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Hall of fame celebration in Ashland

September 27, 2009

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The Ashland Schools Hall of Fame Celebration honoring two graduates will be held Oct. 9 at the Warren Conference Center & Inn at 529 Chestnut St. Wayne Bates, an Ashland resident, who holds a doctorate in civil engineering and works to engage high school and college students in the profession of engineering, is one of the honorees. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1983. Peter Pathe, who lives near Seattle, retired from Microsoft in 2007, where he was the corporate vice president for Microsoft Office Authoring Services. He graduated in Ashland High School in 1973. The event features a discussion of how they have used what they learned in Ashland schools to contribute to the world. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be available at 6 p.m., a “North End’’ dinner and dessert will be served at 7 p.m., and there will be music from the 1970s and 1980s. Tickets are $35 per person and available from Toni Vaccaro in the assistant superintendent’s office, at 508-881-0175, or from any member of the School Committee or Hall of Fame Committee. For more information, visit - Rachel Lebeaux

CAST A BALLOT FOR A COMMUNITYWIDE READ - The Bellingham Public Library has been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act grant to run a communitywide reading program. Contingent upon the availability of federal funding, the library will select one book to appeal to both adults and high school students and hold a series of book discussions for interested parties. A committee has narrowed down the book choices to three titles and is asking the community to vote for their choice. The nominees are: “The Art of Racing in the Rain’’ by Garth Stein; “Seabiscuit: An American Legend’’ by Laura Hillenbrand; and “The Soloist’’ by Steve Lopez. Residents can vote online at

- Rachel Lebeaux

OLD HOME DAYS - Two events will highlight Dover’s annual Old Home Days, a celebration of the history of Dover, scheduled for Oct. 4. The Great Historical Cake Raffle and Sale, featuring cakes and recipe raffles, will take place at the Caryl House, 107 Dedham St., from noon to 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., the ceremony for disposal of unserviceable flags will be held at the American Legion Hall, 32 Dedham St. The majority of events will take place at the Society’s three Dedham Street museum buildings - the Caryl House, the Fisher Barn, and the Sawin Museum. Other events include a craft fair; antique auto show; horseshoe tournament; children’s games; the Horses and Hounds Parade; and the Grange Supper. For more information, go to

- Anna Fiorentino

FORUM ON MENTAL ILLNESS - New research shows that people with mental illness on average die younger than those in the general population. That will be the subject of a free public forum next month. Among the speakers will be Dr. Chris Gordon, medical director of Advocates Inc., a Framingham-based provider of mental health and substance abuse services. The forum will take place Oct. 1, 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the MetroWest Medical Center, Medical Arts Building, MacPherson Hall, 85 Lincoln St., Framingham.

- Connie Paige

HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - The town is holding a hazardous waste collection day this Saturday. Waste collection will take place at the town’s Municipal Building at 355 East Central St. between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Residents wishing to dispose of items must purchase a $10 ticket and schedule an appointment, which can be made at the Department of Public Works office at 257 Fisher St. Upon arrival at the Municipal Building, residents will be met by a specially trained worker, who will remove items from the car and dispose of them properly. Officials advise leaving materials in their original containers, never mixing chemicals and not smoking or eating while transporting hazardous materials. For more information and to view a list of items being collected for disposal, visit

- Rachel Lebeaux

AFFORDABLE CONDOS AVAILABLE - The new luxury condominium complex on Highland Street has affordable housing opportunities for individuals and families whose incomes fall below a certain threshold. The Orchards at Holliston, a 72-unit, 19-building development that is under construction, has four townhouse units, each with 1,580 square feet of space, in this category; a lottery will decide who has the opportunity to buy the units, priced at $166,500. The maximum income levels are $46,300 for one-person households; $52,950 for two-person households; $59,550 for three-person households; and $66,150 for four-person households. There will be an informational meeting at the Town Hall in Room 105 on Oct. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m., and an open house at 353 Highland St. on Oct. 24 from noon to 2 p.m. Lottery applications are in the town clerk’s office and at the Holliston Public Library and are due on Nov. 9. Call 978-258-3492 for information. - Megan McKee

AUCTION, DINNER AT SENIOR CENTER - The Hopkinton Senior Center is heading into uncharted waters with its planned 50/50 auction fund-raiser this Friday. “It’s our first 50/50 and we’re hoping for it to be a great fund-raiser,’’ said auction coordinator Ellen Wright. The way the auction works is people drop off items for auction at the senior center. After the auction, the donors and senior center split the items’ auction earnings. In addition to the 50/50, there will be a silent auction of donated goods and a light dinner of beef stew and salad. Dinner starts at 5 p.m., and the live auction begins at 7. There’s a $5 entry fee for the auction and $4 cost for the dinner. Anyone interested in contributing to the auction should call the senior center at 508-497-9730 to schedule a drop-off time. - Megan McKee

FLU VACCINE CLINIC - A flu shot clinic is scheduled for Thursday at the Center at Medfield. Open to Medfield residents 18 and older, individuals seeking vaccination against the seasonal flu - not the H1N1 “swine flu’’ subtype - must register with the Medfield Council on Aging prior to the event. Roberta Lynch, council director, said the clinic’s capacity is approximately 200 registrants, and sign-ups by phone will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. The schedule of appointments starts at 9:30 a.m. runs through 1:30 p.m. on vaccination day. The clinic is sponsored by Medfield’s Board of Health and the state-supplied vaccinations are provided at no cost to registrants. The Center at Medfield is located at 1 Ice House Road. To register, call the council at 508-359-3665. For more information, contact the Board of Health at 508-359-8505, ext. 604. - James O’Brien

FLU VACCINE CLINIC - Medway’s Board of Health is working with the VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford to sponsor a flu immunization clinic for Medway residents on Oct. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Medway Senior Center on Oakland Street. The seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against the H1N1 flu virus, but the Centers for Disease Control recommends it for children 6 months to 18 years old, all persons older than 50, pregnant women, and individuals with certain medical conditions. For more information, visit

- Rachel Lebeaux

ETHICS COMMISSION ACCUSES FORMER SEWER COMMISSIONER - The state Ethics Commission alleges a former member of the Milford Board of Sewer Commissioners violated the state conflict of interest law by doing sewer connection work while he was on the commission, which handed out permits for the sewer work. According to the Ethics Commission, Scott Lanzetta and his excavating company did 17 sewer connections while he served on the commission from 2005 to 2007. The jobs paid between $1,000 and $5,000 each. According to the state, the sewer commission issued permits, conducted inspections, and approved the work. The commission will schedule a public hearing into this matter within 90 days. Lanzetta declined to comment.

- Tom Coakley

FLU VACCINE CLINIC - The Board of Health is offering free flu and pneumococcal vaccines for Millis residents on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building gym. Eligible flu vaccine recipients include all adults age 50 and older, as well as adults age 18 and older who have chronic illnesses. The pneumococcal vaccine is restricted to adults age 65 and older, as well as adults age 18 and older who have asthma or who smoke. The Board of Health asks that people age 65 and older bring their insurance cards. For more information, call the Board of Health at 508-376-7042.

- Megan McKee

CARDINAL TO VISIT ST. JUDE’S - Plans are underway for St. Jude’s Parish to celebrate its 60th anniversary beginning on Oct. 10, when Cardinal Sean O’Malley dedicates the new path to Our Lady’s Gazebo and celebrates that evening’s 5 p.m. Mass. Capping off the anniversary celebration will be the St. Jude’s Gala 60th Birthday Dinner and Dance at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield on Nov. 1. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. For information on tickets or to purchase a table, call the rectory at 508-528-0170.

- Michele Morgan Bolton

GIRL SCOUT LEADERS NEEDED - Girl Scouts in Wrentham and Plainville are in need of adult volunteers who would like to help build tomorrow’s leaders at all grade levels. It helps to like crafts and camping, but it’s not critical, Scouting officials say. Training is provided locally for all leaders, assistant leaders, and volunteers. Contact Diane Pelrine, membership coordinator at if interested, or call 508-384-8570.

- Michele Morgan Bolton

MONEY FOR CULTURAL EFFORTS - The Sherborn Cultural Council is requiring all organizations, schools, and individuals interested in applying for grants that support cultural activities in the community to apply no later than Oct. 15. The Sherborn Cultural Council has been awarded $4,000 to allocate for any type of artistic projects and activities in Sherborn, including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures. Previously funded projects in Sherborn include Greg Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Tea’’ seminars and the Jazz Spectrum Concert at the Dover-Sherborn High School. For guidelines and information, contact Ellen Stone at 508-653-1829 or Application forms are available at and Sherborn Town Hall.

- Anna Fiorentino

HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - The Board of Health has scheduled a hazardous waste collection day for this Saturday. Residents will be permitted to drop off, free of charge, up to 10 gallons or 10 pounds of hazardous waste material - including nonlatex paint, flammables, solvents, lab chemicals, pesticides, and waste oil. Additional materials will be accepted for a per-item fee ranging from $1 to $10, including refrigerators, air conditioners, washers, dryers, televisions, tires, and propane tanks. The collection point is at 100 Pleasant St. from 8 a.m. to noon. Proof of residency will be required. A complete list of accepted materials is available online at: For more information, contact the Board of Health at 508-529-6813, or e-mail Diane Tiernan, administrative clerk, at - James O’Brien

VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR - Selectmen are accepting nominations for the second Town of Wrentham Volunteer of the Year award, given to residents who have gone above and beyond to volunteer their time to the town. Nominations may be submitted to the Board of Selectmen’s office until Oct. 29. There are two age groups, under 18, and 18 and over. Winners will be acknowledged at the Nov. 9 Special Town Meeting. To nominate someone, go to

- Michele Morgan Bolton