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Trophy Tour Stops in Town Since the final out of the 2013 World Series, Major League Baseball's Commissioner's Trophy has been on a tour of New England. The coveted piece of sports hardware won by the bearded band of Red Sox has made its way from the confines of Fenway Park, paraded around Boston on a Duck Boat and was solemnly placed on the Boston Marathon finish line. By the time it reached Wrentham on a snowy Tuesday night, it had been on display in 72 cities and towns throughout New England.

By PatriCk CoLeman In the basement of Vogel, the oldest building on the Wrentham Public Schools campus, is a new sophisticated science lab. The science classroom is a dedicated area where students in all grades are able to ask scientific questions and conduct experiments. The new space was made possible by a $5,000 donation from Wrentham Co-operative Bank to Wrentham Elementary School Trust (WEST). Many at Wrentham Public Schools had a hand in the development of the Wrentham Co-operative Bank Science Classroom, but the idea started with fifth grade teacher, Sheena Frizzell. “She had this wonderful vision to start,” explained Roderick School Principal Stephen Grenham. “She worked tirelessly to get this off the ground.”

The World Series Trophy viewing was at the Wrentham Developmental Center and was part of a fundraising effort for Friends of Wrentham, a non-profit organization that supports the residents that call WDC home. Over 110 families Jake Sullivan and his dad Patrick pose with the 2013 World Series Trophy. stopped to see the shiny silver and gold trophy and Despite a snowstorm, the crowd was have their pictures taken with it. enthusiastic. Wrentham's Don Crowley was first in line with his 13 year



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Frizzell said the science lab is important because it is a way to help foster an interest in science and develop scientific skills. She also explained how it directly supports STEM education, an effort to increase students’ interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “Science is the ‘S’ in STEM. It creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy and enables the next generation of innovators,” Frizzell said at the classroom dedication. “Science continuously encompasses real life connections and helps students to be curious, ask questions and make connections in why the world exists." With help from her fifth grade class in finishing her final word at the dedication, Frizzell said, “Let's begin to ob-



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old son Tim, who was celebrating his birthday, and nephew Ryan Crowley. "It's my son's birthday," Crowley said pointing to his son Tim. "You planned this perfectly for him."

serve, examine and discover because today we're all SCIENTISTS!” Wrentham Public School Committee Chair Edward Goddard served as host for the dedication. Other speakers included Deirdre Foley, president of WEST, State Senator Richard Ross, and newly elected State Representative Shawn Dooley.

The Crowley family had seen the trophies won in 2004 and 2007, but this was their first opportunity to see the one from 2013. The event was a community affair. Members of Boy Scout Troop 131 were on hand to help guests, and the fundraiser was tied to this year's Dancing with the Wrentham Stars' charity event which has six locals competing in a competition to raise funds for charity as well as have their dance moves judged. This year, Pat Coleman is dancing for Friends of Wrentham and the donations to the charity count as votes for the Wrentham Times' editor. Last year's Dancing with the Wrentham Stars' winner, Manny Barros, brought his children out to

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see the Trophy. "We're big Sox fans," he said. Wrentham Developmental Center resident Tom Fulginti was decked out in his Red Sox gear and was thrilled to see the trophy. "I'm psyched," he said. Also in attendance was Wrentham's Jeff Plympton, a former

Red Sox player. Plympton was instrumental in bringing the 2004 trophy to Wrentham nine years ago. "It's always special to see these's big," he said. "It's great the Red Sox put it out there into the communities." (This article originally appeared in The Wrentham Times,

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Representatives from Wrentham Co-operative Bank, WEST, Wrentham School Committee, Wrentham Public Schools and elected officials were all on hand for the dedication of the new science classroom.

The speakers each thanked Wrentham Co-operative Bank for its continued support of the school, and the bank’s president, Jeff Liber, was on hand to cut the ribbon on the new classroom. “Because of [Wrentham Co-operative Bank’s] continued support and dedication ...our school now has a dedicated science lab to be used by every student and every teacher to explore the wonders of science,” Foley said. The speakers thanked the hard work of the science committee, a group of Wrentham Public School teachers that worked on the development of the lab, as well as school custodians Glen Gillespie, Greg Wood and Rob Donnelly, for

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The freshly renovated space was a bright white filled with scientific posters, various pieces of equipment and a science table donated by Jean Riedel. The appearance of the new science classroom was in contrast to what Ross remembered from his school days when he thought the Vogel looked dingy many years ago. "You've done a wonderful job rejuvenating this building and creating a science space for children to learn in," Ross said. A citation from the Massachusetts State Senate was read by Dooley. (This article originally appeared in The Wrentham Times,

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King Philip Parents’ Network Announces Raffle Winners The King Philip Parents’ Network is pleased to announce the winners of its Patriots Fan Dream Raffle. The winning entries were picked during the Super Bowl, and the lucky recipients were the Bannon Family of Plainville and the Silvestri Family of Norfolk. The Bannons won a Gillette Stadium Behind-theScenes Tour and CBS Scene Restaurant gift card, and the Silvestris won a Patriots Snow Bowl Collage, a framed collection of Patriots’ memorabilia. The KP Parents’ Network would like to thank the community for their support of the raffle. Funds raised will go towards the 2014 All Night Party, which keeps graduates safe the night of graduation. For more information about the KP Parents’ Network, see

Norfolk Town Election Nomination papers are available in the Town Clerk's Office for the following positions in the May 6th Annual Town Election. assessors - one 3 year term

For a third year in a row, Planning Board member George Smith has pulled nomination papers for Board of Selectmen. He joins Deb Torchia who is also running for the seat previously held by Selectman Michael Carroll. Instead of seeking reelection as selectman, Carroll has decided to run for the one open seat on the Planning Board. Also running for Planning Board are

King Philip Parents’ Network Used Clothing Drive Start your spring cleaning! The KP Parents’ Network will be holding a used clothing and household item drive on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Drop off your gently used clothing, bedding, toys, and other items at the King Philip High School bus loop from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will be available to help collect your items at the curb. KP students can drop off donations in the school lobby the week prior, and the KPPN will donate a portion of the proceeds to the grade level that collects the most bags. In addition, Norfolk residents can drop off items at the Transfer Station on March 22nd, March 29th and April 5th during regular business hours. For more information, as well as a list of items we are collecting, visit our website at The KP Parents’ Network receives cash for every pound collected.

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Board of Health's Everett Skinner will be challenged for his seat as former selectman John Zizza has pulled papers.

running for the 2 position as Fiske Library Trustee. The Wrentham School Committee has two three year seats open and Edward Goddard and Danielle Bourbeau Schmitz have pulled papers. Kristi Mollica is running for a 1 year term on the Wrentham School Committee. Lynn Desrochers is running for KP School Commitee and Janet Millian seeks a seat on Wrentham Housing Authority.

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Norfolk Cooperative Finding Home, Finding Refuge Preschool Toddler Playgroup! Looking for something fun to do with your little one, age 1 to 2 ½? Please join us on Monday mornings from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. in the downstairs playroom of Norfolk Cooperative Preschool for a free weekly playgroup! Space is limited to just 10 children, so please pre-register via the link on our website: access code “maisy”. You can sign up a week at a time (no commitments!). You do not need to have a child registered at NCP to attend. We hope to see you there!

As part of an ongoing program, the Norfolk Cultural Council is hosting a joint art exhibit at the Norfolk Public Library from February 22 through March 29 featuring local artist Mireille T. Eastman and homeless advocate and artist Matthew Works. The show explores themes about finding home and finding refuge. A reception will be held on March 8 at the Norfolk Public Library from 6 – 8 pm and everyone is welcome to come and meet the artists. Charley Eastman will provide music for the reception.

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Matthew Works is a Boston artist, writer and activist for the homeless, who has been homeless for over a decade. His work is a testament to the creative spirit. Matthew travels extensively throughout the United States, speaking and presenting his artwork at churches, colleges and universities. He has built a following as a speaker, including keynote speaker, an artist, and "theologian in residence." He leads a walking tour titled “Homelessness and the

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Norfolk Girl Scouts Earn Silver Award for Career Fair

The girls worked with their mentors, Mrs. Lisa AlthamHickey, principal of FreemanKennedy School and Ms. Cheryl Lassey, Adjustment Counselor at Freeman-Kennedy School, to plan the Career Fair. They surveyed girls in grades five through seven in Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham to determine areas of interest. With the complied results, the girls sought out women in the community that fit the categories of interest. They invited 12 women to present a booth at the Career Fair. The planning process involved working to establish the date, the items for a brochure, fair layout, invitations to girls in grades 5-7, incentives

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Three Girl Scouts from Norfolk have earned their Silver Award for creating a Career Fair for girls. Caitlin Donahue, Meg Piller and Eliza Sheehan from Norfolk Troop 3616 were recently awarded the Girl Scout Silver Award for the creation of the Career Day Fair. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award Cadette Girl Scouts (scouts in 6th, 7th and 8th grades) can earn. The requirements include completing prerequisite leadership journeys plus planning and completing a community service project of at least 50 hours that has a lasting impact. The girls learn that they are leaders who are organized, determined and dedicated to improving their community. The girls described their project and the reason for it in their final report: “ Our Silver Award Project began in October 2012, when we identified a problem concerning young girls in our community. We live in the small, Massachusetts town of Norfolk where young girls typically see women working as teachers, or working in the business industry. As we enter high school, we are beginning to think about possible careers for our futures. Through our interests, we have been exposed to women working jobs that are more "untraditional" or "uncommon" to our community. We came to the conclusion that hosting a "Career Day Fair" for girls grades five through seven would open their eyes to more diverse careers, and show them that they can pursue any career they wish.�

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Caitlin Donahue, Meg Piller and ElizaSheehan worked with their Mentors, Mrs. Altham-Hickey and Ms. Lassey to create a Career Fair to introduce girls in grades 5-7 to diverse careers. The creation of the Career Fair earned the girls their Girl Scout Silver Award - the highest award for Cadette Girl Scouts. (l-r) Eliza Sheehan, Caitlin Donahue and Meg Piller of Norfolk Troop 3616

for visiting each booth, putting together a folder for each guest, creating a post- fair feedback questionnaire and planning introductions and speeches for the night of the event. The Career Day Fair was a huge success with both attendees and the presenters. Close to 50 girls attended the event and were able to learn about careers such as engineering, firefighting, personal chef, flight attendant, nurse, personal trainer, Assistant District Attorney, orthodontia, insurance, speech pathologist, teachers,cosmetology, and special education teachers. The evening was started with introductory speeches by the girls and a Pow-

erPoint presentation explaining the skills needed for each career. Then the young girls visited each booth to learn about the career. There were many hands-on activities at each booth and a chance to talk to the presenter about their career. Caitlin, Meg and Eliza are freshmen at King Philip High School and have been in Girl Scouts since kindergarten. The achievement of the Girl Scout Silver Award was recognized by citations from Massachusetts Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, State Senator Richard Ross and State Representative Daniel Winslow.

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There will be a rockin’ good time at the Wrentham PTO Dance a Thon, on March 6th in the Roderick Cafeteria. Students are out and about raising pledges to dance up a storm in support of Wrentham PTO and Dancing with the Wrentham Stars’ Kristin Pitman. Known by her students as Mrs. Pitman, she is looking to learn a few moves from the students at Wrentham Elementary School. The event will feature the DJ skills of Manny Barros. The dancing starts at 6 and runs through 8 p.m. Help support Wrentham PTO and Mrs. Pitman.

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Snowmen Mob Wrentham Developmental Center The Winners of the Snowman Flashmob were:

On a chilly but sunny afternoon, nearly 30 families gathered on the snow covered Cracker-Barrel Fairgrounds for a unique winter themed flashmob. The event was a fundraiser to benefit Friends of Wrentham, a local charity that supports the residents of Wrentham Developmental Center, and the community came out to build different style snowmen, women and creatures. While the dry powdery snow provided a few construction challenges for the snow sculptors, Wrentham's creative abilities were on full display as piles of snow soon became mythical creatures, celebrities, wild characters and various snow people. Spirits throughout the event were high despite the temperatures being extremely low. The wind proved to be an issue for a few snowmen, but those problems were resolved with the artists simply starting over.

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DeBaggis Honored By Fresh Air Fund Wrentham's Andrea DeBaggis was presented with the “Chairperson of the Year” award at the 2014 Fresh Air Fund Volunteer Leadership Conference. The Fresh Air Fund highlighted the work of its volunteers for their dedicated support of the Volunteer Host Family Program. DeBaggis was recognized for her management work throughout the Wrentham area.

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All You Can Eat Breakfast Federated Church of Norfolk, 1 Union Street in Norfolk center is once again holding an all you can eat breakfast. The menu includes made to order omelets, made from scratch pancakes, ham, sausage, hash brown potatoes, caramel French toast, and mini cinnamon rolls. Adults $7, seniors $5, & children under 10 eat for free. The meal is served in a handicapped accessible room. For more information, please call the church office 508-528-0262. The breakfast is scheduled for Saturday March 1, 8 to 10 a.m.

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March 4 Tuesday Afternoon Book Discussion Group - The Tuesday Afternoon Book Discussion Group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 1:30. New members are always welcome to attend. The group discusses a wide variety of literature, including some non-fiction titles. The march book is Frozen in Time. Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk MA, 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 6 Dance-a-thon for Wrentham PTO, Roderick Elementary School 6 to 8 p.m. March 8 Artist Reception at Norfolk Public Library – Come out and meet Mireille T. Eastman and Matthew Works and see their exhibit Finding Home, Finding Refude. 6 to 8 p.m. March 9


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March 12 Gardening in the Shade, presented by Suzanne Mahler. Shady sites pose challenges but need not lack pizzazz! Come join and learn which shrubs and perennials tolerate low light while providing fabulous flowers and foliage for a peaceful shady retreat. Mahler is past president of the New England Daylily Society and an overseer for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Her garden was formerly designated as a National Display Garden for the American Daylily Society. Program is co-sponsored by the Millis Garden Club and the Garden Club of Norfolk. It will take place March 12, 7 p.m. in the Norfolk Public Library, Community Room, 139 Main St., Norfolk, MA.

Norfolk Lions Chili Fest Tickets on Sale at Norfolk Library Tickets for the 2014 Norfolk Lions Chili Fest will be on sale at the Norfolk Public Library on Wednesday, March 12th and Thursday, March 13th from 3:30 to 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15 for anyone over 10 years old and $5.00 for all others. Seating is limited, so advanced tickets are recommended.

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Irish Country Pub, James’ Roadside Café, Budabings 50s Café and new this year Commonwealth BBQ. You get to sample each chili and then vote for your favorite. The winner will be announced at the end of the evening. In addition to the chili, you will also be served mac & cheese, salad, cornbread, beverages and dessert. It’s a great meal and lots of fun for the whole family! For additional information call 508-507-9801 or email All proceeds from this event will benefit the Norfolk Food Pantry. So come on out to Chili Fest and feel the heat!

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March 22 Norfolk Lions 7th Annual Chili Fest - Sixt area restaurants competing for bragging rights to Best Chili of 2013: Eagle Brook Saloon, Horse N’ Carriage, Mr. Dooley’s Olde Irish Country Pub, James’ Roadside Café, Budabings 50s Café and new this year Commonwealth BBQ. St. Jude’s Church, Norfolk, For additional information call 508-507-9801 or email Tickets are on sale March 12 and 13 at the Norfolk Public Library.


All proceeds from this event will benefit the Norfolk Food Pantry. So come on out to Chili Fest and feel the heat March 28 Second Annual Dancing with the Wrentham Stars, Lake Pearl Luciano’s, 7 p.m. to midnight. Information is available at March 29 Olde Irish Pub Run, 5K and 10K road race, 303 Shears Street, Wrentham. Benefits KP Track & Cross Country.

Got Turf? King Philip Regional High School Principal Lisa Oliveira is part of this year’s Dancing with the Wrentham Stars and she is raising money for a new turf field. Oliveira is selling one of kind “Got Turf” t-shirts to help her with the fundraising. It’s a great shirt for any current KP student or alum. To purchase a shirt and help support her efforts in raising funds for a new field, send an email to

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Living Healthy Cataract Surgery: Which Implant Should I Chose? By roger m. kaLdawy, m.d. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. Vision through eyes with cataracts is characterized as looking through a foggy window or piece of wax paper. Cataract development is usually a very gradual process of normal aging, but can occasionally occur rapidly. Although most cataracts occur in older adults,

they can appear in children, in one or both eyes, often at birth. They look like a white or gray spot in the pupil. Many people are unaware that they have cataracts because the changes in their vision are so gradual. Cataracts are very common, affecting roughly 60% of people over the age of 60, and over 1.5 million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States

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each year. Advances in cataract surgery have turned it into a 10-15 minute outpatient procedure where most patients resume normal activities the next day. Over time, the cloudy lens (cataract) can prevent light rays from passing clearly through to the inside of the eye. The eye works a lot like a camera. Light rays focus through the lens on the retina, a layer of light sensitive cells at the back of the eye. Similar to film, the retina allows the image to be "seen" by the brain. That’s why the typical symptom of cataract formation is a slow, progressive, and painless decrease in vision. Other changes include: blurring of vision; glare, particularly at night; frequent eyeglass prescription change; a decrease in color intensity; a yellowing of images; and in rare cases, double vision. Cataract surgery has evolved, and we can now not only clear the vision form the blurry film and the glare at night, but with the same surgery, correct the dependence on glasses to a high degree, enabling patients to see distance, near and everything in between with little or no dependence on glasses‌ This is achieved during the surgery, by placing a permanent implant in-

side the eye to help focus the light on the retina. So what implant to choose and how to make this choice? Implants are either accommodative/ multifocal (able to correct vision for both distance, near and everything in between), torics (able to correct vision for astigmatism) or monofocal (able to correct vision for one distance only, usually for distance but not for near). Are you tempted to be free of reading glasses or bifocals? Until recently, this was not an option, but now with the introduction of multifocal Intraocular Lenses, the possibility of being less dependent on reading glasses has arrived. These new lenses are FDA approved and are giving patients clear vision at many distances‌ near, intermediate and far. Chose this lens if you are interested in being independent from glasses after cataract surgery as much as possible. These lenses are not for everyone. Some of the risks of this technology include possible halos and glare around lights at night, which often times resolve over time. This technology has its limitations as well, so do not chose this implant if you see yourself as a perfectionist.

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Astigmatism can lead to blurred or impaired vision if it becomes moderate or severe. This is caused by the eye's cornea or lens having an irregular shape. We also offer Toric IOLs for astigmatism correction after cataract surgery. The recent advancements in intraocular lens technology have now made it possible to provide an effective solution for patients who have astigmatism. Until recently, patients who were IOL candidates and had astigmatism had no option built into the lens, which would correct the astigmatism aspect of their visual condition, so glasses would be required to deal with the astigmatism. With advancements in the optics of IOLs the manufacturers have now been able to accommodate for astigmatism. With this technology, 94% of patients achieve uncorrected distance of 20/40 or better; improve their contrast sensitivity in low-light situations and functional vision in challenging environments such as night driving, glare and fog. Chose this lens if you want to be as free as possible from wearing glasses to correct astigmatism and you are about to have cataract surgery‌ Monofocal implants, the oldest of the implant choices, are also available‌With this option, you will be focused at one distance only after the surgery, which requires glasses to see at other distances‌Chose this option if you do not mind wearing glasses after cataract surgery. Many options exit with modern cataract surgery‌It is not only very important to choose a surgeon with proven and documented record of safe, excellent results and world class outcomes but also chose the correct implant to fit you and your life style. Our center and surgeons were among the first in the area to embrace revolutionary implants for cataract surgery with outstanding results. With thousands of procedures performed, we even advocate the use of two different types of multifocal implants, one in each eye. These premium lens implants and novel approach allow less dependency on glasses at distance, arm length and near. For more details, see our ad on the front cover.

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Visit our website for scheduled times. Showcase Dance Productions performed last Saturday for the residents of the Community at Pond Meadow in Wrentham. The residents thoroughly enjoyed the performance and clapped along with excitement. Several residents commented on how much fun the girls were having and how they all smiled and had great stage presence and personality throughout the entire show.

The Showcase Dance Productions dance team is made up of 31 girls who range in age from 7 to 17 and perform Irish Step and Jazz/Musical Theater. The dance team performs throughout the community with a number of different songs and styles under the direction of Kellcie Teel and Erika Damiani.

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To book the Showcase dance team, please contact Sheryl at Showcase Dance Productions at (508) 3847875.

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FSPA Ballet Conservatory to Perform with Metrowest Symphony Orchestra Ballet Conservatory dancers from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will perform Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and Benjamin Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra with the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Peter L. Cokkinias. The collaborative performance is part of the Hopkinton-based orchestra’s Young Artist and Family Concert, “Artists in Bloom,” to be presented on Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m. at the Joseph P. Keefe Technical School Auditorium, 750 Winter Street, in Framingham. The program also features Aaron Copland’s Outdoor Overture, the local premiere of Ode – Moments in the Life of Orpheus, by composer Panos Liaropoulos of the UMass-Boston and Berklee College of Music faculties, and Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane, with 16-year-old violin soloist Elizabeth Kim, winner of the Orchestra’s annual Young Artist Competition.

The classic musical tale Peter and the Wolf comes to life with choreography and staging by FSPA Ballet Mistress Cheryl Madeux. Featuring Prokofiev’s lyrical score, the adventures of Peter, his animal friends, and the wolf unfold with representation by different instruments and musical themes, providing a dynamic theatrical experience for children. The ballet also includes narration of the story by Rene Pfister, making it an especially delightful and accessible introduction to the world of live music and dance. Along with Prokofiev’s memorable melodies, Madeux’s choreography aptly expresses the different personalities of the principal characters. A former company dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Hartford Ballet and American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Cheryl Madeux has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She was a finalist in the Paris International

Gardening in the Shade, presented by Suzanne Mahler Shady sites pose challenges but need not lack pizzazz! Come join and learn which shrubs and perennials tolerate low light while providing fabulous flowers and foliage for a peaceful shady retreat. Mahler is past president of the New England Daylily Society and an overseer for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Her garden was formerly designated as a National Display Garden for the American Daylily Society. Program is co-sponsored by the Millis Garden Club and the Garden Club of Norfolk. It will take place March 12, 7 p.m. in the Norfolk Public Library, Community Room, 139 Main St., Norfolk, MA.

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Ballet Competition and the Prix de Lausanne and was awarded a Presidential Scholar in Dance. Ms. Madeux is a summer faculty member for the ABT Young Dancers Program in NY and an examiner for the ABT National Teacher Training Curriculum. FSPA Ballet Conservatory dancers cast in Peter and the Wolf’s featured roles are Sam Evans (Peter) of Medfield, Shaina McGillis (Wolf) of Franklin, Mikaela Guidice (Bird) of Norfolk, Alli Tomsik (Duck) of Medway and Sarah Radford (Cat) of Wrentham. Steve Crowley of Franklin will portray the Grandfather. One of the most popular scores used in children's music education, The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra introduces the members of each family of instruments – woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion. Hear the full orchestra, then brilliant variations on a theme written to spotlight each of the in-

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struments, before the sections are brought together again for a dramatic fugue. Britten's masterful piece will be presented with choreography and staging by Clyde Nantais, an FSPA Dance Faculty member, to further enhance the audience’s experience of this beloved work.

Metras, Emma Nicholson, Olivia and Lauren Rondeau Szczepanowski of Franklin; Jared Brouillette of Holliston; Ashley Rosenthal of Hudson; Kaitlyn Calnan, Haley Desjarlais, Ally Lynch, Alli Tomsik and Maddy Williams of Medway; Phoebe Dias and Mikaela Guidice of Norfolk; and Jenna McDermott and Sarah Radford of Wrentham.

A former dancer with Boston Ballet, Clyde Nantais has taught at the Boston Ballet School for more than15 years. A faculty member at The Boston Conservatory, he was Ballet Master of The Boston Conservatory Dance Theatre. As a ballet master, teacher, choreographer and guest artist, Mr. Nantais has also worked with Festival Ballet of Rhode Island, Berkshire Ballet, Ballet Santo Domingo, Ithaca Ballet, Ballet Arkansas, Pioneer Valley Ballet, and The National Institiute of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan. He is Associate Director of the Boston Dance Company.

Founded in 1985 by Director Raye Lynn Mercer, FSPA provides extensive training, performance and programming in music, dance and drama to students of all ages and ability levels from across the MetroWest region. For more information about FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory program or recreational dance classes at the school, call (508) 528-8668 or visit

FSPA ballet dancers showcased in The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra are Noura Sander of Easton; Lily Barney, Kendra Dombroski, Shaina McGillis, Sarah

Ticket prices for the “Artists in Bloom” special family concert are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door.

FSPA Slates Performing Arts Programs for Summer 2014 This summer the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will offer a series of workshops and oneweek camps, an eight-week session of voice, instrumental and dance classes, two ballet intensives and a SummerStage musical theater program. The summer session runs from June 30 to August 22, and registration begins March 3. FSPA’s annual SummerStage musical theater program features a twoweek format culminating in an all-student, full-length production of Legally Blonde. SummerStage is open to students in grades 3-12 and runs from July 28-August 8. Younger SummerStage students (grades 3-8) will be featured in a separate cast. Auditions will be held on March 1 and 3 or by appointment and are for placement purposes only; all SummerStage students will be cast in the production. FSPA’s roster of one-week performing arts camps includes Camp Pro Voice, Jazz and Tap Camp, Choreography Camp, Broadway Camp and Acting Camp, as well as Little Gems Ballet Camp, Creative Kids Camp and Little Music School Experience for younger children. Creative workshops include Behind the

Scenes, Rock Out, Up Your Game and Vocal Styles. For musical theater enthusiasts in Grades 1-6, Broadway Camp teaches vocals, choreography and scene work, with a chance to showcase skills in a final ensemble performance. Acting Camp teaches character development and improvisation and culminates in a one-of-a-kind presentation. For young beginner dancers, Little Gems Ballet Camp (ages 5-8) teaches basic ballet positions, vocabulary, floor exercises and simple steps. Tap and Jazz Camp (grades 4-7) combines age- and level-appropriate dance education with a creative summer experience. FSPA will also offer two Summer Ballet Intensives: Summer Session I for the Young Dancer Division from June 30-July 10 and Summer Session II for the Pre-Professional Division from July 14-July 24. For younger children, Creative Kids Camp will engage and entertain campers ages 5-7 with drama games, theater activities, singing, dancing and crafts. The youngest campers, ages 35, are invited to the summer Little Music School Experience with FSPA’s Little Music School Director Kim Rezendes.

FSPA will also offer a series of 2and 3-day workshops. Critically-acclaimed R&B singer April Hall will conduct a Vocal Styles workshop for ages 13-18, introducing students to jazz phrasing, scatting and improvisation, as well as microphone and performance techniques. Rock Out, for musicians of all levels, provides students with the opportunity to jam with talented area musicians and learn from well-known Boston professionals. A performance skills workshop, Up Your Game, will focus on audition techniques, presentation skills and developing or improving an audition binder, headshot/resume and audition wardrobe. Behind the Scenes will introduce students to the many details involved in bringing a production to the stage, including an overview of the technical and operational aspects of producing a show. To register for performing arts camps, workshops, SummerStage, private lessons or classes, call FSPA at (508) 528-8668. For further information, including a summer session brochure with full program descriptions and dates, call or visit online at

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Sports Hard Work Payoffs for Edney By ChristoPher tremBLay As a King Philip athlete, Charlie Edney was looking for something more than a team sport. He was looking for individuality and although he plays soccer and runs track for the Warriors it was wrestling that really got him excited.

The King Philip Girls Basketball Team held its "Pink Out" game last month and raised $685 to help cancer research. Money was raised by soliciting donations for the "wall of hope", a free throw shooting contest at halftime, and the KP basketball boosters also contributed by matching a dollar for every point scored by both team during the contest.

“I was looking for a sport that I could have more of an effect on and decided to try out for wrestling, something my dad did in college in California,” Edney said. “He (my dad) was actually surprised when I decided to try out for the wrestling team.” As a four year varsity wrestler, Edney has improved through the years. As a freshman wrestling in the 126 pound weight class, he went 9-17 and then flipped his record to 17-9 during his sophomore season at 132 pounds. He then finished fourth at the sectionals, but unfortunately went 0-2 at the states. “My first year I really didn’t expect all that much,” the senior wrestler said. “But when I finished sixth in the (Division 2 Central) sectionals, the only freshman to place, I knew I could do this.” His first match was one that Edney almost won, but fell short in the end. “I was winning right up until the end when I tried a take down, but instead I got pinned. It all hap-

KP "Pink Out" Game Raises Money for Cancer Research

Freshman coach Liz Hathaway was the point person in organizing this awesome fundraising event. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The KP Girls Basketball Team has qualified for the MIAA Tournament.

pened so fast I don’t really know what happened,” Edney said. “Although down for losing, I felt good when my teammates told me that I did a good job and should have won.” Following his first season on the mat, Edney decided to attend the Wadsworth Wrestling Club in Franklin hoping to bring his game to the next level. During the King Philip Tournament, the first tournament of his sophomore season, Edney finished third and realized all his hard work had begun to pay off.

Although his second season grappling was a success, it was nothing to what was forthcoming. As a junior wrestling at 138 pounds, he finished 20-10 with 11 pins and earned a two seed in the sectionals, where he lost in the semi-finals. With the loss, he dropped all the way to fifth place and was the runner-up to go to the state tournament. Coming into this, his senior campaign, Edney set some lofty goals for himself. He wanted to go undefeated, win the sectionals and finish in the top of at the states.

Thus far he is on pace to represent King Philip in the 145 pound weight class in the sectionals. Unfortunately his record has been blemished. The senior is 15-3 with 12 pins. “I’ve worked extremely hard hoping to become a sectional champion,” Edney said. “Last year I decided to take an aggressive approach with my wrestling and I believe it has helped me as my record shows.” Despite having only known Edney for this season, first year Coach Ray Moore is quite impressed with the senior, especially

with the extra workouts he’ll do once practice has finished. “He has an outstanding work ethic and in just this year alone he’s improved so much,” the KP Coach said. “Charlie’s wrestling ability is sharp and he has honed his skills making him the complete package. His goals are realistic and I expect him to place high in the states.” Despite having not gone undefeated during the season, Edney still has the sectionals and the states to grab two out of his three goals. And as Meatloaf once sang ‘two out of three aint bad.’

Hoop Fever – It’s Catchy! The basketball season may have ended, but not for the 4th annual Hoop Fever Basketball Camp. This program, for boys and girls ages 8-13, has been well accepted in all our neighboring communities as a great opportunity for learning and enjoying basketball during April School Vacation. This year's camp will begin Marathon Monday, April 21st, in the late afternoon to allow for watching or attending the event. From Tuesday the 22nd to Friday the 25th, the camp meets from 8:30 to 1:30. That includes a break for lunch except on Friday when we have our annual Pizza and Award Party. The program is designed so that youngsters learn the game, play it in competitive situations and have a great time. Campers drill every day in the basics of the game; from dribbling to passing, from rebounding to defense, all designed to gain basketball concepts for better play and understanding the game. Games are 3x3 games, allowing all players to be part of every play. Everyone touches the ball and every-

one experiences the fun of playing! The staff are all coaches from the college level to youth programs. They take their work seriously and try to make all players appreciate and develop a love for the game. Steve Curley is the director of the Hoop Group, Inc. A Holliston resident, he is the Owner/Director of the internationally-known Red Auerbach Basketball School, now in its 54th season, as well as the All Cape Hoop Camps. The Program Director is Don Grimes, former Head Coach at Medway High School and currently a certified board official in two college leagues. Together with their staff, they bring a dynamic enthusiasm that generates to the campers making for a great week of basketball. Information on all the Hoop Group camps can be obtained either by calling (508) 429-7121 or online at Registration is limited, so sign up today and you can catch the Hoop Fever!

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Sports Hockomock Area YMCA Youth Sports Leagues Enrolling Season Starts April 11th [Franklin, Foxboro and North Attleboro, MA] – The Hockomock Area YMCA is accepting registrations for sports leagues that support healthy lifestyles and instill a positive self-image in kids. This spring, kids will have a great time playing Flag Football, Cheerleading, Soccer, T-ball, and Coachpitch Baseball with YMCA expert coaches and friends. In Flag Football, kids will hone passing and receiving skills, run basic plays, and learn fundamentals in this great American pastime. YMCA Cheerleaders will get the opportunity to cheer on the football players and build self-confidence and self-esteem as they develop social skills and healthy relationships with other girls. Our Soccer players will develop and improve fundamentals like dribbling, passing and kicking. And in T-ball, kids will develop baseball skills that include catching, throwing and hitting. Those enrolled in Coach-pitch Baseball will transition from hitting off a tee to hitting a moving pitch. All leagues are run in a positive and structured environment to ensure every child has fun and thrives. Everyone plays and everyone is part of the team. Players will receive a jersey or cheerleading uniform. Don’t wait; call today to save $15 through March 23rd.

Bernon Family Branch: 45 Forge Hill Road in Franklin, 508-5288708 | Sports Director: Kailynn Bateman 774-235-2720, Invensys Foxboro Branch: 67 Mechanic Street in Foxboro, 508543-2523 | Sports Director: Shelly Jacobson 508-772-1354,

FRANKLIN LEAGUES: Sat. - Soccer, age 3-10 | T-ball, age 3-6 FOXBORO LEAGUES: Fri. - Flag Football, age 6-14 | Cheerleading, age 5-9 Sat. - T-ball, age 4-6 | Coachpitch Baseball, age 7-9 Sun. - Soccer, age 4-9 NORTH ATTLEBORO LEAGUES: Fri. - Flag Football, age 5-14 | Cheerleading, age 6-9 Sat. - Soccer, age 3-8 | T-ball, age 3-6 | Coach-pitch Baseball, age 7-9 To register, please call or visit a Hockomock Area YMCA branch today. Financial assistance is available to those who could benefit and is provided from The YMCA Annual Campaign. For more information, visit

North Attleboro Branch: 300 Elmwood Street in North Attleboro, 508-695-7001 | Sports Director: Michelle Burke 508-643-5215, The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women,

and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility. With over 31,000 members, half under the age of 18, the YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities they are privileged to serve. The Y is for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey schedules 2014-15 tryouts!


Building off what is developing into an outstanding second season in the South Shore Conference, the"King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey"board of directors is excited to announce registration is open for the 2014-15 team tryouts.! Already this season, KPW has enjoyed success on a number of different levels:! • The Girls U14A, Bantam 3 and Squirt 4 teams captured District 3 championships.! • The Squirt 1 and Midget White teams finished second in their district tournaments and earned bids to the state tournament.! • The Bantam 2 team will play host to the state tournament.! • The U19B team won the South Shore Conference crown.! • KPW was one of only 10 programs throughout all of New England selected by the Boston Bruins to participate in a Bruins Alumni youth hockey clinic! • KPW introduced more than 30 first-time players to hockey as part of World Girls Hockey Weekend and USA Hockey’s Try Hockey for Free Day.!


Growth plans for 2014-15! Looking forward to 2014-15, KPW will offer all of the travel teams, in-house and learn to play programs fielded this season, providing a hockey home for players of all skill levels and experience, from ages 5-18.! KPW also plans to continue building its girls program — with four teams and a girls Learn to Play program this season, KPW plans to introduce a U10 team and a new U8 development program in 2014-15.!


Registration and more details! The tryout fee is $50 per person, and registration and more details are available on the KPW Web site ( The complete tryout schedule is listed under the blue ‘Tryout Schedule’ tab, and complete information about next season is available under the blue ‘2014-15 Program Offerings’ tab.! To register for tryouts, please click on the ‘Register Online’ link on the left-hand navigation.!


Tryout schedule! Tryouts begin March 5 and continue through April 7 for players interested in all South Shore Conference teams, with divisions beginning on the following dates:! • Girls U10-U19: March 5! • Midget: March 10! • Bantam: March 25! • Pee Wee: March 24! • Squirt: March 26! • Mite travel: March 24! Players interested in the mite half-ice, girls Learn to Play, U8 development and instructional program do not have to try out. Dates are subject to change, but any changes will be communicated as soon and broadly as possible.

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Sports KP Sextet Has The Ingredients For Long-term Success By ken hamwey, staff sPorts writer The King Philip hockey squad has all the ingredients to become one of the school’s premier teams. Coach Jim Lehan’s sextet, which was 8-9-1 and flirting with a playoff berth, is loaded with underclassmen (17), has lots of speed, is spirited, aggressive and coachable, and plays with plenty of discipline. The team’s record might not look overly impressive but its longrange future should be spiced with success and a plethora of high seeds when tourney pairings are announced. If the KP hockey team were a high school course, they’d be chemistry because the Warriors take great pride in teamwork. “We’ve got quality skaters with ability but when we chose our 22 players, we focused on building a team that thrived on hard work, reliance on one another and playing together in a defined system,’’ said Lehan, who’s in his first year as head coach.

they’ve had four coaches and no real system or basics in place. My job is to teach and motivate and they’re responding in a big way.’’ A young team needs leadership and Lehan found it in a returning senior captain — defenseman Derek Abramson, who’s been selected as a Hockomock League all-star. “He’s special,’’ Lehan said. “He provides tremendous leadership, he’s a catalyst and he’s like having an assistant coach on the ice.’’ Lehan named three assistant captains at the outset — seniors Michael Owen (center) and Dylan Unger (goalie) and junior center PJ Lyons. “All of the captains have stressed concentration and focus to our younger players,’’ Lehan noted.

The Warriors had only one week and two practices before their first game, with Mansfield, and what transpired was a hint that good things were about to occur. KP lost, 3-1, with the final Mansfield goal coming on an empty-net shot.

Lehan, who has coached hockey at the Naval Academy and still referees, has four lines and they go by colors, not numbers. His red line includes center Tommy Hanson and wingers Zach D’Amico and John Piatelli. “The lines go by colors because they wear those jerseys in practice,’’ Lehan said. “Our red line skaters start games because they’re the most talented. They’re very coachable, technically sound and play solid twoway hockey.’’

“The kids never quit and they worked so hard,’’ Lehan emphasized. “During the last six years,

Through 18 games, Hanson had 15 goals and 12 assists, Piatelli had 14 goals and 11 assists and D’Am-

ico had 11 goals and 13 assists. The white line includes Owen at center and Mike Galletta and Matt Smith at the wings. “They’re not as fast as the red line but they’re an effective two-way line,’’ Lehan noted. “They work hard, annoy opponents and can fore-check and back-check.’’ The black line features Lyons at center and Cam Boardman and Bobby Dugan on the wings. “This group has jelled,’’ Lehan said. “It’s my most aggressive fore-checking line.’’ The blue line includes Sam Ross at center and Chris Rando and Cory Lombardo on the wings. “Chris has moved to other lines when needed and Cory is one of our best penalty-killers,’’ Lehan said. “This line is young but it’s learning to play together.’’ The defensive corps is led by Abramson and Tyler Sullivan, the second defense includes Brandon King and Clay Geuss, third defense features Jason Bolduc and Joe Woodall and the fourth contingent includes Payton Rochon and Kyle McCarthy. “Derek and Tyler mesh well,’’ Lehan said. “Derek is solid, a stayat-home defenseman while Tyler can rush the puck. Tyler is strong and physical. Brandon is solid, too, and Clay has lots of energy and a strong shot. Jason is talented and

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Joe is a stay-at-home defenseman. Payton and Kyle also play on the jayvee squad. They’re a strong combination and just need experience.’’ Unger has been consistent in goal and his backup, junior Sam Thompson, is a capable net-minder. “Dylan anticipates well and is very instinctive,’’ Lehan said. “He positions himself effectively and he’s very focused. Sam is fundamentally sound but Dylan is hot and you have to ride who’s hot.’’ Lehan credits his assistants for KP’s upswing and what appears to be a bright future. The trio includes

Paul Carlow, Eddie Movsessian and Brock Foster. “Paul coaches the forwards, Eddie is the jayvee coach, and Brock instructs the goalies while I handle the defense,’’ Lehan said. “Our jayvee team went two years without a victory but they’re 10-2-2 so far.’’ Lehan has plenty of reasons to be upbeat about the Warriors’ future. Never one to look too far ahead, Lehan constantly stresses to “just win the shift.’’ By the looks of things, King Philip’s hockey team will be winning plenty of games to go with their shifts.

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fying their holdings among a range of investments: stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit, and so on. And you can do the same. Keep in mind, however, that although diversification can help reduce the impact of volatility on your portfolio, it can’t guarantee a profit or always protect against loss.

Investors Can Learn Much from Super Bowl Teams Here are a few of these shared traits:

By mike kerrigan If you’re a football fan (and probably even if you aren’t), you are aware that we’re closing in on the Super Bowl. This year’s event is unique in that it is the first Super Bowl held in an outdoor, coldweather site — New Jersey, to be specific. However, the 2014 game shares many similarities to past Super Bowls in terms of what it took for the two teams to arrive at this point. And some of these same characteristics apply to successful investors.

• A good offense — Most Super Bowl teams are adept at moving up and down the field and crossing the goal line. And good investors know how to choose those investments that can provide them with the gains they need to keep moving toward their own goals, such as a comfortable retirement. That’s why, at every stage of your life, you will need to own a reasonable percentage of growth-oriented investments, such as stocks and stock-based vehicles. • A strong defense — Even a good offense usually isn’t enough to vault a team into the Super Bowl, which is why most participants in the Big Game also have strong defenses. Similarly, the best investors don’t just put all their money in a single type of aggressive instrument and then forget about it — they know that a downturn affecting this particular asset class could prove extremely costly. Instead, they “defend” their portfolios by diversi-

Wrentham Lions Club Membership Night The Wrentham Lions Club will hold a membership night on Thursday, March 13th at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on route 1A in Wrentham. This informal gathering is for service-minded men and women who might be interested in joining or learning more about the Lions Organization and how the local Wrentham Lions Club supports the Wrentham community, the state and international charities. Lions Club International is the world's largest nonprofit service organization in the world, with 1.35 million members and in over 200 countries. The Lions Foundation helps to eradicate preventable blindness, provide disaster relief, support youth, and meet humanitarian needs worldwide. For more information, please contact Pat Elliott, Membership Chair at 508-384-8760.

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• Perseverance — Every team that makes it to the Super Bowl has had to overcome some type of adversity — injuries to key players, a difficult schedule, bad weather, playoff games against good opponents, etc. Successful investors have also had to overcome hurdles, such as bear markets, bad economies, political battles and changing tax laws. Through it all, these investors stay invested, follow a long-term strategy and continue to look for new opportunities — and their perseverance is often rewarded. You can follow their example by not jumping out of the market when the going looks tough and not overreacting to scarysounding headlines. • Good coaching — Super Bowl teams contain many fine players, but they still need coaches who can analyze situations and make the right decisions at the right times. Smart, experienced investors also benefit from “coaching — in the form of guidance from financial professionals. It’s not always easy for busy people to study the financial markets, stay current on changing investment-related laws, monitor their own portfolios and make changes as needed. By working with a financial professional who knows your situation, needs, goals and risk tolerance, you will find it much easier to navigate the increasingly complex investment world. As we’ve seen, some of the same factors that go into producing a team capable of reaching the Super Bowl are also relevant to investors who want to reach their own goals. By incorporating these behaviors and attitudes into your own investment strategy, you’ll be following a pretty good “game plan.” This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at, and its recruiting website is Member SIPC.

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Norfolk Community League is Now Accepting Disbursement Requests The Norfolk Community League has opened its spring 2014 Disbursement process. Applications for monetary assistance are currently being accepted. Community groups, clubs, services, schools and other organizations in the Town of Norfolk are encouraged to apply. Funds will reach awarded organizations in April 2014. Visit to access the request form. The application is March 15, 2014


The Norfolk Community League is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Norfolk residents and strengthening community spirit by organizing social, family-based, fundraising, and charitable activi-

ties. Membership is a key component to making this happen. NCL Members enjoy access to groups and clubs as away to meet people in town and make new friends. Membership dues help us plan events that are fun for members and the community. They are also important for our fundraising efforts that raise money we distribute to organizations like Norfolk Public and King Philip Schools, and the Norfolk Fire Dept. To learn more about NCL or to become a member, go t o w w w. N o r f o l k C o m m u Please email Jenn Tharrett, NCL President at president@norfolkcommunityleague.or g with any questions.

Wrentham Scouts Win Big at Klondike Wrentham Scouts from Troop 131 took first place overall at the 2014 Klondike Derby, held at Camp Norse, Kingston, MA and members of Troop 61 earned third place honors in the Mountain Man Division. Also, Cub Scouts from Pack 131 won four ribbons. The annual Klondike Derby brings scouts together from surrounding towns to test skills and endurance. The Wrentham boys arrived Friday night and camped

out in 26 degree weather which was a bit warmer than years past. In addition to taking first place, Troop 131 boys won several individual events. Not to be outdone, members of Troop 61 took third in the Mountain Man division, where four Boy Scouts, ages 14 years and older, form a team to compete in a test of marksmanship, archery, axe throwing, log chopping, and skills of ingenuity and stamina.

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A Focus on Tax Strategies means you have to plan and make adjustments year-round, not just when you fill out your tax forms. Most tax preparers are just scorekeepers. They are reactive rather than proactive. You should work with a firm available throughout the year, not just one time a year.

BY JEFFREY SCHWEITZER Taxes and inflation erode the return you make on your investment portfolio. If you are in a 30% tax bracket and inflation is 4%, you need to earn 5.7% to earn nothing. Any effective plan to minimize your income taxes requires an ongoing effort on your part. That

and Roth IRA’s. Other tax-deferred alternatives are annuities, life insurance, and individual stocks and mutual funds. Tax advantaged alternatives legally shelter income from taxes by creating a tax credit versus a tax deduction. The 3 primary Taxadvantaged vehicles are: Rental Real Estate, Low Income Housing and Historic Rehabilitation Properties.

There are three broad categories of tax-favored investments that reduce your income taxes. These are: “Tax-Exempt”, which offers income that is not taxed by the federal government; “Tax Deferred”, which defers taxes on accumulation until it is withdrawn; and “Tax Advantaged” instruments, which provide a tax credit against taxes.

Older annuity and life insurance contracts can be exchanged for newer, higher paying interest contracts by using a 1035 exchange. This IRS section allows you to reposition these investments without incurring any tax liability.

Municipal bonds and Tax Free Money Market funds are two types of tax exempt vehicles.

The tax law allows married couples to exclude up to $500,000 of capital gains on the sale of their personal residence. This benefit can be used every two years.

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There are numerous options available for all of these strategies and a tax and financial professional should assist you in selecting one that properly fits your specific needs. Jeffrey Schweitzer can be found at Northeast Financial Strategies Inc (NFS) at Wampum Corner in Wrentham. NFS works with indi-

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Selectman Explores Green Community Designation It's not easy being green and in Massachusetts it's even harder. Only 123 out of 351 cities and towns are dubbed a "Green Community" by the Commonwealth and Wrentham isn't one. But Charlie Kennedy, a Wrentham selectmen, is looking into whether or not to pursue an effort to get the town the special designation which will open the door to grants and funding opportunities all related to becoming more energy efficient. At the suggestion of the other members of the Board of Selectmen, Kennedy is reaching out to the community for some feedback. If it's positive, he'd like to move forward and form a Town Energy Advisory Committee. "Is

this a good idea?" Kennedy is asking. "Do people want to help? I'm looking to gauge the public's interest." There are five major criteria that a town or city must meet to be dubbed a "Green Community". The town must provide zoning for renewable and alternative energy development, adopt an expedited application and permit process for energy facilities, establish an energy use baseline and develop a plan to reduce energy use by twenty percent (20%) within five (5) years, purchase fuel-efficient vehicles, and strengthen building codes relating to energy efficiency in new constructions. Kennedy believes it's a good effort to pursue. By achieving the

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Norfolk Lions Community Day is June 7, 2014 Save the date! June may seem like a long way off, but the Norfolk Lions Community Day team is already planning this annual event. This year’s event resurrects the original “Old Tyme Day” theme from years past when times were a little slower and more affordable. Community Day 2014 will take place on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 11:00 until 4:00. Once again the Holmes Family has graciously agreed to host the event at their property at 22 Myrtle Street, Norfolk. This will be the Lions' 22nd year bringing a day of family fun and entertainment. The Lions’ goal is to provide a country fair type environment including music, dancing, games, petting animals, hayrides, train rides, pie eating contest, foam for kids to play in, food and historical displays. This is an event for the entire Norfolk Community to come out, celebrate and get to know neighbors. The Lions welcome your participation and invite any Norfolk business,

organization, neighborhood or group to participate in Community Day. Groups and organizations (including corporations) can take part in a number of ways, whether by setting up a booth or tent, sponsoring an activity or entertainment, or simply by becoming a sponsor. There is no set fee to participate, but we do ask that you provide something in return. For example, if your company wants to have a booth, then you should have something to offer that will add to the fun such as a game or activity, or provide financial support that will be used towards other expenses. You can also sponsor an event or entertainment. We are flexible; just tell us what you have in mind. Help make Norfolk Community Day 2014 one of the best and join the fun. You may contact the Norfolk Lions Club at or call Patti McCarty @ 508-520-0540 or Ed Melanson @ 508-843-1528.


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