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Santa Clause Takes Personal Requests What can be more exciting to a child than writing a letter to Santa Claus? Well, talking to him, of course! On Tuesday, Dec. 21, between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Norwood Public Access TV (NPATV) will again be hosting their successful annual program, 'Live Chat with Santa.' While streamlining live on a local Norwood channel, Santa will personally talk with Norwood children on the phone and listen to their Christmas requests. In addition to the live chat, the hour-long show includes host Jack McCarthy talking with Santa by the Christmas Tree while they enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Santa will also read letters on air written by children from the Willett Early Childhood Center as well as roll video throughout the program with their personal messages.

One Man Rings Carillon Bells, Heralds Holidays BY CAITLIN FROST Lee Leach fell in love with the sound of the carillon bells the first time he heard them, fifteen years ago, at the Summerfest concerts in 1995. He decided he was going to learn how to play.

Norwood Public Access TV (NPATV) will again be hosting their successful annual program, ‘Live Chat with Santa’ on Tuesday, Dec. 21, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

"This show is fabulous for us at NPA, it is one of the biggest ones that involves the kids," NPA Station Coordinator Karen Murphy said.

Tour Holiday Houses When Debbie Holmwood moved to Norwood over 20 years ago, she moved into one of the town’s historical homes and after reading the information on the history of her house, Holmwood became interested in the other houses the town has to offer. Five years ago, Holm-

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wood and friend Caroline Tamis, created Norwood’s Holiday House Tour, a fundraiser that benefits the restoration of the Day House. “We’re both interested in the Day House. It’s small and needs money. We tried other fundraisers, but we

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just didn’t raise enough money. Other towns raise lots of money with their house tours. We thought, we have great houses, so maybe we should try it,” Holmwood said. The Holiday House tour showcases four local homes and St. Gabriel’s Chapel—located near the cemetery and donated to the town by the Days. Guests start the self-

guided tour at the Day House on Day Street where they receive a list of the addresses and homes that are found on the tour, where they can drive to each home listed at their leisure. This year, the house tour will feature a ranch style, Victorian style,

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Leach practiced on the bells for about a year, taking lessons from Sally Slade Warner, the carillonneur at St. Stephen’s in Cohasset. He drove to the town hall on his lunch hour a few times a week and practiced, until he finally learned how to play well enough to perform holiday concerts. During this holiday season, Leach will be in the bell tower playing holiday songs during the month of December. Beginning the Sunday after Thanksgiving, you can hear the Carillons every

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“I’m not classically trained. I have background in choral music and the keyboard, but not much else,” Leach said. “I saw the tower, I saw the bells, and learned that no one was going to play them during the holiday season,” says Lee Leach. He thought, “We have these beautiful bells and they’re not going to be played?’ So I decided I would learn how to play them.”

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Though the bells are all original, from 1928, in the mid 1970s, the bell tower had to undergo a restoration. All the bells were removed, except for the large ones, and were scraped and repainted. New springs and wires were hung, and at the end of the five year

The fifty carillon bells hang in the tower at the Norwood Memorial Municipal Building in the center of town. They were cast by an English company located in Croydon, north of London, England, and placed in the tower when its building construction was completed in 1928. The bells were a gift from Walter F. Tilton, a major player in town politics and the president of Norwood’s local bank. He donated $50,000 to have the bells designed and hung. Today, they would cost a million dollars just to replace.

Lee Leach shows how to play the carillon instrument. Leach took it upon himself to learn to play the bells and bring their music to the town of Norwood each December.

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restoration, the bells were put back into place, only to find that two were missing.

request that two new bells be recast so the carillon would stay complete.

“Someone probably just carried them home, who knows. They only weighed about 10-12 pounds each, so they’re easily movable,” Leach said.

If you’re really interested in seeing the bells and how they work, feel free to go on up to the bell tower at town hall. Leach will be there, and he doesn’t mind the company.

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Saint Catherine of Siena Parish Happenings December is a very special month for the Blessed Virgin Sodality, with the Feast of the Imon maculate Conception December 8th, and the Nativity of our Lord on December 25th. We hope you will join us for our Annual Christmas celebration on Wednesday, December 1st. Rosary will be said at 7 pm in the Chursh and Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Gaggetta at 7:15 pm. Fr. Baggetta has been our Guest Celebant for over 30 years, and we look forward to his return visit. He is the Chaplain of the Metro West

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Last year, NPA fielded 30 calls and Santa personally spoke with 45 Norwood children. "Parents tell us they [kids] are so excited to talk with Santa and see him on TV talking to them," Murphy said. Now in its fifth year, the initial broadcast sprung from a 2005 show hosted by Jack McCarthy recounting his tireless search for Santa around Norwood. McCarthy was unfortunately unsuccessful in his quest and was left at the end of the program with binoculars in the Norwood clock tower still searching for the elusive jolly character. "It was such a popular show, the

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Youth Center serving the needs of toubled youth. Donations for the boys at the Center will be greatfully accepted. Checks should be make payable to Gentle Sherpherd Ministry, with “Fr. Baggetta” inserted in the memo section of your check. Baskets will be placed in the Church and School Cafeteria for your donations. We are pleased to see so many Sodalists in November at the Mass celebrated by Msgr. Paul Ryan. The talk by our Guest Speaker Deacon John Sullivan, about his healing and testimony for Cardinal following year we thought, how can we top it," Murphy said. "He [McCarthy] eventually found Santa and asked Santa to come and take some phone calls from from the kids of Norwood." Calls are accepted on a first come, first serve, basis for the hour, but no need to panic if parents or children find it difficult to get through; phone lines will remain open until all calls are answered. The lines are typically busy at the start of the show, so Murphy recommends patience as lines tend to become open throughout the hour. The phone number to call Santa on December 21 is (781) 352-2605. "We try to take as many phone calls as we can and run until the phone stops ringing," Murphy said. Parents are also encouraged to take photographs or video during their child's conversation with

Neumann’s beatification, was very iinspiriring. After Mass, we will celebrate the Spirit of Christmas with a festive and enteratining program in the School Cafeteria featuring the talened Dick Mandell. Refreshments will be provided. In addition, there will be the Annual Raffle with a great assortment of prizes. Helen Donovan will be happy to receive dues ($8.00) at the meeting. Checks payable to St. Catherine’s Sodality may also be sent to her at 154 Cottage St., Norwood. We appreciate your support.

Santa and send them to NPA at karen@npatv.org the next morning, Tuesday, December 22. The show will be rebroadcast December 23 and throughout Christmas vacation with the photos and video edited into a revised show. "It's priceless to have that, and to hear the entire conversation is as precious as can be," Murphy said. For more information on Live Chat with Santa, visit, www.npatv.org or call the NPA office at (781) 551-0338. NPA-TV’s Channels are: Town Channel – Norwood Light Broadband ch. 23, Comcast ch. 8 or Verizon ch. 35 School Channel – NLB ch. 22, Comcast ch. 12 or Verizon ch. 34 Community Announcements Channel – NLB ch. 24, Comcast ch. 22, or Verizon ch. 33

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Holiday Safety Tips BY CAITLIN FROST

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The winter holidays are a time for celebration and for entertaining family. And that means decorating, entertaining, and more cooking. The Fire Department in Norwood asks that you follow these safety tips to ensure your home stays safe for the holiday season.

• Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water. Don’t purchase a tree that is dry or dropping needles. And place your tree in a sturdy tree stand designed not to tip over.

Holiday decorating tips Use caution with holiday decorations and whenever possible choose decorations that use flame-resistant, flame-retardant, and non-combustible materials.

• Safely dispose of the tree when it begins dropping needles.

• Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials. And never use candles to decorate Christmas trees. • Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and maintenance of lights and electrical decorations. • Carefully inspect new and previously used light strings and replaced damaged bulbs before plugging lights in.

• Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, such as fireplaces and radiators.

candle safety • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles. • Use sturdy, safe candleholders. • Never leave a burning candle unattended, and put candles out when you leave a room. • Avoid using candles in bedrooms and sleeping areas.

• Always unplug lights before replacing light bulbs or fuses.

Holiday entertaining • After a party, always check on, between, and under upholstery and cushions and inside trash cans for cigarette butts that may be smoldering.

tree safety • Always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

• Keep matches and lighters up high, out of sight and reach of children.

• Bring outdoor electoral lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and extend their life.

• Test your smoke alarms, and let guests know what your fire escape plan is.

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Ask the Anytime Guy | Fitness Matters Expert answers to your health and wellness questions BY CHRISTOPHER CHARRON Question: It seems that more and more people are taking fish oil these days. Is this something you recommend? answer: You’re absolutely right—fish oil is becoming very popular, and for good reason. There are a number of health benefits associated with this supplement and, if experts had to choose between fish oil supplementation and a daily multivitamin/ mineral, more and more would probably steer you toward fish oil. First of all, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil are generally considered antiinflammatory, while omega-6 fatty acids are considered pro-inflammatory. Unfortunately, traditional western diets are much higher in omega-6’s compared to omega3’s, so trying to incorporate more omega-3’s into your diet is just good common sense. In addition, omega-3’s have been shown to lower triglycerides levels, reduce heart attack and stroke risk, slow the build-up of artery plagues, and slightly lower blood pressure. And if that’s not enough, they have also

been studied extensively for their neuroprotective effects related to Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and depression. If you decide to supplement with fish oil, typical dosages start at 1,000mg of EPA and DHA (the two prominent fatty acids) per day. It’s also a good idea to incorporate at least two servings of lowmercury, fatty fish per week. Question: With the weather getting colder (in certain areas) and flu season almost upon us, can you provide a little refresher on working out when you’re sick? answer: Everyone seems to have a different opinion on this, but here’s the scoop. You often hear people say that working out is fine if it’s just a head cold—stuffy nose, coughing, and other stuff that you don’t like, but can deal with. This is generally true, but if you have a fever, body aches, or other more serious symptoms, you should leave the exercising to the rest of us. This philosophy is actually pretty sound, but consider these issues as well. When I’m working out, I don’t really want people that are sneezing and

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Christmas Tree Farms in Norfolk County BY CAITLIN FROST

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As Christmas approaches, most homes are clearing space to set up their Christmas tree. But before you leave home to pick out the perfect tree for your family, keep in mind these simple tips:

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• Measure your space. Make sure your tree fits your space, especially your ceiling. It’s always disappointing coming home with a tree that doesn’t fit in your home. • Check your tree stand. Make sure your stand is sturdy and will hold at least one gallon of water, since fresh trees need a constant supply of hydration. You wouldn’t want your tree to dry out before the holiday season is over. • At the farm, select a tree that suits your needs. Make sure you pick a tree that will stay alive throughout the season, that it won’t lose its fragrant evergreen smell, and will be able to hold all your ornaments. The three types of traditional Christmas Trees are the Balsam Fir, the Fraser Fir, and the Concolor Fir. Each tree has unique characteristics that will make it

sunligHt farm, 357 South St Foxboro, MA Sunlight Farm is open from November 28 through December 21. Features Balsam and Fraser Firs. Special Features include tagging, tree shaking, gift shops, and custom decorated wreaths. suitable for your family.

coming a very popular holiday tree. It resembles a scotch pine tree, but it has soft blue and green needles. The fragrance has a lemony smell to it and it also is long lasting with great needle retention.

The Balsam Fir is the traditional Christmas tree that has the sweetest fragrance. The tree has an excellent needle retention and its open branches make it suitable for supporting any and all ornaments.

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The Fraser Fir is known as the premium Christmas tree because of its strong fragrance, firm branches, and soft needles. It is slightly more open than the Balsam fir and is long-lasting.

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Nature Calls The Bald and the Beautiful By Amy Beaumont

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Not every creature in the kingdom has perfect features all the time. Anyone who observes nature on a regular basis has likely seen some sort of abnormality at one time or another. I’ve see one-eyed chickadees, a blue-jay with one foot and a few squirrels with no tails. Okay, in at least one of these cases, my dog at the time won a twisted game of rip the tail off the tree rat (Dog 1, Squirrel 0) Oh well. At least the squirrel got away with his life. Before we enter into the case of our Northern Cardinal here – we’ll call him Fred; let’s look at a few basic yet very interesting facts about this bird. As far as color, the male cardinal gets more attention than most songbirds simply because its shade of red is one you can’t take your eyes off of. The female cardinal, although not as brilliant, still has beautiful grayish brown shades, a sharp head crest and warm red accents. Like many songbirds, both male and female cardinals sing and have numerous varying ‘calls.’ In fact, scientists have identified 16 different calls with the most common being a loud metallic chip or chirp. Additionally, cardinals do not migrate or molt into a dull plumage. Therefore, their appearance against

Now, getting back to Fred, one can easily see something is not right. In fact, some may view him as downright deformed (well…). With most of Fred’s head feathers now missing, features not previously seen are revealed. Check out the now huge eyes, red flames and pencil-neck – no doubt a striking and unique look. Of course, he may be trying to make a serious fashion statement and become a hit amongst the local females. And for now it seems to have worked. This past spring, Fred found a lady friend

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berry, sometimes cranberry and raspberry. These flavors really complement the turkey and all the fixings. You can also chill Beaujolais! Beaujolais reminds me a little like a Pinot Noir with some of the same flavors and more on the dried strawberry side. This year I will be serving a Dolcetto d’Alba from Italy. I know you’re saying, “WOW, an Italian red wine with turkey? Yes, this Italian red comes from Piedmont region in northern area of Italy. The flavors of this wine are bright red fruit flavors with a little bit of licorice, blackberries and very light in tannins with a long finish (aftertaste).

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You can drink what you like and have your turkey dinner, or you can experience your turkey dinner, the choice is yours. If you would like more information on wine tasting education please visit my website at www.myttv.com/nancy. Nancy Cassano is a local consultant with The Traveling Vineyard.

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Out and About A Grown Up’s Letter to Santa By dawn c. fitzgerald

BY DAWN C. FITZGERALD Dear Santa, This year I have one simple request for Christmas- the actual warm, fuzzy, feeling I got when I was a kid. Let me explain. With each passing year it seems stores push Christmas a bit earlier. This year, I swear I heard Christmas music playing in August (though at my age, it could just be the voices in my head.) Twelve seconds after you put the last of the Thanksgiving dishes into the dishwasher, the commercials blare what we as consumers “have to” get our kids for Christmas. Hmm, I wonder what will happen if I don’t get my children the “have to” gifts. Will Family Services come and take them away? Will I be put on the “naughty” and not “nice” parent list? Will I make “America’s Most Wanted” television show? If so, I better put down the pecan encrusted Yule log and pick up a weight. And what about what kids actually need for Christmas? As a kid,

every Christmas, I received a beautifully wrapped box containing socks and underwear. I was always informed it was what I needed. Definitely not on my wish list any year. My fourteen-year-old told me what she “needed” for Christmas. I always thought that clothes on your back, three meals a day, and a roof over your head were things one actually needed. Apparently, I have been misled. My child ‘needs” yet another pair of boots. And Santa, I’m not talking the ugly, heavy, tread-laden boots you and the elves sport at the North Pole. She “needs” the almost $200 pretty boots that she can’t wear in the snow because they will get wrecked. Apparently she forgot we live in New England where it can and has snowed in April. And she’s not alone. My son “needs” stuff too. Like a $50 remote-controlled helicopter that will probably be broken by the end of Christmas day. It is imperative that he gets this toy. He “needs” it. What will happen if he doesn’t get it? I shudder at the thought. As

a parent, aren’t I supposed to ensure that his “needs” are met? Even if I have to re-mortgage the house? Sorry, kid, there’s no money in your college fund, but here’s a broken toy helicopter. Knock yourself out. I haven’t given up hope, Santa. There’s still the six-year-old. She has perused the Toys R Us catalog so many times that she can tell you what’s on sale. And which toy has a coupon. Scary for a kid that can’t count to thirty quite yet. Despite being brainwashed by television commercials, radio ads, and newspaper flyers for this doggy that barks and that talking programmable game. She hasn’t informed me of what she “needs” for toys. What six-year-old doesn’t want an inappropriately clad Bratz doll whose lips strongly resemble Lisa Rinna’s after her fourth collagen injection? Does any kid “need” this doll, or that game? Of course, the littlest one wants toys for Christmas. What kid doesn’t? But the word “need” hasn’t come up yet. And for that I am grateful. For that I have hope.

Don’t get me wrong, Santa; I’m not trying to be a Scrooge here. I love that you give kids toys for Christmas. And I love the look of surprise on their faces when they get what they really, really, wanted. But I feel that with each year, they want more and more, and I truly am worried that they appreciate less and less. Santa, I do have an actual “need.” For Christmas this year, I “need” to have my kids around me, healthy, safe, and happy. I “need” to hear them giggle as my husband and I struggle to put some foolish toy together that one of the kids desperately “needed” for Christmas. Oh, and Santa, here’s an early apology, because I cannot control what words come out of my mouth before, during, or after I have spent twenty minutes of my life looking and finally finding wire cutters -to free Malibu Barbie from her death trap pink plastic box, while maiming myself and almost losing an eye. I “need” to see the look of wonderment on my daughter’s face as she inspects the cookies and milk left out for Santa to see if he ate

every last crumb and whether or not he finished his milk - like she is supposed to do. I “need” to have my kids appreciate what that they got for Christmas, even if it is a box of underwear (which I know none of them want). And I “need” to know that after all the craziness the holidays bring, when the day is done and my kids are tucked in tight for the night, they had a wonderful holiday filled with family, great food, and fun. One more thing, Santa, feel free to bring me a pair of pretty boots for Christmas, because someday the weather outside won’t be so frightful and a new pair of boots would be just delightful. And if the boots are warm, and fuzzy, then I’ll get a bit of that Christmas magic I am so desperately looking for. Thanks again Santa, and say “hi” to the Missus for me. I heard she’s been working out lately. Your friend, Dawn Dawn Fitzgerald is a freelance writer. You can contact her at dawncfitz@verizon.net with comments.

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Norwood History St. Catherine's Church Is 100 Years Old BY JIM DRUMMEY If you have ever walked up the front steps of St. Catherine's Church, you may have noticed that the surface of the granite steps is scuffed in the middle of each tread. This may seem improbable given the solid appearance of the granite, but the wear is the result of untold thousands of feet that have gone up and down those steps since the formal opening mass of the church one hundred years ago this coming Christmas Day. St. Catherine's Parish actually predates the church by twenty years, having been established on March 21, 1890 by Archbishop of Boston John J. Williams, who appointed Fr. James Troy as the first resident pastor of some 1,500 souls. Fr. Troy served at St. Catherine's until being transferred to South Boston in 1907 and died in 1915 after being stricken with appendicitis.

The first church dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena in 1863 was purchased for $3,300 from the Universalist Church, whose congregation had decided to build a new church on the adjacent corner of Nahatan and Washington Streets. Fr. Troy was later able to purchase for $11,000 property adjacent to the old church, which included a large house that would become the rectory.

His connection with Norwood was so strong, however, that he had chosen to be buried in Highland Cemetery on Winter Street, where one can still see today the massive Celtic cross above his grave. At a banquet given in his honor at Village Hall (on Broadway next to where McDonald's is today), Fr. Troy alluded to his special bond with the people of Norwood:

According to the Norwood Messenger, there were some 3,500 parishioners in St. Catherine's by 1908, and the church, with a seating capacity of 500, was no longer adequate. So the new pastor, Fr. Thomas McCormack, started the process of building the current church, with groundbreaking ceremonies being held in October 1908 and the cornerstone being laid in April 1909. The first spadeful of earth was turned over by Fr. McCormack and Norwood Town Clerk and parishioner John Kiley.

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Inside the cornerstone were placed the names of the reigning Pope (Pius X), the President of the United States (William Howard Taft), and the three-member Board of Selectmen of Norwood (Richard E. Oldham, James A. Hartshorn, and James W. Conger), along with some coins and newspapers of the day. By the way, a statue of St. Pius X stands today at the front of the church, to the right of the altar, with the late Pope's stole draped over his shoulders. The stole was a gift from Richard Cardinal Cushing, who attended the canonization of Pius X in Rome in 1950. St. Catherine's Church is 110 feet long and 95 feet wide, with an original seating capacity of 1,000. The church is built of Roman brick with Indiana limestone trimmings in the English perpendicular Gothic style. It features stained glass windows depicting many events in the life of Christ, as well as portraits of the twelve Apostles, six on each side of the church near the roof, and mosaic Stations of the Cross. Some of the windows, which were installed in place of the original windows in 1963, have recently undergone repair after decades of exposure to the weather. Air conditioning has also been added to the building in recent years, along with two bathrooms, in an effort to accommodate the needs of modern churchgoers. St. Catherine's Parish


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contined from previous page also had to contend with an extraordinary repair job in 1954, when hurricane winds toppled the steeple. The church had been in existence for sixteen years when Fr. James Doherty responded to the call for a parish school, which opened its doors in 1926. The present rectory was constructed in 1928, an addition was put on the school in 1931, a convent was built in 1940 (and added to in 1953 and 1959) to house the Sisters of St. Joseph who taught at the school, and two other school buildings were erected in the next twenty years – the primary building and auditorium on Nahatan Street in 1954 and the junior high/cafeteria building on Washington Street in 1960. That St. Catherine's Church and Parish has flourished for a century is a tribute both to her parishioners and to her pastors.

NAMI to hold meeting Dec. 2nd The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill--South Norfolk affiliate will hold its monthly meeting at the Neponset River House, 595 Pleasant St, Norwood at 7 p.m. on Thursday December 2. Please note the change in our usual venue. Mental illness is a label for a variety of diseases of the brain. Often it strikes in late adolescence, devastating the afflicted person and the family. The Alliance is composed of such families who find mutual support and join together to advocate for their loved ones. This month we have invited a representative from Social Security to explain recent changes and how they affect the mentally ill. Those arriving somewhat early will also have the opportunity to tour the clubhouse. The Alliance welcomes all families in the South Norfolk Area who are dealing with mental illness and their loved ones. For further information call (508) 668-2941. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be postponed if the Norwood schools are closed.

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December Calendar of Events December 2 nami meeting, Neponset River House, 595 Pleasant St., Norwood, 7 p.m.

Balch School’s fifth grade class sings holiday songs and Santa comes for a visit on the fire truck.

December 4 4th annual greater norwood running club 5k Ho-Ho-Ho run/walk, St. Timothy’s Church. All age groups. $18 Pre Registration, $20 Day of, 9 a.m.

There will be craft and ornament making as well as a raffle. Breakfast is $4 a person, and a picture with Santa is only a small fee. All proceeds benefit the Balch PTO.

evergreen faire at the First Congregational Church, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Annual Christmas fair featuring homemade foods, handknit sweaters and blankets, jewelry, etc. There will be a silent auction featuring yoga classes, restaurant gift cards, a Bruins hockey jersey and more. There will also be a lunch of gourmet sandwiches and corn chowder served from 11:15 a.m.—1 p.m. annual Balch school pancake Breakfast with santa, 8:30 a.m.—10:30 a.m. at the Balch School.Receive a delicious breakfast of pancakes with sausage, and fresh fruit as the

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Chris Trapper Show at Perks to Benefit Toys for Tots BY CAITLIN FROST

frequently takes time to play a place that he likes to go to, like Perks.

Chris Trapper, a respected songwriter and resident of Norwood, will be playing at Perks Coffeehouse on December 19 at 8 p.m., and asks that each guest will bring one, unwrapped, toy to the show. In addition to Trapper’s music, Santa will make an appearance to collect the toys and distribute them throughout the Greater Boston community in support of Toys for Tots.

“I like the vibe of Perks, and I think they do a better job promoting [concerts] than most of the places I play on a national scale. The owner is passionate about music, which for me means everything in the world,” Trapper said. Though Trapper has played other benefit concerts that center around cancer and AIDS research and he played one for an antipoverty event, this will be the first time he’s playing a benefit concert for Toys for Tots.

Toys for Tots began in 1947 when a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed over 5,000 toys to children in need. Since then, the Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year and is one of the most nationally recognized profit programs in the U.S. The goal of the organization is to help less fortunate children throughout the U.S. experience the joy of Christmas. The Marine Corps play an active role in unit-

ing members of local communities in a common cause each year during the annual toy collection and

distribution. Chris Trapper has been in the music business for a while, and

“Truthfully, I’m no more connected to Toys for Tots than anyone is, but that is the beauty of it, in that this organization was built around the fact that the smallest token is an expression of love, hope and what is good about our world,” Trapper said. He had the idea to do a benefit concert from his manager and fre-

quent opening act. Both recommended he play to help out the organization on the same week he planned on performing a Christmas concert. “One of the songs on my original Christmas record talks about an impoverished child, whose mother is scraping by, and I grew up in a working class family with 6 kids, so I’ve known a lean Christmas or two,” Trapper said. Trapper’s benefit is just one way to donate for Toys for Tots. Donation centers are set up nationwide at every Toys ‘R Us and Babies ‘R Us. The organization is asking for new, unwrapped toys, that can be as simple as books, crayons, and wooden blocks. Admission to Trapper’s concert is $15, and Perks asks that each guest make a reservation in order to ensure space for everyone. For more information on Toys for Tots, or to find the nearest drop off location, visit toysfortots.org.

Red Cross Shelter Simulation Takes Place at Civic Center In partnership with the Town of Norwood, The American Red Cross launched its Ready When the Time Comes (RWTC) program sponsored by facilities maintenance supplier Grainger, its national sponsor with offices in Norwood, and BNY Mellon. On November 5, at the Civic Center, the Red Cross held a shelter simu-

lation, demonstrating what might happen in the event of a natural disaster. The program aims to train groups of volunteers to be prepared to take charge in the event of a disaster, and it works by encouraging workplaces to get employees involved. According to Paul

McManus, branch manager of Grainger in Norwood, his location has 26 volunteers ready to help if the need ever arises. “We saw a need to get people trained and ready before a disaster happens. (RWTC) is Grainger’s call to get other corporations involved,” says McManus.

Volunteers Mark, Nicholas and Matthew McMahon work with Red Cross’ Jack Kavanagh in a Natural Disaster Readiness simulation held by the Red Cross and sponsored by Grainger in Norwood on November 6.

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NPA-TV: 1st Place in the Northeast AGAIN Recognized for Outstanding Programming The Alliance for Community Media’s Northeast Region recently announced the winners of their 13th Annual Video Festival and Norwood Public Access Television has earned six awards! The awards are as follows: 1st Place “Local Attractions� 2010 Dancing with the Norwood Stars 2nd Place “Documentary Event� A New NHS: 2009 Construction Project Year in Review 2nd Place “General Talk Show� A Taste of Norwood at Siam Lotus 3rd Place “Issues and Political Process� Norwood Votes 2010: Election Night Results 3rd Place “Sports Programming� 2010 Little League Major League Town Championship Game 3rd - Place “Science, Health, and Spirituality� Air Tool Tree Transplant by Deborah Howe (Public Access Producer) NPA-TV won three awards at last year’s festival and is thrilled to have won again this year. Each award is significant in its own way – “Dancing with the Stars� and “Norwood Votes� won last year

and NPA is thrilled to have won again for those two programs – each year they strive to improve their coverage of local events and elections and this year was no different. NPA-TV is very proud of its ongoing coverage of the construction of the new Norwood High School and to have won an award for that 2 hour long documentary on the progress is rewarding. “A Taste of Norwood� is a very popular series profiling the various restaurants in town, and NPA-TV is delighted to see it recognized on a regional level. The NPA-TV Sports department now has an award under their belt with the Little League Championship Game and is absolutely ecstatic to have won. And last but not least Deborah Howe – a Norwood Resident and Public Access Producer for NPATV has won for her labor of love “Air Tool Tree Transplant.� Deb took one of NPA’s workshops and used NPA’s gear and editing station to produce her program on a new way to transplant mature trees. NPA-TV is so proud to have a public access program win this award, as Public Access is truly the reason they exist. Nancy Richard, Chair of the ACM-NE region and the contest organizer, reported that more than 75 public access stations through-

out New England and New York participated in the contest. “This is our 13th annual festival, and every year it gets bigger and better. We had 530 entries this year – 20% more than last year – and the high quality of the entries was impressive. The Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region is dedicated to promoting and supporting PEG access in New England and New York. With this contest, we reach out to our grassroots base – the producers and access centers of the Northeast Region. It’s very exciting to see what other PEG centers and producers are doing to make access exceptional.� Scott Murphy, President of the NPA-TV Board of Directors couldn't be prouder of the NPA staff. “Once again, the staff at NPA-TV has shown its talent and dedication in producing award winning programming. This year we can add a public access producer to our long list of award winners. Congratulations to public access producer Deb Howe and our award winning staff for their success this year.� NPA-TV Station Manager Jack Tolman says, "Winning these awards proves to me that the concept of public access is working in Norwood. Everyone is on the same page including the selectmen, cable commission, school department, NPATV board and the NPA-TV staff

‌ We share these awards with the town of Norwood and thank the residents for being so supportive.â€? NPA-TV Station Coordinator Karen Feeney Murphy acknowledges the on-camera talent involved in the award-winning programs. "Without the truly talented volunteers we have hosting these programs for us, no amount of creative or technical expertise would suffice. Thank you to our award-winning talent!â€? Volunteer Jack McCarthy is host of two of the winning programs: The A New NHS: 2009 Construction Project Year in Review & Norwood Votes. “The staff at NPA TV continues to produce outstanding programming. Every year they keep upgrading the production quality. I am so happy that all of their hard work and skills are being recognized across the northeast.â€? NPA-TV Staff: Jack Tolman – Station Manager Karen Feeney Murphy – Station Coordinator Ryan Walker – Sports Coordinator Meghan Staffiere – Public Access Coordinator Nick Strauss – Staff Producer Brian Albertson – Government Access Coordinator Norwood Public Access television is celebrating its sixth year of existence. If you are interested in becoming involved at NPA-TV or want to learn how to use the equip-

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NRMC to Hold Meeting Dec. 14th The NRMC will be holding their December meeting on Tuesday, December 14 in the Norwood Elks at 10:00 am. You will be asked to vote for new officers and board members, at this meeting, for running the organization in 2011 and 2012. Those elected will be sworn in at the January meeting. You don’t have to be a Norwood resident to join, but you do have to be 60, or over, and be retired or semi retired. Plenty of parking. Just show up and walk in, someone will greet you.

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T H E P E T PA G E fiv:

BAY STATE ANIMALS Pets of the Month

Feline immune-deficiency virus (FIV) exists within the feline population. Yes, cats get “kitty” AIDS. Similar to HIV (human immunedeficiency virus), FIV causes a reduction in the ability of the immune system to fight infection and illness. And, similar to HIV, FIV can be managed and controlled quiet successfully resulting in a long healthy happy life for an FIV infected cat. FIV is a viral infection that cats acquire through serious bite wounds and maternal/fetal transmission in the birth canal. It is in the same family as FLV (feline leukemia virus) though causes a completely different set of symptoms and illness for an infected cat. A cat having FIV and existing with other cats is not as risky as once believed. Not only is there a vaccine for your un-infected cat but altering your friend minimizes the behaviors which contribute to the spread of the disease. When a cat has a positive test for FIV only minimal changes, if any, need to happen to ensure the safety of your cat and other cats in the community. First, a cat with FIV should remain inside the home at all times. This will ensure that the cat is not exposed to infection or illness that could be detrimental as well as prevent the cat from infecting others in the community. Your cat should also receive routine veterinarian care as well as appropriate vaccinations to help ensure his/her health. Also, if not spayed or neutered, it is important to have your cat fixed. A cat with FIV can live in a home with other cats that do not have FIV as long as no serious fights are occurring that could pass the virus on. Similar to HIV (human immunedeficiency virus), FIV causes a reduction in the ability of the immune system to fight infection and illness. And, similar to HIV, FIV can be managed and controlled quiet successfully resulting in a long healthy happy life for an FIV infected cat. A cat can live a long healthy life with FIV though their immunological system is compromised. Most cats with FIV die from unrelated causes at an old age.

Tabby “Buddy,” with FeLV, and the beautiful white “Marshmallow,” with FIV, have lots of love and life and need forever homes, too.

felv: Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a leukemia specific to the feline population and is spread through mating and saliva exchange. It is more contagious than FIV but cats with FeLV can still live relatively long lives and exist healthy for the majority of their lives. FIV and FeLV are feline viruses and humans are not susceptible and cannot contract the virus. FIV and FeLV though not curable can be prevented through vaccination and by keeping cats indoors away from other potentially infected animals. We do not recommend that any cat with either disease live outdoors putting other outdoor cats at risk. We recommend all cats be kept indoors regardless. Though Feline leukemia is contagious cats with this disease can have a good prognosis for a long healthy life. Felines with FeLV can co-exist with other household pets, though other felines MUST be vaccinated to prevent the spread of the disease. You should vaccinate your existing pets against the disease immediately and keep their vaccines current. Re-check other felines periodically to verify they have not contracted the virus. You need to be aware of any health changes in your infected cat as their immunity is compromised and they may develop related ailments more quickly than cats infected with FIV or healthy un-infected cats. Cats can easily be

tested for FIV and FeLV by means of a blood test by your veterinarian. If positively diagnosed, please do not turn away from a new forever pet or existing pet that contract feline AIDS or feline Leukemia as they need you to live out the long life they intend to share with you and your other cats. From a no-kill shelters point of view, all animals deserve the same right to life and a forever home, even those plagued with feline aids and leukemia. We rescue many cats each year and some test positive for FIV and FeLV. We seek foster homes and permanent placement for these cats just like any other cats. Consider fostering these SPECIAL cats as they need you too! One of our special foster families cares for FIV cats primarily and has had many memories to share. This amazing family gives us the ability to help these special cats: From the family: My family and I have considerable experience with cats and FIV. For the last six years we have adopted and fostered several cats with FIV. Though we have had some losses as any pet adopter/fosterer will, three of the cats we have now have been a part of our life for the last six years and I am sure will continue to be a part of our life for years to come. Meet Marshmallow, living a healthy happy life as a cat with fe-

line immune-deficiency virus (FIV). Marshmallow is a one year old female kitty. She was left in the community after her family had to relocate and has been living in a feral cat colony in the area. She is white with a dark gray tail and spots on her head. “Marsha”, as we have started calling her, LOVES people and wants nothing more than to curl up with you wherever you may settle in. She has been wonderful with the young girl in her foster home and we believe she has had significant experience with a variety of children. She also has done well with other cats and has experienced the presence of a dog. If you believe you deserve her in your life and would like to meet Marshmallow, please contact BSAC to arrange a meeting. Meet Buddy, this handsome and loving cat is living with the feline leukemia virus (FeLV). Buddy is a neutered male shorthaired black kitty. He is looking to share his life with another feline leukemia cat or with a family who accepts him with his disease and is willing to show they care. He is extremely affectionate and would love to sit with someone and hang out for the rest of his life. If you are that special person please let us know so we can let Buddy know. These cats deserve their forever homes like all other cats. In most cases these infected cats have a special aura about them and they

are the most compassionate and loving cats you may ever meet. Some information for this piece was gathered from the following web site: http://www.vet.cornell. edu/fhc/brochures/fiv.html December adoption thought: Though we welcome new pets joining your family over the holiday season we discourage the giving of a pet as a gift. These are living things which require your dedication, love and commitment forever. Sudden whims to adopt a pet as a gift may not be a wellthought out process. All individuals involved with the life of a new pet need to be involved in the decision. Once you have made that life-long decision visit BSACs adoptable pets at www.baystateanimals.org and click on the Petfinder link. Regular contact info: To adopt: www.baystateanimals.org, see pets, download application send email inquiry email: baystateanimalcooperative@yaho o.com PHONE: (781) 769-9238 Join us on Facebook and see us on Petfinder.com note: 47 WINDSOR RD. IS NOT AN ADOPTION FACILITY. THIS IS THE CORPORATE ADDRESS WHICH ALSO SERVES AS A FOSTER HOME.


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T H E P E T PA G E Safety Precautions for The Perils of Holiday Adoptions Pets During the Winter The winter can be a dangerous time of year for people and pets alike. It is important to take safety precautions to keep everyone safe when the temperature drops. Icy, snowy conditions and plummeting temperatures present a number of hazards for animals, particularly pets that live outside or take daily walks out in the cold. Treatments that people apply to melt snow and ice can also be hazardous to animals who sniff at and walk over chemicals. To keep pets safe when the weather is cold, remember the following as the mercury drops in the coming months. * Although pets do have a furry coat, that doesn't mean they are impervious to the cold. If the temperature is bitterly cold, do not take pets outdoors for extended periods of time. Make walks brief. Dogs and cats can also be bundled up in pet sweaters to protect against the cold even more. * Icy pavement that is covered with chemical de-icing products can wreak havoc on animals' paws. Limit time spent walking on cold pavement and through deicing chemicals. Protective shoes can be put on dogs that spend considerable time outdoors. For dogs that have long fur, keep it clipped so that it limits ice ball formation. * Animals cannot gauge the thickness of ice and may not recognize which ponds and other

It's fun to play with pets in the snow. Just be mindful of their safety and comfort when the temperatures drop.

water sources are safe to walk on. Be cautious with animals in and around sources of water -- unless you want to take a chilly swim. * Pets that have arthritic conditions may suffer even more when it is cold outside. Take this into consideration when going for walks or simply spending time indoors. Some pet foods feature supplements that help with joint pain. A pet owner can also talk to a veterinarian to see if a mild pain medication could ease the pet's discomfort. * Keep in mind that blowing snow can irritate a dog's eyes. * Animals that live outdoors should be provided with adequate shelter and a warm place to sleep. If it is particularly cold, consider moving an outside pet into a garage or heated area.

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Kittens and puppies under the Christmas tree are a common seasonal theme in American advertising. However, we never see the animals that arrive in shelters one or more months after the holiday, when the adoptive family realizes that it was a poor idea to put a pet under the tree. The truth is that pets, regardless of species, are a great responsibility that should be approached with preparation and dedication, not with the anticipation that they can be “returned” like any other holiday gift. Luckily, there are ways to indulge the entreaties of the pet-fevered in your family without bringing home the actual animal; read on for the details!

Animals need loving care and quiet surroundings as they become familiar with their new homes. Appropriate introductions to other pets and to children are hard to pull off in a noisy atmosphere of blinking lights and family gatherings, and the new pet may quickly become overwhelmed. It’s difficult to encourage good litter box or housetraining habits in a scared pet; because of that, many animals may engage in persistent and inappropriate elimination that results in their surrender to a shelter. The bonding that takes place between a pet and its new “parent” can also be disrupted, particularly if the pet

is hiding under the bed to get away from the hubbub. In addition, there are physical dangers associated with the holidays, including unattended alcoholic drinks, overlyrich holiday foods such as eggnog and cheesecake, open fireplaces

and candle flames, chocolate, temptingly chewy Christmas light strands, and ribbons and tinsel that beg to be played with (and swallowed). Unfortunately, even longtime pets can wind up in the animal E.R. with foreign objects or poisons in their systems; it’s best not to entertain this awful scenario with a new, young animal who is caught up in holiday excitement. Many area shelters do not permit adoptions during the December holidays, because of the high return rate for those pets and the complications listed above. How-

ever, with young children, you may want to write a letter from “Santa” with a promise that the child can visit a shelter after the holidays and choose the best pet for her. After all, imagine the pandemonium if Santa had to fly through the air with a sleigh full of dogs, kittens, ferrets, and hamsters! When the child is able to interact with a number of possible pets and choose the one that fits the family best ensuring love for the animal and dedication to its welfare. There are other great gifts you can give the new pet owner before the pet even arrives. A pet carrier is a natural conclusion for bringing the new “baby” home. Grooming tools such as brushes and combs encourage pet care; pair these with a basic book on the species so that the new owner can become familiar with the signs of good and poor health. Even more fun are toys such as ping-pong balls for cats and chew bones suited to puppies or dogs. A cat bed, ferret cage and hammock, or dog pillow also make big, exciting packages to open. But most important is the household’s commitment to making the new pet feel comfortable when it arrives; planning ahead, and choosing a time after the holidays when the family can give its undivided attention to the pet, is the best present you can give.


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Norwood Homes of Christmas Past and Christmas Present F. Holland Day House Victorian Christmas Tours The F. Holland Day House & Norwood History Museum kicks off its December holiday celebrations with its series of Victorian Christmas tours. Guided tours reveal the spirit of a traditional Victorian Christmas within the historical mansion, which will be festively decorated with seasonal exhibits and decorations with hand-crafted authentic ornaments and a beautiful faux food banquet set up in the elegant dining room. Tours will be given Sunday, December 5, 12 and 19, from 1-4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, free for Norwood Historical Society members. Holiday Entertainment at the F. Holland Day House Mezzo soprano Grace Allendorf will perform opening day on Sunday, December 5, at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, free with Day House admission or for Norwood Historical Society members. Annual Holiday House Tour A few Norwood residents will open their doors on Sunday, December 12,

for the Fifth Annual Holiday House Tour. Guests will be provided with a tour booklet and map for this selfguided journey through five extraordinary, festively decorated neighboring homes, the F. Holland Day House and the gothic Chapel of St. Gabriel in Highland Cemetery. Guests are invited to visit each house at their leisure, admire and be inspired by the lovely adornments and will likely enjoy a special treat provided by each homeowner. All contributing homes are located within blocks of the Day House and can be reached by a brisk walk or by car. The tour concludes with complimentary hors d' oeuvres and a raffle at the Old Colony Cafe on Nahatan St., beginning at 4 p.m. According to NHS Member Debbie Holmwood, last year's Holiday House Tour sold over 225 tickets, raised over $5,000 and is the largest Day House fundraiser. A portion of the day's receipts is also generously given to needy Norwood residents. Tickets for the Holiday House Tour

can be purchased at the Civic Center, Babels Paint and Decorating, 23 Cottage St. or by calling (781) 724-8883. You can also purchase tickets the day of the tour. Norwood High School Madrigal Singers The NHS Madrigal Singers will enhance the holiday festivities with a performance on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m.. Admission is $5 per person, free for NHS members and with Day House admission. Holiday House Decorating Contest All Norwood residents will have the opportunity to flaunt their own decorating flair and declare their right as the best decked out house in town with the Norwood Recreation Department's Holiday House Decorating Contest. Judging will be based on originality, arrangements, theme and overall decoration. Entry forms can be picked up at the Civic Center and must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 17. Judging will take place on Monday evening, Dec. 20. Application fee is $5.

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and colonial style houses and each year the tour is different; no two houses are ever repeated. “We don’t give out the addresses until the day of. The guessing keeps it fun,� Holmwood said. When they first began the tour, for the first couple of years the houses showcased were owned by Holmwood, Tamis, and friends of theirs. As the tour continued, they began to go door to door asking their neighbors to look at their houses and if they would be willing to participate in the annual holiday tours. “In five years, it’s grown exponentially. We had two people that asked us to participate instead of us finding the houses ourselves. The people [that participate] are wonderful. We’ve never had a problem finding houses,� Holmwood said. Though the number of showcased houses may be on the small side, the list of ticket buyers certainly is not. The house tour receives close to 300 guests every year. Last year, Holmwood discovered the tour had turned into a mother-daughter event. Moms with their teens were driving around town touring the houses. A

December 1, 2010 lot of women plan have started planning their holiday parties around the house tour, making it the prime entertainment and getting together for cocktails and present exchanging afterward. What is unique about Norwood’s house tour is that the houses aren’t necessarily historical. There are no requirements a home must meet in order to participate in the showcase. “It’s a great towny thing. You always drive by and see a house and think, ‘It looks really cute on the outside, I wonder what it looks like on the inside,’ and this is your chance. We have two smaller houses on the tour this year, so they don’t even have to be big ones. It’s just nice to see different houses,â€? Holmwood said. The tour runs from 2:00pm— 6:00pm on Sunday, December 12. Tickets are $20 and can be found at Norwood’s Civic Center or at Babel’s Paint and Decorating Store. After touring the houses, feel free to go to the Old Colonial CafĂŠ for post-hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and raffles. If you are interested in having your house showcased on next year’s Holiday House tour, please call Debbie Holmwood at (781) 724.8883.

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Mom and daughter knitting and crocheting team Cathy Ierardi, of Holbrook, (right) and Donna Bobbitt, of Norwood.

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A Crafter’s Affair, an annual event at the Coakley Middle School to benefit the After-Prom Party and other school activities, was again a hit this year.

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Kesleigh Eysie, 16 and Jess Rubenstein, 16 man the Country Raffle, which benefits Norwood High School’s Spirit Club. The club sponsors events at the school and provides senior scholarships.

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Wolverine Jazz Trio to Help Make the Holidays Great perform at Library for a Family in Need! The library’s Musical Sundays series continues with a performance by the Wolverine Jazz Trio at the Morrill Memorial Library on Sunday, December 5 at 3 p.m. John Clark (clarinet and saxophone), Jimmy Mazzy (banjo and vocals) and Rick MacWilliams (tuba) will play a variety of jazz from the early 20th century, along with some holiday classics. In 1995 John Clark founded the Wolverine Jazz Band, which he continues to lead. In addition to performing with numerous other local jazz groups, John currently teaches in the after-school music program in Westwood and is a visiting assistant professor at Connecticut College.

Jimmy Mazzy is well-renowned locally, having played in countless Dixieland, banjo and swing groups since the 1960s. He performs with the Last Minute Men at the Colonial Inn in Concord every Wednesday night. Rick MacWilliams is also well-regarded in the area and has led the Commonwealth Jazz Band since the 1980s. John and Rick are also two-thirds of the band that has played for most of the Celtics home games since 2008. This free concert is funded by the Library Endowment Fund. Please sign up at the library Information Desk or call (781) 769-0200, x222. The library is accessible to those with physical disabilities.

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Nobody wants to be away from home for the holidays… that’s why the The Children’s Workshop in Norwood is sponsoring a family at the Tufts Medical Center Floating Hospital for Children to ensure that they have a wonderful Christmas, even while they undergo care at the hospital. The family has twin boys who are 18 months old, so the Children’s

Workshop is planning to send a gift basket full of goodies for both the boys and their parents. The boys love Thomas the Train, toddler puzzles, toys and games. They take size 24 month clothing. Mom and Dad can almost certainly use gift cards to Walmart, Target, Borders Books, grocery stores, and for gas. These are just

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Bev Jennings to be Featured at Norwood Women’s Club The Norwood Woman’s Club will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 12:30p.m. The program will feature Bev Jennings who will get us in the Holiday Spirit with her stories and songs.. The meeting will be held at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Parish Hall at 24 Berwick

St. Norwood. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome. Come and bring a friend . New members are always welcomed. You need not be a resident of Norwood to join or attend. Questions? Call Trina Mallet at (781) 7628173.

Norwood High School Madrigal Choir Performances Saturday, November 20th @ 3 p.m. - Madrigal Choir is in downtown Boston featured at Faneuil Hall’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, performing on stage at the West End Promenade. Sunday, November 28th @ 2:30 p.m. - Madrigal Choir performs at the town's Gazebo for Norwood’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. Friday, December 3rd @ 6 p.m. - Madrigal Banquet at the Elk’s Lodge in Norwood. This year’s production is entitled Teeney Bob: The Demon Pet Groomer of Sweet Street. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased through the Fine Arts Department.

Parking Ban In Effect Norwood's all night parking ban will be going into effect on November 15, 2010. The parking ban prohibits all-night parking between between the hours of midnight to 6 a.m. The purpose of the ban is to keep Norwood's streets clear of vehicles should snow removal operations be necessary. The ban will remain in effect until April 1, 2011. Vehicles parked on the streets and in municipal parking lots in violation of the all-night parking regulations are subject to a $20 fine for each violation. Please comply with the all night parking ban regulation and help us keep Norwood's streets open for snow removal operations.

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Thursday, December 9th @ 6:30 p.m. - Madrigal Choir performs at Pandora Jewelry located in Legacy Place. Wednesday, December 15th @ 7 p.m. - Winter Concert featuring all academic NHS music ensembles Sunday, December 19th @ 3 p.m. - Madrigal Choir performs at the F. Holland Day House, on Day Street in Norwood. Wednesday, December 22nd Madrigal Choir and Celtic Strings Elementary School Tour

From left to right: Samantha Miller, 6; Livia Zaldivar, 5; Peyton Labadie, 5; Ryan Mourad, 5; and Patrick Brady, 5.

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drive. Hanley started what is now a school tradition the year she began her career at the Willett in order to “give back to the community.” She teaches her students about Norwood’s Food Pantry, and its importance to families that need help during the holiday season.

When the lesson was finished kindergarteners of class C10 created and signed a letter that went home in every Willet Preschool and Kindergarteners back pack informing parents that the class was organizing a school wide food

Of the food drive, five year old Peyton Labadie stated, “My mom thought it was a good idea.” She brought in cans of soup. “My dad’s soup,” she stated with a smile.

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Circle of Hope Luminary Night Lights up the Town Common

While the holiday season is typically an occasion of celebration, it is also a time for reflection, faith and helping others. On Saturday, December 4, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., the Circle of Hope Foundation will become a local liaison for these expressions on the Norwood Town Common. On this special night, the Common is transformed into a peaceful, serene setting, softly lit with approximately 1,000 luminary bags lining the walkways, each engraved with an individual message. Residents may experience traffic, long shopping lines and countless lists in December, but this evening is an

roundings of this magical night. This year, the NHS Alumni Choir will enhance this heartfelt event with spiritual and holiday songs at approximately 6 p.m.

illness, Norwood residents united in her battle and the Circle of Hope continues that spirit by donating all its proceeds directly back to Norwood residents.

support us are the actual Circle of Hope," Kennedy said. "We do the fundraising and the people who support us allow us to do what we do."

Now in its tenth year, the fundraiser is one of three yearly Circle of Hope events, alongside the spring Norwood Dancing with the Stars competition and the fall themed party. This non-profit foundation was established in 1998 in memory of Norwood resident, Michelle Kennedy, who suffered with leukemia. During her

All revenues from Circle of Hope fundraisers are distributed into the Norwood community to support families who need assistance due to a catastrophic medical illness. Since its inception, the foundation has disbursed approximately $215,000.

Luminary bags are $5 each and can be purchased from Kennedy at the Norwood Civic Center or calling (781)762-3549 or in person the night of the event. The rain date will be Sunday, December 5. Even if visitors do not participate, this night is a warmhearted holiday alternative to slow down, reflect and take in the view.

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Norwood School News Norwood High Friendship Club Builds Lasting Ties BY SEAN POWERS Throughout the years, Norwood High has been home to plenty of exceptional clubs and activities. But there has also been a fair share of clubs that have somewhat lost their significance. While Creative Stitchery Club and Rifle Club don’t exactly play a role in the high school today, there is one activity that will never fade -- The Friendship Club. Created in the spring of 1990, Friendship Club provides students with varying degrees of special needs and their friends a chance to socialize, an opportunity they

don’t always get during the school day. Every year, the club involves about 120 students. The sixteen “social hours” held throughout the year aren’t mandatory by any means; the students that attend do so simply because they enjoy it. And why wouldn’t they? At the social hours held every other Thursday, snacks are served, and games, like Jenga, bingo, and Uno, are played. Music is always on and there are often seasonal crafts. The atmosphere of the meetings is always cheery and everyone is welcome. The annual Faculty vs. seniors volleyball game and the basketball

game in the spring, sponsored by Friendship Club, are always huge hits among the students with special needs and their friends in the regular education program. The proceeds from the games are used to buy the refreshments for the regular social hours and for the end of the year pizza party. One of the more renowned social hours, the pizza party, is the meeting where the “Best Friends” awards are given to the seniors. In addition to the Faculty vs. seniors games and the pizza party, the Friendship Club hosts two karaoke afternoons each year; they always end up being the best attended meetings.

Pancake Breakfast with Santa at Balch School December 4th Save the date for the annual Balch School Pancake Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 4th from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the Balch School cafeteria. For only $4 per person, you will receive a delicious breakfast of pancakes

with butter and syrup, sausage, fresh fruit and your choice of juice, milk, coffee or tea. Enjoy the 5th graders singing holiday songs prior to Santa's big entrance. For a small fee, have your picture taken with Santa and make holiday

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The Friendship Club is host to some of the kindest and most caring students at Norwood High. It has always been a popular and positive activity that people are ecstatic to participate in. In and out of school, the support and care that blossom from Friendship Club is evident in every member. The reputable effects of the Friendship Club reverberate throughout the school and the community. Many students that are placed outside of the district for their education come into the school for Friendship Club and are immediately accepted. Many members of Friendship Club volunteer in other

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Gift Card Drive The Norwood High School National Honor Society, together with the Student Council, will be collecting gift cards during the month of December. The gift cards will be donated to families within Norwood that are in need of gifts during the holiday season. Contributions of any amount to any restaurant or store would be greatly

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Norwood Rink Gains Momentum The proposed Norwood Nugget Rink at the Coakley Middle School continues to gain momentum and support throughout the town of Norwood. Norwood Nuggets Skating Club is a registered 501c (3) non-profit association that was established in 1963 with the intent of promoting physical fitness, team play, and hard work through the game of hockey. They offer hockey to all eligible individuals from Learn-to-Skate through Midgets. They offer these programs for both males and females from Norwood and surrounding towns. On July 8, 2010, Mr. Charles Donahue, the owner of the Puck Masters of Norwood, contacted NNSC President Bill Naumann. Puck Masters is a training facility, located at 349 Lenox Street in Norwood that specializes in on- and off-ice hockey training. Mr. Donahue informed Mr. Naumann that he was closing the facility and would like to donate all of the equipment to a non-profit organization, and that the Norwood Nuggets were his first choice. Among the equipment are four mini sized rinks. The rinks can be combined in order to assemble one larger sized rink. Mr. Naumann informed Mr. Donahue that the Norwood Nuggets were very interested, but NNSC needed to do some homework before they could commit to taking the donation. The NNSC Board of Directors had to approve the donation, and more importantly, they needed to find a home for the rink. On July 20, the NNSC Board of Directors unanimously voted to accept Mr. Donahue’s donation, agreeing it would be a great opportunity for the town of Norwood. An out-

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door rink that could provide a safe environment for a wide range of town groups, from the newly formed Chicks with Sticks, which is a group of Norwood mothers that play floor hockey at the Civic, to the town’s many youth would enjoy the rink as much as our generation enjoyed playing street hockey in the Father Mac’s pool. So the search for a home began. During the search process NNSC solicited the input of Norwood’s Director of Public Works Mr. Mark Ryan along with Town Manager Mr. John Carroll, Superintendent of Recreation Mr. Gerald Miller and the Director of Economic Planning and Development Mr. Stephen Costello. All felt that Mr. Donahue’s donation was more than generous and that it

would be a great addition to the town. After analyzing many potential options, it was decided that the best option would be the old track located at the Coakley Middle School. The track has fallen into disrepair and is deemed unsafe for running by the safety officer of the Norwood Police department. The area is relatively flat, meaning the site work at this location would be kept to a minimum. It is out of the way, but still easily monitored by the Norwood Police on their routine check of the school. And it fits into the sports complex theme that the town has established at the Coakley. Tennis, soccer, baseball, softball, football, lacrosse, basketball, swimming and now hockey could all be represented at one location within the town of Norwood.

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Having chosen a potential site, NNSC presented the proposed site to Mr. Carroll. Mr. Carroll approved of the site and informed NNSC that the proposed site sits on Norwood school property. Therefore, they needed the approval of the Norwood School Committee in order to use the site, which they received in a vote of 5-2 on September 22. With an approved site and the donated equipment in hand NNSC volunteers came out in full force and began dismantling the Puck Master equipment on October 15. On October 30, the volunteers again came out in big numbers to remove and store the equipment.

The next step for the project is to have the site excavated and the rink foundation and concrete slab installed. Work on the 85ft.by 200ft. rink was set to begin in mid-November. NNSC will now begin an all out fundraising effort to raise the necessary funds for the project. The first major fundraiser will be held at the Olde Colonial Café on Central St. in Norwood. Anyone interested in making personal or corporate donations should contact Bill Naumann at (781) 6400880 or bnaumann19@aol.com.

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Obituaries amBers, Winifred R. (Wallace), of Norwood, Oct. 28, age 82. Beloved wife of the late Alfred M. Ambers. Devoted mother of Paul J. Ambers and his wife Lisa of Hopkinton. Grandmother of Victor and Curtis Ambers. Funeral arrangements by Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home, Norwood. Interment Highland Cemetery, Norwood. cHaruBin, Edward, of Norwood, Oct. 23, age 92. WWII US Army Veteran. Beloved husband of the late Helen M. (Rizzo) Charubin. Devoted father of Janet E. Krol and her husband David of Norwood. Brother of Mildred Iverson of E. Bridgewater, Carol Wesoloski of Quincy and the late Chester, Lillian Chmielinski and Jean Bellows. Also survived by 1 grandchild, Dr. Alicia Krol. Son of the late Boleslaw and Valerie (Koldis) Charubin. Funeral arrangements by KrawKornack Funeral Home, Norwood. cHelmsford, Helen E. (Downey) McKeon, of Chelmsford, of Medway, originally of Norwood, Nov. 9, ate 79. Beloved wife of the late retired Air Force Major Edward P. McKeon. Helen was born in Norwood on January 13, 1931, a daughter of the late Lewis and Mary (Meade) Downey. Helen is survived by her loving children; Edward McKeon and his wife Tina of Lowell and Thomas McKeon and his wife Lynn of Pittsfield and Mary McKeon of Chelmsford, and her cherished granddaughter Olivia McKeon. She also leaves siblings, Lewis Downey and his wife Rosemary of Columbus, OH, Mary Jordan and her husband Roger of Medway and Veronica Nolin of Norton and many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements by Blake Funeral Home, Chelmsford. Expressions of sympathy in Helen’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, www.cancer.org. connolly, Martin J. "Morecheen," of Norwood, Nov. 10, age 84. US Army Korean Conflict Veteran. Beloved husband of Kathleen (Griffin) Connolly. Devoted father of Patrick Connolly of Norwood, Maureen Bolinger of VA and Kathy Ekberg and her husband Mike of Norwood. Brother of twin sister, Mary Connolly McDonough of Norwood and the late Patrick, Roger and Delia. Cherished grandfather of Patrick Connolly, Danielle Connolly, Ava Ekberg, Axel Ekberg and twins, Juliet and Josephine Bolinger. Son

of the late Patrick and Bridget (Curran) Connolly. Funeral arrangements by Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home, Norwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to a veteran's charity of your choice. dicicco, Bruno, of Norwood, Nov. 3, age 89. Bruno was a WWII Army Veteran and a retired business agent for Teamsters Local 735. Bruno died at his home with his wife Regina (Elias) and daughters at his side. Father of Ellen A. Cusick of Sharon and Joyce P. Tarabanovic of Norwood. Bruno is also survived by son-in-law, Frank Cusick and grandson, Alexander Bruno Cusick. Brother of the late Frank, Vito and Thomas DiCicco and the late Mary Bartucca. Funeral arrangements by Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home, Norwood. doucette, Robert F., of Norwood, Nov. 4, age 78. Late Retired U.S. Air Force Veteran and retired MBTA employee. Beloved husband of the late Marie (Golden) Doucette; loving father of Robert F. Doucette, Jr. and his wife Martha of E. Walpole, Christine M. Blake and her husband Robert of Norwood, Karen E. Glavin and her husband William of Norwood and Major David A. Doucette, USMC and his wife Lynne of North Carolina. Cherished grandfather of Sarah and Douglas Doucette, John and Kelly Blake, Aine, Liam, Maeve, and Aibhlinn Glavin, Corinne and Rebecca and Claire Doucette. Loving, devoted brother of Shirley Curley of Norwood, Margaret Hadlock of Florida and the late Melvin Doucette. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements by Gillooly Funeral Home, Norwood. Memorial contributions may be made to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, c/o Charles Curley, 35 Chickering Road, Norwood, MA 02062. eHrlicH, Richard M., of Norwood, Nov. 4, age 93. Late U.S. Air Force Veteran of World War II and the Korean War and retired field engineer and manager for the Burroughs Corp. Beloved husband of the late Mary T. (Dwyer) Ehrlich. Loving father of Richard Ehrlich, Jr. and his wife Cynthia of CT, Paul Ehrlich of Norwood, Robert Ehrlich and his wife Tara of MO, and Karen Ehrlich DeMeo and her husband Brian of Norwood. Proud grandfather of Kristen, Brian and Kevin Ehrlich of CT, Jason and James Ehrlich of Norwood, Tara Cuturic of OH, Jennifer O'Donnell and Kelly Tracy, both of MO and

Brian Jr. and Christopher DeMeo of Norwood. Loving great grandfather of Alexa, Michael, Briar Rose, and Quinn. Devoted brother of Delores Clark of NC and the late Geraldine and Shirley. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements by Gillooly Funeral Home, Norwood. Interment Highland Cemetery, Norwood. Memorial contributions in memory of Richard may be made to the disabled American Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, Attn: Gift Processing, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or www.dav.org/donate. farrow, Edward M., of Westwood, formerly of Norwood, Nov. 2. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy I. (Bennett) Farrow. Loving father of Nancy Robitaille and her husband John of Norwood. Devoted grandfather of Craig Woodward of Norwood, Christopher Woodward of Washington, David Robitaille of Norwood, Justin Robitaille of Ohio and Tobie Robitaille of Taunton. Great grandfather of Paige Woodward of Washington. Brother of the late Richard and Donald Ferrari and the late Robert Farrow. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements by Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home, Westwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Edward’s memory to the MSPCA, Attn: Donations, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130. ganame, Joseph, of Norwood, Nov, 2, age 85. Born in Lebanon, Joseph was the former owner of Near East Baking Corp. of West Roxbury. Joseph was the dear and devoted husband for 60 years of Jeannette (Abraham). Beloved father of Marilyn Ganame of Norwood. Dear “Gidoo” of Tarek, Talal and Tamara. Dear brother of Nicholas Ganame and his wife Salam of Agawam, Moussa Ganame and his wife Juliette and Maha Ganame, all of Lebanon and the late Abraham, David and Jamal Ganame. Brother-inlaw of Mary Hadge, Sam and Joan Hanna, and Adele Hanna. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral service at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Joseph’s memory to the Church or to The American Arabic Benevolent Assoc. PO Box 3200037 West Roxbury, MA 02132 or to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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(Betro) Ierardo of Norwood. Brother of James A. Ierardo of East Walpole and Susan G. Asnes of Norwood. Mike is also survived by many aunts and uncles. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Brockton. Memorial donations may be made to the Ierardo Scholarship Fund,c/o Shirley Ierardo, 112 Sumner Street, Norwood, MA 02062. For directions and online guestbook, visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com. martins, Antonio P., of Sharon, formerly of Norwood, Oct. 23, age 71. Beloved husband of Maria Amelia (Moreia) Martins. Devoted father of Lucy Martins-Jackson and her husband David of North Attleboro. Also survived by granddaughter, Ericka Jackson and five sister in Portugal. Funeral arrangements by Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home, Norwood. Interment Highland Cemetery. mcmullin, Grace C., Nov. 5. Lifelong Norwood resident, faithful member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and member of Runeberg Lodge 211. Grace had many jobs in the Norwood area. Among her favorites were Winslow Bros. Tannery, Norwood High School and Northrop Corporation. She enjoyed travel, fine dining, theater, golf and bowling. Beloved wife of the late Leonard "Mac" McMullin of Milford. Grace leaves her 3 cats, many friends and family members, especially her devoted children,, Christine McMullin of Norwood, Sheila McMullin of Woonsocket, RI and Kathleen Benjamin of Douglas, grandchildren, Lisa Archer and husband Jim of Medway, Stephen Benjamin and wife Jennifer of Tampa Bay, FL, Michael Benjamin and wife Margie of Douglas and Kevin Benjamin of Dedham and 9 great grandchildren, Julia, Jillian, Sam, Cameron, Daniel, Zach, Bryce, Cody and CJ. Funeral arrangements by Gillooly Funeral Home, Norwood. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the MSPCA or the Emmanuel Lutheran Church. metta, Bernice P. (Budrick) of Norwood, Oct. 24, age 98. Bernice was born on Jan. 12, 1912, in Lithuania. She as the beloved wife of the late William E. Metta. Devoted mother of William E. Jr. and his wife Patricia of Norwood and Helen K. Kozak and her late husband George of Norwood. Grandmother of Kathy Doran, Christine Nee, Pamela Holmes and Andrea Delgado. Great grandmother of Garry Dalton, Allison Seals, Scott Nee and Colleen Nee. Great, great grandmother of Cameron and Cassidy Dalton. Funeral arrangements by Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home, Norwood. rowell, Helen, A. (Trask), of Norwood, Oct. 31, age 92. Beloved wife of the late Clayton A. Rowell. Devoted mother of Eileen Parker and her husband Robert of Plainville, Maureen P. MacEachern and her husband Duncan of Norwood and the late Richard Connolly. Sister of Blanche Surette of Norwood and the late Thomas Trask, John Trask, Stella Cleef, Ruby Lee, Gertrude Casey and Jennie Mohamet. Also survived by 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 2 great, great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Daughter of the late Benjamin and Anna V. (Tomasunas) Trask. Funeral arrangements by Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home, Norwood. welcH, Ellen, of Norwood, Oct. 27. Devoted daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (O'Leary) Welch. Loving sister of the late Sr. Rose Marie Welch CSJ and William Welch. Survived by many cousins. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ellen may be made to Caritas Good Samaritan Hospice, 3 Edgewater Drive, Norwood, MA 02062. wilHeim, Marguerite E. (Bradley), formerly of Boston (Mattapan), Norwood and Westwood, Oct. 27. Marguerite is survived by four nieces. Marguerite was the beloved wife of the late John N. Wilheim, loving daughter of the late Thomas and Mary A. (Crosby) Bradley and sister of the late Helen Flaherty, Thomas F. “Frank” Bradley and Irma Halligan. Funeral arrangements by Dolan Funeral Home, Dorchester.


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home M A R K E T P L A C E Real Estate Agents Can Help Save Buyers and Sellers Money Record-low interest rates and record-low housing prices are renewing interest in the floundering housing market for many people. Now could be the time to sell and buy a new home and earn an even bigger slice of the real estate pie. Whether an individual is a buyer or a seller, or doing both, his or her goal is to get the best financial deal on the home -- and often that means having a qualified real estate agent working in his or her corner. Those entering the real estate realm may have misconceptions about what's involved. Oftentimes, individuals think they can go it alone and save money on real estate commissions in the process. However, not having a knowledgeable agent to navigate the process can end up costing more money in the long run. An agent is not there just to open up houses for viewing or to simply put a for-sale

sign on the front lawn. Agents guide the seller or buyer through a complicated process of legalities and emotional hurdles. The agent also negotiates for the buyer and seller to help them make important financial decisions. "When sellers are interviewing real estate agents to market their homes, their primary focus is usually on the advertising that the agent will offer them," says Jessica Goodbody of Weichert Realtors. "Advertising is important, but, once sellers have an offer, they need a strong negotiator to help them get the best price and terms. Buyers should also look for agents who have strong negotiating skills and neighborhood knowledge which will help them make the most of their purchasing power." Individuals can expect a real estate agent to help them navigate a process that, to first-time buyers or

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home M A R K E T P L A C E 9 Interior Fixes to Sell a Home Fast Despite low interest rates and declining sale prices, there is still a lot of home inventory available. That means homeowners thinking about selling have to do whatever they can to set their homes apart from the others available. Real estate experts call it "staging," or presenting the home in the best light so that potential buyers can envision themselves moving right in. Just a few changes here and there can position a home to sell faster than the competition. 1. The nose knows. A house can be perfect inside and out, but if it smells bad, buyers will likely be put off. Make sure there is no noticeable odor, such as pet smells, garbage, stale smoke, etc., to turn off others.

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Where do you go to see local art or to meet the artists and talk with them about their vision, their style and their talent? On Sunday, November 8th in a quiet Norwood neighborhood, artists shared their works with visitors and residents during the 1st Annual Art Show and Reception hosted by Victoria Haven Nursing Facility located at 137 Nichols Street. The art on display truly represented the differences among us that pull us together. The artists gave individuals a reason to talk with one another sharing thoughts and opinions. A sketch drawing of a puppy on sheet music for the song, “That Doggie in the Window,” sparked conversations among the residents of the tune. One woman remembered being a child and her mother singing her lullabies. Another artist here from Haiti is a student studying English. Many of his displayed oil paintings on canvas were of Haitian villages or tropical Caribbean scenes. Several CNAs were able to share with him about their own homes before coming to work in the US. The emotional connection to his work

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