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Harold Grinspoon and Marcie Greenfield Simons read to Natick 3-year-old Jake Kotin.
Harold Grinspoon and Marcie Greenfield Simons read to Natick 3-year-old Jake Kotin.Gretchen Ertl

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Real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist Harold Grinspoon of Longmeadow had little formal Jewish education and didn’t read to his children due to his struggle with dyslexia. However, the 84-year-old recently reached an impressive milestone in his mission to help other overcome similar barriers.

On Jan. 30, he accompanied PJ Library director Marcie Greenfield Simons in delivering the 5 millionth donation through his book-giving program to 3 year-old Jake and his parents, Erica and Mike Kotin of Natick.

In other news, Elizabeth Fideler of Framingham wrote “Men Still at Work: Professionals Over Sixty and On the Job,” which was published this month by Rowman & Littlefield. She will host a book talk and signing events on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Framingham, and on March 20 at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge.

Kira Gobes of Holliston is a recipient of this year’s National Center for Women & Information Technology Award. A senior at the Advanced Math & Science Academy in Marlborough, the 18-year-old is among 35 national winners out of approximately 2,300 applicants.

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