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The Norfolk Public Library welcomes back Gary Hylander for a riveting discussion of a legendary event in Massachusetts history: The murder of Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother. Guilty or innocent? You decide after Hylander makes his case!
A professor emeritus of American History at Stonehill College, Dr. Hylander is also a much sought after speaker and is a frequent lecturer at library forums, historical societies, senior living centers, as well as civic and professional organizations. He is one of Norfolk's favorite speakers!
Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest: Entries submitted October 15~21, Voting period October 23~28.
Anyone age 3-18 may enter our annual contest to show your pumpkin decorating skills and win cool prizes! Pumpkins may be painted, dressed up, or otherwise decorated, but please *do not* carve them. Any carved pumpkins will not be accepted. Visit the reference desk to pick up an entry form and complete list of rules starting October 1.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Academy Training, Thursday, October 22, Beginning at 4:00, Ages 4-94 (children under 8 must have caregiver present).
Join us for an interactive program that prepares participants to become wizards themselves! Jungle Jim of Boston, AKA Professor Jungle-Flick, teaches children how perform their own magic, play some Quidditch and even learn Defense Against the Dark Arts! Over a dozen volunteers participate in this performance, and the whole show is a lot of fun and will leave you spellbound. Any and all costumes are encouraged! Bring your camera!
Robots on the Run! (Registration required), Thursday, November 19, 4:00-6:00, Ages 10 and up.
Learn about basic circuits and how to build a simple robot! Students will learn programmable electronics, instructions for making lights blink, motors run, sounds, and a lot more! Students will also learn about interactive software called Arduino and will be able to create their own sample robot. Age and skill level is 10 and up. Registration is required and *space is limited to 16 students*. Presented by the Rhode Island Computer Museum.
Paws to Read (Registration required), Second Thursday of every month starting in October, 4:30-5:30, Grades 2-6.
Children in grades 2-6 are invited to come and meet special therapy dogs once a month to practice their reading with a furry friend. Each child is given a specific 15-minute time slot for a "one on one" with their reading dog. Children must be able to read by themselves. Caregivers may remain in the building but are asked to remain outside the reading area. Sponsored by Therapy Dogs International. **Registration will open online two weeks prior to the program date. You will be notified of your time slot via email.*
Art Adventures (Registration required), Fourth Monday of each month starting in October, 3:45-4:45, Grades K-4.
Join us for Art Adventures, an interactive visual arts program that focuses on a particular artist or style of art. The children will learn about the artist or style, and then have the opportunity to create a piece based on what they learned. Children do not need to have any special artistic ability, just a desire to learn and create! Sponsored by Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program.
Junior Friends of the Library: STUDENTS IN GRADES 4-6
Join the Junior Friends of the Library to help make the Norfolk Public Library a place where you can be yourself and find stuff you want. We WANT your input! More info, application form, and registration for our first meeting on October 7 is available at library.virtualnorfolk.org/Public_Documents/NPL_childrens/juniorfriends
Teens are welcome to participate in our Pumpkin Contest, Harry Potter Hogwarts Training Academy on October 22, and they may also register for Robots on the Run on November 19. Have an idea for a program? Contact Marissa Antosh, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at email@example.com
Teen Friends of the Library: STUDENTS IN GRADES 7-12
Join the Teen Friends of the Library to help make the Norfolk Public Library a place where you can be yourself and find stuff you want. We WANT your input! More info, application form, and registration for our first meeting on October 7 is available at library.virtualnorfolk.org/Public_Documents/NPL_childrens/teenfriends
Read It and Eat It! Cookbook Discussion Group, Thursday, October 15, 7:00-8:00.
Join NPL staff and others who share a passion for cookbooks to discuss and sample the fares of some today's more celebrated cookbook titles. Every six weeks we will choose a different title, or, as in the case of our first discussion, several titles by one particular chef/author. Copies of the selected title(s) will be available for checkout at the circulation desk weeks prior to the discussion. After we have all had a chance to peruse and perhaps sample some of the recipes at home, we will meet in the Community Room of the library to share our thoughts and samplings prepared from the selected title(s). Although, bringing a prepared dish is not required, it is encouraged. Registration begins September 8. October's selection is the works of Yotam Ottolenghi: Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, Plenty, Jerusalem, Plenty More, and Nopi.
We missed the sale for the Haunted Train ride as we were out of town but if anyone has three tickets they would like to sell - PLEASE email me at Stevebass4@gmail.com.
The Haunted Train Ride and Spooky Maze is currently seeking teen volunteers from Friday, October 16, to Sunday, October 18 for set-up, working the event, and clean-up. Volunteering for the Haunted Train Ride generally counts as community service, as worthy causes in Norfolk benefit from the event, which is hosted by Norfolk Lions and Norfolk Community League.
Teens interested in volunteering for the 2015 Haunted Train Ride should visit www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D45adaf23A4F58-haunted3
Spots are limited! All volunteers must pre-register by October 10. Please pass the word to friends!
Questions? Contact Tara S. 508-380-1993, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Please note: the KP Homecoming Dance is also scheduled for Saturday, Octoer 17. Feel free to sign up for set-up or clean-up if this is a conflict.
The Norfolk Cultural Council (NCC), part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, has set an October 15th , 2015 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. According to the NCC these state grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Norfolk, including exhibits, festivals, short-term artists-in-residences or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.
The Norfolk Cultural Council will also entertain funding proposals from schools and youth groups through the PASS Program, which provides subsidies for Norfolk school age children to attend cultural field trips.
The Norfolk Cultural Council is part of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. This past grant cycle, the Norfolk Cultural Council will distribute $4,300.00 in grants.
Some of the 2014-15 grants supported by the council include: Norfolk Public Library Historical Swords & Critters n Creatures The Un-Common Theatre - Seussical, The Musical & Alice in Wonderland Bay Colony Thoroughly Modern Millie Franklin Performing Arts Whatever Theater Festival. For specific guidelines and complete information on the Norfolk Cultural Council, contact the council at email@example.com. Application forms in MS Word and Adobe pdf can be found under the Forms tab at the following link: www.mass-culture.org/Norfolk# More information about the Local Cultural Council Pro gram is available online at www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.aspx
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Calling all community pumpkin carvers! We invite you to put your creativity to good use and help create the glowing pumpkin patch at the 15th annual Haunted Train Ride co-sponsored by the Norfolk Community League and Norfolk Lions. You supply the creativity and we'll supply the candles! This is a great fall activity for all ages! Haunted Train Ride 2015 will be held on Saturday, October 17.
Please bring your carved (or decorated / painted) pumpkin to Holmes Field (22 Myrtle Street, Norfolk) on Friday Oct 16 from 3-7pm or on Sat Oct 17 before 11 am.
Write your name on the bottom of the pumpkin if you want to retrieve it on Sun Oct 18 after 8am.
For planning purposes please do sign-up for your donation at www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d45adaf23a4f58-haunted2/31244493
Twenty seven artists of the Stony Brook Camera Club will be exhibiting over 80 of their photographs at the Norfolk Library during the month of October beginning on the 5th. The exhibition contains an eclectic mix of landscape, travel, portrait, creative, and macro images by some extremely talented local photographers.
An artist's reception will be held at the library on Friday night, October 9 from 7 to 9 PM. Light refreshments will be served.
This is a truly regional exhibit featuring works by artists from all the area towns. Photographers include Ted Mertz, Jason Traiger, Jim Suojanen, Elaine Wood-Chisolm, Karl West, Vicki Shepps, Marjorie Sardella, Stephanie Sioras, Tony Mistretta, Karl Zuzarte, Silvana Della, Richard Reynolds, Carol Wontkowski, Thomas Dittmeier, Billi Manning, Henny Smith, Peyton Roberts, David Marshak, Rob DeRobertis, Cynde Cusack, Lynn Ann Falvey, Andy McKim, Kirsten Torkelson, Dan Gyves, Pamela Ruby Russell, Steve Tierney, and Andre Bourque.
The Stony Brook Camera Club, in our 45th year, promotes enjoyment and proficiency in all aspects of photography. The 200 member club includes members from every regional town and meets weekly from September to June at the Wrentham Senior Center. Programs include guest speakers, photographic presentations, competitions, and workshops on a variety of photographic topics. For more information on the club please visit the website stonybrookcc.com.
Register through the Norfolk Recreation Department in person or online.
Also, I read mention of a "Traffic Safety Commission" here in Norfolk as well. Would anyone have the same information on this committee if it is still in existence?
Thanks very much!
Items include the following:
- Electrical Equipment: wiring (various types and lots of it, some full spools, 3 phase and single phase cables, irrigation cable etc...) switch and outlet boxes both plastic and metal, receptacles (120VAC, 240VAC, etc...) , wire staples, light fixtures many brand new in box, carbon monoxide detector, relays blocks, electrical panels, wall mountable heater, industrial shipboard lamp, RF coaxial splitters, wall socket timer, recessed bathroom fan, 3" recessed light assembly (fixture and bulb), 2 fluorescent 26W flood lights, heat detector, wire caps, and more
- Garden and Irrigation: PVC piping (some full rolls, some used rolls), various valves and fittings, garden tools, sprays, metal garden spikes, electric hedge trimmers, upright trellis holders, and more.
- Power Tools: A Stihl mini boss chain saw with lots of oil and lubricating fluid (last time I used it it worked right away, haven't used it in a few years now), A table saw in decent condition, electric hedge trimmers.
- Carpentry: Some old closet doors and some various old lumber, nails, screws, sand paper, bolts & assorted hardware, and more.
- Plumbing: Copper piping, meters, pressure gauges, ball valves, there is an assembly that I built but never used for a 5 zone home heating system (see photos from the link below), and more.
- Automotive: Lots of old '88 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo parts and some old '89 VW parts including oil filters, lamps, fuses oil pressure gauge, wiring harnesses, car seat cover, massaging car seat cover, heated blanket for 9V car socket, **an old '95 Lexus ES300** in the driveway with some good parts left in it more.
- Miscellaneous: 5' propane hose/regulator assembly, some aluminum insulation (around 1/4 roll), tool box with assorted tools (assorted screw drivers, allen wrenches, etc...), hydraulic manual wood splitter (10 tons of pressure I believe), very large aluminum extension latter (not sure exact length, see pictures below), tons of random hardware, and more.
There is a lot more stuff, please call/email me and we can setup a time if you'd like to come check it out and talk pricing, I can also give you prices over the phone if you see something specifically in the pictures. I did not have the time to take pictures of everything but the photos contained in the link below is a good sample of what we have: [google drive folder here]
Thanks and feel free to contact me with any questions at 508-406-8332 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Children learn best by doing, exploring, and being engaged in problem solving. Lucky Ducky Daycare sets the stage for your child to role play, create art, dance, and investigate the world around them. Choose any 2, 3 or 5 days per week, that fits your schedule! Extended/ and Full Day is also available. Visit our website for additional info: www.luckyduckydaycare.com or schedule an appointment to take a tour. Email: email@example.com
October 6th - On Location Shooting (with GoPro!)
October 13th - Adobe Premiere Pro
October 20 - Lighting with Available Light & Lamps
October 27 - Green Screen & Chroma Key - KW, NCTV
Saturday, October 3rd 10am - 1pm, 350 Village Street, Millis - KF
Saturday, October 17th from 5 until 8:30pm at Holmes Fields on Myrtle Street in Norfolk. Rain Date is Saturday October 24th.
Come join us a for a Haunted Train ride through the woods and a trip through the Maze. Costumes are encouraged as well as a canned good for donation to the Norfolk Food Pantry. The Haunted Train ride is geared to kids from Kindergarten through Middle School. As the evening gets darker, the ride gets scarier! There will also be food, music and fun to keep you entertained in line!
This popular event requires a ticket. Tickets are $6 each with the proceeds going to worthy Norfolk causes through distributions from NCL and Norfolk Lions.
Tickets Sale will be Tuesday, September 15- Thursday, September 17th from 3-7 at the Norfolk Public Library. There are a limited number of tickets available and they will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. No tickets will be sold at the event. You must have a ticket to enter the parking lot.
Community groups interested in participating in the Haunted Train ride can contact the Committee. Any teens needing community service hours can also be utilized. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Lynne C. at 617-968-1856, Kim S. at 508-367-7579 or Tom G. at 508-541-4119.
I live on Essex St. and experience the intermittent Verizon FIOS dropouts for a second or two. I know of other folks that experience it as well. Have never complained to Verizon as it happens infrequently and I suspect a complaint would be a waste of time. My HDMI cables and connections are rock solid; no dropouts on any other sources (PS4, DVD etc.). I believe the issue is Verizon's equipment, cabling or distribution upstream but I could not prove that.
As you no doubt know, I am selling my house after 30 years living on River Road. I have done a great deal of purging and donating and am now ready for the mandatory yard sale which will occur on Saturday, September 12 from 9:00-2:00. The variety of items runs the range from household items to storage shelves and boxes to power and hand tools to a ping pong table and outdoor furniture. All the power tools are displayed in my ad on craigslist boston.craigslist.org/bmw/gms/5210638878.html
Please stop by this Saturday if for no other reason than to say hello.
My name is Eliza S. and I am a Junior at King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, MA. I am a Senior Girl Scout in troop 73616 based out of Norfolk, MA. I have been in the same Girl Scout troop since kindergarten. I have made life-long friends and gained so much wisdom from being involved in scouting. I am currently in the process of working towards receiving my Gold Award through the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA. The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA, earned by Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award. (Popularly known as the Girl Scout Equivalent to the Eagle Scout Award!) My project, ``Day On'' was just approved under expansion with a few changes by the interview team, and I was hoping to share my project idea with you!
With my project, ``Day On", my objective is to help my community in every way possible. The ``Day On'' will occur on MLK Day, January 18th, 2016. (I am also planning on adding 2 more service days into the equation once I find out how much volunteer work is in demand from the town.) MLK Day is a day OFF from school at King Philip Regional High School, and all Norfolk Public Schools. Many students do not reflect on MLK Day being nationally titled a ``Day of Service". The majority of students take MLK day as a day to sleep in, and waste their day away when they could be putting their time to good use - and making a difference! I believe that with the ``Day On'' Project, students will be motivated to get out of bed and work to benefit their community. Students will learn to make sacrifices for others, (by sacrificing a day off from school!) to perform volunteer work in their community. The project will involve developing a community service needs list for the communities represented by the King Philip Regional High School and coordinating a schedule for students at the school completing the community service activities on their days off from school.
I am currently in the process of developing this community service needs list for the Norfolk Community. I'm looking for input from members of our community. Can you think a project for "Day On" that would benefit Norfolk? If so, I'd love to hear from you!
If you have any ideas, please feel free to PM me or email me at email@example.com. I would greatly appreciate it! I hope everybody had a great labor day weekend! I look forward to hearing from you.
Space is limited to reserve your mat with firstname.lastname@example.org
Class descriptions available on www.theorganicangel.com
Growing Kids Clothing Swap is a new, local non-profit organization. We formed as a solution to help families make use of their children'sout-grown clothing.
Our little's become big so fast. Which means those adorable outfits we love don't last long. What are we to do? Save those outfits, books, baby carriers, etc and swap them seasonally with us! Trade your child's too small items for new to you too-cute goods. We are a fun eco-friendly way to shop for your little one! We are a Norfolk based clothing, gear and book swap group for sizes infant-12yr.
We are hosting our first public swap on October 11 in the Norfolk Library's community room. The event takes place from 10:30-2 and is welcome to all. Please RSVP to our event on our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/pages/Growing-Kids-Clothing-Swap/899619103444164?fref=ts
[Reposted with corrected phone number - Wm.]
[Update 9/10 8:19pm: we did sell it - MS]
Come join us a for a Haunted Train ride through the woods and a trip through the Maze. Costumes are encouraged as well as a canned good for donation to the Norfolk Food Pantry. The Haunted Train ride is geared to kids from Kindergarten through Middle School. As the evening gets darker, the ride gets scarier! There will also be food, music and fun to keep you entertained in line! This popular event requires a ticket. Tickets are $6 each with the proceeds going to worthy Norfolk causes through distributions from NCL and Norfolk Lions.
Tickets Sale will be Tuesday, September 15- Thursday, September 17th from 3-7 at the Norfolk Public Library. There are a limited number of tickets available and they will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. No tickets will be sold at the event. You must have a ticket to enter the parking lot.
Community groups interested in participating in the Haunted Train ride can contact the Committee.
Any teens needing community service hours can also be utilized. Please send an email to email@example.com or contact Lynne C. at 617-968-1856, Kim S. at 508-367-7579 or Tom G. at 508-541-4119.
This has been checked out and the boards are all in place in the dam and no one has monkeyed with them. If you check the inflow of the Stop River from the Fisher Bridge on Main St You will find it is very low. The low level of the lake would therefore appear to be the result of our current drought.
[Reposted with corrected email address - Wm.]
The Un-Common Theatre Company is thrilled to announce auditions for their Fall Production of "Shrek The Musical" on Sunday, September 20th, 2015, from 1:00 to 4:00pm. The production will feature a cast of 2nd through 12th graders and will be performed at the Orpheum Theater in Foxboro, MA, December 4-6, 2015.
This production reunites the creative team of Director and Choreographer Michael Hammond (Holbrook, MA) and Music Director Paula Bishop (Foxboro, MA), who most recently collaborated on "Seussical", "The Wizard of Oz" and "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka".
"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.
Schedule your audition today and be part of bringing Shrek to life on stage. Join us as we share this magical story and its many unforgettable characters and songs including "What's up Duloc?", "Morning Person" and "Freak Flag".
Auditions will be held at the Orpheum Theater in Foxboro, MA for students in Grades 2 through 12 on Sunday, September 20th, from 1:00 to 4:00pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Callbacks will be held at 6:00pm. All roles are available. To make an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your name, grade, age, e-mail address and telephone number. A representative from The Un-Common Theatre Company will contact you with an appointment time and more information.
For those who are out of practice or would like to improve their auditioning skills, Un-Common is also offering an Audition Workshop, taught by the Shrek creative team of Michael Hammond and Paula Bishop. This Audition Workshop is being held on Thursday, September 17, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Orpheum Theatre Foxboro, MA. Please email email@example.com to register.
For more information about audition requirements and the Audition Workshop, please check the website at www.uncommontheatre.org
Both an educational and captivating experience is in store for all. Bring the kids or grandkids. They'll love it! Advance registration is a must. Sign up at the front desk of the Norfolk Senior Center or call 508-528-4430, and please indicate the number of guests who will be accompanying you.
To receive a full schedule of all Senior Center activities and its many events and programs, 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.
[Update 9/2 10:59pm: contact firstname.lastname@example.org - Wm.]
All events take place at Norfolk Community Television (158 Main Street, Suite 5 in Norfolk, MA). Dates and times of events vary but are all within the month of September 2015.
To celebrate National Literacy Month this September, NCTV is hosting their very own Media Literacy Month! During the month of September, they will host workshops, walk-in tech-help hours, and film screenings all geared towards consuming and creating responsible media. Workshop topics include media literacy basics, mobile device training, social media, avoiding e-mail and internet scams, and copyright/fair use issues. In addition, they will also be screening two films by the Media Education Foundation and facilitating discussions about the films directly following each screening. To see a full list of events, times, and descriptions, or to print a calendar of events, head to their blog post at tinyurl.com/NCTVMediaLit2015 or website at www.NorfolkCable.com.
Norfolk Community Television is a non-profit community TV station located in the heart of Norfolk, MA. We offer education and access to media equipment in order to empower our community to have their voices heard. Videos created with our equipment can be seen on our channels and online and may not advertise or solicit for any for-profit endeavor. Access to our equipment, workshops, and resources is free of charge. We preference access to Norfolk residents but our doors are open to all.
The Norfolk Lions Club is sponsoring its 7th annual charity Norfolk Challenge Golf Outing on Monday, September 14, 2014 at the New England Country Club. All proceeds from this event will be used to benefit Norfolk Lions charities. The scenic New England Country Club in Bellingham, MA was voted "One of the Best 18" by The Boston Globe and is the site of many events hosted by "Chi Chi" Rodriguez!
Golfers of all skill levels with an aptitude for fun are invited to compete in a four-person scramble format. Only one team will win the battle to earn the bragging rights of Top Foursome and own the NORFOLK TROPHY for a year - everyone else will have a great time!
Tee time is 8:30 AM with a buffet following play at the club's outdoor banquet facility. This great event also includes raffles and prizes for top foursome, top male and female teams, longest drive and closest to the pin.
The fee of $125 per person includes 18 holes of scramble format golf, a golf cart and the banquet. Hole sponsorships of $100 each are also available. Or you can be a "Friend of Lions" and be recognized in the outing program for $50. Mail check and foursome details to: Norfolk Lions, P.O. Box 608, Norfolk, MA 02056. Make check payable to the Norfolk Lions.
For questions or more information call Tom @ 508-320-1345 or send email to email@example.com. More information and directions to the New England Country Club can be found at: www.newenglandcountryclub.com.
So hurry and make plans for your foursome now - the Battle begins September 14!
The Lions are a non-profit organization known for working to end preventable blindness. Norfolk Lions participate in a vast variety of projects important to our community and proceeds are donated back into local charities or to meet community needs.
[Update 9/2 11:23pm: corrected incomplete phone number - MS]
[Update 9/10 8:19pm: we did sell it - MS]
My Little Preschool practices a solely positive approach to children, encouraging them to learn to socialize through play.
In addition to a morning snack, My Little Preschool offers children a nutritious lunch. The school follows a peanut/nut free diet. Parents may provide food for children with very specific dietary needs.
My Little Preschool welcomes children who are not yet toilet trained. Director Laurie Hayes, also known as ``Ms. Laurie,'' worked in all facets of childcare before founding My Little Preschool in 2008. She is pleased to offer the community a small class size and low teacher-to-student ratio in a play-rich environment that's ideally suited to a child's first school experience.
For more information or to schedule a visit, call (508) 528-7373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit My Little Preschool on facebook at www.facebook.com/mylittlepreschoolnorfolk.
The work can be done at one of our three offices which are located in Franklin, Medfield or Holliston. You can direct your information to us
Michael M., (617)980-9025, RE/MAX Executive Realty, 14 North Meadows Road Medfield, MA
Send us an E-mail if you have any additional questions or want to schedule a tour. email@example.com check out our Website: www.luckyduckydaycare.com
[Update 9/2 11:15pm: email should be firstname.lastname@example.org - BP]
However if you wrote an article for town meeting stating all roads (not state routes) must be speed limit 20, all culdesacs 15, I'd second the motion. I'd be happy to drive slower.
Also if we pay for sidewalks on main roads then I want every jackass jogging or waddling in the road beside them "'cause it's smoother" to get a giant ticket! (Cape Cod Estates, I'm callin you out)
We saw a home in the Lake Street area and wanted to know how that neighborhood was and any other info good or bad to help us in our decision if we move to that area.
[Update 8/17 11:04pm: appended contact email - Wm.]
Your first lesson will be Free of Charge. For more details please visit us at www.ivymusicacademy.com, write us at email@example.com or call us at 781-647-5390.
Dear MJS, RD and anyone else who has had it with the unlawful, dangerous, irresponsible and insane driving that is going on in Norfolk these days!
WHO WILL STAND UP WITH ME? LET'S SLOW THE CARS DOWN & OUTLAW CELLPHONE USE WHILE DRIVING! OR ELSE!
This is not an idle rant. This is an appeal to the residents, law makers, police and managers of our town. Please take this seriously. It IS serious.
Cell phone use while driving is insane. Speeding is insane. Driving to endanger is against the law!
Who wants to help me do something about it? In Boston I took on the City and got Mayor Menino to come to our home for dinner, and declare that yes, we needed a sidewalk! It took me 5 years to finally make it happen, but there is now a wonderful sidewalk on Allandale Street in Jamaica Plain & West Roxbury (Road in Brookline). I don't have the stomach to fight for 5 years here in Norfolk. I won't even stay that long if we cannot slow down the dangerous and basically really nasty out of control drivers who careen around the curve at Diamond Street, or barrel down the hill before Marshall Street and then keep their feet on the gas past our home!!! They more often than not refuse to move over if you are walking, running or biking along the street... And, the answer is NOT to put "Round UP" on our streets' shoulders to kill poison ivy so we pedestrians have a place to jump into for safety. What??? It is just plain crazy talk!
A few months ago, a homecare provider for one of our neighbors ran me off the road as she sped around the Diamond Street/North Street curve... she literally RAN me off the road. And yes, into poison ivy!!! She was NOT in control of her vehicle. The next time I saw her in my neighbor's driveway, she did not even apologize! I have had it! And she knew exactly who I was.
As far as the poison ivy that has taken over way too much of our road sides and how the town and neighbors are dealing with it, our dear dog Mr. Dudley (see his Facebook page - ``Mr. Dudley'' on FB... he's the little white dog! OR if you love dogs, go to his "GiveForward Mr. Dudley" site online and read about our struggle!!) is now dying from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, AKA high grade T-Cell Lymphoma, which he got a few years ago. His oncologists are in agreement. With all the dogs they are treating with this horrific and incurable cancer, they are now attributing it to Round Up use in general! And Round Up use on the shoulders around town does NOT slow down drivers, it just kills poison ivy and sickens anything else in its path, including pedestrians and animals! ...and most likely fish and other aquatic life. We have been fighting Mr. Dudley's cancer with him at much cost and heart ache to us and sadly, to him. FACT: Round Up, most notably one of its ingredients, Glyphosate, has now been directly connected with NHL as well as autism in children who play in areas treated with it!!! I hate it... to pay thousands of dollars in property taxes to live here and NOT be able to walk down my own street for fear of my life is ridiculous!!!! And RD, you are correct.. these dangerous drivers do force us off the roads, all over town where there are no sidewalks! (And every other town!) There's healthier ways to get rid of poison ivy and there are much safer ways to drive! ...with respect for life and the peace of mind of your fellow neighbors and townspeople! If you are in such a hurry, leave earlier! And feel some shame. To those of you who do not drive responsibly, you are ruining the quality of life of your fellow townspeople and endangering the lives of people who want to take advantage of the beauty that is our town. Get out and go for a walk... see for yourselves if you doubt me! It only takes one speeding car to ruin a nice walk or end a life!
So, who has the stomach for fighting to slow down the drivers, change the posted traffic speed limits, hopefully get more sidewalks, make it a real crime to drive while using a cell phone or texting, and force the powers that be in this town to ask for as well as support the police in providing more aggressive police safety coverage on our roads? This is about taking back our streets. If people cannot/will not drive responsibly then they should NOT BE DRIVING! We saw a deer get killed right IN FRONT of our home!!!! It's a straight away there... the driver kept going! They did not even stop. It could be your child that gets hit next! Who is going to stand up with me? PRR
RE: These 2 previous posts.
(8/3 8:42pm To add to the bicycle rider's tale of woe: even in a car you're not immune to intimidation from drivers who think the road is theirs alone, and the speed limit is a suggestion, which does not apply to them at all. I was tailgated, headlamp-flashed, and horn-beeped while doing 35 mph in a 30 mph zone, near the elementary school. When I tell that story to other Norfolk residents, they relate their local aggressive tailgater experiences. People, please! Courtesy and neighborliness, not to mention safety, are more important than your lateness. Slower careful driving is a state of mind, and once you practice it consistently, you will find it so much less stressful. You will also be adding to the peacefulness of this town, rather than detracting from it. MJS
7/27 11:33pm Norfolk is a wonderful town full of friendly neighbors and quite streets making it a perfect place to go for a run or enjoy a bike ride. Usually there is hardly any traffic and most cars when they pass a runner or biker provide ample room. However lately I have had more than 1 close call where I have been pushed off the road because a driver does not want to share the road. If you are driving please move over, way over for others on the road. There is no law that says you cannot cross the yellow line provided you do it safely. You may think giving a runner 18 inches of room is plenty but if you are running and 3 ton SUV wizzes by at 40MPH less than an elbow's length away it makes your life flash before your eyes. If the situation comes up where there is oncoming traffic just slow down let that traffic pass then give pedestrian a little extra room. You can speed back up after you pass and trust me you won't be late for your appointment that is almost certainly not important enough to force me into the patch of poison ivy on the shoulder of the road. Thanks Norfolk. RD)
[Photo credit: "A Stop Sign Down Mowed Down On Union & Diamond Streets" (C) PRRussell All rights reserved]
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in the archives, (here) - Wm.
9/26 Naturalist Marla Isaac, Director of the New England Reptile and Raptor Exhibits, a naturalist, artist, falconer, and professional reptile handler, will be presenting a lecture-demonstration and live exhibit of feathered raptors at the Norfolk Senior Center on Saturday, September 26th at 10 a. m. The program will include detailed and engaging information about many of our aerial hunters including hawks, vultures, falcons, and owls as well as an up-close look at their distinctive behavior patterns. If appropriate, and weather permitting, the event may also include outside demonstrations. Both an educational and captivating experience is in store for all. Bring the kids or grandkids. They'll love it! Advance registration is a must. Sign up at the front desk of the Norfolk Senior Center or call 508-528-4430, and please indicate the number of guests who will be accompanying you. To receive a full schedule of all Senior Center activities and its many events and programs, 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.