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Holliston February 2018

Holliston February 2018

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Page 18 Holliston Local Town Pages February 2018 A Word About SNOW… Article Used Courtesy of Holliston School Committee With winter upon us, Dr. Brad Jackson, superintendent of schools, offered a look at the process he uses to make the call on whether or not to close for a “Snow Day.” It goes without saying that the safety of our students and staff is my primary concern when making “the call.” However, snow is an inevitable part of a typical New England winter, and we don’t want to be in school in July. Making the “right” call requires lots of information and, admittedly, a little bit of luck. Whenever snow is forecast, area superintendents begin to gather and share information, usually through group text messages or emails, at least 24 hours MUFFIN HOUSE CAFE prior to the time when the snowfall is predicted to begin. We discuss the particulars of the forecast including timing, intensity, predicted snow depths and the level of certainty that weather forecasters are including in their reports. We also discuss when it makes sense to make our final decision -- can we accurately make the right decision the night before or is it more prudent to wait and decide in the morning? As the time to make the decision approaches, I consult with the director of the Holliston Highway Department who provides me with his assessment of current road conditions, forecasted road conditions, and the conditions of our school parking lots and driveways. I also consult with the Holliston Police Department and sometimes speak to • Open Daily • Bakery with Fresh Muffins/Pastries • Breakfast and Lunch Sandwiches • Best Blueberry Muffins Since Jordan Marsh Muffinhousecafe Want a job that makes you feel valued and respected? Help a Senior in your Community H H the shift commander who is out on patrol to get his or her assessment of road conditions. Local superintendents share our local conditions with one another, through email or group texts, as staff and school choice students drive to school from outside of Holliston. As this is happening, I am channel-surfing on my TV comparing weather forecasts. When I have as much information as I feel I am going to get, I make the call and, if the decision is to cancel or delay the opening of school, I begin the process of notifying the community. When this decision is being made in the morning, my goal is to finalize my “call” no later than 5:15 a.m. Unfortunately, the changeable New England weather can turn what looked like a good decision at 5 a.m. to a bad decision FREE SMALL COFFEE with a purchase of a muffin with this coupon Expire 2-28-2018 Receive 10% off any cake with this coupon All our cakes are made from scratch on the premises Expire 2-28-2018 116 Main Street, Medway (508) 533-6655 32 Hasting Street, Rte 16. Mendon (508) 381-0249 Home Instead Senior Care JOB FAIR Home Instead Senior Care is looking for CAREGivers AVAILABLE POSITIONS: in the Hopkinton and Holliston area to help senior citizens stay in their homes. • CNA’s & HHA Expired or Current • CAREGiver’s • Companions • Home Makers No experience needed. APRIL 20TH 10AM-3PM Metro Church 401 Elm Street, Marlborough Call 508-393-8338 or apply online at Please call 508-393-8338 to book an interview when looking out the window of your home later in the day. For that reason, I want to highlight the following information: Parents may keep their children home if they do not agree with my decision to hold classes. Road conditions that allow for safe bus and car transportation are essential to open school. Parents with students who live close to school are encouraged to make alternative arrangements (such as group carpools) on days when the Highway Department has not yet been able to clear the sidewalks. PLUMBING • AIR CONDITIONING • HEATING Residential and Commercial FREE Estimates Licensed & Insured Parents are encouraged to constantly monitor the Holliston Public Schools Facebook page or Twitter feed for the most up-to-date information during storms, as weather conditions can unexpectedly deteriorate during the school day. Please be assured that your students’ and our staff ’s safety is my number one priority. Patience and understanding are the watchwords when the snow flies when school is in session. This is, after all, New England!! Volunteers Needed at Miller School! Please consider supporting Laps at Lunch, a new program that provides Miller students with an opportunity to move their bodies, connect with friends, and relieve stress during their lunch period. It has quickly become a favorite part of the day for many students - but it cannot happen without volunteer support. This is a great way for parents - or even local grandparents or family members - to be a part of the student day and school community. All volunteers must have an active CORI on file. Please sign up at http:// go/10c0c4aa4ab23a4f85- laps1 Coverage needed between 11:00-12:55, but any portion of that time would be appreciated. JOYCE 508-497-6344

February 2018 Holliston Local Town Pages Page 19 Community Events February 2 Senator Karen Spilka office hours, 3-4:30 p.m., Sofa Café, 181 Concord St., Framingham, MA, or reach her office at (617) 722-1640 anytime. February 3 Holliston Pantry Shelf 11th Annual SOUPer Bowl 2018, 5-7:30 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, 600 Central St., Holliston. Soups donated by local businesses. Tickets are being sold at Coffee Haven, Holliston Superette and Town Clerk’s Office. Adults 12 and older are $15, Seniors 65+ and children 6 to 11 are $8, and admission is free for children up to 5 years. Supports food pantry. TBMC Supports Thanks to Yanks In this picture, Michael Shain president and Founder of Thanks To Yanks, a charity dedicated to supporting military families, receives a generous donation from Tony Rosado, a member of The Throttle Brothers Motorcycle Club, Metro West Chapter. Recently, the Motorcycle Club held a fundraiser to help support the Thanks To Yanks mission. February 4 Boy Scout Troop 14 Scout Sunday Pancake Breakfast, St. Mary’s Church hall, 8 a.m. – noon, $5 per person; $20 per family; scouts in uniform free, fundraiser for troop activities February 5 Morning Book Club, 11 a.m., Holliston Public Library, 752 Washington Street, Holliston: Glad Farm, by Catherine Marenghi February 11 Finding Your Family, a genealogy program with Joanne Hulbert, 2:30 p.m. (snow date Feb. 18), Holliston Historical Society, 547 Washington St., Holliston, free We aren’t just car batteries - we have batteries for all your needs. Clip and save this coupon $ 50 OFF Your next plumbing or heating repair* February 12 Movie Mondays, The Glass Castle, PG-13, 12:30 p.m., Holliston Public Library, 752 Washington Street, Holliston February 13 History Book Club, 6:30 p.m., Holliston Public Library, 752 Washington Street, Holliston, The Dynamite Club: How a Bombing in Fin de Siècle Paris Ignited the Age of Modern Terror, by John Merriman February 28 Holliston PTO Re-Imagining Innovation parent focus group to support Holliston educators in instilling more innovative instructional practices in schools. 7 p.m., Holliston High School Library Visit our website for more coupons and special offers on heating system installations. 800-633-PIPE *Not valid on trip or diagnostic fees. This offer expires February 28, 2018. Offer code OT-A-50 Meet the Author, Jana Milbocker, 7 p.m. Holliston Public Library, 752 Washington Street, Holliston, author of The Garden Tourist Senator Spilka Holds District Office Hours Senator Karen Spilka (D- Ashland) or representatives from her staff will be available for district office hours in Framingham on Friday, February 2nd, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Constituents are invited to share their concerns, questions and policy priorities and hear updates on the latest news and events from the State House and in the district. It’s Coan for a warm and cozy winter! WHAT: Senator Spilka’s District Office Hours WHEN: Friday, February 2, 2018 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Sofa Café 181 Concord Street Framingham, MA Residents who are unable to attend or are interested in scheduling an appointment should contact Senator Spilka’s office at (617) 722-1640 at any time. H Visit Us at Our New Location! 781-647-7973 235 E. Main St., Milford $ 5 OFF WHEN YOU SPEND $50 OR MORE* Present this ad at time of purchase. for the month of February!* A cozy retreat in cold, snow, or sleet Great Rebates & Financing* Call today and beat the rush! Gas, Oil and AC Equipment Sales & Service *Rebates and financing provided by and subject to Mass Save restrictions and limitations 888-818-2028 HEATING OIL

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