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Boston, MA - October 3: The Massachusetts Port Authority honors Tuskegee Airman Lieutenant Colonel Enoch (Woody) Woodhouse II by unveiling murals by artist Victor Quinonez (Marka27), depicting his dedicated service to his country and recognizing the historical achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen at Boston Logan International Airport. (Photo by Carlin Stiehl for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Hope you’re enjoying this fall. I can’t believe it’s already October. Wishing pumpkin spice and everything nice.

This week’s round up of goodness includes: a wish come true, a Roxbury native honored at Logan Airport, bringing more joy to your Instagram feed, and more!

 

  • Roxbury Tuskegee Airman honored

    Tuskegee Airman honored with Logan Airport mural

    Local Two murals dedicated to one of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen were unveiled at Logan Airport. Enoch O'Dell "Woody" Woodhouse II, a 95-year-old Roxbury native, was honored for his service at a ceremony revealing the murals Monday. Other guests included Major General Gary Keefe and Governor Charlie Baker.

    It was a big day for one of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airman yesterday. The Tuskegee airmen were the first all-Black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Yesterday, Enoch O’Dell “Woody” Woodhouse II is a 95-year-old Roxbury native and was honored with several state militia honors, including Colonel and Brigadier General.

    He was also honored with two murals near Logan Airport’s USO office in Terminal C. The artwork was done by Liza Quinonez and renowned street artist Marka27, who co-founded the creative agency Street Theory. Congratulations to Mr. Woodhouse, and we thank you for your service.

     

  • The sign that gave a fan a wish come true

    Ashleigh Ahrens was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer three years ago. Because her prognosis isn’t good, she’s trying to cross things off her bucket list. One of them, meeting WNBA player Kelsey Plum from the Las Vegas Aces. Ashleigh was at Breast Health Awareness Night at an Aces game and decided to shoot her shot. She made a sign saying that she was living with breast cancer and that meeting #10 was on her bucket list.

    Well, #10 – Kelsey Plum didn’t see it during the game, but a team member did and when Kelsey found out she asked Twitter and fans to help her find Ashleigh. She was found and the team arranged the meeting, and also crossed another item off Ashleigh’s bucket list – floor seats to a game. Ashleigh is encouraging others to work on their own bucket lists too, because there is no time like the present to follow your heart.

    WNBA's Kelsey Plum to Meet Her Fan with Cancer After Getting Help from Social Media Followers

    David Becker/NBAE via Getty; Kelsey Plum/Twitter Kelsey Plum's fan Ashleigh Ahrens is on her way to checking off her bucket list. Ahren, who has been diagnosed with stage four breast cancer, will meet the athlete on Sunday after the star noticed her creative effort to get her attention while attending an Aces game this week.

  • Social media helps woman check on her mom during Hurricane Ian

    Woman braves Hurricane Ian flood to check on stranger's 84-year-old mom

    Christine Bomlitz became more and more distraught as Hurricane Ian gained in ferocity Wednesday, sweeping across southwest Florida. Hours passed, but there was still no word from her 84-year-old mother. Thursday morning came. The storm had drifted away overnight. But still no word.

    Christine Bomlitz became more and more distraught as Hurricane Ian gained in ferocity Wednesday, sweeping across southwest Florida. Hours passed, but there was still no word from her 84-year-old mother.

    Thursday morning came. The storm had drifted away overnight. But still no word.

    Stuck on the other side of the country in Las Vegas, Bomlitz posted pleas for help on social media — anywhere she could. Can someone check on her mother?

    Bomlitz had no way to contact her mom, Shirley Affolter, who lost her cell phone before the storm. Then her landline went down. With nowhere to go, she hunkered down for the night. Before the storm, an evacuation vehicle had missed her on its route.

    By Thursday afternoon, a Good Samaritan came to the rescue.

    Cheynne Prevatt, 26, had sustained damage to her own home during the storm. But the Florida resident waded into chest-high floodwaters to search for Affolter. Mother and daughter were able to speak briefly on the phone, enough to ease Bomlitz’s worries. Still, Prevatt was able to send her a photo of her mom smiling — safe and sound.

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