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  • 4/20 5:04pm   I am looking to hire a couple of strong guys with a truck to pick up a table, a shelf unit and a few smaller items that I purchased from someone in Franklin and delivered to me in Norfolk. I estimated it will take about an hour. [Contact box480@norfolknet.com - Wm.]
    - DP

  • 4/20 5:02pm   Dylan Hayre, Candidate for State Senate will be holding a meet and greet at the Bourque Restaurant next month. Meet the Candidate Coffee Chats with Dylan Hayre for State Senate in Norfolk: Bourque Restaurant, 194 Main Street, Norfolk, MA; Wednesday, May 7th, from 9 AM - 10 AM.
    Come join us for coffee and chat in person with Dylan Hayre about the issues that matter most to you!
    Dylan is running to serve as State Senator for the Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex district. He is a former Chair of Natick's Council on Aging board & founder of ``A Lawyer for Soldiers.'' Connect with Dylan anytime at www.DylanHayre.com. For more information contact Naomi at naomi@dylanhayre.com, 857-222-9833.
    - ND, Dylan Hayre for State Senate

  • 4/20 5:01pm   Call for volunteers - the Library's Book and Bake Sale is next week! We can still use more volunteers on THURSDAY morning at 9 AM to unpack books. Please call Beth V. at 508-528-7893 if you are willing to help us. Thanks for being a Friend!
    - BV

  • 4/20 4:59pm   As part of my campaign for Norfolk Town Moderator, I've written a brief flyer (two sides of one page) describing the Town Moderator's job, why Town Meetings are important, a little bit about me, and what I want to do as Norfolk Town Moderator. You can download the flyer from sites.google.com/site/rosenberg4moderator/home/documents/Rosenberg_Moderator_Flyer.pdf
    I'd appreciate your reading it and sharing it with other Norfolk voters.
    Thanks.
    - David Rosenberg, Candidate for Norfolk Town Moderator

  • 4/20 4:56pm   The Garden Club of Norfolk Annual Plant and Bake Sale, Saturday May 17, 2014 9:00 am noon Town Hill and Gazebo, 139 Main Street, Norfolk.
    Find the perfect perennials for your sun or shade garden, add herbs, shrubs and groundcovers--all at our annual sale! Other garden related items will be available for purchase include planters, handing baskets, bird houses, glass garden flowers, decorative flower pots and our own Norfolk gold. Don't miss. Advice from enthusiastic gardeners. Face painting & cake decorating will keep our junior gardeners occupied while their parents shop! Delicious baked goods.
    Proceeds support the educational programs and public plantings of the all-volunteer, nonprofit Garden Club of Norfolk. Rain or shine www.gardenclubofnorfolkma.com.
    - EN

  • 4/20 4:55pm   On Saturday, May 17th 12 to 8pm & Sunday, May 18th 12 to 3pm The Franklin Art Association will hold it's Spring Members Show. The art exhibit will be held at Dean College, in the Guidrey Center at 109 West Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038 This event is free and opened to the public. Complementary food and beverage.
    For further information visit our web page at www.franklinart.org or www.facebook.com/FranklinArtAssoc
    - AC, Franklink Art Association

  • 4/20 4:50pm   Hi, Can anyone bring me up to date on college scholarships for high school students from Norfolk? I recall from a few years back that there were a few local civic organizations that were sponsoring these but can't recall any specifics. Thanks!
    - RJM

  • 4/20 4:49pm   Huge Community Yard Sale, Saturday May 17
    The residents of The Village at River's Edge are holding a huge community yard sale on Saturday, May 17 in the clubhouse parking lot at 1A Winterberry Way, right off Rt. 115. The hours are 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and the sale will be held rain or shine. Items for sale include home decor, linens, furniture, accessories, holiday and seasonal decor, baby equipment, toys, books, CDs, sports equipment, tools and much, much more! There will be something for everyone so don't miss out. Cash only. No early birds please.
    - PS

  • 4/20 4:48pm   FOR SALE: 100 watt bass amp crate BT100 with 18" speaker $175.00 contact Mark at 508-667-6326 if interested.
    - MRC

  • 4/20 4:47pm   Looking for handyman to give me a quote to install Goaliath Basketball System Model # B2251 with glass backboard in my backyard. I have a list of supplies/tools needed that I can email to anyone interested in job. I have the installation / owner's manual also. mcappuccino@verizon.net
    - MRC

  • 4/20 4:46pm   For Sale : Ping Pong Table, Marcy Performance Strength Equipment/ weights and pulleys, Health master 860 Bike, Treadmill 585 Pro Form, Rowing Machine, 1400 Air Rower, Air Hockey Table
    If interested call Bob at 774-571-0980
    - BL

  • 4/20 4:45pm   I may be interested in removing your shed. Bob at 774-571-0980
    - BL

  • 4/20 4:44pm   Hi, I'm looking for rocks and stones that people don't want anymore. Maybe a wall you don't wall anymore, maybe you're doing some excavation and I can sort through your pile of fill, stone or cobble driveway edger's that you don't want anymore. I need to build a small retaining wall and have some stones, but not nearly enough. I'm hoping for free and maybe clean up a spot or two in your yard at the same time and we both win? You can reach me at bp4402@hotmail.com and please put stones / rocks in the subject line. I will be available for picking up rocks the weekend after Easter. Thank you for reading!
    - BP

  • 4/20 4:43pm   JM - I recommend SB Stonework for your walkway. The father and son team, Ernie and son, Seth, are excellent. I just happened to find them after two near disasters with contractors. They are excellent to work with and are very reasonable. Call 508-250-1215 you will not be disappointed. Also, check out their website www.sbstonework.com.
    - KT

  • 4/20 4:42pm   Another update on 106-108 Main St. Yesterday I received a message from the Zoning Board of Appeals that the hearing is now *this* Wednesday, 4/16 at approx. 8:15 pm. I wish it would stop being moved on short notice (second time now). It makes it harder for people to plan to attend...
    - KB

  • 4/20 4:40pm   Virtual yard sale! Nearly new treadmill $200; Classic Barber's chair (perfect for Man Caves) $100; Singer Sewing Machine (includes instructions) $50. Contact danwinslow@hotmail.com. Won't last!
    - DBW

  • 4/20 4:37pm   The Village at Rivers Edge is holding a HUGE YARD SALE on May 17th. The yard sale will begin at 9 am and end at 1pm. The yard sale will be held in the parking lot of our clubhouse at 1A Winterberry Rd. Route 115, Norfolk.
    - SK

  • 4/20 4:34pm   The KP Parents' Network is selling commemorative graduation lawns signs to celebrate the KPHS Class of 2014. Parents and friends of KP seniors can purchase and display a lawn sign to show their pride and celebrate their student's achievement. The two-sided sign can be personalized and is great for graduation parties as well as for local businesses to show support for the KP school system. Signs are $20 and are available at various KP events and locations this Spring, or by contacting the KP Parents' Network at kpparentnetwork@gmail.com.
    - GA

  • 4/20 4:30pm   To KP, I've done my homework on the origins of Common Core and PARCC, have you?
    Here some facts about Common Core written by Dr, Sandra Stostky:
    Fact Sheet on Common Core 's Developers, Writers, Validation Committee, and Standards

    Posted on February 25, 2014 by chascherrie

    Sandra Stotsky
    February 2014

    1. Who developed Common Core's standards? Three private organizations in Washington DC: the National Governors Association (NGA), the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and Achieve, Inc.-all funded by a fourth private organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    2. Who selected the members of the Standards Development Work Groups? In the absence of official information, it seems that Achieve, Inc. and the Gates Foundation selected most of the key personnel to write the high school-level college-readiness standards.

    3. Who was represented on the Standards Development Work Groups that wrote the high school college-readiness standards? Chiefly test and curriculum developers from ACT, CB, Achieve, and NCEE.

    4. Who was not represented on the Standards Development Work Groups? High school English and mathematics teachers, English professors, scientists, engineers, parents, state legislators, and state or local school board members

    5. Are records available of their meetings? No. These groups had no open meetings and have never provided access to any public comment or critiques they received.

    ... [see the white paper, also available as a Pioneer Institude PDF [here] - Wm.]

    References

    Mark Bauerlein and Sandra Stotsky. (September 2012). How Common Core's ELA standards place college readiness at risk. Pioneer Institute White Paper #89. pioneerinstitute.org/download/how-common-cores-ela-standards-place-college-readiness-at-risk/

    R. James Milgram and Sandra Stotsky (September 2013). Lowering the Bar: How Common Core Math Fails to Prepare High School Students for STEM www.uaedreform.org/wp-content/uploads/2000/01/Lowering_the_Bar.pdf, Pioneer Institute White Paper #103. pioneerinstitute.org/news/lowering-the-bar-how-common-core-math-fails-to-prepare-students-for-stem

    - PJT

  • 4/20 4:28pm   For all Norfolk residents: Please take time and watch. Very important.
    The Common Core information night that was held on March 27th at Medway Middle school will air on our (Norfolk)government channel 22 comcast and channel 42 Verizon on:
    4/15 at 11a.m.
    4/16 at 6p.m.
    4/18 at 2p.m.
    And 4/19 at 9p.m.
    - PJT

  • 4/20 4:27pm   Lucky Ducky Daycare 98 Union St. offers a really cool program in the summer called "Camp Lucky Ducky". This year children age 5-9 will take daily field trips to fun and educational places like: the zoo, water park, museum, indoor play areas, arcade, bowling and more. If you are looking for an outstanding local program, that's licensed, dependable, affordable and will accommodate your schedule. Then call Lucky Ducky Daycare now! (508) 528-2626 or email luckyduckydaycarenorfolkma@gmail.com for additional information. Hours: Mon.- Fri. (7:00 A.M.- 5:30 P.M.)
    - EM, Lucky Ducky Daycare

  • 4/20 4:26pm   Please show your support for Glenn Hill for the Library Board of Trustees and Jay Talerman for Town Moderator in the upcoming town elections on May 6th. We are very fortunate in that these two fellow-residents are not only the most effective candidates for these positions, but ideal ones as well.
    Mr. Hill has past experience serving on the Library Board and, over the years, has shown an ongoing involvement and interest in our library and its many community activities. He also brings invaluable computer and information technology expertise to that position.
    Similarly, Jay Talerman possesses the perfect resume for Town Moderator. As the town's Deputy Moderator as well as his past service on a variety of town boards and committees (including the Council on Aging, Master Plan Committee, Bylaw Review Committee, et al.), he has clearly demonstrated his dedication to the town and his commitment to the best interests of its residents. Additionally, as a municipal attorney representing a variety of towns in the state he is not only acutely familiar with the laws, procedures, and traditions of the New England Town Meeting, he brings his extraordinary knowledge and capabilities addressing the present-day (and often) crucial issues facing towns very similar to ours throughout the Commonwealth.
    - TEM

  • 4/20 4:25pm   To KP: Two points: One, if a student asks if some particular material is going to be on a test, the teacher should tell that student, all material covered is fair game. That way, if they want to memorize something, they can memorize everything! Second, regarding Common Core and the idea that tests don't indicate competency or something along those lines: I think it is possible to take a test, score well and not necessarily know the subject matter thoroughly (could have studied the "right" material, could have gotten lucky etc.). I also think it's possible, in certain cases, to take a test, score poorly and know the material pretty well (could be nerves etc.). But to go all one way to the "method only" approach, which is what I believe Common Core does (learn the method, don't worry so much about the answer), is ridiculous. Think about how that would work for most people in their jobs. Think about a doctor who is performing a surgery or airline pilot attempting to land a 747, or even about store clerk who "isn't sure how to make change for that $20 but they are "pretty sure they understand the approach". That is ludicrous. Analysis is essential, but you shouldn't be so dismissive of pure memorization, or being able to come up with the correct answer. I am sure we could probably improve on the current teaching-learning methodology, but I have a sneaking suspicion "common core" is not the answer. To me, it looks like a classic case of people over-thinking something and coming up with the wrong solution. Ah, another example of big government trying to insert their influence into all aspects of our lives. Sorry, but this has clear political overtones.
    - PMM

  • 4/20 4:21pm   Tickets are now available for The Un-Common Theater Company's production of "The Addams Family" being presented at the Orpheum Theatre, Foxboro May 9- 11, 2014. Tickets may be purchased by calling (800) 838-3006 or online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/619297.
    The Un-Common Theatre Company is thrilled to one of the first community theatre companies in the country to perform this newly released Broadway favorite! This production reunites the NETC Moss Hart award winning team (from Un-Common's Secret Garden) of Director Michael La Fleur (Las Vegas, NV) and Music Director Esther Zabinski (Providence, RI). Michael has just completed his tenure as Creative Director for Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore and has created a memorable theatrical experience for both the cast and audience alike.
    "The Addams Family" is a magnificently macabre tale that explores the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch. The weird and wonderful family comes to spooky and spectacular life in a story that is every father's nightmare.
    Wednesday Addams (Cara DiPietro, Norfolk, MA), the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with Lucus (Matthew Corbett, Attleboro, MA), a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father Gomez (Joe Spirito, North Smithfield, RI) and begs him not to tell her mother Morticia (Alexandra Phillips, Plainville, MA). Now, Gomez must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents.
    Performances are Friday, May 9th at 7:30 pm, Saturday, May 10th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 11th at 2:00 pm at the Orpheum Theatre, One School Street, Foxboro, MA. Pre-Sale Tickets are $22 for Adults and $17 for Students and Seniors and may be purchased by calling (800) 838-3006 or on line at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/619297. Tickets purchased at the door are $25 for Adults and $20 for Students and Seniors. For Un-Common Members, group sales or handicapped seating please email uncommontheatre@verizon.net.
    The Un-Common Theatre Co. is currently in its 34th season of providing a creative place for children, adolescents and adults to develop life skills through exposure to the professional theatrical experience. For more information about the Un-Common Theatre Co. and "The Addams Family" please visit their website at www.uncommontheatre.org.
    - ND, The Un-Common Theatre Co.

  • 4/20 4:20pm   The Un-Common Theatre Co. is thrilled to announce auditions for the Tony Award winning Broadway musical "American Idiot". Un-Common has been chosen as one of the first theatre companies in the country to present this politically-charged rock opera. Auditions will be held on Sunday, May 18th with performances on July 17-20, 2014, at the Orpheum Theatre, Foxboro, MA.
    Based on Green Day's Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, "American Idiot" chronicles the exhilarating journey of a new generation of young Americans as they struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. Johnny, Will, and Tunny, childhood friends, long to escape their unhappy, media- saturated suburban lives, but pregnancy, drugs and the military keep them from pursuing the lives they are destined to lead.
    A critical smash on Broadway and in London, this high-octane show is about the conflict between love and rage - a tale about self-destructive rebellion and the striving to change into a better self in a better world through ethical choices. "American Idiot" weaves a touching story that promises to leave a lasting impression on all who witness it.
    Auditions will be held for students currently in Grade 10 through age 21, on Sunday, May 18th, 2014 at 5:00pm by appointment only in Foxboro, MA with call backs on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 6:30pm in Mansfield, MA. If you are physically unable to attend the auditions, please contact us by email for information on presenting a video audition.
    Rehearsals will be held on Sunday afternoons, Thursday evenings and one other weeknight evening in Mansfield and Foxboro beginning May 25th. The show will be performed at the Orpheum Theater in Foxboro, MA July 17-20, 2014.
    Check the website www.uncommontheatre.org for more information on the roles and for details of what needs to be prepared for an audition then email uncommontheatre@verizon.net for an appointment time or information on a video audition. Please include your name, age, grade or year in college, phone number and email address. We will get back to you with an audition time and more details.
    This program is supported in part by grants from the Foxboro, Mansfield, Norfolk, Sharon and Wrentham Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
    - ND, The Un-Common Theatre Co.

  • 4/20 4:16pm   Bang the Drums Loudly for the King Philip Winter Percussion Ensemble! The King Philip Winter Percussion Ensemble traveled to Toms River, New Jersey on April 6, 2014 to perform in the US Bands Indoor Championship. The group directed by Mr. Tim Sepe, Mr. Ryan Loud, Mr. Ben Tileston and Mr. Rick Vale were competing in this Indoor Circuit for the first time. All twenty-five competing groups were from the Mid-Atlantic region, except for King Philip. King Philip, performing their 2014 show A Time Travelers Medley was a crowd favorite. They full engaged the audience with their stirring performance and when they were done you could hear the audience whistling strains of Rhapsody in Blue. This performance at the US Bands Indoor Championship concluded months of rehearsal and local competition for this ensemble of 7 th -12 th grade students. The King Philip Winter Percussion won the Class 4A Concert Group by a score of 99.05. This was the highest score of all groups and classes in the competition. Along with their winning the 4A Class they also took home the honors of Best Performance, Best Effect and Best Ensemble. The ensemble will be performing the award winning show on May 7, 2014 at the King Philip Percussion Night. Please come out and congratulate and cheer on this fabulous group.
    - JN, KPMA

  • 4/20 4:15pm   Looking for several teenagers to do yard work for the summer in Norfolk. Must be 16, have your own transportation and be familiar with raking, landscaping, digging etc. Call Jack @ 508-528-0875 evenings after 6PM.
    - JFO (3)

  • 4/20 4:14pm   Music That Makes You Dance, Music That Makes You Think! It is under this name our piano teacher Igor Iwanek is trying to market the recital that will earn him a Terminal Degree in Music Composition and he would cordially like to invite you to this event.
    It will take place on Sunday, May 4 at 8:30PM.
    It will happen under the auspices of ArtWeek Boston 2014 and the details can be found here: artweekboston.org/events/music-makes-dance-music-makes-think
    - VS, Ivy Music Academy

  • 4/20 4:06pm   KP - I have spoken with someone directly involved with Common Core standards - namely Dr. Sandra Stotsky - the only English Language Arts CONTENT expert on the validation committee for the CC standards. Dr. Stotsky has a very long and accomplished resume. Dr. Stotsky refused to sign off on the CC standards. Specifically, she answers the following questions which address why she refused to validate the CC standards: [source pdf - Wm.]
    11. What are the chief deficiencies of Common Core's standards?

    A. The standards are not internationally benchmarked.
    B. The standards are not research-based.
    C. The standards are not rigorous.
    They omit high school mathematics standards leading to STEM careers, stress writing over reading, reduce literary study in grades 6-12, use an unproven approach to teaching Euclidean geometry, defer completion of Algebra I to grade 9 or 10, are developmentally inappropriate in the primary grades, and use the high school English class for informational reading instruction.

    15. What are the major flaws in Common Core's English language arts standards?

    A. Most of CC's reading standards are content-free skills.
    B. CC's ELA standards stress writing more than reading at every grade level.
    C. CC's writing standards are developmentally inappropriate at many grade levels and lack coordination with its reading standards.
    D. CC expects English teachers to spend at least half of their reading instructional time at every grade level on informational texts.
    E. CC reduces opportunities for students to develop critical thinking.
    F. CC's standards are not ``fewer, clearer, and deeper;'' they often bundle several objectives into one statement and call it one standard.

    The above and more -- including Dr. Stotsky's contributions to independent research papers can be found at the Pioneer Institute website. None of it is ``misinformation''.
    Further, if you re-read my post, I do not take issue with having standards. And, I do not take issue with teachers - if you re-read my post, in fact, I am quite complimentary toward the hard work of our teachers and the resulting achievement of our students.
    I also never implied that the standards were ``so simple''. I said of lesser quality... meaning CC standards were not well-written, and in fact many people involved in writing the standards have little to no actual classroom or content teaching experience. Further, many of the standards, as Dr. Stotsky points out, are developmentally inappropriate, which, would then make them unnecessarily more difficult for students.
    As a parent and a taxpayer, I take issue that our state is scrapping something that works and hundreds of millions were spent in developing.
    I take issue that our state adopted the CC standards BEFORE they were even written and without notifying anyone. I take issue that no one on the pro-CC side can point to any research that validates why these standards are more rigorous or research that shows to which countries the CC standards are internationally benchmarked. I take issue that any such ``comparison'' research was conducted and paid for by the very people who helped develop the CC standards and are promoting the CC standards.
    I take issue with the accusation of ``playing politics''. Nowhere in my post did I disparage either political party. You have no idea what my politics are. I simply stated it was not the role of the federal government to be involved in education matters. (I did not take to task any particular administration or people. Both political parties are involved). I simply acknowledged Shawn Dooley's attempt to give PARENTS the choice as to whether their children take the pilot of the PARRC test or not. This is not a left/right or Republican/Democrat issue. This is about giving our children the best education possible. Massachusetts had that -- demonstrated by our students consistent performance on the NAEP tests.
    Finally, I take issue with the declaration that the debate about CC is over. You make excellent points about the use of assessments, and it is a discussion worth having. I would be interested to know what percentage of kids in MA are failing the tests and falling further behind. Wouldn't it be more reasonable to address that smaller percentage of kids, rather than change the entire system that seems to work for most students in MA? Also, if you have access to independent research that validates CC standards, please share with the community.
    Discussions and debates about our children's education should be ongoing and held at the local level. Parents, teachers, school boards and taxpayers are the people who should be involved in leading the discussions and making the decisions about education.
    - JD

  • 4/20 4:05pm   Apartment Needed - Mature, quiet professional male looking to rent a part of your home, or room above a garage, a basement apartment starting June 1st. I currently live in Norfolk and would like to stay in the area. I am willing to do small jobs (painting, yard work, landscaping, shoveling) in exchange for a break in the rent. Contact: dhoffoptical@aol.com
    - DT

  • 4/20 4:04pm   4/13 - To JM - I can recommend someone who does stonework for walkways, walls, etc. Call Phil Darling in Plainville, at 508 801-4442.
    - PW

  • 4/20 4:01pm   Please note that Norfolk Police's "women's self-defense class" is full to capacity. Another class will be forming in the near future. Any questions, comments or suggestions for future classes, please email Officer Palladini: mpalladini@virtualnorfolk.org
    - MP, NPD

  • 4/20 3:59pm   JD ~ I agree with much of your post about the Common Core State Standards but as a 20 year educator, I feel the need to jump in. I am tired of hearing people who are worried about the child's standards of education being ``dumbed down'' or that the CCSS is ``lowering the bar''. At the elementary level this is so not the case. In fact, I have yet to meet an educator that feels we are lowering the bar ~ It is the complete opposite. The depth of knowledge expected of the CCSS are far more rigorous than what we have been teaching over the past 20 years, not to mention the fact that the state of Massachusetts has additional add-on standards just for our state. Take a look at the PARCC field test www.parcconline.org/samples/mathematics/grade-3-mathematics - No comparison to the MCAS. I'm not even sure this is developmentally appropriate to set as expectations for our children.
    Also, your mention of the CCSS omitting standards that will lead to STEM careers, I just spent the past week attending the NSTA conference in Boston translating the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) ~ www.nextgenscience.org. Massachusetts has adopted these standards as well - www.doe.mass.edu/stem/standards/NGSS-MAAComparison.html
    There is a lot to worry about. However, ``lowering the bar'' is not one I'm concerned about. I too urge parents to do their research.
    - NS

  • 4/20 3:58pm   106 and 108 Main St Information for Meeting of Conservation Commission April 23, 2014 scheduled public hearings 7:30 PM 106-108 Main St. 7:45 PM Amended OOC hearing - 8 Saddle Ridge Road
    - BF (2)

  • 4/20 3:57pm   KB and those following the 106 and 108 Main Street matter. All Town meetings are posted at www.mytowngovernment.org/02056 The next Planning Board meeting for 106 and 108 Main Street is as follows:
    Town of Norfolk Planning Board Meeting April 15, 2014 Agenda 7:30 PM-Meeting Room 124
    7:30 p.m. ~ Cont'd Public Hearing for Macarthur Ave 1-Lot Subdivision w/ Landmark Engineering
    7:45 p.m. ~Initial Public Hearing for T-Mobile/100 Pond Street Special Permit to modify an existing wireless communication facility
    8:00 p.m. - Cont'd Public Hearing for 106 Main Street Site Plan w/ Outback Eng.
    8:05 p.m. - Cont'd Public Hearing for 108 Main Street Site Plan w/ Outback Eng.
    - BF (2)

  • 4/20 3:56pm   Babysitter available for the summer! Hello my name is Nicky and I will be finishing up my junior year at Framingham State University in May. I have been babysitting for eight years now. I have experience with children ages six and up. Looking for something four or five days a week during the summer. If interested please email me at nicky3213@aol.com. Thanks!
    - NA

  • 4/20 3:55pm   AB-G and KP: Please do not make light of the Common Core standards. AB-G, as I recall, you were a teacher - yet you submit this, "Here's the reason for Common Core: The wealthy ruling class will continue to send their kids to exclusive private schools and those kids who attend public schools will turn into - wait for it - the Low Information Voter."
    AB-G, so you ARE stating in clear terms that those of us who continue to support public education are allowing our children to become "low information voters", which can only imply that you feel we are doing our children a disservice. PLEASE EXPLAIN!! You are the first to call others out, so turn-about is fair play. If Norfolk kids go to King Philip, are you clearly stating that they are intellectually deficient (Low Information Voters), when compared with kids who attend private schools?
    KP: that Kool-Aid that the Common Core folks serve is pretty good.
    - CS

  • 4/20 3:53pm   Received an email about a Norfolk job opportunity -
    Part Time Personal Assistant needed in Norfolk. My client is looking for someone who can help her with her email backlog, schedule/confirm appointments with clients, edit and review documents/presentations. Flexible schedule.

    Please call or email. needjobs@needjobs.com

    - DV

    - Wm.

  • 4/13 10:48pm   I wanted to let you know about a local 5K race that is coming up on Sat 5/3 at 10am - the Woodside Spring Storybook Sprint (flyer attached)! We wanted to make sure Norfolk runners, walkers and families are aware of it and can register to sign up if they would like. The start and finish line is at Gold's Gym on 109, and registration is via the link below. Our course is USATF certified, and we'll be having prizes, music and food - including games and a scavenger hunt for kids. Register by 4/18 for your race t-shirt.
    Thank you, and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.
    www.racemenu.com/events/37551-Woodside-Spring-Storybook-Sprint-5K
    - KF

  • 4/12 9:54pm   Last Reminder: Join us for a wonderful walk into the past: ``Remember When: The Weber Duck Inn''. Norfolk Public Library, Community Room. Wednesday, April 16th, 7:00 pm. Refreshments, memorabilia, artifacts, music and film. Admission free. Join us!
    - Betsey Whitney, Norfolk Historical Commission

  • 4/12 9:52pm   Many thanks and enormous respect are given to Todor Stoinov, Director of the Ivy Music Academy of Norfolk. Last week I found myself in immediate need of an expert to put sheet music dating back to 1931, to piano music. This task needed to be done for use at the April 16th lecture at the Norfolk Library, ``Remember When: The Weber Duck Inn''.
    I had been fortunate enough to acquire the music, written by Leon Pini who opened and ran the Inn from 1923-1933. I went on line and was not sure that I would have any luck finding someone, somewhere, who would be able to get the music, learn the music, record it and get it to me in less than a week's time. Well, Todor answered my call. The musical project was beautifully and professionally completed and I now have a CD at home here, for practice before the Library talk and at the Talk as well. What is so amazing is the fact that Todor and I were not able to actually meet each other because of our schedules, only speak on the phone. The piano playing is expert; it is delightful and means a great deal to me. I have read Todor's personal musical history and am enormously impressed with his credentials. Thank you, Todor Stoinov, and your wonderful Music Academy of Norfolk. And you were right there, at 175 Main Street in Norfolk. What could be better!
    - BW

  • 4/12 9:51pm   Hi all, there does seem to be some confusion around when the next hearing is about 106-108 Main St.
    My last communication from the town says it's on April 23 at 7:30 pm - is this what everyone else understands as well?
    - KB

  • 4/12 9:50pm   We are looking for help picking up our child at daycare and driving her home. This would be 2-3 days/week for approximately 1.5-2 hours at a time, something like 4:30-6:30 or 5-6:30. We have a lot of flexibility with scheduling and the schedule can change weekly. We would like a commitment for at least a few months if possible. Call me at 617-306-6878 if you might be interested.
    - MS

  • 4/12 9:49pm   Visit the Walpole Winter Farmers Market on Sunday, April 13th from 10am-2pm, indoors, at the VFW Hall, 109 Robbins Road in Walpole (off Rt. 27; next to the Johnson Middle School). Get your local fix of foods and crafts such as fresh, in-season vegetables, apples, farm fresh eggs, loose-leaf teas, dog treats, soup mixes, baked goods, photographs, jewelry, and much more. Bring your kitchen knives and garden tools to have them sharpened on-site. Learn how to make your home more energy efficient or purchase affordable green energy. More information may be found at www.walpolemafarmersmarket.com
    - SM, Walpole Farmers Market

  • 4/12 9:47pm   I concur with JD's recent post about the new school standards. Common Core is not only very bad for our kids. The costs, which have not been estimated yet, will be very high and the town will have to absorb the costs. Which means higher taxes. Please research for yourself about the dangers of this FED led takeover of public control of our schools and children's lives.
    Also Rep Shawn Dooley is organizing a forum on May 27th, possibly at the Norfolk Public Library with speakers on both sides of the issue. Please try to attend.
    Try reading this book. "The Cult of Common Core" by Brad McQueen. It's only $5.00.
    Here is a little history about Brad McQeen.
    "A former Common Core insider and current public school teacher, Brad McQueen, delivers a compelling firsthand account of coming face to face with the inner workings of the Common Core. When he discovered what it has in store for our children's minds and our country's exceptionalism, he decided to work towards the destruction of the Common Core beast.

    Written in a concise, easy-to-read style, The Cult of Common Core will inform you, alarm you, but it will also arm you with the necessary facts to intelligently and forcefully fight for your children and your country before school boards or arrogant politicians who voted it into your life. Using humor, and plain, mostly acronym-free language, Brad takes you with him to Chicago as he works with the Common Core high command. Brad takes you through a history of the Common Core and identifies all the key players, as well as warns you of the Common Core's true intentions for your child and our education delivery system.

    Don't be on the sidelines in the fight for your children's minds and our country's exceptionalism!"

    www.amazon.com/dp/B00J8DZYRY/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

    - PJT

  • 4/12 9:45pm   Can anyone recommend a local person who does stone work for stairs/walkways? Thank you!
    - JM

  • 4/12 9:40pm   Need a Babysitter? I am a 13 year old energetic and loving person. My schedule is flexible including nights and weekends. I'm responsible, provide great care, and I am also CPR certified through the RedCross. For more information, please call and ask for Gabby at (508) 528-1743.
    - GM

  • 4/12 9:36pm   Norfolk Lions Announce 2014 Chili Fest Winner
    On Saturday March 22, 2014, Norfolk Lions held their 7th Annual Chili Fest at St. Jude's Church. This annual event has become a staple in the community, tasting and judging chili from local restaurants.
    The 2014 winner was Horse N' Carriage Restaurant! The other participants included the Eagle Brook Saloon, Mr. Dooley's Olde Irish Country Pub, James' Roadside Cafe, Budabings 50s Cafe and Commonwealth BBQ. According to co-chairs Ray Cisneros and Lynn Worley, the competition was very hot with close voting results.
    Lion Ray Cisneros presented a plaque to Vinnie Megna, the Executive Chef of the Horse N' Carriage Restaurant, who prepared the winning chili.
    The Lions raised $1,000.00 at the Chili Fest, which will be donated to the Norfolk Food Pantry. Thank you to everyone who supported this worthwhile cause!
    - PS, Norfolk Lions

  • 4/12 9:29pm   JD - You might want to do a bit more research and maybe actually speak with those directly involved before you continue to misinform parents. Massachusetts did indeed adopt the Common Core standards. However they also incorporated a great deal of additional components to make it better. If you'd take a few moments to read the base standard against the MA standard, you'd see that. www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/current.html Both were written by well respected professors from some of the country's top schools AS WELL AS actual teachers from Massachusetts public schools.
    I have a personal friend who actually wrote the new math curriculum for her Town. And yes she's a teacher. And yes she believes it is better than what came before.
    In many high schools across America, students will often ask, ``will this be on the test?'' and then they will memorize the bit of information for the test. Typically these students will not know how to analyze the information or use the information in a constructive manner, as they will only memorize the information for the test. The teacher then gives the assessment a grade based on the right or wrong answer and continues on with instruction the next class even if some of her students failed the test, leaving those failing students to fall further and further behind.
    Assessment is not currently being used as a golf coach would use it, to try to discern what the student would need to learn next and what they needed to review, in order to make improvements. Assessment is being used to give a grade that would identify students as good or bad learners. This information tends to leave most students with an unpleasant view of assessment. It lacks utility to them as learners; assessments seldom serve to help improve a student's performance.
    Standards-based assessments are different. And, I myself as a parent, much prefer to have my child be able to analyze information over memorize information. Here is a link to an example question from the PARCC exam, if you think it is so simple, try solving it yourself. www.parcconline.org/sites/parcc/files/PARCC_SampleItems_Mathematics_HSAlgIIMathIIITemperatureChange_081913_Final_0.pdf
    PARCC is currently being piloted in 200 districts in the state, in addition to MCAS. We have finally gotten to the point where teachers will be held accountable for what they do and do not properly teach the students of Massachusets and CC scares the hell out of them. My friend isn't worried and I'm not worried for her. Stop playing politics. It isn't getting the country anywhere. PARCC and Common Core standards aren't going anywhere, so it would be better for all of us if you did some homework.
    - KP

  • 4/12 9:22pm   BP - You said to "purchase their farm less 5 acres and their house", Will Jayne and Paul be able to develop those 5 acres they keep? Could they open a farm on those 5 acres? I would assume this is just an agreement to buy land then? If I read your post correctly... this land will be sold to a farmer but only after state, federal, and local funds buy it first?? If the land is worth what the fed, state, and local gov't would pay and the wish of Jayne and Paul to see their land used for farming then why not ask Jayne and Paul to put a restriction on the land so that it can only be used for farming and keep us the heck out of it??
    - LS

    [Along similar lines, 5 acres surrounding the house, or 5 acres of street frontage? - Wm.]

  • 4/12 9:21pm   Jamie H.: I would be interested in doing all of the work you need done. Retired longtime Norfolk resident. Call Bob at 774-571-0980
    - BL

  • 4/12 9:20pm   FOR SALE - 4 tickets to see GET THE LED OUT (Led Zeppelin Tribute band) playing at the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH, Saturday July 26th. If interested, contact me at kspadea123@gmail.com
    - KS

  • 4/12 9:19pm   I have a garden shed that I need to have removed from my yard. Anyone have any suggestions for a local company that can haul it away?
    - RB

  • 4/12 9:13pm   2014 Summer Guitar Workshops with Steve Marchena -- see flyer
    - VS, Ivy Music Academy

  • 4/12 9:10pm   The Norfolk Grange #135 presents Norfolk's 5th Annual Clean & Green Campaign on May 3.
    On Saturday, May 3, the Norfolk Grange #135 once again celebrates Earth Day this year by sponsoring Norfolk's 5th Annual Clean and Green event, where we encourage all citizens, especially the youth, to participate in a town-wide cleanup of litter along roadsides and public places in Norfolk. Plan to cleanup an area you select on the morning/early afternoon of May 3. Drop off litter and recyclables between 12 - 4 p.m. at the Norfolk Grange, 28 Rockwood Road. Join the celebration with refreshments, community photos, cute giveaways and lots of green/Earth Day info! Volunteer Certificates will be awarded upon request.
    Registration is required. The Registration packet is available at www.NorfolkGrange.org and in the foyer of the Norfolk Public Library. Submit your Registration form (including the under age 18 permission slip as applicable) to the Norfolk Public Library's Circulation Desk by 5 p.m., April 28. Note, "last-minute" participants may drop off their completed forms at the Norfolk Grange, 28 Rockwood Road, the morning of the event. We look forward to your participation in this fun, civic-minded, Earth Day appropriate event! Please contact Robin Lind B. if you have any questions, 508-740-2777.
    - RB

  • 4/12 9:08pm   I am looking into enrolling my son (age 12) for the Spring session at Extra Innings in Wrentham which is a baseball training facility. If anyone has used this facility for the clinics or joined the league please let me know your opinion. I was thinking of signing up for the April vacation session but first would like a review or two. thank You
    - DP

  • 4/12 9:06pm   Have a three wheel mobility scooter for sale. Am asking $350.00 or best offer. Has new batterys,a basket, and a charger that comes with it. Call 508 528-4546. Ask for Bob. Thanks
    - RB

  • 4/12 9:03pm   Wow what an exciting and rewarding weekend for the King Philip Music department. A big Congratulations and Thank You go out to all the students and parents of the King Philip Music program.
    The King Philip Music Department along with the King Philip Music Association once again hosted the annual Massachusetts Instrumental & Choral Conductors Association Festival at the King Philip High School. MICCA host an annual Festival for Elementary, Middle School and High School Symphony, Concert, Wind, String and Choral Ensembles. The King Philip High School was host to 30 groups over this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The King Philip High School Symphony and Concert ensembles, under the direction of Mr. Joshua Wolloff performed on Saturday at the Bellingham High School. Both ensembles were inspiring and their performances were fantastic.
    The Concert Band was awarded a Silver Medal for their performance and the Symphony Band was awarded a Gold Medal for their performance. The Symphony Band will be performing their Gold medal performances again at the Boston Symphony Hall on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2:30.
    The King Philip Middle School Music department also entered their 7 th and 8 th grade bands into the MICCA Festival. Under the direction of Mr. Michael Keough the bands performed at KPHS on Friday night. These young musicians were fabulous in their performance. The 7 th grade band was awarded a Gold Medal for their performance and will be performing once again at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on Sunday April 13, 2014. The start time for the 7 th grade band is 11:40. The 8 th grade band will be traveling to the Boston Symphony Hall on Saturday April 12, 2014 to perform their Gold Medal performance and the start time for their concert is 11:20.
    The King Philip Music Department also had two Choral groups enter the MICCA Festival. The King Philip Middle School Chorus was awarded a Silver Medal for their performance on Sunday. The King Philip High School Chorus was also awarded a Silver Medal for their performance on Sunday.
    - JN

  • 4/12 8:40pm   Annie's Just Desserts, a Norfolk business, will be at the Walpole Winter Farmer's Market (109 Robbins Rd, Walpole) this Sunday, April 13th from 10am - 2pm with delicious cupcakes, brownies, and scones as well as vegan and gluten free baked goods. If you have been meaning to contact me to order a cake for your next special event, this is a great way to figure out your favorite flavors and discuss your cake. If you can't make it, you can always contact me through email, by phone or with the contact form on my site: www.anniesjustdesserts.com/contact-annie
    I look forward to making a cake for you that tastes as good as it looks!
    - AD, Annie's Just Desserts

  • 4/12 8:39pm   The Norfolk Community League is sponsoring its annual Candidates' Night on Wednesday, April 30th at 7:00PM. This event will take place at the King Philip Middle School auditorium (18 King Street, Norfolk). Candidates for town-wide office will be available to meet the public and participate in a Q&A forum. Positions on the ballot include; Assessors, Board of Health, Constable, Library Trustee, Moderator, Planning Board, Recreation Commission, School Committee Norfolk, School Committee King Philip, Selectman, and Town Clerk. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Contact Nicole Cleasby at info@norfolkcommunityleague.org for more information.
    - JT

  • 4/12 8:38pm   Hello! My Name is Amy. I am 25 years old and looking for regular date night sitting positions as well as a full time summer nannying position. I work in the Mansfield Public Schools for the Special Needs Program at the preschool and I am currently attending Bridgewater State for my Masters in Special Education. I have a lot of experience babysitting in town since I was 14 years old! I have my own reliable transportation and I am currently first aid and CPR certified. You can reach me at apetruchik@gmail.com if interested :) Thank You!
    - AP

  • 4/12 8:37pm   Hello: Can anyone recommend a company/person who can break-up and remove a concrete walkway? No idea who to call. Thanks in advance!
    - JK

  • 4/12 8:35pm   Here's the reason for Common Core: The wealthy ruling class will continue to send their kids to exclusive private schools and those kids who attend public schools will turn into - wait for it - the Low Information Voter.
    - AB-G

  • 4/12 8:34pm   Monday, April 14th, Norfolk Community Television will hold our annual meeting for all members at 6pm in our studio at 158 Main Street. At this meeting, we will review 2013 as well as discuss what is coming up in 2014. All members are encouraged to attend. See you there!
    - Katy, NCTV Editor www.NorfolkCable.com

  • 4/12 8:23pm  
    Good Morning, Please be advised of the pending aerial application that the NCMCD plans to conduct within the next few weeks within Norfolk County. Also attached is a reminder regarding notification of the application to town residents.

    If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your attention in this matter.

    Elizabeth D.
    Norfolk County Mosquito Control District

    The notice in MS Word DOCX format [here]
    - BF, Town of Norfolk

  • 4/12 8:21pm   Are you looking for an Awesome Summer Program for your child age 5-9? Lucky Ducky Daycare located on Union St., offers a flexible & affordable schedule to meet your specific needs. Weekly activities include Field Trips, arts and Crafts, participation in the children's fruit/vegetable garden,nutritious meals, picnics in backyard, and a on site fitness center. (Hours: 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday)
    ** Registration Deadline is May 1st.
    luckyduckydaycarenorfolkma@gmail.com or (508) 528-2626
    - YR, Lucky Ducky Daycare

  • 4/12 8:19pm   Hello!
    My soon to be three year old son will be attending H. Olive Day school within a months time and I need someone to pick him up at our home and bring him to school. I have to work at the time he's scheduled to be at school (8:30), so I am unable to do this part.
    If you're interested or know of anyone, we can discuss schedule and payment.
    I would be so grateful to get this all set up and worked out soon! Thank you!
    Contact box479@norfolknet.com
    - PM

  • 4/12 8:15pm   Our Girl Scout troop 74766 is hosting an 80's party at Freeman Kennedy for grades 1-6 on may 2nd. This is one of our fund raisers so we can purchase a Ga Ga pit for Freeman Kennedy. A ga ga pit is a structure where kids can play an alternative form of dodge ball. See gagaballpits.com. I just heard Wellesley just put 2 in at their school.
    We are in need of 4-5 Rubik's cubes and 4-5 Simon games. We would appreciate donations or even just borrowing the games for the evening. I can be reached at my cell # 401-286-2015 or they can be dropped at my home at 11 Winston (off Cleveland). Thanks for your support.
    - JS

  • 4/12 8:14pm   Anyone in the area missing a pet bunny? A black rabbit keeps appearing in my yard, and lets me get very close (a foot or two away, though I haven't tried to touch it). It could very well be wild, but the wild ones aren't usually black, nor this approachable. I've already contacted animal control via Facebook (they're closed today), but I thought I'd try reaching out here, too.
    - JW

  • 4/12 8:12pm   My name is Gerry (Girard) St. Amand and I am running for Town Moderator. The Moderator has three very important tasks; conduct Town Meeting in a manner that allows for a civil discourse of any issue brought before the meeting, appoint Advisory Board members such that a cross section of the Town is represented and all issues are completely reviewed, and appoint the Bylaw Study Committee.
    My wife and I have lived in Norfolk since 1978. We raised our five children here, all who have graduated from the Norfolk and the KP school systems. Each holds degrees from Colleges and Universities. I was born in Acushnet, MA, graduated from New Bedford High and received my BS degree from what is known now as UMASS Dartmouth. While I have been retired for the last year, I was previously an Engineer, Engineering Manager and Program Manager with General Dynamics for 35 years.
    Starting in 1979 I have served the Town in many capacities; Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Health, Selectman for 12 years, and 2 years on the Advisory Board. At present I am on the Board of Registrars. My tenure with the Town has made me totally familiar with all aspects of issues that will come before a Town meeting. In addition to the Town activities I have served in many positions in the Lions Club for the last 33 years and currently am on the Board of Directors. For more information about me and why I am running for moderator, please check out my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GerryForModerator. If you have any questions please contact me at gerrysta@yahoo.com.
    - GS

  • 4/12 8:09pm   When will the playground on 115 be open?
    - AB

  • 4/5 10:42am   To parents of children in grades K-12: As many of you may already know, Massachusetts has recently adopted the Common Core Curriculum Standards.
    These standards replace the former MA State Frameworks, which were developed in the early 90's through a very rigorous and thorough and open process. Children in Massachusetts have performed remarkably well over the years on the NAEP tests -- placing number one in the country for consecutive years. Common Core on the other hand, was privately developed with little to no input from educators, content specialists or parents and was adopted in order to secure a one time grant of 250 million dollars in Race to the Top money. It was developed by the National Governor's Association and the Chief Council of State Schools Superintendents. These are private organizations -- not publicly elected bodies. As such, records of their meetings are unavailable. These private groups were/are funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Education is the responsibility of the parents, teachers, school boards and the state -- not private organizations and certainly not the responsibility of the Federal Government to coerce states into adopting untested standards in exchange for one-time stimulus funds.
    I urge all parents in Norfolk to do their research on Common Core. The standards are of lesser quality than MA's previous standards. They reduce the study of classic literature and they "omit high school mathematics standards leading to STEM careers". (STEM -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.) Further, one of the writers of the standards admitted in testimony to the MA department of education that the standards are suitable for acceptance into non-selective colleges. Further, the standards are copyrighted, which means they cannot be changed, added to etc. they must be followed, exactly as written by our teachers, who had no say in their development.
    Many states in the country are now revisiting their hasty adoption of these standards (which by the way, the states agreed to the adoption before the standards were completely written). Indiana and Oklahoma have recently dropped out of Common Core.
    The SAT is now being revised to align with Common Core. The vocabulary portion of the test will now have "easier" words. The president of the College Board was a lead developer of the CC standards.
    I am no expert in curriculum standards, but the past performance of our students on these national tests says something about the standards we are scrapping, that we have years of data on, that millions were spent in developing -- openly and in partnership with all stakeholders -- in favor of one-size fits all standards, developed in private, adopted without notice and its implementation is completely unfunded -- ie. new textbooks, technology, teacher training etc..
    Finally, a word to Catholic school parents -- you are not immune. The Archdiocese of Boston has adopted, or "aligned" as they like to say, to these standards, even though they did not have to because they do not take federal funds.
    I strongly encourage you to attend a Common Core forum if you see one advertised featuring Jamie Gass and Sandra Stotsky. Or, visit the Pioneer Institute website for more information on their research of the CC standards. Or, if you have 40 minutes to spare, you can watch a film on the history behind CC and a discussion of its deficiencies with the math and ELA content experts who sat on the validation committee of CC and refused to sign off on the standards. www.commoncoremovie.com.
    I applaud Shawn Dooley for taking action and allowing parents in Norfolk to opt out their children of the pilot testing of the new, nationalized PAARC test -- which is to replace MCAS, and which will be based on the new CC standards.
    Please do your research!! As a parent, I aspire to see my kids get into a selective university. I desire to see them have as robust an education experience as possible -- with teachers free to be creative in what and how they teach. Common core takes away that freedom from teachers, parents, and most important -- our students.
    Standards are appropriate -- but make them HIGH standards developed by people in Massachusetts for the kids of Massachusetts. It is in the striving that we all achieve. Massachusetts students' past performance is proof of that! Lowering the bar across the nation serves no one well and it is certainly a disservice to our Massachusetts students and teachers who have worked so hard to achieve such great results.
    Thank you.
    - JD

  • 4/5 10:19am   Nothings New Antiques & Uniques will be having a 15% off sale this weekend! Come on by to see a unique selection of Antiques, Primitives, Industrial and Garden Items. We'll also be serving light refreshments.
    Saturday April 5th 10am-5pm
    Sunday April 6th 10am-4pm
    Nothings New Antiques and Uniques, 224 Dedham Street (Rt 1A), Norfolk, MA
    - ES, Nothings New Antiques and Uniques

  • 4/5 10:17am   Hi all. I'm looking for help in two areas to get ready for Spring: someone who can sand and paint a wooden deck and also do a few minor outdoor painting touch-ups, and a general Spring yard clean-up. Please contact Jamie H. if you are interested or know someone jhoganrealty@gmail.com. Thanks!
    - JP

  • 4/5 10:16am   My niece and husband and three kids and two dogs are relocating to Massachusetts from Stowe Vermont. They are looking to rent a house for two years in the Norfolk area. If anyone knows of anyone that is looking to rent their house in the Norfolk area, please call me at 617-633-9583.
    - BF

  • 4/5 10:15am   AP exams are coming! Got the last-minute jitters? Having trouble keeping everything straight? I can help! I offer tutoring in AP Calculus and Chemistry at very reasonable rates. Contact John at jwlampe@gmail.com - I'll get you back on track for success.
    - JL

  • 4/5 10:12am   Norfolk Police is excited to announce the launch of our newly formed women's self-defense program (R.A.D)! Our first class will be held on four consecutive Mondays (April 28, May 5, May 12 and May 19) from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at the H. Olive Day School. Participants must attend all 4 classes to complete the course. No self-defense experience is necessary, and women of all ages are welcome to attend. A $10 donation towards the program is appreciated, but not required.
    Please call or e-mail Officer Michelle Palladini to register: mpalladini@virtualnorfolk.org or 508-528-3206. Please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address when registering.
    - MP, Norfolk Police Department

  • 4/5 10:10am   An agreement has been reached for a set price between Jane and Paul Newton and the Trust for Public Land a nationwide conservation agency, to purchase their farm excluding five acres and their house, which they will keep. A public meeting will be held at the Library May 1 at 7:30. Chris LaPointe from the Trust for Public Land will discuss all the details of the project and what this will mean to the citizens of Norfolk.
    Because part of the purchase price will include Norfolk taxpayer funds from the Community Preservation Fund, a vote will be required at town meeting for the purchase to take place. The vote will be to purchase the development rights for all 70 acres of the farm purchased. Community Preservation funds have already been alocated, and are part of the preservation funds set aside over the past several years for this purpose. The total purchase price will be comprised of CPA funds, State and Federal funds and the purchase price that a farmer will pay. The sale of the land to the farmer will be arranged by the Trust for Public Lands. If the vote passes at town meeting the farm will be preserved as a farm forever. Please plan to attend the meeting at the library May 1st so that you can make an informed vote on May 13.
    ATTEND TOWN MEETING MAY 13 7:00 TO LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD ON THE PRESERVATION OF JANE AND PAUL'S FARM.
    - BP

  • 4/5 10:09am   Does anyone know what the Dept. of Correction is building next to the road in front of the prison? Did the Dept. of Correction get a Town Building Permit, submit plans or consult with any local board? I hope some local official has already looked into this.
    I fear that some industrial minded engineer has pulled together the ugliest possible design for a human waste pump, or some bizarre device. Our own tax dollars will be used to build an eyesore that will greet us into town for decades to come.
    Call somebody! E-mail someone!? Stop the work!
    - DWM

  • 4/5 10:06am   Spring Science Series at the Norfolk Public Library
    Get ready for our "Fizz! Boom! Read!" summer reading program at the Norfolk Public Library with an awesome series of science programs for all ages! Sponsored by Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program.
    Please note the age range on each program and register accordingly. Registration is required and is available at library.virtualnorfolk.org/Public_Documents/NPL_childrens/sss
    Children should wear clothes that are ok to get dirty to these programs.
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Thursday, April 10, 3:30-4:30
    Slimy Science! Thursday, May 8, 10:30-11:30 - Preschool
    Exploding Science, Tuesday, June 10 10:30-11:30 - Preschool
    - MA, Norfolk Public Library

  • 4/5 9:46am   BF (2) - there have been past and present posts from "town residents" that have sounded like MON's. Your last line and JAB's post of 3/31. One could argue that since MON was a resident of Norfolk once he could fall into the "just to let us know you visited" guideline. I just find it funny that it's okay for present residents to write negatively about Norfolk or other people but no one else. I for one like to read MON's comments; it gives me something to chuckle about. I may not always agree with him but he does make me laugh!
    - TG

  • 4/5 9:45am   Looking for work - anyone need a hand?
    21 year old college junior home on break from 4/5 thru 4/12 looking for work. My employer that I normally work for on breaks doesn't have enough work for me that week. I have experience as a carpenter's assistant, landscaping and low voltage wiring. I also have umpired little league baseball for the past 7 years. I will basically do any physical labor that is available. I can work from Sat. 4/5 thru Sat. 4/12. My cell # is 774 307 0122 or email mcappuccino@verizon.net
    Thank you.
    - NSC

  • 4/5 9:43am   Hello, my name is Glenn Hill, and I am running for election to the Board of Library Trustees. I would like to explain what a Library Trustee does and why you should consider voting for me on May 6th.
    The primary role of a Library Trustee is to lend governance to the operation and maintenance of your Library, which is a center for educational, informational and recreational access to all categories of media and learning experiences. Secondary roles include working with the Library Director in maintaining, preparing and presenting the annual budget at Town Meeting, informing the Library Strategic Plan, and advocating for Library interests.
    The Trustees are a team of three volunteers, where the unique talents, skills and experiences of each individual Trustee blends seamlessly to form an efficient and effective Board. Such is the composition of your Board of Library Trustees today. Together with fellow Trustees and the participation of the Library Director, the Trustees are reaching strategic goals at every meeting. Since my appointment in 2013, the Trustees have accomplished major goals that include:
    - Review and update of existing Policies and Procedures.
    - Creation of new Safety and Security Policy and Incident Response Procedures.
    - Published a document describing the Board of Trustees and their function.
    - Adopted a ``Contact Us'' link on the Library website to enable electronic inquiries.
    - Collaborate with Friends of the Library in support of their activities.
    While my experience and efforts have contributed to these accomplishments, none of what has been accomplished could have been completed without the close cooperation and collaboration with my fellow Trustees and the Library Director. It is this team that works together to help deliver on the promise of having a well-managed, accessible Library that is welcome to all, and prepared for the future.
    I have lived in Norfolk since 1995. My background includes 35 years in information security, protection of persons and property, and budget management. I am retired from Northeastern University, where I spent 10 years as the Director of Information Security and Identity Services, and as a graduate lecturer, teaching Information Protection and Risk Management. Before coming to Northeastern, I was the Director of Network and Telecommunications Services at Babson College.
    I have served our community in several roles. In 2004, I participated on the Norfolk Public Schools Safety and Security Committee, where a set of recommendations was developed to help protect students and staff in their learning environment. In 2005, I was a member of the Library Strategic Planning Committee, whose charter was to inform the Strategic Plan that helps qualify the Library for state certification and grants. I give an annual presentation at the Library on Identity Theft and Internet Safety, and I support the Friends of the Library and regularly attend their meetings.
    If elected, I will continue to help assure the Library has the guidance, policies and advocacy needed to preserve and enhance it's long legacy of service to the community, while at the same time, preparing for the future. I plan to attend Meet the Candidates Night, and look forward this opportunity. Thank you for your time, and for your consideration at Town Election on May 6th.
    Respectfully,
    - Glenn Hill Member, Board of Library Trustees

  • 4/5 9:42am   Math Tutoring available! Grades 1-8. I am a stay-at-home-mom in Norfolk with 10 years classroom teaching experience in the Wellesley Public Schools and a Master's degree in teaching mathematics. I would love to help your child succeed and develop confidence in the area of math. Please call me at 857-231-1827 or email andraj22@yahoo.com.
    - AC

  • 4/5 9:40am   Are looking for affordable, licensed,and dependable Before or Afterschool Child Care? Then call Lucky Ducky Daycare (508) 528-2626; their hours are: 7a.m-5:30p.m. M-F. and they are open year round with flexible scheduling to meet your individual needs. Tuition include breakfast & dinner. and use of the fitness center. Some other perks are Lucky Ducky Daycare is at a school bus stop, Educational Workshops,& occasional Field Trips. If your child will be entering Kindergarten this year I strongly recommend contacting LDD before the fall. or email - luckyduckydaycarenorfolkma@gmail.com for additional information.
    - AM, Lucky Ducky Daycare

  • 4/5 9:38am   I am collecting used bicycles for shipment to children homes in Uganda, non-profit charity organization. We need trail bikes, nothing fancy, no road bikes, must be in working condition. Please contact me d.w.turi@gmail.com Need by April 28th.
    - DT

  • 4/5 9:37am   Wm: The decision is yours, obviously (as the person kind enough to host this site) - but why are MON's annoying shots at our town still being posted? It would seem that MON has long since left the town (score one for us), and that it has been quite a while now, so enough of the foolishness. Enough MON already, his humor has passed the expiration date.
    - CS

  • 4/4 3:26pm   I don't have the time right now to update the page with all the posts, but I noticed that the rabies clinic is tomorrow. I'm hoping to catch up with the messages later tonight.
    - Wm.

    [Update 4/5 10:44am: or tomorrow morning, as it happens - Wm.]

  • 4/4 3:23pm   The Board of Health is sponsoring a low cost rabies clinic this Saturday the 5th at the DPW garage, 33 Medway Branch Rd. from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Please see the attached flyer [here] for additional information. The Town Clerk will also be on hand for dog licensing.
    - CG, Town of Norfolk

  • 4/4 3:21pm   The Norfolk Board of Health is sponsoring a Rabies Clinic For Dogs & Cats of Norfolk and area towns.
    Date: Saturday, April 5 , 2014
    Time: 9:00 11:00 A.M
    Place: Norfolk DPW Garage, 33 Medway Branch Rd
    Fee: $14.00 per animal - cash only
    Vet: Dr. Shelley Sandler, DVM
    Previous rabies certificates must be presented in order to qualify for a three-year vaccination. All dogs must be leashed and cats must be confined to a carrier. Call the Norfolk Board of Health office at 508-528-7747 for more information.
    - BF, Town of Norfolk

  • 4/4 3:20pm   The last day to register to vote for the Annual Town Election on May 6th, and Annual Town Meeting on May 13th is Wednesday April 16th. The Town Clerk's Office will be open that day until 8 PM. As well as registering in person, you can also print and mail a voter registration form from the Town Clerk's website: www.virtualnorfolk.org/public_documents/norfolkma_clerk/ Mailed registrations need to be posmarked no later than April 16th.
    - CG, Town of Norfolk

  • 3/31 7:27pm   Would like to know if there are any womens over 30 softball teams in the area. Thanks
    - MB

  • 3/31 7:25pm   Hello, I am teaching a CPR course this Saturday and Sunday from 11-3 pm (April 5-6). Please email me to reserve a spot in the class. This course includes adult child and infant cpr as well as choking and proper aed usage. Thanks. Email box478@norfolknet.com
    - DH

  • 3/31 7:23pm   My name is Jason ("Jay") Talerman and I am running for Moderator. I am already the Town's Deputy Moderator and would like to continue to serve the Norfolk Town Meeting.
    Town Meeting is important! It is the one time of the year that Norfolk residents have the opportunity to debate the Town's thirty million dollar operating budget, capital projects, zoning bylaws and other vital matters. The Town Moderator is the Chairman and emcee of your Town Meeting.
    It is essential that your Moderator be thoroughly well-versed in the laws and traditions governing Town Meeting procedure. It is also essential that your Moderator have an understanding of general municipal governance so that he or she may be able to guide debate and discussion of the articles present to Town Meeting. Last, but certainly not least, your Moderator must know the Town of Norfolk. Without such knowledge, it is impossible to truly appreciate and guide the debate that occurs on Town Meeting floor.
    I have resided in Norfolk with my family since 1995 and am a regular attendee at Town Meeting. I also have served on a wide variety of local boards and committees, including the Council on Aging (present Chairman), Conservation Commission, Master Plan Committee, Community Preservation Committee, Bylaw Review Committee, and Town Administrator Search Committee. My experiences on these boards and committees have provided me invaluable experience and perspective on the issues affecting the Town of Norfolk.
    My day to day duties as a municipal attorney also provide me with unique qualifications to serve as your Moderator. I have been representing Massachusetts cities and towns for more than 15 years and, presently, my firm serves as Town Counsel to fifteen towns. I regularly advise my client towns on a wide spectrum of issues, ranging from municipal finance to zoning bylaws and everything in between. I assist all of my towns in the preparation of town meeting warrants and have appeared at well more than 100 town meetings throughout the Commonwealth. I work closely with the moderators in each of my client towns and routinely provide counsel and training on nearly every aspect of the law as it applies to town meeting.
    A successful moderator will present Town Meeting articles in an easily-understandable manner, facilitate orderly but spirited debate, and ensure that the Town Meeting's business will be completed in a concise and expedient manner. I believe I have the necessary experience and skills to make the Norfolk Town Meeting a productive and enjoyable event.
    I hope to earn your vote for Moderator at the Town's election on May 6th. In the meantime, visit my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/talermanmoderator and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have (jay@bbmatlaw.com).
    - JT

  • 3/31 7:18pm   Received a misdirected email that sounds too neat to not post... As someone who's seen a parade of tractors all going to the fair in Iowa, these events can be amazing to behold. So if you're out Nebraska ways, check it out!
    Pierce Old Time Threshing Bee Will host an Antique Tractor Display at Bomgaars in Norfolk, NE Saturday 12, 2014 9 am to 4 pm. Feature tractor for 2014 will be OLIVER. All tractors welcome. For more info call 402-841-3059.
    - Wm.

  • 3/31 7:05pm   MON, your kids went to school in a third rate town and weren't even average students, you should not be laughing.
    - JAB

  • 3/31 7:03pm   Help us Help the Norfolk Animal Shelter!
    Norfolk Girl Scout Troop 74767 is currently running a pet supply drive to collect bedding and old towels for use at the Norfolk Animal Shelter.
    Please drop off your bed linens (comforters, blankets, sheets( flat only), pillowcases) and old towels at the following locations: KMK Cleaners on Rockwood Rd; Healthy Pet Supply on Main Street; Norfolk Library on Main Street; and the Adirondack Club on Chestnut Street in Franklin.
    Look for the boxes decorated with paws!
    For more information, contact Lisa K. at lpk93@comcast.net.
    - TS

  • 3/31 7:01pm   On March 10 someone wrote on Norfolk Net looking for news on the future of Jane and Paul's Farm. The Selectmen-appointed Jane and Paul's Working Committee has been meeting. The summary of their efforts has been discussed at the February 19 Community Preservation Committee, Selectmen (at least on January 28), March 18 Planning Board, and March 26 Advisory Board meetings.
    Repeats of these meetings can be seen on Norfolk Community Television's Comcast channel 22 and Verizon channel 42. The playback times can be found at www.NorfolkCable.com/schedule. These meetings and other programs can be viewed online at www.youtube.com/user/NorfolkCable.
    The current future plan includes a request from Community Preservation Open Space and Community Preservation Historic Preservation accounts.
    The Community Preservation Committee has a Public Hearing to review their Town Meeting Warrant Articles scheduled for Apr 30, 2014, at 7:30 PM. You can check www.mytowngovernment.org/02056 to see if that date or time changes. I hear that the CPC will also host a Public Discussion about Jane and Paul's Farm.
    How our tax dollars will be spent will be decided at the Annual Town Meeting that starts on May 13th at 7:00 P.M. in the King Philip Middle School.
    - DLJ

  • 3/31 7:00pm   ``Remember When?'' Relive the glorious days of the renowned Weber Duck Inn as told by Ross Pini, grandson of Leon Pini who opened and operated the Inn from 1923-1933.
    The Norfolk Historical Commission invites you to join them on Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 pm in the Norfolk Public Library Community Room as Ross ``tells the story'' of how this famous dining and entertainment destination, located in Norfolk's very own neighborhood of Pondville, began and flourished. Enjoy a trip into the past, complete with a collection of treasured pictures, artifacts, original film footage and memorabilia. Learn the famous names and events that glorified The Weber Duck Inn. Join us! Partake of the atmosphere harkening back to the 1920s!
    Refreshments served, admittance free, a delightful evening guaranteed.
    - BW, Norfolk Historical Commission

  • 3/31 6:58pm   Norfolk Recreation is offering two free Estate Planning seminars presented by Attorney Amy Antonellis. The first is Protecting your Minor Children and Family on Thursday, April 3. This seminar will cover guardianship issues in depth and how to responsibly and legally pass your property to your children.
    The second seminar is Estate Planning Basics on Thursday, April 17. This seminar will explain the necessary components of an effective estate plan and will address the use of various planning tools, such as wills, durable power of attorneys, and health care proxies.
    These are free seminars, but registration is required... we need to know how many will be attending. To register, go to www.virtualnorfolk.org/rec, click on the shaded box, "Register On-line", then "Register for Activities", then "Programs". "Programs' is a drop down menu. Click on "14 Spring Family Programs" and choose one or both seminars. Both seminars will be held in the Library Meeting Room, start at 6:30pm, and are expected to last a couple of hours. Any questions, please call or email Norfolk Recreation: recreation@virtualnorfolk.org, 508-520-1315. Thank you.
    - Ann Proto, Recreation Director

  • 3/31 6:55pm   Mark your calendars! The DARE to Dream Summer Day Program is pleased to announce our dates for 2014! A registration form will be sent home from school with your child after April vacation. We will have a downloadable registration form on our website at www.daretodreamsummer.com at that time as well. We encourage you to visit our website and as well as our Facebook Fan Page. You will find photos, program information, directions, etc. We encourage you to "LIKE" our page for updated information and pictures throughout the year.
    *Please note that the program dates are listed by the current (spring 2014) grade of your child.
    4th Grade August 4-8
    5th Grade August 18-22
    6th Grade July 14-18
    7th Grade July 28- August 1
    NEW THIS YEAR!
    3rd Grade 2 day program July 21 and 22 (more info to come!)
    8th Grade 1 day trip to Water Wizz on July 23
    The DARE to Dream Summer Day Program is entering its 22nd season, and we look forward to seeing you back with us for another exciting and fun-filled summer!
    Sincerely,
    - SP, DARE to Dream Summer Day Program Staff

  • 3/31 6:54pm   The NCL's Easter BunnyBreakfast! Saturday, April 12, 2014 9:00-10:30 am Freeman-Kennedy School Cafeteria
    Hop on by to join a Magician David Hall performance filled with high energy, witty comedy andmind-blowing miracles. Make sure to keep your eyes open for his surpriseending! Games and crafts will provide even more entertainment.
    Don't forget your camera forpictures with the Easter Bunny!
    After your picture join Norfolk Recreation outside as they host their annual Easter Egg Hunt startingpromptly at 10:45.
    We will also be collecting donations for the Norfolk FoodPantry at the event. Items such as canned pasta, cereal, lunch boxsnacks (granola bars) and canned fruit are greatly appreciated.
    TICKETS: $10 for NCL members, $12 forNon-members Adults and children under 12months are free! Pay for your tickets online viaPaypal: www.norfolkcommunityleague.org/events Or by mail: Check payable toNorfolk Community League, Attn: Easter Bunny Breakfast, PO Box 450, Norfolk, MA02056
    Contact familybased@norfolkcommunityleague.org with questions!
    - AB, NCL

  • 3/31 6:46pm   Taylor's Triumph 2nd Annual Race on June 7th
    On Saturday, June 7th, 2014, Norfolk will hold its 2nd Taylor's Triumph, a 5K Run/Walk in honor of Taylor Manning who died unexpectedly of congenital heart failure in May of 2012. Taylor's passing at the young age of 13 left a lasting mark on the community; she will be forever remembered for her spirit, laughter and sense of adventure that encouraged us all to live life to the fullest.
    Taylor's Triumph will take place on Saturday, June 7th at the Holmes Field, 22 Myrtle Street, Norfolk, MA, and kicks off the Norfolk Community Day Celebration. Starting time is 9:00 am and registration will open at 7:30. The 5K is a fun, measured, scenic route through a beautiful residential section of Norfolk. Runners and walkers can pre-register through May 31st at www.racemenu.com/events/35181-Taylor-s-Triumph or by mailing in a registration form. Registrations will also be accepted on the day of the race. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Michele at armours94@verizon.net
    Last year, more than 550 participants attended the first Taylor's Triumph and the event was a true reflection of what makes Norfolk a special place to live. First-time 5K runners and walkers, young teens and pre-teens, older adults and experienced runners all joined together to celebrate Taylor and support the Manning family. This year, we anticipate an equally enthusiastic outpouring from the community and hope you will join us for this wonderful event.
    The Taylor's Triumph 5K will include water stations, refreshments and live music! All participants are encouraged to wear Taylor's favorite color "pink." Participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and runners will be "chip-timed." Entry fees are $30 for pre-registrants and $35 for same day registrations. All proceeds will be used for the construction of the Taylor Manning Memorial, an accessible water park at Camp Jewell, a YMCA camp beloved by the entire Manning family.
    Taylor was a bright, energetic child who excelled in dance and school. She attended both the Norfolk Elementary Schools and Ursuline Academy where she made many enduring friendships. She had a passion for adventure and loved travelling the country and abroad. She was close to her family and loved spending time with her brother Jack, currently a 7th grader at KP Junior High. Please join the Norfolk community at Taylor's Triumph to remember Taylor and celebrate her life!
    - MMA

  • 3/31 6:45pm   To respond the post from 3/19 at 8:37PM:
    Dear MN, We realized that you are looking for guitar lessons and Ivy Music Academy would like to invite you to attend one of our great guitar teacher`s classes on Wednesday. Steve Marchena has played with Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) and Al Di Meola. Please look at our website under Faculty for more information about him. ivymusicacademy.com/Faculty.html Please contact us at 781-647-5390 or 617-470-6136. Thank you!
    - VS, Ivy Music Academy

  • 3/31 6:43pm   If you or anyone you know are looking for a home daycare provider... Only take one or two kids at a time to provide great care! Loving kind caring person! Parks, games etc a must! Fenced in yard and large gated farmers porch! Love teachers kids! Have great references! Email if have any interested! Will discuss payment! Ktdemarzo@gmail.com
    - KD

  • 3/31 6:42pm   Tickets are going fast for Norfolk's annual Happy Feat Fundraiser! Gather your girlfriends and join us for an evening of music, dancing, and conversation while raising money for a worthy cause. Norfolk's Happy Feat was founded in 2010 and is a ladies' night out fundraiser for a different charity each year. This year the event will be held on Saturday, April 12th from 7:00 p.m. to midnight at Lake Pearl Luciano's in Wrentham. Tickets are $40.00 and include catered hors d'oeuvres, desserts, door prizes, drawings, auctions, and a DJ. There will also be a cash bar. All proceeds from this year's fundraiser will go to the Women to Women Partnership at St. Mary's Center for Women and Children in Dorchester, MA. Past recipients include the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for brain cancer research, the American Red Cross and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Eileen Stetter at HappyFeatFun@gmail.com
    - GA

  • 3/31 6:41pm   Ivy Music Academy would like to congratulate one of our piano teachers, Nomin Samdan, who won the Special Prize in the International Piano Competition "Chopin and Mongolia in 21st century" in March. We are happy and proud to have Nomin in our team!
    - VS, Ivy Music Academy

  • 3/31 6:40pm   God help you, MON... STILL reading this? You moved out; now, many months later, you need to move on
    - AB-G

  • 3/31 6:39pm   Look for a series of interviews on State and Local with Norfolk candidates on Norfolk's public access channels beginning April 8, evenings.
    - AB-G

  • 3/31 6:38pm   The winter has been plain awful on roads but great for my skiing!! Anyone know if a plan is in place and would it be accessible by the public to see a list of roads that will be paved?
    - LS

  • 3/31 6:37pm   Un-Common Theatre Offers Two Scholarships for High School Seniors
    The Un-Common Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for two $500 college scholarships.
    The first $500 scholarship will be awarded to a Mansfield High School 2014 graduate. This scholarship is offered each year in appreciation for the Town of Mansfield's support of The Un-Common Theatre Co in allowing use of their school facilities.
    The second $500 scholarship will be awarded to an Un-CommonTheatre Company Alumni who will be graduating from high school in 2014. In order to qualify, the alumni must have participated in any aspect of an Un-Common Theatre Company production including acting, directing or technical assistance.
    The applicants for the 2014 scholarships must meet the following requirements: involvement in music or theatre 3 out of 4 years during their high school years, an interest in pursuing music or theatre in the future, and continuation of education at an accredited 2 or 4 year institution. The added requirement of past participation with Un-Common Theatre Company applies to the Alumni Scholarship.
    Applications are available at www.uncommontheatre.org ~ click on NEWS. The Mansfield High School Scholarship application is also available at the MHS guidance office. For additional information, please email uncommontheatre@verizon.net. In order to be considered, all applications must be returned by email or postmarked by April 15th.
    This year the Un-Common Theatre Company is celebrating our 34th year of teaching kids life skills through the professional theatre experience. Un-Common provides aspiring young actors, singers, musicians, and technicians an opportunity to work under the guidance of theater professionals and perform in professional theater houses. We seek to develop children's confidence, self-esteem, teamwork and effective life skills in an environment in which creativity and appropriate risk-taking are encouraged.
    - ND, Un-Common Theatre Company

  • 3/31 6:35pm   The Cottage Car Wash at 36 Pine Street (near ForeKicks) is now open 24/7. What a great location! I went through it this weekend and with the touchless system my car came out beautifully. It was reasonable priced and is a brand new, state of the art facility.
    - SPM

  • 3/31 6:34pm   On Monday, March 24, 2013 @ 10am, our dog Charlie broke off his run in our backyard and ran away. Unfortunately his collar with all of his tags fell off. Charlie is a four year old Chocolate Lab who is extremely friendly. Charlie is only familiar with the Main Street area from St. Judes to the rotary in the center of town. He may have ran through the woods South of Main St. towards Rt.115 / Kilpatrick Way. If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of our dog, please contact the web administrator or Norfolk PD/ Animal Control Officer who can contact us directly. Thank you for your help
    - KMB

  • 3/31 6:33pm   BR(3), If zoning changes are made to allow cluster development (greater that 16 bedrooms per parcel) for 106 and 108 Main Street, then that approval would pave the way for future developments of similar nature on parcels of land (even those with homes on them) within the town's B1 district (downtown). Medfield allows cluster zoning types of construction and the builders keep piling houses onto small parcels of land. 106 and 108 Main Street in Norfolk... the builder wants to pack 50 or so homes onto two small parcels. This is not to benefit the town but to only benefit the linings of the pockets involved.
    I drove through Dover this morning... It is nice to still be able to drive through a desired town's center and to not see too much congestions with businesses, homes and so on... The towns center that is... Why not try to preserve the desired rural character we do currently have in place in our own town's center... or, we can gain the appearance of Franklin or Medfield with buildings toe to toe.
    The planning board has re-scheduled the meeting to further discuss this proposed measure on April 15th at 8:00 PM. Try not to let the persons pushing this change to discourage any of you by their ways of dragging this on and on and on. It is a tactic they use to tire you/us out so that we might give up the concerns. If you wish to preserve our current B1 district zoning bylaws to insulate our town's center from cluster style building... then stay the course and keep on keeping on! This is our town too and we count!
    If you cannot make the meetings, send the Planning Board a note or an Email to: Town Hall Room 105C, One Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA 02056 Thanks,
    - BF (2)

  • 3/31 6:32pm   MON: Please read the following Norfolknet posting guideline...
    ``This is the Norfolk, Massachusetts community web page and on-line newsletter. It is not run for profit, we're not selling anything; we just hope you find the information useful. We welcome posts and messages from town residents, and would love to hear from you! Mail us your comments, suggestions, or just to let us know you visited.''
    ``We welcome posts and messages from town residents''
    ``from town residents''... I do not see previous town residents... Perhaps exceptions should be made for sensible constructive input from non-residents about our town, Norfolk, but in all the years past, I cannot recall one message you have posted where you have actually sounded sensible and constructive... I suspect that your new community does not have a message board similar to our message board for you to dispatch your continuing rants upon...? No new hobbies to consider other than congesting other towns message boards with your odd rhetoric...? Must be very quiet where your new burrow is located. WM, can you dismiss messages that drift in from non-residents that do not seem to present a constructive, helpful tone?
    It's too bad there is not yearly spraying for this sort of pest.
    - BF (2)

  • 3/31 6:31pm   Hello, hoping somebody can recommend a prom bus service? Looking to transport about 2 dozen juniors to their prom in a few weeks. Thank you
    - CH

  • 3/31 6:30pm   MN - regarding guitar lessons, email BrendanZimm@gmail.com. He shows up on time, reasonably priced and has the patience of a saint while he instructs me and my son. I highly recommend him!
    - JA

  • 3/31 6:28pm   The 8th annual Norfolk Runs 5K Road Race will be held on Sunday, April 27, 2014. This great event for adults and children is sponsored by the Norfolk Dunkin' Donuts and the Norfolk Lions Club. All proceeds from the race will be donated to the King Philip D.A.R.E and S.A.D.D programs.
    We use a USATF certified course and the race is professionally timed. Participants may choose to run or walk the flat 5K certified course. There is also a 1K race for children and the young at heart. Children start at 9:30 AM while runners, followed by walkers start at 10:00 AM.
    The registration fee is $20 if pre-registered at least 48 hours prior to race day, $25 to register on the day of the race and $5 for children under 12 and active duty military, including guard or reserve members. The first 100 registrants receive a free event t-shirt!
    Registration on race day starts at 9:00 AM next to the Norfolk Dunkin' Donuts at 134 Main Street, Norfolk, MA.
    Medals and prizes will be awarded to the winners in various age and specialty categories. Music, raffles and refreshments are also part of this fun family event. Visit www.NorfolkRuns5k.org for more details.
    Registration is now open and advance registration is strongly encouraged. Participants can register online at www.NorfolkRuns5k.org or pick up a registration form at the Norfolk Dunkin' Donuts. For questions or more information visit the web site or send email to norfolkruns5k@gmail.com.
    Walk or Run, but come.to the 8th annual Norfolk Runs 5K Road Race.
    - PS, Norfolk Lions

  • 3/31 6:27pm   All You Can Eat Breakfast Saturday April 5, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the Federated Church of Norfolk. The menu includes made-to-order omelets, made-from-scratch pancakes, ham, sausage, hash brown potatoes, caramel French toast, and mini cinnamon rolls. Adults $7, seniors $5, & children under 10 eat for free. The meal is served in a handicapped accessible room. For more information, please call the church office 508-528-0262.
    - DLJ

  • 3/22 12:54pm   Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale 2014! Spring is here, and with the turn of season, comes the Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale. This is a wonderful opportunity to select your favorite authors and categories, meet neighbors, and buy something wonderful to eat, all in support of the Friends of the Library. The Friends are a vital and vibrant link in the chain that helps the Library deliver services to the community. Friends Members get to shop early at the Members-Only preview event on Friday night, April 25. Mark your calendar, and please join me in supporting the Friends.
    - GH

    [Update 1:24pm: edited with corrections - GH]

  • 3/22 12:53pm   RJP: Library policies are accessible through the Library Home Page. The Trustees have a policy for use of Meeting Rooms by for-profit groups and individuals. Smaller study rooms and other spaces that might be used by a tutor are beyond the scope of the current policy. Accordingly, I will place this issue as well as a draft policy for use of these smaller rooms as well as other rooms by small businesses such as tutors, on the agenda for the Trustees to consider at its next meeting in April.
    - Glenn Hill, Member, Board of Library Trustees

  • 3/22 12:51pm   Hello - I am a current high school senior entering college in the fall. I am seeking a part or full time nanny/mother's helper position for the summer. I have been a volunteer in my church's preschool for six years now and I run children's birthday parties at my current part-time job. I am also able to take care of pets and provide transportation. If you are interested please email me at pklugten@comcast.net. Thank you.
    - JL

  • 3/22 12:47pm   For sale: 2004 Coleman Westlake Pop-Up Travel Trailer. Very good condition; well maintained; always stored indoors for the winter. Sleeps 7: 2 king size pull out beds, dinette table and sofa each convert to beds. Interior includes:shower, porta-potty, lots of storage space, stove and refrigerator, running hot/cold water, heater, fans and cable hook-up. Exterior includes outdoor stove, awning and screen room, outside storage compartment, shower head, new marine battery, capacity for 2 covered propane tanks and covered spare tire. Asking $4500.
    Call 401-447-9991 or email box477@norfolknet.com
    - CA

    [Update 4/5 10:47am: Sold - CA]

  • 3/22 12:46pm   Anyone interested in guitar lessons? I have experience on both acoustic and electric guitar as I have been playing for seven years. I can be contacted at Brendanzimm@gmail.com for further information.
    - BZ

  • 3/22 12:45pm   To E.L. I would be interested in speaking with you about the elderly care position you have available. I have experience caring for the elderly, and would like to get more information. Please send your phone number to the webmaster so that I can phone you.
    - DH

  • 3/22 12:43pm   Happy Spring Norfolk! Are you thinking about doing any home renovations in addition to your spring cleaning? If so, please consider giving me a call at 508.440.5119! Ilm Mark McGuckian, a local finish carpenter who comes with a long list of recommendations for your neighbors. I specialize, but am not limited to, replacing windows, stairs, doors, decks, porches? you name it, I can do it! Best of all, my rates are fair: I do not ask what the big contractors charge.
    - MM

    [This is a repost of the message of 3/19 9:15pm, but with the phone number now included - Wm.]

  • 3/22 12:42pm   On April 1, 2014 the King Philip Middle School will hold their annual Spring Concert at the King Philip Regional High School auditorium. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. This is a free performance and is open to everyone. Please come out to support these rising musicians and enjoy and evening of great performances from talented students.
    - JN, KPMA

  • 3/22 12:41pm   King Philip Music Association is proud to announce the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association will once again be hosted at the King Philip Regional High school on April 4-6, 2014. The King Philip Music department will be entering multiple ensembles into this festival. The King Philip Middle School concert Band will be performing at King Philip High School on Friday April 4, 2014. The 8 th grade Concert Band will perform at 4:30 p.m. and the 7 th grade Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. The King Philip High School bands will be performing at Bellingham High School on Saturday April 5, 2 014. The Concert band performs at 9:30 a.m. and the Symphony band performs at 11:30 a.m.
    The MICCA Festival is open to elementary, middle school and high school music groups. This festival will include schools throughout New England and New York. The variety of music, ensembles and choral groups will be vast and entertaining. The size and scope of this festival avails itself to multiple sites throughout the weekend.
    The cost for this festival is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. The price of one admission allows full access to any and all performance s at any site throughout the weekend. For more information, directions to sites and performance schedules please access www.miccamusic.org.
    - JN, KPMA

  • 3/22 12:39pm   The King Philip Music Department's annual Spring Scholarship Concert will be held on March 26, 2014. The King Philip Regional High School Concert and Symphony bands will be performing. This performance is to help raise funds for the annual King Philip Music Association Book and Scholarship Fund. The performance starts at 7:00 p.m. We ask for a donation of $7 for adults and $4 for seniors and students to go towards the Scholarships and Book Grants. Spring is finally here, so come join us for a fantastic evening of great music and stirring performances!
    - JN, KPMA

  • 3/22 12:01pm   For sale: in mint condition, 19k miles,all stock except for Screaming Eagle pipes and stage two air cleaner, all dealer installed, always serviced, ready to ride, warm weather is coming, 9900.00 or best reasonable offer, call or text only. Pat 508-809-0249 If ad is posted it's available. Thanks.
    - JC

  • 3/22 11:58am   PD: Regarding your second point about the commercial rental costs in Norfolk - If you leased 1,000 of space at $20 per square foot it would cost $20,000 a YEAR, not a month. There may also be operating expenses and taxes built into this type of lease, which might bring this up to $2,000 per month - which is ten times less than the number you quoted. No business in any suburban setting could afford $240,000 per year for a 1,000 square feet of space unless they had some extremely valuable products with a significant profit margin. Just wanted to be sure people understand that lease costs in town are not as high as quoted.
    - CS

  • 3/22 11:52am   You all are severely ignorant of the process that went into the development issues surrounding the Town Center and its destiny. As one intimately involved in it as a BOH and Economic Development Committee member and Town Hall infiltrator - the changes reflected what normal, responsible towns do when it comes to Town Center development. In your comments the Fear of Change is evident and you all are acting out of mass psychosis, as I experienced when I lived in Norfolk, a town I affectionately call "the town that refuses to grow up, brush its teeth, or bathe". You all should be ashamed of your bias and [...] comments on the topic, and PC has just as much right to develop his property according to warrant articles set forth by Town meetings - which you voted on some time ago. PC is also highly ethical and knows the process and laws and recused himself whenever there was a conflict of interest, so stop your conspiracy-induced crying.
    In the meantime, stick to blaming things on topics you all can understand, such as demons causing milk to spoil, magnetic angels curing your lumbago and the occasional leprechaun bringing you good luck.
    How's that real estate tax treating you, my past fellow Norforkians - now that you keep Norfolk a third-rate community on the precipice of a tax-induced financial disaster?
    And I laugh!
    - MON

  • 3/22 11:45am   BF(2): Regarding 106 & 108 Main St. The same person owns the lot between Ivy Music and Walsh's Greenhouse on Main. So if 106 and 108 go through, what do you think may happen there, huh.
    - BR (3)

  • 3/22 11:44am   WB, Last year's Annual Town Meeting was on May 7 & 8. www.virtualnorfolk.org/Public_Documents/NorfolkMA_BBoard/Townmeetingnote.pdf and other pages on the Town's website announce the Town Elections are May 6, 2014 at the Freeman Kennedy School and the Annual Town Meeting starts on May 13th, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at the Middle School.
    - DLJ

  • 3/22 11:43am   Looking for someone to do some plaster work. Approx. 80 sq. feet. Pleased email @ jobin@gopella.com
    - JO

  • 3/22 11:41am   RJP, MN, MJD, PD and all others concerned: Spot on! We do not need the proposed development at 106/108 Main St. I hope that there is enough real support for it to NOT be approved. The developer should be ashamed of himself for treating his own Town the way he is. It is along the same lines at Stop and Shop's treatment. The property at 220 Main St has had a license to serve liquor since 2008, another year that its owner Served the Town. Where is Cafe Presto? I for one would most likely go there[...] due to its location; and I would be driving, not walking there. Downtown Norfolk needs businesses, not more homes to tax our infrastructure. It was noted at a recent BOS meeting that the convenient store owner near the train station would like to expand but the landlord wouldn't give him the type of lease he was seeking. So its cheaper for the building to sit vacant? Shouldn't someone be speaking with property owners about enticing businesses to come to Norfolk? Economic Development Committee perhaps? Norfolk has plenty of homes. We should not be banning water use while we sell water to neighboring towns. We have elementary school class sizes in the 20's already. I'm sure most residents know what Franklin is like. Let's not become them. I was told that both Planning Board and Zoning Board discussions regarding 106/108 Main St were rescheduled this week until some time in mid-April. I'm sure that members of those boards would rather most residents are confused about the date change and won't attend. As many residents that will fit into the Town Hall should attend. Developers aren't just looking at Main St, but also down the road to request these zoning changes in any area of Town. This is an important topic that will forever change the look, feel and financials of Norfolk.
    - KP

  • 3/22 11:40am   I would like to thank the DPW for first putting up the temporary stop sign (replacing the one hit by a plow) at the corner of Truro and Barnstable and then recently putting in a permanent one. With several new families in the neighborhood, with small children, and the tendency of drivers to speed on Barnstable this is a needed sign and I appreciate the prompt actions of the staff at the DPW.
    - DH

  • 3/22 11:39am   Does anyone have a egg incubator they are not using for 21 days or so? My kids want to hatch their own egg this spring.
    - LC

  • 3/22 11:36am   On Friday, April 11th the Norfolk Senior Center, with the generous support of the Friends of the Norfolk Council on Aging, will be holding a winetasting. Led by the well-traveled and renowned wine expert Bob Harkey of Harkey Wine and Spirits in Millis, Massachusetts, Mr. Harkey will share his encyclopedic knowledge of wine in an entertaining and practical presentation that includes selecting the most appropriate (and often the most reasonably priced) wine to accompany a specific dinner choice or occasion.
    The event, one of the Center's most popular activities, begins at 6:30 p. m. and will also include a variety of appetizers to accompany the tastings. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available for spouses, partners, and friends who do not drink alcohol.
    Participants must register in advance at the Senior Center front desk (or call 508-528-4430 to secure your place on the guest list). Deadline for registration is April 4th.
    Do you have a friend, neighbor, or relative residing in Norfolk who has yet to visit the Senior Center? This event can also provide an ideal introduction to many of your fellow-residents, the Senior Center, its staff, its volunteers, and the many services available to all in the community.
    To receive a schedule of all Senior Center activities, call (508) 528-4430 or visit the Council on Aging site at http://bit.ly/XR2e2c The Norfolk Senior Center is located at 28 Medway Branch Road and is open Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p. m.
    - TM, Norfolk Council on Aging

    Older messages are continued in the archives, (here) - Wm.

     
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    5/17 The Garden Club of Norfolk Annual Plant and Bake Sale, Saturday May 17, 2014 9:00 am noon Town Hill and Gazebo, 139 Main Street, Norfolk. Find the perfect perennials for your sun or shade garden, add herbs, shrubs and groundcovers--all at our annual sale! Other garden related items will be available for purchase include planters, handing baskets, bird houses, glass garden flowers, decorative flower pots and our own Norfolk gold. Don't miss. Advice from enthusiastic gardeners. Face painting & cake decorating will keep our junior gardeners occupied while their parents shop! Delicious baked goods. Proceeds support the educational programs and public plantings of the all-volunteer, nonprofit Garden Club of Norfolk. Rain or shine www.gardenclubofnorfolkma.com.

    6/7 Taylor's Triumph 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk- June 7th: On Saturday, June 7th, 2014, Norfolk will hold Taylor's Triumph, a 5K Run/Walk, in honor of 13 year old Taylor Manning who died unexpectedly of congenital heart failure in May of 2012. Taylor's Triumph will take place on at the Holmes Field, 22 Myrtle Street, Norfolk. Starting time is 9:00 am and registration will open at 7:30. Runners and walkers can pre-register through May 31st at www.racemenu.com/events/35181-Taylor-s-Triumph The Taylor's Triumph 5K will include water stations, refreshments and live music! Entry fees are $30 for pre-registrants and $35 for same day registrations. All proceeds will be sent to the Taylor Manning Memorial Fund.


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    NorthStates Superyard Colorplay

    NEW NorthStates Superyard Colorplay. Retails for $80. Selling for $50.
    contact Jen at: j8675309d@aol.com

    S o l d

    4/20  

    Items For Sale

    Ping Pong Table, Marcy Performance Strength Equipment/ weights and pulleys, Health master 860 Bike, Treadmill 585 Pro Form, Rowing Machine, 1400 Air Rower, Air Hockey Table

    If interested call Bob at 774-571-0980

    4/20  

    Apartment Needed

    Mature, quiet professional male looking to rent a part of your home, or room above a garage, a basement apartment starting June 1st. I currently live in Norfolk and would like to stay in the area. I am willing to do small jobs (painting, yard work, landscaping, shoveling) in exchange for a break in the rent. Contact: dhoffoptical@aol.com

    4/20  

    Submissions Wanted for the Sixth Annual Edition of The Norfolk Quill!

    Norfolk's community literary journal is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, and memoir for its sixth annual edition. Send your submission (3000 words or less) to: ReadMyLit@gmail.com

    Please include a short bio which will be printed in the journal if your submission is accepted for publication. Submissions must be received by May 1, 2014

    4/12  

    Free 10x10 Shed

    Free! 10X10 shed - you must move it yourself and any costs associated with removal.

    Call or email Paul @ 508-254-3681 Cidvish1@hotmail.com

    4/12  

    Thomasville Headboard, Armoire, and Nightstand

    Thomasville shutters collection f/q headboard (no frame) Armoire, and nightstand Armoire can also be used as entertainment center. $400. call or text 508-509-3288 [Photo 2] [Photo 3]
    S o l d

    4/5  

    Home Daycare

    If you or anyone you know are looking for a home daycare provider...

    Only take one or two kids at a time to provide great care! Loving kind caring person! Parks, games etc a must! Fenced in yard and large gated farmers porch! Love teachers kids! Have great references!

    Email if have any interested! Will discuss payment! Ktdemarzo@gmail.com

    3/31  

    2004 Coleman Westlake Pop-Up Travel Trailer

    Very good condition; well maintained; always stored indoors for the winter.

    Sleeps 7: 2 king size pull out beds, dinette table and sofa each convert to beds

    Interior includes:shower, porta-potty, lots of storage space, stove and refrigerator, running hot/cold water, heater, fans and cable hook-up.

    Exterior includes outdoor stove, awning and screen room, outside storage compartment, shower head, new marine battery, capacity for 2 covered propane tanks and covered spare tire.

    Asking $4500

    Call 401-447-9991 or email box477@norfolknet.com
    S o l d

    3/22  

    2006 Harley-Davidson Heritage Soft Tail Motorcycle

    For sale: in mint condition, 19k miles,all stock except for Screaming Eagle pipes and stage two air cleaner, all dealer installed, always serviced, ready to ride, warm weather is coming,

    9900.00 or best reasonable offer, call or text only. Pat 508-809-0249

    If ad is posted it's available. Thanks.

    3/22  

    Dining Room Set

    Mint condition 10 pc Dining room set for sale. Must Sell. Price Negotiable.

    Cherry Wood Queen Anne Style with matching Breakfront Hutch and drop leave serving cart.

    email: rg1948@comcast.net or call Rosemarie 508-520-7108

    Photo 2, photo 3

    3/17  

    Home For Rent

    Single family home for rent. Private, secluded location, off Medway Street. Large yard. 4 bedroom, 2 bath. Hardwood floors, 3 levels of living space.

    W/D and kitchen appliances included. Fireplace. Year lease. $2200 per month plus utilities. First Month, Last Month and Security Deposit Required.

    Ideal for small family. Walk to train and downtown area. Well- mannered pets welcome with additional security.

    Photo 2 Photo 3

    Please contact box474@norfolknet.com

    3/4  

    Wingback Chairs

    Two matching wingback chairs, excellent condition.

    $175.00 for the pair, $125.00 each.

    Mary P., 508 528-3883.

    2/24, 3/22  

    Girl's Clothing (excellent condition)

    Gently used clothing for sale; some new with tags

    Abercrombie, PINK, Hollister, Gilly Hicks, American Eagle, Northface (Denali Jacket)
    Hoodies, Sweats, Tops, Jeans and more.
    Girls's sizes Small, Medium, Large and Xlarge
    Almost everything priced between $4.00 and $10.00

    If you are interested in looking at the clothing, please email me at: lisa1213@earthlink.net

    2/9  

    Leashrly Life In-Home Pet Care

    Don't have time to exercise your pet? Can't drop off or pick up your dog? You no longer need to hurry in the morning and rush home to pick up your trusted friend! As an alternative to doggie daycare, Leashrly Life will come to your home and care for your pet. We offer a number of services from pet sitting to dog walking, group hiking excursions and one-to-one personalized obedience training. Experienced, loving care by professionals you can trust. References are available. Rates are very affordable and all animals are welcome! Call 781-241-2083 or visit www.leashrlylife.com.

    2/9  

    Baker Couch

    Sofa made by Baker Furniture, covered in a peach colored fabric, good condition.

    Down filled seat cushion.
    74 inches long, 26 inches high, 34 inches deep.

    $150

    508 528-3883 or mailto:mpasciucco@Comcast.net.

    1/21, 2/24, 3/22  

    Pottery barn twin beds with corner unit

    Paid $2,500. Best offer accepted.

    Contact box470@norfolknet.com.
    See Pottery Barn for dimensions

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