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Historic Ellice Schoolhouse Project Receives Town Funds Historical Commission Hopes for Site to Be Restored, Center of Historical Educational Programs BY J.D. O’GARA On Monday, November 4th, voters at the Millis Annual Fall Town Meeting voted to appropriate $12,500 in CPA funds to get the pre-Development of the Ellice School Project started. The allvolunteer Millis Historical Commission is approaching the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund (MPPF) for matching funds for the project, which would total $25,000.

Included in the pre-Development phase was to survey the existing structure, prioritizing repairs based on the results. According to Meg Watters Wilkes, the group has already been able to conduct a 3D laser scan of the premises, both interior and exterior, thanks to equipment and service donated by her husband, Stephen Wilkes. Doing this allowed them not only to create an accurate 3D model of the building, but also allows them to have a schematic to use

should something ever happen to the building and rebuilding is desired. “This will reduce the cost of whatever the architects will do,” says Nathan Maltinsky, of the Millis Historical Commission, who explained that a few trees around the structure have also been cleared in anticipation of the project. In

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Santa Readies His Pickup Truck for Franklin, Nearby Towns Santa Foundation Sees Increase in Need, Decrease in Sponsors BY J.D. O’GARA They don’t do it for accolades; they do it because they want to help. The all-volunteer, donation-based Santa Foundation, founded by Bob Sullivan, who runs it with his partner, Richard Timmons and the help of about 15 volunteers, helped 759 families last year and will serve over 800 this year. All of the people helped live in 29 communities in the Franklin area. Last year, this included 148 families in Franklin, 44 families in Medway, 29 families in Millis, 51 families in Norfolk and 27 families in Wrentham. The idea for the Santa Foundation came to Sullivan 27 years ago.

At a recent Millis town meeting, CPA funds were approved to fund the first phase of restoring the Ellice School, a two-room structure in the Rockville section of Millis built in the mid-1800s. The Millis Historical Commission would like to see the school become a center of historic education not only for Millis, but also for surrounding towns. From left, Meg Watters Wilkes, Charles Vecchi, Vivian Watters Wilkes, Joanne Gannon, Nathan Maltinsky and Mark Slayton.

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addition to the laser scan, Wilkes was able to help the Historical Commission with a ground penetrating radar survey as well to determine what archeological features might exist buried around the property. The location, at 185 Pleasant Street in Millis, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. The Ellice School, in the historic Rockville section of town, was constructed as a district school for the town of Medway, circa 1849, and it was used until 1931, although by that time East Medway had become Millis when the town incorporated in 1885. The single-story Greek Revival two-room schoolhouse contributes to the character of the Rockville district, which the Millis Historical Commission has been working toward establishing as a Local Historic District.

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Down the road, the goal of the overall project is to not only restore the Ellice School and surrounding landscape to visually and architecturally represent the period in which it was constructed, but to open the property up for educational use by Millis’ and perhaps other towns’ schools. “We’re working with the town on all levels of the schools,” says Watters Wilkes, to provide a substantive, interdisciplinary program. The idea would be for the location to be the center of “historic school days,” as well as “historic Rockville days,” with

interactive events and historical programming for local students. The Historic Commission will work with the Millis School Committee, the Millis Historical Society, the Millis Board of Selectmen and community volunteers to develop program materials and educational curricula to provide children with the experience of school days in the era of the Ellice School. Down the road, says Watters Wilkes, school groups from other towns might also make use of the property for such events, for a fee to be determined.

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Local Girl Runs into Spirit of Giving BY J.D. O’GARA Michaela Hafford, age 10, runs fast, and in November, her speed paid off for the Millis Food Pantry’s Thanksgiving effort. Michaela fled ahead of the Norton High School “zombies” in the Norton 5K Zombie Run, coming in second place in the 18 and under age category. Her prize? A gift certificate for a turkey. The only problem? Michaela, and the rest of her family, are vegetarians. “We were going to, instead of get a turkey, get, like, vegetables, and then Mom suggested we could give it to the food pantry. I basically started jumping up and down,” says Michaela. “I’ve been wanting to help … and that sort of stuff for a really long time by donating money, so I was really excited to have another stepping stone in place (to do that).” The Haffords called Elizabeth Durwin, volunteer at the Millis Food Pantry, who was happy to receive the turkey, says Michaela’s

Mom, Kristen. “They actually work at providing a Thanksgiving meal to everyone who uses the food pantry,” she says.

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2013! "Haunted" by one catastrophes after another, thirteen is a lucky number for this show - the date selection was intentional. Miranda: Episode 5 will air at different times due to local stations, so check your local cable listing for dates and times in your area. The show can also be streamed at http://www.abmi8.org/ on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in December at 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.


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Medway & Millis Winter Parking Ban in Effect Medway Police Chief Allen M. Tingley is advising all Medway residents that the overnight winter parking ban will go into effect on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 1 a.m. and remain in effect until further notice.

requested by contacting the Police Department at (508) 5333212, for each occasion. Chief Tingley also reminds residents that parking on the sidewalks is not an alternative to on street parking.

On street parking will not be permitted during the hours of 1 a.m. through 5 a.m. daily. Residents are reminded that vehicles parked on the street during those hours will be ticketed, and if such parking interferes with snow removal, they will be subject to being towed.

Millis’ parking ban began on November 15th and will run through April 15th. During the seasonal ban on overnight parking, from 9 p.m. – 6 a.m., The Police Department shall have the authority to remove to some convenient place, including in a public garage, any vehicle interfering with the work of the Department of Public Works in removing or plowing of snow or in removing of ice from public ways.

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This year, says Sullivan, the total will reach about $40,000.

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and we’re good. We’ve expanded over the years and helped over 55,000 people.” That’s a tall order for just a small group, but Sullivan says the number is just right, given the space limitations of his operations in the basement of Sullivan Associates at 1 Joy Street. Sullivan Associates covers all operational costs for the charity, which finds recipients mainly through the food pantry, the housing authority and school nurses, says Sullivan. Although it might have started with making the Christmas holiday brighter for two families, holiday gifts are not the only ways the Santa Foundation helps its neighbors. In 2012, $35, 983 in funds were disbursed, helping 4,811 individuals. Under half ($14,412) went to the Santa Foundation Christmas gifts, while some of it went to rent/mortgage paid ($10,188), family support ($9,475) and other family needs ($1,908).

“More people need fuel assistance, electric payments, we’re getting buried with people with rents they can’t pay, where they’re $200 bucks short,” says Sullivan. He adds that the foundation tries to help those who are finding themselves without a place to stay, but “right now there’s no space at all. It’s bad.” Sullivan says he blames unemployment. “There’s tons of unemployment in this country. People talk about the economy doing well because of the stock market. If you cut 20% off your payroll, you’re going to make a profit. You tell me we’re reemploying people, fine,” he says. Sullivan talks about those who are no longer collecting unemployment, but are still un- or under-employed. “People live as long as they can on their savings and credit

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cards, and they get to the point where they can’t pay their oil,” he says. The Santa Foundation came upon one such situation in Plainville last Christmas. “One house was all lit up, with Christmas decorations, and the other was dark,” he says. Upon further inspection, the Santa Foundation volunteers saw that no lights were on in the sparsely furnished home, but a fire was going. “They were burning the furniture in the fireplace to heat the house,” he says. Sullivan managed to have Benny’s Oil send a truck to fill up the tank with oil, and he got the electricity on for the family the following Monday. Every year, we get more recipients than we get sponsors,” says Sullivan. “We need people to sponsor families or sponsor individuals,” says Sullivan. Sponsors, says Sullivan, go and buy the gifts, wrap them up, tag them and bag them, and then the Santa Foundation delivers them. “Our sponsors, in my book, are heroes. When you help someone you’re never going to meet, that’s amazing to me,” says Sullivan. “In the old days 80-90% were sponsored by other families,” Sullivan adds, “but now about 70-80 % are not sponsored, so it’s much harder on us. It takes a lot longer and the demand financially is greater and the demand physically is much harder” when Santa Foundation volunteers must purchase and make up donations to families. Sullivan’s partner, Richard Timmons, says that any donation helps.

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The Foundation also sets up giving trees at about 20 local businesses (see sidebar). Shoppers can take ornaments from the trees with the first names the recipients and the desired gift on the back. Shoppers can then take the tags and purchase the gifts. Santa himself delivers the gifts, wearing his traditional suit, but usually driving a pickup filled with gifts. The whole effort is run through private donations. “We have a golf tournament, sell holiday calendars, I put money in and my partner puts money in,” says Sullivan, who says the foundation also accepts donations all year long. Some sponsors include Middlesex Savings Bank, the Franklin Police Department and the Norfolk Community League, which sponsors an annual Jingle Bell Run for the cause. This year’s run will take place on December 7th, at 11 a.m. Then, on December

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If you have ever thought of owning alpacas, you can talk directly to Bob and Louise Hebeler about alpaca care, husbandry and how to get started. With 15 years of experience to guide you and a wide choice of Alpacas for sale, this is the place to begin. As in years past, we will be looking for names for some of our newest baby alpacas (called crias). An Alpaca Teddy Bear will be awarded for the best name submitted on each day of the Open House. Acorn Alpaca Ranch is located at 99 Acorn Street in Millis. Directions can be found on our website at www.AcornAlpacaRanch.com or call us at (508) 294-7085.

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Regional Emergency Planning Committee Receives State Certification Local Towns Will Work Together on Emergency Preparation BY J.D. O’GARA After a two- to three-year effort, Wednesday, November 13th, the Central Norfolk Regional Emergency Planning Committee, comprised of emergency officials from participating towns in the area, was presented full certification status from the State Emergency Response Commission. Douglas Forbes, Region II Local Coordinator from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), on behalf of SERC (State Emergency Response Commission), presented the certificate to members at the Walpole Public Library. “I would like to commend all members of the Central Norfolk Emergency Planning Committee for their hard work and dedication. Thanks to their efforts, this region is a much stronger and safer place in which to live and work. The State Emergency Response Commission has unanimously approved the Central Norfolk application for Full Certification,” says Forbes.

At present, members of the Central Norfolk Regional Emergency Planning Committee include the towns of Norwood, Canton, Medway, Millis, Sharon, Walpole and Westwood. Additional towns, Bellingham, Norfolk and Dedham are currently in the process of being certified as members of the committee, while five more towns, Franklin, Wrentham, Medfield, Dover and Needham have recently been invited to join. Members of the committee meet to pool resources and coordinate efforts in the event of emergencies such as hazardous spills. The effort involves connecting federal, state and local officials, administrators, first responders and departments of public services. The group conducts training and exercises to optimize emergency preparedness. “With all these communities, we do mutual aid,” says Mike Laracy, Chair of the New Committee and Deputy Chief of the Walpole Fire Department, who says the regional committee is useful, for example, in that “we’re actually learning

Representatives of the Central Norfolk Regional Emergency Planning Committee received full state certification on Wednesday, November 13th. Towns involved in the committee involve administrators, police, fire officials, public works and other first responders in emergency training exercises and plans. From left, Norwood Assistant General Manager Bernie Cooper, Medway Emergency Planning Committee Chair Jeff Trust, Medway Health Agent Stephanie Bacon, Sharon Fire Chief & CNREPC Secretary J.Wright, Norwood Board of Health Director Sigalle Reiss, Medway Public Works Director Tom Holder, MEMA Region II Coordinator Douglas Forbes, Medway Police Chief Allen Tingley, Committee Chair and Walpole Deputy Fire Chief Mike Laracy, Norwood Fire Chief Tony Greeley, CRPCD Exec. Dir. Cheri Cousens, Dedham Fire Chief Bill Spillane, CRPCD Engineer Liz Schreiber, and MEMA Region II Planner Rich LaTour.

about hazardous materials not only in our own communities but outside our communities, so we have an idea of what’s in their town.” Firefighters, police officers and other emergency responders, then, will be able to take precautions and aid neighboring communities when called upon to do so.

“It’s good for town chiefs to meet here rather than at an incident,” says Forbes, who points out that members can reference those with specialized certification from other participating towns if need be, making the emergency effort a team approach with respect to the towns.

Jeff Trust, Chairman of the Medway Emergency Planning Committee, adds that certification will be important down the road for communities to receive state and federal reimbursements for HAZMAT incidents and grants for firstresponder training and equipment.


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Millis Reads Brings Inspiring Father Son Duo to the Millis Public Library and Schools! The Roche Bros. Community Room at the Millis Public Library was filled to capacity on the afternoon of November 16th, when young and old alike turned out to visit with Team Hoyt, a father (Dick) and son (Rick) team who have competed, in the face of odds and sometimes, discouragement, in over 1,100 athletic events in the last 34 years, including 70 marathons -

31 of them in Boston as well as 252 triathlons, 6 of them Ironman distance events. The two had also recently spoken at Millis High School to Millis students. The event ties in with a Millis Reads program, a community-read program currently focusing on the book, How Children Succeed, by Paul Tough.

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"Winter is coming" means something different to most in the northeast than to "Game of Thrones" fans. For us, it means high home heating bills. Projections by the US Energy Information Administration (www.eia.gov/forecasts/steo/pdf/ steo_full.pdf) are a cost of $1,016 for those in the Northeast paying for natural gas, and $2,006 for the average US resident paying for oil heat.

If you've turned the thermostat as low as you can, if you've taken every common-sense precaution and even learned tricks like stoppering the tub during a shower so all the heat goes into the air rather than down the train, but it's still not enough, you can apply for fuel assistance. Area fuel assistance has become a reality for many in recent years, and every town offers an outreach worker who can help

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rather than at a central application center, the strengths of the local community can come to bear to help those in need. "Sometimes I learn about other needs or can help in other areas," says LaFreniere. "It is a good way to connect with the community." For example, she mentions that one applicant came to fill out the paperwork and sounded overwhelmed by other needs in the home. "There were other numbers and resources I was able to pass on. I look at it as a good thing." Because fuel assistance is only supplemental, individuals should do their best to reduce their own home heating costs. MASSsave offers free Home Energy Assessments to help households reduce their overall energy expenditures. During a Home Energy Assessment, an energy specialist will spend approximately two hours in a home, examining the various ways the house uses or loses energy in order to make it more efficient. Residents will receive a report with suggestions for improvements they can make (along with rebates they may qualify for) and also some immediate improvements, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs or water-saving devices. Some of the suggested improvements may be easily-installed, such as a cover for uninsulated attic stairs. The Duck brand attic stairway cover, for example, is less than $50. Other suggestions for saving on heating costs include: • caulking and weatherstripping drafty windows. • keeping the fireplace damper tightly closed when not in use, or sealing it if never used • keeping warm-air registers unblocked by furniture or carpeting

• opening curtains to let in daylight but closing them to retain heat afterward • servicing your oil burner annually to ensure maximal efficiency • setting ceiling fans to the reverse position, on low, to circulate warm air to the lower parts of the room • reducing use of exhaust fans, as they will pull heat out of the house • keeping thermostats set to 68 during the daytime and slightly lower at night • setting your hot water heater to 120 degrees (although check the owner's manual for your dishwasher, which may require a higher setting.) Some safety precautions include: • Never use a camp stove indoors for heat • Never use your kitchen oven to heat the house • Never leave a portable heater unattended • Always keep burnables at least three feet from fireplaces and portable heating equipment. • Always keep working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on every level in the home •When in doubt about the safety of your heating equipment, call your utility company for help. Working together, our local communities can have safer, warmer winters. For information on fuel assistance in Millis, call Carol LaFreniere at (508) 376-7051. In Medway, contact Pauline Russo at (508) 533-3210. In Holliston, call (508) 429-0622. You can reach MASSsave at www.masssave.com/residential.


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Book Mitzvah? A New Way Of Thinking at the book-themed party that followed the ceremony. Sofi made sure these books were treated with care in the process, because all of those books will be delivered to the Friends of the Millis Public Library for the Annual Spring book sale being held in March. Proceeds from the Friends Book sales are used to fund programs and services at the library. Sofi has also been volunteering her time at the Millis Public Library to help the librarians prepare new books for the shelves. In addition, Sofi supported the Friends of the Millis Public Library Capital Campaign by donating her own money to sponsor the Library's Community Kiosk which is where the public can access services and information.

Millis middle schooler Sofi Yi Xin Murray paid tribute to the new Millis Public Library in honor of her Bat Mitzvah on November 2 at the Verve Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick. A Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a Jewish ceremony for a girl or boy at the age of 13. It is a centuries old tradition, which culminates after years of study of reading Hebrew and learning the teachings of the Torah. Becoming a Bat Mitzvah means the young person is now recognized as a Jewish adult and

is able to perform "mitzvot" or good deeds for the community. In her speech (known as a Dvar Torah) in front of 150 friends and family, Sofi explained that since her passion in life is reading books, for her first Mitzvah project she decided to do something to share her love of reading with others. Sofi and her parents collected well over a hundred gently-used books from friends and family which were tied in ribbons to help decorate the tables

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Gingerbread Festival at Medway Library Friends of the Medway Library will be holding their fifth annual Gingerbread Festival on Satur-

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by decorating their very own mini gingerbread houses that Friends will provide. Admission is a bag of candy to share. Space is limited for this very popular event so you must sign up at the library between December 2-9 for either a 10:30 or 11:30 shift. Last year 125 children had a wonderful time creating delight-

ful houses choosing from an abundance of candies, ranging from licorice to snowcaps, gumdrops to candy canes, chocolate to peppermints. Be sure to view and buy a raffle ticket for one of the beautiful large gingerbread houses created by artists and community groups. These will be on display

in the library from December 916. The event will be held in the Cole Room at Medway Public Library, 26 High Street, Medway. For more information check the Friends website at friendsofthemedwaylibrary.blog spot.com or call (508) 533-3217.

Usher in the scents and sights of the holidays and help support the library! The Friends of the Medway Library will be raffling off a variety of beautiful gingerbread houses decorated by local artists and community groups. Previous houses included models of a waggish Dog Cottage, Thayer House homestead, Christ Church, Medway Community Farm, Skating on Choate Park Pond, as well as other whimsical scenes. “The craftsmanship and creativity of these houses have been so impressive,” said Diane Busa, Co-President of Friends. “We hear the oohs and ahhs of people as they view them.” Houses will be on display at the library beginning the evening of Monday, December 9th through Monday, December 16th. Choose which of these lovely houses you wish to win. Tickets are only $1 each or 10 tickets for $5 and will be on sale all week at the circulation desk and downstairs during the Gingerbread Festival on December 14th. The drawings will be held Monday evening, December 16th. All proceeds from the raffle will be used for library programs, materials and museum passes. For more information and photos of last year’s gingerbread displays, check the Friends blog at friendsofthemedwaylibrary.blogspot.com.

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Niagara Building Work Begun Again Work to Be Done by Treeline Construction, Tri-County Students & Town Volunteers BY J.D. O’GARA The front of the building looks beautiful, and the roof had been redone, but when it came time for the new, adjacent Millis Public Library to open, the work that needed to be done to the Niagara Building became apparent to all. Now, it’s underway once again. “Only eight of us together care for at least four to five different locations in town,” says Mark Slayton, of the Millis Historical Commission. “When you think of it, that’s just one-one-thousandth of the town’s population.” Slayton also mentions that using Community Preservation Act funds is very helpful in restoring historic structures, but that CPA funds are cloaked in a number of regulations that slow down the process a bit. “CPA funding is available. It’s a great tool, but it’s hard to find contractors,” says Slayton, due to insurance and bonding and the necessity of paying employees a certain wage. The last big project, done last winter by the same company hired this time, Treeline Construction, was fixing the crumbling foundation. Now the company’s been hired to finish the back, cut out original windows and a jail cell window in back where one used to be, install a water board and put in a wheelchair-accessible ramp on the landing on the left of the building. The Millis Historical Commission is also working with Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School on getting students to come in and do some of the work inside, such as upgrading electrical and building indoor stairs.

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“The plan is to have Tri-County do as much as possible,” says Nathan Maltinsky, also a Historical Commission member. Volunteers, says Maltinsky have done a great bulk of the work on the building, installing wood floors, supporting the back two floors, installing and tiling a brand new bathroom. When the restoration is completed, Maltinsky says the downstairs will act as a museum. “Niagara is one of a handful of original fire stations— built in late 1800s, that has its original fire engine, or hand tub, intact. The (downstairs) will house both the Niagara fire engine, and the peacock fire engine and we’ll have all sort of museum pieces and photographs. Upstairs is Niagara Hall, and it was used by the townspeople for many years for dances, for functions, for meetings. What we would like to do is open it up to the public for use,” he says. According to the Millis town website, old Medway town records show that the Niagara building was built for $675 in the town report ending February 1, 1878. The building was constructed to house a 4” diameter, two-cylinder model of handtub fire engine known as “Niagara No. 4.” East Medway had purchased the handtub in 1857, and until it had a permanent home, East Medway rented space at the Holbrook family home to house the engine. More recent history indicates that the Niagara building was used for town offices. Maltinsky says that he picked up this project where Jeff Hardin, a former Millis selectman who passed away a few years ago, left off. “It was always his desire that this building get restored,” says Maltinsky.

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Medway Lions Celebrate 30 Years While enjoying a wonderful brunch at the Franklin Country Club, the Medway Lions Club cracked open a time capsule, spilling out 30 years of memories of serving the community, raising money for eye research and other charitable efforts, all while enjoying the fun times had and the friends made along the way. Memories, sweet ones and funny ones, some which brought a tear to the eye, a chuckle felt from the heart or a wide grin of pride. The afternoon also included the presentation of many awards and honors and took a look to the future with the induction of two new Medway Lions. Medway Lions President Dawn Rice-Norton took the Club on a walk down memory lane, illustrating how the Club began, the creative

ways it has supported the community for the past three decades and the outstanding success it has enjoyed in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for items or services needed at Medway Schools, Fire & Police, Choate Park, Medway300 and Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund to name but a handful. December 9, 1983 was the fateful day that the Club was formally organized with the help of its sponsor, the Millis Lions Club. By April the following year, 37 Lions signed the Club’s charter. Membership has grown over the years and increased by two during the celebration – Andy Rodenhiser and Alissa Parlee were inducted by 33K District Governor Paul Calnan – bringing the present day total to 54 members.

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rent or former smokers could only use a formula that excluded betacarotene, because it had been linked to risk of lung cancer for these patients. About half of AREDS2 participants were former smokers.

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Living Healthy Put a Stop to the Battle of the Holiday Bulge The holiday season is dominated by parties, family gatherings and festive foods. Overindulgence in rich foods and drink during the holiday season, compounded by cold weather that can make it difficult to exercise, often leads to weight gain by the end of the holiday season. But focusing on diet and exercise during the holiday season can help you avoid unwanted weight gain and provide more energy as the season progresses.

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12th Annual Jingle Bell Run 5K Saturday December 7th The Norfolk Community League will holds its annual Jingle Bell Run, a 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Santa Foundation, on Saturday, December 7th, at 11 a.m. Race day registration and number pickup begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 10:45 a.m. The cost for the race, for those who register before December 1st at www.racewire.com/register.php, is $25 per individual or $20 for a runner under 18, or $85 for a Reindeer Team of four. For those registering on the day of the race, registration is $30 per individual, $25 for someone under 18 or $100 per team of four.

The Jingle Bell Run is a 5K loop that starts and ends at the H. Olive Day School. The race is professionally timed. For questions on the race, email Runwalks@norfolkcommunityleague.org. Proceeds from the Jingle Bell Run benefit the Santa Foundation, an organization that helps local families with food, assistance with fuel, utility and housing payments, as well as gifts during the Holiday Season. Visit www.thesantafoundationinc.org for more information on this cause.

Country Line Dancing Fundraiser Raises Over $1,000 for Local Charities A Country Line Dancing Fundraiser, consisting of three weeks of Country Line dancing taught by Katie O’Connell at Gold’s Gym, has raised over $1,000 for local charities. Week one raised $400 for Susan G Komen for a Cure; week two raised $426 for the Taylor sack support fund, week three raised $200 for Secret Santa.

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Ring in the Holidays with Jolly Holly Fair/ Garden Club Greens Sale

Two community organizations are again combining strengths to make your holiday shopping and decorating easier. Visit the Jolly Holly Fair and the Millis Garden Club Greens Sale on Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Church of Christ, 142 Exchange Street, Millis, to get an early start to your holiday shop-

ping. Proceeds will benefit the United Church of Christ and the Millis Garden Club’s civic activities and scholarships. All ages will enjoy the festive surroundings and large variety of hand-made gifts, decorations, home-baked goods, and other specialty items not available in

Christmas Lights at Fatima Shrine The Christmas Lights display will start on Sunday Nov. 25 at the Fatima Shrine. The lights are on every day of the month of December, through January 8th, from 5 to 9 p.m. Every day, the hall will be opened for people who come to visit the Christmas lights, with goodies for everyone, young and old: hot chocolate, pastries, cookies, munchkins, etc. Fatima Shrine celebrates the Christmas Vigil Mass on Dec. 24th, at 8 p.m., while Christmas Day Solemn Mass will be on Dec. 25th at 11 a.m. During this Advent, come and enjoy this wonderful sight of the Season of Christmas.

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Holiday Music and More at the Millis Library Join us for a holiday concert with the Copley Cats and Isaac Stearns on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2-3 pm in the Roche Bros. Community Room at the Millis Public Library. The new library is located on 961 Main St in Millis. This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. All ages are welcome. The Copley Cats began in 1985 by a group of Mount Holyoke graduates who missed the close harmony singing they had in college as members of the V-8s, the

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Celebrating $10 Billion in New Massachusetts Schools BY REPRESENTATIVE DAVID P. LINSKY On October 15, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) surpassed the $10 billion mark in payments to Massachusetts cities, towns and school districts since its creation in 2004. The $10 billion has been used for the construction, renovation, and repair of public schools throughout the state. The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) was created in 2004 as an act of the legislature to replace the previous program that had accumulated $10 billion in debt. MSBA receives its funding from the statewide sales tax of 6.25 cent, of which MSBA receives one cent. This program has reaped enormous benefits for Massachusetts and its public schools. The MSBA reimburses school districts during the construction allowing property taxpayers to avoid the sizeable interest costs that accompany construction

loans. This has saved $2.9 billion in local interest costs, benefiting both the students and the taxpayers of Massachusetts. Students profit from the ability to move into newly created or renovated schools in a timely manner and the taxpayers profit from the system and the billions it has saved communities, freeing up local resources for other needs like police and fire departments and local roads.

the high school received a major renovation. Most recently MSBA funds were used to construct the new Natick High School, a project that took two years to complete at the cost of $78.5 million and was even constructed $10 million under budget. MSBA also helped to complete major repairs at Sherborn’s Pine Hill Elementary School in 2008. While MSBA has done outstanding work on new projects they have also absolved any issues left by the previous program. Of the $10 billion debt accumulated by the prior program, $9.3 billion has been retired. In addition, MSBA has completed $5.1 billion in debt repayments and $5.4 billion on previously waitlisted projects.

Among the $10 billion MSBA has given to cities, towns, and regional school districts across the state, over $80 million has been sent to the Fifth Middlesex district; $8.6 million to Millis, $68.5 million to Natick, and $3.1 million to Sherborn and $23.8 million to the Dover-Sherborn regional school district. These funds were used for the construction of Natick’s new Natick High School, Wilson Middle School and for the regional schools of Dover-Sherborn. In 2004, Dover-Sherborn constructed a new middle school and

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The Massachusetts School Building Authority has achieved an impressive accomplishment in the progress and change it has brought to the Massachusetts public school system. It is a great testament to our state’s dedication and commitment to our public schools and has furthered our reputation of exceptional public education. I was proud to vote to create this program in 2004, and even prouder to see the wonderful new schools it has created for Massachusetts school children.

Special State Primary Election Tuesday, December 10 Voters in Precinct 1 of Millis, don’t forget to come on down to Millis Town Hall for the Special State Primary Election on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Fill the seat Dan Winslow left vacant.

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Sports Medway Boys Soccer Puts Up Good Fight, But Falls BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY

For the past two years the Medway boys soccer team got the chance to play for a state championship, unfortunately on both occasions the Mustangs came up just short. Last fall Medway was ousted by GrotonDunstable 2-0 in the Division 2 South State Championship and this season, playing in the Division 3 South title game, the Mustangs once again came found themselves on the wrong side of the score getting edged by Belchertown 2-1 in overtime. Medway finished the regular season 13-2-3 earning themselves a number five seed in the Division 3 South Tournament, but was unable to capture the Tri-Valley League Title. “The TVL Championship was important to us, but it was not the actual goal,” Medway Coach Jeff Hellenback said. “Winning the state championship was our ultimate goal, and we were right there.” Having made it all the way to the state championship game last year only to be denied, the Mustangs were looking to complete unfinished business this season. Having been

moved into Divisions 3 with the MIAA realignment this year the Mustangs were primed to take the title they were so close to last year. Playing in the TVL Medway still squares off against three Division 2 opponents in Hopkinton, Westwood and Medfield, in which the Mustangs went an impressive 4-0-2.

goals while holding their opponents to just 3. Prior to the Belchertown game Medway’s defense had allowed only four shots on net with only one eluding sophomore keeper Mike Bagdon. During the regular season Bagdon had a goals against average of .93 that dipped to a miniscule .20 in the tournament.

With the change of divisions Medway definitely thought that they had the chance to go all the way.

“Playing his first year on the varsity team he played really well during the regular season, but stepped it up when the playoffs started,” Hellenback said.

“Could we repeat what we did last year – yes; did I think it was a realistic goal – yes,” the coach said. “This year we came in much more relaxed compared to last year’s run when we hadn’t been there before. This year we knew what to expect.” Once they got into the tournament the Mustangs ran the tables to the sectional championship taking out the likes of the one, two and four seeds. Medway defeated Foxboro (4-0), Apponequet Regional (2-0), Martha’s Vineyard (2-1 in overtime) and Norwell (2-0). Hellenback’s squad then dispatched of Watertown, the North Champion 1-0, before falling to Belchertown. Throughout the six tournament contests the Mustangs scored 12

Getting through the playoffs in the fashion they did was incredible, but to do so without one of its top players in Aiden Burke was even more impressive. Burke, a TVL and Eastern Mass All Star, tore ligaments during the Martha’s Vineyard game and the Mustangs lost him from his center defender position for the remainder of the tournament. Junior James Spinazola stepped in as though he had played the position all his life. “Without Aiden holding down the defense we were still able to play well and that’s a tribute to James filling in off the bench,” the coach said. “We had been training him to take

Although Medway beat Norwell to win the Division 3 South Sectional title, they fell to Belchertown in overtime for the TVL Championship. The boys in the photo left to right are the following: Junior - Henry Cobb (C), Senior - Justin Kaplan (C), Senior - Sean Dunn, Senior - Aidan Burke (C) & Senior - Connor Benjamin (C ). Photo by Dave Bagdon.

over the position next year.” Another individual who had a great impact on the team’s success was Justin Kaplan, the Tri-Valley League’s MVP; as well as an Eastern Mass and All State All Star. Other TVL All stars for the Mustangs were sophomore striker Jake Warren, named to the first team and Bagdon, Brendan Robinson and Sean Dunne, all named to the second team.

“This was another impressive year, where we had hoped to be this good,” the coach said. “Your goal is to go as far as you can, but there’s always doubts that you will be able to go all the way. We believed in our self, and we almost did it.” Medway, who will now have to wait until next fall to get another shot at that elusive State Championship, is hoping that the third time is a charm. Stay tuned.

Erika Boie Has a Future in Millis Volleyball During her first week she was a setter, but the coach eventually moved her to the hitter position. Boie would play the middle hitter position up until last year’s tournament, where the coach switched her to an outside hitter. Boie was more than ecstatic about her new position. “Hitting is amazing. There is no feeling like it. I’ve worked hard to where I am today, although I need to work more on my defense and passing,” Boie said. “Playing defense is almost as much fun as getting a kill. As a hitter I know the rush I get when I get a kill,, it’s the same when I stop someone from the other side of the net from getting a kill.”

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Having watched her sisters friends play volleyball for a few years, Erika Boie was enticed by the fast paced game and wanted to explore it further. During seventh grade, the Millis resident decided to see if the sport was something she could play and tried out for the high school freshman team. Boie made the team and became hooked immediately, despite the apprehensiveness

of playing with high school athletes. “That first year was very intimidating and scary experience,” the then seventh grader said. “I was afraid that I wasn’t doing anything to help the team, but my sister’s friends taught me the basics and I was able to learn the game.” Having no middle school team, Boie was allowed to try out for the high school freshman team, where

she met up with now varsity coach Lisa White for the first time. “Erika is an amazing athlete. I have coached her since the seventh grade where she played on the freshman team for two years before becoming a varsity starter as a freshman,” Coach White said. “With no middle school program at the time, I was really excited to have her in the program.”

Through the years Boie continued to seek the knowledge of anyone who would help her with her play on the court and despite being a junior this fall for the Mohawks she is still looking to improve her game. “Erika has a love for the sport and from the moment she walked into the gym she has wanted to play volleyball while continually asking questions to get better,” the Millis Coach said. “Now as one of the older kids she has come full circle and helping younger athletes.” She may have been a key component to Millis’s tournament run over

the past four seasons (two district 3 central titles and one lose in the title game), but things were not always easy for Boie. “That first varsity game was one of the scariest moments of my life, being the youngest player on the court,” she said. “However, having a lot of freshman in the stands cheering helped me get through it. It was scary, but the motivation to succeed helped me get through it.” According to Coach White, Boie has not only become the team’s leader in kills from her outside hitter position, but has continued to improve with age while developing a relationship with her setter (Colby Zitoli, whom she has known since seventh grade). The two have formed a bond and their concentration on the court has become that much stronger. The Mohawks were unfortunately bounced from the tournament in the first round this fall, but Boie is not letting it discourage her and Millis’ quest to earn another sectional championship. “Losing this year was tough, we really didn’t expect it,” the junior hitter said. “This was a year that I thought we’d win states, it was shocking and a letdown, but only gives us more fuel for next year.”


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Sports Medway Joining Bellingham As A Co-op Wrestling Team By KEN HAMWEY Medway and Bellingham will be competing in wrestling this winter as a co-op team. The move to merge both schools into one program was started by Tom Forbes, Bellingham’s wrestling coach for the last eight years. Forbes, who has coached wrestling at Woonsocket and Burrillville in Rhode Island and also at Ashland High, calls the merger a win-win situation for both schools. “We’ve averaged about 12-15 boys on our roster the last few years,’’ said Forbes, who also serves as assistant principal at Bellingham. “There are 14 weight classes and we usually have to forfeit about six matches. Our numbers have been down and that’s what spurred me to request a co-op squad. If we can get 6-10 boys from Medway, that would be great. We wouldn’t forfeit as many matches and there would be an opportunity for Medway to be involved with wrestling.’’ The formal approval to enable the schools to compete as a co-op team came during the summer when the Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Association’s District C Committee gave a thumbs-up. The measure had previously been okayed by the Tri Valley League’s athletic directors. “We didn’t have the numbers to get our own team started,’’ said Rob Pearl, the Medway Athletic Director. “Also, we don’t have much space in our gym. It’s

booked solid during the winter for boys and girls basketball and cheerleading. By mid-November, four boys had signed up for wrestling.’’ Bellingham won’t be the first TVL team to seek co-op status. Ashland and Keefe Tech in Framingham have been competing as a co-op squad. “Getting as many kids to participate is the name of the game,’’ Forbes said. “Our arrangement with Medway is a three-year deal. If after three years they’d like to go their own way and become one team, that’s fine. In the meantime, a merger helps us fill more weight classes.’’ The practices and home meets will all be at Bellingham. And, Forbes and Pearl don’t see any major snags in transportation. “Medway’s wrestlers will have to travel to Bellingham for matches and practices, but the logistics are great,’’ Forbes said. “Both schools are so close. When we’ve got an away meet, we can pick up Medway’s wrestlers at their school. And, I’ll plan to start practices a little later than usual to accommodate Medway’s participants.’’ Pearl said “transportation won’t be an issue,’’ and emphasized that a bus from Medway could be available to transport the kids. Forbes already has a motto for the new team and it’ll say: “two towns, one goal.’’ And, he’s promising that if Medway comes up

with more candidates, they’ll all be on the roster. “I’ll have a no-cut program,’’ said Forbes, whose Blackhawks last year finished 4-9 in dual meets. “If 30 boys show up from Medway, they’ll all be on the squad. If any boys at Medway are interested in coming aboard, they should contact Rob.’’ Although wrestling is a team sport, it’s also offers participants the chance to star individually. As Forbes emphasizes: “wrestling builds great character.’’ “It’s an individual and a team sport,’’ he notes. “That’s why it’s attractive. It’s one-on-one and if an individual wins, he helps his team add points. There’s no blaming a teammate if a kid loses. If an individual isn’t winning, he’s got to look at himself in the mirror.’’ At Medway, there once was only basketball, ice hockey and cheerleading on the winter menu. Now, there’s girls ice hockey, track, wrestling and swimming. Swimming became a reality recently when the MIAA approved a co-op venture with Holliston. “What I’m very happy about is expanding our winter programs,’’ Pearl said. “Not everyone at Medway can play basketball or hockey. Now we’re providing kids the opportunity to wrestle.’’ The first practice for the Bellingham-Medway mat squad will be on Dec. 2.

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Obituary JOHN D. ALBEE, Of Medway, died Wednesday evening, November 6, 2013, at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after a brief illness. He was 72. Born in Orange, the son of the late George and Elizabeth (Sullivan) Albee., raised in the Allston section of Boston and attended Brighton High School. He had been a Medway resident for over 40 years. An M.I.S. Manager in the Information Technology Department for several area companies including Corning Medical, Mr. Albee was known as a true “a gentleman and a scholar.” He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia (Ingraham) Albee, his daughter, Jeannette Albee and her wife, Tammy MacLean of

West Medford, his son, John LaPan and his wife, Debbiejane of Connecticut, his sisters, Georgine “Sistie” Pollard and her husband, Curt of Braintree and Elizabeth “Betty Ann” Cronin of Franklin and his grandchildren, Danielle and John-Christopher “J.C.” LaPan and Quinn MacLean Albee. He is also survived by his many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Christopher LaPan and his brother, George “Buddy” Albee. Those who wish may make donations in John’s memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute, PO Box 849168, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. Please visit www.robertsmitchell.com for further information.

The Quest for the Perfect Christmas Tree BY BELLA CAGGIANO Ah, decorating the Christmas Tree. Many parents cringe when thinking of unpacking the lights and ornaments that they hastily stuffed in boxes at the end of the year with the sole intention of getting the house back into order. But not all the groundwork to create that special holiday centerpiece needs be a laborious chore. Create a family tradition before one item has been hung. Choosing the perfect tree can be a fun, family event that all ages can enjoy and participate. The primary component of a memorable occasion is not to schedule the event when rushed or as one of the many items on the never-ending holiday checklist. Carve out undistracted time, pack

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Find Fresh Cut Trees at Deerfield Tree Farm For many local families, the choice is clear: Only a real and fresh tree will do for the holidays. Deerfield Tree Farm has the freshest trees anywhere. Set on 10 acres of land, you will find a true New England Tree Farm experience. When you come out to the farm you will find a wide variety of fir trees, Fraser, Balsam, Korean, and Concolor, along with several varieties of Spruce, all are available and cut from our field. Choose and Cut trees are first come first serve and there is no pre-tagging. Choose and Cut trees sell out in about the first two weeks after Thanksgiving, so come early for best selection

What makes Deerfield Tree farm different from the rest? Besides having choose and cut trees, we also have a wide selection of fresh cut trees with sizes up to 12'. Not all fresh cut trees come from Canada or North Carolina. Deerfield Tree Farm gets all their fresh cut trees from a local tree farm. These trees are cut only a day or two before before Thanksgiving, (not months in advance, as most parking lot stands do). The difference is, Deerfield Tree Farms trees will last well past the holidays, into March if you let them. We even gets trees delivered after Thanksgiving, and again these trees are cut just a day or two beforehand. So even if

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Millis Teen Collects for One Warm Coat BY J.D. O’GARA Seventeen-year-old Julia Beauregard wants to show some warmth, quite literally, to people in need this year. The Millis teen is collecting gently used, adult’s and children’s warm winter coats to donate to people who need

them. Working with a friend and co-worker, Beauregard will bring the donated coats to Anton’s Cleaners, which will clean coats for donation at no charge. Beauregard says she was inspired to participate in this community service when she saw

how much satisfaction it brought her friend to work with the organization. “As she was telling me about it, I became passionate about it,” says Beauregard, who then asked to participate. “I feel like it would bring me closer to her and

be beneficial for the community. It’s obviously really cold this time of year. The people we’re donating to, they can’t afford a coat. It would be a nice Christmas present for the community, and it would help keep them warm, and I think they’d really appreciate something like that.”

If you have a warm coat to give, please drop it off at 143 Pleasant Street in Millis by December 23. Coats will be donated to One Warm Coat (www.onewarmcoat.org). To find out more, visit the website, email drive@onewarmcoat.org or call (877) 663-9276.


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2014 Millis Film Festival Call for Film Entries Submissions For 1ST Ever Millis Film Festival Now Open The call for submissions is now open for narrative, documentary or animated films. Come be a part of something new and become a qualifying entry in the first ever Millis Film Festival. Submitted films must meet entry criteria. The submissions deadline

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Santa to Appear at Bethany House Hope Chest this Month BY J.D. O’GARA Santa and Mrs. Claus will be headed over to the Bethany House Hope Chest at 1134 Main Street in Millis this holiday season, thanks to the help of Mr. Peter Filosa, and his Mom, Anne Marie Filosa. The two have “connections” with the North Pole, in direct communication with Santa. Santa, says Filosa, is almost his “alter ego.” 31-year-old Filosa, a native of Medfield, brought Santa to the Bethany House Hope Chest last year for the first time. “I love this thrift store,” he says. I come here all the time,” says Filosa, who says that shoppers can bring their children and cameras to take pictures right at the store, free of charge. Christmas, he says, is his favorite time of year. Filosa, a great skater thanks to his Mom, a figure skating teacher, has even taught St. Nick some great moves on the ice, preparing him for a holiday show in Natick. Santa will skate to Filosa’s favorite Christmas tune, Although dates were not finalized at the time of this writing, you can contact the Bethany House Hope Chest (bethanyhouseministry.com), or (508) 376-0824, to find out what days Santa will be there, or simply stop by.

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December 8 Lions Club– 44th Annual Senior Holiday Party, for all Seniors 12 noon. Please come and enjoy the festive holiday food, entertainment, prizes and a visit from a special guest. Event sponsored by the Lions and the Millis High School students to thank all of Millis’ seniors for their continuous support and participation in their many fund raising events throughout the year. Attire can be fancy or casual. All seniors 60+ are invited. Please RSVP to Dan Alder at 376-5588 by noon on Friday, December 6th

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December 9-16 Gingerbread Festival, Medway Public Library, Gingerbread creations from local artists and others will be on display during normal library hours. Raffle to win one.

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Millis Wonderland Opens Its Gates December 7th BY J.D. O’GARA The quiet, rustic road awakens with twinkling lights, holiday music and the sound of bells ringing. Santa is ever present, even a 40-foot version of him, and the scenes of his elves working and his reindeer in their stalls abound.

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In fact, the family cannot do it alone. Meehan hires maintenance workers, who start five weeks ahead of time, to help put together over 45 workshops, a real tugboat and the giant Santa. A couple of other workers later come in, for detail work such as setting up trains, for 10-12 full-time days. When it’s built, however, the people come, so many that traffic needs to be directed. The event is open nightly, with traffic entering and directed to leave on the Millis side of the 60 Causeway Street property. Since weekends can be busy, with traffic backing up, Meehan recommends visiting Millis Wonderland on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights and reminds visitors that the event is drive-through only, with not enough room for buses. Visitors can check in at the Millis Wonderland web site, www.milliswonderland.com, for changes in the schedule due to inclement weather. Millis Winter Wonderland will continue through Saturday, December 28th. Over the years, Meehan has seen the number of visitors grow and has gained nationwide attention for his show of holiday spirit. “I think that the majority of people overwhelmingly enjoy it and respect it,” he says.

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Millis Students Earn AP® Scholar Awards 17 students at Millis High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. 14 students in the group graduated from Millis High School as part of the Class of 2013, while three are members of the current Class of 2014. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous collegelevel courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.

At Millis High School: One student from the Class of 2013, Anna Doyle, qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Four students from the Class of 2013, Frank Malzone, Ian Matthews, Jill Metzger, and Colin Walsh, qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Twelve students, Kaitlin Babin-Devine, Christina Costa, Zachary Maltinsky, Thomas McAuliffe, Cayley Moynihan, Gregory Mullin, Hannah Pitman, Ethan Vara, and Brian Walsh, from the class of 2013 and Daniel Denman, Emma Lederer, and Linh Nguyen, from

the class of 2014, qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. Through 34 different collegelevel courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3,600 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores.

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Hello to all my readers, and thank you for your letters and e-mails during 2013. This is our Christmas/New Year column. Rather than answer a single question I thought it would be good to generalize on past inquiries. 2013 has been a solid year for the local real-estate market with a great number of sales being completed at very close- to-asking prices. The general trend has been strong, helped along by low interest rates and a strong local employment environment. Banks continue to be conservative in their lending practices by scrutinizing the borrower’s history and their ability to repay the mort-

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Medway- Something for Everyone ! A natural setting upon a lovely wooded lot. Natural gas heat, town water & sewer add to the benefit of owning this charming home. Warm & inviting, freshly re-finished wood fls, custom kit. w/soapstone counters, SS appliance, gourmet DCS 5 burner gas range. Attached car barn for storage or hobbyist. Easy access to major rtes, & shopping & restaurants.

$304,900

A custom brick front walk & custom patio w/ "firepit" makes entertaining a pleasure at this home. Dining rm w/ Bay window, granite kitchen w/ SS appliances, brazillian cherry wood fls, add warmth & charm. 4 bedrms, 2 .5 baths, finished basemt w/ media area & playroom. Lovely neighborhd, handy to shopping, commuting Buy now! price reduced!

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REALTOR, CBR, NOTARY PUBLIC

Carolyn Chodat Owner/Broker

$499,900 74 Main Street, Medway, MA 02053 Direct: 508-533-6060 • Cell: 508-341-7652 • www.classicprops.com


December 1, 2013

Celebrating Rawding Realty 2nd Year Anniversary!

NEW LISTING

29 Stacy Road, Natick - $589K New Construction PENDING

1 Kenart Road Medway $324K

SOLD

34 Lost Horse Trail, Franklin New Construction, $650K SOLD

245 Orchard Street Millis $379K

Local Town Pages www.millismedwaynews.com

Let my 14 years experience of selling homes help you with your next move. ACTIVE

31 Stacey Street Natick $589K

PENDING

4 High Street Millis $265K

PENDING

1 Alder Road Medway $239K

PENDING

915 Edgell Road #77 Framingham $102K

Please feel free to call for a free market analysis of your home. Great rates for first time buyers!

ACTIVE

60 Spencer Street Millis $259K

PENDING

51 S Main Street Milford $199K

PENDING

21 Parkhurst Drive Ashland $539K

SOLD

264 Franklin St., Framingham 2 Family $349K PENDING

30 Needham Street Norfolk $224K

SOLD

6 Alice Drive Wayland $1.1 million

SOLD

8 Dover Road Natick $864K

SOLD

5 Delta Court Franklin $360K

SOLD

109 Walnut Street Stoughton $79K

SOLD

26 Burnap, Holliston 79K SOLD

25 Ticonderoga Lane Millis $354K

SOLD

170 Maple Street Bellingham $130K

SOLD

14 Country Club Milford $211K

SOLD

138 Hecla Street Uxbridge $224K

SOLD

11 Charena Road, Wayland $550K SOLD

SOLD

39 Adams Street, Millis $249K SOLD

SOLD

185 Arsenal Street Watertown $489K SOLD

50 Hartford Street Framingham $200K

32 Laconia Street, Lexington New Construction $1.5 million

Carter Drive Buildable Lot, Natick $300K

1 Warfield Road Mendon $449K

702-C Main Street Millis $165K

27 Lake Street Norfolk $540K

SOLD

SOLD

28 Irving Road Natick $705K

SOLD

612 Main Street Millis $209K

SOLD

15 Canali Drive Milford $233K

SOLD

166 Union Avenue Framingham $790K

SOLD

SOLD

31 Elm Street Upton $259K

SOLD

693 Cedar Street Walpole $385K

SOLD

SOLD

100 Boardman Street Norfolk $240K

SOLD

722 Worcester Road Natick $150K

SOLD

20 Edgewood Road Wayland $730k

SOLD

12 Linden Street Natick $225K

SOLD

100 Walnut Street Natick $488K

SOLD

1 School Street Mansfield $268K

SOLD

41 Morrell Street W. Roxbury $132K

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SOLD

7 Walcott Street Natick $535K SOLD

25 Stone Street Bellingham $235K

SOLD

105 Freeman Street Bellingham $270K

SOLD

7 Weld Street Framingham $88K

SOLD

60 Central Street Milford $125K

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

28 Wellesley Avenue Natick $534K

30 Wellesley Avenue Natick $549K

915 Edgell Road #77 Framingham $96K

915 Edgell Road #80 Framingham $92K

SOLD

181 Norfolk Street Dorchester $393K

SOLD

280 Village Street Medway $100K

SOLD

702 Main Street Millis $170K

SOLD

1550 Worcester Road Framingham $185K


Local Town Pages www.millismedwaynews.com

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Team Rice

December 1, 2013

Thank you for making TEAM RICE #1 in Medway! We strive to provide the best possible service for our clients. We will continue to help people with all their real estate needs and look forward to making 2014 another great year! Thank you for your trust and support!

TEAM RICE

Re/Max Executive Realty

(508) 533-4500

TeamRice@remaxexec.com carlrice@remaxexec.com

CARL RICE

ADAM RICE

Top 10 Agents in Medway 2013

Based on Multiple listing statistics for properties sold in Medway between 01/01/2013 and 11/18/2013.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR! Laina Kaplan

Realtor速, CBR

DIRECT: 508-577-3538

Ana Gonzalez Salmeron

Realtor速

DIRECT: 508-314-4394

ING PEND E L A S $225,000 8 Country Village Laina Kaplan

ET STRE C A S E CUL D

$354,900 7 Colonial Road, Medway

#1 in REAL ESTATE SALES in MILLIS

NG ENDI P E L SA

(Source MLS, Most Homes Sold in 2010, 2011, 2012 & YTD!)

$339,000 177 Farm Street, Millis Robin Spangenberg

ING END P E SAL

$319,000 624 Main Street, Millis

Jennifer McMahon & Ana Salmeron

Jennifer McMahon & Robin Spangenberg

$599,900 21 Tulip Way, Medway

$224,900 77 Key Street, Millis

ING PEND E L SA

Laina Kaplan

EN ITCH ED K T A D UP

www.NESIGNATURE.com 800-930-0907

NIT END U

Robin Spangenberg

$219,000 57 Key Street, Millis Jennifer McMahon

ING PEND SALE

$189,900 3 Awl Steet, Medway Laina Kaplan

NT RFRO E T A W

$250,000

108 River Road, Norfolk

Robin Spangenberg/Jennifer McMahon

Recently sold over 10 homes under a few days on Market... Call for a Complimentary Market Valuation of Your Home

CHEN D KIT E T A UPD

NIAL COLO G N U YO

1352 MAIN STREET, (RTE. 109) MILLIS, MA 02054

$389,900 $499,900 3 Algonquin Road, Medway 143 Summer Street, Medway Laina Kaplan

ING END P E SAL

$170,000 2 Adler Street, Medway Laina Kaplan

TES UPDA Y N MA

$329,000

410 Village St., Millis Robin Spangenberg

Jennifer McMahon

F ROO NEW D N BRA

$379,000 39 Ticonderoga Lane, Millis Robin Spangenberg

ING PEND E L A S

$199,900 443 South St #B, Plainville Laina Kaplan

Robin Spangenberg

Realtor速, Homes for Heroes

DIRECT: 508-277-4144

Jennifer McMahon

Realtor速, Broker, CBR, CSP, LMC

DIRECT: 774-210-0898

ING PEND SALE $315,000 31 Heritage Path, Millis Robin Spangenberg

NG ENDI P E L SA

$269,000 58 Spencer Street, Millis Robin Spangenberg

ES 3 ACR OVER

$779,000 148 Orchard St Millis Robin Spangenberg

Medway/Millis December 2013  

Medway/Millis December 2013