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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

         – Lao Tzu

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

         – Milton Berle

When one neighbor helps another, we strengthen our communities.

        – Jennifer Pahlka

If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right.

          – Bob Basso

Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left.

        – Neil Patel

One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.

        – Steve Hawking

It’s not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it’s who you are.

         – Elvis Presley 

God has given us two hands–one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.

         – Billy Graham

We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.

         – George Washington

Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

         – George Washington

Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone.

         – George Washington

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

         – Mother Teresa

Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.

         – Jodi Picoult

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

         – Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.

         –  John Donne

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

         –  Plato

Everything is connected, no one thing can change by itself.

         – Paul Hawken

Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen as once.

         –  Paulo Coelho

Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

         –  Paulo Coelho

Do. Or do not. There is no try.

         – Yoda, Jedi Master

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“One Minute With…” Michelle Zani, Accounting Administrator

June 30, 2022

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“One Minute With…” Michelle Zani, Accounting Administrator

What do you actually do for Core?

I do all the posting of bills into Avid [a payment service], taking care of all invoices that need to be processed, helping out my team in whatever they need. Vendor communication with questions or concerns on invoices. There are six accountants, including Jess [Jessica Blackerby], the head of accounting. 


Michelle, what did you do before Core?

I worked at some law firms in the City of Boston, most of them real estate based. McCormick & Putziger, that was Ed McCormick, who was Massachusetts Attorney General. I worked on the Rowes Wharf project with him. I had all the escrow accounts for what were new condos at Rowes Wharf. We did all the closing documents, condo fees. I worked on 101 Arch St., 75 Federal St., the Government Center Garage [One Congress Street]. Then I moved to Florida, and I moved back and went to work at the Schwartz, Shaw & Griffith, which did civil rights and Medicare and Medicare fraud cases and some real estate.


Where did you go to school?

I went to Medford High. I went to Bunker Hill Community College for Environmental Science. After that I had children. I have two. And I have three grandsons. I also have my real estate salesperson license.


And where did you grow up?

I grew up in Medford.


Where do you live now?

Quincy. I take the Red Line in. The Red Line and the Green Line – a double whammy!


What do you do to have fun or outside work?

My family is still in Medford. I have brothers and sisters who live there. My son lives in Beverly, and I spend time there with my grandsons. I live with my partner, Mike. We like to eat out and try different restaurants and cuisines. I like to read and watch Netflix. 


What’s a favorite place of yours in the Boston area?

Boston is such a beautiful city with many things to do and see. I think the best areas are The Public Garden. And the Boston Public Library. 


Is there anything new in your life?

My new grandson, Riley. He was born in December. But my three grandsons are all very special to me.

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