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Norwood Day Delivers

BY TIM DAVIS In days where certain aspects of our lives become challenges, and the blessings in our day may get overlooked, perseverance and faith become necessities and often qualities and perspective is developed.

Norwood Day crowd, photo taken by Jessica Clifford.

BY DAVE HALPERIN Every year there's a day when Norwood takes a moment to celebrate itself; when many of the town's businesses set up shop under canopies on Washington street; when kids rush to jump on amusement park rides; when the volunteer efforts of residents are recognized (and supported); and


when the musical, athletic, and theatrical talents of locals are acknowledged and displayed. That day is Norwood Day and this year the 9th annual event fell on September 17, when it enjoyed beautiful weather, huge crowds, and an expanded catalog of activities, sites, and information-sharing by businesses and

"It's to give the town an opportunity to celebrate itself," said Recreation Department Superintendent Gerry Miller, "and there are so many good things that people do in this town that some people might not be aware of."

In the case of Dan Cummings, the founder of Journey Forward, there has rarely been a more inspirational story of faith and perseverance coupled with strength and will.

Norwood Rotary Club, and club representative Barbara Martin said the event showcases a supportive spirit unique to the town.

Cummings will be holding his second annual Journey Forward Making Steps Walk on Oct 15, in which any of those interested in supporting Journey Forward and

"It's a warm community and not all towns put on something like this," she explained, "because they can't get help from every-

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Norwood's Single Stream Recycling A Success BY STAFF WRITER The Town of Norwood implemented curbside automated trash and single stream recycling (SSR) collection program in October of 2008. The success in the program is in the numbers. Over the past four years, total trash tonnages have decreased and recycling tonnages increased, with an increase in curbside recycling rising from 15% prior to the program to between 28-30%. To provide a snapshot of how the town is doing the same month of the year (August) was selected for yearly comparisons. In August of 2008, the town contracted with Waste Management for manual curbside trash and recycling collection. At that time, Norwood generated 799 tons of trash and 129 tons of recyclables In August of 2009, the town con-

tracted with WM for curbside automated trash and single stream recycling. Norwood generated 474 tons of trash (325 tons less than the previous August) and 194 tons of recyclables (65 ton increase than the previous August). In August of 2010, Norwood generated 497 tons of trash (an increase 23 tons of trash) and 202 tons of recyclables (8 ton increase from the previous year). In August of 2011, Norwood generated 542 tons of trash (45 ton increase from last year) and 214 tons of recyclables (12 ton increase from the previous year). Overall, the town’s recycling tonnage has increased, but so has the trash tonnages. The town has provided 96 gallon recycling carts to each participating property. The recycling collection is single stream, which simply means papers, card-

board, and containers (glass, tin and recyclable plastics) can all go in the same cart. If residents find their recycling containers are not capable of handling their biweekly pick up, another recycling cart at no charge can be provided by calling Town Hall at 781-7621240. In addition, the DPW has 2

recycling dumpsters at the composting site. Please call Burtman at 781-255-9988 for more information. For addition details on recyclables, visit the Town of Norwood website at, click on departments and scroll down to recycling.

to help resident increase recycling, while decreasing trash. It is up to the residents to identify materials that should be diverted to the recycling cart. Recycling requires a little effort, but it makes a big difference. If you have any questions about recycling, or trash, please call Doris Burtman, Norwood Recycling Program Coordinator at 781-255-9988.

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Dan can partake in his heroic effort to walk a mile and a quarter in only seven years removed from Dan taking his first steps after suffering a paralyzing spinal cord injury. Dan has ever since been a firm proponent of an exercise and strengthening program to help those diagnosed from spinal cord injuries, achieve levels of success and development. “I always want progress,” said Cummings. Cummings’ program, Journey Forward, currently strengthens the lives of 55 clients, with aspirations of opening facilities all across the country. One of the Dan’s most amazing days in his life besides walking, was being asked to throw out the first ball at a Red Sox game, in 2004, after being in the documentary film, ‘Still We Believe.’ In 2007, Dan was invited back to throw out the first ball, and this time he was wheelchair-free and walked off the mound at Fenway Park to a standing ovation. “One of the most amazing days

in my life,” said Cummings, “ I know what it feels like to walk off the mound at Fenway Park to a

successful program that is not covered by insurance. “It’s a shame,” said client and Norwood resident Matt Brown concerning the lack of health insurance coverage, “if people could see what miracles are being done here.” Cummings, the youngest child of seven South Boston kids, finds inspiration and spiritual strength

after the passing of his brother, Timmy, six years ago. “I would do anything to bring him back,” said Cummings. “ I’ve

standing ovation.” According to reports, “there wasn’t a dry eye in the place,” as the Fenway faithful showered Cummings with support in his fight to walk again. “My goal is to walk without the walker someday, it took seven years to take my first step, one mile last year and 1 ¼ mile this year.”

If you get a chance to meet Dan and attend his walk at Journey Forward on Dedham St. in Canton on Oct 15th, you will walk away feeling the same as the Fenway crowd did on August 31, 2007, and that is a complete uplifting of spirit. That night, “the crowd erupted,” said Cummings.

The walk was attended by four hundred people in it’s inaugural year, with many more scheduled to show up this year including several local celebrities.

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cause it has an XBox inside and TVs outside and inside." Nearby, several musical acts brought their talents to the stage, such as third-time Norwood Day performers North of Nowhere, whose members Elena Carrol, Rebecca Dundon, Isabella Aspinwall, and Madi Tribuna belted out tunes like the Zack Brown Band's "Chicken Fried" and Taylor Swift's "Sparks Fly."

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Kids tig-a-war girls vs. boys. Bryce Kanser, 7, makes his way up the Rock Climbing Wall.

Another relatively new feature was the woodworking site set up on Cottage Street adjacent to Washington Street, where Home Depot and the Carpenters Local 535 had separate learning stations for kids, and several youth were creating their own tool boxes under the guidance of Local 535 Members, including President John Manning. All photos taken by Jessica Clifford

Waiting for the fireworks to start.

"We like to volunteer in local projects, and it's fun seeing kids do this," Manning said as young Owen Toole worked with 535's John Fonseca, while Sean O'Malley, 8, built a tool box with 535's Jack Durning.

Kids race at 8:45a.m., photo taken by Jessica Clifford

As expected, Norwood Day was not without its nod to Norwood's unparalleled ability to support its own, and to that end, several organizations promoted volunteerism, including the Neponset

one... A lot of effort went into this." For those on the lookout for fun, entertainment, and perhaps even a little skills training, Norwood Day had plenty to offer. For the second year in a row, the interactive video game van was a big hit for people like 9 year old Emma Metulo, who was battling it out on Lego Starwars. "It's awesome," she said of the van, "be-

Adult race at 9:00a.m., photo taken by Jessica Clifford

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tale, Norwood Day attendees chose Plasko and Circle of Hope. He was set to receive his pie in the face at the Norwood Housing Authority on September 23. In the end, with an assist from Mother Nature, Norwood delivered what it had promised: a time for the town to celebrate itself, its residents, and its businesses and nonprofit organizations. But organizers of Norwood Day also achieved their goal of yearly growth. "The first year we did it we expected 2,000 people and we got

10,000. And now we get 1215,000 people," said Miller. "This is our biggest one yet."

Members of the group North of Nowhere during their performance. Don McLean, the Town of Norwood's official photographer, working the streets on Norwood Day.

Face" contest: with six donation jars representing well known Norwood figures, the jar with the most money at the end of the day would mean a pie in the face for the winner at his or her place of business, with half of the proceeds going to their favorite charity and the other half going to NPH. Among a field that included Selectman Bill Plasko, State Rep. John Rogers, Sergeant Peter Curran of the Norwood Police Depart-

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Art in the Park The Norwood Art Association holds an art exhibit called "Art in the Park" every Springtime and one of the most exciting aspects of the exhibit is the awarding of rib-

3rd Fran Palmieri - Winter on the Charles

Honorable Mention Justin Spoor - Grizzly Winter

Honorable Mention Rukstalis - House in Fog

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Honorable Mention Clair Alty - Tranquil Snows

Poor weather was predicted for this date but the rain held off until late in the afternoon when the show was over. There was good attendance and the show was a success.

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at the end of June and the winner for Best of Show was a pastel portrait painting titled "Alaina" by artist Rick DiFlaminies. "It was painted when my grand daughter was five months old" said Rick. Every year NAA selects a popular professional artist to judge the event. The artist chosen to judge this show was Susan Kelley.

Pastel painting by Rick DiFlaminies, titled Alaina was judged Best of Show at the Norwood Art Association "Art in the Park" exhibit held on the Town Common.

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Congratulations and Good Luck to Norwood Residents in Recognition of their Recent or Future Collegiate Endeavors and Accomplishments The following local residents were named to the Dean's List for the Spring, 2011 semester at Robert Williams University. Brittany R. Broderick, James R. Feibelman, Kyle F. McCabe, Kevin P. McDonough Kathryn Bernazzani, Class of 2013, was named to Dean's List at Stonehill College, for the Fall, 2010 and Spring, 2011 semesters. Bernazzani also qualified for the New England Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 100 meter hurdles and holds program records in the outdoor 100 meter hurdles (15.47) and indoor 55 meter hurdles (8.56). Gerard Bernazzani, Class of 2014, was named to Dean's List at Bentley University for the Spring, 2011 semester.

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BigBelly Recyclable Containers Now at Norwood Shaws Plaza BY STAFF WRITER Gravestar, Inc., property managers of the Norwood Plaza, have instituted a progressive solution to trash disposal and recycling in their shopping centers. At the beginning of August, three BigBelly solar trash containers have replaced the traditional trash barrels and the results have already been extremely noticeable. The receptacles take up the same 'footprint' of an ordinary trashcan, but with its compacting capabilities the holding capacity in a similar-sized container is five times greater than the original traditional barrel. The technological waste system uses an internal eye to sense its internal contents and automatically triggers a compaction cycle that harnesses the energy from the sun

to compress its filling. Once the system reaches capacity, a message is sent to alert 'home' that the bin is full and ready for pick up. It is designed for reliability in all weather conditions and limits health risks by eliminating pesky pests that are often attracted to open trash containers. According to senior manager of property management Carol Montgomery, Gravestar manages nine locations within Massachusetts and Rhode Island and BigBelly receptacles were installed at all their properties during the month of August. "We are looking to expand our green initiatives and we have been a company that has always believed in sustainable practices," Montgomery said.

Three solar compacting and bottle and can recycling containers were installed in the Norwood Shaws Plaza, efficiently replacing the 13 trash containers that supplied disposal throughout the shopping center. Montgomery stated that the company has seen immediate results with the new systems by reducing the number of collections from twice to once per day, which cuts back on operating costs, fuel and plastic liners.

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An Overview of Norwood's Recycling Program Coordinator, Doris Burtman BY STAFF WRITER Local government and citizens of the Town of Norwood have made a commitment to contribute to a greener environment with the implementation of a new single-

stream recycling program through Waste Management, (WM) in October, 2008. A municipal pledge to recycling is not a new venture for Norwood however. Since 1995, the town has

employed a part-time recycling program coordinator with various responsibilities, including overseeing the operations of the singlestream program, implementing new recycling protocols and educating Norwood residents on reprocessing natural resources. Her name is Doris Burtman. Burtman works out of the DPW administrative offices, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. One of her main tasks is to act as a liaison with the waste management route supervisor to resolve trash and recycling issues, follow up with the WM daily tag lists, ensure compliance of trash and recycling compliance protocols, provide assistance to property owners and much more.

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While Burtman oversees the town's recycling efforts, she is also a valuable resource for communal programs, such as initiating Earth Day Community Service Projects at the Norwood elementary schools, providing educational resources for Boy and Girl Scout

Troops, initiating a key recycling project with a Girl Scout Troop and recently, meeting with a Norwood High Student to assist her in her goal of possibly expand trash and recycling containers at the high school grounds and athletic fields. Burtman's assistance, however, is not limited to WM and student programs. Burtman's expertise, a valuable resource for all Norwood residents, is looking for suggestions. "My goals as the town's recycling program coordinator are to: 1) The reducing of trash on a daily basis simply by diverting papers, cardboard and recyclable containers, i.e., glass tin and recyclables plastics to the recycling cart. 2) Shift the public perception of these everyday materials from having no value at all to the perception of natural resources which need protection. 3) Increase awareness regarding the state's waste bans, which pro-


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As part of Burtman's duties, she also ensures that the Town of Norwood remains in compliance with state trash and recycling regulations. Meeting the terms of these guidelines is a win-win for the town and its residents legally, economically and environmentally. “What the public needs to understand is that the State Department of Environmental Protection regulates the state’s trash and recycling, Burtman said. "Our solid waste contract with Waste Management is based on these State Waste Ban Regulations. It is our shared responsibility both legal and financial to comply with town’s trash and single stream recycling program. Simply diverting the accepted recyclable materials to the recycling cart will decrease your household trash by 75%, which then decreases the town’s trash tonnages. Several families of five have commented to me this single stream recycling program is so easy and they love it. They are proud to tell me their families generate so much less trash, probably ½ trash cart a week.” According to Burtman, Norwood's newest recycling efforts from its single-stream program is a good beginning to salvaging natural resources and will have its own impact on the environment as well as the town's budget. For example, glass is from sand, tin is mined from the mountains, paper and cardboard is from trees and plastics are from non-renewable fossil fuels. Recycling efforts of these materials protects the earth from further destruction in search of these resources as well as protecting public health, reducing pollution and greenhouse gases and saving tax dollars.



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While many Norwood citizens may be eager to implement further recycling efforts, many may ask themselves, "What else can I do?" Norwood Local Town Pages and Burtman will collaborate each month with a new recycling column to offer suggestions how homes and businesses can reduce their carbon footprint and reduce waste. Whether it's an individual, couple, family or business, your efforts can make a difference.

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The Feisty Greek Arrives in Norwood generations to offer authentic Greek cuisine. "The Feisty Greek is run by people who care what goes into it and what goes out of it," Tina Tiglianidis said.

This summer, the sweet flavors of Greece arrived in Norwood. The Feisty Greek opened its doors in August, at 38 Vanderbilt Ave. and customers will experience the spirit and tastes of Greek culture the minute they walk through the doors. The restaurant lives up to its name with its energetic staff. Behind the counter and in the kitchen the Tiglianidis family and their relatives are enthused to share their food and thoroughly enjoy interacting with their customers. Brothers, George and Kostas and their wives Tina and Amy, own The Feisty Greek, but the menu and staff reaches deeper into their family roots with mothers, fathers and sisters all contributing recipes pasted down

the traditional Greek additive, French fries tucked right in the wrap.

The restaurant may be new to town, but many may recognize the familiar faces taking their order. For the past 15 years, the Tiglianidis family has operated the neighboring Orchard Cafe serving breakfast and lunch. When the larger space opened up next door, their heritage inspired them to move in a different direction. "We decided it was time to grow and change and go Greek which is what we love," Tiglianidis said. And genuine Greek is what you get in the cooking and the surroundings. Whether you are waiting for your order or dining in the restaurant, you will be entertained with Greek music or enjoy the themed Greek movies playing on the tv, such as 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' 'Zorba the Greek' or 'Never or Sunday.'

"This is a must try for anyone if they like pork," Tiglianidis said. "We do it like you are on the streets of Greece."

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As for the food, the cuisine at The Feisty Greek is homemade and delicious. Every dish, sandwich and salad is cooked to order with only fresh ingredients with recipes that only have endured years of family feasts. "The food is made the way our mom or grandmother would make it," Tiglianidis said.

The menu is diverse with a large variety of Greek dishes, such as spanakopita, stuffed grape leaves, tzatike (cucumber and yogurt spread), tabouli, hummus, mousaka, pastitsio. soutzoukakia (Greek meatballs), loukaniko (Greek sausage) and their house specialty, the pork gyro, a tasty mixtures of pork, tomatoes, onions, Greek yogurt sauce and

The entire staff at The Feisty Greek gives a warm greeting to their returning customers and welcome hungry diners interested in enjoying the flavorful ingredient combinations of Greek food. Chances are, there will be a family member taking your order, preparing it and sending you out with the best Greek dishes in the area. The Feisty Greek is open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is located at 38 Vanderbilt Ave., off of Rte. 1. To learn more about the restaurant and the family background, call 781-7691982 or visit their website at

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October Calendar

October 1 Norwood Animal Hospital Charity Yard Sale, 437 Walpole St. (Rte. 1A). 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. All proceeds from the yard sale will be used to purchase clothing and toys for children of Norwood families in need. This event is in conjunction with the Balch and Callahan schools. For your safety, park across the street in the Hannifords Plaza. Norwood Senior Center Craft Fair Norwood Senior Center, 275 Prospect St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Don't miss the senior craft fair! Purchase hand-made items from local residents, home-made goodies and much more! St. Catherine of Siena School 4th Annual Yard Sale, 547 Washington St., 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. October 3 American Red Cross Blood Drive, Norwood Civic Center, 165 Nahatan St., 2-7 p.m. Donation Types: Blood, Double Red Cell Donations Notes: $10 EMS coupon PLUS enter to win a Cruise!

herbs, fish and bread. Rain or shine. October 5 Blood Pressure Clinic Town Hall, Health Department, 1-3 p.m. The Norwood Health Department in Norwood Town Hall is holding a free blood pressure clinic. Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, 190 Vanderbilt Ave., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. SEED Corporation, Norwood Bank, MSBDC, the Town of Norwood Economic Committee and SCORE, in cooperation with the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, are offering a FREE Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information or to sign up, call 508-822-1020. October 7 Parents Night Out, Norwood Civic Center, 6:15-9:15 p.m.

The Norwood Health Department in Norwood Town Hall is holding a free blood pressure clinic.

Drop off the kids and enjoy a night out for dinner, a movie or shopping! The kids will have an evening of arts and crafts, gym games, game room activities and a pizza dinner while the parents take advantage of some free time. Ages 7-11. $7 per person.

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Norwood Farmer's Market, Apollo parking lot, Nahanton St., 1-6 p.m.

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Enjoy the Norwood Farmer's Market and visit vendors selling locally-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, fish and bread. Rain or shine. October 13 The Penguin Lady, Morrill Memorial Library, 7-9 p.m. Dyan deNapole (aka, The Penguin Lady) worked with penguins at the New England Aquarium and in the wild for 9 years and is the author of the award-winning book 'The Great Penguin Rescue,' a fascinating story about the rescue of 40,000 penguin in Antarctica. The will present an interactive introduction to her experiences and about her book and the rescue adventure. October 14 Blood Pressure Clinic Italian Social Club; 1058 Washington St., 10-11:45 a.m. The Norwood Italian Social Club is sponsoring a free blood pressure clinic. October 17 Monday Night at the Movies: Mamma Mia Morrill Memorial Library, 7-9 p.m. For the second movie in the Meryl Streep Fall Film Fest, the 2008 musical Mamma Mia will be shown. Sign u at the library reference or information desk or call 781-769-0200, x110 or x222. Complimentary popcorn will be provided by Regal Cinema, Bellingham.

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St Catherine of Siena School Waste Recycling Event will be on Friday, September 30thh from 4 pm to 8 pm and Saturday, October 1st from 8 am to 2 pm in the school yard. Bring in your old computer equipment, monitors,

televisions, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, stereos, VCR’s, speakers, radios, and game players. Computer monitors, televisions, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers will be recycled for $10 per item;

all other equipment will be recycled for $5 per item. All proceeds will benefit Saint Catherine School’s Technology Program.

St Catherine of Siena School 4th Annual Yard Sale Saturday Oct. 1st from 8am to 2pm at 249 Nahatan St. The gymnasium will be full of great finds

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Norwood Farmer's Market, Apollo parking lot, Nahanton St., 1-6 p.m. Enjoy the Norwood Farmer's Market and visit vendors selling locally-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, fish and bread. Rain or shine. October 20 Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce Expo Seminar, 9th Annual Strictly Business EXPO, Christina's, Rte. 1, Foxboro, 2-3 p.m. The NVCC is holding a FREE seminar, "Maximize your ROEI [Return on Expo Investment]Quantifying Opportunities and Best Next Step Practices for Getting the Most from your EXPO Experience. The speaker will be Kevin Hallinan from Winning, Inc. October 22 Norwood Scholarship Foundation Fundraiser, Concannon's, 60 Lenox St., 6:30-11 p.m. The Gina Mark Band will perform for dancing. For more information, email Cost is $35 per person; tables of 10 can be reserved. Halloween Spooktacular, Norwood Civic Center, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Dress up and join in the costume parade or simply come and enjoy games, dancing, crafts, refreshments, face painting and more! All ages. $5 per person. Norwood Scholarship Foundation Benefit, Concannon's, 6:3011 p.m. Hors doeurves and desserts served 6:30-7:30 p.m. and dancing to the Gina Mark Band 8-11 p.m. cost is $35 per person and tables of 10 can be reserved. Contact Patty Griffin Starr at 781-551-0509 or 781-771-4278 or email October 25 Norwood Farmer's Market, Apollo parking lot, Nahanton St., 1-6 p.m. Enjoy the Norwood Farmer's Market and visit vendors selling locally-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, fish and bread. Rain or shine. October 26 Norwood Historical Society

Following a brief meeting, local historian Heather Cole will present the results of her recent research on Norwood architect William Upham. Free. October 27 Halloween Pumpkinfest, Norwood Civic Center, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Come with a pumpkin and give your jack-o-lantern a little bling with hair, hats, glitter and more! All ages. $5 per person. October 28 Middle School Halloween Dance, Norwood Civic Center, 79:45 p.m. Soft drinks will be on sale. Norwood school ID required. Norwood middle school students only. $5 per person. Friends of the Library Book Sale, Morrill Memorial Library, 25 p.m. October 29 Apple Extravaganza, Norwood Civic Center, 10-11 a.m. It's apples, apples and more apples! Paint it, candy it or make a pie to bake at home! Ages 3-10. $20 per person. Friends of the Library Book Sale, Morrill Memorial Library, 24:30 p.m. Norwood Bank Community Shred Day, Norwood Bank, 11 Central St., 9-11:30 a.m. You may bring up to two boxes of paper documents and receive a Norwood Bank grocery tote along with coupons with special offers. Free. October 31 Halloween!

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Some Tricks Can Be Horrifying To Your Record BY KRISTEN ALBERINO Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Norwood, MA You’ll probably be passing out treats to costumed hobgoblins and ghosts in your neighborhood this Halloween night. But be cautious that you’re not tricked by a different kind of trickster looking for a handout, such as your personal information. You should always safeguard your personal information such as date of birth, mother’s maiden name, and your Social Security

number. Why? Because it’s that type of information identity thieves are after. You may think you’re safe simply by not carrying your Social Security card with you and not providing your personal information over the Internet or by e-mail. But scam artists have become tricky. Never reply to an e-mail claiming to be from Social Security and asking for your Social Security number or personal information. Identity theft is one of the fastest-

growing crimes in America. If you think you’ve been the victim of an identity thief, you should contact the Federal Trade Commission at dtheft. Or you can call 1-877IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338); TTY 1-866-653-4261. Another trick: Some people who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are victimized by misleading advertisers. Often, these companies offer Social Security services for a fee, even though the same services are available directly

from Social Security free of charge. These services include getting a: Corrected Social Security card showing a bride’s married name; Social Security card to replace a lost card; and Social Security number for a child. If you receive or see what you believe is misleading advertising for Social Security services, send the complete mailing, including the envelope, to: Office of the Inspector General, Fraud Hotline, Social Security Administration, P.O. Box 17768, Baltimore, MD 21235. If you see misleading ad-

vertising online, you can report this information online at Also, advise your State’s attorney general or consumer affairs office and the Better Business Bureau. Learn more about identity theft at 64.html. Read about misleading advertising at Enjoy the treats of the season, but be cautious of tricksters trying to steal more than a sack of candy. The results of becoming the victim of identity theft can be horrifying. Protect your identifying information.

For Norwood’s Music Man: The Girl is Hard to Get By Tim Davis Norwood High School Fine Art’s Department opened their season with the popular ‘audience friendly’ production of the ‘The Music Man’ last month.

“The pendulum swings pretty wide here,” said Martin concerning the four different styles of production the last four years.

stage director. Linda McCarthy, president of the Backstage Boosters, couldn’t be

Due to production restrictions the performance was held at the Savage Center, with Norwood’s newest theatre at the high school, not available until the beginning of August.

Prior to ‘Sweeney Todd’, Martin was involved in the productions of ‘Grease’ and ‘Willy Wonka’. Martin however, is in his first year as

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“It’s been a very long summer but everyone has had a great attitude about it,” said Harold Hill’s character played by Phil Gustafson, “We all help each other out.” Marin who has been involved in the Norwood High’s performances the last seven years, teaches drama at the Coakley Middle School, chose “The Music Man’, in hope of providing a new look and feel in terms of production compared to last year’s production of ‘Sweeney Todd.’

hood friend Jimmy Flaherty play Harold Hill who comes to River City, in hopes of starting a band and winning the heart of the town’s librarian Miss Marian Paroo, played by Lauren DiSilva and Marguerite Lee.

“I like it a lot, “ said Gustafson, “it’s a very family oriented play – more of an audience friendly play, children from all ages are going to come and have a great time.”

“It’s a lot of fun, there is a lot of dancing and the music is just fun. The story is similar to a Disney movie,” said Gustafson.

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“For construction purposes we wouldn’t be able to get in,” said Director Chris Martin, “we started practicing June 1st.” The performance consisted of 65 students ranging from the fifth grade up through high school. Martin, with the abundance of talented suitors, the performance had a double cast and a set that was both elaborate and sophisticated thanks to James Bowers.

“All the musicals they do at the high school is just phenomenal,” said McCarthy, “ they (performers/students) love it, it makes their whole summer, it makes their school year, and it is something that we all look forward to.”

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Norwood Remembers 9/11 with Ceremony on Center Green BY TIM DAVIS Almost 150 people gathered on the Common last month, in remembrance of the attacks on Sept.11, tens years to the day that cost the lives of nearly 3,000 people. The numbers that came out on the night in honor of those who fallen, may have been disappointing to some, but the message delivered and the spirit shared only

“I think this event means a lot to people, in the town of Norwood,” said Town Selectmen William Plasko, “it gives a chance for people to come out and remember what’s important to Americans.”

day, and called the event, “very somber” and added that it was, “well done.”

it happened and people just came together because they needed one another,” said Father Culloty, “there is a human need to gather peace among all peoples.”

The ceremony consisted of readings of names of those lost on that day, with a firefighter, a police officer, and selectmen reading names that were honored by the ringing of a bell by Fire Chief Howard.

A choir sang in the gazebo, as did Ted Mulvehill and his band performed an inspiring piece, as candles were lit to honor the memory of those lost. After the event Rabbi Gouze shared the importance of the event and added a message to those in the community.


“One of the most powerful aspects of what occurred after 9/11, ten years ago, was a sense of community, charity and common heritage of all us being in this together, “ said Rabbi Gouze.

Rabbi Andrea Gouze, stated in her speech, “may all who suffered from the violence, experience healing from all the trauma of this event.”

“My hope, and Father Culloty talked about hope, is that through the tenth anniversary, we find that common link back to one another.”

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“This is just a difficult day for everybody,” said Howard, “It’s been ten years and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the police officers, firefighters and first responders who lost their lives.” brightened the evening that also displayed a clear moon.

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A few of the local clergy spoke to the crowd on hand, and their message was of healing, hope, and peace. Father John Culloty, who spoke of hope, praised the event for its reminder of the ‘common thread’ that exists within all of us. “I remember 10 years ago, when

Rabbi Gouze also asked the crowd to honor the victims by continuing finding peace in their hearts. “To continue to honor the victims of 9/11, let us seek peace in our own hearts so we may promote peace in this nation, and

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Hunting For A Prescription Drug Plan Is No Game BY KRISTEN ALBERINO Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Norwood, MA It’s that time of year again. “Open season” is right around the corner for the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Hunting down the best plan for you is no game. Newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries, and current beneficiaries who are considering changes to their Medicare Part D plan, should mark their calendars for October 15. The “open season” will run from October 15 to December 7. The Medicare Part D prescription drug program is available to all Medicare beneficiaries to help with the costs of medications. Joining a Medicare prescription drug plan is voluntary, and participants pay an additional monthly premium for the coverage. While all Medicare beneficiaries can participate in the prescription drug program, some people with limited income and resources also are eligible for “Extra Help” to pay for monthly premiums, annual de-

ductibles, and prescription co-payments. The Extra Help is worth about $4,000 a year. To figure out whether you are eligible for the Extra Help, Social Security needs to know your income and the value of any savings, investments, and real estate (other than the home you live in). To qualify, you must be receiving Medicare and have: Income not over $16,335 for an individual or $22,065 for a married couple living together. Even if your annual income is higher, you still may be able to get some help with monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. Some examples where your income may be higher include if you or your spouse: • Support other family members who live with you; • Have earnings from work; or • Live in Alaska or Hawaii; and Resources not over $12,640 for an individual or $25,260 for a married couple living together. Resources include such things as bank accounts, stocks, and bonds.

We do not count your house or car as resources. You can complete an easy-to-use online application for Extra Help at Go to the Medicare tab on the top of the page. Then go to “Apply For Extra Help With Medicare Prescription Plan Costs.” To apply for the Extra Help by phone or have an application mailed to you, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (1-800-325-0778) and ask for the Application for Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (SSA-1020). And if you would like more information about the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program itself, visit or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800633-4227;1-877-486-2048). So this open season (October 15 to December 7), after you track down the perfect prescription drug plan for you, hunt for something that could put about $4,000 in your pocket — bag the best Medicare prescription drug plan for you and see if you qualify for the Extra Help through Social Security.

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Library News The Morrill Memorial Library offers an abundance of recreational and research books, magazines, newspapers, videos, music and discount tickets to local area attractions. Their resources and programs are continually evolving and are updated regularly. Stay tuned to this new column in Local Town Pages to stay informed on all your library news! Weekend Hours The library resumed its Saturday hours September 10 and will be open Saturdays through early summer of 2012. In past years, the library resumed weekend hours of operation between Columbus Day and Memorial Day, however budget cuts have

Afternoon Networking Join the Chamber for our new Afternoon Networking program at T.G.I Fridays in Norwood October 12, at 3:00pm. This is a great opportunity to grow your business and build partnerships in the Neponset Valley Region and beyond. Enjoy Japanese Hibachi Skewers, Sesame Jack Chicken Strips, panseared pot stickers, and more while networking your business and services. Enjoy delicious food; soda, water and juice are all included in the price. There will also be a cash bar available, featuring special "drink of the month" offerings.

eliminated Sunday hours for the 2011-2012 year. Library patrons may notice other service curtailments due to reduced funding this year but trustees are hopeful full services will be restored in coming years. Friends of the Library Book Sale Pick up some bargain at the library book sale! Stock up on coffee table books, cookbooks, favorite novels, hobby or craft books, or shop and stash away birthday, shower or holiday gifts. The sale is Friday, October 28, 2-5 p.m. and Saturday, October 29, 24:30 p.m. Become a Friend of the Morrill Memorial Library The Morrill Memorial Library is a great resource for Norwood citizens. Any Norwood resident can become a friend of the library with a donation. A senior donation is $5; individual, $10; family/household, $15; silver sponsor, $25 and gold sponsor, $50. Your contribution promotes special library activities, programs, funding for book clubs and raises money for books, CDs, DVDs and other library materials. Pick up an application at the library and become an active member. New Fiction Titles for October Reserve one of these new titles in print in October! 'Phobos: Mayan Fear,' by Steve Alten; 'Cloudburst,' by V.C. Andrews; 'The Find Art of Murder: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery,' by

Donald Bain & Jessica Fletcher; 'Zero Day,' by David Baldacci; 'Shadow in Serenity,' by Terri Blackstock; 'Skeleton Letters,' by Laura Childs; 'Falling Together,' by Marisa De los Santos; 'Black Diamond,' by John F. Dobbyn; 'V is for Vengeance,' by Sue Gafton; 'Nanjing Reguiem,' by Ha Jin; 'Longing,' by Karen Kingsbury; 'The Tehran Initiative,' by Joel C. Rosenberg; 'Cain,' by Jose Saramago; 'HOtel Vendome,' by Danielle Steel; 'The Children of the Sky,' by Vernor Vinge; 'The Dark at the End,' by F. Paul Wilson; 'Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years,' by Gregory Maguire; 'The Infernals,' by John Connolly. Discover New Novelists in October Reserve one of the following books by new novelists published in October . You just may find a new favorite on the shelf!

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Kids and teens can spend an evening preparing for Halloween celebrations decorating spooky creepy cupcakes! The event is being held at the Norwood Civic Center on Thursday, October 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fee is only $10 and students need to bring 12 disposable decorating bags, butter cream frosting and a 12-piece cupcake decorating set. Their efforts will provide tasty treats for the entire family for the weekend! Sign

Apple Extravaganza Aside from pumpkins, apples may be the unofficial fruit of the harvest season. Kids ages 3-10 years old will spend a morning painting these festive decorations, making candy apples and even preparing a pie to take home and bake! Apple morning will be held on Saturday, October 29, 10-11 a.m., at the Norwood Civic Center. The fee is $20 per child.

Spooky House Decorating Contest Do you think your family can create the scariest house in Norwood? Here is a chance to put your best, chilling foot forward with the Annual Norwood Spooky House Decorating Contest! Judging will take place on Friday, October 28, 6-8 p.m. and the criteria for the winner will be based on originality, arrangement, theme and overall decoration. Prizes will be awarded to the winner as well as bragging rights to the scariest house in Norwood! The fee is $5 per household and entry forms can be picked up at the Norwood Civic Center. Ward's Berry Farm Ward's Berry Farm in Sharon plenty of seasonal events for the entire family. Walk through the farm's pumpkin patch and pick the perfect jack-o-lantern right off the vine or on weekends, add a hayride to the harvest celebration. Once the pumpkins have been

picked, visit the free 4-H petting zoo or have a picnic and spend some time on the hay pyramid and swing-sets. Ward's Berry Farm is located at 614 South Main St., Sharon. For more information, call 781-784-3600 or visit their website at 30 Annual Dedham Craft Show In this area, some people wouldn't consider it officially autumn without a visit to the Annual Dedham Craft Show. The date this year is Saturday, November 19 and the event will feature over 100 crafters at the Dedham Middle School, 70 Whiting Rd. Lunch will also be available. Make a day of it with a friend, mother, sister or daughter. Admission is free and is sponsored by the Dedham Junior Woman's Club. Learn the Basic of Camping What better way to celebrate the arrival of fall than with a brisk evening camping! In this overnight

camping lesson at Hale Reservation in Westwood, a parent and child (ages 8-14) will learn the basics of camping, campsite set-up, outdoor cooking, and campfires. The outdoor adventure will take place Saturday, October 1 at 1:00 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at noon. For more information, go to or call 781-326-1770.. 5K Trail Race Enjoy the colors and scents of fall and nature up close with a brisk trail run. On Saturday, October 23, at 9 a.m., wake the family early and participate in a 5K-trail race at Hale Reservation in Westwood. The race is open to all ages and pre registration is recommended. Cost is $20 for over 18 and $10 for those18 years of age and under. Hale Reservation is located at 80 Carby St. For more information, visit their website at or call 781-326-1770.

League of Women Voters Announce Meeting The Norwood League of Women Voters is hosting a Membership Kickoff Meeting on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Norwood Police and Fire Station. Our speaker will be Linda Davenport, registered Dietitian, Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator. Linda has 25 years experience at Norwood Hospital as an Outpatient Dietitian and 10 years experience with Associates in Internal Medicine at the Guild Building. The public is invited to attend. If


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Moves Toward Tournament Berth diving header. Concalves led the rush from the defensive zone up the left side of the field past midfield, where he dropped a pass up to forward Nick Way, who was able to put a ball to the opposite side of the field where McGrath put it in. " It was a great turn around, and fast break by Tyler. He was able to push the ball up the field and gave Nick a great ball to pass over to me,” said McGrath.

BY WILLIAM O’CONNOR On a cold rainy night on rival territory, the Norwood High School boys’ soccer team beat Dedham 10, for their first win of the season. The Norwood team, led by captain Tyler Concalves, looked quick and energetic in the win. Concalves, showed his skill and speed early on, and was all over the field, leading his team by example. He showed he was a two-way player by playing very solid defense as well as leading the team on offense. He also had some great scoring opportunities, including a shot just high over the net.

The second half of the game was a defensive battle full of solid play by the Mustangs. Throughout the night they did a great job at covering the Dedham players, and limiting their opportunities. Dedham never had any open rushes, and very few scoring chances. The defense did a great job at clearing the ball out from in front of the net, not allowing any second chance opportunities.

"We were full of energy tonight. Hitting the post was tough, but the goal gave us a big lift and we played great team defense, it's all about the win,” said Conclaves. He also helped set up the game's only goal mid-way through the first half.

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Are you interested in bringing a cultural program to Norwood students and residents? Then now is the time to apply for cultural council grants! Last year the Norwood Cultural Council funded programs from opera to poetry, bubbles to Bach. Applying for a grant is a great way to help fund a very special program that your organization would not otherwise be able to afford. Applications are due to Norwood Cultural Council by the postmarked application deadline of Saturday, October 15, 2011. Or drop them off at the Norwood

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Out and About Under Where? A few weeks ago, my kids and I headed to the South Shore Plaza for back to school bargains. What I got instead was a dose of unreal undergarment reality. As my six-year-old daughter and I ascended on the escalator, a teenaged girl was descending. I happened to glance her way, actually looking at the clothes in the window of one of the stores. Instead I saw her. What she was wearing shocked me. Weeks later, it still does. I gawked at her. I just couldn’t help it, and that’s what she wanted… people to look. Even stare at her and her ever present under garments, which were on display for all to see. The girl was wearing a seethrough day glow green tee shirt. Through which you couldn’t miss

(nor were you were supposed to) her big emblazoned black and white zebra striped bra. She was a few years older than my eldest daughter. Being a mom, it took all my strength to not chase the kid down and hand her something more appropriate, perhaps a sweater? Or a full length coat-despite the fact that it was a warm fall day. Weeks later, this image haunts me. Questions wrack my brain. ‘Did anyone see her leave the house in that get up? Or, Did she leave the house in one outfit and change into that in route to the mall? Does she know that she looks less than cheap? Does she live in a house that contains no mirrors? And no lights?’ Basically, I’m still trying to reason why a young girl would be dressed so inappropriately. But she’s not alone. Apparently

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the days of bras and boxers being a mystery are now history. Today’s style involves undergarments being worn as accessories. Bras are sold with slogans, patterns and push-ups (apparently parts of a woman’s anatomy should be relocated into the neck region). Some are even filled with water, which I don’t quite understand. However, if a bra was filled with coffee or diet pepsi-complete with straw- that would be appealing to me, it’s not just the top half on display either. Last semester, there was a girl in my Anatomy class that always wore a thong. And of course every week she sat near me wearing the same low cut jeansthus displaying her thong and portions of her butt for eight hours every Saturday. I can’t tell you how happy I was when that class ended.

Girls aren’t the only ones showing off their undergarments. Boys sport designer boxers with catch phrases and cartoon characters. In my opinion, the boys with the baggy pants and boxers hanging out are the real cartoon characters. This look is just plain comical, the mother in me finds it hard to resist grabbing these kids and yanking up their pants. I wonder sometimes if these boys are destitute. Maybe they cannot afford belts of their own? Should a charitable organization be formed to pass out belts to boys in need? I’ll call the organization, “Boys without Belts.” I grew up in an age were bras came in three colors, black white and beige. If a girl’s bra strap was seen, she was teased relentlessly until it was fixed. If a boy’s underwear was shown, this was usually rectified with ei-

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PET CORNER Meet these kittens and cats ready now for you to adopt. Siberia: Siberia was rescued from the dangerous outside a few weeks ago. She is shy and will need a patient home who will give her the time she needs to become comfort-

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Ask the Shelter Q: If my cat is an indoor cat, do I need to take it to the veterinarian every year? A: Even indoor cats need to be kept current on vaccines, though there are several options available for pet owners. Local pet stores and animal control officers may offer vaccination clinics. In regards to regular visits to the veterinarian we recommend that your pet be seen initially as a new pet so you can develop a relationship with your pet’s doctor. Periodic well-animal care visits keep your pets health in check. Most importantly, animals should get baseline blood work done to establish potential health risks and prevent underlying issues from becoming life threatening. Maybe annual exams are not necessary, but surely keeping vaccines up to date and responding to any medical or behavioral issues your pet is having is of utmost importance. Many animals are surrendered because of treatable medical issues or preventable behavioral developments, which is not fair to the animal. Make them your forever pet! Q: Why do humane societies frown upon adopting black cats during Halloween, any animal as a gift or to college students in their school apartment? A: First, believe it or not there are people who practice forms of sacrifice during this religious holiday called Halloween and unfortunately innocent animals do, even in the year 2011, get sacrificed. Regarding gifts, no animal is a commodity, it is a living thing and as such should be adopted as a family member first, a present second. Yes we

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Jasper, a 6-month-old male kitty was rescued from back yard in Brockton when he was only about 4 months old. Due to a suspected injury form a car his tail had to be amputated. He purrs easily and is very alert and curious to new people. He is very friendly and would make a great addition to a home.

In some rare cases college students are great adoption options but we always require the student’s family to be a part of the adoption, including the family member committing to taking the animal as their own if the situation with the student changes. Parents know that every college student faces changes in their life that they cannot predict and having to get rid of an adopted pet is one all humane organizations try to prepare for or eliminate all together. Humane organizations are seeking what is best for the ANIMAL! We caution people from posting free pets ANY time on social networks as many are used for animal fighting, research or as revenue by what seem to be “good” people! BSAC Event: October 23rd, Yard Sale at the Mutual Bank in Brockton at 656 Crescent St. Feel free to contribute quality items or volunteer by emailing us Stop by to donate and browse. Pets looking for new homes: Kittens: We still have several kittens available for adoption. Some litters will be just about ready for adoption in mid-October. Send us an inquiry and adoption application by going to our website at and download an application and email it back to us. Approved applicants can preadopt their new kitten NOW.

NEEDS A FOSTER HOME NOW!!!! Meet Victoria: Victoria is a young adult stray calico living outside a friendly ladies home. But like many others she has no indoor place to stay for the winter. We have done what we can to provide her with outdoor shelter, flea treated, vaccinated and had her looked at by our wonderful traveling vet but she cannot live inside at this particular residence due to other existing cats. Our existing foster homes are full. She needs to

Our mom was a feral cat who resides in a nice family’s yard. She has been spayed, vaccinated and released. We are all boys! We are ready for adoption. We were born inside on July 17th. We are typical crazy kittens with varying personalities. One of us is longhaired, and you can see silver markings throughout Black silvers fur. We want a place to roam freely indoors to explore and call our own. Consider any one or more of us today. Meet Jimmy and Capri: We are siblings who would love to be adopted together though homes with other cats would be ok too! We are curious and look bigger than we act. We are kittens in disguise. We are about 6 months old now, spayed and neutered,

Thank you to The Boch Foundation for our receipt Grant of $500 to assist the Bay State Animal Cooperative in its continued mission!!! Volunteer Opportunities: Email us at: " -NORWOOD BASED Bay State Animal Cooperative affiliate group is needed. A few good people are needed to join together and help assist cats/animals in the Norwood ONLY area. BSAC will coordinate and facilitate the group’s development and support its efforts to directly assist the Norwood community. Let us know if this is of interest to you so we can assist you and others in the cooperative creation of this entity. -Do you love FACEBOOK?

be adopted or fostered so she can be safe from the New England Winter. Can you help? Adoption donation is $125 which includes age appropriate vaccines, spay or neuter surgery, vet exam, any necessary worming, flea treatment or ear mite treatment. Donations/Mail to: BAY STATE ANIMAL COOPERATIVE, INC. 47 WINDSOR RD. (corporate address only, not a shelter) Norwood, MA. 02062 For pets for adoptions, connection to our cats on petfinder, general information and to donate through paypal, adoption applications, our mission etc. We are looking for an ambitious, savvy volunteer to maintain our facebook page on a regular basis. Could this be you? -Foster Care: Great homes needed to house surrendered pets, stray and in some cases pregnant cats to provide each of these animals in need with a safe place to reside until their forever home arrives. -Administrative assistance with filing, organizing and other similar paperwork tasks in Norwood. -Fundraising and adoption weekend volunteers are needed to promote our kiddies for adoption and support our financial commitments. Norwood based fundraising and Norwood adoption location.

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2011 Norwood TONY Award Recipient: Harriet Kiwanuka The Norwood TONY (Ten Outstanding Norwood Youths) 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 300word 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 included an additional $500 savings bond.

entire family have been active volunteers with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. For the past

five years, Kiwanuka has shown her support participating in the charity's annual walkathon and as-

sisting with office work and other fundraising efforts for the organization. "I wanted to help other people that had the same struggles as me," Kiwanuka said. While the Phoenix Society is an organization near to Kiwanuka's heart, her experience at a homeless shelter in New York City in her sophomore year made a great impact on her life. She stayed in the shelter during her April vacation week and served food, cleaned and performed odd jobs around the shelter and while her efforts benefitted many needy people, it also raised her personal awareness and ultimately inspired her future career.

Local Town Pages is also recognizing these admiral young adults with a profile of each student each month in our newspaper. Norwood High School graduated senior, Harriet Kiwanuka, is the eighth student profile in our TONY Award series.

"It was a great experience, I learned a lot about myself and what I wanted to do with my life," Kiwanuka said. "I learned that I take more things for granted and I am blessed with things in my life. People don't have things I have like going to school and having a great family and friends."

Eighteen year-old Harriet Kiwanuka realized the significance of volunteering and philanthropy earlier than most children from an unfortunate family tragedy. Both her mother and father are burn survivors and since their recovery, her

In the course of these and other charitable experiences at Norwood High School, Kiwanuka recognized her passion is working and

helping people and that her past and present pursuits are a clear signal to her future. During high school, Kiwanuka excelled in science and languages and shared that knowledge tutoring at the Norwood High, the Cleveland and Oldham Elementary Schools. She was also very active in extracurricular activities, such as the National Honor Society, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), the National Foreign Language Honor Society, the Spirit Club and Friendship Club. As a perfect basis for her love of science, Kiwanuka started Princeton in September and will major in molecular biology and pre med. She chose Princeton for its research reputation, science curriculum and its diverse urban campus. This level and quality of education will certainly prepare her for her long-term goal: to work in the medical field. "I always wanted to volunteer and work with people and I know I want to be a doctor," Kiwanuka said. "People do need help and with my love for science and love of people that would be a great career."


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In addition to offering a wide variety of programs, the Club will continue its significant civic beautification efforts for the towns of Norwood and Walpole. The Club’s most visible community contributions to date have been the design and care of the “Washington Street Corridor” which includes the beds in Norwood’s Guild Square, the Round in Norwood Center, Hawes Pool Park in South Norwood, and the beds at the entrance of Bird Park in Walpole. This year, they will also install landscape plantings at Norwood’s historic George H. Morse house on Washington Street and a garden at the Walpole Community Gardens for the Friends of Adams Farm.

The Norwood Evening Garden Club today announced the installation of a new slate of officers for a one-year term. Susan Pearson of Walpole was elected President,

Lorraine Devine of Randolph was elected Vice President, Tracy Firth of Walpole was elected Secretary, and Penni Jenkins of Walpole was elected Treasurer. Ms. Pearson has selected her Executive Committee and says she is confident that with such a strong support team, the club will continue to be an asset to the communities it serves. The Executive Committee includes Norwood res-

idents: Rita Russo, Civic Beautification chair and liaison to the Norwood Historical Society; Donna Lane, Awards, Scholarships and Publicity; Nancy Rando, Sun-

shine; Ana Puzey, Webmaster; and Mary Beth Cantell, Hospitality cochair. Walpole residents: Lisa Oberly, Newsletter Editor; Penni Jenkins, Yearbook Editor and Ways & Means Overseer; and Tracy Firth, Plant-A-Row lead and liaison to The Friends of Adams Farm. Westwood residents: Wendy Wilhelm, Hospitality cochair, and Kathleen Pellegrini, Garden Therapy; Lorraine Devine

News Clips Donate to the Norwood Animal Hospital Yard Sale Give one last clean out of that basement and garage and donate your items to a worthy cause! The Norwood Animal Hospital is accepting donation through Friday, September 30, for their 2nd Annual Charity yard Sale that will be held on Saturday, October 1. Last year, $1,700 was raised which contributed to ten complete Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas gifts for eight sponsored children at the Balch School and 16 gift cards and movie tickets to families at the Callahan School.

Anything will be accepted except computers, monitors and stuffed animals. Norwood Seniors: Donate A' Living Memorial' If you would like to honor a living or departed friend, maybe someone that enjoys or enjoyed the Norwood Senior Center, you can do so by sending in a donation in their name to the "Friends of Norwood COA." Friends of family will be notified of your donation with a memorial card. Donations of $100 or more will be placed on the memorial plaque in the Senior Center. For more information, call

of Randolph, Program Chair; and Dedham resident Anne Heller, Horticulture. Also assisting will be Julie Stenson of Stoughton as Club Librarian and project lead for Art in Bloom; and Debbie & Jim Schulz of Norwood, liaisons to the Trustees of Reservations for Francis William Bird Park. Jenkins and Lane will also serve as liaisons to the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. According to Ms. Pearson, the Garden Club has a great lineup of programs scheduled for this year, including talks and demonstrations about; Hostas – America’s favorite perennial, growing up with clematis, gardening in pots, floral designs for the holidays and vegetable gardening with former Victory Garden host, Roger Swain. The Club will enter the Boston and Newport Flower Shows and will continue its PlantA-Row for the hungry campaign, as well its annual Art in Bloom event, where club members interpret the drawings of Norwood High School art students. Most

the Norwood Senior Center at 781-762-1201. Watch Local Sports Can't afford a Patriot's ticket or fit a New England Revolution game into your schedule? Come and support Norwood's local athletes and enjoy the excitement of a high school sporting event. The price is right and the Mustangs would love your support. Take your kids, parents, nieces, nephews, anyone who appreciates healthy competition and the appreciates the adolescent love of sports. To find the Norwood High School sports schedule, go to, and click on 'upcoming games.' Have a great time and cheer for the home

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Because the Club meets in the evening, it draws members from a number of towns – Norwood, Walpole, Westwood, Canton, Dedham and several others. Pearson says that the 15-year-old Club is composed of novices, experts and all levels in-between. Membership is open to anyone who loves gardening and is willing

Page 23 to further the Club’s goals. “Our primary objectives are to encourage interest in all phases of home gardening, and to promote sound horticultural practices, civic beauty and the conservation of natural resources. Right now, our plate is full, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our work is a labor of love and we have lots of fun doing it.” The Norwood Evening Garden Club has won many awards at the local, regional and national level from the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, the New England Region of Garden Clubs, National Garden Clubs, Inc., the Boston and Newport Flower Shows and the Marshfield Fair. They have also won numerous awards from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and an award of distinction from the Garden Club of America. For more information about becoming a member of the Norwood Evening Garden Club or to learn about upcoming club programs, contact Susan Pearson at 508-668-4039 or visit

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100 Disability Conditions Fast-Tracked BY KRISTEN ALBERINO Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Norwood, MA Here’s some important news if you’re applying for Social Security disability benefits for yourself or a loved one. There are 100 conditions, which qualify for an expedited process known as Compassionate Allowances. Compassionate Allowances, which began in December 2007, are a way to quickly identify dis-

eases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits. “We have an obligation to award benefits quickly to people whose medical conditions are so serious they clearly meet our disability standards,” said Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security. “We are now able to do precisely that for 100 severe conditions.” The Compassionate Allowances

Register O’Donnell to Speak at Norwood Senior Center Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell has been invited to speak to the seniors of Norwood on Monday, October 17, 2011 at Noon. The meeting will be held at the Norwood Senior Center, 275 Prospect Street, in Norwood. The short speaking program will touch on the historical nature of the Registry and the Register’s efforts to modernize and computerize the vast number of Norfolk County real estate records. Following his remarks, the Register will be available to answer individual questions. Members of the Register’s staff will assist in providing information about the Massachusetts Homestead Act and have internet computers and printers that can be used to demonstrate the Registry’s internet website, confirm the status of a mortgage discharge or print out a copy of a deed. Although the Register and members of his staff cannot provide legal advice, they can provide answers to basic questions, give general information, provide Homestead Declaration forms, and assist in showing residents how the free public access computers work. The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is the basic resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. The Registry land records date back to the founding of Norfolk County in 1793 and are available for online viewing. The

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2012 Boston Marathon Legacy Charity Announced September 12, 2011 – As we celebrate Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Massachusetts Chapter is pleased to announce their participation in the 2012 B.A.A. Boston Marathon® as an official Legacy Charity. Team In Training is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) endurance sports training program that provides individualized training for marathons and other sporting events. We also offer fundraising resources and guidance on the journey towards a finish line for both blood cancers and the endurance event of your choice. LLS is proud to be longtime partners of the B.A.A., participating in the Boston Marathon for

the 16th consecutive year. Remarkable progress has been made in treating patients with blood cancers, with survival rates for many having doubled or tripled, and in some cases quadrupled, since LLS was founded in 1949. Since the Team In Training program was introduced in 1988, where our athletes towards the mission to cure blood cancers and to provide a higher quality of life for our patients have raised over $1 Billion.

doubled to 88 percent since the 1960s, and survival rate for myeloma patents has tripled in the past decade. Yet, more than 1 million North Americans are fighting blood cancers, the third leading cause of cancer death. Every four minutes someone in North America is diagnosed with a blood a cancer, and every ten minutes someone dies. “Kicking off Awareness Month with the announcement of our participation in the Boston

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On Sept 10, the new synthetic turf field, located behind the new high school was unveiled to a packed house that featured Representative Stephen Lynch, State Rep. John Rogers, and Norwood Veterans Committee Rep. Ted

“Once we laid it out on paper we had to make it a reality,” said McDonough.

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That reality included a major relocation and satellite program for many Norwood athletic teams who were displaced, once the old football field and track were taken down. With over 100 players on the three high school football teams, McDonough had to orchestra a home field for his team to play in the surrounding area. “Karl Fogel of Westwood was very helpful,” said McDonough as he took his Mustang football team over to Flahive Field in Westwood that first year of displacement. “We were very fortunate that

bring the boys home the following year after a renovation project involving Mark Ryan from the Norwood DPW, and the Coakley Middle School. McDonough cited the parents groups and their ability to organize and cooperate with area youth soccer leagues, which handles up to 1000 local kids, in creating a schedule that would benefit all players. Despite the move to Coakley, the athletic department had to mange logistics in organizing busses for the kids to get down to the Coakley MS, which included the purchasing of 100 bags for players to carry their pads and uniforms in. “There was a financial burden, but one we were prepared for,” said McDonough. Logistics were also needed in creating room for field hockey, which played at the Oldham School, and lacrosse that played at the Callahan School, which required lots of area fields being renovated and developed in order to meet the need of the athletes.

Westwood allowed us to step up and play our home games there,” said McDonough.

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Norwood Woman’s Club The Norwood Woman’s Club invites you to TEA on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 12:30 P.M. Come make new friends or see old friends. Get out your hat and gloves and join us. We meet at Emmanuel Lutheran Church Parish Hall at 24 Berwick St., Norwood. We welcome new members. You need not be a resident of Norwood to join. For more information please call Trina at 781-762-8173.

Hall Of Fame Inducts Seven New Members BY WILLIAM O’CONNOR On September 18, the Norwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame held their fifth annual induction ceremony at the Norwood Elks. The Elks was full of Norwood High School alumni and friends in attendance for the ceremony. Among those in attendance were previously inducted athletes, as well as the 8 inductees for this year. This years inductees were Pietro Carchedi, Richard Bunker, Dan McKenna, Paul Angelo, Phil Nolfi, Lisa Troiani, Christi Harris, and the 1988 Indoor track team. The ceremony began with a brief introduction by chairman Jim Gormley, welcoming all past, and

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Pietro Carchedi graduated in 1953, and was a very good running back for the football team. He was a great two-way player as well as a track star competing in the 100 and 200 meter dash. Dan McKenna graduated in 1959. He was a two-sport athlete excelling in football and baseball. As a sophmore, he led his team as a starting quarterback past Dedham on a Thanksgiving day game, 28-13, and earned MVP honors. He was also a starting shortstop for the baseball team batting above .300 for his career. Christi Harris, class of ’95, and Lisa Troiani, 1980, were both inducted as part of the girls basketball team. They were each on a team which won 3 straight Bay State championships, the only time Norwood girl’s basketball has been able to do that. Both were both elected captain of their re-

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spective teams, and were two of the most dominant players in Norwood girl’s basketball history. Paul Angelo, 1965, was a threesport athlete. He played baseball, football, and excelled in hockey. He was known for his tremendous shot, hustle, and team play. He led Norwood to a Bay State Championship in 1964, and a state final in 1965. Phil Nolfi, graduating in 1971, was a captain of the hockey team, and still holds the season scoring record in Norwood with 31 goals over an 18 game season. He led the team to a Bay State title, and helped them reach the finals of the E-Mass Championship at the Boston Garden. The 1988 Indoor boy’s track team was inducted as well. in 1988 they won the state championship led by captain Ed Rios, Sean Connolly, and Maurice Fraone. ucational Center, $500 Norwood Basketball Association, $500 Norwood Cultural Council, $600 Friends of Norwood Girls Lacrosse, $500 Norwood Diamond Club, $500

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Norwood Opens Murray Field with Tough OT Loss BY TIM DAVIS The Norwood Mustangs opened their new synthetic turf stadium,

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singing the national anthem, not to mention an opening drive TD, all seemed right for the ‘Stangs. Unfortunately, star quarterback Tommy Munro, who was nothing short of brilliant against Needham, was injured on the first offensive play of OT and the Mustangs dropped a heartbreaker to the Rockets, 19-12.

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Needham running back, Mike Vespa, had a ten-yard run for Needham’s first overtime possession, forcing Norwood to score on their next possession.

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Munro, who had rushed for 130 yards in the game, from a spread offense, had both legs cramp up after a one yard carry, that forced trainers to immediately come on the field to work on Munro.

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“It didn’t help that Tommy cramped up at the end,” said Norwood Head Coach John Sarianides, “The silver lining is that I am super proud of them. (Mustangs)” With one of the toughest opponents in the Bay State League last

“(He) played his heart out,” said Sarinanides of Munro, “typical Tommy, plays his heart out… gives everything he has – coachable kid – I couldn’t ask for a better quaterback.”

“We did some young things but I couldn’t be prouder of how our defense played,” added Sarianides.

The defense also came to play from the opening toss, as the defensive backfield came up with three interceptions in the first half, with picks by Ryan Greeley, Sam Anderson, and Joe Ciavattone.

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“We had our chances at the end,” said Sarianides, “If you look at all three plays at the end, all three plays went through our receivers hands.” On fourth down in overtime, Munro valiantly returned, but his pass to the corner end zone sailed as the Rockets celebrated their first win of the season.


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In overtime, after Munro left the game due to injury, the Mustangs turned to little used backup quar-

year at 9-2, the Rockets lead with five minutes left in regulation at 12-6. The Mustangs behind a 75yard drive, and the legs of Munro, were able to put together a drive to tie the game at 12-12.

“Played better defensively today than anytime last season,” said Sarianides of his team’s performance against the tough-running Rockets.

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Munro opened the game going for thirteen yards on the ground, and it was apparent that the spread offense was going to create havoc on the Rocket defense. Sarianides made a gutsy call early on, when on that first drive he had Munro on a 4th and eight yards to go, throw a quick slant to TJ George for an eleven-yard gain and a first down. The Mustangs capped off the drive, with Munro going through the line for a 1-yard touchdown to give the Mustangs the early lead at 6-0. After the game the Needham head coach, commented on the Mustangs level of play. “Coach Duffy told me, ‘you have a heck of a team’, said Sarianides.

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O’Donnell Announces Information Regarding Mortgage Loans

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