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Millis Girls Basketball - State Champions Life, Liberty, Pizza Delivery, Team Captures Division 4 Central Title and the Pursuit of Comedy BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY

It was just two short years ago when the Millis girls basketball team was at just about the lowest point they could possibly be at – a season in which the Lady Mohawks managed only a single win in 19 attempts. Now, they’re sitting atop of the world after claiming the Massachusetts Division 4 state championship after dispatching of both the West and North Champion with relative ease.

After rolling through the Division 4 Central bracket in which Millis took out the number 2 seed (Parker Charter), the 10 seed (Greater Lowell), the 3 seed (West Boylston) and the 8 seed (AyerShirley) by an average of 17 points, the Mustangs then ventured into the state championship bracket. There Millis was nothing short of amazing as the 15 seed Mohawks demolished the West’s number 1 seed Quabog and the North’s number 3 seed New Mission by 18 and 21 points respectively. “We didn’t do anything different, we played the way we have all year long,” Millis Coach Dave Fallon said of his team’s run through the tournament. “Either these teams didn’t see teams that played press defense, or they didn’t see one that did it as well as we do.”

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Congratulations go to Millis Girls Basketball State Champions, seen here holding their trophy is from the Divison 4 Central Championship game. Photo by Sue Jubb.

Since the 1-19 campaign two years prior, Millis has managed to make it to the South Sectional Championship before losing, and now winning, the state championship. Coach Fallon knew that his girls had the skill and potential to climb to the top of the mountain and fly the Millis flag. What he didn’t realize was how determined they really were. "Before the season, I figured that we had a real shot at making it to the state finals, but I never thought we’d do it in such a convincing matter,” he said.

“You’ve got to credit the girls; they were the best defensive team throughout the entire tournament.” As Millis was knocking off giant after giant, it was a magical run that could have easily never happened. Millis finished the season 10-10 and barely made it into the tournament and had to defeat numerous teams along the way with single digit losses. In the state finals the

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Steve Wheeler is earning a name as a up-coming comedian, not only because he's from Medway, but also because he's still in high school. Wheeler says, "I started comedy when I was seventeen, about a year ago. I first performed in Medford at a Relay For Life event." Relay For Life is a charity that supports cancer research. Since then he's performed three times in Framingham at the Amazing Arts Center and twice in New York comedy clubs. He appeared on the Dereck and Kay online radio show on March 2nd. "This is a huge dream of mine," says Wheeler. "I started writing my own jokes when I was 14 years old."


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Mohawks took out two teams that went a combined 31-6 during the regular season. A year earlier, the Mohawks were 9-11 earning the very last seed in the tournament, but then went on to knock off the 2, 3 and 6 seed before falling to Greater New Bedford, the 4 seed. “We absolutely knew what we had coming in, but expected to be better than a 10-10 team. Our expectations were high, and our goal was winning the state title,” Fallon said. “Records and seedings mean nothing to us. We didn’t look like a 10-10 team and the girls, most of who had tournament experience, knew who they were, and that’s all that mattered to them.” The Mohawks opened the season on the right foot going 5-1, but they soon found themselves battled in a

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troubled stretch in which they lost 5 games in a row, including two in overtime and two where they held a fourth quarter lead. Many teams could have just curled up and died, but Millis seemed to prey on the tough losses, and when they defeated Hopkinton (15-5) in triple overtime, they seemed to know everything was going to be alright.

“Defense is this team’s hallmark, and we were definitely tested night in and night out in the TVL. The league is brutal in itself, but a challenge,” the Mohawk Coach said. “We are a product of the league we play in as are playing Division 2 and 3 schools during the regular season.”

As the tournament neared Millis picked up three straight wins before dropping the regular season’s finale to Medfield, last year’s Division 2 State Champion. Although Medfield beat up on Millis, as they did to just about every other TVL opponent, the loss gave the Mohawks the strength they needed as they entered the tournament.

Junior Amy Assad, who averaged 20 points and 14 rebounds through the team’s Division 4 Central Championship run, was the squad's leading scorer for the second year in a row. Fallon knew exactly what he had in the TVL All Star. Senior Camden Morrison averaged 9 rebounds a game during the regular season, but stepped up her scoring averaging 12 points during the tournament, including an 18 point, 12 rebound night against Quabog in the State’s opening round. Another senior, Katy Golden, averaged 8

Coach Fallon believes Millis’ success derives from the team’s suffocating defense, but also comes from playing in the Tri-Valley League.

points per game during the regular season, knocked down 16 against Quabog. Other athletes on Millis’ Division 4 State Championship team were seniors Jessica Fucci, Jen Monroe and Shayna Hopkins; juniors Alyssa Fallon, the team’s defensive leader, Olivia Donehey, Layne Cassidy and Danielle Ciolfi and sophomore Erica Mullally. Also seeing action during the tournament run were junior varsity call-ups Theresa Cerullo, Shannon Ryder and Erin Collins. Although Coach Fallon doesn’t believe in seedings, one can only imagine how good Millis could really be if they had a winning record during the regular season. If you think teams are worried about the Mohawks now, no one would feel good about stepping onto the court if Millis were the opponent.

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The Clyde F. Brown Elementary School, in Millis, recently produced its first talent show, a fundraising effort led by Clyde Brown Home & School Association parents Leanne Connors and Nicole Saghbini. The effort, put together by a steering committee of about seven parents, as well as numerous volunteers the night of the show, raised about $3,000 for the H S A. Tickets were sold in advance and at the door, and flowers, small trophies and baked goods were sold at the event. In all, 34 acts, with 80 children from pre-K to 4th grade performed at Clyde Brown’s Got Talent, which

was sponsored by Roche Bros., Northeast Signature Properties, Subway of Medfield, Lovell’s, Market Basket and Designs by Lorraine. “The show couldn’t have gone on without the help and support of all Millis parent and teacher volunteers,” adds Dawn Fournier, who notes that even Millis firefighters got involved in creating an introductory video with student talent show emcee, Bryson Mustard. DVDs of the show are currently being produced, and information on how to purchase them will be made available to Clyde Brown parents as they near completion.

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He got a major break when a producer from California saw videos of his performances on YouTube. "He set me up with the Greenwich Village Comedy Club and the Broadway Comedy Club, and I'm going back to perform at Eastville Comedy Club on April 9th." Wheeler's father, Russ Wheeler, isn't surprised by his son's success. "He's a very persistent kid," he says, noting that stand-up comedy is his son's dream. "Even when we were living in North Carolina, at nine years old, he was doing card tricks and magic shows for the neighborhood." Russ Wheeler has been in the audience to support his son, and

Local Town Pages he's impressed by his efforts. "When it comes to persistence, that's him." He also appreciates how well Steve connects to the audience. "Not just the teens get him. In their twenties, thirties, forties, fifties and onward, they get it. The last time we went to New York he had a younger crowd, and it worked out well, but before that, the older crowd, they understood him, too." Steve Wheeler says he isn't unnerved by standing up in front of strangers to tell jokes. "I'm the youngest one wherever I go to perform, but I don't find it nervewracking because I love audiences. Once I get them laughing, I feel a lot more comfortable." Comedy has always been a part of his life. "I'm more inspired by

the classic comedians because that's what I grew up watching. Rodney Dangerfield, Red Skelton, Buddy Hacket." He adds, though, "We're a funny family so I'm inspired by my family." His routines draw on material from his life: high school, his relationship with his girlfriend, and his work at Supreme Pizza in Medway. And the relationship between life and comedy goes both ways. Sometimes when he's delivering pizza, "I'll throw in jokes to see how people react." He also says, "My friends are very supportive, and my family is very supportive." But there's one special supporter he singles out. "My biggest supporter is my girlfriend." Vanessa Lauber's encouragement got him back into

Medway Lions Annual Pancake Breakfast, Sunday April 13 The Medway Lions Club will be hosting its Annual “All You Can Eat” Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 13th from 8 a.m.- 12 Noon. The event will be held at Medway High School on 88 Summer Street. The cafeteria-style presentation will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, baked beans, fruit, and Joe’s “famous quiche,” as well as a variety of beverages. A professional photographer will be available for pictures with the Easter Bunny. Coloring contest and great raffle prizes. This annual, very successful event supports a variety of town and community efforts as well as eye research. Cost is $8 for adults and $6 for Senior Citizens and children age 10 and under.

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performing while he was taking a break from it. "She pushed me to that next level, that I should live up to my dream." Russ Wheeler admires his son's dedication, the time he spends creating and refining his jokes. "He decided on his own, and he's a very persistent kid. He has to go his own way." Although he plans to keep writing jokes and performing, Steve Wheeler is also continuing the hard work that's characterized his life so far. In the fall, he's going to attend the Peterson School in

Westwood in order to become an oil heat technician. "I was brought up in a high comedy atmosphere for my entire life," says Wheeler. "It touched me. I want to help people realize that making you laugh is the best medicine. I love making people laugh, and I love laughing." You can view Steve Wheeler's videos on his Youtube channel at heCapeShow. Steve will appear at New York's Eastville Comedy Club on April 9th.

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Millis High Students Make the Cut Documentary Film Wins Several Awards BY J.D. O’GARA Move over, Hollywood, because two local students are putting Millis on the filmmaking map. Directly on the heels of taking silver prize in the March 1st Millis Film Festival, presented by the Millis Cultural Council at Millis Public Library, Millis High seniors Victoria Robbins and Kristina O’Connell took home first prize in student film with their documentary, Stained Glass, at the Salem Film Festival The film tells the story of the growing relationship between a teenage girl and her grandfather. Together they find common ground by working on a passion they both share: cutting stained glass. Robbins’ and O’Connell’s film was voted best of the top 10 Five-minute student

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films among 68 submitted by 136 filmmakers. What’s more, the documentary took first place in its genre at the Catamount Arts’ High School Filmmakers Showcase in Vermont and won for Best in Festival. For that one, the two friends won a $2,000 scholarship to take any School of Cinema and Performing Arts (SOCAPA) class. The young friends, now seniors at Millis High School, have actually been making videos for years. “We stared when we were really young, 7th grade,” says O’Connell. “We made a Youtube channel back in 8th grade,” says Victoria, “Once we started getting a lot of subscribers, we decided we should

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probably make our work a little more professional and worked with Mrs. Manion, and all of our projects just got better and better.” Kristina and Victoria credit Danielle Manion, who teaches video production at Millis High School, with pushing them to try new types of film. They say she encouraged them to make a documentary, and thus they produced Stained Glass. “I told her I cut stained glass, and she said, ‘You’ve got to make a documentary about that,” says O’Connell. Manion, however, says she is the one inspired by these two students. “When they were little, somebody showed me their website,” says the teacher. “When I saw their work, I knew they had a gift. They are remarkable, self-directed learners.” Manion credits the two students with “completely changing the culture of our school. They have made video production fun and cool ... Everybody makes videos here, and it’s a really positive thing. They way (Victoria and Kristina) approach everything, and the sense of perfectionism in their work – they give 100% to it and bring in everybody. The enthusiasm they have is infectious.” O’Connell and Robbins spent about a year putting together the film. O’Connell muses that her grandfather, who’s 88, who keeps to himself, was not always aware the two were filming his stained glass workshop.

Millis High School seniors Victoria Robbins, left, and Kristina O’Connell, center, are shown here being interviewed after receiving first prize in 5-minute Student Film at the Salem Film Festival for their documentary, Stained Glass. The two also took the silver prize at the Millis Film Festival and won Best Documentary and Best in Festival at the Catamount Arts’ High School Filmmakers Showcase in Vermont.

on film, because of his personality,” says O’Connell. In the end, of course, Kristina emailed the final product to her grandparents, and they loved the film.

tremely critical and sometimes argue about getting things perfect. If they really can’t make a decision between them, they’ll come to me.”

Other films the pair have worked on include a mock car crash for the SADD program a few years ago that involved the local police and fire departments, as well as schoolwide lip dub music videos that involve almost all of the students at school, and a darker short film, Mommy.

The young filmmakers say they are both inspired by the kids who’ve done it before them, and they get a kick out of inspiring younger students at Millis High School.

Regardless of the type of film they’re shooting, the two work well together.

“Any shots I got of her grandfather, they were done in secrecy,” admits Victoria.

“She picks up on things I don’t pick up on, and I pick up on things she doesn’t pick up on, so we’re a great team,” says Robbins. Both feel strongly about their art, so occasionally, they disagree. That’s when they seek out a third party.

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“Each generation is influencing each other, and it’s pretty awesome,” says Kristina, The two hope Stained Glass will do well at The Student Awards for Television Excellence, a regional competition of student film sponsored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which actually takes place at Millis High School. Last year, O’Connell and Robbins received two honorable mentions at the annual event, which will take place this month, on April 2nd.

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Millis Theatre Group Takes Trip to Oz Wizard of Oz to Be Performed April 4th, 5th, 11th & 12th BY J.D. O’GARA Millis Theatre Group, in consortia with Millis Schools, will perform the musical Wizard of Oz, April 4, 5, 11 and 12th at Millis High School theater, 245 Plain St., Millis. The beloved classic, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the L. Frank Baum film with Judy Garland, is to be performed in five performances, produced by Karen Motekaitis and directed by Barbara Brashier. Evening shows are at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Saturday April 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Director Barbara Brashier notes that the last time the Millis Theatre Group performed the Wizard of Oz, it sparked the ongoing collaboration between the theatre group and the Millis Middle/High School. “Thirteen years ago, we were doing our plays at the Church of Christ, not at the school,” says Brashier. “We gave tickets out to all the teachers of the school system, and the principal of the Middle School came and said, ‘My goal is to give the school that doesn’t have any drama to have drama, and can we get you

guys to come put on a musical?’ This is the 12th year we’ve done that. We put our adults, many of whom have acting experience, with the students, so they can act.” In fact, over 50 students are cast in April’s production, which also relies on the efforts of many behind scenes volunteers for its success. Some of the main cast, says Brashier, have grown with the theatre group. Rebecca Butensky, who will be starring as “Dorothy,” says the director, started out with Millis Theatre Group when she was very young, playing “Chip” in Beauty and the Beast. Similarly, Lannah Fitzgerald, who plays “Glinda,” has held a number of roles in numerous productions, as has Guthrie Morgan, who plays “Aunt Em.” Adult players taking on lead roles in the Millis Theatre Group’s Wizard of Oz production include Bob O’Neill as the Scarecrow. “Bob has been with us from the very beginning, “ says Barbara, who literally met Bob on the street. Others are parents who somehow became involved through their children’s involvement. “Scott Day, the “Lion,” was sitting in the audience when his oldest son was doing Beauty and the Beast,” says Brashier, “and we asked if he could come be in the show.” Brashier says they found he had a wonderful voice.

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Similarly, she says, Neillee Harold became involved with last year’s production when her son wanted to audition. She held the role of Bloody Mary in last year’s South Pacific. This year’s Tin Man, Peter Themistocles, a first-timer to the Millis Theatre Group who has participated in the theatre in the past, was drawn to the production when his two daughters were interested. The musical includes such favorite songs as “Over the Rainbow,” “If I Only Had a Heart”, “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,” and takes the audience on a journey with Dorothy and her dog Toto, with new friends Lion, Scarecrow and Tinman in search of Oz through Munchkinland and the land of Oz. The cast also includes: Brian Steiner (Guard), Jake Diggins (Uncle Henry), Sean Doherty (Professor Marvel), Noah Day, Josh Price, Dominic Spada, Justin Matthews, Ryan Malewicz, Nick Steiner, Rachel Matthews, Alyssa Cooney,

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“It’s Not about the Hike” at Medway Library, April 2nd The Medway Public Library will host “It’s Not About the Hike” on Wednesday, April 2nd, from 7-8:15 p.m. No registration is necessary.

they hiked over 1,600 miles to the tops of over 244 mountains through all four seasons. This multi-media presentation is for everyone -- hikers and nonhikers, people who are sedentary or active, outdoor enthusiasts and indoor homebodies, 10 year olds and 90 year olds and everyone in between. The presentation is NOT about the hike; it is an inspirational and motivational program about pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones, overcoming our fears, finding our passions and living our lives to the fullest.Speakers share about their personal lives in a way that makes the message and learning universal. The book, It’s Not About the Hike, will be offered for sale after the presentation.

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Got Artifacts? Millis Historical Commission Seeks Fire Paraphernalia for Niagara Display Millis residents – the Historical Commission wants you! Or, rather, your stories, photos and other memorabilia that might be related to the history of Millis firefighters. Work is coming along at the historical Niagara Building in Millis, with Tri-County student crews busy renovating staircases and other interior parts of the building, and the members of the

Millis Historical Commission are taking steps to prepare items for display. Nathan Maltinsky, of the Historical Commission, says that the group does have some artifacts to be displayed in glass cases in the building, but they are seeking more. Some of the items they will be able to show include five of six original lithographs and other pieces cur-

When renovations are complete, the public will also be able to get an up close look at the murals painted upstairs in the Niagara building. These pieces, painted over, were discovered a few years ago and restored.

rently in the fire department’s possession, as well as some photos, uniform pieces and items left in the building. “What we’re trying to do is get all of our materials together ahead of time to put them in some sort of format” for display,” says Maltinsky. He’s hoping residents will come forward with any bit of history they can share, be it an oral history, photo or artifact.

The Millis Historical Commission is seeking fire artifacts from Millis like these caps, shown held by Mark Slayton, left, and Nathan Maltinsky, right.

“If people don’t want to donate these things, they could perhaps loan it to us for a time,” says Mark Slayton, also a Historical

Some items to be on display will include this sign, which perhaps kept track of fire calls to certain locations in town. Commission member. Photos, for example, could also be scanned and given back to their owners. If anyone has such items that they would like to share, or if

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Linsky Announces Local Aid for FY 2015 BOSTON – Representative David Linsky (D-Natick) announced today that the House of Representatives has agreed to a Local Aid Resolution for Fiscal Year 2015, which increases funding for municipalities across the Commonwealth, including the towns in the Fifth Middlesex District. “This is great news for all communities in the Commonwealth, but I am especially pleased that Natick, Sherborn and Millis will all receive local aid increases for Fiscal Year 2015,” said Representative Linsky.

The Local Aid Resolution includes $945.8 million for Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) which is a $25.5 million increase or 2.8% over FY14. The resolution also includes $4.4 billion in Chapter 70 (education) funding. This is a $99.5 million increase or 2.3% over FY14. “The towns in my district have some of the best school systems in the country and this funding will help maintain the high level of excellence for which the schools have been recognized,” said Representative Linsky.

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Millis: $931,622, Natick: $3,390,794, Sherborn: $192,744 House Ways and Means will release the rest of its budget this month.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Millis Public Library April 5th To celebrate National Poetry Month, poetry workshops will be held on April 5th in the Roche Bros. Community room at the Millis Public Library. A poetry workshop for children aged 9-12

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Eating Disorder Support Wednesday Nights Those struggling with eating disorders may find peer support at a new weekly eating disorders anonymous meeting, beginning the 1st Wednesday of April 2014, and be held every Wednesday night from 7-8 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish, 151 Village St., Medway, MA., downstairs. The contact person is Shirley at (508) 533-4517 email at At this time, the meeting is open only to those who have eating disorders.

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Sign Up Now for Women on Target The National Rifle Association, Gun Owners’ Action League and the Fin, Fur & Feather Club of Wellesley and Natick are proud to present our sixth annual women’s only instructional shooting clinic. Saturday, May 31, 2014, (rain date June 7), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The Fin Fur and Feather Club, 100 Larch Road, Millis, MA 02054.

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Local Teens Form National Teen Age Republicans Chapter On February 12th the National Teen Age Republicans SouthEastern Massachusetts Chapter had their first meeting. “It was amazing the number of kids interested and willing to come out and get involved” states Caroline Dooley (Norfolk/North Attleboro) who founded the chapter. After working on many different local campaigns Dooley found it important to reach out

to her peers to get more involved in local politics. “Many people do not recognize the impact a group of dedicated teenagers can make.” At their meeting Caroline Dooley (Norfolk/North Attleboro) was voted chair, Cullen Murphy (North Attleboro) was voted Vice-Chair, Bridget Cullagh (Norfolk) was voted secretary and Eddie Cullinane (Wrentham) was voted treasurer. Dooley says that she is

“very excited to have the privilege and opportunity to work with such a great group of dedicated people.” Although they had a great turnout at their first meeting the chapter is still looking for more members “the more people that join the bigger impact we can have” says Dooley. They are looking for any teenagers who share the same basic core values and want to expand their political knowledge and experience. If interested or want additional information contact Caroline Dooley at (508) 431-3140 or at Facebook at their group (National Teen Age Republicans: South-Eastern Massachusetts Chapter).

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Yama Fuji Asian Fusion Restaurant Brings Medway to Cutting Edge Asian Fusion has come to Medway, and it has transformed the space where Rugged Bear once stood. “People should come here, because there’s a new concept, a new style,” says Yama Fuji Asian Fusion Restaurant restaurateur Jason Yau. “It is the fashion for Asian restaurants, not like the tired family restaurants they might be used to.” Yau, a native of mainland, China, who moved to the United States as a teenager in 1986, has been in the culinary business for 29 years. His Medway Yama Fuji Asian Fusion Restaurant is the second of his loca-

Yau sees his trendy space as filing a consumer need.

tions, as he opened his first in North Smithfield, RI, four years ago. The sleek spot, with updated granite counters, colorful artwork and carved wood offers 12 hibachi stations, a huge sushi bar, and a separate, elegant dining area with spacious, leather-seated booth as well as a huge, up-to-date cocktail bar area. Diners can enjoy their choice of fresh Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine.

“Recently, hibachi restaurants are very popular,” says Yau. “People are seeking healthy food, and here, the customer can see what they’ve ordered on the grill, and they can then talk to the chef, who will cook it right in front of them.” Hibachi customers can choose from poultry seafood, or steak, all with fresh ingredients, served with side choices such as soup, salad, hibachi fried rice and Hibachi vegetable. Items are lightly seasoned, with low sodium, and the location also offers a gluten free menu. The style attracts families, young professionals, and anyone looking for a fun, exciting night out. Lau, a married Southboro father of two, who designed the layout and did carpentry work to transform the space for Fuji Yama, says each of his five hibachi chefs have more than 10 years experience.


“I tried them all,” says Lau,” It is a very, very good experience. Most customers always have a conversation with the chef, and if they like the chef, they will request that chef to cook for (them).” At Yama Fuji’s sushi bar, the head

sushi chef also brings over 10 years of experience working in New York. “We order the fish from the Japanese spry house, True World Food,” says Lau. Fish is ordered six days a week and delivered every day to make it fresh,” he says. The restaurant itself can accommodate up 180 people, says Lau. The large space can easily accommodate functions or large parties, says Lau. Overall, Yama Fuji Asian Fusion Restaurant brings to Medway

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Millis COA April Events April 2, Podiatrist, Dr. Cooper Dr. Cooper will be here from 9 to 11. Although his appointments are first come, first served we ask that you call ahead so he may plan his day. Center visits are $30; home visits are $50.

April 3, Norfolk County Register of Deeds Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell will hold Office Hours at Millis Town Hall, Veterans Memorial Building located at 900 Main St. in Room 130 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Register O’Donnell and members of his staff will be on hand to answer questions about the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds. The Register will have information about the Massachusetts Homestead Act as well as on-site work stations that can provide in real time the status of your mortgage discharge, a print out of your deed or a demonstration of how Registry technology works. No appointment is necessary.

April 10, Congestive Heart Failure Information Heart failure is one of the most common reasons for hospital admissions among those 65+. Heart failure requires you to pay close attention to changes in symptoms. Reduce your chances of hospital visits by understanding your symptoms and knowing when they signal trouble. Learn the warning signs. Three Registered Nurses will be here at 10 a.m. to give a short teaching presentation on Congestive Heart Failure. Deb our Hairdresser will also be here on April 10th at 10 a.m.. The cost of a haircut is $12. Please call for an appointment.

April 16, SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol Program) We are all responsible for being involved participants in our own healthcare system. If you or someone you know has been subjected to questionable

billing practices and/or deceptive marketing tactics related to healthcare, you should attend the COA’s presentation from SMP on Wednesday, April 16th from 10-11 a.m. You will learn how to prevent healthcare errors, fraud and abuse and how to understand the Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) and other medical bills. Medicare health benefits information (SHINE-Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone on Medicare) and other cross-referrals are provided. Remember, healthcare errors can also cost you your life or the life of a loved one.

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ter has a wonderful environment and atmosphere as it is a small group setting. We can enrich the lives of seniors living alone, with care-taking spouses needing respite, or seniors living with active families. Everyone enjoys our with memory enhancement program, chair exercises, board games, trivia, bingo, crafts, cards, music, singing, movies, laughter and more. We benefit seniors that are depressed or lonely and missing a sense of community.

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Spring Home and Garden Show Up to Spruce up Millis! Millis Beautification Day Saturday, April 12 “If Mother Nature will cooperate, we’ll do the rest.” That’s what Bonnie Hilton, CoPresident of the Millis Garden Club, said about a community project celebrating its 10th anniversary this spring. When the Millis Garden Club and the Millis Lions Club first joined forces in 2004, they expected a one-time event where volunteers would come together and spruce up the town. Turned out, they’ve been working together on the second Saturday in April ever since. This year’s cleanup will take place on April 12, from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. “After the winter we’ve had, we’re all ready for spring. Please, Mother Nature,” Hilton, Co-Chair of Millis Beautification Day, pleaded, “give us sunny skies & mild temperatures. With nice weather, we can expect between 150 and 200 volunteers to show up to spruce up our town.” During Millis Beautification Day, people from many sectors of the community work together on a common goal -- to make Millis a better, more attractive town. Members and supporters of the Garden Club and the Lions Club along with other civic-minded residents, including Scout and other youth groups, yield rakes, hoes and trash bags. While not an official sponsor, the enthusiastic participation of many students from the Millis public schools – athletic teams, students working on community projects, and many who just care about their community -- along with their teachers and parents, make a huge impact. Last year, the volunteers cleaned up over 100 cubic yards of brush and trash. That translates to180 leaf bags, 110 bags of trash, 2 small dump truck loads, and 4 large dump truck loads of brush and dead trees. They also removed 12 old tires and 4 TVs. “The town of Millis has a limited budget for the Department of Public Works. There isn’t enough staff to go around and clean up all the

sites,” said Jim McKay, Assistant Director of the town’s Department of Public Works (DPW). “The Garden Club and the Lions Club organize the event like a well-oiled machine and bring together the volunteers. It’s always great working with both organizations. Our staff supports their efforts.” The benefits go beyond the immediate clean up, according to McKay. “It also helps the town with the annual reports we have to submit to federal EPA & MassDEP for storm water and wetland management. We could never accomplish this much on our own.”

The Millis Lions Club and the Millis Garden Club are both encouraging town residents to come out and join them for the day. “We will build community spirit and pride when town residents come together and help on April 12th,” urges O’Shaughnessy. “This is a

great opportunity to make the town look nice, and we all benefit when we save tax money. All it takes is an investment of four hours of their time on a Saturday.” Registration on Millis Beautification Day begins at 7:30 a.m. at the registration tent on the parking lot of the Veterans Memorial Building on Main Street. Thanks

to the support of local businesses, coffee and refreshments are provided. All workers must bring and wear gloves, and they are encouraged to bring their own rakes as well. Advance registration is recommended, but not mandatory. For more information, call Mike at (508) 376-1202 or email him at

Mike O’Shaughnessy, Co-Chair of Millis Beautification Day 2014 and past King Lion, said the event beautifies the town. “The selectmen always approve the project enthusiastically,” he said, “and the DPW always has one or two trucks going around, bringing bags of trash to the transfer station.” “Jim McKay is very much involved and very supportive. It’s a way we can partner with the town and the citizens,” says O’Shaughnessy. “Our club dedicates this effort to the late Lion Don Reynolds, who for many years spearheaded many initiatives around town, including planting the flowering pear trees seen around Millis, and the installation of the clock at the Veterans Memorial Building.” The organizers identify sites to be cleaned up a few weeks in advance. The areas around the schools, the Veterans Memorial Building, and Richardson’s Pond are standbys, along with well-travelled roads throughout the town. “Litter pollutes our community. When pedestrians or drivers toss their cigarette butts, bottles, disposable cups or napkins along the roadway, they’re not thinking of the effect it has. Litter decreases property values and reduces quality of life. It can be hazardous to both humans and animals. And, clean-up costs time and money,” said Hilton. “We love the many appreciative comments we hear after the event about how nice the town looks because of our clean up.”

The 10th Annual Millis Beautification Day, a collaboration of the Millis Garden Club, the Millis Lions Club, town officials and most importantly, volunteers, will take place Saturday, April 12th. Photo by S. Steele.

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Spring Home and Garden Starting Off Your Garden on the Right Foot As winter slowly winds down, many gardeners cannot wait to soak up the springtime sun and get their hands dirty in the garden. Such excitement is not just good for gardeners, but can benefit the garden in the months to come as well. Late winter or early spring is a great time to get a head start on the gardening season. Even if gardening season is still around the corner, completing the following projects can ensure your garden gets off on the right foot.

Clear debris One of the best things you can do for your garden as winter winds down is to clear it of debris. Winter can be especially harsh on a landscape, and gardens left to the elements are often filled with debris

once spring arrives. Dead leaves, fallen branches, rocks that surfaced during the winter frost, and even garbage that might have blown about in winter winds can all pile up in a garden over a typical winter. Clearing such debris likely won't take long, but it's a great first step toward restoring the garden before the time comes to plant and grow the garden once again.

Examine the soil Soil plays a significant role in whether a garden thrives or struggles. Examining the soil before the season starts can help gardeners address any issues before they plant. Ignoring the soil until a problem arises can turn the upcoming gardening season into a lost opportunity, so test the soil to

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Spring Home and Garden Medway Clean Sweep 2014 April 12th

Clean Sweep involves picking up roadside litter and recyclables that have accumulated over the winter months. Volunteers are provided with t-shirts, bags and gloves. The cleanup is followed by a cookout for the volunteers. Proposed areas for cleanup are:

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The Joy of Reading Springs to Life at Medway Library's Toddler Jam Toria Magnifico, 16 months (foreground), and her sister, Gabi, 2 ½, get a closer look at the dulcimer during a recent session of Toddler Jam at Medway Library. Toddler Jam adds a new dimension to the joy of books and reading by incorporating music, song, and dance. Children quickly get on their feet and join the fun, clapping, singing, and dancing to the music. Toddler Jam is held at Medway Library weekly on Wednesday mornings, with sessions at 10:30 and 11 a.m. It is open to all area children; no registration required.

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Millis Lions Accepting Scholarship Applications from Millis High Seniors Graduating high school seniors who are, or who have a parent or guardian that is a resident of Millis, can now apply for the 2014 Millis Lions Club Scholarship. The scholarship is a one-time amount, based on acceptance at a school of two or more years of study leading to a certificate or degree; scholastic proficiency; financial need; evidence of service and

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Living Healthy Pilates for Baby Boomers In 1945, Joseph Pilates wrote, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.” He understood that he was fifty years ahead of his time. And today, almost 70 years later, the program he developed is stronger than ever, having reached a worldwide audience and a following of folks from early teens to late 70s. Yes, late 70s, and maybe even beyond. Pilates is a program for every body, regardless of past exercise experience. Today, many doctors, osteopaths and physiotherapists are increasingly recommending Pilates for people who aren’t very fit, have aches and pains and have experienced injuries or illnesses.

Why would someone who has not exercised in gyms for years (if ever) find that Pilates would be a good program for them to start when they reach this wonderful time of life? First, our bodies are changing. There are pains that never were there before. Things we used to do aren’t quite as easy to do anymore. As active we have been and as carefully we have been taking care of ourselves, time is letting us know that we are getting older. It is not something we like, not something we want to admit to ourselves, much less anyone else, but it is true. Our bodies hurt! Second, many of us have more time available to us. The kids are gone or are going off on their

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Third, we have spent the last countless years doing for others. Now is the time to do for ourselves. Since the kids are gone and the grandchildren aren’t yet around (or are, but not all the time), what sort of activity will make you feel good about yourself?

2.The program improves movement quality using smooth, flowing, controlled exercises that tone, stretch and balance the body.

How does Pilates answer these changes? In reverse order, Pilates is a mind body exercise program. Clients practice exercises, which are in a specific order, and they are encouraged to learn the order. Memory is one of the key concepts of Pilates. It is an hour set aside for the client to work their body and mind with the guidance of an instructor, all aimed at the individual’s well being, safety and success. At the end of the hour, your body will feel stretched, worked, and stronger. Your mind will be cleared of any baggage that came into the studio with you. You can’t help but forget the outside world when you have to focus on yourself! A great thing to do for yourself!

1.Pilates is a non-impact body conditioning program.

3.Studios usually have equipment (called Reformers), where a combination of springs of different tensions along with the client’s own body weight provide resistance during exercises, a weight bearing component to the workout. The exercises are strength-building exercises, but are easy on the joints because of the springs. 4.The exercises are performed at a moderate pace, a balance between exertion and recovery time. 5.The exercises encourage full range of motion, which increases joint mobility. Joint are not compromised because there is no pounding on them, it is gentle movement. 6.The exercises require the clients to focus on the movement, also including the mind in the process.

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Living Healthy 2014 Oral Cancer Awareness Month each day. The good news is that it can often be found early in its development, through a simple, painless, and quick screening.

skin, prostate, colon and breast examinations, oral cancer screenings are an effective means of finding cancer at its early, highly curable stages. Make them part of your annual health check-ups.

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Every adult. Oral cancer can often be caught early, even as a pre-cancer. With early detection, survival rates are high and the side effects are from treatment are at their lowest. Like other screenings you engage in such as cervical,

There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, a long term historic problem and cause, and the other is through exposure to the HPV16 virus (human papilloma

Early Detection Saves Lives In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Petcu of Medway, MA will be offering free oral cancer screenings in his Medway office during the month of April 2014, the National Oral Cancer Awareness month. Oral cancer is not a rare disease. Approximately 43,250 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the US. It kills one person every hour of every day, and over 115 new individuals will be diagnosed with it

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virus version 16), which is now the leading cause of oral cancers in the US, and the same one, which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women. The quickest growing segment of the oral cancer population are young, healthy, non-smokers due to the connection to this virus.

Dr. Petcu is committed to serving our community and will be glad to help patients, friends and family overcome any concerns related to oral cancer detection. For complete details and to make an appointment please call (508) 533 8433 or email

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The Link Between Diabetes and Dental Health Regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining oral health. In addition to preventing dental caries and removing tartar that contributes to gum disease, dental checkups can alert patients to other potential health problems. For example, symptoms of periodontal disease may be indicative of the presence of diseases that stems from outside of the mouth, including diabetes. Diabetes, a condition of uncontrolled blood sugar or insulin pro-

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duction, can affect many areas of the body, including the mouth. Diabetics face a high risk of oral health problems because of fluctuating levels of blood sugar, which impairs white blood cells. White blood cells are the body's main defense against disease and are dispatched when a virus or bacteria is present. Should white blood cells be rendered less effective, the body's defense system is compromised and infections can occur in the mouth and elsewhere.

Those with diabetes may complain of certain oral symptoms. Uncontrolled diabetes can result in a decrease in saliva flow, which leads to dry mouth. Saliva is important to wash away bacteria in the mouth. Gum inflammation can occur because diabetes causes blood vessels to thicken, slowing the flow of waste and nutrients from bodily tissues. An increase in bacteria and the compromised state of white blood cells makes for the perfect environment for periodontal disease. Furthermore, uncontrolled diabetes can make it more difficult for the mouth and other areas of the body to heal. Therefore, there may be recurrent mouth infections, sores and other symptoms of irritation. Thrush, a condition of overabundant yeast in the body that can cause white patches and soreness in the mouth, is also more prevalent among diabetics. The American Diabetes Association says that not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Many people are unaware they have diabetes until an oral health exam raises a red flag that warns of uncontrolled blood sugar. Those who are aware of their diabetes should take treatment seriously to keep blood sugar levels in check. They also should discuss their diabetes with a dentist and other oral health practitioners so that a custom exam and screening schedule can be implemented. It is vital for diabetics to maintain oral health to reduce the risk of infections of the mouth that can spread elsewhere throughout the body.

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Living Healthy Computer Vision Syndrome: Do you have it? BY ROGER M. KALDAWY, M.D., MILFORD FRANKLIN EYE CENTER

your head to look from the document to the screen.

More and more time is spent every day using computer screens, and our eyes are paying the price. Research shows that 25 % to 93% of computer users experience a problem so common there’s a name for it: computer vision syndrome (CVS). Symptoms of CVS include decreased or blurred vision, burning or stinging eyes, sensitivity to light, headaches and back and neck pain.

2. Reduce glare Letters on a computer screen are not as clear as letters on a printed page. Your eyes will work harder if there is too little contrast between letters and background or glare on the screen. This can result in sensitivity to light that can worsen under high-wattage fluorescent or flickering lights. Position your screen to avoid glare from overhead lights or windows. Close the blinds on your windows or switch to lower-watt bulbs in your desk lamp. If you cannot change the lighting to minimize glare, buy a glare filter for your monitor.

CVS is more common if we exceed 2 hours of continuous computer screen time a day. The most common causes of this syndrome include improper viewing angle or distance, glare on the computer screen, extended computer use, staring and uncorrected vision problems. The good news is that these problems are easy to fix, and identifying and treating the underlying cause usually eliminates CVS. Here what you can do: 1. Adjust your viewing angle Studies have found the angle of gaze plays a key role in CVS. The angle used for computer work is different from that used for reading or writing. As a result, the requirements for focusing and moving the eyes place additional demands on the visual system when using a computer. To achieve the best angle, the center of the monitor should be placed 20 to 28 inches from your eyes and 4 to 5 inches below eye level. Reference materials should be positioned so they can be seen without moving

3. Rest your eyes When using a computer for an extended period of time, rest your eyes periodically to prevent eyestrain. Every 20 minutes, look away from your computer to a distant object for 20 seconds. This will give your eyes a chance to refocus. After two hours of continual computer use, rest your eyes for 15 minutes. 4. Blink often Our eyes need lubrication to see well. This is accomplished by a blinking reflex and leads to production of moisture (tears) on the surface of the eyes. People normally blink about 18 times a minute, but computer users tend to blink only one-fourth as often. This increases the chance of developing dry eye. To lessen this risk, blink more often, and refresh your eyes periodically with lubricating eye drops.

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Sports Ex-Millis Star Was MVP In The TVL Breen’s Collegiate Hoop Career Ends On High Note BY KEN HAMWEY Molly Breen was a two-time state champ in soccer and basketball at Millis. She also was a Tri Valley League all-star and was voted the league’s MVP in basketball. A top-notch competitor in track, too, the 5-foot-10 Breen seemed destined to continue collecting accolades at the collegiate level. But, after graduation from Millis High in 2010, Breen

fell off the athletic radar. She wasn’t playing soccer or basketball, she was enrolled at George Washington University where she chose to forgo athletics. “I wasn”t playing sports, I was strictly a student,” Breen said ”For years, I found myself in an unhappy situation. I was at a very large university, class sizes were huge and it was impersonal. It’s a good school, but it just wasn’t a good fit for me.”

Breen’s smile returned when she decided to transfer to William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y., a Division 3 school where one of her teammates at Millis, Olivia Zitoli, was excelling in soccer and leading the Herons to a national championship. “I enrolled in 2012 and got back out for basketball, Breen said. “I was away from the sport for almost two years and had lost some confidence. I also was rusty. My first practice was like a deer in the headlights. But, the skills gradually came back.” Breen, who averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds as a senior at Millis, finished her three seasons at William Smith as a solid team player, averaging 5 points and 5 rebounds in an off-and-on starting role. “We finished this year at 20-7 and had a 13-game winning streak,” said Breen, a Dean’s List student who’s majoring in exercise science. “ had a pair of games where I scored 13 points, against Rochester Tech and Union, but my top thrill came as a junior when we got to the finals of the Liberty League Tournament by beating Vassar. We lost by 3 points to St. Lawrence in the finals, but going deep into the tourney was exciting.”

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Zitoli helped Breen adjust quickly for her transition. “Olivia was a guard on our Millis team, and I also played soccer with her,” Breen emphasized. “It was a good feeling to have her support. She was encouraging me to stick with basketball and kept my spirits up when I was recovering from a

Former Millis basketball and soccer champ Molly Breen skipped athletics for her time spent at George Washington University, but with a transfer to William Smith College and reconnection with an old teammate, she once again found her athletic stride.

concussion in basketball.” Breen will graduate in May, take a year off to travel, then apply for graduate school for advanced physical therapy courses. What is pleasing for Breen is bouncing back to fulfill her dream to play college basketball. The TVL’s MVP has carried the banner well for those from small schools. “My philosophy in athletics has always been to focus on work ethic and improve every day,” she said. “When you’re from a small school, like Millis, you have to outwork your opposition to be better.” Breen also discovered in college that superstar status isn’t required. Fitting into a role matters more.

“We never had one superstar that we depended on every game,” said Breen. “When we won 13 games in a row, it was usually a different player stepping up.” Breen was a state champ at Millis twice in 2009, first in basketball then later in the fall in soccer. She finished her basketball career at Millis as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,360 points, three more than Scott Chamberlain. She ran the 800, the mile and threw the javelin in track, placing sixth in the state meet in the 800-meter run. Breen’s collegiate experience turned into a positive situation once she returned to basketball and to a smaller venue. “I was humbled being with other former high school allstars,”she said. “But, everyone bonded and helped each other improve.”

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Millis’ Christian Piccardi has been playing hockey for the past eight years, six of them on the high school team. Without a hockey team of their own, Millis hooked up with Tri County Regional Vocational school in

Franklin to form a coop team where middle school athletes were allowed to play. As a seventh grader Piccardi played on the junior varsity team, but for the past five years he has skated with the varsity team. “The junior varsity team was

basically all the younger kids, “Piccardi said. “When I moved up to the varsity team, it was a little intimidating with all the older kids, who were much better than us, but as a first year players we were on the team but didn’t see the ice that much.”

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Playing with Tri-County was a bit stressful for the Millis players, who thought the Coach favored his players over the Millis players when it came to ice time. “Last year the team was half and half, but the coach kicked a bunch of the Millis players off the team, and we didn’t know why,” the left winger said. “I just went about doing my job, working hard, going full speed each and every shift so I could continue to play the sport I loved.” This past season Millis left TriCounty and hooked up with Hopedale, where they already had a good relationship involved in a co-op football program. The Hopedale-Millis Raiders hockey squad recorded seven wins in its first season with the two towns getting along amicably. “Last year it was rough, no one seemed to get along,” Piccardi said. “This year things were more laid back and relaxed. We were more comfortable and having fun.”

Bossiere Piccardi may not be the biggest player on the ice, but his size does not interfere with his play. “I’m not sure of his actual height, but he’s one of the smallest players on our team,” the Coach said. “While size may deter some it doesn’t both Christian, he’s a very scrappy player with a strong work ethic.” LaBossiere noted that Piccardi’s a very intense player and once he gets going, the rest of the team builds off his energy. “He is a very tough physical player that gets the team going, but he also sees time in the penalty box,” the Hopedale-Millis coach said. “When he’s not in the box, he’s one of our top penalty killers.” Having played one of his best seasons on the high school level, notching seven points for the Raiders, Piccardi is hoping to continue playing hockey next winter in college. Although he is unaware of where he will be attending college, he hopes he will be playing hockey for a club team.

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Camp Plan Your Child’s Summer Now BY J.D. O’GARA The snow has barely melted, but believe it or not, it’s time to think about planning summer. If you have children, you’ll be looking for fun, enriching and reasonably priced activities for them to do. Your town has a recreation department, and most run camps, so check out the town website for more information. If you’re looking for something a little different, check out the following options: Lil Folk Farm, run by Nancy and David Dubin for the past 12 years, offers camp for children starting at age 4 up to age 16. Their certified summer camp runs from June 17-August 18. “Our philosophy is to introduce and foster all our campers’ love for riding and farming and animals in a fun and safe environment,” says Nancy Dubin. The youngest riders, aged 4-6,

can participate in “Tiny Trotters Riding Camp,” while “Summer Riders” is for those aged 7-16. Lil Folk also offers a Junior Farmers Camp for those aged 412, encompassing learning to care for a variety of farm animals. New this year at Lil Folk is the therapeutic riding camp. If you are interested, call (508) 802-3649. Lil Folk Farm is located at 1070 Washington St., Holliston. Visit If riding and animals aren’t your child’s thing, you can come learn, paddle and play with Boating is Fun Camp, an American Camp Association-credited camp. The camp has three locations, the nearest to this area being Hopkinton, at Hopkinton State Park, and new this year, in Natick at Lake Cochituate. The coed camp is geared to 8-15 year-olds and has half- and fullday options. Kids can kayak or


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“It’s fun. It’s local, and we have one camp counselor to every six kids,” says Lori Costa, of Kingsbury. “Since I’ve been doing it, we have kids that come back each summer, because they

enjoy it. Campers meet kids from their town, and kids are out in the fresh air, they’re active, and they go home and parents are happy. They’re tired.” For more information about KIDSbury camp, call Lori at (508) 359-7800 or email m or visit and look under schedules.

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mer program, besides dancing every day, is that we get a chance to do dance history and focus on vocabulary and do nutrition, things we never have a chance to do,” says Ledoux. For more information, visit, email or call (508) 435-5312. Annemarie’s Dance Centre, at in Ashland, also offers a summer enrichment sessions for ages 47 (July 7-11 and July 21-25) and ages 7-13 (July 14-18). Chrissy Reynolds owner, says, “Our summer program is a fun, nurturing environment for our youngest students interested in exploring the creative side of dance. We work on crafts and create choreography based on the theme of the week.” For more information, visit or call (508) 881-5109 or email

Are you looking for a more traditional day camp? Look no further than the YMCA. Its newest location, on the Ashland/Framingham town line, at 120 Parker Road in Framingham, the MetroWest YMCA Clearbrook Family Swim Club has an outdoor swimming pool, wading pool with fountain, recreation lodge, bathhouses, playground, and picnic area. Clearbrook Day Camp begins on June 30 and runs through August 29. Weekly themed-based sessions include: instructional and open swims, sports and game activities, arts and crafts activities and special events. Clearbrook Day Camp is for children who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade. It is the perfect camp for the first time camper who would enjoy a small group setting with a highly motivated, friendly, professional and experienced camp staff. Children who come to Clearbrook Day Camp will benefit from enhanced personal growth and skills, build positive relationships with adults and peers,

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All Month Free Oral Cancer Screenings by Dr. Petcu, for complete details and to make an appointment please call (508) 533 8433 or email April 2 “It’s Not about the Hike,� at Medway Library, 7-8:15 p.m. April Wizard of Oz Millis Theatre Group, Millis High School Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., $14 adults, $10 seniors and students $5 kids under 5. April 5 Wizard of Oz Millis Theatre Group, Millis High School Auditorium, 1:30 p.m., $14 adults, $10 seniors and students $5 kids under 5. Medway Lions monthly bottles and cans collection, proceeds are used to support community services. Redeemables should be placed at curbside by 9 a.m.

National Poetry Month, free one-day poetry workshops, Roche Bros. Community Room at the Millis Public Library, 961 Main St. The workshop for children ages 9-12 years will be held at 11:30 am-12:15 p.m.; the workshop for teens and adults will be at 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Taught by acclaimed poet, professor and public lecturer, Barbara Helfgott Hyett. Sponsored by the Friends of the Millis Public Library through a grant from the Millis Cultural Council. For more information, lis/ or call (508) 376-8282. Golden Pond Assisted Living Antiques Appraisal Day, 50/60 West Main Street, Hopkinton, 10 a.m. following 15-20 minute presentation, guests are invited to have their item appraised (no jewelry, stamps, coins or firearms please). Free. RSVP please call Shelley (508) 4351250.

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Open Mic Night with Featured Singer-Songwriter Rick Drost, Church of Christ’s Overflowing Cup Coffeehouse Open Mic Night for singer-songwriters and poets, with featured artist Rick Drost, on Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $5. Church of Christ, 142 Exchange St. (Rt. 115) in Millis. Call (508) 376-5034 for more information. April 13 Medway Lions Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m. -12 Noon, Medway High School, Summer St. $8 adults, $6 Senior Citizens and children 10. All you can eat breakfast. Photos with the Easter Bunny, coloring contest for kids, great raffle prizes. April 14 Wizard of Oz Millis Theatre Group, Millis High School Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., $14 adults, $10 seniors and students $5 kids under 5. April 15 A free Home Sellers’ Seminar, hosted by Prudential Page Realty, the law offices of Alavi Braza P.C., and mortgage specialists Rick Scherer of MSA Mortgage, 6:30-8 p.m. at Restaurant 45. Appetizers will be served! This is the perfect opportunity to ask questions of your local Real Estate Experts and discover why now is a great time to be a home seller! Learn

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Obituaries MILLIS: Richard Joseph English of Boston formally of Millis died suddenly on February 14, 2014 at his residence. Born in Boston he was the son of the late Joseph and Shirley (King) English. He was raised and educated in Millis and was a graduate of Millis High School with the class of 1974. fter High School he attended Holliston Junior College in Holliston, MA. Richard was employed as an Equipment Repair Technician in Health Care. He leaves behind three children, Joyce Gwardyak and her husband Michael of Plymouth, Matthew English and his wife Natalie of Uxbridge and Carolyn English of Sutton. He was the cherished brother of Jayne Lawton and her husband Donald of Lynn. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Austin, Thomas and Alexa. Please see for guest book and additional information. MILLIS: Grace Muriel (Moir) Gibbs, age 90, formally of Marshfield and Boston died peacefully on Sunday March 2, 2014 surrounded by her loving family at the Thomas Upham House in Medfield. Born in Marshfield Hills, she was the daughter of the late David and Grace (Megee) Moir. She attended Marshfield public schools, playing basketball and field hockey and later attended Burdette College and the College of Commerce and Business Administration at Boston University. Grace was employed as a bookkeeper for several companies, most notable, Associated Factory Mutual, Form Centerless Grinding, Design Components and Ball Slides Inc. She was very active as a Troop Leader in the Girl Scouts, a member of the Charles River Tennis Club and the Old North Church, the Church of Christ Congregational Millis and the Plainville Baptist Church.


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Medway Business Council April Meeting “Showers” Medway Town Administrator On April 24 the Medway Business Council will bid farewell to Medway Town Administrator Suzanne Kennedy, who will retire this June. Ms. Kennedy has been a frequent guest speaker at April meetings since she began her service to the town in 2005. Her presentations provided the MBC with an update on topics of interest to the business community and a preview of the items to be reviewed at the upcoming Annual

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Overflowing Cup Coffeehouse Event Saturday, April 12th The Church of Christ’s Overflowing Cup Coffeehouse will host an Open Mic Night for singer-songwriters and poets, with featured artist Rick Drost, on Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. The event will be held at the Church of Christ, 142 Exchange St. (Rt. 115) in Millis. Rick Drost started writing and singing at coffeehouses in Washington, DC and New England in the 70’s, finally settling in Cambridge, MA, where he started playing

with the folk-rock group Parts and Labor, with which he recorded the CD "Twelve Dared Dreams." In the late 90’s, Rick sang locally with the choral group Spectrum Singers, and toured Russia, the UK, and South America with the Yale Alumni Chorus. He's now working on a second solo CD of more recent songs. Rick has appeared at clubs, coffeehouses and festivals in Chicago, New England and Atlanta. Call (508) 3765034 for more information.

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Free Real Estate Career Night at Prudential Page Realty (Medway, MA) “Today’s Opportunities In Real Estate,� a free, in-depth seminar covering career opportunities in the real estate industry, is the title of a timely session being presented by Prudential Page Realty on Wednesday, April 16th at 6-7pm at the Medway office at 82 Holliston Street in Medway The session, which will feature both experienced and new agents, will cover the basics of the business, how it has changed during the past few years, and the opportunities within the industry. The session will also focus on the real estate outlook for the Metro West area, as well as the training, and other benefits that are available to real estate sales professionals. Given the everchanging real estate market, it’s a great time to learn about this entrepreneurial business. Due to limited seating, those interested in attending the seminar must register beforehand. For more information or to register please call Claudia DiMillo at Prudential Page Realty 508-4989670

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28 Cedar Farms Road - Medway New Listing in Sought After Cedar Farms Estates! $649,900

Chris & Jeff ask, ‘”We have never sold before. How should we best prepare our home for sale? ” Selling is somewhat easier than buying because you know what you have, and you already know the good, the bad, and the xxxx. First, I recommend that you hop in to your car and then drive back to your home. Park in front, and look around at the yard, the lawn, shrubs, and the house. While still sitting in your car, pretend this is your first visit to the property and ask yourselfwhat are your first impressions? Try to remember what impressed you when you bought the property. Make a list of things that you can do outside, to impress a potential buyer on their first visit. Inside the home, fix and repair any broken or damaged items. Unclutter all the rooms as much as possible. A fresh coat of paint where needed will

increase value and is an inexpensive improvement (neutral and light colors are best.) Repair, or replace curtains, drapes or shades where needed. Clean windows inside and out. Replace dim or burned out bulbs and lights. Cleanliness cannot be overdone. Reduce the amount of family pictures and personal schedules that may distract a buyer. Some owners may even hire a home inspector, to help discover any hidden issues before the buyer’s inspection. (average cost is $300-$500.) Secure away all valuables and private papers. If you have a great deal of “stuff” think seriously about renting a storage locker or having a “POD” delivered to your driveway (remember the old saying, “if you have not used it in the last year, its time to say goodbye”.) The aroma of a house can have a very positive effect, so a scented candle or a recently baked pie may be a great touch. Most homes that I show to buyers will fall in to one of three categories, “NEGLECTED” “NEUTRAL” or “LOVED”. Believe me; the homes that feel “LOVED” sell faster and at a better price. If you need help in these matters, let me know as I work with professional stagers who can help you prepare your home to show off its best features. This service can be arranged at no cost to the homeowner. (Contact me for a complete list of home prices in your area of interest.) Mr. Capozzoli has been a Massachusetts real estate broker for 35 years. You are invited to submit your real estate questions by e-mail or by phone (508) 596-2600. Cappy has been a resident of Medway for 20+years.

E.R.A. KEY REALTY SERVICES, 707 Main St, Millis

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#1 in REAL ESTATE SALES in MILLIS (Most Homes Sold in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013, Source MLS) RECENTLY SOLD

Laina Kaplan

Realtor , CBR 速

DIRECT: 508-577-3538

8 Country Village Way, Millis 15 Country Village Way, Millis 29 Forest Rd, Millis 143 Summer St, Medway 19 Pine View Millis 3 Algonquin Medway 177 Farm St, Millis 2 Alder St, Medway

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DIRECT: 774-210-0898

Robin Spangenberg


Robin Spangenberg



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Jennifer McMahon



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Congratulations to the Millis High School Girls Basketball Team on winning the State Championship Title! 800-930-0907

1352 MAIN STREET, (RTE. 109) MILLIS, MA 02054

Millis/Medway April 2014  

Millis/Medway April 2014

Millis/Medway April 2014  

Millis/Medway April 2014