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Norwood Senior Center Hopes to Reach More Users BY REBECCA KENSIL

Many volunteers also help, and Vitale stresses their importance.

The baby-boomer generation and the increasing lifespan of people have made senior centers busier. Norwood Senior Center alone brings in about 200 seniors per day. Despite the many users of the center, Executive Director Dorothy Anne Vitale invites more Norwood seniors to make use of its facilities.

“They play a very important role in the Senior Center and I think in every organization,” Vitale said. A total of twenty volunteers staff the front desk each week. There are two volunteers on each shift, and volunteers work fourhour shifts.

To reach more seniors, Vitale has created marketing packets consisting of a brochure, a bus schedule, and an emergency file of life, a magnetic pad of paper that provides personal information on the senior. When a senior becomes ill, emergency personnel can properly care for the person by reading their emergency contact, doctor, and medication information on this pad. In addition to sending seniors these packets, the staff stocks brochures at the town hall and library. An outreach coordinator also calls seniors every day to reach those who stay house-bound. Vitale stresses the importance of connecting with them.

“It’s really important that we tap into them and try to identify them and be able to serve them as well,” Vitale said. Vitale also encourages residents to watch their senior neighbors who may need assistance. In addition to the executive director and outreach worker, the staff consists of a program coordinator, a program assistant, a fulltime custodian, and a full-time bus driver.

Thanks to their efforts, there are a variety of activities offered to the Norwood senior community. One option is exercise. The center offers 17 exercise classes per week. Vitale says exercise is a significant component with aging well. “We have exercise equipment because I feel it is all about healthy aging,” Vitale explained. Some exercise classes offered are tai-chi, yoga, zumba, and weight-bearing. These classes cost two dollars and are

BY RENEE REYNOLDS The Norwood Circle of Hope will host its fifth annual Dancing with the Norwood Stars fundraiser on Friday, April 12, in the Tiffany Ballroom, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. The event will raise money for the Norwood Circle of Hope, which is a local foundation that assists Norwood residents who are in financial need. The organization was established in memory of Michelle Kennedy, a Norwood resident who suffered from leukemia. Kathy St. Cyr, a member of the Norwood Circle of Hope board of directors, runs the event each year. She says it is in the spirit of Michelle Kennedy that this foundation continues to help residents in the community. “When Michelle was ill, so many people in town rallied to help her,” St. Cyr said. “It is in that spirit that the foundation continues.” The Circle of Hope assists Norwood residents with various expenses such as medical bills, rent, and food. Since it was established 15 years ago, the

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located in a large function room with walls decorated with Norwood Art Society artwork. In addition to exercise classes in the function room, the Senior Center provides a room with treadmills and a flat-screen television. Other active programs include square dancing and line dancing every Tuesday. The center also offers one afternoon dance and night-time dance per month. A hot breakfast is served at the senior center daily along with muffins, toast, coffee, and tea. A hot lunch program, which is an intergenerational partnership between the Norwood Senior Center and the Phoenix School, is successful because the students are learning culinary skills and the seniors are bring served hot lunches Monday through Friday." During their delicious meals, seniors enjoy the beautiful dining room setting with walls decorated with large murals painted by high school art class students. One mural portrays the town hall, and the other is of a French café. In addition to the meals, the cafeteria also provides a great resource for seniors to visit and socialize. Other social activities of the sen-

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ior center are games and clubs. Games include bridge, mahjong, whist, cribbage, and pool. A ping pong table, bocce courts, and horseshoe pits are also available. Vitale says she thinks seniors love the center for the socialization. “A very important part of healthy aging is socialization,” Vitale said. “That is why we want to get folks out of their homes rather than isolat- Volunteers Jean Alden and Mary Jackson greet guests every Thursday morning at the Norwood Senior Center. ing themselves.” Their clubs also provide a venue for socialization. Glee Club meets once per week, and the club performs in spring, summer, and winter. Performances take place on a stage in the function room. Other clubs are the book club, crafts club, computer club, and journaling class. Some potential new programs are an oil painting class and a dance class. Trips are another popular amenity of the Norwood Senior Center. A 20-seater bus that accommodates two wheelchairs provides weekly and monthly rides to locations such as Walmart, Shaw’s, Roche Bros, Hannafords, and the Walpole Mall. Trips are made in

and around Norwood, however trips for medical reasons are contained to Norwood. There is also a monthly trip Twin River. In addition to medical center trips, health programs are also offered. These programs include three blood pressure clinics per month on Wednesdays and a diabetic workshop the final Thursday each month. A masseuse comes once a month to give massages, which according to Vitale, seniors love. A podiatrist also visits. Some annual events include a volunteers-appreciation party and an over-90s party. The over-90s

party is a luncheon in June for seniors who have lived past age 90. During this event, ladies don corsages and men wear boutonnieres while the oldest person in Norwood is celebrated. Last year’s oldest senior was 105-years-old. “Seniors are living longer, and this is a wonderful second home for them, Vitale said. The Norwood Senior Center is open to seniors who are 60-yearsold or older from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, yearlong and to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in July-August. The building is located at 275 Prospect Street , Norwood.

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foundation has raised more than $300,000 to help local residents. According to St. Cyr, the majority of that money has come from the Dancing with the Norwood Stars events. “It is absolutely the biggest fundraiser we have all year,” St. Cyr said. The event is so big in the community that tickets sold out as soon as they went on sale. St. Cyr says 504 tickets were sold, which means it’ll be a packed ballroom at the Sheraton once again this year. Last year, contestants were able to raise $67,000 for the Circle of Hope. Six contestants will compete in this year’s fundraiser, including: Cheryl Germano, Alan Slater, Sarah Quinn, Vincent D’ Iorio Jr., Mary Beth Cox and Tom McCready.

According to St. Cyr, contestants must meet a certain criteria to compete, as she says partaking in the event takes a lot of commitment. “We try to find people who are well known in the town, have great personalities and are willing to dance for charity,” St. Cyr said.

The commitment 10 weeks of dance lessons at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Dedham. Similar to the popular television series, each contestant is matched with an instructor from the studio for the competition. The winner of the competition is established by the participant who is able to raise the most money for the foundation. Each dollar earned is a point toward their overall total. NPA-TV will broadcast the event live on local access stations, but residents who were unable to purchase tickets and still want to par-

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ticipate, can also have a hand in voting by attending one of the special viewing venues at the following restaurants in town: the Colonial House Restaurant, Lewis’ Bar & Grill and the Olde Colonial Café. “We will have volunteers at each of these locations collecting votes,” St. Cyr said. “They will be keeping a tally at the restaurants and submitting them to us so we can factor them into each contestant’s point total.” In addition, a Judge’s Choice trophy will also be awarded to the dancer who scores the highest number of points from the judges at the event based on the quality of Last year's winner Jeanne Babel with her dance isntructor. their moves. The judges at this year’s event will be Maria Stephanos from Fox25 News, Earl Batal from Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Susan Lewis from the Norwood Theater and Jack McCarthy from Norwood Public Access TV. “Sometimes, one of the contestants doesn’t end up raising the most money, but happens to be a really great dancer,” St. Cyr said. “So, we recognize them and they get a big trophy for that. Ultimately, we just hope the dancers have fun raising money, and enjoy helping Last year's - and this year's - hosts (left to right): Circle of Hope president out a great cause.” Timothy McDonough and Norwood High principal George Usevich.

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After 11 years as Chair of the Democratic Town Committee, 0utgoing Chairman, Ted Mulvehill stepped down and handed the gavel over to the new Chairman, Mr. James Geraghty. Installation of Officers for 2013 included, Jim Geraghty, for Chair, Jack Taylor, Vice Chair, Judy Langone, Treasurer, and Jean FerraraTaylor, Madeline Eysie, co- Secretary.

Join the Norwood Food Pantry Walk for Hunger Team On Sunday, May 5th, Project Bread will host its 45th annual Walk for Hunger. The Ecumenical Community Food Pantry of Norwood is currently organizing a team to participate in this event, which is dedicated to helping the one in 10 Massachusetts families who are struggling to put food on the table. This May 5th, Norwood Team Captain Nick Campagna will be participating in his 29th Walk for Hunger, racking up an impressive total of 580 miles walked for Project Bread. The 20-mile walk begins and ends at the Boston Common. Starting between 7 and 9 a.m., and will wind its way through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown, and Cambridge. There will be entertainment, water, free snacks, first aid, and toilet facilities along the way.

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State Senator Michael F. Rush Visits Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton State Senator Michael F. Rush (DNorfolk and Suffolk District) visited Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton recently for a tour, emphatically noting how impressed he was with the high caliber of education offered at the school, its resources, the capability of the instructors, and the value of training the next generation of outstanding professionals, something at which Blue Hills excels. “This is so important [to] the future of our country and our state,” Rush commented.

Sen. Rush’s district includes the towns of Norwood, Westwood, and Dedham, all of which are in the Blue Hills Regional School District. Sen. Rush toured Blue Hills on Wednesday, March 6, accompanied by Ms. Ann Cushing, his Director of District Constituent Services; Mr. Kevin L. Connolly, Norwood member of the Blue Hills District School Committee, who issued the invitation to Sen. Rush; Mr. Aidan G. Maguire, Jr. of Canton, Vice Chairman of the Blue Hills District School Committee; Mr. Joseph A. Pascarella of Dedham, Chairman of

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and willingness to spend time here on behalf of technical education.” Sen. Rush visited several technical programs including Automotive Collision and Repair and Refinishing, Automotive Technology, Construction Technology, Culinary Arts, Drafting/CAD, and Engineering Technology. He was shown the 21st-century technology used by the students and received an overview of what is taught in each program by instructors Dwight Seaman (Automotive Collision and Repair and Refinishing), Steven Williams (Automotive Technology), John Haelsen (Culinary Arts), Michael Sheehan (Drafting / CAD), and Dr. Michael Meyers (Engineering Technology).

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Local Artist Makes her Mark on Norwood Food Pantry CONTRIBUTED BY JEAN HALL In person or on TV, you’ve probably seen dozens of world-famous murals – from Stone Age cave paintings in southern France...to Leonardo’s Last Supper...to the giant killer whales that liven up the view on the Southeast Expressway. But did you know there are also some pretty impressive murals right here in Norwood? One of the latest of these was painted by artist Carol Kampen, a Norwood native who has recently returned to make her home here. It adorns the walls of the Norwood Food Pantry, located in the basement of Grace Episcopal Church on Chapel Street and it depicts a huge cornucopia full of mouth-watering fresh fruits and vegetables, nestled in the fields of a New England farm. The mural was made possible by something that happened about this time last year, when Pastor Ed Saling and members of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church decided to commemorate Easter by holding a “Reverse Collection.” Kampen and 50 other individuals and families from the congregation were selected to take $50 each out of the offering basket and use it creatively to do good deeds for people and worthy causes, both locally and around the world. After some thought, Kampen purchased art supplies and, since she doesn’t have a computer or printer, hand-drew and hand-painted dozens of one-of-a-kind Easter greeting cards, which she then passed out to food pantry clients and people she passed on the street.

“Deep in my heart, I always knew I wanted to be an artist,” Kampen says. “And I have a kind of unusual way of working.” What she means by this is that she doesn’t usually prepare detailed drawings for her murals ahead of time and then transfer them to the walls in question. Instead, “I just ask God for inspiration, and he blesses the work of my hands as I go.” When the Vestry asked to see a drawing of what she had in mind, however, she “scribbled out something in about 30 seconds,” and the group was so impressed they approved it immediately. Much painstaking effort was required to bring Kampen’s vision to fruition. Since she works four days a week at Guarino’s Pastry, she could only devote Monday mornings to the mural. and since she doesn’t own a car, she had to walk from home to the food pantry, juggling all the paints, brushes, and other supplies she’d need for her project. “Once I’d arrived, however, I always enjoyed myself immensely," Kempen said. :I’d say hello to the church secretary, go down to the basement and turn on some music, and lose myself completely in the painting. Thinking about all the people whose days it would brighten

put a smile on my face and made it easy to keep going.” After about two months, the mural was complete, and response from volunteers and clients at the pantry was extremely enthusiastic. “It’s the perfect painting for the food pantry,” Executive Director Ruth Taeger said. “I can’t tell you how much it lifts people’s spirits when they come in out of a gray day a see Carol’s beautiful work.” Kampen has also used her artwork to reach out to her community in a variety of other ways. She painted a memorial portrait of Coast Guard Engineman 1st Class Robert Yered, a Silver Star Vietnam hero from Millis who saved thousands of lives in an attack on a barge carrying tons of mortar ammunition. The original of this handsome tribute now hangs in VFW Post 2498 in Needham, while a copy is displayed on the Coast Guard cutter bearing Yered’s name. She also created multiple murals – including decorations for the children’s play area and a group of inspirational quotes – at the Women’s Correctional Facility in Framingham. Kampen visits veterans’ hospitals to distribute hand-crafted Christmas cards; has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity; and teaches arts and crafts classes with the B-SAFE pro-

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But she also wanted to do something with her artistic talent that would reach even more people – and have a positive, lasting effect on them. So she contacted Cynthia Zafft, who serves as their church’s representative to the food pantry board. With her help and that of fellow board member Sarah Malneritch, she arranged to present her ideas for the mural to the Grace Episcopal Vestry. Kampen had done many murals in the past, completing her first one – a collaborate effort with several other kids, showing children of the world holding hands – at the age of five. It was painted on a giant roll of newsprint and taped to the walls of St. Catherine’s. Later, it wound up in a place of honor in the Boston Art Fair at the Prudential Center.

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may affect the budget and tax rate for next year. To break down what Public Works has to do when it snows, here are some facts from the Norwood website. First, the Public Works Department must remove snow from and de-ice 110 miles of roadway and six municipal parking lots. They also have to plow 31 miles of sidewalk to ensure sidewalk safety. Salt trucks start running once the snow begins to fall. Snow plowing begins once two to three inches of snow is on the ground. When roads are plowed and snow has stopped falling, roads are de-iced to prevent a “freeze-up.” The last step is to clear intersections and plow sidewalks and parking lots. After this winter, spring will likely be probably welcomed by all!

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Norwood Evening Garden Club Wins Blue Ribbon at Boston Flower & Garden Show The Norwood Evening Garden Club won a blue ribbon for their plant room in the Amateur Horticulture Structures competition at the Boston Flower & Garden Show held at the Seaport World Trade Center last month, scoring 93 out of 100 points. They also received two cultural certificates from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for cultural perfection of plant material. Members of the show committee were Donna Lane and Rita Russo of Norwood, co-presidents Wendy Wilhelm of Westwood and Lorraine Devine of Randolph, and Tracy Firth and Susan Pearson of Walpole.

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exhibit were plants they have owned and tended since December, 2012 or before. Firth’s Senecio mandraliscae ‘Blue Chalk Sticks’ won one of two cultural certificates given to plants in the exhibit. Lane also served as the show chairman for the Amateur Horticulture Structures exhibits. Vivien Bouffard served as classification chairman for all Amateur Horticulture entries. “It’s a lot of work to get ready for the flower show," Devine said. "We started planning meetings in October. It’s also a lot of fun and very rewarding. One thing is for sure, however, our plants never get pampered as much as when they are taking a trip to the show.” Devine also entered the individual amateur horticulture competi-

tion with an Amaryllis she had forced and won her first blue ribbon. “I never imagined it would be such a thrill,” Devine said. A member of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, New England Region and National Garden Clubs, Inc., members of the Norwood Evening Garden Club have been providing education and public beautification in Norwood and its surrounding communities since 1996. The Club, open to novice and expert gardeners, draws its members from Norwood, Walpole, Westwood, Dedham, Medfield, Millis, Foxboro, Randolph and Stoughton. For information about the Norwood Evening Garden Club, contact Susan Pearson at 508-668-4039 or visit www.NorwoodEveningGardenClub.com.

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Playground Safety Tips for Parents & Guardians Children are encouraged to play outdoors to exert physical effort and promote health. Few things are more exciting to young children than the opportunity to swing and scale playground obstacles. But what if the outdoor play equipment poses significant safety risks? Playground injuries have become a considerable concern for parents and caregivers across the country. According to the organization Safe Kids U.S.A., it is estimated nearly 220,000 children ages 14 and under were treated in emergency rooms for injuries associated with playground equipment in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available. From 2001 to 2008, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission investigated 40 deaths that were believed to be linked to playground equipment. The average victim's age was six years old. Of the fatalities, 68 percent were the result of hanging or asphyxiation. No one wants to prevent children from having fun, but it is essential to child safety playgrounds be

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• All children should play on age-appropriate equipment. Due to developmental differences as children age, it is essential children play on equipment that correlates to their age groups to keep play safe and fun. the National Program for Playground Safety. • Always be sure adults are there to supervise. Adult supervision is needed wherever children are playing. In school settings, where there are a number of children out at recess, there should be an ample ratio of adults to children. Adults can observe potential hazards and intercede if children are misbehaving. Playgrounds that have rope activities should be avoided, as should putting children in clothing that has string ties.

• Make sure surfaces are cushioned. Falls account for an array of playground injuries. Acceptable cushioned surfaces can help prevent more serious injuries from falls. Materials that can be used include pea gravel, sand, rubber mats, rubber tiles, and mulch. • Make sure equipment is safe. Equipment should be inspected regularly to ensure that everything is in good working order. S-hooks on swings and other hanging items should be entirely closed, and there should be no protruding bolts. Footings and steps should be in

In addition to the information provided by NPPS, the National Recreation and Park Association has conducted their own playground safety initiative, identifying 12 of the most common playground hazards and how to avoid them in their report, "The Dirty Dozen." Inadequate use zones and entrapment in openings are just two of the hazards identified by the NRPA. Individuals can download an NRPA brochure by visiting www.nrpa.org/Professional-Development/Certification/CPSI/TheDirty-Dozen/. Schools and other organizations can purchase the brochures for use in lesson plans by visiting the NRPA store. Children also need to be on the lookout for unsafe conditions. Parents and teachers can gear lessons around playground safety. By making safety a priority, children can continue to enjoy outdoor play without being injured

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It’s now easy for anyone to know how to eat right and exercise according to their body and individual fitness goals thanks to Koko FitClub’s cutting-edge Smartraining technology. It guides workouts, nutrition and eliminates roadblocks to fitness. With Smartraining, Koko FitClub has the keys to help each person get, and stay, on track to building a stronger and healthier body for life in as little as 30 minutes a day.

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Living Healthy Encourage Children to Floss Learning to brush their own teeth is a lesson all children must master. Although parents ultimately may have children who become proficient at brushing their own teeth, getting them to floss is generally more difficult.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 41 percent of children aged 2 to 11 had tooth decay in their first teeth. Dental caries are common among chil-

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Soft, sticky foods are commonplace in young kids' diets, and these can promote decay. Even well-intentioned gummy vitamins can be sources of dental decay. Oftentimes, these foods become lodged between the teeth or on the surface of molars. If left in contact with the teeth for too long, food particles become a source of carbohydrates for oral bacteria, and cavities may appear as a result. To remove food particles from between the teeth, children must floss, advises the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists. It is recommended that parents help their children to floss as soon as two teeth are touching and continue to do so until the child is around the age of 8, when a child should have enough dexterity to do it on his or her own.

into the wide array of flossing helpers available at the store. In fact, many age-appropriate flossers are now available that feature fun designs and smaller profiles to fit into kids' mouths more easily. Flossers may be attached to a handle to make back teeth more accessible and promote more effective flossing. Manufacturers such as DenTek, Butler GUM, Plackers Kids, Dr. Fresh, Oral-B, and Brush Buddies offer children's flossers.

Flossing is essential to making sure children do not experience cavities at an early age, and it can establish practices that promote oral health throughout life. Despite being so important, many parents fail to encourage flossing or are at a loss as to how to make it enjoyable and effective. ity required to wind the floss around little fingers and then thoroughly clean the teeth may discourage children. Parents can look

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Living Healthy decreased muscle tone (hypotonia) is a result of the impact of MS on the nerves. A physical therapist may use manual techniques to improve joint sensation and restore normal muscle tone.

Living With Multiple Sclerosis CONTRIBUTED BY JOHN VACOVEC, PT, OWNER OF PHYSICAL THERAPY AND SPORTS REHAB, INC. March is National MS Education and Awareness Month. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a clinical condition characterized by a loss of the myelin tissue that surrounds the nerves and aids in normal conduction of electrical

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impulses. Common symptoms include weakness in the arms or legs, loss of balance and problems with mobility and bladder function. While the condition itself cannot be cured, treatment is aimed at slowing down the progression of the disease and helping patients recover to a point where they are independent at home. Physical therapy plays an important role in the rehabilitation process and improves quality of life for patients with MS. The purpose of physical therapy is to ensure that the patient maintains a degree of functionality and is able to perform daily

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Page 14 April 4 national alliance for the mentally ill monthly meeting Neponset River House, 595 Pleasant St., 7 p.m. Mental illness is a label for a variety of diseases of the brain. Often it strikes in late adolescence, devastating the afflicted person and the family. The Alliance is composed of such families who find mutual support and join together to advocate for their loved ones. All families in the South Norfolk Country area are welcome. For further information, call Ray at 508-668-2941. April 5 new england Poets - calligraphic interpretations-opening reception Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., 5-8 p.m. From April 1-May 3, Norwood resident Cindy Rudolph and many other talented artists of the Members of Masscribes, a New England calligraphy guild, will present visual renditions of poetry by authors who have lived part or all of their lives in New England. April 6 Joey voices Norwood Theatre, 8 p.m. Fundraiser for the Norwood Scholarship Foundation. Singing Impressionist Comedian, Joey Voices is one of America’s top and most unique entertainers! Like a chameleon changes colors, Joey has the uncanny ability to change his voice to sound like the celebrity singers he imitates. Tickets are $22 in advance and $27 on the day of the show. Box Office is open weekdays, 10 am-12 pm and 3-5 pm or online at www.norwoodstage.org. April 7 the gerwick Puppets Present "aladdin and the magic lamp" Norwood Theatre, 2 p.m. This exciting story performed by The Gerwick Puppets, confronts children with the matter of good versus evil, a standard theme of fairy tales. The children are encouraged to give their advice and opinions as Aladdin tries to defeat the evil magician. Tickets are $9 for adults & $7 for children. Box Office is open weekdays, 10 am-12 pm and 3-5 pm or online at www.norwoodstage.org. April 9 massdot secretary visits nvcc british beer company, 85 Providence Hgwy., Rte 1, Walpole 7:45 a.m. The MassDOT Board and Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey announced a

plan for the next generation of transportation investment in the Commonwealth: "The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan. This is the community’s chance to ask questions about the plan and how it will affect their bottom line. Reservations are required and can be made at www.nvcc.com (Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce) or by calling 781-7691126. Price is $15, with breakfast. Norwood Women's Club Meeting Emmanuel Lutheran Parish Hall, 24 Berwick St., 12:30 p.m. Janet Singer Apple, a child survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, will share her moving story at the meeting. A light lunch will be served. You need not be a member or a resident of Norwood to attend. For more information, call Trina Mallet at 781-762-8173. April 11 World's best travel tips Morrill Memorial Library, 7 p.m. Westwood author Debbi Kickham will return to the library to talk about her latest book, "The Globetrotter's Get-Gorgeous Guide," containing diet and beauty secrets of travel and beauty pros, traveling executives, and celebrity travelers. Sign up for this free event at the library Reference or Information Desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222. Copies of her book will be available for purchase after the program for the discounted price of $20. April 13 american red cross blood drive Norwood Masons, 76 Day St. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free breakfast to all presenting donors. norwood ladies auxiliary spring Fling Party Norwood VFW, 193 Dean St. 7 p.m. There will be an Italian dinner, raffles, a cash bar, and dancing with DJ Joe O’Neil. Proceeds from a special raffle will be donated to The Education Center at the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the VFW before or at the evening of the event. All proceeds benefit the Auxiliary programs supporting the troops and the community. April 14 greater boston antique and collectable toy show holiday boston-dedham, 55 Ariadne Rd., Dedham 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Greater Boston Antique & Collectible Toy Show recaptures

Calendar your youth with over a hundred years of nostalgia on display. This important show represents nearly 100 tables of available childhood treasures. musical sundays concert: boston accent Quartet Morrill Memorial Library, 3 p.m. This dynamic and entertaining barbershop group from the North Shore is composed of Cheryl Brusket (lead), Karen Rourke (bass), Ruth Berman (tenor), and Julie Jeffery (baritone). Sign up for this free concert at the Reference or Information Desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222. April 16 clutter control: 10 reasons Why We have so much stuff Morrill Memorial Library, 7 p.m. David Downs will explain why we tend to accumulate so much stuff and what we can do about it, while making us laugh at the same time. Sign up at the library Reference or Information Desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222. April 17 bonaparte Family magic concert Civic Center, 11 a.m. This fun-filled show features lots of audience participation, hilarious age appropriate comedy and some special magical guests. $5 per person. Purchase tickets at the Norwood Civic Center. amateur radio talk with christopher Phillips Morrill Memorial Library, 7 p.m. Christopher Phillips, President of the Norwood Amateur Radio Club, will talk about the exciting hobby of "ham radio," the ways in which it improves our lives every day, and how you can get involved. Sign up for this free program at the library Reference or Information Desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222. screening of alfred hitchcock's 'rear Window' Norwood Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $7 for Students & Seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the showing. The box office will open at 6:30 pm. April 18 screening of alfred hitchcock's 'vertigo' Norwood Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $7 for Students & Seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the showing. The box office will open at 6:30 pm.

April 19 babysitter lessons & safety training BLAST is an American Academy of Pediatrics course that covers how to handle the basics of infant and childcare, how to react reponsibly to medical emergencies and injuries, perform first aid and set up and run a babysitting business. For ages 11-13. $48 per person. Sign up at Civic Center. screening of alfred hitchcock's 'Psycho' Norwood Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $7 for Students & Seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the showing. The box office will open at 6:30 pm. April 20 Fishing derby & ruer duck race Hawes Pond & Brook, 3 p.m. Enjoy a South Norwood tradition and catch over 300 stocked fish or cheer your duck on and win prizes! $3 for fishing derby of $5 for rubber ducky. Registrations at Hawes Pond on day of event. north shore acappella Norwood Theatre , 8 p.m. or over thirty years, North Shore Acappella has excited audiences throughout New England adding an experienced blend of harmony, rhythm, and tempo to songs from the 1940 s through today. Tickets are $22 for Seniors, $25 for Adults. The box office is open weekdays, 10 am-12 pm & 3-5 pm or visit www.norwoodstage.org. April 22 documentary: 'homegrown revolution' Morrill Memorial Library, 7 p.m. In celebration of Earth Day, Together Yes--the organization dedicated to promoting sustainability--will hold its fourth and final documentary of the series: "Homegrown Revolution." Sign up for this informative and entertaining evening of film and discussion at the library Reference or Information Desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222. April 23 boston globe sports Writer dan shaughnessy Morrill Memorial Library, 7 p.m. The Friends of the Library welcome Boston Globe Sports Writer Dan Shaughnessy. Please sign up at the library Reference or Information Desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222. Copies of his book will be available for sale after the program.

April 1, 2013 April 25 new healthcare legislation Norwood Police & Fire Station 7:30 p.m. The Norwood League of Women Voters Legislation Committee has invited Kaitlyn Kenney Walsh to speak to the League about the latest developments on Massachusetts Healthcare. This meeting is open to the public. If you have been wondering how the National Health Care Reform is going to impact your life, attend the meeting and have your questions answered. middle school laser tag night Civic Center, 7 p.m. Laser tag is an exciting combination of tag and hide & seek with a small Star Trek. Players compete in teams with obstacles to hide and ambush opponents. $12 per person. Must purchase tickets in advance at Civic Center. April 27 library book sale Morrill Memorial Library 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. lego learning Party Civic Center, 10:30 a.m. Learn simple math concepts while building bridges, vehicles, tunnels gardens and more. For ages 3-10. $15 for adult and child. Purchase tickets at Civic Center. comedian hypnotist Jim spinnato, Norwood Theatre, 8 p.m. Fundraiser for Hale Reservation. Since the mid 90’s Jim has amazed audiences up and down the east coast performing for corporate clients, colleges and casinos. His exciting and high energy combination of music, audience participation, comedy and hypnosis creates an unforgettable show unmatched by others. Tickets are $25. The box office is open weekdays, 10 am-12 pm & 3-5 pm or visit www.norwoodstage.org. April 28 library book sale Morrill Memorial Library, 2-4 p.m. April 30 An Insider's Look at Jury Duty Morrill Memorial Library, 7 p.m. Mike Ryan, Communications Coordinator for the Office of Jury Commissioner, will explain everything we always wanted to know about jury duty but never had the opportunity to ask. Get a rare insider's look at the history of jury duty, the one-day, one-trial system, jury delinquency, selection, disqualifications and much more. Sign up for this free event at the library Reference or Information Desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222.


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Norwood Bank Norwood Bank has been a community bank since 1889. The bank holds financial seminars for adults, however, employees Tracey A. Robbins and Christiana Rose realize that many high school students don’t know the basic financial concepts to succeed. While discussing the absence of finance classes in high school, Christiana said, “It is not a skill you necessarily learn.” Therefore, in conjunction with the nationwide America Saves program, a seminar at Norwood Bank was held to bring financial literacy to high school students. Norwood Bank’s first financial seminar for high school students, taught about the importance of savings. Tracey and Christiana stressed the importance of savings and how it is important to your future financial profile. They explained the different types of bank accounts (Savings, Checking, Money Market, etc.), but their focus was on the basics that are relevant to high school students. In order to save for long terms goals, students should open a variety of accounts, and Tracey pointed out, “At eighteen students are taking the next step.” While taking the next step, students should know how to protect themselves financially, so that their savings are not in jeopardy. Tracey and Chris-

tiana explained how you should protect important documents by shredding them. Norwood Bank holds a free shredding day which is open to the whole community. The next shred day will be held on April 27th at the bank.

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In the future, Tracey and Christiana plan to hold varied financial seminars at Norwood Bank for high school students. Some of the things they plan on teaching are credit, investment, and avoiding trouble with credit cards. “To become a good borrower you, have to be a good saver, and you have to start now,” said Tracey. Tracey and Christiana were thrilled to see so many students attend their seminar and take their own financial matters seriously. Their financial program is in its infancy, but they are working on growing it. They are thankful to Principal George Usevich, Superintendent Hayden, and Sarah Sullivan who helped Norwood Bank get attention for the seminar, and Norwood Bank would love to integrate more with the schools in the future. Tracey and Christiana said, “The key thing here is educating the community,” and “We will be working on giving students the opportunity to have a strong foundation and understanding of finance. “

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Reclaim Your Garage With An Organizing Makeover BY DEBBIE TREMBLAY When was the last time you parked your car in the garage? Ok, you can stop laughing now. After a long winter, it's time to reclaim this overlooked room with a transformational make over. Surely every member in your home has some sort of attachment level to the various items that have found refuge in this popular dumping ground. The most important

thing is to set a time when the whole family can gather and tackle the garage together so that special items may not get overlooked by accident. Begin by clearing out section by section and donate or recycle all items that are no longer utilized, in working condition or serve no purpose in your families’ life. The biggest culprits are sports and camping equipment, hobby accessories, old and rusty tools, shovels,

etc. Safely dispose of old paints, chemicals, etc. Now is also the perfect time to eliminate broken shovels and ice scrapers. If you have a shed, consider removing all signs of winters’ past, and place all shovels, ice melt, skates, skis sleds, snow blowers away in the shed to make room for summer and all the things you’ll be utilizing during the warmer months.

Once decluttered, it's time to return the remaining items back to their designated zones, including lawn maintenance equipment, electric tools, sporting and camping equipment, etc.

Maximize the wall with a securely mounted pegboard system or tool strips. Hooks come in a variety of sizes that allow you to hang rakes, shovels, tools, hoses, brooms, etc.

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Affordable Chic at Attitudes Boutique Style isn’t what you buy. . . it's how you wear it. . .it's all in the Attitude. BY BELLA CAGGIANO The variety of merchandise offered at small stores and boutiques cannot compare to the mass-produced larger chain market, and women who prefer or desire to wear those unique original pieces will be delighted in the collection at Norwood's newest specialty store, Attitudes Boutique. Attitudes is a hidden gem located within the newly developed WinSmith Mill, Norwood's newest and coolest cluster of vintage independently-owned stores specializing in recycled goods. Attitudes owner Connie Begley was one of the original vendors when WinSmith opened its doors last year and offered a diverse medley of vintage leather and one of a kind sample lines. Since the opening, however, her shop has expanded into a charming

store filled with an eclectic selections of upscale, inStyle women's clothing and accessories. "When I came to WinSmith, I was going to offer vintage leather, but it has evolved into a more comprehensive boutique," Begley said. :I love what I do and I love to see so many happy customers." Attitudes searches for top designer line samples in an array of colors and styles that specialize in feminine, comfort, and style while flattering a wide variety of figures. The spring/summer inventory has arrived and includes names, such as Chalet, Cutloose, Color Me Cotton, Avalin, Willow and Luna Luz. "I choose these lines because they are comfortable, wash and wear and made in the USA," Begley said.

In addition to clothing, Attitudes carries a wide variety of accessories ranging from an exclusive leather/silver jewelry line “Escape from Paris”, Maruca handbags, belts, scarves and interesting tote bags. The entire selection at this unique boutique is filled with layers of unusual designs, one-of-a-kind always changing inventory, and high quality pieces that look and feel expensive without the burden of a hefty pricetag. "The store has a high-end look, but a fit and price for the savviest fashionista," Begley said. Begley is very familiar with the clothing industry and designing trends from her instinctive eye for fashion and her previous experience as owner of her Natick boutique, Gabriella's Closet. She

recognizes that women want the best wardrobe and fit that will enhance their look and suit their wallet. "No one wants to give up quality for price and style and that's what I give people at Attitudes," Begley said. In only a few months, Attitudes has already assumed a loyal following and customers regularly return to search through the continually refreshed inventory and discover new one-of-a-kind pieces. Attitudes is open every weekend, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 124:30 p.m. The Winsmith Market is located at 61 Endicott St., off of Rte. 1A, in building 23 (look for the red doors).

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House smaller items in labeled compartments or boxes that are attached to, or sit on the shelves. Inexpensive shelving units can be used for automotive supplies, bags, boxes, buckets, flowerpots, paint cans, spray bottles and others. Arrange them by category, putting like items altogether. In addition to wall space, you can make use of the ceiling as storage space as well. Install strong hooks to hang ladders & bicycles. Moreover, install a storage shelf from the ceiling for occasionally used items such as Christmas décor and lights, camping equipment, etc. Seasonal items don’t need to be in plain sight on a daily basis when you only need to be looking for them once a year. To keep you family safe, place all flammable and poisonous items in a locked flameproof cabinet. If you can envision it, you can create it. Not only will you be proud to open your garage doors once again, you'll be the envy of the neighborhood. Just think of the garage as an extended room to the house in which your car wishes to reside in, and not as a wasteland for all the unimportant things that didn’t find a purpose inside your home. It’s a garage, not an island of misfits! www.OrganizingGenie.com


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Norwood High School April Varsity Athletic Schedule High school sports is an opportunity to watch some very skilled and dedicated athletics compete with their rivals and neighboring schools. This month, why not cut out of work early and take in one of their exciting games and cheer on the Mustangs as they represent their and our hometown! April Monday 1 • 03:45 PM Girls Varsity Lacrosse @ Foxborough High School

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Monday 8 • 03:45 PM Girls Varsity Softball @ Dedham High School

• 04:00 PM Girls Varsity Lacrosse @ Dedham High School

• 03:45 PM Boys Varsity Baseball vs. Dedham High School • 03:45 PM Girls Varsity Tennis @ Newton North High School • 03:45 PM Boys Varsity Tennis @ Newton North High School

• 04:00 PM Boys Varsity Volleyball @ Norwood High School • 04:30 PM Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Dedham High School • 04:30 PM Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Dedham High School

• 03:45 PM Boys Varsity Baseball vs. Dedham High School

Friday 12 • 03:45 PM Girls Varsity Tennis @ Foxborough High School

Tuesday 2 •TBA Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ Scituate High School

• 03:45 PM Girls Varsity Softball @ Dedham High School

• 03:45 PM Boys Varsity Tennis @ High School

• 04:00 PM Boys Varsity Volleyball

• 03:45 PM Boys Varsity Baseball vs. King Philip High School

• 03:45 PM Girls Varsity Softball @ Milton High School

• 04:00 PM Boys Varsity Volleyball @ Wellesley MS/HS

• 03:45 PM Boys Varsity Baseball vs. King Philip High School

• 03:45 PM Boys Varsity Baseball vs. Milton High School

Tuesday 9 • 04:00 PM Girls Varsity Lacrosse @ Brookline High School

Saturday 13 • 02:00 PM Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ Norwell High School

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Norwood Sports The baseball and softball teams continually make the tournament year after year. Last year, the baseball team finished the regular season with a 15-5 record and advanced into the Division 1 South Tournament where they eventually lost to Xaverian in the Semi-Finals. The softball team, which had gone 20-0 for two years, lost a lot of quality pitchers, but returned to the post-season last year after going 10-8. Unfortunately the girls drew Walpole in the first round and were sent packing 4-1.

Spring Sports BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY As we say goodbye to all the snow that Mother Nature threw our way this winter, we look not only to the warmer weather, but spring and the high school sports that are associated with the blooming season. Spring is the second busiest athletic time at Norwood High School with over 400 participating athletes taking part in nine different sports on three levels. Of the nine varsity sports, five should be headed to their respective tournaments, while as many as seven could possibly make post-season play. Baseball, softball, volleyball, boys and girls lacrosse, as well as individuals in both boys and girls track have high hopes of advancing into the post-season tournament. The two tennis teams are making considerable progress, but don’t look to qualify this year. However, this is high school sports and anything is possible. “We’re very excited about going into the spring season, the kinks should be out of the way now with our new complex,” Norwood Athletic Director Brian McDonough said. “The only thing holding us back is the weather. All of the coaches would love to be practicing outside, but it’s not possible with all the snow that we had; we’re lucky to have two or three facilities in addition to the high school we can use to practice.”

Both lacrosse teams made it into the tournament last spring and are looking to do the same again this year. The boys finished 13-5 and lost to Catholic Memorial in the first round of the Division 2 East tournament, while the girls compiled a 10-8 record and they fell to Westwood, the eventual Division 1 South Champion. “Both teams are once again looking strong and should compete on a high level to earn a spot in the tournament,” McDonough said. “I’m really excited about the girls season with Alison Ryan, who will be heading to UMASS Amherst to play lacrosse next year. They should have an exceptionally strong season this year.” The boys track team should have an easier road to the tournament, but the girls team is very enthused about new coach

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The boys volleyball team improved tremendously last spring picking up 8 wins and just missing out on the tournament. This year, they are hoping to eclipse that 8-win mark and earn a postseason appearance; and that shouldn’t be too much of an issue with a lot of last year’s team back. The two tennis teams are making progress and more than likely will not come close to extending their seasons, but McDonough likes what he sees in the increased number of kids that are coming out for the programs. “The boys program was near

extinction, but Coach (John) Churchill has created enthusiasm within the program and it’s becoming popular,” McDonough said. “He’s not enticing typical athletes, but he’s breathing new life into the program. They’ll be looking to improve on last year’s four win season.” The girls coach Carl Briggs has taken a new approach by inviting his athletes to his place of work, Wimbledon 109, to work on their skills. According to McDonough, the team has struggled in the past and is still looking for their first win, but there is hope and he remains optimistic.


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Mark Saulnier Norwood Wrestling

sophomore year he split the season with the JV and varsity squads wrestling at 189-lbs, where he wound up finishing third in the sectionals.

tournament began, I was wrestling at the top of my game. My ability seemed to peak at the right time and I rode it through the tournament.”

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“I really didn’t know all that much about the sport, I was rather clueless,” he said. “That year my mindset was just to go out and learn. I was looking to develop as a wrestler.”

While Saulnier was on the top of the wrestling world as a junior, things didn’t go exactly as he had hoped this past season, his final one at Norwood.

Looking for a way to get an edge in baseball, Norwood High School'l Mark Saulnier turned to wrestling in the winter season his sophomore year. What he accomplished in three short years is simply short of a miracle. As a junior wrestling in the 195-pound weight class, Saulnier captured the Mustang’s first individual state championship in more than 20 years. “I was getting bored with basket-

ball and heard that wrestling was a good workout,” the Norwood catcher said. “I had no friends on the team and only knew of two or three others, but I had a little bit of interest in the sport so during my sophomore year I made the change.” Wrestling helped the now senior to shed about 30 pounds and become a lot more quicker down the line, but what Saulnier did on the mat was amazing. During his

By finishing third in the sectionals during his first ever season, it opened Saulnier’s eyes to improve. Following that inaugural year, he hit the gym hard and became an astute learner of the sport. When he returned for his second season, he was ready. “Going into that season, winning a championship was not on my mind," Saulnier said. "I was focused to win, but my overall goal was to improve. By the time the

“Winning a state championship was crazy and something that a lot of athletes can’t say they accomplished in only their second season,” Saulnier said. “This year though there was a lot of pressure to do it again. I had set the bar higher and there was a big target on my back because I was the defending champion.” The season wasn’t a total loss as Saulnier finished the regular season with a 25-2 record and eventually lost in the Division 2

sectionals. “There was a lot of pressure on him coming into this season after what he accomplished last year,” Norwood Coach Dan McQuade said. “It’s tough to repeat as champion, never mind with the large amount of talented wrestlers in Massachusetts, but Mark held his head high and performed admirably.” Although he knew that the stakes to repeat where not in his favor, Saulnier was upset with his senior performance. “It was disappointing and not what I was expecting,” he said. “On the brighter side, I’ll always have that state championship and can say that I did a lot more than most people do in their first three years in the sport.”

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2013 Norwood TONY Award Recipient: Will Carroll BY BELLA CAGGIANO The Norwood TONY (Ten Outstanding Norwood Youths) Awards were initiated over 40 years ago to recognize exceptional Norwood youths in grades 10-12 for their significant contributions that included their time, effort and talent with voluntary contributions to their church, community and other worthy causes. To be eligible, the students must be Norwood residents but can attend schools outside of town. A panel of five judges, one from the business community, one from the town clergy, one from town officers, one from the Women's Community committee and one from the Masons, review their individual nomination where they must answer five questions and a 300word essay on what community services means to them. Through blind judging, each nominee is given a score and the top ten result in a TONY Award. The Norwood Masons, who acquired the program 18 years ago, hosts an annual awards banquet in honor of the award winners.

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Bay State Animal Cooperative’s Cats for Adoption To apply for any of our adoptable cats visit our website at www.baystateanimals.org, complete our application and email it to info@baystateanimals.org. Visit our other adoptable cats through our website or send us your inquiry!

Meet Sabbath and his house mate Tyson:

Sabbath & Tyson These two handsome boys are more than ready for their forever home. Both boys came from a home consistently over ridden with unaltered cats. The irresponsible though kind-hearted owner had to move and could no longer care for all of the cats in her home. BSAC rescued 5. They have become regulars at the Petco adoption center where they reside. We are seeking a home for both boys to live together as they are truly best friends. Their black and white markings are unique and their extra toes are extra ordinary. They are extremely affectionate, fun, and very gentle.

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They get along fine with a variety of other cats.

Meet Peggy: Peggy is a black short-haired cat. She sounds so plain in writing but is far from plain. She is an example Peggy of a cat that was disposed of when an owner moved along in life and did not need feel the need to take her along. Even as a dumped cat in an elderly housing complex she still forgave her past owner and still appreciates the human love she now gets. Peggy can be seen at the Norwood Petco store. She may not prefer to live with other cats even though she has existed amongst others. She seeks a home where she can be the one her humans pamper.

Meet Nemo: Nemo and his 2 siblings were rescued from an elderly ladies back yard, where they were born 6-8 months ago. Their mom went missing and BSAC was called to take the kitties. Since they had human contact early in life they were able to be socialized. Nemo is a stunning orange tiger with very intense eyes. He is very timid but can easily be picked up and held for cuddle time. He is looking for a patient, quiet home to come out of his shell and live forever. He can be seen at the Petco store in Norwood. Spring will “spring” so many unwanted cats and kittens into our communities that the euthanasia rate will sky rocket within animal control agencies and open admission shelters. No-kill organizations like ourselves will sadly have to decline taking in many of these deserving animals due to lack of resources. This is a overwhelming LOSE:LOSE situation for the helpless, homeless and surrendered cats and kittens every spring.

Don’t be a by-stander, contact local no-kill organizations as soon as you see or hear of cats or kittens needing assistance. Do not wait for the kittens to grow up because they are “so cute” or for the mom’s to get pregnant again and again. ACT now. Here’s how it works in the no-kill world of animal rescue (according to Bay State Animal Cooperative that is): The Appearance of Outdoor Stray, Feral or Dumped Cats

Dramatization 1: People see these animals around their work or home. They start feeding them. They worry about them. They see adults mating and kittens born. They see cats fighting, and injuries result. They become territorial and develop other bad behaviors. The wonderful people keep feeding. The group (called a colony) grows in size and the new born kittens, without immediate intervention will become feral. The cycle continues and the caretakers now panic, deplete their personal resources and call rescue groups to help. The rescue group starts the nationally recognized Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program and within their means, assists these people. The colony is controlled over a long period of time resulting in many “volunteer” man hours, resources and obstacles. Here’s how the no-kill rescue groups prefer the above situation be handled: The Appearance of Outdoor Stray, Feral or Dumped Cats

Dramatization 2: People see these animals around their work or home. Even 1 cat is cause for alarm and should be ad-

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PET CORNER dressed. They worry enough and immediately contact a local no-kill organization or seek a TNR resource or adoption evaluation option. They set up a feeding station and shelter for these cats and start feeding them on a consistent basis. They prevent growth of the colony by immediately practicing TNR through the many resources available to them within their local and state boundaries. They intervene early enough to eliminate or drastically reduce mating, bad behaviors, and injuries which are prominent amongst unaltered cat colonies. TNR promotes altering, vaccinating and ear tipping the cats in a colony which establishes it as controlled and maintained. The wonderful people keep feeding. This is a more efficient and productive approach to the problem which ties up less total volunteer hours while cooperatively utilizing many resources to accomplish the task at hand.

Please Support The “I’m Animal Friendly” License Plate Proceeds directly assist groups like the Bay State Animal Cooperative’s mission

Current Donation Requests We are seeking HALO brand wet and dry cat food for our Petco adoption center in Norwood. A limited supply of this food is donated to us by Petco however this greatly appreciated donation is not enough and it is in needs to be subsidized. ANY donation is welcomed, a can, a bag, etc.

business. Drop off supplies at Petco in Norwood, with receipts and your name please or send gift cards and financial donations to: BSAC, 47 Windsor Rd., Norwood, Mass. 02062

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Cultivate an Herb Garden Many people cultivate gardens both inside and outside of their homes with a focus on adding aesthetic appeal to their property. But a garden that boasts plants that are edible and pleasing to the eye is a possibility as well.

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Planting an herb garden is a creative way to enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of a wide variety of plants. Using fresh-harvested herbs in culinary endeavors imparts a taste that dried spices cannot match. What's more, fresh herbs are often easy to cultivate.

Herbs will grow best in wellprepared soil. Make sure that it is rich in organic matter and drains well. Also, for plants like parsley, be sure to have deep pots or dig deeply in the garden to establish long taproots.

Herbs are versatile, capable of lending great flavor to foods while also playing different roles in personal health and beauty. Herbs can be grown to perfume homes and bodies. There are herbs that are also purported to help with ailments, from upset stomachs to anxiety. When planting an herb garden, you may want to pay particular attention to the types of flavors and smells you like in your home and cooking. This will help you to narrow down the

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home M A R K E T P L A C E Who is Responsible for Repairs During a Home Sale? Many questions arise during the home-buying process. Buyers looking at homes that require a good deal of TLC may wonder who is responsible for the home's repairs, particularly if such repairs are needed to secure a certificate of occupancy. Depending on the situation, there is no clear-cut answer. There is no perfect home, and things that are acceptable to the current owner may not be acceptable to the buyer who is looking to become the next owner. The homebuying process is typically a careful cooperation between buyer and seller to find a middle ground. The buyer may have to make some concessions, as will the seller. Ultimately, it is this cooperation that often determines if the sale goes through or is terminated. Before any negotiations can begin regarding repairs, it is adviseable for a buyer to have an independent inspector come out and look over the home and property. Most real estate agents will suggest this be done as a first priority -even before a contract is entered on the home. An inspection will unveil any potential problems in a

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