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Norfolk Public Schools are taking a long look back at their history thanks to a lot of research and hard work done by two exceptional Girl Scouts. Cadets Katie McMahon and Eleanor Spellman of Girl Scout Troop 3616, both ninth-graders at King Philip Regional High School, have unveiled their “History Wall” at the Freeman-Kennedy School. Graduates themselves of the former Freeman-Centennial School, Katie and Eleanor collaborated on this project for their Silver Award, the highest award bestowed to Girl Scout Cadets. Together in scouting since Kindergarten, they have achieved this award through over 100 hours of commitment, much more than the minimum requirement of 50 hours. The project took an entire year to complete. The girls were hard at work researching, reviewing, and fundraising for their project until its completion, with the help of Principal Lisa Altham-Hickey and Music Technology Specialist Bonnie O’Connell, without whom, both girls stated the project “would not have

King Philip Regional High School was one of four schools within the state to participate in Northeastern University’s Society Bullying Prevention Institute over the summer. Student athletes representing a variety of sports, along with Cheryl Rowe, KP’s Student Support Secretary, attended the two day Train the Trainer curriculum that is rooted in the bystander approach to education in order to raise awareness, open dialogue among student athletes, challenge their thinking and inspire leadership in preventing the effects of bullying within the lives of young people.

been a success.” Their ultimate goal, according to Eleanor was to “keep history alive” within the town of Norfolk. Some of those being honored upon the wall, as well as the family and friends of the honorees, were in attendance to help celebrate Katie and Eleanor’s wonderful achievement, as well as look fondly back at those who helped to shape the Norfolk school system


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Katie McMahon and Eleanor Spellman are pictured with citations from the State House.


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and also features ten individuals who were honored within the school system itself, including longtime school committee member Alvin J. Freeman, Sgt. Adam P. Kennedy, who heroically gave his life during the Iraq War, and Madeline “Maddie” Savoie, a Norfolk student who lost her courageous battle with cancer in 2008. The wall features many plaques and pictures of both the schools and the

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individuals, and is located on a wall behind the school’s gymnasium. Many speakers gave their congratulations and thanks to the girl’s contribution, including State Senator Richard Ross, Selectman Chair Rob Garrity, School Committee Chair Shawn Dooley, Superintendent Dr. Ingrid Allardi, and Legislative Aide Liz Bugbee, who represented State Representative Daniel Winslow. Both Katie and Eleanor received citations from the State Senate from Senator Ross. School Committee Chair Dooley praised the girls for their influence, and as an example for all the students to contribute to their school system. “I challenge you to find ways to make the school better,” School Committee Chair Dooley stated to the Freeman-Kennedy students. Principal Altham-Hickey added that the girls “did a phenomenal job” with the project. In their closing statements, both girls took the time to thank their family, friends, teachers, and community members, and

also took some time to reflect on their work, and concluding with a clever summary: “The past is history, the present is now, and the future is history waiting to happen.” Both Katie and Eleanor wish to continue on their Girl Scout careers, and hope to achieve the Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve. Together, they created a touching tribute to the leaders of the past in the Norfolk Public School System, and take a big step in becoming leaders of the community themselves. List of Norfolk Schools represented: Central School, Alvin J.

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This program was funded in part by a grant from the Norfolk Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. In addition, Norfolk Community League supported this project with a grant. (This article originally appeared in The Norfolk Times,

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Winslow Resigns, Dooley Runs Norfolk’s Dan Winslow wrapped up his career at the State House last month. The out spoken republican resigned to join the private sector and less than 24 hours after the announcement another Norfolk resident said he wanted to replace Winslow. Norfolk Town Clerk Shawn Dooley has his hat in the ring for the House of Representatives seat. The reason for Winslow’s departure was financial. In an interview on NECN Winslow said, “I’ve got to pay the bills.” He explained that with tuition for his children and a campaign debt in excess of $150,000 from his failed run for U.S. Senate he had to go make some money. Winslow will be the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Rimini Street, Inc.

their campaigns for the seat. “I am passionate about public service and would love to have the opportunity to serve the people of the 9th Norfolk District as their State Representative," Dooley said. "I believe that this election needs to be about improving the economic and educational conditions in this District."

"The citizens deserve to have a strong advocate who is willing to fight to keep this a great place to Dan Winslow returns to the private sector as raise a family, buy a home, Senior Vice President of Rimini Street, Inc. and open a business. I plan to continue with many of the inno- ety of different capacities. He is curvative initiatives that have been the rently pursuing his Master of Public signature of Mr. Winslow’s tenure," Administration at Anna Maria Colhe added. "Lowering lege in Paxton, MA with an anticitaxes and making gov- pated graduation date of March, ernment more efficient 2014. He holds a BA in Political Sciby minimizing fraud and ence from Auburn University and waste will be my top pri- has earned both the Certified Finanorities if I am fortunate cial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) enough to get elected." designations from The American Dooley, a republican, College. has an extensive resume Dooley is a Justice of the Peace as of public service. In addition to his position as well as a member of the MassachuTown Clerk, Dooley cur- setts Town Clerks’ Association. He rently serves as an On- is active in the Norfolk Lions Club Call Firefighter / EMT and Chairs the Coats for Kids project with the Norfolk Fire every year. He serves on the Board Department. He is Chair- of the Norfolk Elementary Schools man of the Norfolk Trust and is a member of the Norfolk School Committee, a po- School Building Committee sition he has held for the The 47-year old Dooley is married past 4 years. He has also to CiCi Van Tine (Norfolk’s Town served as a member of Moderator) and has four children; Shawn Dooley hopes to follow Dan Winslow at the Norfolk Zoning Caroline, Emma, Jack, and William. the State House Board of Appeals and Prior to moving to Norfolk, Dooley was the co-founder of and his family were residents of “My excitement in joining Rimini the Wrentham Republican Town Wrentham. He is an avid triathlete Street is tempered by my sadness in Committee. and is a member of the Bay State leaving the House. I have been Prior to being elected Town Clerk, Triathlon Team. He most recently thankful for every minute of my Mr. Dooley owned a small general completed Ironman Sweden this service in the Legislature, for the contracting firm and worked in the past August. honor of representing the people of financial services industry in a varithe 9th Norfolk towns, and for the opportunity to contribute to debate and solutions to improve our Commonwealth. I hope that my efforts have made a difference and that the ideas I have advanced can be consid40 hours ered in future sessions,” said Winslow. “I fully appreciate the sacrifice of public service, by our legislators and their families, and hope to remain engaged in civic life in the future.”

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Norfolk Cultural Council Seeks Funding Proposals The Norfolk Cultural Council has set Tuesday, October 15, 2013 as the postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for local cultural council grants that support cultural activities in the community. According to Council spokesperson, Deanna Grimm, these state grants may support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Norfolk – including exhibits, festivals, shortterm artists-in residences or performances in schools, workshops and lectures. The Norfolk Cultural

Council will also entertain funding proposals from schools and youth groups through the PASS Program, which provides subsidies for Norfolk school age children to attend cultural field trips. The Norfolk Cultural Council is part of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year.

The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. For year 2012-13, the Norfolk Cultural Council will have distributed $3,770.00 in grants. Some of the 2013 grants supported by the council included the Norfolk Public Library, Girl Scouts, Stony Brook Wildlife, The Un-Common Theatre, Franklin Performing Arts and the Norfolk Coop Preschool.

Norfolk Lions to Sponsor Youth Variety Show Do you have the music within you? Do you have movement? Want to let your comedic side out? Maybe you and a few friends get together on the weekends in your garage and have a jam session or maybe you put on a play in your living room? If so, you need to bring your talent to the stage! The Norfolk Lions are pleased to announce that it will sponsor the first ever Young Performers Variety Show. This show is open to performers ages 8 to 18, from Norfolk and surrounding towns. It will be

held on Sunday, November 17 at 6PM at the King Philip Middle School in Norfolk. First, second and third prizes of $200, $100 and $50 will be awarded at the end of the show. Auditions will be held on Sunday October 13, Thursday October 17 and Sunday October 20 at 6PM at the Norfolk Public Library. Acts can be no longer than 5 minutes and no accompaniment will be provided, so auditioners must bring their own music (iPod, CD, etc.). Group acts are limited to 6

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KP Parents’ Network Membership KP Welcomes Drive and Patriots Fan Dream Raffle Class of 2017 The KP Parents’ Network 2013 membership drive is now underway. This year all membership forms and dues returned by November 30 will be automatically entered into the Patriots Fan Dream Raffle. The first place winner and 3 guests will receive a Gillette Stadium Behind-the-Scenes Tour, as well as a gift card to CBS Scene Restaurant-- an experience football fans won’t want to miss.

The second place winner will receive a Patriots’ Snow Bowl Collage containing photographs, playing cards, an original program, and autographed photos of past and present Patriots’ players: Tom Brady, Tedy Bruschi, Steve Grogan, Adam Vinatieri, and John Smith. This assembled and framed collage is a must-have for any sports fan.

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To start off the new year, a special KP freshmen orientation was planned to close out the summer. On August 14th, all the incoming 9th grade students were invited to participate in a day long event at the school. New Assistant Principal Bill Chaplin coordinated the event with a strong group of King Philip High School Upperclassmen. Over 250 incoming Freshmen attended the program to welcome them to their new school. Much of the day was driven to ease some of their butterflies regarding starting their high school journey here at KPRHS and have some fun together. Many of the students had been getting together over the summer in various clusters of the Freshman class within such activities as the Marching Band or within Athletics but this event was really the first opportunity to get together as the graduating class of 2017 at the King Philip High School.

Students were introduced to the High School Administration and some of the faculty members, toured the building, and were able to participate in team building activities with the upperclassmen to gain insider advice about how to get around the building and the various sports and clubs they could get involved with. At one point during the day the freshmen were broken off into smaller groups led by the upperclassmen and were provided a chance to socialize, make new friends and discuss topics that are important in making their experience at King Philip successful on many levels. “It was great seeing almost 80% of the Freshman class participate in this great day” said new Assistant Principal Bill Chaplin – who came from King Philip Middle School and already has relationships built with these students and families – “that also helps ease the transition for these students as well as with my own transition into this new position”. All in all, the day served as great beginning point for the class of 2017!

King Philip Regional High School to Seek NEASC Accreditation Dr. Lisa Oliveira, Principal of King Philip Regional High School, announced that sixteen educators made an on-site evaluation of King Philip Regional High School from September 22, 2013 through September 25, 2013. The evaluation visit was conducted under the direction of the Commission on Public Secondary Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The visiting committee was chaired by Maria Silvestri, Assistant Principal at West Springfield High School, who has

extensive experience in the Association’s evaluation process. Prior to the visit Oliveira said, “The purpose of this evaluation is to review and determine, from an outside point of view, the extent to which King Philip is meeting the Standards for Accreditation. The evaluating team from NEASC will meet with all school constituents to review the school’s self-study, visit a number of classes, and examine examples of student work submitted by the school. From January 2012 through December 2012, the

faculty completed a comprehensive self-study, which included identifying both the school’s strengths and the areas where changes would be beneficial.” The chair of the visiting committee, Ms. Silvestri, indicated, “Our purpose in visiting King Philip Regional High School is not to criticize but to assist in the pursuit of quality education for its students.” Parents and community members were invited to share their thoughts with the visiting committee.

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Norfolk Community League’s 2013 Person of the Year Norfolk Community League is searching for a difference maker a person who makes Norfolk a better place. It might be a coach, a favorite teacher, or a helpful librarian. Maybe it’s a neighbor who always goes above and beyond for the community. Perhaps it’s someone who continuously donates her or his time, yard, or other

talents. Maybe it’s someone of the Faith that helps unite the community in times of crisis. Nominations for this person were collected in September. Three entries (as selected by NCL’s Board) will then be posted electronically at as well as in hard copy at the Library. Vote for

your favorite NCL Person of the Year electronically at or by submitting your vote in the designated box at the Library. Each Norfolk resident (this includes children) may vote once. Voting will open on October 14th and close at midnight on October 25th.

King Philip DECA Kicks off the New School Year By raCheL PaLumBo, ViCe President of KP deCa This past Tuesday, September 3rd 2013, King Philip DECA hosted its annual orientation for all parents of incoming KP DECA members. DECA is an internationally recognized, entrepreneurship-based organization that allows students to familiarize themselves with principles such as marketing, finance, and hospitality. King Philip joined the international DECA community in 1971 and has adapted its

chapter to be the most highly recognized and successful chapter in the state of Massachusetts. King Philip DECA will storm into competition season this spring with the accomplishment of nine teams making it on the international stage in Anaheim, CA last May, under its belt. King Philip DECA enthusiastically welcomes 60 new members who will have the opportunity to compete and grasp district, state and international titles this conference season. KP DECA is excited

to kick off a new school year that is expected to bring success and achievement. First event of the year will be the SoNAR Regional Leadership Conference in Boston, MA this November. Attending will be returning KP DECA advisor James Dow, his seven senior elected officers and three elected junior class representatives. KP DECA broke personal records last year at the international conference and strives to see the same success this coming year.

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Cultural Council Accepting Grant Applications The Wrentham Cultural Council is accepting applications for the latest grant cycle with the following local Guidelines: The Wrentham Cultural Council seeks to support activities and projects for the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences that are represented in our community. Average grants are $200 to $500. The

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A Storm Too Soon A Storm Too Soon author Michael Tougias will give a presentation at Norfolk Public Library on October 3rd at 7 p.m. Tougias will use slides of the storm, the survivors, and the rescue. Amazingly the Coast Guard helicopter crew photographed the men in the raft being pounded by towering waves.

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cue, they find themselves in almost as much trouble as the survivors, facing several life and death decisions. Three other vessels with 10 people aboard were caught in the storm, and only 6 survived. This 2007 disaster prompted one of the largest and most intense rescue in Coast Guard history. “I enjoy doing these programs,” says Tougias, “because I like to transport the audience into the heart of the storm so that they ask themselves ‘what would I have done.’ I don’t like to do author readings because I think they are boring, but with a slide presentation, the viewer can visually relive the adventure. It’s like watching a movie with the author giving behind the scene details.” A book signing will follow the program, and the presentation is suitable for

Tougias, known for his fast paced writing style and character-driven stories, tells this true saga in the present tense to give the reader an “edge of your seat, you are there” experience. A Storm Too Soon is a heart pounding read of survival, the power of the human spirit, and one of the most incredible rescues ever attempted. Michael J. Tougias is an awardwinning author of 20 books with Simon & Schuster including several true survival thrillers: Fatal Forecast, Overboard!, Ten Hours Until Dawn, and The Finest Hours (co-authored). Tougias has received the American Library Association “Editors Choice” Award and the Independent Publishers “Best Nature Book of the Year” award. Disney Studio’s is currently filming the movie version of his book The Finest Hours. He is a much sought after lecturer and lives in Massachusetts. Visit for more information.

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FPAC to Present Performances and Character Club at Harvest Festival The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will present three costumed, halfhour performances, with live musical accompaniment, during the Franklin Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 6. Show times are 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and will take place on the Festival Stage, in front of the school’s 38 Main Street location. Following each performance, families are invited to “walk the red carpet” and step

inside FSPA’s Character Club, to meet favorite characters and get autographs as a take-away souvenir. All activities are offered free to the community in celebration of Harvest Festival. Tours of the facility will be offered throughout the day. For more information about FSPA programs in music, dance and drama or the Harvest Festival presentations, call (508) 5288668.


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Local Town Pages ties are a hallmark of FSPA’s musical theater experience and an important part of students’ development. Students in grades 5 and up may audition for musical theater troupes, with performances in showFSPA cases, the community and at Walt Disney World, as part of an annual weeklong trip for select ensembles. Students in performing troupes also have the opportunity to participate in an annual weekend of master classes and workshops with Broadway performers, choreographers and directors through FSPA’s affiliation with Broadway Artists Alliance (BAA) of New York City.

FSPA Expands Muscial Theater Program with New Performing Opportunities The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) introduces new performing opportunities across all musical theater programs this school year. These include performances each trimester for all of the musical theater classes. A Holiday Tribute will be presented in December, School Rocks! in March and Spring Concert in May. FSPA also proudly presents an all-student production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on February 8, with many featured and ensemble roles in the smashhit, family-friendly musical. Participation in performances is optional, but encouraged as a fun way to apply skills learned in the classroom, grow creatively and gain increased confidence onstage.

ment. Children’s Musical Theater introduces students in kindergarten and first grade to basic skills in acting, singing and dancing. Musical theater classes (levels I-IV) teach progressively more challenging musical theater technique and styles, involving more advanced song repertoire and scene work and incorporating history and lessons from legends of the Broadway stage.

With extensive programs in music, dance and drama all housed under one roof, FSPA is well position to offer a hands-on, interdisciplinary musical theater experience. The curriculum enables students to choose their level of involvement and many options are available for once-a-week recreational enjoy-

Musical theater students may also design programs tailored to their own special talents and interests, drawing from FSPA’s wide-ranging classes in all three performing arts disciplines. The School’s Pro Voice program offers voice classes and private lessons focusing on the development of healthy technique,

musicality and stylistic skills. The Dance Department offers multilevel classes in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Horton and Dance for Musical Theater, as well as specialized classes for young children, boys, adults and beginner teens. FSPA’s acting program provides classes in scene study, character development, improvisation, performance skills and audition technique. Ongoing performing opportuni-

An unparalleled calendar of performing opportunities at FSPA also features studio voice recitals, opera scenes, acoustic coffee houses, Glee Club, Obstreperous Rep theatrical ensemble, SummerStage, dance

October 1, 2013 companies, Project Dance, Ballet Conservatory Repertoire Series and instrumental ensembles. Many FSPA students are also cast in Franklin Performing Arts Company’s annual season of shows. Since 1985, FSPA has been dedicated to the enjoyment of the arts for all ages and to the artistic growth and development of young people. Founded by Director Raye Lynn Mercer and built upon the notion that arts experiences are an integral part of a well-rounded education, FSPA provides a nurturing environment where students grow skills for the stage – and for life. Children develop a sense of independence and accomplishment at an early age, while gaining confidence, poise and self-esteem. Students expand their creativity, imagination and improvisatory skills and enhance their ability to communicate effectively, whether in the secondary school classroom or other public speaking opportunities. Registration for all programs is ongoing, with tuition prorated. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the school to meet faculty, tour the facility and try a complimentary class. For more information or to request a course catalogue, call (508) 528-8668. Visit online at

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FPAC Opens 23rd Season with Record-Breaking Sensation Les Misérables

It was a memorable week for the Franklin Performing Arts Company. Fresh off news that FPAC had received the rights to present the musical theater phenomenon, Les Misérables, came word that FPAC alumna Nadine Malouf had been selected to sing alongside Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, stars of the blockbuster film adaptation of Les Misérables, at the 2013 Academy Awards. Nadine had just understudied the role of Eponine and performed in the ensemble in Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th Anniversary National Tour of Les Mis. Her Oscars nod was followed days later by the exciting announcement that Jack Mullen, 11, a young veteran of several FPAC productions and student at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), had been chosen to join the National Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in the role of Chip. The resumes and theater credits of Company alumni are testament to the performance quality and entertainment value found in FPAC productions. Company performers are making their mark in top college and conservatory arts programs, national Broadway tours, European concert tours, the American Idol finals, cruise line casts, film, television and regional theater. Annual FPAC main stage musicals, Nutcracker ballet, plays, concerts and free community presentations draw talented performers and local audiences from more than 50 communities throughout the region. Founded in 1991, the nonprofit FPAC brings together professional artists, community performers, families and students of the arts in a collaborative environment, with

a special focus on youth development and a commitment to live music. Attend an FPAC musical or The Nutcracker ballet and you’ll hear production scores performed by professional artists such as drummer Kenny Hadley, who’s played with music legends Van Morrison, Dizzy Gillespie and The Drifters, or renowned violinist Olivia De Prato, who recently toured with Grammy-winning Esperanza Spalding. Live music lends an exciting dimension to FPAC presentations and supports the disciplined and important work of talented musicians. As community and student performers share a creative experience – and stage – with professional guest artists from Boston, New York and beyond, the interaction raises the level of production experience for performers and audiences alike. “I am proud of the level of excellence we have achieved with the Company,” notes FPAC Executive Director Raye Lynn Mercer. “Our high production quality is matched by a vibrant spirit of community and collaboration. It’s a powerful combination that not only engages the extraordinary professional artists that we’re so fortunate to

work with, but keeps them returning season after season.” FPAC’s 2013-2014 season opens with the record-breaking sensation, Les Misérables, with performances October 18-20 at the New

England Chapel in Franklin. The world’s longest-running musical, Les Misérables has enjoyed a storied presence on the world stage for 28 years. With music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and book by Alain Boublil, the show’s enduring appeal may be attributed to its Tony Award-winning score, memorable characters and epic storyline. The tale follows Jean Valjean as he is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment in 19th century France. Finding only continued hardship and mistreatment, he breaks his parole in the hopes of starting anew. Valjean seeks redemption, but is relentlessly pursued by his nemesis, police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Set against a backdrop of the 1832 Paris uprising and reflecting a nation in the grip of a revolution, Les Misérables is a timeless – and timely – tale of idealism, passion, resiliency and triumph of the human spirit. Les Misérables is entirely sungthrough and the breathtaking harmonies and emotionally charged melodies are in turn haunting, humorous, devastating and uplifting.

FPAC’s creative team cast a large ensemble of area talent – 85 voices strong – to add considerable depth and drama to the delivery of the musical’s unforgettable score. Audiences will be moved by such beloved classics as “Bring Him

Pictured in rehearsal for Franklin Performing Arts Company’s October productionof Les Misérablesare Anna Grasso (Young Eponine) and KellieStamp (Madame Thénardier) of Franklin and, in the foreground, CatherineOliviere (Young Cosette) of North Easton.

Home,” “On My Own,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?” and “One Day More.” Following Les Misérables, FPAC’s 23rd season continues with a festive double bill of holiday entertainment, featuring the Company’s annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker on December 14 and 15 and a new original musical, Carol’s Christmas, on December 21 and 22. A popular holiday tradition for more than 20 years, FPAC’s production of the timeless classic The Nutcracker features more than 100 area dancers, professional orchestra and special guest artists (historically from such prestigious companies as American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet and New York City Ballet), bringing the magic up close for suburban audiences. The joyous and uplifting Carol’s Christmas debuts this holiday season, following one family’s travails and triumphs as they wrestle with the question: What do we really want (need!) for Christmas this year? FPAC also presents the popular

comedy rock musical, Little Shop of Horrors, in March. FPAC’s annual season also features the popular Family Concert Series and Whatever Theater Festival, with all events offered free to the public. A trio of Family Concert Series performances, presented in the winter months, provides audiences of all ages with a fun and interactive introduction to the world of live music and theater. The summertime Whatever Theater Festival showcases an exciting range of dramatic and comedic works, including a series of one-act plays and a production of Shakespeare staged on Franklin Town Common. FPAC also supports Electric Youth, an international touring ensemble of talented young singerdancers backed by an eight-piece show band of Boston musicians, and the Friend in Me Theater Company, pairing teens from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) with students with special needs to provide weekly musical theater experiences. Les Misérables will be performed on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, October 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $28 and $30. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call (508) 528-8668.

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Living Healthy Flashes and Floaters By: roger m. KaLdawy, m.d., miLford franKLin eye Center

necessarily abnormal to see black spots in the vision. The size and number of floaters seen is variable; some patients (especially short sighted people) will be aware of numerous floaters, while others may never be aware of the symptom at all. Some floaters can interfere severely with vision, while others are barely noticeable. Although annoying, floaters are usually harmless, and come and go over the years.

Many patients will be aware of small flying “black spots” in the field of vision in one or both eyes. These are called floaters and may be associated with flashes of light. Flashes and floaters may have serious implications on the vision.

What are floaters? Floaters are small black shadows in the vision of one or both eyes, especially when looking at a pale surface like a white page, a bright sky or perhaps when walking on the beach. These black spots are impurities in the fluid that fills the back cavity of the eye. This jelly fluid is called the “vitreous” and is a thick fluid which has a consistency similar to “egg white”. This vitreous fluid is present in the eye from birth, and is not replaced or exchanged during life. It is initially attached to the surface of the retina, which is the light sensitive nerve tissue layer that lines the back surface of the wall of the eye. It is important to note that it is not

What are flashes? Flashes are usually caused by the vitreous body tugging on the retina. This tugging occurs when the vitreous body shrinks as a normal part of the aging process. Flashes may last for a few seconds or several minutes, and can occur on and off for weeks or months. They are usually seen at night or in poor lighting. Eye migraine can cause the perception of similar light flashes although often these flashes of light may have numerous colors. The abnormal light flashes seen with

migraines are usually very different, appearing as jagged lines blocking an area of vision or moving slowly across the field of vision in one or both eyes. People who suffer from migraine headaches will often know the familiar pattern of these visual experiences, often occurring just before the headaches begin. These migraine flashes are unrelated to the vitreous body and its attachment to the retina.

body is sometimes more firmly attached to the surface of the retina and may pull away a piece of the retina or tear the retina as it separates. This can cause fluid to escape, pushing the retina off the inside of the eye. This is known as retinal detachment, which is a serious threat to sight. Surgery is needed to reattach the retina if a retinal detachment occurs.

The vitreous is composed of collagen, and this undergoes structural changes with age, and will become more liquid like and watery in later life. At some point, the chemical bonds that link the vitreous fluid to the surface of the retina will become weaker and the vitreous jelly will separate from the retina. This process is called posterior vitreous detachment or PVD and is a normal consequence of aging. Approximately half of us will have a PVD in one or both eyes by the age of 60. PVD will often cause us to notice

sudden light flashes. Any loss of peripheral (side) vision should be investigated without a delay. Your ophthalmologist will give you a complete eye examination. Drops are put in the eyes to enlarge the pupils and determine whether PVD, retinal tear, retinal detachment or bleeding is present. If you have occasional floaters and flashes, you should have an annual eye examination.

When should I seek What causes flashes help? See your ophthalmologist if new and floaters? floaters appear, with or without

the sudden onset of new floaters, often associated with flashes of light. Unfortunately, the vitreous

Symptoms of a PVD most often occur in one eye at a time. Even though your ophthalmologist will check both eyes at the first visit, it is important to realize that if similar symptoms are experienced in the other eye, you should see your

ophthalmologist again with the onset of new flashes or floaters as you could be having a PVD in this eye.

Is there any treatment for flashes and floaters? Flashes and floaters are usually just annoying, not harmful. However, they can be signs of serious problems (like a tear on the retina) and, for this reason, must not be ignored. For most people, treatment is not necessary. Floaters and flashes usually subside over time, causing no permanent deterioration to vision. At Milford Franklin Eye Center, we use state-of-the-art laser technology to treat a variety of eye problems, including retinal tears with full evaluation of flashes and floaters. We are proud to have a dedicated retina specialist in our practice, specializing in the treatment of retinal eye disease. With the addition of the new specialist, we bring to our practice world class eye care closer to home. For more details, see our ad on the front page of this paper.

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Living Healthy Pianist Plays for Children’s Hospital On a sunny morning in early September, the Bellingham Senior Center hosted a special event. It was a fundraising piano performance given by Wrentham’s Orvill Delatorre with all donations benefiting Boston Children’s Hospital. Delatorre attends King Philip Regional High School and is a Junior Honors student. At the same time, he attends the New England Conservatory Preparatory School in Boston where he studies classical piano and

has performed in recitals as a soloist and chamber music player. To entertain the audience, Delatorre not only selected pieces from classical composers like Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart, but also included folk music and ballads. He even encouraged the audience to stand up and dance. Delatorre would like to thank the Community of the Bellingham Senior Center for supporting this noble cause. The

funds raised were deposited into the Boston Children’s Trust, and will be used to help “children celebrate more birthdays”, said Delatorre. Determined to help more people Delatorre dedicated this summer break to volunteer in organizations such as the Outside the Box Art and Music Festival, the BUILD's Youth Business Plan Competition Organization, the American Cancer Society, Inc. among others. At the Bellingham Senior Center he volunteered playing the keyboard to entertain the seniors. He brought joy and memories by playing the melodies the audience requested. Their eyes lit up when they listened to a song they have not heard in a long time. Henry, a member of the senior center, loved to dance the Jitterbug! Delatorre offered a special thank you to the Bellingham Senior Center Staff, Laura DeMattia, Director, Joan Mallard, Administrative Assistant and Dariel Ford, Supportive Day Coordinator for the opportunities offered to this young volunteer and fundraiser. Delatorre added the experience enriched his life, and at the same time made a difference in the lives of the elderly.

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PET CORNER These Cats Need Your Help Marcia Here’s a story, of a kitty named Marcia, who was a very sad and lonely little girl… Til’ the one day when this kitty found a groovy new home, the people stopped by the shelter on a hunch!!! Marcia, Marcia, Marcia welcome to your new family, we know that you are the best one of the bunch!!! Marcia has been spayed, combo tested negative and is up to date with her regular shots. If you are interested in meeting Marcia or other cats/kittens in our care waiting for a home, please call 508-6954707 (leave a message if need be!). Paws of Plainville, Inc. is dedicated to helping the homeless cats in the local area. We are an all volunteer, nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible and can be sent to P.O. Box 2236, Plainville, MA 02762. For more information, please visit us at


Brook This beautiful body of water was rescued along many other cats, including her 6 kittens, from a very large colony. These kitties have had to overcome many obstacles on their path to good health and Brook is leading the charge. Just like her name implies Brook goes with the flow and her great disposition and laid back demeanor have made her one of the favorites here at the shelter. Brook has come a long way from the skinny, malnourished kitty that arrived here in the spring and although we will miss her when she is gone this sweet mama deserves a fantastic new forever home. If you truly want to rescue a cat in need then Brook is the girl for you… Brook has been spayed, combo tested negative and is up to date with her regular shots. If you are interested in meeting Brook or other cats/kittens in our care waiting for a home, please call 508-695-4707 (leave a mesDOG LOVERS GROOMING sage if need be!). Paws of SALON & RE-TAIL 447 East Central Street Plainville, Inc. is dedicated to Franklin, MA 02038 helping the homeless cats in the Check Out Our New Products And Services in our local area. We are an all volunNewly Expanded Grooming Center & Re-Tail Store teer, nonprofit organization. All NOW OFFERING! • Doggie Bakery donations are tax deductible and $5 Off NEW Grooming • Grooming Supplies can be sent to P.O. Box 2236, Clients and 10% Off • Leashes/Toys Plainville, MA 02762. For more Retail Purchases • Spa Packages & More! must present coupon information, please visit us Call Us Today! (508) 528-6556 at

Look out! We have an amorous feline on the prowl. Casanova has been searching far and wide for the family of his dreams and his quest has lead him to Plainville… Who can resist this handsome heartbreaker??? We certainly can’t and once you succumb to his charms you won’t be able to resist him either!!! Casanova has been neutered, combo tested negative and is up to date with his regular shots. If you are interested in meeting Casanova or other cats/kittens in our care waiting for a home, please call 508-6954707 (leave a message if need be!). Paws of Plainville, Inc. is dedicated to helping the homeless cats in the local area. We are an all volunteer, nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible and can be sent to P.O. Box 2236, Plainville, MA 02762. For more information, please visit us at

Rosemary may not be going to the Scarborough Fair but love definitely grows where this Rosemary goes… This sweet new mama has been very busy cultivating the cutest crop ever! No silver bells or cockle shells in this garden, to the contrary this pretty maid has been raising her four little herbs; Parsley, Sage, Thyme and Basil. Now all of her babies are grown and gone so it is time for this tortie to retire from gardening and move in to a greenhouse (or blue, or red, or white, etc…) What Rosemary really needs is to become a spoiled housecat who never has to worry about migratory farming again… Rosemary has been spayed, combo tested negative and is up to date with her regular shots. If you are interested in meeting Rosemary or other cats/kittens in our care waiting for a home, please call 508-695-4707 (leave a message if need be!). Paws of Plainville, Inc. is dedicated to helping the homeless cats in the local area. We are an all volunteer, nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible and can be sent to P.O. Box 2236, Plainville, MA 02762. For more information, please visit us at

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Stony Brook Announces Its October Programming! Celebrate the changing of the seasons at Stony Brook!

Fee: $6m/$9nm per person. Get Outside in October: Saturdays in October, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Each week we will focus on one of the groups of animals or events that stands out in October. We will check out migrating birds (October is a great time to look at migrants in the ponds and along the trials); fall color (anywhere and everywhere); how animals get ready for winter (think chipmunks and squirrels); and finally seeds and other methods plants and animals use for over-wintering. We will look for creatures and more as we explore every corner of Stony Brook. There’s a lot to see and it’s all fun, so bring a friend. Fee: $10m/$12nm per person per session. South Shore Bird Quest: Friday, October 4th, from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We will head for Daniel Webster Sanctuary, Ellisville State Park in South Plymouth, and Scusset Beach,

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Turtle Trekkers: Saturdays, October 5th and 19th, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Start your weekend off right with a fun and knowledgeable Stony Brook teacher on the trails learning about nature. Each day will have a special topic created to excite your child about the natural world. There will be crafts, activities and lots of laughter. So come and join the fun. This month’s themes: Trees Are Terrific/ Acorns and Squirrels. Ages 2.9 to 6 with a parent. Fee: $5m/$6nm per person Birds on Wheels: Saturday, October 5th and 19th, from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. This three-part birding program runs on Saturday mornings and is “geared” towards those birders who want a leisurely start and who prefer minimal amounts of walking. We will visit a handful of local birding hot spots that can be enjoyed either from the parking site or at least close by. Participants should be willing to share birding anecdotes and any suggestions for future destinations. Departs Stony Brook at 8:30 AM and returns at 11:30 AM. Anticipate carpooling, snacking, and attention to personal comfort.

we’ll play some pumpkin games and enjoy some pumpkin treats. Then we’ll light all the pumpkins and turn out the lights. We’ll end the evening with a moonlit stroll on the Stony Brook trails to listen to the sounds of the night. Fee: $5m/$6nm per person (children must be accompanied by an adult) Saw-Whet Owl Banding: Sunday, October 27th, from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. Join us at Lookout Rock for a fascinating evening of catching and banding Saw-whet Owls. Last fall we captured more than 100 owls as they migrated south. You will learn this owl’s life history, how we age and sex

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 (508-553-3864) or in person. Stony Brook is located at 108 North Street in Norfolk.

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Fire Muster Comes to Wrentham Wrentham Permanent Fire Fighters are bringing back the fire muster. During Columbus Day Weekend at the Cracker-Barrel Faire Grounds, fire fighters from local departments will compete in the 1st Annual Fire Muster and Kid’s Day. The weekend will also include 5 K obstacle course race on Sunday morning and a motorcycle poker run on Monday. There will be food all weekend long. The unique family event kicks off at 9 a.m. on the October 12th as teams of fire fighters compete in a fire muster that consists of five different competitions, including pulling hoses, spraying, and knocking down fake fire. The demonstration of firefighting skills is perfect

for children to watch. Once the fire muster wraps up, kids day will kick off and include bounce houses, games and face painting. Barbeque will be available all day. In addition to the 5K obstacle run, an antique car/fire engine show is planned. Monday will be a motorcycle “poker run”. Motorcycles will leave the Cracker-Barrel Fairgrounds and make a total of "5" stops at various firehouses where riders will pick up their poker cards. Following the Poker Run there will be a "Pig Roast" with Live Music and Raffles. To learn more visit

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Page 18 October 2 Multi-Age Storytime, 11:15-11:45 a.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, drop in storytime with songs, games and hands-on activity for kids 2+with caregiver. On My Own Storytime,1:30 to 2 p.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, An independent story time experience with books songs, and a hands-on activity. Caregivers must stay in the building, but are encouraged to let children attend the program alone. October 3 Wrentham Public Schools vs. Wrentham Police: The staff from the Wrentham Public Schools will face off for the third year in row against the Wrentham Police department in a charity softball game. Tickets will be sold at the field. Price per tickets is $3 for children, $5 for adults, and $20 for a family. Concessions will be available during the game. All proceeds will directly benefit the Wrentham Teachers’ Association scholarship fund. The rain date is Friday, October 4th at 7 p.m. The teachers are asking spectators to bring gloves to help catch homeruns hit by the police. A Storm Too Soon – author Michael Tougias will give a presentation on his book A Storm Too Soon at Norfolk Public Libaray on October 3rd at 7 p.m. Tougias will use slides to relive the 2007 disaster with images of the storm, the survivors, and the rescue.

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became the focus of the investigation. This bizarre case will be explored in all its unsettling detail by Boston Herald reporter Farmer and former Massachusetts State Police detective Foley, a key investigator. Norfolk Public Library, 7 p.m.

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October 6 HARVEST FESTIVAL - The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will present three costumed, half-hour performances, with live musical accompaniment, during the Franklin Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 6. Show times are 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and will take place on the Festival Stage, in front of the school’s 38 Main Street location. Following each performance, families are invited to “walk the red carpet” and step inside FSPA’s Character Club, to meet favorite characters and get autographs as a take-away souvenir. All activities are offered free to the community in celebration of Harvest Festival. Tours of the facility will be offered throughout the day. For more information about FSPA programs in music, dance and drama or the Harvest Festival presentations, call (508) 528-8668. October 9 Multi-Age Storytime, 11:15-11:45 a.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139

Main St., Norfolk, drop in storytime with songs, games and hands-on activity for kids 2+with caregiver. On My Own Storytime,1:30 to 2 p.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, An independent story time experience with books songs, and a hands-on activity. Caregivers must stay in the building, but are encouraged to let children attend the program alone. October 11 Baby/Toddler Playgroups, Fiske Public Library, 110Randall Rd., Wrentham-Two programs – Birth to pre-walkers with Mom, Dad or care giver meet on Fridays. At 9:30. Toddlers(walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30. Meet newfriends, play with the toys and gym equipment purchased with funds from the Friends of Fiske. No registration required. If arriving before 10 a.m. please ring doorbell. October 16 Multi-Age Storytime, 11:15-11:45 a.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, drop in storytime with songs, games and hands-on activity for kids 2+with caregiver. On My Own Storytime,1:30 to 2 p.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, An independent story time experience with books songs, and a hands-on activity. Caregivers must stay in the building, but are encouraged to let children attend the program alone. A Murder in Wellesley - Join authors Marty Foley & Tom Farmer for the inside story of a murder that gripped the nation ..the 1999 Dirk Greineder case. This true crime story shook the community of Wellesley when one of its own, May Greineder was killed along a wooded trail. However, the residents were further taken aback when her husband, Dirk Greineder, a prominent physician,

October 18 Baby/Toddler Playgroups, Fiske Public Library, 110Randall Rd., Wrentham-Two programs – Birth to pre-walkers with Mom, Dad or care giver meet on Fridays at 9:30. Toddlers(walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30. Meet newfriends, play with the toys and gym equipment purchased with funds from the Friends of Fiske. No registration required. If arriving before 10 a.m. please ring doorbell. October 18 – 19 Les Misérables will be performed on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. by and on Sunday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m. by Franklin Performing Arts Company. Tickets are $28 and $30. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call (508) 528-8668. October 19 A Halloween themed show at Fiske Public Library, 110 Randall Rd., Wrentham. There are ghosts and goblins and a magical appearance from Bunnicula, the Vampire Bunny appearing from his magic castle! Also blended into the performance are plenty of “Trick or Treat Safety Tips”. The act is filled with lot of magic and hilarious comedy throughout. Tommy James, a Norfolk resident, has been performing for 36 years and was voted the 2010 International Family Performer of the Year by KIDabra, the largest group of family entertainers in the world. Registration is required. Tickets will be available at the circulation desk beginning September 26. Program is free but canned-good donations will

October 1, 2013 be gratefully accepted for the Wrentham Food Pantry. This program is supported with a grant from the SWEATT FUND. Annual Haunted Train Ride and Sp ooky Maze - Norfolk Community League and Norfolk Lions will hold 13th Annual Haunted Train ride through the woods and a trip through the Spooky Maze, Saturday, October 19th from 4:30 until 8:30 p.m. at Holmes Fields on Myrtle Street in Norfolk. Costumes are encouraged as well as canned goods for donation to the Norfolk Food Pantry. Tickets for the event were sold last month. Rain Date is Saturday October 26th. October 20 New England Patriots to Host Inaugural HERO 5K Walk at Gillette Stadium to Promote Designated Driving, a campaign to prevent drunk driving., Oct. 20, 11 Gillette Stadium. October 24 Evening Book Group, Fiske Public Library, 110 Randall Rd., Wrentham - BOOK : Captive Queen by Alison Weir. FACILITATOR: Jan Battikha, 6 to 8 p.m. October 25 Baby/Toddler Playgroups, Fiske Public Library, 110Randall Rd., Wrentham-Two programs – Birth to pre-walkers with Mom, Dad or care giver meet on Fridays at 9:30. Toddlers(walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30. Meet newfriends, play with the toys and gym equipment purchased with funds from the Friends of Fiske. No registration required. If arriving before 10 a.m. please ring doorbell. November 2 ANNUAL CHURCH MOUSE FAIR - The Church Mouse Fair returns to the Original Congregational Church, November 2nd, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors are needed. Please contact Wendy Purdon at 508-3840680 for more details.

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we can rid ourselves of bullying.”

sistant High School Principal at King Philip, said. “If we can tap into the leaders of the school and empower them in a positive way

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On Thursday, October 3rd at 7 p.m., the staff from the Wrentham Public Schools will face off for the third year in row against the Wrentham Police Department in a charity softball game. Tickets will be sold at the field. Price per tickets is $3 for children, $5 for adults, and $20 for a family. Concessions will be available during the game. All proceeds will directly benefit the Wrentham Teachers’ Association scholarship fund. The rain date is Friday, October 4th at 7 p.m. The teachers are asking spectators to bring gloves to help catch homeruns hit by the police.

the country. It has been honored with the Peter F. Drucker Award as the Most Innovative Nonprofit program in the social sector and acknowledged by former President Bill Clinton as “a model violence prevention program.” Northeastern had six trainers, all former professional and collegiate athletes run the program. They trained the student athletes how to go about and engage younger students in hopes of reducing the amount of bullying while raising KP’s Alicia Cuoco, Brett McEvoy, Christian Flaherty, Jennifer Holmes, Lukas Cepkauskas, Kat Jacobson, Chris Winbourne, Casey Hutnyan, Ben Smith, Sarah Rowe, awareness. Derek Roschlein, Rylie Dalzell, Emily Cote and Emmy Lambalot attended a bullying “They’re looking to prevention program this summer. create a culture within the schools where it is part; unfortunately not all were post to go through, you’ll probsafe to stand up for yourself.” able to attend due to previous ably change your mind.” Chaplin said. “It’s not necessary commitments. According to the KP’s goal during the school to become their best friend, but KP Assistant Principal the stuyear is to have 3 or 4 service to be the first one there to say dent athletes are all very excited workshops throughout the it’s ok.” about getting out there to pass school, beginning with the sevThe 14 athletes nominated to along the information they’ve enth and eighth graders at the represent KP in the program learned. middle school. They are also were enthusiastic about taking Chaplin noted that nowadays looking to have a community bullying is not just something awareness meeting as well. that takes place in person, but in “It’s not brain surgery, it’s just today’s digital age something about being kind,” Chaplin said. that also takes place online. “There is a lot of good that goes “The student athletes were also on during the school day. Unfortaught how to become a good tunately the negative is a lot digital citizen,” he said. “You’ve louder. We just need to amp up got to think before you hit the the positive and make it louder.” send button. If you’re mad, wait 24 hours before you allow that

KP Homecoming Set for October 11th The King Philip High School varsity football kicked off the 2013 season last month with three games. The season continues in October with big games against North Attlboro, Franklin, Mansfield and Attleboro. Homecoming is set for the October 11th game against Franklin. Here's the team's schedule. Fri Oct 4 7:00PM vs North Attleboro Fri Oct 11 7:00PM vs Franklin High (Homecoming) Fri Oct 18 7:00PM vs Mansfield Fri Oct 25 7:00PM vs Attleboro Fri Nov 1 TBD MIAA Tournament Fri Nov 15 TBD MIAA Tournament Thu Nov 28 10:00AM @ Franklin (Thanksgiving)

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Sports Lehan Takes Over KP Hockey By Ken hamwey staff sPorts writer Jim Lehan, the new King Philip hockey coach, currently is in his fourth term as a Norfolk Selectman and he previously served on both the King Philip Regional School Committee and the Norfolk School Board. Lehan also has played, coached and officiated hockey and he fully understands the common thread between public service and coaching. “Public service is a matter of trying to help your town,’’ said Lehan, who’s lived in Norfolk for 28 years. “Coaching is trying to help kids. What’s the difference?”

During his years officiating ECAC and high school games in Massachusetts, Lehan usually would be assigned a KP game once a year. Last year, he officiated three of the Warriors contests. “I’ve watched KP play for many years,’’ Lehan said. “They’ve always had talent but it never seemed to mesh. They’ve had four coaches in the last six years, so we’ll return to basics and build our team from there.’’

“If we’re going to be successful, the players will have to depend on each other,’’ he said. “When kids learn team-style hockey, they develop self-esteem and pride. I want KP hockey to be a program the

“Having former KP players sends a message to the current players,’’ Lehan said. “It emphasizes the importance of KP hockey and the tradition we’re trying to build. The three coaches have great hockey minds and a passion for KP. I also will stress the importance of our captains going to the youth program and promoting our team.’’ A native of Boston, Lehan and his wife Betty have four children and eight grandchildren. His son David was the first KP hockey player to compete on the varsity as an eightgrader, and his daughter Susan was the first girl to play on the KP boys varsity.

“I coached my son at the youth level and I coached my daughter who played USA Women’s Hockey as an adult,’’ Lehan noted. “I was asked a few times when I was officiating if I’d coach a high school team. I had no interest then.’’ That’s all changed now. Jim Lehan is retired but hockey still runs in his blood. His passion for the sport is off the charts and three of his four children are KP graduates. Those factors were key ingredients in his desire to take the coaching reins and make KP hockey a program opponents will no longer take lightly.

KP qualified for tourney play last year with Mark Homer at the helm but he left for Oliver Ames. When the vacancy occurred, Lehan decided it was time to return to coaching.

Lehan shares his passion for the ice with his grand“I applied and six days The 67-year-old Lehan daughter, Sarah Lehan-Allen, at the H. Olive Day School later, in early August, I has a sparkling resume in annual second grade skate 2 years ago. got a call,’’ Lehan rehockey, a sport he startcalled. “I was hoping it ing playing at the age of four. He kids want to play for and be proud was for a second interview. Instead, played in goal and on defense at of.’’ I was offered the job. I was very exNoble & Greenough School and Lehan also will require his play- cited. I’m at KP to stay and am not later competed as a defenseman for ers to be in shape and be ready to interested in coaching anywhere Tufts University at the club level. abide by team rules. else. All I’ll ask my kids for is to He’s coached and officiated in try. This isn’t about me, it’s about “Coaching is really mentoring Georgia, Maryland and Massachuthem and their teammates.’’ setts. He once officiated an NHL and, for someone like me who has game between the Capitals and the kids and grandkids, I know youths One interesting concept Lehan Flyers because the regular referees make mistakes but it’s how a kid has implemented is his choice of learns and responds to those mis- assistant coaches. He has chosen were on strike. takes that make a difference,’’ former KP skaters Paul Carlow and “I worked for Aetna Financial Lehan emphasized.’’ Eddie Movsessian. Brock Foster Services for 31 years and was transferred around the country,’’ Lehan said. “I coached a juniors team in Dallas that traveled extensively and refereed college games, including Division 1 teams like Notre Dame. While I lived in Maryland, I was a volunteer coach for the Naval Academy’s club team for four years. We had four winning seasons with the Midshipmen.’’

Lehan, whose passion for hockey is 11 on a scale of 1-10, calls the sport “the ultimate team game.’’ And, he plans to coach King Philip’s varsity with a verve and vitality that will focus on team play.

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