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Millis Town Hall to Become

More Accessible, thanks to

Citizen’s Petition

Mary Russo an Advocate for Millis Seniors

By J.D. O’Gara

Mary Russo planned to

meet a friend at the Millis Senior

Center one cold, rainy

day. Russo enjoys playing poker

and cribbage and has even

organized tournaments. Although

she waited, her friend,

who was 85, never showed up.

Worried, she called.

“She got stuck out at the

entrance to the elevator,” says

Russo. “I was waiting for her

at the senior center, and she

didn’t come. She said, ‘Mary, I

got so wet, I had to go home.’”

Russo, who downsized

and moved to Millis in 2000,

thought something should be

done to make the doors more

accessible to seniors who use

the senior center. “The Veterans

Memorial Building is the

most used building in Millis,

and it’s not even accessible,”

she says.

Mary Russo, center, has become an unexpected advocate for Millis

seniors, having successfully petitioned, with a a lot of help, to

have more accessible doors at the elevator and at the wheelchair

ramp entrances to Millis Town Hall, located at the Veterans

Memorial Building. On November 7, her petitioned article was

unanimously approved by the town. From left: Bryan Riley, Brooks

Corl, Mary Russo, Michelle Jones and Mary Skilling

PETITION

continued on page 3

The Symphony in

the Suburbs

Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra Brings

High Caliber Classical Music to Region

By J.D. O’Gara

Looking for the experience of

a high-caliber orchestra? Look no

further than right down the street

in Milford, with The Claflin Hill

Symphony Orchestra, now embarking

on its 17th season and

drawing professional musicians

from all around the area.

“This is a first class, professional

presentation,” says Paul

Surapine, Claflin Hill Symphony

Orchestra founder, orchestra

conductor, executive and artistic

director. “All members of the

orchestra are professional musicians.”

Surapine, who was trained

in clarinet by “one of the greatest

clarinet teachers in New York

City,” settled in Milford in 1992.

A year later, he says, he became

part of an aging Milford Concert

Band.

The idea of starting his own

concert series was inspired by a

concert in which Surapine played

at Carnegie Hall in the late 1990s,

in which the stage was opened

up to kids. “The place was filled

with people who had never come

to Carnegie Hall,” he says. “I set

out on a path to do something like

that. I was going to put together

a concert series in Franklin,” he

says. The idea was to get people

who had never come to a symphony,

to come.

Surapine wasn’t just looking

for average musicians.

“We’re bringing the highest

level. The musicians around here

are great. We live on the outskirts

of one of the greatest cultural

magnets of the world,” says

Surapine. Claflin Hill members

do not audition, but are found

by members having played with

them somewhere else.

“Our orchestra is not the kind

of orchestra where you have formal

auditions. It’s friends recommending

friends at the very

highest level,” says Jagan Nath

Singh Khalsa, second violinist

and one of the founding members

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Christmas Parade Grand

Marshall Vicki Stilwell

The Medway Christmas

Parade Committee selected

lifelong Medway resident

Victoria Stilwell to lead the

2016 Christmas Parade as

Grand Marshall. The parade

took place on November

26.

Victoria “Vicki” Stilwell

is a lifelong resident of Medway.

She graduated Medway

High School in 1955

after serving as Secretary of

her class for four years. She

was very active at Medway

High School in many activities,

including cheerleading.

She married Gene Stilwell

from Bunker Hill, West VA

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our country. Vicki enjoys

her many friends in Medway

and spends much of her

time with her grandchildren

and enjoys attending their

sporting events.

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New Memorial on

Veterans Day

The town of Millis celebrated

its veterans in 2016 at the newly

completed Veterans Memorial

Park, located outside the Veterans

Memorial Building. Central

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PETITION

continued from page 1

“I had no idea what the heck

I was getting into,” laughs Mary,

after, thanks to her effort and the

help of friends, town employees,

the Council on Aging Board of

Directors, and Rep. David Linsky,

the town of Millis approved

her petitioned article to fund

$10,590 for three automatic

doors at the Veterans Memorial

Building in order to make them

more accessible.

When Russo began her effort,

she spoke with the Council

on Aging Board of Directors,

and then she sent a request to

the former town administrator,

who denied it, saying that

the building was handicapped

accessible by code and the

doors were not heavy enough.

“With the support of Kaplan

Hasanoglu, on the Board of Directors

on the COA, they suggested

I do a citizen’s petition,”

says Russo. “We did it out of

necessity, because it was our only

option.”

Russo, inexperienced in such

matters at the time, wrote a

petition and began getting signatures.

At the same time, she

began calling companies to get

quotes on the cost of automatic

doors. Once she got to about 150

signatures, however, she found

out that the document was not

worded properly.

“I met with David Linsky,”

says Russo. “He was very supportive,

and he had his aide June

send me a prototype of what an

official petition should look like.

Linsky himself sent me a letter

telling me the steps I should

take. Between what he sent me,

and with the help of two town

workers, Pat Sjogren and Lisa

Harding, who helped look it over

and check if it was okay, I wrote

it out, and my grandson did it up

for me on his computer.”

Mary says she “tried to cover

all the bases,” while getting a lot

of help from friends and town

employees, especially Michelle

Jones. “I was getting the three

quotes and I got 20 signatures

onto the final petition, I brought

it up to Pat Sjogren, and she

made sure they were registered

voters and got it up on the proper

time frame.”

Russo says she soon got a call

from James Neville, on the Board

of Selectmen, who noted that

capital items are usually taken

care of in the spring. A few days

later, however, Neville called back

again, saying that he’d talked to

the town attorney, and since she

had submitted the petition in the

proper time frame, the town had

to hear it. Neville invited Russo

to a Board of Selectman meeting

to discuss her petition.

Flanked by friends Belinda

Barrett, Bryan Riley, President of

the Friends of the Millis Council

on Aging, and two members of

the COA board, Kaplan Hasanoglu

and Mary Skilling, COA

Chair, Russo made her case.

“I went to talk to them and

explain the petition and why I

wanted it, and some of the folks

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also got up and spoke, and another

man spoke.” Later, Russo

took her same case to the finance

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At the November 7 town

meeting, the town unanimously

approved the request to replace

three doors at Veterans Memorial

Building with automatic

doors, making the building, and

the senior center it houses, more

accessible.

“This is a great example of

how a group of concerned citizens

can get something enacted

in town,” says Brooks Corl, treasurer

of the Friends of the Millis

COA.

“I really wanted to show that

the seniors needed it,” says Mary,

who was also active in advocating

for the new carpeting now lining

the senior center. “The seniors,

to me, sometimes I think they are

the neglected people in Millis,

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CLAFLIN HILL

continued from page 1

of the group. “Paul has a knack

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Khalsa, who says he feels empowered

that his second violin helps

to build the full body, or foundation,

to the Claflin Hill strings.

Khalsa says Surapine “trusts the

musicians to take his input and

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“They were wonderful, and

the music selection was diverse

and appealed to a wide range

of ages/tastes,” says Heavner.

“I soon began attending their

concerts at Milford Upper Town

Hall and couldn’t believe how

lucky we are to have such an orchestra

in our area. For me the

CHSO rivals the Boston musical

events.”

Michael Marrafino, of Medway,

agrees.

“My only regret is that we

didn’t start enjoying this great orchestra

from its beginning,” says

Marrafino, who grew up in New

York in a family where everyone

played an instrument. “I was

well attuned to classical music,

both symphony and opera, but I

could seldom get into the city to

see a symphony or an opera …

I find it an incredible blessing to

have such a great professional orchestra

almost in my back yard.”

Marrafino, who attends concerts

with his wife.

The Claflin Hill Symphony

Orchestra’s 17th consecutive

season kicked off Saturday evening

November 5, 2016 with

“In the Shadow of Ludwig Van”

– a program featuring music of

Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn

and Johannes Brahms..

“This season, we are exploring

some of the great “symphonies”

of the orchestral literature,”

says Surapine. “Each concert

will present a major symphony,

paired in the traditional Claflin

Hill “fusion cuisine” style of

programming with other musical

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and may be more

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Milford. Saturday evening concerts

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Sunday matinee begins at 3 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $25

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Claflin Hill Youth Symphonies

Great Complement to Adult

Symphony

The professional players in

the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra

have a chance to pass on

their love of music when they

work with the Claflin Hill Youth

Symphonies, a group that meets

on Sundays at Mass Bay Community

College in Framingham.

“They started out originally

in 2000 as the Metrowest Youth

Orchestra,” says Paul Surapine,

music director for the Youth

Orchestra as well as the 17-year

running Claflin Hill Symphony

Orchestra. “They contacted us

in 2005, and they were looking

to establish a mentor relationship

between our professionals

and their kids.

“I have played trombone in

the Claflin Hill Youth Symphony

and Wind Ensemble since 7th

grade,” says Ben Dooley, of Holliston.

“I joined because my sister

was in the group. In Holliston,

we don’t have an orchestra, so

CHYS is a good supplement to

my musical training. I appreciate

the chance to play music which is

more challenging than the music

we play in my school band, and

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I also enjoy meeting

musicians from other

schools. Paul is entertaining

and teaches

us so much about the

music.”

Surapine says the

youth orchestra was

absorbed into Claflin

Hill in 2013, at parents’

request.

“Now we have 100 kids from

40 different towns, and we’re

having the best year ever,” he

says. The group has different

ensembles, has launched chamber

music ensembles, a beginner

string orchestra and a wind ensemble.

Anna Damigella, of Holliston,

plays trumpet with the group.

She got involved with the Claflin

Hill Youth Ensembles after

a friend recommended it. Her

parents, she says, also attended

Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra

concerts. Anna hopes to attend

music school to study music education

and says she appreciates

“the the opportunity to play with

a symphony orchestra, which is

The Claflin Hill Youth Symphony

now boasts 100 young musicians

from 40 different towns, and

they’re tackling masterful works.

not something I am exposed to

at school. I have also made some

really good friends, and I love

playing with such talented musicians

who share the same passion

as me. This is a great way to challenge

myself and grow.”

Surapine, too, is proud of the

work the young musicians are

doing, and the challenging music

they’re tackling.

“Right now we’re doing

Hayden symphony, “Cebalius

Finlandia,” says Surapine, “and

we’re doing the real version.”

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Charles River Chorale to Present “Home for the Holidays”

Concert for Chorale and Small Orchestra, December 10 at Medway High School

On Saturday, December 10,

2016, the Charles River Chorale

will present its annual holiday

concert. Accompanied by

a small orchestra and harp, the

Chorale will perform at Medway

High School starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Charles River Children’s

Choir will also perform.

Ticket prices at the door are

$18 for adults, $15 for seniors

and full-time students, and $10

for children under 12. A special

family-of-four price of $50 is

available for two adults and two

dependent children.

Under the direction of Ashley

Nelson, the Chorale will first

present Randall Thompson’s

Frostiana: Seven Country Songs,

putting seven of Robert Frost’s

poems to music. This piece will

be accompanied by the small

orchestra. The collection was

originally performed for the Bicentennial

of Amherst, Massachusetts

in 1959. They will also

highlight the skills of Susan Fortin,

Assistant Music Director and

piano accompanist.

Other pieces will include

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,”

“Homeward Bound,” “Bring

Him Home (Les Miserables),”

“Home (Beauty and the Beast),”

“Somewhere in My Memory,”

and “Home for the Holidays.”

The Children’s Choir’s pieces

are yet to be announced. The

children will also help lead the

traditional sing-along, and will

be accompanied by Everard

Huggins.

The Chorale’s annual Silent

Auction fund-raiser will be held

as usual, featuring about fifty

items donated by local businesses

and members. The Chorale also

raises funds through its program

and adbook, which features local

businesses, and a raffle specifically

targeted to earn funds for

the Chorale’s outreach to the

community. In recent years,

the outreach funds have been

directed toward the Children’s

Choir.

Medway High School is a new

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performed primarily at Millis

High School for thirty of its first

thirty-one seasons.

The Chorale draws membership

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Living Healthy

Glaucoma: What It Is and How to Treat It

By Roger M. Kaldawy, M.D.,

Milford Franklin Eye Center

Glaucoma is a progressive

disease of the optic nerve which

works like a cable, connecting

the eye and the brain. Glaucoma

happens when the pressure inside

the eye is higher than the optic

nerve can withstand. The most

common form of glaucoma is

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vision if left untreated, starting

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most frustrating characteristic of

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Although anyone can get

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The prevalence of glaucoma

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By the year 2020, it is estimated

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Glaucoma accounts

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The optic nerve is like

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the brain for processing. Glaucoma

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information to your brain.

The buildup of pressure,

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There are currently two basic

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Either high intra-ocular pressure

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At first, open-angle glaucoma

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As glaucoma remains untreated,

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evaluate the trabecular meshwork

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Wednesday, 8:30- 2 p.m.

Thursday, 8:30-1p.m. and Fridays,

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You must make an appointment

for that meeting. Some appointments

may take up to an hour, so

please plan accordingly.

Millis Lions Holiday Party:

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held at Millis High School on

Sunday, December 11, 2016

at 12 noon. Please come and

enjoy good company, great food

and fabulous holiday entertainment.

The Millis Lions, with the

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you! We look forward to seeing

you on December 11th.

Please RSVP to Dan Adler

at (508) 376-5588 by December

2nd.

Computer Tutoring is Back!

Thank you to Bob Bryant for volunteering

to provide computer

tutoring every Tuesday from 10-

12.

Openings ~ Supportive Day

Group: This is a specifically

designed program for elders or

disabled individuals who are suffering

from mild to moderate

cognitive difficulties or who cannot

stay at home alone during the

day. We strive to enrich the lives

of each senior by being a part of

the supportive team that allows

them to remain healthy, happy

and independent. The Group

at the Millis Senior Center has a

wonderful environment and atmosphere

as it is a small group

setting. We can enrich the lives

of seniors living alone, with caretaking

spouses needing respite, or

seniors living with active families.

Call Patty at 376-7051 for more

information.

HELP! Looking for Volunteers!

Nurses to do blood pressure

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.

Super Bingo Wednesday,

December 28th at 12:15. The

prize for the last game is $25!

Inclement Weather Policy:

In the event that Millis schools

are cancelled due to inclement

weather, Council on Aging transportation

will also be cancelled.

Transportation may also be cancelled

if the driver judges the

conditions to be too hazardous.

Please be aware of this policy,

as we will be unable to transport

individuals to and from medical

appointments on snow days. We

apologize for any inconvenience.

TRIPS :

New Years at Noon~ December

31st~ $89, Leave Millis

at 9:15 A.M. return at 4:30

p.m. 2-hour cruise aboard the

Odyssey, Luncheon on Boston

Harbor(Choose from Crab &

Mussel Gratin, Romesco Crust

Salmon, Roasted Turkey Breast,

Cauliflower Steak) DJ Entertainment,

Champagne Toast~ Party

Favors. For complete itinerary,

please call the Center.

Charles River Medical Associates, P.C.

Welcomes Jeffrey Gorodetsky, M.D. to the Millis area

Family Medicine

Adult Medicine:

• Annual physical and preventative care

• Managing chronic medical problems

• Same day sick visit appointments.

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• Same day sick visits

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In Pursuit

of

Presents

2016

The Medway Police Association

is holding a toy drive with

the goal of filling a police car

with toys. These gifts will go to

less fortunate children in Medway

and other charitable children’s

groups during this holiday

season.

We ask that donations be

made at the Medway Police Department

or at one of the donation

events listed below. Those

who would like to drop off a toy

can do so at the Medway Police

Station, 315 Village Street.

Board games, dolls, building

toys, art supplies, puzzles, action

figures and coloring books are

suggested.

Help us make this a special

holiday for those in need!

Call or email if you have any

questions.

Sergeant Jason Brennan

Medway Police

jbrennan@medwaypolice.com

(508) 533-3212

Donation Events:

Dec. 2 Middle School-

Morning Drop-Off

Dec. 9 Burke School-

Morning Drop-Off

Dec. 10 Parish Center

Pancake Breakfast

Dec. 16 McGovern School

Morning Drop-off

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Millis Public Library Wins $15,000 Heritage Trust Grand Prize

The Millis Public Library is

pleased to announce that it has

been awarded the $15,000 Heritage

Trust Grand Prize from Dell,

Inc.. This funding will allow the

Millis Public Library to preserve

and provide access to the Millis

Town Collection – yearbooks dating

back to the 1950s, town reports

dating back to the 1800s, documents

dating back to the 1700s,

and thousands of photographs

that together tell Millis’ unique

story. Founded in 2007 by EMC

Corporation, which was acquired

by Dell Technologies in September

2016, the Heritage Trust program

enables organizations around the

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world to preserve and provide access

to their local cultural information

through digitization.

“We’re thrilled that we’re going

to be able to save the Millis Town

Collection,” says Alex Lent, Director

of the Millis Public Library.

“And we’re hugely grateful, not

only to Dell, but also to the people

of Millis and everyone who voted

for our project.” In July, Millis Public

Library learned that it was the

only library in the United States to

make it to the final round of the

competition – public voting. Millis

residents rallied to the cause, sharing

the Library’s appeal for votes

far and wide. EveryLibrary, a library

Political Action Committee,

helped spread the word, as did the

Boston Public Library.

“Dell’s business strategy is

guided by the idea that technology

should support positive growth

and change the world for the better,”

said Jeremy Ford, Director of

Giving, Dell Inc.. “The Heritage

Trust program allows organizations

from across the globe more

access to local cultural information

through digital technology.

We are excited to see Millis Public

Library use these funds to provide

the community more insight to the

history and culture of the town.”

Approximately $2,000 of the

Drive into the Holidays with Medway Business Council

Medway business owners are

welcome to take a “brake” and join

the Medway Business Council for

a holiday breakfast at the new Direct

Tire & Auto Service, 72 Main

Street (Rt. 109) in Medway. The

event will take place the morning

of Wednesday, December 14th

from 7:30-9 a.m., and will feature

a winter driving theme. The event

is OPEN TO ALL AREA BUSI-

NESSES in Medway and surrounding

communities. You don’t

have to be a member to attend.

Event highlights will include

light breakfast refreshments, winter

car care tips and a showroom tour.

Attendees will have an opportunity

to ask the experts at Direct Tire

about driving safe this winter and

also have a chance to win a car

safety themed door prize.

In addition, the Medway Business

Council will be collecting gently

used coats for adults, children

or infants for the Anton’s Cleaners

Coats for Kids program, New

England’s largest coat drive. Please

check your coat closet and bring

gently used coats to the event to

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funding will be used to purchase

digitization equipment – a special

archival scanner and digital

storage devices. The remaining

majority of the Trust will fund a

part-time technician to operate

the scanner. After the Library fully

scans the Millis Town Collection,

it will be able to scan the collections

of other local organizations

interested in digitizing their collections.

The Museo Universitario Arte

Contemporáneo and the Museo

Dolores Olmedo, both of Mexico,

won the second place $10,000

prize and third place $5,000 prize,

respectively.

help local families in need. Visit

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Registration fee for the meeting

is $15/members and $20/

non-members. Please RSVP and

register online at www.medwaybusinesscouncil.org

by Dec. 9. For

more information about MBC and

recaps of past events, visit www.

medwaybusinesscouncil.org.

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Medway Community

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Winter is approaching, so

do not let the winter doldrums

set in. During these months, it

is important to keep ourselves

busy and active to ensure our

minds remain stimulated and renewed.

Let us help you make this

happen with an array of exciting

programs for all ages. Our programs

are open to residents from

all surrounding communities at

no additional charge. We offer a

15% discount to senior citizens

and active military families for

our classes.

Our over 80 upcoming programs

include many new classes,

as well as our all-time favorites,

for every age – Youth Programs

feature art, science, fitness, cooking

and safety programs; Teen

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college test preparation,

self-defense for women, private

music lessons and much more;

Adult Programs highlight fitness,

food and wine, art, CPR, business,

finance, photography and

exciting trips for the entire family.

Please visit our website at

www.medwayce.org to browse

our Winter Brochure – registration

and payment links are also

accessible for quick and easy registering.

To contact the Community

Education Office, call (508)

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Marzilli donated the new

16’ Christmas Tree to the Town

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Christmas Tree was removed

earlier this year as part of the

Route 109 Transportation Improvement

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crew from Marzilli were hard

at work planting it in front of

the tennis courts this morning.

Members of the Christmas Parade

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Mrs. Sandra Greene Davidson,

who was a member of the Girl

Scout Troop that donated the

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and her niece Amanda Fletcher,

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Medway Affordable Housing News

The Medway Affordable

Housing Trust will soon be putting

Unit 4-5 Kingson Lane on

the market. The 2 bedroom, approximately

1,700 sq .ft. condo

townhouse has been thoroughly

updated and is in move-in condition.

The anticipated price will

be in the $150k range. NOTE:

This property will be sold according

to 40B guidelines and

subject to a perpetual deed restriction

that limits all future

sale prices to changes in income

NOT market values.

Since this is an “affordable”

home, income and asset limits

are in place to determine

qualified applicants. (E.G.

Fall 2016 income limits range

from $51,150 for a single person

household to $65,750 for a

household of 3. Household assets

limit is $75,000.)

Once opened, the application

period will last a minimum of 6

weeks. Preparing a complete application

package is hard work

and some components require

significant lead time. While application

forms for this unit are

not yet available, it is possible to

begin preparing for its issue.

Typically, a complete application

includes:

The Application Form specific

to the property being sold;

Mortgage pre-approval letter

from a lender familiar with

affordable deed restrictions and

complying with DHCD financing

guidelines;

Financial documentation

(Note: Terms such as “recent”

or “current” refer to the eventual

date of submission):

• 3 most recent Federal

tax returns;

• 3 most recent W2 and/or

1099-R forms;

• 6 most recent checking account

statements;

• Most current statement for

savings accounts, investment

accounts, retirement accounts,

certificates of deposit, owned

property, gifts toward down

payment;

• 5 most recent consecutive pay

stubs (copies of unemployment

checks);

• If self-employed: a detailed income/expense

spreadsheet for

the last 6 months and business

checking and savings account

statements;

• Social Security: most recent

statement of current year’s

monthly payments and statement

of amount received for

latest tax year;

• Pension Payments: most recent

statement of current year’s

monthly payments and state

ment of amount received for

latest tax year;

• Child support/alimony:

copy of divorce settlement indicating

amount of payment;

Contact information of anyone

providing a gift amount

toward down payment;

• Copies of divorce settlement

papers, if you ‘ve owned a

home in the last 3 years that

was sold as part of divorce

proceedings.

Notices about the availability

of application forms will be published

in local newspapers, on

the Town of Medway website

and sent to registrants of the Affordable

Housing list serve.

The Town’s affordable housing

notification service can be

accessed from the “Affordable

Housing” page under “Boards &

Committees.”

Further information can be

requested from Doug Havens,

Community Housing Coordinator:

dhavens@townofmedway.

org.

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Medway Veterans

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There was a wonderful Veterans

Day Breakfast at the Medway

Senior Center on Friday,

November 11th. The Friends of

Medway Elders, Veteran volunteers,

Senior Center Volunteers,

and members of the Medway

Police Department collaborated

to serve up a wonderful breakfast

for Medway Veterans and their

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families. Thank you to everyone

who volunteered and attended

and thank you Representative

Jeff Roy for all that you do to

support our veterans. Special

thanks to Colonel Matondi, the

Memorial Committee, and Senior

Center Director Courtney

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Three from Medway

Graduate Call/

Volunteer Firefighter

Program

Austin Boyt, Connor Westenfield,

and Jared Davis graduated

from the Call/Volunteer Firefighter

Program on November 9,

2016. The ceremony was held

at the Massachusetts Firefighting

Academy in Stow, MA. The

graduates attended 240 hours of

training spanning 4 months. The

three graduates obtained their

national Firefighter I & II certification.

The class total was over

30 from fire departments across

the state.

Assistant Chief Mike Fasolino,

Graduate Austin Boyt, Graduate

Connor Westenfield, Graduate

Jared Davis and Chief Jeff Lynch

at the Massachusetts Firefighting

Academy in Stow, Ma on

Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

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Please Help for First Annual

Millis Toy Drive

The Millis Police

and Fire Department

are proud to partner

with Needham Bank

and Isabella’s Deli

for our First Annual

Millis Toy Drive.

We are seeking

your assistance in

bringing the Holiday

spirit to the less fortunate!

Your donated toys,

clothing, and books

will be delivered to

children in Millis.

Donating or contributing

is easy, and it

will bring great joy to

you and your family.

We will be accepting

donations at the Millis

Police Department,

Needham Bank (Millis

Branch), and Isabella’s

Deli until December

19th.

The Millis Police

and Fire will be picking

up toys as well. December

10th & 11th we will

be making our rounds

through the neighborhoods.

For the pickup

schedule, check the

Millis Police Department

or Millis Fire

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December 2016 Local Town Pages www.millismedwaynews.com Page 19

Free Dinner &

Christmas Concert

at Medway

Community Church

Santa’s Holiday House

The Medway Community

Church,193 Main Street, Medway,

MA is offering a free dinner

and Christmas concert

performed by our Praise and

Worship Band and Choir on

Sunday, December 11, 2016, at

5:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious hot

soup, bread, and dessert following

the concert. All ages,

families or singles, are warmly

invited. This entire event is a gift

to you, our community; no reservations

or tickets are required.

For further information please

visit www.medwaycc.org or

contact the church office at (508)

533-7032.

A Gifting Experience for

Kids - Millis Recreation Dept.

Do your children love to have

their own gifts to give for the

holidays? Walk them through

the Recreation Department’s

Holiday House. They will have

a chance to pick out and beautifully

wrap 5 small gifts from our

holiday store. This is not a dropoff

event. Please call (508) 376-

7050 or email kfogarty@

millis.net to reserve slot.

Veterans Memorial Building,

Room 18 All Ages

Saturday, December 17th

One Session 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Entry Fee: $15 with reservation

or $20 at the door.

Medway Boy Scouts Breakfast

with Santa December 10th

The Medway Boy Scouts

Troops 367 and 109 are

having their annual Santa

Breakfast on Saturday, December

10 th from 7:30-11

a.m. at St. Joseph Parish

Center, 145 Holliston Street,

Medway. Suggested donations

are $6 for Adults, $4

for Children, and $4 for

Seniors. In addition to supporting

Medway Scouts, the

event is always a local favorite

including… a tasty All You

Can Eat Breakfast… Pictures

with Santa… and a very popular

Silent Auction.

Boy Scouting is alive and

well in the town of Medway. As

of today, we have over 50 boys

who are active in the Scouting

program. In order to help keep

these boys and their families active

in Scouting, each unit’s committee

underwrites a portion of

the cost. Whether it involves new

uniforms, tents or equipment,

monthly outings, or a family in

need of financial support for

summer camp, we rely on the

community to assist us in providing

a quality program for Medway’s

youth.

Our annual “Breakfast with

Santa” is a group effort of the

two Boy Scout Units in Medway.

Yearly, we serve over 500 attendees,

and we anticipate this year’s

turnout will be even larger. While

the food is cooked by ServSafe

certified adults, the scouts work

diligently to serve a delicious

breakfast consisting of eggs, pancakes,

ham, sausage, coffee, tea,

cocoa, milk, and juice.

Of course, Santa will be in his

North Pole workshop to hear children’s

wishes for the holidays

and pose with the children for

memorable digital pictures

taken by local photographers.

And while you’re waiting to

see Santa, feel free to join

in the Reindeer Games and

other fun activities for the kids.

To top it all off, do some

holiday shopping at the Silent

Auction and bid on dozens of

available items including gift

baskets, wine selections, restaurant

certificates, local business

services, and even the occasional

professional sports memorabilia.

Many local area businesses donate

their services and products

so there’s lots to choose from. Last

year’s auction had over 70 distinct

items and 127 items to bid on.

So come join the fun and

support your local scouts Saturday

December 10th from 7:30-

11 a.m. at Saint Joseph’s Parish

Center, 145 Holliston Street,

Medway.

Once again, suggested donations

are $6 for Adults, $4 for

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The Santa Foundation, Inc. Turns 30

Charitable Group Helped 861 Families Last Year with

Gifts, Emergency Needs

By J.D. O’Gara

Thirty years of giving.

This year, the Franklin-based

Santa Foundation turns 30 years

old. What began with Bob Sullivan

and his wife hoping to give

a good Christmas to two children

30 years ago has turned into a

foundation that supports needy

families in the region year round,

not just during the holidays. Sullivan

and his partner, Richard

Timmons, along with a handful

of volunteers (15 part-time), do

their best to give hope to about

900 families a year. In total, they

put in 2,500 hours of volunteer

time a year, with Sullivan & Associates

incurring all costs (about

$12,000 a year), so that 100% of

donations will benefit those who

need it.

“I think the need grows every

year,” says Sullivan, who says he

doesn’t see things getting much

better, after three decades. In particular,

he says, “The homeless

are a lost group. There are millions

of homeless children living

in the U.S. right now. No one talks

about that. That’s a big problem,

and there’s no shelter space anywhere.”

In 2015, the foundation distributed

a total of over $50K to

needy local families, with $9,450

toward rent/mortgage alone and

another $9,720 in family support

and $10,586 toward other family

needs, which range from utility

bills to packed school backpacks.

In fact, in looking at the numbers

for the past 30 years, Sullivan says

he was surprised to find the Santa

Foundation paid almost a half a

million dollars ($487,774) in electric

bills. In 30 years, the foundation

supported 1,300 people

with oil or rent, and it provided

482,427 gifts to 73,095 people in

need during the holiday season.

Last year alone, the Santa Foundation

supported 861 families,

including 5,683 individuals with

52,852 gifts estimated (at about

$20 per gift) to total $1,057,704.

And those families aren’t just

Franklin families. Immediately

local to Franklin, in which the

Santa Foundation helps 161 families,

the foundation supports:

• 71 families in Norfolk

• 69 families in Medway

• 51 families in Plainville

• 50 families in Bellingham

• 48 families in Milford

• 47 families in Blackstone

• 39 families in Wrentham

• 29 families in Millis

• 21 families in Attleboro,

among others.

“People are under-employed

more than they’re unemployed,”

says Sullivan, who says the foundation

helps lot of single mothers.

He recalls seeing a local post office

job opening with a salary of

$32,000 a year. “If you’re a oneincome

family,” he says, “How

can you live on that?

It’s scary when you think that

people are one lost paycheck

away from being on the street,

and that happens a lot,” he says.

“We’re the greatest country in the

world. It doesn’t make sense we

should have so many homeless

people.”

Sullivan says he doesn’t buy

putting any stigma on being poor

“If they’re poor, they’re poor.

Help them,” says the father and

grandfather, who sees it as his

God-given mission to help.

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If I help them and it gives the

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Sullivan says he wants struggling

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Sullivan says the Santa Foundation’s

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tree in the store, and we come

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As of publication, Santa Foundation

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port from local small businesses.

“Our sponsors, in my book, are

heroes. When you help someone

you’re never going to meet, that’s

amazing.”

There are fundraisers as well,

such as an annual golf tournament

and holiday calendar raffle.

Some sponsors put together fundraisers,

such as Norfolk Community

League, which sponsors

an annual Jingle Bell Run at the

H. Olive Day School in Norfolk

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take place on December 3rd, at

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racewire.com to register.) What’s

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grandchildren, who are all involved

in the foundation, will

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is that “Helping others is

the rent we pay for living on this

earth. I’m a big guy. I take a lot of

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I believe we’re here to do this.”

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Dean Men’s Soccer Season Ends at

USCAA National Tournament

The Dean College men’s

soccer team ended their season

with an outstanding 17-2

record. In its first year as a

four-year program, the team

earned an at-large bid as the

number four seed in the United

States Collegiate Athletic Association’s

(USCAA) National

Tournament held in Virginia

Beach, Virginia November 10-

14, 2016.

The Bulldogs were placed

in Pool D of the preliminary

round with Florida National

University, the fifth seed, and

Berkeley College of New Jersey,

the ninth seed.

On Thursday, November

10 th , Dean fell short to FNU

with a final score of 2-1. Dean’s

Justin Freitas scored with fifteen

minutes to go in the contest.

To advance to the semifinals

on Sunday, the Bulldogs had to

defeat Berkeley (NJ) on Friday,

November 11 th and Berkeley

(NJ) had to defeat FNU on Saturday,

November 12 th .

The Bulldogs soundly defeated

Berkeley (NJ), 6-0. Pepe

Vieira scored two goals to lead

all Dean scorers as the Bulldogs

raced to a 4-0 halftime lead.

However, the outcome was not

favorable for Berkeley (NJ), who

were defeated on Saturday by

FNU 6-0, ending Dean’s tournament

journey.

Besides their 16-1 record, the

Dean Bulldogs were first in the

USCAA in goals (99), assists (77)

and goals against average (0.18),

giving up only three goals all

year.

Additionally, four members

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Isaac DeSouza, Justin Freitas

and Murilo Zanette) were recognized

at the USCAA Championship

banquet for making

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Sports

Girls Ice Hockey Team at Medway Could Be Dominant

By KEN HAMWEY

The Medway girls ice hockey

team is eight years old now, and

there are some major milestones

it could reach this season.

The squad, which is a co-op

team with Ashland, Holliston

and Millis, has qualified for tourney

play in all of its previous

seven years. Another tourney

berth would give Kurt Carter,

who’s been the program’s only

coach, a perfect run of eight

straight. And, if the girls win 14

of their 21 games, the program

would mark 100 wins in eight

seasons. Also, if right wing Ashley

Fondo (Holliston) registers 17

points, she’ll reach 100 for her

career.

All the potential accolades, no

doubt, are admirable, and Carter

would be the first in line to applaud

if they occur. But, the veteran

coach, who played hockey

at Michigan State and UMass-

Amherst, is focused first on winning

the West Division title in the

Southeastern Mass. Girls Hockey

League (SEMGHL), and secondly,

capturing a state championship.

“We have the talent to do

some damage,’’ Carter said.

“But, a lot depends on how

quickly our chemistry develops

and how good our work ethic is.

We lost only three starters from

last year’s squad that finished 12-

8-3, so that translates to having

experience and depth. I also like

our team’s skills, speed and athleticism.’’

Carter, however, has a few

concerns, and they include filling

two vacancies on defense and developing

team-wide consistency.

Medway lost center Kerryann

Goode (all-time top scorer

with 27 points) and defenseman

Kasey Thoresen to graduation

and defenseman Caroline Werner

to prep school. But, there are

plenty of skilled skaters on hand

who have potential and likely will

provide a high hockey IQ.

For starters, there’s captain

Meghan Moriarty, a junior center

from Ashland. Then, there

are a pair of senior wings —

Fondo and Gabriella Airosus of

Medway — who’ll give the Mustangs

an offensive boost. Both are

four-year veterans.

“Meghan is a quality leader

who is a grinder,’’ Carter said.

“She doesn’t compile a lot of

stats, but she’s a top-notch teammate

who plays solid defense and

promotes a positive tone. Ashley

had 21 goals and 20 assists last

year, a natural goal-scorer. She’s

got power, speed and a strong

wrist shot. Gabriella is gifted with

the puck. She works very hard to

generate offense.’’

Carter points to a trio of Ashland

girls who could be the “key

to our success.’’ They are juniors

Maddy Hornung (center) and

Katie McGoff (left wing) and

senior Colleen Reardon (right

wing). “Maddy has the best slap

shot in the state,’’ Carter said.

“She’s fast and strong and has the

potential to be a top goal-scorer.

Katie has incredible ability. She’s

also is fast and strong and can be

a prolific scorer. Colleen is a fouryear

veteran who has exceptional

speed. If she develops a quick release,

she can score lots of goals.’’

Senior center Rae Lambert

of Medway, a four-year veteran,

played defense last year, but

Carter sees her as a play-maker

who could replace Goode. “Rae

is small in stature but she’s got a

big heart,’’ he emphasized. “Her

flexibility enables us to use her on

defense or at a forward slot.’’

A pair of defensemen — Lexi

Maher of Ashland and Ally

Smith of Millis — return and

they complement one another

effectively. A senior, Maher is a

four-year veteran, and Smith is

a junior. “Lexi is an incredible

athlete,’’ Carter said. “She’ll play

college lacrosse. She’s strong and

aggressive. A lockdown defenseman,

she owns the ice in front

of the goal. Ally is our best allaround

defenseman. She can

shut down an opponent and

transition to offense quickly.’’

Three underclassmen Carter

hopes will emerge on defense are

junior Gina Parlato, sophomore

Sophia Theodore, and freshman

Lauren Norton, all of Medway.

“Our success on defense will depend

on how quickly this trio develops,’’

he noted.

Sophomore Rachel Gittings

(Medway) will return in

goal along with her 2.28 goalsagainst

average from last year.

Carter likes her upside. “Rachel

Medway Girls Hockey hopes for its 8 th straight tourney this year.

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said. “She’s got fantastic ability,

and she reacts quickly. She just

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Medway competes in the

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Carter rates Medfield (defending

champ), Westwood and Franklin

as contenders for the title. “Medfield

is strong, and Franklin and

Westwood have good tradition,’’

he said.

A Medway resident, Carter,

who is married and has three

children, again will stress to his

players the importance of reaching

their potential. He likes to

win, but he knows coaching is

more about teaching life lessons.

“There are more important

things than winning hockey

games,’’ he noted. “But, if our

girls focus on being successful on

the ice, it will translate to success

in life off the ice. The most important

life lessons they can learn

from sports are building character,

being good teammates and

developing a strong work ethic.’’

The Medway girls (co-op) ice

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Sports

Carter Burruss a Bonus for Millis Basketball

By Christopher Tremblay

When baseball began to lose

its luster for a young Carter Burruss,

basketball came calling in

the form of an outside source.

“I began playing basketball

in second grade when my

mom’s friend told her that I

should play recreation basketball

in the town,” he said. “I

liked the constant motion of the

game and at that time baseball

was just getting to boring for

me. The fast pace of basketball

intrigued me.”

Between fourth and eighth

grade, the Millis native was part

of the Metro West travel team

while also playing AAU basketball

from the fifth grade right

into high school. It was here

that he began to realize that

he had a special talent with the

basketball on the court.

Burruss found himself on

the freshman team as a seventh

and then again as an eighth

grader in the Millis school systems

where he scored up about

5 points a game, and although

not a starter, he managed to find

his way onto the varsity squad

near the end of the regular season

and into the post season.

As a senior captain this winter,

Burruss may find his roles

changed in terms of team necessity

in order to get the Mohawks

back into the Division 4 Central

Basketball Tournament. If they

do manage to earn their fourth

consecutive spot in the tournament,

Burruss and his teammates

are looking to change

the past. During the past three

trips to the post season Millis

guide us into the tournament,

where we’ll make it out of the

first round.”

Having grown a full foot

since his original high school

tryouts for the team, the now

senior can look back and laugh.

“During the tryouts, I honestly

didn’t count on making

Carter Burruss, who’s grown a full foot since he began playing basketball for Millis, may provide the spark

the team needs to take play to the next level.

has been paired up with Sutton

in the first round. Each time

the Mohawks have fallen. On

the bright side, the scores have

been getting closer; Sutton won

56-23 in 2014, 70-33 in 2015

and 63-55 last year.

“At 6’2”, I believe that I am

the tallest player on this year’s

team. Having played guard in

the past I’ll probably have to

play center this year,” the senior

captain said. “I’ll probably still

play like a guard, but I have the

ability to play like a big man;

physical in the low post and able

to rebound, too.”

Millis Coach Paul Adams is

hoping that Burruss can provide

the spark needed to get the team

to the next level of play.

“Carter is a very versatile athlete

that can run and jump well,

he is also a very good outside

shooter,” the Mohawk Coach

said. “We’re looking for him to

give us the ability to move up in

the Tri-Valley League as well as

the team – I thought it would

definitely be a stretch due to my

size (5’ 2”). I just wanted to do

ok and get my name out there

for the years to come,” Burruss

said. “Between my freshman

and sophomore year, I hit a

growth spurt, and when I used

to be a small shooter, I suddenly

could go inside. I bulked up and

got more aggressive under the

basket. Now, I think I can do

whatever the coach asks of me.”

While already leading the team

in scoring as a sophomore the

growth helped his game in other

aspects.

“He was already our top

scorer with 10 points a game

playing guard, but by adding

four inches he developed his

game. Although he was now

only scoring eight points a game

for us, Carter was also adding

10 rebounds to his stats on a

nightly basis,” Adams said.

Burruss had previously

played golf for the Mohawks

during the fall, but opted for

soccer this year. In the spring he

spikes a different ball on the volleyball

court for Millis.

“I love the game of basketball,

but I’m a much better volleyball

player,” the outside hitter

on the volleyball court said. “I

grew up with basketball and

played basically year round, volleyball

is something that I didn’t

even start until my freshman

year in high school.”

Although he doesn’t have a

much experience in terms of

year on the volleyball court,

Burruss has made up for lost

time with his expertise play in

the game. In college, he will

most likely play volleyball at a

Division 2 school, but right now

he has the upcoming basketball

season to worry about.

“This year I’m hoping that

we can improve upon our fourwin

season of a year ago, especially

after we had 10 wins the

year before that,” he said. “Myself,

I want to play better than

I have while having fun in the

process as it’s my last season

with Millis.”

Here’s to Burruss and his

teammates not only having fun

this season, but getting back into

the Division 4 Central Tournament

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Millis High School’s dance

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Friday, December 2, at 7 p.m.,

Saturday, December 3, at 3 p.m.,

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Community Events

December 1

Franklin Downtown Partnership

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East Central and Summer

Streets in Franklin. Kicks off

with carolers and tree lighting

at Dean College’s Dean Hall

Common, features Food Elves

collection, new Holiday Stroll

Passport, Post Mark the Postman

at Emma’s Quilt Cupboard,

4:30-7:30 p.m., Mrs.

Claus at the Historical Society,

Santa at Simon’s Furniture 5-7

p.m. and various musical and

other entertainment. For a more

complete schedule, visit www.

franklindowntownpartnership.

com.

December 2

Silver Screen Matinee, 1

p.m., Millis Public Library, National

Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

(PG13)

Millis Terpischore presents

The Nutcracker, 7 p.m., Millis

High School, 245 Plain Street,

Millis, $8 adults, $6 students

and seniors $4.

December 3

Acorn Alpaca Ranch Annual

Holiday Open House &

Boutique, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 99

Acorn Street, Millis, tour barn,

interact with friendly alpacas,

browse fine Alpaca products.

Directions can be found at

www.AcornAlpacaRanch.com

or call (508) 294-7085.

Jolly Holly Fair and Millis

Garden Club Greens Sale,

9 a.m.-3 p.m., Church of

Christ, 142 Exchange Street,

Millis, hand made crafts,

baked goods, holiday greenery

Jingle Bell Run 5K Run

and Walk, presented by Norfolk

Community League,

benefits the Santa Foundation,

11:30 a.m., Olive Day

School, 232 Main Street,

Norfolk, register at jinglebellrun5k.racewire.com

Millis Terpischore presents

The Nutcracker, 3 p.m.,

Millis High School, 245

Plain Street, Millis, $8 adults,

$6 students and seniors $4.

December 4

Acorn Alpaca Ranch Annual

Holiday Open House &

Boutique, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 99

Acorn Street, Millis, tour barn,

interact with friendly alpacas,

browse fine Alpaca products.

Directions can be found at

www.AcornAlpacaRanch.com

or call (508) 294-7085.

Millis Terpischore presents

The Nutcracker, 2 p.m., Millis

High School, 245 Plain Street,

Millis, $8 adults, $6 students

and seniors $4.

December 9

Silver Screen Matinee, 1

p.m., Millis Public Library, Surviving

Christmas (PG13)

Dinner & Holiday Movie,

The Church of Christ, 142

Exchange St., Millis, Dinner is

served at 6:30 p.m. followed by

a showing of a family-friendly

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December 10

Medway Boy Scouts Breakfast

with Santa

The Medway Boy Scouts

Troops 367 and 109 Santa

Breakfast, 7:30-11 a.m., St. Joseph

Parish Center, 145 Holliston

Street, Medway. Suggested

donations are $6 for Adults,

$4 for Children, and $4 for Seniors.

All You Can Eat Breakfast,

Pictures with Santa, Silent

Auction.

Charles River Chorale

“Home for the Holidays,” concert

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$15 seniors and full-time students,

$10 children under 12.

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Millis Fund Benefit Concert

featuring Georgia Overdrive &

Hattie Stone Band, 7:30 p.m.,

Millis Church of Christ, 142

Exchange Street, Millis, $15 per

person, all proceeds benefit The

Millis Fund

December 11

Free Dinner & Christmas

Concert, Medway Community

Church, 5:30 p.m., Enjoy delicious

hot soup, bread, and dessert

following the concert. All

ages, families or singles, are

warmly invited. Free, no reservations

or tickets are required.

December 14

Medway Business Council

holiday breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m.,

Direct Tire & Auto Service, 72

Main Street (Rt. 109) in Medway,

All welcome. Registration

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information about MBC and

recaps of past events, visit www.

medwaybusinesscouncil.org.

December 16

Silver Screen Matinee,

1 p.m., Millis Public Library,

Love the Coopers (PG13)

December 17

Medway Library Gingerbread

Festival, 2 sessions, 10:30

and 11:30 a.m. in the Cole

Room, 26 High Street, Medway,

limited to 65 children each,

sign up starting December 1 at

friendsofthemedwaylibrary.

blogspot.com or medwaylib.

org.

December 23

Silver Screen Matinee,

1 p.m., Millis Public Library,

While You Were Sleeping (PG)

2 nd Annual Millis Fund Benefit Concert by

Mark your calendars for some

fun and fundraising on Saturday

December 10th from 7-10:30

p.m. for a concert a Fellowship

Hall at the Church of Christ in

Millis. Georgia Overdrive, with

special guest Hattie Stone Band,

will be performing. All proceeds

will go to the Millis Fund. Tickets

for the all ages event will be

$15

Millis resident Dave Schofield,

of the Hattie Stone Band,

says this is the second benefit

concert he’s organized for The

Millis Fund. He plans on making

it an annual event.

“Last year, we played with the

Phat Daddies,” he says. “We had

a good turnout; we raised some

good money, and this year, we’re

hoping to double it. There were

probably close to 70 people at

the first show. We’d love to get

100 – and all the proceeds go to

the Millis Fund. I believe they

helped about 300 individuals last

year.”

According to Brooks Corl,

“the Millis Fund helps Millis

families with financial emergencies

- usually arising from something

unexpected and short-term

(not for chronic problems).” The

group was created by Millis residents

for Millis residents.

The Millis Fund, a 501 (C)

(3) organization, helps these

needy neighbors by paying the

creditor(s) directly rather than

giving money to the applicant. It

is supported solely by donations.

J.D. O’Gara

Georgia Overdrive, with special

guest the Hattie Stone Band, will

play a benefit for the Millis Fund

on December 10, at the Millis

Church of Christ.

Millis residents can

apply for assistance with

a simple, one-page application,

up to once a year.

These are available at

the Millis Senior Center

or the Church of Christ

(Congregational) at 142

Exchange St. Board

members review the application

and usually

contact the applicant to discuss

his or her needs and the best way

the Millis Fund could potentially

help.

“The holidays can be very

difficult for people,” says Schofield.

“That’s why we want to do

it then.”

Schofield’s band, which also

consists of members Fred Scanlan,

from Needham, Scott Ellison,

from Hopkinton and Ben

Harrington, of Millis, plays a

number of tunes, from folk and

classic rock to blues. The group

mainly gets together to

play benefit concerts,

says Schofield.

Georgia Overdrive,

he says, is “the

best country rock

cover band in Eastern

Mass.” Schofield has

a business connection

with Georgia Overdrive’s

drummer, who

was more than willing to play the

benefit show.

Schofield says his days of

playing clubs might be over, but

putting on the benefit concert

“allows us to stay connected to

music and do it for a purpose,

and to me there’s nothing better

than that. We feel very fortunate

to be able to that.”


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How to Transform a Fixer-Upper

The real estate market will

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do their investing for various

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Happy Holidays &

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As 2016 comes to a close, I would like to extend my

sincerest thanks to the clients who have put their trust

in me. Your support has made me the #1 BHHS Millis/

Medway agent! I value your business and your

friendship. Thank you to all my neighbors and friends

who have referred me to people in the community!

Here’s to Good Health & Prosperity in the New Year!

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properties as nothing more than

investments.

Buying a home with the intent

to fix it up and resell it is called a

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investors buy homes at belowmarket

prices before refurbishing

the homes with the goal of

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and then some when the homes

are ultimately put back on the

market. Flipping has become

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the nation’s leading

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data, noted in its “Year-End

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report that 5.5 percent of

all single family home and condo

sales during the year were flipped

properties. This marked an increase

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of what the home can look like in

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can handle. If you are unskilled

or inexperienced working with

your hands, then it can be easy

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a trained home inspector to tour

the home with you and point out

all of the areas that will need

renovation. With this list, begin

getting estimates on how much

money the work will entail. Determine

if this fits with your

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when it comes time to sell.

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such as carpeting, appliances, interior

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Focus on the bones of the house

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knowledge of where to buy materials

and may be able to negotiate

prices based on wholesale or

trade costs. In addition, experts

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done this type of work time and

again. It’s smart to rely on expert

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Realize that, in some instances,

a coat of paint and some new

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if kitchen cabinets are in good

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pulls/handles to add visual interest.

Look for some ready-made

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Millis - $425K

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36 Stratford Street

Natick - $699K

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443 Rumonoski Drive, Northbridge $265k

23 Skyline Drive, Medway $440k

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We wish you and your family a wonderful

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