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Ten-year-old Somerville resident Julia Johnson and her brother Aiden, 5, got a closeup look at Bruins legends Ray Bourque (left) and Bobby Orr as part of the Winter Classic gathering at Fenway Park last Friday. Their father is serving in Iraq. Ten-year-old Somerville resident Julia Johnson and her brother Aiden, 5, got a closeup look at Bruins legends Ray Bourque (left) and Bobby Orr as part of the Winter Classic gathering at Fenway Park last Friday. Their father is serving in Iraq. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
By Wendy Killeen
December 24, 2009

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David Estrada suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident. A Northeastern University student at the time, he went on to graduate from college, earn a law degree, and become executive director of the Spinal Cord Injury Association.

Now the foundation is being supported by his brothers-in-law, Scott and Gary Farber, the third generation of Farber family members to run Hunt’s Photo & Video, headquartered on the Malden/Melrose line.

Hunt’s, in association with Canon USA, is donating $10 to the association for every Canon camera sold in its seven stores during the month of December. The goal is to raise $7,000.

The association, with offices at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston and New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn, interacts with about 98 percent of the approximately 300 people in Massachusetts who experience spinal cord injuries each year.

“It takes a person with a spinal cord injury to relate to a person with a spinal cord injury,’’ said Estrada. “When we show them that they can, say, transfer from a wheelchair to a car, it’s really a solidifying moment. As much as the therapists show them, it doesn’t really register until they see someone do it.’’

Scott Farber, president of Hunt’s, said, “Sometimes when you give money to a charity, you don’t know how it is going to be used. Here it is very clear. They are a very hands-on, one-on-one charity and the money will help them continue their work.’’

PARK PAINTERS: Several area artists are among 13 recently honored by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation for donating their time and talent to paint wildlife and landscape scenes on metal contribution containers, known as Iron Rangers, in 17 state parks.

The 14-inch-high steel containers are used to collect donations from park visitors to fund educational programs and conservation projects. There are 170 of them at 111 state properties.

The local artists included Charlotte Kaplan of Somerville, Pittsfield State Forest; Pamela Learned of Danvers, Red Rock Park in Lynn Nahant Reservation, Lynn; and Anita Murray of Wakefield, Breakheart Reservation, Saugus, and Middlesex Fells Reservation, Stoneham.

MORE THAN A TEACHER: Wendy Larivee, a Spanish teacher at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, recently received the school’s Ryken Award.

Named for Theodore James Ryken, who founded the Xaverian Brothers in 1839, the award honors dedication and commitment to Xaverian education.

“Wendy is the kind of teacher who helps students discover their talents, and by words and actions encourages them to reach out to help others, whether it is within the school community or in the world beyond St. John’s,’’ said headmaster Albert J. Shannon.

In addition to teaching Spanish, Larivee started the school’s annual Spanish exchange program and is active in many areas of school life, including extracurricular, community service, campus ministry, and alumni programs. She’s a graduate of Wheaton College and has been on the St. John’s faculty since 1977.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Dr. Lisa Rome has joined Hospice of the North Shore as a palliative care physician. She has more than 20 years’ experience and an extensive background in pain management and end-of-life care. Rome previously was an attending physician in oncology/hematology at VA Connecticut Healthcare System and a clinical instructor in medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.

Items can be sent to wdkilleen@gmail.com.