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View Some of Norwood's Most Festively-Decorated Homes at the 7th Annual Holiday House Tour

Norwood Theatre Celebrates Their First Holiday Season Holiday Variety Show The Norwood Theatre is planning some very special events for its inaugural holiday season with two performances the entire family will enjoy. The Holiday Variety Show is features on Saturday, December 15, 7 p.m. featuring Rick Adam and back by popular demand, the North Shore Acappella. The evening will be filled with festive songs and stories of the winter season with Rick Adam's holiday vaudeville extravaganza and later, the acclaimed North Shore Acappella will take the stage singing holiday favorites from classic carols to pop hits. Ornament Ornament, an 11-piece orchestra as a tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will perform on Saturday, December 22, 8 p.m. Their musical production will include traditional carols and holiday music set to rock, gospel and blues with an amazing light show of over 60 lights, strobes,

fog and snow machines. Their original performance shares inspiring tales of Christmas with a harmonious and unique twist. Tickets for both performances are $25 for adults and $20 for children and seniors. The Nor-

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wood Theatre is located at 109 Central St. and tickets can be purchased at their box office weekdays 10 a.m.-12 noon and 3-5 p.m., by phone at 781-5519000, x202 or online at norwoodstage.com.

The Norwood Annual Holiday House Tour has become a favored holiday tradition for local residents. For the past six years, participants

idents see people they haven't seen in a long time," house tour organizer Debbie Holmwood said. "It is a fun mother, daughter, grand-

have enjoyed touring some of Norwood's grandly decorated homes throughout town discovering fresh, new ornamental ideas, while experiencing a fun, exciting event with friends and family as well as supporting one of Norwood's valued treasures.

mother day and lots of girls have cocktails and make it a holiday party. I have never had anybody say they haven't had a good time. "

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House, 93 Day St., where participants will behold the ornamentation of a traditional Victorian Christmas and receive a list of the addresses on the self-guided tour which includes many vintage and/or remodeled properties and the newly renovated Norwood Theatre which will be decorated by Babel's Paint & Decorated Store. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase festive holiday accessories along the way, such as wreaths and bows. The entertaining afternoon concludes at 4 p.m., at Lewis' Bar & Grill, 92 Central St. with a holiday party, hors d'oeuvres and a raffle. "Lewis' holiday party is another great way to have fun with your friends," Holmwood said. "We will have fabulous things on the raffle table, gift certificates, classes and stocking stuffers. We also eat, drink and sing Christmas carols." This event, originally launched in 2006, is the largest fundraiser to support the preservation of Norwood's Day house, a nationally registered historic building. The tour was created by Norwood residents Holmwood and Caroline

Tamis, two of the seven members of Norwood Neighbors, who are enthused each year with the potential monetary benefits for their cause as well as the unique opportunity to showcase many of the fabulous properties throughout Norwood. Last year, 275 participants joined the festive tour with this year's goal elevated to 400 tickets to complete funding to renovate the Day House portico which is estimated to cost $30,000. "We tried other fundraisers, but we just didn't raise enough money," Holmwood said. "Other towns raise lots of money with their house tours, we thought, we have great houses, so maybe we should try it." Tickets are currently on sale for $20 at the Norwood Civic Center, Babels Paint and Decorating, 23 Cottage St. or by calling 781-7248883. "Please help to save this beautiful museum we have in this great town," Holmwood explained. "We receive no town money for its restoration, just by selling tickets."

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The ever-popular White Elephant Sale will include books, children's toys and games, Christmas paraphernalia, household items, an oversized bird cage and many other newto-you treasures.

The church is located at the corner of Washington and Nahatan Streets. Please use the Nahatan Street entrance. Plenty of free parking in the rear. Call the church office at 781-7622589 for more information.

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Norwood High School Math Competition BY MEENU RAVI On November 7th 2012, the Norwood High School Math Team participated in the Greater Boston Math League at Framingham High School. The five members who participated were Meenu Ravi, Sarah Harder, Kaushik, Jihoon, and Chris.

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tions in each round. The first question is worth one point, second question, two points and the third question, three points. The team participated with five other schools: Canton, Framingham, Needham, Sharon, and Wellesley. The Norwood team practices every Wednesday and Friday. The next meet is on Wednesday December 12th at the Norwood High School.

Norwood High Band Competes in USBands National Competition BY MEGHAN FERRIS On Friday, November 9, the Norwood High School Mustang Marching Band held its last rehearsal in preparation for the National Championships at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on November 10. Students, staff, and parent volunteers left for New Jersey on two coach busses with an additional 26foot rental truck loaded with equipment. Also loaded in the truck were two large boxes filled with supplies collected by the students for Hurricane Sandy survivors. The supplies included canned goods, diapers, water, and other necessities to be donated to the local Salvation Army in New Jersey. The Salvation Army requested support of all the participating groups and set up a receiving station in the parking lot of the MetLife stadium to collect the donated materials.

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On Saturday the band competed in the USBANDS National Championships. Norwood competed against 23 Division 3 Open bands at MetLife Stadium. Division 3 consists of bands of 53 to 75 members. The Norwood band consists of 64 members, 52 of whom are musicians, and 12 of whom are members of the color guard. The band is composed of students in grades 7-12. The band performed their show “Aaron Copland: An American Composer,” which is made up of three movements: “An Outdoor Overture,” “The Promise of the Living,” and “Copland Finale.” Norwood won a gold medal at MICCA (Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association) receiving five stars, and came in second in their division in the USBANDs regional competition in Bridgeport, CT the previous week. Norwood took 18th place in the national’s competition amongst fierce competitors in their division. The day finished with an end of the year party that took place at the local Elks Lodge in East Rutherford. A fabulous dinner was provided by the Elks, and the night was ended by some fun awards given by the seniors. On Sunday, the band enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards, they traveled to New York City for sight-seeing. The band walked to Rockefeller Center to have lunch on a beautiful afternoon. Finally, the trip was completed by a bus ride home to Norwood High School. The success of the marching band is made possible by the support of the Norwood Public Schools Administration, Director, Mr. Steven Conant, and the Norwood Parent Music Association. This was the final competition of the Norwood High School Mustang Marching Band season; however, it was not their final performance. Come support the band as well as the Norwood Mustang Football Team at the first Thanksgiving game at the new Norwood stadium behind Norwood High School. Norwood High School takes on their Dedham High School rivals at 10:00 AM.


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Students Norwood Against Election Drunk Summary Drivers The SADD (Students Against Drunk Drivers) organization at the Norwood High School is kicking off the school year strong again. Through their partnership with the Norwood Civic Center SADD chaperoned the annual Halloween dance and is looking forward to helping out again at the upcoming Holiday dance in December. Another big impact SADD is looking to make throughout this year includes scholarships for seniors planning to head off to college next year. Every year SADD holds numerous fundraisers to raise money for things such as SADD scholarships. Some of the fundraisers that SADD has held so far took place at Norwood Day and the parent-teacher conference night where baked goods were sold. SADD awards these scholarships to SADD officers who help ease the workload of English teacher, Julie Lozinski, and History teacher, Molly Uppenkamp. Also, these scholarships are awarded to seniors who are active and participate in many SADD sponsored activities. Within SADD at Norwood High School a lot is already going on this year. First, SADD is holding a t-shirt design contest for students. In this contest a student must create a design for a SADD t-shirt that incorporates “NHS SADD” into the image. The design is only to be on the front of the shirt and there are strict guidelines regarding how many colors can be included in the design. The creator of the winning t-shirt design will be awarded a free t-shirt. Next, the SADD organization created a new Advisory Committee. This is a new committee where students who are not SADD officers but still want to take on an active role in SADD can do so. NHS students such as Vincent Nguyen (Grade 11), Jacob Slater (Grade 11), and Rachel Wood (Grade 12) attended the first meeting that took place in the beginning of November. The Advisory Committee will be choosing the winning design for the t-shirt contest at their next meeting on December 3rd.

Norwood residents went to the polls in large numbers November 6. With a population of 28,782 (2011), there are currently 18,061 registered voters (an increase from 16,821 in 2011). Of those, 14,813 (82 percent of registered voters) participated in the Presidential Election. At the November 14 School Committee meeting, Chairwoman Courtney Rau stated, “It was thrilling to wait in line at the Civic Center to vote.” The turnout was a far cry from the local election in the spring, which brought in just 2,393 (14 percent) voters. Though the town voted with the state in the Presidential Election, with 55 percent of the vote going to President Obama, residents voted for Senator Scott Brown (53 percent) over the winner, Elizabeth Warren (46 percent). Of note is that there were 61 and 90 blank votes for these offices. Norwood helped return incumbent Congressman Stephen Lynch to the newly revamped district with 77 percent of the vote and 882 blanks.

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In the state portion of the ballot, an unopposed Michael Rush was reelected with almost 99 percent of the vote and 4,370 blank votes to the State Senate. John Rogers was reelected to an 11th term over secondtime challenger James Stanton to the State Representative seat. In the District 2 Governor's Council Race, Robert Jubinville received 61 percent of the vote Norwood over Earl Sholley’s 38 percent. Statewide, Jubinville won the race with 60 percent of the vote. Norwood chose Kevin Connolly over Daniel Brent as their representative to the Blue Hills Regional Vocational Technical School.Blue Hills Regional Vocational School Committee, Other uncontested races included Walter Timilty Jr. as clerk of courts, William O’Donnell, as register of deeds, and John Gillis and Francis O’Brien as county commissioners. Ballot question votes in Norwood were in line with the rest of Massachusetts by voting yes on both the Right to Repair Law with almost 88 percent of the vote and the Medical Marijuana Law with almost 56% of the vote. Residents also voted in line with the rest of the state by voting no on the Death with Dignity law with more than 58 percent.

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Bay State Animal Cooperative Fundraisers This Holiday Season There are many ways to remember and give t loving homeless pets this holiday season. The Bay State Animal Cooperative (BSAC), a Norwood based, nonprofit organization, is holding a number of fundraisers this month to help solicit donations that will help purchase much needed food, kitty litter, supplies and medical costs for the cats awaiting forever homes. Take a look below, many events can involve the entire family (dogs too!) in the fun. Barnes & Noble Gift Wrapping For shoppers purchasing gifts at the Barnes & Noble at the Walpole Mall, the BSAC will be wrapping gifts purchased at the store for a donation. Volunteers will be on hand Friday, Dec. 21, 5-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 23,

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Strong Chief Law Rescinded After 86 Years BY DORIS J. DICKSON After more than 90 minutes of presentations and discussion, the second night of the fall Special Town Meeting on November 19 saw a 88-79 vote to override the 86year old Strong Chief Law (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 48, Sections 42, 43 and 44). This was the third time the Board of Selectman brought this article in front of Town Meeting Members. The consequence of rescinding this law is that the new, yet to be chosen, Fire Chief will report to one person - Town Manager, John J. Carroll, instead of reporting to the entire Board of Selectman. Prior to the vote, all available members of the Board of Selectman (Mrs. Donahue was out of town) spoke in support of rescinding the law. They spoke of comparing the police department operations to fire department operations. Mr. Plasko said rescinding the law would “provide a check and balance.” Mr. Howard, who filed the original motion, said that the town needs an “executive administrator.” There were references to the number of other towns in the Commonwealth that do or do not have the Strong Chief Law specifically citing Canton, Stoughton, and Walpole who do not have the law. Mr. Lyons said that the Fire Department is “out on an island” as it reports once a month to the Board of Selectman.

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Jean Hubbard of District 7 also commented, “Now, because some people were unhappy with the last chief, they want to rescind (the law).” She feels it will limit the candidate pool because some (like retired Chief Barry) may not have taken the job if it had not included the Strong Chief provision. John Hall, who has worked in fire protection for 28 years, opposed the “tone” of the “yellow pages” (provided to Town Meeting members and previously stated to be prepared by John Carroll) and said, “I hope no one will be intimidated by panic thinking.” He also said, “The only real change (in rescinding the law) would be to reduce the voice and influence of the Fire Chief.” Mr. Carroll spoke about his experience with the Police Department over his 34 years. He said the law “creates a kind of thiefdom.” He also cited his methodology of overseeing the Police Department and compared it to how he would oversee the Fire Department. He promised, “I will never interfere directly” (with the running of the department).

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On the opposing side, Mario Orangio, President of the Fire Chiefs' Association of Massachusetts and Watertown Fire Chief, said the discussion around rescinding the law, “keeps going back to the incumbent.” He said, “The Strong Chief is good for communities,” that without it, there is a “fear of reprisal” and that it (the law) “takes away a bit of temptation away from sitting board members.” Regarding the fact that only 88 towns (75 percent) of towns have the Strong Chief Law, he said many more charters, including Watertown’s, have “some form or other of Strong Chief.” He also explained some towns are too small to have Strong Chiefs.

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Norwood Local Town Pages welcomes the launch of Oasis Behavioral Health Institute (OBHI), a new behavioral health support team offering outpatient psychiatric counseling and medication management. This practice is a comprehensive team of experienced board certified psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists specializing in comprehensive mental health evaluations, medication management, forensic evaluations, individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, substance abuse and bereavement counseling. The certified staff at OBHI are committed to providing compassionate, superior quality, evidence-based mental health treatment, and even forensic evaluations, to the Norwood and surrounding communities. At OBHI, each patient who receives on-going services will receive a complete assessment and personally-designed treatment plan based on their specific diagnosis. That plan will focus on addressing individual needs and incorporating a holistic approach to include family, school/occupation, primary care and spiritual dimension. The highly qualified team at OBHI carry and offer a broad range of expertise and experience to this practice that assists children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients. Barbara McElroy, Psy.D., is a clinical and forensic psychologist who provides expert court testimonies and has an extensive background in various settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, mental health clinics, prisons, partial hospitalizations programs and private mental health organizations.

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In terms of value, Lea's pricing is incredibly competitive and matches, or most often beats, competitors estimates. "My prices are comparable and often lower than competitive chain or retailing frame stores, with a very personal service," Lea said. That personalized service takes a significantly personal jump when Lea is asked to conduct inhome consultations. The benefits and advantages of her custommade, home framing service simply strengthen with each stage of the process. There is plenty of time to create a personalized masterpiece for a holiday gift or maybe her next client may receive a special memento this season that they would like framed. Just mention this article and receive 25% off the first order. To contact Lea at Artisan Art and Frame, call 781-4141640 or visit artisanartandframe.com.

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Start A New Family Tradition with an Outing at a Local Christmas Tree Farm Christmas Tree Farms in Norfolk County The decorating of the household Christmas tree is always a fun and festive ritual. The family gathers together pulling familiar ornaments from boxes typically recollecting past holidays, Christmas carols play on the radio and families gather together in anticipation of the celebratory season. Well, that's how the occasion is depicted on holiday movies! But even though your holiday decorating may not be a scene from a Norman Rockwell picture, this year, don't miss out on the potential memorable preview by choosing the family Christmas tree as a necessary errand on the never-ending holiday checklist. Enhance the experience with a group outing to one of the Christmas tree farms in the Norfolk area. Most farms offer fresh cut trees, but many offer the opportunity to cut down your own tree within a lush landscape that has been cultivated just for this occasion. Many farms also complement their services with activities, food, drinks, decorations and holiday picture opportunities. This is one-stop shopping and merry day the entire family will enjoy, and possibly spark the beginning of a new family tradition! PAKEEN FARM, 109 Elm St., Canton, 781-828-0111, www.pakeenfarm.com. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. Pakeen Farm is family owned and offers fresh cut or cut your own trees, wreaths, mantle greens, holly, roping, kissing balls, seasoned firewood, cookies and hot chocolate. VANDERVALK FAMILY TREE FARM, 25 Lovell St., Mendon, 508478-8733, www.vandervalkfarm.com. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, 3-8 p.m. Vandervalk Family Tree

Farm offers fresh cut to cut your own trees, warm cider, a Christmas gift barn filled with holiday ornaments and decorations and a number of scenic winter landscapes for family pictures. DEERFIELD TREE FARM, 25 Birch St., Millis, 617-803-0493, www.deerfieldtreefarm.com. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., MondayFriday, 2-5 p.m., through Sunday, December 15. Deerfield Tree farm offers fresh cut and cut your own trees, wreaths and garlands, refreshments, bundled firewood and free hayrides on the weekends. Free local delivery and saws available on site. FAIRMOUNT FRUIT FARM, 887 Lincoln St., Franklin, 508-533-8737, www.fairmountfruit.com. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., MondayFriday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. In addition to fresh-cut trees, Fairmount also offers handmade wreaths and kissing balls, wreath accessories and bows, baked goods, frozen pies, their famous apple fritters, fruit breads, fresh eggs and local honey and other original products from farms in the area.

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Bring Some Holiday Cheer to a Norwood Child Norwood Bank is again sponsoring their Annual Holiday Sharing Tree this holiday season. Their tree of giving will be set up in their lobby on their kick-off reception Saturday, December 1. Residents can stop by the bank the entire week to choose a mitten tag off of the tree that will give the child's gender, age and a few gift ideas. Wrapped gifts can be brought by the bank by Monday, December 10. For those generous givers with children of their own, drop by the bank on Saturday, December 1 and 8 to pick up/drop off their gift and the kids can enjoy refreshments, holiday crafts and a photo with Santa. A small gesture such as a donated Christmas gift will help make this holiday season a little brighter for a young Norwood neighbor.

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New in Town: FinArc, LCC this October.

BY REBECCA KENSIL In 1990, Catherine Friend White saw a need for alternatives to the big institutional money management businesses. At that time, many individuals did not have access to the service that the institutions had. Identifying this unmet need, she founded FinArc, an investment company to help individual investors with money management and financial planning. Originally located in Needham, FinArc moved to Norwood

FinArc provides money management independently from other financial institutions, which allows FinArc to provide good recommendations for clients without outside influence. “That’s what we’re told by our clients is a really important differentiator,” says Matthew C. Slaney, CFA, Principal and Senior Portfolio Manager. In addition to independence, FinArc incorporates clients’ personal values into their investment philosophy, also known as Socially Responsible Investing [SRI]. Clients’ money goes into companies that match their values. FinArc accomplishes this through

negative and positive screens. For example, clients who are opposed to smoking can avoid investing in tobacco manufacturers, a negative screen. In another example, clients who support responsible environmental practices can invest in businesses with this focus or track record. “Most investment management firms don’t incorporate that into their investment approach,” says Slaney. As a small company, FinArc is dedicated to customer service, where there are no automated call attendants and portfolio managers can be easily contacted by phone or email. “One of the things we are very proud of is that we are still working with the very first client who hired us. We take that to mean that

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we’ve done a good job in providing financial service and advice,” says Slaney. This is due to FinArc’s accomplished portfolio managers: President White manages portfolios and researches securities. She started working in the investment industry in 1980 after she received her MBA with a concentration in finance from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and her BA from Dickinson College. She has received multiple Certificates of Achievement from CFA Institute for continuing professional accreditation.

Principal Slaney, who joined FinArc in 1999, manages client portfolios, researches securities and oversees client service and business administration. He has worked in the investment industry since 1992. Slaney received his MBA with a concentration in finance from the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University's honors program where he majored in finance and management. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and passed the Series 65 exam for investment adviser representatives. FinArc is located at 315 Norwood Park South in Norwood. Client service liaisons can be reached at 781-762-8080. Visit finarc.com for more information.

Make Your Own Holiday Ornaments Holiday decorating is a big part of the holiday season. Bins are taken out of the attic or garage, and decorations are once again given their opportunity to shine for several weeks before being packed away again. Among the many decorations families use to deck the halls are ornaments that were made by hand. This year creating homemade ornaments can be a crafty project that helps families make new holiday memories. Christmas tree ornaments come in all shapes and sizes and often tell the stories of holiday traditions. There are several different ways to create personalized, do-it-yourself ornaments and leave the cheap, easily broken ornaments from the dollar stores behind.

Photo ornaments Fun photo ornaments showcase how a family has changed and grown over the years. Experiment with different ways to create these ornaments. You can glue a photo to a ceramic ornament and cover it with decoupage glaze to set it permanently. Try purchasing clear, glass ornaments, then remove the top of the ornament, which is usually spring-loaded, before slipping a photo inside and replacing the top. You also can laminate a photo, punch a hole in the top and affix a ribbon. Ceramic ornaments The popularity of paint-it-yourself pottery has led to an increase in ceramic and crafts shops across the country. During the holiday season such shops offer many holiday items

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12 Steps to Creating an Organized and Stress-Free Holiday Season

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De-clutter and organize your kitchen by cleaning out your refrigerator and leaving an open shelf available for meal preparation and leftovers, clean up the kitchen counters to allow room to prepare your meals and dedicate one cabinet to store all holiday foods from snacks to baking supplies.

Decorations, Shopping, Wrapping & Signing Cards, oh my....it's no wonder we are stressed out before the holiday season even officially begins. Come join me in my version of the holiday classic "12 days of Christmas" where I will share my 12 favorite organizing & time management tips to creating a magical holiday season. On the first day of Christmas the genie shared with me....Create your holiday dream: Take a few moments and close your eyes, take a deep breath and slowly envision what the perfect holiday season looks, feels and even smells like for you. Write down activities and charity work you would like to participate in and what family events, movies and music you would like to fill your holiday with. Then make your holiday dreams come true and place yourself first on your holiday agenda. Remember you do have a choice who you spend time with, what activities you will attend and where you go. Take some time this week to think about what’s most important to you and your family this season and make plans to make that happen. On the second day of Christmas.... Holiday Traditions: Gather the family for a meeting to share what they liked or disliked about your holiday traditions. You may be surprised at their answers. Give yourself permission to break traditions that hold no meaning to your family. Write down the most important elements and activities your family would like to include this year and create new memories. On the third day of Christmas.... Create a Master Family Calendar: Using a large wipeoff calendar, choose one main maker color to write in all priority activities that you and your family have agreed to do together. Assign a different color marker for each household member to keep track of all their activities. You can also use different colored markers to color code errands, appointments and parties.

On the fourth day of Christmas.... Lists and Holiday Binder: Lists combined with a holiday binder is one of the best ways to track, streamline, and organize the holiday all in one place. Suggested lists titles Include: Gifts, Budgets, Meal Planning, Holiday Cards, Events & Activities, Decorating, To-Do Lists and Where Did I Stash Those Gifts Lists. On the fifth day of Christmas.... Declutter and Spread Holiday Cheer to those In Need: Downsize and donate games, toys and Barbie's that your child has outgrown to allow room for this year's toys. This is a wonderful way to teach children at an early age a valuable lesson on compassion and the true meaning of the season. Clean out and donate gently used coats, boots, and warm clothing that you and your family have outgrown. This gesture will allow you to keep those in need warm this winter and allow you to receive a receipt just in time for an end of the year tax write off. On the sixth day of Christmas.... Decorating - Less Is More: Select only a few of your favorite decorations of the season to give your home a festive look. As you take out each decoration or ornament, ask yourself, "Does this really match my decor?" or "Does this hold any special meaning to me anymore?" Donate your unloved and gently used decorations to a shelter, neighbor in need, church, nursing home, etc. On the seventh day of Christmas.... Streamline the Greeting Card Process: Purchase Stamps Now! Create a portable tote filled with your list, cards, envelopes, stamps and pens and carry it with you. Complete your cards during lunch and coffee breaks, while waiting at the doctor's office or watching TV. Create a Christmas label address file on your computer for next year. On the eighth day of Christmas.... Time Saving Holiday Shopping Tips: The best types of clutter-free gifts are personalized and thoughtful gifts such as edibles and gift certificates to the movies, theatre, sport events,

manicures, and the zoo - the possibilities are endless. Don't forget to purchase small gifts for teachers, the mail carrier, paperboy, co-workers and unexpected company. Some gift ideas include restaurant gift certificates, candy, stationery or candles. On the ninth day of Christmas... Create a Wrapping Center: Your wrapping center should contain all the essentials needed to wrap at any given moment. Locate a corner of a room, a space in your closet or a container that you can slip underneath your bed to dedicate as your gift-wrap center. Gather all your wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbons, bows, tags, tape, scissors, pens and place keep them together in an extra drawer, a long container or an over the door pocket organizer in your dedicated space. Over the door organizers, allow you to quickly see what supplies you have on hand by allocating a pocket for scissors, ribbons, tape, tags, etc. On the tenth day of Christmas.... Holiday Meal Preparation Shortcuts: Leave the cooking to someone else by having Thanksgiving dinner at your favorite restaurant and then invite everyone back for coffee

Separate your meal-shopping list into perishables and nonperishables items. Check out your weekly flyers and with coupons in hand begin purchasing your non-perishables as soon as you see them go on sale. Keep a few extra frozen batches on hand for unexpected guests or for those last minute holiday bake sales. Plan out your table settings, decorations and serving pieces and double check to ensure you have an ample supply of tables, chairs, china, glasses and cooking pots and pans to avoid last minute surprises on the holiday. On the eleventh day of Christmas.... Create an Organized Room For Overnight Guests: Keep overnight guests happy by de-cluttering and cleaning a spare room or area around your couch. Keep the area organized

Page 11 by utilizing over the door clothes hooks and pockets, a basket filled with a towel for each guest as well as sample size shampoos, lotions & toothpaste, a decorative tray on the guest room bureau or the coffee table for your guests to place change, cell phones and jewelry, current magazines and alarm clock. Prepare a meal or two in advance such as a casserole, soup, lasagna or meatloaf that you can take out of the freezer and pop in the microwave or oven for a quick meal. On the twelve day of Christmas.... Take the Time For You And Enjoy the Season: Give yourself permission to live and enjoy the smells, sounds, feels and tastes that are unique to the holiday season. These are just a few of my favorite holiday organizing tips. I wish everyone a magical organized and stress-free holiday season. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! Professional Organizer, Debbie Tremblay, the "Organizing Genie" provides virtual and onsite organizing & coaching services to individuals who wish to simplify, organize and transform their personal and professional lives. To learn more, visit her website at: www.OrganizingGenie.com.

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Warrant Program BY DORIS J. DICKSON Since the inception of the Massachusetts Warrant Management System in 1994, Norwood has accumulated more than 1,200 outstanding warrants. If this were an accounting department, it would be perceived as a bookkeeping nightmare and someone would likely wave a magic wand, apply “charge offs,� and call it a day. However, this is law enforcement. Warrants do not disappear. Statutes of limitation do not apply. Warrants must be properly resolved and cleared. They do not even disappear at death. Courts must clear them and, apparently, communication between courts and local agencies is not always successful. When Chief Brooks took office earlier this year, one of the first things he did was ask his team for suggestions. Sergeant Elaine Kougias spoke up about the exten-

sive number of outstanding warrants and creation of the Warrant Unit began. Interested officers wrote letters of intent, completed applications, and participated in interviews. Officers selected for the unit include Patrolmen Dylan Haldiman, Timothy McDonagh, and Derek Wennerstrand. Next on the agenda was training. Since there is no pre-defined warrant training class, Chief Brooks, Sergeant Kougias, and Detective Sergeant Robert Rinn created and conducted one of their own. The course, conducted in September, included communicating unit expectations, search and seizure tactics, operational planning, and procedures. The unit’s first full month of operation was October; however, warrant recall statistics show a dramatic and progressive uptick from June when there were no recalls through the summer with July, Au-

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Living Healthy It’s Not Enough to be Thankful for Your Health BY CHRISTINE JOHNSTON, demonstrate an appreciation for ers, and great grandmothers, have the value of their health until they always known exactly what we OWNER, KOKO FITCLUB no longer have it. “When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot become manifest, strength cannot be exerted, wealth is useless, and reason is powerless.” - Herophilus, ancient Greek physician Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us. For many families across the United States, the holidays, and especially Thanksgiving, are a time to reflect on all for which we have been thankful over the past year. At the top of that list, for those fortunate enough to have it, is often our health. However, aside from these few times per year, most Americans do not

Whether or not we acknowledge it, we make choices every day that will significantly impact our health in the future. Sadly, choosing the inexpensive and convenient way today often comes at a far greater expense in the future - inability to work, hospital bills, and, too often, premature death. We need to invest in nutrition and fitness today in order to avoid or reduce an investment in healthcare in the future. I recently attended a Juice Plus+ Prevention Plus Lecture in Providence, Rhode Island where Dr. William Sears explained in very simple terms that our grandmoth-

need to do to maintain our health: run around and play outside and eat your fruits and vegetables. It really is that simple! In other words, make fitness and an active

lifestyle a lifetime commitment and focus on filling your plates with real food, especially fruits and vegetables. Unlike our grandmothers, we have a lot working against us, including environmental factors, processed foods, and

diminished growing standards for our produce. Combining these vices with the hectic pace of today’s world produces devastating results - more chronic disease, shorter life expectancies, and a national health care crisis. The bottom line is that we need to take responsibility for our own health; no one else can do it for us. Fortunately, in a world where so many things are working against us, Koko FitClub has made it simple, convenient, and hassle-free to exercise! Koko’s Smartraining System was specifically designed to overcome the typical obstacles to fitness success - I don’t have time; I don’t know what to do; I don’t like gyms; and I don’t have the money for a personal trainer.

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Living Healthy Keep Your Family Healthy Through The Holidays he holiday season is upon us once again, and with it comes the season's notoriously hectic pace. With crowded social calendars and the stress of holiday shopping, it's easy to feel overwhelmed once the

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ground for such germs, as is the nearby shopping mall filled with holiday shoppers. • Circulate indoor air. Stagnant air indoors can also increase the liklihood of cold and flu. Central heating can dry the body out and lead to dehydration, making it harder for the body to flush out poisons and germs during the winter months. The SANYO Air Washer Plus utilizes a 3-directional air flow system to maximize the flow of air, cleaning all areas of the room while increasing comfort levels. Unlike many air cleaners and purifiers that have just a single output, the Air Washer Plus has an upward stream, leftward stream and rightward stream to evenly circulate air throughout the room. • Get outdoors. Even if the weather outside is frightful, it can be beneficial to spend some time outdoors during the winter months. While it's best to obey the local weather authority and advisories, if there's no restrictions on

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Living Healthy Sports Injury Rehabilitation 101 CONTRIBUTED BY JOHN VACOVEC, OWNER AND THERAPIST OF PHYSICAL THERAPY AND SPORTS REHAB, INC. Injuries can occur in any sporting activity. Professional athletes in particular, are prone to injuries due to the excessive wear and tear associated with the demands of competitive sport. The right exercise program to maintain strength, flexibility and stability can help athletes recover quickly after an injury, empowering them to resume athletic activities.

Sports injuries, by definition, include injuries involving the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system includes the bones, tissues, muscles, and cartilage. Every injury is different and every person heals differently. The purpose of rehabilitation is to help the injured tissues recover in a controlled and supervised manner. It takes time for an injury to heal, and it's best to seek the guidance of an experienced physical therapist during this time. The therapist can design a safe and effective recovery program specifically geared towards the

individual's abilities. A physical therapist can identify the cause of the injury, create a treatment plan and also teach preventative measures of further injury in the future. Some of the most common sports injuries include sprains, strains, shin splints and knee injuries. If you or someone you know is injured, schedule an evaluation with a physical therapist as soon as possible. Physical Therapy - The Right Choice A physical therapist is a healthcare professional with extensive training in the musculoskeletal system. The therapist can work closely with athletes to assess muscle imbalance, range of motion and functional requirements of that particular sport. For example, a baseball pitcher may need a shoulder stabilization program; while a basketball player may need a speed and plyometric (explosive strength) training program. The physical therapist can evaluate, identify, and plan a sport-specific injury prevention and (once the injury is treated), an athletic performance program that can help the athlete regain full potential. As part of the therapy program, therapists teach stretches and exercises; often using special equip-

a physical therapist. In fact, you don't have to wait till you are injured, because a physical therapist can help an athlete improve performance and minimize injury. A preventive, proactive approach is likely to help athletes even more. Don't wait till someone gets injured. There is a lot that a physical therapist can do. A physical therapist will design the right program and get you great results, whether it's athletic enhancement or recov-

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Survey Finds Men and Women are Divided on Questions and Concerns as 2012 Comes to a Close BY DENNIS B. SULLIVAN, ESQ., CPA, LLM & THE ESTATE PLANNING & ASSET PROTECTION LAW CENTER

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High School Concession Stand Indefinitely Postponed BY DORIS J. DICKSON A stunner occurred late into the second night of the fall Town Meeting (after the lengthy Strong Chief debate). What was anticipated to be a simple authorization of transferring funds to pay for an architect for the much debated concession stand, turned the room silent.

Finance Commission Chair Judith Langone announced “they can’t do it (the concession stand) for $250,000” and that it would cost more on the order of $500 to $750,000, due to issues such as the mandated number of men’s and women’s restrooms. Therefore, she called for an indefinite postponement of the issue, which was carried by the members.


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Photos From Norwood High School Students Children Trickor-Treating in Norwood

The Norwood Local Town Pages is proud to announce a partnership between students at Norwood High School and the paper. Several photography students are taking photos of activities in the high school and around town with assistance from Photography Teacher, Ms. Mullaney. Several other students are writing articles about activities they attend or participate in with the assistance of Staff Writer, Doris Dickson. We are looking to expand participation to other students. For more information, please speak to Ms. Elizabeth Mullaney or Ms. Theresa Drummey in the English Department. Your name and contact information will be forwarded to Ms. Dickson who is coordinating the effort.

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Regina Noonan of Austin Street said, “We do not drive through South Norwood; we maneuver” and “there is no respite on weekends.” She also cited South Norwood as a vital ambulance route, that “parking is at a premium,” that building of the rink will inhibit any necessary Coakley expansion and that we will lose green space.

Two Meeting Members Vote for Rink Traffic Study to Proceed BY DORIS J. DICKSON Though, technically, there has been no definitive site chosen to build a state-funded $5.659 million DCR hockey rink, on the first night of the fall Town Meeting, members voted to use the $45,000 donated by the RINC Committee towards a traffic study. Miss Bailey of District 6 attempted to amend the Selectman’s motion

stating that no money should be spent on the traffic study until a site study is conducted. (That amendment ultimately failed.) Bill Naumann’s 23-minute presentation described the history of the quest to build a hockey rink in Norwood and why the RINC (Recreation in Norwood Committee) feels no site other than the Coakley Middle School is viable.

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Prior to the Town Meeting, the Board of Selectman opted to set up a committee to study the site options. However, at a recent Selectman’s meeting, Selectwoman Donahue attempt to ensure that a South Norwood resident sit on the site study committee but her idea was defeated. Instead, former South Norwood resident and Selectman Allan Howard was chosen, since Mrs. Donahue will be out of the country for the pertinent period. At the same meeting, Town Manager, John Carroll volunteered to Chair the committee saying that he could keep the committee moving along. Many residents spoke against using the Coakley Middle School as the site of the rink. Dale Day of St. James Ave. collected 300 signatures against building the rink in the “very congested area.” Mark Barry of Washington Street, said, “Not at this location.” “Traffic is out of control” without the hockey rink. He assisted Mr. Day with signature collection in the “immediate impact area.”

Judith Howard of District 3 said there is “neither a strategic plan or common sense.” “We don’t even have a baseball field at the high school.” She also questioned whether studies commissioned by the Selectman will be “unbiased” with Mike Reilly of District 1 adding, “They should do everything they can to get independent studies.” Mr. Morrison of District 1 asked if the process will come back to town meeting for other votes. Mr. Carroll said they will have to come before members for a land swap. Mr. Flynn said the grant does not require members to vote on its acceptance, that it is up to the Selectman to spend the money. Mr. Morrison responded that he does not “want it to be left up to the Se-

lectman on the whole shebang.” Mr. Lyons insured the Site Committee meetings will be open to the public. Discussion also ensued regarding access by other town’s to the rink with the RINC Committee already stating they need the full (hourly) market price rate from other towns to offset expenses. They also stated there are 400 children in town who play hockey and that they anticipate a profit of approximately $67,000/year on the rink. No specifics regarding the estimated profit were discussed. However, there was discussion over who will run the rink – a nonprofit or the town – with the RINC giving preference to a non-profit as a few other towns have done. There was no discussion regarding that cost. There was a conflict over the anticipated months of operation and, thus, the amount of overlap with other sports, the use of the already overflowing parking lots and the use of the Hawes parking lot for the proposed rink as well as an additional 144 spaces. In the end, after almost two hours of presentations and debate, with a show of hands the motion passed.

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*Remember to inform your guests of any special dietary restrictions your pet(s) may have and that they know the rules *Keep in mind large crowds can be scary to your pet(s). If you are having company over, and you have a nervous pet, make sure to give them a secure sanctuary of their own with water and a quiet place to hide. Remember to monitor the traffic coming in and out of your home as nervous pets may take advantage of an open door to escape.

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Tax Deductible Donations and what to Consider!!! Bay State Animal Cooperative, Inc. and other recognized 501(c)-3 organizations rely on charitable donations from the public to stay afloat. We wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to those of you who have already donated to our worth while organization while also taking the time to educate all of you on what to look for when donating to organizations.

trators of the organization is given. For example; did you know that the Humane Society of the United States raised $148.7 million dollars in donations while paying salaries, benefits and pension contributions of $38.8 million, approximately 26% of the total income to their 20 vice presidents? You can go to their website for a copy of their 2010 990 tax return confirming this data.

Please take the time to look at the organizations 990 tax return which is public record. In these returns the compensation paid to the adminis-

The point is this; animals in our communities need direct assistance now. Our communities need basic spay/neuter assistance, and many

Meet Some of Our Cats Sabbath and Tyson: Sabbath reminds us of a panda bear. He, along with 4 other cats, was surrendered by their owner who had to move. This is a very common situation as the pets are the last thing considered when it comes time to move to a new location. Mia and her kittens Mia is a very loving and affectionate adult white and tiger mix shorthaired cat who was surrendered by her owner as she could no longer care for her. At the time she was days from giving birth. On September 30th she gave birth to 5 kittens who are also seeking their forever homes. Each kitten is as curious as any other kitten and is ready to make a new home theirs. These kittens will be in our adoption centers in December for adoption.

caretakers and families in need seek food, and supplies for their pets in difficult times. In addition, many large communities desperately need education programs to inform irresponsible pet owners of the proper means to care for their four-legged pets. Local groups like ours need the funding to provide these resources to the community and truly make an impact on pet overpopulation. Please consider this when you donate to what appear to be well established groups and take the time to review their administrative expenses. Just because they are large, and pull at your heart-strings through very expensive ads and commercials does not mean they contribute directly and effectively to the huge animal overpopulation and animal abuse issues we see and hear about every day. Many executives of large animal welfare organizations make more than the President of the United States, while groups like BSAC, Inc. continue to assist animals and their people without any salaries. Period.

Sabbath is timid but extremely sweet and affectionate. He LOVES his brother Tyson and ideally they should be adopted together. They are very happy with other cats and are very gentle so understanding kids would be welcomed by them. Tyson is extra cute and very curious but surely is comforted by his brother Sabbath. He too loves other cats and enjoys a good petting. If you are interested in adopting any of our animals please visit www.baystateanimals.org and complete and email our adoption application. This non-commitment application gets the ball rolling. We have cats at PetsMart in Walpole and DONATION ITEM OF THE MONTH: We are still seeking monies for the purchase of a much needed micro-chip reader so we can actively pursue micro-chipping cats in the future as part of the adoption process or as an offer to current pet owners to assist with finding missing pets. Please consider donating to this item for the holidays! Thank you in advance. Send donation to: BSAC-Micro-chip Reader, 47 Windsor Rd., Norwood, Mass. 02062 SANTA PHOTO EVENTS We are still seeking a few more volunteers to assist in our Santa Photo Fundraising Days at PetsMart and Petco stores throughout the month of December. Interested individuals can contact us at info@baystateanimals.org Current Wish List: • Small investments- (for adoption center)

Consider these two awesome brothers who reside at our Petco Adoption Center in Norwood. Brockton and Petco in Norwood along with others in foster care. We discourage gifts of animals for the Holidays but will entertain inviting a new pet into the family during the holiday season as a family decision.

• Kitten collars and cat collars are needed for all cats in the adoption center • Paper Towels • Hand Soap Liquid Refill • Small Paper Plates • Tall kitchen garbage bags Feel free to drop off at the Petco Adoption Center labeled for BSAC, with receipts Professional Volunteers are desperately needed to further our endeavors • Fundraising Professionals • Advertising Professionals • Database Professionals • Carpenters and Handy-persons Please consider donating your time and skills Email us: info@baystateanimals.org Learn more about us at www.baystateanimals.org

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Santa and Pet/Family Photo Day at Dirty Dawg to be held December 16 Pets and people are invited to Norwood’s Dirty Dawg Wash at 1 Wilson Street (corner of Route 1A) for Santa Pet/Family Photo Day on Sunday, December 16, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, to get a 2012 holiday memento – a 4 X 6 photo, for a $10 donation. Digital copies will also be available. Dog nail trimming will also be offered for $10. All proceeds will benefit Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog, a non-profit organization that supports Massachusetts Police Dogs. “We’re honored to be the recipient of Dirty Dawg Wash’s Santa Pet Photo Day,” said Kathy Hinds, President of Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog. “We look forward to seeing you bring your beloved pets to capture an extra-special holiday memory in a great photograph. It’s a joy to watch families pose their 4-legged family members and then tease them with a favorite toy, motion or sound, to get their pets to look in the right direction for a great photo op! Sometimes it’s just the pets, sometimes it’s with one or more family members. There���s always lots of smiles – of people and pets!” Volunteers from Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog will be available at the Santa Pet Photo event to talk about their organization and will also offer 2013 calendars featuring Massachusetts police dogs, logo Tshirts, hats, travel mugs, window decals and dog tag gift sets, perfect for holiday gifts.

Santa poses with a German Shepherd, after listening for the pup’s holiday wish list!

Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog, Inc. is all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization, helping provide bulletproof K-9 vests, essential equipment, training & dogs. Since 2000, because of generous support from donors and tireless volunteer efforts they’ve provided over 320 bulletproof K-9 vests, as well as over $35,000 in grants for equipment, funding for a K9 training conference and to purchase dogs, in law enforcement agencies across Massachusetts. Donations may be sent directly to Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog, Inc, PO BOX 48 Walpole MA 02081. For more information, please call 508668-7149 or visit www.mavestadog.org

Pet Photos with Santa SUNDAY, DEC. 16 11:00AM-3:00PM $10.00 Donation for each 4x6 picture

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Out and About Censored Clause Dear Santa, Hope you and the Mrs. are doing well. Thanks for all of last year’s gifts-the kiddies really enjoyed them. I know it’s been a year Santa, and I’m really sorry that I haven’t written, but with school and the kids and everything, well, it gets kinda crazy around here as you well know. Speaking of crazy, I’d like to apologize for anti-smoking advocate Pamela McColl and her peeps for tweaking, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to make it politically correct. According to McColl (and unbeknownst to me and millions of other parents) your pipe smoking encourages kiddies and teens to smoke. Smoke what-I don’t know. Oh, and the kiddies are worried about you and your smoking habit. So, McColl and company made you quit in their new smoke free, politically correct version of "Twas." This new book is pipestump free. Whew. I know, I for one will sleep better on Christmas Eve knowing you won’t potentially burn my house down now that the once

burning pipe embers, along with certain people’s common sense, has been snuffed out. Speaking of which, you do know that technically on Christmas Eve you are breaking and entering into people’s houses in order to give the kiddies a year full of fun. Hmm, McColl must’ve missed that little factoid. I hope my kids don’t grow up to be burglars because of your past history of “B and E’s” Listen, Kris, I’ve noticed you’ve put on a few pounds this year. Don’t get me wrong, I have to and I’m not judging, but if McColl is to be really politically correct, maybe :Twas" should show a skinny Santa. Or one in which you hit the gym before piling toys into the sleigh. I know the Mrs. is a great cook and, I’ve heard her saying, “Eat Papa eat, no one likes a skinny Santa!” on more than one Christmas show. But maybe it’s time you put down the plate of cookies and picked up Pilates. Just saying. And that suit of yours-is the trim real fur or faux? I ask because, well you know the PETA people and I wouldn’t want little Johnny to go out and club a seal because you are such a bad influence. In lieu of your usual red fur trimmed suit, maybe this year to appease the politically correct like

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everyone else seems to be doing, you should wear something more appropriate. How about slacks and a short sleeved shirt? One that shows off your new buff biceps and your nicotine patch. As for me and my family, Santa, Christmas Eve will be spent in the traditional way; snuggling up to the two hundred year old classic, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” (not reading a holiday-inspired tweaked out politically correct version of what was once a classic tale), followed by putting out cookies (made with butter, eggs, and sugar) in lieu of carb-less, free fat free tasteless treats. When the last of the Fitzgerald clan is tucked in, to dream of sugar plums (not sugar free, fat free ones), the hubby and I will wait for you and your reindeer to arrive. My favorite part of the whole year!

And I know you can’t give me back the figure I used to have, but maybe you and I can get a discount on a gym membership? We could both stand to lose a few pounds. Can you try and bring all our troops home safely? And world peace is always a great gift for everyone. As always Big Guy, thanks for everything you do. And all in one night! When this year’s done, you and the Missus should go on a well-

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only in the first group, but the very first one to tee off,” Sullivan said. “There was 30 kids there to try out and watched me as I teed off. I had never been put into that type of situation before; I was excited and nervous at the same time and over hit my shot.”

Captain Tim Sullivan A Great Leader for Norwood High School Golf Team BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY Norwood’s Tim Sullivan picked up his first golf club around the age of 10 when his father and uncles introduced him to the greens in New Hampshire, however, it was another four years before he really started to get interested in the sport.

When all was said and done Sullivan was ranked 15th out of the 30 kids looking to make the high school team, luckily the coach was adding 16 golfers to his squad. The coach told Sullivan that he had an athletic swing and just needed to fine tune it.

“I really started to get into it in the seventh grade when I realized that I was getting better,” Sullivan said. “But it really hit me when I started watching golf on TV and thought wow, I can actually make money doing this.” In addition to teeing off for the Mustangs, Sullivan also played basketball his sophomore season and is hoping to dig out those basketball sneakers this winter. Having attended BC High his freshman year of high school, Sullivan transferred to Norwood where he decided to go out for the

golf team. Although he thought he had a shot of making the team, what came about next was not what he expected. “My father had come to the tryouts with me and when we got there I found out that I was not

Being named to the practice team, Sullivan was not allowed to travel with the varsity team and could only play in the junior varsity home games. Following that sophomore season, Sullivan got junior membership at Brook Meadow Country Club in Canton and worked extremely hard at improving his game three or four times a week. All his hard work paid off and he was named to the varsity team his junior season. That junior season Sullivan fin-

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ished the year as Norwood’s sixth golfer shooting an average of 42 or 43. Sullivan was overly pleased with his first varsity season, but was totally caught off guard at the varsity banquet. “When I was voted the most improved golfer at the banquet I was surprised,” Sullivan said. “Then they named me captain for this year and I knew that I needed to move up in the rankings as well and lead my team. After being third for most of this season, I finished second shooting a 41.5.” First year Coach Jim Sweeney was impressed with the way Sullivan not only handled himself on the course, but what he brought to the younger players on the team. “Of any sport that I’ve coached Tim had the best attitude I’ve ever seen, Sweeney said. "If he has a bad shot, he just shrugs it off and keeps going. The younger kids really took notice of that. What he did in terms of a leadership standpoint was unbelievable; the kids followed his lead. He was basically an extension of myself on the course. It is going to be very tough to top for whomever follows in his shoes.”

“I may not have been as consistent as I was last year but I felt I became more of a team player concentrating on making my teammates better for the future of Norwood golf,” Sullivan said. “A captain is not necessarily the best player on the team, but a leader that sets a precedent.” With his high school golf career all but behind him, Sullivan is looking forward to working with some of the younger golfers next summer to help improve their game before he heads off to college. At this point he’s hoping to get accepted to Providence College where he’ll major in Marketing and Economics, while joining the club team.

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team,” the coach said. “The kids started out really strong posting best times, which left me to believe that they were peaking too soon, but they continued to push one another throughout the season. On paper there were a lot of teams we shouldn’t have beaten, but the senior captains did a great job of getting the team prepared.” Leading the charge in the pool was Patricia Lee, who was an impressive 28-0 on the year in dual meets swimming in numerous events, including the 200 yard freestyle and the 100 yard backstroke. “Patricia’s strongest events were the freestyle and backstroke, but she was willing to do whatever we asked of her in order to win,” Goodwin said. “A lot of times we’d match up all the other swimmers to be competitive and then inserted Patricia. Lee also swam in the 200 and 400 yard freestyle relays along with Charlotte Rivard, Meaghan Shaughnessy and Evelyn Metta. Rivard, Marguerite Lee, Alexandra and Evelyn Metta swam the 200 medley relay. For the boys Eddie Hernon, Nick Gaetani, Anthony Rodriguez and Jim Conley established all sorts of new Records for Norwood at the first fall MIAA Sectional Boy’s Championships as well as capturing the victory decisively over the other teams. Norwood finished with 283 points to second place Walpole’s 97.

The quartette not only grabbed victories in the 200 and 400 freestyle relay, but each also captured a win in an individual event. Conley took the 200 yard freestyle as well as second in the 500 yard freestyle; Hernon, the 50 yard freestyle and the 100 breaststroke; Gaetani grabbed the win in the 100 yard freestyle while finishing second in the 200 yard freestyle and Rodriguez was first in the 100 yard butterfly. Kristen Folan and Mackenzie Begley helped make diving relevant at Norwood High School this fall. “Diving was intimidating and no one wanted to take it on. I recruited some gymnasts, like Kristen as their abilities a very similar and with her success came more girls,” Goodwin said. “Historically we’ve been a weak team in regards to diving – we were giving up a lot of points by having either no divers of inexperienced divers in the past, Kristen and Mackenzie have changed that.” Five Norwood athletes were named to the 2012 Bay State Conference All Star team. In addition to Lee being the only female, Conley, Hernon, Rodriguez and Gaetani were all granted all star status. Although the Mustangs were able to secure a fifth straight winning season, Goodwin is looking forward to next year, as the squad will be returning a large number of juniors.

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Race day registration is available. For more information, visit greaternorwoodrunningclub.org. December 2 Pet Photos with Santa Petco, Route 1, Norwood, 2-3:30 p.m. Bring your pet to Petco or Petsmart and get a holiday keepsake of your pet with Santa! All or partial proceeds will be donated to the Bay State Animal Cooperative. Cost is $8,95. Musical Sundays: The Nutcracker-Recital & Lecture Morrill Memorial Library, 3-4 p.m. The Musical Sundays Series presents a lecture and recital by classical pianist/composer Alfred Watson, who will perform selections from the music of The Nutcracker Suite. He will also tell the story of each scene and explain how the original ballet was created as well as what Tchaikovsky experienced while composing this enduring masterpiece. Sign up for this free concert at the reference or information Desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222. December 3 Fiction 2 Film: David Auburn's play "Proof" Morrill Memorial Library 6:30-9 p.m. The five-part Fiction 2 Film Series continues with David Auburn's play Proof. A brief discussion will begin or follow the screening of the film. Your viewing will be enhanced by reading the fiction before we see the film. Please call the library if you need help reserving a copy of the book from the Minuteman Library Network catalog. Please register at either the reference or information desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222. December 4 Getting Paid to Talk Norwood Civic Center, 6:30-9 p.m. Have you ever been told you have a great voice? This class will explore all aspects of voice-over work for television, film, radio, audio books, documentaries and the internet. All basics will be covered and participants will have a chance to record a commercial script un the direction of a producer. $35 residents/$45 non residents. December 5 Learn How To Download Library E-Books Morrill Memorial Library, 7-9 p.m. Learn how to reserve and check out titles from the library to read on your eReader or tablet, which you should bring to the class. Brian will also introduce you to our eBook catalog, explain eBook formats, and answer questions about your device. Please

Calendar make sure you know how to log in to your account at https://library.minlib.net/patroninfo. Class size is limited to 15. Sign up at the library reference or information desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222. December 7 Parents Night Out Norwood Civic Center 6:15-9:15 p.m. Parents can go out for an evening while children take part in games, crafts, BINGO, a holiday movie and more! A pizza dinner and juice is provided. Register at the Civic Center. $10 per child. December 8 Free Photos with Santa Norwood Bank, 11 Central St. 9 a.m.-12 noon Bring the kids by Norwood Bank for a free picture with Santa Claus. Refreshments, crafts and other fun kid's activities will also be on hand. Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra Norwood Theatre, 109 Central St. 8 p.m. The URO is a Boston-based group of 12 singers and instrumentalists who—for close to a decade—have been committed to bringing the best of classic rock to life for those who’ve never had a chance to hear it live, and those wanting to relive the heyday of Epic Rock. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit norwoodstage.com or at the box office, M-F, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. December 9 Annual Norwood Holiday House Tour Day House, 93 Day St., 2-6 p.m. Behold the ornamentation of a traditional Victorian Christmas at the Day House and receive a list of the addresses on the self-guided tour which includes many vintage and/or remodeled properties and the newly renovated Norwood Theatre. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Norwood Civic Center, Babel's Paint and Decorating, 23 Cottage St. or by calling 781-724-8883. Pet Photos with Santa Petco, Route 1, Norwood 2-3:30 p.m. Bring your pet to Petco or Petsmart and get a holiday keepsake of your pet with Santa! All or partial proceeds will be donated to the Bay State Animal Cooperative. Cost is $8,95.

December 10 Connecting Through Social Networking Morrill Memorial Library, 7-9 p.m. Find out how to build and benefit from social networks, allowing you to stay connected in today's world. The workshop will review Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin and help you learn how to expand your network to achieve personal and professional growth. Sign up for this program at the library reference or information desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222. December 11 Norwood Retired Men's Club Meeting Norwood Elks, 193 Dean St., 10 a.m. Voting for new officers and board members to run the organization in 2013 and 2014 will be held at this meeting. Members do not have to be a Norwood resident to join, just be 60 or over, and be retired or semi retired. No need to call ahead; just show up and walk in and someone will be greeting new members. December 12 Let's Get Moving Gymnastics Academy of Boston 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. For children 2.9-5 years of age. Event is free of charge. To register, call 781-440-5983 or email ctomasello@norwood.k12.ma.us. December 13 Free Workshop: Estate Planning Essentials & Planning for LongTerm Care Linda K. Fisher, Esq., 500 Chapman St., Canton, 7 p.m. Learn more about estate planning and preparing for long-term care from Norwood native Linda Fisher at a free workshop at her Canton office. For more information or for a FREE consultation, call 781-8218800. Let's Get Moving Gymnastics Academy of Boston 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. For children 2.9-5 years of age. Event is free of charge. To register, call 781-440-5983 or email ctomasello@norwood.k12.ma.us. December 14 Middle School Dance Norwood Civic Center, 7-9:30 p.m. Norwood middle schoolers will dance the night away with friends to the latest music. Soft drinks will be available to purchase though S.A.A.D. Norwood ID must be presented at the door to enter. $5 per person. One time admittance only. December 15 Holiday Variety Show Norwood Theatre, 109 Central St. 7 p.m. The evening will be filled with fes-

Page 27 tive songs and stories of the winter season with Rick Adam's holiday vaudeville extravaganza and later, the acclaimed North Shore Acappella will take the stage singing holiday favorites from classic carols to pop hits. $25/ adults and $20/ children and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, weekdays 10 a.m.-12 noon and 3-5 p.m., by phone at 781551-9000, x202 or online at norwoodstage.com. December 16 Santa & Pet/Family Photo Day Dirty Dawg Wash, 1 Wilson St. (across from Hannifords) 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Pets and people are invited to the Dirty Dawg Wash to create a 2012 holiday memento-a 4 x 6 photo with Santa! Digital copies will also be available. A $10 donation will go towards Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog, a non-profit organization that supports Massachusetts police dogs. Dog nail trimming will also be available for $10. Pet Photos with Santa Petco, Route 1, Norwood 2-3:30 p.m. Bring your pet to Petco or Petsmart and get a holiday keepsake of your pet with Santa! All or partial proceeds will be donated to the Bay State Animal Cooperative. Cost is $8,95. December 17 Together Yes Film Series: Screening of Bat It: Is Your Life Too Plastic? Morrill Memorial Library, 7-9 p.m. The organization Together Yes, dedicated to sustainable living, will present a screening and brief discussion of the documentary Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?, the fourth and final segment of their fall film series. Sign up for this evening event at the library reference or information desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222. December 18 Festivals of Light: Music with Miss Tina, 10-10:45 a.m. Holiday celebrations include singing, dancing and learning about cultures and customs around the world. To register, call 781-440-5983 or email ctomasello@norwood.k12.ma.us. December 20 Judging for Norwood's Holiday House Decorating Contest Norwood neighborhoods Tonight is the night the judges will be out to crown the 2012 best and brightest holiday house in Norwood! The criteria includes overall decoration, arrangement, theme and originality. Register your house by

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Wednesday, December 19 to enter. Norwood residents. $5 per house. December 21 Bay State Animal Cooperative Wrapping Fundraiser Barnes & Noble, Walpole Mall 5-9 p.m. BSAC volunteers will be at Barnes & Noble wrapping gifts for a donation for items purchased at the store. Save B&N for your last stop on your Christmas list, get your gifts purchased before you leave the store and help a worthy cause! December 22 Bay State Animal Cooperative Wrapping Fundraiser Barnes & Noble, Walpole Mall 9 a.m.-1 p.m. BSAC volunteers will be at Barnes & Noble wrapping gifts for a donation for items purchased at the store. Save B&N for your last stop on your Christmas list, get your gifts purchased before you leave the store and help a worthy cause! Holiday Performance: Ornament Norwood Theatre, 109 Central St. 8 p.m. Ornament, an 11-piece orchestra as a tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will perform their musical

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The “Fiction 2 Film” series, held at the Morrill Memorial Library on the first Monday of the month, continues on December 3 at 6:30 p.m. with David Auburn’s awardwinning play “Proof.” We recommend reading the play in advance, which we will talk about briefly before we watch the film.

Come to a free information session at the Morrill Memorial Library on Monday, December 10 at 7 p.m. to learn how to build and leverage your social networks to stay connected in today’s interconnected world. Sandra Coswatte, Social Networking Consultant and Institute Manager at the Sloan Consortium, will talk about how you can use Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to help you

“Proof,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins and Jake Gyllenhaal, is based on the play by American playwright David Auburn. It premiered on Broadway in October, 2000 and won the Drama Desk Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Tony Award for Best Play.

grow your personal or professional network. Sign up for this valuable program at the library Reference or Information Desk or call 781769-0200, x110 or 222. The library is accessible to the physically challenged.

The remaining titles in the series are Thornton Wilder’s “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” (Jan. 7),

Oscar Wilde’s play “An Ideal Husband” (Feb. 4), and Rex Pickett’s “Sideways” (Mar. 4). Please sign up for any or all of these “fiction to film” evenings at the library Reference or Information Desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222.

Funding for the movie license that allows us to show these films is provided by the Friends of the Library. The complimentary popcorn is courtesy of Regal Cinemas in Bellingham. The library is accessible to the physically challenged.

Documentary “Bag It” at Library “Bag It” has won awards at film festivals across the nation. Together Yes, the organization promoting sustainability, will present a free screening of this eye-opening documentary at the Morrill Memorial Library on Monday, December 17 at 7 p.m. When an average guy makes a resolution to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store, he discovers his life is never the same.

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