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The tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT has touched each of us in very different ways. Perhaps you are feeling sad for those who died and their families, proud of the heroes who emerged or confused at the unspeakable violence. Now is a time for reflection and peace as we celebrate the holidays and look ahead to 2013. We have witnessed the Newtown community rise up and join together in healing and we hope the town of Norfolk can also find peace within our own community.

Tina Addison to Be Featured in One-Woman Art Show at Grange Hall By J.D. O’Gara The Norfolk Grange was given a permit for occupancy on December 5th, and one of the first events that will be held will be a one-woman art show on January 5th and 6th, from 1-8 p.m., featuring watercolorist Tina Addison, who will also be selling and signing copies of her new vegetarian cookbook, Good Food for Everyone. Profits from the book will be donated to the Norfolk Food Pantry. Norfolk Grange #135 is located at 28 Rockwood Road (Rte. 115) in Norfolk.

The Norfolk Community League has donated 26 LED candles to stand in place for 26 days, (which began on December 26th) as a tribute to recognize and remember all who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy. We hope that when you drive or walk by the candles, you will find a source of strength during the days ahead.

“I am a nurse by trade, and an artist and gardener by love,” says Addison, who admits to having the energy to go “in a hundred different directions.” Her art show and book signing, she says is a culmination of what she has been doing for the last five years.

From our community to your family, we wish you peace and happiness.

To begin with, Addison, who enjoys doing various crafts, teaches watercolor at the Norfolk Senior Center.

Sincerely, The Norfolk Community League

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“Payment for class is that people bring food for the food pantry,” she says. Addison prefers watercolor as a medium, she says, because, “I find them very challenging and

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expressive.” She has used watercolors for about 15 years, beginning by taking local lessons and moving on to more challenge courses at Rhode Island School of Art & Design (RISD). Addison’s artwork will be displayed at the Grange Hall, but it is also evident on the cover and in the pages of her book. That, too, she says, was a labor of love. “It’s a very beautiful cookbook, put together by a graphic designer and lifelong friend of mine,” says Addison. “It has my artwork in it.”

Tina Addison’s Good Food for Everyone takes traditional recipes and makes them into vegetarian classics. Proceeds from cookbook sales benefit Norfolk Food Pantry.

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Addison felt strongly about taking traditional family recipes and presenting them, vegetarian style.

“A lot of friends and family have contributed to the book,” she says. She notes how heartbroken she was, during a move, when she misplaced old recipes handed down from her mother and grandmother. After that, she says, she entered the recipes into her computer, to back them up. This was how her cookbook grew. She later enlisted the help of friends and some college students to help put it together. The cookbook also contains personal stories of Addison’s growing up on a farm, of her mother, who passed when she was 10, of stories of growing up on the farm, she says, and her favorite recipes of wonderful people in her life. Addison, who says she and her husband are both vegetarian, and

Tina Addison spreads the message of healthy eating in everything she does. The artist offers watercolor painting for seniors for the cost of food pantry donations, and now her art will be featured in a one-woman show at the Norfolk Grange Hall on January 5th and 6th. Copies of Addison’s vegetarian cookbook will be available, with proceeds supporting the Norfolk Food Pantry.

that she doesn’t “eat anything that has a mother or father,” actually chose to be a vegetarian because she “didn’t want to eat what the animals were eating. I personally am not against the use of animals for food, I don’t like it, I don’t do it, but I’m not against that. What I am for is good nutrition,” says Addison. “I think that nonprocessed, healthy foods can help us with Diabetes and Hypertension,” conditions Addison believes are springboards for major illnesses.

Addison feels so strongly about sharing good, plant based nutrition that she spearheaded an effort to grow a garden for the Norfolk Food Pantry two years ago, on the town-owned land that was Gump’s Farm. “I had 15 volunteer farmers, and the garden was about 100x100 feet,” says Addison. “We grew over 2,000 lbs. for the food pantry.” In fact, the group grew so much, they had to share the vegetables with the Franklin Food Pantry as well.


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This past year, says Addison, she wasn’t able to head up a garden on the Gumps land, because of construction. She took the effort over to MCI Norfolk, where she gardened with some of the inmates, who already produced food for the facility. “They have a team of about eight inmates that produce food for the 1,500 inmates,” says Addison, who had expected to go into the project teaching the inmates about gardening and says she came out having learned from them.

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Norfolk Santa Parade Thanks The Norfolk Lions would like to thank the Norfolk Recreation Department, the King Philip Regional High School Band, the singing group Inspiration, the H. Olive Day Chorus, the Norfolk Scouts and the Norfolk Fire, Police and Highway Departments for another successful Santa Parade! The December 2nd parade started at Hillcrest Village where Santa handed out cookies and goodies while the residents were treated to songs and music. Santa

also gave out hugs while his elves expressed their well wishes.

other job well done. We hope to see you all again at next year’s parade.

Santa and his elves then proceeded in a fire truck along Route 115, through the center of town and ending at the Norfolk library. Frosty the Snowman, the Grinch and Buddy The Elf all added to the festivities. Residents enjoyed free refreshments at the library while over 150 children had pictures taken with Santa! Thank you Santa and all participating groups for an-

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Millis Crossing Guard Hit by Car On Tuesday, December 18th, Michelle Ryan, of Millis was hit by a car while working at her part-time job as a crossing guard for the town. (Ryan is a full-time EMT, as well, and was actually filling in for a co-worker at the time of the accident.) The accident left the single mother of five (two young adults, one college student and two children in Middle School) with a broken tibia and fibia and the need to undergo surgery on the 19th to insert a rod in her leg in addition to her fractured pelvis and other injuries. Ryan’s recovery will take a long time, and the effort will leave her out of work for some time. A fundraising page at under the name “Michelle Ryan Fundraiser” has been posted to help her with the expenses she will incur from not only her medical bills, but her loss of income during her recovery.

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KP's Joe Johnston Shows Talent as Safety-Turned-Running Back By ChristOPher tremBLay It was a breakout year for the King Philip record books, but one Joe Johnston remembers for the lone blemish on the Warriors' record. The junior safety turned running back opened eyes throughout the Hockomock League this past fall, rushing for close to 1,400 yards scoring 18 rushing and one receiving touchdown, while adding a couple of 2point conversions. However, despite being named to the Hockomock League All Star team, it was the lone loss to Mansfield on King Philip’s 10-1 season that sticks out in Johnston’s mind. “The biggest thing with this program is all the athletes that came before us, the ones who elevated KP to this standard. They’re the ones that turned this program around, and it’s our challenge to keep it going, continue the KP legacy,” Johnston said. “As good as they were, they never had success with Mansfield. It’s been 10, 11, 12 years since a King Philip team last defeated Mansfield, to do so would be huge. This year, we were so close.” As a sophomore last fall under KP Coach Brian Lee, Johnston saw most of his time on defense as the team’s strong safety, while occasionally seeing some playing time as a wide receiver when the team went into a spread offense. Coming into camp this year, things looked to be pretty much the same. “I knew that I’d be playing defense again, with maybe a little wide receiver,” the newfound running back said. “I never really thought about running back until Coach Tom Cochrane thought that I should give it a try. I owe it all to him, if not for him I would have never been a running back.” Cochrane saw Johnson as a big, quick athlete that could easily make the transition into the team’s feature back. Johnston took his coach's advice and literally made a name for himself carrying the

pigskin for the Warriors. While the junior was able to scorch many a Hockomock League foe with his running ability, things didn’t start out that way. According to Johnston, during the team’s first few scrimmages, he was just bad with no success at all. Luckily, he didn’t give up. “Without a doubt, he was the biggest surprise this year. Prior to the season beginning, he wasn’t even on our radar as a tailback,” Coach Lee said. “We got a lot of mileage out of him, and he became our main back. If our other backs had performed like we thought they would, we may have never gone to him.” Following last year’s campaign, one in which the Warriors captured their first Hockomock League Championship, Johnston not only focused on getting bigger and stronger, he literally had a growth spurt, leaving him at 6-0 and 190 pounds coming into this season. Moving into the feature back position was something he was unsure of at first. “It was a spontaneous thing that just happened. I knew that I didn’t have the speed of Charles (Ruffin, KP’s talented back from a year ago) and wasn’t going to break any 40 or 50 yard runs,” Johnston said. “My main objective as a running back was that I didn’t want to get tackled.”

ball for the Warriors, where does the junior see his future come next fall? “That’s tough, as defense has been what I have always played. I have more experience and a connection with the position. Not to mention, there is so much pride with our defensive group,” Johnston said. “I prefer to be a running back, because of all the glory, but defense has always been there for me – it’s where I started my football career.” As a football-only athlete, Johnston is already hard at work trying to make himself that much better for his senior campaign. He would like nothing better than to leave King Philip with a Super Bowl win while having fun doing it, but deep down inside he wants to break the curse to Mansfield and hand the Hornets a loss. “Those before us couldn’t do it, and if we can knock them off, that would be huge for the King Philip program,” he said.


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Having the success that followed him to the offensive side of the ball left the back wondering. What if he had become a back earlier in his career? “If I had been a back last year, I probably wouldn’t have gotten too much playing time behind Charles. The way it worked out was probably the best situation for me personally,” he said. “I don’t regret not doing it sooner, but I have thought about the what if on many occasions.”

For Junior Joe Johnston, timing has been everything, becoming a running back at a time where he could make the most difference. What he'd like most before his time is up at King Philip is to bring home a win against Mansfield.

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Calendar of Events January 3 Yoga with Chris Primavera, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m., Fiske Public Library SWEATT Meeting Room, Wrentham, 1st class of first WINTER session. Sign up and prepayment of $65 required. Session continues Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 7. Call (508) 384-5440. Four Paws meeting, 5-7 p.m., Fiske Public Library Genealogy Room, Wrentham, January 5 Pancake Breakfast, Federated Church of Norfolk church vestry, 810 a.m. famous homemade pancakes, omelets or fresh eggs, ham, sausage, hash brown potatoes, homemade biscuits with sausage gravy, and cinnamon rolls. All you can eat, $7, Sr. citizens $5, free for children under age 10. Located at the corner of Main Street and Route 115. For more information, call (508) 528-0262. Wrentham Boy Scout Troop 131 Christmas Tree Recycling Pickup, For $10 donation, Scouts will pick up your tree-Wrentham residents only. Please take ALL items off and put envelope with donation check made out to “Troop 131” on tree trunk with rubber band, placing the tree curbside by 8 a.m. Raindate: Sunday, Jan. 6th) January 8 Ed Morgan Sing-Along, 10:3011:30 a.m., Norfolk Public Library January 9 History Book Discussion Group, Norfolk Public Library schoolhouse, 7-8:30 p.m., facilitated by Jane Michelmore, contact Robin Glasser at (508) 528-3380 x3 January 12 Open auditions for FPAC’s The Sound of Music, to be performed March 2 & 3. Auditions at 38 Main St., Franklin. 10-10:45 a.m. for students ages 7-10; 10:45-11:30 for ages 11-13; 11:30-12:15 for ages 14-18; and 12:15-1 p.m. for adults. Callbacks will take place from 1-2 p.m. Please prepare 16 measures of a musical theater song NOT from The Sound of Music score. Additional audition time 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9 for those who can’t make the 12th. January 15 Tuesday Afternoon Book Discussion Group, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Norfolk Public Library, selection is The Lost Memory of Skin, by Russell Banks, new members always welcome to join discussion KP Parents’ Network All-Night Party Kick-Off Meeting, 7:30 p.m., KP High School library, help plan 23-year tradition for a safe graduation night. Visit

January18 In-Session Open House, 9:30-11 a.m., Woodside Montessori, 350 Village St., Millis, (508) 376-5320 Proctor Mansion Inn house concert: Taarka, 36 Common St., Wrentham, Doors open 7:30 p.m., performance, 8-10 p.m., Tickets $25 in advance or $30 at door. Cash bar available throughout evening. For details, visit For more information on Proctor Mansion Inn, visit January 19 Open House 10 a.m. –12 p.m. Woodside Montessori 350 Village Street, Millis, MA 02054, (508) 376-5320 January 30 Foreign Film, 7 p.m., Fiske Public Library SWEATT Meeting Room, 110 Randall Rd, Wrentham February 16 Norfolk Lions Chili Fest, 6 p.m., St. Jude Church Hall, 86 Main St., Norfolk, $15 for those over age 10, $5 all others. Proceeds to Norfolk Food Pantry and Norfolk Together. Advance tickets recommended. Visit php.

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S.C. Norfolk Announces Spring Soccer Registration S.C. Norfolk, the home of youth travel and indoor soccer for Norfolk, MA, in grades 3-6 (U9-U12), will open registration for its outdoor spring soccer season beginning on January 2nd and ending on January 16th. To register go to and click on “Online Registration.” S.C. Norfolk is "town travel soccer" for the town of Norfolk. The mission of S.C. Norfolk is to promote and enhance the game of soccer for the youth of Norfolk, MA. The basic purpose is to provide a safe, organized, high-quality environment for learning and playing the game of soccer. For more information on the S.C. Norfolk organization and the programs it offers, please go to or contact Ken Squires, President of S.C. Norfolk, at

Boy Scouts to Provide Christmas Tree Removal Wrentham Boy Scout Troop 131 will perform their annual Christmas tree recycling drive as a service project for Wrentham residents only. For a $10 donation, curbside pickup will be on Saturday, January 5th (raindate: Sun., Jan 6th). Please place your donation in an envelope. Seal the envelope and place it around the bottom of the tree with a rubber band. Make checks payable to "Troop 131" and place the tree on the curb near the street before 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 5th, 2013. For safety reasons, they cannot accept trees with tinsel, flocked trees, trees with nails, artificial trees, wreaths with metal shape wires, or trees with any other metal attached. Your donations are a critical part of the ability to provide a quality program, consistent with the high ideals of scouting. The Scouts of Troop 131 thank you for your support. Questions may be directed to (508) 384-0457 or

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Norfolk Lions Chili Fest 2013 Coming February 16 Save the date! The Norfolk Lions 6th annual Chili Fest will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 6 p.m. at St. Jude Church hall, 86 Main Street, Norfolk. Come on out and sample, enjoy and vote for your favorite chili from some of the area’s finest restaurants. In addition to the chili, mac & cheese, cornbread, drinks and dessert will be served. All proceeds from this event are will be donated to Norfolk community needs such as the Norfolk Food Pantry and Norfolk Together. Tickets are $15 for anyone over 10 years old and $5 for all others. Seating is limited, so advanced tickets are recommended. Ticket sales will be announced soon. For more information about this event, please check the Norfolk Lions web site at norfolk_ma/index.php.

The first month of the year marks a national awareness month for blood donation. According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds, with over 44,000 blood donations needed every day. That translates to 5 million U.S. patients receiving blood in a year. The American Red Cross notes that in most states, donors must be 17 years old, healthy and weigh at least 110 lbs. In fact, less than 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood. Type O-negative blood and Type AB-positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all blood types. Both are always in demand and often in short supply. Actually giving a pint of blood (and an adult, on average, has 10 pints of blood in his or her body) takes less than 10-12 minutes, although donors should reserve about an hour and 15 minutes for the whole process. Donors must wait 56 days before each blood donation.

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A Good Haircut – A Good Value Young Entrepreneur Brings Great Clips to Plainville Tarang Gosalia knows good business. He should. He learned the ropes from his parents, Pradip and Nisha Gosalia, who have run a business franchise – Sir Speedy Printing in North Attleboro – for 20 years. Gosalia is just 25 years old, a graduate of Babson College, who has already had success opening two completely different franchise concepts. Now, he’s expanding one of those franchises, and he’s bringing it right to Plainville. Great Clips just opened up on December 15th at 13 Taunton Street in the Plainville Crossing Shopping Center. Gosalia says he

was drawn to opening this valuebased franchise knowing that, in a tough economy, customers are short on both time and money. “This is basically the largest hair care brand in the United States,� says the young entrepreneur. “There are over 3,300 salons open in the country, and our primary focus is on haircuts and styles. We don’t do color, and the reason is that we are really trying to make sure we are giving the customer the comfort and connection and freedom to be going in and out quickly.� Gosalia, who expects Great Clips to do well in Massachusetts, has

already seen success with two other locations. He opened his first salon in Needham and then another at this time of year in Shrewsbury. The draw for Great Clips is not only its price – which will begin at an introductory price of $2.99, later rising to $14 for adults and $12 for kids and seniors – but Great Clips also touts its convenience. The franchise uses technology to expedite and refine its service, great for anyone who needs to be served quickly. “We have an online check-in, with an app for an iPhone. Then, when you check into the salon, you’re already on the waiting list,� says Gosalia. The goal, says the young owner, is to make sure every customer is serviced within

15 minutes or less. That doesn’t mean a shoddy haircut, however. The salon saves “clip notes,� or information on what the customer wants, to its computer system. “Those allow us to know what the customer wants based on their prior visit,� says Gosalia. “We really make sure we interact with the customers, literally treating the customer like they’re coming into their own home.� The young franchise owner might not know how to cut hair, but what he does know is how to run a good business. He began his franchise success in opening Red Mango, a frozen yogurt franchise he brought to the heart of downtown Boston. With ties to the printing business, he has also developed a new business in the

January 1, 2013 print management industry called Optamark. The basics of good business apply, regardless of service or product, says Gosalia, who says he serves “anybody looking for convenience and an affordable price.� On top of that, he says, it’s about the customer, and that’s something he learned from his parents. “They’re very involved in community themselves,� says Gosalia. “I’m looking to build the same types of relationships that they’ve been able to build within the community for the last 20 years.� Great Clips is located at 13 Taunton Street in the Plainville Crossing Shopping Center. The hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Master illusionist Lyn Dillies is bringing her nationwide act to Norwood with some of the most incredible illusions in magic today. Dillies' eye defying illusions, hypnotic lighting, hot music and magic has entertained audiences from New York's Lincoln Center to Hollywood's Magic Castle. Her spellbinding power of prestidigitation keeps audiences on the edge of their seats and in the palm of her hand. In 2009, her talents were formally recognized when she won the Merlin Award from the International Magician's Society for Best Female Illusionist of the Year.

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Norwood Theatre's first full musical production will make its debut the last weekend in January. Next to Nothing, an acclaimed, groundbreaking musical by Rolling Stones, offers a thrilling contemporary score by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other. This production was originally produced at the MMAS Black Box Theatre and features Sheila Newton, Nicholas Connell. Steve Shannon, Kelly Newton, Nicholas Paradiso and Nathan Lamont. Directed by Kelly Warriner, music direction by Rob Goldman. Tickets for all performances are $25 & $27 for adults, $23 & $25 for children and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the box office weekdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., calling (781) 551-9000 or by visiting the theatre website, at The Norwood Theatre is continually adding performances. Visit their website for the most up to date schedule.

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FPAC to Present Winter Family Concert Series, Sound of Music The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) is pleased to present its 22nd season of live performances. FPAC’s 2012-13 season of shows includes the popular Family Concert Series, a familyfriendly trio of events. Offered free to the community, the winter Family Concert Series features Mark Poniatowski Presents Meet the Beatles on January 13, Jamie Barrett Presents Family Favorites on February 3, and Little Red Riding Hood – An Opera for Children on March 17. The interactive performances introduce audiences of all ages to music of many genres – classical, jazz, folk, blues, pop and rock – and feature talented musicians in an engaging, entertaining and educational format.

FPAC will present The Sound of Music on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 at the Thomas D. Mercer Auditorium in Franklin. Based on the true-life story of the Austrian von Trapp family, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical theater classic has delighted audiences for generations. “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things” and “Climb Every Mountain” are among the popular songs from this beloved Broadway score. FPAC’s production will feature a talented cast of professional artists, community per-

formers and students of the arts, as well as live accompaniment by a professional orchestra. Open auditions will be held on January 12. FPAC’s presentations of the Family Concert Series and The Sound of Music follow holiday productions of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Humbug!, an original contemporary musical adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. FPAC kicked off its 20122013 season in September with the company’s annual party for Golden Circle members and other supporters. The FPAC season con-

cludes with the annual summertime Whatever Theater Festival, including free performances of Shakespeare on the Common.

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You Could Lose Everything Unless You act NOW! Top Mistakes to Avoid in Estate And Asset Protection Planning 2013 BY DENNIS B. SULLIVAN, ESQ., CPA, LLM 2013 is a financial turning point for you and your family because of dramatic new health care laws, new tax laws and skyrocketing medical and nursing home costs. That’s why Dennis Sullivan & Associates has developed this list of the top mistakes to avoid in estate and asset protection planning for 2013.

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Will Your Spouse Face Financial Ruin? Mistake No. 2: Not Planning to Protect Your Spouse from Nursing Home Poverty Will you suddenly need nursing home care? If so, your spouse may be forced to spend down your entire life savings to pay for it! However, there is a simple solution if you plan ahead. Don’t worry, it’s never too late! We have helped many families with emergency planning and can help you preserve your life savings. For more call our office at (781) 237-2815.

"I have a Will...I'm all set." Mistake No. 3: Thinking That a Will is Enough! Nothing could be further from the truth! A will by itself guarantees painful probate proceedings! Probate is a lengthy, expensive and public process where family and financial matters become public record. This mess can be avoided by executing and funding a trust. Trusts are extremely flexible estate planning that can also provide disability planning (a will cannot). It’s crucial because disability is six times more likely than death in any year.

Is Your IRA Fading Away? Mistake No. 4: Assuming Your IRAs and Investments Are Safe and Productive for You Based on Your Age and Objectives. Your IRA may be sliding out of control! Whether you’re saving up for, or are already in retire-

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Don’t Lose Everything! Mistake No 5: Not Planning to Avoid the Cost of Nursing Home Care One in three people over 65 and one in two people over 80 will need nursing home care, according to the World Alzheimer’s Report. You are vulnerable to one the greatest threats to a comfortable retirement, sky high health care and nursing home costs! It can range from $144,000$180,000 per year! Avoid nursing home poverty! Attend our free Trust, Estate & Asset Protection workshop.

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Electric Youth to Perform at Showcase Live Feb. 10th Electric Youth has toured Europe nine times, released five professional CDs and performed on a Royal Caribbean cruise, on FoxTV, and at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, Mechanics Hall, Walt Disney World and the United Nations. EY’s music is available on iTunes, CD Baby and other indie music sites.

Electric Youth (EY), the international touring ensemble of talented singer-dancers trained at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), will take the stage at Showcase Live, Patriot Place, in Foxboro on Sunday, February 10 at 6 p.m. Backed by an eight-piece band of professional musicians, Electric Youth offers high-powered family entertainment with an ex-

tensive range of contemporary pop, classic rock, country and Broadway hits fully choreographed to delight audiences of all ages. Hear the best of Queen, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Duffy, One Direction and Green Day, as well as Broadway production numbers from musicals including Movin’ Out, Footloose and Tommy.

Electric Youth members are selected by audition at the beginning of each academic year and are chosen for their superior musicianship, stage presence and triple threat accomplishments in voice, dance and acting. Some members are preparing to pursue a career in the performing arts, while all are gaining valuable life skills through their participation, extensive training and travel experiences with the ensemble. Electric Youth 2013 includes Madison Asgeirsson, 14, Kendra Dombroski, 14, Ali Funkhouser, 16, Graham Hancock, 16, Jocelyn Jones, 13, and

Shaina McGillis, 14, from Franklin; Michael Fajardo, 14, from Hopkinton; Maddy Williams, 14, from Medway and Jenna McDermott, 14, from Wrentham.

mium seating and reservations for large parties of 8, 12 and 20, contact FSPA. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for dinner and best seat selection. For more information, visit

EY’s show band features FSPA Director Raye Lynn Mercer on piano, Kenny Hadley on percussion, Arnie Krakowsky on tenor saxophone, Artie Montanaro on trombone, Walter Platt on trumpet, Mark Poniatowski on bass, Ken Reid on baritone saxophone and Mark White on guitar. Musical arrangers for Electric Youth are Rick Hammett, Jeff Perry, Walter Platt, Mark Poniatowski, Mark White and Ben Whiting. Choreographers include Mercer, Cheryl Madeux Abbott, Nick Paone and Kellie Stamp.

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Is heavy tea consumption linked to prostate cancer? After water, tea is the second most popular beverage in the world. However, new evidence suggests that men who tend to be prolific tea drinkers may be at a higher risk for developing prostate cancer than those who are not. A Scottish study led by Dr. Kashif Shafique of the Institute of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow points out that, among the 6,016 Scottish men ages 21 to 75 who participated in the 37-year study, heavy tea drinkers, defined as those who had more than seven cups of tea a day, were at 50 percent higher risk of developing prostate cancer than men who drank less tea. Of the men who were reported to have consumed the most tea on a daily basis, 6.4 percent developed prostate cancer while the study was being conducted.

Though the study did not take into consideration a host of factors, including family history or any additional dietary choices beyond tea, coffee and alcohol intake, the doctor believes heavy tea drinking can increase prostate cancer risk. But Dr. Shafique indicates that he doesn't know whether the tea itself is a risk factor or it is simply that people who drink tea, which is high in antioxidants, are more likely to live longer lives. That's an important distinction, as a man's risk of developing prostate cancer increases dramatically as he ages. The study does not show a direct link between tea consumption and prostate cancer, so it is not wise for individuals to quit their tea habits -- particularly because tea has so many potentially positive side effects. Previous studies have shown that drinking tea may help reduce cholesterol

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Living Healthy Yours in good health ChristiNe & aNDy JOhNstON OwNers, KOKO FitCLUB OF maNsFieLD, PLaiNviLLe aND waLPOLe As we reflect on 2012, we have so much to celebrate at Koko FitClub. 2012 marked our first full year with three clubs (Mansfield, Plainville and Walpole) open, and we grew our membership with each month that passed. But, for us, it isn’t about growth with members looking for the latest fitness fad, or a quick fix, or paying for a gym membership that is just cheap enough not to use it. For us, it is about changing lives - one member, one session at a time. With that in mind, we’d like to share just a handful of member stories that represent the success of so many of our members over the past year: “I koko because it is fun, effec-

tive, and addicting! Since I joined Koko in July, 2011, I have increased my strength by 93%! The best part of this is I can eat more without gaining weight because my metabolism is faster due to the increase in lean muscle mass. I’ve also lost pounds and inches on top of that! I never thought I would be as consistent as I am, but Koko makes it easy! I feel like I have a personal trainer standing next to me every time I work out. The Koko Smartrainer tells me what to do, and the fantastic FitCoaches help me whenever I need it. Before Koko I was NEVER a gym person. Traditional gyms don’t offer what I needed - personal attention, world-class coaching, measurable results, and a friendly, inviting atmosphere. Doesn’t sound like a typical gym, does it? That’s because it’s really different... and far better!”

~ Marsha G., Koko FitClub Plainville “I am a KokoNut! I am addicted to Koko, I enjoy the personal training machine and the competition to get better and stronger. I was one of the 30% that Michael Wood talks about not getting any exercise and now I have to go every day and I want to go every day! Oh yeah, and I hate gyms so you know that this is unlike the gym experience. I tell everyone I know about Koko!” ~ Nadine M., Koko FitClub Mansfield I have joined and left many gyms in the past, but Koko Fitclub is the first one where I didn't feel like I *had* to go the gym, but I

*wanted* to go to the gym. I used to stay with a gym until my weight loss plateaued, as it always does, and then I'd give it up as a failure. Koko's data tracking of every visit allows me to see that I am constantly improving even during the periods where I'm not losing weight. In my first four months at Koko I've lost 15 pounds but my strength has improved by almost 40%, and that is worth staying with the program! ~ Michael T., Koko FitClub Plainville Koko is the best workout I have ever experienced. Battling weight fluctuation has been an issue for me for over 20 years. My pattern was fits and starts with no consistency. I hated going to the gym and often felt out of place and intimidated. Koko is a welcoming environment, encouraging, rewarding and I look forward to going every time! I am down 25+ pounds and my strength has increased 56% in less than 5

months. Thank you Koko!! ~ Stacy S., Koko FitClub Walpole These stories are just the tip of the iceberg, but they are a great example of the amazing, inspiring people we have the privilege of working with on a daily basis. To all of our members in Mansfield, Plainville, and Walpole, thank you for a fantastic year! You truly are amazing and inspire us daily! To anyone reading this article wondering if Koko FitClub could be your fitness solution in 2013, we are confident that Koko FitClub will change your life. The stories in this article do not come with a “results not typical” disclaimer that you see in so many gym or weight-loss clinic ads. These are real people from your community who were also in search of a new fitness solution before they walked through our doors. Give us a try! We’re different.

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Living Healthy Bladeless Cataract Surgery BY ROGER M. KALDAWY, M.D. MILFORD FRANKLIN EYE CENTER Modern cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective medical procedures performed today. More than 3 million cataracts are removed every year in the United States alone. Modern cataract surgery uses ultrasonic waves to break up a cataract, making it easier to re-

move. When this technique became widely available, it made an extended hospital stay unnecessary and shortened recovery time. Until recently, delivering these waves to the cataract meant that a blade (a surgical knife) was required to make a small incision (a cut) through the eye where the ultrasonic needle was introduced. When rolled up, an artificial replacement lens is implanted


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through the same very small (2-3 mm) incision through which the cataract has been removed. Once in the eye, the lens implant unfurls and returns to its normal shape. Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery is now a reality and is the first major advancement in cataract surgery in 20 years. The FDA approved laser systems able to produce precise cuts without any blades. It gives the surgeon imageguided control and the ability to plan and customize each procedure to the unique characteristics of the patient’s eye. Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery uses a computer-guided femtosecond laser to do many of the steps currently performed by hand, and is designed to provide a greater level of precision and safety to modern cataract surgery. The laser advanced bladeless precision and ability to correct astigmatism translates into outcomes that increase the likelihood of seeing well without glasses following cataract surgery. In fact, the femtosecond laser creates incisions in areas that will relax the cornea to reduce astigmatism and often decrease the dependence on glasses. Many patients do not realize it, but cataract surgery is a type of refractive surgery. Refractive surgery

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vision on the first day after the surgery. Bladeless cataract surgery includes a two-step approach: Prior to starting the process of removal of the cloudy lens with the ultrasound, the femtosecond laser is first used to perform all the incisions needed with high precision, including the opening needed in the cloudy lens. This circular opening is one of the most challenging steps for a surgeon to perform with his hands, and the laser makes the opening safer, more precise and more accurate. This is followed by activating the same laser to soften the lens and facilitate its removal. Once the laser surgery is completed, the surgeon uses the ultrasound needle to remove the lens, now much softer courtesy of the laser. The surgeon then implants the artificial lens needed to replace the cloudy lens. During this process, a high tech premium implant can be used to help correct the need for glasses. Once the implant is in, the surgeon completes the surgery and the patient is discharged home in what is a routine outpatient procedure. Vision improvement is often time immediate and drops are used for few weeks after surgery to help with the healing phase. Bladeless cataract surgery is all about better precision, more safety and excellent outcomes. Across the country, only a small number of these specialized lasers are available and in use. At Milford Franklin Eye Center, Dr. Kaldawy is the first to offer bladeless laser cataract surgery in the area and among the first in New England and the Nation. We are proud to bring this technology to the area. Bladeless laser cataract surgery is now available when you need it and closer to home. For more details, see our ad on page 1.

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Living Healthy Vitamins and cancer prevention People take daily vitamin supplements for a variety of reasons. Many believe that vitamins will serve as an insurance policy of sorts should they not be consuming the necessary vitamins and minerals through their diets. Others believe that vitamin supplements will ease certain ailments or help prevent diseases, such as cancer. Beliefs such as these have helped the dietary supplements business become a billion-dollar industry. There have been many clinical studies conducted to look into the correlation between vitamin supplements and the prevention of certain types of cancer. Understanding the results can be confusing. There is no magic formula for consuming a broad-spectrum vitamin supplement to serve as a blanket remedy for preventing cancer. However, there have been some studies that show certain vitamins may help lower risk for specific cancers. For example, a study published in 2010 found women who had high levels of vitamin A and C in their bodies, whether from diet or supplement use, had fewer cases of cervical cancer compared to women with lower levels of these vitamins. Vitamin B6 has been known to have various benefits, including reducing a person's risk of developing

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Norfolk Senior Center Fuel Assistance Program Fuel assistance is a federally funded program and is available to Norfolk homeowners and renters (who pay their own heating bills). Eligible participants, regardless of age, can receive financial aid, advice, and assistance with heating and related issues by calling the Senior Center at (508) 528-4430. Outreach Specialist Christine Shaw will then contact interested parties with the details and, if an individual qualifies, help with the application process regardless of the nature of the heating system or the type of fuel being used.

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Stony Brook Camera Club a Great Place to Learn By J.D. O’Gara About six years ago, Jake Jacobson saw something in the paper that caught his interest. It was a notice for a Stony Brook Camera Club meeting, named as such because the 43-year-old organization, meant to promote the art of photography and encourage

Nowadays, the group meets on Thursday nights, at 7:30 p.m., at the Wrentham Senior Center at 400 Taunton Street in Wrentham from September through June. The group currently has 150 members, a number limited only by the size of the space in which they meet. Although there is a wait list, Jacobson notes that the

have judge come in and some people give out scores, and maybe six or seven times a year, we have image study nights, where people invited to submit images of their own to get comments.” The retired engineer adds that the group also goes on field trips every so often.

Norfolk residents are also encouraged to contact those friends, relatives, or neighbors who may be in need but are unaware of this program. Incidentally, the Senior Center Outreach Specialist also provides advocacy, information, and assistance regarding the full network of community agencies and providers available for a variety of issues faced by Norfolk’s many senior citizens. This is only one example of the many resources available at Norfolk’s beautiful Senior Center. To receive a full schedule of all Senior Center activities and services, call (508) 528-4430 or visit the Council on Aging site at: public_documents/norfolkma_coa/index The Senior Center is located at 28 Medway Branch Road and is open Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

John Jacobson, President of the Stony Brook Camera Club, says he has learned a lot from the feedback he’s gotten from other photographers and by looking at the art through other’s eyes. Shown is an image he took on a trip to Arizona last march.

would-be photographers, met, at that time, at the Stony Brook Sanctuary owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society in Norfolk. “It’s basically to promote and teach photography and have fun, too,” says Jacobson, now this year’s Stony Brook Camera Club president. “Throughout the year we have all sorts of things going on.”

camera club welcomes guests to its programs. “We have guest speakers, maybe nine people from outside the club and around the club that come in and give talks about different aspects of photography, workshops by people in the club who are experienced in certain aspects, club competitions so people can enter their different images, slides, and prints—we

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Since he’s been a part of the camera club, Jacobson, who first became interested in photography in college, says, “I’ve learned a lot about photography – how to do landscapes, close up pictures, portraits, flash photography—all sorts of diff things.” The group, says Jacobson, draws the most people from Wrentham, Norfolk and Franklin, but its scope is pretty wide, with folks coming from all parts of the MetroWest down to Rhode Island. The best part of becoming involved with the Stony Brook Camera Club, says Jacobson, is “You’re in a group of people, and you get to see not just your own work, but a whole variety of different ways of looking at things and different skill levels, and it’s just a great way to learn.” “And it’s a very friendly group of people coming to socialize,” he adds. To learn more, visit

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A New Year Calls for a New Feline Friend


Paws Of Plainville Has Many Cats Hoping for Homes By J.D. O’Gara Thinking of getting a kitty? Before you check out Freecycle, Craigslist, or even newspaper want ads, Heather Molloy, volunteer at Paws of Plainville, suggests you do a little soul searching and comparison shopping when it comes to costs. “Adult cats that are adopted out from us have all been treated for internal as well as external parasites, have been spayed or neutered and have all of their appropriate shots as well as have been combo tested for FIV/FeLV,” says Molloy, who herself adopted “Taz” in 2009. If potential pet owners do their homework, she says, they’ll find that on the low end, they’re looking at the following costs for all of those veterinary services: • • • • • • • •

office visit-$ 50 x 2 rabies- $25 distemper- $25 x 2 combo test- $43 deworm-$5 x 2 fecal test-$23 Frontline- $15 spay-$200 pain medication additional • neuter-$140 pain medication additional Conversely, the adoption fee at Paws of Plainville is $120. For kittens who have not been spayed or neutered, the shelter charges a state-

mandated, refundable deposit of $40, which the pet owner gets back upon proof of the spay/neuter. She adds that there are also spay/neuter clinics available from time to time, which offer prices from around $75$100, with rabies shots included. With kittens online, says Molloy, people may be picking up free kittens and turning around and selling them for $75, and meanwhile those kittens haven’t been tested for parasites or illness, much less have had shots or any treatment. And then there’s the feel-good factor. When you adopt from a shelter, says Molloy, “You’re helping out a cat that’s already in need of a home, whether they’re a stray cat or an animal that was surrendered because owners couldn’t provide a decent home for them.” According to the Humane Society, a stray cat is one who had an owner, but who is lost or abandoned, whereas a feral cat is the offspring of strays that haven’t been neutered or spayed. The Humane Society estimates that female cats can reproduce starting at just 5 months of age, and they can become pregnant two to three times a year, which can make it more difficult for them to survive. The number of cats rapidly increases without intervention by caring people.

Molloy says that Paws of Plainville is often finding new colonies. “We will go to colonies, spay and neuter the adults, and the younger ones we’ll adopt out,” she says. The shelter keeps records of where their kitties come from, and to whom they adopt out, says the volunteer. That’s an additional bonus, she says, and a protection for the animal. “A lot of time when people are giving them for free on Craigslist – you don’t know who’s taking them. Laboratories will go take free animals,” she says. Paws of Plainville has an interest in seeing their cats go to good homes. “We want them to come in and meet the cats,” she says.

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Sports Homer Aims To Make KP Sextet A Tourney-Bound Squad By KeN hamwey

“If we can control the puck, then our opponents won’t be scoring,’’ he emphasized. “My goal is for us to win more games than we lose and qualify for the tourney. But, what’s extremely important is that our kids develop a high hockey IQ. Winning in hockey is predicated on making good decisions, knowing game situations and doing the small things.’’

The 2012-13 edition of the King Philip hockey team will be striving to end a five-year tournament drought that has reduced the Warriors to spectators every March. Second-year coach Mark Homer has 15 skaters on hand from last season’s squad that finished 6-122, and he’s cautiously optimistic that experience, depth and a sense of urgency will be assets in his sophomore campaign at the helm.

Homer is no stranger to building programs. The 55-year-old mentor elevated hockey from junior-varsity status to varsity-level play at Foxboro, which reached tourney play two straight years. After seven years at Foxboro, he was an assistant at Nobles & Greenough, helping the prep school go to the New England Prep Tournament three years in a row. Before arriving at KP, Homer coached Taunton for two seasons and the school missed qualifying for the tourney by close margins.

“The players know me better after one season and I’ve learned the surroundings,’’ said Homer, who previously was a head coach at Foxboro and Taunton. “We’ve got some talented players back, our depth is better than last year and I know our seniors have a sense of desperation about the tourney. There’s a sense of urgency, because they know where they want to be.’’ Last year, KP players were skating for their third coach in three years. This season, Homer is hopeful a familiar coach who advocates a controlled style will create stability.

“My concern this season is that we need to learn how to win,’’ Homer said. “Teams can develop a habit of losing. Our captains and veterans must lead the way. But,

it’s the coaches who’ve got to lay out the blueprint, and it’s the players who’ll build on it. It’s up to the players, but the coaches have to instill the concept.’’ Senior co-captains Gavin MacIntyre and Nick D’Amico are leaders Homer is counting on for a quick turn-around. MacIntyre is a left wing and D’Amico plays on defense. “Gavin will be one of our prime scorers,’’ Homer said. “He’s got great hands and a quick shot. Nick is steady and smart. He’s got a mission and he’s able to control the puck and slow down the action. Both are excellent leaders.’’ Junior Derick Abramson and senior Kevin Cronin should complement D’Amico on defense and provide the Warriors with the high IQ Homer wants in his skaters. “Derick is a three-year veteran who’s intelligent and has offensive ability,’’ Homer noted. “Kevin is a utility guy who can also play forward. He’s experienced an can score.’’ Junior Jack Riley and senior Ryan Boselli, whose brother (Chris) was a standout at center last year, are top-caliber forwards. Boselli has speed and strong hands while Riley, who was sidelined last

Coach Mark Homer, in his second year at King Philip, hopes to bring stability, and triumph, this hockey season.

year because of a hamstring injury, is big but quick. “I’m expecting big things on offense from Ryan,’’ Homer said. “He’s tough and should be our goto guy. Jack is a big forward who has a great shot.’’ Junior Dillan Unger will be competing for the job in goal. Last year, he played behind Tanner Jensen.

“Dillan is a second-year player who works hard, has good instincts and is solid fundamentally,’’ Homer said. “He spent most of last year learning from Tanner.’’ Other experienced forwards who will be vying for ice time include sophomore Mike Galetta and juniors Owen Mellick, Mike Owen, Chris Rando and Will Gray. Returning defensemen include juniors P.J. Lyons and Chris Mahoney and senior Adam Connelly. “We set goals realistically and ours is to qualify for the tourney,’’ said Homer, who also coached for two years with the South Shore Kings in the Junior League. “Our non-league games will be challenging, chosen to make us a better hockey squad.’’

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“The league is so competitive and so well-balanced,’’ Homer said. “I hope to be at KP for a long time, but a coach has to take one year at a time. You go through some battles, you learn to be flexible and you learn something about yourself.’’ Mark Homer could be the coach who ends the tourney drought.

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12th Annual Train Ride Yields $6,300 for Worthy Norfolk Causes The 12th Annual Haunted Train Ride and Spooky Maze was a huge success again this year! The event was co-sponsored by Norfolk Community League (NCL) and the Norfolk Lions. The event was held on Saturday, October 13th at the Holmes’ Fields. Over 1,500 riders and guests rode the train through the haunted woods and visited the Spooky Maze! The proceeds from this year’s event are going to worthy Norfolk causes through distributions from the NCL Charitable Trust and Norfolk Lions. Proceeds this year were $6,300. This amount is an all-time record for the Train Ride! We also collected a truck full of donations for the Norfolk Food Pantry, as well as winter coats for those less fortunate. The woods were haunted by local community groups including Lions Soccer, NCL, Norfolk Fire and DARE, Norfolk Lions Club, Robert Letalien, and King Philip High School Leos Club. The Spooky Maze was decorated and haunted by Norfolk Boy Scouts and King Philip High School Drama Club. Volunteers from many local high schools and groups assisted in making the

evening successful including: King Philip, Tri-Country High School, Ursuline Academy, Xaverian High School, Norfolk Agricultural High School, Franklin High School, and Mount St. Charles High School. The pumpkins in the patch were carved by Norfolk Girl Scouts and Norfolk Cub Scouts as well as community members. The Haunted Train Ride was planned by committee members Tom Grant, Don Hanssen, Dave Turi, Dave Lutes, Joe Sebastiano from the Lions, Lisa Noke, Lisa Seifart, Tracy Hilfrank and Tara Spellman from NCL. The Norfolk Lions Club currently has 83 men and women members and is growing! We meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Lafayette House Restaurant on Rt. 1 in Foxboro, MA. For more information or to get involved with the Norfolk Lions Club, please contact Bill Hawkins, Membership Chairman at or any other Lions member you may know. Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with nearly 1.35 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in 206 coun-

From L to R, Haunted Train Ride chairs Tara Spellman, Tracy Hilfrank, Don Hanssen, and Tom Grant present Norfolk Lions Club members Ray Cisneros and Dave Turi with proceeds of 12th Annual Haunted Train Ride. NCL representatives accepted their check at a later time.

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Five Reasons Not to Be a “Do-It-Yourself” Investor By Edward Jones

These days, you can go online and invest, for modest fees. You can also visit various websites for research and watch numerous cable shows for investment recommendations. So, why shouldn’t you be a “do-it-yourself” investor rather than work with a financial professional? Actually, there are at least five good reasons why a financial advisor can help make you a better investor.

A financial advisor can: Ask the right questions — If you try to invest on your own, you may find yourself asking the wrong questions, such as: “What’s the ‘hottest’ investment out there?” A financial professional can help frame better questions, such as: “Given my individual risk tolerance and long-

term goals, which investments should I consider to help me build a balanced portfolio?” A financial professional can help you ask the questions that can lead to better results.

Look at your situation objectively — No matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to take all the emotion out of your investment choices. After all, your investment success will play a large role in some key areas of your life, such as your ability to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Consequently, if you think you’re not making the progress you should with your investments, you may be tempted to make a hasty decision to give your portfolio a “jolt.” Frequently, though, such choices can backfire. When it comes to investing, it’s better to invest with your head, not your heart. A financial advisor can analyze your sit-

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In November, NCL disbursed a total of $7,000 toward the following worthy organizations and causes which serve our community: H. Olive Day School- Smart Board Freeman Kennedy School- Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center Parent Presentation K.P. High School International Club K.P. Parents Network- programs and events Inspiration Performing Troupe Norfolk Advocates For Children- Support Group for child abuse victims K.P. Dare- educational programs Norfolk Public Library- Annual Science Museum Pass Norfolk Children’s School- playground equipment Norfolk Cooperative Preschool- scholarship Norfolk Girl Scout Troop #74762 Norfolk Girl Scout Troop #3616 Norfolk Cub Scouts- Pack #125 Hockomock YMCA- Reach Out to Youth and Families Campaign

KP Parents’ Network 2013 All Night Party Kick-off Meeting The King Philip Parents’ Network will hold a kick-off planning meeting for the 2013 All Night Party on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 in the KP High School library at 7:30 p.m. The All Night Party is a 23-year-old tradition that keeps graduates safe on the night of graduation. Over 100 parent volunteers are needed to help decorate, set-up and chaperone the party. Raffle tickets will be sold at the meeting for prizes such as front row seats and premiere parking at graduation. For more information about the All Night Party, please visit the KP Parents’ Network website at

2013 Blood Drive in Memory of Gary Mirliss Please plan to join us for the 9th Annual Gary Mirliss Memorial Blood Drive, in participation with Brigham, Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Children’s Hospital, Boston. The drive will take place on January 5th, 2013 at King Philip Middle School, 18 King St. in Norfolk, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. What better way to end the holiday season than by DONATING BLOOD?

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Too Late for 2012 Tax Planning? Guess again. 2012 is done, so 2012 tax planning is done too, right? Guess again. Although it’s true that most tax planning strategies are limited after December 31st, there is still a lot you can do to make the tax-filing season cheaper and easier.

Maximize Your Retirement Contributions If you haven’t already funded your retirement account for 2012, you still have time. Contributions to a Traditional IRA (whether deductible or not) and to a Roth IRA are available until April 15th, 2013. If you are self employed and have a Keogh or SEP-IRA, you have until October 15th, 2013, if you submit an extension of time to file your tax return. Not only will making a deductible contribution lower your tax bill, but your investment will compound tax-deferred. There are specific requirements and limits for each type of account, so check with a qualified tax advisor on your specific situation.

Estimated Tax Payments If you don’t pay enough to the IRS during the year, you may be looking at a hefty tax bill come April. It is possible that you might

even owe penalties and interest on top of the tax. You could avoid any 2012 fourth quarter penalties on underpayment of tax if you submit a payment by January 15th 2013. Try not to over pay the tax however, because the IRS does not pay you any interest on the borrowed money called your refund. It is your money, so plan accordingly.

Organization of Your Records Having your records organized may not save tax dollars, but will make your tax season less stressful. Start by keeping your prior year returns and tax documents in the same place. Collect all of your receipts and documents that may have piled up during the year (hopefully you already have a folder or file called “Taxes” to get you started). When your W2s, 1099s or other tax documents start arriving in the mail, put them all in the same folder and group them together in like categories. When beginning to prepare your return, work off a checklist or worksheet so you don’t overlook anything.

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Are Entitled To Oftentimes, taxpayers overlook deductions or decide not to take certain deductions, because they feel too they are being too aggressive. In order to minimize the amount of tax liability, take every deduction you are entitled to. If your qualified itemized deductions exceed your standard deduction, file with the higher amount. Some well-known items that you can itemize are home mortgage interest, real estate taxes and charitable deductions. Other lesser-known itemized deductions that you may be entitled to include job hunting expenses, unreimbursed employee expenses, and out of pocket medical expenses. If you are self-employed, make sure you write off all of your expenses and be prepared to back these with receipts. One of the items self-employed individuals may be eligible for is the Office-In-Home Deduction. If you conduct business exclusively out of your home office, you may be eligible.

4868 by April 15th, 2013. You will get automatic six-month extension of the filing deadline until October 15th, 2013. On the form, you need to make a reasonable estimate of your tax liability for 2012 and pay any balance due with your request. Requesting an extension in a timely manner is especially important if you end up owing tax to the IRS. If you file and pay late, the IRS can slap you with a late-filing penalty of 4.5 percent per month of the tax owed and a late-payment penalty of 0.5 percent a month of the tax due. The maximum late filing penalty is 22.5 percent and the penalty tops out at 25 percent. By filing Form 4868, you stop the clock running on the costly late-filing penalty.

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must attempt a daring escape with her new family. “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things” and “Climb Every Mountain” are among the popular songs from the musical’s beloved score. Auditions will be held from 10 10:45 a.m. for students ages 7-10; 10:45-11:30 for ages 11-13; 11:30-12:15 for ages 14-18; and 12:15-1 p.m. for adults. Callbacks will take place from 1-2 p.m. Students must be 7 years of age or older on the audition date to participate. Please prepare 16 measures of a musical theater song that is NOT from The Sound of Music score. For those unable to attend on the 12th an additional audition time has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9. A distinctive suburban non-profit arts organization founded in 1991, FPAC presents quality performances while offering opportunities for professional artists, commu-

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Stony Brook Announces Its January Programming! Rockin’ Rocks: Saturday, January 12th, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Start the New Year off right! Join us for these exciting programs: Turtle Trekkers: Saturdays, January 5th and 19th, from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Start your weekend off right with a fun and knowledgeable Stony Brook teacher on the trails learning about nature. Each day will have a special topic created to excite your child about the natural world. There will be crafts, activities and lots of laughter. This month’s themes: Tracks/Winter Wonderland. Ages 2.9 to 6 with parent. Fee: $8m/$10nm per adult/child pair

Tales and Trails: Tuesday, January 8th, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Each day we will explore a different nature theme through stories, activities, and an investigation of the Stony Brook trails. This program will encourage curiosity about the natural world and will introduce the observation skills that can turn every walk into a fulfilling and educational experience. Please make sure to bring appropriate clothing for the winter’s walk. Drop-off program, but parents welcome. Ages 4-6. Fee: $7m/$9nm


Geology Rocks! Ever wonder how those large boulders ended up in the woods or how ponds and hills were made? How is a rock like a cookie? Find out the answers to these and many more geological questions. Ages 6 to 12. Fee: $6m/$8nm per child The Bees Knees: Sunday, January 13th, from 2:00 – 3:30pm. Join Tony Lulek of the Norfolk County Bee Keepers’ Association to learn about bees. These tiny creatures play an important role as pollinators of many of our New England fruits and vegetables. Tony will talk about their ecology, behavior and some of the significant factors that impact bees, and perhaps us as consumers of fruits and vegetables. Tony will also share his knowledge of our local agricultural systems and how we can effect change by buying local, joining CSA’s and more. Fee: $6m/$8nm per person Winter Star Search: Friday, January 18th, from 7:00 – 9:00pm. The winter sky presents the perfect opportunity to learn about our solar system and beyond. Join us for an evening of star gaz-

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Fee: $10m/$12nm per person Holiday Hikes: monday, January 21st, from 9:00 – 10:30am. Start your day with an exhilarating walk along Stony Brook’s trails with friends and family. We will explore the forest and fields in search of wildlife and their signs. After our walk, we’ll head into the Nature Center to warm up with a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Fee: $3m/$5nm. All ages welcome. 5 and under free. Boys’ Day: Saturday, January 26th, from 10:00am - 12:30 p.m. Here’s one just for boys! We will use our science savvy to make fizzing magic potions, slimy snot, wizardly goo, and other mysterious mixtures. Fee includes materials. Ages 6-12

Birding the Quabbin: monday, January 21st, from 7:00am – 1:00pm. Quabbin Reservoir is home to an amazing variety of animals and plants. Winter birding there often provides great opportunities to view Bald Eagles, scoters and other ducks, as well as a great variety of woodland birds including Pileated Woodpeckers, Redbreasted Nuthatches, and Golden-crowned Kinglets. Other wildlife abounds and we will keep a sharp eye out for bobcats, deer, beavers, fox and coyote, to name a few. After visiting Quabbin Reservoir, we will stop by Quaboag Pond to look for additional wintering birds. Fee: $38m/$44nm per person Pre-registration is required for all programs (except as noted). For more details, visit the Mass Audubon webpage at or contact us at 508-528-3140. Register by phone, email, fax (508-5533864) or in person. Stony Brook is located at 108 North Street in Norfolk.

Fee: $10m/$12nm per child. Fee includes materials.


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ing as we explore the winter sky through telescopes and binoculars. We will search out and view the planets, stars, and galaxies, and learn techniques for navigating from point to point in the night sky from our guides for this evening, members of the Cloudy Nights. Do you know the winter constellations? This is your opportunity to get a guided tour. Rain/cloud date February 1. Min age: 6.

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Authorized by the Board of Selectmen and administered by Norfolk's Council on Aging the new season for the Work-Off Program begins in January and allows senior residents to work 93 hours and 45 minutes in various town departments in exchange for a reduction in real estate taxes. Participants are credited at the rate of $8 per hour until reaching the maximum of $750 in a tax year. To qualify for the program a senior must be 65 years or older, own real estate in the town of Norfolk, and have the capability to perform the work required for a specific position. The Norfolk schools, for example, are seeking people to work in the kitchen, washing tables, cleaning up, etc., five days a week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ad-

ditional town office opportunities (including the Senior Center) may also be available. Applications are available at the Norfolk Senior Center. This is an example of just one of the many services available at Norfolk’s beautiful Senior Center. There are many more activities and resources for Norfolk residents. To receive a full schedule of all Senior Center activities, call (508) 528-4430 or visit the Council on Aging site at blic_documents/norfolkma_coa/ index The Senior Center is located at 28 Medway Branch Road and is open Monday thru Friday from 9 a. m. to 4 p.m.

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Millis Montessori Students Win at FIRST Robotics Competition Students from Woodside Montessori Academy in Millis were awarded the first place Inspiration Award in the Core Values category at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) robotics competition held at Blackstone Valley Technical High School in November. The FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition has several judging components including programming and building robots, a research component, a presentation and core values.

end result is a three-part challenge that requires research to complete The Project, science and engineering to master the complex missions of The Robot Game and the development of teamwork and “Gracious Professionalism” in Core Values. It’s a fun and exciting way to encourage young minds. The 2012 Challenge was called Senior Solutions, where teams explored ways to improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities.

Every year, FIRST works with experts in the field of science, engineering and technology to create a challenge that relates to a significant real-world issue. The

The Project has three parts; identify a problem, create a solution, and share that solution. The Woodside Montessori Academy robotics team, The Lego Eaters, focused on

researching the Montessori approach and the elderly. The team partnered with the Millis Council on Aging to learn more about reaching seniors who have Alzheimer’s. The team developed an innovative solution called Montessori-in-a-Box that contained Montessori materials, to be easily utilized by group leaders who don’t know much about Montessori. “Woodside has had robotics a robotics team for five years, but this is the first time the team has been able to personalize their solution,” said Head of School, Kathleen Gasbarro. “The students worked very hard, and receiving this award is wonderful.” Young people involved in FLL learn; the fun of sci-

New Team Member at Northeast Signature Properties Northeast Signature Properties LLC, the leading real estate brokerage office located in Millis and designated REALTOR office, is proud to announce that Kerry DeVellis has joined their company. Kerry, formerly of Century 21 and Coldwell Banker, brings over eight years experience in local residential real estate sales. Prior to being a professional in real estate sales, Kerry brings many years experience as a successful client services associate in the financial industry which has proven to be beneficial to Kerry's success in providing her real estate clients with integrity, service and professionalism. Kerry grew up in Millis and has lived in Norfolk now for many years where she and her husband are currently raising their three children. Kerry is also an active supporter in the local community where she has volunteered in various roles such as religious education teacher, coach of youth sports programs and she was also the former President and Treasurer of the Norfolk Community League. Kerry is a REALTOR with the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, a Member of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. "Kerry's experience in the industry

and her knowledge of the local area is an asset to the company and more importantly to the high level of service that we pride ourselves on providing to our clients" stated Jennifer McMahon. The company was founded in Wrentham in 2008 by Jennifer. She then moved her company to Millis in 2009 where it has grown to be the top selling real estate office in Millis and growing in surrounding communi-

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ence and technology, learn real-world applications of science and math concepts, handson problem solving, teamwork skills and increase self-esteem and confidence. The Woodside team, the Lego Eaters, consists of six students ages 9-13; Sophia McEvoy from Franklin, Daniel Young and Max Leussler from Millis, Jason Brovelli and Max Day from Medway and Max Arnone from Sherborn. Woodside Montessori also has a Junior FIRST LEGO League robotics team for children kindergarten through 3rd grade. The junior team, the Lego Ninja’s, was represented at the competition and displayed their project.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR AND THANK YOU ties. Everyone at Northeast Signature Properties is excited to have Kerry DeVellis on their team.

As 2012 draws to a close, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the clients and customers who have put their trust in me. It has been my pleasure to deliver to you the highest quality of real estate services available. I value your business and your friendship. Thank you to all my neighbors and friends who have referred me to people that have real estate needs! You can be assured that I will continue in my dedication and professionalism. Warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season. Good health and prosperity in the New Year.



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