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July 1, 2012

Oliveira to Take Over KP High School By Patrick coleman The search for a new King Philip Regional High School principal has ended, and the new person is very familiar with the school system. Lisa Oliveira, the associate principal at King Philip Middle School, will take over the top job at the high school this summer. According to Superintendent Elizabeth Zielinski, the 48 candidates in the pool for the position were very strong, and the four finalists were all highly qualified candidates. "The decision came down to looking at two prime factors," said Zielinski. "Stability for the school and school system and the ability for an individual to come and hit the ground running." After four years at the King Philip Middle School, Zielinski believes Oliveira fits those requirements. Zielinski added Oliveira's work with students, parents and the support of the teaching staff were

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Oliveira will replace Robert Wargo who has been named principal of Scituate High School. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Northeastern University and holds master's degrees from Endicott College and American International College. She earned her bachelor's degree from Wells College. Prior to arriving at King Philip Middle School, she was a guidance counselor at Blackstone-Millville Regional School District

The appointment to the top administrative position is extremely exciting for Oliveira. "I am absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead KPHS," she said. "Having been on the administrative team for the past four years, I knew I wanted to pursue this opportunity because we have great students, very supportive parents who care about providing excellent education for their children and an outstanding staff. I am very fortunate." Oliveira says during her time at KPMS she was impressed early on with the concern the staff showed for the students and their overall commitment to education. She says when she first arrived the KPMS staff worked on

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Town Approved Commercial Highway Corridor BY PATRICK COLEMAN The creation of a Highway Commercial District (HCD) passed overwhelmingly at June’s Town meeting 213 to 23 while efforts to increase the Public Health and Recreation Department Budgets failed. The proposal to rezone the 1.4 mile stretch of land running along Route 1 from the Foxboro Town Line to Thurston St. was put forth by town officials as a way to attract development along Route 1. Town Planner Paige Duncan said this rezoning was about planning for the future. “We’re not pretending that overnight there will be development,” Duncan said. Most of the land in the proposal was zoned B-1with five split lots residentially zoned. B-1, Duncan said is better suited for the center of Wrentham where the businesses sit on

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celebrating the success of students in a more public manner and this has really had an impact on the culture of the school. "The teachers strive for performance above excellence now and take pride in sharing their accomplishments with the community," Oliveira says. "We have experienced so much success this year." She cited accomplishments of both teachers and students. Oliveira points to the recognition math teacher Whitney Hartwell received from the New England Patriots as one of the "Super People for the Super Bowl" and the success two teams of students achieved by taking gold medals in an academic competition at MIT. Looking forward to her new position, Oliveira hopes to continue the work Wargo did in building a positive climate at the high school for students. She is also aware that her responsibility for student discipline at the middle school may make some concerned there will be major changes coming to the

high school. "I recognize that due to my role as disciplinarian, students may be concerned about sweeping changes," she says. "One student asked me at the focus group, 'Are you going to change the dress code?' I had to chuckle a bit at the perception, but my answer is this, it is important to maintain the student culture that has been established."

process and working collaboratively with the [King Philip Teacher Association] to develop the best evaluation tool we can," she says. "This is very exciting for me as this is the focus of my dissertation. Specifically, I am interested in how students can provide feedback to teachers so that they may reflect and improve their instruction."

Oliveira added, "I don't plan on changing policy. There is a venue for that. Policy is developed with the school council which is comprised of students, parents and teachers. My job is to listen to their collective voices."

Ultimately she is looking for improvement and that, she says, requires change and adoption of new innovations. It requires vision, collaboration, a plan and resources. "Currently, resources are very tight for all educational institutions so hopefully we can get creative to provide our teachers with what they need to examine student data, take risks, reflect and collaborate," Oliveira says. "The sky is the limit because our students are the greatest."

Oliveira worked with Wargo prior to his departure. Her position at the middle school will be posted. Once Oliveira takes over her initial goals will be to build a sense of stability and trust and she believes her strength in analyzing teaching practices will be key. "We have a lot of work to do this year with going through the [New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation]

(This article originally appeared in The Wrentham Times, www.wrenthamtimes.com)

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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 HCD will now impose new zoning standards that officials hope will both address some of the environmental issues the land faces, such as steep topography and wetlands, and allow for shared parking and internal access between parcels limiting curb cuts and allow for environmental sensitive design. A motion was made by Katherine Deluca to remove one split lot on Thurston St. from the HCD, and keep it residential in an effort provide a greater buffer for the homes on Oak Ridge Dr. The motion was defeated and the article passed as it was originally proposed on the Warrant. The other major zoning article on the floor was a new use table that passed unanimously. Before the meeting was recessed at 11:07 several lengthy discussions were held on the budget. Everett Skinner made a motion to increase the salary line for the Board of Health office to have a full-time clerk. The motion sparked passionate debate about the frustration to do business with the town with a Public Health Office that was only open part of the day, but ultimately the motion to add to the salary line failed. The Recreation Department’s budget received a great deal of debate before the meeting adjourned. A motion was made to use funds from the stabilization account and increase the department’s budget $142,500 in an attempt to lower user fees which have risen from $15 to $60 per person in recent years. Greg Klim, president for King Philip Youth Lacrosse, one of the programs that uses the town’s fields and pays the fees, said, “We’re doing everything we can to offer a high level of sports. The Rice Complex is great but our user fees are get-

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Patriots Visit KP Middle School to Kick Off Reading Program By mike Gleason Though he’s played in front of thousands of people, New England Patriots linebacker Mike Rivera admitted to being a little nervous while speaking to King Philip Middle School students last month. Luckily, he was working in front of a friendly crowd. Rivera, at the school along with teammate (and fellow linebacker) Jeff Tarpinian to kick off its summer reading program, was fielding a question about whether he got nervous before games. “When something’s important to you, you get nervous,” he said. “When you know what to do, and when you’re prepared, it’s better.” Tarpinian agreed. “If you start looking ahead and worrying about things you can’t control, it’s stressful,” he said. “My high school coach taught me to focus on the things I can control, like my attitude and effort.” The school is working in conjunction with the Patriots to encourage students to keep their minds active in the coming summer months. Teachers have challenged students to read 3,000 books – or, as they put it, “tackle 3,000 texts” - over the vacation.

Should the school meet the goal, players from the team will return, and a student will get a chance to have lunch with them. “We’re giving the kids playbooks for the program, so we can tell them that, while the Patriots are tackling their playbooks over the summer, the kids can be working on theirs,” said middle school English teacher Nancy Fischer. “It’s a nice analogy that we’re hoping the kids can relate to.” High school English teacher Sean Skenyon said he hoped for a snowball effect. “Maybe a student will read one book they’re interested in, and then read another by the same author,” he said. “In today’s day and age, with iPods and cell phones, there are a million distractions.”

gent and smart all the players are,” he said. “People don’t realize how much work we do during the week – how much studying we do and how much film we break down. It’s important to keep up with that.” Rivera said the players must do their homework before each game. “Every week, we take on another team, and we have to learn all about them – what they’re good at, what they do on offense and defense,” he said. “We have to read tons of pages, so we know what we can expect.” He went on to say that he intends to keep on learning throughout his life.

Rivera, in his speech, encouraged the students to reach the 3,000-book goal.

“I hope to educate myself about things after football, so, in my next step, I hopefully can have a job that I enjoy and love doing,” he said.

“I think you guys can do it,” he said. “Look at how many people are in here – you can do it if you just read three books each.”

KP student Rebecca Phillips asked Tarpinian which teammate he’d take with him if he were stranded in the desert.

Tarpinian said reading was integral to his own success as a football player.

“I think I’d want an outdoorsman – Tom [Brady] is a nice guy, but I don’t know if he knows about the outdoors,” he said. “Logan Mankins is a big guy and a hunter. I’d feel comfortable going into the wild with him.”f

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On Saturday June 9th the 20th annual Norfolk Community Day was held at Holmes Complex on 22 Myrtle St. The event was deamed a success with an impressive turn out. “Strongest crowd in years,” said Paul Terrio of the Lions Club.

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happiness. I'm really working with people to find their unique health success." This isn’t the first business she’s run. She started a chiropractic office, sold it, and she’s worked for other doctors. But she wanted to offer something a little different. She wanted an office that provides the traditional chiropractic treatments but also addressed nutrition, fitness and a person’s overall health. “I wanted to make my practice unique,” Moore says. “It's a part of who I am and what I do for my life and my family.” Not only is it a part of who she is, but it’s a part of her home. She says running the business office out of her house really provides her patients with a relaxed environment and she is able to have some flexibility as to when she sees patients.

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William L. Daniel Jr., of Wrentham, where he has lived since 1968, died Monday, May 28, 2012, following a brief illness at the Brigham & Womens Hospital in Boston. He was 55. Born in Boston, he was the son of William L. Daniel Sr., and the late Anne (Mulhern) Daniel, and was a graduate of King Philip High School, class of 1973, and held an Associate Degree in business management from Boston College and Fisher College. Billy has been the Wrentham Police, Fire, and EMS dispatcher since 1981. He also has served as the Civil Defense Director since 1987, Special Police Officer since 1984, and Call Firefighter and EMT since 1980. He was a certified Fire Fighter I & II, certified Hazardous Materials Technician, certified in MAST, defibrillator, EpiPen, Enhanced 911, and a LEAPS operator. A certified dive master, rescue diver, and assistant scuba diving instructor. He had also formerly worked for Bird, Inc., in Walpole from 19761995 as the assistant Chief & Firefighter. Billy was a member of the National Association of Underwater Instructors, and the Professional Association of Dive Instructors.

In addition to his father, he is survived by 4 brothers, Christopher Daniel and his wife Donna, of Seekonk, John C. Daniel and his wife Deborah, of Cumberland, RI, Robert K. Daniel and his wife Sandra of Wrentham, Carl Daniel and his wife Barbara, of Douglas, and a sister, Elizabeth Suchocki and her husband Stanley, of Hubbardston. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410 or the Salesian Missions, 2 Lefevre Lane, New Rochelle, NY 108015710.


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Wrentham Approves New Ambulance Regional Dispatch in Second Day of Town Meeting By mike Gleason

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Night two of Wrentham annual town meeting moved quickly to wrap up its remaining business (including the purchase of a new ambulance and consideration of a regional dispatch center for 911 calls).

Fiske Library Trustee Maureen Osolnik asked if the library would have to hold a public hearing before changing its overdue charge from 25 cents to 35 cents. Carroll said it would, but added that such hearings could simply be a part of the library trustees' regular meetings.

The town considered 15 articles in the sparsely attended, hour-long meeting. Voters approved $250,000 for the purchase of a new ambulance for the town's emergency services.

Assessor Joan Dooley said she was concerned that the boards couldn't act on the fee changes immediately after the public hearings.

Finance Committee member Sue Kost said her committee recommended the purchase (along with funds for new election equipment), despite typically addressing capital items in the November Town Meeting. That recommendation, she said, was spurred by an immediate need for the items in question.

Carroll said he believed such a delay would be minor. "By properly planning your meetings, deferring [a fee change] for a couple of weeks shouldn't be a problem," he said.

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Boy Scouts Spruce Up WDC If you find yourself driving around the Wrentham Developmental Center over the coming

weeks you may notice the fire hydrants look good as new thanks to the Boy Scouts from Troop 131.

Coyotes Feel at Home By mike Gleason Once confined to the Great Plains of the country, coyotes have found their way eastward in the past half-century, causing concern as suburban areas report more and more activity by the animals. Norfolk recently hosted a talk by Laura Conlee, furbearer project leader for the state Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, to address citizen fears about the animals. Conlee said the coyotes moved to Massachusetts as conditions here became more amenable to their existence. “As settlers came in, they took down the forests and removed the large predators,” she said. Though coyotes may appear intimidating, Conlee said, they typically avoid contact with humans.

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“They’re generally shy and elusive,” she said. “They can be active during the day or night, but their peak activity is at sunrise and sunset.”

Conlee said such fights are often spurred by the pets themselves, seeking to protect their masters and defend their territory.

Norfolk animal control officer Hilary Cohen said it was hard to tell if there had been an increase in coyote activity recently.

The best way to keep coyotes from coming in to neighborhoods, Conlee said, is to teach these adaptable animals not to do so.

“We’ve seen more people witness their dog being bitten or attacked [by coyotes],” she said. “In the past, we’d see a dog walking around with a wound of unknown origin – whether that’s an increase, I can’t say.”

“They’re territorial animals,” she said. “If you’re not in charge of your territory, they learn that people will let them be and [they’ll] do whatever they want.” Conlee said people who see coyotes should stand their ground. “Don’t let coyotes intimidate you – make noise,” she said. “Honking your horn doesn’t work very well, though… the reason they don’t run is that coyotes cross roads on a regular basis, so they hear horns all the time.” She recommended throwing small objects at the animals, squirting them with a hose or water gun or just banging pots and pans together to create a startling noise.

“We get a lot of calls about coyotes howling,” she said. “More often than not, they’re communicating with other groups.”

To prevent coyotes from coming to one’s yard, Conlee suggested removing shrubby areas and brush piles from one’s backyard, using fences and eliminating potential food sources by not leaving garbage bags out overnight and not using open composting for food scraps.

At the talk, one Norfolk resident said his dog had been attacked by two coyotes at night. He said the dog left the floodlit section of his yard at night and came back, battling the animals.

“If you feed birds, keep the seed clean,” she said. “Use feeders that don’t let the seeds spill onto the ground. It’s not the seeds that attract coyotes, but the small animals that eat the seeds.”

According to Conlee, coyotes may sound threatening at night, but their howls typically aren’t malicious.

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“It goes in cycles,” she said. The decision to invite Conlee for the talk, she said, was spurred by two recent instances involving dogs and coyotes interacting. Cohen said, in 16 years on the job, she had never seen or heard of a coyote attacking a human. Conlee agreed that such an incident was unlikely. “Coyote attacks on people are very, very rare,” she said. “We’ve had five confirmed attacks in Massachusetts – two of those coyotes were rabid, and we suspect the third was as well.” Wrentham animal control officer Christopher Wider said his town had seen two or three incidents this year in which coyotes had attacked dogs. “The latest was two weeks ago, when a couple of coyotes attacked a spaniel,” he said. He added, though, that such calls are rare.

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Wrentham Has a “Fun Day” The second annual “Fun Day” was picture perfect as the weather cooperated this year and families showed up in droves to participate in games, activities, and enjoy a little music by local acts. The event hosted by WEST (Wrentham Elementary Schools Trust, Inc.) and The Friends of Wrentham was held at the Cracker Barrel Fairgrounds on Emerald Street in Wrentham.

This year’s event was loaded with family fun activities including a dunk tank featuring Wrentham Public School teachers and Superintendent Jeff Marsden. There were pony rides, a rock climbing wall, a bouncy house, a magician with live animals, petting zoo, live performances on stage, sports challenges, face painting, as well as food and beverages. Local groups and businesses were on hand sponsoring their own fun activities, games and contests.

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Evelyn Moore turns into a butterfly at a face painting booth. (Submitted by Ben Moore)

Olivia Berry shows her painting talents at Rebecca Zitomer’s It’z All About Me Booth.

The lucky winner was quickly identified and the winner was Wrentham Public School teacher Lynn O’Toole. (Submitted by Ben Moore)

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Norfolk Lions Honor Veterans with Field of Flags on Town Hill The Norfolk Lions would like to thank the citizens of Norfolk and surrounding communities for their contributions to the Field of Flags memorial. Norfolk Lions sponsored the Field of Flags in honor of all veterans, living and deceased, from May 22 to May 31 on Norfolk Town Hill. With the assistance of the King Philip Leos Club, 1,000 flags, sponsored by individuals and businesses, were placed on the hill. A dedication

Wrentham Remembers Fallen Heroes By Patrick coleman

Elected officials for the town and the Commonwealth spoke reverently of the lives that were lost in combat, the veterans who were among us and military still serving in harm’s way off in distant lands. Ken Oles, the Town’s Veteran’s Service Officer, was master of ceremony and spoke of how young children cover their hearts as the flag would pass by in the parade. “It’s very refreshing to see that again,” he commented.

Young children to aging veterans met on Monday in the center of Wrentham to say a solemn “thank you” to the men and women who have served in our military and who gave their lives in protection of this nation. As is tradition, the town held its annual Memorial Day parade with marching units stepping off from Randall Rd. traveling north on South St., before turning right at the Original Congressional Church and then into Center Cemetery where residents and parade participants met for a ceremony of remembrance.

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ceremony was held on May 22 to honor the memorial with a military salute, speeches and Echo Taps. The Norfolk Lions raised over $12,000 for the Fisher House The Fisher House Boston. Boston is a non-profit charity that provides a home away from home for families of veterans who are receiving treatment at the VA Boston Healthcare System in West Roxbury. Family members of any veteran or active military personnel, wartime or peacetime, are eligible to stay at the Fisher House at no charge. More information can be found at www.fisherhouseboston.org.

through the country's history. “These men and women of our military service did not want to die,” Winslow said. “Nobody wants to die, but they did not want us to live under tyranny or oppression. Their sacrifice is the gift of our freedom and our gift to them is to never forget." The ceremony featured poetry, prayers and the reading of names of all military servicemen from Wrentham who died in combat. As each name was read, a voice answered, “Absent.” Taps was played by a trumpeter near the ceremony with a second off in the distance repeating the performance at the volume of a faint echo. Both players were from King Philip Marching Band. After the ceremony at Center Cemetery, the marching units moved to the Town Common were services were held near the war memorials. The Memorial Day services actually started on Sunday, when all Wrentham veterans were invited to the Sheldonville Baptish Church for a Sunday workship. American Legion and Sons of the American Legion Post 225 rifle and color guard paid tribute to deceased veterans at memorial sites throughout the town. (This article originally appeared in The Wrentham Times, www.wrenthamtimes.com)


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Young Artists Use Their Talents to Help Fresh Air Fund Last month a group of Wrentham children and Moms enjoyed an afternoon of painting and fun at The Young Artist’s Studio to raise money for The Fresh Air Fund, an organization that sends inner city children to host families or to camp to experience country life. The children created acrylic Monet paintings along with stunning watercolors in hopes of rais-

ing enough money to bring Fresh Air Kids to Wrentham this summer. Local Mom, Jill Crisafi, led the charge by donating materials, while Studio Owner, Rebecca Zitomer donated studio time and instruction. "Lily and I had such a special afternoon," said Marleigh Brown who attended the event with her daughter Lily. "I didn't want it to end. The two hours just

flew by. I actually had forgotten the joy of getting lost in creating art.” The Young Artist’s Studio, located in Wrentham Center, offers workshops and camps in various art styles and mediums to children and adults alike. To find out more, contact Rebecca at 617.320.4253 or visit www.itzallaboutme.com.

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Little Music School Director Celebrates 15th Anniversary Working with Young Music Students at FSPA Franklin’s Kim Rezendes, Director of the Little Music School (LMS) at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), celebrates her 15th anniversary teaching piano, developing curricula and leading the LMS program at FSPA. Rezendes’ history with FSPA extends far deeper, however, to 1980 when she was eight-year-old piano student of Raye Lynn Mercer, FSPA Founder and Director.

5, accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Rattles and Rhythms, Wee Play and Do-ReME! are still part of the curriculum today. The classes comprise a broad general music curriculum, establishing a foundation in basic music concepts in a fun, energetic way.

When FSPA opened its doors in 1985, Rezendes was among the first students, taking musical theater along with her piano lessons. She was also among the original seven members of FSPA’s first performing troupe, Broadway Light – along with four of her closest friends who are still a big part of her life today. In high school, Rezendes also participated in FSPA’s SummerStage program, performing alongside Judy Bergesen, then a teacher at FSPA. As Bergeson rejoins the FSPA faculty, teaching in the LMS program this fall, yet another aspect of Rezendes’ FSPA experience comes full circle.

In 2005, Rezendes and Mercer sought to offer a new music program geared to children as young as 18 months that would be more structured, focused on piano and provided without a parent in the classroom. Seeing the possibility in an 18-month-old learning to play the piano and read musical notation, Rezendes and Mercer introduced the Little Music School at FSPA. The innovative program invites children up to the piano during their very first lessons and begins to teach them how to read, understand, notate, enjoy and play music.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Providence College and a Master’s Degree in Teaching Music from Rhode Island College, Rezendes began working full time at FSPA in 1997. Initially teaching musical theater, private piano, and Kindermusik, she helped develop a new sequence of children’s music classes for kids ages 1-

The strength of the Little Music School program is measured, Rezendes notes, in the commitment students feel and make toward their involvement. Nearly 100% of students who enroll in the program graduate and continue on in their musical studies at FSPA. Rezendes attributes that success to the small

structured components or with more creative outlets for expression. And because core aspects of the program extend from year to year, children expand upon their knowledge and build upon what they’ve learned. In this way, families with students at different ages and levels can still engage with one another about their musical experiences and learn from one class size, with no more than seven students, that facilitates individualized instruction and attention to the needs of each child. Both parents and students appreciate the sense of independence and accomplishment that comes from learning in a safe and nurturing environment where students succeed without a parent in the classroom. Students gain confidence and social independence at an early age. As an educator, Rezendes enjoys “seeing music through such young eyes and minds and seeing students’ excitement and wonder.” Over the years, she has taught many siblings and appreciates how differently children react to the various facets of the program. Students find success in different aspects of the curriculum and find comfort either with more

Electric Youth to Perform Two Free Summer Concerts Electric Youth, (EY) the international touring ensemble of talented singer-dancers trained at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, will perform two free summer concerts. The outdoor performances will be held at Town Hill in Norfolk on Thursday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. and at Franklin Common on Wednesday, July 25 at 6:00 p.m. Known for high-powered family entertainment with exciting choreography and impressive vocals, Electric Youth is backed by an eight-piece band of Boston-based musicians. Electric Youth performs a wide range of music including classic rock, contemporary

pop and Broadway hits, designed to entertain and delight audiences of all ages. The summer performances follow on the heels of EY’s threeweek concert tour of Austria and Italy from June 15 to July 8 – the ensemble’s 9th European tour. Electric Youth has also released five professional CDs and performed on a Royal Caribbean cruise, on Fox-TV, and at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, Mechanics Hall, Walt Disney World and the United Nations. EY’s music is available on iTunes, CD Baby and other indie music sites. Electric Youth members are selected by audition at the beginning

of each academic year and are chosen for their superior musicianship, stage presence and triple threat accomplishments in voice, dance and acting. This season’s group of thirteen performers, ages 13 to 19, studies multiple dance disciplines, voice and acting at FSPA. Some members are preparing to pursue a career in the performing arts, while all are gaining valuable life skills through their participation, extensive training and travel experiences with the ensemble. Electric Youth 2012 features Giovanna Ferri, Ali Funkhouser, Graham Hancock, Jocelyn Jones, Melissa Mandia, Shaina McGillis, Lucas Melfi, Jillian Rea and Alicia Rivera of

another. Rezendes drew upon her own experience as a mother in creating the LMS program and enjoys seeing her own children, twins Hannah and Madison, age 9, develop their own musical interests. Both went through the LMS program and continue to take piano, ballet, tap and voice at FSPA. In fact, the FSPA experience has become a family affair for the Rezendes clan. Her husband, Guy, performs in many of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) productions and serves as a tech coordinator for the shows. Guy enjoys the camaraderie with other dads who are involved with the productions and the girls love having their dad onstage and backstage with them. Rezendes’ father, Steve Crowley, is also part of the FPAC

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community, appearing in many performances. Her mom prefers to support from the audience – and thrills to see three generations of her family sharing the stage. Rezendes reflects on her decadeslong involvement at FSPA and how those experiences inform her teaching and work with kids. “So much of who I was and who I am was built at FSPA,” she says. “I know how important a job it is to be a mentor in these kids’ lives – emotionally, socially and musically. That knowledge guides and motivates me.” Rezendes will hold several upcoming LMS open houses at FSPA for prospective students and families who would like to learn more about the program. The open houses will feature hands-on demonstrations geared to children of specific ages. On Wednesday, July 11 and Tuesday, July 24, children ages 18-24 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 Thursday, July 12, 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 Monday, July 23, an open house for children ages 18-24 months will be held at 3:30 p.m., for 2- and 3-year-olds at 4:00, and for 4and 5-year-olds at 4:30. For more information, call FSPA at (508) 5288668 or email krezendes@ fspaonline.com. Visit online at www.fspaonline.com.

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Ross Honors Pond for 110 Years of Service

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Living Healthy Don't Forget to Protect Skin When Sailing Few activities embody the spirit of summer like sailing. Smelling the ocean air while catching some fish or preparing the boat for a funfilled day on a nearby lake are activities synonymous with summer relaxation.

Senator Richard Ross(R), Wrentham, presents Pond Home Administrator Rebecca Annis with a Senate Resolution at the recent celebration at Pond Home on the 110th Anniversary of their first resident admissions. In remarks at the event Annis said they were, “…celebrating 110 years of caring for elders”.

As enjoyable as sailing can be, it's in the best interests of sailors and their passengers to take certain precautionary measures to ensure everyone makes it back to shore safely. One such measure is protecting skin from the sun. When sailing, men, women and children spend a significant amount of time soaking up the sun's rays, which can lead to chronic skin damage or even skin cancer for those who don't take steps to protect themselves. The following are a few ways boaters can ensure their next sailing trip is as safe as it is fun. * Don protective clothing. When sailing, women might be tempted to wear a bikini while men might prefer to wear some swim trunks and nothing else. Such attire might be relaxing, but it's not very safe. Instead of beach gear, wear protective clothing, including long-sleeve t-shirts and wide-brimmed hats

Pond Home Director of Nursing Terri Javery cuts the first piece of cake at Pond Home’s 110th Anniversary celebration of their first resident admissions. Pond Home is a Rest Home with supportive Nursing Care located on Route 140 in Wrentham.

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mends a generous application of a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, of at least 30. Re-apply the sunscreen every two hours, and immediately after going into the water or if you find yourself sweating. Be sure to use a sunscreen that is "broad-spectrum," as this means it protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. * Spend some time in the shade. Even though you're on a boat, there are opportunities to escape the sun. Sit in a shaded area on the boat, especially during certain hours of the day when the sun's rays are at their strongest. The AAD notes that the sun's rays are strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. One trick of the trade is to always seek shade when your shadow is shorter than you are. * Be prepared. A boat carries a host of supplies so sailors don't end up stranded at sea. But don't forget to stock up on protective items just in case some sailors forget to bring along sunscreen or protective gear. In addition to packing extra bottles of sunscreen, store some extra long-sleeve t-shirts and widebrimmed hats so friends and family don't fall victim to the sun or feel as thought they need to sit in the cabin or out of the sun for the duration of the trip.

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Living Healthy Norfolk Wellness Committee Improving the Lives of Students and Families Last year, Massachusetts enacted new requirements for healthy school lunches beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. This initiative is part of a national movement to provide healthier cafeteria food. Thanks to the efforts of the Norfolk Wellness Committee and Norfolk Public Schools Food Services, the town’s elementary school children are already making big strides when it comes to nutrition and health. The Wellness Committee was founded in 2009, as the Nutrition Task Force, to help improve the nutritional value of school lunches and encourage families to make healthy food choices. The Nutrition Task Force subsequently changed its name to the Norfolk Wellness Committee in early 2012, to better reflect its overall focus on nutrition, exercise and environmental awareness.

Recent Program Highlights Chefs Move to School Program As part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to combat childhood obesity, chefs around the country are partnering with schools to promote nutritious foods. In collaboration with Chef Rodney Poles and Healthy Eating Specialist, Terry Michaelson, of Whole Foods in Bellingham, two groups of 5th and 6th graders participated in the Chefs Move to School program during the 20112012 school year. This after-school class provides students with a hands-on approach to preparing nutritious recipes such as stir-fry vegetables and black bean brownies. According to Jane Sylvestre, registered dietician and Wellness Committee founder “the Chefs Move to School program provides a great way to test and identify kid-

friendly recipes that meet new federal nutrition guidelines requiring a wider variety of vegetables and whole grains. The program not only teaches good nutrition, but also incorporates food preparation and clean-up responsibility.” Fruit Day Research has shown that students who eat better, perform better in school. Thanks to donations from local grocers and businesses, the Norfolk Wellness Committee distributed fresh fruit to all K-6 classrooms each school year as a way to encourage healthy snack options at school. Salad Bar As part of a national campaign to help schools increase fruit and vegetable choices, Norfolk Freeman Centennial School students have a new healthy lunch option. Several times each month, students can choose from a wide array of

vegetables and beans in the cafeteria salad bar thanks to a grant funded by Whole Foods, United Fresh, NFVA (National Food and Vegetable Alliance) and Food Family Farming.org. “The salad bar allows students to make their own healthy choices at lunch. We’ve received a thumbsup from children and look forward to offering it on a regular basis beginning next year” says Natalie Zodda, Head of the Wellness Committee. Norfolk Schools Food Service Director, Linda King adds “ in addition to the salad bar, school lunches will also include fresh fruit and a vegetable bar providing students with the nutrition they need to succeed in school.” Ongoing Wellness Committee Initiatives Additional programs supported by the Wellness Program during the school year include:

• Nutrition Detectives Program for third grade students: an interactive program, based on the work of renowned nutrition expert Dr. David Katz, that teaches students how to identify nutritious foods by reading and interpreting food labels. This program was sponsored by the Hockomock Area YMCA and the Stop & Shop Family Foundation. • An on-site vegetable garden maintained by parents, teachers and students • A school-based bottle and juice pouch recycling program The Norfolk Wellness Committee is a collaborative effort of more than 20 volunteer members including school principals, the school’s food service director, nurses, a dietician, and many health conscious parents dedicated to providing a healthier environment for their children. For more information or news, contact Natalie Zodda at zodda@mac.com, LIKE the Wellness Committee on FaceBook, or visit www.wellnesscommittee.org.

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Vitamin D has long been recognized as a nutrient essential to the development and maintenance of strong bones. It has also recently been discovered to be of crucial importance to several aspects of overall health. Being deficient in vitamin D has been linked to a number of disorders, including cancer, autoimmune disease, diabetes, and now depression. Vitamin D, also known as the "sunshine vitamin," is one of the few vitamins the body can produce. The body can get all the vitamin D it needs simply by being out in the sun with ample skin showing to absorb the rays. However, increased awareness about skin cancer, the importance of sunblock and wearing clothes that protect skin from harmful UV rays has decreased many people's production of vitamin D considerably. In the United States, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that nearly three-quarters of Americans are deficient in vitamin D. Although there are some food sources of vitamin D (salmon, tuna, mackerel and vitamin D-fortified dairy products, such as milk), the

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Living Healthy Understanding Laser Vision Correction BY: ROGER M. KALDAWY, M.D. MILFORD-FRANKLIN EYE CENTER Also known as refractive surgery, Laser Vision Correction refers to elective operative eye procedures that use a laser to reshape the cornea and change the way light is focused or “refracted” by the eye. The goal is simple: to reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts. If you are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism and feel that glasses or contact lenses limit your activities, Laser Vision Correction may be the right choice for you. The most common Laser Vision Correction procedures are done with an Excimer Laser. The Excimer Laser is a computer controlled cool laser that corrects vision by reshaping the cornea to improve the way light is focused or refracted by the eye. Two major procedure types are available for treating low to moderate levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism: Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) and Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK). In both cases, the laser sculpts the cornea in about 30 to 60 seconds and the entire procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes. The Excimer Laser has been FDA approved for use in both PRK and LASIK. This type of laser is ideal for corneal surgery because it emits a “cool” or nonthermal light beam that eliminates thermal or heat damage to surrounding tissue. Newer lasers are now state of the art and employ custom software able to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism up to a specific level. Lasers also employ eye-tracking devices, providing additional level of precision as the surgery is being performed. This feature allows the laser to continuously detect and compensate for eye movements, while guiding the laser beam to keep it centered over the treatment area. Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) changes the shape of the cornea to improve the way light is focused or “refracted” by the eye. After eye drop anesthesia is used to numb the eye, an instrument or a different laser are used to create a corneal flap. The surgeon carefully lifts the flap, and in 30 to 60 seconds, ultraviolet

light and high-energy pulses from the Excimer Laser reshape the internal cornea. By adjusting the pattern of the laser beam, the surgeon can treat high levels of near-sightedness and moderate amounts of farsightedness and astigmatism. After the cornea has been reshaped, the flap is gently repositioned in its original position. Because of the cornea’s natural bonding qualities, healing is rapid and does not require stitches. LASIK is performed as an outpatient procedure. Some patients report a slight, post-operative discomfort that is usually alleviated with eye drops. Many patients see a dramatic improvement in their vision within the first day. For others, vision may fluctuate and continue to improve for several weeks. Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) utilizes the same laser, but the procedure is different: After eye drop anesthesia is used to numb your eye, the epithelium (the outermost layer of the eye) is removed followed by applying the same Excimer Laser as in LASIK to reshape the cornea. PRK is performed as an outpatient procedure. Immediately following the procedure, a bandage contact lens is placed over the eye for three to five days to protect the eye while it heals. PRK has a lengthier healing process and more discomfort than LASIK. Patients may report some discomfort after the procedure until the outer portion of the cornea (epithelium) heals, usually within 48 to 72 hours. Some patients see a dramatic improvement in their vision within the first week. For others, vision may be blurry and fluctuate for several weeks to several months. LASIK and PRK almost always lead to the exact same results.

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LASIK is faster to heal, but there are risks including the need to perform a cut in the cornea, possible dry eyes because of the cut and the potential for weakening the structure of the cornea if too much correction is needed or if the shape of the cornea is too weak to start with. PRK, on the other hand, has dramatically lower risks of these side effects and of course, there is no cutting to worry about…But the healing time is longer. Refractive surgery cannot correct presbyopia (need for reading glasses when we are over 40). Although the need for glasses/ contacts will be much lower after laser vision correction, the need for reading glasses will persist if you are over 40. In order to alleviate the need for reading glasses (if you are over 40), we sometimes plan monovision. This describes a situation where one eye is corrected to provide good distance vision but the other eye is left slightly nearsighted on purpose. In this case, and for many people, the brain automatically adjusts to use the better eye for the specific targeted vision. The nearsighted eye focuses well on near objects and can be used for reading or similar activities, whereas the other corrected eye can be used for driving, sports, or other activities requiring distance vision. Our center and surgeons are specialty trained in laser vision correction. Patients are offered the best and latest technology available, closer to home. While others ask you to travel somewhere else where you only see your surgeon once or twice, your care with us is by the surgeon himself before, during and after the surgery. Laser Vision Correction can alleviate your dependence on glasses and contacts, and in many cases eliminates this dependence. This is indeed one of the smartest decisions one can make. For more details, see our ad on tthe front page.

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Get Relief From the Pain of Sunburn Summer draws people outdoors to enjoy fun in the sun. But not every aspect of summertime weather can be pleasant, especially when sunburn rears its blistery head. Despite the health warnings about sun exposure, people still venture outdoors repeatedly without the use of a protective product with a high enough SPF. Side effects of failing to protect the skin can include nasty burns and an increased risk of skin cancer later in life. Perhaps individuals fail to take sunburns seriously because they don't associate sunburns with anything dangerous. But sunburn is just like any other burn and the skin pays the price. Most people wouldn't intentionally set fire to their skin or play with caustic chemicals. But they will spend hours in the sun unprotected. Just like the flames of a fire, the sun can cause serious burns, even second- and third-degree ones. A second-degree burn causes not only damage to the epidermis, or the outer layer of skin, but extends deeper into the dermis as well. A third-degree burn seriously harms the entire epidermis and dermis, as well as nerves and fatty tissue contained within, according to The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Because the epidermis and hair follicles are destroyed, new skin will not grow. Sunburn can occur after roughly 15 to 30 minutes of exposure to the sun.

The burn itself may not show up for hours later, which is why people often think they've avoided a burn. The results of sunburn are often pain, redness and potential blistering, depending on the level of damage. Although there is no specific treatment for sunburn, there are some remedies that can help the pain and help to speed up recovery. * Drink plenty of water. Damaged skin may not be able to properly inhibit the loss of moisture from the body, resulting in dehydration. Drinking water can replenish fluids needed for comfort and health. * Over-the-counter pain medications may alleviate the stubborn pain. If the pain is very severe, consult a physician, who might feel prescription-strength pain relievers are necessary. There also are topical pain-relief sprays that temporarily dull the pain and cool the skin. * Cool, wet compresses as well as lotions that soothe can also be helpful and reduce swelling. Look for ones with natural ingredients, such as aloe vera. * Oral antihistamines can help when the skin eventually starts to peel and becomes itchy. * If blisters are present, leave them be until they break on their own. Prematurely breaking sunburn blisters can increase the risk of infection. An antibiotic cream may be applied after the blisters break to speed up healing and prevent infection. * If the sunburn is severe or accompanied by a fever, consult a physician. The best way to treat sunburn is not to get it in the first place. This means being diligent about applying sunblock before going outdoors.

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The Village at River’s Edge Celebrates New Clubhouse Opening with Flag Raising The Village at River’s Edge, active adult (55+) community in Norfolk celebrated the Grand Opening of their new Clubhouse with a flag raising ceremony to commemorate Flag Day. All V.A.R.E. veterans who served our country gathered around as resident Ed DeFiore raised the flag over the new Clubhouse for the very first time! The residents then enjoyed a champagne toast acknowledging all the hard work on behalf of DiPlacido Development Corp and the residents' committees that were involved in the planning, furnishing and opening of the new facility. The new 4,000

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With just a few weeks remaining in the school year there was a small electrical fire at the King Philip Regional High School causing the school day to be cut short. Students were sent home early. An email to parents from the High School about the incident said, "The Fire Department arrived on the scene immediately. All students were evacuated immediately. No one was injured. Students that walk home have Photo submitted by Alison Gately. been allowed to do so. Students Later in the day, principal Rob that are getting rides home will reWargo wrote parents saying, "The port to the tennis courts for parent high school building has been pick-up." deemed safe to occupy. For stuStudents in the building said the dents who left their belongings inlights kept flickering off and on in side the building I encourage them the auditorium. Many originally to return and pick them up. Stuthought it was a student prank and dents who were eating lunch at the laughed it off. A burning smell was time of the evacuation, your things soon noticeable in the the hallway are on tables in the cafe." near the cafeteria followed by the He added, "I want to thank sound of the fire alarm.

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July Library Programs Norfolk Public Library 139 Main St., Norfolk, MA July 4 - Library Closed for Independence Day July 10 Dream Big with Magic Magician Steve Rudolph uses magic, comedy, puppets, and fun to make your wildest dreams come true! You’ll love this silly show with a few surprises… There's no need to register--just drop in! For kids age 4–11 with a caregiver. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Norfolk Cultural Council a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 3 to 4 p.m. July 11 Multi-Age Storytime An interactive drop-in storytime with songs, games, and a craft. For children 2 and up with a caregiver. 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. On My Own Storytime An independent story time experience for children 3 and up. Caregivers must stay in the building, but are encouraged to let children attend the program alone. 1:30 to 2 p.m. July 12 Mother Goose on the Loose! A highly interactive program for children up to age 3 with a caregiver. Join us for songs, rhymes, puppets, lap bounces, and more! 11 - 11:30 a.m. July 13 Picnic Playgroup Bring a lunch and enjoy music, stories, and fun. For children up to age 5 with a caregiver. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. July 14 Chalk the Walk! Help kick off the Summer Reading Program in style by decorating the walkways in front of the library. We’ll supply the chalk. Don’t forget your sunscreen! 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 17 Building Blocks Imagine, create, and build anything you can dream of with LEGO. For children 4 and up. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. 4 - 5 p.m. Destination Dreamland This family concert on Town Hill will feature musician Scott Kepnes’ unique combination of songs, stories and poems that celebrate reading, dreaming, and summertime.

This outdoor program will be moved to the Library's Community Room in the event of bad weather. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. July 18 Multi-Age Storytime An interactive drop-in storytime with songs, games, and a craft. For children 2 and up with a caregiver. 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. On My Own Storytime An independent story time experience for children 3 and up. Caregivers must stay in the building, but are encouraged to let children attend the program alone. 1:30 to 2 p.m. Mother Goose on the Loose! A highly interactive program for children up to age 3 with a caregiver. Join us for songs, rhymes, puppets, lap bounces, and more! 11 - 11:30 a.m. July 20 Picnic Playgroup Bring a lunch and enjoy music, stories, and fun. For children up to age 5 with a caregiver. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. July 23 Teddy Bear Camp-Out Bring a stuffed animal for this camping-themed storytime, then leave him overnight to camp out at the library! When you pick your teddy up in the morning, you’ll get photos of all the fun he had on his special camping trip. 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. All ages welcome. Registration required. July 24 Imagine That Celebrating Reading in Story and Song, Join storyteller Davis Bates and musician Roger Tincknell for stories and songs about night-time, dreams, and dreamers from a variety of different cultures and traditions. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Norfolk Cultural Council a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. There's no need to register-just drop in! For kids age 3–12 with a caregiver. 1 - 2 p.m. Building Blocks Imagine, create, and build anything you can dream of with LEGO. For children 4 and up. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. 4 - 5 p.m.

July 25 Multi-Age Storytime An interactive drop-in storytime with songs, games, and a craft. For children 2 and up with a caregiver. 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. On My Own Storytime An independent story time experience for children 3 and up. Caregivers must stay in the building, but are encouraged to let children attend the program alone. 1:30 to 2 p.m. July 26 Mother Goose on the Loose! A highly interactive program for children up to age 3 with a caregiver. Join us for songs, rhymes, puppets, lap bounces, and more! 11 - 11:30 a.m. July 27 Picnic Playgroup Bring a lunch and enjoy music, stories, and fun. For children up to age 5 with a caregiver. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. July 31 Start U Reading This program helps children build early literacy skills through storytelling, dramatic play, and imagination. We will be joined by a special guest, Dora the Explorer! Children will have the opportunity to meet Dora after the event. Sponsored by the UFund College Savings Plan. There's no need to register--just drop in! For kids age 2-6 with a caregiver. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Building Blocks Imagine, create, and build anything you can dream of with LEGO. For children 4 and up. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. 4 - 5 p.m. Fiske Public Library 110 Randall Road, Wrentham, MA July 4 CLOSED - JULY 4TH HOLIDAY July 6 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. 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Preschool Storytime SUMMER Preschool Storytime (ages 3 1/2 to K) Join Miss Liz for stories, songs, poems and parachute play. Call 384-5440 ext. 21, or stop in the Children’s Dept. and see Miss Liz to sign up. Program is free but food donations for the Wrentham Food Pantry gratefully accepted. 10:30 a.m. July 11 Visit to the Fire Station Ages 3 ½ and up Meet at the library for a “Fire Story” and then walk over to tour the Wrentham Fire Station and climb on the trucks!! Sign-up at the circulation desk. Program is free but canned-good donations will be gratefully accepted for the Wrentham Food Pantry. 10 a.m. July 13 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. 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Preschool Storytime SUMMER Preschool Storytime (ages 3 1/2 to K) Join Miss Liz for stories, songs, poems and parachute play. Call 384-5440 ext. 21, or stop in the Children’s Dept. and see Miss Liz to sign up. Program is free but food donations for the Wrentham Food Pantry gratefully accepted. 10:30 a.m. July 18 Tunes for Tots with Cindy Tuminelli Preschool Ages. Tunes for Tots is a music enrichment program for children with original and traditional children’s songs. Combining these songs with stories, finger plays, puppets, and physical movement has allowed Cindy to keep children entertained and involved and to have an early appreciation of music and rhythm. Cindy has been providing music for many area pre-schools, daycare facilities, public schools and libraries since 1995. As a mother of four she has always shared her love of music. She is a self taught guitarist who also plays the piano, ukulele and harmonica. Tickets will be available at the circulation desk. Program is free but canned-good donations will be gratefully accepted for the Wrentham Food

Pantry. This program is supported with a grant from the SWEATT FUND. 10:30 a.m. July 19 Music and Movement with Miss Marsha of Self-Help Inc. Babies to Age 8 with parent/caregiver. Sign-up at the circulation desk. Program is free but cannedgood donations will be gratefully accepted for the Wrentham Food Pantry. 1 - 2 p.m. July 20 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. 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Preschool Storytime SUMMER Preschool Storytime (ages 3 1/2 to K) Join Miss Liz for stories, songs, poems and parachute play. Call 384-5440 ext. 21, or stop in the Children’s Dept. and see Miss Liz to sign up. Program is free but food donations for the Wrentham Food Pantry gratefully accepted. 10:30 a.m. July 25 Foreign Film, 7 p.m. July 26 Touch a Truck Preschoolers and truck enthusiasts are invited to hear a good “Truck Story”, check out a truck book and touch and climb on a truck from the Wrentham DPW in the library parking lot!! Sign-up at the circulation desk. Program is free but cannedgood donations will be gratefully accepted for the Wrentham Food Pantry. 10 a.m. July 27 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. 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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Protecting Your Financial Records From Disaster ship papers will help you quickly establish your identity and speed up the co-ordination of your efforts with insurance companies, construction contractors, bankers and other entities involved in rebuilding and recovery.

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Among other worthy causes, July is Bioterrorism/Disaster Education and Awareness Month. With all of the unexpected happenings in the world, it is important that we are prepared for an emergency disaster. Take this time to educate yourself and your whole family on what to do in any type of disaster. Get a plan ready and have needed supplies handy if you ever need them.

Identification. If you suddenly find yourself standing in a pile of rubble that was once your home and your worldly possessions, establishing your identity will be of paramount importance. Access to personal identification documents such as your Social Security card, driver's license, marriage license, birth certificate, passport and any citizen-

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Rebuilding your life in the wake of a disaster is a daunting task. However, advanced preparation can go a long way toward making recovery easier. If you don't have your documents in order, there's no time like the present to get started. Once you have everything in its proper place, remember to update it. If you lack the time or energy to keep your files updated on an ongoing basis, schedule a yearly checkup and use it as an opportunity to put the latest version of everything into your files. Even the most wellorganized disaster recovery materials will be of no use to you if they are out-of-date. Please contact my office for your free “Emergency Planning Guide” today. This detailed guide will provide more in depth plans to help you protect your financial records from disaster. Jeffrey Schweitzer can be found at Northeast Financial Strategies Inc (NFS) at Wampum Corner in Wrentham. NFS works with individuals and small businesses providing financial and estate planning, insurance, investments and also offers full service accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, income tax preparation, and notary public services. For more information call Jeffrey at 800-560-4NFS or visit online www.nfsnet.com.

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Norfolk ‘s Figueroa Wins IHSA Nationals Championship

King Philip U15 Select Boys Lacrosse Team Wins

Katherine Figueroa, daughter of Bruce and Elizabeth Figueroa of Norfolk and a sophomore at St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY) recently won the novice team championship at the United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) 2012 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships held May 3-6 in Raleigh, NC. Figueroa, selected to represent

St. Lawrence University’s Varsity Team in the novice hunt seat equitation on the flat, competed against the top 16 collegiate riders in the nation. Figueroa’s first place win helped St. Lawrence clinch their first national Collegiate Cup championship since 1985. When not competing for the team, Figueroa shows her own horse, Goldbach, in dressage.

Picture Attached: (r – l) Head Coach Jack Piatelli, Offensive Coordinator Pete Agricola, Team Statistician Steve Thomas, Defensive Coordinator Mike Narewski and Team Manager John Fallon

The King Philip (KP) U15 Select Boys Lacrosse Team, made up of 7th and 8th grade boys from the towns of Wrentham, Norfolk and Plainville, won the Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL) Select State Championship Thursday night, June 14th, in a game against Weston, MA at the Rice Sports Complex in Wrentham, MA. The game was the final playoff of the MBYLL Select Tournament, which included some 50 teams and was held over the final two weeks of the lacrosse season in June. The King Philip Team had an undefeated regular season record of 12 – 0 and ranked number one going into the Tournament. KP beat Weston by a score of 9 – 4. Part of the King Philip Youth Lacrosse Program, the MBYLL Select Team is made up of experienced and committed U15 (7th

& 8th grade) players who compete in regularly scheduled games throughout the regular season, in addition to their town team league games, in and around eastern and central Massachusetts. “This team was made up of a great group of boys who worked hard as a team to achieve the success they had this year,� said Jack Piatelli, Head Coach, KP U15 Select Boys Lacrosse Team. “It was a pleasure to coach this talented team and to help them elevate their game to such a high level.�

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Sports KP Boys Tennis Finish Successful Year with League Title By cHristoPHer tremBlay Entering the season King Philip boys tennis coach Laurie Puddester was unsure of what she actually had. The Warriors had finished 8-11 last spring and missed out on the state tournament for the first time in 6 years. To make matters worse the coach had said goodbye to Tom Eaton and Tom Yang, her second and third singles players respectively. As the season opener loomed closer it looked as though the only racketeer to return to the court he played on last year was going to be senior captain Mike McCarthy at first singles. Six of the seven positions on this year’s squad were going to be occupied by athletes that didn’t play that position last year and four of the seven positions would be occupied by new comers.

“Last year was a disappointment in a way and with four brand new players looking to start I was hoping for a .500 season and making it back into the playoffs,” the KP Coach said. “This year’s squad didn’t seem to have all the skills, but you could definitely see they were a very competitive bunch.” The competitiveness shone though and King Philip captured the Rex-Kelley Division of the Hockomock League, their second league title in four years (KP and Sharon were co-champions in 2009). However, this time it was that much sweeter as they didn’t have to share it with anyone and while many were saying the league was watered down due to the two divisions, King Philip was letting it fall on deaf ears. “This meant a lot to us,” Puddester said. “I knew that these kids

Caption: Mike McCarthy is holding the Rex-Kelley Division Championship trophy won this season.

could accomplish this and that’s what we set out to do. We were in the gym on a rainy afternoon practicing when I looked up at all the banners and right there it became our goal. It was also on that day that I realized that we had a legitimate shot at doing this.” McCarthy, who had been a freshman on the 2009 team, like his coach noticed something different in this year’s team that would allow them to accomplish their goal. “This year we had more fighters, more athletes with a competitive spirit. Every match they’d go out and want to win, I think we were lacking that a bit last year,” the captain said. “We had a lot of new guys who hadn’t played the sport before, but were eager to get going . They picked it up quickly and wanted to win.” As the team’s number one player by far McCarthy went 11-3 on the season and was someone his teammates could look up to. As a nationally ranked USTA athlete the other Warriors not only knew that that had a leader, but someone they could talk to about improving their game. Although it was McCarthy that led by example on the court it was last year’s rookie of the year, Ian Pimental, which provided a good number of athletes to this year’s league championship team. “Ian was a big part of this year’s recruitment as well as the competitiveness,” the coach said. “I never thought that he would have progressed to where he is today after having never really picked up a racket before last year. He pushed the others.”

Prior to the season beginning, Pimental was slated to play either second or third singles, but as things progressed, it was quite obvious that Pimental was a much better doubles player and eventually was reunited with Jon Marinelli, his partner from last year about four games into the season. “We had a match coming up against Brockton and I knew that we would need a win at doubles so I decided to move Ian back to doubles with Jon,” Puddester Said. “The two came through and defeated a strong Brockton team and went on to an 8-2 record the rest of the year.” While playing singles was something that Pimental really wanted to do, he also knew that in order for the team to succeed he needed to go back to his strength. Paired with Marinelli the two would complement each other to victory on a regular basis. Marinelli would provide the power stroke, while Pimental would run down everything. “I wanted to give singles a whack, but doubles seemed to be a better fit for me. It worked out in the long run as Jon and I had a great season.” Pimental said. “I was shaky at singles and doubles was definitely my home, a more guaranteed win – a safe bet. I absolutely wanted the challenge of playing singles, but also wanted what was best for the team.” While the first doubles team was established, Puddester had to go through numerous combinations before settling on Christian fair and Matt Sullivan. The tandem would only lose twice on the season and once they figured out the sport and gained confidence in one another

they were unbeatable. The biggest surprise of the season came in the form of ex-baseball player Matt Nicholson who took a strangle hold on the number two singles position and would not relinquish it. “During practice Matt was beating everyone, except Mike, in challenge matches and just moved his way up the ladder,” the coach said. “There was nothing fancy about him, but he did possess eye and hand coordination and was able to anticipate where the ball was going to be.” The junior recorded the same 113 record as McCarthy in the top position. Rounding out the starting rotation was another junior Nick Baraiolo, another athlete that moved into the third singles by chance. The coach had gone through four or five individuals, but no one really seemed to click so she went back to the challenge matches and Baraiolo emerged. “Nothing was working. Nick won the challenge matches and has been there ever since,” Puddester said. “He defeated Alex Marshall from Franklin in his first match in straight sets and then beat another quality opponent from North Attleboro and kept improving. He finished 6-3 on the season.” Although King Philip did post a 14-4 record in capturing the RexKelley, the team’s post season didn’t go as planned. As a five seed in the Division 1 South tournament the Warriors were upset by Boston College High School, a 12 seed, in the first round.


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Sports KP’s Schairer Finishes 5th Year By ken HamWay Staff Sports Writer Athletic Director Steve Schairer is optimistic about the present and the future direction of sports programs at King Philip Regional. Now that the 2011-12 school year is in the books, Schairer is pleased that when September rolls around, there’ll still be 27 varsity teams, student participation remains consistent, various programs continue to be successful, facilities are respectable, and there’ll be some new faces in headcoaching roles. One area that does concern the veteran administrator is user fees,

boys and girls tennis; and $200 for cheerleading, field hockey, boys and girls soccer, winter and spring track and boys and girls lacrosse. “The fees unfortunately have increased but they’re based on the net cost to run a sport and the number of kids playing,’’ Schairer said. “Basketball is a higher cost than football because there are twice as many games and we don’t get the amount of revenue at the gate as we get from football.’’ There is no cap on costs, even if a family has multiple athletes competing. A family, however, can apply for a waiver if it meets low income guidelines.

been eliminated, was revived in 2007. Schairer also is glad student participation in athletics is about 50 percent. Currently there are 1,260 students enrolled in grades 9-12. “Last year, we had 1,000 kids competing but that number includes athletes who play more than one sport,’’ Schairer said. “The 1,000 figure counts a three-sport athlete as three and a two-sport athlete as two. Our programs have good numbers, not one of them is on the ropes and that’s a healthy sign. Some fans may look at wins and losses but what really matters are the participation figures.’’ Schairer notes, however, that 15 teams last year qualified for postseason playoff activity. Those teams included football, softball, girls lacrosse, boys cross-country, boys and girls tennis, boys basketball, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls winter and spring track squads, boys soccer and golf. The girls softball team, which was aiming for its third straight state crown, lost in extra innings to Bridgewater Raynham in the South Sectional final. Other notable efforts were turned in by the boys swim team, which finished No. 3 in the states, and the girls swim squad, which had a fifthplace finish. The coaching landscape will be different, starting in the fall season with girls volleyball and boys soccer. Tim Layman, who was an assistant volleyball coach the last two years, will direct the varsity while Gary Pichel takes the helm of the girls soccer team.

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which have increased. Athletic fees last year were in a three-tier group that included a cost to students of $285, $215 and $165. For the 2012-13 school year, there will be a four-tier schedule with students assessed 25 percent of the tab while the school picks up 75 percent of the cost. The four categories are: $500 for boys and girls ice hockey and gymnastics; $400 for boys and girls basketball; $300 for football, golf, boys and girls swimming, wrestling, baseball, softball and

Schairer is upbeat, however, with the overall picture for Warrior sports. He’s especially glad no sports teams were eliminated and that participation is holding steady. “Often when there are tough fiscal times people save money by cutting programs,’’ he said. “I’m very pleased our administration has maintained a status quo.’’ When Schairer arrived five years ago to direct KP’s athletic fortunes, boys and girls swimming and girls ice hockey were added to the menu. Gymnastics, which had

“Tim has a varied volleyball background,’’ Schairer said. “He’s played the sport at various levels. Gary comes to us from Nipmuc Regional where his teams won a pair of state championships. Our girls squad has struggled in the past.’’ The winter season will see musical chairs played in basketball. Sean McInnis is leaving the boys program and taking the reins of the girls team. The boys will be coached by former assistant Tim Clifford. “Sean felt the timing was right for a change,’’ Schairer said. “Our girls team has struggled and he

sees rebuilding the program as a challenge. Tim is a Walpole guy who played at Holy Cross and in Europe, and also coached as an assistant at Walpole.’’ The only other coaching change is in wrestling. Mike Ragussa has left the coaching ranks for the business world and Scott Flaherty, a KP aide for the last two seasons, moves up as head coach. Schairer is satisfied with KP’s facilities, most of which were refurbished five years ago. The field house, wrestling room and fitness room remain in good condition but the football field could be heading for a major facelift. “An artificial turf field could become a reality in 2013,’’ Schairer

noted. “It’ll have to be included in the school budget for the threetown district and passed at their town meetings. A vast majority of people in Norfolk, Wrentham and Plainville see a need for it. I’m optimistic it’ll happen by next year because I believe there’s support for it.’’ The state of KP athletics appears to be healthy and on an upswing. Schairer says the school is retaining athletes it once lost because “we’ve got good facilities and we’ve had success with many programs.’’ “Because of our success, kids want to attend KP and their parents want them to stay in the district,’’ Schairer said.

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Sports Norfolk Recreation Department Schedule Anyone for Tennis? Join Norfolk Recreation to learn and improve your tennis game at the Pond St. Courts this summer. The evening lessons are set up so you can play throughout the summer. The Recreation Department uses the new teaching methods adopted by the US Tennis Association (USTA) which make tennis fun for all ages! Plus each child who registers for Summer Tennis receives a free one year membership to USTA. Classes run Monday through Thursday with Friday as a weather make-up day. Racquets are available to borrow. Please no black sole sneakers allowed. Please bring a water bottle and a visor is suggested. Space is limited so sign up soon! Pre-registration is required. Register ONLINE AT WWW.VIRTUALNORFOLK.O RG/REC!! OR Register in person at the Town Hall, 1 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA. Hours are 9-6 MThursday. Questions? Please call us at 508-520-1315 or email recreation@virtualnorfolk.org. F.A.S.T. FLAG FOOTBALL Ages 6-8 & 8-12 - Flag Football gives kids the opportunity to have fun, get some great exercise, and learn valuable football skills and strategies along the way. Kids should dress comfortably and wear sneakers. Bring an extra shirt, water games will be played at the end of the week. Please bring a snack and water bottle.

LOCATION: Pond St. Complex, RT 115 TIME: 9:00 – 12:00 FEE: $99 per week DATES: Monday – Friday Wk 5: July 23 – 27 F.A.S.T MINI-SPORTS Ages 4-6 - Come have fun playing soccer, basketball, t-ball and more! Children will be eased into learning the basics of all these great games. Please bring a snack and water bottle. LOCATION: Pond St. Complex, RT 115 TIME: 9:00 – 12:00 FEE: $89 per week DATES: Monday – Thursday Wk 3: July 9 – 12 Wk 5: July 2326 Wk 9: August 20-23 F.A.S.T. SUPER SPORTS Ages 6-8 - A variety of sports will be offered each day such as: basketball, baseball, soccer, and Flag Football will be introduced. Each day will end with a Round Robin Tournament. Please bring a snack and water bottle. LOCATION: Pond St. Complex, RT 115 FEE: $89 TIME: 9:00 - 12:00 DATES: Monday – Thursday Wk 3: July 9 – 12 F.A.S.T. MULTI-SPORTS Ages 8-12 - Get up, get going, get active! Each week traditional

and non-traditional sports will be played including: Ultimate Frisbee, Fort Knox, Army dodgeball as well as soccer, baseball and basketball. Please bring a snack and water bottle. LOCATION: Pond St. Complex, RT 115 FEE: $99 TIME: 9:00 – 12:00 DATES: Monday – Friday Wk 3: July 9 – 12 SUMMER FIELD HOCKEY Entering Grades 4-9 Join KP Coach Liz Hathaway along with KP Field Hockey Players in learning the fundamental skills of field hockey in a fun-filled summer program. Please bring mouthguard, shinguards, plenty of water, a healthy snack and wear cleats. Every player will receive a ball and T-shirt (state size on registration form). LOCATION: Pond St. Complex, RT 115 DATE: July 30 – August 2 (MonThurs) TIME: 9:00 – 12:00 FEE: $95 without purchase of stick $115 with purchase of stick; please provide players height on registration form. GIRLS INDOOR VOLLEYBALL Entering Grades 4-6 & 7-9 Have lots of fun in this instrumental program which will get you on the road to playing volley-

Clifford Named Head Coach KP Boys Basketball The King Philip Boys Varsity Basketball team has a new coach. Tim Clifford will take over for Sean McInnis who is moving over to coach the King Philip Girls Varsity Basketball Team. Clifford played Division 1 Basketball at Holy Cross where his teams had two post-season tournament appearances, one in the NIT

and the other in the NCAA tournament. After his college career, Clifford played in Germany on the Telekom Baskets Bonn Club. He worked as an assistant coach to McInnis, as well as a freshmen coach. He also worked for Walpole High School where he was a star player on an undefeated state championship team.

In an email McInnis wrote, "I know this is a great hire for King Philip as Tim is a dedicated individual that has a great vision as to where he wants to bring the program. After speaking with him he is excited to get the opportunity to watch the boys of all levels play summer league as well as meet and work with the younger players at the Warrior Basketball School scheduled for July. I look forward to watching the program continue to grow under Tim's guidance."

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water. a snack SEWING CLUB Entering Grades 2-7 Week 5: July 23 – 27 (Monday – Friday) Whether you’ve sewed before or have never tried it and have always wanted to, here’s your chance to improve your sewing skills or learn how! You will learn how to thread a needle and how to create stitches. Whether you like Sports, Cool Designs, or Music, there’s something for you! Both girls and boys will enjoy this camp and have a great time creating their very own projects such as comfy Sports themed pillows, MP3 player cases, a purse/pouch, and also learn how to use patterns to create their very own Cool Critter! Please bring a water bottle! FEE: $89 before June 1; $99 after June 1

ANGRY BIRDS™ Entering Grades 1-3 & 4-7 Week 4: July 16-20 (Monday – Friday) TIME: Entering Grades 1-3: 10:00am – Noon Entering Grades 4 – 6: 12:30pm – 2:30pm If you like the Angry Birds game and can’t get enough, come join us for some Angry Birds themed crafts and games! Get creative making your very own Angry Bird and paper mache egg to take home with you. Whether you like the Red, Yellow or Blue Bird or even Moustache Pig plenty of creative crafts and fun games to keep you entertained! BringFee: $79 and

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32nd Annual Cracker-Barrel Classic 5K Road race/Walk Now’s the time to start training for the Annual Cracker-Barrel Classic 5K Road Race/Walk. All proceeds to benefit the residents of Wrentham Developmental center. The race will be held, September 15, at 9 a.m. Check in as at the Cracker-Barrel Fairground’s bandstand. The flat 3.1 mile loop around the Wrentham Developmental Center starts on Emerald St. Sponsors of the event are Poland Springs,

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