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The Bird’s Out, the Word’s Out Connect Community Church volunteers gave away 500 free turkeys at the 7th annual Turkey Outreach. BY REBECCA KENSIL, EDITOR

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All in the spirit of giving, Connect Community Church hosted its 7th Turkey Outreach event Dec. 14 in the church parking lot on Pleasant St. in Ashland, where volunteers handed out 500 free turkeys. The number of turkeys provided has increased since the first year, when the church gave away 200 and experienced some difficulty finding takers.

The church first launched the giveaway during the economic crash to meet the community’s needs. In addition to the free turkeys, volunteers gave some $20 - $25 Market Basket gift cards and gas cards to people in need.

“When people come up, they are just so blessed by Now many flock to Tony Pilla hands out a turkey in the below-freezing weather, while Leandro Nunes obit,� Stacy explained. serves. Photos/Rebecca Kensil. the event. “They share their Lead Pastor Deryck story. We hear so Frye said, “We used many stories about Even with the below-freezing temperato have to self-generate interest. We were tures and a snowstorm brewing, many con- how just this turkey alone gives them hope practically throwing them into people’s tinued to drive in and line up for turkeys. for the holidays. We’ve had people crying, cars. They were going by, and they were Volunteers caught drivers’ attention, stand- telling us how much this means to them and like, ‘there is no way those things are free.’ ing along the road with signs to promote how blessed them are by it. So usually we So now the bird is out, and the word is out.� the event and direct the traffic. hear their stories, and then we’re like hey, they need a little bit more.� His wife, Stacy Frye, commented, “Peo“It just keeps getting bigger and bigger ple just don’t understand what’s free, be- every year,� Stacy said. “We love doing it. cause usually there is a catch to things. But Our church loves going out. We have a TURKEY OUTREACH word got out.� blast all together doing it. Just meeting new continued on page 3

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development projects, according to the ARA. The ARA is quick to say that this is not another study but a plan for actual upgrades. The ARA and the town promise that citizens will have input to the plan. The designers will develop two concepts from initial input. From those options, the public will be asked to offer additional input before one final plan is selected. The firms will produce 25 percent of the design in one year. Because Route 126 is a state road, Mass. Department of Transportation (DOT) will complete the plan and place Ashland in a queue for state-funded construction projects.

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Ashland’s $375,000, voted on in November, will leverage $7.5 to $10 million from the state, a return on investment of 2500 percent. The work will be completed in 57 years. Captain Eames Circle resident Paula Parker is one of six members of the Project Working Group, which will meet twice a month for the next six months and solicit citizens’ input. “It’s an exciting process,” Parker said. “Town department heads, the ARA, citizens will all participate.” “Two firms are being considered for the work, The Cecil Group of Boston for the design and Green International Affiliates of Westwood, MA, for the engineering,” Enzo Scalora, chair of the ARA, said. “One of the many deliverables from the design team is to provide Ashland with materials to assist in marketing Pond Street to the business community in order to attract the right businesses that can then create a stronger community for Ashland.” The ARA is also coordinating a group called the Downtown Collaborative, comprised of boards and businesses, focusing on two short-term projects: upgrades to the median strip and to way-finding signs. Scalora encourages citizens to attend meetings and provide input. A Trailside Way resident for 20 years, Pat Embree is “delighted

with the opportunity” to have the area cleaned up and be able to walk safely along the road. Yet, she and her neighbors have some concerns. “I hope all the proper environmental considerations are taken regarding drainage, runoff and the wetlands. Some neighbors are concerned that the improvements will draw more traffic,” Embree said. “As one of the entrances to Ashland, Pond Street has not been taken care of over the years. I’m glad it is finally being done.” Town Manager Tony Schiavi said of Route 126, Ashland’s economic corridor, “We’re looking for improvements for current businesses and for new businesses coming in. This is a huge positive for the town.” Schiavi also referenced the Downtown Collaborative and the recent $6 million grant, the largest in the town’s history, received from MassWorks Infrastructure Program for improvements tied to Ashland’s Rail Transit District. “It all fits together, like a puzzle,” he said. The public is invited to an informational meeting on Route 126 and downtown development on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. For the meeting location, and to sign up for newsletters and read about projects, visit the ARA website, ashlandredevelopment.com. Follow the ARA on Facebook, facebook.com/ashlandredevelopmenta uthority.

The picture (top) shows what Pond Street looks like today and what it could be (below): an area of pride for the community with sidewalks, bike paths and landscaping. Photo/submitted.

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“We can’t meet every need, but we try to respond to the ones that are genuine and sincere,” Deryck said. “There are tears. Somebody gets impacted. We get to pray with people sometimes. Talk to people on a personal level.”

have a place to go on the holidays, so we want them to feel like they can go somewhere,” Deryck said. The event also included food and drink, with hot chocolate, coffee, cider and baked goods covering the tables.

Another gift from the church was a wrapped Christmas Eve invite, which contained a Connect Community Church CD, a candy cane, a candle, and small candies. The CD offered people a chance to find out more about the church from the comfort of their car or home, according to Deryck.

After the giveaway wrapped up, another event launched. At 1 p.m., the first annual Marathon Park Jingle Bell Run began. This festive race event was put on by the Ashland Sporting Association (ASA), Ashland Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), and Connect Community Church to improve and expand Marathon Park. It also raised money for the PTO and next year’s race.

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During the race, the church provided baked goods. The race began

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with a half-mile “elf-run” for children, followed with a 2.1-mile run through town, and ended at Marathon Park, near the original starting line of the Boston Marathon. A total of 30 participants had registered online, according to ASA President Steve Greenberg, but he hoped to get some walk-ups, too. “As a first year, we probably won’t have too many runners,” Greenberg stated. “We haven’t had much notice. But this event for the church is terrific. It drives in a lot of people obviously. We’re just excited to be able to work closely with the church and celebrate the starting line of the Boston Marathon, and see what we can do to not only improve the park but Pleasant Street, and whatever else we can do here in the community.”

Lead Pastor Deryck Frye with his wife, Stacy, at the 7th annual Turkey Outreach.

“The atmosphere here is quite terrific,” Greenberg continued. “This is all about giving, and it’s nice to be a part of that and build a relationship as a good neighbor and see what we can do to promote the park, work toward our expansion of marathon park and our function facility at the VFW [Veterans of Foreign Wars post].” See more photos of the Turkey Outreach and learn more about Connect Community Church by checking out their Facebook (facebook.com/connect.ma), Twitter (twitter.com/Connect_MA), and Instagram (instagram.com/connectcommunitychurch).

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AHS Academic Decathlon Team Wins Big at Regionals BY REBECCA KENSIL, EDITOR The Ashland High School (AHS) Academic Decathlon team, also known as Acadec, came home from the regional competition at Lowell High School Nov. 23 with a number of individual honors and a first place victory. In the small school division, the team placed first out of 15 teams, and overall, the team placed second out of 30 schools. The theme of the 2013–2014 Academic Decathlon curriculum is World War I, and this theme is integrated into the competition events. At regionals, there were events on seven subjects: Art History, Science, Math, Language & Literature, Social Science, Music, and Economics. Students competed by taking 7 1/2 hour multiple choice tests on these subjects.

of three with similar GPAs: the Honor level team consisted of three students with a GPA higher than 3.749; the Scholastic level team had three students with a GPA between 3.0-3.749; the Varsity level team had three students with a GPA below 3.0. Other members could participate as alternates, although their scores would not contribute to the individual medals or Top row: (l to r) Eriz Zhou, Tobi Yusuf, Tom Rice, Drew Walter, the overall score. Samiha Alam, Miles Kaplow, Siddharth Parasnis, Josh Rice,

won a gold medal in Math. Another winner was Josh Rice, who competed at the Varsity level and earned a silver medal in Math.

assigning the subject to those who find it the most difficult will help bridge our gap between us and Acton-Boxborough. I think we have a very good chance of making it to nationals this year.”

On March 1, the AHS team will compete at states, where they will try for first or second place. If they get at least second place, they will participate in nationals, which takes place in Honolulu, Hawaii during April.

The students maintain a positive attitude about the hard work this competition requires.

The Ashland team met and Shawn Lee. Bottom row: (l to r) Toyin Yusuf and Albert Wang. Photo/submitted. “Our team feels exonce a week to prepare tremely excited that we for the competition, placed so well at the Members prepared at home, too, teaching each other about the varicompetition in Lowell,” sophomore using study guides. ous subjects. Eric Zhou said. “If we perform as The students prepared well, bewell as we did at Lowell in the “The students are enthusiastic Although the AHS Acadec club cause in addition to the group March states competition, it will be teachers and have a great time teachhas 18 students total, the competition awards, the team took home many the team's first time to go to nationing the material they have learned to permits only nine students to comindividual honors. The three students als. And for once in the history of each other,” Adria Bodell, club adpete. Students participated in teams who participated at the Honor level Academic Decathlon, Ashland actuvisor and AHS science teacher, said. had a strong performance. Albert ally has a chance to go to Hawaii this Wang won gold medals in Language year!” & Literature, Music, and Math, in “This is an amazing opportunity addition to bronze medals in Social Science, Economics, and Art. Eric for our team, and I'm confident we Zhou won gold medals in Econom- can do it if we all study hard,” Anna Scan with ics and Art, and also earned a silver Esenther, junior and club treasurer, your smart ➤ Servicing the Metrowest Boston area phone to medal in Social Science and a said. ➤ Small package Courier Service add bronze medal in Music. Drew Wal➤ Service to Logan, T.F. Green and Albert Wang, senior and former Ashland to ter left the competition with silver Manchester Airports, train stations and your Acadec co-captain 2012-2013, medals in Science and Math. conacts. Framingham Shuttle noted what the club needs to work At the Scholastic level, three stu- on to do well at states. Open 24 Hours 171 Main St. Ashland MA 01712 • www.ashlandtaxi.com 7 Days a week • All major credit cards accepted dents took home honors. Samiha “We performed very nicely this Alam earned gold medals in Lanyear at Lowell,” Wang stated. “That guage & Literature and Art, and took said, there is still much to be imhome a bronze medal in Music. Sadproved upon. Music has repeatedly dharth Parasnis won a silver medal been a weakness. We're hoping that in Economics, while Miles Kaplow

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“The Graduate Gemologist diploma is the highest academic credential in the jewelry industry,” says Falzon, who notes that a perfect score is required to pass the final exam. “The GIA wants to be sure that if I tell you a gem is a natural ruby, that it’s a natural ruby,” he says. Following his apprenticeship, the jeweler crafted his own works in a studio, and then, eight years ago, he opened his current location in Holliston. Although he doesn’t handcraft the items anymore, almost everything that glitters at G. Falzon & Co. was fashioned by the owner.

There’s a difference between the artisan selling his wares and a salesclerk selling someone else’s. The craftsman is invested in his selection, with an intimate knowledge of the materials used, and he can share his experience and passion for his craft with potential customers. That expertise is exactly what you’ll find at G. Falzon & Co., at 461 B Washington Street in East Holliston. Jeweler and Gemologist George Falzon didn’t discover he was an artist until later in life. He owned a printing company in South Boston for years, until his life took a new turn. “At 48 years old, I had a near fatal heart attack that changed everything,” says the native New Yorker, who planted roots in this area 40 years ago. Having left work while recovering, and needing something to do, says the jeweler, “I went back to school and got a degree in Fine Art, with a concentration in painting, from Framingham State College,” says Falzon, who’s particularly proud of having received his degree with highest honors. For fun, Falzon then took a jewelry-making class at Massachusetts College of Art. “I never looked back,” he says. Making jewelry, he found, was “the intersection of art and engineering.” The field, discovered Falzon,

G. Falzon & Co. offers an upscale, pleasant experience for customers, with a range of classic and cutting-edge women’s and some men’s fine jewelry in stock. The jeweler works with diamonds and exotic-colored stones in gold and platinum jewelry, as well as a selection of silver jewelry, and he offers custom design, repair and restoration, in addition to appraisals and usually free verbal valuation. Falzon gained experience in custom designing and crafting jewelry for four years as an unpaid apprentice working alongside renowned silversmith and designer Ollie Johanson in his Pawtucket, RI studio. During that time, Falzon also embarked on a 3-year course of study with the Gemological Institute of America.

“I don’t do bench work anymore,” says the jewelry maker, who still designs many of the pieces, working with a trusted network of highly skilled expert artisans to finish the task. Falzon says his favorite part of working with jewelry is the gemstones. “I love all the gemstones,” he says, “I like diamonds, but I really love the colored stones.” Lighting up at the prospect of showing the gemstones, Falzon points to several different colors of sapphires behind the glass, excitedly directing attention to morganite (named after the banker, J.P. Morgan, who had a passion for the gem species of beryl), tanzanite and a blue diamond, to name a few. He explains that he’s fortunate to be able to work with these beautiful things, fitting for a man who blessed with a beautiful family of his wife, five grown children and nine grandchildren.

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“For a first-year bicycle club, we had an incredibly successful riding season. We offered 7 consecutive months of once-a-week and then twice-a-week rides. All kinds of new friendships were formed. It’s been great meeting everyone. Job one for the Ashland Bike Club has always been about building community,” Arbeitman said.

The colder weather has arrived, and the Ashland Bike Club has suspended its regular riding schedule. But that doesn’t mean they are done riding for the season…not by a long shot. The club, founded by Joel Arbeitman last spring, held rides every Wednesday and Saturday through November.

The club is open to everyone regardless of residence and ability. “We put our emphasis on social, scenic and slow. We’re probably the slowest bike club around, which gives more people a chance to ride with us. We also put a huge emphasis on riding safely and obeying traffic laws,” Arbeitman said.

While waiting for spring to arrive, the club plans to ride when the weather is “reasonable”— when the forecast calls for a high temperature of 40 degrees. “We won’t ride if there is rain or snow or ice on the roads. Though, if we really get stir crazy this winter, we might occasionally be flexible on the temperature requirement,” Arbeitman said.

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AEFI Grants in Action STAT at Ashland High School Through a grant awarded by the Ashland Education Foundation (AEFI) last Spring, the Student Technology Assist Team (STAT) at Ashland High School is up and running. The grant, awarded to Technology teacher Chad McGowan, helped to fund computers and related equipment for use in a new course in advanced studies in technology.

STAT is a practical course for students interested in advanced studies in technology. Students enrolled in this course are providing technical assistance to all staff and students at the school, and are a part of the district helpdesk. Through this course, teachers are aided in the integration of technology, and are provided with both technology troubleshooting assistance as well as opportunities to

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learn new skills. Students are assisting teachers by being present in their classes, writing blogs about troubleshooting solutions, answering helpdesk questions, and creating videos on how to do tasks with various types of technology. This project fulfills a growing need in the high school as more teachers move to integrate more technology, though our staff is mostly unchanged. Students enrolled in this class are receiving hands-on training similar to doing an internship. Students will be working in a STEM intensive environment on independent projects throughout the course as well. They have also created a blog you can follow at ashlandtech.org.

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Community Preservation Funds Foster Smart Growth in Ashland BY CYNTHIA WHITTY, NEWS WRITER Since Ashland adopted the Community Preservation Act (CPA) 11 years ago, the town has raised over $11.7 million. In that time, the town has used these funds to save land for open space, such as Warren Woods, develop the historic town hall and public library, restore Telechron building and downtown clocks, and help build playing fields, to name just a few projects.

ect Submission Form, available on the town website. The next pre-submission meeting is Monday, Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m. at Ashland Town Hall. A public meeting to formally accept proposals is set for Mon., Feb. 3 at town hall. The committee will then vote on the proposals Monday, March 3 in time for them to be placed on the warrant for the spring town meeting.

The CPA allowed Ashland to create a local Community Preservation Fund for open space protection, historic preservation, and development of affordable housing and outdoor recreation through the imposition of a surcharge of the tax levy against real property. Monies are also raised through fees collected at the Registry of Deeds, and through a transfer of state surplus funds (this year $25 million), which are placed in a statewide Trust Fund and distributed each year to the communities that have passed the CPA. Since its adoption in 2002, Ashland’s fund has collected a total of $11.7 million. Photos/submitted.

The CPC is composed of Ashland is one of 148 members from the Consercommunities in the state vation Commission, Plan(out of 351 cities and ning Board, Affordable towns) that has adopted Housing Committee, Open CPA. Close to $1.2 billion Space and Recreation has been raised for commuCommittee, Historical nity preservation projects Restoration of an historic clock in downtown Ash- Commission, Housing Auland. since the state law was enthority and a member at acted in 2000. CPA enables large appointed by the lation to add another $25 million communities to protect open into the CPA fund,” Beth Rosen- Board of Selectmen (BOS). space, preserve historic resources, blum, Ashland’s CPC chair, said. Currently, CPC has $1,510,133. and develop affordable housing “It’s not clear if this increase will The breakdown is $369,837 (unbe ongoing, but this year, designated), $194,311 (open Ashland received space), $159,565 (historic re$489,834 from the state, sources), and $786,418 (commutwice as much as last nity housing). year.” In the future, Rosenblum would In addition to the state like to see more attention on afmatch, Ashland collects fordable housing. “There are many Lake Waushakum Water Quality Study and Remediation approximately $750,000 seniors and other residents who from property taxes. can’t afford to stay in town,” (Conservation Commission), member of the Housing Authority This past spring, the Rosenblum said. “With over Glenn Rigby (Historical Commis- per state and local statute. For CPC undertook a com- $780,000 allotted to affordable sion), Steve Greenberg (Affordable more information on CPC, contact Stone Park Pavilion. prehensive review of housing, we are missing opportu- Housing Committee), Tim Con- CPC@ashlandmass.com or visit goals, guidelines and nities.” nors (at large member appointed ashlandmass.com/ashland/boards and outdoor recreational facilities. project criteria. The committee CPC members are Beth Rosen- by BOS), and David Foster (Plan- -and-committees/cpa-committee. Until CPA was enacted in 2000, strengthened its process for re- blum (Open Space & Recreation ning Board). There is one open there was no steady funding source viewing proposed projects and Committee), Cheri Vallone Rigby seat, which must be filled by a public for preserving and improving a gathering input. community's character and quality of life. CPA gives towns funds CPA projects approved for funding by town meeting have included: “We changed our needed to control their futures and review process to • Restoring the historic town hall and restoring and expanding the public library preserve their unique identities. make sure that a pro• Creating the sports complex at the high school CPA has been described as a posal meets local • Erecting the pavilion at the community center “smart-growth tool” because it fo- goals and CPA crite• Preserving historic town documents and maps cuses on sustainability over short- ria,” Rosenblum said. • Developing the Athletic Fields Master Plan term goals. “We expanded our • Creating an Historic Property Survey of the town The CPA fund comes from two timeline by adding a • Creating Marathon Park sources: property taxes and a state pre-submission meet• Building an early childhood playground at the Warren School match that varies from year to year. ing so that we can Locally, money is raised through a better digest and re• Assisting with field improvements at the middle school surcharge of not more than 3 per- view proposals.” • Renovating the Telechron Building clocks and the downtown historic clock cent on property taxes. When the Anyone with an • Acquiring Warren Woods, Sibson, Weston Nurseries, 125 Front St and Oak St properties program first started, the state pro- idea for a project is • Providing initial revenue to create the Affordable Housing Trust vided a 100 percent match. The encouraged to attend • Funding a water quality study and storm water improvements at Lake Waushakum match amount started to drop off a CPA pre-submis• Creating the community gardens at Stone Park in 2010. sion meeting before • Developing an historic home plaque program and installing scenic road signs “Last year, the state passed legis- completing the Proj-


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Ashland Awarded $6 Million MassWorks Grant The state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (HED) announced recently that Ashland will receive over $6 million in funding through the MassWorks Infrastructure Program to help support several important projects.

ated with the Ashland MBTA Rail Station and abutting open land, was established to provide affordable and market rate housing components and economic development opportunities within a unique transit-oriented and low-impact development.

The $6 million award—the largest grant received in the town’s history—will go towards improvements tied to Ashland’s Rail Transit District through site-specific sewer and road improvements as well as the development of bicycle and walking trails in the area. The Rail Transit District in Ashland, associ-

Funding will also be used to support both the expansion of the West Union sewer transmission line and a permanent water connection to the MWRA through Southborough. The West Union sewer transmission line is a project that has received previous MassWorks funding, and the water connection to

MWRA is critical in emergency situations to not only Ashland but other surrounding towns as well. Through the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, the Patrick Administration partners with local communities to help municipalities make targeted investments in infrastructure, such as roadways, streetscapes, water, and sewer to facilitate and support new and sustained housing and economic growth throughout the state.

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Living Healthy The Nutritive Power of Apples Who has not heard the old adage, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away"? It may seem unlikely that one fruit could be so effective at maintaining good health, but apples really are a super food. Apples are a member of the Rose family and are related to pears, peaches, apricots and plums. Though considered a fall fruit, apples can be enjoyed year-round thanks to commercial food production and importing.

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Sports Champagne’s Style Getting Ashland Cheerleading: A Season to Remember Results For The Clockers Ashland Boys Basketball Coach BY KEN HAMWEY STAFF SPORTS WRITER

son. An excellent floor leader, he possesses a high basketball IQ. “John is very deceptive,’’ Champagne said. “He’s short but he’s tough and a very good athlete.’’ Morrison, Thurber and Duque all have strong upsides. Morrison played his best basketball in the last 12 games of last year when the Clockers won 10 and lost only twice, enabling them to qualify for the tourney. Thurber is athletic, and Duque has a good outside touch. “David is a pure shooter,’’ Champagne emphasized. “Brendan helps with our pressure defense, and Nayro is a very capable player.’’ Three underclassmen who will get plenty of playing time include junior forward John VanKleef (6-2), sophomore guard Max Feinburg and junior Cam Phanuef (6-2).

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Mark Champagne approaches his job as the Ashland boys basketball coach in a very pragmatic way. His three-prong philosophy allows winning to take care of itself. “It’s imperative that the basketball court be an extension of the classroom,’’ said Champagne, who previously coached at three different colleges. “Secondly, players should reach their potential as positively as possible, and I strive to develop our players to be good citizens. If those three situations are fostered, then winning will follow.’’ Since the 58-year-old Champagne has been the Clockers’ coach, their overall records have gone from 7-12, to 10-10 then 13-9 last year. The upward trend visibly coincides with his coaching beliefs. “We’ve developed a winning attitude, and the environment at Ashland is positive,’’ said Champagne. “Our top player from last year, Shane Pasquantonio, averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds but he’s graduated and is playing at Westfield State. Although this year’s squad is small, we’re skilled, and we expect to contend for the Tri Valley League title.’’ A senior nucleus, led by co-captains Joe Byrnes (5-11) and John Iarussi (5-9), includes David Morrison (6-2), Brendan Thurber (5-10) and Nayro Duque (6-2). Byrnes plays either forward or guard, Iarussi handles the point, Morrison is a swingman, Thurber is a guard and Duque will see action in the frontcourt. “Joe is a four-year starter and two-time captain,’’ Champagne said. “He’s a great competitor, has a solid work ethic and is a good outside shooter. Joe has been our second leading scorer (10-point average) and second leading rebounder (7 per game) all three years. He’s a quiet leader and he’s extremely consistent.’’ Iarussi is another four-year varsity player who led the squad with seven assists a game last sea-

“John is our most improved player,’’ Champagne said. “Max plays both guard positions and got some experience as a freshman last year, finishing up second in assists. Cam can become a solid rebounder.’’ Champagne, who averaged 13 points a game at Medfield High, Mass. Bay Community College and UMass-Dartmouth, started his coaching career as an assistant at UMass-Dartmouth. He later worked for one season as an assistant with the Boston University women’s team before taking the head-coaching reins at Bridgewater State, where his teams compiled .500 records during a 10-year span. Leaving Bridgewater to focus on his painting business, he later got the urge to return to coaching, spending two years as an assistant with the Taunton High boys team. In 2010, he returned to the head-coaching ranks and accepted the post at Ashland. Champagne, who is a Wrentham resident, is married and the father of two. A true student of basketball, Champagne has a high-octane rating when his passion for basketball is measured. When he was 22, he was an assistant coach at UMass-Dartmouth and called the experience “really cool.’’ At Ashland, he’s settled in and he’s getting results. “If kids have a passion for basketball, then it’s my job to fuel it,’’ he said. “Ashland is a good place to coach because you can get the kids to reach new levels.’’ The Clockers’ records for the last three years have moved upward. Two trips to the tournament in three attempts is evidence that Champagne’s pragmatic style gets results.

BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY, STAFF SPORTS WRITER In the first year that the Tri-Valley League considered competitive cheerleading a sport, the Ashland squad had a season to remember. Although it was not one of titles or championships, it was one of history for the Clocker girls. At the TVL Cheer Championships in Bellingham, Ashland finished in third place behind Hopkinton and Medway. The Clockers’ 79 point score earned them their first bid to the MSSAA South Regionals for the first time since 2009. In Dartmouth, Ashland finished seventh in Division 3. While the year seemed fulfilling, it got even better when the team was awarded the Tri-Valley League Cheer Sportsmanship Award. “Winning is nice,” said Ashland Athletic Director Ryan Quigley. “The Sportsmanship Award is something that we really value.” Despite finishing seventh out of the 12 teams invited to the Regionals, Ashland Coach Dawnese Openshaw is hoping that the team can take this experience and use it to improve in the future.

The girls, who also support the football team at games, participate in area competitions and/or invitationals throughout the season prior to the TVL Championships. They are scored on their jumping and tumbling, group stunts, pyramids of 12 girls or more, creativity, motion sharpness and showmanship. During the season they are scored on 100 points, but during the Regional Meet there are two lines of judges and the score doubles to 200. Ashland scored a 141.5 in their seventh place finish this year. Leading the Clockers into competition were quad captains Hannah Connors, Carleigh Peterson, Layla Kerkach and Jada Lambert. Other members of the Ashland Cheerleading team were Mackenzie Shibel, Cadey Capistran, Anjela Rosado, Ofek Barash, Margot Whelan, Elisa Gomes, Caitlyn Baccari, Courtney Lindeman, Caitlin Keaveny, Courtney Ryan, McKenna Hoyte, Marleny Archila, Katelyn Filippone, Adrianna Karalis, Morgan Sunderland and Sheila Nassaka. In addition to the team, Kelly Burman was the team manager.

“Our goal at the beginning of the season was to finish in the top three of the league and get a bid to take part in the Division 3 South Regionals,” the Ashland Coach said. “Next year we’ll look to grow as a team while taking the next step and advance to the States and hopefully the Nationals.” The AHS Cheerleaders, fall 2013. Photo/submitted.

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Calendar of Events Wednesday, Jan. 1 Happy New Year! No school. Town Hall closed for the holiday.

Friday, Jan. 24 Shabbat Live! Is a musical and interactive service featuring our Shabbat Live! Band. Come experience our lively twist on a traditional Shabbat service. A community Oneg Shabbat will follow the service. 7:30 p.m., Sha’arei Shalom, Ashland Community Center, 162 West Union St. 508-231-4700, info@shaareishalom.org.

Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease.” Free admission, 7-9 p.m., Ashland Library, 66 Front St, 508-881-0134, friendsoftheapl.com.

Monday, Jan. 6 Order tickets online (ashlandmusic.org) by Jan. 6 for the Thursday, Feb. 13 Ashland Music Association Trivia Night Fundraiser to be entered into a prize drawing! The event, which will be located at the AHS cafeteria at 6:30 p.m., will have raffles, music, food, and drink, with AHS' own DJ Jost acting as QuizMaster/MC. All proceeds benefit AHS Band and Chorus programs.

Saturday, Jan. 11 Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band. 7:30 p.m. Steeple Coffeehouse, 15 Common St., Southborough, steeplecoffeehouse.org.

Saturday, Jan. 25 "Awesome Robb's Magic Show" Robb's fun and exciting show includes comic juggling, a color-changing umbrella, an exploding soda bottle, an underwear cannon, and "Bounce" the live bunny rabbit! Space is limited, magic shows tend to fill up early. Free tickets are to be handed out starting at 10 a.m. in the lobby outside the children's room of the library. 10:30 a.m., Children’s Section, Ashland Library, 66 Front St.

Sunday, Jan. 12 Free Open House Events at Light of the Heart Yoga: Yoga for your Neck & Shoulders, 12-1 p.m. Intro to Yoga Therapy, 1:15-2:15 p.m. Open your body, Quiet your mind, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Space is limited. Pre-registration is encouraged. 770 Washington St., Holliston, Contact Addie at addie@lightoftheheartyoga.com or 508-380-6903.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 The Front Street Readers book discussion group to discuss “Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Lauren Hillenbrand. 7 p.m., Ashland Library, 66 Front St.

Tuesday, Jan. 28 Documentary Film & Discussion Series, featuring “Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease, a talk by Caldwell Esselstyn, MD” (85 min), followed by a moderated discussion. Dr. Esselstyn recounts the medical experiences that led him to scour medical literature in search of the cause of heart disease. His quest led him to the conclusion that heart disease is caused by diet and can be reversed and prevented by change in what we eat. Free admission, 7-9 p.m., Ashland Library, 66 Front St, 508881-0134, friendsoftheapl.com.

Friday, Jan. 17 Professional day for teachers. No school.

Thursday, Jan. 9 Legos Club. Kids of all ages meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month to build creations using the Library’s huge stash of Legos. The finished creations are displayed in the Children’s Room for several weeks. Kids younger than Grade 3 must be accompanied by an adult. 3:15-4:30 p.m., Children’s Section, Ashland Library, 66 Front St.

Monday, Jan. 20 M.L. King Jr. Day. No school. Tuesday, Jan. 21 Snack & Chat Teen Book Club! We'll talk about whatever you're reading now and recommend plenty of great books in return. 6:30 p.m., Grades 6-12, YA Section, Ashland Library, 66 Front St.

Teen Advisory Board meeting. Come eat snacks, earn community service hours, and make the library a better place! Grades 9-12, 6:30 p.m., YA Section, Ashland Library, 66 Front St.

Thursday, Jan. 30 The first Teen Team Trivia Night. Teams of up to 3 will snack on pizza and compete against each other to be named Ultimate Trivia Champs! Grades 9-12, 6 p.m., YA Section, Ashland Library, 66 Front St.

Documentary Film & Discussion Series, featuring “Fat Chance, a talk by author Robert Lustig, MD” (85 min), followed by a moderated discussion. The pediatric endocrinologist discusses the thesis of his book, “Fat

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If you have a food allergy please contact the Food and Nutrition Department before purchasing a meal. Menu subject to change without notice

You know it is the most important meal of the day so don’t skip it! We serve breakfast every day at all schools. Check it out!

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Fish and Chips Cole Slaw Oven Fries

Chicken or Vegetarian Quesadilla “ V ” Jicama And Black Bean Salad

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Turkey and Bean Chili With Cornbread

Chicken Pot Pie With a Biscuit Crust

Pizza Party! “ V ” Assorted Pizzas Garden Salad

Beef or Vegetarian Tacos “ V ”

Chicken Patty On a Bun

Turkey and Bean Chili With Cornbread

Chicken Pot Pie With a Biscuit Crust

Pizza Party! “ V ” Assorted Pizzas Garden Salad

Beef or Vegetarian Tacos “ V ”

Saucy Chicken Parmesan Sandwich

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Mac “ V ” and Cheese With a side of Peas

Roast Turkey with Gravy Butternut Squash Savory Stuffing Green Beans

Pizza Party! “ V ” Assorted Pizzas Garden Salad

Ham And Cheese Panini Oven Fries

No School Staff Professional Development Day

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Kayem Lite Hot Dog On a Bun Vegetarian Beans

Pizza Party! “ V ” Assorted Pizzas Garden Salad

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Tomato “ V ” Soup Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Tortilla Chips with Seasoned Beef Cheese, Lettuce & Salsa Refried Beans Seasoned Corn

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American Chop Suey Garlicky Green Beans

BBQ Chicken Sweet Potatoes Broccoli Florets Warm Dinner Roll

Pizza Party! “ V ” Assorted Pizzas Garden Salad

Cheese Tortellini Primavera “ V ” With Garlic And Fresh Herbs

Chicken Nuggets Oven Roasted Carrots And Cauliflower

Served Daily: Cold Milk, Fresh Fruit & Vegetables, Canned Fruit and 100% Fruit Juice Breakfast $1.25 Reduced $ .30 Lunch $2.50 Reduced $.40 Milk $.50 Alternate lunches (including “V” options) available daily: Sandwiches, Salads, Fabulous Finger Food. Mon & Fri Pizza Tues Pasta Free Soup with any meal on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Friday’s soup is always vegetarian! Ashland Nutrition Services is looking for substitute cafeteria staff. If you are interested please call Roberta Tessicini at 508-881-0165 This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Refried beans, Lettuce, Shredded Cheese and Salsa Mexican Rice

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Mac “ V ” and Cheese With a side of Peas

Roast Turkey with Gravy Butternut Squash Savory Stuffing Green Beans

Pizza Party! “ V ” Assorted Pizzas Garden Salad

Ham And Cheese Panini Oven Fries

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Kayem Lite Hot Dog On a Bun Vegetarian Beans

Pizza Party! “ V ” Assorted Pizzas Garden Salad

Mucho Nachos “ V ”

Tomato “ V ” Soup Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Tortilla Chips with Seasoned Beef Cheese, Lettuce & Salsa Refried Beans Seasoned Corn

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American Chop Suey Garlicky Green Beans

BBQ Chicken Sweet Potatoes Broccoli Florets Warm Dinner Roll

Pizza Party! “ V ” Assorted Pizzas Garden Salad

Cheese Tortellini Primavera “ V ” With Garlic And Fresh Herbs

Chicken Nuggets Oven Roasted Carrots And Cauliflower

Served Daily: Cold Milk, Fresh Fruit & Vegetables, Canned Fruit and 100% Fruit Juice Breakfast $1.25 Reduced $ .30 Lunch $2.75 Reduced $.40 Milk $.50 Alternate lunches available daily: Sandwiches “V”, Salads and Veggie Plates “V” Mon & Fri Pizza “V”, Mon & Thurs Burgers Tues Chicken Patties

Free Soup with any meal on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Friday’s soup is always vegetarian! Ashland Nutrition Services is looking for substitute cafeteria staff. If you are interested please call Roberta Tessicini at 508-881-0165 This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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home M A R K E T P L A C E Advertise Your Listings! Call Lisa Kittrell (617) 460-6042 (l to r) Bob Zakrzewski, Pamela Bathen, Stephanie Fair and Steven Greenberg

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2014 SPRING SPECIAL – FREE HOME INSPECTION FOR BUYERS OR SELLERS – UP TO $500 VALUE.* So the holidays are behind us, your relatives have left, and the last of the fruitcake has been re-gifted. Now it’s time to get moving on the business of moving. Your home’s appearance and condition is essential. But how do you know if any of the money you’re spending is smart money?

Ben

Chatty Ben and Chatty Ben and Chatty were adopted from us as 8-week-old kittens and, through no fault of their own, they were returned 4 months later. Although not siblings, they are very

bonded, so we want to adopt them out as a pair. They are both 6 months old and are absolutely adorable. Ben is the more outgoing one, but Chatty is also a sweetheart, although a little bit shyer.

They are still kittens at heart, running around and tossing toys in the air yet taking plenty of time to cuddle with their owner. Ben and Chatty would love to be together in a home.

Tiki

Tiki contact sheryl merchant, president of the metroWest humane society for more info on these cats. email mwhspaw@yahoo.com, call 508-875-3776, or visit metrowesthumanesociety.org. the metroWest humane society is located at 30 Pond st., ashland.

Tiki arrived at MetroWest Humane Society from a hoarding situation, shy and fearful. Tiki’s fear has slowly melted away, and she is now outgoing. She lights up when she sees one of her human friends enter the room where she resides, and stares intently into her human friend’s eyes. She loves interactive play and will pounce and do flips in the air in pursuit of her favorite toy. Tiki loves to roll around on a blanket on the floor, and if you sit down with her, she will curl up next to you. She is still afraid of being picked up, but may very well overcome that fear too, given the chance to blossom in a home of her own. Tiki gets along very well with other cats, and since she is so playful, she would do best in a home with another playful cat(s) or more.

Vera Looking for a fun kitty loaded with personality and charm? You have to meet Vera. She is so full of energy - she makes you smile as she runs around the shelter playing with every toy in sight - a real character. There is a quiet side to her, too, when she enjoys being petted and pampered by all the volunteers. Vera is not thrilled with the other cats at the shelter, so we feel she would do best as single cat in her new home.

Vera

Well, if you find out which issues are crucial—the concerns which could come back to haunt you during the buyer’s inspection—address those first. We’ve seen too many people who spend their money on “improvements” only to be nickeled and dimed at the buyer’s inspection (and those nickels and dimes often add up to thousands). Let us help you navigate clear of the aggravation of haggling over items that could be corrected prior to putting your home on the market. How to avoid those pitfalls? Get a professional opinion—on us. If you list your home with us, we’ll pay for your inspection, (up to $500*) so that you can find out where you truly need to spend your money—and where to hold off. Again, appearances are important. Sparkling clean windows, sheers, and a light and bright room invites people in. Neutral walls are a must, especially if your wallpaper is no longer new. And if your rug is a neutral pattern and color, it needs to be immaculate. If your carpet’s history is a little— shall we say—spotty, it may need to be replaced. Even better, it could simply be removed if there is wood flooring beneath that can be restored. White cabinets in the kitchen and bath always make a room pop and look clean, especially if your wood cabinets are looking a little dated.

But in the end, list with us and let us pay for your inspection (up to $500*) so that you can focus on the right home improvements. Less spending, less hassle, less stress. (Now we really KNOW the holidays are over!)

Buying? Selling? Not sure, but need to know more? Call us anytime. Collectively, Steven Greenberg, Pamela Bathen, Bob Zakrzewski and Stephanie Fair of REMAX Oak Realty have over 60 years’ experience in the Metrowest Real Estate market. They welcome your questions at 508 309 3538 or Steveng@remax.net. CHECK OUT OUR NEW SITE ! www.remaxoakrealty.com *Home inspections by Pillar to Post Home Inspections.

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Holiday Party for Seniors—A Community Affair BY CYNTHIA WHITTY, FEATURE WRITER Nearly 150 seniors enjoyed the annual Holiday Party on Dec. 4 at the Ashland Community Center. The party, sponsored by the Friends of the Council on Aging (COA), featured live music, a dinner served by the Ashland Leos Club of Ashland High School and a visit from Santa. The Ashland Lions provided the decorations, and the Leos Club served the meals. Warren Wales, Friends of the

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COA president, explained, “The Friends handle the fundraising and assist the COA with their programming. We hold several events each year, including the Holiday Party, the Lottery Tree and our biggest fundraiser of the year, a buffet auction in Twin sisters Tobi and Toyin Yusfu also helped February.”

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COA, said, “People from other towns have commented on how active and friendly the people in the senior center are.” The Friends of the COA meet at 1:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Community Center, 162 West Union St. (Route 135). For more information, contact the Ashland Council on Aging at 508881-0140 or elderservices@ashlandmass.com.

Members from the Ashland Leos Club served the Holiday Dinner to nearly 150 seniors. Back row (l to r): Najeeb Alsahoum, Renan De Oliveira, Lexi Levine, Lena Minucci, Victor De Carvalho. Front row: Linh Tran, Emma Pignone, Jen Barrett. Photos/Cynthia Whitty.

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