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Going Outside to Learn Millis Outdoor Pursuits Class Tackles Building an Ice Rink BY J.D. O’GARA While some Millis teens might sit in class taking notes on a given weekday, there’s a growing group who open the doors and head outside for a hike, a bike ride, to build a fire or create a lean to. These students are Millis High School upperclassmen taking an elective called Outdoor Pursuits, and the class is like nothing most adults would have imagined taking in high school. Their latest project this year has them building an ice skating rink, which other students will be able to use. According to one of the Outdoor Pursuits instructors, Scott Kendrick, the school’s Physical Education Department added Outdoor Pursuits a couple of years ago. It’s goals were to give students an outdoor experience in a physical way, doing activities such as rock climbing, ropes courses and whitewater rafting while building leadership and encouraging a team experience. One student leader is Daniel Gonzalez, 18, who’s a senior. Gonzalez says he took the Outdoor Pursuits class again this year, because “you can go to

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17-year-old Rachel Bolton takes charge of some power tools in putting pieces of the rink’s structure together.

school and actually go outside in the woods and build a fire. It’s different from an average school day,” he says. “At the beginning of the year,” says Kendrick, “we teach the

We teach them wilderness skills and prepare them for wild conditions. This year it was in October that we slept out. It got pretty

cold,” he says. “There’s a lot of leadership in this class,” says Junior Rachel Bolton, 17, who says she really

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The Medway Varsity Cheerleaders are back at it and better than ever. They began the season by once again taking the “Champions” title in the Tri-Valley League competitions, enabling them to compete at the regional level for a bid to the State Cheerleading Competition. At the Regional Competitions held at Dartmouth High School, they placed second, letting them move further up to the state level for a bid to the National Cheerleading Competitions in Orlando, FL. The State Competition held at Shrewsbury High School on November 20, 2011 turned out to be another success. The girls competed against all the regional winners for Division Three and came in third place overall. Their exciting season left them with their desired bid to Florida.

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enjoyed building the debris shelters. “I want to be a leader, and I feel like that’s happening.” The group of about 60 students, who take the class at different times during the week, takes its chances with various projects. Some work out; some don’t. “Our goal is to aim high, and just go after it, and let the chips fall where they may,” says Kendrick. Last year, the group tried building igloos with all the snowfall the area had. The result was mixed success. “This year we’re trying an ice skating rink,” says Kendrick, who notes that earlier classes of Outdoor Pursuits were not motivated to do this project, but this year’s class showed a lot of enthusiasm. “It’s going to be about 100’ x 120’, It’s quite the rink. It’s going to be in front of the school,” says Kendrick. The students have raised over $1,000 for materials through fundraising activities. They purchased three 40’ x 100’ tarps and now have much of the lumber needed. They will also need water and a little help from Mother Nature.

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Under the direction of teachers Anthony Fallon and Scott Kendrick, the Millis High School Outdoor Pursuits class is building an ice skating rink. If the rink works out, other students could use it. Although not all shown, about 60 students take this unique elective.

The rink, according to Kendrick, was basically “the baby” of his partner in the Outdoor Pursuits class, Anthony Fallon. “I used to build these in my back yard growing up,” says Fallon, who grew up in Canton. “I thought it was a nice project for the kids. I was thinking that if we have a group of kids that had skates, they could spend their time out there

skating. We could even get extra skates in here,” he says. Kendrick estimates that the project will probably end up costing about $1,500 in the end, and local groups, such as the Lions, are looking into their coffers to see if they can contribute. “The kids in school will be able to use it, so we will be able to take outdoor Ed classes outside,” says

Kendrick. “Typically during school year, we’re confined in our small space,” says Kendrick. “The premise of the idea was we could at least give back to the school community – do it through team leadership.” Here, Jerry Hernandez, Andrew Allen and Josh Smith work together to place some boards for the ice rink.

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Medway Christmas Parade Best Ever A Look Back at this Season’s March into the Holidays

The Medway Christmas Parade Committee wishes to extend its most heartfelt appreciation and thank you to the following businesses and organizations for their generous donation to this year’s parade! These contributions ensured Medway’s 19th annual Christmas Parade was the best ever! It was estimated that over 6,000 people were in attendance to view the largest parade to date, a wonderful Christmas Tree lighting, a warm presentation of Grace and Fred Rossetti as Grand Marshalls, the joyful attendance by Santa Claus, and a dazzling Fire Works display all helped begin this season of good health, peace and good

will to all people everywhere! Thank You!,

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Medway Auxiliary VFW P.L. Trufant & Sons West Medway Liquors Events EMS Inc. Harry’s Heating & Plumbing, Inc. Kenney & Kenney, Attorneys at Law Liscombe & Parrella, P.C. Malloy Insurance Agency, Inc. Medway Gardens Old Colony Foods, Inc. Reardon Main Street L.P. TBR Associates, Inc. Narducci Homes Ortho/Sport Physical Therapy, Inc. Long Distance Tire & Auto Repair Medway Veterans Bldg. Assoc., Inc. Paramount Industries

Millis’s Annual Tree Lighting BY J.D. O’GARA The sound of sirens once again rang in the holiday season on December 10 in Millis, as the Millis Firefighters and Police es-

corted Santa to the Millis Firefighters Annual Tree Lighting and Parade. The event included a slew of yummy treats and singing by members of the Middle School/High School Choir.

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Santa “floats” through my hometown Medway. Photos by Diane Mela Souvanna

BY DIANE MELA SOUVANNA Medway celebrated the coming holidays with a parade that included floats and Santa, speeches, and a tree lighting. The November 26th festivities began at 5 p.m., and ended with a spectacular, dual launched, fireworks display over Choate Park’s pond. Reflecting on visions of this holiday season in Medway, MA.

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Medway Educators Explore the Bridge to China BY J.D. O’GARA Does the latest technology read like Chinese to you? Well, then, in coming years you might get a Medway student to translate for you. Superintendent Judith Evans and Medway Middle School Principal Armand Mires recently returned from a one-week, grant-funded trip to visit schools in China. The two went to the provinces of Hei Long Jiang and Harbin to take a look at Chinese culture and the Chinese educational system at work. Caption: The Medway Varsity Cheerleaders are heading to the National Cheerleading Competitions in Orlando, FL in March. The team hopes to garner community support.


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The trip, part of a program called "Chinese Bridge for American Schools," was funded by the College Board and the Chinese ministry of education. The two educators were part of a delegation of 400 U.S. educators “What we’d like to do is prepare our students for what is to come – a global society,” says Evans. “We don’t have a Mandarin program

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yet, but we’re likely to start one at some level,” probably middle school, says Evans. The superintendent presented some of her preliminary ideas to the school committee in December. Right now, Medway Public Schools offer French, Spanish and Latin. If the schools were to offer Mandarin, says Evans, they would probably begin with an afterschool program. “I would hope next year we could have some kind of an afterschool exploration, where students could get exposure to Chinese language and culture,” says Evans. “Ideally, when students are learning about a new culture, they learn about all aspects and become more interested. Ideally I’d like to start it in fifth grade, because it takes along time to master a language, so the earlier we start, the better.” Evans and Pires visited five schools (three secondary and two primary) in Beijing and Harbin, China. For more information, check out the blog written by Armand Pires while in China at

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The Friends of the Millis Public Library will host a Yankee Book Swap on Wednesday, January 11th at 7 p.m. at the library located at the intersection of Auburn Rd. and Main St. (Rt. 109). The theme for the evening is non-fiction books. Each participant is asked to bring a new or gently used non-fiction book with a description inside for the Yankee Swap. As always, swappers may also trade amongst themselves afterward while enjoying refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. Please join us for the first Yankee Book Swap of 2012. It will be a fun evening for all! For more information call the library at (508) 376-8282.

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Stone Mill Art Gallery Opens

A Chat with New Millis Children’s Librarian Rachel Silverman BY SHANNON MILES When I visited the Millis Public Library to chat with the new librarian, I was immediately led to the library’s children’s area. I found myself in front of what appeared to be the children’s craft room. A young girl sat working on a picture of a colorful rainbow with cotton ball clouds. She worked studiously, and seemed to really enjoy the company of the woman sitting with her. It was plain to see that, in return, the woman was having fun helping the girl and talking to her. This woman, Rachel Silverman, seemed to fit into her job perfectly.

Shown here, from left to right, artists Heather Greenwood, Angela Aguila Turner and Almont Green.

The Stone Mill Art Gallery located at Medway Mills at 165 Main Street in Medway, held its Grand Opening on Saturday, December 10. Resident artist, Angela Aguila Turner, collaborated with Almont Green to create exciting and nuanced combinations of traditional oil on canvas work with 3D photography. Emerging artist,

E. B. Gargas, delighted the eye with ethereal visions of feline dreams. Work by contemporary expressionist, Jim Plesh, is featured in the Gallery. Sculptures by Thea Macker and commissioned work in pastel by John Greene rounded out the inaugural exhibition.

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Rachel Silverman is the Public Library’s new children’s librarian. Ms. Silverman’s position involves “youth services,� meaning she works as a young adult's as well as children’s librarian. She said she was eager to take the position because she enjoys working with both groups. Silverman does a variety of things in this job. She obviously works with the younger children, doing things such as

story time. She also maintains the children’s and young adult sections. She selects and buys books, and gets rid of those that are not frequently checked out to make space for new selections. She also runs and chooses several programs, like an upcoming bingo night for kids and an animal program called Windows on Wildlife. There will also be a program involving high school kids who will come in and do a Spanish story time for kids in the Immersion program. Silverman grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, and got her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan in Connecticut. After graduating from college, she held a job as an assistant librarian at a school. She later spent a few years working at a bookstore, and also got her MLS at St. John’s in New York. She lived in New York for 8 years, and worked at Queen’s Public Library for two years as a children’s librarian. Now she has come back to Massachusetts and is holding her position at the Millis Public Library. She said she is eager to be

here to see the new library created. Silverman definitely enjoys working with kids. At one point she said, “They haven’t lost their ability to be excited. They’re not trying to be cool all the time, so when something excites them, they get really visibly excited.� She said she also loves children’s books and getting to introduce these books, new and old, to kids. Her personal favorite is Harry Potter. She informed that she constantly re-reads them and enjoys that they are loved by such a wide audience. Silverman also says that she wants to get the teen advisory board back up and running, and teens should contact her if they’re interested. She says she really wants to hear what people like about the library, and enjoys receiving book recommendations. It is wonderful to see this new library being established in Millis. Yet it is even nicer to see people working at our library who so clearly love their job and are truly entitled to it.

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The Cake Bar Seeing Sweet Success in Franklin Food Network Challenge Winner a Native of the Town “We will never leave Franklin,” says Turinese. “We might, down the road, open up new locations, but we would never give up Franklin. BY J.D. O’GARA It says a lot about a community when a new business owner vows never to leave the town. Food Network Challenge repeat cast member and winner Tracie Turinese, along with her partner Angie McMillan, have been so impressed with the support of both Franklin residents and businesses that they have done just that. “The community really has welcomed us,” says Tracie, whose cupcakes, just the tip of a delicious iceberg of beautiful treats, have become the talk of the town. Turinese, a native of Franklin, has strong ties to the neighborhood. She has found support not only from those who have deep roots in the town, but also in a “whole new wave of kids and families who are all so excited and so wonderful.”

The partners have had other small Franklin businesses to encourage them, for absolutely no reason other than to be kind, the two say. For example, the owners of Switch and Terrazza not only gave them business, but both also offered advice and displayed The Cake Bar business cards at their locations. “Franklin has grown,” says Turinese. “It’s a small town at heart. It might be bigger than when I was a kid, but the bottom line is it still feels like a small town. People know each other and they support each other.” “They want to see you succeed. We get that all the time,” says Angie, who says sales have quadrupled what they had expected. Turinese, a repeat cast member

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of the national TV program and winner of the Food Network Challenge, uses 3 cupcake and cake recipes adapted from staple recipes at Pipinelle’s restaurant. These recipes were given to Turinese and McMillan by Ron Bucchannio, owner of Pipinelle’s, and Margie Damelio, Pastry Chef from the restaurant. Prior to opening their business, both women, Turinese on the east coast and McMillan, on the west coast in Spokane, WA, conducted focus groups and taste tests to find the most delicious versions of their cake recipes. The two are a good team. “It’s a good fit,” says Tracie. “I’m more on the artistic design side and Angie’s more operations focused.” Turinese first began creating these edible works of art when she threw a baby shower for Angie and discovered a cake designer in Seattle. “I couldn’t believe the cakes he made,” she says. She then immersed herself in learning the trade. “I like the idea of having the sky’s the limit on the cake side,” says the designer. Sculpting and creating large pieces of art with the cake is my passion. We can pretty much do anything with cake – all that gravity and budget allows!” Angie gets a kick out of seeing the excitement on Turinese’s face when she gets an order that will challenge her skills, such as a recent “Harry Potter” cake. Turinese thrills in creating a custom cake for each customer for events from birthdays to holidays and special

gatherings. The menu is constantly evolving to offer cake truffles, individual cakes, trifles, offering some beautiful standards as well as the hottest trends, such as tiered wedding cupcakes. The latter can include any theme (one was done in sunflowers), and the easy-toserve ensemble includes a top sixinch round for the bride and groom to cut. The Cake Bar can provide a beautiful cake for as little as $45 or create a full-blown 3D sculpture that will leave a lasting impression in guests’ memories and hearts for less than you’d expect. The bakery is a great resource for the party planner, offering an event platter that can combine the customer’s choice of cupcakes, dessert bars and frosting shots. Tracie does advise, however, to call ahead for those custom works of art. “Because they truly are custom, we typically ask for as much notice as possible,” she says. “Truly it is designed for each individual, and therefore we need a little lead time to turn around the cake.” For those who want to try their own hand at the art of cake creation, The Cake Bar offers a variety of classes, from Cake Decorating 101 to Glitz and Glam

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Winter Adventures Are Just a Step Outside Fun Winter Jaunts in the Medway & Millis Area BY SCOTT MAIER, WITH ERICA CLARK Winter weather has fully arrived and so has the wide range of winter activities that comes with it – but where is the best place to enjoy the snow and crispy air? If you don’t have the budget or time to pack your gear and get in the car for a three-hour drive to a nice New England winter town, you could always just step out into your own local turf.

Medway’s Choate Park can be a very nice place to enjoy a walk around a small body of water in the wintertime. There is a very nice path around the perimeter of Park Pond, which takes up a majority of the park. The main access point is right off of Route 109 via Mechanic Street, though there is also a way in from Winthrop Street. This is a short walk with view of

Right here in our local area are a few convenient winter wanders to step, ski or even snowshoe into! Let’s start with Millis. Millis has opportunities for cross-country skiing, ice-skating, and snowshoeing, and they don’t cost a dime! Richardson’s pond, located near the center of Millis on Curve Street, is a small pond that still has ample room for parking and plenty of friends. Clear off a patch to play hockey on, spin in circles or race around with your friends. Millis is also home to Oak Grove Farm. Oak Grove is a large park with main access on Exchange Street (Route 115) on the Sherborn side of town. Oak Grove Farm is over 100 acres of brushy field lands with winding trails twisting around the whole lot. There is a sweet cross country skier’s trail wrapping around the soccer field on the Exchange Street side of the property, but guests can feel free to strap on a pair of snowshoes as well. All types of recreation are permitted in the winter on the trails, and it can be a very nice place to walk your dog to feel the snow crunch under your chosen footwear.

the pond pretty much all the way around. Bring your dog, your friends, or your relatives for a pleasant winter adventure close to home. Mass Audubon’s Stonybrook Wildlife Sanctuary offers wildlife enthusiasts a winter’s glimpse of the life of waterfowl, small mammals, and deer. This park is located in Norfolk on North Street off of Route 115. This preserve has an approximately 1.5 mile trail which circumnavigates an easterly portion of Bristol Blake State Reservoir, complete with substantial boardwalks over marshlands, a natural amphitheater, wildlife viewing platforms, and a beautiful old dam. The trails are great for families and pets; cross-country skiers and snowshoers might have better luck in another spot. Rocky Narrows Reservation, on the Millis/Medfield side of Sherborn, has access off of Route 27 in

the form of a small, gated parking lot. This preservation can be a great place for a more robust winter hike or snowshoe. There are many interwoven trails in this park, a set of train tracks with an old railroad bridge spanning the Charles River, and an amazing rock outcropping high above the river named King Philip’s Lookout where you can catch a stunning sunset. If you’re lucky, you can also catch hobbyists flying remote controlled helicopters from the field across the river. All in all, this spot has everything you could desire in a heartpumping day trip through the fresh powder! Cross-country skiers should consider the steep slope of some of the trails before taking lots of gear deep into the park. For some of the best sledding around, make sure to take the kids to Hospital Hill in Medfield. This spot is named for the street it is on, Hospital Street, near the end that connects to Route 27. Hospital Hill is the sledding spot by which all others in the county can be measured, but do not fear that you will end in this hills' namesake! Watch out for tubers, or a train of sleds four toboggans long. Adults and children alike will find any of the winter thrills they could hope for at this mainstay of local sledding legend. Millis, Medway, and the surrounding areas might not be the White Mountains, but there are plenty of winter activities in the area to satisfy even the purest winter enthusiast, whether you are a student with a snow day to burn, or an adult looking for peace and quiet. Take a look in your own back yard!

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Church of Christ Resumes Free Dinner and Movie Nights The Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange St. Millis, will offer a free monthly community Dinner and Movie Night on Friday, January 20th. The event is sponsored by the Missions Committee and Men’s Fellowship Group and is held in Fellowship

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Millis Breaks Ground on New Library 12-Year Effort Finally Culminates in Move to Build On Saturday, December 17, at 10 a.m., Millis Town Officials, Library Officials, the Millis High School Band and Choir, Girl Scouts and Marine Color Guards gathered to break ground for the new Millis Public Library, to be built on the corner of Main and Exchange Streets (adjacent to Niagara Hall and Centennial Place). Special guests State Senator Richard Ross, Representatives David Linsky and Dan Winslow, and Town Selectmen Andrea Wagner and Charles Vecchi made brief remarks, followed by George Comeau of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Wayne Klock, of the Permanent Building Committee and Patricia Malone Perry, Millis’ Library Director.

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Library trustees and state officials break ground for the new Millis library.

After the formal groundbreaking, children were invited to grab a shovel and be part of history to help make way for the new library. A reception at the current Millis Public Library followed, including gluten-free carrot cake by Millis' newest business, Twist Bakery and Cafe. Millis Community Media was on hand to film the event and Professional Photographers Eileen Nelson and George Trumbour for capturing the event on still film.

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Curtis Lane Sign Once Again Stands Proudly Medway Stolen Sign Replaced Thanks to Neighbors & Franklin Sign Artist BY J.D. O’GARA

the sign 11 years ago, and then to install it for us and do the plaque for free. He wasn’t asking for anything in return.”

In March, the Medway & Millis Localtownpages reported that someone had robbed the historic Medway neighborhood called Curtis Landing of a carved, painted sign neighbors had chipped in to have made 11 years ago. Somewhere, that sign still probably sits in the basement of the criminal who stole it, but residents of the 9-home cul-de-sac are still smiling. You see, they’ve found their silver lining – and a new sign.

Franklin. Cavallaro gave residents a deal, made the plaque at no charge and installed the sign for free. Shown, from

“(Cramer) called and explained that the sign had been stolen, and there’s not much you can do to prevent that kind of thing, so I felt pretty bad about it,” says Cavallaro, “They’re very costly.” The traditional sign artist, who learned hand carving, gold leaf and brush technique at the Butera School of Fine Art over 29 years ago, says that he was able to offer a deal thanks to 3D modeling and his CNC (Computer Numeric Control) router table. “Most sign shops send their carving out. (The machine) allows me to cut all kinds of materials that your average sign shop can’t cut or carve.” Cavallaro was also able to use an extra piece of solid PVC, a waterproof panel that he had in his shop.

for the millennium. We knew that Curtis Landing was a historical landmark. The neighbors really embraced it.”

Neighbors once again pitched in to help the sign again stand proudly. In all, says Cramer, 10 families donated, including a couple that no longer live in the neighborhood and had retired to Cape Cod.

“Rocco at Cavallaro Signs in Franklin (http://cavallarosigns. com) offered to build us a new sign at the same price we paid 11 years ago,” says resident David Balardini. “In addition, he created a nice plaque with all the family names on it and installed the sign at no Neighbors once again show their pride in living at Curtis Landing with a new sign made by Rocco Cavallaro, of charge.” Resident Barbie Cramer had left, are Barbie Cramer, Kathy Russo, David Balardini, Rocco Cavallaro, Jeff Cramer with dog “Curtis,” Lily Gallagher, taken it upon herself to find the Katy Gallagher, Rick Holland and Linda Blood. Not shown in the photo are fellow Curtis Landing residents the Butler family, the Ertmann family, the Myers family and the O’Brien family. sign maker. “It really took me a while to try to find somebody that made signs,” says Cramer. “We were trying to do a wooden sign like we had previously. The reason we did the sign in the first place is that we are such a close-knit neighborhood; we wanted to do something

Friday Morning Storytimes at Medway Public Library The Medway Public Library will offer Winter Story Time for Preschool Listeners on Friday mornings from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m., beginning January 20, 2012. This program consists of stories and activities based on a weekly theme and is designed as a first step program for independent listeners. Because space is limited, registration is reserved for Medway children ages 3 - 5 years old. Sign up begins January 6, 2012 at the circulation desk.

Cramer found Cavallaro at a busy time, when he was tending to a lot of signs damaged from inclement weather.

“He said, ‘I will love to help you, and I will accommodate you by making the sign and donating the plaque with all your names on it,’ ”says Cramer. “I said, ‘That’s super!’ He gave us a very fair price.” The sign artist also donated paint in the same color as the sign

for neighbors to paint the post. “I think it’s a really nice gesture on Rocco’s part, to help out like this, especially when the economy is so bad. It’s kind of nice to get a break from someone,” says Balardini, Curtis Lane resident. “He only charged us what we paid for

“It’s a community thing,” says Cramer, “about taking pride in the community.”

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Franklin Performing Arts Letter to the Editor: Company Announces Auditions for ANNIE January 14th IS IT JUST AN ACT? Opinion:

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The Stock Act (S.1871), Senator Scott Brown’s recently introduced bill to stop insider trading in Congress, would prohibit members and employees of Congress, and Executive Branch employees from buying or selling stocks, bonds or commodities futures based on non-public information obtained as a result of their privileged status. On its face, I would applaud the Senator for exhibiting such boldness and strength of purpose, but in all things Scott Brown, one should examine his motives: pandering to the liberal establishment in an upcoming election year, and deflecting criticism for siding with his fellow conservatives when it comes to tax breaks for the wealthiest 1%, perhaps?

While the introduction of such a bill would be considered laudable, I see it as a cynical move by a cynical politician. Wall Street has, and will continue to support Mr. Brown and his Republican colleagues, and for that matter, any senator or congressman, who is willing to put aside the People's Business to paradoxically serve the interests of Grover Norquist, the Koch Brothers, and Corporate America, which, as we all know, was recently endowed with individual free speech rights by the conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court. As for me, I will support Elizabeth Warren in her quest to unseat Senator Brown. She is a formidable opponent and one who truly is fighting for the Middle Class. Betty Regan 30 Coffee St., Medway, MA 508-533-8841

Medway Lions Bottle & Can Drive January 7 The Medway Lions will conduct its monthly bottles and cans collection on Saturday, January 7, 2012 starting at 9 a.m.; a fundraiser with proceeds used to support community services. Redeemables should be placed at curbside by 9 a.m. Redeemables may also be brought directly to

Medway Oil on Broad Street by 11 a.m. the morning of the drive. Residents are reminded that they may also, at their convenience, place redeemables in the Lions Bottles and Cans shed in front of West Medway Liquors on Main Street. The Lions thank residents for their continued support.

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The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) will hold open auditions for their spring musical, Annie to be staged on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the Thomas D. Mercer Auditorium in Franklin. The show will be accompanied by professional orchestra and the original Broadway score. Auditions for Annie will be held on Saturday, January 14th at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, 38 Main Street. All auditionees should prepare 16 bars of a musical theater song not from Annie. A short dance combination will be taught with no dance

preparation required. Those called back for the role of Annie will be asked to sing “Tomorrow.” Some auditionees will be asked to perform cold readings from the script. Annie requires a large cast of adults and teens in lead, supporting and ensemble roles. Based on the popular comic strip, the musical Annie tells the story of a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents. Her adventures take her from a New York City orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan to a new family and home with the billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace and a

lovable mutt named Sandy. Nick Paone and Raye Lynn Mercer will direct Annie, with musical direction by Hallie Wetzell and choreography by Kellie Stamp. For more information regarding the auditions, parts and a basic rehearsal schedule, please visit The Box Office for Annie will open January 16th. Tickets can be purchased in person at The Spotlight Shop, 34 Main Street, Franklin or by calling (508) 5288668. Tickets are $24.00 / $26.00 / $28.00. Group sales are available for civic organizations.

Electric Youth 2012 to Debut at Showcase Live, February 12th Performing their 2012 in-concert debut, Electric Youth (EY) 2012 will take the stage at Showcase Live, Patriot Place, on Sunday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m. This Valentine’s Weekend show offers a great evening of family entertainment with music appealing to all ages. Accompanied by an eightpiece band of world-class musicians, Electric Youth performs a high-energy, fully choreographed show with an extensive repertoire of classic rock, pop, swing, country, and contemporary Broadway music. EY’s Showcase Live sets will include EY audience favorites by The Beatles, Journey, Aretha Franklin and Duffy as well as songs new to EY by Lady Gaga, Pink, Black Eyed Peas and The Who. Trained exclusively at FSPA, Electric Youth members are se-

lected by audition at the beginning of each academic year. This season’s thirteen talented performers, ages 13 to 18, study multiple dance disciplines, voice, and act-

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and travel experiences. Electric Youth 2012 includes veteran members Giovanna Ferri, Ali Funkhouser, Melissa Mandia and Lucas Melfi of Franklin, Michael Egan of Hopkinton and Erica McLaughlin of Medfield. New EY members are Graham Hancock, Jocelyn Jones, Shaina McGillis, Jillian Rea and Alicia Rivera of Franklin, Jenna McDermott of Wrentham, Sasha Gardner of Sharon. Following 2011 appearances aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and the May release of their new CD “All Amped Up,” Electric Youth is preparing for a 2012 European Concert Tour June 15 – July 8. EY last toured Europe in 2010 when they performed 15 shows in Austria and Italy and headlined the Fourth of July show for the U.S. Troops and their families stationed at Aviano Air Force Base. For the Showcase Live performance on February 12th, doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and a full dinner menu will be available. Tickets can be purchased at the main office of Franklin School for the Performing Arts, 38 Main Street, by phone at (508) 528-8668, in person at the Showcase Live Box Office or through

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Living Healthy New Year Brings New Fitness Goals for Many BY DAVE PASQUANTONIO Sure, you can start an exercise program any day of the year. But January 1 is a magical day. You start with a clean calendar and 52 weeks to measure your progress. So you make a resolution -- you’ll go from being winded walking up the stairs, to losing 30 pounds and being able to outrun your golden retriever. But can you make that happen, and stick to your goal? Generally, without some structure and planning, no -- about half of American adults make a New Year’s resolution, and most of the time we fail. We’re probably not setting the right goals. And although we don’t have to start our resolutions in January, the New Year is still a good time to begin a fitness program. Ashley Butler, a coach at CrossFit in Franklin, says the stereotypical rush to join a gym in January has already begun. “We’ve noticed an influx of people joining before Christmas, which is different than usual,” she said.

Weight management gets people in the door, “but overall, it’s health. They want to feel better, do more, lower their blood pressure,” she said. This past October, CrossFit held a 30-day challenge around the popular Paleo diet, and will be starting a longer, 90-day challenge in January -- “after the bingeing stops,” she said. After two or three weeks, people on the diet are getting over their withdrawals, and the longer challenge will help take the diet from a novelty to a habit. The success factors of the challenge are the structure, the measurable progress, and the continuity -- the participants do better the more they participate. Butler said that in a gym setting, personal trainers give resolution makers structure and accountability. If on January 1 you say you want to lose 20 pounds and don’t have any plan, you could easily fail. And success may not be about a number. “We had this woman come into

CrossFit in August 2010 who wanted to lose weight, and over a year she lost 80 pounds. But she wasn’t measuring success with the number; she didn’t even own a scale. It was about how she looked and how she felt,” she said.

“You might not see the weight loss right away,” she said, “but you’ll feel better, your heart will be healthier, and you’ll be starting to form a habit of exercising.”

Katie O’Connell, a certified trainer at Gold’s Gym in Millis, said that the new year can be a perfect time to start exercising, but for real success, it’s all about small steps and reasonable goals.

She said that people new to any exercise program should figure out what they like to do and what they don’t. Going with a friend or finding a workout buddy at the gym helps alleviate motivation problems. And for some people, maybe the gym isn’t the answer at all.

“The biggest problem is that people jump in and set up huge goals for themselves, when they should be setting short-term goals. And they overdo it, and two weeks in they drop out, and not only have they not gotten any fitter, now they feel like a failure,” she said.

“People say they’re too busy all the time, and if they never come because they think they have no time, even with most gyms open 16 hours a day, they probably shouldn’t join,” said O’Connell. “Maybe they should start walking, or jogging.”

Instead, O’Connell recommends that people set more manageable goals -- get into the gym three times a week, pace themselves, build up their fitness and confidence little by little, take some classes, and then tweak their goals.

And if running isn’t their thing, she suggests activities like biking or snowshoeing. “Both give you wonderful exercise, and you’re outside and getting all that vitamin D from the sunshine,” she said.

Ashley Butler at CrossFit has seen people succeed and people fail. And her advice? “Someone told me that the hardest parts of starting anything are walking through the door, and not giving up. Once you start, keep going,” she said. Once you set those manageable goals, looking long-term but focusing on the short-term, you might work with a trainer at a gym, or do something on your own. One program that some local residents have completed is Cool Running’s Couch-to-5K Running plan. You start by doing more walking than jogging, and over nine weeks of three weekly 30-minute or so sessions, you learn to run five kilometers -- just over three miles. The workouts slowly build in jogging over walking, and they’re manageable, structured, and can be done at any time. Programs like this just might make it onto your New Year’s list of resolutions. You can find information on this program at

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Living Healthy Cataracts and Cataract Surgery

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BY GLEN K. GOODMAN, M.D., F.A.C.S As a local ophthalmologist in private practice, I have been asked, and I greatly appreciate the opportunity, to write an occasional column on current eye care subjects. Whereas cataract surgery is one of the most common-of-all surgical procedures nationally, and is the single most-common surgical procedure which I perform regularly, I felt that this would be an appropriate subject for this initial column. First of all, what is (and what is not) a cataract? The name derives from the Latin "cataracta" and the Greek "katarhaktes"; both terms translate roughly as "waterfall" or "broken water." Medically, a cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside the middle of our eyes. Our eyes are indeed exceedingly complex organs, but nevertheless, they can in fact be thought

of as exquisitely precise focusing instruments, whose purpose is to allow the external world to be focused through the eye and the optic nerves to our brain. In order for our visible world to be clear, the lens within our eyes, which focuses the light, must be free of haze, opacities or swelling. When the lens of the eye is found to have these abnormal findings, a cataract is the appropriate medical term. Accordingly, a cataract is not an external ocular film - a not uncommon misperception. Similarly, cataracts are most-often associated with the normal aging process and, as such, are not strictly a disease of the eye, such as glaucoma (abnormally high eye pressure) or macular degeneration (damage to the central retina). Although there are myriad causes of cataracts, and cataracts can unfortunately occur at birth and in infancy or childhood, for most of us the occurrence of cataracts is a normal accompaniment of the aging process. More-or-less, we

can all expect to get cataracts as we get older. Cataracts require surgical removal when they reach a level of blurriness that interferes with an individual person's ability to see well. There is no "one-size fits all" diagnostic exam which will definitively decide when surgery is indicated. A cataract will therefore be considered "ripe" for surgery at a different stage and time for one person than for another. You and your eye doctor should work together to ensure that cataract surgery is performed when it is indicated for your individual needs. Future columns will discuss the latest developments in cataract surgery and will include information on implants, techniques, misinformation and future developments, such as laser cataract surgery. We are located at 145 West Street, Milford, MA 01757. Ph: (508) 381-6040 • Fax: (50) 381-6050

The first month of the year marks a national awareness month for blood donation. According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds, with over 38,000 blood donations needed every day. The American Red Cross notes that in most states, donors must be 17 years old, healthy and weigh at least 110 lbs. In fact, less than 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood. Type O-negative blood and Type AB-positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all blood types. Both are always in demand and often in short supply. Donors must wait 56 days before each blood donation.

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Living Healthy Ask the Anytime Guy | Fitness Matters Expert answers to your health and wellness questions BY CHRISTOPHER CHARRON QuESTIon: My 6-year old son wants to eat hot lunch every day because his friends do, but I know I could make him some healthier options here at home. Any advice? AnSWER: This is probably an issue that a lot of parents deal with. Sadly, the nutritional guidelines for public schools are terrible, which gives them a license to serve cheap, processed food. That being said, some schools make more of an effort in the area of nutrition than others. Therefore, it really depends on what your son has available to him at his school. Some schools actually offer salad bars and fresh fruit as staples, which is a good thing, but many don’t even go this far. My recommendation would be to pack him a cold lunch as the standard, but then look at the school lunch menu with him and pick out a few days that both of you approve of. This gives him a little control over his own food choices, but also lets you lay the ground rules for lunchtime eating. Ideally, the focus should be on healthful food options, and with careful planning, I think this can be accomplished with a combination of both cold and hot lunches. QuESTIon: Is it wise to include supersets in my workouts and, if so, what are the advantages? AnSWER: Supersets involve performing two exercises back to back with little or no rest in between. And if you’re looking to change up your workouts a bit, they’re definitely worth a try. There are numerous superset variations, but the most common types would be same muscle supersetting or antagonistic supersetting. As the name implies, same muscle

supersetting incorporates two different exercises for the same muscle group. For example, one set of dumbbell chest presses could be followed by barbell incline press. Antagonistic supersetting involves opposing muscle groups, so you might combine biceps curls with triceps extensions, again with no rest in between sets. No matter what type of supersetting you engage in, there are three obvious advantages to utilizing this method of training. First of all, doing supersets saves time, which is clearly advantageous when people want to get in and get out. It also allows an individual to train at a higher intensity, which can produce better results in the long run. And lastly, because supersetting allows for increased workout intensity without using very heavy weights, the likelihood of injury decreases significantly. Give ‘em a try and see what you think! QuESTIon: A couple of my friends have recently started juicing. What are your thoughts? AnSWER: Juicers are quite popular these days, but here’s my take on the whole juicing phenomenon. Occasionally, I’ll meet people that just hate fruit and vegetables. They pretty much avoid them altogether. But interestingly, a few of these individuals have said that juicing seems to work for them. They don’t seem to have a problem drinking their fruits and veggies. If this is the case for you or someone you know, I say “go for it.” However, we need to remember that most juicers remove virtually all of the fiber as the fruits and vegetables are processed. If you add in the research that shows that fiber may provide much of the health bene-

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Living Healthy Ice Skating Safety Tips BY ANNE PARKER We are in the dead of winter. How do you manage to the enjoy the cold? Ice skate! Here are some tips on how to stay safe when you go skating on a body of water. Many police and fire departments won't even indicate what ponds or lakes are safe to skate on. They recommend skating at your local ice rink on Panther Way in Franklin or Norfolk Arena. When you choose to skate on a pond or lake, you essentially skate at your own risk. If you do choose to skate on a body of water, here are a few thoughts to keep in mind, from the Division of Parks and Recreation. How do you know if ice is safe to skate on? It takes at least 5 to 7 days of temperatures in the low 20’s before ice may become safe, according to the Division of Parks and Recreation website. The following rules should be followed to ensure ice safety: • Never assume the ice is safe.

• The only safe ice is at a rink. • Never skate on an untested lake or pond. • The ice should have minimum of at least six inches. • Never skate alone. • Only skate during the day or if an area is illuminated. • Know the body of water, nearby street, and where the nearest location is to go for help.

at stream inflows/outflows, and along streams or rivers. The presence of springs and the size and depth of the lake or pond. The distribution of the weight or load placed on the ice. The signs of expansion cracks. The National Safety Council offers these tips to help you and your family enjoy safe skating. • Wear skates that fit comfort-

• Never use ice for a shortcut.

• Wear warm clothing and rest when you become tired or cold.

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• First and most important: you cannot tell the strength of the ice simply by its looks and thickness, daily temperature, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow.

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January 1 Happy new year! January 3 Storytime! Ages 2-5, 10:3011:15 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 Pajama Storytime, 6:45-7:15 p.m., Medway Public Library, 26 High Street, Medway, run by Medway Girl Scouts, open story time, children encouraged to wear their PJ’s and bring a stuffed friend for snuggling. January 4 Mother goose on the loose, rhymes, fingerplays, music and stories for children ages 0-2 and parents/caregivers, 10:30 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 Free yoga for Kids ages 4-9, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Yoga at the Ashram, 368 Village St., Millis, Pretzel Kids® incorporates traditional yoga postures with fun, imaginative games and relaxation techniques. Space is limited please call to register (508) 376-4525. January 6 Storytime! Ages 2-5, 10:3011:15 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282. Signups begin for Medway Public Library storytimes for Medway children aged 3-5. Program to run Fridays at 10:30 a.m. starting Jan-

January Calendar of Events uary 20. Medway Middle School Ski Trip January 7 Medway lions bottle & Can drive, Place returnable deposit bottles and cans at your curb by 9a.m., or bring returnables to Medway Oil by 11 a.m. the day of the drive or to the Lions Bottle & Can shed outside West Medway Liquors, Main Street. Mother goose on the loose, rhymes, fingerplays, music and stories for children ages 0-2 and parents/caregivers, 10:30 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 January 7 bowling for blindness Prevention, Hosted by the Millis Lions Club, Ryan Family Amusements, Rte. 109, Millis, 7-9 p.m., 3 games & shoes at $15 per person, 50/50 raffle, pizza, snack bar, cash bar & prizes, For more information, call Doug Hindmarsh (508) 376-4318 or Shefali Desai (508) 376-1906. January 9 Friends of the Medway Public library meeting, 7 p.m., January 10 Storytime! Ages 2-5, 10:3011:15 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282

Pajama Storytime, 6:45-7:15 p.m., Medway Public Library, 26 High Street, Medway, run by Medway Girl Scouts, open story time, children encouraged to wear their PJ’s and bring a stuffed friend for snuggling. January 11 Mother goose on the loose, rhymes, fingerplays, music and stories for children ages 0-2 and parents/caregivers, 10:30 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 yankee book Swap, hosted by the Friends of the Millis Public Library, 7 p.m., 45 Auburn Road, Millis. The theme is non-fiction books. Each participant is asked to bring a new or gently used nonfiction book with a description inside. Refreshments provided. Call (508) 376-8282. January 13 Storytime! Ages 2-5, 10:3011:15 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 January 16 Martin luther King, Jr. day January 17 Storytime! Ages 2-5, 10:3011:15 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282. Pajama Storytime, 6:45-7:15

p.m., Medway Public Library, 26 High Street, Medway, run by Medway Girl Scouts, open story time, children encouraged to wear their PJ’s and bring a stuffed friend for snuggling. January 18 Mother goose on the loose, rhymes, fingerplays, music and stories for children ages 0-2 and parents/caregivers, 10:30 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 January 20 Storytime! Ages 2-5, 10:3011:15 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282. Storytime for Medway children aged 3-5, Medway Public Library, 26 High Street, Medway, registration required, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. See circulation desk. Free dinner & Movie night, Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange St., Millis. Dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a family-friendly movie. For more information, call (508) 376-5034 or visit Medway Middle School Ski Trip January 24 Storytime! Ages 2-5, 10:3011:15 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282

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Pajama Storytime, 6:45-7:15 p.m., Medway Public Library, 26 High Street, Medway, run by Medway Girl Scouts, open story time, children encouraged to wear their PJ’s and bring a stuffed friend for snuggling. January 25 Mother goose on the loose, rhymes, fingerplays, music and stories for children ages 0-2 and parents/caregivers, 10:30 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282 January 27 Storytime! Ages 2-5, 10:3011:15 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, (508) 376-8282. Storytime for Medway children aged 3-5, Medway Public Library, 26 High Street, Medway, registration required, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. See circulation desk. Medway Middle School Ski Trip Acoustic Performance with Mark Kroos the winner of Guitar Player Magazine's 2011 Guitar Superstar Competition. United Church of Christ, 142 Exchange St., Millis, 7 p.m., Special Guests Paul Kearnan and Dave Schofield. Tickets $10 advanced, $12 at the door. For more information, call (508) 376-5034 or visit January 28 open House, 12-4 p.m., Yoga at the Ashram, 368 Village St., Millis

Millis to Do Feasibility Study for New Police Station St. Paul’s Property, Library Site, to Be Considered BY J.D. O’GARA

gained by expanding into the St.Paul’s property, to add more space. We’re looking at both of those options to determine where the new station will go. We have to look at the issues such as the dispatch issues. How they would operate if (police and fire departments) were together or separate?”

For just over a year, St. Paul’s Church in Millis, that held its first service in what will be 100 years come September, has been marked by a sign – “for sale.” The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts put the 29,000 square-foot property on the market after holding final services in July of 2010. During this time, the Diocese has offered the site to the Town of Millis for $300,000. At town meeting on November 7, voters decided to hold off on the purchase of the property until a feasibility study for a proposed new police station is conducted. As of mid-December, the request for proposals for the study was still being written. According to town administrator Charles Aspinwall, the study is expected to begin in January and be

completed by the end of March. The town has appropriated $25,000 for the study.

study done in 2003 as to how much space would be needed in a new police station.”

“This (study) is not just on St. Paul’s,” says Aspinwall. “It covers updating a previous feasibility

The feasibility study will consider whether the location of the existing library for another viable

site for a new police station. “If the St. Paul’s site were utilized, that would leave the former library parcel for a potential sale,” says Aspinwall, who adds, “There may be some efficiencies to be

The town, says Aspinwall, had also, as of mid-December, been approached by the school department, which inquired to whether the St. Paul’s building might suit some of their needs, with some talk of an early childhood center. At that time, the school department had not made any sort of commitment, merely inquiring what the cost would be to add this option to the feasibility study.

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January 1, 2012

Holly Jolly Days in Millis

Ellie Costa, Kitty Beaton, Vickie Uttaro and Linda Jones kick off the calorie count at the Holly Jolly candy table.

Patrick Murphy, of Boy Scout Troop 15, raises money at the Holly Jolly Fair for his Eagle Scout project of building a prayer labyrinth at the Church of Christ. He hopes to gather enough funds for materials, such as cobble stones, over the winter and begin digging in the spring.

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Medway Boy Scout Troop 367 and Medway Cub Scout Pack 367 got an early start on December 3 to spruce up the area around their meetinghouse, the Christ Church Episcopal of Medway. Starting at about 8 a.m., 25 kids and 15 adults braved a chilly fall morning to rake, mow, trim trees and take out stumps in the property surrounding the church. The group even took care of leaves in the neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yard next door, according to Scoutmaster Tim Lawton.

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Milford Business Leaders “Go Behind Bars for Good”

Milford Business Leaders were hard at work as their “arrest date” quickly approached in December. Participants, also known as “jailbirds” were doing all they could to raise their “bail” money in time for the Milford/Holliston/Medway Lock-Up to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. “Jailbirds” gathered up their contacts in an effort to raise $2,400 to send three children to MDA summer camp. Residents all over the Milford area were charged by the Muscular Dystrophy Association of having a kind heart. On Wednesday, December 14th, “the MDA police” “arrested” business leaders or “jailbirds” in Milford, Holliston, and Medway and bringing them to jail at Bugaboo Creek in Milford. Once “jailbirds” were picked up at their place of business and brought back to Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse, they had an opportunity to continue their fundraising efforts. All “jailbirds” were seen by MDA’s “judge” and thrown in

“jail” where they could make phone calls in an effort to reach their goal of $2,400, if they haven’t done so already. This is also an opportunity for “jailbirds” to grab a bite to eat while networking with other business and community leaders. MDA would like to extend our gratitude to Brian Maguire and the staff at Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse in advance for hosting this year’s Milford Lock-Up. MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat 43 neuromuscular diseases through worldwide research, comprehensive services and professional and public health education. In addition to funding ground-breaking research, MDA maintains over 200 clinics nationwide. Funds are also allocated to support local informational seminars and a summer camp for kids with muscle-wasting diseases at Camp Allen in Bedford, NH.

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Ashley Jolicoeur, who both coordinate Charles River Bank’s Christmas adoptions each year, were thrilled to be able help these young children. “Charitable organizations like the Salvation Army are an important resource for those who are experiencing difficult times,” said Jack Hamilton, President and CEO, Charles River Bank. “The Bank’s staff is committed to helping those in need, and especially at this time of the year, we are doing what we can to make the holidays brighter for some of our

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Order Seeds Now for Coming Spring BY KAREN O’BRIEN The holidays have come and gone, and the dark days of winter are upon us. One bright note, for gardeners, is the colorful seed and plant catalogs that have been accumulating. Flashy, colorful, and informative, they hint of the pleasures of the next gardening season. Anyone wishing to try more than the run-of-the-mill vegetables, flowers, and herbs that can be found at nurseries and garden centers should investigate growing their own from seed. In particular, heirloom varieties can be a delight to grow, incorporating more flavor, scent and other attributes than can be found with more commercial types. An heirloom has a unique genetic make-up and is the result of many years of evolution. Heirlooms are considered to be the result of saving seed of a particular plant, and growing it year after year, collecting the seed each time. Each year the plant is grown, it becomes more and more conditioned to its environment. The soil, the zone, the weather - all of these combine to create a plant uniquely adapted to a specific area - a type of natural selection, as you would save the best and hardiest of the plants for the next year. These are

what true heirlooms are, and would have been handed down through generation after generation, since it made sense to continue to use a plant that performed well. Seed companies have fig-

the fruits may not last long. They may bruise easily, and they may look oddly shaped. But you will get incredible flavor, and a variety of color and form. Home gardeners do not have the same issues

SEED COMPANIES SPECIALIZING IN HEIRLOOM and/or OPEN-POLLINATED SEEDS baker Creek Heirloom Seeds – – a great catalog and committed to heirlooms ured out that there is a demand for these "heirlooms.” Though their seeds may not have been handed down through generations, these are varieties that are open-pollinated and have been around since 1940 or so. Open-pollination means that if you save the seed, you will be able to plant it and get the same plant next year. In the quest for product stability and standardization, many hybrids – which are the result of combining two separate varieties have lost their flavor or scent. When you grow heirlooms, you may not get disease resistance, and

as commercial growers, who must have crops all ripen the same time, or rely on chemical means to ensure uniformity. I started growing my own tomatoes from seed about 25 years ago. I would read about a particular variety in a gardening magazine, and could not find the plant at any nursery. The only way to have these plants, which sounded amazing, was to grow them myself. I haven't been back to a nursery for vegetable plants since, and I have expanded to lesser known flowers and herbs.

Millis COA January/February Events Circuit breaker Tax Credit There is no other refundable state tax credit that puts more money into the wallets of taxpayers 65 and older than the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit. The circuit breaker tax credit is based upon the actual real estate taxes or rent, paid by a taxpayer who is eligible to claim the credit. It is equal to the amount by which the taxpayer's property tax payments in the current tax year, including water and sewer charges but excluding any abatement or exemption granted, exceeds 10 percent of the

The following seed catalogs are some of my favorites. You can order from the website, or request a catalog. Some varieties may be in short supply, so you need to order early. The only hard part is deciding which type you want to grow – the possibilities are endless. Next month, I will give you some tips and tricks for starting your own plants from seed.

taxpayer's total income, provided that the credit does not exceed the maximum credit amount for tax year 2011 of $980.

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A taxpayer's total income may not exceed $52,000 for a single individual who is not head of a household, $65,000 for a head of household, and $78,000 for a married couple filing jointly. The maximum assessed valuation of a residence may not exceed $729,000. The credit also works for renters. It is equal to the amount by which 25 percent of the

Senator Richard Ross or his representative, will be here on Wednesday, January 18th at 10 a.m. discuss the tax credit. If you are unsure if you are eligible please stop in for the presentation. We will be offering a special lunch this day for a $2.50 donation.

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Heirloom Acres Seeds – d. landreth Seed Company – – the oldest U.S. seed company still in existence Tomato Fest Heirloom – Fedco Seeds – – one of the least expensive, but lots of interesting varieties Seed Savers Exchange – – nonprofit, dedicated to saving seeds

to speak to the seniors of Millis on Wednesday, February 29 at 11 a.m. The short speaking program will touch on the historical nature of the Registry and the Register’s efforts to modernize and computerize the vast number of Norfolk County real estate records. Following his remarks, the Register and a member of his staff will be available to answer individual questions. They can assist in providing information about the Massachusetts Homestead Act and will have a computer and printer that can be used to demonstrate the Registry’s internet website, confirm the status of a mortgage discharge or print out a copy of a deed. Although the Register and his staff cannot provide legal advice, they can provide answers to basic questions, give general information, provide Homestead Declaration forms, and assist in showing residents how the free public access computers work. blue Moon bagels and Cream Cheese Mondays! Stop by and enjoy freshly brewed coffee. Bagels and cream cheese from

nichols garden nursery – m – only on-line catalog for 2012 botanical Interests – Pinetree garden Seeds – – small packets, inexpensive, great for trying many seeds Seeds of Change – Karen O'Brien runs her herbal business “The Green Woman's Garden” in the central MA town of Mendon. She has herb plants, heirloom vegetables and ornamental flowers for sale, runs workshops on various herbal adventures, and occasionally participates in farmers markets and fairs. She is the Development Chair of The Herb Society of America, currently serves as Vice Chairman of the New England Unit of H.S.A., is Secretary of the International Herb Association, sits on the Board of the Greenleaf Garden Club of Milford, and serves as State Advocate for Leave No Trace. She is a contributing author to the latest Herb of the Yearbook on Horseradish, produced by the IHA. Her website is

Medfield’s Blue Moon Bakery are available every Monday. new Strengthening Exercise Class Kim Vareika will be leading our new exercise group. She will focus on balance, abdominal and gluteus strengthening. Exercises can be done standing, sitting or on the floor. Class starts at 12:30 on Tuesday, February 7th. Cost is $3/pp. No sign up is needed. Come give it a try! Foxwoods January 17th and February 21st $22.00 per person Includes Luxury coach, $25.00 Casino Bonus, Buffet coupon worth $15.00 and $10.00 Lucky Seven Keno. Bus leaves Millis at 8:15 a.m. and returns at 5:30. Contact Linda at 376-7051 for reservations. Looking Forward To: Boston To Bermuda Cruise May 18th– May 25th Saratoga Springs Overnight July 23rd-24th For more details call Linda at 376-7051

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Holiday Craft Fair at Christ Church Episcopal The December 3 Holiday Craft Fair at Christ Church Episcopal in Medway abounded with good cheer, great crafts and yummy food. Here are a few of the folks who helped make it happen.

Parishioner Steve Butler donned his most patriotic outfit to sell raffle tickets to none other than a Patriots Game on Craft Day. Here, he pans for the camera with Pat Kalicki (sitting) and Kathy Anderson.

Helen Durkin has the cookie table covered at the craft fair.

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Medway Microfinance Club Promotes African Handicrafts at St. Joseph’s Craft Fair BY RIMA SHEEHAB MEDWAY MICROFINANCE CLUB Muhammad Yunus, the Novel Prize Laureate, economist and creator of the microloan concept once said, “I’m encouraging young people to become social business entrepreneurs and contribute to the world, rather than just making money … Contributing to and changing the world is a lot more fun.” Motivated by this statement, the Medway Microfinance Club (MMC) did just this at the annual St. Joseph’s Christmas Marketplace and Bake Shoppe held on November 19th at the St. Joseph’s Parish center in Medway. Along with small-business crafters, members of the Medway High School club displayed boldly patterned Fair Trade handbags from Malawi and earth-colored ceramic jewelry from Nairobi, Kenya. Standing out in glowing yellow MMC t-shirts, the enthusiastic teenagers shared their club’s mission of helping to alleviate poverty in Africa by giving small business loans to women entrepre-

neurs to build their businesses. The microloan concept of bettering the economic status of women leads to improving the quality of life for children by providing them access to food, education and hope for the future. As a high school chapter affiliated with the Microloan Foundation USA, a non-profit organization based in the United Kingdom, the MMC also hosts “A Cappella Night,” a concert fundraiser consisting of college and high school a cappella groups with refreshments donated by local businesses. Last year’s “A Cappella Night” drew energetic performances from Stonehill College’s Girls from the Hill, Worcester Academy’s Hillpoppas, Wayland High School’s Madrigals, Needham High School’s Fermata Nowhere and Eva Kendrick’s (Voice Studio) Trills ‘n Chills. The upcoming “A Cappella Night” is set for March 30, 2012 at the Medway High School Auditorium. In addition to selling the Members of Medway High School’s Microfinance Club sold products at St. Joseph’s Christmas Marketplace and Bake Shoppe in order to raise money to help finance women entrepreneurs who support their families in Africa.

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Medway, In Gingerbread!

The third annual Gingerbread Festival at the Medway Public Library brought in a number of beautiful donated gingerbread creations from local individuals and groups. Among the delicious donated dwellings were a few that looked a lot like some of Med-

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way’s local spots. We spy some talent among these decorators! To see more pictures of the gingerbread houses, visit http:// or use the link from the library’s events page.

Medway Police Chief Al Tingley accepts a donation from Medway Lions Club President Brian Fox

for the Medway Police Department Holiday Fund, with proceeds to assist the needy families in

Medway. Chief Tingley indicates that the need for local families has increased 25% this year.

Work Continues on Medway Amphitheatre Clearing On the crisp and cool fall morning of December 3, volunteers were back at clearing invasive species from the 4 1/2 acre parcel of land known as the Medway Amphitheatre, behind the Sanford Mill Condominiums near the Charles River. The Medway Open Space committee aims to provide access to the river in this location, says Jim Wickis, Vice Chair, who expects to put in canoe launches here.

Volunteers gathered to clear invasive species, such as multi-flora rose and invasive bittersweet from the Medway Amphitheatre area next to the Charles River. The Medway Open Space Committee aims to provide access to the river for residents. Shown, from left: Ted Lambert, Matt Campbell, Kim Campbell (Girl Scout Troop 74942 Leader), Kim Staley, Erica Staley (Troop 74942), Charlie Ross.

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She Offers People “A Little Bit of Heaven” BY J.D. O’GARA Maureen Kayata was at the top of her career. A Senior Vice President at the fifth largest bank in the world, the financial whiz had climbed the ranks of Corporate America over 24 years, earned a nice income and seemed to have it all. Then, she walked away, toward something even bigger. “It was an internal calling,” says Maureen. “It was such a pull. My belief is you should try to make a difference in somebody’s life every day. I practiced that in corporate, but I wanted to live it every day. I needed to do something that had meaning on this earth, I wanted to make a difference.” Kayata’s mission is to offer peo-

ple “A Little Bit of Heaven.” She chose this name for her new vocation, reconnecting others with their own life purpose, restoring their peace, self worth, self-confidence, creativity and vitality. She uses different tools to remove fears and blocks that have disconnected people from their own divine guidance, blocks that have kept them from achieving everything from weight loss to happiness. Kayata believes that we all have a voice, or guide, which assists us in the direction we need to go. Her own guiding force led her to become a certified in Reiki Master. Reiki is a Japanese form of healing that works with the body’s energy system. Kayata received some affirmations that she had chosen the right path. She voluntarily performs Reiki at hospitals, and in one case, Kayata worked on a two-year-old boy whose parents had been told

he was not going to survive. By the next morning, the boy had made a miraculous turnaround. This was the first of several such experiences. In a different ICU case, Kayata instantly realized that Reiki alone was not going to work. The experience led her to learn reconnective healing and The Reconnection. A healing practice developed by Dr. Eric Pearl that works directly with the cellular memory and DNA of the individual. The Reconnection activates all 12 strands of DNA. Most people are currently operating on only 2 strands of DNA. It helps the individual to launch forward in their life purpose with complete clarity. Kayata often sees clients who have exhausted more conventional methods of healing. “They’re at a crossroads,” says Kayata, and some of them do not want to admit to anyone else what they’re doing, because they don’t understand it, she says. Even Kayata herself cannot explain why her methods work. “I am not a medical doctor,” says Maureen. “I don’t claim to heal people, but what I do is honor the gifts that were given to me by God. I listen to the person, and I meet them where they are,” honoring their belief system, she says. “The miracle comes from within the person and their belief.”


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Among her gifts, Kayata is a medium. From a young age, she has been able to receive messages from deceased people. Growing up in a Catholic family, she kept the gift to herself for a long time. “How do you tell people you get messages that other people don’t see or hear?” asks Kayata. “When people cross, they’re still very much around you, but we are so thick in our grief, or so thick in our belief, that we miss it.” Most people, says Kayata, miss the signs their deceased loved ones send. As a medium, she says, she’s able to give that message of love or healing. “Mediumship is a huge blessing to have,” says Maureen. “I like to say I have two-way communication. I can ask a question and get an answer most of the time.” As if these tools aren’t enough, Kayata is also a Certified Hypnotist. Hypnosis is a very deep, progressive relaxation, says Kayata, “you can help a person reprogram anything at all in their life.”

Kayata has also had hypnosis succeed where conventional medicine has not worked. In one instance, a teenage girl had trouble keeping food down for a period of 14 years. Kayata learned that the teen suspected her sphincter muscle wasn’t working properly. “I got her into a hypnotic state,” says Kayata. “I had HER do the work. During hypnosis, Kayata asked the girl to go in and tighten that muscle. After two sessions, her problem was completely resolved. Similarly, Maureen was able to rid an overweight client of an obsessive addiction to sugar. The result? “She has never had a craving for sugar ever again,” says Kayata. “and she’s lost 50 lbs.” Kayata, essentially, helps her clients reconnect with their confidence and their own internal power. “The fact is, we’re on this earth,

but we’re so entrapped with fears that we can’t accomplish what we want to accomplish,” says Kayata. She works with clients to shift that belief, through hypnosis, angel readings, channeling and healing. “If you can feel completely confident in yourself and step into your power completely, then every person who steps into your path will benefit,” says Kayata. “God made us all so special and unique. I try to bring out the uniqueness of each individual, to be accepting of themselves and work with what they were blessed with.” A Little Bit of Heaven is located at 175 North Main Street, in Attleboro, Mass., at Attleboro Chiropractic Health Center. You can reach Maureen Kayata at (508) 838-0883, email her at or visit her website and listen to her radio shows at

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Middlesex Savings’ Annual Economic Breakfast Highlights MASS Innovation With its high costs of energy and housing, along with its long and cold winters, Massachusetts can never hope to be the headquarters of choice for businesses in search of the lowest possible production costs. But for technology companies seeking a fertile ecosystem where they can grow and flourish, where talented employees and well-provisioned venture capitalists abound, the Bay State has long been – and remains – the place to be. That was the good news delivered by Dr. Patricia Flynn, trustee professor of economics and management at Bentley University, to about 400 executives at the Middlesex Savings Bank’s annual Economic Breakfast at the Newton Marriott this week. According to the Innovation Index, published annually by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the Bay State remains in the vanguard of the ten “Leading Technology States” of 2010. The John Adams Innovation Institute, a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, cites the Commonwealth’s high rankings in such categories as research and development expenditures, venture capital investment levels, number of patents awarded, and the education level of the workforce as reasons for the Commonwealth’s status as an innovative leader. But the Massachusetts competitive advantage is not as wide as it once was. In commenting on those categories, Dr. Flynn pointed out that other states and certain foreign countries are closing the gap. She suggested that the state’s “high tech infrastructure” needs renewed attention from leaders in politics, business, and education. After outlining the positive and the negative aspects of the index’s categories, she stated that a highly skilled and technically proficient workforce, well-grounded in science, engineering, and math, will be the most important factor underlying continued prosperity in the coming years. Early indications from The College Board, cited by Dr. Flynn, tell of a positive trend in preference for science-related education. Since 2007 there have been substantial increases in the numbers Massa-

chusetts high school seniors intending to major in engineering, engineering technologies, and biological sciences. She pointed out that lasting benefits will come from this heightened interest if the majority of those students stick with their contemplated majors and go to work in related industries after graduation. Massachusetts has a reputation for placing a high value on education. In 2010, 45% of the workingage population had at least a bachelor’s degree. Connecticut placed second at 41%, and the national average was 31%. Still, she cautioned, Massachusetts ranks ninth of the ten Leading Technology States in per-pupil support for public higher education. A total of 67 businesses were spun out of universities in Massachusetts in 2008. That placed the Commonwealth second behind California’s 86 in this job-creating activity, but on a per-capita basis Massachusetts was first among the index’s ten Leading Technology States. Other statistics she discussed included: • Research and Development Expenditures: as a percentage of state Gross Domestic Product, Massachusetts invests 7.0% in R&D, making it a national and world leader. The $447 per capital Massachusetts receives from the federal government leads the nation. But U.S. funding of R&D peaked in 2004, and it has not increased in Massachusetts since 2007. • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards from the federal government: Small businesses brought in $268 million for technology development in 2009, up $41 million from 2008 and still first in the country. But the Massachusetts national share of SBIR awards peaked at 18.1% in 2000 and had declined to 12.6% by 2009. • Venture Capital Investments: Massachusetts was second only to California in funds invested by VC firms in 2010, and first on a per capita basis. The amount invested in Massachusetts that year was 15% higher than in 2009. But the Commonwealth’s share of U.S. venture investments peaked in 2003 at 13.8%; a report recently is-

sued by the research firm CB Insights states that in the third quarter of 2001, Massachusetts had slipped to a 9% share and to third place behind California and New York. • Patents: In 2009, Massachusetts ranked first in patents per million residents with 561, compared with the U.S. average of 268. Dr. Flynn concluded by noting that Massachusetts has been facing heightened competition from other states and from many other countries in the science and technology sectors that underpin the innovation economy. It is no longer just the low-skill, low-wage jobs that are migrating to other nations. The skilled and well-educated are finding increasing opportunities to build a prosperous life in countries outside of the United States. Keeping a healthy share of them in Massachusetts will be a decisive factor in maintaining and improving the Commonwealth’s competitive position. Middlesex Savings Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer Brian Stewart also summarized the current state of the U.S. economy and pointed out that a strong finish to 2011 will be important because about 20% of all retail spending takes place during the holidays. Sales during that period rose by 4% in 2009 and are projected to increase by approximately 3% this year. Stewart also commented that energy prices are a “silent tax,” stating that whenever the economy seems to be improving, oil and gas prices rise and put a crimp in consumer spending. Overall, he concluded, the economy is healthier than it was in 2008 and can be expected to grow between 1.5% and 2% in 2012. The leading States of 2010 California Connecticut Illinois Maryland Massachusetts Minnesota New Jersey New York


North Carolina Pennsylvania Source: John Adams Innovation Institute, division of Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Massachusetts vs. the Rest in Key Categories Related to Innovation Research and Development as Percent of GDP (2007 figures)

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Massachusetts first at 7.0% Maryland second at 5.3% Source: National Science Foundation Per Capita Federal Expenditures for Academic, nonprofit, and Health R&d (2007 figures) Massachusetts first at $462 Maryland second at $338 Source: national Science Foundation venture Capital Investment Per Capita (2010 figures) Massachusetts first at $445 California second at $332

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Millis High School Chorus Is Winner in “Glee Give a Note Contest” Millis High School Chorus to Receive $10,000 to Support Music Millis High School Chorus was announced as one of the winners in the “Glee Give a Note Contest” presented by Twentieth Century Fox Television, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and its new Give a Note Foundation. The “Glee Give a Note” campaign, started over 3 months ago, will distribute $1 million to 73 schools nationwide in grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to help save struggling music programs. Millis will receive an award of $10,000 for its music program. “I'm still reeling from the experience,” said Mark Femino, Millis High School’s Chorus teacher. “It's not every day you get to make an announcement of that magnitude to your classroom. They were off the walls with excitement. It gave me such a huge sense of pride to be able to help impact the students in such a positive way.” Chorus students were elated by the news. “We’ve worked so hard this

year so far, and it just goes to show that even though we are a small school, we can accomplish big things,” commented junior Ashley Edmonds. Senior Emily Sabbag remarked, “I am so grateful for all of the people who were voting for us throughout the contest. We couldn’t have done it without their support.” Millis High principal Bob Mullaney said the honor was well deserved. “I am continually impressed by the talent and level of commitment demonstrated by our chorus. They are outstanding representatives of our school. They really earned this recognition.” Students at Millis High School were among thousands across the country who created submissions in video form during an open call for entries in September. In October, the eligible entries were posted on and put up for public vote for one month. During this time, students conducted massive grass roots efforts to win votes for their schools,

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Millis High School Chorus after receiving the news of winning $10,000. Top from left: Kaitlin Doherty, Elsa Hoglund, Kristin LeVie, Brandy Devens. Cameron Raia, Michael Decker, Kyle McGandy, Ashley Edmonds. Bottom from left: Ashley LaPlante, Taylor Hayes, Emily Sabbag, Molly Quinlan, Lillie Greenwood, teacher Mark Femino.

reaching out to their families, friends and communities to get the vote out. Word quickly spread through Facebook, Twitter and local newsletters and over one million votes were cast to help choose the finalists. A panel composed of NAfME members conducted a final round of judging and, together with the public vote, determined the winning programs. Sophomores Victoria Robbins and Kristina O’Connell produced Millis’s video submission and wanted to capture the feeling of family you get when you walk into the chorus room. The sound bites from the students were all real and natural –not at all scripted. According to Digital Media Teacher, Danielle Mannion, “The chorus is a microcosm of the Millis student body; they are all heart! We were honored to help tell their story!” “Music education plays such a critical role in the development of our children, yet its place in our schools is not assured due to dire budget situations across the nation," said Michael A. Butera, executive director of the National Association for Music Education. “Bold and generous acts, like FOX’s Glee Give a Note campaign, validate its importance and bring a sense of hope to thousands of educators and students. We are deeply grateful for the funding and awareness this campaign has created.” Teacher Mark Femino has a number of ideas for the contest

money. “I want to find something that will benefit the greater student body. Something like a more modern piano lab, or music notation software, or equipment we are in dire need of such as amplifiers and cords, but I’m certainly open to suggestions at this point.” To see a list of all the winning schools and view the submissions, visit Glee: The Complete Second Season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 13th and $1 from every sale went towards the Glee Give A Note campaign. Glee: The Concert Movie releases in stores on Blu-ray, DVD and 3D Blu-ray December 20. National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC), among the world's largest arts education organizations, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, NAfME serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school. NAfME’s mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. In June 2011, NAfME launched Give a Note Foundation, a social advocacy organization dedicated to bringing renewal to America’s

embattled music education programs. The mission is to expand and increase music education opportunities for all children, especially those in low-wealth and underserved areas of America. Through strategic partnerships and grassroots campaigns, Give a Note Foundation connects musicians, teachers, administrators, students, policymakers, and community members, and empowers them to fight for music education in children’s lives. About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company. Representing 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions on DVD, Bluray Disc Digital Copy, Video On Demand and Digital Download. The company also releases all products globally for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.

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THE PURR-FECT CAT SHELTER Pet of the Month “Sampson” Is Looking for a Loving Adult Human

Dear Editor, Fellow Medway Lions Bryan Christensen and Chuck Hallett, along with their fellow band mates of Songs for Ceilidh, Jon Jasinski and Scott Price, once again entertained a crowd for a good cause at the third annual Songs for Food benefit concert. Donation efforts totaled $926 in food, non-perishable items and cash. The Medway Lions Club was pleased to once again co-sponsor this event with Middlesex Savings Bank. On behalf of Songs for Ceilidh and Middlesex Savings Bank, we would like to thank all who either helped raise funds and collect non-perishable food items and paper products for both Medway food pantries or made donations and joined us for an entertaining time with some talented musicians. A BIG THANK YOU goes to additional sponsors Famous Pizza, Keystone Liquors, Clean Living, Shear Magic,

Mickey Cassidy's Claudia DiMillo Century 21, Coffee Sensations and Barnstorm Music. Thank you to Spencer Christie, Brian MacKenzie and the student government from Medway High School for donating food from their regular food drive. Thanks to Medway High School seniors Jay Anderson and Colin Ashen for opening up the concert with a performance of their own. A final thank you goes to The Wine House for the wine tasting! The Club has posted pictures from the event on their Facebook Page: Lions.Club.33KMass. Medway Local Access was on hand to record the concert and should be posting the video online soon at Thanks again! Laurie Lafave Medway Lions Club

If you and your family have decided this is the year to expand your family to include a cat or kitten, The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is the place to go. With many cats of various ages, colors, and hair coats there is sure to be one that will fit your family. Many of the cats PCS has available for adoption have extraordinary stories and "Sampson" is no exception. Sampson is a laid back, gorgeous Siamese, who we hope will find his new home soon. Sadly, his owner had passed away, and he was sent to live with other family members. While in their care, Sampson ingested some medication that was lying around. He spent a few

days receiving medical attention at an Emergency Veterinary Hospital, and when the family was unable to pay the veterinary bill or commit to caring for him, they signed him over to the Veterinary Hospital, who, in turn called PCS. Sampson, fortunately suffered no affects of the substance ingested, has received a good report on his blood work and is doing great! The volunteers have fallen in love with him and shower him with lots of love and affection he so deserves. Considering all he’s been through we feel a quiet adult home with no other animals would be purr-fect for Sampson.

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Obituaries MIllIS: delaporta, Richard I., age 84, a longtime Millis resident and distinguished Korean War veteran, died November 10, surrounded by his loving family at the Medway Country Manor. Raised in New London, CT, he was a son of the late Anthony and Christina (Trask) Delaporta. Richard earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received the Bronze Star Medal. Richard was employed with Corning Glass upon returning to the States, and in 1954, married the former Maureen E. Durkin, settling in Woonsocket. He later worked for Metals and Controls in Attleboro, then became Lead Engineer for Star Market, moving to Millis in 1960. Richard later became Head of Engineering for the Massachusetts Hospital Association and Director of Materials with the New England Deaconess Hospital. A Charter Member and longtime supporter of the Millis Boosters, Richard was also a member of the Joseph H. Cassidy Knights of Columbus Council #5231, the Millis Amvets Post 495 and the Medway VFW Post #1526. He is survived by his wife Maureen; six sons, Anthony E. Delaporta and wife Martha of Mansfield, Kenneth O. Delaporta and wife Joanne of Canton, Richard W. Delaporta and wife Monica of Sutton, John V. Delaporta of Franklin, Michael P. Delaporta and wife Teresa of Millis, and James M. Delaporta and wife Linda of Franklin; three daughters, Diane M. Goudy and fiancé Charles Rezzuti of Medway, Carleen L. Farrell and husband William of Medway, Patricia A. Shuker and husband Paul of Millis; a brother, of Peter Trask and wife Jeannie of RI; 29 grandchildren, Peter, Meghan, Richard,

Katherine, Daniel, Aimee, Matthew, Brian, Michael, Diane Rose, Nathan, Derek, Julia, Melina, Thomas, Anthony, Meg, Maggie, Michael James, Joseph, Brad, Joseph, Tina, Mary Kate, Grace, Natalie, Olivia, Richard, and Anthony; and one great-granddaughter, Avery. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 82 Exchange Street, with private Interment following at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Millis Food Pantry, c/o Church of Christ, 142 Exchange St. Millis, MA 02054. For guest book, obituary and directions, please see MEdWAy: McCarthy, dianne M. (Ferguson), 65, of Medway where she has been a long time resident, died Tuesday morning, December 6, 2011, at the Milford Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Born March 27, 1946 in Natick, MA, she was the daughter of the late Oakley A. and Christine M. (Morse) Ferguson. Mrs. McCarthy was educated at the Medfield Public Schools graduating with the class of 1964, and continued her education at the Shepard Gill School of Practical Nursing of Massachusetts General Hospital. Formerly of Millis and Medfield, she had been employed by the Medway Country Manor for over 30 years before her retirement this past September due to her failing health. Mrs. McCarthy was a member of Quinobequin Chapter #67, Order of the Eastern Star, West Medway. A super Mom, she enjoyed quilting and knitting, was very friendly and had a great sense of humor which aided her in her caregiver role. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren.

Beloved wife of 42 years to Raymond F. McCarthy, she also leaves a daughter; Pamela J. Albee of Medway, 2 sons; Glenn C. McCarthy and his wife Peggy of Millville, Colin A. McCarthy and his wife Christine of Medway, a brother Rev. Dr. Kenneth Ferguson of Ashford, CT, and 8 grandchildren; Christian & Lauren Albee, Shaylah, Brayden, Elyse, Drew, Devon and Trevor McCarthy. A Service of Remembrance was held at the Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Miller Street, Medfield. Those wishing may make a contribution in Dianne’s memory to the charity of their own choice. MIllIS: Monaghan, Mary, 89 died on Tuesday, December 6, at MetroWest Medical Center. Mary was born on March 4, 1922 in Scarsdale, NY. She was the proud daughter of the late Leo Monaghan and Mary C. Driscoll. As a child she was educated in NY before moving to Newton, MA. Mary was the loving wife of James H. Monaghan and together settled in Millis were they would raise a growing family of eight children. She devoted her life to her children and grand children along with being an avid sports fan. Mary was a woman of tremendous faith, a prolific reader, and dedicated member of a local bible study group. She leaves behind her children, Susan M. Barry of Barnstable, James “Jay” Monaghan Jr. of Duxbury, Richard A. Monaghan of Hingham, Patricia A. Sullivan of Millis, Peter M. Monaghan of Millis and John B. Monaghan of Medway; Nineteen Grandchildren and four Great Grandchildren. She was also the mother of the late Karen Parcells and Gregory E. Monaghan.

celebrated at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 82 Exchange Street, Millis, with burial following at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Millis. If desired, donations may be made to a scholarship fund in Mary’s name to: Millis High School, Attn: Guidance Office, 245 Plain Street, Millis, MA 02054

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MIllIS: Sommers, Thomas g., Sommers died unexpectedly Wednesday, December 7, at the Milford Regional Medical Center. He was 42. Born in Denver, CO, he was the loving son of Donald G. and Virginia (Biskaduros) Sommers of Millis. He was a graduate of Millis High School, class of 1987, and received his Bachelors degree in computer science from Bentley College in 1991. Tom was currently employed as an Information Technology Professional with Cognizant Technology Solutions in Holliston, where he has worked for over 15 years. He was an avid hiker, and enjoyed going to the gym, playing basketball and softball, and was a 20-year holder of Patriots season tickets. He also enjoyed his motorcycle and time with his niece and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Donald M. Sommers of Millis, his sister Barbara A. Bishop of Millis, 1 niece, Casey Bishop, 2 nephews, Patrick Boie and Trevor Sommers, several aunts, uncles, and cousins. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, December 13, with private burial following at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Additional information and an online guest book may be found at

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Returning Soldiers May Face PTSD Effects Local Help is Available BY J.D. O’GARA In World War I, they called it “shell shock;” in World War II, it was “battle fatigue.” Since the Vietnam War, it’s been referred to as PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and it’s a problem still plaguing a number of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Says Franklin Veterans Service Officer Bob Fahey, “They’re predicting that 30% of those who have returned will suffer from either PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and in many cases, it’s difficult to distinguish.” Indeed, according to a 2009 study by Michael P. Atkinson of the Naval Postgraduate School and Adam Guetz and Lawrence M. Wein of Stanford University predict as many as 35 percent of returning soldiers could have, due to multiple deployments. PTSD can occur by witnessing or experiencing life-threatening events. People who suffer from it often relive their experience

through nightmares, flashbacks, and have difficulty sleeping as well as feelings of detachment. These effects can impair the person’s life, both psychologically and physically. PTSD can often occur in conjunction with depression, substance abuse, memory and cognition problems and is associated with impairment of a person’s ability to function in social or family life. Fahey has seen five returning soldiers from Iraq or Afghanistan come to him to file for service connected disability. These veterans range in age from 20 to 25. Two of these veterans have required the help of residential programs. PTSD, says Fahey, is “a normal reaction to abnormal circumstances. Seeing their friends killed… there’s a tremendous amount of bonding going on between those who are in combat. When you see one of those friends killed, there’s a tremendous impact. The effects of war linger on.” “It’s pretty high among people,” says Millis Veterans’ Agent John Wypyszinski, who spent two tours in Iraq and experienced PTSD first-

hand when he came back, along with a number of his fellow soldiers. In recent years, 68 veterans have returned to the town from the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. “They have trouble with crowds, being out in public,” he says. “Sounds … smells can trigger a flashback,” something as simple as getting bumped into by someone at a store “can cause a full blown panic attack,” he says. Wypyszinski says the stigma associated with PTSD is not as bad as it used to be. He sees the military as trying to stay on top of the problem. He says soldiers on active duty are really being pushed to let someone know if they know someone who has such a problem. He thinks it’s telling that the Marine Corps just “did a big push on post traumatic stress and brain injury.” Wypyszinski also says there’s help for veterans who’ve recently come back. In the Give an Hour program, therapists volunteer their time to help veterans, he says. In addition to group counseling and medication to control anxiety, therapies for PTSD include Cognitive

Behavior Therapy (CBT), which aims to help those with PTSD change how they view their trauma, exposure therapy, which focuses on getting the patient to repeatedly talk about their trauma and gain control over their response to it; and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), which involves focusing on different stimuli, such as eye movements, hand taps and other sounds while or talking about traumatic memories in an effort to retrain the affected person to respond differently to the memory. Some are looking to alternatives, like yoga. In January and February in Millis, the Baba Siri Chand Yoga and Retreat Center will be offering free yoga and meditation to local soldiers and their families for the months of January and February 2012. Visit Fahey and Wypyszinski encourage anyone in this area to seek help from them or directly from the Veteran’s Administration. “In any war, there are vets who come home from war and who are

Page 27 in need of services, but unless they reach out, they’re not going to get the treatment they need,” says Fahey. “Consult your local veterans services officer or go directly to the VA hospital with your discharge papers.” In Millis, veterans can reach John Wypyszinski at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, Room 212 on Wednesday mornings and on Thursdays by appointment. Call (508) 376-7059. Bob Fahey, in Franklin, can be reached at the Franklin Senior Center at (508) 520-4973. Medway is part of the Metro West Veterans’ Services District, comprising Medway, Hopkinton, Holliston and Ashland. Its director is John Givner, who can be reached at (508) 881.0100 x.673, or Local vets can also find help close to home at the outpatient VA clinic in Framingham (508) 628-0205, or the outpatient clinic in Worcester (508) 856-0104, as well as the Brockton VA Hospital (508) 5834500. If you are a veteran experiencing these effects, you can also call Veteran’s Crisis Line directly at 1-(800) 273-TALK, and press “1.”

Millis/Medway Sports Millis/Hopedale Football Completes Historic Turnaround SUBMITTED BY CHUCK GRANT, MILLIS HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Coach Olmsted and the Millis/Hopedale Mohawks just completed one of the school’s most successful seasons ever. Tying the school mark for most wins in a season, this year’s football team experienced a turnaround not seen in this area in over a decade. In fact, one would have to go back to 1999 to find another Super Bowl team and even further to 1994 to find such a drastic transformation within such a proud tradition. Led by captains Jimmy Perkins, Mike Meuse and Connor Sayles, this coop team of merging school cultures Millis and Hopedale, pulled off the improbable when they earned themselves a spot in the MIAA Division 4 football play-offs. Coming off a big win on Thanksgiving over archrival Medway High School, the Mohawks prepared themselves for a very tough opponent in Mashpee High School. Mashpee HS came into the play-offs with a record of 10 –

0 as members of the South Shore Conference. The two teams shared one common opponent in Carver High School. The Mohawks played Carver High School as one of their early season non-league opponents. Both Millis/Hopedale and Mashpee posted victories over Carver. The Mohawks brought plenty of supporters from Millis and Hopedale. It was an outstanding showing from all communities involved. The game was played at Taunton High School amidst mild temperatures and the remnants of an earlier passing rainstorm. Overall the playing conditions were near perfect. Mashpee jumped out to an early 16 – 0 lead before the Mohawks answered with a score of their own. Bay Tangney hit Derek Latosek in the end zone near the end of the first quarter to put the Mohawks on the board 16 – 6. Mashpee would strike again before the end of the half to make it 24 – 6. Millis/Hopedale received the

second half kick off but the relentless Mashpee attack proved too much for the Mohawks. Both teams would score again but unfortunately the Mohawks fell short. Jimmy Perkins ran one in after Bay Tangney worked the offense down the field with a most courageous effort. Tangney scrambled and willed his way down the field as the offense did everything in their power to muster up another score.

The final result was Mashpee 30 and Millis/Hopedale 12. With many starters returning next year, the future certainly looks bright for Mohawk football. Millis and Hopedale should be very proud of the high quality team they have become. Post season accolades included: 2011 Tri-Valley League Small Division Champions, Tri-Valley League Small Division Coach of

the Year Dale Olmsted, League MVP Jimmy Perkins, League Offensive MVP Jimmy Perkins, League Defensive MVP Mike Meuse, League Lineman of the Year Jon Baker, Boston Globe Division 4 Coach of the Year Dale Olmsted and Boston Globe and Boston Herald All Scholastic honors to Jimmy Perkins. League all stars included: Mike Meuse, Connor Sayles, Jimmy Perkins, Bay Tangney, Ian Strom, Jon Baker.

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Millis/Medway Sports Where Are They Now? Tattoo Reminds Rezzuti Of Millis’ Gridiron Glory BY KEN HAMWEY Staff Sports Writer Matt Rezzuti is proud of the tattoo on his right calf. The Mohawk Indian is a constant reminder of Rezzuti’s days at Millis High, and it specifically reinforces how low Rezzuti was before he requested it and how high he got after it became part of his body’s landscape. The 5-foot-9, 150-pound Rezzuti will always be part of Millis’ Super Bowl lore. As a sophomore, he

took the quarterback reins halfway through the 1993 season and suffered through a 1-9 campaign. The next season, however, Dave Sperandio became the Mohawks’ coach and things changed. So did Rezzuti. Running the option in a multipleI formation, Rezutti caught fire, leading Millis to a 10-1 season that included a Super Bowl triumph, a 28-6 decision over Trinity Catholic. “I lived and breathed Millis

sports in high school,” said Rezzuti, who also played basketball and baseball. “I saw Millis games when I was a kid playing in Pop Warner. And, I always dreamed that I’d quarterback the football team. It was a love affair. I’d often get scolded in class because I’d be looking out the window, staring at the football field.’’ After that dreadful 1-9 season, the tattoo was engraved. The next year, Rezzuti would gaze at the Mohawk logo on his leg and see the 1994 Super Bowl trophy. His mission was indeed accomplished. “The Super Bowl was my top thrill,” Rezzuti said. “I rushed for a touchdown in the fourth quarter but what was more important was how that season united the town. There were signs on lawns and wherever we went, people knew who we were.’’ Rezzuti, who could pass and instinctively direct an offense, had a magical season in 1994. He passed for 760 yards, rushed for 302, had 8 TD passes and rushed for 5 touchdowns.

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A tri-captain, Rezzuti collected his share of awards after his three varsity seasons (Millis went 8-2 in his senior year). He was twice named to the Daily News and Tri Valley League all-star squads, was the Middlesex News MVP, Millis MVP and the defensive MVP in the Metrowest All-star game. Rezzuti also excelled on defense in basketball where he played three seasons as a reserve point guard.

Matt Rezzutti (shown, #42) proudly remembers his experience with the Millis Mohawks.

“Defense was my strength,” Rezzuti said. “Our best season was my senior year when we lost to Arlington Catholic in the state finals. Tom Ingraham was our coach, a quiet but intense motivator.’’

Now 34, Rezzuti, who married his wife Erika in October, rates his father (Frank) as his role model for his encouragement. But, his favorite personality is Jim McMahon, the former Bears quarterback.

Rezzuti played three seasons at shortstop in baseball and the cocaptain hit .300 his senior year. A TVL second-team all-star, he helped Millis qualify for the playoffs his junior year. He later played three seasons for the Medfield Legion and hit .400 every year.

“I’ve got no regrets,” said Rezzuti, who was Sperandio’s quarterback coach in 1999, the year Millis beat Greater Lowell in the Super Bowl. “I loved the small-school atmosphere at Millis, and I had great coaches and teammates. It was close-knit.’’

Rezzuti enrolled at Bridgewater State and started four games at quarterback as a freshman. He tore his medial collateral ligament in his first practice as a sophomore, then was shifted to cornerback as a junior. He had 4 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and 32 tackles.

In his leisure time, Rezzuti plays drums for two bands, one of which includes his brother Bryan, who coaches Millis’ defensive line. Rezzuti isn’t afraid to make noise when he beats the drums, and he wasn’t afraid to get loud on a football field. He was 18-3 his last two years, and he has two Super Bowl rings to show for it.

“I left college after my junior year,” he said. “I first worked for my father’s insulation company but now work for Metro Insulation, a firm in Roslindale.’’

And, a tattoo.

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Millis/Medway Sports Medway Aiming for 3rd Straight Title In Boys Basketball BY KEN HAMWEY Staff Sports Writer

fense. As Rojee says: “We’ll be gritty, not pretty.’’

The boys basketball team at Medway High would like to score a hat trick this year.

Senior co-captains Pat Sheehan and Connor Flanagan will key chips for the Mustangs if they’re to replicate another first-place finish. Sheehan, who averaged 10 points a game last year, is a 6-foot guard and Flanagan is a 6-foot-3 center.

Two years ago, coach Jason Rojee’s Mustangs rolled to the Tri Valley League title by finishing 180, and last season his forces posted a 17-1 conference record, sharing the crown with Hopkinton. To capture the league championship for the 2011-12 campaign and make it three consecutive firstplace finishes, however, will take every ounce of energy the Mustangs can muster. And, Rojee is acutely aware how competitive the TVL is and how capable its coaches are. “The TVL is a great defensive league,’’ Rojee said. “Rarely does the conference’s leading scorer average 25 points a game. Also, the league’s coaches are adept at controlling other teams’ strengths. This year’s pennant race will involve just about every team in the league. I don’t see any one team dominating and I think this season’s champ will have two or three losses.’’ Medway won’t have last year’s league MVP, Joe Henry, returning and it will also be without key operatives like Matt Ford, Matt Zajac, Mike Ozella and Kyle McSweeney. They’ve all graduated but before they checked out, they took the Mustangs on a nifty tourney ride, beating Hanover, Bishop Stang and Bishop Feehan before losing in the Division 3 South Sectional to Cardinal Spellman. “Some of our starters lack experience and our bench needs to gain experience,’’ Rojee said. “Our strengths will be size, athleticism, starters who can score and not relying on one player.’’ The Mustangs will be banking on an up-tempo offense and also will count on pressure man-to-man de-

“Pat is a great shooter and solid defender,’’ Rojee said. “His jump shot is effective and he can also distribute the ball. Connor is physically strong and a quality rebounder. He’s not one of our major scorers but he can muscle his way to the basket.’’ Senior guard Tim Mullen (6-3), junior guard Matt Ozzella (6-4) and junior forward Wes Jursek (64) round out the starting five. Ozzella managed 10 points a game last year off the bench and Jursek was a solid reserve who scored eight points and had seven rebounds per outing. “Matt is an all-around player who is a slasher,’’ said Rojee, who has guided the Mustangs to three TVL titles in five years. “He can handle the ball, shoot and drive. Tim is solid on offense but he needs to work on his defense. He’s got a very effective jumper. Wes has energy and he can play an inside game. He shoots well from the outside and has a good drop-step move. He tends to play strong in big games.’’

Shown, Coach Jason Rojee with his 2 captains -- Connor Flanagan (15) at left and Pat Sheehan on the right.

brother Andrew is a dependable rebounder and passer.’’

but should rejoin the club soon. Both are guards.

Seniors Tom Danehy (forward), Jimmy Lambert (forward) and Brendan Quinn (guard) provide depth and leadership. Danehy is strong, Lambert is athletic and Quinn can shoot. Senior Joey Bonarrigo and junior Mike Barry are both dealing with foot injuries

“It’s going to be an interesting fight for the league title,’’ Rojee emphasized. “No team should be viewed lightly. Take Bellingham, for example. They’ve got T.J. Chiappone coaching them now, and as the season goes forward, they’ll be a difficult team to contend with the

second time around.’’ Last year’s co-champs are also a solid example of well the TVL prepares teams for the tourney. Hopkinton won the Division 2 Sectional title and Medway lost in the Division 3 Sectional final. “There’s no doubt,’’ Rojee said, “that the TVL prepares teams well for post-season competition.’’

Rojee has reserves who all bring something to the table. Andrew Henry, Justin Kaplan, and Connor Guiou are guards, Jason Dunston plays forward and Andrew Rojee (brother) is a back-up center. “Andrew (Henry) has a nice shot, Justin possesses outstanding court sense and can handle the ball, and Connor is a strong defender on the wing,’’ Rojee said. “Jason has a quick first step, a capable slasher who has an okay shot. And, my

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If you live in Millis and aren’t sure where Holbrook Square is, just look for the spanking new sign, donated by Northeast Signature Properties, LLC. The new sign was erected on December 13, and it faces Holbrook Square, which is the intersection of Curve, Exchange and Plain Streets. It is located on the same grass triangle as the WWI Memorial, opposite the American Legion Post 208.

McMahon noticed that the sign at Holbrook Square, opposite American Legion Post 208 and Tedeschi’s, had deteriorated over time. The company contacted the Selectmen’s office about replacing the sign. The resulting new sign, black and white, is reflective, which

Rajan has a BBA Degree from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY and an MBA from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

“We just wanted to give back to Millis and support the town that has been great to us,” says Jennifer McMahon, owner of Northeast Signature Properties. McMahon says that in these tight times, her company plans to “try to do more and more” projects such as this Keeping the Town Beautiful: On December 13, the Town of Millis got a new sign for Holto strengthen the brook Square, courtesy of Northeast Signature Properties, LLC. Shown, from left, are town. Along those Laina Kaplan, NE Properties owner Jennifer McMahon, Joyce Verno and Kathy Gruttadauria. lines, the business recently donated water will allow for better visibility at to Millis Youth Basketball and will night. be sponsoring a golf tournament for the Millis Police Association in AuAccording to archived informagust. tion on Millis’ former website, Holbrook Square was once known McMahon, born and raised in as Post Office Square, and it was Millis, originally opened her busionce the location of Partridge Hall, ness in Wrentham in August of where town meetings were held 2009 but brought her operations to until it burned in a suspicious fire 1352 Main Street in Millis. “We Whether you’re in 1892. Later, Fuler Department found a great location on Route store was built on the remains of looking for: 109,” says McMahon. “I knew a lot Partridge Hall, the site of which of people in town, and it just retail storefront, now houses Tedeschi’s.

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