Medway & Millis February 2020


Medway & Millis February 2020


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Vol. 11 No. 2 Free to Every Home and Business Every Month February 2020

The Voice of Your Community

By Robert Yeager,

Post Commander

Happy 100 th Birthday Millis

American Legion Post 208

This year, we celebrate our 100th year, making

us one of the oldest American Legion Posts in the


Millis American Legion Post 208 is celebrating its centennial

year. Congress now allows ALL veterans to become Legionnaires,

whether they served during wartime or peacetime.

Shown, L-R, top row, Bud Waite, Larry McCarter; middle row,

Harold Crosby, Tom Howie, Mary Ann Sheridan; bottom row,

Bob Yeager, Wayne Hanson, and Mark Slayton.

Although we no longer serve our country through

our wartime service in the military, we continue

our service to Millis. This we do by supporting and

sponsoring Millis Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts

and other youth programs.

We keep alive the memories of those

who have served our country by putting on

the Memorial Day parade, placing flags at

veteran’s graves and flags and wreaths at

the eleven memorials throughout the town

honoring those Millis veterans who have

died in World War II.

Every day, we see on television and other

media, the price being paid by our warriors

on behalf our country. Thank a veteran for

their service.

Congress, which charted the American

Legion, now allows ALL veterans to become

Legionnaires, whether they served during

wartime or peacetime. We invite all veterans

to continue their service, this time to the

town. We meet at the Post at 136 Curve

Street, every Thursday morning for coffee

and refreshments. We can also be reached

at (508) 376-5311 or at PO Box 22. Please

join us.

Medway Public

Schools to Offer

Massachusetts State

Seal of Biliteracy

The district has partnered

with the Department

of Elementary and Secondary

Education to offer the

Massachusetts State Seal

of Biliteracy for students.

The Seal

of Biliteracy is

a distinction

that recognizes

students who

pursue and

demonstrate literacy

in English

and one or more

world languages.

The Seal of Biliteracy

aims to encourage the study

and mastery of languages,

honor the linguistic proficiency

of students, certify attainment

of biliteracy skills

and provide evidence of these

skills to future employers and

college admissions officers.

“We are committed to

building a program that is

student-centered and


said Medway

Public Schools


of World


Dr. Marieangie


“We aim to

encourage twentyfirst-century

skills, social

justice and global citizenship

skills throughout our World

Languages program. The

introduction of the Seal of


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Biliteracy will recognize all of

the skills acquired through our

language program.”

To acquire the Seal of Biliteracy,

students must meet the

following requirements:

Demonstrate a High Level

of proficiency in English by satisfying

the following:

Earn a score of 240 or higher

on the 10th grade Legacy English

Language Arts MCAS.

Earn a score of 220 or higher

on the 10th grade Legacy English

Language Arts MCAS and

complete an Educational Proficiency


Demonstrate a High Level

of proficiency in a world language

through one of the following:

Attaining a minimum score

equivalent to an American

Council on the Teaching of

Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

proficiency level of Intermediate-High

on a state-approved


For languages that do not

have readily available assessments,

completing a portfolio

demonstrating Intermediate-

High proficiency in speaking,

writing, reading and listening.

Upon completion of these

requirements, the Seal of Biliteracy’s

special state insignia

will be affixed to the graduate’s


Medway Public Schools offers

Spanish, French and Mandarin

to students in fifth through

eighth grade. Students have the

opportunity to continue their

Spanish, French and Mandarin

studies with the additional option

of Latin in high school.

Juniors and seniors who are

interested in this opportunity

should respond to the form that

was sent out which will inform

the district of their intent to

participate in the seal program.

Any questions from students

or parents can be directed to

Dr. Marieangie Ocasio-Varela



Metrowest Forum Spotlights

Children’s Mental Health

By J.D. O’Gara

“It’s clear we (need to) talk

about our kids’ mental health.

This is just the beginning…”

Such is how Senator Karen

Spilka introduced Strategies for

Student Stress: A Social-Emotional

Learning Forum for K-12

Parents, a forum she hosted in

January at the Warren Conference

Center in Ashland in partnership

with MetroWest Health

Foundation, Call2Talk, MetroWest

Medical Center and

Framingham State University.

Spilka described mental health

as an issue that deeply affected

her personally, having grown

up with a father who dealt with

mental illness.

When she heard from parents,

Spilka said she was “blown

away. We all know the stress our

kids are experiencing day in and

day out and how much it has impacted

families as a whole.” In

fact, the forum was packed, with

organizers having to turn people


A recent forum for parents on dealing with mental illness in

children, hosted by Karen Spilka, partnering with MetroWest Health

Foundation, Call2Talk, MetroWest Medical Center and Framingham

State University, was filled to capacity at the Warren Conference Center.

As a legislator, Spilka expressed

a desire to help fight

stigma associated with mental illness

and to have parity for mental

health and physical health

problems. She explained that

the Child Health and Wellness

Act will mandate that insurance

providers regularly update their

provider lists, eliminating “ghost”

providers who are no longer in

service or no longer accepting

patients. The Mass. Senate, she

says, is working on a comprehen-


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sive Mental Health Reform Bill.

The first speaker of the night

was Dr. Shella Dennery, Program

Director of Boston Children’s

Hospital’s Neighborhood

Partnership Program, who noted

that 20-25% of all youth struggling

with mental illness, making

it “the most common disease of

childhood.” Those with chronic

illness and children of color

face a higher risk. What’s more,

among those who turn to suicide,

nationally, she said, 80%

show signs beforehand, but a

fifth do not, a concern where

mood disorders and suicide are

on the rise. Teens’ high level of

social media and technology use,

might contribute to many (70%)

of them are not sleeping the recommended

nightly 8-10 hours.

Dennery noted that half of

those who diagnosed with behavioral

health disorders show symptoms

by age 14, while 75% show

symptoms by age 24, with the

average delay in symptom onset

and receiving behavioral health

care treatment 8-10 years. Most

(60-70%) do not get the behavioral

health care they need, and

the average wait time for the first

appointment is 3-6 months. Of

those who do get therapy, 40 to

60% terminate treatment early.

Topping the list in barriers to

care are long wait times, a shortage

of providers, a difficult system

to navigate, lack of services,

financial/insurance related issues

and stigma.

Left to Right: Lesley Kinney, Medway Parent ; Margaret Carmire, Holliston Director of Student Services ; Dr.

Shella Dennery, PhD, LICSW, Program Director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnership

Program; Adam Levine, Framingham High School Alum ; Senate President Karen E. Spilka ; Lisa Winner, Panel

Moderator, Hopkinton High School Adjustment Counselor; Rebecca Donham, Senior Program Officer at the

Metrowest Health Foundation. Photos courtesy of the Office of Senate President Karen E. Spilka

Rebecca Donham, Senior

Program Officer at the MetroWest

Health Foundation, next

talked about the findings of the

most recent bi-annual Metrowest

Adolescent Health Survey. The

survey, customized for school districts,

shows that one in five middle-schoolers

and one in three

high-schoolers in the Metrowest

say they’ve been “very stressed”

in the past 30 days. Those who

report being “very stressed” were

also less likely less sleep.

After Dennery spoke, members

of a four-person community

panel featuring student and

Framingham High School alum

Adam Levine, Medway parent

Lesley Kinney, Holliston Director

of Student Services Margaret

Carmire and panel moderator

and Hopkinton High School adjustment

counselor Lisa Winner,

answered questions that time allowed.

Levine spoke about his experience

as a high school student

dealing with depression. He

noted how helpful Framingham

High’s Bridge Program– which

provides short-term, intensive

general education and clinical

supports to students who are

returning to school after having

experienced a significant mental

health impact and loss of school

time – was to him. Levine encouraged

students to have an

“open dialogue” with teachers

and professionals, that he

has learned that teachers “want

what’s best for you at all levels of


Lesley Kinney spoke about

her child’s experience with anxiety.

Herself a child professional,

she discovered that no family is

immune to mental health disorders,

and it was “almost a fulltime

job” to get the help her

family needed. She is thankful

for support from school staff and

explained, “Sticking to the (treatment)

plan is a lot of work for the

whole family.”

Holliston High’s Margaret

Carmire noted that Holliston

schools received a grant to

implement universal screening,

partnering with Wellesley

Center for Women to screen

students in 7th, 9th and 11th

grades for signs of depression

or suicidal thoughts. “It’s fascinating

to me that we screen for

a lot of health areas,” but not

mental health, said Carmire,

who says that education is a significant

part of the program, for

parents, staff and students about

what depression is and how to

spot symptoms. The second

part of the program is actual

screening in all three grades,

according to the SOS (Signs of

Suicide®) Program, and thirdly,

a response component. “We’re

ensuring resources are in place

so that students are getting the

services they need and engaging

to end stigma,” says Carmire.

She recommended the William

James College Interface Service,

a mental health referral hotline

for families (888-244-6843), as

helping to quicken the pace of

access to mental health services.

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Explaining Millis’ Real Estate Tax Increase

By Dave Pasquantonio

As the calendar flipped from

December to January, Millis residents

knew that their property tax

bills were on the way. But many

residents were not prepared for

the higher numbers.

A combination of voter-approved

overrides and debt exclusions,

coupled with how the town

bills property tax, resulted in big

year-to-year increases. This led

to many calls and visits to Town

Hall and bitter discussions on

public Facebook pages.

Although the increases are

valid—Millis voters have approved

several large projects in

the last decade—the shock at

seeing those increases is equally


Millis bills property taxes quarterly.

The first and second quarter

bills are estimates based on the

previous year’s tax bills and are

mailed in July, while the third and

fourth quarter bills, which reflect

actual amounts, are mailed in


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January. Tax increases from the

previous year are reflected only in

the third and fourth quarter bills

instead of being spread over the

four quarterly bills. Many communities

besides Millis use estimated


A property tax bill is based

on two figures: the town tax rate

and the property’s assessed value.

Millis has a single tax rate for all

property types, while other towns

and cities tax residential and

commercial properties with different

tax rates.

In Massachusetts, Proposition

2 ½ limits the amount by which

each town can raise its property

taxes each year. But through town

meetings and ballot initiatives,

Millis residents can approve extra

spending on projects, thereby increasing


Sometimes, these projects

raise taxes for a single year—for

example, the town might approve

a maintenance project, and

any funds needed for that project

would come from a one-time tax

increase. For each fiscal year, all

of these approved single-year

projects are added to the town’s

tax levy.

Sometimes the town approves

a large-scale project and has to

borrow money and pay it off over

a number of years or decades.

These are called debt exclusions.

Each year, the town then either

pays interest on the debt or pays

both interest and principal. These

payments are added to the town’s

tax levy.

Millis has four current debt


• 2010: $5 million for the library

• 2013: nearly $10 million for

the police/fire station

• 2013: $850,000 for a fire truck

• 2017: about $30.5 million for

the elementary school (the

state granted an additional

$21.5 million towards the


The new school is the biggest

contributor to this year’s property

tax burden. Last year, the town

paid only interest on the debt. FY

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2020 is the first year that the town

will pay towards both interest and

principal on the school debt. The

town is already paying both interest

and principal for the other

three projects.

The tax hit for debt exclusions

is largest in the first year of paying

towards the principal. The

interest amount comes down a

little each year after that as the

principal is reduced.

The town also has to determine

how much each individual

property needs to be taxed. This

is done by assessing each property’s

value. Towns in Massachusetts

are required to fully reassess

property values every five years

(this is new—previously, it was

every three years), and assessments

can change slightly every


After the town determines the

total valuation of property, it sets

its property tax rate. The tax rate

is a dollar figure per thousand

dollars of assessed value. The tax

rate by itself doesn’t indicate that

a town’s taxes are high or low—

the tax rate in combination with a

property’s assessment gives a true

year-to-year view of a property’s

tax burden.

Property taxes can’t be raised

more than 2.5 percent annually

(due to Proposition 2 ½) but

that’s before any voter-approved

overrides or debt exclusions are

tacked on.

Once the tax rate is set, multiplying

the rate by a property’s

assessed value produces that

property’s tax bill. Adding up

each property’s tax bill results in

the town’s total tax property burden.

The Millis tax rate for fiscal

year 2020 is $20.14 per thousand

dollars of assessed value. The FY

2019 tax rate was $18.70, and the

FY 2018 tax rate was $18.02.

The combination of assessment

and tax rate for an individual

property gives a true sense

of how much a town’s property

taxes change. For example, this is

the author’s tax bill over the last

three fiscal years.

• FY 2018: property assessed at

$375,500, tax rate of $18.02,

tax bill of $6,766

• FY 2019: property assessed at

$388,400, tax rate of $18.70,

tax bill of $7,270

• FY 2020: property assessed at

$409,100, tax rate of $20.14,

tax bill of $8,239

The author’s tax bill increased

nearly $1,000 from FY 2019 to

FY 2020. Because Millis taxes

property quarterly and uses estimates

for bills for the first two

quarters, the author’s third and

fourth quarter bills each increased

by about $500 over the

same quarters in the previous fiscal

year. If actual numbers were

used for each bill, then each bill

would have increased about $250.

In percentages, the author’s

tax bill increased about 7.5 percent

from FY 2018 to FY 2019.

This year’s tax bill increased a

little over 13 percent from last

year. Most of this year’s increase

can be attributed to the town paying

both interest and principal toward

the school project bonds.

At the Millis Select Board

meeting held on January 13,

Town Administrator Michael

Guzinski presented similar information

to explain the property

tax increase. That information

can be found on the town’s website.

Residents who attended were

invited to air their views on property


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Millis Hairdresser Says Goodbye after 37 Years in Town

After 60 years of service as

a hairdresser, Hilda Tarara, or

as the many residents of Millis

know her, Gina, has sold and

closed her business Gina’s Hair

& Boutique and has retired from

her profession.

Gina went to school for hairdressing

in her homeland of

Chile. When she arrived in the

United States in 1965, she resided

in Worcester, Mass. where

a family friend sponsored her.

Her dream was to become an

American citizen, as she taught

herself English while working at

a local hair salon. She lived at

the YWCA, to save money, and

in 1970 her dream became a reality

when she was sworn in as a

U.S. citizen.

She opened up her first salon

in 1970 and for several months

had opened up a second salon

in Worcester. In 1973, she met

her husband Rick Tarara, who

became a police officer in Millis

and later, in Wellesley. She

sold her salons in Worcester and

moved to Millis in 1975.

After working in several salons

in Holliston, Medway and

Millis, Hilda opened Gina’s

Salon on Main Street next to the

Post Office in 1982. Five years

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In January 2020, she sold

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Medway Town Notes

Town Census

The Town of Medway asks

all residents to fill out the questionnaire

and return back via

mail, upload documents and


or drop off during

normal business hours at Town

Hall, 155 Village Street, Monday

7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday

7:30 a.m.-4:30

p.m. or Friday 7:30 a.m.-12:30


Dog Licensing

The Town Clerk’s Office

would like to make everyone

aware that is time to renew

your dog licenses. Deadline is

March 31st. You can fill out

the form on the back of your

census and put in the mail or

online using this link https://


going to the town websitewww.

Town Nomination Papers

are now available at the Town

Clerk’s Office – 155 Village


Key dates to remember:

• Tuesday, March 27th: Last

day to obtain nomination

papers 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Tuesday, March 31st: Last

day to submit nomination

papers 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Thursday, April 16th: Last

day to withdraw or object

7:30 am.-5 p.m.

• Wednesday, April 29th:

Last day to register until 8


• Tuesday, May 19th: town

Election 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Offices Available:

• Board of Selectmen

• Board of Health

• School Committee

• Park Commission

• Library Trustee

• Water/Sewer Commission

• Housing Authority

• Planning Board

• Redevelopment Authority

Protect Your Pup from

Hazards this Winter

By J.D. O’Gara

Snow and ice can certainly

pose a hazard in the winter. We

salt our roads and walks, don our

boots and coats and head out of

doors ready for and protected

from the elements, but what

about our furry best friends?

Wintertime can wreak havoc

on unprotected paws, noses and

even digestive and nervous systems

of dogs, says Wrentham

Animal Hospital Veterinarian

Dr. Dawn Friedman Schmier,

DVM. She explained to Local

Town Pages some common problems

for our pooches in the wintertime:

Ice melt:

While you can’t avoid it if

you’re walking on a public street,”

says Dr. Friedman Schmier, “if

you have a choice, use pet-friendly

ice melt in your own yards, and in

general, after being outside, it’s a

good idea to wipe your dog’s feet

off.” A wet cloth or a baby wipe

could do the trick.

Coats can be a good option to keep Fido warm, but make sure to

protect his paws from ice melt and moisture.

“Some of them also have

chemicals, or too much salt,”

which can be dangerous if ingested,

says the vet.


Once you wipe your pup’s

paws off, however, “you want to

dry them.” Wetness between the

toes, says the pet doctor, can lead

to bacterial and yeast infections.

Goldens and labs, in particular,

can be prone to hot spots, or infections

“from wetness sitting on

the skin. For dogs with long fur,

especially on the feet, it’s a good

idea to keep them trimmed so

you’re able to clean and dry and

avoid snow from getting stuck.”

Doggie boots can be a good

idea for those that are tolerant,

Friedman Schmier says, and a

good paw wax, like Musher’s Secret,

can help protect paws and

keep them moisturized. “It keeps

ice and snow from sticking,” she

says. For doggies that like to lick

off the wax, the veterinarian recommends

applying it right before

a walk, or keeping puppy occupied

with something like a peanut-butter-filled

Kong toy. “The

wax is good to moisturize paws,

but it can also help noses” in the

wintertime, says the animal doctor.

“There is a thing called salt

toxicity,” she says, and these ice

melts can cause intestinal or even

neurologic symptoms. “They can

cause itching or irritation that

causes the dog to lick and clean”

the area, she says.


Dr. Friedman Schmier suggests

treating your canine as you

would your children, and use

your best judgment in the lowest

temperatures to keep them


“Some have more insulation

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Medway’s Weekend Backpack

Program Receives Generous

Donation from Local


Superintendent Armand

Pires and Director of Wellness

Dr. Ryan Sherman are pleased

to share that Medway’s Weekend

Backpack Program received a

donation last week from a local


Paul Yorkis, President of Patriot

Real Estate in Medway, secured

a $1,000 grant from the

Boston Realtors Association to be

awarded to the Medway Village

Church Food Pantry in support

of Medway Schools’ Weekend

Backpack Program. Yorkis decided

to match the grant funds

with a donation from his company,

totaling a $2,000 donation

for Medway’s program.

Medway Village Church

Food Pantry Director Susan

Dietrich and Superintendent

Pires accepted Yorkis’ donation

on behalf of the food pantry

and Medway Public Schools on

Thursday, Jan. 9.

Medway’s Weekend Backpack

Program began at Burke-

Memorial Elementary in 2018.

The program expanded to Mc-

Govern Elementary in October


Each week, volunteer staff

put drawstring bags full of food

together for the students signed

up for the program. The nurses

at each school then ensure each

student receives a bag before the

end of the school day on Friday

that can be carried home to enjoy

over the weekend. Each bag contains

two breakfast items, milk,

juice and six snacks that students

can eat on their own, like granola

bars and applesauce, as well

as lunch items they can prepare

with an adult, like pasta or rice.

“We’re very thankful to Mr.

Yorkis for his generous donation

to our Weekend Backpack

Program,” Superintendent

Pires said. “This important

initiative allows us to supply

our elementary students with

healthy snacks and meals for

the weekend when they are not

in school, and Mr. Yorkis’ donation

will help ensure that this

program can continue to benefit

our students and families.”

Local businessman Paul Yorkis (middle) presents Superintendent

Armand Pires (left) and Medway Village Church Food Pantry Director

Susan Dietrich with a donation for the district’s Weekend Backpack

Program on Thursday, Jan. 9. (Photo

courtesy Medway Public Schools)

On average, 25 bags of food

are packaged per week for Mc-

Govern students, and another 15

for Burke-Memorial students.

“Last year, we distributed almost

500 bags of food between

late September and early December,

and families have the

option to enroll in the program

throughout the year,” Dietrich

said. “In order to meet this need,

we rely on donations such as this

one from Mr. Yorkis, and we are

incredibly grateful for the continued

support from the community.”

The Weekend Backpack

Program is an extension of the

Medway Village Church Food

Pantry, a private, non-profit

group. The Medway Village

Church Food Pantry is a member

agency of the Greater Boston

Food Bank.

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Medway Cultural Council

Awards 15 Grants for 2020

The Medway Cultural Council

received 21 grant applications

for 2020 and has awarded 15

grants for a total of $6,415.

The following artists and

organizations comprise the

FY2020 grantees:

Mike Cannistrato – Outside

the Box public art murals, Medway

Family Community Concert

by the Friends of Medway Performing

Arts, Victorian Christmas

Traditions hosted by the

Medway Historical Society, We

Did It For You! theater performance,

Free Movies at Medway

Public Library, Painting with

Trudi, Books in Bloom, Southeastern

MA Community Concert

Band, Pastel Paint Georgia

O’Keefe Miracle Flowers, Summer

Reading at the Medway

Public Library Kickoff, Hip

Swayers Concert at the Medway

Community Farm, Medway

Farm Day, Claflin Hill Symphony

Orchestra Imperial Russia

Concert, Mixed Media Art,

and a December performance

of The Nutcracker.

”We are very excited to be

able to fund a number of activities

for all age groups this year,

with a larger state allotment. We

were able to fund everything

from music to dance to theatre

to painting and the humanities,”

stated Carla C. Cataldo, Chairwoman

of the Medway Cultural

Council. “There will be a funded

activity in almost every month of


The Medway Cultural

Council will post the schedule

of events on its Medway Cultural

Council (MEDCC) Facebook

page and in local media.

The Medway Cultural Council

meets every other month to promote

access, education, diversity

& excellence in arts, humanities

and interpretive sciences in order

to promote the quality of life of

Medway residents and to contribute

to the economic vitality

of the community.

The next grant round will be

in October 2020, for fiscal year

2021. If you are interested in

learning more about the Council,

check out the town web page

at https://www.townofmedway.


Millis Cultural

Council Announces

2020 Grant


The Millis Cultural Council

congratulates the following

2020 award recipients:

Gregory Maichack - Pastel

Paint Your Georgia O’Keeffe

Miracle Flowers

Janet Applefield - Combating

Hate and Prejudice

Millis Recreation Department

(Kris Fogarty) - Summer

Concert Series

Ruth Harcovitz - Great Day

for the Irish!

Discovery Museum (Liz

Dorsey) - Especially for Me

Millis Garden Club (Janice

Simpson) - Perennials in the


Theatre Group of Millis,

Inc. - Spring Broadway Musical

- The Addams Family

Jim Sabitus - Event Photography


Emily Garven - Wellness Series

Mass Audubon’s Musuem of

American Bird Art (Sean Kent)

- Wild Wonder: A Nature Journaling

and Writing Program for

Young Adults

Jacqueline Volpe - Mixed

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Marks and Art: Collage Layers

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Robert Zammarchi - Elijah

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Sandra Elaine Scott - Everybody

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Mental Illness Education for Family Caregivers

The National Alliance on

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classes (Family-To-Family)

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Living Healthy

Glaucoma Treatment: SLT :10 Commonly Asked Questions

By Roger M. Kaldawy, M.D.,

Milford Franklin Eye Center

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front part of the eye, decreasing

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Patients who have primary or

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of their intraocular pressure

(IOP) are eligible for the procedure.

Your eye doctor will

make the final determination

if you are a candidate.

• How does it work? Laser energy

is applied to the drainage

tissue in the eye. This starts

a chemical and biological

change in the tissue that results

in better drainage of fluid

through the drain and out of

the eye. This eventually results

in lowering of IOP. It may take

1-3 months for the results to


• Why is it called Selective?

The type of laser used has

minimal heat energy absorption,

because it is only taken

up by selected pigmented tissue

in the eye. Sometimes it

is referred to as a “cold laser.”

Because of this, the procedure

produces less scar tissue and

has minimal pain.

• What are the risks? One key

aspect of SLT is a favorable

side effect profile, even when

compared with glaucoma

medications. Post-operative

inflammation is common, but

generally mild and treated with

observation or eye drops or an

oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory

drug. There is an approximately

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IOP elevation after laser, which

can be managed by glaucoma

medications and usually goes

away after 24 hours.

• How effective is it, and how

long does it last? SLT lowers

the IOP by about 30% when

used as initial therapy. This is

comparable to the IOP lowering

of the most powerful and

commonly used class of glaucoma

medication (prostaglandin

analogs). This effect may

be reduced if the patient is

already on glaucoma medications.

The effect will generally

last between 1-5 years, and in

some cases, longer than that.

If it does not last at least 6-12

months, it is usually not considered


• What happens if it wears off?

If SLT is effective at lowering

IOP, but this wears off over several

years, the procedure can

be repeated. Repeat treatments

may or may not lower IOP as

much as the first, and continued

repeat laser will eventually

not be effective. Some doctors

may elect to treat half of the

tissue on the first treatment,

then treat the second half at

a later date (this is not considered

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continued from page 10

micropulse laser trabeculoplasty

(MLT). ALT was the

first laser trabeculoplasty

procedure. It uses a thermal

(heat) laser and may cause

more scarring in the drainage

angle than SLT, which

may also limit its ability to be

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A Few February Programs

at Millis Senior Center

Social Security: Understanding

Your Benefits: February 19,

at 2 p.m., Melody Beach, from

AARP will explain options for

when to claim retirement benefits

and cover implications of

working while collecting benefits.

Valentine’s Day Breakfast

Buffet: February 12, 9:20 a.m.,

breakfast of quiche, hash

browns, sausage and fruit.

Please make your reservation

with payment of $3 before Friday,

February 7th.

Senior Circuit Breaker Tax:

February 21, at 11 a.m., Rep.

David Linsky and Rep. Shawn

Dooley, with a member of the

Massachusetts Dept. of Revenue,

will discuss this tax credit

for senior citizens whose property

payments exceed 10%

of their income. A Maximum

$1,100 credit is available.

The World’s Greatest Geological

Wonders: Wednesdays, 11

a.m. to 12 noon, starting February

5th. Join Susan Steele to

travel the world without leaving

Millis. Using The Great

Courses, The World’s Greatest

Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular

Sites, with lecturer Michael

E. Wysession, Associate

Professor of Earth and Planetary

Sciences at Washington

University in St. Louis, the

course will explore two different

places to discover each week.

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EnhanceFitness ®: The Hockomock

Area YMCA and the

Millis Council on Aging once

again offer this proven community

and evidence-based fitness,

falls prevention and arthritis

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of low impact classes that

are safe and challenging for

older adults at all fitness levels.

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Page 12 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages February 2020

Carol Cohen

Returns as Eleanor

Roosevelt in

Program on Victory


After performing to an enthusiastic

SRO-only audience

last month for a Friends of

the Library program, Carol

Cohen will be back at the

Millis Library in her role of

Eleanor Roosevelt at 7PM on

Wednesday, February 19, for

a program sponsored by the

Millis Garden Club, on Victory


During World War II, Eleanor

Roosevelt planted an

iconic “Victory Garden” and

encouraged other Americans

to do the same. Through the

use of first person narrative,

audience participation and a

variety of interesting primary

sources the audience will

learn about Eleanor Roosevelt’s

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in American history and their

relevance in today’s world.

Carol Cohen teaches at

Lesley University and is a

published historian, playwright

and owner of an educational

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American Cancer Society Cancer

Action Network’s National

Board of Directors

Medway’s Alice L. Pomponio

has been named to the Board of

Directors of the American Cancer

Society Cancer Action Network

(ACS CAN), the advocacy

affiliate for the American Cancer

Society (ACS). As a member of

the Board, Ms. Pomponio will

provide leadership and guidance

for ACS CAN, which supports evidence-based

policy and legislative

solutions designed to eliminate

cancer as a major health problem.

Her term began on Jan. 1, 2020.

Headquartered in Washington,

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volunteers across the country to

educate elected officials on critically

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of local, state and federal legislation

that saves lives through

support for cancer research, prevention

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volunteer, Ms. Pomponio is incoming

Chair of the ACS Eastern

New England Area Board

and on the Investment Advisory

Council for the American Cancer

Society Bright Edge Ventures,

a philanthropic impact

fund. For the past two years,

Ms. Pomponio has chaired ACS

CAN’s Annual New England Research

Breakfast and led recordbreaking

fundraising efforts for

the event.

“Alice’s knowledge in mission-critical

areas of research,

health equity and patient access

to care will be of tremendous

benefit in guiding our organization

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Millis Lions to Hold

Annual Super Bowl

Sunday Breakfast

Come support a good cause

on Super Bowl Sunday, with

the Millis Lions Club’s Annual

Super Bowl Sunday Breakfast, to

take place from 8 a.m.- 12 noon

on February 2nd at St. Thomas

Large Hall, 974 Main St., Millis,

The event includes an all-youcan-eat

breakfast, cooked by Millis

Lions volunteers, for just $8;

and kids 6 and under are admitted


Proceeds from the event will

support Millis Lions Club charities.

For more information, visit or find

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February 2020 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages Page 13

Thank You from the Medway Lions

As December 22, 2019 appeared

on the calendar, the site

of the Medway Lions Christmas

Tree and Wreath sale was bare.

Gone were the trees, wreaths,

stands and pine needles! A huge

thank you to the hundreds of

customers who supported the

annual Christmas Trees and

Wreaths sale, which benefits

community activities and needs,

Lions Eye Research and various

Lions charities.

Over 1,300 balsam and Fraser

fir trees were delivered the

day after Thanksgiving from a

tree farm in northern Maine.

Many Lions, along with the ablebodied

assistance of the Medway

hockey team players (Thank you

to all the hockey players!), unloaded

and stacked the trees and

wreaths. Trees were also readily

placed in stands for customers to

view, as many customers were already

waiting to purchase a tree

on that day.

Lions’ members, as well as

“friends of Lions,” volunteers

and Peer Counselors, manned

the trailer and tree lot through

December, available to answer

questions, assist in providing a

fresh cut to the trunk and trimming

branches. Trees were

wrapped, tied on top of or in

vehicles, or sent out for special

deliveries. The weeks were busy,

thanks to all of the Medway

Lions supporters.

The Medway Lions appreciates

the local support, including

the many who dropped off donations,

coffee, hot chocolate, cookies,

donuts and other goodies. It

is a great event for numerous

good causes.

Learning CPR Could Help Save a

Heart, Save a Soul

By J.D. O’Gara

Since 1963, February has

been designated by the American

Heart Association as National

Heart Month. As such, Local

Town Pages asked local experts the

benefits of learning Cardiopulmonary

resuscitation, or CPR.

“When it comes to cardiac arrest,

the reason for CPR is, the

earlier that interventions begin

the better. It is a race against

time, the longer the heart is not

circulating oxygenated blood, the

more damage that is done,” says

Millis Fire Department’s EMS

Coordinator Brian Polimeno.

“If an individual witnesses a cardiac

arrest and only calls 911,

it could be 10 minutes or more

for a trained individual or group

to arrive and begin CPR. Early

CPR increases the chances of

a positive outcome for a person

in cardiac arrest. The goal is not

only to restart a stalled heart, but

also see that person walk out of

the hospital at a later date. Early

recognition leads to early CPR,

early contact for emergency services

and the best chance at a

positive outcome.”

In fact, Millis Fire Department

offers CPR and First Aid

classes to the community.

“We teach the AHA Heartsaver

CPR/AED program as

well as a separate AHA First Aid

program. The program includes

training on patients from infants

to adults. We are also certified to

teach Healthcare Provider level

CPR for those people that work

in the healthcare field. All program

attendees will receive a certification

that is valid for 2 years,”

says Polimeno, who says Millis

Fire Department’s goal is to offer

a CPR class every other month

and maybe increase to every

month depending on numbers.

“We like to have a minimum

of 5-6 students per class, up to

about 12 per session. We have

two new enthusiastic instructors

that will help to facilitate this,”

he says.

“For now, most of our classes

are groups that approach us for

the certification, many of which

are repeat groups,” he says.

“Right now, the best way is for


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Charity Auction

March 28th

St. Michael’s 22nd Annual

Charity Auction is taking place

on Saturday, March 28th from

7-10 p.m. at Holliston Upper

Town Hall 703 Washington

Street – public invited!

Raffle baskets, Silent and

Live auction items!

Our raffle baskets, silent

and live auction items are donated

from local businesses

and parishioners’, for which we

are very grateful. You will see

restaurants from Ashland Ale

House to Avenue in Medfield

and everything in between. You

will find gift certificates for salons,

spas, yoga classes, garden

centers, car washes, golf fees

and boutique shops. You will

find admissions to zoos, museums,

ballet tickets and tickets

to sporting events. You will find

beautiful baskets that appeal to

everyone and the list goes on

and on!

The net proceeds from our

annual community charity auction

go back to the community

in the form of outreach grants.

Last year, we were able to distribute

over $15,000 in grants.

Some of the grants that we

fulfilled last year went to local

food pantries in Ashland, Hopkinton,

Holliston, Medway and

Millis. Once a month, we provided

meals to women’s shelters

in Ashland and Framingham.

We funded a week of B-Safe

Camp for Boston inner city

youth. We supported the Millis

Fund which helps residents of

Millis in emergency situations.

We provided funds for hurricane

relief efforts in Puerto

Rico and gave funds to Fistula

Hospital in Ethiopia.

Admission is $10 per person

and includes wine, beer, soft

drinks, appetizers and sweets.

Grab a friend and join us for

our Spring Auction! You will

be helping others and supporting

our local businesses.

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Medway Middle School Holds

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On Monday, Jan. 13, Medway

Middle School hosted Vaping:

Keeping Your Child Safe and

Hidden in Plain Sight, presented

by Medway T.H.R.I.V.E and the

SAFE Coalition. Parents and students

were invited to attend the

event together. The school also

held a vaping awareness presentation

for seventh and eighthgrade

students earlier in the day.

“We appreciate all of the parents

that took time out of their

busy day to come and learn

more about the dangers vaping

poses to their teens,” said Dr.

Sherman. “The parents that attended

got the opportunity to

learn more about this epidemic

and ask questions of a certified

healthcare professional. We look

forward to the subsequent conversations

within our district that

will follow this informational program.”

The event began with an interactive

exhibit, Hidden in Plain

Sight, hosted by the SAFE Coalition.

Members of the SAFE

Coalition led parents throughout

the exhibit and conducted a

subsequent question and answer

session. The exhibit featured a

mock set-up of a teen’s bedroom

to offer adults insight into what

drug paraphernalia teens may be

hiding in their rooms.

Following the exhibit, parents

were invited to listen to Dr. Lester

Hartman of Boston Children’s

Hospital and Westwood-Mansfield

Pediatrics present about the

dangers of Juuling and the risk

vaping poses to teens’ health.

In his presentation, Dr. Hartman

discussed with parents how

vape products can be appealing

to teens. Throughout the presentation,

he showed parents the latest

devices that will be introduced

or have already entered the market.

He also shared information

and the statistics surrounding

vaping and the effects it has on

individuals’ health.

About Medway T.H.R.I.V.E.:

Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. (Tools

for Health, Resiliency, Inclusiveness,

Vitality and Empowerment)

is a committee dedicated

to providing wellness-related,

family enrichment opportunities

to the Medway community.

T.H.R.I.V.E. is comprised of a

cross-sectional group of Medway

Public School administrators,

teachers and staff, as well as

numerous parent representatives.

About SAFE Coalition:

SAFE is a regional coalition

of community partners in

Western Norfolk County (serving

Franklin, Foxboro, Mansfield,

Medway, Millis, Norfolk,

Plainville, Walpole, Wrentham

and surrounding towns) who

have come together to provide a

pathway for support, education,

treatment options and coping

mechanisms for those affected by

substance use disorder. We do so

by empowering those affected,

including their families, with

the tools necessary to succeed

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Update on Medway Public Schools Wellness Initiatives

Medway Public Schools is

dedicated to fostering the socialemotional

and healthy development

of all students. To ensure

that this goal is met, the district

has adopted the Whole School,

Whole Community, Whole

Child model which focuses on

the child, stresses a school-wide

approach and recognizes health,

learning and the school as being

a part and reflection of the local


“We’ve made outstanding

progress in many of our wellness

initiatives over the past year, and

we will continue to advance these

initiatives in the coming year, as

well as examine additional areas

where we can work to improve

the health and wellness of our

staff and students,” Dr. Sherman

said. “The strides we make

in student wellness each year is

due to the dedication of the district

staff, our parent community

and community partners and we

thank them for their continued


In the area of counseling, psychological

and social services, the

district examined its practices in

student stress management and


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someone is to gather three or

four friends or coworkers, and

we will schedule a training for

them,” he says.

Medway Fire Department,

too, hopes to soon offer CPR

classes, says Medway firefighter

Christopher Stygles. “It’s something

we’re going to ramp up for

the spring,” he says, noting that

the department has also done it

for groups. “When classes become

available, they can look to

the Medway Fire Department,

on our website or our Facebook

page, or the town of Medway

Facebook page as well.”

Another place to find CPR

training is to look to Medway

Community Education, which

offers CPR training in every

season. Anyone 13 and older

can sign up for the session for

this month’s class, AMERICAN


Aid & CPR, with Juanita Allen

Kingsley, on February 3rd, from

6-9 p.m. at Burke-Memorial

School, for a cost of $85 (15%

senior discount and active military).

Participants are taught how

to handle injuries and manage illness

in the first few minutes until

help arrives. This course meets

the requirements of child care

providers, teachers, foster care

workers, camp counselors, Scout

leaders, youth organizations,

coaches, babysitters and parents.

Visit or

contact our office at (508) 533-

3222 option 4.

“Anyone can and should learn

CPR,” says Polimeno. “There

is no minimum age for students.

Discretion for younger students

really is based on whether

they can understand the subject

matter. There are many roles

involved in CPR such as chest

compressions, rescue breathing,

finding/retrieving an AED, that

are suitable for rescuers of any

age.” Polimeno explains that

CPR also trains students to recognize

and intervene in the cases

of choking as well, giving them

skills and steps to administer aid.

returned a completed report of

recommendations to Superintendent

Pires. Recommendations included

looking at things like the

district’s homework practices to

determine if the district is unintentionally

contributing to extra

levels of stress in students. Work

on examining the district’s practices

and tools the district can

give students to manage stress

is expected to continue into the

new year.

In the area of health education,

Medway’s elementary

health program successfully completed

its transition to a skillsbased

approach to curriculum

and instruction. This approach

connects each health unit to a

skill, which allows students to not

only learn the material, but also

practice basic health skills. Along

with the elementary curriculum

transition, Medway Middle

School health educators were

trained in skills-based instruction.

The approach is expected to to

be used for the full kindergarten

through grade eight health program

by the end of the 2020-

2021 school year.

In the area of physical education

and activity, before and

after school exercise programs

were examined and expanded to

help determine how kids can get

the recommended 60 minutes of

activity each day not only when

they’re in school, but also when

they are not in school. The district

has also begun to examine

what it can do to ensure a safer

walk for students to and from


In regard to nutrition and environmental

services, the Weekend

Backpack Program was

expanded to McGovern Elementary

after seeing great success at

Burke-Memorial Elementary.

Almost 30 bags of food are packaged

per week for McGovern

students, and another almost 20

for Burke-Memorial students. In

partnership with the Medway

Village Food Pantry, the program

supplies students in need with

food for the weekend.

In addressing employee wellness,

the district pursued comprehensive

wellness for all, which

included a professional development

afternoon for staff that was

dedicated fully to self-care options.

This afternoon programming

will be included again in

this month’s Professional Development


Among other initiatives that

saw advances were: the integration

of responsive classrooms in

K through grade 4; the Family

Continuity Partnership clinical

integration at Burke-Memorial;

full remodel of the Medway

High School Fitness Center; a

research study and investigation

of Screening, Brief Intervention

and Referral to Treatment

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wellness department in 2016.

“One of the core values of our

district is comprehensive wellness

for all and we are very proud of

the number of initiatives we have

pursued to provide our students

and staff the opportunity to focus

on their wellness,” Superintendent

Pires said. “I would like to

recognize the hard work of Dr.

Sherman, who has worked to secure

grants and partnered with

staff, parents and community

members to institute and advance

unique wellness programs

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Looking for a Job When the

Rules, and You, Have Changed

50+ Job Seekers Networking Group at Franklin

Senior Center Offers Useful Tools

By J.D. O’Gara

It’s not just recent college

graduates looking for a job these

days. An analysis of figures from

the Bureau of Labor Statistics

by TLRanalytics found that although

Americans 55+ make up

slightly less than a quarter of the

nation’s labor force, they filled

the biggest share (49%) of the

2.9 million jobs gained in 2018

(AARP, 1/17/19). Plenty of people

over 50 are looking for work,

but they face some hurdles the

younger set doesn’t.

To help them along, the

Franklin Senior Center took advantage

of a grant opportunity

for the 50+ Job Seekers Networking

Group from the Massachusetts

Council on Aging (MCOA),

funded by the Massachusetts Executive

Office of Elder Affairs,

and supported by AARP.

“They started a couple groups

and found a lot of success with

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clients would come in for help

applying for different programs.

“Financially, they were needing

a job, but not being able to

find one,” she says. The MCOA’s

idea, she says, “was to build

groups all across the state. The

idea is basically that across the

nation, higher and higher numbers

of older adults are looking

for employment. I think people

are frustrated about how to find

these jobs,” says Rogers. “Typically,

you’re not going to see a job

posting, apply, and get it.”

Nearly 150 people, an average

age of 55-65 years old, have attended

the bi-monthly sessions,

with an average of about 18

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fourth Fridays of the month. The

session runs for 16 classes, with

eight topics. Although the program

takes a pause after eight

weeks and runs through the topics

a second time around, Lawrence

says group leaders are allowed

leeway to change things up.

“I bring in different guest

speakers, different employers.

This always helps people who did

not attend the first time.”

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all of the classes, and topics cover

such skills as self-assessment, developing

a resume, creating an

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“I think people feel like employers

don’t necessarily want

to invest in someone who’s older

and have them go through all this

training,” says Rogers.

“Ageism (among employers) is

real. It is documented. Companies

are just very good at manipulating

the stats,” says Edwards.

Although there is an Age Discrimination

in Employment Act

(ADEA), he says, a landmark U.S.

Supreme Court case in 2009,

Gross v. FBL Financial Services,

ruled that claimants must prove

that age discrimination was the

primary factor behind a bias

claim. “This case made it pretty

difficult, if not next to impossible,

for people to prove age discrimination,”

says Edwards. These

days, he says, applicant tracking

software (ATS), that looks for

key words, makes discriminating

by potential employers “very

easy,” says Edwards. Filtering

can say applicants “must have

3 to 7 years of experience, and

an as older person, you’re taught

to say you have 7-10, never over

20,” says Edwards.

Edwards’ older clients

recount tales of great telephone

interviews that fell flat when they

were seen in person. Older

applicants often hear that they

are “overquali-fied.” In fact,

many companies, says Edwards,

most notably hub spots, boast of

having a youthful work force

with an average age of employees

in their 20s.

In a casual kitchen table discussion,

Edwards remembers,

a bank officer he knew nonchalantly

stated he’d never hire anybody

over 40, because he wanted

to hire “people who will show up

on time, don’t get sick and can

learn new tasks,” says Edwards.

“That’s the attitude some people

still have, and it’s totally wrong.”

Another big obstacle to the

job search, for older

employees, is outdated skills,

says Edwards. “This is

particularly notable in the

New England area, because of

our emphasis on high tech,” he

says. “You get a lot of older

high tech workers who want

to leave on their resumes or

talk about Cobalt or

Windows NT … you’ve got to

get training or updating.”

The third biggest challenge,

says Edwards, applies to those

who have been at one company

for decades.

“As a result, they’re not ready

for the job search,” he says.

Where, in a different era you

could walk into a company and

introduce yourself and get a job,

“things have changed. Networking

is how you get the job. A lot

of places, they don’t want walkins;

they want referrals.” And

that’s where networking comes

into play.

“Most people misunderstand

the concept of networking, but

it’s how most jobs are found,”

says Edwards. “They think it’s

begging or asking, ‘do you know

anyone?’ It’s relationship building.”

Edwards even found in his

own experience that one of his

networking contacts helped him

land a job, overruling human resources.

Older job seekers, says the advisor,

should also be prepared for

a lengthy job search, which can

take a toll mentally. “Self-care is

critical,” he says.

Edwards says that many older

job seekers come in with an objective

of seeking a full-time position,

and “we must tell them

the truth. Last I heard, or read,

40% of jobs are now contract

and part-time,” says Edwards.

“It does appear that outside of

the government, for the most

part, that more and more jobs

are going to be gig-based. I think

(employers) want out of the benefit


So far, Edwards’ attendees

have seen success.

“In my two groups alone,

something like 17 people have

gotten jobs since they’ve started

attending. The program definitely

has an impact,” he says.

This month, the Franklin 50+

Job Seekers Networking Group

will cover “Creating an Elevator

Speech,” on Friday, February

14th, and “Creating a LinkedIn

Profile” on Friday, February 28th.

The group meets from 8:30 a.m.

until 11:30 a.m. To register, call

Erin Rogers at (508) 520-4945 or


Sessions at all 17 locations for

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To see meeting times in other

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February 2020 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages Page 17

Medway High Holds

Winter Concert

& Art Exhibit

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, the

three in-school performance ensembles

at MHS performed at

the concert, including the treble

chorus, mixed chorus and concert

band. A total of 91 students


The music department holds

five concerts each year, three

of which feature in-school ensembles.

The winter concert is

went wonderfully. Amanda and

I are very thankful for all of the

wonderful support we receive

from the Medway community at

our concerts every year.”

An art walk was also held

featuring pieces from the annual

MHS Winter Art Exhibit,

which is aligned with the winter

concert to increase turnout for

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the first of the school year, with

the spring concert scheduled

for Wednesday, March 18 and

the pops concert scheduled for

Wednesday, May 13.

The winter concert featured

the choruses and band performing

selections from the standard

choral and band repertoire, including

winter-themed selections,

led by choral director Kendra

Nutting and concert band director

Amanda Webster.

“The first concert of the

year is always exciting. We are

introducing our ensembles to

the community for the first time,

and for many of our students,

the winter concert is their MHS

music debut,” Nutting said. “The

concert was well attended and

a semester’s worth of work from

all students in grades 9-12 who

took classes in the MHS art department.

The art was displayed in the

main lobby of the high school for

the exhibit and for about a week

after the show.

Roughly 200 pieces of art

were displayed, about two pieces

per student. They included drawings,

paintings, collages, prints,

pottery and photographs.

The main lobby of the school

will continue to feature art in the

display cases throughout the year.

The next art exhibit in the district

will take place in the spring,

to align with the pops concert on

May 13.

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Medway Community Education

Winter Programs for All

Don’t let winter get you

down! Take a break and join a

class with Medway Community

Education. During these winter

months, it is important to keep

ourselves busy and active to ensure

our minds remain stimulated

and renewed. This winter,

we are adding a new Women’s

Sunday Morning Basketball

program. Our Enrichment Programs

include Molly’s Apothecary

Ladies’ Night Out, classes

at Artworks Studio, cooking,

baking, Tapping Out Cravings,

Yoga & Essential Oils, Wood

Craft Workshops and a Women’s

“This is Me” Workshop.

In Business & Technology, we

are offering a Financial Education

Series and a First Aid class.

We are offering two exciting

Trips - Jesus Christ Superstar

in Providence on April 5

and our popular day trip to New

York City on May 16.

Our programs are open to

residents from all surrounding

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Aubin, Seeks Reelection

Patricia Saint Aubin of Norfolk,

has announced her bid for

reelection to a third term on

the Republican State Committee.

First elected in 2012, Saint

Aubin currently sits on the Executive

Committee of the Mass-

GOP as the Budget Chair, where

she is spearheading efforts to

improve efficiency and transparency

in party operations.

In her business career, Saint

Aubin has worked for Shawmut

Bank, John Hancock, Connecticut

Mutual (now MassMutual),

and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical

Center in finance and management


“I am a life-long Republican

and I regularly attend nearly 100

percent of the Republican Town

Committee meetings in my 11-

town and one city district,” which

includes Attleboro, North Attleboro,

Plainville, Wrentham, Norfolk,

Franklin, Millis, Sherborn,

Natick, Wellesley, Needham and

Wayland, says Saint Aubin.

The Massachusetts Republican

State Committee is the governing

body of the Republican

Party in Massachusetts. Members

of the State Committee play

a key role in building the Republican

Party in their districts: they


recruit candidates, help with fundraising,

register new voters, and

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Calendar of Events

February 2

Millis Lions Super Bowl Sunday

Breakfast, 8 a.m.- 12 noon, St.

Thomas Large Hall, 974 Main

St., Millis, All you can eat, $8;

kids 6 and under free

February 4

“National Parks of the Eastern

States,” 6 p.m., presented

by Steve Farrar, Millis Public

Library, 961 Main St., Millis, a

pictorial tour to visit 8 parks east

of the Mississippi from Florida

to Maine.

February 6

Early Crops & Seed Starting

Success, 7 p.m., Medway Public

Library - Cole Room, 26 High

St., Medway,

Mark Gostkiewicz, from Tri

Gable Lea Farm LLC, 7 p.m. Medway

Public Library, 26 High

Street, Medway in Colchester

Connecticut will be back to talk

about starting seeds and early

crops. Registration preferred,

but walk-ins welcome.

February 12

Know and Grow Native

Plants, with Suzanne Mahler,

presented by Garden Club of

Norfolk, 7 p.m., Norfolk Library

Community Room, 2

Liberty Lane, Norfolk, www.

February 19

Pastel Painting Workshop

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Medway High School Student-Athletes Wrap Up

Successful Fall 2019 Seasons

Medway High School athletics

teams recently wrapped up

successful Fall 2019 seasons.

Each team held their own

end-of-the-season gathering to

recognize student-athletes.

“What a great fall season for

our Medway Mustangs,” Athletic

Director Parcells said. “Our

student-athletes and coaches did

a fine job this past season and our

community witnessed some great

results. The boys’ soccer season

was very special, as they made

it all the way to the state championship

game. I am very proud

of our three Tri-Valley League

(TVL) Championships (Fall

Cheer, Girls’ Volleyball and Boys’

Soccer) as well as the numerous

awards that were presented to

various teams and individuals

from the league and our state association


Student-athletes who were

honored following the Fall 2019

season include the following:

The Medway High School boys’ soccer team had a successful Fall 2019

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Medway High School golf team

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Fall Cheer

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Boys’ Cross Country

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Honorable Mention: Matthew

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Boys’ Soccer

TVL All-Star: Luke Fagerson,

Matthew Kaplan, Daniel Mac-

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Christian Perugini

Team Award: TVL Small Champions,

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February 2020 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages Page 23


Dignity, Integrity & Character

Defined Kevin Clark’s Life


Staff Sports Writer

Kevin Clark personified integrity,

dignity and high character,

he strived for excellence, was

humble and had a great sense of

humor. His life was devoted to

influencing so many people in

such positive ways. Those attributes

left lasting impressions and

were emphasized to a crowd of

500 at a celebration of life service

at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall for the

Medway High teacher and coach

who passed away at 71 on Dec.

7, 2019.

Clark taught health and physical

education and he coached

football and basketball at Medway

High. Married for 44 years,

he was the father of three sons

and a grandfather to seven. A

Needham High graduate, he

earned his bachelor’s degree

from Plymouth State College

and got his masters from Cambridge


Although he loved teaching

and coaching (the Medway High

gymnasium was named for him

in 2007), he embraced camping,

hiking and history. He and his

wife Gwen managed to visit 46


Following are comments from

speakers at the Dec. 28 service in

Medway and from others who

knew and admired his values.


police lieutenant, played for

Clark from 1978-1980 and later

coached as his assistant for five

years. He labeled Clark as “an

iconic figure who exemplified integrity

and character and strived

for perfection.’’ He compared

his mentor to three legendary

pro coaches — Vince Lombardi,

Bill Belichick and George Allen.

“Lombardi demanded discipline

and Clark did, too, and they both

got it from their players because

of repetition. And, both knew

how to build confidence in their

players. Kevin’s preparation

lined up with Belichick’s. Both

had their players ready. Allen

coached the Redskins and he

was paranoid, always thinking

that someone was spying on his

A crowd of about 500 came to see off Kevin Clark, for whom the

Medway High School gymnasium was named in 2007, in his late

December memorial service. Submitted photo.

team. Kevin also was paranoid

and often had me checking who

was watching our practices.’’ Mc-

Sweeney ended his remarks by

emphasizing that “Clark’s legacy

will live on forever.’’


school friend, related several

humorous stories about his

classmate but touched those attending

with these words: “I wear

my tears for Kevin proudly. He

loved life and he was the happiest

person I knew. He was sincerely

interested in all the people he


JEFF PIKE, who played football

for Clark and later coached

on his staff, revealed that he and

Clark were not only good friends,

but also passionate about Civil

War history. “Kevin spoke eyeto-eye

to your soul,’’ Pike said.

“He could be firm and gentle at

the same time, and he was always


BRIAN CLARK mentioned that

his father often said: “It’s a great

day to be alive.’’ That’s because

he loved so many activities. “Although

he loved coaching, he

also loved history and the outdoors,’’

Brian said. “And, he

relished going to our daughters’

dance recitals. He was at his best

as a grandfather.’’

JEFF CLARK noted that his father,

who coached for 39 years,

set high standards. “He coached

us in youth sports, and he was the

model of selflessness,’’ Jeff said.

“His players’ efforts mattered to

him. He had a tremendous sense

of humor, and his life was complete.’’

CHRIS CLARK mentioned that

his father once wrote a letter to

him, and the words were quite

poignant. “The letter emphasized

that “things worth doing

don’t come easy and anything is

possible, because there’s only one

of you.’’

MIKE LAIRD, pastor at the New

England Chapel in Franklin,

pointed out so many of Clark’s

plusses. “I knew Kevin for about

seven years but it was obvious

he influenced so many people,’’

Rev. Laird said. “He had an oldschool

ethic. Integrity was important

to him, and he had character

and patience. The Medway High

gym was named for him, but he

never displayed any arrogance

because of that. He never held a

grudge and never got angry. He

was committed to prayer, loved

God and loved people.’’

GREG HANDEL, an elder at

New England Chapel, read

a poem, “The Man in the

Glass,’’ and revealed that Clark

was strong in his faith. Handel

quoted scripture when concluding

his remarks about Clark. He

said: “Well done, good and faithful


GWEN CLARK thanked those

attending and praised everyone

who helped her deal with losing

her husband. “Kevin knows that

all of you reached out to me and

our family,’’ she said. “You all

mean something to me and we

all know that Kevin died a happy


JACK O’ROURKE, Millis High’s

defensive coordinator, emphasized

that Clark “was a kind, terrific

guy who coached sports but

taught life.’’ O’Rourke recalled

the words of his niece’s husband,

Jeff Watson, who played for Clark

and was the MVP of the Millis-

Medway Thanksgiving Day

game his senior year. “Clark told

Jeff that when you point a finger

at someone, three other fingers

come back at you,’’ O’Rourke

noted. “Jeff taught his two children

that lesson.’’

HARRY ROMSEY, former Medway

High volleyball coach who

won five State championships,

labeled Clark as “hard-working

and loyal.’’ He also said that

Clark had a special relationship

with those he coached. “Kevin

loved the kids he coached and

they loved him.”

ROB PEARL, former athletic

director at Medway High, knew

Clark as a coach and a teacher to

his children. Pearl, who was the

master of ceremonies when the

high school gym was dedicated

to Clark, said: “Kevin was my

mentor, a big help when I transitioned

to the A.D. job. He had

integrity and was respected by

the kids.’’

JOE HANLON, who coached

football and also served as Medway

High’s assistant principal,

lauded Clark because “he was

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Brendan Conry an Asset for Millis Basketball

By Christopher Tremblay,

Staff Sports Writer

As a youngster growing up in

Millis, Brendan Conry was a big

soccer player. By the fifth grade, a

good amount of his friends were

playing basketball, and he decided

to give the sport a try.

“I began playing basketball

in the fifth grade and have been

playing since,” Conry said. “Basketball

was the thing that everyone

was doing then, so I tried it

out and found that I enjoyed it

much more than soccer.”

Being of small stature, the

Millis native was slated to play

guard, a position he’s played

since, although he has grown to

6 feet as a senior at Millis High


Playing Metro West basketball,

Conry thought that he was

ready for high school basketball,

and when he entered the eighth

grade, he tried out for the team.

Unfortunately, he didn’t make

the team and was forced to work

hard if he was to give it a go in

his freshman year. As a freshman,

he earned a spot on the Millis

basketball team, but it was bittersweet.

“I made the freshman team

that year, but all of my friends

were playing for the Junior Varsity

team,” Conry said. “The

game was much different than

typical Metro West basketball,

Brendan Conry had to work hard to find his way in Millis High basketball, but now the senior varsity guard’s

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and I was playing with a bunch

of different kids. High school

basketball has you put in much

more time with practice every

day and multiple games, while

Metro West, you practice twice a

week and play only one game.”

Having to play with a bunch

of athletes that he was not familiar

with prior to the season,

Conry worked extremely hard

during the off season, going

to the courts every free moment

that he had to improve

his shooting. He also took part

in the school’s Gut Camp to get

in shape. All his hard work paid

off, and Conry found himself of

the JV team with his friends his

sophomore year.

Last year, as a junior, Conry

made the jump to the Mohawks

varsity squad.

“Varsity was so much faster

than JV, especially as a guard, due

to the decision making that I had

to make much more quicker,” he

said. “It was a challenge that took

some time to get used to.”

Conry didn’t find himself

having the best of seasons last

winter, but when the playoffs

came, he did find his game.

Millis, which was the final team

and the number 14 seed to get

into the Division 4 playoffs, was

squaring off against the number

3 seed in Assabet. Millis kept

the game close the first half, but

eventually lost 77-63.

“We really didn’t expect to

win, their skill over took us in the

second half, and they got the better

of us,” Conry said. “I scored

14 or 15 points, having my best

game of the season.”

Entering this his senior campaign

with the Mohawks, Conry

is hoping that Millis can improve

upon last year’s performance in

the tournament.

“Last year, the majority of us

had minimal varsity experience,

but now that we have a year

under our belt, we’re ready,” he

said. “Individually, I feel that I

can go out and make the right

decisions. It feels as though the

game is much slower now that

I’m used to the speed.”

Millis Coach Paul Adams has

seen Conry make huge strides

since he got the varsity level and

knows that despite his early season

struggles, he’ll be fine the rest

of the season.

“Brendan does the little things

that don’t show up on the state

sheet. He’s a quiet leader by

example and has matured as a

player his two years with me,”

the Millis Coach said. “This year

already, he has improved his defense

tremendously, where he is

covering the opposition’s best

player every night. Through the

first six games, he’s having issues,

but he is only one breakout game

away from heating up.”

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Iannone’s Formula Promotes Success

for Medway Girls’ Quintet


Staff Sports Writer

The Medway High girls’ basketball

team has been the model

of consistency for the last decade.

Consider these statistics: the

Mustangs have qualified for the

playoffs eight times in 10 seasons;

they’ve compiled a winning percentage

of 60; they reached the

Sectional final in 2017; and last

year they advanced to the Sectional

semifinal. For the last 10

years, they’ve averaged 13.4 victories.

The Mustangs have also had

three 1,000-point scorers. Sarah

Hope and Riley Childs earned

scholarships to Division 1 Boston

University, where Childs is

playing as a sophomore captain.

Sarah DiPillo is at Bates and has

played soccer.

Medway opened its season by

defeating Medfield, a sure sign

that the start of coach Joe Iannone’s

second decade likely will

feature more winning, more consistency

and more playoff berths.

The Mustangs were 7-1 after

eight games.

There’s no doubt that a winning

culture exists at Medway,

and it’s obvious that team chemistry

is an important component.

The 52-year-old Iannone,

who prefers to shine the spotlight

on his players rather than himself,

has done a dynamic job making

all the pieces of the puzzle fit.

He promotes team chemistry in

a variety of ways, and he teaches

that life lessons can be learned in


“A winning culture involves

players giving 100 percent and

putting their team first,’’ he

emphasized. “One of the most

important things a coach must

do is to make each player feel

good about their contribution,

no matter how big or small. I

haven’t been perfect at this, but

I’ve learned from past mistakes.’’

Iannone says communication

is paramount for team chemistry

to occur. “It’s imperative that the

girls know their roles,’’ he said. “I

try my best to help players understand

their roles, and in practice

we set expectations regarding

the level of effort we want. We

hold every player accountable

to meeting our standards. This is

challenging for me, and I’m still


Another key to the program’s

success is how Iannone compiles

a roster. The attributes he prefers

go a long way in explaining why

Medway was 20-5 and 15-8 in

the recent past.

“Versatility is a factor,’’ he

noted. “When a prospect can

play multiple positions or handle

many tasks, that’s a plus. Resiliency

and mental toughness are

huge. Being able to bounce back

from adversity is a key, and teamfirst

players who value leadership

are vital.’’

Medway’s nucleus this season

possesses many of the

traits Iannone admires. Senior

guards Julia Dowling and Emma

D’Entremont and junior Lauren

Beach (guard/forward) are solid


“Julia is an inclusive leader,’’

Iannone said. “She helps promote

the value of every player.

She’s a good shooter and an effective

ball-handler. Emma is

a versatile role player. She can

score off the dribble, and she

works hard on defense. Lauren

personifies versatility. Our top

scorer, she can connect inside or

on the perimeter, and she’s committed

to defense.’’

Three other contributors include

senior center Mary Kate

Joe Iannone knows a thing or two about motivation and achievement, because if he isn’t coaching high

school players, he’s encouraging corporate managers and leaders how to improve their skills.

Gould and sophomores Maggie

Regan (forward/center) and

Amy Johnston (guard/forward).

“Mary Kate is a hard worker

who rebounds and has good post

moves,’’ Iannone said. “She’s a

strong senior leader. Maggie is

another hard-worker who’s developed

into a prime contributor

on offense and defense. Amy has

a strong work ethic and she’s versatile.

A great defender, she’s now

an offensive threat.’’

Medway’s roster also includes

sophomore guards Katie Bomfim

and Anna Longval, and

freshmen Shannon Mejia and

Olivia Keniry. Other underclassmen

are freshman Callie Cottone

and sophs Mattie Williamson

and Sarah Peterson.

Three objectives that Iannone

stresses at the start of each campaign

are to qualify for the tourney,

win the Tri Valley League’s

Small Division and improve


“We’re a young squad, but I

believe our goals are realistic because

our players give us good

effort and they improved in the

off-season,’’ he said.

A role player in high school

at Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey,

Iannone understood strategy

and thrived as a motivator. “I got

minimal playing time, but the

coach utilized me as a bridge between

the seniors and juniors,’’

he recalled. At Boston College,

Iannone majored in English

and economics before spending

18 years of experience in senior

management at Staples and 10

years as a supervisor for Consolidated

Edison of New York. The

married Franklin father of two

grown children recently started

his own company (Franklin

Training), which involves coaching

managers and leaders of


Iannone coached basketball at

Paramus Catholic High School

in New Jersey for nine years, first

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at the jayvee level, then later as

a varsity assistant. Before leading

the Mustangs, he coached the

boys in Medway’s youth league.

A proponent of up-tempo

offense and pressure defense,

Iannone says that “we press on

defense to create offense.’’ And,

he makes it clear that his technique

stresses “coaching strategy

and skills, but we expect effort.’’

Iannone hopes his players

learn life lessons through athletics.

“I want our kids to learn how

to deal with adversity, how to be

better leaders, to be accountable

and to be honest with themselves,’’

he emphasized. “And,

I want them to know that hard

work usually gets results.’’

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Help Your Neighbors! Support The Millis Fund!

By J.D. O’Gara

Super Bowl Sunday used to be

known in Millis houses of worship

as “Souper Bowl” Sunday.

In the early years of The Millis

Fund, members of the community

would literally pass a soup

bowl around on that Sunday, to

raise money to help support other

members of the community who

were facing hardship. Nowadays,

that Sunday, this year on February

2nd, marks the height of the

all-volunteer nonprofit’s annual


If you would like to help your

fellow residents in need, tax-deductible

donations are welcome

at anytime. You can send them to:

The Millis Fund, 142 Exchange

Street, Millis, MA 02054.

The fund is a 501 (c3) organization

and will provide a letter

of thanks, which could serve as a


The Millis Fund has helped

over 400 families out of critical

financial crises, due to such issues

as illness, accidents, and family issues,

since it was begun 26 years

ago, says Brooks Corl, who is entering

his 20th year as treasurer

for the organization.

Established in 1994, the Millis

Fund was created by one anonymous

merchant and four houses

of worship in Millis –St. Thomas

the Apostle Parish, Ael Chunon

Congregation, St. Paul’s Episcopal

Church (which is now closed)

and the Church of Christ, Congregational.

“What’s interesting about St.

Paul’s is we still have donations

coming to us from St. Michael’s

in Holliston, where several of the

former members of St. Paul’s

have landed,” says Corl.

The fund is supported through

private donations to provide

emergency financial aid to Millis

residents, for such items as rent,

utilities, medical costs, fuel, clothing

and other emergency needs.

“The Millis Fund helps Millis

families with financial emergencies

- usually arising from

something unexpected and shortterm,”

says Corl.” It’s everything;

it’s rent, it’s medical, it’s utilities –

when utilities become futilities.”

Corl adds that many events can

contribute to a sudden emergency


“It’s not hard for an illness,

an accident, or some other sort

of financial emergency or family

problem, things that are generally

very much unforeseeable, to

tip the scales,” he says. “We tend

to think of Millis as a town where

everyone is happy, and that’s not

necessarily the case, and yes, there

is a homeless community in Millis.”

In 2019, says Corl, “We ended

the year with a little less money in

the bank, but we used it well. The

Millis Fund helped quite a lot

of families, probably the biggest

number we’ve helped in a single

fiscal year for the past few years.

Economists say the economy is

wonderful, the stock market is up

– but the people who need help

from The Millis Fund don’t have

stocks. While employment is up,

average wages are not. Times are

getting tougher.” Corl says average

rents have tripled since he first

became treasurer for The Millis


Some founding principles of

the Millis Fund are:

• complete confidentiality for

the family needing help

• that the fund pays the creditor


• that it does not help any family

more than once in a 12-

month period, (and rarely

would it support any one

family more than three times


• and that The Millis Fund is

designed to relieve temporary

financial emergencies only,

not chronic needs.

The nine members of the

Board of Directors meet about

four or five times a year to plan

the fund drive, create the materials

and review the applications.

The annual mailing is also donated,

so over 99% of funds donated

to The Millis Fund directly

benefit Millis residents in need.

Board members take care to personally

interview each applicant.

Millis residents can apply for

assistance with a simple, onepage

application, up to once in

a calendar year. These are available

at the Millis Senior Center or

the Church of Christ (Congregational)

at 142 Exchange St., says

Corl, neither of which is affiliated

with the organization.

“We are blessed with a very

generous community here in Millis

that donates to us and other

community resources,” says Corl,

“The Millis fund has succeeded

because Millis residents donate.”

To learn more, or to contact

The Millis Fund online, visit .

Know and Grow Native

Plants with Suzanne Mahler

The Garden Club of Norfolk

is hosting a presentation by

Suzanne Mahler where she will

share her knowledge of native

plants, helping us recognize our

natives and grow more of them

in our gardens.

This presentation, which is

free and open to the public, will

be held on Wednesday, February

12, at 7 p.m., in the Norfolk Public

Library Community Room, 2

Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA. Refreshments

will be provided by

the garden club.

Suzanne has been sharing her

passion for gardening for more

than 30 years, and is much in

demand as a speaker. She has

presented to the Boston, Rhode

Island and New England Spring

Flower Shows, Art in Bloom

Upcoming Events at

Medway Public Library

Early Crops & Seed

Starting Success

Medway Public Library - Cole

Room, Thursday, February

6th, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Mark Gostkiewicz, from Tri

Gable Lea Farm LLC, in Colchester

Connecticut will be back

to talk about starting seeds and

early crops. You will leave with a

game plan and a list of new ideas

to try, whether you are planning

to grow vegetables, herbs or flowers,

from container gardening to

mini farms.

Registration preferred, but

walk-ins welcome.

at the Museum of Fine Arts,

the Environmental Protection

Agency, and garden clubs and

organizations throughout the

New England area. Suzanne is

past President of the New England

Daylily Society, an Overseer

for the Massachusetts Horticultural

Society, works part-time

at a local garden center, and

writes a weekly gardening column

“Green Thumbs Up” for

Gatehouse Media’s South Shore

Mariner Newspapers.

For further information,

please contact: Stephanie

Markham (toadlandgardens@ or visit the Garden

Club of Norfolk on the web at:



Pastel Painting Workshop

by Gregory Maichack

Medway Public Library - Cole

Room, February 19th, 6 - 8


Join Gregory Maichack as

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pastel painting during his new

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Age 18 and over.

Registration is required.

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Representative Roy Works with

Treasurer Goldberg to Connect

Residents with Unclaimed


Almost $2 ½ Million Owed to Constituents

in Franklin and Medway

Representative Roy joined

State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg

today to notify his constituents

that they may have property

in the Massachusetts Unclaimed

Property Division. There are almost

two and half million dollars

owed to residents in Franklin and


“We currently hold over $3.4

billion in unclaimed property

at the Treasury, and it could

be yours,” said State Treasurer

Deborah Goldberg, “I would

like to thank Representative Roy

for helping the Treasury in our

mission to reconnect individuals

with their property in Franklin

and Medway.”

“I enjoyed working with

Treasurer Goldberg to reunite

my constituents with their unclaimed

property. Since you

may be one these individuals

with property held by the Treasurer’s

Unclaimed Property Division,

this is your opportunity

to get it back,” said State Rep.

Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin). “The

faster you file a claim, the sooner

you will be reconnected with

your money, so please respond

right away.”

Each year, the state receives

large amounts of unclaimed

property, including forgotten savings

and checking accounts, uncashed

checks, insurance policy

proceeds, stocks, dividends, and

the contents of unattended safe

deposit boxes. Most accounts

are considered abandoned and

are turned over to the state after

three years of inactivity.

This past year, the Division

was able to reunite over $125

million with over 115,000 residents,

businesses and charities in

the Commonwealth.

The Division has a website,, where you

can search for property and

make claims. This coming year,

the Treasury is hoping to return

even more money to more citizens.

To file a claim, please visit or call

1-888-344-MASS (6277).

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Jennifer Powell Art

Kenney & Kenney Attorneys at Law

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Medway Block Co.

Medway Oil & Propane

Medway Veterans Building Assoc.

Middlesex Savings Bank

Muffin House Café

Murphy Insurance Agency

Neighborhood Wrench

Paramount Industries

Proposals, Etc.

R. P. Marzilli & Co.

Reardon HVAC

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Rodenhiser Plumbing & Heating

Russo Insurance Agency

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Register O’Donnell Promotes

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Register of Deeds William P.

O’Donnell is again reminding

Norfolk County homeowners

about the importance of filing

for Homestead protection.

Under Massachusetts law, recording

a Homestead provides

a homeowner with limited protection

against the forced sale of

their primary residence to satisfy

unsecured debt up to $500,000.

“For most of us, our home

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O’Donnell further stated,

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While a Homestead provides

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liens. Most other mortgages,

debts, and encumbrances existing

prior to the filing of the Declaration

of Homestead, along

with probate court executions

for spousal and child support,

are also not covered under the

Homestead protection statute.

Homestead recordings can

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To find out more about the

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