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Heartfelt applause poured out of the stands at King Philip Regional High School's football field. The show of admiration and gratitude wasn't for a sports team, but instead was for emergency responders taking the first lap around the track as part of a three town Boston Strong Tribute. The run/walk event brought together over 250 members of Plainville, Norfolk and Wrentham to remember all those affected by the April 15th bombings and raised more than $3,800 for The One Fund. "Tonight our three towns, stand together," said the event's master of ceremonies, Wrentham selectman Joe Botaish. "We stand for each other and our neighbors All three KP towns came out to show support of the vicitms of the Boston Marathon in Boston and all our friends bombings. Photo by Christina Allan. across the Commonwealth." partment. The second lap was in whose daughter attends King Philip The evening was filled with emo- memory of Lu Lingzi, Martin -- the emotion of the tragedy still in tional speeches from Botaish, State Richard, and Krystle Campbell, the his voice. "I needed this right now. Senator Richard Ross, and State three victims of the bombing, and I'm really glad I'm here. It has been Representative Dan Winslow. Those for MIT Officer Sean Collier who a long two weeks." in attendance took tribute laps was killed in the days following the O'Connor was in uniform and around the high school's track, with attack. The third lap was for the runbrought an MIT cruiser to the event. the first one walked by emergency ners that never had a chance to finresponders including Sgt. Dave O'- ish the marathon. "This was very STAND TOGETHER Connor from the MIT Police De- moving for me," said O'Connor

When your home is in Norfolk and you compete in Cowboy Mounted Shooting, you need to be willing to travel...far. Last April, that's exactly what Paige Whitt did. She packed up her guns, loaded her trailer with Jammin' Loud, her eight year old quarter horse, and headed out on the road to Tunica, Mississippi to compete in the 2013 National Championship. After the competition, she walked away with a new gun and $1,856. Her sport, which has been called the fastest growing equestrian event in the world, requires precision with a firearm, a command of horse riding, and the spirit to do both at the same time. "I run as fast as the horse will go," Whitt says. "And I never say whoa." The basic objective of the sport is to quickly navigate your horse through a pattern of barrels and, at the same time, shoot ten balloon targets with single action revolvers. The run is timed and the fastest riders win. These competitors embody the spirit of the old West, donning chaps, 5-pocket denim jeans, button down long sleeve collar shirts, and cowboy hats. Some women wear dresses while they ride. “It’s similar to barrel racing but with a gun,” Whitt says. At the National Championship, Whitt placed in three categories. She came in 5th place, out of approximately 60 entrants, in the Eliminator, third in her class, and she won most of her prize money in an event called Double Down. While doing well is great, what keeps Whitt in the sport goes beyond prizes and placing well. “What I like about

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the sport the most is the people,” Whitt says. “The people are great and they'll do anything for you.” She also likes the family nature of the sport and marvels at kids that participate in the event, albeit they shoot from the ground. “I can't wait to go and see these kids get in there and do amazing,” she says. “I 'd rather see a kid win before me any day...it's awesome.” Whitt says it’s not uncommon for people to offer a competitor a horse if someone is having problems. She has seen others share their guns. “The great thing about the sport is when you show up, and you don't know anybody, they'll say here's my gun, here's my holsters, here's my horse and if you want to try it you're more than welcome to,” she explains. The gun part of the sport focuses on safety. The ammunition they use is only blanks and small embers that fire out are what cause the bal-

loons to pop. This protects the participants, the horses, and makes it a sport in which kids can participate.

fun and it's so different and it's not political because you're not being judged by judges. It's just you, the horse, and the timer.”

Whitt was a child when she started riding at age five. Growing up in Alabama, she just watched other riders and taught herself. Eventually she tried competing in Barrels, Poles, Showmanship and Halter. By the age of thirteen, she was showing her skills at Team Penning and Breakaway Roping, winning jackpots and saddles. Then one day a friend showed her a video of Cowboy Mounted Shooting. While she wasn’t too excited about the costumes the riders wore, she thought it looked exciting, eventually giving it a try and becoming hooked. “I thought it was kind of crazy considering you had to dress up in the old Western silver screen era clothing,” she said. “As soon as I tried it, I was hooked.”

Fortunately for Whitt, the costumes are less crazy and she can wear clothes she enjoys more. In addition to competition, Whitt also trains horses at the Run and Gun Ranch in Norfolk and hopes to one day offer lessons. But she is more than willing to share info on the sport. The best way to reach her is to visit her web site(www.runandgun.net). “I will be glad to help anyone get in the sport,” she says.

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The rest of the year will see Whitt traveling all over the country both to expose her horses to the sport and to compete. This year she will ride in events in New Hampshire, South Dakota and Tennessee, and eventually Amarillo, Texas for the World Championship. (This article originally appeared in The Norfolk Times, www.thenorfolktimes.com)

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He said the outpouring of support his department has received from the community, especially

in another town. The plans for the evening took shape after she spoke to Paul Schaefer, Director of Finance and Operations of KP High School, who suggested students get involved. KP High School's Principal Lisa Oliveira along with staff and students from both the high school and middle school also jumped in. KP Freshman Connor Zimmerman said it was important that the students help out. "We felt if we could make a difference, we should," he said as he sold blue and yellow ribbons that the KP Student Council made and #BOSTONSTRONG bracelets.

the Cambridge Police Department has kept them going. Events like Sunday night's Boston Strong Tribute gives him strength. "Just the overall kindness of total strangers. That's really the only true thing that is helping us carry through," he ex-

children, families and seniors travel lap after lap around the track. Morin got the idea for the event shortly after the bombings when she heard of a similar run/walk

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"Everybody at KP is thinking about those affected by what happened in Boston," said Paige Kucy, president of the student council. She worked a table where people wrote messages for those affected by the tragedy. "This shows our support." Louise Mason, a Wrentham resident for over 30 years, said she had to be part of the community event. "It's nice that people can get together and think good thoughts...positive things," she said. Many families came to show their support. Wrentham's Bryan Aaron attended with his wife Erin and two children, Caroline and Katie. "I felt like I had to be here," he said as he walked around the track.

he said. "I've been inspired by who we are as Americans...who we are as people. It is a great testament to the way Americans pull together in times of difficult." Winslow spoke of the failure terrorists have in understanding the reactions of Americans. "People who would try to use violence or intimidation or threats against a democracy such as ours, fundamentally fail to understand the American spirit," he said. "Behind every American, are more Americans. When people try to intimidate or scare or frighten or use violence against us in a democracy, that doesn't make us back down that makes us stand up." Music played throughout the tribute thanks to Botaish's son Joseph. Shaw's of Franklin also donated five cases of water bottles and the Wrentham Lions were on hand to help with parking and show support. "We're

Mary Regnier also wanted to attend. She wore her blue and yellow Boston Marathon jacket that she received for completing the race before the bombs went off. She said the speeches and show of community were helpful. "They did a beautiful job," she said in regards to Sunday's event organizers. "It makes it easier and seeing everyone together is just amazing...strength in numbers." Before people took to the track, both Ross and Winslow spoke of their admiration of the American people. Ross found pride in the kindness and caring that occurred after the tragedy. "Lives have been changed forever. Lives have been lost and the world will never be the same," Photos by Christina Allan.

happy to be part of this," said Steve Langley, Wrentham Lions President and a Wrentham selectman. The Boston Strong Tribute started at 6 p.m. and people still walked and ran the track past 7:30. The donations collected for The One Fund will be sent to the charity this week. The suggested donation was $10 per family but most gave more. The One Fund was launched by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013. As of today, just under $31 million has been raised. (This article originally appeared in The Wrentham Times, www.wrenthamtimes.com)


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Stony Brook Announces Its June Programming! Stony Brook has come alive with the warm weather. Join us for these exciting programs: Turtle Trekkers: Saturdays, June 1st and 15th, from 10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Start your weekend off right with a fun and knowledgeable Stony Brook teacher on the trails learning about nature. Each day will have a special topic created to excite your child about the natural world. There will be crafts, activities and lots of laughter. So come and join the fun. This month’s themes: Our Web-footed Friends/Fabulous Flowers. Ages 2.9 to 6 with a parent. Fee: $10m/$12nm per adult/child pair

nificent rookery which serves as home to more than 30 pairs of great blue herons near Stony Brook. Herons (and occasionally other birds at this rookery) raise their young in giant stick-nests built high up in standing dead trees in the middle of wetlands. Heron rookeries are places of great activity. We will have ample opportunities to watch these magnificent creatures gently gliding to and from their nests in the process of caring for their young. We will carpool from Stony Brook a short distance to the rookery. Fee: $8m/$10nm

Family Ponding: Sunday, June 9th,, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. We can tell how healthy our wetland is by investigating what lives in the water. We will be removing many species to get a closer look at some fascinating adaptations. Dragonflies with jet propulsion! Sideswimmers! Predaceous diving beetles and more! Of course we will also get to get out fingers dirty! Minimum age: 5. Fee: $9m/$11nm per person. Herons at the Nest: Sunday, June 9th, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Join us for an easy walk to a mag-

Sounds of the Night: Friday, June 14th, from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. During the summer around sunset the marshes, ponds, forests and fields in the area come alive as the birds and other animals that live here prepare for the coming night. Many of the creatures that have remained inactive during the daylight are beginning to stir. We will start with a discussion and light snack at the Nature Center before heading out in search of the night life! Each month we will explore the interesting natural history of one of the groups of wildlife that visit local ponds, fields and forests as the sun is setting and afterwards. Minimum age: 6. Fee: $9m/$11nm per person.

Rhode Island Coastal Carousing: Monday, June 17th, from 6:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. We will drive to Napatree Point Conservation area on the RI/Conn. Line for viewing assorted shorebirds, then east along the coast to Ninigret Nat’l Wildlife Refuge. Both sites offer a great diversity of songbirds and waterfowl as well. Fee: $35m/$41nm Sundays at Stony Brook: Sunday, June 23rd, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Take a Stony Brook Sunday stroll in search of birds, turtles, frogs, plants, and other natural wonders in the company of a Volunteer Naturalist. Or, join the Naturalist on the observation deck for a peek through the spotting scope. Do you have questions? Stop by on a Sunday afternoon and we will work to discover the answers together. Fee: FREE with admission. Pre-registration is required for all programs (except as noted). For more details, visit the Mass Audubon webpage at www.massaudubon.org or contact us at 508528-3140. Register by phone, email stonybrook@massaudubon.org, fax (508-553-3864) or in person. Stony Brook is located at 108 North Street in Norfolk.

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Norfolk Community Day, Saturday June 8 The Norfolk Lions in conjunction with a number of local organizations are in the final planning stages for the 21th annual Norfolk Community Day on June 8th at the Holmes Complex on 22 Myrtle in Norfolk. Community Day events officially kicks off at 11 a.m., however the annual Norfolk Community League road race will take place at 9 a.m. Events at this year’s Community Day include a children’s art contest, touch a DPW truck, golf ball drop 50/50 raffle and many new and old favorite amusements including the Circus Obstacle Course, Knights & Dragons Bounce and Slide, Soccer Shoot, The Joust, and the Bungee Bull Ride. This year the black top entertainment will include a number of local groups who have participated for the last 20 years and some new performances that include: King Philip World Percussion/Steel Drums 11:00am-11:45pm Kathy Ryan Dance Studio 12:00pm-12:45pm

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"Shine Bright Like a DECA Diamond" By tory atkins, ViCe President of PuBLiC reLations, king PhiLiP deCa King Philip DECA had an unprecedented series of wins at the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Anaheim, California. The conference hosted over 16,000 state and provincial winners from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, China, and Puerto Rico. DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Massachusetts brought just over 400 delegates to the conference including 64 from KP. Attendees competed in written projects and oral presentations such as written business manuals 5-30 pages in length, 10 minute oral presentations, and a series events, which consist of a business terms exam and a situational role play. KP had 29 written projects, one individual professional selling series event, and one team decision making series

event. Many other students attended leadership workshops. Alicia Cuoco and Theresa Harvey attended the Thrive Leadership Academy at ICDC. Matthew Capobianco attended the LEADS State Officer Training Academy in preparation for taking office as a MASS DECA State Officer for the 2013-2014 school year. Students in competitive events were split into 8 "flights," labeled letters A-G, each containing approximately 16 teams or individuals. Most events contained a minimum of 200 participants. In order to proceed to the final round of competition, students must be selected as one of the top two in their flight. The top two that each judge selects from each flight makes up what is known as "the Sweet Sixteen," the competitors who are called to stage as international finalists in the preliminary awards session. The first surge of KP pride came at this preliminary awards session, when an astounding 9 KP teams and individuals were selected as international finalists.

Seniors Kristen Aucoin (Plainville) & McKenna May (Wrentham) - Financial Literacy Promotion Plan event; Larissa Grace (Wrentham) & Katherine Genesky (Norfolk) - Learn and Earn Event; Shannon Poirier Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling Event; Kellie Mahoney (Norfolk) & Camille Govoni (Wrentham) - Sports and Entertainment Operations Research; Erin McGuire (Wrentham) - Creative Marketing Plan; Emily Harrington (Norfolk) & Meghan Garrity (Wrentham) Hospitality Services Team Decision Making Event; juniors Emily Lambalot (Wrentham) Entrepreneurship Participating Franchise Event; Katherine Lukes (Wrentham)- Entrepreneurship Participating Independent Event; and Molly Mallgraf (Wrentham) & Audrey Foxx (Wrentham) - Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan. A total of 24 Massachusetts teams/individuals advanced to the finals, with KP represented by 9 teams. The finalists then competed once more, this time for a chance to be called to stage

as a member of the Top Ten during the Grand Awards session. Again, KP had a huge success rate. Out of the 9 teams who had received Sweet Sixteen status, 7 were called to stage in the Top Ten in the world in their event. They were: Kristen Aucoin & McKenna May, Larissa Grace & Katherine Genesky, Erin McGuire, Kellie Mahoney & Camille Govoni, Emily Lambalot, Katherine Lukes, and Molly Mallgraf & Audrey Foxx. Ten competitors from Massachusetts were called as Top Ten international champions, and KP had 7 out of that 10. Over the past four years, KP has had a total of 5 finalists. This year broke all expectations that KP DECA advisor James Dow had for the conference. "I would have been thrilled with two, I was shooting for two and we came out with 9... I am so happy for and proud of these kids. They've really put their heart and soul into their projects, and now all their hard work has paid off," says Dow, with a huge grin. Not only did KP receive 9 Sweet Sixteen and 7 Top Ten nods, the most in the state of

June 1, 2013 Massachusetts, they received an overwhelming amount of Certificates of Excellence, awards given to show exemplary performance and scores in one's event. 23 of 29 King Philip written projects received Certificates of Excellence. KP has long been a huge contender at the Massachusetts State Career Development Conference, and has always sent many competitors to ICDC, but has struggled to place more than two teams annually at the international conference. Because of this, 2013 will forever be a huge banner year for KP DECA. In a statement to the chapter, DECA President and Sweet Sixteen international finalist Shannon Poirier commented on the chapter's success: "I'm so glad we're finally getting the national recognition we deserve. I am so proud of you guys,” she said. The international conference was a perfect ending to an already stellar year for the King Philip DECA program. We are so proud of our entire chapter, and we look forward to welcoming the class of 2015 into the KP DECA family’s tradition of excellence next year.

Tree Dedication for Dr. Donald Fisher A tree was dedicated in memory of Dr. Donald Fisher, Wrentham dentist, who was a long time member of the Fiske Library Board of Trustees. The tree was planted at the Fiske Public Library on Randall Rd.

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Arts on the Common Wrentham Arts on the Common, June 1, 10am-3pm, (some activities extend to 4pm) will feature juried artists as well as music and interactive events. A Cappella Gold Quartet will delight you with barbershop music both old and new to start off the festival entertainment at 10:30. Chris Yerlig, a mime who visited Wrentham in 2008, will return to entertain you at 12 Noon! Be ready! You may be the object of his attention. At 1:30 Sally McKnight Harrison, hammered dulcimer, and Jim Buchanan, fiddle, will perform traditional Irish music and more! At 2:30 be sure to join the drum circle led by Dave Curry of Drums for

One And All. The festival will highlight 25 artists, will include hands-on demonstrations of pottery throwing, dance demonstrations given by Dance and Beyond; hand made paper making (a Cultural Council grant to Nancy Maia Howes), a children's workshop (Journey Around the World) taught by Renee Curry. A special Chalk the Walk activity will take place the entire festival; led by Rebecca Zitomer participants young and old will color David Brown Way with a “Quilt of Summer by the Young of Heart”. Put it on your calendar! For details about the artists and performers visit http://www.artsonthecommon.org/

Martes Picked as Interim Superintendent Wrentham School Committee unanimously selected Dr. Christopher Martes as interim superintendent. Martes is the former superintendent of the Foxboro Public Schools and currently interim superintendent of the Norton Public Schools. Pending a background check and contract negotiations, Martes will begin in Wrentham on July 1st to replace Jeffrey Marsden who was recently appointed the new superintendent of the Medfield Public Schools.

Two other candidates were considered. Michael Malone, former superintendent of the Plainville Public Schools and John Moretti, former superintendent of the Mansfield Public Schools and currently working for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education."We had 3 great candidates," said Wrentham School Committee Chair, Edward Goddard. "We were ecstatic to get Dr. Chris Martes to lead us next year."

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Botaish and Pratt Win The voters of Wrentham reelected Joseph Botaish and Gail Pratt to Wrentham’s Board of Selectmen. The two incumbents won by beating out Planning Board member George Smith. "I'm very happy," Botaish said.

The Board of Selectmen race was the only contested race. Turnout for the election was 23 % - higher than predicted and significantly higher than 2012 when the annual town election only saw a 11 % turnout. Town Clerk Carol Mol-

lica, who was also re-elected, thought the turnout was impressive. "It was very good for today," she said. "I projected it to be lower." Botaish received 1,065 votes and Pratt garnered 945. Smith received 745 votes.

Dayspring Christian Academy Student Heads to National Competition A seventh-grade student at Dayspring Christian Academy of Attleboro journeyed to Texas in the 2013 National Spelling Bee sponsored by the Association of Christian Schools International. According to DCA Administrator Frank Rydwansky, seventhgrader Anneka Ignatius of Wrentham, accompanied by her parents, traveled to Dallas on May 10 through 12 for the National Spelling Bee. She qualified by placing first in the Eastern Massachusetts/Rhode Island District event held in October and by finishing second in the Northeast Region competition held in February in Lancaster, Penn.

ward to her first-ever trip to Texas back in May. “I’m so excited about the trip,” she said. “I know it will be a really good experience for me and will give me the opportunity to meet a lot of new people from all over the country.”

Ignatius is the second DCA student in the past three years to qualify for the National Spelling Bee. Ashwini Asirwatham, then a seventh-grader and now a freshman at Bishop Feehan High of Attleboro, participated in the 2011 competition in Washington, D.C.

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Sports KP Softball Squad Continues Its Winning Ways By ken hamwey staff sPorts writer The King Philip softball team just keeps rolling along. When new coach Normand Beauchemin replaced Jim Leonard, some may have thought the traditionally strong program might struggle with the transition to a new system. That was wishful thinking because KP, which was 13-2 after 15 games, is in first place in the Kelly-Rex Division of the Hockomock League and has once again qualified for the South Sectional Tournament. “My first year has gone well,’’ said Beauchemin, who has won championships at three other schools. “The girls love to play softball and I love to coach it. My system has been implemented gradually. What’s been exceptional is our team’s all-around ability. Our overall defense is outstanding, our infield commits few errors and our outfield is strong. Pitching also has been a big plus.’’ Warrior fans got a glimpse that

there wouldn’t be any slippage this season when KP defeated North Attleboro early in the campaign.

Poirier, who starts at first base, utilizes a fastball and is adept at keeping the ball moving high and low.

“We beat North, 6-1,’’ Beauchemin said. “We were both unbeaten at the time and that showdown was a quality victory. What helps us is versatility. We can be scrappy, swing a strong bat and steal bases consistently. One area we’ve worked on is relying on small ball to score runs when we face strong pitching.’’

The Warriors’ infield includes Poirier at first, senior captain Tori Constantin at second base, freshman Ashley Hussion at shortstop and junior Shannon Jones at third.

Senior captain Anna O’Neill has been a key cog in the Warriors success. The pitcher has a 9-2 record, is hitting .415 and leads the team in runs batted in (25). “Anna has excellent control and good velocity,’’ Beauchemin said. “She moves the ball well and hits the corners. Her fastball, drop and change-up are all effective.’’ Freshman Kali Magane and sophomore Renee Poirier are spot starters who provide depth on the mound. Magane, who also is used as a courtesy runner, relies on lots of spin, location and control.

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KP Hosts Celebrity Hoop Game By BoB Cohen Members of the New England Patriots Celebrity Basketball team took on an impressive lineup of King Philip faculty, business owners, and local elementary school students at the high school gym Tuesday night. While the football players scored the most points, the winner of the night was the KP Booster Club, the host of the first annual Patriot Celebrity Basketball event. Before the opening tip-off, the MC led the crowd in a solemn trib-

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Freshman outfielder Christa Wagner is a reserve who often is uses as a courtesy runner. Called the “fastest girl’’ on the team by her coach, Wagner is aggressive on the bases. “Christa has tremendous speed and is a smart base runner,’’ Beauchemin emphasized. The Warriors already have achieved one of their goals — to qualify for the tourney. They also hope to clinch first place in their division. Normand Beauchemin continues KP’s winning ways.

captain Breanna Schaffer in center and soph Brianna Sebio in right. “Maddie has a strong arm, is quick and fast,’’ Beauchemin said. “And, she uses her speed effective on the base paths. Breanna is out best hitter with a .457 average. She’s fast, quick and also has a strong arm. She reads defenses exceptionally well. Brianna reacts well in right. She’s an excellent fielder and a good, solid hitter.’’ KP’s offensive output dropped in the second quarter scoring 14 points as they played and amiable foil to the Pats athletic pyrotechnics who added another 25 on the scoreboard to end the quarter 44 – 31. At half time the MC cranked up the music as event goers queued up at the autograph tables, which also included Kinney who is best known for the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series of books and movies. The autograph session was very well managed. That atmosphere was festive and the lines moved quickly. People had more than enough time to get signatures from all six Patriots and Jeff Kinney. The start of the third quarter for KP set the Kinney boys, Jeff, Will, and Brad and CJ Parker and Andy Connor against Zolak, Arrington, Talib, McCourty, and the offensive surprise of the night Zimmerman who played all four quarters and whose double digit scoring effort put a smile on everyone’s face. At the end of the third quarter the MC held a drawing for the raffle and announced the winners. Spec-

“When the tourney arrives, I believe we can advance and go deep,’’ Beauchemin. “The South Sectional, however, will feature strong teams but we’ve kids who can help us advance. My first year at KP has been enjoyable. That’s because the players are very cerebral. They think before the action occurs.’’

Normand Beauchemin and the KP softball team have been a successful mix. And, it’s very likely that the best has yet to come. tators paid a dollar a ticket for an opportunity to win one of several footballs signed by all the Patriots attending the event. With the music cranked up, the winners were called out onto the court to receive their prize by airmail. All the Pats took a turn at hucking the ball to smiling fans. The game ended in a flurry of alley-oops and dunks with a final score of 91 to 72. KP Boosters hosted the event to “Fund our scholarships and special projects,” according to a letter from Board President Patty Bingel and members Kelly Foxx, Arthur Keegan, and Carysue Hogan. Recent projects include donations for scoreboards and banners, equipment purchases, batting cages, and the practice fields. They also hope to raise money for an artificial turf field. (This article originally appeared in The Wrentham Times, www.wrenthamtimes.com)


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Sports KP Girls Lacrosse Team Honing Skills During Up-And-Down Season By ken hamwey

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“We’re working this season on building confidence and skills,’’ Pasquantonio said. “But, our goal is to make it to tournament. To achieve that, however, we’ll have to defeat some top notch opponents. Our league, especially, has become very competitive.’’

Julie Pasquantonio guided the King Philip girls lacrosse team to a 13-7 record last year, numbers that were good enough to earn a Hockomock League co-championship with Franklin. The third-year coach, whose Warriors lost in the first round of tourney play last year to Walpole, is no stranger to lacrosse. She was a four-year starter at KP and a twotime Hockomock League all-star. She played on three league championship teams and was a 2004 choice as a Boston Globe AllScholastic. She also was chosen to a statewide All Scholastic team. Pasquantonio, who played lacrosse at UMass-Amherst, and her sisters (Kelly and Mary) are listed on the wall of all-scholastics at KP along with coach Mike Vitelli, who helped shape the school’s tradition in the sport. Pasquantonio is eager to keep the Warriors at the head of the class in lacrosse but that objective has become a major challenge since the squad was 7-9 after 16 matches and facing long odds to qualify for

“Sarah’s hockey skills transferred well to lacrosse,’’ Pasquantonio said. “She’s one of the most upbeat and positive players I've coached. She’s similar to Alex, always looking for ways to improve. She’s been crucial to our defense this year.’’ Other key cogs in the Warrior attack include seniors Ashley Avery and Shannon Eszlari. Pasquantoni rates the duo as “crucial contributors.’’

The coach, nevertheless, has been pleased with her trio of senior captains — midfielder Malorie Knowlton, and defenders Alex Lynch, and Sarah Mealy.

“Ashley is dynamic and extremely athletic,’’ Pasquantonio said. “She can play whatever role is needed, whether it’s attack, defense or midfield. She’s able to understand her role and execute what is needed. Shannon is also a very dynamic competitor. Her endurance and improved stick work have been very helpful.’’

“Malorie played in all games as a sophomore and she started every game as a junior,’’ Pasquantonio said. “She's a versatile player who has built on her soccer base and has become a solid KP Coach Julie Pasquantonio from her playing lacrosse player and leader for days at UMass-Amherst. Juniors will be counted on us.’’ to bolster KP’s attack and said. “She’ll ask me after every Lynch, a second-year player who Pasquantonio has a duo that should game ‘what can I improve on.’ was vital to KP’s defense last year, She's a team player and her posihas improved dramatically primative attitude permeates through the rily because of her work off the team. This year, she’s a defensive field. leader.’’ “Alex is never content with Mealy is a second-year player where she's at,’’ Pansquantonio who started playing lacrosse last

King Philip–Walpole U-14 Girls Hockey Team Wins South Shore Conference Championship The King Philip-Walpole (KPW) U-14 Girls Hockey Team recently defeated Barnstable by a score of 1-0 to capture the U-14A - South Shore Conference (SSC) Championship. The game was tightly played with plenty of great Goaltending and Defense by both sides to keep this a low scoring game. The game winning goal was scored by KPW with only 1:52 remaining on the clock which made for an exciting Championship finish.

season.

Both this win and accomplishment is extra meaningful for the KPW team as a formal travel Girls hockey program was just established this season at selected age levels along with a Girls “in-house” program. The KPW Girls team’s had an excellent overall 1st year together with a complete season record of 25-6-4. They also finished as SSC regular season co-Champions and earlier in the season won the District 3 – Tier III Girls Championship and competed in the MA State

Tournament held in Canton, MA. Team Members include Vanessa Botelho, Amanda Janowicz, Kate Shaughnessy, Kate Crowther, Elizabeth Furfari, Caroline Wilkins, Brooke McCann, Nicole Connor, Kate Holmes, Allison Smith, Bailey Turner, Francesca Bonanno, Anna Stone, & Olivia McCarthy and is coached by Peter Furfari and Tom Connor. Congratulations to the entire KPW Girls team for a Championship season !

be major contributors. Alicia Cuoco and Julianne Piatelli are a talented twosome. “Alicia started since her freshman year and her innate lacrosse ability makes her one of our strongest players,’’ Pasquantonio said. “She scores consistently in almost every game and can be one of the top players in the league and the state.’’ Piatelli is a second year varsity starter. She’s coming off of a freshman injury that prevented her from playing that year. “Julianne is our feeder on attack,’’ Pasquantonio said. “She’s a smart player who goes for the best shot. We’re counting on her for assists. Her field sense is excellent and she has a great ability to see plays unfold.’’ The girls lacrosse season at KP this spring has been challenging but the players and their coach have worked diligently. If this group of dedicated competitors doesn’t achieve post-season tourney play, it won’t be for lack of effort.


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Sports Rico Makes Jump to College By ChristoPher tremBLay

ways been that way through high school. It seems that I’ve always been expected to do it,” Rico said. “I didn’t handle it too well in the beginning, but I’ve been adapting. I felt that I let my coaches and teammates down the way I started.”

A typical high school softball game line for King Philip’s Meg Rico included a lot of zeros, a high number of strikeouts and a miniscule ERA, but the former Warrior is not in Wrentham anymore and things have changed for the now Division 1 freshman pitcher at George Washington University.

That’s probably the furthest from the truth. The Wrentham native threw a no-hitter in her college debut, but still believes that she had a rough start to the season.

Although the Wrentham native has had a relatively stellar freshman season with the Colonials, earning Atlantic-10 second team “That was probably the hardhonors, being named to the All est time of my life. While the Rookie Team and earned A-10 hitters were definitely better, pitcher and rookie of the week they weren’t hitting me hard,” (the first Colonial to do so), it has she said. “I blame myself for my been a trying first season. Rico poor start I was walking a lot of has posted a 3.06 ERA while Meg Rico makes transitions to the college batters and then happened to give going 13-10 (her 13 wins and 5 game. up some timely hits.” shutouts have tied a school record feisty, intense and as passionate The right hander doesn’t like to for a freshman) on the season allow- about the game as I was as a player,” make excuses, but believes her poor ing 88 hits, 65 runs (55 earned), the GW Coach said. “She came in, start came from the weight training while walking 121, striking out 133 pounded the strike zone as a freshshe was doing once she came to and holding opposing batters to a man. She’s confident and tough as GW. Not use to the amount of lifting .198 average (second best in the A- nails, but this is a whole different she was doing to her upper body 10 and on pace to break the school level and she’s facing top quality Rico believes she lost a lot of flexirecord for a freshman). Impressive batters all the way through the bility, which is a main component to numbers for a first year hurler by lineup – it’s a learning curve.” her delivery. Upon talking to the any means, but not even close to the coach, they decided to wean back Although Rico has taken the task years she had while leading King the lifting and from there she took at hand giving nothing short of her Philip to back-to-back state titles. talent, Coach Schramm feels for the off. “I knew what I was getting into as freshman. Last spring GW was slightly far as the level change, but the below .500 and went into the tour“We expected big things from her, biggest change was the competition. nament as a Cinderella team. This It was definitely different coming to but I really felt bad for her as the enyear with the addition of Rico to the a city campus from Wrentham,” the tire A-10 was talking about her. pitching staff, the Colonials are That’s a lot of pressure for a young collegiate freshman said. “The overlooking to make a bigger splash. all transition was easy due to my athlete,” Schramm said. “But to her credit, she’s lived up to that expectravel team (The Rhode Island “Without a doubt, her personality Thunder) and the coaches. Coach tation and every time she took the alone has changed this program,” (Dave) Lotti prepared me well for mound there was a great chance for the coach said. “I figured she’d help us to win the game that speaks vol- our program, but didn’t think it college ball.” umes about her.” would take effect immediately.” As Rico knew what she was getHer coach may have felt bad for ting into playing college ball, GW Despite all the accolations strewn Coach Stacey Schramm also knew the incoming freshman; Rico has upon her in her inaugural collegiate what the Colonials were getting in had no issues with putting the team season Rico believes she still has a on her shoulders. the right-handed pitcher. long way to climb the mountain before reaching the top. “That’s tough (expectations to “We knew that we were getting an all around athlete, one that was being a savior), but it’s kind of al“I’m excited about my awards, but overall I’m disappointed with my season. My goal was to have a low METCALF MATERIALS, INC. 2 ERA and win the Atlantic-10,” Serving the community since 1989 Rico said.

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Ross Attends Wrentham Holly Club Fashion Show Senator Richard Ross served as this year’s Master of Ceremonies at the Wrentham Holly Club’s 32nd annual fashion show, which took place at Foxboro’s Lake View Pavilion on April 10th. “I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Wrentham Holly Club and being a part of this wonderful event again,” said Senator Ross joins Chair of the Fashion Show, Ross. “The club sup- Connie Kellier and Co-Chair of the Fashion ports countless local Show, Michelle Kammerer. charities and programs that serve many individuals and Clubs, and seeks to increase solifamilies in need. The work that darity among women. these women do to serve their comProceeds from the show will be munity is truly commendable and donated to various local charities inspiring. I am so proud to partici- and programs, including the Wrenpate in this outstanding event.” tham Public Health Nurses Fund, The Wrentham Holly Club, organized in 1898, works to support various social services and civic activities in the community. In addition, the club is affiliated with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Massachusetts and the General Federation of Women’s

the Fiske Library Summer Reading Program, DECA, Wrentham Elementary Schools, King Philip Senior All Night Party, New Hope Shelter, and the Wrentham Senior Center Meal Program, among several others.

Spring Art Show to be Held at Norfolk’s Senior Center Due to the generous support of the Friends of the Norfolk Council on Aging a very special event saluting the creativity and talents of Norfolk seniors as well as local artists and crafters will be taking place at the Norfolk Senior Center on Friday, June 7th. Included in the art display and sale will be the diverse watercolor works of those who have participated in the weekly classes at the Senior Center conducted by instructor Tina Addison (who will also be displaying her own creations). In addition, the beautiful and colorful knit designs of the Senior Center’s very own “Knitwits” will be on exhibit right along with the works of a variety of local artisans. The all-day program (1 p.m. to 8:00 p. m.) will climax with light refreshments from 6 p. m. to 8 p. m. As there is no admission fee, visitors are simply encouraged to donate a canned or non-perishable item for the local pantry. Transportation can be arranged for those who request it in advance by calling the Senior Center at 508-528-4430. For those interested in entering their own art work or would like further information, please contact Tina Addison at(508) 369-6754 (cell) or email her at tinagoodfood@yahooo. The Norfolk Senior Center is located at 28 Medway Branch Road and is open Monday thru Friday from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m.


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Calendar of Events June 1 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 Wrentham Cultural Council is sponsoring Arts on the Common from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. June 2 King Philip Regional High School Graduation June 4 Building Blocks, 4:30-5 p.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, LEGO creation group for kids in K-5, who must be accompanied by an adult, contact Amy Reimann at (508) 5283380, x5 or email areimann@virtualnorfolk.org. June 5 Multi-Age Storytime, 11:1511:45 a.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, drop

in storytime with songs, games and hands-on activity for kids 2+with caregiver. June 8 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 8 th, 2013 at the Holmes Fields. Run will start at 9 a.m. with registration opening at 7:30 am. Runners and walkers can register at www.racemenu.com. Parking is free and all pre-registered runners will receive a tshirt. T-shirts for registrants after May 29th will be on a first come, first serve basis. Community Day at Holmes Bus Yard, Myrtle St., Norfolk. A family friendly event, hosted by the Lions but supported by local nonprofit groups, Norfolk Recreation, Fire Department and others including vendors. Fun-filled day with entertainment, games, rides, animal petting zone, touch-a-

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EY members are chosen by audition for superior musicianship, stage presence and triple threat accomplishments in voice, dance and acting. Electric Youth 2013 includes Madison Asgeirsson, 14, Kendra Dombroski, 14, Ali Funkhouser, 17, Graham Hancock, 16, Jocelyn Jones, 14, and Shaina McGillis, 14, from Franklin; Michael Fajardo, 14, from Hopkinton; Maddy Williams, 14, from Medway and Jenna McDermott, 14, from Wrentham.

Electric Youth (EY), the international touring ensemble of talented singer-dancers trained at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), will take the stage at Showcase Live at Patriot Place in Foxboro on Sunday, June 16 at 6 p.m. FSPA is pleased to offer prospective students a complimentary ticket to the concert as part of the school’s new All Access Pass program. (Children ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at Showcase Live.) The concert provides students with the chance to explore firsthand the fun and excitement of arts experiences and live performance opportunities.

Those interested in complimentary tickets should contact FSPA for more information and to schedule a free trial class or tour of the main facility in Franklin or satellite location in downtown Hudson. EY’s Showcase Live concert is family friendly and suited to audiences of all ages, delivering two full sets of high-energy music, including contemporary pop, classic rock and country hits. Backed by an eight-piece band of professional Boston musicians, EY will entertain with fully choreographed performances of The Blues Brothers, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Green Day, Icona Pop, Lady Gaga,

FPAC Slates June Open Auditions for Fall Production of Les Misérables The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) will proudly present the acclaimed, recordbreaking musical Les Misérables on October 19 and 20. Open auditions for the production will take place on June 11 and 15 at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), located at 38 Main Street in Franklin. With music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and book by Alain Boublil, Les Misérables has enjoyed a storied presence on the world stage for 28 years and has earned the distinction of being the world’s longest-running musical. The show’s enduring appeal can be attributed to its memorable characters, moving score and epic storyline. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo and set in 19th century France, the musical’s Tony Award-winning score includes such beloved songs as “Bring Him

Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own” and “One Day More.” FPAC is one of the first performing arts companies in the region to receive the rights to present the full length award-winning musical theater classic. Open auditions for FPAC’s production will take place on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m. for ages 16 and older. Auditions will be held on Saturday, June 15 for ages 9-15 for the few child roles available and ensemble roles where applicable. Audition times on the 15th are 1111:30 a.m. for ages 9-10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 11-12, and 12:30-1:30 p.m. for ages 1315. To audition, please prepare 16 bars of a legitimate musical theater song, not from Les Misérables, to be sung with piano accompaniment. No pop or rock. For more information, call (508) 528-8668 or visit www.fpaconline.com.

The Script, Stevie Wonder and more. The Showcase Live event will kick off an exciting itinerary of summer performances for the group. Electric Youth will embark on a three-week concert tour of the British Isles and France this August

at venues including Disney Paris. EY has toured Europe nine times, released five professional CDs and performed on a Royal Caribbean cruise, on Fox-TV, and at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, Mechanics Hall, Walt Disney World and the United Nations. EY 2013 debuted

Tickets prices are $18 for loge and $28 for floor seats. To purchase tickets, call FSPA at (508) 5288668 or visit online at www.electricyouth.com. Please contact FSPA for full table reservations and booth seating. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for dinner and best seat selection. Arts (FSPA). Franklin’s Tracy Lane received the 2013 Jan Smithers Faculty Award for her tenure as FSPA’s Assistant Director, Coordinator of the Dance and Drama Departments and Instructor of Drama and Musical Theater. With FPAC, Tracy has costumed shows, served as production coordinator and performed on stage. Foxboro resident Amy Buliung was honored as FPAC 2013 Volunteer of the Year, recognized for her dedicated contribution, enthusiasm and boundless energy behind the scenes at FPAC productions and events.

FPAC’s Gala 2013 Shines Brightly for the Arts The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) raised the curtain on Gala 2013, Broadway Encore, on Saturday, May 4 at Gillette Stadium’s Putnam Club in Foxboro. Broadway headliners entertained in a one-night-only show, bringing the magic of 42nd Street to the Boston suburbs. The Gillette venue, a renowned setting for world-class performances, provided an exciting backdrop for the evening's festivities. The event benefits FPAC’s mission and supports the development of a performance venue for expanded programming and community outreach. Broadway stars Sara Jean Ford, Tyrick Wiltez Jones and NaTasha Yvette Williams dazzled with several show classics. Having portrayed the lead role of Christine Daae in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera, Sara Jean Ford delivered a glorious rendition of “Think of Me” from the musical, along with a humorous send-up of “Popular” from Wicked. Tyrick Wiltez Jones, a veteran of the Broadway casts of Finian’s Rainbow and Hairspray and

the National Tours of A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls and Chicago, delighted guests with a medley of tunes from NEWSIES and the poignant “Bui-Doi” from Miss Saigon, sharing the stage with FPAC student performers and FPAC alumni Andrew Holmes and Caitlin Cassidy. NaTasha Yvette Williams of Broadway’s The Color Purple and The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess performed the showstopping “I Am Changing” from Dreamgirls and brought down the house with the comical “You’d Be Surprised” by Irving Berlin. Following the show, guests danced until midnight to Boston's popular R&B band Soul Kitchen. The evening honored two special individuals who have made significant contributions to FPAC and the Franklin School for the Performing

The Franklin Performing Arts Company thanks Gala 2013 Venue Sponsors Phil Norment and Maureen Shiels, Production Sponsors Kelly and Chris Schiavo and in-kind donors Postal Center USA, Flowers and More of Walpole, Gillette Stadium, Peterson Party Center and Delux Tux. With the support of the local business community and the more than 200 friends of the arts in attendance, FPAC celebrated an exceptional evening showcasing remarkable talent and enthusiasm for the performing arts. For more information about FPAC, call (508) 5288668 or visit www.fpaconline.com.

King Philip Class of 1983 Gathering at Newport Polo Match A message from the Class of 1983: Come join your classmates to begin our yearlong celebration of our 30th class reunion. We will be meeting at the Newport Polo Series in Portsmouth, RI on June

15th. Our class President, Therese, guarantees a good time had by all. Tailgating starts at 1 p.m. and the match begins at 5 p.m.

This is one of two functions we are planning before the actual reunion in November. Who knows, you just might enjoy yourself. To set the mood, Scott Kelly said he would read some Shakespeare to us all. Worth the price of admission right there.

$12 per person in advance or at the gate. More info on grills, chairs, food and car pools when we get closer. For more information search King Philip Class of 1983 on on Facebook.


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What to Do If You Haven't Filed Lions Collecting Funds for Marathon an Income Tax Return Victims The Norfolk Lions would like to announce, that in response to the terrible events of Monday, April 15, at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the Lions of Massachusetts in conjunction with Lions International are welcoming donations to a Lions Marathon Disaster Fund in preparation for the coming days when we will be working to provide assistance to those injured and impacted by the events of that tragic day. Lions anticipate that the need will extend from those directly injured by the explosions, to those families who lost loved ones and to the first responders who worked tirelessly attending to the injured, witnessing the kinds of injuries normally seen on the battlefield, not on the streets of Boston.

The unfortunate and tragic events of recent years from 9/11 in New York, to Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey and the terror in Newtown, Connecticut have shown us the many kinds of assistance that Lions have and will once again be called upon to provide. The Lions of Massachusetts stand ready to do its part to help those in need and on their road to recovery. Donation checks can be made payable to the Massachusetts Lions Disaster Relief Fund and can be sent to: Council Secretary Richard Braks P.O. Box 546 Templeton, Massachusetts 01468 All Lions clubs, locally within Massachusetts and globally, have joined in this effort. We welcome your donations.

Antiques Night Returns to Norfolk’s Senior Center "Antiques Night," sponsored by the Norfolk Council on Aging and the Friends of the Norfolk Council on Aging, will be held once again on Friday, May 31st from 4 p. m. to 8 p. m. at the Norfolk Senior Center located at 28 Medway Branch Road, Norfolk, MA 02056. Bob Graboski of Kingsbury Antiques, who has over 40 years experience in antiques appraisal, will conduct his highly informative and entertaining version of PBS's "Antiques Road Show." Participants (observers are also welcome to attend this popular event) will be charged a fee of

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Frizzell Named Teacher of the Year Sheena Marie Acosta-Frizzell has been selected as The United Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. A fifth grade teacher at Charles E. Roderick Elementary School in Wrentham, Frizzell has been teaching at Roderick since 2007. She was awarded with a $1,000 check from Bristol County Savings Bank and will be celebrated at the Chamber’s Spotlight on Education Breakfast and will be nominated for the State Teacher of the Year award. Frizzell was nominated by parent Katie Agnello whose daughter was in Frizzell’s class last year. In her nomination, Agnello writes “Miss Frizzell brings 125% of herself everyday to her classroom and obviously loves being a teacher and loves her students. And they love and respect her…She is every parent’s ideal teacher.” Agnello notes

that Frizzell goes above and beyond by moderating a weekly afterschool book club and a weekly Morning Breakfast Club. She also planned a Movie Night and a weekend Freedom Train tour. In her award application, Frizzell writes “I wake up every day excited to begin another adventure, knowing that I will have 20 or more eager faces and keen minds ready to explore. I do this, not for the money, the acknowledgment, nor the praise. I simply teach because that is what I am, a teacher.” Frizzell earned a bachelor of science degree in education and is working towards a master’s degree. This year, Ms. Acosta-Frizzell earned a W.E.S.T. Grant which has enabled her to implement the first science laboratory in the Wrentham Elementary School System.

Wrentham Schools Win National Awards Wrentham Public Schools received Bronze Awards from the US Department of Agriculture as part of its HealthierUS School Challenge. Both Delaney and Roderick Schools join the ranks of an elite group recognized for health, nutrition and fitness excellence. Only about 6 percent of 101,000 schools in the nation have achieved HealthierUS status. On May 3rd, at 11 a.m. Congressman Joseph Kennedy, USDA Representative Bob Foley, MA Dept of Education Katie Millett and Wrentham Superintendent Jeffrey Marsden took part in a ceremony in the Delaney School, Vogel Auditorium to honor the achievement. The Challenge is a part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to end childhood obesity within a generation. Schools participating in the Challenge voluntarily adopt USDA standards for food they serve at their schools, agree to provide nutrition education and provide opportunities for physical activity. Challenge certification also includes monetary incentives for use by school food services - $2,000 for Gold Award of Distinction, $1,500 for Gold, $1,000 for Silver and $500 for Bronze. For more information about the Challenge, visit the HealthierUS web site.

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In a letter of support, Roderick School Principal Stephen S. Grenham writes “As the principal and the person responsible for evaluating the teachers within the building, I would unequivocally state that Ms. Acosta-Frizzell is one of the most extraordinary teachers that I have ever seen. She is a model teacher with a gregarious personality. Her outstanding leadership qualities make her an invaluable member of our school community.”

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Bristol County Savings Bank presented Sheena Acosta-Frizzell with a check for $1,000

Frizzell was honoroed for being named The United Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. on May 23rd at at The Photography. In addition to scholarUnited Regional Chamber of Com- tributed through the Chamber. ships awarded through The United merce’s Spotlight on Education Sponsors of the breakfast are BrisRegional Chamber of Commerce, Breakfast at Lake Pearl Luciano’s. tol County Savings Bank, Dean Mansfield Bank will be presenting The breakfast will also celebrate the College, Wheaton College, Chama scholarship. NCAS (National achievements of the top ten students pagne and Bibeault, and Pediatric College Assistance Services) will from the school districts served by Dental Healthcare. The event will also be presenting Unsung Hero the Chamber as well as students be professionally photographed Awards. who have earned scholarships dis- courtesy of Andy Heller of Heller ing solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty-three Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 81 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, Founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; John Atta Mills, President of Ghana; Lee Evans, Olympic Gold Medalist; Rita Dove, Poet; Riccardo Giacconi, Physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, Chairman and Founder, Bose Corporation; Renee Fleming, soprano; Jonathan ! Franzen, Writer; and Daniel Libeskind, Architect. Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty-five years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Norfolk’s Burns Receives Fulbright Award Norfolk’s Kathleen Burns of Assumption College has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Lithuania in Psychology, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Burns is one of over 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2012-2013 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of

academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 310,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to find-


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Sweatt Beach Passes for 2013 Sweatt Beach on Lake Pearl off Woolford Road is open to Wrentham, Norfolk and Plainville residents for swimming and recreation. A hidden gem, the beach has undergone renovations in the last few years, thanks in part to various Eagle Scout projects by local Boy Scouts and new fencing purchased with monies from the Sweatt Fund. Sweatt Beach will open for the 2013 season on Saturday, June 15th

and will remain open 7 days a week through Sunday, August 25th. The beach is open daily from 10AM-7PM, weather permitting.

Seasonal family passes are available for a fee: Wrentham residents $125.00; Norfolk and Plainville residents $150.00; daily fees are $4 for adults and $3 for children, regardless of residency. Passes will also be available for purchase at the beach beginning June 15th. Payment by check or cash only.

Area Police Support Boston By PatriCk CoLeman Wrentham Police Lt. William McGrath wanted to help in the manhunt for the second bomb suspect, and he wanted to represent Wrentham and his fellow police officers. Without being asked or ordered, he headed up to Watertown at 9 a.m. on Friday morning. "I went to Watertown representing the officers of the Wrentham Police Department who weren't able to go with me," he wrote via email Saturday morning. "Though all of them surely would have and without hesitation. Regardless of what major incidents occur away from Wrentham, we still need officers in Wrentham to handle the day to day emergencies and routine calls." McGrath's participation wasn't because he was part of a specialized unit or response team but because his frustration had reached its peak. First it was the bombing, and then a police officer was killed and another was injured. He wanted to help. "I went simply as a police officer to show support and offer whatever assistance I could," he wrote. Assist he did. McGrath found himself along with other officers behind the Watertown house where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was hiding in a dry docked boat. "During that standoff, there were groups of police officers taking cover positions when children required evacuation," McGrath wrote. "It was at this point; I and other police officers quickly moved the children out of the danger zone to a safe place along the outside perimeter."

McGrath humbly added, "I consider my actions with regard to evacuating the children to be routine police work that any officer would have done had he been in my position. That is, after all, why we signed up for this job." In addition to McGrath, three Wrentham officers and two Norfolk Police assigned to Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (MetroLEC) responded to Boston in the hours after the Marathon bombing. Wrentham’s Officer David Halloway, Officer Jon Coliflores and Lt. Mike Robillard as well as Norfolk’s Officer Glen Eykeland and Detective Nate Fletcher responded to the tragedies in Boston. The Boston Marathon Bombing investigation was a 24/7 operation, requiring replenishments of personnel, among various other things, for a prolonged amount of time. With one bombing suspect dead and the other in custody, McGrath's thoughts are for the people directly touched by the horrors of April 15th and the ensuing days. "On a final note, my very minor role and participation in this incident was fulfilling as a policeman. I hope the families of the bomb victims, the officer killed and the officer wounded find a grain of comfort in knowing these terrorists are stopped. The thoughts and prayers of Wrentham are with them." (This article originally appeared in The Wrentham Times, www.wrenthamtimes.com)

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Mediation: A Better, and More Affordable, Way to Get Divorced Litigation is expensive. Costs in a litigated divorce can easily, and quickly, escalate into tens of thousands of dollars, particularly when the issues in dispute involve custody, visitation, support and division of marital assets. When all is said and done, one party (if not both) is often dissatisfied with the outcome, either because the party is forced to live by the terms dictated by a judge or perhaps the party felt that there was no other choice than to sign an agreement that the party was not really happy with. The goal of mediation is to be a more cost-effective way to approach divorce that leaves the parties with an agreement that they are both comfortable with abiding by, mainly because it is the parties themselves that craft the terms of the agreement. Mediation, in the context of a divorce, is a voluntary and confidential process where a neutral third party assists a couple with face to face discussions about issues that are important to them and their family. The mediator assists the couple in crafting solutions that best fit their goals and needs. Generally mediations take place over several meetings that usually run about two hours at a time. During these meetings the mediator will initially look for background information and will ask the parties to bring in any relevant documentation, such as tax returns, pay stubs and financial account statements. As the mediation moves along, the mediator will guide the parties as they discuss the issues and assist the parties as necessary as they work towards reaching agreements. Once the mediation is complete, the mediator can draft a Memorandum of Understanding which outlines the various agreements that the parties reached. A mediator that is an attorney may also, with client approval, draft a Separation Agreement that the couple will ultimately present to the Court for approval. The attorney mediator can also assist the couple with drafting additional paperwork that will be required by the Court. It is important to note that although a couple may reach an agreement to end their marital relationship, a Court must re-

view and approve any Separation Agreement for a divorce to be granted. A divorce does not have to be completely mediated. One of the benefits of mediation is that it can be focused to address only one or two issues if that is what a couple needs. Other issues can be litigated if that is what the situation calls for. Where mediation is a voluntary process, it can be as limited or expansive as the parties want or need it to be. By choosing mediation, you do not waive your right to have an attorney. It is not uncommon for one or both parties to have an attorney review the terms of a Separation Agreement that resulted from mediation before signing it. Some people even feel better having an attorney by their side when they go to Court for the required divorce hearing where the judge will review and hopefully approve the Separation Agreement. In addition, you are not prohibited from seeking relief from the Court if that becomes necessary or that is what you choose to do. In addition to keeping costs and stress down, mediation is designed to keep people’s exposure to the Court as limited as

possible. Nobody likes to go to Court, and couples with mediated agreements tend to spend less time in Court than couples who litigated their divorce. Mediated agreements tend to stand the test of time longer than litigated agreements because the parties themselves crafted the terms. Mediation is not right for everyone, but I feel that it is an underutilized resource for couples who are divorcing. If you think that mediation might be the right path for you please feel free to give my office a call and set up a free thirty minute consultation where we can further explore if mediation is right for you. Timothy J. Teehan, Esquire tteehan@teehanlaw.com www.teehanlaw.com (774) 571-2893 The Law Office of Timothy J. Teehan is a law office that practices Family Law and offers Mediation services. The information contained in this article is informational in nature and is not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. For more information please contact The Law Office of Timothy J. Teehan.

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Happy Feat Raises Funds For Fisher House Boston Norfolk-based Happy Feat Fundraiser recently donated $5,500 to Fisher House Boston. Fisher House Boston is a comfort home for families of the military to stay while their loved one is being treated at the VA Hospital in Boston. Held on Friday, April 26th at the Italian American Club in Walpole, the event featured music, food, drawings, and a silent auction. This fundraiser is quickly becoming "the event of the year" with tickets selling out in less than 24 hours and over

120 women attending this year. Happy Feat, founded by Norfolk resident Eileen Stetter, raises money for various charities. For more information, visit us on Facebook or email us athappyfeatfun@gmail.com. Mark your calendars for next year: Friday, April 25, 2014 at Lake Pearl Luciano's in Wrentham.

earn this match, you are essentially walking away from “free money.” Beyond this, though, the amount you put in to your 401(k) might depend on what other retirement savings vehicles you have available. For instance, if you’re eligible, you may also want to contribute to a Roth IRA, which offers tax-free growth potential, provided you’ve had your account for five years and don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re 591/2.

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help from your plan provider. But if that assistance isn’t available, you might want to consult with a financial professional to make sure you’re getting the maximum benefit from your plan. As you begin to review your 401(k), your first question should probably be this: “How much should I contribute?” At the very least, try to put in enough to receive your employer’s matching contribution, if one is offered. If you don’t

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Of course, it’s not only how much you put into your 401(k) that determines its success — it’s also how you choose to allocate your investment dollars. (Keep in mind that asset allocation does not ensure a profit or protect against loss.) Your 401(k) may have a dozen or more investment choices, such as stock funds, bond funds and money market funds. To choose the right investment mix, you’ll need to consider a variety of factors, including these: • Your age — Generally speaking, the younger you are, the more aggressive you can afford to be with your 401(k) investments, because you’ll have decades in which to overcome the inevitable down periods of the market. As you get older,

you may wish to invest somewhat more conservatively, but you’ll still need some growth potential in your 401(k) portfolio. • Your goals — Everyone has different goals for retirement. You might want to retire early and travel the world, while your co-worker desires to work as long as possible and then, upon retirement, stay close to home and pursue hobbies. Because you each have different goals, with different income needs, you also may need to follow different investment strategies within your 401(k). • Your other retirement income sources — If you have a variety of retirement income sources — a pension from another job, an IRA, a spouse with generous retirement benefits — you may need to invest differently, perhaps less aggressively, than if you had fewer options for retirement income. Apart from putting away as much as you can in your 401(k) and choosing the right investment mix, what else can you do to get the most out of your plan? Here’s a suggestion: If you have worked at various jobs and you have multiple 401(k)s, consider rolling them over them into one account. You might save money on fees and reduce paperwork, but, more importantly, you’ll be able to concentrate your resources and pursue a unified investment approach, with all your investment dollars working together toward your ultimate retirement goals. As you can see, a 401(k) review and rollover can reward you in many ways — so do whatever it takes to maximize your 401(k)’s performance.

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rience living as a family member in an American family. As a host family, you do what you would normally do from July 7 - July 20 and just plan to include one more person. No need to arrange for special outings. As of May 9th, there are two girls and three boys still waiting for housing: 2 17-year old young men from Finland 1 15-year old young lady from Germany 1 16-year-old young lady from Russia 1 17-year-old young man from Turkey Requirements A parent or guardian will complete a Criminal Offender Registry Inquiry (CORI) form in accordance with Massachusetts State Law. This is a requirement for all adults who interact with minors. Complete a Host Family application form. Have a desire to host an exchange visitor in your home for one or two weeks. You do NOT: Have to speak a foreign language to host an exchange visitor. All exchange students speak English or have to have a young person of approximately the same age as the exchange visitor living in your home, though it is desirable as it will greatly enhance the hosting experience. Please contact Wayne Burt weburt53@gmail.com, a Wrentham Lion, if you and your family have an interest in hosting one of these international visitors. Find out more about MD 33 Lions Club Youth Camp by visiting http://md33lionscamp.org/?page_id=2 where you can get all the forms and information necessary for hosting one of these international youth visitors.


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It’s a Sign of the Times... We’re in a very strong sellers’ market. What this means to the many buyers who are waiting for fresh inventory to surface is that they may not jump soon enough or high enough as each property comes on the market. There are more buyers than there are active listings to buy.

This is happening more frequently now that the market has changed. Buyers are becoming frustrated with repeatedly missing new opportunities because the new listings are selling so quickly. Many buyers are now focused on securing housing rather than proper representation.

most buyers understand that the listing agent represents the seller. Everyone needs proper representation, and buyers need a buyers’ agent to guide them through the buying process.

all buyers need a buyers’ agent for proper representation. All buyers who venture forth on their own without representation must understand that the seller will be the victor. Before you decide to buy a home without a buyers’ agent, consult a Realtor and have a consultation about buyer agency. it’s a smart move, and it will give you an understanding of what every buyer needs when purchasing a home……a buyers’ agent.

With the great shortage of listings, many buyers are calling the listing agents directly to view properties. The mindset of many buyers is to call the listing agent directly to see a newly listed property so that they may have an opportunity to view the listing and submit an offer. The buyer needs to understand that dealing directly with the listing agent leaves the buyer in a vulnerable position.

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