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Prayers Fill Common for Marathon Victims By PatriCk CoLeman Over 50 people gathered on Wrentham Town Common to support the victims and families of the horrific Boston Marathon bombing that took three lives and injured over a 100 on Monday, April 15. The prayer service was held at 7 p.m. and was put together by Joseph Botaish, Gail Pratt and the local spiritual leader-

ship from Wrentham's churches. "The events that happened at today's marathon affect us all in many ways," Botaish said. "I find the best thing to do at a time like this is to get together and pray." The service opened with the words of St. Mary Parish priest Bill Lohan who noted that we gather on Patriots' Day, a day where we remember

the bravery of the men and women who fought so long ago for freedom. Lohan prayed for both those injured and the first responders. "We commend those who died today and those who have been injured to your love and your care," Lohan said in his prayer. "We thank

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KP Wrestler Excelled In Tourney Byrne’s Desire, Dedication Led To Sectional Crown By ken Hamwey, Staff Sports Writer Kevin Byrne will always have fond memories of the events that transpired at the Division 2 Central Sectional wrestling tourney at Quabbin Regional High School in February. The King Philip senior, who was the top-seed in the 106-pound category, drew a bye in the first round, then proceeded to pin his next two opponents to become the tournament’s champion in his weight class. Byrne’s efforts were significant for a variety of reasons. He became the Warriors’ only sectional champ, representing a team that was sub-.500 and in the middle of a major rebuilding plan. The 18-year-old’s triumph also was a victory for those who rely on desire and dedication to achieve goals and for those who physically may not be big in stature. “Kevin is quiet, humble and committed,’’ said Scott Flaherty, the KP wrestling coach. “He worked hard in the off-season and he stayed after practice to improve. He’s very dedicated. He wasn’t a captain but he took on that role unofficially and became a respected leader.’’

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you for the bravery and love that was shown by all those who responded today in Boston to this tragedy. We ask you to be with them as they process what they've been through and to help them heal." Senior Pastor Kenneth Landin, Original Congregational Church spoke of the need for all of us "to be in community" as the a result of the events in Boston. "Our response is to be both shocked and saddened by the attack at such an iconic event as the Boston Marathon," Landin said. "We come to offer prayers for the victims to offer thanksgiving to emergency responders and health care works and for peace and security to return to our Commonwealth." Landin continued by saying, "We remember that the gifts of freedom and liberty come at the cost of being open and vulnera-


ble and to be exposed to those who will take it away with violence and threats of harm. It is at these times that our souls are tested and identity is challenged." Landin also discussed how at moments of tragedy people can help by giving of themselves. "One of the greatest gifts that God has given us to give to others is ourselves," he said. "We may always offer consolation, comfort and especially in moments of crisis we may remind each other of the promises of faith that may encourage us today, tonight, and in all the work we do in building community in the days to come." Pastor Doug Pettit from the Sheldonville Baptist Church also spoke of prayers for those who died tragically and the first responders that comforted the victims. "We gather this evening to weep with those whose lives have been shattered by tragedy," he said. "We gather to pray for those affected and for those who are giving of themselves even now to lend aid."

St. Mary Parish Pastor Bill Schmidt told those gathered how he and his family waited for word on his nephew Eric, a Boston Police officer stationed at the Marathon's finish line, the site of the bombing. His nephew is scheduled to be married on Saturday and his finance is a nurse who was working the medical tents at the race. The hours since the explosions were a time of waiting. "For my family it is a time of unknowing and dread," he said. "So many families are feeling that this evening." State Representative Dan Winslow also attended. He held a lit candle throughout the ceremony. "I wanted to come here and join you all in thought and prayer," he said. "Today is a day of prayer and reflection to connect with the people who need us most and tomorrow is a day for resolve." Members of Wrentham Fire Department were on

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4-H Members Win State Competition Members of the Tiny Teacups 4-H Club of Wrentham Daria Fabiano, Corrinne Lombardi, Erin Doolin, Erin Flanagan, Maria Fabiano and Rachel Degidio attended the Massachusetts 4-H Visual Presentation Competition held at Bedford Middle School Saturday. Lombardi, and Daria and Maria Fabiano all captured first place blue rosette ribbons in their categories at the state public speaking competition.

Giant Spring Yard Sale Planned Wrentham Boy Scout Troop 131 will hold a giant spring yard sale on Saturday, May 18th. The yard sale will have items for everyone. There will be toys for the kids and other items for adults. Proceeds from the sale will go to Troop 131 to help maintain camping equipment and fund Troop activities. The yard sale will take place at the Wrentham Center parking lot at the corner of South Street (Route 1A)and Route 140. It will begin at 9 am and end at 2 pm. There will be bikes, sports equipment, books, toys, clothing, household items, exercise equipment and more.

Wrentham Memorial Day Schedule The annual Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 27th starting at 10:30 a.m. All marching units will assemble on Randall Road at 10 a.m. All veterans are invited to march in the parade whether or not in uniform. Those who have served after September 11, 2001 and those veterans recently returned from Iraq and

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The parade will step off from Randall Rd. and proceed to the Center Cemetery where a ceremony will be held. The parade will then continue to Wrentham Common for ceremonies at the war monuments.

Also, at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, members of the American Legion and Sons of the American Legion Post 225 rifle squad and color guard will pay tribute to deceased veterans at memorial sites throughout the town.


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Wrentham Lions White Cane Day In recognition of White Cane Day, the Wrentham Lions Club is holding its annual “Toll Road” on Saturday May 4, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wrentham Center. Funds donated will be used for Lions Charities such as Perkins Schools for the Blind, National Braille Press and the Clara Barton Diabetes Center for Children. Local charities include the Wrentham Food Pantry, scholarships, and numerous elder services. White Cane Day is promoted to help provide a better understanding of what a white cane means and how pedestrians and motorists can assist white cane users and guide dog users at street crossings. Massachusetts has a White Cane Law

which requires drivers to yield to persons using a white cane or guide dog. The white cane is a symbol of independence allowing a legally blind person to travel independently when using it. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with nearly 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about the Wrentham Lions Club please visit our website at

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Clean Sweep of Gold Medals for King Philip Music Groups It was an unprecedented weekend of achievements for many King Philip music groups. Six different performing groups were involved in the Massachusetts Instrumental Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) annual festival held at various sites throughout Massachusetts. The MICCA festival is designed to promote excellence in musical performance and is held across parts of Massachusetts over 3 days. More than 200 groups from throughout the state participated and medals are awarded to the participating ensembles

by a distinguished panel of music educators, who discuss the fine points of each performance with the students. Only 15% are awarded the gold medal for Superior Performance. The High School Symphony Band, High School Concert Band and High School Chorus all received a gold medal. The Middle School 7th Grade Band and Middle School 8th Grade band also received gold medals, and to perfect the sweep the Middle School Chorus received gold.

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The Franklin Art Association will hold its 42nd spring show and sale at the Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary located at 108 North Street, Norfolk, MA. The show is free and open to the public with artwork on display Saturday, May 4th, from 11 a.m. to 5p.m., and Sunday, May 5th, from 12 to 4 p.m. A talented group of member artists will be entering their work into this multi-media ju-

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pastel/charcoal and mixed media paintings, along with photographic works. Members will also have bins of unframed artwork for sale. Many of the artists will be there throughout the show painting or taking photos of the grounds. An awards ceremony will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. Complimentary food and soft drinks will be served.

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The Federated Church of Norfolk will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 4 and June 1 from 8 to 10 a.m. The breakfast buffet includes homemade pancakes, ham, sausage, hash brown potatoes, scrambled eggs, homemade biscuits with sausage gravy, and cinnamon rolls. Omelets and fresh eggs are cooked to order. All you can eat for $7, with a senior citizen cost of $5. Breakfast is free for children under age 10. The Federated Church is located at the corner of Main Street and Route 115 across from the Town Common. The breakfast is served in the church vestry, which is handicapped accessible. For more information, contact the church office, 508-528-0262. We thank all who have attended our breakfasts this year. There will be no breakfasts in July and August. Look for information about upcoming breakfasts in September.

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The Old Bean Antiques Serves Up Unique Spring Collectibles & Refreshments Fling Shopping Night On Thursday, May 2nd, 7 to 10 p.m., at The Franklin Country Club, 672 East Central St., Franklin you’re invited to a fabulous evening of shopping. Grab your girlfriends and get ready to shop til you drop among an exciting selection of vendors and retailers including: Stella & Dot Arbonne Partylites The Pink Poppy …Still Tees Pampered Chef Tastefully Simple Scout by Bungalow Tupperware Ava Anderson Non Toxic B Buckled Miche Bags And many more!

When Christine Malmquist, owner of The Old Bean Antiques, first viewed her 3,000 square foot space in the budding WinSmith Mill Market, in Norwood, she envisioned a charming coffee shop where customers would enjoy hot and cold beverages and feast on delicious accompaniments on antique furniture that was for sale. When she started furnishing the store, however, she discovered so many valued treasures, she simple had to share them on a larger scale. Her original vision transformed into a unique antique boutique filled with vintage and primitive pieces, and yes, there are still refreshments, but they are now free while shopping.

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Malmquist was the first dealer who committed to a lease in the Mill, and she choose a fantastic space on the ground level with exposed beams and exposed piping and original wood lining the walls and ceiling. In her mind, it was the most fitting area to display her vintage collection.

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FSPA Student Joins Networks National Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast FRANKLIN, MA – Jack Mullen, 11, from Millis, has concluded an exciting and successful 5-week run as Chip in the NETworks National Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Jack joined the West Coast leg of the tour, with performances in Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, Palm Desert and Los Angeles, California. By special invitation of the national touring company, Jack also

will have the opportunity to perform the role in Rhode Island on Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. when the production comes to the Providence Performing Arts Center for three days. A musical theater student at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), Jack was cast in the role through FSPA’s association with Broadway Artists Alliance

(BAA) of New York City. In January, Jack traveled to Manhattan with FSPA Founder and Director Raye Lynn Mercer and 22 fellow students for FSPA’s annual BAA weekend of master classes with Broadway performers, directors and choreographers. Jack was part of a smaller group of students invited back in February to participate in a 3-day BAA Intensive that culminated in a

Wrentham Resident Places in District Mathematics Competition Anneka Ignatius of Wrentham, a student at Dayspring Christian Academy of Attleboro, was among the top five finishers in her grade during the 2013 Eastern Massachusetts/Rhode Island District Math Olympics recently sponsored by the Association of Christian Schools International in Barrington. Ignatius finished second in the Grade 7 Reasoning phase of the competition. According to faculty adviser Deryck Maason, a total of 12 DCA students placed in the event, which

Jack sang and read for the role on a Monday morning, learned he had earned the part that afternoon, and flew out to California seven days later to join the tour. Less than one week after that, Jack was on stage at Sacramento’s Community Center Theater in his first performance as Chip.

attracted contestants in Grades 3 through 8 from 10 ACSI-affiliated schools in the two states. Dayspring Christian Academy is a nondenominational private school offering schools grades Kindergarten through 8 as well as a preschool for 4year-olds and 5-year-olds and a daycare center for children of six months and older. Further information about the school is available by calling 508-7615552, or by accessing its Web site

Jack described the process as both nerve-wracking and exciting. FSPA provides students with audition coachings and guidance with resumes, headshots, repertoire and dress, so he felt prepared to meet the challenge: “I’ve learned how important it is to have a positive attitude, make a good first impression, and be yourself, along with all the technical skills.” Still, he said, “I did not see this coming!”

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A fifth grader, Jack was tutored on the road and traveled with his mom, Nicole. His brother, Ryan, father and grandparents joined him at points during the tour. Jack was excited to meet new people, see other parts of this country, perform on different stages, and learn the ropes of being part of a national tour and professional company. “When I started classes and performing it was just for fun, but now I would like to do it professionally,” he said. “There are no real words to describe how it feels being onstage and backstage. It’s so much fun!” At FSPA, Jack has studied musical theater since the first grade and has also taken tap, boys’ dance, acting, piano and voice. He was Linus in FSPA’s SummerStage 2012 production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and has appeared as Fritz in The Nutcracker and as Tiny Tim in Humbug! with the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC).

Jack was most recently in FPAC’s presentation of The Sound of Music, performing in the production’s Festival Children’s Ensemble the weekend prior to his California departure. Nicole Mullen said her son has always shown a lot of enthusiasm for the performing arts and that his interest has only grown with each class and performance. “His FSPA and FPAC experiences inspired his passion and helped shape and prepare him,” she noted. “With each show, he’s learned how to conduct himself backstage and express himself onstage. It’s been a great introduction to understanding how a production is put together and what is expected of you.” FSPA’s affiliation with Broadway Artists Alliance began when BAA Founder and Director Jennifer Johns cast and music directed FSPA students locally for the Boston run of the 2000 National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and subsequently for the 2004 National Tour of Evita. For more information about NETworks presentation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the awardwinning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, including show dates and itinerary, visit m. To learn more about the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, call (508) 528-8668 or visit

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Coffee Roaster Grows Business in Sheldonville By Patrick Coleman Among the fresh vegetables and honey offered at the White Barn Farm roadside stand, one can also find clear bags of freshly roasted coffee. Thanks to Phil Johnson, owner of Sheldonville Roasters, and his commitment to providing a high quality, reasonably priced specialty coffee, local consumers are able to pick up a bag within days, if not hours, of roasting. “I consider it a service that I'm providing freshly roasted quality coffee to my neighbors and the surrounding community at a responsible price,” Johnson says. Based in Johnson’s home, Sheldonville Roasters started first with him roasting coffee for his own consumption and to give it as gifts to family and friends. “People just loved the coffee so much they said, ‘It's a shame you can't get this stuff in a supermarket,’” he remembers. “There is no place to buy coffee like this in the area.” So he branched out. Johnson approached Lawton Farm in Foxboro. They agreed to sell his coffee, and it was well received. He then started placing it at different farmers' markets. One day he stopped by Wrentham’s White Barn Farm on South St. and told farmers Christy and Chris Kantlehner that he roasted coffee right down the road in Sheldonville. They told him to bring his stuff down to their roadside stand. He also has bags of his coffee in Wampum Corner Liquors and online at While his distribution has grown, his business is still small and one that he does part time. But it’s also a business he takes very seriously. He was just awarded the Roaster's Guild Level One Certification which requires passing tests, attending classes and logging 100 hours of coffee roasting. He hopes to attain his Level Two certification at the end of this year. “It's like any professional certification,” Johnson says. “You're basically judged by your peers as having the body of knowledge to be able to roast coffee using the best practices that they've set down for both hygiene safety and quality.” Johnson is also a licensed QGrader which means he has the ability to grade coffee quality. This too required passing several tests including a week of tasting and grading coffee. “I sampled over 500

cups of coffee in a one week period,” he explained. “The tests are all sensory perception…detecting flavors, levels of acidity, salinity, sweetness. You taste a lot of delicious coffees and some not so delicious coffees.” The certifications, he says, give his customers a level of confidence. Johnson roasts and sells a wide variety of coffee scouring it from various parts of the world. He works with green importers, purchases coffee at auctions, and he also works directly from plantations and farms. He’ll pick up his deliveries directly from the airport and will roast it in one of his two roasters. One he built can roast up to 3 pounds of coffee and the other is a roaster from the mid-twentieth century that does 7 pounds. He says the process of roasting coffee is like popping corn. “It's a very similar process,” he explains. The coffee beans are heated under his watchful eye and nose, where he


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FSPA Slates Auditions for Summerstage Production of Shrek the Musical The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will hold placement auditions for the SummerStage 2013 production of Shrek the Musical on Saturday, May 11. The annual SummerStage musical theater program features a new extended one-week format and will culminate in two performances at Showcase Live at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. SummerStage is open to students in grades 3-12 and runs from July 8-13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with performances at 2 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. There also will be two jumpstart dates for the SummerStage cast on June 12 and 15. Auditions on May 11 are for placement purposes only; all SummerStage students will be cast in the full-length production, a stage musical adaptation of the smash-hit animated

movie. All ages will be considered for all roles. Auditions will be held at 1:30 for grades 3-5, 2:15 for grades 6-8, and 3:00 for grades 9 and up. Please prepare 16 measures of a musical theater song. Students also will be asked to dance a simple combination taught at the audition. Additional auditions will be scheduled by appointment for anyone unable to attend on May 11. In addition to the SummerStage program, FSPA also will offer an eight-week session of voice, instrumental and dance classes, running from June 25 to August 16. Students may register for the entire session or take classes for select weeks, with pro-rated tuition. The School’s Ballet Conservatory will feature two Summer Ballet Intensives: Summer Session I for the Pre-Profes-

sional Division from July 15August 1 and Summer Session II for the Young Dancer Division from August 12-23. FSPA’s roster of one-week performing arts camps includes Camp GLEE, Dance Camp, Contemporary Dance Styles Camp, Broadway Camp and Acting Camp, as well as Little Gems Ballet Camp, Creative Kids Camp and Little Music School Experience for younger children. Creative two- and three-day workshops include FlashMob Fun, Rock Out, Up Your Game and Vocal Styles. To register for summer programs, call FSPA at (508) 5288668. For further information, including a summer session brochure with full program descriptions and dates, call or visit online at

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Wrentham and Norfolk Officials Attend “Responding to School-Based Violence” Conference Wrentham police Detective Lt. William McGrath, and Freeman Kennedy School Adjustment Counselor Cheryl Lassey and psychologist Ginnie Milano attended the “Responding to School-Based Violence” conference hosted by Norfolk DA Michael Morrissey and Norfolk Advocates for Children last week. Sessions addressed complex issues including the developmental impact on children who experience bullying, harassment, dating violence and other trauma, and specific strategies for responding to those events at different age levels. Other presentations detailed the services that the non-profit NAC offers to area communities, including training on Massachusetts laws governing the mandated reporter statute, teen dating violence, bullying, cyber-bullying and other issues that threaten the well-being of children. “Norfolk Advocates for Children is a public-private partnership of more than 50 agencies – including all 27 Norfolk County police departments, hospitals, state agencies, and private health professionals – with the shared goal of helping

children who have been abused and helping prevent future abuse,” District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said. “Today’s seminars were an important part of the work we do, and I am very pleased to have the Wrentham Police Department's participation.” More than 75 school and police personnel from across the county attended the event, which was held March 28 in conference space donated by the Bank of Canton. The project is supported by a federal grant from the US Department of Justice Programs.

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“We will provide this for whichever school facility the community chooses,” Morrissey said. “Then, local police and the school officials can use that assessment report as a template to craft plans to keep safe children in other school buildings in the district as they see the opportunity.” The Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council, or MetroLEC, is a consortium of 43 local police and sheriff departments that shares resources, equipment and expertise. The organization has developed a comprehensive Incident Management Protocols and Critical Tasks – I.M.P.A.C.T. – program, designed to help schools and police decrease or prevent injuries if a violent school event occurs. Morrissey has negotiated to have the work done for any city or town in Norfolk County, and he will use money forfeited to his office in successful drug prosecutions – and not tax dollars – to fund it.

DA Morrissey offers Towns a School Safety Assessment from MetroLEC Morrissey is also offering every town in his district a comprehensive school safety assessment, providing improved planning and security in the event of a violent school incident. “This is very important work, and Wrentham Chief of Police Jim Anderson pictued with I want to make it as easy as DA Michael Morrissey.

Wrentham Household Hazardous Waste and Donation Event Wrentham's Annual Household Hazardous Waste Day and Donation Events will be held Saturday, May 11th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. HHWD will be at the DPW Lot and the Donation Event will be held in the Senior Center Lot, both located at 360 Taunton St. A complete list of acceptable items will be available soon on the Town of Wrentham website under Recycling. For questions email

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• Products containing mercury (see mercury items below) • Antifreeze, brake fluid, and transmission fluid • Auto batteries • Used motor oil • Propane tanks with collection fee • Auto and truck tires with collection fee WE WILL NOT ACCEPT: • Commercial or industrial waste • Latex paints and stains (use up or dry out and throw in trash) • Explosives, fireworks, and ammunition • Biological or medical waste, dioxins • Smoke detectors, radioactive or reactive materials Please do NOT bring LATEX paint! Latex paint can be dried and put in with your regular trash. FEES CHARGED FOR THE FOLLOWING :

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ACCEPTED TANKS FEE • Small Propane Tanks $2.00 • Regular Propane Tank (20 lb size) & Fire Extinguishers $5.00 • Helium and Oxygen Tanks $10.00 TIRES FEE • Car Tire $3.00 • Truck Tire (20”-24”) $12.00 • Heavy Equipment $75.00 Electronics and appliances can be picked up at NO CHARGE as part of our FREE Wednesday Pick Up. Call 800-972-4545 x1 This collection day is open to all Wrentham residents! Identification Required! Officials running the event may reserve the right to limit quantities per vehicle. Wrentham residents have two options for disposing of Waste Motor Oil and Products Containing Mercury: Both materials are accepted at Wrentham’s Household Hazardous Waste Day. Waste oil in no longer accepted on a monthly basis at the DPW. Most used oil can be returned to point of purchase in a sealed container with a receipt.

May 1, 2013 of training and materials towns would receive, all based on the post-incident analyses done in past school shooting and crisis incidents. Morrissey has overseen a substantial push to improve local school safety since being elected District Attorney in 2010. He has offered local school systems three rounds of grants for capital improvements – from door locks and intruder alarms to video security cameras – to improve student safety. In both November 2012, the month before the Sandy Hook shooting, and February 2013, the DA hosted training for police and school personnel on techniques that can save lives in active shooter situations. The training was provided by Response Options, a Texasbased firm founded by a married couple – she a school principal, he a trained SWAT officer. “It is important to provide schools systems with the tools to develop safety plans,” Morrissey said. “District Attorneys have a responsibility to prevent crime and ensure public safety that extends beyond effective prosecution,” District Attorney Morrissey said. “School age children are one of our most targeted and at-risk populations. I want every chief, every superintendent, every principal and every parent to know that they have a partner in making their children as safe as we can.” The following is a list of household products that may contain mercury and therefore should not be put in the trash: • Fluorescent bulbs • Thermometers • Thermostats • Button batteries • These can be dropped off at the Mercury Shed during brush dump hours on Saturdays. Please call the DPW at (508) 3845477 for the brush dump schedule. PLEASE DO NOT BRING OIL IN SMALL QUART CONTAINERS Please use a larger container (gallon size) for used oil. Donation Event There is also a donation event taking place on the same date as Hazardous Waste Day. Collected at the DONATION EVENT: Clothing, Bedding, Shoes, Furniture/Household Items, Bikes (with 10.00 donation), Sneakers (to be recycled) Building Materials in GOOD USABLE CONDITION. Complete list on Town of Wrentham Web Site under RECYCLING

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Living Healthy Koko FitClub Is Stepping Up to Fight Cancer If you can give 15 minutes, Koko will give you a free 15 day membership! Koko FitClub owners, Christine and Andy Johnston, have announced their participation in the second annual “Koko 5 Million Point Challenge” in support of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and they are seeking your help. For 24 hours, beginning Saturday, May 4th at 8 a.m., Christine and Andy’s clubs in Mansfield, Plainville, and Walpole will join the nationwide challenge with a goal of raising $20,000 for the American Cancer Society.

The Challenge: Earn 5 million points in 24 hours Members of Koko FitClub earn points for their Koko Cardio sessions. Each 15-minute cardio session earns 500 points. The points from all cardio sessions from 8am May 4th through 8am May 5th will be totaled from more than 100 Koko FitClub lo-

cations across the country. If Koko Nation can earn 5 million points in 24 hours, Koko FitClub will donate $20,000 to the American Cancer Society (“ACS”), and

funds will be distributed directly to the local communities who participated.

How Can You Help? On May 4th, Koko FitClub of Mansfield, Plainville and Walpole are asking community members to donate 15-minutes or more of their time to complete a cardio session(s) to earn points toward the 5 million point goal. To pledge your time to this awesome cause, please contact your local club to schedule your sessions.

Last Year’s Challenge The first annual Koko 5 Million Point Challenge, held in 2012, was a great success! Members of Koko Mansfield, Walpole, and Plainville earned more than 110,000 points toward the nationwide goal. This year, with your help, they are hoping to at least double those earnings! “Whether stepping up to honor a family member or friend who lost their battle with cancer, or in celebration of an amazing survivor, our members rose to the challenge last year and are eager to do so again this year,” says Christine Johnston. “We had members last year who completed 8-15 sessions over the course of the day. It was absolutely inspiring to be in the

clubs last year and feel the energy that our members brought to the challenge. I know that this year will be even more amazing.”

Earn your free 15day membership! Please contact your local Koko FitClub (or stop in during the event) and pledge 15 minutes or more of your time on Saturday, May 4th to help fight cancer! As a thank you, Koko FitClub will provide you with a free 15-day membership. “Members of the community and Koko FitClub can make a real difference in the fight against cancer by dedicating just 15 minutes to a great cardio workout,” said Andy Johnston. “We hope it will also inspire our community members to take charge of their own health and become more active. Speaking personally, Koko’s personalized exercise and nutrition system was the key to improving my own health and fitness level. For Christine and me, and for so many of our members, Koko FitClub has been truly life-changing.”

Mansfield 508-339-3741 or Plainville 774-643-6082 or Walpole 508-921-3230 or You may also simply stop in on the day of the event! As a thank you to non-members who volunteer at least 15 minutes of their time, Koko FitClub will provide a free 15-day membership.

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Living Healthy Natural Ways to Ease Arthritis Pain A leading cause of disability in the United States and elsewhere, arthritis can be a debilitating disease. Pain and stiffness are the leading symptoms, and millions of people seek relief from arthritis every year. Contrary to popular belief, arthritis is not a disease of old age. The Arthritis Foundation says one in every five adults has arthritis, twothirds of whom are under the age of 65. In a 2008 Canadian Community Health Study, 15.3 percent of Canadians aged 12 or older reported a diagnosis of arthritis. Even children can suffer from arthritis. A complex family of musculoskeletal disorders, arthritis consists of more than 100 different diseases that destroy joints, bones, muscles, cartilage, and other connective tissues. This can compromise physical movement and lead to pain. Arthritis may result from the wearing down of joints and connective tissue through repetitive movement or injury, but it also may be the result of an autoimmune disease. Rheumatoid arthritis, for example, is caused by the body's own immune system attacking the membranes around joints, particularly in the hands and feet.

Treating a complex condition like arthritis is not always easy. Treatment of arthritis, which has no cure, typically involves reducing pain and improving mobility. While pain medications can be prescribed to treat arthritis, there are other more natural ways to handle arthritis as well. * Eat foods that reduce inflammation. Arthritis causes inflammation in the joints and connective tissues, so it makes sense that reducing inflammation could ease symptoms. A number of foods, including tart cherries, have been found to reduce inflammation. According to research from Oregon Health & Science University presented in 2012 at the American College of Sports Medicine Conference in San Francisco, tart cherries have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food. The antioxidant compounds -- called anthocyanins -- in tart cherries have been specifically linked to high antioxidant capacity and reduced inflammation at levels comparable to some well-known pain medications. Spinach, walnuts, garlic, and broccoli also can reduce inflammation.

swelling, relax muscles and relieve pain. Cold packs can numb sore areas and should be used when symptoms come on suddenly. Heat sources, in contrast, can help ease pain gradually and limber up tight joints and muscles. Always use a towel or barrier between a cold or hot pack and the skin to avoid injury. * Exercise a few times per week. Although it may hurt to move around, frequent exercise can actually be beneficial in the long run. Low-impact exercises like walking, swimming and cycling three times a week can help to keep joint pain at bay. Always consult with a doctor before beginning an exercise regimen to find out if it is right for your condition. Once you get the green light, start out gradually. If you are experiencing pain for more than an hour after a workout, your workout was too much for your body to handle and you need to lighten the load during your next workout. * Lose weight. Being overweight can put added pressure on joints and cause more pain. Shedding a few pounds may be all it takes to get substantial relief from pain associated with arthritis. Many natural therapies can effectively alleviate arthritis pain. Talk to a doctor if your symptoms are affecting your quality of life.

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Medfield Wants Wrentham Superintendent Marsden By PatriCk CoLeman The Medfield School Committee has selected Jeff Marsden, superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools, as its superintendent. Marsden was offered the job April 4th and the popular Wrentham superintendent accepted shortly after. The Medfield position will be a new challenge for Marsden since Medfield is a kindergarten through

high school district. Wrentham Public Schools is K through 6th grade. "On behalf of the Wrentham School Committee, I offer my congratulations to Dr. Marsden on his selection as superintendent of Medfield schools," says Edward Goddard, chair of Wrentham School Committee. "The town of Medfield has made an excellent choice. I am proud of Jeff and equally proud of

the work of our teachers and other staff members who have worked so hard to make our district excel and thus make Jeff an attractive candidate. Jeff is the first to tell people that he stands on the successes of his staff." Goddard says he will miss Marsden but adds the job of educating Wrentham's children will continue as planned. "While we will miss Jeff, and on a personal level I will

4th Annual Norfolk Community Day Youth Art Show For the 4th year the Norfolk Lions are sponsoring a youth art show open to all Norfolk residents in grades 1 through 6. The art work submitted should represent a ‘Scene around Norfolk’. All entries will be displayed at Community Day on June 8, 2013 at the Holmes Complex, 22 Myrtle St., Norfolk. In addition, all art work will become a part of a slide show that will be broadcast on Norfolk Cable TV. This show is free to all participants, with one entry per person. All artwork must be drawn or painted on paper no larger than 11inches by 17-inches, using pencils, pens, crayons, paint, markers and

fabric. Each entry must include an entry form taped to the backside of the art. Entry forms have already been given to children in the Norfolk public schools and additional forms can be found in each class room. There are also forms available in the main lobby of the Norfolk Public Library. Entries will be judged by a panel appointed by the Norfolk Lions in three age groups: grades 1 and 2, grades 3 and 4, and grades 5 and 6. Winners will be selected based on artistic creativity, neatness and originality. All entries will receive an award and winners in each age group will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and honorable mention

ribbons. But that’s not all - the 1st place winners in each age group and one Grand Prize winner will also each receive gift certificates! And these winning entries will be displayed at the Norfolk Library, for all to see, for two weeks after Community Day. The contest entry deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 24. Entries can be placed in the collection boxes at the Freeman Kennedy or HOD schools, or mailed or dropped off in person to: Norfolk Lions c/o Sally Grant 40 Grove Street Norfolk, MA 02056 508-541-4119

miss working with him, our commitment to our children's education will not change following his departure," Goddard says. "We will continue our kids-first approach coupled with rigorous instruction and use of metrics and analytic analysis to verify outcomes." Wrentham School Committee Seeks interim Superintendent The Wrentham School Committee hired the Massachusetts Association of School Committees to assist with a search for an Interim Superintendent for the 2013-2014 school year. Applications for the Interim Superintendent position are currently being accepted and details may be viewed through the MASC website: With advice from school Committee Members, Goddard has appointed the following individuals to the Search Committee: Search Committee Members: • Ed Goddard, Chair (School Committee Chair and parent) • Lynn Desrochers, Vice Chair (School Committee Member and parent) • Stephen Grenham, Roderick School Principal • Karen McNamara, Director of Student Services


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Millis Beautification 2013 Boosts Civic Pride Despite a cold, wet morning, volunteers turned out, bright and early, to take part in the annual Millis Beautification Day, a joint effort by the Millis Garden Club and the Millis Lions Club. Here are a few scenes from the day:

This father and son team made Millis Beautification a family affair. Photo courtesy of the Millis Garden Club. The Veteran’s Memorial Building was one of several locations spruced up in Millis on Beautification Day. Photo courtesy of the Millis Garden Club.

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Members of the Rosebuds, Jr. Garden Club came out to help the Millis Garden Club and the Millis Lions at Beautification Day. From left, Simran Khalsa, Anna Turovsky, Shannon Miles, Lannah Fitzgerald, Linh Nguyen, Loretta Fitzgerald, Sarah Morgan and Marissa Ford.


The Millis Town Bandstand renovations were completed in April, with a celebration concert at the end of the month. The structure got new granite steps, wrought iron railings, new lighting and paint job, and landscaping was done to open up the area in front of it. On Millis Beautification Day, Nate Maltinsky, “Butchie” Breed, Charlie Vecchi and Mark Slayton invested some hard work.

A raw, cold morning couldn’t deter Millis volunteers from turning out for Beautification Day.

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Don’t Just Stand There… PLANT SOMETHING on May 15! SUBMITTED BY RENE M. FONTAINE On May 15, 2013, something new will take root in cities and towns all over Massachusetts. Thousands of people will plant something—anything!—on that day. Whether it’s planting a shade tree in their town center, setting up a container garden in the library courtyard, or helping children build an edible garden at the elementary school, residents will help make their towns a little greener on May 15. “Don’t Just Stand There… PLANT SOMETHING on May 15!” is a new campaign to help everyone enjoy the benefits of planting. The campaign is an initiative of Plant Something MA, a joint program of the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association (MFGA) and the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA). Plant Something MA seeks to get more people to enjoy gardening and support their local, independent nurseries, garden centers, landscapers and growers. My name is Rene M. Fontaine and I am the organizer for the Town of Franklin. “Our goal is to recruit someone in every city and

town in the Commonwealth to organize a public planting on May 15. We also hope to get schools and individuals in on the fun of planting something and watching it grow,” stated Rena Sumner, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association. “Most people realize that plants and trees provide shade, increase property value, and are good for the environment,” said MFGA Executive Secretary, Bob Luczai, “but they may not realize that plants can also reduce stress and improve your health.” He added, “Gardening can burn up to 600 calories an hour!” Gardening also contributes to the local economy. Massachusetts’ professional environmental horticulturalists—the people who grow, care, for, design, and install plantings and landscapes in your community—contribute $2.6 billion to the Massachusetts economy and employ 68,000 people.

will be asked to schedule gardening activities and families and workplaces will be encouraged to plant something—anything!—on May 15. The “Don’t Just Stand There… PLANT SOMETHING on May 15!” campaign kicked off at the Boston Flower and Garden Show, March 13-17. Plant Something MA distributed 6,000 free seed planting kits to show attendees. As the Franklin organizer I would like to invite you to take part in and get your input on the best location for our public planting on May 15th.I will be donating a tree to be planted at a location of the Town’s choosing and I appreciate your support In making this event a huge success. For more information visit 15. I look forward to seeing you on May 15th.

New England Plant Swap Planned for June 1st in Walpole THIS is the way your grandmother made her garden grow. She traded thriving plants with friends and neighbors. Which is exactly what we'll be doing again this year at the New England Plant Swap this Spring. Sharing is the best part of gardening. When a plant does well enough here in New England, others want to know about it. They'd like even more to HAVE some of it. If you haven't been to a good, old-fashioned plant swap, you're in for a treat. Pot up your excess prized plants to share. Load up your bounty and head to beautiful Adams Farm at 999 North St. in Walpole MA on June 1, 2013 at 9 a.m. There, you will meet other, friendly, local gardeners with their booty for sharing. It's simple, free and fun for all. For each plant you bring, you can take a plant from someone else. All the details are at our web site: or we may be reached at or phone (508) 507-9629. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Site Set for Holliston Kids’ Community Harvest Garden BY J.D. O’GARA

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This year, some seeds will be planted behind the Pinecrest Golf Course, and Lisa Zais hopes they will grow into a love of healthy eating. Zais approached the Holliston Agricultural Commission last year about using some town land to begin a community garden, one that would involve local children in planting and growing their own vegetables. It will be called the Holliston Kids Community Harvest Garden

Did you notice how much nicer many of the streets and public areas of Millis looked after the 9th Annual Millis Beautification Day on Saturday, April 13?

“In today’s climate where everybody’s really trying get kids and people in the world to eat healthy, it’s a good place for kids to start, literally, from the ground up,” says Zais.

People from many sectors of our community came out on a cold, damp morning to help –- members of the Garden Club and the Lions and other civic-minded residents, Scouts, library supporters, and, perhaps most impressively, many students from our public schools along with their teachers and parents. Organized by Sagar Desai and Louis DePace, the student efforts make this possible.

The Agricultural Commission did not hesitate. “The Agricultural Commission has allowed us to utilize two 10 x 10 plots behind the Pinecrest Golf Course,” says Zais, “And we have 7th and 8th graders from the Robert Adams Middle School who will get it ready for planting.” Zais says there are 12 plots at the site, which is already fenced in, and water is available. Although all the details are not yet worked out, Zais maintains, “We’ve got to start somewhere. For kids to be able to work, and start from getting the soil prepped to planting seedlings in classroom and planting them in the ground and weeding and watering – they earn a reward from when things grow, and it all comes down to good, healthy eating.”

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Each year, the Millis Garden Club and the Millis Lions co-sponsor this volunteer clean up. These wonderful volunteers make a huge difference. Millis both looks better and saves big bucks. Volunteers cleaned up over 100 cubic yards of brush and trash. Picture 180 leaf bags, 110 bags of trash, 2 small dump truck loads and 4 large dump truck loads of brush and dead trees. We also removed 12 old tires and 4 TVs.

This year several local businesses donated to our efforts as well. Thanks to Millis Used Auto Parts, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, and Roche Bros. We appreciate their generosity. We couldn’t succeed without the participation of our Department of Public Works, led by Jim McKay, Assistant Director. Jim spent all morning with us making sure the work went smoothly. Thanks to him and his team. Next year Millis Beautification Day will observe its 10th anniversary. Mark your calendars now for Saturday, April 12, 2014. We hope to expand our efforts next year and make it a big celebration. We look forward to your participation. Meanwhile, we can all keep Millis beautiful year-round by not littering and picking up trash in our own neighborhoods. Civic pride is contagious!

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Franklin Garden Club to Spruce Up Town Common May 7th Membership Open to All BY J.D. O’GARA Members of the Franklin Garden Club will be bustling about the Franklin Common late afternoon of Tuesday, May 7th, according to the garden club president Susan Childers. This will be the Franklin Garden Club’s annual spring cleanup. Anyone who would like to help is welcome, says Childers, who adds that all hands are appreciated and the group will be there from approximately 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. “We try to clean it all up, get it all ready to plant flowers near Memorial Day,” says longtime garden club member Nancy Rappa. “All our members gather, and we bring our rakes and shovels and bags. The town, lately has been giving us money to buy annual plants to plant there, and so last year was absolutely gorgeous, because we were able to plant many flowers. We do all the labor.” Childers says that the group currently has about 25 members, although not everybody comes to each event. The Franklin Garden Club meets from September through June (as, Rappa says, in

summertime everyone’s busy with their own garden), although the final meeting is a social one, on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin.

In addition to sprucing up town, the Franklin Garden Club also has a scholarship each year, doing at least one fundraiser, an auction in December, to raise funds.

Childers points out that Franklin residents don’t need to be experts to join the group.

Membership in the Franklin Garden Club costs $30 a year, which pays for a number of speakers who come to educate members about various aspects of gardening. The group also takes field trips.

“What’s been happening is people will say ‘I don’t know anything about gardening, so I can’t be part of it.’ Well, we’re all still learning,” she laughs. “You don’t have to know anything to be part of it.” One of the tasks that the Franklin Garden Club undertakes is maintaining the section of the Franklin Common across from St. Mary’s Church. Some of the less experienced members take the lead from some of the members who have been with the group a longer time. “It’s good to have new people come in,” says Childers, “because a lot of the original members aren’t able to do all the gardening themselves.” She adds that the more experienced gardeners are great mentors, who “really do a nice job.”

“We just had a meeting, this past April, we went to Fairmont Farms,” says Rappa. “We actually made hanging planters. We provided our own containers and they provided the soil. We were able to pick out the flowers we wanted.” If anyone wants to join the Franklin Garden Club, says Childers, they can contact Eileen Mason at emason11@ To find the most updated information about what the garden club has been up to, Franklin residents can “like” the Franklin Garden Club page on Facebook.

Franklin Community Garden to Officially Open, Hold Seed Sale May 26 BY J.D. O’GARA April 2013 saw the addition of four new beds at the King Street Memorial Community Garden, located at King Street Memorial Park. All of the garden beds are taken at this point, individually leased, and there is a wait list for anyone else interested in gardening. According to Amy Acevedo, that wait list began last year. Garden renewals, she says, average 75-80%, which means that 10 to 12 folks move off the wait list each year. Although the list is closed right now, wait list signups will take place in late May. Donations of funds, labor and materials are always appreciated. Some of the garden’s wish list items include 30 cubic yards of organic compost, 15 cubic yards of good loam, Picnic Tables, Sun Umbrellas, one dozen simple hand trowels, one dozen simple garden claws, big chalkboard, lumber & fasteners, untreated 2"x12"x14' untreated spruce, 4"x4"x8' untreated Douglas fir, and 4" and 2.5" timberlok fasteners. To volunteer, donate or just inquire about the wait list for a plot, email The Franklin Community Garden Committee meets on the first Monday of the month, at 6:45 p.m. at Town Hall. The next scheduled meeting is May 6th. “The garden is currently open, but we have an official opening in May to kick it off,” says Garden Coordinator Chris Clay. “Usually we do things like tomato planting demos, and a seedlings sale to start gardens off.” This year’s opening event will take place on May 26th, from 9-11 a.m. To learn more, visit The group can also be reached at: Friends of Franklin Community Gardens, Inc. or just Friends of FCG Inc. for short PO Box 116 Franklin, MA 02038.

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Holliston Garden Club Announces Garden Tour June 1&2 The Holliston Garden Club announced today that it will host a Garden Tour this year on the first weekend in June. Six magnificent private gardens will be open to ticket holders on Saturday, June 1st between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Sunday, June 2nd between noon and 4 p.m., rain or shine. Featured gardens include a spectacular shade garden, a cottage garden with curb appeal, a beautifully landscaped bird-lovers’ garden, splendid outdoor living areas, gardens bursting with color, and informal mixed gardens with something for everyone. Some are created by the homeowner, some are professionally designed, but all are a welcome relief after a long, cold winter. The Garden Tour grew out of the twin desires to celebrate the private gardens of Holliston residents and to raise money to develop and maintain public spaces. In this,

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Medway Community Farm Celebrates Phase I of Farmhouse Renovation 5K Planned for this Month on Medway Pride Day BY J.D. O’GARA Medway Community Farm held its Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sunday April 21st. The event featured children's activities, farm tours and a yard sale, with the big Ribbon Cutting event celebrating the completion of Phase One of the Farm Community Center Renovation Project. Now that the farmhouse is habitable, “Kevin and I have moved in,” says Brittany Sidway Overshiner, Executive Director of the farm. “It’s wonderful, much easier to manage the farm.” The downstairs, says Overshiner, is also open to the public for use for classes and functions, and it now has an operating bathroom on the first floor that is ADA compliant, she adds. The Medway Community Farm worked with Tri-County Regional Technical Vocational High School, Community Preservation Committee and local volunteers in a collaborative 2-year effort that took an old house on town land from near disrepair to a functional community space and caretaker housing.

What’s coming up in Phase II, says Overshiner, is to raise the funds to build a certified kitchen. Overshiner says that the original estimate to build a certified kitchen was about $30,000, but that “we’re kind of hoping it will be a little lower” given the work that Tri-County students did to prepare the room so far.

The Medway Community Farm’s primary source of revenue, says Overshiner, is its CSA Shares. This year, she says, the farm will have 200 full and partial shares. Fundraising continues on the day of Medway Pride Day, with the

May 1, 2013 Medway Community Farm 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 18th. Overshiner notes that the farm is working with Medway Pride Day organizers this year. The race is scheduled early, so that Medway residents can take part in both events, with a 7 a.m. registration time and an 8 a.m. start, from Medway High School, at 88 Summer Street. The first 100 registrants will get a t-shirt, and the fastest male and female finishers

will win awards. The race will cost $25 in advance or $30 on race day, or $10 for children aged 12 and under. For more information about the race, contact Nate Hamilton at If runners head to Medway Pride Day following the race, the first 100 runners will receive two free Pawsox tickets, says Overshiner. For more information about the Medway Community Farm, visit

Jeanne Raffa, President of the Medway Community Farm, adds that although Tri-County did a lot of the work for the farm, the Medway Community Farm cannot guarantee that the students will be back to work more, as Tri-County works with a number of different community projects. The goal for the kitchen, says Overshiner, is to offer classes and “take food from the farm to the kitchen, from seed to fork.” Overshiner adds that the kitchen would give the community farm an opportunity to process any excess produce. “Value added products are a huge benefit to any farm, and we can sell those things in winter, too,” says Overshiner.

On Sunday, April 21st, the Medway Community Farm celebrated the completion of Phase I of its farmhouse renovation, with Representatives Jeffrey Roy and John Fernandes in attendance. The building, with much help from Tri-County students, now has on-site quarters for the farm manager as well as an ADA accessible ramp and bathroom. Phase II of the project will include building a certified kitchen for classes and processing of harvest.

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May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month Don’t Let These Myths Stop You From Getting the Proper Coverage one in four would have problems immediately. Keep in mind that disabling illnesses or injuries often last for months or even year. 2. Myth: “I don’t need it – I don’t work in a dangerous profession.”

Figuring out if you need disability insurance is pretty easy. If you have a job, you need it. Why then do the majority of American workers lack this basic protection? Common misconceptions are largely to blame. Here I will debunk four of the big myths surrounding this essential insurance coverage. 1. Myth: “I’d rely on my savings until I could get back to work.” Reality: Most people overestimate the resources they have to cover their expenses if a disabling illness or injury kept them from earning a paycheck. According to a LIFE Foundation survey, half of working Americans say they couldn’t make it a month before financial difficulties would set in, and more than

Reality: You actually have a three in 10 chance of suffering a disabling illness or injury during your career that would keep you out of work for three months or more. While it’s true that people in professions like farming, law enforcement, and construction face greater risks, the odd of suffering a long-term disability are high for all workers because illness – not accidents – account for 90 percent of disabilities that keep people out of work. 3. Myth: The government provides assistance when people get disabled. Reality: According to the National Safety Council, 73 percent of long-term disabilities are a result of an injury or illness that is not work-related and therefore wouldn’t qualify for state-based Workers’ Compensation programs. If you were hoping for Social Security disability benefits, know that about 45 percent of those who apply are initially denied, and those who are approved receive an average

monthly benefit of just $1063, which would leave you with an income barely above the poverty online. Government programs are a good back-up plan, but shouldn’t be your main line of defense. 4. Myth: “I have disability coverage at work.” Reality: Disability insurance through work is a great benefit, but you need to find out exactly what coverage you have. According to the U. S. Department of Labor, more than 70 percent of employers don’t offer longterm disability coverage. And short-term or partial coverage wouldn’t be enough to allow you to meet your current and future financial obligations if you were unable to work for an extended period of time. Jeffrey Schweitzer can be found at Northeast Financial Strategies Inc (NFS) at Wampum Corner in Wrentham. NFS works with individuals and small businesses providing financial and estate planning, insurance, investments and also offers full service accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, income tax preparation, and notary public services. For more information, stop by the office, call Jeffrey at 800-560-4NFS or visit online

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Norfolk Runs 5K Road Race 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.

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 9:00 AM 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 for more details.

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Sports Young KP Team Takes the Field By CHriStoPHer tremBLay KP went through a tough season last year with numerous inopportune injuries and the final outcome was a 7-13 record for the Warrior baseball team. Securing seven wins in a season in which the team continuously battled injuries would leave hope that the upcoming spring would provide a spot in the state baseball tournament. Unfortunately, KP may be hard pressed to recreate last year’s win

total as Coach Ed Moran saw seven athletes take to the field for the Warriors opener with no varsity experience.

junior was effective when he was able to pitch and brings three solid pitches to his arsenal with great velocity.

Captains Nick Malatesta and Mike Murray will lead the troops into battle this spring, but like last season KP will have to deal with the injury bug. Murray, a junior, tore a tendon in his knee during football season and it doesn’t look good for his return to the baseball field before the season concludes.

The only other athlete on the squad with any experience is shortstop Owen Galvin. With a year under his belt at the position, Moran is looking for his middle infielder to provide the defense up the middle. In the season opener against Milford, the shortstop accounted for all of KP’s runs with a two-run homer in a 4-2 loss.

Without Mike we not only lost his defense in the outfield, where he was going to be the anchor between two newcomers, but we also lost his offensive output,” Moran said. “Last year as a sophomore he led us in just about every offensive category with some impressive numbers.” With Murray shelved, Malatesta will be the lone captain to actually help his team on the playing field. The senior has been slated to be the Warrior’s number one hurler, while playing the hot corner when he’s not on the mound. Last season Malatesta, who is headed to St. Joseph’s College in Maine next year, was the team’s number two starter but dealt with elbow soreness. Moran noted that the then

Juniors Eric Cote and Tyler Hopkins will split time at first base, while Pat Harrington will round out the right side of the infield holding down second base. Cote, a lefthander, will play first when Malatesta is on the mound and then will take the ball as the team’s #2 pitcher where Hopkins will take over first. In the third game of the week, Moran will go with the hot hand at first. On the left side of the field Malatesta will play third whenever he’s not pitching. Anthony Cerrone was scheduled to not only be his back-up at the hot corner, but was also slated as the team’s number three starter that is until he broke his hand. His injury is

scheduled to keep him off the field for 4-6 weeks. Third base has not been a lucky position for the Warriors. Mike O’Malley looked to have the position locked up until he too was bitten by the bug. During the second week of practice O’Malley dislocated his shoulder and Coach Moran was forced to bring up sophomore John Harvey earlier than he wanted. “During the scrimmages I like what I have seen of him,” the coach said. “We’re going to take things slow with his progression though. He may even see some time on the mound as well.”

Rounding out the infield KP will find senior Jamie Cushman behind the plate. Through the early goings he has done himself proud and has a quick arm, while not strong, he does get rid of the ball fast. With Murray out of the picture the Warrior outfield will be made up of all newcomers. Junior Matt Lupo will patrol center field, while junior Justin Tupper will flank him to the right and freshman Derek Roschlein will be on his left. Jeff Werlich and Thomas Kennedy also have similar ability as the three starters and will see some time in the outfield as well. In addition to seeing action in the outfield, Tupper will be slated to take the ball as the Warrior’s #3 starter. He may also see some time in a relief role as will Werlich and junior Ryan Carucci. Fielding an inexperienced team will have Moran watching their every move as if under a microscope, but playing in the Hockomock League day in and day out will leave the KP skipper looking to find an edge any way he can. “Playing in the Hock is a dog fight every day. Every game is going to be tough and adding the liked of Milford and Taunton, two premier baseball programs, doesn’t make my life easier,” he said. “We’ll go as far as our pitching will take us, but we’re going to need to have better control on the mound if we want to compete within the league.” Moran loves the challenge of playing in a league such as the Hock and while he enjoys the gratifying feeling of playing this type of baseball on a daily basis, the only question will be if he can keep his hair from turning grey.

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Byrne, who wrestled at 5-7 and 108 pounds, may not be physically imposing but he used his

small stature as a means to achieve his goal to win a sectional crown. “Sometimes I get kidded about being small,’’ Byrne said. “I use that as motivation instead of viewing it as a drawback. Winning the title made all the hard work worth it. I had confidence and I didn’t take any opponent lightly.’’ Byrne’s first bout ended in a first-period pin against Drake Meurant of Milford. His second match, which gave him the championship, ended in a pin in the third period. He beat Robert DeAndrade of Southeastern Regional. “I was more relaxed after the first win,’’ Byrne said. “The second match was tougher. I was ahead by five points but managed to end it with a pin.’’ Byrne, who relies on quickness and technique, is a finesse mat-

man who can resort to an aggressive style. His favorite holds are riding legs and low single.

overtime and it ended tied. Then I pinned him in the second overtime. That was rewarding.’’

“Riding legs is a matter of getting on top and compiling

Byrne is a top-notch student and he’s heading for the University of Tampa in the fall. He won’t be wrestling but he plans to try out for the golf team.

points,’’ Byrne said. “Low single involves diving for one’s ankles and taking control of your opponent’s body.’’ Byrne, who also played a season of golf and was ranked No. 4 on the squad, rates his sectional title his top thrill at KP because it ended on a high note after a three-year varsity journey. “It definitely was the highlight of my sports career at KP,’’ he said. “When I won, lots of people and friends were texting me. Many of my classmates offered congratulations.’’ Byrne, however, will never forget a match at the Hockomock League tourney this year against Devin Spratt. The North Attleboro wrestler had beaten Byrne in the regular season but the result was different the second time. “I was losing, then I tied the match at the end of the bout,’’ Byrne recalled. “We went to

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“I’ve got nothing to lose by trying out,’’ Byrne said. “I averaged 43 for nine holes and my best match was a 39 against Attleboro last fall. I’ll give it a shot and see what happens.’’ What happened to Byrne in wrestling was all positive. In spite of missing four matches early this year because of a dislocated shoulder, he bounced back and managed a 24-14 record in dual meets. Then a sectional title followed, giving Byrne a slot in the state tourney where he won one of three matches.

Crediting his coach, Byrne said that Flaherty “motivated his wrestlers and pushed us to be positive in our achievements.’’

ney. He relied on desire and dedication and his small stature didn’t deter him from realizing his goal.

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Norfolk Challenge Golf Tournament The Norfolk Lions Club’s 5th annual charity golf classic for the benefit of the Joslin Diabetes Center will be held on Monday, September 16, 2013. This year’s event is being held at the Blissful Meadows Golf Club in Uxbridge, MA. The scramble style tournament begins at 11:00 AM. The cost of $125.00/PP includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, box lunch and an awards banquet afterwards. During the tournament there will be competitions for longest drive, closest to the pin and “best dressed golfer�, to name but a few. The day’s event concludes with

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Sports KP Boys Tennis Squad Aims To Defend Its Crown By ken Hamwey StaFF SPortS writer The King Philip boys tennis team is starting to develop a winning tradition. Last year, coach Laurie Puddester’s Warriors rolled to a 12-1 overall record in the Hockomock League and were champions in the Kelly-Rex Division with an 8-0 mark. Four years ago, in 2009, Puddester’s squad cruised to a 191 regular season record and finished as co-champs with Sharon at 15-1 in the league. During that season, KP was the only team to defeat Sharon, which has been a superpower for decades in Hockomock circles. So far this season, the Warriors are off to a .500 start at 2-2, but still showing signs they again will be a force in their division and also in the league. “We’ll be competitive and hope-

fully we’ll contend for the title again,’’ said Puddester, who’s in her 13th season as the KP coach. “We’ve got quality kids who take pride in their competitive spirit and athletic ability. Franklin and North Attleboro will present a challenge in our division because of their talent and tradition.’’ The Warriors entered the 2013 campaign with only two of seven starters returning. Puddester, however, isn’t calling the season a “rebuilding year.’’ “We had some fine reserves last year,’’ she said. Four of them are back and they’re very capable players. And, we’ve got a pair of senior captains who are extremely athletic and excellent leaders.’’ KP’s captains are Matt Nicholson and Nick Baraiolo. Nicholson was 11-2 at second singles last year and Baraiolo eventually took command of the No. 3 singles slot where he went 6-2.

“Matt has played baseball, soccer and basketball,’’ Puddester said. “And, Nick has competed in soccer and baseball. Both rely on their athleticism. Matt is steady, focused and rarely gets rattled. He’s a solid baseline player who’s now our No. 1 singles player. Nick, who’s playing first doubles, never gives up on the ball. He’s got a good forehand shot and he’s highly motivated.’’ Two reserves from last year — senior Paul Brescia and junior Kevin Williamson — are making big contributions. Brescia is playing second doubles and Williamson is lining up at second singles. “Paul played second doubles and third singles last year,’’ Puddester noted. “Kevin was utilized at first and second doubles and also at third singles. Paul is a fouryear veteran whose skills are wellrounded. He’s got a good forehand and he blends power and finesse. Kevin is a pure power hitter with good velocity. He’s a third-year player with all-around skills.’’ Junior Jason Trudeau and senior exchange student Marek Zdzieszynski are newcomers who’ve become part of the starting nucleus. Trudeau is playing first doubles and Zdzieszynski is at third singles.

“Jason played baseball, so he’s got athletic ability,’’ said Puddester whose KP teams have qualified for the state tourney nine times in 12 years. “He’s fast, steady focused and hits good ground strokes. Marek plays European style tennis and his experience is all on clay courts. He’s got great technique and he’s strong, hits with power, serves well and volleys effectively. He’s very fundamentally sound.’’ Junior Nathan Gee rounds out the starting lineup at second doubles. A left-hander, Gee, has

worked diligently in the off-season and has elevated his game. Three reserves who can fill in at second doubles include senior Dever Carrison and juniors Tim Smith and Kyle Caragliano. Puddester, whose two daughters were outstanding players on the KP girls team, is well-versed in her coaching background. She played No. 1 singles at Chicopee Comprehensive High and later was a teaching pro at a private club. Focusing on academics, she did not play varsity tennis during her undergraduate days at UMassAmherst. Nevertheless, it’s safe to say that the KP boys tennis team is not only a good bet to defend its division title, but it’s also building a winning tradition.

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Rob Gronkowski to Headline 2013 Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off One Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support for children and families touched by pediatric cancer, is pleased to welcome back football’s finest, Rob Gronkowski, at their fourth annual Kid’s Cancer BuzzOff taking place on June 9 at Gillette Stadium. Rob Gronkowski will join hundreds of men, women and children as they “buzz� their heads in solidarity and support for those courageously fighting pediatric cancer, all to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital. Joining Gronkowski is Wrentham’s Jake Maguire, 12,who was twice treated for leukemia at Boston Children’s Hospital over the course of five years and is now dedicated to helping others going through the same diagnosis. Jake has pledged to courageously shave his head this year at One Mission’s Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off in order to show solidarity for the children who are undergoing pediatric cancer-related treatments. Jake will be joined by fellow “buzzee,� Rob

Gronkowski, and many other caring families, friends and supporters who have been both directly and indirectly affected by pediatric cancer.

million to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital. One Mission, one of the largest community supporters of Boston Children’s Hospital, graciously funds over 60% of the programs and services offered in the resource room of the Hospital’s pediatric oncology floor including hosting activities such as yoga, arts & crafts therapy, spa days and game nights for its patients. One Mission also provides financial assistance to families who have a child battling cancer. Gronkowski will help supplement One Mission’s dedication to enhancing the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families through help, hope, care and support.

Now in his third year participating in One Mission’s largest anfundraising event, nual Gronkowski will lead the troops in shaving their locks in this collaborative, touching effort to help put an end to pediatric cancer. In addition to “getting buzzed,� Gronkowski will also “do the buzzing� for some of this year’s participants. Says Rob Gronkowski, “It’s great to be back on board for this year’s Buzz-Off. I’ll be making quite a few appeals to Gronknation over the next couple of months in hopes that we can get everyone involved in some way, so stay tuned in! These kids are incredibly special and deserve all the support we can give, no matter how big or small.�

The fourth annual Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off will take place on Sunday, June 9, from 9:30am to 3:30pm at the Putnam Club level of Gillette Stadium. For more information, to register, to sponsor a “buzzee� or team or to make a donation, please visit: Gillette Stadium is located at One Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA.

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encourage people to review their child support orders if they have not done so over a period of years. You may find that your existing child support order is outdated.

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The standard for modifying Separation Agreements or Judgments of Divorce is a “material change of circumstances”. What qualifies as a material change of circumstances? It’s hard to say without a set of facts, but generally speaking it is a fairly significant change that either impacts, or could impact, your family’s life. It is far beyond simply not liking something or waking up one morning wanting to do something differently.

It is very common for support orders to be changed as the years go on. A variety of events can contribute to the need to update or change spousal support, also known as alimony, and child support. What constitutes a material change in circumstances to change child support? Certainly a job loss would qualify as a material change, as would a substantial pay raise or pay cut. A change of custody also qualifies

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change in income at one moment in time. However, it is much more common for small fluctuations to occur annually, so that over a period of a few years the parties’ income changes so that the Child Support Guidelines would now produce a different support figure than the child support figure that was calculated a few years ago. Certainly, if that difference is small, say $5 per week, it may not be worth the time, effort and cost seek a modification in child support, but it certainly may be worth it to seek a change if the difference is $50 per week. I feel that it is a good idea to review support orders on an annual basis. I definitely

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Taylor’s Triumph – A Scenic 5K Honoring the Memory of Taylor Manning The Norfolk Community League announces they will host a scenic 5k fun run/walk in Memory of Taylor Manning. The run will take place on June 8th, 2013 at the Holmes Fields at 22 Myrtle Street in Norfolk, MA as part of the Norfolk Community Day celebration. The run will start at 9 am with registration opening at 7:30 am. Runners and walkers can register at Parking is free and all pre-registered runners will receive a t-shirt. Tshirts for registrants after May 29th will be on a first come, first serve basis. Taylor’s Triumph commemorates Taylor Manning, whose passing in May of 2012 left a lasting mark on her community. Taylor’s spirit, laughter and sense of adventure encouraged us all to live life to its fullest. Proceeds go to a foundation in Taylor's name at Camp Jewell, a YMCA camp. Born on April 11, 1999 in Evanston, Illinois she is the daughter of Patrick Dean and Kristin Larsen Manning. They moved to Norfolk in 2001 where she enrolled in kindergarten and went through the Norfolk Elementary Schools. 2012 marked a big change when Taylor enrolled in the 7th grade at Ursuline

Academy in Dedham. It was a wonderful and enriching experience and her family is blessed to be part the community at Ursuline. It was the perfect fit for Taylor. Recreationally and at home she loved everything a girl would enjoy her age. Dance was among her favorite! Taylor was born to explore and loved to travel, especially internationally. Her annual pilgrimages to Camp Jewel in Colebrook, Connecticut were a highlight of each year. Taylor also relished life's simple pleasures: picnics, trips to the beach, flip flops, scavenger hunts, shopping, playing games with her brother Jack, giving her dog Buddy a scratch behind the ears, and just hanging around with her friends. In her short 13 years she packed a lot into her time here on earth. Diagnosed with a congenital heart defect at birth she persevered through a number of open heart surgeries performed by the amazing doctors of Boston Children's Hospital. Taylor dismissed any perceived issues with her medical condition and never let it interfere with her lust for adventure. In just the last two years before Taylor’s death, she snorkeled off Grand Cayman, swam with the dolphins in Mexico, explored New York,

Copenhagen, London, and Paris, went snowmobiling in Colorado, hiked the Grand Canyon, white water rafted in Arizona, skied in New Hampshire, all while excelling in school and dancing on the stage. Taylor's heart, while physically imperfect taught us all how to live life to the fullest with love in our hearts and laughter on our lips. Proceeds from the race will benefit members of her community, especially projects in her name at Camp Jewell, a place she loved dearly. The Norfolk Community League is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Norfolk residents and strengthening community spirit by organizing social, family-based, fundraising, and charitable activities. Membership is a key component to making this happen. NCL Members enjoy access to groups and clubs as a way to meet people in town and make new friends. Membership dues help us plan events that are fun for members and the community. They are also important for our fundraising efforts that raise money we distribute to organizations like Norfolk Public and King Philip Schools, and the Norfolk Fire Department.

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PET CORNER Homes Wanted for Beautiful Cats Benji Here at the shelter you can just feel the excitement in the air…. you could even say it’s electric (boogie, woogie, woogie). So what has us all charged up??? Why it’s Benji! No, not the cute canine from the movies, but the friendly feline from the streets… Young Mr. Franklin has been brainstorming in his workshop and has come up with a revolutionary idea. He wants YOU to come take him home for a lifetime of love and affection… Benji has been neutered, combo tested negative and is up to date with his regular shots..

Wanted vendors with animal related products, rescue groups, therapy dogs, dog walking and pet sitting services, shelters and all groups dedicated to the care and welfare of animals, are invited to participate in our Expo on Saturday, June 29th next to the Crackerbarrel Fairgrounds on Emerald St in Wrentham, Ma. Please send an email to describing your group or product. Hope you will join us in a day featuring the celebration of animals.

The 4Paws Animal Shelter is an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit charity, established as a non-profit organization to raise funds and build a no-kill animal shelter for dogs, cats and other small animals to serve the area of Wrentham and Plainville, MA.To learn more about 4 Paws Animal Shelter visit the group’s web site,

Ariel Our newest Paws Princess didn’t come from the streets of Plainville, she came from under the sea… This Little Mermaid is not waiting around for a Prince though, she is looking for a new forever family. Ariel came from a castle where she had a lot of siblings but she needs a new home with no young children where she can be the only pet. If you can help this damsel in distress then please come and make her part of your world… Ariel has been declawed, spayed, combo tested negative and is up to date with her regular shots.

Dora & Diego Dora and Diego usually spend their time helping others but this time they need your help! Their days of exploring are over and now all they want to do is settle down in a nice comfy lap… If you are interested in one of these fabuloso felines then grab your backpack and follow your map to 200 South Street!!! Dora and Diego have been spayed/neutered, combo tested negative and are up to date with their regular shots.

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Calendar of Events May 1 Multi-Age Storytime, 11:1511:45 a.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, drop in storytime with songs, games and handson activity for kids 2+with caregiver. May 2 Spring Fling Shopping Night at The Franklin Country Club, 672 East Central St., Franklin. You’re invited to a fabulous evening of shopping. Grab your girlfriends and get ready to shop til you drop among an exciting selection of vendors. Starts at 7. Tickets will also be available at the door for $12. May 4 Pancake Breakfast, Federated Church of Norfolk, corner of Main St. and Route 115 across from Town Common, All you can eat for $7, seniors $5 or children under ten free. Accessible to people with disabilities. For more information, call (508) 528-0262. The Federated Church of Norfolk will hold a Plant Sale on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at the church which is located in the center of Norfolk at the corner of route 115 and Main St. Lego Club, 2:30-3:45 p.m., SWEATT Meeting Room, Fiske Public Library, 110 Randall Rd, Wrentham. The Lego Club has resumed on Saturdays. The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) is pleased to announce a Gala 2013 event, Broadway Encore, to be held at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Saturday, May 4, at 6:00 p.m. Broadway headliners will entertain with a special one-night-only show, bringing the magic of 42nd Street to the MetroWest suburbs. For more information about the Franklin Performing Arts Company or to purchase tickets for Gala 2013, call (508) 5288668 or visit

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observes how the beans look, the sounds of the roasting process and the smell. He does all his own packing and labeling. He primarily creates single origin coffees but does do some blends. “I want to bring the taste of the earth to the customer,” Johnson says. “I want to keep some of the acidity and not over roast. You want to bring out the sweetness and wonderful flavors of the coffee.” A few of the coffees he offers are Organic Guatemalan "La Organica", Organic Kenyan Kia-Ora Es-

in honor of White Cane Day, the Wrentham Lions Club is holding its annual “Toll Road” on Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wrentham Center. Funds donated will be used for Lions Charities such as Perkins Schools for the Blind, National Braille Press and the Clara Barton Diabetes Center for Children. Local charities include the Wrentham Food Pantry, Scholarships, and numerous elder services. May 4 – 5 The Franklin Art Association will hold its 42nd spring show and sale at the Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary located at 108 North Street, Norfolk, MA. The show is free and open to the public with artwork on display Saturday, May 4th, from 11 a.m. to 5p.m., and Sunday, May 5th, from 12 to 4 p.m. May 5 Sunday Spinners, Norfolk Public Library Community Room, 139 Main St., Norfolk, 1-5 p.m., Contact Kris Bent at The 7th annual Norfolk Runs 5K Road Race will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013. 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 AM while runners, followed by walkers start at 10:00 AM. 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 9:00 AM next to the Norfolk Dunkin’ Donuts at 134 Main Street, Norfolk, MA. Visit for more info.

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Can You Save for Retirement and Education?

Soap Maker Hopes to Clean Up

The school year is coming to a close, which means that if you have young children, you are now one year closer to college days — and college bills. At the same time, you are moving nearer to your own retirement. Can you save for college while you put money away for retirement? Yes — but it will take planning, patience and discipline.

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Your first step is to be aware of the challenges you will face. As you know, the financial crisis of 2008 and early 2009 took a bite out of just about everyone’s retirement portfolio. And even though the markets have bounced back strongly, you might still have some ground to make up in your 401(k), Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or other accounts. At the same time, budgetary pressures may lead to reductions in Pell Grants and other federally backed financial aid to students, so you may need to provide more assistance to your children than you once might have thought. To deal with these challenges and help yourself make progress toward your college/retirement objectives, consider the following moves:

• Establish some priorities. How much should you save and invest for retirement versus college? Also, how much of the college costs would you like to cover: 100%, 50% or perhaps a set dollar amount? There’s no one “right” answer for everyone — you’ll have to establish priorities based on your preferences and family situation. But once you’ve set these priorities, you’ll have some guiding principles to govern your savings and investment decisions. • Put time on your side. The earlier you start saving for both your retirement and your children’s college education, the better your chances of reaching your goals. • Choose the right investment vehicles. You may want to work with a financial advisor to choose the appropriate mix of investments for your needs. But in general, it’s a good idea to contribute as much as you can afford to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement account. Your contributions are generally made with pretax dollars, and your earnings can grow tax deferred. And whether or not you have access to a 401(k) or other employer-sponsored plan, you can

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probably also contribute to a traditional IRA, which offers taxdeferred earnings, or a Roth IRA, which provides tax-free earnings, provided you’ve held your account at least five years and you don’t start taking withdrawals until you’ve reached age 59½. To save for college, you may want to explore a 529 plan, which also provides tax-free earnings, provided they are used for qualified higher education expenses.* • Keep investing. The financial markets will always move up and down — so in some months, you might not like what you see on your investment statements. But the most successful investors keep investing in good times and bad. If you decide to take a “timeout” from investing and head to the sidelines during a market slump, you could miss out on the next rally. By following these suggestions, you can keep moving forward toward two special times in your life: when your children attain the higher education that can help them succeed in life and when you can enjoy the retirement for which you’ve worked so hard.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Submitted by Mike Kerrigan Financial Advisor of the Plainville Edward Jones Office. He can be reached at (508) 6430601. * Withdrawals used for expenses other than qualified education expenses may be subject to federal and state taxes, plus a 10% penalty. There may be state tax incentives available to instate residents who invest in their home state’s 529 plan. Student and parental assets and income are considered when applying for financial aid. Generally, a 529 plan is considered an asset of the parent, which may be an advantage over saving in the student’s name. Make sure you discuss the potential financial aid impacts with a financial aid professional. Tax issues for 529 plans can be complex. Please consult your tax advisor about your situation. Edward Jones, its financial advisors and employees cannot provide tax or legal advice.

The opportunity to be both creative and scientific was what drew Alex Leemon to soap making. For the founder and owner of Sheldonville Soapworks, the process of making soap draws on chemistry and also requires a bit of artistry. "Soap is something that caught my attention," she says. "I'm a very creative person and a little bit of a geek." Leemon was invited by a friend to take a soap making class. She tagged along and had no idea how taken she would be the process. Her friend no longer makes soap and Leemon has turned her interest into a business. "I didn't know that I would be so drawn into it," she says.

Clay Handmade Facial Bar, Blackberry Vanilla Handmade Soap, Citrus Delight Handmade Soap, Cucumber Carrot Handmade Soap, Rose Lavender Handmade Soap and Vanilla Spice Handmade Soap to name just a few. Her soaps are available in Norwood at Inspire Shoppe and The Old Bean Antiques as well as Simpson Spring Company in Easton. Sheldonville Soapworks also has a full schedule of fairs lined up including the Mother's Day Mania Craft Fair in Franklin on May 5th and Motherly Love Craft Fair in Whitman on May 11th. Sheldonville Soapworks also has an online story.

Leemon adds, "Our products are all natural. We work with a lot of dried herbs, flowers, and plant materials. Our product is as natural and healthy as possible. We have vegan selections."

The Venezuelan born Leemon has called New England home for 16 years and moved to Wrentham with her husband and son 6 years ago. Her background is in sales and marketing. She left her full-time corporate position in March to focus on Sheldonville Soapworks, an operation where she currently handles everything from the creation of the online store, web site, photography and of course soap production. She is also a fitness instructor. But while her business is still very young, she has big plans for it. "I'm very ambitious," she says. "I'd like to take this as far as I can go."

She also likes to source as much of her ingredients from local producers.

(This article originally appeared in The Wrentham Times,

Sheldonville Soapworks uses what Leemon calls the old fashion process of making soap, or cold process. For her, it's important to use natural ingredients - vegetable oils mixed with good old lye. "The skin in the largest organ in your body and everything gets absorbed and has an impact on health," she says. "I'm controlling the quality of ingredients."

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It’s a Sign of the Times... The one constant about the real estate business is nothing is constant except for “change.” The market is an extreme sellers’ market in Franklin MA. As of the writing of this article, there are 3.4 months of resale listings remaining on the market. This number changes daily depending on how many resale listings are on the market each day. The demand for fresh listings is significant. The most active listing agents are marketing themselves with emphasis on their ability to market resale homes. Online and offline marketing methods are focused on making the phone ring by those homeowners who are thinking about a move. Buyers are plentiful and there are not enough listings to satisfy all of them. New construction is a phase of real estate that is selling well. Builders are preparing for an active spring, and new starts are in progress as each home sells. New construction prices are inching their way upward, but they are still very affordable. The desire to live in a new home is now becoming a reality for many.

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Because of the demand in resale homes, there is not a question about selling a potential new home buyers’ home. When a resale home is placed on the market, the showings are multiple starting from day #1. If the home is priced within reason, there are multiple offers on the table, and it’s not unusual for the result to be a price in excess of the list price. it’s a sign of the times, and if any homeowner is thinking of selling their Franklin MA home, now is the time to call your Realtor. It’s a good business decision to call more than one real estate agent. All agents are not created equally. Just as all homes are not built identically. Comparing what each agent has to offer is a wise move. It’s a sellers’ market, and the seller today wants and deserves the best. This is perfect timing to sell your Franklin MA home. This article was written by: Barbara Todaro The Kuney-Todaro Team RE/MAX Executive Realty in Franklin MA

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