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regionalization. “I hope to continue the work that was started on the development of the center of Norfolk and the surrounding areas,” he says. “I would also like to continue the discussions on regionalization. Some of the challenges facing Norfolk will be dealing with slow revenue growth and the need to find attractive sources of additional revenue for the town while maintaining the character of Norfolk. “

Scott Bugbee was able to garner 110 more votes than Joyce Terrio to earn a seat on the Norfolk Board of Selectmen. He will fill the seat previously held by James Tomaszewski who did not run for reelection. In the other contested race, encumbent Andrea Langhauser beat Michael Findlen to retain her seat on the Planning Board. The other big issue was the ballot question to reduce the Community Preservation Tax from 3 % to 1%. In an overwhelming decision, the ballot question won and the tax was cut to 1 %.

While this is his first time serving on the Board of Selectmen, Bugbee did win a seat on the Recreation Commission back in 2010. He hopes that by being a relative newcomer to town office, he will bring a new perspective and hopefully inspire others to

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The vote to cut the taxes doesn’t eliminate the CPC and the town will still contribute funds, just at the 1 % level. Lehan explains, “It doesn’t eliminate the tax and we still have CPC. We’re still contributing and we will get a lower state match.”

At Town Meeting, Wrentham voters will be asked to create a new highway commercial district along a 1.4 mile stretch of Route 1 from the Foxboro town line extending to Thurston St. The hope is the new district will attract development along Route 1 and bring with it, town officials hope, commercial revenue. The targeting of Route 1 now for this development is being driven as a result of the data gathered from the Economic Development Commission’s August 2011 survey. The survey sought input from the town on where commercial development should take place and the overwhelming response



The vote to cut the Community Preservation Tax from 3 % to 1% was resounding with 863 supporting the cut, and only 433 looking to maintain it at the 3 % level. “It was an overwhelming vote,” says Jim Lehan, Norfolk selectman. “People are looking to save.”

Bugbee first ran for selectman in 2010 and was very pleased with this year’s results. “I was pleasantly surprised to win the election,” he said. “I figured the race would be close.”

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was Route 1. “The primary reason the [Planning] Board and EDC have been focusing on Route 1 has to do with the survey that was done last year,” explained Paige Duncan, Town Planner. “A majority of the people wanted to maximize the development on Route 1.”

Norfolk Town Election Results Moderator - Carolyn Van Tine 886 votes Selectman - Scott Bugbee 692 votes Joyce Terrio 582 votes Board of Assessors - Andrew Bakinowski 877 votes Board of Health - (write in) Thomas Gilbert 75 votes (write in) Jason Talerman 6 votes Housing Authority - (write in) Herbert Mores 45 votes KP School Committee - Peter Gee 861 votes Library Trustee - Kumkum Malik 826 votes Norfolk School Committee (2 seats) Jeffrey Chalmers 704 votes Mark Flaherty 701 votes Planning Board 1 yr - Michael Findlen 534 votes Andrea Langhauser 569 votes Planning Board 3 yr - Michelle Maheu 799 votes Recreation Commission - (write in) Kenneth Lawrence 18 votes Ballot Question 1 - Yes 863 votes No 433 votes

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Currently, the land is B-1 zoning which town officials say is better suited for the center of Wrentham and Wampum Corner where the businesses sit on smaller lots. If the land along Route 1 was developed under the current zoning, it would be a series of small businesses, with numerous standalone parking lots. The proposed Highway Commercial District would impose new zoning standards that officials hope will both address some of the environmental issues the land faces, such as steep topography and wetlands. It would also allow for shared parking and internal access between parcels limiting curb cuts and allow for environmental sensitive design. “B-1 was never really written, in my opinion, to be suitable for a highway,” says Duncan stating that the small lots allowable under B-1 with its individual parking lots would be dangerous on a highway with traffic traveling at 60 mph. In addition, the proposal imposes new design standards for the area. The architecture will need to have a “New England” look and plans would require Planning Board approval. The buffer to residential zone land will be 75 feet and the zone must be landscaped with natural or a combination of natural and artificial fencing materials. The types of businesses, town officials hope to attract include hotels, professional or medical offices and retail uses. At the same time, officials admit that the zon-

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Antique Organ Silent for Now BY PATRICK COLEMAN The antique pipe organ in the Original Congressional Church had been pleading for help for some time. While functioning well for an 86-year old musical instrument, problems were emerging. The pipe organ, which was originally built to provide accompaniment to silent movies and live performances, had served the church since it arrived at its current home in Wrentham back in 1948. But, despite the loving care and regular maintenance, the organ received, it started to show its age. Dead notes began to emerge on the keyboard, a rank of pipes had become completely unusable, and several of the pipes that could be used needed a good cleaning or some metal work. Despite all the needed work, the organ was still providing the music at worship services, weddings, funerals and even concerts. At least it was until last month when it finally fell silent. An old leather gasket that formed a seam in a main reservoir which fills with air, blew out, making the organ unusable; at least for the moment. The problem with the gasket can be repaired, and a planned restoration will move forward this summer. Most of the work will be done on the actual chamber the pipes are housed in. Bits of paint and plaster have been falling into the pipes

from the chamber ceiling. This is a major problem particularly for the reed pipes. That’s one of the big reasons the organ has developed dead notes. “If a little chip of

been playing the organ since 1980 and she knows all its quirks. “I won’t use a particular rank of pipes if I know I’m going to encounter the dead notes.”

change the music.” Despite the issues that crop up playing an instrument that was built in the 1920s, the organ is actually an excellent instrument. “One of the reasons I’ve been at the church so long is the organ,”

built in East Hartford, CT by the Austin Organ Company. It was originally installed in the Strand Theatre, in New Britian, CT in the fall of 1926. The original cost was $14,500. Today, the replacement value is around $600,000. The organ has 970 pipes in 13 ranks, two swell chambers with swell engines and shutters and three keyboards in the console. The organ operates on 10 pounds per square inch of air pressure which is generated by a 5 hp, 1200 rpm Woods motor connected to an air impeller. There was a major maintenance effort in 1986 that replaced the electro-mechanical moving parts and installed new leathers on the pipes. The restoration work on the organ will start in June and it will provide accompaniment at services once again later this summer. The church is raising funds for the restoration work by having people sponsor a pipe in the memory of loved ones. The pipes aren’t visible to the public but a detailed list is being kept of who sponsored what pipes. The sponsorship is only $20 and there are nearly 1,000 different pipes with unique sounds to choose.

The 86 year old pipe organ will receive significant work this summer to bring its beloved sound back to the Original Congressional Church sanctuary.

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Kellner says. “The organ is the gem of this situation.” She says the substitutes that come play the organ often prefer it over other ones in the area. “The organ is really comfortable to play as far as its layout,” Kellner says. “When everything is working, it works very well and stays in tune reasonably well.” The organ, an Opus 1457, was

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While the work is being done, the services at the Original Congressional Chruch will still have music. There is a Yahamma studio piano that is being used in the sanctuary where the organ is housed. “In the summer time we tend to be outside or in the fellowship hall,” Kellner says. “For those services we have an electronic keyboard that has different kinds of sounds on it. A big difficulty is if we have a wedding scheduled in the sanctuary. So, if they want organ sounds, we’ll move the keyboard. We’ll go with what we have. We’re lucky to have a good piano in the sanctuary.” The fact that the gasket blew, silencing the organ temporarily did force the cancellation of the June organ concert. Richard W. Hill was to perform light classical music on the church’s organ this month. The work on the organ is scheduled for completion this summer and while problems will undoubtedly crop up from time to time, there is every hope the organ will continue to be the gem of the music program at the Original Congressional Church. (This article appeared in The Wrentham Times,

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How much old paint has built up over the years, and how will it affect top coats of paint? As paint ages, it loses its elasticity, which is a recipe for constant chipping and peeling. This is especially true of older oil-based paints that were manufactured before 1980. On an antique home, chances are there is a significant build up of old, brittle paint. It’s not always easy to scrape and remove this paint without damaging delicate layers of old wood underneath. There should be a careful balance between aggressive paint removal with power tools verses hand scraping and sanding. Another alternative is using chemical stripping methods to remove as much of the old paint as possible. Finally, it could be more cost effective to simply remove and replace old siding with new pre-primed wood siding products than it would be to attempt to salvage old siding that has too many layers of old paint. How well is your home insulated, and how much moisture is escaping from between the inner and outer walls during the spring and summer? Older homes are prone to moisture build up in the walls during the winter. Sources of moisture may include steam from cooking and taking a shower, steam from your heating system,

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and even moisture from breathing. During the colder months, this moisture is trapped in the walls. During hot weather, that moisture is usually drawn out through the exterior siding. On an older home with lots of old built up paint that has been covered with newer products that don’t breathe well, this moisture will literally push the paint off the home. Many times, this will exhibit at areas where old paint hasn’t peeled before but isn’t adhering well enough to hang on when pressure from moisture below builds. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to wait until at least mid July to paint an old home. This will provide ample time for your home to dry out. Should you hire one of the fancy new “permanent coatings” companies? Well, if you are considering going that route, I’d recommend getting a quote from more than one and getting a copy of their full warranty. Usually, if something is too good to be true, it is. If your home has old layers of paint, moisture problems, or rotting wood, chances are the “permanent coatings” won’t be so permanent. As you consider the price premium you’ll be paying for a lifetime rated paint job, you’ll want to ensure it really is covered for life and that there is nothing in the warranty that will exclude your home from future service. Again with the investment level in mind, it

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The fact that the area does not have a shelter for dogs, cats and small animals did not go unnoticed by a group of residents. To address this, 4 Paws Animal Shelter was formed with the hopes of raising $500,000 to build a no-kill small animal shelter. “We’re in the initial stages,� explained Roberta Schwalbe, a member of the board of directors. The 4 Paws has already run several fundraisers and identified a piece of property on the Wrentham Developmental Center land off North St. that they hope will be their new home. That would require an act of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts legislature since it is state land. Preliminary discussions have already occurred with State Senator Richard Ross and

a gifted floral designer who teaches throughout the area.) The program concluded with gingerbread made from Dickinson’s own recipe and handouts of her poetry, that gingerbread recipe, and bookmarks featuring her image.

Today, when we hear the name “Emily Dickinson,� we think of poetry, a reclusive genius, and the poet’s many years of correspondence with friends, relatives, and authors throughout New England. But to the residents of her Amherst hometown, “Em� was best known for her gardening and baking talents. On Thursday, April 26, character actress Sally Gruber brought this more domestic Emily to vivid life in the program “Shades of White,� at the Fiske Library. Her performance was the culmination of a month-long endeavor, Wrentham Reads Emily Dickinson, sponsored by the Wrentham Cultural Council (which generously provided a grant for Ms. Gruber’s appearance), and by the Fiske Library, the Friends of the Fiske, and the Wrentham Book Club. Appearing in a long white dress modeled after Dickinson’s original—on display at the Homestead Museum—Gruber wove Dickinson’s poetry into a first-person narrative that explored Dickinson’s life, character, and sensitive nature. The program then segued into a discussion of the Victorian meaning of flowers, accompanied by a demonstration on how to create a “tussy-mussy� bouquet. (Gruber is

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The walls of the library’s Sweatt Room were decorated with posters, each depicting a colorful flower painted by a Wrentham schoolchild and quoting a favorite Dickinson poem. Miniatures of the posters were given out as favors to attendees. Wrentham Reads involved activities designed to encourage town members to read a single book, The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson by Jerome Charyn. “Our motto was, ‘One Book, One Town,’� says WCC member Mare Ambrose, who worked tirelessly on the group’s projects. A number of activities, including movies and a children’s program, took place throughout the month. On Thursday, May 10, there will be a final event: a field trip to Emily Dickinson’s family home, the Homestead, now a museum dedicated to her life and poetry. Individuals who’d like to participate can sign up at the front desk of the Fiske Library (45 Randall Road, Wrentham MA) where full details on the trip are available.

State Representative Dan Winslow. “We’ve decided on the piece of the land, and basically we need to raise the money to build the shelter. It would have to go through the legislature but once we raise a significant amount of money we would go through that process.� 4 Paws says a facility is greatly needed, particularly for cats, rabbits and other small animals. Schwalbe says it will probably take 5 years to complete the fundraising. In the mean time, they’re looking for help and donations. “We’re always looking for volunteers,� she says. “Especially people with experience in grant writing and fundraising.� To learn more about the group visit, www.4-pawsanimalshelter. org.


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Inertia On The Move BY PATRICK COLEMAN The members of Inertia, a rock band made up of freshmen from King Philip Regional High School, have big plans, a great deal of determination and plenty of support. Four such a motivated group, their name hardly seems fitting. Inertia by definition is the resistance of any physical object to a change in its state of motion or rest, or the tendency of an object to resist any change in its motion. The band seems to be constantly evolving with very little change and they’re definitely in motion. There is nothing inert about them.

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Nick Blitchington, Chris Boyden, Tucker Fleming, and Byrce Dort are hard at work writing and recording songs, rehearsing for gigs, and promoting the band. They’ve already performed in Boston at the Hard Rock Cafe, the Middle East in Cambridge, as well as in the area, including a rainy Thursday night performance at the opening day of last year’s Cracker Barrel Fair. “We’re trying to get a lot more gigs to get our name out there,” says Blitchington who is the group’s lead singer and rhythm guitarist. “We’re pretty popular with the freshmen class, and we’re starting to get known with the upper classes.”

dles the lead guitar duties for the group. And they all agree that Dort’s bass gives the band energy.

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Tucker has helped land the band gigs and also provides the group with a space to rehearse. The band gets together once a week, or more if there is a show coming up. The four musicians will take over the Fleming’s house filling it with their unique rock sound. This is done with complete support of Fleming’s parents. “[My parents] are use to loud noises,” Fleming says. “I’ve been playing drums for 5 years now so to add guitars isn’t really a big deal. They actually enjoyed it.”

Inertia spent a weekend this past

May recording original music for an EP entitled “King of Chance” scheduled for release on June 10th. Boyden is happy with the progress on their own material. “We have five solid originals,” he says. The group will continue to work on landing new shows and look to play in more battle of the bands. It’s the live performances that they all feel make the band better. “Every time we get on stage we just improve,” Tucker says, with all the boys agreeing. The band has the support of the group’s parents. Blitchington’s and Fleming’s fathers both help with promoting the group. The group is also working on developing a web site and has a growing following on Facebook, with nearly 150 fans.


In the short span of time they’ve been together, the group feels they’ve really improved and hope to keep that going through hard work. After that, who knows where it will lead them. “We’ve come a long way and have a long way to go,” Blitchington says. (This article appeared in The Wrentham Times,

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The Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation has donated $1,000 to Doolittle Home to purchase a senior-friendly computer, it was announced today. The computer will enable families and friends of Doolittle Home residents to Skype via video chat. Accepting the donation, DeAnna Willis, Executive Director of Doolittle Home stated “We are grateful for the generous support of Rockland Trust. Their donation will help residents communicate and interact with families living far away who may not have been able to physically visit. We rely on the support of organizations

such as the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation to continue our mission.” “At Rockland Trust, we believe in strengthening the communities in which we work and live,” stated Ralph R. Valente, Senior Vice President and Director of the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, “The Foundation is pleased to contribute to Doolittle Home and support its goals. The Foundation focuses on four primary areas: education, health and human services, youth programs and community development in our service area.”

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Pond Home To Celebrate 110 Years Of Caring For Elders Home. For one thing, the term ‘inmates’ has changed to ‘residents’, to describe the inhabitants of the home. Annis laughs when she describes a sign found when cleaning out before the 2000 renovations. The sign was rules for inmates at Pond Home and included the stipulation that ‘inmates were never to disturb the staff in their work’.

Open House slated June 5; public invited for tours, entertainment and refreshments It is hard to believe the well maintained building located at 289 East Street, (Route 140) in Wrentham holds a thriving non-profit organization that has been caring for elders since 1902. Known today as Pond Home and offering Residential Care and Supportive Nursing Care, the Wrentham landmark has a rich history in the community. Since June 5, 1902 when the first five residents moved into Pond Home, more than 500 elders have resided at Pond Home. And now the Pond Home will celebrate its 110th anniversary of those first admissions with an Open House on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 from 3-6pm. The public is welcome to attend. Visitors to the June 5th Open House will enjoy entertainment, refreshments and tours of the facility that had the first glimmer of its beginnings in 1890 when the philanthropic organization King’s Daughters first became concerned about the needs of elders in Massachusetts. The King’s Daughters had many Circles in Massachusetts who agreed to adopt ‘old people’ as their cause. They began raising awareness and funds and looked for ways to support this effort financially. During this time they also began accepting men into their circles and became The King’s Daughters and Sons. On April 5, 1899 the organization was formerly incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Virgil S. Pond heard of the need for a facility and since he had a desire to put his family homestead in Pondville to good use, he donated his home and land in 1900 to the organization. The 20-room home was remodeled for its new use and Circles all over the Commonwealth adopted rooms in the house, furnishing and decorating them for the future inhabitants.

“The attitude today is very different,” Annis explains, “Residents who live at Pond Home are the reason for our work. It really isn’t possible for them to ‘disturb’ us, as their needs are the reason our staff is here.”

On June 3, 1902 the Pond Home was officially dedicated with over 600 people attending the ceremony, which was called “Donation Day” where attendees were asked to give generously to meet the needs of the Pond Home. On June 5, 1902 the first residents were admitted to Pond Home. Three women and two men; one each from Wrentham, Foxboro, Walpole, Medfield, and Hyde Park became the first family of Pond Home. The non-profit was well supported and successful right from the start and soon was looking for more space to accommodate the elders who needed their services. In September 1931, the Board of Trustees received from the estate of Mrs. Lillian Sweatt in Wrentham, (wife of William) her properties on East Street, including approximately 40 acres and a most generous bequest of money (approximately $32,000) to be invested and used for the upkeep of the home and grounds. The new home could accommodate 25 residents so it was soon voted that the location of Pond Home would be transferred from

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Pond Home has been governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. Since its incorporation in 1899 a member of the Pond Family has been on the Board of Trustees of Pond Home. At first many members of the Board were part of King’s Daughters & Sons Circles. Over time the membership of Massachusetts’ Circles declined and its remaining members voted to disband the organization. The International order of King’s Daughters & Sons remains active today nationally and internationally, but has no direct connection with Pond Home. Today, the existing Board of Trustees includes Thomas Pond Crocker as Treasurer. Tom lives in Foxboro and is Virgil Pond’s great, great, grandson. The home at 289 East Street has undergone many additions and renovations over the decades. In June 1991 the volunteer Board of Trustees recognizing the need for professional management and support hired Rogerson Communities to manage the property. Rogerson Communities is a nonprofit management company providing housing and health care for elders and low-income individuals and families since it was founded in 1860. Today, Pond Home continues its professional management by Rogerson Communities. Rogerson serves more than 1,500 families through 26 facilities and programs. These services include housing, adult day health programs, fitness training and memory loss care and

treatment. Rebecca Annis has been the on-site long term care licensed nursing home administrator since Dec. 1994. In 1999, looking for further ways to serve the surrounding community, the Pond Home Board of Trustees transferred forty acres of the Pond Home land to a new nonprofit they incorporated; Pond Home Community, Inc. Today, The Community at Pond Meadow offers independent living in 66 one story cottages with attached garages. Approximately 86 residents call this friendly community home, one being Ann Crocker Stockwell, great granddaughter of Virgil Pond. This community is located adjacent to Pond Home and the two non-profits work together to support the residents who live there. In 2000 Pond Home’s Board embarked on the most recent major renovation, expanding the home to a capacity of 43 residents. Responding to a list of areas needing improvement put together by Rogerson Communities and the department heads the renovation included a new elevator, removal of steps inside and outside the building, improved handicap accessibility, additional bathrooms, resident rooms, and air conditioning, as well as additional resident activity space. All was accomplished while maintaining the charm and warmth of the original structure. Much has changed since the first residents were admitted to Pond

Many people visiting Pond Home for the first time describe its warmth and welcoming feeling as more of a New England Bed and Breakfast than a long term care facility. Despite the colonial charm, Pond Home is a modern long term care facility licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a Residential Care Facility with a Supportive Nursing Care Section. Forty-three residents can call Pond Home their home at any given time. Currently two cats also call it home. The care provided to residents today includes 24 hour nursing care, all meals and snacks, scheduled activity programs, inside and outside maintenance, housekeeping, transportation, and hairdressing services. Pond Home employs approximately 65 Nursing, Dietary, Activities, Maintenance Services, and Administrative Staff. Prior to coming to Pond Home both Administrator Rebecca Annis and Director of Nursing Terri Javery worked for various for-profit long term care organizations. “The difference working for a non-profit was obvious to me from the first time I toured Pond Home,” said Annis. “The amount of space in the public rooms within the home was not limited by what regulations required, as is done at for profit communities. The Board of Trustees consistently considers and acts on recommendations that are in the best interest of the current and future residents of Pond Home.” Javery agrees, stating, “My nursing staff has the equipment they need to provide the exceptional care we are known for.” Tours of the home, historical displays of its history, entertainment and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to (508)384-3531 ext. 221 if you are able to attend or would like an individual tour.

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June Library Programs Friday, June 7 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Baby/Toddler Playgroups Two programs – Birth to prewalkers with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 9:30. Toddlers (walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30. Meet new friends, play with the toys and gym equipment purchased with funds from the Friends of Fiske!!! Come join the fun! No registration required just drop in. If arriving before 10AM please ring doorbell. Location: SWEATT Meeting Room Friday, June 14 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Baby/Toddler Playgroups Two programs – Birth to prewalkers with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 9:30. Toddlers (walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30. Meet new friends, play with the toys and gym equipment purchased with funds from the Friends of Fiske!!! Come join the fun! No registration required just drop in. If arriving before 10AM please ring doorbell. Location: SWEATT Meeting Room Thursday, June 21 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Baby/Toddler Playgroups Two programs – Birth to prewalkers with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 9:30. Toddlers (walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30. Meet new friends, play with the toys and gym equipment purchased with funds from the Friends of Fiske!!! Come join the fun! No registration required just drop in. If arriving before 10AM please ring doorbell. Location: SWEATT Meeting Room 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Yoga with Chris Primavera 3rd class of the second SPRING session (a 4 week session not the usual 6.)Sign up and prepayment of $40.00 is required. This session ends June 28. Location: SWEATT Meeting Room 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Pretzel Yoga AGES : 3-6 It will incorporate traditional yoga with fun and noncompetitive games. Each child is encouraged to go at his or her own pace. There will be a maximum of 13 children. Cost is $30 for the four sessions, payable to the Friends of the Fiske. Sign-up at the Front Desk. (No equipment is required) Location: SWEATT Meeting Room

Friday June 22 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Baby/Toddler Playgroups Two programs – Birth to prewalkers with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 9:30. Toddlers (walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30. Meet new friends, play with the toys and gym equipment purchased with funds from the Friends of Fiske!!! Come join the fun! No registration required just drop in. If arriving before 10AM please ring doorbell. Location: SWEATT Meeting Room Tuesday, June 26 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Wrentham Youth Soccer. Location: SWEATT Meeting Room Wednesday, June 27 10:30 AM Sing-along for Young Childrenwith Liz Buchanan. SWEATT Meeting Room 7:00 PM - Foreign Film SWEATT Meeting Room Thursday, June 28 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Yoga with Chris Primavera 4th class of the second SPRING session (a 4 week session not the usual 6.)Sign up and prepayment of $40.00 is required. This session

ends with this class. Location: SWEATT Meeting Room 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Pretzel Yoga AGES : 3-6 It will incorporate traditional yoga with fun and noncompetitive games. Each child is encouraged to go at his or her own pace. There will be a maximum of 13 children. Cost is $30 for the four sessions, payable to the Friends of the Fiske. Sign-up at the Front Desk. (No equipment is required) Location: SWEATT Meeting Room 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Evening Book Group Books will be available at the circulation desk. FACILITATOR : Jan Battikha. Location: Genealogy Room Friday, June 29 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Baby/Toddler Playgroups Two programs – Birth to prewalkers with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 9:30. Toddlers (walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30. Meet new friends, play with the toys and gym equipment purchased with funds from the Friends of Fiske!!! Come join the fun! No registration required just drop in. If arriving be-

Compost Week of the Young Child Bins and Rain Barrels Are Available Compost bins and rain barrels are available to purchase from the Wrentham Recycling Committee. The compost bins cost $32 each and typically retail for around $50. The rain barrels are available for $75. Contact the Recycling Committee if you’re interested in purchasing either (or both). The committee’s email

Norfolk Cooperative Preschool recently celebrated the “Week of the Young Child.” The teachers planned fun themes each day, such as Pajama Day, Silly Hat Day and Carnival Day. There was a puppet show and a family brunch where Mr. Dave, the school’s music teacher, performed for each classroom.

fore 10AM please ring doorbell. SWEATT Meeting Room 2:00 PM July 4th Bike Decorating and Parade You are invited to our bike decorating party at Fiske Library to celebrate the 4th of July. Bring your bike, scooter, baby buggy, doll carriage or wagon and we’ll supply the red, white and blue decorations. Bring along a toy horn or musical instrument and enjoy a few minutes of being “LOUD” in the library!! Bring your camera to take pictures of our parade around the library. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Location: SWEATT Meeting Room Friday, June 28 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Baby/Toddler Playgroups Two programs – Birth to prewalkers with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 9:30. Toddlers (walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30. Meet new friends, play with the toys and gym equipment purchased with funds from the Friends of Fiske!!! Come join the fun! No registration required just drop in. If arriving before 10AM please ring doorbell. Location: SWEATT Meeting Room

Clarification In our March issue we wrote about the construction of Freeman-Kennedy school. To clarify any confusion, this is not the first new school Norfolk has built. Norfolk has constructed several new schools over the years.

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Norfolk Community Day, Saturday June 9th The Norfolk Lions in conjunction with a number of local organizations is in the final planning stages for the 20th annual Norfolk Community Day on June 9th at the Holmes Complex on 22 Myrtle Street in Norfolk. Community Day events officially kick off at 11:30 a.m., however the annual Norfolk Community League Road Race will take place at 9:00 a.m. Events at this year’s Community Day include a children’s art contest, touch a DPW truck, golf ball drop 50/50 raffle and many new and old favorite amusements including the Circus Obstacle Course, Knights & Dragons Bounce and Slide, Soccer Shoot, The Joust, and the Bungee Bull Ride. This year the black top entertainment will include a number of local groups who have participated for the last 19 years and some new venues which include:

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Come join the food, games and fun that are all sponsored by various local groups. Many of our local organizations are selling

goodies to raise funds and providing literature so we can all find out what’s going on around town. It’s a great day for everyone to get to-

gether and celebrate Norfolk. The Lions are a non-profit organization known for working to end preventable blindness. Norfolk

Lions participate in a vast variety of projects important to our community and proceeds of Community Day are donated back into local charities or to meet community needs. For more information regarding Community Day, you may contact the Norfolk Lions Club at norfolkcommunityday@ or call Ed Melanson @ 508-843-1528 or Patti McCarty @ 508-520-0540.

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KP Students Sign Up to Vote The Town Clerks from Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham participated in a voter registration drive at King Philip High School. In the span of two hours, over 55 students became registered voters for the first time on May 15. “This was a great event. The kids were all so enthusiastic and it is great to

see so many young people excited to take part in the electoral process,” said Shawn Dooley, Town Clerk for Norfolk “I hope this becomes an annual event and I look forward to doing it again in the fall right before the presidential election.” Wrentham’s Town Clerk Carol Mollica was pleased

Congratulations from Chief Anderson On behalf of the Wrentham Police Department, I would like to congratulate the police officers from Wrentham, North Attleboro and Needham for taking advantage of the Autism training held at the Wrentham Public Safety complex April 12 and 23. Along with local residents, other

participants included Michael Carroll, Wrentham Board of Selectmen, Ed Goddard, Chairman of Wrentham School Committee and local court officials including Edward Doherty, Clerk Magistrate of the Wrentham District Court. The training not only educated those in attendance, but also raised

to add nearly 30 voters for the town. “It went very smoothly, the kids were eager to register, and I was very happy with the number of people who registered - 26 for Wrentham in a 2-hour span,” Mollica said.

Ticket. During the Click It or Ticket mobilization, thousands of extra state and local police will patrol the state’s streets and highways in a concerted effort to promote and enforce seat belt use with the ultimate goal of saving lives. Many departments across the state have adopted zero-toler-

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their awareness of the spectrum of this condition that is not fully understood by many people. I would like to give special thanks to Lieutenant Martin Baker, Norwood Police Department, for his insight and expertise as he instructed over one thousand police officers in his career on this topic. Sincerely, James Anderson Chief of Police, Wrentham

Wrentham Police Launch Statewide Click It or Ticket Enforcement The Wrentham Police Department in partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Highway Safety Division (HSD), the State Police and over 120 other local departments, has launched a highvisibility seat belt enforcement mobilization called Click It or

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ance policies for seat belt violations signaling the increasing importance of seat belt use. In fact, if pulled over, everyone in the car found not wearing a seat belt will be ticketed. This Click It or Ticket mobilization started May 14th and is scheduled to run to June 3rd.

The Little Music School (LMS) will hold a series of open houses for prospective students and families at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, 38 Main Street. The open houses are scheduled for Tuesday, June 19, Thursday, June 21, and Wednesday, June 27. Learn more about the Little Music School, an innovative program that teaches children as young as eighteen months to play the piano and explore the musical world around them. The open houses will feature hands-on demonstrations geared to children of specific ages. On June 19 and June 27, children ages 1824 months are encouraged to visit at 10:30, children ages 2 and 3 years at 11:00, and children ages 4 and 5 years at 11:30. On June 27, there are additional sessions scheduled for 2- and 3-year-olds at 1:30 and for 4- and 5-year-olds at 2:00. On June 21, the open house for

children ages 18-24 months will be held at 5:00 p.m., for 2- and 3year-olds at 5:30, and for 4- and 5year-olds at 6:00. Built on the Three Cs Color, Creativity and Core the LMS program introduces children to a creative world where music making and enjoyment is fostered, through group play, while singing, playing the piano, imagining, and creating. Little Music School invites children as young as eighteen months up to the piano during their very first lessons and begins to teach them how to read, understand, notate, enjoy, and play music. LMS exposes children to music in a way they understand: through imagination, movement, play, and peer interaction. For more information, call FSPA at (508) 528-8668 or email Visit online at

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Living Healthy Koko Cares! Local FitClubs Help Battle Cancer! Koko FitClubs of Plainville, Mansfield and Walpole Contribute Locally and Nationally On May 2nd, Koko FitClub cofounders, Mike Lannon and Mary Obana, presented American Cancer Society and Relay for Life representatives with a check for $6,000 on behalf of the company's franchises nationwide. The donation was the result of the first ever “5 Million Point Challenge,” a fundraising effort that capitalized on the ability of the innovative fitness club’s patented Smartraining™ technology to do something no other health clubs can do: collect and compile all of the exercise activity data of its members across the country and translate it into points tallied toward a unique fundraising goal. During the weekend of March 2425, 2012, participants in 66 clubs

across 27 states linked arms virtually and walked with their fellow “KokoNuts” to raise the money for cancer research. Every time a member comes to Koko FitClub, they earn "Koko Points" for their workouts based on their effort and performance. In the 24-hour challenge period, members were encouraged to earn and contribute Koko Points from their “Koko Cardio” workout sessions in exchange for dollars to be donated by Koko FitClub's corporate headquarters toward cancer research and treatment. Koko FitClub members nationwide turned out in force. Locally, Christine and Andrew Johnston, owners of Koko FitClubs in Plainville, Mansfield, and Walpole,

were so moved by the high level of participation by members across their three clubs that they are adding to the $6,000 corporate donation with a $1,000 donation to the local Relay for Life event to be held June 15-16 in Mansfield. The American Cancer Society is not the only organization participating in the battle against cancer to benefit from Koko FitClub’s support. The clubs in Plainville, Mansfield, and Walpole have also recently supported the Ellie Fund, a local Massachusetts organization with a mission of fighting breast cancer and easing its effects on women and families across Massachusetts. During the Ellie Fund’s “Do Good” campaign, members in Plainville and Mansfield participated with other local clubs in a weight-lifting challenge; each

pound lifted by members during a one-month period translated into a cash donation. More recently, Koko Walpole was honored to donate a one-year membership to the Ellie Fund’s “Get Ready for the Red Carpet” campaign spokesperson, Michelle Fahey, as Michelle continues her personal battle with breast cancer. Both the Relay for Life and the Ellie Fund are a natural fit for Koko. These organizations and Koko owners Christine and Andrew Johnston are passionate about impacting the health and well-being of their local communities. In addition, as Koko co-founder, Mary Obana, recently discussed, there is a link between living an active life and staying cancer-free. "More research comes out everyday showing that physical activity reduces cancer risk and im-

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Starr & Glick Orthodontics – Building Smiles for 41 Years BY J.D. O’GARA The most beautiful smile comes from the heart.

The team at Starr & Glick Orthodontics knows this. They’re experts in the latest orthodontic technology, but they also love what they do – building smiles, from the inside out. The practice began 41 years ago, with Dr. Stanley Starr, six weeks after he finished his specialty training. “I’m still loving it,” says Dr. Starr. For the past three years, Dr. Starr has partnered with Dr. Geoffrey Glick, who joined the practice back in 2004. Two years ago, Dr. Elizabeth Blake came to join the team, which, in total, is comprised of 21 individuals, many who have been with the practice for at least 10 years. The great rapport between the three orthodontists is contagious. “The relationship with Dr. Glick and Dr. Blake has just been great,” says Dr. Starr. “We’re all family,” says Ellen, the treatment coordinator, who believes the low turnover of the crew says a lot about the family-friendly, kidfriendly practice. “I love my job.”

“It’s a well-orchestrated operation,” says Dr. Geoffrey Glick, and it’s a warm one that constantly promotes camaraderie. “We are a whole team. It’s not just about the dentist; it’s about the whole crew. Kids come here and they’re not scared. That’s important.” At Starr & Glick, there’s not a lot to be afraid of, least of all, costs. The first visit, including diagnostic records, a study model, panoramic X-rays and Cephalometric X-rays is complimentary, and if a patient will require orthodontic treatment but just isn’t yet ready, then their six-month recall visits are also free. Every person in the practice is also proud to say that they accept $0 down toward orthodontic treatment and will work with a client’s budget. Starr & Glick’s use of the latest practices and materials also makes achieving a healthy smile more comfortable than ever. “From the viewpoint of technology, in terms of both treatment and practice – the differences are vast (from when he began),”says Dr. Starr, from records that were kept on paper and are now computerized, to X-rays that use 75% less radiation and translate digital results directly to a computer screen, to amazing advances in the materials used. The practice uses very light, con-

Dr. Stanley Starr, Dr. Elizabeth Blake and Dr. Geoffrey Glick head up an orthodontic practice in Medfield known for quality of care and friendly atmosphere.

temporary nickel titanium orthodontic wires, material originally developed by NASA and useful in moving teeth using minimal force, says Glick. Its light weight causes less pain and discomfort than years ago and requires fewer adjustments. The result is fewer appointments, fewer extractions and less stress for patients to achieve the same beautiful smile. Advances in technology also allow Starr & Glick Orthodontics to treat a large number of adults, who comprise about 25% of practice, which offers a 24/7 on call service and sees 80 to 100 patients a day. Years ago, says Starr, “We didn’t know really whether the adult gum tissues and the support structures of teeth could stand the rigors of orthodontic movement,” says Dr. Starr, “but we can do this in many types of cases with Invisalign®.” Both Dr. Starr and Dr. Glick are Invisalign®, Elite Premier Providers, which puts them in the top 1% of all Invisalign® providers throughout the world. Their expertise has drawn local celebrities and top athletes from the New England Patriots and the

Celtics. Starr & Glick also own one of the few Align Technology Intra Oral Scanners, a digital tool used with Invisalign® that uses 90,000 lasers per second to get the exact specifications of a patient’s dental impression. In fact, Dr. Glick’s coowns ClinReview, a company that provides consulting services for other dentists who need help with their own Invisalign® cases. “I embraced Invisalign® when it came out,” says Dr. Glick. who has worked on over 1,000 of these cases. Methods for improving patient compliance have also dramatically improved, says Dr. Starr, adding that the quality of orthodontic treatment relies heavily on patient participation. Incentives have come full circle from negative to positive reinforcement, and the group boasts an enviable rewards system, complete with Starr Bucks, Glick Gold and delicious cookies, for those patients with good compliance. The result? “There was a 75% increase in patient cooperation and their compliance with things that they have to wear, such as headgear and rubber

bands,” he says. “It motivates patients to do a good job,” says Dr. Glick. The doctors in the practice stress the importance of their relationships with the patients. “You get so close to your orthodontist,” says Dr. Blake, who was moved to the career from her own experience with her orthodontist. “This is a long journey for these kids,” says Dr. Glick, who says that patients truly develop a relationship not only with the orthodontists, but with the staff they see every six weeks. “You gain a new friend,” he says. He’s proud to point out that Starr & Glick also sponsors the community and mentors local students. What he is most proud of, however, is the quality of care they provide. The award-winning, cutting edge doctors never cut corners in a patient’s care. “1 we feel like we’re doing a great, great service for people,” says Dr. Starr. “It’s so rewarding when you can change the appearance of either an adult or a child and watch their self esteem rise.” All three orthodontists find the career very rewarding. “Picture a little kid coming in with crooked teeth and low self esteem,” says Dr. Glick. “When you take the braces off – the smile you see from these kids – that is why I do it. That is why it’s worth it.” Dr. Starr and Dr. Glick Orthodontics is located at 16 Park Street in Medfield, Mass. They can be reached at (508) 359-2576. To learn more, visit their website at

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Yoga for Sale People BY DAVE DUNBAR Mental clarity. Physical stamina. Sense of self-worth. We all want these… but sales people need them to do their jobs profitably. These are fruits of a continuing yoga practice for everyone. Some 15-million Americans practice yoga and 705,000 of them are sales people. Yoga is a $6-billion dollar industry in the U.S.and growing daily. What I think is interesting is how desperately a profession that compensates its workers on the basis of results needs yoga. In the professional yoga field, there is constant talk about "under-served populations" and never once have I heard anybody say, "Oh yeah, let's address the mental and physical challenges caused by being a sales person." In the ancient Sanskrit language “saravakrayin” means “selling things of all kinds.” Who knew there were sales people 5,000 years ago? Maybe now, someone will invent Saravakrayin Yoga. It will probably be an American. Yoga’s benefits are becoming well-known. Scientific studies prove that stress can be reduced, muscles strengthened, and mental outlook improved. Some practitioners even find an elusive state of bliss. Yoga is not a religion. I practice alongside Catholics, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists. Nevertheless, a re-

cent Yoga Alliance survey found that 57% thought that yoga was “religion-based.” There is a search for the spiritual dimension in our practice; there is not any ritual or routine that seems religion-based to me.

the navel press back toward the spine. Repeat a few times and then feel what’s going on in your body. This kind of complete breathing helps to bring the awareness into the present. Here’s a big benefit: since fear lives in the future, there is no fear in the present.

A key part of yoga which is often minimized in the West is the practice of 10 ethical and moral guidelines called the Yamas and Niyamas. It’s no accident that these are listed first and second of eight steps. The step we are most familiar with is step number three, “asana” or yoga postures.

For sales people, whose income is determined in part or entirely by their performance, the value of remaining mentally sharp and focused can’t be overstated. Through a continuing practice of yoga, they can develop an ability to remain calm and resourceful during the most intense circumstances.

It is in the Yamas and Niyamas that you can find guidance about self-discipline, non-harming, opening up to something larger than one’s self, truth, and staying in the present. It is here that sales people can find help reconciling competition and contentment.

There is an old story in the yoga world that nicely illustrates the benefits of staying calm and cultivating a sense of equanimity.

Since the mind changes focus an average of every 2.6 seconds, it is useful to cultivate a sense of stability from the neck up. Meditation can help. By holding the mind still – even for a few seconds – it is possible to develop an ability to concentrate. Breath awareness helps, too. Observing and feeling the sensations caused by the in-breath and the outbreath help to anchor the mind in the body. On your next inhale, draw the air all the way down and feel the belly puff out. On the exhale, empty all the way out and feel

A farmer, who has only one horse to plow the field and transport goods to market, notices one day that the horse is gone. The townspeople come around to say how unfortunate he is and wonder how he will continue on. The farmer says, “I don’t know whether I’m unfortunate or not. All I know is that my horse is gone.” Within a week, the horse returns bringing along with him six other horses, stallions and mares. The townspeople tell him how fortunate he is now… with all these horses he will surely prosper. And the farmer says, “I don’t know whether I’m fortunate, but I do know that I now have seven

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horses.” The story goes on, ending with the son of the farmer riding one of the stallions and being thrown to the ground. A broken shoulder and leg is the result. A short time later, his country went to war. The Army went from house to house, farm to farm, drafting young men into service. But the farmer’s son was spared because of his injuries. This ability to stay present and find mental balance begins in the physical body. The “asanas” turn out to be a key – holding a pose like Downward Facing Dog or a Warrior or a headstand each requires concentration on the here and now. No distractions. The mental muscle will grow stronger. The physical body grows stronger, too. And that has benefits for people who are on their feet all day. Improved posture. Fewer physical aches and pains. Eventually, a better-looking body is a result. Yoga benefits include an overall sense of well-being and detoxification, improved mental skills that lead to better decision-making, healthier breathing patterns and more efficient metabolism, enhanced digestive system, improved

muscle tone and range of motion in the joints, greater physical comfort and stability. Of course, none of this will happen overnight. Dedication and the right amount of effort will pay off. Many of the yogis I know report general physical improvement plus specific positive signs of lower blood pressure and anxiety. If you’re a sales person, or manager, who is now thinking “I want some of this,” then find a yoga class. (Google “Yoga classes in ___________.”) Try several different classes and teachers. Give your practice some time to grow while trying to stay present to what’s happening right now. You know that your sales goals aren’t reached by sitting at a desk and staring at your sales plan. You have to go out and do something. Do yoga. Dave Dunbar teaches Kripalu yoga at the Adirondack Club in Franklin, MA, and has a limited number of private students; he lives in Wrentham, and has more than 30 years experience in sales and sales management. He can be reached at


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Living Healthy 4 Tips for Staying Healthy & Active Through the Summer BY DEVIN GRAY, CSCS Summer is now upon us. It’s the time of year for baseball games, cookouts, camping, Cape Cod, and two local favorites – gardening and golfing. If you stayed active and healthy, congratulations! Enjoy the summertime and your hobbies. If you didn’t, this article will give you some tips for staying healthy and strong. Spend your summer doing the things you love, not sitting on the couch with an ice pack. Weekend warriors frequently experience aches, pains, and fatigue

when jumping back into their favorite activities. Not surprisingly, the two are often related. The simple answer is that you may be more out of shape than you thought. The in-depth reason is that a season away from exercising has caused your mobility, flexibility, endurance, and strength to deteriorate. By resuming a structured exercise program, with an emphasis on mobility, functional strength, and cardiovascular endurance these deficits can be overcome. With the right program, you could be stronger than ever.


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Cataract Surgery Which Implant Should I Choose? BY: ROGER M. KALDAWY, M.D. MILFORD-FRANKLIN EYE CENTER A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. Vision through eyes with cataracts is characterized as looking through a foggy window or piece of wax paper. Cataract development is usually a very gradual process of normal aging, but can occasionally occur rapidly. Although most cataracts occur in older adults, they can appear in children, in one or both eyes, often at birth. They look like a white or gray spot in the pupil. Many people are unaware that they have cataracts because the changes in their vision are so gradual. Cataracts are very common, affecting roughly 60% of people over the age of 60, and over 1.5 million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States each year. Advances in cataract surgery have turned it into a 10-15 minutes outpatient procedure where most patients resume normal activities the next day. Over time the cloudy lens (cataract) can prevent light rays from passing clearly through to the inside of the eye. The eye works a lot like a camera. Light rays focus through the lens on the retina, a layer of light sensitive cells at the back of the eye. Similar to film, the retina allows the image to be "seen" by the brain. That’s why the typical symptom of cataract formation is a slow, progressive, and painless decrease in vision. Other changes include: blurring of vision; glare, particularly at night; frequent eyeglass prescription change; a decrease in color intensity; a yellowing of images; and in rare cases, double vision. Cataract surgery has evolved, and we can now not only clear the vision form the blurry film and the glare at night, but with the same surgery, correct the dependence on glasses to a high degree, enabling patients to see distance, near and

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Red Cross Swimming Lessons at Sweatt Beach Begins June 25 Wrentham Recreation Department announces American Red Cross Swim Lessons at Sweatt Beach for the 2012 summer. Four 2 week sessions are available beginning June 25th running thru August 17th. Preschool – Level 3 Swim lessons run 30 minutes each day Monday thru Thursday starting at 9:30 am. Cost $65 per session with beach pass, $80 per session without beach pass. Private lessons are also available $100 per week with beach pass, $120 per week without beach pass. Register at Wrentham Town

Hall Saturday, 4/28 and 5/12 9:30 – 11 a.m., Tuesday 5/1 and 5/15 6 to 7 p.m. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. Registration forms available at Town Hall or email. 2012 Sweatt Beach passes available at registration $125 Wrentham residence, $150 Norfolk and Plainville residence. For a complete listing of sessions, times, and American Red Cross swim level descriptions contact the Wrentham Recreation Department at 508-384-5427 or emailWrentham.recprograms@ve

NCL’s Community Day 5k Family Fun Run/Walk and Family Sunshine Stretch The Norfolk Community League (NCL) will be sponsoring its 16th Annual Community Day Family Run/Walk on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. In addition to this year’s run/walk, NCL will also be holding a pre-race Family Sunrise Stretch from 8:008:45 a.m., led by yoga instructor Gail Taylor Holmes. We encourage you to come out with the entire family to run/walk, stretch or do both! Strollers will be allowed on the race course. Healthy post stretch and run/walk snacks will be provided and parking is free. Both events will be held at the Holmes Field, Myrtle Street, Norfolk. The pre-race Sunshine

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Women’s Success Network’s Annual June Scholarship Awards Dinner The Women’s Success Network’s 2012 Scholarship Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting will be held on June 6th at Luciano’s Lake Pearl in Wrentham where several women will be awarded the WSN Founders’ Scholarships. These scholarships provide deserving women with the opportunity to start, return or continue their education. WSN past scholarship recipients will share how the scholarships have changed their lives. Kelly Fox, a local businesswoman and philanthropist, will speak about the positive impact and effects charitable donations

can have on the small business professional. Ms. Fox is a Certified Financial Planning Practitioner who works with a focus on working families and small business owners. During 19 years of practice, she has held the philosophy of doing well by doing good and has been an active volunteer in her community as a board member of various nonprofit organizations. The June meeting is the last WSN meeting until we resume in September. To register for the June meeting or to obtain more information about WSN, go to

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Fun Day and Annual Ball Drop Planned for June 16th WEST (Wrentham Elementary Schools Trust, Inc.) and The Friends of Wrentham will be hosting the second annual “Fun Day” FUNdraiser on Saturday, June 16 at the Cracker Barrel Fairgrounds on Emerald Street in Wrentham. This year’s event will be chockfull of fun activities for the entire family. There will be pony rides, a rock climbing wall, dunk tank, bouncy house, a magician with live animals, petting zoo, live performances on stage, sports challenges, face painting, food and drink booths, raffle prizes and gift baskets, and more.

Local groups and businesses will be on hand sponsoring their own fun activities, games and contests. Bring the whole family for a funfilled day, plus a chance to win $1,000 in the Fourth Annual Ball Drop. Wrentham firefighters will climb high up on their ladder truck with a giant container of golf balls containing one lucky ball worth $1,000. Balls are $10 each or 3 for $25 for a chance to win $1,000. Balls can be purchased at Fun Day or in advance

WEST fund important teacher grants for curriculum enrichment programs each year. It also raises money for The Friends of Wrentham, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting residents at Wrentham Developmental Center, with purchases such as handicapped-accessible vans and specialized exercise equipment. Fun Day will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cracker Barrel Fairgrounds in Wrentham.

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FPAC Gala 2012 Celebrates Excellence In The Performing Arts at Gillette Stadium Held May 5th Congratulations to 97 students in grades 4-6 at the Freeman Centennial School who read 532 books for the 2012 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (MCBA) program administered by Mrs. Sharon Lavallee in the school library. The activity is voluntary and above and beyond classroom reading assignments. For more information see The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) raised the curtain on Gala 2012, An Evening with the Stars, on Saturday, May 5 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Broadway headliners entertained in an exclusive one-night-only show, bringing the magic of 42nd Street to the Boston suburbs. The Gillette venue, a renowned setting for world-class performances, provided an exciting backdrop for the evening's festivities. Acclaimed Broadway star Beth Leavel dazzled with several show classics, including her signature song "As We Stumble Along" from The Drowsy Chaperone, for which she won a 2006 Tony® Award. The evening also featured Broadway's Tony Mansker, an original Mary Poppins cast member. Mansker portrayed the principal role of Bert on Broadway and delighted guests with a medley of tunes from the show, sharing the stage with students from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA). Drama Instructor Nick Paone and Electric Youth, a dynamic ensemble of young singer-dancers trained at FSPA, entertained with comedic and energetic performances. Following the show, guests danced until midnight to Boston's popular R&B band Soul Kitchen. The evening honored several individuals who have made significant contributions to FPAC and the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA). Dorothy

DeLutis Beaton received the 2012 Jan Smithers Faculty Award for her tenure as Instructor of Children’s Dance at FSPA and present role as Artistic Advisor to the Dance Department. The 2012 FSPA Alumni Award was presented to Hilary Pereira, from the Class of 1992. An inaugural member of FPAC, Pereira attended Boston Conservatory as a musical theater major, enjoyed a successful career in publishing at Time Inc. and is currently celebrating the release of her book and launch of her brand, Mermaids and Martinis. Franklin residents Wendy and Ed Jones were honored as FPAC 2012 Volunteers of the Year, recognized for their dedicated contributions onstage and backstage at FPAC productions. Ed Jones is a new member of FPAC’s Board of Directors. The Franklin Performing Arts Company thanks Gala 2012 Presenting Sponsors Platinum Equity and Maureen and Phil Norment, Production Sponsor Childs Engineering Corporation, and in-kind donors Postal Center USA, Flowers and More of Walpole, Petersons Party Center and Delux Tux. With the support of the local business community and the more than 300 friends of the arts in attendance, FPAC celebrated an exceptional evening showcasing remarkable talent and enthusiasm for the performing arts. For more information about the Franklin Performing Arts Company, call (508) 528-8668 or visit

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Sports KP Nine In An Uphill Struggle For Tourney Berth BY KEN HAMWEY Staff Sports Writer Whether the King Philip baseball team qualifies for the playoffs was still in doubt at Local Town Pages deadline but, regardless of the outcome, coach Ed Moran’s squad deserves praise for the way it has battled and relied on grit and determination to stay in contention for a berth. Last year, the Warriors finished 7-13 and were eliminated early from post-season play. This year’s contingent, however, flirted with .500 but with five games to go, KP had a 6-9 record, still in the tourney mix but with little room for error. “We’re not a young team but we came into the season with a degree of inexperience,’’ Moran emphasized. “The kids are coachable, they’re willing to listen, their work ethic has been tremendous and they’ve battled through injury.’’ Moran, KP’s coach for the last 15 years, is no stranger to baseball.

He guided the Warriors to a pair of Hockomock League championships in 2004 and 2009. In 2002 after a third-place finish in the standings, his players rolled to a sectional title, but eventually lost a bid for a state crown when Hudson topped KP. The 2012 edition of KP baseball is an inexperienced contingent with some talent. A scrappy attitude and a solid work ethic are its trademarks. “Our pitching is our strength,’’ Moran said. “Brian Crafton, Nick Malatesta and Gavin Adams were our starters until Adams got hurt. James Wallace is a key in relief. They’ve kept us in contention for the tourney, but Adams developed elbow trouble and is now playing only at first base.’’ Crafton, a three-year starter, had a 3-2 record at deadline. His assets are good control, velocity and an excellent breaking ball. Malatesta throws hard and relies on a slider and change-up. Adams, who was 1-0 with a 2.00 E.R.A. before his

arm woes, gave the Warriors a crafty left-hander who banked on an effective fastball, a curve and change-up. Wallace, who was used in middle-inning relief and also as a closer, has two saves. “James does what he needs to finish the job,’’ Moran said. “He’s done well, keeping his curve ball low and away from right-handed hitters. He was a pleasant surprise and he’s thrown with a good measure of confidence.’’ The injury to Adams forced Moran to call up pitcher Eric Cote from the jayvees and the sophomore has been impressive. He’s 13 with an E.R.A. of 1.87. KP’s senior captain, left fielder Charlie Harrington, gives the Warriors veteran leadership and he also was hitting .280 after 15 games. Moran has been pleased with the way Harrington has kept KP on an even keel. “Charlie has had a calming effect on our younger players,’’ Moran said. “He’s willing to talk with them and help them, whatever the situation. Offensively and defensively, he’s been a takecharge player. He has speed and is smart. He reads the ball well and does things the way we practice them.’’ Senior Matt Aucoin plays second base and is the team’s leading hitter (.374). A selective hitter, Moran admires his compact swing and steady all-around effort. “Matt has been a leader in the infield and he gets the job done,’’ Moran said.

Coach Moran’s team battled all season.

Two sophomores Moran can count on for the future are centerfielder Michael Murray and shortstop Owen Galvin, who has filled in for the injured Anthony Cerrone, now seeing duty at third base.

base when they’re not pitching. Crafton has size and is solid making routine plays while Adams, too, is reliable in the field. When Malatesta isn’t pitching, he’s patrolling third base in capable fashion.

“Michael is fast and strong in our leadoff role,’’ Moran said. “He’s bounced back after being diagnosed with leukemia last year. His recovery has been strong and he’s a good all-around player. Owen was an outfielder in pre-season but he’s made some nice plays and has been very capable at shortstop.’’

Senior Dan Rosen, whose grand slam helped the Warriors defeat Franklin in their season opener, has done a steady job in right field.

Wallace and senior Cam Walsh have alternated at catcher. Both are take-charge players who can settle down pitchers. Walsh’s arm is exceptionally strong and Wallace’s key asset is the way he blocks the plate. Crafton and Adams play first

“We’ve been in just about all our games,’’ Moran said. “To qualify we’ll need to play mistake-free ball. I’ve told the kids to just do your job and we can qualify.’’ Even if KP fails to qualify, it deserves praise for its willingness to give 100 percent at all times. That attribute took center stage when the Warriors defeated Oliver Ames on May 6 with Crafton, Wallace and Malatesta combining for a nohitter, the first at KP since 1969.

WEST Raises over $16,000 at Comedy Night The Wrentham Elementary Schools Trust, Inc. (WEST) raised over $16,000 at a recent Comedy Night held at Restaurant 3 in Franklin. The 4th annual comedy night was hosted by comedian Dave Russo and featured silent auctions and mystery bag purchases. “WEST is thrilled by the success of the event this year. We are very grateful for the generosity of all those who attended

and donated,” says Deirdre Foley, head of fundraising at WEST. Last year’s event raised over $10,000. WEST’s next major event is Fun Day, to be held on Saturday, June 16 at the Cracker Barrel Fairgrounds in Wrentham. Activities will include a rock climbing wall, sports challenges, pony rides, food, raffle prizes, a chance to buy golf balls for a $1,000 giveaway and much more.

WEST provides grants to Wrentham Elementary teachers, funding important curriculum enrichment programs that fall outside current school budgets. The funds raised at Comedy Night will be used to fund future teachers’ grants. For more information on WEST, including projects that have been funded for the children of Wrentham and how to donate, visit

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Record Breakers BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY When you thing of King Philip Regional High School, you think of all the hard working athletes that have contributed to successful Warrior teams. Recently two athletes, who were already linked to greatness at the school, wanted to add a twist to their Warrior legacy. Track and field stars Chris Allen and Stacey Wojcik each broke two school records, the exact same records on the exact same days. As if it were scripted, the senior speedsters broke the 800 meter dash against Stoughton and then were part of relay teams that broke the record of their respective events at the Division 2 State Relay Meets. Allen, who also runs the mile and 2-mile for the Warriors, took to the track for his race first completing the task at hand with an astounding 1:56.6 breaking the 34year old record by 1.3 seconds. The time is currently the fastest in the state this season. Wojcik also broke the girls 800 meter dash by more than one second by posting a 2:22.4 (the old record was 2:23.5) According to Allen, on the record breaking performances, it was like any other day on the track just faster. “I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary that day. I just went out and ran as hard as I could and happened to break the school record,” he said. “My goal was just to go out and run with the ability that I had that day, the end result was I was faster and stronger. It was pretty exciting, but it was really cool when Stacey broke the girls record just five minutes later.” Like her male counterpart Wojcik echoed the sentiment. “Chris and I are best friends and it was cool to see him break the record. At the time I was thinking that I would have loved to do it too, but it really wasn’t something I was expecting,” she said. “My thought was just to stay with Jade (Paul, Stoughton’s top runner) and as I was doing that my legs just seemed to take off. When I crossed the line I heard the coach yell out my time but I didn’t think

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anything of it, I was just surprised I had beaten her.” It wasn’t until some five minutes later while she was talking to her father that Wojcik‘s teammates came up to congratulate her on the record. At the State Relay Meet both etched their names one more time into the King Philip record books as well into the States. Wojcik along with Katie Lukes, Abby Seaberg and Lily Tallerman broke the 4 x mile with a time of

22:28.3. Unlike the 800, where she was just hoping to hang with the leader, Wojcik and her teammates came into the relay race with a goal. “This race was totally different as we all knew that we were going to win and we expected to break the record,” Wojcik said. Allen, Owen Gonser, Matt Bowers and Austin Gatacomb ran their Distance Medley with a time of 10:31.57 shattering the Division 2 state record by three seconds. Although both seniors are premier runners now, they haven’t always been. “During his early freshman years Chris didn’t realize his talent as a runner. He was running a 4:35 mile. He was always fast, but it wasn’t until recently that he ran a 4:13, which is

an elite time and is only three seconds off from qualifying for nationals,” KP Coach Julie Nievergelt said. “Stacey’s a lot like Chris in her running. She’ll run with the boys during practice to push her but can’t keep up with him. She’s always had a lot of potential; she just needed to apply it. As a freshman, she ran a 5:40 mile, this year her best time so far has been 5:14 (11 seconds off qualifying).” Wojcik, a three time Hock All Star, will be taking her talents Southern New Hampshire University to run cross country, while Allen is headed to Harvard where he will run track. Allen is also a three time Hock All Star and has won the league championship for the past three years in the 2mile, came in second at the All States and captured the New England Championship with a time of 9:05.97 in the same event. He also holds three other KP spring records, the mile, the 2-mile and 3200 meters. “Both are exceptional runners, in order to be a good miler you need speed and both are pretty fast in all running events. No one else on our team is versatile as Chris and Stacey,” the KP Coach said. “Some athletes get senioritis and kind of back down their last year, while others like Chris and Stacey want to go out on top and into college performing on a high level.” Nievergelt believes that both athletes should do exceptionally well in the Hockomock League Championships. According to the coach, Allen should capture at least one event, while Wojcik will be amongst the leaders in a very strong pack of runners.

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Cooperstown Bound BY PATRICK COLEMAN This August, eleven Wrentham U12 baseball players will head to Cooperstown, NY to play in a weeklong tournament that will cap an impressive four-year run. Together, the boys have brought home a trophy case full of championship hardware including a New England Regional Championship. The team’s impressive run has included 13 tournament appearances in which they’ve reached the finals 12 times and won the champion crown 8 times. When the season ends, they will graduate from the smaller baseball diamond and start to play on fields the same dimensions found in the Major Leagues. The team’s coaches and parents thought the Cooperstown trip would be a perfect way for the team to finish off their run. “The idea has been around for a couple of years to send the team to Cooperstown to put the cherry on top of their four year run together,” says Jim Lucas, a parent of one of the players and one of the people helping with the team’s fundraising. “It is going to be the culmination. Their final time together as a team.” The 23-team tournament will take place August 18th through 24th in the All Star Village in Cooperstown, NY. The boys will play in at least six games and, if the team plays well, there could be more. They will face teams from China and across the United States. While playing in the tournament will be the cap stone for the team’s time on the diamond, the experience of preparing for the trip and the days in Cooperstown will provide more than just a chance to win games. The parents decided the kids on the team needed to take an active role in the fundraising for

The Wrentham Warriors will head to Cooperstown to participate in one last tournament together as a team.

stown to trade with other players in the tournament. “Each team comes with their own pin,” says Lucas. “The cooler your pin is, the more you can command.”

The Wrentham Warrior Logo will be used on a pin for trading among the players in the tournament.

the trip. “We wanted the kids to work for it a bit,” Lucas says. “We wanted the kids to be involved in the process.” To raise funds the team had a pancake breakfast where the players served the food. The team held a yard sale in the center of town, there was a silent auction, and the players are selling raffle tickets for a Red Sox box. The team has also sold candy bars. More fundraisers might be held. In addition, a web site was launched to support the team’s efforts,, and Sheri Allen, a Wrentham graphic artists has donated her talents designing all the graphics and logos for the team. The team will play as the Wrentham Warriors and she created a unique logo that is being used on t-shirts, on the web site and on a pin the boys will take to Cooper-

Lucas asked around to find out what makes a cool pin and learned that anything with movement was valued in tournament pin trading. Lucas worked with Allan to make that happen. “Our Wrentham Warrior [logo] is holding a bat, with feathers dangling,” Lucas says. “We’re hoping that pin will be so cool for the kids.” The trip will be the last run for these particular Wrentham baseball players but now that Wrentham is in the tournament, they can send either a U12 or U10 team each year to participate. “We’re in now as Wrentham Warriors,” says Lucas. The team is coached by Chris Cook, with Tom Gorman, Charlie Frucci, and Glen Schiebler. The boys will focus on the local playoffs in June. Anyone interested in donating to the team’s trip and help them reach their goal of raising $10,000, may donate on the web site. (This article appeared in The Wrentham Times,

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The parade was delayed a week, but the boys and girls of Wrentham Youth Baseball and Softball showed their colors this past Sunday. The annual event featured a walk down South Street from the center of town, onto Randall Road and into Sweatt Fields. The first pitch was tossed by Terry McGovern who is stepping down as president of WYSBA. Many Wrentham groups were on hand including the DestiNation Imagination team raising funds for its trip to Knoxville, Kentucky, Wrentham Elementary School Trustselling golf balls for their annual golf ball drop, the Wrentham 12 year old Cooper-

stown Team raising funds for them to play at the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Troy Neubecker a Wrentham Boy Scout raising $20,000 to construct a September 11th Memorial. The event was also used to gather food for the Wrentham Food Pantry and an entire flat bed trailer was filled with non-perishable foods that will go to help feed residents in need. The food drive was sponsored by Wrentham Cooperative Bank. Many of the players and children of the town had a chance to enjoy several inflatables brought in for the occasion. The day was capped off with a series of softball and baseball games.

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Sports Lorusso Places 19th at Nationals Here’s a follow up on equestrian Cassandra Lorusso. The Stonehill College junior turned in a 19th place finish in the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)/Cacchione Cup competition at the 2012 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships at Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh, N.C., over the weekend.

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Lorusso also posted a fourth place finish in the individual open equitation over fences championship on day one of the IHSA Nationals.

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