Millis/Medway September 2016


Millis/Medway September 2016


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Argentina to Metrowest:

Journey to Citizenship

By Deborah Burke Henderson,

Contributing Writer

This Citizenship Day, Saturday, Sept. 17, will be an

emotional and festive time for soft-spoken Lelia Tenreyro-Viana,

a native-born Argentinean whose lifelong

dream was to become a naturalized citizen of the United

States. This Metrowest musician, singer and teacher’s

dream finally came true just over one year ago.

“I grew up looking at the States and dreamed of

coming here one day,” Tenreyro-Viana reminisced in a

recent interview. “My father was a professional musician,

and although he did not speak English, he encouraged

my learning the language at age six both at school and

through a private tutor.”

Lelia credits her dad, Nimar Tenreyro, and that beloved

tutor, Helen Jackson, for planting the seeds for her


Since age seven, Tenreyro-Viana was part of the National

Children’s Choir in Argentina. At age 17, as part

of her English studies, she won a writing contest, which

provided her a one-month stay to learn English in the

United States. She chose to travel to Philadelphia, and at

the end of her stay, swore to return one day to continue

her studies. The next year, she entered the Conservatorio

Municipal de Musica Manuel de Falla in Buenos Aires

to study the French horn.

It took about six years for Tenreyro-Viana to achieve

her dream of getting stateside. She landed in New York

City on August 17, 1994, lived with a dear friend and got

her first non-musical job as a coat checker in an Italian

Lelia Tenreyro-Viana, a native-born Argentinean, is

proud to be a naturalized U.S. citizen. and celebrates

here with husband Tony and children Cecilia, Francisco

and Joaquim. Citizenship Day is September 17.

(Photo/courtesy of the Viana family)


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Means a Lot

at Medway

Community Farm

September 25 is MCF Fall Festival

Marjorie Turner


Many of us drive right

by the sign for the Medway

Community Farm on

Winthrop Street and never

realize the multiple ways

the farm is reaching out

to touch the community.

Coming up this month,

Sept. 25, 12-4 p.m. is the

Medway Farm Fall Festival.

Free to all, this event

is an opportunity for families

to appreciate the harvest.

Nature craft activities

will be available, and new

games and races are being

planned this year, along

with raffles and tractor

rides as well. Music will

be provided by Little Jed

and the Phat Daddies,

and food trucks, along

with TC Scoops with ice

cream will be there too.

If you passed by the

farm this summer, you

likely saw groups of young

children racing about.

These children were taking

part in the summer

educational programs that

have been offered each

year by the farm since

2010, an effort that is part

of the farm’s mission.

The older children

at the farm, going into

grades 6-8, are “farmersin-training”

and work directly

with the farm staff

in the daily routine of

summer farm life. The

younger children from

Kindergarten to grade 5,

have a different curriculum

that includes outdoor


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restaurant where she worked her

way up to be assistant manager.

Meanwhile, her voice teacher suggested

transferring her conservatory

credits to Brooklyn College,

where she later graduated with a

Bachelor of Music (BM) degree.

“On a happy, sunny day in

1998, while still at college, I met

Tony,” Tenreyro-Viana recalled.

Antonio [Tony] Massa Viana, a

native of Brazil, “was studying

classical guitar. We dated, became

engaged and a year later, we married.”

Once Tenreyro-Viana matriculated,

her original tourist visa

became a student visa. At graduation,

she started a period of practical

training, initially working as

a cantor at a church in Queens.

Subsequently, her husband had

three job offers, and the couple

moved to Ashland, Mass., where

they had their first-born, Cecilia.

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Viana was hired as the Director

of Music Ministry at Ashland’s

St. Cecilia’s Church. “I love the

opportunity of teaching people of

all ages, and now I teach students

from ages five to 86,” Tenreyro-

Viana adds.

Although Tenreyro-Viana had

applied for a religious-worker

visa that would last five years, the

United States Citizenship and

Immigration Services (USCIS)

delayed the process, as officials

had stopped processing religiousworker

visas during an investigation

of some fraudulent activity

across the country.

Told to Move Back

Immigration officials told the

Vianas to move back to their

home country, but there were

complicating family factors pressing

them to stay, along with their

own desire not to lose their immigration

status. It was during

this time that Tenreyro-Viana’s

husband began researching the

issues and networking with others

affected by the freeze. He became

aware of a group of lawyers in

Washington state who were filing

a class action suit.

This work motivated him to

become a licensed attorney. In

2014, he graduated from Roger

Williams University in Rhode

Island, passed his bar exams in

both RI and Mass. and last year

opened his own law practice in

Framingham, specializing in naturalization

and immigration.

In the end, the Vianas won

their suit, and Tenreyro-Viana

was granted a green card in October

2009. A green card proves

that its holder is a lawful permanent

resident and has been

officially granted immigration

benefits, including permission to

reside and take employment in

the United States.

“Many people came to our aid

during this time,” Tenreyro-Viana

said, emotionally. “We were humbled

and in awe of the goodness

we saw in a community of people

who have become our closest

friends. They are now our family,

and I thank God for them. When

we thought we were most alone,

we realized we were not.”

One of Tenreyro-Viana’s most

ardent supporters is The Reverend

Richard P. Cornell, pastor of

St. Cecilia’s Church.

“Undoubtedly, Lelia is a remarkable

wife, mother, and music

director,” Father Cornell stated.

“Our church members love her,

because they know she cares

deeply about them personally as

well as elicits their best efforts.”

Meeting the

Requirements for


After waiting the mandatory

five-year residency time period

from securing her green card,

Tenreyro-Viana applied for naturalization.

She had to demonstrate

that she was a productive, taxpaying

resident throughout her whole

stay in the States, provide letters

from both professional and community

leaders to attest she was

of strong moral character, pass a

history and civics test, and prove

English language proficiency.

In a memorable, tear-filled ceremony

at Faneuil Hall on March

18, 2015, Tenreyro-Viana was

awarded her citizenship status,

more than 20 years in the making.

“What I love most about this

society is that the people are so

generous and giving. There is a

huge trust in people and their

goodness. If you really have the

drive and the love in your heart to

follow what you want to do, you

have the opportunity to do it. I

feel proud to be a United States

citizen. I can make my voice

heard and try to make it better

for my family, friends and other

people,” Tenreyro-Viana said.

Tenreyro-Viana also petitioned

for her husband to be granted

permanent resident status, and

after his requisite three-year waiting

period, Antonio Massa Viana

will apply for naturalization as

well. His amazing journey will

also have taken more than two

decades to complete.

Tenreyro-Viana teaches piano

and voice at the Metrowest Music

Studio in Holliston, which she

opened in 2008. Over the past

six years, she has been a member

of the Tanglewood Festival

Chorus, and she is also the Artistic

Director of the Charles River

Children’s Chorus in Millis where

the couple resides with their three

children, Cecilia (14), Francisco

(12) and Joaquim (8).

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Arts Abound in Downtown Franklin

As summer draws to a close,

an August snapshot of life at the

Franklin School for the Performing

Arts (FSPA) reveals no slower

change of pace. FSPA’s home at

38 Main Street is a hub of nonstop

activity. A Broadway Boot

Camp has brought Kirsten Scott

(Broadway’s Big Fish, Follies and

Hairspray) and Tony-nominated

director and choreographer Dan

Knechtges to FSPA for song and

dance master classes. New York

City-based LUBDUB.

Theatre Company is in

residence, providing students

with a chance to

try out physical theatre

– group juggling, improvisational

movement and

imaginative play – and

participate in the company’s

showing at THE

BLACK BOX, located

just behind FSPA. The

school’s long-standing

Summer Theater program is in

full swing, as students rehearse

two culminating productions,

Bye Bye Birdie, and an original

musical parody, Bye Bye Bieber.

Year-round, FSPA is a dynamic

and transformative place.

Founded in 1985 and dedicated

to the enjoyment of music,

dance and drama for all ages, the

school provides an extraordinary

faculty of artist-teachers and a

nurturing environment where

students grow skills for the stage

and for life. From the earliest

ages, FSPA programming encourages

learning through doing,

while building skills, confidence

and experience.

The Little Music School, created

at FSPA in 2005, teaches

children as young as 18 months

to play the piano. The innovative

program introduces children to

music in a way they understand,

through imagination, movement,

play and peer interaction. Offering

classes and private lessons

in voice, as well as instrumental

instruction at all levels, FSPA’s

Music Department provides opportunities

to jam with Boston’s

best musicians or sing in styles

ranging from classical, jazz and

musical theater to pop, rock and

country. Chamber music at FSPA

includes collaborative piano and

string ensembles.

FSPA’s Drama program encourages

students to stretch their

imagination, build characters

and tell stories through such

classes as Creative Dramatics,

Improv, Scenes & Monologues

and Principles of Acting. Oncea-week

musical theater classes

explore singing, dancing and acting

in a fun and recreational way

while FSPA’s Musical Theater

Conservatory engages students

at a high level, geared especially

to those considering possibilities

for college and career.

Opportunities for dancers

of all ages include a three-track

ballet program and multi-level

training in tap, jazz, hip hop,

contemporary, dance for musical

theater, and modern to meet

the needs of those interested in

recreational enjoyment and those

dedicated to pre-professional

study. FSPA dancers pursue

many exciting experiences such

as collaborative performances

with the Metrowest Symphony

Orchestra and Symphony Pro

Musica, presentations of classical

variations with FSPA’s Ballet

Conservatory Ensemble, Dance

Company showcases, and FSPA’s

signature Spring Concert.

Performing is an integral part

of the FSPA experience.

The school’s musical

theater troupes and senior

dance company

travel annually to Walt

Disney World to take

workshops and perform

on Disney stages. Electric

Youth, an ensemble

of singer-dancers

trained at FSPA, entertained

across Austria

and Italy this summer,

marking the group’s 13 European

concert tour. FSPA annually

presents four all-student productions

– a musical, ballet, play and

opera – and any student who

auditions is cast. The shows are

staged at THE BLACK BOX,

home of the Franklin Performing

Arts Company (FPAC) and

a professional setting for many

FSPA performances. FSPA students

also participate, through

audition, in FPAC’s annual season

of shows.

Each year brings new opportunities

and 2016 is no exception.

The school launches both FSPA

Academy and FSPA AfterSchool

this fall. Offered in partnership

with the Massachusetts Virtual

Academy (MAVA) and built upon

MAVA’s state-approved online

curriculum, FSPA Academy provides

the setting for a complete

and creative academic education

with a special emphasis on arts,

language and culture. Guided by

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to 1 p.m., FSPA Academy offers

a more flexible and individualized

experience in a nurturing

environment enhanced by field

trips, master classes, Music Theory,

and foreign language conversation

classes in French and

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games, but also exposes some

picky eaters to what real food

tastes like freshly picked. Educational

Program staff tromped

with the young children out to

the flower beds to learn about

parts of flowers. They explored

the herb garden next to the farm

stand shed and discovered chewing

sage leaves as a fun alternative

to brushing your teeth! And each

morning the children helped feed

the goats, bunnies, and chickens,

wandering the farm to gather

special treats for their new, fourlegged


While a lot of education was

happening this summer, work

was also going on to develop the

farm’s infrastructure. A brand

new structure planned at the

farm stand was paid for through

a Seeds of Change Grant for

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Communities of

Medway & Millis

Circulation: 10,000 households

$20,000. Marcia Coakley, a

board member of the Medway

Community Farm, Inc., noted

that the even more detailed, prefabricated

building they erected

actually cost less than the structure

they had originally planned.

“The old wooden base of

the farm stand will be the base

for our planned walk-in cooler,”

Coakley said. “Right now we

have a cooler, but you have to

walk down the steps of the bulkhead

to get there. We’re looking

forward to this great addition to

the work of the farm.”

A popular fundraising event

at the farm has just passed, their

annual “Farm to Fork” dinner.

A fun evening of fresh food and

entertainment, the meal featured

fresh produce all grown at the

Medway Community Farm,

from appetizers of potato latkes

with crème fraiche and green

onions to salad of stuffed tomatoes

on greens, followed by locally

produced roast chicken and

potatoes with spiced carrots and

Israeli salad, and finished off

by carrot cake, zucchini cobbler

bars, and other treats.

We sat down with Coakley at

the end of the summer to talk

about events happening at the

farm, and how the community

farm has touched the lives of so

many people in Medway and

beyond. “Some Fall CSAs (Community

Supported Agriculture)

Shares are still available right

now, with registration on our

website,” Coakley noted. “The

Fall shares run from October to

December for 10 weeks (pickups

every other week). The share will

include many root vegetables,

many greens, and the last of the

summer treats, like mini sweet

peppers, cherry tomatoes, eggplants

and tomatillos earlier in

the share.” Coakley warned not

to be discouraged from joining

the wait list. It simply takes you

to the sign up form!

Coakley also noted that plans

are in the works to partner with

Stonehill College as a training

site for the college’s interns for

their Non-profit Management

program. “They need an internship/partnership

location, and

we need the support of volunteers

and non-profit education

on all levels,” Coakley said. “We

are planning a joint event with

two area farms for a bike tour,

‘Tour de Farm,’ point to point

with Powisset and Natick Community


At Medway Community Farm, Education program counselor Caitrine

Foley shows children how to feed chickens by hand.

Coakley explained that the

Medway Community Farm has

been modeled after the Natick

Community Farm. “There are

many similarities between us,

“she said. “Natick has a strong

education component. Our challenge

is sustaining the effort to

involve kids in the schools. Right

now all 4th graders in Medway

come to the farm and have garden

beds and a program series

here. 2nd & 3rd graders at Memorial

School have class garden

beds and scheduled programming

with Farm Staff to help

them learn about plant seedlings,

and how to nurture, and harvest

vegetables in the spring. And 6th

graders have garden beds at the

Middle School with Farm Staff

programming at their level.” The

program, managed by Medway

Community Education, is not

limited to Medway residents.

For more information, visit

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Taste of Medway, to take place

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Oak Street, Medway, at Choate

Park. The rain or shine event will

run from 2-5 p.m. and will feature

15-20 vendors this year, with

a variety of beer and wine to be

sampled as well.

This event, says planner Carole

Bernstein, “serves as a showcase

for what a gem we have in

the center of Medway, with the

Thayer Homestead and Choate

Park, and it’s just beautiful in the

fall.” The fundraiser helps support

the Thayer Homestead, and

admission, available at the door,

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and $10 for ages 12 and under.

Adults and seniors will go home

with a commemorative beer or

wine glass from the event.

The first year the event took

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Kravings, in Millis

Ensuring a Future, for a Family, for a Town

Many people in Millis know

the Kazis family. John and Olga

Kazis have become familiar

faces, operating a retail business

for residents of the small town

since they purchased property

there in 1996. Now, they’re inviting

local residents to their new

family venue, Kravings Grille &

Ice Cream. The casual dining

spot with a light, airy, modern atmosphere

is located in the heart

of a project the Kazis family has

been working on since 2007.

“We developed this whole

area – built both buildings, working

with the town of Millis to create

this project. We had a vision

of how to better the downtown

business district,” says Kazis, of

the mixed use site that incorporates

the Millis Public Library

and soon, opening this month,

the Millis Police Station. “We

just felt it was the right business

move. Over the years, we grew to

like all the people in Millis and

surrounding towns. We created a

lot of relationships with people.”

Kazis had a more personal vision

as well, one of ensuring the

economic futures of the younger

members of his family. His son,

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Greek specialty dishes such

as Souvlaki (Greek shish kabob),

spinach and cheese pies, gyros,

Greek sausage, a Greek burger

(tzaziki sauce, feta, onions and tomato),

wraps and more that will

be introduced this fall. Locals will

also enjoy a variety of fresh, high

quality seafood from Captain

Marden’s such as local clams,

Maine lobster rolls (warm lobster

roll with butter, traditional lobster

roll with mayo and a special fried

lobster roll), and fish (Cod) and

chips as well as burgers (including

a Millis “Mohawk” burger),

side dishes such as soups and salads,

and top notch premium ice

cream from Richardson’s Farm.

“That’s why we started out, to

give them a job, to give them a

future,” says Kazis. “We’re incorporating

flair into the theme of

seafood, burgers, ice cream. We

have a mix of everything for kids,

adults, for families. It’s a family


With his vision becoming a

reality, Kazis has drawn other

businesses to the town of Millis,

building a future for the town as

well as for his family. “It was a

long road, but you can finally see

light at the end of the tunnel,”

he says. “Patience is a virtue, and

look how nice it’s turned out.”

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The Millis Church of Christ,

Congregational, located at 142

Exchange Street, has recently

welcomed a new youth minister

to its ranks, and she’s one of

Millis’ own. Jessica “Jess” Boose,

most recently Youth Minister

Coordinator for Wellesley Hills

Congregational, with years of

experience working with Cape

Cod Covenant Church, is delighted

to begin working with the

young people in her own town.

“This transfer to this church is

a God thing,” says Boose, with a

smile. Boose and Sherri Anderson,

Church of Christ’s outgoing

youth minister, wound up as

roommates at a conference in the

beginning of May.

“Our keynote speaker – one

of her presentations was about

doing ministry to your physical

neighbors,” says Boose, “when

you walk out the door, the person

you meet. I was working in

Wellesley, and Sherri lives down

in Easton. She was feeling what

I was feeling, too, I’m not connected

to Millis, and Millis was

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Soon after, she started interviewing

in Millis for the role of youth


“All of the different circumstances

fell into place for it to

work,” she says.

Boose is thrilled to be working

in Millis. She believes that

the true mission of churches is to

help form community.

“Church provides opportunities

for community and finding

people who support you and also

want to do good in the world.

You go forward and lift each

other up. You’re there for each

other. It’s an amazing, beautiful

thing, and it’s needed,” she says.

Boose says she has always

admired how Millis’ Church of

Christ opens up their lawn and

their building to the community.

“They don’t care what your

beliefs are,” she says. “You are

loved and accepted and can

come and be part of it, be a part

of the Millis community.” Boose

says the more she learns of the

church’s history, the more excited

she becomes about being a part

of it.

The church, she says, has always

stepped up to fill needs in

the town. Even recently, when

the Clyde F. Brown Elementary

school shut down for several

days, the church “opened their

doors to those families,” she says.

“I want to be part of that.”

Boose, whose family is happy

she’ll be more involved locally,

hopes to also build, in turn, support

for the Church of Christ

among Millis residents.

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“(Church members) are so

cognizant of the needs of the

Millis community. Pastor Jen is

just amazing,” she says.

Boose envisions using her position

to foster community building

among kids and to create

opportunity for self exploration.

“I want there to be a place

where kids feel safe and not

judged and feel very comfortable

being themselves,” she says.

“To me, that is a goal of a youth

ministry – teens looking for a

place they can be themselves,

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school can go away and they

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Church of Christ,

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Millis, is hosting Welcome Sunday on September 11, 2016. Welcome

Sunday activities are open to everyone in the community.

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On Friday, July 29, Medway

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Main Street. Representatives of

the Medway Business Council

and town officials gathered to

welcome the 13th Massachusetts

location for this vendor, which

boasts “Service is our best part.”

The store will be managed by

Dan Walkins, of Johnson, RI, but

it will create jobs for a number

of Medway residents, including

Scott Wojtunik, Kelly King, Tom

Mollung, Denise Cook, Tony

Fallon and Timothy Smith, all

from the Medway area.

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The Medway Business Council

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together to host a FREE

networking event for businesses

in Medway and surrounding

towns on Wednesday, September

21 at the Thayer Homestead.

“One thing we want to make

clear is that this and all of our

events are open to every business

in the community, and

you don’t have to be an MBC

member to attend,” said Wayne

Texeira, MBC President. “The

MBC Board strongly believes

that being a member has benefits;

however, we’re inclusive and

want all businesses to know that

they are welcome at this and any

of our events.”

“The MBC holds a variety of

events throughout the year; however,

we wanted to have a larger

scale networking event to encourage

more business owners to get

out, get to know each other and

get to know the MBC,” said Texeira.

“Chuck Tashjian, owner of

Localtownpages, has held similar

events in the past, so we’ve joined

forces in creating this opportunity

for local businesses to make connections

and build relationships.”

There is no charge to attend;

however, for planning purposes,

attendees are asked to register in

advance on the MBC website,

at www.medwaybusinesscouncil.

org. Also, to assist business networking,

MBC and Localtownpages

will create a “network

booklet” to be handed out to all

attendees at the event. This eliminates

the need to carry lots of

business cards and also ensures

that everyone at the event will

have the contact information of

other attendees. To be included

in the booklet, attendees must

register by September 12.

“Our goal is to have at least

100 attendees,” said Texeira.

“We hope that in addition to

current members, many other

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Millis Teens Take on PMC Ride for Teacher

By J.D. O’Gara

A 50-mile bike ride?

It’s not something most teens

do every day, but four local students

donned their helmets and

formed a team to raise money

in the name of their beloved

teacher on August 6, for the annual

Pan Mass Challenge Teen

Ride, which ran from Wellesley

to Patriot Place, in Foxboro, and


Millis High School students

Georgia Riordan, Carter Howley,

Madeline Pudelka and

Anna Pasquantonio formed a

team, led by another one of

their teachers and adult advisor

Mrs. Yvonne FitzGerald to

do the route in honor of Michelle

“Shep” Shepardson, who

teaches 8th grade math at Millis

Middle School. Shepardson was

diagnosed with stage 3B breast

cancer the day before Halloween

last year.

“We were running a half marathon,

and she found the lump

two days before the marathon

and got her results Friday before

Halloween,” says FitzGerald,

who considers Shepardson her

best friend. “It was really scary.

It all happened so fast,” she says.

“My cousin had been doing

the ride for six years, and you

have to be 15 to ride,” says Georgia

Riordan. “Since Shep had

been diagnosed with breast cancer,

I thought, now is the time.”

Riordan also ran in memory

of her grandmother she lost to

breast cancer.

Riordan enlisted her friends

to join the cause, and they were

eager to take on the challenge.

Madeline Pudelka had always

wanted to participate in a fundraising

race, much like her Mom,

who has run marathons raising

money for Dana Farber. She figured

this bicycle run was a great

way to begin, and it gave her the

chance to honor her grandmother’s

memory, as Pudelka’s grandmother

was also lost to cancer.

In fact, every one of the four

riders have been touched by cancer

in his or her families. Carter

Howley says his grandmother has

battled cancer twice and survived

it. When friends were doing the

ride, he says, “They kind of inspired

me to do it – a combination

of those things. I just felt like

it was the right thing to do.”

Anna Pasquantonio was game

for trying the teen PMC Ride,

having participated in a number

of walks for the Jimmy Fund.

“I’ve done the Jimmy Fund

walk a lot, for the past couple of

years,” says Pasquantonio, who

participates in the walk with her

Mom. “We have a lot of people

who have had cancer in our family,

so we do it for them,” she says.

The foursome participated

in spin classes to prepare themselves

for the ride. Each teen on

the team needed to raise $500,

while their adult advisor needed

to garner $1,000.

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Shepardson. From left, Yvonne FitzGerald, Georgia Riordan, Madeline

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Although asking for donations

is difficult to do, Georgia

notes, “I think people are generous

donating to the Jimmy

Fund, because they know it all

goes to Dana Farber.” In fact, the

Jimmy Fund’s PMC ride is the

single largest contributor to the

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The event comprises half of the

Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue, all

of which goes to Dana-Farber.

Last year alone, the event raised

$45 million, and its goal this year

was $46 million. For more information

on the PMC Ride, visit

The Millis team will have until

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Fifth Annual Medway Town Wide Yard Sale Saturday, Sept. 24

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By J.D. O’Gara

Five years ago, Christine and

Andy Parchesky had an idea

to bring a large-scale yard sale

into Medway. The couple had

enjoyed traveling to out-of-state

flea-market style events, and they

thought residents of the town

might enjoy participating. With

the Medway Town-Wide Yard

Sale now in its fifth year, Chris

Parchesky notes that the event

has become so popular with local

townsfolk that she starts getting

calls about participating in the

event as early as June, several

months in advance.

“Everybody has such a good

time,” she says, “We bring a lot

of people to the town, including

some customers who’ve come for

the last five years from the Cape.

We’ve built up a little following.”

For $10, Medway residents

who’d like to participate will have

their address placed on a map

that will be sold for $1 at Medway

Plaza (across from Burger

King), from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Outof-towners

or organizations without

a location can rent a booth at

Medway Plaza for $25. All of the

proceeds from the event, which

originally benefitted Medway

300, now benefit the Medway

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“I would love to have at least

100 yard sales in town (on that

day),” says Parchesky, who says

that she has checked with the

town about construction and has

been assured that traffic will be

fine in that area. Last year, she

says, the event garnered about


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Living Healthy

Computer Vision Syndrome

By Roger M. Kaldawy, M.D.,

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As our scholars go back to

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more time is spent every day

using computer screens and our

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of computer users experience

a problem so common there’s a

name for it: Computer Vision

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decreased or blurred vision,

burning or stinging eyes, sensitivity

to light, headaches and back

and neck pain.

Computer Vision Syndrome

is more common if we exceed 2

hours of continuous computer

screen time a day. The most common

causes of this syndrome include

improper viewing angle or

distance from the screen, glare on

the computer screen, extended

computer use, staring without

blinking and uncorrected vision


The good news is that these

problems are easy to fix, and

identifying and treating the underlying

cause usually eliminates

this syndrome. Here what you

can do:

1. Adjust your viewing


Studies have found the angle

of gaze plays a key role in this

syndrome. The angle used for

computer work is different from

that used for reading or writing.

As a result, the requirements for

focusing and moving the eyes

place additional demands on

the visual system when using a

computer. To achieve the best

angle, the center of the monitor

should be placed 20 to 28 inches

from your eyes and 4 to 5 inches

below eye level. Reference materials

should be positioned so they

can be seen without moving your

head to look from the document

to the screen.

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or glare on the screen.

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minute, but computer users tend

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can do a visual acuity

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your eyes to find a prescription

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errors, and check how

well your eyes focus, move and

work together.

Computer vision syndrome is

very common. As more screen

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can be expected. Our center and

ophthalmologists have state of

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and treat many eye problems, including

this syndrome. As the area’s

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September 2016 Local Town Pages Page 15

Millis Garden Club To Hold Plant Swap

Public Welcome to Share

The Millis Garden Club, in

partnership with the Millis Public

Library, will kick off its 2016-

17 year with a Plant Swap on

Wednesday, September 21 at the

Millis Public Library, 961 Main

Street. Hospitality will begin at

6:30 p.m., followed by the Plant

Swap at 7 p.m.

The public is once again invited

to participate. Last year’s

plant swap was highly rated by

both members and nonmembers.

The more plants you bring, the

more plants you can take: bring

a plant, take a plant; bring two

plants, take two plants. Sharing

plants and experiences is a fun

and inexpensive way to add new

plants to your garden and learn

new tips from other gardeners.

This is a good opportunity,

especially for residents new to

the community, to socialize and

meet people while learning more

about the Millis Garden Club

and its activities.

For more information on the

Plant Swap or on MGC membership,

contact Gail Douglas

at (508) 523-9302 or gaildou@

Fingar Earns Eagle

Scout in Medway

Michael Fingar, son of Dale

Fingar and the late Greg Fingar

of Medway, recently earned the

rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy

Scouts program. Michael is a

member of Troop 100 Bellingham,

Mass. and a Senior at Medway

High School.

Michael’s Eagle Project was

the creation of a sign for the

Christ Episcopal Church in

Medway. With the tireless efforts

of friends and fellow scouters,

coupled with the generosity of

local businesses and organizations,

he was able to complete his


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Michael began his Scouting

career at the age of 5 in 2004 as

a Tiger Cub. He rose through

the ranks of Bear, Wolf, Webelos

I and Webelos II and received

the highest award in Cub Scouts,

the Arrow of Light. He crossed

over to Boy Scouts into Troop

367 Medway and completed the

requirements for Tenderfoot,

Second Class, First Class, Star

and Life.

Michael has attended the

troop National Youth Leadership

Training Seminar at Camp

Friends of the

Millis Library

Kick-Off Meeting

Scheduled for

September 28th

Please join us for the Friends of the Millis Public Library

2016-2017 season kick-off meeting on Wednesday, September

28th at 6:30 p.m. being held in the Roche Brothers Community

Room at the Millis Public Library. The library is located

at 961 Main Street in Millis. The Friends of the Millis Public

Library is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to the

support and enhancement of library services. This meeting is

open to all and we always welcome new members!








Squanto. He was elected to the

Order of the Arrow in 2011,

completing Brotherhood in 2013

and attained Vigil in 2015. Michael

is currently serving as the

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Old Colony Council and Section

Vice Chief of Section NE-1.

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Fall Programs at Medway Community Education

Medway Community Education

is pleased to highlight our

fall brochure with over 75 programs

and exciting trips offered.

Our Department is designed to

serve the varied needs of all area

residents. The programs provide

the opportunity for educational

and creative development incorporating

academic, vocational,

career, and enrichment courses

for all ages. Our programs for

preschool aged children include

crafts, sports, music, karate, skating,

and swim lessons. For older

children, we offer a new etiquette

class, a Red Cross babysitting

course, a safety program, as well

as sports and fitness programs,

such as a multi-sport course, karate,

swimming, running and ice

skating. A variety of programs

are available for teens and high

school students, with our First

Aid and CPR course, driver’s education

classes, college SAT and

ACT test prep courses. A new offering

is an anxiety management

class for teens and adults. Adults

can choose from a wide variety of

programs in the areas of fitness,

wellness, home, leisure, business

and photography. Some of our

new offerings include decoupage,

Indian cooking, pastry class,

a new pedicure Ladies Night and

a class on photographing people.

Our department is also offering

an exciting day trip to see the

Newport Mansions decorated

for the holidays and our always

popular day trip to NYC.

Please visit us online and

browse our Fall Brochure for detailed

information on our many

fall programs at www.medwayce.

org. You may register online or

by mail. We welcome all out-oftowners

at no additional fee and

offer our Active Military Family

members and Senior Citizens a

15% discount on courses only.

Please contact our office at (508)

533-3222 option 4 with any questions

about our fall programs.

Now Offering Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services

• Individual Speech, Language, Literacy

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Stony Brook 38th Annual Fall

Fair Sept. 24

Accepting Reservations from Local Crafters & Artisans

Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary,

at 108 North Street, Norfolk,

is now accepting reservations

from local crafters and artisans

interested in exhibiting at this

year’s 38th Annual Fall Fair, to

be held on Saturday, September

24th. The Fair is an annual

community event featuring more

than 40 crafters displaying and

selling their hand-made wares,

along with children’s games and

activities, animal presentations,

live music and more. The event

runs from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. and is

a great opportunity to visit with

our more than 1200 visitors and

show off your crafts! You can reserve

your space for $40 ($50 for

access to electricity). This donation

to Mass Audubon’s Stony

Brook Wildlife Sanctuary guarantees

a 10 x 10 space in our

field at this popular September

event while supporting our environmental

education and conservation

programs that reach more

than 14,000 people each year. For

more information, or to reserve a

space please call Stony Brook at

(508) 528-3140 or email:

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18th Annual Purr-Fect Cat Shelter Petwalk September 18

Walk at Norfolk Aggie Benefits Homeless Animals

The Purr-fect Cat Shelter

will hold the 18th Annual PCS

PetWalk (rain or shine) Sunday,

September 18, from 10 a.m. to 3

p.m. at the Norfolk County Agricultural

High School, Route 1A,

in Walpole. Bring your friends,

family and of course your wellbehaved

dog for sponsored walk

along the wooded paths of the

Aggie campus to raise money for

The Purr-fect Cat Shelter. Walkers

may register anytime between

10 a.m. and 1 p.m. After your

walk, join us back on the main

field for booths, including animal

rescue organizations, pet related

products and services, crafters,

vendors, Especially for Pets Doggie

Buffet, raffles, agility course,

demonstrations, games for people

& pets and much more!

Sponsor forms and general

PetWalk information can

be found on our website www. If you are

not quite up to walking the route

you are still welcome to come

with or without the dog and

enjoy the day. Stop by the registration

booth with your personal

donation and come on in and

join the fun!

If you are an animal related

rescue organization, business,

service, crafter or vendor and

want to have a booth at the PCS

PetWalk contact us at

or call

(508) 533-5855 for more information.

The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is a

non-profit, no-kill, all volunteer

organization providing care and

shelter to homeless cats and kittens

while waiting adoption. The

PCS PetWalk is a day of fun for

everyone. Bring your friends,

family and of course the dog to

show your support and make a

difference in the lives of homeless


Join the Charles River Chorale

Beginning September 13, 2016!

Our Ad & Editorial Deadline is the

15th of each month,

for the following month’s issue.

The Charles River Chorale begins rehearsals for

its thirty-second year on Tuesday, September 13 at

7:30 p.m. The Chorale rehearses at the Church

of Christ, 142 Exchange St. (Route 115), Millis,

MA. We are a secular chorus drawing membership

from throughout the Charles River Valley, and performing

two major concerts per year. We rehearse

weekly, and we always have coffee and snacks available

by about 7 p.m. Members both old and new

are encouraged to come early to socialize and prepare

for the night’s work. Rehearsals generally end

at 9:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Ashley Nelson, the Chorale

will rehearse works for its December offering,

“Home for the Holidays.” Among the works featured

will be Randall Thompson’s Frostiana: Seven

Country Songs. Specifically composed to put seven

of Robert Frost’s winter-themed poems to music.

The collection was originally performed for the Bicentennial

of Amherst, Massachusetts in 1959. The

pieces include works for male voices alone, female

voices alone and for four-part chorus. They will also

highlight the skills of Susan Fortin, Assistant Music

Director and piano accompanist.

The remainder of the music is yet to be announced,

but is expected to be enjoyable to rehearse

and perform.

The Chorale is a non-audition community

chorus. Anyone who wants to sing is encouraged

to join us. Membership is fluid for the first month;

new members are generally accepted only during

the first four weeks. No musical training is required,

and Ms. Nelson will work with new members to

determine the range at which their voices and skills

will be most successful. Members pay dues of $65

for the entire year (holiday and spring concerts) and

reimburse the chorale for the cost of their music,

and keep the music. High school students are not

required to pay dues.

The Chorale also performs outreach to the

community. Currently, the Chorale sponsors and

financially supports the Charles River Children’s

Choir. The Children’s Choir also performs at the

Chorale’s concerts.

The Chorale is always looking for ways to expand

its repertoire and reach. Over the past summer,

a “third season” of a cappella and barbershop

music was rehearsed by members willing to brave

the heat. The men and the women involved performed

in several small venues, and in the process

increased their skills and repertoire.

Anyone interested in vocal performance is encouraged

to visit with us.

This poster of Medway

doors is for sale at the Medway

Public Library and Town Hall

for $15. All proceeds to be used

by the Medway Garden Club

to beautify the Library and the

Fire and Police Stations.

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Page 18 Local Town Pages September 2016

Charles River Meadowlands Workshop

Sept. 27, 6-9 p.m., First Universalist Society in Franklin,

262 Chestnut St.

Community activists have from state and local officials, and

been meeting for the past six the Army Corps of Engineers,

months as they work to raise which oversees the Charles River

awareness of a great natural Meadowlands. The open space,

resource, the Charles River designed to provide a natural

Meadowlands, in the Franklin/ buffer in times of flooding, also

Bellingham/ Medway area. Led offers great opportunities for outside


by Franklin resident, Alan Earls,

the group has gained support

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The Charles River

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located in Bellingham,

Franklin and Medway.

Shown is a spot in

Franklin. Find out more

Sept. 27 at an open

meeting at the First

Universalist Society in


Photo by Renata Gilarova.

Recently a $25,000 earmark,

proposed by state representatives

Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin), Kevin

Kuros (R-Uxbridge), and John

Fernandes (D-Milford) was included

in the 2017 state budget.

“This money will help develop a

plan to improve access to some

beautiful recreational space in

the area, and will go a long way

to ensuring the property meets

its full potential,” said Representative

Roy, “This particular

property has sat vastly unused

for many years and can provide

some additional recreational opportunities

in the area. We look

forward to working with the

Army Corps of Engineers and

local officials to open up this


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natural gem to residents while

maintaining its natural beauty.”

To learn more about this effort,


and plan

to participate in the upcoming

workshop. The event, open to the

public, will feature speakers from

Neil Lazzaro

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1292 Washington Street,


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conservation groups, community

groups and other interested parties.

The focus of the evening

will be on sharing ideas, hearing

community concerns, and sharing


Medway Community Church Plans Harvest Festival

The Medway Community

Church, located at 193 Main

Street, will hold its Annual Harvest

Festival, rain or shine, on

Saturday, September 24th from

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us for a free, fun day

packed with food and activities

for the entire family including a

kids’ petting zoo by Farm Visits,

a bouncy house, family photo

booth, crafts, youth sports activities,

and live music– a great time

for all ages!

At noon, enjoy a burger or hot

dog, delicious apple crisp, and

ice cream by T.C. Scoops while

taking pleasure in the sounds of

the Southeastern Massachusetts

Community Concert Band. At

1p.m., enjoy the musical selections

of the MCC Praise Band.

Yoga Studio & Wellness Center

Opening October 8th

Yoga & Meditation, Fitness Classes, Counseling,

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Medway Lions Honors Colonel

Michael Matondi

The Navy Band was not the

only special event in Medway

on Saturday night, July 30. As

Medway Lion President, Alissa

Rodenhiser, thanked the Navy

Band Northeast, and presented

them with a donation/check

from the Lions for $500, she

called lifelong Medway resident,

Retired Army Officer, Colonel

Michael Matondi to the stage.

Unknown to Colonel Matondi,

the Medway Lions had submitted

a request to Lions Club

International to honor Col. Matondi

with Life Membership.

President Rodenhiser presented

Colonel Matondi with the Certificate

of Life Membership

and commented on the many

meaningful years of service he

has dedicated to our country,

the Medway community, and to

the Lions Club. He has touched

so many lives, and continues to

make a difference. In addition

to the Lions award, a Proclamation

from The Massachusetts

House of Representatives was

read in recognition of Colonel

Matondi’s “patriotism, commitment

and contributions to our

country, community, including

your loyal service in the United

States Army and your work to

make Medway a great place to

live, work and raise a family.”

Then Chairperson of the

Medway Board of Selectman,

Glenn Trindade, came forward

with an additional presentation

from the Board of Selectman.

The Lions and town of Medway

thank Colonel Matondi.

Message from the Medway

Fire Department

We are currently experiencing

an extreme drought, and

there is a very high danger of

outdoor fires which could extend

to houses. A permit must

be obtained at the Police station

for all outdoor burning. Outdoor

burning is only allowed

January 15th to May 1st from

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The use of

fire pits and chimney products

outside of those parameters are

not allowed except for cooking

fires and with the permission of

the fire department. Right now

NO outdoor burning is being

allowed, it is simply too dry and

dangerous. People should also

be cognizant of their mulch

beds. Discarded cigarettes in

dry mulch beds have caused

millions of dollars in damage

by fire extending to buildings.

In Massachusetts mulch must

be 18 inches away from combustible

exteriors of commercial

buildings. Homeowners

should follow this rule as well so

as not to experience a preventable





The Town of Millis’ DPW is seeking private plow contractors for snow removal;

specifically needed pieces of equipment are (4) One-Ton Vehicles with Plows (1)

Six Wheeled Small Dump Truck with Plow and (2) Front End Loaders/Backhoes.

The town pays Mass Highway hourly rates plus a 3.5% fuel reimbursement.

Proposers must have a minimum of $500,000 in Liability insurance and $100,000

in Property insurance and must have Workmen’s Compensation insurance if they

are not a sole proprietor. They also must provide an insurance certificate naming

the Town of Millis as an additional insured for snow plow operations. Contractors

must have experience in plowing streets, sidewalks and parking lots.

Interested parties should contact

James F. McKay at the Millis DPW

at 508-376-5424 or

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Page 20 Local Town Pages September 2016

Medway Lions 2016/2017 Slate

of Officers and “Lion of the Year”

The last meeting of the Medway

Lions year was a festive one.

As current King Lion, Paula

Chleboski recapped the past year

and ended her year as Medway

Lions President, Past District

Governor, Lion Matthew Richardson,

installed the new slate of

offices for the 2016/2017 lionistic

year. The officers included

President: Alissa Rodenhiser,

Secretary: Kelsey Norton, Treasurer:

Jim Tremble, 1VP: Linda

Reynolds, 2VP: Andrea Faust,

3VP/PR Chair: Kathy Gaudreau.

The slate is complemented

by directors Paul Galante, Dawn

Rice-Norton, Steve Barrasso and

other members filling various positions

Membership Chair Diana

Faust, Tail Twister: Fariborz

Hashemi, Lion Tamer: Mike

Creed, and Newsletter Editor:

Sue Nasca.

Numerous awards were presented

including the announcement

of Kathy Gaudreau, as

“Lion of the Year.” A Medway

resident since 1979, Kathy has

been a Lion since 2002, and has

served the Lions in a variety of

ways including 3 terms as a board

member, 3 years as Publicity

Chair, and, 2 years as Secretary.

She is an active member in Lions

community events including participating

in the monthly bottles

and cans drive, the Pancake

breakfast, the Father Daughter

Dance, the senior cook-out,

scholarship essay reader, and selling

Christmas trees. In addition

to Lions activities, she also volunteers

with the Monday Night

Homeless Ministry, Project Just

Because and is a St. Vincent de

Paul council member.

The Medway Lions has already

begun its new year with a

July kick-off cook-out for members.

Many members have also

volunteered at the recent “Celebrate

Medway Day,” and the

night of music by the Navy Band

Northeast of Newport, where

Colonel Michael Matondi was

recognized and awarded The

Certificate of Life Membership.

Friends Raises $18,000

for the Medway Library

The volunteers with Friends

of the Medway Library have always

worked hard supporting the

library. This year. Friends was

able to raise over $18,000, which

was presented at the Trustee

meeting. In addition, Friends received

grants from the Middlesex

Bank, the Lions Club, and the

Medway Cultural Council.

All proceeds are used for new

materials and programs. Since

the Library’s general fund does

not cover museum passes, almost

all of them are paid for by the

Friends donation.

According to Margaret Perkins,

Director of Medway Library,

“We have the best Friends

group anywhere. They are involved

in so many projects. They

helped organize the new Maker

Space, run the Lego Club,

the Gingerbread Festival, and

monthly family movies, as well

as obtain discounted zoo passes

for patrons.”

Friends also tries to support

other Medway non-profit

groups such as the Community

Farm, the Garden Club, Scouts,

and high school sports groups by

offering them free tables at the

book sales events.

Deb Perkins, a Friends volunteer

for many years, commented

that her whole family

gets involved, from helping in

Lego Club to volunteering at the

Maker Space. “The library is our

favorite place. Volunteering with

Friends is a terrific way to help

the community and have fun,


Said Meg Hamilton, copresident

of Friends, “The goal

of Friends is not only to raise

money, but also to be an advocate

for the library. We want everyone

to know what a wonderful place

this is. Most importantly, our

small group of volunteers is the

reason why we have been so successful

in our endeavors to help

out Medway Library.”

There are so many ways to

become involved. Volunteers

can choose what they want to

do. For more information about

The Friends programs, donating

books or becoming a member,

check the website:




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Medway Public Library

September Youth Events


Every Tuesday and Wednesday,

11 a.m.

Newborns – 3 year-olds are

invited to this drop-in program

of stories, fingerplay and songs

accompanied by mountain dulcimer.

Children must be accompanied

by parent/caregiver.


Every Thursday and Friday,

11 a.m., Ages 10 months-5

years.* A drop-in story time with

songs, stories, and craft. All children

must be accompanied by a

caregiver. * These ages are flexible!

If you think your children

will enjoy story time, please bring


PAWS to Read

Wednesday, Sept. 7th,

6 to 7:15 p.m.

Interested in reading to a cuddly

friend? Sign up by calling

(508) 533-3217 or come in and

talk to our staff at the Circulation

desk to register.

Each child will get a 15 minute

one-on-one reading session

with our wonderful visiting

therapy dogs. Children must be

able to read independently as

this is not a tutoring session but

rather an opportunity to practice

reading skills with a good listener.

Grades 2-6.

Summer Reading Prizes

Turn in your Reading Log

(or show Miss Lucy your school

reading log) for a brand new

book and some other goodies any

day through September 9th

Artful Thursdays

Sept. 8th, 4 p.m.,

Join Miss Lucy and a local

artist for a hands-on workshop

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about style and expression. We

will be exploring a new painter

or illustrator each month. Ages

7 and up. Register in advance.

September’s project will focus on

Eric Carle!

Coloring Clubs!

Relax and color at the library,

we provide the supplies, you

bring the creativity.

Family Night Monday, Sept.

12th 6-7:30 p.m., Parents and

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4 p.m.

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best job of preparing students

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the magazine. High schools were

rated with an achievement index

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graduation rate, and SAT and

AP data.

Medway was ranked 312 and

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as the support of families and

the community. All of these elements

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Medway’s cruisers will be

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danger will be sprayed with a

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This long overdue event will be held on Saturday

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Street Worcester, Ma. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. and

a full course dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Helping

to celebrate this event will be ROTC Units, Massachusetts

Medal of Honor Recipients, the United

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can be made to Vietnam the 50th MA and sent

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Conner Gets Cross-country, Track in Gear at Millis High


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when a group of boys and girls

expressed an interest to revive

it. At that time, Conner was

added to the faculty to teach art.

When asked if she had a desire to

coach, the former Ashland High

track star jumped at the opportunity,

taking the reins of the boys

and girls cross-country teams

and the girls indoor and outdoor

track squads.

Last year was a prime example

of how well Conner elevated the

two sports after three campaigns

as head coach in both venues.

“The girls cross-country team

had a 3-2 record and the girls

were 4-1 in the indoor track

season and 5-1 outdoors,’’ Conner

recalled. “The boys crosscountry

team, however, has been

struggling because of our low

numbers. They didn’t win a meet

primarily because there were

only three boys on the squad.’’

The Mohawks have added a

few trophies to their case since

Conner took the coaching reins

and their representation at postseason

meets continues to improve

(five girls competed in the

post-season last spring). The

Middle School girls on the varsity

finished third in the State Middle

School Track Meet in 2015 and

the girls outdoor 4x400 relay

team broke the school record

and won the Division 4 Meet last

spring. That squad became the

first Millis team to compete in an

All-State Meet.

What Conner, who now works

as an art teacher at the Medway

Middle School, has focused on

in her first three years is wordof-mouth

recruiting — for both


“I’m no longer teaching at

Millis, but when I was, I asked

every student who wasn’t involved

with a sport to try crosscountry

or track,’’ she noted.

“Now, the kids who run for me

are doing some recruiting. They

ask their friends to try out or

stress how good it is to be part

of a successful program. We’ve

found that getting boys out for

cross-country is tougher, because

they have the option of soccer

and football.’’

Once out for cross-country,

Conner says girls tend to continue

on to indoor and outdoor

track. “My sprinters in track go

Hard work, passion and

dedication have enabled Laura

Conner to get productive results

at Millis — in a brief period of


out for cross-country, and they

find it sharpens their overall ability

and helps with injury prevention,’’

Conner said.

Three girls who’ll be very effective

in cross-country this fall

are junior Lucy Clayton and senior

captains Stephanie O’Reilly

and Parousia Cruz. Clayton runs

the mile and two-mile in track

while O’Reilly focuses on distance

events and Cruz competes

in middle-distance runs.

“Lucy will be one of the top

runners in the league this fall,’’

Conner said. “She’s a great competitor

who is a very serious runner.

Stephanie and Parousia are

good leaders who rely on endurance

and speed.’’

Conner’s goals for crosscountry

and track differ a bit.

For the boys’ cross-country team,

she’s hoping to get more Middle

School competitors on the varsity

to have a competitive team.

“They’d get a feeling of what

it’s like to possibly finish 1-5 and

score points,’’ she emphasized.

“For girls’ cross-country, I’d like

to see us place higher in the

league meet, learn to run closer

in a pack and be more consistent.

In girls’ track, I just want

us to keep improving and send

more kids to the state and allstate

meets. Last spring, Theresa

Cerullo qualified for the national

meet in the javelin.’’

Participation numbers are up

on the girls’ side, and that’s creating

success in both sports. Conner,

however, prefers to deflect

the credit to a supportive athletic

director, a highly supportive prin-


continued on page 25

September 2016 Local Town Pages Page 25


Speed and Versatility Define Millis Soccer’s Nathan Wong

By Christopher Tremblay

Millis junior Nathan Wong is

a superior defensive asset when

on the soccer field, but Mohawk

Coach Jason O’Brien would

much rather use Wong’s talent

on the offensive side of the field.

“Nathan is a big body that we

can play anywhere. He’s a phenomenal

defender with speed

that can distribute the ball with

the best of them,” the Millis Soccer

Coach said. “He also has a

very powerful shot, and if we can

be effective defensively this year,

I would love to get him up and

utilize his speed and shot.”

Wong considers himself an all

around player, despite his defensive

prowess, and will play where

ever the team needs him to play.

“Defense is not necessarily

my favorite position,” the junior

defender said. “I’d rather be

playing a different position every

game, but it’s not a problem if it’s

the best for the team.”

Growing up, Wong first

started kicking the soccer ball

around when he was four years

old when he played for the recreation

department. Having

watched his older brother Justin,

who is three years older, the

younger Wong was inspired.

“I picked the game up quickly

and thought that it was a good

choice for me being a faster,

physical player with a strong

kick,” Wong said. “I’ve always

been one of the faster kids, but

track didn’t interest me. I prefer

a team sport atmosphere instead

of the individualism of track.”

During the first grade, Wong

joined the Bays League, a town

league that traveled to other

Millis junior Nathan Wong began

his varsity career in soccer as a

freshman, and he has proven

to be an asset in all areas of the


towns to play soccer. It was here

that he was first introduced to

all of the positions on the soccer

field. He then moved on to play

Club Soccer for the Red Devils

out of Framingham, where he

experienced the play of some top

notch area soccer players.

Entering the high school,

Wong was hoping that his talents

were good enough to earn a spot

on the junior varsity squad, but

to his surprise, he ended up on

the varsity team.

“I really didn’t know what to

expect – I was just hoping that

my skills were good enough to

play on this level,” he said. “To

make varsity was great, but

the level of play was definitely

tougher than what I was used to

in Middle School.”

Although only a freshman

starting on defense for the Mohawks,

Wong soon made friends

with the upper classmen, who

taught him how to improve his

skills. The following year, Coach

O’Brien took over the program,

and things changed.

“Coach O’Brien prepared us

well that season with a lot of running.

I felt that I was in the greatest

shape of my life,” Wong said.

In O’Brien’s first season with

Millis, the Mohawks earned a

spot in the State Tournament for

the first time in 12 years. Millis

unfortunately grabbed the 16th

and final seed in the Division 4

South Tournament and had to

face the top seed Nantucket (17-

0-1) in the opening round.

“Making the tournament for

the first time in 12 years was

definitely a great experience, and

with only two seniors graduating,

our goal is to get back there with

a higher seed,” he said. “Individually,

I want to go into tryouts in

shape and become a field leader

to help my team anyway possible

to get back to the tournament.”

Wong, who also plays shooting

guard on the Millis basketball

team, has his coach’s attention

with the way he plays the game.

“Nathan is tenacious and

physical on the field and although

he played defensive midfield

last year, he has the talent to

play other positions,” the Coach

said. “His speed is one of his best

assets if he does get beat, which

is not that often. It only takes him

a few steps to get back in front of

the athlete.”

Wong can safely say that his

speed is definitely something

that makes him successful on the

soccer field, and his teammates

hope they can utilize it to get

back to and go deeper into the



continued from page 25

cipal and superintendent, parents

and a very capable volunteer

coach (Liz Schildwachter).

Conner and her cross-country

teams had to run all their meets

on the road three years ago. In

her second year, she was able to

map out a 3.1-mile course, so

her runners could compete in

town. Her outdoor track team,

however, continues to compete

on the road, because Millis’ track

is gravel and doesn’t meet the required


In spite of that drawback,

Conner has settled nicely into her

niche as a coach for all seasons.

She’s a recruiter who’s getting results

and she also knows how to

implement a variety of routines

while creating an enjoyable setting

that stresses a family atmosphere.

“One beautiful aspect of

cross-country and track is that

they offer runners a chance to

star as individuals while also

helping the team achieve success,’’

Conner emphasized. “I’m

always trying to impress the kids

to perform well and go all out for

the team.’’

A graduate of Fitchburg

State, Conner now is working on

a masters at Framingham State

in art education. A former miler

at Ashland High where she was

a Tri Valley League all-star, she

knows and understands track.

“Laura has done a masterful

job of connecting the dots with

the three programs and has truly

built upon the previous season’s

success,’’ said Athletic Director

Chuck Grant. “The steady improvement

of all three programs

is a credit to her knack for consistently

bringing out the best in

everyone’s ability.’’

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Millis Council on Aging September Events

September 23: ATM

Skimming Devices

Your bank account could be at

risk of a fraudulent crime growing

in popularity, called ATM skimming.

New data show incidents

of the crime have increased by

more than 500%. Criminals steal

debit card numbers by putting

an illegal card-reading device on

an ATM. Then, hidden cameras

record your PIN number when

you enter it on the keypad. Your

bank card can be duplicated and

used, without your knowledge.

Robin Putnam, Research and

Special Projects Manager from

the Office of Consumer Affairs

and Business Regulation, will be

here on Friday, September 23rd

at 11am. to explain how to spot

skimming devices found at gas

stations and ATMs. Please keep

er 4, 2009

yourself informed and your bank

account safe.

September 7: Millis

Cultural Council and The

Friends of Millis COA

present “Music Through

the Decades”

Enjoy an afternoon with career

musician Davis Polansky on

Wednesday, September 7th at

12 p.m. This fun-filled program

shows how the last hundred-plus

years of American and world

history have influenced the great

American Song Book. Using keyboard,

trumpet, and vocals, Mr.

Polansky brings alive the music

of George M. Cohan, Irving

Berlin, Fats Waller, George Gershwin,

Hoagy Carmichael, and a

host of others: Musical hits from

the gay 90?s, World War I, the

Roaring 20?s, The Great Depression,

WWII, Big Band, Swing

Eras, Broadway and the Wild

West. Mr. Polansky has played

with Sandler and Young, Phyllis

Diller, Henny Youngman, Ray

Bolger, Arthur Fiedler, The Platters,

The Coasters, and others.

Bill Raymond will be firing up

the grills and serving hamburgers

and hot dogs with all the fixings

for $3.00. Come on down.

*”This program has applied

for support from the Millis Cultural

Council, a local agency

which is supported by the Massachusetts

Cultural Council, a

state agency.”

Looking For Volunteers!

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checks for our residents.

Currently we have two volunteer

positions available.

The first and third Wednesday

from 11-12 or the second

and fourth Wednesday

from 11-12.

• Computer Tutor Tuesdays

from 10-12

We are extremely flexible and

want our volunteers to love what

they do. If you have any questions,

please call Patty at 376-


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September 28, 12:15 p.m.,

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prize for the last game is $25!

September 9: Hairdresser:

Our center now has a hairdresser

available the 2nd Friday of the

month from 10 to 12. If you

would like a home visit instead,

please let us know. Call the Center

for an appointment. $10 at

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September 3

Missin’ Matt Walk, 11 a.m.

Walk to end the silence, remove

the stigma of opiate addiction

and fight for our right to survive;

money raised will help raise

money to open a long term soberliving

facility in or around the Milford

area. To register, visit www. and click

on “sign up for the walk.”

September 5

September 7

Women’s Success Network,

(WSN) features speaker, Jen

Vondenbrink, from 6-9 p.m. on

“How to Tell Our Story Online

and Offline.” WSN is a women’s

networking group helping women

professionally and personally. To

register please visit https://www.

September 8

Massachusetts State Primaries,

7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Medway Girl Scouts Registration,

5:30 p.m., Medway Public


September 10

Medway Lions Bottle & Can

Drive, 9 a.m. items curbside or

brought to Medway Oil by 11

a.m. the morning of the drive.

Residents may also bring bottles

and cans to the Lions shed at

West Medway Liquors on Main


September 11

Church of Christ Welcome

Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday

School, followed by 10 a.m. worship

service with special children’s

message, 11 a.m. free community

cookouts and picnic on church

grounds with inflatable, obstacle

course, water balloon toss

and field games. For information,

call (508) 376-5034.

September 13

Charles River Chorale season

kickoff rehearsal, 7:30

p.m., Church of Christ, 142

Exchange Street, Millis, All

are invited to join non-audition

community chorus, weekly rehearsals

until about 9:30 p.m.

that start with 7 p.m. coffee and

snacks. Two major concerts a

year. Yearly member dues $65

(to pay for cost of music, high

school students exempt).

Millis Girl Scouts Registration

Night, 6:30 p.m., Millis Public Library

Roche Bros. Room

September 18

Purr-fect Cat Shelter 18th Annual

Petwalk, to benefit homeless

animals, 10 a.m. -3 p.m., (walkers

can register between 10 a.m.

– 1 p.m.) Norfolk County Agricultural

High School, Route 1A,

Walpole, sponsored walk for humans

and well-behaved dogs will

also feature booths, raffles, agility

demonstrations, games and more.

If you are an animal related rescue

organization, business, service,

crafter or vendor and want to

have a booth at the PCS PetWalk

contact us at purrfectcatshelter@ or call (508) 533-5855

for more information.

September 15

Easy Walks in Massachusetts,

presented by Marjorie Turner

Hollman, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Cole

Room, Medway Public Library.

Local author and Bellingham

resident Marjorie Turner Hollman

will present a slideshow

of photos taken along paths included

in the 2nd edition of her

book, Easy Walks in Massachusetts,

a walking trail guide to 50+ trails

in 16 contiguous area towns in

south central Mass., and she will

share slides detailing great places

to enjoy the outdoors in an additional

15 contiguous towns closer

towards Boston. Books cost $20

and will be available for purchase.

For more information on

Marjorie Turner-Hollman, visit

September 21

Medway Business Council

& Local Town Pages host

Free Networking Event, 5-7:30

p.m., Thayer Homestead, 2B

Oak Street, Medway. Refreshments

and light appetizers will be

served. Register at


September 12.

Millis Garden Club Plant

Swap, Millis Public Library, 961

Main Street. Hospitality will

begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the

Plant Swap at 7 p.m. The public

is invited to participate. For more

information on the Plant Swap or

on MGC membership, contact

Gail Douglas at (508) 523-9302


September 23

Fine Art of China Painting,

presented by Helen Sammarco of

the Lily Pad Art Studio, 11 a.m.

– 12 p.m., Cole Room, Medway

Public Library. Please register in

advance on the Library’s website

or by calling the Library at (508)


September 24

Medway Community Church

Harvest Festival, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.,

rain or shine, free, fun day packed

with food and activities for the entire

family including a kids’ petting

zoo by Farm Visits, a bouncy

house, family photo booth, crafts,

youth sports activities, and live

music– a great time for all ages!

At noon, enjoy a burger or hot

dog, delicious apple crisp, and

ice cream by T.C. Scoops while

listening to Southeastern Massachusetts

Community Concert

Band. At 1 p.m., MCC Praise


Medway Town-Wide Yard

Sale, maps available at Medway

Plaza the day of the sale. To participate,

a donation of $10, or

$25 for a booth at Medway Plaza.

Applications available at Charles

River Bank, Middlesex Bank,

Anne’s Market, Star Market or

the Town Clerk’s office and due

by Sept. 14 to be included in the

Yard Sale flyer. Benefits Medway

Christmas Parade. For questions,

call Chris Parchesky at (508) 533-


Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

38th Annual Fall Fair, 10 a.m.

– 4 p.m., 108 North Street, Norfolk,

features more than 40 crafters

along with children’s games

and activities, animal presentations,

live music and more. Will

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Medway Community Farm

Fall Festival, 12-4 p.m., Nature

craft activities, new games, races,

raffles, tractor rides, music by

Little Jed and the Phat Daddies,

and food trucks, along with TC

Scoops’ ice cream.

September 27

Charles River Meadowlands

Workshop, 6-9 p.m., First Universalist

Society in Franklin, 262

Chestnut St., learn about a great

natural resource, the Charles

River Meadowlands, in the

Franklin/Bellingham/ Medway

area, Event will feature speakers

from conservation groups,

community groups and other

interested parties. For more information,

September 28

Friends of the Millis Public

Library 2016-2017 season kickoff

meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the

Roche Brothers Community

Room, Millis Public Library, 961

Main Street, Millis. The Friends

of the Millis Public Library is a

volunteer non-profit organization

dedicated to the support and

enhancement of library services.

Meeting open to all.

October 1

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The Snow is the Story

By John Ke ley


As with most stories, there are

two sides. Some would s e the new

snowfa l as (cold) beauty, while

other s e a nuisance to b endured.

Sch ol children s e a unique opportunity

for play, or a day o from

sch ol. The pragmatist s es the

cycle of water that includes evaporation

in one season, and condensation

in another. At some point,

many people understand it as a fact

of life, sometimes mild, at other

times dangerous.

Certainly, we ar experiencing

a harsh winter by most standards.

From October through most of January,

we did not s e this coming.

Over a thr e w ek period through

the mi dle of February, Ashland

has received about six f et of snow.

Fortunately, the town has the capability

to deal e fectively with the

e fects of the storms, and the sta f

a the Department of Public Works

(DPW) has demonstrated superb

fortitude in executing one of their

Snow Story

continued on page 2

Hundreds Expected

to Attend Second

Annual Metrowest

Co lege Fair and

Career Day

Event wi l be held on Saturday,

March 21 at Ashland High School

By liz taurasi

Students and families

from more than 15 local high

sch ols acro s the area wi l

have the chance to be armed

with a l the information they

need as they begin the college

search proce s thanks to

the second a nual Metrowest

Co lege Fair and Car er Day

set for Saturday, March 21.

Co-sponsored by the

Ashland PTO and Ashland

Education Foundation, the

event began in 2014 with the

goal of providing valuable

information to families with

children in high sch ol navigating

the path to the right

co lege or car er upon graduation.

Last year more than

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The 2015 Metrowest College

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March 21 from 9 - 1 a.m. at

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The night was bi ter cold, but

for the 20+ folks who showed up

a the Franklin Public Library for

the first m eting of the Genealogy

Club, it was a time to talk

about family co nections and

countries of origin. Many participants

were from Franklin, with a

few from Milford, Norfolk and

Be lingham. The theme of connections

was consistent as each

person explained their interest in

participating in the group.

Linda Batchelder of Franklin

noted that she got interested in

genealogy because of a relative’s

ashes that remain in her a tic.

“His name was Bertul—he died

during the 1918 flu epidemic—

a friend of my grandfather’s,”

Batchelder began. “When my

grandfather was able to return to

Latvia, he wa su posed to take

the ashes wit him, but wasn’t

a lowed to. They’re sti l in our

a tic. We learned that Bertul had

b en our grandfather’s best man

in his we ding and ma ried a

relative of ours.”

Each person had stories to

share of wha they had already

learned in their family research,

and a l had mysteries they hoped

to solve in the future. Vicki Buchanio,

Head of Reference and

Public Services a the Franklin

Public Library told the group, “I

have lots of relations who must

sti l be alive—I’ve never found

the death certificates for them,

even though some of them were

born in 1802, so they must sti l

be alive!”

Among those who a tended

were people with r ots in Finland,

Poland, Germany, and

England, besides several of

Scots-Irish descent. Buchanio

was pleased with the turnout—

she had b en afraid n one would

show up. Buchanio has had a

long-time pa sion for genealogy

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genealogy Club

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Franklin’s Original Newspaper Since 2010

By J.d. o’Gara

How many co lege students

can even recognize the President

of their institution, much

le s are on a first-name basis?

Dean Co lege jus turned 150

years old on February 19, what

it refers to as “Founders Day,”

and today, its students are

guided as persona ly as they

were a century and a half ago.

The private, residential college,

named for Dr. Oliver Dean,

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of a beloved parent with

Alzheimer’s disease or dementia,

who has wandered ou the

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ha pen.

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Police Department launched

the C.A.R.E. (Children and

Residents Encounter) program,

aimed at helping police gather

information about member of

the community with special

n eds, to help foster a relationship

with the community.

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ly launched in January.

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Is It Spring, Yet?

Second Annual Ho liston AgCom Family Event

March 22 at Breezy Hi l

By J.d. o’Gara

It’s b en a rea ly long winter.

Members of Ho liston’s Agricultural

Commi t e, or AgCom,

are asking a very logical question

– “Is It Spring, Yet?” with

their Second A nual Family

Event welcoming the season on

Sunday, March 2, from 12-4

p.m., to take place at Br ezy

Hi l Farm, 583 Adams Str et,

Ho liston. As it did last year,

th event wi l feature baby animals

and farm-related fun for

the whole family, and the suggested

family donation, which

wi l su port Ho liston AgCom,

is just $5.

“This is just a fun event for

families in town, because the

town i so su portive of agriculture,”

says Paula Mark, member

of the Agricultural Commi sion

who has lived in Ho liston for

12 years on land, she says, that’s

b en in her husband’s family

for generations. “When we got

this property, it was inevitable

that I was going to turn it into

a farm,” she says, explaining,

with a smile, that her sma l farm

has grown from just chickens to

now, b es, alpacas, a horse and

ra bit. The 4H leader hopes her

place can someday be a place

for “ kids to come to reco nect

to nature and learn how to act

around animals.”

Animals – in fact, animal

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Ho liston kids and their own

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Hopedale Connects

By J.d. o’Gara

Chuck Tashjian Publisher of

Local Town Pages, along with

Lori Ko ler, Advertising Sales

Manager for the company, aim

to o fer Hopedale residents a lot

more than the premiere i sue of

the paper in their mailboxes this

month; they hope to foster a new

co nection to their community.

“I have b en with Local

Town Pages for over 6 years,

and starting a Hopedale paper,

as a resident of the town for the

past 19 years has always b en a

dream of mine! With the help

of 2014 Hopedale High Sch ol

Alumni, Kyle Ko ler, who has

b en working for Local Town

Pages for the past year -anda-half

as our Advertising Sales

A sistant, and is cu rently attending

UNH, and Tyler D’Urso,

cla s of 2013, who we contracted

during his winter break from NC

State, we were able to make the

dream a reality,” says Ko ler.

Kyle and Tyler canva sed the

area of Hopedale, Milford, Mendon

and Upton to spread the word

to area busine ses that we were

starting the Hopedale paper. They

a cumulated contact information

and then made a pointments

for Lori Ko ler to m et with the

prospective advertisers. Within a

two-w ek time frame, this team

knew tha the paper was going to

be a su ce s.

“I couldn’t be more proud

of these two young men for the

hard work tha they put forth to

make this ha pen,” says Ko ler.

“Also with the help of Susa ne

Ode l our Advertising A count

Manager for the pas two years,

and several existing advertisers,

the su ce s for the first edition

was even more than we had expected.”

Twenty-five hundred copies of

the tabloid-sized newspaper wi l

be produced each month, and

these wi l be direct mailed fr e

of charge to households and busine

ses in Hopedale. The paper

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starting in April.

“This paper is to let residents

of each town know what’s going

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No One Can Do it Like She Can

The Li tle White Market Wi l Be Back Be ter than Ever at End of Month

By J.d. o’Gara

Just over six years ago,

Tracey Liberatore had a

vision for the property she

drove by at 5 Depot Str et

in Hopedale just over six

years ago.

“I thought it would

make a cute li tle market,

and we didn’t have anything

like that in Hopedale,”

says the Hopedale

Mom and 21-year-resident

of the town. And if anyone

could turn that li tle

shop into the kitchen of

the community, Tracey

could. She’d worked in

the f od industry since she

was a t en, later partnering

to open a pub in Milford

ca led “One Flight Down,”

through which Liberatore

began her pa sion for f od

and catering. The Courtyard in

Milford a preciated her talents

so much they asked her to run

its restaurant, and she later came

back to lead the kitchen, wi ning

the Ma rio t Diamond A sociate

and Make a Di ference Awards.

Busy wit her two boys, Liberatore

started slo wit her

new li tle market. Pre ty s on,

she built a su ce sfu luncheon

busine s.

“I think we have a real home

f eling,” says Tracey. “It’s very

comfy, like you’re walking into

your grandmother’s

kitchen. It’s cozy, and

there are sme ls (o f od

c oking).”

Liberatore and her

sta f c ok a l of the

dishes right on the premises.

“We do a lot of

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salads, everything from

scratch,” says Liberatore.

“We even roast

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di ners, including

chicken Marsala and

b ef stew,” she says.

In fact, Hopedale

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ses have begun to

take advantage of the

catering options, an area

Liberatore is excited to


“We do a lot of catering,”

says Liberatore, who can provide

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By J.D. O’Gara

Last year, the volunt er

members of the Mi lis Cultural

Council were brainstorming for

an artistic, cultural event that

could draw people from a l different

areas of the community

together, something that was not

just sch ol, or senior citizen or

music-related, something that

drew people from a l di ferent

ages and backgrounds. The result?

The Mi lis Film Festival.

This year, it’s back, and the

Second A nual Mi lis Film Festival’s

got more su port than

ever from local busine ses and

organizations. This year’s event,

which wi l take place on Saturday

March 7, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. wi l

feature 16 films, nine in the adult

category and seven from Mi dle

Sch ol filmmakers, The Film

Festival wi l be held in the Roche

Brothers Community r om a the

Mi lis Public Library, 961 Main

Str et, Mi lis.

Garzon a ds, “Through Carol

(Ha gerty), an ar teacher at Millis

High Sch ol, we’ve b en able

to partner with Danie le Manion

a the sch ol, and that’s where a

lot of these films are coming out


The festival is ge ting it out

of the sch ols and into the community.”

The adult category encompa

ses more than high sch ol

films, however. Some came from

adults outside of Mi lis, and this

year, prizes reflect a growing interest

from the community in the


“We’ve had 16 local busine

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Millis rolls Out the red Carpet

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Mi lis Film Festival March 7

Grease is the Word

in Medway


Medway & Millis


continued on page 2

By J.D. O’Gara

Over 1 0 Medway High Sch ol

students from grades 9-12 wi l “go

together” as cast members, dance

ensemble, production crew and

pit band for the musical, Grease

this month, to be presented from

March 12-14, at 7:30 p.m.

The musical features an a ray

of characters, singing an dancing

their way through their senior year

at Ri de l High Sch ol. The show,

with music and lyrics wri ten by

Jim Jacobs and Wa ren Casey, is

fu l of energy and includes comedy,

romance, and the great sounds

of the 1950’s. The popula rockn-ro

l musical numbers, including

“Greased Lightning,” “We Go Together”

and “Shaken’ a the High

Sch ol Hop” wi l have the audience

moving to the beat.

“I’m rea ly excited to put on

this production. It wa something

the students had b en angling for

a number of years,” says director

and MHS English teacher Spencer

Christie. “When the music director

(Kendra Nu ting) and I sat down

over the summer, we thought it

was the perfect fit, the perfect


Each spring the MHS Musical

presents a fu l-scale musical comprising

of Medway High Sch ol

students. The MHS Musical a lows

students to be directly involved in

acting, singing an dancing onstage,

playing in our pit band, and

various o portunities o f-stage as

we l.

The cast alone for this productio

numbers 50, says Christie,

with another 50 students working

backstage as crew. Two students

wi l play in the orchestra pit, although

due to the complexity of

the music, “we have hired some

profe sional musicians as we l,”

says Christie.

Lead roles were chosen by audition,

and these cast members include

both experienced and novice


“I’ve only ever done acting at

Medway High Sch ol,” says Cam

Swan, cast in the role as “Da ny.”

“I’ve never taken any voice le sons

or anything like that.”

The role, says Swan, is di ferent

from anything he’s done in

the past. Da ny is “kind of complicated,

he puts on thi show for

a l his friends, but when you rea ly


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Shown are the members of the Mi lis Cultural Council, masterminds

and primary sponsors of the Mi lis Film Festival. The Second a nual

Mi lis Film Festival wi l take place on March 7, from 6-8 p.m. a the

Mi lis Public Library’s roche Bros. Co munity r om. From left,

Joyce Boiardi, Carol Ha gerty, Jodie Garzon, Peter Themistocles and

Michele ke ly. Not shown, Gina Ma thews.


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By Grace a len

Do you know wha tests your

child is taking thi spring? One

local residen thinks parents are

uninformed abou the new education

standards and the a companying

tests being considered by the

state of Ma sachuse ts. He hopes

to bring the polarizing i sue to the

forefront at Norfolk Town M eting

and on the town election ballot.

The United States is embarking

on an unprecedented journey

to unify education standards for a l

students in kindergarten through

12th grade. Known as the Common

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country in order to prepare students

for co lege and the workforce.

The Common Core uses the

Partnership for A se sment of

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ers, or the PAR C exam, to test

how we l students have learned the

new cu riculum. In Ma sachuse ts,

the PAR C exam wi l eventua ly

replace the Ma sachuse ts Comprehensive

A se sment System,

or MCAS test.

Norfolk resident Patrick

Touhey would like to put the

brakes on the PAR C test and

force discu sion of the new standards

and whether or not the

Norfolk and King Philip sch ols

should implemen them. Touhey

wi l be placing an article on the

Norfolk Town M eting wa rant

to remove Common Core and

PAR C testing from the sch ols

in a non-binding vote. He is also

a tempting to get enough signatures

to place the question on the

ba lot for the town election this


Touhey hopes these actions

wi l send a me sage to local sch ol

commi t es and the State Department

of Education: “We don’t

agr e with the PAR C testing and

Common Core cu riculum.” He

wants the local sch ols to return to

the pre-2 09 Ma sachuse ts educational

state standards.

Touhey is part of a group

Prominent Naturalist

to Visit Community

Education Standards

up for a Vote at

Town Meeting

By Grace a len

After a tough winter, the

community can l ok forward to

a w ek of nature immersion that

doesn’t involve snow. The King

Philip Science National Honor

Society wi l be hosting naturalist

Brent Nixon during the w ek of

March 17 to 24. Several events

are pla ned for the sch ols and

the tri-town area.

Nixon, a renowned science

educator, has dedicated his life

to endangered species research.

Known for his high energy, interpretive

science shows, Nixon

travels extensively to promote

environmental education. In

a dition to his research work

and publications, Nixon has appeared

on TV, radio, and in print


The Naturalist-in-Residence

w ek was the idea of A n Lambert,

a science teacher at KP

High Sch ol and the advisor for

the sch ol’s Science National

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and Nixon was the naturalist on


“His pa sion for his work,

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and informational presentation

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the KP students and community

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a new co nection to their community.

Over 16, 0 copies of

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town sports and local busine ses.

A companying the news resource

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as we l as a ce s community

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and cla sified ads.

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of Photosite in Mi lis, later shifting

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He then expanded his busine s

to include the production of

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Dover, Sherborn, Uxbridge and

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acutely aware of the cha lenges

area busine ses face in reaching

key audiences with their limited

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And with it come some big

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square f et of retail and restaurant

space, along with residential

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University Station officia ly

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The project has b en a long

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In 2 08, Wegmans was held up

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This ha pened just as the

legislature was ready to move

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University Station is being

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“We l ok forward to welcoming

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