Norwood July 2019


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The Voice of Your Community

Let's Meet at the Town Common!

Norwood offers so many

4th of July activities for

the entire family!

by Bella Caggiano

The 4th of July is on a Thursday

this year. Why tackle that holiday

traffic for the day when there

is so much to do and many ways to

celebrate right here in Norwood!

For years, the Town has joined in

rejoicing the country’s independence,

and according to Assistant

Town Manager Bernie Cooper’s

office, ‘Norwood has continuously

sponsored its traditional 4th

of July celebration dating back to

the establishment of the town in

1872.’ That ritual has grown into

what is known as one of the most

spectacular celebrations in the


For those new to this wonderful

town, take the lead from those

who know; the Norwood 4th of

July celebrations are not to be

missed! Barbeques and family

gatherings are scheduled around

the many festivities planned

throughout Norwood so that not

a moment will be missed. The

events are launched with a children's

character and bicycle line

up in early afternoon and finishes

with the most spectacular parade

in the area!

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The main attractions on

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p.m., with the charming Children's

Bicycle, Tricycle, Doll

Carriage and Historic Character

Parade. Norwood’s younger residents

stretch their imaginations

with their own parade of festively

decorated bikes, carriages and period

costumes. The event begins at

the First Congregational Church

at Walpole and Winter Sts., and

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Are Safe Streets

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Norwood has decided to

apply for a grant through the

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

and The Massachusetts

Department of Transportation

(MassDot) to make roadways

safer throughout the town.

The grant program is known

as “Complete Streets,” and according

to MassDOT, it is an

initiative “that provides safe and

accessible options for all travel

modes - walking, biking, transit

and vehicles – for people of all

ages and abilitie.”

These options could include

handicap accessible ramps, sidewalks

and crosswalks, bike lanes,

and much more.

“Safety in this program is the

number one priority. However,

these modifications also have a

large health, and environmental

benefits as well,” Assistant Town

Engineer Andrew Murphy said.

If residents are choosing

to walk or bike a few minutes

down the street, rather than

hopping in their car to get to

their destination, it is a healthier

alternative; and also cuts down

on the gas being used around


The Complete Streets Funding

Program provides technical

assistance and construction

funding to eligible municipalities.

Qualified communities

must pass a Complete Streets

Policy and develop a Prioritization

Plan. The implementation

process has three stages.

First, the town must decide

they want to pursue the grant.

This stage has already been

completed as town selectman,

town engineers, and municipal

offices have decided it is a good

idea, and will help the town tremendously.

Norwood is currently in

the second stage of the plan,


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through Norwood Center, to the

Town Common where awards

and refreshments are served. The

entry fee is $1, and every child receives

a t-shirt and ribbon, and the

winners are invited to ride in the

main parade float!

Also, from 1-3 p.m., there are

tours of the historic Old Parish

Cemetery, conducted by the Old

Parish Preservation volunteers.

At 3 p.m., pack up barbeque

leftovers for an old fashioned

picnic on the Town Common to

soak in the soothing chimes for an

Independence Day Carillon Concert.

Norwood's carillon is a local

gem as one of only nine carillons

in Massachusetts and the seventh

largest in the United States. Norwood's

own Lee B. Leach will coperform

with Margaret Angelini,

from Wellesley College.

The vibe on the Town Common

shifts gears towards athletics

at 5 p.m. as runners line up

for the Norwood Firecracker 5k

Road Race. The streets are already

lined with thousands of fans

and early parade spectators who

eagerly cheer on these athletes of

all ages to the finish line! For more

information on the Firecracker

5k, contact race coordinator Jim

Henry at 617-610-0084, or visit

To warm up the crowds for the

main event, Norwood and surrounding

municipalities lead the

way at 5:30 p.m., with an impressive

lineup of fire and emergency

vehicles, antique and classic cars,

and WWII, Korean War and

other military equipment. This is

always a favorite segment of the

day and famous for announcing

their approach with incredible sirens!

The excitement builds throughout

the afternoon, and finally, at

5:45 p.m., Norwood's infamous

Marine Corps League

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parade begins! The lineup is filled

with national and international

marching bands, (including Norwood’s

favored band, The Colonial

Boys), entertaining acts, floats,

community groups and local politicians.

The route begins at the

Coakley Middle School, travels

down Washington St., through

South Norwood, hits the center of

town and ends at the Shaw's shopping


The streets are lined throughout

the entire course with cheers

and merriment, from that first introductory

vehicle to the very last

entrant. Norwood residents would

agree, there is no town like Norwood

and no celebration as grand

as Norwood’s 4th of July celebration!

Norwood’s 4th of July


Children's Bicycle, Tricycle, Doll

Carriage & Historical Character


Norwood Center/Town Common

1 p.m.

Children are invited to show

off their creations in a pre-parade

procession down Washington St.,

to the Town Common.

Historic Old Parish Cemetery Tours

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Carillon Concert/Tour

Tilton Memorial Carillon/

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3-4:30 p.m.

Lee B. Leach, of Norwood and

Margaret Angelini, from Wellesley

College, will play Norwood's infamous

instrument. Tours of the

carillon at 4 p.m.

Norwood Firecracker 5k Road Race

Town Common

5 p.m.

Enjoy participating or supporting

this 5K race that starts just

before Norwood's legendary independence


Fire Truck, Antique and Military


Washington St., South Norwood

through Norwood Center

5:30 p.m.

Fire, emergency and military

vehicles and antique cars make

their way down the parade route

just before the celebrations begin!

4th of July Parade Spectacular

Washington St., South Norwood

to the Town Common

5:45 p.m.

Norwood's parade begins at the

Coakley Middle School, in South

Norwood, travels down Washington

St., through Norwood Center

and the Town Common and concludes

at the Shaw's Plaza.

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and the town held a meeting on

Wednesday June 12th that was

open to the public. Here, traffic

engineers from the town, as well

as the company that works with

MassDOT, The Engineering

Corp., came together to educate

and address residents about the

program. They explained what

the system would do, and asked

for feedback to help understand

the needs of Norwood’s citizens.

The input gained at the meeting

will be used when drafting the proposal

on June 28th.

Liz Oltman a director of transportation

and planning with The

Engineering Corp., noted that

although her team does a drive

around the town to scout out possible

areas of improvement, it is

always extremely helpful to get

feedback from the residents. She

explained that residents know the

town better than outside engineers

ever could, and when drafting the

proposal, it is important to have as

much information as possible.

The Complete Streets program

is a grant program after

all, and if the town checks off a

lot of the boxes that MassDOT

is looking for-(boxes like the need

for crosswalks near transit stations,

or ramps at fields for handicap

access,) then the town has a better

chance of being granted the

money. If MassDOT approves the

town’s plan, Norwood can receive

up to $400,000 each cycle for enhancements.

During the meeting, Danah

Hamzeh a traffic engineer with

The Engineering Corp., worked

with Norwood residents to determine

areas that could use

the development. The way to

do this was by utilizing a map

of the town. The engineers had

residents use markers to circle

and explain where they believed

amendments could be made,

and why they were needed.

Some of the places that were

discussed was the bike lane on

Nichols Street that leads up to

the high school. This is due to

the fact that around the high

school there is a bike lane, but it

is cut off in a way that is unsafe

for the bikers.

There was also concern over

the Bond/Nichols street crosswalk.

To make this safer, the

engineers suggested a narrowed

roadway that has been utilized

in other towns. This makes it

imperative that cars slow down

when entering the roadway, and

therefore makes it safer for pedestrians

when walking.

At the time of publishing,

60% of Massachusetts towns

are enrolled in the Complete

Streets Program, 50% have adopted

the policy, and 25% have

received funding for their projects.

In late July, there will be a second

public meeting, most likely

held in the same place as the first:

the community room at the Norwood

Police and Fire department.

Then, on August 1st the plan will

be submitted to MassDOT. The

town will hear if the plan has been

approved by August 30th, and by

October 1st of this year, they will

apply for the money.


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Sue Drummey Daly ’90, Mike Whittier ’92, Jim Martin ’01

and Coach Bruce Gregory.

The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, November

30, Norwood High School auditorium. The event will

start with a reception and refreshments at 12 Noon, followed

by the ceremony at 1 p.m.

The Class of 2018 will join last year’s inductees: Ed Praino

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It was a Glorious

Artful Day!

The Norwood Art Association’s

42nd Annual Art in the Park

was a wonderful day. The sun was

shining and the foot traffic was

consistent all day. Over 35 artists

participated with over 140 pieces

being entered! We had a few sales

of large framed artwork and also

a number of pieces from the binwork

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Fiona Campbell was this year’s

Norwood High School winner,

with the honor of receiving the

first ever Inez Reardon Memorial

Scholarship. The scholarship

was named in memory of Inez

Reardon, one of the founders of

the Norwood Art Association who

passed away last year. In lieu of

flowers, Inez’s family asked that

folks make donations to the NAA

in Inez’s memory, as she cared so

much about the art association

and hopes that it flourishes and

continues for many years to come.

Inez’s son Rick Reardon and her

grandson Patrick were in attendance

to help with the honor of

awarding Fiona her scholarship

check. It was an emotional moment

for all involved.

When asked, Ms. Campbell

stated that she drew a lot of her

inspiration in art from her music.

She would create animations for

her music and was inspired by her

songs. She will be continuing her

education majoring in Game Art

with a minor in Graphic Design at

Fitchburg State University.

Music was provided by Joe

Fava of Acoustic Muse, with NAA

President Frannie Downey stepping

in to sing a few songs. The

music could be heard all along the

streets surrounding the gazebo

and was very inviting to folks who

were driving or walking by.

The ever popular Kid’s Table

was busy all day with art activities

for children, as well as a few local

junior high students doing face


Ribbons were given in all categories

by judges Kim Morin Weineck

and Christina Beecher. This

year’s Best in Show was awarded

to Cindy Rudolph for her beautiful

mixed media piece titled

“There Are No Rules”.

As was noted by Frannie

Downey, the NAA will continue

Inez Reardon’s legacy by helping

to keep the arts alive in Norwood.

She feels it is important for area

artists to have a connection and

place to share their love of the

arts and their creativity. The NAA

has a beautiful gallery at the Win-

Smith Mill on Endicott Street in

Norwood where folks can show

their artwork year round. The

Norwood Fine Artists Gallery and

Studio is located in Building 23 on

the third floor, elevator provided.

You don’t have to be from Norwood

to be a part of the NAA as

their artists are from Norwood,

Canton, Walpole, and many other

surrounding communities. For

more information or to become a

member, contact Frannie Downey


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Norwood Italian

Lodge #1235 2019

Scholarship Awards

The Norwood Italian Lodge

#1235, a local chapter of the Sons

of Italy, recently held its Annual

Scholarship Awards Dinner on

June 4, at Four Points by Sheraton.

Lodge President, Steve Eosco,

greeted the nearly 60 members

and guests in attendance.



Toni Eosco,

made several


and recognized


members, Barbara


and Winnie Carfagno,

for their volunteer

work on the lodge’s scholarship

committee. The scholarship

award presentations took place

immediately following a delicious


New England

The Italian Lodge has a long

history of supporting youth,

education and Italian culture.

Through the volunteer work of

its members to raise funds, and

through the addition of memorial

and other generous donations, the

Norwood Italian Lodge #1235

awarded two $1,000 scholarships.

Scholarship committee member,

Winnie Carfagno, made the first

award presentation to Giovana

Rodriguez, a graduate of Norwood

High School. Giovana is

the daughter of William and

Diane Rodriguez as well as the

granddaughter of lodge members,

Andy & Toni Ciarletta of Norwood.

Giovana will pursue her

degree at Northeastern University.

Scholarship committee member,

Barbara Campagna, made

the second award presentation to

Lauren Cavanaugh, a graduate of

Bishop Feehan High School. Lauren

is the daughter of John and

Karen Cavanaugh of Mansfield,

as well as the granddaughter of

lodge member, Patricia Russo and

her husband, John Russo of Norwood.

Lauren will pursue her degree

at Assumption College.

Lodge members congratulated


and Lauren and

wished them

good luck and

success with

all their future



the awards,

guest speaker,

Debbie Fruci Ende,

a 1995 Norwood High

graduate, an honors Yale University

graduate, a 2002 graduate of

the University of Virginia School

of Law, and a past 1995 Italian

Lodge scholarship winner, delivered

an authentic and entertaining

talk about growing up ‘Italian’

and how it shaped her life. She inspired

the scholarship winners to

continue their hard work towards

fulfilling their dreams, to hold on

to the strong values instilled in

them by their families, and to remember

and appreciate the Italian

community that has supported

them through their journey so

far. Debbie resides in Westwood

with her husband and their two

children. She works as the Associate

General Counsel for Henley

Enterprises. Debbie’s parents,

Barbara and Frank Fruci of Norwood,

and her aunt, Mary Fruci,

were also in attendance.

For information about Norwood

Italian Lodge membership

please contact President, Steve

Eosco, at 781-769-7865 or visit the

website: www.norwoodsonsofitaly.

org to learn about the Lodge.


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For the senior community,

transportation can often be the

biggest obstacle in participating

in public events or even every

tasks of grocery shopping. The

Norwood Senior Center offers

an abundance of activities and

although the desire may be there

to attend, the means is the drawback.

Here in Norwood, there are

luckily a few options available for


Did you know, the Norwood

Senior Center has a bus for people

60 years old and older who are

not able to drive? Those who currently

take advantage of this great

benefit are familiar with Ellen, the

lovely woman who drives the senior

bus. While the schedule may

change each month, always with

a smile, she takes her riders out of

town on Tuesdays and food shopping

on Thursdays. On Monday,

Wednesday, and Fridays, she delivers

people to the Senior Center,

doctor appointments, or helps

with errands. Twenty-four hours’

notice is required in advance to

be added to her list of passengers.

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at, departments,

council on aging, newsletter/calendar,

or call 781-762-1201.

Norwood also has a program

called Trans-fare and any Norwood

resident 60 years old or

older, or under 60 with a disability

is eligible. Tickets can be purchased

in book of 5, for $5. Each

ticket is valid for $3 toward a cab

ride. Five books may be purchased

each month.

The state of Massachusetts

also provides The Ride through

the MBTA. State residents with

disabilities qualify for this mode

of transportation. To apply for

The Ride, call 617-337-2727.

The Ride coordinator will set up

an appointment for an interview.

The interview is held in Boston,

they will provide round trip transportation.

For medical appointments

within Norwood, the Norwood

Senior Center bus and Trans-fare

can be utilized. For medical needs

outside of Norwood, there are

some organizations that can help,

such as the American Cancer

Society “Road to Recovery” program,

or RSVP with provide veterans

with assistance. HESSCO

also has a grant for people needed

transportation assistance.

For more information on any

of these programs, contact Norwood

Senior Center Outreach

Coordinator Trish Monahan at

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Aidan James Mulligan

Marc Pier Murphy

Matthew James Murphy

Aidan Thomas Murray

Emily Grace Murray

Toufic Robert Nabbout

Amanda Najm

Hazel Sky Narcisse

Laylani Marie Natera

Kimberly Wanjiru Ndegwa

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Kusum Nepal

Sophia Julia Nicastro

Olivia Paige Norton

Yamilex Alexandra Nova

Waliat Opeyemi Ogunyemi

Amanda Cecilia Olbrys

Elsa Esmeralda Orellana Garcia

James John O'Toole

Dagney Burke Overbey

Giulia Palizzolo

Mary Elizabeth Panetta

Nicholas Frederick Parkinson

Tori Cimone Paul

Efemie Limberte Payen

Julyanny Elvys Peguero

Caitlin Morgan Pentowski

Nicholas James Pentowski

Carlos Efrain Perez Molina

Dennys Alexander Perez Molina

Michael Dwayne Petrie-Hicks

Alberto Polanco

Daniel Stephen Pugatch

Sean Michael Pugatch

Alexis Rose Pungitore

Eva Renee Ravesi

Aidan Scott Reardon

Austin Daniel Reardon

Rajeev Bhargav Relangi

Madeline Elizabeth Rice

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Rachael Barbara Ringler

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Daniel Geronimo Rodriguez

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July 2019 Norwood Local Town Pages Page 7

It’s More Than Just a Click or A Pop!!!

TMJ is a condition characterized

by pain in the jaw joint and

surrounding tissues accompanied

by a decrease in the range of

motion of the joint itself. There

may be clicking or popping and

a noticeable swing of the lower

joint. Currently more than 12%

of American’s suffer from TMJ


There are many causes of

TMJ. These include dental procedures,

autoimmune disease,

biting into a large sandwich or

bagel, injuries to the jaw area and

infection. Once the biomechanics

of the joint has been altered,

the function becomes affected

and the pain ensues. Traditional

treatments include pain medication,

muscle relaxers and dental

appliances. These are effective

resources for some, but not for all,

especially long term.

Stephanie P. suffered from

TMJ pain for over two years

since the removal of her braces.

Chewing certain foods would aggravate

her jaw and intensify her

pain. In the beginning, she felt she

could handle problem on her own

by giving up chewing gum, eating

oversized sandwiches, chewy

meats and certain fruits. However,

she noticed that over time, just

yawning and even singing, could

cause an exacerbation. She was

becoming disillusioned with the

idea that she could fix this on her

own and decided to call The Holistic

Center at Bristol Square and

made an appointment with Dr.


Upon exam, Dr. Goldstein noticed

the swing shift in Stephanie’s

jaw as she both opened and closed

her mouth, indicating a dysfunction

in the biomechanics of her

TMJ. After several weeks of treatment,

the clicking and popping

were gone and the swing in her

jaw was stabilized. She no longer

suffers from the TMJ pain and

also noticed that the headaches

she thought were unrelated had

gone away as well.

If you are suffering from TMJ

pain, do not hesitate to contact

The Holistic Center at Bristol

Square, located at 1426 Main

Street, Walpole. Call (508) 660-

2722 and make your appointment

today. With the assistance from Dr.

Goldstein, everyday tasks can be

enjoyable again.

Dr. Rochelle Bien & Dr. Michael Goldstein

2019 Summer Reading for Adults & Teens

The Morrill Memorial Library

offers two great options for adults

and teens to take part in summer

reading this summer. All readers

high school-aged or older can

participate, and don’t worry, audiobooks

and graphic novels definitely


Weekly Prizes – July, August, and

first week of September

Log all the books you read for a

chance to win prizes! Every week

in July and August there will be a

drawing for a $10 Barnes & Noble

gift card from that week’s entries.

To enter these weekly prize drawings,

fill out and submit the entry

form online (www.norwoodlibrary.

org, click on Events, click on Summer

Reading for Adults & Teens),

OR fill out the paper version and

return it to the submission box on

the circulation desk. Paper forms

can be found on the circulation

and reference desks. There will be

a grand prize drawing on Friday

September 6 from all entries for a

$35 Barnes & Noble gift card. If

you write a book review on your

form, the library post it (anonymously)

on their website. This way,

you can share your book recommendations

with all of Norwood!

Readers’ BINGO – all of June,

July, August, and first week of


Plus, why not take part in Summer

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BINGO sheets below, or pick

them up in the library. BINGO

sheets can be submitted to Nancy

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Reference, in person or via email.

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completed one or two rows – you

might win! You can double-dip

with both the weekly prize entry

and the BINGO sheet, but each

title can only be counted once on

the BINGO sheet itself. For every

completed BINGO row, you get

one entry in the drawing for gift

cards provided by several generous

local sponsors. For BINGO, feel

free to count any books you read

in June, July, August, and the first

week of September. Sheets must

be turned in by the end of the day

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League of Women Voters

Norwood Honors Three Lifetime


Truly in a League of their own…

The Norwood League of

Women Voters held its 2019 Annual

Dinner Meeting in May, at

the historic Mason Lodge Building,

at 76 Day St. The evening

included an interesting tour of the

building as well as a catered buffet

by Victoria’s Café. Generally,

the Annual Meeting is significant

because it includes an election of

officers, committee reports, recommendations

for programs of

study, and other League business.

However, this year’s event was

unique because the Norwood

League of Women Voters presented


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have attained 50 years of membership

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status from both the Massachusetts

and National Leagues. At

our Annual Meeting, this designation

was proudly conferred to

Martha Colamaria (Town Meeting

member, Rotary Citizen of

the Year, and July 4th Parade

Committee and former parade

marshal, Council on Aging, Boston

State College Education for

Service Award, and League of

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League Board Program & Action,

Campaign Finance Reform

Chair, Health Care Chair, Federal

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numerous other studies, Bulletin

Editor, Fisher College graduate).

They were presented with framed

signed certificates from the Massachusetts

League of Women Voters

and citations from the State

House, signed by Representative

John Rogers and Senator Michael


Pictured from left to right, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

Mary Anne Kenney, Mardie McKenna, and Martha Colamaria

These three outstanding

women have dedicated countless

hours of service to the League,

to Norwood, and beyond, and

exemplify active citizenship. It

is notable that this dynamic trio

of League women are all college

educated; they were well-prepared

for the workforce and for the everchanging

role of women in society

in 1969 when they first joined

the league. They have served the

league, their town and wider community,

and their families with


Martha Colamaria, Mary

Anne Kenney, and Mardie Mckenna

– the Norwood League

honors them as LIFETIME


members. They are truly in a

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Each year, Norwood residents throw away over

1,100 tons of food scraps into the trash costing taxpayers

over $200,000. That’s each and every year!

This money could be better spent on our schools,

roadways and other beneficial programs. The bottom

line is that we must stop throwing our food scraps into

the trash cart!

The Public Works Department has a couple of

options to help you make a difference.


Residents have been composting their leaves for

many years and creating a rich, organic compost for

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and start making some awesome compost while saving

the town money and helping the environment.


If you’re on board with composting your food

scraps but don’t have the room at home, we’ve got

you covered. Public Works has 2 Residential Food

Scrap Drop-Off Sites that you can bring your food

scraps to and dispose of in one of our compost tumblers.

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Public Works Yard

1 Lyman Place

Every day

7 am – 7 pm

Winter St Compost Facility

370 Winter Street


8 am – 1:30 pm

(Residential Sticker Required)

At both locations, you’ll see the below sign detailing

how you can help us be successful

Let’s all work together to make food scrap composting

a success!

July 2019 Norwood Local Town Pages Page 9

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the University of Chicago

Brass Ensemble and founded the

Chicago High School for the Arts

Wind Ensemble.

Thomas earned a master’s degree

in conducting from the New

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Donald Schleicher.

The first concert of Parkway

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Voters say Yes to Operational Override

By Donna Lane

On June 3rd, approximately 40

percent of registered voters turned

out to vote on the proposed $5.95

million operational override to

Proposition 2 ½. The operational

override is an option provided by

the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

to allow a municipality to

raise its property taxes more than

the regularly allowed 2.5 percent

annual increase; it requires ballot


The vote was 5,629 in favor

and 1,821 opposed. This is the

first time Norwood voted to override

the tax limits of Proposition

2 ½ since it became a state law in


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The override approved increasing

property taxes to raise an additional

$5.95 million. The bulk

of the money – $4.7 million – is

allocated to the public schools for

restoring and enhancing programs

and restoration of cuts and offsets.

The balance is allocated to

the general government account

($250,000 to increase expenditures

on road repairs and $300,000 to

increase the snow and ice budget

which has reportedly been deficit

spending for many years, draining

reserves) and an override

stabilization account ($700,000)

for municipal government and

school department operations.

Money from this fund may only

be allocated for specified purposes

approved by Town Meeting; it is

intended to extend the benefit of

the override as long as possible.

The override takes effect July 1,


Prior to the vote, the Town

posted on its website a comprehensive

summary of information

pertaining to the override, including

a breakdown of expenses and

a pledge by the Town Selectmen,

Finance Commission and School

Committee, all of whom supported

the override believing it

was needed to avoid a financial

crisis. The pledge says that the

funds generated by this override

will last a minimum of five years

(FY2020-FY2024) and that no additional

operational override funds

will be requested during that period.

In his February letter to the

Board of Selectmen, Town Manager

Tony Mazzucco outlined

the general government budget

cuts that would be necessary from

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Shall the Town of Norwood be allowed to assess an additional $5,950,000 in real estate and personal

property taxes for the purpose of operating Municipal Government ($550,000), the School Department

($4,700,000), and establishing a Stabilization Fund for Municipal Government and School Department

operations ($700,000) for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019?

FY2021-FY2024 due to a projected

deficit of approximately

$1.4 million over the next five

years. The projected cuts included

staff positions at the police and

fire departments, the Department

of Public Works and the Library;

town services such as reducing operating

hours at the Winter Street

Composting and Recycling Center;

and delaying needed maintenance

on buildings, vehicles and

roads. He said: “While we will

always work to mitigate cost increases

and find efficiencies, we

need to reasonably prepare for

curtailing and eliminating services

over the next several years absent

any major revenue changes.”

The town has been using its

savings (Free Cash) to balance its

budgets for a number of years.

This can be likened to a household

using their savings to pay

their mortgage or rent. Eventually

the money runs out. Simply put,

there was not enough money left

in Free Cash to balance the budget

this year.

Without an override, the

School Committee said it would

need to cut at least nine teaching

positions, close the Willett School

and move kindergarten classes

to the elementary schools, and

eliminate all after-school activities


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 TOTAL

YES 685 709 675 914 338 372 523 657 756 5629

NO 242 200 177 284 106 121 196 238 257 1821

BLANKS 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4

TOTAL VOTE 929 909 852 1198 444 494 719 895 1014 7454

including middle and high school

clubs, fine arts groups and sports.

Proponents argued that even

with the override, the average tax

bill would still be lower than most

surrounding towns and the state

average. Some question the validity

of this belief, especially if you

look ten years out, or when you

factor in the school committee’s

plan to build a new middle school.

Where is that money supposed to

come from?

As a result of the vote, for a

single-family home assessed at

$453,000, taxes will go up about

$390 in the first year with the

other four years’ tax increases

going up by a maximum of 2.5

percent each year. (To estimate

your tax increase, multiply your

home’s assessed value by 0.00086.)

Put another way, this year

property taxes will be 10.4%

higher due to the one-time 7.75%

increase of the override, plus the

annual 2.5% increase due to Prop

2 ½ limit. Assuming the annual

2.5% increase remains the same,

in five years property tax bills will

be at least 21.9% higher.

This was and is a very emotional

issue for many residents,

especially seniors living on fixed

incomes who are barely making

ends meet and who want to stay

in their homes. They recognize

that town costs like health insurance

for town employees have

increased by more than 2.5% a

year, and yes it would be awful if

kids didn’t have after-school activities,

and acknowledge that we

may lose some municipal services,

but their own costs have increased

and their fixed incomes remain

just that – fixed. Unlike property

taxes, senior incomes will not rise

by 21.9% in five years and many

feel they will be forced to sell their


Assistance for seniors who

struggle to pay their property taxes

is currently minimal. However, it

is a hardship the town recognizes

and is working to mitigate.

According to Kerri McCarthy,

Executive Director of the Norwood

Council on Aging, she and

Trisha Monahan, Outreach Coordinator

for the Senior Center,

in conjunction with the finance

committee, are currently working

to collect data on how other towns

offset costs for seniors. Their findings

and recommendations will

be presented to the selectmen.

Recommendations will have to

be voted on at Town Meeting,

so it will take some time to offer

any relief. In the meantime, Kerri

pointed out that at a special town

meeting this spring, a program to

provide tax aid to the elderly and

disabled was approved. Guidelines

are in process of being set. The

idea is that people can donate additional

tax money which will go

into two accounts – aid to the elderly

and aid to veterans.

Donna Lane is a Norwood-based

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July 2019 Norwood Local Town Pages Page 11

Town, Emergency Officials Conduct Tabletop HAZMAT Exercise

Local emergency and town officials recently attended a tabletop emergency planning meeting of the

Central Norfolk Regional Emergency Planning Committee. From left, Kevin Shaughnessy, Asst. Sup.

Norwood Light Dept., Doug Forbes, MEMA, Assistant Health Dept. Dir. Stacey Lane, Norwood Fire Chief

George T. Morrice, Asst. Town Manager Bernie Cooper, Lt. Michael Benedetti, and Lt. John Cody.

By J.D. O’Gara

If an unthinkable emergency

occurs, who gets the situation

under control, and how?

Those are the questions that

members of the Central Norfolk

Regional Emergency Planning

Committee look to answer regularly,

so that state and local officials

will be prepared.

On Wednesday, May 22nd,

state and local government officials

and emergency responders,

all representatives from participating

municipal members of the

Central Norfolk Regional Emergency

Planning Committee, met

to participate in a tabletop exercise

at Restaurant 45 in Medway.

This five-hour exercise focused on

planning for a Hazmat emergency,

enabling participating emergency

operators in CNREPC towns to

coordinate efforts and plan for actions

should such an emergency

take place. Towns that are part of

the CNREPC include Medway,

Millis, Norfolk, Norwood, Bellingham,

Canton, Dedham, Medfield,

Sharon, Walpole and Westwood.

The meeting included discussion

of specialty teams, including

Joint Hazardous Incident

Response Team (JHIRT), Clandestine

Laboratory Enforcement

Team (CLET), a Maritime Incident

Response Team (MIRT)

and a Technical Support Unit

(TSU), and participants worked

on how to detect issues and identify

capabilities among the towns.

After a working lunch, participants

viewed a demonstration of

Hazmat Vehicles including the

Technical Operations Module

(TOMS) and Operational Response

Units (ORU).

“The members of the Central

Norfolk Regional Planning Committee

have done an excellent job

with their plans and exercises for

hazardous materials. Their efforts

help to make this region a stronger

and safer place in which to live

and to work,” says Doug Forbes,

head of the Massachusetts Emergency

Management Agency.

“These are great,” says Bellingham

Deputy Fire Chief Mark

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Music's in the Air in Norwood!

By Bella Caggiano

The town of Norwood is

known for so many of its celebrations;

the 4th of July event,

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These groups often provide sounds

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audience on their feet dancing, or

at least tapping their feet and bobbing

their heads to familiar music.

Summerfest is held on the Norwood

Town Gazebo, 7-9 p.m.

Summerfest Concerts

July 10 Back In Time

July 17 Silver Spears

July 24 Round House

July 31 South Bound Train

August 7 Glamour Girls

August 14 TBD

August 21 Bobby Carlson

August 28 The Beacons

Presented by The Norwood

Arts Council. The Norwood Arts

Council is a non-profit organization

of citizens dedicated to

promoting arts. It is through the

efforts of these members, and the

contributions from the Town of

Norwood, local businesses, and

private citizens, that Summerfest

is possible.

Concerts on the Common

Concerts on the Common is

marking its 26th season at the

Walter J. Dempsey Memorial

Bandstand on the town common.

Every Sunday evening, 6-8

p.m., residents bring folding chairs

and blankets and listen to period

music, from marches, to swing, to


July 7 Sharon Concert


July 14 Dan Gabel and the


July 21 Westwood Swing


July 28 Natalie Joly & the

Reckless Hearts

August 4 Roy Scott Big Band

August 11 Tom Nutile Big Band

August 18 Oberlaendler

Hofbrau Band

August 25 Black Velvet Band

Carillon Concerts

Norwood’s 50-bell Memorial

Carillon is a local gem and dates

back to its dedication on Armistice

Day, Nov. 11, 1928. It was given as

a gift to the late Walter F. Tilton, a

local banker and civic leader.

Residents can often hear the

soothing sounds of their carillon

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Center, however, the best

listening spots to truly enjoy and

absorb its rich sounds are on the

Town Common or in the upper

parking lot behind town Hall on

Central St. Tours are often available

after each concerts.

Carillon concerts are held

Monday evenings, 7-8 p.m.

June 24

July 1

July 4

July 8

July 15

July 22

July 29

August 5

Ulla Laage, Haslev,


Christina Meyer,


3:00 pm - Margaret

Angelini, Wellesley

College and Lee

Leach, Norwood

Thomas Lee,


Gordon Slater, Ottawa,


Jan Verheyen, Neerpelt,


Patrick Macoska,

Cleveland, Ohio

Margaret Pan,


August 12 John Whiteside, St.

Stephen's Episcopal

Church, Cohasset

The Carillon Concert Series is

sponsored by the Town of Norwood

and by special gifts from the

Norwood Women's Community

Committee and from the family

of Betsy Dobson, and by private

donations to the Town’s Carillon


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Calendar of Events

July 1

Movie Musical Mondays: “Yankee

Doodle Dandy”

Morrill Memorial Library

6:30 p.m.

“Yankee Doodle Dandy,”

starring Fred Astair and Ginger

Rogers kicks off the 2019 Musical

Mondays film series. Popcorn

will be provided, and a CD of the

soundtrack from each musical will

be raffled off before the screening.

To register, visit,

click on Events,

then Calendar, call 781-769-0200

x110, or stop by the library reference

or information desk.

Carillon Concert on the Common

Washington & Nahatan Sts.

7-8 p.m.

Christina Meyer, from Norwood,

will be performing tonight.

Be sure to bring chairs or a blanket,

and enjoy the unique sounds

of Norwood’s own carillon!

July 2

Norwood Farmer’s Market

Norwood Town Common

2-6 p.m.

Enjoy all the fruits and more

of local vendors and artisans!

This year’s Farmer’s Market will

include, Oakdale Farms, Wards

Berry Farm, Jordan's Seafood,

Little Treasures by Jane - handmade

jewelry, KcKgems - handmade

beaded jewelry, Muddy

River Herbals, Tree House

Farms, Love and Hope Design

- essential oil jewelry. Many vendors

are added weekly! Also, visit

the Friends of Norwood Center

website for updated lists and special

events! Note the time change

from previous years.

July 4

Children's Bicycle, Tricycle, Doll

Carriage & Historical Character


Norwood Center/Town


1 p.m.

Children are invited to show

off their creations in a pre-parade

procession down Washington St.,

to the Town Common.

Historic Old Parish Cemetery


480 Washington St.

1-3 p.m.

Tours conducted by the Old

Parish preservation volunteers.

Carillon Concert on the Common

Washington & Nahatan Sts.

3 p.m.

Norwood resident Lee B.

Leach, and Margaret Angelini,

from Wellesley College will be

performing as part of the Town’s

4th of July celebration!

Norwood Firecracker 5k Road


Town Common

5 p.m.

Enjoy participating or supporting

this 5K race that starts

just before Norwood's legendary

independence parade!

Fire Truck, Antique and Military


Washington St., South Norwood

through Norwood Center

5:30 p.m.

Fire, emergency and military

vehicles and antique cars make

their way down the parade route

just before the celebrations begin!

4th of July Parade Spectacular

Washington St., South Norwood

to the Town Common

5:45 p.m.

Norwood's parade begins at

the Coakley Middle School, in

South Norwood, travels down

Washington St., through Norwood

Center and the Town

Common and concludes at the

Shaw's Plaza.

July 8

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Sheraton Four Points, 1125

Providence Hgwy. (Rte. 1)

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Movie Musical Mondays:

“Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!”

Morrill Memorial Library

6:30 p.m.

Starring Meryl Streep and

Amanda Seyfried. To register,


click on Events, then Calendar,

call 781-769-0200 x110, or stop

by the library reference or information


Carillon Concert on the Common

Washington & Nahatan Sts.

7-8 p.m.

Thomas Lee, of Waltham, will

be performing tonight. Be sure

to bring chairs or a blanket, and

enjoy the unique sounds of Norwood’s

own carillon!

July 9

Women's Business Networking


The Women's Business Networking

(WBN) group is a nonprofit

organization for women in

business or residents of Norwood

and surrounding towns. The

group meet two mornings per

month and in addition to providing

referral business, the women

share and support business ideas

and community events/fundraisers.

If you would like more information

about the organization,

email wbnofnorwood@gmail.


Norwood Farmer’s Market

Norwood Town Common

2-6 p.m.

Enjoy all the fruits and more

of local vendors and artisans!

This year’s Farmer’s Market will

include, Oakdale Farms, Wards

Berry Farm, Jordan's Seafood,

Little Treasures by Jane - handmade

jewelry, KcKgems - handmade

beaded jewelry, Muddy

River Herbals, Tree House

Farms, Love and Hope Design

- essential oil jewelry. Many vendors

are added weekly! Also, visit

the Friends of Norwood Center

website for updated lists and special

events! Note the time change

from previous years.

July 9-30

Norwood Track Club Track Series

NHS Track

6-7 p.m.

This is a track & field competition

for all ages! Athletes will

run, jump, and throw in any or

all events. Parents must remain

on site. Cost is $50 for residents,

$60 for non-residents. Sign up at

the Civic Center.

July 10

Meditation for Beginners

Morrill Memorial Library

7 p.m.

This is an introductory meditation

session to learn Isha Kriya,

a simple practice to help you learn

to meditate. No previous experience

is necessary, and it can be

done while sitting in a chair. This

class will be taught by Francesca

DAbramo of the Isha Foundation,

an international non-profit

dedicated to achieving well-being

through yoga and meditation. For

ages 12 and up. To register, visit, click

on Events, then Calendar, call

781-769-0200 x110, or stop by

the library reference or information


July 11

First Time Homeseller’s Seminar

Morrill Memorial Library

First-Time Home Sellers


Thinking about selling your

house but aren't sure where to

start? This seminar for first-time

home sellers may be for you! To

register, visit,

click on Events, then

Calendar, call 781-769-0200

x110, or stop by the library reference

or information desk.

July 14

F. Holland Day House Tours

93 Day St.

1-3 p.m.

Learn about Norwood’s past,

the Day family, and their wonderful

house! Tours provided by local

residents and Norwood Historical

Society volunteers. Admission is

$5 for adults; and free for children

and members of the Norwood

Historical Society. For more information

call the Norwood Historical

Society at 781-762-9197

or visit their website at

July 15

Movie Musical Mondays: “Funny


Morrill Memorial Library

6:30 p.m.

Starring Fred Astaire and Audrey

Hepburn. To register, visit, click

on Events, then Calendar, call

781-769-0200 x110, or stop by

the library reference or information


Carillon Concert on the Common

Washington & Nahatan Sts.

7-8 p.m.

Norwood welcomes Gordon

Slater, from Ottawa, Canada ,

as a guest performer. Be sure to

bring chairs or a blanket, and

enjoy the unique sounds of Norwood’s

own carillon!

July 15-17

Norwood Field Hockey Clinic

NHS Football Field

9 a.m.-12 noon

Athletes will be taught the

basic skills of field hockey with

two days of drills and games. Plyers

must provide their own equipment.

T-shirts will be given to

each participant. For children entering

grades 2-8. Cost is $120 for

residents, $130 for non-residents.

Sign up at the Civic Center.

July 16

Norwood Farmer’s Market

Norwood Town Common

2-6 p.m.

Enjoy all the fruits and more

of local vendors and artisans!

This year’s Farmer’s Market will

include, Oakdale Farms, Wards

Berry Farm, Jordan's Seafood,

Little Treasures by Jane - handmade

jewelry, KcKgems - handmade

beaded jewelry, Muddy

River Herbals, Tree House

Farms, Love and Hope Design

- essential oil jewelry. Many vendors

are added weekly! Also, visit

the Friends of Norwood Center

website for updated lists and special

events! Note the time change

from previous years.

July 17

Turn the Page Book Group - The

Alice Network

Morrill Memorial Library

10 a.m./7 p.m.

Choose your convenient time:

10 a.m. or 7 .m. Copies of the

book in a number of formats will

be available to pick up at the circulation

desk. Light refreshments

will be served. To register, visit, click

on Events, then Calendar, call

781-769-0200 x110, or stop by

the library reference or information


Lunch & Learn workshop: Clean

Out Your Gmail Inbox

Morrill Memorial Library

1 p.m.

Technology Librarian Brian

DeFelice is bringing back his

workshop, Clean Out Your

Gmail Inbox, by popular demand.

To register, visit,

click on Events,

then Calendar, call 781-769-0200

x110, or stop by the library reference

or information desk.

CALENDAR continued on page 15

July 2019 Norwood Local Town Pages Page 15

Norwood Family Flick

Norwood High School, Front



Bring your chairs, blankets,

and even a picnic for this great

family fun night under the stars!

The movie will be family friendly.


July 22

Movie Musical Mondays: “Mary

Poppins Returns”

Morrill Memorial Library

6:30 p.m.

Starring Emily Blunt and Lin-

Manuel Miranda. To register,


click on Events, then Calendar,

call 781-769-0200 x110, or stop

by the library reference or information


Carillon Concert on the Common

Washington & Nahatan Sts.

7-8 p.m.

Jan Verheyen, from Neerpelt,

Belgium will be playing Norwood’s

carillon this evening. Be

sure to bring chairs or a blanket

to comfortably enjoy the concert.

July 23

Women's Business Networking


The Women's Business Networking

(WBN) group is a nonprofit

organization for women in

business or residents of Norwood

and surrounding towns. The group

meet two mornings per month

and in addition to providing referral

business, the women share

and support business ideas and

community events/fundraisers. If

you would like more information

about the organization, email

Norwood Farmer’s Market

Norwood Town Common

2-6 p.m.

Enjoy all the fruits and more

of local vendors and artisans!

This year’s Farmer’s Market will

include, Oakdale Farms, Wards

Berry Farm, Jordan's Seafood,

Little Treasures by Jane - handmade

jewelry, KcKgems - handmade

beaded jewelry, Muddy

River Herbals, Tree House

Farms, Love and Hope Design

- essential oil jewelry. Many vendors

are added weekly! Also, visit

the Friends of Norwood Center

website for updated lists and special

events! Note the time change

from previous years.

Titles on Tap Book Group

Napper Tandy’s, Day St.

7:30 p.m.

July title is yet to be announced.

Titles on Tap is a social

book group for readers in their

20s and 30s and for the young at

heart. We go in for stories that are

shaken, not stirred, and we don’t

mind taking our love of lit outside

the library walls. Titles on Tap

meets once a month in the lefthand

bar of Napper Tandy’s to

eat, drink, be merry, and discuss

the latest reading selection. Visit

our website and follow us @titlesontap

to learn more.

July 25

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

Civic Center

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Join in hon National Hot

Fudge Sundae Day with all the

fixings!! For all ages. Cost is $7 for

residents, $10 for non-residents.

Sign up at the Civic Center.

July 26

Day of Hope Carnival

Hawes Pool

10 a.m.-12 noon

Enjoy a favored summer family

tradition, complete with pony

rides, games, a dunk tank, bouncy

house, ice cream eating contests,

and more! All proceeds will benefit

the Circle of Hope. Cost is $5

per person.

July 28

F. Holland Day House Tours

93 Day St.

1-3 p.m.

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July 29

Movie Musical Mondays: “A Star

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Morrill Memorial Library

6:30 p.m.

Starring Lady Gaga and

Bradley Cooper. To register, visit, click

on Events, then Calendar, call

781-769-0200 x110, or stop by

the library reference or information


Carillon Concert on the Common

Washington & Nahatan Sts.

7-8 p.m.

Patrick Macoska, Cleveland,

Ohio, will be performing. Be sure

to bring chairs or a blanket, and

enjoy the unique sounds of Norwood’s

own carillon!

July 29-Aug. 2

Flag Football Clinic

Balch Fields

9 a.m.-12 noon

F.A.S.T. Athletic will lead this

clinic teaching game strategies,

catching techniques and how to

work as a team. For ages 7-12

years old. Cost is $110 for residents.

Sign up at the Civic Center


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July 30

Norwood Farmer’s Market

Norwood Town Common

2-6 p.m.

Enjoy all the fruits and more

of local vendors and artisans!

This year’s Farmer’s Market will

include, Oakdale Farms, Wards

Berry Farm, Jordan's Seafood,

Little Treasures by Jane - handmade

jewelry, KcKgems - handmade

beaded jewelry, Muddy

River Herbals, Tree House

Farms, Love and Hope Design

- essential oil jewelry. Many vendors

are added weekly! Also, visit

the Friends of Norwood Center

website for updated lists and special

events! Note the time change

from previous years.

July 31

6th Grade Summer Reading Book

Club: “Stargirl”

Morrill Memorial Library

6 p.m.

Miss Kate will discuss Stargirl,

one of the 6th Grade summer

reading books, and help students

tackle their summer reading assignment.

Copies of “Stargirl”

are available at the library along

with copies of the assignment.


Cat Food Fundraiser-

Month of July

The Bay State Animal Cooperative will have a bin for

dry and wet cat food at the Morrill Memorial Library for

the month of July. Our bin is just as you enter the library on

the left.

All donations will go towards feeding our feral colonies.

Volunteers visit these colonies daily to ensure these homeless

cats have enough food to eat. This can get costly and your donations

are much appreciated! When we can, we trap, neuter,

and release, or if possible, rescue and find them loving homes.

For more information, visit

Way To Go


The Prescott Elementary School was

recognized last month at the State House

for exceeding the targets of the state’s

accountability system. The Prescott was

one of only 52 schools in Massachusetts

honored for this achievement!

Pictures left to right: Jeffrey Riley

Massachusetts Education Commissioner,

Dr. David Thompson, Superintendent

of the Norwood Public Schools, Carol Thornton, Prescott teacher, Brianne Killion, retired principal of the

Prescott and Brian Riley, current principal of the Prescott.

Page 16 Norwood Local Town Pages July 2019

Pet Corner


What is foster care and long-term foster care?

Foster care involves a generous human

family providing a safe shelter (indoors

only) along with food, water and litter to

a needy cat being rescued, surrendered or

in need of some socialization. The duration


Long-term foster care usually means

the cat needing the care either has a medical

condition or a social issue requiring a

unique, experienced adopter hence why

these kitties have been in BSAC’s loving

care for a longer period of time and may

be with us/foster forever ❤

In either situation; Bay State Animal Cooperative

provides medical care, through

our supporting veterinarians, and consulting


Foster or Adopt either of these kitties!


Lynn was literally left behind in an abandoned

apartment. She is a bit reserved initially

but once out of her shell she is very

sweet and enjoys life around humans. It

seems with other cats she seems to have

tendency to be the alpha.

Lynn is gentle and would love a foster or

forever home where she will NEVER be left

behind again.


Mittens will surely be a lap cat to the

person who gives her the time and love to

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Though a bit cautious initially, she loved

attention and cuddles.

We feel she would do best as an only

cat. Mittens prefers one on one human

time. Foster or adopt Mittens today.

Long-term Foster or Adopt LUCY:

Lucy has had a tough last few weeks.

She is a declawed sweet, affectionate

young adult kitty. She’s super social and

very present.

She was on the verge of death just a few

short weeks ago as for some reason she decided

to stop eating and as a result her liver

began to fail. This led to her needing to be

tube fed. After many many tests and procedures

to determine the cause no definitive

answers were found. She is currently doing

very well eating on her own and living in a

temporary foster.

Lucy would love a place to call home

and BSAC is always here if she once again

opts to stop eating. This is what we do.

Lucy’s medical care has so far cost over

$2,400. Any donations to her bills are welcomed!

Consider adopting her with our support

or foster her until she finds her forever


For further information on foster care

for any of these cats you must contact us

at or to adopt

please complete an adoption application

on our website to minimize any delay

Your tax-deductible gift to the Bay State

Animal Cooperative helps ensure animals

in distress receive the care they need, as

well as a chance to be adopted into a caring


We gratefully accept any amount. If you

would like to pay by check, please make

checks payable to Bay State Animal Cooperative,

Inc. and mail to:

Bay State Animal Cooperative, Inc.

47 Windsor Road

Norwood, MA 02062


BSAC is still on the search for a place to call home. A permanent place in

the Norwood Area where we can display our cats, provide educational programs,

volunteer hands-on opportunities and more to the community. Can

you help?

Dear Tabby:

My mom worries about me all the time.

She’s afraid I might get lost. Do you have

any words of advice from my mom regarding

how to prepare in case I accidentally

get lost and what to do if I do get lost?



Dear Lui

If you live here

in Norwood there

is a great lost and

found Facebook

page that you need

to tell your mom

about. Anyone

should report lost

or found pets here

as soon as they go

missing or are found.

Remind mom that Getting the word

out early is key, and not to assume you will

return on your own in a few hours.

Dog/Car Wash

Owners need contact

Norwood Animal

Control (781) 762-

3159, all local and

nearby veterinarians,

Tufts Emergency Veterinary

Services in

Walpole and ARL in Dedham.

Reach out to the local DPW departments

numerous times in case they were

called to pick up a deceased pet

Additionally, if microchipped, reach

out to the company immediately. And finally,

mom MUST do her due diligence

and create and post as many signs everywhere

to let the community know about

your pet. Never assume the immediate

neighbors know!

Your job Lui, is to obey your moms

commands and keep yourself safe.

With love,


Shopping at the Shaws Supermarket in Canton?

Throughout the entire Month of July when you purchase a reusable

bag, they will donate a portion a portion of the proceeds to the BSAC.

We raised $142 last month thanks to the Big Y-Norwood and Stop &


Did you know you can buy these special bags at these stores everywhere

and ask that the donation go to Bay State Animal Cooperative?

It’s the Gift Tag Program. Think of us everywhere you shop!!!!!

The BSAC held their Annual Dog/Car Wash on Sunday, June 23. In addition to “freshening

up” furry coats and cleaning pollen off of cars, the day included rabies vaccinations

and microchipping. BSAC would like to thank Dr. Stankiewicz of donating her time

for vaccinations and to all the

wonderful volunteers who

spent their Sunday to help

raise money for the rescue

and care of our homeless cats.

July 2019 Norwood Local Town Pages Page 17

Torch Run

Norwood Police Officers

Murphy and Carmichael joined

the Law Enforcement Torch Run

for the Special Olympics on June

8. The Law Enforcement Torch

Run is a year-round fundraising

and awareness building program,

designed to allow members of

the law enforcement community

the opportunity to support Special

Olympics athletes who live,

work and compete in their local


Firecracker 5k Sparks an Athletic


by Bella Caggiano

For runners, The Norwood

Firecracker is not just the kick-off

to the infamous 4th of July celebration,

it is an athletic tradition

that many look forward to all year

long. Just before the Town streets

are filled with floats, bands, and

local organizations, runners take

advantage of cheering spectators

to push to the finish line in the 5k

road race.

At 5 p.m., just prior to the infamous

parade, their start signal

goes off from the Town Common

and runners of all ages, locally

and from surrounding towns,

join in on the 3.1 mile course that

winds throughout Norwood's scenic


Prizes are awarded for the top

three runners within gender and

age categories and t-shirts are

given to the first 125 registered


For more information or to

register, contact race coordinator

Jim Henry at 617-610-0084, visit Entry fee is

$20 with pre-registration or $25

the day of the race.

Unlike many other local races,

Norwood streets are filled with

thousands of parade spectators

to cheer and encourage runners

throughout the entire challenging

course. Directly following the

race, Norwood's infamous 4th of

July Parade begins! What better

way to celebrate America's independence?

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Norwood Sports

Jay Wladkowski:

His Dwight Evans Arm is Perfect for the Outfield

By Christopher Tremblay

Growing up playing Little

League baseball Jay Wladkowski

found himself playing just about

every position on the diamond at

one point or another, but it was

mainly the infield where he saw

his greatest action. However, by

the time he got to high school,

he found himself on the freshman

team suiting up as the team’s

catcher. When he earned a spot

on the varsity team during his

sophomore campaign, Wladkowski

was back playing shortstop.

“As a sophomore trying out

for the varsity team, I was very

nervous at first, but eventually

after a few practices things were

not as bad,” the Norwood athlete



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said. “The freshman practices

compared to the varsity practices

where like night and day. Freshmen

practices were basically just

baseball, while the varsity practices

involved more technical aspects

of the game; like hitting and

running plays.”

Following his first year on the

varsity team, Coach Kevin Igoe

decided to move Wladkowski to

the outfield, primarily right field,

where he felt that he could help

the team in a positive way, and that

is where he has played his final two

seasons with the Mustangs.

“At 6-1 and 190 pounds, Wladkowski

can cover a lot of ground

in the outfield and has a Dwight

Evans arm,” the Norwood skipper

said. “He has speed, power and a

great baseball instinct; everything

you want in a ball player. He’s a

five-tool player that leads the team

in every offensive category.”

Growing up playing baseball,

Wladkowski seemed to stand out

compared to his friends when

playing on the diamond. He felt

it was a noticeable difference but

something that you really don’t

think about at the time. It wasn’t

until he continuously heard people

talking about his abilities that he

realized he had something special.

At 11 years old, however, he

wasn’t thinking far ahead into his

baseball future.

Soon after, he decided to hook

up with the Northeast Gators, an

AAU baseball team out of Walpole,

where he learned to craft his


As Wladkowski and his Norwood

teammates battle into the

final days of the regular 2019

season, the senior was hoping that

the Mustangs could forge ahead

and earn themselves a spot in the

state tournament, but things didn’t

work out that way. Norwood finished

the year at 9-11 and missed

the post-season.

Now that the season is officially

over, Wladkowski is going to have

surgery on his elbow. Prior to getting

hurt, the University of Rhode

Island was very much interested

in the Norwood athlete, and while

they still are hoping to see him

on their roster in the future, he is

going to take his game to the Kent

School in Connecticut first.

“I had torn my ACL during

football season and didn’t really

know it until we had an MRI

done,” Wladkowski said. “I was

told that I would need surgery, but

being my senior year I wanted to

hold off until after the baseball

season. As long as I didn’t pitch, I

could continue to play high school

baseball. Surgery is scheduled for

June 23rd.”

Once the surgery is complete,

he’ll go thought about nine

months of rehab before he can get

back onto the field. Unfortunately,

that means no legion baseball this

summer for the Norwood native.

“I should be rehabbing for

about nine months which will take

me right to March of next year,

just as the team begins heading

to Florida to get ready for the season,”

Wladkowski said. “I’m hoping

that with no setback I should

be ready for the beginning of the

season in April.”

Following attendance at the

Kent School, Wladkowksi is still

hoping to play Division 1 baseball

on the collegiate level.

“My goal is to get back and

eventually play for a Division 1

college,” Wladkowski said. “At this

point, I have no idea where, but

URI did say they would still be interested

in talking to me again as a

pitcher; we’ll just have to wait and


As for Wladkowski, that is the

approach he will be taking over

the next nine months as he goes

through the surgery and begins

the climb to get back onto the field

in hopes of accomplishing his ultimate

goal – playing for a Division

1 collegiate team.

July 2019 Norwood Local Town Pages Page 19

Norwood Sports

Erin Wagner: It All Started From A Sign

By Christopher Tremblay

Like so many other youngsters,

Erin Wagner was first introduced

to the sport of lacrosse by a poster.

Having been playing soccer at the

time, the Norwood resident was

looking to try something new.

“After seeing the youth lacrosse

in fourth grade sign, I decided to

give it a try,” Wagner said. “It was

the first time that I had ever picked

up a stick, immediately fell in love

with the sport, and have been

playing ever since. I like the fact

that as teammates we have to play

together to have success as a team

and being competitive.”

Although she has played

hockey, soccer and lacrosse as a

youth, Wagner still found the tryouts

to be a very nerve racking


“I really didn’t know what to expect,

especially having a first-year

coach taking over the program,”

Wagner said. “I knew lacrosse and

wanted to play varsity, so I needed

to show him what I could do. The

beginning of the second day I

was still nervous, but not as bad,

and then once the team was announced

I felt that I could be an

asset to the team.”

Playing youth lacrosse Wagner

found herself as a midfielder, a position

that she still plays today for

Norwood High School. Coaches

back then saw that she not only

had the ability to play offense but

defense as well, and since she was

a midfielder on the soccer team

she knew the job.

As a freshman, Wagner played

in every single game for the Mustangs,

and now as a junior, she has

grown into a goal scorer for Norwood.

“Due to injuries I’ve had to step

it up and score more now,” Wagner

said. “I’m confident with the

pace of the game and feel I work

best with the defense and transitioning

the ball up the field into

the offensive zone. I like staying

with the ball in the defensive zone

and moving it up into the offense

and helping set up assists; getting

everyone involved in the play.”

Chuck Allen, the coach that

was taking over the lacrosse program

as Wagner was entering

her freshman year, wishes he had

more athletes like his junior midfielder.

“She is not only the heart and

soul of the team playing on both

sides of the ball, but is someone,

as I coach, I wish I had 20 of her,”

the Norwood Coach said. “She

gives you everything that she has

all of the time and never gives up.”

Coming into the season, Wagner

was hoping to do more to help

her team advance into the tournament,

but unfortunately, once

again Norwood was not able to

progress into the post-season.

“While I wanted to score more,

my main goal was to get the team

to possess the ball more,” Wagner

said. “As a captain, I wanted to let

them know that it’s ok to take the

ball to the net as well as passing it.

Creating turnovers in the defensive

zone allows us to transition

to the offense, which is something

that we have not done consistently

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Register O’Donnell Reports Uptick in Norfolk County Real Estate Activity

While the weather in May was

starting to get slightly warmer,

so too was the Norfolk County

real estate market, according to

Register of Deeds William P.


The Register noted that a noticeable

uptick in both real estate

sales and lending transactions

happened last month.

“Specifically, during the month

of May, Norfolk County real estate

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increased, the average real estate

price, again both residential and

commercial, was $702,071, a 16%

decrease compared to May, 2018.

Also, total dollar real estate sales

volume decreased 13%, to $786.3

million. However, these figures

can be attributed to two big commercial

sales last year of $61 million

and $70 million that skewed

the numbers.

Lending activity in Norfolk

County also rose during the

month of May.

“The number of mortgages

recorded against County properties

increased 6% year over year,”

Register O’Donnell noted. “The

increases in real estate sales and

mortgage transactions clearly tells

us that the market is definitely loosening

up, due in part to increased

real estate inventory. Sustaining

the available inventory numbers

will be a key component in ensuring

that the Norfolk County real

estate market continues its push in

a positive direction.”

The month of May also saw

Norfolk County homeowners

continuing to take advantage of

the Homestead Act. During May,

a total of 1,160 Homesteads were

recorded, a 5% increase compared

to May, 2018. Register O’Donnell

spoke about the importance of recording

a Homestead Act against

your primary property.

“A Homestead is an important

consumer tool that provides limited

protection against the forced

sale of an individual’s primary residence

to satisfy unsecured debt up

to $500,000,” Register O’Donnell


Another good sign for the

market has been the reduction

in foreclosure activity during the

past several months. The number

of foreclosure deeds recorded

in the county during May was 4,

a significant 75% decrease compared

to May, 2018. In addition,

the number of Notice to Foreclose

Mortgage recordings, the first step

in the foreclosure process, was 41,

a 38% decrease year over year.

Register O’Donnell noted

that the Norfolk County Registry

of Deeds continues to partner

with non-profit agencies Quincy

Community Action Programs,

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Housing Solutions, a

new entity recently created by the

merger of NeighborWorks Southern

Massachusetts and Housing

Solutions for Southeastern Massachusetts.

For assistance, you can

call NeighborWorks Housing Solutions

at 508-587-0950.

Both NeighborWorks Housing

Solutions and Quincy Community

Action Programs are staffed

with professionals that can help

someone who has received a Notice

to Foreclose Mortgage document.

Another option is to contact

the Massachusetts Attorney General’s

Consumer Advocacy and

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“The increase in May’s sales

and lending activity, coupled with

a larger pool of available housing,

gives me guarded optimism to believe

that the Norfolk County real

estate market is heading for a good

summer run,” Register O’Donnell

concluded. “Another factor that

should help is the continued stabilizing

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Register O’Donnell Promotes

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Register of Deeds William P.

O’Donnell has reiterated the importance

on the Registry’s use of

social media platforms to communicate

directly with the citizens

of Norfolk County.

“At the Registry of Deeds, we

put a high priority on communicating

with Registry users on a

24/7 basis,” Register O’Donnell

said. “After all, just because our

doors close at the end of the business

day doesn’t mean the Registry

has to stop working for you.

For example, our website www. lets people view

scanned images of over 8.5 million

land documents dating back

to 1793, as well as learning about

our latest consumer protection

programs. I also want people to

note that Registry information is

available not just from using their

workstations or laptops, but also

from their smartphones or tablets.”

The Register also noted that

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Norfolk County residents can

also sign up on-line for its free

Consumer Notification Service.

This program will alert a person

anytime a land document has

been recorded against their name

in Norfolk County. Additionally,

there is valuable county real estate

information that can be researched

and tracked based on

the monthly and quarterly real estate

statistical reports, such as the

number of residential and commercial

properties sold, average

prices of property sold, and much,

much more.

Besides the Registry website,

other forms of social media utilized

by the Registry of Deeds

include Facebook,

NorfolkDeeds, Twitter, twitter.

com/NorfolkDeeds, and Instagram.

“The Norfolk County Registry

of Deeds has utilized Facebook,

Twitter and Instagram to provide

information to the general public,”

Register O’Donnell said. “We

are optimistic that county homeowners,

and in particular first-time

homebuyers, will use these social

media platforms. They can learn

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The Registry has also filmed

multiple public service announcements

(PSA’s) which are available

on the Registry’s website and You-

Tube. These PSA’s have touched

on a variety of issues such as assistance

for residents who have

received a Notice to Foreclose

Mortgage from a lender. Videos

highlighting the Registry’s various

philanthropic initiatives, such

as its Annual Holiday Food Drive,

Toys for Tots campaign, and its

Suits for Success program, which

helps people who are attempting

to re-enter the workforce, can also

be viewed.

“My office recognizes the value

of using social media platforms to

forward important information to

Norfolk County residents,” Register

O’Donnell concluded. “If

you have questions related to real

property, I urge you to take a look

at our social media offerings.”

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And the NPD Award Goes To:

On June 10, the Norwood Police

Department held an awards

ceremony at the Norwood Theatre

attended by Department

employees and their families and

Town officials. The NPD also extended

their thanks to Norwood

Theatre owner Sue Lewis as well

as Gillooly Funeral Home and the

Olde Colonial Cafe for their help

with this ceremony. The following

NPD employees received awards:

Dispatcher Joseph Montesano

received the Meritorious Service

Ribbon for resolving a situation

where a man had a loaded firearm.

By remaining calm and negotiating

through a third party,

Dispatcher Montesano got the

subject to put down the firearm

and surrender unarmed. The

subject was then transported to

Norwood Hospital.

Officer Michael O'Brien received

the Meritorious Service

Ribbon for helping revive a man

who was reported to be choking.

After administering CPR and

then turning medical care over

to Norwood firefighters, he questioned

people in the crowd and

determined that the man might

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have overdosed. Based on this

new information firefighters administered

naloxone and revived

the man. It appears that the man

suffered an overdose and a heart

attack, but due to the joint care by

both departments has survived.

Officer Shawn Wilman and

Officer Justin McKinney received

the Meritorious Service Ribbon

for safely resolving a call where a

man armed with a loaded firearm

was found in a wooded area, apparently

unconscious, but with

the firearm in his hand. The officers

were able to tactically approach

the man and take him into

custody, retrieving the firearm in

the process, without using their

own weapons. K-9 Officer Scott

Brown of the Canton Police Department

also participated in the


Lieutenant Michael Benedetti

and Officer Wilman received the

Meritorious Service Ribbon as

a result of their work on a medical

call. Upon arrival, the officers

found a Norwood resident unconscious

and in cardiac arrest. They

began CPR prior to the arrival of

the Norwood Fire Department,

who then took over medical care.

Norwood Fire transported the patient

and Lt. Benedetti rode in the

ambulance to continue medical

care. The man has survived.

Officer Brett Baker and Officer

Kevin Coffey Received the Combat

Cross for successful resolution

of an armed encounter. No further

information is available here

as the matter is pending criminal


Detective Anthony Lopes received

the Department Achievement

Medal for leading a complex

and lengthy investigation into a

drug trafficker. Detective Lopes

coordinated with several law enforcement

agencies and with the

NORPAC Task Force to safely

and effectively take the subject into

custody, seizing trafficking weight

fentanyl, cash and two vehicles.

Lt. Michael Benedetti, Officer

Shawn Wilman and Officer Michael

O’Brien will receive state

awards from the Municipal Police

Training Committee during a

ceremony to be held Thursday at

Bentley University.

Chief Brooks congratulates

the NPD employees who received

awards this year, and thanks all

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