (1873)
If you are wearing blue jeans, chances are a version of tailor Jacob Davis's invention is hugging your hips right now. Davis did not invent jeans—that was the more famous Levi Strauss—but he did invent one crucial component: the copper rivets that reinforce the corners of the pockets, now ubiquitous on denim pants. Because Davis did not have the money to file the necessary patent paperwork, he wrote to Strauss—then Davis's fabric supplier—suggesting they apply together. How did Strauss respond? Discuss