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Local Volunteers Help Boston Homeless with Food and Kind Hearts Boston Homeless Mission Sees Need Rising


Halloween is the one of the oldest holidays still celebrated today. It's one of the most popular holidays, second only to Christmas. Whether you dress in costume or not, there are parties and activities to enjoy locally. Spooky Games will be held at the YMCA on Friday October 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Y will offer games, dancing, activities and a costume contest. The theme is Children's Books. Several of the YMCA rooms will have decorations and activities related to that theme such as here the Wild Things Are. You must register in advance. $5 for YMCA members, $8 for non-members, and a $30 maximum per family. Call (508) 5288708 to register.


A halloween and costume party is scheduled at the Council on Aging for Friday, Oct. 28 at the Franklin Senior Center. For $6 people can enjoy a delicious meal, musical entertainment by the popular Stone Street Strummers and door prizes. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. You must register in advance by calling (508) 520-4945.

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Boston Homeless Mission, a volunteer effort by residents in Medway, Millis and Holliston, help to provide 100-150 people living on the streets in Boston with food, water, clothing and toiletries each week. This past year Poland Springs was kind enough to donate water, and Nick’s Central Garage, in Holliston, provided free transport of the water. Donations of other items are still needed, however.

By J.D. O’Gara The volunteers do it every week. Every week, someone buys supplies. Every week, an

assembly line of sandwiches gets made, and donations get collected. Every week, volunteers from Medway, Millis and Holliston gather in the parking lot of St.

Joseph’s in Medway to load up their vehicles and make their way into Boston. Every week, the lines of people living on the streets of Boston are there, wait-

ing and hoping – for a good meal and someone to talk to.

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The Boston Homeless Mission provides assistance to approximately 100-150 individuals each week, and the mission’s been taking place for over 20 years. The effort is 100% volunteer and 100% donation based, and the people who help not only come from St. Joseph’s, but they also hail from Saint Thomas the Apostle in Millis, the Congregational Church in Medway, the First Baptist Church

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of Holliston as well as scout groups and anyone else just willing to help. “I know there’s a saying, ‘If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day; if you teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime,’” says one Millis woman who volunteers her time every week, “and we are just one resource for these folks, who are all trying to turn their lives around. They’ve got other resources available that they tap into to do that – but we just want to give them a fish, because, today, they’re hungry.” “Many, many people that do work throughout the week, at their own expense and using their own time, prepare everything that we bring in,” says volunteer Wayne Marshall, himself a member of St. Josephs, who has volunteered with the Boston Homeless Mission for several years. The group that goes to Boston, he says, usually consists of anywhere between 8 and 15 people, but a lot of others pitch in to help. His wife, Sheila, coordinates a lot of the sandwich-making which adds up to about 400-450 sandwiches a week, and all food volunteers are instructed by other

volunteers who are Serve Safe certified, to insure food safety. Another woman he know gets day-old bread from a grocery store she works at, while yet another cleans, sorts and folds all of the clothing donations. One generous donor of Medway regularly springs for 50 pizzas, while others make tureens of soup at their own expense. Each week, the mission also hands out clean underwear, socks and toiletries, which need to be purchased, to the tune of about $125 a week. To save on costs, other volunteers have been pouring shampoo from economy-sized bottles into old medicine bottles for the homeless people to use. The effort can get expensive, says Ed Mason, Mission Coordinator and volunteer from Holliston. He points out that volunteers have gotten creative in their efforts to get items for the mission. On his 50th birthday, for example, he asked guests to bring clean, unused socks instead of gifts. “With the down turn in the economy we have reached out to several corporations for donations,” says Mason. “The Poland Springs Corporation has been very supportive.” Bottled water for this population is important, says Mar-

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shall, especially for those struggling with alcohol addiction. Although last year, the volunteers convoyed to Poland Spring’s Seabrook, NH distribution center to pick up the donation, the venture was not easy, due to the weight of the water and the cost for fuel. Mason contacted a local business, Nick’s Central Garage in Holliston and asked owner Nick Prizio if he would be willing to drive us to pick up a subsequent donation of water. Nick came through twice with a truck, driver, forklift and fuel.

street, if you’re living on the edge, it’s a lonely life … We try to be that kind voice and that gentle ear,” he says. “Usually we have more helpers than we need (in Boston),” says the Millis volunteer. “The rest of us are just talking. We get to know people. We talk to them. Compassion and camaraderie is just as important as giving out the food.” Still, says Mason, with the low economy, the need for food, clothing and toiletries is increasing. Volunteers are finding they are running out of supplies.

Aside from putting together the packages, working with the population is an experience in itself, all agree. The Boston Homeless Mission has two regular stops, one near Boston Public Library and another on Tremont Street. Usually, they find that the people they’ve come to help have saved parking spaces for them.

“We are in need of used or new clothing (men’s and women’s), winter clothing (jackets, gloves , hats and scarves). We can always use socks and underwear, toiletries items like shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion, disposable razors, deodorant,” says Mason.

“Some folks get what they need and move on,” says Marshall, “but most folks remember you from last week and want you to remember them, and they share their week with you,” he says. “Probably 50% of the mission is talking to people. If you’re living on the

Anyone willing to donate these items can drop them off at the Holliston Baptist Church at 40 High Street in Holliston or the Saint Joseph Church on Village Street in Medway. If interested in helping on Monday nights, says Marshall, just come on down to St. Joseph’s, on Holliston Street, by 5:45 p.m.

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Millis Library Friends’ A Haircut with Heart Book Sale/ Family Fun Day October 1st BY J.D. O’GARA

The Friends of the Millis Public Library will hold its fall book sale and family fun day on Saturday, October 1st from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the library, rain or shine. The library is located at the corner of Main Street (Rte. 109) and Auburn Road in Millis. To add to the enjoyment this year, there will be family-friendly events that will include story times, face painting, games, music and more. Come join the fun!

A large selection of fiction, nonfiction and children’s books in hardcover and paperback will be on sale, plus videos and DVDs. Prices range from 25 cents to $5.00. Proceeds will purchase museum passes and programs for the library. Donated books are still being accepted for the sale and can be left inside the library. For more information, call the library at (508) 376-8282.

Caregiver’s Support Group Offered The Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Great Milford offers a weekly Alzheimer Caregiver Support Group. The group meets every Tuesday from 1:30-3 p.m. at the VNA’s office located at 37 Birch Street, Milford location.

givers to develop the necessary skills to manage their everyday challenges. In addition to support, caregivers benefit from educational materials to assist them in the management of all stages of this disease.

The VNA has provided a weekly daytime caregiver support group for over twenty years for those touched by Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Becoming informed about Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia is the single most important factor that will assist care-

There is no pre-registration required or fee charged to attend the group. Please call the Visiting Nurse Association at (508) 4730862 for further information. Financial support for the group is provided by the Central Mass Agency on Aging.

Mallory Doyle took a big step this summer. The nine-year-old Millis fourth-grader, who had never had a haircut, donated 12 full inches of her golden locks to the charity Locks of Love. “This charity accepts real, cut, hair donations and makes them into wigs for children with medical issues,” says Mallory’s Mom and Girl Scout leader Kathy Doyle. “They provide the wigs at a reduced cost or at no cost at all to the family, depending upon the circumstances. All you have to do is you have to have at least 10 inches of real hair. It can’t be colored or anything like that.” “In the summer, it was getting really hot,” says Mallory. “My Mom told me if I cut my hair, it can help other people. They’re going to turn it into wigs for people who have cancer.” The public non-profit organization Locks of Love became a 501 (c) (3) organization in 1997. It provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged U.S. and Canadian children not only suffering from cancer, but from any long-term medical hair loss. It aims to restore to these children a sense of self and confidence. Proud Mom Kathy said donating the hair could not have been easier, as, for three extra dollars, the hair stylists at Cost Cutters in Millis took the hair and mailed it to the organi-

Millis nine-year-old Mallory Doyle put her long blonde hair to good use after her first haircut, donating the cut hair to Locks of Love.

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Updates in Medway Medway Takes a Moment to Remember September 11th Bellingham Culvert Repairs and Rte. 126 Detours This Bellingham and Mass Highway State project began just after Labor Day. According to Tom Holder, of Medway’s Water & Sewer Dept., the project should be completed around midOctober. Once that is done, he said, “they’ll be able to put the road back together.”

Dedication of New Highland Street Tank October 25. The new water tank at this location replaced a 100year-old tank on the site.

Recycle Center Hours Hours for the recycle center will change at the end of October from 4-7 p.m. to 12-3 p.m. in order to accommodate daylight savings time.

Hydrant Flushing This project will begin Oct. 3, and residents and businesses will receive informational postcards. Specific information as to which district of Medway will be worked on as specific times will be available on the Department of Public Services page on the town website, Temporary discoloration of water is possible, but not harmful.

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On the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Medway Post Office held a Town of Medway Day of Remembrance, led by Postmaster Peter Petrillo. Minister Nathan W. Dettering led the prayer, and the Medway Fire Department posted the colors. The event included remarks by State Senator Karen Spilka, Congressman James P. McGovern, Medway Selectman Andrew Espinosa and Paul Yorkis as well as a presentation of a memorial wreath by Chief Allen Tingley. Frank Zarba and his accordian accompaniment lent amazing vocal and instrumental talent to the event. Those gathered bow their heads as Taps is played.

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Make a Mad Dash to the Medway MCF Adds Coffee and Egg Shares This Fall Lions 5K Pumpkin Run Oct. 29 BY J.D. O’GARA Forget slithering, crawling or creeping along. Once again this Halloween time, witches, goblins and ghouls, along with other costumed creations, will compete in the annual Pumpkin Run, a 5K race that benefits the Medway Lions. This year’s race will take place at 10 a.m. on the last Saturday of October, October 29, at the Medway High School, with plenty of parking. The cost to participate is $20 for adults; $10 for runners or walkers aged 14 and under. Dan Collins, a jogger himself, has never actually run the race, because he’s been working on the 5K event for 8 years now. “Originally, it was a road race to raise some money, because we wanted to do things in the community, mostly for kids,” he says. Later, it became “a community event and a fundraiser, so that we can give something back to the town.” Collins estimates that the race drew about 110 runners the first year, and following years “hovered around the same amount,” he says. All of that changed last year, how-

In the spirit of CSA shares, the Medway Community Farm has added coffee and egg shares this fall. Coffee shares will be available through Red Barn Coffee. Shareholders will receive a 12 oz bag of locally roasted coffee beans every other week (starting 10/18) for pick up with your share at the farm. Shareholders can choose from the regular blend, or a choice from a mix of roasts, as they are

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Spotlight on The Stray Cat in Medway BY MARJORIE TURNER HOLLMAN As I wandered through The Stray Cat, the antiques and treasures shop in Medway, with coowner Marie Crisci, I quickly found things that brought me right back to my childhood. My fingers lingered over the glass coasters, then I clanked the metal pie pans of the type in which I baked my first pies. I alluded to these memories as I spoke with Marie, and she nodded knowingly, then smiled. “Everything in here has a story,” she said. The new shop, at 73 Holliston Street, directly across from one of the entrances to the Star Market on Main Street, must have been a home at one time. The front porch is inviting, the rooms warm, and tastefully decorated. There’s lots to look at, to be sure, but nicely arranged so you can easily see what is there. “I keep an eye on the big picture of what’s in the store,” Marie said. There are builtin bookshelves in the hallway, and room after room filled with tables, chairs, chests, glassware, classic children’s books, vintage clothing draped about and more. The bright, sunny windows add to the homey feel, as do the humorous, down to earth signs posted about, like, “Life is full of choices: Remove your shoes or scrub the floor!” Marie noted, “We decorate the porch seasonally—we keep it as porch-like as possible so people can envision the setup in their own homes.” Betsy Padula, co-owner with Marie, said, “I’ve had people come in here and spend two to three hours. I check to make sure they’re all right and they just say, ‘No, I’m fine, this is wonderful.’ Others come in here and they

laugh. They say, ‘I needed to get away for a few minutes. It’s an escape.’” The owners, both Franklin residents, are well experienced in the field, Betsy having worked for more than twenty-five years with antiques and collectibles, while Marie has ten years of experience. “I learn something new every day,” Marie commented. “When we put something out for sale I do research on it first. Our jewelry is a combination of antique, fine, and costume jewelry, all with honest labels. If it’s sterling, it’s labeled as such; if we are able to confirm the type stone, we label it.” Betsy stressed, “Honesty is our policy.” Marie continued, “I learned in college that if you don’t give someone an honest opinion, their friends will. And if I’m not honest, I’ve lost a customer. I also stress to people, ‘Please don’t settle for something you don’t really want—if you can’t sleep tonight, give me a call about the item tomorrow.’ Betsy and I share the same business philosophy.” There are twelve different dealers with items on display at the shop. Each dealer has different tastes and inclinations. “We have Depression era, cute, whimsy stuff, cottage, and coastal-look items,” Marie observed. “Betsy’s stuff is more traditional, very eclectic, Victorian, while I have more quirky things, but they’re also eclectic.” Betsy walked into a dealer’s room in the store, pointed to the items in the room and said, “This dealer sews. She also makes chalk boards from old frames—very creative repurposing. Another dealer goes to lots of auctions for old tools, walking sticks, and depression glass.” Marie held up some lovely linen

Marie Crisci and Betsy Padula, co-owners of The Stray Cat in Medway, agree that stories are among the treasures they prize in their antiques and collectibles shop on Holliston Street.

pieces, then pulled yet another humorous country sign from a basket, chuckled at the saying, then said, “We have some new merchandise such as country signs, candles, table linens, table runners, and napkins. It’s a place to look for holiday gifts.” She then smiled, “We’ll help people come up with ideas, then the customer can take the credit!” I asked about the notebook on the front desk and Marie replied, “Oh, that’s our ‘wish list’ notebook. People come in here and tell us what they’ve been looking for, and all our dealers stop by and check the list before they go out. We also send out emails to our dealers to be on the lookout for certain items. We’re a repurposing, creating, reconstructing, multi-dealer shop. We clean and fix things, and reuse them in new ways. The dealers who presently show here are very creative.” While the two women have only

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been in business in Medway since this spring, they’ve been friends for years. And it was on one of their antiques “outings” together that the origin the name of their store came about. Marie told me the story. “Betsy and I were at an estate sale last year and there was a wall hanging of a cat that I was drawn to, but because it wasn't what I usually buy, I repeatedly talked myself out of buying it. As we were walking out the door, I said to Betsy, ‘I have to buy that cat, I don't know why, but I do’ and so I bought it. Months later as were trying to agree on a name for the store, Betsy was talking to a friend who referred to someone as a stray cat and Betsy thought the name would work for the shop. When she told me, I remembered how I was drawn to the cat at the estate sale and said that it was an omen. The cat from the estate sale is the model for our sign.”

plate of the type my mother collected years ago, and recalled how the plates had always been a beloved part of her kitchen. Marie listened, then said, “Everyone who walks in here is a story; and we love to hear those stories!” The Stray Cat, Antiques and Treasures . . . olde and new, 73 Holliston Street in Medway is open daily from 10-5. Phone (508) 533-4400 Estate service and cleanouts are available. Inquire for details. Look for the sign with the stray cat on it, (created by Missy Colbert, Graphic Designer, of “Bear Your Idea” in Bellingham.) New items are posted regularly on their website,

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Support the Fall Cleanup Is a Good Time to Start Planning Next Year’s Garden Medway Library at the Fall Book Sale BY KAREN O’BRIEN

Autumn, to me, is one of the best times of year. It is not only because I live in New England, where the colorful hues of changing leaves blend to make a delightful tapestry in the landscape. Rather, this time of final harvest is the time to look back on the spring and summer seasons and evaluate the year's successes and failures in the garden. While tidying up herb beds and securing all for the winter, it's a great time to reflect and also to look ahead and plan for the next growing season. The seed and plant catalogs have started to arrive, and I hope to spend many an enjoyable hour plotting out next year's plantings. There's a lot to do, but this seems to be a slowing down time as we head towards the end of the year.

Last year, I started a "Winged Wonders" garden. I wanted to include plants that would attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects. Plants were moved here from other parts of the garden, and new plants were added. The dill I planted early was quickly decimated - by what, I'm not sure as I never saw the culprit. However, there were lots of tiger swallowtail caterpillars in other parts of the yard - particularly on the fennel and even the rue! Some of the plants were: Russian sage, Borage, Echinacea "White Swan", Thyme, Dill, Butterfly Weed, Butterfly bush, Oregano, Sedum, Nicotiana, Roman Chamomile, Lemon Gem Marigold, Phlox, Rosemary, Beebalm, and others. Many of these

plants are either sources of nectar or serve as a food source for the caterpillars. There are many more plants that can be used for attracting pollinators, many of them attractive garden plants. However, don't forget some of the plants we consider weeds, such as common milkweed, jewel weed, nettles, Queen Ann's Lace and even dandelions, are great sources of food for all those winged creatures. Attracting pollinators and other beneficial insects is one of the best things you can do for your garden, and for the earth. If you can't set aside a special garden for them, tuck a few of these plants into your existing beds, so you can enjoy the flight of hummingbirds and the beauty of the fragile butterflies.

A word of caution about Butterfly bush – which is like candy for butterflies. Its lovely flowers, of various colors, are visited frequently by sphinx moths and hummingbirds. However, it can have the potential for being an invasive plant, sowing itself far and wide. I have had it in my garden for around four years, and I have noticed that it is now springing up in several places in my yard. Vigilance is required to keep it in bounds. New sterile varieties should be showing up soon in garden centers. I must say I don't see more "winged" activity in this special bed than I see in the rest of the garden. I have always left milkweed, Queen Ann's Lace, lemon balm and anise hyssop to seed wherever they like (though I am now a little more ruthless with some of these invaders). Incorporating some of

the above plants into your garden will most likely encourage the winged beasts to visit and enjoy the smorgasbord you have created. One place that is literally buzzing with bees is my Autumn Clematis, which has been happily climbing a fence for the past 10 years. It is an enormous carpet of small, white fragrant flowers, providing much needed nectar late in the season.

As you clean up your garden in preparation for the coming winter season, think about what you may want to include in your plantings for next year. Write a list of must have plants, so that when those colorful and enticing plant catalogs start to arrive, you will have a better idea of your needs for the next growing season. Plan on introducing some of the flowers and herbs loved by those “winged wonders” so you can enjoy their flight through your own garden of delight. Karen O'Brien runs her herbal business “The Green Woman's Garden” in the central MA town of Mendon. She is the Development Chair of The Herb Society of America, currently serves as Vice Chairman of the New England Unit of H.S.A., is Secretary of the International Herb Association, sits on the Board of the Greenleaf Garden Club of Milford, and serves as State Advocate for Leave No Trace. She is a contributing author to the latest Herb of the Yearbook on Horseradish, produced by the IHA. Her website is, where you can find other articles on herbs and gardening.




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The Friends of the Medway Public Library’s Book Sale will be held on October 14-15 and October 22, 2011 at the Medway Library on 26 High Street. Friday, October 14 from 7-9 p.m. is the Friends-only sale. Membership may be purchased or renewed that evening. Saturday, October 15 from 10-2 p.m. is the public sale. The following Saturday, October 22 for two hours only, 12-2 p.m., is the Bag Sale in which buyers may fill up a brown paper grocery bag for only $5. During the October 15th sale the Medway Community Farm will have a table outside selling their produce and garden luminaries. A stalwart group of Friends volunteers has been preparing for the sale for months. Shelves have been refreshed with thousands of newly donated books in very good condition. Books have been carefully sorted into special sections

for each category, making searching for books much easier. Nonfiction adult sections, for example, will include sports, true crime, politics, history and gardening, among others. There will be shelves of science fiction, romance, mystery, as well as general fiction and classics, children’s books, CDs, DVDs and books on tape. Prices range from 25 cents for children’s board books to $2. for adult hard cover. The book sale is the primary fundraising activity of the Friends of the Medway Public Library. All proceeds are used for library materials, programs and museum passes. The Friends accept book donations year-round; a collection box is located at the bottom entrance of the library. For more information about the Friends of the Medway Library visit http://

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Millis High Starts New Advisory Program Millis High School is beginning the school year with a new program aimed at providing a more personalized educational experience for its students. The school is implementing an advisory program where each student will regularly meet with a staff advisor in small, grade-level groups. Through these meetings, each student will have an adult member of the school community. Advisory groups will focus on school-wide themes as well as confront issues relevant to high school students. The advisory system will give students the opportunity to get to know a staff member well, enable them to meet with students in the same grade who they might not normally know, and provide a forum for discussion. Advisory groups will meet every-other Thursday for 25 minutes. Millis High School’s program will also include a student leadership component. During the summer, over 30 juniors and seniors attended a program for student advisory mentors. Advisory mentors will help staff facilitate advisory activities and discussions. These students will serve as role models, This past summer, over 30 Millis High School juniors and seniors attended a program to become student advisory mentors. The program will pair particularly for incoming fresh- students with staff advisors, as well as allow upperclassmen to serve as mentors to younger students. men. Advisory mentors will learn and utilize a variety of skills that than they can in the traditional will go a long way to ensure that chance to get to know juniors and year and it can be intimidating.” will help them beyond high classroom environment. It is im- all of them feel comfortable and seniors and get some advice,” said “This program will enable our portant that students know that we connected. I think the students will Senior Maddie Lederer. “The proschool. students to make connections with care about them as people and are benefit in many ways, especially gram will also help juniors and In preparation for this program, available as a resource for them from the work of the juniors and seniors, because it will give them staff as well as other students,” Millis High School staff under- should they ever need to reach out seniors who are serving as leaders a chance to compare problems said Principal Bob Mullaney. “I think it will have a very positive went training last spring. A num- to us. Advisory will help ensure in the program.” with college applications and other impact on our school culture. Adber of staff also observed the that no student feels like they are topics as they approach the end of The school kicked off its adviditionally, research shows that advisory program at Hopkinton on their own during tough times,” high school.” schools with advisory-type proHigh School. The staff is enthusi- said Alaina Seymour, Spanish sory program with an assembly and breakfast meeting on SeptemSenior David Querusio noted grams have better attendance rates astic about the potential of this new teacher. ber 8. Students met their advisors program’s potential for impact on and fewer disciplinary issues. That program. According to English teacher and the other members of their underclassmen. “I think the advi- translates into more time in the “Through advisory, we hope to Tom Ingraham, “We've always felt groups. sory program is a good idea be- classroom and increased student create a space for students to con- that our school was a place where cause it will connect kids and learning. I think this program will “I think the student-mentor pronect with their classmates and staff the majority of our students felt make them feel closer to the be a great addition to our school.” members on a more personal level very comfortable; this program gram will give underclassmen a school. I remember my freshman

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Sparky's Puppets Halloween Harvest will be held at the Franklin Public Library on Wed. Oct. 26 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. This entertaining puppet show is for children ages 3 through ten and will be held in the meeting room. No registration is required; just come to enjoy. For more information, call (508) 520-4940.

in this neighborhood for well over 25 years," says Michelle Schofield, who is organizing the parade this year with her neighbors Kristin Quinzani and Tara Wosny. "I know my next door neighbors' kids used to participate when they were little. They are grown now and out of college. Some who have been in the neighborhood a long time invite their grandkids."

A weekend of Halloween fun is scheduled at Choate Park in Medway. The annual Touch-A-Truck event will be held on Saturday October 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come in costume to this fun event to climb aboard interesting cars and trucks from around town. Join in a Halloween Parade at 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. in front of the beach. Costumes are always fun but not required. The rain date for the Touch-A-Truck event is Sunday October 30th. Come back Saturday night as the Friends of Choate Park will hosting their Annual Pumpkin Walk with Fires Afloat on Choate. Bring your own jack-o-lantern with a candle or tea lights to display and make the event even more festive. Ribbons will be awarded. Drop off your pumpkin on the tennis courts at the park anytime Saturday during Touch A Truck if you are attending the event or up until 5 p.m. Make sure to bring your flashlight and come back from 6-8 p.m. for a walk among the jack-olanterns around the pond. There will also be fires afloat on the pond. This beautiful festive night is free to the public. Concessions available at the building. Donations are always welcome. The rain date for this event is Sunday Oct. 30. Want to keep the Halloween fun in Millis on October 29? Then head on over to Tangerini's Spring Street Farm, at 139 Spring Street, for the annual volunteer-driven fundraising event, The Haunted Hayride. The event will benefit M.E.R.I.T., Millis Educational Resource Initiatives Team, and tickets, $10 per person, $45 family cap, will be available at Roche Brothers and at Tangerini's Farm. To learn more about MERIT, please contact Jen MacAskill at (508) 376-4959. Little Millis goblins and ghouls will also have a chance to haunt the neighborhood on October 30, at the annual neighborhood parade that steps off at 10 a.m. at 37 Ticonderoga Lane. "This parade has been happening

ing, and having theme parties. Others view it as a time of superstitions, ghosts, goblins and evil spirits that should be avoided at all costs. Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Halloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back more than 2000 years. All Hallows Eve is the evening before All Saints Day, which was created by Christians to convert pagans, and is celebrated on November 1st. The Catholic church honored saints on this designated day. Halloween culture can be traced back to the Druids, a Celtic culture in Ireland, Britain and Northern Europe. Roots lay in the feast of Samhain, which was annually on October 31 to honor the dead.

The parade walks around the neighborhood and usually ends with treats and snacks. Everyone is asked to bring a treat to share, and Girl Scout Troop 74951 will hold a non-perishable food drive for the local food pantry on that day. Origin of Halloween While millions of people celebrate Halloween without knowing its origins and myths, the history and facts of Halloween make the holiday interesting. Some people view Halloween as a time for fun, putting on costumes, trick-or-treat-

Samhain signifies "summers end" or November. Samhain was a harvest festival with huge sacred bonfires, marking the end of the Celtic year and beginning of a new one. Many of the practices involved in this celebration were fed on superstition. The Celts believed the souls of the dead roamed the streets and villages at night. Since not all spirits were thought to be friendly, gifts and treats were left out to pacify the evil and ensure next years crops would be plentiful. This custom evolved into trick-or-treating. Have a fun and safe evening.

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The Medway Dog Wash Holds Charity Event for Vermont Flood Victims Self-serve Dog Wash to Benefit Central Vermont Humane Society

to have a stable home and we wanted to support our neighbors to the north.”

The Medway Dog Wash, Metro West’s top self-serve dog wash and grooming salon, held a charity event to benefit the Central Vermont Humane Society (CVHS) in Montpelier, VT and canine victims of the flooding in Vermont. 100% of proceeds from dog washes on Sunday, September 25 will be donated to the shelter.

Other pet companies in the metro west area are making donations to the event to lend their support. Pet bakery The Big Biscuit of Bellingham offered free dog treat goodie bags to all those getting a wash during the event, and dog daycare/kennel Happy Tails Doggy Daycare in Franklin handed out a free toy to all dog washers.

“Central Vermont has been especially hard hit by the flooding following Hurricane Irene and CVHS has taken in many dogs who are currently homeless due to flooding,” said Medway Dog Wash owner Fred Fontaine. “We know how important it is for dogs

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Spotlight on LANConnect Systems, Inc. There’s something to be said for personal interaction. Peter Kokinda, President of LANConnect Systems, Inc., right on Main Street in Millis, learned this firsthand, and he’s built his business on it. Kokinda has been doing website and database design since 1996, but he found, around Y2K, that his passion centered on solving computer issues that would arise with his clients. “I like being in front of the customer,” he says, “I found I started to like dealing with the hands-on, fixing issues, instead of sitting by myself and coding all day.” And so began LANConnect Systems, which incorporated in 2003. The Millis company has come a long way since the start. “In the beginning we were back in basement at my house, just me and couple of guys,” smiles Kokinda, who brought his growing business about two and a half years ago to Millis. “I live just 10 minutes down the road,” says Kokinda, “and even though the majority of our business is not around here, we find we can get to places better than we could when we were in heart of Natick. There’s less traffic.” The office is bigger than the cozy waiting area would suggest. This front lobby opens up into a network of spacious rooms including a long, shelved workspace, or “depot,” which can accommodate computer repair. “We can work on 12 to 14 computers at a time here,” says Kokinda.

“We do data recovery and a lot of specialized services like that that you really don’t find in companies our size,” says Kokinda, “but the heart of our business is all about proactive management services. This includes designing the entire IT infrastructure, if it’s a new company. We help specify the equipment, assist the client with purchasing and installing, then later monitoring and maintaining. We service the small business IT infrastructure.” As such, LANConnect partners with its clients, mainly small businesses with five to 50 users, setting up and maintaining their computer systems, although about 20% of his overall revenue comes from “solopreneurs,” or home-based businesses. “We support and deliver helpdesk,” says Kokinda. The five technicians on staff also offer walk-in computer repair at cost-effective pricing. Virus removal, hardware repair, or assistance with software related problems are just some of the issues they handle everyday. Kokinda points out that this walk-in neighborhood service offers local customers a consistency not found by on-call “Geek” type operations. People who bring their items in for service develop a personal connection with the technicians who help them. “Here, you have the same people working on your stuff every time,” he says. Kokinda is also interested in helping his clients become a little more environmentally friendly. The entrepreneur points to three different areas where he helps his customers incorporate ecofriendly “green IT.”

LANConnect Systems waives these fees once a year, hosting an annual recycling day to benefit local food pantries. In fact, its third such event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 15. Local residents can unload their old hardware, much of which contains elements that would be environmentally harmful in a landfill, for merely one canned good or non-perishable item for every item they bring in. “You can bring us anything electronic except for a TV,” says Kokinda, explaining that such items as old CRT monitors, VCRs, DVD players and even cables are acceptable to the recycling company.

“A year ago, no one was talking about virtualization,” he says, Now, he says, the term is used a lot. “The typical mid-range small business may have three servers. Each of those servers only utilize 15% of the hardware, so 85% of capacity goes unused every day. That’s consuming additional power not necessarily needed and also creating heat. What virtualization does for you is you take those three servers and virtualize them on one hardware device.” The combined result, says Kokinda, is a much more efficient use of hardware. You’re now only running one device,” he says. LANConnect also helps its clients reduce the use of too much power at the workstation. This includes simple things like

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A third important element of green IT, says Kokinda is taking all that old equipment and recycling it. “You have to think about the precious metals such as lead that are contained in computer equipment and make sure those are properly recycled,” he says. Throughout the year, LANConnect technicians make trips to a recycling facility with equipment after they remove and shred the hard drives. Usually, they will charge a small fee for this service.

What’s more, he’ll be out there to interact with his local neighbors, in person. LANConnect Systems, Inc. is located at 969 Centennial Place in Millis, Mass. The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can reach LANConnect at (888) 907-6080 or at (508) 3764800, or online at

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making sure computers are set to hibernation mode when they are unused. Kokinda would like to see his customers reduce phantom energy draws. “Put them to sleep or turn them off,” he says.

“Last year we collected about 300 lbs. of food,” says Kokinda, who brought last year’s donations to the Millis Ecumenical Food Pantry. A previous LANConnect recycling drive benefited the Medway food pantry. Kokinda plans to keep the donations local this time around as well.

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Volunteers Needed to Help Clear Invasive Plants The Medway Open Space Committee is currently working on clearing the non-native invasive plants from a beautiful plot of land that the town owns known as the Amphitheatre. It is located behind town hall and abuts the old Sanford Mill, now a condominium complex. It is a four-acre parcel with significant water frontage along the Charles River. We are hosting a trail-clearing workday on Saturday, October 1, from 8 a.m. until noontime and are looking for volunteers that have an hour or two to spare. It is amazing

how much can get done with a few hours and some extra pair of hands. Volunteers should wear long pants and bring work gloves, pruning shears, brush cutters and small handsaws.

Free Dinner & Movie Night The Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange St. Millis, will offer free monthly community Dinner and Movie Nights on Friday, October 21 and November 11. The event is sponsored by the Missions Committee and Men’s Fellowship Group and is held in Fellowship Hall. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. followed by a familyfriendly movie. The Dinner and Movie Night is open to the public and all are invited to attend. For more information, call (508) 376-5034 or visit the Church

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Medway Bottle Can Drive Set for Saturday, October 15th The Medway Lions will conduct its monthly bottles and cans collection on Saturday, October 15 starting at 9 a.m.; a fundraiser with proceeds used to support community services. Redeemables should be placed at curbside by 9 a.m. Redeemables may also be brought directly to Medway Oil on Broad Street by 11 a.m. the morning of

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the drive. Residents are reminded that they may also, at their convenience, place redeemables in the Lions Bottles and Cans shed in front of West Medway Liquors on Main Street. The Lions thank residents for their continued support.

On Tuesday, September 6th, the Millis School Committee, led by acting chairman Steve Catalano, broke from its normal routine of calling the meeting to order in the Millis High School library, and instead went mobile, on a scheduled tour of the shared Middle and High School facilities. The committee met Mr. Dave Burns in the front entrance of the building, and announced the meeting in session just outside of the High School office. The tour was meant to inform viewers at home of major recent building improvements, which had been made possible by warrant articles passed the previous school year.

Mr. Burns led the group to the gym, where, as the committee stood witness to a late night volleyball practice, he commented on camera of the excellent condition of the floor, which had been recently resealed and now shone brightly under the large florescent lights of the room. He then led the committee to the boiler room to talk about major upgrades done to the massive, truck-sized boilers, which could now burn alternate fuel sources such as natural gas. A major advantage over harsh New England winters, natural gas has proved this past winter to be more cost-effective to use than standard oil, resulting in a savings of a substantial amount that was used elsewhere. Despite these successes, a slew

of new, necessary school improvement warrants have found their way to the 2011-2012 school year. Though originally planned for the coming fall and spring, most warrants will not pass from the school committee to town committees for votes of approval thanks to budget concerns following Millis's recent failed override. Warrants including an annual lease on bussing, a computer lease, and replacement of the carpet of the library in the Clyde F. Brown school, may have to be placed on hold indefinitely until the most severe and immediately necessary improvements and updates are made first. One priority is the replacement of the aging special education vans with two new essential vehicles, arriving at a cost of $48,000.

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Local Students Win Comcast Scholarships Among 112 Massachusetts Graduates Recognized Medway resident Eric Muench and Millis resident Taylor Hunt were recently awarded $1,000 scholarships in recognition of their dedication to community service, achievement in the classroom and leadership. They were among 112 Massachusetts graduating seniors receiving scholarships totaling $121,000 state-wide. The awards are funded by Comcast Foundation and are a part of the Leaders and Achievers Scholarship program. Both were also awarded Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives citations, officially recognizing their achievements. Eric and Taylor received their awards and citations during a recent ceremony at the Massachusetts State House. The ceremony was attended by Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, dozens of legislators, David Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, Steve Hackley, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Greater Boston Region, and Mark Reilly, Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Comcast's

Northeast Division along with proud families, teachers and school administrators. During the ceremony the recipients also participated in a raffle for iPods, Red Sox tickets and concert tickets. “Each year, we are excited to provide scholarships for these talented students,” said Charisse R. Lille, Vice President, Community Investment, Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation. “Comcast seeks students who demonstrate leadership abilities in school activities and who reflect a strong commitment to community service. These students are our future leaders and we hope these scholarships will help to power their dreams for success.” The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program provides one-time $1,000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to be pre-

Medway’s Eric Muench (center) and Millis’ Taylor Hunt (not shown) both received $1,000 scholarships from Comcast for their community leadership and scholastic excellence.

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Medway Democratic Town Committee Seeks New Members All Democratic Town and Ward Committees across Massachusetts will be electing new “slates” (lists) of official members during the Presidential Primary on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Members elected as a slate will serve a term of four years. Medway’s slate has 35 slots available. If you are interested in officially joining the Medway Democratic Town Committee (participation is always welcome!), please attend our next meeting on Monday, October 17th at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center to learn more about our Committee and to sign up for the slate. As the Democratic Town Committee, we are seeking indi-

viduals who are committed to the election of Democratic Candidates at all levels (local, state, and national) and who will help us advocate for Democratic principles and programs. Our meetings are typically held on the first Monday of each month.

Millis Meets the Vineyard Ladies! On Thursday, August 25th, two of the miniature horses featured in the book, Laurie and Her Vineyard Ladies, written by Lee DeVitt, made quite a hit at the Millis Public Library. More than 200 children, accompanied by adults, spent the morning feeding, brushing and genuinely admiring these two miniature horses, Maisy and Daisy.

The 2012 Elections promise to be a critical and challenging time for Democrats and Medway voters. We are seeking new members who can help us make a difference for our town, our state, and our country. If you can’t make the meeting, or have questions or comments, please email us at

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We want to thank Cindy Innes, leader of the Minnie Whinnies 4-H Club of Sharon, and the club members, Jenny, (age 18), Kassidy (age 11), and Kacie (age 7) for sharing their love of

A special thank you to Charlie Vecchi for providing copies of the book for all participants and to Betsy Vecchi, for sharing the story.

Christmas Parade Planning Kicks Off The Medway Christmas Parade Committee has scheduled its 2011 kick off meeting. This year’s committee is looking forward to continuing this fine Medway Tradition and is rapidly making plans to celebrate the 19th edition of this exciting event. Plans again include a gala parade with a fireworks display culminating the evening events at Choate Park. The 2011 Parade will take place on Saturday, November 26th. Again this year’s parade will include various floats, vehicles and fire apparatus; as well as other participants. Last year over 6,000 people viewed Medway’s parade.

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Medway Lions Say Thanks Dear Editor:

Friends treasurer, Roger McCann presents van keys to COA Chairman, Samuel Howie Jr. and Director, Patty Kayo.

The Friends of Millis are pleased to announce the arrival of a new handicap-equipped van for the Millis Council on Aging. A special presentation of the keys took place

on Friday, August 12. The Town of Millis was awarded a state grant for the new handicap equipped van through the Mobility Assistance Program (MAP). The state con-

tributed 80% of the cost of the van and the Friends of Millis raised the remaining 20% through generous donations from Millis residents.

October 1. 2011

Big Band and jazz sounds filled the August night air and an enthusiastic crowd estimated at 1,100 family and friends sat back and thoroughly enjoyed the United States Air Force Band of Liberty Jazz Band concert! The Medway Lions Club would like to thank the Medway Parks Department for co-sponsoring the event. We’d also like to thank the Medway Police and EMS departments for their help, the American Legion Post 367 Boy Scouts Troop for feeding every-

one and last, but certainly not least, the men and women of the USAF Liberty Jazz Band: Conductor and MSgt Andy Held, MSgt Paul Perez, SSgt Josh Holdridge, SrA Chip Cothran, Jerry Birkenmeier, SSgt Brian Connolly, SSgt Mark Weissman, SSgt Anthony Balester, Greg Hopkins , TSgt Cheryl Przytula, SSgt Blair Raker, TSgt Jeremy Grant, TSgt Michelle Harris, and SSgt Caleb Sanders. Thanks, Laurie Lafave Medway Lions Club

Millis Library Announcements On Saturday, October 1, make plans to visit the Friends Booksale (held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) where you may find some new treasures to bring home!

Tots Itsy Bitsy Yoga Returns To The Millis Public Library A special yoga class for infants up to two years of age will be held on Wednesday mornings at the Millis

Public Library. Two of five sessions are left in October, October 5 and 12. During Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tots, crawlers and walkers playfully practice yoga postures while they are standing, sitting up, walking, and jumping. Parents also get to do a little yoga, but no yoga experience is required. Classes will be taught by Alissa Nicol. To register, please contact library staff: (508) 376-8282. King Medway Lion Brian Fox and Retired Army Colonel Michael Matondi present a check to Master Sergeant Andy Held, conductor of the United States Air Force Liberty Jazz at the recent concert co-sponsored by the Medway Lions Club and Medway Parks Department at Choate Park.


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October 1. 2011 October 1 Medway Open Space Committee Invasive Plant Clearing, Volunteers Needed, 8 a.m. to noon, Amphitheatre, 4-acre parcel of land behind town hall, abutting old Sanford Mill (now condominium complex). Volunteers should wear long pants and bring work gloves, pruning shears, brush cutters and small hand saws and plan to park at town hall and walk down through the parking lot at the Mill property. Friends of the Millis Library Book Sale and Family Fun Day, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 45 Auburn Road, Millis, Book sale will include story times, face painting, games, music and more. Prices range from 25 cents to $5. For more information, call the library at (508) 376-8282. October 1, 2011 Autumn in New England Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Franklin Elks Hall, 1077 Pond St., Franklin, Approx. 50 crafters, local artisans and vendors, Door prizes are drawn every hour, and there’s plenty of free parking! Gifts for everyone and every budget! Adults $1; Kids free (Door prize tickets are FREE with your admission) Pancake Breakfast, Federated Church of Norfolk, corner of Main St. and Rte. 115, 8-10 a.m., All you can eat for $7, seniors $5 and children under 10 free. Served in church vestry, which is handicap accessible. Call (508) 528-0262 for more information. Drum & Dance Circle, 7-10 p.m., Yoga at the Ashram, 368 Village St., Millis, Evening of rhythmic improvisation, largely based on freestyle drumming and dancing, with facilitator Dave Curry guiding the circle. $5 adults; children free. (508) 376-4525 October 3 Rep. Linsky Office Hours, 11 a.m. in Millis at the Millis Senior Center. Constituents can also call him at his State House office at (617) 722-2575, at his Natick office at (508) 647-5600, or stop by Room 146 in the State House. Friends of the Medway Library Meeting, 7 p.m. in the Medway Public Library, 26 High Street October 8 Harlem Wizards, Holliston High School, 6:30 p.m., actionpacked, humor-filled basketball game to benefit Miller School Playground renovations. Visit for advance tickets $12 adults/$10 children/students/seniors. Tickets will

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October 13-27 Millis Art Show, Veterans Memorial Building, 900 Main Street, Millis artists are invited to exhibit up to two pieces of original artwork. Any genre is welcome. Sponsored by the Millis Cultural Council supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Exhibit space will be given on a firstcome/first-served basis – due to space limitations. Registration forms are available at the Millis Public Library, and at the Millis Town Clerk’s office. For more information contact Madeline Yusna at

New England’s 14th Annual Kundalini Yoga Fall Festival, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Yoga At The Ashram, 368 Village Street, Millis, (508) 376-4525

Bethany House Auction, St. Thomas Parish Hall, 974 Main Street, Millis; preview at 8 a.m., live auction to start at 10 a.m. Proceeds will help support Bethany House Ministries, a non-profit, charitable organization. If you have items to donate, call f you can help us, please contact either Sr. Kathleen or Ruth at ((508) 3769923, or Gary at (508) 376-0824. For more information about Bethany House Ministries visit

October 14 Friends of the Medway Library Pre-Book Sale, Medway Public Library, 26 High Street, 79 p.m., Early bird sale for members of the Friends of the Medway Library October 15 Electronics Recycling Day, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., LANConnect Systems, Inc., 969 Main Street, Millis, Bring by old computer equipment (all electronics except for TVs), and LANConnect will recycle each item for the cost of at least one can of food for the local food pantry. These can include old computers, cables, old monitors, etc. Medway Lions Bottle & Can Drive, 9 a.m. Redeemables should be placed at curbside by 9 a.m. or brought directly to Medway Oil on Broad Street by 11 a.m. the morning of the drive. Residents may also, at their convenience, place redeemables in the Lions Bottles and Cans shed in front of West Medway Liquors on Main Street. Friends of the Medway Public Library Fall Book Sale, Medway Public Library Basement, 10 a.m.2 p.m., 26 High Street, Medway. For more information about the Friends of the Medway Library visit Annual Flu Clinic, Millis Board of Health, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Veteran’s Memorial Building Gym, 900 Main Street, Millis. Bring your insurance card as insurance information will be requested from adults of all ages. If you or someone you know does not have insurance for flu shots, please encourage them to come to the clinic. Questions? Please call

October 16 Medway Historical Society Open House, 1-3 p.m., 223 Main Street, Medway. October 17 Medway Democratic Town Committee Meeting, 7 p.m., Medway Senior Center, New members sought. October 18 Medway300 Mixer, 7 p.m., Medway VFW, Holliston Street, Join for appetizers and refreshments and hear what’s planned for the Medway Tercentennial. Please RSVP to Contact or mail a response to Medway 300, P.O. Box 671, Medway, MA 02053-0671 October 21 Free Dinner & Movie Night, Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange Street, Millis, Dinner served at 6:30 p.m., followed by a family-friendly movie. Call (508) 376-5034 or visit October 22 Friends of the Medway Public Library Fall Book Bag Sale, Medway Public Library Basement, 12-2 p.m., 26 High Street, Medway. Buyers may fill up a brown paper grocery bag for only $5. For more information about the

October 27 Tom MacDonald, author of The Charlestown Connection, will read from his book and sign copies. 7 p.m., Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Rd., Millis, Tom's debut novel, is receiving outstanding reviews and his writing is being compared to Dennis Lehane, Robert Parker and Ross MacDonald. Call (508) 376-8282 for more information. October 29 Medway Lions 5K Pumpkin Run, 10 a.m., Medway High School, People of all ages invited. Runners or Walkers may either register online at or on the day of the race at 9 a.m. Costs are $20 for ages 14 and over and $10 for children under 14. The race is uncertified, but timing/results will be provided by HereNow Systems. Prizes and refreshments, and DJ will complete the day. Costumes are encouraged!

Page 15 Annual Touch-a-Truck, Choate Park, Medway, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Costumes are fun but not required. Climb aboard interesting cars and trucks from around town. Halloween parade at 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. in front of beach. If you have an interesting vehicle you’d like to include, please contact Rain date: October 30. Pumpkin Walk with Fires Afloat on Choate, 6-8 p.m., Bring your jack-o-lantern with candle or tea-light to make the event more festive. Ribbons awarded! Drop off pumpkin anytime at Choate up to 5 p.m. Come back with your flashlight to walk among the jacko-lanterns around the pond. Concessions will be available at building. Donations welcome! Rain date: October 30. Haunted Hayride, Tangerini’s Farm, Event to benefit M.E.R.I.T., Millis Educational Resource Initiatives Team, If interested in learning more about being a MERIT member, please contact Jen MacAskill at (508) 376-4959. Donations can be made to MERIT, P.O. Box 86, Millis, MA 02054. Please be sure to include your name and address. MERIT thanks you! October 30 Annual Millis Ticonderoga Neighborhood Halloween Parade, Steps off from 37 Ticonderoga Lane at 10 a.m., Millis. Join in the fun and wear a costume, and bring treats to share! Girl Scout Troop 74951 will also host a food drive at the starting point. October 31 HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Charles River Bank Features Special Activities at Mendon Fall Fair Charles River Bank is proud to be a corporate sponsor of Mendon’s Fall Fair on Saturday, October 8th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. At their booth located within the fair area in the fields behind the Mendon Country Gift Barn, Charles River Bank will have fall themed activities for children and free giveaways. In addition to the fair booth, Charles River Bank will have a bouncy house set up at the Mendon branch, which is adjacent to the fair grounds. Families are welcomed inside the office where children can be creative

and decorate their own baby pumpkin. Charles River Bank will also have complementary coffee, bottled water, juice boxes, fresh apples, fresh cookies and cupcakes. All activities are free of charge. If interested, more details can be found on the bank’s website www.charles or by calling the Mendon office at 508-422-9792. Charles River Bank’s Mendon branch is located at the intersection of Rt. 16 and North Avenue in the center of Mendon, and features a 24 hour drive-up ATM, children’s activity corner,

free coffee and fresh baked cookie bar. Charles River Bank has also included a Community Room that features a conference table & chairs, kitchen and bathroom access. It is available at no charge for local non-profit groups to hold small business meetings. The Mendon office Drive-up Teller and Lobby Hours are: Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Peak Foliage Season Is Among Us By J.D. O’Gara A change is taking place in New England. Shorter days and cooler nights are breaking down the foodproducing chlorophyll of leaves, revealing formerly latent yellows and oranges. The lingering warmth of summer allows some of these leaves, such as those of maple trees, to keep producing sugar in the daytime. The brisk autumn nights trap the sugar in the maple leaves, which, as a result, can turn brilliant shades of red. What happens next has to do with a different kind of nature: human. Thousands flock to our New England states to catch a glimpse of the wondrous color of the season, a rare sight matched only by certain areas of Japan. Local tourism industry purveyors are quick to take advantage of the natural beauty. Every New England state actually has its own fall foliage hotline. The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism ( is the leaf peeping headquarters for our state, reached at (800) 227 MASS (6277), then press “4.” According to their website, peak foliage time in our neck of the woods, lasts from about October 4 to 24. For those looking to enjoy the colors of the crisp fall season on a scenic drive, the Mass. Office of Tourism and Travel suggests the following routes: The Southern Pass, 64.4 miles, about one hour and a half drive (estimated peak foliage from October 11 until October 24)

From where I-495 and I-95 meet, head south on 495, then take Rte. 140 South through Norton, past Wheaton College. Remain on Rte. 140 South to New Bedford. Then take Rte. 6 East, toward Fairhaiven, or West to Rte. 177 to Westport, then Rte. 88 South to Horseneck Beach State Reservation. Cranberry Course, 62.1 miles, about an hour and a half, Rte. 24 south to Rte. 104 to Bridgewater. Continue to Rte. 106 to Halifax, and pick up Rte. 58 South to North Carver, which passes by bright red, flooded cranberry bogs at harvest time. Continue South on Rte. 58 to Rte. 28 East to Rte. 6 West, through Wareham, Rochester, Marion and Mattapoisett. The Minuteman Trail, 48.5 miles, about an hour and 40 minutes from Boston, take Rte 2 and 4 to Lexington, then Rte. 2A to North Bridge in Concord and Minute Man statue. From Concord Center, bear left at fork on Sudbury Road. At Sudbury line, road becomes Concord Road, taking you through Sudbury Center and onto U.S. Rte. 20. Return via U.S. Rte. 20 through Waltham. If you’d rather get a closer look at the fall foliage, you might want to check out the great number of local sights at Mass Audubon Society ( and Trustees of Reservations ( In fact, Mass Audubon, is offering these specials to enjoy the colors of the season:

Office Hours for Linsky, Peisch October 3rd State Representative David P. Linsky (D-Natick) announced today that constituent office hours for Natick, Sherborn and Millis for the month of October will be held on Monday, October 3, 2011.Samantha Washburn-Baronie, his legislative aide, will be accompanying him. Representative Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley) or a member of her staff will be in attendance during Natick hours. Venues and times are as follows: Natick – 9:30 a.m. at the Natick Senior Center, 90 Oak Street in Natick. Millis – 11:00 a.m. at the Millis Senior Center, 900 Main Street in Millis. Sherborn – 1 p.m. at the Sherborn Town Hall, 19 Washington Street in Sherborn. Constituents may also call him at the State House at (617) 7222575, in Natick at (508) 647-5600, or stop by Room 146 in the State House.

October 8, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Fall Foliage Morning Canoe on the Charles Sponsored by Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Adults $30m/ $35nm Registration is required. Register by mail: ( Register by phone: with a credit card by calling (508) 655-2296.

October 15, 7 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Fall Foliage Canoe and Breakfast on the Charles Sponsored by Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, $39m/ $45nm Registration is required. Register by mail: ( Register by phone: with a credit card by calling (508) 655-2296.

October 29, 1-4:30 p.m. Fall Foliage Afternoon Canoe on the Concord River Sponsored by Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Adults $33m/ $38nm Registration is required. Register by mail: ( Register by phone: with a credit card by calling (508) 655-2296. For more information, contact: Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot Street, Natick, MA 01760 (508) 655-2296 •

October 15, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Trees & Fall Foliage - Adult Class Sponsored by Boston Nature Center, Adults $5m/ $7nm Registration is required. Register by mail: ( Register by phone: with a credit card by calling (508) 655-2296. For more information, contact: Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan, MA 02126 (617) 983-8500 •

October 15, Fall Foliage Foray, 10-11:30 a.m. Family program sponsored by Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary Adults $6 m/ $8 nm, Children $6m/ $8nm. Registration is required. Register by mail: ( Register by phone: with a credit card by calling (508) 655-2296. For more information, contact: Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 108 North Street, Norfolk, MA 02056 (508) 528-3140 •

Millis Cultural Council Seeks Funding Proposals Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs due October 15. The Millis Cultural Council has set an October 15 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. According to Council Chairperson Madeline Yusna , these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Millis -including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures. The Millis Cultural Council is

part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. This year, the Millis Cultural

Council will distribute about $4,000 in grants. Previously funded projects include: concerts at the town carnival, a performance of the Tanglewood Marionettes, and an evening of big band music at the Town Hall. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at lcc_ public.asp. Application forms are also available at the Millis Public Library, and the Millis Town Clerk’s Office (Town Hall).

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Kittens, kittens, kittens! Now is the purr-fect time to adopt kittens. The Purr-fect Cat Shelter has many kittens of various colors, markings, with and without double paws, long hair, short hair and everything in between. All kittens have been examined by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, tested for feline leukemia and FIV, dewormed, given age appropriate vaccines and microchipped. If you would like to adopt, applications are available on our website If you’re looking for an adult cat, we also have many to fit into any family situation. One of our current residents seeking adoption is Millie, a young adult with a nice personality who likes to chatter. Volunteers are sure to get a “hello” from her when coming in to clean. Millie is a domestic short-hair, black and white with the distinct fea-

ture of a bobtail. It appears that she was born this way, and that her short tail was not the result of an injury. She was already spayed when she was found and picked up by Animal Control. After going unclaimed, it was assumed that, like so many other cats today, she was dumped. Millie has so much love and joy to bring to her new home. You have to come meet her soon! Volunteers are always needed to help with the care of the cats and kittens at the shelter. Volunteers must be 18 or older, have medical insurance and be able to commit to 2 shifts per month for at least 6 months. Training is required. If you have a couple of hours a week or every other week to volunteer with The Purr-fect Cat Shelter, visit our website or contact the message center at (508) 533-5855 for a volunteer application.

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The College Column BY SUSAN WESTCOTT ALESSANDRI The beginning of October is a wonderful time on college campuses: most of us, faculty and students alike, still have that “new semester” energy in abundance. Once the colder weather begins to move in around midOctober, however, it signals the “midterm.” Of course, this is simply the half-way point of the semester, but halfway means there is only as much time left as we’ve already had. That said, it’s a time for professors and students to make final schedule and performance adjustments. From the professor’s perspective, adjustments can be made to the schedule to ensure that there is enough time to accomplish the necessary lectures and assignments. From the student’s perspective, it is time to adjust attendance, engagement and performance. The halfway point in any semester is too late to start doing the work, but it is never too late to start doing the work better. Hopefully your course syllabus contains a breakdown of how your final grade will come together. By looking at this, you should take a look now and esti-

mate where you stand: you know if you have gone to class and engaged in the class discussion, so you know where you stand in terms of participation. If you have turned in graded work, you can figure out from the grade weighting if now is the time to ask for help. And yes, you can ask for help. As a professor, I’m begging you to ask for help if you need it. At Suffolk University, where I teach, we have a great system called “Early Alert.” All professors of first-year students (including new transfer students) are asked to indicate if a student is having trouble with the course, and whether the student has poor attendance. We can also make an early grade calculation. These “early alerts” are then sent to the students and their advisors, and it is the student’s responsibility to see the professor about improving their performance over the remainder of the semester. Because many students may feel uneasy about approaching their professors (even though we wish they weren’t!), this “early alert” system provides them with a low-risk reason to make an appointment or stop by and chat about their grades. I use these

meetings – and any meeting about grades – as an opportunity to assuage any fear the student might have. While grades are important, I don’t believe most students can do their best work if they are motivated only by the fear of not doing well. I like to diffuse the tension at these meetings with nervous students by telling them that I look at their grades not in isolation, but as a continuum: if they had a rough start, did they improve steadily over the course of the semester? That makes a difference to me, as a professor, because it would have made a difference when I was a student. Dr. Alessandri is a native Bostonian and lives in Medway. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Suffolk University. Previously, she taught for six years at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, before earning her Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. If you have a question about college – from application to graduation – please drop her a line at

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Millis Cultural Council Announces Art Show The Millis Cultural Council is sponsoring an art show at the Millis Veterans Memorial Building (Town Hall) at 900 Main Street from October 13, 2011 through October 27, 2011. The exhibition will be ongoing during Town Hall business hours. The art show will provide Millis artists with the opportunity to meet fellow artists in the community and share their work with the public. Millis artists are invited to exhibit up to two pieces of original artwork for the show. Any genre is welcome, including paintings, photography, sculpture, and digital artwork and multimedia. Artists are asked to pre-register, as exhibit space will be given on a first-come/first-served basis – due to space limitations. Registration forms are available at the Millis Public Library, and at the Millis Town Clerk’s office. For more information contact Millis Cultural Council Chairperson Madeline Yusna at Members of The Millis Garden

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Club and Rose Buds Junior Garden Club will create floral displays at the show. The Millis Cultural Council looks forward to meeting and developing relationships with the artists in our community.

About the Millis Cultural Council: The Millis Cultural Council is part of a grass-roots network of 329 local councils that serve all communities in Massachusetts. Grants are provided from a pool of funds distributed to Millis by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to support public programs and educational activities in the arts, sciences and humanities. Applications for grants for 2012 will be available at the Millis Town Clerk’s office, and at the Millis Public Library. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2011. Further information on grant forms are also available at

Thursday, September 8th, Millis Public held an open house, presenting plans and drawings of the new Millis Public Library. Principal architects of Oudens Ello Architects, Matt Oudens and Conrad Ello, were available to discuss the library project. Here, Millis Cub Scout Kaare Juhl learns firsthand about the new library’s design.


Medway300 Mixer Invites You to Be In on the Tercentennial! The Medway Tercentennial is getting closer! Events are planned for all ages and interests and committees are forming now to ensure a wonderful year. If you are interested in helping or have an idea for an event, the Medway300 Committee invites you to a casual “mixer” at the Medway VFW at 7 p.m. on October 18, 2011. Join us for appetizers and refreshments and hear what’s planned and how you can help. The evening will begin with an Executive Committee presentation featuring an overview of all events. Then the event chairmen will be

introduced. After that, you are invited to mix with committee members at tables around the room to discuss the events, bring up ideas, ask questions, and discover what you might do to help. This is your opportunity to be involved and find an event you will enjoy participating in! Since appetizers will be served, please RSVP to the committee on the Medway300 website, or mail a response to: Medway 300 – P.O. Box 671 – Medway, MA 020530671.

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On Saturday, September 9, the Millis Church of Christ Congregational held its first community-wide Fun Fair. Members of the church were joined by local civic organizations to provide a fun time for all. Here, church member and Millis Girl Scout Chair Michelle Schofield takes a good-natured seat in the dunk tank.

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The Stone Mill

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There’s a Lot to Discover at the Medway Mill BY J.D. O’GARA

full use again.”

In 2007, John Greene of Westboro purchased the collection of buildings on Rt. 109 known as Medway Mills. Leaky roofs, broken windows, poor heating, and a lack of security resulted in fleeting tenancy. “The most consistent tenants were squirrels and pigeons” states Greene with a chuckle.

Our Town Publishing, the publishers of the Medway/Millis Localtownpages, is just one of a variety of ventures calling the Medway Mills their home.

This developer, also a fine artist, had a vision for the Mill structures, and one by one converted each into fabulous Mill Space featuring open airy hallways, common spaces, sun filled architectural windows, gleaming antique floors, new high efficiency HVAC systems, and all new offices with natural maple doors and trim, stone, steel, and wood abound.

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Sheila Marie, a forensic medium, says her new space in the Medway Mill. “makes me feel more in touch with nature … helps me connect better.” Sheila describes her fourth location in the building as having a relaxing and meditative, yet more modern feel.

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Greene’s great strength in art is his ability to embellish images with color, and he utilized the same rendering the 14 foot ceilings and walls with warm cream paint, juxtaposed to 20" fire brick red steel beams and posts, all set behind a back drop of high finish copper spiral duct work. The effect is magnificent and brings a warm smile of appreciation to all who enter. “Others told me to hide the stell, the rough heavy roof boards with white paint - Paint the floors grey. I wanted all who visit the Medway Mills to be alerted to its powerful structural components of height, of steel, its awe inspiring wide open spaces. These buildings represent the environment our forefathers worked in. These wondrous spaces are now preserved and in

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Sheila came to her calling from a background as a police officer. She still works with law enforcement, even national agencies, now using her skills as a forensic psychic medium, helping to find missing persons and even criminals on the run. The bulk of her business, however, is in helping people connect with loved ones they’ve lost. “I prove continuity of life through my sessions,” says Sheila. Sheila Marie provides one-on-one sessions, and, on the last Thursday of the month, a National Psychic Mediums monthly meeting, where she leads a group in guided visualization. Sheila Marie believes we all have the ability to connect with spirits, and she’s eager to teach others how to hone this natural gift. She offers workshops on mediumship at seven different levels. “You don’t have to be a new age person,” Sheila laughs. “I am not a new age person. Anyone can do this.”

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Heather Cohen knows style, and she’s loving the open loft look of her new space at the Mill. Heather, along with her sister, Emily, don’t just do hair and makeup, they bring it to the standards of the big screen. Skilled in the art of airbrush, corrective makeup and hair

color, Cohen has transformed brides for weddings to models for photo shoots for such clients as Self Magazine, Modern Bride, Stuff and the Improper Bostonian. She’s has also worked on wellknown on-air venues as “Dexter ” and "American Eagle Outfitters" holiday commercial. "The honest truth is, we got really lucky, but luck will only take you so far,” says Cohen. “We’re really, really good at what we do.” Cohen, who says she wants her clients to be able to come into her studio and really feel at home. "Every salon says they specialize in cuts and colors, but we really do.”

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we go organic with as many natural ingredients when we can,” says Fisher, who has been making her own products for 12 years. One of the earliest commercial residents of the Mill, Ann and her sister, Margaret Yancich, have been running her storefront here, named for their mother, for three years after moving her retail shop from Holliston. Not only does she sell her products, both through walk-in traffic and online with a healthy repeat business, but Ann also runs adult classes and children’s parties. “I love to see people learn to make their own (lotions, soaps and other skincare products),” says Ann. “We’re just introducing people to better products and to shy away from as many chemicals, with a more natural approach.” Fisher, who works seven days a week and who is busy in the fall and winter with a lot of shows, recommends calling ahead before stopping in the shop. “It’s a fun job,” she says. “Our passion shows in our work, and it’s contagious.”

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As a mother of two children with sensitive skin, Ann Fisher was so frustrated with the costly and ineffective skincare products she found on the market, that she decided to make her own, and make them better. “We use fresher ingredients and smaller quantities, and

Chances are, you haven’t seen photography like this before. Almont Green produces pictures with a different angle. Visit his studio and gallery at the Medway Mills, and you’ll see photographs that take on a 3-dimensional feel, images that seem to have sides the eye can see, that viewers want to reach out and touch. For some, the photo-realism evokes an unex-

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pected emotional response. Green produces these stereoscopic images by taking two successive shots with 14 different cameras working as one. These photographs are interlaced at extremely high resolution. The result is a multi-perspective image. The images Green produces are so unusual, that he had to create his own state-of-the-art, high-resolution printing facility in order to produce the photos to his specifications. This facility, also in Medway, has taken on a life of its own, turning into a separate business. He even has patents pending on the 3D software he uses to fine tune his pieces. Overall, the process has taken him over a decade of experimentation to perfect. Always the entrepreneur, Green also rents out his fully-equipped studio space at the Medway Mill to other photographers should the need arise. In addition to selling his artwork and producing some commissioned portraits, Green plans to unveil a new photographic art form, HDR/LN, in which the human form takes a central role, at the Medway Mill open house in late October. The photographer is excited at the prospect of an artist colony at the Medway Mill. “We want the galleries to be really different destinations to go to, to see things that you haven’t seen before,” says Green.

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Attorney Scott Gowen is easy to recognize. He’s the lawyer with the dog. “Mosi,” which means “first born,” in Swahili, is a 3 1/2 year old Great Dane, and she holds a place of honor in his office. Gowen, who’s been practicing law since 2000, has had his own practice since 2007. Gowen was drawn to his profession simply because, “I wanted to

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help people,” he says. “Most people don’t understand or appreciate their rights.” With offices displaced thanks to eminent domain, Scott Gowen was drawn to Medway Mills by “its enthusiastic owner and a wide variety of tenants.” His former space, in the town of Millis, is slated to be the corner of a new library,

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way Mills in mid-November, where she’ll have three sides with windows to bring in natural light and more room to expand her frame collection. Cohen has been in her profession for 18 years, in business for herself, at 89 Main Street, for the past four-and-a-half years. “I love helping people see well,” says Cohen, who made the leap to optometry from engineering back in college, because she enjoyed being around people. As a child, she says, she wore glasses with a very high prescription, and she loved her optometrist because “he made me see well.” Now, Cohen has the opportunity to show others, young and old, all of the details they’ve been missing. “The first time kids see well, the smile on their faces. That’s the best,” she says.

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have operated the Medway Dog Wash for over three years, after having seen a couple of other places like it in other parts of the country. The self service dog wash saves customers money – by eliminating the cost of a dog groomer – and hassle, by taking the mess out of the family bathroom. Waisthigh state-of-the-art tubs designed just for washing dogs makes the process a lot easier for both the pooches and their owners’ backs. The site even boasts high-powered dog hair dryers as well as absorbent towels. Fontaine, himself a proud owner of four rescue dogs, a German Shepard mix, a greyhound, a Lahsa Apso and a beagle, encourages the whole family to come on in. “I have everything you need here and you leave the mess for us to clean up.” For those who aren’t up for do-it-yourself dog grooming, the Medway Dog Wash does offer dog grooming by appointment The shops hours are Wednesdays, 10 a.m. –6 p.m., Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

and the New England Patriots, as well as taught high school. “The thing that I really like to do is to get people better,” Nick says. “What also is rewarding is when you’re able to evaluate and determine what is causing the problem.” In that respect, says Passaretti, he’s had a lot of success in helping his clients overcome their back pain.

every time they visit. An athlete in college who dealt with a bad shoulder injury himself, Passaretti has been a physical therapist and athletic trainer for 30 years. Before his practice in Medway, Nick practiced in Boston and he has served as athletic trainer at Boston University, Northeastern University

“If you treat the symptom, the person will never get better,” says Passaretti. “You have to treat what’s causing the symptoms.” Ortho Sports Physical Therapy sees patients from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and most insurance covers its services.

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Local Town Pages “You’ve got lights blinking, music blaring. It looks like a lot of fun. It’s also a cultural experience. You’re so immersed in the rhythms, the movements, you don’t realize, ‘This is all in Spanish!’” Hernandez notes that participants in Zumba have so much fun they forget that they’re actually getting a workout.

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“I’m a teacher first,” says Meg Hernandez, who clearly likes to keep moving. A teacher for 11 years, with 10 of them teaching fourth grade in Millis Public Schools, as well as Secretary to the Millis Teacher’s Union and Teacher Representative to the Millis School Committee, Hernandez has been teaching Zumba, as well as kickboxing and personal training, since 2006. Originally from the Dominican Republic, her Latin dance background fits in perfectly with her Zumba instruction.

Along with her Dominican culture, Hernandez credits her hardworking parents, both of whom she lost to cancer and neither of whom were encouraged to stay fit during their own lifetimes, for her ambition for enterprise. The personal trainer’s enthusiasm for fitness bubbles over into the community, where she spearheaded children’s running clubs in Millis and this year, in Medway. In fact, Sublime Fitness will offer both adult and children’s classes, as well as personal training. The studio will hold an open house on October 1, from 5-7 p.m., offering free classes, delicious food and good company. Everyone is welcome, but registration is recommended at http://sublimefitness

“Zumba’s like a party, versus a typical workout,” says Hernandez,

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tends to be more holistic. Croll’s occupational therapy often complements traditional medicine. Although she does not accept insurance directly, Croll says many of her clients are able to get reimbursed by their insurance companies for their therapy.

Medway Mill Antiques & More 165 Main Street (508) 533-7757 www.medwaymillantiquesand ing people in their paid employment, but it also includes helping children to play, or helping elders or others who’ve suffered a physical setback re-learn how to do their daily activities. Croll has had 30 years of experience working with a pediatric population, and in the last 10 years she has shifted her therapy to adults, particularly specializing in improving motion and decreasing pain with Myofascial Release (MFR), a hands-on technique involving mild, sustained stretch to connective.

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cine, located at Solstice. The school is on of the first Energy Medicine School to be certified by the State, and offers deeper exploration of healing, training people to become energy medicine practitioners in a three-year program.

Solstice Healing Arts Center 163 Main Street, Suite 6 (508) 533-0669 Lisa Campion is more than just a Mom of four teenage children; she’s been working as a psychic since she was a teenager herself. Campion uses her psychic ability to help her clients understand their “soul perspective.” “ I find people are getting more and more psychic or intuitive,” says Campion, owner of Solstice Healing Arts Center. In addition to offering private psychic readings and energy healings, Campion, who’s also trained as a counselor, teaches psychic development classes and is the Dean of the Rhys Thomas Institute of Energy Medi-

Campion describes psychic ability as “sort of not a big deal. It’s very normal.” She believes the ability to listen to a person’s inner psychic can be honed. “We’re so much more than our mind,” says Campion, “and really everyone can benefit by learning to pay more attention to their own intuition." Solstice promises to be an oasis for clients to take care of their bodies, minds and souls. Visit www. for a complete schedule of classes and practitioners. For more information on Lisa Campion, visit her blog at www. Although, at the time this article was written, a date had not been finalized, the Medway Mills will have an open house, most likely toward the end of October, where local folks can come in, see the renovations and meet the various purveyors on the premises. You’ll be able to find out more at the Medway & Millis Localtownpages website www.millismedwaynews. com. For more information about the Medway Mills itself, visit


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Millis Council on Aging Oct Events My Life My Health - Is Living With a Persistent Health Condition Preventing You from Really Living? HESSCO Elder Services is offering a six week workshop to adults living with the challenges of one or more persistent health conditions. This class meets every Thursday starting October 6 from 1 - 3:30 p.m. at the Center. Please call the Center to sign up. Share what you know and learn from others who are experiencing similar challenges such as: Chronic pain and limited mobility. Learn tested strategies that will help you. *Support for this project provided in part by the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation. AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s largest refresher course for drivers aged 50 or older. This program has helped millions of older drivers remain safe on today’s road. You can expect to learn how to operate your vehicle more safely with some adjustments to common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. After completing the course, you will develop a greater appreciation of driving changes and how you can avoid potential collisions and injuries to yourself and others. The cost is $14. This class will be presented on Thursday, October 20 from 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Please make payment with your reservation. The Millis Board of Health will hold their annual flu clinic on Saturday, October 15th from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building Gym. Flu vaccine will be given to those 50 years of age and older and to adults 19 and over who have a chronic illness such as asthma or diabetes. Bring your insurance card as insurance information will be requested from adults of all ages. If you or some-

one you know does not have insurance for flu shots, please encourage them to come to the clinic. We have a supply of vaccine from the state department of public health that is to be given to people with no insurance coverage. If you have any questions, please call Karen D’Angelo, RN at (508) 376-7042 or email your question to: Medicare Open Enrollment Are you confused about the changes in Medicare for 2012? Plans change every year and you need to ensure that your plan is the best choice for your particular situation. Please come to the Center on Wednesday, October 26th at 2 p.m. Peggy McDonough from HESSCO Elder Services will be here to walk you through the changes. This is often a complex undertaking. SHINE can make this a smooth transition. Do not delay. The Medicare enrollment dates have changed. All changes need to be made before December 7, 2011. If you can not make the presentation Our SHINE Counselor will be available Tuesday, October 11th and 25th. Please call for an appointment. The Millis Supportive Day Program We have changed the hours of operations of the Supportive Day Group. We will be meeting Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The daily rate of $35 has not changed, but there will be a additional charge for optional services such as transportation and lunches. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Center. Funtastic Fridays Are Here! We promised to add a little pizzazz to our lunches and we have! On Friday, October 14th at 11:15 a.m. we have comedian Steve Henderson (otherwise know as Jerry Atric) coming to talk about healthcare from the eyes of an elderly

gentleman with a sense of humor and a joy for living. We also have booked KCP Caricatures to come on Friday, October 28th at 11 a.m. We will be serving a cold plate special for a $2.50 donation. There is no additional charge for the October 14th lunch but we are asking people to donate an additional $5 if they would like to have their caricature done on the 28th. Come on down and have a few laughs! Dr Cooper will be here Thursday, October 6th from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Please schedule an appointment with Linda. Home visits are available. Foxwoods October 25th, $22 per person Includes Luxury coach, $25.00 Casino Bonus, Buffet coupon worth $15.00 and $10.00 Lucky Seven Keno. Bus leaves Millis at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m. Contact Linda at (508) 376-7051 for reservations. Newport Playhouse Nov. 30th, $72 per person Presenting: Never Get Smart With An Angel! Depart Millis at 9:15 a.m. on a luxury coach.Includes a hearty buffet and a ocean drive sightseeing tour. Returns back to Millis at 6:15 p.m. Please contact Linda at (508) 376-7051 for reservations. Wright’s Farm & LaSalette Lights December 15th, $49 per person Departs Millis at 11am to Wright’s Farm for a full course luncheon of all you can eat chicken, pasta, salad and dessert. From there you will go to LaSalette Shrine for the most wonderful Christmas light display. Returns back to Millis at 7:15 p.m. Please call Linda at (508) 3767051 for reservations.

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Obituaries family. Committal services at Prospect Hill Cemetery were private. If desired, donations may be made to the Purr-fect Cat Shelter, P.O. Box 548, Medway, MA 02053. For guest book, obituary and directions see

MILLIS: Kathy (Sharpe) Curley, age 60, died surrounded by her loving family on Monday afternoon, September 5, 2011, at her Millis home. She was the wife of William T. Curley for 35 years. Born, raised and educated in Terre Haute, IN, she was the daughter of Helen (Ricketts) and the late John Sharpe. She continued her education at Indiana State University, earning a degree in education prior to moving to Massachusetts. Kathy and Bill married in 1976 and settled in Millis shortly after the death of his parents. They devoted themselves to raising Bill’s younger brothers, Brian and Steven. In 1981, Bill and Kathy established Curley Insurance in Millis. They have maintained an office on Main Street since 1989. For 30 years they have operated the business together, as a partnership, in every sense of the word. A former Millis Youth Soccer coach, Kathy also leant her talents to the Purr-fect Cat Shelter in Medway and the Millis Boosters. She was fond of travel and made several memorable trips to Europe. Kathy is remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Kathy is also survived by a son, John Curley of Denver, CO; a daughter, Margaret “Meg” Curley of Millis; her brother, Bryan Sharpe and wife Judy of Terre Haute, IN; and a large extended

MILLIS: Richard A. “Dick” Krueger, age 85, a Millis resident since 1980, died early Wednesday morning, August 17, 2011, at Briarwood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Needham, his home for the past three years. Born in Quebec, Canada, on January 26, 1926, Dick was a son of the late Henry and Teresa (Stern) Krueger. He was raised in West Roxbury and, after graduation from the Boston Public Schools, served with the United States Navy in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he participated in body building competitions for several years. Dick settled in Needham to raise his family. He worked with Boston Gas nights and by day oversaw his own construction company, building homes in Needham. He later owned and operated Krueger Pools until his retirement. A longtime member of the Needham VFW Post 2498 and the Needham Exchange Club, Predeceased by his wife, Janet C. (Fabian) Krueger, he is survived by two daughters, Karen Tobin and husband Michael of Bellingham,

and Janet MacGinnis and husband Donald of Medfield; a sister, Ruth Davis of Madison, WI; six grandchildren, Sheri Applebee, Michael MacGinnis, Jennifer Pelkey and husband Matthew, Lisa O’Brien and husband Matthew, Kevin Brown and wife Anna, and Susan Harman and husband Michael; six great-grandsons, Jonathan, Jake, Trevor, Devin, Charlie, and Colin; and three great-granddaughters, Kaleigh, Shauna, and Elizabeth, all of whom affectionately called him “Bubba.” He was also a brother of the late Henry, Andrew, Frank, Lawrence, and Madeline. Burial with military honors at Vine Lake Cemetery was private. If desired, donations may be made in Dick’s memory to the Medfield Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 271, Medfield, MA 02052.

BuZZARDS BAY: Richard M. “Dick” Kuchinsky, age 68, a former longtime resident of Millis, died suddenly of a heart attack on Friday, September 2, 2011, at his Buzzards Bay home. He was the beloved husband of Lorraine (Thompson) Kuchinsky for 45 years. Born in East Orange, NJ, on February 19, 1943, he was the cherished son of the late Albert J. and Kate “Kitty” (Goldenthall) Kuchinsky. Dick was raised in West Roxbury and was a graduate of Roslindale High School. He continued his education at Went-

worth Institute of Technology and the Boston Architectural Center. He also served with the Army National Guard. The Kuchinskys lived a short while in West Roxbury prior to settling in Millis. After 25 years of employment with the Carlson Corporation in Cochituate, Dick founded the Dacon Corp. and PDA, Inc., of Natick. In addition to Lorraine, he is survived by two sons, Kenneth R.Kuchinsky of Holliston, and Steven M. Kuchinsky and his wife Kirsten of Bellingham; two grandchildren, Alexander and Maddox, who affectionately called him “G.O.”; a sister, Janey Frank and her husband Jim of West Roxbury; and many nieces and nephews. Burial was at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Millis. Donations may be made in Dick’s memory to NAMI MetroWest, P.O. Box 441, Framingham, MA 01704. For guestbook, obituary, and directions see

MILLIS: Thomas Joseph Wainwright, age 32, died at his Millis home on Saturday morning, August 13, 2011. He was the loving husband of Danielle (Simoneau) Wainwright and devoted dad of Delaney, Neely and Raleigh.


Born in Natick on February 3, 1979, Tom was the son of Charles J. and Ellen M. (Ahearn) Wainwright, currently of Millis. He was raised in Needham and was a graduate of Minuteman Regional High School, where he studied plumbing, heating and business. He participated in cross country events and was the recipient of a VICA award. Tom moved to Millis in 1998 and joined the Millis Fire Department as a Firefighter, EMT and member of the Dive Team. He started his own business, Alltrade Construction, a MetroWest landscaping company, which he operated for the past thirteen years. On February 4, 2006, Tom married Danielle, and watched his family grow with great pride. Among his many interests were fishing, playing golf, following the New England Patriots, and mostly, watching his daughters explore and experience life. He is additionally survived by his brother and best friend, Michael Wainwright and his wife Andrea of Plainville; his grandmother, Edna Wainwright of Needham; his mother-in-law, Susan Simoneau of Franklin; his father-in-law, Paul Simoneau and wife Avis of Marlboro; six sistersin-law, Juliann Yell and her husband Joshua, Jennifer Parker and her husband Todd, Rebecca Hunt and her husband John, Patti McClard and her partner Hanna Haidar, Kim Carlisle and her husband Lance, and Cara Simoneau; and many nieces and nephews. Tom was honored by his brother and sister firefighters at a funeral service held at Christ Church Episcopal in Needham, on Wednesday, August 17th. Donations may be made in his memory to the Wainwright Children’s Fund, c/o Middlesex Bank, 1098 Main Street, Millis, MA, 02054.

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Where Are They Now? Pallotta Excelled As Three-sport Star At Medway BY KEN HAMWEY Staff Sports Writer An examination of Tom Pallotta’s athletic career at Medway High would reveal a plethora of individual accolades. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound three-sport star was dynamic in soccer, basketball and baseball. He’s got the awards and the statistics to prove it, but all his achievements, which include being a captain, an all-star and an MVP in all three sports, take a back seat to what Pallotta calls “team play and the spirit of the locker room.’’ “When I played, winning was important, and I was fortunate to compete at a high level,’’ Pallotta said. “But, all the stats and the awards weren’t as important as the friendships that developed and the spirit that prevailed. I didn’t seek the limelight and liked being just one of the guys.’’ A quintessential team player, Pallotta was only a sophomore when he scored the game-winning goal against Monson in 1993 to give Medway a state title in soccer. He sparked the Mustangs’ basketball contingent to an 11-5 record his senior year and its first berth in post-season play in years, averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds a game. A power hitter, he clouted three homers as a senior in a victory against Avon in the first round of tourney play.

Pallotta was a right halfback who was offensive player of the year in soccer as a junior. That season he scored 10 goals and assisted on 15 others. He was a Tri Valley League, Daily News and Boston Globe all-star. “During my three years in soccer, we won the league title three straight years,’’ Pallotta said. “We had talent and a great coach in Wes Truscott. He knew when to be tough and when to ease up. He was a good motivator.’’ Pallotta was a two-time TVL allstar in basketball, was chosen sophomore of the year in the conference and was Medway’s MVP as a senior.

Three-sport Medway star Tom Pallotta cherishes friendships he made even more than awards won in his athletic career.

Pallotta hit .400 for three straight years in baseball and likely would have continued to excel for the University of New Hampshire where he received a partial scholarship. But, after his freshman year, Wildcat baseball was eliminated as a varsity sport. “I really don’t have any regrets with college life, because I got my bachelors and masters degrees at UNH in a five-year span,’’ Pallotta said. “I would have liked to experience a four-year collegiate career in baseball, but it wasn’t meant to be. But, I did get a double and one

RBI in three games on the varsity as a freshman.’’ At Medway High, however, Pallotta was a force, often the go-toguy. A three-year varsity player in all three sports, he rates the state title in soccer as his top thrill.

“I played off-guard and forward and was aggressive on defense,’’ he said. “I had good endurance because of soccer and I could shoot a mid-range jumper.” Medway qualified for tourney play twice during Pallotta’s baseball career, losing in the first round his junior year, but advancing to the second round his senior year

after his three-homer barrage against Avon. A centerfielder, he was a three-time TVL all-star, a Daily News selection and MVP for Medway as a senior. “I had the privilege to play for good coaches,’’ Pallotta noted. “Truscott was a great mentor in soccer, Paul Carroll was a disciplined basketball coach and Don Grimes was a quality jayvee hoop coach. I also liked playing for Ed Beksha in baseball.’’ After getting his degrees in health management and health administration, Pallotta worked first in long-term care facilities, but later moved into sales. After working for Varian Medical Systems, promoting electronic record-keeping through health care software for clients that included doctors and hospitals, Pallotta has moved on to work for General Electric in health care software. Married a year, Pallotta, 33, and his wife Dana live in Westwood. If Medway High had an athletic hall of fame, Tom Pallotta would be an odds-on favorite for early induction.

“Steve Gary passed to me in the middle of the field and I scored from about 10 yards out for a 2-1 lead,’’ Pallotta recalled. “We won, 3-1, and back then I didn’t realize how rare an achievement winning a state title was. Now, I cherish it and know no one can take it

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Millis/Medway Sports Perkins Will Be The Go-To Guy For Millis Grid Team BY KEN HAMWEY Staff Sports Writer Millis-Hopedale coach Dale Olmsted is counting on Jim Perkins to be a major contributor during the Mohawks’ 2011 football season. The veteran coach expects his 5-foot-7, 165-pound senior tailback to be an influential captain and also the focal point of the Mohawks’ offense. “Jim worked extremely hard during the off-season,’’ Olmsted said. “He’s got good speed, strength and vision. Last year he was an east-towest runner but he’ll give us more north-to-south yards because he’s

more elusive and he’s improved his toughness and quickness. He’s a quality leader, too. He kept our players unified and focused in the off-season.’’

said. That style was on display when Millis-Hopedale faced Bellingham last year and was trailing in the third quarter. Perkins stepped up and energized the Mohawks to a 19-16 win.

Last year, Perkins showed his durability by rarely coming off the field. Besides tailback, he was a strong safety, an outside linebacker and played on special teams. The idea of being the Mohawks’ featured back and a captain are responsibilities he relishes with open arms.

“I scored on a six-yard run, threw a block that led to another touchdown and set up the winning touchdown by gaining 25 yards and getting inside Bellingham’s five. I was pleased, too, with the way I played at cornerback.’’

“I’m excited that we’ve changed from a spread formation to a power-I,’’ Perkins said. “I’ll be Team Captain Jim Perkins will urge his teammates to “have no fear” this year.

more of a straight-ahead, downhill runner. For me, the keys are to hit the holes and know when to cut. Our line should be strong and guys like Jon Baker and Tim McKay should help us be a possession team. My goals are to gain 100 yards every game, get 1,000 for the season and to score as many touchdowns as possible.’’

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“Mike Meuse and Connor Sayles are the other captains and both have strengths,’’ Perkins said. “Mike is a solid linebacker who is smart and knows how to hit. Connor is from Hopedale and he’s a good leader who unites the players from both towns. Coach Olmsted is a terrific motivator who’s easy to talk with. He knows strategy and works hard on preparation.’’

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“We can get to the playoffs and the Super Bowl even though last year we struggled with a 3-8 record,’’ Perkins said. “The smallschool alignment is a benefit. We have to beat the teams we’re supposed to beat. We can do it.’’ Jim Perkins seems like a solid choice to be in a leadership role.

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Millis/Medway Sports United They Stand. Millis and Hopedale Mohawks Look to Lead BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY

Two years ago the Millis High School football program was approaching dire straits and was on the verge of disbanding. When a mere 19 athletes came out for the football team in 2009, Coach Dale Olmsted seriously thought about throwing in the towel. “I had come to the conclusion that we just couldn’t compete in the Tri-Valley League with that low number of kids,” the Millis Coach said. “I had gone to our Athletic Director with our situation and he immediately called The union of Millis and Hopedale Hopedale, who had wanted to high school football players is refield a football team, but was flected by their team logo. never able to do so. Together we and the coaching staff is hoping agreed to co-op a team and once that he can repeat that performthe league and the MIAA OK’d ance. Perkins is a tailback that that we were set to go.” scampered for 148-yards and 2 Immediately, Hopedale athletes touchdowns in the season opener were being shipped to Millis to and Sayles, who only began playstart learning Olmsted and his ing football in his sophomore year, staff’s plays and together the Mil- is a much improved defensive end. lis-Hopedale Mohawks were As Millis dipped to three wins formed, while one program was last season, Olmsted was faced saved and another began a long with major problem if his squad awaited creation. According to was going to improve up last seaOlmsted, both schools are very son’s performance – he needed to similar in terms of student body, find someone to run his offense so it was a great situation for both from the quarterback position. schools. Enter junior Bay Tangney. That first season as one, Millis“Bay’s a converted receiver who Hopedale went a respectable 5-6, has done a nice job for us so far,” but took a step backwards last year Olmsted said. “I liked him as our falling to 3-8. However, 2011 quarterback as he’s pretty much brings a new season and the two committed to the program. Footschools as well as the coaching ball is his only sport; he’s always staff are looking for a chance to around and is a leader amongst his compete for the TVL Champi- peers.” onship. With high expectations, Tangney has decent arm strength Millis-Hopedale took to the field and is able to get the ball to the refor this year’s season opener ceivers when he needs to. Offenagainst Latin Academy, a Boston sively, Millis-Hopedale is more of based team that is supposed to a grind it out off team that relies contend for the Boston City heavily on their backs. League Title. Millis came out on a mission and secured their first win The protection Tangney gets alwith a 27-6 victory. lows him to get the ball to his reThe Mohawks currently have 43 ceivers, and the holes that open up athletes on their varsity roster, the for Perkins to run through are largest amount of athletes Olm- caused by the talented offensive sted has seen in his tenure and line. Leading that o-line is sophopossibly Millis High School his- more Jon Baker (6-3, 290 pounds) tory. Looking to lead Millis-Hope- who was named to the Tri-Valley dale to the top of the TVL are league All Star squad as a freshTri-Captains Mike Meause and man last year. Jimmy Perkins from Millis and Although Baker may be the big Hopedale’s Connor Sayles. stud that anchors the Millis-HopeMeause led the team in tackles dale offensive line, the entire line from his inside linebacker position needs to cohesively work as one.

Baker is surrounded by four juniors; Adam Tykes (6-1, 250) and Elias Fayad (5-10, 230) from Hopedale as well as center Tim McKay (6, 230) and Jamie Breed (6, 225) from Millis. Tangney’s go-to guys are wideouts Derek Latosek, a Millis senior who had 4 touchdowns last year, and junior Ian Strom, Hopedale’s first ever TVL All Star. In addition to Meause and Sayles leading the defense the Mohawks also are high on right inside linebacker Andrew Sante Fe and out-

side linebacker Chris Baker. If Millis-Hopedale is to scale the TVL Mountain and capture the championship, they are going to have to knock off Norton. The Lancers have had a lot of success in the past beating not only the small schools, but the big schools as well. “Norton is still the top of the league,” Olmsted said. “But I think that we are still in the hunt, we’re a focused team that knows what’s at stake.”

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Lantern Ln #6, Medway


Lantern Lane Dev LLC

Pine Meadow Dev LLC

Lantern Ln #7A, Medway


Lantern Lane Dev LLC

Pine Meadow Dev LLC

36 Van Kleeck Rd, Millis


Copice, David M

Oconnell, Mark E

152 Village St, Millis


Klenk, Jonathan J

Nahass, Peter T

36 Van Kleeck Rd, Millis


Copice, David M

Oconnell, Mark E

152 Village St, Millis


Klenk, Jonathan J

Nahass, Peter T

64 Lavender St, Millis


Crowley, Dennis P

Krohn, Virginia L

90 Farm St, Millis


Wilkes, Stephen M

Pond, Karen M

Important Information for Home Buyers For anyone contemplating purchasing a home, there can be many questions about how the entire process works. The role of the realtor, lender, appraiser, home inspector and attorney will be discussed during an upcoming Home Buyer Seminar. In addition, attendees will leave the seminars with a better understanding of the importance of your credit report and how to determine how much home you can afford to purchase. Mortgage Consultant Michael Shain of Charles River Bank, who has more than 25 years of banking and lending experience, will lead these very informative Home Buyer Seminars. Everyone who attends will receive a workbook with helpful worksheets for each step of the home buying process along with invaluable tips and information. The Residential Lending Team at Charles River Bank in conjunction with Tri – County Regional Vocational Tech High School will pres-

MEDWAY - 7 room, 3 BR, 2 bath Split, nice lot $264,900

MEDWAY - 7 room, 3 BR, 2 bath Cape, acre lot $299,900

ent a the seminar on Tuesday September 27 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The cost of this seminar is only $5. Questions about the seminar can also be directed to Michael Shain at Charles River Bank at (508) 533-8661 or mshain@charles About Charles River Bank: Charles River Bank - with assets of $185 million - was founded in 1915, and continues to offer a wide range of individual and business banking services. The Bank’s Main Office is located at 70 Main Street in Medway with new state of the art branches located on the Bellingham/Franklin town line on Route 140, as well as in Mendon at 1 Hastings Street at the intersection of Rte. 16 and North Ave. Charles River Bank also operates a branch in Medway High School that serves as an educational facility and full service branch. All deposits at Charles River Bank are insured in full with the dual insurance as a member of the FDIC as well as the SIF.

Thinking of buying or selling a home? Let me help you through the process!

MILLIS - 6 room, 3 BR, 1.5 bath Col, convenient location $319,900

No Day Like Today!

0 9,90 $39 Dave Matthews Century 21 Commonwealth MILLIS - Remodeled 5 room, 3 BR, 1 bath Cape $319,900

MEDWAY - Awesome 8 room, 4 BR, 2.5 bath Col $359,900

MEDWAY - 7 room, 3 BR, 2 bath Condo. Wow! $169,000

MILLIS - 5 room, 2 BR, 1.5 bath Townhouse $223,000

MILLIS - New 6 room, 3 BR, 2.5 bath Townhouse $319,900

MEDWAY - Antique 2 Family, 13 room, 7 BR, 2 bath, nice! $364,900

Direct 508-964-6540 Home of the Month - 14 Lowell Mason Road, Medfield

Business Law

• All Entity Formations • Contract Drafting/Negotiation • Start-Ups/Counseling • Business Succession Planning • Acquisitions/Sales • Compliance • Litigation

Call and ask us about our Free Home Inspection Offer

Real Estate Law

“A lawyer’s time and advice are his stock in trade”. Abraham Lincoln

• Mortgage Lending Services • Residential/ Commercial • Buyer and Seller Representation • Title Services • Represents Cash Buyers/Real Estate Investors

Estate Planning

• Wills • Probate of Estates • Trusts • Power of Attorney • Health Care Proxies Independently Owned and Operated • 508-397-5508 Law Office of Glenn J. Murphy • 165 Main Street (Suite 109) • Medway MA 02053

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localtownpages Service Directory For more information call LORI KOLLER at 508-934-9608 New England

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For Over 20 Years The #1 Appliance Repair Expert Washers • Dryers • High Efficiency & Commercial Laundry Dishwashers • Wall Ovens • Disposers • Wine Chillers




Ballistic Services

Unwanted guns in your home? • • • •

Happy, fun, creative family setting Flexible yet organized schedule Caring family environment Full-time, part-time & hourly child care

“Everyday is an exciting and fun adventure!”

Highest prices paid for your valuable firearms.


Richard Mandoni Handyman

DAVID TASHJIAN Painting Sideline Painting “No Job Too Small”

We will properly dispose of worthless items for free.

Call today for a confidential consultation

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(508) 376-2153

Business Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Certified Elementary Teacher Lic. # 2084190 127 ORCHARD STREET, MILLIS



Millis Barbershop


Puppys Paradise

• New Floors Installed • Old Floors Sanded & Refinished • Custom Stain Work a Specialty Try a buff and 1 coat for QUICK CLEAN SHINE

Carol Gomes 617.899.2487-cell


ardwood Floors

All Haircuts $10 920 Main Street (Rt. 109) Millis, MA 02054

• Kitchens & Baths • Additions • Finished Basements • Roofing & Decks • Vinyl Siding • Custom Built Homes • Replacement Windows


508-359-2690 •

Licensed • Insured • FREE Estimates



Building Remodeling & Property Maintenance Accepting Credit Cards RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL

office: 508-384-2896 • mobile 508-509-4573 Geoffrey Brooks, Owner




Building • Remodeling • Additions Kitchens • Baths • Replacement Windows Decks • Garages • Siding Licensed • Insured • Registered


“Your child will feel at home, in my home!”

Background check & CPR certified. Call Janice.

• •

165 Main St., Suite 114 Medway, MA 02053





“We load & take everything!” * Fully Insured *




5% off your next project. $500.00 maximum value.


(508) 533-0884 mAINTENANCE

Perennial Classics

RODENHISER PLUMBING - HEATING - AIR CONDITIONING “Nice people...great service” since 1928

T OUR OME By retired RN with a passion for pooches. Will visit,feed,walk or whatever you need for your pet. Small and medium dogs only. Kitties too!

Millis,Medway and Medfield area. Tel: 508-446-6467


$ Garden Design . Maintenance Horticultural Training & Consultation “a garden mentoring service” Karen J. Sutherland




AffordAble doggie CheCk-ins A Y H

Find custom window coverings that fit your style a style for every point of view


508-785-3109 FREE In-Home Consultation & Estimates

Each Franchise Independently Owned and Operated

homes for as little as $35 a month.

Call Lori at 508-934-9608 TRASH REmovAL

Cleanouts: Attics/Basements Garages/Sheds Estates/Barns Demolition Metal Detecting

Spring/Fall clean up - Bed work & mulching - Professional lawn moving & shrub prunning - Licensed lawn & plant care applicator - Creative landscape design & installation


$25 off

YOUR NEXT CLEANOUT Homes • Apt • Businesses • Yard Waste Pools, Boilers, Hot Tubs & Sheds Removed

Your Ad Here! Reach over 10,000

Accumulating a lot of Junk?



Pat Pini • norfolk, Ma

Call & meet John for your free estimate


Call Tom: 508.533.8514

Licensed & Insured. License # 43519

Cold Cases Historical Research Security Private Readings Gallery Events


Pat’s Trash Removal

Sheila Marie

Full/Part time schedules available for infants, toddlers, pre-school. Non-Smoking home. No Pets.

Cell: 617-327-9790


Forensic Medium Consulting •

Millis, MA

Design & Build: Homes, Additions, Garages, Kitchens, Baths, Porches, Decks, Renovations.


Licensed Day Care in Medway



15CrestviewDrive Millis,MA02054 508.376.4920-home

Get the job done right — the first time!

Shutters • Draperies Wood Blinds Honeycomb Shades Roller Shades Vertical Blinds • Silhouettes® Woven Wood and more! Professional Measuring & Installation


Your next plumbing or air conditioning repair

*Not valid on trip, diagnostic, or preventative maintenance fees. Not to be combined with any other offer. MPL #10961

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Free Estimates Bonded/Insured

508-528-3652 Cell 508-736-8262


• Tree Removal & Tree Pruning • Stump Removal • Bobcat Services • Stump Grinding • Bucket Truck

$50 OFF Any Job over $500


KEYS FOR CHANGE Specializing in care for the care giver, stress management and Spiritual Development.


508-533-0211 89 Main St, Suite #214, Medway, MA 02053

For more information call LORI KOLLER at 508-934-9608

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Jennifer McMahon

Joleen Rose

Realtor速, Broker, CBR, CSP, LMC

Realtor速, VP, CBR, LMC

DIRECT: 774-210-0898

DIRECT: 508-951-5909

Laina Kaplan

Kathy Gruttadauria 速

Realtor , CBR

DIRECT: 508-245-9221


Realtor速, CBR

DIRECT: 508-577-3538

(Source MLS, Most Homes Sold in Last 12 Months)

Northeast Signature Properties LLC 800-930-0907 G ISTIN L W NE



1352 Main Street, (rte. 109) MilliS, Ma 02054



RECENT CLIENT SALES: 4 Sunset Dr. Medway, SOLD, $372,000 152 Village St Millis, SOLD, $330,000

$319,900 16 Clewes Rd, Millis

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Laina Kaplan

Jennifer McMahon

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91 Pleasant St. Medfield, SOLD, $130,000 in 3 days! 21 Shadowbrook, Milford, SOLD, $85,000 901 Village Ln, Bellingham, SOLD, $212,000 14 Weybridge Ln, Hopkinton, SOLD, $225,000 24 Stallbrook Rd, Milford, SOLD, $207,500

$519,900 90 Cleveland St, Norfolk Joleen Rose


202 Village St Millis, SALE PENDING in 5 days! 126 Acorn St Millis, SALE PENDING 373 Exchange St Millis, SALE PENDING in 10 days! 142 East Bacon St, Plainville, SALE PENDING

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Laina Kaplan 1St tiMe buyer & Stage to Sell SeMinarS. Call today for SChedule. free, no preSSure, private ConSultationS.

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