Medway & Millis October 2021


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The Voice of Your Community

Millis junior signed by New

England Revolution and Special

Olympics Massachusetts

Wellesson De Oliveira Vieira was named to

the 2021 Unified Team

In partnership with Arbella In-

Wellesson De Oliveira Vieira Junior from Millis was signed by the New

England Revolution and Special Olympics Massachusetts to the 2021

Unified Team and will participate in the Unified Match on September 18.

Courtesy photo.

surance, Revs sign Special Olympics

athletes at seventh annual

Unified Team signing day; Unified

Team will play at Gillette Stadium

following the Revs match on September



continued on page 2

Medway's Gilmore

named to MIAA

Student Advisory


Medway High

School senior is

one of 26 students

from Mass.

(selected to serve)

Principal John Murray and

Athletic Director Jeff Parcells

are pleased to announce that

Medway High School senior

Connor Gilmore has been

selected to serve on the Massachusetts


Athletic Association (MIAA)

2021-22 Student Advisory

Committee (SAC).

Gilmore is one of 26 students

throughout the state se-


continued on page 2

Medway High School senior

Connor Gilmore, a threesport

student-athlete, has

been selected to serve on the

Massachusetts Interscholastic

Athletic Association (MIAA)

2021-22 Student Advisory

Committee (SAC). (Photo

courtesy Medway Public


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Millis Special Olympic Unified

Partner Wellesson De

Oliveira Vieira Junior was signed

by the New England Revolution

and Special Olympics Massachusetts

to their 2021 Unified

Team on August 17 at Gillette

Stadium. Supported by Arbella

Insurance, the signing is part of

the organizations’ partnership


continued from page 1

lected to sit on the SAC. He will

represent District 7 along with

students from Natick, Bellingham,

Milford and Hopkinton

High Schools.

“Connor served as a MIAA

Student Ambassador for Medway

High School last year and

we are very excited that he was

chosen to sit on this prestigious

committee,” Parcells said. “He

now has the opportunity to

represent not only all of our

Medway student-athletes, but

student-athletes from across the

Commonwealth at the highest

levels of the MIAA. I believe

Connor’s numerous leadership

qualities will be an asset to this

committee and will help bring

positive change for all studentathletes

served by the MIAA.”

Gilmore is a three-sport

student-athlete, participating in

soccer, indoor track and outdoor

track and field. He is a team captain

of the indoor and outdoor

track teams.

This SAC is comprised of

students who participated in the

New England Student Leadership

Conference (NESLC) and/

or the MIAA Student Ambassador

program. Gilmore was

nominated to serve on the committee

and then had to apply and

with Special Olympics Massachusetts

that leverages the power

of sports to promote an environment

of inclusion and friendly

competition. As the club’s longstanding

partner in support of

the Revolution Unified Team,

Arbella Insurance donated

$35,000 to Special Olympics

Massachusetts during the Revs

match on August 18.

The 132 members of the

2021 Revolution Unified Team,

all of whom reside in Massachusetts,

signed their contracts as

they were welcomed to the club

by President of Kraft Family

Philanthropies Josh Kraft, Revolution

Sporting Director & Head

Coach Bruce Arena, and Revolution

President Brian Bilello. Play

Unified soccer returns to the Gillette

Stadium pitch on Saturday,

Sept. 18 when the Revolution

Unified Team hosts the Andover

Stars Unified Team following

New England’s MLS match

against the Columbus Crew.

interview for the position.

SAC members attend seasonal

meetings with the Educational

Athletics Committee

and help facilitate student and

captain leadership workshops

throughout the school year.

In addition, the students are

asked to participate in various

activities and provide feedback

from a student’s perspective on

how to improve MIAA Educational

Athletic offerings.

On Tuesday, Aug. 17 the

2021-22 SAC members attended

orientation at the MIAA Office

in Franklin where they met

each other, participated in teambuilding

exercises and began to

set goals for the year

400 Students Participate in

Medway Community Education’s

Summer of Discovery Program

Superintendent Armand

Pires and Community Education

Director Karen Niemczyk

and Coordinator Josh Thompson

are pleased to share the

success of the first Summer of

Discovery program.

The Summer of Discovery

program was a unique back-toschool

opportunity for all Medway

K-12 students that aimed

to support a successful transition

into the 2021-2022 school

year. The program was available

through the Community Education

Department which offers

year-round learning and enrichment

programs that support

social, academic and physical

growth for children and adults.

The program ran over the

course of two weeks, from Aug.

16-19 and Aug. 23-26. Approximately

400 Medway Public

Schools students participated in

the program which was offered

at no cost to families.

Summer of Discovery included

creative interactive

experiences to help students re-

During the Summer of Discovery

program, fifth grade students

created ecosystem board games

and made their own rules, boards,

game cards and dice.

(Photo courtesy Medway Public


connect with their peers and reengage

with the academic and

social tools necessary to support

success in the classroom.

Many of the projects, activities

and experiences offered

during the program focused

on getting students outside,


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For many, fall brings Open

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The once-a-year opportunity to

make changes without needing a

life event.

Beyond insurance and retirement

benefits, these elections

help maximize your tax planning

for 2022. Yet, people spend more

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What are HSAs?

Health Savings Accounts or

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amount throughout the year, but

not the ability to Opt-In.

Key HSA facts:

• In 2022, an individual can

contribute $3650 and a family

up to $7,300.

• If over 55, contribute an additional


• All contributions are tax-free

- federal, state, and FICA

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• No federal taxes on HSA

funds spent on qualified

health care expenses.

• Excess HSA funds can be invested

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Thus, unlike any other tax-advantaged

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Shockingly, over 50% of eligible

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seen $400 deposited into

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Consider a family in 24% tax

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Earners in 32% bracket can max

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Leverage tax-free growth

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Gaining momentum is a financial

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long-term care premiums,

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Alert for the Retire Early

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be a desired option leaving a

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reaching Medicare eligibility.

Learn more by connecting

with your benefits coordinator or

Certified Financial Planner.

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Glenn Brown is a Holliston resident

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continued from page 2

connecting with nature, and

learning wellness and stress

management techniques such

as focused breathing and yoga.

The program also featured academic

activities such as measuring

nature and building model

treehouses to support mathematics

learning, storyboarding

like an animator to support literacy

skills and learning about superheroes

and everyday heroes.

Fifth grade students created

ecosystem board games and

made their own rules, boards,

game cards and dice, and then

The program offered creative

interactive experiences for

students to help them reconnect

with their peers and re-engage

with the academic and social tools

necessary to support success in

the classroom. (Photo courtesy

Medway Public Schools)

taught their games to third

grade students. This process

built on literacy ideas and public

speaking skills, as well as allowed

students to play safely together

which was an experience that

couldn’t happen during the pandemic.

All programs were taught by

teachers or experts in their respective

fields. For example, students

walked with a naturalist to

identify ecosystems around Medway

High School and worked on

electrical and liquid nitrogen experiments

with a scientist.

“Ninth grade students have

been offered a ‘Bridge’ program

for the past four years to focus

on transitioning to the high

school, and that program served

Vaccination Mandate Support

The following

is a statement

from Senate

President Karen

E. Spilka (D-Ashland):

“I applaud

Governor Baker

for issuing a

strong vaccination mandate for

Massachusetts Executive Department

employees. It underscores

the message

that vaccination is

our best tool for ending

the disruption and

suffering caused by

the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Senate

working group is meeting

to discuss updated

hybrid work policies, including a

vaccine mandate and other policies

guided by public health best

practices and designed to keep

Senate employees safe. I expect

this group to issue its recommendations

very soon.”

Sarah E. Blodgett

Communications Director

Office of Senate President Karen

E. Spilka


as a great model for this large

scale K-12 Summer of Discovery

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we experienced last year created

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both academically and socially,

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“Complaining residents of Medway” said to be basis of

555 Hopping Brook denial

Plaintiffs claim Holliston special permit denied due

to “vociferous objections” of Medway residents

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Plaintiffs CRG Acquisition,

LLC and Jon Delli Priscoli have

filed a complaint to appeal the

Holliston Planning Board’s July

29, 2021, decision to deny the

plaintiffs’ proposed project at 555

Hopping Brook Park.

Defendants named in the

complaint are the Town of Holliston

plus the Holliston Planning

Board and its individual members

including Barbara Peatie

who joined the board in June and

did not act on the matter.

CRG is described as “the purchaser

under a purchase and sale

agreement of about 72 acres of

land” within the 350-acre industrial

park; and Jon Delli Priscoli

is listed as the “owner of the

site and seller purchase and sale

agreement…[acting] “as trustee

of the New Hopping Brook Realty


Plaintiffs claim the “approximately

800,000 square-foot

warehouse facility” is “allowed

by right” and that the town’s denial

is “unreasonable, arbitrary

and capricious, based on legally

untenable grounds, and exceeds

the Planning Board’s authority.”

The complaint says, “The

board’s deliberations make clear

that its decision to deny CRG’s

applications for a special permit

and approval of its amended site

plan was based overwhelmingly

- and improperly - on alleged

impacts the project may have

on the complaining residents of


It further states that the denial,

in part, “is based overwhelmingly

on the vociferous objections

to the project of residents of the

adjoining Town of Medway, and

alleged impacts of the project on

those Medway residents, which as

a matter of law is improper and in

excess of the Board’s authority.”

Plaintiffs are asking the court

to annul the Planning Board’s decision,

remand the matter back to

the Planning Board “for further

proceedings consistent with the

court’s decision and judgement,”

determine that the proposed

warehouse facility is allowed by

right and no special permit is required,

and award the plaintiffs’

their “reasonable attorneys’ fees,

costs, and interest.”


In its July denial, the Planning

Board laid out a number of arguments

in its decision including

the following:

• Building dimensions too

large for the site

• “Massive earthmoving effort”

is required to build the

1291 by 620 square foot building

and its associated driveways and

parking areas

• Final project elevation would

be approximately 60 feet higher

than elevation of Hopping Brook


• 24/7/365 non-stop noise

disturbance of various types “will

fundamentally change the quality

of life in the adjacent neighborhoods

in Medway as well as

South Street area residents in

Holliston” as well as area wildlife;

noise can also lead to sleep deprivation

as there is currently very

little noise in that area at night

Berm slope design inconsistency

and viability

Increased traffic impacts on

abutting neighbors, neighborhoods

along truck routes, pedestrians,

bicyclists, rail trail users,


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• Lighting concerns such as

glow and potential over-illumination

“will be unavoidable and

will adversely impact abutters as

well as wildlife and birds and the

regional night sky, intuitively and


• Limited ability by the town

to enforce compliance, due to

lack of manpower, noting noncompliance

is unavoidable

• Use of building unclear; applicant

said it would be a warehouse

facility but members are

concerned it would evolve into

a distribution facility, fulfillment

center, or more intense use since

it is being marketed as “The

Cubes at Hopping Brook”

• Wastewater treatment, water

demands for domestic and fire

protection, water pressure impacts

The decision also stated the

project abuts an agriculturalresidential

zoning district in the


family owned and operated for 45 years

Town of Medway to the east,

there are approximately 15 residential

abutters (single-family

homes) within 300 feet of the

site, and there are 66 units of

age-restricted housing at Holliston

Woods that abut additional

vacant land within the industrial


CRG and Delli Priscoli’s 148-

page filing included the 11-page

complaint plus copies of the

Planning Board decision, the

town’s zoning bylaws, the Planning

Board’s site plan review, and

the Zoning Board of Appeals’

Dimensional Variance Certificate

of Action because the proposed

building height exceeded

the dimensions allowed in the

zoning code. The full document

can be found here



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Millis Lions now selling tickets for Cash Raffle

Proceeds to help fund new town digital

message board

Tickets are now on sale for

the Millis Lions Club $10,000

Cash Raffle to be awarded on

Millis High School program will

support student mental health

Program sponsored by KyleCares and The

Jed Foundation

KyleCares Foundation

and The Jed Foundation have

enrolled three high schools in

Massachusetts as part of the JED

High School Program to improve

mental health and prevent suicide

among teens including Millis

High School, North Attleboro

High School and Attleboro High


The three schools join Medway

High School which currently

participates in the program.

As students are getting back

to school and observing Suicide

Prevention Awareness Month

[in September], JED will begin

working with the schools to develop

long-term strategies surrounding

student mental health.

The program will also provide

schools with funding and resources

to strengthen their behavioral

health system and is

dedicated to helping schools evaluate

and build out their students’

mental health, substance misuse,

and suicide prevention programming

and systems.

As students are returning to

in-person schooling and are faced

with uncertainty amid the surging

Delta variant, research reports

that one in four youth

globally are experiencing clinically

elevated depression symptoms,

while one in five youth are

experiencing clinically elevated

anxiety symptoms. Mental health

programs supported and provided

by KyleCares and JED are

needed now more than ever.

“The power of The Jed Foundation

and KyleCares together

has made an immediate impression

on Millis High School,”

said Millis Public School Superintendent

Robert Mullaney.

“KyleCares has consistently and

effectively assisted Millis High

School as we address suicide prevention

and the mental health

and wellness of our students, and

we are excited to begin our work

with JED High School to help

us support our students as they

navigate the many social and

emotional challenges they face

every day.”

“KyleCares aims to connect

schools with valuable mental

health resources, facilitate conversation

around long-term strategies,

and fund mental health and

suicide prevention programs,”

said KyleCares President and

Co-founder Jim Johnson. “Our

partnership with JED allows us

to confidently lead every conversation

by first recommending

JED’s evidence-based approach

as a critical, impactful roadmap

for high schools to follow.”

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with KyleCares to help high

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to school,” said JED CEO John

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Rhode Island area.”

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KyleCares is a non-profit organization

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The Little Gym Medway

Leah and Nigel Chan have

owned The Little Gym in Medway

since May 2021; they took

over after the previous owners

retired after opening the business

20 years ago.

“Our daughter had taken

classes at another Little Gym

and we fell in love with the

franchise so when TLG Medway

was looking for new owners,

we jumped at the chance

to be a part of an amazing organization

and have our own

family business,” says Leah


The Little Gym opened

its first location in Bellevue,

Washington, in 1976.

The Little Gym is a noncompetitive

gymnastics program

for kids 4 months to 12

years old that focuses on threedimensional

learning in three

areas: Get Moving (physical

growth), Brain Boost (cognitive

growth), and Citizen Kid

(emotional and social growth).

Classes are tailored to focus

on the developmental growth

for each age group. TLG also

offers non-competitive dance

classes and sports classes.

“We are all

about having

some ‘serious

fun’ learning

gymnastics in

a fun environment.

We have

a small but

mighty staff

with diverse


who have been

here for multiple

years,” says Chan. “Here

at TLG Medway we truly care

about all our families past,

present, and future. We foster

caring, strong relationships

with everyone here at the gym

Parent Child Classes • Pre-K Gymnastics • Grade School

Gymnastics • Dance • Sports Skills • Awesome Birthday Bashes

and it’s a great place to be.”

Two of the most popular

programs at TLG Medway

are the Parent/Child classes

and the Pre-K classes.

The Parent/Child classes

are 45 minutes and have some

structured aspects as well as

some exploratory aspects.

The Pre-K classes are more

structured, compared to Parent/Child,

but they still have

a “serious fun” factor, says

Chan highlighting the brand’s

catch phrase.

TLG Medway classes have

two-to-four-week learning

units which include an overarching

theme for each unit,

and can include letters and

language, numbers, and colors

depending on the age.

One of the most exciting

things of note is that birthday

parties are back although

they are a bit different with

COVID-19 restrictions.

Birthday parties are 90

minutes long with 60 minutes

in the gym and 30 minutes in

the multi-purpose room where

families can choose to offer

food and cake to their guests

or have it ready for them to

take home. TLG Medway

handles set up and clean up

for a group of 12 children plus

the birthday child.

“With Covid we are still

being very careful and asking

all adults to wear masks for the

whole party except when eating,”

says Chan. “And since

they are a private party, we

let the party families decide if

they want kids to wear a mask

or not.”

Another fun option at TLG

Medway is their private playdates

for families who want to

utilize only the gym portion.

Options are available for one

or two hours for up-to-6 or

up-to-10 children.

According to its website


com/medwayma, TLG Medway

“offers progressively

structured classes and a positive

learning environment to

create opportunities for your

child to try new things and

building self-confidence.”

They offer drop-in programs

and special events for children

ages four months to 12

years old who can enjoy fun

games, activities, and loads

of laughter. There are also

special complimentary events

for member families such as

parent/child programs that

encourage problem solving,

imagination, and socialization


Upcoming public events

include a Halloween party on

Oct. 22 -- details will be available

soon on TLG Medway’s

Facebook page https://www.

-- and they will also

be hosting holiday camps during

the week of Dec. 27, 2021.

For more information on

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visit them at 74 Main Street

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Medway Superintendent Armand Pires elected to

prestigious Suburban School Superintendents group

Members represent suburban school districts

from 20 states

Medway Public Schools and

the Medway School Committee

are pleased to announce that Superintendent

Armand Pires has

been nominated and elected as

a member of the national group

Suburban School Superintendents.

Suburban School Superintendents

aims to improve the quality

of educational opportunities, programs,

and services for children,

staff, and parents through meetings

and other communications

between members who share

best practices for implementation

in members’ districts.

The group was founded

more than 50 years ago and is

comprised of no more than 150

superintendents. Members are

nominated by other active member

superintendents. Nominees

are selected based on leadership

in educational research or program

development, which would

enable them to contribute significantly

to a national perspective

on suburban schools. The current

members represent suburban

school districts from 20 states.

Superintendent Pires has

implemented many important

plans, programs and initiatives

since becoming superintendent

in 2015. He was instrumental in

the creation of a five-year 2016-

2021 Strategic Plan for Medway

Public Schools and led the work

to define the district’s core values

and issue a revised strategic plan,

which serves as the current roadmap

for success.

He has also demonstrated extraordinary

fiscal management

of district resources and remains

committed to delivering a balanced

and transparent budget

that does not sacrifice programs

or services, even when faced with

unplanned budgetary challenges.

Superintendent Pires engages

regularly with stakeholders, including

community organizations,

municipal leaders and

bargaining units to deliver enhanced

experiences for all students,

including tuition-free full

day kindergarten and new accessible

playgrounds at both of

Medway’s elementary schools.

He also leverages relationships

with colleagues across the Commonwealth

to keep abreast of

key issues facing educators and

engage in creative problem solving.

Several innovative ideas have

been explored and implemented

in the district under Superintendent

Pires’ leadership, including

the hiring of a wellness director

and an early focus on social-emotional

learning and whole-child


Notably during his time as

superintendent, Pires led the

district through the COVID-19

pandemic. This included a progressive

plan to get students safely

back to school for full in-person

learning, beginning with Pre-K-2

students in October 2020 and

grades 3-4 as early as December

2020. All students Pre-K-12 were

back in-person beginning on

April 12. Additionally, many innovative

safety precautions were

put into place including the use

of individual HEPA air filtration

units in all indoor spaces months

before they were a standard mitigation

strategy, and the implementation

of pooled testing for

staff and students before many

other districts in the Commonwealth.

Aside from his work leading

the district, Superintendent Pires

prioritizes teaching and learning

personally as well, regularly making

time to shadow teachers and

students and visit classrooms.

“The association selects its

members from the preeminent

suburban school districts across

the country, so for Dr. Pires to be

accepted into this organization

is a testament to the outstanding

work he has done to elevate

the profile of the Medway Public

Schools,” School Committee

Chair Susan Dietrich said. “His

colleagues have recognized what

we in Medway are fortunate to

know: that his demonstrated

commitment to principled leadership,

strategic thinking, and innovation

set him apart in his field

and make him an asset to any

professional organization.”

Dietrich added, “On a personal

note, I have had the privilege

of working closely with Dr.

Pires in my last four years on the

School Committee, and while I

could say many things about his

From left: School Committee members Lauren Nassiff, Melissa

Greenfield and Cindy Sullivan, Superintendent Armand Pires, School

Committee Chair Susan Dietrich and School Committee member Tim

Fagerson during the Medway School Committee meeting on Thursday,

Sept. 9. (Photo courtesy Medway Public Schools)

abilities and accomplishments, I

have always been most impressed

by his personal integrity and how

sincerely he cares for the wellbeing

of the students, faculty, and

staff. Medway is honored to have

Dr. Pires as our superintendent,

and we look forward to a bright

future with him at the helm.”

Superintendent Pires has also

served on the ACCEPT Collaborative

Board of Directors, The

Education Cooperative (TEC)

Board of Directors and is a member

of the Massachusetts Association

of School Superintendents

(MASS) Executive Committee.

He was nominated for Suburban

School Superintendents

membership by Medfield Public

Schools Superintendent Jeff

Marsden and Needham Public

Schools Superintendent Daniel


“The Suburban School Superintendents

provides an outstanding

platform for professional

development and connections

with other district leaders across

the country,” said Superintendent

Marsden. “I nominated Armand

because he is a trusted colleague

and outstanding leader and will

be a great fit for this organization.”

Added Superintendent

Gutekanst, “Armand is a trusted

school leader in Massachusetts

and a valued colleague who I

typically turn to for advice, fresh

ideas and to collaborate on issues

facing our schools. He is an

ideal Superintendent to become a

member of the Suburban School

Superintendents organization.”

The Medway School Committee

presented Superintendent

Pires with a certificate acknowledging

his nomination at its Sept.

9 meeting.

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The b.LUXE beauty beat

By Gina Woelfel

Happy Fall, Y’all! I’ve busted

out my autumn wardrobe, enjoyed

my first PSL (pumpkin

spiced latte for you coffee purists)

and officially embraced my favorite

season - “sweata weatha.”

We hope you took some time

for yourself last month and enjoyed

our September specials.

It’s a crazy time of year when

the kids return to school and

you’re suddenly juggling a more

chaotic schedule. Self-care is

super important and that means

scheduling it out. Be it yoga, a

facial, a massage or your salon

visit, these appointments are

your “you time.” They give you

the chance to relax, regroup and

feel better. It’s hard to believe

that the end of this month is the

start of the holiday season! Yup,

you read that right. In less than

30 days, we’ll be knee-deep in

witches, turkeys and snowmen.

With all the holiday hoopla right

around the corner, that brings us

to this month’s beauty beat topic:


We thought this would be

a good time to talk about what

it really means to work in the

service industry and more specifically,

the obstacles and frustration

that many face with a

commissioned-based career. To

work on commission means that

your salary is based on a percentage

of the business you generate.

For argument’s sake, let’s talk

about the beauty industry.

You know that wonderful

feeling you get when you visit

your salon, get your nails done,

or have a facial? I know, for me,

there’s nothing like taking that

beat from my schedule and doing

something exclusively for myself.

Our post-pandemic lives are

busier than we could have imagined.

With safety precautions in

place and tightly booked schedules,

appointment-based businesses

are working hard to ensure

that clients can readily book

services, feel safe during their

treatments and still provide the

highest level of customer care.

Employees who work on commission

are also still struggling

to find a balance with childcare

and expenses, with many having

to split their time apart as a family

to keep their children safe and

make ends meet.

This year at b.LUXE, we

moved towards a more strict enforcement

of our 24 hour cancellation

policy and fees, a move

that, perhaps, ruffled a few feathers.

Like many businesses,

b.LUXE keeps an active cancellation

list for our customers who

were unable to schedule their desired

appointment. If a booked

appointment is canceled with less

than 24 hours notice, re-booking

that time can be difficult. Not

only is this disappointing for our

waitlisted customers, it can be

devastating for your stylist who

depends on that service for their


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commissioned-based pay. When

you cancel, no show or run so

late that you can’t be seen, you

directly impact the lives of your

hairdresser. (You know, the one

who makes you look so amazing!)

We understand life is busy

and things can pop up. This chat

wasn’t for the client who’s had to

cancel once or twice. It was for

the serial canceler (and you all

know who you are!)

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and every day, go above and beyond

to make them look and feel


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what’s sure to be a very busy season,

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we’ve tied to them. With three of

the most overscheduled months

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Living Healthy

World-Class Eyecare and Cataract

Surgery Closer to Home

By Roger M. Kaldawy, M.D.

Milford Franklin Eye Center

Cataract surgery is by far

the most common surgery performed

in the United States.

With advanced technology and

if you choose an experienced

and highly skilled surgeon, modern

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 world-class 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. Here are the specific

questions to ask when it’s time to

have the surgery:

1. Why are you referring me

to this surgeon? Your optometrist

may ask you to travel miles and

hours away from home to have

your surgery with a particular

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-ofthe-art

surgery center closer to

home. Ask your provider why

they want you to travel hours and

miles away. Unfortunately, if you

dig enough, you will find the only

reason for this remote referral is

financial and business-related interest

your provider has with the

far-away surgeon. Beware referral

bias. In our center, 100% of

the surgeries are performed in a

state-of-the-art facility in Milford.

Very close to home. Your interest

comes first.

2 .What is my cost? 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 will 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

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3. What type of anesthesia

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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.

4. 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 asked to travel to.

In our center this rate is close to

zero percent.

5. 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


6. What type of technology is

available at your surgery facility?

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continued from page 10

instance, Massachusetts has only

few centers offering laser-assisted

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 many

hospitals and other centers do

not offer laser bladeless cataract

surgery? We do!

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 diffractive

and extended-focus implants.

With those implants you

can see clearly at distance, close

and intermediate like your phone

and computer screen without the

need for glasses.

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 hightech

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 for

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 stich-free.

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

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Nursing Home Negligence or a Vibrant Life Plan Community?

By Heather J. Culkeen Executive

Director: Project


Doctors, nurses, patients, and

their family members have all

types of unpleasant conversations,

according to Amy Sarah

Marshall of the University of

Virginia Medical Center magazine,

Healthy Balance. For example:

How to prepare for aging

and caring for an aging partner

or parent is one of those. For Lee

Willis and her husband Hal, the

conversation started this way:

their beloved doctor of 15 years

asked Lee, point-blank: “Are you

prepared for the possibility that

Hal may outlive you?”

At 94, Hal is ten years older

than Lee. A plane accident broke

multiple bones in his legs, and

arthritis had settled in. Walking

is hard for him. He does his own

laundry and washes the dishes,

but he doesn’t drive and often

uses a wheelchair.

Lee, on the other hand, just

bought herself a new kayak. A

nine-year cancer survivor, she

relieves pain with exercise, not

medicine. She swims three times

a week. When not caring for Hal,

she’s active, traveling, and socializing.

Still, the doctor had a point:

Be prepared.



Most people avoid the subject

of getting old. Death is as natural

as birth, but too many people

simply don’t want to think about

it until they are too ill to participate

in decision making, leaving

family members and their physicians

to make decisions that may

or may not be what they would

have wanted at the end of life.

We need to prepare better.


Lee’s major purpose in preparing

for Hal’s aging and her

own was to find a location where

this could happen. Lee didn’t

simply conduct a Google search.

She went to a lot of nursing

homes. She compiled a list of inhome

care services and went to

each one.

But Lee wasn’t satisfied,

mainly because of shifting staff.

“You can never guarantee the

same people. The bottom-line

dictates staffing. This turnover

and the resulting lack in continuity

of care, is a problem.”

So, she looked at the option of

aging in place. She volunteered

at programs of all-inclusive care

for the Elderly, which offers 24/7

coverage for anyone qualified for

a nursing home. It seemed like

“this would probably be what we

choose to do,” she said.

But then Lee discovered The

Green House Project, a new

model for long-term care for elders.

In 2001, a doctor named

Bill Thomas was appalled at the

state of elder care. He saw it was

a hospital, not a home with people

just sitting in wheelchairs. So,

he introduced a lot of changes,

bringing in birds, dogs, cats, and

plants. But it still wasn’t enough.

So, he “super-trained” staff to

behave like family members, not

healthcare providers. He built

a new structure, with one central

room, the residents living in

rooms off in spokes. It became a

communal place, with a common

kitchen where people cook family

recipes and behave like relatives.

Lee found one in her state. “If

we both have to go somewhere,

this will be it!”




The best advice Lee’s received

from her doctor: Exercise.

He told her that the biggest

factor that differentiates healthy

from unhealthy aging is exercise—folks

who remain sedentary

clearly become frailer more

rapidly than those who either

remain or become active in their

later years. Exercising on a regular

basis makes a huge difference

in how one ages.

Lee’s primary lessons for

younger people: Be proactive.

“It’s really hard when you’re 50

to think about being 80, but you

should.” She advises younger

people to:

• Take your health seriously—

eat well and exercise.

• Prepare with a reputable Estate

Planning Attorney who

cares about your health as

well as your assets.

• Be an advocate for yourself.

• Get political and advocate for

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Church of Christ, Congregational

Meet the Author at Millis

United Church of Christ

October 17th at 2:00pm, our

guest author, Rev. Marcia Cham,

will speak about her latest book,

“Holey Moley God! You’ve Got

to be Kidding!” Rev. Cham, a

UCC pastor shares her search for

holiness and the story of God’s

hunt for her. Through her studies

and travel, challenges and

struggles, silence, and solitude,

she has discovered that holiness

is everywhere, and that God was

not kidding when the Holy One

call her to ordained ministry.

gathering will be held outside,

weather permitting at 142

Exchange Street, Millis. If not,

then it will be in the Sanctuary

or Zoom, according to CDC


is the fourth event in the

Church’s free Community Education

Series that is open to

all residents of Millis and surrounding

communities. If there

is a topic in which you are well

versed and would like to share

or if there is a topic about which

you would like to hear more,

please contact the church office

at 508-376-5034. They are open

to any suggestions or ideas for future


Worship and Volunteer

Opportunities at Millis

United Church of Christ

United Church of Christ

gathers to worship God every

Sunday at 10am, in person at

142 Exchange Street and via

Zoom. During the month of

October many special services

and outreach activities are

planned including World Communion

worship and a collection

for Neighbors In Need. A work

team is working on a Habitat for

Humanity home in Westwood

on October 9th. Millis UCC

is heavily involved with New

Life Furniture Bank in Walpole.

Consider joining one of their

work teams or volunteer as an

individual. Check out the Millis

UCC website

for up-to-date information. All

are welcome to attend any of the

services and activities.

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Your Lawn

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Millis is raffling off a hand

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Estate planning for you and your family.

An estate plan is not just for

high-net-worth individuals, it’s

for everyone who is single, has

a spouse, has a partner, has dependents,

owns a business, has

investments, has retirement

funds, owns property, or has material

possessions of value such

as a car. An estate plan may reduce

estate taxes and shield your

beneficiaries from having to go

through probate. It means your

last wishes will be heard. You

can name a guardian for any

young children and can even

direct how you wish a beloved

pet to be cared for after you are

gone. Having an estate plan can

also prevent a mess by bringing

clarity to your beneficiaries, and

it can protect assets from unforeseen

creditors. 1

The estate plan 2 may contain

a will or living trust, the

names of your beneficiaries,

the appointment of an executor,

a letter of intent that tells

a beneficiary or executor what

you wish to be done with specific

assets, funeral details, and

special requests. It should contain

a healthcare directive with a

power of attorney appointing a

trusted person to make medical

decisions for you when you can

no longer voice your opinion,

and a durable power of attorney

appointing a trusted friend

or relative to make financial and

legal decisions for you, if you

become incapacitated. It may

also contain a trust or trusts for

passing on assets to your beneficiaries.

Life insurance can be

an important component in the

overall estate plan.

You should update your estate

plan whenever a major

change occurs in your life, such

as purchasing a home, moving

in with a significant other, getting

married, having or adopting

a baby, selling your business,

getting a divorce, retiring, or

having a beneficiary die before

you do. Review your plan when

federal and state laws on estate

taxes change.

If you should die without

a will (which is called “intestate”),

3 the state and federal

governments will have standard

procedures for distributing your

assets, and they may not be in

line with your wishes. Your beneficiaries

may have to pay more

in estate taxes, and probate may

take considerably longer than it

would if you had a will in place.

Consult a professional financial

advisor on tax and estate

planning. Trusts can be complicated

to set up, so consult a

professional trusts and estates

attorney or certified public account

before you begin.

This educational, third-party

article is provided as a courtesy

by Michael T. Damon, Agent,

New York Life Insurance Company.

To learn more about the

information or topics discussed,

please contact Michael Damon

at 508-321-2101.

1 Julie Garber, “5 Reasons You

Need an Estate Plan,” The Balance.

com, September 18, 2020.


2 Glenn Curtis, “6 Estate Planning


September 29, 2020.



3 Julia Kagan, “Intestate,”,

November 30, 2019.

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Medway’s Converse: A Classy, Team-first Player

Ex-QB Accepts Move to Receiver


Staff Sports Writer

Sean Converse could easily be

the poster child for what a teamfirst

football player looks like.

The 17-year-old was Medway

High’s starting quarterback last

spring as a junior but now he’s

competing as a wide receiver.

That kind of change no doubt

would cause some players to

moan and groan, but the 6-foot-

1, 175-pounder not only was

open to the move, but was also

supportive of his replacement.

Converse’s immediate reaction

when he learned what head

coach Anthony Mazzola had in

mind was: “I’ll do whatever it

takes to help our team.’’

A confident competitor,

Converse guided Medway to

an early 3-0 record during the

Fall-2 grid season last spring but

the Mustangs lost their final two

outings, finishing 3-2 and ending

up in third place in the Tri

Valley League’s Small Division

standings. Converse’s effort in

Medway’s third win was dynamic

— he threw two touchdown

passes and rushed for two

other scores against Dedham.

“That contest was a big test,’’ he

recalled. “It was our first road encounter

and it was my best game

and top thrill.’’

So, why the switch?

“After the season ended, coach

Mazzola told me in June that he

and his staff felt the team needed

help at wide receiver,’’ Converse

said. “They liked my physical

Playing quarterback last season, Sean Converse led Medway

to a 3-2 record.

style and my ability to catch the

ball. They wanted me to team up

with Connor Kewley, a two-time

league all-star, to provide more

offensive firepower. And, coach

Mazzola felt that junior Luke Frauton

would be a capable successor

at QB.’’

Converse, now a senior captain,

displayed superb leadership

by telling Mazzola in a second

meeting that he’d like to compete

with Frauton for the QB job during

7-on-7 summer play.

“I felt that the competition

would help Luke to grow as a

player and help him develop as a

leader,’’ Converse offered. “Competing

against him could also help

his confidence. We both did well

in the 7-on-7 drills. Luke, however,

worked so hard, settled into

the role and earned the job.’’

“Sean’s willingness to switch

should help us by having two

weapons at wide receiver,’’ Mazzola

said. “He and Connor will

open up our running game for

Matt Childs. Bellingham won the

league title last spring with two

exceptional wideouts.’’

Mazzola also likes the attributes

that make Converse a

natural on the outside. “Sean

has great hands, he’s athletic

and has a high football IQ,’’ he

emphasized. “He’s also mentally

and physically tough, has speed

and quickness and he runs good

routes. He does the job at 100

mph and his leadership skills are

amazing. I go to him for things

that need fixing.’’

Converse is quick to laud both

Frauton and Kewley. “Luke is

an athlete, also playing hockey

and baseball,’’ Converse noted.

“He can throw deep accurately,

he can run, and is physical. And,

he’s working on improving as a

field general. Connor can jump,

has good hands and knows how

to run crisp routes. I’m excited to

team up with him.’’

A native of Medway, Converse’s

debut at receiver came

against Medfield in the Mustangs’

opener. He was targeted twice

and caught one pass for 22 yards.

The first-down reception set up a

touchdown two plays later when

Childs scored on a 35-yard run.

The Mustangs rolled to a 27-12


“My goals for our team are to

win the small division title, qualify

for the playoffs and go as deep as

possible,’’ Converse said. “My

individual objectives aren’t to

compile statistics but I’d still like

to become a TVL all-star. That

would mean helping my team by

blocking or by excelling on defense

at cornerback. It’ll take lots

of hard work to be an all-star but

it’s Medway High’s success that’s

more important than my stats.’’

A good student, Converse is

leaning towards attending the

University of New Hampshire.

“I’m not sure what I’ll major in

and my chances of continuing

with football are slim,’’ he said.

Voted a captain when pre-season

practice concluded, Converse

was enthusiastic and honored.

He intends to lead in a variety

of ways. “I’ll lead by example, by

being supportive and being vocal

when needed,’’ he said. Mazzola

labels Converse as “positive’’ in

his leadership approach.

Converse’s athletic philosophy

is another area where he’s positive.

“I want to win, reach my potential

and enjoy competing,’’ he

said. “If we suffer a loss, it’s like

a fire in me. I want to return to

the field quickly and get things

turned around.’’

A power forward in basketball,

Converse is acutely aware

that sports teach valuable life lessons.

He’s learned some powerful

athletic tenets from both sports.

“I’ve learned to be competitive

and how to overcome adversity,’’

Converse stressed. “Athletics have

also taught me to be a leader and

a good teammate.’’

Sean Converse will be gaining yardage as a wide receiver this year.


One’s role models often reveal

why an individual is capable,

confident or successful. Converse

has five and they reveal volumes

about his character, work ethic

and perseverance. His role models

are his paternal grandmother

(Alana), his parents (Jeff and

Diane), his brother (Jeff), and former

Mustang quarterback Drew


“My grandmother is 76 and

she has stage 4 cancer,’’ Converse

offered. “She’s opened my eyes

about how to handle adversity.

My parents are supportive and

encouraging, and my brother was

a great athlete at Medway and

he’s achieved high academic honors

at Merrimack College. Drew

taught me so much about playing

QB when I was his backup as a

freshman and sophomore. He’s

been very helpful and I still talk

to him.’’

Hoping that his senior season

will be more normal than

last spring’s campaign that involved

coping with a plethora of

COVID-19 restrictions, Converse

is prepared for whatever rules will

be imposed. He’s also ready to be

a two-way competitor. “Dealing

with COVID-19 was tough but

we adapted well,’’ he said. “To

play both ways requires being in

great shape, being physical and

being prepared.’’

The fifth in his family to play

football for Medway, he follows

his father, his brother and

two uncles (Jared and Steve). “I

dreamed about being Medway’s

quarterback as a kid, but now as

a wide receiver, I’m okay with

that,’’ Converse said. “I want to

be the best receiver I can be and

make an impact. I’d like to leave

a legacy as a great wideout who

was a team-first player.

Sean Converse is all about

“we,’’ not “me.’’

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Medway residents to participate in Boston Marathon®

Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way presented by Hyundai

Andra Freeman, Liana Freeman, and

Courtney Macomber will “Walk Your Way” for

the iconic fundraising walk for Dana-Farber

Cancer Institute to support all forms of cancer

Six residents from Medway

will choose their own route on

October 3 for the Boston Marathon®

Jimmy Fund Walk: Your

Way presented by Hyundai. Participants

are encouraged to “Walk

Your Way” from wherever they

are most comfortable—whether

that be from their neighborhood,

favorite trail, or from a treadmill

in their own home.

Andra Freeman, Liana Freeman,

Courtney Macomber, Betsy

Shamoian, Paul Shamoian, and

Lily Shamoian, along with thousands

of other walkers, will participate

in virtual programming

during the Walk that aims to recreate

the most inspiring elements

of Walk day. While the event will

not physically bring walkers together

along the famed Boston

Marathon® course, it will unite

the community to raise funds to

support all forms of adult and

pediatric care and cancer research

at the nation’s premier

cancer center, Dana-Farber

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The Jimmy Fund, established

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of community-based fundraising

events and other programs

that, solely and directly, benefit

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Medway Master Plan Community

Forum Open House on Oct 3

We want to hear from you

The Town of Medway is in

Phase II of The Medway Master

Plan, a 10-year vision and road

map for Medway’s future. The

Plan will be the foundational

policy document for the Town,

guiding local decisions about future

growth, preservation, and


Join the Medway Master

Plan Committee for its second

community-wide forum to learn

more about the project and share

your perspective. This is an inperson,

Open House Event and

is free and open to the public. It

will take place on Sunday, Oct. 3,

from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Medway

High School, 88 Summer


During the Open House, you

will be given the opportunity to

provide your input and make

your voice heard in developing

Medway’s master plan for the

next ten years. You will have

the opportunity to participate in

some hands-on activities to learn

about the results of the summer’s

community engagement

program and give your feedback

helping the project team shape

the next phase of the plan.

All are invited to attend multiple

presentations form the Towns

project consultant, JM Goldson

to learn the results of this summer’s

community survey and

other engagement efforts.

Multiple children’s activities

will be available during the

presentations so all can attend.

During the presentations your

child(ren) will enjoy special storytime

readings, coloring and

henna tattoos! Refreshments will

be available for all.

Before you come to the Open

House, think about:

• What makes Medway special?

• What makes community

members proud to be part of

this community?

• What are the community’s

greatest opportunities?

• What are the greatest challenges?

More information on a

Master Plan

One of the statutory responsibilities

of a Massachusetts

municipal planning board is to

establish the community’s master

plan. In 1999 and again in

2009, the Planning and Economic

Development Board adopted

a master plan; those plans

were subsequently affirmed by

Town Meeting. The plans have

been used over the past 20 years

to guide the Town’s planning

and zoning initiatives.

Updating a local master plan

is an essential way to understand

forces that are shaping the built

and natural environment, to envision

a desired future for a community,

and to identify priorities

and develop specific strategies

for implementation.

The project begins with an

examination of existing conditions

to identify issues and opportunities

for seven primary

elements: 1) land use; 2) open

space and recreation;

3) natural

resources; 4)

housing; 5) economic


6) cultural

and historical

resources; 7) municipal


and facilities;

and 8) transportation.

The Town

will also consider community

environmental and fiscal sustainability

and resilience in the

master plan. The Master Plan

will integrate and build upon

the Town’s recent planning work

to establish a meaningful vision

and develop strategies that are

realistic and fiscally responsible.

The process of developing

a master plan allows the community

to understand the forces

shaping the town’s built environment,

identify desired futures for

the community, and select effective

strategies to achieve the

community’s vision and goals.

To this end, the Planning and

Economic Development Board

has established a Master Plan

Committee (MPC). It includes

representatives of various Town

boards and committees, local

organizations, and citizens at

large. Committee members

have been appointed for a twoyear

term. To learn more about

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Millis Senior Center Upcoming Events

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, and

Wednesdays 8:30-4 Thursdays

8:30-2 Fridays 8:30-12:30. For

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Blood Pressure Checks

We have a registered volunteer

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Thursday from 11:00-11:30.

Scrabble The group meets

every Monday at 9:30.

Cribbage Meets every

Monday or Friday from 9:30-12.

BINGO Every Thursday at

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(the last pot is worth $25) is every

2nd and last Thursday of the


Stretch & Flow Yoga

Every Friday at 10:00 in room

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Line Dancing with Jean

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WITCHY WANDA Spooktacular

Variety Show With exceptional

make-up and costumes

along with fun props and gags,

this interactive, audience-participation,

variety show is a great way

to celebrate Halloween. Music

and song, jokes, and ghoulish fun

presented by Witchy Wanda and

her strange, fun-loving friends.

Join us in celebrating Halloween

with Wanda on Wednesday, October

27th at 1:00. Reservations

necessary. Costumes welcome &


Downsizing? “Is your

current home no longer serving

you? Do you feel it’s time to

“rightsize” but aren’t sure where

to begin? Or have you created

your plan but don’t know what

to tackle first? Join the discussion

with Erin DiCarlo, Certified Senior

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Specialist as she shares

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thousands of older adults

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clarity, create their master plan

and execute it seamlessly. From

helping you find your forever

home, to managing the packing,

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you into your new space; while

simultaneously managing the

downsizing process back at your

home (estate sales, antique/art

appraisals, and sales, donation

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this process. Join us on Tuesday,

October 12th at 1:00

Just Simplify Decluttering

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maybe you can’t figure out if

something should stay or go. The

bottom line…if you don’t love it

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Geological Wonders Presenter,

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you on an amazing journey

to the following locations to discover

the world’s greatest geological

wonders. Wednesdays from

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October 20th~ Fiordland

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Nanak’s Kitchen The

Sikh Dharma food relief program

is providing bags of nonperishable

organic, vegan foods

to anyone in need at the Council

on Aging every Monday from

9-11 All are welcome.

Grab And Go Lunch from

HESSCO Every Thursday from

11:15-12 HESSCO is offering

a packed lunch which consists

of a sandwich, chips, side salad,

dessert and lemonade for a suggested

donation of $3. Every

week the sandwich is different.

Week 1: Chicken Salad, Week

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Seafood Salad, Week 4: Ham &

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yoga class at the Senior Center

we practice gentle stretches, flowing

movement and breathing exercises.

The class is adaptable and

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a chair or bring your own mat

if you prefer to be seated on the

floor. Several levels of modification

are given, you will go at your

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beautifully decorated mansions

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at LaSalette Shrine. You’ll first

visit Newport’s grand Marble

House Mansion, decorated in

holiday ornaments and displays.

A delicious luncheon is included

at The Quonset Point Officers’

Club and features entrée choices

of fresh baked scrod or baked


Early this evening a spectacle

awaits you at LaSalette, where

New England’s largest and most

colorful Christmas light display is

held. You’ll return home at approximately

7:00 PM with enlivened

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“This rigorous professional

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to perform their jobs effectively

and safely,” said State Fire Marshal

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of Fire Services, offers this

program tuition-free.

Class #294 (Stow): 24 Graduates

from 17 Fire Departments

- The 24 firefighters of Class

#294 represent the fire departments

of Bedford, Chelmsford,

Fitchburg, Hopedale, Hopkinton,

Hudson, Lexington,

Lynnfield, Medfield, Medway,

Newton, Plymouth, Randolph,

Wayland, Westminster, Weston,

and Woburn.

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the fire departments of Attleboro,

Eastham, Nahant, Salem,

Sandwich, Sharon, Stoughton,

and Yarmouth.

“First responders are on the

frontlines protecting their communities,

and these newest firefighters

are needed now more

than ever,” said Deputy State

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who is serving as the MFA director.

“We have taken advantage

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class size for social distancing,

implemented daily screening,

and required mask-wearing to

keep our instructors and students

as safe as possible.”

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In response to the pandemic,

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Students utilized virtual

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8/20/2021 5 Williamsburg Way $567,000

8/20/2021 14 Phillips Street $430,000

8/20/2021 6 Fales Street $724,000

8/19/2021 336 Village Street $571,000

8/19/2021 7 Stable Way $820,000

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9/15/2021 37 Dover Road $544,000

9/10/2021 39 Key Street $320,000

9/9/2021 20 Country Village Way $340,000

9/8/2021 106 Orchard Street $692,500

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9/1/2021 7 Pondview $325,000

8/31/2021 64 Village Street $760,000

8/30/2021 60 Dover Road $890,000

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

Register of Deeds William P.

O’Donnell reported the Norfolk

County real estate market more

than held its own during the

month of August 2021. He also

reports a continued strong showing

in sales highlighted Norfolk

County real estate market activity

for the month of August.

Register O’Donnell stated,

“The Norfolk County real estate

market continues to be steady.

There were 16,282 documents

recorded at the Norfolk County

Registry of Deeds which is a 1%

increase over last year’s August

document volume. There were

1,999 deeds recorded out of this

document volume, representing

a 7% increase over August

of last year. Average sale price,

again including both residential

and commercial sales, increased

3% over 2020 to $903,842.69.”

Even though there was a considerable

increase to the monies

for mortgages the number of

mortgages recorded decreased

over the previous year’s numbers.

There were 3,665 mortgages recorded

during the month which

is an 11% decrease over 2020.

Total amount of money borrowed

for mortgages county wide

was well over 3 billon, a 62% increase

compared to August 2020.

“While some of the mortgages

are due to purchases and sales

of real estate, other mortgages

are due to refinancing existing

mortgages. Individuals have different

motivations to refinance.

Some refinance to reduce their

monthly payments, others to take

some years off their debt while

still others are using the money

to pay for home improvements

and other capital expenditures”

said Register O’Donnell.

Register O’Donnell went on

to state, “There has been a strong

demand for housing, single family

housing particular, coupled

with a limited supply of available

housing stock and historically

low interest rates which could be

motivating buyers to do what is

necessary to secure housing. The

growth in some real estate indicators

seen in 2020 continues into


One continuing cause for concern,

however in Norfolk County,

was foreclosures. A moratorium

on foreclosures in place during

the pandemic in 2020 was lifted

on October 17, 2020. This moratorium

was in place due to the

COVID-19 pandemic. The Norfolk

County Registry of Deeds

has been closely watching the

foreclosure market. O’Donnell

stated, “During August of 2021

there were 6 foreclosure deeds

Agents of the Month!

recorded as a result of foreclosure

processes taking place in

Norfolk County. Additionally,

there were 15 Notices to Foreclosure

Mortgages, the first step in

the foreclosure process, recorded

here in Norfolk County. A foreclosure

recording is very impactful

on those being foreclosed

on. August of 2020 there were

no Notices to Foreclosure Mortgages

and 5 foreclosure Deeds.

“These numbers remind us that

some of our neighbors continue

to face financial challenges”, said

O’Donnell. “We will continue to

monitor these numbers.”

Additionally, for the past several

years, the Norfolk County

Registry of Deeds has partnered

with Quincy Community Action

Programs, 617-479-8181 x376,

and NeighborWorks Housing

Solutions, 508-587-0950 to help

anyone facing challenges paying

their mortgage. Another

option for homeowners is to

contact the Massachusetts Attorney

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(CARD) at 617-727-8400.

Register O’Donnell stated, “If

you are having difficulty paying

your monthly mortgage, please

consider contacting one of these

non-profit agencies for help and


Homestead recordings by

owners of homes and condominiums

decreased this year at

the Norfolk County Registry

of Deeds in August. There

was a 2% decrease in homestead

recordings in August 2021

compared to August 2020. “A

Homestead,” noted O’Donnell,

“provides limited protection

against the forced sale of an

individual’s primary residence

to satisfy unsecured debt up to

$500,000. It is great to see folks

protecting the biggest asset most

of us have, our homes. I would

urge anyone who has not availed

themselves of this important consumer

protection tool to consider

doing so. Please visit the Registry

website at www.norfolkdeeds.

org to get more information on

homestead protection.”

Register O’Donnell concluded,

“Available real estate

inventory continues to be a

constant source of concern in

Norfolk County. It’s especially

been a problem for first-time

homebuyers attempting to crack

the market. However, there is a

silver lining in the August real

estate statistics and that is based

on the optimistic lending numbers

that we’ve seen. These

figures are very encouraging

and tell us competitive interest

rates and a robust eastern Massachusetts

economy are having

a positive effect on the Norfolk

County region. The Registry

of Deeds was operational every

work day during the pandemic.

The Registry of Deeds continues

to be open to the public for

business, however that is being

evaluated as the COVID-19 developments

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We are also receiving documents

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