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Summer Interns Get Hands-On Learning BY MARJORIE TURNER HOLLMAN You might not think that pulling weeds and squishing bugs could be educational, but then you haven’t been talking to the student interns working at the Medway Community Farm this summer.

Behold the winners of the summer baseball Hopkinton Sizzler Tournament 11/12A Championship! The championship game ran into extra innings, and these boys of summer won by a two-run home run. Players, back row, left to right: Nathan Wong, Pat McAvoy, Stone Breakey, Jack Moriarty, Praneeth Uppalapati, Patrick Doherty. Players, front row, left to right: Nick Assad, Jacob Metzger, Bryce Latosek, PJ Adams, Brian Sheehan, Andrew Brooks, John Manning. Not pictured: Kurt Hopkins. Millis was coached by Paul Adams, Brian Assad, Pete Latosek, Pat Sheehan and Ken Metzger.

“This internship is perfect to get hands-on experience and find out what it’s like to grow your own food,” explained Kara McLaughlin, a Medway resident who is entering her junior year at Williams College this fall. “The Farm Manager, Brittany Sidway, taught us the importance of weeding, cover crops, and the importance of organic methods. She emphasized how it would be so much easier, short term, just to use chemicals.” But rather than take the quick and easy route, McLaughlin and her fellow interns have spent the summer alongside Ms. Sidway learn-

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ing, not in the classroom, but in the beautiful outdoors of the small community farm on Winthrop Street in Medway. On a recent overcast weekday morning, Sidway and two of the interns stopped pulling weeds and hunting (and squishing) pests for a few minutes to chat about the farm and the internship program. “I'm really excited about the potential of this community farm project,” Sidway said. “We are already reaching so many people and making L-R Interns Breanne Kenny, Kara McLaughlin and Farm Manager Brittany such an impact in our community. Sidway working in the fields of Medway Community Farm. I'm very grateful to have had the ning to go to college next year and some intensive training from Sidamazing interns we had this seabecause of the internship, and Proj- way, the interns independently ran son. They are positive, flexible and ect Green, (a group at Medway the week-long morning educahard working and I hope every one High School that raises environ- tional sessions. McLaughlin exof them wants to come back next mental awareness), I plan to pursue plained, “Brittany did a great job year.” Environmental Science studies at helping us to prepare for the kids being here. The kids loved harvestBreanne Kenny, a senior at Med- college next year.” ing vegetables, and going to the way High School, was another one Besides McLauglin and Kenny, field to pick vegetables to feed the of the interns. Already familiar two other students also spent the chickens and the rabbits. The chilwith the Community Farm from summer interning at the commudren went on scavenger hunts having planted a garden plot there nity farm. Nicole Quinn, Medway around the farm. They would go with friends last summer, she resident and a senior majoring in find different vegetables, but what jumped at the chance to participate biology at Gettysburg College, they really loved to go hunt for was in the internship program. “I “our resident bug expert” accordOlive, Brittany’s farm dog.” thought it would be a great opporing to McLaughlin, and Alexis tunity to learn more about what I’d Chilinski of Medway, a third-year The interns helped each child in been doing the past summer, and student at Northeastern, spent the the summer program to keep a about organic farming. I’m plansummer working and learning. farm journal. Those too young to The four young women experi- write participated by dictating stoenced a lot more than just how to ries of their day for the interns to grow food. In addition to the farm write down. The children then localtownpages Medway & Millis chores, they staffed a produce table drew pictures for their journals, at the Whole Foods Farmer’s Mar- and at the end of the week each Published Monthly ket, and ran an educational pro- child had a book to take home, a Mailed FREE to the gram for children. After getting chronicle of their farm experi-

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"The interns did a great job,” Sidway said. “It was very hands-off for me and didn’t add stress to the operation of the farm. It’s really important to have people with a level of understanding about what the farm needs in order to create a harmonious education program. It’s been fabulous to have them here.” While the interns have been unpaid this year, Sidwell hopes that will change, depending upon receipt of grant funds. “We’ve asked for funds for next year’s program from the Middlesex Bank Charitable Foundation to pay interns in our start up years,” Sidwell explained. “We’ll be able to reduce class costs to include more people from the town and put all revenue from our classes into renovating our educational spaces and sustaining our organization. The idea is, we are building our capital investments, infrastructure, curriculum and reputation in these first years, with the help of interns who are doing valuable and meaningful (and sweaty and hard!) work. They are playing a dynamic role in developing this community farm into a diverse organization that is able to grow food, provide education and build community. Interns next year, if paid, will work more hours to help organize community events, grow food specifically for donation, and help research, develop and implement our educational programming.” For many students, September is a time to crack open the books after a long summer break. But for the students who have been interning at the Medway Community Farm, heading back to the classroom in the fall is simply a continuation of their summer learning experiences. And from the smiles on their faces as they bent back down to pull some more weeds, these interns couldn’t be happier.

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Students to Renovate Farmhouse at MLF

Learning opportunities at the Medway Community Farm don’t stop with the coming of the school year this fall. In fact, starting September 8th, students from TriCounty Regional Technical Vocational High School in Franklin are scheduled to begin renovating the old farmhouse on the property. Farm Manager, Brittany Sidway, explained, “The Town voted unanimously to use $50,000 of Community Preservation funds to help pay for the renovation of the house. The Tri-County students were here a lot this past spring. They gutted the inside of the house and did some electrical work. We have the plumbing supplies for the project, but hope to find someone who can donate the plumbing work.” A true example of a win-win situation, the Tri-County students will get hands-on experience, and the Farm will get the benefit of their (carefully supervised) labor. Sidway said, “I’m living in a camper on the property presently. I hope to be in the renovated house before winter.” But as anyone knows who has ever had anything to do with building or renovating a house, it always takes longer than planned. Working with students adds just another level of uncertainty to the process. And, as Sidway noted with a smile, “Education has no deadlines.” Check out the Medway Community farm website for upcoming classes getting lined up for the fall, and lots of other opportunities for hands-on learning and volunteering.

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MERIT – Supporting Millis Garden Club Reconvenes Innovative Programs & September 14, Features Dahlias Excellence since 1991 Webster defines "merit" as "superior quality or worth; excellence; demonstrated ability or achievement." This is what the Millis Educational Resource Initiatives Team (MERIT) hopes for in the Millis Public Schools and students. The Millis Educational Resource Initiatives Team is a non-profit, state chartered local education fund. Founded in 1991 and run by volunteers (Millis residents), MERIT solicits funds for innovative, curriculum based programs not typically funded within the regular school budgets. Nearly a quarter of a million dollars has been granted to enhance the Millis School System curriculum since 1991. MERIT’s mission is two-fold: • Encourage innovative approaches to teaching the approved Millis Public School curricula. • Provide funds to help implement the most promising approaches. The support MERIT has provided is highly valued by teachers and principals, and greatly benefits the school system and community. Examples of some of the grants MERIT has awarded include:: Collins Writing Program materials,

I-Pad for Special Ed Programs, Smart Boards, Force for Physics, Nature's Classroom Scholarship, Digital Portfolios in the Art Studio and more. MERIT raises funds through donations by the community as well as through fundraising events. Have you been to the Haunted Hay Ride at Tangerini’s Farm in the past? Well, that is a MERIT fundraising event! On that note, save the date for this year’s Haunted Hay Ride at Tangerini’s Farm on Saturday, October 29, 2011. MERIT is always looking for new members. Any member of the community interested in fostering excellence in the Millis Public Schools can become a member of MERIT. If interested in learning more about being a MERIT member, please contact Jen MacAskill at (508) 376-4959. MERIT counts on the generosity of our community. Please consider supporting MERIT by making a tax-deductible contribution. You can mail your contribution to MERIT, P.O. Box 86, Millis, MA 02054. Please be sure to include your name and address. MERIT thanks you!

Local Author to Visit Millis Library October 27th Local author, Tom MacDonald will be at the Millis Public Library on Thursday evening, October 27th at 7 p.m. for a book reading and signing. The Charlestown Connection, Tom's debut novel, is receiving outstanding reviews and his writing is being compared

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The Millis Garden Club is happy to announce that the first meeting of our fall and winter schedule is to be held on Wednesday, September 14th - DAHLIAS! with Donna Lane, Master Gardener, Member of the Norwood Evening Garden Club and the Beth Shaloam Garden Club of Needham, also member of the Dahlia Society and the Hosta Society. This meeting will be held at the Norfolk Community Room, Norfolk Library. Millis Garden Club and Norfolk Garden Club Members - Free: Guests $5 donation at the door. Consider joining the Millis Garden Club and be a part of our civic involvement by helping to plant flowers to beautify our town, support Millis students by offering scholarships and becoming part of a vibrant, enthusiastic group. Join us at our first meeting of the 2011-2012 season. Millis Garden Club was founded in 2004 and became a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. in October of 2005. If you look around Millis, you will find evidence of their work, from The Children's Garden at Oak Grove Farm, the Welcome to Millis Sign planting on the intersection of

Rte. 109 and Village St., and the many container gardens and planting around town. Through your support, The Garden Club is able to offer scholarships to young Millis residents and to continue to beautify our town with plantings. Visit us or contact any member for membership information. MGC Fall Schedule Programs - Special Events Save the Dates Now! 1. Wed,Sept14,7p.m.,Dahlias withDonnaLane at the Norfolk Public Library - Community Room, Norfolk, MA. Hospitality begins at 6:30 p.m. MGC Members are requested to bring a savory or a sweet for the table. The program flyer is attached. Please forward to others who may be interested in the subject, or joining the Millis Garden Club This is a shared program with Norfolk. Guests are most welcome for a $5 donation at the door. 2. Sat,Sept10,.10a.m.-4p.m. ChurchofChristFamilyDay, Millis, MA. MGC will participate with Raffle Items, Educational Demo and Membership Outreach. Thank you in advance

for supporting this Outreach and Fundraising opportunity! 3. Wed, October 19, 7-8 p.m. Propagation with Carrie Waterman. Complementary Hospitality from 6:30 – 7 p.m. Veteran's Memorial Building, Millis. Members are requested to bring a savory, sweet and beverages. Guests welcome with a $5 donation at the door. MGC Business Meeting to follow. Fundraising Scholarship Fund MGC has purchased two tickets for the Boston Pops Christmas Concert for Thursday December 22, at 4 pm. Two lucky winners will be sitting in First Balcony Center left Row A seats 11&12, singing Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer with Keith Lockhart! The drawing will take place at the MGC Greens Sale at Church of Christ on Saturday, December 3, 2 p.m. Tickets will be sold in advance and during the day of the Greens Sale (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.). Proceeds (less ticket cost) will go directly to the MGC Scholarship Fund for 2012. Civic Fund 1. MGC Annual Greens Sale. Mark your calendar now for our Annual Green Sale on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Deadline for Medway Cultural Council Grants October 15th Submitted by Audrey Ritter, Chair, MCC

As of the first week of September 2011, the Medway Cultural Council has been accepting applications for grants from local organizations to support events & programs in the arts, sciences & humanities. Applications are available at the town library & on our website, www. This year, the forms have been changed, as have our guidelines. We urge applicants to check both the new form

& the guidelines so as to expedite the processing of their application, six copies much appreciated. Midnight October 15 is the postmarked deadline for receipt of all grant proposals. This past year the Cultural Council has supported the Medway library's summer programs- a crowd of 80 people turning out for the live animal show! Examples of recipients were Choate Park Summer concerts & the Medway Senior Center which

hosted painting classes for the community. These events are just a fraction of the sixteen grants, which we committed to in December of 2010. Last year, the State Legislature, through the Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded our Medway Cultural Council just over $3,800, which is being spent locally, so read the information on the website and have your organization apply for their favorite project.

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The “Back To” Blues SUBMISSION BY REV. JENNIFER MUNROE-NATHANS I shed a tear when my child hopped on the bus to kindergarten the first time. He seemed so little, and I was letting him go into the world alone with nothing but a small L.L. Bean backpack and a yellow bus-shaped bright nametag. How could he possibly survive in the vicious world of paste-eating, germ spreading, coloring-outside-the-line monsters who would make up his class? He returned home to me that afternoon thrilled with his first day of school. His circle time experience, it seemed, was life altering, as Mrs. Smith had not one - but two gerbils in the room. I, on the other hand, continued to worry and added “diseases caused by close contact with domesticated rodents” to my expanding list of parenting concerns. We experienced the day differently. It doesn’t matter if a person is five or ninety-five, heading into a new situation offers the opportunity for both enthusiastic optimism and unmitigated anxiety, and Sep-

tember arrives each year with more than its fair share of novel opportunities. We valiantly attempt to pick up where we left off back in June – before the humidity index went up and the patience with the kids underfoot went down. We return from vacation. We return to our regularly-scheduled and overly-programmed life. We go back to school. We pretend that things will be familiar. We imagine that it will be the same as before our summer hiatus. This is a lie we tell ourselves. As Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote, “You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.” You can’t go back to the way things were in the past because time keeps flowing. So we wade into the newness of autumn with anxiety, yes, but also with sense of grace and optimism. We can’t claim to know what the days will hold – but we can recognize our power in choosing our reactions to the life we experience and, I believe, we can recognize God’s presence in the world. This is place in my life I still require

some work. I could have rejoiced that the kindergarten class had two gerbils, but I chose to let my worry color the day. It would be great if I could go back and re-do that first day of kindergarten, but I can’t step back into the river. Time has moved on. Now I attempt to recognize the sacredness of the time I’ve been given, and I seek it out in all the things that scare me and all of the things that exhilarate me. Summer will soon give up the struggle and fade into the crisply colored coolness of fall. It is time to go back to it all. We return remembering that nothing can be the same as when we left it, because we will experience it as different people. Time continues to flow. God continues to be present, and we strap on our backpacks and recognize the blessings of new beginnings wherever they occur. May your new beginnings be filled with joy and at least two small rodents per person. The Rev. Jennifer MunroeNathans is the Senior Pastor of the Church of Christ, Congregational in Millis MA. She is also a mom, wife, and stand-up comedian. No, really.

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Water Shutoff Looms for Medway Homes without New Meters BY J.D. O’GARA According to David D’Amico, Deputy Director of Medway’s Department of Public Services, over 3,800 Medway homeowners have complied with the Medway Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) Project. The $1.3 million project was begun last year to modernize the Town’s water metering infrastructure, and it entailed the installation of new water meters by town contractor E.J. Prescott for all Medway water customers. Some Medway residents have yet to make an appointment to get their water meters installed. This month, those households will be scheduled for water shutoff, according to the Public Services department. “We have 50 or so customers who are not responding,” says D’Amico. “In September, we are going to actively start shutting off water to those who haven’t had meters changed.”

The walks of households which have not switched meters will first be marked with “SO” for “shutoff,” and then a notice will be placed on the door. D’Amico says the town will follow up about a week later, but if, by the following week, no appointment has been made, the water will be shut off to those homes. If that happens, says D’Amico, homeowners “will have to call us to schedule to have their meter changed and to have their water put back on.” The Medway Department of Public Services can be reached at (508) 533-3208.

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Medway’s Highland Teen Stabbed by Another in Millis Street to Become One Way on Trial Basis BY J.D. O’GARA

BY J.D. O’GARA The Medway Public Services Department, in response to numerous suggestions by Medway citizens at recent meetings discussing the reconstruction of Route 109 in Medway, has decided to make Highland Street a one-way road for a trial period this September. Highland Street is currently a twoway road that connects the intersection at Milford and Franklin Streets and also intersects Summer Street (Rte. 126). Under the trial plan, the road will bear north only, toward Summer Street. “We’ve had some meetings with the public,” says David D’Amico, Deputy Director of Medway’s Department of Public Services. “One thing that was suggested, that several people reiterated, was to make Highland Street a one-way street.” D’Amico notes that during the

month of September, the Medway Public Services Department will place signage indicating the change.

One youth was stabbed by another on Saturday night, August 13, in Millis. According to the Millis police, both 14-year-old boys were attending a party with other

children aged 12-14. According to sources, when one of the guests was asked to leave, a fight ensued, and one youth stabbed the other. Officer Tibeiri, of the Millis Police Department, notes, at the time of this writing (August 16), about 20

witnesses were still being interviewed and the investigation was still ongoing. Tibeiri noted that the victim was held in the hospital overnight and was released the next day.

“What we want to do is get a sign board up there for a couple of weeks noting that this will happen,” says D’Amico. Although the change will be a trial, says D’Amico, “if everybody is pleased with it, we may just leave it that way.” D’Amico encourages Medway residents to submit their input on any of the Route 109 reconstruction through the town’s website, On the left of the town home page, under Quick Links, is a link to RT 109 Design Committee. To the left of this design committee page, visitors may click a link and send comments.

These Medway union workers, on Rte. 109 and on Trotter Drive, stood together to take a stand against their employer, Verizon. These workers are among 45,000 members of two unions, the Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, who left their jobs on August 8 to go on strike. The workers argue that Verizon paid no tax on its $24.2 billion in pre-tax income in 2009 and 2010 and instead received a $1.3 billion refund, yet despite profits, the company was asking to cut what amounts to $20,000 per employee in pay and benefit concessions.

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An Interview with Amanda Luizzi: New Principal, Burke Memorial School, Medway

So it’s the teaching, not the students?

Tell me a little bit about yourself. Where did you work as an elementary assistant principal? Teaching positions?

Certainly each student brings something different to the classroom, but I think a teacher here in Medway could go to my old school and work just as effectively.

Most of my career except for a year has been in New York public and private schools. I’ve spent the latter part of my career as a math coach and assistant principal in Staten Island, New York and East Harlem. Is that a big change from a small town like Medway? The Schools in Staten Island were neighborhood public schools and had much more of a Medway feeling to them. However, I believe what happens in the classroom is the magic, not the demographics of the population. Strong teaching will result in strong learning and student outcomes wherever you go.

What motivates you to work in education? I think honestly what started my career path is just having had phenomenal educators and seeing the difference they made in my life, and wanting to do the same for others. Certainly as a teacher, I’ve worked for some phenomenal administrators who’ve really changed the way I feel about teaching and learning in the classroom. I like having the opportunity to put that into practice and the broader spectrum and help others maybe see things from a different point of view. Also, I like the fact that I can work with the commu-

Burke/Memorial serves pre-k and K and then grades 3 and 4. What do you like about children in this age group?

How has it been so far? I’ve spent my first month and half here really getting to know everybody. The staff has been wonderful, meeting with me, get-

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a principal with a mentor with me the whole year, so little things like looking at student data…meeting w/teachers, working with a parent population, ongoing communication -- all those things that are essential to a principal’s job -- I was guided, but also given the freedom to do that—and scheduling, which is never an easy task.

nity more, with the families.

I love elementary students. It’s where I began my career. Everything, especially when we have the little ones in pre-K and K, everything is fresh and brand new. I think our teachers have vital role there, because you’re really going to help a child love school. I think their first step into the classroom is an opportunity to make huge difference. In grades 3 and 4, we’re really helping them develop into little people who will grow to become learners for the rest of their lives. They’re going from learning to read to reading to learn. We’re really seeing children in grades 3 and 4 developing their own interests and seeking out information on their own, learning about how they learn and how they think. Giving them those skills will help their transition to middle school be a little easier…and the innocence is still there in the elementary grades.

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ting those relationships started, answering my questions on how things have operated here. My fellow administrators, and Dr. Evans, have been phenomenal in guiding me in my induction process here, and the parents have been just so welcoming. I’ve been so warmly received that I think it’s made anything that might have been difficult down the road a lot easier. Certainly, I’m starting to form goals, but I think I need to take the time to see what happens in the classroom. I’m hearing so many wonderful things here. I’m looking forward to seeing them in practice. What are you eager, in particular, to tackle? I think the basics. (In my last position), I was able to essentially be

You can make impacts on time in the classroom by how creatively you schedule. Giving extended blocks of time for literacy, extended blocks of time for math, for collaborative meetings for teachers… So you’re an advocate on teachers not working autonomously? I think teachers thrive on communicating with others to learn. I think inherently teachers are learners themselves, and that’s probably why they’ve gone into education, because they’ve enjoyed the learning process. I think schools are becoming more open. We have teachers who team together for social studies and science. We have collaborative meetings, where teachers come together once a week to work on a common goal. My goal is to get teachers talking. Let’s look at the issues we need to address, celebrate what’s been done already, and let’s not do that in isolation. It’s important for all of us to keep learning.


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An Interview with Jason Phelps New Principal, Clyde F. Brown Elementary School, Millis This is year 30 for me in education. Career wise, I spent 19 years as a teacher, 15 of them in Douglas, which is not too far from here. After my time as a teacher, I decided I wanted to make an impact on kids in a bigger sense. I decided to go into administration, and so I was an assistant principal for three years in Douglas. I worked in a K-1 building, and a 15 building, and 4-7 building. I got to experience the full range of opportunities, K through 7th grade. Following that experience, I was a principal for 7 year at the Sitkowski School in Webster, which serves grades 3-6. What prompted your move to Webster? I felt I had the skill base to be a good principal. Webster was just one town over from Douglas, close to area I lived in and was familiar with. It was a great experience. I loved my time in Webster. Any other teaching jobs? Well, during that time, in the early 80s, teachers were being cut, so just starting out I took teaching jobs where I could get them – at a Catholic school – and teaching adolescent sex offenders. That gave me a lot of really good strategies to use as a teacher when I was finally in Douglas, for those kids who have felt disenfranchised; who have felt school hasn’t done right by them. The experiences made me a better teacher. What more can you do as an administrator? As a teacher I could affect the 20 or so kids in front of me. As a principal, I’m able to advocate for students and really work with teachers, to help them see that kids only have one chance to go through any particular grade, so let’s make it the best possible experience. That happens by paying attention to what children need to know to be successful, and more importantly how the individual subject areas dovetail together to create an educational experience for kids. Why come to Millis? Millis reminds me a lot of my initial experience in Douglas. I’ve always held a special place in my heart for Douglas. Millis felt like a comparable match, so to speak. I’ve really enjoyed meeting the

who can work collaboratively, who can use technology as a tool to solve a problem.

the Clyde Brown School the best it can be. What are the needs of this age group?

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

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people of Millis, Millis has it all – teachers with a level of professionalism that I’m impressed with and the caring to back it up, parents who are just so open and warm and willing to partner with the schools and kids who are just delightful, polite, welcoming. What are you eager to tackle? There are so many things here that are going right; so many things here are working well. My job is to take a look at the programs that are in place, and see how I can work with the faculty and improve programs for kids here. I’ve had a chance to meet much of the faculty throughout the summer, and I’ve been very impressed with the level of academic knowledge teachers have and their commitment. I’m looking forward to working with the team to make

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Vallee Awards Medway Student with Military Friends Scholarship In August, Representative James E. Vallee, D-Franklin, yesterday recognized outstanding student and Medway resident Christiana Araniz, as a 2011 Patriot Scholar. At the State House, Vallee, State Treasurer Steve Grossman, and the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard Major General Joseph C. Carter hosted the Military Friends Foundation— a non-profit organization serving

Massachusetts National Guard, Reserve, and families of fallen service members—to award nine military children with a $1,000 scholarship. Araniz plans to use the scholarship during her fall semester at the University of Southern New Hampshire. The Military Friends Foundation Patriot Scholar Program is open to high school seniors and college freshmen with a parent or guardian

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who has deployed with the Massachusetts National Guard or Reserves since September 11, 2001. Araniz’s father, Colonel Enrique Araniz of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, recently returned

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“During a deployment, military families face many new challenges. We are very proud to recognize these students for both their scholastic and community achievement,” said Sarah KellerLikins, Executive Director of the Military Friends Foundation. The Military Friends Foundation administers the Massachusetts Military Family Relief Fund, which was created by the state legislature to recognize the unique contributions and sacrifices made by the National Guard and Reserve after September 11, 2001. Taxpayers can directly support the Massachusetts Military Family Relief Fund on their state income tax fund under voluntary contribution check-off box question 32E. For more information on Military Friends Foundation programs, visit or call (617) 733-7994.

Family Fun Fair Planned in Millis Sept. 10th Plan to have some fun on Saturday, September 10 at the Family Fun Fair! The event will take place at Church of Christ Congregational, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 142 Exchange Street in Millis. The event will include live music by the Hattie Stone Band, Touch a Truck, a jumpy house, games and crafts, glamour shots, a cake walk, food, crafters, the Millis Garden club and children’s clothing and toy consignment. For more information, please call the church office at (508) 376-5034.

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September 1 DeadlinetosignupforSeptember 16 Professional Firefighters Golf Tournament at Glen Ellen Country Club, Orchard Street. All golfers welcome. $100 per person. Contact Lt. Rick Barrett or Mike Scotland (508) 376-2361. Sponsors are also needed. See listing below. September 7 MillisGirlScoutFallRegistration, 6-8 p.m., Veterans Memorial Building, Rm. 101 TotsItsyBitsyYoga, 10:30 a.m., Millis Public Library Dora’s Room, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, Each class will be taught by Alissa Nicol, a trained facilitator. These classes will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 in Dora's Room. Call (508) 376-8282 for more information or visit September 8 MillisLibraryOpenHouse, 4-7 p.m., formal presentation on new library plans at 6 p.m., Residents of all ages invited to attend. Principal architects for new Millis Public Library, Matt Oudens and Conrad Ello, will be available to discuss library project. Rep. Linsky will also be in attendance. Call (508) 3768282 or visit www.millislibrary .org for more information. MillisGirlScoutFallRegistration, 6-8 p.m., Veterans Memorial Building, Rm. 101

September Calendar of Events kerosene lamp projector, Medway Historical Society President Mark Wilcox will present scenes of Medway between 1885 and 1905. FriendsofMedwayPublicLibrary meeting, 7 p.m., Medway Public Library, 26 High Street, Medway. All are welcome. MillisRep.LinskyOfficeHours, 11 a.m. at the Millis Senior Center, 900 Main Street in Millis. Constituents may also call his State House office at (617) 722-2575, his Natick office at (508) 647-5600, or stop by Room 146 in the State House. September 13 CharlesRiverChoralefirstrehearsal, newcomers welcome, 7 p.m. social and 7:30 p.m. start time, Millis Church of Christ, 142 Exchange Street, Millis. Call (508) 446-3811 with questions. September 14 Dahlias! First meeting of the yearforMillisGardenClub featuring Donna Lane, Master Gardener, Hospitality begins at 6:30 p.m., Members are requested to bring a savory or sweet for the table. Norfolk Community Room, Norfolk Library. Members free; guests $5 donation at door.

September 10 Family Fun Day, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Church of Christ Congregational, Fellowship Hall, 142 Exchange Street, Millis. Will feature live music by the Hattie Stone Band, touch a truck, jumpy house, games and crafts, glamour shots, cake walk, food, crafters, Millis Garden Club, and children’s clothing and toy consignment.

TotsItsyBitsyYoga, 10:30 a.m., Millis Public Library Dora’s Room, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, Each class will be taught by Alissa Nicol, a trained facilitator. These classes will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 in Dora's Room. Call (508) 376-8282 for more information or visit September 16 FirstAnnualProfessionalFirefighters Golf Tournament, 1:30 p.m., Glen Ellen Country Club, Orchard Street. Tournament to benefit two $1,000 scholarships given by firefighters to Millis students. Sign up by September 1. $100 per person; sponsors are also sought. Contact Lt. Rick Barrett or Mike Scotland at (508) 376-2361. Free Dinner & Movie Night, Church of Christ Congregational Fellowship Hall, 142 Exchange St., Millis, Dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a family-friendly movie. Sponsored by Missions Committee and Men’s Fellowship Group Call (508) 376-5034 or visit www.millisucc. org for more information. September 17 Medfield Day! Local business & organizations at booths in downtown, food & entertainment September 18

13thAnnualPurr-fectCatShelterPetwalktoBenefitHomeless Animals, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Norfolk County Agricultural High School, Route 1A, Walpole. Bring friends, family and well-behaved dogs for a 3-mile wooded walk. Shorter, paved route also available. Registration 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and those turning in sponsor money by 1 p.m. enter a raffle for a $100 shopping spree at Especially for Pets. After the walk, join PCS on the main field for booths, raffles, demonstrations, games, refreshments, live music and more. Visit or call (508) 533-5855 for more information. TotsItsyBitsyYoga, 10:30 a.m., Millis Public Library Dora’s Room, 45 Auburn Road, Millis, Each class will be taught by Alissa Nicol, a trained facilitator. These classes will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 in Dora's Room. Call (508) 376-8282 for more information or visit 6thAnnualNorfolkRuns5K& KidsFunRun to benefit Norfolk Charities, 9:00, Dunkin' Donuts on Main St, BBQ & entertainment, prizes & giveaways. Register at

September 24 HamandBeanSupper, Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 6 p.m., Ham, homemade baked beans, American Chop Suey, Cole Slaw, Apple Crisp, Coffee, Tea and Punch, Adults $10; Children 4-10 $5, Children 3 and under free. Only 100 Tickets to be sold. Call (508) 3765034 or visit www.millisucc .org for more information. September 25 Open auditions for The Nutcracker, 11 a.m., Franklin School of Performing Arts, 38 Main Street, Franklin. Dancers from all area dance schools are welcome. Ages 69 at 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.; ages 10-12 at 12-1:30 p.m., students age 13+ and not currently on Pointe from 1:302:30 p.m.; and students 13+ on Pointe for at least a year at 2:30 p.m. Beginners are welcome and students must be 6 years old by September 25 to participate. Ballet attire and proper hair are required. The Nutcracker will be performed on December 10 at 7:30 p.m. and on December 11. October 1, 2011 Friends of the Millis Library BookSaleandFamilyFunDay, Millis Public Library, 45 Auburn Rd., 9 a.m. –2 p.m. New this year -face painting, story times, music and more. For more information, call (508) 376-8282.

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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.

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September 11 AnnualChickenBBQ, Congregation Ael Chunon, 334 Village St, Millis, 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The cost is $15 for members, $20 for non-members and $10 for children under the age of 13. Please make a reservation by September 5th at aelchunon@ or call Carol at (508) 376-5730. September 12 LanternSlides, 7 p.m., Medway Historical Society, 223 Main Street, Medway. Using an ancient, formerly

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The Purr-Fect Cat Shelter to Hold All Invited to Millis 13th Annual Petwalk Sept. 18th Ham & Bean Supper The Purr-fect Cat Shelter will hold the 13th Annual PCS PetWalk (rain or shine) Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Norfolk County Agricultural High School, Route 1A, in Walpole. Bring your friends, family and well-behaved dog for an approximate 3-mile walk along the wooded paths of the Aggie campus. Walkers may register anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A shorter paved route is also available for those who choose not to walk the path. If you can’t join us the PCS Walk Team will gladly walk for you. Participants turning in sponsor money by 1 p.m. will

be eligible for a chance to win a $100 shopping spree at Especially for Pets! Participants meeting certain pledge levels will also be eligible for prizes and dogs will receive a goodie bag from Especially for Pets and a bandana (while supplies last). After your walk, join us back on the main field for booths, raffles, demonstrations, games, refreshments, live music and much more! You and your pooch can enter the “Purr-fect Pooch” Contest at noon and dazzle the judges. Categories for prizes include: wiggliest tail, loudest bark, biscuit catch, best trick and dog/owner look-

alike. Other contests being held the day of the PetWalk include the ”Purr-fect Pet Photo Contest” and “My Pet’s Paw-trait Contest” for kids in grades 1-6. Sponsor forms, contest rules and entry forms and general PetWalk information can be found on our website Limited booth space is still available. Contact PCS through the website or call (508) 533-5855 for more information. It’s a fun day for everyone. So, tie on the walking shoes, bring the dog and show your support for homeless animals.

Church of Christ Resumes Free Dinner and Movie Nights The Church of Christ Congregational, 142 Exchange St. Millis, will resume its popular free monthly community Dinner and Movie Nights. The next two dates are on Friday, September 16th and

October 21st. 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) 3765034 or visit

Congregation Ael Chunon to Host Annual BBQ

Congregation Ael Chunon, 334 Village St, Millis will hold its annual chicken barbecue on September 11th at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The cost is $15 for members, $20 for non-members and $10 for children under the age of 13. Please make a reservation by September 5th at or call Carol at (508) 376-5730.

The Church of Christ will present a ham and bean supper on September 24 at Fellowship Hall, 142 Exchange Street, Millis at 6 p.m. All are welcome but only 100 tickets will be sold. The menu will include Ham, Homemade Baked

Beans, American Chop Suey, Cole Slaw, Apple Crisp, Coffee, Tea and Punch. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 Children (4-10) and free for children 3 & under. For more information, please call the church office at (508) 376-5034

Book Donations Sought for Millis Library Book Sale The Friends of the Millis Library are seeking donations for our fall book sale on October 1st. All books, videos, audio books and CDs accepted-NO MAGAZINES.

Please bring donations inside the library located at the intersection of Main St. (Rte 109) and Auburn Road. For more information, call the library at (508) 376-8282.


Love Sweets? Adopt Candy the Cat There's one way to make your life a lot sweeter, and that's by adopting “Candy!” Candy is a darling, gray tabby with white, surrendered to PCS because her former owner could not afford to keep her. She was not spayed when she was surrendered, but has been to the vet to be tested, vaccinated and spayed. With all that behind her she is now ready to be adopted. She is a petite, young adult with a round face and beautiful amber eyes. She is affectionate, playful and enjoys grooming so much that she will roll on her back for belly rubs too! This “Candy” is sure to be a gratifying indulgence - no calories! The Purr-fect Cat Shelter currently has a variety of kittens available and ready for adoption. If you are interested in adopting a kitten or cat please visit our website www. or call (508) 533- 5855 for an adoption application. All cats and kittens

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Police Chief Still Sought in Millis BY J.D. O’GARA By now it’s common knowledge in Millis that Chief McGowan has stepped down as police chief to take on the same job in the neighboring town of Dover. How goes the search for Millis? Right now, Sgt. William Dwyer is Acting Chief of Police in Millis. According to Detective Domenic Tibeiri, the department hired a consultant to help them come up with criteria for the search for the right person for the job. “They have a panel set up, and they meet on a regular basis,” says Tibeiri. “Their goal is to just find the right person for the job.” Tibeiri notes that if candidates meet the first set of criteria, the search will continue to be refined to find the most appropriate candidate. Following is the chief job listing: Police Chief, Town of Millis

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didates for the position of Police Chief. The Police Chief is appointed by the town administrator and supervises a staff of 14 fulltime and 4 part-time officers, 1 part-time administrative assistant and 4 civilian dispatchers. The current budget is $1.67 million. Candidates must possess unquestioned integrity, thorough knowledge of police administration, and proven management and leadership skills. Minimum requirements include 10 years law enforcement experience, 5 years of supervisory experience preferred, minimum rank of Sergeant, a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or related field, Master’s preferred. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Submit 10 résumé copies no later than 09/08/11 to: Town Administrator, 900 Main Street, Millis, MA 02054. The successful candidate must obtain certification from the Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee within six months of employment. EEO/AA.

Congratulations on your new arrival! Julie Ann & Joseph Cummings Jr. of Millis announce the birth of their twins Joseph William and Kaylee Frances born on 6/11/2011. Grandparents are Frances MacQueen and the Late William MacQueen and Joseph Cummings, Sr. and the Late Kathleen Cummings.

The most obvious difference between your life in high school and your life in college is obvious: you will have a lot more freedom, but the scope of the freedom might be more widespread – and perhaps a lot more double-edged – than you think. Your first taste of freedom probably came during the application process. With high school, you probably went to whatever public high school was in your town. Even if you went to a private high school, you likely went to whatever school your parents chose for you. Whatever college decision you made, regardless of how involved your parents were, is now yours to live with: you will find out quickly if you really did want a large urban campus, or whether college in a state where you don’t know a soul is really what you bargained for. Even if it turns out that you made the wrong decision, having made the choice and realizing how to fix it will prove to be a valuable learning experience. You also now have the freedom to choose your course of study. High school came with a few elective choices. College comes with the freedom to decide to

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Friends of the Millis Library Book Sale 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. The sale is open to all. 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.

Tri-County Grade 9 Orientation August 31 Tri-County RVTHS has scheduled its annual Grade 9 Orientation for Wednesday, August 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the school, located at 147 Pond Street, Franklin. The orientation is held to provide incoming freshman from TriCounty’s eleven-town district with

the opportunity to meet each other, become familiar with the school building, and feel at home before the school year begins.

Friends of Library Donate $20,000 The Friends of the Medway Public Library donated $20,000 to the Library in August. Friends CoPresidents Meg Hamilton and Diane Busa presented the check to the Board of Library Trustees at the monthly Trustees meeting Tuesday, August 2. Board Chair Wendy Rowe enthusiastically thanked the Friends at the meeting. "This will fund about two-thirds of our book budget for the year," said Rowe. The donation was comprised of Friends’ dues plus money raised at book sales and donated by individuals. "We are now having book sales three times a year, raising from $1,600 to $3,000 each time," says Hamilton. The Friends also raise money from an ongoing book sale upstairs at the Library, an arrangement with a used book vendor, and bequests

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Medway Police Offers Safe Disposal for Unused RX

Medway Bottle Can Drive Set for Sept. 10

Program Promoted by Chief Tingley & DA Morrissey

The Medway Lions will conduct its monthly bottles and cans collection on Saturday, September 10 starting at 9 a.m.; a fundraiser with proceeds used to support community services. Redeemables should be placed at curbside by 9:00 a.m. Redeemables may also be brought directly to Medway Oil on Broad

If you have prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet that you no longer need, the Medway Police Department has a new drug takeback container – and you are invited to use it. “Prescription drugs, particularly opiate-based pain pills left over from injury, surgery or dental work, look harmless sitting in your medicine chest, but we are finding that the opposite is true,” said Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey. “We are hearing from addiction experts that over half, and perhaps three-quarters, of young people are having their first experiences with addictive opiates that were taken directly from the medicine cabinets of family or friends.” DA Morrissey and Medway Police Chief Allen M. Tingley agree that getting un-used prescription drugs out of residents’ medicine cabinets is an important tool in keeping them out of circulation – and thereby preventing addictions and the crime and misery that often follow. Pilfered or misdirected prescription medications are referred to as “diverted drugs,” and they are a significant problem, according to Chief Tingley. “The reality is that your concern can’t be limited to your own children or grandchildren finding something in the medicine cabinet, but any friends who might visit the home,” Chief Tingley said. “Every time a visitor uses the bathroom, they are alone behind a closed door with whatever leftover drugs might be in the cabinet – be they Percocet or Oxy-

Street by 11 a.m. the morning of 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.

Medway Youth Earns Boston College High School Honors DA Michael Morrissey, Town Administrator Suzanne Kennedy and Medway Police Chief Allen M. Tingley are shown here next to the new RX drug take back container at Medway Police Station. Residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted or unused prescriptions, rather than toss or flush remaining medication.

Contin or something else.” Parents of teens often monitor liquor in their home, but Tingley and Morrissey said that few parents keep track of how many unused pills are in the house. “That is proving to be a mistake for many good families,” Morrissey said. In May, District Attorney Morrissey wrote to Norfolk County police chiefs to ask them to consider hosting a drug collection container. Morrissey negotiated an arrangement with Bay State Community Services’ Impact Quincy program that provided a two-thirds subsidy for police to acquire the $900 containers. Morrissey awarded Medway a $300 grant from the DA’s office, drawn from drug profits

forfeited in narcotics prosecutions, and a $300 grant from anti-drug funds that Impact Quincy had through the Department of Public Health. With the Food and Drug Administration recommending against flushing unused medicine down the toilet or disposing of it in household trash, for environmental and other reasons, these containers provide a safe disposal method, Morrissey and Chief Tingley said. “Come through the front doors of the station, and it is already in place and ready to accept the drugs,” Chief Tingley said. “We believe that by residents taking a few moments to clean out their medicine cabinets today, they may well be saving someone else significant consequences.”

Emory D. Vanbruinswaardt Ackman, 2012, of Medway achieved High Honors for the Fourth Quarter at Boston College High School. For High Honors a student must have at least a 3.80 QPA and all grades C+ or higher.

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Millis Girl Scouts Take Millis Middle School Builds Whitewater Adventure Leaders to Combat Bullies Millis Girl Scout Registration Nights Sept. 7 & 8 What did you do today? Well, seven girl scouts were paddling down the Deerfield River in beautiful Western, Mass. and having a marvelous time. The girls, ages 12 through 13 all qualified for Millis Girl Scouts Awesome Adventures. “The purpose of this trip was to offer Millis Girl Scouts in seventh grade and up an awesome adventure and something to look forward to as part of our girl retention campaign. We want our girls to know that there are lots of wonderful opportunities if they stay in scouting. In order to qualify, the girls had to register for Girl Scouts during the Spring Registration period,” said Michelle Schofield, Service Unit Coordinator. “As Service Unit Coordinator and council facilitator, I have witnessed many girls stay in scouting through twelfth grade into adulthood, and I have seen the doors that have opened to them because of Girl Scouting. In our attempt to retain older girls, we wanted to offer girls some exciting adventures. For girls in grades 7th and up and registered by June 15th, we offered a rafting trip that was fully funded by the Millis Girl Scout

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The program, run by Zoar Outdoor in Charlemont, Mass., offers a variety of float and white water rafting trips. The girls, accompanied by their leader, Sherrice Golden and Schofield, enjoyed the rafting trip, which included dinner on the riverbank. The girls all expressed interest in doing it again next year.

No one in Massachusetts can doubt that these days, bullying is being taken seriously. Following some terrible public examples of the consequences of bullying, in May of 2010, Gov. Deval Patrick signed landmark legislation delineating how schools in the state should respond to reports of children being bullied in school. Schools are required to clearly indicate how they handle bullying situations in school handbooks. Many are implementing anti-bullying programs, but Millis Middle School has been one step ahead of this with its 7th and 8th grade leadership program.

“It was so much fun,” says Sarah Wenzel of Millis Troop 74920, “I can’t wait for next year.” The Girl Scouts of Millis will hold spring registration from 68p.m. on Wed September 7 and Thursday September 8 at the Veteran's Memorial Building, Room 101, 600 Main Street. Girl Scouting provides an environment for girls to explore and try new things. Activities are geared toward developing skills, including teamwork, leadership and responsibility that will last a lifetime. Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts welcomes all girls ages 5 –8 (K-High School). For more information about the Millis Service Unit, visit For specific registration information contact Kathy Brunsdon at (508) 376-9575 or email registrar@millisgirlscouts. com.

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can apply to become part of the leadership group. “This is available for any students who want to make a difference in our school,” says Zitoli, who points out that, although generally 60-80 children are accepted, get in. Once they get into the program he says, the leadership trainees go to a training night, where they watch a compilation of different videos discussing all different types of bullying. Zitoli then talks with the children about what bullying is and where it happens and asks them to form “a commitment to excellence.”

“If kids don’t feel safe here, they’re not going to learn here,” says Andy Zitoli, Millis Middle School Principal. “My number one priority is to make kids feel safe.” He’s been a middle school principal for 25 years, in Millis for 14 years, and he’s seen a lot of changes in how middle-schoolers and junior highschoolers are perceived. “An older generation, most of the parents like mine, they saw bullying as a childhood rite of passage,” says Zitoli. “We don’t have teachers that believe that. Why do they have to go through it? They only go through it if we allow them to. We have to protect our most fragile kids, and that’s what our leadership does. I have children who will not allow that to happen. We also have to help the chronic bully,” says Zitoli. “The old junior high model was isolating,” says Zitoli, “We didn’t expect much from that age group, and we got what we expected. I’m not kidding you that back in the 80s we used to reward kids for being polite,” Zitoli says. Now, says Zitoli, he personally looks for teachers who enjoy this age. “You have to love the age group,” says Zitoli, who stresses building positive relationships with adolescents. “If you didn’t love teaching 8th grade English, you’d be in trouble. Kids recognize when you like them, and they don’t care what you know until they know that you care.” When Millis Middle Schoolers enter the Junior High Grades, they

The young leaders are taught four basic elements to combat bullying. First, aid the victim if you see someone being bullied. Second, interrupt the cycle of bullying. Third, be a great role model and treat others with respect and dignity, and fourth, tell an adult when you see bullying. “It’s not about tattling, it’s about doing the right thing,” says the principal. “When you see something in your school that’s not right, please come tell me. We will take care of it without necessarily broaching their confidentiality.” In each monthly meeting, these young leaders will look at how well they have personally prevented bullying and if, they hear about a bullying problem elsewhere, how they might prevent the same type of incident from happening in Millis. They gain confidence with each positive step, says Zitoli. It’s a behind-the-scenes anti-bullying program, says Zitoli, who says he wants more than simply polite behavior from children in Millis Middle School. “I want more than that for the kids. I don’t care how smart you are. I don’t care how many points you scored in a game. I’m looking for kids who show courageous leadership, for instance, never allowing any child to sit alone at lunch.”

The state’s new law on bullying contains a large portion of text covering cyberbullying, which, Zitoli agrees, needs to be addressed in school. “Our feeling is, if (someone) is bullied on FB on the weekend, it’s coming to school on Monday,” he says. Zitoli also expects parents, students and the school system to work together to elicit good behavior. A clear definition of bullying is important, says Zitoli. “Under the new bullying law, if I bother you three times, it’s considered bullying,” he says, “but if I leave you out of my birthday, that’s not bullying. Social exclusion is saying, you can’t sit with us at lunch, it’s isolating for the sake of doing it, or teasing or taunting or threatening. I’m not asking you to play together, I’m asking you to treat each other with respect, to agree to disagree.” Zitoli says Millis is seeing great pickets of leadership now at the high school level. He points to an incident a couple of years ago when had one student posted a mean Facebook comment about another student. Under the comments section, however, “nine out of 10 comments were asking the person to take it down. We make the bully uncool.” Millis High School athletes, he points out, have played for 12 championships and won 9, but what’s telling, he says, “is that we win the MIAA sportsmanship award every year. He even sees that the older students starting to recognize middle school teachers as they graduate. “They have this tradition here, that five or six seniors every year paint and design a chair for a teacher they like,” says Zitoli. “Early on, they never called a middle school teacher up to be recognized, but over the last seven or eight years, I’ve seen a lot of high school kids recognizing middle school teachers.” Still, says Zitoli, “There’s no ice cream party at the end of the year” or any sort of reward system for students in the leadership group. The biggest reward, he says, is a warm and loving environment at school, and students who grow to become better people.

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Make Music Part of Your Child’s Education The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra would like to offer a few thoughts and words of advice to you now, as your child approaches that moment of thinking of taking up the study of music – a path that could offer immense enrichment, joy, discipline and scholastic reinforcement throughout their educational journey and life. 1.If your child expresses an interest in starting an instrument, encourage them! 2.Visit any music store, and ask them to allow your child to try the various instruments, to see which one might be a good fit for him or her. 3.Once they receive their instrument, please be sure to help them set up a schedule of regular practice – no one can be successful at anything, without the proper investment of time and effort behind it. 4. Begin slowly at the beginning –4 or 5 short 15-minute sessions will help them to begin acquiring a familiarity with the instrument – shorter but more frequent practice sessions are infinitely better than one or two long sessions each week.

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Where Are They Now? Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Perseverance Paid Dividends For Millis BY KEN HAMWEY Staff Sports Writer


Coaching success too often is measured in wins and losses. It shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be. If Paul Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; body of work is consideredâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; nine losing seasons in 10 years as the Millis girls basketball coach â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one quickly would conclude he failed. Far from it. Because of Paul Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; devotion and dedication, the Mohawk girls became Division Four state basketball champs in 2009. Dave Fallon coached that squad to the crown but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be the first to tip his hat to the 41-year-old Adams. What Paul Adams endured during his 10-year stint was remarkable. He was able to persevere and cope with what seemed like a hopeless situation. Westwood beat Millis, 96-18, in his first year (1997), a 0-20 season in 2002-03 was the ultimate embarrassment and 2-18 records often were the

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The difficult years Paul had werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t due to coaching,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fallon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a lot of talent and there werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any youth teams. But Paul kept the program moving forward at all times.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Adams never wavered during those 10 frustrating years. A decade came and went, but after a 14-win season in 2005-06 and an 11-12 record in 2006-07, he decided it was time for new leadership. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew we were making progress, but I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stay,â&#x20AC;? Adams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be fair to the program, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give it the extra time anymore. My kids were growing up and getting ready for youth sports, and I needed to commit time to my duties as a fulltime patrolman in Millis and my parttime landscaping business.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our record my last two years showed we were competitive,â&#x20AC;? Adams noted, admitting he had entertained leaving earlier, but

stayed as long as he did due to his love for coaching. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You could see we had good talent coming up and we had the right people in place. Dave was the jayvee coach and Howie Ingraham and Paul Geary were top-notch varsity assistants.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once I got some breathing room from a losing season, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be rejuvenated,â&#x20AC;? Adams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I even had a hunch that the team could eventually win a state title.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; When Fallonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team knocked off Georgetown in the state title game, after triumphs over South Shore Christian, Norfolk Agricultural, Sacred Heart (Kingston) and Cohasset, Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vision became reality. And, he was on Millisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bench for the entire game against Georgetown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dave wanted me there and it was a great thrill,â&#x20AC;? Adams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was so proud of the kids â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Molly Breen, Amy Ingraham, Shannon Heffernan, Deidre Nash and Olivia Zitoli. All the girls gave me a big hug.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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from September to May. Members will enjoy a BBQ September 22, 2011 planned at the VFW on Holliston St., Medway, from 5 p.m. to 7p.m. Guest speakers will be Alan

Adams is a purebred Mohawk. He was born and raised in Millis and played two varsity seasons of basketball. A co-captain in 1988, he averaged 12 points from his forward slot. A quality three-point shooter, his great defensive skills helped Millis get to the tourney his junior year after a 12-8 regular season. After graduating, Adams enrolled in a technical school for six months, then joined the Millis police department part-time in 1989. Six months later he was full-time and has been on the force for 22 years. Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; love for coaching basketball started with the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; squad. He was an assistant for nine years for the late Jack Burns and current coach Tom Ingraham. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a thrill to be part of the staff when the boys won the 199596 South Sectional final,â&#x20AC;? Adams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got to the tourney with the girls three times and managed to win five games. We qualified, even with losing records, when we played .500 against Division Four teams. In the Tri Valley League, all the teams except Millis and Dover,

are Division Three.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Adams, who lives in Millis with his wife (Michelle) and two children (Paul, 11; and Caileen, 9), spends his leisure time coaching his kids in youth football, basketball and baseball. Coaching remains in Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; makeup and no one saw that more than Chuck Grant, Millisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; athletic director. Grant, who was Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; boss for six years, never considered replacing Adams during the down times. He could see Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; value, especially his mentoring skills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paul set realistic goals in tough times,â&#x20AC;? Grant said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d strive for his team to cut down turnovers, or win the second quarter, or donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get outscored in the final period. He was a great coach who never turned his back on his kids or his program.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Adams was calm and rock solid during the difficult years. He knew the pace wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t what mattered, it was the direction that counted, direction that led to the TD Garden where Millis became a state champion.

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Millis/Medway Sports Medway’s Gridiron Success Linked To Disciplined Approach BY KEN HAMWEY Staff Sports Writer

League teams with less success. McSweeney’s first year at the helm in 2008 ended with a 10-1 record and a co-championship. His second season also concluded at 10-1 and last year Medway was 92.

Medway High’s football team has compiled a 29-4 record the last three years and that success can be attributed to a variety of factors. But, one thing is sure — the Mustangs’ excellence stems from oldfashion virtues.

“Talent has a lot to do with those records,’’ McSweeney said, deflecting any idea that he’s the catalyst in the formula. “We’ve had lots of talent and I hope it keeps coming. My staff deserves credit. We’ve stayed intact and the continuity has been good. And, we’ve received tremendous support from the community, students and the administration.’’

Dave McSweeney, who’s coached the team the last three seasons, has had his share of talent but the veteran police sergeant, who was a three-sport athlete at Medway High, demands discipline and preaches it whether the venue is the weight room, the practice field or an actual game.

Medway’s corps of assistants includes Derek Harrington (wide receivers and defensive line), Bill Kingsbury (offensive coordinator, running backs and defensive ends), Kevin Clark (offensive line and defensive backs), Jim Brodeur (quarterbacks, freshmen and jayvees), Pat McSweeney (offensive line, defensive line, freshmen and jayvees), Bill Wright (running backs, linebackers and special teams), and James McSweeney (line). continued on next page

“Our program is a lot like the military,’’ McSweeney said. “It’s based and built on discipline. The team comes first. There’s no player for Medway who would rather score five touchdowns and lose versus getting no statistics and winning.’’ McSweeney, who’s been on the Medway police force for 29 years, emphasizes four simple tenets to his player at the start of every season. And, it’s obvious, the message hits home and becomes the main ingredient of “Medway Pride.’’ “I first stress that we’ve got to get a little better every day,’’ McSweeney said. “Then, I tell them not to waste time. Basically that means a poor practice can’t be changed. The third area is account-

Medway football coach Dave McSweeney expects the best effort, not necessarily the most wins, from his high school players, and that’s what he gets.

ability. They’ve got to behave a certain way on and off the field. And, finally, they learn quickly they must be on time. If they’re not, it tells me they don’t care.’’ McSweeney labels football the “ultimate team sport’’ and is acutely aware that it takes 11 people to be on the same page to be successful. And, the 48-year-old

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Sports continued from previous page “It’s important for a staff to share the same philosophy,’’ McSweeney said. “And, that’s a team-first concept. We bond well and we see each other outside football. My staff knows the game and they’re always well-prepared.’’ Amazingly, McSweeney says he never talks about winning whether he’s in a huddle or giving a halftime speech. He focuses on effort instead. “I tell the kids that they’re prepared and to go out and play football to the best of their ability,’’ he noted. “At halftime, my staff and I try to fix any problems we had in the first half. The key is not to create any feeling of pressure. I just tell my kids to relax, do what we practice and have fun playing.’’ One element McSweeney has instituted since he became head coach is going off to a football camp for a week during the preseason. He maintains the bonding is helpful and the players become part of the team-building process. “We go to Camp Marist in Effingham, N.H.,’’ McSweeney said. “It’s isolated and there are no distractions. The kids aren’t allowed to have any cell phones, video games or TVs.’’

McSweeney’s players don’t seem to have a problem with his being a police officer instead of a teacher in the school system. He claims his role as a public safety officer works well for football.

McSweeney, who is married and the father of four, knows the 29-4 record of the last three campaigns has neither netted a playoff berth nor a Super Bowl appearance. McSweeney calls winning “a fringe benefit,’’ and stresses that if his players do the best they can and still lose, he can live with that. “If people want to call me a failure because we haven’t gone to a Super Bowl, then that’s their prerogative,’’ McSweeney said. “People should remember that this is high school sports. If kids leave our program better than they entered it and become solid citizens, then I’ve done my job. The players know we care about them, that we want them to be competitive and that they’ll be treated fairly,’’ he said. With the current standing, there’s a good bet there won’t be much tinkering with the system, or the way the Mustangs play football.

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Fall Registration Night September 1st for Millis Recreation Programs The following is a sample of programs offered in the fall. Call (508) 376-7050 for more information. SCHOOLSOCCER (4-5YEAROLDS This introduction to soccer will focus on fun and learning to participate in a team sport through practice and in 6-on-6 games. Coaches needed! The fee includes T-shirt. Children MUST be 4 in order to participate. In fairness to other participants, we use the honor system and trust that you will adhere to this policy. Registration form MUST be in by Sept 6th to ensure placement on a team. All others will be on a waitlist and will be placed ONLY where there are spots available. SOCCER(AGES6-8) The soccer program for Ages 68 will teach soccer skills through practice and competition in a 6-on6 game setting. This play will improve soccer skills and increase the level of competition. Coaches needed! The fee includes a T-shirt. Shin guards are NOT provided. All players must register regardless of previous play. Children must be at least 6 in order to participate. Registration form MUST be in by Sept 6th to ensure placement on a team. All others will be on a waitlist and will be placed ONLY where there are spots available. DODGEBALL,F.A.S.T. ATHLETICS The most intense and exciting program you have ever seen. The students will learn how to work together, strategize and exercise without even knowing it! There are tons of creative and competitive dodge ball games incorpo-

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Religious School Offered at Congregation Ael Chunon Congregation Ael Chunon, 334 Village St., Millis is currently accepting registrations for religious

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Grief Support Group Starting in October The VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford will hold a 6 session Grief Support Group starting Thursday, October 6, 2011. There has been a positive community response to this Grief Support Group series with a high turnout. The group is available to individ-

uals who have lost a loved one and are seeking support with their grief and mourning. Each individual’s experience of grief is unique and lifelong. Participants will support each other by listening and sharing stories, reflecting on things that helped others in coping with loss. Participants will learn various cop-

and information. Classes begin on Sunday, September 11th at 9:30 a.m.

ing strategies. Meetings will be held on Thursdays at the Milford Council on Aging from 1-2:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Margie Gonzalez, LICSW, is the bereavement counselor for the VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford and will be leading the support group. Interested individuals should contact Margie at the VNA at (508) 473-0862 in order to preregister.

Obituaries WestLebanon,NH(formerly Millis):KATHLEENT.(MURPHY)BRODERICK, age 77, a former Millis resident, died on Friday July 22, 2011 at her West Lebanon, NH, home. She was born September 14, 1933 in Boston, a daughter of Timothy J. and Nora (Dowling) Murphy. She graduated from both Holy Trinity School in Roxbury and the St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing in Brighton. Kay was married to Robert J. Broderick on October 9, 1954, settled in Millis and was employed for many years with Framingham Union Hospital. She was predeceased by her oldest son, Robert “Bobby” E. Broderick, in 1967 and a sister, Eileen Finn, in 1992. She is survived by her husband Bob of West Lebanon; a son Christopher Broderick of Lebanon, NH; a daughter Eileen Broderick of Bradford; two granddaughters Erin and Heather Broderick of Lebanon, a sister Noreen Maddox of Chestnut Hill; and two nieces.

A Memorial Mass was held at Sacred Heart Church in Lebanon, NH and burial with her son Bobby followed at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Millis. Donations may be made in Kay’s memory to the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, 107 Newport Rd., New London, NH 03257 or the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Ave/Bob Hope Rd., Miami, FL 331361494. _________________________ MILLIS:TALBOTEDWARD SMITH, age 69, a lifelong Millis resident, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2011 at home with his loving family at his side. He was the beloved husband of Maureen J. (French) Smith for the past 47 years. Born in Milford on February 9, 1942, he was a son of the late Talbot and Matilda (Doyle) Smith. He attended the Millis public schools and then served four years with the United States Marine Corps.

Talbot returned to Millis and was employed with General Motors in Framingham until his retirement after 28 years. A family man who loved his home, he often worked on improving the property through such tasks as creating a stone wall and adding an outbuilding. He was also fond of working on his antique Pontiac. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Maureen J. (French) Smith; two sons, Talbot E. Smith, Jr. of Brockton and Paul D. Smith of Millis; a daughter, Heidi J. Smith of Millis; six grandchildren, Timothy, Edson, Pauliny, Tally, Paul, and Brittany; two brothers, Dana Lenz of CA, and Emil Lenz of Millis; and his best friend, Frank Gaudet of FL. He was also predeceased by a brother, William A. Smith Talbot’s burial at Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Franklin was private. If desired, donations may be made in his memory to Beacon Hospice, 160 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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September 1. 2011

Jennifer McMahon

Joleen Rose

Realtor®, Broker, CBR, CSP, LMC

Realtor®, VP, CBR, LMC



Laina Kaplan

Kathy Gruttadauria ®

Realtor , CBR



Realtor®, CBR


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

Northeast Signature Properties LLC 800-930-0907 E PRIC NEW



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



RECENT CLIENT SALES: 17 Oak St, Medway, $428,000 901 Hartford Village, Bellingham, $212,000 24 Theresa Rd, Hopkinton, $380,000

$599,000 1BlueberryLane,Millis

$199,999 23MorseAve,Millis

$219,900 22BayberryCircle,Millis







$229,900 202VillageSt,Millis Kathy&Laina


$359,900 52MilfordSt,Medway Kathy&Laina


18 Spring St, Milford, $156,000 202 Village St, Millis, SALE PENDING in under 5 days! 126 Acorn St, Millis, SALE PENDING 152 Village St, Millis, SALE PENDING

$699,000 201JohnScottBlvd,Norton

$629,900 22BogastowCircle,Millis





$199,900 22PineView,Millis JoleenRose

$330,000 72KillineyWoods,Millville KathyGruttadauria

$1,499,000 111ElmSt,Medfield

$189,900 43WalnutSt,Dedham




$99,000 135WinthropSt,Unit12B Framingham Kathy&Laina


$250,000 154RHollistonSt,Medway JoleenRose

$549,900 90ClevelandSt,Norfolk JoleenRose


$158,000 16BryonRd,W.Roxbury

373 Exchange St, Millis, SALE PENDING in under 10 days! 4 Sunset Dr, Medway, SALE PENDING 91 Pleasant St, Medfield, SALE PENDING in just over 2 weeks! 14 Weybridge Ln, Hopkinton, SALE PENDING 24 Stallbrook Rd, Milford, SALE PENDING


viSit to See More hoMeS & oBtain helPFUl inForMation. a DeSiGnateD realtor® oFFiCe.

Millis/Medway September 2011  

Millis/Medway September 2011