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Medway Dog Park to Hold 4th Annual King Fido Faire Sept. 8 Dog Owners, Friendly Dogs, Vendors and Others Welcome BY J.D. O’GARA A walk a day just wasn’t going to cut it – not for Lula-belle – Judy Moffat’s Airedale, whom, she maintains, could be walked for hundreds of miles and still not get the exercise she needed. “Lula was full of energy – a little on the hyper side,” says Moffat. “I’d walk her for 45 minutes and we’d come home, and she’d want to play again.”

cated on a historical one-acre parcel at the intersection of Village and Cottage Streets, has become a popular pooch stomping ground. “We have about 500 people that get dog tags,” explains Moffat, who has been president of the Friends of Medway Dog Park for the past four years. Each dog that comes to the park, open every day until dusk, on weekdays from 6:30 a.m. and on weekends from 8 a.m., is required to have a town park tag. The free tags can be obtained through the dog park website. Dogs must be spayed or neutered, and immunizations must also be up to date.

Enter the Medway Dog Park, which according to its website, www.medwaydogpark.com, is the only public place in the Town of Medway where owners can let their dogs roam free, off leash in a completely fenced-in area. The idea for the park was conceived by Tim Dumas in 2001, at the time 15 years old, who realized that leash laws prevented many Medway dogs from getting proper exercise. He sought town approval for a dog park, a project he completed in 2002 to earn his Eagle Scout badge.

On one day, however, all local dog lovers are invited, along with their neutered and socialized cuddly canines, to a royally petfriendly celebration, where they can learn about and support the Medway Dog Park. On September 8th, King Fido Faire will take place at the park from 10 a.m. to

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On September 8th, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., King Fido’s Faire will be held at the Medway Dog Park, at the intersection of Village and Cottage Streets in Medway. The fair, the proceeds of which benefit the Friends of Medway Dog Park, will feature vendors, contests and raffles, as well as doggy photo opps. Shown here is Princess Lulabelle.

On Friday, August 3, Derek Thisse, of Millis, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout by Millis Boy Scouts Troop 15. Scouts, family and friends gathered for the ceremony, which took place behind Millis’ American continued on page 3

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3 p.m. Free admission to the fair includes dogs running free, special contests, including “loudest bark,” “smallest dog,” “best kisser” “biggest dog,” “looks most like their owner,” and “best trick,” as well as doggy photo opportunities with a royal twist. Dog owners can also enter a variety of raffles for big baskets of great prizes. In addition to furry fun, vendors will line both sides of the fence around the park. In fact, vendors are still invited to purchase a $25 table, although food items are discouraged unless wrapped well enough to evade keen canine sense of smell. “We’re always looking for donations for that,” says Moffat. The Friends of Medway Dog Park is also looking for any volunteers for King Fido Faire, as well as any donations for raffle baskets at the raffle table.

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The funds from Fido’s Faire pays for equipment and supplies at the park, such as tools, wheelbarrows and poop bag, which run the nonprofit group Friends of Medway Dog Park $600 a year.

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Moffat says that although the town of Medway gives the group the land, the Friends group is responsible for its upkeep. Each year for the past seven years, Stumpy’s, of Millis, donates wood chips. Patrons of the park are asked to occasionally pitch in and spread the chips during their visits. The Friends group also provides the benches, and last year they built a shed for equipment. Moffat notes that patrons of the park are always good about using the shovels and other equipment to keep the park going during all seasons, even with snow on the ground, as most see it as an invaluable resource for their pets. “The most important thing about this park is it’s a way for dogs to socialize, and I totally believe all dogs need to be socialized, says Moffat, who believes dogs need to start playing with other dogs when they are young. “They learn how to play, how to respect each other,” says Moffat, who says she sees proof all the time that the man’s best friends have best friends of their own species at the park. “The older dogs help teach the puppies, and of course there’s the exercise.” To find out more about visiting, volunteering or becoming a vendor at the Fourth Annual King Fido’s Faire, look for the newsletter at www.medwaydogpark.com, email MedwayDogPark@gmail.com, or look for the Medway Dog Park’s Facebook page.

128 years ago, graduates of Medway High School gathered together to form an Alumni Association “to keep old friendships alive and enjoy an annual social gathering.” The tradition remains strong today as the 225 Medway High School Alumni and guests celebrated May 19th at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford. The Class of 1987 celebrating its 25th reunion followed the tradition and hosted this affair, while honoring both the 50 year class, the Class of 1962 and welcoming the graduating seniors, the Class of 2012. Reunion committee chairperson Heather (Watson) Fox served as master of ceremonies along with her committee members Cheryl (DiGirolamo) Hamel, Christina (Niro) Philibert, Kathy (Spencer) O’Leary, Laina (Regan) Kaplan, Caryn (Fitzgerald) Sullivan, Chris

Murray, Brian Olson, Brian MacKinnon, Paul Bartlett, Rich Parella, Tom Marcone, Matt Tremble, John Trombert, Jim Gillingham and Mike Kennedy. Victoria (Lotfy) Stilwell, Class of 1955 and the Alumni Secretary, gave the Roll Call. Special recognition was given to the oldest alumnus in attendance: Michael Matondi, Class of 1938, along with Donald Osborne, Class of 1940, and Betty (Holden) Barrett, Class of 1941. Vickie (Lotfy) Stilwell also read the secretary’s report. Kathleen (McGowan) Choate, Class of 1957 read the treasurer’s report.

Athletic Director Rob Pearl presented four out of the seven awards to the Class of 2012 that were present: The Class of 1968 Glen Mercier Basketball Trophy to: Connor Flanagan, Class of 1960 Outstanding Girls Athlete Award to Emily Anderson, Hockey Sportsmanship Award to: Brian Davenport, Mark Frascona Memorial Soccer Trophy to: Chris Davey. Chuck Hallet, Rita (Ranahan) Oliver and Matt Roy were lucky winners of the cash raffles.

Sean Goodwin, 2012 Class Vice President spoke on behalf of the graduating class and accepted the seniors into the alumni fold.

Medway Alumni Association Committee: Victoria (Lotfy) Stilwell, Secretary, Kathleeen (McGowan) Choate, Treasurer, Karen M Pratt, Database Coordinator and Romi Zulawnik, Webmaster for www.medwayalumni.com.

Robert Kelly, spoke of behalf of the Class of 1962 and was joined by17 of his classmates.

The 129th Banquet has been scheduled for May 18, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel, Milford Mass.

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Legion Post 208. Thisse received a congratulatory plaque from Legionnaires Alan Burch and Buz Downing, as well as the symbols of his rank from his Scoutmaster, Ray Saulnier, and his parents. The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest award a Boy Scout can achieve. Thisse worked with members of the Millis Conservation Commission to decide on his project, and he ultimately raised funds, support from family and friends, and spent 42 hours on his project – building picnic tables for two areas of conservation land in the town. One picnic table is located on the site of the Old Cassidy Farm off Pleasant St., and the other is located on conservation land close to Village St. in the Flintlock Acres area.

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Dinner for Blue & Gold Group Seeking Star Families Planned Photos of Past and Present Medway for 300th Book

Thisse says he felt the greatest reward from the project when he went back to visit the site in the Flintlock area and happened upon a family, with a dog, making use of the table. Thisse, a varsity football player who will head to UNH in the fall, at one time questioned remaining in Boy Scouts, he said in his speech. He chose to remain, he said, when he realized how important it was for his father to be invested in his life. Thisse says he worked toward his Eagle rank “for myself and for my future, but I also did it for my father.”

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For the sixth consecutive year, a special tribute inner is being planned to recognize all military families. We are paying tribute to Blue Star and Gold Star families, veterans and to honor the heroes and victims of 9/11/01. This non-political event is simply to say “Thank You.” The dinner will be held at the Medway V.F.W., Medway, MA on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

If you are a family that has a loved on in the military, or a Gold Star family, or know of a family that we should invite, please contact Michael Shain, at www.thankstoyanks.org. Michael Shain is a private citizen who feels strongly that a “Thank

You” as a random act of kindness is due all military families. John Pilla, from the Milford Department of Veteran’s Services, also agrees. Since there is no cost to the families for this dinner monetary donations are welcome and are being solicited from businesses, organizations, and individuals. Any amount is appreciated. Donations can be sent to Thanks to Yanks, c/o Charles River Bank, 70 Main St., Medway, MA 02053

In celebration of Medway's 300th anniversary, several volunteers - Gail Rao, Marian Pierre-Louis, and Jessica Trufant - are compiling a commemorative program book that links Medway's past and present. In addition to information about the tercentennial events, the group plans to highlight places and events from the past and present to illustrate how the town has evolved over the centuries. The Medway Historical Society has a great collection of photos - many of which have been published - so the group is looking for some photos of the town that may not have been seen. Do you have photos of Medway - from anytime during the past 300 years - that you feel could possibly be used in the book? If so, please email them to Medway300Book@gmail.com, or, if the photos are only available in print, please contact Jessica Trufant at (50) 344-3064 and she will arrange to pick them up. All photos will be returned to their owners once scanned. All photographers/owners of the photos will be credited in the captions.

If you would like further information or are interested in attendwww.thankstoyanks.org or call (508) 330-8487. Free childcare is available at the event, and families are warmly welcome to attend.

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BY J.D. O’GARA In years past, residents of the town of Millis would gather for an annual Millis Pride Day. Later, they would converse at the yearly firemen’s muster, the same day, generally, as the nowclosed St. Paul’s Church’s Peter Pumpkin Fair—and parents would celebrate their students at Clyde Brown in the school’s once-a-year fun fair. As these events dwindled, some members of the Church of Christ were trying to come up with a creative fundraiser. What they came up with was a new annual gathering – the Millis Family Fun Fair. This year marks the second annual Family Fun Fair, which is slated for Saturday, September 15th, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The growing event will combine entertainment, games, crafts, food, raffles and fun. “We were really thinking of a creative fundraiser and thought what a great idea it would be,” says Pam Mustard, who is one of this year’s co-chairs of the Family Fun Fair and was involved last year as well. “Also, it’s a nice way for the community to come together in September, in the fall, when people kind of got back into the groove of things.”

What’s more, the Family Fun Fair will feature some great raffles. The big prizes include two Patriots game tickets, two Red Sox tickets and a round of golf at the Glen. Families may also gather for a family portrait, or peruse the yard sale with children’s clothing and toys.

September 15th marks the Second Annual Millis Family Fun Fair at the Church of Christ in Millis. The event will include entertainment, food, games, vendors and raffles. Shown here is one of last year’s burger chefs, Art Payne. Photo courtesy of Michelle Schofield.

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Happy Birthday T.C. Scoops! If you’re in the neighborhood of the Medway Plaza, you might want to stop by Medway’s favorite purveyor of Hershey’s ice cream, T.C. Scoops, and wish them a Happy Birthday. The ice cream shop, known best for its homemade, fresh waffle cones and whipped cream, turned one on August 3rd. Ice cream flavors include candy bar overload, Amaretto chocolate truffle and blueberry pomegranate, and the shop always offers two flavors of frozen yogurt. They even offer a hard chocolate coating to cover the whole lot. Recently, they’ve added old-fashioned Italian ice to the mix.

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A large selection of adult and young adult fiction, non-fiction and children’s books in hardcover and paperback will be on sale, plus videos and DVDs. Prices start at 25 cents. The event will also include story-times, face painting, music and more.

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Get Out Your Primary Vote Sept. 6 Don’t forget that the primary election is coming up on September 6th. In order to vote in this election, you must be registered to vote by 20 days before the election. Absentee ballots are available at the Town Clerk’s office, and these ballots must be returned by noon the day before the election.

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An Interview with Peggy Yanuskiewicz New Principal, McGovern School, Medway tell me a little bit about yourself. When did you start teaching? I started teaching in Dedham, and I taught in elementary, Kindergarten, first grade, then third grade. Then, I got married, moved to Franklin and stayed home for 12 year with four children. Was it a hard decision? It’s where I wanted to be. I don’t regret a minute of it. I was involved in their activities in their school. Then when my twins were in elementary, I started subbing at the John F. Kennedy School, where I spent 15 years. I started as volunteer … then did a long-term sub position and started teaching Kindergarten. It was wonderful. It felt like going back home again. I taught Kindergarten for several years and went to a second grade position and loved it. I enjoyed every minute of it

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Living Healthy Local Woman a Red Strider against Diabetes Champion Fundraiser Will Walk in Step Out Walk Sept. 29 For 25.8 million people who live with diabetes, there is no cure, but spreading awareness is a step in the right direction. Local resident Susan Triger, in her 12th year coping with Type II Diabetes, will once again forge in the direction of a cure in her 12th Central Mass. Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes, which will take place at the Umass Medical School in Worcester on September 29th. Triger has been a champion level fundraiser (one who raises over $1,000) for seven years. Known as a Red Strider, or a walker who lives with Type I, Type II or gestational diabetes, Triger hopes to support others living with the disease as well as inform the community about the seriousness of the disease. “Susan has been almost texbook on what we’d ask a person to do (as a fundraiser),” says Patti Clair, Associate Director of Special Events for the Central Mass. American Diabetes Association.

“She makes use of our website ( www.diabetes.org/stepoutcentralma) and uses her personal thank-yous. Susan is so diligent about that keeping people supporting her in the loop. She’s been a Champion. To do that 7 years in a row is absolutely standing out.” Clair explains that last year, for example, only 11 walkers, including Triger, received Champion status. The Step Out, says Clair, is actually a national event, with 121 U.S. cities taking part. In Massachusetts, the event takes place in both Central Mass. and in Boston. Funds raised through Step Out help fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes, deliver services to hundreds of communities, provide information and help with advocacy. The family-friendly event in Worcester, which begins at 10 a.m., with registration starting at 9 a.m., will not only include a 3.5 mile walk along Lake Quinsiga-

mond or a 1-mile walk at UMass Medical School, but it will also be packed with music, food, exhibitors showing some of the latest advances in diabetes management, as well as talks by current researchers, such as Kimberly Tremblay of UMass Amherst, in the field of diabetes. Susan is the Team Captain of Susan’s Super Stars. Her fundraising efforts are focused on the Millis and Medway areas, and she’s gotten support from local businesses as well as the Medway Lions. Triger keeps her sugar under control with medication, diet and exercise. Although the diet can be an adjustment, Triger says that since she helped her own father cope with the disease, she was equipped to handle the changes in dietary habits. “I think when my father was going through it, it helped me learn more about it, so I was pre-

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4. it is not unusual for children's eyeglass prescriptions to change fairly dramatically in their growing years. Oftentimes, patients or parents are distressed when the school-age child's prescription, typically myopia or nearsightedness, worsens on an annual or even more frequent basis. This is not a sign of any underlying ophthalmic pathology and typically stabilizes over the next several years. 5. young children with crossed eyes need close ophthalmic care and follow-up. It is a common misconception that a young child with an inward or outwardly crossing eye will simply "outgrow" the muscle problem. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Patching therapy or even surgery often are necessary to correct the eye crossing to maximize the visual potential of the deviated eye. 6. the answer to all of the following common misconceptions is "no": "reading in the dark is damaging to your eyes;" "using eyeglasses that are too weak or too strong can result in permanent eye damage;" "sitting too close to the television will result in permanent vision changes;""too much computer use will affect the health of your eyes." Eye strain, fatigue, headaches and blurred vision can all result from all of these activities. However, the symptoms clear when the proper eyeglasses are prescribed, and when necessary breaks are taken in the course of prolonged television or computer activities. 7. "i do not need eyeglasses if i wear contact lenses." Not necessarily true. There is always the chance of an infection, scratched cornea or foreign body in the eye which will necessitate the temporary discontinuance of one's contact lenses. In conjunction with point number one

8. over-the-counter eye drops that "get the red out" cannot be used indiscriminately. The "red" is due to an underlying problem that should be properly diagnosed before being treated. Furthermore, the way that these drops work is simply to temporarily constrict the irritated blood vessels, which rebound with greater redness when the drops wear off. 9. another widespread misconception: eyes can be transplanted. In 2012, unfortunately, this is not the case. Corneas are routinely successfully transplanted; cataractous lenses are routinely removed and replaced with artificial lens implants; portions of the retina may be successfully removed. However, there is no way to transplant an entire eye, as we currently do not know how to preserve the optic nerve in the course of such a transplantation. 10. not all serious eye conditions cause symptoms. Glaucoma is the biggest offender - it can cause severe vision loss before the patient actually knows there is a problem. 11. "i am only using the screwdriver, baseball, firecracker, drill press, etc. for a minute. I'll be fine." After 30 years in private ophthalmology practice, I wish I had a dollar for every patient who presented with a severe eye injury who had these same thoughts prior to the injury. 12. Finally, please remember that not all eye doctors are equally trained in all areas. It is a very specialized and sub-specialized part of the body to study and treat. For example, I do not repair detached retinas and most retinal specialists do not do cataract surgery. Also, please remember to ask your optometrist or ophthalmologist if he or she is fully board certified. Most practitioners are, but even some in the MilfordFranklin area to this day practice without board certification. Myself and my staff wish all students the very best as they return to their educational endeavors.


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Focusing on Student’s Abilities – Back to School Tips I had a great time watching the London Olympics this summer and got teary-eyed every time I heard the national anthem and saw the flag raised above our gold medalists. But, my favorite Olympian by far was not an American. It was Oscar Pistorious, the South African “Bladerunner,� who captured my heart this summer when he said, "You're not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have." Oscar is a double-amputee who competed at the London Olympics this summer after a prolonged battle to be able to compete there. He is a many-time gold medalist at the Paralympics and will continue to compete in those games. This year was his first time competing at the Olympics against what some call his “able-bodied� peers. Oscar’s statement resonated with me, because I am often consulted by parents whose children have been diagnosed with learning disabilities. So many parents have expressed their feelings of being overwhelmed when they think of the challenges their kids face. Most of the parents I meet with have children who are on Individual Education Plans or 504 Plans so that they may receive accommodations and services at school. It can be very hard to figure out where to start when your child struggles in school. Using Oscar’s example of focusing on abilities rather than disabilities, here is my list of “Back to School Do’s�:

• Focus on what your child can currently do and how far he or she has come. For some parents, this might mean digging up the Early Intervention Notes or an old evaluation. Take out the old photo albums to jog your memories. You may be pleasantly surprised. • Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher early on. You don’t have to wait for Curriculum Night or the dreaded phone call. After you introduce yourself, either via phone or a brief conference, ask your child’s teacher to contact you when something positive happens, as well as when things go wrong. This can go a long way in decreasing the anxiety when you see the school’s number on the caller ID. During that first meeting, be sure to set yourself up as a resource for your child’s teacher. If finances permit, ask if there is anything the teacher needs for the classroom. Also, inquire if the teacher has any questions about your child that you can answer. This first phone call or meeting can be an opportunity to let the teacher know a few important facts about your child that he or she might not know from your child’s IEP or 504 Plan. For example, you could say, “I have noticed at home that Mary has had a lot of anxiety. I think it might be because (fill in the blank.).â€? Carry it a step further by relating what works at home for your child. Teachers may not always be able to duplicate your solutions at school, but the information could help them figure out a workable solution for school.

• If it is not already built in to your child’s IEP or 504 Plan, ask the teacher his or her preferred method of communication. Some teachers do not use email, but prefer a quick phone call or note in your child’s backpack. It is helpful for your child’s instructors to know that your child had a tough morning or is upset because Dad is traveling this week. • If there is a book, article or method that you have found particularly helpful at home, mention it to your child’s instructors. Better yet, offer to loan or give them your copy. Often the professionals who teach our kids are searching for ways to help. • Trust but verify. I always recommend that parents of children who are pulled out for services ask the child if they saw their provider. “Did you see Mrs. Smith today?â€? • Go in to observe your child’s classroom at the beginning of the year. It allows you to introduce yourself early on as an involved parent.

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Sign Up for Girl Scouts this September Medway Girl Scouts will Girl Scout sign up days on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 5-7 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 10, 5-7 p.m., at theMedway Library, 26 High St., Medway. The Girl Scouts of Millis will hold fall registration from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 5th and Thursday, Sept 6th at the Veteran's

Memorial Building, Room 130, 900 Main Street. Millis Girl Scouts will hold an additional registration event on Saturday, Sept 15th at the Family Fun Fair from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Millis Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange Street.

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Medway 300 Parade and Celebration scheduled for next year. Registrants will be included on a map of that day’s yard sales, which will be sold in front of Medway Shopping Plaza for a $1 minimum donation. Each seller will keep the proceeds of his or her own sale, however. Applications are available at the Medway300.com and will be available at Anne’s Market, Star Market and other local retailers. Participants should make their check for $10 to Medway 300 and drop them to Andy Parchesky, 8 John St., Medway by September 1. With questions, please call Andy at (508) 533-2774.

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Medway Business Council Enters 33rd Year

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The 33rd year of Medway Business Council is set to begin on September 20th with a cookout at the Medway VFW at 5 p.m. The guest speaker will be Selectman and Co-Chair of Medway's 300th Anniversary Committee, Dennis Crowley. Dennis will discuss how Medway is planning to celebrate this momentous milestone with its many events that have been scheduled throughout the upcoming year 2013. There will also be a special introduction of Medway's new Fire Chief, Jeffrey Lynch.

The Home and School Association for Clyde F. Brown Elementary School in Millis will be holding its 1st annual 5k Run/Walk and Kid's Fun Run on Sunday, Sept. 23rd. The Association uses their money to offset the cost of school supplies, purchase needed technology for classrooms, and provide such academic benefits as authors in residence. Runners and walkers may pre-register

The Medway Business Council is about to embark on its 20122013 Renewal and Membership Drive with the goal of making a larger, stronger and even more viable group. The MBC is a nonprofit organization open to any person owning, operating, or controlling a gainful business or profession in the town of Medway. There are many benefits of being a member of the MBC. One of the most important benefits is the op-

portunity to be a part of a community of like-minded people...a place where local business owners can come together to network and exchange ideas at regular meetings throughout the year. MBC prides itself on being a liaison between its members and local and state government. Speakers come to meetings to update members about pertinent and upcoming changes to laws that will affect their businesses. MBC also has a new and improved website for greater exposure of members to the community. MBC believes that there is strength in numbers and

therefore invites any businessowner to join and make a strong presence in the business community and the community at large. These are just a few of the benefits of membership... a bargain for only $95 a year. This year, the Medway Business Council is lead by Richard Parrella, Pres.; Carolyn Chodat, VP; John Parrella, Treasurer; Deb Anderson, Secretary; with Dale Lawrence, Gail Rao and Debbi Mosher as board members.

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A Little Love from One Patient to Many Others BY KATHLEEN STANLEY Debbie Hayes joined the Millis Lions Club because she wanted to give back to her community and be a part of a club that supports eye research, youth programs and her community. This passion runs in her family, so it’s no surprise that Debbie’s 13-year-old daughter Holly recently cleaned out her piggy bank so she could donate three new iPad’s to the pediatric surgery unit at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Holly Hayes and her mother, Debbie, Holly is a patient of Dr. Donald proudly present Holly’s donation of new iPads and cases to the Keamy at Mass. Eye and Ear. She brand pediatric unit at Mass. Eye and Ear. used an iPad provided by the hospital to play games before her own asked her mother if they could find surgery. She soon noticed that there a way to donate more iPad’s to the weren’t enough for the other chil- unit. dren waiting for surgery. Not only Holly used her own savings, did she share the iPad she was which she had received from birthusing with another child, but also

days and holidays, and purchased iPad’s to donate to comfort other kids before surgery. Four short weeks later, Holly donated three iPad’s with cases to Mass. Eye and Ear on behalf of the Millis Lions Club and the Hayes family. Holly’s gift has already had a big impact on the pediatric unit, bringing smiles to the faces of children and their parents. She has given other children the opportunity to play games, listen to music and do other fun activities on the iPad, a welcome comfort for many children before and after surgery. “This gift is a godsend to our ward. The children will most certainly benefit from this generous gift,” says pediatric nurse Annie Goulette, R.N. Holly starts 8th grade at Blessed Sacrament School in Walpole this fall. She loves being around kids and even helps out at a local daycare. She hopes to one day become a pediatrician. “I love helping kids and anything I can do to help ease the anxiety these children feel before and after surgery is important to me. My mom taught me to give back to others,” says Holly.

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A Letter to the Editor Dear Editor: The Medway Lions Club would like to say "Thank you!" to the hundreds of concert goers who braved the hot, humid August night to see and hear the United States Air Force Liberty Band in their final performance at Choate Park and to the Medway Park Commissioners, the Medway Police Department, the Medway EMS Department, the American Legion Post 367and TC Scoops for their efforts in making the evening a memorable one. The men and women of the United States Air Force Band of Liberty did not disappoint, making their final performance count. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

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You Can Adopt this Beautiful Work of “Artie” Are you looking for a fun-loving, entertaining, adorable feline friend? “Artie” is a very cute, young adult with brown tabby and white markings that was picked up as a stray by our local Animal Control Officer. He was held by the ACO and went unclaimed and was then turned over to the care of the shelter. Artie went to the veterinarian to be tested, neutered and vaccinated and was declared to be in excellent health. Artie is sweet, gentle and playful and should be a great addition to most homes. All cats and kittens are completely vetted and include a microchip prior to adoption. Applications for Artie and other cats available for adoption at the Purr-fect Cat Shelter are available online at www.purrfectcatshelter.org or by calling the message center at (508) 533-5855.

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Congressman Jim McGovern Endorses Jeffrey Roy Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) has endorsed Jeffrey Roy in his race to be the next State Representative in Franklin and Medway. McGovern represents the 3rd Congressional District, which is made up of 28 cities and towns, including Franklin and Medway. In addition to McGovern, MassNOW, the Sierra Club, the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter -

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2012-2013 Kick-Off Friends of the Millis Library Meeting All are welcome to join us for the 2012-2013 Kick-Off Friends of the Millis Public Library meeting being held on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the home of Nancy Sitta. Come and meet others who wish to support the library and their community. This is a very exciting year

for our community with the Millis Public Library set to be completed in early 2013. Please visit millislibrary.org/millis/friends.as p for more information including a membership application or contact Jennifer Farrar, Vice President and Membership Chair at jennifer_w@comcast.net.

Save the Date for the Millis Arts Festival! Date: October 13, 2012 Time 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location: Millis Town Hall Festival will feature Millis artists and performers. The art show will continue through October 29 in Room 130 of the Millis Town Hall.

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Obituaries millis: harry tracy mitchell Jr., age 89 of Millis, died Thursday morning, July 12, 2012 after a brief illness surrounded by his family at the Thomas Upham House in Medfield. Born in Boston he was the son of the late Harry Tracy Mitchell Sr. and Iola Edith (Hatch) Mitchell. graduated with the class of 1941 from Hyde Park High School. He then Joined the U.S. Army as so many of the youth did at that time and had served in the African Campaign and later to Italy where he earned the European-African-Middle Eastern Medal and the Bronze Battle Star. Formerly of Medfield and Foxborough, he was a life member of the Beckwith Post 110, American Legion in Medfield, Norwood Post #90, Disabled American Veterans, the former Cpl Stephen Hinkley Post

6644, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Medfield, Past President of the Medfield Lions Club and Past Deputy District Governor of District 33K. He was a member of the Society in Dedham for Apprehending Horse Thieves, a former member of the Sons of the American Revolution and Norfolk County Sherriff’s Association, Past President of Foxborough Toastmasters, former Insurance and Real estate Broker, former Director of the Lions Hearing Ear Dog Program and for 7 years was the Director of the Medfield Council on Aging. Husband of the Late Dorothy (Crook) Mitchell and the late Mary E. "Meg" (Holt) Mitchell, he is survived by 7 children, H. Tracy Mitchell III and his wife Emmy of Medfield, Pauline J. Skoczen-Gross and her husband Eriks of Peoria, AZ,

Winifred E. McCasland and her husband Keith of Lake Forest, CA, Whitney E. Mitchell and his wife Karen of Foxborough, Douglas C. Mitchell and his wife Judy of Arlington, WA, Laurie A. Martin and her husband Bim of Millis and Charlotte D. Campbell and her husband Joel of Phoenix, AZ. Brother of Robert W. Mitchell and his wife Joyce of Homosassa, FL, Edward C. Mitchell and his wife Marjorie of Rumney, NH and the late Marjorie Mitchell. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. If desired, contributions in Harry's memory may be made to N.E.A.D.S. (dogs for deaf and disabled and American Veterans), P.O. Box 213, West Boylston, MA 01583. For the full obituary and guest book, see www.robertsmitchell.com.

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Sports Metrowest Colonials Find Home in Marlborough's Kelleher Field BY KYLE COVINO

In early August, the Metrowest Colonials, led by Coach Keith Noonan of Millis, defeated the Hanover Chiefs 19-3, earning the team its second Triple A division victory. While this season marks the club’s fourth year in existence, it’s only the Colonials second year in the elite AAA division of the New England Football League. With the rise in division comes a marked increase in intensity, as most teams at this level have been firmly established for several years.

The Colonials’ recent success on the field can be partly attributed to the rapid growth of the team, which currently suits 42-45 players—who range in age from 18 to their mid-40’s—for every game, a significant rise from last year’s average of about 25 players. Most of the team hails from the Marlborough-Framingham region, but some travel from as far as NH to play for the organization. The team must also contend with limited practice time, as most, if not all, the Colonial players have full time jobs during the week.

“It’s a working man’s league,” explained Noonan. “Our athletes aren’t paid for playing on the team and even pay for their own gear out-of-pocket.” Though they are not compensated financially, competing in this league offers more than just a sense of pride. At the end of this season, the NEFL will hand pick the best players in the division for an all-star team. This team will be sent in November to play two games in the Italian Football League, an incredible opportunity for any semi-pro player. For most on the Colonials, however, this season is more about improving the reputation of the team, both on and off the field. The semi-pro football scene in Marlborough was, for years, dominated by the Marlborough Shamrocks, which at first made it difficult for the Metrowest Colonials to make a name for themselves.

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The Colonials have already carved out a sizable niche for themselves in the Marlborough community, and support their fans through several charitable initiatives. The team encourages fans to donate to local food pantries by offering a discount on the price of admission in exchange for a non-perishable food item. The team also hosts charity events regularly and just recently partnered with United Cerebral Palsy; they plan to host a charity walk for the UCP foundation in November, and are also organizing a wheel-chair basketball event for the same month. It should then come as no surprise that the Colonials chose Kelleher Field in Marlborough as their base of operations.

“What we really wanted was a stadium to call home,” recalled Coach Noonan. “And to stay here in Marlborough—to build roots here, and serve the Metrowest community that has been so welcoming to us—made the most sense.” Although this team’s bearing in their division remains to be seen, it is clear they have already made a huge difference in their community. Not only have they reignited Marlborough’s football fervor, but they’ve also brought the fans closer together. It’s the sports clubs like the Metrowest Colonials which show us that true American football is still being played in our own back yards.

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“I love playing volleyball, that’s why I really pushed for this program,” she said. “We basically play for fun and exercise. It’s slightly competitive, but not hard core; it’s really a lot of fun.”

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Sports title," Richards said. "Those were three of the greatest years of my life."

Where Are They Now? Richards’ Success Got Its Start At Millis High

Moving up, Richards became defensive coordinator at Ramapo, another Division Three school, in Mahwah, N.J.

At the age of eight!

By Ken Hamwey Allan Richards' career as a player, coach and athletic director has some unusual twists. The 49-year-old Richards was only five-feet tall and 110 pounds when he played three sports at Millis High. He was a wide receiver and extra-point holder, a first baseman and a reserve guard in basketball. In college, at American International in Springfield, Richards was a walk-on in football, playing at 5foot-6. Before a year passed, he was hired as the varsity's receivers coach at 19. Richards played on Millis' 1980 Super Bowl squad that whipped Wareham, and he also was an assistant football coach at Wagner College (New York), which defeated Dayton for the Division Three national title in 1987. Those two championships and coaching at 19 were memorable, but not as amazing as Richards' venture into the world of football scouting.

The son of Ernie Richards, a legendary coach at Millis and Uxbridge, Allan Richards was watching football film and breaking down plays when he was six years old. "I'll never forget the day my dad dropped me off at Hopkinton to scout a game," Richards said. "He was on his way to scout Holliston. I was only eight but I had a clipboard and was in the end zone with lots of coaches." When a play unfolded, one coach asked for help in analyzing it. Young Richards said: "It was a 50 with a drop end and a monster on the strong side.’’ The coach scoffed at the boy's assessment. "He said 'yeah, sure,' ’’ Richards recalled. "But, other scouts told the guy I was right, that I had the play correct." At Millis, Richards was small but lack of size didn't deter him.

"I did whatever my father asked and played wherever I was needed," Richards said. "I was far from a good athlete, but I worked hard. I never let my small size hinder me. My top moment was catching a pass horizontal to the ground against Hopkinton to keep a drive alive. Both teams were 8-0 and the eventual victory helped us get to the Super Bowl." Richards graduated from AIC with a degree in criminal justice in 1981. While at AIC, he had graduate assistants working for him when he was receivers coach. "I was coaching some of my classmates," Richards said. "But, it worked well and we had one year over .500." Richards' acumen as a coach landed him a job quickly. He was hired as defensive ends coach at Wagner. "We went 9-2, 9-2 and 13-1 in three years and won the national

"We went 8-2 my only year, a far cry from the school's 1-28-1 records the three previous years," Richards said. "But, the school decided to drop football." What followed was a coaching odyssey for Richards. He became head football coach at Ashland but didn't win but once in two years. Released, Richards joined his dad at Uxbridge where he was an assistant for three years. "We won two Super Bowls," Richards said. "It was fun." Later, Richards became defensive coordinator at Shrewsbury, returned to Uxbridge and was head coach for a year after his father suffered a heart attack. Getting his Masters in special needs at Fitchburg State, Richards joined the faculty at Foxboro but eventually left for Northbridge, where he’s been teaching for 11 years. Richards was an assistant in football for five seasons before he became the Rams’

athletic director in 2006. “My goals are to continue expanding girls’ sports, keeping our tradition strong and successful and to retain a great staff of coaches,’’ Richards emphasized. Richards' philosophy of sports reveals how he survived as an undersized athlete and why he was a blue-chip assistant coach in college. "Effort can take you far," he said. "You work, you strive and you have success. Sports is about overcoming adversity and dealing with ups and downs." Richards and his wife (Sheree) have a son (Ben) who pitches for Eastern Connecticut State and four stepchildren. A Northbridge resident, Richards rates coaching his son's two youth baseball teams to titles and the two Super Bowls championships in Pop Warner football as bigger thrills than his Super Bowl title and college football championship. "Any success I had as a coach was because I took the best of all the coaches I knew and incorporated it," Richards said. "When I was eight, I probably knew more coaches than older people did. I never acted like I knew all the answers. You're always learning."

Sansone’s Versatility Big Plus For Medway Grid Team By Ken Hamwey Kyle Sansone is a reliable triple threat for Medway’s football team. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound halfback can run up the middle or to the outside, can catch the ball in a crowd with his dependable hands, and he can get low and block effectively. As a junior last year, the versatile back led the Mustangs in rushing with 575 yards (8.3 yards per carry) and he managed 12 receptions for an average of 8.7 yards per catch. Sansone probably could have gained 1,000 yards from scrimmage last season, but in Medway’s wing-T offense, multiple backs are featured and they all seem to get equal attempts. Last year, Jim Lambert trailed Sansone with 513 yards, Ryan Bukis gained 485 yards and Greg Amato had 470. “My individual goals are to gain 1,000 yards and to score 10 touchdowns,’’ Sansone said. “If I don’t achieve

those objectives, that’s okay, as long as we win. My team goals are for us to be Tri Valley League Large Division champs and be in the playoffs with a chance to win a Super Bowl. Medway has never been to the playoffs and, if we could accomplish that in my final year, that would be such a successful conclusion.’’ Sansone’s grid career hit a detour early when he suffered a broken arm in Medway’s first freshman scrimmage. After surgery and six months of rehab, he played jayvee football and had some brief stints as a sophomore on special teams with the varsity. Last year, however, Sansone blossomed. “Kyle has great competitive drive,’’ coach Dave McSweeney said. “He’s the first in line for conditioning drills and he’s the last to leave the weight room. He’s got strong leadership qualities and is effective in rallying his teammates. Kyle is a com-

plete back with decent speed.’’ Sansone, who scored only four touchdowns last year, put on an explosive display when Medway faced Bellingham. He scored three touchdowns and ran for 160 yards. Sansone enjoyed the way Medway’s four backs complemented one another last year and he’s eager to work with Anthony Parchesky and Eric Steffens this season. “Anthony is a fullback who’s big and strong,’’ Sansone said. “He can move people. Eric is built low to the ground and blocks well. He’s also effective as a runner and receiver.’’ Sansone, who will be one of Medway’s captains in lacrosse, knows he can improve on the gridiron and he’s worked diligently all summer, honing his skills for his final season. “I know I can be a better blocker,’’ he said. “It’s just a

matter of analyzing defensive schemes. I also can improve as a runner and receiver. I work on routes as a receiver and if I’m near the ball, I feel like I’ll make the catch. I like running to the outside but if I get hit going up the middle, I’m comfortable. I don’t mind any pressure that goes with running the ball. It’s exciting, knowing that 11 guys are pursuing me when I’ve got possession.’’ A good student, Sansone isn’t sure about his future. He’s contemplating enrolling at Endicott College and possibly majoring in business. The military is also an option. Sansone would be a capable soldier, sailor or airman because he’s extremely coachable and disciplined. He also admires McSweeney’s no-nonsense coaching style. “He’s helped me to relax and just play the game,’’ Sansone said. “Coach Mc-

Sweeney is a quiet motivator. He lets you know what’s needed in a low-key way. He’s helped me adjust both mentally and physically.’’ Although Sansone’s first full year on the varsity was a 6-5 campaign, he missed out on McSweeney’s first three seasons that resulted in 29 wins in 33 outings. The personable halfback, however, is convinced that if all the Mustangs execute their as-

signments and work hard, good things will occur. “What’s important is getting off to a good start,’’ Sansone said. “We were a young team last year with inexperience. We should be improved.’’ With Sansone in the backfield, opposing TVL squads will need to stay focused. He’s a triple threat who can win games in a variety of ways.


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September Calendar of Event September 5 Medway Girl Scouts Sign Up Days, 5-7 p.m., Medway Library, 26 High St., Medway. Registration to Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. is $12, plus troop membership fees after joining a troop Millis Girl Scout Registration Night, 6-8 p.m., Veteran’s Memorial Building, 900 Main St., Millis, Room 130. Visit www.millisgirlscouts.com. Women’s Success Network Meeting, Frankli Country Club, Franklin, visit wsninc.org September 6 Millis Girl Scout Registration

Night, 6-8 p.m., Veteran’s Memorial Building, 900 Main St., Millis, Room 130. Visit www.millisgirlscouts.com .

Medway, 9 a.m. Redeemables should be curbside by 9 a.m. for pickup or brought to Medway Oil by 11 a.m.

September 10 Rep. Linsky Millis Office Hours, 11 a.m., Millis Senior Center, 900 Main St., Millis

September 8 Fourth Annual Alex Handy Memorial 5K Walk/Run, 8 a.m. start, 7 a.m. registration, Medway V.F.W., 123 Holliston St., Medway, Adults $25 on race day; children 14 and under $5 with non-perishable food item. Will benefit The Alexander Handy Memorial & Scholarship Foundation. For info., visit Project Alex at http://projectalex.net

Medway Town-Wide Yard Sale, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., benefits Medway 300 Committee, http://medway300.com/media/090812_Tow nWideYardSale.pdf. Be part of largest yard sale in Medway history, but hurry! Call Andy at (508) 533-2774 by Sept. 1.

Medway Girl Scouts Sign Up Days, 5-7 p.m., Medway Library, 26 High St., Medway. Registration to Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. is $12, plus troop membership fees after joining a troop

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September 15 Family Fun Fair, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Millis Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange St., Millis, features live entertainment, bouncy house, pony rides, touch-a-truck, yard sale, face painting, vendors, food, games and more. Computer Recycling Event, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., LANConnect Systems parking lot, 969 Main St., (across from Mobil), cost is one non-perishable food item to be donated to local food pantry per item recycled. (Hard drive shredding available for $5). For info. call (508) 376-4800 or jps@lanconnectsystems.com September 16 14th Annual PCS Petwalk, to Benefit Purr-fect Cat Shelter, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Norfolk County Agricultural High School, Route 1A, Walpole, 3-mile pledge walk, well-behaved dogs welcome, prizes for top pledge levels. Lure coursing demonstrations throughout day, prizes for dogs in various categories. Sponsor forms and general PetWalk info. at www.purrfectcatshelter.org, or contact (508) 5335855 or

purrfectcatshelter@yahoo.com if interested in a booth. September 18 Storytime, ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Rd., Millis September 19 Mother Goose on the Loose, ages 2 and under and caregivers, 10:30 a.m., sing, dance and bounce time at Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis. September 21 Storytime, ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Rd., Millis Free Triad Cookout for Seniors at Millis COA, 12 Noon, Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand with mobile command center and K-9 unit, and Sheriff Bellotti will discuss Triad and other senior safety programs. Free hamburgers & hotdogs. Call COA at (508) 3767051 by Sept. 13 so they may plan ahead. September 22 Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary 34th Annual Fall Fair September 23 First Annual Clyde F Brown Run Back to School 5K Walk/Run and

Kids Fun Run, 9:30 a.m., Pre-registration online only prior to 9/22. 5K $25, Kids Fun Run $5, (day of race 5K $30, $20 under 12), 5K registration prior to 9/7 will receive t-shirt. Volunteers needed. Contact Sacha Loer at sloer@me.com or Stacey Miller at mandmills@aol.com. Proceeds benefit the Clyde F. Brown Home & School Association. September 25 Storytime, ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Rd., Millis September 26 Mother Goose on the Loose, ages 2 and under and caregivers, 10:30 a.m., sing, dance and bounce time at Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Road, Millis. Friends of Millis Library KickOff Meeting, 7 p.m., home of Nancy Sitta, All are welcome. Contact Jennifer Farrar, Vice President and Membership Chair at jennifer_w@comcast.net September 28 Storytime, ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Rd., Millis

Millis Library Receives Support from Local Business The Friends of the Millis Public Library are delighted to announce that Roche Bros. has made a donation of $25,000 to the Capital Campaign to Enhance the new Millis Public Library. The Community Room, which will accommodate up to 80 people, will be named The Roche Family Community Room. It will be used for performances, lectures and meetings. Several other donations from Millis families have been received along with a generous contribution of $1,000 from Bo and Bill Winiker of the Winiker Band, musicians originally from Millis. Their gifts will allow the addition of more technology and other enhancements to the new library, expected to open in the Spring of 2013. To further support the campaign, The Friends organized several fundraisers over the Spring and Summer months with additional fundraising activities planned for Fall and Winter. Join us at Charming Charlie for November Holiday Shopping not to be missed. Tickets will be available to purchase in September which entitles the bearer to 20% off all items. The Friends of the Millis Public Library is a non-profit, independent 501 (3) (c) organization. For information about donating to the Capital Campaign to Enhance the New Millis Pub-

lic Library and sponsorship opportunities, please call Nancy Sitta at (508) 376 2676, or visit http://millislibrary.org/millis/friends.a sp or email friendsofmillispubliclibrary@gmail.com, All donations to the Capital Campaign are welcomed and are tax deductible.

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Blackstone Valley Young Marines to Hold Sept. Open Houses The Blackstone Valley Young Marines, open to boys aged 8 through high school, will hold three open houses in September, September 6, 13 and 20, from 6:45-8 p.m. at the Army National Guard Headquarters located at 50 Maple St. in Milford. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical de-

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velopment of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. Recruit training begins on September 27. Contact (508) 376-9199 or afagan.bvym@gmail.com for more information.

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Wendy & Paul ask, “Our family is growing, and we need to put on a big addition, or look for a larger home. Any guidance you can offer?” Many things to consider here. First questions: do you want to stay in your current town, and do you love your neighborhood? If yes, sketch out on your plot plan a drawing of your addition and bring it to your town building inspector, to determine if such an addition is allowed under current zoning. If allowable, contact a reputable builder and ask for a rough idea of the costs. If the addition is within your financial ability, call your local Realtor (hopefully me). You need to know if your neighborhood will

support the increase in value. Example: if your home and neighborhood values are around $300k and your addition will cost $150k, it will not make sense to do an “overbuild” and own the most expensive home in the area. Rather than do an “overbuild”, begin looking at larger homes. If you decide to build, set a realistic budget. Make sure all professionals involved are aware of the expenses and are talking with each other. Some builders have pre-designed plans or you may need an architect. Make sure everything is approved within your town’s zoning. Use a reputable builder (usually one who has worked within your town before and has references). Building contracts are very complicated and are legally binding. PLEASE get your lawyer involved. Lastly, be realistic and do not just build the addition of your dreams but also something that will appeal to others. (someday you will be selling). No one wants to buy a home that has a “weird” structure attached. Mr. Capozzoli has been a Massachusetts real estate broker for 35 years. You are invited to submit your real estate questions by e-mail cappy@erakey.com or by phone 508-596-2600.

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