On a hot day made for car washing, members of the Stoughton High School Girls JV and Varsity Soccer teams participated in a very successful car wash fundraiser last Saturday, September 6th and collected more than $1,700 which eclipsed the previous record that was set in 2012 when more than $1,500 was raised. Special thanks goes out to Walgreens, Michelle and Pat Smith, BJ's Wholesale Club, Coach Gary Muello for supplying the pizza, the Bates' for supplying the tent, Scott Sprague for his endless energy and on-site coordination of the event and all the parents and players that volunteered to make this event such a success. Best of luck to the Girls soccer teams and to all the high school teams this season. GO BLACK KNIGHTS!
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.
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 email@example.com. We send our prayers to Dennis for a full recovery.
ANNE HAVLIN HONORED LAST WEEKEND
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)
COLONEL ALLEN WEST in STOUGHTON:
“BENGHAZI MAKES IRAN-CONTRA LOOK LIKE ROMPER ROOM”
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.
OVER TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS RAISED FOR STOUGHTON FOOD PANTRIES
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.
(photos by Mark Snyder and Danielle Schneider)
STOUGHTON COMES OUT TO HONOR JAKE
The community once again came out in full force to honor Stoughton High 2009 graduate Jake Hoffman, a Stoughton resident who perished in a fire January 21, 2013 while in his senior year at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Frank Faria, who graduated with Jake, organized a fundraiser called Kick It 4 Jake, which was held Sunday at the Stoughton Youth Soccer League fields on West Street. Faria said it turned out beyond his wildest optimistic dreams. “We had 160 participants, and another 150 people come out to watch or help out. It appears that we took in about $9000. We’re going to hold this event every year,” he told About Town.
The tournament raised enough money to provide a scholarship (or two) to a Stoughton High graduating senior soccer player. Everyone that played received a T Shirt and enjoyed a meal at the Sons of Italy Hall.
The event drew a large crowd of Friends of Jake. It also drew his family, who actively participated. His sister Nichole and brother Riordan played on a team that went to the finals. His aunts, uncles and cousins lined the fields.
His parents, Dave and Anne, were so appreciative of the response in their son’s honor.
Anne told me, “People speak about how ugly our downtown is. But, the people of this town are beautiful. This is truly a wonderful community.”
Faria deserves much credit. Single-handedly, he collected enough donations to produce three tables full of raffle items, and a full table of silent auction items. His mom handled the duties of handing out the winning bids. Donna Madoff manned the T Shirt table. Veronica Lopes was selling raffle tickets. Others sold popcorn, and refreshments, which also supported the charity.
The weather cooperated, as well. It seemed like it would rain, but it held off. And, the temperature was cool enough to be comfortable for those who ran around on the soccer field. While Jake was at Stoughton High, he captained the soccer team, and wore number “4”. That number was printed on all the shirts.
Faria wanted to thank all of the sponsors of the Jake Hoffman Memorial Soccer Tournament. They included Kidsports, Town Spa Pizza, North Atlantic Medical, Living the Dream, Apex Auto Body, Vargas & Vargas Insurance, Cromwell Consulting, DMB Painting, Sons of Italy, Jake’s Wayback Burgers, Ruggiero Bros., Maltby Tree Service, Beantown Diner, Wizard Computer Services, Zachary’s Breakfast, Sign-A-Rama of Walpole, Stoughton Pumping, and Piesco Sporting Goods in Easton.
Those who knew Jake Hoffman loved the kid. You couldn’t help but like him. And, the hundreds of people, young and old, who turned out on Sunday were a living monument to a young man whose legacy will be eternal. Now, it is assured, that even more graduates of Stoughton High, will get a check for college, with Jake’s name attached. To a man who did so much for charity while he was here on Earth, he will continue to do so from his perch in Heaven.
One of Jake’s friends from college is organizing a golf tournament to raise funds for a scholarship in his name at Umass Amherst. We’ll let our readers know about that, as soon as the details are ironed out.
BURGER EATING CHAMP
Jake’s Wayback Burgers held a Triple Burger Eating Contest on Saturday, June 15. The burger eatery, located at the corner of Washington Street and Central Streets, was trying to drum up a little publicity, according to owner Amantino Lopes. Six entrants competed for the prize of an Ipad Mini. Ryan Coughlin, Austin Barbosa, Andrew Trainer, Joshua Barbour, Dalia Lopes, and Craig Beaulieu.
After some ferocious acts of carnivorous activities, the winner emerged----Austin Barbosa! He took home the Apple gadget, and a belly full of beef.
(top photo: Mark Snyder
bottom photos, including Champion Barbosa, by Terry Schneider)
CIVIL WAR COMES BACK TO STOUGHTON
Following the success of last year's Civil War event in Stoughton, which was part of the 2012 Stoughton Reads Together program, the Town of Stoughton held its Second Civil War Remembrance & Parade last Saturday, June 15.
It took place from noon to 4 p.m. at various downtown locations, including the Stoughton Train Station, Faxon Veterans Memorial Park (on Rt. 27 Park Street across from the Library) and the Stoughton Historical Society building (in Stoughton Center at 6 Park Street.).
It commemorated the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, with a parade, reenactments, camp, drills, and bayonet and cooking demonstrations. The Massachusetts 12th Volunteer Regiment, the Norwood Union Brigade, and the U.S. Sanitation Commission were all featured.
The fun started at noon at the Stoughton Train Station, where guests gathered for a reenactment of the presentation of the flag to the 12th Mass. Regiment by Mr. S.C. Phinney (played by David Allen Lambert) in 1861.
At 12:30 p.m., they had a Parade to Faxon Veterans Memorial Park, led by President Lincoln (Bob Grover), Mary Todd Lincoln (Denise Locchiatto), Norwood Union Brigade, U.S. Sanitation Commission, and the 12th Massachusetts Volunteer Re-enactors.
At 1 p.m. (running through 4 p.m.) the Stoughton Historical Society opened their Civil War Display to the public. The U.S. Sanitation Commission displayed period clothing, and discussed health and safety concerns of the day.
Also at 1 p.m, at Faxon Veterans Memorial Park, they posted colors, had a dress parade, and President Lincoln addressed the troops, followed by bayonet and firing drills, camp life and cooking demonstrations by local reenactors of the Massachusetts 12th Volunteer Regiment, led by Sgt. Mark Nickerson.
From 1:45-2:15 p.m. at the Charles Large Gazebo at Faxon Park, Dwight MacKerron of the Historical Society discussed excerpts from the Civil War Journals of Alfred Edward Waldo and Charles Eaton, describing what these two young Stoughton men endured exactly 150 years ago at Port Hudson and Vicksburg, as part of the Union campaigns to control the entire Mississippi River.
The short Eaton journal, which was recently published by the Stoughton Historical Society, describes the 18-year-old’s service, including his capture, surrounded by the bodies of dead comrades, beneath the walls of the fort at Port Hudson on June 13, 1863.
From 2:15-2:45 p.m. inside the Gazebo at Faxon Park, the Old Stoughton Music Society sang songs of the time, under the direction of Renee LeBlanc. Many of the tunes were familiar to the crowd, like "Grand old Flag."
At 3 p.m., also in the Gazebo, President Abraham Lincoln read the Emancipation Proclamation, and then Mark Nickerson read the Honor Roll of Stoughton Civil War Veterans.
The day’s program of events was sponsored by the Stoughton Community Events Committee, Stoughton Historical Society, Stoughton Public Library, and Support Our Library Association (SOLA).
Story and Photos by Mark Snyder
Mark Steyn Wows Them at Ahavath Torah Congregation
Author and Human Rights Activist
The parking lot was full and cars were lined up and down Central Street Wednesday night at Ahavath Torah Congregation to see a man who has written international best-sellers and is a regular substitute host for Rush Limbaugh. Mark Steyn packed them in and did not disappoint with his talk, "My Dagestani Brother's Keeper: Jihad, Welfare and the Western Death Wish."
Rabbi Jonathan Hausman spoke first, saying, "People like Mark Steyn are doing their best to protect the freedom we enjoy in this country." Hausman, who said he was a co-founder of Z Street, mentioned that particularJewish organization is the first 401(C)3 to sue the IRS over their recent scandal. Conservative, Tea Party and Pro-Israel organizations were targeted by the IRS, and their applications for non-profit status were held up. Hausman said that the trial is scheduled for early July. Hausman also revealed that Colonel Allen West would be speaking at the Temple in mid-August as another in an amazing series in the Hausman Memorial Speakers Series Presentations. Hausman thenintroduced talk show host Michael Graham, who can be heard on the New England Radio Network, including locally on 1460 am out of Brockton, from noon to 3 p.m.
Graham said that one of the reasons why the IRS scandal has become such a big issue in America is that "the left thought no one would stand up and fight." He added, "I'm an apocalyptic optimist. Steyn is an apocalyptic pessimist."
Steyn came on strong from his opening words: "Some of the wimpiest guys I have ever met are Rabbis in Canada, the United Kingdom, France and all over Europe. Not Rabbi Hausman. When the FBI told him to stop some of these kinds of talks, he refused. He should. The right of free speech should trump the worry of people offended by it. For every FBI agent who knocks on doors, there are thousands who fear that knock. In Britain, Muslims slaughtered a soldier and the British government acted by arresting people for offensive Tweets."
Steyn then took aim at President Obama, saying, "He claimed his religious belief is that he's his brother's keeper. Of course, his brother is living in Kenya on 12 dollars a year. You'd think he could drop a twenty on the guy and let him live it up."
Steyn then spoke about the Boston Marathon bombings, something close to home for all those attending. "Everything changed for all the bombing victims because a Dagestani family came to Cambridge." He added further, "You can predict how a Muslim will apply to their host country. His western friends will be stunned because he was a nice guy. They will ask what could have motivated him. NY Mayor Bloomberg thought the Times Square bomber was having a problem with health care. Turns out, Faisal Shahzad was the first sub prime mortgage jihadist." And, America's Homeland Security Director, 'Janet Incompetento' said all jihardists are lone wolves." (Anything so they can still continue to maintain that Al-Quida is defeated, even terming a terrorist shooting "workplace violence" in the case of Ft. Hood.)
Added Steyn, "Most countries have one anti-terrorism task force. The USA has two that pay absolutely no attention to actual jihardists. They are alerted and ignore the alerts. These terrorists are known to the FBI and MI-6 in the UK. Imagine the ones they don't know! The MA government vetoed disallowing welfare money to be spent for tattoos and strippers. It appears they instead pay bombers for terrorism with their welfare. The killers in England were on welfare in London. The EBT card is really an EJ(ihad)T card. All the stories are different, but they are the same."
He continued, "Europe is being overwhelmed by immigrants collecting welfare. Two of three French Imams are on the dole. Imagine if 70% of Rabbis were on welfare in the USA? One delusion follows another."
"1 in 10 men under 21 in England are Muslims. Due to higher birth rates, Muslims will catch up in 2 generations. That's without immigration. This is not a gradual shift, but the most massive shift in history. A majority of Austrians will be Muslims by the end of the century," he added. He spoke about the changes because of this shift. "People change their opinions fast. Female Genital Mutilation is designed to block women's sexual pleasure. The American pediatric group came out against it in 1998. In 2010, because of political pressure from Muslim groups, they softened their stance to call it Female Genital Cuts, so as not to offend."
He warned of what has happened in Europe and is heading to American shores: "From Jews to gays to women--keep your head down and covered. It is not safe for a Jew to walk around in the city in France with anything identifying them as such. They are mercilessly beaten."
Steyn spoke of the security system in the USA. As a European from a friendly country (England), Steyn must fill out the standard form every time he comes to this country. Here's how he describes this form: "Dumb questions are asked by immigration every time I come here. These are the REAL questions. It's not a joke. Oh, well, it's not supposed to be. The first question is: Do you have Syphilis, Gonorrhea or Leprosy? The second question is: Do you have a mental disorder? The third: Are you seeking entry to engage in criminal and immoral behavior? And, the final two part question: Have you ever been or are you now involved in espionage, terrorism or genocide? Were you involved with Nazi Germany or its allies?" After telling the crowd that he can't imagine anyone answering "yes" to any of the questions, he wondered aloud if there was a facility (perhaps next to the IRS building in Ohio) with millions of forms piled up with all 'no's' on them. He said, "Why can't they ask questions that matter? What benefit was it to the USA to take in this Dagestani family? Successful terrorists don't hijack planes, they hijack debate. The U.S. and Great Britain are fighting a War on Terror. But, our leaders sound like battered wives. Islam shall dominate and everyone else must submit. We need to fight ideologically or we wlll surely lose."
Ahavath Torah Congregation is hosting another leading international human rights activist on June 17, starting at 7:30 p.m. Elisabeth Sabaditsch Wolff will present "Death Can Be Silent--The Present State of Free Speech in the U.S., Europe and Beyond."
Wolff is an Austrian human rights and anti-jihad activist, who was charged (and convicted) of "hate speech" for her statements on Islam, particularly their marriages of children.
Steyn, Rabbi Hausman, Graham and Snyder
MEMORIAL DAY FESTIVITIES--A SMASH HIT!
Despite the wet weather on Saturday and Sunday, Memorial Day weekend ceremonies in Stoughton went off without a hitch. The moisture didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of residents paying respect to those who gave their lives in service to their country. In fact, Stoughton's Veterans Agent, Mike Pazyra, told Snyder's Stoughton that the turnout on Saturday, May 25, for the Re-Flagging of Veteran’s Graves, was the largest turnout in all his years in Stoughton . Hundreds of youngsters--many Boy and Girl Scouts--and their parents took part in the effort to retrieve tattered flags from the graves of our deceased veterans. Children and adults handed Pazyra the old flags, and placed new flags on all the veteran’s graves at Holy Sepulcher and Evergreen Cemeteries. The old flags were properly disposed of by the DPW. It was an amazing sight to see (be sure to view my photos in the Gallery). “The veterans and myself were humbled by all the children there,” Pazyra told me, “All the children had smiles. Everything clicked that day. I’m very appreciative of the parents who have instilled this interest and appreciation of veterans in their children.” Volunteers met at 10 a.m. at VFW Post 1646 on Saturday morning, and were assigned locations. They all came back to the VFW after placing the flags, for donuts and coffee.
The Memorial Day Parade stepped off right on time, Monday, May 27-- at 9 a.m. sharp-- from the Department of Public Works building on Central Street. The route took it down Central Street, across Route 138 ( Washington Street) to Holy Sepulcher Cemetery for two ceremonies. From there, the parade went to the Pearl Street Cemetery for another ceremony there. The parade proceeded to Town Hall (at Pearl Street and Porter Streets) where Pazyra hosted a ceremony that drew a large throng of people. The Stoughton High School band was featured, performing the National Anthem, while the San Johns Filarmonica also played a tune. The ceremony at Town Hall included a wreath laying at the Memorial Bell, as well as a touching tribute to all Stoughton residents who have been lost in our country's wars. The bell is rung for each Stoughton veteran who gave his life for his country. The ceremony at Town Hall marked the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, and a quartet of Korean War vets were honored. Rabbi Jonathan Hausman of Ahavath Torah Congregation gave the invocation. Pazyra introduced National Guard 2 nd Lt. Alison Turner, who is the first female officer in the history of the VFW Post 1645. The recent graduate of MA General School of Nursing, was recently elected Jr. Vice Commander at the VFW. Pazra also introduced Sgt. Major Jim Kelly, President of Military Friends. Selectwoman Cynthia Walsh lauded the residents of the town for their great support of the town’s veterans. She spoke of the Town of Beverly, which canceled their Memorial Day Parade because of “a lack of veterans.” She thought that was a lame excuse and pledged, “There will always be a Memorial Day in Stoughton.”
The Parade attracted hundreds of participants, and what appeared to be nearly a thousand spectators down the entire route, and many hundreds at Town Hall. Featured were the VFW Firing Detail and Color Guard, The Civil War Re-enactors veteran's groups, the Stoughton Police and Fire Department, Norfolk County Sheriff’s Department, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other civic groups. Added Pazyra, “I was happy with the participation of town officials especially from the police and fire.”
After the event at Town Hall, the Parade re-formed and moved down Park Street to Faxon Park. Selectman Bob O’Regan gave a speech where he tried to motivate residents to get involved. “Did you vote in the primary and local elections? Will you vote June 25 th for the Senate seat? Take two minutes out of your day and vote.”
School Committee member Dr. Erdem Ural joined Staff Sgt. Jim Kelly and former Veterans Agent Paul Flynn in laying memorial wreaths. The Stoughton High Band also played at Faxon.
The Parade then moved to Evergreen Cemetery, where the SHS band played, and the highlight was Town Moderator Howard Hansen reading the Gettysburg Address, while presenting a copy to the youngest Cub Scout in the crowd, Neil William Gibbons. There were two ceremonies, at the GAR lot and the American Legion Burial Site there.
The official dedication of the new flagpole at the American Legion Burial Site at Evergreen Cemetery was held Monday, at just before noon. Presentations were made to the volunteers that made the largest flagpole in Stoughton possible. Among those honored were: Erica Bucaira, Robert Maltby of Maltby & Co., DPW Superintendent John Batchelder, and representatives of the Evergreen Cemetery Association. A special award was given to Joe Fustolo. The flag pole was dedicated to all U.S. Veterans for their service to God and their country.
There were two Memorial Square Dedications this year, which followed the collation at the VFW. At 1 p.m., the intersection of Pleasant Street and Lincoln Street was dedicated to John O’Hare. He was in the Army in WWII. Adds Pazyra, “He wrote about youth sports for twenty years in this town. I guess you could say he was the Snyder’s Stoughton of his day.”
At 1:45 p.m., the intersection of Park Street and Belmont Avenue was dedicated to Vincent Healy. He was in the Navy during WWI, and was instrumental in the addition to the VFW building. The main hall there is named after him, and has a plaque on the wall. He was involved in that Post for decades, and helped in other veteran causes, according to Pazyra. Bill Shields, a reporter from WBZ TV 4, spoke to WW II vet Leo Foster, and interviewed the Healy family on their 6 p.m. report Monday night, which had Selectman Bob O’Regan featured prominently, reading the proclamation from the Board of Selectmen.
I don’t know how he does it, but it was another extremely successful Memorial Day weekend of celebration and honors pulled off by Pazyra. Give that man a raise!
The Joseph Elementary Gibbons School Annual Fair, which was held last Saturday, April 6, was a huge success. Gibbons School principal Lynne Jardin was a smart woman. She just allowed David “Spanky” Sousa do his thing at getting people together and making things happen in a loud and entertaining way!
The Fair turned out to be a lot of fun for all ages.DJ Gil "33" Valadao played patriotic music outside all day with a grand salute to the flag at close of the Fair. The pie eating contest was very competitive, Army vs. the Navy and Mr. Cancellieri vs. Spanky (we won’t publicize who won); moonwalks, professional temporary tattoos, hair wraps, lots of arts and crafts, many games, raffles, and a very successful book fair.The Red Sox sent Wally the Green Monster and Big League Brian to come and have fun with the kids, and mascots from other places.
Spanky told Snyder's Stoughton he wanted to thank the entire community for the support with their donations of cash, food and drink products, mascots, prizes for the raffle tables, moonwalks, and all the volunteers from friends to family members to parents of the Gibbons' children. Sousa added, "None of this would be possible without everyone working as a whole for the common goal of raising funds for the kids to be able to enjoy their academics and enrichment of life in elementary school. I am most grateful to the Navy, Marines, US Army, Randolph Police, Quincy Police Dive Team, State Police, Norfolk County Sheriff, Metro SWAT Team, State Police Marina Division, for coming with their men and apparatus.The Stoughton Fire and Police Department always hold a special place in my heart for their tireless support of the community.They had to service not only the Gibbons School Fair but also the Dawe School Fair, which unfortunately turned out to be on the same day at the same time. I'd also thank the DPW."
A highlight of both Fairs was, of course, the Stoughton Patch Photo Booth, manned by Editor Jeff Pickette and Columnist Christine Iacobucci. Check and see if your family is in the Gallery!
Sousa, a member of the Stoughton Community Events Committee said, "I feel very blessed to live in a great community that always comes together to help and support each other."
(Top photo Army Sgt. Steven Spur, PFC Andrew Sardgood, SFC Mark Harrop, PFC Alton Stennett.
Next photo: Maxx Training Center Coach Mike Varner teaches interested students.
Metro Swat Team, Norfolk County Sheriff Command Center
Pie Eating Contest & Quincy Police Dive Team Officers Stephen DesRoche, Mike Foley, and Ken Woods.
A REAL ESTATE ROAST!
(Watch it on TV! Comcast Channel 9/Verizon Channel 28:
The Stoughton Chamber of Commerce roasted real estate legend Fred Yaitanes on Saturday night at the Portuguese National Club. Fred, along with his lovely bride Nadine Israel, owns the Fred & Nadine Realtor Team of Stoughton, which runs out of the Keller Williams in Easton. Unfortunately, Nadine is recovering from back surgery and was unable to make the event. But, a number of roasters stepped to the podium to gently scorch the Stoughton Chamber and SOLA Board member.
Emcee Mark Snyder, Snyder's Stoughton columnist, said, "We're gathered here tonight to honor a true legend in the field of real estate, a man who changed the way to sell homes. A man whose marketing genius resulted in him becoming a household name. Unfortunately, Jack Conway died, and we're forced to honor Fred."
His cousin, Stoughton landscaper Phil Yaitanes commented on Fred's frugality, his "metrosexual" habits, and his rugged good looks. Former Stoughton resident Jerry Cibley came up twice--with his own brand of bawdy insults, and to read a letter from a friend of Fred's who couldn't attend. Computer Consultant Errol Dickey, who worked real estate at a competing office thirty years ago, got in a few light zings. Little Theatre of Stoughton President Jan Jones, ever the actress, used her hiccupping "drunken" act to elicit a few laughs from the crowd. Linda Werman of Old Colony Hospice, surprised herself when she extracted giggles from the audience.
Perhaps the most telling speaker was Larry Myatt, a friend of Fred's for 40 years. His stories about Fred, from the wild college years to the crazy 30's, was eye-opening, and quite hilarious! Fred, you wild man! Mark Hausammann got dressed up in a tux for some Oscar Awards humor. Fred is very much into the movies (and, of course, "Banshee" on Cinemax, which his son Greg produces and directs.) Terry Schneider, executive director of the Chamber, read a letter from Dori Frankel, who was on vacation.
Kudos to Joanne Schneider, who made a number of calls to help sell tickets and took the photos here; to Chris Zienko, for provided the music; to Charlie Verge of the Food Pantry Foundation of Stoughton who donated his 50-50 cash raffle prize back, and allowed the Anne Havlin Memorial Fund to garner $380; and to Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt in Cobbs Corner, who provided yogurt and toppings to the hungry crowd. A fun time was had by all!
(photos by Joanne Schneider)
OPERATION KIDS SAFE A BIG SUCCESS!
Kiddie Academy of Stoughton held an Operation KidSafe Child Safety event on Saturday, March 2, and dozens of families came by to enjoy the festivities. The Stoughton Police and Fire Department were on hand, with goodies for the kids. Operation KidSafe took photos and fingerprints of the children using a sophisticated video capture device. Each parent was given a quality 8.5 x 11 printout which can instantly aid the police in case of an emergency.
There was a room of interesting vendors, some twenty in all (some we have pictured.) They included Operation KidSafe, Stoughton Fire Department, Alright Dental, CareCentral Urgent Care, MassBike, American Cancer Society: Team Bandit Busters, Christine Do of Keller Williams Realty; Jim Vlahos with Rodan and Fields Dermatology Products; J.F. Trocki Landscaping, Joe Pomfret and Julie Pomfret of Lauzon Mixed Martial Arts; Tim Nguyen of Organo Gold, Elissa Gordon of Paperly; Annie Factor of Annie Bananie; Creative Playthings of Easton; Dirt Dawg Sports and
Susan Bunker of Discovery Toys.
Curious George was there to greet the kids, and everyone was entertained by magician Bryan Lizotte. There was face painting, arts & crafts, and free refreshments, as well. The kids had a wonderful time, and the parent's came away with a little peace of mind for the future.
David Rudnick, owner of the early education center, told Snyder's Stoughton, "I was really pleased with the turnout. We had 165 children fingerprinted. The weather cooperated and the kids had a blast."
(Photos by Mark Snyder. Top left: Curious George & Chrissy Corcoran, Ass't Director of Kiddie Academy of Stoughton. Top right: Brent and Katie Martin after her face painting. Middle Right, Dirt Dawgs Lindsey and Ryan Jasmin. Near bottom on left, Magician Bryan Lizotte. To his right, Wayne from Operation KidSafe. )
DON'T MISS MURDER AT THE LIBRARY!
Murder at the Library
A mystery theatre presentation at a sold out Town Hall earlier last month is now available on DVD and on local cable TV. Murder at the Library, directed by Fred Yaitanes and Jan Jones , featured a cast of familiar faces around town: Police Chief Paul Shastany, Redevelopment Authority Chairman and insurance executive Carlos Vargas ; Hansen School Principal Faye Polillio ; Selectwoman Cynthia Walsh, Library Director Pat Basler, Town Clerk’s Secretary Stephanie Carrara , Attorney and Open Space Committee Chairman John Morton (you won’t recognize him), and Mark Snyder, Stoughton Journal columnist and national radio host. The murder mystery presentation benefited SOLA (Support Our Library Association) in support of programs at Stoughton Public Library. Steve Innis and Stoughton Media Access (SMAC) recorded the performance and will air it on the SMAC Public Access channel on 2/22 at 3:30 p.m., 2/23 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and 2/24 at 9 p.m.
The program is now also available on Video-On-Demand on Stoughton Media Access website www.stoughtontv.com
Click VOD and follow the prompts - Search for "Murder Mystery."
DVD's are available for purchase for $15 dollars, with all proceeds to benefit Support Our Library Association. Call the SMAC studio to order your own copy at 781-341-1708.
(photo by Jeff Pickette of Stoughton Patch)
MASTER PLAN PHASE ONE CLOSING OUT
On Monday evening at the Stoughton Senior Center, the Town of Stoughton’s Master Plan Committee hosted a public meeting to present and receive public comment on the draft vision, goals, and key issues of Phase One of the Town’s new Master Plan. Master Plan Committee Chair Joseph Scardino welcomed the crowd, which filled the large conference room on a cold snowy night. He said, “Thanks for coming despite the weather. It’s nice to see everyone getting involved with the Master Plan Committee.” He then introduced Sue Brown of Brown Walker Planners.
Brown said that the Youth Focus Group listed “people and sports” as the best of what Stoughton has to offer. On their importance list, they prioritized shopping, sports and entertainment venues. What needs to be improved? Overwhelmingly, the youth answered, “The schools.”
The adults who were part of the focus groups said that Stoughton’s location, public transportation, and town services were the best part. They were least satisfied with Stoughton Center and the lack of town planning. They said what was most needed in town was active and passive recreation, and more retail shopping locations. What’s needed the least? More condos and apartments.
The Forum, titled, “Developing a Vision for Stoughton”, is the second of two major public meetings which is part of the planning process to create a town-wide Master Plan. The Plan will identify policies, regulations and initiatives needed to guide future changes in the community. The consultant team, led by Brown Walker Planners, in conjunction with the Master Plan Committee, has engaged the community residents and business owners in a series of stakeholders interviews, public meetings, and an online survey.
The completion of Phase One of the Master Plan will result in a Visioning Report that includes an overview of existing conditions within the town, and a shared vision statement that outlines the community’s desired future. Brown ran through the results of the previous meeting, and invited participants to break into smaller groups for discussion on a number of topics.
She was looking for opinions on the “Shared Community Vision”, “Preliminary Goals”, and “Key Issues” that were determined by the previous community meeting.
Among the “Shared Community Visions” were having Stoughton be recognized as an inclusive and resilient community, offering an exceptional quality of life to its residents, businesses and visitors. They looked to a future where the Town provided public services and facilities that assure a clean, healthy and safe community; a school system with state-of-the-art facilities, a strong curriculum and exceptional educators; A Stoughton Center that is the municipal, social and cultural heart of the Town; and greater use of public transportation, an extensive network of sidewalks, trails, bike lanes, and re-configured streets that better serve drivers, riders and walkers.
They also pictured a future of “Stoughton’s landscaping contributing to its suburban character with a mosaic of natural systems that include open fields, ponds, wetlands, waterways, forests and street trees”; Preserving the Town’s historic buildings and landscapes to provide space for municipal , cultural, recreational and educational programs; Attractive and active business corridors and centers that will provide an array of activity centers, services, jobs, and tax revenues; Neighborhoods that are distinct, yet unified, with varying housing styles, lot sizes, and settlement patterns that serve a diversity of residents; and above all, Stoughton’s sense of community is the Town’s defining quality.
Preliminary goals that were explored included “Suburban Character and Natural Resources”, “Historic Resources”, “Transportation and Circulation”, “Town Center”, “Neighborhoods”, “Economic Development”, “Education”, “Public Service, Facilities and Infrastructure”, “Energy & Sustainability”, and “Community.”
Among the Key Issues, participants overwhelmingly placed the Town’s Image, the Downtown Center, and the Schools at the top of the list. Economic Development, Public Safety, and “Livability” followed closely behind.
Scardino said the next step is looking for a consultant for Phase Two, with an emphasis on economic development. Brown said she planned to print out all the feedback, and send it as a report to the Master Plan Committee, who would then present it to the community on the Town Website.
Faces in the Crowd included School Committee members Chair Deb Sovinee, Vice Chair and candidate for re-election Joyce Husseini, George Dolinsky and Dr. Erdem Ural. Also in the crowd were Pat McNeil, Carol Brown and Debra Cote, who are all running for school committee. Selectmen Cynthia Walsh and John Anzivino were there. The Stoughton Chamber was represented by Chris Petrie and Terry Schneider. Stoughton Library Director Pat Basler and Karen Hall, Director of the Youth Commission and Council on Aging were also present.
Crowd Included Library Director Pat Basler & School Committee Vice Chair Joyce Husseini (left photo) and Peter Buckley, Jennifer Comeau, and School Committee candidate Debra Cote (right photo)
School Committee candidates Carol Brown (left) and Pat McNeil (right) were there.
Story and Photos by Mark Snyder
Downtown Stoughton Business Owners Breakfast Held
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) sponsored a breakfast for downtown business owners, town officials, and interested parties on Friday, January 25 at the Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton. Emily Torres-Cullinane, the Community Liaison for MAPC said, "This is really a time for people to meet. I really enjoyed my walk in downtown Stoughton. Everyone was so friendly! Of particular interest to me was the large percentage of female-owned businesses. I'd estimate half of the owners I met were women. That's a good thing!" Stoughton Town Planner Noreen O'Toole said that "We're here to get to know each other. We are looking to determine the needs of the downtown business owners. This is really a mini-visioning exercise of examining ideas for the downtown."
Marc Racicot of Stoughton, who runs the Land Use Planning Department for MAPC, was also on hand. He's the Chief Planner for our area. Stoughton's new Procurement Officer, Maureen Doherty, offered to help businesses navigate the bidding process for the town, and some free consultation for the State process, as well.
The breakfast was funded from the State money, provided towards mitigation of the South Coast Rail, the two billion dollar collosal waste of taxpayer money to extend the Stoughton Rail to New Bedford & Fall River. (As I've written before, and will write again, it would be cheaper to send every Fall River/New Bedford commuter to Boston in a limo, stocked with champagne and caviar that it is for this unneeded hit on our wallets and our environment.)
Faces In the Crowd: Spotted among the dozens of attendees were Stoughton Police Chief & Actor Paul Shastany; Fire Chief and Beach Hero Mark Dolloff; Planning Board Chairman Joe Scardino; Redevelopment Chair and Vice Chair Carlos Vargas and Forrest Lindwall; Library Director and Actress Pat Basler; Selectman and Actress Cynthia Walsh; and Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Director Terry Schneider.
The Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton hosted Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and a number of Elves on Saturday, December 15. Santa, who said his sleigh was getting worked on ("they are also putting new hooves on the reindeer."), came in Engine One of the Stoughton Fire Department. A huge crowd was gathered to see Santa, get on his and Mrs. Claus' knees and give them their wishes. Then, everyone went downstairs and had a pancake breakfast with Santa. There was also a fun hayride from Pine Meadow Farm in Canton. Peter Pineo was the driver.
It was a beautiful event, lifting spirits of so many people that had been shocked and saddened by the events in an elementary school the day before in Connecticut. As Ellen Greene, Associate Director of the Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton tells Snyder's Stoughton, "It was a fun event for our children. People were there to enjoy each other and families could enjoy a relaxed weekend event. We're lucky to have a Y that does these types of events that can help bring families together." Yes, we are!
Photos by Mark Snyder
JINGLE JOG A SUCCESS!
A couple of dozen people jogged a mile to ring in hope and support for a Stoughton woman battling cancer. On Saturday, December 15, the jog was held at the West School Athletic Complex. Bells were given to each participant, so they jingled while they jogged! There were raffles (Snyder's Stoughton actual won!), kids played on the playground, hot chocolate, coffee, and donuts (I partook) were served. The walk for Erica Ebner, a 28 year old long time Stoughton resident, who was recently diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, raised close to $1700. After months of chemotherapy, surgeries and a hopeful outlook, Erica and her friends were saddened to find the treatments didn't work and the cancer has spread. She has a tough road ahead as she prepares for a much needed Stem Cell Transplant. Erica is strong and has a wonderful positive spirit.
She is ready to continue to fight her cancer and needs our help! One of Erica's best friends, Suzanne Legros, a co-organizer of the event, tearfully updated the crowd on Erica's progress. "She just completed her final round of chemo. She is preparing for a stem cell transplant in January.
Erica Remy, the other co-organizer, told Snyder's Stoughton that over $2500 was raised. "The Prone Family Foundation gave us a check for $1000. I can't tell you how amazing that made us all feel. It helped to make the event a big success for Erica." She also thanked Dunkin' Donuts, Sears, Club Ten X, Inej Salon, Old Colony YMCA, Cheng Du, Arbonne, Tastefully Simple, Scentsy, Touchstone, Flowers by Ami, Shaw's Supermarket, Stop & Shop, and Avon products. Remy added, "Our goal just for this event was $1000 and our total made was over $2500 including the Prone Family Foundation gift! Overall great day, Erica said she could feel the positive spirits that gathered for her!" Also, Remy thanked Mary Coulter-Bennett of Old COlony YMCA for helping to stretch the runners before the jog.
If you couldn't participate in the walk, you can still help Erica win her battle. Donations may be made online at www.youcaring.com (just use keyword: Ebner Family Event.) You can also mail your donation to: Rockland Trust, 608 Washington Street, Stoughton MA 02072. Make checks payable to: Ebner Family Event. Any amount is greatly appreciated!If you have questions or have an item to donate to our raffle please contact: Erica Remy, Committee Chair, at 339-206-7641 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Suzanne Legros, Committee Chair, at 781-975-2152 or email Seb8139@yahoo.com.
TOYS FOR TOTS ANNUAL EVENT
The Capozzoli family had their Annual Toys for Tots Event Friday, December 14, at the Village Pub, 1272 Washington Street on Rt. 138. They collected a couple of truckloads of unwrapped, non-violent toys that will be heading to the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program. The Capozzoli's made it a real special occasion, as they always do! They served an amazing home-cooked buffet, featuring turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, ham, gravy, meatballs, salad, and two varietys of wings. There were also raffle prizes for their guests, to generate funds for even more toys for Toys for Tots. Jerry, Pauline, Nicole and their family and friends buy all the food, and wserve it all. As always, it was a fun time for all. If you couldn't make it Friday night, you can drop off your Toys for Tot gifts at C&J Auto Body and The Village Pub, anytime they are open. The Pub opens at 4 p.m.
(photos and story by Mark Snyder)
Other drop-off locations in Stoughton include Tom's Auto Body at 233 Canton Street; Eastern Bank at Walgreen's Plaza; and Vargas & Vargas Insurance at 4 Cabot Place, Unit # 9
COLLECTING FOR VETERANS
Please don't forget the brave veterans during the holiday season. The Pietro family has partnered with the Town of Stoughton Veterans Office and The Last Shot in creating a drive for our Active Military and our Veterans in need. Our local Veterans that are overseas are in need of supplies for their care packages! Our Disabled Veterans and Our Veterans that are in Nursing Homes or Rehabs locally are in need of daily living supplies.
Below is a list of some items and daily living supplies for our Veterans:
Fleece Blankets, Slippers
New Socks, New underwear
Daily Hygiene Items
Candy, Gum, Cough Drops
DVD's, CD's, Batteries
Small CD Players
The Town of Stoughton is having a Christmas Party for our local Veterans in nursing homes, the VA Hospital in Brockton, as well as local rehab hospitals, and gives each Veteran a gift. If you have any furniture that you are looking to donate to the Veterans that are just getting out of Rehab and starting over, please contact Betty or Angela at 781-344-2143.
STOUGHTON MAN PRESENTS JWV CHECK TO V.A.
The Sharon Post 7.5, Jewish War Veterans of the United States presented a check for over two thousand dollars to the Brockton Veterans Hospital to be used for patient bedside services. These funds were raised during their three day solicitation just before Veterans Day at the Sharon Shaws supermarket. Accepting on behalf of the VA Boston Healthcare System was Richard C. Leeman, Assistant Chief of Voluntary Service. Funds will be used to provide hospitalized veterans with items such as specialized telephones for those with spinal injuries and various sundry items and services not normally supplied to them by the VA. On behalf of the hospitalized veterans, the post thanks all those in the Sharon community who contributed money during our campaign. The Sharon post conducts these fund campaigns twice each year, during the week prior to Memorial Day and in November just before Veterans Day with 100% of the funds going to assist hospitalized veterans.
In courtesy photo, from left to right: Herbert Shostek, Senior Vice Commander, Richard Leeman, Assistant Chief, Voluntary Service, Commander Jeff Weitzenkorn of Stoughton, and Paul Maltzman, Quartermaster.
CHAMBER DONATES TOYS TO "Y" CHARITIES
The Stoughton Chamber of Commerce donated hundreds of dollars of toys to the Old Colony YMCA's Christmas toy collection for the Family Life Center and David Jon Louison Family Center. Pictured (l to r) are Chamber Board members Fred Yaitanes, Jill O'Keefe, Beth Snell, Mark Snyder, Ellen Greene (Associate Director of the Old Colony YMCA Stoughton branch) , Chris Petrie, Chamber Executive Director Terry Schneider, Mark Leppo and Carlos Vargas.
(Photo by Joanne Schneider)
STOUGHTON RESIDENT NEEDS OUR HELP......
My name is Jean Fox. I am the paternal grandmother of a miracle named Nathan.
On the day he was born, January 24th, 2010, Nathan was already addicted to opiates—a tragic consequence of his mom’s and dad’s addiction to heroin. After two weeks, Nathan was moved out of ICU and I could finally hold him for the first time. I haven’t let go of him since.
But it hasn’t been easy. Three days before Nathan was to be released from the hospital, I received a call from the Department of Children’s Services. Since Nathan’s parents were not fit to care for him, I was told that if I wanted him, I had to immediately petition the court for emergency guardianship. I didn’t have any time to think about it. I didn’t need any. There was no way my grandson was going into foster care. Two hours later, I was granted guardianship and our lives changed forever.Nathan’s condition presented itself with serious health issues throughout his first year: failure to thrive, severe acid reflex, extreme eczema, asthma, heart murmur, immature digestive system, multiple allergies, and a lowered immune system. The first three months required weekly visiting nurses, numerous specialists: gastroenterologist, nutritionist, dermatologist, cardiologist, and Early Intervention Services. As an infant, he suffered tremors that would shake his whole tiny body and all I could do was hold him and pray that they would pass.My grandson has suffered much in his three years. Today, he is asthmatic and has severe food allergies. But beyond his physical issues, there are long-term emotional ones. He has little hope that his parents will ever be able to care for him, or even play a positive part in his life. I’m doing all I can to give him the life every child deserves: a life filled with nurturing, love, and stability.
Caring for Nathan has depleted my small life savings. A year ago I was able to secure a job as a Teacher’s Assistant which allows me the schedule and time to care for Nathan, and provides some money for us to live.
However, the future looks bleak:
• I’m losing my home of twenty-three years in January
• I earn too much to qualify for aide programs or shelters, but not enough to survive
• I can’t pay for Nathan’s childcare
I am trying to raise $30,000, ($24,000 for two years of childcare, $6,000 for getting situated in an apartment and for covering daily necessities, like food and clothing). In two years Nathan will be able to go to school and my salary should be enough for us to live modestly without the cost of childcare.
Nathan and I would be devastated if we had to be separated. But this is a reality I might soon have to face. I saved him from becoming a ward of the state once. I’m prepared to do it again. Please help me keep my grandson and give him a chance at a normal life.
On Sunday, July 15, six motivated Stoughton Public Library employees ran "wild" at the Color Me Rad 5K held at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree. The 5K was a charity run, with proceeds benefiting the Simon Youth Foundation. Runners were pelted with colored cornstarch and paint during the run.
The team, sponsored by The Friends of the Library, was known as the "Stoughton Wild Things". Named in honor of the Stoughton Public Library's Summer Reading program, Andrea Rounds, Christine Iacobucci, Nicole Barnaby, Brian Meneses, Chinonye Okeke, and Gia Manigat practiced together for several weeks preparing for the run.
Many of the team's members had never run in a race before, and enjoyed participating with friends and colleagues in this colorful introduction to running. So the next time you’re at the Stoughton Public Library keep your eyes peeled for tie-dyed librarians!
(story and photos provided by Pat Basler and Andrea Rounds)
CHAMBER DONATES TOYS TO "Y" CHARITIES
The Stoughton Chamber of Commerce donated hundreds of dollars of toys to the Old Colony YMCA's Christmas toy collection for the Family Life Center and David Jon Louison Family Center. Pictured (l to r) are Chamber Board members Fred Yaitanes, Jill O'Keefe, Beth Snell, Mark Snyder, Ellen Greene (Associate Director of the Old Colony YMCA Stoughton branch) , Chris Petrie, Chamber Executive Director Terry Schneider, Mark Leppo and Carlos Vargas.
(Photo by Joanne Schneider)
CHRISTMAS PARADE ATTRACTS LARGE CROWD
Sunday, December 9, the Annual Stoughton Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Community Events Committee, drew a large gathering into Stoughton Square. Over a hundred people got involved in a trivia game before the parade, an dozens won gift certificates to Papa John's Pizza, The Last Shot, and games provided by PMPNetwork, Inc. That was the fun BEFORE the parade.
At 2 p.m., the first blaring of the sirens could be heard, and with the Stoughton Police Department's motorcycles, cruisers, SUV's,followed by Engine 4 and Ladder Truck 2 from the Stoughton Fire Department, the parade took off. It started at Stoughton High, went down Pearl Street, and turned onto Washington Street, where I was calling the action from the reviewing stand. Jeff Connors of Audio PA Systems in Stoughton, provided the sound, to allow everyone to hear the play-by-play anywhere in the vicinity.
Selectman Chairman John Stagnone marched with School Committee Chair Deb Sovinee, Vice Chair Joyce Husseini (pictured above) and SC member Dr. Erdem Ural. All the School Committee members were festooned in beautiful orange and black knitted hats made by Husseini. Selectmen Vice Chair Cynthia Walsh rode in a black SUV driven by former selectman John Kowalczyk. They were proceeded by vehicles from Norfolk County Sheriff Michael Bellotti's Department.
The Stoughton High School Marching Band & Color Guard did two Christmas songs, in their inimitable award-winning way. They were followed by beautiful cars, going back to the early 1900's, with the South Shore Model T Club. The Stoughton Girl Scouts (led by Charlotte Mullen) and the Boy Scouts (led by Mark Racicot) were next.
The Stoughton Avon Pop Warner Cheerleaders from STOYAC were next. They were led by Coordinator Christine Woodard and Assistant Coordinator Christine Sheedy. (All cheerleading leaders must be named Christine, by statute.) The "B" Team Cheer squad was still celebrating their 1st Place finish at the Taunton Invitation Tournament and 1st Place in their division at the New England Cheer and Dance Competition at Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. They were also crowned Grand Champions for having the highest score of all Pop Warner teams competing. The "C" Team took 3rd Place in Taunton and in the Hockomock Tournament. The "D's" and "Mites" also performed exceptionally well during their exhibitions, according to Woodard.
The Boston Windjammers marched by playing music, but never stopped to play at the reviewing stand. Neither did the Christmas Marching Unit, the only other band walking by. There were representatives from the Stoughton Post Office, the West Elementary School (unofficial), The DPW, and Ronald McDonald (who didn't stay after the parade to meet and greet.)
Businesses were represented by Giovann Hair Salon, L.A. Express Hair Salon, Elite Fitness & Health, and Studio One Dance.
But, the star of the show was Santa Claus, who rode with two elves in the 1928 fire truck, which once served Stoughton, and now belongs to the Stoughton Historical Society. Former Selectman Joe Mokrisky drove Santa around. Santa, in an exclusive interview, told About Town he prefers his sleigh. "Joe seemed like an OK guy, but his nose doesn't light up. I think I'll stick to Rudolph and the other 7 reindeer. And, the sleigh doesn't use gas. I need to conserve my funds for toys for the kids around the world."
Kudos should go to parade Chairman Joe Mokrisky, who also chairs the Stoughton Community Events Committee. All the Committee's members have worked hard on the parade and the Christmas decorations around town. The Committee includes Vice Chair Bob Desmond, and members Dennis and Carlene Walsh, Heather Genereux, Suzzane Gross, Lynne McCormack, Nancy Patterson, Larise Rubel, Maria Simas, Fran and Kevin Stetson.
(Top photo courtesy Facebook; Bottom photos courtesy Jeff Pickette of Stoughton Patch)
140 business leaders celebrated at the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party Monday night at the Portuguese National Club. There was entertainment by Chris Zienko from Men in Black DJ service. Joanne Schneider, the Chamber's membership director, as always, did a fantastic job putting it all together. There was an incredible array of food, from places ranging from Outback to Chinatown, from Stelio's Pizza to Smokey Bones. The Prone Family Foundation dropped $1500, which considerably boosted the Chamber's coffers. And, Bonnie Policow of the SCC led a collection of new pajamas to be donated to a campaign coordinated by Orange Leaf in Canton. Her hard work paid off in more than 60 pairs of new pajamas donated by business men and women who attended. The night featured a live auction, silent auction, raffles, dancing---and of course, that amazing food. It was my pleasure to host the event. It is my last event as Vice Chairman, which I have served since 2005. Beth Snell of Randolph Savings Bank takes over as Vice Chairman in January.
Photos by Danielle Schneider
SULLIVAN TIRE HANDS OUT WREATHS & CHRISTMAS CHEER
On Saturday morning, December 1, Sullivan Tire on Route 138 gave out Christmas wreaths (they purchased 300 from Canada), coffee, hot chocolate and bakery items as they celebrated Christmas with their customers, and anyone who came in. They set up in a tent in front of the store, and Tara Guinan and Jessica Coonan were handing out the goodies. Pictured at right are Fernando Cabral, Dan Dimaie, Jonathan Torres, Terry Mallory, Bob Parker, and Store Manager George Nash. Sullivan Tire is a member of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce.
STOUGHTON CENTER GETS SOME HOLIDAY MAGIC
The area around Stoughton Square got a holiday spruce up, courtesy of a few of our hardy and generous citizens. Dennis and Carlene Walsh of the Stoughton Community Events Committee hung all the Chanukah and Christmas banners around the center of town. former Selectman Joe Mokrisky, Janiece Bruce (Director the Stoughton Public Health Dept./VNA), Maria Simas, Brian Daley, Patty Muradian of Stoughton VNA, and Peter Ventresco of the Stoughton FinCom all went out on Saturday, December 1st, in snow and freezing temperatures and hung all the lights and decorations around the trees and bushes in the area. A giant thanks to all! There's also a beautiful big new Christmas tree, festooned with lights, at the intersection of Park Street and Rt. 139, across from Page's II, in the former abandoned playground. This wonderful tree was presented by the Maltby Tree Company in Stoughton. If you haven't seen it yet, it is worth the ride. A job well done by a local business!
Photos by Mark Snyder
ORANGE LEAF OPENS
Orange Leaf, a frozen yogurt shop in the Village at Cobbs Corner in Canton, held a business after hours with members of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Monday night. Owner Gerry Pelissier and General Manager Kevin Lemieux were on hand to welcome visitors. Pelissier, who holds franchise rights for most of eastern Massachusetts, told Snyder's Stoughton he's planning on opening in Wellesley and Natick next. He's also looking at Hingham and Mashpee. Stoughton Chamber Executive Director Terry Schneider and his wife Joanne, the Chamber's membership director gave out coupons for a free yogurt to Chamber members. SCC Chairman Chris Petrie and Vice Chair Mark Snyder were also in the crowd. Current Board member Fred Yaitanes, former Board member Bonnie Policow, and future Board member Carlos Vargas were also on hand.
(Photos and Story by Mark Snyder. Photo at left Carlos Vargas, Joanne Schneider, Bonnie and Lee Policow. Photo at right: Kevin Lemieux, Gerry Pelissier and Carlos Vargas. Bottom courtesy photo l to right Terry Schneider, Bonnie Policow, Chris Petrie, Mark Snyder, Joanne Schneider)
STOUGHTON POLICE DELIVER DONATIONS
TO HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS
The Stoughton Police Department wants to thank the people of Stoughton for their amazing generosity. The trucks were loaded up with donated clothes, supplies, food and drink for the ride to NY to aid the survivors of Hurricane Sandy. A message from the SPD read, "The Stoughton Police Department sends our most sincerest gratitude to those who gave to our donation drive. Due to overcapacity, we can no longer accept donations of any kind. This was just an unbelievable show of support from the people of Stoughton and surrounding communities!" During the Veterans Day weekend, officers of the Stoughton Police Department were in Staten Island in NY, unloading massive Avon Food trucks filled with much-needed clothes, supplies, food and drink, for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. A job well done, SPD!
The Stoughton Police Department in Staten Island. Truck was donated by Avon Foods, owned by Selectman Steve Anastos. (facebook photo)
OLD COLONY YMCA WINS AWARD
The Metro South Chamber of Commerce presented the Old Colony YMCA with an Economic Impact Award yesterday (11/14/12) at the Massasoit Conference Center in Brockton. In photo at right is my photo, "Two Vinnies", featuring Old Colony YMCA CEO Vinnie Marturano and Vinnie Lombardo, CEO of Lombardo's Function Facility in East Boston and Randolph.
(Photos by Mark Snyder)
Stoughton Council on Aging presented
An Appreciation Breakfast
on Friday, November 9 at
Stoughton Senior Center
First Congregational Church of Stoughton United Church of Christ 76 Pierce Street, Stoughton, MA
ANNUAL FALL FAIR
November 10, 2012
Photos (c) 2012 by PMPNetwork, Inc./snydersstoughton.com
by Mark Snyder
Veterans Day Parade
Sunday, November 11, 2012
The Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. sharp from VFW Post 1645 on Washington Street. The parade will proceed through the square to the Stoughton Town Hall via Washington, School and Pearl Streets for a ceremony and wreath laying at the Memorial Bell. The parade will then reform on Pearl Street and proceed back through the square to Faxon Veterans Memorial Park (across from the library near the Charles Large Gazebo) for two ceremonies at the two memorials there. The parade will then proceed down Walnut Street to Washington Street and go back to the VFW for a collation. The entire parade will be approximately one and one-half hours. Come and watch the wonderful results of the hard work of Veteran's Agent Mike Pazyra. It's a day to salute all of the brave men and women who have served in the military to protect this country. Participants in the parade include local veterans, the VFW Color Guard and Firing Detail, the High School Band, the 12th MA Volunteer Infantry, the Police and Fire Departments, Town and State Officials, Scouts and more.
the Holy Sepulcher and Evergreen Cemeteries in Stoughton, volunteers spent the late morning re-flagging the graves of Stoughton's veterans. It is a time-
honored tradition, which is led by Stoughton's Veterans Agent Mike Pazyra. There were a number of families that participated in this wonderful and patriotic thing. Tattered and worn out flags are replaced with new flags. Pazyra had all the needed flags and volunteers, including many girl scouts, who were all happy to cover the cemetery with crisp new red, white and blues, on a clear and chilly morning. Refreshments were served at the VFW Post 1645 (837 Washington Street outside Stoughton Center) after the re-flagging was completed.
(photos by Mark Snyder)
(Top right: Mike Pazyra hands flags to young volunteer. Middle left: Abigail Bagtaz. Middle right: Briget McDonnell, Annalisa, Victor and Andrea Marckmann. Bottom left: Carley Raymond and Paris Elder. Bottom Right: Mike with a group of volunteers.)
FIRST PARISH UNIVERSALIST CHURCH HOLDS FAIR
First Parish Universalist Church, located in Stoughton Center, held their Annual Fall Fair on November 2nd and 3rd. Reverend Jeff worked the book and CD room, and other volunteers manned the main floor and the refreshment tables. A great time was had by all!
(photos by Mark Snyder)
MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE A FUN TIME
Little Theatre of Stoughton hosted a Mystery Dinner Theatre on Saturday night, November 3rd, to benefit the family of Shayla Lutz, who was killed in a pedestrian accident in September on Central Street, in front of the Hansen Elementary School. The LTOS presented "Abduction at the YMCA" in a full auditorium of the Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton. The play starred Bob DeLuca as Director Cecil B. DePill, and was the story of a director trying to fill an open position in his theatrical production, which is complicated by the audition of his girlfriend (while his wife was out with his best friend), a talented actual actress, and the floozy of a mob boss. Hilarity ensues. The cast also featured Linda D'Amore, A.J. MacQuarrie, Jeanette Champagne, Rich Morton, Kellie McGrath, Rick Johnson, Izzy Johnson, Jill Higgins, Jan Jones, Tom Karnes, and Sarah Flanagan.
The fundraiser was a success due to the hard work of cast members and crew, as well as the kindness of a number of local businesses. It also helped that the Prone Family Foundation dropped $1000 at the event for the Lutz Family Trust. An amazing dinner (with awesome desserts) was served by Peppercorns at the YMCA.
Those donating to the success of the event included Old Colony YMCA (which donated the hall), Green Energy Concepts LLC, Cheng Du, Stoughton Bakery, Gowell's Candy, Hilliard's Candy, Bertucci's, Pub 99, Owen O'Leary's, Signature Style Salon, David Lambert Geneology, Walgreen's, Shaw's Supermarket, Fantastic Sam's, Starbuck's Coffee, Classic Pizza, Stop & Shop, Costco, Milwharf Restaurant, Raddison Hotel in Plymouth, Tranquil Sap, Nantucket Gift Basket, Stoughton Community Events Committee, Kristen and Sam Gift Basket, Andre's Liquors, Ardis Johnson, Tori Heinlein, Rentals Unlimited, and French Memories.
Jan Jones tells me on November 5th that $3000 was donated to the Lutz Family Trust from this event!
(story and photos by Mark Snyder)
Miss the Shayla fundraiser? A trust fund for the Lutz family has been established at the Stoughton Co-Operative Bank. Donations may be made to The Lutz Family Trust at either of the Stoughton Co-Operative Bank's branches on Park Street or mailed to the Lutz Family Trust, c/o Stoughton Co-operative Bank, PO Box 446, Stoughton, MA 02072.
Rock and Blues Night at Ahavath Torah Congregation a Huge Success!
Fans of rock and blues really enjoyed the incredible music that permeated the sold-out room on Saturday, November 3 at Ahavath Torah Congregation. Top-rated Boston Baked Blues, backed by the Full House horns opened up, and played a long and seamless trio of sets that had the crowd dancing, and tapping their toes. Then, Danny Klein, an original member of J. Geils Band, and his group, Full House, rocked the house. They played all of J. Geils hits, and if you closed your eyes, you were there! Rabbi Jonathan Hausman, wearing cautionary earplugs, was right up front rocking to the sounds of both of these fantastic bands. Danny Klein, the one-and-only Ace on Bass for the mighty J. Geils Band, ripped through all the J. Geils songs you know and love with his own band of local heroes, Danny Klein's Full House. Klein and the boys can be found all around the Northeast U.S. at clubs, casinos, festivals, and private parties, rockin' the house to classic tunes like Centerfold, Freeze Frame, Musta Got Lost, Whammer Jammer, First I Look at the Purse... the list goes on and on, and so does the house party! Both bands were supposed to wrap up early, but they jammed together past midnight! The music just kept flowing, from the late 50's to the present. They covered every genre of music. The sold out crowd got up and dances, between tables and chairs, and everyone had an amazing time! Checkout my photos!In addition to Danny Klein on Bass, the Full zhouse band featured Mike Lamm on lead vocals, Stevie G on guitar, Dave Q on keyboards, Rosey Rosenblatt on harp, Peter Hackle on drums, Jon Vanderpool on sax, Dan Rabinowitz on trumpet, and Rihannan Lamb as backup vocalist.
(story and photos by Mark Snyder)
POLICE OFFER A SAFE HALLOWEEN!
The Stoughton Police Department offered a safe Halloween for our children again this year. On Sunday, October 28, a drizzly afternoon prior to Hurricane Sandy's arrival, groups of children met at the Stoughton Police Station ( 26 Rose Street), and head outed for safe trick or treating tours. They visited Town Hall, Maxx Training Center, Honey Dew Donuts, and the Stoughton Fire Department and got some treats, and had some sweet (and wet) fun! Donations were collected for the Stoughton Food Pantry, but there was no cost to the kids or families. Officer Jay Owens came up with the idea a few years ago, and Sgt. Dan McGowan took over this year (because Jay’s wife is expecting a baby shortly.). Last year a freak snowstorm canceled the event. This year, another freak storm put a bid of a damper on the proceedings. When asked what inspired the idea, Owens told Snyder’s Stoughton, “I’ve always been a fan of Halloween. It’s a great holiday for the kids. I wanted to re-invent it so the children had a safe time. Parents are wary of sending their kids knocking on doors of people that they don’t know There is nothing safer than having your children traveling with a police office, and visiting reputable businesses and their local fire department.” I couldn’t agree more! And, from Stoughton Police Executive Officer Robert Devine: "We would like to thank all of the hard working officers and volunteers that made today's Halloween event a huge success. Thanks to Officers Faria, Zbinski, Desousa, Isabel, Gagne, Mellyn, and Pascarelli for giving tours. Mrs. Isabel Lima for being a great greeting witch at town hall. Selectman Walsh for handing out candy at town hall. Honey Dew Donuts, SFD, and Maxx gym for giving us some great stops along the way. Finally, a special thanks to Sgt. McGowan and Officer Owens for coordinating the whole thing. A great time was had by all!"
(Story & Photos by Mark Snyder. Top left, trick or treaters on Rose Street. Top right, Tony Fresina, with his daughters Arianna and Audrey, and Christine Wilbur. Bottom left, Stoughton Police Officer Stewart Mellyn, Officer Jonathan Gagne, and Maxx Training Center owner Mike Varner. Bottom middle, trick or treaters at Maxx Training's Haunted House, and bottom right, Mike Varner moves the chains.)
YMCA PROGRAM EXCELLENCE AWARDS
The program staff at several branches of the Old Colony YMCA in Southern Massachusetts are winners of Program Excellence awards for outstanding new programs of 2012. The recipients impact the lives of many at YMCAs in Stoughton, Brockton, Easton and Middleboro.The winners have each brought to fruition a new break-out class during 2012 to a particularly enthusiastic reception by Y members and have personified excellence in upholding the core values of the Y—caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
OLD COLONY YMCA IN STOUGHTON
Rosangel Aquilar, Group Fitness Instructor, was recognized for her Aqua Zumba class, designed to reflect the Zumba class model but targeted for adults who are encouraged to use water in the their exercise plan. Aqua Zumba offers a healing cardiovascular workout for adults who may struggle in their pursuit of health and well-being. It works to increase flexibility and strength through water resistance while giving participants an opportunity to practice dance moves to Latin rhythms. Paul Baker, Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach, followed up the successful Beginner’s Kettlebell program with the new Intermediate Kettlebell program in response to requests from enthusiastic participants seeking more advanced training. Kettlebell class maximizes the cardiovascular workout by using movement patterns and swinging weights that increase cardiovascular and flexibility benefits.Brian Becquart and Fred Shane, Martial Arts Instructors, built on the Martial Arts Program started 4 years ago at the Y to create this year’s Women’s Self-Defense Class. The program offers women empowerment and increased confidence by developing self-defense skills such as heightened awareness of surroundings, knowledge of body contact points, and practice in defense movements.
Derek Paiva, Health and Wellness Director, was recognized for his creation of the new Y-FIT Kids, a 7-week training program for children mirroring the adult monthly fitness program Y-FIT. The children’s program increases general fitness, improves coordination and functioning, provides cardiovascular and strength training and enhances overall health and wellness.
Hazardous Waste Day a Big Success, As Is Shredding Day!
Saturday, October 20, was a great day for recycling and general cleanup for the people of Stoughton. The Stoughton Health Department, under the leadership of Health Agent James Conlan and the Board of Health, along with the Department of Public Works, presented a Hazardous Waste Day Saturday, and residents brought in their old tires, paint cans, fluorscent lamps, paint thinners, batteries, photo chemicals, TV's, computer screens, syringes and needles, propane cannisters, pool chemicals, aerosol cans, anit-freeze and other hazardous waste to the O'Donnell Middle School, where it was sorted and taken to its final resting place. There was also a prescription drug take back, there as well. That was sponsored by OASIS (Organizing Against Substances in Stoughton) and the Stoughton Police Department (where there is a kiosk in their lobby.) At the same time, Randolph Savings Bank on Pleasant Street sponsored a Shredding Day, and citizens took full advantage. It was finally a time to take our 1978 taxes and safely throw them away, or old receipts from Zayres, Bradlees and Caldors and have them shredded into ticker tape fodder. Randolph Savings also matched donations that day to the Council on Aging, the Stoughton Public Library, and STOYAC (Stoughton Youth Athletic Club.) A nod of the cap to all those who worked so hard on making both events so successful!(Courtesy photos)
AND, THE PANCAKES TASTED GOOD!
The Stoughton Lions Club held a tasty fundraiser on Sunday, October 21st at the VFW in Stoughton Square. Carol Melendy and Bonnie Abrams Biederman served fabulous pancakes, eggs and sausages. There were raffles--for 50/50 cash, an autographed Red Sox championship photo, and even a toaster. King Lion Bob Mullen said he was very happy with the large gathering. "People have been coming in all morning. It's just great to see it, " he told Snyder's Stoughton. The Lions Club charities support sight programs and services, including vision screenings, eye banks and eyeglass recycling. They also help to provide eye care services to those at risk of losing their sight. Many of the volunteers are pictured above, from the pancake breakfast. Left to right in my photo are: Carol Neville, Carol Melendy, Effie Noren, Ed DeFelice, Bonnie Abrams Biederman, Jerry Capozzoli, Chris Gilday, Chris Zienko, John Pires and Bill Harmon.
(story and photos by Mark Snyder)
SERENADERS DELIGHT CROWD AT HISTORICAL SOCIETY BUILDING
The Stoughton Historical Society hosted a concert featuring the Stoughton Senior Serenaders on Sunday, October 11 , and a capacity crowd left in an uplifted mood. Dwight MacKerron served as the emcee for the afternoon musical festivities. Helyn Hall, director of the group, played piano and led the chorus from song to song. Larry Ward was the Director of the concert. Hall told Snyder's Stoughton she was delighted with the loud crowd. She finds it inspiring, saying, "I had a list of dozens of songs, but I could feel what they wanted. We just kept playing what they wanted to hear. It was great." There were solos and duets by 95 year old Albert Pass, Brad Russell, Rosemarie Amadeo, Dottie Burns, Larry Ward, and Jerry & Sylvia Miller (a married couple of 56 years.) After the concert, ice cream sundaes and baked goods were served. A really fun time was had by all!For those of you who are musically inclined, here are some of the tunes sung by this talented group of youngsters at heart: Grand Old Flag, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Give My Regards to Broadway, America the Beautiful, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, Cabaret, Without A Song, I'm Sittin' On Top of the World, Over the Rainbow, When You're Smiling, Don't Fence Me In, Shine on Harvest Moon, Bye Bye Blackbird, Sentimental Journey, Danny Boy, Sweet Caroline, Everybody Loves Somebody, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, I Believe, and 'Til We Meet Again.
95 Year old Albert Pass Brad Russell Dottie Burns
Jerry Miller Heleyn Hall Larry Ward leads
(story and photos by Mark Snyder)
DEMOCRATS HOLD AWARDS DINNER
The Stoughton Democratic Town Committee handed out a number of awards on October 18, at a dinner at Chinatown Restaurant. John Kavin, who co-chaired the event with Donna Smith, was the evening's host. Roberto Soto was vice chair of the event. About 40 people gathered in the restaurant's function room for delicious food, and conversation of how to bring about Democratic victory in November. Obama and Warren shirts were the fashion statement. The most prestigious award of the night, The John Joseph Moakley Lifetime Achievement award went to Steven Fradkin, owner of Wizard of Ads in Canton, and a big cog in the Democratic machine in the State. He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pro-Choice League, as well. "What does this say about my lifetime", he kidded. The Democrat Party Activist award went to Beverly Harris. Harris said, "I'm overwhelmed and humbled. I try to be role model for my grandchildren. I love politics!" Harris has been involved with the Stoughton Democratic Town Committee since 2006. The Al Lipkind Public Service Award went to Allan Mills, a long-time member of the School Committee an d the SDTC. Lipkind was a successful activist for bringing defibrillators to police cars, and town buildings. His last activity was to promote right-to-die efforts, which made the ballot this November. He believed in dying with your dignity intact. He passed away after a long battle with cancer. Mills said that "Al was tireless in pursuing his goals. I really appreciate being a recipient of an award named for Al." The Democratic Town Committee Award went to Steve Wilkinson, who takes care of much of the online work for the SDTC. "I've been so pleased and happy with this organization," he beamed. The Officeholder Award was won by State Senator Brian Joyce. He was attending a fundraiser in Milton and the award was presented to his assistant, Diane Higgins. The Unsung Hero Award was won by Stan Zoll. He was at a Board of Assessors Meeting and will receive the award next month. Those in attendance will be working hard on behalf of President Obama and U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren for the November 6th election.
(Story and Photos by Mark Snyder)
RESIDENTS TACKLE MASTER PLAN & VISION FOR STOUGHTON
Over 100 residents came to contribute their thoughts on a vision for Stoughton's future last night when the Stoughton Master Plan Committee hosted a Public Forum at the Stoughton Senior Center. A light dinner was served and Joe Scardino, Chairman of the Master Plan Committee and the Planning Board, introduced Interim Town Manager Joseph D. Faster, Jr., and then Sue Brown hosted a review of the "Community Snapshot"(compiled by the Town's consultants, her company, Brown Walker Planners). The snapshot provided some very interesting information on our town. Residents are getting older. The median age rose from 39 in 2000 to 43 in 2010. 25% of Stoughton residents are renters. 21% of our population speaks a language other than English as their primary language at home. Median income for households here is $69,945. Income went up over 20% in the last decade. 20% of our population have a college degree, and 10% have a Master's Degree or higher.
41% of all of our land is residential. 29% is municipal or other public or private nonprofit use (includes some open and recreation space.) 12% is commercial, industrial, or mixed use. 18% is agricultural uses or private vacant land. Only 8% of our land (approximately 730 acres) is listed by the Assessor as "developable" or "potentially developable." It is likely some of those sites have development limitations, according to the study. 75% of Stoughton's housing stock is single-family, and 19% is condos. 40% of all multi-unit structures have ten or more units. The average home in Stoughton was worth $243,750 in 2011. That same home was worth $353,750 in 2005, a loss of 31% of value in six years. 11% of Stoughton's housing stock is "affordable", according to State standards. All of Stoughton's property--residential, commercial, industrial and personal, is worth $2,992,811,251. Yes, that's almost three BILLION dollars. Our real estate tax bills are the fourth-lowest in the region.
he crowd be divided into smaller groups for discussion. The small groups later reported back to the total audience, which had diminished as time went on. Many great ideas were talked about, from solving the traffic issues, to remaking the downtown. Most people present agreed that the town needed a new high school, should buy the train station, and should reconfigure the downtown to create a "pedestrian way." There was talk about attracting quality businesses, with high paying jobs, to the area. Stoughton businesses now employ 12,700 people today. Many suggestions were made about traffic congestion, bicyle and pedestrian facilities. Residents in a couple of groups thought that Stoughton has a negative reputation from news reports, and that the school test scores didn't look particularly attractive to outsiders. They had suggested the town start a Public Relations campaign to feature the many positives. Those in attendance thought the people, and the spirit, of the Town were its best features. Sue Brown and Juliet Walker of Brown Walker Planners, and Kien Ho of BETA Group were planning on putting all this information in a digestable form for the Master Plan Committee to share with the public.
The Master Plan Committee is Chaired by Scardino. Vice Chair is Dan Kelly of the Conservation Commission. Other members of the Committee include Selectman Chairman John Stagnone, Forrest Lindwall and Lou Gitto of the Redevelopment Authority, Chris Petrie of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce, and Billy Angelos of the Planning Board. The Master Plan Committee is
A ton of hard work was expended on putting on this event. It was gratifying to see the many new faces who were volunteering for the first time for their town. Hopefully, their enthusiasm level will remain high and they will become an integral part of the town's boards and committees.
being advised by Town Planner Maureen O'Toole, who also helped lead the forum last night. Selectman Chairman John Stagnone was in Norwood, working on the State Theatre project, a key to revitalizing the downtown. Selectman Vice Chair Cynthia Walsh and members Bob O'Regan and John Anzivino were in attendance, in addition to School Committee members Dr. Erdem Ural and Vice Chair Joyce Husseini. Many department heads and other government officials were also in attendance.
Ambassador Yoram Ettinger gave an impassioned talk titled “The US-Iran-Israel Triangle” Friday evening, October 12 th, at an open gathering hosted by Ahavath Torah Congregation in Stoughton. He opened the talk with a reference to the opening lines of Genesis, which will be read this Shabbat (Saturday), and how it can also be interpreted as a covenant of Fire and how in Hebrew The United States is translated as “the lands of the covenant.” In a subsequent talk the Ambassador went on to explain that the word “federal” is based on the Latin foedus which translates as a covenant. He pointed out the shared value systems of the US and Israel and how Israel has been the strongest, most supportive ally of the US in the Middle East since the founding of the state in 1948. Approximately 120 individuals made up of Jews, Christians and other interested individuals were in attendance and gave the Ambassador a standing ovation at the end of the evening.He began the talk by discussing the risks that a nuclear armed Iran would potentially pose to the US, to US interests and to Israel. According to Ettinger, if Iran were to obtain nuclear capability, one of the risks would be to the US need to maintain an open Straits of Hormuz due to the amount of oil that travels through that critical waterway. He also stated that a nuclear armed Iran would cause the US to have much less freedom of action, militarily and diplomatically, in the area, much in the same way that the US actions are now restricted as it pertains to North Korea. He went on to explain that contrary to public perception Israel would not likely be the first target of an Iranian attack due to the massive retaliatory ability of the Israeli military. Ettinger expressed that one of the risks of attack on the US could come via a surrogate acting on Iran’s behalf. As a concern he referred to the deepening military ties between Iran and Venezuela following Hugo Chavez’s assent to power.One of main themes of the night was that “pre-emption” is a moral good and necessity in order to avoid a much larger future "boots on the ground" conflict to remove the Iranian nuclear threat. He also made reference to the Israeli attack on the Iraqi core in 1981 which avoided the need for the US to deal with the threat of a nuclear Iraq in 1991 during the first Gulf War which was caused by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. He indicated that Menachem Begin, then Prime Minister of Israel, was advised by almost all of his military and political advisors that the likelihood of success in the attack was between 0 and none and the risks of the political fallout was vast. Begin decided to proceed anyway because the “cost of Israeli inaction was more dangerous than taking action no matter the outcome.” Ettinger also stated that although Israel was universally condemned at the time of the bombing, including by the Reagan administration, Dick Cheney in 1991, then US Secretary of Defense, acknowledged the debt that the US and the world owed to Israel by its actions of “pre-emption.”The evening ended with the Ambassador taking questions from those in attendance. One of the more interesting questions concerned Israel’s ability to strike Iran if she decided to go it alone. Ambassador Ettinger stated that the Israeli military has many more options that it did in 1981 due to her expansion of naval capabilities as well as other not specified military alliances with some of Iran’s neighbors. Another of the attendees also asked about the relationship between Obama and Netanyahu and could it be repaired should Obama be re-elected in November? Ettinger stated that he did not feel the relationship could be repaired due to the too extreme differences in world views by the two leaders. According to Ettinger, Obama refuses to see the threat of Islamic terrorism and thus creates an unbridgeable gap in positions between the two leaders.
Ambassador Ettinger did his graduate studies at UCLA and undergraduate at UTEP, served as Minister for Congressional Affairs at Israel's Embassy in Washington (with the rank of ambassador), as Israel's Consul General in Houston and as Director of Israel's Government Press Office. He is the editor of Straight From The Jerusalem Cloakroom and Boardroom, newsletters on issues of national security and overseas investments in Israel's high-tech, as well The Ettinger Report.(Article by Mark Kushinsky. Edited by Faye Kushinsky.)
PUMPKIN PATCH FALL FESTIVAL
The South Elementary School held a Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival on Sunday, but the rain put a damper on the event. The horse-drawn hayride, which was sponsored by Kiddie Academy, was canceled. There was a great haunted house, however, that really was very cool. There was also an assourtment of baked goods, burgers, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, cake walk, raffles, silent auctions, kids games and activities, pumpkin decorating, and car seat safety checks. Many vendors also supported the event, with folks like Corrine Fleury of The Pampered Chef, Ellen Greene of the Old Colony YMCA, Jayna Shapiro selling her homemade jewelry, and Jeff Pickette and Christine Iacobbuci manning a Patch Photo Booth. There was a slew of volunteers doing a LOT of work. Hopefully, the South School PTO did well, despite the damp weather. Among those volunteer faces at the South School were singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, and former Selectmen Secretary Sheila Whalen.
(Story and Photos by Mark Snyder)
RUMMAGING FOR A BARGAIN!
Hundreds of people left Ahavath Torah Congregation with bags of clean clothes, bedding, and books from Saturday's Semi-Annual Indoor Yard and Rummage Sale. One woman, who wished to have her name withheld, told me that she looks forward to this event to load up on clothes for her three children. "I'm a single mom and have three young children. These types of events are a God send to me and my family." She was clutching three bags of clothing, and two sets of hands. Another set was latched onto her leg. There seemed to be a steady flow of customers all day. It was a "mitvah", or a gift, for many. And, it was a fundraiser for the Temple, as well. A win-win situation for all!
(Photos and Story by Mark Snyder)
OLD COLONY Y RIDE & OPEN HOUSE
Wet skies and less than 40 riders dampened the effectiveness of a Y Ride for Charity. But, the accompanying Open House was a big success, bringing in many new members, according to Old Colony YMCA Stoughton Branch Associate Director Ellen Greene. In addition to the 38 people who pedaled for fifty miles for the Y, there was also a number of booths outside offering everything from Tupperware to free soft drinks. There was even a moose! Willy the Moose accompanied local author Michael MacCurtain, who was selling his Halloween children's book, "There's a Moose On My Broomstick." The autographed tome was only $8. The Mix 104.1 crew was there handing out goodies from their radio station. Susan Hausman was there for Darkness to Light, an organization that hopes to help prevent sexual abuse of children. Molly Caron, who is the reigning Miss Easton Outstanding Teen for 2012, was there to promote IMPACT, an organization designed to promote awareness of concussions and baseline testing. Eagle Scout-to-be John Stewart-Racicot was there to get interest up in his project--an entrance sign and trail clean up at Glen Echo, Stoughton's newest town property. Stewart-Racicot, from Boy Scout Troop 516, is offering 40-character space on a plaque at the property for donations of $20 or more. Make checks out to Boy Scout Troop 516, and include your 40 character (including spaces) message to: 47 Simpson Street, Stoughton, MA 02017 by November 5. Garrett Lofstrom was handing out samples of Muscle Milk, a high protein drink. Maureen Buckley and Andrew Doucette of Whole Foods in Dedham, handed out fresh fruit, and Conor Good and Andrew Sultzer gave out sample bottles of Hint Water. Also manning booths were Nancy Dayian, Design Consultant for California Closets; Ann Sibson, custom jewelry designer for Bittersweet Jewels in Franklin; Lisa McElman of Pampered Chef; and Judi Eicher and Harvey Smith of Tupperware.
(story and photos by Mark Snyder)
OPEN HOUSE at FREEMAN FIRE STATION
Ali, Mia and Tricia Leassy
Residents of Stoughton got to take tours of the dilapidated Freeman Street Fire Station in downtown on Saturday. Kids got to hang in a fire truck and also got to enjoy free pizza compliments of Papa Gino's in Stoughton. All the children got a plastic fire helmet to bring home. Firemen (and women) are heroes, and even the children get big-eyed when they see the firefighters and EMT's in uniform. For those who did take the tour, they saw pretty sad living conditions. The public bathroom is falling apart from the ground up, as is the bathroom that the firefighters call their own. Many of the walls are falling apart, the roof leaks, there's a hold in the ground where fire trucks are kept, and cement pieces are falling off the roof. In addition to a slice, hopefully citizens who attended also might become more active in advocating for much-needed repairs, or even more importantly---a new public safety facility! Lt. Jim Campbell and Acting Deputy Chief Greg Goldberg handed out the pizza, while Chief Mark Dolloff, his officers, and fire personnel interacted with the crowd, and always wore a smile. I saw selectman Cynthia Walsh in attendance, when I was there. I'm sure other dignitaries arrived after I left. Chief Dolloff reminded visitors that it was Fire Prevention Week and residents should remember when changing their clocks for Daylight Savings, Change the Batteries in your Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: they SAVE LIVES.
Story & Photos by Mark Snyder
Olive Garden Pays Homage to Disabled Vet Volunteers
Eric Watson, himself a disabled veteran, wanted to do something to help recognize the sacrifice of volunteers who donate their time to help disabled veterans. Watson, who came back from serving 13 months for the Army National Guard in Afghanistan in March, is a Manager of Olive Garden in Stoughton. Watson, who suffers from PTSD and heart valve issues from his service to our country, spoke with his General Manager, Steven Brodher, and got approval to hold a dinner for volunteers on October 11. Olive Gareden's parent company has run Disability Mentor Days for volunteers from organizations for the disabled. Volunteers from Stoughton, Randolph, and Weymouth enjoyed the delicious Italian food, and the Olive Garden hospitality. Bernie Planeta, Commander of District 6 of the Amvets, was especially happy to see those who volunteer be recognized. He told About Town, "The sacrifice of so many people's time is very gratifying. The disabled veterans deserve no less." Planeta said that District 6 holds ice cream parties twice a month at the V.A. Hospital in Brockton. Recently, they hosted their Annual Summer Cookout for 100 patients and staff at the Brockton medical facility. Planeta says that his District also buses 40 patients to the Randolph Amvets from the Brockton V.A. Hospital three times each year. "It makes them happy. It gets them out of the hospital and into a community social setting," Planeta said. They also do a big Christmas party every year for fifty patients, and give each of them a holiday gift." Watson said, "It meant the world to me to know that my company supports my decision to honor disabled veterans like myself. Those who step forward to help disabled veterans deserve our gratitude." More volunteers---and monetary donations--are needed to keep up this wonderful work. Donations of time or money are welcome. Contact Mike Pazyra, Stoughton's Veterans Agent, at 781-341-1300 x9220. Pazyra organized this event, as he does the myriad of activities for Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. Volunteers honored included Stoughton residents Cindy Pazyra, Dennis and Joanne Gada, Peter Niosi, and retired Stoughton Deputy Fire Chief Bob Devine. Also honored were Sally Gorman, Beverly LaFleur, Paul Nimeskern, Ray Pike and Floyd Francis (a Randolph Police Officer), all from Randolph; and Patty and Rob Miszkin of Weymouth.
Waitress Angela Williams
and Manager Eric Watson Stoughton Veterans Agent Mike Pazyra, Watson,
and District 6 Amvets Commander Bernie Planeta
(photos and story by Mark Snyder)
FARMER'S MARKET A HUGE SUCCESS!
Hundreds of people walked through Stoughton's Farmer's Market Preview Event on Saturday, held at the 2 Canton Street parking lot. Steve Kelley, owner of the property, told Snyder's Stoughton he was thrilled with the turnout and happy to donate the space to the Farmer's Market. "It's really a win-win situation. People get to see the property, and it's centrally located and has lots of space to accomodate vendors. When Kelley was told he was generous to offer his space at no charge, he joked, "It's not really my property. The bank owns it."The Town of Stoughton's Stoughton Farmers Market Committee (www.StoughtonFarmersMarket.com and facebook.com/stoughtonfarmersmarket.) is planning a weekly farmer's market in June of 2013. But, Community Preview Event, free to the public, attracted large throngs of people, including a lot of families. to Trackside Plaza (adjacent to the Stoughton Train Station.) Vendors offered free samples of items like Crescent Ridge milk. There was free fruit, samples of homemade protein bars, and even free re-usable shopping bags (the 250 were gone quickly!) There were many kids' activities -- music, baby animals, story hour, facepainting, temporary tattoos, and balloons. Available items included fresh seafood, pasta, breads, cheeses, cakes, brownies, jewelry, and a lot more. And, the music was amazing! The trio known as Moxy, was led by an excellent singer, who could belt out soul, rock, folk or pop with equal vigor. Lisa Lima was outstanding. So was Stoughton's own Steve Tapper on bass and flute, and Mike Clark on guitar.
The market's seed money came from a Pioneering Health Communities grant and was also under the umbrella of Stoughton non-profit, "Stoughton UKnighteD", which covers organizations dedication to the health and welfare of Stoughton's residents.Karen Hall (Director of the Stoughton Youth Commission and Council on Aging) and Joyce Dwyer (Director of the Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton) are co-chairs of the Pioneering Healthy Communities. Terry Schneider (Executive Director of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce) is Chair of the Farmer's Market Committee. Pam Carr handled the volunteers for the event. (Photos and story by Mark Snyder. Upper left: Sandy Spector of Arbonne. Middle Top: Lawton's Family Farm. Upper right: Margie of Next Step Living. Middle left: Shana Cohen Designer & Owner of Made with Love Handmade Jewelry. Middle Center: Tommy Jasmin holds a baby bunny. Middle Right: Moxy, featuring Mike Clark, Steve Tapper and Lisa Lima. Bottom left: Kids painting pumpkins. Middle bottom: Cub Scout Pack 24's Den Leader Michael Harrington, with son Brendan <Webelos 1> and Preston Keenan <wolf>. Right Bottom: The petting area.)
Bless All Creatures
On Sunday, October 7, Reverend Laurie Rofinot of Trinity Espiscopal Parish led a "A Celebration for the Blessing of the Animals" in honor of the Feast of St. Francis. Among the prayers celebrated was The Gospel--Matthew 26:25-34, which includes, "God created us and placed us on this earth to be stewards of all living things..."There were a number of dogs (including Harry the Rescue Dog--center photo) in attendance. Sung was a great tune by folk singer Bill Staines (a guest on PMPNetwork.com) called "A Place in the Choir", which includes the words, "All God's critters got a place in the choir; some sing low and some sing higher;some sing out loud on the telephone wire. Or some just clap their hands or paws--or anything you've got now...The dogs and cats, they take up the middle; where the honeybee hums, and the cricket fiddles." Readings included the "Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (First Reading Genesis 1:20-28) where God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky"; The Second Reading (I Corinthians, 15:39-41), which stated in part, "All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another"; and Gospel (Matthew 26:25-34), which is written, in part, "Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is life not more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air: they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them."Each animal, or photo of animal (and even some stuffed animals) were brought to the altar railing for a blessing.
(Story and photos by Mark Snyder)
Blue Cross, New Field
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts send their "Blue Crew" to the Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton on Tuesday, September 25 and they got things done! They built a tether ball pit, a bocce court, a washer toss (kind of like horse shoes), a picnic grove with picnic tables, and a new outdoor fitness area. Dozens of their volunteers did heavy lifting, heavy duty cleaning, and took a brush-filled unused area, and made it come to life. Joe Leaver, Program Director at the Y, was excited after the volunteers left. He stood amid a new picnic grove, and admired all the outdoor fitness areas. "They did an incredible job. We are so appreciative of their volunteer work," he told Snyder's Stoughton. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts celebrated 75 years of community leadership with its second annual company-wide Service Day on the 25th. More than 3,000 employees, known as BlueCrew volunteers, provided more than 16,000 hours of volunteer service to 29 nonprofit organizations across the state all on that one day. For more information, visit them on Facebook: BlueCrew @ Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts."For 75 years we've been committed to playing a leadership role in the community," said Andrew Dreyfus, President and CEO. "Service Day gives our associates and our community partners the opportunity to come together in a common purpose to make a difference across Massachusetts. It's a privilege to serve with them to improve the communities our members call home."
(Photos by Mark Snyder. Group photo 1 (l to r) Yanik Gabriel, Max Magao, Cheryl Bullock, and Olga Taylor-Ramirez. Group Photo 2: 1st Row--Jamie Dale, Debbie Conboy, Robin Kovalskin. Back Row--Sean Sullivan and Kawanda Boyd. Joe Leaver is pictured in the Picnic Grove.)
Stoughton Says Farewell to Kelley
The Town of Stoughton bid farewell to former selectman Mark Kelley in a somber ceremony Saturday, September 22, 2012. Father Joseph McDermott officiated as hymns were sung, words were spoken, and tears were shed for the former Precinct Captain at Town Meeting. Among the Faces in the Crowd were: Former Town Manager and Town Clerk Jeanne Fleming, retired DPW Superintendent Larry Barrett, former Selectmen Ed Finn, Scott Carrara, and Richard Fitzgerald; school commitee member Dr. Erdem Ural, Town Moderator Howard Hansen, and town employees Fran Stetson and Stephanie Carrara. Mark's late father, Bill Kelley was a Town Moderator, and his brother (also named Bill) was a Town Meeting rep. His brother Bill did the Eulogy, which Snyder's Stoughton presents an excerpt here:"On behalf of the Kelley family, I'd like to thank you for attending today as we honor Mark's life. Years ago, I was about to attend my first Stoughton Town Meeting as an elected representative. My father, Bill Kelley, was the Town Meeting Moderator. He took me aside and gave me some lasting advice. 'Son, if you're going to talk in public, stand up, speak up, and shut up.' The Kelley family has lasting and deep ties to the Town of Stoughton. We moved here in 1949. Mark lived all of his life in our house on Central Street. Without a doubt, these ties to the town defined him. Thinking way back, I remember I was five when Mark first arrived home. I was playing in our newly built garage and I saw the car pull in with my mother, father and Mark. I was so excited to have a brother to play with. Mark grew up a regular Catholic Stoughton child. He went to St. Mary's School and attended church here at Immaculate Conception. He went on to Xaverian Brothers High School and graduated college at Bentley. But Mark really never left Stoughton. His friends were here, and then he entered politics. I remember how proud I was when he was elected as a Selectman. We had many long telephone conversations as he explained to me the progress the town was making. As everyone knows, Mark always held all town workers in very high esteem. I never really knew the details behind town budget hearings, but I can honestly tell all of you that there was never a valid request by the fire or police department that Mark Kelley did not fully back. As for his other deeds as a Selectman, well, I've been told Mark always stood up and spoke up. However, I must admit, depending on the source, Mark did not always shut up.
Let me finish with the most important aspect of Mark's life--he was totally a family person. His nieces, nephews and cousins loved him, as did all the family. And, now all of us miss him dearly. May God have mercy on Mark's eternal soul." Amen.
VOLUNTEERS HONORED AT LUNCHEON
Volunteers from Stoughton's Town Meeting, Boards, Commissions and Committees were honored in a luncheon held on Saturday, September 22nd, in the pavilion behind the Old Colony YMCA branch in Stoughton. A delicious barbecue was catered by Peppercorns at the YMCA, and music and sound was provided by Chris Petrie, Chairman of the Board of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce. The event was planned and hosted by Selectmen Chairman John Stagnone, with guest speakers, fellow Selectmen Cynthia Walsh and Bob O'Regan. A Special Proclamation was given to Mike Sammarco, in honor of his efforts with Babe Ruth Baseball, the Sons of Italy, and the Stoughton Planning Board. A sign, which names a field at the Babe Ruth facility, was unveiled by Mike and his wife, Rosemary. (story and photos by Mark Snyder)
MAKING MONEY FROM LEMONS FOR SICK KIDS: The third annual Tiso Family lemonade stand was held at Bob’s Famous Food Mart parking lot on September 23rd, as part of Kid’s Day. They had hoped to top the first two years.The first year, Holly Tiso’s children: Grace, Gregory, Tyler and Sean raised over $100. Last year, they raised over $300. This year, they had an INCREDIBLE day! Their mom, Hollie Tiso, said that with Bob's allowing them to be there, and with the help of the Teixeira family, they raised $650. But, wait! The Prone Family Foundation kicked in another $650, and with some more donations coming in by mail, it appears the Tiso Children will be able to present Children's Hospital $1400! Adds Hollie, "Not only did the Tiso kids have fun serving lemons for a great cause, but they had a blast at Bob's Food Mart's Kids Day, where they had their faces painted, and our daughter got her hair wrapped by local cheerleaders, they dunked the owner of Bob's in the dunk tank, Blue Shelter had the cutest dogs there for adoption, there were karate shows, the police did child ID's, there were raffles. I can't wait for next year!" Snyder's Stoughton was out of town and was bummed to miss it. There's always next year!
Third Annual Bob DiMatteo Memorial 5K Run
Bob’s Famous Food Mart sponsored their8th Annual Kids Day, 5 K Run and 3 Mile Walk on Sunday, September 23 at 289 Park Street on Rt. 27 in Stoughton. There were two events in one. The Third Annual Bob DiMatteo Memorial 5K Run, a 3 Mile Walk, and a Free 1 Mile Kid’s Run. T Shirts were given to all 5K and 3 Mile participants. At 11 a.m., Kid’s Day festivities started. Kid’s Day featured food, refreshments, prizes, and FREE giveaways for the kids. There was a giant raffle held at 1:30 p.m. Prizes include golf outings, sports tickets, restaurants, and a grand prize of a $500 gift card to Bob’s Famous Foodmart! Entertainment was provided by Stoughton DJ, David Jordan. Kid’s Day also featured a dunk tank, Kid’s Mini Races and Obstacle Courses, Child Quest ID and Fingerprinting, a Fire Engine, Face Painting, Bake Sale, Hot Dogs and Sausages. Proceeds from Kid’s Day will benefit Stoughton Fire Safety, Stoughton Police Explorers, Blue Dog Shelter, and the Stoughton Youth Commission. All Proceeds from the Run and Walk will go to fun two Stoughton High School Scholarships and to help a local family affected by cancer, as well as other local children’s causes. For more information, go to www.bobsfamous.com. You can STILL donate! Bob DiMatteo Memorial Road Race, 289 Park Street, Stoughton, MA 02072
(Top photos by Mark Snyder. Bottom photos by (l) Jeffrey Pickette of Stoughton Patch, and (r) by Terry Schneider.)
Two Candidates Featured
The Republican Town Committee met Wednesday, September 19, and featured two candidates for public office. 8th Massachusetts Congressional District candidate Joe Selvaggi, who is facing Democratic Congressman Stephen Lynch, told the dozen or so gathered at the Wales French Room in Stoughton Public Library, that the campaign is really about jobs. Selvaggi, a Boston resident, who is the founder and president of Plaster Fun Time, a chain with 9 stores and sixty employees, said that Lynch has attached his name to one piece of legislation in 11 years in office. "He was our Rep on the Banking Commission. They oversee the banks in this country. He collected contributions from a Who's Who of the banking and investment scandals. His only other assignment is the government oversite committee, which is supposed to watch government spending. His lifetime score on government waste is 7%! That means he voted wrong 93% of the time. if it's all about jobs, you couldn't find a worse congressman than Stephen Lynch. I've created 60 jobs in the private sector. What has Congressman Lynch done?" Selvaggi said Lynch's last opponent got 38% of the vote. He's hoping to get 51%. Lynch and Selvaggi will be debating on October 12 at 6 p.m. on Fox 25.
The second guest was Earl Sholley, an unsuccessful candidate for State Senate (vs. Scott Brown) and Congress (vs. Sean Bielot). He's running this time for Governor's Council. His opponent is Democrat Bob Jubinville. They are running for the seat vacated by the death of Kelly Timilty. Sholley, a consultant and CEO of Palladin Petitions, a petition management service company, is from Norfolk, and is a newly-elected member of the Republican State Committee. He says he believes in less government, fewer taxes and term limits. He pledges he would serve only two terms. He told the gathering, "We have some of the worst judges in the world. There's talk of abolishing the Governor's Council, and it's even been advocated in the Boston Globe. Do you know why? Because there's a potential of five Republicans getting elected to the eight seats." He continued, "There has been a chronic abuse by the members of the Council. I'm running a low budget campaign. I'm not going to dip into my own pockets. But, I'm lucky. The Democratic machine hates my opponent's guts."
I asked if he had any law enforcement or legal background, which I think is essential if you are picking judges, and Sholley said he's familiar with courts. "I brought a complaint in Superior Court and federal courts. I've been before the SJC. I think we're better with non-lawyers. It's an incestuous brotherhood. I think we need people in other fields, with common sense, and the courage to ask tough questions." Sholley said he has started three different companies, including Grass Roots Lawn & Landscape Company, which he recently sold.
Selvaggi and Sholley
(Mark Snyder photos)
Classic Limo owner John Sawyer once again walked in a Purple Stride event on Sunday. It was, for those who don’t know, a fundraiser to help the research to find a cure and or early detection for pancreatic cancer, of which John survived. The walk was a 5k, and it was at The University if Massachusetts, Boston Campus.
Sawyer told About Town, "I completed the 5k yesterday. My sneakers were a little loose and my feet got a little chafed. But, I made a donation and completed the walk-- that's the most important thing. You guys out there are off the hook for donations until May, when I walk the 5k in Rhode Island with my team, "Big John's Purple Penguins". Got a little too much sun and am still a little sore. Next year I will use my parasol no matter how silly I look with it.....it's not worth getting a sun burn....and by the way it's not THAT bad I just hate the sun !!!"
STOUGHTON PARTICIPANTS IN BOSTON MARATHON
JIMMY FUND WALK
On September 9, nine residents from Stoughton will walk up to 26.2 miles along the historic route of the Boston Marathon in the 24th annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai.They will be among the 9,000 walkers expected to participate with the collective goal of raising more than $7.5 million to support lifesaving adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.Stoughton walkers include: Sandra Clark-Martin, Mary Courtney, Erin Gomes, Melissa Jenne, Ellen Kaufman, Joel Kravetz, Deborah and Mark Levine, and Trudy Miller.The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk is the largest single-day participatory event benefiting the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber and has raised nearly $80 million since its inception in 1989 to conquer all forms of cancer. The Boston Athletic Association has supported the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk for the past 24 years.“Every year, the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk unites thousands of people — from parents, neighbors, coworkers, cancer patients, cancer survivors, and the young and the old — who share a goal to bring an end to cancer,” says Ann Beach, director of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. “Their dedication and commitment to fundraising for the event enables Dana-Farber to aggressively pursue its life-saving mission.”Participants may choose to walk one of four routes: the entire 26.2-mile Hopkinton to Boston route; the 13.1-mile Babson to Boston route; the 5-mile Boston College route; or the 3-mile route starting at Dana-Farber’s campus.Those unable to participate on Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk day can become “Virtual Walkers” and still fundraise for the event.Walkers begin in Hopkinton between 5:30-7:30 a.m.; at Babson College between 8:30-9:30 a.m.; at Boston College between 10 a.m. and noon; and from Dana-Farber at 1:30 p.m. The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk finishes at Copley Square in Boston, where walkers can celebrate completing the course and enjoy complimentary food, beverages, a speaking program, and entertainment.All walkers must raise a minimum of $300, and walkers 12-years-old and younger have a fundraising minimum of $100. Pacesetters are extraordinary fundraisers who raise $1,250 or more. Young Pacesetters are children 12 years old and younger who raise $500 or more.To register for the 24th annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, to support a walker, or to volunteer, visit www.JimmyFundWalk.org or call (866) 531-9255. Registrants can enter the discount code BOSTON for $5 off the registration fee. You have up until event day to register to walk and can make financial contributions until December 31.
LEARNING TO BE SAFE ON THE ROAD
Hardy Insurance Agency brought the state-of-the-art Distractology 101 tour to Stoughton during the week of Aug 27-31, and About Town was there to give it a try. Distractology 101 is an interactive program developed by the Arbella Insurance Foundation to teach new drivers the dangers of distracted driving. The campaign features a 36-foot-long, neon-yellow mobile classroom outfitted with high-tech driving simulators designed to give new drivers the chance to experience the perils of distracted driving, including texting while driving.
Instructor Topher Paone took Susan Hardy, the owner of Hardy Insurance, and myself into the mobile classroom, and sat us at what looked like a giant video game, with three screens, that simulated windshields, rear view mirrors, and side mirrors. Then, he put Susan and I through a few scenarios. I'm a pretty confident driver, but when I left, I was a bit shaken up and was considering leaving my car and taking a cab home. In a matter of twenty minutes or so, I'd hit a pedestrian, a motorcycle rider, and wiped out two other cars. Here's the ironic part---during the texting phase I avoided the accidents. But, the whole thing was a reminder that you need to concentrate 100% of the time you are driving. Here's a few things I learned: The 2/6 rule, which says that taking your eyes off the road for two seconds in any six second period can result in an accident. The ability to detect situations and changes around you are imperative. You can't stop for what you can't see. If there's a crosswalk coming, and your visibility is impaired in seeing the entire crosswalk, assume someone is in the crosswalk. Anticipating hazards is the name of the game in safe driving. You have to pay attention. As Paone said, you text, you lose. Leads to "textidents". Hardy also got in four accidents (which Paone said is the average.) No one has ever had an accident-free experience on his machines. Hardy, who purchased the former J. Arico Insurance Agency in Brockton, and moved it to Tosca Drive in Stoughton, was pleased to bring the Arbella Insurance Foundation's program to Stoughton. "They are booked solid. I've been trying to get it here. I just wish it wasn't on Labor Day week. A lot of the college kids who could have used the program are already back at school." Hardy, who is married to Stoughton Police Juvenile Division Detective Roger Hardy, has three children, Tyler (16, who took the course), Nick (13), and Gianna (10). Clifford Julien, 20, took the course just before Susan and I. He's been driving a little over three years, and told About Town he learned a lot. "After you take driver's ed, you kind of forget about the basic stuff. I made me realize the basics are essential. That's the biggest thing I took out of it. I did horrible when I was texting." Melissa Laguerre, 18, took the test with Julien. Melissa is not a licensed driver, but wanted to give it a try. She said it was helpful. "It gave me a few driving lessons."
Paone urged people to give it a try. "We're here to show you things you forgot or take for granted. It's like a refresher course in driving." Nearly 5,500 people were killed and almost half a million were injured in accidents related to distracted driving (including text messaging) in 2009. Not surprisingly, research has found that text messaging increases the risk of a crash by 23 times. In June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the U.S.-- up nearly 50% from June 2009. Driving while distracted is particularly dangerous for teen drivers. In 2009, a startling 40% of American teens said they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. “Distracted driving is a widespread epidemic among young drivers that continues to worsen, particularly as mobile devices become more prevalent, more advanced and more addictive,” said John Donohue, chairman, president and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group, and chairman and president of the Arbella Insurance Foundation. “According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 800,000 drivers are using a hand-held cell phone at any given moment but only 57% recognize it as a serious threat to their safety. This lack of awareness and understanding is quite startling. It is our hope that Distractology 101 will continue to tackle this naivety head on and force drivers to once and for all break their mobile phone addiction while on the road.” “In just two years Arbella’s Distractology 101 campaign has made enormous strides in terms of combating distracted driving,” said Hardy. “The program’s mission is quite simple: to educate young drivers of the dangers of distracted driving and ultimately save the lives of teens living in communities such as Stoughton. Research has indicated that this type of real life stimulation and education can truly help to change dangerous behavior and we at Hardy Insurance are proud to support this important mission.”
The Distractology driving simulator, based on Arbella-funded research conducted with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMASS), will travel to various communities in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island during 2012, offering 45 minutes of simulated distracted driving to each participant. During the driving simulator training — Distractology 101: A Crash Course on Distracted Driving — teens and other new drivers face a number of scenarios based on real-world examples, educating participants on how to anticipate hidden hazards, react to the road and avoid accidents.Participants also complete the online portion of the curriculum at www.DistractU.com and make a safe-driving pledge in order to complete the training.
There's still an opportunity to sign up for the free Distractology 101 training, contact Hardy Insurance Agency at (781) 341-8300. Drivers receive certificates of completion and up to 7% off on their insurance!
THEATRE UNDER THE BIG TOP
The Little Theatre of Stoughton is doing something a little different this summer. Their 55th season production of "Snow White: The Musical" will take place in the great outdoors on August 24, 25 and 26th at the Cedar Hill Golf Course under the Big Top!
It’s adapted from the original Grimm’s Fairytale by the trio of Sarah Flanagan, Kellie McGrath, and Jeanette Champagne. Jan Jones, the President and glue that holds together the Little Theatre of Stoughton, told Snyder's Stoughton that, “The three ladies rewrote the Grimm’s Fairy Tale as a play, and added music from other plays. It is really fantastic. They included songs from Beauty & the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Footloose, Shrek, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Finian’s Rainbow, Bye By Birdie, Aida, Legally Blonde, and West Side Story.” In addition, tunes associated with Snow White, like “Some Day My Prince Will Come”, “Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It’s Off to Work I Go,” and “Whistle While You Work” are included.
It's an adult show that you can bring your children to, as well. And, what a cast! The Narrators are Tori Heinlein and Mallory Breen. Headliners include Tom Karnes as the King, Jeanette Champagne as the Queen, Ashleigh Lutz as the Young Snow White, Izzy Johnson as the Teenage Snow White, and Deanna Felix as Snow White. The cast is so huge that I’d like to mention everyone—but I don’t have the space. But, if I’m writing about Snow White, then I have to give a shout out to the Seven Dwarfs—Doc (Sam Bouchaiba), Happy (Katie-Lee MacNeil), Sneezy (Jason Mutascio), Sleepy (Rich Morton), Bashful (Brain MacNeil), Grumpy (Matt McGrath), and Dopey (Lisa Pernock). Sarah Flanagan and Kellie McGrath Directed the Show. Jan and Roger Jones designed the clever set.
Jones wanted to give Special Thanks to the Cedar Hill Golf Course, Felos Memorial Art Center Gallery, Knights of Columbus, and No Joke Graphics.
Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Admission is $15, with discount tickets for students, and seniors priced at $12. Get your tickets at www.littletheatreofstoughton.org. For more information, call 781-834-6209.
14th Annual Lions Club Concerts in The Park The Stoughton Lions Club Concerts in the Park 2012 summer season ended on Sunday, August 19th at Faxon Veterans Memorial Park on Park Street, across the street from the Stoughton Town Library. The bands played in the Charles Large Gazebo. All concerts were from 5-7 p.m. and were FREE OF CHARGE. Concerts were open to all Stoughton residents. Here's the rundown....
July 8 Political Asylum July 15 Easy Access Band
July 22, The Westwood Swing Band!
August 5 The CorvairsThe Corvairs played everything from Elvis to the Beatles and did their best performance in years! Drummer and co-founder Ilene Corvini led the way, backed by guitarist Phil Brigham, keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist Kent Kreutler, and Louis Leeman on bass. Lions Club King Lion Bob Mullen did the introductions. He thanked the sponsors including Stoughon Cultural Council, Stephen Prone & The Prone Family Foundation, Randolph Savings Bank, Steve Kelly and KC Residential & Commercial Real Estate, Stoughton Cooperative Bank, Sheehan Funeral Home, Dr. Betsy Disharoon, Drs. George Mark and Judith Goldstein, Tosca Drive Auto Body, Sam's Getty, and Stoughton Motel.
The Infractions played some incredible rock, spanning from Elton John and Chicago on Sunday at the Charles Large Gazebo at Faxon Veterans Memorial Park, at the Stoughton Lions Concert in the Park summer series. Just one concert remains, this coming Sunday from 5-7 p.m., Paul Agnew and the John Capavella Quartet. The Infractions, pictured above, featured horn players Ken Reid and Jeff Claussen, bass guitarist Brian Stratton, singer and keyboardist Michael Troy, guitarist Tony Rocks and drummer Peter Singer. Joining in the fun were youngsters Sofia Bertone and Melanie Singer.
August 19 Paul Agnew and the John Capavella Quartet (quartet photos by Bob Mullen)
(Other photos above by Mark Snyder)
STOYAC FUNDRAISER BIG SUCCESS!
STOYAC held a successful fundraiser this weekend, with teams from all over competing in a fun softball series. Volunteers Sheila Whalen and Robin Ekpunobi are pictured in upper left hand photo. The Shirt they are holding was designed by Tracy Homer. At middle are tie-dyed T shirts, and at right refreshment stand. Reebok of Canton was the sponsor of the event.
(photos by Mark Snyder)
Some Doggone Fun!
The Arbors at Stoughton at 2121 Central Street hosted the Second Annual Dog Days of Summer on Saturday, August 11. Harry the Rescue Dog took first prize in their Silly Dog Show and Parade, high-fiving people with his long paws along the way. He got a blue First Place Ribbon and a Special Homemade Baked Treat!
There was a bounce house for the kids and dozens of great dogs entertaining the residents of the Arbors, who ranged in age up to 100 years old. Fun was had by all, canines and humans alike. What's better than hot dogs, soft drinks, popcorn and dogs and humans interacting?
FIGHTING BULLIES THROUGH ART
Karen O'Connell, an art teacher at the O'Donnell Middle School, set up an anti-bully art show, which is currently on display at the Stoughton Public Library's upstairs gallery.A competition was held, and here are the winners:
First Place were Alyssa Allen, Nia Brewster and Meghan Eosco.
Second Place went to Kayla Andrade, Colleen LeBlanc, Stephanie Roberts, and Samantha Beaudette.
Third Place winners were Kayla Oliveira, Zaria Durant, and Tesla Kalinowski.
Honorable Mention went to Maria Yaitanes, Megan Reid, Nyesha Johnson, Nick Corrigan, Alex Barrosh, Megan Connor, Lauren Sears, Hannah Araujo, and Stephanie Ortiz.
Other participants included Megan Doherty, Amanda Gallant, Caitlin Jung, Matison Kramer, Thayna Oliveira, Shayla Shedin, and Jimmy Tarchara.
14 Residents Pedal For Charity
On August 4 and 5th, 14 Stoughton residents pedaled their way into fundraising history as participants in the 33rd annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC), the nation’s pioneer charity bike-a-thon that raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country.They were among 5,500 cyclists who rode with the collective goal of raising $36 million to support adult and pediatric cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund.PMC riders range in age from 13 to 88. Some are seasoned tri-athletes while others are "weekend warriors" having trained for this event alone. Stoughton's 14 PMC riders included: Lindy Alves, Bill Coe, John Doherty, Jill Duffy, William Grady, David Jardin, Kenneth Johnston, Michael Mauriello, Beth Peucker, Richard Smitley, Michael Sullivan, Joe Titlebaum, Robert Weir and Toni Weir. Last year, 13 Stoughton residents took part in the challenge. Most PMC participants ride in honor of a family member or friend lost to, or being treated for, cancer. All share a passion and desire to one day find a cure for the disease. The average PMC cyclist trains for three months, solicits 40 sponsors, and raises more than $6,000. Doctors ride alongside their patients; grandparents ride with their grandchildren; and others show support from the sidelines in the form of donations and cheers. More than 300 riders are cancer survivors or current patients.“The PMC is the gold standard of athletic fundraising events,” Billy Starr, Pan-Massachusetts Challenge founder and executive director, said, adding, “PMCers are as committed to raising money for cancer research as they are to pedaling the miles. PMC cyclists are all heart and soul.”During PMC weekend, individual cyclists become part of one family. The camaraderie shared by 5,500 cyclists, more than 3,000 volunteers, and thousands of spectators, is one reason cyclists from 36 states and eight countries return to Massachusetts each August to participate in the PMC.Since 1980, the PMC has raised $338 million for adult and pediatric cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The PMC gives 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the Jimmy Fund, a rate of fundraising that is nearly unequaled within the $3 billion athletic fundraising event industry. In 2011, the PMC raised $35 million, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the philanthropic support of Dana-Farber. More than 230,000 individual contributions were made to last year’s PMC fundraising campaign.The PMC is a fully supported bike-a-thon — with food and water stops, mechanical and medical assistance, luggage transportation, and lodging — that runs through 46 towns across Massachusetts.Cyclists choose from 11 routes of varying mileage designed to cater to all levels of cycling strength and time availability. There are six two-day routes that range from 153 to 190 miles and five one-day rides that range from 25 to 110 miles.In 2012, cyclists are required to raise between $500 and $4,300 to ride in the PMC. This commitment to the fundraising portion of the PMC is a testament to riders’ dedication to the cause and their belief in the PMC mission. The PMC is presented by the Red Sox Foundation and the New Balance Foundation.To become a virtual rider, or make a financial contribution to a rider from your town, visit www.pmc.org, or call (800) WE-CYCLE. Checks can be made payable to PMC, 77 Fourth Ave., Needham, Mass. 02494.
(Information provided by PMC)
GRACE CHURCH HOLDS A DIFFERENT
KIND OF SUNDAY SERVICE
Grace Church Pastor Sean Sears told Snyder's Stoughton that four different Sunday services were combined into a community event on Sunday, July 29, to bring the families of Grace Church together, for socializing and family fun. Grace Church provided an array of barbecued foods, bouncing structures for the kids, and music. The attendees were a diverse group, and Sears told me that many people who come to Grace Church are not religious. "They are indviduals who are looking to come back and find God." Grace Church provides a non-threatening, welcome place where Sears and his wife Billie, are not only approachable, but are inviting. Grace Church has really become fully involved in the Town of Stoughton. They have offered free movie nights, free car washes, and many family events. The Sunday event was scheduled at a time when rain was predicted by the meteorologists. "We had a lot of people praying for clear skies from 11-2 today. So far, their prayers have been answered," Sears told me.
(Photos by Mark Snyder)
STOUGHTON RESIDENTS PART OF
PARAGON PARK: THE MUSICAL
Paragon Park: The Musical is playing a two week, completely sold-out stint at Company Theatre in Norwell. Reviews have been incredible, and the nostalgia for the Nantasket Beach amusement park is at a peek.
Snyder's Stoughton checked out a rehearsal of the play, before the Opening on July 27. The music is fantastic, and the memories that the musical brings to all of us who went to the Park is amazing. As someone who once spent all day riding the coaster over 40 times, this one hit a bulls eye in me.
Stoughton residents involved in the production are (l to r) in bottom left photo: SHS Graduate Corinne Mason, who plays young Rose; Ron Christianson, who was Director of Fine Arts at Stoughton High for decades before his 2008 retirement. He plays trumpet in the Paragon orchestra; SHS Grad Michael Joseph, Musical Director for Paragon and Company Theatre; SHS graduate Michelle McGrath, PR Consultant for Paragon and Company Theatre; and Adam Isbitsky, SHS grad and a part of the Paragon Ensemble. TV newsman Scott Wahle is a featured star of the play.
(Photos Exclusively for Snyder's Stoughton. Bottom photo by Zoe Bradford. Photo at top by David Giagrando.
ANNUAL HOLY GHOST SOCIETY AZORES FEAST
Singer David DeMelo Saturday and Sunday July 14 & 15 @ Immaculate Conception Church Parking LotA good time was had by all!
(Photos by Mark Snyder)
JULY 4TH EVENTS
The Stoughton Community Events Committee did it again---another amazing Parade! The day began with a soaking rain on Wednesday, but the skies held out and the parade started at 2:30 p.m. Leading the parade was Stoughton Police Chief Paul Shastany, followed by many of the department's vehicles. The final vehicle was the fire vehicle driven by Fire Department Lt. Greg Goldberg. There was the usual groundswell of politicians walking the parade, including State Senator Brian Joyce (D-Milton), Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey, Governor's Council candidate Bart Timilty, David Sheehan from the Norfolk County Sheriff's Office, Town Moderator Howard Hansen; School Committee members Deborah Sovinee, Joyce Husseini, George Dolinsky and Dr. Erdem Ural; Selectmen John Stagnone, Robert O'Regan, and John Anzivino. Selectman Cynthia Walsh rode with former Selectman John Kowalczyk (the town's longest-serving selectman since World War II) in his blue Thunderbird. A number of successful sports teams celebrated championship seasons on floats, including the AA Pirates, Major League Pirates (26-0), Major League Marlins, Stoyac Cheerleaders, and Stoyac Softball Champions. The usual musical acts used every year in the parade-- from Canada-- notified Parade Chairman Joseph Mokrisky they would not be making the trip, due to the threat of thunderstorms. Mokrisky was able, at the last minute, to secure three different Boston Windjammers bands. Music was also provided by rock band 24 South, which features Stoughton's own Steve DiGloria (from the DPW) on drums, and the vocal talents of lovely Lisa Jacobs. Mass Brass Band (on a truck owned by Ralph Sellito of Stoughton) was featured, as was Worcester Light and Sound, Hot Tomales, and an Elvis impersonator. Local fitness businesses were well-represented. They included Michael Varner and Maxx Force from Maxx Training Center; Kevin "Gunns" from Elite Fitness & Health in their Boot Camp Hummer; and the gang from the Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton. There was an array of very cool cars--antique and modern--, with the South Shore Corvette Club, South Shore Antique and Model T Club, and Paul Williams of Lou's Custom Exhaust in StoughtonNancy Urell and the Stoughton Women's Club took part in the parade, in a Cadillac and a PT Cruiser. But, what had to be the most outstanding float in the parade had to be the Stoughton Historical Society's. Thanks to the efforts of Joe DeVito, Janet Clough, Evelyn Callahan, Charles Wade, and Dwight MacKerron, they had a float with the theme, "We Honor Veterans from All Wars." Rick and Linda Woodward carried the banner, and the float was filled with volunteers wearing elaborate (and broiling) authentic uniforms representing the many services and wars. Participants on the float included Malyke Ross (Revolutionary War), David Lambert (Civil War), Benjamin Mallock (World War I), Brenda Lambert (Woman's Army Corps), Daniel Bueil (Air Force), Brendan Gallagher (SeaBees), Joshua Williams (U.S. Army), Mikayla Williams (Nurse Corps), Jack Goldberg (Coast Guard), David Griffin (Modern Army), and Alyssa Dupont (Desert Storm). MacKerron, the president of the Stoughton Historical Society, told Snyder's Stoughton that sections of the trolley tracks were mounted on the of the float's sign, thanks to the work of Mokrisky, Dennis and Carlene Walsh, and Maria Simas. These tracks were found several years ago when parts of the Square were repaved. It was my honor to host the Parade again this year, and I want to thank Papa John's and The Last Shot for providing prizes for the trivia. If you missed it at the parade, you still have a chance to win. See the end of Thursday's About Town of Stoughton Patch! Thanks to Jeff Connors of Audio PA Systems in Stoughton for providing sound for the Parade. He did an incredible job, and allowed everyone---even a block away--to hear the announcements. It was also nice to see Joyce, Jonathan and George Parsons, the wife, son and brother respectively of the late Bob Parsons, who was involved in the 4th of July events for three decades. He was greatly missed. Parade Chairman Mokrisky thought it was one of the best parades the Town has had. Here's are the list of volunteers who stepped up big time to make the two day event happen: Joe Mokrisky, Parade & Committee Chairman; Bob Desmond, Vice Chairman Stoughton Events Committee; Dennis Donoghue; Kevin Stetson, Fireworks Chairman; Brian, Carlene and Dennis Walsh. Mokrisky wanted to send special thanks to: Police Chief Paul Shastany, Police Executive Officer Lt. Robert Devine, Fire Chief Mark Dolloff, Stoughton Auxiliary Police, and John Batchelder and the DPW. Mokrisky also wanted to remind those who enjoy the Haunted Hayride in October that "WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!" You can call Joe at 781-344-8887 to volunteer.
(Photo of me above by Jeff Pickette of Stoughton Patch. Bottom photo by Hank Herbowy. Check out Patch for a ton of photos of all the July 4th events.)
Concert & Fireworks
A record crowd gathered all around the Town of Stoughton for the Ronnie Lewis & the Expedition concert, and the amazing fireworks display on July 3rd. Tens of thousands of people gathered at the High School, the West School, Shaw's Plaza, and other locations all around town to watch the fireworks. Traffic was held up for a LONG time by the sheer number of people. For instance, at Shaw's Supermarket, every space in the large lot was filled, including at the neighboring Webster Bank, and the side lot at Shaw's. And, cars were parked alongside other cars. No one was able to shop. But, they certainly got a good view of the 35 minute display. A special red white and blue firework was shot out in dedication to the late Bob Parsons, in dedication to his nearly 30 years on the July 4th Committee, and his decades as Chair of the event. That was followed by Lewis' rendition of "America the Beautiful", and then a great fireworks display. There was also a Carnival at the O'Donnell Middle School parking lot that was jammed full. I enjoyed a healthy Fried Oreo there. Doesn't get much better than that! And, the debut of Stoughton's massive flag flew off a Stoughton Fire Department ladder truck. It was the fruit of the efforts of Stoughton Patch columnist Christine Iacobucci, and her daughter, Bella. Kevin Stetson deserves much credit for chairing the concert/fireworks. The entire Stoughton Community Events Committee deserves a Shout Out for this one: Chairman Joe Mokrisky and Vice Chair Bob Desmond, and members Heidee Anastos, Denis Donaghue, Heather Genereux, Suzie Gross, Lynne McCormack, Paula Myers, Nancy Patterson, Maria Simas, Kevin and Fran Stetson, Laurice Rubel, Carlene and Dennis Walsh.
(Story & Photos by Mark Snyder)
Children's Field Day Article
Regarding the cancelation of the Children's Field Day, Stoughton Firefighter/EMT Peter Denneno wrote About Town on Saturday afternoon, June 30: "I saw there was no children's day for the fourth this year. I saw the reason was lack of help. This in my opinion is a real disappointment and should never have happened. As you may know, for years dating back the fire department brought the prizes, and assisted the organizers with children's day. We worked well with the persons who ran the fourth prior to Mr. Parsons and I took the event from Victor Melendy and worked with Bob with never a hitch, and we enjoyed doing it. This would have continued, but we were told we were not needed any further by Mr. Mokrisky when he took over, and for that reason only, our participation stopped. I would gladly help with children's day again-- as I had for 14 years and Jay McNamara did for a while after I could not, with the help of the members of the Stoughton Fire Department. We always had great fun and were glad to see the kids receive a prize of their choice. I guess as long as Mr. Mokrisky does not want us involved, we can't do anything about it."Joseph Mokrisky, Chairman of the Stoughton Community Events Committee, on Tuesday morning, told About Town, "As you are well aware, I do not take to blogs or respond to rumors and stories. In this case, I cannot sit on the side lines and let Peter Denneno take another swipe at the town. Like the time when the town was called 'Unpatriotic' by Mr. Denneno and others, he tells the story to fit his agenda. Mr. Denneno is correct that for many years the members of the Stoughton Fire Department worked very hard with Bob Parsons and raised all the money for the prizes that kids were given at the Kids Day event. Mr. Denneno stated to me that the union did not have the resources to raise the money any longer and that they would need half of the approximate $2,000.00 that was needed to purchase the prizes. In an effort to keep the Fire Dept. involved, the committee agreed and paid approximately $1,000.00 toward the purchase of the toys. This can be verified because the check was written from the Fourth of July budget maintained by Town Hall. The second year Peter approached me and said if the Fire Dept. was to be involved, they would need the Events Committee to purchase all the toys and they would give them out. The Events Committee voted to handle distribution of the toys. It is obvious that Mr. Denneno wants to make this personal, which once again has no place. It should be noted that the only involvement by the Stoughton Fire Dept. in any event hosted by the Stoughton Events Committee have resulted in them being paid for their time by the taxpayers, unlike the Stoughton Police Dept. who volunteer their time and play a major role in the Haunted Hayride. The Stoughton Public Works Dept., who volunteer their time to handle all the logistics in setting up, breaking down and cleaning up after each event and Town Hall employees that work at every event as well as Selectmen and a past Town Manager. II'll take this opportunity to thank the volunteers who give of themselves to make these events possible. If Mr. Denneno and his peers want to run the Kid's Day next year, I will hand them the $5,000.00 dollar budget and let's see what they can do. It's up to you Peter, do you want to host the event next year? I await your reply."Chairman of the 4th of July Concert and Fireworks Kevin Stetson said, "I don't have kids in this town. I've done six parades and five fireworks. It's a thankless job. I don't do it for the thanks, but I really don't appreciate all the negative comments. Parents should step up to the plate. If Joe didn't volunteer to chair the event when Robert Parsons left, it all would have been over. As far as the fire department, the first year after Bob left, they were tremendous. They paid for all the toys and handed them out. The second year, we paid for half the toys and they handed them out. The third year, we paid for all the toys and they still wanted to hand them out. We asked for an ambulance for the Easter Egg Hunt, because hundreds of kids were there. It showed up when the event was over." Stetson said the police have been very helpful. "Sgt. Dan McGowan is on the Committee. The Auxiliary Police, and their Chief Ron Dardano, have been the biggest asset this committee has had. We had $15,000 from IKEA for the July 4th activities, and $5000 from the town for the Children's Field Day. It's a shame that the Committee had to cancel it due to lack of volunteers. As Rodney King said, 'Why can't we all get along?' Don't complain, step up."
Let's hope that more people (attention parents) come and volunteer for the Stoughton Community Events Committee. Their next event is the Haunted Halloween Hayride. People like Kevin Stetson, Joe Mokrisky, and Bob Desmond work REALLY hard to make Stoughton a better place. Less complaining and more volunteerism would seem to be the key to future success. The Committee has hosted events that include the Easter Egg Hunt, Children’s 4th of July Field Day, 4th of July Fireworks, 4th of July Parade, Touch-A-Truck, Haunted Hayride and the Christmas Parade. As enjoyable as these events are, they take volunteers to make them happen. Many committee members have worked hard over the last couple years to bring these events to reality but they need your help! There are approximately 27,000 people living in the Town of Stoughton. The members of the Community Events Committee hope there are a few who would like to have fun working with their fellow residents to ‘Make a Difference in Stoughton.’ For information about volunteer opportunities, contact Joe Mokrisky, chairman, at 781-344-8887 or Bob Desmond, vice chairman at 781-344-8835.
(posted on July 2, 2012 @ 7 p.m. Updated on July 3, 2012 @ 9:30 am)
The memory of the late Bob Parsons, longtime Chair of the 4th of July Committee, will be honored at the end of the Ronnie Lewis concert, and the beginning of the fireworks. Peter Denneno responds on July 4, 2012 at 10:21 a.m.:
" I have no agenda as Mr. Mokrisky states in the article. I am not running for any position in the Town nor will I ever, I am simply a volunteer. As for the money issue, I don't believe we ever asked for a full $2,000, we always got a small amount of money from Bob Parsons in past years. However, even if we did get the full amount he claims, we were still there to volunteer and help. Now it still cost the Committee the $2k and they don't have the volunteers because we were asked to leave. Unfortunately, Mr. Mokrisky's response is to challenge me to take over the his duty of running the field day when I volunteered for many years until asked to leave. His statement makes it seem to the pubic that I have never participated before with the kids field day. My time was volunteered and any field day time spent was on my own. Only time it was not is if the day fell on my shift in which case we would have come down anyway. Other than that it was not paid at taxpayers expense. Is this Mr. Mokrisky's response to everyone that questions why the field day has canceled? Again, my only reason for sending you an email was my disappointment in seeing such a great 4th of July tradition end. I know the kids really enjoyed this event. So in ending, it is really about the kids and not some other 'agenda'."
LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM STARTS
The summer reading program at Stoughton Public Library began on June 28. It runs during the summer, until August 10th for the young children and August 8th for the young adults. The theme of this years program is "Dream Big-- READ!"
The children receive prize incentives for reading 3~8~15 or 25 books, or if they read chapter books (each group of 50 pages counts as a book.) They enter for raffle prizes for every book they read and move their symbolic "bed in a cloud" along the back bulletin board as they read more books. There are programs offered all summer long for the children to attend. There is Zumba for ages 6-10, and crafts for kids 3 1/2 to 6, as well as many other programs. There are Arts in the Park Programs at the South School every Monday while the program runs. On Friday, July 20th at 10 a.m. there is a preformance by Johnny the K in the South School Cafetorium open to everyone. At the finale party, the raffle winners will be drawn. There are raffle prizes for parents as well!
The young adult program offers prize incentives for reading as well. The teens receive prizes for reading 5~8 or 12 books. They must submit a brief book review for each book they read. The teens also make out raffle tickets for every book read to be drawn at the finale program. The teens have programs such as martial art, Zumba, and many crafts. They are also having a psychic evening, ghost hunting program and zombie make-up workshop. At the end of the program, they will be having an ice cream social with face painting and glitter tattoos.
All programs are free of charge as long as you sign up for the summer reading program at the Stoughton Public Library!!!! Come join the fun. For more information, call 781-344-2711.
(photos and information provided by Sue Hargreaves)
CAR WASHES & YARD SALES LAST WEEKEND
The students at Grace Church at 421 Page Street as a Community Service washed 100 people's cars for no charge on Saturday, June 23. No donations were accepted by the kids. In fact, everyone got their car cleaned and got a free hot dog and soda, too! (Left photo). Also on Saturday, Stoughton Boy Scout Troop 88
and Cub Scout Pack 8 had a Yard Sale and Mini-Car Show (after the rain stopped) at the Trinity Espiscopal Church, at 404 Sumner Street. (Right photo). Photos by Mark Snyder
Stoughton Friends for Seniors Holds Free Bingo Event
On Thursday, June 14, 2012 The Stoughton Friends for Seniors held a free bingo event at the Immaculate Conception Church in Stoughton. Lee Lysco chaired and organized this fun time, that approximately 90 seniors attended. Board member Jerry Capozzoli, donated 3 cakes for this event and also made a $ 50.00 donation towards the grand prize in memory of his late wife, Pauline Capozzoli. The grand prize winner was Mary Malinowski and the winner of the 50/50 raffle was Mary Slater. Members of the board in attendance were: Lee Lysco, Josephine Sargent, Fred Sargent, Chet Collins, Phyllis Tabbi, Joe Araujo, Alice Araujo, Don Interante, Florence Sterns and Stephen Bates. Friends for Seniors President Bob Mullen and his board wanted to thank all of the seniors that showed up early to help set up, and Father Joe and Immaculate Conception Church for the donation of their hall. .
LINCOLN TECH HOLDS RIBBON CUTTING FOR DENTAL ASSISTING PROGRAM
Angela Dennis, Campus Director; Helenmary Pizzi dental assisting instructor; Ashley Finney, student from Stoughton; and Rhonda Heard, lead dental instructor. Ribbon cutting for dental assistant program at Lincoln Tech last week.
(Mark Snyder photo)
On Sunday June 10, 10-year-old Austin Mauriello of Stoughton participated in the Kids Pan Mass Challenge ride in Sharon to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Austin raised nearly $100 by building and selling bird houses to family, friends and teachers. Austin rode the 10K course (6.2 miles) in memory of his grandmother, Cheryl Mauriello, who passed away four years ago from Cancer. After his grandmother's passing, Austin's dad, Michael, participated in his first Pan Mass Challenge, riding the 90 miles from Wellesley to Cape Cod.
Austin was inspired by his dad and last year participated in his first Kids PMC ride. Austin's dad will be riding in his third Pan Mass Challenge in August.
First United Methodist Church Celebrates 200th Anniversary!
First United Methodist Church celebrated its 200th anniversary on Sunday, June 10th at their 103 Pleasant Street location. The service was led by Pastors Rev. Sunmin Cho and Rev. Rebecca Cho. Special guests included District Superintendent Rev. Martin McLee,
who offered a prayer
, and Rev. Peter Weaver, Bishop, who delivered a Sermon titled, "Living Downstream." Service of the Baptismal Covenant was conducted by Eliza Aaluyah Kargbo and Karina Myungyun Cho. Music was provided by Evelyn Ginsberg on keyboards, and liturgist was Mary Mann. The Cho's have been co-Pastors of First United Methodist Church since November 0f 2011, and are the parents of two daughters, Evelyn and Karina.
was the guest organist for the afternoon service. Pastor Rebecca Cho led the prayers, and Frances Wade-Nelson acted as M.C. Bishop Peter Weaver gave the Blessing of the Church. Jackie Benson-Jones, the Chairwoman of the Church's Board of Trustees introduced Stoughton's Interim Town Manager Joseph D. Feaster, Jr. Mrs. Ruth Fitapatrick and Ms. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick read letters from former Pastors at the Church, while Richard Fitzpatrick spoke about Methodism in Stoughton. Reflections were spoken by Senior member Carol Smith, and Youth member Ronnie Green. And, musical tributes were offered by Pat Boyce-Green, Ronnie Green, Krystal Close, Korey Close, and Chane Thomas. Dessert and beverages were served after the service. Happy 200th! Proceeds from the event were to be used to assist with the expense of de-leading the church parsonage.
(Story and Photos by Mark Snyder)
At the Stoughton Historical Society end of year banquet, Dwight MacKerron, President of the Society, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Mikayla Williams. Mikayla, an eighth grade student at the O'Donnell Middle School, drew twenty three pictures for a coloring book on Stoughton history for the Society. MIkayla is the daughter of Michael and Jayne Williams. Dr.Marguerite Rizzi, Superintendent of the Stoughton Public Schools, plans to add the coloring book to the Stoughton history curriculum in the third grade. The coloring book can be purchased at the Stoughton Historical Society, which is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $2.00 for members of the society and $3.00 to others. Pictured: (1) Dwight MacKerron, President of the Stoughton Historical Society, reading the Certificate of Appreciation; (2) Mikayla Williams holding the Certificate of Appreciation: and (3) Mikayla Williams holding the Certificate of Appreciation with Ruth Fitzpatrick, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society, holding the coloring book.
Stoughton ESOL/ABE Student Achievement Ceremony
Elaine Stewart, Dean of Workforce Development & Community
Education at Massasoit Community College
n's Interim Town Manager Joseph D. Feaster, Jr. spoke to the grads
Stoughton ESOL/ABE Graduates
Linda Aspinwall, Director of Adult Basic Eduction
programs at Massasoit Community College
Thong Nguyen, a graduate of the program, speaks.
The Stoughton ESOL/ABE Graduation and Student Achievement Ceremony took place on May 31st in the Stoughton High School Auditorium. CLASS 3B: STOUGHTON ABE graduates included: Fernando Albergaria, Renato Albergaria, Asher Avrahami, Vasco Balde, Jonas Bernard, Elisangela Brito, Gleicivania Cruz, Mayari Ferraz, Urjita Jhurmarwala, Assel Kalybayeva, Apinya McLaughlin, Arlene Nascimento, Edelamar Neigherbon, Thong Nguyen, and Luciana Santos. Elaine Stewart , Dean of Workforce Development & Community Education at Massasoit Community College, and Linda Aspinwall, Director of Adult Basic Education Programs there, did the welcomes and introductions for the couple of hundred people who gathered for the festivities. Guest Speakers included Stoughton’s Interim Town Manager Joseph D. Feaster, Jr. and State Senator Brian A. Joyce (D-Milton). The Ronald Homer Award (from the retired Stoughton school guidance counselor of the same name) went to Betty Mattoli, Education and Career Advisor for the program at Massasoit Community College. Mattoli presented the Anthony L. Sarno Achievement Award to Werlei Da Silva. The Citizenship Awards went to Mussarat Chaudhry and Oleh Reshetnyuk. Instructors for the program include Dulce Carvalho (1A), Dianne Blanchard (2A), Frankie Cohen (3A), Jennifer Temkin (1A), Silvia and Jenifer Carmetti (2B & 3B), and Anastasia Zis (1B). Class speakers were Vasco Balde (3B), Thong Nguyen (3B), and Georgia Boechat (3A). Aspinwall told Snyder’s Stoughton, “ As you saw, it is a great program with adult learners who are there to learn English to better their lives which defaults to family, community and our global world." Added Stoughton Public Library Director Pat Basler,"The Stoughton Adult Basic Education program began as a cooperative effort between the Town of Stoughton, Stoughton Schools and Massasoit Community College, 13 years ago. Every year, we hear the same touching stories of how these adult students hold down one or more jobs, raise families and attend 6 hours of evening class/week to learn English in
order to become true members of our community. Stoughton is very lucky
to have this program."
Dawe School Community Reading Day
The Dawe School held their 5 th Annual Community Reading Day. Principal David Barner said, “We started it with our school council five years ago. We wanted to do something different to increase interest in reading, and to involve the community in the education process.” Dawe Elementary School had a broad spectrum of readers, who also handled some of the questions from the classes. I had the honor of reading Holly Robinson Peete’s book about autism for Mrs. Whoriskey’s third grade class. What a great group of children, who asked excellent questions, mostly about my dog, Harry. Readers included: Former Dawe School principals Joseph Dawe, Jr. and Dr. Robert Adams; Stoughton Police Deputy Chief Robert Devine & Detective Roger Hardy; Stoughton Fire Department Chief Mark Dolloff & Lt. Greg Goldberg; State Rep. Lou Kafka, State Senator Brian Joyce & Joanne Tierney from State Rep William Galvin’s office; Stoughton Library Director Pat Basler; School Committee members Dr. Erdem Ural,George Dolinsky, and Joyce Husseini; Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marguerite Rizzi; Old Colony YMCA Stoughton Executive Director Joyce Dwyer; Interim Town Manager Joseph D. Feaster, Jr.; COA/Youth Commission Director Karen Hall; Anne Marie Kennedy of Barnes & Nobles in Walpole; Lindsey O’Regan, filling in for her father, Selectman Bob O’Regan; Margaret Sewcyk, owner of Creative Preschool; Teresa Tapper of the Stoughton Youth Commission; Selectwoman Cynthia Walsh ; and Ed Jenkins, a former NFL player, and author of the upcoming book, “Fraternity.” He is also Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer for the Mass. Dept. of Transportation. He brought along two guest readers, according to Principal Barner, Bernard Hicks, the Mass. Dept. of Transportation Chief of Staff; and Stephanie Meal-Johnson, Assistant Secretary to the Chief of Staff at the Mass. Dept. of Transportation.
Jewish War Veterans Present Check to Brockton V.A.
Monday, June 4, the Jewish War Veterans of Sharon were at the Brockton VA Hospital and presented a check in the amount of $2000 for personal items to assist veterans in the care of the Veterans Administration Healthcare System. In photo (left to right) Herb Shostek, Ted Blank, Commander Jeff Weitzenkorn of Stoughton, Richard Leeman, (Assistant Chief, Voluntary Service VA Boston Healthcare System), Paul Maltzman, Morton Kaufman, and Milton Kline. (Photo by Brian J. Kiernan)
MONDAY NIGHT HOMEWORK AWARDS CEREMONY
The Wales French Room at Stoughton Public Library was filled with the volunteer tutors and the students of the famed Monday Night Homework Center. Three talented Stoughton Public School teachers, Debbie Conrad, Sheila Osborne and Sue Zbinski (l to r in photo) gave out awards, and the crowd was treated to dinner from Olive Garden in Stoughton. The Homework Center was run every Monday night at the library, from 6-8 p.m. during the school year. 72 students were tutored during the year, with some attending a dozen sessions or more. Thanks were given to all the volunteer tutors, to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marguerite Rizzi, to Library Director Pat Basler, and to Dr. Larry Gray for his support of Netbooks. Olive Garden and Papa John's Pizza made dinners available to participants all year. Selectman Cynthia Walsh and Interim Town Manager Joseph D. Feaster, Jr. attended the event.
(Story and Photos by Mark Snyder)
VFW HANDS OUT AWARDS
The Michael Romanuk V.F.W. Post 1645 had their Installation of Post Officers on Sunday, May 20 at their post headquarters downtown. The Post, which was established March 10, 1929, is celebrating its 83rd year. Elected as Commander was Jim Kelly. Sr. Vice Commander is Brian Turner, and Junior Vice Commander is Gary Barkey. Quartermaster is Rudolph Medeiros, and Chaplain is Frederick C. Varner. Judge Advocate is Charlie Wade, and Surgeon is Jack McSweeney. The 1 Year Trustee is H. Lee Parker, 2 Year Trustee is Louis DiRusso, and 3 year Trustee is Irving Saltzman. Appointed Post Officers included Adjutant Ally Turner, Officer of the Day Amory Murray, Service Officer Robert McGarry, Membership Chair Brian Turner, Hospital Chairman Jack McSweeney, Poppy Drive Frederick C. Varner, Guard-Historian Richard Jasmin, Honor Guard Joseph Fustolo, Post Photographer Hank Herbowy (who provided photos for this story), Allied Veteran Delegates Jim Kelly and David Williams, and Scholarship Chairman Joseph Fustolo. By-Law Chairman and Budget Committee Chairman is Frederick C. Varner. The Budget Committee includes Gary Barkey, Rudolph Medeiros, Brian Turner and Jim Kelly. 837 Chairman is Charlie Wade, and Voice of Democracy Chairman is Joseph DeVito. The V.F.W. presented a number of awards on the 20th, as well. Named Elementary School Teacher of the Year was Paris Kampanelas of the Gibbons Elementary School. Middle School Teacher of the Year was Richard Grasso of O'Donnell Middle School. High School Teacher of the Year was Joseph Bridgeford of Stoughton High. The Voice of Democracy Winners were 1st Place ($300 prize) Will R. McGrath. Second Place and a $200 prize went to Kassandra M. Melo, and Third Place and $100 went to Julia Sjoquist. Stoughton Policeman of the Year was Officer Robert Kuhn, and Firefighter of the Year was John Hussey. Special Awards were presented to History Chair John Gallivan of Stoughton High and O'Donnell School Assistant Principal David Guglia "for their continued promotion of citizenship at their schools."
(Photos by Hank Herbowy. In top photo, Helen Sears, whose late husband was co-chair of the Voice of Democracy Contest, co-chair Joe DeVito, Winners Will McGrath, Kessandra Mello, and Julia Sjoquest, and VFW Commander Lee Parker. Middle left O'Donnell Middle School Vice Principal David Guglia receives award. Middle right, Firefighter John Hussey and his Chief, Mark Dolloff. Bottom left, Stoughton Police Officer Robert Kuhn and his family. Bottom right, SHS Teacher Joseph Bridgeforth (second from right) with Selectman John Anzvino, Helen Sears, Paris Kampanelis, Rudolf Medeiros, Joe DeVito, and Commander Lee Parker.
STOUGHTON 'S LEPPO ONE OF SIX FEATURED SPEAKERS AT BETH ISREAL/DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER EVENT
Celebration of Life, a full day of celebration, education and kinship for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) cancer community to raise awareness about the battle against cancer, took place Sunday, May 20, in the Harvard Medical School Quadrangle under a huge tent. This poignant event also welcomes men and women who received their care from other hospitals in and around Boston – and beyond.
Mark Leppo, a Stoughton realtor, was one of six featured speakers at the event. Mark fought for his leg--and his life-- against the rare and deadly Merkel Cell Carcinoma. Leppo detailed the skin graft surgery which took a chunk out of his leg, 35 rounds of radiation, and the fear that racked his mind, when eight more spots were detected in his leg. Surgery, regular chemotherapy and radiation couldn't halt the cancer, and it threatened his leg and his life. He finished three rounds of chemotherapy and then heard the dreaded word, "setback" when the chemo didn't work. He underwent an experimental five hour procedure, called Isolated Limb Infusion, that was performed by Dr. Kenneth Tanabe at Mass. General Hospital. After 3 agonizing months of waiting, Leppo found out that he was cancer free. He undergoes regular scans now to assure that he remains that way.
While Leppo was battling cancer - and a failed remission - he was also establishing a Spinathon for Strong Kids at the Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton. That first year, while he was undergoing chemotherapy, he chaired the event and arranged for most of the sponsors. The event raised $17,400. This past year, it raised another $60,000 collectively in all the Old Colony YMCA locations. Leppo, who works for Zip Realty (www.leppoteam.com), says, "Live every day to its fullest. It is important to keep busy, and have a great support system." I'm happy to say that Mr. Leppo and I have been friends for over 50 years. Leppo has a wonderful wife and partner of 28 years, Anne, and a great son, Jason. Both were at the event, along with Mark's friends Cindy and Mike Pazyra from Stoughton. Since 1993, patients and their family members and close friends, along with physicians, nurses, social workers, and other cancer caregivers at BIDMC have gathered together for this daylong celebration in June, dubbed The Celebration of Life. This inspiring event allows people living with cancer an opportunity to share their stories and learn from Harvard Medical School affiliated physicians, other community experts, and of course, each other. “It’s the pinnacle of the year for those who have been touched by this disease, patients and health care professionals alike,” said Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, BCD, Chief of Oncology Social Work at BIDMC and a breast cancer survivor. She adds, “Celebration of Life ‘puts a face’ on cancer, while providing hope to all that fight it." She chaired the $125,000 event Sunday. Leppo told me afterwards that, "The Celebration of Life event was very emotional for me. I was honored to be able to speak, and represent cancer survivors. I wanted to give some hope and inspiration to all." That, he did.
300 ENJOY 2012 FRIENDS FOR SENIORS DINNER
Friends for Seniors held their 2012 Annual Spring Dinner on Saturday, May 19, in the basement hall at Immaculate Conception Church. Father Joseph McDermott did the opening prayer, and from there it was Mike Sammarco and his
famous Sons of Italy/Babe Ruth
cooking crew that took over. Everyone got chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and a roll---and cake for dessert. Seniors paid only $3 for tickets! Friends for Seniors President Bob Mullen (who doubles as President of the Stoughton Lions Club and Stoughton's Deputy Moderator in his spare time.) Friends for Seniors Scholarships were awarded to Rebecca Goldberg of the National Honor Society ($500), pictured with Mullen, V.P Joe Arujo, and Josie Harrison ;Anthony Foley of Boy Scout Troop 516 ($250), pictured with his mom, Karen Foley; and to Mike Sammarco for the Babe Ruth League ($500), pictured at left with his cooking crew. Talented pianist and singer David Cuddy provided entertainment that had people dancing in their seats. It was a blast for those that attended. We'll be posting a complete list of volunteers as soon as we receive it. The students of Stoughton High's National Honor Society did an excellent job serving the seniors. Kudos to them! Faces In The Crowd included Stoughton Police Chief Paul Shastany, Selectmen Cynthia Walsh and John Anzivino; TV Personality/Attorney Jack Dembrowsky, and COA/Youth Commission Director Karen Hall. Those working the event included:
Stoughton High School Honor Students: Brittony Mahan, Leesa Snyder, Nicole Kerman, Brett Hoffman, Vistoria Tran, Christina Solem, Niamh Fennessy, Erin Walsh, Kelsie Laferriere, Debora Lumene, Lauren Cellucci, Stephanie Amaral, Mike Silveira, Dan Block, and Rene Ohimar. Kitchen Crew included Mike Sammarco, Dennis Gada, Alan Ventorosa, Ed Courteau and Don Interrante. Friends For Senior Members: Josie and Fred Sargent, Flo and Paul Stern, Alice and Joe Araujo, David Sheehan, Chrissy Henriques, Steve Bates, Chet Collins, Gerry Capozzoli, Phyllis Tabbi, Don Interrante, Mike Sammarco, Lee Lysko, and Bob Mullen.
(Story and Photos by Mark Snyder)
PATRIOTS WIN 10th STRAIGHT CHARITY HOOP GAME
but Stoughton Police give them a contest!
Kitchen Sink Productions co-owner Terry Schneider tells Snyder's Stoughton he estimated that 175 people came to see Beatle Juice at the Stoughton High School auditorium on Friday night, May 18. It's too bad. The whole town should have been there. If you loved the Beatles, you'd have been groovin' all night. The members of Beatle Juice don't resemble the Beatles, but boy do they sound like them! They perform their songs as close to the original recordings as possible. Even laughs or sounds that were inserted in the 45's were included in their renditions. (If you're under 30, forget the reference to 45's. They were like CD's with a big hole in the middle played on a contraption called a record player. we didn't have Ipods. We had spindles that allowed you to play those 45's, as opposed to 33's and 78's. Confused yet?) Schneider, who is partners with sound man Jeff Connors of Audio PA Systems in Kitchen Sink, said that he believed the event at least broke even. A portion of the proceeds were targeted for POPS, the organization that backs the school's award-winning music program. Members of that program provided an entertaining warmup act for Beatle Juice.Beatle Juice, which had Brad Delp of Boston as their lead singer until his death, was led by two singers, who split the show in half. I didn't catch the name of the opening singer, but he sported amazing chops as he explored the Beatles early years. He had huge stage presence and personality, as well. Diminutive Buddy Bernard finished up with much of the music of the later years, including Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, With A Little Help From My Friends, Magical Mystery Tour, and Hello Goodbye. He was also a talented singer, but had a more limited lower range compared to the opening vocalist. It's a shame so many people missed it. But, there's good news. SMAC was there taping. So, hopefully, some time soon, you'll be able to see and hear what I did! We'll let you know just how much POPS got from this evening.
(Story and Photos by Mark Snyder)
FUNDRAISER FOR FIRE VICTIMS
Friends of Dennis Manning, Laurie Smith and Stoughton High School student Dianna Manning, who were all made homeless by the recent Park Street fire, held a fundraiser for them, last Friday night at Game Time Sports Bar & Grill, 365 Centre Ave. in Rockland. If you couldn't make it, and would like to help the family (who are looking for an apartment), you can send a donation to them directly at P.O. Box 134, Stoughton, MA 02072. Dennis is undergoing treatment for cancer. This family could use our help!
Famed Criminologist & Author Jack Levin
Featured at Lions Club
The Stoughton Lions Club hosted criminologist and author Jack Levin at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 2nd.. It took place at Chinatown Restaurant in Stoughton. The event was hosted by past King Lion Arthur Slate. Levin spoke about serial killers, and had the audience spellbound with his insight into the criminal mind. 35 Lions Club members turned out to hear him spedak in the restaurant's function room. Dr. Jack Levin is the Irving and Betty Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where he teaches courses in prejudice and violence. He specializes in Criminology, Prejudice, and Social Psychology and is considered an authority on serial killers, mass murderers, and hate crimes. He is also the co-director of the Brudnick Center on Conflict and Violence at Northeastern University.
Mr. Levin has authored or co-authored 28 books, including Mass Murder: America’ s Growing Menace, Killer on Campus, Overkill: Mass Murder and Serial Killing Exposed, Hate Crimes Revisited, The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder, The Violence of Hate, and Serial Killers and Sadistic Murderers: Up Close and Personal. Levin has published more than 150 articles in professional journals and newspapers, such as The New York Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today. He appears frequently on national television programs, including 48 Hours, 20/20, Dateline NBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, Rivera Live, Larry King Live, Unsolved Mysteries, and network newscasts.
Levin, Police Chief Paul Shastany, former King Lion Arthur Slate, and Ed DeFelice and Lester Davis
(photos by Hank Herbowy)
Doing It For Diane Breaks Record
Details will be forthcoming, but it appears that the 7th Annual Doin' It for Diane food pantry fundraiser has topped all their previous events. The most recent one, held on Friday, April 27, attracted a smaller crowd than some of the previous events, but sponsorships increased, and those attending opened their hearts and wallets to those less fortunate. Over $20,000 was generated for Stoughton's two food pantries! There was an amazing array of delicious desserts from Bob's Foodmart, Catering by Linda, Costco, Courtyard by Marriott, Dunkin' Donuts, IKEA, Ivy's Fine Cakes, Lee Policow, New England Sinai Hospital, Panera Bread, the Portuguese National Club, Shaws Supermarket, Stop & Shop in Marshfield & Stoughton, Stoughton Bakery, Target, Texas Roadhouse, TGI Fridays, The Chateau Restaurant, and X & O Restaurant. There was a frenzied live auction, featuring Red Sox tickets (from Steve Anastos); A Martha's Vineyard Week's Vacation Rental from Hank Polanzak; A 3 Hour Classic Limo Ride from John Sawyer, coupled with a Christina's Fireside Grill gift certificate and a Curtis Liquors gift basket; Two Pairs of Celtics Tickets from Mike & Jill at Island Street Automotive; Patriots Tickets from Joe & "Ducky" Keefe; and a "Food Frenzy", featuring $175 worth of restaurant gift certificates. There were SO many raffles and silent auction items, that I don't have the space to thank all the donors here, and I still don't have my voice! The Food Foundation of Stoughton, Inc. is the new sponsor of this event, taking over from the Chamber of Commerce. It is a 501-C3 nonprofit, whose Executive Board consists of President Elizabeth Snell, Vice President Maria Pimental, Secretary Nadine Israel, and Treasurer Dori Frankel. IKEA and Randolph Savings Bank were again the event's major sponsor. And, the Prone Foundation kicked in $1,000. The bottom line was helped greatly by Jill Souza from Island Steet Automotive, who initiated a donor card program, and participated in the Oil for Food Program with Stoughton Chamber Chairman Chris Petrie and Windsor Tire. The DIFD 2012 Committee included Terry & Joanne Schneider, Anne Havlin, Christine Gallagher, Lucy O'Connor, Bridget Horan, Charley Verge, Suzanne Blacker, Hank Polanzak, Mark Snyder, David Fisher, Fred Yaitanes, Nadine Israel, Lisa Wheeler, Steve Kelly, Cindy Pazyra, Maria Pimental, Beth & Megan Snell, Jill Souza, Dori Frankel, Joyce Dwyer, Joan Foley, Chris Petrie, Joel Honig, Peg Carbone, Denis Donaghue, Jack Raeke, and Michael Crawford. Entertainment was provided by the A Capella group, the Echoes, and by singers Joe "Kidd" Fernandes and Nicole Caramanica of "Double Impact." I was happy to be the MC for the seventh year.
(Photos by Danielle Schneider)
2nd Annual "It's Elementary"
5K Road Race & Fun Run
A nice crowd turned out Saturday, April 28, on a cold and crispy day for the Second Annual It's Elementary 5K Road Race and Fun Run. Conceived by Rosanna Kelleher, the co-president of the Dawe School PTO, it is a fundraiser for ALL FIVE Stoughton elementary schools. The event was a huge success, due much to the generosity of the event's sponsors. Kiddie Academy was the Premiere Sponsor. Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Massachusetts was the Platinum Sponsor. Randolph Savings Bank and Whole Person Health were Silver Sponsors. Bronze Sponsors included Farley Funeral Home, Stoughton Auto Body, GoodSamaritan Hospital, HarborOne Credit Union, Knights of Columbus, Roche Bros. Supermarket, Walgreens and Walmart. Kelleher wanted to thanks the Stoughton Auxiliary Police, Holbrook Emergency Services, Colonial Runners, Marathon Sports, Ocean Spray, Old Colony YMCA, and all the volunteers and sponsors for their help. DJ Vaughn Enokian provided all the sound, and I was happy to be the emcee again this year, despite a scratchy voice as a result of the DIFD fundraiser the night before. Fun Run Winners included (first place tie) John Neves and Rami Hourabi; (second place) Tess Khoury; and (third place) Mary Thompson. 5K Winners were:Overall Men's: (1) Daniel Yifru of Stoughton, (2) Matthew DiTrolio of West Bridgewater, and (3) Jacob Berman of Sharon.
Overall Women's: (1) Melissa Chester-Lentendre of Stoughton, (2) Laura Janelli of Stoughton; and (3) Emily Weldon of Randolph.
Men 18+Under: (1) Matt Moran of Brockton, (2) Matthew MacKay of Canton; and (3) Brian Tucker of Stoughton.
Women 18 + Under: (1) Elizabeth Slade of Stoughton, (2) Gianna Grillone of Brockton, and (3) Hannah Willy of Stoughton.
Men 19-29: (1) Joshua Henderson of Brighton and (2) William Reardon of Brockton.
Women 19-29: (1) Carlie Whoriskey of Boston. (2) Sarah Wheeler of Mansfield, and (3)Tracy Wong of Canton.
Men 30-39: (1) Mike Wilson of Stoughton, (2) Adam Kempner of Sharon, and (3) Eric Hubert.
Women 30-39: (1) Kimberly Hedrick, (2) Jean Witt of Stoughton, and (3) Rebecca Doherty of Stoughton.
Men 40-49: (1) Scott Grandfield of Rehobeth, (2) David Billo of Stoughton, and (3) Sean Doherty of Stoughton.
Women 40-49: (1) Heather Luke of Taunton, (2) Chris Shannon of Stoughton, and (3) Kate Brown of Stoughton.
Men 50-59: (1) Stephen Warren of Sharon, (2) Stephen Gigarjian of Stoughton, and (3) Joao Macedo of Stoughton.
Women 50-59: (1) Barbara Purcell of Stoughton.
Men 60 & Over: (1) Brad Kron of Brockton, (2) David Dore of South Easton and (3) George Wang of Stoughton.
Women 60 & Over: (1) Elsie Gaydar of Stoughton.
One of the entertainers at the very successful Healthy Kids Day event at the Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton on Saturday
STOUGHTON PRIDE DAY CLEANS UP
Jim Grant and Don Interrante doing clean up and repairs at the COA/Youth Commission Outdoor Community Garden. The Crew from Stop & Shop in Stoughton wearing their lime green T shirts. Members of the Stoughton High Freshman Softball team spent their Sunday cleaning the Stoughton Railroad Station as part of Stoughton Pride Day. Stoughton High engineering teacher Tim Horton, who is also the freshman softball coach, led the way. George Baranek, a manager of Stoughton's Target Store, helps out at Stoughton Railroad Station cleaning a flower bed. Linda Fraine of Stoughton Life Teen cleans branches out between CAPP Playground, The Jones School, and Halloran Park.
Stoughton High grad and aspiring art teacher Carolyn Lamore touches up some playground equipment at the Children's Adventure Playspace Project behind the Jones School on Pierce Street as part of Stoughton Pride Day. David Rentsch cleans up around CAPP Playground on Stoughton Pride Day. Matthew Landi, Greg Carter, and James Fenton of Stoughton's Stop & Shop do some heavy lifting with fresh new sand for the CAPP Playground on Stoughton Pride Day.
Melissa Barbosa, who works with the Youth Advisory Council; Karen Hall, the Director of the Council on Aging and the Youth Commission (middle photo addressing crowd); and John Denison, Recreation Director for the Town of Stoughton (above left), all took leadership roles in the Stoughton Pride Day activities. The O'Donnell Middle School Skate Park also got a makeover (right, in photo by Jeff Pickette of Stoughton Patch.)
IT'S A PARADE---A CIVIL WAR PARADE & REMEMBRANCE
Featuring President Abraham Lincoln (Bob Grover) and Mary Todd Lincoln (Denise Lochiatto), Boston Fife & Drum Corp, the Sgt. Mark Nickerson & the12th Volunteer Regiment, and Sgt. Emmett Bell-Sykes & the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Personal Diary of Pvt. Edward Waldo, Stoughton Resident, as told by Dwight MacKerron. Roger Hall, with a look at Civil War music. And, finally, Live Civil War Era Music by
Dixon’s Gold, featuring Jill Gross: guitar and vocal; Scott Shetler: Mandolin, Penny Whistle, Banjo, Clarinet and Vocals; Dan Keller: Fiddle; Bruce Millard: Mandolin , Guitar banjo & Vocals; and John Moriconi: Brass & Vocals.
(Photos by Mark Snyder and Hank Herbowy)
Pat Basler, who heads up the Stoughton Public Library, as well as the Stoughton Reads TogetMassachusetts Volunteers, Company A, which includes Lt. Benny White, Sgt. Emmett Bell-Sykes, Pvt. Herman Anderson, and Pvt. Harel Broderick; The 12thMassachusetts Volunteers, Company I, led by Sgt. Mark Nickerson, and including Cor. Eric Andrews, Pvt. Larry Cain, Pvt. Marshall Cain, Pvt. Jordan Cain, Pvt. Jeremiah Grossman, Pvt. Lee Biederman, Pvt. Zachary Henry, Maureen Cain, and Sandra Nickerson; Salem Zouaves: Pvt. Andrew Volpe; President Abraham Lincoln:Robert Grover; Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln:Denise Lochiatto; Special Thanks to Behind the Scenes Volunteers: Paul Flynn for setting up sound system, Carma and Ariene Ohimor for hanging Civil War Posters in ArtGallery, and Heather Wallace for managing the tables. The Boston Fife and Drum, featuring Lee Caron, Carmin Calabrese, and Donald Heminitz; Roger Hall, Civil War Music Demonstration with recorded music at the gazebo; Dwight MacKerron, Lecture on Civil War Diaries of Pvt. Edward Waldo from Stoughton; Dixon’s Gold Band, including Jill Gross, Dan Keller, Bruce Millard, John Moriconi, and Scott Shetler; Stoughton Reads Together Committee: Barbara Canavan, Dolores Cummings, Mary Lou Giordano, Denise Lochiatto, Dwight MacKerron, Jean & LeoMellyn, Josh Olshin, and Cynthia Walsh.
EARTH DAY AT THE LIBRARY
Energy & Sustainability Committee mans a booth. John Anzivino, Jill Somers, and Tony Philips
Kayla Fisk with Bunnies George & James Currier with Bunnies
Two Year old Nathan with a baby duckDawn Cordeiro's "Farm Visits" came to the Stoughton Public Library on April 21st, as part of Earth Day festivities, and the kids LOVED IT!
(Mark Snyder photos)
STOUGHTON RESIDENT FEATURED ON DICK CLARK SPECIAL
LIVE from TIMES SQUARE
it's Stoughton's Diane Levine...
Adam Lurie got permission Tuesday night from the Board of Selectmen to erect a flag pole at the Frederick H. Pye Memorial Park, located at Central and Canton Streets in West Stoughton, near the Gazebo. This will be Adam's Eagle Scout project, and he'll be aided by other Scouts from Troop 516 in Stoughton .
Stoughton Community Events Committee's Easter Egg Hunt
A HUGE Success in first year at Stoughton High
Hundreds of kids had a great time, including Anthony & Zacary DeSousa, twin six year old sons of Stoughton Police Officer Joe DeSousa (seen with the Easter Bunny). This year's event was held at Stoughton High School, unlike previous events which were at town-owned Cedar Hill Golf Course. The weather cooperated and everyone had a half hour of fun, challenge, and candy! Community Event Committee's Kevin Stetson wanted to give special thanks to Walgreens, which brought the Easter Bunny to Stoughton, and provided film, camera, and all the photos for FREE to Stoughton residents. Kevin also thanked David Sheehan of the Norfolk Country Sheriff Mike Bellotti's Office who directed traffic, as well as the Stoughton Fire Department, for their help at the event. In the photo below, left to right, Fran Stetson, Nancy Patterson, Kevin Stetson, Joe Mokrisky, The Easter Bunny, Bob Desmond, Derek Faria, Captain Ron Dardarno of the Stoughton Auxiliary Police, Maria Simas, and Selena Faria.
(Top photo by Mark Snyder. Middle photo courtesy of Walgreens. Bottom photo by Joe Mokrisky)
Kids Celebrate Passover with Hands-on Model Matzah Factory
Two groups of local children participated in a hands-on pre-Passover experience at the Model Matzah Factory at Shaloh House Chabad in Stoughton. The children re-enacted the process of manufacturing Matzah, from grinding the flour to kneading the dough, to baking the Matzahs, all within 18 minutes; the time limit in which Matzah must be made. Rabbi Mendel Gurkow of Shaloh House Chabad of the South Area facilitated the interactive program. Both groups of children; local elementary age children who attend the Shaloh House Sunday Hebrew School and preschoolers from the Shaloh House Preschool, listened & learned before donning official “Matzah Bakery Hats”, taking their own freshly mixed dough, rolling it flat, poking plenty of air holes and forming individual pieces of handmade matzah. The children learned that actual Passover Matzah needs to be manufactured in a highly controlled environment to ensure that it does not become leavened.The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated this year from sundown on Friday night, April 6, until after nightfall on Saturday, April 14. Passover commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt and will be celebrated with festive “Seder” dinners on April 6 and 7. Other holiday observances include restricting the consumption of leavened products such as bread and pasta, instead eating unleavened matzah. Additional information about the Passover holiday is available at http://www.chabad.org/Passover
(Elijah Perlmutter of Stoughton dons his Matzah Bakery hat as he prepares to make his own matzah! Rabbi Gurkow explains to the Preschoolers the process of making matzah. Children from the Sunday Hebrew School program busy at work making matzah in courtesy photos above.)
John Anderson Coffee and Conversation
Judge Frank Crimmins & Greg Anderson
A number of Stoughton residents came to the San John Filarmonica Society on Wednesday night, April 4, to meet and ask questions of Selectman John Anderson. Anderson is a candidate for re-election on Tuesday, April 10. His son Greg introduced former Town Manager and District Court Judge Francis T. Crimmins, Jr. Crimmins lauded the performance of Anderson in his three years in office. He told the crowd, "We owe a great debt to John Anderson for helping to bring in Police Chief Paul Shastany. He stepped up to lead the search. The Chief was selected on a 3-2 vote. John also helped fill the vacancy for Town Manager two years ago. That was decided on the same 3-2 vote. If I have to say so myself, I think we did a few good things the past two years as Town Manager. John does a great job and is underestimated by a lot of people." Anderson spoke to a number of concerns of residents who were there. One was the senior liaison police officer requested by Chief Shastany in his 2013 budget, which was rejected by the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee. "I advocated for this position. The need is there. There are more seniors than students in this town. That officer is needed for the protection of our elderly." Anderson also cited his track record as a Selectman. "The Bay Road culvert collapsed. The Town of Sharon was threatening to sue us unless we spent a million dollars to fix it. We had our public works do the job for under $200,000. Problem over. Fire Station 2 was costing us a lot of money while it was closed. We got it repaired, and now it is open and fully staffed. Then, they announced they were going to close the Stoughton District Court and turn it into a juvenile court. I reminded the group of judges that we got to speak to that the courthouse sat next to three schools and playing fields. That would not have been a good place for the juvenile court. Town Manager Crimmins and Police Chief Shastany also spoke, and the courthouse was saved." As for Anderson's plan for the future, he said, "We need to attract good viable businesses to our town. I'd like to try to bring in additional dollars to reduce the tax burden on residents. We need to keep in place what Judge Crimmins instituted. 14 Department Heads signed a letter supporting Mr. Crimmins. He was obviously doing something right." On a question regarding the schools, the former School Committee member and Council on Aging Chairman said, "I think we need to reduce the costs for the schools. They say it's for the children, but we're not children anymore." Anderson concluded with, "I'd like to continue for the next three years the work I have begun. I ask for one of your votes on April 10."Faces In The Crowd: Selectman Steve Anastos, and his wife Heidee of the Community Events Committee (and their really cool 4th grade son Mike); School Committee member George Dolinsky, FinCom members Peter Ventresco, Ed DeFelice and Dr. Erdem Ural (candidate for school committee); Former Town Managers Francis T. Crimmins, Jr. and Jeanne Fleming (also a former Town Clerk); Planning Board Chairman Joe Scardino; Veterans Agent Mike Pazyra and his wife Cindy of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Jay Farley of Farley Funeral Home; Sue Hargreaves of Stoughton Public Library; Leo Fay of the Board of Assessors; Bernie Planeta, District Commander of Amvets; Dennis McCarthy of Cedar Hill Operations Committee, and his wife Lorraine, former Secretary for Friends for Seniors; Sons of Italy cooking crew Dennis Gada and Mike Sammarco; DPW Superintendent John Batchelder; Retired State Police Lt. and Chief Search Committee member Bill Murphy; CPA Jerry Savage, the Campaign Treasurer, and his wife Sheryl, Executive Director of College Advancement at Massassoit Community College in Canton; and, finally, the candidate's lovely wife, Mary Beth.
STOUGHTON RESIDENTS ATTEND PREMIERE
Stoughton residents Ed Wormald and Melanie Cobb, along with Peter and Shayne Vacca of Brockton, taken on the red carpet at the Premiere Party for National Geographic Channel’s new show, WICKED TUNA. About 400 people attended the screening and party at the Wilbur Theatre on March 27th. ( Pictured left to right are: Peter Vacca, Shayne Vacca, Ed Wormald, and Melanie Cobb.) Wormald and Cobb are owners of the Corner Cafe, at School and Canton Streets. Their son Kenny has done the Red Carpet. He's the star of the recent motion picture, "Footloose."
The cookie fundraiser was Saturday from 3-6 p.m. for Children's Hospital in Boston. It attracted a few dozen families, including Myra Gretsky of Stoughton, and her granddaughter Jocelyn of Abington (top photo). They did some fun cookie deocrating at Panera Bread in Stoughton on Saturday, March 31. It was for charity, and the kids loved it! In middle photo, the Michel family, Jovana and Jaylah, from Brockton, with their mom. Below, some of the finished products on display. Delish!
HOP TO IT EASTER EGG HUNT
April 1, 2012 @ Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton The Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton held a "Hop to It!" Easter event on April 1st. Children searched for the Golden Eggs, which contained a prize ticket. Children, and their families, also got to play wiffle ball, climb ropes, do crafts under the pavilion, play soccer, and do the gaga pit. Fun was had by all!
FUN AT THE FAIREveryone had a blast at the Hansen School Fair 2012. There was exciting raffles, delicious baked goods, face painting, yard sales, and even a fun Patch Photo Booth (See Jeff and Christine above left). Andrew Kellogg has a fun time at the Yard Sale table with Hannah Mace, Amanda Barucci, Alessandra Loffredo, and his daughter Tori.
(Photos by Mark Snyder)
RAISING FUNDS FOR STOUGHTON HEAVYWEIGHT
The folks at Maxx Training Center put on a fundraiser for Stoughton High School senior Andrew "Paco" Paredes on Saturday night. It is the first step in trying to raise the $700 it will take to send him to "The Nationals" in Virginia. The Heavyweight wrestler had a 93-32 record at Stoughton High Schooland was a four-time All Scholastic. He was the 2011-2012 Enterprise Wrestler of the Year, a two-time Sectional Champion, a two time Hockomock League Champion and All Star, a two-time State Runner up, All State Runner Up, and was 4th in New England overall. He was ranked second in Massachusetts. He attends Dungeon Wrestling in Hanover in the off-season. His high school Wrestling Coach, Justin Leonard, told Snyder's Stoughton Saturday night, just before the fundraiser began, that Paco is the first Stoughton High wrestler under his reign to go to Nationals. "His dedication to wrestling and his work ethic is unsurpassed. He does 20 hours or more every week training and learning." Paco is considering college offers and wants to major in Physical Therapy. He is looking "for the best offer", according to Coach Leonard. Helping out with his training is Champion Ultimate Fighter (and Maxx Training Center owner) Mike Varner, as well as wrestling coach Mike Carroll (also a Stoughton firefighter) and fitness trainer Mike Shannon.Donations may still be sent, made out to the Stoughton Boosters Club, c/o Maxx Training Center, 49 Rose Street, Stoughton, MA 02072. In photo (l to r): Mike Shannon, Mike Carroll, Andrew "Paco" Paredes, Justin Leonard and Mike Varner.
(Story and Photo by Mark Snyder)
Guns & Hoses Game
FIRE WINS, 3-1
But, the real winner was the kids who benefit from Friends of Stougton Hockey, the beneficiary of the event. F.O.S.H. is a 501 (c) non-profit organization dedicated to helping young hockey players improve their hockey skills. Each year F.O.S.H. conducts a skills camp for JV and Varsity players pre-season. They assist the Middle School team with weekly practice ice for their full season of play in the Junior High League at Foxboro Sports Center. At the conclusion of each season, F.O.S.H. recognizes all players from each team with a banquet and awards ceremony. To keep alumni involved in the Stoughton Hockey family, F.O.S.H. organizes an annual alumni game and gathering. Perhaps the most important contribution F.O.S.H. makes is the awarding of up to (6) $500 scholarships to graduating seniors.
RIDE FOR STRONG KIDS SPINATHON!
Jeff Sprung and Julia DuBovy lead the spinning at the Old Colony YMCA Spinathon
The Old Colony YMCA Stoughton branch held its second "Ride for Strong Kids" Spin-a-thon, sponsored by CBIZ Tofias, on Saturday, March 24. Money raised from this event will support the branch’s annual campaign, providing financial assistance for community kids and families who without this support, would not be able to participate in YMCA membership, camp and afterschool programs. "Working alongside the committee of volunteers that made this event happen, is truly inspiring," stated Serah Selmon, Associate Executive Director of the Stoughton branch. She continued, "Everyone has a powerful story motivating them to give so much of themselves to help this cause. Mark Leppo, the Spin-a-thon chairperson and event founder, put everything he had into last year’s event. In it’s first year, the spin-a-thon raised over $17,000--all while Mark fought a rare from of Cancer, which returned just before last year’s event. This year, having fought and won a second time, Mark understands personally that members of our community never expect to struggle or undergo hardship, but when it happens, it is a good thing residents of Stoughton and our surrounding communities can count on the Y! We count on the generosity of our members and community to help people of all ages and from all walks of life to be more healthy, confident, connected and secure. It’s important for people to know that when you give to the Y, your gift will have a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood." Mark could not atend camp in his youth, due to a lack of money, and he strived to send as many children to camp who were in the same circumstances he was in. This is what inspired him to start the Spinathon, which is now being done annually in every Old Colony YMCA location.
Selmon says that, "This event has pulled in more than $10,000 and the support continues to come in. The Y will publish final fundraising numbers in April, once the full raffle is complete. Most raffle items were pulled yesterday, but the sports items (Andre Tippett signed Patriots Jersey, Brandon Bass signed Celtics Basketball, Daniel Paille signed hockey puck, and tickets to a weekday Red Sox game in May) will be continued through April 5th at noon." Cost of raffle tickets is only $1 each, or 15 for $10. They can still be purchased in the lobby of the Stoughton Old Colony YMCA branch. Residents can also buy souvenir T Shirts for only $8 to help support the cause.
The event this year was a success, but figures were not available at the time of this writing. Spinathon Chairman Mark Leppo and Special Events Committee Chairperson Kathy Stern were thankful to a long list of givers. They cited the Committee, which included Courtney Chizmadia, Jean Inman, Jessica Ackerman, Marcia Boland-Wells, Mary Coulter-Bennett, and Serah Selmon. Additional help was provided by Anne Leppo and Cindy Pazyra. Instructors who led the spinning were Beth Marzelli, Jeff Spring, Heidi Isler, Ben Mattson, Celeste Kaye, Julia DuBovy, and Christine Cochrane-McKay. The Committee sent thanks to all the food, drink & snack sponsors: Starbucks at Cobbs Corner, Peppercorns at the Y, Life's a Bagel, Stop & Shop in Stoughton, Big Y in Walpole, the Boland-Wells Family, Chuck & Cheese Pizza, TGI Fridays, Shaw's Supermarket in Stoughton, Munroe Dairy, Dunkin' Donuts, Papa Gino's on Washington Street, and Cosco. Congratulations to Joe Howard, who spun for SIX HOURS! Sponsors included CBIZ Tobias ($2500 donation); Jean Inman and The Prone Family Foundation ($1000 sponsors); Fred Yaitanes and Nadine Israel of Fred & Nadine Realtors and Mark Leppo of Zip Realty ($500 sponsors); and Marcott Designs, Inc. (who did a great job on the T shirts, and donated $250). Selmon also thanked the Stoughton Patch, Snyder's Stoughton, and the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce for helping to get the word out about the event. If you notice a cow doing spinning on the bike, you should know who that was in the costume. Munroe Dairy in Rhode Island sent their rep Jay Morin in a cow suit. He was great! The kids loved him, and the dairy gave out samples of their products, as well as free sample deliveries to Stoughton households as part of the promotion.Fun and fitness was had by all! The money collected for this event will pay to help send a child to camp, give kidsa role model in a after school program, or to allow a family to stay healthy and conected by exercising and being part of the Y Community. (STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARK SNYDER)
Raising the Flag
Christine Iacobucci and her daughter Isabella attended the September 11th ceremony at the Stoughton Fire Station on Freeman Street late last year, and when her daughter sang three lines (“I love my Country. I love my freedom. I love my flag and independence day!”), it thrilled the crowd, and surprised her. What really struck her there, and at Town Meeting, was the enormous 30 by 60 foot flag that flew from a Stoughton Fire Department ladder truck. Iacobucci’s young daughter wondered why it didn’t fly during all the holidays, from July 4, to Memorial Day, to Veterans Day. What she discovered was that Stoughton borrowed the flags, from the Towns of Randolph and Canton. So was born a fund-raising campaign. Iacobucci, who writes a parenting column for Stoughton Patch, conducted a fundraiser and secured all the funds needed to buy the enormous flag for the Stoughton Fire Department to fly! Her "Raise the Flag" campaign wound up with a presentation on March 20 before the Board of Selectmen. Bella presented a citation and the flag to Stoughton Fire Chief Mark Dolloff. Residents had been generous, and Christine and Isabella became an inspiration for citizens---rewarded with a standing ovation by the Town Hall crowd. If you see something your community needs, stand up and work for it. These two did. A round of applause!
(Photos by Mark Snyder)
HONORING TOWN MANAGER FRANK CRIMMINS
The Board of Selectmen honored outgoing Town Manager Francis T. Crimmins, Jr. on Tuesday, March 20, in the Great Hall. Each selectmen said a few nice words, and Crimmins thanked everyone for their support. Then, everyone enjoyed a collation, featuring scrumptious desserts by Linda Ross (Catering by Linda). Chairman John Stagnone said that Crimmins "has tried to keep our Board out of trouble." Crimmins, in his witty style, said, "When (Historian) David Lambert writes about my two year history in office, he will conclude I left it better than I found it." Faces In The Crowd: Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Chairman Chris Petrie, Chamber Executive Director Terry Schneider & membership director/wife Joanne Schneider, Realtors Fred Yaitanes & Nadine Israel, Chamber Board member Lester Davis and his wife Sandy, Historian & Columnist David Lambert, Conservation Commission Chairman David Asack, My Sports Love, Inc. Director Fred Minsker, Finance Committee member Dr. Erdem Ural, Fire Chief Mark Dolloff, Police Chief Paul Shastany, Attorney Barry Crimmins, State Rep. William Galvin (D-Canton), DPW Superintendent John Batchelder, Acting Chief Procurement Officer Lindsay Pope, and Town Planner Noreen O'Toole.
(photos by Mark Snyder)
Sullivan Tire has Chamber Ribbon Cutting
Members of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce helped Sullivan Tire with their opening ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 20. Participants then went to Sons of Italy to enjoy some Italian cooking by Mike Sammarco. Pictured (l to r) are Stoughton Fire Lt. Buddy O'Neil, Eastern Bank Manager Franz Antoine, Chamber Executive Director Terry Schneider, Mark Offstein of Costco, Sullivan's Bob Kelly, Supervisor of South Shore locations; Chamber member Bernie Planeta of Planet Security, Chamber Vice Chairman Mark Snyder of PMPNetwork, Inc., Sullivan Stoughton Manager Anthony Trimachi, Chamber Board member Cindy Pazyra of Van Fenwick Press and Chairman Chris Petrie of Windsor Tire; Sullivan Sales & Service Director Bob Parker; Sullivan Marketing Director Mark Gillard, Marketing Department's Mark Sullivan, Chamber Board member realtor Fred Yaitanes, Sandra Davis of All Care Home Health Services, Ellen Greene, co-Associate Director of the Old Colony YMCA Stoughton Branch, realtor Nadine Israel of the Fred & Nadine Team, and Chamber Board member Lester Davis of All Care Home Health Services.
(Photos by Joanne Schneider)
Party All Night LongMarch Madness Fundraiser
A Gigantic Success!
The PANL Steering Committee was looking to top last year's $8,000 fundraiser and they succeeded. A capacity crowd at the Club Luis de Camoes on March 16 enjoyed the music of Beware of Doug, and some amazing desserts and food. There was a fun silent auction, and an exciting cash raffle with $4,500 in total prizes! Rick Kaplan took home $500. Lee Elmowitz won $200, and spent most of it at the bar, treating friends to drinks (glad to have been a recipient!) The BIG winner was Stoughton CPA Brenda McGivern who won $3000 in the Big Elimination Cash Raffle. The bigger winner were the Stoughton High Class of 2012 graduates, who will once again enjoy a SAFE all-night long party this year after graduation. Charlene LaFerriere told Snyder's Stoughton "The band was good, food was plentiful and the company was great. Overalll, we are very pleased with how the evening went and the support that was shown for the Class of 2012's all night after graduation party. Thank you for your part in that!" She added, "We would like to thank the many people who came out to support PANL last night and enjoy an evening out, especially the 100+ people who purchased Big Raffle Tickets for $100 each. Although we would love to thank everyone personally, there's no way we could possibly list all the individuals who helped in so many ways." LaFerriere also added, "We took in about $9300 this year. The seniors should have a great party! But even more importantly, we will be
able to ensure that 250+ seniors are safe on what is a historically dangerous
night in towns without a lock-in event such as ours."LaFerriere thanked all the businesses or individuals who contributed items for the Silent Auction, food or products to make the event such an overwhelming success. They included 99 Restaurant, Ahavath Torah Congregation, CakeBombs by Linda Gay; Carolina Pokraka & Leynad Gay (Zumba Classes); Cassies Corner Store in Canton (Christine Woodard), Ceramics a la Carte, Club Luis de Camoes, Corner Cafe, Courtyard Marriott, Master Plumber David Ellertson, Elite Health & Fitness, F1 Boston, Foley's Backstreet Grille, Jessica's Kitchen (Jessica Fraine), SHS 2002 Grad Kenny Wormald (who donated an autographed blu ray DVD of his film "Footloose"!), Kiddie Academy, Konditor Meister, Miranda Bread, Old Colony YMCA Stoughton Branch, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Pastene Products, Peggy's Sweets (Peggy Buresh), Queen Anne's Catering, Rick's Cafe, Salon Sundara, Seamus Fennessy (who donated an amazing handcrafted Hope Chest), Stampin' Up, Stoughton Car Wash, Stoughton Youth Baseball, Subway, Sue & Scott Goodrich (who donated an autographed Vince Wilfork football), T.G.I. Fridays, SHS Class of '72 graduate Terri Batte, Texas Roadhouse, Alice Eppenstein (the Cupcake Lady) TNT Driving School, W Boston, and Zoo New England.And, even more thanks: LaFerriere also said, "Thank you so much to all of the businesses that purchased March Madness tickets for Friday's event!Your support was tremendous and we encourage everyone to support those businesses that support US!
Many thanks to: Brenda J. McGivern CPA, Canton Fence, Complete Chimney, Forced Air Systems, Hardy Insurance, Lou's Custom Exhaust Stoughton, Mass Heating
Maxx Training Center
Randolph Savings Bank, Sherms Auto Body, Stoughton Babe Ruth, Unlimited Demolition
The Visionaries. Thanks also to Mark Snyder (Snyder's Stoughton) and Jeff Pickette (Stoughton Patch) for their continued support as well.LaFerriere also thanked the Prone Family Foundation for their continued support of PANL (with a $700 contribution) and Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey, who sent Paul Wilder with a $250 donation check.. She added, "On a more personal level, I would also like to thank the entire Party All Night Long committee for their hard work in pulling this event together, but especially Rose Eckler for chairing this event. We now have a moment to rest before we move into high gear planning the actual PANL event itself. We are still in search of food and item donations to feed the 250+ seniors as welll as small items/gift certificates to give away as prizes. Any help you can provide with that is always appreciated. And, of course, our need for volunteers and chaperones remains high." Want to contribute or help out? Email Charlene at email@example.com.
The PANL Steering Committee includes Louise Brauneis, Michelle Carmichael, Lauren Connelly, Barbara Corrigan, Rose Eckler, Tracy Ellertson, Ellen Evangelista, Pauline Fennessy, Debbie Hickey, Charlene LaFerriere, Jessica Quattrucci, Anna Sousa, Elizabeth Turner and Marcy Zuk.
(story and photis by Mark Snyder)
Dawe School PTO Fair!Joe (3) and Yosra Kaddura (5) of Stoughton check out the Stoughton Police ATV. . She's a Kindergarten student at the Dawe.
On Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the Annual Dawe School Fair attracted a large crowd of families. And, what fun it offered! From the Grace Church Moon Walk, to the Game Room, there were Prizes and Fun at every corner! The cotton candy and slush were absolutely delicious, as was the popcorn, the cakes, the pies and the cookies (Snyder's Stoughton had to do some quality testing. It all passed with flying colors and full stomachs.) There was also a Lunch Room, Karaoke. Theme Baskets Stationery Station, a Cake Walk, Stage Raffles, Temporary Tattoos, Kids’ Raffles (no kids were raffled off while I was there), Face Painting, and a Patch Photo Booth, with Jeff Pickette taking funny photos for the kids to view online. The Stoughton Police & Fire Departments brought their vehicles, and the kids (even big ones) had fun climbing them! There was also a raffle to win a Cape Codder Resort & Spa Get-away. Principal David Barner, and Secretary Mrs. McLaughlin greeted guests and sold tickets. Fun was had by all! Brought back memories to this two-time Dawe School dad. (story and photos by Mark Snyder)
(Mark Snyder archive photo)
L.A. Fitness Has Chamber Ribbon Cutting
The Stoughton Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon-cutting at L.A. Fitness in Stoughton Thursday night, but it might not have been obvious. Non-Chamber members had set up booths, the food from TGI Fridays for the Chamber event was half eaten by staff and customers, and management was too busy selling memberships to come over to pose at the designated time. But, finally, it came together, and the photo you see was snapped by Joanne Schneider. In photo, left to right, Chamber Board member Beth Snell of Randolph Savings Bank; Franz Antoine of Eastern Bank; Mark Offstein of Cosco; Maria Pimental of Randolph Savings Bank; Aldo Norales, Assistant General Manager of L.A. Fitness; Robert Tessier, Personal Training Director at LA Fitness; Christopher Flannigan, LA Fitness Operations Manager; Nick Calla, LA Fitness Stoughton General Manager; Stoughton Chamber Chairman Chris Petrie of Windsor Tire, Board member Cindy Pazyra, Executive Director Terry Schneider, Chamber member Bernie Planeta of Planet Security; and Chamber Vice Chairman Mark Snyder, Patch columnist.
(Top photo: Joanne Schneider. Bottom photos by Mark Snyder)
New Pond Village, a real estate development located off Turnpike Street in Stoughton, was built as an over-55 adult community. The State overuled the Zoning Board and the location is open to any age. The homes are small, and well-designed. The two bedroom I looked at had separate bathrooms and walk-in closets for both bathrooms, and was under $325,000. Century 21 C &S Properties is the listing broker. Pictured (l to r) are Michael Pires, Teresa Teixeira, Nina Lane, Manager Jeff Ledin, and Coleen Polillio. More details at PondViewVillage.net.
O'Regan Brings Business to Stoughton Restaurant
It was a spur of the moment idea from Campaign Manager Shawn Croke and others within the Committee to Elect Bob O'Regan Selectmen. Get together on St. Patrick's Day, drum up some interest in the campaign, and help a new business that just opened. So, Charl's Restaurant, located downtown next to the defunct Stoughton Cinema, had about 60 people come in and eat and drink and support a new business and a campaign. O'Regan told Snyder's Stoughton, "Fixing the downtown is a major goal that we have to work together to achieve. That means attracting and supporting new businesses there.".Faces In Crowd: Selectmen John Anzivino and John Stagnone; former selectmen Lou Gitto, Bob Mullen, Tony Sousa, Ed DeFelice; School Committee members Allan Mills, Joyce Husseini, Deb Sovinee; former School Committee members Dr. Erdem Ural and Peter Banis; Retired Youth Commission Director Dr. Kathleen Cronin; Conservation Commission members David Asack and Dori Frankel.
(Photos by Hank Herbowy)
SAMMARCO WELL DONE--AND CHARITIES GET COOKING
The giant sneaker, a gag gift from roaster Joe Mokrisky, has $750 in
cash stuffed in it by the end of the night.
Frank Crimmins shared jokes he's used at the last four events.
A capacity crowd filled the VFW Hall to roast Mike Sammarco
Donnie Connors gave Mike a seat belt to hold him in
when he falls asleep at the wheel on his riding mower.
Rich Jasmin gets in the roasting mood Mike's son, Michael Jr. joins in the ribbing.
Rick Kaplan gets in a few jabs.
Panera Bread provided the refreshments
Fred Yaitanes takes his shots.
Lots of hot air was delivered by the M.C.
Sammarco says thanks and, "Got any more money?"
Oh, what a night! About 125 people gathered Saturday night (3/10) at the VFW Hall in Stoughton to roast long-time Stoughton Babe Ruth Baseball director Mike Sammarco, who is also a well known cook at the Sons of Italy. The talk was of his meatballs and chicken cutlets, but attendees got dessert and coffee from Panera Bread. The event, sponsored by the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce, was a huge success. Over $2000 was raised for the Chamber's charitable endeavors and almost a grand was raised for Stoughton Babe Ruth baseball. Event Chair Cindy Pazyra, with her committee (Fred Yaitanes, Rick Kaplan, Chris Petrie, Terry Schneider--with an assist from Joanne Schneider) pulled together a wonderful event, that featured a dozen people taking shots at the popular Sammarco. Planning Board Chairman Joe Scardino started off the night, with a slide presentation. Sammarco serves on the Planning Board (occasionally). Next up was a familiar face--his son Mike Jr. who lovingly poked fun at his dad. Realtor Fred Yaitanes was next, followed by Rich Jasmin, co-owner of Dirt Daws in Canton, and a Stoughton DPW employee. Donnie Connors, another co-owner of Dirt Dawg, followed Jasmin. Long-time coach and volunteer Tom Flaherty went sixth, and was followed by Don Interrante, a Board member of Friends for Seniors, and part of Mike's "cooking squad." Former Selectman (and current candidate) Joe Mokrisky presented Sammarco with a giant sneaker from Reebok, and suggested he get it filled with cash for Babe Ruth. By the end of the night, $750 or so was in it, including the $258 that Ken Martin won in the 50/50 raffle, and promptly donated back for the cause. DPW Superintendent John Batchelder was the next up to entertain the crowd, which got many laughs during the night. Former Chamber Chairman of the Board businessman Rick Kaplan followed Batchelder, and Town Manager (for another 19 days) Frank Crimmins took the podium and turned it into a St. Patrick's Day celebration, with some humorous yarns. Finishing off the night was former Stoughton Little League president Dan Skiba, who discussed the Sammarco method of accounting--keeping cash in paper bags.
Jeff Connors of Audio PA Systems provided sound, and Rick Sinnot of Stoughton Media Access Corp. taped the event for future airing on local TV. I wish I could have written some of the funnier comments down, but I was busy hosting it. Faces In the Crowd: There were a lot of well-known faces, many on the dias. I spotted Selectmen John Stagnone, John Anzivino, Steve Anastos, and John Anderson. Former Selectman Joe Pascarelli and Bob Mullen; Selectman candidate Bob O'Regan; FinCom member and School Committee candidate Dr. Erdem Ural, Planning Board member Billy Angelos, Norfolk Sherrif's Department's David Sheehan; FinCom members Dr. Roberta Camacho and Jim Gearin; and Realtor Walter Parshley. Excuse me if I missed a few--I was trying to remember my lines!
IDENTITY THEFT, SCAMS & FRAUD
Amy Schram, Community Outreach Specialist for the Better Business Bureau discussed Identity Theft, Scams & Fraud last night (3/8) before a sparce crowd at Stoughton Public Library's Wales French Room. It's too bad it wasn't better attended. She did a great job touching on many important ways to avoid getting ripped off.At first, Schram talked about the BBB. "There are a series of standards of trust that we use to rate businesses. We keep a watchful eye on how businesses take in personal information and what they do with that information. How do they store it? How do they dispose of it? Do they shred it?"There's no shortage of scams out there, according to the BBB. Scams artists are constantly devising new methods to fleece more victims. The saying "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is" applies now more than ever. And, according to the Federal Trade Commission, 9 million Americans have their identity stolen each year. Schram said that scammers are very common. "They come door-to-door, by mail, by phone and through the internet. You must always be cautious of what people are telling you--even face to face." She warned about the many phishing activities, adding, "Never open an email, or a link in it, from an unknown source. Type the return address into Google. Something will pop up. Same thing with unsolicited phone calls. Check out the number on Google. If something seems a little off, you can bet it's totally off."(photo and story by Mark Snyder)
DAWE PTO HOLDS TITLE TOWN EVENTDJ Ra-Mu leads everyone in the "YMCA" dance
A table enjoying liquid refreshmentD.J. Ra-Mu leads the dancing at the Dawe PTO event
Over 40 people came to show their Team Spirit Friday night, March 2nd, for an Adult Social, put on by the Dawe School PTO as a FUNdraiser. It was an evening of friends, food, and fun– without the kids – all in support of Dawe PTO programs! The Party was held at the Club Luiz de Camoes, and included a buffet dinner, a 50/50 Raffle, silent auction, dancing, cash bar, and even an old fashioned photo booth for $2. Amanda Smith chaired the event. She thanked the food donors, which included: D'Angelos, TGI Fridays, Not Your Average Joe's, Papa John's, Stellio's, and Dennenos. The
Table Sponsors, including Farley Funeral Home, New England Drain Services, Stoughton Co-Op Bank, Stoughton Mobil Mart, and The McColl Family. And a special thanks to the over 30 local businesses that provided items for the auction.
(photos and story by Mark Snyder) Corner Cafe Opens
At the former site of the Stoughton Coffee Shop, The Corner Cafe opened this morning (February 27). Located at the corner of School Street and Canton Street, the small spot is looking to attract a crowd with good food with an excellent presentation. Owners Melanie Cobb and Ed Wormald will be serving breakfast and lunch everyday. Ed told Snyder's Stoughton, "We just want to pay the bills and make sure our customers leave happy. We're going to serve fresh, quality food. We'd like to move to a bigger space eventually." Cobb told me, "We wanted to create a warm, friendly and comfortable place. It's decorated to be inviting and warm, like when you go to visit a friend. The food is all fresh and homemade. Ed is a fabulous cook. He enjoys making people happy with his food. Ed and Melanie are the parents of Stoughton High grad, TV and film dancer and actor Kenny Wormald ("Footloose"), as well as Dylan (8th grader at OMS) and Lee (Senior at SHS). The Corner Cafe was previously Best Pals, and 79 Canton Street has a long history in the town, tracing back to a variety store and coffee shop decades ago that was known as "little town hall." (Remember J.DeVito and Company?) Specialties at the new Corner Cafe include Corner Corned Beef Platter (3 eggs, homemade corned beef hash, home fries, toast and hollandaise sauce) for $9.25 and Combo Platter (2 eggs any style, 2 pancakes or french toast, 2 bacon or sausage or 1 ham, and home fries.) for $8.
(Story and photos by Mark Snyder. Left to right in photo: James Thibeault, Brenda Wormald (Ed's mom),Ed Wormaldand MelanieCobb.)
L.A. Fitness Opens Wednesday
L.A. Fitness, a national fitness chain, will open a branch adjacent to Target Store and across from T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant on Hawes Way, on Route 139 in Stoughton. Nick Calla is the new General Manager of the expansive facility, which opens on Leap Day, Wednesday, February 29. This is the 5th L.A. Fitness location in Massachusetts. The closest is the one in Walpole. This will be L.A. Fitness's 538th location in the United States, including the 174 locations they purchased from Bally's Fitness. Based on membership numbers alone, L.A. Fitness is the largest chain in the United States, according to Calla. Taylor Long is the District Vice President who covers all of the Massachusetts locations, and two in Connecticut. The Stoughton branch features 5 racquetball courts, a full length pool, a co-ed jacuzzi that seats 10-12, a spinning room with 40 bikes, a large group exercise room, a juice bar, and a Kids Klub (a child care center, open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to noon, and weekdays from 4-8 p.m.). The club is opening with five personal trainers, and hopes to expand to 15. The Saugus L.A. Fitness location has 16,000 members. The Stoughton Club would love to reach those types of numbers. The club is huge, and features 3 or 4 of each of the dozens of Life Fitness machines, as well as free weights. All the cardio equipment (with individual TV's) is located upstairs. Downstairs are the free weights, and exercise machines. Unlike Stoughton Old Colony YMCA location, which offers indoor and outdoor pools, camp, pre-school and after school care, L.A. Fitness is looking for adults, and limits memberships to those 14 and over. Mom and dads with young children are invited to work out and leave the kids at Kids Klub. (Story by Mark Snyder. Photos provided by L.A. Fitness from similar locations, except front door photo by Mark Snyder. They would not allow me to take photos inside the empty building.)
FAMILY DOLLAR OPENS
Family Dollar has opened at 525 Washington Street, in the space formerly occupied by Royal Buffet Chinese Restaurant and Kidsports on Route 138. Family Dollar operates over 6,500 stores in a contiguous 44 -state area ranging northeast to Maine, southeast to Florida, as far northwest as Idaho and southwest to Arizona. Family Dollar had a previous location---much smaller in size--adjacent to the STOYAC Community Football Field, behind the Citizens Bank plaza. The new location is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. No information is available on management, and no one inside the story was able to give me any information on the place. Queries to the PR Department at Family Dollar went unanswered. (I'll stick with the Dollar Tree near T.J. Maxx in Stoughton.)
LIONS CLUB INSTALLATION
Three new members were installed into the Stoughton Lions Club on Wednesday evening, Feb.15th at Chinatown Restaurant. In photo at left, District Governor Mathew Richardson installs new members Carol Melendy, Steve Robbins and Dennis Bates. In photo at right, King Lion, Stoughton Lions Club President Bob Mullin and Cabinet Secretary-Treasurer Peggy Cahill witnessed the ceremony with twenty five members and guests in attendance.
(photos by Hank Herbowy)
THE POLITICAL SEASON IS HERE
and Snyder's Stoughton presents ALL news & information
from town-wide candidates.....O'Regan Hosts Breakfast
Selectman Candidate Bob O'Regan shakes hands; Bright Moments featuring John Licata, John Nourse, Bob McCluskey and Rick Lynch.
Selectman Candidate Bob O'Regan drew a crowd of elected officials and appointed board members to his breakfast, held on February 26 at the VFW Post 1645 Hall. David Asack of the Conservation Commission introduced O'Regan, saying, "Wev have a Board of Selectmen that functions. We can make it excel. Robert O'Regan is a real leader. He can identify a problem and find a solution." O'Regan told the gathering, "We need a plan for the next 3-5 years of capital projects. We spent $30,000 on studies for improving the downtown. They are planters for geraniums at town hall. We have no coherent economic development plan for our town. We need to establish real goals, like a new high school or fire station. We have a Board of Selectmen with a few good people that needs a little help." Referring to Rick Lynch's band that played some smooth jazz, O'Regan said, "We can look for bright moments in this town. The band's name is really prophetic." As far as the turnout, O'Regan told Snyder's Stoughton, "It's truly humbling. It was such a broad spectrum of support."Faces In the Crowd: Selectmen John Anzivino and John Stagnone; former Selectmen Tony Sousa, Lou Gitto, Ed DeFelice, and Bob Mullen. Rep. Lou Kafka's Chief of Staff Ted Philips; School Committee members Allan Mills, Deborah Sovinee, Joyce Husseini and Tom Colburn. School Committee candidate and FinCom member Dr. Erdem Ural; Former School Committee member Peter Banis; FinCom members Barbara Anzivino, Pat Colburn, Peter Ventresco, and Steve Mitchell; Board of Assessors member Stan Zoll; Stoughton Historical Society president Dwight MacKerron; Open Space Committee Chairman John Linehan and Committee member Ardis Johnston; O'Regan treasurer Frank Driscoll; Town Meeting member and activist Dr. Roberta Camacho; Conservation Commission Vice Chair Gerald McDonald; Dennis "Pepper Man" Bates; and Snyder's Stoughton/Patch website photographer Hank Herbowy.O'Regan's Campaign Manager is Shawn Croke. Croke, a former member of the Board of Health, served successfully as Campaign Manager for Selectmen John Anzivino and John Stagnone, as well as School Committee member Deborah Sovinee. He was also Stoughton Coordinator for Congressman Stephen Lynch's successful campaign.
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Storyteller & Charity Event at Shaloh House
Shaloh House Chabad of the South Area hosted a storyteller and performed a great act of charity during their “Pillows, Pajama’s and Stories, Family Havdalah Service” on Feb. 4th 2012. Eleven years ago, Shaloh House, an outreach center for the South Area, was looking for a way to connect the families from their Synagogue, Hebrew School & Preschool along with other families in the local community. There had to be a way to bring all these families together in the middle of the winter. That’s how the Annual Family Havdalah Storyteller program was started. Every year the families came together on a Saturday night for the Havdalah Ceremony, a short prayer to conclude Shabbat, followed by an evening with a storyteller and yummy homemade cookies!This year, in direct response to the BOSTON BRUINS appeal for support of their Pajama Drive families were asked to bring a new pair of children’s pajamas to donate. The pajamas will go to children served by the Cradles to Crayons organization. We are proud of the showing of Tzedakah (charity) by our community with over 35 pair of new pajamas collected for the drive!The evening was a hit with renowned storyteller Mark Binder. Mark, who lives in Rhodes Island, is part of the Jewish Storytelling Coalition and has performed for Shaloh House in the past. His stories are entertaining and loved by children and adults alike. Children in the Preschool, Kindergarten and Hebrew school programs are taught about Tzedakah (charity), Tikun Olam (healing the world) and Mitzvot (doing acts of kindness). Programs that combine all of these virtues a fun environment help to build the bridge for bringing learning to life!
(Courtesy Photos from Marilyn Rabinoviz. Avigail Flig of Sharon and Hazel McBurney & Sonya Gurkow, both of Stoughton; came dressed in pajamas for the annual Pillows, Pajamas & Stories event at Shaloh House. Raquelle Winokur of Stoughton cuddles in the lap of big sister Michela Winokur as she listens intently to storyteller Mark Binder at the annual Pillows, Pajamas & Stories event at Shaloh House.)
Happy 30th Birthday to Stoughton's
Acting Chief Procurement Officer, Lindsay Pope
Pope shared her 30th with friends at Town Hall on Friday, February 25. She turns 30 on the 26th. Pope, who has objected to the procurement methods of the school department, was asked by jokingly by Snydcr's Stoughton if she had procured the two cakes properly. She responded, yes I procured them sliding my credit card at the supermarket."
Photos by Mark Snyder
Double Impact Play the Town Spa
Nicole Caramanica and Joe "Kidd" Fernandes christened the new Henry's Lounge downtairs at Town Spa last week. The new room will feature entertainment on Friday nights, according to owner Dick Phillips, who is considering dinner & a show specials downstairs.
FOOD DRIVE ENDING SOON
Malcolm and Parsons Insurance Company in downtown Stoughton is collecting food for the food pantries in Stoughton until the end of February. They had a celebrity stop by---Jimmy Maher, who had a role in the movie "The Town." Pictured by the collection basket (left to right are Johanna Lafond, Jimmy Maher , Audrey Duross, Amne Parsons, Lynn LeCourt, Jack Raeke, Brittany Poissant, and Jamie Gonsalves. All but Jimmy Maher are employees of Malcolm and Parsons. Photo by Jim Moran, who is the brainchild of the fundraiser. Raeke tells Snyder's Stoughton, ". You don't have to be a big movie star to come donate food! Time is running out-- our drive ends the end of February, 2012"
of Glen Echo Stories
Fills Clapp Building
The Stoughton Historical Society drew the largest crowd every to its Lucius Clapp building headquarters on Sunday afternoon, February 19, 2012. A slide show, featuring many Glen Echo pictures, documents, and maps, beginning with the land’s York Pond/Ponkapoag Plantation/Indian past, was featured. Images of the original deluxe resort built by Elisha Monk in 1895, the addition of trolley lines and electricity, the passing of the land to Elisha’s children, Eunice Mantle, Bertha Marston, and George Monk, the sales of cottage lots on the eastern shore off “Wigwam Path,” the purchase by Lincoln Gibson in 1934 and his Inn and Restaurant, which ran under various managers until 1977, and photos of young men playing at Glen Echo just before leaving to serve in WWII were shown to the standing-room only crowd. Many people shared their tales of eating, drinking, boating, swimming, diving and other adventures at Glen Echo over the years. There were tales of snapping turtles and rattlesnakes, of diving or jumping from Drum Rock and the other variously-named rock structures---while trying to avoid the slate below. There was talk of ice fishing, skating, and even skinny-dipping (but no acknowledged participants of the latter.) There was talk about the search for buried Brinks money (with Howard Hansen telling of his brother's delivery of the Post to Joseph "Specs" O'Keefe, with its January 18, 1950 headline of the 2.7 million dollars Brinks robbery of the day before.) The money was never found, and O'Keefe, a suspect in the case who lived near Glen Echo Lake, was nearly killed over trying to collect "his share" of the loot. A booklet of collected Glen Echo images and articles is available at the historical society for $5, Members pay $3. They had historian and local "Looking Back" columnist David Allan Lambert filming everyone's recollections of Glen Echo Lake and Park. SHS President Dwight MacKerron, who narrated and hosted the event, said he hoped to utilize the footage in a future TV show about the property, which was recently purchased by the Town of Stoughton. Light refreshment were served after the incredibly interesting and memory-prompting presentation.
Mike Darling talks about his parents, Cathy and Norman Darling, innkeepers at Glen Echo from 1974-1976. He spoke about the wonderful memories of living there.
Many of the large throng that filled the building to above capacity.(Story and photos by Mark Snyder)
MARKING NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH and calling attention to the importance of oral hygiene, staff of ARCH Orthodontics hosted an exhibit at a recent Open House sponsored by the Stoughton Branch of the Old Colony YMCA. Greeting members and visitors in the Y’s main lobby are (seated), Certified Dental Assistant Rebecca Horne of Attleboro, MA, and Dental Assistant Sarah Lochiatto of Stoughton. Standing (left to right) are Office Manager Lucy Cobb of Stoughton, Jenn Gordon of Pembroke, Patient Treatment Coordinator, and ARCH Orthodontist Dr. Roger Taylor. ARCH Orthodontics has offices in Stoughton, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, Hyde Park, Randolph and Westwood, and on Cape Cod in Hyannis and Orleans. ARCH, the Official Orthodontist of Miss Massachusetts, offers free consultations: 1-800-28- SMILE, email email@example.com or visit www.archorthodontics.com.
More than 75 people participated at the Sunday brunch, February 12, organized by the group Hazak at Temple Israel in Sharon. Stoughton's own Shirley Nigri Farber, editor and publisher of Shalom Magazine, spoke about the Jewish community in her native country of Brazil. Members and non members enjoyed a delicious breakfast followed by the lecture. The audience participated with questions ranging from subjects like Anti-Semitism, Brazilian ties to Iran, to the Brazilian economy. Farber also presented a slide show with exclusive photos of the Jewish life in Brazil and of her career as a reporter, with her interviews with Elie Wiesel, Lea Rabin and Shimon Perez. Some of the topics were the origin of Brazilian Jews and various waves of immigration; Jewish education and community organizations; the Brazilian economy and the role of Jewish community; Zionism among Brazilian Jews; and assimilation within the the rest of the Brazilian community. Some people in the audience had family ties with Brazil, so they were very interested in learning more about the culture. Others, with a smile on their faces, wanted to know if Farber went to school with Gisele Bundchen. Farber moved to Massachusetts from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 10 years ago after marrying Scott Farber, a Randolph native. Since 2006, she has published a monthly magazine called Bate Papo for the Portuguese speaking community (and a TV show by the same name on local cable access), and in 2009 she launched a quarterly Jewish publication in English, Shalom Magazine. The same lecture was given at other community events in Massachusetts. Farber will be soon speaking on the same subject at Ahavah TorahCongregation in Stoughton, where she was once a teacher.
(Courtesy Photo: Scott and Shirley Farber, Sivia Selig and Hazak president Gloria Rose.)
LIONS WELCOME FIRE CHIEF DOLLOFF
The Stoughton Lions Club met Wednesday night, February 8, at Chinatown Restaurant. They welcomed special guest, Fire Chief Mark Dolloff (pictured above with King Lion Robert Mullen.) Chief Dolloff spoke on the history of heat sensor camera's, the lifesaving tool now used by the Stoughton Fire Department. Two, donated by the Lions, are now in use by the Department. Dolloff said that those cameras---which cost the Lions Club $20,000 each, have been replaced by a better technology. This newer version of the same camera cost only $7000.00 each and is much smaller than the original.
Linda Pane, Coordinator of Stoughton Life Teen, tells Snyder's Stoughton that Father Joseph McDermott observed the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the Priesthood this week. Immaculate Conception Church marked this occasion with a Mass at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2012. A reception with light refreshments was held following the Mass. Many parishioners and townspeople turned out to honor Father Joe on this momentous occasion. Father Joe is an integral part of the Stoughton Clergy Association, as well as the Friends for Seniors organization. He is a down-to-Earth, well-liked, approachable man of the cloth. I had the pleasant opportunity to sit in the Sacristy room at Immaculate Conception Church, where Barbara, Louise and others made me feel quite comfortable. There's a lot of love in that room. The faithful at ICC have great love and respect for Father Joe, who has been at the Canton Street church for twenty years. Snyder's Stoughton had the opportunity to speak with Father Joe just before his 12:30 p.m. 50th Anniversary service. He told me, "The past fifty years have had both joyous and difficult times. I'm thankful to God that I have made it to this point, and have been able to serve Him and His people. I hope and pray for more years to continue His work." The 76-year old Priest talked about the biggest differences in the Catholic Church from fifty years ago to today. He added, "Back in 1962, when I was first ordained, we spoke Latin and had our backs to the people. Now, we face the people and speak English." The Hudson native wanted to thank the people of Stoughton and his parish. "So many people give their prayers, their time, their talents and their treasures," he added. One member of his parish said to me, "I've been working with priests for 48 years and Father Joe is the best I've ever worked with." Another, a Portuguese member, added, "We really have five different cultures here. Father Joe is the only one who could bring them all together. He is God's gift to our church." Snyder's Stoughton congratulates Father Joe on this momentous occasion.
(Story and Photos by Mark Snyder)
A Night of Music and Laughter
for Anne McCormickComedians Paul Nardozzi (left) and Linda Belt (center) entertained the crowd, including Father John Kelly
On Saturday, January 28, a Benefit featuring comedians Paul Nardozzi and Linda Belt took place at St. James Church. With proceeds benefitting The Anne McCormick Scholarship Fund and St. James Youth Group Mission Trip, the evening was fun AND for a good cause! Betty Ann Gilroy did a fantastic job organizing the event, with the help of MaryAnne Caldwell, Youth Minister and Director of CCD at St. James. Dick and Eleanor Morris manned the refreshments, and Lee Elmowitz served as DJ. Faces In The Crowd: Selectman John Anderson; Steve Dorgan and John Kearns of the Stoughton Public School's music department. A fun time was had by all!
(Photos and story by Mark Snyder)
Old Colony Planning Council Holds Rt. 138 Bottleneck Workshop
Ray Guarino of Old Colony Planning Council
talks about commercial strip development & planning
Rodrigo Marion of Old Colony Planning Council talks
about pedestrians and bicycles on Route 138 and downtown. Jed Cornock of Old Colony Planning Council discusses
safety and congestion concerns along the Rt. 138 corridor.
A sparce crowd turned up for a Bottleneck Study Workshop on the Rt. 138 corridor and downtown Wednesday night at Town Hall. The Old Colony Planning Council is conducting a study of Route 138, from Stoughton Square north to the Canton town line, to relieve traffic bottlenecks and to develop alternative solutions to enhance traffic flow and improve pedestrian and and bicycle safety. There was a presentation and discussion on concepts that the OCPC hopes will result in a vision for future development and improvements in the 138 corridor. Among those who DID come were Selectmen John Stagnone. John Anzivino and Cynthia Walsh. Also there was former Selectman Lou Gitto, Ted Philips of Rep. Lou Kafka's office, Emily Dix of Senator Brian Joyce's office, DPW Superintendent John Batchelder. and Town Engineer Ben Fehan. Business was represented by Rob Kushner, owner of Uncle Milty's Army-Navy store; Robert Branzcewski, who represented his girlfriend who owns Fairy Tales Formals; and Mark Snyder, Vice Chairman of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce. Gitto suggested that Town Hall employees park in the municipal lot behind the police station, freeing up the parking lot behind Town Hall for customers of downtown stores. It was also suggested that employees of those stores park on Railroad Ave. in another lot owned by the town, freeing up spaces in front of the stores for their customers. Much discussion was made on traffic congestion and safety. The Old Colony Planning Council's Bottleneck Analysis study labeled the intersections of Stoughton Square (south end), Washington & School Streets, Washington & Lincoln Streets, Washington & Central Streets, and Washington & York Streets as "Safety Concerns", with crash rates above average. Jed Cornock, an OCPC Transportation Planner, said that Washington & Central Street intersection was "one of the busiest intersections in our region, and had one of the highest crash rates in the area." Others labeled as "safety concerns" for having high crash rates were the intersections of Stoughton Square (south end), Washington & School Streets, Washington & Lincoln, and Washington & York Streets. Branczewski thought the entire OCPC endeavor might be a waste of time. He said, "Perception is reality. You can spend millions and it will be obsolete by the time it's completed."
(Story & Photos by Mark Snyder)
Ribbon Cutting at Su Su Sushi
Sue and Tony Li Played host to Chamber & Town OfficialsSu Su Sushi Ribbon CuttingOwners Take a Seat, While Officials Gather Around
Some of the Crowd @ Su Su Sushi event.
The Chefs at Su Su Sushi
(photos by Danielle and Terry Scbneider)
SCOTCH & CIGAR NIGHT AT ATC
The Brotherhood of Ahavath Torah Congregation held a fundraiser Scotch and Cigar night that was a huge success. About 80 people shared the smokey air, delicious food (from Bob Bornstein and his Kitchen Crew), and a great variety of scotch and cigars. Thousands of dollars were raised, and everyone had an amazing time. Lee Elmowitz was the emcee for the event, with Rabbi Jonathan Hausman and Temple President David Schulze taking a turn with the microphone. Faces in the Crowd included Stoughton Veteran's Agent Mike Pazyra, Old Colony YMCA Chief Operating Officer and Vice President Jeff Russell, and Michael Bellody, Co-Owner and President of Tiant Cigar Group in Fort Myers, Florida.
(story and photos by Mark Snyder)
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOUSE 2
ON COMMERCIAL STREET OPENS
The Daxberger Family cuts the ribbon to their new South Shore Habitat for Humanity home.
The 51st South Shore Habitat for Humanity Home
Father Joe from Immaculate Conception Church does the Invocation & House Blessing
Some of the crowd in the snow. (story and photos by Mark Snyder)
Among the dignitaries attending the ribbon cutting of South Shore Habitat for Humanty's 51st home on Saturday were selectmen Chairman John Stagnone and Selectmen John Anzvino and Cynthia Walsh. A crowd of over 70 people turned out on a snowy day to see the Daxberger Family's new home on Commercial Street. Father Joseph McDermott of Immaculate Conception Church gave the Invocation and the House Blessing. Martine Taylor, Executive Director of the South Shore Habitat for Humanity was the master of ceremonies on a very snowy day. She kept onlookers out in the snowy cold for 15-20 minutes while introducing SSHfH Board President Mark McKinnon, Stoughton Selectmen Stagnone and Walsh, and Stoughton Local Partnership Committee member John Pestana. Everyone eventually thawed out touring the lovely new home of Erin and Chad Daxberger and their three sons. Erin is a fourth generation Stoughton resident. Their youngest son, 4 year old Landon, suffers from Muscular Dystrophy. The house was built handicapped accessible through the efforts of literally dozens of people. Raymond Chesley was the Construction Manager. Community banks that contributed to the project included Dedham Savings, Eastern Bank, Randolph Savings Bank, and South Shore Savings Bank.
WINTER FESTIVAL & RIBBON CUTTING
@ Kiddie Academy
Big Joe the Storyteller
Ben Rudnick & Friends(above photos by Mark Snyder)
Mark & Cynthia Walsh take a seat in class. (photo by Cindy Pazyra)
The Ribbon Cutting (l to r): front row Selectman Cynthia Walsh, Chamber Membership Director Joanne Schneider, KA Owner David Rudnick, Jennifer Rudnick (holding Sage) and Phoebe beside her, Director Christine Clarke, and Property Owner George Rudnick. Back Row: Chamber Board member Cindy Pazyra, Chamber Vice Chairman Mark Snyder, Chamber Chairman Chris Petrie, Chamber Board member Ellen Greene, and Extreme Value Furniture owner Larry Noller.
Ribbon Cutting at Kid Care Dental
Kid Care Dental held a Stoughton Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on Thursday, January 19, as they introduced their renovated facility at 1613 Central Street. Cutting the ribbon (l to r) in front are Dr. Nicole Salamy, Dr. Martin Kaplan and Dr. Htet Htet. In back row (l to r) Jim Sharland of Copy Inks, Board member Cindy Pazyra, Chamber Chairman Chris Petrie, Selectman Cynthia Walsh, Chamber Vice Chair Mark Snyder, and Chamber Board member Rick Kaplan.
STOUGHTON PARTICIPANTS IN ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON
The Massachusetts Veterans' Service Officers Association hosted their annual Legislative Luncheon on January 18th. The luncheon is held to thank our Legislators for their support of veterans legislation and keeping Massachusetts the number one State in the Country in providing for its veterans and their widows and dependents. Speakers included Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, Attorney General Martha Coakley, State Treasurer Steven Grossman and Secretary of Veterans' Services Coleman Nee.
From left to right....Kellie Lamb, Stoughton Veterans' office secretary; Lee Parker, Commander of Stoughton VFW; Mike Pazyra, Stoughton Veterans' Officer; State Representative Bill Galvin; Paul Flynn, former Stoughton Veterans' Officer; State Representative Lou Kafka; Dave Williams, former Stoughton VFW Commander; and Mike Beaudette, former AMVETS Commander.
(Courtesy Photo and Story)
STOUGHTON CHEERLEADERS MAKE NATIONAL FOR FIRST TIME EVER---LOOKING TO FUNDRAISE FOR FLORIDA TRIP
The Stoughton High Black Knights cheerleading squad has done something no squad ever did before---it has won a spot at Nationals in March at Walt Disney World in Florida! Now, the cheerleaders need to raise up to $25,000 to pay for the trip. Barbara Mofford, a Randolph native who has coached the cheerleading squad for eight years, said she was very proud of her squad. "It's quite an honor to make it to Nationals. All the girls have worked really hard this year." Brittany Kramer is coaching for the first time this year, and with two coaches, the team has soared. Mary Amaral, the team mom, and mother of Steph Amaral the team's co-Captain, told Snyder's Stoughton, "We thought Nationals were in May. When we found out they were March 22nd, we had to put something together fast." She put together a Penny Sale, held on January 15 at the VFW Hall. Amaral hosted the event, and conducted over 100 raffles for prizes range from jewelry to to snuggies, to bottles of wine. Only a small dent was made into the total needed for the trip. Those who would still like to donate can send a check made out to Stoughton High Cheerleaders, to the attention of Mofford, to Stoughton High School, Athletic Department, 232 Pearl Street, Stoughton, MA 02072.
Chelsea Morris and Meaghan Hill try to entice donors to the
Penny Sale at the VFW on Sunday, January 15.
Bianca Batte, Taylor McGibbon, Steph McEachern, Johannah Smith, Keion Lugay and Sierra Watson man a table.
Maddie Sinkus, Donyea Holloway, Michelle Bisby, Nicole Fuentes, Rachel Resurreccion, and Kaylie Cassidy man a table. Mary Amaral (left) and Brittany Kramer, Barbara Mofford and her son, Paul Makedon.
(Story and photos by Mark Snyder, except countesy team photo) The Team (as supplied by Coach Mofford): Amaral Stephanie, Batte Bianca, Bisbee Michelle, Cassidy Kaylie, Cellucci Lauren, Eckhart Elizabeth,
Ferreira Vanessa, Fronduto Annmarie, Fuentes Vargas Nicole, Hill Meaghan, Holloway Donyea, Kerman Nicole, Lamplough Lillian, Lugay Keion, McEachern Stephanie, McGibbon Taylor, Morris Chelsea, Petrie Erin, Pike Erin, Resurreccion Rachel, Rosen Madeline, Sinkus Madeline, Smith Johannah, and Watson Sierra.
Martin Luther King Day Observance
The Stoughton Clergy Association presented "The Life and Words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." last night at the First Parish Universalist Church in Stoughton Center. The presentation was followed by refreshments in the Fellowship Hall. Host Rev. Jeffrey Symynkywicz welcomed the crowd, and Louise Verrette played the National Anthem on the piano to get the evening started. There was a narrative about "The Early Years and Montgomery", followed by "We Shall Overcome." Then, the story followed with King's "Sit-Ins and Birmingham, Alabama" experiences, with highlights of his peaceful boycotts, lunch counter sit-ins, and daily marches--all done quietly and calmly. "Washington and Memphis" followed, with the narrative covering the Supreme Court decision making segregation unconstitutional, and King's Nobel Prize for Peace. Then, his famous "I Have A Dream" speech was read. It ends with the famous line--"...We will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing, in the words of that old Negro spiritual, Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we're free at last." Among the students who took part in the ceremonies were Jordan Phillips, Leandre Andre, Melanie Pitts, Marissa Wade, Ronnie Green, Raquel Kennedy, Trevor Duboby, Caroline Tobin, Rachel Romero, and Joseph Lundin. Faces In the Crowd: Rev. Jean Niven Lenk of First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, who is the president of the Clergy Association; Revs. Rebecca and Summin Cho of First United Methodist Church; Rev. Stanley Schultz of Faith Baptist Church; and Rev. Joseph P. McDermott of Immaculate Conception Church. Also,Selectman Cynthia Walsh and former Selectman Tony Sousa.
STOUGHTON CHAMBER HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING,
HANDS OUT AWARDS
A large gathering at New England Sinai Hospital on January 9, 2012 turned out for the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. Before the awards, guest speaker Steve Grogan, the New England Patriots quarterback from 1975-1990, entertained the crowd with self-depricating stories of his adventures as a professional football player. At the time of his retirement, Grogan led the franchise as the all-time leader in passing yards (26,886) and passing touchdowns (182). He is third in passing yards and passing touchdowns behind Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe. His 16 seasons are the most ever for a Patriots player. He also held the Patriots previous single-game record with a 153.9 quarterback rating, achieved by completing 13-of-18 passes for 315 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions against the New York Jets on September 9, 1979, before Drew Bledsoe posted a perfect 158.3 rating against the Indianapolis Colts on December 26, 1993. Steve currently owns the Grogan/Marciano Sporting Goods Store in Mansfield.
Grogan light-heartedly compared himself with current Patriots QB Tom Brady. "I was a fifth rounder out of Kansas State, Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett got hurt and I played much sooner than expected. The same thing happened with Tom, with Drew Bledsoe. But there are three major differences between Tom and myself. I didn't win three Super Bowls. I never made 15 million dollars a year, and my wife didn't make twice what I made modeling underwear." When asked to compare the NFL when he was playing, as opposed to the current level, he said "There are many differences in the twenty years since I retired. Players are bigger, faster and stronger. Hall of Fame Offensive Lineman John Hannah was 270 pounds. Now, they are all over 300 pounds. It's much more of a passing league today. They throw first, and run as an afterthought. They are throwing 40-60 times a game. That's why there were so many quarterbacks throwing over 4000 yards this year, and a few over 5000. That was unheard of back then." Grogan, who was known as a hard-nosed player, who frequently limped onto the field, also talked about the rule changes. "They can't hit quarterbacks any more without drawing a flag. If they had these rules when I was playing, I'd probably still be playing," he joked. Grogan played with three Hall of Famers (Hannah, Mike Haynes and Andre Tippett) and says he still misses the camaraderie and competition. Grogan predicted a Patriots win against the Broncos, at that they'd face Baltimore in the next round. Awards were presented to Cindy Pazyra (Volunteer of the Year), Fred Yaitanes and Nadine Israel of the Fred & Nadine Real Estate Team, were Business Persons of the Year; and to Randolph Savings Bank as Business of the Year. An award was also given posthumously to the late David Parsons of Malcolm & Parsons Insurance Agency to his sister, Amne. Pazyra chaired the roast of Crimmins (the Memory Room fundraiser), and has served on numerous town committees, from the food pantry fundraisers to the Old Colony YMCA spinathon. She is also an elected Town Meeting member and Chamber Board member. Yaitanes (also a Chamber Board member) & Israel serve on a number of Chamber committees, and conduct fiundraisers for the food pantries every year. Randolph Savings Bank Cobbs Corner Branch hosts the Stoughton Chamber Business Center, which features many business cards and brochures. RSB President Jack Doyle, and Cobbs Corner Manager Beth Snell and Maria Pimental, accepted the award. Stoughton Town Manager Francis T. Crimmins, Jr. served as emcee. Presenting the awards were Stoughton Chamber Chairman Chris Petrie and Massachusetts State Representatives Lou Kafka (D-Stoughton) and Bill Galvin (D-Canton). Faces In the Crowd: FinCom member and School Committee candidate Dr. Erdem Ural; Selectman candidate and Attorney Robert O'Regan; N.E. Sinai President Dr. Judy Waterston; Copley at Stoughton president Steve Tyer; Old Colony YMCA CEO Vinnie Marturano; and Stoughton Veteran's Agent Mike Pazyra (hubby of the volunteer of the year).
(story and photos by Mark Snyder, except lower left by Cindy Pazyra)
Serah Selmon of the Striar Old Colony YMCA received the New Outstanding Professional Award from the annual AYP meeting (Association of YMCA professionals) on Tuesday December 13th on the Odyssey in Boston.
CHRISTMAS FOR OUR VETERANS
A couple of Christmas parties were put on for hospitalized veterans at the Brockton VA Hospital by AMVETS District 6, just before Christmas. District 6 is made up of members from the Stoughton and Randolph AMVETS Posts. Along with serving ice cream, cake and drinks, presents were handed out to all the veterans. Along with Christmas parties, District 6 throws ice cream parties at the Broctkon VA Hospital twice a month, hosts off-station parties for the patients at the Randolph AMVETS Post ,and puts on an annual summer barbecue.
Pictured (l to r) are: Bernie Planeta, District 6 Commander; Fred Tofteroo, District 6 1st Vice Commander; Tim Plaisted, Purple Heart recipient & Iraq veteran; Stoughton Veterans Agent Mike Pazyra (District 6 Jr. Vice Commander) ;Cindy Pazyra; Santa ( Ray Pike, District 6 Chaplain); Elves Nicky Nelson and Kathleen Plaisted ; Rick Cattel, Beverly LaFleur, and Paul Nimeskern, Purple Heart recipient and Vietnam veteran.Sadly, Mr. Tofteroo passed away on Christmas Day.
Stoughton's Annual Christmas Parade
There may been a couple of minor glitches. but Sunday's Christmas Parade was a resounding success. Hundreds of people lined the streets to watch the parade, which was sponsored by the Stoughton Community Events Committee. Parade Chairman Joe Mokrisky was pleased with how things unfolded, but he pleaded for more help. "We had four people doing all the work for this one. We really need more volunteers if we're going to tackle the heavy load of events this committee is running. I'm hoping people will reach out to Bob Desmond and myself and join the events committee." The Committee, in addition to the Christmas Parade and 4th of July Parade, Concert and Kid's Day celebrations, also does an Easter Egg Hunt, Touch A Truck, Halloween Haunted Hayride, and more. The Christmas Parade featured motorcycles and cruisers from the Norfolk County Sheriff's Office and the Stoughton Police Department, as well as engines and ladder trucks from the Stoughton Fire Department. Norfolk County District Attorney Mike Morrissey, Stoughton Police Chief Paul Shastany, Stoughton Fire Chief Mark Dolloff, Town Moderator Howard Hansen, and Selectmen John Stagnone & Cynthia Walsh helped to lead the parade. Music was provided by New Liberty Jazz Band, 24 South, Hills Mills Comedy Clown Band, Boston Windjammers, Joe Tortelli's Worcester Light & Sound, and Stoughton's gold medal-winning Black Knights Marching Band and Color Guard, led by Dan Davey. Also performing were kids from the Starline Academy, and the Girl Scouts (with dancing led by Joyce Harrison). The Girl Scouts (with troop leader Charlotte Mullen) sold cookies at the Faxon Veterans Memorial Park after the Parade. The Boy Scouts, with troop leader Mark Racicott) also marched in the Parade. Santa gave out goodies to the children near the Charles Large Gazebo. Other participants in this year's Christmas Parade included Jack Faria and his antique car; School Committee members Deb Sovinee, AllanMills, and Joyce Husseini; Life Teen at the Immaculate Conception Church; Giovann Salon, L.A. Express Hair Salon, the Hansen and West Elementary Schools; Elite Fitness, and the U.S. Postal Service (which delivered last year's greetings.) The highlight, as always, was Santa and Mrs. Clause. Music was provided by Jeff Connors of Audio PA Systems. It was my honor to emcee another parade. Stoughton Community Events Committee volunteers who helped make the parade a success, in additon to Chairman Mokrisky, included Vice Chairman Bob Desmond, Denis Donoghue, Maria Simas, and Carlene, Dennis and Rachel Ann Walsh.
(Photo by Cindy Pazyra)
ANNUAL PARTY @ The Village Pub
DECEMBER 9, 2011
Real Estate Agent Christopher Layton chats with Channel 9 TV Show Host Dick Murphy, while Jerry Capozzoli talks with Joseph Dawe.
A fun time was had by the capacity crowd Friday night at The Village Pub. Hundreds of toys were loaded onto trucks for the U.S. Marine Corps. Toys for Tots program. Thousands was raised via raffles and donations, including a $2,000 donation from the Prone Foundation. School Committee candidate Dr. Erdem Ural and Moderator Howard Hansen took time to get their petitions signed. The crowd was lined with familiar FACES IN THE CROWD, including Planning Board Chairman Joe Scardino, Veteran's Agent Mike Pazyra and his wife Cindy from the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Selectmen John Anzivino (and his wife Barbara of the Finance Committee), John Anderson, and Chairman John Stagnone; former selectmen Ed DeFelice, Richard Fitzgerald, Joe Pascarelli, Ed Finn, and Bob Mullen; Television Personality Dick Murphy; FinCom member Steve Mitchell, Retired North School Principal Joseph Dawe and South School Principal Dr. David Fisher, and Southeastern Regional School Committee member Roberta Harback.Nicole Capozzoli, who runs The Village Pub, told Snyder's stoughton that, "It was a great turnout. The Marines there were excited and really overwhelmed. The $2000 check from the Prone Foundation had them in shock." Her dad, Jerry Capozzoli was very pleased, adding, "It was really great. People, as always, were very supportive. We have $3100 in checks and probably $4500 in toys for the Toys for Tots. The Marines were amazed and bewildered. They were just blown away. It makes you feel good. Everyone who came was wonderful to them." Another fantastic charitable evening from the Capozzoli Family.
Stoughton Friends for Seniors
FOOD PANTRY FUNDRAISER
Mike Sammarco and the Crew at Sons of Italy, together with the wonderful volunteers of the Friends for Seniors, raised funds for the St. Anthony's Free Market Thursday night at the Sons of Italy Hall. So many people showed up that every seat was filled, and each table was recycled, more dinners were served, and extra food was ordered.
Collecting at the door for the Stoughton Friends for Seniors fundraiser for St. Anthony's Free Market, the food pantry associated with Immaculate Conception Church, were Secretary Lorraine McCarthy and Treasurer/Corresponding Secretary Mary Laurenson.
Photos by Mark Snyder
DIRT DAWG GRAND OPENING
Three Stoughton residents, Rich Jasmin, TJ Fisher, and Donnie Connors are co-owners of a new 17,000 square foot softball and baseball training facility in Canton called Dirt Dawg. The Stoughton Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the facility on December 8th. Pictured (l to r) are: Dirt Dawg co-owner T.J. Fisher, Sandra Davis, Tony Sousa, Chamber Vice Chairman Mark Snyder, SCC Board members Lester Davis, Rick Kaplan and Cindy Pazyra; Co-owner Don Connors, Rob Brown, Tommy Jasmin and co-owner Rich Jasmin. Connors and Jasmin are Stoughton residents, and long-time coaches and directors of Stoughton's youth baseball programs, at all levels. (Courtesy photo by Joanne Schneider)
Stoughton Friends for Seniors Christmas Dinner 2011
Santa Stops by!
(Photos by Mark Snyder)
Friends for Seniors President Dennis McCarthy thanked all the volunteers from his hard-working Board for once again presenting a delicious meal, raffles, and fun to hundreds of Stoughton Seniors. The youth of the Town were also involved. Members of the National Honor Society at Stoughton High (over 30) came to serve on Saturday, while nearly twenty came the night before to set up the room at the Immaculate Conception Church. The food was delicious, as always, due to the hard work of Sons of Italy's Mike Sammarco, and his crew of Charles F. Dreist Jr. and Sr., Denis Gada, Al Ventarosa, John Amaru, Dottie DiStefano, Dan Skiba, and Cathy Brooks. Faces In the Crowd: Selectmen Cynthia Walsh and John Anderson, Police Chief Paul Shastany and Fire Chief Mark Dolloff. Chief Shastany was recognized by Lorraine McCarthy of the Stoughton Friends for Seniors for his being selected for training by the FBI, from January through March.
O'Donnell Middle School Holid
ay Shopping Day
Kim Lazarian (left) of Stoughton and Denise Deziel of Eas
ton make a sale to
Wendy May of Stoughton at the
O'Donnell Middle School Holiday Shopping Event Saturday. Kim and Denise sell "
It Works!, a botanical wrap that they say breaks down fat cells and helps you to lose inches." Snyder's Stoughton
may test it out and give you a report on it (with photos, if you can tolerate it!) Find more details at www.i
Rick Kaplan of AT&T/Cellco and Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the
Stoughton Chamber of Commerce, shows off the Solar Xtreme backpack, which has solar panels that will recharge small electronic devices, like phones, cameras, and IPADs. Cost is $69.99 at his Stoughton store on Central Street.
(Photos by Mark Snyder)
ANNUAL HOLIDAY ART SALE
Artist Nancy Corbett of Stoughton at the Felos Memorial Art Gallery sale. Pictured at bottom right is her portrait of gallery owner Elaine Felos Ostrander. Linda Clary, an artist from North Easton, serves up some refreshments.
(Photos by Mark Snyder)
STOUGHTON HIGH CLASS of '71
Class Officers Kate Mason, Steve Margarite, and Donna Price Estes.
40th Reunion Chair Debbie Perdigao Bosse
Nancy and John Sawyer
The Stoughton High Class of '71 40th Reunion was held on Saturday, November 26th at the Holiday Inn in Dedham. Chairperson Debbie Perdigao Bosse pulled it off on short notice. Classmates came from all over the United States, including Debbie Rudis who came from Alaska! The food was good and the entertainment was provided by classmate Steve Baker. The SHS class of 1971 had eighty-five attendees at the event. Everyone had a fine time dining, dancing and visiting with old friends. They are all looking forward to their next gathering.
SISTERS ON SAFARI
Dori Frankel, best known in Stoughton for her stint on the Conservation Commission and as a Town Meeting member, gave a fascinating presentation on November 30th in the Wales French Room at Stoughton Public Library. For 45 minutes, she showed a film--which she recorded and edited--featuring highlights of the three weeks she spent with her sister, Donna Neal, on Safari in Africa. Her knowledge of the animals, and the area, and her tales of potential danger, and living in a locked hut (protection from baboons, who figured out how to open doors) was fascinating and funny. Frankel said, "I've wanted to go on this trip for 50 years. We planned out a trip on our own. My husband and I have traveled extensively around the world. But, this trip with my sister was the best trip I've ever been on. I can't believe anywhere on Earth could ever top it." Dori and her sister went on a "walking Rhino Tour" and discovered they were the only ones on it. "My sister and I and four guys carrying AK 47's. We didn't know if they were going to kill us and dump our bodies. My husband would have killed me if he knew," she joked. She added sincerely, "It can be quite scary. We gave two men about ten dollars in copper bracelets in exchange for escorting us back and forth across a bridge in a very dangerous area. We were 12,421 Kilometers from Boston." Frankel was impressed that everywhere they went, everyone---no matter how poor--spoke at least two languages. She spoke of the beauty of Chobe National Park and Choebe River in Botswana--where guns are outlawed. They had to deal with large animals, where their tour guides were unarmed. Most striking were the beautiful animals seen throughout the film on video and still photos. Elephants, Lions, Hoppos, Crocodiles, Hyenas, Baboons, Giraffes, Owls, Rhinos, Leopards, Wilder Beasts, Jackals, Antelopes, Penguins (in Cape Town) and Buffalos were all seen, many in tender family settings, others seen with their kill. It was truly well worth the time. Nice job, Dori! In addition, Frankel invited Christine Lott, the founder of ChrisCares.Org, to sell some of her handmade Christmas ornaments to help support the new school she is building in Tanzania. She has raised $40,000, and needs another $100,000 to reach her goal. She's leaving Monday to go back to Tanzania. If you'd like to help, you can buy these beautiful ornaments for $7 each or two for $12. Contact her BEFORE SHE LEAVES to save on delivery charges. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story & Photos by Mark Snyder
Senator Brian Joyce reads "Wild About Books" to children at Stoughton Public Library on November 29th in the Children's Room.
(mark snyder photo)
Happy 100th Birthday to David Bento Rodrigues
A capacity crowd at Club Luis de Camoes on Sunday afternoon wished David Bento Rodrigues a Happy 100th Birthday. Rodrigues was born on November 20, 1911 in Lomba da Maia, Azores, Portugal and emigrated to the United States on February 20, 1968. He started to work that year in the legendary Stoughton Diner, and bought a home on Park Street. He and his late wife, Ines do Espirito Santo da Ponte Amaral, celebrated their Golden Anniversary in 1988. They sold their Park Street home in 1975 for a larger place on Porter Street. His wife passed away on March 2, 2008, after 69 years of marriage. David had 8 children, 22 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Putting on this amazing bash were his children: Zelia Araujo, Joe, Vasco, David, Aura and Antero Bento; Ines Raposa, and Thomas Rodrigues.
(Story and Photos by Mark Snyder)
THE CRAFT SHOWS AND FAIRS:
AT TRINITY EPISCOPAL PARISH
At Copley at StoughtonAt First Parish Universalist Church
ALL PHOTOS BY MARK SNYDER
Ashmont Self Storage Ribbon Cutting
ASHMONT SELF STORAGE held a Stoughton Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting last week. The storage business, which features 148 units, is located in the rear of 1204 Washington Street, in the former Ashmont Discount building. Among the dignitaries at the ribbon cutting were Chris Petrie, Chairman of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce; Stoughton Town Manager Francis T. Crimmins, Jr.; Selectman John Anderson, Deputy Fire Chief Scott Breen, Ashmont Self Storage David Rudnick, SCC Board members Cindy Pazyra and Frantz Antoine; Sandra Davis, Selectman John Stagnone, building owner George Rudnick, Selectman John Anzivino, Chamber Vice Chairman Mark Snyder and Stoughton Police Chief Paul Shastany.
(Courtesy photo by Joanne Schneider)
Alumni Flag Game Fuels Four Scholarships
Everyone, including Coach Burke
The Winning Team
The Other Team
The Second Annual Black Knights Alumni Flag Football Tournament and Dinner accomplished what it set out to do. Stoughton High Head Football Coach Greg Burke said the event would support four scholarships for graduating seniors. "It's great to have all the kids come back, have some fun, and raise some money. Three football players and a cheerleader will get $400 scholarships because of this event. I wish it could be more. Maybe next year we'll get the word out better, and raise more money." The event was arranged through the hard work of The Gridiron Club--people like Coach Burke, Ann Marie Leonard, Anthony Pirri, Rose Eckler, Joe Pascarelli, and Frank Jardin. It also featured the generosity of people like Ed Mazzuchelli, Sr. and Ed Mazzuchelli, Jr., who donated tickets and shirts for the event. Bob Evangelista, Bob Decelle and Paul Concannon---all professional referees---donated their service to the cause. The Leonard Team had a blowout against the Rodriguez team, but fun was had by all.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARK SNYDER
Sigy and Company
The Stoughton Lions Club hosted Sigy Moller and Friends Saturday, November 19 at the Stoughton High School Auditorium. A good sized crow watched this Las Vegas Style Revue, which ran for three hours. What voices!!! Pictured on left is Jennifer Mello, and on right, Sigy Moller.
(Photos by Mark Snyder)
Bay State - Sinai Lodge #141, Knights of Pythias and the Sinai Men’s Associates Annual Dinner & Charity Auction
The Annual Knights of Pythias Bay State - Sinai Lodge #141 Dinner and Charity Auction was held on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton. The event, which was held in conjunction with the Sinai Men's Associates, was spear-headed by David Kahan (doing his best Vanna White impression, Center) and his father Roger (right photo on the left) . Auctioneers included Chad O'Connor (son of Sinai Men's Associates President Thomas "Tiny" O'Connor) pictured in left phot, and Richie Albert (right photo.)Photos by Mark Snyder
PETER JANSON IN CONCERT!
Sunday, November 19 @ First Parish Universalist Church
Peter's music has entertained millions throughout the world on radio, digital radio, internet radio, TV, on airline flights, and in concert. His solo recordings include Firelight Moonlight, Winter Gifts, Across the Bridge, Sometimes From Here, and most recently Compass Rose. He also appears on numerous international recordings and compilations. He is a regular performer at guitar festivals and concerts throughout North America. He entertained an appreciative audience on Saturday night!(Mark Snyder photo)
Nocera's has re-opened and re-branded as The Chateau. Pictured here at Grand Re-opening is Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Chris Petrie, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Nocera, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Nocera, Chamber Vice Chair Mark Snyder, and Chamber Executive Director Terry Schneider. (Photo by Danielle Schneider)
VETERAN'S FLAG BURNING CEREMONY ON NOVEMBER 5, 2011
Veterans Agent Mike Pazyra holds the microphone for Ashlyn O'Connell and Sarah Doherty.
Pazyra helps Brynn Porcaro with her official flag burning script.
(Photos by Cindy Pazyra)
STOUGHTON CHAMBER VISITORS INFORMATION CENTER
A New Stoughton Chamber Visitors Information Center opened up in Randolph Savings Bank's Cobbs Corner branch. The kiosk has an assortment of business cards and brochures illustrating some of the products and services offered by Stoughton Chamber of Commerce members. Branch Manager Beth Snell, a member of the Stoughton Chamber Board of Directors (2nd from left in front) did the honors at the ribbon-cutting, surrounded my employees of Randolph Savings Bank, and members of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
DIABETES HEALTH WORKSHOP
Peggy Pochay, a Diabetes Educator, talked about Preventing Complications from Diabete I have seen the devastation that Diabetes can cause, like the stroke my mother suffered as a result of her uncontrolled condition. On November 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Stoughton Public Health and Visiting Nurses Association, Stoughton Council on Aging, and Good Samaritan Medical Center held a workshop on how to live healthy and strong with Diabetes. The event took place at the Stoughton Senior Center. There was something for everyone, even if you were newly diagnosed, caring for a loved one, or someone who was well versed in the Diabetic arena. Health care professionals gave their tips and tricks on knowing your nutrition numbers. Presentations on diabetic foot and skin care were addressed by Dr. Scott Aronson, a Podiatrist, as well as with nurses from the Stoughton Public Health and VNA. The Old Colony YMCA/Stoughton Branch demonstrated different exercise programs that were recommended for those with Diabetes. Nutritionists were available to answer any questions, and a light lunch was provided.
(Story and Photo by Mark Snyder)
Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival
On Sunday, October 23, 2011, the South School P.T. O. hosted a fun time. There was games, prizes, raffle, pumpkin decorating, a cake walk, silent auction, and a ton of trucks for the kids to play on. Maltby & Company had a truck giving bucket rides for those brave enough to take one. The police did safety inspections on car seats, while also allowing the kids to check out the inside of a cruiser. The fire department had their ladder truck there. DPW had a couple of trucks, as did MAXX Training Center and Elite Fitness & Health. A fun time was had by all, and some money was raised for the PTO.
Stephanie and Shawn Povilaitis in the front seat of a Stoughton Police Cruiser.
Maltby & Company, the tree specialists, gave rides in their bucket truck.
(Story & Photos by Mark Snyder. <c> 2011 by snydersstoughton.com/pmpnetwork, Inc.
FIRST PARISH FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL
Rev. Jeffrey Symynkywicz, Minister of First Parish Universalist Church in Stoughton Center, said the low-key festival, which was held on Sunday afternoon, October 23, was really a way to let people know about the Church, "We're downtown, and many people drive by here, but don't really notice the Church. We're letting people know we are here, and inviting people inside. Rev. Jeff's sermons and talks are available to read online on his blog, but as one of his Parishioners told me, "It's not the same as hearing it live!"
Pamela McCarthy, Reverend Jeff, and Richard DiCenso at the Church Fair on October 23. (Story and Photo by Mark Snyder)
South Shore CROP Walk a great success!
South Shore CROP
Hunger WalkOctober 16, 2011
Thanks to you we reached our goal!
Thanks to everyone who walked, pledged, supported and volunteered at today's South Shore Crop Hunger Walk. We met our goal of raising at least 10K to combat hunger globally and to benefit Mainspring House in Brockton right here locally! Our preliminary count was $10,150.It was a beautiful day for a walk and it is wonderful to know what people can accomplish when we work together. Thanks for giving your time, talent and treasure to help the most vulnerable among us! Don't forget to send along any remaining pledges you still need to collect to Janet Clough, Walk Treasurer, 28 Swanson Terrace, Stoughton, MA 02072 by November 20.Still time toontribute! If you still want to make an online donation
Leandra in front of a pile of bedding and other goods for the residents of Evelyn House, homeless shelter on Prospect Street.
Singer-Songwriter Dillan Basse provided the entertainment.
Kailey Silva (along with her shy brother Ryan) carried in some donations.
The "Caring to Share" event, started by 11 year-old O'Donnell Middle School student Leandra Andrade, was a benefit for the Evelyn House, a homeless shelter in Stoughton. It was held on October 15 at the Club Luis de Camoes on Porter Street and attracted a nice crowd. According to early estimates, it raised $4000 for the Prospect Street shelter for homeless families. In addition to the money generated, a huge amount of bedding and other items were donated to the families (see photos above.) Tony and Diane Sousa, grandparents of Andrade, were involved in booking the room, and helping to plan the event to support Leandra. They wanted to thank the following companies that contributed to the event's success: Target, Multi-Sport, Nocera's Restaurant (soon to be The Chateau), Chuck & Cheese Pizza, Little Caesar's, Denneno's Pizza, Main Street Pizza, Stoughton Bakery, Grand Slam Deli in Canton, Foley's Backstreet Grille, Ten X Club, PMPNetwork.com/Snyder's Stoughton, Club Luis de Camoes, Dunkin Donuts, Randolph Savings Bank, Dedham Country & Polo Club, E.H. Metalcraft Co, Inc., Copy Inks, Hefez & Sons Jewelers, Custom Interiors by Frontino, Sherm's Automotive, Polillio's Garden Center, Courtyard by Marriott, Men's Wearhouse, Windsor Tire, Salon Sundara, Westgate Tire, The Hair After, AMS Grinding Co., Inc., Stoughton Auto Body, Roche Bros., Stop & Shop, The Stoughton Chamber of Commerce, and Bill's Detailing Service. Faces In the Crowd: Selectman Cynthia Walsh, and former Selectmen Dick Levine and Tony Sousa.
(Photos by Mark Snyder)
THE MEMORY ROOM
FUNDRAISER A ROUSING SUCCESS! Co-Founders Pam Abrams-Warnick, Francie Minder, and Beth McNeill
An Overflow Crowd filled the room.
Singer Marjorie Clapprood is out front singing for Political Asylum. Stoughton Supt. of Schools Dr. Marguerite Rizzi is at far right playing the bass guitar.
The event was hosted by Stoughton Town Manager Francis T. Crimmins, Jr. It featured dozens of silent auction and raffle items, and raised close to $20,000! The Memory Room ("Nurturing Families After the Loss of a Child") was created to provide support groups and creative outlets for bereaved families in the South Shore area. It was co-founded by Pam Abrams-Warnick, Beth McNeill, and Francie Minder. All three women lost children at a young age and were looking to help other families going through similar pain. The Memory Room is located at 2 Canton St. in Stoughton (between Why Weight Fitness and Pattavina Networks in Trackside Plaza). They have facilities there for art, projects, meetings and conversation. McNeill tells Snyder's Stoughton, "We would love if people would bring a copy of a photo or plan to write something about someone they have lost on a community mural we will hang later in The Memory Room. We hope that people might like to know their loved ones are remembered in this way."Faces In The Crowd: Library Director Pat Basler, Youth Commission/COA Director Karen Hall, Veterans Agent Mike Pazyra, Selectmen John Anzivino and John Anderson, Police Chief Paul Shastany, and State Senator Brian Joyce. Generous contributions were received from Steve Prone of the Prone Foundation and Steve Kelley, the owner of K.C. Real Estate and Storage, and the landlord of 2 Canton Street, where the Memory Room is located.
Pam Abrams-Warnick told Snyder's Stoughton on Monday night that, "We don't want to miss anyone, so thanks to everyone for all the very generous support, help and believing in us and our mission."
(Photos by Mark Snyder)
Stoughton Lions Club 24TH ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST
October 16, 2011 at VFW HALL
Snyder's Stoughton's Mark Snyder, Lions Club President Bob Mullen, 33K District Governor Matthew Richardson, Lester Davis, Chris Gilday, and Carl McMorrow.
The Lions Club held their 24th Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October 16, and several dozen people came by to enjoy the food, and contribute their $7 to the Club, which benefited the Stoughton Lions Club Charity Fund for local eye research programs. Faces In The Crowd: Selectmen John Anzivino and John Stagnone.
(Hank Herbowy photo)
AUTHOR/COP FRANKIE DESARIO
HANDCUFFS A CROWD
Frank DeSario, a former Boston Police Officer shared details from his lengthy career in his book, “Badge #1: True Stories From a Boston Cop,” at a Lions Club event earlier this week at Nocera's Restaurant that attracted nearly 50 people. DeSario shared highlights of his nearly forty-year career in the book, and with the crowd: The Mafia, gangland slayings, the Combat Zone, busing and race riots. Frank also revealed what it was like to have a ringside seat at events that made history, including his tales of Southie gangster Whitey Bulger. DeSario also shared the glamorous side of his job that included escorting high profile celebrities, religious leaders and political leaders during their visits to the Boston area.(Photo features Lions Club President Bob Mullen, Jery and Frankie DeSario, Ed DeFelice and Peter Ventresco.)
PHOTOS BY HANK HERBOWY
The Leesa Family
200 Walk To Raise Funds for the Playground Expansion
Bradley M. Lessa Memorial Park
On a beautiful sunny Columbus Day, over 200 people--young and old--took to the streets for a 1.8 mile walk to raise funds for an expansion of Bradley Lessa Memorial Park on West Street. Volunteers from the Police and Fire Departments played an active role in keeping the walkers safe, and the fire department volunteers drove Council on Aging vans to shuttle the walkers from the playground to the Gibbons School. IKEA PR Director Laura Alves, along with IKEA employees Sophy Tuttle, Carlos Ramos, and Josh Wilson, planted five red maple trees from seeds of Walden Woods trees. Alves said they are considered historic trees because they were grown from the seeds of red maple trees that author Henry David Thoreau sat under while he wrote "Walden." IKEA gave away 150 tree seedlings as part of their Plant A Tree Program, as well. Hundreds of people had a great time, enjoying a slide show, music, and barbecue, while helping to expand one of Stoughton's shining locations for its children.
Photos by Mark Snyder
A PERSONAL NOTE FROM THE LESSA FAMILY:
We wanted to say thank you to all those who donated to or walked for the Walk for Bradley's Playground on Columbus Day. It was a huge success with over 200 walkers! It was heartwarming to see the families gathered at the playground afterwards for the cookout and kids activities. We had a great day! Our family is always overwhelmed with the generosity and support we have received from the entire Stoughton community. The Town Boards, Police, Fire, area businesses, family and friends. With the money we raised, we will be ordering additional pieces of playground equipment which will be installed this spring. Thank you again to everyone for helping us honor Bradley's memory through the smiling faces that will enjoy his playground for years to come.
The Lessa Family
OVER $4000 RAISED FOR STRONG KIDS CAMPAIGN
Stoughton's own Singer-Songwriter Lori McKenna was featured Saturday, October 1st at the Sharon Community Center, in a fundraiser for the Old Colony YMCA's Strong Kids campaign. Chairperson was Kathleen Stern. The Y's Serah Selmon said early Sunday morning that over $4,000 was raised for the campaign, that helps children and families pay for summer camp and memberships. 200 people enjoyed a great concert, liquid refreshment, dessert and auction to help out the children.
Stoughton Life Teen collects for Friends of the Unborn, in a Baby Drive at Immaculate Conception Church.
BOB RYAN TALK-- A BIG HIT
Dozens turned out to see the Boston Globe's legendary sports writer Bob Ryan last night (9/14) at New England Sinai Hospital. He was a guest of the Men's Associates Speakers series. After an introduction by Thomas "Tiny" O'Connor, president of the Sinai Men's Associates, Ryan entertained the crowd for ninety minutes, touching on everything from the Celtics' two "big threes" to the 67 World Series. Ryan said his favorite players of all time---from a personal standpoint--were Paul Silas and Dave Cowens. His least favorite? Sidney Wicks. He also said Boston is lucky---seven championships since 2002, and the ONLY city in the history of sports to have all four major sports coaches with world championships under their belt. He said all four coaches share another thing in common--they've all been fired in their careers. He said after years of languishing, the Patriots were brought to repectability by their best hiring decision ever---Bill Parcells as coach. "And, hiring their surley assistant to succeed him was their second best decision." Bruins coach Claude Julian, who comes off his first championship season, is a "class act", accroding to Ryan. Ryan lamented the fact that things have changed radically in sports, since he came to town in 1968, along with fellow writer Peter Gammons: "It's not as much fun now as it was back then. We'd go out to eat, travel, and interact with the players and coaches back then. We got know them and their families. That's all changed. There's no direct contact anymore. It's all done through PR people. And, we're no longer on the court, or the field. They moved us upstairs." . He gave kudos to hard-working Sox knucklballer Tim Wakefield, too, adding, "So much in sports is negative, sometimes things happen spontaneously that making you feel good at investing so much emotionally. Tim is a gracious, great guy. It was nice that he could share the moment (of his 200th win) with everyone. That speaks to what he has meant to this team for 17 years."
(Photo of Thomas "Tiny" O'Connor and Bob Ryan by Mark Snyder)
MEDEIROS TEAM OF HOPE The event, hampered by the weather, still attracted hundreds of people Sunday. Photo by Mark Snyder
Second Annual Greg Milane Memorial Bike Ride
The weather might have tried to wash it out, but the Second Annual Greg Milane Memorial Bike Ride was a success due to a philanthropic family in Stoughton. According to event co-chairs Joe Pascarelli and Laura Gebrayel, "the weather didn't end up hurting the event because of a generous $2000 donation from the Prone Foundation. Mr. Prone saw the event on Snyder's Stoughton website, and left us a check. That MADE the event." Last Shot owner Tony Nalli discounted the price of the buffet served to riders in the event.
Joe and Laura
Some of the bikes outside The Last Shot.
MARK SNYDER PHOTOS
Seniors Enjoy Barbecue & Music
The Stoughton Community Events Committee sponsored a summer senior barbecue on Sunday, August 14, and it was a delicious sellout. But, why shouldn't it be? There was FREE admission, and everyone got hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, chips, cheesecake, and entertainment from Olde Kids on the Block. Joe Mokrisky, Chairman of the SCEC, was happy at the turnout, and the smiling faces on those attending. "Stoughton is a great place. There are just so many positive things going on here," he told me. Mokrisky was joined by a number of fellow committee members. Denis Donoghue manned the grill, and produce hundreds of perfectly cooked hot dogs and burgers. Fran Stetson was stationed at the door, checking in all those who had registered for the event. Among the many volunteers working hard setting up, cleaning up, and serving were SCEC members Kevin Stetson, Heather Genereux, Bob Desmond, Dennis and Carlene Walsh, Maria Simas, Susie Gross, and Lynne McCormack. Council on Aging Director Karen Hall was working hard. So were her COA Board members Candace Fisher (the Chairman of the COA Board) , Michael Hirsch, and Joe Flynn. Volunteers from the Immaculate Conception Church's Life Teen program included Christine Corletto, Sean Ivaldi, Taylor Anglin, Lindsey Hughes, Jenna Baez, and Linda Pane.
David Milley gets a personal song from Olde Kids singer Mara Castle. Fran Stetson Checks in Barbara Fallon at Senior Barbecue
PHOTOS & STORY BY MARK SNYDER
Morrissey Summer Barbecue
The Morrissey Committee held their annual summer barbecue at the Ocean Club in Marina Bay last night (7/28) to benefit Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey was a huge success. Hundreds of people turned out on a beautiful summer evening, and enjoyed an amazing view of the Bay. The Ocean Club didn't impress anyone with their food, however, Raw burgers, hot dogs and pizza do not a barbecue make. But, numerous supporters came out for Morrissey, a former State Senator (D-Quincy), who ran for the seat when Bill Keating ran for Congress. Morrissey has already distinguished himself with some innovative new programs. Stoughton was well-represented there. Paul Wilder, who works for Morrissey in the D.A.'s office, is a Stoughton resident. Other Faces in the Crowd included Stoughton Town Manager Francis T. Crimmins, Stoughton Police Chief Paul Shastany, Finance Committee members Ed DeFelice and Peter Vantresco, Housing Authority Chairman Arthur Slate, Snyder's Stoughton & Patch contributing photographer Hank Herbowy, and veteran Warren West. (Photos by Hank Herbowy)
Gridiron Clubs hosts 4th Annual Golf Tournament
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for this year’s Black Knight Gridiron golf tournament held on Thursday, June 30th at the Easton Country Club.The foursomes consisted of both men and women with ties to Black Knight Football. There were former football players from the 1950’s through present with someone from every decade in between. Also on hand were many former and present coaches, school employees, and all around family, friends and fans of Stoughton Football.The day consisted of some great golfing, delicious food and many prizes!
Congratulations to Frank Jardin, Class of 1951, former player and Coach who was the Gridiron’s first inductee into the Coaches Hall of Fame. Coach Burke (l) and Frank Clark (r) congratulate Frank Jardin below.
The winners of this year’s golf tournament were:
Senior Division – Tom Fitzgerald, Mike Sanson, Joe Macalusso, and Russ Egerton
Women’s Division – Corrie Brookshire, Karen Bullock, Carolan Sampson and Trish GoulstonOpen Division – Joe Powers, John Gallivan, , Joe Powers Jr., Steve Goulston and Coach Burke
Many thanks to all who volunteered and to the following generous sponsors:
Gold Sponsors – Paul Byron-Counter Group and EH Metalcraft Company
Silver Sponsors – CJ Leonard Construction, John P. Russell Insurance Company
Bronze Sponsors – Aquidneck Meat Market, BDC Construction,Mary Burke-loyal fan, Burko Marketing, Cassie’s Corner Store,Robert Churchill Memorial, Class of 1942, Class of 1951-Frank Jardin,Class of 1952, Joe Dawe and Joe Dawe Jr., Farley Funeral Home, Evolution Lifestyle, Fitness and Training Center, Evergreen Landscaping-Keith Derba, Farley Funeral Home, John Dolan Flooring, Kitchen and Bath, Island Street Automotive, Layton Real Estate, Minuteman Liquors, Pigskin Football Camp, George Sarados, Silva Fence and The Town Spa
The Gridiron Club was formed to bring together former Football Alumni and also to raise monies both for Scholarships for graduating seniors and to aid the current football program with equipment and other expenses the school cannot afford.The present board consists of Coach Greg Burke, former players, alumni of SHS and a newly formed parents group of current players.The group currently holds two events per year, the Golf Tournament and an Alumni Flag Football game held in November each year where former Black Knight football players engage in a series of flag football games to determine one championship team. The games are followed by a dinner/auction held that night.This event has been growing in popularity each year with this year’s event scheduled for Saturday, November 19th. For more information you can check out the Gridiron Club on Facebook or contact Coach Burke at email@example.com.Parents of current players can contact Rose Eckler (firstname.lastname@example.org) who heads the parent’s of current players committee.
Al Abrahams and Joe Dawe
(Contributed by Debbie McNamara, who also did the photos)
Ok, the price wasn't cheap. $65 is nothing to sneeze at. But this fundraiser, for Ahavath Torah Congregation, attracted about sixty people on a 90 degree day July 17, featured the best Scotch known to man; the finest cigars from Owner Prabhaker Ramaiah of C.B. Perkins Tobacco Shop (95 Washington Street in Canton's Cobbs Corner); and a gourmet meal prepared painstakingly by Bob Bornstein and crew, featuring brisket, salmon, chicken and (?) purple potatoes. Photos provided by George Hantavis of Portraits by George (email@example.com) in Norton. (Top right photo is ATC President David Schulze, Vice President Lee Elmowitz, Prabhaker Ramaiah of C.B. Perkins, and Rabbi Jonathan Hausman. Schulze also wanted to thanks Leslie Boyle, Leslie Bornstein and Wendy Canter Schulze for their help.
Photos by George Hantavis (Portraits by George, firstname.lastname@example.org. 508-930-4171)
A NIGHT OF GREAT MUSIC
Lisa Bento and David Liolios of 24 South
: Rock and Roll was alive and living loud at the San John's Filarmonica Club in downtown Stoughton Friday night, July 15. It started with 24 South, a band with local roots. Lisa Bento Jacobs is a powerful lead singer, a looker, and a Stoughton native. Whether she was doing her best Steven Perry or Steven Tyler, she could sing and scream with the best of them. Her duet with bass guitarist and vocalist David Liolios on "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" was simply amazing. Keyboard player Theresa Ronan, and her son, guitarist Kevin Ronan, were equally up to the task. But, we can't forget the mop-headed curly haired drummer, who looks like a rock star should, and is an excellent spine for the ryhthm of the band. That would be Steve DiGloria. Drummer by night, and Stoughton DPW star by day. Some of the highlights of the 24 South set, in addition to "Paradise", included "Don't Stop Believing", "Double Vision", and "Dream On." After their performance, the Joe Kidd Band took center stage, and they didn't disappoint. Joe "Kidd" Fernandes of Stoughton, a born showman, had put together a great musical group. Jack Leo is an extremely talented keyboardist and powerful vocalist, as well. He handled "Back Door Man" and "Whipping Post", with ease. The latter was a 12 minute rendition, with fantastic guitar riffs from Mark Carvalho, bass from Dan Chaskes, and drumming by Jeff J. Armstrong. Kidd took center stage and knocked out the crowd with am intense rendition of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door." He followed that with a rousing version of Wilson Pickette's "Mustang Sally." It was a great night of music--and all for only a $5 admission charge! No wonder the house was packed.
Lisa Jacobs and Theresa Ronan Joe Kidd (left) and with Joe Kidd Band
(Mark Snyder photos)
Fundraiser for SFD Local 1512 @ Texas Roadhouse, Westgate Mall Brockton
Stoughton Firefighters Union Local 1512 held a successful fundraiser on July 13th at the Texas Roadhouse in Brockton. According to Local 1512 president Peter Denneno, "Donations will be used to fund our good and welfare fund which helps us help others. So come on out on the 13th for good times and great food." Dozens of supporters came to the Roadhouse and dined on some great barbecue food, with 10% of the proceeds going to Local 1512. Pictured above at the fundraiser are (l to r) Lt. Jay McNamara, Lt. Jim Rush, Lt. Jim Campbell, Lt. Jim Curtin, and FF Jack Hussey. A great time was had by all!
(Above Photo by Mark Snyder)
Rhonda Vito, Mark and Dan Snyder at the Firefighter's Fundraiser (Photo by Christine Iacobucci)
Fourth of July Weekend 2011
FAMILY FUN DAY!
McKenzie Lehane gets a "tattoo" from Artist Adriana Rajman
Aidan Lewis gets "tattoo" from Artist Katie Fogarty
Contestants in the Bike Decorating Contest Line Up
Eric Boykin and Aidan Myles Rev Up Their Bikes
Victoria "disco dollie" Dantzler gets her bike, as
well as herself, decorated for July 4
John Wells of The Event Connection is Emcee of Kid's Day festivities All Photos by Mark Snyder JULY 4 CONCERT & FIREWORKS
Ronnie Lewis and the Expedition did another amazing job entertaining thousands of concert-goers at Stoughton High School on July 3rd. Under threatening skies, the band--under a tent--rocked the night away, with Lewis working hard and delivering solid rock and roll nuggets to the grateful crowd. Lewis, who graduated Stoughton High School as Ronnie DiGangi, has had a career that has spanned over 40 years, including hit records with the Lewis & Clark Expedition. His backing band kicked some musical butt, and provided the perfect accompaniment to his vocals. Keyboard player Steve Seropia, bass player Bob Sproule, Walter O'Brien (a drummer with a great singing voice), Ronnie's brother guitarist and vocalist Butch DeGangi, and sax player David Morill all took turns shining in the spotlight. Roger Caissie of High Voltage Sound did a great job with the audio. The Allied Veteran Council sold hot dogs, sausages and bugers, with all the proceeds helping out needy veterans. Veterans Agent Mike Pazyra was among the Faces In the Crowd, along with Selectman John Anderson, former Selectman and Community Events Committee Chairman Joe Mokrisky, FinCom Vice Chair Rick Hill, and Acting Fire Chief Mark Dolloff, whose ladder truck once again sported a huge flag. There was also a carnival taking place at the O'Donnell Middle School lot, featuring artist Erick Granados doing caricatures, and others doing sand art, and hat painting. I had a fried oreo (a $2 clump of delicious fatty cholesterol, with fried dough on the outside, and an oreo cookie on the inside.). The Community Events Committee made $500 from the carnival. The Fireworks, sponsored by a generous donation from Stoughton IKEA, was once again an intensely entertaining experience!
Above Photos by Mark Snyder
Mark Hosting July 3 Concert (photo by Cindy Pazyra)
PARADE A HUGE SUCCESS
It was a hot one, that's for sure. But, this year's July 4th parade was another big success for the Stoughton Community Events Committee. Thousands turned out along the route to watch a variety of acts perform, and to see an interesting array of vehicles. Before the parade, a few dozen people played trivia with this columnist, and a walked away with gift certificates courtesy of MacDonald's in Stoughton. Jeff Connors, a Stoughton resident and owner of Audio PA Systems, provided the sound, and allowed the downtown crowd to hear what was going on. And, there was a lot going on. First there was the roar of the police vehicles, and Police Chief Paul Shastany and Executive Officer Robert Devine the leading the parade on foot. Police vehicles included cruisers, paddy wagons, bicyles, and four wheel off-road vehicles. Then, there was the parade of Fire Engines and Ladder Trucks, led by the vehicle of Acting Fire Chief Mark Dolloff. Other local fire departments, including Holbrook, Avon, Bridgewater, West Bridgewater and Easton also appeared in the parade. Dave Sheehan of the Norfolk County Sheriff's Department, and the VFW Honor Guard were next. On foot, Selectmen John Stagnone, John Anzivino, John Anderson, and Steve Anastos were joined by Moderator Howard Hansen and Town Manager Francis T. Crimmins, Jr. Selectman Cynthia Walsh rode with her nephew, town meeting member John Walsh, Jr. Then, School Committee Chairman Joyce Husseini and SC members Allan Mills, George Dolinsky, and Deb Sovinee marched. State Senator Brian Joyce handed out his patented blue balloons while marching with his family. Also doing the long walk in the hot sun was Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey. The Stoughton Housing Authority (with Peter Buckley), the Boy Scout Troops (with Scoutmaster John Walsh), and Girl Scouts were next. Then, came the winners of the Bicycle, Carriage and Trike contests from yesterday's Family Field Day. They included: Nancy Reed, Hannah Gleason, Gavin Alexson, Audrey Fresina, Lila Rogers, Eric Boykin, Hannah Mace, Alla Parcewski, Arianna Fresina, Victoria Dantzler, Tanner Rogers and Emma McSweeny. Lou's Custom Exhaust, The Elite Health & Fitness Hummer (with Kevin "Guns" Wilson aboard), the Honey Dew Donuts Truck (with owner Gary Lewis), and one of the original Coca Cola Trucks (which now houses Worcester Light & Sound) were next. Bob Dupont drove a DPW machine and did a 180 with it, while Andrew Patterson drove a DPW ten wheeler. John Sawyer and his son cruised by in a 1966 Rambler, while Rich Jasmin drove a flatbed featuring the rock band, "24 South." The South Shore Corvette Club, South Shore Antique Club, and Model T Club all came by with some very beautiful and sometimes rare automobiles. The American and National League Stoughton Majors Champions were on trucks, led by their managers Paul Sullivan and Paul Trombley. The first entertainment came from the Titans Drum and Bugle Corps. then the Mass Brass Brand (in a truck owned by Ralph Sellito of Stoughton.) One element of the Parade that didn't go down well with the crowd was "Bob's Showtime", a truck owned by Bob & Jean Raymond of Epping, NH, that literally left rubber and blew smoke in the face of dozens of people. This was supposed to be entertaining, but those in the crowd I spoke to were only annoyed. The Girls Bantom Softball Champs came by next, along with the Hot Tomale Brass Band, and a six wheeler from the DPW, driven by Al Pedro. Maxx Force, driven by Michael Varner and carrying the No Bullying Banner, was next, followed closely by the Boston Windjammers, led by Russ Weisman. The Middle School sports champs were followed closely by the 14 & 15 year old Babe Ruth Baseball champs. Stoughton's Tibby Arujo drove by in a 1955 Chevy, and then the grande finale was Canada's Stentors Drum and Bugle Corps. I was honored to once again be able to host the Parade. The Stoughton Community Events Committee deserves another round of applause! The Committee is Joe Mokrisky, Chairman; Bob Desmond, Vice Chairman;Heidee Anastos, Michael Beder , Ron Dardano, Maria Faria, Heather Genereux, Susie Gross, Janet Jasmin, Lynne McCormack, Sgt. Dan McGowan, Paula Meyers, Nancy Patterson, Reggie Kowalczykowski, Laurice Rubel, Fran Stetson, Kevin Stetson, Brian Walsh, Carlene Walsh, Dennis Walsh, John Walsh, Jr. and Rachel Ann Walsh. Cheers to all. See you all next at the Christmas Parade!
(Photos by Jeff Pickette. Courtesy of Stoughton Patch)
FinCom member Barbara Anzivino wins at Trivia.
The Nasty Truck
The truck I wrote about in my article. Thanks to Heidi Tucker for this photo.
ANNUAL SENIORS SUMMER BARBECUE
Selectman John Anderson (a former Chairman of the Council on Aging); Jose Deana, custodian for COA; Andrew Hall (COA Director Karen Hall's husband), and Friends for Seniors Board member Don Interrante all cook for the Annual Seniors Barbecue on June 30th at the Stoughton Senior Center. Entertainment was provided by Dave Cuddy. Seniors enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and watermelon. Karen Hall played host, as well as acting as a server. Selectman Cynthia Walsh was among the crowd of seniors enjoying lunch. (Photos by Hank Herbowy)
Even I got to help serve the watermelon!