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Former flower shop owner receives special Lifetime Achievement Award

Donnie Bambini recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Nashoba Park, the assisted living facility she calls home. Bambini and her husband Mario owned a flower shop in Hyde Park for 18 years and her love of flowers remains.(Courtesy Nashoba Park)
Donnie Bambini recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Nashoba Park, the assisted living facility she calls home. Bambini and her husband Mario owned a flower shop in Hyde Park for 18 years and her love of flowers remains.(Courtesy Nashoba Park)
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AYER — Dottie Bambini recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Nashoba Park, the assisted living community she calls home. The award ceremony recognized her personal and professional accomplishments.

In 1964, Bambini and her husband Mario purchased the Neponset Parkway Greenhouses in Hyde Park. The couple owned the busy flower shop for 18 years, regularly working seven days a week. To this day, Bambini still has a passion for flowers and can be found every Wednesday creating arrangements for the dining room at Nashoba Park and other spaces around the assisted living community. Her favorite flowers are roses and carnations.

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    Christine Masci, EnrichedLIFE Director at Nashoba Park, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dottie Bambini, and Elaine Sullivan at Flowers by Stella in Ayer. (Courtesy Nashoba Park)

  • Donnie Bambini recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Nashoba...

    Donnie Bambini recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Nashoba Park, the assisted living facility she calls home. Bambini and her husband Mario owned a flower shop in Hyde Park for 18 years and her love of flowers remains.(Courtesy Nashoba Park)

  • Donnie Bambini recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Nashoba...

    Donnie Bambini recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Nashoba Park, the assisted living facility she calls home. Bambini and her husband Mario owned a flower shop in Hyde Park for 18 years and her love of flowers remains. (Courtesy Nashoba Park)

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To honor her history as an accomplished florist, Nashoba Park organized a special outing to Flowers by Stella in Ayer, where Bambini was able to explore the shop and even make her own arrangement.

“We were thrilled to be able to celebrate Dottie with a Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Kimberly Gagnon, executive director of Nashoba Park. “It’s important to us to fight the anonymity that can accompany aging by recognizing that each of our residents has an important story to share.”

Nashoba Park is a Volunteers of America Massachusetts nonprofit assisted living community located in Ayer.

For more information, visit www.nashobapark.com.

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