Today, my precinct lost a town meeting member and constant voter, Steve W. Orr. I am not a town meeting member, so I never saw Steve smile in our Nevins Hall (at our municipal building here in Framingham), but he had a good one in Village Hall when our Governor Deval Patrick won re-election. Orr moderated some e-mail lists, which had been accessible from the server http://frambors.syslang.net
Orr’s handful of e-mail lists were “A place for everything and everything in its place,” as my Filipino friend used to borrow the saying. He and his fellow town meeting members shared their action on the list [tmm], where only they can post, but we Muggles could request to read only.
[nobscot] was the list where we area residents could talk about our local commercial plot of land, which historically had been called Penobscot. Nobscot now and then hosts the band The Belfast Cowboys. The chain outlet Honey Dew Donuts had been serviced by Kaitlyn, a working high school student who was a dean’s lister. One of her patrons gifted her a foot-long box of Hershey’s chocolate bars.
[frambors] was a list for us Framingham neighbors. BlueMassGrouper Melvin S. Warshaw participated in this. Warshaw explained how awful it was to display a Christian Christmas Nativity scene on a piece of our public land.
[framcom] was a list for us the Framingham community to, among other things, promote local businesses such as Marlborough’s Madrid Bakery. Some [framcom] posts looked at good and bad aspects of restaurants, such as Natick Center’s Gourmet Decisions.
Orr was not a yellow dog Democrat. He was a man who thought in ways which integrated our own ideas. He looked really old, but was not older than most of our United States Senators. A young woman working our Elizabeth Warren campaign under Kate Moore personally called Steve Orr, who responded and engaged in dialogue, instead of hanging up and being a Refused or a Code 5.
Orr’s activism and volunteerism got our Democrat state representative Christopher J. Walsh elected.