Medway & Millis January 2019


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Town of Millis Thanks Babfar

Construction Corp. for Donation

By J.D. O’Gara

On Monday night, December

3rd, the Millis Board

of Selectmen took time out to

thank local business, BABFAR

Equipment Corporation (a

Millis business at 1380 Main

Street) for a sizeable donation

to the town’s effort to construct

the new Clyde F. Brown Elementary


“BABFAR gave us four

large propane heaters which

are used in the new Clyde


continued on page 2

Thank you BABFAR Construction Corporation! The Millis Board of Selectmen officially recognized

Millis company BABFAR Construction Corporation for its donation of four large propane heaters for

use in the construction of the Clyde Brown Elementary School. The donation will save Millis taxpayers

$19,500. From left, Millis Selectman Jim McCaffrey, BABFAR founder Bruce A. Berry, Millis Selectman

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190-Unit 40B Proposal

By J.D. O’Gara

The Medway Board of Selectmen

held a Public Hearing on

Monday, December 17th to welcome

public questions and commentary

on an application in the

beginning stages of SLV Medway

I, LLC’s proposal under the state’s

Local Initiative Program (LIP) to

construct 190 rental housing units,

25% of which will be affordable

units, at 33 and 39 Main Street, in

Medway, on Assessor Parcel Nos.

41-035 and 41-035-0001

Medway, which has just under

7% affordable housing, is subject

to the Massachusetts Chapter

40B statute that allows local Zoning

Boards of Appeal to approve

housing developments if at least

20-25% of the units have longterm

affordability restrictions. 40B

developments can be proposed in

Massachusetts towns that have

less than 10% of their housing

inventory as affordable. Affordable

apartments, condominiums

or homes are reserved for families

and seniors earning less than 80%

of the town’s median household

income. Currently, Medway has

about 7% affordable housing, said

Selectman Dennis Crowley, at the


Under the LIP program, said

Crowley, with help from the Department

of Housing and Community

Development, Medway

would be able to work with the

developer to design and construct

such a development.

“There are friendly- and notfriendly

40Bs. This plan provides

more protection to the town as to

what a 40B might look like,” said

Crowley, at the meeting. SLV had

provided plans and sought feedback

from several factions in the

town, including Medway’s Affordable

Housing Committee and Affordable

Housing Trust, both of

which expressed support, Medway’s

Planning and Economic

Board, fire chief and Design and

Review Committee. Crowley ex-


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Central Norfolk REPC Receives State Certification

Brown School to keep the inside

temperature up at a level that

is suitable for work crews,” says

Diane Jurmain, member of the

town’s Permanent Building Committee.

The value of the donated

heater is $19,500, says Jurmain,

an amount that had been budgeted

for the rental of the equipment.

That money, says Jurmain,

will now be given back to the

town of Millis at the end of the


“The Founder of the company,

Bruce A. Berry asked that

the costs be credited back to the

citizens of Millis,” says Jurmain.

She adds that the company also

provided a similar donation to

the town during the construction

of the Millis Public Library.

BABFAR Equipment Corporation


specializing in temporary heating,

has been in existence for 50

years. While Bruce is no longer

active in the business, his sons,

Jason and Bruce, run the business.

All three were present at the

Board of Selectmen’s meeting.

The Central Norfolk Regional

Emergency Planning Committee

(LEPC) has been certified by

the State Emergency Response

Commission. Doug Forbes from

the Massachusetts Emergency

Management Agency recently

presented the certificate of certification

to community officials.

Mr. Forbes said, “I would like

to commend all the members of

the Central Norfolk Regional

Emergency Planning Committee

for their hard work and dedication.

Thanks to their efforts this

region is a stronger and safer

place in which to live and work.

The State Emergency Response

Commission has unanimously

approved the Central Norfolk

application for State Certification.

Congratulations on a job

well done!”

The Medway Emergency

Planning Committee has helped

to form the regional emergency

planning committee consisting

of the following 11 communities:

Bellingham, Canton, Dedham,

Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk,

Norwood, Sharon, Walpole

and Westwood.

This committee works with

local, state, federal governments

and private industry to train

and educate first responders and

other officials in responding to

certain public safety emergencies.

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continued from page 1

plained that under 40B’s “Safe

Harbor,” the town’s ZBA could

not refuse a comprehensive 40B

permit as of August 2019. If

this project were built, the town

would have “Safe Harbor” until

about 2030, which would afford

the town’s ZBA to refuse a 40B

project that did not meet its satisfaction.

“People say ‘why not just stop

it?’ That can’t happen,” said

Medway Town Administrator

Michael Boynton at the meeting.

“It would be a process of simply

waiting out (Medway’s) Safe

Harbor. Until you’re at 10%,

the ability to say no is not on

the table.” He added that with

this proposal, all of the rental

units would count toward the

town’s subsidized housing, and

that if the development were

to go through, “it is in all likelihood

that (Medway) may make

that 10%. We will then be in Safe

Harbor until 2030.”

If the 190 unit development

is built, an affordable one-bedroom

unit would be priced at

$1,466, a price set by the state,

although on the other end, some

of the 15 three-bedroom units

to be built would be looking at

a $3,185 monthly price tag, according

to SLV’s Jeff Angler,

who highlighted key elements of

his company’s proposal for the

12.32-acre site. “It’s our objective

to build a first-class community

in Medway,” he said, which

is part of why SLV chose to position

it on a main thoroughfare.

SLV’s Nick Griffin explained

to the group that the project

would be one single building in

a C shape, with four stories and

up to five stories on some sections,

with the building to be set

back so as to be hidden from the

street. Nelson Hammer spoke

on the landscape design of the

project, which included incorporating

existing vegetation as a

screen and planting four-season

native, drought resistant plantings

and shade trees. Traffic

consultant Jeffrey Dirk explained

that the project would add 1,000

additional vehicles to Medway’s

current 15,000 a day on Main

Street, and that sitelines exceed

required regulations for safe exiting

and entry.

After SLV presented its proposal,

Selectman Crowley explained

that the design process

was only 15-20% complete – far

from finalized, and invited questions

first from town officials,

followed by members of the audience.

Barbara St. Andre, Medway’s

Director of Community and

Sanford Hall literally overflowed with residents eager for more

information on a proposed 190-unit 40B development at 33 and 39

Main Street in Medway. Members of the community voiced their

concerns over traffic and sewage, as well as the aesthetics of the

proposed development.





Economic Development, expressed

some skepticism of the

company’s traffic claims, pushed

for adherence to the town’s 25-

foot no disturb wetland bylaw,

asked about plans for stormwater,

whether structures would be

placed on the roof, and took a

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This aerial photo submitted to the Town of Medway shows the area proposed by SLV Medway I, LLC for

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Dennis Crowley questioned

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up problems several years ago

with water quality in the area,

to which Selectman Glenn Trindade

responded that the town

had installed new pipes in that

area. In addition, a question to

come up at May’s Town Meeting

will be for funding a full replacement

or all the water mains in

the Brentwood area.

A few residents expressed disappointment

at the height of the

development and whether the

setback and existing vegetation

would truly provide a screen,

and two residents from the area

voiced doubt at the traffic study,

noting that they had trouble pulling

onto Main Street during high

traffic times.

Following this public meeting,

the Medway Board of Selectman

will evaluate the plan and committee

and public feedback and

vote to move the project to the

next level. Their next meeting is

January 7th.

Copies of the LIP application

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Board of Selectmen and

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Spring a Likely Time for Millis

Marijuana Retailer to Open

CommCan, Inc. Moves forward as RMD;

Ultimately Plans to Sell Medical and

Recreational Cannabis

The Commonwealth Cannabis

Company, (CommCan,

Inc.), operated by longtime Millis

business owners and siblings

Ellen, John and Marc Rosenfeld,

is currently constructing its

3,000 square-foot facility at 1525

Main Street, in Millis. The company

held a community outreach

meeting at the Millis Public Library

on Wednesday, December


“We have a community

host agreement in town for the

medical,” says Marc Rosenfeld.

“Right now, what is being constructed

is a Registered Medical

Dispensary (RMD) which will

operate under the state’s medical

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our application years ago with

the state and signed a community

host agreement years ago for the


Since CommCan had already

made the commitment with town

of Millis, the company received

priority status in applying for an

adult use license by the state.

“We’re currently talking with

the town about the community

host agreement (for adult recreational

use),” says Rosenfeld.

The adult use facility will operate

under Mass. Cannabis Control

Commission guidelines, but

right now, CommCan’s medical

dispensary is still overseen by the

Department of Public Health.

“So now, we are in the process of

working with the town to be able

to do both medical and adult use

sales out of the same facility,”

says Rosenfeld.

In Millis, “It’s a small building,”

says Rosenfeld, whose

company also has a 60,000

square-foot cultivation facility in

Medway. “The site work was the

hardest part, but the footing is

poured now. The building will be

constructed fully over the winter.

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Currently, CommCan operates

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and after it opens in Millis, which

will likely take place this spring,

Rosenfeld explains that the building

will need to be inspected by

several factions in the town, first.

“If it were a building for any

other retail use, then that would

be it, then you’d open,” he says.

“But now, once we have the certificate

of occupancy, now we’re

subject to the Cannabis Control

Commission (

). Rosenfeld

explains that faction will oversee

such issues as cannabis-handling

protocols and security. “When all

that is done, then we’ll be given

permission to commence,” says


Rosenfeld says he understands

the public’s concerns about security

and the issues of keeping

minors safe. He says he’s aware

of the issue both as a CEO of a

cannabis company and a father

of three children under 13.

“We can talk all day on following

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but what it really comes

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And not all youth are in the same

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On December 19th, The Commonwealth Cannabis Co. (CommCan,

Inc.) held a public outreach meeting at the Millis Public Library, as

required by the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, for its endeavor

to sell adult recreational use marijuana at a new facility being built at

1525 Main Street in Millis, expected to open this spring. The company,

which currently runs a registered medical dispensary (RMD) in

Southborough, has had a community host agreement with Millis for an

RMD for several years.

Rosenfeld explains his company

will be required to provide

its product in a tamper-resistant,

child-resistant packaging, which

is designed to give an extra moment

of protection.

“It is not designed to be left

with an unattended young child

alone for hours on end,” says

Rosenfeld, who stresses personal

responsibility “once you legally

purchase your lab-tested safely

accessed legal cannabis from

a dispensary.” He adds, “It’s

also not designed to keep your

17-year-old son from accessing

your personal cannabis. One of

the things I’d say is that this entire

process might make you have

a conversation with your child

about this topic.

The Town of Millis will receive

3% of CommCan’s gross

sales as part of its community

host agreement for the first five

years, with a grace period of a

year, although the company is in

early negotiations with the town

to possibly provide some of that

money up front to send Millis Police

officers for training as Drug

Recognition Experts.

“The town is in need of

DRE’s,” says Rosenfeld, “but

they were in need way before we

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came to town, and I would argue

enthusiastically that cannabis

is at the bottom of the list they

need to be there for.”

CommCan will be Millis’ only

marijuana retailer. At its Fall

2018 Town Meeting, voters voted

to limit the number of marijuana

retailers in town to one, as well

as outlawed any public consumption

of cannabis. The town also

reiterated its zoning requirements

for marijuana retailers,

keeping them outside 500 feet

of schools and 1,500 feet from

places where minors congregate

such as child care facilities, the library,

playgrounds, public parks,

youth centers, public swimming

pools, video arcades, and places

of worship.

The town also voted to remove

some zoning distance

requirements of marijuana establishments,

outside of marijuana

retailers, allowing those

establishments to be situated

near video arcades and residential

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Project M Winner Announcement!

Medway Lions’ “M”

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of Project M! M is for

Medway was a community

art project and

fundraiser designed to

showcase local businesses

and organizations

and promote

cultural engagement.

The winner of the TC

Scoops prize is the St.

Joseph’s Youth Group.


Through this artistic

fundraiser, the Medway

Cultural Council has

raised more than $600

to date.

“Congratulations to

all the artistic businesses

and community groups

– not to mention local

artists – who submitted

beautiful M’s. They

were all fantastic and

have beautified spaces

from the Library to

Town Hall to the Medway

Plaza. I encourage

people to check them

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She hesitated to come forward, but Shirley Rossi-

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2003 with her son, Rob, is taking a chance. She’s

hoping to find a living kidney donor to give her a

chance at life, one that’s currently being threatened

by End Stage Renal Disease, a result of Polysistic

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In an empassioned plea for help on Facebook,

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about “losing” money) and buy

high (when the market goes up,

and securities are more expensive).

Mistake #3: Believing you

know more than the market.

Most economists and financial

experts believe the stock market

is efficient. This means the prices

of securities in the market reflect

their actual value.

But some investors act on

hunches and predictions about

what the market (or specific securities

within it) will do next.

Remember that professional investors

and fund managers have

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of information that they use to

make investment decisions, and

this information is not readily

available to the average investor.

The bottom line.

You can avoid these three

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(regardless of what the market

is doing), assuming that you can

afford to do so, working with a

financial professional who can

keep you calm and thinking rationally

when you want to react

emotionally, and sticking to your

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being selected by the Commissioner

to move on to the second

stage in the US Presidential

Scholars Program. “It was our

pleasure to honor her with nomination

to the Commissioner’s Office”

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Student Services.

Ariya Ahona has been selected

by Commissioner Riley to

represent the state as one of the

nominees for the U.S. Presidential

Scholars from Massachusetts.

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The Medway Cultural Council received 30

grant applications for 2019 and has awarded 14

grants for a total of $5,460.

“The 2019 Cultural Council grants have something

for everyone, from music to dance to painting

to movies; there is something for all ages and interests!

I hope that Medway residents take advantage

of these wonderful offerings throughout the year”,

stated Chairwoman Carla C. Cataldo.

The following is a list of grantees that were


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information to the staff of

the Massachusetts Department

of the Elementary and Secondary

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These students were presented to

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Commissioner Riley selected

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Medway Pride Day,

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The Medway Cultural Council will post the

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As Millis Stormwater Utility Takes Effect, Homeowners Seek Clarification

By David Pasquantonio

New EPA regulations on

how communities manage their

stormwater programs have gone

into effect, and Millis residents

are feeling the pinch after receiving

their first bills to fund the

town’s new stormwater utility.

In a recent interview, Jim

McKay, the director of the Millis

DPW, walked through the

development of the utility and

what the town has been and will

be doing to manage stormwater


Communities like Millis operate

under permits that regulate

their storm sewer systems. About

260 towns and cities in Massachusetts

most recently operated

under a permit issued in 2003.

A new, more stringent permit

was supposed to go into effect a

few years ago, but the EPA kept

the 2003 permit valid while they

finalized the new requirements

and regulations after pushback

from many communities.

The new permit went into effect

in July 2018. In December,

Mass Audubon Stony Brook

Announces Its January


Tiny Trekkers: Saturday, January 5th and 19th,

from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Start your weekend off

right with a fun and knowledgeable Stony Brook

teacher on the trails learning about nature. Each

day will have a special topic created to excite your

child about the natural world. There will be crafts,

activities and lots of laughter. So come and join

the fun. This month’s themes: Tracks/ Winter

Wonderland. Ages 2.9 to 6 with a parent. Fee:

$5m/$6nm per person per session

Winter Hike at Quabbin Reservoir: Saturday,

January 12th, from 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. The ‘dead

of winter’ is not a good description when referring

to the Quabbin! This pristine 18-mile long

reservoir is secluded in almost 55,000 acres of uninhabited

woodland. We will explore the area in

search of Bald Eagles, Porcupines, Coyotes, River

Otters, Common Ravens, and Pileated Woodpeckers.

We never know what we will find, but it’s

always interesting. Fee: $45m/ $54nm

Tracking Animals: Saturday, January 12th, 10:30

a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This program is designed for

children at least 6 years old and a parent to learn

about the clues animals leave behind at Stony

Brook. You will be learn different animal tracks

and signs as we heighten our awareness of the

many animals that stay active all winter long.

Please bring a lunch. Fee: $6ch-$9adm/ $7ch-


Winter Tree Identification (made easier): Sunday,

January 20th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Meet us at Wollomonopoag

Pond in Wrentham MA for this FREE

program. What is that shrub with all of the berries

and how about the tree it is growing next to?

Join us for an up-close look at trees and shrubs in

their winter form. This hands-on workshop will

guide you through the various methods of identifying

trees in the winter months. We will discuss

habitats and the attributes of trees that are helpful

in placing a name to unknown trees. Dress for the

weather and for going off the beaten path as we

explore the forest for clues to help us identify the

trees and shrubs we find interesting. This program

is sponsored by the Wrentham Open Space Committee

and generously supported by the Sweatt


Sunday Stroll on the Sanctuary: 4th Sunday

of each month (this month January 27th), from 4

-5:30 p.m. Join our Teacher Naturalist for a walk

through Stony Brook. We will see what is happening

on the sanctuary and stop to enjoy any

interesting and unusual sights we come upon. Fee:

Free for members only

Join Bonnie Dittrich’s gentle yoga class! Most

Tuesday evenings in our Program Room. It’s

calming, centering, stimulating and very affordable

with a $10 donation per session. Come one

day or as many as you like. No commitment necessary.

Call to confirm class and time.

Pre-registration is required for all programs

(except as noted). For more details, visit the Mass

Audubon webpage at or

contact us at (508) 528-3140. Register by phone,

email (, fax (508-

553-3864) or in person. Stony Brook is located at

108 North Street in Norfolk.

Millis received authorization to

operate under the permit, which

expires in June 2022.

The EPA regulations are

an unfunded mandate—communities

must comply with the

regulations but with no money

provided for fulfilling those requirements—so

each community

is left to decide how best to fund

their stormwater management


Some communities started

putting money aside years ago

toward their stormwater efforts

before the new regulations hit,

but many towns, including Millis,

didn’t have discretionary funds.

So Millis proposed creating a

stormwater utility—a dedicated

program, paid separately from

property taxes or sewer utilities,

that administers and funds

stormwater activities.

At Town Meeting in November

2017, Millis residents approved

the creation of the utility.

McKay said that the utility was

the fairest way to spread the costs

throughout town, as every property

owner pays into the system.

But that doesn’t mean that everyone

is happy about it.

Every property owner in

town—residential, commercial,

municipal, or institutional—received

an annual bill in November.

The amount of the bill is

based on the amount of impervious

surface on the property.

Impervious surfaces include

roofs, patios, parking lots, and

asphalt driveways. Hardened

surfaces, which also create runoff

and include things like pea

stone or hard-packed dirt driveways,

are also factored in. Every

1,000 square feet of such surfaces

equals one billing unit. Each billing

unit is charged $2.75 per

month, or $33 a year. Just over

half of Millis properties have

three or fewer billing units, meaning

their annual utility cost is $99

or less. The rates won’t change

for at least the first three years of

the program, McKay said.

About 28 percent of properties

got bills for four or five billing

units, while the rest, mainly

municipal and commercial properties,

got the highest bills. In

2019, the town will be looking at

credits, ways for property owners

to lessen their bills through best


After the bills hit, the town’s

public forum on Facebook lit up,

with dozens of comments on the

bills, the timing, what constitutes

an impervious surface, and how

Millis’s stormwater budget stacks

up against those of other state

communities that have gone the

utility route. Residents talked

about cost per road mile, cost

per resident, and cost per square

mile. In many cases, Millis’s comparison

costs are higher.

McKay was sympathetic, and

added that it’s hard to compare

towns when it comes to complex

programs like the stormwater

utilities. “Some towns have existing

equipment and staff to

handle the new requirements,”

he said.

McKay walked through the

different communications that

each property owner received,

including notices of information

meetings in 2017, the articles

in the warrant before Town

Meeting, ad a postcard with the

proposed billing rates in June.

However, some residents were

still taken by surprise when they

received their bills.

“Communication can always

be better,” McKay said, adding

that the town is looking to

improve the information that’s

printed on the bill.

Most of Millis’ border is defined

by the Charles River, and

much of town’s land is wetlands,

whereas other communities have

smaller water profiles and different

existing infrastructure.

Medway, which has not created

a utility, estimates that its

stormwater management program

will cost about $275,000

annually for the first five years

of the program, according to the

town website, with annual costs

rising to perhaps $1.5 million per

year during the next five years.

Some towns, Milford being one,

have baked their year one program

costs—$400,000 in Milford’s

case—into the capital plan,

but are looking at huge increases

in subsequent years. Milford has

opted to create a utility to pay for

program costs.

A stormwater system is complex.

Millis has over 1,200 catch

basins, as well as about 150 open

channel culverts and over 160

discharge outlets. For example,

a pipe that allows water to flow


continued on page 18

January 2019 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages Page 11

Living Healthy

Lasers and the Eye

By: Roger M. Kaldawy, M.D.,

Milford Franklin Eye Center

Lasers can be very useful in

treating many eye problems.

From helping patients eliminate

the need for glasses to cosmetic

procedures of the eyelids, lasers

have been very valuable in performing

bladeless eye surgery

while producing precise and safe


The world of eye surgery was

revolutionized when in 1946, a

German Ophthalmologist used

the first laser to treat the retina.

Laser is light amplified by stimulated

emission of radiation. This

produces photons acting in synchrony,

with high power and precision.

Health Risks from the Use of

Laser Pointers

Lasers can be very helpful as

a bladeless surgical device, but a

note of caution: Laser pointers

in hand-held, pen-like devices

that project a beam of laser light

are rapidly replacing the traditional

wooden pointers used by

lecturers during presentations.

However, these pointers can be

misused, for example, by students

in classrooms or by children at

home, and this has generated

safety concerns. There have been

reports of temporary blindness,

disorientation and headaches by

bus drivers, airline pilots, police

and teachers. Manufacturers are

now using similar low powered

laser devices in toys. Never look

at a laser pointer and never point

it at someone. Serious eye injury

(sometimes permanent) can result.

Laser Use in Diabetes

In some cases of diabetic eye

disease, small blebs can form on

the blood vessels of the retina.

These can later cause bleeding

and blurry vision. An Argon

Laser can be helpful in treating

these blebs. The same laser can

treat the entire retina in a scatter

fashion when more proliferation

of abnormal blood vessels is


Laser Use in Glaucoma

The laser can be used in a focused

beam of light to treat the

drainage angle of the eye. This

surgery makes it easier for fluid

to flow out of the front part of

the eye, decreasing pressure in

the eye. Two types of laser eye

surgery exist to open up the

drainage angle of the eye: Argon

Laser Trabeculoplasty and Selective

Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT).

Laser Use after Cataract


The lens capsule is the thin

bag that holds the intraocular

lens implant in position after

cataract surgery. This capsule

becomes clouded in about 25%

of cataract surgery patients. This

causes blurry vision and is also

known as secondary cataract.

A YAG laser can create a small

opening in the center of the

capsule, allowing light to enter

the eye through a central clear

area. The procedure is painless,

requires no anesthesia, and has

very little risk.

Laser Use in Laser Vision


An excimer laser can be used

to correct a variety of refractive

errors of the eye, from nearsightedness

to farsightedness and

astigmatism. This type of laser

is extremely precise. It creates

targeted removal of tissue to reshape

the cornea, which reorients

the light in the correct place

inside the eye.

Laser Use in Cosmetic Eye Lid


Eye lid surgery, also known

as blepharoplasty, is designed to

rejuvenate baggy or droopy eyelids

and to restore youthful eyes.

The laser provides excellent precision

for this procedure. Since

the laser seals small blood vessels,

there is very little bleeding during

surgery. As a result, bruising and

swelling are kept to a minimum

and recovery is fast.

Laser Use in Macular


In selected cases of wet macular

degeneration, a photodynamic

procedure can be helpful:

A laser in combination of a lightsensitive

medicine target the abnormal

bleeding blood vessels to

block them.

Laser Use in Cataract Surgery

The laser has revolutionized

cataract surgery, allowing for a

completely blade-free procedure.

In addition to producing precise

cuts needed for surgery, the laser

used in bladeless cataract surgery

breaks up and softens the cloudy

cataract so there is less ultrasound

needed to remove the cataract.

Less ultrasound delivered inside



the eye translates into less energy

used in the eye and clearer corneas,

which in turn help producing

better vision on the first day

after the surgery. The same laser

is able to treat astigmatism during

the cataract procedure, producing

a better chance for being

glasses-free after the surgery.

At Milford Franklin Eye Center,

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technology to treat a variety of

eye problems. Dr. Kaldawy was

the first to offer bladeless laser

cataract surgery in the area and

among the first to offer SLT. We

perform those procedures in a

state-of-the-art surgery center in

Milford and closer to home. With

this center available to you here

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Living Healthy

Medway Senior

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Millis Council on Aging

The Millis Senior Center is

located at 900 Main Street on

the ground floor of the Veterans

Memorial building. The telephone

number is (508) 376-7051.

The Center is open Monday-

Wednesday, 8:30- 2 p.m. Thursday,

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

8:30-12:30 p.m.

Norfolk County Sherriff’s

Office Senior I.D.,

Wednesday, January 9,

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Senior Photo Identification

program is for seniors who

wish to obtain a secondary form

of photo identification. Senior

IDs are offered free of charge by

the sheriff ’s office in conjunction

with local TRIADS and Councils

on Aging. To obtain a senior

I.D., participants must present

a valid U.S. Passport, or a valid

photo I.D. from the Massachusetts

Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Tasty Tuesday

We will be serving pizza and

salad every Tuesday for month

of January. Due to popular demand,

we will be offering a hot

The Incredible Journey of

the Butterflies

Nowhere in nature is there a

more powerful mix of scientific

marvel, awesome beauty and

epic struggle for survival than the

Monarch butterfly. Journey into

the Monarch’s secret and fascinating

world as NOVA visits the

spectacular locations the Monarch

calls home, meets its friends

and enemies (including humans

in both camps) and flies with it

on one of the most inspiring

migratory odysseys imaginable.

We will be viewing this DVD on

Wednesday, January 30th at 1

p.m. Snacks and beverages provided.

Please make a reservation.

Fuel Assistance

If your income qualifies, you

can receive a payment towards

your oil bill or your gas bill. Also,

you receive an approximate

25% reduction on your electric

bill. The income limit for a

household size of one is $35,510;

for two $46,437. You need to

supply income and housing information

and come in to do an

in person interview application.

Please call with any questions.

Gazebo Committee

Our Friends group is interested

in financing a gazebo area

in the rear of the building. We

need a committee to make the

gazebo a reality. If you’re interested

in planning, coordinating,

and seeing this project through,

please contact COA Director,

Patty Kayo.

Blood Pressure Clinic

Volunteer Nurses provide

blood pressure checks every

Thursday from 11-12. 2nd

Thursday of the month the Public

Health Nurse will be available

to answer any concerns or questions.

Computer Tutoring

Bryant is here every Thursday

from 10-12 for your one on

one computer tutoring. Appointments

are required. Please call

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with him.

One-on-One treatment

January 2019 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages Page 13

Living Healthy

Milford Regional’s Annual Tree Lighting

Event Celebrates Hope and Life

Nearly 200 people attended

the annual Tree of Life ceremony

at Milford Regional Medical

Center this past December, celebrating

life and paying tribute to

those who have survived cancer,

battled the disease or have been

touched by cancer.

This year, the annual event

raised more than $12,000 for

the Oliva Fund for Cancer Care

at Milford Regional. The fund is

named in honor of the Oliva Family

of Milford and provides oncology

patients with support during

their treatment at the Dana-Farber/Brigham

and Women’s Cancer

Center at Milford Regional.

The evening included a performance

by the Very Merry

Dickens Carolers, as well as remarks

from Edward J. Kelly,

president and CEO of Milford

Regional; Peter F. Orio, III, DO;

Michael Constantine, MD; and

Mona Kaddis, MD.

Gold and silver tribute angels

were displayed as a reminder of

loved ones affected by cancer and

tribute luminaries lit a path from

the hospital to where the Tree of

Life was lit. Each light on the tree

symbolizes a loved one affected

by cancer, and the tree remains

lit during the holiday season to

serve as a reminder of hope in

the fight against cancer.

In recognition of how their

lives have been personally

touched by cancer and for their

dedication to helping patients,

the tree was lit in honor of the

Oliva Family – Anthony “Babe”

Oliva and his wife, Mary, who

is a two-time cancer survivor;

daughter Gina Oliva Tarolli,

who is also a cancer survivor; son

Nick Oliva and his wife, Dawna;

and grandson Zachary Oliva.

“We come to this ceremony

every year; it is a great start to the

holiday season,” says Gina Oliva

Tarolli. “It is important for us to

continue to give back to the community,

and we are very humbled

to have the fund named after our


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Town of Millis Approves

Hike in Pay for Snow Plow


Contractors Needed for this Winter

By J.D. O’Gara

Last year, Millis had 15 independent contractors to help its 12 full-time employees and two

seasonal snow plow operators (operating 14 pieces of equipment) respond to all snow emergencies.

This year, that number dwindled to just seven, and according to Millis Director of

Public Works, Jim McKay, that drop directly corresponded to the cost of insurance required

by the NIAA.

“The town has lost a good amount of snow plow operators because of the cost of mandated

insurance that a snow plow driver has to have,” says McKay, who sent a letter to the Millis

Board of Selectmen asking them to increase the rates to be competitive to those of other towns.

“We used Franklin’s model of what they paid their snow plow operators,” says McKay. On

December 3rd, Millis Board of Selectmen approved the raise in hourly rate, along with a rollin/removal

of a fuel surcharge, to come up with the following rates:

1 – ¾ ton pickup with 4-wheel drive from $70.90* to $85.00

2 – 1 ton six wheel with 4-wheel drive from $81.18* to $95.00

3 – Large six wheeler with 4-wheel drive from — to $120.00

4 – Ten wheeler a minimum of 11ft. plow from $122.65* to $125.00

5 – Backhoe with a minimum of 10ft. plow from $111.78* to $135.00

6 – Loader with a minimum of 10ft. plow from $128.05* to $150.00

*includes 3.5% fuel adjustment

McKay hopes the rate increase will draw more snow plow contractors to work for the town.

In the meantime, he says, “Millis residents should expect delays in when their roads will be

plowed, and this will also have an impact on the School as well, such as the walking route and

the sidewalk clearance,” says McKay. Priorities for the DPW in snow emergencies will be as


• Keep major roads opened at all times

• Plow secondary roads

• Plow developments

• Clear parking lots

• Clear sidewalks

Snow plow contractors are needed. If you would like to be considered, call the Millis Department

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Millis Gets a Visit from The Man Who Won the War

By Jane Lebak

Actor Richard Elfyn has performed

all over the world and

won awards from the British

Academy of Film and Television

Arts, and now he can add Millis

High School to his list of achievements.

On December 11th, Elfyn

performed his acclaimed oneman

show about the life of Welsh

politician David Lloyd George at

the high school. Students had the

option of leaving class to view

the performance, and afterward,

Elfyn held a question and answer

session for students in the library.

The play, The Wizard, The

Goat, and the Man Who Won the War,

emerged as a partnership between

Elfyn and playwright D.J.

Britton. The play’s title comes

from three nicknames assigned

to David Lloyd George during

his political career, which lasted

from the late 1800s to 1945. The

play itself is set in 1938 on the

occasion of Lloyd George’s fiftieth

anniversary with his wife—

and his twenty-fifth anniversary

with his mistress.

D.J. Britton says of his subject,

““Lloyd George is a dramatist’s

dream, a mass of contradictions:

charismatic, intelligent, foolish,

impulsive, clinically decisive, and

painfully human.”

“I do like

him,” Elfyn

himself says of

Lloyd George.

“He did some


things. But he

did some terrible

things as



working materials

consisted of one performer

(himself) and a very few

props: a bench, a flag, a cane,

and a book. He brought to life

the many chief players in David

Lloyd George’s story, changing

his voice and carriage for each

new figure who stepped into the


“I’m from the same area as

Lloyd George,” he explains, adding

that his grandfather actually

met David Lloyd George and

found him “mesmerizing.”

Elfyn says of Lloyd George,

“He was the Welsh wizard--too

clever and too quick for all of

them. He ran rings around most

people, but he was devious too.”

During performances, Elfyn

wears a white wig, and afterward

he’s had audience members ask

him what he thought of the

play—not realizing he performed

it. After the first read-through at

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Newydd, his own mother said, “I

forgot it was you.”

As himself, Elfyn is soft-spoken

and enthusiastic. He’s previously

performed this play in France

and in Singapore as well as on a

Wales-wide tour. “It’s interesting

to me to see how it will go down

in America,” he says.

Americans may know Elfyn’s

work from the British series,

“The Crown.” He also speaks

fluent Welsh and re-voiced

Spongebob Squarepants in the

cartoon’s Welsh version.

Elfyn enjoyed his experience

with Millis’s students. “They

were wonderful. They were so

quiet, and most shows you do

there’s a fidget point, but that

didn’t happen.” (He did laugh

that someone in the front was

pretending to sleep. Whoever

you were, thanks for representing

the best of Millis.)

High school performances

have a special place in Elfyn’s

heart. “It was in school that I

became inspired.” Seeing a professional

actor was a pivotal moment,

and that was the first time

he considered attending drama

school. “I went home and said

I know exactly what I want to do


When asked if he might be

passing the torch to other young

students, he replies, “I’d like to

think so.”

Overall, though, his goal was

to invite the audience to explore

the nuances of greatness and the

interplay of moral strength and

weakness in a politically powerful

individual. “If they hadn’t heard

about Lloyd George, then at least

they have something that might

spark their interest in learning

about that period in time--in

learning from those huge mistakes

that were made during the

First World War.”

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Calendar of Events

January 7

Network of Enterprising

Women first Monday meeting,

8:30-10:30 a.m., Cheryl Cohen

Mosaics, 360 Woodland St.

2nd floor, Holliston, Mass. Discussion:

Compassion and charity

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January 15

First Monthly Wellness Group,

(to be continued every 3rd Tuesday),

6:45 p.m., Millis Public

Library, 961 Main St., Millis,

local history room. Led by

Erika Schaad. Free. Contact with

any questions.

January 16

Millis Garden Club presents

film Hometown Habitat,

6:30-8:30 p.m., Millis Public

Library, 961 Main St., Millis

January 17

No Irish Need Apply, presented

by historian Christopher

Daley, 7 p.m., Millis

Public Library, 961 Main St.,


January 18

Dinner & Game Night, 6:30

p.m. dinner followed by board

games & conversation, Millis

Church of Christ, 142

Exchange St., Millis,

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Medway Public Library January Youth Events

Toddler Jam, 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


It’s Story Time! Every

Thursday and Friday, 11


Ages 10 months-5 years.*

Miss Lucy is back and excited to

share storytime with you again!

A drop-in story time with songs,

stories, and craft. All children

must be accompanied by a caregiver.

* These ages are flexible!

PAWS to Read,

Wednesday, Jan. 2nd, 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.

Cursive Club, Every

Tuesday, 4 p.m.

Join Miss Lucy to explore

the art of cursive handwriting.

Reading and writing in cursive

stretches our brains in ways that

print does not. We will practice

upper and lower case letters,

reading notes written by others,

as well as create some beautiful

and funky projects to take home!

Cursive Club provides a place for

new writers to explore the craft

and older hands to brush up on

this useful skill. Ages 7 through

Adult. Drop In.

D&D Character Creation

Workshop, Monday,

January 7th, time TBA

Newcomers and experienced

players of Dungeons and Dragons

can come to the library to

create their own unique character

at this workshop.

Design Your Own Shrinky

Dinks, Monday, January

14th, 6-7 p.m.

Explore this throwback art

form. Color from a pattern or

create your own jewelry or fan

art. Ages 8 and up. Register or

Drop In.

STEM Playground,

Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 10

a.m.-2 p.m.

Play all day at the Library!

Try our Tegu blocks, Keva

blocks, snap circuits, GoldieBlox

kits, STEM games, NEW activities

and more. Toys and games

will be available for exploration

in the Cole Room. All ages. No


LEGO CLUB, Wednesday,

January 23rd, 4 p.m.

Lego fans, 1st grade and up,

are invited to have fun building

Lego Creations which will be

displayed in the library. A photo

of your creation will be emailed

to you. Registration Required.

Sponsored by The Friends of the

Medway Library

Bubble Wrap

Appreciation Day

January 28th

The last Monday in January is

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day.

Yes, this is a real holiday! Stop by

the library anytime today to snap

away some stress. Come to the

Teen Area from 4-6 p.m. to try

a fun craft with this most beloved

of packing supplies.

Free bubble wrap for all library


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January Events

at the Millis

Public Library

Starting Tuesday, January 15th, Millis Resident

and Health Coach, Erika Schaad will be starting

a new Health and Wellness Support Group at the


Erika says, “During our time together we will

share, support and learn as we go through our

health journeys together.”

Please join us at 6:45 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday

in the Local History Room. This is a FREE group

and open to all. Contact Erika @

with any questions.

Wednesday, January 16 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. The

Millis Garden Club will be presenting a screening

of the film, Hometown Habitat.

Thursday, January 17 at 7 p.m. -Historian

Christopher Daley will be presenting his program,

“No Irish Need Apply” on the history of the Irish

in Boston.

The Millis Public Library is located at 961 Main

St. Please call (508) 376-8282 for more information.


continued from page 10

under a street is a culvert. All of

these basins and outfalls will have

to be sampled at least once a year

to test for flow rates and levels of

chemicals like phosphorus. The

high level of phosphorus entering

the Charles River watershed

is a chief concern for the Millis

stormwater program.

Phosphorus enters the watershed

from many sources. Lawn

and garden fertilizers that contain

phosphorus are caught up

in runoff after storms and make

their way into catch basins and

discharge areas, eventually finding

their way into the Charles.

Car exhaust contains phosphorus,

and leaves are another


Regularly sweeping streets

and ridding catch basins of leaf

litter decreases phosphorus levels,

but it has to be done at the right

time, and more frequently depending

on the type and amount

of tree cover near each basin.

At a minimum, each street has

to be swept at least once a year,

but some streets will have to be

cleaned several times a year. After

each outfall location is sampled,

the town may find that it has to

be resampled monthly or even

weekly to determine if increased

cleaning or other measures cures

its ails, McKay said.

Street sweeping is one part of

the what the stormwater management

system has to cover. Another

is increased maintenance,

including repair and inspection

of pipes, manholes, and every

other structure that acts as an

input or output in the system.

Previously, some of these functions

were done only when there

was an associated repair or other

project, like repaving a street.

The new regulations mean that

the town has to be more stringent

and more proactive.

For example, the catch basin

near the intersection of Village

and Birch streets backs up after

every significant storm and creates

deep ponding on Village. It’s

not because the basin hasn’t been

cleaned—it’s due to the design of

the basin, McKay said, including

the depth of the pipe in the basin

allowing water to flow to a leaching

field. In the past, the town

could have made a local decision

to repair or extend the leaching

field. But under the more stringent

regulations that the town

has to follow, repairs aren’t that

simple—or inexpensive.

A new utility starts with zero

funds, and the funds can only

be used for the utility’s mission.

The town’s first-year program

costs include engineering and increased

street sweeping, including

a new hire and a new piece

of equipment. Once the first

wave of testing all of the outfalls

is underway, the town will have a

better idea of what changes need

to be made to the system.

Down the road, Millis will

have to partner with other towns

to share best practices and costs.

And because so many communities

are linked by the waterway,

if one town doesn’t do enough to

decrease phosphorus levels, for

example, then all the other towns

downstream could be affected

despite their best efforts.

There are over 1,600 communities

nationwide that have decided

to pay for their stormwater

management programs through

a utility, McKay said. There are

a dozen or so such utilities in

Massachusetts, and other communities

are looking into creating


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Talking. It’s Cheaper Than Therapy

New Social Hour Affords Opportunity to


By J.D. O’Gara

Carolyn Gatty has been

through a lot, and she knows the

value of a good listener. That’s

why she came up with the idea

of Table Talk Today.

“It’s an inspirational social

hour where you can come tog for

an hour or two

Come to the table and talk

about what you want to talk

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“I’ve been to a lot of support

groups,” says Gatty, “and

I thought, I can’t be the only

person who can’t afford to go to

therapy because my deductibles

are so high. I decided to found

this group so people can come in

and just talk.”

Friends had suggested to

Gatty, who maintains a positive

outlook, that she start her own

support group.

The mother of three envisioned

putting together a group

in which attendees could bounce

ideas off each other, where they

could talk to each other about

any problems they’re facing. The

ultimate goal, she says, is to leave

feeling better.

“Everyone needs to know

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says Gatty, “and everybody is

going through something. Everybody

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Although she admits she is

not a trained therapist, Gatty

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tools to those who might

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for venues that are “really nice,

calm environments, so (people)

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in the discussion, she says, covers

the cost of the venue, a beverage

and refreshment.

Table Talk began in the

Quincy area, close to where

Gatty lives in South Weymouth,

back in April, with four meetings

to date. Gatty has received some

feedback on her outreach.

“People are calling me with

topics (for discussion),” says

Gatty, whose personal topics run

the gamut from being a breast

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and family members dealing with

suicidal thoughts.

Since she has connections in

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Pearl’s Tenure as Medway’s A.D.

Was a Success on Many Fronts


Sports Writer

An athletic director’s success

is sometimes tied to the number

of State championships that his

or her school has won. If that’s

truly the yardstick for measuring

an A.D.’s value, then maybe it’s

time to rethink that administrative


Rob Pearl, who will retire at

the end of this month, has been

Medway High’s A.D. for the

last 14 years and the Mustangs

have not raised a State championship

banner during his era

as the school’s sports chief. The

58-year-old Pearl, however, has

been ultra successful in so many

other areas and in so many other


Consider these facts and figures

during his time at Medway:

athletic participation increased

from 50 to 65 percent of enrollment;

Medway now has three

turf fields instead of one; user

fees have remained at $235 per

sport for the last seven years;

co-op squads now number four;

Medway currently offers 28 varsity

sports, 23 at the junior-varsity

Success isn’t always defined by the number of championships. During

his tenure, Rob Pearl saw increased participation in athletics, helped

grow the number of sports offered, saw an increase from one to

three turf fields, hired a good number of strong coaches and kept

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level and five for freshmen; middle

school sports have reached

six; and the 60-plus coaches he’s

hired have, for the most part, directed

successful programs.

For the last 14 years, there

haven’t been any banners in the

Clark Gymnasium that reveal a

State championship, but there

are numbers of note. During

Pearl’s era, 34 Tri Valley League

titles and eight Sectional crowns

have been won. And, the justcompleted

fall season was dynamic.

Medway was Tri Valley

League champs in football, volleyball,

boys’ and girls’ soccer

and field hockey.

“We’ve been to State final

games four times — three in

girls’ soccer and once in boys’

ice hockey,’’ Pearl said. “But, to

sum up my career as an A.D.,

I’ve been fortunate to be part of

a great family. I live in Medway,

and my three children all graduated

from here. I’ve had great associations

with students, athletes,

coaches, administration and faculty.

It’s been very rewarding.’’

Pearl, who graduated from

Milford High, taught physical

education at his alma mater for

21 years and coached the Milford

boys soccer squad for 14 seasons.

His 1998 team made it to the

State final but lost. Pearl earned

his bachelor’s and master’s degrees

from Bridgewater State,

majoring in phys-ed.

Pearl noted that the success of

the fall teams has led to increased

participation this winter and he’s

also glad that facilities, fees and

the sports menu are in a good


“The community deserves lots

of credit for adding the fields,’’

Pearl said. “Hanlon Field, Maddie

Lamson Field and the North

Field all handle a variety of

sports. Having co-op teams is a

plus, too. Take girls’ ice hockey,

where we co-op with Millis, Holliston

and Ashland. There are 22

girls on the team, and we have

10 participating. That concept

offers kids an opportunity to play

a sport that we might not be able

to provide.’’

User fees have not been hiked

for seven years, and that’s an

area that pleases Pearl. “We’ve

kept them at $235 per sport, but

ice hockey is $435,’’ Pearl noted.

“There is a cap. After $940, there

are no charges for any other


Pearl is leaving Medway, because

he’s reached the maximum

time needed for his pension benefit.

Still young, his future has

yet to be mapped out, but he’d

like to continue to work in athletics.

“Maybe I’ll be at a private

school or perhaps at a college,’’

he hinted. “I’d like to continue

with athletics and take what I’ve

learned at Medway with me.’’

Dedication to the job is what

defines Pearl. He did all the laborious

work quietly. Tasks that

included budgeting, scheduling,


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January 2019 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages Page 21


Parcells Selected as Medway’s New Athletic Director


Sports Writer

Jeff Parcells will be on the job

as Medway High’s new athletic

director starting Feb. 1.

Parcells, who’s been Dover-

Sherborn’s A.D. for the last four

years, is a versatile educator.

He’s been a classroom teacher, a

coach, and a guidance counselor.

Before taking the A.D. reins at

Dover-Sherborn, he was the

sports chief at Sutton High.

Parcells will replace Rob Pearl,

who’s retiring as Medway’s A.D.

after 14 years.

“To be Medway High’s A.D.

is a great opportunity,’’ Parcells

said. “It’s a school with proud

traditions in both academics

and athletics. And, being an

A.D. in the Tri Valley League, I

know their student-athletes and

coaches are top quality. Also,

the facilities there are the best

around. They’ve got three turf

fields and a great gymnasium.’’

Parcells, who’ll work closely

with Pearl to ensure a smooth

transition, said his primary goal

at the outset is to be a good listener.

“What’s important is to get

to know the coaches, the student

leaders and the groups in town,’’

said Parcells. “Medway has a

great athletic program and hopefully

my transition will be smooth

and seamless.’’

Parcells calls his new opportunity

“exciting’’ even though he’ll

be on board at the mid-year point

of the school year. “It’s a little different

coming in at mid-year, but

having worked in the TVL helps

a lot,’’ he emphasized. “I know

all the athletic directors at the

other schools and I’m also familiar

with many of the coaches and

the athletes.’’

A native of Uxbridge, Parcells

excelled as a three-sport athlete

(football, basketball and baseball)

for the Spartans. He was a

captain in football and basketball

and, as a running back, led the

football team to its first Super

Bowl triumph. He was a head

football coach at Uxbridge and


Parcells earned his bachelor’s

degree from Worcester State

where he majored in sociology.

His master’s degree in counseling

psychology is from Cambridge

College. He taught social studies

at Uxbridge High and later

worked at Sutton and Leicester

High schools as a guidance counselor.

Parcells also did an internship

at Framingham High as a

life skills instructor/counselor.

Parcells has high praise and

admiration for Dover-Sherborn,

its coaches and student-athletes.

“It’s bittersweet to be leaving,’’

he said. “The experience there

was great. The kids are phenomenal,

they display sportsmanship,

and they’re hard-working and

smart. The staff of coaches was

also tremendous. I tried to be visible

at as many events as I could,

whether it was football or field


During his stay at D-S, the

Raiders won one State title (boys

lacrosse) and compiled 10 Sectional

crowns and 17 TVL titles.

Parcells is delighted he’ll be

able to work with Pearl for a

month before taking control.

“Rob is an exceptional A.D.,’’

Parcells said. “He’s a classy,

stand-up guy who’s done great

things for Medway High. I know

Rob will help me with any questions

or situations, and at the

same time, I hope to get my replacement

at Dover-Sherborn up

and running.’’

Parcells emphasized how

pleased he is to be staying in the

TVL. And, he likes the way it’s

integrated two new schools into

the circuit.

“The Tri Valley League

schools aren’t just top-notch in

athletics,’’ he said. “They’re all

high-level school systems with

good programs. When I started

at Dover-Sherborn, there were

10 teams, now it’s up to 12. And,

the new additions have been incorporated

into two divisions.

The current group of A.D.s looks

out for the league and because of

that it’s one of the premier conferences

in the state.’’

Jeff Parcells and Medway

High should be a dynamic partnership.

Familiarity with the

school and the league it competes

in is a major plus. And, don’t discount

his versatility. Having been

a player, teacher, coach, and

guidance counselor make him

well-qualified to direct the Mustangs’

athletic fortunes.


continued from page 20

and ordering equipment were

conducted in an efficient manner.

There were, however, more

positives than negatives.

“After working on emails,

scheduling and meeting with

parents and students for the first

six hours, the job changes when

2:30 arrives,’’ he said. “Lots of

planning and organization has to

happen for an A.D. But, I tried

to get to practices every day, and

I was at every home game. The

rewards included seeing our players

enjoy their athletic experience,

seeing those added athletic

fields come to fruition and interacting

with quality coaches.’’

There were some bumps in

the road in the hiring process,

but Pearl is delighted with the

staff he assembled. “We worked

through problems and tried to

solve them,’’ he said. “I tried

to lead by example when working

with coaches, and I thought

of myself as a colleague, not a


If Pearl has a sad memory,

it’s being on board when 14 students

passed away during his

tenure. “An A.D. always worries

about accidents and injuries,’’ he

said. “During my second year at

Medway, Nick Sousa was at lacrosse

practice and was taken to

the hospital by ambulance. He

died of heart failure. That was

difficult, and it’s never easy when

you send an athlete off in an ambulance.’’

Pearl evolved as a coach, and

the same was true when he took

the A.D. post. He leveled the

learning curve. “A big key is adjusting,’’

he said. “Rules and regulations

change, and so does the

culture. An A.D. has to be able to

adapt. The concussion protocol

is a good example of how things


Pearl, whose wife Dot is a

dean at Medway High, has all

the attributes that enable an A.D.

to be successful. He’s patient, he’s

a people-person, he’s organized

and instinctive and he knows

how to manage his time. “An

A.D. worries about everything,’’

he emphasized. “At games, it

could be a serious injury that has

to be addressed, or there could

be a fight in the stands. The key is

to maintain calm. Jon Kirby was

an A.D. at Medfield, and he always

said that an A.D. can never

get mad.’’

A superb athletic director,

Pearl will be missed. But, he’ll still

be visible, because he’s made a

promise that he’ll definitely fulfill.

“If Medway is playing for a State

championship, I’ll be there,’’ he


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Fitzgerald Returns to Coaching with Millis Girls Track

By Christopher Tremblay.

Staff Sports Writer

Yvonne Fitzgerald, Millis’ new

girls track coach, was a long time

soccer and softball coach for the

high school about a decade ago.

Her most recent coaching stint

was at the middle school about

three years ago before she decided

to coach her son’s soccer


Although coaching her boys,

she missed the high school

coaching and decided to try

to get back into it. A few years

back, Fitzgerald was named the

Millis cross country coach for a

brief period, but when the school

hired art teacher Laura Conner,

who had cross country and track

experience she relinquished the

position for the benefit of the

program. Now, she’s back as the

girls track coach.

“I had been helping Laura out

by coaching the high jumpers, so

I knew the kids,” Fitzgerald said.

“When Laura decided to cut

back on her duties, she asked me

to throw my name in the hat.”

Fitzgerald, who ran track in

high school (high and long jump

as well as the 400) did so, and AD

Chuck Grant thought she was

the right fit and appointed her

the Coach. According to the new

coach, who is also a teacher at

Millis, teaching is awesome, but

coaching allows you to really get

to know the kids on an entirely

different level.

“I know these girls, and they’re

fantastic. I am really lucky that

they are the ones I’m coaching,”

the coach said. “Being a small


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tough going against some of the

other schools, but I am able to

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With the school already finding

itself behind the eight ball

because of the small numbers

Fitzgerald is not focusing on wins

and losses, but instead getting the

individual athletes to perform at

their best ability and hopefully

earn themselves a spot in the

tournament. A lot of the girls

coming to track are used to winning

at Millis in other sports, so it

adds a bit of pressure when they

are not as successful taking part

on the track team.

This year’s captains are two

of those such girls; senior Jessie

Krauss also plays soccer on the

team that has captured backto-back

Division 4 State Championships

and Morgan Kane a

volleyball player who has been

to the Division 3 Central Tournament

3 out of her 4 years at

Millis. Both athletes are strong

leaders with a great work ethic

and role models to the entire

team. Krauss will be running the

55 yard dash and hurdles, while

Kane will take part in the 55 yard

dash as well as the 300. Normally

she would also participate in the

high jump, but due to a back

injury she us staying away from

that event this season. Fitzgerald

will also look to Krauss to build

the moral of the team throughout

the season.

The first year track coach

would have liked to have Bethany

Steiner (mile and 4x4 relay)

give the team a boost, but, unfortunately,

Bethany is currently

injured, so the coach will look to

sophomore Michaela Hafford (2

mile and 4x4 relay).

In addition to the captains

and the second-year runner,

Fitzgerald has had a handful of

surprises through the early stages

of the season that have high potential

to give the team a hand at

picking ups some points. Sophomores

Megan Wilcox and Janie

Pasquantonio will both be running

the mile and 1000, while

freshmen Devon Gray (300 and

4x4 relay) and Elle McClary (55

yard dash and 4x4 relay) have all

shown flashes of brilliance thus


Another returning runner that

should be of help to the team is

sophomore Marissa Melia, who

will run the 55 yard hurdles.

“She has an awesome attitude

and keeps everything positive,”

the coach said. “As a freshman

she performed well, this year she

is always looking to get better

and I see her going places.”

As the season gets underway,

Fitzgerald continues to stress the

point of each individual getting

better as the weeks pass by and

not to worry about the wins; they

will eventually come.

“A lot of girls come to track

looking to stay in shape during

the offseason over their other

sport,” Fitzgerald said. “They

don’t want to just hang around

and do nothing, so they come

here to get fit. Running is a different

mindset – it’s about learning

and listening to your body and

knowing when to pick it up and

when to slow down.”

Although she has coaching experience,

Fitzgerald will look to

boys’ throwing coach, Pat Disik,

to guide her through her first season

at the helm of the girls track


“She is so good. I told her she

should go for the head coaching

job, but she wants nothing

to do with it. She likes what

she is doing behind the scenes,”

Fitzgerald said. “She is the glue

to this team and the foundation

to the team’s success and so very

important to me.”

Fitzgerald has the team believing

in her and not to worry

about the wins and losses, but

Yvonne Fitzgerald has been a successful coach for Millis in the past,

and she has returned to lead girls’ track.

instead focusing on improving

each and every meet. With that

mindset, the new coach is hoping

that a lot of girls continue to

get better in their specific events

and come the end of the season

the small numbers of Millis girls

track will make a big splash at the


Ice Hockey Clinic

Set for Medway


A free ice-hockey skills clinic is being offered by Derek

Harrington and Karl Infanger, the Medway High boys and

girls varsity coaches, respectively, along with members of

their teams on Monday, Jan. 21, at the New England Sports

Center in Marlboro from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The clinic is open to boys’ and girls’ hockey players from

Grades 1-8. Pre-registration is required and players must

have full hockey equipment and should be able to skate.

To register, e-mail name and grade to: MHSHOCKEY-


“The goal of the clinic is to connect the high school programs

with the youth hockey players in Medway,’’ Infanger

said. “Because Medway does not have its own youth hockey

organization or ice rink, we have players on various teams

all over Metrowest. The clinic is a way to bring them all

together and start building one Medway hockey community.

“We encourage all boys’ and girls’ players to attend and

help lay the foundation for a successful program in the future.

Hockey is the ultimate team sport, teaching discipline,

accountability and character. As parents, these are the attributes

we are trying to instill in our children, and together

with the high school programs we hope to reach as many as

we can.’’

January 2019 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages Page 23

DA Morrissey Holds

Training on New Law

Expunging Records

of Old Crimes

Norfolk District Attorney

Michael W. Morrissey and the

Quincy Bar Assoc. hosted a twohour

training for attorneys and

court personnel on implementing

a new law allowing people to expunge

their records if they have

led exemplary lives since making

a criminal mistake years ago.

“The statute is narrowly

drawn and specifically excludes

domestic violence, gun crimes,

drunk driving and certain others,”

District Attorney Morrissey

said. “But it purposefully includes

past convictions for things that

have since been decriminalized.

Examples would be possession of

a hypodermic needle, adult possession

of less than 2 ounces of

marijuana, and knowingly being

present where heroin is kept.“

More than 75 attended.

“We reached out to the other

stake holders in the process in

early November and the response

has been very gratifying,”

Morrissey said. “As the public’s

elected representative within the

criminal justice system, I see it as

appropriate to take the initiative

in paving the way for eligible citizens

to remove marks from their

records that may be hindering

them. We uphold the law, and

this is now the law.”

There are no blanket erasures

of past convictions and the legislation

does not decriminalize

anything, Morrissey said. “But

there are people who make one

mistake years ago, perhaps before

they were an adult, perhaps

doing something no longer a

crime, and they feel hindered

that they need to answer yes on

housing or employment forms

that ask if they stand convicted

of a crime. This provides a possible

path forward.”

Attorneys and court personnel from cross Norfolk County packed the hall Dec. 13 for a seminar on the

state’s new law on expunging records co-hosted by District Attorney Michael Morrissey and the Quincy

Bar Association. Pictured from left are Assistant District Attorney Susanne O’Neil, DA Morrissey, Probation

Department Counsel Sarah Joss, ADA Peter Tilley who helped coordinate the event, Quincy Bar President

Sarah Westra, and General Counsel to the District Court Zachary Hillman.

The new statute, Chap. 276

Sec. 100E – 100K, creates

slightly separate paths for those

looking to expunge crimes committed

before their 21st birthday

and those who were over 21,

Morrissey said. “It is not a simple

statute, and if we are going to efficiently

implement it in Norfolk

County, then all of the stakeholders

need to understand our roles

and how to help citizens who

want to pursue this,” Morrissey

said. “This statute is not about

people who are living a life of

crime. It opens the door to cleaning

the record of those who have

a mistake in their path followed

by years of exemplary conduct. I

see a place for that.”

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