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~ THE NEW ~ Uxbridge Times “Your Hometown News” VoluMe 21 • issue 3 A FREE Monthly Publication uxbridge • north uxbridge • linwood • douglas • northbridge • Whitinsville • sutton • Manchaug MarcH 2012 Running for Autism L'Heureux selected to represent the Doug Flutie Foundation submitted by sue l’Heureux Uxbridge High graduate and Bridgewater State University graduate student Alison L’Heureux will combine her passions for running and helping children with autism when she races in the Boston Marathon in April as a representative of the Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism. The Uxbridge native is one of 15 people selected nationwide to represent the organization and is expected to collect $5,000 for the cause. To raise funds, she’s started a drive to collect recyclable cans and bottles for deposit. Combining that with other efforts, she has raised more than $2,000 in a few months. For Alison, the marathon is the latest step in her drive to improve autism education. She brought the idea for using the iPad to teach students with autism to the Annie E. Fales Elementary School in Westborough and is seeking to do the same at BSU. Additionally, she provides home care and is currently working with an 11-year-old child with autism in Rhode Island each weekday morning. We talked to Alison recently about her work and the upcoming marathon. What is it that drew you to special education? While attending Uxbridge High School, I participated in a program where half the day was spent in a kindergarten classroom, where a few students had learning disabilities. My heart went out to the students. I reached out to them and saw the progress students can make when they receive proper support. That was my first step and from there everything started unfolding. Why autism specifically? I completed my student teaching at Johnson Early Childhood Center in Weymouth, where I worked primarily with preschool students diagnosed with autism -- many were non-verbal. Throughout the years, my fascination has grown in the field, since each student with autism is so unique. Teaching students with autism is a rewarding experience, where I am able to see substantial progress in students, when proper interventions are in place. It is like fitting the pieces of a puzzle together. continued on page 21 Postal Patron ProPosed exPansion of Milford regional Medical center Milford Regional announces $40 million expansion Milford Regional Medical Center announced plans for a $40 million building expansion at its annual meeting held on January 23rd. The new two-story, 60,000 square foot structure will be located on the east side of the hospital along Route 16. It will house a new emergency department, intensive care unit and additional patient rooms. According to Francis M. Saba, Milford Regional CEO, patient demand and the need to accommodate the very latest medical equipment are the driving forces behind this expansion. “Our emergency department (ED) is significant- ly undersized to meet the needs of the community,” he states. Milford Regional had 55,213 ED patient visits in 2011. The new emergency department will double the size of its current footprint and include additional diagnostic imaging services. Saba also notes that the 10 rooms now inside the ICU, built in the 1960’s, are no longer large enough to accommodate present-day medical equipment. To address this challenge as well as growing demand for intensive care, the new ICU will house 16 spacious rooms. The expansion will also include 24 new med- ical/surgical rooms with telemetry for cardiac monitoring. Saba explains the new patient rooms will not increase the overall number of hospital beds, but will allow the Medical Center to convert multi-patient rooms to private without reducing capacity. The building project must first receive both local and state approvals before moving forward. Financing and fundraising efforts will also factor into the expansion’s final plans. Saba estimates an approximate two-and-a-half-year timeframe be-fore groundbreaking. Uxbridge Education Foundation plans Annual Gala Event to be held March 17th at Blissful Meadows Tickets are now available to The Uxbridge Education Foundation’s (UEF) eighth annual gala which will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17th at Blissful Meadows Country Club in Uxbridge from 7:00-11:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in each school office at $35.00 each or $60.00 per couple.  The evening will begin with a greeting by the UHS Spartones, followed by dancPRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID BOSTON, MA PERMIT NO 55800 ing to your favorite hits while enjoying hot and cold appetizers, a cash bar and a little Irish cheer! There will be both silent and live auctions, and the attire is business casual. Some of the great Auction Items this year include: a limousine ride and state house tour and dinner, Sports Memorabilia and Tickets, jewelry, bags, other unique accessories and an Italian Indulgence Dinner for 6-8. If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction, the UEF would greatly appreciate your generosity. Ticket Orders can be mailed to: Uxbridge Public Schools, Attn: UEF Gala, 21 South Main Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569.   Tickets will be held at the door in your name. Make check payable to Uxbridge Education Foundation. Ticket Orders with Payment must be received by March 10th. For more information on the gala contact:  Kate Travaline at or 508-2780028. Business Bio: Nor’easter Roofing, Inc. Nor’easter Roofing owner, Robert ‘Rob’ Chaille, of Uxbridge takes great pride in customer satisfaction. “When I specify to a customer what will be included in the work, I make sure they get what they expect. I am the only sales person they will deal with. The owner sells every job.” ECRWSS rob chaille see story on page 37 ~ INDEX ~ town news ..............Page 4 calendar...................Page 23 society .....................Page 27 senior corner ..........Page 29 school news............Page 33 Business news........Page 37 sports.......................Page 41 classified .................Page 43 real estate…………………43

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