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Fall Fair is Fall Fun Annual Fundraiser for Holliston Senior Support Foundation September 7th BY J.D. O’GARA It’s not just any Fall Fair, and it’s not just any yard sale. The Holliston Senior Center Fall Fair, which always takes place on the Saturday after Labor Day, AT 150 Goulding Street. this year on September 7th, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., a slew of other high quality items – not to mention baked goods – for a fraction of what they’d cost at retail. The best part is that all of the proceeds from the fair support the Holliston Senior Support Foundation, which funds health and nutrition programs for elders at the center. “Keeping people safe, healthy and in their homes is a priority of ours,” says Lina Arena-DiRosa, Director of the Holliston Senior Center. Programs include yoga and other exercise classes, chronic disease self-management programs and more. What the Fall Fair supports is the Senior Support Foundation. In the past, the Fall Fair, the only fundraiser the center holds, has raised $10,000 to $12,000 toward this end. “No tax dollars are used to fund any program,” says Arena-DiRosa. “It’s all done through donations, fundraising and grants.” There are no charges to the participants of the programs, says the director, although participants may offer a donation.

“America’s Got Talent” Contestant Goes Far in Competition BY J.D. O’GARA It took Donna Purnell over 30 years to tell her parents about her special talent, one she and her husband had kept secret for years. At age 47, Donna, a hockey Mom, teacher and CCD instructor told her parents and brother that she was escape artist “Alexanderia the Great,” and she’d be performing an escape in her home town of Dedham to raise money for Dedham Athletics. “They really didn’t know what to say,” she laughs. “The only other person on this planet who knew besides me and Bill had been my sister-in-law.”

Getting ready. Ruth Gaudreau, Charlie Coles and Elaine Fischer, volunteers at the Holliston Senior Center, organize donations for the Annual fall Fair. This giant yard sale, which this year will be held September 7th, boasts high quality items, and it’s the Center’s one big fundraiser, raising money for health and nutrition programs.

“We put out a basket for each class,” she says. “People can pay or don’t pay, and we don’t know what their choice is.” “The money goes through the Senior Support Foundation to fund the programs that are the Senior Center, so that we don’t have to go to the town meeting and draw from the town budget for our health and nutrition programs,” says volunteer Char-

Nowadays, “Alexanderia the Great,” of Medway, Mass., has gained national acclaim for her performances in the 2013 NBC show “America’s Got Talent,” making it all the way to the live final competition at Radio City Music Hall.

lie Coles, who says he’s been with the senior center, “forever.” Coles, who jokes that he is known as “Charlie Sombrero,” says that one of the originators of the Fall Fair asked him to help out one year.

“She was my junior prom date,” says Bill Purnell. “I was 16, and she had pool in back-



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Watch Out for the Pool Sharks at Holliston Senior Center Senior Travel 8-Ball Pool League wins 10th Eastern Mass. Title BY J.D. O’GARA When Rich Carey, of Needham, began a pool league 14 seasons ago, he called up Tedo Selent. “He told me, ‘You’re captain of the Holliston team.’ I said, ‘What team?’ He said, ‘Find a team,’” he laughs. “We did pretty well, the original team.” And the Holliston team, once dubbed the Holliston Hicks, but who now carry the savvier

moniker “Holliston Hustlers,” is continuing to do well. The group has won their tenth Eastern Massachusetts Title in the Senior Travel 8-Ball Pool League. This 10th win out of14 seasons had the team besting Bedford in the best of three championship series. The seven-member team includes Dave Hall, Tedo Selent, Tom Joyal, Don Banks, Barry Forsythe, Dane Marino and Gary Smith. What’s their secret?

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“Practice,” says Captain David Hall, who also volunteers at the Holliston Senior Center five days a week. “I do whatever they tell me to do,” he muses. The team practices three times a week, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. “You play the cream of the crop when you play the finals,” says Selent. “Like anything, he

Shown are the Holliston Hustlers, minus their current captain, David Hall. The team won its 10th Eastern Massachusetts Title in the Senior Travel 8-Ball Pool League. From left, Dan Merino, Gary Smith, Barry Forsythe, Don Banks, Tedo Selent and Tom Joyal

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Barry Forsythe points out that many in the league are very serious players. “A lot of them bring their own sticks, extra cue tips and chalk,” he notes.

“I always tell them what to do, always tell them how to shoot,” he says, jokingly. Good-hearted laughter echoes throughout the room.

Hall, the youngest of the lot, is a former housepainter from Detroit, who’s been semi-retired for about 20 years. He came to the Holliston Senior Center in 2008, after having moved here about 10 years ago. says he got invited to play. Now, he’s the captain of the team.

Selent, who is one of the original players on the team, explains that when the group began playing, they had just one table in the main hall of the senior center. Eventually, he said, someone offered a second pool table, and then, somehow, they acquired a third. Three tables proved too much for the small poolroom, however. “It was too crowded,” says Selent.



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Mainly the group has fun, and their success has grown right alongside the Senior Center. “We had a good group of people when I retired,” says Selent. “This Senior Center was nothing but a shed. We all volunteered – put in the walls, carpeting, electricity—volunteers from every trade did the whole building. We did everything,” he says.

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yard, and to impress her, I did a rope tie and jumped in. She said, ‘Oh, I can do that.’ I said, ‘No, you can’t. I’ve read all these books.’ So she tried it. I expected to save her, but she got out in half the time I did.” Since then, it became a passion for the couple. Although Bill wanted Donna to take it to a more public level, Donna was hesitant. I said ‘No, I want to go to school. I want to go to college. Teachers are conservative.’ Plus, there were no women doing it. The women who were involved in magic were box jumpers. I didn’t want to do that.” Teach she did, and later, she ran a family day care, while raising her three children. As Alex puts it, like most family women, she put her hobby on a back burner, especially when times got tougher. Her daycare business slowed, and then, Bill, after 26 years in higher education, was laid off. “She got really down. She needed something for her confidence,” says Bill, who had felt for years she should do something with her talent. Now, reinvention, as it is nowadays for many mid-lifers, says Bill, seemed necessary. “I

knew how blue she was, and I said, ‘You could really do this. You could knock it out of the park,’” says Bill. After encouraging consultations with professional escape artists, Bill says Donna “was still really on fence. Being outstanding meant standing out. It was not something she wanted to do.” In addition, he says, “She looks like a soccer mom. She isn’t a size 2. She isn’t 23.” Alex agreed to let Bill post one of her escapes on YouTube, with the stipulation that if she were to get negative comments, he would take it down. He agreed, but told her that if it took off, she had to do agree to do WEAR, the World Escape Artist Relay created in 2005 to commemorate Houdini’s death. At WEAR, escape artists worldwide perform escapes within a 24hour period. She agreed, and he posted the video.

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with women’s inability to see themselves in a positive light. “I really haven’t had anything negative said about what I do at all,” says Alex. “All my friends have supported me. My family has supported me. My kids have supported me, and Bill’s my biggest champion, so it’s really fun. Alexanderia points out that she and Bill work as a team. “Since day one, we train worst case scenario,” says the escape artist, who has trained in free diving and to become scuba certified, all the while with Bill’s support. “I try to help her get what she needs to be safe. We have a ball doing this,” says Bill, who also helps come up with creative new ideas and marketing. “It’s taken me a real long time to try to show people this,” says

Medway woman Donna Purnell, or “Alexanderia the Great,” recently received national acclaim as an escape artist on “America’s Got Talent. “Purnell escapes have rivaled Houdini’s, and she’s a pioneer in the field of escape artistry for women.

Alexanderia, who hopes to use her experience to teach and plans to do some work with Girls, Inc. She’s had some experience.

“It blew up,” says Bill. “There were just really positive comments. People weren’t looking at her. They were looking at what she was doing.” Bill says he thinks Alex’s initial reluctance had to do “We have a ball doing this,” says Bill Purnell, who works as a team with his wife “Alexanderia the Great,” escape artist from Medway.

As a CCD teacher, her Monsignor asked her to perform for a boys’ youth group. “I did a presentation on Houdini,” she says,” about being able to step out and be who you are and to reinvent yourself and go back and do it again. You go out and give it your best attempt, and if you fail, you go up and try again. It’s really about the struggle. It’s a metaphor for life. You equip yourself the best you can, and if you fail, you find another way.” Alexanderia likes to remind her audience that the real keys to escaping the box they’re in – the head and the heart – are in everyone’s possession. “You arm yourself with knowledge, and the heart is the passion, and the courage to do it. I had the age box. I had the gender box. I had the size box. My hope is to maybe inspire others to help them to get out of their boxes.”

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New Investments in eHealth Technology to Support Milford Area The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative hosted a community kickoff event at Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC) to highlight new grants designed to help local health providers use the state’s new Health Information Exchange, the Mass HIway. Recipients included MRMC and their grant partners Medway Country Manor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation and CAREtenders. “Today was a great opportunity to meet some of the health care professionals who are using innovative technologies to improve efficiencies and reduce costs,” stated Pamela Goldberg, CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. “Across Massachusetts, whether in a suburban or rural hospital, a local care facility, or in a patient’s home, technologies like the HIway are helping improve the delivery of health care.” By using the state’s health information exchange, Mass HIway, health practitioners will be able to securely connect with and coordinate patient care with partner providers, including home health care agencies and skilled nursing facilities.

"The technology that will now be available for Milford and Harrington will help these two community-based hospitals to provide the best quality, safe and affordable health care,” said Senator Moore. “I am pleased that I was in a position to lead the establishment of our health IT initiative that will help so many of my constituents. " “As our country works to implement comprehensive health care reform, innovative partnerships at the local level are more critical than ever,” said Congressman Kennedy. “The Milford area has long been a very bright spot in our Commonwealth’s health care system. With this well-deserved grant money, Milford Regional Medical Center and its many community partners will continue to lead the way. I’d like to thank Senator Moore for his continued advocacy, as well as the Mass Tech Collaborative for their unparalleled commitment to health care innovation.” These grants are part of a statewide program of 32 collaborative projects that will allow 80 partnering health care organizations from across the Commonwealth to connect to the Mass HIway, enabling them to improve patient care and reduce costs.

MRMC received $75,000 to help practitioners at the Center to connect with partners such as Medway Country Manor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation and CAREtenders, which will allow the hospital to securely transmitpatient discharge information to these project partners, easing communication between the facilities and improving efficiency. Francis M. Saba, CEO of Milford Regional Medical Center, described the benefits of this new approach. “We look forward to a more efficient and secure means of communication between the Medical Center and other health care providers,” said Saba. “When a patient is discharged from the hospital, information essential to their care will now be sent instantly over the Mass HIway.” In 2012, MeHI and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services launched the statewide health information exchange, the MassHIway, allowing for secure electronic health information to be transmitted between health care providers and organizations. MeHI works to advance the use and interoperability of electronic health records by supporting adoption of

Milford Regional Medical Center hosted a community kick-off event for the implementation of Massachusetts’ new Health Information Exchange. Pictured (left to right) Laurance Stuntz, director, MA eHealth Institute; Joseph P. Kennedy III, U.S. representative; Edward J. Kelly, president, Milford Regional; Richard T. Moore, MA senator; Francis M. Saba, CEO, Milford Regional; Pamela Goldberg, CEO, MA Tech Collaborative and Nicole Heim, CIO, Milford Regional.

the Mass HIway through the Last Mile Program. Part of the Mass HIWay Last Mile Program, the Implementation Grants are designed to accelerate connections to the Mass HIway by shifting existing processes away from paper-based exchanges and those using proprietary interfaces, ultimately demonstrate measurable improvements in care quality, population health, and cost containment through use of health information technology. The Last Mile Program is funded through the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“With roughly 70% of the physicians and over 90% of the acute care hospitals in the Commonwealth using electronic health records, we are well on our way to making our health care data digital,” said Laurance Stuntz, Director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech. “Massachusetts has always been a leader in advancing health care and these implementation grants are helping health care organizations across the state securely and efficiently share this digital health care data, benefiting patients by reducing the overall cost and improving the quality of health care delivery.”

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FSPA Slates August Open Houses The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will hold a series of Open Houses for prospective students and families during the month of August. The community is invited to tour the downtown facility, speak with faculty and staff and learn about FSPA programs in music, dance and drama. Students are also encouraged to try a complimentary class. Open Houses will be held at 38 Main Street in Franklin on Tuesday, August 6 from 12-3 p.m., on Wednesday, August 14 from 4-7 p.m. and on Wednesday, August 28 from 4-8 p.m. The August 6th Open House also will feature hands-on demonstrations by FSPA’s Little Music School that are geared to children of specific ages. Children ages 18-24 months are encouraged to visit at noon, children ages 2 and 3 years at 12:30 p.m., and children ages 4

and 5 years at 1 p.m. FSPA boasts a distinguished faculty of Boston-area artists, an expansive roster of classes for all ages and levels, and an unrivaled calendar of wide-ranging performance opportunities. FSPA programs serve students pursuing music, dance or drama for college and career, as well as those who enjoy the arts for recreation. FSPA’s Music Department provides private voice and instrumental instruction (in all brass, string percussion and wind instruments), along with group voice classes, theory, ear training and composition classes, as well as chamber music, jazz and percussion ensembles. Performing opportunities for singers include the FSPA Glee Club, studio voice recitals, opera scenes, acoustic coffee houses and musical theater showcases. FSPA’s innovative Little Music

School teaches children as young as 18 months to play the piano and offers fun and engaging general music classes for children ages 15. The Dance Department offers programs for all ages and levels in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop and lyrical, and also features specialized classes for boys, adults and beginner teens. Expanded dance offerings include Character Dance, Horton Technique and Dance for Musical Theater. Performance opportunities for dancers include two dance companies, the interdisciplinary Project Dance program and the Ballet Conservatory Repertoire Series. Student dancers also may elect to audition for The Nutcracker, an annual holiday tradition presented by the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), with live, professional orchestra.

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“I had such fun, I joined and it became a major fixture,” he says.

Local businesses also help, including the Middlesex Savings Bank, the Metrowest Health Foundation, the Foundation for Metrowest.

It’s not all fun, however. “It is a lot of fun, and a lot of work,” says Charlie. Items for the Fall Fair start coming in in May or June, says Coles. As the garage gets full, volunteers put up tents to accommodate all the donations. In fact, says Coles, “One year we figured out all the man hours that go into (the event). About 2,400, basically one man-year of work – but the people come together and enjoy working. It’s a good time.” Arena-DiRosa can’t say enough about the volunteers. “We have amazing volunteers,” she notes.

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“My volunteers are former engineers, managers and other professionals who are amazing, who come together to spend time with people the same age,” says ArenaDiRosa. The Fall Fair is lucky to have 100 volunteers on the day of the event. About 50 volunteers work on the event leading up to the day, she says. Local groups also help the senior center, says Arena-DiRosa. She points to support from local groups such as the Holliston Lions, the

Coles says that the people of Holliston have been very supportive, which is much needed and appreciated, “and are very well supported by the local businesses that contribute major items for our silent auction,” says Coles. The event itself is a bargainhunter’s delight. The Fall Fair, says Coles, “has become a place to go on the first Saturday after Labor Day. In fact, it was pouring rain once, and we still had people lined up, at 7 a.m., in the rain.” A wealth of gently used items (the only kind accepted) is presented, including handcrafted quilts, knit items, antiques and furniture. What’s more, the baked goods table is a must-stop. These are top of the line treats, made by people with years of experience and secret family recipes. “This is your mother and my mother,” says Arena-DiRosa, of the bakers. The yard sale will feature all kinds of furniture, and for those parents who have kids headed to

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In addition to delicious baked goods and gently used items, the annual fundraising Fall Fair at the Holliston Senior Center also boasts an assortment of beautiful, handcrafted, sewn and knitted items.

college dorms and shared apartments, the Fall Fair is a great deal. “This is great for kids going to college. We have dishes, pans, glasses, mirrors – all reasonably priced!” she says. Visitors to the annual event can also participate in a silent auction for an array of goods and services donated by local businesses. In fact, if a local business has something they’d like to offer, they can contact Arena-DiRosa at the center. While they’re at the fair, customers might also want to stop by the Holliston Senior Center’s bookstore. This features some of the very latest, and very gently used, hardcover and soft cover titles, for just pennies on the dollar. Every day, the Senior Center offers a “Good as New” Shop, featuring glassware. On the day of the fall fair, this room becomes the center for antiques. Thanks to the Holliston Knights of Columbus, says Arena-DiRosa, customers don’t have to lug all of their purchased items out to their

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vehicles. Instead, they can store them in a special location and just swing around to pick items up, where volunteers will help them. Items in very good shape are still being accepted for the Fall Fair. Goods can be dropped off any Tuesday or Thursday from 10 a.m. –1 p.m.; volunteers will be available to help unload at the garage. They are looking for gently used books, jewelry, videos, DVDs, CDs, music, instruments, linens, stationary, picture frames, framed art, sheet music, glassware, dishes, trays, knickknacks, bikes, baskets, furniture, toys to name a few. Please NO upholstered furniture, no large exercise equipment and no TVS or computers. And if you are a crafter (knitter, quilter etc.) and would like to donate something you made, you can drop it off (please bring to receptionist) any time the Center is open. “We hope people will come out and support us,” says ArenaDiRosa. “This is the one time people can come from the community, so we can support our seniors.”

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Dinner Planned for Blue & Gold Star Families Event to Take Place at Medway V.F.W. September 11th For the seventh consecutive year, a special tribute dinner is being planned to recognize all military families, paying tribute to Blue Star and Gold Star families, veterans and to honor the heroes and victims of 9/11/01. This non-political event is to simply say “Thank You.� The dinner will be held at the Medway V.F.W., Medway Mass., on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. Free child care is provided, and families are warmly welcome to attend. If you are a family that has a loved one in the military, or a Gold Star family, or a veteran, or a first responder, or if you know of a family that we should invite, please contact Michael Shain at Michael Shain is a private citizen who feels strongly that a “Thank You� as a random act of kindness is due all military and 9/11 families.

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Karen Spilka Launches Congressional Campaign Karen Spilka launched her congressional campaign in front of over 200 supporters who braved the the heat to show their support for her run for Congress. Karen was introduced by Bobby Bower of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, who referred to Karen as a champion of the middle class and someone who knows how to get things done. Said Karen, "I spent the last 12 years on Beacon Hill taking on challenges no one else would, and now I am ready to do the same in Washington. I want to help President Obama move our country forward, as we have moved Massachusetts forward." Speaking about the crowded primary field, Karen added, "In October, the voters of the 5th

Congressional district will have a wealth of great choices. The other candidates in the race are friends of mine and good people, and we all largely agree on health, assault women’s weapons, protecting the environment, marriage equality, and likely most of today’s hot topics. But this race will be about who can best deliver on our progressive principles in a Congress mired in gridlock and obstructionism. I have a proven track record of taking on the difficult challenges and getting results." She closed her remarks by highlighting some issues she intends to tackle if elected to Congress: "I want to work with the President to amend the Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare, to

have a national unified billing system copied from our system in MA which will save taxpayers billions. I will fight in Congress to help the President's efforts to address climate change. I will advocate for middle class tax reform. I will lead the effort in Congress to find funding for President Obama’s executive order to rebuild America's electric grid infrastructure." Karen pledged to draw on her empathy and diplomacy to navigate the dysfunction of Congress and to work hard everyday to deliver for Massachusetts. Thanking the overflow crowd, she asked people to get involved and volunteer, declaring this race not her campaign but "our campaign."

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Fiske’s Turns 150! Fiske’s General Store, of Holliston, celebrated 150 years in the town with a June 29th unveiling of “Lucky,” a wooden statue by Holliston native “The Machine” Jesse Green. John Paltrineri, owner of Fiske’s, asked Green to depict a child, as children are at the heart of what Fiske’s offers. The day included free slush puppies and balloons, commemorative water bottles and a raffle for the latest kid craze “daisy chains.”

John Paltrineri, owner of Fiske’s General Store, and chainsaw sculptor Jesse Green get ready to unveil the latest sculpture, outside the 150-year-old store. Mass. State Rep. Carole Dykema offered congratulations on Fiske’s General Store’s 150th year in the town of Holliston, presenting John Paltrineri with a certificate from the state.

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Town of Holliston Notice of Volunteer Position Opening Conservation Commissioner The Holliston Conservation Commission, a seven-member board, currently has an opening. If you are a Holliston resident with an interest in wetland and conservation issues, and would like to serve your Town on a volunteer board, then the Commission encourages you to apply for this position. No experience is necessary, however, experience in a field, such as science, engineering, or regulatory matters, is helpful. The Conservation Commission has the statutory responsibility to protect Holliston’s natural assets, including Holliston’s wetlands, watershed resources, and conservation lands. They meet every other Tuesday evening in the Town Hall to hold wetlands hearings and issue decisions regarding applications, discuss further land acquisitions or management efforts, plan future events, review legal matters, answer inquiries from other municipal boards, review complaints, discuss budgetary matters, and other related Conservation affairs. For more information, please visit the Commission’s website: Please send your Letter of Interest and Resume to the Holliston Conservation Commission, Town Hall, 703 Washington Street, 01746 or e-mail to . If you have any questions regarding this position, please call Chuck Katuska (Conservation Agent) or Sheri O’Brien (Conservation Assistant) at (508) 429-0607. The application deadline is Friday, August 16, 2013. The Town of Holliston is an equal opportunity employer.

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Letter to the Editor This is a long overdue thank you to our town, our neighbors, our friends (old and new), teachers and colleagues, coaches, teams and organizations that each of us belong to, and complete strangers, all very kind people. Just six and a half months ago, we lost most of our belongings in a house fire here in Holliston. From the moment we arrived home, Holliston took care of us. In so many ways our town held us in their arms and made sure we had everything we needed and then added more. A cozy rocking chair, a shoveled driveway, a prayer at the front door and warm dinner rolls. Firefighters, police, and school staff, local businesses, church congregations and professionals, kind strangers and longtime friends all did their part to ensure our safety and comfort and then stood by us and helped us begin the healing and rebuilding process. Love came in many forms from California, New York and Maine to Southboro, Watertown and Sharon MA. Too many kind people, to numerous to mention, secured us a home and furnished it with all the necessities and extras that made us feel welcome there. Love and smiling faces brought meals, blankets and photos in frames, they cleaned and decorated, they brought donations of all kinds, toys and clothes and then they stayed to listen and console. Thank you Holliston, and many others, for holding us up and getting us going on our way again. We will be forever grateful and in awe of your amazing, unselfish love and compassion. We will carry these vivid memories in our minds to remind us of the goodness in the world. The people here possess a generosity of spirit that is unique and inspiring. Thank you so much for everything.

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“Star” Would Do Well With a Family Meet "Star"! A handsome, domestic medium hair, black and white feline who lives up to his name as a "star" among the volunteers. "Star," along with his brother "Shadow," were surrendered to the shelter because the family was moving out of state and felt they could not take these cats with them. "Shadow" was recently adopted, and now "Star" seeks a new home where his stellar personality will shine bright. Prior to coming to the shelter, both cats were boarded at the vet’s while the house was on the market. Then they were moved to a foster home and then the shelter. "Star's" routine was completely disrupted by so many different changes, but with the consistency of attention from the volunteers, he's nicely settled in and life is good! "Star" lived with children and should be fine in an active home. If you are interested in meeting "Star" or any of our other cats available for adoption, applications can be found on our website or by calling the message center at (508) 533-5855. The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is a non-profit, no-kill, all volunteer organization providing care and shelter to homeless cats with the ultimate goal of finding permanent loving homes for each cat.


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Paying Off Debt the Smart Way

Do Away with Unnecessary Items to Reduce Debt Load

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Being in debt isn't necessarily a terrible thing. Between mortgages, car loans, credit cards, and student loans - most people are in debt. Being debt-free is a great goal, but you should focus on the management of debt, not just getting rid of it. It's likely to be there for most of your life - and, handled wisely, it won't be an albatross around your neck.

Do you really need the 800-channel cable option or that dish on your roof? You'll be surprised at what you don't miss. How about magazine subscriptions? They're not terribly expensive, but every penny counts. It's nice to have a library of books, but consider visiting the public library or half-price bookstores until your debt is under control.

If your family is large enough to warrant it, invest $30 or $40 and join a store like BJ's or Costco. And use it. Shop there first, then at the grocery store. Change brands if you have to and swallow your pride. Use coupons religiously. Calculate the money you're saving and slap it on your debt.

You don't need to shell out your hard-earned money for exorbitant interest rates, or always feel like you're on the verge of bankruptcy. You can pay off debt the smart way, while at the same time saving money to pay it off faster.

Know Where You Are First, assess the depth of your debt. Write it down, using pencil and paper, a spreadsheet like Microsoft Excel, or a bookkeeping program like Quicken. Include every financial situation where a company has given you something in advance of payment, including your mortgage, car payment(s), credit cards, tax

liens, student loans, and payments on electronics or other household items through a store.

When that one's paid off, work on the card with the next highest rate.

Record the day the debt began and when it will end (if possible), the interest rate you're paying, and what your payments typically are. Add it all up, painful as that might be. Try not to be discouraged! Remember, you're going to break this down into manageable chunks while finding extra money to help pay it down.

• Don't close existing cards or open any new ones. It won't help your credit rating.

Identify High-Cost Debt Yes, some debts are more expensive than others. Unless you're getting payday loans (which you shouldn't be), the worst offenders are probably your credit cards. Here's how to deal with them. • Don't use them. Don't cut them up, but put them in a drawer and only access them in an emergency. • Identify the card with the highest interest and pay off as much as you can every month. Pay minimums on the others.

• Pay on time, absolutely every time. One late payment these days can lower your FICO score. • Go over your credit-card statements with a fine-tooth comb. Are you still being charged for that travel club you've never used? Look for line items you don't need. • Call your credit card companies and ask them nicely if they would lower your interest rates. It does work sometimes!

Save, Save, Save Do whatever you can to retire debt. Consider taking a second job and using that income only for higher payments on your financial obligations. Substitute free family activities for highcost ones. Sell high-value items that you can live without.

Never, Ever Miss a Payment Not only are you retiring debt, but you're also building a stellar credit rating. If you ever move or buy another car, you'll want to get the lowest rate possible. A blemish-free payment record will help with that. Besides, credit card companies can be quick to raise interest rates because of one late payment. A completely missed one is even more serious.

Do Not Increase Debt Load If you don't have the cash for it, you probably don't need it. You'll feel better about what you do have if you know it's owned free and clear.

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Easing Back to School What Parents Might Consider for Their Kids with 504’s or IEP’s By J.D. O’Gara Summer wraps up surprisingly fast once August arrives, with some students, including those in Millis, even heading back to the classroom before the month’s end. Children need to make sure they get any summer assignments completed; parents need to shop for supplies, but parents of children with special needs may want to take a few steps further in getting ready for the school year. The first thing a parent might want to think about is trying to get any evaluations that need to be done completed, says Beth Murphy, Attorney and Educational Advocate ( “If you need any evaluations, hopefully you have already made the appointment, but it’s much easier to get the child to the doctor in August than it is when school is started, so you’re not pulling your child out of school,” says Murphy, who, as an advocate, helps parents

determine what types of evaluations they need. Sometimes different evaluations overlap, and she helps them navigate the process. “Evaluations can be very expensive,” say Murphy, “If your child’s suspected disability is purely a speech issue, it may not make sense to do a full neuropsych,” she adds, as example. Murphy also suggests contacting the school if your child will be in the new building. “Don’t wait until the last week, because that’s when administrators are really busy, but most administrators are typically there throughout the summer.” Asking to meet the teacher may also help, or if the student will have more than one teacher, the team leader. “Meeting a teacher can lessen a child’s anxiety … and on a teacher’s end, they’re reading a report about your kid. (In a visit) it’s not just evaluation results, they’re seeing a cute little kid that has

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strengths and abilities.” Murphy notes that it helps to find out who else is in the class, and if any students could be potential “buddies” if needed. “Introduce yourself early to staff that’s going to be interacting with your child if you have an IEP or a 504 plan. Ask them if they have any questions. I like to give everyone a heads up about triggers,” says Sheridan. Parents could let the teacher know that “here are three things you should know about my kid,” she says. Even though two children might have similar diagnoses, such as autism, approaches that work best with them may differ. Like Murphy, Sheridan agrees that the face-to-face meeting tops written assessments. “I always like to put it directly in the ear of the staff,” says Sheridan. “They have a lot of paperwork to wade through, and even with the best of intentions, things get missed.” Murphy adds that reaching out helps teachers as well. “Become an ally with the teacher,” she says, by offering to be available or to help with classroom needs, if possible. “During that first meeting, be sure to set yourself up as a resource for your child’s teacher,” says Sheridan “Relate what works at home for your child. Teachers may not always be able to duplicate

your solutions at school, but the information could help them figure out a workable solution for school. In addition to teachers, says Murphy, parents should take into account extracurricular activities. “Does there need to be a special plan for cafeteria or playground?” asks Murphy. “Whatever it is they have an interest in. Under Mass. law children need to be able to access all areas of school life so, there may be some need for flexibility in those areas. Talk to club advisors and coaches.” Murphy adds that parents might think about transportation to and from school, as well. Susan Donelan, Director of Pupil Personnel Services at Millis Public Schools, agrees coming in can be useful for kids, especially if there’s been a change for their child. “If there’s a change, certainly contact the special education office,” she says. Donelan, however, recommends giving teachers a week of school before touching base with them, so that they can get “the lay of the land” with their new students. “They should give the teachers a week or so to settle in with the kids, and then just give the teacher a heads up, with an email or phone call, sort of ‘I just want to give you a little more information about my child,’” she says. Donelan feels parents want to be cautious not to alarm children

about school. “If (needs) are at an extreme level, chances are it’s in the IEP,” she says. “In terms of what parents can do, I think it’s a delicate balance. You don’t want to start talking about it too soon – kids might get anxious. Maybe two weeks before school, some parents will get kids back in a routine, start getting them to bed early, up early, getting supplies and getting things ready so they don’t have the anxiety.” Donelan explains the more organization parents can offer children at the start, the better of they’ll be. She says parents should be careful not to transfer their own worries to the kids. “I think in some cases parental anxiety can increase the kids’ anxiety. Parents have to tread lightly.” Donelan also recommends reconnecting friends before the start of school, as kids might not have had the chance to spend time with their friends. Still, says Sheridan, parents shouldn’t shy away from becoming involved. “Some people would say maybe you’re being a pushy parent, but there’s a way to do it that’s nonthreatening,” she says, explaining that parents can use polite persistence. “You know your child better than anybody. When it comes to experts, you’re the expert. Never feel like you have to apologize for advocating for your child.”

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Stony Brook Announces Its August Programming! Cool down this summer at Stony Brook! Midsummer’s Nite’s A Scheme: Friday, August 2nd, from 6 - 9 p.m. A “Midsummer Nite’s Scheme.” This is prime time for twilight wildlife observation. We will start at Stony Brook, looking for birds coming to roost while scanning the evening skies for bats, nighthawks and other creatures of the evening. Afterwards, we will head to Medfield State Reservation, where owls and whip-poorwills can often be heard after sun down. Wear boots and bring bug spray. Fee: $19m/$22nm Turtle Trekkers: Saturdays, August 3rd and 17th, from 10:30 a.m. - 12 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: Bees, Bugs & Butterflies/Scaly, Slithering Snakes. Ages 2.9 to 6 with a parent. Fee: $10m/$12nm per adult/child pair Totally Terrific Turtles: Sunday, August 4th,, from 1:30 – 3 p.m. Turtles are one of the main attractions at Stony Brook during the summer. Join us as we explore the sanctuary in search of turtles that may be basking on logs or swimming in the ponds and marsh. We’ll look for the four species of turtles and learn about their lifestyles including the “grand daddy” snapping turtles. Learn everything you want to know about turtles and more in this “exshellent” program. Minimum age: 5, Fee: $9m/$11nm per person. Summer Star Search: Friday, August 16th,, from 8 – 10 p.m. Join us for an evening of star gazing. We will use telescopes and binoculars to search out and

view the planets, stars, and galaxies of the summer sky. We might even find a late arriving meteor or two from the Perseids (peak on Tuesday, Aug. 13th). Learn techniques for navigating from point to point in the night sky from our guides for this evening, members of the Cloudy Nights Astronomy Group. Do you know the summer constellations? This is your opportunity to get a guided tour. We will have lots of things to look at. age: 7, Fee: Minimum $8m/$10nm per person. Sundays at Stony Brook: Sunday, August 18th, from 1 - 3 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.

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Bats & Nocturnals: Friday, August 23rd, from 8 – 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. Pre-registration is required for all programs (except as noted). For more details, visit the Mass Audubon webpage at or contact us at (508) 528-3140. Register by phone, email (, fax (508-5533864) or in person. Stony Brook is located at 108 North Street in Norfolk.


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A Horse is a Horse, of Course, of Course BY BOBBY BLAIR This article first appeared and is used courtesy of The Holliston Reporter ( The Board of Health held a complaint hearing July 18th to a standing room only audience. Gypsy and Flyer (on our front cover) were represented at the hearing by owners Abbey Fowler and her parents Julie and David Fowler of 330 Marshall Street. The chief complaint against the horses

was their by-product and its smell and possible contamination of a neighbor's well. Donald Kramer, the town's Animal Inspector, told the Board of Health that he had been to the Fowlers' property on numerous occasions and said of the Fowler's paddocks "not so many barns I've seen so well taken care of". Tony Lulek of the Agricultural Commission spoke of the town's "right to farm by-law."

Julie Fowler (second from left) explained that the horse manure is placed into barrels and then into a dumpster for removal. Eric Waldman who lodged the complaint and is concerned about well contamination told the board that his septic system lies 75 feet from his well. Board of Health Chairman Rich Maccagnano said the Fowlers were not in violation of any zoning laws or board of health regulations. While the hearing ended, no vote was taken as to a finding and the situation will be monitored.

Franklin School for the Performing Arts FSPA project dance celebrates success inaugural year FRANKLIN – Project Dance, the interdisciplinary dance program launched at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) last fall, celebrates a successful inaugural year. With a host of innovative features, Project Dance is the brainchild of FSPA faculty members, Casey Harkness Andrade and Jenny Oliver, who serve as program coordinators. Offered to students in grades 3 and up, Project Dance enables students to build their own individualized programs by drawing upon the many complimentary dance disciplines, classes and performance opportunities offered at FSPA.

with guest artists at FSPA. In January several Project Dancers traveled to New York City for a special weekend of workshops led by Broadway performers, choreographers and dance captains through FSPA’s collaboration with Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC. FSPA students also may audition for the school’s two dance companies. The senior ensemble, CenterStage, makes an annual performance trip to Walt Disney World. The year culminated in a Project Dance Showcase at FSPA Hudson, featuring original jazz, lyrical, modern and contemporary choreography.

FSPA Project Dancers made their performance debut with an energetic flash mob on the streets of downtown Franklin during the annual Harvest Festival celebration last September and later reprised the flash mob in Hudson during the Downtown Trick or Treat at Halloween. Special field trips included the Dance Olympus convention in Randolph. Students also participated in master classes

Project Dancers select core classes in ballet, jazz and/or modern and choose from an array of electives in tap, hip-hop, lyrical, dance for musical theater, Horton Technique or Andrade’s own Casey’s Class, focusing on strengthening, stretching and conditioning, with an emphasis on jumps and turns. Oliver teaches Horton Technique, which also builds strength and flexibility and

supports the more strenuous demands of a classical ballet dancer. Whether across dance disciplines or within a genre-specific repertoire, class preparation builds a strong technical foundation and fosters artistic growth and development. Andrade feels the program has opened students’ eyes and broadened their perspective of dance.

“Students learn that dance is not just about technique and steps,� she said. “They come to better comprehend the emotional intent of choreography and the importance of communicating feelings and emotion to the audience. Expression and acting are key performance aspects of dance. I am working with students to bring that out and move them forward in their development.�

Andrade notes that Project Dance brings students together around a common interest, with an emphasis on fun. “The goal is to enjoy dance, so the program is welcoming of all levels.� For more information about FSPA and Project Dance, call (508) 528-8668 or visit

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Financial Security for Longer Life Expectancy These days, Americans are living longer, healthier and more productive lives. Thanks primarily to advances in medicine, healthcare, and overall quality of life, average life expectancy has risen steadily and dramatically over the past 50 years. Forty percent of retirement-age men will live to be at least 85, and fiftythree percent of women that age will live to be at least 88. Overall, the average life expectancy in the United States is now 78.6 years, up from 69.7 years in 1960. Retirees and seniors living longer, healthier lives would appear to be a good thing for everyone involved, right? Not so fast, my friends. Without planning properly for it, living long into your “golden years” could quickly go from something you’ve dreamed about to a complete nightmare…particularly if your money dies before you do!

you may want (or need!) to consider ways of forestalling living off of your retirement savings. For example, can you re-career or work in a more limited capacity for several years beyond traditional retirement age to supplement your income? Can you adjust your investment strategy or portfolio to maximize those additional years spent in the workforce? If you’re a younger investor, can you adjust the scope of your investment strategy, or your career arc, or both, to take into account working longer into your “retirement” years?

As we’ve discussed in previous articles, planning for your family’s financial security is a multifaceted endeavor. From investments to insurance, the probability that you (and your spouse and children) are going to live longer adds a few new wrinkles to that planning process. Below are some suggestions for maximizing your financial security for a longer life expectancy.

Plan for the long, long haul: With the help of a certified financial planner, map out a plan for a retirement period that lasts well into your 80s, and perhaps even into your 90s. Strive to understand the implications of long life expectancy on the principal balance of your nest egg; your goal should be to formulate a plan which allows you to live off a reasonable income stream for as long as you can before spending down the principal balance of your investments. Remember that time, in this instance, works just as easily against the value of your portfolio as it does in favor. Although we don’t mean it negatively in this sense…plan for the “worst-case scenario!”

Re-think “retirement”: It should seem fairly obvious that the longer you live in retirement, the more money you’ll need to…live in retirement! If you’re approaching traditional retirement age,

Consider “longevity insurance”: Like a private pension - longevity insurance is another option for retirees seeking to turn their savings into a steady income stream throughout retirement. Unlike

other strategies, annuities can offer a guaranteed income stream that will last as long as you and your spouse live if set up properly. With an immediate fixed annuity, you “buy it, set it and forget it.” As long as the insurance company remains solvent, annuity owners generally get a check for the same amount every month – they can even set up payments to last as long as they live, so that the longer they live, the more valuable the annuity becomes. They can also be set up to continue to pay to the surviving spouse in the event of death. Consider diversifying your investment strategy to include fixed-income annuities as part of your “worst-case scenario” planning. For more information about financial planning for longer life expectancy, including information on how we address this issue through our investment methodology, we invite you to visit our blog William C. Newell, Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), is president of Atlantic Capital Management, Inc. a registered investment advisor located in Holliston, Mass. With Wall Street access and main street values Atlantic Capital Man-

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Living Healthy Eyelid Margin Disease

By: rOGer M. KaLDawy, M.D. MiLfOrD franKLin eye Center Eyelid margin disease including blepharitis occurs when the eyelids become coated with oily par-

ticles and bacteria near the base of the eyelashes. This condition is very common and unfortunately, is often misdiagnosed by many eye professionals as allergy, which it is not.

With eyelid margin disease the eyelids are inflamed. Symptoms include: Eye and eyelid irritation, itchiness of the eye, redness of the eye and a burning sensation. This condition frequently occurs in people who have a tendency to-

ward oily skin, dandruff or dry eyes. With blepharitis, both the upper and lower eyelids become coated with oily particles and bacteria near the base of the eyelashes. It may cause irritation, itchiness, redness, and stinging or burning of the eye. What causes blepharitis? Everyone has bacteria on the surface of their skin, but in some people, bacteria thrive in the skin at the base of the eyelashes. Large amounts of bacteria around the eyelashes can cause dandruff-like scales and particles to form along the lashes and eyelid margins. Blepharitis is also associated with meibomianitis — a dysfunction and inflammation of the nearby oil glands of the eyelids (called meibomian glands). Blepharitis is also common in association with a skin disorder called rosacea. In this case, we call the eyelid problem “ocular rosacea�. What is ocular rosacea?

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Sports One Year Anniversary For Sports Chief Najarian Making Positive Impact As Holliston A.D. BY KEN HAMWEY Craig Najarian’s tenure as Holliston High’s athletic director has reached the one-year mark, and it’s safe to say the future of the Panthers’ sports programs is in good hands. Najarian, who arrived at Holliston after five years as Foxboro High’s athletic director, knows what objectives he wants to achieve, and he’s interested in turning goals into reality. “The transition to a new position usually is tough,’’ the 40-year-old Najarian said. “My top priority is to ensure that Holliston High meets a standard of excellence in athletics. Generally speaking, I want to take our current programs and improve them. I also want to put our coaches and student-athletes in a position to be successful.’’

Although the Panthers didn’t win any state or sectional tournaments during the 2012-13 school year, many of Holliston’s squads enjoyed winning seasons and garnered some tournament triumphs. “We averaged about 300 athletes competing per season,’’ Najarian said. “Our boys and girls soccer teams qualified for tourney play with the boys getting to the sectional semifinals. The football team continued to be consistent, finishing 8-3. “Our winter teams did very well — girls basketball advanced in tourney play and the hockey team lost in the sectional semifinals. Track, swimming and wrestling had some outstanding individual efforts and the wrestling team won the Tri Valley League championship. We got great performances from top to bottom and we devel-

oped consistency in all three seasons.’’ Najarian, who starred in football and baseball at Westboro High, already has hired two new varsity coaches and two more are about to be added. Jenna Galster will be the new boys basketball coach and Mike Kelley will take the reins of the girls cross-country team. “Jenna moves up from jayvee coach,’’ Najarian said. “And Mike was an assistant in cross-country. I’m still involved in finding a replacement for Melissa Dlugolecki in field hockey and we also need a cheerleading coach.’’ Galster’s appointment broke new ground. She became the first woman in TVL history to be named a boys varsity basketball coach. “I never thought about her as a pioneer,’’ Najarian said. “She was the best person for that post. She’s got the depth, knowledge, perspective and leadership ability to guide that team. She’s a no-nonsense leader who will stress high expectations.’’ Najarian isn’t offering any predictions on how Holliston will fare for the new school year. He genuinely emphasizes that “I just don’t know.’’ “Kids grow quickly, and it’s difficult to predict how successful their adjustment will be,’’ he said. “What people can count on is that I’ll work to make the athletic department better for our teams and also make the facilities better. My

After a first year in a town he says has been very supportive, Holliston Athletic Director Craig Najarian hopes to enhance what the town already has.

first year has been fun but there are so many areas I’m eager to improve. The town has been tremendous with its support. I’m all about gaining quality. Some think that adding sports is a sign of success. I want to take what we have and enhance it.’’ Najarian, who lives in Northboro, devoted June and July to scheduling, budgeting, purchasing equipment, evaluating coaches and supervising facility upgrades, like

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There are other benefits of owning real estate besides potential appreciation, such as tax deductions for interest, and real estate taxes paid. Also a huge plus is “pride of ownership”. Yes, do your homework on pricing, location, and budget, and plan on owning a minimum of 3 years. It should be a great adventure and might even be profitable.

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