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Vol. 5 No. 6 Free to Every Home and Business Every Month June 2016

By Grace Allen

The Brave Arts Initiative:

Connecting through Art

The Brave Arts Initiative at

the Wrentham Developmental

Center is a series of exhibits

featuring individual and

collaborative work between the

residents, staff, local artists, KP

High School art students, and

other community members.

Supported by the Wrentham

Cultural Council, the initiative

hopes to highlight the benefits of

creative art experiences while reinforcing

relationships between

the center and the town.

Part of a broader program at

the center celebrating the work

of artists with developmental

disabilities, the Brave Arts Initiative

hopes to bridge the gap

of public understanding about

“who we are, what we do, and

what we can do.”

The first exhibit, themed Relics

Reimagined, took place on

May 17, in conjunction with the

opening of a new courtyard in

the complex’s Quinn building.

Additional exhibits are scheduled

for June 4 at the Arts on the

Gilberto Domingos (WDC resident artist) with Heather Richard

(KP art student).

Common in Wrentham, and in

September and October at the

Fiske Library.

According to Carol Pino, the

project manager and energetic

force behind the Brave Arts

Initiative, the program explores

ways that art can strengthen

communities by connecting people

through artistic expression.

Pino, a recreational therapist as

well as the director of the center’s

aquatics facility, said the en-


continued on page 3

Stony Brook

Boardwalk Closed

By Grace Allen





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The boardwalk at Mass

Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife

Sanctuary in Norfolk has

been temporarily closed by the

Massachusetts Department of

Conservation and Recreation

(DCR). The historic snow and

ice from two winters ago likely

caused significant damage to

the structure, and while some

repairs were made last summer,

more severe, unseen damage is

probably below the waterline.

This past winter, newly dipping

and warping sections suggested

a more extensive problem and

on March 30 the DCR decided

to close the boardwalk because

of safety concerns.

According to Doug Williams,

the director of Stony Brook, the

boardwalk actually falls under

the purview of the DCR instead

of Mass Audubon because the

structure is technically part of

Bristol Blake State Reservation.

Managed jointly for 50 years,

Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook

and Bristol Blake State Reservation

are generally considered

one-and-the-same for most visitors.

Behind the scenes, however,

exists an exemplary partnership,

said Williams, who works weekly

with DCR supervisor Tom Ashton.

“The DCR is 100% committed”

to fixing the boardwalk,

said Williams.

State Representative Shawn

Dooley, a Norfolk resident, has

stepped in to hasten the process.

Dooley reached out to the Secretary

of Environmental Affairs,

a personal friend, and set in motion

the engineering inspections

to evaluate the damage and determine

the process to get the

boardwalk repaired.

“On the immediate side they

are working to get the sensory

part of the trail opened in the

near future,” said Dooley. “The

over-water portion of the boardwalk

is more complicated and is

going to require extensive work

which they have slotted to begin

in October with the goal to have

it fully open and operational by

next spring.” The timeline is

pending additional engineering

and environmental reviews,


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deavor is different because it does

not separate artists by ability.

“The nice thing is that we’re

not saying, ‘you’re an artist with

developmental disabilities so

you’re going to exhibit here,’

while someone without those disabilities

will exhibit somewhere

else. It’s drawing us all together,”

said Pino.

The Brave Arts Initiative includes

KP honors art students,

who work with the center’s residents

in a class taught by Pino.

The class, called Art in the Park,

explores fine art materials, both

sculpture and painting, and how

they transform indoor and outdoor


The act of collaborating on

artwork can be daunting, said

Pino. “I think there is something

very brave about art,” she says.

“It takes a lot of courage to express

who you are and let it out,

especially collaboratively.”

Working together, she believes,

is essentially a way to communicate

as well as a way to experience

artistic expression.

“If you have a piece of artwork

and you’re working on it together

and one person works on

it, and then another person works

on it, that’s a beautiful conversation,”

said Pino.

Shannon Cress, the faculty

advisor for KP’s National Art

Honor Society, said her students

had been looking for opportunities

to use their artistic talents in

the community. A peer-coaching

program in the high school’s

art classes “has brought about

beautiful friendships culminating

in authentic art experiences

regardless of ability levels,” she

explained. It seemed a natural

progression to extend the idea to

the Wrentham Developmental

Center, she added.

Cress said the initial group

of KP students collaborating at

the center included Rylie Dalzell,

James Gately, Julia Govoni,

Heather Richard, Olivia Sottile,

and Rachel Stephens. Gately,

KP’s student liaison to the Wrentham

Cultural Council, helped

facilitate the project.

Relics Reimagined was truly

a collaborative effort, celebrating

the new sculpture garden in the

courtyard as well as the talents of

myriad people.

The courtyard, in need of a

facelift, had been renovated by

Eagle Scout candidate Karlan

Dewitt and his Troop. The boys

Tom Fulginiti (WDC resident artist) with Rylie Dalzell

(KP art student).


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widened the walkways to make

them wheel-chair accessible, installed

benches, and added plantings.

The Boy Scouts, said Pino,

have embraced the project. Local

Girl Scouts also provided plants

to help beautify the area.

Even the center’s staff took

part in Relics Reimagined.

“We elicited participation

from every discipline at the center,”

said Pino. A groundskeeper

created a sculpture from old

shovels, and staff donated ancient

keys, tiles and film reels that were

turned into sculptures. One of

the center’s plumbers created a

fountain for the courtyard.

“We have this great old facility

here with all these relics around,

and a historical element is reemerging,”

said Pino of the

exhibit. “I love the idea of repurposing

those relics.”

She added that other residents

of the center not involved in creating

artwork are learning various

skills involved in implementing an

art show, such as making flyers

and acting as greeters to guests,

with the help of the center’s vocational


“It’s really an incredible group

effort,” said Pino. “There is probably

no department here that

hasn’t contributed in some way.”

According to Donna Arcaro,

the director of the center’s recreational

and vocational services,

“We have a lot of talented staff

and this sort of thing brings that

out. It enriches the whole environment.”

Finding common ground in

art has been especially motivating

for Pino. An artist herself,

Pino has taught classes at the Attleboro

Art Museum and at afterschool

programs in the area. She

has been working at the Wrentham

Developmental Center

since 1989, and admits to being

re-energized by the Brave Arts

Initiative, as well as by her former

mentor, Andrea Tooker, who

passed away in 2014. Tooker, a

volunteer at the center, inspired

Pino by her devotion and advocacy

for the center’s residents.

“Her core mission was about

mutual respect, mutual benefit,

collaboration, and working

towards a greater good in the

community by bringing people

together. She understood that

individuals with intellectual disabilities

were valued members of

the community, and had as much

to give as anyone else.”

Added Pino, “I think there

is a lot of mystery surrounding

this place. Wrentham is a vibrant

community and we are a part of

that vibrant community. There’s

so much creativity and energy

here. There’s a lot of beauty like

you would find anywhere. Individuals

with intellectual disabilities

have challenges like everyone,

and we try to meet those challenges

with innovative programs

and creativity.”

The residents, she said, take

great pride in their work for the

Brave Arts Initiative, and are

looking forward to sharing their

artwork with the community at

the other exhibits, too. Pino believes

both the center’s artists and

the local artists working with them

have benefited from this program

and the sharing of ideas.

“There’s something that happens

when you collaborate where

you have to let go of your ego a

little bit and let someone else steer

for a while,” said Pino. “Next, it’s

your turn to stir. Then you get

this energy that builds from that.

It’s really about making something

together. I think it can be

very powerful. It could be a great

model for other programs in the


Added Pino, “The synergy

that has been created and building

around this project has been

fun. I feel good about the kind of

meaningful integration that is occurring.

It’s just such a really positive

thing for everybody.”






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added Dooley.

The iconic structure is wellknown

among local outdoor

enthusiasts and in the Mass

Audubon system, not only as the

means to the marsh-viewing platform,

but also as

a destination itself.

“It’s what we

think of when we

think of Stony

Brook,” agreed


The boardwalk

is also important,


Williams, to a

broader group

of people.

“A couple of

years ago, someone

spotted a

rare bird from

the boardwalk…

a purple gallinule,” recounted

Williams. “There were people

coming up from New Jersey to

see that bird. The boardwalk is

a well-recognized and significant

resource for people from all over.”

In the short-term, Stony

Brook’s numerous summer programs

and camps will be impacted.

Williams said his staff

has already started making

changes and modifications to the

programs, many of which are

popular with hundreds of area


There are a couple of silver

linings to the

temporary loss

of the boardwalk,

said Williams.

He leads

an early-morning

bird watching


at the nature

center from

March to June,

and has had

to revise his

walk through

the trails and

find alternative

viewing spots

along the wetlands.

“Much to my surprise is the

fact that I’m not seeing a change

in the species of birds that we’re

finding,” explained Williams.

“And what that tells me is that

while I may not have unrestrained

access via the boardwalk

to the wetlands, it’s causing me


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to rediscover these places I have

always walked past on my way to

the boardwalk that offer good access

to see birds. It’s forced me to

recognize there are a lot of other

places that provide wonderful

access to the wetlands that I’ve

skipped over because the boardwalk

was there.”

Stony Brook’s director is also

using the opportunity to solicit

feedback from users of the boardwalk

about possible changes during

reconstruction. “If the state’s

going to come in and revise the

boardwalk, this is our opportunity

to say we wish we had this

or that. We want to make sure we

have access to the water for our

programs, but beyond that I really

want feedback from people,”

said Williams. Possibilities include

a different size viewing deck, or a

layout in a different direction, he


“My goal is to have people

think about how they use the

boardwalk and share it with us.”

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by the closing of the

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boardwalk, Williams has been

pleased with the public’s response.

“People really love the boardwalk.

They are asking, ‘What can

I do to help?’ A lot of people go

to Stony Brook, take their walk,

and leave. But this is bringing

people together. It’s been a rallying


To discuss ideas or concerns

about the boardwalk, contact

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drop by Stony Brook during business


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Guest Column

King Philip in Spain

By Will Linde,

Editor of the KP Metacomet

This past April vacation, 42

King Philip students traveled to

Spain to experience a once-in-alifetime

trip with their peers. Upon

landing in Barcelona, my classmates

and I began to explore La

Rambla, a beautiful street in Barcelona’s

Gothic Quarter that features

a plethora of high-class stores

and local artisans. The culture

shock was instant, but invigorating.

Signs and directions were all

in Spanish and Catalan, and there

were new and different sights,

sounds, and smells all around; but

when given the chance to roam

the streets, I didn’t really feel out

of place. For my peers and me, it

was wonderful to finally be in the

native country of the language

we have studied and practiced so

much. We were able to navigate

ourselves, converse with locals in

Spanish, and view world-famous

sights all within a few hours of our


In Barcelona, we also walked

through centuries-old churches,

ventured through diverse and

beautiful food markets, beheld

an excavated marketplace, drove

by an Olympic Stadium,visited

Camp Nou, the home of FC Barcelona;

and we sampled delicious

tapas, paella, and pinchos, staples

of the local Spanish cuisine. In one

surprising coincidence, while asking

a Catalonian for directions in

Spanish, we learned that she had a

granddaughter in Boston! Despite

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being thousands of miles away

from home, we still met someone

who had connections to where we

were from. This unexpected happenstance

reminded me that even

in the vastness of our world, all

people are interconnected through

some means.

After a chance encounter that

brought us close to home, we

toured two of Barcelona’s most renowned

locations, Park Güell and

La Sagrada Familia. Park Güell

was constructed by Spanish architect

Antoni Gaudí to build a close,

elite community within the city of

Barcelona. While the project was

never fully actualized, the curvy,

mosaic bench built to facilitate conversation

and filter rainwater was

completed. As Spanish students,

my classmates and I have seen

pictures of this legendary bench

for years, and just to be able to sit

on it was really quite incredible.

Gaudí also began construction on

La Sagrada Familia; an elaborate

and enormous church over one

hundred years in the making. The

church is slated for completion

in 2026, the 100 th anniversary of

Guadí’s death, and I aim to make

a return trip to see the final vision

of the church. The intricacies and

execution of Guadí’s plans left my

peers and me awestruck, just like

our entire time in Barcelona.

Halfway through our trip, we

took a three hour train ride to Madrid,

the capital of Spain. After a

quick lunch, we visited El Prado,

one of Spain’s most famous museums.

Inside, we bore witness to

works by the likes of Goya, Velasquez,

El Greco, Sorolla, Caravaggio,

and Raphael. The next day at

La Reina Sofía, we also saw paintings

by Dalí and Picasso’s masterpiece,

Guernica. It was almost

surreal to see the paintings we had

seen in books in school, in person.

Madrid brought many more good

times and fascinating sights including

a flamenco lesson and performance,

a refugee rights protest, the

Royal Palace of Spain, and tastes

of gelato and churros. On our final

day in Spain, the group traveled

outside of Madrid to the Toledo –

a city home to harmony between

Christians, Jews, and Muslims for

hundreds of years and to one of

the most stunning vistas I have

ever seen. After another walking

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to my already-best friends, but I

also met a whole new group of

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A Visit to Norfolk, Home of Puritan Ancestors

The Norfolk Historical Commission

welcomed a visitor from

Alberta, Canada on April 26 and

27. David Blake Miller came to

Norfolk to view where his ancestors

had settled in 1686, after they

migrated from England to the

Massachusetts Bay Colony. The

Historical Commission escorted

Mr. Miller during his visit to the

sites related to his family.

The first Blakes--John and his

wife Bridget--arrived after King

Philip’s War was over. John purchased

most of the holdings of

one of the original Wrentham

Proprietors, William McKiah,

who is said to have been killed in

the war. Now part of Norfolk, the

locations along Stony Brook were

then called North Wrentham.

On Tuesday, April 26 the

Commission escorted Mr. Miller

on a three-hour auto tour of

sites related to the Blake Family,

which followed a route along

Union Street, Diamond Street,

North Street, Needham Street,

Seekonk Street, Campbell Street,

and Main Street. Historical

Commission member Barbara

Bartholomew narrated the history

and background at each of

the 15 sites.

Some of the highlights included

a stop at Slate Rock at the

corner of Diamond and North

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his home behind the

outcropping down by

Stony Brook; the Blake

Section of the Norfolk

Cemetery at the corner

of Main and Seekonk

Streets; and the stone

ruins of the forge/

blacksmith shop that

James Blake Jr., built in

1747 behind the Morse

House at 18 Campbell


On Wednesday,

April 27 Historical

Commission Chairman

Betsy Pyne gave a

descriptive tour of the

Solomon Blake House

at 97 North Street to

Mr. Miller and members

of the Historical Commission.

Solomon built the house

in 1761 across from the sawmill

he operated on Stony Brook.

This was followed by a tour of

the Mass Audubon Stony Brook

Nature Center and Bristol Blake

State Reservation, conducted by

Doug Williams, the director of

Stony Brook.

Solomon Blake House at 97 North Street.

David Blake Miller is a direct

descendant of Moses Blake,

who was born here in 1726 and

the son of James Blake and Ann

(Bullard), as well as the grandson

of John Blake and older brother

of Solomon Blake. Moses Blake

migrated to Rehoboth in the

1750s and made it his home. His

sons, David and Simeon, joined

General Rufus Putnam’s Ohio

Company in 1789 and journeyed

west to be among the first settlers

of Marietta, Ohio. Dave Miller’s

cousin, William Blake of Delaware,

Ohio visited Wrentham in

September of 2007, which inspired

David to make his current

trip to see for himself where his

family first settled in America.

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Kitchen Cabinet Selection 101

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space available and you can control

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more. Also, a custom finish will

have more personality; more of a

human touch than a factory finish.

However, a factory finish will

last longer in most cases and some

cabinet manufacturers offer so

many modifications, that it is easier

today to achieve a more custom

look with manufactured cabinets

than in the past. Fillers are still a

necessary evil with manufactured

cabinets that you can avoid with

custom, because width options

are still limited with manufactured


2. Species and Finish – This

topic assumes you are using wood

– cabinets can be made from other

materials too: laminate and Thermofoil

are two materials used for

cabinets that are not wood. These

use different manufacturing methods

to make the cabinet look like

wood yet is more durable and

resistant to humidity, nicks and

scratches. We typically reserve

these two types of cabinets for

more commercial uses or more

industrial areas of the home. By

far, the vast majority of cabinets in

residential kitchens in New England

today are wood. The three

most common species of hard

wood used in kitchen cabinets are:

cherry, maple and oak. They all

have distinctively different appearances.

Cherry is naturally darker

with a dense, smooth grain. Maple

is very light with a similar, dense

smooth grain and oak is a medium

color tone with a definite open

grain that can also be felt on the

surface. Cherry tends to cost more

than the other two and develops a

deeper, redder coloring with age

which is very beautiful, so staining

cherry is the most popular method

of finishing this species. Maple is

also beautiful and stains evenly. It

will age to a deeper pinky-golden

yellow to orange tone which is

beautiful, but not as rich as cherry.

Maple is also popular to paint

because it is priced well and the

grain is hidden within the surface,

resulting in a smooth, painted finish.

When making these decisions,

keep in mind that painted finishes

come with an upcharge, whether

you are going custom or manufactured.

Oak is less popular than

maple or cherry but can be used

to create a more traditional look

or in other ways, such as combining

with a modern door style

and painted so the grain shows

through to create a more unique,

updated look. The number of

stain and paint colors, combined

with many glaze colors (and distressing

options) make the choices

overwhelming - your kitchen designer

will help to narrow this

down and show you samples of all

of the possibilities!

3. Frame style – Full overlay,

partial overlay or inset: full overlay

is where the door covers the face

frame (leaving only ¼” reveal for

door/drawer operation) like the

European style. Partial overlay is

where the face frame is exposed

by at least an inch around the

door/drawer. Inset is where the

door is actually inset within the

face frame. Full overlay is very

popular and can be used to create

more contemporary looks but

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style kitchen as well (depending

on the door style and finish

selected). Inset is typically used

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more traditional look, but can be

paired with a modern door style

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inset is more expensive than

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4. Door Style – Once you have

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frame style, the door style is an

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style for the kitchen and also can

significantly affect pricing. Some

general guidelines: flat profile,

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create a more contemporary, classic

or transitional style. Raised

panel doors are used to create traditional

style kitchens. Of course,

molding styles, hardware and

other embellishments further contribute

to the specific style you are

going for. Also consider the drawer

heads: some will come flat or plain

and some will come as a fivepiece

unit to match the door. This

choice will also contribute to the

look you are trying to achieve, as

well as price.

5. Color – This is where your

designer can really help: many

combinations are commonly used

to create that specific look you are

trying to achieve. Often the island

is done in a different color or different

door style and color. Or,

you can use one color for the base

cabinets and another for the wall

cabinets, stain one section and

paint another, change countertop

materials, change colors and countertops,

the options are endless! Be

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blood test. Lyme Disease is typically

treated with doxycycline.

This antibiotic, however, is not

always effective, especially with

the many co-infections of Lyme,

such as Borellia, Bartonella,

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half of those infected. Other

symptoms include unrelenting fatigue,

recurring fever, headaches/

migraines and achy muscles and


For six years Pauline suffered

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muscle aches, joint pains, brain

fog, extreme fatigue and unrelenting

headaches. Her primary

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and notified her several weeks

later she was successfully treated

for Lyme. An appointment with

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Norfolk Community Day Slated for Saturday, June 4th

The Norfolk Lions in conjunction

with a number of local

organizations are in the final

planning stages for the 24th annual

Norfolk Community Day, to

be held on June 4 at the Holmes

Complex on 22 Myrtle Street in

Norfolk. Community Day events

start at 11:00 a.m.

Events at this year’s Community

Day include a children’s

art contest, touch a DPW truck,

golf ball drop, and 50/50 raffle.

In addition, families can enjoy

amusements such as the Circus

Obstacle Course, Knights

& Dragons Bounce and Slide,

Soccer Shoot, The Joust and the

Bungee Bull Ride.

The black top entertainment

includes a number of local

groups who have participated for

the last 23 years. And for the first

time this year, Mike Piazza and

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Foam Fun (play in foam sprayed

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Enjoy the food, games and

fun all sponsored by various local

groups. Many local organizations

are selling baked goods to

raise funds, as well as providing

literature about their groups. It’s

a great day for everyone to get together

and celebrate Norfolk.

In addition, food pantry supplies

are at their lowest during

the summer months, so to help

alleviate this problem, the Lions

are running a food drive at Community

Day. The goal is to Stuff-

A-Truck full of food to be shared

between the Norfolk and Franklin

food pantries. Some of the items

currently needed are jelly, maple

syrup, hamburger/tuna helper,

mayonnaise, tooth paste and

hand soap.

The Norfolk Lions could not

undertake this fun event without

the wide-spread assistance of all

those who volunteer their funds,

materials and time. The Lions

would like to thank the Norfolk

Fire, Police and Highway Departments

and the Norfolk Recreation

Department for their

ongoing support. The Lions are

also pleased to acknowledge the

platinum, gold and silver sponsors

for this year’s Community


Platinum: Holmes Transportation,

1776 Financial Services,

Carpentry by Tom Antonellis,

Dedham Savings Bank, Foxboro

Federal Savings Bank, Norfolk

Cultural Council.

Gold: George T. Cronin &

Sons, DiPlacido Development

Corporation, Dover Trucking,

ECO Structures Inc., Emmanuel

Baptist Church, Minuteman

Press of West Newton, Norfolk

Community League, Rocky’s

Auto Body, Rodman Ford.

Silver: Berkshire Hathaway

Page Realty, Carrison Design,

Colonial Fence, Dunkin Donuts,

Elite Foods, Federated Church

of Norfolk, New England Revolution,

Norfolk Auto Inc., Peter

Conti, Roche Brothers, State

Representative Shawn Dooley,

Snead Retirement Consulting,

St. Jude’s Church, Stop & Shop,

Taylor Rental of Norfolk and

William Reveis Delta Realtors.

The Lions are a non-profit

organization known for working

to end preventable blindness.

Norfolk Lions participate in a

vast variety of projects important

to our community and proceeds

of Community Day are donated

back into local charities or to meet

community needs. For more information

regarding Community

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highly athletic dogs will perform

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This year’s schedule of events:

On the Main Stage:

The Inspiration Performing

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Henry the Juggler 11:50 a.m.

King Philip World Percussion

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Lasers and the Eye

By Roger M. Kaldawy, M.D.,

Milford Franklin Eye Center

Lasers can be very useful in

treating many eye problems. From

helping patients eliminate the

need for glasses to cosmetic procedures

of the eyelids, lasers have

been very valuable in performing

bladeless eye surgery while producing

precise and safe outcomes.

The world of eye surgery was

revolutionized when in 1946, a

German Ophthalmologist used

the first laser to treat the retina.

Laser is light amplified by stimulated

emission of radiation. This

produces photons acting in synchrony,

with high power and precision.

Health Risks from the Use

of Laser Pointers

Lasers can be very helpful as

a bladeless surgical device, but a

note of caution: Laser pointers

in hand-held, pen-like devices

that project a beam of laser light

are rapidly replacing the traditional

wooden pointers used by

lecturers during presentations.

However, these pointers can be

misused, for example, by students

in classrooms or by children at

home, and this has generated

safety concerns. There have been

reports of temporary blindness,

disorientation and headaches by

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(sometimes permanent) can result.

Laser Use in Diabetes

In some cases of diabetic eye

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the blood vessels of the retina.

These can later cause bleeding

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Laser Use in Glaucoma

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drainage angle of the eye. This

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Laser Use in After

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The lens capsule is the thin

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Laser Use in Laser Vision


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The workshop, open to gardeners

of all ages and experience,

will provide first-timers

and experienced growers useful

information on organic

weed and pest control in the

garden. The workshop is free.

The workshop will cover

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Sweatt Beach:

Wrentham’s Secret

on Lake Pearl

By Alison Osborne

Wrentham and Norfolk residents

might not know about a

hidden gem right in their midst.

Sweatt Beach on Lake Pearl provides

water access for swimming

and sports, just a short ride from


Sweatt Beach on Lake Pearl,

one of Wrentham’s three ponds,

has gone through several renovations

the last several years.

These improvements were

made possible with the aid of

local Boy Scouts and money

from the Sweatt Fund. Already

a scenic location, these renovations

make Sweatt Beach a spot

where residents and non-residents

can look forward to spending

the dog days of summer.

Starting Memorial Day weekend,

Eastern Mountain Sports Schools

began offering kayak, canoe, and

paddleboard rentals, as well as

kayak and paddleboard classes at

Sweatt Beach. All rentals include

paddles and floatation vests. Staff

from EMS Schools are available

for quick demonstrations on how

to enter and exit kayaks and the

proper way to hold a paddle.

Rentals are on a first-come firstserve

basis. Anyone of any ability

level can rent and enjoy the

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technique. Rentals will be available

through Labor Day. To reserve

equipment or get training,

visit www.emsoutdoors.com or

call 800-310-4504.

Through the American Red

Cross, children ages 3 and up can

take part in swim classes at Sweatt

Beach. The lessons run in two

week sessions, Monday through

Thursdays, from June to August.

Registration forms can be found

on the Wrentham town website.

Class sizes are limited, but there

are several different sessions available.

The schedule is likely to

change depending on enrollment

numbers and interest.

Weather permitting, the beach

will open daily from 10 a.m. to 7

p.m. Daily fees are $5 for adults

and $3 for children, for residents

and non-residents. Seasonal

family passes are also available.

Norfolk and Plainville resident

passes are $150 while Wrentham

resident passes are $125. They

are available for purchase at the

beach with cash or check only.

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Electric Youth (EY), the international

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Franklin School for the Performing

Arts (FSPA), will perform at

THE BLACK BOX in downtown

Franklin on Saturday, June

18 at 7:30 p.m. The event is a

Bon Voyage Concert for Electric

Youth, coming just days before

the ensemble departs on June

23rd for a three-week concert

tour of Austria and Italy. The

group’s 13th European tour will

include a return Fourth of July

engagement at Aviano Air Force

Base to entertain U.S. Troops and

families stationed abroad.

Electric Youth is backed by an

eight-piece band of Boston musicians

who’ve performed, recorded

and toured with such music legends

as Tony Bennett, Aretha

Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B.

King, Diana Ross, The Temptations

and Van Morrison. EY’s

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Air Force Base show, the 2016

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Vienna, Kirchberg, Gmunden,

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Wrentham Cultural Council event celebrates the arts in many forms

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on Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored

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fourth celebration of the arts to be held on the historic

and picturesque Wrentham common, located

at the intersection of Routes 140 and 1A. Designed

to appeal to all ages, the event presents art

in its many creative forms, featuring handcrafted

fine arts and crafts, performance art, and interactive


More than thirty Council-selected artists from

the New England area will showcase their work for

sale in a variety of media, including watercolor, oil,

clay, wood, fiber and paper. In addition, students

from King Philip High School will also exhibit

their artwork.

A varied program of music performance by

accomplished New England-based musicians will

accompany the exhibition, covering Blues, Folk,

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would like to thank all who

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Annual Clean and Green event happen

this year. The town-wide

cleanup took place on Sunday,

May 1 and the litter/recycling

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Caribbean and Jazz music. Local dance studios

will also showcase their talented performers.

The entertainment line-up for the day includes:

9 to 10 a.m.: DJ Bill Jones

10 to 11 a.m.: El Caribe Duo

11 to noon: Showcase Dance Productions

Noon to 1 p.m.: Scott Tarulli Duo

2 to 3 p.m.: Dance and Beyond

3 to 4 p.m.: BC & Company Jazz Quartet

with vocalist Cindy Jones

This is a wonderful opportunity to become acquainted

with some of the talented artists in our

area, and to spend a relaxing day enjoying music

and entertainment on beautiful Wrentham common.

All ages are welcome.

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Norfolk CFCU Prepares Young People for Financial Future

Norfolk Community Federal

Credit Union went Credit

Union STRONG celebrating our

Twelfth Annual National Credit

Union Youth Week April 20-22,

during Spring vacation. The

credit union’s goal is financial

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Musical Little Shop of Horrors

Franklin Performing Arts

Company (FPAC) presents the

sci-fi smash musical Little Shop of

Horrors on Friday, June 10 and

Saturday, June 11. Performances

are at 7:30 p.m. at THE BLACK

BOX, FPAC’s home and theater

located at 15 West Central Street

in downtown Franklin.

With book and lyrics by Howard

Ashman and music by Alan

Menken, the popular comic rock

musical delivers an uproariously

good time. With catchy, early

Motown-inspired tunes and a

basics such as money management,

saving and investing and

wise use of credit are taught early.

For the twelfth year, Youthweek

highlighted how young people

earn, spend, save and manage

their own money. Norfolk Credit

Union encouraged the children

to open an account and begin

saving by offering the children

free giveaways.

The three-day free celebration

was open to the public and

the “Credit Union Strong” theme

was celebrated with a festive gym,

wacky tale, Little Shop of Horrors

follows a down-and-out skid row

floral assistant who becomes an

overnight sensation after discovering

an exotic plant with a mysterious

craving for fresh blood.

Soon “Audrey II” grows into an

ill-tempered, R&B singing carnivore

– ultimately revealing itself

to be an alien creature poised for

global domination. The hilarious

Drama Critics Circle Award- and

Drama Desk Award-winning

rock horror musical is one of the

longest running off-Broadway

get moving atmosphere including

fun activities and backsacks and

water bottles for all the children.

The children enjoyed making

sport themed sand art creations.

They also played the activity dice

game by rolling the dice and performing

the required gym activity

such as jumping and hopping.

They all tried to break into the

play vault by using the correct

four digit code. Tickets were

awarded for each activity the

children participated in and the

children used the tickets to take

shows of all time, becoming a cult

film classic as well.

Directed by Nick Paone, Little

Shop of Horrors is presented as

part of FPAC’s 25 th anniversary

season. Raye Lynn Mercer codirects,

with musical direction

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Senator Ross Officially on the

Ballot for Re-Election

Senator Richard J. Ross recently

submitted the required

nomination signatures to the office

of the Secretary of the Commonwealth

officially putting his

name on the ballot for re-election

to the Massachusetts State Senate.

“It has been an honor serving

the people of my district for the

past six years in the Massachusetts

State Senate. Every day I

work hard to ensure they have a

voice on Beacon Hill and across

the Commonwealth. For six

years they put their trust in me

and I humbly ask for their vote

once again in 2016 so that I may

continue fighting for them,” said

Senator Ross.

In order to have their names

placed on the ballot, candidates

for State Senate must have certified

signatures from 300 registered

voters in their district.

Senator Ross had help from a

number of constituents collecting

signatures, securing more than

500 so far.

“I am immensely grateful for

the outpouring of support from

constituents and volunteers to

help me collect the signatures

necessary to get on the ballot.

My district is made up of truly

incredible people and I am looking

forward to November,” said

Senator Ross.

Senator Richard J. Ross is the

Assistant Minority Leader of

the State Senate, representing

twelve cities and towns across the

Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex

District. Senator Ross currently

serves on several key committees

including the Senate Committee

on Ways and Means, the Joint

Committee on the Judiciary, and

the Joint Committee on Public

Safety and Homeland Security.

Previously, Senator Ross served

three terms in the Massachusetts

House of Representatives and is

also a former selectman in the

town of Wrentham.

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chances on many prizes including

Southwick Zoo tickets, a full

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trampoline, a girls and boys bike

and many other summer activity

prizes. The children also posed

as a strong man and woman and

their pictures are on display at

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Medfield, Plainville, and

Walpole. Membership is open

to all who live, work, worship, or

attend school in, and businesses

and other legal entities located in

these communities.

Norfolk Community Federal

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Volunteers Need for

KP All Night Party

The King Philip Parent Network needs volunteers to help

with the senior class All Night Party. The event is scheduled

for Thursday, June 9 after graduation. Volunteers

are needed to help set up for the party, chaperone during

the party, and tear down afterwards. Parents of students

in all grades, community members, and KP alumni are


The All Night Party is a 26-year-old tradition that keeps

graduates safe on the night of graduation. Over 100

volunteers are needed to ensure a successful event. To

volunteer, visit www.kpparentnetwork.org/all-nightparty/volunteer

or contact the All Night Party committee

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Franklin, Bellingham, and Wrentham Relay for Life

Returns to KP

By Grace Allen

The Relay for Life of Franklin,

Bellingham, and Wrentham

will take place on Friday, June

3 at King Philip Regional High

School. The event, which raises

money for the American Cancer

Society, runs from 6 p.m. to

6 a.m. Teams set up tents, and

members take turns walking

around the school’s track through

the night because “cancer never


The family-friendly event,

free and open to the public, will

include activities, themed laps,

music, food trucks, and more.

There will be multiple opportunities

to donate to the American

Cancer Society during the night.

The event is all-volunteer run.

Louise Fonteyne, the New

England Division’s Community

Manager for Relay for Life, said

that as of mid-May, 30 teams had

registered and over $13,000 dollars

had been raised.

This is the second year in a

row the event will be held at KP.

According to Franklin resident

Teresa Fernald, the high school is

a perfect venue for Relay.

“We love King Philip,” said

Fernald, one of the organizers.

“They are very accommodating.

The school really participates and

the students are really involved.

It’s easy to get on and off the

field, especially for the survivors.”

Each year, several traditional

ceremonies take place at Relay

for Life. The event begins at 6

p.m. with an opening ceremony,

followed by the survivor lap and

caregiver lap. Survivors are then

invited into the school for the survivor

reception. The moving luminaria

ceremony takes place at

9 p.m. Bags lining the track are lit

with glow sticks and then participants

walk a lap in silence. The

bags symbolize people fighting

cancer, and those lost to cancer.

In 2012, Fernald was diagnosed

with an aggressive form

of lymphoma. Her treatment included

a drug right off a clinical

trial, and she has been in remission

for four years.

“I did extraordinarily well,”

said Fernald. “So I decided that

maybe I was given a chance to

do something for someone else.

The American Cancer Society

funds so many clinical trials and

research. That’s why I put my

whole heart and soul into Relay.

I am fighting for every single person

who comes behind me.”

Also on the Relay committee

with Fernald is Cheryl Rowe, the

Faculty Advisor for KP Cares, a

Last year’s Relay for Life at KP.

community service organization.

KP Cares was started several

years ago by a student to support

a teacher at KP Middle School

who was battling cancer. Since

then, several KP students

themselves were diagnosed with

the disease.

“It means a lot to have Relay

at KP again,” said Rowe. “The

cancer diagnoses here at KP

really hit hard. It made the kids

much more aware that cancer

can hit anybody. They really feel

impacted by it. They get it.”

Members of KP Cares, added

Rowe, helped spearhead the

drive to bring Relay to the high

school. Three of KP Cares’

board members—students

Kerry Morgan, Maggie Smith,

and Krista Cepkauskas—are on

the Relay for Life committee,

and attend meetings with

ACS representatives and other


Organizers emphasize that

anyone can come to Relay and

enjoy the events, walk a lap, and

participate in the family-friendly

activities. Themed laps include

Dr. Seuss, Scrabble, Decades,

Country, Cotton Eye Joe, and

Boston Pride. Local band Co-

Pilot will perform, as well as

several area dance studios.

Cancer survivors are

encouraged to attend the

survivor reception, with

food generously donated by

Commonwealth BBQ, the

Rome Restaurant, Cole’s

Tavern, Whole Foods

Market, PJ’s Bar and Grill,

and Noodles & Company.

Floral centerpieces will

be donated by Moore’s

Flowers. Survivors

attending the free dinner

can register the night of

the event.

“Come on down and

see what we’re about,”

said Fernald. “There’s

absolutely no obligation

to do anything. We are

really just honoring the survivors

and remembering those who

have passed. Anybody can come

who’s been affected by cancer…

patients, survivors, caregivers,

friends and family.”

To enter a team in Relay or

to donate, visit www.relayforlife.

org/franklinma, or register the

night of the event. There are

no fundraising minimums, but

participants who raise $100

receive a t-shirt. Relay for Life

is open to the public all night,

but those under 18 must have

a chaperone after 11 p.m. For

more information about the

event, contact Louise Fonteyne

at 508-270-4668 or email Louise.


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Community Events

June 2

SWISH Basketball Game—

Annual charity basketball

game between Wrentham

elementary school staff

and police department. For

more information and to

purchase tickets, visit www.

swish-wrentham.org. Delaney

School/Gibbons Gym,

120 Taunton St., Wrentham.

7 p.m.

June 3

Color Fun Run—Get blasted

with (non-toxic) color

while running or walking in

this Norfolk PTO fundraiser.

Fun and messy for all ages.

For more information, contact

Lisa McManus at lisa.

mcmanus99@gmail.com or

Jill Lawrence at jillh216@

gmail.com. Rain date June

10. Freeman Kennedy

School fields, 70 Boardman

St., Norfolk. 5 p.m.

June 4

Norfolk Community Day—

Annual town celebration

featuring food, fun, activities

and music for the entire

family. Holmes Transportation

Complex, 22 Myrtle St.,

Norfolk. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 6

Teen Study Night at the

Norfolk Library—The library

will be open until

10 p.m. for teens (middle

school and high school)

only. Study for exams, relax,

and enjoy some snacks

and pizza. Registration is

appreciated. Contact librarian

Marissa Antosh at 508-

528-3380x5 or mantosh@

sailsinc.org. Norfolk Public

Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk.

7:30 to 10 p.m.

June 9

King Philip High School

Graduation—Stonehill College,

320 Washington St.,

North Easton. 7 p.m.

June 11

Flea Market—The Federated

Church of Norfolk will

hold a flea market in the

church vestry. Coffee and

pastries will be available

from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a

cookout lunch will run from

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more

information, contact 508-

528-0262 or mail@fcon.org.

Federated Church of Norfolk,

1 Union St., Norfolk. 8

a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community Yard Sale—

The Norfolk Community

League is hosting a community

yard sale open to

the public. Spaces are also

available to rent for $20,

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Wrentham Town Meeting—The

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King Philip School Committee


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June 21

Cookies and Coloring for

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coloring book craze for

grownups. Coloring is relaxing

and fun! Bring your own

coloring book and markers/

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Children’s Concert with

Dale Freeman—Popular

children’s entertainer will

present a concert for ages

preschool to Grade 2. Visit

www.dalefreeman.com for

more information. Tickets

available at the circulation

desk. The performance is

free but canned-good donations

for the food pantry

gratefully accepted. Fiske

Public Library, 110 Randall

Rd., Wrentham. 10:30 a.m.

June 25

Music Recitals—Ivy Music

Academy will hold its

spring recitals with a reception

to follow. The public is

welcome and admission is

free. Norfolk Grange Hall,

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Net Result: Ricci Excelling For KP Girls Tennis Team

By Ken Hamwey

Staff Sports Writer

Rebecca Ricci is enjoying

her tennis career at King Philip

Regional, following the path of

her mother who not only was

a highly-skilled player, but also

competed for current coach Bob


Ricci plays first singles for the

Warriors, always facing the best

tennis players in the Hockomock

League and always aiming to put

KP in position to triumph. So far,

the 5-foot-4 junior has a 6-8 record

and the Warriors are 10-5,

a record that has earned them a

berth in the tourney.

“Playing first singles is very

competitive,’’ Ricci emphasized.

“I match up against the best

player our opponents have. I’m

not afraid of losing but it is annoying.

In my role, it’s about taking

a hit if it helps the rest of our


Ricci’s mother, the former

Rebecca Lewicki, played for KP

and relied on “blinding speed,’’

according to Goldberg. Ricci’s

mother currently is the women’s

tennis coach at Providence College.

“It’s fun playing for the same

school as my mom did,’’ Ricci

said. “It’s interesting because we

share stories about tennis and I’m

honored to be following in her

footsteps. I don’t feel any pressure

succeeding her and it’s neat that

we’ve played for the same coach.’’

Nicknamed “Becca,’’ Ricci

draws high praise from her coach.

“She’s a great communicator,

a top-notch team player and a

competitor who’s very intense,’’

said Goldberg, who’s coached at

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KP for 44 years. “In all my years,

which includes nine coaching at

Dean College and 35 as a tennis

ref, I’ve seen only six or seven

players who hit a two-handed

forehand and backhand. Becca

hits effectively with two hands

from either side and her shots are

usually well-placed.’’

Goldberg is quick to laud Ricci’s

effort and refers to her 6-8 record

as commendable. “There’s

no way we’d be 10-5 if Becca was

not at first singles,’’ Goldberg emphasized.

Ricci’s goals as the season

winds down are focused on tourney

play. She’s aiming for success,

both for the squad and in her

individual matches. “Last year,

we made it to the tourney but

lost in the first round to North

Attleboro,’’ she recalled. “We’ve

got the talent to advance. As for

myself, I’m striving to get by the

first round and advance as far as


Ricci is a big fan of her teammates

— Emily MacDonald and

Meghan Sepich in singles and

Corinne Palumbo, Kelly Masse,

Molly Citarel and Megan Davenport

in doubles. “Meghan and

Emily are very competitive and

consistent and Corinne, Kelly,

Molly and Megan are all talented,

work hard and are determined.

As for coach Goldberg,

he’s a great motivator and he’s

very analytical. At practice, he’s

always ready to work.’’

The 17-year-old Ricci relies

on power but she’s also capable

with her placement. She hits

hard, especially when employing

her two-handed backhands and

forehands. “I was advised to use

both hands when I was younger,’’

Ricci said. “I use spin on my

serve and try to place my lobs effectively.

Whether I’m ahead or

behind in matches, I try to stay

upbeat, but I’m intense, always

thinking about what I need to do

to win.’’

A native of Wrentham who

now lives in Plainville, Ricci

played first doubles as a freshman

and went 10-5. Last year at

first singles, she compiled a 13-7

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June 23 - Last Call Country/

Western Band

June 30 - Bill McGoldrick Acoustic

Duo with Danielle Jean

July 7 - Southeastern Mass

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July 14 - The Reminisants

July 19 - Alastair Moock: A

Tuesday Children’s

Concert (held at 6 p.m.

inside the library)

July 21 - Franklin School of

the Performing Arts/

Electric Youth

record, earning first team honors

as a Sun-Chronicle all-star and

honorable-mention notice in the

Hockomock League. A good student,

she plans on a college career

majoring in criminal justice and

possibly continuing with tennis.

Roger Williams University is a

potential venue.

Ricci says her best effort so far

was a victory over Taunton last

year when she won, 6-0, in the

third set. “My match decided the

outcome and we won as a team,’’

she noted. “But, what was significant

is that I kind of figured out

what’s needed to be a consistent


Goldberg revealed how strong

Ricci’s will is when she refused to

default in her first match of the

year against Canton. “She was

sick and I suggested she not continue,’’

he said. “But, she refused,

stayed in and won her match.

Ricci said she was nauseous and

believed she had a virus. When

asked if she wanted to default,

her response was “absolutely


Ricci relies on an athletic

philosophy of competing hard,

improving and having fun. And,

she blends in all three aspects

perfectly. “I’m not going to Wimbledon,

so it’s important to have

fun,’’ she said. “I like to improve

and that leads to winning. Athletics

teach life lessons, like working

together, setting goals and overcoming

problems. Sports also

teach maturity. I’ve learned not

to get angry over little things.’’

Rebecca Ricci has a bright future

in tennis and she also has a

great grasp on perspective.

July 28 - King Philip High School

World Percussion

Ensemble & El Caribe

Steel Drum Band

August 4 - Ridgefield Crossing

June 2016 Local Town Pages www.norfolkwrenthamnews.com Page 21


KP Boys Tennis Nets New Coach, Wins

By Christopher Tremblay

Staff Sports Writer

After King Philip lost long

time boys tennis Coach Laurie

Puddester to relocation, the Warriors

were in need of a coach.

Enter Jim McGonigle. The first

year KP Coach acquires a team

that went 12-7 last spring, but was

bounced in the first round of the

Division 1 South Tournament to

Wellesley. The Warriors have advanced

into the tournament for

the past 4 years and 8 out of the

last 9 seasons with two trips to the

Quarter Finals.

Entering this season, McGonigle

will reign over a rather young

Warrior squad, but one with a lot

of depth.

Moving up from his second

singles position last spring, sophomore

Cole Ginter will be the

Warriors top dog playing first singles

this season. A baseline tennis

player with a big serve, Ginter

plays tennis year round and currently

finds himself 4-1-1 during

the early goings.

“People have told me that he

is a much more confident player

this year,” McGonigle said. “Last

year he was new to the varsity

tennis experience as a freshman.”

Another warrior racketeer

moving up a notch is senior cocaptain

Garrett Schneider, who

will play behind Ginter at second

singles. Schneider is currently

6-4 overall, having played four

matches at first singles. Rounding

out the singles players is freshman

Blake Ginter, who currently finds

himself undefeated at 6-0, and

according to the coach has totally

dominated his opponents.

“I walked into some good fortune

as a coach with these two

young athletes,” the new coach

said. “In addition to the Ginter

brothers we have some talented

young tennis players that should

give us a bright future.”

Juniors Ryan Gemelli and

Sam Colella will play as the Warriors

first doubles tandem. The

duo, which seems to have good

chemistry, is 7-3 thus far on the


“Having played together last

year they communicate well and

seemed to feed off one another,”

McGonigle said. “Ryan has a big

serve and Sam is more aggressive

at the net.”

While the first doubles team

is established, the second doubles

team is primarily the only constant.

The senior co-captain Justin

Rohan has played with five

different partners thus far. With

junior Jake Webster as his partner,

Rohan has gone 3-0 and 2-1

with freshman Marco DiStefano.

In addition to Webster and DiStefano,

the senior co-captain has

also teamed with sophomore

Aidan Ignatius and juniors Tim

Constanzo and Nick Ihley.

The first year coach is hoping

to extend KP’s streak to five

straight years of making it into

the state tournament. And although

a tough feat, the Warriors

are looking to capture the Kelly

Rex Division of the Hockomock


“The Hockomock League is

very tough with Franklin as the

favorite. North Attleboro will also

be right there,” the KP Coach

said. “We dropped a couple of

early matches that we could have

won against these two teams, but

we believe that we can take them

out the next time we meet them.

If we can do that then we’ll have

a shot at the Kelly Rex, but may

need a little help.”

The young King Philip tennis

players have shown that they can

continue to improve and making

the tournament should not be an


“We’re getting better as the

year goes on,” the coach said.

“Right now we’re playing to get

into the tournament and draw a

home match. Once you get in you

never know what can happen in

the tournament; we have a bright

future and it’s very exciting.”

Blake Ginter

Cole Ginter

Sam Colella (left) and Ryan Gemelli (right)

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Mass Audubon Stony Brook Announces Its June Programming

Summer breezes are already here at Stony Brook!

Early Morning Birds: Tuesdays

in June from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

Spring brings a variety of birds to

Stony Brook, as migrants return

to nest or stop over on their journey

north. Take a morning stroll

with Doug Williams and/or Jack

Lash and discover the wonderful



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creatures of the area. Nature lovers

of all levels are welcome! We

will focus on identifying birds by

habitat, behavior, color and call.

Tell your friends. Fee: $6m/$9nm

Tiny Trekkers: Saturday, June

4 and June 18, from 10:30 a.m. to

noon. Each day will have a special

Hello, Swim Suit Season!


topic created to excite your child

about the natural world. This

month’s themes: Our Webbed

Footed Friends/ Fabulous Frogs.

Ages 2.9 to 6 with a parent. Fee:

$5m/$6nm per person per session

Summer Hike at Quabbin

Reservoir: Sunday, June 5, from



188 Needham Street

Suite 255, Newton

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Quabbin

Reservoir is a pristine 18-mile

long reservoir, secluded in almost

55,000 acres of uninhabited

woodland. We will start at the

Visitors’ Center on our search for

Bald Eagles, Porcupines, Coyotes,

River Otters, Common Ravens,

and Pileated Woodpeckers, along

with views and/or evidence of all

3 Mass. Mega-mammals (Moose,

Black bear, Deer). Dress for the

weather including good walking/

hiking shoes, plus bring something

to keep the bugs at bay.

Bring Lunch. Fee: $32m/$39nm

We Are Nature, Thursday,

June 9 and June 23, from 11 a.m.

to noon. Join Ms. Jessica for a developmental

nature program that

encourages toddlers to discover

the wonders of nature as they

learn more about themselves.

Each week offers different themes

and questions for these little explorers

to ponder. Leave with a

tired toddler, and new enthusiasm

for our natural world.

Ages 2.5 to 5 with a care-giver.

Fee: $4m/$5nm per person per


Beaver Walk: Saturday, June

11, from 8 to 9 p.m. There is

no more exciting time to get out

onto the sanctuary than around

sunset and just after. The fading

light signals many of the animals

that it is time to get out and start

their daily activities. Creatures

such bats, moths, beavers, foxes,

raccoons and many others will

become active, foraging and

moving about. Bring your flashlight

and we’ll cover the lens in

red to preserve our night vision

before we head outside. This program

will be held rain or shine, so

please dress for the weather. Fee:

$9adult/$6 child; $11/$7nm per


Herons at the Nest: Sunday,

June 12, from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Join us for an easy walk to a magnificent

rookery which serves

as home to more than 30 pairs

of great blue herons near Stony

Brook. Herons raise their young

in giant stick nests built high up

in standing dead trees in the

middle of wetlands. Wetlands

are generally very busy places

in the summer so we will spend

time searching for the many other

species such as Wood Ducks and

Hooded Mergansers that call

these habitats home. We will carpool

from Stony Brook a short

distance to the rookery. Bring

cameras and binoculars. Fee:


Whoo’s Out There: Evening

Wildlife Prowl: Friday, June 17,

from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. Explore

the fascinating world of Stony

Brook after dark. It’s a magical

time of day and adventures out

on the trail often reinforce that

notion. You never know what

you will find on a walk around the

trails after sunset. We’ll be on the

lookout for the many creatures

that roam the wetlands, fields

and forest in the early evening.

We might hear, or even see, owls,

beavers, frogs, otters, bats or other

nocturnal animals. Minimum

age 6. Fee: $9adult/$6childm -


What’s the Buzz? Native Bees

of Massachusetts: Saturday,

June 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. Bees are

fascinating and very important

contributors to healthy ecosystems.

Although bee keepers have

been stewarding honey bees for

thousands of years, those bees are

not native to our country and are

not the best pollinators for many

of our native plants. Join Sean

Kent, Education Coordinator for

the Museum of American Bird

Art at Mass Audubon to see his

beautiful images of these incredible

pollinators and learn about

their natural history and efforts

to conservation these amazing

creatures. Fee: $8m/$10nm

Learn the Ferns: Saturday,

June 25, from 10:30 a.m. to

12:30 p.m. Ferns have been an

important component of the

landscape since before dinosaurs

roamed the earth. They predate

the pines, spruces, hemlocks and

all the beautiful flowering plants.

Although they do not flower,

their graceful arching forms add

their own special beauty to our

forests, fields and gardens. There

are fewer than 100 kinds of ferns

growing in our landscapes; we

will focus on recognizing the key

characteristics for identifying the

common and not so common

species. Join us to learn the skills

you will need to recognize the

common ferns in your landscape.

Fee: $17m/$21nm

Pre-registration is required for

all programs (except as noted).

For more details, contact us

at 508-528-3140. Register by

phone, email (stonybrook@massaudubon.org),

fax (508-553-

3864) or in person. Stony Brook

is located at 108 North Street in


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