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Norwood Nugget’s Pizza Day As you can imagine, hockey is a fairly expensive sport to play. The tuition rate for our program usually runs about $1,000 per skater, once they get to the Squirt level. This fee can add up pretty quickly, especially if a parent has more than one child participating. So, as the Fundraising Coordinator, I try to help raise enough money through grants, sponsorships, and fundraising events, so that we can keep tuition fees from increasing, even though our organization is faced with the ever increasing cost of renting ice time for practice and game play. I’m always looking for different and more creative ways to raise money for the program, and to do things that would interest not just the parents whose kids play hockey in the Nuggets program, but the people who live in and around Norwood. The idea of a pizza war was presented by one of our Board members, Anita Hennessey, as one such fundraiser. Since there are a large number of pizza shops and restaurants in town, why not have them compete against each other in a taste off to see who has the best pizza. I went around town, and solicited about twenty (20) or so shops and restaurants to see if

Join us May 7th at Coakley Middle School to vote for the best pizza in town. Proceeds from this event will benefit Norwood Youth Hockey.

they were interested in taking part in a pizza war. All they would have to do is donate twenty (20) large cheese pizzas, and we’d take care of the rest. Ten (10) have responded positively, and were very happy to help out the Nuggets hockey program. These shops are Abbon-

dana, Bertucci’s, Conrad’s, Express Pizza, Giogio’s Pizzeria, Old Colonial Café, Papa Gino’s, Pizza Galore, Pizza Palace and Santucci’s Pizzeria. The taste off is being held at the Coakley Middle School, on Saturday, May 7th, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Admission is $5.00 per person

(kids under 2 are free). People can come to the Middle School cafeteria, sample pizza from each of these establishments, and vote for their favorite. There will also be refreshments and desserts

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Voting for specific dancers is similar to the popular television series "Dancing with the Stars," but with a slight twist. Each contestant still receives votes for their performance from audience members, however, each vote cost $1, which will be donated to the Norwood Circle of Hope Foundation. "It's a wonderful night to see these people come out and see what they can do," Norwood Circle of Hope volunteer Kathy St. Cyr said. "It's amazing. We try to do everything as close as possible to tv."

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Now in its third year, The Norwood Circle of Hope Dancing with the Norwood Stars fundraiser is anticipated to be as large a success as previous years. The competition will take place on Friday, May 6, at Concannon's Village, Lenox St., at 7 p.m. This year's contestants are Norwood Director of Public Works and Town Engineer, Mark Ryan, local business owner, Lenny Sansone, architect, Jack Perry, owner of Murph's Place, Carolyn Murphy, former owner of Town Square Diner, Paulette Alty and former Selectwoman and League School Director of Development, Sue McQuaid.

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Norwood Spring Household Hazardous Waste/Recycling Day As spring cleaning has officially arrived, many Norwood residents have probably uncovered many items that are not approved for their regular trash disposal. Twice a year, the Town of Norwood offers Hazardous Waste/Recycling Day as an opportunity for homeowners to dispose of these harmful items. The Town of Norwood Spring Household Hazardous Waste/Recycling Day will be held on Saturday, May 7, 8-11 a.m., at the

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available, and we’re giving away a $20.00 gift certificate from one of the participating shops, as a door prize. After all the votes have been counted, the winner will be announced and an award presented to the winning shop. We chose the Coakley Middle School as the venue to hold this fundraiser because it’s directly between the baseball and soccer fields, and it would be easy for families to come over and participate in the taste off before or after their games. It’s the perfect place for people to come for a little lunch, and a fun way to talk up their favorite pizza shop or restaurant, or maybe even find a new favorite. Our hope is that for this year, we get a really good turnout and people enjoy it so much that the Pizza War keeps growing and more shops participate, and eventually it becomes the type of community event that generates a buzz around town year after year.

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Tim McDonough and Norwood High School Principal George Usevich. Tickets sold out quickly to this popular event, but audience members can still watch and vote for their favorite dancer at one of the three satellite viewing stations, Lewis's Restaurant, the O.C.C. and The Colonial House, where Circle of Hope volunteers will be on hand to accept the $1 donation for each vote cast. The competition can also be viewed and enjoyed by Norwood residents at home through Norwood Public Access Television (NPA-TV) on a local channel. Each dancer has donated a significant amount of time and energy into preparing for this event and has received 10 weeks of discounted dancing lessons


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The Norwood Circle of Hope Foundation is a local, non-profit foundation that was established "We couldn't do it without in 1998 in memory of Norwood them," St. Cyr said. "If we didn't resident, Michelle Kennedy, have them, we couldwho suffered with n't do it." leukemia. During her Who: Circle of Hope fundraiser illness, Norwood resiFundraising for this dents united in her batWhat: Dancing with the Norwood Stars tle musical event actually and the Circle of began weeks ago with Hope continues that Where: Concannon’s Village, Lenox St. the dancers implespirit by donating all menting innovative When: Friday, May 6, 7 pm its proceeds directly solutions to raise both back to Norwood resimoney and votes. dents. Sansone sponsored a trip to MoAt press time, a few hundred of hegan Sun and Alty hosted a cut- these donation symbols lined the All revenues from Circle of a-thon and sold candy bars with walls of the popular local hot Hope fundraisers are distributed her picture on the packaging. spot and Monaghan couldn't be into the Norwood community to McQuaid collaborated with happier. support families who need assislocal business owner Dave tance due to a catastrophic med"The Circle of Hope FoundaMonaghan, proprietor of the ical illness. Since its inception, tion is a terrific organization and Mug N Muffin, where the the foundation has disbursed ap100% comes back to the town restaurant sold $1 and $5 trianproximately $238,000. which is great," Monaghan said.

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Top 6 Running Injuries and How to Avoid Them CONTRIBUTED BY JOHN VACOVEC, OWNER AND THERAPIST OF PHYSICAL THERAPY AND SPORTS REHAB., INC. Walking, jogging and running are excellent activities to promote health and wellness. Are you an avid jogger or runner? If so, could the way you run be hurting you? When you run, jog or walk, each step sends shock waves up the feet, knees, hips and lower back. Overuse injuries are common, especially with running. The good news is, we can help avoid overuse injuries. Some causes of running induced injuries include: • Training errors • Improper running shoes • Poor weight-bearing or running dynamics If an injury does occur, physical therapy can get you back on track (pun intended) in a short time. Here are SOME of the most common injuries that occur with running: 1. Plantar fasciitis: Inflammation of fibrous connective tissue in sole

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If you are a runner or just happen to walk regularly, you need to call us to evaluate your technique right away. As they say, prevention is better than cure. Our highly experienced staff will work closely to design a plan to protect your joints and optimize your efforts. Call us today for an appointment. Your feet will thank you.

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Memorial Day Weekend Activities For approximately the past 60 years, the residents of the Town of Norwood have taken great pride in paying tribute to their current and fallen soldiers in Memorial Day events. As in past years, the 2011 weekend event schedule is bursting with volunteer opportunities and celebrations to thank and acknowledge local veterans on the services and sacrifices they have made for United States citizens and their country. "Norwood has a long tradition of honoring their veterans," Norwood Director of Veteran's Services Ted Mulvehill said. "Because of them we enjoy the freedoms we have today." Throughout the weekend, a magnificent patriotic sight can be seen at Norwood's Highland Cemetery where approximately 5,000 flags will stand proudly reminding residents of the number of local residents who have defended their country. On Saturday, May 28, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., these flags will decorate the graves of these brave men and women with the symbol they fought and worked so hard to defend. To accomplish this great task, Mulvehill recruits local youth organizations

to assist with this tribute and welcomes all residents to volunteer their services to this touching homage. "We want to get the kids on the right path of education," Mulvehill said. "We want to make sure they

Saturday, May 28 8 a.m.: Highland Cemetery, flags placed on Norwood veterans gravesites at Highland Cemetery. Volunteers welcome. Monday, May 30 8 a.m.: St. Catherine of Siena Church, military Service 9 a.m.:Town Common, American flag placed at half staff. Memorial Day ceremonies. 9:30 a.m.: Old Parish Cemetery, American flag placed at half staff 10 a.m.: Memorial Day Parade. Parade route begins at Howard/Washington Sts., travels down Winter St. and ends at Highland Cemetery. 11 a.m.: Highland Cemetery, Memorial Day ceremony.

understand you're putting flags on the graves of veterans that died for their country." On Monday, May 30, St. Catherine of Siena Church will host a military service at 8 a.m., and at 9 a.m., ceremonies will begin on the Town Common, including adjusting the American flag to half mast. At 9:30 a.m., the American flag at the Old Parish Cemetery Central St. and Railroad Ave. will also be posted at half mast. Beginning at 10 a.m., the streets of Norwood will be lined with cheering crowds as a thank you to the courageous soldiers who have volunteered for their country. The Memorial Day Parade will begin at Howard and Washington Streets and will include three bands: the Colonial Boys, the Norwood High School Marching Band and the Colonial Pipers. The procession will also include local Norwood veterans, approximately 50 masons and honor guards from the Norwood Police and Fire Departments and the Norwood VFW. The parade will end at Highland Cemetery where at 11 a.m., approximately 500 people will attend the final ceremony of the day.

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High School Arts Events May 5th Jazz Night at the Sheraton Four Points in Norwood

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On April 13, the students at Norwood Adult English as a Second Other Language Program (NAESOL) delivered two carloads of food to the Norwood Food Pantry. The students represent 26

different countries from around the world and currently reside in Norwood, Canton, Sharon, Stoughton, and Walpole. In addition to learning English, the students enjoy giving back to

the community by organizing charitable activities. Last year the students donated warm coats to the "Coats for Kids" drive. This year they organized a food drive for the Norwood Food Pantry located at 150 Chapel Street in Norwood. Director of the food pantry, Ruth Taeger, gave the students a tour and explained that their donations will help hungry families, the homeless, and the disabled. The food pantry accepts donations every Saturday morning from 8:15 am to 11:00 am. NAESOL offers free English classes Tuesday through Friday mornings. For information call 781-769-5848.

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Annual Letter Carriers’ Drive Set for May 14th On the second Saturday in May – May 14, 2011 – letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America will deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes. They will be collecting the goodness and compassion of their postal customers participating in the 19th annual NALC National Food Drive to “Stamp out Hunger” – the largest one-day food drive in America. Over one billion pounds of donations have been collected in the past 18 years, including 77.1 million lbs. in 2010.

The Letter Carriers of Local 742 will participate in this program again this year. Last year, over 20,000 lbs (2 tons) of food was collected in the Norwood/Westwood areas as the carriers went door to door with their mail deliveries and picked up the food left by their loyal customers. This will be the procedure again this year. The food will be dropped off at the First Baptist Church of Norwood on Bond Street. The food is boxed and taken to the Storage building and is used weekly to stock the pantry shelves for the clients to se-

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Norwood High Drama Do It For Donny Fundraiser May 12 presents Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Norwood High School Drama presents Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, running April 29th and 30th and again May 6th and 7th at 7pm at Norwood’s Savage Center. Gods mix with mortals, a feuding king and queen unleash magical practical jokes on one another, spells yield improbable love affairs, and a band of comical tradesmen wander into an enchanted wood and are transformed in the most unlikely ways in Shakespeare's most popular and enduring comedy. Working with Norwood’s high school drama teacher John Quinn, this uproarious comic fantasy is directed in a traditional manner by two extremely talented high school seniors - Amanda Bonaccorso and Kristen McCarthy - and set in ancient Athens. An extraordinary set design is provided by

architect James Bowers, named Norwood’s Fine Arts Advocate of the Year, 2011, who has designed numerous Norwood productions throughout the past four years, including Pippin, Black Comedy & the White Liars, Marley’s Ghost, A Christmas Carol, and most recently, the award-winning The Real Inspector Hound. Costume designer Tess Gautreaux is creating gorgeous trappings for Greek royalty and European-style fairies and rustics alike. Productions: Friday and Saturday, April 29th and 30th at 7pm Friday and Saturday, May 6th and 7th at 7pm Norwood Savage Center General admission: $5 , Students/seniors $4 at the door Questions, call 781-440-5917

Norwood native and local owner of L.T.L. Construction Donny Venterosa has spent his life supporting his family, friends and community. When he was diagnosed with nonHodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in 2008, those close to him rallied and returned the favor with assistance and encouragement as he underwent necessary chemotherapy and stem cell treatments. After only a year in remission, the cancer has returned, and those same faithful troops returned in fuller stride to back their champion. This treatment, however, is more severe and sponsorship from the extended Norwood community is needed to help nurse his courageous efforts. The follow-up treatments require extensive recovery time and Venterosa will have to protect his immune system and remain in total isolation at his home for one year. This stringent treatment that will put a heavy financial burden on Venterosa's family and business which necessitates the engagement of his Norwood neighbors. "Last time he was out of work for six months," wife Trish Venterosa said. "You can imagine not just emotionally but financially not being able to work. That's a tough

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The 'Do It For Donny' committee, a group of ten family and friends have formed a task force to aid that financial drain. Their goal? To raise enough donations that will cover the Venterosa's mortgage and medical bills for the year isolation period.

Thursday, May 12, 6 p.m., at Christina's Restaurant, 2 Washington St. (Route 1), Foxboro. Tickets for the fundraiser are $40 in advance "It's different this time," Trish Venterosa said. "We put money away for a rainy day, but last time we went through everything. We got back on our feet, but now we don't have our cushion." The 'Do It For Donny' fundraiser will be held on Thursday, May 12, 6 p.m., at Christina's Restaurant, 2 Washington St. (Route 1),

Foxboro. Tickets for the fundraiser are $40 in advance ( and $45 at the door. There will also be a live and silent auction and raffles. If you would like to contribute to the 'Do It For Donny' fundraiser and cannot attend the event, advertising space is available in the program booklet, bracelets are on sale for $5 each and cash donations can be processed through the 'Do It For Donny' website or contact Suzanne McDonough at During Venterosa's isolation period, he will only have contact with his wife and necessary medical staff. Friendships and local support will be a vital component for Venterosa's recovery through the one valuable source of social media. If you would like to send a message of encouragement to communicate with Venterosa, visit the care and concern page on the website. This venue will be one of only a few links for Venterosa to the outside world. "The website is the only way people will be able to communicate with him [Venterosa] during his quarantine," Trish Venterosa said. "He would love that."

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May 1 Spiritual Lecture on Bullying Coakley Middle School Auditorium 3 p.m. A Christian Science lecturer will present spiritual ideas that neutralize the effects on bullying. All welcome. Fireside Coffeehouse Emmanuel Lutheran Church 24 Berwick St., 2-4 p.m. Musical duos and trios. For more information, email firesidecoffeehouse May 5 Music with Miss Tina Morrill Memorial Library 10-10:45 a.m. To register, contact Jeanne Morrison at jmorrison@norwood. or call 781-440-5983. Patriotic Rosary - St. Catherine of Siena Church, 547 Washington St., 12 noo. Recitation of the patriotic rosary for our country on the National Day of Prayer. May 6 Norwood Dancing With The Stars Concannon's, 60 Lenox St. 7 p.m. You've seen the popular television show, now attend the Norwood version, watch local politicians and residents strut their dance moves and help raise money for the Circle of Hope Foundation.

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May 7 Red Cross Blood Drive First Congregational Church 100 Winter St., 9 a.m.-3 pm.

Residents can bring their hazardous waste and other items to the Composting Facility off Winter Street. A newsletter with a complete list of acceptable materials can be found at, under health dept.

All presenting donors at a Red Cross blood drive in May will receive a coupon for a free WHOPPER® Small Value Meal from BURGER KING®. To make an appointment to donate blood please call 1-800-RED CROSS or log onto Norwood Nuggets Pizza War Coakley Middle School, 11 a.m.2 p.m. Come on down to the Coakely Middle School and for only $5, sample pizza from 10 Norwood restaurants and vote for your favorite. There will also be refreshments and desserts available, and a $20.00 gift certificate from one of the participating shops as a door prize. After all the votes have been counted, the winner will be announced and an award presented to the winning shop. Household Hazardous Waste Day Composting Facility: Win-

May 12 Do It For Donny Fundraiser Christina's Restaurant, 2 Washington St. (Route 1), Foxboro, 6 p.m. Tickets $40 in advance/$45 at the door. The 'Do It For Donny Fundraiser' is a benefit for Norwood resident Donny Venterosa who has been stricken with nonHodgkin lymphona (NHL). May 13 Benefit: Fernando's Fight O.C.C., 171 Nahatan St., 5-11:30 p.m. Fernando Morales is a Norwood High School sophomore who is battling Ewing Sarcoma. For more information of tickets, call 978-337-4425 or e-mail May 16 Storytime - Morrill Memorial Library, 10-10:30 a.m. To regis-

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ter, contact Jeanne Morrison at or call 781-440-5983. May 17 Parent Workshop: Making the Transition to Kindergarten James Savage Educational Center, 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jeanne Morrison at us or call 781-440-5983. May 22 Musical Sunday Series: Jazz Duo Ellen Schwartz and Roger Bruno Morrill Memorial Library, 3 p.m. Popular jazz duo Ellen Schwartz and Roger Bruno and a guest bassist, will make their third Musical Sundays appearance for a Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon concert. Their distinctive sound and song arrangements continue to be a favorite for Norwood audiences. Registration can be done in person at the library or by calling 781-7690200, x222 or x110. Red Cross Blood Drive Ferrari Maserati of New England, 441 Boston/Providence Highway, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. All presenting donors at a Red Cross blood drive in May will receive a coupon for a free

WHOPPER® Small Value Meal from BURGER KING®. To make an appointment to donate blood please call 1-800RED CROSS or log onto May 28 Veteran Flag Placement Highland Cemetery, 320 Winter St., 8-11 a.m. Flags will be placed on Norwood veterans gravesites. Volunteers welcome. May 30 Military Service - St. Catherine of Siena Church, 547 Washington St., 8 a.m. Memorial Day Ceremonies Norwood Town Common, 9 a.m. American Flag Placed at Half Staff Old Parish Cemetery Central St./Railroad Ave., 9:30 a.m. Memorial Day Parade, Howard/Washington Sts., 10 a.m.: The Norwood Memorial Day Parade route will begin at Howard/Washington Sts., travel down Winter St. and end at Highland Cemetery. Memorial Day Ceremony Highland Cemetery, 320 Winter St., 11 a.m.

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Sheer Illusions 2 Opens Inside The Vanderbilt Club For the past nine years, The Vanderbilt Club has continued to sustain its status as a full-service, quality health club through the commitment of co-owners Jim Shane and Sue Young. Their center provides numerous activities and physical fitness options for the entire family, young and old, and supplies amenities most fitness facilities in the area fail to offer, such as childcare, an indoor/outdoor pool and fresh towels every day. They have also steadily maintained a reputation in the local community for their personal, exceptional service and skilled training staff.

and complies with the busy calendars of her clients. Men exercising on their lunch hour can now fit in a quick haircut and women can easily manage their schedule with

Sue Young, owner of The Vanderbilt Club and Trish Murphy, owner of

When free space in the building Sheer Illustions 2 join forces at The Vanderbilt Club to offer more services became available, Young gave for members. considerable thought what would ond salon that opened its doors in with Young in her hometown was be the right fit for the club and its April inside The Vanderbilt Club. an opportunity to conveniently patrons. Her first and only answer service and reestablish relation"I love her business style, it's exwas Trish Murphy, owner of Sheer ships with past clients and hopeIllusions in Westwood. Young and actly how I think of the club," fully meet new ones who prefer Murphy have known each other Young said. "She is very service the Norwood location. many years and share similar inter- oriented." "A lot of clients that I haven't ests, but Young was also well For the past 22 years, Murphy aware of Murphy's success in her has successfully operated Sheer Il- seen in a long time now come in," Westwood location and even more lusions on Route 109. Murphy, a Murphy said. "It's like a reunion." familiar with her work philoso- Norwood native, has roots in the For Young, this collaboration enphies and dedication to her clients. Norwood community and the hances her continued objective to Those parallel values resulted in chance to incorporate and partner deliver a health center that suits Sheer Illusions II, Murphy's sec-

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Men exercising on their lunch hour can now fit in a quick haircut and women can easily manage their schedule with a workout and beauty appointment in the same location. a workout and beauty appointment in the same location. This supplemental, in-house service is just another example of Young's dedication as an evolving, communal fitness club that already offers a diverse collection of lifestyle choices and membership benefits that also include regular visits by guest retailers in her lobby, such as Sildapa jewelry, holiday gifts and

exercise clothing brands like Lululemon Athletica and Lucy. "It's all about convenience," Young said. "We try to offer different things for the members. We're a very social club." Sheer Illusions II is located just inside the Vanderbilt Club, at 45 Vanderbilt Ave., in Norwood. It is a full-service salon for men, women and children, offering a range of talented hair stylists as well as massage, skin care, waxing and nail services. It is open days and evenings and books by appointment, but walk-ins are always welcome. Sheer Illusions II is available to both Vanderbilt customers and non-club members. For an appointment or for more information, call 781-352-3505. Who knows, salon clients may appreciate the vast advantages of this popular club and Vanderbilt customers will further confirm their choice of their fitness center and utilize The Vanderbilt Club for both their exercise and beauty needs.

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Nature Calls No Nature – No Problem BY AMY BEAUMONT As I was trying to come up with a submission for Nature Calls last month, an interesting phone call came into the studio from a pilot by the name of Colin. He explained he lived in South Carolina and specialized in aerial photography. It seemed a client of his needed a commercial building photographed in the Boston area and since he couldn’t easily get into this neck of the woods, he thought a call to a local photographer might do the trick. Not having done aerial photography before, I figured – how hard can it be, at least there won’t be any hair issues. At any rate, I quickly and gladly accepted the deal, before any potential anxiety could set in. Even though it was a commercial project I knew it would be yet another great opportunity to get out with the cameras and cap-

ture whatever came into view – nature or not. Once the weather offered a decent enough day to get into the skies I made my way to the airport. Once there, I was introduced to the pilot, 26 year old Adam Rutherford, whose first flight was at the age of just 11. I was initially shocked at how young he was, but eased my anxiety by convincing myself he would likely not suffer a heart attack or some other medical emergency while we were in the skies. It was a twisted thought perhaps, but one that seemed to work for me at the time. I observed his very thorough preflight checks of the Cessna 172s we were about to fly and appreciated his explanations of what he was doing and why. When we were cleared for takeoff and finally hit the skies, I could fully understand why he became hooked on flying. It was remarkable to see Norwood and the surrounding towns from such an amazing perspective. The lower altitudes we needed to fly at for the project allowed me to see all of the familiar places around

town. As we made our way to the shooting site, I needed Adam’s help on several occasions to find the target areas. Pilot Colin previously warned me that looking through my viewfinder combined with sensory overload (exhaust, strong winds, turbulence) may get to me. Nausea did in fact set in on the flight back, but thankfully only for a brief time. I purposely ingested little to nothing before

the flight just for that reason. Once back on the ground I noticed Adam plugging some groovy pads in compartments of the plane and asked what they were. “We put cowl plugs in to deter birds and other wildlife from nesting there,” he explained. He was also quick to point out that wildlife strikes are the number one reason for aircraft damage. I walked away from the

flight delighted that we hadn’t ‘run’ into any wildlife that day. After some hunting around on the internet for facts on aircraft strikes, I not only found the accompanying photo, but also a few troubling statistics. Around 90% of bird strikes occur at or below 3000 feet AGL (above ground level) and are most commonly during the approach and landing roll. And, according to the FAA Wildlife Strike Database, there have been over 100,000 (Civic and USAF) wildlife strikes between 1990 and 2008.While that certainly is a high percentage I did not have any of that on my mind before or during the flight. Good thing – I may have spoiled the start of something spectacular otherwise. Besides, the view was simply too magnificent – wildlife or not. Amy Beaumont is a portrait photographer and freelance writer. She can be reached at

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Thai Cilantro The first impressions browsing in the window at Thai Cilantro could be described as elegant, cozy, warm, inviting, and probably expensive. All those descriptions are true, except one. The menu at Thai Cilantro is anything but high priced. Plated dinners are a great value ranging from $8.95 to $18.95, with the average cost of an adult entree running at only $9.95. Above, an inside view of Thai Cilantro. In the photo to the right, an attractive place setting. Below right is a sample of the Pad Thai dish.

Thai Cilantro opened its doors four months ago in the heart of Norwood Center, at 712 Washington St. Co-owners and spouses Annie Sann and Wii Fung were attracted to the friendly environment of this 48seat restaurant and made significant interior changes redecorating in soothing tones and textures to create a setting that welcomes its patrons and encourages a long, relaxing dining experience.

cold and bland. The newly painted golden walls blend perfectly with the cranberry ceiling and soft mood lighting while easy listening tunes plays softly in the background. The tables are displayed comfortably for two or four people, but can easily be arranged to accommodate larger parties. There is also an intimate bar area where a glass of wine or beer can be leisurely enjoyed while waiting for a seat or for an after-dinner nightcap.

"We thought it would be a good location for a Thai restaurant," Sann said. "Most are very traditional, we wanted it to be a modern place."

While the menu is reasonably priced, the selection at Thai Cilantro is anything but average with a diverse collection of op-

Modern yes, but certainly not

tions. It offers a wide variety of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, rice and noodle dishes and traditional Thai desserts. Each entree begins as a vegetarian plate and offers protein choices at no extra charge such as, chicken, beef, pork and tofu (shrimp is an additional $2) and is finished with their signature garnish. You guessed it, cilantro. For dessert, diners can indulge in an ethnic specialty, such as sticky rice with mango, fried ice cream or fried banana with ice cream. The entire menu at Thai Cilantro is homemade on the premises by a chef previously

employed in New York City and is based with traditional Thai herbs, such as basil, coriander, chili, lemon grass, garlic and ginger. That distinct cultural ingredients of its cuisine result in a appetizing palette of salty and spicy flavors. To stay true to its ethnicity, many dishes are also enhanced with jasmine rice, an ingredient that not only adds aroma and texture to the dish, but also acts as a moderating agent and prepares the taste buds for the next round of seasonings. Sann and Fung have received wonderful feedback regarding their cuisine and have already enjoyed the opportunity to service many revisiting customers. "We have good returning customers," Sann said. "Once they come once, they come back."

Thai Cilantro is currently offering an enticing and extremely economical special for its grand opening from Mondays through Thursdays, with a three-course dinner for two, which includes an appetizer platter, two entrees, a dessert and two glasses of wine, all for $29.95. Thai Cilantro is located at 712 Washington St., and is open six days a week, Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m., and Friday and Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m. Their menu is available for dining in, take out and catering and free delivery is available with a $15 minimum. All major credit cards are accepted. For more information, call 781-769-6888 or visit their website at

Community Shred Day A Community Shred Day is being sponsored by Norwood Bank on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 9:00 AM until 12 Noon. The public is invited to bring up to two boxes of paper contents, including old bank statements, cancelled or unused checks, and other confidential documents to be shredded on-site to help protect against identity theft. Refreshments, giveaways, and a raffle to be held in lobby.

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Retired Men’s Club April Meeting The April meeting of the Norwood Retired Men’s Club will have Patricia Fanning, Norwood historian, as their guest speaker. NRMC meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month in the Norwood Elks at 10:00 am. Last time to sign up for Bocce, Golf and Horseshoes.

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Butterflies Are a Spring Spectacle Few harbingers of spring are more spectacular to look at than the variety of butterflies that take to the skies after they emerge from chrysalis. Although it is widely known that butterflies and moths go through a metamorphosis to turn into their finished forms, many are unaware just how many steps it takes for a butterfly to be ready to fly. 1. A butterfly begins its life as an egg, which a female butterfly lays on a particular plant that the species of butterfly prefers to eat. This is called a host plant. Butterflies are very particular about the type of plant that they eat. Certain species will only eat one type of plant or closely related varieties. 2. When a butterfly hatches from the egg, it is called a larva, or a first instar caterpillar. The insect is very small and does nothing but eat from the host plant. 3. Caterpillars are voracious eaters, and they grow very quickly. The trouble is that their skin cannot grow. A new, larger skin must be formed. To do this the caterpillar must molt its old skin so that the new, larger skin can emerge. As it eats, a caterpillar will go through a few stages depending on the species. It may become a second, third, fourth, and fifth instar caterpillar. 4. A caterpillar that has molted several times may look very different from its initial larval form. It will be much larger and may have different colors and features. 5. During the final molt, the discarded skin will become part of the chrysalis that will house the caterpillar as it pupates. The caterpillar spins a silk girdle that attaches it to a particular location, either on a

tree branch or a plant stem. 6. Contrary to popular belief, butterflies are not formed in cocoons. Their pupa is called a chrysalis. Only some varieties of moths transform inside of a cocoon. In the chrysalis, the caterpillar is undergoing a rapid transformation. The chewing mouthparts are turning into the sucking mouthparts of a butterfly. Wings and antennae are also forming. The pupa stage is not

wings to expand them. It also needs to get used to flying. A recently hatched butterfly is very vulnerable until its wings are ready and dry. 8. An adult butterfly eats nectar and reproduces to begin the life cycle anew. Relatively speaking, a butterfly has a short life span. Some species live only a few days. Others may live up to a year. This can make viewing a spectacularly hued butterfly in a spring garden even more poignant for the observer. More than 700 species of butterflies are found in North America. In order to attract them to the backyard, homeowners can plant wildlife that nurtures all stages of the metamorphosis.

merely a hibernation for the caterpillar. It is a time of very active growth. 7. About 10 to 14 days later the butterfly will emerge from the chrysalis. Upon doing so the wings will be wet and small. The butterfly then pumps fluids through the

Adult butterflies looking for nectar will seek out plants in the sunlight; rarely do they feed in the shade. Plants should have red, yellow, orange, pink, or purple blossoms. Flat-topped or clustered flowers are preferred, as are short flower tubes that enable the butterfly's proboscis to fit in easily.

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Protect Your Patio From Wear and Tear Patios are typically the goto spot for warm weather outdoor meals. Whether hosting friends or simply enjoying a relaxing meal under the evening sky, homeowners tend to spend as much time as possible on the patio once the weather warms up.

Stains are generally solidcolor stains or acid stains. Solid-color stains, as their name suggests, provide a more even and solid look, while acid stains provide a more marble-like appearance. While neither are likely to fade or peel quickly, over time an additional coat or stain might need to be applied to counter natural factors like sunlight.

Summer can be rough on patios and patio furniture. Homeowners can take several steps to protect their patios from wear and tear.

Because it's such a hightraffic area, the patio should be protected from wear and tear. Wear and tear on the patio can result from Mother Nature or be a byproduct of all those spring and summer evenings spent relaxing outdoors. Fortunately, there are a handful of ways homeowners can keep their patios looking pristine through the summer party season.

* Cover the furniture. Patio furniture can vary significantly in price and quality. Homeowners who picked up a few plastic chairs at the nearby grocery store might not feel furniture covers are worth the investment. For those with more expensive patio furniture, durable furniture covers that can withstand year-round weather are a sound investment. Waterproof and heat-resistant fabric is ideal, as the furniture will be vulnerable to spring rains, summer showers and high temper-

* Stain the concrete. Staining concrete protects it from natural elements, which can cause the color of a patio to peel or flake. Concrete stain penetrates deep and infuses the concrete with a permanent color that's less likely to fall victim to the elements.

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All-Natural Fertilizer Options for the Backyard Garden Organic fertilizers can be just as effective as their chemical counterparts while providing health benefits chemical pesticides cannot.

tain harmful bacteria or parasites. Not only will manure add nutrients to the soil, it will also help with moisture retention.

Organic fertilizers are effective at strengthening the soil for both lawns and planting beds. There are a number of different materials the home gardener can try, some of which may already be around the house.

Fish meal: Made from ground and dried fish scraps, this fertilizer is a good source of nitrogen. It can provide a boost to soil in the early spring that will last well through the growing season.

Compost: Compost is often called "black gold" because of its rich nutritional content and how it can quickly amend the quality of the soil. Compost heaps or bins can be set up in the yard so that individuals can manufacture their own compost from scraps of material used around the house. Discarded fruit peels, eggshells, leaves, and paper can be added to the compost pile. Over time, natural bacteria will break down the materials until they form an effective fertilizer. Manure: Manure remains one of the best and most practical fertilizers out there. It's easy to find, and any animal that eats a plant-based diet will produce manure that will be acceptable for the garden or lawn. Avoid manure from animals that eat meat as the feces may con-

* Elemental sulfur: A lawn that has turned yellow may be lacking in the right levels of sulfur. Elemental sulfur, when used sparingly, can help boost levels and return the lawn to normal. * Blood meal: This dried blood product is collected from slaughtered animals and can be another nitrogen booster for the soil. Vegetarian gardeners may avoid its use for this reason, however. Some gardening enthusiasts say that blood meal also may be a deterrent for deer and other animals who like to nibble on garden plants. * Peat moss: Peat moss is a type of moss that grows on the top of peat bogs. Peat moss is able to hold large quantities of water in its cells, which makes it a good soil additive to help retain moisture at the roots of plants. This is handy

When shopping for fertilizers, select ones that are all-natural. Many organic fertilizers also can be made from materials at home.

when dealing with very sandy soil or plants that need an increased moisture content to grow well.

Natural fertilizers and soil amendments can make the lawn and garden a safe place for pets,

children and other animals to venture. They're also a good idea for those looking to preserve the health of the planet.

Training for the Dementia Care Provider As the number of diagnosed cases with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related dementias continue to grow to approximately 5.3 million cases in this country; the healthcare community will need to ensure the care provider is able to meet the needs of the dementia client through standardized training programs. Caring Resources, a local company that specializes in dementia care solutions, is providing Dementia Care Provider Training at Avery Crossings, Assisted Living Community located in Needham on May 26th. Caring Resources can assist family members and care providers to give the best care for those living with dementia through our training modules. Our curriculum provides a positive learning environment, with educational material linking classroom learning with practicum experience. Our standards of care allow participants to gain innovative skills and strategies to meet the needs of the dementia client. Our training modules will prepare the

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Successfully Transplant Trees Homeowners move trees around their property for a number of reasons. Some might be adding on to their property and need to make room for their new addition, while others might simply want to move a tree for aesthetic reasons. Whatever the reason, transplanting trees can be risky. Trees that are not fully healthy, for instance, might find a transplant too stressful. If the stress proves overwhelming, the tree could die or lose some its physical appeal. Though there are no guarantees when transplanting trees, there are a few guidelines homeowners can follow to increase the likelihood of a successful transplant.

* Avoid drying out. Trees and shrubs should not dry out during the transplanting process. Water the plants for 2 to 3 days prior to transplanting the tree if the surrounding soil is dry. When it comes time to transplant, cover the root ball with a damp material, such as burlap or canvas, that will help retain moisture the tree or shrub needs.

* Plant as soon as possible. It's possible to store a tree and not immediately plant it, but it's ideal to plant a tree or shrub that is being transplanted as soon as possible. If storing, avoid covering the root ball with plastic. That can suffocate the plant's roots, putting its life in significant jeopardy. Protect stored plants from extreme temperatures, wind and direct sunlight.

* Re-locate to the correct spot. Before transplanting a tree or shrub, test the new location in mind. Make sure the place to where the tree or shrub will be moved can provide sufficient light for the given species to thrive. In addition, check the new location's soil pH, moisture and wind exposure. Not all areas of a property are ideal for trees and

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* Let the professionals move larger trees. Moving larger trees is an undertaking best left to professionals. Transplanting larger trees could prove a difficult undertaking for many homeowners, and the tree could suffer greatly if that's the case.

* Transplant at the right time. It's best to transplant trees when the ground is not frozen. When transplanting in the spring, do so right after the ground has thawed and before the tree or shrub's buds begin to swell. When transplanting in the fall, do so soon after leaf drop to allow time for root development before the soil freezes.

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Must-Have Tools For the Outdoor Handyman (or Woman) Spring has sprung for most areas of the country and the average homeowner's "honey-do" list likely has its share of outdoor landscaping tasks that need to be tackled. The right tools can make easier work of outdoor chores. A report from the Associated Landscape Contractors of America titled "Economic Benefits of Landscape" states that landscaping can add as much as 14 percent to the resale value of a building and speed its sale by as much as 6 weeks. Homeowners looking to sell their home or just improve its market value will want to consider landscaping a viable investment. A March 2003 article in Smart Money noted that homeowners can expect to earn back 150 percent or more of their landscape investment through the value it brings to a property. Whatever the landscaping project, the right tools will make any task that much easier. There are certain items every homeowner should have in his or her gardening arsenal. * SOIL CuLTIVATOR: A multipronged tool that breaks up clods of soil and grass to provide easier planting. * VARIOuS gARDEN HOES: Hoes can be used for breaking up soil, weeding, cultivating, aerating, and many other purposes. * SPADINg FORK: Another tool that loosens soil with straight tines that dig through dense soil. * SHOVEL: A multipurpose

shovel can dig through dirt, gravel and the like. * RAKE: A steel-pronged rake will till soil and spread out mulch and other organic matter in planting beds. A flexible rake is good for collecting leaves and thatch. * EDgER: Available as manual or gas powered, an edger gives planting beds and the edges of lawns a clean look. * STRINg TRIMMER: Weeds can easily be trimmed with a string trimmer that can work around bushes and other hard-toreach areas. * gLOVES: Avoid blisters and insect bites with durable gloves that protect the hands. * LAWN MOWER: To maintain a healthy lawn it will have to be trimmed to the correct height. A manual or powered lawn mower is the essential landscaper's tool. * COLLECTION BAgS/BINS: To properly dispose of organic matter like leaves and branches, it pays to have recyclable or reusable bags on hand for transporting waste. * HOSES: Drip irrigation hoses can deliver water right to plants' roots where they need it most. A regular nozzle-powered hose can be used for cleaning and misting plants and surrounding hardscapes. * COMPOST BIN: "Black gold" is the ideal landscaping supplement. By creating compost from discarded food, a homeowner can generate the prime fertilizer needed to keep plants healthy.

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Paving Stones Versus Concrete Homeowners have a variety of needs around the landscape that call for pavers or concrete, including driveways, patios and walkways. Deciding on a material means assessing needs and desired features as well as the cost of the project. In general, pavers are interlocking tiles of stone, brick or molded concrete. Concrete is poured in large, solid blocks with flexible spacers to allow for contraction and expansion depending on the weather.

Pavers Pavers allow flexibility in color and pattern. They can also be dug up and moved around at a later time. Different types of blocks can be interwoven to create a unique pattern. Because pavers are individual pieces, homeowners may

find that installation is a do-ityourself project. There are many different price ranges for pavers, depending on the size and material. Some range from a few dollars a block to much more than that. Many home-improvement stores sell an array of pavers, or homeowners can order from a specialty retailer. Pavers are often individually set with sand and leveling gravel. This means that over time they can settle and become uneven. Furthermore, because there is only sand in between, weeds may grow through the pavers over time, requiring added maintenance.

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There are a few other distinctions between these two materials that may also influence a homeowner's decision. Pavers provide immediate gratification in that they can be enjoyed shortly after installation. Concrete, on the other hand, will require days to dry and cure. Some town codes require a permit for pouring concrete because it is a permanent change to the home. Pavers may not require a permit because they are not permanent and can be removed. When choosing among pavers or concrete around a pool or water source, it is important to select a texture that will not be slippery when wet. Otherwise accidents may occur. The choice between concrete and pavers is largely one of personal preference. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages to consider.

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Identify All Those Pesky Springtime Pests lished nests can be created.

When the warm weather arrives, people venture outdoors and animals wake up from hibernation. Many insects hatch or revive from winter slumber and can be commonly seen in and around the home.

* Termites: Subterranean termites swarm when it is warm or in the morning. Swarming termites are those taking flight to create new nests and colonies. Swarms can be scary for homeowners as they likely indicate a termite problem inside of the house. Consult with a professional exterminator if termite infestation is suspected.

Once temperatures rise to about 60 F, many insects start their life cycles anew with eggs or larva hatching and winged and webbed creatures rearing their attenaed heads. It can be frustrating for homeowners facing an insect infestation, especially when bugs are found in quantities inside or around the perimeter of the home. There are many insects one might see in spring. * Ants: Small black ants, called pavement ants, come out of dormancy and begin to forage for food and nests. Although pavement ants build their colonies outdoors, they will venture inside for easy food sources. They can be nuisance pests if not quickly tackled. Carpenter ants are large, black ants that are found in and around the home.

Bees are among the many insects that return to wreak havoc once the weather warms up.

They build nests and channels in wood, so they can be particularly troublesome to homeowners for the potential structural damage they may cause. If they are seen in number inside of the home, there already may be an established colony inside of the walls.

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New multi-speed pumps enable you to run the pump at lower speeds when the pool isn't in use. Raise the speed when adding chemicals or if there are a lot of swimmers planned.

According to USA Swimming and the National Swimming Pool Foundation, there are 10 million swimming pools in the United States, with 360,000 public pools that stay open all year long. If homeowners began to employ green practices with respect to their swimming pools, they could have a big impact on protecting the environment.

3. Invest in a cartridge filter. Traditional filters use sand or diatomaceous earth to help filter the water. However, these filters need to be backwashed to clean out debris, wasting a lot of water in the process. A cartridge filter simply has a cartridge that can be removed and hosed off, saving

1. Use a solar blanket to heat the pool water. If you prefer warmer pool water, a solar blanket will heat up the water by using the sun's warmth with no additional energy needed from a heating source. Keep the blanket on at night to trap the warmth in the pool and prevent it from escaping into the cool night air. 2. Use a variable-speed filter pump. Most recommendations say to keep your pool filtering for 8 to 12 hours per day. That can eat up a lot of energy and be costly.

* Bees: Bees and wasps may overwinter in home attics or eaves and then come out of dormancy. If a large bee is seen inside of the home, chances are it is a queen looking for a good nesting area in which to lay her eggs and set up her new colony. Treat bee and wasp problems early on before estab-

* Spiders: Where there are other insects, there will be spiders to prey on them. When building a nest, spiders prefer out-of-the-way places that are dark and comfortable. There are some spiders, like the wolf spider, that will actively attack insects instead of lying in wait for a web to snare them. To keep spiders out of the home, make sure it is pest-free. Some homeowners like spiders around the home because they can prevent other insects from becoming nuisances. * Flies and gnats: Springtime may

be a season when certain varieties of flies and gnats emerge from their infant stages and take flight. Certain flies and gnats bite, while others simply are buzzing nusiances. * House centipedes: It's likely that homeowners will encounter house centipedes mostly in spring and fall because the insects are either coming out due to the warmer weather or retreating indoors to find a warm place to stay. These centipedes prefer a cool, damp place to live, like a basement or bathroom, and generally lay 60 or more eggs at one time. They feed on many different insects, including spiders. But their alarming appearance, which includes 15 pairs of feathery legs, makes few homeowners content to share a residence with them. As humans and other animals become active and enjoy the warmer weather, so, too, do many insects and arachnids. Springtime is a common season to encounter many of the "bugs" that dissapeared when winter weather reared its ugly head.

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Norwood Has Warm Bats In Cold April BY TIM DAVIS The Norwood High baseball season kicked off the season in the blistery cold damp days of April with an opening day loss to Newton North where the boys in blue had a woeful first inning before dropping the game 12-4. But just as the cold days of April give way to the sunny days of May (hopefully) the Mustangs baseball team turned the corner in their play this past April Vacation and has improved to 3-2 overall. The boys beat Mansfield 3-2, played highly ranked Xaverian tough, just falling 4-2 and then came from behind twice in defeating Milton and Foxboro. “We put a bunch of hits together, and we’ve been hitting the ball,” commented manager James Sweeney. In Norwood’s last two wins, the Mustangs came back from two four run deficits to beat Milton 74, and Foxboro 14-8. Against highly touted Xaverian, Norwood got a great pitching performance from James Bussiere. The ace Bussiere held the hot Hawk bats scoreless until the third when Xaverian strung four to five hits together for their four runs. “We played very well,” said Sweeney, “It was a solid game.” In the Foxboro game, the Mustangs fought off an early deficit of 6-2, to manufacture together four runs in the second, to tie the game. “It wasn’t how we drew it up in the first couple of innings,” said Sweeney

The Mustangs did answer in the bottom of the second when Pete Kelly, Jordan Davis and Anthony Periello knocked in some key runs. Kelly singled home Austin Glaser for the first run while Davis doubled in Mark Saulnier for another. Periello added a double of his own to record the tying runs. The rest of the game was left up to relief pitcher Sean O’Neil, the junior captain who struggled with the first couple of batters he faced eventually settled down to get the win. “Just focused on throwing strikes and let the defense play behind me,” said O’Neil who went 6 innings, giving up seven hits, three runs, while striking out five. “Once he got in a groove and we got some hits then the game started to turn our way,” said Sweeney. The Mustangs put pressure on the Foxboro defense by being aggressive on the base paths, stealing four bases for the game, and advancing on several passed balls and wild pitches to go along with their fifteen hits. “We tried to put some pressure on them defensively and to put runners in scoring position and it worked out, we were able to knock home some runs,” added Sweeney. Former CM and Stonehill standout Billy Sittig who is now the head coach at Foxboro, commented, “We didn’t make enough plays in the field, to beat a team like this.”

Little League Upbeat Despite Rainout BY TIM DAVIS The Norwood Little League Parade and Opening Day festivities were canceled on April 23rd making only a minor blemish for what hopes to be an exciting 59th year of Little League baseball in Norwood. “It’s incredible how the community, parents and businesses are all behind us,” commented Norwood Little League chairman Phil Albert, “It was unfortunate we looked at the weather all day yesterday, Mike (Doliner) the President of Norwood Little League woke me up at 5:30 in the morning, and said what are we going to do?” The decision to cancel the parade was due to an extended forecast of rain throughout Saturday morning and afternoon that left everyone with the league scrambling for cover. The word was announced at 8 a.m. via the Norwood LL website

that the parade was canceled and that all teams could report to Coakley Middle School for team photos. “It usually just a great day,” commented LL parent Stephen McFarland whose son Michael was suited up in the gym awaiting team photos. Mcfarland who has had two sons go through the LL program said, “They really enjoyed it over the years and had a great experience.” Community service and community involvement is a big part of what the little league stands for as fifty or so volunteers got together a few weeks ago to clean up the fields in order for the season to get underway. Norwood Little League has as many as 250 – 300 volunteers within their program in the town alone. And that does not include all the parental support that goes along with supporting a program

of this magnitude. The program supports fifty-one teams at seven different levels: from T-Ball, to instructional league, to coach’s pitch to the majors. This year Norwood LL has merged with Babe Ruth Softball to support the growing interest in the sport. Recently the Norwood High Softball team hosted a clinic for girl’s ages 8-12 during April vacation, which was well attended. Norwood LL fundraiser this year involves selling sponsor cards where discounts will be honored for over twenty businesses in the town of Norwood. Little League mom Lori Babineau added, “My son Eric has been in little league for several years and its been a great program. Today is a downer but we will get it back.”

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PET CORNER Meet This Month’s Felines

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Happy Mother’s Day to each of these WONDERFUL mother cats. Each of these cats has dedicated themselves to their kittens in so many ways. Some have had to take on the cold and weary conditions of the outdoors to shelter and feed their young. Others have had to keep their young from the mouths of predators that resided among them. Cinderelly was discarded at a local petstore with her young, a future unknown.

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Meet Jade: Orange and White, short haired

Meet Silvia: Tortieshell, short haired

Meet Chetch: Black, short haired

All of these cats have found the assistance of the Bay State Animal Cooperative in one way or another and have been taken in to raise their young. Each will wean their young safely, teach their young good habits and behaviors and then will trust the BSAC to screen perspective adoptive parents and find their young safe forever homes. We also memorialize Celine, who lost her life after succumbing to a severe mastitis infection followed by other complications while in intensive care in a local ER for animals. Her young were bottle fed and raised in foster care and will all go to their forever homes in early May!

Meet Cinderelly: Buff, short haired

Meet Crissy: Calico, short haired

So make these cats Mother’s Day and consider adopting them as they are all very deserving of their forever home also. Learn more about each by viewing them on petfinder through the Bay State animal Cooperative’s website at or email us to inquire further at baystateanimalcooperative

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Adoption event April 30 and May 1st , 11-4, PetsMart Store in Brockton, Mass. To adopt a cat through Bay State Animal Cooperative, Inc. visit us at and download an application.

Email additional inquiries and questions to baystateanimalcooperative@yaho Volunteers and donations always welcome. Donations can be mailed to or dropped off to our corporate address: BSAC, Inc., 47 Windsor Rd., Norwood, MA 02062. This is not a shelter or rescue facility, corporate address only.

Send your questions to baystateanimalcooperative@ QUESTION: How long is a cat pregnant? ANSWER: A cat can be pregnant for 56 to 70 days. On average 65 days is a good guide. Though many organizations abort kittens as a means of controlling cat overpopulation, the Bay State Animal Cooperative will not abort a pregnant cat suspected to be in her third trimester. Though the BSAC does abort pregnant cats on occasion, we also seek all sources of pet overpopulation that exist where that pregnant cat is located and assist in spaying and neutering all the resident cats in a true effort to tackle pet overpopulation. QUESTION: At what age can a female cat become a mother?

ANSWER: Same as with humans, once a cat reaches sexual maturity she can become pregnant. In general, cats reach sexual maturity between 4 and 6 months of age. On average most cats can reproduce by 5 months of age, hence spaying no later than 4 months is encouraged in all cases. QUESTION: How early can a cat be spayed or neutered? ANSWER: Cats can be spayed or neutered as young as 8 weeks and weighing two pounds. The American Veterinary Medical Association has endorsed this practice called Early Age Neutering; the animals recover more quickly from surgery when they are young. Bay State Animal Cooperative supports this practice and seeks veterinarians that will provide this service.

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Norwood Mason Tony Award Winner Jay Colamaria The TONY Awards were initiated over 40 years ago to recognize exceptional Norwood youths for their voluntary contribution to the community. Through anonymous reviews of the student's volunteer record and a 300-word essay, the Norwood Masons, who acquired the program 16 years ago, named the 2011 TONY Award winners at a banquet held January 24. The award includes a citation and plaque from the governor, a $1,000 savings bond and a gift card from Perk's coffeehouse. Two supplementary awards also include an additional $500 savings bond. Local Town Pages is also recognizing these admirable young adults with a profile of each student each month in our newspaper. Norwood High School senior John "Jay" Colamaria is the third student profile in our TONY Award series. Eighteen year-old Jay Colamaria admits that he was surprised when

he was announced as a recipient of the 2011 Norwood Tony Winner and Joe Pierce Scouting Award, but anyone familiar with this altruistic Norwood High School senior and his involvements with local organizations understand the reasoning and inclination behind the selection committee's choice.

Colamaria's Eagle Scout project was not his first association with Norwood Relay for Life, a 24hour walkathon to raise money for the American Cancer Society. His mother Janet has been involved with the charity event for a number of years and this year, both he and his mother are co-chairs on a ten-person committee to coordinate the June 17/18 event that will be held at Walpole High School.

"I wasn't expecting to win anything," Colamaria said. "You sit there and listen to what everyone else has done and I was pretty surprised."

"I always went to the events and when I was old enough I decided to join the committee," Colamaria said.

Colamaria began his charitable contributions very young through the Norwood Cub Scouts. During his elementary school, he recalls singing at nursing homes during the holiday seasons and in later years, contributing in numerous voluntary events, such as partnering with the Knights of Columbus during their tootsie roll drive and helping landscape their Norwood location. Colamaria continued to strive throughout the scout organization earning merit badges and

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Within my group of gal pals, I have always been “the Rememberer.” I remember where we were and who we were with. Why we really don’t like So-andSo but do like her older brother Such-and- Such. Names and faces have always been my thing. That is until recently.

If it is the child I am looking for-good for me! I won a round of the “Name Game”. If not, well then I’ll call out another Fitzgerald child’s name until eventually I remember which one I’m in need of.

Lately, I can’t seem to remember anyone’s name-including my own. When I’m in the process of calling one of my kids- whether it be because dinner is on the table or yet another dirty sock is on the kitchen floor I have to play “the Name Game”. “Aliseanybrie!” I shout because I don’t remember which kid I actually need.

Most times, I just give up and pick up aforementioned abandoned dirty sock myself. This way, the six year old doesn’t have to inform me for the millionth time that her name is not, in fact “Mary” but Brie.

It could also be because there are too many kids and only one me; they’re names get all mixed up in my mind.

At least she is nice when she corrects me. Unlike the older two-who have been known to do the eye roll (any parent reading right now knows and detests the eye roll) followed by a “Duh, Mum my name is …” If the “Duh” isn’t actually spoken, it’ is always indicated.

A few months ago, in lieu of calling all my kids’ names, I

I don’t know which I dislike more the eye roll or the “Duh.”

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Whether it is spoken or unspoken. But I digress. My kids don’t realize Mum has gone a bit senile. And I’m not telling them anytime soon. I’m counting on them not reading this- so my secret is safe a while longer. It’s not just my kids’ names I forget. My kids’ have friendswith names! And I’m supposed to remember them. Like I don’t have enough strain on my brain already. Now there are more names I need to know. Why can’t I refer to my kids’ friends as: “the kid with red hair from baseball”, or “the girl with the leopard coat that I really like”? Whatever happened to rustling a kid’s hair and saying a jovial, “Hey kiddo, how are you?” Apparently that’s not good enough anymore. Let’s not forget, each friend has at least one parent in the picture. Yet another name I have to know. So if all three of my kids are home, each has a friend over and

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a parent is on the way to pick up that friend. Well, there are nine names I have to remember- and soon before the minivans start mobilizing in my driveway. I can barely remember my own name- now add on nine more. What’s a mom with a memory problem to do? Most times, when I bump into a mom I haven’t seen in a while my mind goes blank. So, I head to the imaginary rolodex in my mind for clues. How do I know this woman? Did I go to high school with her? Did her kid and my kid go to school together? And if so, which school and what’s her kid’s name? I have been known to call people by the wrong name- only to walk away and realize to my utter horror the right name. Or even better- waking up in the middle of the night with an “Oh shoot, her name was Barb!” Thanks for kicking in at the wrong time, Memory. Where were you when I needed you? What’s worse -calling someone

by the wrong name or not acknowledging their name at all? Recently I bumped into a gal I know at the supermarket. Of course she knew my name- the big show off. I on the other hand said, “Oh my gosh how are you?” Then mumbled a quick and quiet “Julifer” while turning my head hoping she wouldn’t catch my slip. I was pretty proud of myself because I was close on the name. I truly believed it was either Julie or Jennifer. When I reached the parking lot, of course after calling her the wrong name, I remembered the right name. It was Diane. I was not even close. Once again, Memory, we really need to talk about your timing. Despite the timing, I was so proud of myself for remembering her name. The next time I see that gal, I will call her by her right name. If I can remember it. Dawn C. Fitzgerald is a freelance writer. She’d love to hear from you at dawncfitz@yahoo. com.

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May 1, 2011

Norwood Sports ATHLETE OF THE MONTH Sponsored by Leadership, drive, and hard work are the qualities that make eighteen-yearold Norwood High School senior, Stephanie Fogg a stand out athlete and Athletic Republic’s “Athlete of the Month� for May. Her exceptional talent and drive for success is evident in all that she does on and off of the sports field. Stephanie is an accomplished student at Norwood High School where she has become a very well rounded student-athlete. As a freshman, Stephanie earned her spot on the varsity lacrosse team where she has exhibited her dedication to the game and strong leadership skills as well as proving that she would be an incredible asset to the Mustang lacrosse team. In her fourth and final season with the Mustangs she was named a senior captain. Stephanie was also a 4-year soccer player, two of which were spent as a varsity starter. Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach Tanya Lowe

says of Fogg, “She is one of our harder working players, always trying to improve�. Stephanie is always trying to motivate her teammates to be the best players they can be on and off

where she has made a name for herself as editor. Impressively, she is a member of three honors societies including the National Honors Society, the National Art Honors Society, and the National Foreign Language Honors Society. Stephanie’s hard work and drive has made her the wellrounded student that she is at Norwood High. Stephanie is the oldest of two children, she has a younger sister Alayna who is also a two sport, varsity, athlete on the Lacrosse and Soccer teams at Norwood High School. Her proud parents are Kevin and Anna.


the field, making her a great leader and teammate to look up to.

 lacrosse or When she is not playing soccer, Stephanie is participating in a  variety  of  clubs at Norwood High   School including SADD, the friendship club, and the yearbook club


Stephanie has plans to attend Roger Williams University next fall where she will major in Graphic Design and continue to play lacrosse. Athletic Republic wishes her and the Norwood Girl’sLacrosse teams the best of luck this season as well as in her future at Roger Williams.

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Varsity Softball Clinic Held April 19-20

A little rain did not stop the next generation of Norwood Mustang softball players from honing their skills with the current Norwood High School varsity players. The NHS varsity players and coaches hosted a softball clinic fundraiser for Norwood Little League players over school vacation week. Thirty five girls ages 7-13 enjoyed a little extra softball practice before their season gets underway. The drills they ran were very similar to the ones Coach Carol Savino runs each day in practice. “You have to have good fundamentals to be a successful softball player” said Savino.

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The Artful Phoenix Art Gallery plans May 7th Grand Opening in North Attleboro Local artists are invited to display their work BY ANNE PARKER

gallery, a new one was created.

Are you an artist looking for a place to showcase your work? Do you like to socialize with other people and enjoy the creative process? Then The Artful Phoenix is the place for you. It is a gallery of interesting and unique pieces of artwork and crafts made by local artists.

Thus, the birth of The Artful Phoenix.

First, you must explore and enjoy the variety of beautiful art galleries in this area. When you are ready to venture further, take a short and scenic ride on Route 1A and check out their newly renovated shop on North Washington Street in downtown North Attleboro. The Artful Phoenix owners are planning their grand opening May 7th. The gallery renovations were completed in April. "The location is a former art/craft shop previously called the Village Artisans Collaborative. The shop closed abruptly and left a void in the art and craft community in the area," said Jan Franco, one of the gallery owners. She and another former member Melissa Santsaver decided to team up, keep the location and open the new shop. Out of the ashes of one

Partners Franco and Santsaver have created a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere in the shop, with creamy yellow walls accented with rich red and black. A phoenix for which it is named is painted in red across the yellow wall behind the main desk. The gallery's mission is to enhance the cultural community by supporting and promoting local and regional artists, explains Franco a jewelry designer. "We have artists from all over the area and Rhode Island. We are looking for artists of all mediums to join this new and exciting shop." They have a large variety of art and craft works displayed such as fiber art, painting, quilting, jewelry and children's items. They are currently soliciting for more artists to create a varied art and craft experience for the community. The venue is ideal for both artists and the public to enjoy. Artists benefit by showcasing their work. The general public benefits by browsing or shopping for a variety of

things such as oil paintings, portraits, quilted bags, hand-painted silk scarves, hand-crafted jewelry. And the sock monkey. One of the exhibitors has created fantastic little creatures out of socks. Children -and adults -- can play with, collect and have fun with them. "We want people to feel inspired when they come here," said Franco. Both patrons and artists can further enjoy the atmosphere of the gallery when they walk into "The Nest." This is a separate space within the gallery where they can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, read art books and reference materials about the arts. This cozy little cafe will be Wi-Fi accessible and a laptop will be there for people to surf the 'net for art-related works and subjects or check out Etsy is an organization used by thousands of artists to buy and sell their products worldwide. "We will have a laptop and a TV so people can do art searches," explains Franco. They can hang out and have coffee and be surrounded by art. "It's good for the soul," adds Santsaver, a fiber

Jan Franco (right) and Melissa Santsaver own The Artful Phoenix.

artist. If this is not inspiring enough, Franco and Santsaver are also planning social and networking opportunities. They had a "Meet-up" on April 27th. This was a networking opportunity for artists and crafters. The topic was How to Advance Yourself through Social Media. People learned how to use Facebook, Twitter and traditional media to market their work. Franco and Santsaver plan to have more events similar to this in the months ahead for artists and the public. It's a great chance to socialize with and learn from other people. In addition, The Artful Phoenix will also photograph people's artwork and have it online, for the public to see. It's another way to market their products, if their work is not on display at the gallery. The Meet-up is an ideal way for people to connect, get to know other artists and learn from each other. The Artful Phoenix is also interested in art students. Franco and Santsaver are considering having students from Rhode Island School of Design and other art colleges and programs come to show

A hand painted silk scarf accompanied by hand-made and designed necklace. Also on display is a handcrafted fabric bag. Items like these can be viewed or purchased at the shop.

their works. They want to offer mentoring for students and help them make their way into the market. Reaction from the community has been good, Franco reports. Local shop owners and the community are excited about the shop and have been very supportive. "The artists are anxious to open and are very excited." You can find The Artful Phoenix at 21 North Washington Street in North Attleboro. Their website is They are also on Facebook.

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Old House Secrets: Using Census Data

Shown here is a snippet of the 1900 Medway Census, which reveals telling information about the household of Catherine Dewire.

BY MARIAN PIERRE-LOUIS On June 23, 1900, the census enumerator, David H. Heard, arrived at the household of Catherine Dewire on Village Street in Medway. Catherine was a 67year-old widow born in November 1832 in Ireland. She had arrived in the United States in 1850 and had already lived in the country for fifty years. Catherine could read, but she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t write. She owned her house freely without any mortgage. One of the questions the enumerator asked was how many children she had given birth to. Her response was â&#x20AC;&#x153;eight.â&#x20AC;? Next he asked her how many of those children were still living. In these modern times we would be horrified to have a census taker as us that question. Over a hundred years ago, losing children at a young age was a fact of life. Catherineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s answer to the enumerator was â&#x20AC;&#x153;four.â&#x20AC;? Living in her household with her, we find her daughter, Mary, a single 36-year-old who was born in Massachusetts. All of Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children were born in the United States. Also, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her son, Richard, who at 44, is already a widower himself. Her 41-yearold single son, William, lives there as well. Both of her sons are stable keepers. Lastly, we find eightyear old-Mary Dewire, Catherineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s granddaughter, and likely the child of Richard. This information represents just one year in the United States Federal Census. The census records were taken every ten years starting in 1790 and continue to this day. Census information is available for all those years with the

exception of 1890 where most of the census information was unfortunately destroyed. The United State Census represents a tremendous resource for house historians. With these documents you can reconstruct the families that lived in your home. The censuses provide an immense amount of information that reveal the stories of the families by providing information on birth location, occupation, age and many other items. The censuses from 1790 to 1840 have limited information but are still useful as a resource. They list only the name of the head of household and give tally marks for the number of other family members. Starting in 1850, the census provides an every-name census, listing all the individuals in each household. As the years go by, each census provides more detailed information. To research the families who lived in your house, you first need to do deed research to discover the names of the people who lived there. Once armed with the names you can search census records to round out the social history of their lives. Historical census information is available to Medway and Millis residents at the Medway Public Library in a database called The database is also available by private subscription by visiting the www.Ancestry. com website. Marian Pierre-Louis is the New England House Historian. Follow her weekly on her blog http://NEHouseHistorian.blogspo

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Obituaries BREMER, JOHN 94, of Norwood, March 31, 2011. Born in Chicago, IL, the son of the late Aris and Martha (Speyer) Bremer, on January 21, 1917. Beloved husband for 54 years of Mae L. (Johnson) Bremer for whom he was the caregiver during the last five years of her life; beloved father of Janna Bremer, Cheryll Tredo and her husband William, and Andrea LaMar, and grandfather of Jason LaMar and Nathan LaMar and his wife Heather, greatgrandfather of Savannah, Grant, Tug and Drake. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A graduate of Ball State University, Muncie, IN, he received advanced degrees from the University of Chicago and Ball State University. He was a high school teacher for 15 years in Indiana, then became a textbook editor with Ginn and Company in Boston in 1955, retiring in 1982. He enjoyed gardening, playing bridge, reading, watching sports and doing Acrostic and Sudoku puzzles daily which helped to keep him mentally sharp. He took great pleasure in delivering Meals on Wheels for many years until he reluctantly gave it up shortly after his 93rd birthday. A memorial service was held for John on Sunday, April the First Congregational Church of Norwood. Donations may be made in his memory to the First Congregational Church of Norwood, 100 Winter St., Norwood, MA 02062 or to HESSCO Elder Services, 234 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA 02062. John Bremer was born on January 21, 1917 in Chicago, IL to Aris Bremer (a

Dutch immigrant) and Martha Speyer of Michigan, a child of Dutch immigrants. His two half brothers, Casey and Dirk, were joined, in time, by Effie, John, Ann and Andy. Theirs was a hard and migratory life as his father took up different professions: chiropractor, minister, salesman, and others. So the family moved many times and the children were strictly controlled and expected to work hard to help out the family. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memoirs chronicle those difficult but character shaping years. He was the first of his family to attend college when he enrolled in Ball State University in 1936. He was able to finance his own college education through scholarships and jobs. One position that he held prepared him for a future career; he was editor of the college newspaper and his mentor was Robert LaFollette, nephew of the famous senator from Wisconsin who started the Progressive Movement. John was shy, but as president of the sophomore class he felt obligated to socialize. He attended a Methodist youth organization and there he met Mae L. Johnson. He hoped that she would be able to teach him to dance so he would not be embarrassed at other social events. She was a good teacher and a beautiful friendship began. John got his first job in Crown Point, IN and he and Mae married on June 7, 1940. Janna was born there in 1942 and soon after they moved to Rushville, IN where he taught for about six years. Cheryll and Andrea were born in Rushville. Martinsville, IN was the

next location for the Bremer family where John taught for about six more years. It was then that his college work paid off as his mentor recommended him to Ginn and Company as a textbook editor. He was hired and moved the family to Boston in the fall of 1955. By 1956 the family had found the First Congregational Church which would become their home for the remainder of their lives. John was a highly successful senior editor and also authored a government text for Ginn. Gardening was a passion for John as he converted the backyard hill into a beautiful floral and vegetable garden. He also gardened for years at Doc McCombâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house. John and Mae travelled to Europe and Hawaii and across Canada and made frequent visits to family in the Midwest especially after Andrea married and moved to Ohio. He adored his grandsons, Jason and Nathan and provided a wonderful role model for them to emulate. When Mae suffered a massive stroke in 1989, John became her caregiver for the five years until she passed away. He delivered Meals on Wheels for many years and reconnected with a church friend, Ethel Curtis, who was a widow. They had many years of companionship after Maeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death. John kept his mind sharp through doing acrostic and Sudoku puzzles and reading widely. He was a great listener and conversationalist with a keen sense of humor. He will be sorely missed by his family and his many friends.

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Page 28 INSIDIOuS (Pg-13) - Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye, and Andrew Astor. Wilson plays a father, whose job as a teacher demands him to work long hours. His wife (Byrne), the mom, has allbut-given up a songwriting career to raise their three kids: Dalton (Simpkins), Foster (Astor), and baby Calli. The family has recently moved into a new house and they are subject to all the stresses associated with such a major life-change. Josh, despite being a loving and attentive husband/father when he's around, is spending longer hours than ever away from home, and Byrne is becoming increasingly run-down from the difficulties of setting up the new house and caring for the kids. Tragedy strikes when, one night, Dalton falls and hits his head. Although initially okay, he slips into a coma during the night. His parents find him in that state the next morning and, three months later, the situation has not changed. As bad as circumstances with Dalton are, they're not the worst for the family. Strange noises, movements halfglimpsed out of the side of an eye, and voices heard through a baby monitor convince Byrne that he house is haunted, and whatever is causing the haunting is a malevolent force. Wilson's mother (Hershey) suggests a nerdy ghost-busting trio, led by the paranormally gifted Elise (Shaye). That's when the movie truly goes off the rails. Repetitive images lacking any fear factor add to the tedium. The film is more likely to induce yawns than screams. It goes from insidious to ridiculous! RATINg: CSOuL SuRFER (Pg) - Starring AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Kevin Sorbo, Craig T. Nelson, Carrie Underwood, and Lorraine Nicholson. This is based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a champion surfer who was 13-years old when she was attacked by a shark and lost almost all of her left arm. One month later, she was back on a surfboard, has since won several championships and is at age 21, a professional surfer. Robb plays Bethany, a Kauai native who grew up on a surfboard. Her life, marked by a strong Christian faith, seems golden. As she rises up the ranks of Hawaiian surf competitions, her supportive parents (Quaid and Hunt) and two brothers love her unconditionally. Then the unimaginable happens. Bethany goes surfing with best pal Alana (Nicholson), her brother, and Alana's father (Sorbo) and out of nowhere, a shark bites off her arm. She's rushed to the hospital losing 60% of her blood. Now she must face the

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MOVIE REVIEWS painful process of physical and emotional recovery. A strong religious faith and community support her to overcome her obstacles. Along with youth leader (Underwood) who helps her with the reality of her new situation. The film is wholesome and inspiring, but they make everything look too simple. I applaud her faith and spirit and give her credit for her determination, but I feel something is missing. They needed to be more realistic and show us how much of a struggle she really went through. RATINg: B THE CONSPIRATOR (Pg-13) - Starring Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Tom Wilkinson, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline, Alexis Bledel, Johnny Simmons, Stephen Root, Colm Meaney, Danny Huston, Toby Kebbell, James Badge Dale, and Justin Long. Directed by Robert Redford. In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State (Kline). The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt (Wright), 42, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth (Kebbell), 26, and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. Newly-appointed lawyer, Frederick Aiken (McAvoy), a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son, John (Simmons). As the nation turns against her, Surratt is forced to rely on Aiken to uncover the truth and save her life. But her guilt isn't the issue. The film is about the correct means of determining guilt — or innocence. If the Constitution says you can't do something, if it guarantees a due process, then it must be obeyed. If you take an interest in American History you'll find the movie to be valuable. Those who want a historical romance or a courtroom thriller will be disappointed. RATINg: B ARTHuR (Pg-13) - Starring Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Luis Guzman, Jennifer Garner, Nick Nolte, and Geraldine James. This is a fairly close remake of the great 1981 movie with Dudley Moore. It shares some of the same strengths and virtues. Arthur Bach

(Brand) is a playboy's playboy. With a net value approaching one billion dollars, he can afford to throw away money and spend his nights and days drinking, sleeping with women, and making a fool of himself. After one escapade (masquerading as Batman in a working Batmobile), his mother (James), has had enough. She issues an ultimatum: he will marry a wealthy heiress, Susan Johnson (Garner), or be cut off from his fortune. Despite Arthur's qualms about marrying as a business arrangement, he is too attached to his disconnected lifestyle to lose the money, so he agrees. Of course, it's at this point when Arthur falls in love. The object of his affection is a tour guide and would-be writer (Gerwig). At first, Arthur's former nanny and current confidante, Hobson (Mirren), believes Gerwig to be a gold digger. Once she gets to know the girl, however, she changes her mind and begins to do what she can to champion the match. But Arthur has too weak a character to stay away from the bottle or end the engagement to Susan, and when Gerwig learns the truth, she is understandably stricken. The dialogue is well-written -- witty and quick. Brand and Mirren have great chemistry together and will make you laugh. RATINg: B HANNA (Pg-13) - Starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander, and Olivia Williams. Hanna (Ronan) has spent most of her life in the wilds of Finland, learning from her father (Bana) how to become an elite assassin. His teaching methods are unforgiving and Hanna's training has been harsh. Now, however, with half her teen years behind her, she decides that she is ready to enter society. Her first mission is to infiltrate a secure U.S. government installation in Europe and kill Marissa Wiegler (Blanchett), the woman responsible for Hanna's mother's death. Meanwhile, Bana heads south so he can reunite with Hanna in Berlin once "the witch is dead." The plan goes much as expected, except the "Marissa" Hanna encounters is an imposter. After escaping the secure location where she is taken for interrogation, Hanna becomes the prey in a cat-and-mouse game with the real Marissa, who is stalking (and being stalked by) Bana. When the bad guys finally do come for Hanna, she ventures into the "real world" for the first time on an international journey

that will not only teach her the truth about her origins, but also expose her to a host of life experiences and sensations that she's only read and dreamt about. Ronan, Bana, and Blanchett keep us engaged throughout the entire film. The film is nonstop, wall-to-wall action, with a pumping soundtrack that keeps the pace fast and thrilling. RATINg: B HOP (Pg) - Starring Russell Brand, James Marsden, Kaley Cuoco, Hank Azaria, Gary Cole, Elizabeth Perkins, Hugh Laurie, David Hasselhoff, and Chelsea Handler. When he was a young hare, EB (Brand) couldn't wait to be the next Easter Bunny. His dad (Laurie) is a benevolent rodent who runs the Easter Island facility with the help of his head baby chick, Carlos (Azaria). Fast forward twenty years and EB is no longer interested in colored eggs and marshmallow. Instead, he wants to be a drummer, and runs away from home to seek his fortune. He lands in Hollywood and into the lap of slacker Fred (Marsden). At first, the human thinks this talking rabbit is nothing more than a hallucination, brought on by the stress of his family forcing him out and into the real world. Soon, he discovers the novel truth, the bunny's rock and roll dreams, and his own connection to the entire Easter holiday myth. Also, while EB's away, Carlos plans to overthrow his father and run things his way. It was only a matter of time. Santa Claus has his own motion picture and so does the Tooth Fairy. Now, everyone's favorite furball has his own. Young viewers will find some funny moments; however, there are some very scary moments for the younger crowd. Many of the jokes are intended for the adults in the audience. RATINg: CSOuRCE CODE (Pg-13) - Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, and Michael Arden. Sean (Gyllenhaal) awakens from a nap on a Chicago-bound commuter train. Sitting across from him is his friend, Christina (Monaghan). But there's a problem. Sean is disoriented and, more than that, he is convinced that he's not Sean. His real name is Colter Stevens, and he's supposed to be serving in Afghanistan, not talking with an attractive woman while a conductor asks him for his ticket. Eight minutes later, the train blows up and Colter finds himself strapped into a seat in what appears to be a

May 1, 2011 space capsule. It's leaking hydraulic fluid. A screen flickers to life in front of him and a woman, Goodwin (Farmiga), provides an ambiguous debriefing. He is, in fact, Colter Stevens, but through the magic of virtual reality, he is being placed into the "source code" and allowed to take over the mind and body of Sean during the final eight minutes of his life. Each time he enters the source code, he ventures into an alternate reality. His goal: find out who planted the bomb on the train, because there are indications that the same terrorist intends to detonate a dirty bomb in the middle of Chicago. In addition to completing his mission, Colter decides to save Christina and determine why someone who should be in Afghanistan is trapped in something that looks like it was created for science fiction. The film is well paced and energetic; it's unlikely to bore anyone, but will feel very repetitive. One doesn't have to fully understand all its existential and science fiction elements in order to appreciate the way things play out. RATINg: BOXy-MORONS (R) - Starring Johnny Hickey, Damien Di Paola, David Burns, and Tim Sylvia. Written and directed by Johnny Hickey. This is based on the life of reformed drug pusher and user John Hickey. Oxy-Morons is a graphic film that chronicles the devastation done to individuals, families, and communities when the prescription drug Oxycontin falls into the wrong hands. With the support of the Boston community and help from a handful of friends, Hickey was able to bring “Oxy-Morons” to the screen, exposing the harsh realities of Oxycontin and the irreversible damage it has done to Boston and beyond. The Hickey brothers don’t know much about life outside the projects. No strangers to the havoc caused by crime and drug use, Jason and Danny are forever haunted by the murder of their bank robber father which left their family desolate. When the boys’ mother comes home with a new prescription painkiller, the two are introduced to one tiny pill that would forever change their lives. As they quickly find themselves at the height of Boston’s Oxycontin drug trade, the brothers and their ferociously loyal crew try to hold stable ground as their lives, and the lives of everyone around them, begin to crumble. The film shares a setting with Mystic River, The Town, and even the OSCAR winner, The Departed. But Hickey’s movie is nowhere near their league. However, it does do a good job showing how this drug can destroy everything you have. RATINg: B-

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pose you to more risk, so take this into account when making your decision. Other points to consider While evaluating the opportunity cost is important, you'll also need to weigh many other factors. The following list of questions may help you decide which option is best for you. • What's your mortgage interest rate? The lower the rate on your mortgage, the greater the potential to receive a better return through investing. • Does your mortgage have a prepayment penalty? Most mortgages don't, but check before making extra payments. • How long do you plan to stay in your home? The main benefit of prepaying your mortgage is the amount of interest you save over the long term; if you plan to move soon, there's less value in putting more money toward your mortgage. • Will you have the discipline to invest your extra cash rather than spend it? If not, you might be better off making extra mortgage payments. • Do you have an emergency account to cover unexpected expenses? It doesn't make sense to



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• Have you saved enough for retirement? If you haven't, consider contributing the maximum allowable each year to tax-advantaged retirement accounts before prepaying your mortgage. This is especially important if you are receiving a generous employer match. For example, if you save 6% of your income, an employer match of 50% of what you contribute (i.e., 3% of your income) could potentially add thousands of extra dollars to your retirement account each year. Prepaying your mortgage may not be the savviest financial move if it means forgoing that match or shortchanging your retirement fund. • How much time do you have before you reach retirement or until your children go off to college? The longer your timeframe, the more time you have to potentially grow your money by investing. Alternatively, if paying off your mortgage before reaching a financial goal will make you feel much more secure, factor that into your decision.

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The middle ground If you need to invest for an important goal, but you also want the satisfaction of paying down your mortgage, there's no reason you can't do both. It's as simple as allocating part of your available cash toward one goal, and putting the rest toward the other. Even small adjustments can make a difference. For example, you could potentially shave years off your mortgage by consistently making biweekly, instead of monthly, mortgage payments, or by putting any year-end bonuses or tax refunds toward your mortgage principal. And remember, no matter what you decide now, you can always reprioritize your goals later to keep up with changes to your circumstances, market conditions, and interest rates.

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Most home energy monitoring equipment consist of two parts: 1) a transmitting device that attaches to the circuit breaker panel or the electrical meter and measures energy usage, and 2) a display unit (some can be plugged into any outlet in the home). One popular model is TED, short for The Energy Detective. The idea behind TED is that if you can measure energy usage, you can manage energy usage. TED measures whole-house electrical usage that is updated every second and is displayed on an easy-to-read LCD screen. It’s sensitive to 10 watts, so if you open your refrigerator, you will immediately see the slight spike of the 20-watt bulb. There is additional software that allows you to log your electricity usage on your computer for graphing, charting, seeing trends, load-profiling and much more. Other manufacturers of moment-tomoment electrical energy monitoring equipment include the PowerCost Monitor, Kill-A-Watt and PowerWatch. Prices range from $50 to $120. Home energy monitors are a component of a much larger green effort: turning our energy grid into a smart grid that streamlines energy costs and provides incentives for consumers to lower costs. Another component of this large project is the smart meter. Smart meters replace existing electrical meters and do not require monthly onsite inspections. Utility companies are installing smart meters to better analyze how consumers use energy. Unfortunately, many of these smart meters don’t display information to the consumer. In response, Google has launched the PowerMeter. The PowerMeter is a free software program that works in concert with smart meters and allows consumers to track their electricity usage, at home or remotely, on any computer through a Google widget. For more information about smart meters and the deployment of smart grid technology, residents can contact their utility company.

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