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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words By PatriCk CoLeman He is a storyteller that doesn't use the written word. Photographer David Lee Black tells mythical and romantic tales through the images he captures with his camera. Occasionally his adopted hometown of Wrentham plays a key role in his art. "My photography is mostly about storytelling," Black says. "Wrentham has no shortage of charming and beautiful story telling locations."
Towns Move Election Dates By PatriCk CoLeman Wrentham, Norfolk and Plainville will move the date of their town elections to April 30th to coincide with the primary for U.S. Senate special election. Wrentham and Plainville normally hold town elections on the first Monday in April. Norfolk’s was originally scheduled for May 7th. The boards for the three towns were able to move the elections to the new date thanks to recent legislation giving towns this power if local voting occurs within 30 days of the April 30th primary.
Originally from Missouri, Black has been interested in photography since he was a young boy. He remembers the Photography Merit Badge was one of the first ones he pursued on his way to earning the Boy Scout rank of Eagle. Over the years, his approach evolved into his current distinctive style. David Lee Black uses his camera to tell stories. In some of his work, models portray historical characters juxtaposed with a unique setting. In many cases, very familiar Wrentham locations serve as the back drop. It's the beauty and inspiration that the town offers that makes him happy he decided to settle here over twenty years ago. He also says, Wrentham not only serves his art, but it's also been a great place to raise his two daughters.
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He connects to the Helen Keller quote about her days in town. Keller said, "Always I look back to Wrentham as the place where I lived most serenely, where I did my work quietly, and enjoyed undisturbed the treasures of books and of nature."
In a series specifically about Wrentham, all the models were either residents or had a direct connection to the community. Each portrayed characters in different but well known spots creating a story in each shot. In all the images, the town played a key character.
"That always resonated with me strongly," Black says.
The primary reason given for the changes by the towns was savings. “The Norfolk Selectmen and I all agree this is the best use of resources and will allow for the greatest level of voter participation,” says Shawn Dooley, town administrator for Norfolk. “This will save the town roughly $4,000. It will also move Town Meeting up a week to May 7th.” The Wrentham board debated the savings of merging the two elections and what impact there might be to the actual election results. Since the election is now 29 days later, the deadline to return nomination papers has been extended giving potential candidates additional time to get on the
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Not only does he use his art to tell stories, Black uses it to help people. He is working with special needs clients in his Wrentham Special Arts Project. Most of his clients are diagnosed with Autism and the project involves them going out into the field with their cameras and taking photographs of themes, concepts and nature. They return to the studio to edit the photographs on the computer, have them printed, matted and framed and then select Wrentham businesses and public spaces host the photographers in their very own art show. This program is supported in part by a grant awarded from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Currently, Black's work is on display at the Looking Glass Cafe in Wrentham, the Attleboro Art Museum and the Biltmore in Providence. He also has an ex-
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ballot. “You have to extend out the deadline to turn papers in and by extending that, we open up changing the outcome of an election,” said selectman Charles Kennedy. “There are some cost savings. I see both sides.” Selectman Steve Langley added, “This board strives to save costs when it can.” While an average election costs approximately $5,000, the net savings might be less. The move won’t result in any sav-
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ings on printing ballots but would save on the expense of police details. The net savings won't be known until after the primary. There was concern that by moving the election to the end of the month this year, voters will be confused on the date next year. Anyone interested in running for positions within their respective towns still has an opportunity to pull nomination papers. The deadline to return nominations papers are now March 12th. The actual Senate election is scheduled for June 25th.
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Vintage Thymes Monthly Market Has Moved! Vintage Thymes, the amazing, monthly, themed market known for its creative dealers and everchanging treasures, has found a new home. From its original launch in a barn in Millis, to its 1000 square foot shop in Medfield, the Vintage Thymes journey has taken another expansive step to its new, exciting location in Norwood, at the WinSmith Mill Market. After months of searching, Vintage Thymes proprietors Robin Hanlon and her new business partner, the talented and creative Nancy Murphy, discovered an old mill building in Norwood and were certain this would be the next antique shopping destination. Although charming, it was nothing short of a dump inside! In addition to junk, the space had also accumulated 100 years of dirt! The inspired minds behind Vintage Thymes, however, saw the
rich potential this venue had to offer. The lease was signed and the pair immediately began dreaming of vintage, chippy, shabby goods filling every corner. The work gloves went on, power tools were plugged in, the power washer rented and the painting began! The result is remarkable! The space is now an open and airy marketplace boasting terrific natural light, fresh paint, vignettes for over 20 plus talented dealers and a private workshop, all in a rustic warehouse, industrial setting. Vintage Thymes celebrated their soft opening in September of 2012, drawing crowds old and new. One customer was overheard saying, "Wow this is huge, I could spend a whole day here!" The grand re-opening was celebrated in November, with raffles, refreshments and wonderful entertainment led by singer/songwriter Liz
DeBiase. The event was enjoyed by all. Vintage Thymes owners' and dealers' greatest passion is combing through basements, attics and garages in search of those hidden treasures that makes their heart skip a beat…time-worn goods that tell a story! Vintage Thymes monthly market has been on the antique/re-cycle, re-purpose radar for several years now. The shop is not just another antique store. With its hip collection of antiques, shabby-chic furniture, vintage garden décor, and estate jewelry, Vintage Thymes is best known for their creative ability to give tarnished and dusty vintage items a new purpose in life. "Recycle, reuse and repurpose, that’s what we're all about," Hanlon explained.
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Vintage Thymes is the only monthly market within a 60 mile radius of Boston. It is open 3 days every month, the second weekend of the month. "We're like a mini Brimfield but without the hassle of long hot days, and tired feet," Hanlon said. Its unique approach of presenting fresh goods at each themed market is a feature that their customers love and depend on, and is what keeps them coming back market after market.
Vintage Thymes is located at 61 Endicott St., Norwood, Bldg. #24, just off of Rte. 1A. Look for the red doors. In addition to Vintage Thymes, many other shops make their home at WinSmith Mill Market. Vintage, shabby chic, Victorian, POSH, and even a boutique of unique clothing called Attitudes. "Come check us out, for the love of re-cycled, re-used one of a kind finds," Hanlon said. One visit and this unique market will open up a whole new world of vintage design!
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Clothing Drive to Support KP Parents' Network The King Philip Parents’ Network will be holding a used clothing and household item drive on March 18th through March 23rd. Drop off your gently used clothing, bedding, toys, and other items at the King Philip High School main entrance during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times (7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.), or on Saturday March 23rd. from 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the bus loop. Volunteers will be available to help
collect your items at the curb. In addition, Norfolk residents can drop off items at the Transfer Station on March 2nd, March 9th, and March 16th during regular business hours. For more information, as well as a list of items we are collecting, visit our website at www.kpparentnetwork.org/fundraising/. The KP Parents’ Network receives cash for every pound collected, so start your spring cleaning now.
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FSPA Ballet Conservatory Presents Dance Equinox HUDSON, MA – The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) Dance Department will present Dance Equinox on Saturday, March 23, at 2 and 5 p.m. at FSPA-Hudson in the historic Odd Fellows Building, 14 Main St., in downtown Hudson. Dance Equinox is FSPA’s third annual classical repertoire program, designed to expand students’ knowledge of the classics and to explore contemporary ballet and choreography.
class and showcases dancers’ technique and precision. Madeux has taken the framework of this piece and restaged it for her Conservatory dancers. Madeux’s choreography provides an opportunity to demonstrate the serious caliber of FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory training. The opening sections of the ballet feature younger dancers and progress to show the development to more difficult steps by the ballet’s close.
The production features 36 dancers from FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory Division. Students have the opportunity to explore different facets of their technique in preparation for the versatile demands of this diverse program. “They get to experience what it’s like to dance a mixed bill of varied repertoire,” noted FSPA Ballet Mistress Cheryl Madeux Abbott. “We felt it was important to show the connection between classical dance technique and other disciplines and to illustrate the relevance of being a versatile dancer as well."
The program continues with a modern piece, Miles of Harmonies, by Jenny Oliver, Instructor of Jazz, Tap and Horton Technique at FSPA. Oliver’s new work has its foundations in Horton Technique, which stresses long lines and demanding isolations that build strength and flexibility. The choreography explores the layers of musical movements and provides FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory dancers with an opportunity to practice the principles of this technique that support the more strenuous demands of a classical ballet dancer.
Dance Equinox begins with Class Concert, originally choreographed in the 1960s for the Bolshoi Ballet School. The piece follows the structure of a ballet
The program closes with excerpts from Les Patineurs (“The Skaters”). The ballet, as originally choreographed by Frederick Ash-
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ton in 1937, depicts a Victorian skating party set on a frozen pond one winter’s night. Dance Equinox will present parts of the ballet, restaged by Madeux with original choreography tailored to FSPA’s young dancers. Madeux had the opportunity to dance Les Patineurs as a company member of the Joffrey Ballet and Dance Equinox provides an opportunity for Madeux to revisit the ballet with her students in a way that is suited to them and reflects children’s choreography. The Ballet Conservatory Division at FSPA provides instruction in classical ballet technique, prepointe, pointe, modern and character dance. The curriculum is based on the foundations of the Vaganova syllabus and incorporates the new American Ballet Theatre (ABT) National Training curriculum. Tickets for Dance Equinox cost $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased in advance at (508) 5288668 or may be purchased at the door. For more information, visit www.FSPAonline.com.
Norfolk Runs 5K Road Race Save the date! The 7th annual Norfolk Runs 5K Road Race will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013. This great event for adults and children is sponsored by the Norfolk Lions Club and the Norfolk Dunkin’ Donuts. All proceeds from the race will donated to the local D.A.R.E and S.A.D.D programs and other Norfolk charities. Participants may choose to run or walk the flat 5K certified course. There is also a 1K race for children and the young at heart. Children start at 9:30 a.m. while runners, followed by walkers start at 10 a.m. The registration fee is $20 if pre-registered at least 48 hours prior to race day, $25 to register on the day of the race and $5 for children under 12 and active duty military, including guard or reserve members. The first 200 registrants receive a free event t-shirt! Registration on race day starts at 9 a.m. next to the Norfolk Dunkin’ Donuts at 134 Main Street, Norfolk, MA. Medals and prizes will be awarded to the winners in various age and specialty categories. Music, raffles and refreshments are also part of this fun family event. Visit www.NorfolkRuns5k.org for more details. Registration is now open and advance registration is strongly encouraged. Participants can register online at www.NorfolkRuns5k.org. For questions or more information visit the web site or send email to email@example.com. Walk or Run, but come…to the 7th annual Norfolk Runs 5K Road Race. The Lions are a non-profit organization known for working to end preventable blindness. Norfolk Lions participate in a vast variety of projects important to our community and proceeds are donated back into local charities or to meet community needs. Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite every day, all-day stop for coffee and baked goods. The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation serves the basic needs of our communities through food for the hungry, safety and children's health.
Old Fiske Museum Open On March 2nd The Old Fiske Museum will be open Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Currently the exhibit "Wrentham Works: Yesterday and Today" has some new artwork and a special display highlighting Authors: Of, From, and About Wrentham. If you are a writer, please contact the Wrentham Cultural Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wrentham Cultural Council Seeks Members If you have an interest in becoming active in promoting the arts and humanities in the town of Wrentham, the Wrentham Cultural Council has an opportunity for you. The council has two open seats to fill. The Cultural Council is a local branch of the Massachusetts State Cultural Council and is
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responsible for reviewing and awarding grants for cultural programs in the town. The Council also holds special events and exhibits at the Old Fiske Museum where it shares space with the Historical Commission. Visit the Cultural Council http://wrenthamculturalcouncil.shutterfly.com/ to see the group's many activities. If you would like to become involved and have some time and energy to contribute, please submit an application to the Selectmen’s Office at 79 South Street, Wrentham MA 02093. The “Committee/ Commission” application form can be found on Cultural Council website in the Volunteer section. If you have questions, please contact Andrea Tooker at wrenthamculturalcouncil@gmail. com or call 508-384-8689.
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Purr-fect Cat Shelter Fundraiser Fur Bowl on March 3 Come join the fun of FUR BOWL 2013, a bowling fundraiser to benefit the Purr-fect Cat Shelter. The FUR BOWL will be held Sunday, March 3, 2013 at Ryan Family Amusements, 1170 Main St. (Rt. 109) Millis. Bowling begins at 4:30 p.m. Bowler checkin and registration will begin at 4 p.m. Get together with your family, friends and co-workers and enjoy an afternoon of fun and help us raise much needed funds for the homeless animals cared for by the Purrfect Cat Shelter. A registration fee of $20 per bowler will include: 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, refreshments, and a chance to win one of several raffle prizes. All ages
and skill levels are invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. More information and registration forms are available on our website www.purrfectcatshelter.org or call the message center at (508) 533-5855. All proceeds of the FUR BOWL go directly to the care and shelter of homeless cats and kittens. The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is a non-profit, no-kill, all volunteer organization providing care and shelter to homeless cats in the areas of Medway, Millis, Franklin, Walpole, Bellingham, Norfolk and surrounding communities.
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Third Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner The KP DARE Support Group's Third Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 9th at 5:30 p.m. (Dine in or Take out). The fundraiser supports the eighth grade DARE program at the KP Middle School. Dinner will be held at Original Congregational Church, Wrentham at the intersection of routes 140 and 1A. The menu includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, Irish soda bread, dessert and beverage. The cost is $10 per person
(children 3 and younger are free). Tickets may be purchased at the KP Middle School and the church offices of the Original Congregational Church in Wrentham and the St. Jude Church in Norfolk. Tickets may also be obtained by email or phone: Ken Graves at KPDARE@gmail.com or 508384-8084. Tickets may be purchased at the door, but it helps if you can tell us in advance.
A Call to Artists! The Wrentham Cultural Council is sponsoring Arts on the Common to be held June 1, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration and information for this juried event is online at www.artsonthecommon.org. This will be a festive, family oriented celebration of the arts featuring juried handcrafted fine arts and crafts, performance art, music and interactive activities. Any questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Local Gymnasts Medal at Nationals gymnastics event held Jan 5 in Daytona Beach, Florida, Gaulin, a 5th grader at the Beatrice H. Wood Elementary School in Plainville, hit on all four events during the Team Challenge. In particular, her beam performance was superior. Her flawless tick-tock backhandspring on the beam earned her a spot in the top 10 in the competition and a 10th place National medal. Her all-around score of 36.9 earned her a 10th place allaround National medal. This was an outstanding accomplishment for a gymnast at her first ever National event. Gaulin is also now ranked in the top 100 in America of Level 7 gymnasts, according to www.mymeetscore.com.
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â€œGo out there and break a leg tonight. Put on a good show!â€? That is what they say to actors for good luck before a big performance. But break a foot just before a National gymnastics competition is not suppose to be how you tumble.
mate, were able to travel to Florida and represent Massachusetts and bring back some National medals.
Alexis Gaulin, 10, of Plainville and Maria Fabiano, 12, of Wrentham, both had won a place on the Level 7 Massachusetts gymnastics team. They had earned their spot on the 6-member team by capturing the highest all-around scores at the Judges Cup Challenge at Shrewsbury High School.
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