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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    In heels

    At 87, she shovels for others

    It is a ubiquitous prod during snowstorms in New England: Please help your elderly neighbors. But on River Street in Waltham, no one gets the chance. By the time many residents get home from work, 87-year-old Nellie Tambascia has already shoveled her sidewalk. And theirs, too.

    "They're young," she said yesterday. "They have to go to work, so they don't have time for this."

    When it snows as it has been snowing this week, Tambascia is out all day. Yesterday, she patiently traversed her driveway and front walk, as well as those of her neighbors, from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m., taking breaks only for coffee and lunch.

    The retired school crossing guard took on the chore after her husband died in 1994. He, too, had shoveled out the neighbors. Now, she says, she talks to him while she works. Sometimes she asks him to make it stop snowing.

    "It's not working," she said yesterday. "Mama mia, did we have snow!"


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2004

    What an ole lady can do

    She sounds like quite a woman
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?

    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Manhattan, Illinois
    AH There's madness to her methods..she does it so the neighbors "can get their bills" just like she does. What a lovely lady and to think the neighbors just thought she was being sweet !!

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