Family who lost home treated to game by Julien
When word came that his Woburn home was ablaze, Winchester letter carrier Rick Greene figures he had his mail truck racing at nearly 80 miles per hour to get back to the charred house on Hinston Road.
“It was an old house, and the fire started somewhere in the electrical wiring,’’ Greene recalled yesterday, his entire family treated to an afternoon in a Garden luxury box by Bruins coach Claude Julien. “Luckily, all our kids were at school or daycare and my wife was working, so all things considered, we were OK.’’
Rick and Betsy Greene have four children, and all but 6-year-old Kaitlyn, kept out of uniform yesterday by a stomach bug, were in the Garden as Julien’s guests to see the 3-1 win over Ottawa. Megan, 8, Trey, 3, and Jacob, 1, joined mom and dad and grandpa (Rick Sr.) for the special day out.
It was Betsy’s dad, Dick Malcolm, who set the stage for the outing when he wrote Julien about the Greenes losing their home. Malcolm sent along a copy of the family’s Christmas card, a picture of all of the Greenes dressed in Black and Gold and spoked-Bs. The fire was Dec. 23 and they would have to spend Christmas in a Holiday Inn Express.
Any day now, construction workers will begin to put in place a new modular home on the Hinston Road site, and the Greenes figure they’ll be in their new digs by Sept. 1.
“Everyone in Woburn has been great to us,’’ said a smiling Rick Greene, who the last three years has shared a pair of Bruins season tickets in the balcony. “And this today is just unbelievable. I’m kind of still in shock that they’d do this for us, it’s why I tell everyone that this is just the best organization.’’
“I think it’s our duty to try to make a difference,’’ said Julien, “and try to bring a smile to people’s faces.’’
Unfortunately, the Greenes’ three dogs — Bruin, Apple, and Holly — perished in the blaze. They have plans to build a brood again when they’re in their new home.
“One of my daughters said, ‘Dad, let’s take the ‘H’ from Holly, the ‘A’ from Apple, and the ‘B’ from Bruin and we’ll name a new dog Hab,’ ’’ said Rick Greene. “Right . . . no way that’s happening.’’