Chatham, MA – It’s Thursday, December 16th. Here’s what you should know this afternoon:
- Dozens of carols appear to fulfill the dying desire of a Worcestershire woman to care for the elderly with cancer. They responded to a social media call from the woman’s daughter, who said her mother wanted to hear Christmas carols for the last time.
- Two men unknowingly bought a 500-year-old masterpiece from a property sale in Concord for just $30. The piece, “The Virgin and Child with a Flower on the Grass Bank” is valued at more than $50 million.
- A man has been convicted of first degree murder in the shooting death of a chef in Beverly. Donald Fogg’s killer has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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Today’s most important story
One Cape Cod inn made Condé Nast Traveler’s 2022 list of the 45 Best Hotels and Resorts in the World.
The Chatham Bars Inn was the only named resort in New England and one of only 14 in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean to be included in the Condé Nast Gold List. The list was drawn up by Condé Nast editors from around the world and represents “the places and experiences (the editors) carry in their hearts,” the publication’s website said.
Condé Nast editor Cassie Shortslev said Chatham Bars Inn “has long excelled at allowing family and luxury to coexist.”
“Mastering contrasts—luxury and homey; sandy feet and designer sandals; kids’ menus and adults-only spa—those who have come for generations have loved,” Shortslev wrote. “And families don’t flock there generation after generation because of renovations or free kids’ activities (although they are nice brochure perks). They come because every inch of the property’s 25-acre property (CBI has quietly picked up more over the years) is heady.”
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Thursday’s top news
Snow, rain or sleet?: Massachusetts’ next chance for winter weather comes this weekend, as a chaotic mix of rain, snow, and sleet is expected across the region. At this point, the National Weather Service said, it’s hard to know exactly how the storm itself will appear. Changes in air temperature will determine how much snow falls before warm air turns precipitation into rain.
Dozens of Carrollers sing in Worcester for Women in Aged Care: On a dark, rainy night in Worcester, dozens of people came to sing. Echo Lewisin launched a call on social media on Tuesday asking hymnists to come to her house and sing for her mother, Morgan Freeman, who is receiving care for patients with cancer. The dying woman’s wish was to hear the Christmas carols for the last time. On Wednesday, nearly 40 people gathered outside the Winslow Street home in Louisiane to sing for Freeman.
A $30 fee purchased in the sale of Concorde properties valued at more than $50 million: Two Boston-area men inadvertently bought a 500-year-old masterpiece from a property sale in Concord for just $30. The piece, “The Virgin and Child with Flower on a Grass Bank,” designed by German Renaissance printmaker Albrecht Dürer, is worth more than $50 million. The item came from the sale of the estate, which he bought in Paris in 1919, the New York Post reported.
Rollins recounts the threats as she prepares for a lawyer job in the United States: Rachel Rollins says she endured racist and threatening messages as she prepares to become Massachusetts’ top federal attorney general. Rollins, a Democrat, will be the first black woman to serve as a US attorney in Massachusetts after being confirmed by the US Senate earlier this month. She discussed the harassment she experienced during a radio interview on Tuesday with GBH News.
Medford goldsmiths are among the businesses hit by smash and takeover thieves: A jewelry store in Medford is among the businesses that have fallen victim to burglaries such as smash and grab. The break-in occurred early Sunday morning at Roland’s Jewelry. Owner Roland Racicot told WCVB theIt was for sale and awaiting repairs. That same night, a As reported by the network.
Imagine this: a guilty verdict in the Beverly murder
A New Hampshire man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder in shooting Beverly chef Donald Fogg (below).
In case you miss it yourself
Baker breaks down on meeting domestic violence survivors: In an emotional meeting with domestic violence survivors on Wednesday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker cried and apologized for his inability to pass legislation that would have afforded them more protection.
“I literally wrote in my notes, ‘I sometimes wonder who we’re in line with,'” Baker said during the live roundtable.