Medway & Millis October 2020


Medway & Millis October 2020


Medway & Millis

Vol. 11 No. 10 Free to Every Home and Business Every Month October 2020

Millis XC Runs Millis Event for

Millis Neighbors

26.2 Mile-Run in 24-Hours Raises $5,200 for Millis Food Pantry

The Voice of Your Community

On Monday, September 14th, members of the Millis High School Cross

Country team presented Millis Ecumenical Food Pantry volunteer

Barbara Bryant with a check for $5,200, which they raised in a 24-hour

event in which they ran 26.2 miles.

They had hoped to raise $500.

The Millis Cross Country Team,

a mix of young men and women,

set forth on a 24-hour mission to

support the Millis Food Pantry in

the third week of August. In the

end, they raised $5,200, far beyond

their expectations, and a car

load of food.

“They ran on the hour starting

at 12 p.m. Thursday, and they ran

as a group, throughout the night

and day, in rain and sunshine,”

said Coach Siobhan Clayton,

in her second year coaching the

team. She deferred to the team’s

Captain, Joseph Scolponeti, to

explain how the project came together.

Scolponeti, whose home on

Ryan Road served as a makeshift

headquarters in a neighborhood

that has an approximate onemile-loop,

expressed amazement

that the fundraiser came together

so well and raised as much as it

did. He credited Michaela Hafford

(who recently ranked third in

the TVL) with the idea, as it was

something she’d always wanted

to do, and Colton McCain for

setting up the Go Fund Me page.

In conversation, said Scolponeti,

“one of us said it would be

fun to run 26 miles in 24 hours.

Initially, we wanted to do it just for

fun, but the coach heard us and

brought up the idea of doing it


continued on page 3

Medway Resident Brings

Headstones, and History,

Back to Life

By J.D. O’Gara

On May first, Don Bowden-

Texera got furloughed from his

job as an endoscopy technician

at Metrowest Medical Center in

Framingham. He tried the usual

– bingewatching Netflix shows,

but soon found himself walking

down a dark path toward depression.

“I found my solace walking

in the cemetery,” says Don, who

has lived within walking distance

of Oakland Cemetery for nearly

25 years. “I remember walking

through the cemetery just before

Memorial Day. I thought I’d go

see how spruced up the place was

getting for that holiday. That’s

when I noticed that it wasn’t really

being cared for at all.”

Some of the memorial markers

were covered in moss and

lichen, and many of the footstones

were barely visible several

inches under where grass was

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“I was becoming depressed

thinking of all the souls around

the world being lost to this pandemic,

and I got sad thinking of

how all of those people laid to

rest in Oakland Cemetery had

once been loved, and were of

importance in the lives of their

families, as well as in the building

of this community. Now, all

that remained of them was head

and foot stones, and even their

foot stones were disappearing

under the sod. Everyone should

continue to be remembered and


Don set out to honor the

memories of those laid to rest

at Oakland Cemetery. Understanding

that the headstones

needed to be appropriately cared

for, he researched YouTube for

the right way to clean them and

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“I’m kind of an emotional

person, and I can pour it out

in the work I am doing (at the

cemetery). I didn’t want to damage

anything,” he says. “They’re

tombstones, but they’re also historic

documents, recordings.”

Many of the stones could no longer

be read. He used D/2, a biological

solution that is also used at

Arlington National Cemetery, to

clean the stones, and he carefully

worked to unearth hundreds (457

after he went back and counted)

of footstones hidden underneath

the sod.

Roy Young, a member of

the cemetery care committee of

Medway Village Church, says,

“I’m very impressed by Don’s attitude

and his desire to do that even

to begin with. He was doing it

on his own, digging around each

and every grave marker, many

partially or completely buried

by years of neglect. He took the

initiative.” Young had known the

stones needed work and had been

hoping some local Scout may

have embarked on it as an Eagle


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This baby’s grave had been so long-neglected that it was completely

buried under sod. Don carefully dug out this and 456 other footstones,

so that these souls could be remembered.

Scout project, but it had never

happened. “My daughter’s stone

is up there, and a lot of those

stones were just totally covered,

some were eight inches down. It’s

just amazing to me to see his dedication.

He had no connection to

the church, no connection to the

cemetery, just a neighbor who

wanted to do the right thing.”

Bowden-Texera found the

work rewarding, taking time to

get to know each marker and

a little bit about each person

buried there. “My little ceremonial

routine became cleaning

the stone, and then reading the

names out loud; just because so

much time had passed since that

had happened. It was kind of

like saying ‘Hello’ and ‘Welcome

back’ to someone that had been

gone too long.”

Don spent the rest of the

spring, and even after he went

back to work, the summer, working

at the cemetery. And he’s still

at it, now working with the Oakland

Cemetery Committee at the

next step in the process, raising

up flat, uncovered footstones to

ground level.

“The transformation is amazing…stones

once black, covered

with tree sap, algae, lichen, unreadable,

have been washed and

scrubbed and restored. Many

families long forgotten who

haven’t been visited for years and

years, as generations have come

and gone, are now being remembered

once again and are telling

their stories and family history,”

wrote Young in the Medway

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as a fundraiser. One of our first

ideas was the food pantry – we

wanted to give it straight back

to the community, to people we

probably know. A Millis event for

Millis neighbors.”

Scolponeti said his neighborhood

was ideal, with little traffic,

neighbors were forewarned with

flyers. Many were very supportive

of the event, donating, coming

out to cheer them and some even

running with the group.

Elizabeth Derwin, Director of

the Millis Food Pantry, was especially

impressed with the creativity

of the young runners.

“To think of the idea, do the

plan, execute it all and have a tremendous

result of $5,200 – the

team did such a great job,” said

Derwin. The Director says this

donation has been earmarked

to help the 70 registered families

who use the food pantry at holiday

time with its Holiday Helper


“We (usually) gather items

to help people with the holidays

(with help from) the churches

in town,” says Derwin. “With

COVID, that’s just not going to

be possible this year.” The substantial

donation, then, comes in

very handy.

The Millis Ecumenical Food

Pantry is open every Saturday

from 10 a.m. to noon, and the

first and third Wednesday of the

month, also from 10 a.m. to noon.

“The Pantry has maintained

its full schedule all the way

through the pandemic,” says Derwin.

“We’ve never turned anyone

away.” The pantry, due to the

pandemic, is operating outside,

with a corps of volunteers taking

checklists from patrons and other

volunteers inside gathering items.

“We stay six feet away, identify

what they want, send the list

in and bag it, then put it in the

trunks of cars,” says the Pantry

director. Derwin says the Pantry

will continue to operate in this

manner until the Millis Board of

Health determines it’s safe to do

something different.

Medway & Holliston Libraries Present

Irish Need Not Apply, Sunday, October 4th

The Medway Public Library

will present a 90-minute

“Irish Need Not Apply; The

History of the Irish in Boston,

presented by Christopher

Daley, on Sunday, October 4,

2020, at 2 p.m. The event will

take place virtually by Zoom.

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The event is sponsored by

the Friends of the Holliston

Library, the Medway Public

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The Lecturer:

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historical societies, schools and

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A history teacher in the Silver

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in Kingston, Mass., Mr.

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on varied historical topics

for local publications and has

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Daley’s new lecture; Irish

Need Not Apply: The History of the

Irish in Boston. The Presentation

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which the many facets of the

early Irish experience in Boston

are examined.

The lecture begins with a

look at the scant evidence there

is of the Irish who were brought

over unwillingly as indentured

servants in the late 17th Century.

Then, the first real migration

of the Irish in 1718 - the

arrival of the Scot-Irish or the

"Ulster Irish" will be discussed,

followed by the slow pre-famine

trickle of Irish Catholic immigrants

coming into Boston

and the corresponding increase

in Anti-Irish/Catholic sentiment

within Boston beginning

with the notorious Pope's Day

celebrations to the burning of

the Ursuline Convent in 1834

in Charlestown, and the Broad

Street Riot of 1837.

The massive wave of immigration

into Boston after the

Great Potato Famine will be

examined next with respect to

the condition of the new arrivals,

the neighborhoods they

settled, how they banded together,

the kinds of work they

did to survive and their eventual

assimilation into American


Finally, there will be a discussion

of the rise of the Irish

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politics. Short vignettes on such

Irish political leaders such as

Patrick Collins, Hugh O'Brien,

Martin Lomasney, Patrick J.

Kennedy, John "Honey Fitz"

Fitzgerald and of course the

old "Rascal King" himself

James Michael Curley will be


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Families Get Creative with Miniature Painting Group

By J.D. O’Gara

Creativity takes many forms,

and at the Millis Public Library, it

has manifested itself in the form

of a “Youth and Family Miniature

Painting Group” for nearly

four years. The group, led by

Paul Sims, has gained in popularity

so much that Sims will soon

be adding an Adults Only group.

“I used to paint Miniature's

when i was a teen, back before

it was cool,” says Sims. “After

repainting some of my children's

Skylanders figures for them, I

asked my oldest daughter if she

or any of her friends might want

to start a group at the Millis Library.

We started out with Skylanders

and other larger figures,

but some of the kids do really

complex models, now.”

Sims explains that many

miniatures represent an existing

game, such as Warhammer,

D&D (Dungeons & Dragons)

and Decent, and they can also

be an add-on for a game. “Common

miniature sizes are 28mm

scale and 32mm scale. That is, a

6-foot-tall man would be either

28mm or 32mm depending on

the scale. The animals, monsters

or other accessories are based off

of that,” Sims explains. Some of

these figurines come pre-assembled,

he says, but others are more

complex models that hobbyists

can put together. They

come in many materials,

including metal, plastic

and resin.

Millis resident Kathleen

Streck says her son,

Colin, has been participating

in the group for at

least two years. She joined

in about a year ago.

“We enjoy it. I think

it gives him an opportunity

to be creative, and

learn and apply painting

techniques. There is also

a social aspect, meeting

with friends to paint. It’s

relaxing, and provides an

opportunity to customize

miniatures for games we

like to play,” says Streck,

who would recommend

the group to others. “It’s

a great opportunity to get

exposure to a new hobby

(in an) environment that

is friendly to beginners

and new faces.”

Sims began the group

supplying models from

his own collection.

“We initially started

out with myself and my daughter

Natasha. We added a couple of

her friends to the group and then

some older kids. I think our first

year, we had between 7 to 10 kids

showing up. Last year, we had

Shown are the types of miniatures used in the

Millis Miniature Painting Group, led by Paul Sims

and sponsored by the Friends of the Millis Public

Library. The Youth and Family group has spurred

an Adult-only group, soon to start up. Photo used

courtesy of Paul Sims.

meetings with close to 50 participants

in it. I think our actual

group number capped at 53 with

youth and parents,” says Sims.

In his second year, and since,

he has received grants from

the Friends of the Millis

Library to continue the

group. “Fortunately, there

are Companies out there

like TJ's Cafe and Games

(Milford) and Safari LTD.

that support our group by

applying discounts and

making donations for our

projects,” says Sims, who

has actually been recruited

as a Brand Ambassador for

PLAID Craft Company.

“While they supply the

paints, brushes and sealers

I need for conventions and

social media, they also support

my efforts to run this

local painting group,” says


The youth group, he

says, welcomes children

from a young age to teen.

“I have watched children

from 6-year-olds to

16-year-olds talk about

and enjoy different aspects

of a common interest in

respectful and enthusiastic

ways,” says Sims. “They

learn problem solving, fine

motor skills, (gain) confidence

in their own work (and

learn) how to work together on

group projects. I have seen some

children who may be quiet or shy

in other social situations open up

and be smart, funny, helpful and

kind. It is just another way for

them to express themselves.”

Sims came up with the idea

of the adult group as he started

noticing parents’ interest in the

projects and working on the

miniatures. “Now we have several

families that participate and

some even have family painting

nights at home,” says Sims.

Greq Quilop is one of those

parents who joined in when his

children were participating.

“Currently, I'm the only one

in my family who is part of the

miniature painting group,” says

Quilop, “but both my kids like

to paint models and miniatures.

I like having this group, as it's a

good outlet to discuss ideas, help

others, and to get some inspiration

and motivation to get projects

completed. Crafts aren't

nearly as fun when you're by

yourself.” Quilop says the group

has been a great way to meet others,

and since the group cannot

currently meet in person, it has

been meeting by Zoom about

once a week. “I'm glad that Paul

took the time to create and drive

this group and keeping everyone

supplied with paint and models,”

says Quilop.

Sims says COVID-19 has provided

a temporary setback, but

the group, meeting only virtually

right now, is welcoming members.

He gives a nod of thanks to

Todd Nolan, Greg Quilop and

Kathleen Streck for assisting at


If you are interested in joining

our Youth and Family Miniature

Painting Group or the upcoming

Adult Miniature Painting group,

please email Sims at JollyGood-


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Medway State Election


The Town Clerk's Office announces early voting dates and times for the upcoming Presidential

Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

In Person Voting in Medway will at Medway Middle School. 45 Holliston street from 7

a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesday, November. 3rd .

Medway Early Voting

All early voting to be held at Town Hall, 155 Village Street.

Dates & times:

Saturday, October 17th & Sunday, October 18th: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Monday, October 19th: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 20th: 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 21st: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 22nd: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday, October 23rd: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 24th & Sunday, October 25th: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Monday, October 26th: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 27th: 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 28th: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 29th: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday, October 30th: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Absentee ballots can be requested by sending an email:

Last day to register to vote: Wednesday, October 14, 2020. To register, please contact the

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Mon., Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Tues., Wed., Thurs., October 20-22, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sat. Oct. 24, 10 a.m. -2 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 25, 2-6 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Tues., Wed., Thurs., Oct. 27-29, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Polls will be open at the Veterans Memorial Building, 900 Main

St., Millis, on November 3, 2020, from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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Farmers Market Coupons Available for Qualifying Seniors

By Jane Lebak

Food insecurity is a concern

for many area seniors. While

most Massachusetts residents

are familiar with local food pantries,

Meals on Wheels, and the

SNAP program, there’s also a

lesser-known program called the

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition


Marty Schneier, Outreach

Coordinator of the Holliston

Senior Center, says, “It’s a great

program, and people really appreciated

it. One of the things

that’s lacking from Meals on

Wheels is fresh produce, and

that’s what you get at a farmers


A UMass Boston study from

2016 showed that Massachusetts

has the second highest economic

insecurity rate for single adults

older than 65. Fewer than onethird

of senior citizens in the

United States eat the recommended

amount of fruits and

vegetables, but the goal of the

Farmers Market Nutrition Program

is to increase these seniors’

access to nutritious local foods.

Farmers market coupons can

be used to purchase fruits and

vegetables, fresh herbs, and even


Qualifying individuals are

given $25 to $50 in coupons.

Coupons for this year will expire

on October 31st, so anyone

with coupons for this year should

spend them this month.

According to the Farmers

Market Coalition (,

senior citizens

in particular benefit from farmers

markets. While locally fresh

sourced is beneficial to everyone,

the communal aspect of a farmer’s

market adds an element of

socialization and community. Individuals

who shop at a farmers

market may have up to twenty

social interactions per visit, as opposed

to two interactions per visit

at a typical grocery store.

Farmers markets also benefit

the community by bolstering the

local economy. They feature area

vendors who have a direct investment

in the area and are in touch

with the specific needs of their

town’s customers. Meanwhile, by

sourcing locally and eating seasonal

foods, shoppers are eating

fresher produce that wasn’t transported

across the country—a

benefit that’s not only nutritional

but also environmental.

The Senior Farmers Market

Nutrition Program began

as a pilot program in 2001 and

was subsequently authorized in

the 2002 Farm Bill. In the 2018

Farm Bill, the program’s funding

was increased to $20.6 million

per year. In 2019, Massachusetts

received over half a million dollars

in federal funds, with nearly

25,000 individuals receiving

coupons and 490 farmers participating

at 298 markets and


Each town has a separate procedure

for getting coupons into

the hands of seniors who need

them, but the general process is

the same. Coupons are distributed

through area agencies. Depending

on the town, they may

go through Baypath, Tri-Valley,

or the Health and Social Service

Consortium. These agencies may

then work with local senior centers

or senior housing authorities.

In May or June, they start receiving

applications. In July or

August, the recipients will receive

their coupons.

Erin Rogers of the Franklin

Senior Center says, “Tri Valley

reaches out to us to let us know

how many coupons we’ll have.

We let the seniors know, and then

we screen the applicants.”

Recipients must be sixty years

of age or older, disabled or living

in senior housing where nutrition

services are provided, and below

certain income guidelines. In

Massachusetts, this year’s guidelines

were $23, 606 for an individual

living alone, or $31,894

for a household of two.

Although we’re at the end of

the season for 2020, coupons

may still be available in some


“We do still have some,” says

Marty Schneier of Holliston.

“Someone in need who comes

in can still get a booklet of $25

worth of coupons for fruits and

vegetables. Maybe even a pumpkin.”

By contrast, Franklin does not

have any extra coupons at this

point in the season. “The biggest

complaint is we wish we could get

more,” Rogers says. “We’ve had

a lot of seniors using the Farmers

Market in Franklin this year.”

Area farmers markets with

vendors participating in the program

are Mendon (closes October

4th), Ashland (closes October

10th), Walpole (October 24th),

Dedham (October 28th), Franklin

(October 30th), and Natick

(which closes October 31st).

Medway has participating vendors,

but has closed for the season.

Participating booths will feature

a green and white sign saying

“Farmers Market Coupons

Accepted.” Each coupon is

worth $2.50. Because no change

is given, anyone shopping with

these coupons should bring

change and/or small bills to get

the maximum benefit from their


More information is available


where seniors can check their eligibility

for the program and learn

how to apply for their coupons.

Now more than ever, small businesses need your support. Local businesses invest

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Bisinet Technologies

Charles River Bank

Classic Properties Realtors

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Damon Financial, LLC

Dennehy Public Relations

Direct Tire & Auto Service

Enchanted Memories Travel

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Exelon Generation

Gardenia Home Design

Jennifer Powell Art

Kenney & Kenney Attys at Law

Law Offices of Scott G. Gowan

Liscombe & Parrella, PC

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Luna’s Flower Shop

M.E. O’Brien and Sons Inc.

Medway Animal Hospital

Medway Block Co.

Medway Dance Authority

Medway Oil & Propane

Medway VFW Post 1526

Muffin House Cafe

Murphy Insurance Agency

My FM Media — MyFM 101.3

Neighborhood Wrench

Orangetheory Fitness

Pangea Cuisines

Paramount Industries

Popularis Construction

R. P. Marzilli & Co.

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Richardson & Company, P.C.

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Salera Home Solutions, Inc.

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Smith Septic

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Spencer Technologies

StretchFit Life, LLC

T. C. Scoops

The Balanced Path Wellness


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Fall Programs

with Medway



Fall is here, and Medway Community Education is excited

to offer online programs, as well as several in-person

programs, for all ages! While our program structure may

look different during COVID-19, this is a perfect time for

children and families to Get Up, Get Out and Get Active!

We encourage youth and teens to take a break from

their schoolwork and join an exciting Online program,

such as Babysitter’s Training, Karate, STEM, American

Sign Language and Art.

For adults, we offer something for everyone! Whether

you enjoy painting, baking or have a need to organize,

we have a class sure to pique your interest. We are also

happy to offer college funding, college admissions and

home ownership workshops. Fitness programs are also

available - it is never too late to join and late registrations

are accepted!

Visit us online at and browse our

electronic Fall Brochure for detailed information on all

programs and for registration. For information or questions,

please email or

call (508) 533-3222 option 4.

Scrap Metal/Electronics Drive to

Support Millis Cub Scout Pack 115

October 18th, 2020, 900 Main Street, Millis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,

Rain or Shine

• We will accept almost all types of scrap metal,

i.e. - Copper, Aluminum, Brass, Lead, Iron, &

Steel. We will even take the tabs from your Aluminum

Beverage Cans!

• We will accept treadmills, stoves, snow blowers,

lawn mowers, old grills, etc.

• Local Pick-up (MILLIS ) - We ask for a $10 Donation.


• Following COVID guidelines (Millis Board of

Health) this is a Town of Millis Community

Event Only.

• TV’s: Flat Screen up to 50” or Tube up to 32”

there is a $45 charge. This also includes “old”

tube computer monitors.

• Air Conditioners/Mini Fridges: $15 - (This covers

proper disposal of the refrigerants.)

• Computers: All computers, fax machines, printers,

VCR’s, Video Game Systems, etc., there is

a $10 charge each but a household cap of $80.

In most cases, we can remove the hard drive

from your computer and return to you on the

spot, but we have had difficulty with some

Apple products in the past.


• Pressurized cans/containers of any kind.

• Microwaves

• Photovoltaic cells.

• Large Refrigerators/Freezers

PLEASE NOTE* - We are not a “take down”

service. We will not have time to disassemble large

items at your home, i.e. - trampolines, basketball

poles, etc.

This fundraiser has generated close to $4,000 in

the past for different Millis organizations as well as

helping folks to clean up their clutter. Thanks to the

Millis community for your continued support.

If you have any questions or concerns or to

set up an item pick up, please call Paul Sims @

(508) 613-5915. You can also email me at

Joe Shea is OUR Norfolk

County Commissioner



The last few months have been challenging to say the least, but as we have in the past we come

together now to support one another and our communities. This spirit, the backbone of our region,

makes me proud to continue my efforts as one of your Norfolk County Commissioners.

I have dedicated my life to public service and providing trusted leadership at every step of the

way as an elected official Together, we have put practices in place to ensure that Norfolk County

continues as a cost-effective, inclusive and transparent regional entity, including efforts to:

• Initiate a plan to modernize the County’s financial and capital planning pactices.

• Make significant investments at the Norfolk County Agricultural High School.

• Prioritize capital improvement and preservation efforts in our county courthouses.

• Lead a grant initiative to create more regional, public health, nursing services between the

towns of Avon, Holbrook and Randolph; a model for future regional efforts.

Helping people, promoting good government and serving the County for the last five years

has been my passion.It’s clear that we must continue to respond, adapt, and ensure that the

County is governed with modern-day practices. I am running for re-election, and I’m honored

to ask for your support to continue this work.

Please Vote to Re-Elect Joe Shea on or before November 3rd.

Page 10 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages October 2020

FSPA Meets the Challenges of Fall 2020

The Franklin School for the

Performing Arts (FSPA) is open

for the 2020-2021 season and

continues to welcome new students

in the school’s departments

of Music, Dance, and Drama.

Founder and Director Raye Lynn

Mercer comments on the school’s

36th season, “This is certainly a

most unusual fall opening, but

we are successfully underway! It’s

great to have activity, music, and

happy students back in the building.”

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update procedures and practices

as updates become available.

Prospective students are invited

to come in person for a tour

and to discuss program options.

All FSPA programs are being

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Masks are required at all

times at FSPA. Faculty and students

have become accustomed

to dancing, acting, and singing

while socially distanced and in

masks. “Safety is our top priority,”

notes Mercer. “We are

infusing fun and the joy of the

arts into our disciplined environment.

Our students are enjoying

their classes and have accepted

the challenges of the times with

respect and a wonderfully positive

collective attitude.”

FSPA sophomore Audrey

Miningham of Mendon exclaims,

“Despite everything that’s

going on, FSPA has done an incredible

job making sure that all

of us are having fun while still

being cautious and safe. I think

it’s pretty amazing that they

found a way to bring the arts

back and for us to be together

again doing what we love.”

Classes, all with limited enrollment,

are being conducted creatively

in order to keep students

distanced. The school has installed

air filters and purifiers and

is operating classrooms with windows

and doors open as weather

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are equipped with tablets and

tripods for livestreaming classes

home to students working virtually.

Dressing rooms are currently

closed, and parents and siblings

are asked not to wait in the building,

keeping numbers of people

in the building at a minimum.

According to FSPA Voice Instructor

Heidi Iuliano, “The joy

the students express to be able to

make music in person is so wonderful

to see. We’re thrilled to

be teaching safely at FSPA. The

staff and students need this consistently

positive outlet!”

FSPA parent John Verre of

Quincy shares, “As former public

school professionals ourselves,

expanding our son’s involvement

in voice, acting, and dance at

FSPA and enrolling him in FSPA

Academy represented a radical

change for my wife and me. With

the school’s careful re-opening

planning and implementation,

we are pleased that he is so

happy to be there, guided in his

academic and theater-related

learning by such capable and

committed staff, and engaged

with classmates and upper-class

students who share his passion

for musical theater.”

Performance opportunities

are a hallmark of the FSPA experience.


home of the Franklin Performing

Arts Company (FPAC) and

located behind FSPA, is operating

an outdoor stage into the fall

and under current guidelines for

indoor venues, virtual performances

and livestream formats

are being contemplated. Mercer

stresses that students can look

forward to performing during the

school year.

The FSPA office is open Monday

- Saturday. Drop in visits can be accommodated

or an appointment can be made

for a tour and a discussion of program

options for new students. For more information

about FSPA and its programs,

visit, call (508)

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Millis Cultural

Council CALL FOR


Submissions are due November

16, 2020 to this


Priority will be given to

proposals for programs that


• Free and open to the public

to benefit the Millis


• First-time submissions

Applications are encouraged

to include a sample of

their work for consideration.

Proposal requirements include:

• A no-cost component for

either participants and/or

attendees (or some subset


• Letters of support from

the proposed partnering


• Proposed timeframe of

when the program will


• If the program has received

funding in the last

three years, an explanation

of actions to build

the program’s sustainability

• Confirmation of location

within the Town of Millis

Special note: Millis High

School Seniors may apply for

funding to support their senior

project requirement.

Millis Cultural Council

Dedicated to promoting

excellence, access, and diversity

in the arts, humanities,

and interpretive sciences in

our community.

Medway Cultural Council

Invites Grant Applications

The Mass Cultural Council's

Local Cultural Council Program

supports projects in the arts,

humanities and sciences by distributing

funds to local cultural

councils who grant funds to their

own communities. Applicants

may apply to the program for

projects, operating support, ticket

subsidy programs, artist residencies,

fellowships or other activities.

Local Town of Medway

guidelines for grants and a link

to the application can be found

at https://www.townofmedway.


This year, the grant deadlines

have been advanced one month

from the typical cycle. The online

application opens on October 1

and the deadline to apply is November


Questions can be sent via

email to the Medway Cultural

Council at


Medway Library Provides Outside Computer Use

The Medway Public Library, at 26 High Street

in Medway, is providing limited use of some outdoor

computers in its back parking lot. Following

are the details. To reserve times, find the appropriate

link at .

• Reserve a computer for 2 Hours

• Use is limited to the back parking lot, where the

Wi-Fi and wireless printing can be accessed.

Outside seating and a work surface are available

(weather permitting)

• Computers are suitable for online browsing, for

functions like word processing, you must use

Google Docs, One Drive, or something similar.

• One appointment per patron per day. You must

be 14 or older to borrow a computer. (If you

are younger than 14, someone 14 or older must

check the computer out on their card).

• Please go to the back door of the library to collect

the computer and begin your appointment.

Have your library card ready to display.

• Choice of Chromebook or laptop with a mouse

is available. Please use the appropriate link on

the website to reserve the desired computer.

Page 12 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages October 2020

Two Medway High School Students Earn

Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy Distinction

Two Medway High School

students have earned the Massachusetts

State Seal of Biliteracy


Ram Tysoe, a 2020 graduate,

earned the Seal of Biliteracy

in French. Jayline

Steiding-Cortes, a rising junior,

earned the Seal in Spanish.

A total of 11 Medway High

School students completed the

Seal of Biliteracy testing in


Tysoe and Steiding-Cortes

will have the Seal of Biliteracy's

special state insignia affixed to

their diplomas in recognition

of their achievement.

“We are extremely proud

of our students' accomplishments,"

Dr. Ocasio-Varela

said. “This is the first year that

we have offered the Massachusetts

Seal of Biliteracy at Medway

High School, and we are

excited by the level of proficiency

that these students have

attained in their target language.

The Seal of Biliteracy is

a distinction that undoubtedly

strengthens Medway's World

Languages program. We look

forward to providing the same

opportunity for distinction to

all World Languages students

this upcoming year.”

On June 2, students were

virtually administered the

American Council on the

Teaching of Foreign Languages

(ACTFL) Assessment

of Performance toward Proficiency

in Languages (AAPPL)

test and the ACTFL Latin Interpretive

Reading Assessment

(ALIRA) test.

To acquire the Seal of Biliteracy,

students were required

to 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 assessment.

• For languages that do not

have readily available assessments,

completing a

portfolio demonstrating

Intermediate-High proficiency

in speaking, writing,

reading and listening.

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


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Letter to the Editor

Growing up in Massachusetts, many of us, like myself, have been fortunate enough

to never have experienced poverty. But, hundreds of millions of people worldwide do

not have that same fortune. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel six times to

rural Guatemala during high school and saw the effects of extreme poverty on the

lives of these communities. This motivated me to find an organization that focuses

on changing global poverty at a political level.

I accepted an internship this summer as a political affairs advocate with The Borgen

Project. Working at the political level, The Borgen Project advocates for change in

US foreign policy targeted at passing legislation for foreign aid funding.

The influence that we have to create change is immense. At The Borgen Project,

we work to get people involved by calling, emailing, and meeting with their congressional

leaders and offices. Oftentimes, if our leaders receive as few as 7-10 residents

from their districts who get in touch with them in support of a bill, that they will support

or cosponsor the bill.

I have been asked a number of times why we should focus on global poverty

when we have so many domestic issues. The reality is that they aren’t mutually exclusive

issues. Domestic and foreign policies aren’t directly competing with each other

and are both beneficial to the US and global economies, as well as global peace and

political stability.

The motivation for tackling global poverty can be seen in a few different ways.

First, it can be seen merely as a good deed and something that should be done no

matter the cost because we have the capability of doing it. Secondly, you can view

it as a business venture, where the areas suffering most from extreme poverty are

potential untapped markets for US business, making them potentially critical areas

of development.

The Borgen Project has shown me how much influence we, individually, have. One

phone call, one letter, one question at a town hall meeting can be the one that pushes

one of our legislators to support a bill geared at ending global poverty. Together, we

can all make this world a better place. We make it easy for you to contact your congressional

representatives to help end global poverty by going to this webpage https:// If you would like more information on The

Borgen Project and how to get involved, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at

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Estate Planning for Business Owners

All business owners can benefit from some level of

estate planning. Building protection into your business

plan is one of the most important decisions you can

make to safeguard your partners, your employees and

your family. Here, we will discuss the four key components

of estate planning to make sure you are well set

up for success.

The most fundamental estate planning tool is a will.

A properly executed will gives clear direction to your

executor about how to manage or distribute your assets

when you pass away.

Then, a somewhat more complex component of

an estate plan is a revocable trust—this is a legal entity

created to hold your assets while you're alive. Among

the many benefits is that your appointed trustee can

take over management of your assets if you're incapacitated.

A revocable trust streamlines the transfer of

your assets by helping avoid potentially lengthy legal

proceedings and costly court fees. A trust may also provide

creditor protection for the beneficiaries.

Next are powers of attorney. Naming a healthcare

power of attorney means your representative can make

crucial medical decisions on your behalf should you be

unable to, while a financial power of attorney can pay

your bills and manage your finances until you get back

on your feet.

Finally, a buy-sell agreement is a powerful estate

planning tool. A buy-sell agreement is a way to help

ensure a smooth transition of your business and ensure

your family's financial goals are met after you're no longer

around to take care of them. A buy-sell can also

outline the terms of succession among the remaining

partners, so that all terms are agreed upon in advance.

Some basic estate planning may be done using selfguided

online tools, but typically you should use a licensed

and experienced attorney to help you draft and

execute your plan. The best way to go about it is to

make sure that your attorney, financial advisor, and insurance

agent are working together on managing and

planning your estate.

This educational third-party article is provided as a courtesy

by Michael Damon, Agent, New York Life Insurance Company.

To learn more about the information or topics discussed, please

contact Michael Damon at (508) 321-2101.

Neither New York Life Insurance Company nor its Agents or

affiliates provide tax or legal advice. Consult your legal or tax

advisor to find out whether the concepts in this essay apply to your

personal circumstances.

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Living Healthy

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Cataract surgery is by far

the most common surgery performed

in the United States.

With advanced technology, and

if you choose an experienced

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cataract surgery should be

a rather quick outpatient and a

minimal risk procedure. If you

are considering cataract surgery,

your expectations should not

only be to improve your vision,

reduce glare at night, see more

vivid colors and improve your

day to day activities, but you

should also be given an opportunity

to reduce your dependence

on glasses or contacts and, in

many cases, eliminate this need.

Your expectations should also be

to have your surgery by a worldclass

surgeon close to where you

live and not be told to travel

hours for testing and surgery.

Many choices exist on where to

have the surgery and by whom.



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surgeon of their choice.

When you have experienced

surgeons within minutes

from where you live

and when those top-notch

ethical surgeons with excellent

nationwide reputation

will perform your surgery

in a state-of-the-art surgery

center closer to home, ask

your provider why they

want you to travel hours

and miles away. Beware

referral bias. In our center,

100% of the surgeries are

performed in a state-of-theart

facility in Milford. Very

close to home.

2- What type of anesthesia am

I going to get? With modern

cataract surgery, most

surgeries should be completed

under topical anesthesia.

This means that the

surgery eye becomes numb

with drops. No need for

injections or shots around

or behind your eye. No

shots will reduce the risk of

bleeding and serious complications

from the shots.

Ask about the techniques of

the surgeon you are being

ask to travel to see. In our

center, 100% of the surgeries

are performed under

topical simple anesthesia.

3- What are the risks? One

of the most dreaded risks

of cataract surgery is accidental

damage to the posterior

capsule, which is the

back wall of the bag holding

your lens. Ask about

the complication rate of

the surgeon you are being

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4- What is the rate of infections

in your center?

Another potentially devastating

risk of cataract surgery

is an infection inside

the eye called “endophthalmitis”.

Ask the complication

rate of the surgeon you

are being asked to travel

to. In our center this rate is

close to zero percent.

5- Where will the surgery be

performed? Did you know

that when your optometrist

refers you to a surgeon who

will perform your surgery

at a hospital your insurance

deductible and co-insurance

cost may be higher at

a hospital? If this is happening

to you, we are available

for a second opinion!

All our surgeries are performed

at an ambulatory

surgery center in Milfordnot

a hospital with potential

cost savings to you.

6- What type of technology

is available at your surgery

facility? Different centers

have different equipment

and resources. For instance,

Massachusetts has only

few centers offering bladeless

cataract surgery. This

should be an option if you

want to reduce dependence

on glasses and treat low

grades of astigmatism at

the same time as your cataract

surgery. Our center

was among the first in the

State and New England to

offer this technology. Did

you know that hospitals

do not offer laser bladeless

cataract surgery? We do!


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Living Healthy


continued from page 14

7- What type of implant am I

going to get? Different lens

implants can be used during

cataract surgery with different

materials, quality and

ability to reduce your need

for glasses. Ask your referring

provider about his/her

surgeon choice of implants.

Our center was the first in

the greater Boston area

to offer the new Panoptix

trifocal implant. With this

implant you can see clearly

at distance, close and intermediate

like phone and

computer screen.

8- Will my need to wear glasses

be reduced? Cataract surgery

is a wonderful opportunity

to limit or eliminate

your need for glasses. As

the surgeon removes the

cataract, there is an opportunity

to replace the cloudy

lens with a special high-tech

implant able to achieve this

goal. Ask your referring

provider about his/her surgeon

of choice ability to

achieve those goals. Our

center has many happy and

glasses free patients.

9- Will I have stitches? It is

ideal to eliminate the need

of stitches such as the surgery

is a no-stitch surgery.

Placing a stitch can be complicated

by stitch induced

astigmatism, a foreign body

sensation and a broken and

irritating stitch. Ask your

referring provider if his/

her surgeon of choice is

still using stitches. 100% of

our cataract procedures are


10- What will be my vision

on day 1 after the surgery?

One of the measurements

defining quality of outcomes

after cataract surgery

is the quality of vision

on day 1 after the surgery.

Surgeons should strive to

make the vision correct to

as close to best as possible

on day 1. Ask your referring

provider about his/her

surgeon of choice ability to

achieve this outcome. Our

center has many patients

with happy 20/20 vision on

day 1 after cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery is all about

better precision, more safety

and excellent outcomes. At Milford

Franklin Eye Center, Dr.

Kaldawy is proud to have been

the first surgeon in the area and

among the first in Massachusetts

to offer bladeless laser-assisted

cataract surgery and the first

surgeon in the greater Boston

area to implant the PanOptix

lens implant. We offer bladeless

laser cataract surgery. We

implant high quality premium

lenses only, with correction for

distance, near and everything in

between. Many cases of astigmatism

are no longer a problem.

Our percentage of posterior capsule

complications and infections

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A Proven Commitment to Our Community

It is an honor and a privilege to represent the people of

Franklin and Medway. I humbly ask for your vote once

again so I may continue to work on your behalf on the

issues important to us all.



Helped thousands of constituents with

issues involving:

• Unemployment

• Healthcare

• Human services

and other matters with state agencies.

Legislative Priorities:

• Promote economic development by bringing manufacturing back

to Massachusetts and fostering its renaissance in the state.

• Increase access to healthcare statewide, while lowering costs.

• Continue current efforts to increase education funding and enhance programs.

• Further the commitment to work across party lines and maintain civility in state government.

Legislative Accomplishments:

State Representative

Massachusetts 10th Norfolk District

Franklin & Medway

Since 2013 Jeff has been part of a legislative team that has addressed the issues of education, economic development, the

coronavirus pandemic, health care, substance use disorder, criminal justice, civil rights and social equity, gun safety, energy,

and the environment. In addition, he has:

• Worked to maintain high quality in our public schools

• Lead author of legislation increasing transparency and

financial reporting requirements for higher education


• Instrumental in re-opening a closed factory in Franklin to

manufacture PPE

• Helped families coping with substance use disorder by

co-founding the SAFE Coalition and delivering $150,000

in state funds

• Lead author of legislation that increased transparency

and civic engagement by creating a searchable online

database of legal notices

• Led fight for healthcare reform

• Helped Seniors with Housing, Tax Relief and funding for

Senior Centers

• Supported Veterans through the Valor Acts and Memorial

Walkway funding

• Brought civics education back to our public schools so

young people will understand the importance of participating

in government

• Lead author and sponsor of the Genocide Education Act

• Sponsored legislation lowering thresholds on specialty

license plates, making them available to smaller charities

and causes

• Led legislative effort to create a Regional Dispatch Center

for Franklin, Norfolk, Wrentham and Plainville

• Delivered local aid for schools, roads, infrastructure, public

safety, arts and recreation

• Delivered improvements to Commuter Rail Service and


• Delivered funding for SNETT tunnel under Prospect Street,

parking at Franklin State Forest, and improvements to

recreational spaces in Medway

• Advocated for the Cultural District in Franklin

Local Aid:

• $1.3 Million SNETT tunnel

• $100,000 Franklin State Forest

parking lot

• $58,000 Franklin schools substance

abuse task force

• $170,000 Medway public safety


• $135,000 Accessibility and safety

improvements at the Lovering Heights

Senior Citizens Complex in Medway

• $50,000 Vaping prevention program

in the Franklin public schools

• Commuter rail service and

infrastructure improvements

• $150,000 SAFE Coalition

• $28,416,161 Chapter 70


• $10,501,419 Chapter 70


• $917,261 Chapter 90 road funding

for Franklin

• $395,749 Chapter 90 road funding

for Medway

• $75,000 Medway Community Farm

• $200,000 Medway THRIVE


• $75,000 Franklin Downtown


October 2020 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages Page 17

with a Track Record of Delivering Results

Bias Free Policing:

Jeff supports all public safety officials. Recently, he joined House colleagues in voting

for a bill that will create a more modern, transparent and accountable system for law

enforcement credentialing and training to make policing stronger and bias free. Jeff

and his House colleagues took a measured, thoughtful approach to complex issues.

The House Bill will create a better atmosphere for the vast majority who serve

honorably by allowing them to be certified, and eliminating the few who do not meet

those high standards. Forty-six states currently certify their police officers and this

bill will make Massachusetts the 47th.

The House bill includes agreed-upon changes in the way that our police departments

will operate, including:

• New certification, accreditation and oversight regulations

• Comprehensive bans on excessive force

• A requirement that officers intervene if they see violations

• A strong police presence in the development of standards

• Additional funding for police training

In addition, Jeff filed the amendment that creates a commission to study qualified

immunity, a move sought by officers, chiefs and local officials. And after carefully

reviewing the 120-page bill with his constituents and public safety officials,

he even sought further changes.

The House bill upholds the principles of justice, equity and accountability, which

the police union MassCOP described as “constructive and positive.” In fact, the

House bill will bring more departments in Massachusetts up to the standards set by

Chiefs Lynch and Tingley and the outstanding police officers in Franklin and Medway.

“We have known Jeff Roy for over 20 years, working closely with him on

public safety issues. We applaud his vote on the House’s police reform bill,

knowing it will help bring the best practices that we developed in Franklin

to cities and towns across the state. And we were pleased that Jeff amended

the bill to appoint a commission to study qualified immunity rather than

dismantle it. We encourage everyone to do the research to understand reality

as opposed to rumors. Jeff has always had our backs, and we know he will

continue to in the future.”

— Larry Benedetto, Steve Williams, Steve Semerjean, Former Franklin

Police Chiefs

As a State Rep and former police chief I know Chairman Roy has worked

hard to strengthen police and community relations. He has a strong moral

compass as evidenced by his vote on police reform, knowing the difficult

job that police officers have and the need for the highest quality of service

that his constituents expect. He was a leader in moving to study the issue

of qualified immunity and calling for a robust discussion before taking

any action that might negatively impact the protections that officers need.

— Representative Paul Tucker, Former Salem Police Chief

Public Service

• Represented Franklin and Medway

since election in 2012

• Chair, Joint Committee on Higher


• Chair, Legislative Manufacturing

Caucus, which promotes “Making It”

in Massachusetts

• Member, special commission studying

veteran’s tuition (2018-19)

• Member, Harm Reduction Commission,

addressing prevention and access to

appropriate care and treatment of

addiction (2018-19)

• Member, Committee on Personnel

and Administration

• Franklin Public Schools Substance

Abuse Task Force (2017-present)

• Horace Mann Statue Committee


• Franklin Town Council (2011-2013)

• Franklin School Committee (2001-2011)

Chairman, 9 years

• Chair, Franklin Master Plan Committee


• Co-Chair, Franklin Anti-Bullying Task

Force (2009-2011)

• Horace Mann School Building

Committee (2000-2004)

Other Boards/Commissions

• NCSL Student-Centered Learning

Commission (2017-2020)

• Council of State Governments Eastern

Regional Conference Health Committee


• Chair, Franklin Democratic Town

Committee (June 2010-2013)


• Boston College Law School (1986)

• Bates College (1983)

State Representative

Massachusetts 10th Norfolk District

Franklin & Medway




Oct. 17th–

Nov. 3rd


• SAFE Coalition Co-Founder and

Emeritus Board Member

• American Bar Association (ABA)

• Massachusetts Bar Association

• Board of Incorporators, Hockomock


• Milford Regional Medical

Center Corporator

Honors & Awards

• SAFE Coalition Excellence in Public

Service Award (2020)

• Mass Academy of Trial Attorneys

Legislator of the Year (2019)

• JCRC and MAJF Legislative Leader

Award (2020)

• Providers Council Legislator of the Year


• Tree of Life Award, Temple Etz Chaim


• Caring Bear Award, Providers Council


• Hockomock Area YMCA Red Triangle

Award (2014)

• Black Box Appreciation Award (2014)

• St. Thomas More Society of Worcester


• American Jurisprudence Award for

Constitutional Law


• Married to wife Maureen for 32 years

• Proud father of three children,

all educated in the Franklin Public

School system

• Small business owner for 27 years

• Pan-Mass Challenge rider, 18 years

• Guitar player, Ben Gardner’s Boat

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Area ADs Favor Modifications to Allow Sports to Continue

By Ken Hamwey

Staff Sports Writer

The area’s high school athletic

directors were busy lining up

their sports menus after the Mass.

Interscholastic Athletic Association

(MIAA), the Department of

Elementary and Secondary Education,

and the Mass. Executive

Office of Energy and Environmental

Affairs (EEA) issued their

fall guidelines, risk categories and

levels of play.

The coronavirus pandemic

forced the cancellation of all

interscholastic sports last spring

but approval to move forward

with athletics for the fall came on

Aug. 18, enabling ADs, superintendents

and their school committees

to proceed with caution.

Sports for the fall that are in a

lower and moderate risk category

can compete with modifications,

but football, competitive cheerleading

and unified basketball

are classified as high risk. Those

teams can play in a “fall 2 season’’

that would run from Feb. 22

to April 25.

Several area ADs revealed

their plans to proceed for a fall

season that will feature plenty of

changes and modifications.

At Millis, there’ll be boys and

girls varsity and jayvee soccer,

boys/girls varsity cross-country

and varsity and jayvee golf.

“We’re elated to be taking the

next step towards normalcy,’’

said Chuck Grant, the Mohawks

AD. “Everyone needs sports

back into their routine. The kids

are ready to compete within the

guidelines. Many things had to

come together for these opportunities

to become reality and we

appreciate all the effort that went

into gaining their approval.’’

For Millis, the fall 2 season will

include football and volleyball.

“Things will need to continue to

improve for both to become reality,’’

Grant said. “If we have a

basketball season, that will be a

good omen for volleyball. It just

made sense to buy more time

for an inside event to be given a

chance for circumstances to improve

before bringing other ‘cohorts’

into each others’ buildings

at a time when we’re trying to

bring our own students back into

the building.’’

Grant said that “since football

is being played in other states,

that will provide us with much

needed guidance and evidence

of the likelihood that football will

be approved for competition in

Massachusetts. The numbers are

improving every day so the continuation

of that trend in concert

with encouraging national news

would bode well for football’s


At Franklin High, the athletic

offerings for each of the four

seasons include: fall — boys and

girls soccer, boys and girls crosscountry,

field hockey and golf;

winter — boys and girls basketball,

boys and girls hockey, wrestling,

gymnastics, boys and girls

indoor track, cheerleading and

boys and girls swimming; fall

2 — football, cheerleading, unified

basketball and volleyball;

spring — baseball, softball, boys

and girls lacrosse, boys and girls

tennis, and boys and girls unified


Here’s how the Panthers’ AD,

Tom Angelo, viewed the modifications:

“Clearly, the rules of the game

will be very different from what

we’re used to. Although these

new rules are not very popular,

they are in place so our studentathletes

can again participate in

interscholastic athletics. That

said, everything is now different

due to the pandemic. Why would

athletics be excluded? Our teams

will simply have to learn the new

rules, make the necessary adjustments,

play to the best of their

ability, and represent our community

with the same Franklin

pride as they have done in the


Matt Baker, Holliston High’s

AD, listed all the sports that are

slated for all four seasons. Fall 1

will include cross-country (boys

and girls), field hockey, golf, and

soccer (boys and girls). Winter’s

offerings are basketball (boys

and girls), cheer, gymnastics, ice

hockey (boys and girls), indoor

track, swimming and diving,

and wrestling. The fall 2 lineup

features cheer, football, unified

basketball and volleyball. The

spring menu includes baseball,

lacrosse (boys and girls), softball,

tennis (boys and girls), track and

ultimate frisbee.

Chuck Grant, Millis Athletic


Baker said that he supports

the decision by the MIAA to

move higher risk sports to fall 2.

“We feel this will create a safer

environment for these sports

(cheer, football, unified basketball

and volleyball),’’ he noted.

“We’ll revisit what’s happening

with COVID-19 throughout

the school year. The Tri Valley

League has taken the aadditional

step of moving volleyball to fall

2. This was done in an effort to

maintain safety for our students.

Also, many schools do not have

use of their gyms for athletics due

to COVID-19 protocols using

the gym for other purposes.’’

Baker endorses the alterations

that will allow athletics to continue.

“We know these modifications

are changing sports dramatically

but at least this is creating a situation

where we can offer studentathletes

the opportunity to play

sports during the pandemic,’’ he

emphasized. “This is better than

Matt Baker, Holliston Athletic


not having fall sports at all. Our

coaching staff is looking forward

to being with their teams and to

compete. These types of activities

are so important for the social/emotional

well-being of our

student-athletes and everyone is

trying to be creative in the solutions

to make this happen.’’

King Philip Regional will

have soccer, field hockey, crosscountry

and golf on the athletic

menu this fall but volleyball, football,

cheerleading and unified

basketball will be played in the

fall 2 season.

“We’ve focused on the fall

season and worked to get that

squared away,’’ said KP AD

Gary Brown. “As for moving

some of the higher risk sports

to fall 2, it’ll give kids the best

opportunity for the best experience.

As we get closer to the fall

2 season (starts Feb. 22), we’ll be

awaiting the decisions on those


Brown is acutely aware that

sports will not look like they did

in the past with all the modifications

the MIAA and the Department

of Education have

mandated but he’s glad there’ll

be an opportunity for studentathletes

to compete.

“The changes will allow students

to compete safely and that’s

the goal,’’ he said. “It’s a different

approach. It’s all about providing

opportunity. It’ll be great

to get moving again. Great to see

all students getting involved with

whatever their extra-curricula

activity is. For me, it’ll be rewarding

to see kids actively competing

and representing KP or whatever

school they play for.’’

Brown stressed that “the bottom

line is the health and safety

of everyone.’’

At Natick High, the fall season

will feature boys and girls crosscountry,

field hockey, boys and

girls soccer, golf and girls swimming

and diving. The fall 2 season

will include girls volleyball,

football, cheerleading and unified


Natick’s Athletic Director,

Tim Collins, is pleased sports are

returning after a dormant spring.

“I’m thrilled athletics will be

played this fall,’’ he said. “All

of us at Natick High want the

chance to compete, hopefully

be healthy and face competitive

challenges with teammates and

coaches. Any opportunity to play

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Nothing Trivial about Hazell’s Volleyball Achievements

Medway Won State Title 25 Years Ago


Staff Sports Writer

The COVID-19 pandemic

has claimed thousands of lives

and wreaked havoc worldwide.

And, when decisions were made

by federal, state and local governments

in the U.S. to shut down

business, industry, and schools,

suddenly a plethora of people,

young and old, had lots of time

on their hands. Especially those

who were forced to leave the


Some tended to household

projects, others exercised, children

played a wide-range of

games and others fulfilled educational

commitments on-line.

Time, however, was still an abundant


One way some passed time

during what was labeled “home

confinement’’ was participating

in trivia games. Some contests

focused on history or entertainment

while others were sportsoriented.

One common link to

whatever type of trivia was in

vogue during the height of the

coronavirus outbreak was obvious

— trivia questions often turn

up some interesting answers.

How about this one: Who’s

the youngest coach to win a State

championship in girls’ volleyball

in Massachusetts? Here’s a hint:

the answer might be someone

who coached at Medway and

now works in Bellingham.

When Josh Hazell guided the

Medway girls’ volleyball team

to the State championship in

1995, he was only 23 and was

still working on his bachelors degree

at UMass-Boston. Today,

the 48-year-old Hazell is vice

president/branch manager at

Rockland Trust in Bellingham,

Medway father of two, and he’s

very likely the answer to that


Why the doubt? Because the

Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Association,

the governing body for

high school sports, doesn’t keep

individual records. But the coach

that Hazell succeeded — Harry

Romsey — believes his successor

is the correct answer.

“My guess is that Josh is the

youngest,’’ said Romsey, who

led Medway to five consecutive

State volleyball crowns from

1989-1993. “I know many of the

coaches who won State titles, and

they were all older.’’

Romsey needed an assistant

to coach the jayvee squad and he

chose Hazell, who at age 22 had

directed the Framingham High

boys team to the State quarterfinals.

“Josh was a hard-worker,

and he was knowledgeable,’’

Romsey said. “The players respected


A native of Burlington, Vt.,

Hazell, played soccer and volleyball

at Dedham High where

he was a captain and a Bay State

League all-star in volleyball as a


“On the first day of school my

junior year, I suffered a severe

fracture of my ankle in a soccer

scrimmage against Franklin,’’

Hazell recalled. “When I recovered

in the spring, I was looking

to play a sport and turned

to volleyball. The transition was


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easy, and volleyball changed my

opinion of which sport was my


The 6-foot-2, 145-pound

Hazell graduated in 1990 then

enrolled at Northeastern University

to study civil engineering.

He later transferred to UMass-

Boston where his major was economics.

“I needed money for college,

so I applied for the volleyball

job at Framingham and got it,’’

he said. “I coached the boys in

the spring and later coached

Medway’s jayvee girls in the fall.

When Harry left coaching, I took

the varsity reins in 1995. We won

the State title by defeating Medfield

for the Sectional championship,

Case High in the State

semifinals and Turners Falls in

the final.’’

The team’s overall record was

18-4, and its two triumphs in the

State matches were by 3-2 margins.

Game 5 against Turners

Falls was a nail-biter. The State

title team of 1995 was his only

varsity squad at Medway. It was

one and done, because he was focused

on getting his degree.

“The State championship was

my top thrill in coaching,’’ said

Hazell, who coaches soccer in

Medway’s youth program. “Just

watching all the girls celebrate

was my satisfaction. Harry was

chairman of the tourney that

year, and he presented the trophy

to me. I told him ‘we did it’ so

he’d know that he was part of it.

But, he said: ‘no; you did it.’

“This year is the 25th anniversary

of winning that championship.

I’m sure my players would

agree with me that although time

has moved on, it hasn’t dimmed

the glow of becoming a State


Hazell’s formula for success

was all about the attributes he

preferred in potential prospects.

“I wanted players who were

coachable, had a high volleyball

IQ, good instincts, and passion

for the sport,’’ he said. “My philosophy

as the jayvee coach was

to develop talent but at the varsity

level it was to win. Harry and

I clicked because we both were

competitive and made winning a


The nucleus of girls who

brought the crown back to Medway

after they had lost in the

1994 State final included six

seniors — Jacqui Bliss, Chrissy

Still, Erin Berset, Erika Emmons,

Christine Bain, and Maribeth

Johnson. “They understood team

chemistry, were focused, and athletic,’’

Hazell emphasized. “They

worked hard and learned how to

overcome adversity, how to become

leaders, and how to rely on

mental toughness.’’

Hazell cared about volleyball

early on, and it dominated his

life. He played in the Bay State

Games from 1990-1997 and

won six gold and two silver medals.

Playing club volleyball for 10

years, he traveled to tourneys in

Dallas, Tulsa, and Kansas City.

Hazell’s coaching style emphasized

control. “I learned that

if you can control what’s occurring

on your side of the net, then

you’ll win more than you lose,’’

he said. “It was all about minimizing


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tions are imposed is a blessing.’’

Collins said that “the players

are ready, the coaches are ready,

and the community needs it.’’

Because Framingham High

will not be playing any sports

this fall, the Redhawks fall teams

will be in a Carey Division that

includes Wellesley, Needham,

Newton-North and Brookline.

State Guidelines

The EEA and DESE guidance

classified sports into three

categories — Lower Risk, Moderate

Risk and Higher Risk.

For the fall, Lower Risk sports

include golf and cross country.

Moderate Risk fall sports are volleyball,

field hockey, and soccer.

Higher Risk fall sports are football,

competitive cheerleading

and unified basketball.

Moderate Risk sports are

listed as: “sports or activities

that involve intermittent close

proximity or limited, incidental

physical contact between

participants.”Higher Risk sports

are listed as: “sports or activities

for which there is a requirement

or a substantial likelihood of

routine close and/or sustained

proximity or deliberate physical

contact between participants and

a high probability that respiratory

particles will be transmitted

between participants.”

The guidance lists four levels

of play. Level 1 is individual or

socially distanced activities; Level

2 is competitive practices; Level

3 is games; and Level 4 is tournaments.

Lower Risk sports get the

green light to participate in all

four levels. That enables golf and

cross country to compete. Moderate

and High Risk sports can

participate only in Level 1, which

translates to no practices, games

or tournaments.

For soccer, field hockey, and

volleyball to practice, the following

requirements are a must:

Training activities must be performed

in groups of 10 or less.

These same groups must be used

for every training session or class.

Boundaries must be marked so

that those groups remain at least

14 feet apart. No more than 25

people can be on a playing surface

at once. Groups can only

compete against each other if

they remain separate and no

contact occurs.

For soccer, field hockey, and

volleyball to compete in games,

two criteria must be followed.

First, deliberate close contact

must be eliminated. Deliberate

close contact includes but is

not limited to collisions, body

checking, tackling, blocking, and

racing/riding in packs. Second,

minimize intermittent contact.

Game situations that result in intermittent,

close physical or faceto-face

contact must be modified

or eliminated, including restarts,

faceoffs, throw-ins, scrums for

the ball/puck, or similar activities.

These activities may be allowed

if face masks are used

during contact.

Facts & Figures

Here are some facts and dates

that shed some light on how

interscholastic sports will look

going forward:

• The floating season (Fall 2)

will run from Feb. 22 to April

25 and will include football,

competitive cheerleading,

unified basketball and any

other sports that don’t take

place in an earlier season, for

whatever reason.

• The fall season, which got

underway with practices on

Sept. 18, will end on Nov. 20.

Winter sports get underway

on Nov. 30 and conclude on

Feb. 21, while spring sports

will start on April 26 and

continue until July 3.

• MIAA post-season tournaments

have been canceled

for the fall. Various leagues,

however, can conduct their

own playoffs but must abide

by DESE/EEA guidelines.

• Student-athletes can compete

in all four seasons.

• Massachusetts is the 15th

state, along with the District

of Columbia, to push high

school football off the fall

sports menu.

Pickleball has become the latest rage in adult recreation, and Millis Rec has seen packed courts since first

offering it in the Veterans Memorial Building gym and now, in dedicated pickleball courts at the Clyde

Brown Elementary School. Photos used courtesy of Millis Recreation Dept.

New Millis Pickleball Courts a

Hit with Residents

By J.D. O’Gara

When the tennis courts were

being revamped at the new

Clyde F. Brown Elementary

School in Millis, the town’s Recreation

Director, Kris Fogarty,

saw an opportunity to bring a

sport growing in popularity to

the community. And now, the

pickleball courts are packed

nearly every day and evening,

from 8 a.m. in the morning until

the lights go out at 10 p.m.

“Pickleball is a cross between

tennis and ping pong, if someone

were going to play badminton

and they had a Wiffle ball and

ping pong rackets,” says Fogarty.

“I learned about it when I went

to a conference a couple years

ago. It’s huge everywhere and

very wildly popular with the active

adult community.” Fogarty

says she saw the chance to introduce

pickleball during the construction.

She first introduced the

game to the community in the

gymnasium at the Millis Veterans

Memorial Building, and she

found it was a hit.

“I couldn’t get enough playing

time for these people,” she says,

“It would fill up in minutes once

you opened up registration.” The

department would cap registration

for each session so that everyone

who signed up could get

play time, but then two sessions

turned into three, which turned

into three full days in the gym,

from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. “They

couldn’t get enough,” she says.

Fogarty says that getting the

pickleball courts installed near

the tennis courts “was a collaboration

between the Recreation

Dept., Select Board, Elementary

School Building Committee

(ESBC) and the players in Town

that really worked together to

come up with the best plan.

The replacement of the Tennis

Courts seemed like the perfect

opportunity to make the suggestion.

It is awesome to see it come

to fruition and the amount of activity

at the courts is amazing!”

The Millis Recreation Department

has closely followed state

health regulations on COVID-19

safety, and pickleball, says Fogarty,

was considered one of the

safer activities, along with tennis.

“For the most part, everyone

does have their own equipment,”

says Fogarty, although the department

does have sanitized rackets

and balls in a locked box for use

if players contact her ahead of


Don’t know how to play? The

Millis Recreation Department

has you covered. The department

was offering a number of groups

and classes (as of mid-September),

and more are planned for

November as long as weather cooperates,

says Fogarty. If anyone

would like to register can do so



call the Recreation Dept. at (508)

376-7050 or email kfogarty@


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Protect Our Home Team – Get a Flu Shot!

Getting a flu shot is now more

important than ever, to protect

yourself, your family and those

around you – everyone who

makes up your Home Team.

Milford Regional is launching

“Protect Our Home Team,” a

campaign to highlight the importance

of getting the flu vaccine,

especially with the emergence of


As fall approaches, we face the

dual challenge of flu season combined

with our continued battle

with COVID-19. This combination

of serious illnesses threatens

not only the health of our community,

but threatens to overwhelm

the healthcare system.

Influenza and COVID-19

have similar symptoms. Getting

a flu shot will help minimize the

infection and spread of the flu,

thereby lessening the pressure

on our health system, healthcare

workers and hospital capacity.

A flu vaccination not only protects

you, but the people around

you, including those who are

more vulnerable to serious flu illness,

like babies and young children,

older people, and people

with certain chronic health conditions.

High risk groups include

adults 65 years and older, pregnant

women, young children and

those with asthma, heart disease

and stroke, diabetes, HIV/AIDS,

and cancer.

Milford Regional is also doing

its part to “Protect Our Home

Team,” with hospital staff (except

for those with medical and

religious exemptions) getting vaccinated.

“As healthcare advocates, we

all need to model proven preventive

measures, such as getting the

flu vaccine, so that members of

the community – our larger home

team – follow our example,” says

Edward J. Kelly, president &

CEO of Milford Regional Medical

Center, noting that there were

more than 55,000 emergency department

visits and 7,000-8,000

hospitalizations in the state during

the 2019-2020 flu season.

“When we layer COVID-19 on

top of this trajectory, it is easy to

see why we must all do our part

in protecting our home team

both in and outside the hospital

and physician offices by getting

the flu vaccine.”

Solar Panel Power Cord Cause of Medway House Fire

Medway Fire Chief Jeffrey P.

Lynch and State Fire Marshal

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attic of the home.

The power cord was in direct

contact with the asphalt shingles

and over time failed, melted

into the shingles and heated the

plywood of the roof and rafters

below. It smoldered over a long

period of time before causing

the fire. Solar panel power cords

should not be in direct contact

with roofing materials because

of the heat they generate.

The homeowner first noticed

the past fire yesterday when investigating

the source of a leak in

the roof that occurred two weeks

ago and notified the fire department.

How long the heating

process occurred before the fire

started cannot be determined.

The cord would have been energized

during sunlight hours and

not during the night.

Chief Lynch said, “This is

the second fire we have had in

two weeks in Medway from solar

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with concerns should contact

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So you’ve heard of pickleball, but don’t know what the fuss is all

about? This introductory clinic will teach you game rules and techniques

to help you fall in love with this rapidly growing sport.

Millis Pickleball Courts, Saturday; 10/17, One Session, 9 a.m. – 10: 30 a.m.,


October at Medway Council on Aging

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• CURBSIDE LUNCH: Medway Center is doing Curbside Lunch every Tuesday and Thursday from

noon to 1 p.m. It’s $4 a meal, and people need to call and sign up (508) 533-3210. Many stay and

eat outside with others while social distancing. The Menu is published in the COA Newsletter as

well as on the Medway COA Facebook Page.

• Medway Outreach workers are now available to work on the Fuel assistance program for income

eligible households. Please contact the Center to make an appointment now. (508) 533-3210

• Trunk or Treat at the Oakland Park - Thursday October 29th from 1-4 p.m.

• The Walking Path at Oakland Park is open and we encourage people to come down and use it.

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• Tuesday and Thursday morning is coffee and conversation outside the Center from 10 a.m. to


• Tai Chi Classes are Monday evening 6-7 p.m. and Tuesday afternoon. Space is limited to 10

people and weather dependent.

• The Center is planning a Senior appreciation day in October with the Medway Lions. Please

check with the Center for more information.

Please contact the Courtney Riley if you have any questions or would like to have a program at

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and Aircraft of the North Dakota

Air National Guard” and

an F16 with the pentagon in the

background. The other frame is

artwork entitled “Ground Zero

Eagles on Station” with a pilot

and aircraft of the Massachusetts

Air National Guard’s 102nd

fighter wing with the twin towers

in the background; the plane is a

F-15. Thanks to Yanks donated

both these pieces of art, as well

as the original newspaper article

that discuss the origins of the

paintings and history about the

pilots, to the American Heritage

Museum in Hudson for all to see.

Thanks to Yanks is a local charity

that supports and honors our

military families.

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October at the Millis Senior Center

The Millis Senior Center is located

at 900 Main Street on the ground floor

of the Veterans Memorial building.

The Center is open Monday, Tuesday,

Wednesday and Thursday – 9 a.m. -4

p.m. Closed on Fridays. For more information

call (508) 376-7051

Regular Events: Have been

postponed until further


Phase 3 Limited

Programming for


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Dr Cooper will be at the

Center on Wednesday, October

7th from 9-11. Pre-registration

is required for all appointments.

Please call the Center at 376-

7051 prior to October 1st for an

appointment and a 10-minute

time slot. We will also be asking

for you to call the Center upon

your arrival for the appointment

and wait in your vehicle until we

come and escort you into the

building. Cost is $35 for Center

visits and $60 for home visits.

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every year, as plan premiums,

formularies and co-pays change

may change. Counselors provide

helpful information and

resources tailored to fit your specific

circumstances at no charge

to you. You can talk with a counselor

by phone or Zoom meeting,

communicate via email, or drop

off a Medicare Drug Plan preenrollment

form at your Senior

Center. In order to respect social

distancing guidelines, all counseling

will occur remotely during

the 2020 open enrollment period.

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Monday-Thursday 9-3

• 4-person capacity in the

room at one time

• Call ahead for reservation to

insure room is not over capacity

• Masks required for entry to

Senior Center

At the time of your scheduled

appointment park in rear of the

building (ramp entry). Call 376-

7051 and a staff member will

come to your car and do a verbal

wellness screening and a temperature


Please keep 14 feet distance

between others at all times when

using the Fitness Room.


YOGA, Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

Sign-ups required Outside

behind ramp entry. Limited 10

participants with 14 ft of social

distancing. Millis residents will be

signed up first.


at 12:30

Sign-up required Limited to

9 participants –3 per table with

masks——Disposable cards supplied,

bring your own marker–

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signed-up first.


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No sign-up required. No contact.

We will have tables set up in

the rear of the building. Come in

via Park Rd (please do not drive

through parking lot) and tables

will be on Park St. Stay in your

vehicle. A white board will be set

up with the available goods for

the day. We will ask you what you

would like and a staff member

will bring you the baked goods.



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No sign-up required. Outside

in rear parking lot on Park Street.

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• Limited hours 8-1. Monday

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screening upon transportation


• Please take your temperature

at home prior to trip.

Any temperature 100.4 F or

greater is considered a fever,

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• Temperature checks and verbal

wellness screening of all

passengers upon pick-up

• 3 passengers on van 3 per

trip. 2 passengers on van 1. 1

passenger in vehicle.

• Riders are to sit separately

• Masks required for all passengers

and driver.

• We will clean and disinfect

commonly touched surfaces

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October 10

Medway Household Hazardous Waste Day, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Recycling

Center, 46 Broad St., Medway (Medway residents only).

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October 23

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October 28

Medway Parks & Rec Pumpkin Carving, 4 p.m., Choate Park,


October 30

Socially-Distanced Pumpkin Walk/Drive, 6 p.m., sponsored

by Medway Parks & Rec, Medway Lions and MEPTO, carve

pumpkins and decorate your house, maps of decorated houses

will be provided for participants to walk or drive to view.

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Town of Medway October Announcements

• Reusable bags are back in the Town of Medway: Just a reminder that the MA

Dept of Public Health rescinded their restrictions on reusable bags and are allowing

cities and towns to reinstate their plastic bag restriction bylaws. Medway

passed their plastic bag reduction bylaw during Fall Town Meeting, but due to

COVID restrictions, the Town extended the effective date to January 27, 2021.

For more information, please visit the Medway Energy and Sustainability Committee

webpage here:

• National Police Women's Day just passed. We would be remiss in not recognizing

our very own Officers Lauren Swarthout and Meghan Casey and the great jobs

they do every each and every day in Medway as well as the dedicated service of all

our sisters in law enforcement. Please check the link to read more about the origins

of women in policing.


• Upcoming Election, Tuesday, November 3

Middle School, 45 Holliston Street 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

• Medway Parks & Rec, Pumpkin Carving

Get creative and carve your pumpkin with Medway Parks and Recreation. Let's

have some outside fun at Choate Park on Wednesday, October 28th. It all starts

at 4:00 p.m.

• Medway Parks & Rec Pumpkin Walk

In the spirit of the Pumpkin Walk which is typically held at Choate Park, Medway

Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with MEPTO & The Medway Lions Club,

is offering a socially distanced Halloween event this year. Join in on all the fun on

Friday, October 30th starting at 6 p.m.! MEPTO is generously providing pumpkins

from Outpost Farm in Holliston. Carve your pumpkins and decorate your

house. We will put together maps and participants can walk/drive to see all the

amazing pumpkins. Vote for your favorite! We are going to have a spooktacular

good time!

• Medway Household Hazardous Waste Day

The Department of Public Works has announced that a Household Hazardous

Waste Collection Day will be held on Saturday, October 10th, rain or shine, from

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Recycling Center, 46 Broad Street (Medway residents

ONLY). Please limit your items to 25 gallons or 25 pounds. It is free drop-off service

and all the items will be removed from your vehicle! A list of accepted items

is available at

• Department of Public Works New Trail Service

There's a new service in town! If you are out enjoying one of the Town of Medway's

many trails and come across a blocked path or downed tree, you can now

report it by sending an email to The email will

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Senator Rausch Explains Voting by Mail

Free, fair, open, and safely accessible

elections are a central

pillar of our democracy. In the

midst of a global pandemic of

epic proportions that renders traditional

in-person voting a public

safety concern, it is critically

important that we protect both

our communities’ health and

our constitutional right to vote.

That’s why I spent months on

Beacon Hill advocating for robust

mail-in voting this year. I’m glad

we passed a law allowing every

registered Massachusetts voter to

cast their ballot by mail or safely

vote in person, whether during

early voting or on Election Day.

Voting by mail was extremely

popular for this year’s primary

election, resulting in our highest

turnout ever in a Massachusetts

primary. As one of the foremost

champions of election access in

the Legislature, I hope this information

will help empower every

voter to cast their ballot in the

November 3rd general election,

whether by mail or in person.

Comprehensive resources and

links for online tools are available

on my website:

Register to vote: You must be

registered to vote in order to request

a mail-in-ballot. You have

until Saturday, October 24 to

register in time for the November

general election, but I urge you

to register as soon as possible.

Registering to vote and checking

your registration status can be

done online at https://www.sec.

Eligibility to vote by mail:

If you’re a registered voter, you

can vote by mail in 2020! That’s

it. No additional qualifications


Get a vote by mail ballot

application: Every registered

voter should have received a

vote-by-mail application before

the primary. If you successfully

applied to vote by mail for both

the primary and the general,

you do not need to reapply. (Skip

to “Track your application” to

confirm whether you applied

for the general election too.)

If you did not apply over the

summer, or applied only for the

primary, another mail-in ballot

application for the general election

should have been mailed

to you. If you do not receive an

application and wish to vote by

mail, download the application



Application.pdf or call 1-800-

462-VOTE to request one be

sent to your home. You can also

write to your local election official

requesting a mail-in-ballot if

you include your full name, address,

and signature.

Submit your application: Applications

for mail-in voting are

due back to your local clerk by 5

p.m. on Wednesday, October 28,

but I recommend sending in your

application as soon as possible.

Submit your application by mail,

email, or drop-off. If you mail it,

do it now in order to leave plenty

of time for the application to arrive

by the deadline. No need to

worry about postage; it’s prepaid

on the application sent to you. If

you submit the application ballot

via email, make sure the application

still has your signature on it.

Track your application:

You can track the status at


of your mail-in

voting application online. If your

status is listed as “pending” then

your application was received

and your ballot should be on its

way. Call your local clerk with

any concerns.

Get your mail-in ballot:

If you successfully applied to

vote by mail, your ballot will be

mailed to you. Ballots should

start to arrive to voters in early to


Complete and submit your

ballot: First things first: read the

instructions! If you’re voting by

mail but receive an instruction

sheet for absentee voting, ignore

the part that says you should

check to be sure you’re eligible;

the eligibility requirements for

voting absentee do not apply to

voting by mail in 2020. Fill in

the ovals on your ballot with a

black pen or pencil. Remember

to check the back side of your

ballot and vote there too. Put

your completed ballot inside the

yellow ballot envelope. Seal the

ballot envelope and complete

the top portion of the exterior.

Do not forget to sign the yellow

envelope. If you do not receive a

yellow envelope with your ballot,

contact your local clerk. Put the

signed and sealed ballot envelope

inside the white mailing envelope

and seal that one. Like the

application, the ballot mailing

envelope will be pre-addressed

and postage prepaid. Your ballot

must be mailed by election day

(Tuesday, November 3) or you

must place your ballot in the ballot

drop box by 8 pm on Election

Day. If you’re mailing it, do so as

soon as you can to ensure your

ballot arrives on time and will be

counted. Your mailed ballot must

be received by your local clerk by

Friday, November 6 in order to

be counted. The U.S. Postal Service

has experienced delays, so

please return your mail-in ballot

early or use a drop box. Again,

you can track your ballot online.

What about my “I voted”

sticker?! Unfortunately, if you

vote by mail, you’re probably not

getting an “I voted” sticker this


I want to change my mind:

If you requested and received a

mail-in ballot but decide not to

use it, you can still vote in person.

However, if your ballot has been

received and processed by the

clerk, you cannot vote in person.

You can track the status of your

mail in ballot online.

In-person early voting:

Along with voting by mail, voters

may also vote early in person,

starting on Saturday, October 17

and running until Friday, October

30. Specific early voting

schedules and locations will be

posted online by Friday, October

9. You can also check with your

local clerk for in-person early

voting information. Wear a mask

when you go to cast your vote.

In-person voting on Election

Day: Polls will be open from

7 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Election Day,

Tuesday, November 3. Make sure

you know your polling place location


MyElectionInfo.aspx) . Wear a

mask when you go to cast your


I am so proud that Massachusetts

voters have broader voting

options and increased safety

precautions for the upcoming

election on November 3, 2020.

I encourage everyone to vote

by mail, whether you mail back

your ballot or drop it off; if you

choose to vote in person, please

be diligent with your COVID-

19 precautions -- wear a mask,

keep your distance, and use hand

sanitizer. Please visit

for a detailed FAQ and email

me directly at becca.rausch@ with any specific

questions or concerns.

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Register O’Donnell Promotes Homestead Act

During the ongoing COVID-

19 pandemic, where the focus

is understandably on the health

and safety of our families, friends

and neighbors, Register of Deeds

William P. O’Donnell is reminding

Norfolk County homeowners

about the importance of filing for

Homestead protection.

O’Donnell noted, “As your

elected Norfolk County Register

of Deeds, I am pleased to inform

county homeowners about

a valuable consumer protection

tool. Indeed, for most of us our

home is the most important financial

asset we have. If you own

a home, and it is your primary

residence, one way to protect it is

to file a Homestead. The Homestead

law provides a homeowner

with limited protection against

the forced sale of their primary

residence to satisfy unsecured

debt up to $500,000.”

Another feature of the Homestead

law is the allowance for a

filing of an Elderly Homestead

application, which defines an

elder as a person who is 62 years

of age or older. This protection

can be increased if the elderly

couple are each 62 years of age

or older and file jointly.

The Register further noted,

“Back in March of 2011, the

Homestead law was updated

by an act of the Massachusetts

Legislature. Current law states

a valid Homestead cannot be

terminated when refinancing a

mortgage. Other enhancements

that took place back in 2011 state

that a Homestead can provide

protections for a primary home

even if it is kept in trust. The

definition of a primary residence

was also further expanded to include

a manufactured or mobile


While a Homestead provides

important protections for homeowners,

it is important to note

there are certain debts that are

exempted from protection under

the Homestead Act. These include

federal, state and local

tax liens, as well as mortgages

contracted for the purchase of a

primary home and nursing home

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 documents are recorded

at the Registry of Deeds

for a state imposed fee of $36. To

find out more about the Homestead

law, or to get a free application,

please go online to the

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or contact the Registry’s

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at (781) 461-6101.

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of Deeds to protect county

property owners against fraud.

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation

(F.B.I.)," noted Register

O'Donnell, "has continued to

express their concern about property/deed

and mortgage fraud.

Many jurisdictions across the

country have reported unscrupulous

individuals recording fraudulent

land documents making it

appear they own another person's

home or property. Fortunately, we

have not seen this type of crime

take place in Norfolk County. My

intent here is not to upset county

property owners but to make sure

my office is proactively helping

consumers protect their home."

Any owner of real property

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the service by signing up for

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Once you have signed up for

the service, each subscriber will

be able to input two names, individual

or business, and the corresponding

city or town in Norfolk

County for monitoring. They can

monitor their real estate records

for such activities as changes

in deeds, mortgages, mortgage

discharges, non-mortgage liens,

Homesteads or other land documents

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of your time. While the program

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allow residents to find out about

it in a more timely manner."

If a document is recorded

against one of the names inputted

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will be alerted via email, usually

within 24 hours. The person

can check the Registry's on-line

land research records at www. as an option.

If a subscriber believes a

fraudulent land record has been

recorded against their property,

they should then immediately

contact the Norfolk County Registry

of Deeds Customer Service

Center at (781)461-6101. After

talking with a Registry employee,

the subscriber will be given a list

of public safety referrals by the


Register O'Donnell concluded,

"Even during these

extraordinary times in world

history, the core mission here at

the Norfolk County Registry of

Deeds is to make sure the recording

of land documents are

accomplished in a secure, accurate

and accessible manner.

I also want to make sure my office

is taking any and all steps to

minimize the effects of fraudulent

activity related to land document

recordings. The Registry's

Consumer Notification Service

provides a level of protection to

the program's subscribers against

dishonest individuals who commit

real estate or land document

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