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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 857-222-9833.
I'd appreciate your reading it and sharing it with other Norfolk voters.
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.
For further information visit our web page at www.franklinart.org or www.facebook.com/FranklinArtAssoc
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.
If interested call Bob at 774-571-0980
Here some facts about Common Core written by Dr, Sandra Stostky:
Fact Sheet on Common Core 's Developers, Writers, Validation Committee, and Standards
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
11. What are the chief deficiencies of Common Core's standards?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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you, and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.
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!
My last communication from the town says it's on April 23 at 7:30 pm - is this what everyone else understands as well?
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.
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!
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.
[Along similar lines, 5 acres surrounding the house, or 5 acres of street frontage? - Wm.]
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.
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.
I look forward to making a cake for you that tastes as good as it looks!
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.The notice in MS Word DOCX format [here]
** Registration Deadline is May 1st.
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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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Saturday April 5th 10am-5pm
Sunday April 6th 10am-4pm
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Please call or e-mail Officer Michelle Palladini to register: email@example.com or 508-528-3206. Please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address when registering.
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.
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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
[Update 4/5 10:44am: or tomorrow morning, as it happens - Wm.]
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.
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 (email@example.com).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com, 508-520-1315. Thank you.
*Please note that the program dates are listed by the current (spring 2014) grade of your child.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions!
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 email@example.com
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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,
``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.
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
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 email@example.com.
Walk or Run, but come.to the 8th annual Norfolk Runs 5K Road Race.
[Update 1:24pm: edited with corrections - GH]
Call 401-447-9991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
[Update 4/5 10:47am: Sold - CA]
[This is a repost of the message of 3/19 9:15pm, but with the phone number now included - Wm.]
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.
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!
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.
Older messages are continued
in the archives, (here) - Wm.
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
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
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.
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.