Rossetti's name lives on at camp.
Her adopted son, Danny, died at age 26 in a car accident on that date in 2008.
"I almost had like a nervous breakdown. I did have a nervous breakdown,'' she said while correcting herself. "The grief is so horrible.''
So a few days before Oct. 3 in 2011, she prayed for help.
"I was sitting,'' she recalled, "at my computer saying, 'Lord, that dreaded day is coming, it's coming. You've got to send me more joy.' ''
Her son Matthew and daughter-in-law, Asjia, were expecting their second child in late October or nearly November, but on Oct. 3 she suddenly went into labor. Their daughter was born that day, turning Oct. 3 into the birthday of Pam's granddaughter, not just the date her son had died.
"After that, the date never had any (negative) power,'' Pam said. "God had sent me joy.''
Pam said she felt the same way that young couples did when they chose to get married on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings in order to give that date new meaning.
While Asjia was walking the halls of Saint Vincent Hospital the day she would give birth, Pam urged her son to name the baby Genevieve, a name she had suggested to Asjia long before. Pam thought the name would be a natural fit because Genevieve is the Patron Saint of Paris and the name means "woman of the people.'' The family used to say that Dan was the man of the people because he treated everyone with respect.
"He didn't care what you looked like,'' Pam said, "whether you had money or teeth or whatever. He didn't care or who you were, he would still treat you the same as the King of England.''
Matthew and Asjia granted Pam's wish.
The year after Danny died, Green Hill Municipal Golf Course renamed its free junior golf camp, now in its 18th year under head pro Matt Moison, the Danny Rossetti Junior Golf Camp.
"It's a nice tribute to somebody who not only learned to play golf here,'' Moison said, "but also gave back to the golf course.''
"It really means a lot,'' Pam said. "Danny loved this camp, loved this place, loved Matt and when Matt wanted to name this after Danny it means a lot to us.''
Danny was a camper the first year and later worked in the club's pro shop and volunteered at the camp. He went on to work for the New England PGA, ran demo days for Callaway and worked in the pro shop at Kettle Brook GC. He also started a rubbish collection business, which he named Green Hill Rubbish, in honor of where he learned to love the game of golf.
Danny's father John, a UMass ultrasound technician, was too emotional to get involved in the first camp after Danny died, but since then he's taken his first vacation each year to volunteer at the camp. Danny's brothers Jonathan and David also volunteer at the camp. Pam began volunteering last year.
"It gives kids an opportunity,'' Pam said. "When you think about it, Danny probably would have never golfed unless this camp was here.''
After Pam gave birth to Matthew, she and John adopted Danny from India and John and Dave from Guatemala.
"Just to give someone else a chance who doesn't have a chance,'' Pam said. "Dan was considered a throwaway child. These women who were poor would have babies and they were just left to die.''
Dave, 30, has learning disabilities and he's on dialysis after undergoing a kidney transplant. It's hard for him to make decisions. It took him a long time to read. It's hard for him to explain himself. Pam wonders if malnutrition led to his disabilities.
Danny did whatever he could to help Dave fit in and shared his love of golf with him.
"Golf has helped him immensely,'' Pam said of Dave. "He can be on the same par with everybody else. In other things he can't be, but in golf he can compete with you.''
A record 150 boys and girls aged 8-14 took part last week in this year's camp. Thanks to about 30 volunteers, the camp ran smoothly. Campers were selected through a lottery and Green Hill turned away about 100, but they will be guaranteed spots next year.
The camp switched from four days to three this year, but each day ran about an hour longer. Campers received instruction and lunch, all free.
New look at Green Hill
With the scheduled removal of about 500 trees to the left of the par-4 10th and par-3 11th holes at Green Hill to stop the spread of Asian longhorned beetles, Moison doesn't believe play will be affected.
"On both of those holes, 10 and 11,'' Moison said, "the tree line really is out of bounds, per se. It's not like the tree lines are in between the play of holes where it would be a much bigger impact in terms of play.''
But the removal of those trees will expose the homes that abut the course.
"The aesthetics will be dramatic,'' Moison said, "which is a little disheartening. Everybody likes to see the trees and I certainly like to see the trees.''
Moison accompanied officials from the Worcester parks department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on two recent walks on 10 and 11. All Norwegian maples will be removed, but the pine and oak trees will remain. Moison estimated that three-quarters of the trees to the left of 10 and 11 will be removed, eliminating the privacy that those trees provide to the nearby homes. Some of the tallest trees on the 11th hole are pines, so they will remain.
A chain link fence ranging in height from 8 to 24 feet will continue to provide abutting homes with some protection from wayward shots.
Moison said crews will begin removing the trees soon and it should take two or three weeks to remove them. Most of the trees will be removed with cranes located on abutting streets, not on the golf course, so Moison expects the 10th and 11th holes to remain open.
A much smaller amount of trees were removed from 10 and 11 in the spring and other beetle-infested trees were removed from throughout the golf course in recent years. There's no certainty that this will be the last time trees will have to be removed from Green Hill Golf Course.
"They have never said that to me,'' Moison said. "I don't think anybody is going to make that kind of guarantee anywhere.''
Reading greens presents no problem for Andrew Reed, but reading everything else once did.
Reed, 23, of Tatnuck CC graduated from Landmark School, a private high school in Beverly for students with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
"That school changed my life, basically,'' Reed said. "I'm still dyslexic, but I can function now. I'm reading at the normal level. It doesn't really affect my life like it used to, but I'll always be dyslexic.''
Reed graduated from WPI in 2013 with a degree in management engineering with a concentration in mechanical engineering, but when he was in the ninth grade, he read at a third grade level and wrote at a fourth grade level. Reed said the public schools he attended in Littleton didn't figure out he had dyslexia, but his mother, Betsy Harper, did. She had him tested and then she drove him from Littleton to Beverly for school each day. Then she took the train to Boston to work as an attorney, took the train back to Beverly and drove him home. All the driving paid off.
"I don't even know how they did it,'' Reed said, "but all of a sudden I was understanding what I was doing. They're miracle workers there.''
Reed played golf, basketball and baseball at Landmark. He became the No. 1 golfer at Landmark and for WPI's club team.
Dyslexia never affected him in golf, not even preventing him from reading a scorecard.
After he graduated from WPI, he realized he enjoyed sports more than engineering, so he took a job as the marketing coordinator of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships for the Skating Club of Boston.
The 2016 World Figure Skating Championships will be in Boston at the Garden and he'll work in advertising and ticket sales. He's leaning toward getting an MBA in sports management at some point.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Reed enjoyed one of his best rounds when he fired an even-par 72 in the final round of the Worcester County Amateur at Wachusett CC.
"Hopefully, this is a turning point in my golf career,'' he said.
Reed and James Gloshinski of Worcester and Heritage CC played together in the Cape Cod Four-Ball and the Walter Cosgrove Four-Ball.
Reed has shot a 5-under 65 twice at Tatnuck, including once this year. His grandfather, Dr. Robert Harper, has been a member of Tatnuck for more than 40 years.
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