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Asphalt Plant approved By Constance Dwyer
Cormier Woods offers space for sledding, snowshoeing, Nordic Skiing and outdoor recreation
At 7:00 pm on January 10th an overflow of voters gathered with the applicants and the Planning Board for the second hearing on granting a Special Permit for constructing an asphalt plant in the Uxbridge industrial zone called Evergreen Development, located at 586 Quaker Highway (146A). Those gathered in the first floor conference room of Town Hall joined the Board in opening the meeting by rising and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, concluding with the three word pledge, “Justice For All.” The hearing started with the applicants providing a series of lengthy, but highly informative, presentations on the operation and environmental safeguards of the proposed and, clearly, high tech asphalt processing facility; further they stressed that the proposed plant met and/or exceeded current state environmental standards. The Chairman of the Planning Board, Joseph, “Joe,” Leonardo, opened the public hearing by first stating that the 1995 asphalt plant prohibition bylaw issue had been sufficiently discussed and resolved and
so it would not be addressed at this hearing and that each resident would be limited to a 2-minute presentation. One observer noted that on occasions, during the residents’ presentations and interactions with the Board, emotions of both the residents and the Board seemed to obscure the pledge, “Justice For All” and the 2-minute time limit was notable in that its observance was mostly ignored by all. Also Dr. Jennifer Gallo, DVM, who has a longtime practice of veterinary medicine in Uxbridge and who lives in town with her husband, Kevin, interrupted the Chairman to question why residents were limited in speaking while he allowed the presenters all the time they wanted. The residents combined observations and objections with questions to be addressed by the applicants and the Board after all residents had had their time. The nature of the presentations ranged from the personal to the practical and technical; from the political to the professional. Suzanne Dauphin of Uxbridge, a former Kindergarten teacher of many continued on page 7
Embrace Winter's Wonderland Students reach The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) offer hundreds of acres of wide open spaces, woodland trails and perfect hills where you can take advantage of our recent snowfall and embrace winter's wonderland. Locally, at Cormier Woods Reservation in Uxbridge and Mendon, you can explore the reservation’s varied habitats along three miles of easy-tomoderate trails that loop through the 175 acres of native grasslands, forests, and swamps. http://wwwthetrustees.org/places-to-visit/central-ma/cormier-woods.html Studies show that exposure to nature and outdoor exercise - even as little as 5 minutes a day - has significant health and wellness benefits includ-
ing improved mental health, reduced stress, and a more positive outlook and spirit. A recent article from the November issue of Outside Magazine points to similar benefits from "nature therapy" and travels to the deep woods of Japan where researchers are backing up the surprising theory that nature can lower your blood pressure, fight off depression, beat back stress - and even prevent cancer. "So many children and adults are experiencing 'nature deficit disorder' today," says Barbara Erickson, Trustees President, outdoor enthusiast and mother of two young children. "It's our mission at The Trustcontinued on page 16
out to children of Newtown Douglas Intermediate Elementary School Team IES participated in a special initiative organized by the Newtown, CT Parent Teacher Organization (PTA), in which students from across the country helped to create a Winter Wonderland for the classrooms of the Sandy Hook Elementary students! IES students enthusiastically made beautiful snowflakes in their art classes to contribute to this effort, under the guidance of Mrs. Andrea Merrill, Art teacher. The Student Council and the Student Ambassadors provided leadership at their grade levels by facilitating the preparation and packaging of the snowflakes for mailing.
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Front Row (l to r): Kelly Hayes, Maggie Gurney, & Sara Morin. Center: Amber Davis, Brooke Mazzuchelli, & Olivia Forest. Rear: Angelina Carneiro & Sage Hurteau.
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Make a roaring difference by joining the Lions Mrs. Asa Waters honors The fledgling Uxbridge Lions Club is seeking new members to get the twenty needed to secure its own charter. Currently, the original eight Uxbridge Lions are functioning under the sponsorship of the very active Grafton Lions Club. Even without a full complement of members the existing club is doing what it can to reach out and serve the community. Over the past year the Uxbridge Lions have held some fundraisers such as its Shredding event in June and its second Holiday Glamorama in November. Other small-
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er events have been held as well. Some members of the community have already benefited from the services provided by Lions International and the local Lions. The Uxbridge Lions Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at Niko’s on Main Street in Uxbridge at 7 pm. For information contact 508-2784517 or 508-278-0057 or check out the Uxbridge Lions on Facebook. The Lions Club is a secular service organization with over 45,000 clubs and more than 1.35 million members in
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205 countries around the world. The organization aims to meet the needs of communities on a local and global scale. If you check out lionsclubs.org, you will learn of the staggering amounts of money that has been raised by Lions Clubs for sight programs, local and global health programs, community projects, disaster relief, diabetes awareness. Millions of dollars and volunteers were provided in Massachusetts for tornado relief, for earthquake relief in Haiti, as well as for other disasters around the world. It seems more people have been served by the Lions Clubs than McDonald’s. What has been accomplished and continues to be accomplished by Lions Clubs since 1917 is nothing short of amazing. “This just might be something you want to be a part of,” says President Catherine Thornton. “What could be better than to make such a big difference in such a meaningful way? Hopefully this is something our young people can get involved with once we have a viable club in Uxbridge.”
General Washington’s Centennial available for an additionThe year is 1832 and al tariff beginning at 6 “Mrs. Asa Waters” corp.m. Dinner seating is at dially invites you to a 7 p.m. Please confirm Grand Celebration honyour attendance by conoring General Washingtacting Carol Vulter at ton’s 100th Birthday on 508-757-0578, or email Saturday, February 23rd, cvulter@aol. com (1832) 2013. Ms. Perry, an accomMrs. Waters (portrayed plished interpreter, will by Interpreter Patricia be incorporating historiPerry) is planning a cal research compiled by grand event in honor of Mansion Director, Cathour beloved First PresiMrs. Waters erine Elliott, to provide dent and War Hero! Executive Chef Geoff (portrayed by interpreter an informative and eduPatricia Perry) cational event in the Kelly from the fine establishment of Sir Loin’s Catering of grandeur of the historic Asa Waters North Grafton will be presenting an Mansion. Guests are invited to self-tour opulent menu featuring his famous the first two floors of the Mansion and Carved Steamship Roast Beef and are welcome to visit The Gift Shoppe. The evening is sponsored by The Sautéed Chicken Picatta – served with salad and rolls, grilled vegetables, Friends of the Asa Waters Mansion, P.O. Box 421, Millbury, Massachusetts sumptuous desserts, tea and coffee. A donation of $40 per caller is appreci- 01527 or www.asawaters.org . The Asa Waters Mansion, located at ated (to benefit Mrs. Waters’ favorite 123 Elm St., Millbury, is listed on the charity). A selection of ales, beers including National and State Registers of Historic Samuel Adams, and wines will be Places.
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Uxbridge Rotary to host 10th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting The Rotary Club of Uxbridge would like to remind everyone that Valentine's Day is around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by attending the 10th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting Event featuring Live and Silent Auctions on Saturday, February 9th at Blissful Meadows Golf Club. Not only will you enjoy a fun evening, sampling various wine and beer selections, gourmet chocolate, hors d'oeurves, and bidding on some great items, but you will be giving your heart to the local community. As always, funds raised by this event benefit local charitable endeavors sponsored by the Uxbridge Rotary Club including Coats for Kids, Scholarships for local Students, Sponsorship of CPR Classes at the local Fire Department and much more. It's a win-win situation! Have a great time celebrating Valentine's Day and help your friends and neighbors at the same time! Please
mark your calendar to save the date for this popular fundraising event: February 9th at 6:30 pm at Blissful Meadows Golf Club in Uxbridge. Tickets are $30 in advance and any tickets that are remaining the day of the event will be sold at $35 at door. We hope to see you there! Tickets will be available for purchase from Rotary Club Members, online at www. uxbridgerotaryclub.org, at The Valley Cafe, Lynch’s Riverview Wine & Spirits, and Blissful Meadows Golf Club. Wine ordered the evening of the event will receive a special 20% discount. In the event of inclement weather, we will reschedule to a later date. With funds raised by the club over the past year they have provided scholarships to high school graduates in Uxbridge, Northbridge, Douglas and the Christian School, warm coats and hats to children in need in the commu-
nity, aid to the local food pantries and senior center, sponsorship of CPR Classes at the local Fire Department, and funds for the purchase of a camera for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UMass Memorial Hospital, just to name a few. It is the goal of the Rotary Club of Uxbridge to continue to make a
difference here in the Blackstone Valley and also around the world, through their affiliation with Rotary International. With the support and generosity of the community, they will continue to provide a helping hand wherever we see a need. The Club meets every Tuesday at the
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Blackstone Valley Art Assn. announce shows The Blackstone Valley Art Association will hold it's second Choco-L-Art show at the Whitinsville Social Library. The opening, February 9th from 10-2 p.m., will include a free chocolate tasting. It will comprise a mixed media collection of paintings, photography and possibly sculpture by its members. The show will remain at the library until February 16th. The art work will be for sale by the artists themselves and contact information will be readily available. Other BVAA shows are available for viewing and for sale at this time. A photography show is ongoing at Alternatives Gallery at 5 S. Main St. Uxbridge until February 28th. Milford T.V. 138 S. Main St. #6, Milford MA is hosting a show of mixed media by members until, March 1st. For more information about a growing community of artists BVAA.ORG
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Winter Wonderland Magic Show Puckihuddle Preschool presents their winter FUNdraiser, A Winter Wonderland Magic Show featuring magician, Steven Craig. The show will be during school vacation on Tuesday, February 19th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Dudley Gendron American Legion Post, 156 Boston Road, Sutton. Admission is $4 for everyone (infants under 1 are free). Puckihuddle Preschool was established in 1981 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing children and their families with the best first experience at school. The preschool, located at
the former Manchaug Library on Main Street in Sutton, provides children and their families a high quality early childhood experience. Classes are led by dedicated professionals who motivate, encourage and inspire each childâ€™s desire to learn. Since moving to its new location in September of 2009, Puckihuddle Preschool has been working towards its goal of raising money to establish a scholarship fund. You can learn more by going to www.puckihuddlepreschool.com or calling 508-4762939.
Uxbridge Rabies Clinic slated There will be a Rabies Clinic for dogs and cats held on March 17th, from 10am to 2pm at the VCA Blackstone Valley Veterinary Hospital at 615 Douglas St., in Uxbridge. Rabies shots will be $15.00; Microchips are available for $20.00. The clinic is open for residents of Uxbridge, Mendon and Douglas. It is sponsored in cooperation
with Regional Animal Control. Please bring your current rabies certificate to get a three year shot. If there are any questions please call 508-2786581. There will be raffles and prizes at the event, so please bring your pets for their annual vaccinations. Uxbridge Dog Licenses will also be available to be purchased the day of the clinic.
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Scholarship winners announced The Rotary Club of Uxbridge was pleased to host their 2012 scholarship recipients and their proud parents at our Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner held on Monday, January 7th. After completing their first semester at college, students gathered to share their experiences at school with the rotary club and to accept their scholarship awards. This year's scholarship recipients were: Uxbridge High School Graduates: Elizabeth Caccavelli and Lindsey Wilson, Northbridge High School Graduate: Thomas Stanovich, Douglas High School Graduates: Ellen Gerardi and Reed Miller, and Whitinsville Christian School Graduates: Laura Allen and Hannah Plantinga. The Rotary members enjoyed hearing from
all of the students and were very impressed by their energy, enthusiasm and commitment to academic excellence. The Rotary congratulated them on all they have accomplished in their first semester of school and wished them the best of luck in their continuing education. The club is able to provide scholarships each year to graduates of Uxbridge, Northbridge, Douglas and the Whitinsville Christian Schools utilizing funds raised through various charitable events during the year, including an Annual Golf Tournament, Wine & Chocolate Tasting, Rotary Fun Run, and more. With funds raised by these charitable endeavors, it has seen many lives changed for the better.
There will be a rabies clinic on Saturday, February 23rd at the Douglas Highway Garage located at 56 Main Street. Vaccinations provided by Dr. Jill Hopfenbeck, DVM and Sutton Animal Hospital. Only rabies shots will be given. To be eligible for a 3 year vaccination, please bring ALL rabies certificates with you to the clinic. Cat vaccinations will be between 9:00-10:30 and dogs will be between 10:30-NOON. Please do not bring your dog during the cat session and please do not bring your cat to the dog session. All cats MUST be in carriers and all dogs MUST be leased. The cost is $15.00 per animal. Dog Licenses will be on sale from 10:30 to Noon Only. Cost: $15 spayed/neutered; $20 intact. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact the Town Clerkâ€™s office at 508-476-4000 ext. 355
VFW Blood Drive Donate blood on Monday, February 25th between 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Uxbridge VFW, Route 16, and receive a Free Lunch from Cumberland Farms. Walk-Ins are welcome. Appointments are preferred by calling 800RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or online at RedCrossBlood.org.
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Free CPR Classes offered UniBank supports Uxbridge Public Library UniBank recently announced that a by Uxbridge Fire Department $2,639 donation has been made to the
As a public service, the Uxbridge Fire Department is offering a series of free CPR Classes to local residents. The first in the series of classes was held on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Fire Department and was sponsored by the The Rotary Club of Uxbridge. "The Rotary Club is an organization that truly believes in our motto of "Service Above Self". We are always looking for ways to help the community and were very pleased to be able to lend a helping hand by sponsoring the class." said Nancy Naylor, Rotary Club President. Classes are continuing on a monthly basis at the Fire Department, 25 South Main Street, Uxbridge. CPR Instruction will be given by Uxbridge Fire Department EMTs under the guidance of Fire Chief, William Kessler and Deputy Fire Chief, Tom Dion. If you are interested in attending a CPR Class, please call the Fire Department at 508278-2787 to register. Class size is limited and space will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
(CPR) is a lifesaving technique that is useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped. According to the American Heart Association, the difference between doing something and doing nothing could save someone's life. When a heart stops, the lack of oxygenated blood can cause brain damage within a few minutes and a person can die within eight to ten minutes. CPR can keep oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs until more definitive medical treatment can restore a normal heart rhythm. The Uxbridge Fire Department will be offering an ongoing series of CPR Classes beginning with the December Class and continuing through 2013. If you are interested in learning more about the classes, how you can become certified in CPR or how your business can help the community by sponsoring an upcoming class, please contact Fire Chief, William Kessler or Deputy Fire Chief, Tom Dion, at 508-278-2787.
Burn Aware at Home focus Feb. 3-9th, 2013 is Burn Awareness Week, and during this week, Shriners Hospitals for Children® will begin its annual burn prevention campaign. This year’s focus is on teaching children to “Be Burn Aware,” especially at home. The effort will include materials for children, as well as both general awareness and scald prevention information for parents and other concerned adults. Scald injuries are one of the most prevalent, and preventable, types of burn injuries occurring in homes. Information and materials pertaining to the effort can be found on the health care system’s website dedicated to burn awareness and prevention www.burnawareness.org . Homes are the sites of thousands of
burn injuries to children every year, including scalds and fire-related injuries. Many of these incidents could have been easily prevented by following and implementing basic safety tips. The campaign again uses two popular and child-friendly characters to showcase and share our messages: Boots and Brewster – a caped, cuddly bear and a googly-eyed teapot. In the materials, the pair leads children through the various rooms of a house, pointing out dangers, and how to easily correct or avoid them. Shriners Hospitals for Children encourages everyone concerned with keeping children safe to visit www.burnawareness.org for important burn prevention tips.
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Uxbridge Free Public Library to fund the purchase of The Learning Express Library, a remote training resource. This resource helps students prepare for a wide range of career-oriented licensing and certification exams in health care, education, civil service, and homeland security. It also provides opportunities for individuals to create resumes, polish interviewing techniques and improve business communication skills. Additional features include interactive tutorials to help users improve basic skills in reading, writing and math, as well as prepare for the GED, ACT and SAT tests. The library voiced enthusiastic appreciation for UniBank’s donation. Library Director Jane Granatino stated, “This comprehensive software will provide a tremendous opportunity to so many individuals in Uxbridge. We are so grateful to UniBank for this donation.” UniBank proudly supports the efforts of the library because they coincide with the bank’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for residents in Central Massachusetts. The program will be ready for use onsite or from home using a valid Uxbridge Library card on February 1st. For more information, visit www. uxbridgelibrary.org or call 508-2788624.
Jane Granatino, (left) Director of the uxbridge Free Public library displays the learning express library with Doris Hamburger, Vice President and Branch Manager of uniBank’s uxbridge branch. The library was able to purchase this valuable resource through a donation made by the bank.
Claflin Hill Symphony receives local Cultural Council Grants The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, a regional professional orchestra based in Milford, is proud to announce the receipt of 2012-13 Local Cultural Council grants totaling almost $3,700 from five communities in Central Massachusetts. Claflin Hill Executive and Artistic Director Paul Surapine recently reported that grants were received from the Local Cultural Councils of Grafton, Northbridge, Blackstone, Mendon and Milford. The largest grant came from the Milford Cultural Council in the amount of $1,200. “We were very excited to receive these grants this year, which reflected an increase of over $1,000 in cultural council grants from last year,” said Surapine, “although, in view of state budget cuts, these grants compared to
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more meaningful.” The Milford Cultural Council award is an annual award in support of the orchestra’s March Family Symphony Matinee concert, and the Blackstone Cultural Council made an award in support of Claflin Hill’s annual sum-
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mer concert performance at Daniels Farm. The Mendon Cultural Council and The Grafton Cultural Council made awards in support of Claflin Hill’s “Superintendent’s Night at Symphony” – when the orchestra invites Superintendents of school systems throughout the region and their students to attend the January symphony concert. The Northbridge Cultural Council grant was a first time ever award in support of Claflin Hill’s successful, new Chamber Concert Series at the Alternatives Whitin Mill Singh Performance Center. Bernadette Stockwell, the Development Director for CHSO stated, “our goal in reaching out to surrounding cultural councils is to create cultural partnerships in all of these communities that helps raise awareness and brings new audience members to our Milford Town Hall symphony concerts. In turn, Claflin Hill hopes to eventually bring its many outreach programs to these communities, allowing Claflin Hill to truly become, ‘The People’s Symphony.’” Tickets for all CHSO concerts can be purchased directly through the secure website at www.claflinhill.org or by calling Claflin Hill at 508-478-5924
Asphalt Plant continued from page one of the town’s students, spoke on behalf of the students attending the new high school. “They do not get a chance to voice their concern on how their health will be compromised in their future lives.” For example, she spoke about the proposed bituminous concrete drum mixer plant (asphalt) which will have “at least 30 trucks a day coming into town, each filled with this mixture the toxins cannot be contained and will increase three times.” She added, 30 to 90 trucks per day, 6 days a week, 12 months a year with 100,000 to 300,000 tons of asphalt and “students, teachers, athletes and families supporting their children will be breathing in these toxins daily the four years of their lives.” She made several other points; notably, that the “Town water (newly purchased) well water, aquifer, Blackstone River and streams, Ironstone reservoir will be polluted and no one will know as Evergreen Development is not required to test.” She left a copy of her letter with the Planning Board; it stated, “I….hold each member of this planning board accountable for the future health of the children attending Uxbridge high school….” Stressing health concerns, Dr. David Tapscott, a pediatrician at Tri-Valley, noted that students from Uxbridge High come to his facility. He said “What goes into the air (chemicals) even under best management practices…has no safe healthy level.” Some of these chemicals, he added, may cause lung cancer, leukemia, Alzheimer’s…” “There’s too much at stake.” Planning Board Chairman Mr. Leonardo commented that the doctor was “hypothesizing.” School Committee member, a former Town Moderator, Jane Keegan, brought up an important concept “Perception is Reality.” Her point was that she would hate for a Planning Board decision, based on long-term revenues, to still leave resident parents concerned with air pollution to the extent that they would choose to send their children to out of district schools. Engineer Steve O’Connell asked by the Chairman to review concerns sent in a letter to Graves’ Engineering. Because of the 22 comments, he said “We prepared a revised plan and all concerns have been addressed.” A noise level analysis was also completed, along with assurance that chemicals will be safely stored. Some residents, however, expressed their worry about contamination of wetlands, 100 feet away, but did not note the ground water protection areas. Others spoke of possible effects on
Zoning Bylaw re-codification (2008) is being challenged. In this regard, it is notable that the Town Meeting article 24 statement, “All Zoning Bylaws, as amended, heretofore in force and not included in this Code shall be repealed…” was not included in the actual motion passed by Town Meeting vote, but was a factor included in Town Counsel’s opinion. UPDATE: The Planning Board met at 7:00 p.m. January 23 in the Selectmen’s meeting room to respond to the request for a special permit for the asphalt manufacturing plant for which they held a public hearing earlier this month. It took them about 55 minutes to debate and vote on the special permit conditions and to approve the permit by a unanimous vote.
property values. Mr. Bevilacqua who will manage the plant if approved, spoke about how the plant will be environmentally safe and have “efficient machines.” He added that prohibition of an asphalt plant though “lawfully adopted” in 1995 was not included in the 2008 bylaws. He is known to run a well-managed asphalt plant in Bellingham, a supporter noted. Uxbridge veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Gallo said she was concerned about the “misinformation” being given and said “Asphalt is a hazardous material,” evoking loud applause by the residents. She added, “We want the Board to do more research.” Finally one resident stated that the opinion of Town Counsel, Patrick J. Costello, that the asphalt plant prohibition bylaw (1995) was repealed by the
Senator Moore to hold office hours in Uxbridge Senator Richard T. Moore, DUxbridge, will hold office hours on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Uxbridge Lower Town Hall located at 21 S. Main Street in Uxbridge. Sen. Moore holds monthly district office hours in area towns to meet individually with constituents who need assistance with matters involving the
state government. No appointment is necessary and residents are met individually on a first-come, first served basis. Constituents requiring immediate assistance should contact Sen. Moore’s office at (617) 722-1420 or log on to his website at www.senatormoore.com/services . For more information on Sen. Moore’s work in the Legislature, visit www.facebook.com/senatormoore.
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Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, recently announced that thirteen towns across the Worcester and Norfolk district will receive grant funds for the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program, totaling $63,125. The Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program is a state-wide initiative that provides resources to local fire departments to conduct fire and life safety education programs in grades K-12. The mission of the program is to enable students to recognize the dangers of fire, and, more specifically, the fire hazards that tobacco products pose. “For 18 years, the S.A.F.E. Program has effectively reduced child fire deaths while promoting fire safety and prevention,” said Sen. Moore. “We are now raising a generation of kids that are not only aware of the risks associated with fire but prepared to take action when necessary.” Local recipients awarded grants include: Bellingham $5,225, Blackstone $4,625, Douglas $4,625, Dudley $4,625, Hopedale $4,625, Mendon $4,625, Milford $5,225, Northbridge $5,225, Oxford $4,625, Southbridge $5,225, Sutton $4,625, Uxbridge $4,625, Webster $5,225, for a total of $63,125. Since the start of the S.A.F.E. Program, the Department of Fire
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those brave and resourceful students who take the information they’ve learned and put it into action in a meaningful way,” continued Sen. Moore. “I applaud each and every fire safety personnel who have dedicated their time, energy and passion to teaching and empowering these students.” Since the creation of the S.A.F.E. program in 1996, the average number of annual fire deaths of children under the age of 18 has plummeted by 70%. From 1996 to 2011, the average number of child fire deaths was 5.5 per year. During the 14 years prior to that, the average number of child fire deaths was 18 per year. To learn more about the S.A.F.E. Program, visit www.mass.gov and search for “S.A.F.E. Program.” For more information about Sen. Moore and his public safety efforts, visit www.senatormoore.com, or follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/senatormoore.
Food for Thought
by Sheryl Corriveau
What we give to one – we give to all. What we deny one – we deny all. Forgiveness, love, peace, truth and goodwill – give and it shall be given onto you – doesn’t even the Bible say something like that? I believe in Universal law - what we put out comes back to us. This year I put out energy of unity and goodwill for all. It is part of the human experience to desire prosperity, a healthy body, a sound and peaceful mind, a free spirit, feeling loved and loving, enough resources to live comfortably, experiencing success through creating out of the deepest parts of ourselves to share our gifts with a certain awareness that we are on our souls purposeful path, and lastly - exuding confidence on every authentic level of our being. I’m sure the list can be extended to include a sense of adventure, beautiful experiences and breath-taking moments…but collectively it is within the scope of every human being to desire these universal experiences no matter where in the world you look. My goal is to share what I’ve learned and continue to be part of the solution. This is already happening through a lot of people who are already sharing their experiences and the strengths they’ve learned along their journey. A new energy is here that is trying to break old, outdated and broken systems…the greatest change occurs first in the mind however. Believing that as our minds change, so will our lives and eventually our worlds, please check out some of the ways this is already happening: www.SherylCorriveau.com - Peace.
UniBank donates $5,000 to Alternatives UniBank is pleased to announce that a $5,000 donation was awarded to Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. Alternatives is an agency that aims to improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities through offering a wide range of educational and vocational services while placing a strong emphasis on social integration. The organization also provides residential services to adults with disabilities.
Join in February & receive 10 Free Blue Spruce trees Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone from Massachusetts who joins the Foundation in February 2013 will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees to plant when the weather turns warm. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between March 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge. Members also receive a subscription to the Foundation’s colorful bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which contains information about planting and care. To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to TEN FREE COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE TREES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by February 28, 2013, or visit arborday.org/february.
The $5,000 donation supports Alternatives’ Community Campaign which is used to purchase adaptive equipment and furnishings, find and train volunteers, and develop new, innovative programs. These resources enable Alternatives to improve the quality of life of the individuals it serves by fostering self reliance and connections within the community to create meaningful social ties. According to James F. Paulhus, president and CEO of UniBank, “Alternatives continues to be served by an extraordinary group of staff, dedicated volunteers and a caring and competent management group. We are proud to support their efforts in the community.” Dennis H. Rice, executive director of Alternatives stated, “UniBank has always understood that the people
Alternatives serves deserve the opportunity to build meaningful lives. Their support of Alternatives highlights their leadership in efforts to build a stronger, more inclusive community.”
James F. Paulhus (left), president and CeO of uniBank presents Dennis H. Rice (right), executive director of Alternatives unlimited, Inc. and Matt Albee (center) with a $5,000 donation. Mr. Albee lives in one of Alternatives’ apartments at the Whitin Mill and also participates in the Blackstone Valley employment Services Program at the Mill. uniBank’s donation supports the Alternatives unlimited, Inc. Community Campaign.
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With that concern becoming a legislative priority for the senator, he has organized a college financial aid information session for parents and students faced with the daunting task of paying for higher education. Sen. Moore will host an informational session on Monday, February 11th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Milford Public Library in the Granite Quarry Room. Joining Sen. Moore will be representatives from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA), the
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Guest Commentary: There Ought to be a Law! By Senator Richard T. Moore How often have you, or someone you know, said, “There ought to be a law,” relative to something you heard or read in the media or noticed yourself. You hear the expression in bars and in church halls. It comes up in barber shops, bowling alleys, cafeterias and other places where people gather to socialize and share tales of the latest outrage they’ve witnessed or about which they’ve heard. Is there some law that you think is needed or one that should be changed? Well, Massachusetts is unique among the states in granting the right to all residents to propose a new law or to change an existing law. It’s called, the “Right of Free Petition,” and is found in Article XIX of the Massachusetts Constitution written by John Adams. Generally, bills are submitted through an individual’s state senator or state representative. As a consequence of the “Right of Free Petition,” as many as 6,500 bills (about 2,500 in the Senate and 4,000 in the House) are filed in each two year session. However, only about ten percent become law. Some bills may be similar and some have been filed in previous sessions without success. This year, most bills will be filed by 5pm on January 18, 2013 although it is possible to file bills later in the year, with the approval of the Legislature’s Rules Committee. A “bill” is a proposal to create or change a state law. Every bill is assured a public hearing when the person who filed the bill, and any other person interested, can speak to the legislative committee to which the bill is assigned. A petitioner should be well-prepared
before testifying at a public hearing. Well organized, well-researched presentation statements naturally have a positive influence on committee members. If unable to attend a public hearing, a petitioner should prepare written testimony which can be accepted by a committee before the scheduled hearing. Petitioners should prepare a summary of the planned testimony and make a number of copies for distribution to committee members, staff members and any media representatives present. This allows members to make notes on the testimony while the petitioner is speaking. If the petitioner is serving as a spokesperson for a group, he or she should mention that to the committee prior to testifying. Very often, only written testimony is accepted on refiled bills. At the conclusion of the presentation, committee members may request further information or clarification. After all testimony is heard, the hearing is complete and the committee will meet,
in open executive session, either that day or at a later time, to decide whether to issue a favorable or unfavorable report. The report then goes to the House or Senate and, if it involves money, it is referred to the Ways and Means Committee of whichever branch that receives the bill. The process of bringing a bill to fruition as a law in Massachusetts is a long, often tedious, one. Simply filing a bill is not enough to get it passed. If it is your idea, you have the primary responsibility to advocate for passage. However, it is also very exciting and extremely worthwhile. It brings the average citizen of the Commonwealth much closer to state government. And, quite likely, if a petitioner is successful in gaining acceptance for the legislation, that law will be in existence long after he or she and all the legislators who passed it have departed from the scene. Any resident of the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Dudley, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford,
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This Winter, we’re thinking sunshine! Celebrate The Fresh air Fund’s 137th Summer Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies or swimming for the first time. Join host families in and around Southern Massachusetts for our 137th summer and open your heart and home to a Fresh Air child! Each summer, over 4,000 inner-city children visit suburban, rural and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program. “The Fresh Air Fund enriches everybody’s lives; you don’t have to entertain the child, just let him or her be a part of your life," says Nikki, a Fresh Air host.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. Over 65 percent of all children are reinvited to stay with their host families, year after year. For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Geri Fogg at 508-372-9064 or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003. You can also visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.
Blackstone Water Quality Summit planned The Blackstone River Coalition's annual Water Quality Summit will take place on Saturday, February 16, 9:30 am - noon, at the Brigham Hill Community Barn, 37 Wheeler Road, N. Grafton, and the public is invited. The highlight of the Summit will be a presentation about and tour of The Fisherville Eco-Machine and Canal Restorer, an innovative system to remove hydrocarbons and nutrients from the Blackstone River and Canal, located on Main Street in South Grafton. John Todd, Ph.D.*, of John Todd Ecological Design, Woods Hole, MA, designer of The Eco-Machine and Canal Restorer, will explain how it pumps contaminated water from the Blackstone Canal, filters it through a series of tanks with enzyme-generating mushrooms and bacteria-producing aquatic plants and animals, and releases that “inoculated” water back into the canal to clean the water downstream. The presentation will take place at the
Barn, and then participants will drive to the Eco-Machine site in South Grafton. There John Todd will conduct a tour of this unique system of natural systems to improve water quality in the Blackstone River and beyond.
In addition, the 2012 Blackstone Watershed Water Quality Report Card will be unveiled and the volunteer water quality monitors will be celebrated. Please contact Donna Williams at email@example.com if you plan to attend. *Dr. Todd, one of the pioneers in ecological design, has been active in shaping the field for over forty years. Educated at McGill University (Agri-
culture (BA) & Parasitology (MSc) and has a PhD from University of Michigan (Fisheries & Oceanography). He has received two honorary doctorates. He is an Emeritus Research Professor and Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Vermont, and a Fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. He is Founder and Chairman of John Todd Ecological Design, Inc, and President of Ocean Arks International an NGO dedicated to publishing, and to healing the inshore oceans. He is based in Woods Hole, MA. He was the co-founder of the New Alchemy Institute in 1969. Dr. Todd is widely published and is the author of over two hundred scientific, technical and popular articles. He is the author or co-author of seven books. He is the inventor of Eco-Machines and the holder of a number of patents. His passion and his work revolve around the broad field of planetary healing and regeneration.
Mill Church Cafe posts Feb. events Friday, Feb. 1st PATTY BIERNACKI Patty is an anointed singer/songwriter. She has played at our last two open mic nights and we decided that this gifted woman needs to share these beautifully simple love songs to Jesus with others! You will be absolutely blessed and lifted with her music. Friday, Feb. 8th OPEN MIC NIGHT Come on out and bring your gifts, talents and friends! This is a fun and entertaining night full of worship and fellowship. A great place for networking with other Christian musicians. Many ministries are booked at our Friday night cafe and other coffeehouses who participate in the open mic as well! Friday, Feb. 15th JERICHO ROAD Come worship the Lord Bluegrass style! Jericho Road is one of our favorite Bluegrass bands in the area. The members, Ken, Alan, Phil and Gene are truly gifted musicians and really know how to do some serious pickin' and grinnin'! Sure to be a fun night! Friday, Feb. 22nd SOUND JUDGMENT Frank Tranes and Ron Anderson are the duo that make up the band, Sound Judgment. They display a very diverse array of music styles, all directed at worshiping the Lord and testifying to his unfailing love and grace. The cafe is located at 45 River St. in Millbury, MA.
Thanks to Yanks presents free family magic show Michael Shain, founder and chairperson of Thanks to Yanks, is pleased to announce another free event that pays tribute to and honors the sacrifices that military families make on a daily basis. On Sunday, Feb. 10th a free family magic show featuring Tommy James, will take place at Stacy Middle School Auditorium, School St., Milford. All military and non-military families
with children are welcome to attend this free. The doors open at 12:45 pm. Tickets are free, but are limited and need to be reserved by noon Friday, February 8th, by e-mailing mshain @charlesriverbank.com with the number of tickets you are requesting. You will receive an e-mail back, confirming your reservations. The show starts at 1:15 p.m. and will end at approxi-
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Benoit earns rank of Eagle Scout eAGle SCOuT COuRT OF HONOR - Dylan Benoit of Troop 162 was honored January 5th at his eagle Scout Court of Honor in Southbury, CT. Dylan earned the rank of eagle Scout in July, 2012. He is pictured here with his grandmother, M. Theresa Benoit of North uxbridge, and his father, John Benoit, formerly of North uxbridge. Dylan is a freshman at Pomperaug High School in Southbury, CT.
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The February meeting of the Worcester Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. will be held on the first SATURDAY morning, February 2nd at the Zion Lutheran Church which is located at 41 Whitmarsh Avenue in Worcester. For directions go onto: http://worcesterchapter.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/ how-do-you-get-there-from-here/. There will be a short meeting then Sandra Goodwin (speaker, instructor, and past president of MSOG) will give her “Joining the Genealogy Community” presentation. Learn everything you need to know to keep track of your most important blogs as well as how to create your own. Within a
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Wanderlust a JOURNEY THROUgH SPaCE aND TiME by Bob Haigis I know I have mentioned this before, but it pays to be repeated because it continues to be a part of our lives. Peg and I have found during our careers of roaming that some of the greatest trips and adventures we have had were never planned. They just were spur of the moment opportunities that we seized, and were usually glad we did. These special capers sometimes happened through companies with whom we dealt as on-board couriers. The opportunity would pop up with a phone call to go on short notice. On more than one occasion they asked if we could go
to Mexico-TOMORROW. Once I even got a request to leave the same day, but unfortunately it was not to be. It would have been a great excursion as they were so desperate they offered full fare and hotel accommodations along with a week south of the border. Unfortunately we had to decline that one as we were in the middle of an incredible rain storm. All major roads were flooded, and just getting to the airport in Boston would have been impossible in time to catch the flight. Also on occasion we would get a call from a fellow member in one of our home exchange clubs asking if we could arrange a swap within a few days. At other times, just a simple phone call to or from someone would set things in motion. I recently had such an experience that started out to be nothing more exciting than to meet a friend for coffee. Before the day was
began searching online for the Smugglers Beach Harry mentioned. I knew I had heard of it, and probably had been there on occasion years ago but for the life of me I couldn’t recall where it was. Booting up the computer, I put the name into my map site, and got nothing. I took out a paper map of the Cape and pawed that over: And still nothing. Then I got smart, went online and brought up a map of Yarmouth hoping to track down the evasive location. I never found any beach by that name, but I did find a motel with those words in its name. I was surprised to see that it was adjacent to Bass River Beach where I used to launch my boat. I decided that this must be the area I wanted. The directions looked simple: East on Rte. 28 to right on Willow St. to right on South and straight south to the area in question. The following day, to give myself ample time I added fifteen minutes to
over, I wound up taking a short but frustrating trip in space and a giant leap back in time. Both turned out to be very informative and interesting. I will begin with the space jaunt. Peg and I were down the Cape back in December to secure our summer home. Knowing it was going to be most likely many months before our return I also opted to contact a friend who lived a few miles East of our place. Harry answered on the 3rd ring and we made arrangements to meet for a quick cup of java at a diner about half way between our residences. Also, he invited me to attend a short ceremony at nearby Smugglers Beach in S. Yarmouth. He said it was in remembrance of Pearl Harbor. December 7th was the day we were to get together. Without hesitating, I agreed to meet him at the site, and thus what was to become an unforgettable experience was put in motion. The frustrating part started when I
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continued from page 14 slight of build, frail elderly gentleman. I later learned he was a page torn out of the American History Books: a page that recorded one of the most horrifying days in our history. I recall clearly just where I was and what I was doing on that never to be forgotten Sunday morning so long ago. I had just turned seven years old in September and was in my lovely, warm luxurious home. Along with my younger sister Peg, I was on the living room floor playing a game. We were only a few feet from a radio that was on and issuing music. I will never forget the heavy male voice suddenly announcing: “We interrupt this program to bring you an important news bulletin”. In that moment I, even at my young age, somehow realized that the world had suddenly changed forever. The gentleman seated in the wheel chair before me also remembers exactly where he had been and what he was doing at that same exact time. Gilbert Goodwin, Boatswain’s Mate 2nd class, US NAVY was on board the USS Curtiss in Pearl Harbor fighting for his life. I learned that he had been on the Curtiss, a sea plane tender less than two years old when the attack started. Somehow the Curtiss got underway almost immediately, and was probably one of the first in the fleet to return fire to the attackers. Before it was over a downed plane crashed into the ship, and she was hit with a bomb. Nineteen of Gilbert’s shipmates were killed and many wounded. After repairs the boat survived to fight on for the remainder of the war, and following a long, adventurous career afterward, she was decommissioned in 1963. Today, 92 year old Gilbert was here on Smugglers Beach to honor his fallen comrades. There were two of his “brothers” here last year, but they are gone now, and I understand Gilbert is the last surviving veteran of the attack living in Yarmouth. It was obvious looking at him that he was very cold sitting and observing the ceremony, but he was able to take part by helping to throw a wreath into the blowing water to pay homage to his lost comrades. As soon as the short rite was over, he was hustled back into the interior of the warm car, where I am sure he was much more comfortable. With the weather as it was, no one hung around very long, and Harry and I shoved off to our rendezvous. It is truly amazing what can come out of something as simple as a cup of coffee with a friend. On December 7, 2012 I visited a beach that officially doesn’t exist, saw a man who is living history and a survivor of one of America’s most difficult moments, and viewed a group of veterans giving thanks and paying honor to those who couldn’t be there. Thank you Gilbert and all your surviving comrades. Comments-questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
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HONORING FAlleN COMRADS - Veterans gathered in Yarmouth on December 7th. Seated is Gilbert Goodwin, Boatswain’s Mate 2nd class, uS NAVY, last surviving veteran of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Uxbridge Supports Our Troops recently received notification that a medical unit they’ve been supporting has an immediate need for supplies. With the community’s help, they are hopeful they will be able to fill this need. Please bring NEW sweatpants, sweatshirts, T-shirts, underwear, socks, blankets, towels, and batteries (both AA and AAA) to the Uxbridge Town Hall, located at 21 S. Main St., Uxbridge. The clothing may be sized from men’s small to X-large but must be NEW! If you would like to contribute to this effort by making a monetary donation to help purchase these items, or to help with the cost of shipping them, please make checks payable to USOT and send them to the town hall. For more information, please visit USOT’s website at www.uxbridgesupportsourtroopps.org or “like” the group on Facebook. You may also contact Diane at 508-278-5131 or Linda at
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Spaghetti & Meatball Fundraiser The VFW, Route 16, Uxbridge is holding a Spaghetti and Meatball Fundraiser Dinner on February 16th at 4pm. All proceeds go towards The Red Sox Foundation/Run To Home Plate. Tickets are $10.00 each and due to limited space are being sold in advance. There will also be raffles and DJ. Please see VFW staff for more details or you can call 774-551-6066.
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Claflin Hill presents extraordinary evening of Swing & Sinatra The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra will present a special “Winter Pops Gala Benefit Concert” on Saturday, February 9th at the Portuguese Club in Milford. Tickets are $50.00 each, and include an hors
Asa Waters Mansion benefit The Friends of the Asa Waters Mansion will be hosting a Home Shopping Blitz on Saturday, March 2nd, from 10:00 am to 1 pm. Just in time for those with Spring Fever! The Mansion will be filled with vendors offering a variety of home goods and decorating accessories, along with specialty products including custom jewelry, make up and skincare, pocketbooks, and much more. Light refresh-
ments will be served. Admission is free of charge; proceeds from this event will benefit the historic Asa Waters Mansion. Vendors wishing to participate may call 508-865-5248 or email email@example.com. The Asa Waters Mansion, located at 123 Elm Street in Millbury, Massachusetts is listed on the National and State registers of historic sites.
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d’ouerves buffet provided by the Blackstone Valley Tech Culinary Shop. Doors open at 7 PM, and the two hour concert begins at 7:30 PM. Seating will be at tables of 10, and there will be dancing. For this special performance, the orchestra will be performing an entire evening of arrangements of music from the Swing Era, including Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton and much more. The evening will also feature Tom Gatturna, a well known vocalist who appears weekly at the Caffe Sorrento in Milford, with his extraordinary renditions of songs and ballads from the Frank Sinatra repertoire. All musical arrangements are being created by Berklee School of Music Professor, Jerry Seeco, a legendary jazz musician and arranger who resides in Milford, and has frequently collaborated with Claflin Hill. “This concert concept is one that has been floating around in my head for almost a decade now,” said Paul Surapine, Claflin Hill’s Founder and Artistic Director. “We’ve been listening to Tom sing Sinatra at the Sorrento for over 5 years, and when you close your eyes, you swear you’re listening to a recording of Frank from 1963. Tom’s phrasing and nuances are “spoton” renditions of the Chairman of the Board in his prime! We’re going to recreate the style and class of that period, when Sinatra frequently worked with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra. That, paired with music from the Swing Era, including Stan Kenton – who had a deep connection with Milford – will make for a historic evening of music here at Claflin Hill.” Claflin Hill is partnering with Blackstone Valley Technical High School’s Culinary Shop, under Chef Matt Williams, who will be preparing and serving an array of appetizers and light entrees. The evening will also include a silent auction, and all proceeds benefit the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra and their extensive full year season of world class musical performances in Milford and Central Massachusetts. Tickets are $50 each, and can be ordered online through the Claflin Hill website, www.claflinhill.org. For more information visit the website or call Claflin Hill at 508-478-5924. The Portuguese Club in Milford is located at 119 Prospect Heights, (off Water Street) in Milford, 01757 and is handicapped accessible. The Claflin Symphony Orchestra, located in Milford, MA, is a powerful regional musical force. Through passionate performances presented by masterful musicians, the CHSO plays a leading role in the cultural enrichment and vitality of Central Massachusetts and MetroWest communities. The CHSO sponsors a remarkable outreach program that helps youth perfect their musical talents and build long-lasting appreciation for music.
Calendar WEEKLY SuNDAYS BiNgO knights of Columbus 70 Prescott Rd., Whitinsville Doors open at 4 pm MONDAYS PiTCH PaRTY 6:30 pm at the Uxbridge Senior Center on South Main Street TueSDAYS ROTaRY CLUB MEETiNg 12:15 pm at Unibank, 49 Church St., Trustee’s Room P.a.C.E. CLaSS…FREE! People with arthritis can exercise 10 am in the Community Room at Lydia Taft House. Call Paulette 508-476-4467
WeDNeSDAYS FREE POOL VFW, Post 1385, Uxbridge 508-278-7540 THuRSDAYS “COMMUNiTY BaND” Practice 7:30 pm at Whitin School on granite St., Uxbridge
1st • Friday SENiOR BREakFaST 8-9:30 aM Saint John’s Episcopal Church 3 Pleasant St., Rt. 122a, Sutton Pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee or tea. Handicap accessible. $4 donation. For more info call 508-865-3103 or 508-277-98222
5th • Tuesday NaMi SUPPORT gROUP 7-8:30 PM Uxbridge Nazarene Church 130 Douglas St., For more info call 508-917-8381
9th • Saturday VaLENTiNE’S DiNNER DaNCE 6 PM - Midnight VFW Post 1385 Rt. 16, Uxbridge. Come and honor our Vets. Local Veterans eat for free and guests are $10 each. Tickets need to be purchased in advance, they can be picked up at the VFW post 1385. For more info call 508-278-7540.
11th • Monday BLaCkSTONE VaLLEY FREE MEDiCaL PROgRaM 6-8 PM Northbridge High School 427 Linwood ave. Whitinsville VFW POST 1385 MONTHLY MEETiNg 7 PM Rt. 16, Uxbridge
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12th • Tuesday Lincoln’s Birthday DOUgLaS LiBRaRY BOOk DiSCUSSiON 6:30 PM James Fenimore Cooper’s The Deerslayer. Call the library for a copy of the book 508-476-2695 New members welcome. Refreshments, inspired by the title being discussed, will be served.
13th • Wednesday Ash Wednesday 14th • Thursday Valentine’s Day 17th • Sunday NEW ENgLaND COUNTRY MUSiC POT LUCk VaLENTiNE LUNCHEON Host Band: Midnight Sun. VFW #1385, 13 Cross Rd., Rt. 16 Uxbridge. Doors open at noon. Lunch 12:30-2 PM. Music 1–5 PM. New Door Donation
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18th • Monday Presidents Day 22nd • Friday Washington’s Birthday 24th • Sunday NEW ENgLaND COUNTRY MUSiC CLUB POT LUCk LUNCHEON. Host Band: Something to Talk about. VFW #1385, 13 Cross Rd., Rt.16 Uxbridge. Doors open at noon. Lunch 12:30-2 PM. Music 1-5 PM. New Door Donation applies anyone bringing a donation to the buffet table $3.00. NECMC members without buffet contribution $7.00. Non-members $8.00. CONTRiBUTiONS OF CaNNED, BOxED NON-PERiSHaBLE iTEMS aPPRECiaTED FOR THE PEOPLE FiRST FOOD PaNTRY. MakE a DONaTiON aND BE ENTERED TO WiN a $30.00 PRizE PaCkagE- WiNNER NEED NOT BE PRESENT.
25th • Monday aMERiCaN LEgiON RiDERS MONTHLY MEETiNg 7 PM american Legion Hall 59 Douglas St., Uxbridge RED CROSS BLOOD DRiVE 2-7 PM Uxbridge VFW, Rt. 16. Receive a free lunch from Cumberland Farms when you donate. Walk ins are welcome. appointments are preferred by calling 800-733-2767 or online: RedCrossBlood.org
27th • Wednesday aMERiCaN LEgiON MONTHLY MEETiNg 7PM american Legion Hall, 59 Douglas St., Uxbridge BLaCkSTONE VaLLEY HERiTagE QUiLTERS 7PM St. Patrick’s Church (basement hall) 1 Cross St., Whitinsville. guest Speaker Diane Loomis “Listening to your Quilts” and quilts to see examples BLaCkSTONE VaLLEY WOMEN’S CLUB MEETiNg 6:30 PM Dudley gendron american Legion Hall, 156 Boston Post Rd., Sutton. Presentation on Domestic Violence given by Laurie Santori. For info call alberta Durfee 508-839-4689
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taken from the Dwarves from a reluctant dragon that has seized their home. Gathering his crew, his good friend, Gandalf the wizard, and a group of determined Dwarves, Bilbo bumps into many unexpected obstacles that ultimately leads him towards finding the ring. One does not need to follow the Lord of the Rings series in order to understand what is happening in The Hobbit. The film is a prequel to the other three films, allowing The Hobbit to focus on the happenings before Bilbo Baggin’s discovers the ring. Ultimately, this ring later becomes the center of focus for the rest of the series. For both fans and new watchers alike, this film is easy to follow, fun to watch, and fast paced for an overall mysterious and thrilling movie experience. An admirable aspect to The Hobbit is the introduction to the main characters of The Lord of the Rings’ series. This gives the audience more of a background on the series’ favorite characters, Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, and Gandalf, played by Ian McKellen. The audience is even introduced to foes, such as Gollum, played by Andy Serkis, a once-hobbit whose life has become damaged by the ring. With a better understanding of the characters’ personalities and backgrounds, The Hobbit brings those whom follow the series to a whole new level of engagement in the story. Released to theaters in the second week of December, The Hobbit ranked number 6 in box office in mid-January, next to Les Miserables at number 5. This fun film continues to hold such attention likely due to its famous novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as the intricate costuming and believable animation. Mixing both actors and animated characters, director Peter Jackson gave a
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, still ranking high in the box office, is an unforgettable film, probably one of the best in The Lord of the Rings series. Not only does it have graphics far more advanced from the series’ first film, The Lord of the Rings, but the content of the three hour film is packed with an intriguing plot where even a minute is not wasted on pointless dialogue or filler scenes. Bilbo Baggins, a humble hobbit from The Shire, takes on the challenge to win back a mountain
Valentine’s “Thank a Vet” Dance date set On Saturday, February 9th the VFW Post #1385 Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a Spaghetti dinner and dance to show their support for local veterans. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm and dancing will be following with music by "Bottom of the Barrel entertainment" All veterans are invited as guests. Family members and friends wanting to show their support will be asked for a $10.00 donation. Only advanced tickets will be available. Sure to be a sold out event filled with lots of fun and laughter. Limited Tickets available by visiting the post on route #16 Uxbridge. (Free guest must also get their tickets at the Post.) For additional information please contact VFW 508-2787540.
believable illusion of a real Middle Earth, making The Hobbit one of the greatest films based off of Tolkien’s literature. No matter whom the audience, The Hobbit offers something for everyone, whether it is actionpacked scenes, beautiful costuming, a unique sto-
ryline, or just a great night out. With a rating of PG-13, due to some violence and mild alcoholic scenes, The Hobbit is suitable for those who want to explore a world very much different from what they are used to.
Douglas Library Book Discussion The next meeting of the Douglas Library Book Group will be discussing James Fenimore Cooper’s The Deerslayer on Tuesday, February 12th at 6:30 PM. Set in the 1740’s just as the French and Indian wars have begun, the novel opens as Natty Bumppo known as Deerslayer and his friend Hurry Harry travel to Tom Hutter’s house in upstate New York. Hurry plans to marry Tom’s beautiful daughter Judith, while Deerslayer
has come to help his close friend Chingachgook save his bride-to-be, Wah-ta-Wah, from the Huron Indians. When war breaks out, and Hurry and Tom are captured by Indians, Deerslayer must go on his first warpath to rescue them. Call the Library 508-476-2695 for a copy of the book. New members welcome. Homemade refreshments, inspired by the title being discussed, will be served.
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Domestic Violence Is Topic At Blackstone Valley Women’s Club The Blackstone Valley Women’s Club will host a presentation on Domestic Violence given by Laurie Santori, the director of the YWCA Domestic Violence Program called “Daybreak”, at its February 27th (Wednesday) meeting at the Dudley-Gendron American Legion Hall, 156 Boston Post Rd., Sutton. The social is from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm, followed by the presentation. The meeting is open to the public. Any woman, 18 years or older, is welcome to
BLACKSTONE VALLEY WOMEN’S CLUB CHRISTMAS SOCIAL CELEBRATED - President Constance (Reddy) Dwyer takes a moment to be with her son, Liam Reddy, who played his acoustic guitar while Di’Ahna Restry, a Columbian-born belly dancer also entertained. Club members were delighted with their performances at the BVWC meeting. Reddy is a selftaught acoustic musician and songwriter who started playing guitar during College. He was the singer/guitarist in his former Massachusetts band, Ship High in Transit, and in 2008 he began his solo career. Di’Ahna Restry has studied various styles of belly dance for the past 5 years. She enjoys fusing traditional and folkloric techniques with modern and eclectic styles of music. Liam and Di’Ahna are from Hopedale.
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Uxbridge Woman’s Club welcomes you Are you ready to start the New Year in the right direction? The GFWC Uxbridge Woman’s Club invites you to enhance the lives of others through volunteer service. In Uxbridge, we are an active Club of women, 18 years and older. Our Club, which was organized in 1950, belongs to a parent organization known as the General Federation of Women of Massachusetts. In turn, the Massachusetts group is part of the General Federation of Women’s Club International, where women are welcomed from all around the world. Throughout the years, the GFWC Uxbridge Woman’s Club has raised monies by having fashion shows, puppet shows, wine tastings, dog shows, bake sales, vendor fairs, food and clothing drives, just to name a few. All proceeds have benefited our community and other worthwhile women’s projects both on the national and international venue, such as donations to the Food Pantry, the Heifer Project, and Dress for Success, as well as projects at the Police and Fire Stations, Senior Center and Library. Every year, we award monetary scholarships to seniors from the Town of Uxbridge, who plan on continuing their education. We gather many times during the year at our monthly social and business meetings, where members interact with each other and plan future projects. In the next few months, we are promoting various Dine Outs, were members, family and friends can meet ,eat together at a local restaurant, enjoy each other’s company, and raise money for our projects. Please contact Mary, Membership Chairman, at 508-278-2683 for more information if you are interested in becoming an active member, or write to P.O. Box 173, Uxbridge, MA 01569 to learn more about our Club. Also on the internet at www. GFWCuxbridgewomansclub.org
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~Society ~ Community Chorus is calling all singers The Blackstone Valley Community Chorus (BVCC) is a holding an Open Call for all new and returning members for its 2013 spring season. Open Call will take place on Sunday, February 24th at 6 pm in the Douglas Municipal Center Resource Room at 29 Depot Street, Douglas. The BVCC, under the direction of Diane Pollard of Uxbridge, has been bringing choral music to the Blackstone Valley since 2004. Members are of varying ages and musical abilities, brought together by a shared love of music. Rehearsals will be on Sundays, beginning on March 3rd, from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm at the Douglas Municipal Center Resource Room. There is a $30 membership fee to cover minimal concert expenses and all sheet music. Please come to Open Call ready to sing and with your membership fee so you can receive your music right away! This season the chorus will prepare music from memorable movie soundtracks for a concert on May 5, 2013 at St. Mary's Church in Uxbridge. The BVCC has also been invited to sing during the Town of Millbury’s bicentennial celebration in June. Please come join the fun! The BVCC is a 501c3 non-profit organization supported in part with grants from the Local Cultural Councils of Douglas, Uxbridge and Mendon. For more information, visit our website www.bvcchorus.org.
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Catanese & Guevara wed Michelle Leigh Catanese became the bride of Mr. Jacob Silas Guevara on Saturday May 5th at the Church of the Nazarene, S. Weymouth. The bride is the daughter of Tony and Gail Catanese of Northbridge. She is a 2008 graduate of Northbridge High School and a 2012 graduate of Eastern Nazarene College (ENC), Quincy. She is employed as an electrical engineer/component manager at British Aeronautical Engineering, Nashua, NH. The bridegroom is the son of Joshua and Karen Guevara of Brentwood, Long Island. He is a 2008 graduate of Brentwood High School, and also a 2012 graduate of ENC. He is employed as a customer service representative for Burndy Corp., also of Nashua, NH. After a BBQ style wedding reception at the Linden Ponds Derby Clubhouse in Hingham the newlywed couple enjoyed a 9 day honeymoon in California.
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Exploring Black History in Uxbridge Presented by the GFWC Uxbridge Woman's Club As we pause during February to observe Black History Month it might be useful to explore the depth of that history in a town like Uxbridge. Few people are aware that Massachusetts was a slave state until 1783. Fewer still realize that several of Uxbridge’s leading citizens were slave owners. Slavery persisted in Uxbridge until the practice was ended statewide by the Supreme Judicial Court in 1783. The story of slaves and freedmen in Uxbridge can be found in vital records, Town Meeting reports, Treasurer’s reports, and records of the General Court in Boston and lesser courts in Worcester. Michael Potaski will make a presentation on “Slaves and Freedmen in Uxbridge” which includes an examination of the documentary sources that reveal that history. There will also be a brief discussion of Freedmen and women in Uxbridge through the Civil War and Uxbridge's role in the Abolition movement. A slide show will enhance the lecture.
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Borden turns 102 Beulah M. Borden (pictured), joined friends along with Senator Richard T. Moore and State Rep. Kevin Kuros on the occasion of her 102nd birthday. Mrs. Borden was born on December 23, 1910 and is the oldest known citizen of Uxbridge living independently in her home. Mrs. Borden received special citations from the House and Senate as well as the Boston Post Cane surrounded by her extended family and long time friends. Congratulations Beulah!
Volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers needed Meals on Wheels delivery drivers are needed for TriValley’s Nutrition Program in Northbridge. Meals on Wheels are delivered out of the Northbridge Senior Center on 20 Highland Street. All volunteers receive training and drivers are eligible for travel reimbursement at the rate of 50 cents per mile. For more information call Bill Robidoux, Nutrition Site Manager at 508-234-2002. Tri-Valley, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency providing in-home and community based services in 25 towns in south central Massachusetts. The agency receives funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Federal financial support under the Older Americans Act furnished by the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Funds are also received from other public and private sources. All donations are welcome and memorials may be established. For information about services call Tri-Valley’s free Help-Line at 1-800-286-6640.
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Uxbridge Senior Center Programs, Events & Lunch Menu for February Lunch pick up begins at 10:30 am each day for an 11:30 lunch. Please call the Senior Center at 508-2788622 to reserve your meal 48 hours in advance and also to arrange for transportation to lunch, shopping and for medical appointments. The Senior Center is a drop off site for the People First Food Pantry. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. COMPUTER CLASSES – Classes have resumed on Mondays from 3pm to 4pm. Do you have a new Iphone, Ipad, tablet or Nook but aren’t sure about all you can do with it? Please call the Senior Center at 508-2788622 to enroll and get further details. Classes are geared to individual needs. SENIOR CENTER WISH LIST – The Senior Center would greatly appreciate any donations of decaf and regular coffee, sugar and Splenda packets, foam cups, stirrers, cascade for the dishwasher, dish detergent, sponges and all purpose spray cleaner for the tables. These things are not covered in the budget. We thank you very much for your help. NaviCare SCO will be at the Senior Center on the first Monday of every month at 2:00pm. NaviCare SCO is a Senior Care Options program. NaviCare helps you get the most out of your Medicare and MassHealth standard benefits and offers you extra services that can help you stay healthy at no extra cost to you. You are eligible if you are 65 years old or older, you have Mass Health Standard and you live in Worcester County. WELCOME OUR NEW BEREAVEMENT COUNSELOR – Are you dealing with the loss of a loved one, losing a job or your home or just need to talk to someone? Please call the Senior Center and make an appointment to talk to our new bereavement counselor, Dr. Carl Schultz. Dr. Schultz comes to us with impressive credentials. He is available for people of all ages by appointment. All sessions are free, private and confidential. Call the Senior Center at 508-278-8622 to make an appointment. NEW WEBSITE – Now you can go to the new Council on Aging website and get all the news from the Senior Center. There is up to date information on programs and classes, the weekly lunch menu, as well as fuel assistance and open enrollment for Medicare Supplemental insurance. Check us out at www.uxbridgema.gov. Go to departments and click on Council on Aging.
MOBILE OPTICAL SHOP COMING TO UXBRIDGE SENIOR CENTER - Anywhere Optical is a mobile optical shop that comes to your door. Lisa Trainor, the optician from the company will be at the Uxbridge Senior Center on the first Wednesday of every month, from 11:30 to 12:30pm to talk about the services offered. Bring a copy of your current prescription to get pricing for a pair of new glasses. Anywhere Optical has prices for every budget. If you have Masshealth Insurance and need new glasses please call Lisa direct at 508-6343596 to schedule an appointment. YOGA CLASS – Yoga class has resumed on Thursdays from 1-2pm. You must call the Senior Center to register. $30 for the six weeks class is due at registration. FREE TAX HELP! If you are over 65 you can have your taxes done for free at the Senior Center. A tax preparer from AARP will be here from 1 to 4 p.m. starting on February 1st. Because there will only be one tax man this year you must call 508-2788622 early to make an appointment for any Friday from February 1st until the beginning of April. You may be eligible for the Circuit Breaker tax credit if you are 65 or older and own your own home. Please bring with you: for the Circuit Breaker credit bring a recent tax bill, water and sewer bill, proof of your Social Security number, last year’s tax returns, any W2 forms, any 1099 forms, the Social Security form SSA that your received. You should call the 508-278-8622 for information. The BVT Dental Assistant Students, known as, Seniors for Seniors will conduct an informational talk at the Uxbridge Senior Center on Friday, Feb. 8th from 11:30 to 12:30. The dental topics will include: Oral Hygiene, Denture Care, Mouth/Body Connection, Medication and its Effects, Oral Cancer, Nutrition, and Periodontal Disease. Please join us for this informational lunch and learn. Seating is limited. Call 2788622 by Thursday, Feb. 7th to register for this free informational talk. VALENTINE’S DAY TEA – Join us on Thursday, February 14 for a Valentine Tea. There will be special food and surprises! Please call 508278-8622 to reserve your spot! TUESDAY IS BOXING DAY! Starting on February 5thand continuing every Tuesday for ten weeks, we will play a game called Boxing Day during lunch. There will be weekly prizes for the winners. Please RSVP by each Monday so we can have an accurate count for lunch and the game.
MENU 1st • Friday Lunch – Baked fish, couscous, mixed vegetables and ice cream 1:00-4:00 pm – Tax appointments 4th • Monday Lunch – Stuffed shells, spinach, whole-wheat rolls and fresh fruit 2:00 pm – NAVICARE SCO 3:00 pm-4:00 pm – Computer classes, call 508-278-8622 for information. 5th • Tuesday 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Lunch – Tuna casserole with egg noodles, peas and blueberry cake 6th • Wednesday Lunch – Chicken Romano, penne pasta with marinara, garden salad and sugar free Jello 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Anywhere Optical 7th • Thursday Lunch – Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts and peaches and cream 1:00-2:00 pm – Yoga class, all are welcome to join. Fee is $30 for six weeks. 8th • Friday Lunch and Learn – Seniors for Seniors, Dental Hygienists from BVT will talk about dental care. Lunch - Baked fish, baked potatoes, broccoli and sugar free pudding 1:00-4:00 pm – Tax appointments 11th • Monday Lunch – Tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich, garden salad and sugar free pudding. 3:00 pm-4:00 pm – Computer classes, call 508-278-8622 for more information. 12th • Tuesday 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Lunch - Ham casserole, roasted potatoes, peas and carrots & fresh fruit. 2:00-3:00 pm – Page Turners with Jane Granatino, Library Director. If you like to talk about books, good and bad, join us. Share some of your favorite reads, talk about what makes a classic and discover new authors, this book discussion is for You! New members are always welcome, just stop by! 13th • Wednesday Lunch – Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, butternut squash and apple cake. 14th • Thursday VALENTINE’S DAY! Lunch – Special Valentine’s Tea –
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25th • Monday Lunch – Baked macaroni and cheese, steamed carrots and sugar free pudding. 3:00 pm-4:00 pm – Computer classes, call 508-278-8622 for more information.
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26th • Tuesday 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Lunch – Beef and cornbread pie, rice, green beans and brownies.
19th • Tuesday 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Lunch – Vegetable quiche, garden salad, whole wheat roll and sugar free pudding 11:30 am – Blood pressure clinic with Fran Stone from the Milford VNA
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Mendon Senior Center announce upcoming events VALENTINE'S LUNCHEON On Thursday, February 14th join us for a scrumptious potluck feast, pleasant company, and enjoyable love songs on piano by Earl Pearlman beginning at noon. Please sign up in advance to indicate your contribution. And please arrive early by 11:30 if possible so our volunteers can prepare this wonderful spread. Feel free to call the Senior Center at 508-478-6175 for suggestions. SHINE HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING If you or your spouse are turning 65 later this year, call now for a SHINE appointment. You will learn about Medicare coverage as well as your options for supplemental health insurance and prescription drug plans. If you are currently in the Medicare system and have a question about a claim or your coverage SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) can also provide you with Free, confidential Health Insurance counseling. Residents may call the Center at 508-478-6175 to schedule a SHINE appointment on one of the following Tuesdays: February 5th and 19th. Alternative days are also available upon request. BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC
The VNA and Hospice of the Greater Milford, in cooperation with the Mendon Board of Health, will be sponsoring a Vital Signs Blood Pressure Clinic on Tuesday, February 26th from 11:00am-12:00pm. Please call or stop by the center to register. Drop-ins are also welcome. FRIENDS FUNDRAISER You can support The Friends upcoming fundraising effort by saving the date and your gently used, unwanted books, DVD's, CD's and puzzles for The Friends' annual Book Fair on April 5th & 6th. Volunteers are also needed to help sort books in the months prior to the event. If you're interested, please contact President Marty Fletcher at 508-473-3922 or inquire at the center's office. RHODE ISLAND FLOWER SHOW Thursday, Feb. 21st Help banish the winter blues - come enjoy the Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show - celebrating 20 years! We had such a positive response to this accessible, imaginative exhibit last year and have been invited to once again join our neighbors from Hopedale to attend opening day Thursday, February 21st. Bus transportation is available from the
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*Discount is based on a minimum of fifteen people. MARCH DAY TRIP Women of Ireland ~ March 15th. Sign up now for a special St. Patrick's Show, Women of Ireland at the Venus De Milo in Swansea. This live performance blends song, music and dance making it the hallmark of one of the greatest Irish shows of our time! This show features both male and female dancers and singers from that magnificent show Riverdance and embodies the spirit of the hit show Celtic Women. Bus departs the
Senior Center Friday morning, March 15th. Cost per person is $80 and includes transportation, luncheon (choice of corned beef & cabbage or baked haddock), driver's gratuity and show. Please call 508-478-6175 or stop by the Mendon Senior Center to register. REMINDER: File of Life emergency information cards are required to be carried by all travelers and are available from the Mendon Senior Center prior to the trip.
Sutton Senior Center upcoming activities 1st Friday “Wear Red Day” Honoring February Heart Awareness 4th Monday 10 AM - Chatterbox Discussion Group. All Welcome 1 PM Homemade Soup Day cook-off. Join us with your best “Homemade soup” 6th Wednesday 10 AM – Dental Health Presentation W/Blackstone Valley Tech dental students
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Northbridge Senior Center Feb. News HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon. - Thurs. 8:30 am– 4:00 pm Friday – 8:30 am – 1:00 pm Director: Kelly Bol 508-234-2002 HOLIDAY CLOSING The Northbridge Senior Center and Tri – Valley Nutrition Site will be closed on Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents Day. INCLEMENT WEATHER In the event of inclement weather, and the Northbridge schools are closed, the Northbridge Senior Center will not open, however if there is a delay the center will open an hour later at 9:30a.m.You can call the Center to hear a recording or check the local television stations for school closing or delays. IMPORTANT INFORMATION The Northbridge Police Department announces a new Emergency Notification system: .Code RED. This system will notify you directly of any emergency information that you should be aware of. Please note (you must have a computer to register with the police department) the website is www.northbridgepolice.com click on the Code Red and enter your informa-
tion. If you do not have a computer, contact the Senior Center for more information. 508-234-2002. VOLUNTEER MEDICAL DRIVERS The Northbridge Senior Centers Volunteer Medical Driver program is in need of drivers to take local senior residents, to out of town medical appointments. Any time that you could give to this much needed, and appreciated service would be most welcomed. Drivers are reimbursed once a month for their miles. Please, call the center for more for information 508-2342002. Your help is most appreciated Thank you.
ONE MAN MUSICAL PROGRAM John Root will perform a medley of Love Songs, on Wednesday, February 13th at 12:45 p.m. This performance is provided by a Grant provided by the Northbridge Cultural Council. VETERANS AGENT Ron Tetreau, Director of Veterans’ Services will be available to meet with those having questions regarding benefits they may be entitled to. Everyone is welcome to come and meet Ron. Call the center for more information on when the next meeting will be.
MUSICAL PROGRAM On Wednesday, February 6th at 12:45pm the All Men's Chorus, part of the Worcester Trinity Symphonette Ensemble will entertain following lunch with a performance of Love songs in observance of Valentine Day. Come and join others for an enjoyable time. Lunch reservations need to be made no later than Friday, February 1st. VNA The VNA of Greater Milford/ Northbridge area in cooperation with the Board of Health will conduct a Vital Signs Clinic on Tuesday, February 12th from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this benefit sponsored by the Board of Health and the VNA.
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February in the morning for current members to purchase their ticket, or anyone that would like to purchase a ticket for $20.00 to be eligible to enter the weekly drawing to win $20.00. This second half of the 120 Club will run for twenty weeks concluding in June 2013. for the final drawing of $400.00, $300.00, $200.00 and four winners of $25.00. This has been a successful Fund Raiser that helps to fund various activities and programs at the center. ASK THE NURSE The Northbridge Senior Center Ask the Nurse Program will conduct a vital signs clinic on Tuesday, February 26th, 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Come and meet Pat Wallen, our RN, who is available to answer any questions concerning your medications, or any other health issues you may have. CAREGIVERS GROUP The Northbridge Senior Center’s Caregivers group meets on the fourth Friday of the month. The next meeting will be on Friday, February 22nd, at 11:00 am. If you are currently caring for a family member or close friend, come and join others who share your compassion. MONTHLY BIRTHDAY DINNER The Monthly Birthday dinner will be Tuesday, February 26th, at 11:45 a.m. Anyone celebrating a birthday in February is invited to attend and bring a guest. All birthday participants are
eligible to win a plant to be raffled. Reservations must be made on Friday, February 22nd, no later than 11:00am. BREAKFAST 3 SEASONS RESTAURANT The Dine Group of the Senior Center of the Northbridge Senior Center will have breakfast on Tuesday, February 12th at the 3 Seasons Restaurant at 8:45 am.
SAVE THE DATE The Northbridge Senior Centers Day Trippers will go to Waltham, to see “A Little Bit of Ireland” on Saturday, March 16th. The day will consist of a luncheon at the Chateau Restaurant. A Musical performance of a “Little Bit of Ireland” will be presented at the Regale Musical Theater. Call the center for more information. ATTENTION SENIOR CITIZENS The Town of Northbridge Property Tax WORK - OFF PROGRAM is available for local seniors who qualify and have appropriate skills, to volunteer their services to the town. They are then matched with volunteer positions that have been offered by various Town Departments. This new program can help you reduce the cost of your property taxes and you will be helping the town as well. This program will begin again in early 2013.
Milford Regional offers support groups Support groups currently meeting at Milford Regional or Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford. All support groups are free and can also be on the medical center’s Web site, milfordregional.org. • BREAST CANCER – the first Wednesday of each month from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. This group is for women who would like to meet other women to explore ways to cope with their diagnosis, its effect on their lives and to offer an opportunity to support each other. Refreshments will be served. For information and to register, call Ann Sullivan, LICSW at (508) 488-3783. • BREASTFEEDING is Beautiful (Nursing Moms
Support Group) – this free group is for breastfeeding women and their babies to help women reach their breastfeeding goals. Meets the first and third Thursday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Maternity Education Room. There is no cost to attend and registration is not necessary Pregnant women are welcome. For information, call (508) 422-2960. • CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER - this group is for those who are helping a loved one or friend get through cancer treatment. The program will provide practical information to support the caregiver as well as offer an opportunity to meet and gain support from others coping with similar issues. Refreshments will be served and there is no charge to attend. For information and to regis-
ter, call Ann Sullivan, LICSW at (508) 488-3783. • COPING WITH CANCER – meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. This free group offers an opportunity for individuals with cancer to offer support to one another and explore ways of coping with the stresses created by a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Registration is not required and families are welcomed. Refreshments will be served. For information call Ann Sullivan, LICSW at (508) 488-3783. • COMMUNITY BIRTH LOSS - for information, call Karen Evers at (508) 422-2711. • EATING DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP For parents and loved ones of teens and young adults with eating disorders. For information, call The Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health at (508) 482-5444.
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• HEAD TRAUMA – for survivors of brain injury and their family and friends, meets the third Thursday of the month from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the ’s Pavilion Conference Center on the fourth floor of the Hill Health Building. • MOTHER TALK – for new mothers with infants from newborn to 8 months. Meets the first Thursday of the month from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Maternity Education Room at Milford Regional and on the third Saturday of the month from 11 a.m-12:30 p.m. in Physicians Conference Center A. Registration is not necessary. For more information, call (508) 473-1190, extension 5076. • MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS – meets the second Wednesday of the month from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Milford Regional Cafeteria. For more information, call Kay Grimes at (508) 533-8726. • PARKINSON’S DISEASE – meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Women’s Pavilion Conference Center located on the fourth floor of the Hill Health Building. For information, call Teresa at (508) 254-3913. • TEEN PREGNANCY GROUP – a free childbirth preparation class for teen mothers up to age 19, this class meets in a supportive setting to gain knowledge about their baby’s growth, changes to expect, legal issues and nutrition and exercise. The group meets on the second, third and fourth Thursdays of each month from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Maternity Education Room. For information and to register, call (508) 473-1190, extension 5076.
What are you doing for lunch? Tri-Valley’s Nutrition Program needs volunteers to pack meals and drivers to deliver meals to elders in Uxbridge and Blackstone. Meals are packed and delivered out of the Uxbridge Nutrition Site located at the Uxbridge Faith Fellowship Church. All volunteers receive training and drivers are eligible for travel reimbursement at the rate of 50 cents per mile. Anyone who can give as little as two hours per week of their time to help with this important task is asked to call Beverly Clark, Nutrition Site Manager at 774-482-6174. Tri-Valley, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency providing in-home and community based services in 25 towns in south central Massachusetts. The agency receives funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Federal financial support under the Older Americans Act furnished by the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Funds are also received from other public and private sources. All donations are welcome and memorials may be established. For information about services call Tri-Valley’s free Help-Line at 1-800-286-6640.
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The Young at Heart group of Faith Fellowship Church will be taking some trips in the spring. Wed., March 13th: Fabulous Food and Flowers - the Boston Flower Show with all you can eat lunch at Fire & Ice. Wed., March 27th: Seal Cruise out of New Bedford. Take a cruise to see harbor, harp and gray seals that winter over in our waters. All trips leave from Faith Fellowship Church, 647 Douglas St,, Uxbridge. Call Sue for other upcoming trips and pricing call 508-372-9266 for information.
Two musicians selected to Mass. All-State music festival
Promoting kindness and compassion As a national discourse on gun control and the availability of mental health services springs from the latest horrific incident of violence in a Connecticut elementary school, members of the Friends of Rachel Club at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School continue to focus their response to the tragedy on promoting kindness and compassion as they host a series of monthly dinners to raise funds for a variety of charitable organizations. To date, monthly dinners in September, October, November, and December have raised over $1,500. As a result, donations have been forwarded to Be Like Brit, Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Southwest Asia Veterans Riders, The Hole in the Wall Gang, Joyful Heart Foundation, the International Dyslexia Association, UNICEF, Helpguide.org, and the American Humane Association. The January 10th roast pork dinner benefited the Shriners’ Burn Unit and The Jimmy Fund. Club members have also assisted the Hopedale Senior Center by supplying pastries for monthly meetings, calling Bingo, and helping with their holiday party. They provided registration support for a Saddle Up and Walk fundraiser, and made gift donations to the Stuart Mowry Applebey Self Esteem Foundation. All dinners take place in the studentrun Three Seasons Restaurant located at the school’s 65 Pleasant Street campus in Upton. Seats are limited and reservations are required by contacting Ms. Dawn Dubois at 508-529-7758, extension 2143. These meals are all-you-caneat and are $12 for adults and $8 for children under 12 years of age. Members of the Friends of Rachel Club will serve at all seatings, which are at 5 pm, 6 pm, or 6:30 pm. The remaining schedule, which includes a rescheduled March date, is as follows: February 14th: Oven Roasted chicken to benefit Stuart Mowry Applebey Self Esteem Foundation; March 21st: Corned Beef and Cabbage to benefit My One Wish and Multiple Sclerosis Society; April 11th: Fish and Chips to benefit Autism speaks and Special Olympics; May 9th: Porketta to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and St. Jude Children's Hospital. The Friends of Rachel Club is a group of students who were inspired by a Rachel’s Challenge presentation at the school during a previous school year. That program is named after Rachel Scott, who was killed in the massacre at Columbine High School in 1999. Her acts of kindness and compassion have become the foundation for the inspirational program which had a profound effect on students, who seek to perpetuate the program’s positive message.
Isaac Bates, violist, (left) and Mickey Cronin, (right) trumpeter.
Whitinsville Christian High School is pleased to announce Isaac Bates, violist, and Mickey Cronin, trumpeter, have been selected to participate in the 2013 Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s 58th All-State Music Festival in Boston. Isaac, a senior, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Bates of Douglas. Mickey, a sophomore, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cronin of Milford. The Massachusetts Music Educators Association sponsors the music festival, and participation gives students an
opportunity to demonstrate their artistry and create new friendships. Isaac and Mickey were required to audition in mid-December to qualify for their spot. They were judged based on technical abilities and musicality in playing a prepared piece of music and selected scales, as well as in sight-reading. For more information about Whitinsville Christian School contact Admissions Coordinator Dennis Epplett at email@example.com or 508-2348211 ext. 50.
Uxbridge Food Service Director receives grant Janice Watt, Food Service Director for the Uxbridge Public Schools, was recently awarded an all expense paid grant from the School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts to attend the Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C. in March. Annually, hundreds of passionate school nutrition professionals from all over the U.S. share their expertise
with congress to educate them about our national meal programs and local needs, in the hope of shaping and defining national policy related to school nutrition. Watt was chosen to participate based on years of work experience in the field of school nutrition as well as the number of years she has volunteered for SNA. Watt currently serves on the
SNA of Massachusetts Board of Directors as the Member Services Chairperson. School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country whose mission is to advance good nutrition for all children.
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Whitinsville Christian National Honor Society inducts new members Recently, Whitinsville Christian High School’s John T. Bajema Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 21 new members. Special music was provided by a vocal soloist and a strings quartet composed of NHS members and inductees. Over the past year, NHS members raised $2,000 to provide farm animals for underprivileged families in Africa. In addition, the Society provided funding for a $2,000 scholarship for tuition at Whitinsville Christian, to be given to a fellow student based on financial need. The guest speaker was James Gulinello, Vice President of Human Resources for Brown Brothers Harriman.
Vanelli named to Honor Roll The inductees were: Lauren Baker, Diana Brown, Nathan Casey, So Jung Choi, Matthew Colonero, Hunter Darling, Montana Darling, Abigail Epplett, William Fredericks, Daniel Gandek, Matthew Leduc, Kate Monaghan, Evan Perkins, Kevin Pierro, Emma Quercio, Amaryllis Santos, Sarah Sullivan, Jacob Swaim, Mackenzie Thibodeau, Rachel Treide, and Megan Williams.
Julia Vanelli of Uxbridge, a grade 6 student, received Honorable Mention for the first trimester at Mercymount Country Day School in Cumberland, RI.
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Preschool enrollment & Kindergarten Registration The Northbridge Public Schools District is pleased to announce the opening of our preschool lottery and kindergarten registration for the children who reside in the town of Northbridge. Enrollment for the lottery will take place from February 1st28th. The preschool program is an integrated program located at Northbridge Elementary School. The program serves 3 and 4 year old children. The goal of the program is to build self-esteem, encourage creative thinking and develop social interaction. The classrooms are integrated and staffed with a Massachusetts certified teacher and teaching assistants. The selection process is a lottery based system. To be placed in the lottery, stop into the main office any time between 9:00-3:30 during February or contact the school to get a copy of the brochure. Registration for the 2013-2014 fullday Kindergarten Program will occur at Northbridge Elementary School on Wednesday, February 13th in the library, from 9:00 AM till 2:30 PM. It is not necessary to have your child attend registration. Children must be between 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2013 be eligible for entry into kindergarten. At the time of registration parents must present a birth certificate, most recent physical and an up-to-date immunization record. Prior to entering kindergarten, students must have the following immunizations: 5 DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus), 4 OPV (Polio), 2 MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), 3 Hep-B (Hepatitis B), Lead test, Varicella Vaccine (or medical documentation of having the chicken pox), The Mantoux (Tuberculosis) Test is highly recommended but not required for kindergarten If you have a friend or relative who has an eligible child, please bring this notice to their attention. For planning purposes, it is important that we have an accurate count. If you are unable to attend registration on this day, you may call 508-234-6346 to schedule an appointment. For information, call 508 234-6346 or visit www.nps.org.
Valley Tech students hit high mark Today’s high school graduates face a myriad of challenges. Costs at every post-secondary educational institution across the nation continue to rise as employers seek far more sophisticated skills and greater knowledge. As students pursue their chosen career path, any form of financial aid proves beneficial. The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship offers such an opportunity and for the sixth straight year the maximum number of seniors at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School have been declared eligible for the award. Each year, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, honors the top 25 percent of seniors in a school district with tuition waivers for those who choose to enroll full-time in a Massachusetts public college or university. Eighty-four seniors in the Valley Tech Class of 2013 recently received letters informing them of their eligibility. “At Valley Tech, we stress that students adopt an attitude of career readiness, including how to finance their post-secondary educational pursuits,” said Assistant Superintendent-Director/ Principal Anthony Steele. “By excelling on their MCAS assessments in the spring of their sophomore year, they put themselves in a position to receive an Adams scholarship. Even though the award only covers tuition, it is still an incentive to our students and those across the Commonwealth.” To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must achieve Advanced or Proficient on the first administration of the MCAS in English and Mathematics, and be in the top 25 percent of their class. In 2005, the first year the scholarship was offered, 20 Valley Tech seniors qualified. The Valley Tech Class of 2013 had 90 percent of its membership achieve Advanced or Proficient in Math and 91 percent in English when taking the tests for the first time in the spring of 2011. “Our diverse instructional staff nurture innovative and integrated learning, which consistently brings remarkable results,” added SuperintendentDirector Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick. The original No Child Left Behind legislation enacted in 2002 requires that all students reach levels of Advanced or Proficient by 2014. The Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District is comprised of the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton, and Uxbridge. The following students (listed alphabetically by town) are eligible for John and Abigail Adams scholarships. BELLINGHAM - Brian Boultenhouse, Marisa Colombo, and Krystal Giffen. BLACKSTONE - Ilyana Bibeault, Christopher Crochiere, Kaitlin Hannan, Jake Nolan, Hayley Paterson, Kurtis
NSEPAC to host presentation The Northbridge Special Education Parent Advisory Council is hosting a presentation on Thursday, February 7th at Northbridge High School Media Center, Second Floor, 427 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The Department of Developmental Services will be presenting information regarding 18 and 22 transitions and day/employment options. The presentation will be held in collaboration with Alternatives of Whitinsville, a nonprofit human services agency. They will have handouts and a question and answer time. For information, visit their website at www.mass.gov/dds . For more information on this free parent workshop or learning more about the Parent Advisory Council, please contact Kathy Lyons at KathyL1@verizon.net or visit our website at www.northbridgespedpac.org .
Staff join 84 seniors who were recently notified of their eligibility for Adams Scholarships. Paterson, and David Villandry. DOUGLAS - Crystal Brule, Sarah Clark, Kayla Holdsworth, Leila Larson, Sean McLaughlin, and Elizabeth Nydam. GRAFTON - Ryan Christie, Katelyn DeJong, Emily Dufault, Zacharie Duvarney, Colby Howarth, Brittany Nephew, Holly Temple, Brittany Wagner, and Rachel Zinkus. MENDON - AJ Bottoms, Samantha Morin, and Christine Scharnagle. MILFORD - Jacen Antonio, Daniel Avery, Brendan Burdick, Mathew Bushey, Alexandra Delmore, Alexandra Doyle, Michael Moran, Katie O’Brien, Emily Phillips, Richard Roberts, and Ashley Santo. MILLBURY - Asa Army, William Richford, Brooke Sauriol, Alexander Serafin, and Palmer Zona.
MILLVILLE - Dillan Constantineau, Padraic Shaw, and Andrew Turbesi. NORTHBRIDGE - Christopher Afonso, Ashley Bedrosian, Andrew Belanger, Kevin Carroll, Khahnty Daraphet, Michaela Joyce, Sarah Keith, Alyson Lisak, Douglas Michon, Nicholas Rymeski, Ian Schopf, Brian Stearns, Tyler Swett, and Joseph Tomaino. SUTTON - Eric Adams, Alexandra Bonin, Christopher Lannon, Christopher Moran, Connor Nepomuceno, Shane O’Shea, and Elizabeth Pappas. UPTON - Jason Driver and Edwin Floyd. UXBRIDGE - Tyler Amour, Katerina Batchelder, Danielle Combs, Andrew Dabney, Caitlyn Ellis, Nicole Jolicoeur, Paige Lavallee, Michelle Paquette, Joseph Petrillo, Alicia Phillips, Daniel
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Join Beginning Bridges for some fun reading Early Literacy Skills Story Hour and Craft with Mrs. Amy Cowen, Early Childhood Literacy Consultant Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., January through May, 2013 Each program is centered around an educational theme that includes children’s literature, music, activities, and a theme-based craft. Children extend their knowledge of letters, sounds, numbers, colors, and shapes. Children will bring home a craft that relates to the
theme/book. This program is appropriate for children ages 2 – 6 years. Registration is required and space is limited! First come, first registered. Please contact Mary Lou Schiavone, Coordinator of Beginning Bridges at 508-234-1291 for more information and to register. Beginning Bridges is funded by the MA Department of Early Education and Care and sponsored by SMOC.
Update: Hurricane Sandy Book Drive Hurricane Sandy, the category 2 hurricane, devastated many lives on the east coast this past October. Families became homeless and had to find the strength to pick up the pieces of the wreckage left behind. The grade 6 students at Northbridge Middle School saw the people's suffering and wanted to help. So they started a book drive to support the Urban Librarians Unite Organization in their efforts to replace lost books to children and libraries throughout New York. The book drive lasted for the entire month of November. When it ended, the students had collected over 1,200 books to donate to citizens in New York. There
was one problem: the books weighed in at 554 pounds! Thankfully, Beaumont Nursing Home generously donated over $270.00 to cover shipping costs, helping them help the hurricane victims. Thanks to Beaumont, 25 boxes of books have been shipped. Thank you to the grade 6 students and parents of Northbridge Middle School, and to Beaumont Nursing Home, for making this holiday season a little brighter! Submitted by Samantha Mihail Grade 6 Student Northbridge Middle School
Area residents named to Dean’s List
Uxbridge HS Honor Roll GRADE 9 High Honors: Drew Abbott, Joshua Bell, Meaghan Bernard, Jacqueline Caffarelli, Allison Cotter, Timothy Cotter, Emma Gilchrist, Abigail Guin, Micheala Hillier, Nicholas Juliano, Emily Keeler, Cailee King, Sadie King, Brian MacDougall, Zackery Mages, Keryn Moriarty, Setu Patel, Lucas Pomeroy, Sarah Reese, Rebecca Siefken, Kyle Suchanek, Cameron Sullivan, Robert Wondolowski, and Jackson Wright. Honors: Brooklyn Anderson, Paige Anderson, Courtney Bond, Abigail Cote, Sean Creighton, Makenzie Ethier-Poliquin, Randi Fournier, Amanda Gentzler, Jacob Irving, Emily King, Patrick Klos, Taylor Lennox, Sara Lesack, Sophie Lynch, Alicia Miller, Kaylee Olson, Allyson Parabicoli, Christian Pasichny, Dolly Patel, Amanda Poulin, Chelsea Proehl, Katherine Salzberg, Oliver Sawyer, Thomas Travaline, Brent Whitlock, Lukasz Wisniewski, and Samuel Wojciechowski. Honorable Mention: Paul Berthelette, Scott Blanchard, Madison Clement, Austin Gonya, Michael Lyons, Beau Nestor, Kevin Reimer, Cory Rexford, Elizabeth Simonds, Jocelyn Stokowski, Devin Travaline, Jessica Vigeant, and Allie Volpe. GRADE 10 High Honors: Amanda Alves, Jessica Fitzgerald, Brittany Genest, Sandra Ghobrial, Lacie Kraich, Marta Leitao, Melissa Morton, Mikayla Rooney, Megan Salemi, Alexandra Teare, Michael Tominsky, and Alexandra Van Loon. Honors: Anthony Abate, James Aldrich, Travis Brown, James Caffrey, Abigail Centrella, Anna DuBois, Cameron Gallagher, KaseyLee Gariepy, Alexander Kuros, Daniel Lanoue, Jacqueline Larrivee, Justin Pickering, Jennifer Roy, Tara Seeley, Erik Silveira, Katherine
High Point University Arielle Mulgrew, a freshman majoring in Strategic Communications, made Dean’s List at High Point University. Arielle graduated last year from Nipmuc Regional High School.
University of Connecticut The University of Connecticut recently announced the students who attained the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester. To make the Dean’s List, students must be taking at least 12 credits, finish the semester with a grade point average that is among the top 25 percent of students enrolled in their school or college, and have no grade below a “C.” From Auburn: Andrew Drake Johnson, Blackstone: Katherine Michelle Andrews, Emma Katherine Hardy and Derek Scot Tata, Charlton: Molly Catherine Covill, Dudley: Nicole Irene Yakstis and Victoria Grace Yakstis, Grafton: Brooke Lorimer Rettie, Hopedale: Michael John Pool and Jordy Schuller, Mendon: Jessie Elizabeth Scott, Milford: Tatiana Elizabeth Mercado, Katherine Rose Monica and Taylor Alexandra Stott, Millbury: Jessica Marie Hawthorne, Bianca Terez Sousa and Sarah Rose Vigneau, Sutton: Melissa Cynthia Cote, Kristen Marie Lavin, Brian Gregory Rothermich and Emily Katherine Woodward.
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