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'Encyclopedia Bunny' remembered a decade later

George Arena, 2012 obituary

Nancy Arena of Arlington wrote the following tribute to her late husband:

In honor of George Arena (1943-2012), his family for 45 years, owner of Mr. Richard's Beauty Salon in Arlington, wish to mark the 10th anniversary of his passing.

He overcame difficult health issues but always looked at the positive side of life.

He was fondly known as the "Encyclopedia Bunny" because of his remarkablke, upbeat attitude, despite all of the health issuies he confronted over the years. He kept going and going and going agaunst all odds.

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Give thanks to the generous spirit within us

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UPDATED Nov. 24, 2022: The following opinion was published at Thanksgiving 2021 and republished this year. The story about Sue and Jeff Thompson has touched Arlington deeply. Read an earlier report here >>  As well as a later one >> So has the opinion column about the unexpected passing of Jim Swan. Read it here >> 

Tears turn to hope, as the heart of our community swelled with generosity.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 23, the couple's needs have drawn $64,715. That's more than $53,000 sent since Oct. 22, when YourArlington published the story. Ann Seymour organize the fund-raiser on Oct. 10.

As of Nov. 23, the effort to support the Swan family, organized by Annie Clarke-Lauer on Nov. 9, has received $68,197.

These responses are clear testimony to the bountifulness of Arlington residents and neighbors as well as to the power of a local-news website spreading the word.

Antidote to broader issues?

In this holiday season, we give thanks to all who have risen to the challenge to help those in need.

The desire to give springs from a place within us that may be an antidote to broader national contagions. Enveloping us are Covid-19, the tide of distrust in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election and racial reckonings following the death of George Floyd.

Shut away and masked up since March 2020, we yearn to break free. To do so, some resist science and deny proven health measures. Some seek stricter voting laws. Some take up arms at the U.S. Capitol, in Wisconsin, in Georgia.

These strong public reactions provide a divisive national context that asks: What is happening to our democracy?

The question haunts this year's Thanksgiving.

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