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TUESDAY, July 22, 2014

7 p.m. School Committee, Stoughton High, TV Studio
7 p.m. Board of Selectmen, Town Hall, 3rd Floor, Great Hall







A Movie for Marissa will be held at the Stoughton Youth Soccer Fields, 501 West St. We have a fun night planned for Friday, July 25. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. -with games, raffles and music. The Movie will be shown under the stars and will start at 8:30 pm.  It will be her favorite film, "The Little Mermaid." Those attending should being a blanket or chair and bug spray.

Concession stand will be open for Pizza, Hot dogs, soda, water and of course popcorn. Proceeds to benefit the Marissa Paige Ramos Memorial Foundation, which will be used to fund scholarships and other donations. They are looking for a few volunteers to help with the games and activities the night of the event, setup and cleanup. They could also use your donations for raffle items. Please e-mail: amovieformarissa@gmail.com or contact Joanne Gately @ 781-603-8497.    

Voluntary donation is $5 per person and up to $15 per family  The Ramos family will be attending, and her brother Cameron is actively involved. He's doing the event before he heads back to Bridgewater State University, where he is a resident assistant.   Gately wanted to think of something to honor Marissa, and have it something she liked.  She loved Disney, so that's how she came up with the idea. It will be held rain or shine.  Tents will go up if it's raining.

Bring the family to a wonderful event to honor the lovely and courageous Princess Marissa.  

Town of Stoughton
Glen Echo Open Space and Recreation
Development Plan Committee

Glen Echo Public Forum
July 29th
Great Hall
7:00 P.M.

A Public Forum will be held in the Great Room of Town Hall on Tuesday, July 29th for the purpose of having public input on future plans for the development of Glen Echo. Our consultant, Kyle Zick, will be in attendance to share his findings and listen to and answer questions/suggestions from the residents of Stoughton.



Girl Scout Registration Event - Mark your calendars
Registration for new girls wanting to join Girl Scouts:
Wednesday August 20th from 6-8 p.m. in the Wales French Room at the Stoughton library.

If you have questions or can't make the registration event, email us at stoughtonmagirlscouts@gmail.com


Stoughton's ONLY Non-Profit Family Camp!


Keeps Youth Moving, Learning and Exploring this Summer


The OLD COLONY YMCA is offering Y Camp-Stoughton day camp to give kids and teens in our local community an adventurous, active and healthy summer.YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors,meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.


Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out andexplore. But, for some kids summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, somekids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school yearAttending Y Camp Stoughton is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active.


“YMCA summer camp supports the social-emotional, cognitive development and physical well-being of kids,” says Ellen Greene, Executive Director of the OLD COLONY YMCA. “In our camp, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, build relationships,develop character and achieve – discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp so that every child can benefit from the experience.”


Joe Leaver, Camp Director, says there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:    



Camp is the place to be in the summer for fun and excitement.  One day campers will be hiking through the woods, the next they’ll be planning their own talent shows. There is something for every camper to enjoy with a wide variety of theme days, activity schedules, and special events.  



Although campers may only be at camp for a short time, they will learn a tremendous amount about themselves and the world around them while in our care. We continue to add valuable and fun academic curriculum components to our daily activities that will help minimize summer learning loss and ensure that each child will learn, grow and thrive this summer.



Camp friends are like none other.  Every summer provides campers with the opportunity to make new friends and reconnect with those from summers past.



The Old Colony Y has been offering day camp services for over 95 years. Our team of experts has over 50 years combined experience working year-round to plan the best camp experience for all our campers. Let us provide your child with one of the most iconic experiences of their youth!



Our number 1 priority is the safety and welfare of all our campers. We give kids a safe and fun place to engage, explore and learn. From background checks to reference calls, staff trainings to internal audits, our team’s main goal is to ensure each camper is cared for by exceptional role models.



The OLD COLONY YMCA CAMP STOUGHTON offers:archery, swimming lessons, free swim, ropes course, Karate, dance, arts & crafts, and so much more. And, to ensure thatall youth have the chance to experience camp, the OLD COLONY YMCA CAMP STOUGHTON offers financial assistance to those in need.


A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp fornearly 100 years. The OLD COLONY YMCA CAMP STOUGHTON continues to give youth an enriching, safeexperience with caring staff and volunteers who modelpositive values that help build their kids’ character.


For more information, visit www.oldcolonyymca.org/camp-stoughton or contact Joe Leaver at 781-341-2016jleaver@oldcolonyymca.org






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H1N1 Swine Flu Shot Clinics/Vaccine Info

An Important Video for Parents of Teens


Watch this Important Segment On Blip.TV: Maybe you can save a life!
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Memorial Day Photos

Story of Local Hero Sam Angert from Mike Pazyra (Video)




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On Monday, Oct. 14 (Columbus Day) there was a charity golf tournament in memory of  Jake Hoffman of Stoughton. The golf tournament, known formally as the James "Jake" Hoffman Memorial Golf Tournament, took place at the Brookmeadow Country Club in Canton.

Organizer Seth Rothberg , a friend of Jake’s from UMass Amherst, told Snyder’s Stoughton, “I went to college with Jake and I wanted to do something special to keep his memory alive for future years. I was thinking: how can we keep his name and memory around for many years? We wanted to do a scholarship in his name, and we needed to raise the money. So, we went with a golf tournament. The Hoffman family was heavily involved. His parents gave us a letter of support. His brother and sister helped out, and his friends also helped out. His college advisor, Rod Warnick , helped us a lot, making sure we got the right donations, and were able to recruit enough golfers.”


Rothberg added, “I met Jake through mutual friends, and we worked together on a number of social events. Our biggest one was called Mesiva. It was an 800 person event at the end of our junior year. He was going to be Vice President of the Jewish Student Union. He did so much for so many extra-curricular groups, including the Club Managers Association of America. He’d go to networking events. He was going to go to San Diego in April of this year.”


Rotberg said there were 148 golfers that participated in this first annual event that raised more than $15,000. “We’re deciding, Anne, David and myself, how many scholarships we should do, and how much they should be. We’re hoping to keep raising money each year, so that we’ll establish a certain number and amount of scholarships every year.”

Rotberg said that Jake was “always the life of the party, with a smile on his face”, adding, “He motivated everyone around him to work hard and push their limits. He really cared about all his friends. And, they cared about him. He always connected all his friends from other parts of life. I’m now friends with his pals from UMass Lowell and Stoughton, too.”

Jake was a popular member of the Stoughton High Class of 2009 who was set to graduate from UMass Amherst last May, but tragically passed away in an off-campus apartment complex fire the day before classes were to begin at UMass on Jan. 21.

Rotberg said that Jake’s positive spirit permeated the golf event. Jake’s mom, Anne Hoffman , told me, “It’s was humbling to watch the golf tournament. It was beautiful day and it was just incredible. We were blown away by everyone. The foliage was at its peak. It was just beautiful as a backdrop for the event. It was just amazing. Everything went without a hitch and everyone had a great time. The dinner afterwards was fantastic.”


Anne said the scholarship will benefit a student (or students) with aspirations to complete a degree in hospitality and tourism management (same as Jake) at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with a special interest in student clubs and activities. The soccer tournament (done earlier this year by Jake’s high school friend, Frank Faria) will fund three scholarships at Stoughton High in Jake’s name. Anne couldn’t believe what Seth put together. She tells Snyder’s Stoughton, “The first time we met Seth was at Jake’s wake. He’s pretty incredible. He suggested we get a seat at graduation. And we did. Then, he proposed the golf tournament, and it was just incredible. I can’t believe how much support is out there for Jake. It goes a long way in the healing process.”


Hoffman's friends and family still deeply mourn the loss of this personable young man with the big smile. His final resting place in Evergreen Cemetery has a regular procession of young men and women there every day. I know Jake’s friends and family miss him so much, that many carry a tattoo with his name to keep him with them. His smile is forever burned in our memories.




(Photos courtesy of Justin Whittaker of JWhittaDesigns)



Christopher Corbin, the son-in-law of Dennis and Lorraine McCarthy (the dynamic former duo behind the success of Friends for Seniors), is trying to raise $2,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Be Bold, Be Bald Foundation. As he tells me, “I will be physically shaving my head. However the organization mails everyone who signs up a ‘Bald Cap’, so that you could still participate without going completely bald yourself.” 

Lorraine tells me that she thought she might have lost Dennis to cancer in February on their 39th anniversary (when he was put into a medical coma), but the folks at Dana Farber are really helping him in his battle against liver and lung cancer, Incidentally, he never drank or smoked, either. If you would like to make a donation, go to Chris’ page at http://beboldbebald.org/profile/3433.  For information, contact Chris via email at christopher.a.corbin@outlook.com. We send our prayers to Dennis for a full recovery. 



The first Anne Havlin Memorial Blood and Food Drive was a huge success last weekend. Her family and friends gathered in Immaculate Conception Hall to collect food for the pantry she once ran---St. Anthony’s Free Market Food Pantry. They also collected blood for Children’s Hospital. Her widower Tom was there, along with her daughters Shauna, Kerry, Erin, and Molly. And, many friends attended to help out, as well. Molly Mills told Snyder’s Stoughton that it “was a weekend of many blessings.” The grand totals: 79 people came to Immaculate Conception Church to donate blood. Of these folks, 55 pints were collected and will go to the Dana Farber, Brigham & Women’s, and Children’s Hospital blood bank. 26 GIANT boxes of food were collected and donated to St. Anthony’s. Adds Mills: “Many thanks and love to all who supported our efforts.”

(photo and story by Mark Snyder)










Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts employee volunteers and Old Colony YMCA-Stoughton staff cleared the woods and created a Story Book trail. The trail will be filled with Story Book trivia and lead to a newly built library yurt in the woods – encouraging kids to embrace a love of literacy. More than 3,000 Blue Cross associates, known as BlueCrew, volunteered all together on one day at 39 different community sites across the state during Blue Cross’ third annual Service Day — including the Old Colony YMCA-Stoughton for the third year in a row. In year one Blue Cross volunteers helped the Y build an outdoor amphitheater; year two they created a games area, and this year Blue Cross volunteers helped create a story book trail and library space.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts employee volunteers give the picnic tables at the Old Colony YMCA-Stoughton a splash of color. More than 3,000 Blue Cross associates, known as BlueCrew, volunteered all together on one day at 39 different community sites across the state during Blue Cross’ third annual Service Day — including the Old Colony YMCA-Stoughton for the third year in a row. In year one Blue Cross volunteers helped the Y build an outdoor amphitheater; year two they created a games area, and this year Blue Cross volunteers helped create a story book trail and library space.




Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Terry Schneider likes food.  He loves Chinese food.  And, he loves Chinatown Restaurant.  He wanted to experience their new Dim Sum menu, and maybe do a good thing for others.  So, he came up with the idea of doing a fundraiser for the Food Pantry Foundation of Stoughton, while letting interested residents experience Dim Sum.  Nearly 60 local business men and women flocked to Chinatown on Monday, August 5th for an all-you-can-eat buffet. Stoughton Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Cynthia Walsh was there, as was former Chairman of that Board, John Stagnone.  Both said they wanted to support the Stoughton Food Pantry and St. Anthony's Free Market.

Everyone enjoyed the food, but the best part of the evening was that many hungry people will get to eat some healthy food from their pantry.  Lisa & William Wong, the evening's hosts (along with their son Henry, the proprietor of Ten-Ichi in Natick), not only donated all the food, but doubled all money collected, with a check for $1100.  Then, the Prone Family Foundation donated another $1000.  So, after all was said and done, over $2100 came into the FPFS to feed the hungry!   This columnist was also surprised and honored with a presentation of a giant cake, inscribed with "You've got your cake, now leave! We will miss you." and a photo of me from Facebook and Twitter. The cake was donated by Stop & Shop in Stoughton.  This, my readers, is what Stoughton is all about.