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Farmer’s Market Cooks Up Local Flavor BY CAITLIN FROST For 15 years, the Norwood farmer’s market has sold the community everything from vegetables to herbs to bread to seafood. The six vendors congregate every Tuesday and set up shop to sell their produce.

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“I own the Paradise Hill Farm,” Farmer’s Market coordinator Shirley Robbins said. “So I bring what I grow out to sell out here.” “The farmer’s market is a good place. It’s an old market that has regular customers ready to buy their weekly produce,” Katie Geoghegan, daughter of one of the vendors, said.

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The farmer’s market sells produce from privately owned farms, such as Paradise Hill and the Sunshine Farm located in Sherborn. But the market isn’t just for produce vendors. The Great Harvest Bread Company has also Henry Thomas sells potted plants from his stand in Norwood. shown up for the past four years to “We specialize in whole wheat “I’ve been here for five years,” sell bread as well as local vendor products, such as bread and cook- Thomas said. “I sell mostly potHenry Thomas, who sells his ies and so on,” vendor Jim Cel- ted plants grown in my greenpotted plants. lucci said. house, as well as my homegrown garlic. I’m semi-retired. Selling

Perks Coffeehouse, Norwood's Home Away from Home BY KIM LESTER AND

local, friendly. They know my name.”

NATALIE MCDONOUGH NHS Class of 2011 “The window seats; I like to people watch.” Jill Cavanaugh sits at a table closest to the window on a quiet Thursday in Perks. After a fit of laughter, she corrects her answer to my question: What do you like about Perks? “I like the people that work here. The staff’s

Perks is famous around Norwood, not only for its coffee but for its friendly environment and welcoming atmosphere. It isn’t solely a place for artsy teenagers or caffeine addicts, all are welcome. On any given day, (they’re open all seven) one could walk in and be welcomed by all different

types of people. There different size tables for outings of any kind. The staff quietly displays their great taste in music below the murmur of friends chatting over coffee. Perks’s tight-knit, welcoming ambiance encourages all to come for the coffee, stay for the mood, and leave with the sweet aroma of both.

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Perks has gathered regulars, who paint the picture of Norwood's color scheme. Perks lost a vital member to its mini-community about a month ago; Gerry Flaherty, a quiet but kindhearted regular at Perks, is silently remembered with a plaque and a picture. He added another layer to the soul of Perks, and his memory lives on in the hearts of many.

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looking at his wife sitting next to him. “My wife helps me out too. So it’s a family affair.” Jordan Brothers Seafood also comes to sell their products. They buy the seafood fresh from the

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The farmer’s market has become a staple to the people of Norwood, as most of the customers are repeat patrons, only buying their produce from the market instead of the grocery stores.

“This is only my second time here but I love the freshness of the produce,” newcomer to Norwood June Tulikangas said. “I absolutely love it. The corn, tomatoes, cucumbers; they’re all so fresh. I’ve been coming for three years and it all tastes so much

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better than any supermarket. They do a great job,” town resident Sue Newcomb said. “I love being outside and meeting new people,” Cellucci said. “And most of the people are regulars. Everyone keeps coming back to buy from us, so I see the same

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Norwood Pools OPEN for the Season On June 27, the Saturday after school got out, the Hawes Pool, located on Washington Street in South Norwood, and Father McAleer's Pool, on Hawthorne Street opened for the season. Pool information follows:

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tenance requirements. · Parents must wait outside the gate during swim lessons and will not be allowed on the deck. Have swimmers lined up at front gate, ready for class 5 minutes before start time. 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday – Friday, Youth Swim Lessons, Hawes & FM 12-1 p.m., Monday – Friday, Camp Challenge, Hawes 12-1 p.m., Monday – Friday, Adult Swim, FM 12-1 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday, Water Workout, FM 1-7 p.m., Monday – Friday, General Swim, Hawes & FM 7-8 p.m., Monday & Wednesday, Triathlon Training, FM Weekends: 12-7 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, General Swim, Hawes & FM

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“I am preparing to never work a day in my life, but to do what I love, and that is taking care of others. I know it is what I am meant to do,” says Jaclyn Perrut, CNA. Jaclyn knew early on that she had strong career goals and wanted to focus on making a difference at a young age. Earning her CNA license at sixteen, she decided to forgo the ritual of high school. She left school strong headed and strong minded. Quickly getting her GED and enrolling in the Blue Hills Regional Technical School Practical Nursing Program in 2009, she studied diligently to graduate one year later. However, Jaclyn didn’t spend all her time studying! It was a busy year as she prepared for her August 2009 wedding, delayed her honeymoon and joined the staff of Victoria Haven Skilled Rehab & Nursing Facility as a CNA. Working many evenings and weekends, she quickly brought smiles to the

residents and chatted easily with visiting friends and family members. Though she has graduated from the PN program, she is awaiting one more test score - taking the licensing exam on July 15, 2010. Already planning to continue her education, she has just four courses to complete before applying to the RN program at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA. The honeymoon to go to Italy to see Pompei, the lost city near Mount Vesuvius is still on hold, but is among her dreams for the future. Just how long she will wait may depend on her determination to be a nurse practitioner working with Neonates or a nurse anesthetist, as she finds both so fascinating. Looking on at graduation ceremonies, Grandma said she is proud of who Jaclyn has become and excited to have ‘Nurse’ Jackie in the family. We wish Jaclyn the best of luck as she continues her studies.

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Terry’s Barbershop: A Barbershop Norwood Can Be Proud Of Perks Coffeehouse gives local artists a place to display their talent.

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chance to showcase and sell their artwork out of the coffee shop, an honor that was given to two Norwood High students during the month of July. The work of Sarah Rabinovich, a college-bound graduate, and Sandra Mastinggal, a member of the Perks' staff and the 2011 senior class, is currently on display. Perks has openly supported student artists as well as those in the community. Every Thursday and Friday night, you can head down to 385 Wash-

ington to hear local talent perform. With genres that include rock, jazz, and folk, it’s a great scene for music lovers and fans of neighborhood bands. The Perks staff works to provide entertaining acts each week. In years past, Perks has also welcomed performances by budding young musicians, such as the members of Norwood High's Celtic Strings. The menu at Perks is varied, almost to the point of being overwhelming. With delicious sandwiches, salads, pastries, smoothies, and a seemingly infinite

amount of coffee flavors, one can always find something unique to enjoy. Working to satisfy a wide spectrum of hungry customers, Perks regularly brings additions to its plentiful menu. For example, newly introduced gelato is becoming a staple for ice cream lovers across town. Every day of the week, Perks Coffeehouse provides every customer with a home - a home full of interesting people, fantastic food, local music, local art, and friendly smiles. Good coffee is merely one of the perks that awaits here.

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John Coutts is all about melding the spirit of the past with the progress of the present, which is why Terry’s Barbershop continues to give $10 haircuts to all seniors of the community. That’s the way it’s always been at Terry’s and that’s the way he wants it to stay. After years of being in business, Coutts has given the barbershop a facelift. “I’ve remodeled the entire shop,” Coutts said. “I laid the tile floor myself, I rearranged and framed the pictures on the wall. I wanted to give the shop a new look but also keep the old feel to it.” The walls are framed with senior class pictures dated from the 1930’s, antique photographs of the town, and old war planes and battleships.

price, he has also extended the shop hours to keep up with the busy man’s working lifestyle by opening earlier and staying open later. “I’m trying to accommodate the people of Norwood. I like the community and the way people have a sense of township,” Coutts said. “That’s what drew me to buy the shop in the first place. And I want to honor the town by giving them a barbershop they’ll be proud of.”

John Coutts’ Barber Service is about meeting people where they’re at. “I’m willing to visit homes, senior living centers, and hospitals to give haircuts to those who have trouble getting around to get their hair cut.” And of course, the haircutting price remains $10 any day, every day, Coutts wants the focus to stay and everywhere. on the clients, giving them that Terry’s Barbershop is located traditional barbershop feeling at 520 Washington Street in when they open the door, as well downtown Norwood. As a sumas attracting new clientele. In mer special, the shop is offering addition to honoring loyal cusbuzz cuts for children 14 and tomers with the seniors’ haircut under for just $10.

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Hummers In Town Through September I’ve been accused of being a ‘townie’, but the truth is my hometown is Northborough – a small town about 30 miles west of Boston. I lived right on the Marlborough town line near the Hillside School Farm, an area rich with wildlife. It was one of the more rural parts of town, and the occasional cow wandering through the neighborhood was not completely unheard of. Fast forward to the year 2000, when I moved to Norwood, I was pleasantly surprised by the large variety of birds and animals in the area. It seems that two key elements – the Neponset River and the Norwood Airport are a big draw for all manner of wildlife. In fact, many airports are located along traditional annual bird migration routes and offer many natural and man-made habitats.

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Wanting to attract what I could to the yard, I started out with basic feeders and birdbaths. A good variety of birds noticed and became regular visitors, but my ultimate goal, however, was to draw in hummingbirds. Often referred to as ‘nature’s jewels; I knew I’d have to be patient to attract one. Creating the ‘mix’ is super easy (a ratio of 1 part white granulated sugar to 4 parts water) and boiling is not a necessity here in Norwood. The high octane fuel was set over a mass of petunias (hummers like these too) near a kitchen window,

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so any action could be observed. There was early success, although limited – a lone female ruby-throated hummingbird showed up for just a day or two in early May. She put on quite the show while here, showing up at intervals of about every ten minutes or so from sun up to sun down. But for the rest of the summer, just a lot

of ants marched in (and ultimately drowned). There was also a swarm of yellow jackets that bombarded the feeder, sort of like a late summer bonus when I was losing interest. I settled for the fact that the lone female only made an annual ‘pit stop’ here in the spring, before moving on to grander vistas, like those of my family out in the Berkshires. In these mountainous regions, the hummingbirds are so plentiful there is always one or more at the feeder. And that’s how it went for a couple of seasons, just

a migratory bird fueling up and resting for a day or two before heading west. When spring of 2009 rolled around, I set out the feeder as usual (late April is the ideal time for Norwood). The lone female showed up as expected, only this time decided to stay and has been a regular ever since. A nice surprise came

this summer around the first of July, with the arrival of a second hummer to the feeder, undoubtedly her offspring. So, after countless dead ants, swarms of bees and a lot of waiting, patience has paid off for this self-described bird-freak. These hummers have finally put Neponset Street on their map as their regular fueling station. To learn more about ‘nature’s jewels,’ including an amazing 3 minute video titled Hummingbird Nest Documentary, visit birds

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Xaverian Brothers High School Announces the Class of 2010 Norwood Graduates Brother Daniel Skala, C.F.X., the Headmaster of Xaverian Brothers High School is pleased to announce that the following Norwood residents have graduated with the Class of 2010: Darius Babel. Darius, son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor J. Babel, plans to attend Georgetown University. Peter Clough. Peter, son of Mrs. Lisa Clough and Mr. William Clough, plans to attend Stonehill College. Anthony DiGiandomenico. Anthony, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. DiGiandomenico, plans to attend Curry College. Patrick Hagerty. Patrick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul N. Hagerty, plans to attend Western New England College. Michael Hayes. Michael, son of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Hayes, plans to attend University of Rhode Island. Timothy Heckmann. Timothy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory P. Heckmann, plans to attend Quinnipiac University. Mark Herman. Mark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher A. Herman,

plans to attend Virginia Tech. Vidur Khatri. Vidur, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ashok Khatri, plans to attend Georgetown University. Trevor Kunze. Trevor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Kunze, plans to attend Hofstra College. Christopher Magyar. Christopher, son of Mr. and Mrs. George P. Magyar, plans to attend Saint Michael's. Matthew Nickley. Matthew, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Nickley, plans to attend George Washington University. Griffin O'Donoghue. Griffin, son of Mr. & Mrs. Steven O'Donoghue, plans to attend Assumption College. Jake Ryan. Jake, son of Mr. and Mrs. Shane R. McCarthy is still undecided. Kevin Saccone. Kevin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin J. Saccone, plans to attend Boston College. Sung Shin. Sung, son of Mr. Jason Shin and Ms. Angela Won, plans to attend University of California, Berkeley. Abhishek Tadikonda. Abhishek,

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Food and Friendship Found at Open Door Ministry, United Church BY CAITLIN FROST For over a year, the United Church of Norwood has served the people of Norwood with their Open Door Ministry, a ministry run by members of the church who volunteer their time to serve food and groceries. On Wednesday nights, people from all over the area come in need of food, a little bit of shelter, and the occasional clothes and groceries. “We have a big facility that can handle a lot of people,� Georgia Shaw, a volunteer for the Open Door Ministry, said. “The Wednesday night dinners benefit the town by helping the people who need it.� The church serves dinner with food donated by Whole Food Market, Starbucks, Dessert Works, and Old Country Buffet. Not only is the food used to make dinner donated, but other groceries as well, such as canned goods and other items that a family might need on a daily basis. “Whole Foods has been great,� Shaw said. “They have really been a big help to us.�

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The United Church also serves the community by way of the Ruth Project, an organization that helps to find jobs, give away clothes, blankets, and other services needed. “The season determines what we give away,� Shaw said. “When it’s winter and cold out, we give away blankets, usually with personal items tucked away in it; such as soaps, hats, mittens, and other toiletries. We’ll also set out polar fleece and crocheted mittens and

gloves and prayer blankets on the tables with the food so anyone that might need it can come in on Wednesday nights, grab dinner, and anything else they might need.� The church also does the occasional yard sale on the front lawn of the church ground, selling and giving away what has been donated. “We’re always looking for things,� Shaw said. “We’ll accept anything of value and turn it around to give it right back to the community.� The United Church of Norwood is located at 595 Washington Street in Norwood Center. The Open Door Ministry accepts any sort of donations. Contact Marie Schuhmacher or Georgia Shaw at the church at (781) 762-2589. For more information about the Ruth Project or if you are in need of services provided by the ministry, call (281) 366-2805, and someone will meet with you privately, by appointment only. In addition to the Open Door Ministry and the Ruth Project, The Norwood Ecumenical Food Pantry, at Grace Episcopal Church, currently serves about 250 families with new clients arriving at the door each week. The Pantry is supported by donations from many different organizations and individuals. Volunteers help pack and distribute the food. The food pantry is located at 150 Chapel St, Norwood MA 02062. Food can be dropped off on Thursdays, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Please call Ruth Taeger, Coordinator at (781) 7690425. The food pantry is open for distribution every Saturday morning from 8:20 to 10:40 a.m.

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Rededication of Fr. McAleer Playground – Taking part in the dedication of new plaque in honor of Fr. Robert E. MaAleer were, left to right, Albert Jordan, Fr. Joseph McDonough, Fr. William Burckhart, James D’Espinosa, and David Fox. The playground was originally dedicated to the priest in 1941 in gratitude for his service to the people of Norwood, both young and old, from 1928 to 1940. (Photo by Donald McLean)

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Annual Camp Olympics Held At Father Mac’s BY DAWN C. FITZGERALD

When asked what he liked best, camper Ryan Giffin, age 10, said “my favorite part was the jumping thing. I made it into the finals by jumping 5.5 feet.”

On the morning of Friday, July 23, 2010, Father Mac’s was full of happy campers ready to compete in the annual Camp Olympics. For the past six years, Site Supervisor, Ellen Flynn has planned and organized this event She has fond memories of similar Olympics being held at the Norwood Civic Center and “Thought it would be a great thing to bring back to camp.” So she created her own arena. The field was set up with various stations including the ever challenging Javelin Throwing Noodle Toss, Wet Frisbee Relay, and a Long Jump Competition. Her idea is simple; the kids, “get some exercise and just have fun.” And the Haley McDonagh and Jade Carey, age 9 ready themselves for the start of Camp Olympics. kids had a blast. Haley dressed especially for the occasion.

One of the biggest hits of the Olympics was the Squish the Shaving Cream Balloon Relay Race in which kids sat and plain squashed balloons filled with shaving cream. Win or lose every relay ended in big laughs as kids covered in shaving cream headed onward to their next challenge. There was nothing but smiles among both campers and busy counselors gong from event to event. Camper Michael Curley age 9 summed up day, “I competed in two events, and I came in third place and had a lot of fun. It wasn’t about the competitions; it was just to have fun.”

Suminagashi Marbling Workshop at Library Join local artist Cindy Rudolph on Wednesday, August 11 at the Morrill Memorial Library from 10 a.m. to noon and create beautiful note cards and bookmarks using

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“Norwood Digest” Celebrates 100th Episode BY DAWN C. FITZGERALD Six years ago, the board of Norwood Public Access (NPA), along with President Scott Brown, decided to form a show chronicling Norwood’s events, discussing town wide issues, and featuring local heroes. And “Norwood Digest” was born. Scott Brown was on the very first segment of “Norwood Digest” introducing host Jack McCarthy to viewers. Brown proudly calls Digest, “NPA’s flagship show.” And from the beginning host Jack McCarthy has been manning the helm. “It was interesting timing” said McCarthy who had just resigned from being Town Moderator, he thought the show would be a “Good way of still keeping involved.” And involved McCarthy has been. Over the years, he has covered a broad range of topics from local town politics to interviewing Norwood’s own celebrities such as author Michael Cunningham. When asked what is McCarthy’s favorite episode there is a small pause. He cannot pick just one. He reflects on his experiences interviewing Joe DaSilva a former Norwood High School student that has since graduated from WestPoint and has proudly served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He remembers author Michael Cunningham and discussions of his book, Walking Point about being an infantryman in Vietnam. McCarthy chuckles at the “Where’s Santa” episode where he and the NPA crew went from one location to another in search of Santa Claus. These days McCarthy is enjoying his visits up to the ever evolv-

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Summer Concerts Fill the Norwood Common with Music BY JACKIE MASLOFF The Sunday Evening Concerts on the Common continue in August, with all performances starting at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 9:00 and taking place at the Walter J. Dempsey Memorial Bandstand in the heart of the center of Norwood. The last concert of the season is on Sunday September 5th. The schedule for August includes the Roy Scott Big Band playing on August 1st. Based in Sharon, Massachusetts and part of the Sharon Bands organization, the Roy Scott Big Band is made up of dedicated area musicians and is a fully-instrumented 19-piece big band. The repertoire of the Roy Scott Big Band covers over 60 years of music from the original classics of the Swing Era to the current hits of the Swing Revival. Their concerts feature a wide range of favorites including swing, jazz, rock, pop, “cool” jazz, funk, bebop, blues, and Latin. The following week on August 8 will be The Tom Nutile Big Band. The band consists of 14 instru-

mentalists and a singer and is a very versatile large ensemble. The band plays modern jazz, blues, jump, waltzes and Latin tunes. Considered a retro yet modern musical organization, the Band’s range of musical talents provide exciting soulful sounds for an enjoyable evening of diverse music. August 15 hosts the Oberlaendeler Hofbrau Band, one of New England’s premier Oktoberfest entertainment. Since 1965, the Band has been playing the authentic sound of the German beer halls for New England audiences. The Band’s twelve musicians provide all the excitement of the Oktoberfest celebration. The Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band appears in traditional Bavarian costume with green Alpine hats adorned with a brush and pins, red vests, green ties decorated with edelweiss flowers, black knickers and long white stockings. The Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band has a repertoire of over 1,700 music titles, assuring a varied and interesting mix of traditional and


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performance. The Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band plans and performs every program with one common objective, that everyone has fun, including the band. The Compaq Big band performs on August 22. The Compaq Big Band showcases a twenty piece big band, formed in 1975. Their repertoire includes classics from the thirties and forties as performed by bands of Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and other great musicians. The band balances instrumental charts and horn features with vocal numbers such as those popularized by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Bil-

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Norwood Day 2010 is slated for September 19 BY MARYELLEN HORGAN Norwood Day returns for its 8th season on Sunday, September 19 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. in Norwood Center on Washington Street from Nahatan Street to Guild Square. Traditionally held on a Saturday, this year’s Norwood Day will be held on Sunday to avoid conflicts with local events for Yom Kippur. This year’s community day will continue in its celebratory and entertaining activities for young and old alike: great food, games and


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nervous, because I didn’t know what to expect, but my kids loved it,” said a Norwood town citizen. “Most likely we’ll be attending every Wednesday night.” Angela West and Showdown peformed July 21. The band has been together for 25 years and has accumulated numerous awards and other accolades for their talent. Currently located in New Hampshire, the band came to Norwood for the second time to perform for Summerfest’s Music on the Commons, Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. “We were scheduled last year but we got rained out,” vocalist Angela West said. “We’re definitely excited to be back in Norwood again.

“I’m about to liven up these Norwoodians with some good ol-fashioned country line dancing!” Concerts on the common are free and open to all, but just make sure you bring your own seating. Though there are benches around the common area, they get full early and fast. Bring a lawn chair or a towel, and you’ll be set for the evening. “It’s great for a fun family event that’s free,” another citizen said. “My hometown never did anything like this. It’s easy entertainment for my kids and allows me to be able to enjoy some good music without worrying they’re going to get in any trouble.” “Wednesday nights we usually bring hot dogs and chips and eat dinner while we watch. It’s better than sitting at home watching TV.”

BY CAITLIN FROST The Glamour Girls kicked off Summerfest 2010, with a hot night of Motown songs, followed by the country kickings of Snake Bite. That plus Wolverines, Pi Alley, and others, Summerfest 2010 has left no room for complaint. Summerfest is sponsored by the Norwood Arts Council, a nonprofit organization comprised of citizens dedicated to promoting the

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Norwood Literary Corner Propope is a group of senior poets and writers from Norwoord who began meeting monthly in October of 1999. Between eight and 15 attend each month to share interests and thoughts. The term “propope,” coined by Ketty Charron, is a combination of the words prose (pro), poetry (po) and people (pe). The following submissions are from one of their three printed books: Dancing – Standing Still Leigh Delaney I learned a trick when I was ill – The art of dancing, standing still. My favorite songs of old I’d play And in the dark I’d swing and sway. Although my feet moved not at all My fingers snapped; I had a ball. Inside me the girl of long ago Jived and waltzed with all her beaus! She was so carefree all the while It made me happy, made me smile. Though the music ended, I always will Know I’m dancing, standing still.

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A hike through your local woods is a great way to keep fit Part of the beauty of living in Norwood is the proximity to a number of nature preserves. Hiking these can be a great way to stay fit. Following is just a sampling of areas that can boast enjoyable hiking trails: Shattuck Reservation: In Medfield on Causeway Street, this small Trustees of Reservations Spot has a 1.5 mile loop trail that connects with four miles of trails at Noon Hill, also on Causeway Street. F. Gilbert Hills State Forest: Mill Street, Foxboro: Covering 1,027 acres in Foxboro and Wrentham, F. Gilbert Hills is a "passive use" pine and oak forest. There are 23 miles of trails for various uses, looping through the forest. Hopkinton State Park: Route 85, Hopkinton: Located in the towns Hopkinton and Ashland,

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Beware of red flags, says Kostas Moustakis, owner of The Computer Domain. “If your computer ever tells you that it’s infected and wants you to buy something, that’s a red flag, because your computer won’t tell you a thing.” What it might be telling you, says Moustakis, is that it has a virus. He should know. He’s been solving computer problems for eight years, and these days, viruses are the most common issues his clients face. “We do a lot of virus removal,” says Moustakis. “There are a lot of malware and spyware out trying to get your credit card information for identity fraud. They’re getting very tricky as to how they’re getting into your computer.” The computer expert notes that consumers are at risk “even going onto typical websites, where there are pop-ups.” On this hot, humid day, a young, frazzled customer walks into The Computer Domain. Has she lost her data? Has any of her information be recovered? It all has, shop owner Moustakis reassures her, thanks to the expertise of his staff. Summertime can bring with it a plague of computer problems, says Moustakis, because hot days, along with the brown-outs that accompany them, are bad for computers. For about eight years, folks in the Dedham area have relied on The Computer Domain as their secret weapon for computer fixes

and data recovery. A trip to this friendly, Oakdale Square, Momand-Pop style computer repair shop to evaluate what’s wrong with your computer will cost you nothing, and it may save you money, time and hassle in the long run. This small business offers friendlier, personal service than the larger, big box style computer stores. In cases of emergency, technicians can even make house calls within 24 hours. “The main thing we offer is a free evaluation,” says Moustakis. “If you can bring in the machine, we’ll tell you in five minutes what’s wrong with it, how long it will take and how much it will cost.” Repairs done in the fullservice repair shop take an average 1-2 days to complete. The Computer Domain will also fix your computer at your house or office, and professionals are on hand to help you solve your problems remotely as well, with troubleshooting turnaround sometimes reduced to just minutes. In fact, when a client has a problem and calls The Computer Domain, technicians can log into the system right from the shop to virtually fix a computer. This eliminates the client’s need to repeatedly try to describe the problem to a voice on the other end of a telephone. If the problem cannot be fixed remotely, The Computer Domain will send out a technician usually within a few

hours. Moustakis truly enjoys getting to the root of a computer problem. “What keeps me going with this is the challenge, the fact that every day the problems you get are different.” He adds that he enjoys “the victory of solving these problems…whether it’s getting back data, or fixing the computer, or making sure the customer is happy that their computer is up and running again.” With the benefit of a static-free “clean room,” The Computer Domain technicians can retrieve data even from some of the most badly damaged hard drives. Fixing computers isn’t The Computer Domain’s only area of expertise. In addition to maintaining clients’ systems with upgrades, home or office networking and regular computer tune-ups, experts here also provide data recovery and custom build computers for homes, office and gamers. In an increasingly impersonal world, The Computer Domain offers a friendly face and a quick solution whether your computer needs are for your home or business, for work or play. The Computer Domain is located at 240 River Street in Dedham. Store hours are Monday to Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. – 6: 30 p.m., Friday, from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Technicians can be reached at (781) 686-1099, or online at

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Norwood Police Beat 07/23/2010 - Friday 10-8919 1226 Phone - ROAD HAZARD SPOKEN TO Caller reports construction equipment causing a hazard 10-8920 1256 911 MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT *REPORT FILED Caller reports pedestrian hit by motor vehicle. MC8 and N661, and NFD respond.

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responds,victim left scene. Will report to the station to file a report. 10-8939 1824 Phone - ASSIST OTHER POLICE DEPART TAKEN/REFERRED TO OTHER Armed robbery at BP on 1A in Walpole, Bolo put out to cars for White male 13-14 YO, slim build, Khaki shorts, Darkcolored hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses, showed firearm in his waste band. N669 N664 to check 1a. BOLO put out to cars. 10-8940 1939 Phone - ASSIST CITIZEN *REPORT FILED Young child requesting police assistance because his parents took away his video games. N664 N679 sent. 10-8943 2207 Phone DRUNK PERSON *PROTECTIVE CUSTODY N663 off with SP male, one placed in PC. 10-8944 2303 Phone REPORT OF FIGHT *PROTECTIVE CUSTODY Caller reports fight out side, and underage party. N669 sent. NFD notified to check male out. 10-8946 2346 Phone - ASSIST OTHER POLICE DEPART TAKEN/REFERRED TO Westwood PD reports vehicle operating very slow down Winter St. Could be part of a hit and run accident in front of Westwood Lodge. N664 N679 to check area.

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taken the pieces to Sanderson Piano Services, Inc., of Littleton. “Then, I took it to a wood expert in West Concord who knew nothing (of the search). I put it in his hand to find out what type of wood it was.” Almost immediately, says Kennedy, the wood connoisseur said, “This is piano veneer. Why the hell is it wet?”

Medium Leads Divers to Piano Remnants, Possibly Babe Ruth’s BY J.D. O’GARA

“I’d been looking for nine years,” says Kennedy, who at that point had narrowed down the search for Babe Ruth’s piano to a 200-foot section area. “(That area) is a lot bigger than you think,” says Kennedy, who notes that divers had to do a Braille search, feeling their way through the murky black water with almost no visibility. “It didn’t take long,” the amateur historian says of Sheila’s direction. “She gave me pretty much compass points. We went right to the veneers.” As part of the process, divers were asked to bring debris to the surface to clean up the pond. In the exact area Sheila’s instructions had indicated, from under several feet of silt, they brought up four pieces of wood…pieces later verified as piano veneer.

For almost 10 years, Kevin Kennedy searched Willis Pond in Sudbury, eager to resurrect a bit of baseball memorabilia from the pre“Curse of the Bambino” era. For almost 10 years, Kennedy struck out, his divers digging up nothing. Babe Ruth’s legendary piano, which the then Red Sox player is said to have hoisted onto the ice for a party in 1918, only to be unable to push it back from the pond, seemed as elusive as the World Series had been to the Red Sox for 86 years. On June 20 however, Kennedy finally hit a home run, finding pieces of a piano with the help of a forensic medium who works out of Medway’s Mill Building, Sheila Marie. Sheila Marie and Kennedy now work together as part of a forensic research team, BKS Research.

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Forensic Medium Sheila Marie is pictured here with amateur historian Kevin Kennedy. For a decade, Kennedy sought Babe Ruth’s piano to no avail, but with Sheila’s guidance, divers produced piano veneer from Willis Pond in Sudbury.

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political reasons, he says, he did not want to ask for her help with the piano search but says, “I was frustrated, at a point where I couldn’t go anywhere.” Sheila Marie went to the cottage where Babe Ruth and his wife had stayed, and did what she calls a reading. She says Babe Ruth himself was showing her a baseball field, and that at the time, because she was involved in her clairvoyant experience, she did not understand how the images she was describing were corresponding to layout of the areas being searched. Later, Kennedy and Lee Swanson, curator/archivist of the Sudbury Histor-

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Following instructions of Forensic Medium Sheila Marie, divers unearthed these four piano veneers from Willis Pond in Sudbury. Babe Ruth is said to have left a piano in the pond.

ical Society, took the divers to locations she indicated and found the pieces. Subsequently, Sheila Marie says that she did what she calls “automatic writing” to try to get more details on where the metal harp of the piano might be located. On July 8, the BKS dive team’s metal detectors did indicate that metal was located where her writing suggested. BKS Research has submitted the veneers to the temporary stewardship of the Sudbury Historical Society. They will move on to investigate other missing objects and missing persons. “I have to do this. I have to do mediumship,” Sheila Marie believes, who admits that she had once resisted her spiritual communications, worrying that they conflicted with her Catholic religion. Later, she says, “I realized that it was all spiritual and I was supposed to help people,” says Sheila, who says she lets her higher power guide her as a medium. Now, she says, she understands that “when you’re doing something God tells

you to do, it’s okay. It’s not fair for me to deny that to someone else.” Sheila has conducted galleries, in which she helps individuals in a group contact deceased loved ones. Still, she believes that her calling is directing her to do research.

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