• 09/21/2022 5:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join our ‘Welcome Back’, first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 21 at 7:30pm. We are excited to gather in person, at a member’s home. The meeting will be outdoors if weather permits, or indoors as needed. Let’s meet up, catch up, and discuss this month’s book, 28 Summers, by Elin Hilderbrand. Feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share. Registration is required to receive directions so please email Beth at the address below, or reply through the Book Club’s Facebook page.

    Books are already in and available to check out from the Holliston Library. See you there!

    When Mallory Blessing's son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he's not sure what to expect. But he certainly does not expect Jake McCloud to answer. It's the late spring of 2020 and Jake's wife, Ursula DeGournsey, is the frontrunner in the upcoming Presidential election. There must be a mistake, Link thinks. How do Mallory and Jake know each other?...

    We have a great line up of books set for this fall including;

    Oct. -The Authenticity Project

    Nov.-The People We Keep

    Jan.-The Midnight Library

    We look forward to seeing you! Remember, finishing the book is not required!

    Beth and Sue, Book Club Co-Chairs

  • 06/01/2022 3:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Summer is at our doorstep and with that we pause to look back over this past year of accomplishments as well as to look forward to another membership year in September with our new President - Jennifer Mott.

    As I look back over my three years as President, I am so proud of how much we have done - especially in the shadow of COVID. We adjusted and altered and Zoomed and met face to face - outside - but face to face. I especially want to thank the Board members that have helped me through these times - Julianne Catlin as VP & Secretary, Bo Yai & Stephen Yang as Treasurer, Beth Ng as Secretary, Katrine Giroux as Parliamentarian, and John Keogh & Doreen Martel as Newsletter Editors. Special thanks also go to all the fundraising, civic, and member activities committees that made HNN relevant for our membership and our community.

    I will still continue to be involved on the board and committees. Once you feel the satisfaction of giving back - it’s hard to let it go. But I look forward to seeing where our club is heading under our new President’s direction and wish Jennifer all the best.

    Wishing you all a fantastic summer and hope to see you around town!

    Debbie Colburn


  • 06/01/2022 3:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Voting is closed and all votes have been counted!

    Here are the election results and your newly elected 2022-2023 Executive Board: 

    President: Jennifer Mott. Jennifer has been very active within the HN&N community over the past few years. Among other things, she was co-chair of the Ladies Escape committee and was behind our most recent and very successful Touch-a-Truck event.

    1st Vice-President: Debbie Colburn. Debbie has been our President for the past 3 years. She did an amazing job at leading our club through the pandemic years. Through the years she has been and continues to be involved in many committees, including the Community Investment Committee (Grants Committee), the Thanksgiving Basket Committee and the Prize-a-day Fundraiser. 

    Treasurer: Stephen Wang. Stephen has also been involved in HN&N for a number of years. Some may recall seeing him as Iron Man at our Princess & Superhero Fundraiser. Most recently, Stephen was our treasurer and thus is returning for his second year in that capacity. 

    Secretary: Yaniz Ramos De Silva. Yaniz recently moved to Holliston and joined HN&N this year. She has 2 daughters aged 15 and 3. She is very excited to be part of our community and looks forward to meeting and working with the HN&N. 

    The Election Committee wishes to congratulate all the Executive Board members and thanks all members who voted!

    Thank you,

    Doreen Martel, Julianne Caitlin, Katrine Giroux

    Election Committee

  • 06/01/2022 3:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Log in on Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30pm as we wrap up the year with Harlem Shuffle, by Colson Whitehead. A reminder and the zoom link will be emailed a few days before the meeting to all book club members. Please check out our Facebook page, or email one of the co-chairs with any questions. Find copies of the book on hold for HNN members at Holliston Public Library.

    Let’s use some time at this meeting to select titles for next year’s reading. Even if reading the June book doesn’t work for your schedule, please join the meeting to help us plan for next year. See you there!

     "To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Ray Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably priced furniture, making a life for himself and his family. He and his wife Elizabeth are expecting their second child, and if her parents on Striver's Row don't approve of him or their cramped apartment across from the subway tracks, it's still home. Few people know he descends from a line of uptown hoods and crooks, and that his façade of normalcy has more than a few cracks in it. Cracks that are getting bigger and bigger all the time. See, cash is tight, especially with all those installment plan sofas, so if his cousin Freddie occasionally drops off the odd ring or necklace at the furniture store, Ray doesn't see the need to ask where it comes from. He knows a discreet jeweler downtown who also doesn't ask questions. Then Freddie falls in with a crew who plan to rob the Hotel Theresa -- the "Waldorf of Harlem" -- and volunteers Ray's services as the fence. The heist doesn't go as planned; they rarely do, after all. Now Ray has to cater to a new clientele, one made up of shady cops on the take, vicious minions of the local crime lord, and numerous other Harlem lowlifes. Thus begins the internal tussle between Ray the striver and Ray the crook. As Ray navigates this double life, he starts to see the truth about who pulls the strings in Harlem. Can Ray avoid getting killed, save his cousin, and grab his share of the big score, all while maintaining his reputation as the go-to source for all your quality home furniture needs? 

    Harlem Shuffle is driven by an ingeniously intricate plot that plays out in a beautifully recreated Harlem of the early 1960s. It's a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power, and ultimately a love letter to Harlem. But mostly, it's a joy to read, another dazzling novel from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning Colson Whitehead"-- Provided by publisher.

    Cindy and Sue, Book Club Co-Chairs

    Cindy Carr

    Sue Hatton

  • 05/11/2022 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy Spring!

    This past month - thanks to the great PR work by HNN member Christel DiPippo - Girl Scout Troop 70612 recognized the contribution that Holliston Newcomers & Neighbors makes to our community as they had just completed the GS Philanthropy lessons about volunteering. I attended their April meeting to talk about why & how I volunteer as well as highlighting how HNN does what it does and how they have been helping us all along as well as enjoying the benefits.

    So many Holliston kids attend all or some of the HNN fundraisers but do they really know that the price of that ticket is what makes the summer concerts & library museum passes possible? It was great to help the girls see how helping others starts with some hard work - like organizing a fundraiser or selling cookies - but ends up with the satisfaction that you made someone else’s day - like our grant recipients and their cookie sales recipients.

    So how can you help HNN help others? You can spread the word, get your friends & neighbors to join HNN, and the real key to our success - get involved! Take a look on the HNN website (Holliston Newcomers & Neighbors - Board Positions) and see what opportunity suits you. Email if you have any interest or questions!

    Debbie Colburn


  • 05/11/2022 11:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s elections season for the Newcomers & Neighbors This year our elections will be held online over a three-day period, from Friday, May 20th at 8:00AM to Sunday May 22nd at 8:00PM. On Friday the 20th, you will receive an email with a link to vote. All votes are anonymous and all members are strongly encouraged to participate!

    It is not too late to throw your name in the hat! If you are interested in joining the HNN Board, please contact me! Positions are opened to all, including new members!

    Katrine Giroux


  • 05/11/2022 11:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30pm This month our selection is The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle. An email reminder and the zoom link will be emailed a few days before the meeting to all HNN members who selected book club as an interest group. Please check out our Facebook page, or email one of the co-chairs with any questions.

    In June will wrap up the year with Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead. At that meeting we will also try to select some titles for next year’s reading. Please save the date, June 15, 2022, to join us and help plan for the next year.

     “At one point or another, we've all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we'd like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in her utterly captivating novel, THE DINNER LIST, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day, and the life-changing romance of Me Before You. When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there's a reason these six people have been gathered together. Delicious but never indulgent, sweet with just the right amount of bitter, THE DINNER LIST is a romance for our times. Bon Appetit.”

    Cindy and Sue, Book Club Co-Chairs

    Cindy Carr

    Sue Hatton

  • 04/08/2022 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Some exciting news! Not only is our Easter Basket drive in full swing and our Prize A Day calendars are available for purchase - but Touch-A-Truck is making a comeback in May! Thanks to Jennifer Mott and Amy Forman for taking the lead!

    Great discussions at our March General Meeting. It’s a great way to meet the team and to be a part of the direction of HNN.

    If you missed the meeting but still want to be more involved - or just want to see what our membership accomplishes - take a look on the HNN website ( and see what fits you. Email if you have any interest or questions!

    Debbie Colburn


  • 04/08/2022 11:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!! Do you like this Club and want to see it continue making a difference in our community and continue providing an amazing space for Hollistonians to meet and build friendships? If so, please consider a position on the Executive Board! No experience required! The election is held in the Spring, but your work really starts in the Fall and consists predominantly of one meeting per month (currently held on zoom). All of us have busy lives and understand that the time you may have to give can vary depending on your personal and work situation. If you are not sure which position to go for, or have any questions, please contact me and I’ll help you find a position within the Club that suits your interests and time availability.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    Katrine Giroux, Parliamentarian

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