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Norwood ‘Boys’ Celebrate at Frozen Fenway with Matt Brown BY TIM DAVIS It was a perfect January night, as Matt Brown and the Norwood Boy’s hockey team came out of the Fenway Park tunnel on the third base side to a jubilant crowd of several hundred fans, awaiting the Mustangs and the Revere Patriots, for a hour long scrimmage on the ice of the fabled old ball field.

BY DORIS DICKSON When their contract expired and with a 68-2 vote some 90 CertainTeed workers, represented by the Teamsters Local 25, made a decision less than a week before Christmas to go on strike. CertainTeed (previously Bird Roofing) is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, a French multi-national corporation. There are actually two facilities in Norwood – the “crusher” facility, that grinds and colors stone material for both shingles and solar products, and the production facility, a short walk across Pleasant Street.

“It was something I will never forget!” said Brown after the game. “When I got on the ice and was looking up at Fenway Park and the Monster, and seeing everyone skating around with a smile… it was something special.” The game was conducted as a fundraiser for Matt Brown’s charitable organization, the Brownie Points. And certainly was a once in a lifetime experience for the kids from Norwood. “It was awesome,” said senior defenseman Austin Glaser. “Once in a lifetime opportunity… it was something I am so glad I got to experience with the teammates I have right here. Thank God for Matt Brown, he is the one who got us here.” For star goalie Jordan Davis, it was an indescribable experience that he will never forget.

Park,” said Davis. “Just how many times are you going to get to do that.”

“I can’t describe how awesome that was, just playing at Fenway

As the kids took the ice, and the bright lights from above the park

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“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him. He (Brown) motivates us, he makes us play that much harder.”

“That meant a lot,” said Davis.

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Residents Argue, Selectmen Postpone Decision on Asphalt Co. BY TIM DAVIS

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The four-year battle between Norwood residents and the Norfolk Asphalt Co. continued during a three-hour public hearing, on Tuesday, Jan 10.

Trombley argued that the bylaws and research showed in court did not prove legally that the asphalt was indeed hazardous. Residents responded to the ruling by

The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to postpone their decision to grant a license for the Norfolk Asphalt Co., to increase their storage capacity at their Pleasant St. location. Representing the Norfolk Asphalt Co. at the hearing was President Gerald Lorusso, he was joined by a rep- Tim Higgins – pointing to the stormceptor in question resentative from the Edgewood Development Co., forming a task force; they claimed Tim Higgins. The two have been that there is no proof that the fumes in litigation since 2006, over the re- from the plant and trucks will not opening of the plant that has lied interfere with residents and their dormant on Pleasant Street since children’s health in the future. 1989. One resident at the hearing In 2008, Justice Charles W. stated, “I feel like Norwood has Trombley ruled in favor of the failed us, I have asthma and my Norfolk Asphalt Co. in a court of daughter has asthma… please appeals in response to the Town of think of us.” Norwood’s Zoning Board of ApDuring the hearing, the Norfolk peals the original denial of the Asphalt Co. announced that they Norfolk Asphalt’s Co. request to were reducing their initial storage re-open, based on the presence of request by 42% in order to appease hazardous materials in a residential the residents concerns about pos-

sible pollution to the area during operation. Each selectmen, during the hearing, brought a variety of concerns to the attention of the asphalt company, claiming that traffic liabilities, hours of operation, drainage, and even unsightly tanks would decrease the quality of life for the residents in the area. “How about not turning Norwood into a tank farm,” Selectmen Helen Donahue said to Lorusso. “ I don’t want Norwood to become New Jersey.” Susan Perry, a local resident, voiced her concern about the unsightly tanks that would be placed at the facility. “I don’t like the tank farm, don’t start a precedent,” said Perry. “My house is going to be devalued… I think we have choices.” One of the underlying issues at the hearing, was that the asphalt company was concerned about the ruling of a stormceptor system that needed to be listed at 200 feet from

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grant a license, something the Norfolk Asphalt Co. has already won in court.

The NCC has the right to appeal the ruling of the asphalt’s company’s license, if the stormceptor lies within 200 ft., potentially sending both the town and the asphalt company back in court.

“In order to make stipulations, we have to grant a license,” said Lyons, who also admitted on numerous occasions that smaller tanks would lead to more truck traffic throughout the neighborhood.

Higgins reiterated many times during the hearing, that the Norfolk Asphalt Co. did not want to continue a legal battle. “We’ve been in litigation for four years, and we ask not to put us into court,” said Higgins at the hearing. Selectmen Chairman Michael Lyons told residents several times during the hearing that in order to make stipulations to the business in question they would need to

Selectmen William Plasko, also stated to the residents, that the Town of Norwood has done all they could in order to prevent the asphalt company from returning to the Pleasant Street neighborhood. “The town has done everything it could, we appealed at every level,” said Plasko. “We fought it all the way.”

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(paid for by CertainTeed), who are there for safety as well as to enforce the locks placed on the facility gates. So, why are the employees striking? Is it about wages? The employees say “no.” They say the hourly wages range from $16 – 20 per hour. Is it about safety? No, union representatives say there are no safety issues under negotiation. Is it about the Retirement Plan? Currently, employees are covered with an hourly contribution to a defined benefit pension plan sponsored by the Teamsters Union. One of the recommendations offered by the union to cut costs was to offer a “Plan B” that would save CertainTeed approximately $1.25 per hour, per employee but would not reduce member benefits. Is it about Health Insurance? Yes, this is where employees and the union disagree with CertainTeed. Currently, employees participate in the Teamsters benefits plan (continued during the strike by the union) that includes a full-service, comprehensive, Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan, vision, dental and short-term disability bundle. They pay $216

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a month for individual or family plans. They have offered to pay more in order to maintain their current benefit levels. Because the plans are self-insured, the Teamsters are able to control costs as well as project costs/premiums out three to four years. Members say CertainTeed has proposed replacing the Teamsters plan with a significantly less comprehensive Cigna health insurance plan with limited options for vision, dental and short-term disability. They are calling it a “transition” in that the new premiums (which are not projected out three to four years) will be phased in over a four-year period. Premiums would be based on individual, individual plus one, and family plan coverage. No premium projections for this plan are available for which members would pay 20% of the premium in the 4th year. The Cigna plan does not appear to meet the Massachusetts Minimum Credible requirements. For example – members say it does not include mental health benefits (required by Massachusetts law). In addition, it has a lifetime maxi-

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tainTeed has halted production at the facility – in fact, the gates are locked. According to Mr. Loughery, “In order to meet customer demand, we are sourcing product from our other facilities, although it is our preference to restore production at Norwood and put our employees back to work while we continue negotiations with the union.” However, the union says there are currently no new meetings scheduled. "As the strike against CertainTeed enters the fourth week our members remain strong and focused," said Sean M. O'Brien, president/principal officer. "We've been on strike through the holidays and some of the coldest days this winter, but even as the temperatures drop our spirits remain high as we fight for what's right. Our issue remains a quality health insurance for our workers who often endure difficult working conditions at the plant. We know that homeowners and contractors have a choice when they buy roofing supplies and ask that the public refrains from purchasing CertainTeed products at this time." The employees want people to know, they are not union “thugs” and they do not want anything for free. They just want good quality healthcare for themselves and more importantly their families.


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Americans Say They Feel Less Confident About Retirement Now Than In 2010 You may find that your unease about financing your retirement is beginning to increase as the outlook on our economy stays gloomy, and according to a study commissioned by Ameriprise Financial, you are not alone. The New Retirement Mindscape® 2011 City Pulse index examined the 30 largest U.S. metropolitan areas to determine where consumers are the most prepared for and confident about retirement. The results show that while three quarters (75%) of Americans say they’ve taken steps to prepare financially for retirement, the economic uncertainly that has persisted over the past year may be taking a toll on people’s emotions. A mere 18% of respondents surveyed say they believe they’ll achieve their dreams in retirement, down significantly from 21% who shared this sentiment in 2010. Likewise, when asked how they feel about this stage of life, more Americans express negative feelings than did so last year, including the number who say they feel worried (24% vs. 21%), anxious

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Friends of Norwood Center Welcomes New Manager, Kim Weineck BY TIM DAVIS The Friends of Norwood Center (FNC) recently hired local artist Kim Weineck to head up the creation plan for developing the downtown Norwood community. The FNC is a non-profit organization working to develop, build and strengthen the downtown experience and improve the vitality of the entire community.

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“We strive to be a voice supported by merchants and residents to make Norwood Center relevant and vibrant,” said Weineck, whose

position with FNC is Downtown Manger. The Friends of Norwood Center is in its inaugural year and was developed by local merchants in the area. The immediate goal is to build up the Norwood Center network with a series of activities and events to promote the downtown assets and growth. “As Downtown Manager, my goals for the upcoming year are to have an active and involved membership in the Friends of Norwood Center,” said Weineck, “and to bring people downtown to enjoy our Town Center through a series of activities and events for both merchants and residents.” The Friends of Norwood Center is currently looking to gain information and meet with local businesses to help address their concerns and needs as a community.

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sociation, the Neponset Valley Artists. “We’ve been painting together for ten years as the (NVA); we are an accomplished group of painters and support system.” said Weineck of the artists. Weineck also teaches art classes at Custom Art Framing on Tuesday nights, for which she welcomes all who are interested in art.

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Dani's Barber Shop Keeps Olde Time Feel many don't even mind waiting because they will likely run into someone they know and are welcome to join in on the ongoing discussions within the cozy shop. The old-fashioned barber shop. You don't spot many of those anymore. And you certainly don't see economical prices. Not at Dani's Barber Shop in Norwood. The barbershop itself, formerly Terry's Barber Shop for over four decades, and more recently John's Barber Shop, has been a popular mainstay in Norwood. Recent owner Danielle Patchett, has retained its successful standard keeping everything unchanged, even the fees. The rates at Dani's Barber Shop continue to offer the best value in town with men's cuts at only $14, and $10 for seniors and all buzz cuts. They also offer straight-razor face and head shaves.

Although Patchett is a recent newcomer to Norwood, she has diverse experience in her field. She has dual licenses as a stylist and barber and worked for ten years at a day spa in Franklin, servicing both men and women clients. She has been well received in town having worked at this shop for the past year and purchased the business a month ago. She looks forward to further building her customer base in Norwood for a long time to come. "I love Norwood," Patchett said. "The clientele is very nice." Dani's Barber Shop is located at 520 Washington St., across from St. Catherine's Church (The billboard may still read John's Barber Shop, but Dani's sign is on the door). It is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. There is plenty of on-street parking and a bus line in front of the shop. Stop in anytime, for a cut, shave or just to say hi. Dani would love to see you!

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Freezing Time BY NEW PARENTING COLUMNIST COLLEEN REYNOLDS OPINION When we welcome the New Year, it is human nature to take a pause. Not only to look forward and think about how we want to change, but to look back and think about where we have been. Having children can make this especially poignant… Children change so fast. The differences from year to year, sometimes from season to season, can be startling. I can flip though pictures of New Years Eve’s over the past couple of years, and not notice much of a difference in my appearance. There are even years when I have dusted off the same sparkly shirt. Maybe my hair is a little shorter or longer, but overall, I look pretty much the same, but the kids…. The kids look so different. They can change a clothing size (or two) within a year’s time. They can go from a pudgy baby to a busy toddler. One year they are playing with new Legos and the next a new iphone. We get so busy, and

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and my sisters and cousins only show half of our faces, or just us from the knees down, but they are still special pictures. They are a strange, smallish square with rounded corners. The date is printed across the back. And we can hold them in our hands, smell the strange chemicals that still slightly linger. My kids think they are hilarious. Our clothes are weird, our hair is weird, the toys we excitedly opened under our “cheesy “ tree are “lame,” but we all love looking at them. We couldn’t delete an unflattering shot, or edit out the red eyes. We had to drop off the film and wait a week. Sometimes the roll was full of “bad shots” and sometimes there was one gem from the roll. One picture that was so great, so special,

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Local Pastor Heads to Honduras for Mission BY TIM DAVIS Pastor Norm Bronson, from Norwood’s First Baptist Church, recently left for a missionary trip to Honduras to help build an orphanage and start a school for trained Pastors. The FBC raised funds from a local fair in December, to send Pastor Norm and parishioner Jerry Cox, to Honduras for two weeks. “I love helping others and this time I get to do a lot for others,” said Pastor Bronson. Pastor Bronson serves on a board in association with the American Baptist Churches of Mass, which formed the Honduras mission in 2002. Since then, Pastor Bronson has helped build an orphanage and a training school for native Pastors, on 23 acres of land that had been donated.

end,” said the Pastor. “ I believe Jesus won’t let that happen.”

As well as preaching on his mission, the Pastor will be teaching two courses to Honduras clergymen in hopes of raising the literacy rate in the underdeveloped country.

The Pastor will be sending back a report of his trip, which will be posted online at Norwoodtownnews.com, please visit our site and support Pastor Bronson on his trip.

“You wouldn’t believe how poor these people are,” said Pastor Bronson in a recent interview before his Jan. trip. Pastor Bronson is also the President of the Norwood Rotary Club, and will be bringing down a check for the Honduras Rotary Club, from funds raised in Norwood. “I just ask folks to pray for us on our trip,” said Pastor Bronson.

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“We had a great time visiting the Franciscan Friars hospitals last time,” said Pastor Bronson. “They have one of the finest hospitals in Honduras.”

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The Heart Truth BY KIERSTEN BARRY

National Heart Awareness Month?

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Every year during the month reminiscent of sweethearts, truffles, and love, we celebrate the heart, but not necessarily in the way we should.

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Whether by sheer human nature, ingrained tradition, or Pavilion theory, Valentine’s Day brings to mind images of pink and red, confectionary treats, and all things associated with cupid. Our minds become clouded; euphoric bliss sets in at the first sight of chocolate hearts, the sweet scent of roses and the anticipation of butterfly kisses on February 14.

Heart disease is the number one fatality of Americans. Heart disease may be the number one fatality of Americans, but it takes more women every year than any other disease primarily because so many women do not know they are at risk. Women as young as twenty-five who appear healthy, exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet are presenting with increasing incidents of heart attacks and earlyonset heart disease. The heart is much more than a

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symbol of love, it the center of our life carried through generations. It is the first sign of life new parents wait to see on an ultrasound, the faint pulse we feel when holding the wrist of a loved one and the quick flutter in our chest when our first crush passes by in the high school corridor. The heart is the reason we celebrate love in February. Without the heart, we cannot love, but without the heart, we cannot live. My family received the greatest Christmas gift this year. New Years brought new meaning as we embarked on fresh starts and new journeys instead of talking about resolutions we knew would be broken before they even begin. And, rather than celebrate Valentine’s Day with chocolates and truffles, we will celebrate every-

thing that love and Valentine’s Day stands for, the unconditional love of generations and the gift of the strong, beating, healthy hearts of two very important women in our family. We will celebrate second chances and the acceptance that life is not to be taken for granted. We will pass on the newfound knowledge that heart disease is a reality, the number one cause of death of women can strike anyone, and unlike lightning, it can strike a family more than once, even at the same time. We will celebrate the opportunity to share this knowledge with joy rather than sadness. My son will make the simple homemade construction valentines decorated glittered messages of “I love you,” he makes every year. The words “I love you” will take

February 1. 2012 on new meaning. We will look at the hearts scrolled as a symbol of love with an unexplainable gratitude for all we have and for the power of Western medicine. The heart is strong, beating approximately 100,000 times per day, but it is also as fragile as a newborn and as precious as the rarest gem. Overtime our hearts need a little more care and attention. Unfortunately, as with many things in life, we forget its value, we don’t always listen to it and we forget to take care of this strong, yet and easily breakable piece of family history beating inside of us. Unfortunately with the comfort in knowing the words of E.E. Cummings are true, “I carry your heart, I carry it in my heart”, we also carry our loved one’s history of heart disease. Like an elephant, the heart never forgets. You cannot prevent passing on heart disease to your children, but you can lower your risks and their risks by learning how to take care of your heart, just as you learned to take care of your first newborn or your first car. Knowledge, acceptance, and lifestyle changes drastically decrease everyone’s risk of developing heart disease. The best thing you can do is follow-up with routine doctor’s appointments, know the signs and symptoms of heart disease, and do not be afraid. Former first lady Barbara Bush served as ambassador for The Heart Truth, a campaign developed in 2002 to raise women’s awareness of heart disease.

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Prominent Dr. on Cyber/Bullying Talks to Norwood Parents BY TIM DAVIS

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Dr. Elizabeth Englander recently met with Norwood parents at the new theater in Norwood High School, to discuss the ongoing issues involving students and cyber/bullying.

“The evenings presentation was very important,” said Asst. Superintendent Alec Wyeth. “As a parent myself, I struggle with these same issues, you know privacy issues and safety issues, I always wonder, ‘am I doing enough to protect my kid.’”

Dr. Englander was brought in with the help of the Norwood PTA, the Masons Lodge, and the Norwood Public School System, to alert and educate parents on the issues involving bullying as well as the online component currently present. “Emotions become inflated when we use mobile devices,” said Englander, to a crowd of fifty or so parents. Englander discussed the impact of cognitive priming or artificial inflation when kids read over and over about their (MARC) Founder Dr. Elizabeth Englander emotions on devices. Samargedlis went on to discuss, “You have a quarrel with somedue to the weather and attendance one on the bus, and then you exthat the school committee may inchange 52 texts about it with vest in a DVD, detailing the ways friends…now you are furious,” parents can protect their children added Englander. from cyber bullying in the future. The influence of the technology For now, anyone who missed the revolution has provided a means for teen communication to expand at a rate that for most parents, who grew up differently, struggle to grasp and even monitor.

Two years ago, the Norwood Public Schools set up a task force bullying prevention and intervention plan. Part of Norwood’s plan to address some of the national tragedies that have occurred due to Cyber/bullying, was to require ongoing training with all school personnel. Any report of bullying within the school has to be reported immediately to proper authorities. Which has led to an anonymous link on the public school website, which encourages both parents and students to use, in the incidence of bullying.

“Today (bullying) is not physical but psychological,” said Dr. Englander. “They use psychological means to bully other kids, that is really where it goes and it makes responding today… tougher.” Recently faculty member Anne Keegan, spoke with the entire student body of 8th grade girls to try to alert the students of the impact

of cyberbullying on the emotions of classmates. “We had great feedback from the girls,” said Keegan of their discussion. Dr. Englander went on to state that the importance of curtailing this behavior while students are young is crucial. “Start them young… make sure you expect good behavior everywhere, and for those under 15 years of age consider banning messaging and internet,” said Dr. Englander.

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Norwood Welcomes New Business Just about anyone in Massachusetts has likely heard of the Automile, but the town of Norwood has so much more to offer in terms of commerce and businesses. Even with a shaky economy, and contrary to popular belief , new companies continue to open their doors, many in Norwood. Here is a preview of a few new companies that have recently been launched in town. The Soggie Doggie The Soggie Doggie is a dog and cat pet salon that provides a variety of grooming services for those special four-legged members of the family. They offer top quality, allnatural shampoos and conditioners and even specifically formulated ingredients for animals with delicate skin issues. The salon's owners contain over 20 years combined experience in the field and will not only spruce up your pet's coat but provide enhanced services, such as nail trimming, grinding and polishing, ear cleaning, tooth brushing, paw pad shaving and creaming, flea baths, and for the professional canines and felines, show grooming. The Soggie Doggie is located at 1159 Washington St., in South Norwood. Their phone number is 781352-3509 or visit their website at

http://www.thesoggiedoggie.com. New Horizon Health and Wellness New Horizon Health and Wellness is a new, innovative and comprehensive health and wellness center that will diagnose the cause of weight problems, diabetes, hypertension and other metabolic disorders. The center offers patients a team of professionals under one roof that can satisfy the physical, psychological and holistic needs of each individual patient with their ground-breaking recipe that includes complete health screenings, metabolic analysis, sleep apnea screening, diet and nutrition counseling, fitness counseling, holistic medicine and V02 testing. After their first 2 1/2 visit, multiple caregivers will collaborate and develop a wellness plan that is clearly understood by the patient and the entire staff. Many of the services qualify for insurance health reimbursements and/or medical flexible spending accounts. New Horizons Health and Wellness is located at 38 Vanderbilt Ave. For more information, visit their website at http://newhorizonhealthandwellness.com or call 781-269-5400.

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Cuba Trip Info Session Date: Monday, January 30 Location: Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce 190 Vanderbilt Avenue Norwood, MA Time: 6:00 pm Cost: Free Discover Cuba! The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring a once in a lifetime trip to Cuba. This is an exclusive opportunity to visit a country most people only dream of. Working with our partner, Chamber Explorations, we have secured a specific license from the U.S. Government authorizing our visit. The 9-day trip departs on September 20, 2012 from Miami. To learn more about this unique opportunity please join us for an information session on Monday, January 30th at 6:00 pm at the Chamber office at 190 Vanderbilt Avenue, Norwood. You will hear all about the trip and have an opportunity to ask questions of the travel consultant. In the meantime, check out the brochure and itinerary on our website at nvcc.com. This trip is open to all from our area, so feel free to share this information with your friends, family, co-workers etc. Other Chambers that have offered this trip have sold out quickly, so don’t delay in learning more. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting www.nvcc. com, or by calling 781-7691126. Established in 1894, the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce serves the needs of businesses in a twelve- town region stretching from Route 128 to Route 495 southwest of Boston. The NVCC supports the business community and economic development efforts by providing leadership, advocacy and opportunities for expanded and enhanced relationships among business, government and the community. For information on membership or doing business in the region, please contact the Chamber at 781-769-1126, www.nvcc.com or tom@nvcc.com


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Out and About Too Cool for Cold BY DAWN C. FITZGERALD I don’t know when I became, “that person” .You know, the one that is always cold- and wears about thirty five layers of clothing in July. When I was a kid, I didn’t even wear gloves. And a hat was out of the question. God forbid, I messed up my mile high tresses. Or squash my Aqua Net inflated hair. Even if I did wear a hat, it would’ve kept my very high hair warm and not my head. So what was the point? I remember standing in snow in the middle of winter wearing white Keds with no socks. My jeans would be pegged to my ankles exposing them to the bitter cold. Circulation was cut off to my lower extremities. Maybe I really was cold –but I couldn’t actually feel it. Since then I’ve gone from feeling hot, hot, hot to feeling so very not. I am always cold. Always. The other night I had on a tank top, beneath a thermal shirt. I was

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It’s not because the child doesn’t have a coat. He has one. I’m pretty sure it is somewhere in the vast wasteland we refer to as his room. And one day, like Jim Morrison of the Doors, it will be found. I wonder if one day, Morrison along with Sean’s winter coat will be located under his bed. I do know, I won’t be the one doing the looking, that’s why there are search parties. And that’s one party I do not want to be invited to. His “winter hat” is a flat brimmed Patriots’ cap that Santa brought for Christmas. These days the boy is bald. When he wears this meager excuse for a “winter hat” claiming to be warm – his ears give him away. They are a shade of crimson. He can claim to be warm all he wants, his ears tell a different tale. My eldest child Allison has a North Face Jacket. She claims it’s warm. But when I look at it, I wonder how many more layers I could wear beneath it. She too doesn’t wear gloves but will occasionally don a hat...when it’s totally freezing or she’s having a bad hair day.

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Nature Calls Fishers in Norwood Often incorrectly referred to as a ‘Fisher Cat’, this nocturnal animal is a member of the weasel family. The fact is there really is no such thing as a Fisher Cat – the term basically seems to have evolved from one or more theories. One is that the animal was often observed hanging around barns hunting mice – just like cats. Another more believable theory is that the old French word fichet, which originally referred to the pelt and fur coat of a European polecat, was the reason. It seems

that yet another theory has the fisher tainted as a domestic cat killer – devouring innocent cats that happen to wander into the woods. Let’s take a look at some of the basic facts of the Fisher. They are slender animals, dark brown in color with a black tail and legs. Their feet are quite unique – their five toes have fully retractable claws and their rear feet can rotate 180 degrees. This enables them to easily

grab onto limbs of trees and climb down head first. Because their feet are disproportionately larger than legs, they can easily move on top of snow packs. As for their other stats, adult Fishers weigh in somewhere between 4 and 15 pounds, and are 29 to 47 inches in length - with males typically being twice the size of females. Their call has been documented as somewhat of a shriek – with many witnesses describing it similar to a child screaming. As far as where the animal is found, the area is quite vast – stretching from

seems that the fisher – which has absolutely zero to do with fishing at all, is a ferocious predator of small game such as shrews, squirrels, porcupines and mice. Fishers were introduced to North America with the hope of controlling porcupines. In fact, they are the only predator that will hunt and eat one in a most graphic fashion. The fisher rolls the

porcupine over and eats the animal from the belly. Nature certainly is not always pretty, is it? Amy Beaumont is a portrait photographer and freelance writer. She can be reached at amy@beaumontphotography.com

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Norwood Fire Department Developing Plan to Purchase New Aerial Ladder Truck BY KELLY LOVE On November 28th, the Norwood Town Meeting approved a warrant that allots $1.3 million for a new aerial ladder truck for the Norwood Fire Department. Starting on November 30th, a ninemember committee including Fire Chief Michael Howard, Deputy Chief Ronald Maggio, firefighters, EMS workers and fire engineers have met to discuss and develop specific technical specifications for the truck purchase. The nine-member specification and selection committee has met three times, for a total of about 11 hours, to discuss preliminary specifications for the aerial ladder truck. Once preliminary specifications have been developed, the selection procedure calls for final written specifications and the development of a bid package.

According to Fire Chief Howard, technical specifications for the last fire truck purchase ex-

ceeded 140 pages and they expect specifications for this truck to meet or exceed that amount. “I am very

pleased with our accomplishments in committee meetings so far, and am happy that the committee is

working together to thoughtfully consider the needs of the town to develop truck specifications,” said Chief Howard. Additional meetings to develop the technical specifications for the truck have been scheduled through January and February. Further meetings will be needed to develop the bid and review the bids received for the final selection for the new aerial ladder truck. The Fire Department expects that the bid package will be developed and finalized by late February, and the bid process will be completed in April of this year. Following the completion of the bidding process, the manufacturer contracted to build the truck will begin building the new aerial ladder truck according to the detailed specifications submitted by the town’s Fire Department. Once the new aerial ladder truck is delivered, the committee will hold an additional five to seven meetings to lay out all of the compartments of the truck with the new equipment to be mounted as detailed in the technical specifications for the truck. The need for a new aerial ladder truck came about because Ladder Truck #1 has become unreliable as a result of its increased need for costly repairs. Ladder Truck #1 is currently 20 years old. In 2003, when Ladder #1 was 12 years old, the truck needed a full refurbishment including: body repairs and updates to outdated components on the truck, which cost $140,000. Only a year later the engine motor required replacement, which cost almost $30,000. Since then, the truck has required other major repairs, including: replacement due to a waterway failure, a complete brake overhaul, replacement of hydraulic hoses and a broken air reserve tank. Fire Chief Howard noted to the Town Meeting in November that these repairs have become costly and he no longer considers Ladder Truck #1 reliable. Repairing the ladder piecemeal as more parts start to break is no longer cost-effective for the town due to the age of the truck. “This is a huge investment for the community, but the committee is working hard to make sure that the new truck meets the needs of the community for many years to come and will serve the community well over the next 20 years,” said Howard.

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2012 Dancing with the Norwood Stars: The Men Profile -First in a series on the 2012 fundraiser benefiting The Circle of Hope Foundation BY: KIERSTEN BARRY For the fourth consecutive year, six Norwood residents agreed to put their bodies and minds to the test as the 2012 Dancing with The Norwood Stars. With half the preparation time of years past, resident “stars” Jeanne Babel, Donna Breen, Paul Bishop, Patty Griffin Starr, Rick “Miggy” McGowan and Jack Tolman will take ten dance lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in just eight weeks while developing innovative fundraising efforts to support the largest event to benefit one of Norwood’s most beloved organizations, The Norwood Circle of Hope Foundation. The annual event will take place on Friday March 23 at the Sheraton Four Points. Circle of Hope founder Lee Kennedy credits fellow board member Kathy St. Cyr for developing the successful event. “We thought she was nuts at first, but Kathy was gung-ho about the idea”, Kennedy said of the original suggestion for Dancing with the Stars. “Kathy has magnificent ideas and knows how to make things happen, she deserves all of the credit for Dancing with the Stars.” “My goal is to sell all five-hundred tickets and have people begging me for just one more seat. If you tell me something cannot be done, I will make sure it happens”, St. Cyr said,of her determination to take an idea beyond fruition. The same spirit and outlook that St. Cyr carries, the essence and backbone of The Circle of Hope, was evident during the forty-five minute conversation with three of this year’s contestants. Selectman Paul Bishop, Colonial House owner Rick “Miggy” McGowan and NPA-TV’s Jack Tolman joined Norwood Local Town News in a corner booth at McGowan’s restaurant on Savin Ave just a few days prior to their first dance lesson. Tolman and Bishop were surprised when asked to be contestants, while McGowan has been waiting in the wings for over a year. “It was a surprise for me,” Tolman said. “Kathy came to the studio to get some copies from last year’s event and said, ‘We’d like to see if you would like to be one of this year’s contestants?’ I hesitated for about a second, because I know

what the Circle of Hope is about. I was shocked, I had no idea I was going to be asked” St. Cyr later added Tolman’s one request was to perform The Chicken Dance… “I had no idea whatsoever and was really kind of taken aback because it gives me an opportunity to step forward for such a great charity,” Bishop said. “It’s all about the Circle of Hope.” McGowan silenced the table when he spoke with candor of Michelle, the girl behind the cause, particularly how her selflessness and bravery inspires his fundraising efforts but also his everyday life. “She [Michelle] wasn’t even thinking about herself, she was thinking about other people and not being the least bit selfish. That is what blows my mind. Here this young girl was going through so much and she was thinking of how she can help other people. I often think if that was me, especially at that age, I would be feeling so sorry for myself, there is no way I would be thinking of someone else yet she

was thinking ahead to the future and how she could help other people. That, THAT, makes me want to work harder and do the best we can for everybody, everyday.” Bishop nodded in agreement, “They certainly have the right woman at the helm with Lee Kennedy. That circle will never be broken, you can be sure of that.”

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McGowan spoke of his plan to utilize all aspects of his business from patrons to vendors in an effort to raise funds for the Circle of Hope. “I don’t care how many people I ask, I want people to know what a great cause the Circle of Hope is. We want to work together to break last year’s record and watch next year’s dancers break our record.” McGowan plans to sell snowflakes, Valentines, and shamrocks at his Savin Ave restaurant while garnering support from corporate vendors. Before the conversation ended, three prospective dancers were asked the one question- “So, do you think you can dance?” Three self-proclaimed underdogs

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Coakley Middle School- Local National Geographic Bee Winners Announced Maria Horbaczewski, a 7th grader at Dr. Philip. O. Coakley Middle School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on December 23, 2011 and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. Michael Dooley, a 6th grader, came in second place. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 24th annual National Geographic Bee. This year's Bee is sponsored by Google. If Maria qualifies for the state level, she has the opportunity

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Norwood Actress in Footlighters Winter Comedy Laughs, romance, swordplay and much more will fill the Footlighters stage when they open Paul Rudnick’s comedy, “I Hate Hamlet” at their Playhouse on February 3rd. Norwood actress Gina Donaher plays the role of the real estate agent who rents a New York apartment to a TV actor who comes to New York to play Hamlet. It turns out the place was once the home to the great John Barrymore and his ghost still lives there! Donaher appeared in the Footlighers production of “Hollywood Arms” and was Officer Pudney a year ago in “Rumors”. She appeared in several Norwood Boosters and New Prospect Players performances, including “Moon Over Buffalo” and “The Mousetrap”.

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Save The Date For The 2012 Dancing With The Norwood Stars The Norwood Circle of Hope Foundation is proud to announce the contestants for the 2012 Dancing with the Norwood Stars are: Patty Griffin Starr, Jeanne Babel, Donna Breen, Paul Bishop, Jack Tolman and Rick “Miggy” McGowan. Each contestant will take 10 weeks of dance lessons at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Norwood leading up to the competition on Friday, March 23rd. This is the fourth year the Circle of Hope Foundation has held this unique fundraiser featuring wellknown local “stars” in a night of friendly dance competition. Commentary on the dancing is provided by a panel of local notable and celebrity “judges” along with cohosts Tim McDonough, Circle of Hope President and Norwood Senior High School Principal, George Usevich. The winners are chosen by a combination of judges’ score and votes cast by those in attendance. Patty Griffin star is mother of two and step mother to four. She is a former teacher and volunteers on committees in town including the Norwood Housing Authority, Friends of St. Nick and the Norwood Scholarship Foundation. She enjoys a trip to the Cape or to see her daughter in Philly as well as reading and decorating for every holiday. Jeanne Babel was born on the Fourth of July. For more than 20 years Jeanne has worked with her husband Vic at the family business in Norwood Center. Jeanne is the mother of two children. She formerly was the chairman of the Norwood Economic Development Committee working to attract new businesses to Norwood’s downtown area and is currently President of the Friends of Norwood Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economic vitality of Norwood’s downtown Donna Breen is the mother of three children and grandmother of three beautiful children. Donna is a hair stylist who describes her clients as more than just customers but very close friends and family who has supported her throughout the years. She has also worked as a crossing guard for more than 20 years and enjoys talking with the

children and families she sees each day. Norwood born Paul Bishop was a police officer in town from 1971 until 2011 and served the last 24 of those years as assistant to the Chief of Police. Paul is serving his first term as a member of the Board of Selectmen. He is also the President of the Town of Norwood Employees Credit Union and a member of Norwood’s Orient Lodge of Masons. Paul is a father of two with his son Patrick, serving as the third generation of Bishops on the police force. Jack Tolman is a father of two and perhaps best known around town for his work with NPA-TV. Under his guidance, NPA-TV has recently completed the construction of a state-of-the-art public access television studio. Jack has produced historical documentaries about Norwood’s own, Richie Hebner and Colonel George T. Lee. This past year Jack produced “Understanding and Preventing Bullying” a three-part series for the Norwood Public Schools. This program received a third place award for Excellence in Educational Programming by the North East Alliance for Community Media. Rick McGowan is the owner of the popular Colonial House Restaurant on Savin Avenue in Norwood. He is the father of six children and enjoys a good round of golf. Most everyone around town knows Rick as “Miggy” a nickname he earned 45 years ago while at the Norwood Civic Center with his friends. Norwood Bank is again the lead sponsor of this event along with Central Auto Group and Four Points at Sheraton on Route 1 in Norwood where this year’s competition will be held. NPA-TV will broadcast the event live on local cable providers. Funds raised are used to assist residents of Norwood who find themselves in need due to a catastrophic medical event. Since its founding in 1998 the Circle of Hope Foundation has provided over $258,000 in assistance to Norwood residents. Tickets are $30 each and are available by calling 781.762.3549.


February 1, 2012 February 2 3-year Old Storytime Morrill Memorial Library 10-10:30 a.m. Children will enjoy stories, songs, and movement activities at these fun storytimes. Registration required. Free. lucy the R.e.a.D. Dog's Birthday Party Morrill Memorial Library 4-4:45 p.m. Come join Lucy and her friends as we celebrate her 11th birthday! We will read books about birthdays and famous dogs, and have related activities and a birthday cake! All ages, no registration required. Free. Pajama Storytime Morrill Memorial Library 7-7:30 p.m. Ages 3-6 and family: Wear your pajamas and bring your teddy bears to this evening of bedtime stories, songs and a snack. No registration required. Free. February 3 'i Hate Hamlet' theater Production Walpole Footlighters 2 Scout Rd., Walpole, 8 p.m. 'I Hate Hamlet' is a comedy by Paul Rudnick where a young, successful television actor relocated to New York and if offered the opportunity to play Hamlet on stage. Once problem; he hates Hamlet! His dilemma continues with the arrival of John Barrymore's ghost, a late actor who Hamlet performance was considered the best of all time. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at www.footlighters.com. lapsits: Children Under 3 Morrill Memorial Library 10:30-11 a.m. Designed for our youngest listeners, lapsits are a time for children and their caregiver to share simple stories, sing songs, dance, play instruments, and more! Registration required. Free. Lapsits: Children Under 3 Morrill Memorial Library 12:39 a.m.-12 noon Designed for our youngest listeners, lapsits are a time for children and a caregiver to share simple stories, sing songs, dance, play instruments, and more! No registration necessary. Free. February 4 'i Hate Hamlet' theater Production Walpole Footlighters 2 Scout Rd., Walpole, 8 p.m.

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February Calendar 'I Hate Hamlet' is a comedy by Paul Rudnick where a young, successful television actor relocated to New York and if offered the opportunity to play Hamlet on stage. Once problem; he hates Hamlet! His dilemma continues with the arrival of John Barrymore's ghost, a late actor who Hamlet performance was considered the best of all time. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at www.footlighters.com. February 6 Origami Club Morrill Memorial Library 4-4:30 p.m. Grades 3-5: Beginners or experts are welcome to this Origami class. we will begin with simple designs, but will offer complex patterns for more advanced students. Registration required. Free. Monday Night at the Movies: Sleepless in Seattle Morrill Memorial Library 7-9 p.m. As the second installment in our Tom Hanks Film Fest we will be showing Sleepless in Seattle, also starring Meg Ryan and Rosie O'Donnell, and rated PG. Complimentary popcorn provided by Regal Cinema, Bellingham. Sign up at the library reference or information desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222. Free. February 7 4 & 5 Year Olds Storytime Morrill Memorial Library 10-10:30 a.m. Preschoolers will listen to stories, play instruments, dance and sing at this entertaining storytime. Registration required. Free. February 8 norwood Parents music association meeting Norwood High School, 7 p.m. February 9 valentine's Chocolate Demonstration Norwood Civic Center, 6:30-9 p.m. Learn how to make festive chocolate candies, lollipops and chocolate molds and fillings. Price: $15. For grades 8+. 3 year Olds Storytime Morrill Memorial Library 10-10:30 a.m. Children will enjoy stories, songs, and movement activities at these fun storytimes. Registration re-

quired. Free. February 10 middle School Dance Norwood Civic Center, 7-9:45 p.m. Tweens will enjoy a night of dancing to the latest music! Soft drinks will be on sale. Price: $5. For Norwood middle school students only. Norwood school ID required. 'i Hate Hamlet' theater Production Walpole Footlighters 2 Scout Rd., Walpole, 8 p.m. 'I Hate Hamlet' is a comedy by Paul Rudnick where a young, successful television actor relocated to New York and if offered the opportunity to play Hamlet on stage. Once problem; he hates Hamlet! His dilemma continues with the arrival of John Barrymore's ghost, a late actor who Hamlet performance was considered the best of all time. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at www.footlighters.com. February 11 Father/Daughter valentine Dance Norwood Civic Center, 6:30-8 p.m. Calling all dads, uncles, grandfathers and more! Bring that special lady for a magical semi-formal evening. Tickets available at the Civic Center. Price: $10/couple, $5 for each additional person. 'i Hate Hamlet' theater Production Walpole Footlighters 2 Scout Rd., Walpole, 8 p.m. 'I Hate Hamlet' is a comedy by Paul Rudnick where a young, successful television actor relocated to New York and if offered the opportunity to play Hamlet on stage. Once problem; he hates Hamlet! His dilemma continues with the arrival of John Barrymore's ghost, a late actor who Hamlet performance was considered the best of all time. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at www.footlighters.com. valentines Crafts and Cards 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Grades K-5 : Drop-in anytime throughout the day and make a card or gift for someone special. We will supply craft materials and ideas for creative gift giving. Free. February 12 ''i Hate Hamlet' theater Production Walpole Footlighters 2 Scout Rd., Walpole, 8 p.m.

'I Hate Hamlet' is a comedy by Paul Rudnick where a young, successful television actor relocated to New York and if offered the opportunity to play Hamlet on stage. Once problem; he hates Hamlet! His dilemma continues with the arrival of John Barrymore's ghost, a late actor who Hamlet performance was considered the best of all time. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at www.footlighters.com. February 14 norwood Retired men's Club valentine's Dinner Dance Enjoy a night of music and dancing at the 10th Annual Valentine's Day Dinner Dance. Price: $30/person. For more information, call Joe Cattafe at 781-769-4995 or George Wallace at 781-326-9273. Sign up before Feb. 7. February 16 Duct tape Club Morrill Memorial Library 4-4:45 p.m. Grades 3-5 : Try your hand at a duct tape craft and design a one-of-a kind creation. Registration required. February 17 'i Hate Hamlet' theater Production Walpole Footlighters 2 Scout Rd., Walpole, 8 p.m. 'I Hate Hamlet' is a comedy by Paul Rudnick where a young, successful television actor relocated to New York and if offered the opportunity to play Hamlet on stage. Once problem; he hates Hamlet! His dilemma continues with the arrival of John Barrymore's ghost, a late actor who Hamlet performance was considered the best of all time. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at www.footlighters.com. February 18 ''i Hate Hamlet' theater Production Walpole Footlighters 2 Scout Rd., Walpole, 8 p.m. February 19 'i Hate Hamlet' theater Production Walpole Footlighters 2 Scout Rd., Walpole, 8 p.m. February 21 Sports Day at the Civic Norwood Civic Center, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Enroll your child in this fun halfday program for sports mania, basketball mania or dodgeball day.

Page 21 Pizza lunch is provided. Price: $25. For ages 7-11. Sign up at the Civic Center by Feb. 13. February 22 toe Jam Puppet Band Norwood Civic Center, 11 a.m. Toe Jam delivers entertaining kids music that grown-ups can enjoy too! Tom and Vinny bring smiles with their unique combination of interactive games and songs. Price: $5 per person. February 23 Sports Day at the Civic Norwood Civic Center 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Enroll your child in this fun halfday program for sports mania, basketball mania or dodgeball day. Pizza lunch is provided. Price: $25. For ages 7-11. Sign up at the Civic Center by Feb. 13. Bendable Books: a Book and yoga Program Morrill Memorial Library 4-4:30 p.m. Grades K - 2: Join us for some stretching, bending, and exercise with these books and yoga classes. Yoga teacher Kristin Mulligan will teach yoga poses based on the stories read in class. Great for beginners or yoga enthusiasts. Registration required.

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Letter to the Editor January 15, 2012 Dear Editor: Thank You Mitch’s Catering! The Backstage Boosters recently served hot chocolate and popcorn to those who attended the Holiday Tree Lighting festivities. The proceeds go to support the Norwood Public Schools drama programs. The afternoon was a huge success, thanks in part to the generous donation of hot chocolate from Mitch’s Catering. Thank you again for all you do for our children and for the community. Thank you, Rachel Rabinovich Backstage Boosters


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If your child participates in sports, there may be a cause for concern as it pertains to head injuries and concussions. Concussions can happen at any time, especially if your child is involved in a high impact sport like ice hockey. A groundbreaking study on Canadian junior ice hockey published in the November 2010 edition of Neurosurgical Focus uncovers alarming head injury/concussion data and trends that raise many questions about the safety and well-being of teenagers and young adults who participate in this popular sport. So what is a concussion? Basically, a concussion occurs when trauma to the head and neck

causes a vigorous, unnatural impact to the brain. In most cases, the sideeffects of a concussion are shortlived and appear as a headache. However, in some situations, a concussion may result in impaired brain function.

areas of weakness and instability. Information from the evaluation will help your physical therapist design a neck-strengthening program that can help avoid serious injury and possible concussions due to weak neck muscles.

So how do you prevent a concussion? Besides wearing a helmet, it's crucial for children to learn neckstrengthening exercises. The strength and stability of the muscles of the neck and trunk will help minimize the impact of injuries and the likelihood of concussions in high impact sports like football and hockey.

Is it Really Possible? It's almost impossible to prevent concussions, but it is possible to reduce their risk. One of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the risk of a concussion is to wear a protective helmet. Even if a sport does not require the use of a helmet, we strongly suggest that you encourage your child to use one anyway.

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Living Healthy Hearts and Hearing BY KIM MARIE NICOLS, MSW, MA Medical research has found a connection between cardiovascular health and hearing health. Recent studies have shown that a healthy cardiovascular system—a person’s heart, arteries, and veins—has a positive effect on hearing. This is because the inner ear is extremely sensitive to blood flow. Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss. Hearing Care Center, located in Cobb’s Corner in Sharon, is joining the Better Hearing Institute and the American Heart Association in promoting American Heart Month in February and National Wear Red Day® on February 3, 2012. Hearing Care Center wants to raise awareness of the threat heart disease poses and of the connection between cardiovascular health and hearing health. People of all ages, especially those with heart disease, are urged to get a comprehensive hearing evaluation by a licensed and certified audiologist. “Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States,” says Dr. Paul Milner, the owner of Hearing Care Center. “At Hearing Care Center, we want to help raise awareness of the serious threat it poses to each of us personally and to inform people of the connection between heart health and hearing health. We urge women and men alike to know their risks and to take action today

to protect their heart—and hearing—health.” On National Wear Red Day®, the first Friday of each February, Americans nationwide wear red to show their support for women's heart disease awareness. “Our participation in American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day® enables the hearing health community to make an important contribution to saving millions of lives,” says Dr. Sergei Kochkin, Executive Director of the Better Hearing Institute. “This is an opportunity to highlight the connection that heart health has on hearing health and to empower people with that knowledge. People with heart disease should not have to contend with the additional toll that unaddressed hearing loss takes on their quality of life.” Taking care of your heart may start by checking your hearing. This February, may you hear the whispered sweet nothings that make your hear beat faster and in good health.

Norwood Hospital Offers Happiest Baby on the Block and Yoga Courses Norwood, MA -- Norwood Hospital is pleased to offer special childbirth education classes to help parents calm and soothe their babies and themselves. The “Happiest Baby on the Block” is a two-hour class based on the book by renowned pediatrician Harvey Karp, MD. Participants learn Dr. Karp’s proven technique – the five S’s. Instructional DVD and soothing sounds CD included. The class will be offered at the hospital many Saturdays throughout the year from 9:30am – 12:00pm. Prenatal and Mom & Baby Yoga. Practicing yoga will help you to focus, relax and tone both your mind and body. Classes are taught by an experienced, certified instructor. Prenatal Yoga is held Tuesdays 7:00pm - 8:30pm and Mom and Baby Yoga on Thursdays from 1:00pm - 2:30pm at the hospital.

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Living Healthy Grainger and Journey Forward Work Together for New Equipment BY TIM DAVIS The Grainger Industrial Supply Company located in Norwood, recently supported Journey Forward in Canton, where Matt Brown trains, in the purchase of a new antigravity treadmill, with a sizable donation. “I can’t wait to use it,” said Brown during a workout at Journey Forward. “It’s the next step Journey Forward is taking, and it’s a huge step.” The AlterG, anti-gravity treadmill

generates a powerful lifting force using advanced air pressure technology. The athlete wears neoprene shorts and zips into a pressurized airtight enclosure, which calibrates to their exact body weight.

walker, crutches, cane, or any other assisted devices, to be able to practice walking in a very safe environment, hands-free,” said Journey-Forward Founder Dan Cummings.

Currently, some of the facilities that use this type of advanced technology are; Harvard University, Steadman Hawkins, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

“The AlterG is invented for athletes recovering from injuries such as ACL tears, and they cannot bear much of their weight through that particular leg,” added Cummings. “So the AlterG, being an anti-gravity treadmill allows those athletes to walk, jog, and run while recovering from those injuries.”

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Recently, Baturin and the Mustangs upset Bay State favorites; Braintree ranked 14th, 4-1 and 10th ranked Dedham, 4-2. Both games, Baturin made big saves against teams known for their formidable offense. Over the off-season, Baturin played on the Norwood under-19 league under the tutelage of Chris Falon, as well as attended a Goalie Camp over the summer. The goalie worked hard on her skating in the crease and clearing rebounds with her pads by making butterfly saves, a trademark of her game. “I want to thank all the coaches I worked with during the off-season,” said the humble Baturin, who ranks 3rd in her class aca-

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After the Wellesley game, where Baturin helped kill off a late power play, Coach O’Donnell again praised his young goalie. “The thing about Sam, she is improving as a goalie and embracing working hard,“ said O’Donnell. “She is working incredibly hard in practice and you can see it. She had a number of big saves tonight.” Baturin who is an Honors Student, and favorite subjects are

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As the ‘boys’ from Norwood took the ice, they immediately controlled the game from start to finish. With Brown being credited with the assist on the first goal by Anthony DelMonaco, within the first two minutes of the game, Norwood scored again, this time a goal by captain Peter Kelly. Dan Farrell added another in the second period and Brendan Walsh finished out the scoring in the third for the 4-1 final over the Patriots.

land under the crossbar, the tally should have been six goals in the first period. Nonetheless, the Mustangs cruised to a 6-0 win, giving the team a shot of momentum before playing highly ranked Weymouth and Needham. Davis turned away 17 shots in the Walpole game, as John Galvin’s goal followed up a Glaser goal from the blue line to give the Mustangs the early 2-0 lead. After a Mark Powers goal made it

“It was an unbelievable night,” said coach Bill Clifford. “We all had fun and the kids are working hard, and it was something they will never forget.” The ‘boys’ are truly working hard and they have never worked harder as when they improved to (8-2-2) overall, with a 6-0 win over Walpole, Wednesday night, Jan 18th at the Iorio. The Mustangs had five goals in the first period, and if it wasn’t for a terrible ruling on a Tyler Gover snapshot from the left side, that appeared to

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3-0, Gover followed up his near snapshot goal with a shot in traffic that found the net, notching Norwood’s 4th goal of the first period. A second Gavin goal in the first period left it 5-0 after one. Before Kelly wrapped one around the net in the second period for the final score. The Rebels came out fighting in the third as the game almost got out of hand, but the Mustangs kept their cool and stayed out of the penalty box before cruising home with the win.


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Girl’s Hockey off to a Flying Start BY TIM DAVIS The Norwood Girl’s hockey team are off to a hot start this season, as the team improved to (5-0-1) after a series of upsets against Braintree and Dedham, coupled with a near win verse Wellesley at Babson Park. “They’ve all bought into the concept of a team,” said Coach Bill O’Donnell, after the 2-2 tie against the Raiders. “They are putting the team in front of everyone.” The Wellesley game ended in controversy, as Center Emily Kelly appeared to score the winning goal with seconds left, to put the Mus-

tangs up, 3-2. According to one spectator, the goal crossed the line but the Wellesley goaltender swiped her glove at the puck, pushing it back, as the referee waved off the goal. The Mustangs, who have been playing so well of late, were upset with the ruling against the offensive-potent Raiders, which would have maintained their perfect record on the season. “I thought we had it at the end,” said O’Donnell, “given the expectations of the season it is kind of nice seeing them upset with a tie.” The Mustangs having lost three potent scorers to graduation last year, as well as their starting goalie and backbone, Christina Frasca. Norwood was not expected to com-

pete for the top of the Bay State Conference, but through the first six games, they are in first-place in one of the state’s toughest conferences, which features five teams in the Top 25 in the state ESPN.com poll. “You have to learn to bring it every shift in the Bay State conference,” said O’Donnell. The Mustangs opened the scoring against Wellesley, when Karyn Colomey picked up a loose puck at the blue line and skated in on the breakaway, finishing the play off with a pretty move and the game’s first goal. In the second period, Jenny O’-

Donnell skated behind the net and wheeled around in the slot and fired one in the top shelf for the Mustang’s second goal, with 4:58 left in the period.

The rest was left up to the defense and goalie Samantha Baturin, who had 26 saves and held off a flurry of power play opportunities for the Raiders in the second and third periods to preserve the tie, which gave the Mustangs an important league point in the standings. “Sam made a number of saves, “ said O’Donnell. “She is improving as a goalie and embracing working hard as a goalie, she is working incredibly hard in practice and you can see it.”

The Dedham win, a 4-2 victory over the then 10th ranked Marauders, was the season’s best win for the Mustangs to date.

ham’s Emily Mosca, who was nothing less than spectacular in the net for the Marauders.

After Dedham tied it at one, with a snapshot of their own, 23 seconds later, Colomey sent a beautiful pass over to Kacie Smith who found the back of the net for the 2-1 Mustang lead after one period.

Dedham scored with 13.8 remaining to make it 3-2, but the Mustangs answered in the third when Kelly wrapped a goal in, from behind the net for the 4-2 final.

Colomey cleaned up again, this time knocking home a loose puck in front of the net, beating Ded-

“Everyone has been working together and everyone has roles on this team, and everyone con-

Sheila Carroll’s snapshot in front of the net put the Mustang’s up 1-0 with 9:49 left in the first.

tributes,” said O’Donnell. “We have 19 players and they are all working hard.”


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Mustang Basketball Gets Big Wins at Home BY TIM DAVIS For consecutive Friday nights in January, the boy’s basketball team reeled off a pair of wins that came down the wire against both Wellesley and Walpole, to improve to (64) overall. The Mustangs got big defensive stops in the closing minutes in both games, a trademark of this gritty Mustang team. “The team knows that the defense has to be the backbone of our team,” said Coach Rich Cormier. “When we played solid team defense, we’ve done well.” In the Wellesley game, Celtics GM Danny Ainge was in the gym to watch his pair of sons play, Crew and Cooper. While the Celtics, who were getting polished by the Bulls at the Garden, Norwood G/F Steve Martinez was nailing jumpers down the stretch to preserve the 48-46 win over the Raiders. “Wellesley is a good team,” said Martinez after the game. “We just needed someone to step up, and tonight it just felt right.”

Martinez hit a pair of jumpers on the wing to give the Mustangs a 4640 lead, Sean O’Neil hit a tough lay-up to make it 48-40 with 2:45 left. The Mustangs endured two fortuitous three-pointers by the Raiders, which came off the backboard, to cut the lead to two, before Ainge missed a three-pointer as time expired. “The offense will come and go but the defense always need to be there,” said Cormier, whose team looks poised to make the tournament this year, with as many as nine players who are capable of making it into the scoring column. “We hoped at the beginning of the season,” said Cormier. “That with nine players and some newcomers that we would have a lot of depth.” In the Wellesley game, the Mustangs had nine different players open the game in the scoring column, making it near impossible for Wellesley to key on one player. “It’s nice seeing some guys come off the bench contributing, and we need that if we are going to win consistently,” said Cormier.

The Mustangs again relied on some balanced scoring down the stretch as well as some tough team defense in their 49-46 win, over Walpole, on Friday Jan. 20.

his name is Tommy Munro, as the 6’5” center pulled down 17 rebounds, to go along with 3 steals, 2 blocks, and 8 points.

Walpole’s 6”7” center gave the Norwood frontline all they could handle, as he was allowed to create havoc underneath with a physicalstyle of play that is not often seen in high school basketball.

“Tommy is going to be physical no matter what, and he was up against the biggest kid in the league…and he didn’t give that kid an inch,” said Cormier. “He just saved us on the boards…he was tremendous.”

But Norwood had an answer, and

Then bench also contributed with

13 points with Daron English, leading the bench with 9 points. “You have guys off the bench like Rodney (Jean-Marie), Daron and even Dan Flahive hit a big shot tonight when we needed him, that’s what we need to win games,” said Cormier. Look for the Mustangs to add to their hopeful post-season run with upcoming games against Weymouth, Milton and Framingham.

Girl’s Basketball Remains Optimistic for Tourney BY TIM DAVIS

The younger Duggan, who is only a freshman, but has tremendous athletic potential. She lit up the stat sheet Friday night against Walpole. Duggan had 16 rebounds, four blocks, and three steals to go along with her 12 points.

After new coach Alex DaLuz was hired to regroup a girl’s basketball team that won only three games last year. The possibility of making a run at the tournament seemed near impossible.

Kelly, the junior center, also registered double digit rebounds and added 10 points in the 43-33 loss to the Rebels.

But DaLuz has the girls, with the emergence of the Duggan sisters, Kelly and Amy, leading the frontcourt, thinking that the Mustangs have a reasonable shot of making the post-season despite a current (36) record. “We just played a stretch of the three toughest teams in the league,” said DaLuz, after a three-game skid to Wellesley, Natick and Walpole. “Hopefully we can use this as a springboard, where we have two #55 Amy Duggan goes up for two. winnable games coming up that could turn our season around.” teams, the Mustangs faced leagueAfter an exciting 49-47 win at leading Walpole at home on Jan. home verse Dedham, on Jan. 10, 20th. the Mustangs entered the heart of their schedule. After dropping the next two against highly ranked

“We went over the roles before the game and I told Amy… you got to be our leading scorer.” Said DaLuz.

“Kelly, we just wanted her to stay focus,” said DaLuz after the game. “She played hard, and they probably both should have gotten to the free throw line a lot more.” With Walpole leading 33-22 after three quarters, Amy Duggan had a basket underneath, then blocked a shot on the other end, before committing a very questionable charging call on a fast break that may have turned the Mustang’s fortunes around against the first place Rebels. Both Amy and Kelly added free throws to cut the Rebel lead to 36-

30 with 3:58 left in the game, but the Mustangs couldn’t get any closer in the ten point loss. “We have our goal to make the state tournament,” said DaLuz. “There are 8-9 more wins still on our schedule, and if we play like we did tonight I don’t see us being stopped.”

mouth at home before traveling to Milton for another winnable game for the Mustangs, as well as their following home game verse Framingham. “We play well at home,” added DaLuz. So please come out to support the Mustangs on their hopeful tourney run this winter.

In the Walpole game both Meg O’Connor and Jess Gorman fouled out early in the second half, despite O’Connor getting to the line in three straight possessions that gave the Mustangs some momentum. “Going into this game verse Walpole, our goal was to compete for the entire game and we did that,” said DaLuz. “That was the best game plan we executed all year.” The Mustangs next game is against Wey- Makenna Lane goes up for a lay-up against Walpole


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