Medway & Millis May 2020


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Vol. 11 No. 5 Free to Every Home and Business Every Month May 2020

The Voice of Your Community

Lawn Signs Honor for Millis

High School Seniors

By J.D. O’Gara

Millis High School seniors received

a happy surprise on April

22nd, the same day they learned

from the Governor of the Commonwealth

that they wouldn’t

be finishing their final year of

high school with their fellow students.

In front of each senior’s

home appeared a lawn sign that

read, “Millis High School Class

of 2020: Know without a doubt

that you were made for great


Local parent Tammy Coutts

spearheaded the idea.

“As a parent of a senior, it

has been hard to watch them go

through the disappointment and

uncertainty of their last year in

Millis High School seniors received a surprise of a lawn sign in their honor on April 22.

Photos courtesy of Tammy Coutts

high school. I really wanted to

do something special, not just

for my daughter but for all the

seniors,” says Coutts. “The sign

idea really came to life when I

started texting my friend, Rachael

Jewett, and while drown-


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Medway High School seniors were surprised with special lawn signs

delivered by a group of volunteers on Sunday, April 12. (Photo courtesy

Medway Public Schools)

Medway High School

Surprises Class of 2020

with Congratulatory

Lawn Signs

Superintendent Armand

Pires and Medway High School

Principal Dr. John Murray are


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pleased to share that Medway

High School seniors were recently

surprised with special lawn


Parents Andrea McCarthy

and Karen Tudino, knowing that

many of the traditional senioryear

activities could be canceled

or postponed due to the ongoing

school closure relating to the

COVID-19 outbreak, decided

that delivering customized lawn

signs to the class of 2020 would

be a nice way to surprise the

soon-to-be graduates and recognize

them for their achievements.

Dr. Murray and Assistant

Principal David List sent an

email to all grade 12 parents

to allow them to purchase and

order a sign to be delivered to

their home as a surprise for their

student. Many parents also donated

extra to ensure that every

student would get a sign in case

a family was not in a position to

purchase one.

A group of 19 volunteers, including

senior class parents, Dr.

Murray, Assistant Principal List

and teacher Kelly Bliss, picked

up the signs outside of McCarthy's

home on the evening of

Sunday, April 12. Each volunteer

received an email with a list of

homes to deliver to, divided by

neighborhood. Parents organized

a staggered pick up of the signs

so as to not have contact with


All 189 seniors received signs

in their front yard.

"Senior year is a memorable

and special time for many students

and our seniors have had

their year impacted in a huge

way," Dr. Murray said. "This

surprise was a nice way to let the

seniors know that their families,

as well as everyone at Medway

High School, are proud of their

achievements and look forward

to what each of them will accomplish

in the future."

The signs were supplied by

Paul Johnson at Pure Graphics,

a Medway graduate whose kids

also attend Medway Schools.

Johnson designed and printed

190 signs and donated an additional

10. They read:

"Proud family of a Medway

High School Class of 2020 graduate,"

and featured the Medway

Mustangs logo.

As a result of the sign project,

a donation will also be made

to the Medway Food Pantry at

Mahan Circle in the name of

the Class of 2020. Because many

parents gave extra for the signs,

there was approximately $300

left over, and an additional $200

has since been received for donation.

McCarthy and Tudino

are accepting donations through

Friday, April 17. Those who wish

to donate can do so by mailing

a check made out to Andrea

McCarthy or Karen Tudino to

Medway High School, 88 Summer

St., Medway, MA 02053.

"The feedback about the signs

has been tremendous," McCarthy

said. "Many parents have

posted pictures of their children

with the signs and expressed their

appreciation on social media.

This project was made even

more special by the unexpected

extra funds we received which

will be put toward a great cause

in the name of our seniors."

Medway Memorial Day

Committee Considers Options

As of mid-April, the Medway

Memorial Day Parade Committee

was addressing how issues

raised by state stay-in-place

orders related to the Covid-19

pandemic would affect its observance

of Memorial Day in town.

“We want to wait until after

May 4th to make the decision.

We’re looking at all of our options

of what we can and cannot

do and I’m sure if things don’t

improve, the governor will extend

the stay-in-place orders,”

said Richard Parrella, of the

committee. “We’ve already contracted

with the Kilty Band, but

they may not want to play. The

high school band won’t be playing,

and many of our veterans

are on the older side.”

One option the committee

was considering was a small ceremony

at Col. Matondi Square,

perhaps televised by Medway

Community Access TV.

To stay apprised of Memorial

Day plans in Medway, Parrella

suggests checking the Town

of Medway website (https:// or

Facebook page (https://www.

Hall/) .

Niagara Hall Sets Open Hours

Millis’ Niagara Hall will be open to the public on

the third Saturday of the month, once limitations

due to Covid-19 end. Photo taken during its grand

re-opening in May, 2020.

Something to look forward to, when the pandemic

is over, is a trip to historic Niagara Hall

in Millis. According to Nate Maltinsky, Chair of

the Millis Historic Commission, once any stayat-home

order is lifted, the building will be open

for visitors from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the third

Saturday of each month.

“Basically we’re going to have the museum

downstairs open and show the artifacts and photographs.

We’re sharing the building with the

Millis Historical Society.”

Maltinsky notes that more materials will continue

to be added to the upstairs display cases,

all of which were made by students at Tricounty

Regional Vocational Technical High School.

“There’s a combination of Millis and regional

history to share,” he says.

Members of the Millis Historical Commission

currently include Maltinsky, Mitch Bobonski,

Dennis Anderson, Scott Fusey, Joanne

Gannon, Jacqueline Graci , Carolyn McNiff,

Marc Prufer, Mark Slayton , Charles Vecchi,

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Millis Legion Plans on Hold for

Memorial Day Observance

Plans for the Public Millis Memorial

Day Observance parade

and ceremony are temporarily

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The Millis Memorial Day

Committee will make every effort

to recognize this year’s observance,

even if it means rescheduling

the event for another date.

This is the 100th anniversary

of the Millis American Legion

Post 208, which is an important

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the winning entries. Mothers of all

milestone for the grand old post

that was chartered by veterans of

World War One.

The committee will post any

important updates or information

on various public forums or

websites. Also, updates can be

found at: or

on its Facebook page “American

Legion Post 208.”

ages are eligible. Deadline for entries is

MONDAY, MAY 4th. Please mail your

letters to the Recreation Department,

900 Main Street, Millis, MA 02054 or

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ing my sorrows with her we

started thinking .... both of us

being on the Millis Boosters, we

often do lawn signs for athletes,

why not do this for the seniors?”

Coutts reached out to Shannon

Graham, at Millis High

School, to help get the ball rolling

with a list of seniors, 91 total.

Although the Coutts family was

prepared to donate the costs,

Graham looked into whether

any senior class funds (which the

seniors raise through fundraisers

and class dues) were available to

help. After discussing the idea

with class advisors, Mrs. Riley

and Mr. Dunn, as well as Millis

High School Principal Bob Mullaney,

and having secured a low

cost to create the signs from Vistaprint,

the decision was made

to invest the money in the signs,

since the funds weren’t able to be

used for a senior activity. Another

member of Millis Boosters, Sharon

Vaillancourt, helped to order

the signs.

Tammy’s daughter, Mia

Coutts, assembled the signs,

while Graham and the Coutts

family, including Coutts’ husband,

Douglas and dog, DJango,

delivered the signs.

“It was a team effort, true to

Millis’ motto “Small Town, Big

Family.” My vision was to have

the signs placed on the lawns as

a surprise, and hopefully, bring

a smile to our seniors and their

families, says Coutts, adding, “To

the class of 2020, you are loved.

Stay strong, we know you will do

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Medway Community Farm to Hold Annual Seedling

Sale May 16 & 17

Online and Socially-

Distant On-Site Shopping


Spring is here and the Medway

Community Farm will be

having their annual seedling sale

on the weekend of May 16-17th.

You will be able to order online

as well as at the Farm Store.

Pick up times for the online orders

have yet to be decided, but

customers will be notified. If

you choose to buy at the Farm,

tables will be clearly marked and

spaced to maintain social distancing

and will open at 10 a.m.

and will be open until 4 p.m. Senior

citizens can start at 9 a.m.

both days and will receive a 10%

discount. In its mission to provide

healthy produce the farm is

encouraging people to purchase

seedlings for planting in their

own spaces. Customers will be

able to buy healthy vegetable,

herb and flower seedlings seeded

and started in the Farm’s own


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greenhouses. Even if you don’t

have a large gardening space

there is always room for a pot or

two. Examples are as follows:

Herbs: lavender, rosemary,

sage, mint, thyme, and oregano

Vegetables: tomatoes (cherry,

heirlooms, hybrids and saucing),

eggplants, cucumbers, summer

squash, greens and lettuces.

Flowers: Pansies, poppy, sunflowers,

nasturtiums and zinnias.

Informational cards will be

available to take home as well

as on site. As always there will

be friendly and knowledgeable

staff to answer any questions or

to help in any way.

Medway Community Farm

is also still taking orders for the

spring vegetable shares as well as

the summer shares, fruit shares

and meat shares to name but a

few. These are an excellent way

to get fresh local produce ensuring

that it is at its peak freshness

when you get it, supporting local

agriculture and lowering your

carbon footprint. During these

times, it is even more important

to maintain a healthy diet to keep

your immune system working at

its best performance.

The Farm Store is currently

open on Saturdays from 10-2.

According to Seth Terramane,

the Farm Manager, “We have figured

out ways to maintain social

distancing while still getting you

the healthy food you need. You

can order online and it will be

packed up for you and brought

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out to your car or you can walk

into the staffed stand and pick it

yourself. Everyone is great about

waiting if there are more than

2 people in the stand. We are

looking into the possibility of a

limited delivery schedule to help

maintain social distancing.”

Visit the website to order on

line, get more information about

the CSA shares available, familiarize

yourself with the farm and

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Local Farms Step up to the Plate

By Anne Parker

While many businesses

struggle to stay open and find

ways to serve customers during

the COVID-19 crisis, some are

doing okay: local farms.

People are finding empty

shelves at the grocery store and

are challenged to search for other

places to shop. Many farms are

seeing more people come to buy

eggs. At the same time, the customers

are buying the farms’ vegetables

and meat.

April is typically slow for

farms in this area. But during

this season of social distancing

and food shortages, farms have

been busy. Many have started

online orders in response to the

coronavirus pandemic.

White Barn Farm in Wrentham

does not typically open

until the first weekend of May.

Its online sales have been much

busier since the outbreak. “We

sold one day a week, and a good

day would be 40 orders. Now we

sell two days, and we sell out at

175 orders,” co-owner Christy

Kantlehner said.

Upswing Farm in Ashland set

up their online store in March.

“There’s definitely been an uptick

for produce and plants,” said

Kevin Overshiner, co-owner. “I

think it’s a combination of people

not wanting to go into stores

to get their food and reduce their

exposure. We take the same precautionary

measures as grocery

stores, but there are a lot less

hands. I think that gives people a

certain comfort level.”

Upswing officially opens in

May, and their popular seedling

sale is in mid-May. People can

buy online and pick up their

seedlings at Upswing or Holliston

Community Farm.

This is new territory at Tangerini’s

Farm in Millis, too. The

farm designed an online store

in March, because they knew

people were having a hard time

accessing food, said Linda Chiarizio,

co-owner of Tangerini’s.

Typically a slow time for her and

husband Steve, they started with

about 75 orders the first week in

March. By their fourth week they

had almost 300 orders.

Bacon and Eggs

Local farms are being noticed

and valued so much more. At

Elmhurst Farm in Norfolk, coowner

Colleen Axberg said they

have loyal customers who buy

their eggs, honey and organically

raised meats. But it has been busier

than usual this spring.

It’s an unfortunate way to

get business, but farmers agree

the pandemic has been good for

their sales.

“This has really kicked into

high gear. Winter is usually a dry

time. We get a few regular customers,”

said Axburg. “I hope it

continues after the fact and people

remember we’re here.”

Customers can look online at

a long list of fresh beef and pork

at Elmhurst, and then call in

their order. If business continues

this way, they will set up online

purchasing, noted Axburg.

Elmhurst has almost sold out

of their high-end steaks already.

The farm started processing

more fresh meat earlier than

usual. They sell a variety of meat

from bacon and country style

ribs to sirloin tips, burgers and

NY sirloin for grilling.

Most often, people just stop

in to buy the food items at Elmhurst

- which they still can. But at

this time, many are placing their

orders by phone, using a credit

card. No cash is exchanged.

Packages are left out front to be

picked up.

Keeping it Safe while

Keeping It Real

Farms take orders online or

by phone. They prepare the

bags and place them at their

storefront or spaced apart in a

neutral and open area with a

customer’s name on their bags.

Or, the owner will hand bags to

their customers. Elmhurst Farm

leaves meats in a cooler at their


The Pumpkin Farm in Medway

runs on the honor system.

People can buy eggs at the self

service stand so there’s very little

chance you’ll run into another

person when you pick up your

eggs. A lot of people pay with

Venmo or check, said co-owner

Nicole Lobisser.

Farm shares are sold online for

Community Supported Agriculture

(CSA). The season starts in

late May or June. Upswing Farm

usually has CSA four seasons.

They grow many spring shares

in their greenhouses. White Barn

may set pick-up times to avoid

too many people showing up at


As tech savvy as many farmers

are becoming with online business,

they still prefer the personal


“I got into farming to avoid

technology!” jokes Kantlehner.

“We are all new to navigating e-

commerce so please be patient.”

Millis Public Library to Host

Weekly Virtual Book Club

There are hundreds of classic stories out there, and we've decided to take a closer look

at some of them! Join us for our new attempt at a virtual book club where each week, we'll

examine a different, easily accessible short story to talk about.

Last month, we talked about "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner (http://www.eng. and "The Offshore Pirate"

by F. Scott Fitzgerald, You can find out May

selections by visiting and click "Event Calendar" under "Events" at the top

of the page.

If you're interested in attending, you can email Rebecca at

Local farmers, like Linda and Steve Chiarizio of Tangerini’s in Millis, are

seeing an increase in customers eager to avoid grocery stores due to

Covid-19. Many have created online options for their patrons.

Axberg said she prefers to

speak with customers to answer

any questions during phone orders.

“The one thing we miss from

online sales is the personal connection,

because we tend to get

a lot of questions about specific

varieties, growing methods,

and spacing. We tend to lose

that opportunity to speak with

customers about that,” agrees

Overshiner. He and his wife love

talking and educating people

about what they buy. Still, people

can look on their website and get

information that way.


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Millis Food Pantry Adapts, Finds Compromise

By J.D. O’Gara

Its model was to allow its

patrons to have choice in shopping

its pantry shelves, maintaining

dignity for clients of the

Millis Ecumenical Food Pantry.

With Covid-19, “We’ve certainly

changed our process quite a bit,”

says Millis Food Pantry Director,

Elizabeth Derwin.

The Millis Food Pantry is

maintaining its normal hours,

open on Saturday mornings,

from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., but for

now, with the pandemic, says

Derwin, the pantry can’t have

clients come in to choose items

for themselves.

“We (now) have a checklist

of all the items in the pantry. It

helps us identify what types of

items that clients need,” says

Derwin. Clients pull up their cars

and fill out a checklists to send

with a volunteer. Once the bags

are filled, the volunteer places the

food items in the client’s trunk, or

six feet away from their car.

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“We think this is compromise

between maximizing safety to

everyone and minimizing the

amount of people in the building,”

says Derwin, “and the best

opportunity for practicing social

distancing while giving clients

what they really want.” Thanks

to the pantry’s small size, she

says, “Right now, we have the

flexibility to do this.”

Run 100% by donations, the

Millis Food Pantry, which serves

Millis and Sherborn residents

(since Sherborn has no food pantry

of its own) has a total of 30

volunteers on a usual day, but

many have stepped back from

volunteering due to the Covid-

19 crisis.

Only recently, in March, did

the Millis Food Pantry become

part of the Greater Boston Food

Bank, which gives it more food

for the dollar, says Derwin, adding,

“By the skin of our teeth did

we get in there, which has been

critical to keeping the shelves


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In mid-April, the Millis Food

Pantry had seen a moderate increase

in the number of new

clients. “We are certainly expecting

that to turn – many pantries

are seeing double and triple the

amount, and we are anticipating,

as this thing stretches out, more

and more people are going to

need help.”

The support of the local

community, says Derwin, has

been terrific, between individual

citizens and businesses. Tresca

Brothers, for example, in April,

“has singlehandedly supplied us

with all the paper products we

needed for a month,” says Derwin.

Other local citizens have gotten

creative helping the pantry

out. Millis teens William and

Sean Noonan launched their

own food drive, picking up food

items or checks (also taking

Venmo donations) for the pantry

from homes using Lysol and

gloves. Another woman, says,

Derwin, sold her jigsaw puzzle

collection to raise funds for the


Local photographer Eileen

Nelson, herself a nurse at Newton

Wellesley Hospital, launched

a porch portrait campaign

around town, inspired by other

such initiatives. By the third week

in April, she had raised over

$1,800 for the food pantry and

was still booking distant doorstep

family portraits.

Millis Food Pantry Director Elizabeth Derwin collects food during the

pantry’s first drive-by food drive, for five most-needed items of peanut

butter, toilet paper, cereal, tuna and tomato sauce.

“I just thought this is just

fun, thought I could just give

back,” says Nelson, who hoped

to brighten folks’ day with the

effort. She’s been entertained by

the fun some families are having

dressing up for the portraits.

The food pantry is still accepting

donations, says Derwin, and

always needs toilet paper, peanut

butter, tuna, cereal and tomato

sauce. “The biggest help right

now is food. Everyone would appreciate

that we have the same

problem with availability that

they do when you go into stores,

so monetary donations are great,

but food is still helpful. These five

items are items we always need.”

You can donate non-expired,

non-perishable food items in the

donation bin at the Church of

Christ at 142 Exchange Street,

where the food pantry is located,

during open hours. You can also

donate to the bins at Roche Bros.

If you need help from the

food pantry, Derwin says come

down when they are open, bringing

proof of Millis or Sherborn

residency. “Our goal right now is

to stay open, but keep everyone

safe,” she says. “We have been

able to stay open, and we intend

to do that.”

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Millis Food Pantry, visit

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Medway Democrats Elect Officers

The Medway Democratic

Town Committee (MDTC) is

pleased to announce the election

of the following officers as part

of its biennial reorganization:

Chair, Larry Ellsworth; Co-

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democracy. The $600 award

is named for Robert and Evelyn

Clorite, educators, long-time

Medway residents and MDTC

founders. Over the past 5 years

the MDTC has awarded over

$3,000 in scholarships to deserving

Medway seniors. Funds for

this scholarship come from the

proceeds of the MDTC food

booth at Medway Pride Day.

We are looking forward to this

year’s “better late than never”

Pride Day celebration, and want

to thank you in advance for supporting

the Clorite Scholarship

through your purchases at our

Pride Day booth.

Those interested in getting

involved with the Medway

Democratic Town Committee

should contact Larry Ellsworth

at email@medwaydemocrats.

org or check out their website


or their Facebook page @MedwayDems.

May 2020 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages Page 7

Medway Food Pantries Adapt to Challenge of Covid-19

Local Photographer Tim Rice Raises $25K

for Pantries with Porch Portraits

By J.D. O’Gara

Business is up for the Medway

Food Pantries on Village Street

and at Mahan Circle. Both Paul

Galante, Director of the Mahan

Circle pantry, and Susan Dietrich,

Director of the Medway

Village Pantry, report seeing

about 50% more clients per week

than usual in early April.

Both have had to change their

methods of operation due to


“Come March, with this

virus, the director of the Medway

Housing Authority told me

I could not have anybody else

come in here,” says Galante. He

continues to operate with two

other volunteers who also live at

Mahan Circle. “We’ve become

a bag food pantry and changed

the hours a little bit, Tuesday and

Thursday, now open 8 a.m. – 11

a.m.,” says Galante. With use

of a storage box donated by an

anonymous donor, the Mahan

Circle pantry continues to feed

needy neighbors who drive in

and is working with the Medway

Housing Authority in delivering

pre-packed bags from the

food pantry to Medway Housing

residents in need who don’t have

transportation or are at risk going


Monetary donations allow

the pantry to have buying power

with the Greater Boston Food

Bank, but lately, Galante says he’s

had trouble getting some items.

“That’s why gift cards come in

handy for Shaw’s,” says Galante.

“Susan (Dietrich, Director of the

Medway Village Food Pantry)—

she wasn’t able to get any eggs,

so she had to go buy them, and

because of the virus, they’re up

to $2.49. Every day, there’s something,

because of this virus. We

have to ad lib a lot. We have to

learn not to just walk down the

straight line. We have to take a

left and a right to get through it.”

That said, while the Mahan

This photo by Tim Rice, was one of a Covid-19-era porch portrait

endeavor that yielded $25,000 and 1,000 pounds of food for the two

Medway food pantries (this includes a $5k donation from Medway

Cable Access). From left to right, Fred Hopke, Martin Dietrich, Liam

Dietrich, Aidan Dietrich, Susan Dietrich.

Circle food pantry is still accepting

non-perishable donations in

its outside bins, which Galante

checks and sanitizes items himself

while wearing masks and

gloves, the Medway Village Food

Pantry is accepting only monetary

donations for now.

“Since we have very limited

volunteer staff to minimize

Covid-19 risk, there are few of us

to sort any donations that come

in, and the bigger issue is I don’t

know where the donations have

been sitting or what they’re exposed

to – I have to bring them

in and leave them for three days

before I can touch them,” says

Dietrich. “If I get sick, I’ll have

to close the food pantry for two

weeks. I’m trying to be extra cautious.”

Instead of the pantry’s

usual 15 volunteers, its current

volunteers consist of her immediate

family and Fred Hopke.

The Medway Village Church

Food Pantry is also operating

on a drive-up basis on Saturday

mornings, from 8:30-10 a.m.

Two volunteers outside greet clients,

take a checklist, and place

orders in car trunks, and two volunteers

inside (she and her son)

pack the orders.

“The only drawback is if cars

pile up, but everyone has been

very patient with us,” says Dietrich,

who feels offering clients

choice, not only eliminates waste,

but also “preserves the dignity of

the process for people who come

to the food pantry.”

In addition to a wealth of

local partnerships, both Dietrich

and Galante are thrilled with the

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disinfected twice a week and provide every vehicle and employee with anti-bacterial

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Massachusetts Legislature Taking Numerous Measures

to Protect Residents, Businesses and Municipalities

During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic

On March 10, 2020, Governor

Charlie Baker declared a

State of Emergency to support

the Commonwealth’s response

to the outbreak of the 2019 novel

coronavirus. Since then, the Massachusetts

State Legislature has

taken a number of steps to both

protect the health and safety of

our residents and mitigate the immediate

economic impacts of this

unprecedented global pandemic.

“This is a difficult time, but we

are Massachusetts, and we will

get through this together,” stated

Senate President Karen E. Spilka

(D-Ashland). “The Massachusetts

State Senate stands ready to take

action quickly when needed, and

we will continue to work with the

Baker Administration, the House

of Representatives, and our partners

in the Federal and local governments

to understand the needs

of our residents, businesses and

municipalities during this crisis.”

“Extraordinary moments call

for extraordinary actions. Working

together we can overcome the

adverse conditions set upon us by

the pandemic,” said Representative

Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin).

“We have been working hard as

a delegation and with our government

colleagues and business

partners to provide a united front.

That work will continue so that we

can meet the needs of our constituents

and the Commonwealth.”

“Virtually all of our efforts as

legislators, since the Governor’s

declaration, have been directly

focused on addressing the many

health and financial issues for our

constituents that the COVID-19

pandemic has caused,” said Representative

Brian Murray (D-Milford).

“We will continue this focus

until this unprecedented public

health crisis ends.”

The legislature’s response to

protect public health was swift.

It created a $15 million fund, to

be held in reserve, to support the

Department of Public Health, as

well as regional and local boards

of health, in the monitoring,

treatment and containment of

COVID-19; $5 million has already

been tapped to expand the

response capacity of local boards

of health.

The House and Senate also

took early action to close the Massachusetts

State House to the

public to limit the spread of the

coronavirus. To maintain transparency,

the House and Senate

are now streaming informal sessions

online. The legislature is

also welcoming public testimony

on bills online, and streaming important

events. To protect Massachusetts

communities while

preserving voting access, the Legislature

passed a bill that provides

cities and towns the authority to

postpone and reschedule certain

municipal elections and related


The Legislature has also

acted quickly to protect workers

and businesses. The Senate and

House passed a bill that waives

the one-week waiting period for

any person making a claim for

unemployment benefits resulting

from the COVID-19 outbreak or

the effects of the state of emergency.

The House and Senate

also joined Governor Baker in

announcing the creation of a $10

million Small Business Recovery

Loan Fund, which will provide

emergency capital up to $75,000

to Massachusetts-based small

businesses impacted by COVID-

19, including nonprofits.

The House and Senate passed

a number of initiatives to help

residents, businesses, communities

and municipalities, including

extending the individual income

tax filing and payment deadline

to July 15, 2020; prohibiting the

shut off of essential services provided

by cities and towns due to

missed or late payment; allowing

restaurants to sell wine and beer

with food takeout and delivery;

and addressing several areas relating

to city and town operations.

To address disruptions caused by

the closure of schools, the Legislature

passed a bill that waives

the MCAS requirements for the

2019-2020 academic year and allows

the Department of Early and

Secondary Education to modify

or waive competency determination

requirements related to high

school graduation.

Finally, the Senate and House

have taken steps to protect all

residents in the face of this crisis

by ensuring access to housing

and protecting the most vulnerable.

Both branches passed legislation

to prevent evictions and

foreclosures; they also took action

to suspend, waive, delay, or

simplify in-person verification requirements

for the Massachusetts

Rental Voucher Program and

Residential Assistance for Families

in Transition applicants.

The House and Senate will

continue to work closely together,

along with the Baker Administration,

to protect residents and

mitigate the economic impacts of

the COVID-19 pandemic in Massachusetts.


continued from page 7

efforts of Medway photographer

Tim Rice. Rice adopted the idea

from a Norwood effort, volunteering

his time to drive around

Medway and snap family portraits,

and at first, he did it for

food donations to the pantry, and

later, for monetary donations to

the pantries. After taking photos

of 570 families, meeting 2,500

people from a distance of 10 feet

or more, Rice yielded over 1,000

pounds of food and $25,000

(including a $5,000 donation

from Medway Cable) for the two

Medway food pantries.

“It’s amazing,” says Dietrich.

“I have been blown away. People

have been reaching out to me,

and it’s unbelievable the way the

community is coming together to

support one another during this

crisis. It never ceases to amaze

me how wonderful the people in

this town are.”

“March 22 was the first round

I did,” says Rice, who did the

porch portraits as part of his ongoing

“We are Medway” project.

Rice says that normally, nights

and weekends, he’d be taking

photos of people in springtime

town event. The porch portraits,

“keeps me in front of them, and

I love the town.”

Dietrich encourages town

members who are struggling to

visit the pantry.

“If you need a hand to get

yourself where you need to be,

then please take our outstretched

hand,” she says. “Make payments

on things that are most critical,

and if you need to come see me

for groceries, come see me every

week. I love to see your face.”

The Medway food pantries

are open to everyone who lives in

the state of Massachusetts.


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An Important Message from the ArtWeek Team

With regret that is beyond

words, we are announcing the

cancellation of ArtWeek 2020,

our award-winning community

program. We had originally

hoped that a different version

of the festival might be possible

as we continually reassessed the

circumstances surrounding the

COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak,

but the ever-increasing

bad news in terms of the virus

and its effects, added to the increasing

government restrictions

on public gatherings, have led

us to follow the lead of national,

state, and local authorities and

make this extremely difficult

decision. We realize that this is

very disappointing, but we also

know that many of our event

hosts, partners, and sponsors

are also facing similar

critical decisions.

Ultimately, what is

most important is

that you, your communities,

and everyone

you interact with

remain safe and well, so

we feel that this is the right

decision to make at this time.

We have also been deeply inspired

by the sense of community

and creative sharing across various

platforms during this time

and hope that you are taking

advantage of the many creative

ideas that are being offered from

virtual tours, online classes and

Town of Millis Launches

Facebook Page

activities, and the brilliant “creative

acts of kindness” that

are popping up everywhere.

At the same

time, we know many

nonprofits and creative


are deeply suffering

and urge everyone to

show support however

you can by making a donation

or an online purchase, getting

a gift certificate, or simply

staying in touch to offer support.

We are all in this together, and

every positive action makes a big

difference towards supporting a

longer-term resiliency.

Lastly, we want to say thank

you. We are grateful to partners

like the Highland Street Foundation

and our lead champions

like Mass Cultural Council and

Mass Office of Travel and Tourism,

as well as many others who

passionately share our belief

in art and creativity for all. We

are indebted to the generosity

of our media sponsors who had

committed over $500K this year,

the community support of hundreds

of partners at the state,

regional, and local level, as well

as to the 700+ event hosts with

their amazing offerings. And

please join me in saying thank

you to the tireless work and commitment

of the ArtWeek team,

many of whom had just joined

us in January. Without them,

ArtWeek 2020 would not have

been on track to be the biggest

and best yet.

In the spirit of ArtWeek,

please try to keep those creative

sparks alive while you take care

of yourselves and one another.

And let’s start thinking now about

how to make 2021 an even more

meaningful celebration based on

what we missed out on this year.

The nation, state, and local communities

need the power of art,

culture, and creativity more than

ever at this time. We are heartened

knowing that ArtWeek’s

creative communities are part

of keeping those flames shining

brightly during these unprecedented


By J.D. O’Gara

On April 2nd, the Millis Select

Board voted, by Zoom meeting,

to launch an official Town of

Millis Facebook page. You can

find the page at https://www.

The page will be maintained by

Karen Bouret, Operations Support

Manager in the office of

Town Administrator, Michael

Guzinski the Town Administrator's

office, with support by the

Website & Communications


Select Board Chair Loring

Barnes says the Facebook page

is part of a broader economic

development effort for the town,

as well as a means of communicating

immediate information as

is needed right now, during the

COVID-19 health crisis.

“Even prior to COVID-19,

we had, through committee

volunteerism (Economic Development

Committee, website &

communications overhaul, and

historical committee) been putting

these building blocks into

place. Our aim is to create a new

engine of business marketing

output and community, both to

sustain and stabilize our current

employers, as well as to attract

new ones. We do plan to work on

updating a directory of business

so that we can connect and collaborate

using email, enroute to

a new business council,” she says.

“I’m really relieved we established

one of those tools. I think

any concerns are going to melt

away. This will be absorbed into

our communications outreach

toolbox,” says Barnes, who was

a proponent of the social media

page for the town.

Some of the hesitation in

launching a Facebook page was

that the public forum is subject to

public meeting laws, but Barnes

Edmunds says certain “public

facing departments gave up on

the town years ago,” launching

their own Facebook pages.

“They gave up and said, you

know what, this is the way the

world works, we can’t wait for

the town to establish this, and

they went off with no incident.”

The current state of emergency,

said Barnes, left “no runway

on which to delay.” She says

she hopes the town Facebook

page will be “a center of fact.”

Senate Passes Bill to Lower Signature Threshold for Some Candidacies Amid COVID-19

On April 16, 2020, the Massachusetts

State Senate on

Thursday passed a bill to address

the public health concerns surrounding

the gathering of signatures

for candidates for public

office amid the COVID-19 State

of Emergency.

“In this unprecedented time,

we must consider all of our actions

with an eye towards protecting

the health and safety of our

residents,” stated Senate President

Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland).

“This legislation reflects

that commitment and strikes a

balance by ensuring those who

decide to run for public office

demonstrate the necessary support

they have in their communities

without endangering their

health or the health of others.

I’d like to thank my colleagues

Senators Joan Lovely and Barry

Finegold for their collaboration

in helping to advance this issue.”

An Act Relative to Nomination

Signatures reduces the number

of signatures for all offices

which require 1,000 or more

signatures. The bill reduces the

threshold for the following public


• U.S. Senate from 10,000 to


• U.S. House of Representative

from 2,000 to 1,000

• Governor’s Council and

some county offices from

1,000 to 500

At Local Town Pages press time,

the legislation was moving to the

Massachusetts House of Representatives

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Living Healthy

Eye Care Facts and Myths

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

Milford Franklin Eye Center

We have all been told by

someone at some time, “You’ll

hurt your eyes if you do that!”

But do you really know what is

or is not good for your eyes?

Test yourself with the following

true or false statements and

see how much you know about

your eyes.

“Reading in dim light is

harmful to your eyes.”

False. Using your eyes in dim

light does not damage them.

However, good lighting does

make reading easier and can prevent

eye fatigue.

“Using computers can

damage your eyes.”

False. Working on computers

will not harm your eyes.

Often, when using a computer

for long periods of time, just as

when reading or doing other

close work, you blink less often

than normal. This reduced rate

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Try to take regular breaks to

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should relieve the feeling of strain

on your eyes. Keep the monitor

between 18 to 24 inches from

your face and at a slight downward

angle. Also consider the use

of artificial tears. If your vision

blurs or your eyes tire easily, you

should have your eyes examined

by an ophthalmologist.

“Wearing the wrong kind

of eyeglasses damages

your eyes.”

False. Eyeglasses are devices

used to sharpen your vision.

Although correct eyeglasses or

contacts help you to see clearly,

wearing a pair with the wrong

lenses, or not wearing glasses at

all, will not physically damage

your eyes. However, children less

than eight years old who need

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prescription to prevent the possibility

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“Children outgrow crossed

or misaligned eyes.”

False. Children do not outgrow

crossed eyes. A child whose

eyes are misaligned may develop

poor vision in one eye because

the brain will “turn off” or ignore

the image from the misaligned or

lazy eye. Children who appear to

have misaligned eyes should be

examined by an ophthalmologist.

“Learning disabilities are

caused by eye problems.”

False. Difficulties with reading,

mathematics, and other

learning problems in children are

often referred to as learning disabilities.

There is no strong evidence

that vision problems cause

learning disabilities. Children

with learning difficulties often

need help from teachers and

people with special training. Before

such treatment begins, make

certain your child is seeing as well

as possible.

“Sitting close to the

television can damage

children’s eyes.”

False. Children can focus at

close distance without eyestrain

better than adults. They often develop

the habit of holding reading

materials close to their eyes or

sitting right in front of the television.

There is no evidence that

this damages their eyes.

“People with weak eyes

should avoid reading fine





False. It is said that people

with weak eyes or people who

wear glasses will “wear out” their

eyes sooner if they read fine print

or do a lot of detail work. The

concept of the eye as a muscle is

incorrect. The eye more closely

resembles a camera. A camera

will not wear out sooner just because

it is used to photograph intricate


“Wearing eyeglasses will

cause you to become

dependent on them.”

False. Eyeglasses are used to

correct blurry vision. Since clear

vision with eyeglasses is preferable

to uncorrected vision, you

may find that you want to wear

your eyeglasses more often. Although

it may feel as if you are

becoming dependent on your

eyeglasses, you are actually just

getting used to seeing clearly.

“Older people who gain

‘second sight’ may be

developing cataracts.”

True. Older individuals who

wear reading eyeglasses sometimes

find themselves able to

read without their eyeglasses and

think their eyesight is improving.

The truth is they are becoming

more nearsighted, which can be

a sign of early cataract development.

“A cataract must be ‘ripe’

before it is removed.”

False. With older surgical

techniques, it was thought to be

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was “ripe.” With today’s modern

surgical procedures, a cataract

can be removed whenever it begins

to interfere with a person’s


“Contact lenses can

prevent nearsightedness

from getting worse.”

False. Some people have

been led to believe that wearing

contact lenses will permanently

correct nearsightedness so that

eventually they won’t need either

contacts or eyeglasses. There is

no evidence that wearing contact

lenses produces an improvement

in vision.

“Eyes can be transplanted.”

False. Medical science has

no way to transplant whole eyes.

Our eyes are connected to the

brain by the optic nerve. Because

of this, the eye is never removed

from its socket during surgery.

The cornea, the clear front part

of the eye, has been successfully

transplanted for many years.

Corneal transplant is sometimes

confused with an eye transplant.

“Laser assisted cataract

surgery is the same as traditional

cataract surgery.”

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Living Healthy

Tri-County RVTHS Uses

3D Printers to Make PPE

Face Shields

Tri-County Regional Vocational

Technical High School has

begun using its 3D printers to

make face shields for local medical

care providers. Currently,

Tri-County is in contact with the

Milford Health Department and

North Attleboro Health Department

to get them face shields and

also has expressed interest from

Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Veterans

Affairs, and Norwood hospitals.

The list continues to grow.

Tri-County is also one of at

least 15 Massachusetts schools

who are working together to

make shields for Beth Israel Deaconess

Medical Center.

“3D printing is not magic.

But, as I looked into it more and

got connected with some folks

who were finalizing a design that

was perfect for 3D printing and

approved by care providers, I decided

to jump in,” said Kristen

Magas, a Tri-County Engineer

Technology Instructor. She also

shared the design (https://www.

Tri-County is utilizing for those

who are interested.

The machines need frequent

tending to get a large number

of parts printed. “Harry [Takesian,

Director of Facilities] and

his team have been putting fresh

trays in the machines when one

print finishes and then starting

up the next print,” Magas

explained. Each print takes between

one to three hours depending

on the machine.

“We all look for ways to feel

helpful and useful in this time of

helplessness. I feel lucky to have

this opportunity to help in some

small way, and I am so grateful to

the administration and to Harry

and his team for making this

work,” Magas said.


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Recreation Departments Make

Cheer Their Mission

By J.D. O’Gara

Many town residents might

be stuck at home, but the Millis

and Medway Recreation

Departments are busy trying to

keep them busy, at least online,

to ease a little stress. Each office

has been actively working to engage

residents since Gov. Baker’s

order to close nonessential businesses

and schools with online

contests, activities, and drive-by


“That’s my job, to promote

health and well-being, and that

is mental. A lot of this makes

people happy,” says Kris Fogarty,

Director of the Millis Recreation

Department, who works in close

contact with her colleague, Medway

Parks and Recreation Director

Julie Harrington.

Last month, Harrington organized

a slew of contests and

activities up on Medway Parks

and Recreation’s Facebook Page,

including an online scavenger

hunt that yielded over 100 teams

and a “drive-by zoo,” in which

residents could put a stuffed animal

“exhibit” in their front yards

or windows.

“People (could) walk through

neighborhoods and drive around

Last month, the Easter Bunny, who is friends pals with Kris Fogarty,

Millis Recreation Director, and Julie Harrington, Medway Parks

& Recreation Director, drove through town streets to help cheer

homebound residents.

and look for zoo exhibits,” says

Harrington. “Some of them

were truly awesome. The creativity

of people blows me away.”

Among some of the fun Millis

Recreation has posted on its

Facebook page include a “Chalk

Your Walk” challenge, encouraging

residents to decorate and

write inspirational messages.

Regular updates to the page

include dance classes by local

trainer Katie O’Connell, crafting

projects with Amy Sullivan,

sewing projects with Jenny Ryerson

and virtual fitness classes by

Toni Manzone, as well as smaller

games and activities Fogarty

posts just for fun.

Both Fogarty and Harrington

happen to know the Easter

Bunny, so both also engaged

him to make personal appearances

up and down the streets of

their towns. The goal? “To bring

some smiles, some joy,” says Fogarty.

“I had a Mom tell me (a

contest) it was the first time her

daughter smiled and laughed

through this whole thing,” says

Harrington. “That’s the reason I

do what I do. It’s something, an

escape, to keep their minds off

what’s going on.”

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registration, including preschool and kindergarten, to a virtual


A Virtual Registration Checklist has been prepared to give families

an overview of the process. The process includes multiple steps:

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Step 2:

Document collection: proof of residency, student birth

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mind, we strive to make the registration process as easy and stress-free

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The Estate Planning & Asset Protection Law Center of

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Lifetime Protection for

You and Your Family

By Jane Lebak

“My ninety-year-old great

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program clients, but her

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to her!” And with that call, Dennis

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Within an hour, he’d leveraged

his Power of Attorney, established

that the nursing home was

not properly treating his client’s

illness, and called in an eldercare

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That’s not a service anyone

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first phone call to ask about trust

and estate planning, but it saved

this woman’s life.

For more than twenty-six

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planning and elder law, but their

services go well beyond. Sullivan

says, “Helping people protect

their spouse, home, legacy, family,

and life savings is our team’s


Dennis Sullivan is an attorney,

a CPA with a Master’s in tax law

and holds a Management degree

from MIT. He’s written or contributed

to seven books, and in

addition, he’s a cancer survivor.

This combination gives him a

unique perspective on the importance

of our health and the legacies

we leave behind, well beyond

our financial legacy.

Attorney Greta Atchinson a

partner at the firm, and Dennis

Sullivan’s protégé, explains, “Estate

planning is more than just

writing a will or trust. The best

estate planning begins with providing

for our elder years.” This

means understanding age’s impact

on housing, health, mobility,

and finances. She adds, “We

want to empower our clients.

Elder law attorneys, Medicaid

planners, and senior advisors

work with you when you’re facing

an asset protection crisis, like

entering a nursing home. We

prefer to help people through

proper advanced planning so

your protection and savings grow

naturally over time.”

Ruthann O’Sullivan, Office

Manager and paralegal, says,

“People assume trusts are just for

extremely wealthy individuals. In

reality, they’re for families that

want peace of mind by being

prepared.” By addressing future

issues before there is a crisis, you

proactively protect those you

love. “You don’t want to worry

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first time when faced with health

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you to focus on what matters.”

A call to Dennis Sullivan and

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process. First is a free Discovery

Workshop (currently provided

virtually) that covers proper estate

and asset protection. The

client identifies their goals so

they can evaluate where they are

in relation to where they would

like to be.

The second step is a personalized

meeting with an attorney

to review existing documents or

write an entirely new plan.

“Eighty-six percent of trusts

fail,” says Attorney Sullivan.

“We know not all trusts are created

equal, and our team has developed

a unique ‘Nineteen Point

Checkup’ to review trusts and

estate plans with a fine-toothed


In the third step, the documents

are signed, and then the

client becomes a member of the

Lifetime and Legacy Protection

Program. Sullivan established

this program to ensure clients

and their families remain protected

even as laws change and

family circumstances evolve.

When the new Secure Act was

passed, for example, the firm let

all members know it would accelerate

taxes on IRAs, Retirements

and Estate Plans, then hosted a

workshop on the impact this

would have. The firm

also provides personal

annual reviews

as part of

their membership.


Atchinson says

“We put our clients

in the driver’s

seat. We educate and

assist families in identifying

their most critical tax, estate,

and asset protection objectives as

well as their core values.” When

people speak for themselves

through meticulous estate planning,

they can eliminate family

conflict and pass on their values

to their family.

Beyond the peace of mind

that comes with protecting

family assets, many

clients have found

comfort during

the coronavirus


by securing

their healthcare


Atchinson says,

“Now more than

ever, it’s vital to establish

all the necessary

documents surrounding your


Dennis Sullivan and Associates

can help you draw up your

healthcare proxy, power of attorney,

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something everyone over age

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Clients receive a wallet-sized

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about who to contact

in the event of an emergency. “I

can’t tell you how hard it is when

parents cannot get information

about their adult children in

emergencies,” says Sullivan. “It’s

vital not to wait.”

As with Dennis Sullivan’s

ninety-year-old client, rock-solid

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MWPC Women’s Legislative

Breakfast Rescheduled to

June 8th

Celebrating the Women’s Suffrage Centennial

and Women’s History Month

Thank You to Those

Fighting Covid 19

Michael and Matthew Shain of Milford are holding signs, thanking

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June 8, 2020

9:30-11 a.m.

Massachusetts State House, Room 428

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MA Legislature Passes Legal Protections for

Health Care Workers, Facilities, And Organizations

Responding to COVID-19

The Massachusetts House of

Representatives and State Senate

on Friday passed legislation

to shield those providing critical

health care services from legal

liability for the duration of the

COVID-19 emergency.

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President Karen E. Spilka (D-

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legislation will ensure that our

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treat patients during the surge of

COVID-19 in Massachusetts. I

would like to acknowledge Senators

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well as Speaker DeLeo and our

colleagues in the House for expeditiously

advancing this critical


Under the legislation, health

care professionals, facilities and

volunteer organizations assisting

in the state’s efforts to respond

and treat COVID-19 would be

protected from suit and civil liability

for alleged damages related

to the virus. Health care facilities

and professionals would still be

subject to consumer complaints

brought by the Attorney General

and protections would not extend

to acts of negligence, recklessness,

or intent to harm or acts

of discrimination. These protections

would apply retroactively

to March 10, 2020, and remain

in effect for the duration of the

State of Emergency.

The bill, which is the latest action

by the Legislature to address

the COVID-19 public health

crisis and its effects on Massachusetts,

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MassBay Classes Transition to

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MassBay Community College

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remote learning format in an effort

to help the Commonwealth

combat the spread of coronavirus

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Dr. David Podell. “We will

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and creative concepts that faculty

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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Moratorium on

Non-Essential Evictions and

Foreclosures Amid COVID-19

The Massachusetts House of

Representatives and State Senate

has passed legislation that

will provide a critical safety net

for renters, homeowners, and

small businesses grappling with

the economic fallout of the coronavirus

public health emergency.

Gov. Baker signed the bill Monday,

April 20th.

The legislation prohibits all

non-essential evictions and foreclosures

and provides mortgage

borrowers with forbearance options

and protects tenants from

late fees as well as other protections.

“Staying home is an essential

component to ending this pandemic,

and the Massachusetts

State Senate is committed to

making sure that our residents

will be allowed to stay in their

homes for the duration of this

public health crisis,” stated Senate

President Karen E. Spilka

(D-Ashland). “We are also protecting

our small businesses and

non-profits, which are particularly

vulnerable during this pandemic.

I would like to thank

Speaker DeLeo and the House

for their commitment to this

issue, and particularly thank Senators

Crighton and Rodrigues for

working so hard to get this critical

legislation across the finish line.”

“Our first priority is protecting

those who are most vulnerable,

and many homeowners and

renters need relief now from the

economic strains building as a

result of this public health emergency,”

said House Speaker Robert

A. DeLeo (D – Winthrop).

“We acted to safeguard tenants

and homeowners from economic

insecurity during and for a period

after the state of emergency

ends. I am grateful to Senate

President Spilka for her partnership

on these issues, and I thank

Chairs Honan and Michlewitz

for their work with members and

stakeholders in moving this bill


To address the COVID-19

public health crisis and its adverse

impacts on renters, homeowners

and small businesses, the

bill includes the following components:

• A moratorium on all stages of

the eviction and foreclosure

processes for 120 days from

the enactment of the legislation

or 45 days after the State

of Emergency has been lifted,

whichever period of time is


• Prohibits all non-essential

evictions for residential properties

and small businesses.

• Prohibits residential landlords

from terminating tenancy

and sending a notice to quit.

• Halts landlords from issuing

late fees and reports to credit

agencies for nonpayment of

rent, provided that a tenant

offers notice and documentation

to the landlord within 30

days of the missed rent payment

that the non-payment

was related to a financial impact

from COVID-19.

• Allows for video or telephone

conferencing during the State

of Emergency for reverse

mortgage loans in lieu of inperson

counseling until the

State of Emergency order is


• Evictions may proceed during

the moratorium for actions

that involve allegations of

criminal activity or lease violations

that are detrimental to

public health or public safety.

• Requires mortgage lenders to

grant a forbearance of up to

180-days on required mortgage

payments if homeowner

submits request demonstrating

financial hardship as result

of COVID-19.

• Allows landlords to use a

tenant’s last month rent for

expenses like mortgages payments

and property maintenance,

while protecting

tenant rights regarding rent

paid in advance.

The moratorium will last for

120 days, or until 45 days after a

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Ways to Address Market Volatility Concerns

The economic collapse of

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the potential for portfolio losses

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Medway Sisters Find Way to Thank First Responders

Tara and Erin Shipos witnessed

first-hand the hard work

of many family members and

friends on the front lines as the

coronavirus crisis unfolded. Both

girls are actively involved in multiple

clubs, including community

service groups at Medway Public

Schools, so it was no surprise

that the sisters, along with their

younger brother, Gavin, wanted

to come up with an idea to recognize

healthcare workers, first

responders, and essential workers

that live in the community

of Medway. The result: a community-wide

distribution of balloons,

color-coded by specialty,

and a thank you note.

With the idea in place, the

next project was to get the word

out. The siblings chose the Facebook

group, The Friends of

Medway. Below is the message

they composed:

Hi Friends of Medway!

To recognize and support our

friends and neighbors who are

doing so much to fight coronavirus,

we thought of a simple

gesture to thank them. We would

like to hang a balloon on their

mailbox. If you know of someone

you would like to recognize,

please send me a message by

Thursday with the color balloon

and the address where you would

like it to go. We are aiming for

Saturday, weather permitting.

Word spread fast! They were

overwhelmed with responses, private

messages, texts and phone

calls. Their friends, seeing the

flurry of activity on their post,

reached out to help. To the rescue

were Rory Keating, Kaitlyn

Calnan, Ethan Core, Sam

McKeown, Charlie McKeown,

Maeve Richardson, Ram Tysoe,

Olivia Sistrand, Olivia Dennehy,

Sophia Flotta and Sienna Flotta.

Next up was the logistics.

Tara, Erin & Gavin ordered

over 175 balloons and divided

the town via the recognized recipients

into areas. Each friend

received a bunch of balloons on

Friday, April 10th, along with a

map, inclusive of their respective

distribution area.

Saturday morning finally arrived

and the Shipos siblings and

their helpful group of friends

set out to the streets of Medway

at 10:30 a.m. They drove and

walked the streets of Medway

tying balloons and leaving notes

of thanks in mailboxes at over

175 residences in Medway.

Balloon distribution:

Blue: Healthcare Professionals

- doctors, nurses, hospital

staff, researchers, etc.

Red: First Responders - police

officers, firefighters, EMTs, National

Guard and military helping

during this crisis.

Green: Essential Workers -

grocery/gas station, pharmacy

workers, truck/delivery drivers,

manufacturing workers, postal

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The note read, “Your friends

and neighbors would like to

recognize your effort in fighting

coronavirus! We appreciate you!”

Erin Shipos' happiest moment

of the day was when a woman

saw her tying a balloon to her

mailbox. She hadn't seen the post

on Facebook, so she didn't know

what was going on. “I said, ‘We

are putting a balloon on your

mailbox because someone in

your home is a healthcare professional,”

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Page 18 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages May 2020


Erin Mundy, Millis 3-Sport Athlete

By Christopher Tremblay,

Staff Sports Writer

Millis senior Erin Mundy has

definitely seen her share of success

with the Mohawk athletic

program. The 3-sport star has

been involved in five Sectionals

Championships (three with the

soccer team and another two

with the basketball team) and

two soccer state titles while just

missing out on the third one, losing

1-0 in the final this past fall.

She has also captured the Division

4 East Sectional Championship

in the 800-meter run. To say

she lived life to the fullest on the

athletic fields would be an understatement.

Playing on the soccer team

for three years, Mundy originally

started out as a striker, but this

past season found herself moving

around the field. As a striker, the

now senior found herself more

of an assist player, but during the

early stages of this past season,

she did find the back of the net


As a guard on the basketball

court, she averages seven points

and five rebounds per game despite

being on the smaller size

when it came to height.

“I really don’t think about my

height when I’m rebounding,”

Mundy said. “It’s just an instinct

to me; I see the rebound and go

up and get it. I don’t feel that

I’m at a disadvantage due to my


As a guard, she loves the pressure

that is placed on her to be

responsible for getting the team

down court. With her teammates

relying on her, she goes out and

plays as hard as she can.

“Erin is one of the toughest

kids that I have ever coached,

and I’ve been coaching for 12

years now. She plays at a different

level of competition,” Millis

Basketball Coach Dave Fallon

said. “She is the best ball defender

Millis has ever had; is always

guarding the opposition’s

best player and is at the top of

our full court press.”

The senior found her way

onto the basketball team near the

end of her freshman season just

in time for the tournament and

has been a starter ever since. This

past season, she fractured her

cheek in pre-season and found

herself sitting on the bench for

the first half of the year. When

Mundy finally returned, it was

like she was never gone.

“As soon as she came back, she

immediately was a huge help,”

Fallon said. “She was showing

people what she could do. There

was no fear even though she was

wearing for protection, she still

played her game, fast and physical.”

As a fall and winter athlete,

Mundy found herself looking

for something to do during the

spring season, so she decided to

try out track. Upon the suggestion

of her teammates, she got involved

in the 400-meter hurdles,

but it was the 800-meter run that

really peaked her interest.

“My teammates felt that I

could get over the hurdles without

a problem, so I tried it out,”

Mundy said. “After a while, I

wanted to add another event. I

tried the 200, but it just didn’t

work out. I needed something

with a longer pace so that I could

calculate. That’s when I tried the

800, and it just clicked

Track coach Yvonne Fitzgerald

noted that last spring as a

junior, Mundy provided strong

A benefit to her team when she’s playing soccer, basketball or track,

Millis High senior Erin Mundy hopes to be able to get back onto track

soon. Shown in the track photo with Bethany Steiner on left.

Photos used courtesy of Erin Mundy.

leadership to the team, especially

the younger kids.

“As a hurdler last year, she

helped the younger, less experienced

athletes with their form

and timing to get over the hurdles,”

Fitzgerald said. “As far as

the 800 goes, she wants to consistently

challenge herself and

is focused on becoming a better


Coming into this spring’s

track season Mundy was hoping

to finish up her senior season

with a bang, but with all the coronavirus

going around, it’s unsure

if she ever gets a final chance to

take to the track. The Millis track

coach knows that not being able

to run is killing her.

“It’s my senior year, and it’s

upsetting not being able to get

out there running,” Mundy sad.

“But under the circumstances, I

just need to push through it with

everyone else. I have continued

to stay in shape and hope that

we eventually get back out on

the track if and when there is a


As if being part of all those

winning teams at Millis wasn’t

enough Mundy got to take part

in all three sports this year with

her younger sister Caroline, who

is a sophomore.


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Medway’s Plunkett Will Play Football At WPI

Four-Time Tri Valley League MVP


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Drew Plunkett is a classic example

of what can happen if a

student-athlete works diligently

every day to sharpen his skills in

athletics and academics.

The 5-foot-7, 175-pound

Plunkett is far from overpowering

but the Medway High senior

was a four-time MVP in the Tri

Valley League and a four-time

Mustang captain (twice in football

and twice in basketball).

He’s also a National Honor Society

student who’s on his way to

Worcester Polytech to study engineering

management and to play


The soft-spoken Plunkett is a

rare-breed mix — he knows the

value of hard work and the results

it produces; he’s delighted

when a teammate excels; he understands

fully that perseverance

trumps entitlement; and he’s

acutely aware that leadership by

example can be inspiring.

His two coaches at Medway

— Anthony Mazzola (football)

and Eric Copeland (basketball)

— put Plunkett’s character and

humility on par with his athletic


“Drew is the all-American

kid,’’ Mazzola said. “He’s a great

person, great athlete and great

student. He’s also kind-hearted

and humble. If he were 6-2 or

6-3, he’d be a Division 1 college

quarterback. He’ll do well

at WPI. He’s the best player I’ve

ever coached, and I was blessed

to have him for a year.’’

Copeland, who coached Plunkett

for 2½ seasons, labels him “a

super selfless kid.’’

“Drew’s stats aren’t prolific,

because he’s a pass-first point

guard,’’ Copeland said. “His

leadership was crucial, because

he ran the team both offensively

and defensively. A great leader,

his teammates follow him. He

works for everything he gets, and

he doesn’t expect the rules to

favor him. He was fun to coach

and fun to be around.’’

Plunkett’s statistics during

his senior year on the gridiron

produced a 57 percent completion

record (81 for 143), 17 TD

passes, 1,482 yards passing and

six interceptions. His rushing

stats included 148 carries, 951

yards gained, 11 TDs and one

fumble. His basketball averages

last winter were 14 points, 3.3 assists,

6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals.

Plunkett’s deliberate style kept

the Mustangs in many games in

both sports. “I’d like to think my

strengths are good instincts, a

high athletic IQ, solid decisionmaking,

and strong leadership,’’

he said.

When the football team

played Falmouth last fall in a

game Medway won, 61-53, he

was involved in seven of the eight

TDs. He passed for three scores

and ran for four more. “Drew

was more calm than all of the

coaches,’’ Mazzola emphasized.

Plunkett has had his share of

thrills in the two sports during his

seven varsity seasons. He sparked

the football team to a TVL Small

Division title his junior year (10-1

record) and split a pair of playoff

games that season.

His top thrill in football wasn’t

the MVP honors. Far from it.

“Those awards are nice, but

all the credit for being MVP

goes to my teammates,’’ he emphasized.

“I worked hard, but I

couldn’t achieve those honors

without my teammates. My top

thrill in football came as a freshman.

Nick Sheehan, my best

friend, and I were called up to

the varsity. Nick handled kickoff

returns, and I was the punt

returner. We played Holliston

at home and trailed, 7-0. They

kicked off after taking the lead

and Nick returned the ball 80

yards for a touchdown. Holliston

won, 21-7, when the game was

called because of thunder and

lightning. It was a thrill to see

Nick get that TD.’’

Plunkett played in three

post-season tournaments in basketball.

His most memorable

thoughts — as a sophomore and

junior — dealt with qualifying

for the playoffs and capturing a

TVL title.

Plunkett showed his classy

side at Medway’s senior night

this year. Instead of starting, he

suggested to Copeland that two

other seniors start, since they

Drew Plunkett was a multi-talented point guard for Medway's

basketball team. Submitted photo.

never enjoyed that experience.

“It was the right thing to do,” he


Plunkett chose WPI over

Hamilton, Tufts and Franklin

& Marshall. “I visited WPI and

liked the closed-community atmosphere,’’

he said. “I also liked

the coaching staff and the players.

I don’t see myself starting as

a freshman, but I feel I can play

Division 3 football.’’

So do the WPI coaches.

“Head coach Chris Robertson

and QB coach Matt Kelly saw

my highlight films and watched

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“Coach Kelly visited me at Medway

High and let me know the

program was interested in me.’’

Plunkett knows he needs to

adjust and improve to play Division

3 college ball. “The college

game will be faster, and the competition

will be more talented,’’

he said. Plunkett’s spring will, for

the first time in his career, include

varsity baseball if the MIAA

doesn’t cancel spring sports because

of the Covid-19 virus. His

summer will be all about throwing

a football and physical workouts.

Plunkett has lots of people

in his life who’ve provided topquality

advice and direction. He

admires Copeland, whom he’s

known since his freshman year.

“His motivating style is special,’’

Plunkett noted. “I’m also thankful

for my parents, (Cheryll and

Derek), because of their support

and encouragement.’’ Plunkett

rates all his teammates as “topnotch.”

His athletic philosophy focuses

on winning, but he maintains

that having fun and reaching

one’s potential are linked to success.

“There’s life lessons to be

learned in sports, and for me it’s

perseverance, mental toughness,

leadership and being team-oriented,’’

he said.

Plunkett says he wouldn’t

change anything about his Medway

career. “My high school experience

has been a blessing,’’

he emphasized. “I’ll miss teammates

and classmates, but I’m

excited about the next chapter

of my life.’’

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