By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Author
Marlborough – Members of the Italian Son and Daughter Lodge # 240 informally took over Marlborough’s Arnold St. May 14 for a short version of their annual scholarship ceremony.
Honoring Marlborough students, Cameron Sinopoli and Dinh Ton, along with Quabbin High School students, Cassandra Harrington, the event featured brief comments from President Lodge and Caruso and benefited from a special performance by Mayor Arthur Vigeant.
“We have all worked hard to make everyone feel at least as if they were graduates in 2020,” Caruso said after the celebration. “We feel this is the best way we can do it.”
With COVID-19 still rampant in the community, members of the hut and participants of the event spill onto an empty road, keeping their distance from each other to avoid transmission.
Such social distance has forced the Lodge to change plans from the annual scholarship tradition of holding dinners to honor recipients at Welly’s Restaurant in the city center.
Likewise, the school was closed to its own graduates and forced the cancellation of other spring ceremonies which were often dedicated to students who specifically qualified for awards and scholarships such as Sons and Daughters of Italy, three, $ 1,000 recognition.
As the week has passed, uncertainty about what is happening this summer for local students is pushing the impetus for this type of innovative hubbub.
“We have to do something to make sure they get an award because we don’t know what the middle school can do,” Caruso explained.
Calling the event “an exercise in scientific distance” Caruso praised the graduates for their perseverance in an unprecedented time and encouraged them as they continued their future.
The last part was something he always did at events like this. However, now, he was very grateful for being able to say those words.
“We have been doing this for a while,” he said. “This year is just a little special.”
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