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Celebrate Independence Week in Norwood! This 4th of July holiday, skip the long lines of traffic and travel expenses and spend the day right here in Norwood where the celebration couldn't be bigger or louder! Norwood has earned the reputation of sponsoring some of the best oldfashioned festivities in the area and offers activities the entire family will enjoy! The celebrations begin with a patriotic concert on the common on Sunday, June 30, 7-9 p.m. The Sharon Concert Band will perform outstanding renditions of patriotic and show tunes that will surely encourage some community sing-a-longs. On Monday, July 1, Tatiana Lukyanova, of Hampton, CT, will perform a carillon concert from the Town Hall Memorial Tower from 7-8 p.m.

The large celebrations take place on Thursday, July 4. While the late afternoon parade is the main event of the day, don't overlook the charming Children's

Bicycle, Tricycle, Doll Carriage and Historic Character Parade that begins at 1 pm., on Thursday, July 4. Children and their imaginations are the center attraction for this procession as they strut

through downtown showing off their festive bikes, carriages and costumes for all of Norwood to enjoy. This family-fun event begins at the First Congregational Church at Walpole and Winter Streets and continues down Washington St. to the Town Common where awards are given and refreshments served. From 3 to 4 p.m., there will a carillon concert from Norwood's crown jewel, featuring Margaret Angelini, of Wellesley College and Lee B. Leach, Norwood. A tour of the 50-bell carillon will follow the performance.

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Hard Work and Embracing Change Emphasized at 2013 Norwood High School Graduation BY RENEE REYNOLDS In a class of 286 students, there are bound to be many different personalities and aspirations. But on Sunday, June 9, the members of the Norwood High School Class of 2013 joined together as one as they reached one common goal: graduation. In addition to the students receiving their high school diplomas, four honorary certificates were given to individuals who made a difference in the school community. Among those receiving honorary diplomas were Learning Center teacher Mary Boiardi, who has been with Norwood Public Schools for 36 years; Norwood High PTA members Jim Little and Maria Muller; and Dean of Students Cathleen Shachoy, who will be retiring at the end of the school year after more than 40 years with the Norwood Public School system. Like Shachoy, the graduates were also honored for completing their tenure with the Norwood Public Schools, but valedictorian Rachel Obeid was quick to point out in her speech that graduation day is not an end of a chapter or the beginning of something

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Skip those summer crowds and costly traveling expenses and spend a fun-filled and delicious summer right here in Norwood! The town and surrounding areas numerous summertime activities, diverse dining choices and recreational options, both outdoors and indoors to keep the family well entertained.

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Music: Norwood offers three distinctive outdoor musical choices on the Town Common-all free of charge. The Concerts on the Common provides big band and ethnic music on Sunday evenings, at 7 p.m., carillon concerts on Monday evenings, at 7 p.m., and the popular Summerfest jams on Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Bring chairs, blankets, even a




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Shopping: Show your support by sticking close to home and patronizing many of the independent stores around Norwood. New retailers continue to open their doors every month, so keep your eye out. Also, the Norwood Farmer's Market is now open every Tuesday afternoon and in addition to offering great local produce, breads, fish and goods, every week there are new and exciting demonstrations and entertainment.

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Volunteering The summer is a great time to introduce children to the benefits of volunteering their time. Many worthy organizations continually have a need for volunteers to help support their worthy organizations. Pick a subject that personally means something to your family or to demonstrate your appreciation for your good fortune, such as the Ecumenical Food Pantry of Norwood (, the Bay State Animal Cooperative (, the Norwood Animal Shelter (, Meals on Wheels (, The Abundant Table ( or any of the local area nursing homes.

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10 Tips On Packing A Suitcase Efficiently For An Organized Vacation BY DEBBIE TREMBLAY, A.K.A THE ORGANIZING GENIE There is nothing better than heading off to our favorite summer vacation destinations. After the airline tickets have been purchased and hotel rooms have been booked, it's time to dust off those suitcases and begin packing for the upcoming journey. Here are my 10 favorite strategies my family uses to pack our suitcases in an orderly fashion, maximizing every allotted available space. Plan ahead for lost luggage - If you're traveling with family members, pack a few of your outfits in their suitcase and vice versa. If you're traveling alone, keep a light change of clothes & toothbrush in your carry-on. Since the majority of misplaced suitcases are found within 24 hours, this tip will ensure that you will have an outfit or two to get you through until your suitcase is returned to you. Items To Pack In Your Carry On Bag- Prescriptions, jewelry, money, cameras, keys, cell phone chargers, itineraries, passports and tickets should be packed in your carry-on and not in your suitcase. Think ahead and ask yourself "What items

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“They really bounded together as a group,” she said. They held fundraisers and worked together to gather support. They are very socially involved, caring and accomplished as a whole.” Rau, who delivered a speech to the graduates, emphasized the importance of accepting inevitable bumps in the road and the changes they bring. “You will hear many, many times during these next few months of your life that this is only the beginning of the rest of your life,” she said. “What you will hear a little less is that the trajectory of your life and the dreams and goals you have in your mind at this moment will also likely change, more than once, and in ways you cannot imagine at this point. This is a good thing.” After the ceremony, Rau continued to convey her message of embracing change. “Life throws a lot of curveballs,” she said. “[The graduates] need to know how to roll with the changes. How you react to your plan deviating is what defines you as a person.” As for the future, Rau says she hopes the graduates continue to accomplish their goals, and realizes that success is measured both professionally and personally. “I hope they are happy, productive and well-rounded people that contribute to society,” she said. “That can mean anything from helping underprivileged children in a third-world country to just being a helpful neighbor. My ultimate advice to them would be just to be a good person.”


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The start signal goes off at 5 p.m. for the famous Norwood Firecracker 5K Road Race. Applications are available at Town Hall, the Civic Center, the Morrill Memorial Library or the Town Common before the race. This race is thoroughly enjoyed by both the runners and their fans and parade spectators can arrive a little early and cheer on their neighbors and they run through town and prep the crowd for the evening's star-spangled event! Applications can be picked up at Town Hall, the Civic Center, the Morrill Memorial Library or by calling 617-610-0084. The renowned Norwood parade starts at 5:30 p.m. with the Eastern Massachusetts Fire Truck, Antique and Classic Car and WWII and Korean War Military Re-enactor Procession. At 5:45 p.m., the famous 4th of July Parade begins

with national and international marching bands, entertaining acts, floats, military units, community groups and local politicians. The route begins at the Coakley Middle School, travels through South Norwood, up Washington St., by the Town Common and ends at the Shaws Plaza.

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

in honor of the award winners. This year's banquet was held on January 25. The award includes a citation from Governor Patrick, a plaque from the lodge, a $1,000 savings bond and a gift card from Perk's coffeehouse. Two supplementary awards include an additional $500 savings bond and a commemorative plaque. Local Town Pages is proud to recognize and commend these admirable young adults with a profile of each student in our monthly newspaper. Recent Norwood High School graduate Tom Little is the fifth student profile in our 2013 TONY Award series. Tom Little's understanding and appreciation for volunteering began at a very young age. As a child, he remembers teenagers and young adults offering their assistance and guidance and how their efforts made such a difference in his life. Through their gracious generosity, Little decided that someday he would return the favor and give back.

"When I was young I saw a bunch of high schoolers and college kids who helped me have fun," Little said. "I thought, hey, I want to do that." Little quickly put his plan into action in seventh grade when he began teaching vacation bible school at St. Timothy's Parish. When he entered Norwood High School (NHS), he didn't leave the Coakley Middle School completely behind. For the past four years, he has spent two weeks a year assisting the director in the school's drama productions. Little discovered his passion and talent for acting at Norwood's popular Fantasy Footsteps event where he was both an actor and a tour guide. "Fantasy Footsteps is where I found out I liked to act," Little said. "I've been acting ever since. I found theatre is somewhere I can go and be someone else for a little bit. If I am having a bad day, I can be someone else, forget everything and generally end up being in a better mood."

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Living Healthy Can Smartphones be Bad for your Joints? BY: JOHN VACOVEC, OWNER AND THERAPIST OF PHYSICAL THERAPY AND SPORTS REHAB., INC. Smartphones are an essential part of the new world that we live in. They help boost productivity and enable us to stay connected. On the flip side, excessive use of smartphones can cause a variety of problems. Neck pain, back pain, and tenderness in the joints of the hands can at times, be attributed to exces-

sive use of smartphones. In fact, 'text neck' is a phrase that's used to describe headaches, shoulder pain and arm pain due to excessive text messaging. Individuals who spend hours slouched on the couch using their phones for texting, emailing, or even gaming tend to experience the most discomfort. This can also lead to constant pain in the thumbs and wrists due to inflammation of the tendons. This is a condition called De Quervains disease. Physical therapy offers a number of treatment options for patients with this type of joint pain and inflammation.

Pain in the Neck? Although the impact of smartphones seems trivial, it is not something that should be taken lightly since it can result in pain, discomfort and lost productivity. Physical therapists not only help with treatment, but also with prevention of smartphone induced neck and back pain. Your therapist can offer a variety of treatments to help patients with 'smartphone induced' symptoms, allowing them to experience pain relief and regain normal function. Medical treatment helps to reduce pain and inflammation, but physical therapy plays a vital role in the restoration of joint mobility and muscle strength.

Physical therapy treatments include: • splinting – Offers rest to the joints in the hands and restricts active movement, which facilitates healing. • hot/cold packs – Increase blood flow and reduce inflammation as needed. • muscle stretching - Muscles in the neck and hands can become

tight, which results in movement restriction. Stretching exercises can help reduce pain and inflammation while increasing range of motion.

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The physical therapist may also determine that posture is an issue that needs to be addressed. For example, if you spend several hours cradling the phone between your head and neck, your therapist will teach you important strategies like switching sides, stretching and the use of headsets. Simple things can save you a pain in the neck. For example, setting down the phone every 20 minutes and standing up from your desk, stretching the muscles every 30 minutes and taking a break to allow your eyes to relax are easy and powerful strategies to protect your body from the impact of smartphones.

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Norwood Canines Take A Refreshing Bath Many Norwood residents passing by the municipal parking lot on Nahatan St., Sunday, June 9, may have thought they were admiring an old fashioned fundraising car wash. On second glance, however, they probably noticed that it wasn't only four-wheeled vehicles getting cleaned, but man's four legged best friend. The Bay State Animal Cooperative (BSAC) held its second Annual Dog Wash/Car Wash/Rabies Clinic, from 10 am. to 3 p.m. and the day was an enjoyable success for the animals, the owners, many wet volunteers and the organization. While exact numbers were not available, the day was a huge success for not only for the BSAC, but for the owners who received convenient services by volunteer veterinarian Dr. Christina Poor of Norfolk County Veterinary Service, in Walpole, who gave rabies vaccinations and the owners of the Soggie Doggie of South Norwood who clipped nails for a $3 donation. Many other volunteers from the Norfolk Agricultural School,

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the unnecessary suffering of companion, stray, relinquished and feral animals.

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All proceeds from this benefit will be used to help many homeless cats obtain emergency medical services. The Bay State Animal Cooperative is a non-profit organization devoted to providing humane resources and services to reduce animal overpopulation and prevent

tiful Sunday to assist in the event to wash cars and dogs and promote business with colorful signs.

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According to BSAC President Marcia Motta, the fundraising event was a great achievement in raising funds for the non-profit organi-

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Carol Maloney, Stroke Victim, Publishes Memoir

psychiatrist asked if she would be interested in publishing her experience. So after working with publishers at, the book was printed.


The book is split into three parts. The first section narrates her life before the stroke, where she navigates through high school, college, and work. The second part describes the stroke and her rehabilitation afterwards. Part three discusses what the rehabilitation taught her about special education. Maloney, although she wanted to stay in the classroom, could no longer teach after the stroke. She could not multitask, but there is much she now wants to

Longtime high school teacher and Norwood resident Carol Maloney has written a book about dealing with aphasia, a disorder that affects speech and language comprehension, after having a stroke in 2009. Through “Finding My Voice with Aphasia: Walking through Aphasia,� she shares her knowledge and experience of the communication disorder with readers, hoping to make people more aware ailment. She also hopes current special-education teachers find insight and teaching techniques in the book. On Saturday, June 9, 2009, the stroke hit while she was cleaning her father’s house. “I got this really strange feeling,� Maloney said. She stumbled to the kitchen table, but she could not identify objects on it. While trying to remember family numbers, she forgot what the telephone book looked like and even where the phone was located. Luckily, her father came home from grocery shopping and called 911 for help. “My mind was all scrambled, and whenever I went to say any-

thing, nothing would come out,� she says. They rushed to the hospital to learn what had happened and discovered it was a stroke.

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July 5 Picnic storytimes morrill memorial library 11:30 a.m. Enjoy your lunch while listening to stories, then join in for some outdoor activities including the parachute, bubbles, and more at the Bond Street Tot Lot. Ages 3-6 and their families July 7 concerts on the common norwood town common, 7-9 p.m. The S.O.S. Big Band will perform. Rain or shine. July 8 carillon concert on the common tilton memorial carillon, 7-8 p.m. Margaret Angelini, Wellesley College will perform. July 9 norwood Farmer's market norwood town common 12-5:30 p.m. Enjoy a variety of delicious, fresh local produce, fish, homemade bread and organic food. Special events: at 1 p.m., local beekeeper will give an informative 45 demonstration for children. From 2-5 p.m., enjoy music by Craig Sonnonfeld. July 10 Free arts and crafts for children, morrill memorial library, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Drop-in each week to create a unique craft. Ages 5 and older. norwood summerfest town common, 7-9 p.m. The Glamour Girls returns to Norwood for a jammin' evening! Film Fest: broadway musicals on the big screen: les miserables morrill memorial library, 6:30 p.m. The Morrill Memorial Summer Film Fest will be held for seven consecutive Wednesday nights. Sign up by calling the library at 781-769-0200, x110 or x222, or stop by the reference or information desk. Complimentary popcorn provided by the Bellingham Regal Cinemas.

ries, then join in for some outdoor activities including the parachute, bubbles, and more at the Bond Street Tot Lot. Ages 36 and their families July 14 concerts on the common norwood town common, 7-9 p.m. The Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band will perform. Rain or shine. July 15 Film and discussion: 'taking root: the vision of Wangari maathai', morrill memorial library, 6:30 p.m. Come to a free film and discussion of the award-winning documentary "Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari Maathai," sponsored by Together Yes. Wangari Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement that began in Kenya. She is the first African woman and environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The inspiring story of her life and work, this film shows how Maathai gathered a group of women to plant trees in defense of life. Sign up for this stimulating evening of film and discussion at the library reference or information desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or 222. carillon concert on the common tilton memorial carillon, 7-8 p.m. Richard Watson, Georgetown, OH will perform. July 16 the music lady: carol Kingsbury morrill memorial library, 10 a.m. Preschoolers can sing and dance at this entertaining show. Registration required. norwood Farmer's market norwood town common 12-5:30 p.m. Enjoy a variety of delicious, fresh local produce, fish, homemade bread and organic food. Special event: at 3 p.m., Kelly Unsworth from the Morrill Memorial Library will hold a special outdoor storytime.

July 11 campfire evening storytimes morrill memorial library, 7 p.m. Sing around the "campfire" and tell campfire tales. Don't forget to wear your pajamas and bring your teddy bears! Ages 3 -6 and their families Snack provided.

Farmer's Friends norwood Farmer's market, town common, 3 p.m. This event will include stories and activities with farming themes. Ages 3-6 and their families.

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stitch therapy morrill memorial library 6:30-8:30 p.m. Knitters, crocheters, cross stitchers and all others interested in needlecrafts will meet in the Trustees Meeting Room from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. The group will begin on the fourth Wednesday in May; in June, July, August, September and October Stitch Therapy will meet the third Wednesday. Bring your projects. Film Fest: broadway musicals on the big screen: south Pacific morrill memorial library, 6:30 p.m. Sign up by calling the library at 781769-0200, x110 or x222, or stop by the reference or information desk. Complimentary popcorn provided by the Bellingham Regal Cinemas.

norwood summerfest town common, 7-9 p.m. Southern Rail will be filling the Town Common with music and dancing! Free Family Flicks Father macs Pool, vernon/hawthorne sts. dusk A great family event! Bring chairs, blankets and refreshments and enjoy a FREE movie under the stars! Check the Norwood Recreation Department's Facebook page for the movie announcement. FREE to all. July 19 Picnic storytimes morrill memorial library, 11:30 a.m. Enjoy your lunch while listening to stories, then join in for some outdoor activities including the parachute, bubbles, and more at the Bond Street Tot Lot. Ages 36 and their families July 21 concert on the common norwood town common, 7-9 p.m. The Roy Scott Big Band will perform. Rain or shine. July 23 lucy the read dog morrill memorial library, 11 a.m. Lucy is a trained companion dog who loves to listen to children read. Bring your favorite book or borrow one from the library. Beginner readers and older. Registration required July 22 carillon concert on the common tilton memorial carillon, 7-8 p.m. Helen Hawley, Grand Rapids, MI will perform. July 23 norwood Farmer's market norwood town common 12-5:30 p.m. Enjoy a variety of delicious, fresh local produce, fish, homemade bread and organic food. Special event: at 1 p.m., Lorella Lasavage will hold a FREE yoga class for all ages. July 24 Free arts and crafts for children, morrill memorial library, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Drop-in each week to create a unique craft. Ages 5 and older. Film Fest: broadway musicals on the big screen: dreamgirls morrill memorial library, 6:30 p.m. Sign up by calling the library at 781769-0200, x110 or x222, or stop by the reference or information desk. Complimentary popcorn provided by the Bellingham Regal Cinemas. norwood summerfest town common, 7-9 p.m. Silver Spears will be performing for Norwood neighbors on the Town Common. July 25 children's bingo morrill memorial library, 7 p.m. Join in for some good 'ole fashioned fun. Prizes awarded! Grades: 1 and older. Registration required. Pool of gold Party Father mac's Pool, vernon/hawthorne sts., 5 p.m. Search for money in the pool just like the pirates did over 200 years ago! Keep the treasures you find. FREE for those with a Norwood pool tag. Guest fees apply.

July 1, 2013 July 26 day of hope carnival hawes Pool, south norwood 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled morning with pony rides, games, a dunk tank, bouncy house, ice cream eating contest and more! Fee is $5 per person. For ages 4-12. Picnic storytimes morrill memorial library 11:30 a.m. Enjoy your lunch while listening to stories, then join in for some outdoor activities including the parachute, bubbles, and more at the Bond Street Tot Lot. Ages 36 and their families July 27 motorcycle ride for boston begins at st. damascus church, 300 West st., (rte. 135), dedham, 11 a.m. All proceeds to benefit The One Fund. Barbeque, music and raffles to follow. For more information, contact Sandy, at 508-507-8301, or $30 per driver, $20 per passenger or barbeque only. July 28 concert on the common norwood town common, 7-9 p.m. Its Pops Night with Ron Stone & The Milestones Big Band! Rain or shine. July 29 carillon concert on the common tilton memorial carillon 7-8 p.m. Gerard de Waardt, Rotterdam, The Netherlands will perform. July 30 the music lady: carol Kingsbury, morrill memorial library, 10 a.m. Preschoolers can sing and dance at this entertaining show. Registration required. norwood Farmer's market norwood town common 12-5:30 p.m. Enjoy a variety of delicious, fresh local produce, fish, homemade bread and organic food. Special events: at 2 p.m., a Healthy Recipes cooking demonstration will be held by Norwood Hospital's dietitian Caitlin Melia; 3-5 p.m., enjoy music by Barzin, Cummings and Young; 3:45 p.m., a 45 minute cross-fit kids class. Free legal clinic dedham district court, 6-8 p.m. A panel of attorneys will be available for a one-on-one consultation. All discussions are strictly confidential. July 31 Free arts and crafts for children morrill memorial library 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Drop-in each week to create a unique craft. Ages 5 and older. Film Fest: broadway musicals on the big screen: rent, morrill memorial library, 6:30 p.m. Sign up by calling the library at 781769-0200, x110 or x222, or stop by the reference or information desk. Complimentary popcorn provided by the Bellingham Regal Cinemas. norwood summerfest town common, 7-9 p.m. Bobby Carlson & Stones River will entertain Norwood residents on the Town Common.

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Norwood Fire Department The Norwood Fire Department would like introduces its three newest members: Nick Gulla, Seamus Murphy and Patrick McDonough. The new members have completed their three-week orientation period and have been assigned to their respective crews. FF Gulla grew up in Norwood and is a 1999 graduate of Norwood High School. He received an Associate Degree from MassBay Community College in engineering. He is an EMT and owns Gulla Landscape. FF Gulla's sister Angela is a member of the Norwood Police Department. FF Murphy grew up in Norwood and is a Norwood High School graduate, Class of 2000. He attended Roger Williams College and earned

a Bachelor of Management Degree. FF Murphy is also a paramedic. FF McDonough also grew up in Norwood and was a 2005 graduate of Norwood High School. FF McDonough is a third generation firefighter for the Town of Norwood. His grandfather Charles was a great Norwood Firefighter for many years, his father Pat was a firefighter before joining the Postal Service and his Uncles Michael and Joe and his Aunt Faye are current and retired members of the Norwood Fire Department. FF McDonough is an EMT and coaches Babe Ruth here in Norwood. The Norwood Fire Department welcomes it's three newest members and wishes them long, safe careers!

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Norwood Sports Norwood Sports Teams Spring Success BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY With nine teams participating in six sports this past spring, Norwood Athletic Director Brian McDonough was rather pleased with the school’s success. Of the nine teams, four qualified for post-season play, one had individual performers qualifying for states, two had their best season at Norwood and one remained a dominate force in the Bay State Conference. Leading the Mustang stampede were the two teams on the field. The softball team, which not only captured its fourth Herget Championship in the BSC in five years, but also went 14-6 during the regular season grabbing a 10 seed in the Division 1 South Tournament, while its male counterparts on the baseball diamond finished 16-4 and earned themselves a 2 seed in the state tournament. The softball squad ran into King Philip, a two-time state champion, in the first round and fell 3-1 making a quick exit for the tournament. Still, Coach Carol Savino’s squad

put forth a valiant effort during the regular season to grab its fourth league title. Leading the way was pitcher Jill Shepherd, shortstop Makenna Lane, outfielder Kelly Duggan and first baseman Jess Gorman. While the girls were leaving the tournament after one round, the baseball team put together a dramatic come-from-behind win over Xaverian. Trailing 6-2, Norwood managed a 9-7 victory in its first round matchup only to fall to Dartmouth 4-3 in the next round. “The baseball team had a great run with 19 seniors, all instrumental to the team’s success,” the Norwood AD said. Coach (Kevin) Igoe took what could have been a difficult situation and did a great job keeping the chemistry in check.” Coach Caitlin Harrington and BSC All Star and All American Allison Ryan led the girls lacrosse team to a 9-7-2 record and a number 13 seed in the tournament. Norwood unfortunately fell to

Franklin 15-4 in the first round. The boys lacrosse team didn’t have the same success finishing the year 3-14. “The boys lacrosse team really struggled this year,” McDonough said. “Especially after senior captain Brendan Altieri went down with an ACL injury.” On the tennis courts, the boys under Coach John Churchill had the better record (5-11), but it was the girls (2-10) doing something that hadn’t been done in Norwood since 2007. In over nearly 100 matches, the Lady Mustangs finally were victorious on the tennis court. After dropping the top two singles matches, freshman Julia Ragusa grabbed a win at third singles followed by wins from the doubles teams of Brittany FolanLauren Plasko and Amanda Blood-Sabrina Polin to edge Weymouth 3-2. “The girls tennis team may have only won a couple of games this year, but it was the first time in about seven years,” said McDo-

nough. “To finally get that monkey off their back is a good sign for the future.”

The boys volleyball team was another team that posted one of its best records in years. Under Coach Lauren Coville, the team went 144 while earning themselves a number 4 seed in the Division 1 South Tournament. Facing Newton North for the third time this season, the Mustangs fell 3-2 in a tightly fought quarter finals battle. The squad had great regular season performances from Bryan and Colin Gearty (cousins); Rodney Jean-Marie, Brad McIssac and Pat O’Rourke to get the team into the tournament. “This was by far the best season in some eight or nine years for the volleyball team,” the AD stated. “Lauren has been at the helm for four years now and each year they have improved. This year they had a strong group of seniors that helped them get into the tournament.” For the outdoor track and field teams, the records were not all that

great, but there were a handful of individual athletes that recorded decent seasons. For the girls, Jess Murphy and Sinead O’Brien were the only two to qualify to participate in the Eastern Massachusetts Division 2 Outdoor Track Tournament. Murphy ran in the 100 meter dash while O’Brien participated in the 200; neither advanced. Norwood’s male track stars not only competed in the Division 2 Sectionals, but all four advanced to the All States. The 4 x 100 meter relay team of Jake Ryan, Tresor Wrensford, Aaron Cochran and Jason Matovu crossed the finish line in fourth place at the sectionals and were 11th at the All State Tournament. In addition to running the relay, Ryan competed in the 100 meter dash in the sectionals where he finished in sixth place, just missing out on an invitation to the states. Matovu, whom McDonough said was named Norwood’s outstanding male athlete, took fourth place in the hurdles and third place in the long jump at the Sectionals, but fell to seventh place in the hurdles and 11th in the long jump at the All States.


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Norwood Sports Norwood's Eight Grade Girls Slide Over to Walpole's Softball League

the 10-game season with the best overall record and advanced all the way to the championship game before falling.


out in the cold.

As the cost of playing in the Norwood Little League and Softball leagues continued to rise, some residents were beginning to feel the pinch, especially those who had daughters. Norwood felt the increased cost was justified due to the fact that they had two fields which they owned and had to care for. However, softball parents felt that their daughters were not seeing playing time on those fields so they believed their costs should be lower.

“Last year left the eighth grade girls to fend for themselves,” Coach and Norwood Representative to the Walpole League Mike Yanchuk said. “There were a lot of girls that didn’t get to play softball and if you were an eighth grader this year that meant no softball the year before you entered the High School.”

The league didn’t see things the same way as the parents. When the league wouldn’t lower the cost for the softball players, a group of parents got together and applied for an ASA Membership and created their own league. While this was great, it only provided a place for second through seventh grade girls to play leaving any eighth grader

With no softball for the eighth graders on the town level last year, a lot of the girls were forced to join travel teams just to be able to play a sport they loved in hopes of honing their skills. To make matters worse, those girls didn’t even get an opportunity to play summer ball. “The Norwood Youth Softball League handpicked the girls from their own league to represent Norwood in the Hockomock Summer

League instead of having an open try out as Norwood Little League did last year for all of Norwood to play in the U10 and U12 Summer League,” Yanchuk said. “There was not even a chance for U14 team this year which meant the eighth graders lost out once again.” This year scrambling to find a place to play softball, the Norwood exemptees were invited to play in the Walpole Softball League. Walpole welcomed 34 Norwood girls on three separate teams to play a 10-game schedule along with their six teams. Walpole has also extended an invitation for the eighth graders to play in their Summer Rec League giving the Norwood girls another opportunity to play softball if they so desire. Coach Yanchuk coached one of the Norwood teams that finished

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“Overall, you’ve got to give the group of parents who started the Norwood Softball League a lot of credit,” Yanchuk said. “But the bottom line is that this year’s eighth graders couldn’t play softball for the second straight year and in my mind, that’s just not right. It should be all about the kids.”

Although things were not looked at with the best intentions of the girls, it seems that they now have a permanent home if they choose to continue playing there. “In the future we are interested in staying where we are and who knows maybe down the road we can expand to other towns,” Yanchuk said. “Other girls have expressed interest and a looking to jump to our league. It’s exciting, but we really won’t know what types of numbers we have until signups.”

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THANK YOU FROM BAY STATE ANIMAL COOPERATIVE THANK YOU TO THE NORWOOD COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTEERS FOR YET ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL DOG WASH, CAR WASH AND RABIES CLINIC. Raising over $1000 to continue our rescue and spay/neuter efforts, we look forward to this annual event again next year.

PET CORNER Available for adoption at the Norwood Petco Adoption Center: Meet Jane, Cal and Lilac: These 3 kitties are yard mates. Their direct relationship to one another is unknown as is the case for so many kitties we rescue. One thing is clear; they are all very forgiving of human imperfections. These kitties were sent outdoors to fend for themselves when their caretaker passed away. Cal, Jane and Lilac, as they were named by their rescuers, lived amongst the other street cats in a community where spay and neuter was



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All three kitties recently had kittens and were sharing the responsibility of caring for and protecting these kittens in the yard they lived in. So far we have only been able to retrieve three of the known seven kittens. These three, CJ, Marie and Talouse have been fostered and are ready for adoption at the Petco Adoption Center also. not an option. Only after it was observed by BSAC volunteers that these cats were living in the yard of animal friendly people did they get their well-deserved chance to find their forever homes. Jane and Lilac are beautiful brown, tan, black toned tiger kitties with short fur. They are young, spayed, and healthy and


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This seemingly small group of cats and kittens would have produced many, many more cats within this community in the span of just one year if not rescued and altered. The hours of rescue involved, coordination of medical care, continued care and continued search and rescue of the remaining kittens is just one example of what Bay State Animal Cooperative does on a regular basis.



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Staying on Track with Your Retirement Investments CONTRIBUTED BY PHILIP SWAN, NORWOOD FINANCIAL SERVICES AT NORWOOD BANK Investing for your retirement isn't about getting rich quick. More often, it's about having a game plan that you can live with over a long time. You wouldn't expect to be able to play the piano without learning the basics and practicing. Investing for your retirement over the long term also takes a little knowledge and discipline. Though there can be no guarantee that any investment strategy will be successful and all investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal, there are ways to help yourself build your retirement nest egg.

Compounding is your best friend It's the "rolling snowball" effect. Put simply, compounding pays you earnings on your reinvested earnings. Here's how it works: Let's say you invest $100, and that money earns a 7% annual return. At the end of a year, the $7 you earned is added to your $100; that would give you $107 in your account. If you earn 7% again the next year, you're earning 7% of $107 rather than $100, as you did in the first year. That adds $7.49 to your account instead of $7. In the third year with a 7% return, you'd earn $8 and have a total of $122. Like a snowball rolling downhill, the value of compounding grows the longer you leave your money in the account. In effect, compounding can do some of the work of building a nest egg for you. The longer you leave your money at work for you, the more exciting the numbers get. For example, imagine an investment of $10,000 at an annual rate of return of 8%. In 20 years, assuming no withdrawals, your $10,000 investment would grow to $46,610. In 25 years, it would grow to $68,485, a 47% gain over the 20-year figure. After 30 years, your account would total $100,627. (Of course, these are hypothetical examples that do not reflect the performance of any specific investment and assume that no taxes are paid or withdrawals are made during that time.) If your workplace savings plan contributions are made pretax, as most people's are, compounding really becomes a powerful force. Not having to pay taxes from year to year on either your contributions or the compounded earnings helps your savings grow even faster (though you'll owe taxes on that money when

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Diversify your investments Asset allocation is the process of spreading your dollars over several categories of investments, usually referred to as asset classes. A basic asset allocation would likely include at least stocks, bonds, and cash or cash alternatives such as a money market fund. The term "asset classes" also may refer to subcategories, such as aggressive growth stocks, international stocks, investment-grade corporate bonds, and high-yield bonds. Asset allocation is important for two reasons. First, the mix of asset classes you own is a large factor--some say the biggest factor by farâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in determining your overall investment portfolio performance. How you divide your money between stocks, bonds, and cash can be more important than your choice of specific investments. Second, by dividing your portfolio among asset classes that don't respond to market forces in the same way at the same time, you can help minimize the effects of market volatility while maximizing your chances of long-term return. Ideally, if your investments in one may be doing better and may help stabilize your portfolio. Remember that dur-

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Take advantage of dollar cost averaging One of the benefits of participating in your workplace savings plan is that you're automatically using an investment strategy called dollar cost averaging. With dollar cost averaging, you acquire shares of an investment by investing a fixed dollar amount at regularly scheduled intervals over time. When the price is

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Out and About Teen Time Now that there are two teenagers in my house I have made an interesting discovery. They do not understand time. For example, when I tell my son that it is his week to clean out the sink and empty the dishwasher-I’m thinking that this process will begin within the next minute. However, if you add in the minute or three it takes him to look away from his phone, and in my general direction, along with the additional two minutes that I wait to “gently” remind him of the task at hand (mind you, usually the second reminder may just be a tad louder and depending upon my mood, it may not be exactly two minutes until the next reminder but thirty seconds) equals out to an annoyed parent. Now, what would normally take ten minutes to do, takes approximately thirty. Of course, that’s taking into account the usual, expected response of, “I’ll do it in a minute,” or an almost inaudible, “Yup,” which I am pretty sure he said to the phone, not me. But I’m giving him credit for just responding. A grown up’s minute means immediately. We expect some sort of movement toward the task at hand.

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I’d be cleaning. Or I’d be grounded until it got done.

But teen’s love to stretch it out, take their own sweet time. Is it to annoy their parents? Maybe. The reasoning could be that if they take too long to look up from that tweet or drag their body off the couch a bit slower to start the dreaded chore, then we, as parents will do the job for them. This may be a teen’s secret plot too.

I know I had teen time too, despite the fact I had no cell phone, twitter or tweets to divert me. Instead I had a boom box, on full blast, windows open, singing (which probably closely resembled screaming) as I cleaned up. I figured if the music was loud enough, and I was annoying enough, maybe, just maybe, my parents would give up on me and throw me out of the house so I wouldn’t have to clean the bathroom.

Either way, there is a job that has to be done, and as a tired, stressed working mom that just bought, cooked, cleaned, sautéed, boiled, fried and/or baked the meal, I know for certain that I am so not cleaning up after it. In our house, we have a chore list. It alternates weekly so it is always fair. One week one teen has sink and dishwasher duty, the following week bathroom wipe down. Even my littlest one helps out by setting and clearing the table. When I was a kid, my job was to clean the bathroom. And there was no way I was leaving the house until it got done. Don’t get me wrong, there were times, I’d sneak out on Friday before my parents got home from work, so I could slime out of cleaning the bathroom. But I also knew that once my feet hit the ground Saturday morning,

The Norwood Farmer's Market launched its 2013 season on June 18 with food, culinary demonstrations, art and music. The farmer's market will be on the Town Common every Tuesday afternoon, 125:30 p.m. through October 8. In addition to offering a diverse selection of goods, other exciting

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Even now I have an aversion to cleaning the bathroom. A teeny tiny part of me understands my teens’ need for more time, as I nag and “gently” remind them of what has to be done. Unfortunately for them, now I am the parent, and their teen time effects my time and so they have to adjust their clocks accordingly. Just like I had to do so long ago. Dawn C. Fitzgerald is a freelance writer. You can contact her at




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The Women's Community Committee Inc., (W.C.C.) recently held their 60th Annual Baby-Sitting course at the Coakley Middle School. Twenty seven students attended the after-school course and received Certification from the Committee in babysitting.

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The Educational Committee of the WCC, Inc., under the direction of Chairperson Ruth Martowska, had the following volunteer instructors for the course: Paul Ronco, Norwood Firefighter, Paul Murphy, Norwood Safety Officer, Jill Driscoll RN, Oldham School, Irene Ingemi, Nursery school teacher, Judith Martowska, Professional Babysitter and Sandra Discepelo, former teacher.

Each instructor offered valuable tips in order to care for infants and toddlers in a responsible way. The Committee is grateful for the time and presentation of our community instructors. Materials and related expenses for the course were paid

Norwood Contributory Retirement Board Accepting Applications The Norwood Contributory Retirement Board is now accepting letters of interest and resumes to serve as the fifth seat for a threeyear term. The position assignments include: • Attend a monthly meeting, at 10 a.m., on the third Thursday of each month • Attend four quarterly meetings, at 10 a.m., the second Wednesday

of February, May, August and November • Submit an annual financial statement to PERAC • Attend conferences and training sessions to earn 18 credits within

for with proceeds from the WCC Thrift Shop, an all-volunteer, nonprofit community service organization. The Thrift Shop is located at 1091 Washington Street in South Norwood.

629 South St. Wrentham • 508-384-5826 •


the three-year term Interested parties should email their letters of interest and resumes to: Executive Director Debra A. Wilkes,, or by post to: Norwood Retirement Board, 566 Washington St., Norwood, MA 02062. Deadline is end of business day, Monday, July 8.

Norwood Monumental Works Inc.

943 Washington Street • Norwood • MA 02062 • Email:

Applicants cannot be an employee, retiree or official of the Town of Norwood.

Kraw - Kornack Funeral Home

1248 Washington Street Norwood, MA 02062 781-762-0482


Serving the families of Nowood and the surrounding communities with thoughtful care for over 60 years.

Happy 4th of July!

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There are many different reasons couples opt to get married in a particular month. Warm weather and the best chance for good photo opportunities spurs many couples to tie the knot during the summer months. Although June has long been the most popular month for getting hitched, times are changing. Numbers from the American National Center for Health Statistics indicate that July and August have had more marriages than June for the last several years. In Australia, the insurance organization Million Dollar Woman indicates that October is the most popular month for tying the knot. In North America, the most popular month to walk down the aisle is July, followed by August, June, May, September, October, December, November, April, February, and March. January has the least number of weddings. Couples who are looking to save money or avoid competition for vendors with other couples can use this information when choosing a date for their weddings.

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home M A R K E T P L A C E Julie DiSangro Gross Recognized Among Top Producers in Re/Max of New England

Norwood, MA – May, 2013 Gross, with RE/MAX Real Estate Center, ranked #6 overall in New England for total transaction sides closed in April 2013. Gross has been working in the real estate industry for more than 24 years and has extensive experience in Residential Sales and new construction. Among Gross’s top achievements is reaching our Hall of Fame Club status.

“Gross has been an integral member of our team and has worked hard to achieve this outstanding level of sales,” said Michael Gallagher, Broker/Owner, of RE/MAX Real Estate Center. “Individually closing at #6 highest number of transactions in RE/MAX of New England is a tremendous accomplishment. Gross continues to raise the bar in real estate, making us and this community proud.” RE/MAX has nearly 90,000 agents worldwide and continues to lead the industry in top markets with cutting-edge technologies like the comprehensive property search engine on and RE/MAX University, which provides As-

sociates with award-winning programming, coaching and training in the convenience of their offices. About RE/MAX of New England Since its inception in 1985, RE/MAX of New England has grown to over 220 offices and 2,700 sales associates throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, providing franchised residential and commercial real estate services to its franchisees and their real estate professionals. For More Information Contact: Julie Gross, Realtor (781) 769-0400,

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Julie is Norwood's number 1 sales agent this year and these are only some of the properties that makes her top!

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62 Walpole Street $499,900

G NDIN E P SALE 19 Langdon Road $900,000

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17 Birch Road $365,500

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D SOL 125 Devon Road $385,000

D SOL 82 Arnold Road $440,000

733 Neponset Street $750,000

G NDIN E P SALE 59 Countryside Lane $419,900

D SOL 46 Mill Pond Lane $580,000

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