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July 1, 2012

Norwood Lights the Fuse for the 4th

Get Your Head in the Game BY SHANNON MACDONALD These days, concussions seem to be on the brain. More and more Norwood Youth Sports organizations are asking their leaders to be trained regarding both the longterm effects of multiple concussions as well as how to prevent them. Norwood Youth Soccer is currently having board members take the CDC Concussion Training, and is also in discussions about what will be required of their coaches. The training will be made available to all coaches immediately and coaches will all be encouraged to take the training program. Down the road, Norwood Youth Soccer may make the training a requirement for all Travel Program coaches. The long term effects of concussions, specifically multiple concussions over the span of a lifetime for athletes, are still being unearthed and studied. Both professional and amateur athletes alike in all types of sports who have had one or more concussions during their athletic career are experiencing some symptoms well beyond their years in the game. As these middle-aged men and women discover how the concussions have affected them

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The first step to preventing concussions is awareness. Many Norwood sporting organizations, including Norwood Youth Soccer, are asking volunteers such as board members to complete Concussion Awareness Training. In fact, the CDC provides free resources at their website.

and continue to affect them, more and more people are learning about the dangers of even one concussion. Recently, a group of NFL players who were touched by concussions and other brain injuries have brought forth a lawsuit against the NFL. Also named in the suit was

NFL helmet manufacturer, Riddell, Inc. These players hope to bring this issue to the forefront, force the NFL to provide care for ailing former players, and ensure that current and future players do not suffer silently through multiple concussions and are able to avoid the aftermath of concussions all together. As the media

spotlights this important issue, even parents of very youth athletes are realizing that this topic is critical to tackle now as their children embark on an athletic career of their own.

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In its 140-year history, Norwood has always celebrated the 4th of July. According to organizers of this year’s Fourth festivities, each year is bigger and better than the last. The theme of this year’s parade -- “United We Stand-Proudly We Serve,” and Grand Marshals are Paula Pelaggi and Gerald Miller. This year’s logo incorporates the image of a statue donated 20 years ago by Frank Simoni, which stands with the words “To Honor the Protectors of the American Family Way of Life.” Parade committee member Martha Colamaria has done a lot of research on the history of this statue. She says Simoni was a businessman in Norwood, whose family operated a florist shop for years. “He was also a veteran of two wars, who visited the site of the invasion in France and the cemetery

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A concussion is a traumatic injury to the brain that occurs from a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another incident where the brain is jarred or shaken inside the head. Like many injuries, concussions can range from mild to extremely severe. Loss of consciousness happens with many, but not all cases. Other common symptoms include a loss of memory from what happened right before the injury, inability to concentrate or retain new information, blurry vision, nausea, dizziness, mood swings, unusual sleep patterns, and headaches. For more severe concussions, the symptoms are downright scary. To diagnose a concussion, your doctor will likely ask you questions about the injury, and will test your ability to concentrate – including both long term memory and short term memory questions. Your strength and balance will be tested, as well as coordination, reflexes and sensations. In more severe cases, a CT scan or MRI will be ordered to check for bruising or bleeding in your brain. Treatment for mild and moderate concussions is activity restriction.

Most people are told to get plenty of rest and not engage in any sports or activities that could result in further trauma to the head. It also advised to avoid activities that are mentally demanding, including schoolwork, video games, and computer work. For severe concussions, a hospital stay can be required. Concussions can take days, weeks, or months to heal – Long-term effects of multiple concussions are being depending on the seen in amateur as well as professional athletes. severity. Concussions can be prevented by the use of proper helmets, mouthguards, and other relevant gear to your sport. There are now concussion headbands available for athletes as well. Coaches and trainers should know the potential danger in every play, drill, and scenario they are teaching. Awareness and knowledge is key for athletes, parents, and coaches. The CDC provides free

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Local Man Impersonated Police Officer to Commit Assault Pre-Trial Conference for McCarthy August 16 On Monday June 4, 2012 a warrant was issued for Kevin M. McCarthy of 195 Sunnyside Road Norwood for two counts of rape and one count of indecent A&B on a person over 14. Norwood Police Department had filed criminal complaints against McCarthy stemming from a yearlong investigation. April 20, 2011 a female victim came to the police station reporting she was sexually assaulted overnight. She was in her vehicle parked on the side of the road when a male subject opened the passenger side door. The victim asked him to leave her alone and he replied that he was a Police Officer. He began to look through the vehicle asking the victim for drugs. She pleaded with the subject to leave, he refused and sexually assaulted her. The victim told investigators that the suspect had two small dogs with him. She described her assailant as a white male in his mid-forties wearing dark clothing. She stated that the way the suspect spoke he sounded like a Police Officer. Several weeks after this incident, Officer Andrew Jurewich

was on patrol in the vicinity where that assault occurred. He observed a white male walking two dogs at approximately 3:30 in the morning. Officer Jurewich engaged the subject in c o nve r s a t i o n . This encounter was relayed to the investigating detective.

This case was investigated by Norwood Police Detective John Gover and members of the Sexual Assault Unit of the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office. Additional physical evidence was developed linking the suspect to the incident. Through investigation, it was learned that the suspect, was formerly a Westwood Police Officer who was terminated several years ago. The suspect and victim are not known to each other. The next day, Kevin McCarthy had turned himself in. He pled not guilty and was released on $5,000 cash bail, on the condition that he stay away and have no contact with the victim, abide by a curfew and report to Norwood Police within 24 hours of his release. He is due back in Dedham District Court August 16 for pretrial conference, according to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office . McCarthy has been already been arraigned, the Norwood Police will have no further statement and all inquiries must be addressed to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.

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there, and so he vowed that someday he would try to do something that would always remember their sacrifice.” And so, 20 years, ago, says Colamaria, Simoni formed a committee to erect the monument, dedicating it in September of 1992. This year, she says, Frank’s wife, Betty, who is now 90, will be in the reviewing stand. “She’s very pleased that they remembered that Frank had donated it,” says Colamaria. An annual highlight of Norwood Fourth of July celebrations is the reenactment portion of the parade. Organized this year by John and Ethel Simeone, this component features re-furbished and vintage vehicles from mainly World War II and Korea. “It’s been a pretty well-supported tradition in town,” says John Simeone, who adds that the types of vehicles the parade gets usually varies. “There are as many as 15 vehicles of various types,” he says, “sometimes track vehicles, armor, Jeeps, trucks and maybe a tank. It varies year to year depending on what is available,” says Simeone. Simeone is excited to have the 26th Infantry Division “Yankee Division” WWII Living History – Reenactors as part of the Norwood 4th of July Parade. “Most of these vehicles are all authentic and uniforms are all authentic from the period. Not only are the vehicles authentic, but veterans will be featured in the parade, including 97year-old veteran George Watremez riding in his own World War II Jeep, driven by fellow veteran Bill Fromans. Bernie Cooper, one of the parade’s organizers, points out the significance of honoring veterans from this era right now. “We’ve had a number of WWII vets with vehicles and equipment, but as time has gone on we’ve lost most of them.” Maria Henry notes that the Children’s Bicycle, Tricycle, Doll Carriage and Historical Character Parade has become very popular in recent years, drawing children from other towns such as Dedham, Walpole and Canton. She adds that the Norwood Colonial Boys Fife & Drum Corps have been nice enough to come to this earlier parade, and that numbers of participants have grown since they joined in.

Local Town Pages www.norwoodtownnews.com “We started with 75, and now we’re up to 300 (participants),” she says. “We get them from all over.” Mary Cantaro adds that she believed the number of children participating to be over 300. “It’s $1 to enter,” she says, “and they get a t-shirt. No pre-registration is necessary. They just show up and are judged by their peers. First prize winners ride on a float in the big parade.” Prior to the parade, which will feature 10-12 bands, is the Firecracker 5K. Jim Henry, who is in charge of the race, says that last year, 100 runners took to the parade route before the parade, and this year he’s hoping for 200. Runners can pick up applications at Town Hall, the Civic Center or the Library, or by call (617) 610-0084. They may also register at coolrunning.com, click “Find Events,” and look by date. The cost to register for the 3.1 mile race is $15 for adults aged 18-59, or $10 for youth and seniors. Proceeds from the 5K go toward the parade fund. The event costs $50,000 to $55,000 to run, with the town of Norwood contributing $19,000, the committee says. Independence Day festivities will also feature two Carillon concerts this year, featuring Norwood’s own Carillonneur Lee B. Leach. On July 2nd, the one-hour concert will be followed by a tour, but on July 4th, says Bernie Cooper, “People will be able to go up and see the Carillon being played.” Fourth of July committee members expect that some candidates for office may stop by and join in

this year. Senator Scott Brown, they say, is on the invitation list, but as of the writing of this article, he had not responded. They also note that John Rogers has come each year, as have all the Little League Championship Teams. This year, due to the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, the Girl Scouts will also have a large float in the parade. Those Girl Scouts who marched in Norwood’s Memorial Day parade are invited to ride on the July 4th float. As with each year, parade organizers have designated a quiet zone, for those who have trouble with loud noises, in front of Norwood Hospital. Bands and marchers are informed ahead of time to try to respect this space.

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Children can come dressed, bring their bikes, trikes or doll carriages for $1, and every child marching receives a t-shirt and participation ribbon. Winners ride in main parade on a float. 3p.m. Carillon Concert and Tour, with Town Hall’s Tilton Memorial Tower open to onlookers

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2012 Norwood TONY Award Recipient: Katharine Mueller The Norwood TONY (Ten Outstanding Norwood Youths) Awards were initiated over 40 years ago to recognize exceptional Norwood youths for their voluntary contributions to the community. Through anonymous reviews of the student's volunteer record and a 300-word essay, the Norwood Masons, who acquired the program 17 years ago, named the 2012 TONY Award winners at a banquet held January 30. The award includes a citation from Governor Patrick, a plaque from the lodge, a $1,000 savings bond and a gift card from Perk's coffeehouse. Two supplementary awards also included an additional $500 savings bond.

Mueller remembers always being active in volunteerism and credits her early introduction to altruism to her experiences since kindergarten in the Girls Scouts and her Catholic school education. Mueller has been a member of the Girls Scouts for the past 13 years and was given many opportunities through earning badges and community service events to assist children and adults throughout Norwood neighborhoods. While attending St. Catherine's of Siena School, she learned the values of service and helping others, such as participating in Cradles to Crayons and Christmas in the City.

Local Town Pages is also recognizing these admirable young adults with a profile of each student each month in our newspaper. Norwood High School graduate, Katharine Mueller, is the fifth student profile in our 2012 TONY Award series.

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Adventure in Smiles Jungle Safari Experience A visit to the new pediatric dentist office at Norwood Pediatric Dentistry in Norwood is no average visit for children – it’s a jungle safari experience – as it says “Adventures in Smiles” in the office all around.

zle games and other educational toys which are placed on a cute green table with four kid’s chairs; there is also an X-box game system in the kids cave area where older kids explore and enjoy video games.

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This jungle experience makes it clear that Norwood Pediatric Dentistry is not your typical dental office. “This is a different kind of office with a unique theme,” says Dr. Nooruddin Pradhan. Dr. Nooruddin Pradhan says all rooms in the office have a consistent theme, with plenty of animals to explore all around, which makes children relax and calm down their anxiety which they routinely have while they are at the dentist office; even the ceiling panels have colorful flowers and tree leaves to explore while kids are being treated in the dental chair. “So far, the clients who have come to my office have zero apprehension, and they are very relaxed,” says Dr. Pradhan. “The idea is to create a kid-friendly office where they don’t feel stressed out,” he says. Once they come in, most of the kids just admire the animals hanging from the tree, and then they play with different puz-

We truly believe that prevention is the key to dental health, and that it is of the utmost importance. We teach and support excellent dental health from the start of your first visit and we make it fun. There is no other pediatric dentist in the area that has gone to such lengths to create such a one-of-a-kind, exciting environment for the little ones. Dr. Pradhan has been practicing for 22 years; he received his Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, followed by a fellowship in Tempromandibular disorder also from Tufts University. He received his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Tufts University in 2006, and his final accomplishment was achieved in 2010 when he was awarded Diplomate status from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Pradhan is an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and has Hospital privileges at Tufts Medical Center and Franciscan Hospital for Children. Dr. Pradhan is a member of the American Dental Association, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the Massachusetts Dental Society, and the Metropolitan District Society. He brings this experience to his Norwood office, where he aims to help raise cavity free children. This starts when children are young; The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child should be seen by a pediatric dentist by AGE ONE, when they can start early intervention to raise cavity free children. The office also offers Nitrous Oxide Sedation, and also provides facility at Hospital for children who need General Anesthesia. “We like serving the underserved populations” Dr. Pradhan said. “We cater to the needs of pretty much everybody (we accept Mass Health) –the underserved, kids with special health needs, trauma, and any medical condition.” Office hours are Wednesdays, Fridays and one Saturday in a month.

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Happy Birthday to Us! It has been two years since Local Town Pages launched its first Norwood newspaper and the staff would like to thank all the advertisers and loyal readers for their continued support to our publication. Since our inaugural July, 2010 issue, Local Town Pages has strived to produce a quality newspaper full of useful, constructive and enlightening information from Norwood schools, local government, organizations, sports and noteworthy residents who make a difference in the community. While we do employ a number of talented writers, we continually encourage feedback and story ideas from the people in town who live and experience the pulse of Norwood. Local Town Pages would also like to thank the hundreds of local advertisers that have made this free publication possible through-

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Letters to the Editor Opinion: Daycare Workers Unions Will Hurt Working Families LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Last week, via House Bill 3986, the Massachusetts House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to force public unionization of early childhood daycare workers. The vote followed party lines and passed with 117 in favor to 32 opposed. Now, more than ever, we need balance and true leadership on Beacon Hill. I am strongly opposed to the heavy-handed action taken by the House leadership and supported by Rep. John Rogers last week. The imposition of forced union membership upon the people who take care of our children in daycare centers and homes throughout Massachusetts is unconscionable at any time, but especially in an economic recession. Such a measure will only hurt working parents who have no other option but to place their children in

daycare while each parent must work to maintain a household and put food on the table. I am concerned at the prospect of the inevitable burden to every working family in our district that will occur when these groups impose forced dues. As a self-employed father of three young children, I believe our representatives at the State House should be spending every waking hour of their time on Beacon Hill implementing ways to ease the burden on working families. Instead, it appears they are more concerned with kow-towing to the special interests that fill their campaign coffers.

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Making Do BY SUSAN CLARE It is a fine thing to clean house, sorting through things in storage and getting rid of what we don’t need. The giving to charity of what we no longer want is always a good idea, and recycling what we can is considerate of our Earth. But how desirable is it to dispose of these objects at all while buying Norwood’s new community garden “makes do” new ones to replace them? with inexpensive tag sale laundry bag holders and a bookcase as trellises for green beans and

sue-like peeling on a bulb. A few dollars spent, and I would never again have to take 30 seconds of my time to do this by hand. I would also own a piece of plastic which would never biodegrade, but might be recyclable (otherwise, into the trash it goes) when I’m done with it. I envision myself in three years, coming across it in a kitchen drawer and wondering why I’ve never used it.

Long tradition in New England cucumbers. How might you make do with old holds that “making do” with items you’re planning to throw away? what’s already at hand is frugal I would not have and avoids waste. Perhaps a lesson down, and made into new things. contributed to jobs for Americans, can be taken and applied to my And when I donate to the local as its production was outsourced own consumer practices. I find thrift shop, I can’t give items need- overseas, and I could have bought myself more willing to discard- ing repair, so those go back to a lot of garlic cloves for the origiand-buy-new than any of my an- trash or recycling. A pattern of dis- nal price. To continue the discardcestors were, and this is partly a card-and-buy-new is evident, and and-buy-new cycle, I might sell result of modern marketing, partly is not sustainable if I can manage the thing for a nickel at a yard sale a matter of time available—basi- to reuse these things myself. so someone else would take over. cally, I haven’t time to fix up and Here is an example, of saving I could possibly discover another use what I already own because I money while reducing the trash garlic peeler several years after fiam busy making money to replace and recycling burdens: garden nally discarding this one, and buy it with something new! trellises. The photo, taken in our it (yes, I’ve been known to do such new community garden, shows an a foolish thing)! When I discard potentially useold bookcase and two wooden ful objects, I increase the trash I can make do with my fairly laundry bag stands, now ready to durable hands. We can all make do burden (including the pollution at landfills). I also increase the recy- support green beans and cucum- rather than buying new, and often. cling burden; while recycling is a bers. Cost for the lot=$2 (spent on We would like to hear the ways more sustainable practice, it costs laundry bag stands at a tag sale). you make do. Email us at: money and contributes to fossil Shortly after taking these photos, sustain@tgryes.org. fuel use and pollution as recycled I saw a plastic garlic peeler in the items are transported, broken store, intended to rub off the tis-

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Arts and Culture Artist of the Month: Lisa Walker BY J.D. O’GARA She’s an artist who likes to get her hands dirty. The epitome of a hands-on artist, potter Lisa Walker began her art career with clay, and, although she took a journey into other art forms, she eventually circled back toward the medium she says best translates her voice. “I took my first ceramics class when I was in high school,” says Walker. “and I just kind of fell in love with it.” The Marblehead native, who is settled in Westwood with her husband and two children, calls ceramics her “gateway” to art. An art major at Skidmore College, Walker studied photography and painting, but she didn’t lose her love of ceramics, something she says was “just one of those things I did, like eating and sleeping.” Walker employed her artistic talent in various ways out of college. “I wasn’t really into in the starving artist thing,” she laughs, admitting she “wanted to know there’d

be a meal on the table.” Her talents led her to work for a women’s clothing store, putting together displays, as well as doing freelance photography, painting names on the backs of boats and color printing. Walker decided to stay home and become more involved in her community after having her daughter. Among other community endeavors, she joined the Westwood League of Fine Artists (no longer in existence), and through this group showed some of her work at Gallery 9. Later, Walker reignited her interest in pottery after taking a class at Potter’s Place in Walpole, where she’s been a member since 2005. Since then, she says, “I have moved from other mediums to just focus on the clay. It’s just my mode.” “When I was doing photography, I was an observer,” explains the artist. “When I do ceramics, I am more involved in all aspects of the process.”

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Even though working with clay can be difficult as timing can important and things can go wrong, says Walker, the medium “just feels like it’s part of me when I’m working.” What she does with clay is reminiscent, she says, of “spinning tops going around, and you’re trying to figure out how you’re going to get everything in balance, so you can just be peaceful.” Walker says she’s not really interested in making a lot of the same things. “I’m much more about having an idea or a theme and working with that to produce a collection,” she says. Walker’s collections, usually about three pieces, change with the seasons, as she gravitates toward certain colors at certain times of the year. Walker feels that her pottery is a reflection of herself when she makes the piece. On her website (www.lisawbwalker.com), she describes her work as autobiographical in nature. “I feel like it’s a process of working through what is going on in my life,” she says. For example, she says, she created a series called “Spinning Tops,” which she made for the Julie, the owner of Gallery 9. Walker viewed her “Spinning Tops” series as “about creating balance in your life.” At the time, Walker’s own life was focused on dealing with some family issues.

community projects. One such recent event was a tile project she worked on with students at the Deerfield School in Westwood. “I went and worked with the art teacher and brought clay tiles and taught the kids to carve a clay tile. It was called Commemorative Clay Creations. Then I fired them and the kids will all take them home as a transition from elementary to middle school.”

featured artist this October) and sells her work at Powisset Farm in Dover. She does sell items on her website, but admits shipping can be difficult, and that she prefers to have personal contact. “I like to be able to talk to people about my work, and I think that’s why I buy art. Everything in my house I have because I either know artists or I understand the story behind it,” says Walker.

“I think I was thinking about my life being kind of crazy, and being able to sit down and center myself and slow down that spinning top that I felt like,” she says. In the end, Walker was “very happy with Lisa Walker says her pottery mirrors where she is in her life at the time. This “Spinning the way these turned Tops” series reflects a time where she felt she needed to slow down the spinning top out. They’re spinning, she felt like. but the foot that I create on the bottom and the Walker admits she keeps very lit“It’s that personal interaction,” brown color on the bottom seems tle of her work. In addition to sell- she says. “When someone buys a to ground them.” ing her work at Potter’s Place (the piece of my work, they’re also Walker also feels strongly about upcoming fall show and sale are in buying a piece of me, and there’s working with her community, and November), she’s also a Dedham a story to each piece I make.” she is involved in a number of Square Artist Guild member (and


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Arts and Culture Norwood Design Co. Goes to Washington Mystic Scenic Studios Designs and Installs Permanent Display at Smithsonian Museum BY DORIS DICKSON Many connections and pieces of Massachusetts already reside in our nation’s capital. Members of the Kennedy family (President John F. and Senators Edward M. and Robert F.) and John Hancock all lie in Arlington National Cemetery. An ongoing exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History displays a partially reconstructed house that stood for 200 years at 16 Elm Street in Ipswich, Massachusetts. It tells the stories of five families who lived there over the years. Another exhibit entitled, The Invention Case: Hot Spot of Invention, highlights how three labs at MIT helped transform Cambridge, Massachusetts, into a dynamic place of invention during the 1930’s. The connections to Massachusetts are abundant. Now, a little piece of hard work created right here in Norwood recently travelled to Washington DC for display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Our own Mystic Scenic Studios, a design and fabrication company on Lenox Street was selected by Robert Lewis Media Group of Watertown to design, build and install a kiosk for an interactive display, entitled the Encyclopedia of Life, at the museum. According to John Botke, Project Manager at Mystic, the display contains the cabinet, a computer and a touch screen monitor with custom software to search

the “Wikipedia-like” database of wildlife, plant life, and microorganisms. After the designers created their drawings from the customer specifications, the cabinet was built and assembled by Jeff Hebblethwaite at Mystic. The building process took about two weeks. Independent from the kiosk production, the Richard Lewis Media Group developed the software. Once all the pieces were in order, the customer representative, Breen Byrnes, the Public Information Officer at the Smithsonian, travelled from DC to approve the project. Once the project was approved, travel and installation preparations were made for the installer and the kiosk. A minivan was rented and the kiosk was wrapped securely in the back. Since DC is a ten-hour drive from Norwood and a walk through (to ensure an efficient process) was planned prior to the 6 a.m. Friday installation, the trip began at 4 a.m. Thursday morning. The kiosk travelled through Connecticut, around New York City (it does not like traffic), and down the New Jersey Turnpike. It stopped for a quick breakfast in New Jersey and for a few breaks to stretch its legs throughout the drive. By mid-after-

noon, the kiosk entered the District of Columbia, commented on the neighborhood diversities entering the nation’s capital, drove past the Washington Monument, and glanced down Pennsylvania Avenue at the White House before arriving at the museum for its meet and greet with Ms. Byrnes.

With all preparations set for the morning installation made, a late lunch was in order. Miniature clam balls, a garden salad, and clam chowder sounded good. What to do for the rest of the afternoon? Since the hotel was in Arlington, Virginia, a visit to Arlington National Cemetery made sense. Respects were paid to past presidents, senators, our country’s founders and the many, many, men, women and, often their children, who have protected and served the United States. Left in awe at the impeccably straight rows and rows of white marble head stones (and the people they represent), it was the end of a long day in preparation for the early morning installation at the museum. Just before 6 a.m. the kiosk departed Arlington, Virginia and arrived just a few minutes later for its permanent home at the intersection of 10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW. The installation proceeded flawlessly and by 8:30 a.m., the computer and software were up and running ready to educate all. Norwood can now proudly say it has left a mark at the Smithsonian and Washington, DC.

In mid-June, a little piece of Norwood left a permanent mark on Washington, D.C., when a kiosk designed and created by Mystic Scenic Studios Designs was installed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

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soil before planting. Add compost or fertilize the soil, which increases moisture retention and reduces the need to water. Healthy soil helps make stronger plants that won't need to be watered as often as plants that are not healthy or struggling to survive.

Plant Right to Conserve Water Conservation is one of the keys to adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle. Though some might feel the transition to such a lifestyle might be difficult, it's often far simpler than it may seem. Conserving water, for instance, can be done in a number of ways. One such way concerns how you treat your landscape. Planting the right way can save a substantial amount of water, which will also save you money on your utility bills. The following are a few ways to plant right that won't require a complete overhaul of your landscape. * Research before you plant anything. Decorating your landscape with the prettiest plant might add to your home's aesthetic appeal, but it's not always the most practical or eco-friendly decision. Choose plants that will thrive in your local climate so you don't need to constantly water them just to keep them alive and looking good. Certain grasses, for instance, are best suited for certain climates. When planting, make use of shaded areas around your property so plants won't need more water to make it through the warmer months of the year. * Maintain a healthy soil. Healthy soil allows water to penetrate effectively, promoting strong roots and ensuring plants get all they need to thrive. Aerate your lawn, including areas around trees, once a year and cultivate the

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Notable Norwood Residents Professional Baseball Player William Edward Travers Welcome to the Notable Norwood Residents column! Each month, Norwood Local Town Pages will highlight a former town resident who has contributed not only to the Norwood community, but state and local governments, sports teams or the entertainment sector.

vers played his last game with the Angels on July 17, 1983 and was released from the team July 19, 1983. The year 1976 could have been considered the height of Travers' career when he was voted into the American League

William Edward Travers, more commonly known as Bill Travers, was born in Norwood on October 27, 1952 and attended Norwood High School. Travers was drafted into the major leagues in 1974 as a lefthanded pitcher who also batted left and made a presence on the mound at 6'4", 187 pounds. Travers' professional career spanned nine years, from 1974 to 1983, with the Milwaukee Brewers and California Angels. Travers began his baseball career directly out of high school when he was drafted 127th by the Milwaukee Brewers in the sixth round of the 1970 amateur draft. He make his first major appearance with the Brewers on May 19, 1974, at the age of 21. He was granted free agency in November, 1980 and signed as a free agent with the California Angels in January, 1981. Tra-

ninth with only 7 wild pitches, and fourth allowing only 21 home runs. Travers' career statistics in 205 major league games include: 48 wins, 66 losses, an average era of 4.81, pitched 1061 innings, allowed 1204 hits, allowed 630 runs, allowed 567 earned runs, allowed 142 home runs, allowed 441 base on balls and 460 had strikeouts. Travers returned to baseball in 1989 when he placed for the St. Lucie Legends of the Senior Professional Baseball Association and went four for six. He was also the pitching coach in 1990 for Dean College in Franklin. Travers was also known as a talented candlepin bowler and made two appearances on Channel 5's Candlepin Bowling show.

All-Star Game (did not play), earned 15 wins and pitched 200 innings. He was third in the American League with only 93 bases on balls, fourth with 16 losses, eighth with a 2.81 ERA,

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Norwood Canines Take A Refreshing Bath Many Norwood residents passing by the municipal parking lot on Nahatan St., Sunday, June 10, may have thought they were admiring an old fashioned fundraising car wash. On second glance, however, they probably noticed that it wasn't a four-wheeled vehicle getting cleaned, but man's four legged friend. The Bay State Animal Cooperative (BSAC) held its second Annual Dog Wash/Rabies Clinic, from 10 am. to 3 p.m., and the day was an enjoyable success for the animals, the owners and many wet volunteers. While exact numbers were not available, approximately 22 canines received rabies vaccinations by volunteer veterinarian Dr. Christina Poor of Norfolk County Veterinary Service, in Walpole, and somewhere between 30 and 40 dogs received a canine pedicure by getting their nails clipped by the owners of The Soggy Doggy of South Norwood and received a refreshing wash by volunteers of all ages. According to BSAC Presi-

dent Marcia Motta, the fundraising event was a great achievement in raising funds for the non-profit organization that accepts and rescues homeless and feral cats, and operates a feline adoption center in the Norwood Petco.

the unnecessary suffering of companion, stray, relinquished and feral animals. Currently based in Norwood and Brockton, the compassionate volunteers unite with other humane organizations, local municipalities and the community to implement worthy animal causes, such as low-cost spay/neuter assistance, low-cost medical care, trap-neuter-return

The BSAC would also like to thank the Texas Roadhouse, on Rte. 1, in Walpole, for a second fundraiser held that week on June 12. Flyers were handed out at the dog wash and around town before the event and many families enjoyed a great meal and 10% of their dine-in or take-out bill was donated by the Texas Roadhouse to the BSAC. All proceeds from both benefits will be used to help many homeless cats obtain emergency medical services. The Bay State Animal Cooperative is a non-profit organization devoted to providing humane resources and services to reduce animal overpopulation and prevent

programs, community outreach opportunities, sheltering, adoption and educational services. The association is completely run by volunteers and is solely dependent on donations and fundraising to implement and operate their programs. In addition to monetary donations, the BSAC is in desperate need of small paper plates, kitten collars, towers, small cat beds, litter pans, cat litter and hard and soft cat food. These donations can be dropped off at the BSAC Adoption Center in the Norwood Petco, at 1210 Providence Hgwy., Route 1. To learn more about the Bay State Animal Cooperative, adoption procedures, view a current list of cats available for adoption or make a donation, visit www.baystateanimals.org or email baystateanimalcooperative@yaho o.com.

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Declawing – a True No No!

PET CORNER Meet Fritz Recent adult addition to our family of adoptable deserving cats Fritz is a gorgeous 7-year-old super affectionate male neutered cat who loves to be where the action is. He curls around your feet as you walk and runs to any available petting hand. He was surrendered after the family child became quite allergic. He tolerates children but would prefer to live out his life free from poking, tail pulling and prodding by tiny little ones. He has very distinct black tiger markings and cool white paws and chest. Fritz was declawed at a very young age and seems to be doing ok as a result of that tragic surgery but could never defend himself in the outdoors. A responsible family aware of that is the best place for Fritz!

New kittens at Petco this week and more coming soon. We have more than 20 more kittens in foster care. Each will be ready at different times for adoption but many can be viewed now in foster care. If you are interested in adopting a new kitten for your

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(even indoors). We as humans need to accept if we want to share our lives with them. Never declaw your cat! Never!

FYI: Did you know that surgery (even laser) that removes the claws from our feline friends is equivalent to amputating the entire tip of our fingers. Of course the pets recover but that is after ample pain meds, bandage changes and in all cases, the ability of our animal friends to forgive us and tolerate our selfish actions. A cat’s claws exist for many reasons: to stretch out muscles and spine, help exercise and stay fit, defense against mistreatment or other animals, provide grip and traction for safety in all sorts of environments

Thank you to all the participants and volunteers who made our second annual dog wash a HUGE success. Thanks to mother nature and great publicity we were able to wash and cut nails for many dogs, vaccinate 22 dogs and cats for rabies and offer a variety of pet products to pet owners.

We are desperate for foster care. Please consider this rewarding experience. We have mother cats having kittens in the outdoors that need to be safely placed in homes. We have surrendered adult cats needing foster care until they can be evaluated to come into our adoption centers. We really need assistance, consider this opportunity today please. Email us at info@baystateaimals.org if you can provide a safe haven for any of the cats we hear about daily needing assistance.

ally traveling between Norwood and Brockton areas. Must have reliable car, space for cages and traps and able to supply gas expenses.

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Available for viewing in foster care in Norwood.

We need food for feral cat colony feeding

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See descriptions of each kitten on pet finder by visiting our website at www.baystateanimals.org and selecting our animals on the far right side of the page.

Other donations welcome! Monetary always welcomed.

Suzie, a beautiful Bengal look-alike is also still available for adoption

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Volunteer Opportunities: We need transporters for our cats to spay/neuter appointments, vet visits and other similar things. Usu-

Please visit Bay State Animal Cooperative at Petco in Norwood everyday to see cats for adoption. Many more are in foster homes waiting to come into the facility once old enough for adoption.

Trappers. People able to trap feral cats for spay/neuter clinics. We will train. Must have reliable car and be able to move and carry large traps with live animals to and from vehicles. Teams of 2 is even better. Travel to and from Brockton vicinity most common destination. Builders; to make cat shelters, feeding stations always needed, inquire. Volunteers at the Petco and Petsmart adoption centers we have in Norwood and Brockton. Caring for cats once daily on a regular weekly basis. Please consider us when you seek a worth while way to volunteer your time. Fill out a volunteer application at www.baystateanimals.org. Inquiries can also be made by email at info@baystateanimals.org. As always, donations can be made on line at our website through Paypal or send your donations to: BSAC, Inc. 47 Windsor Rd., Norwood, Ma. 02062

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Norwood Farmers Market Opening day at the Town of Norwood's Farmers Market was bustling with activity and tons of fresh goods. Several local farms sold fresh produce, while others sold delightful delicacies such as olive oil, jellies and jams and justbaked bread. The Town of Norwood would like to extend a warm welcome to our newly designed 2012 Farmers Market. Approximately eleven vendors will be a part of this initiative, which will run through October 30th. The market will be open from 12 - 6

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Out and About by dAWN c. fItZgerALd The City Bug versus the Suburban Bug Growing up in the city, there were bugs. Spiders and mosquitos would make their annual appearances. There were the occasional bees and flies buzzing about wrecking the annual barbeque or picnic. City bugs are not very bright on a hot summer night you’d hear them “head toward the light” followed by a loud zap. My motherin- law used to have fly paper hanging off the back deck. It was gross. Flies, spiders, bees and whatever other insect dumb enough to manage to get itself stuck to that tape, stayed there to die. If bugs could talk, I often wonder if they’d try and warn their flying friends, “stay away from the light” and “that paper is not a welcome home banner, but a tape of doom- so don’t go near it.” City bugs are of normal size and shape. And buzz along at normal speeds. They aren’t in a bug marathon, no flying or crawling or web spinning races do they need to win. They just go about their bug lives. Now suburban bugs on the other hand, well, they’ve got attitude. As I write this, there is an ant party in my kitchen. I’m pretty sure it’s actually a family reunion of all the ants that survived from last year, along with their ant wives, cousins, and kids. And these ants refuse to die. I have stepped on them, I have sprayed them, I tried to trap them in ant hotels-I swear at night there is an open bar and dance floor in those little ant motels. Instead they play ant games with me. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve stepped on a bunch of ants-and they all seemed to be dead. When I go and get a napkin to pick them upthey are gone. Disappearing to the safety and comfort of their ant motel-probably swimming in a built in ant sized pool. When I first noticed the ants, I tried to be polite. I would put them on a paper and send them outside. And what did they do? Come back in, bringing friends!

They must’ve known there were vacancies in the motel. These ants just won’t die. But the suburban ants aren’t the only insects driving me buggy. There are always the spiders. And suburban spiders are so big that there should be leash laws for them. I’ve seen a few since moving to suburbia that I thought I could saddle up and ride. They are big, scary, furry creatures- and they like to bite. I can’t tell you the amount of mornings my littlest child has woken up covered in welts from spider bites. I’ve cleaned the sheets, cleaned her room, literally cleaned out the cobwebs-yet those eight legged creepy creatures keep crawling back.

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Vacation Bible School Offered at St. Timothy’s in July BY J.D. O’GARA St. Timothy Catholic Church, at 650 Nichols St. Norwood will be offering Vacation Bible School for children aged four through fifth grade, from July 16-20. St. Timothy’s VBC will run daily from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. According to the director of the program, Kathy MacKenzie, people can still sign up. She says that

each day begins with the children gathering to music, after which the group is broken down by age. Each group does appropriate agelevel arts and crafts, some service projects and have a snack, provided by the church. If weather permits, lots of outdoor games are included. Children also hear a Bible story each day, after which they discuss the story.

At the end of the week, children invite parents to join them, where they generally perform a song they have learned. The week is ended with a pizza party for all. Members of St. Timothy’s religious education program may attend the Vacation Bible School for free. Others may join for $30 per child. To sign up, call MacKenzie at (781) 762-4868 or visit www.sttim.net.

A Memorial Day Visit to Big Jake

Suburban flies and mosquitosthey are too smart to head towards the light. Instead, they head right towards the potato salad-just after you’ve opened it. They dare you to swat them because they are built with tiny jet packs and move at warp speed. I’m pretty sure I’ve pulled my back out trying desperately to kill one of these critters. They don’t end up getting hurt-but I do. As much as I hate to admit it-the suburban bugs are smarter, faster, and I swear some are bigger than this former city slicker. This summer I have decided to give up my battle of the bugs. I want a truce. They don’t bug me and I won’t bug them. If that doesn’t work out- I wonder if the ant motel in my kitchen has Cable? Dawn C. Fitzgerald is a freelance writer-she’d love to hear your comments at dawncfitz@yahoo.com.

State Senator Mike Rush and Representative John Rogers take a moment for a picture with the Norwood Fire Department Local 1631 Color Guard in front of "Big Jake" at Highland Cemetery. Senator Rush and Representative Rogers were at Highland Cemetery to participate in Memorial Day Services. Senator Rush and Representative Rogers are strong advocates for Veterans affairs at the local and state level.

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How to Network / Civil War Historian to Noon Networking Speak at the Library Join presidential historian Gary Hylander at the Morrill Memorial Library on Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m. for a lively discussion of the wartime experiences of Varina Davis and Mary Todd Lincoln in his lecture, “First Ladies of the Civil War.” Dr. Hylander’s entertaining and informative presentation will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the War Between the States.

her husband from prison while Mrs. Lincoln endured the public humiliation of having her insanity trials spread across the front pages of America’s newspapers. Dr. Hylander earned his Ph.D. at Boston College. He is a professor of history at Framingham State University and will be teaching at Stonehill College again in January. On October 25 he will return to the Norwood Library to talk about the Cuban Missile Crisis.

A supporter of slavery but also a Unionist, Mrs. Davis never felt at ease in the Confederate capital of Richmond. Mrs. Lincoln, a volatile and sharp-tongued woman suspected of being a Confederate sympathizer, was seen as a frontier hayseed by Washington socialites. At the end of the war, Mrs. Davis campaigned to free

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Music To My Ears BY SHANNON MACDONALD There is no denying that Norwood is a musical town. From an early age, students are immersed in a rich musical program. Parents are treated to songs, musicals, and shows beginning right in kindergarten at the Willett. Instruments are offered to students as early as second grade. All of this early musical training blossoms into an extensive musical curriculum, which includes a wide variety of chorale programs, orchestra, and instrumental instruction. While every student doesn’t develop into a child prodigy, it certainly provides our community with a strong foundation for music appreciation. Luckily for the residents of Norwood, the music offering doesn’t stop after high school. There are plenty of live musical performances to catch at various locations like Perks, Lewis’, and Napper Tandys. But if you want truly family friendly, afternoon outdoor concerts, Norwood is the place to be. On Sunday evenings from 7 p.m.-9 p.m., during the Summer weeks rain or shine, there are Concerts on the Common on the Walter J. Dempsey Memorial Bandstand. Bring your own lawnchairs, pack a picnic dinner, spray the kids with bugspray and enjoy the following bands during eleven consecutive Sunday evenings beginning at the end of June: June 24: The S.O.S. Big Band July 1: Sharon Concert Band July 8: Westwood Swing Band July 15: Roy Scott Big Band July 22: Tom Nutile Big Band July 29: Pops Night Milestones Big Band August 5: Compaq Big Band August 12: The Olde Kids on the Block August 19: The Bridgewater Antiphonal Brass Society August 26: Oberlander Hofbrau Band September 2: The Suburbinaires Big Band If big swing bands aren’t your cup of tea, never fear the Carillon Bells are here! The Carillon (pronounced care-ill-lawn) Bells are located in the tower of the Town Hall in Norwood. For those of you who haven’t seen the bells in the

tower, or heard them played, you are truly missing out. Norwood’s 50 Carillon Bells were cast by Gillett and Johnston, Bellfounders, Croydon, England. They were dedicated with the Norwood Memorial Building and Tower on Armistice Day, November 11th, 1928, and donated by the late Walter F. Tilton, who was once a prominent local banker and civil leader in Norwood. Lee B. Leach of Norwood is our local expert who gives tours and plays the bells for our town. During the summer weeks, a Monday Night Carillon Concert series is taking place. Concerts will be from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. This concert series is sponsored by the Town of Norwood, by a special gift from the Norwood’s Women’s Community Committee, and by private donations to the Town’s Carillon Fund. This year’s series is also supported in part by a grant from the Norwood Cultural Council. The schedule for this special series is as follows: June 25: Claire Halpert, Cambridge, Massachusetts July 2: Lee B. Leach, Norwood, Massachusetts July 4 @ 3 p.m.: Margaret Angelini, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts July 9: Stefano Colletti, Douai, France July 16: Groninger Carillon Duo with Auke deBoer & Adolph Rots, Groningen, The Netherlands July 23: Joey Brink, Yale University, Connecticut July 30: Trevor Workman, Bournville, Birmingham, England August 6: Lisa Lonie, St.Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania August 13: George Matthew, Jr., Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont All concerts are rain or shine. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair down to get comfortable and listen to the bells. Tours of the bell-tower are available after most concerts. Information about the Summerfest 2012 concerts on Wednesday evenings is still forthcoming. They will be on the Walter J. Dempsey Memorial Bandstand at the town Common as well from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Summerfest is sponsored by the Norwood Arts Council.

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Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce Hosts Talk with Elizabeth Warren U.S. Senatorial Candidate Elizabeth Warren visited the NVCC Tuesday, June 12, 2012 for a round table discussion with chamber members about issues that concern them personally and professionally. Ms. Warren was on-hand to answer questions and speak about her plans, if elected, to improve the connection between business and government as well as assisting young people in getting the necessary funding for education. “What a delight Elizabeth Warren was during the Chamber reception. Her openness and willingness to field questions from business people was both refreshing and encouraging.” said Steve Fradkin of the Wizard of Adz based in Canton. Established in 1894, the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce serves the needs of businesses in a twelve- town region stretching from Route 128 to Route 495 southwest of Boston. The NVCC supports the business community and economic development efforts by providing leadership, advocacy and opportunities for expanded and enhanced relationships among business, government and the community. For information on membership or doing business in the region, please contact the Chamber at (781) 769-1126, www.nvcc.com or cristoff@nvcc.com. Clip and save this coupon

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Living Healthy Hot Temperatures Are Back, So Be Careful! BY J.D. O’GARA As soon as summer hit Norwood this year, temperatures and humidity seemed to spike as well. The CDC reports that in conditions with high humidity, the body has a harder time releasing heat, as sweat doesn’t evaporate as quickly. T h e s e high temperatures can take a toll on your health, if you don’t take certain precautions. In fact, the Cen-

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Living Healthy Stay Cool, and Healthy, at Town Pools BY J.D. O’GARA Now that pool season is here, Norwood residents will no doubt be heading to the town pools, which opened up on June 23. The two town pools, the Hawes Pool, 1315 Washington Street, next to the Coakley Middle School, and the Father McEleer pool, at the corner of Hawthorne and Bernon Streets are open to Norwood residents only.

With public use, residents might be concerned over how frequently pools are inspected. According to Stacy Lane, Assistant Director of Norwood’s Health Department, health inspectors check public pools in the town overall once a week. Semi-public pools, such as those in apartment buildings, are checked quarterly, or on occasion, by complaint. In addition, she says, lifeguards or certified pool operators perform a chemi-

cal water quality test on public pools four times a day, checking bromine and chlorine levels, water clarity, temperature and general sanitation. The costs to residents for pool tags is $11 for seniors $17 for children 17 and under $28 for adults (18-61) $90 for one-adult families (must live in same household)

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$5 for a one-day pass. The pool schedule is as follows: Father McEleer Pool Monday – Friday, Youth Swim Lessons 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Adult Lap Swim 12-1 p.m., General Swim/Playcamp 1-7 p.m. Weekends: 12-7 p.m. General swim

Hawes Pool Monday – Friday, Youth Swim Lessons 9-11:15 a.m., Junior Playcamp 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m., Camp Challenge 12-1 p.m., General Swim/Playcamp 1-7 p.m. Weekends: 12-7 p.m. General swim For more information on pool rules, visit the Recreation Department page at the town website www.norwoodma.gov.

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Living Healthy Too Much of a Good Thing? Millions of people regularly take one or more vitamin supplements daily. Many perceive vitamins as the way to combat nutritional deficiency from a poor or inadequate diet. With so many in the population leading busy lives, processed, convenience foods have become the go-to items at the grocery store. Because these foods may not be nutritionally sound, the belief remains that supplements can fix the problem.

found that more than half of all Americans take a vitamin supplement daily. According to a survey by Ipsos Reid for Health Canada, 71 percent of Canadians use natural health products, with vitamins, at 57 percent, topping the list of supplements used.

say that the best way to get necessary vitamins is through the foods you eat. Furthermore, inexperienced people are simply taking their own cocktail of vitamins, and may be taking too much.

There is the perception that taking a certain amount can There even are nutritional testing be beneficial, so that must companies that will draw blood mean that taking more of the and determine vitamin deficien- vitamin will have double or cies, like NutriChem in Ottowa. triple the benefits. What The right vitamin mix is then cre- many people do not realize is Research by the Centers for Dis- ated and personalized. that vitamins -- although they People unknowingly are taking too much of a vitamin supplement. ease Control and Prevention's NaWhile vitamins can have their are naturally forming in food tional Center for Healthy Statistics benefits, many health professionals -- can carry side effects like any other medication. Taking too Vitamin D: Vitamin D has been much of a certain supplement can touted as the wonder supplement lead to toxicity or different side ef- in the past year. Taking vitamin fects. Even in moderate doses, D3, "the sunshine vitamin" can there can be some side effects to help regulate mood, improve sleep, vitamins as well. regulate the circadian rhythm, among other things. Too much Vitamin A: There is particular may cause nausea and vomiting, concern over vitamin A. Taking bone weakness, hypercalcemia -high doses of antioxidant supplean excessive amount of calcium in ments such as vitamin A might do Prompt appointments the bloodstream, kidney stones and more harm than good. Some reorgan calcification. search shows that taking high doses of vitamin A supplements Calcium: Calcium and vitamin D might increase the chance of death work together in the formation of from all causes and possibly other strong bones. Again, too much of serious side effects. It can also this supplement can lead to excesmake liver disease worse and in- sive amounts of calcium in the crease the risk of osteoporosis and blood. Other side effects may inhip fracture. clude constipation and stomach upset, including excessive gas. B complex vitamins: B comMental and mood changes, plexes or groups of various B vitaheadaches, increased thirst, and mins put together in the capsule other side effects are serious. are some of the more popular vitamins bought. Vitamin B deficienVitamin E: Toxicity from this vicies can lead to lack of energy and tamin may include gastric distress, feelings of stress and anxiety and fatigue, easy bruising and bleedmay contribute to difficulty with ing, muscle weakness, and diarsleep. There is no magic number in rhea. terms of milligrams of B vitamins; In addition to vitamins, other nuhowever, taking too much can retritional supplements have the posult in constipation, stomach upset, tential to interact with medications swelling, and even acne associated (at norwood airport Business Center) being taken. St. John's Wort, for with B-12. Many people do not reexample, can affect cholesterol alize that some B vitamins can levels and the effectiveness of chocause drowsiness, so it's important lesterol-lowering drugs. It also not to drive until you determine the may have contraindications with effects of the vitamins. other medicines. Vitamin C:People rely heavily on Although vitamins and supple• Tufts Including: • Medicare vitamin C to boost the immune ments are sold over the counter, • Harvard Pilgrim • Mass Health system and promote good health. that doesn't make them any safer It is reported that vitamin C is • Neighborhood Health than regulated medications. Indi• United Health Care largely water-soluble, so toxicity is viduals should always consult with • Network Health rare. But side effects can include • Most Senior Plans Accepted a doctor before beginning supplediarrhea, nausea and possible den• BMC Health Net ments to find out the proper dosage tal decalcification. and what vitamins may be benefi• BC/BS cial or harmful.

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Living Healthy Can Physical Therapy Train Your Brain? BY: JOHN VACOVEC, OWNER AND THERAPIST OF PHYSICAL THERAPY AND SPORTS REHAB., INC.

We exercise to keep our bodies fit, but did you know that exercise can also train your brain? You have likely heard of the effect of endorphins on your mood, and you probably know that you feel better after exercising. Exercise can im-

Exercise triggers communication between (and blood circulation to) brain cells, which interact with other parts of the nervous system. The processing system of the brain is challenged during workouts, as certain chemicals such as adrenaline are triggered. Regular exercise can help keep brain cells healthy and functioning properly. An active lifestyle can improve mental focus, accelerate

Physical Activity and Brain Training Exercise at low to moderate levels is best for training the brain. Very intense workouts can leave you exhausted physically and mentally. Ideally, you need at least half an hour of moderate exercise 3 times a week. Longer sessions may provide added benefit. You can also consider shorter, more frequent exercise during the day.

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prove clarity, increase brain function, and possibly stimulate the formation of new brain pathways by restoring and stimulating nerve cells, called 'neurons'. Mental exercises can keep you alert, and must be accompanied with physical exercises for best results. Exercise helps improve circulation in your cardiovascular (heart), pulmonary (lungs) and nervous (brain and spinal cord) system. The Mind-Body Connection As one grows older, the human brain starts to lose nerve cells and this can result in varying degrees of mental decline. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to challenge your nerves. Your brain function is improved through mental stimulation as well as through physical exercise. The inevitable mental declines often associated with the aging process can be minimized with a well-designed exercise routine.

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Affinity Hospice of Life Seeking Volunteers Can you make a profound difference in someone’s life? It is possible for you to make a difference in a family’s life that will be remembered for years to come? Affinity Hospice of Life is offering Volunteer Training to the local community. This free, comprehensive, 6 hour training program will prepare interested individuals on how to assist those on their endof-life journey. We can adapt our training to fit your schedule. Affinity Hospice’s mission is to ensure that all people have an opportunity to receive end of life care

which offers compassion, preserves dignity, and provides comfort. A hospice volunteer is an important part of our mission. They give companionship, hand holding, playing music, providing a calm presence and purposeful memory-making moments. As a volunteer, you will never walk alone. Please call us today and make a meaningful difference in someone’s life. Contact: Marianne Bourgault, Volunteer Coordinator @ (888) 239-0401 or by E-mail: marianne_bourgault@LCCA.com

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Mark Saulnier's Strength Shines Through in Norwood Baseball BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY

Prior to the baseball season, Saulnier received his first Bay State All Star award in wrestling, where he captured the Division 2 state title in the 195 weight class and finished fourth at the All State Tournament. According to Coach Igoe, coming right from wrestling to baseball shows you won’t find a tougher kid around.

“Mark has caught 19 of this year’s 20 games and has allowed only six base runners to steal on him,” Norwood skipper Kevin Igoe said. “Unfortunately catching doesn’t seem to get a whole lot of credit.” After spending his first year in high school on the freshman squad, the now junior, burst onto the varsity scene in his sophomore campaign. During that season Saulnier took his position behind the plate for 15 of the Mustang’s 20 contests. This year his playing time has increased as the Norwood catcher has only been on the bench for one of this year’s 20 games.

“I may be the number one catcher on this team according to the coaches, but I personally don’t see myself that far ahead of our back-up catcher. If the coaches believe in me so much, I guess I am, but I just don’t see it,” Saulnier said. “Teams still don’t seem to respect my arm strength. The first time around they were getting tremendous leads, but seemed to give up after I continued to gun them down.” At the plate the Norwood catcher batted third with a .360 batting average in which he not only led the team in runs scored (22), but also with steals (11). With that, he was named to the Bay State All Star team for the first time in his career, something that totally took him by surprise. “When I first found out, I really didn’t know what to say, I really

Growing up, Saulnier originally was a pitcher, but come his 11th birthday, he took on the role of back-up catcher as his little league team didn’t have one. It was a move that he never regrets. “As a catcher, I like the fact that I have control of the game,” he said. “Trying to figure out what the pitching staff should be throwing to each batter they face – it gets me going.”

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didn’t think any of the other coaches knew who I was,” he said. Coach Igoe already knew what he had in his catcher. “If a game is important or on the line, there is no way we’re taking

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would wrestle the 215-pound heavyweights, a move that eventually paid off. “I think that my wrestling the bigger kids at practice helped when I got on the mat in competitions as my opponents were a lot lighter,” he said. “On winning the state tournament, I honestly didn’t believe in myself. Luckily, I started peaking near the end of the season and got on a good run in the tournament.” Giving 100% every time he steps onto the Saulnier is hoping that his teammates believe in him the way his coaches do. “The coach’s confidence in my ability translates to the way that I play on the field,” the catcher said. “The way I dedicate myself to the game, I would like to think that the younger players are following my lead by example attitude.” Norwood, behind Saulnier, qualified for the Division 1 South Baseball Tournament grabbing a number six seed with their 15-5 record.


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Rain Does Not Deter Runners in Norwood Road Race/Walk BY LOCAL TOWN PAGES STAFF Saturday, June 2 was a drenched day in Norwood, but the rains did not stop record runners and walkers from participating in the 4th Annual Saint Catherine's of Siena School Road Race/Walk. A total of 277 registered runners/walkers, 94 of which were Saint Catherine's students, joined in the 3.1 mile event raising over $6,000 from registration and raffle profits. Runners and walkers of all skill levels from the school and the Norwood community look forward to this fun, family-friendly event each year and utilize the race as an individual, personal-timed event or simply as an opportunity to participate in a recreational and gratifying physical activity. Cash prizes and awards were given to the top three male and female race and walk participants within specific age groups as well as other spe-

cialty awards for SCS students, SCS alumni and SCS faculty and family members. Proceeds from the yearly fundraiser are used to furnish specific items or donated to school departments. This year's race revenues is allocated to acquiring ipads for the junior high and a donation to a gymnasium fund. "We like to do something the whole school can benefit from," Mahoney said. In addition to the excitement of the race, the day also included a pizza party, lively music, a bouncy house for kids and an abundance of raffle items donated by the following local businesses: Old Colonial Cafe, Broderick Gymnastic Academy, Garcia Brogan's Restaurant, Charles River Running/Norwood, Lovell's Nursery and Garden Center, All Seasons

Rent-All, Marathon Sports, New Balance, The Home Depot, The Village Toy Shop, Betsy's Barber Shop, Ceramics a' la Carte, T & B Pub, Ten X Club, It's a Dog's Life, Inc., Ruma's Fruit, Norwood Aquatics Club, Starbucks, Spot!,

The Funway, Salon Monique, Sharp Hair Studio, Inc., Dirt Dawg Sports and J.P. Licks. Cash donations were also donated by: Vincent A. DiIorio, Inc., Swisses of Sherborn, Eye Tile/Brighton, Falvey Finishing

First Baptist Church of Norwood Sponsors Friends of Honduras Golf Outing 9/15 Jerry Cox has been selected to Chair a Charitable Golf Tournament that will be called Friends of Honduras Best Ball Golf Tournament. The event will be held on Saturday, September 15th, with Shotgun Tee time of 12:30 p.m., with a meal to follow. This tournament is to raise awareness of Mission Honduras' great mission work, and all net proceeds will go to the on-ground operations in Honduras. You can check out some of the great work at www.missionhonduras.org and also can see a planned orphanage and school site being developed at www.thekidsark.org. Mission Honduras is a 501(3)c non-profit, meaning all donations are tax deductible. Jerry says, "We are looking for golfers and sponsors for the tournament. This type of tournament is a fun event with plenty of exciting prizes to be given away and a great

meal and awards ceremony that follows the golf. Just imagine, every golfer will have a chance to win a brand new 2012 Honda Civic." A local resident, Ann Fleck, currently Choir Director at First Baptist Church in Norwood, is sponsor for the car, "In Memory of Ray Fleck," her husband, who was a very popular figure in the area and a person with endless energy participating in many local activities. She is asking for all of her family and friends to honor Ray by playing in tournament if they golf, and if not, they may attend the meal that will follow golf at a cost of $25 per person. Ray will be honored at the meal prior to the awards and door prizes. You may also send a check for a donation "In Memory of Ray Fleck" or may choose who you want to recognize. We will have a special

board with all of the names of Sponsors and the name of the prize sponsored or name of person and town "in Memory of." The site for the event is at the Norwood Country Club, one of 5 courses owned and operated by Sterling Golf. Some of the great prizes are:

2012 Honda Civic, a TV, set of 3 irons, domestic airline tickets for 2, and complete round of golf for four with cart at any Sterling Course in Ma. Top 3 foursomes will win cash prize, all par threes will have hole in one prizes, 2 par 3's for closest to pin, 2 longest drive holes with a prize for ladies/seniors along with one for the big hitters. We will have some auctions, door prizes, and freebies with the round for everyone. You get all of this, and is only $95 per golfer that includes golf, cart, freebies, and a meal that follows. Sponsor fee per hole $100, sponsor fee for car $500, sponsor fee for 3 other hole in one prizes $200, and we also are taking sponsors for just donations for a great cause. Please register by August 1st. You can contact any of the organizing Chairs for a brochure to be sent to you or

Co., Zammito Insurance, Angela...10 Below, The Raven's Nest, AJT Supplies, Inc., Peoples Federal Savings Bank, Academic Fun Pre-School Daycare, Iron Mike, Boston Exterior Contracting and Canton Dale Chiropractic. register by phone. The Chairpersons are: Jerry Cox (781) 690-2060 email jxc0291@gmail.com Chairman Joan Riddle (617) 797-5195 Co-Chair Judy Margetts (339) 236-1770 You may send donations to Jerry Cox P.O.Box 274, Norwood, Ma.02062 Checks should be made payable to: MA Board for Mission Honduras (MBFMH). You can sign up the foursome or individually. We will pair up anyone that signs as a single. For anyone unable to participate, consider donating something that can be auctioned off or a contribution for a great cause. You can do this by sending a check to Jerry Cox, PO Box 274, Norwood, Ma. 02062 For anyone that would like to sponsor "In Memory of"please note on your check. Call any of the Chair Persons above to discuss and arrange. We hope to see you there. Register early, as space is limited.


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Recent Norwood Accident Brings Bicycle Safety to Forefront BY DORIS DICKSON A recent hit and run accident left bicyclist and pathologist Dr. James Kolton with “serious injuries” according to a police report. It also said, “his bicycle had extensive

damage and was in the road nearby.” He was taken from Norwood Hospital to a Boston hospital following the accident. Reports say that Dr. Kolton was riding northbound on Route 1A

(Washington Street) when a car slammed into his bike. They also say Dr. Kolton was wearing a fluorescent vest, had a light on his bike and was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

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The vehicle that struck the bicyclist fled the scene. However, the reports say a Norwood resident went to the police station the next day and reported he had struck something with this car the night before. Officers found extensive damage to the right front of the vehicle and to the windshield. As a result, police intended to charge the party with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in serious personal injury. His name was not provided, because it was not an arrestable offense. So, what precautions can bicyclists take when riding around Norwood (or anywhere for that matter) in order to reach their destination safely? Take a class to learn best bicycling practices. The Norwood Recreation Department offers a course to adult bicyclists that is taught by MassBike entitled Basics of Better Biking. The course is also offered in other locations throughout the state (MassBike.org). It is a four-hour weekend session that provides guided instruction with simple practice drills in a parking lot, easy-paced riding on local roadways for short distances, and group-discussion breaks along the way. They cover such topics as

bike and helmet fitting, starting and stopping your bike in traffic, shifting gears, scanning and yielding, choosing the correct lane position in the road, handling intersections, etc. In addition to the adult course, MassBike offers a course entitled Safe Routes to School (SRTS). It is offered to grades 4-8. If you can not attend a class right away, MassBike offers these basic suggestions: Make Sure the Helmet Fits, Dress Bright and Tight, Be a Safe Bike Driver, Check Your Bike, and Obey the Rules of the Road. Contact MassBike at 617542-BIKE (2453) or through their website http://massbike.org. Finally, join a bike club such as BikeNorwood (http://dpbsmith.com/wordpress/) which helps promote bike safety. They participated in last year’s Norwood Day by selling adult and children’s helmets that the Health Department made available for $5 each. Classes on bicycle safety are available at the Norwood Recreation Department, and MassBike offers a Safe Routes to Schools course for kids.

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Congratulations to Norwood's Scholarship Recipients!* NICOLE M. PRESCOTT AGNES M. BRIDGES AND LUCY E. STEEL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 ANN LYDON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 MELISA L.VARITMOS LOUIS P. BALBONI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $250 HELEN AND MERTON PLIMPTON SCHOLARSHIP - $250 CARLA’S RESTAURANT SCHOLARSHIP - $1000 KATHLEEN M. O’DAY JOSEPH A. BRANCATO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 JOSEPH SASTAVICKAS GOLF SCHOLARSHIP - $500 COLLEEN E. GOVER GWENNDOLYNN ANN BRENNICK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 MARY DRUMMEY NURSING SCHOLARSHIP - $250 PETER CATANESE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $250

OWEN J. SMITH GWENNDOLYNN ANN BRENNICK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $1000 HARLEY G. SONGIN BRUCE NELSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $1000 DEDHAM INSTITUTE FOR SAVINGS SCHOLARSHIP - $250 HAYLEY M. GUNDLACH RICHARD A. & DIANE BOGAN CARLSON SCHOLARSHIP $250 LEWIS MAHER RANDALL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 FRANCIS X. SHEEHAN JR. SCHOLARSHIP - $250 COURTNEY E. SCHICK WILLIAM J. CHANDLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $250 MARGARET LAZZARA COOKMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 ESTHER CORCORAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $250

OWEN M. KERRIGAN JOHN J. CORCORAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $250 NORTH WALPOLE FISH AND GAME SCHOLARSHIP - $500 ANN (MORSE) SABATINO SCHOLARSHIP - $250 KELLY C. Mc GOWAN DAN NORWOOD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $250 MAY NELSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 SPIEGEL FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP - $250 ASHLEY C.TERRELL DEBONNAIRES SCHOLARSHIP - $250 ALISON WHITE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $250 JAMES AND JOSEPHINE MURRAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 HINAL R. PATEL KENNETH J. De COSTA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $750 GEORGE H. LAMBERT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $250

Norwood Student Receives MAIW Scholarship The Norfolk Chapter of the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Women (MAIW) awarded the $500 Barbara Dickson Calos Memorial Educational Scholarship to Melisa Varitimos. Melisa is a Norwood resident and a graduating senior of Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton. In the Fall she will be attending the Culinary Institute of America where she plans to earn her

Bachelor’s Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts Management. She plans to own and operate her own bakery one day. Melisa has been pursuing her culinary dreams for some time now: In 2004 Melisa started a cable television cooking show “Oven Luv’n with Chef Melisa.” She currently works as an assistant baker. Melisa has a wonderful academic record,

she excels in sports and she volunteers doing a great deal of community service. In April 2009 she was a guest of the “Rachael Ray” Show!

Kristin Camarra JD, CPIW, of Camber Insurance Agency, Inc. of Norwood and Canton, Immediate Past Director of the Norfolk Chapter, Scholarship Committee Chair and MAIW Vice President-Elect presented the award to Melisa at the Norfolk Chapter’s Annual Award night.

SHRINAL H. PATEL DURGAM & ESTHER (HOWARD) DEEB MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 KIMBERLY KINTER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 JOSHUA J. DYSON THE PAUL J. & ANNA E. D’ESPINOSA FINE ARTS SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000 MARYKATE GALVIN JOSEPH T. FALCONE ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP - $500 DANIEL J. REEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 KATHERINE A.TATAR DOMENIC J. FRUCI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $250 ROSE A. JORDANO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 HENRY O. PEABODY SCHOLARSHIP - $250 FRANK R. & ELIZABETH SIMONI FOUNDATION ESSAY CONTEST FIRST PLACE - $2,500 JOSHUA D. COOPER CAROL HANF SCHOLARSHIP $1,000 GEORGE H. ELIAS ROBERT E. HEMMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 FRANK R. & ELIZABETH SIMONI FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000 SEAN P. O’NEILL MICHELLE M. KENNEDY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP $1,000 KESLIEGH J. EYSIE EILEEN P. LYDON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000 HARRIET N. KIWANUKA SYLVIA MACKIE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 ANTHONY SANSONE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $250 NEWELL W. & CLARA TIBBETTS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 ROBERT P. SHEEHAN DANIEL P. Mc KENNA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000 ERIN M. SHEEHAN DANIEL P. Mc KENNA JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP $1,500 ADAM W. SICKLICK ORIENT LODGE AF & AM SCHOLARSHIP - $500 JOHN & CELIA MURPHY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500

Melisa Varitimos, graduate of Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton, has been awarded a $500 scholarship from the Norfolk Chapter of the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Women (MAIW). From left, Nick Calos, Melisa Varitimos, Kristin Camarra

GEENA A.WRIGHT ROBERT W. NENART MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 WOMEN’S COMMUNITY COMMITTEE SCHOLARSHIP - $500

ALEXANDRA M. CAREY NORWOOD BANK SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000 KRISTIN E. DONNELLY NORWOOD BANK SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000 KATHRYN A. BERNAZZANI NORWOOD FIREFIGHTERS SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000 SAMRANA K. BERTRAND NORWOOD FIREFIGHTERS SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000 TEA PASHOLLI NORWOOD FIREFIGHTERS SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000 TIM W. COLLINS JOSHUA RICHWINE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 ETHYL KONDY MENDELOFF MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP $500 DANIEL E.TATAR RUNENBERG LODGE #211 SCHOLARSHIP - $250 FRANK R. & ELIZABETH SIMONI FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000 LISA M. BARTUCCA MARILYN SALTZBERG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000 CHRISTOPHER De MEO FRANK R. & ELIZABETH SIMONI FOUNDATION ESSAY CONTEST SECOND PLACE $1,500 KIEAN LYONS FRANK R. & ELIZABETH SIMONI FOUNDATION ESSAY CONTEST THIRD PLACE $1,000 CHRISTIAN M. ST. CYR PRIDE IN NORWOOD SCHOOLS SCHOLARSHIP $1,000 RACHAEL O. BOYLE WOMEN’S COMMUNITY COMMITTEE SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000 BRYAN F. CEDRONE KENNETH WEBBER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 ROGER WOODWORTH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 JAMES R. FEIBELMAN ROGER WOODWORTH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000

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Page 27 July 1 Norwood concert on the common: Sharon concert band Town Common, 7 -p.m. The Sharon Concert Band will entertain with patriotic songs and show tunes. Bring a comfortable chair or blanket to enjoy the show! July 2 American red cross blood drive Sheraton Four Points, 1151 Providence Hwy. (Rte. 1), 2-7 p.m. Donation Types: Double Red Cell Donations, Blood Free Carton of Friendly's Ice Cream with donation! Independence day carillon concert/tour Town Hall's Memorial Tower 7-8 p.m. The concert will be followed by a tour of the 50-bell Tilton Memorial Carillon. Guest Carillonneur is Norwood’s own Lee. B. Leach. blood Pressure clinic Norwood Town Hall, Health Department, 6-7:30 p.m. Popcorn & Presidents film Series: Wag the Dog Morrill Memorial Library, 7-9 p.m. Wag the Dog is part of the library's Summer Film Series just in time for the November election! Movies about U.S. Presidents will be shown on Monday evenings through August 6. Free popcorn is supplied courtesy of Regal Cinemas in Bellingham, MA. Register at the library reference desk or call (781) 769-0200, x110 or 222. July 3 Norwood farmer's Market Town Common, 12-6 p.m. Browse through various local vendors for the freshest choice in vegetables, fruits, seafood, bread, cheese, oil and vinegars and meats. 53rd Annual Night before the 4th Parade & fireworks Walpole 6 p.m. fire engine parade, 6:30 p.m. band concert on Stone Field, 9:30 p.m. fireworks July 4 children's bicycle, tricycle, doll carriage and historical character Parade Norwood Center, 1 p.m. Over 300 children decorate their tricycles, bicycles or doll carriages or come dressed as a historical character. The parade, led by The

Local Town Pages www.norwoodtownnews.com Colonial Boys, begins at the First Congregational Church at the corner of Walpole and Winter Streets and proceeds through town ending at the Town Common. The fee is $1.00 and every child receives a festive tee shirt and participation ribbon. The winners are welcomed to ride in the main parade on a float.

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Independence day carillon concert/tour Town Hall's Memorial Tower 3-4 p.m. The concert will be followed by a tour of the 50-bell Tilton Memorial Carillon. Featuring Norwood’s own Lee B. Leach, Carillonneur and Margaret Angelini of Wellesley College. Bring a comfortable and enjoy the concert on the corner of Nahatan St. Norwood's firecracker 5k road race Norwood Center, 5 p.m. Run or watch this unique, funfilled event prior to the Norwood Parade. Applications are available at Town Hall, the Civic Center, the Library or by calling 781-7623054. Whether you are a spectator or a runner, this is a race you will not forget! eastern Mass fire truck Procession, Antique & classic carss & historic Military reenactment Washington St: South Norwood to Norwood Center, 5:30 p.m. Norwood fourth of July Parade Spectacular Washington St: South Norwood to Norwood Center, 5:45 p.m. The famous Norwood Fourth of July Parade will include national and international marching bands, entertaining acts, floats and community groups. Don’t miss out on this spectacular event! July 8 Summer concert on the common Norwood Town Gazebo, 7-9 p.m. The Westwood Swing Band will be swaying on the town common. Bring a comfortable chair or blanket to enjoy the show! July 9 carillon concert Town Hall's Memorial Tower 7-9 p.m. Stefano Colletti, from Douai, France, will be performing. Bring a comfortable and enjoy the concert on the corner of Nahatan St.

Popcorn & Presidents film Series: Air force One Morrill Memorial Library 7-9 p.m. Air Force One, is part of the library's Summer Film Series just in time for the November election! Movies about U.S. Presidents will be shown on Monday evenings through August 6. Free popcorn is supplied courtesy of Regal Cinemas in Bellingham, MA. Register at the library reference desk or call (781) 769-0200, x110 or 222. July 10 Norwood farmer's Market Town Common, 12-6 p.m. Browse through various local vendors for the freshest choice in vegetables, fruits, seafood, bread, cheese, oil and vinegars and meats. July 13 temple Shaare tefilah evening Service and dinner Dinner at 6:30 p.m., $9 Kabbalat Shabbat service at 8 p.m. Please call reservations in to Temple office by July 10 (781) 761-8670. Visit www.templeshaaretefilah.org July 15 Summer concert on the common Norwood Town Gazebo, 7-9 p.m. The Roy Scott Big Band will be making big music on the town common. Bring a comfortable chair blanket to enjoy the show! July 16 carillon concert Town Hall's Memorial Tower 7-9 p.m. Groninger Carillon Duo with Auke deBoer & Adolph Rots, Groningen, from the Netherlands, will be performing. Bring a comfortable and enjoy the concert on the corner of Nahatan St. Popcorn & Presidents film Series: The Contender Morrill Memorial Library 7-9 p.m. The Contender is part of the library's Summer Film Series just in time for the November election! Movies about U.S. Presidents will be shown on Monday evenings through August 6. Free popcorn is supplied courtesy of Regal Cine-

July 17 Norwood farmer's Market Town Common, 12-6 p.m. Browse through various local vendors for the freshest choice in vegetables, fruits, seafood, bread, cheese, oil and vinegars and meats. July 18 Artful Marker Letters Workshop Morrill Memorial Library 9:30-11 a.m. Want to create colorful, eyecatching cards, envelopes, signs and more? Calligrapher and library staff member Cindy Rudolph will give some fun and easy tips on drawing and decorating letters in this free workshop. The class is limited to 15 people, ages 14 and up. Sign up at the library reference desk or call (781) 769-0200, x110. July 23 carillon concert Town Hall's Memorial Tower 7-9 p.m. Joey Brink, Yale University, CT, will be performing. Bring a comfortable and enjoy the concert on the corner of Nahatan St. Popcorn & Presidents film Series: Absolute Power Morrill Memorial Library 7-9 p.m. Absolute Power, is part of the library's Summer Film Series just in time for the November election! Movies about U.S. Presidents will be shown on Monday evenings through August 6. Free popcorn is supplied courtesy of Regal Cinemas in Bellingham, MA. Register at the library reference desk or call (781) 769-0200, x110 or 222. July 24 Norwood farmer's Market Town Common, 12-6 p.m. Browse through various local vendors for the freshest choice in vegetables, fruits, seafood, bread, cheese, oil and vinegars and meats. July 26 first Ladies of the civil War Morrill Memorial Library 7-9 p.m. Historian Gary Hylander will discuss the Civil War experiences of Varina Davis and Mary Todd Lincoln. At the close of the war,

July 1. 2012 Mrs. Davis campaigned to free her husband from prison while Mrs. Lincoln endured the public embarrassment of having her insanity trials spread across the front pages of America's newspapers. Sign up for this entertaining and informative lecture at the reference or information desk or call (781) 769-0200, x110 or 222. NNcc business After hours One Bistro, Four Points Sheraton, 1125 Providence Hgwy. (Rte. 1) 5:30-7:30 p.m. Network your business and services while enjoying complimentary food and beverage. This is a great opportunity to expose your business and services to NVCC members! For more information, visit nvcc.com. July 29 Summer concert on the common Norwood Town Gazebo, 7-9 p.m. It's POPS night with the Milestones Big Band. Bring a comfortable chair or blanket to enjoy the show! July 30 carillon concert Town Hall's Memorial Tower 7-9 p.m. Trevor Workman, Bournville, Birmingham, England, will be performing. Bring a comfortable and enjoy the concert on the corner of Nahatan St. Popcorn & Presidents film Series: My Fellow Americans Morrill Memorial Library 7-9 p.m. My Fellow Americans is part of the library's Summer Film Series just in time for the November election! Movies about U.S. Presidents will be shown on Monday evenings through August 6. Free popcorn is supplied courtesy of Regal Cinemas in Bellingham, MA. Register at the library reference desk or call (781) 769-0200, x110 or 222. July 31 Norwood farmer's Market Town Common 12-6 p.m. Browse through various local vendors for the freshest choice in vegetables, fruits, seafood, bread, cheese, oil and vinegars and meats.


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EMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Announces VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL—August 6-10 Children attending Emmanuel Lutheran Church’s Vacation Bible School will be going on an Amazing Desert Journey. This exciting Vacation Bible School is for everyone between the ages of 4 and Grade 6. The fun begins on August 6 and continues through August 10. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The church is located at 24 Berwick St. in Norwood.

Each day the children will learn about God’s love and how He provides for their lives now and in eternity through Jesus, His Son, our Savior! Kids meet friends, explore Bible stories, do activities, sing songs, make crafts, play games and eat snacks.

For more information or to register for VBS, call the church office at (781) 7629457. The office is open from 9 a.m.—2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Registrations are due in the church office by July 29. Don’t delay! Register today! See you at the Amazing Desert Journey.

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Norwood Hospital Receives Get With the GuidelinesStroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award Award demonstrates Norwood Hospital’s commitment to quality care for stroke patients Norwood, MA - June 20, 2012 Norwood Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke AssociaGet With The tion’s Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Norwood Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. “With a stroke, time lost may mean that brain tissue is lost, and the Get With The GuidelinesStroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates that our staff is committed to providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidencebased protocols,” said Alan Kurland, MD, chief of Neurology and Medical Director of the stroke service at the hospital.

Dr. Kurland, in collaboration with Sheila Silva, MSN, RN, CEN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and the Norwood Hospital’s multidisciplinary Stroke Committee, spearheaded the implementation of the stroke guidelines, beginning in 2004 and the ongoing collaborative effort for the award. To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, Norwood Hospital achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and achieved at least 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures during that same period of time, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cho-

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Morrill Library’s Summer Reading home M A R K E T P L A C E Program 2012 Is Underway! Kids, be sure to get lots of reading done this summer. As inspiration, the Morrill Memorial Library is once again hosting its Dream Big, Read! Summer Reading Program. Sign-up is done online, from your own computer, or from a computer at the library. Go to the library website, www.norwoodlibrary.org, and you will see the link for the summer program under the kids and teens column. You will be asked to create your own username and password, and to enter some information about yourself. You will also want to set a “goal” for the summer, your goal is the number of books that you plan to read through the summer. Once you sign-up, you can receive a “Dream Big - READ!” bookmark. At the end of the program, if you reach your goal, you will receive a certificate of completion and a prize at a school celebration. You can also look for your name in the local newspaper. So stop in often, enter our weekly lottery for a free book, pick up weekly activity sheets, do an art project, join the poetry club, visit with Lucy the R.E.A.D. Dog, play Bingo, enter the Lego Competition, meet an author, become a stargazer, find great books, stay cool, relax and read. "Dream Big - READ!” is cosponsored by the Morrill Memorial Library, the Friends of the Library, the Norwood Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. If you have questions, contact the library at (781) 769-0200, ext. 225.

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July 31 & Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 During these meetings, you will meet published poets, and learn and practice various forms of poetry. You can share your work, get advice from the group, or publish your work on the Internet. Bring your friends, we’ll bring munchies.

Farmers Friends (Gazebo on the Town Common) Ages 3 – 6 and their Families Tuesdays: July 3, 17, 31 and August 14, 28, 2 – 3 p.m These fun and educational storytimes, which will take place at the Farmers Market, will emphasize farming themes such as bees, bunnies, seeds and worms. Following a reading time, there will be a related activity. Weather permitting.

Each week, drop in anytime to use your creativity.

Origami : with a special guest from Japan! Grades: 3 – 8 Monday, August 6, 4 – 5 p.m. (registration required) The tradition of Origami is still popular in Japan, and children learn and practice this art from early childhood. Join Japanese student Elena Furuhashi as she shows us how to make various “Dream” themed pieces. Suitable for all levels.

Campfire Storytimes Ages: 3-6 and their families snack provided Thurs., July 5, 7 - 7:30 p.m & Thurs., August 2, 7 - 7:30 p.m.

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Come sing around the “campfire” and tell campfire tales. Don’t forget to wear your pajamas and bring your teddy bears! Bingo Grades: 1 and older (registration required)

Lego Mania (registration required) Grades: K and older Tuesday, August 21, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. On your mark, get set, BUILD! Construct your best Lego creation and bring it to the library for this friendly competition. Certificates and prizes will be awarded. “Dream” themes are encouraged.

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