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  • 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

  • 3/19 9:20pm   Happy Vernal Equinox! Technically, that's the end of winter (Thurs 12:57pm EDT), so someone please get rid of all the ice and snow and arrange for temperatures to rise above 15 degrees. Please?
    - Wm.

  • 3/19 9:16pm   Few Things
    TW - so happy I was not the only person that thought PC was cross promoting his project. Has anyone else seen the Parade Magazine that comes with the Boston Globe? First page inside is Walter Scotts Personality Parade. Every question is "what has so-and-so been up to". "What ever happened to so-and-so" The answer always includes something like "Oh, watch them Tuesday. They have a special on ABC". Oh, they have a new movie coming out on April 1st. [...] Yes, I've been here since 1977. I remember Cliff's and the Getty gas pumps that where there. Actually it was cool. Fill up the car and get your beer! He even sold bread and milk!
    Anyway, in spite of people's good efforts we will never have a "walkable, dense, commercial area" in Norfolk. There have been several posts about "oh, I would love a bakery next to Walgreens". "Why can't we have a coffee shop next to Walgreens"? Do the posters not realize how much the rent would be? A slot machine parlor could not pay the rent. Plus, Stop and Shop does not want anything there. If you call the posted phone number in the window they will not even return your call. Try it. PC talks about diversity and our kids living in his development. Take a drive up RT 27 towards Medfield center. Same high density project and those homes are $750,000 plus. This is what he wants you to envision. Not going to happen.
    Town Clerk warns us about registering your dogs. Thank-you, but could you maybe mention the deadline? Don't want to hear about checking town web site, which you did not. Can't the post say you have until 3/31 or whatever the date is?
    Finally. While I admire a young person wanting to tutor our kids in math, is it fair to provide those services at our library for a fee? If it is free then that's fine. No problem with a non-profit using our library but the link provided did not say that. Library board candidate Mr. Hill. What do you think?
    Sorry to be so cranky. Please don't tell me to vote, serve on town boards, attend town meetings or move. I vote. I have been on town boards. I go to town meeting and my home has lost too much value to move.
    - RJP

    [Update 3/22 12:11pm: dig at the new building on the site of Cliff's Package Store removed. - Wm.]

  • 3/19 9:15pm   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! I'm 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

    [Update 3/22 12:43pm: inserted phone number - MM]

  • 3/19 9:11pm   Drove into my neighborhood and to my horror saw the stop sign at the corner of Truro and Barnstable had been hit by a plow. The town put up a temporary sign to prevent mayhem and anarchy at the intersection because there must 10,000 cars a day passing thru - ( Not really. Never could understand why it was put there in the first place, however...). That's my car in the background holding up all the traffic as I took the picture.
    When I rounded the corner, after coming to a complete stop and looking both ways 87 times, I saw this next picture.
    OMG!!! My Taxes are high enough. Do I have to start paying Franklin now!!! You have to love it!!!
    - RJP

  • 3/19 9:09pm   Holliston DTC [Democratic Town Committee] will be holding their candidates breakfast on April 12. The event is held at Holliston HS. The doors open at 9:30. I suggest you do not count on the event as a source of your breakfast, food choices are limited, but that is really not the point of the affair. Most candidates for major office will be present and address the group. If you can attend, especially delegates to the convention, I encourage you to do so. Candidates for Governor speak at 10:10, Lt Gov. at 10:50. The cost of breakfast and the event is a donation to the American Cancer Society. The Holliston HS Relay for Life Team will be providing the food.
    - MD

  • 3/19 8:52pm   Hi I'm a Norfolk mother that has clothes for 6 to 8 year old daughters and would like to donate to a family that needs them. My email address is sued0729@gmail.com. There are tons of justice clothes and other cute girly clothes. Free.
    - SD

  • 3/19 8:50pm   Hi Norfolk Residents, My husband and I are possibly thinking of moving to Norfolk from Mansfield. We are looking for a more rural town and may want to purchase land and build an average size home, not talking ``mcmansion'' here. If there is someone who has a love and history of the town that wold be willing to answer a few questions, I would be grateful. Please email me at mansfieldresident508@gmail.com.
    Many Thanks,
    - KT

  • 3/19 8:49pm   CK - for gutter cleaning, we rely on Craig R. here in town. You can reach him at 508-520-1459.
    - VR

  • 3/19 8:47pm   Hi, we just moved to the Kingsbury Pond area and heard there might be some discussion of selling the old airfield land for development. Has anyone else heard similar information?
    - KB

  • 3/19 8:46pm   The Norfolk-Millis-Medfield Vikings Pop Warner program is seeking a cheerleading coordinator for 2014. While the position requires hard work, it can be a very rewarding experience. If you or anybody you know is interested in coordinating the cheerleading program, or is interested in coaching, please contact the President of the NMM Vikings, Jim C. at jcaro2218@verizon.net.
    - KM

  • 3/19 8:43pm   Meet Hilda Davis, a Siberian Husky/Australian Shepherd mix and her family Stuart and Judy Davis.
    While out for a walk, Hilda found a $20.00 bill lying in the street. Being a rescue dog herself, she knew firsthand how hard it is to be a down and out dog in need of shelter or medical attention, so she had her people donate it to the Norfolk Animal Gift Account for the tag #1 raffle. Hilda's good deed, turned out to be a lucky one, because when ACO Cohen picked the winning number on February 24th Hilda became Norfolk's #1 dog for 2014.
    Congratulations Hilda!
    The Town Clerk's Office, working with our Animal Control Officer, Hilary Cohen, raffles off the number 1 tag to help raise money for the Animal Gift Account. This account helps animals in need that are not covered through the annual budget.
    $310.00 was raised this year and we would like to say a sincere thank you to all who donatted.
    - CG, Acting Town Clerk

  • 3/19 8:38pm   PC & your building at Main & Boardman: I often fantasize that it is an upscale pizza joint with a wood-fired stone oven. I can imagine fresh shredded basil and white mozzarella medallions competing on the wafting air with bbq chicken and caramelized onions. Imagine marinated streak tips and chicken terriaki skewered in a to-go box on a high stainless counter. During the day it would bustle as a fine deli/butcher. Like 'Fresh-Catch' Mansfield or 'Cafe Assissi'
    P.S.: a bunch of small houses on 1arce minimum that actually kept a few trees would be nice too.
    - MN

  • 3/19 8:37pm   We are looking for local child guitar lessons.
    - MN

  • 3/19 8:36pm   Looking for a little inspiration? Join local author Aislynn Rodeghiero-Rapciak and her dog Sullivan as she shares Sullivan: Putting the Tri in Triumph, which consists of letters between her and her yellow rescue dog. Aislynn and Sullivan will be at The Organic Angel 114 C Pond St. Norfolk on Saturday, March 22^nd at 1pm - 3pm for a book signing. All proceeds go to MSPCA and Angell Memorial.
    About the Book:
    Sullivan: Putting the Tri in Triumph is a heartwarming story of hope, survival and second chances. In this book Aislynn Rodeghiero-Rapciak chronicles her life with her dog, Sullivan, through letters from owner to dog and dog to owner. A little pup from rural Tennesse, Sullivan was soon diagnosed with a cancerous nerve sheath tumor and the only treatment was amputation. Now a "tripawd," Sully's quality of life has increased leaps and bounds and the pup that Aislynn thought she was rescuing, ends up rescuing her.
    About the Author: Aislynn Rodeghiero-Rapciak resides in Norfolk, Massachusetts with her three yellow dogs: Murphy, Sullivan and Brown. She graduated from Boston College in 2003 and has a private clinical social work practice. A certified life coach, Aislynn employs creative therapeutic strategies to guide clients through major life changes in a humanistic and holistic way. Sullivan spends his time visiting patients at Spaulding Rehabilitation, and is loving life.
    - AC, The Organic Angel

  • 3/19 8:35pm   Can anyone recommend a company or person who would be able to provide about 1-1.5 hours of care to elderly, disabled parent each morning. Needs help to transfer from recliner to wheelchair and then back to recliner, may also include some light personal care activities. Your help would be much appreciated.
    - EL

  • 3/19 8:33pm   Annie's Just Desserts will be at the Walpole Winter Farmer's Market on Sunday March 23rd with cupcakes, brownies and scones as well as gluten free and vegan items. If you have been thinking about ordering your next special occasion cake with Annie's Just Desserts, this is a great way to sample some items to find your favorite and talk with me in person about your event. The market also includes local farms and small businesses. You can even bring your knives or gardening tools to be sharpened! The market is indoors at the Walpole VFW (109 Robbins Rd) from 10am - 2pm. Hope to see you there!
    - AD, Annie's Just Desserts

  • 3/19 8:31pm   Norfolk Community League Clothing Drive - It may be cold outside but it's not too early to think about spring! On May 17th & 18th, the Norfolk Community League will sponsor a Clothing Drive in partnership with LPC Removal Service. Please start saving your clothing, linens, handbags, and shoes for the drive. All clothing will be sold in bulk and the proceeds will be distributed back into the Norfolk community. The best part is that LPC Removal Service will pick up the items for free at your doorstep!
    For more details on how to participate and to schedule your FREE pickup, please visit www.junkpickup.com/NCL. Or contact Amanda and Melissa at fundraising@norfolkcommunityleague.org.
    - AB, NCL

  • 3/19 8:28pm   Happy Birthday to my Model A Cabriolet, Suzy, 84 years young this month. It's been a long winter, and we miss going around Norfolk, and especially to Stony Brook most every Sunday afternoon. We shall return soon, along with the flowers!
    - CR

  • 3/19 8:27pm   PC - "The land/building at corner or Main and Boardman. The residential portion of the building has been rented since completion.The first floor commercial is vacant due to the lack of downtown doorways." I am still pretty agnostic on development in the center but your argument is pushing me to think this is a bad idea. You are basically telling us that you want us to agree to change the entire character of the center of town in order for the owner of the property on Boardman and Main to rent the building that has been sitting vacant for years? Isn't the owner of that property also proposing to build the units on the site of the old town hall? I think it is pretty clear that no amount of development in the town center is going to lower tax bills for homeowners in Norfolk. Perhaps some development down on 1A might help. Development in the town center will however increase the net worth of the person who owns the property at the corner or Boardman and Main and serve to congest the center and add kids to our schools, which will in turn raise taxes. Your argument is not one that helps to change my mind PC.
    - MJD

  • 3/19 7:41pm   Regarding Town meeting - why does this document http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/Public_Documents/NorfolkMA_BBoard/04675823-000F8513 say Town Meeting is May 7 and 8, 2014. Yet, I know for a fact it May 13, 2014? Who proofs this, who approves it, and who doesn't check the info? Looks like low hanging fruit to me for a cost savings to the Town.
    - WB

  • 3/19 7:40pm   Have a happy Saint Patrick's day!
    - PD

    [My apologies for the delay in posting the above - Wm.]

  • 3/19 7:39pm   Norfolk Residents, if you want to receive a copy of the upcoming Town Warrant in the mail, email a request with your mailing address to the Town Administrators Executive Secretary at harrington@virtualnorfolk.org or call 508-440-2855
    - PD

  • 3/19 7:37pm   PC, regarding the building at the corner of Main and Boardman, that building is much too close to Main Street. It looks out of place being that close and I don't understand how zoning was put into place to allow it. That is just poor planning. Last time people asked about why the restaurant part of that building wasn't open, I recall the comment was the economy was the reason. I also heard that a restaurant at that location was too close to a school zone to be granted a liquor license.
    Now I would like to comment on the dense housing district downtown that "a lot of work was done to create". That work to create the zoning to allow such density was done by a few and not by the majority. The majority of the people around Town don't agree that the downtown district needs dense housing to support commercial development. The offset in expenses for Town services needed for the residential use will surely offset any commercial tax levy.
    1. Many of the town residents that live outside the downtown including my family frequently patronize the downtown businesses that operate now. For example, we go to Walgreens to get all our prescriptions and much more. We go to Daley's for fuel, repairs and stickers. We go the Nick's, Bourque's, Linda's and all the businesses that operate now. We don't have our doorways downtown.
    2. What the commercial property owners need to do is come up with more affordable rents to fill those spaces. At $20 per square foot that would be $20,000 per month for a 1000sq ft store. How can any small town business owner pay those rents and make a profit? Most small business is losing market share to big chain stores and the new economy on the internet.
    3. We don't think Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a good fit for a small suburban New England Town such as Norfolk. The only transit system that Norfolk has to offer is the train. Most TOD towns and cities have other transit options such as Bus, Subway and Taxi service to get around. The MBTA train to Boston alone is not adequate to support TOD. Urban communities such as Pittsfield, Northampton, Quincy, Somerville, Chelsea, and Weymouth are more suited for TOD. High Density Transit Oriented Development will change the Small New England Town character that Norfolk now enjoys.
    4. What the downtown Business District doesn't need is more residential housing. With 500 units of housing proposed for the old Southwood property , 150 homes being considered for the old Buckley and Mann property on Lawrence Street, new homes being considered for the Airport property and numerous other small residential projects under construction, the Town of Norfolk is already on the fast track to problems with its WATER supply, town services such as Police, Fire and the DPW will need more staffing, and our schools will be strained with new students requiring more staffing. This will surely increase the tax burden on all of us.
    My property tax is 4 times what it was when I bought into this small New England town just over a decade ago. It will only be going higher with the future needs for new WATER supply wells and services such as Police, Fire, DPW and the needs of our School system to support all the residential development planned now. The current tax rate is $17.10 per thousand of value and that is a $13,860 tax levy on a home valued at $800,000.
    I would like to see the downtown moonscape developed. I disagree that High Density Residential Development is the answer to our needs. Norfolk has a new Town Planner. Let's slow down and hear what he has to say.
    - PD

  • 3/19 7:36pm   BF and other Norfolk Residents, go to www.mytowngovernment.org/02056 to see all scheduled Norfolk board meetings and agendas. Here you also can sign in for automatic email notification of meeting times and agendas.
    - PD

  • 3/17 7:36pm   Norfolk Lions Community Day is June 7, 2014
    Save the date! June may seem like a long way off, but the Norfolk Lions Community Day team is already planning this annual event.
    This year's event resurrects the original "Old Tyme Day" theme from years past when times were a little slower and more affordable. Community Day 2014 will take place on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 11:00 until 4:00. Once again the Holmes Family has graciously agreed to host the event at their property at 22 Myrtle Street, Norfolk.
    This will be the Lions' 22nd year bringing a day of family fun and entertainment. The Lions' goal is to provide a country fair type environment including music, dancing, games, petting animals, hayrides, train rides, pie eating contest, foam for kids to play in, food and historical displays. This is an event for the entire Norfolk Community to come out, celebrate and get to know neighbors.
    The Lions welcome your participation and invite any Norfolk business, organization, neighborhood or group to participate in Community Day. Groups and organizations (including corporations) can take part in a number of ways, whether by setting up a booth or tent, sponsoring an activity or entertainment, or simply by becoming a sponsor.
    There is no set fee to participate, but we do ask that you provide something in return. For example, if your company wants to have a booth, then you should have something to offer that will add to the fun such as a game or activity, or provide financial support that will be used towards other expenses. You can also sponsor an event or entertainment. We are flexible; just tell us what you have in mind.
    Help make Norfolk Community Day 2014 one of the best and join the fun. You may contact the Norfolk Lions Club at norfolkcommunityday@gmail.com or call Patti M. @ 508-520-0540 or Ed M. @ 508-843-1528.
    - PS, Norfolk Lions

  • 3/17 7:29pm   Post Correction: the 106 & 108 Main Street development ZBA meeting is set for Wednesday 3/19/2014 at 7:45 PM in room 105c NOT Friday 3/14/2014 My apologies for a date error for the up coming Norfolk of Zoning Board of Appeals meeting to further discuss the application for approval of a variance for the 106 & 108 Main Street development. The following correct time and date have been sourced directly from the Towns ZBA website.
    Wednesday March 19, 2014 7:30 PM EDT
    DRAFT AGENDA FOR 3/19/2014
    PUBLIC HEARINGS:7:45 p.m. 106-108 Main Street (dense housing development and roadway within Watershed District)
    This meeting is to continue the discussion of whether or not to approve the larger development of 106 and 108 Main Street in our B1 district (downtown). This is the land that the builder wants to pack with single family homes in lieu of just going with what is allowed currently as far as the maximum amount of bedrooms per parcel of land. If this variance is approved, then that approval would allow for 50 or so homes to be built upon two small parcels of land and would ultimately open the gates for other developers to do the very same here in this town thus changing the rural character of this community forever. We have zoning laws in place to preserve this desired rural character and the town should uphold those zoning laws. If this is important to you, please participate by making your voice heard. So you know, the builder proposing this approval to the Norfolk ZBA also sits on the planning board... hmm...
    The meeting is set for 7:45 PM Wednesday 3/19/2014. Please become part of this process by attending this meeting. If you cannot make it, you could write the ZBA with your thoughts at:
    Norfolk ZBA, Town Hall Rm 105c, One Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA 02056
    Or Email at: simpson@virtualnorfolk.org
    Your opinion matters... Please be part of this very important decision of the future of Norfolk. Thanks
    - BF (2)

  • 3/17 7:28pm   Looking for recommendations on gutter cleaning companies. Thanks!
    - CK

  • 3/17 7:27pm   The Norfolk Lions 7th annual Chili Fest will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM at St. Jude's Parish Hall, 86 Main Street, Norfolk.
    What better way to beat the winter doldrums and warm the spirits than with a little chili? This year we have 6 great area restaurants competing for bragging rights to Best Chili of 2014: Eagle Brook Saloon, Horse N' Carriage, Mr. Dooley's Olde Irish Country Pub, James' Roadside Cafe, Budabings 50s Cafe and new this year Commonwealth BBQ. You get to sample each chili and then vote for your favorite. The winner will be announced at the end of the evening.
    In addition to the chili, you will also be served mac & cheese, salad, cornbread, beverages and dessert. It's a great meal and lots of fun for the whole family!
    Tickets are $15 for adults and $5.00 for children (under 10). Seating is limited, so advanced tickets are recommended. Tickets can be reserved by emailing Norfolklionschili@gmail.com. We expect to have tickets for sale at the door but they will be limited so reserving them is a good idea.
    All proceeds from this event will benefit the Norfolk Food Pantry. So come on out to Chili Fest and feel the heat!
    - PS, Norfolk Lions

  • 3/17 7:25pm   Early bird invitation: ``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

  • 3/17 7:24pm   My name is Glenn Hill. I am running for election to the Norfolk Public Library Board of Trustees, and would like to introduce myself.
    I have lived in Norfolk since 1995. In 2004, I served on the Norfolk Public Schools Safety and Security Committee, then in 2005, on the Library Strategic Planning Committee. In May 2013 I was appointed to fill the unexpired term of former Library Trustee Harvey Boulay.
    I have worked cooperatively and productively with my fellow Board members, the Library Director, and the Friends of the Library to volunteer my expertise in areas of governance critical to supporting our vibrant, accessible, and well-managed Library.
    I aspire to earn your vote so I may continue to serve. As we get closer to the election, I will share specific details about my background and achievements made through cooperative teamwork with fellow board members, the Library Director, and the Friends. In the interim, thank you most kindly for your time in reading my introduction.
    Respectfully,
    - Glenn Hill, Candidate, Library Trustee

  • 3/17 7:23pm   The Norfolk Quill Free Writer's Workshop is scheduled to begin soon!
    The Workshop will meet Tuesdays, April 8--May 13, 6:30pm-8pm in the Norfolk Public Library Schoolhouse Room. Our workshops are open to seasoned writers, novices, and everyone in-between. Space is limited so don't wait to register!
    To register, contact Margo Ball at readmylit@gmail.com.
    - MB

  • 3/17 7:22pm   There will be an episode of State and Local on Norfolk public access where Jim Lehan talks with me about J&P. It's going to remain as farmland bought by a non-profit and also with money from CPA. The house stays and is being sold.
    - AB-G

  • 3/17 7:17pm   To LR looking for basemnet finishing: Plese give Knowles Construction Co., Inc a call. We are from Norfolk and have been in business since 1987. Thanks
    - TK

    [From the Listings:
    Knowles Construction Co Inc.
    Norfolk
    508-361-5145. - Wm.]

  • 3/17 7:16pm   PC - Interesting cross promoting of properties you own/are partnered with!
    - TW

  • 3/17 7:15pm   My name is Ken N. and I have been a Norfolk Library trustee since 1992. I am writing this note in support of Glenn Hill who will be running for Library trustee in the May election. I first met Glenn several years ago when we served together with other stakeholders in developing a strategic plan for the Library. I was impressed with Glenn's commitment to serve not only the Library but the entire community at large. When a long-serving trustee resigned last year to move out-of-state, Glenn seemed a natural replacement on the Board of Trustees and was selected by the Selectmen and Trustees to fill this vacancy until the May, 2014 town election. Since his appointment to the Board of Trustees Glenn has worked tirelessly to share with us his computer skills; policy development skills; and his remarkable ability to reach out to stakeholders, most notably the Friends of the Library. Glenn Hill will strive to do the right thing well for our Library and our community. I voted for Glenn Hill's temporary election to the Library Board on Trustees last year. In May, 2014 I will vote for Glenn Hill to serve a full 3 year term as a trustee. I would encourage all voters who treasure our Library and town to vote for Glenn Hill as well.
    - KN

  • 3/17 7:13pm   I'm looking to spend one (maybe two) afternoons each week at the Norfolk Public Library as an available mathematics tutor. I'd post a schedule each week online and students/parents can sign up for time slots. It would be a first come, first serve basis, but I'll take students day-of if there are available sessions. I'd work with students for 30 and 60 minute increments at competitive rates. Email me at samantha.axberg@gmail.com or leave a comment on my tutoring blog http://samathtutor.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/library-sessions/ if you're interested or would like more information.
    - SA

  • 3/17 7:11pm   The Norfolk Board of Health is sponsoring a spring rabies clinic for dogs and cats of residents of Norfolk and surrounding towns. The clinic will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 9:00 ? 11:00 A.M. at the Norfolk DPW Garage-33 Medway Branch Road. The cost is $14.00 (cash only) per animal and will be given by Dr. Shelley Sandler, D.V.M. 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. For more information, please contact the Norfolk Board of Health office at 508-528-7747.
    t- BF, Town of Norfolk

  • 3/17 7:10pm   Just a friendly reminder that if you haven't done so yet, now is the time to get your dog licensed. Dog licensing runs on a calander year schedule, so if your furry friend's tag says 2013, it's time for a new one before late fees start accruing.
    - Carol Greene, Acting Town Clerk

  • 3/17 7:07pm   I was just reading "PC"'s post from 3/10 at 6.58. I can't help but wonder if this is Mr. C. from the Planning Board and who also is one of the builders in the PROPOSED project that PC is talking about.
    I quote "There was a lot of work done to create a dense housing district in the Town Center to help support our commercial tax base and populate a vibrant, walk-able, and transit oriented downtown. In addition, having alternative type housing, smaller homes, apartments, etc. will provide homes for people all across the economic spectrum, first time home buyers, empty-nesters, people considering buying here, and renters. However, if you keep building $800,000 houses with their $12,000 tax bills, and you will surely guarantee at least two things; your children, and people of modest means will never live here."
    Certainly sounds like someone with an agenda to me. I'm sure it's just a coincidence, there must be a lot of "PC"s around. But really. PC and his friends are trying to railroad a project through, that has absolutely no business here. I'm fine with people making a buck or two, probably hundreds of thousands in this case, but a current single family lot turning into a 22 and 26 building lot is [SENSELESS] and GREEDY. Doesn't belong in a downtown district.
    Meetings are scheduled for when working parents can't attend. Who can pay for a babysitter till 11.30pm whenever there is a Planning or ZBA meeting?
    Those things go on forever. We can't attend. It doesn't mean we don't care. Planning Board and ZBA members, listen to the majority of people on this forum and around town. WE DON'T WANT THIS PROJECT. There are no benefits. Sure the builders added 13 parking spaces. That will hold the overflow of 200 cars. Maybe for Christmas dinner the visitors can park all up and down Main Street. That's okay, because the builders will be able to pay for Valet Parking at their festivities with the money they hope to make off this ridiculous project.
    Please, ZBA and Planning Board, put Norfolk first. This project does not belong on Main Street.
    - BP

  • 3/17 7:05pm   BF - I am curious which member of the planning board is the builder that is trying to build the 50 homes on the two small lots?? I am a simple man, as I am sure my wife can attest, but that seems to be a huge conflict of interest. Maybe the builder can offer to buy one of the houses across the street from where the entrance will ultimately be located so they can enjoy having cars coming and going every 4 minutes or so. I'll bet at night it's going to be especially exciting, all those headlights illuminating the house!
    Sarcasm aside, I posted on this a few months back and I just can't believe this may actually happen. I have only lived in a town for 7 years, but I came from a town that did the same type of development and can't wait to see how it impacts Norfolk. Maybe soon we can change the name of the town to East-Franklin! (oops, sorry more sarcasm) Like many, I take full responsibility for not being part of the process. With a 2 year old and a newborn, it's difficult finding even an hour to attend a ZBA meeting, but I will definitely be e-mailing my concerns. I too would like to see the rural character of the town preserved; I can't afford to move to Dover!
    - PMM

  • 3/17 7:04pm   The 5th graders in Norfolk Girl Scout Troop 74767 are looking for donations of fleece fabric. The girls are working on their Bronze Award and are making pet toys for local animal shelters.
    If you have any fleece fabric to donate, please contact me at taylorpink519@gmail.com or 508-380-1993 to arrange for a pickup. Thank you in advance!
    - TMS

  • 3/10 7:27pm   Regarding Jane and Paul's farm: any news on the future of the farm?
    - GS

  • 3/10 7:23pm   Hi, We are looking to start to finish our basement. Any recommendations on someone who could do the stairs and walls? Thanks,
    - LR

  • 3/10 7:22pm   As far as I know, this coming Friday (March 14th), the Norfolk ZBA will be meeting again (this time exclusively) to continue the discussion of whether or not to approve the larger development of 106 and 108 Main Street in our B1 district (downtown) . This is the land that the builder wants to pack with single family homes in lieu of just going with what is allowed currently as far as the maximum amount of bedrooms per parcel of land. If this variance is approved, then that approval would allow for 50 or so homes to be built upon two small parcels of land and would ultimately open the gates for other developers to do the very same here in this town thus changing the rural character of this community forever. We have zoning laws in place to preserve this desired rural character and the town should uphold those zoning laws. If this is important to you, please participate by making your voice heard. So you know, the builder proposing this approval to the Norfolk ZBA also sits on the planning board... hmm...
    The meeting was set for 7:45 PM this Friday 3/14/2014. Please become part of this process by attending this meeting. If you cannot make it, you could write the ZBA with your thoughts at:
    Norfolk ZBA, Town Hall Rm 105c, One Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA 02056
    Or Email at: simpson@virtualnorfolk.org
    Your opinion matters... Please be part of this very important decision of the future of Norfolk Thanks
    - BF (2)

  • 3/10 7:21pm   My name is David Rosenberg and I'm running for Norfolk Town Moderator.
    Unlike meetings that are intended to merely inform, and unlike hearings at which voters express their opinions but the decisions are made by a Board or Committee, at the Town Meeting, the voters express their opinions, listen to and consider each others' opinions and then the voters, as the Town's legislative body, make the binding decisions.
    The Town Moderator "moderates" the Town Meeting - to ensure that everyone who wants to address the meeting has a fair opportunity to do so, to see to it that all the rules are followed, and to be sure that the meeting is run efficiently. In essence, the Town Moderator is responsible for the process by which the meeting is conducted, but is entirely neutral on the substance of the decisions the Town Meeting makes.
    The Town Moderator is also responsible for nominating a Deputy Moderator and for appointing people to fill vacancies on the Advisory Committee and the Bylaw Committee.
    I am concerned that typically a small percentage of registered voters attend the Town Meeting and hence the binding decisions that affect everyone in Town are made by a small percentage of the voters. In addition to being very busy, some voters don't attend Town Meeting because they are not sure what is being discussed, or they are not sure how to participate in the discussion, or they feel that if they speak they won't really be listened to, or they feel that their voices don't really matter.
    If I am elected Norfolk Town Moderator, I will try to enhance civic engagement in Norfolk. I have a number of ideas about how to do that. But before trying to implement any of them, I'd like to get your ideas about how to get more voters involved in making decisions for Norfolk. If I'm elected, I'll convene a discussion (probably both as a physical meeting and electronically) about how to get more people involved. Rather than wait for the election, I'd appreciate your sending me your ideas now at the address David-Rosenberg@earthlink.net with "Norfolk Civic Engagement" in the subject (to help me find those messages among the other E-Mail I get). If one of the other candidates for Town Moderator wins the election, I'll send him all the suggestions I've received.
    Thank you.
    - David Rosenberg

  • 3/10 7:20pm   OK it may seem premature to start stumping for a candidate for local election but I want to let the world know that I support GLENN HILL to serve on the Board of Library Trustees. Glenn has shown an active interest in the operations and well-being of the library for many years, going at least back to when I first met him on a committee assembled to assist our director with the preparation of a strategic plan for the library. He is currently serving on the Board of Trustees, temporarily filling a mid-term vacancy. He has attended all of the Friends' meetings and has shown genuine interest in the mission and activities of the library. He has shared his expertise in computer security by presenting public programs on identity protection and computer security issues. Most importantly he has demonstrated the ability to effectively partner with the library administration and the other trustees.
    - BV

  • 3/10 7:17pm   We lost our dog Rosie [Friday] at Glen Ellen CC at 4PM. She is a black lab with a pink collar and tags. Please contact me if you or anyone you know has seen her. gerardsullivan@verizon.net 508-641-3513
    - GS

  • 3/10 7:13pm   In followup to MN's recent post about removal services offering single-stream recycling, I just wanted to mention another service located here in Norfolk (my neighbor and wonderful family) that also offers single-stream recycling: LPC Removal Service, 1-888-586-5742.
    - RB

  • 3/10 7:08pm   Un-Common's Young Performers Production of ``Charlotte's Web ~The Musical'' Opens March 14^th!
    Don't miss The Un-Common Young Performers Production of ``Charlotte's Web ~ The Musical'' being presented at Qualters Middle School, Mansfield on March 14-16, 2014! Tickets are available for shows on Friday, March 14^th at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 15^th at 2:00 pm and Sunday, March 16^th at 2:00 pm. Pre-Sale Tickets are $12 for Adults and $10 for Students and may be purchased by calling (800) 838-3006 or on line at http://uncommon-charlottesweb.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets purchased at the door are $15 for Adults and $12 for Students. For Un-Common Members, group sales or handicapped seating please email uncommontheatre@verizon.net.
    E.B. White's classic novel is brought to new heights in this enchanting musical version of Charlotte's Web. With music and lyrics by Tony-award winning Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie) and book by Joseph Robinette(national award-winning children's playwright), this beloved tale of the value of true friendship comes to life on stage in this joyous musical for the whole family.
    All the familiar characters are here: Wilbur (Jackson Flaherty, Mansfield, MA), the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern (Chloe Newman, Attleboro, MA), a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton (Ellie Zinno, Sharon, MA), the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte (Anya Doherty, Foxboro, MA), who proves to be "a true friend and a good writer." Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes,"Some pig." It's the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte.
    The young cast of talented first through sixth graders is guided by Director and Coyle and Cassidy High School Senior Katie Armstrong (Mansfield, MA). Choreography has been created by Mansfield High School Junior Hailey Corrigan with Music Direction by Linda Barbieri (Attleboro, MA).
    This presentation of ``Charlotte's Web ~ The Musical'' offers parents and grandparents a wonderful age-appropriate venue to exposechildren to the live theatre experience. This show is guaranteed to appeal to kids of all ages and allows the audience to enjoy theatre for kids by kids. Join us in encouraging the appreciation of the arts in a whole new generation. Charlotte's Web ~ The Musical is an enchanting tale of the value of true friendship the whole family will love!
    The cast of thirty-four includes: From Norfolk, MA: Louie DiPietro (Homer Zuckerman)
    - ND

  • 3/10 7:06pm   KP Track & Cross Country 1st Annual Mattress Sale! The Friends of King Philip Track & Cross Country will be sponsoring their first annual mattress sale on Saturday, March 22nd at KP High School. Profits from this sale will help fund the track and cross country programs at the high school. This has been a very successful fundraiser in local school districts for the past 7 years and the Friends of KP Track/XC are very excited to sponsor this event at KP for the first time. Brand new, name brand mattress sets will be 30% - 60% off retail. These are top quality sets with full manufacturer warranties. All sizes, price ranges, delivery and free layaway will be available. Floor models will be on display at King Philip High School from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This one-day sale will be fully staffed with professional salespeople available to answer any questions. If you need a new mattress before this sale or have any questions, please contact Jack Isaacs of Custom Fundraising Solutions at jisaacsCFS@gmail.com. EVERY sale will benefit the King Philip Track & Cross Country Teams.
    - GA

  • 3/10 7:04pm   A few tickets are still available 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. Tickets can be purchased at the Norfolk Public Library on Tuesday, March 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, March 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 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, contact Eileen Stetter at HappyFeatFun@gmail.com.
    - GA

  • 3/10 7:03pm   For sale: 3 anytime adult lift tickets to Wachusett Mountain (value $50 to $60 each depending on when you go: weekday, weekend or holiday)
    $100 for all 3 Email if interested mcappuccino@verizon.net
    - MRC

  • 3/10 7:02pm   As a nurse who leaves for a regular shift at 5:30 AM and 2 to 3 nights a week have 24 Hr call for Framingham, I would like to thank the hard working plow, sanders and salters for making the roads safe for me to get to my patient in need.
    - CG

  • 3/10 7:01pm   Hello, I am being transferred and looking to rent or buy a house in Norfolk, as I hear it's such a "nice" town. Not too picky, but it needs to have a deep, sound-proofed and stone-lined water well (dry, of course!) in its basement, similar to the one in "Silence of the Lambs". Please respond to this blog with any info you may have.
    - MON
    t

  • 3/10 7:00pm   MS - call Loughlin Electric 508 528 0765. I have referred them to several people, they were all very happy.
    - ES

  • 3/10 6:58pm   The land/building at corner or Main and Boardman. The residential portion of the building has been rented since completion. The first floor commercial is vacant due to the lack of downtown doorways. Not unlike other sites in the Town Center, commercial real estate needs numbers to justify rents and development. Building fit-outs are expensive and tenants need to be comfortable those expenses can be absorbed. Common refrain from prospective tenants, "it's a beautiful town, but, where are the people".
    There was a lot of work done to create a dense housing district in the Town Center to help support our commercial tax base and populate a vibrant, walk-able, and transit oriented downtown. In addition, having alternative type housing, smaller homes, apartments, etc will provide homes for people all across the economic spectrum, first time home buyers, empty-nesters, people considering buying here, and renters. However, if you keep building $800,000 houses with their $12,000 tax bills, and you will surely guarantee at least two things; your children, and people of modest means will never live here.
    - PC

  • 3/4 2:12pm   [Update 6:56pm: duplicate post from years ago (kayaking) removed - Wm.]

  • 3/4 2:09pm   [Update 6:56pm: duplicate post from years ago (yard sale) removed - Wm.]

  • 3/4 2:08pm   Sunday, March 9th is the next Walpole Winter Farmers Market Day. The Market will be open 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, all-natural honey, 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

  • 3/4 2:07pm   The 2nd annual Olde Irish Pub Run will be held on Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in Wrentham. The USATF-certified course loops around scenic country roads, and participants can choose a flat single loop (5K) or double loop (10K). Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in various age categories. The first 100 participants who register by March 16th will receive free T-shirts. The post-race buffet will be provided by Mr. Dooley's Olde Irish Country Pub. Registration fee is $35 or $40 the day of the race. Sign up online at www.active.com. Proceeds benefit King Philip Regional High School Track & Cross Country.
    - GA

  • 3/4 2:01pm   Start your spring cleaning! The KP Parents' Network will be holding a used clothing and household item drive on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the KP bus loop from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Drop off your gently used clothing, bedding, toys, and other items and the KP Parents' Network will receive CASH for every pound collected. Volunteers will be available to help collect your items at the curb. Or have your student drop off your donation in the school lobby the week prior. The KPPN will donate a portion of the proceeds to the grade level that collects the most bags. In addition, Norfolk residents can drop off items at the Transfer Station on March 22nd, March 29th and April 5th during regular business hours. For more information, as well as a list of items we are collecting, visit our website at www.kpparentnetwork.org/fundraising/
    - GA

  • 3/4 1:59pm   Norfolk Community League is Now Accepting Disbursement Requests.
    The Norfolk CommunityLeague has opened its spring 2014 Disbursement process. Applications formonetary assistance are currently being accepted. Community groups,clubs, services, schools and other organizations in the Town of Norfolk areencouraged to apply. Funds will reach awarded organizations in April 2014.
    Visit www.NorfolkCommunityLeague.org to access therequest form.
    The applicationdeadline is March 15, 2014.
    About NCL - The Norfolk Community League is a non-profitorganization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Norfolk residentsand strengthening community spirit by organizing social, family-based,fundraising, and charitable activities. Membership is a key component to makingthis happen. NCL Members enjoy access to groups and clubs as away to meetpeople in town and make new friends. Membership dues help us plan events thatare fun for members and the community. They are also important for ourfundraising efforts that raise money we distribute to organizations likeNorfolk Public and King Philip Schools, and the Norfolk Fire Dept.
    To learn more about NCL or to become amember, go to qwww.NorfolkCommunityLeague.org. Please email Jenn Tharrett, NCL President at president@norfolkcommunityleague.org with any questions.
    - AB, NCL

  • 3/4 1:58pm   I found a set of keys at the corner of Fredrickson and Grove Monday morning (3/3). Please contact me thru the webmaster if you lost a set.
    - AF

  • 3/4 1:56pm   Family Child Care Program in Norfolk. Immediate opening for infant to 5 years old Open Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm. Small group setting in a loving family environment. Licensed by the Dept of Early Education and Care, MA. Smoke free home, meals and snacks provided, located in a quiet family neighborhood. References available. For more information, I can be reached at norfolkchildcare@live.com or 508-520-3694.
    - TT

  • 3/4 1:55pm   Does anyone have any idea what is going on with the land/building at the corner of Main and Boardman? It seems to have been forgotten about, with what appears to be no progress in 5-7 years. Any word?
    - AL

  • 3/4 1:54pm   I know it is late in the season but I am looking for a 1/4 or 1/2 a cord of seasoned wood. Thank you.
    - KB

  • 3/4 1:52pm   Does anyone know a reputable and reliable electrician?
    - MS

  • 3/4 1:50pm   The King Philip Music department, along with the King Philip Music Association is hosting the King Philip Winter Classic Percussion and Color Guard Competition on March 8, 2014. This competition has a variety of different levels of competitors and is a fantastic opportunity for younger students to view some World Class groups in a single setting. The competition includes eight percussion groups and fourteen color guard corps form all over New England. The King Philip Indoor Percussion ensemble will be performing their show A time Traveler s Medley. Doors open at 3:00 and the competition starts at 4 :00 . Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $8 for students and $10 for adults.
    - JK

  • 3/4 1:45pm   I am a Norfolk resident looking for help in moving and discarding a 77" sofa from 2d floor. Condition is fair/good. Email box475@norfolknet.com
    - FJC

  • 3/4 1:41pm   For MN: The transfer station used to be open on Friday mornings. It had an extremely low turn out, less than 50 cars per day. The transfer station does not have lights, and it is dark when it closes at 4 during most winter months. Norfolk sells its recyclables. It makes more by not comingling. Our town has a high recycle rate.
    - AC

  • 3/4 1:40pm   For PRB... plowing -- I highly recommend Kevin Brady to plow your driveway. He is extremely reliable and does a great job. He can be reached at KGBrady524@gmail.com..
    - ACC

  • 3/4 1:34pm   Hello, I'm hoping someone can recommend a great company that is priced decent (the lower the better) to pave a driveway. Looking for quotes. Thanks!
    - JO

  • 3/4 1:32pm   KRL are you serious? Norfolk like many other towns depilated their supply because they have kept your streets safe! Let's not forget how bad the last few months have been and every town needs the same supply. Here is my suggestion to you (it's what I was taught by my parents and what I have taught my own children): DON'T drive if the road conditions are unsafe. If you must than drive at least 10 miles slower than the posted speed limit, keep four cars lengthens between you and the car in front of you, if the person behind you doesn't like it remember it just might be their life you save as your own!! I for one am very grateful for the guys who risk their lives to keep people like you as safe as they possible can!!!
    - TG

  • 3/4 1:29pm   Update to Saturday transfer rant: I now have one yellow sticker for sale. Good riddance.
    - MN

  • 3/4 1:26pm   DA - The Wrentham dog park is open to all neighboring towns, not just Wrentham. The dog park is on State land and all that the town asks is that your dog be licensed and up to date on their rabies before you bring it to the park. Dogs are allowed to be off leash to socialize with other dogs. Wrentham animal control is still responsible for ensuring that state and local animal control laws are followed. A great place to socialize your dog and meet new friends.
    - Chris Wider, Wrentham Animal Control Officer

  • 3/4 1:23pm   To MS. Re: a recommendation for a good hair dresser. Sue at Sue's Cutting Edge on Union Street Franklin. She's not only a great person she is an excellent colorist and stylist.
    - MC

  • 3/4 12:45pm   The 2nd annual Olde Irish Pub 5k & 10K road race to benefit KP Track and XC will be run on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. The race is sponsored again this year by Mr. Dooley's Olde Irish Pub, 303 Shears Street in Wrentham.
    Registration may be done on-line at www.active.com or by using the attached form. On-line registration is $35 while day of race registration is $40. The first 100 people registering on-line by March 16th will receive a free t-shirt. Read the registration form for all the race details.
    Please take a look at the attached flyer and registration form, and please spread the word. Remember, this benefits our KP athletes!
    Friends of KP Track/XC friends@kingphiliptrack.com
    [Attached PDF registration form here] [Attached flyer PDF here]
    - AC

  • 2/24 7:16pm   Save the Date! The Friends of the Norfolk Public Library Annual Book and Bake Sale will be held Saturday, April 26 from 9 am to 3 pm inside the massive Norfolk Department of Public Works garage, 33 Medway Branch Road, Norfolk. A 2014 Friend of the Library is welcome at the Friends-Only Preview and Sale on Friday, April 25, 6-9 pm. Friends memberships starting at $20.00 are available at the door beginning at 5:00 pm. The Saturday sale is open to all.
    For more information go online at www.norfolkbooksale.com
    - JR

  • 2/24 7:15pm   Its 4:42 on a warm sunny afternoon and the g. d. dump is closed. On my only day off I was stupid enough to get sloppy-sticky from my stupid recycling: "hey remove your caps from bottles" and stupid 5 differnt buckets 'cause dpw can't get us single stream, blah blah, $2.50 a stupid sticker that ya can't buy there so off to a store first!!@*#++
    YA KNOW WHY HOME DEPOT KILLED MOM&POP HARDWARES??? CAUSE THEY ARE OPEN WHEN WE COULD GET THERE!!!
    Somewhere 'Dover trucking' and 'Callahan waste' are chuckling now... as I bail crap into my garage until Wed. Hey Bob M., how bout a couple part time/half shift workers till dark?
    - MN

  • 2/24 7:14pm   Registration for the Spring season for Norfolk Girls Softball ends on Friday February 28th. Registration is only available online at www.norfolkgirlssoftball.net
    - EJ

  • 2/24 7:13pm   Attention Windows XP users! Microsoft support for Windows XP ends April 8, 2014. This means no more security updates. Potential for virus infection will increase and the security flaws that the hackers exploit will no longer be patched. So if you're running Windows XP, you should seriously consider upgrading to Windows 7 or buying a new PC. I can help with upgrading, or installation and file transfer for your new machine.
    The PC Handyman, 508 346 3502, info@pchman.com
    - ES, The PC Handyman

  • 2/24 7:12pm   Any recommendations for exterior home painting? Someone with good references, as I intend to check. I'm going to start looking for estimates for this spring.
    - LD

  • 2/24 7:11pm   Ivy Music Academy`s piano student Michael Rochefort performed at Carnegie Hall on Monday, January 17th.
    We would like to congratulate him for his passionate interpretation on Beethoven`s Fifth Sonata and for his dedication and hard work throughout the year!
    - VS, Ivy Music Academy

  • 2/24 7:10pm   I heard salt was scarce state-wide. Medfield's roads do look better than ours, though, and Holliston's were pretty bad today (2/19).
    - AB-G

  • 2/24 7:09pm   I would like to buy a twin bed for my grandaughter. Please contact me if you have one to sell that is in good condition with or without a mattress. 508-528-2604
    - BP

  • 2/24 7:08pm   JR - call Franklin Tile/Carpet One, 508 528-2713. Tile and quality workmanship are their specialty.
    - ES

  • 2/24 7:07pm   I want to say THANK YOU to the town plower for my street. I live on one of the steepest hills in town and every storm, the plow is there and does a very thorough job. I really appreciate the hard work.
    - EB

  • 2/24 7:05pm   Thank you for letting Annie's Just Desserts help to make your Valentine's Day even sweeter! I had such fun acting as Cupid while delivering sweet indulgences for my Norfolk customers. Remember that Annie's Just Desserts is Norfolk's hometown bakery specializing in cakes for your next important event. Annie's Just Desserts is more than just a pretty cake because it is what is inside that matters! Always from scratch and made fresh to order just for you. Delivery of cakes is always free to Norfolk residents. Contact me to plan your Birthday, Anniversary, First Communion, Graduation, Shower or Wedding cake: anniesjustdesserts.com/contact-annie
    - AD, Annie's Just Desserts

  • 2/24 7:02pm   Norfolk Baseball is honored to sponsor the Eighth Annual Joseph M. DiRienzo, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. DiRienzo was an integral "player" in the success of our program. For those interested in applying for this $1000.00 award please visit your high school guidance department or visit www.norfolkbaseball.com for all the details and an application.
    - Karen Fruci, Norfolk Baseball Association, Inc.

  • 2/24 7:01pm   Hi JR - I highly recommend Michael Minton of Foxboro to install your tile. He does excellent wor, is very reasonable and is a very nice guy. His number is 508-802-8418. He did our foyer about a year ago.
    - LR

  • 2/24 7:00pm   Norfolk Community Television is hosting a Music Discussion Group on March 4th at 6:30 pm at 158 Main Street. We are interested in getting local musicians and music lovers together to talk about music! No experience is necessary, just a love of music. Open to anyone, not just Norfolk residents. As always, our classes, membership, and equipment usage are all FREE. Please visit our website (www.norfolkcable.com) or call (508-520-2780) to sign up for class or with any questions! We also have two more dates tentatively scheduled for 3/11 and 3/18 if there is enough interest. Looking forward!
    - Katy Woodhams, NCTV Editor

  • 2/24 6:56pm   The King Philip Parents' Network is pleased to announce the winners of its Patriots Fan Dream Raffle. The winning entries were picked during the Super Bowl, and the lucky recipients were the Bannon Family of Plainville and the Silvestri Family of Norfolk. The Bannons won a Gillette Stadium Behind-the-Scenes Tour and CBS Scene Restaurant gift card, and the Silvestris won a Patriots Snow Bowl Collage, a framed collection of Patriots' memorabilia. The KP Parents' Network would like to thank the community for their support of the Raffle. Funds raised will go towards the 2014 All Night Party, which keeps graduates safe the night of graduation. For more information about the KP Parents' Network, see www.kpparentnetwork.org.
    Photo (left to right): Patriots Snow Bowl Collage winners Katie Silvestri, Joe Silvestri, and KPPN Chairperson Phyllis Govoni.
    - GA

  • 2/24 6:50pm   Please join me in congratulating the King Philip HS Boys Swim Team on their outstanding season.
    * Undefeated (11-0) 2013/14 Hockamock league champions;
    * 1st place at South/Central Sectionals, winning by almost 100 points, and setting multiple school records;
    * Although they moved up to Division 1 at States this year with some very formidable foes, they were hardly fazed and took home an impressive 6th place.
    Well done gentlemen!! Well done!
    2014 SECTIONAL CHAMPS
    Not to be overshadowed by the boys, the KPHS Girls Swim Team also had a great year, taking home a 4th place finish at Hocks, and 10th place at Sectionals.
    www.orgsites.com/ma/kpswimteam/index.html
    Congratulations to all. I am so proud of you.
    - LD

  • 2/24 6:48pm   All You Can Eat Breakfast Saturday March 1, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Federated Church of Norfolk, 1 Union Street in Norfolk center. 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

  • 2/24 6:41pm   Could people please recommend a reliable tax advisor in the area? It would be great if you could post the fees as well. Thanks!
    - RT

  • 2/24 6:36pm   Gardening in the Shade, presented by Suzanne Mahler Date: Wed March 12, 2014 Time: 7:00pm Place: Norfolk Public Library, Community Room, 139 Main Street, Norfolk MA
    Photo by Suzanne Mahler.
    Shady sites pose challenges but need not lack pizzazz! Come join and learn which shrubs and perennials tolerate low light while providing fabulous flowers and foliage for a peaceful shady retreat. Mahler is past president of the New England Daylily Society and an overseer for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Her garden was formerly designated as a National Display Garden for the American Daylily Society. Program is co-sponsored by the Millis Garden Club and the Garden Club of Norfolk.
    - EN

  • 2/24 6:33pm   BP, if you are going to allude to someone in a negative way, you need to identify them. I agree with everything else you said. I think the wrong-headed idea is that if there are more people in the center, more businesses will want to open. But on the other end, more people create more expense that isn't neccessarily covered by the prop tax depending on the number of addditional kids in school. I know people in T Hall and on the boards read these posts... I wonder if they'll weigh in?
    - AB-G

  • 2/24 11:59am   Norfolk Lions Club 7th Annual Road Race will be held on April 27th. Register on-line @ www.norfolkruns5k.org or pick-up application at Dunkin Donuts.
    8th Annual Norfolk
    Runs - 5K Road Race
    & Kids' 1K Fun Race
    Sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts
    And the Norfolk Lions Club [pic]

    Sunday, April 27,2014
    10:00 AM @ Dunkin' Donuts
    Certified Course - Professionally Timed
    BBQ * Prizes * Awards * Raffle
    Free T-Shirts to the first 100 Pre-registered!

    Register online @ www.norfolkruns5k.org or pick up a registration form at Norfolk Dunkin' Donuts

    Join in the Fun and Support a Great Cause!

    - DT, Norfolk Lions

  • 2/24 11:58am   KRL - your request for a town tax refund is about as assured as Governor Patrick's original campaign pledge to lower property taxes. Interesting that the CPC can spend over 300K to install a paved parking lot for the new Gumps Farm playground (Franklin built a parking lot and new playground at the Delcarte Recreation Area on Pleasant Street for less), but our roads go wanting. (I know that the CPC funds come from a separate kitty that has lots of strings attached and that there is a nationwide supply issue with road salt, but it was frustrating to hear the robo call today.) If it's any consolation, Westwood has a comparable notice about road salt on its town home page. I guess the silver lining in all of this is that the caustic effects of road salt on the remaining brick crosswalks downtown will be abated :)
    - DA

  • 2/24 11:57am   LR - I believe the development at the airport is the new Norfolk dog park. Either that or it's the East Coast version of Area 51 - perhaps an unmanned drone squadron will be based there :)
    CS - Speaking of dog parks, I saw lots of dogs and happy owners frolicking at the Wrentham Dog Park on Saturday morning before the snow started flying. According to www.doggoes.com, it's managed by the Wrentham Developmental Center aka the State School. Our state income taxes subsidize the State School; therefore, I would assume that Norfolk residents should be able to use the park as well, foregoing the need to build one here. So using the Wrentham dog park would be no more "cheap freeloading" than hiking in a state forest with fido.
    - DA

  • 2/24 11:56am   To KRL. Yes we are out of salt. I for one feel the town does an unbelievable job of cleaning our streets. I too pay high taxes and do not like it. We are usually given above standard street cleaning. I drive to work every day and go through Walpole and Norwood. We have been better than both of those towns. Every community, on the east coast is strapped for ice melting salt. So no you will not get a refund. Maybe it would be better to thank the men who have worked very hard to assist all of us. They have put in MANY long hours and I am grateful. Let's hope spring comes soon.
    - PD

  • 2/16 7:06pm   Just got a call about NO salt or sand from the town. When will I receive my refund check for a service (safe streets) I will not be receiving. I don't get much for all that I pay, so a refund would be nice.
    - KRL

  • 2/16 7:05pm   It is 6:15 on Saturday night with the latest snow storm heading in. Channel Five News just mentioned that Norfolk and two other towns were already out of salt, requiring more plowing. Sigh.
    - CS

  • 2/16 7:04pm   Retired R.N. grandmother looking for part time babysitting, prefer infants. Experience, reference. 401-474-4911.
    - DD

  • 2/16 6:59pm   Tickets Now On Sale for Un-Common's Young Performers Production of ``Charlotte's Web ~ The Musical''
    Tickets are now available for The Un-Common Young Performers Production of ``Charlotte's Web ~ The Musical'' being presented at Qualters Middle School, Mansfield on March 14-16, 2014! Tickets are available for shows on Friday, March 14^th at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 15^th at 2:00 pm and Sunday, March 16^th at 2:00 pm. Pre-Sale Tickets are $12 for Adults and $10 for Students and may be purchased by calling (800) 838-3006 or on line at http://uncommon-charlottesweb.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets purchased at the door are $15 for Adults and $12 for Students. For Un-Common Members, group sales or handicapped seating please email uncommontheatre@verizon.net.
    E.B. White's classic novel is brought to new heights in this enchanting musical version of Charlotte's Web. With music and lyrics by Tony-award winning Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie) and book by Joseph Robinette (national award-winning children's playwright), this beloved tale of the value of true friendship comes to life on stage in this joyous musical for the whole family.
    All the familiar characters are here: Wilbur (Jackson Flaherty, Mansfield, MA), the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern (Chloe Newman, Attleboro, MA), a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton (Ellie Zinno, Sharon, MA), the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte (Anya Doherty, Foxboro, MA), who proves to be "a true friend and a good writer." Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes,"Some pig." It's the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte.
    The young cast of talented first through sixth graders is guided by Director and Coyle and Cassidy High School Senior Katie Armstrong (Mansfield, MA). Choreography has been created by Mansfield High School Junior Hailey Corrigan with Music Direction by Linda Barbieri (Attleboro, MA).
    Charlotte's Web ~ The Musical is an enchanting tale of the value of true friendship the whole family will love! This production offers parents and grandparents a wonderful age-appropriate venue to expose children to the live theatre experience. This show is guaranteed to appeal to kids of all ages and allows the audience to enjoy theatre for kids by kids. Join us in encouraging the appreciation of the arts in a whole new generation.
    The cast of thirty-four includes: From Norfolk, MA: Louie DiPietro (Homer Zuckerman)
    - NJD

  • 2/16 6:57pm   Any recommendations on someone to Plow my driveway after every storm.
    - PRB

  • 2/16 6:56pm   Learn to make all natural household cleaners on Thursday, February 27th from 7pm -8:30pm with Angela at The Organic Angel 114 C Pond St. in Norfolk. Eliminate toxic ingredients that can be harmful to your home, family, and pets. This method is all natural, chemical-free, very cost effective and simple. It will be a fun night of being an all natural chemist! $25 per person includes bringing home your own starter set! Please RSVP by calling Angela at 781-738-1577 or angela@theorganicangel.com
    - AC, The Organic Angel

  • 2/16 6:55pm   Putting in a tile kitchen floor, looking for recommendations for an installer. Thank you
    - JR

  • 2/16 6:53pm   Is anyone looking for a MATH TUTOR, grades K-8? I am a former Wellesley teacher, now a stay-at-home mom in Norfolk. I have a master's degree in mathematics and 10+ years teaching experience. I live on King Street and tutor out of my home. $55/hr or $45/45 min. References available upon request. Email andraj22@yahoo.com or call 857-231-1827
    - AC

    [Update 2/24 6:54pm: corrected email address, should work now - Wm.]

  • 2/16 6:52pm   Thinking about doing some home improvements but want to wait till the weather warms up? You're not alone! Contact your loal carpenters now so you can get the work done without the wait! Call Mark McGuckian at 508.440.5119 to discuss affordable options for make your home more winter-weather efficient, help increase its value or simply to create the living space you've always wanted. [...] Thanks and stay warm!
    - TM

  • 2/16 6:50pm   Does anyone know about the development going on at the Norfolk Airport?? I tried to go out there today and with all the construction trucks, etc. I could not get through... just curious... Thank you,
    - LR

  • 2/16 6:49pm   Annual Norfolk Lions Chili Fest coming on March 22 at St. Jude Parish Hall, 6 PM. Adults $15, Children (under 10) $5. For tickets email NorfolkLionsChili@gmail.com.
    - RJC

  • 2/16 6:41pm   Members of the ZBA, Planning Commission and Conservation Commission,
    I moved to Norfolk several years ago, for many reasons. A low tax base was NOT one of them.
    I knew that the town had high taxes, but also had the proof on paper that the taxes were worth it. Then. Great school system. An Emergency Services Group that was well run. Schools, safety, and location are really what people are looking for in a new town. Quaint town centers are nice, trees are nice but people happy to live in a town are the best.
    It seems that some of the powers that be, believe that adding in dozens of new homes and hundreds new people will make Norfolk better, which is why this plan hasn't been shot down yet. Have you ever driven by Dunkin Donuts in the morning, or tried to get through the rotary when the train was crossing? It's horrible. Yes, I knew about these 2 things when moving here. I avoid downtown at all costs because of those reasons. I go to Walgreens in Franklin in order to avoid downtown. Why is someone thinking that adding 200 cars per day, as stated in a Planning board committee meeting in January I think it was, is a good idea? Of course the supporters of the plan want an exemption on a traffic study, because if one were to happen, there is no way anybody in their right mind could approve such a plan.
    106 and 108 Main Street are also a wetlands area. Again, I believe another exemptions was called for against a water study. Why? In the meeting December or January, there was a total of 17 exemptions that were being asked for. Isn't that ringing bells with anybody who makes these decisions?
    Would you like to make Norfolk better? In my opinion, let Businesses in and in approved business districts. Fill the 2 store fronts near the Walgreens. Fill the empty buildings and lot on 1A. Cramming people into a small location, to make some money for the people pushing the plan is not the best way. And that member who is on the board, but also pushing to make this happen, can sit in the back of the room all he wants, it doesn't change the fact that he is a conflict of interest. Give me a break please.
    Once you do this for this group, you can never say no again to any other group that comes in and wants to take a 1 house lot and turn it into a 50+ home lot. Too many people putting too much of a strain on a system that is just barely functioning now.
    There are so many reasons that I and others think that this plan should be stopped now, please listen to everybody. Please put the town first and not individuals. The good of Norfolk should be your first professional concern. I thank you for your volunteering, I could never do it. I hope that common sense prevails in this case and not money.
    Thank You,
    - BP

  • 2/16 6:40pm   Norfolk Lions Chili Fest 2014
    Save the date! The Norfolk Lions 7th annual Chili Fest will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM at St. Jude's Parish Hall, 86 Main Street, Norfolk.
    What better way to beat the winter doldrums and warm the spirits than with a little chili? This year we have 6 great area restaurants competing for bragging rights to Best Chili of 2014: Eagle Brook Saloon, Horse N' Carriage, Mr. Dooley's Olde Irish Country Pub, James' Roadside Caf, Budabings 50s Caf and new this year Commonwealth BBQ. You get to sample each chili and then vote for your favorite. The winner will be announced at the end of the evening.
    In addition to the chili, you will also be served mac & cheese, salad, cornbread, beverages and dessert. It's a great meal and lots of fun for the whole family!
    Tickets are $15 for adults and $5.00 for children (under 10). Seating is limited, so advanced tickets are recommended. Tickets will be on sale at the Norfolk Public Library on March 12 & 13 from 3:30 to 7:30 PM. Tickets can also be purchased by emailing Norfolklionschili@gmail.com.
    All proceeds from this event will benefit the Norfolk Food Pantry. So come on out to Chili Fest and feel the heat!
    - PS, Norfolk Lions

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

     
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    4/11 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: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.

    4/12 Start your spring cleaning! The KP Parents' Network will be holding a used clothing and household item drive on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the KP bus loop from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Drop off your gently used clothing, bedding, toys, and other items and the KP Parents' Network will receive CASH for every pound collected. Volunteers will be available to help collect your items at the curb. Or have your student drop off your donation in the school lobby the week prior. The KPPN will donate a portion of the proceeds to the grade level that collects the most bags. In addition, Norfolk residents can drop off items at the Transfer Station on March 22nd, March 29th and April 5th during regular business hours. For more information, as well as a list of items we are collecting, visit our website at www.kpparentnetwork.org/fundraising/

    4/12 A few tickets are still available 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. Tickets can be purchased at the Norfolk Public Library on Tuesday, March 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, March 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 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, contact Eileen Stetter at HappyFeatFun@gmail.com.

    4/16 ``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.

    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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    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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