The Irish International Immigrant Center will present its annual Solas Awards during a celebration at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum on Dec. 6. Named from the Gaelic word for "light," the Solas Awards are given to leaders whose work inspires and who are committed to giving back to the community. Joyce and Bill Cummings are the founders of the Cummings Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in New England,...(more)
On Tuesday, November 19, the North Shore Chamber of Commerce honored Bill Cummings with a 2013 North Shore Distinguished Citizen Award. As Bill was traveling out of the country at the time, Steve Drohosky, general manager of Cummings Center, accepted the award on his behalf at the Chamber’s 2013 Annual Dinner. (more)
NAIOP Massachusetts is proud to announce that Bill and Joyce Cummings are the recipients of the 2013 Edward H. Linde Public Service Award. Recipients of this award are chosen based on their civic and charitable contributions, along with a life-long commitment to the highest values of service to the greater community. The award will be presented to the couple at NAIOP's Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, November 7 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston. (More)
In Woburn, a grant is equipping police with what they say will be powerful, otherwise unaffordable technology: license plate readers.
Cameras mounted on a trunk of a cruiser will photograph only license plates, not drivers or vehicle interiors, according to Woburn Police Chief Robert Ferullo. Information will be cross-checked with federal and state databases in search of stolen cars and other violations. (More)
“I believed I would die from cancer, since I didn’t think there was any cure,” Delphine Musabeyezu told a group assembled in front of the Butaro Ambulatory Cancer Center in Rwanda Tuesday. “I’m here now to say I am doing well. I’m here as someone that is cured.” (More)
Woburn, MA - Eleven Woburn organizations will receive $100,000 grants each from the Cummings Foundation, the foundation announced last week. They were selected for Cummings' $100K for 100 program along with 89 other greater Boston area nonprofits. (More)
Four Lawrence organizations have received grants of $100,000 each from Cummings Foundation through its new $100K for 100 program. Along with 96 other greater Boston nonprofits, they were selected from more than 370 applicants during a competitive review process. (More)
The Cummings Foundation in Woburn, Massachusetts, has announced grants totaling $10 million to one hundred nonprofit organizations in the greater Boston area. Awarded through its OneWorld Boston Grant Program, the foundation awarded grants ranging in duration from two to five years... (More)
Cummings Foundation last night awarded $100,000 grants to 100 nonprofits, including 15 on the North Shore. The grants were announced at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn. North Shore organizations receiving awards included Beverly Bootstraps, Beverly Children's Learning Center, Beverly Education Foundation... (More)
The Cummings Foundation is set to announce tonight the names of 100 nonprofits to which it is donating $100,000 apiece, some $10 million in gifts in total. The Cummings Foundation is the family foundation of Cummings Properties founder Bill Cummings and his wife, Joyce Cummings. (More)
The Cummings Foundation on Wednesday night awarded $10 million in grants to eastern Massachusetts charitable organizations, $800,000 of which was awarded to organizations in MetroWest. Eight MetroWest non-profits received $100,000 grants, part of the Cummings Foundation's $100K for 100 program, which selected 100 organizations to receive grants of $100,000 each. (More)
Salem State University's new Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies supported by Cummings Foundation
After the death of Sonia Weitz, cofounder of the Holocaust Center, Boston North Inc., three years ago, observers wondered what would become of the 31-year-old Peabody institution and its mission to prevent atrocities through education.
Now the mission will continue. In an agreement announced Wednesday, the center will give its collections to Salem State University... (More)
Bill and Joyce Cummings together delivered the 2013 undergraduate Commencement speech at Salem State University on May 18... (More)
Salem State University will hold two undergraduate commencement ceremonies for the class of 2013, both of which will be held at the O'Keefe Complex on Canal Street on Saturday May 18. The first ceremony will be held for the 672 students graduating from the Bertolon School of Business and the School of Human Services on at 10 a.m... (More)
WOBURN, Mass., May 17, 2013 – Winchester High School has selected graduating senior Irena Brates as this year's McKeown Scholar.
Brates topped 24 classmates to earn the honor, which is accompanied by a $10,000 merit scholarship to be applied to the four-year college or university of her choice. Brates will be recognized during Senior Awards Night at the Winchester High School auditorium on Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. Winchester resident Denise McKeown, widow of Jamie McKeown, for whom the award is named, will present Brates with a framed certifica. (More)
Woburn, MAWoburn Memorial High School graduating senior Michael Paladino has been named this year's McKeown Scholar, topping 40 classmates to earn the $10,000 merit scholarship.
From Paladino's winning essay, "Innovating for the Future": "Computers allow mankind to live as it does today, for just about every innovationevery new car, advancement in medical technology, or even advanced food and drug production has its basis in computing technology."
Ranked first in his graduating class, Paladino serves as class president and is a member of the National Honor Society. (More)
Woburn, MACummings Foundation has awarded $100,000 to the Woburn Police Department through its "$100K for 100" grants program, the company announced last week.
The funds, to be paid over two years, will allow the department to purchase three new license plate reading systems for deployment in patrol vehicles. (More)
April 26, 2013 More)OneWorld Boston, the grant making affiliate of North Shore based Cummings Foundation, recently announced that it has awarded 10 grants of $100,000 each to local charities, the first of 100 nonprofits due to receive similarly sized grants in 2013. (
The Woburn-based Cummings Foundation has pledged of $100,000 to The One Fund Boston in honor of Marc Fucarile of Stoneham, who was seriously injured in one of the blasts during the Boston Marathon. (More)
WOBURN, February 21, 2013Beverly Bootstraps is among the first 10 local organizations selected for grants of $100,000 each from Cummings Foundation. The Woburn-based foundation will announce an additional 90 awards of the same amount in June.
These "early decision" grant recipients were determined by the staff of the Foundation's for-profit affiliate, commercial real estate firm... (More)
Woburn, MA More)The Middlesex Canal Commission plans to begin canal restoration work in Woburn between January and April. Completed in 1803 as a 27-mile waterway connecting Lowell to Charlestown, the canal is now broken into 19 segments, ranging from open water to overgrown rights of way. (
William Cummings is founder and president of Cummings Properties LLC, a full-service real estate development company.
In 2011, William and his wife, Joyce, made headlines when they revealed that they had donated half of their wealth to charity, and it was revealed last May that the Cummingses actually had donated an astonishing 90-plus percent of their wealth. They had signed the Giving Pledge, started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates.
Cummings is a graduate of Tufts University. He is also the founder of Cummings Foundation Inc. and president of assisted-living center Hew Horizons at Choate LLC and New Horizons at Marlborough Inc. (More)
Cummings Foundation, the principal beneficiary of the earnings from Woburn, Mass. commercial real estate firm Cummings Properties, has distributed 60 grants of $100,000 each to greater Boston not-for-profits. The $6 million in awards were made during the first grant cycle of OneWorld Boston, the Foundation's new grant-making affiliate. (More)
MARLBOROUGH More)On Oct. 1 the Sisters of the Good Shepherd will have a new home for their 12 sisters in Marlborough. Cummings Foundation Inc., a charitable foundation funded by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester since 1986, is in the process of building the 12,000-square-foot site costing $870,000 at 406 Hemenway Street, across from St. Matthias Church. (
Fondasiyo y’Abanyamerika yitwa Cummings Fondation imaze gutanga amadorali ibihumbi 500 yo gufasha imiryango nyarwanda itishoboye mu kwiteza imbere. Iyo nkunga, Cummings Fondation iyinyuza mu ishami ryawo ryitwa Institut pour la Justice Mondiale. Mu kwezi kwa mbere uyu mwaka, Bill na Joyce Cummings bashinze iyo fondasiyo basuye u Rwanda mu gihe cy’iminsi 12 basura ibikorwa bitandukanye ... (More)
BOSTON, MAAt an event presented by The Boston Foundation, at the Kennedy Library, Joyce and Bill Cummings spoke to more than 400 representatives of local not-for-profits. During a 20-minute talk, they shared their personal and business backgrounds, spoke about Cummings Properties and Cummings Foundation, and discussed the future of the Foundation’s new grant-making affiliates.
WINCHESTER, MAEarlier this month, graduating Winchester High School senior Caroline Pierce was selected as this year’s McKeown Scholar. The $10,000 award from the Cummings Foundation is named for James L. McKeown, the late president of Cummings Properties.
Pierce was selected based on her application packet, her community service record, her reputation, a personal interview and the quality of her essay. This year's essay asked students to discuss whether a generation... (More)
Beverly Hospital has been working for years on expanding its surgical services department. Last year the conclusion of a million dollar campaign for more operating space helped to outfit three brand new operating rooms. (More)
Woburn, MA More)Cummings Foundation, Inc. has announced a significant expansion of its support for Woburn not-for-profits. Eleven Woburn institutions have received grants of $100,000 each, most of which will be paid over two to five years. (
Winchester, MA More)OneWorld Boston, Inc., the new grant-making affiliate of Cummings Foundation, recently announced grant awards for four Winchester organizations. The awards of $100,000 each are part of a significant expansion of support from the Woburn-based foundation. (
Stoneham, MA More)Cummings Foundation, Inc. recently announced a significant expansion of its support for Woburn nonprofit organizations. Three Stoneham organizations received grants of $100,000 each from OneWorld Boston, Inc., the new grant-making affiliate of Cummings Foundation. (
WOBURN, MAWoburn Memorial High School has selected graduating senior Francesca Malvarosa as this year’s McKeown Scholar. Malvarosa topped 39 classmates to earn the honor, which is accompanied by a $10,000 merit scholarship to be applied to the four-year college or university of her choice.
The McKeown Scholars competition, now in its 16th year, is sponsored by Woburn-based Cummings Foundation. According to Joel Swets, the foundation's executive director, "Francesca is involved in a remarkable number of academic, extracurricular, and community service activities. She is an excellent... (More)
WOBURN, MACummings Foundation and New Horizons at Choate retirement community have announced the 16th Annual McKeown Scholars Program in honor of James L. McKeown, late trustee of New Horizons and president of Cummings Properties. Born and raised in Woburn, McKeown was actively involved in the local community until his death in 1996 at the age of 41.
According to Dennis Clarke, president and CEO of Cummings Properties, “In the past 15 years, the McKeown Scholars Program has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to outstanding Woburn graduates alone, and nearly $2 million ... (More)
BOSTON, MA More)In promising to donate most of their considerable fortune to charity, Bill and Joyce Cummings say they are trying to set an example for the country’s wealthiest 1 percent. The Winchester couple, having made hundreds of millions in commercial real estate in Eastern... (
MEDFORD, MA More)Cummings Foundation, Inc. (CFI) announced this week that Tufts University president Anthony P. Monaco has joined its board of trustees. Founded in 1986, CFI is a private operating foundation funded primarily by Joyce and Bill Cummings, of Winchester. The Woburn-based organization has grown to become one of the largest charitable foundations in New England, with more than...(
WINCHESTER, MA More)Bill and Joyce Cummings don't live on a sprawling estate, own a jet, or otherwise flaunt their wealth, but the Winchester couple will soon start acting more like billionaires Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates. Earlier this month, the Cummingses became the first people in Massachusetts to sign the Giving Pledge, promising to donate at least half of their fortune to charity. (
WINCHESTER, MA More)When Bill and Joyce Cummings go out for a drive from their Winchester home, reminders of Bill's career regularly appear: the corporate headquarters of Cummings Properties and Cummings Foundation in Woburn, the Cummings Center in Beverly, and its latest addition, TradeCenter 128 and its landmark Beacon Grille at the intersection of Route 128 and Interstate 93. Bill Cummings, 73, is "semi-retired," having stopped taking a salary in 2007 from... (
WINCHESTER, MA More)One of the worst moments of the late Eliezer Ayalon’s life came when the German guard, with one swift swoop, smacked away his one worldly possession – a small, porcelain cup. It happened at his first of five concentration camps, Blyzin, in the spring of 1943. (
WINCHESTER, MA More)According to his wife Joyce, Winchester resident and successful real estate businessman Bill Cummings likes to try things he’s never done before. In the world of philanthropy, there isn’t much left. Cummings, a proud Tufts University... (
A year ago, Bill Cummings and his wife, Joyce, visited Yad Vashem, and listened to a lecturer tell their Tufts University group how he survived five concentration camps in Poland and Austria. "There wasn't a person in that group of 40 who didn't have a handkerchief out, including the... (More)
September 2010 - Centenarian Rose Ring cuts her cake, as she and fellow New Horizons residents and staff members celebrate her 102nd birthday. A resident of the Warren Avenue retirement community for more than five years, Ring is an avid knitter, "unbeatable" in tabletop bowling, and a regular at afternoon coffee socials and weekly movies. Other members of New Horizons' Centenarian Club include Josie Fuchs and Lillian Mahoney.
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University: Using animal models in life science development
Just east of Worcester sits another connector in the string of life sciences enterprises in the State. The 702,000 square-foot Grafton Science Park, located on the south side of Route 30, on the campus of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, occupies approximately 100 acres and represents an ambitious initiative to stimulate economic development in Central Massachusetts.
Through a collaborative research program, veterinarians and scientists from the school assist companies in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industries as they take products from concepts to market. (More)
Tufts University officially changed the name of its veterinary school yesterday to honor two of its benefactors, William S. and Joyce M. Cummings, and their foundation, the Cummings Foundation, Inc.
A celebration was held to mark changing the name of the Route 30 campus from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine to the Cummings... (More)
Tufts University celebrated the generosity of Cummings Foundation, Inc., and its chief benefactors William S. and Joyce M. Cummings, yesterday by changing the name of its veterinary school to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. (More)
Decades after Depression, a farmer gets his diploma
By Suzanne Sataline, Globe Correspondent | May 27, 2004
John Marion, 87, celebrates his Woburn High diploma yesterday with "classmates" including Chrissy Bigelow, left, and Krystal Burgos outside New Horizons at Choate retirement home. (Globe Staff Photo / Essdras M. Suarez)
WOBURN -- He was resplendent in a black robe and mortarboard, an old farmer with a back crooked from years stooped over lettuce plants. John Marion, surrounded by well-wishers at New Horizons at Choate retirement home, became a high school graduate yesterday at age 87.
The Depression cut short his first attempt at a high school diploma. The kindness of a Woburn high school student waiting tables at his retirement home led to Marion finally getting his diploma.
Marion grew up in Woburn, raised by parents who were among the last of the city's greenhouse-lettuce growers on Route 3. The eldest of five boys and two girls, Marion spent weekends and afternoons harvesting with his siblings. His father and the field hands instructed him on how to pull lettuce from the soil when he was still a toddler. By the time he was in school, growing seasons marked the months. In the winter and spring, they boxed lettuce; during the summer, they harvested cucumbers, then tomatoes.
"I was three-quarters on the farm and one-quarter in school," he likes to say.
When the Depression began, farmers nearby began losing their land to banks and larger farms. The Marion family hung on, selling the large-headed Bell May lettuce crossbred by the Wymans in Arlington. But by 1934, the father needed help and asked his oldest son, a high school junior, to leave school to help out full time. Marion was fond of history class, but he agreed.
He wasn't angry or regretful. "I'd been on the farm all of my life," he said. "I had a good time driving the truck."
Each day Marion drove the unheated Walker Johnson truck to Quincy Market, delivering the produce for sale. Each afternoon he watered row after row of plants, helping his family stay one step ahead of the creditors. He stayed on the farm long after his brothers and sisters enlisted in the war effort. Marion -- unmarried and without children -- sold the farm in 1970.
He took a job supervising a local Christmas tree farm for 15 years. In 1995, he moved to New Horizons, where he lives independently but gets help with meals and transportation. He soon began gardening on the grounds. Every day, residents saw the barrel-chested man with the neatly combed gray hair tending to his tomato plants. Management built raised beds, allowing Marion and other seniors to plant and till without stooping over.
At New Horizons, he started studying again, enrolling in Spanish class, an activity that helped him get to know Krystal Burgos, a student at Woburn High School. As a freshman, she started working at New Horizons after school, serving dinner three nights a week.
Learning the teen's parents were Puerto Rican, Marion would usher her over and try out sentences in Spanish.
"He'd talk about anything. He'd talk about tomatoes," said Burgos, 17. She tended to his dining needs. He's not supposed to have much fat or sugar, she said, so he asks for a teaspoon of those things.
Last year, Burgos read John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" for English class and her teacher assigned students to conduct an oral history with someone who lived during the Depression. Burgos thought of Marion instantly.
"John loves to talk," she remembers thinking. "I'll get an A."
In the following weeks, Burgos and the other students who work at New Horizons learned about Marion's life and that he never finished high school. Burgos decided to give something back to the elderly man. She asked high school principal Robert Norton if Marion could graduate with the rest of the seniors. Norton initially declined, but changed his mind. He and the staff decided to award him an honorary diploma at a special graduation ceremony at the retirement home.
Yesterday, Marion sat in his black cap and gown alongside the five young women, including Burgos, dressed in white graduation robes. Resident Helen Deyst picked out "Pomp and Circumstance" on the piano.
"John," Norton remembered saying, "we give credit at Woburn High School for work study, and 40 years of working at the Marion Farm qualifies you for sufficient life credits to graduate."
Norton presented Marion with an actual diploma, not an honorary one, just as the school has done for the World War II soldiers who left before graduating. The crowd gasped. "I got teary-eyed," Burgos said.
Marion stared wide-eyed, Norton said. Then, the old farmer remembered the school mascot as he gave thanks.
"I'm proud," he said, "to be a Tanner."
Cummings Foundation, Inc., has committed to investing $50 million in Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine over the next 15 years -- the largest gift in the history of the university. It also ranks among the largest gifts ever to a Massachusetts college or university. (More)
On September 9, 2004, an historic affiliation was announced between the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and Cummings Foundation, Inc. Pictured are (from l to r) Tufts Veterinary School Dean Philip Kosch, Cummings Foundation, Inc. president Bill Cummings and Tufts University president Lawrence S. Bacow. (More)
Woburn, MA - Cummings Park and West Cummings Park, the large Woburn office and research complex, has a new owner according to Dennis Clarke, president of Cummings Properties, LLC. Clarke said that Bill Cummings and his family this week gifted the entire 59-acre, office and research complex to Cummings Foundation, Inc. as part of a large-scale charitable donation of most of the family's real estate assets. (More)
In September 2003, YMCA of the North Shore began construction of a brand new combination teen-recreation and child-care center, located adjacent to its Sterling Center campus on Essex Street in Beverly, MA. A $1 million grant from the Foundation enabled the "Y" to stop leasing space for those programs at Cummings Center and at another location on Tozier Road in Beverly. The new gym will honor the late Douglas Stephens, former 30 year colleague with Bill Cummings, and Executive Vice President of Cummings Properties. (More)
Cummings Foundation, Inc. recently made grants to two Beverly, Massachusetts colleges... Endicott College and North Shore Community College. (More)
The new Interstate 93 highway interchange in North Woburn was named in honor of Cummings Foundation’s late managing trustee, and Cummings Properties’ late president, James L. McKeown. Massachusetts Senate President Thomas Birmingham announced the naming of the interchange during a Woburn Business... (More)
Beverly's James L. McKeown Elementary School was built on 6.5 acres of land, formerly a part of Cummings Center. Ironically, it was Mr. McKeown himself who met with city officials on the site to confirm a gift of the land to the city, just three days before his sudden death on November 13, 1996. (More)
The Foundation’s educational grants at the college level have mostly centered on Tufts University, from which Bill Cummings graduated and where he later served 10 years as a charter trustee. CPF provided $1.5 million, endowing the Cummings Family Chair in Entrepreneurship and Business Economics. Professor George Norman is the first holder of the chair. (More)
Winchester Community Music School is moving toward 10 years in its grand home at 407 Highland Avenue, Winchester. Once the estate home of actor/comedian Frank Fontaine, the now fully restored and enlarged Tudor building sits on three acres, just up the hill from the former Mystic... (More)
Supportive Living, Inc. calls its residents "survivors." They have endured a life-changing event and are ready to rebuild their lives. (More)