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Six years ago, Diane Sereno, of Holliston had no idea she’d be participating in her fifth Boston Brain Tumor Bike Ride on May 18th to raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society – or that the cause would be so close to her heart. The fall of 2008 was a time to celebrate. Her son, Brian, had just gotten married.

This is the 12th year of the Holliston Business Association’s Spring Stroll, and seeing the winter we’ve had, it seems the local business organization made a great move in pushing it to the month of May from April. The Stroll will take place this year from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 3rd.

A couple of months after the wedding, Brian began experiencing a terrible headache that lasted a few days.

Brian was admitted, and with excruciating pain from swelling, had the tumor soon removed. A week later, tests had determined it was a

Shown is the Sereno family, Christine Mulford, of Severna Park, MD, Diane Sereno, of Holliston, Jackson Nolan, of Medway, Frank Sereno, of Holliston and Denise Nolan, of Medway at the 2013 Brain Tumor Bike Ride. The family was drawn to the cause five years ago, after Diane and Frank’s son, Brian, was diagnosed with a Grade 4 Glioblastoma at age 29. He is still healthy and now the father of two boys thanks to prayers, his positive attitude, good doctors and the Duke clinical trial. The Sereno family will continue to raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society again on May 18th.

“The typical prognosis was 18 months survival,” says Diane, who said Brian was told he could try to get into clinical trials. “Luckily, he lived in an area, near the National Institutes

of Health, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Duke Medical Center, where he could investigate getting into one of


“We encourage people to park at the Adams Middle School and pick up the trolley or to park in the municipal parking down on Exchange Street, and just come, have fun, enjoy the day and visit a business you’ve never visited before,” says Stacey Raffi, HBA Vice President, who will herself run a raffle for Tim’s Team. The trolley, says Raffi, is sponsored by Ed and Dorian Daniels from Executive Realties and the Holliston Reporter.

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“He called and said, ‘I have the worst headache of my life,’” says Sereno. Rather than go to the emergency room, Brian had made a doctor’s appointment, but before he had the chance to go, he asked his young wife to call 911. Since he was just 29 years old, the EMTs assumed Brian was dehydrated, but a CAT scan at the emergency room revealed something far worse. The test found a walnut-size mass.

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“You can get it on Center St. at Fiske’s parking lot, it will stop on Washington Street by the Library, and then it will go down Elm, stop at end of Elm and railroad so people can walk to e-Motion computer services. Then it’s going to stop on corner of Grove and Railroad,” says Raffi, “and possibly in front of little green phonebook.” The HBA event will actually kick off the night before, on May 2, with a fundraiser to benefit the Holliston Business Association’s Community Action Fund. Nationally-recognized Hypnotist Dan Candell will dazzle the audience at Upper Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. with his ‘The Wild Side of Hypnosis — Comedy Hypnosis Show with Dan Candell.” The night, sponsored prima-

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them. From the day of the surgery, everything went right. The surgeon was able to remove the entire tumor in a successful craniotomy, he was accepted into the Duke study in which he was given three chemo drugs, and he didn’t need insurance to cover the costly drugs because clinical trials are paid for. He only missed a month of work.” Brian started with six weeks of radiation while he was taking an oral chemotherapy drug.

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Now, says Sereno, “He’s feeling perfectly fit.” In fact, since finishing his IV chemotherapy in July of 2009, Brian has run a half and a full marathon, as well as a number of 10-mile races. The most important news, five and a half years later, is that his wife Jessie gave birth to their first son, Brian Anthony Sereno, Jr., who will turn three in June, and his little brother, Frankie, born this year in February. “Those are miracle babies,” says Sereno, of her grandsons, who wouldn’t be here had Brian’s prognosis been accurate and had he not had access to a great sur-

Sereno stresses how fortunate Brian and his family are. “They honeymooned in Mexico, so he was lucky that he was home when this flared up. He had a top notch surgeon, and he was lucky to get into a clinical trial. Location of the tumor is also important. His was in the frontal lobe, which was easy to access. We just say how blessed we are that things went so well,” says Sereno, who says it was her daughter, Denise Nolan, who lives in Medway, who first got involved in riding in the Boston Brain Tumor Bike Ride five years ago. “She is the captain of the team,” says Sereno, who has two other daughters, Cheryl and Christine. “The first year she rode was in ’09, but we (Sereno and her husband, Frank) didn’t do the ride, because we were with Brian. Then, every year since, we’ve been riding and two of those years, Brian actually rode 25 miles.” According to the Brain Tumor Society (, 700,000 Americans are living with a primary brain tumor, and 69,000 more will be diagnosed this year.

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Shown center is Brian Sereno, who was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor at age 29 that carries a typical prognosis of 18 months. His family and friends will ride in their sixth Boston Brain Tumor Bike Ride on May 18th to raise funds for the National Brain Tumor Society. From left, Jessica Sereno, Brian Sereno and Brian Anthony Sereno, Jr.

The organization’s aim to improve an understanding of all brain tumors to transform research into new and effective treatments, as quickly as possible. So far, Denise Nolan and other members of the Sereno family have raised $107,000 for the cause. Brain cancer is actually one of the cancers that has made the least amount of progress in the last 20 years, according to the National Brain Tumor Society. This impor-

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rily by The Depot, will also include a martini bar, light appetizers, a 50/50 drawing and more. Tickets are $25 per person and will be sold at Fiske’s and the Holliston Superette. Proceeds of the show will go to benefit the Holliston Business Association’s Community Action Fund. The CAF is a discretionary grant fund sponsored by the HBA and administered by the Holliston Department of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). It is designed to provide immediate grants to needy people in our community to help them get through difficult times. The grants are private and are applied through interview with DYFS.

On the day of the stroll, says Raffi, in addition to businesses opening their storefronts, “we are excited to have a lot of vendors in Jordan Hall and on the town green,” says Raffi. At the time of this writing, 25 vendors were scheduled. Raffi also noted that some vendors, such as T.C. Scoops, will be setup in the storefront at 783 Washington Street. The day will feature a Cheryl Melody show sponsored by Fiske’s from 12-1 at St. Mary’s Hall, pony rides and a petting zoo by Newfound Farm on the Green, hayrides by Breezy Hill Farm at Blair Square, where there will also be a flea market, and a chili contest by Holliston Fire. Nonprofit groups will also be out, including among them the Holliston/Ashland Relay for Life,

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Knights of Columbus, the Early Childhood Council, the Holliston Girl Scouts, the Holliston Arts and Music Parent Association and a People to People student ambassador, among more. Don’t forget to stop by the green to meet Holliston Police K-9 Cesh and Officer Matt Stone as well. For more details, see the schedule of events in this issue, and check out some of the Stroll Highlights. For more information on the May 2 fundraiser, contact Stacey Raffi at For more details on the HBA Spring Stroll, see page 22.

Holliston Memorial Day Services Memorial Day falls on May 26th this year, and Holliston’s Memorial Day Services will follow a similar pattern to earlier years, according to Memorial Day Committee Chairman Bobby Blair. Services will begin with a ceremony at Lake Grove Cemetery at 10 a.m., followed by services at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. The parade will step off at 11 a.m. on Woodland Street, in front of the

former V.F.W. building. The parade will head down Railroad Street to Church Street, to Central Street and finally, to Washington Street, ending at Town Hall. Refreshments will follow at the Holliston Historical Society, at 547 Washington St. Blair notes that he is part of a Memorial Day Committee appointed by the town of Holliston that has three members from the

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Holliston – in Fashion Fashion Show to Benefit Holliston in Bloom May 18th BY J.D. O’GARA Holliston’s Upper Town Hall will blossom into a fashion runway on Sunday, May 18th, from 2- 4 p.m., with a Holliston Fashion Show to benefit Holliston in Bloom, presented by Salone de Bella. Tickets to the event are $20 and will be sold at Fiske’s, Salone de Bella, the Holliston Superette, and the Depot Package Store. “It’s a fun thing that I thought would be a nice fun event for the town,” says Shelly Savino, owner of Salone de Bella. “I don’t think Holliston has ever had one, and I wanted to do it as a donation.” Savino credits Pat Duffy, who’s part of Holliston in Bloom, for helping her plan the event. “This year, Michelle, said she wanted to do something to help us raise money,” says Duffy, who acts as treasurer for Holliston in Bloom and credits Bobby Blair with doing almost all of the plantings. “I’ve organized many community events,” says Duffy. “I said, 'I’ll take care of the permits to get you a place to have it.'” The event will feature finger food, says Savino, and a cash bar. At the time of this article’s writing, Savino was also considering adding tea and dessert on the suggestion of Sylvia Stickney, one of the models in the show. Holliston’s fashion models will be members of the community, in-

cluding Carolyn Dykema and Kim Marsden, among others. “The models are clients and friends, some who are part of Holliston in Bloom,” says Savino, who adds that Salone de Bella will be doing the hairstyling and that all fashions have been put together by Andrea from Fine Feathers, of Medway. What’ more, Maureen from Flawless Skin Care will be doing makeup. “We have all different sizes and shapes,” says Savino. “Everyday regular women who are going to model everyday regular clothes.” “We usually take the three themes,” says Andrea Umbriano, who has owned Fine Feathers at 74 Main Street in Medway for 20 years. “Daytime or church, or bar mitzvah and temple, and then something cocktail-ish, depending on how many models we have and how long they want it to last.” Umbriano has worked in Holliston before, putting on a fashion show for the Holliston Garden Club. She notes that thanks to some lines of “unconstructed clothes,” she has no problem fitting any size model. “We work with models on what they feel comfortable wearing,” says Umbriano, “Even though it’s a fashion show and entertaining, it’s also relevant that clothes appeal to girls who are modeling them.”

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Savino adds that the music, sounds and lights are all being donated by Holliston resident David Nickerson of Bay State Sound. “Our stylists are pretty excited,” says Savino, who notes that a couple of them will actually be modeling. Savino, who has supported Holliston in Bloom in the past, actually picking up America in Bloom judges in her flowered van the first year they came, says she saw this as an opportunity to “bring hair and style and flowers together.” Duffy notes that Holliston in Bloom is in its third year, as part of America in Bloom. “We entered America in Bloom three years ago, Holliston decided to participate,” says Duffy. “You get judged in certain categories. Last year, we won several awards, and we had a welcoming reception for the judges. Some people from Holliston also went to Orlando and were presented with prizes.” “The first year,” laughs Duffy,” we decided in March to do it. The judges come in July, and we pulled it off. The judges were extremely impressed.” Holliston was judged within its population group of 15,000 to 20,000, and at that time, says Duffy, the America in Bloom folks came back with a lengthy report on improvements Holliston could make not only for its looks, but to express itself from an environmentally conscious and historic perspective. “We’re on a learning curve here as to what America in Bloom is all about,” says Bobby Blair, who says the group offered Holliston all kinds of suggestions and credits Mary Greendale with originally getting Holliston involved. “ I don’t think we got it the first year, and we may not get it by the 10th year, but we’re trying.” Blair and Mark Ahronian went to the

America in Bloom symposium in Fayetteville, Ark. the first year, he adds, “and this past September, six of us went to Orlando for the symposium.” Blair adds that this year, the third, more people are involved, including the Holliston Garden Club and a representative from the Holliston Agricultural Commission. Holliston in Bloom has also put in for some grants from local organizations such as the Holliston Newcomers, Celebrate Hollis-

ton and the Holliston Lions. “It’s more of a communitybased competition that involves everyone,” says Blair. “It’s not just about flowers, it’s about the environment and the historic as well. So we try to take a little piece of that, a little piece of this and try to work on things as we go along.” For more information on the fashion show to benefit Holliston in Bloom visit

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Finding Eggs and Friendship Children had a beautiful day for their Easter egg hunt at the Fatima Shrine on April 12. Shown, little Dexter, of Mendon, finds an egg among the flowers, while Chandrea Mitchell, William Sobchak and Katherine Sobchak of Holliston discuss how they will share their bounty with each other. Coming up through the Xaverian League is a May 17th, Fa-

tima Night Out, to be held at the shrine at 101 Summer St. The night will offer catering from Jane’s of Milford, with a social from 5:30-6 p.m. and a DJ from 6-10 p.m. The cost is $20 per ticket, and those interested may call Shirley Melle (508) 4295361, Joyce Covell at (508) 533-4453, or Debbie Holzendorf (617) 650-4527.

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Exsultet! At First Congregational May 9 Exsultet!, an auditioned women’s ensemble, celebrates sisterhood in its May 9th concert “Hey Sis…” at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 725 Washington Street, Holliston.

Tickets: General Admission: $15 Seniors (65+): $12 Youth (13-21): $12 Children (12 and under): free Tickets can be reserved online at or by calling Jennifer Bihuniak at (508) 429-3202. Prepare yourself to feel the grace and beauty of Exsultet! as we bring to life “Hey Sis...”; a celebration of sisterhood through a unique fusion of music, drama, and poetry. This novel-in-a-concert tells the story of two sisters grieving their mother's death and celebrating the power of sisterhood with French-Canadian folk songs and popular songs from the 50’s pulling you into the story. Joyfully resonate with a song in Sanskrit, let your heart embrace a ballad from Andrew Lloyd Webber, and soar with a moving psalm setting by Mendelssohn. “Hey Sis…” beautifully captures the love of sisters, across different musical genres and periods. Join us for this beautiful testament to the bonds of sisters!

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Holliston Newcomers Present Charles River Students Use Skills to Touch-a-Truck Event May 31 Help Community Sixth, seventh and eighth graders from the Charles River School in Dover are busy working on their community service projects, splitting into six groups to help support two organizations, according to student Zion Harris. Summer Search and Containers to Clinics (C2C). Summer Search is a mentoring program readying low-income students with college and leadership skills. Containers 2 Clinics is an innovative idea to redesign old shipping containers into portable facilities of healthcare. C2C works to provide facilities to countries where healthcare is not accessible or affordable. These facilities also provide medicine and care to families who are far from a self-sustaining and reliable medical clinic.

The Holliston Newcomers Club Touch-a-Truck speedily arrives on Saturday, May 31st! Kids ages 1-100 will delight at climbing into a race car, bulldozer or fire engine. Younger children and children with special needs can enjoy a horn-free and siren-free morning from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. The ice-cream truck and a hotdog cart will be there to add to the family fun! Vroom down for a visit!

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HABA Plans Country Fundraiser May 9 Hopes to Finish Funding New Concession Stand BY J.D. O’GARA The Holliston Athletic Boosters Association is close the gap in the funding of its new concession stand with a Music and BBQ event on Friday, May 9, from 7-11 p.m. at the Pinecrest “Country” Club. The event will feature country music performances by The Stray Tones and Hillbilly Pop, and tickets will cost $45 per person. “We’re hoping this will help us close our $15,000 gap,” says Patty Osten, who explains that due to weather conditions last spring, costs for the project soared from the projected $75,000 to $120,000. “The Laborer’s Training Camp, over in Hopkinton, that trains masons and takes on projects, were going to do the blockwork for us, but because of the

weather, they couldn’t. They had to move onto a different project,” says Osten. The Holliston Athletic Boosters Association had to hire a professional to do the work, which upped the costs. Still, Osten stresses, “the other 90% of this project has all been labor volunteered from tradesmen in town. It’s just been a phenomenal collaboration.” The process, she says, has taken about five years, with the group asking for approval back in 2009. “It’s been one year since we got the okay to move forward, and it went up pretty quick once we got the approval. The building itself was a little slow, because it was all-volunteer, but it’s done and it’s amazing.” Phase I of the building included the concession booth with two ticket booths, as well as a spirit wear area and two storage areas. Phase II, which Osten says the group did not

have the funds for, were for bathrooms. “The Board of Health got DEP approval to put in a tight tank,” says Osten. “Pending permitting, we actually hope to have bathrooms in there before the fall. Now we have to go through the process of getting engineering done and plumbing projects permitted and done.” Osten adds that “another nice piece to the story is that there are two memorials” at the site of the concession stand. One, she says, is a stone at the entrance commemorating “Joe’s Way,” for Joey Larracey, number 73, and the other is a clock that sits on the concession stand with an orange “7” on it to commemorate “Tim Time,” for Timmy O’Connell. “We had a dedication of the stone and the clock on Thanksgiving morning, just a quiet dedication,” with the two families, says Osten. “It was a beautiful, sensitive, emotional moment.”

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1728 Coffee House Hosts A Cappella Group "Custom Blend" 1728 Coffee House will celebrate it's 5th year of providing live music in Holliston, on May 10, 2014, with "Custom "Blend," an a cappella group from the Acton area. Custom Blend is, as the name implies, a blend of voices singing an eclectic mix of musical styles - pop, jazz, soul, big band, doowop, gospel, and classical. Listen to a sample of Custom Blend at Doors open at 7 p.m. Arrive early so you can sample the gourmet desserts and coffee/tea available as well as delicious appetizers. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the door or by con-

tacting Linda at (508) 429-2321 and leaving a voice mail. The 1728 Coffee House is located at the First Congregational Church of Holliston at 725 Washington Street, Holliston. You'll be entranced at the transformation of our community hall into a cabaret/bistro! Proceeds will benefit "Church Build in La Enramada, Nicaragua," a mission of The First Congregational Church.

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Keefe Tech Students Raise Funds for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Framingham, MA – Students in two of Julie Westcott’s Environmental Science classes at Keefe Regional Technical School recently organized and facilitated a unique fundraiser for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on Cape Cod. Held March 24-27, the event raised over $300 and raised student consciousness in the process. In January, senior Mateus Lana approached Westcott with the idea for the fundraiser after his class studied ecology and biodiversity, and learned about changes in the environment caused by human activity. Lana thought it was important to tell fellow students about the many issues affecting our oceans, and also send the message that everyone can help make a difference by doing their own part to ensure ecosystems are protected. With Westcott’s support, Lana and 39 classmates transformed the school cafeteria into an “Under the Sea” experience for four days in an effort to educate

the entire Keefe student body about the effects of ocean pollution on marine life and to raise funds for Woods Hole research. Students created an ocean environment by painting waves on the cafeteria windows and constructing an area to represent a polluted beach. Streamers were hung from the ceiling along with paper birds, the sun, and cutouts of marine species found in our oceans. Students designed and hung informational posters around the cafeteria including a banner that read, ”Save Our Oceans From Human Destruction – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle!” Each day of the fundraiser, students cleaned the makeshift polluted beach by removing a piece of trash on their way out of the cafeteria, demonstrating how to treat our oceans and shorelines with respect. The “Under the Sea” experience involved games, inspirational stories and movies, and donated items, some with ocean themes, were sold to raise funds for Woods Hole research.

In addition to Lana, senior Mariah Brown was an integral part of the planning for the fundraiser. “Mariah showed great leadership and took such pride in seeing this project come to fruition. She is so passionate about protecting our oceans and her involvement in this project helped her finalize her decision to pursue a career in Environmental Science. I’m so proud of Mateus and Mariah and all of my students

who made this fundraiser such a huge success,” Westcott said. Jayne Iafrate, CFRE Interim Chief Development Officer and Director of Annual and Planned Giving at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, invied the Keefe students on a trip to Woods Hole to tour the Navy-owned research vessel Knorr as well as a private tour of the Science Exhibit Center, something the institute doesn’t normally do. The following Keefe students participated in the fundraiser: Peter Albanese, Haley Allen, Kadeesha Brown, Mariah Brown, Austin Caparella, Darah CaseKane, Oscar Columna-Gomez, LeeAnn Conzo, Cheyenne Cowperthwaite, Andrew Diaz, Makenzie Ferri, William George, Angela Grant, Marquis Greenberg, Elena Guzman, Daniel Hamel, Kymoni Hobbs, Anthony

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Living Healthy New Debate Over Need for Mammograms Recent findings concerning the number of breast cancer deaths that have been prevented by mammograms has led to a shift in thinking regarding the efficacy of mammograms when screening for cancer.

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screening by trained nurses or to receive no screening beyond selfbreast exams. The results showed that 22 percent of aggressive breast cancers were overanalyzed and would been too minor to pose a life threat. Furthermore, the results

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concluded that women getting mammograms were just as likely to die from breast cancer as those who didn't get them. Experts also warned that the radiation used in mammograms could actually put women at greater risk for developing cancer. This study is not the only one to highlight overinflated benefits of regular mammograms. Several additional studies have ultimately questioned the advantages of annual mammograms. Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer through mammography may endure certain unnecessary treatments for slow-growing cancers that were a miniscule health threat. Dr. Erika Schwartz, author of "Dr. Erika's Healthy Balance" newsletter, hasn't had a mammogram in 15 years and finds that women are generally overradiated and overprodded. Dr. Schwartz recommends self-examinations as the best way for women to check

for signs of cancer. Should a suspicious lump be found, other tests for cancer exist. One such test is an ultrasound, which uses less radiation than a mammogram. Statistics point out approximately 200,000 women and a few men are diagnosed annually with breast cancer in the United States alone, and that breast cancer kills roughly 40,000 people per year, according to the American Cancer Society. Despite studies and statistics, immediate changes with respect to mammogram screenings are unlikely. Doctors are likely to remain cautious, and many still advocate for annual mammograms. Ultimately, the decision to get or forgo a mammogram remains a woman's choice, even if it's one that research has shown may require more careful consideration than many women would otherwise think.

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Living Healthy Exploring the Amazing Health Benefits of Reading It can be hard for some people to pick up a book when there are so many distractions at the ready. But while books might not be as flashy as the latest must-have gadget, they can provide benefits that might surprise even the most avid readers. In addition to the intellectual benefits of reading, indulging in

a good book can also boost physical health. According to Ken Pugh, PhD, president and director of research at Haskins Laboratories, which is devoted to the science of language, when a person is reading "parts of the brain that have evolved for other functions connect in a specific neural circuit for reading, which

is very challenging." Just like muscles in the body, the brain benefits when it is pushed beyond its normal abilities, and reading is a great way to push those limits. But the benefits of reading do not stop there. Reading can help reduce stress, benefitting the body in numerous ways. A 2009 University of Sussex study found that turning to a good book can be an effective relaxation strategy when things become too stressful. Reading fiction can stimulate the imagination and distract a person from the stressors in everyday life. Choosing a humorous or uplifting story can boost mood and help people relax, particularly when reading before bedtime. Reading also can help men and women get a better night's rest. People who are accustomed to

reading books before going to bed actually train their mind and body for relaxation. Picking up a book can send signals that it is time to settle down and get ready for sleep. Health experts often recommend developing a sleep routine to people who struggle to fall asleep at night, and reading for 30 minutes before bed each night can be an integral part of such routines. Research has shown that reading and engaging the brain in other ways, such as through intellectual games and puzzles, can stave off dementia. These activities stimulate the cells in the brain to grow and connect, increasing the power of brain tissue. According to the Alzheimer's Association, keeping the mind active through reading can strengthen connections between brain cells and

build up brain cell reserves. Mental activity might even generate new brain cells. All of these factors can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. According to a paper from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, reading can stimulate the brain to produce more white matter. White matter works together with gray matter and is responsible for sending sensory and motor stimuli to the central nervous system to stimulate a response. Healthy white matter keeps the central nervous system working effectively and may reduce risk of learning disabilities as well as impaired motor functions. The educational benefits of reading are widely known. But reading also provides a host of other benefits.

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The exact cause is unknown, but there are some interesting theories. One theory is inflamed facial blood vessels which make the skin red and flushed. Over time this frequent blushing can cause acne-like bumps to appear. Another theory is a proliferation of dermodex mites on the skin. They implant themselves into the wall of the hair follicle causing the skin to become red and swollen.

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition with no cure. However, with the appropriate treatment and home care you can get your rosacea under control. I often put my acne rosacea clients on a home care regimen that includes a gentle cleanser, antiseptic toner, salicylic serum and mild benzoyl peroxide. Daily sunscreen is also important since sun is a key trigger for rosacea flare-ups. Mineral sunscreen containing zinc and titanium oxide is best since it has no chemicals to irritate the skin.

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Benefits of Yoga Therapy Many styles of yoga offer training in yoga therapy. To become a certified yoga therapist requires many hours of training. The focus in a private yoga therapy session is on the therapeutic use of yoga poses for the purpose of healing. Sessions are customized to the specific needs of the client.

Sometimes yoga classes are not enough, especially if you have chronic pain. Yoga therapy sessions address and improve issues related to pain; neck and shoulders; the spine, knees or feet; digestion; breathing difficulties. It also helps with anxiety. One private session is equivalent to several yoga classes, 4 or more.

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cases of leukemia in children. AML starts in the myeloid cells where white and red blood cells and platelets are formed. In rare instances, a child may have a hybrid type of leukemia, often referred to as a "mixed lineage leukemia," where cells have features of both ALL and AML. Children with this hybrid form of leukemia are often treated as if they have ALL, and that course of treatment is typically effective. While manyadult cancers are linked to lifestyle choices or environmental risk factors, childhood cancers do not have a strong link to such factors. Many childhood cancers can be traced to gene changes inside cells, and these changes often occur early in life or even before a child is born.

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Living Healthy 5 foods for the Over 50 Crowd Men and women must alter their diets as they age. Portion sizes that young adults might have been able to get away must shrink when those same men and women enter their 30s. And as thirty-somethings head into their 40s, what's on the plate requires more careful consideration than it might have a decade ago. The same goes for men and women over 50, who must take steps to reduce their risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. One of the easiest ways to do just that is to eat healthy foods. The following are five flavorful and healthy foods tailor-made for the over 50 crowd. 1. Apples: Apples definitely qualify as a superfood, helping reduce cholesterol by preventing plaque buildup in the blood vessels and, as a result cutting an individual's risk of diabetes considerably. In fact, a recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that eating at least two servings of apples per week can reduce a person's risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 23 percent. Apples also make for a great source of fiber, potassium and vitamin C. 2. Blueberries: Blueberries help men and women maintain

healthy blood sugar levels because they are high in soluble fiber, which lowers cholesterol while slowing the body's uptake of glucose. And despite their relatively small size, blueberries contain more fiber, vitamins and minerals per ounce than any other fruit. 3. Broccoli: Though broccoli might not have been your best friend during childhood, you may want to cozy up to this powerful green vegetable now that you have cracked the half-century mark. Broccoli is loaded with vitamin C. A single 3.5 ounce serving of broccoli contains more than 150 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which can shorten the duration of the common cold. In addition, a 2013 British study published in Medical News Today found that broccoli may help prevent osteoarthritis, a degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone that is most common from middle age onward. A similar study from researchers at New York's Roswell Park Cancer Institute published in the same publication six years earlier found that just three servings of

broccoli per month can decrease bladder cancer risk by as much as 40 percent. 4. Fava beans: Fava beans are cholesterol-free and low in fat. Fava beans also may provide cardiovascular benefits and help men and women maintain healthy weights. Fava beans are considered "nutrient-dense," a term used to describe low-calorie foods that boast lots of nutrients, and are an excellent source of vitamin B1, which is important for nervous system function and energy metabolism. 5. Oatmeal: Another food that might never make youngsters' lists of their favorite foods, oatmeal is nonetheless a healthy option at the breakfast table. Oatmeal is loaded with soluble fiber, which can reduce cholesterol levels and subsequently reduce a person's risk of heart disease. Also low in calories, oatmeal can help men and women maintain a healthy weight. Those who find oatmeal a tad too bland for their tastes can double on their superfoods by adding some blueberries into the mix, making their breakfast more flavorful and more healthy.

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Spring Home and Garden Cost Effective Fencing Options Fencing serves many purposes. Some homeowners erect a fence for privacy, while others do so to contain pets and children. Because fencing can be expensive, some homeowners look for ways to cut costs, which can be relatively easy, especially for those homeowners willing to consider various materials when erecting their fence. Traditional fences are available in materials ranging from wood to vinyl to metal. Homeowners have other options at their disposal if they prefer a more natural fence. Different shrubs, trees or grasses can be planted to create a barrier between properties or within the property. When choosing a fencing material, consider that even a less

expensive material may prove more expensive in the long run if it needs significant maintenance or has to be replaced in just a few years. Therefore, the most cost-effective fencing material may not necessarily be the least expensive one at the store. Here are some materials homeowners can consider. • Found material: Repurposed wood or metal can be crafted into a rustic, one-of-a-kind fence. Materials can be found that are no cost, requiring only the cost of labor. Should you build it yourself, this can be next to nothing. Sometimes existing fences on another property can be disassembled and re-built on your own property for little to no cost as well.

• Chainlink/chainwire: Chainlink fencing is one of the most economical types of boundary fencing. The fencing comes in a variety of diamond sizes and is fixed to galvanized pipes spaced across the perimeter of the property. Although it is some of the least expensive fencing, it does not offer much privacy on its own. But if you are looking at fencing simply as a barrier, chainlink could be the way to go. • Picket fencing: A wooden picket fence is another inexpensive fencing material. The pickets can be purchased in various heights, and this fence may be used as garden border fencing or to mark a property line between homes. Spacing

the pickets widely apart may cut down on the number that need to be purchased, further keeping the cost down. • Bamboo: Bamboo is a rapidly growing grass that produces a hard wood-like material that is used in many building applications. Bamboo wood can be used to build a fence, but the natural plant also can be planted to form a living fence for privacy. • Stockade fencing: A stockade fence is one of the more basic wood fencing options. Wooden slats are placed alongside one another to form

an effective and affordable privacy fence. Stockade fencing can be stained or painted to preserve it. Many home improvement retailers sell panels of stockade fencing so that you can make fence installation a do-it-yourself project. • Vinyl fencing: Although vinyl fencing is one of the more expensive fencing materials at the outset (it costs about twice the price of a wood fence), it does pay for itself rather quickly thanks to minimal maintenance. Unlike some other materials, vinyl will not rot or discolor. You also won't have to purchase stain, paint and expensive cleaners for a vinyl fence. That means once you make the investment, you will have years upon years of maintenance-free enjoyment. There are many different fencing materials that can coordinate with a variety of budgets.

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Spring Home and Garden How Technology is Improving Home Design and Remodeling Feeling overwhelmed by technology? You’re not the only one. Most homes have at least half a dozen, if not more, wireless devices streaming a constant flow of news, social media updates, and daily minutia. It’s enough to drive one insane, because it’s so hard to break away from the barrage. Gone are the vacations where you can actually escape from your work calls and emails, and many companies have no problem with having their staff on call 24/7, 365 days a year. Amazon and other online shopping web sites are molding a point-and-click generation of shoppers. Many folks think nothing of taking hours of a small business owner’s time at the local brick and mortar and then ordering products online. Whether it is a pair of shoes or perhaps some wallpaper, this is a trend that is forcing more and more locally owned businesses to close. In the home improvement and design industry, only large chains and big box stores are able to compete with Internet sales. Many of the folks who wax poetically about their small down town area being full of national chains are the same people contributing to the problem! But it’s not all bad. There are many great new products and websites that have made dramatic improvements to the home design and remodeling industry.

Whether you are planning a custom home or your dream kitchen, the process can be lots of fun. One exciting development is the explosive popularity of the website According to Wikipedia, “Houzz is a web site and online community about architecture, interior design and decorating, landscape design and home improvement. The Houzz platform and mobile apps[2] feature interior and exterior home photos, articles written by architects, interior designers and home design experts, product recommendations, and a user forum.” If you are planning any type of project, it is a terrific idea to set up a free account and start collecting pictures and ideas of what you like. When our clients bring this to the table, we are able to fast track the entire design process. A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case, can be worth dozens of hours. It is not uncommon for our clients to simply share their Houzz idea books and say: “Design and build me that!” Of course, a professional designer will have the ability to put your personal stamp on your job, but this is still an incredible way to engage the process. Another exciting development is the comprehensive integration of 3D rendering software. Handdrawn blue prints and design renderings will soon go the way of

the typewriter. There are multiple software platforms available in the industry now, and savvy architects and design firms are employing them to provide stunning, life like design renderings. One important caveat: The super high-end cartoon renderings that you see on home improvement and property shows are custom made for use on TV. We’re not quite there yet, but the products are extremely close to that now. Most rendering software will allow designers to download products such as cabinets, flooring, counters, lighting, and furniture from vendor websites and incorporate them right into your dream design. You can even select your favorite brand and paint color for the walls, then adjust the lighting to see what the room will look like during the day, at night, and with various types of lighting. One of the biggest advantages of rendering software is how easy it is to make changes. With a click of a mouse walls can be moved, colors changed, windows resize, you name it! This, coupled with employing the HOUZZ database, has streamlined the design and build process dramatically in the last few years. Certainly, the amazing technol-

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Spring Home and Garden Get Kids Excited About Gardening Many adults understand the joy of gardening, but gardening can be equally fun for children as well. While some adults may feel that certain children do not have the patience or perseverance to see plants grow from seeds to adulthood, selecting plants that are hardy and sprout quickly may be the key to igniting a love of gardening in children. Choosing seeds that sprout quickly can hold the attention of children who are new to gardening. Many different plants fit this bill. Beans, peas, sunflower seeds, and bell pepper seeds are easy to start and germinate quickly. In addition, many leafy vegetables, such as chard, lettuce, spinach, and mustard, germinate in three to five days. Herbs, such as basil and parsley, also sprout fast. All of these plants are good options for introducing

children to gardening, as each provides quick gratification. To further interest children, it is a good idea to plant seeds in a way that allows youngsters to monitor the progress of growth. Use a transparent container, such as rinsed-out glass jars and canisters, to house the plant. Such containers give kids an unobstructed view of the process, during which children can plot the progress of seed germination and easily spot root and stem development. Once the seedlings grow larger, they can be transplanted into different containers. Many seedlings can sprout with water alone. Children can easily grow new plants from clippings of a mature plant left resting in a shallow cup of water, and seeds may not even need soil to germinate. Kids may have luck sprinkling seeds on a dampened, crumpled-up

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piece of paper towel. Cotton balls also make a good place to nestle seeds. Either material will hold on to water, keeping the seeds moist until they sprout. Afterward, the seedlings can be carefully moved into a soil-and-compost mix. The paper towel and the cotton balls will decompose and add to the organic matter already in the soil. Edible plants often make good choices for children because kids can reap the rewards of their efforts. Herbs can be sprinkled onto food, or fruits and vegetables can be grown in containers and then served at mealtime. Kids can show pride in their accomplishments, especially if they have tangible results on the dinner plate. Children who want to try something different can explore other types of plants. Aquatic plants, or those found at the pet store to grow in aquariums, can be easy to grow. They need little more than a container, fresh water and sunlight. Cacti and other succulents are also fun to explore. These plants are quite hardy in that they can stand up to moderate abuse, such as failure to water frequently enough. The unique appearance of cacti make them interesting focal points for an indoor garden.

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Spring Home and Garden Improve Your Home and Diet with a Vegetable Garden Planting a garden can add aesthetic appeal and functionality to a property. Vegetable gardens can transform landscapes while putting healthy and homegrown food on the table. By growing their own fruits and vegetables, homeowners have total control over what foods can be harvested, and they can ensure sustainable, safe practices are used to care for the plants.

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A sunny spot is good, but you also want a location with adequate drainage so your garden does not succumb to flooding or fungus during and after heavy downpours.

periment to see which plants are most likely to thrive in their gardens. Expansion is always a possibility down the road. Spend some time examining your landscape. Vegetables generally need ample warmth and sunlight to thrive, so find an area of the yard that gets several hours of direct sunlight per day.

Don't place the garden too close to rain gutters or near a pool, where splash-out may occur. Select a location that is isolated from pets so the plants are not trampled and cats and dogs do not relieve themselves nearby.

Decide what to plant When deciding what to plant, consider what you eat and how much produce the household consumes, then choose vegetables that fit with your diet. Some vegetables, like peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and squash, produce throughout the season. Others, such as carrots and corn, produce one crop and then expire. Plan accordingly when you purchase plants or seeds, as you want enough food but not so much that it will go to waste. Choose three to four different vegetables and plant them in the garden. Select varieties that require similar soil conditions, so that you can adjust the pH and mix of the soil accordingly. This will serve as good practice, particularly the first year of your garden. After you have mastered the basics, you can

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Know when to plant Many of the foods grown in vegetable gardens, including tomatoes and peppers, are summer vegetables, which means they reach peak ripeness after the height of the summer season. Pumpkins, brussel sprouts and peas are planted to be harvested later on. These plants may be put in the ground a little later than others. It is less expensive to start seedlings indoors and then transplant them to a garden when the time comes. Seeds can be started three to four weeks before they would be put outdoors. Many veg-

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Spring Stroll Sponsored By Holliston Business Association

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Pokemon Card trading at Fiske's Rainbow Loom Creations at Fiske's Petting Zoo on the Green 2nd Annual Holliston Fire Fighters Mutual Relief Associations Chili Contest Ocelot Racing in front of Jordan Hall E- Motion Computer Services: Free 10-minute System Reviews for anyone who wants to stop by with their computer. Cheryl Melody - Family Entertainer at St. Mary's Parish Center Hall Sun Art at The Grapevine Fire Brigade/Police Open House at the Fire Station Daddy's Fried Dough in front of Jordan Hall Fun with Sidewalk Chalk at Fiske's Officer Matt Stone and Cesh on the Green Speed Stacking at Fiske's Pony Rides from Newfound Farm Hula Hooping at Fiske's

Stroll Events • Live Music - at Jasper Hill Cafe & Bistro • Tastings at Depot Package Store • Meet the HHS Panther Mascot all Around Town • Free Hot Cocoa and Cider at Superette • Sweet treat samples at The Candy Cottage • Daddy's Fried Dough in front of Jordan Hall • Shop for Mom, Dad, & Grad at your local businesses! • Raffles and giveaways at participation locations all around town • Cotton Candy on the Green - to benefit Newfound Farm Scholarship Fund

At the Green, Pony Rides and Cotton Candy by Newfound Farm! Newfound Farm will head to the Holliston Green on the day of the stroll, with pony rides and six different flavors of cotton candy. Owners and staff will be onhand with information on its junior horsemanship program, summer camp, birthday parties and and riding program, onhand, with a discount for registering for summer camp that day! Ponies "Flicka" and horse "Forrest" will be there to provide pony rides, and their adorable pigmy goats will be there too! All proceeds will be put towards the Newfound Farm Scholarship Fund for a Holliston graduate perusing education in agriculture.

Newfound Farm offers a fun filled farm camp with half-day and full-day options in their week long session. Activities include horseback riding lessons, scavenger hunts, baby animals, traditional games, team building,gardening, arts & crafts and much more. The horseback riding instructors are CHA certified instructors and the camp director is a certified EMT who works on the town's ambulance. Details are available at and

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Spring Stroll Flea Market at Blair Square, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on May 3 Tables Still Available, Proceeds to Holliston in Bloom Over at Blair Square, at the mouth of the Holliston Rail Trail, Bobby Blair will feature a flea market on the day of the Holliston Business Association’s Spring Stroll. Blair notes that he’ll take reservations for tables right up until May 3rd, the day of the event. Tables cost $25 for vendors, or $20 for nonprofits, and electricity is available.

Hop on the Breezy Hill Farm Hay Ride at the HBA Spring Stroll Don Kramer, who owns Breezy Hill Farm on Adams Street with is wife, Donna Kramer, will bring his tractor to the heart of Holliston on the day of the HBA Spring Stroll. From the hours of 12 noon to 3 p.m., for a donation to the Holliston Pantry Shelf, Kramer will offer strollers a hayride from Blair Square to Railroad, Mechanic and Union Streets.

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“(The HBA Stroll) didn’t have anything like the hayrides at all,” says Donna Kramer, who first introduced the hayrides at the annual HBA Holiday Stroll this past year. She offered it, she says, simply “because it’s fun.”

“The flea market will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with setup time at 8 a.m., “ says the Mudville Mayor. Proceeds will benefit Holliston in Bloom. To reserve a table, contact Bobby Blair at (508) 429-4763 or email

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Cheryl Melody, Children’s Entertainer Presented by Fiske’s from 12-1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Center Hall during HBA Stroll One of the highlights of the HBA Spring Stroll will be Cheryl Melody, Family Entertainer, who will perform, sponsored by Fiske’s General Store, from 12-1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Center Hall. Melody is a musical performer and founder of The Children’s Music Workshop, who has been an early childhood specialist for over 25 years. She believes in the power of positive messages in personal growth, and she teaches workshops for children from birth through adults, incorporating meaningful songs, movement, imagination, literacy and storytelling approaches. Melody has performed nationwide and has recorded award-winning children’s and adult CD’s, as well as authored a play for use in peace workshops for elementary and middle school students. Melody tackles big issues, such as character-building, self-respect, respect for others, bullying, conflict-resolution, antibias, world peace and more. For more information on Cheryl Melody, visit

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Spring Stroll Buy Local by Locals It was Christmas time when I caught a snippet of "World News" with Diane Sawyer. If Americans spent $64 on goods during the Holiday season, made in the USA, 200,000 jobs would be created. Simultaneously I was working on Heartbeat of Holliston, leading a segment on people Living their Dreams and then my dream space opened up and I had the chance to open a retail store~ a trifecta of opportunity! What could I do to be different, not duplicate and make a difference? I decided to try to take the Buy Local motto a step further ~ Buy Local by Locals. I began to seek out and meet with people who made top notch products locally. Not the newest of concepts but one

that I could really promote! There are so many creative people out there making amazing stuff. Yes it may seem to be a bit more expensive but is it really? The Soul Spirit Store at 76 Railroad Street will be featuring different artists work as it becomes available. One of kind items that may or may not be there next month because in fact they are artists not just manufacturers. Here is a taste of what is being offered: • Happy Hounds Honey – Miller Montessori teacher Sandra Gumz Dowling has beautiful homemade soaps, natural bug repellent and Sweet Feet. • B Darling Florist will be hosting Fresh Flower Friday ( yes on

Fridays) where you can get grab and go containers of incredible flower arrangements. • Charmant La Lune - out of Hopkinton with incredible healing bracelets for adults and children • FireGoddess Glass – Holliston resident makes fine hand blown glass jewelry, wine stoppers and hair accessories. There are also featured works from artists, across the USA, including fairy & wizard wands and unique lines of greeting cards and a variety of Rocks and Crystals, Music and instructional CDs on meditation, relaxing and living the good life.

so please feel free to drop them off. Hours will vary but you can always call (508) 277-9230 to set up a private appointment. A old concept with a new twist and remember this as you put your beliefs into where you spend your money ~ "When you buy from an independent artist you are buying more than just a painting or a novel or a song. You are buying hundreds of hours of experimentation and thousands of failures. You are buying days, weeks, months, years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are buying nights of worry about paying the rent, having enough money to eat, having

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Come in ~ you just may find yourself inspired! Pamela PinterParsons is the owner and operator of Soul Spirit Studios, a holistic creative healing center for people of all ages.

To honor the adage of Recycle, Reuse, Soul Spirit Store will indeed be reusing gift bags and store bags

Check out Holliston Fire Equipment and Some Yummy Chili! On the day of the HBA Spring Stroll, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., the Holliston Fire Department will have an engine and an ambulance on the ramp of the station (59 Central Street), with a firefighter and EMT

enough money to feed the children, the birds, …the dog. You aren’t just buying a thing - you are buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a private moment in someone’s life. Most importantly, you are buying that artist more time to do something they are truly passionate about; something that makes all of the above worth the fear and doubt; something that puts the life into living.” - Rebekah Joy Plett

Additionally, inside the station, the station will host its second annual chili contest. Proceeds go to the Holliston Firefighters Mutual Relief Association Scholarship fund.


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Save the Date! Holliston Pet Fair & Paws Walk May 18 The next Holliston Pet Fair & Paws Walk has already been scheduled. The event, to benefit “Friends of Holliston Police K-9 Unit,� will take place Sunday, May 18th, with registration starting at 11 a.m. and the DogWalk starting at 12 noon from 1580 Washington Street, Holliston. Family registration will be $20 per dog. Fee waived if you have pledges. The event will also include lots of dog-related vendors, water bowl raffles, entertainment, photos and food. Visit for more details.

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Calendar of Events May 2 Can You Be Hypnotized, HBA Spring Fundraiser featuring Hypnotist Dan Candell

St., Holliston, $15 general admission, $12 seniors (65+) and youth (13-21), free children 12 and under. Tickets can be reserved online at or by calling Jennifer Bihuniak at (508) 429-3202.

Martini Bar, Upper Town Hall, light apps, 50/50 Drawing and More! $25 pp, all proceeds to benefit May 10 the Holliston Business Association's Community Holliston DTC CandiAction Fund! , Tickets date's Breakfast, HollisHigh School available at Fiske's and ton Cafeteria. Doors open at Superette 9:30 a.m. and the program May 3 HBA Spring Stroll, 11 starts at 10 a.m. Meet the a.m. – 6 p.m., Blair 2014 Democratic CandiSquare Flea Market 9-2, dates for Governor, LT. Cheryl Melody sponsored Governor, Treasurer, and by Fiske’s at St. Mary’s Attorney General. 1728 Coffee House presents “Custom Blend,” a cappella group from Acton area with blend of musical styles, 7 p.m., First Congregational Church of Holliston at 725 Washington Street, Holliston, Tickets are $10 each and are available at the door or by contacting Linda at 508-429-2321 and leaving a voice mail. Proceeds will benefit May 5 Holliston Annual Town "Church Build in La Enramada, Nicaragua," a misMeeting sion of The First May 9 Congregational Church. Holliston HABA Music May 16 & BBQ Fundraiser, 7-11 p.m., Anthony’s On the Holliston office hours for Green at Pinecrest Coun- Sen. Karen Spilka, 9:30 try Club, 212 Prentice a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Coffee Street, Holliston, features Haven, 76 Railroad St., country performances by Holliston May 17 The Stray Tones and Hillbilly Pop, $45 ticket in- Fatima Night Out, precludes music and BBQ, sented by the Xaverian visit “Holliston HABA” League at Fatima Shrine, to buy tickets online or 101 Summer St. The night email bostonostens@veri- will offer catering from Jane’s of Milford, with a Exsultet!, auditioned social from 5:30-6 p.m. women’s ensemble pres- and a DJ from 6-10 p.m. ents “Hey, Sis…,” 7:30 The cost is $20 per ticket, p.m., First Congregational and those interested may Church, 725 Washington call Shirley Melle (508) Parish Hall, 12-1 p.m., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. touch-atruck and Chili contest at Holliston Fire Dept., many vendors open with specials, vendors on town green and at Jordan Hall, hayrides by Breezy Hill Farm to benefit Holliston Pantry Shelf, Pony rides by Newfound Farm to benefit Newfound Scholarship Fund

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May 18 Holliston Pet Fair & Paws Walk, registration at 11 a.m., walk at 12 noon, Family registration $20 per dog, benefits “Friends of Holliston Police K-9 Unit,” registration fee waived if you have pledges. Event also includes lots of dog-related vendors, water bowl raffles, entertainment, photos and food.

May 20 Annual Holliston Town Election

Visit HollistonPolice for more details. Fashion Show to Benefit Holliston in Bloom, presented by Salone De Bella, 2-4 p.m. Holliston Upper Town Hall, Features fashions from Fine Feathers, makeup from Flawless Skin Care, tickets $20, available at Salone DeBella, Fiske’s, Holliston Superette and Fine Feathers, Medway. May 19 SEPAC/PTSA present “Neuropsychological Testing: Understanding Test Results and How to Use the Results to Understand Your Childs Learning Needs, ” featuring Reva S. Tankle, Ph.D, a

May 25 9th Annual Holliston 5K Road Race to Benefit Boston Children's Hospital, Holliston High School, 9 a.m., Post-race activities including light refreshments. Trophies for overall top M/F. Medals for top M/F in the following categories: 12 and under, 13-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over. Registration $25. Visit to pre-register on-line. Race-day registration will be from 8-8:45 a.m. May 26 Holliston Memorial Day Services, Services at Lake Grove Cemetery 10 a.m., services at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Parade steps off at 11 a.m. on Woodland St. in front of V.F.W., up Railroad, to Church, to Central to Washington to Town Hall. Refreshments follow at Holliston Historical Society. May 31 The Holliston Newcom-


ers Club Touch-a-Truck, All ages, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Placentino Elementary School, 235 Woodland St., Holliston, Younger children and children with special needs can enjoy a hornfree and siren-free morning from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. The ice-cream truck and a hotdog cart will be there to add to the family fun! $5 per person or $20 per family (free for children under 1 year-old) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest BIG Celebration at the Collings Foundation in Stow, 6 p.m. Attendees at The BIG Celebration will be treated to donated food dishes from more than a dozen local restaurants including 29 Sudbury, Sudbury; Red Raven Gastropub, Acton; River Rock Grill, Maynard; and Sophia’s Ristorante of Hudson. WHDH TV meteorologist, Jeremy Reiner, will host the event, while Greg Hill, host of The Hill-Man Morning Show on WAAF, will serve as the event’s auctioneer. Musical entertainment, a silent and live auction, and the special opportunity to tour the museum displays. Tickets $100 pp or $175/pair at

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Sports HHS Ultimate Frisbee Opens Season 1-3 Spring has arrived and with it is the Holliston High School Ultimate Frisbee team season. Holliston enters the season with a large team, building momentum off the 2013 season in which the team showed regular improvement despite its youth and inexperience. Holliston began its 2014 campaign on April 3rd with its home opener against Ashland. Under perfect conditions, the Holliston A-team (varsity) got off to a slow start and found itself down by a score of 8-1 at halftime, with its only point coming from a strong grab by senior Andrew Stering from sophomore Teddy Campbell. The second half showed improve-

ment both offensively and defensively as Holliston found their stride. Holliston posted points from junior Matt Ristaino, junior Corey Cox, junior Max Heihsel, and a pair from sophomore Lee Mogren to make the second half competitively even. However, the strong Ashland team kept the pressure on, matching Holliston point for point, and eventually prevailed by a final score of 15-6. Ironically, the B-team (junior varsity) had a very similar result, starting slowly but showing improvement (led by Beshoy Saied and Peter Georgakopoulos), also losing by a final score of 15-6. Game 2 of the season found Hol-

liston Ultimate continuing its season with a home match against Nipmuc Regional High School on April 7th. After a very competitive game, Holliston succumbed to Nipmic by a final score of 15-12. The season-opening homestand continued on Wednesday the 9th with a match against NewtonSouth. Holliston fell to 0-3 with a 15-10 loss. On Friday, April 11th, LincolnSudbury High School travelled to Holliston for a matchup that was originally scheduled to be in Sudbury. The game had to be moved to Holliston due to poor field conditions at the Sudbury field. Holliston and L-S matched points to start the game at 3-3, when Holliston took charge, scoring the next three points to take a 6-3 lead. L-S then charged back with strong defense and efficient offense, scoring five of the next six points to take the halftime lead of 8-7. The second half continued the tight match up with neither team being able to

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both teams dug in defensively. Holliston took a 15-14 lead and senior Tom Leary made a long and accurate pull to L-S. L-S made a critical mistake of dropping the pull, creating a turnover to Holliston. With great field position and the sideline roaring, Holliston looked for the winning point. After several more turnovers and strong on both sides, Holliston regained the disc deep in their own territory. Moving methodically up the field, Holliston's Lee Mogren found himself just outside the endzone. With a well-placed flick, the disc found a cutting Ben Durkee who captured the winning point. With a final score of 16-14 and the sun poking through the clouds, Holliston had its first win of the season. The 2014 roster include: seniors

Carl Berg (co-captain), Chris Kerstgens, Tom Leary, Andrew Stering, Rusty Varrell (co-captain); juniors: Nathaniel Bagge, Corey Cox, Cam Gilfoy, Max Heihsel, Ben Kaplan, Jonathan Redus, Matt Ristaino, and Mark Toronto; sophomores: Ethan Bagge, Paige Bagley, Teddy Campbell, Ben Durkee, Lee Mogren, Kevin Montain, Liam O'Brien, Josh Perlmutter, Joey Polny, Beshoy Saied, Jon Sherfey, Tommy True, Kale Young, and Jesse Zanghi; and freshmen: Ben Cappello, Maddy Colantonio, Tim Davidson, Peter Georgakopoulos, Reuben Kittrell, Shane Leary, Bernie Lougee, and Bechoy Morgan. Returning coaches are Chris Lavasseur and Jefferson Wood. Helping on the sidelines is assistant coach Curtis Mogren. Showing its "Spirit of the Game," members of the HHS Ultimate Frisbee team participated in the Cycle for a Cause event on April12th at the First Congregational Church, helping raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and the Christopher John Weigl Award for Excellence in Visual Journalism at Boston University, a scholarship for aspiring photojournalists. If you are not familiar with Ultimate Frisbee, come out to a game! The season schedule is posted on the HHS website.

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Sports Added Duty For Holliston’s Sports Chief Najarian Assumes Dual Role As Baseball Coach & A.D. BY KEN HAMWEY Craig Najarian has been Holliston High’s athletic director for almost two years and he’s extremely adept in that role, having been in a similar position at Foxboro High for five years. The 41-year-old Najarian, however, has taken on an added duty to mesh into his daily routine as the Panthers’ sports chief. He’s now the school’s varsity baseball coach. Najarian replaced Jason Hoye, who is Natick High’s varsity baseball coach now. Hoye also teaches at Natick and is an assistant coach there in football. “I thought long and hard about the vacancy for four months,’’ Najarian said. “I’ve coached before and this opportunity will enable me to fill a void in my athletic life. I’ve missed coaching. My wife (Katie) was very supportive and so, too, was the school administration. Some of my friends who are athletic directors and who also coach were helpful and supportive of my decision.’’ Najarian has coached baseball extensively at the collegiate level. After graduating from St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, N.H., he became an assistant at Brandeis University. He later coached in an assistant’s role at Wheaton, Boston College and Holy Cross.

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“I became head baseball coach at Holy Cross in 2004 and spent three years in that role,’’ Najarian said. “Returning to coaching brings you closer to the kids and gives you more credibility with the athletic staff. I’m sure other coaches on my staff view me as one of them.’’ Najarian, whose Panthers are 23 after five games, says he’s “pleased to be working with a great group of senior leaders and having fun.’’ He’s also glad that Hoye left the program in good shape. “Jason laid a good foundation for the future,’’ said Najarian. “We’re not starting from ground zero.’’ A question on day one of practice no doubt put Najarian’s players at ease for the challenging Tri Valley League schedule the Panthers are dealing with. “I asked the players on the first day of practice who was nervous and I raised my hand,’’ Najarian said. “There’s a big challenge ahead but it’s exciting to be back coaching. Coaching is going to reinvigorate me because it’s something I’ve missed.’’ Najarian is a firm believer in fundamentals, especially defense, and he is a proponent of focusing on every aspect of the game.

“Pitching and defense are so important,’’ he said. “I want to make sure our players understand baseball strategy and why we execute plays a certain way.’’ Najarian, who starred in football and baseball at Westborough High, is learning the nuances of TVL baseball and he maintains that “the league is strong from top to bottom.’’ “My goals for Holliston baseball will always be lofty,’’ Najarian emphasized. “We’ll always strive to be contenders for the league championship and qualifying for tourney play will always be part of our objective. And, I’ll want my players to set the same high standards.’’ Najarian majored in sociology at St. Anselm’s, where he played varsity baseball and was captain as a senior. He lives in Northborough with his wife and two children. Najarian is thriving in his dual role as coach and administrator. Taking the reins as the Panthers baseball coach was a plus for him and even a bigger plus for his players. Najarian’s decision to add more duties to his athletic director’s position is more than likely to become a win-win situation for everyone.


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Charter School Gains Regional Status; Will Double in Size BFCCPS to Seek New Facility to Expand Student Population, Programs BY J.D. O’GARA It’s one of the oldest charter schools in the state, and now the 20-year-old Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School, serving Kindergarten through 8th grade at 201 Main Street in Franklin, across from St. Mary’s, will double its size, increase to regional status and look for a new building. “We are what’s considered a district charter school,” says head of the school Heather Zolnowski, who has acted not just as principal, but essentially superintendent for the past two years and 5 years as assistant head of school. “We are Franklin Charter School District – if we have more students than we have spaces for, the siblings of those already attending go into first tier (of a lottery system); we pull them first. Then, we pull from anyone residing in Franklin at time of their application. Then, after that, anybody in state of Massachusetts can apply.” Now that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) approved the Benjamin Franklin

Classical Charter Public School Amendment in late March, students from several other surrounding towns will have a better chance to get chosen in the lottery. “Becoming a regional, the way that that will change is first siblings, then anyone who lives within district will be going into second pool instead of just Franklin, then anyone else,” says Zolnowski. Now included in the second tier along with Franklin residents are those from Holliston, Medway, Millis, Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville, Hopedale, Mendon, Upton, Milford, Norfolk, Plainville, Walpole and Wrentham. “And those are all towns that over the past 19 years have shown interest in applying and attending our school,” says Zolnowski. The charter will also allow the school to double in size, to 900 students a change that will also necessitate a move to a larger facility. Currently, the charter school has 447 enrolled, with a maximum of 450 under their previous charter. This allows space only for openings in Kindergarten, says Zolnowski, and only 14 new families

this year. The school’s charter was originally approved in 1995. “Our school was started by grassroots group of parents who really wanted a type of education that was different from the type kids were receiving at the time,” says Zolnowski. These parents, she says, wanted to “educate the whole child, not just in math, reading, writing, history and science, but also language and ability to actively think and engage in education. Students start presenting at academic assemblies in Kindergarten, with public speaking up to 8th graders, who have Community capstone projects that students plan, implement and present to audiences of 200 to 300.” Zolnowski explains that the school has a focus on art, music and language and stresses character education in everything it teaches, she says, as well as community service. In addition to classroom education, BFCCPS also partners with parents, whom it sees as the primary educators of their children. “We have an amazing curriculum,” says Joanne Basile, parent of two boys in the school. Basile says

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has approved an amendment making the 20-year old Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School a regional, rather than a district school, and doubling its student population. This means students from towns surrounding Franklin, including Holliston, Medway, Millis, Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville, Hopedale, Mendon, Upton, Milford, Norfolk, Plainville, Walpole and Wrentham, will have a better chance of attending. The school is also searching for a new location to accommodate the increase. Photo used courtesy of BFCCPS.

she is excited that the school will be able to welcome larger communities. “I don’t think it’s going to take away anything from the school experience. I think it’s going to expand what we have to offer,” says Basile. “The people who want to travel to the new charter school are going to be people like me, who are invested in the school. In order to go to a charter school, it has to be a family that’s made a choice.” Basile is not daunted that the BFCCPS may have to entertain the possibility of moving to a different community in order to find space. “That the school might be housed outside of Franklin is worth the reward and the benefits of having a greater space,” says Basile. Zolnowski explains that the old brick building the school leases from St. Mary’s was its old Catholic school. St. Mary’s church in Franklin still uses the building for CCD classes.

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“At 3:45 every day, we vacate the building, and children come in for CCD programs,” says Zolnowski. “The church has been very gracious and has worked with us, but they have one of the hugest CCD programs in country,” she adds. Zolnowski says she’d love for her students to have access to a science lab, language classrooms, more space conducive to special education services and expanded outdoor play areas, as well as more access to its building. “The gym is the auditorium is the music room is the cafeteria,” laughs Basile. “Our hope is to stay here in Franklin, This is where our home is … We’re working very hard to stay here,” says Zolnowski. “We’re concentrating efforts into finding a facility that would fit our needs and trying to keep it in Franklin.” Enrollment is already set for the 2014-2015 school year, says Zolnowski, who adds that the school formed a development task force a couple of years ago to gain parent and staff input, and to learn from other regional charter schools that have undergone similar processes. “The regional aspect of amendment will go in effect for 2015-16 academic year. That will happen in February/March of 2015. We will increase the number of districts served,” says Zolnowski. “We will not increase our enrollment, however, until we can secure a new facility.”

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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Benefit for Families of Firefighters The Massachusetts Senate on April 3 passed a bill to increase the state death benefit for families of a public safety official killed in the line of duty to $150,000, announced Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). The current amount of $100,000 has not been raised since 1994. This payment from the state will benefit the families of Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, firefighters who were killed in a nine-alarm fire in a Back Bay apartment building. “This benefit is a small way for the state to show our deep

Senator Spilka Announces May 2014 Office Hours HOLLISTON OFFICE HOURS Friday, May 16th 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Haven, 76 Railroad St., Holliston

gratitude to all who risk their lives every day to keep our communities safe across the Commonwealth,” said Senator Spilka. “At Firefighter Michael Kennedy’s funeral, I was moved by the stories of heroism and compassion told by his family and friends. Today’s bill is one way for us to show families how much we appreciate their lost loved one’s sacrifice.”

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Come Run for Children’s Hospital 9th Annual Holliston 5K Road Race to Benefit Boston Children's Hospital May 25 On Sunday, May 25, the 9th Annual Holliston 5K Road Race/Walk to benefit Boston Children's Hospital will take place at Holliston High School 9 a.m. Post-race activities including light refreshments. Trophies will be given to overall top males and females, and medals will be given to top males and females in the following categories: 12 and under, 13-18, 19-29, 30-

39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over. All children under high school age will receive ribbons. Race T-shirts are guaranteed to pre-registrants. T-shirt availability may be limited for race-day registrants. Registration fee is $25. Visit to pre-register on-line. Race-day registration will be from 8-8:45 a.m.


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Camp Protect Nature When Hiking Nature beckons adventurers across the globe. Recreational and ardent hikers venture into the landscape to get a glimpse of the wonders of the great outdoors. Veteran hikers are often careful to watch out for and protect natural resources, while novice hikers may not be aware of that responsibility. Hiking responsibly includes being mindful of natural habitats and what you bring in or take away from parks, forests and other natural areas.

Carry in/carry out Part of protecting nature involves carrying out what you carry in. What you bring with you in your backpack should not be left behind. Some parks and wildlife centers do not have trash receptacles, so it is up to you as the hiker to carry trash out of your surroundings and properly dispose of it. Children who may not understand litter and its impact on habitats can be taught lessons about picking up trash and taking items with them out of the park when hiking. Even though foods like fruit rinds or seeds can be biodegradable, it is still important to take your food with you when you leave the park.

frighten them and cause unpredictable behavior.

If you don't, you may inadvertently introduce a foreign species of plant to a habitat that can overtake indigenous plants. Also, animals should not be allowed to eat human food; otherwise they may become used to it and not forage for their own food. Animals also may become brazen, approaching people for an easy meal.

Keep dogs on leashes so they will not venture off and get lost or injured. Dogs may dig holes or chase animals, disrupting the surroundings.

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Picking flowers may seem harmless, but hikers should be careful to leave their surroundings untouched as much as possible. Your goal when exploring the wilderness is to observe and not disturb. That means leaving plants and animals alone.

It can be tempting to be a trailblazer and head out into the middle of the wilderness. This can be dangerous and potentially harmful to wildlife. Going off the trails means you will have to rely on your ability to navigate to find your way in and out of your hiking location. Those who are unsure of navigation and using a compass may find themselves lost. Park rangers or emergency personnel may have trouble locating individuals who have ventured off the trails.

In addition, do not introduce foreign animals to a landscape. Some people release lizards or fish that were once pets into ponds and rivers rather than trying to find homes for these creatures. There are many areas of the country that have become overrun by animals that are not native to these habitats. For example, invasive species have been taking over areas of the Florida Everglades for years. According to the National Parks Service, the Burmese Python is rapidly becoming a poster child for

When hikers veer off of the established trails they are treading on untouched parts of the landscape, where they can damage delicate foliage or stomp on nesting sites of some animals. If you are off of the trail, you may be more likely to come across animals, which could

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Be courteous of others Many parks and hiking trails are quiet sanctuaries for people and wildlife. Keep this in mind when hiking. Do not play loud music or be disruptive in any way. Disruptive or inconsiderate behavior can spoil the experience for others enjoying the outdoors and frighten animals in the area. Hiking and enjoying nature is a popular pastime. Keeping the landscape pristine and protecting plants and animals should be a goal of all hikers.

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Camp Things to Consider Before Choosing a Summer Camp Though February does not often elicit images of youngsters building campfires or playing games in the pool, the month more synonymous with the Super Bowl and Valentine's Day is a great time for parents to start thinking about summer camps for their kids. Summer camp is often something kids look forward to, and something they will fondly recall long after they reach adulthood. For many kids, summer camp provides a first taste of independence, as youngsters spend significant time away from home without their parents for the first time in their lives. But as great an experience as summer camp can be for youngsters, it can be just as difficult an experience if parents don't find the right fit for their children. That's why it behooves parents to start thinking about summer camps for their kids in winter, before camps start filling out their rosters, which tends to happen in early spring. The following are a few things parents should take into consideration when seeking a summer camp for their kids.

Staff The right summer camp staff can make all the difference. Many children are understandably shy when arriving at a summer camp, as their friends from back home might not be joining them. That can make kids hesitant to participate in activities or less enthusiastic about those activities. But a good staff will

know how to make kids feel welcome, which should help them come out of their shells and make the most of their summer camp experiences. The quality of staffs can vary significantly depending on the camp, so it's important that parents ask camp representatives about their staffs before making any commitments. Ask how long the staff has been together and the types of training new and even veteran staff members undergo before the start of camp season? Does the training include first aid and emergency medical training and certification? It's also good to ask about the vetting process the camp employs before hiring new staff, including the extent of its background checks. Are criminal background checks conducted? How many references must potential staff members supply to be considered for employment? A good camp will be forthcoming with answers to all of your questions, so eliminate those that appear hesitant to share information about their staffs.

A Day in the Life When vetting camps for kids, parents should ask what a typical day is like once the season hits full swing. Many parents want their youngsters to have a wellrounded experience, while others might want their kids to attend a more specialized camp, whether it's a sports camp focusing on a particular sport or a music camp devoted to helping

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Joan Sousa Announces Candidacy for Holliston School Committee Joan (Shaughnessy) Sousa will be on the ballot as a candidate for School Committee in the upcoming election, slated for May 20, 2014. Sousa joins three other potential candidates vying for two open positions. With a background in project management and bringing consensus among parties with conflicting interests, Sousa promises to bring her skills and talents to the position. Currently the President of Holliston Elementary Parent Teacher Student Association

and a substitute teacher in the district, she has gained a unique understanding of daily operations and how decisions are made. Over the years, many observations and conversations with residents have led her to conclude that more communication and collaboration is needed between town departments. As a member of the School Committee, Sousa will strive to achieve this balance, focusing on a central theme of “Schools and Town Collaborate.”

Sousa expresses her enthusiasm for running for School committee: “Holliston has all the ingredients to be a town where all citizens are proud to call home. My past experiences managing projects by clearly defining deliverables, ensuring work is done right, on time and on budget are exactly what is needed to operative effectively as a School Committee member within a town competing for precious resources. I believe we can strike a balance between meeting

the needs of the town while protecting Holliston’s crown jewel: the schools. I promise to do my utmost for Holliston.” Joan Sousa has been living in Holliston since 2009 with her husband, Lou, and two elementaryaged children, Jack and Sally. She has served in various roles within HEPTSA and Holliston Newcomers Club, past Placentino School Council Member, former coach for Holliston Youth Soccer and Hollis-

ton Pop Warner, previous catechist and current parishioner at St. Mary’s Church. She is thrilled to announce her candidacy and welcomes questions, concerns and ideas from fellow Hollistonians. Connect:; joansousaschoolcommittee@gmai; and Joan Sousa for Holliston School Committee on Facebook.

Stacey M. Raffi Announces Candidacy for Holliston School Committee Looking for stronger communication about our school district? Looking for true collaboration between the School Committee and the different Boards in town? Looking for decisions based on what is best for ALL of our students? It’s time for the Holliston School Committee to have members working collaboratively with the town departments and one other.

Fresh ideas, critical thinking, an open mind, and passion for greatness are some of the traits I plan to bring to this public board that impacts the majority of our town’s budget. I am one of four potential candidates seeking a spot for two open positions. Currently I hold the seat of Vice President of Holliston Business Association, own my own business as an Independent Consultant for Thirty-One Gifts,

and co-run the Raffi household. I am an active member of the Holliston Elementary PTSA chairing Spiritwear, Bus Buddies, Fall Fundraiser, and the Summer Kindergarten Play date. You can find me in the halls of Placentino working the Care Cart, or helping students with reading in my son’s classroom, and can find me there any other time there is an event going on (Book Fair, Classroom Basket Raffle, Teacher Appreciation Week etc).

My primary objectives as a member of the school committee will be to: • Continue to support our teachers, staff, and administration, in making our great district even greater through policies that are critically thought out with an open mind and listening ears • Increase transparency, accountability, and overall public perception of the board

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• Balance the strong desire for world-class education with the very necessary strategic and difficult financial decisions My husband Eric and I moved to Holliston in 2005. We have two active young boys Ryan (1st grade) and Kyle (KindergartenFall 2014). On the weekends you can find me at the skating rink coaching figure skaters or on the sidelines cheering on Holliston Youth Soccer U8 Boys teams. In my spare time, I love to read, relax on the beach, socialize with friends, and listen to the eclectic selection of artists ranging from classical to Broadway musicals to classic rock to the 80’s hair bands on my iPod! Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom in 2007, I was a Marketing Events Manager for a software company. In addition to the planning, implementing, and critical analysis of our events, the strategic planning of the budget was part of my responsibility. I worked with multiple groups vying for the same marketing resources to develop a budget and schedule that would help them achieve their goals. My passion for the future of my children, my work experience, and my desire to be part of the process make me an ideal candidate for the Holliston School Committee. I thank you for your consideration and look forward to seeing you at the polls on May 20. You can reach me with questions or comments at staceymraffi@ or (508) 494-8783.

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Nikki Borman Announces Candidacy for Holliston Planning Board When our family first moved to Holliston 25 years ago, we chose it as home not only on the basis of the renowned school system, but also because of its unique landscape and warmth of the people we met. For years Holliston has maintained this quiet and caring smalltown feel, where it seems as though you know everyone in town. As times change, and Holliston continues to evolve, I believe we, who make our homes here, need to preserve that small-town charm. At the same time, we need to secure opportunities for our families and community through forward looking planning that is open to new businesses coming into town. Such planning should emphasize creation of opportunities for Holliston’s residents and graduates and lessening of the tax burden on our residents.

I seek a position on the Holliston Planning Board so that I can bring my professional experience in planning and growing business that will serve our town. My Professional Experience: • Masters in Public Administration • Over 20 years in planning and developing new business including • Healthcare • Life Sciences • Research • Green Tech • A deep understanding of new environmental approaches to handle

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Holliston Annual Town Meeting: May 5, 2014 Holliston Annual Town Election: May 20, 2014 The Holliston Annual Town Election will take place on May 20, 2014. This election sees two contested races, one for seats on the Holliston School Committee, and the other for a seat on the Planning Board. Follow this link to check your voting status:

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Street, Hopedale $29 9,90 nman 0 15 I

rtland Street, Hollisto n 2 Cou Under Agreement

Robin Gilman

Lynn Rossini

Susan Heavner 508-259-7716

wood Drive Hopkinton $88 edge 4,90 W 0 71

Helping Buyers and Sellers in Holliston and Surrounding Towns

Lynn Rossini

Robin Gilman

Melissa Kaspern 508-333-4670

entral Street, Holliston 364 C Under Agreement

e Hill Road, Hopkinton $68 9,90 addl S 0 37

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Your House!

Lydia Rajunas 617-901-1275

Susan Heavner

Save the Date!

Robin Gilman

Robin Gilman 508-733-1333

5K Run/Walk September 21, 2014 Holliston High School

Family Friendly Event For more information and registration, Click on Charitable Foundation at

"Helping to improve the lives of local families in need"

The RE/MAX Executive Charitable Foundation is a non-profit, 501-3c organization created to carry out the philanthropic mission of RE/MAX Executive Realty Associates. The Foundation is established to fund financial or service based needs in the Company's market area. Through requests, the Foundation's primary goal is to improve the lives of families or individuals in the Foundation's general market area.

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May 1, 2014

Stop in for our Open House Friday, May 16th from 9 - 11:30am or call to schedule a tour.

MetroWest Christian Academy • 4 & 5 Year Old Kindergarten • Elementary Grades 1-5 • After School Care Available • Advanced Curriculum • Strong Phonics Foundation • Facilities with Excellent Security • Affordable Tuition

350 Pleasant Street Ashland, MA 01721 508-881-7404

One Stop Drop from Birth - 12 Years Old

Infant Program • Toddler Program Preschool Program Capture Summer Program School-Age Program


Full and Part time schedules available! Open Monday - Friday 7am - 6pm Convenient Access to the Ashland T Station Open Since 1994

Call Now for More Information: 508.881.7670 350 Pleasant St., Ashland, MA 01721 Email: • Website:

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