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Uxbridge • North Uxbridge • linwood • Douglas • Northbridge • Whitinsville • Sutton • Manchaug JUNE 2012
Self-funded Athletic Complex at Valley Tech
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Incorporating a rare approach which mirrors Bill Belichick’s NFL strategy, Blackstone Valley Tech has set a new benchmark. The nationally recognized system which returned $2 million to its member communities in 2005, self-funded its roof repair projects in 2011-12, and secured $10 million dollars in grants over the past decade broke ground on its Trask Athletic Complex on Chestnut Street in Upton on Friday. When complete the land, which encompasses more than 4 acres, will be the new home playing field for Blackstone Valley Tech’s softball team including parking. The plan ensures environmental protection in surrounding wetlands. The project was spearheaded by land donations by Harvey Trask and the Estate of Anna F. McGill. Setting an example for districts throughout the Commonwealth and consistent with its long-term creative funding approach, Valley Tech will selffund this exciting endeavor. While the land donation was made to the school over 8 years ago, development delays are a direct result of strategic planning to avoid requesting further spending by member towns. dr. Fitzpatrick credits director of Construction and Facilities, Jim Brochu, director of Business Operations, Kurtis Johnson, and longterm Milford Parks & Recreation Commission member, Arthur Morin for behind the scenes assistance in the project. “This project is important for the district with regard to attracting students, but we have also seen evidence of the benefits that a quality athletics program can have on students,” stated State Representative John Fernandes (d-Milford). “It is very nice to see this project being fulfilled.” Breaking ground represents the beginning of the 3-phase project, which has been engineered by GRAZ Engineering, LLC, that will allow Valley Tech to better serve the interests of a growing student population. Phase 1, which has been awarded to J.E. Case Companies, Inc., includes land clearing and erosion control has a cost of $289,500. Phase 2 includes the incorporation of appropriate drainage and field maturation and Phase 3 includes the construction of parking lots for the facility. Total project costs, including the cost of Phase 1, are estimated to be approximately $450,000. continued on page 19
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SPRINGTIME FUN - Jackson Haker brings the ball up the wing during a recent game of the Uxbridge boys U-10 Soccer Team. Uxbridge beat Webster 3-2.
Rally for the Valley events posted River Bend Farm Visitor’s Center located at 287 Oak Street in Uxbridge will be the venue on Friday, June 1st for “Rally for the Valley.” Events will run from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Since the 25th Anniversary of the National Heritage Corridor last November attention has focused on the Valley National Historic Park initiative introduced by Congress last October. Members of Congress from both Massachusetts and Rhode Island sponsored federal legislation that would create a National Historical Park within the Corridor, forever highlighting the role of the Blackstone Valley in our nation's history, protecting its historic as well as natural resources, and stimulating our local and regional economy. “Rally for the Valley” is free and open to the PRESORTEd STANdARd US POSTAGE PAId BOSTON, MA PERMIT NO 55800
public. Begining at 3:30 p.m. thru 5:30 p.m. Family Fun activities, over 40 vendor tables, kayaking, biking, wagon rides, historic interpreters, visit with Bear, Orson the Polar Bear and “Paws” the Pawsox Mascot, Children sporting event demonstrations, Polar Beverages will conduct samplings, radio station is broadcasting live! Hanover Theatre will be participating with fun activities to promote the upcoming production of “Mary Poppins”, At 5:00 p.m. the Band of Liberty Brass Quintet perform, The Veteran’s Inc. Color Guard all branches of the armed forces will make a presentation and at 5:30 p.m. hear from our legislators and special guests with live and prerecorded presentations. Come join the fun!
On May 8th, Uxbridge held two Town Meetings in one night. Immediately after opening the Spring Annual Town Meeting, it was temporarily adjourned for the opening of a one article Special Town Meeting to address the problem of funding fields at the new Uxbridge High School; two prior attempts the first for $5 million dollars and the second for $3 million dollars had failed. Prior to starting the meeting’s business, Moderator Edward “Ed” Maharay, to the applause of those present, introduced the new school Superintendent, Kevin Carney and then recognized retiring Superintendent George Zini. Following this he turned the gavel to the Special Town Meeting over to Ken Redding, a former Moderator, because of his own relationship to the article in the special meeting. Selectman Jay Cahill spoke at length about the failed attempts to fund the athletic fields. Jay stated that the cost appeared to be “too much for taxpayers.” determined to find a way to get funding for fields at the new high school, scheduled to be completed by the end of July, the Board of Selectmen, the School Building Committee, the Town Manager Sean Hendricks and his staff worked diligently to find a functional version that would not increase taxes. They succeeded; now at Town Meeting, a plan was in place that would significantly reduce the borrowed amount to $2 million with no added burden on taxpayers. The question at hand was to find out if the 581 voters present would, by majority vote, approve funding the athletic fields and improvements related to the fields. It was explained by the Town Manager that the annual debt service, about $130,000 dollars, would be paid in equal amounts annually from the school budget and the general government budget. Support for the article came from the Board of Selectmen by a 4-0-0 vote in favor, but the Finance Committee opposed the expenditure by a 0-6-0 vote, none in favor, six opposed and none abstaining. Speaking in favor, Barbara Hall, Moderator Maharay’s wife, said that to have “no field currcontinued on page 14
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Hannaford employee assists Uxbridge Police in stopping fraudulent activity Linda Marshall, working the customer service desk at Hannaford, helped stop a very popular scam that has been happening to some of the retirement age and elderly population in our town. Ms. Marshall’s attention to what was occurring helped to save a customer from being scammed out of a large sum of money. The way the scam is run begins with a phone call. The caller addresses the person who answers by name. The caller then goes on to identify family members of the person they have called, most often grandchildren that are usually in their early 20’s. The caller states that the family member has been taken into custody in a foreign
country and they need bail to be paid. Caller then states once they receive a sum of money via Western Union they will then allow the family members to speak with each other. Typically the party that has received the call is so distraught over the idea that their family member is in jail that they comply and go to a Western Union location and
send the money immediately. Once the money has been sent, even if the sender then recognizes this as a scam it is often too late. during the week of March 12, 2012, this very scenario played out at the Western Union location at the Hannaford’s in Uxbridge. A customer entered the store and attempted to send
a large sum of money via Western Union. Linda Marshall was on duty at the customer service desk on this particular day and recognized that this could possibly be a scam. detective Jody dwight had been in the store earlier in the week to notify and educate the employees of this fraudulent activity. A call was placed to the Uxbridge
Police department and the scam was thwarted. As a result of her actions Ms. Marshall was awarded Hannaford’s Employee of the Month recognition. The Uxbridge Police department would like to warn all residents to be aware of this activity and to NEVER give personal information to anyone over the phone.
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Bandits for Malia Hi All, I wanted to send a note of great thanks to everyone who supported the Bandits for Malia Marathon fundraiser and to those who have supported Malia in the past. Last Monday was a very special day to be sure - one that I will never forget. despite the heat, we had a tremendous turn out of both runners (20!), and spectators for Malia who showed up along the entire course, carrying us runners through the day with their cheers...and water...and Gatorade...and ice...incredible. So many special moments that day, punctuated by the following... Malia was waiting at mile 25, cheering on all of her bandits, and when her father (Glen) showed up, after having run the first 25 miles, he plucked her from the crowd, set her in her little stroller, pushed her the last 1.2 miles, and Malia and her dad finished the Boston Marathon together. There are no words. It was a physical and emotional odyssey to be sure, and at the end of the day, legs were shot, glycogen stores depleted...but our hearts were full...thanks to you all!! ...and, in addition to creating a memorable, magical day, your generosity helped us raise nearly $14,000(!) in support of Malia and her family. Unbelievable. - Thank you again! Pete
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System-Wide changes slated for Douglas Library New Library Software System installed Many local libraries made major software changes over Memorial day weekend as the C/W MARS library network installed new software for all member libraries. Local C/W MARS libraries include the public library in douglas. The new “integrated library system” is called Evergreen and will change how library staff check out materials, process inter-library hold requests and generally conduct business at the Circulation desk. It will also change the online catalog, how patrons search for items, place holds and check their library card record. Once the new system is online, there are a few current options that will not carry over to the new system. Their Current PIN/Password: Patrons will be able to login to their online catalog account using their last
name in upper case as a password. They will then be required to create a new password during that first login. Reading History and Current Wish Lists: For the current Reading History and Wish Lists, patrons have the ability to export lists or print from a computer. There is a button to choose “Export List” at the top of the list. Choices are limited, but the Brief display (author, Title, Published fields) is recommended. These can be sent to an email address as a text file or displayed on the computer for printing. This last time the C/S MARS network changed their integrated library system was thefall of 1999. The Evergreen system has many new positive features such as easily searching all network libraries in Central and Western Mass., and the ability to share reading lists and recommendations with others. For more information, please contact your local library.
Beautify Uxbridge in need of help Farmers Market Beautify Uxbridge is still in need of financial assistance to help pay for flowers on the various islands around our town. We continue to expand the areas that we maintain and the money is used for plants, soil, and mulch. Any amount is welcome. donations can be sent to: Beautify Uxbridge c/o Unibank for Savings, 25 North Main Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569 This year we are also in desperate need of help with the watering. Would you or your group or neighbors consid-
er adopting a site? Watering needs to done 3-4 days per week but can be split between people. Please contact Marie Potter with your availability and site preference at email@example.com or 278-3176. Sites include: downtown Main Island, Senior Center, Quaker Highway/Courthouse Island, Island at Fork of Rivulet and North Main, and Island at Wheelock Park on Mendon Street. Any amount of help is appreciated.
Northbridge Public Schools Superintendent Retires The Northbridge Public Schools and the Northbridge School Committee announced the retirement of Superintendent Susan Gorky which took effect May 18th. Mrs. Gorky, previously serving in Marlborough, has been the Superintendent in Northbridge for the past three years. Her accomplishments have moved the Northbridge School district forward in several areas. Mrs. Gorky implemented Responsive Classroom in the district, a program that improves students’ attitudes toward learning. She has also
been an integral force in forming organizations to support the Arts and Music in our schools. The recent Evening of the Arts is a signature event, highlighting the talents of students in the School district. The School Committee, on behalf of the Northbridge School district, wishes her well in her retirement. Assistant Superintendent dr. Nancy Spitulnik will be Northbridge’s Interim Superintendent while the School Committee conducts a search for a full time replacement for Mrs. Gorky.
opens on Main Street in Douglas The douglas Farmers Market will open again during the first Saturday in June. Vendors are assessing their crop availability and shoppers should check the market’s Facebook page (douglas Farmers Market) for up-to-the minute status. Located on the grounds of the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum at 283 Main Street in douglas, the market will be open from 9 a.m. until noon throughout the summer for those seeking fresh, locally produced food for their families. The douglas Farmers Market has been a great source for fresh, locally grown produce for local consumers and Whittier Farms, Paul’s Center Bakery, Uncle Paul’s Maple Syrup and local apiary Bee My Honey are among the returning vendors. Our first workshop in a series called “Farm Fresh” is scheduled for Saturday morning June 16th. Titled “Lettuce Eat Local and Tell Me What to do With These Greens!” our local expert will introduce customers to unfamiliar greens and how to prepare and serve them. She will also suggest what might accompany them and serve you a sample! There is a small registration fee and space is limited. Call Laurie at 508-2544071 to register or ask for a form at the market. Volunteer docents with the douglas Historical Society will also have the museum open during market hours for those interested in a guided tour of the store or who want to stop by and find out more about the town’s rich history. The market is open every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon into October. Vendors interested in participating in the market should contact Lisa Mosczynski by e-mail at lmosczynski@ hotmail.com or at 508-341-4876.
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RBI’s steps-up to ensure art Camp can continue
Uxbridge Art Camp will open in nearby Whitinsville on June 25th at RBI’s in the Picnic Point Business Plaza on douglas Road. Uxbridge Art Camp is a first of its kind summer art camp for kids entering grades 2 through 6 in Uxbridge and the Blackstone Valley. Camp founder Michelle Siefken had been working with Uxbridge Schools to hold camp at Taft Elementary School. But with the move into the new high school and shuffling of the other schools, it became apparent there would not be room this summer at Taft. “We are so grateful that dean and Georgette Wagar, owners of RBI’s in Whitinsville are letting
us use space inside their facility,” said Siefken. “Their willingness to work with us on short notice will make art camp possible this summer.” “Bringing a new art program to the community is a great thing Michelle is doing,” said Georgette. “Our mission at RBI’s has always been community minded. We’re just glad we could help.” Michelle Siefken founded Uxbridge Art Camp in March of 2012. After advancing 2 teams to the destination Imagination State Tournament in Worcester, Siefken didn’t want the creativity to stop there. “The pride and confidence that creating things instills in our kids is so important,” said Siefken. “At the end of each session, we will hold an art show open to the entire community. It will be a very special night for all.” Information on Uxbridge Art Camp is at http://UxbridgeArtCamp.com
Feinstein Cards not honored at Zoo Recently, Feinstein Cards were issued to children throughout Rhode Island, promising free admission to Southwick’s Zoo without the Zoo’s consent. In the 2011 season, Southwick’s Zoo agreed to allow admission to Jr. Scholars provided they passed a strict protocol to be awarded a Feinstein Card. As it seems, the cards were issued to all children throughout Rhode Island regardless of meeting the criteria. Although this occurred without the Zoo’s approval, out of commitment to their guests’ satisfaction, the Zoo made the difficult decision to honor all the cards in 2011. In an effort on the Zoo’s behalf to ensure this wouldn’t happen again, the Zoo decided that it wouldn’t partake in the program for this season. Unfortunately, the cards were issued this year without the Zoo’s permission. “As a private Zoo, we receive no government or private funding, and rely solely on our admissions proceeds to provide
all of the animal care and maintenance of the Zoo,” said Betsey Brewer, one of the family owners of the Zoo.
“While we whole-heartedly empathize with the children, it is just not currently feasible for us to honor the cards.” Southwick’s Zoo is a privately owned Zoo located at 2 Southwick Street in Mendon. Southwick’s is home to over 500 wild animals, featuring more than 100 varied species (many of which are endangered.) The Southwick team’s mission is to provide an extensive zoological collection and educational facility for their visitors. Southwick’s Zoo strives to promote an exciting environment for a positive family experience. Visit us online at www.southwickszoo.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/southwickszoo.
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“Art Room Aid” to help support local classes Dear members of the Northbridge High School & Whitinsville communities: I’m writing today to ask your assistance in spreading the word about a new fundraising tool I’m using to support the Northbridge High School Art department. I’ve been teaching at the high school for two years now, and in that time I’ve done everything I could to promote and build the ceramics program into something that our students, faculty, and community can be proud of. I’m hoping that this fundraising tool will be another successful way to support and continue building this critical program for our students. Blick Art Materials (the primary supplier of materials for our art department) features a classroom and community fundraising program called “Art Room Aid”. It is essentially an online wishlist created by a project leader that will supply his or her project with either requested materials or monetary funds to purchase requested materials. Anyone from a community member to a local organization to a business can make a contribution to support the cause. My project is entitled “The Importance of Ceramics”, and the project description is as follows: “My mission at Northbridge High School is to
The Circus comes to Mendon Thanks to the sponsorship of The Mendon Lions Club, the all-new 2012 edition of the Kelly-Miller Circus will visit Mendon on June 26th with two performances at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at The Mendon Country Gift Barn grounds on Rt. 16. The year's show features elephants, tigers, horses and a cast of international circus stars under a beautiful circus big top. The tent raising itself is a great free show that will take place at 9:00 a.m. with the public invited to watch. Enjoying a day at the circus means a lot more than just old-fashioned family fun. The event is a fund-raiser for The Mendon Lions Club and purchasing your tickets now will also save you money. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children and are now on sale at The Mendon Country Gift Barn, Bark Ark dog Grooming, The Mendon Greenhouse and Warren's Haircutting in Mendon and The A.B.C. Store in Milford. The Kelly-Miller Circus, founded by Obert Miller in 1938, is a traditional tented circus that has seen the passing of over a half century and still offers the same great family entertainment it presented in its humble beginnings.
supply my students with a rich assortment of experiences (primarily in the ceramic arts) as a way to build their art making abilities, demonstrate realworld career applications, and empower them with the knowledge that everyone is an artist - regardless of “talent”.
Your donation will help to provide essential classroom supplies, community outreach, and educational programs such as “Ceramics demo day”. Please visit my website (www.nps.org/teachers/jferrari) for more information (updated info will be added as it
becomes available).” If you or anyone you know is interested in supporting this project, please inform them of this opportunity and supply them with this website: http://www.dickblick.com/ara/lists/177 1/home. It will allow them direct access
Thank you from Food Pantry The Northbridge Association of Churches Food Pantry would like to thank all who were involved with the 20th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers on Saturday, May 12th. This year, through the generous donations from the residents of Whitinsville/Northbridge, and with the help of the postal employees, over 3000 lbs. of food was collected and delivered to the food pantry where youth group mem-
bers from Fairlawn Christian Reformed Church sorted the food and stocked our shelves. This donation, and the many others that we continue to receive on a weekly basis, will help us to assist many families in need in our community. We are grateful for your support of this ministry. Sincerely, Steve & Kelly Lariviere NAC Food Pantry Coordinators
to the project’s information. Thank you so much for your assistance, and continued support of the Northbridge High School Art department. Sincerely, Jen Ferrari
PEoPlES' PANTRY PlANS YARD SAlE The Peoples' Pantry at the Second Congregational Church in Douglas will be having their annual Yard Sale on Saturday, July 14th. all donations for the yard sale will be accepted after July 1st and can be dropped off at the pantry on Tuesdays from 1:00 5:00. For more information or if you have questions please contact Brenda Roy at 1-508-476-1880.
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Students honor Veterans at local Memorial Northbridge High School freshmen took a short field trip down Linwood Avenue to honor veterans at each of the War Memorials: Civil War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam, and Korea. Students chatted with their teacher, Mrs. Bentley, about each of the memorials at the site and why they exist. Students learned that a star next to a name meant that that soldier died in war. Then, the students went to the flags, which were at half mast, and they talked about the meanings of POW (Prisoner of War) and MIA (Missing in Action). They observed a 10-second moment of silence and talked about why we hold a moment of silence. Afterward, the group walked over the memorial square, and the students found the names of their relatives who fought in World War II, Korea, or Vietnam. Matt Zywien said, “I loved the trip. It was really cool to see my relatives’ names.”
“I liked it because I didn’t even know my grandparents’ names were on the memorials.” - alicia Vandenakker Student Michael Carey said, “It was amazing to see how many people from Northbridge fought in the wars”. The rest of Mrs. Bentley’s classes will be making the trip before the end of the academic year.
Matt Zwyien points to the name of his relative on one of the monuments viewed during the field trip.
Toy Drive to honor the memory of Gregory Amaral On July 14th, Northbridge Pools located at the corner of Rte. 122 and Church Steet, 1115 Providence Rd. (Plummer’s Corner) in Whitinsville, will be holding a toy drive in honor of their son Gregory Amaral who died on June 27th, 2007.
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UxBRIdGE – Shirley (Russell) Picchioni, 78, of North Uxbridge died April 24th in Beaumont Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center. She was the wife of John V. Picchioni, Sr. A longtime resident of North Uxbridge, Mrs. Picchioni was employed as a registered nurse at Landmark Hospital in Woonsocket for many years. Later, she worked for St. Vincent’s Hospital and Beaumont Nursing Home. She was born december 6, 1933 in Worcester, daughter of the late Raymond and Regina (Paquin) Russell and was a graduate of St. Vincent’s School of Nursing, Worcester. She enjoyed gardening, baseball and caring for her family, especially her grandchildren. In addition to her husband John, she is survived by a son John V. Picchioni, Jr. and his wife Holly of Webster; a brother Richard Russell of Uxbridge; a sister Claire Lavallee of Uxbridge; 2 granddaughters, Hannah Picchioni and Lily Picchioni both of Webster; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter Clara Ann Picchioni and a brother Raymond Russell, Jr.
Scorpio UxBRIdGE – Armando Scorpio, 65, of Uxbridge died April 28th , at his home. He was the husband of Maria (Cannalonga) Scorpio. Mr. Scorpio was a self-employed mason and worked for various construction companies in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for over 40 years before his retirement in 1992. Armando was born August 14, 1946, in Italy the son of the late Mario and Elisa (Zaccaria) Scorpio. He had been a resident of Providence, RI before moving to Uxbridge in 1972. Mr. and Mrs. Scorpio observed their 45th wedding anniversary in August 2011. In addition to his wife Maria, he is survived by two sons; Mario Scorpio of Uxbridge, Fabio and his wife Tracy Scorpio of So. Grafton, two daughters; Angela Pybas and Adriana Scorpio, both of Linwood, two brothers; Joseph Scorpio of deltona, FL, Raffaele Scorpio of Rome, Italy, one sister; Angelina dizoglio of Johnston, RI, 2 grandchildren, Makala Scorpio and Nicholas Scorpio, both of So. Grafton and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Francesco Scorpio and Achille Scorpio.
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UxBRIdGE - Lorraine O. Randall, 74, of Blackstone died May 2nd, at Lydia Taft House after an illness. Her husband of 56 years Fred S. Randall died on February 23, 2012. She is survived by 3 sons; Michael and his wife Lori of Uxbridge, Scott and his wife Kathy of Michigan, Glenn and his wife danielle of Clinton, and a daughter Kerry Randall of Uxbridge with whom she lived; 4 grandchildren, Michaela, Samantha, Jennifer, and Christopher. Born in Attleboro on May 23, 1937 she was daughter of Francis and Olivine Bergeron and has lived in Uxbridge for many years. She was the owner/operator of Encore Consignment shop in the former Waucantuck mill in Uxbridge. She also worked at Raytheon in Waltham, J.S.B. Yarns in Uxbridge as a spinner, Old Colony in Whitinsville as a printer and at A.C. Technology in Uxbridge as an assembler. She also owned and operated her own dog grooming business for a time. Lorraine enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Santoro LINWOOd - Robert F. Santoro, 73, of Linwood and formerly of Milford, died May 12th in the St. Camillus Health Center, Whitinsville. Mr. Santoro was employed as a Machinist for Snap on Tools in Natick for 30 years before his retirement in 1999. He was also a musician in various groups, among them “Sharon and Country Edition” and “Entertainment Plus”. Mr. Santoro was a life long musician performing throughout the New England area and played the drums for many groups. People will remember Bob as a good listener and admired him for that quality. Mr. Santoro was born April 6, 1939 in Milford, the son of the late Atillio and Mary “Eva” (Rossetti) Santoro and was a graduate of Milford High School and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. Mr. Santoro was a life long resident of Milford before moving to Uxbridge in 2002 and later to douglas. Mr. and Mrs. Santoro observed their 13th anniversary on April 3, 2012 and were married in 1999. Mr. Santoro is survived by his wife Sharon Santoro, one son; Jeffrey L. Santoro of Uxbridge; two daughters; darlene L. Santoro and Laura L. Washburn, both of Uxbridge two step sons, Gregory M. Turner and Robert d. Turner both of N. Providence, RI; two step daughters; Tricia L. Turner of Whitinsville, dana C. Turner of Pawtucket, RI; one sister Barbara Silva of Milford, 7 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, John “Jackie” Santoro and his sister Marie Mazzarelli.
Northbridge Bullying Survey Free Red Sox T-Shirt for Blood Donation The Uxbridge V.F.W. is holding their appointments are preferred. Blood please step up and donate blood for Available to parents those in need. The goal for this blood monthly Blood drive on Monday, June donors must be at least 17 years of age As part of our continuing efforts to assess and deal with bullying, the Northbridge Public School district is again surveying students, staff, and parents on issues that may exist in schools. The parent survey is available through a link on the district and school websites. This link will be open from May 21st through June 15th. This survey is anonymous, and takes only 5 minutes to complete. Parents who do not have Internet access may pick up paper copies of the survey at each school or in the Superintendent’s office. The survey is the same as last year so the district can compare the data and document any changes in conditions and attitudes as a result of its work this year. The Northbridge School district continues to be proactive in dealing with bullying issues through activities to educate students, staff, and parents. Some of these activities include: • Implementation of the mandated district Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan • School community meetings emphasizing good character, respect, and tolerance • Student lessons by classroom and health teachers and adjustment counselors • Ongoing efforts of groups such as
Hospice Care seeking volunteers SALMON Hospice Care, part of SALMON Health and Retirement, is seeking compassionate volunteers 16 years or older to donate as little as an hour per week assisting the Hospice team by serving patients and families through their supportive and caring presence. The goal of Hospice care is to provide patients with relief from avoidable pain and distress associated with the end of life. Volunteers will work with specially trained professionals and family members to create personal care that best meets the varied and changing needs of each individual. Volunteers will accompany Hospice staff when they visit patients in their homes or in our skilled nursing centers, assisted living residences and independent living communities in Natick, Northbridge, Northborough, Westborough, and Worcester, to provide companionship. All training and support will be provided by SALMON Hospice Care, including an informational session about the physical and emotional stresses experienced by Hospice patients and their families and an overview of their philosophy. For more information about becoming a Hospice volunteer, contact SALMON Hospice Care Volunteer Coordinator Mike Metcalf at 508-2344769 ext. 3073 or mmetcalf@Salmon Health.com
Friends of Rachel at the middle and high schools • Creation of monthly bullying lessons for grades K-12 • Participation in school-wide awareness activities such as No Name Calling day For more information about the district’s bullying prevention program, contact dr. Nancy Spitulnik, Interim Superintendent, email@example.com 508-234-8156 x201.
25th the V.F.W. Hall on Route 16 between 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. All presenting Blood donors will receive a Free Red Sox T-Shirt plus Register to Win a pair of Boston Red Sox Tickets as a Blood donor of the Game. To ensure the quickest possible process, please call 800-REd CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org for more information or to schedule your appointment to donate blood. Walk-In donors are always welcome, however
(16 with parental permission) and be in general good health. The summer months are among the toughest for blood collection. 20% of the blood collected in Massachusetts comes from high school and college blood drives. With the students on vacation, the need of the hospital patients stays the same meaning that more blood must be collected at community blood drives. With people on vacations we are counting on you to
drive is to get 65 people through the door, which should yield 55 pints of blood. The entire process takes about one hour, including Registration, a one on one Health History check, 5-10 minute donation Time, followed by 15 minutes at the Canteen where you will receive something to eat & drink. Please take an hour of your day and Give the Gift of Life on Monday, June 25th!
Join the Fun...Join Scouting Cub Scouting wants you! Now is the time to join the fun and excitement of America’s foremost youth program for boys—Cub Scouting. A sign-up night will be held for Pack 25 on Thursday, May 17th, 6:30-8pm at Taft School in Uxbridge. designed for boys ages 7 to 10, Cub Scouting combines outdoor activities, sports, academics, and more in a fun and exciting program that helps families teach ideals such as honesty, good citizenship, and respect. The Boy
Scouts of America is comprised of more than one million volunteers working together for the sole purpose of helping its nearly three million youth succeed in life. Pack 25 meets as a pack once a month at Our Lady of the Valley School. dens meet weekly at various locations. All boys, in first through fifth grade, are welcome to join. For more information contact Jason Andolina at 508-2785357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Golf Outing hosted by Senior Center Tee time is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9th, for the Seventh Annual Uxbridge Senior Center Golf Outing. Returning to the Crystal Lake Golf Course in Mapleville, Rhode Island, the Uxbridge Elderly Connection hopes to top funds raised in previous years. Under organizational eyes of Peter di Battista, Pete Petrillo and Russ Rosborough, the golf experience is ensured to be full of great fun and sport. The Shotgun or Florida style format will have a number of special challenges such as a $1000 prize for a hole in one on a par 3 and competition for longest